Early voting begins, flooding renovation work proceeds: Things to know this week in Spring and Klein, Feb. 19-23

Early voting begins Tuesday and ends March 2.

Early voting begins Tuesday and ends March 2.

Recent news of note includes progress with several flooding renovation projects along Cypresswood Drive. In other news this week, early voting begins Tuesday and Lone Star College-University Park plans a Black History Month performance.

1. Early voting begins Feb. 20
Early voting in the March primary elections begins Tuesday, and Harris County voters can cast ballots at any early voting location in Harris County. Here are some of the early voting locations, as well as a non-comprehensive list of election day polling places that will open on March 6.

2. Lone Star College-University Park plans Black History Month performance, Feb. 19-20
Lone Star College-University Park invites students, employees and the community to celebrate Black History Month with a historical re-enactment performance by Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux, who portrays Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman. The performance is followed by an interactive discussion. 12:30 p.m. Free. Lone Star College-University Park, 20515 Hwy. 249, Room B13.210, Houston. 281-290-2600. http://events.LoneStar.edu/site/UniversityPark

3. Courts agree that Harris County must change its bail bond system
A federal appellate court upheld a U.S. district judge's ruling that the Harris County bail bond system is unconstitutional because it is unfair to misdemeanor defendants who cannot afford bail. The federal court suggested several revisions to the original decision.

4. Officers plan return to flooded constable's office
Last week, Harris County Precinct 4 began to move constable's office dispatchers and other personnel back to the flooded Cypresswood Drive office after renovations. Deputies could begin to arrive this week, but the building is not yet open to the public.

5. Museum renovation proceeds, May opening planned
The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts is also undergoing renovations from flooding, and officials announced last week that it could reopen in May.

6. AARP volunteers help residents prepare taxes
AARP tax-aide volunteers provide free income tax assistance for low- and middle-income individuals at Mangum-Howell Center throughout tax season. Each appointment lasts approximately 45 minutes. Participants must bring their 2016 tax returns and 2017 tax documents to the center, with all paperwork removed from envelopes and organized. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Tue.)., noon-4 p.m. (Wed.). Free. Mangum-Howell Center, 2500 Frick Road, Houston. 281-591-7830. www.hcp4.net/community/communitycenters

By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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