GARRISON NEW HAAM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Millie Garrison has been named the executive director of of Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM). Garrison is an 11-year employee of HAAM and previously served as assistant executive director. Garrison, a native of North Carolina, has a bachelor of arts degree in public relations and mass communications from the University of Oklahoma and has earned more than150 continuing education hours in preventative programming. She is married to Wayne Garrison, an attorney, and they are the parents of Alexa and Piersen. HAAM is a faith-based organization that helps community residents in crisis by providing essential resources to move towards self-sufficiency. In 2013, HAAM assisted 1,800 students through their Back to School program, 9,600 individuals through food fairs and mobile food, and 655 children through its reading program.

PLUS 50 TO TRAIN BOOMERS
Lone Star College System  was recently chosen to join the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, a national effort to train 10,000 baby boomers for new jobs in health care, education and social services. The college will assist adults age 50 and over in completing degrees or certificates in high-demand occupations that give back to the community. With many adults age 50 and over out of work or seeking to transition to a new career, the program offers skill updates and career makeovers for baby boomers. Lone Star College System will prepare older adults for careers as a substitute teacher. For more information, contact Lone Star College Alternative Teacher Certification Program information at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 281-312-1716. For more information about the Plus 50 Initiative at AACC, see plus50.aacc.nche.edu

FREE WI FI  AT BUSH, HOBBY
 Free Wi-Fi is now available in all terminal buildings at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, ahead of its anticipated schedule, as well as at William P. Hobby Airport. The new free network boasts faster speeds and easier connection to the Web. Connection speeds will average up to 6 megabits per second, more than enough data to handle a rich-streaming video. With a strong Internet connection in mind, hundreds of access points were installed at IAH and Hobby Airport to ensure a reliable network. HAS incurred the cost of installing the network and will continue to maintain the infrastructure. HAS also made it easy for customers to access the service. Users simply select the SSID, “Free Airport WIFI,” agree to the Terms of Use and connect. Future plans include the launch of free Wi-Fi in the Federal Inspection Services area as well as the main terminal garage at both airports.


TOYOTA LOOKING FOR ONE SPECIAL TEACHER
On Nov. 3, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) began accepting nominations for the 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award, which will award a $20,000 to an exemplary teacher engaging families in education. Educators working with families through schools, libraries, and many other community-based organizations will be considered, and nominations are due Dec. 31, 2014. NCFL will award the second prize winner a $2,500 prize. Both winners will be announced in March. Educators can be nominated via the brief online application, and learn more about winning criteria and Toyota Family Teacher of the Year benefits, by visiting familieslearning.org/our-capabilities/2015-toyota-family-teacher-of-the-year.html.


SULLIVAN HIRES NEW OUTREACH MANAGER
Jessica Holloway has joined the office of Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan. Holloway, an accomplished journalist, will be the new Outreach Manager. Holloway has worked more than 12 years in both television and radio, most recently with KTRK-TV in Houston. In addition, she is conversational in Spanish, which will benefit the office as it expands its outreach activities across Harris County.  Holloway earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M.  The Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office collects more than $5 billion in tax revenues, processes in excess of 4.5 million vehicular transactions annually and recently set an all-time record of 2.06 million registered voters. Learn more by visiting hctax.net.

 

EMCID HIRES NEW COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Two months into the job and Kelley Mattlage continues to work through a checklist of projects to enhance public relations and promotion of the East Montgomery County Improvement District. Mattlage was hired in August as EMCIDfs Director of Communications. As part of her duties, shefll help attract businesses and development to the area and keep residents informed of various projects EMCID is funding to better the  community. To establish better communication with the community, the first item on Mattlagefs agenda included launching on Monday, Oct. 27, a new website loaded with fresh content. gWefve totally revamped the site. Youfll be able to get news on developments in East Montgomery County, apply for community development grants or college scholarships, find the agendas for upcoming board of directors meetings, rent the facility for a special event and see pictures from EMCIDfs many events,h she said. The web address remains emctx.com. Mattlage is currently developing new marketing materials as well as updating others, revamping the District’s social networking sites and creating a quarterly community newsletter. Mattlage has spent the past 17 years in the public spotlight, most of it as a television news anchor in Waco, Texas, for KCEN-TV. Known as Kelley Barr, the journalist earned an Emmy Award, two honors from the Texas Medical Association and various other recognitions. She left TV in 2009 and joined New Caney ISD as its first Director of Communications and Community Relations, establishing herself to the district, community and Houston news media as a positive, fair and honest spokesperson. She picked up two awards from the Texas School Public Relations Association for her brochures regarding the 2012 bond election. Mattlage also served as Director of Communications for St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, the largest Episcopal Church in the nation.


CROSBY HUFFMAN CHAMBER PLANS LUNCHEON
The public is invited to attend the November Luncheon of the Crosby Hufffman Chamber of Commerce. The luncheon will take place Thursday, Nov. 20, at the American Legion Hall in Crosby. Lunch will be catered by Luna's Mexican Restaurant and will begin at 11:30 a.m.  RSVP by calling 281-328-6984.

 

PROPERTY TAX BILLS TO HIT MAILBOXES
Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan announced that nearly one million property tax bills are on the way to property owners. Most taxpayers will see an increase in their tax bill. gCompared to last yearfs tax bill, the average homestead throughout Harris County, Houston, the surrounding school districts and cities could see an increase of approximately $400 in property taxes,h said Sullivan. gI want all taxpayers to review their bill carefully to ensure they have all of the exemptions they are entitled to receive.h The Harris County Tax Assessor-Collectorfs Office collects taxes for 70 jurisdictions. This year, they expect to collect a total of $5.6 billion. Harris County will receive $2 billion in tax revenues, the Houston Independent School District will receive $1.5 billion and the City of Houston will receive $1.1 billion in revenues. Municipalities, school districts and other taxing jurisdictions receive the remaining portion of revenues. Property owners are encouraged to pay their bill as soon as possible, as they are due by Jan. 31, 2015.

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