Businesses relocate, pool opens: News from Greater Houston

Read the latest business and community updates from the Houston area.


The Meating Place BBQ & Bakery relocates to Magnolia

After three years at 35421 Hwy. 249 in Pinehurst, The Meating Place BBQ & Bakery will move to 41902 FM 1774 in Magnolia. The restaurant is expected to open during the first week of July.

Havana House relocates to new Magnolia location

Havana House relocated from 33418 Lago Vista Real to 5111 FM 1488, Magnolia, on June 6. The restaurant serves a variety of dishes from Cuban sandwiches to pastries and even custom Cuban Cakes. Havana House also offers catering services.

Bay Area

Seabrook opens public pool with COVID-19 restrictions

Pelican Bay, the town of Seabrook’s public swimming pool at 1109 Hammer St., Seabrook, opened for the season June 9 after approval from City Council with updated COVID-19 procedures.


Pearland mayor issues order requiring face coverings in businesses

Pearland Mayor Tom Reid signed an order requiring people to wear masks inside businesses, the city announced in a June 25 press release.

Interim HealthCare regional headquarters move to Pearland

Interim HealthCare has moved its regional headquarters to the Trinity Professional Building in Pearland, located at 1920 Country Place Parkway, Pearland.


Poppa’s PoBoys food truck now open in Cypress

A new food truck called Poppa’s PoBoys launched in Cypress on May 30 serving up Louisiana-style po’boy sandwiches, burgers, wraps, seafood baskets, fries and boudin balls.


Houston Heights Association to host weekly blood drives in July

After holding five blood drives as of June 26, the Houston Heights Association is now committing to weekly drives in partnership with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center for the month of July.

Dylan Sherman, Colleen Ferguson, Haley Morrison, Matt Dulin and Danica Lloyd contributed to this report.



Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced in a June 30 State Board of Education meeting that students will be taking the STAAR in the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Pixabay)
Education organizations call for STAAR requirements to be waived another year

Gov. Greg Abbott waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, testing requirements in March of earlier this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

With a clinical background in internal, pulmonary and critical care medicine, Corry has been with BCM for 20 years. He now focuses primarily on inflammatory lung diseases, such as asthma and smoking-related chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. David Corry discusses immunity, vaccine production amid COVID-19 pandemic

Rapid development and distribution of a vaccine worldwide and successful achievement of herd immunity will be key players in determining the lifespan of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Dr. David Corry, a professor of Medicine in the Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology Section at Baylor College of Medicine.

The new partnership will provide on-site, same-day testing and results for assisted-living facility staff and their residents. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
State announces partnership for increased COVID-19 testing for patients, staff at assisted-living facilities, nursing homes

These test sites will help the state work toward the goal of processing up to 100,000 tests in the first month.

Texas Medical Center reports only 4% uptick in ICU bed use despite continued COVID-19 case increases

Compared to 1,350 total intensive care units in use June 30, Texas Medical Center has seen only a slight uptick in occupancies since then, with 1,394 reported July 9.

When interest rates are low, homeowners may look to save money by refinancing, which means getting a new mortgage with a better term or interest rate to lower payments. (Source: Matt Frankel/Community Impact Newspaper)
Refinancing a home, police departments address protests: Popular news this week from Greater Houston

Read popular stories from the Greater Houston area on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Harris County. (Community Impact Staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: 907 cases, 12 deaths confirmed July 9

The 12 deaths—the largest single day total in Harris County since the pandemic began—brings the total COVID-19 death count in the county to 423.

Firefighters, police officers, solid waste collectors and bus drivers in Houston have all been affected by coronavirus exposure. (Courtesy Pexel)
From solid waste collectors to firefighters, Houston’s public workers facing strain from coronavirus exposures

Houston’s core city services are being strained by coronavirus exposures, city leaders report.

The Texas Republican State Convention was set to be held July 16-18 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Two new lawsuits aim to reverse GOP convention cancellation

The lawsuits come the day after the contract for hosting the event was terminated.

An average of 225 cases a day have been reported so far in July in Galveston County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Galveston County adds 734 new coronavirus cases

There were 3,565 total cases in the county at the start of July. The latest totals on July 9 show a 49% increase in cases over the course of a week.

Effective July 9, hospitals in more than 100 counties across the state must now postpone elective surgeries unrelated to COVID-19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
MAP: Governor expands restrictions on elective surgeries to more than 100 Texas counties

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott expanded the restrictions that initially required only hospitals in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties to postpone all non-medically necessary surgeries and procedures that are unrelated to COVID-19.