RAD class teaches general safety

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Often taken as a mother-daughter activity, the Friendswood Police Department’s RAD course for women 12 and up isn’t about martial arts class – but comprehensive safety techniques. RAD, or Rape Aggression Defense, is based on “realistic self-defense tactics for women.” The four-day, 15-hour course addresses awareness, prevention and risk reduction …

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FHS Places 10 in All-State Band

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Ten Friendswood HS students successfully auditioned for the Texas All-State Bands on Saturday, Jan. 10, at Lamar University. This was the final audition for the students in a process that began in August. Only the top 3% of all students in band across Texas earn a position in the All-State …

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Deer Park HS makes donation to Manvel HS in memory of students

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Today, students from Deer Park High School (DPHS) South Campus stopped by Manvel High School to present a check in the amount of $2,000 to the student body. The check was presented by members of the Deer Park senior class, on behalf of their entire 2,800 student campus, in honor …

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ACC to host Big Band Concert

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Jazz and swing dance enthusiasts will get their chance on the dance floor during the Alvin Community College Big Band Concert on February 7. The 16th Annual Evening of Big Band Music with the Alvin Community Band will start at 7 p.m. and last dance will be 10 p.m. at …

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Bets for Pets set for March 7

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Friendswood Animal Advocates announces its fourth annual Bets for Pets Casino Night Fundraiser! This grand event will be held Saturday, March 7, at the Knights of Columbus Hall (2320 Hatfield Rd Pearland, TX 77584). The night will offer supporters a howling good time with a Texas Hold ‘Em Poker tournament …

FISD slates TAPR hearing for Feb. 9

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Friendswood ISD will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. February 9, in the boardroom of the Administration Building at 302 Laurel to present the FISD Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR). The Texas Education Agency provides performance data to school districts across Texas with the Texas Academic Performance Report. The …

Public hearings set Feb. 2

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The next regular meeting of the Friendswood City Council Feb. 2 will include three required public hearings regarding amendments to zoning. The joint public hearings will be held by both the council and Planning and Zoning Commission, and are set to begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at City …

Early prioritizing suggests changes for FISD

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A “significant change” to the teacher salary schedule is among the Friendswood ISD superintendent’s priorities for the 2015-15 budget year, according to a recent report to the school board. As an information item only, the Friendswood ISD Board of Trustees last week reviewed a priority list for next year’s budget. …

City adopts ‘cohesive policy’ for economic development

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Diversifying Friendswood’s tax base and providing incentive funding for new businesses are among goal laid out in the city’s recently adopted economic development strategy. City Council on Jan. 5 adopted the new policy that was developed during a December retreat with the Community and Economic Development Committee, or CEDC. “Under …

Rodeo Palms to resume building

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Manvel city council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would lift the moratorium on property development within the boundaries of MUD 29, which services the Rodeo Palms subdivision. The moratorium was initially issued in June 2013 due to insufficient water capacity being available to residents. Existing wells failed …