Carlie and Presley Rogers at the Royal Court in Jennika's

Wil Fischer

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett recently renewed his passport at the Harris County District Clerk’s passport service.




Jennifer Moore is kicking off the fifth anniversary of her unique boutique and gift shop with a 'Name That Royal Reindeer' contest. She is inviting the public to come by the store, put on a crown, some jewels and trinkets, and get their photo taken with the royal, four-legged beauty. Then they can use theirr creative talents and enter the contest to name her, but hurry… the contest ends soon. Jennika’s is located at 4501 Magnolia Cove, No.107, in Kings Harbor.



Minuteman Press, Connie and Darryal Chandler; Red Door Realty & Associates, Jill Henderson and Christi Harvey; and RE/MAX Rewards, Judith Hayes-Christoph are the three local nominees for the 2014 Small Business of the Year awards. The Lone Star College Small Business Development Center Advisory Council has named 18 total finalists for its 28th Annual Small Business of the Year awards. Nominees were gathered from the community, business leaders and civic organizations. Three finalists were selected from each of the six Lone Star College service areas, on the basis of leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, business growth and contribution to the community. All 18 finalists will be recognized at a luncheon Oct. 23. The winners will be announced at the 2014 28th Annual Small Business of the Year awards banquet Nov. 20. Both events will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. For tickets or more information about the banquet, call the SBDC at 832-813-6674.




Will Fischer has joined the office of Houston City Councilmember Dave Martin as the District E fall intern. Fischer is a junior at the University of Houston majoring in political science and minoring in accounting and is actively involved on campus with a number of organizations that span the student body. In addition to his studies and his internship at City Hall, Fischer works part time at Merrill Lynch's Sharpe Group as a client associate. He also serves as a student government senator on campus. Fischer said he is excited to work closely with the city and is eager to learn all that Martin and the District E team can teach him.



The Houston City Council passed a new fee schedule for the Kingwood Community Center that reduces rates for not-for-profit events. Reservations for space at the community center can be made over the phone by calling 281-348-2570 or online by using the following ActiveNet Link at Justin Hagendorf, the Kingwood Community Center's facility manager, can provide information on availability in addition to assisting with the reservation process. For more information, contact the center at 281-348-2570.


The Harris County District Clerk’s passport operation recently marked its first year of service, and during that time, its applications and revenue have increased seven-fold. The service handled 699 applications in June, seven times as many as during its first month of operations. In June, the service made $17,000 for the county. The passport office is located in the Civil Courthouse at 201 Caroline. Harris County Clerk Chris Daniel said, “Here we have the opportunity to truly have a ‘one-stop shop’ service in partnership with the County Clerk’s Office. You can get a copy of your birth certificate at the County Clerk’s Office and then get your passport and photo at the District Clerk’s Office. Everything’s in one building.” Most passport customers who come to the District Clerk’s Office are waited on within 15 minutes. The passport service is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Customers may make appointments by calling 713-755-1674.



There will be more than 74,000 annual job openings in middle skills occupations available in Houston between now and 2017, according to the Greater Houston Partnership. Help-wanted signs are popping up all over town, with employers struggling to fill key positions. Middle skills jobs are defined as generally requiring some significant education and training beyond high school but less than a bachelor’s degree. These jobs represent 41 percent of all jobs in the Houston region. As part of the Lone Star College 2014 Bond Referendum on the Nov. 4 election ballot, funding is included to help address workforce needs by creating new Advanced Technology Centers that focus on Computer Information, Technology and Visual Communications, Industrial/Commercial Construction and HVACR, Process and Lab Technology – Oil/Gas/Water, Transportation and Logistics, and a Drilling Platform Training Center to provide oil and gas industry training. To learn more, visit



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