Mayor challenges city to be Team Friendswood Strong

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By Karolyn Gephart

Mayor Mike Foreman has issued a challenge to neighboring cities and the Friendswood community to be Team Friendswood Strong and help  make a difference in the Bay Area Heart Walk Saturday, November 9. City Manager Morad Karibi included the invitation in his report at the recent City Council meeting November 4 at City Hall.

Check–in will be at 8 am. and walk begins at 8:30 am at the Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave, in Kemah. Residents can join or donate to the team by going to the American Heart Association’s website, selecting the Bay Area Heart Walk and joining Team Friendswood Strong

Karibi also announced the Friendswood Library’s Annual Food Drive in support of the Mary Queen Food Pantry runs through the month of November. Residents can bring non-perishable, non-expired food items to the lobby of the Friendswood Library. The library will waive up to $5 of fines for two or more food items.

The 2019 annual Friendswood Senior Citizen Advisory Committee annual report was given at the Council meeting by  Chair Nancy Mastrofrancesco. She reported the goal of the Friendswood Senior Citizen Program is to enrich the lives of Senior adults in Friendswood. The group provides a variety of activities which promote health, well-being, and independence through recreation, creative activity, information, and fun.

The organization has gained 121 new members this year, giving them 846 enrolled members with an average monthly attendance of 1,370. Mastrofrancesco told Council about the many activities, trips, events, games, outings and all in which the active seniors are involved.

Council also heard a report on the Friendswood Historical Society by member David Smith. On the agenda for discussion and possible action was approving a contract with Friendswood Historical Society in the amount of $15,000 for the maintenance and preservation of historical sites in the City.

Without the city’s help, Friendswood Historical Society would not be able to maintain the City’s historical sites. In addition, a lack of funding would severely limit their efforts to provide citizens with historical information about Friendswood through their annual events.

The mission of the Friendswood Historical Society is to preserve and share Friendswood’s unique history and heritage. In 2007 the Council approved an increase in the budgeted amount of $10,000 to $15,000 to equip the Historical Society with additional funding needed to continue their efforts

In other Council news, the Mayor called a Regular Meeting of the City Council on November 18, 2019, to canvass the November 5, 2019, Special Bond Election results.

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