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Alert citizen helps catch home burglars

PenaValenzuelaOn Tuesday (April 26), a resident in the area of 2200 Cedar reported suspicious circumstances involving two males in a silver vehicle. The caller didn’t recognize the vehicle or the male driver and passenger and called police.

When Pearland officers arrived, the two males ran and began jumping fences to escape police. After a brief foot chase, both suspects were detained.

Officers recovered evidence and quickly learned that the pair had broken into a home in the 4900 block of Plum.

Officers identified the pair as Jarrod Pena, 18, and Xavier Valenzuela, 20. Both suspects were charged with Evading Arrest, a Class A Misdemeanor; and Burglary of a Habitation, a Second Degree Felony.

“This incident was a great example of citizens being involved in keeping their community safe,” said Assistant Chief of Police Johnny Spires.

To report suspicious activity, call the Pearland Police Department at (281) 997-4100. Call 911 to report crimes in progress.

 

Pearland PD Bulletin 4/18 -4/24/16

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Pearland ISD Position 7 Candidate discusses local issues

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Pearland ISD has three Trustee positions up for re-election on May 7. Rebecca Decker, who sits in Position 5, is running unopposed as is Lance Botkin, who holds Position 6. Pam Boegler is giving up her seat in Position 7, and hopefuls Jeffrey Barry and Kelvin Williams are both running to take her place.

We sent questionnaires to Barry and Williams. As of press time, Williams had not responded. Barry’s responses are outlined below.

Q1: Why did you decide to run for the Board of Trustees?

I want to continue to give all of PISD’s students the best opportunity to excel, either in academics or trades, so that they can start their lives being given every opportunity to be higher than average wage earners wherever they go.

Q2: What is your campaign platform’s most important issue?

We really have three issues that I like to include together: Academic excellence, teacher retention and fiscal responsibility. I believe that all three of these issues share the number one position in my campaign.

Q3: There have been issues that have historically come up during election time. What are your ideas about overcrowding and what are some realistic ideas to deal with it?

Overcrowding is an issue that all growing communities face over time. The District constantly checks zoning areas to make sure that the population of students aren’t concentrated in certain school areas and if there are then they are forced to rezone certain areas. Once those options are exhausted, we must consider expansion of schools and/or new construction.

Q3-1: Financials: A solution to overcrowding is to build new schools, but with the current budget, that can’t happen. What are your ideas for the future?

Without impacting the budget the best thing that we can do is to manage each school’s demographics (number of students within a certain area that attend a particular school) to make sure that our “school zones” are aligned with the student/school count. If these numbers are aligned then, in many cases, new schools are our only option.

Q3-2: Transparency: Do you think there needs to be an improvement here? If so, how would you go about making the Board of Trustees/PISD more transparent?

I think that with all of the Trustee meetings being streamed on TV, saved to the District website and having the agenda posted in advance, allowing anyone to review and choose to make open comments in advance of the meetings is sufficient, but I am open to suggestions in this area.

Q3-3: Technology: some students (and even teachers) can’t afford to buy tablets/laptops. The district doesn’t have the latest classroom technology in every classroom. Do you think this is a problem and if so, what are your ideas about moving toward a solution?

Being that we are in a “technology-driven” world these days, I believe that this needs to be addressed sooner than later. In some cases, the district is using old technology in the classroom. Technology changes faster than every 18 months these days, and if we want our students to be the cream of the crop, we need to figure out how we are going to get them the latest and greatest technology in the classroom. I do know, coming from a technology background, that technology isn’t cheap. I would approach as many technology companies for grants and, potentially, have someone on staff that is focused on technology full time. Since the budget is relatively fixed, I believe that partnering with outside companies is the solution.   The PISD Foundation and the NBCEA may be a short-term viable solution, but for the long term and on a continuous basis, we need to partner with companies like Cisco, HP, Dell, etc. to alleviate a portion of this burden.

Q3-4: Staffing issues: what are your ideas about attracting and keeping quality teachers and staff?

I understand that we live in an area that is very competitive from a teaching perspective. With Alvin ISD growing at a fast rate along with other prominent districts in the area the pool of outstanding teachers is shrinking. Always trying to pay our teachers the most money isn’t the solution. I would think that if we create an atmosphere of being the “best place to work” as far as local area ISDs go, then we will be able to attract and retain the best of the best. Administrative support and oversight is the key to success.

Q4: What in your career history and experience makes you uniquely qualified to serve as a Trustee? What will you bring to the table and what gap will it fill (if any)?

My career spans from technology to insurance, but my most important qualification is being a business owner. I have owned my own business for 12 years and employ five people, so I understand the challenges of managing a budget and making payroll. As a small business owner, I understand the value of a dollar and will take this characteristic onto the Board if elected.

Q5: Do you have any children that attend PISD schools? If so, what are their ages/grades?

I do not; however, that fact gives me a unique advantage due to fact that I can take different approach to issues that come up in the district. I can be completely objective, and my aim is for every student to have the same advantages as all the rest. Because we don’t have children in the district, my wife, Charisse, and I have put a lot of energy into helping the kids that are here.

Q6: One of the major social problems in all school districts is bullying, both in person and cyber bullying. What ideas do you have to cut down the incidences of bullying and what punishments do you believe need to be handed down to children who break the bullying rules?

Bullying is a challenging situation for the district and parents. Our best defense against bullying is awareness for teachers, administrators and parents. Keeping the parents in the loop and “partnering” with parents will be the first step to a successful resolution. Training for the district counselors and parents will help to identify that bullying is going on and allow them to work together to come to a solution. As far as punishment, we already have rules for punishment within the district, such as detention, the PACE Center and the court system, and the level of punishment must be reflective of the severity of the incident or incidents.

Q7: Feel free to mention anything about your family, your job, your experience, hobbies or anything else you’d like to share with our readers.

I have lived in Pearland for 17 years, married to Charisse Barry, and live in Green Tee. I served, active duty, in the United States Navy and earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. I am currently President of the PISD Education Foundation, and am on the Board of the Northern Brazoria County Education Alliance. I have also served on the Boards of the Chamber of Commerce, Adult Reading Center and the Economic Development Corporation for the City of Pearland.

For more information about Jeffrey Barry, visit https://www.facebook.com/Jeffforkids.

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For information about Kelvin Williams, visit https://www.facebook.com/kelvinforpisdschoolboard.

Pearland PD Bulletin 4/11 – 4/17/16

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Pearland Mourns Loss of K-9 Nancy

MortonThe Pearland Police Department is mourning the loss of retired Detection K9, Nancy.  The 12-year-old Belgian Malinois was the loyal partner and companion of Detective Eric Morton and served the Pearland community from November 2005 until her retirement in early 2014. Nancy was certified for narcotics detection, human tracking and article searches.

“Nancy was loved by everyone around her and she will be sorely missed by the Pearland Police Department, Detective Eric Morton and his family,” said Pearland Chief of Police, J.C. Doyle.

Nancy and Officer Morton are credited with the seizure of more than $1.3 million dollars of illegal narcotics, property and currency. Together, the two were recognized as the 2007 Pearland Police Officer of the Year. She and Officer Morton also assisted with training and investigations for other local law enforcement agencies, including Brazoria and Harris County, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Friendswood Police Department.

In addition to fighting crime, Nancy was a community favorite appearing at countless schools, daycares and community events. The City of Pearland sends condolences to Detective Morton and his family.

Pearland Police asks community for assistance in identifying robbery suspect

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On Sunday (Apr. 10) at approximately 4 p.m., a young, black male approximately 5’7” to 5’9” tall, wearing long tan shorts, a red shirt, red shoes and a ‘Houston’ ball cap entered the Exxon gas station, located at 8431 Broadway St.

The suspect appeared to use his shirt when opening the door to the business. The suspect grabbed a Coke and approached the cashier to pay. When the cashier opened the register, the suspect pulled a black semi-automatic pistol out of his pants, pointed it at the cashier and demanded cash.

When the suspect left, he told the cashier to go to the restroom, located in the back of the store. The suspect fled, and no vehicle was seen.

Anyone with information about this suspect is urged to call the Pearland Police Department at 281-997-4100.

Pearland Connect – April 2016

Pearland Connect is the communications vehicle that the City of Pearland is using to keep you informed. We do our best to provide you with the information you want and need and we want to hear from you. We welcome your input via email.

Come take a walk on the City’s new Nature Trail

trailThe John Hargrove Environmental Complex trail located at 5800 Magnolia Road is now open. The grant-funded project includes a 1.7-mile recreational nature trail, sidewalk connections, trailhead signage and nine additional parking spaces at the Stella Roberts Recycling Center.

Project construction began in December 2015 with trail subgrade preparation and drainage designed to ensure the trail is stable and sustainable for many years.

For more information, log on to pearlandtx.gov.

Old Town Site “Quiet Zone” in effect

Old Town Site may be quieter than you remember as Quiet Zones are now in effect. The Quiet Zone, established by the Federal Railroad Administration, states that locomotive horns are not required within highway-rail grade crossings equipped with Supplemental Safety Measures or Alternative Safety Measures or crossings that have a Quiet Zone Risk Index at or below the Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold. Read more on Quiet Zones on the City’s website.

Safe Exchange Zone initiative aims to keep residents safe 

xchangeThe City of Pearland is now offering a secure location for Pearland residents to help ensure and enhance their safety and to minimize the opportunity for an encounter to go wrong for internet-based purchases from websites such as Craigslist and eBay.

This initiative attempts to address safety and awareness concerns. Visit the Police Department webpage to read more.

Delores Fenwick Nature Center design moves forward

fenwickDesign will soon be underway for the Delores Fenwick Nature Center, an educational facility coming to the John Hargrove Environmental Center. 

The complex, located at 5800 Magnolia, houses the Stella Roberts Recycling Center, John Hargrove Environmental Center and the newly completed nature trail system. Read more on the the facility.

Do your part to help reduce pollutants

The City’s Stormwater Management Plan deals with ways to improve its surface water quality through the use of various Best Management Practices. 

Residents can help to reduce chemical, biological and physical pollutants from the ground and storm sewer system by employing the practices used by the City.

Learn how you can help at pearlandtx.gov/stormwater.

CITY OF PEARLAND AND KEEP PEARLAND BEAUTIFUL HOST 20TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

ShowImage (1)Join the City of Pearland and Keep Pearland Beautiful for a free and fun event to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is being held at the Pearland Recreation Center & Natatorium located at 4141 Bailey Road. Free parking and complimentary shuttles available from Turner Career and College High School, 4717 Bailey Road.

There will be activities for the kids, local food vendors, outdoor yoga, the Zoo-mobile, and information about ways you can be a part of the solution and reduce your carbon footprint. Vendors will be on hand with information about services and products that can help your family live healthier and sustainably, while saving money and conserving natural resources. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to be a part of the fun and help make a difference in our community and for the environment!

“Through events like Earth Day, the City of Pearland and Keep Pearland Beautiful are able to educate the community on the importance of taking care of our Earth and developing and maintaining good conservation habits,” said Chris Orlea, City of Pearland Parks & Recreation Director.

For more information on this event or other City of Pearland Parks and Recreation events, visit pearlandparks.com.

New Edition of Pearland in Motion Now Available

ShowImagePearland in Motion is produced three times a year and is an excellent resource for all members of our community who want to stay up-to-date on the latest news and information important to Pearland residents. The newsletter is your complete guide to City of Pearland programs, services and recreational activities. Advertise your business in the next issue.

Copies of Pearland in Motion can be found at the following locations:
  • Convention & Visitors Bureau (11200 Broadway, Suite 1390)
  • City Hall (3519 Liberty Drive)
  • Pearland Chamber of Commerce (6117 Broadway)
  • Pearland Community Center (3523 Liberty Drive)
  • Pearland Economic Development Corporation (1200 Pearland Parkway – Suite 200)
  • Pearland Library (3522 Liberty Drive)
  • Public Safety Building (2555 Cullen Pkwy.)
  • Recreation Center and Natatorium (4141 Bailey Road)
  • Keep Pearland Beautiful (3523 Liberty Drive)
  • Melvin Knapp Activity Center (2424 South Park Avenue)
  • Westside Event Center (2150 Country Place Parkway)
  • Westside Library (2803 Business Center Drive, Suite 101)
Current Edition:

Pearland in Motion – Summer 2016

Concerts in the Park Kicks Off May 6

Pearland Concerts in the Park rock Southdown Park every Friday night from 7 to 9 p.m. during the months of May and June. Visitors enjoy live music with a variety of genres featured each week.

The free family event is held at Southdown Park, 2150 Countryplace Parkway, conveniently located off Texas Highway 288. Food vendors will be on-site selling delicious menu items for kids of all ages. Young kids will find plenty to do with the Splash pad and playground.

Visitors can bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets then sit back, relax and enjoy the live concerts. Featured acts include:

  • May 6 – Hamilton Loomis | Blues
  • May 13 – The Fab 5 – Beatles | 1960s
  • May 20 – Amber & the Old Rascals | Oldies & Motown
  • May 27 – Kelly McGuire | Tropical
  • June 3 – City Nights Band | Variety
  • June 10 – Mango Punch | Latin
  • June 17 – Big Joe Walker | Country
  • June 24 – Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws | Zydeco

For more information visit – www.pearlandparks.com or call 281-412-8900.