January 2014

Arcola’s K-9 officer Ricardo Juarez bought gifts and passed them out to the Fresno/Arcola Senior Citizens at the Mustang Center in Fresno. He enjoyed giving even more than the Seniors enjoyed receiving.
Global warming 18 agencies studying global warming at an estimated cost of $22.2 billion according to Rep. Pete Olson. Only the heads of two of the agencies have agreed to testify before Congress as to how they spend their money. Since Congress is responsible for allocating the federal dollar, why don’t they cut off the funds of the ones that won’t appear? Congress needs to take their responsibility seriously.
In response to the 56 million lives that have been aborted since 1973, Rand Paul has introduced the Life at Conception Act which would eliminate abortion on demand. Ask your senator to be a co-sponsor.

FEEDBACK from R. Inmon. I would like to include the wedding anniversary's of the 1950s Almeda gang. Jr & Sherry Keyworth, Dec. 4th 54years; Richard & Jean Inmon, Dec. 9th 53 years; Moon & Brenda Schoppa, Dec. 1st 12 years. Wishing them all well.
Ed. Note About 50 years ago, Jean Inmon, the mother of a baby gave me advice on raising children. I had just corrected one of my four kids. The child ignored me. She said, “You didn’t really mean it.”
“I did mean it,” I replied. Then she explained to me that when I raised the pitch of my voice at the end of the sentence, it didn’t sound like I really meant to be obeyed. Thanks Jean. Your advice has helped tremendously.
Almeda Moe
Moe got fired from his carpenter job, when he told his boss, “I cut this board twice and it is still too short.”
Moe felt so bad about being fired, he went to his favorite watering hole. About 2 am, he headed home and was stopped by an officer, who wanted to know why an old man like him was out so late. Moe said. “I’m going to a lecture about smoking, alcohol abuse, and the effects it has on the human body."
“Really?” replied the officer. “Who is giving that lecture at this time of night?"
Moe groaned, "That would be my wife."
Community of One Gospel Fest All proceeds generated from the gospel concert benefited the West Orem Family YMCA. According to Kem Redic, Executive Director of the West Orem Family Y,  the event generated nearly $20,000.
South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition
The coalition hosted their annual community Fall Clean-Up on October 26th. The community clean-up involved de-littering of trash along the major thoroughfares throughout the Hiram Clarke community and the retrieval of spare tires along the open ditches surrounding Dowling Middle School. Overall, the event generated over 35 large bags of trash and over 20 spare tires from area ditches. "I would like to commend the Madison High School JROTC and students from YES Prep-Southwest Campus for reaching out to the Coalition to assist with this community endeavor," states Council Member Green.  "Ms. Linda Scurlock and her team of civic leaders did another outstanding job of organizing this community clean-up."

Hiram Clarke/Fort Bend Houston Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone TIRZ #25
          TIRZ #25) hosted their first board meeting on November 7, 2013 at the Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center. Five members of the board were nominated by Council member, Larry Green and two were nominated by the mayor. All seven had to be approved by city council.
          Their duties will be to oversee the use of the money spent in
TIRZ #25 zone. The boundaries are South Main to the north, 228 to the east, Hillcroft to the west and to the south the part of McCord Road inside Houston city limits.
The money comes from any city tax increases on property  starting in 2014 and will be in effect for 30 years. The money is to be spent in the TIRZ 25 zone for improvements such as parks, streets, and economic development.
        The board members do not receive any pay nor can they make any regulations. All their meetings (about once a month) are open to the public.
Council Member  Green was given the honor of swearing-in the new Board. 
           The Board of Directors consists of the following:
Rosemary Capetillo, Position 1
Theadore Andrews, Position 2, and to serve as Chair
George Anderson, Position 3
Linda Scurlock, Position 4
Homer Clark, Position 5
Kevin Riles, Position 6
Horace Allison, Position 7
After the Twin Towers were destroyed by Muslims, Homeland Security was started. Look who is protecting us.
Arif Alikhan, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security  Mohammed Elibiary, Homeland Security Adviser Rashad Hussain- Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference(OIC)
Salam al-Marayati- Obama Adviser and founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and is its current executive director
Imam Mohamed Magid Obama's Sharia Czar from the Islamic Society of North America
Eboo Patel Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

DHS was allocated a budget of $98.8 billion and spent, net, $66.4 billion. Wikipedia

         For fifty years, 24 hours a day, every day of every year and then to be thrown out without a word. Seems like that kind of service should have some sort of memorial. Like so many other things in our world today which are discarded without even a word of thanks, my screen door has been relegated to the trash pile.
         Actually it is still in the yard. I can’t quite let go of it. It served for too many years keeping millions upon millions of flies and mosquitoes from entering our home and announcing thousands upon thousands of times, with a bang, that a child had ran outside to play.
The kids don’t run anymore and the new storm door with a screen is much nicer and quieter than the old. I’m thankful for the new, but my old screen door deserves a few thoughts of appreciation before it is discarded. 
 Vinson Library
3810 West Fuqua 832-393-2120 Open Tue. & Wed. 10-6 Thurs 12-8 Fri. 1-5 Sat. 10-5 Closed Sun. & Mon.         www.houstonlibrary.org
Multi-Center open Mon. –Fri. COH Senior program 8:30-am to 12:30 pm for seniors 60 or older. Socialization activities, line dancing, arts & crafts, volunteer opportunities within the community. Warm lunch offered to pre-registered clients.832 393 4248
  Fresno Fresh Water Board
Instead of meeting at the regular 6 pm  time, the water board met at 11
am.  Since the time change was not noted on the marquee in front of Mustang Center, some people arrived at six and wondered where everybody was.
At the December meeting the 2014 Budget was approved and the auditor contract was renewed. The next phase of construction should start in  2014. The first customer connection should be Jan. 2015. There is lots of infrastructure to complete.
In January, the meeting will be at 6 pm.

 Sienna Branch Library
281-238-2952, closed on January 20th Mother Goose Time,  Tues. 10 am, Toddler Time -- Thursdays at 10:00 am --
Story Time, January 8, 15, 22, and 29.
Pajama Night Story Time - every Monday at 6:30 pm --  .
Kinder Korner --  2nd Wed. 4:00 pm.
The After-School Break 4th Thur. 4 pm.
Tween the Pages 2nd Tues. 4:15 pm. 
No Middle-School Program in January.
Children’s Book Week, January 19-25, MS Word Survival Basics, Jan. 8,  10.am.
MS Word: Intermediate Jan. 15, 10 am,  MS Word: Advanced Jan. 22, 10 am,    MS Word Survival Basics for Spanish-Speaking Adults, Wed. Jan, 29, 10:00 am,   To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “Sienna Branch,” and find the program. Learn how to browse, select, and download eBooks to your eReader from the library’s online digital library collection, OverDrive
Tablet & eReader Open House Jan.4, 2-4. Shift Into OverDrive with Kindle – Tuesday, January 7, 10:00 am, Computer Lab.
• Shift Into OverDrive with Apple iPad – Thursday, January 16, 10:00 am, – • Shift Into OverDrive with Nook – Thursday, January 23, 10:00 am, Computer Lab. Learn how to download eBooks to different Sony eReader devices such as Nook Color, Nook Tablet, Nook HD, or Nook HD+. “Calendar,” select “Sienna Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-238-2900, or by visiting the library.
 Friday, January 3, beginning at 1:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library.
A free practice ACT® test on Saturday, January 11, from 10:00 am to 2:15 pm,
Family Reading Club Jan. 19- Mar 1.