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DISTRICT F NEWS 
DECEMBER 2012
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Happy Holidays!

AL HOANG

Houston Council Member
District F

 

City Hall Annex
900 Bagby, First Floor

Houston, TX 77002
Tel: 832-393-3002
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Dear Residents and Friends of District F,

 

It’s hard to believe the holiday season is already upon us and that the year is coming to an end. Looking back, I have much to be grateful for this year: good health, family, friends, and the privilege to represent my community on Houston City Council.

 

Bellaire West Drainage Project near Completion

The city and the project contractor are in the process of wrapping up the Bellaire West drainage project. Work began earlier this year to improve drainage and reduce the risk of structural flooding in the area. Streets, curbs and sidewalks were also replaced. I appreciate the residents’ patience during this process. The remaining step is restoring power to the street lights, owned and managed by CenterPoint Energy, which we expect to occur in the coming days. My office has already communicated with CenterPoint to expedite the process.

 

Bellaire Blvd. Construction Suspended for Holidays

As a reminder, construction on Bellaire Blvd. will be suspended during the December holidays and Lunar New Year, from Dec. 15, 2012 through Feb. 18, 2013. Crews will shut down construction activities to allow holiday traffic and shoppers as much unrestricted access to businesses as possible. I urge motorists to continue to drive cautiously through the area and abide by all posted traffic signs.

 

Westside Officers Catch 3 Armed Robbers in the Act

Last month, officers with HPD’s Westside Patrol assisted HPD robbery investigators in the arrests of three suspects believed to be responsible for committing at least nine robberies in a nine-day period. The suspects targeted victims as they were using ATMs in bank parking lots on Westheimer in districts F and G. While conducting surveillance operations, alert HPD Westside officers caught the suspects in the act as they robbed another citizen at an ATM. The suspects were apprehended after leading officers on a short vehicle pursuit.

 

The District F office has had the opportunity to work with Westside officers on several outreach initiatives and we have seen firsthand the high level of dedication and professionalism they exhibit as they protect our community. I commend and congratulate those officers on a job well done!

 

HFD’s “Operation Stocking Stuffer” Underway

Houston Fire Department’s “Operation Stocking Stuffer Toy Drive” is once again in full gear. Now through December 18, you can donate a new, unwrapped toy to any HFD fire station. Our office has collected several toys which we will be delivering to District F stations next week. You can find more information on “Operation Stocking Stuffer” in the section below.

 

I hope everyone has a blessed holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year!

  

Respectfully,

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Al Hoang  

Houston Council Member
District F

 

ANNUAL HFD TOY DRIVE UNDERWAY TROUGH DEC. 18

 

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Help the Houston Fire Department and KPRC Channel 2 help others by bringing a new toy to any HFD Fire Station through Dec. 18, 2012. 


Last year, the citizens of Houston and local companies donated about 250 thousand toys that helped more than 12 thousand families during the Annual HFD Operation Stocking Stuffer Toy Drive.

 

Outreach Program Inc. will hold its annual toy drive give away on Dec. 21, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. until all toys have been distributed. The giveaway will take place at the New Light Christian Center located at 7317 E. Houston Road, 77028 near Ley Road in northeast Houston. Toys will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis so there is no need to pre-register your family. This information is also available in English and Spanish by calling 832-394-6632

 

Donations can be dropped off at all Houston Fire Department stations, including those in west and southwest Houston (District F):

SOLID WASTE HOLIDAY COLLECTION SCHEDULE

 

Monday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve)  SWD Logo

Monday’s garbage, curbside recycling, yard waste, 4th Monday’s junk waste collected today. Neighborhood depositories closed.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)

No collections Today. SWMD facilities closed.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 26

Tuesday’s garbage, curbside recycling, yard waste, 4th Tuesday’s and 4th Wednesday’s junk waste collected today. Neighborhood depositories re-open.

 

Thursday, Dec. 27

Resume normal garbage and recycling schedule today. 4th Thursday’s junk waste collected today.

 

Friday, Dec. 28

4th Friday’s junk waste collected today.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day)

No collections today. SWMD facilities closed.

 

Wednesday Jan. 2

Tuesday’s garbage, curbside recycling, yard waste, 1st Tuesday’s and 1st Wednesday’s tree waste collected today. Neighborhood depositories re-open.

 

Thursday, Jan. 3

Resume SWMD normal schedule today.

 

Residents may check online for the Holiday Collection Schedule or call 3-1-1, the City of Houston’s Help and Information hotline for more information.

HPL HOLIDAY PROGRAM INFORMATION
 

HPL Celebrate the winter season with family friendly, literary inspired programs at your library. Our Season’s Readings series of programs kicks off with a visit from best-selling author Anna Dewdney. Anna Dewdney is the author of the adored “Llama Llama” picture book series, as well as “Roly Poly Pangolin,” “Grumpy Gloria” and “No Bunny’s Perfect.”

 

FEATURED EVENT: 

Visit with Author Anna Dewdney 

Saturday, December 8 | 11 AM

McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library

7405 Stella Link | 832-393-2639 


Best-selling author Anna Dewdney will visit the Houston Public Library to kick off the annual Season’s Readings program.

 

 

OTHER FEATURED SEASON READING PROGRAMS INCLUDE:

Music for the Season – Houston Youth Symphony

Saturday, December 15 | 1 PM

Central Library

500 McKinney | 832-393-1313


Houston Youth Symphony, celebrating 65 years of music education, presents string and brass chamber music ensembles performing classical and holiday favorites.

 

Aurora Picture Show and the Houston Public Library Present:
POPCORN KIDS

Best of New York International Children’s Film Festival

Saturday, December 15 |  3 PM

Julia Ideson Building

550 McKinney | 832-393-1662


Enjoy a colorful collection of short films from around the world, hand-picked as audience and jury favorites from the 2012 New York International Children’s Film Festival, and brought to the library by the Aurora Picture Show. Kids and kids-at-heart will love this collection of short films that includes a sweet film adapted from the enormously popular Gruffalo picture book by British author Julia Donaldson. Join us after the screening for a special reading of Gruffalo and related crafts.

 

For more program listings, dates, times and location information visit www.HoustonLibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.

 

All programs are free and open to the public.

NEW YEAR’S EVE HOUSTON
New Year’s Eve Houston brings Disco to Discovery Green

NYEHoustonCome ring in 2013 at New Year’s Eve Houston with Grammy® Award winner KC & the Sunshine Band. Celebrating his 40th anniversary, the “king of disco groove” will bring his infectious party music to the city’s annual fun-filled, FREE and family-friendly night for some booty shakin’ and gettin’ down in the Discovery Green Disco. 
 
Revelers will enjoy a host of performers and entertainers, a bubble garden, the always-funky illuminated art car parade, ice skating, a variety of food and drinks galore, plus two countdowns. New Year’s will arrive early for families with small children and a second arrives at the stroke of midnight with a spectacular fireworks finale atop the George R. Brown Convention Center.

 

WHEN: Monday, Dec. 31, 2012; 7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.

WHERE: Discovery Green — 1500 McKinney St., 77010