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For Your Information - Dec 17th - Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health services

Guests were Pam Reed with Devereux Texas. Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health services include intensive residential for adolescents and young adults, residential for children and adults, as well as vocational, foster care and community-based programs. We talked about the effect Hurricane Harvey had on residents of Texas both in Houston / League City and Victoria. We talked about the evacuation of more than 200 children and adults served by Devereux Texas - and more than 125 staff who care for them every day. We talked about the extensive damage done to both facilities, and the recovery and rebuilding needed ahead.

12/15/2017

For Your Information - Dec 17th - Houston Audubon Society

Guests were Sarah Flournoy, Bird-friendly Communities Program Manager, and Richard Gibbons, Conservation Director with the Houston Audubon Society. We talked about the annual 118th Christmas Bird Count. We discussed how the tally allows researchers to observe trends in the ranges and abundance of birds over time. Data from the count is used in research on climate change and conservation. We talked about education and outreach, and what effect Harvey has had on birds in the Houston area.

12/15/2017

For Your Information - Dec 10th - U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Guest was Joe Bontke with the Houston District office of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. We talked about how recent sexual harassment scandals in the news have raised the discussion of workplace misconduct to a new level, and prompted a re-evaluation of how harassment is handled in the workplace. We talked about EEOC Leadership for Respect, and Respect in the Workplace training and education.

12/11/2017

For Your Information - Dec 10th- Texas Department of Public Safety

Guest was Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Stephen Woodard. During last year’s holiday season,* approximately one in four deaths on Texas roadways were alcohol-related. We talked about the TxDOT “Plan While You Can” campaign, designed to lower drunk driving accidents and deaths in Texas during the holidays.

12/11/2017

For Your Information - Dec 10th - Police Chief for the City of Cleveland

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Darrel Broussard, Police Chief for the City of Cleveland, who talked to listeners about his department; how the city’s growth is effecting the police department; some of the dangers and scams that criminals have made part of the holiday season and how to protect yourself against them.

12/11/2017

For Your Information - Arthritis Foundation - Dec 3rd

Guests Jen Torres, Executive Director Arthritis Foundation. And Kari Sanches Jingle Bell Run co-chair and has Rheumatoid Arthritis. We talked about Arthritis, what it is, the different kinds, causes, and treatments. We talked about Juvenile Arthritis, and the need to recruit more medical students to become Rheumatologists. We talked about how Arthritis is the number one cause of disability, and the economic impact.

12/05/2017

For Your Information - Dec 3rd - Montgomery County Food Bank

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Allison Hulett, President / CEO of the Montgomery County Food Bank (MCFB) who talked to listeners about while the MCFB is always in need of volunteers and donations in the form of food and especially money, this year there has been an even greater need primarily due to the wide-spread loss and devastation wreaked by Hurricane Harvey and its associated flood waters. She explained food donations are a great help but due to MCFB’s partnerships with agricultural groups and grocery chains, they are able to provide approximately three meals to those in need for every dollar donated.

12/05/2017

For Your Information - Nov 26th - Heaven’s Army of Resources

On For Your Information this week, my guest is LaNora Purvis, pastor and CEO of Heaven’s Army of Resources, a non-profit group which assists people who can teach certain skills and others who wish to learn these skills come together by providing locations for the process to take place. She said they offer everything from drug and alcohol abuse counseling to martial arts instruction. Pastor Purvis also operates a home in the Cleveland area for female survivors of domestic abuse and sex trafficking.

11/21/2017

For Your Information - City of Cleveland Director of Public Work - Nov 12th

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Roderick ‘Rod’ Hainey, City of Cleveland Director of Public Works, who talked to listeners about: how he came from the Scotland of his youth reaching his current position; what the public works director in Cleveland does; the employees he oversees and what their responsibilities include; the equipment needed to take care of everything from operation of city wells and water treatment plants as well as sewer and water piping repair, to maintenance of roads, bridges, right-of-ways and even cemeteries.

11/09/2017

For Your Information - Nov 5th - Conroe City Administrator

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Paul Virgadamo, Conroe City Administrator, who took the time to talk to listeners concerning the City of Conroe. Included in his discussion were: The damage sustained from Harvey including and how the city residents and businesses responded to it; how the city operates and his function in the process; and the many aspects of Conroe including what Virgadamo refers to as the quality of life its businesses offer the citizens, and in the same manner some of the different aspects, such as the fire and public safety system, public works, parks and recreation, from the city government which do the same.

11/03/2017

For Your Information - Nov 5th - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Guest was Joe Bontke with the Houston District office of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. We talked about how recent sexual harassment scandals in the news have raised the discussion of workplace misconduct to a new level, and prompted a re-evaluation of how harassment is handled in the workplace. We talked about EEOC Leadership for Respect, and Respect in the Workplace training and education.

11/02/2017

For Your Information - Oct 29th - Cleveland City Manager

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Kelly McDonald, Cleveland City Manager, who took the time to talk to listeners concerning the damage sustained by flood waters from Harvey including the locations where the most of the damage to city residents’ and businesses’ property; and the main damage to city property done at the new city park at Houston St. and the SH 105 Bypass. She informed listeners as to the current status of the new planned community inside the southeast city limits, as well as the new Industrial Park going inside the westside city limits.

11/02/2017

For Your Information - Oct 22nd - Liberty County Emergency Management Directo

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Tom Branch, Liberty County Emergency Management Director and Homeland Security Coordinator, who talked to our listeners about : expected ending of FEMA applications filings this week; who should file; how much FEMA has already paid to Liberty County residents; estimates of damages just to Liberty County owned property such as roads and bridges; and warning that the hurricane season last until the end of November, and to not become complacent.

10/23/2017

For Your Information - Oct 20th - United Health Care of Texas

Guest was Dave Milich. CEO, United Health Care of Texas. We talked about open enrollment for employer insurance, Medicare and Obamacare. We discussed the deadlines, options, coverage, wellness and other benefits to consider during open enrollment.

10/20/2017

For Your Information - Oct 20th - Tennis and Education Academy

Guests were Zina Garrison and Kim Gagnge with the Zina Garrison Tennis and Education Academy. Zina Garrison was women's singles runner-up at Wimbledon in 1990, a three-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion, and a women's doubles gold medalist and singles bronze medalist at the 1988 Olympic Games. Zina was introduced to tennis at a free tennis program started by John Wilkerson at MacGregor Park in 1974. When she retired, she began ZGA, a non-profit organization that teaches tennis, health, and fitness to children free of charge. Zena, whose home and ZGA facility were flooded during Hurricane Harvey, is hosting a fun day for kids and families affected by the storm, helping the overcome financially, spiritually, and physically.

10/20/2017

For Your Information - Oct 15th - Editor of the Cleveland Advocate

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Vanesa Brashier, Editor of the Cleveland Advocate and other newspapers, as well as a member of the Unity Committee, a nonprofit organization which promotes the Greater Cleveland Area. She told listeners one of the ways the Unity Committee does this is to organize and produce free special events during the year. One of its most successful such endeavors is Treat Street, a Halloween Carnival where local businesses provide booths that children up to 12 years may get free holiday candy and treats all in one safe area, this year at the Cleveland Civic Center. Brashier said the event which drew just a couple of hundred kids the first year and grown to the point more than 6,000 children received bags full of goodies in 2016, is expected to have an even greater participation this Halloween.

10/17/2017

For Your Information - Juvenile Diabetes research Foundation - Oct 8th

Guests were Kelli Johnson with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes research Foundation) and Chaz Schultz with Lexicon Pharm. We talked about Type 1 Diabetes, how it affects children and adults without warning, and how there is currently no cure. We discussed the importance of funding research to find new treatments, and one day a cure for T1D.

10/09/2017

For Your Information - Oct 9th - Houston Food Bank

Guest was Betsy Ballard with the Houston Food Bank. We talked about the Food Bank’s immediate response to Hurricane Harvey, the transition to normalize operations, and long haul efforts to help those affected. We talked about the need for more distribution sites, funding and volunteers. We talked about the needs of families, children, and the elderly, as well as the difference between those that are food insecure, and truly hungry. We also talked about the increase of people who have never needed help before Harvey.

10/09/2017

For Your Information - Oct 8th - Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Jim Carson, Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce’s Chief Operating Officer, who talked to listeners about the area’s comeback from Hurricane Harvey and highlighted up-coming local events including the inaugural of what the Chamber hopes will be an annual music event held in the city. Scheduled for Oct. 21 from 11:30am until midnight, MusicFest Cleveland features nine professional Texas bands (country, rockabilly, soul/R&B, Zydeco) augmented by numerous acoustic acts at Stancil Expo Arena with local high school jazz bands playing at the civic center.

10/06/2017

For Your Information - Oct 1st - Toby Powell, Mayor of Conroe

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Toby Powell, Mayor of Conroe, who talked to listeners about: his personal history with the city; Conroe’s history and the growth it’s seen from a few thousand people to the almost 90,000 today; some of the things it has to offer such as Lake Conroe on its west side, an international airport, two live theaters, etc.; as well as how the city faired during Hurricane Harvey and the city’s recovery efforts.

09/28/2017
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