Category Archives: Press Release

Republican Greg Hill Officially Files for Texas’ 22nd Congressional District

PRESS RELEASE – NOVEMBER 14, 2019

Hill_Greg_HeadshotPEARLAND, TX – Republican Greg Hill today officially filed for Texas’ 22nd Congressional District.

Hill will now appear on the Republican Primary ballot in March of 2020.

“By filing today, we are taking the first step toward getting our country back on track and protecting our mainstream conservative values in Congress,” said Hill. “I am ready to take my experience as a U.S. Border patrol Agent, Judge, and City Councilman to Washington to secure our borders, defend ourConstitution, and uphold the rule of law.”

A lifelong Republican and district resident, Greg served as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent before returning home and serving three terms on the Pearland City Council. In 2018, Hill ran for Brazoria County Court-at-Law Judge and was one of the top voter getters, receiving more votes than any of the Republican statewide candidates.

Hill’s message and experience have clearly resonated with the community as Greg has raised more money from individual contributors than any candidate in the race for Congress.

“Now more than ever, Congress needs a new generation of leaders who reflect mainstream suburban values and can restore common sense to Washington. I’m running for Congress to defeat the radical socialist agenda of the Democratic Party, protect our pocketbooks and our families, and preserve our quality of life. The socialists are out of their minds, but they control Capitol Hill. Together we can send one of our own to Capitol Hill and take it back.”

Greg is married to his lovely wife, Amy Hill, and has two beautiful children, Isabella and Ford. They are active in their local church, and Greg serves on numerous boards and commissions in the community.

Grapevine Cop returns to work after 2-year absence from injury

PRESS RELEASE

RJ with pack (1 of 1)

Hudson (Far Right) with the rest of the Traffic Unit

Grapevine Police Senior Officer RJ Hudson is returning to full duty for the first time since being critically injured in the line of duty more than two years ago.  

Monday, November 4, 2019 is Senior Officer Hudson’s first full day back on his own in the Traffic Unit.  Since the accident that nearly claimed his life, Ofc. Hudson has undergone 11 surgeries and hundreds of hours of intensive rehabilitation therapy.  

On October 19, 2017, Senior Officer Hudson was traveling south on SH-121 near Hall-Johnson Road when an SUV swerved into his lane and hit his motorcycle. Sr. Ofc. Hudson was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Grapevine with dozens of broken bones, lacerations, and internal injuries.  He was released from the hospital on November 22, 2017, where he continued his recovery at home.  Hudson ultimately returned to work on light duty, but still faced several obstacles and setbacks in his recovery, including the need for additional surgeries and therapies.  

On September 17, 2019, Officer Hudson was released from medical care and allowed to return to work in full uniform.  He then spent the next several weeks re-acclimating and re-certifying in all aspects of his job duties as a motorcycle officer.

Throughout his journey, Hudson remained positive and focused on his recovery.  The Grapevine Police Department recognizes the sacrifices, dedication, and determination by not only Senior Officer RJ Hudson, but his entire family for their unwavering support and positive attitude.  Congratulations to Senior Officer Hudson, and thank you to everyone who assisted in his recovery along the way. 

[ Author’s Amanda McNew’s Note: I’m including a list of Senior Officer Hudson’s injuries, but keep in mind it will not account for multiple breaks. For example, his broken hand will count as one injury, but in fact he shattered the bone into dozens of pieces. I’m counting that as “one” because not even the doctors could count up all the breaks. His injuries were so extensive, some of the breaks were not even discovered for several weeks due to swelling.]

Injuries:

  • Both orbital bones broken
  • Broken nose
  • Cracked teeth and filling knocked out
  • Ruptured ear drum
  • Concussion
  • Diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury (T.B.I.)
  • Multiple lacerations
  • Multiple contusions
  • Puncture wound right tricep
  • Bursitis in left hip
  • Broken left clavicle
  • Left scapula fractured
  • 8 broken ribs (7 left, 1 right)
  • 4 ruptures in lungs
  • Arterial bleeding & spleen injury
  • Bruised kidneys
  • Torn right rotator cuff
  • Multiple compression fractures of vertebra
  • Fractured L-4
  • Left wrist broken
  • Left thumb broken
  • Right wrist broken
  • Right thumb, index finger and knuckles broken
  • Shattered bones in right forearm
  • Nerve damage to right hand
  • Ligament damage to right wrist
  • Tibial plate fractured in left leg
  • Torn meniscus in left knee
  • Ligaments & tendons torn in left ankle
  • Talus bone in left ankle fractured
  • Shattered bones in left foot
  • 11 surgeries
  • 26 different broken bones

Texas Artist Partners with Mother Nature, displays at Main Street Festival

PRESS RELEASE

Bob

Wolf 

Does Texas possess the most beautiful rocks in the world? State recognized artist Bob Wolf thinks so. Armed with a saw, grinder, and his imagination, he cuts, grinds, and polishes semi-precious rock and sets each one into a custom jewelry setting. He, along with one hundred other artists, will be showing their art at this year’s 35th Annual Main Street Fest in Downtown Grapevine.     

“While painters use flat canvas, I use three-dimensional rock to produce pieces of art more beautiful than what I could make myself. Mother Nature is fun to work with,” says Wolf, whom the Texas Commission on the Arts has recognized twice as a State of Texas Artist finalist.

To bring out a stone’s best colors and patterns, slabs of rock are cut and then decisions are made on how to cut and shape the stone to best showcase what Mother Nature placed in the rock. Then a setting is custom made using silver and gold-filled wire. 

Larimar Pendent

Photo: Bob Wolf

Besides describing how he produces his work, visitors to Mr. Wolf’s booth can hold and see what Australian opal, Southwest raw turquoise, West Texas plume agate, and East Texas petrified palm wood look like before they are made into jewelry.

“For children, I have dinosaur bones and dinosaur coprolite to inspect with a magnifier.  When children learn what dinosaur coprolite is, they quickly return the specimens to the table,” says Mr. Wolf mischievously. [It’s fossilized dinosaur poop]

“This is our second appearance at Main Street Fest. Lots of good music, beverages, and food. We are looking forward to participating once again.”

This year’s 35th Annual Main Street Fest will be held in downtown Grapevine from Friday, May 17 from 10 am to 11:30 pm; Saturday May 18th from 10 am to 11:30 pm; and Sunday, May 19th from 11 am to 6 pm. Mr. Wolf’s art booth can be found under a banner reading “State of Texas Artist Finalist.”

Scan0003_0003_003

Bob Wolf at Work (Photo courtesy of Bob Wolf)

C.B. “Buck” Stevens seeks re-election for Brazoria County Pct. 3 Constable*

PRESS RELEASE

StevensC.B. “Buck” Stevens is seeking re-election for Brazoria County Precinct 3 Constable. He has served in this position since 1997.

Stevens has deep roots in Pearland. His family moved to the community in the 1960’s. Stevens’ father, B.J. Stevens, was a well-known police officer in Pearland after retiring from the Houston Police Department. After college, Buck did attend the police academy at Alvin Community College in 1979, but went to work in the petrochemical industry.

In 1984, Stevens began his law enforcement career at the Hitchcock Police Department, and later served five years with the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office. Stevens also served as a Fire Marshal for Brookside Village for five years.

In 1997, Stevens successfully unseated the incumbent Constable and has remained in office since that time.

While in office, Stevens has raised the bar for all Constables in Brazoria County by being innovative, progressive and a leader in the civil and administrative areas of law. He was one of the first 30 Constables in the State of Texas to receive a Civil Process Proficiency Certification and achieve the designation of CLI (Constable Leadership Institute).

Stevens specializes in Civil Process and Warrant Service, and has ensured that his entire staff has the latest in resources, training and equipment. He is currently certified as a Master Peace Officer, Police Instructor, a Telecommunications Operator, a Crime Prevention Specialist, Environmental Law Officer, holds Mental Health Certification and is trained as a Hostage Negotiator and Police Chaplain. He also instructs in bike, helmet and child seat safety.

Deeply involved in the community, Stevens is active in the Lions Club of Pearland, Keep Pearland Beautiful, Pearland Area Citizens Corps, Inc., Brazoria County Republican Party, Pearland Area Republican Club, West Pearland Republican Club, Alvin Republican Women’s Club, Tri-County Republican Women’s Club, is a Lifetime member Brazoria County and Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, serves as a Boy Scouts Pack Leader and Committee Chair, is a member of the Texas and National Justice of the Peace and Constables Association and is a member of Counseling Connections for Change.

Buck has two sons, Beau and Wyatt who attend Pearland ISD. Buck enjoys dancing, traveling, movies, antique stores, cooking and working in the yard and with woodcrafts.

For more information and contact numbers, visit http://www.electbuckstevens.com/.

*This is a sponsored post. Pearland Connection does not endorse any particular candidate.

PearPeeps announces the launch of first of its kind “deals” website in Pearland

PRESS RELEASE

pear-peeps-logo-2PearPeeps.com went live on February 5. The Pearland community now has access to an online one-stop shop for finding specific deals in the Pearland, Manvel and Alvin areas.

The new website offers quick and easy access to coupons, deals and essential information for restaurants, auto repair centers, groomers, events and other local shops and services for the Pearland community. PearPeeps’ goal is to galvanize local patronage of the residents in the Pearland area and to enhance the local business presence of its owners.

The PearPeeps website, designed by Pearland Web Design, boasts a clean, cutting edge, modern yet simplistic aesthetic. It’s divided into 3 sections. The ‘home’ page holds exclusive placement for featured (Marquis) local deals. The ‘deals’ tab shows all current deals and the ‘categories’ tab is self-explanatory in its display of the available business categories. Each page provides detailed information on all three aspects of PearPeeps’ functioning. PearPeeps currently has an optimal email database of hundreds of targeted subscribers and growing.  

For more information on PearPeeps, please visit http://pearpeeps.com. Local businesses interested in advertising their deals with PearPeeps can call (281)305-9144.

Perez announces candidacy for Pearland City Council Position 6*

PRESS RELEASE

Perez FamilyTrent Perez is proud to announce his candidacy for Pearland City Council, Position 6. Early voting will take place April 25 – May 3 and Election Day is May 7.

After serving in the US Army (Active Duty), Perez began his career as a civil engineer with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Houston. In practice for more the 16 years, Trent is a licensed profession engineer (PE) and owner of PRD Land Development Services, LLC, which specializes in civil engineering design and land development.

Perez has previously served as the Assistant City Engineer for the City of Pearland. In that time, he managed and oversaw the development of hundreds of projects throughout the Pearland area.  After leaving that position he returned to private consulting and was trusted with the design of the largest projects in the Pearland area, including the Kelsey-Seybold Office Building in Shadow Creek, the Dover Energy Complex in the Lower Kirby District, and the Mitsubishi Heavy Industrial (MHI) Campus. Perez’s role in the MHI project was critical to bringing the business to Pearland and ensuring a $40 million investment into the community and the formation of hundreds of high-salary jobs.

As a former staff member, Perez already knows, in great detail, how the City of Pearland works.  He is also already aware of City programs that work well and the ones that need to be revisited. As such, Trent will be able to hit the ground running once on council and begin to implement immediate change to critical issues.

Perez and his wife, Tally, met during the Hurricane Rita evacuation. Married now for more than eight years, they have been blessed with three wonderful children. Parker is the oldest at seven, followed by Sofia (Rory), who is six, and Daniella (Dani,) who is five.

Trent and Tally have lived both in Shadow Creek Ranch and The Lakes of Highland Glen, and have come to love both east and west Pearland. They are also members of New Life Lutheran Church.

Perez has volunteered and supported numerous Pearland organizations including: The Pearland Chamber of Commerce, the Lions Club of Pearland, the Vic Coppinger YMCA and Keep Pearland Beautiful.

For more information, visit PerezForPearland.com.

*Pearland Connection does not endorse any particular candidate

Brawner enters race for Pct. 4 Constable*

IMG_7972James Brawner has entered the race for the position of Brazoria County Pct. 4 Constable. He currently works as a Narcotic Investigations Sergeant for the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department. Pct. 4 includes most of the Pearland area.

“I am a lifelong resident of Brazoria County and graduated from Danbury High School. Upon graduation, I entered in the United States Navy where I received a formal education in aircraft mechanics and specialized in working on F/A-18 Hornets. I was assigned to a squadron that deployed to the Middle East and Persian Gulf,” Brawner said. “I returned home from the military in 1995 with a renewed commitment in protecting the freedom we hold dear and that is why I choose to pursue a career in law enforcement. I began working for the Brazoria County Sheriff’s office in 1999. I have enjoyed the experience of working narcotics as well as the great opportunity to work with other law enforcement agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration and Pearland Police Department. Together, we have been able to make a significant impact on slowing the flow and arresting narcotic traffickers that are utilizing Brazoria County as a place to store and sell their poison to our families and children.”

Brawner has served in numerous divisions in BCSO, including the jail, patrol, crime scene investigations, SWAT and narcotics and was promoted to Sergeant in 2009.

Brawner is a popular candidate and is endorsed by many including the Texas Narcotic Officers Association, making him the first candidate to receive an endorsement by TNOA, a statewide organization of approximately 3500 officers.

Brawner is married to his best friend, Holly, who is a fifth grade math teacher. Together, they have an 8 year-old son and a 4 year-old daughter.

Brawner stays busy in his community and is a member of many organizations, including serving as a Board Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of the Brazoria Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, the Sweeny Chamber of Commerce, the West Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Municipal Police Association, the Brazoria County Peace Officers Association, the Texas Tactical Officers Association, the Texas State Rifle Association,  the Brazoria County Fair Association, as a Little League Board member and is a regular sponsor and volunteer in area fundraisers.

Brawner states, “This is an important race for our community and you have a rare opportunity to elect a person with both verifiable Law Enforcement and Leadership experience. You have to choose wisely when you are electing a candidate who will be in your neighborhood and on your streets, and that is why I take this campaign so seriously.  I welcome your support and am humbly asking for your vote.”

James Brawer will be on the Republican ticket in the March 2016 primary election.

*This post is sponsored. Pearland Connection does not endorse any particular candidate.

Community Development Dept. closes out fiscal year

PRESS RELEASE

Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) ended on Sept. 30 and boasted some of the highest development numbers the City of Pearland has ever seen. More importantly, the type and quality of these developments were in line with the City’s objective of maintaining safe, sustainable homes and businesses.

September was an active month with a total of 203 single-family permits issued. This is the highest since 2007 for the month of September, and more than double that of those issued in September of last year (95). With such increased permit activity, the number of inspections have been high also. The total inspections for September were 3,724, the highest since 2002, when Shadow Creek Ranch began its expansion.

A total of 1,457 single-family home permits were issued during FY15, as compared to 961 single-family home permits for this same period last year FY2014 – a 52 percent increase. The total valuation being reported for new single-family residential permits was $328,358,299, averaging to $225,300 per home. Of these, 456 single-family home permits were issued during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year, compared to 278 single-family home permits for the same period last year, a 64 percent increase. Future inventory of single-family residential lots remains strong.

In FY 2015, 1,125 single-family residential lots were created, of which 1,082 were final lots (ready to start construction) and 43 were preliminary lots, with construction anticipated in the next six to eight months. Of these total 1,125 lots, 67 percent of the lots had a lot width less than 60’, equating to the Single Family Residential R-4 zoning category, the smallest lot width permitted for single-family residential in Pearland.

Most of the larger subdivisions were generally located west of State Highway 288, south of Broadway. A smaller number of these larger subdivisions were located in the vicinity of Pearland Parkway. On the commercial front, permits were issued for 545 commercial projects with a combined total square footage of 2.1 million square feet (48 acres) and a total valuation of $99.6 million. One of the highest valued commercial project is the Costco Wholesale Store and Fuel Station that encompasses 160,179 square feet and has a project valuation of $13,186,400, estimated to open in November.

Other notable projects with a valuation over $2 million include the City of Pearland Fire Station #2, valued at $3,669,000; Pearland Medical Commons Methodist Medical Office, valued at $2,909,000; MHI Compressor Warehouse build-out valued at $3,750,000; Pearland ISD school renovation, valued at $8,500,000; Profile Wire manufacturing, valued at $2,030,000; and the City of Pearland Reflection Bay Waste Water Treatment Plant temporary expansion, valued at $10,700,000.

Much of Pearland’s growth has been guided by a strong history of Comprehensive Planning. The first Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 1968 and has been consistently updated to respond to prevailing and predicted growth patterns and socioeconomic changes. This tradition continues with the adoption of the 2015 Comprehensive Plan, 47 years later.

The Plan addresses the challenging task of developing the remaining 13.2 square miles to accommodate an additional 100,000 people in the next 25 years, while maintaining a high quality of life. The implementation strategy identifies 14 Priority Action Tasks that staff will focus on in the next 3 years.

For more information, visit PearlandTX.gov.

Representative Thompson Announces Selection of the Student Leadership Advisory Council

Today, State Representative Ed Thompson announced the names of the fifteen students selected to be members of the District 29 Student Leadership Advisory Council (SLAC). The SLAC will provide a unique opportunity for these high school students to engage in the legislative process with Representative Thompson and to obtain a hands-on education of the role of state government.

“We selected a diverse group of 15 students who attend public school, private school, and homeschool throughout the district,” stated Thompson. “Their backgrounds are impressive, and I am really looking forward to working with these students to share the inner-workings of Texas state government and engage them in the legislative process.”

Students selected include, in alphabetical order: Mikael Floyd, Ted Frick, Kristen Graham, Bushra Hamid, Sarah Hoffmann, Victoria Kiefer, Collin Koza, Shalini Lakshmi, Diego Lopez, Alice Nong, Paolo Obispo, Blake Reddix, Abigail Russell, Ryan Shaw, and Camryn Snell.

The first meeting this fall will be on Saturday, November 7th. Representative Thompson’s hope is that the SLAC will be a resource to educate, encourage, and enlighten the next generation of Texas leaders by providing them with the opportunity to learn more about the intrinsic value of public service and the inner workings of the Texas Legislature.

Family Medicine Physician Joins Memorial Hermann Medical Group Pearland Convenient Care Center

Talati_coatFamily medicine doctor Komal Talati, M.D., has joined the Memorial Hermann Medical Group Pearland Convenient Care Center.

Dr. Talati graduated from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio and provides highly personalized care for patients of all ages. Among the many conditions she treats, her special interests include women’s health and preventive medicine.

Dr. Talati joins family medicine physicians Quang Bui, M.D., Saul Torres, M.D., and internal medicine and pediatric physician, Zenithe Pierre, M.D., as part of the Memorial Hermann Medical Group Pearland Convenient Care Center located at 16100 South Freeway, Suite C1/100 in Pearland.

Appointments may be scheduled by calling 713-413-6610, or online through ScheduleNow.