CLAIMING TAX DEDUCTIONS FROM HARVEY
The recent devastation resulting from Hurricanes Harvey underscores the importance of understanding how and when homeowners experiencing casualty losses can claim federal income tax deductions for those losses. A casualty loss appraisal by a licensed appraiser can quantify the difference in the damaged property’s fair market value before and after the casualty, and some properties may be eligible for a substantial casualty loss deduction even if the property was insured. If you would like a free estimate of your potential federal tax deduction, call Ryan Lin, MAI with National Appraisal Partners at 713-239-0587.
CROSBY CHAMBER LUNCHEON
TEACHERS OF THE YEAR LUNCHEON
The Lake Houston Area Chamber will honor teachers from Humble ISD, schools east of I-45 in Spring ISD, area private schools, and Teachers of Excellence from Lone Star College at the Teachers of the Year luncheon Tuesday, March 27 at the Humble Civic Center from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Approximately 80 teachers will be honored for their work in education at the event. The deadline to register for the luncheon is Friday, March 23; $30 for chamber members, $35 for guests. To register, go to LakeHouston.org or call the chamber at 281-446-2128.
HOUSTON COURTS OFFER AMNESTY
The City of Houston Municipal Courts Department is currently offering an Amnesty Program. Certain delinquent cases will be discounted to help citizens save money while resolving outstanding cases. The amnesty period ends Friday, March 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Any defendant who voluntarily appears at any municipal court location during amnesty will be permitted to resolve all their eligible delinquent cases, including failure to appear cases, and will not be subject to arrest. Citizens may call the Houston Helpline by dialing 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311 for questions about whether their specific case(s) is(are) amnesty eligible.
FLOOD GATES OPEN
Houston City Council Member Dave Martin recently praised Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Coastal Water Authority for opening all gates at the Lake Houston Spillway Dam. Both tainter gates and both flashboard gates are fully opened. A tainter gate is a type of radial-arm floodgate used in dam and canal locks to control water flow. A flashboard gate is an overflow-type dam commonly used to control water level. Water flows over the top of the board and is released at a level below the top of the dam to another body of water. These four gates are the only adjustable controls currently available on the dam structure. The two tainter gates measure 20.5 feet tall and 18 feet across while the two much smaller flashboard gates measure 5 feet tall and 18 feet across. The maximum controlled discharge capacity is 10,000 cfs, which is restricted due to the number and size of the gates on the dam infrastructure. Currently, there are 21,000 cfs being discharged from the Lake Houston Dam, which includes water flowing over the uncontrolled spillway. For more information, call 832-393-3008.
LSC TO HOST INNOVATION CONFERENCE
Lone Star College and the Energy Conference Network will host the second annual Texas Open Innovation Conference (TOIC) March 28-29 at LSC-University Park in Houston. The 2018 TOIC will provide discussion on topics on a range of industries, including energy, education, technology and health care. The conference also includes newly developed sessions on Think Tanks and Design Thinking, in which participants will work on actual issues linked to business and community. Visit TexasOpenInnovation.com to register, view a full list of speakers, and learn more about the conference and sessions.
ORLEANS SQUARE SOLD
Montreal-based Zenda has acquired the Orleans Square Shopping Center in Atascocita, marking its fourth retail center in the Houston market. The 65,000-square-foot center at 18321 W. Lake Houston Pkwy. is leased to a variety of tenants, including Dunkin Donuts, Profusion Dance and Mojo’s Sports Grill. The center is near the Eagle Springs, Walden on Lake Houston, The Groves and Kingwood communities.
CROSBY HUFFMAN CHAMBER AWARDS
The Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce celebrated the past year at their recent annual gala. Winners during the evening included: Employee of the Year-David Carpenter, Huffman ISD; Nonprofit Organization of the Year-Churches United in Caring and the Huffman ISD Education Foundation; Citizen of the Year-Christy Graves and John Reynolds; Volunteer of the Year-Justin League and Shirley Dupree; Business of the Year-Hungry Jack Restaurant and Sarah Whitttin State Farm Insurance; Ambassador of the Year-Cathie Ropp; and Humanitarian of the Year-Crosby Church and First Baptist Church of Huffman.