City avoiding synthetic drug ‘shell game’

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Friendswood City Council this month unanimously passed another ordinance prohibiting the sale and possession of synthetic drugs. Synthetic drugs are chemically laced substances – similar to marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines – sometimes sold over the counter at convenience stores, gas stations and tobacco shops. Packaging states the products are not …

Local reps list hot topics for legislature

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Transportation, public education and border security are among key issues as the Texas Legislature gears up for its upcoming session. The 84th Legislative Session was the focus of a Dec. 10 luncheon of the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership. Reps. Greg Bonnen, Larry Taylor and Ed Thompson were among attendees …

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MEDC requests sales tax modification

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Manvel city council heard from members of the Manvel Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) at its January meeting regarding the return of sales tax proceeds that were rededicated to street maintenance in 2010. Making the argument that the city’s financial position is far better than it was in 2011, MEDC members …

Residential development planned for city’s ETJ

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Real estate developer Joe Watson presented his plan for a new residential development to city council last week. The project, to be called Newport Lake Estates, is located at the southeast corner of county roads 58 and 48 and will comprise 73 acres and 199 lots. Forty-four percent of the …

Council tables pipeline plan

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Manvel city council tabled two important votes at the sole December council meeting. One was on the granting of a franchise to Enterprise Crude Pipeline Company on the construction of pipeline facilities through the city. Mayor Delores Martin proposed the table measure explaining that she would like to see a …

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Hanks Re-Elected as Decathlon President

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Trish Hanks, Superintendent of Schools in Friendswood ISD, has been elected to a third consecutive term of office as president of the Texas Academic Decathlon Board. The Decathlon is the premier academic competition for high school students in Texas. Each year the organization gives $150,000 in scholarship money to winning …

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Flashing in Friendswood

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Friendswood drivers may notice flashing yellow arrows in an increasing number of city intersections. The Texas Department of Transportation recently reviewed and adjusted the city’s intersection signals for better traffic flow. Flashing yellow arrow left-turn signals are a new standard for signals where a driver must yield to oncoming traffic …

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Walk for Water Makes a Big Splash

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On Sunday, December 7th, dozens of dedicated locals turned out to participate in the First Annual Walk for Water and learned just how lucky they are to get fresh water from a tap. The event, organized by local charity Brittany’s Dream and led by it’s 14 year old founder, Brittany …

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FISD Enters 6th Year of Adopt-a-Grant

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Returning for its sixth year in Friendswood ISD, the Adopt A Grant program is now open and available for purchase by individuals, businesses and community partners.’ The grants are written by Friendswood ISD teachers, principals and staff and the requests are for items and programs not able to put on …

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FHS’ “Our Town” Offers Quiet Wisdom

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When Thorton Wilder debuted his classic Our Town in the Boston Theatre, critics laughed his show out of the city. There were none of the detailed sets or fog machines or fight scenes that theatre -goers loved. Besides a few fourth wall elements, it was a very dialogue heavy show, with …