Houston Custom Carpets recently celebrated its 26th year in business. Owner Bill Kayali welcomes customers, old and new, to the huge showroom located at 23920 Highway 59 North in Kingwood. He's been at that location for the past seven years, and spent the first 19 years just down the highway in Humble. Houston Custom Carpets handles all types of flooring, as well as cabinetry, remodeling and more. For more information or a free quote, call 281-548-3600 .

Pines Montessori School revealed its newest building addition on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.  The expanded elementary building doubles the classroom space that was used for the 4th - 6th grade students.  Student families, friends, and project planners all gathered to watch some of the elementary students cut the ribbon.  Afterwards, the classroom was open to tours.  Guests celebrated the event with a family picnic in the large backyard, and a DJ dance in the gazebo.  To schedule a tour or for more information, visit PinesMontessori.com or call (281)358-8933.

The Corner Store hosted a grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting recently for the brand new store in Humble. They made a $5,000 donation to the Humble High School Band as part of the celebration. At 4,683 square feet, the store features indoor dining, an ATM, ethanol fuel and Redbox station. CST Brands, Inc. is one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America. Based in San Antonio, Texas, CST employs nearly 12,000 Team Members at nearly 1,900 locations throughout the Southwestern United States and Eastern Canada offering a broad array of convenience merchandise, beverages, snacks and fresh food. In the U.S., CST Corner Stores proudly sell Valero fuels and signature products such as Fresh Choices baked and packaged goods, U Force energy and sport drinks, Cibolo Mountain coffee, FC Soda and Flavors2Go fountain drinks.


Joe Turner, director of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, and a Kingwood resident, was recently elected to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. The Academy is a group of distinguished practitioners and educators who are leaders in the field of park and recreation. They must have served in a high level of administration in a park and recreation agency or as a recognized educator in parks and recreation administration. They also must have demonstrated outstanding ability in administration, management or education in the profession; displayed broad interest with a direct service benefit to the advancement of public parks and recreation, or assumed leadership with a keen desire to contribute to the advancement of the field. The Academy is limited to 125 members.

The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Haden E. McKay, MD Citizen of the Year Award. The recipient will be announced in early January and will be honored at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Extravaganza Jan. 23. The award recognizes selfless public service by an individual, performed by the recipient on his or her own time and not in the regular course of earning a living or advancing professionally. Anyone 21 years of age or older who lives in the Lake Houston Area is eligible. Nominations can be submitted online at LakeHouston.org or a form can be obtained by contacting the Chamber office at281-319-8910 . All nominations must be delivered to the Chamber no later than 5 p.m., Oct. 30, 2014. Return by completing an online application, fax to 281-446-7483 , email lakehouston.org or mail to Lake Houston Area Chamber, 110 West Main Street, Humble, TX 77338.

LSC-Kingwood will be the site of a used electronics drive Nov. 11-20, 2014. The college will be collecting old and broken computers, computer parts and peripherals including monitors, printers/scanners, keyboards, mice, and speakers, televisions, phones, cell phones, radios, fax machines, microwaves and related devices. The collection will be held behind the Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Royston Drive on Tuesday and Thursdays beginning Nov. 11 from 12 -1 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information on the used electronics drive, contact Professor Johnson at 281-312-1603.


Mayor Annise Parker has instituted an Open Data policy to allow for greater public access to City data.
Under the Open Data Administrative Procedure, an Enterprise Data Officer and an Open Data Advisory Board will be appointed to work with city departments to catalog datasets, establish standards and refresh guidelines for the City’s open data portal, which hosts government information in open, machine-readable formats while also ensuring privacy, confidentiality and security. The EDO and Advisory Board are also responsible for working with the public to identify important, high-value data sets.

“First and foremost, this is about increasing transparency,” said Parker. “It is also about citizen engagement and increasing the pace of innovation in our City. We want to engage the talents of our strong science, technology, engineering and math community to help us solve the challenges of the 21st century.”

“This portal will enable civic technologists, entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers and others to use the data to generate new products and services, as well as build businesses and develop community resources in partnership with government to better serve the public,” said Jackie Smith, who has been appointed as the City’s EDO. “We want to know what the public wants to see that isn’t already available.”

For more information, visit houstontx.gov/mayor/press/city-houston-launches-open-data-policy.

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