Pearland is a Green City

Posted on Sunday, 25 September 2011

Pearland City Council approved a resolution at the end of 2009 declaring Pearland as a "Green City". They outlined plans to operate in an environmentally friendly way aiming for results in the reduced consumption of energy and natural resources.

The city leaders play a proactive role in green initiatives among the surrounding cities and counties. These initiatives focus on reducing the quantity of materials entering landfills, increasing the amount recycled from hazardous and toxic materials, reducing water usage, improving the quality of air and water, and in general improving the environment for Pearland residents. Some specific green goals include energy consumption, water conservation, recycling, and reusing.

The city also has the Keep Pearland Beautiful team, a local farmer’s market, and a community garden. To Learn more visit the Pearland Parks and Recreation Center.


Posted on Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Victory Over Japan Day is celebrated around the world on various days between the last week of August and the first week in September. It is the celebration of the end of World War II.

September 2nd the Alvin VFW Post 5327 sponsored a remembrance ceremony in front of Alvin City Hall. Alvin Police Officers James Edwards (Marine Veteran), Cpl. Shawn Gilcrease, Officer Roger Breaux and Alvin Police Chief Merkel, VFW members, former military members and Alvin residents placed wreaths and a folded flag atop the VFW Memorial in front of the Alvin City Hall.

When the news broke inthe United States, people went wild. Celebration broke forth everywhere. The famous photograph from Life magazine shot by Alfred Eisenstaedt captures the moment of the end of the war in Times Square. "There were thousands of people milling around, in side streets and everywhere. Everybody was kissing each other . . . And there was also a Navy man running, grabbing anybody, you know, kissing, I ran ahead of him because I had Leica cameras around my neck, focused from 10 feet to infinity. You only had to shoot . . . I didn't even know what was going on, until he grabbed something in white. And I stood there, and they kissed. And I snapped five times."

The formal announcement of the surrender was made on the afternoon of Aug. 15, 1945 in Japan. The document was signed on Sept. 2, 1945. The formal surrender occurred at Tokyo Bay on Sept. 12, 1945. The opening prayer gave thanks for all those who served in order to create peace from the chaos. “We fought to keep them over there during World War II,” said Alvin veteran Leroy Powell."

Girls Scouts Beautify Elementary School

Posted on Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Girl Scouts of troop 27038 are working on their Silver Award service project, beautifying Lawhon Elementary garden area. Troop member and former student of the elementary school April Nguyen encouraged the project

when she saw the need after last winter devastated the outside areas and several trees are infected with beetles. Each troop member is donating 40 hours of her time to help make the outdoor space beautiful.

The troop partnered with Keep Pearland Beautiful over the summer and received a grant to help with funding their project. The entire community is invited to participate in the beautification project by donating supplies and funds. Some of the things the girls are still looking for are a reel hose, oak trees, Texas – native plants, bird feeders, butterfly hatching supplies and garden benches.
Donating to the girls project will certainly keep Pearland beautiful. Contact the project coordinator at 713-385-1781.

Pearland Theater Guild Has a New Home

Posted on Friday, 09 September 2011

The Pearland Theater Guild was established in 2010 to enrich the local community. They are considered a semi-professional guild lighting up the cultural arts at their intimate new venue, the Ernest Holley Memorial Theater, located at 326 Fellows Road with

seating for 55 people. The guild has become a large part of the community since they began. Each year they host Pearland Idol which has been sold out well in advance for each performance. Being a non-profit organization, it is also a fundraiser. This year they are adding a new fundraiser during September called Beauty Shop Queen and the winner will receive free ad space in their play

bill. In their own words “the Pearland Theatre Guild is a semi-professional performing arts organization dedicated to bringing high-quality live theatre to Pearland and the surrounding areas. In addition to great shows, we offer special events, classes, camps, and workshops for both adults and children throughout the year”.
Their upcoming performance is Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling and will run each Thursday though Sunday the during the month of October. For ticket information and to learn more about the Pearland Theater Guild call 713-340-2540 or visit them online."

A New School for a New Year

Posted on Friday, 02 September 2011

Alvin ISD and the surrounding communities are growing rapidly! This year will be the inagural year for Glenn York Elementary School, the newest of 14 elementary schools in the district. Everything is new this year. New children, new packpacks, and a brand new school for children from parts of the fast-growing local community, as well as Southern Trails, the Southgate and Southfork neighborhoods, and a small area west of County Road 48 and south of Broadway. The recently completed 96,297-square-foot building at 2720 Kingsley and opened for the first time with the commencement of classes Monday, Aug. 22.

The school is named after local educator Glenn York who grew up in Alvin and became a teacher, coach, swim teacher and city council member. District spokes woman Shirley Brothers said, "Back in those days, I think they did a little bit of everything”. The 35-year educator taught and coached baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan in elementary school and junior high. Nolan Ryan advocated in a letter of recommendation that the school be named after his former teacher and coach.

Kimberly Wells is the principle the district chose to open the new elementary school. Principal Wells never had the honor of meeting Coach York, however she has said that she feels she knows him well because she has been blessed with the opportunity to know his family, friends and fellow community members. "There are so many great stories about him and what a wonderful person he was," she said. "It's a huge honor to be able to open a school in his name.

The building itself is designed to be energy efficient and is modeled after the schools in Sedona Lakes. There will be a beautiful display case near the school’s library that is maintained by the York family and will have new items on a regular basis. The Glenn York Elementary School feeds into Nolan Ryan Junior High and Manvel High School.

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