Humble Rotary in attendance at the D5890 Club Leadership Training. In back, from left: Pam McNair and Janna Watson. In front: Paul Kern, Chris Elliott and Daniel Contreras.

LONE STAR COLLEGE HOSTS NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION SYMPOSIUM

Colleges from the Gulf Coast region of Texas participated in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Community College Day hosted by Lone Star College. The event, held March 23, provided tips for planning and developing proposals for NSF grants. The event focused on NSF programs of interest to community colleges, such as those that include a workforce development component and programs that impact technological education.

 

LUXURY APARTMENTS BEGUN

Generation Park recently announced that construction on Lake Houston’s newest luxury apartment complex has officially begun. Located across from 250 Assay St. in Redemption Square, the luxury apartment residences are the second vertical project to begin construction in the walkable lifestyle district filled with businesses, restaurants, shops, hotels and more. The mixed-use development will house 251 luxury apartment units and include over 17,000 square feet of ground floor retail. Expecting move-ins in summer 2019, the apartments at 255 Assay will have a number of amenities, including garage parking, 10-foot ceilings, dog parks and a luxury fitness center. Visit GenerationPark.com for more information.

 

BUSH EARNS SAFETY AWARD

Bush Airport was recently honored after a receiving a perfect score in the annual FAA Part 139 inspection both in 2016 and 2017. The detailed review by the FAA came back without a discrepancy, meaning in all aspects of operating an airport safely and efficiently, the FAA found that Bush Airport met or exceeded the requirements of Part 139. The award noted that Bush Airport also completed a total rewrite of the Airport Certification Manual in 2017, which provides a streamlined document used to guide all airport safety-related programs. Bush Airport also implemented a safety management system program to enhance safety on several vital projects, including several taxiway refurbishments. This process ensures that the safety of aircraft operations during construction are identified and mitigated in the design phase of the project.

 

PROTEST DEADLINE IS MAY 15 FOR PROPERTY IN HARRIS COUNTY

Harris County property owners who believe there is an error in the market value set by the appraisal district have until Tuesday, May 15, to protest the value of their property. The previous deadline had been May 31. Because of property damage from Hurricane Harvey, some property owners will not receive their value notice until later this month. If that is the case, they will still have 30 days to file their protest, and that later protest deadline will be listed on their notice. A Notice of Protest form may be downloaded at hcad.org. Protests may be filed online through the iFile system; brought to HCAD’s office at 13013 Northwest Freeway; or mailed to P.O. Box 922004, Houston, TX 77292-2004, but must be postmarked by May 15. For questions, call 713-957-7800 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

ORANGE YOU GLAD FANTA IS HERE TO STAY?

Bahama Buck’s, the shaved ice company that boasts over 100 flavors, welcomes Fanta Orange to a coveted spot on their menu. The flavor gurus at Bahama Buck’s are back at it with the Coca-Cola Company to create another perfect treat to beat the heat. Fanta Orange Sno is now available at any Bahama Buck’s.

 

SENIOR LIVING PLANNED

TNRG and MedCore Partners recently announced the purchase of 7 acres of land on the northeast corner of W. Lake Houston Pkwy. and Will Clayton Pkwy. to bring a state-of-the-art senior living community to the area. This land purchase will launch architectural design on a 186-unit independent living, assisted living and memory care community. Integral Senior Living, based in Carlsbad, Calif., will manage the community. The senior community is scheduled to open in March 2020. The full-service senior community will include independent living and assisted living apartments as well as memory care accommodations.

 

38 PERCENT OF TEXAS WORKERS PLAN TO QUIT THEIR JOBS TO PURSUE SELF-EMPLOYMENT

That’s according to the 2018 Self-Employment Report from FreshBooks – freshbooks.com – the No. 1 small business accounting software which surveyed 2,700 full-time workers (including traditional employees, freelancers and small business owners). The report also showed that the number of independent workers will triple in two years. Currently, 18 million Americans are full-time, self-employed workers. Research indicates the population will reach 42 million by 2020 and 47 million by 2023. And why do workers want to strike out on their own? One in three independent workers make $100,000-plus a year. The second largest group (27 percent) earns $51-100K. They’re also satisfied professionally. Seven percent of self-employed professionals don’t intend on returning to traditional work. Career change and control over their career tie as the top reasons respondents turned to self-employment.

 

TEXAS TAX AMENSTY PROGROM

The Texas Tax Amnesty Program runs from May 1, 2018, through June 29, 2018. The program will, under certain circumstances, provide delinquent taxpayers with relief from penalties and interest on tax due. Tax amnesty applies to periods prior to Jan. 1, 2018, and only includes liabilities that have not been previously reported to the comptroller’s office. It does not apply to accounts which have been certified to the Office of the Attorney General; accounts which are presently in litigation; periods that are currently under audit or for which a notice of audit has been issued; or accounts that have been reduced to judgment. Additionally, the amnesty doesn’t apply to local motor vehicle tax, IFTA taxes, PUC gross receipts assessments or unclaimed property payments. Visit comptroller.texas.gov/tax-amnesty for frequently asked questions, full program guidelines, and promotional materials for download.

 

Author: Lori OjedaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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