Walk honors Deputy Goforth, flood bond election day approaches: top Stories in Cy-Fair this week, Aug. 20-26

Harris County renamed Horsepen Creek Park after fallen deputy Darren Goforth.

Harris County renamed Horsepen Creek Park after fallen deputy Darren Goforth.

Deadline for candidates to file for local elections is Monday, Aug. 20

Candidates in local elections taking place Nov. 6 have until 5 p.m., Aug.20, to file for a place on the ballot. The Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees are up for election in odd years and will not host any elections this November. However, three positions on the Lone Star College board of trustees will be on ballots this year, including District 1, which represents the Cy-Fair area. Look out for updates from Community Impact Newspaper on Lone Star College elections after the filing period ends.

Jersey Village City Council to consider funding red light camera study at Aug. 20 meeting

After Hwy. 290 construction forced the city of Jersey Village to remove red light cameras along Hwy. 290 frontage roads in 2013, city officials will consider authorizing an engineering study at an Aug. 20 meeting to determine if cameras should be brought back to 11 intersections throughout the city. In 2016, voters in Jersey Village voted against banning future red light camera programs and in favor of allowing the city to continue its contract with American Traffic Solutions, the company that operates the cameras. The engineering study would require a budget amendment directing $57,200 to the city's Traffic Safety Fund. Find the full meeting packet for the Aug. 20 meeting here.

Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department opens new Bridgeland Station

The Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department and Harris County ESD No. 9 celebrate the grand opening of its newest fire station Aug. 25. Station 13 was built at 10222 Westgreen Blvd., Cypress, in the Bridgeland area, to bring services to growing neighborhoods in the western part of the district. The event includes station tours, demonstrations, a bounce house and a truck push-in ceremony. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 281-550-9649. www.hcesd9.org

Special election held for Harris County Flood Control District bond referendum

The Harris County Flood Control District bond election takes place Aug. 25, one year after Hurricane Harvey touched down in Texas. Early voting opportunities also continue this week through the end of the day Aug. 21. Find all the information voters need to know about the election here.

Aug. 26 event honors memory of Deputy Darren Goforth

The public is invited to attend a walk in memory of Darren Goforth, a deputy with the Harris County sheriff's office who was shot and killed while wearing a police uniform nearly three years ago. Event organizers said the one-mile walk is intended to honor Goforth's memory and show family members that his service and sacrifice have not been forgotten. Noon-2 p.m., Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth Park, 9118 Wheat Cross Drive, Houston. 281-686-0143. www.facebook.com/events/2329432043763595

By Shawn Arrajj
Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.


A new brewery will soon be opening on Cypress Rosehill Road at the former location of The Shack Burger Resort. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Misfit Outpost by Fortress BeerWorks coming soon to The Shack in Cypress

The owners of Fortress BeerWorks and Misfit BeerWorks are partnering on a new craft beer venture. The 5-acre site will be family-friendly, dog-friendly and host live music on the weekends.

As variants are isolated and identified, Houston Methodist's Dr. Ian Glass believes the vaccines available can handle identified variants (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
'The vaccines we have are effective against all the variants out there': Houston Methodist's Dr. Ian Glass discusses variants, vaccinations

As Houston Methodist identified its first case of the lambda variant July 19, Dr. Glass believes vaccines can handle known variants.

Houston Yoga and Ayurveda specializes in natural yoga practices. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Houston Yoga and Ayurveda to celebrate 10-year anniversary in Cypress

The company began in March 2011 and specializes in ayurveda, the oldest known medical practice in the world, according to owner Sharon Kapp.

Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is pleading with residents to be more vigilant, asking all residents to start wearing masks again in indoor settings and asking those who are vaccinated to urge their friends who are not to get the shot. (Screenshot Courtesy Facebook)
Harris County raises coronavirus threat level as Hidalgo asks all residents to mask up indoors

Although those who are vaccinated are very unlikely to end up in the hospital, officials said wearing masks in certain situations could help reduce transmissions to the more susceptible unvaccinated.

Harris County Emergency Services District 11 commissioners received updates on the status of its upcoming ambulances services at a July 22 board meeting. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 commissioners discuss upcoming ambulance service

The district will take over providing emergency medical services across more than 177 square miles of north Harris County, currently being provided by Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services, on Sept. 1.

School starts Aug. 23 in Cy-Fair ISD. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Here is when students in Cy-Fair ISD return for the 2021-22 school year

The start of the school year is just around the corner.

Jersey Village City Council proposed a budget that includes increases for the fire and police department. (Courtesy city of Jersey Village)
Jersey Village proposes allocating more funding for fire, police salaries in fiscal year 2021-22 budget

About $5.5 million is designated for city fire and police department compensation in the proposed 2021-22 budget.

Memorial Hermann has locations throughout the Greater Houston area, including Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center. (Courtesy Memorial Hermann)
Memorial Hermann visiting policies change as COVID-19 cases rise

As of July 21, Memorial Hermann has changed its visitor policy in light of a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the Greater Houston area.

Houston unemployment is above state and national levels, while home sales in the region continue to be strong, according to a July 21 economic update from the Greater Houston Partnership. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
Unemployment, strong housing sales mark 2021 Houston economy, Greater Houston Partnership says

While Houston job recovery lags due to the pandemic, area home sales are strong, according to the Greater Houston Partnership.

Munzer Kabbara graduated from Cypress Woods High School this year and will be swimming for the Lebanon Olympic team. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
Look for these 5 Cy-Fair ISD alumni in the 2020 Summer Olympics

Former Cy-Fair ISD athletes will be going for the gold represeting the United States, Lebanon and Nigeria.