Cutline: Paul E. Furrh Jr., chief executive officer, Lone Star Legal Aid and Shah S. Ardalan, president, LSC-University Park. Mayor Annise Parker recently introduced the very first art meter sculptures in the nation. Parker stands with one of the artists chosen for this unique project. LONE STAR GETS LEGAL AID AWARD Lone Star College System recently received a 2013 Pro Bono Award from Lone Star Legal Aid (LSLA). The organization recognized the system for its partnership, which includes hosting and promoting various LSLA events. Lone Star College System and Lone Star Legal Aid are two separate organizations that are not affiliated with each other. “We are delighted that Lone Star College supports such a worthy organization,” said Linda Good, JD, a LSCS board trustee. “Lone Star Legal Aid helps children, veterans, seniors, people with disabilities and those who are homeless receive legal advice that they may otherwise not have access to.” LSLA is the fourth-largest free legal aid provider in the United States and provides free legal aid in 72 Texas counties. “Our name isn’t the only thing that Lone Star College and Lone Star Legal Aid share,” said Paul E. Furrh Jr., chief executive officer, Lone Star Legal Aid. “Both organizations are deeply concerned with the economic well-being of our community.” “It was such an honor to be recognized for Lone Star College’s leadership in serving our community in every way we can,” said Shah Ardalan, president, LSC-University Park, who represented LSCS at the reception. CASHION JOINS REALTY FIRM Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene proudly welcomes Realtor Jon “Cash” Cashion to its Lake Houston office. Although experienced with all types of properties, Cashion, an avid golfer with a 6 handicap, specializes in golf course properties. “Cash brings a great attitude and perspective to the team,” said Lisa Dempsey, manager of the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Lake Houston office. “Clients respond to his personality and appreciate his immense knowledge and organizational skills.” “Real estate is in my blood,” said Cashion, a fourth-generation homebuilder. “I worked in and around the real estate industry for many years before I became a Realtor. My experience owning a home-remodeling business enables me to counsel my clients and show them the possibilities that exist within each property we tour.” Cashion enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, ages 22 and 13. When he isn’t on the golf course, Cashion enjoys custom motorcycles and restoring classic cars. His current project is a 1964 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible. The Lake Houston office of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene is located at 18455 West Lake Houston Parkway. Cashion can be reached at 281-773-2623 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. LONE STAR ONLINE WINS AWARD Lone Star College-Online won the 2013 Sloan-C Award, Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education. “This award is a testament to the hard work of everyone at LSC-Online, and our mission of providing our students with online learning opportunities to meet their educational goals,”said Denise Evans, director of client relations and quality assurance. “LSC-Online allows students to attain college credit from anywhere using an assortment of learning activities such as discussion, class projects, exams, presentations and written papers. LSC-Online offers students the chance to obtain an associate degree or certification in a wide range of programs including business, criminal justice, accounting and more. Visit for more information. TAX OFFICE ACCEPTS PLASTIC All Harris County Tax Office branch locations will now accept all major credit and debit cards (subject to a 2.15 percent transaction fee and a flat 50 cents processing fee by the service vendor) for all automobile transactions, including registration stickers, license plates, automobile titles and temporary disability placards. The Tax Office also offers residents the ability to renew automobile registration stickers online, by mail or at more than 200 renewal locations at partner grocery stores and participating AAA offices. Learn more by calling 713-368-2000, or by visiting PARKING DOWNTOWN EASIER, FUN The City of Houston Downtown Parking Signage Project will improve signage, meters, mobility lanes, commercial zones and parking communications to make parking easier for the 20,000-30,000 people who park downtown each day. The project completion is targeted for summer 2014. Additionally, Mayor Annise Parker recently introduced the very first art meter sculptures in the nation. Four local artists were chosen to design the sculptures: Car and Meter History by Devon Moore (1300 Nance), Found Art designed by David Medina (1300 Sterrett), Gumball Machine designed by Ketria Scott (1400 Nance) and Wind Blown Meters designed by Anthony Shumate (1200 Sterrett). SAFE BOATING GRANT CONTEST SET The BoatUS Foundation is looking to fund Grassroots Grant projects with up to $10,000 that utilize new, innovative approaches that encourage safe and clean boating among the boating public. Applications need to be submitted by Jan. 15, 2014, and public online voting will take place in early pring 2014. Go to for complete information. BOATING-THEMED HOLIDAY CARDS Those interested can now buy holiday cards from the BoatUS Foundation and help keep the nation’s water clean. Boaters can personalize more than 50 unique holiday card designs featuring everything from sailboats to powerboats, Santa to Hanukkah; or go with beach, lighthouse or marina scenes. Notecards are also available. Christmas tree ornaments and puzzles are also offered at Two free gifts come with each purchase. Photo Caption: Holiday cards from the BoatUS Foundation show love for the boating life and help boaters stay safe. Photo Available at NEED INFO OR HELP? CALL 311 The City of Houston hotline, 311, has undergone a complete transformation making it even more convenient, customer-focused, efficient and flexible. 311 makes it easy to report issues that need to be resolved. If a citizen sees something that needs fixing, they can let the city know. The most recent update to the system is the 311 smartphone app that provides an easy-to-use and efficient vehicle for Houstonians to submit requests when it is most convenient for them. Citizens can now upload photos or videos and attach them to a service request type within the app. 311 Help & Info users are able to submit service requests by calling 311, the 24/7 call center, through the redesigned website,, or via the free app.

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