Monthly Archives: February 2012

I’VE OFFICIALLY LEARNED MY LESSON!

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My intentions have always been good to pay my parking citations. But as time passed I just never got around to it. But the City of Houston got around to me. While I was out working on a report Friday  in my personal vehicle the car caught the attention of parking enforcement.

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The next thing I knew I had a boot on my car.  The attendants were nice enough.  They said they’d come right back and remove the boot after I pay for my outstanding citations.  I have my fingers crossed.  But let this be a lesson to all of us.  Take care of those parking tickets. 

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The Insite is attempting to get a comment about a cookie that’s causing controversy in West Columbia.

Some Republican parents of students who attend school at Columbia High are very upset.

They say their children were given what they call Obama cookies at the school.

That would be cookies with the image of President Barack Obama on it.

I have contacted the Columbia Brazoria Independent School District for a comment. 

I was told a school official would get back with me. 

Some parents are claiming giving their kids cookies with President Obama’s likeness on it is simply a form of indoctrination. 

What do you think? 

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Update from the school district:

We spoke with Dr. Darryl Morris who is Director of Comunications and Human Resources with the district. 

He says they didn’t have class on President’s day so when the students returned they  gave out Presidential cookies that came from a vendor – The Dick and Jane Baking Company.  

Dr. Morris says there was an assortment of cookies with various Presidents on them and not just President Obama. 

Dr. Morris also says Brazosport and Angleton school districts also gave out the same type of cookies. 

He says the cookies are like an educational tool in the lunchroom.

Note: Picture above is actual cookie handed out the school.

MEAGAN AS WHITNEY?

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From Rolling Out Mag:

In the wake of Whitney Houston’s death, many have been sharing their thoughts, stories and opinions about the late singer. But according to actress Meagan Good, Houston was preparing to tell her own life’s story with a biopic and was considering none other than Good to play her in the film.Good broke the news about the planned biopic in an interview with E! Online, revealing that she and Houston had begun initial talks about creating the film.“We were fairly in the beginning stages,” Good said. “We were supposed to meet today actually.”Good said that the two were in the middle of discussing exactly how the film should end; on a high note or a low note.“My feeling is because she has the film Sparkle coming out and she’s brilliant in it and she looks beautiful and healthy — my feeling was that’s how we should end the movie — as a new beginning for her,” Good said.Since Houston’s death, all plans for the film have halted and Good says it’s too soon to think about resuming plans. But when the plans are revived, she says she will not attempt to do her own singing in the film.“I don’t think we’ve ever had a singer in history that I remember that could sing like her,” she said. “Plus, when people see someone’s life story they want to hear that person’s voice, because they connect with it in their spirit and their soul. So you would have to use her voice.”As the interview came to an end, Good became teary-eyed as she recalled her late friend’s vibrant personality and referred to her in the present tense.“For anybody spending time around Whitney, she’s so much fun,” she said. “She’s got just [has] a sassy attitude and is very funny and funky. She’s definitely a fun person to be around.”Let us know what you think about Good playing Houston in the comments below and check out a list of great film biopics after the cut. – nicholas robinson 

HONORING PILLARS IN THE COMMUNITY!

For the 22nd time a local labor union is honoring those they believe are pillars in the community.  HESP Union held their annual celebration Thursday morning where several people in Houston got the nod from the organization that represents support workers like custodians and cooks in the Houston Independent School District.  The keynote speaker was Houston businessman Dallas Jones.

HESP President Wretha Thomas was on hand with lots of dignitaries like Representative Alma Allen and Congressman Al Green.  I served as the master of ceremony for the sixth year.  Congratulations to all the honorees!

HOUSTONIANS ON FACEBOOK ARE ASKING WHERE IS MY TAX REFUND?

Facebook is not just about socializing as of late.  The social media website has been buzzing with people complaining about their late tax refunds.  Individuals say they were given specific dates by the IRS when their tax refunds will arrive in their bank account.  Some say that date has changed several times.  So, what is going on?  Last month the Internal Revenue Service indicated there would be delays because of a new software program that’s designed to catch fraud.  But that was for those who filed electronically after January 26.  But there’s no reason for the current backlog the agency is having getting some their refunds.

The IRS issued this statement addressing the problem:  “refunds have been issued to millions of taxpayers.  When the IRS announced the opening of the 2012 filing season, it advised taxpayers who electronically file and select direct deposit that they could see their refunds in 10 to 21 days. Some taxpayers are getting refunds much faster, but at this time taxpayers should expect refunds to be issued as indicated in the original IRS guidelines.” So with that said it looks like the check may be in the mail!

HIDE YOUR VALUABLES BECAUSE THERE IS A THIEF ON THE LOOSE!

Just when you thought it was safe to leave your computer on the dash and your wallet on the seat here comes a thief.

That’s exactly what’s happening in the Woodlands.

Local fitness gyms are warning its patrons to make sure they hide their valuables when they workout.

At the 24 Hour Fitness on Kuykendahl in the Woodlands there is a sign at the front check in counter warning customers they could be victimized.

Apparently, deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office is reporting a string of thefts at local workout facilities.

One gym employee said an unknown person in a Suburban used the big SUV to block a security camera and broke into a car into the parking lot of 24.

 

The notice posted by 24 indicates all of the precautions its customers should take.

The Insite will contact the sheriff’s department to see just how bad the problem is in the area.

But if you live in the south Montgomery community make sure you take all the necessary precautions.

Good Luck!

DON’T BE SCAMMED JUST BECAUSE THEY USE MY NAME!

 

I was surprised when I got several calls and emails from a Houston woman hoping to get help from me.  That woman says she was scammed by a non-profit agency.  She says the director of the group promised to help her repair her home after she received damage from Hurricane Ike.  The woman was told to hand over the $15,000  check she got from her insurance for the damage and the non-profit would apply for more grants to get the home repaired.  Here’s where I came in the alleged scam.

The director of the agency told the Houston woman once she pays the $15,000 and the home repairs are complete then Isiah Carey from FOX 26 will come out and do a story on her.  Huh?  I’m not quite sure why the non-profit would use me as a draw to scam people.  I don’t know the director nor have I ever heard of the agency.  The woman says because the director used my name – she waited a full two years for the repairs to get done.  That woman is still waiting today and has been displaced from her house since and now no money to repair it.  Her $15,000 is gone with the non-profit that has moved twice in as many years.  The Insite will continue digging to try and get this woman some answers!

PREPARE FOR STICKER SHOCK!

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I was hurt when I went to Burger King in Houston to get my usual $1 side salad for lunch.

I was shocked when the clerk told me the price of my very affordable salad had gone up by nearly 50 percent.

That’s right the Burger King $1 side salad is now $1.49. 

It is officially the end of the world!

DOROTHY JEAN (FISK) BETTENCOURT, 83, passed away on February 20, 2012 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She was born January 8, 1929 in Houston, the eldest of three children of Marcus Henry Fisk and Mary Lucye (Kelley) Fisk. Raised in the Heights, she graduated from Reagan High School in 1945 where she had been a member of the Reagan RedCoats Drill Team.
During the war, if she and her friends could find a car with enough gas, they’d pick up Dorothy’s adventurous grandmother Carrie and go “tootlin’ around town,” trying to find enough leg makeup to substitute for war-rationed nylons.
Other adventuresome forebears include a Texas colonist (Joses Hobdy) who arrived in 1834, was granted a Spanish Land grant in Zavala’s colony (present-day San Augustine County), and fought for Texas independence; and two ancestors (Elizabeth Tilley and John Howland) who, having taken a shine to one another while on a cruise across the Atlantic on The Mayflower, married 3 years after washing ashore, and quickly proceeded to found one of the three largest progenies of Mayflower descendants.
Dorothy worked for Tennessee Gas and Transmission Company (predecessor of Tenneco) for many years before marrying Henry Joseph “Hank” Bettencourt, Jr. in 1955. Hank’s career with Shell Oil Company took Dorothy and the family from Houston to Los Angeles; Cherry Hill, NJ; San Marino, CA; Riverside, CT; New Orleans; and home again to Houston where Hank retired in 1989.
When their two sons were grown, Dorothy enjoyed working for several years as a Real Estate agent for Coldwell Banker. After 36 years of marriage, Hank passed away in 1991. Dorothy continued to enjoy the many Shell friends and gatherings of the Shell Retirees group through the years. In 1999 Dorothy married Eugene Clay and they had 6 good years together before Gene’s death in 2005.
Dorothy had many favorites – her grandchildren, gin rummy, solitaire, traveling, zinging one-liners, political affairs, taking the family on vacations, grand times in New Orleans, quarter video poker machines, reading (several books a week), and bridge where she was always confident that the next hand would be a “barn burner.” She is survived by two sons, Mark H. Bettencourt and wife Sara; and former Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Bettencourt and wife Susan; three grandchildren, Christina, Henry, and Michael Bettencourt.
The family wishes to thank Carmel B. Dyer, M.D. , Professor and Director, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, and Susan Gorman, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, both of UT Health Science Center; Madeline Goldsmith, Director, and the staff (both day and night shifts) of Assisted Living at The Forum; and Jan Schaafs and Mary Frances Womack with Hospice Compassus. We will always be grateful for their expertise, compassion, dedication and guidance.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 3 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, (281) 497-2210. Honorary pallbearers are all Shell Oil retirees everywhere.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make contributions in memory of Dorothy Bettencourt to UT Health Medical School, P.O. Box 203366, Houston, TX 77216-3366. Please specify that this memorial contribution is in support of Dr. Carmel Dyer – Geriatric Care Division.

DO YOU RECOGNIZE THIS MAN WHO SAYS HE’S WITH CENTERPOINT ENERGY!

Investigators in the Houston Police Department Burglary and Theft Division are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect believed responsible for two home burglaries, 7314 Gracia on December 20, 2011, and 5315 Hialeah on January 31.

The suspect is described only as a white male with medium brown hair, in his late 20s to early 30s, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall.  He was wearing glasses, a plaid jacket or shirt and had a silver ball piercing underneath his lip.  The suspect identified himself as working for CenterPoint Engery.  A composite sketch of the suspect is attached to this release.

About 4 p.m. on December 20, the suspect knocked on the door of the residence on Gracia and stated he was with CenterPoint Energy and needed to meet the victim, Mr. Teofil Klodzinski, in his back yard to show him where the electrical power lines were going to be re-routed and buried.  Klodzinski was accompanied by his wife, both in their late 80s, to the backyard.  The suspect then informed them what work would be done and then asked them to stay outside while he retrieved a part from his truck.  The suspect did not return and the Klodzinskis went inside to find that several items, including jewelry, had been stolen from their house.  Mr. Klodzinski was so upset that he suffered a fatal heart attack.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on  January 31, the same suspect knocked on the door at 5315 Hialeah, and a female resident answered.  The suspect again stated he worked for the electric company and needed to show the woman where the lines were going to be re-routed in her backyard.  The resident locked her front door and then followed the suspect around the corner to her backyard.  The suspect led her to a far corner of her house and began explaining the same information repeatedly.  The suspect then stated he needed to get flags from his truck to mark her yard and asked her to wait for him.  After 15 minutes passed and the suspect had not returned, the woman walked inside her house and found that someone had burglarized her home, taken jewelry and other valuables and exited through the front door.  It is believed the suspect was working with one or two other individuals because entry into the home was made through the back door while the woman was distracted outside.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect in the composite sketch is urged to contact the HPD Burglary and Theft Division at 713-308-0900 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

CAN YOU TELL IT’S RODEO SEASON IN HOUSTON!


I was driving down highway 90 in Liberty County Tuesday when traffic came to a standstill.

I wondered why would there be a traffic back up in Dayton, Texas.

Then as I moved closer up the highway it was clear what was happening. It’s rodeo season.

A long line of trail riders on horseback and wagons caused the delay.

It was a reminder the Houston rodeo season was kicking off.

There was also another key indicator that was actually new to me.

While I was in Kroger Wednesday morning I noticed a section of the store totally dedicated to Houston Rodeo brand sausage, beef brisket, and other meats.

I’m not sure how it will taste but I will likely by a few packs to see what the big fuss is all about.

Welcome to the Houston rodeo season!

Link: More about Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The Trail Riders moving through Liberty County, Texas: