Amazon 4-star store opening at The Woodlands Mall and more popular news this week from Houston

The tech company's retail location will open on the mall's first floor next month. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
The tech company's retail location will open on the mall's first floor next month. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

The tech company's retail location will open on the mall's first floor next month. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the most popular Houston-area news from the past week.

Amazon 4-star store opening at The Woodlands Mall anticipated for September

Amazon 4-star, a retail store from the Seattle-based technology company, is expected to open Sept. 9 at The Woodlands Mall, according to Brookfield Properties.

See how COVID-19 spread through Montgomery County in July with more than 4,000 new cases

The spread of COVID-19 increased rapidly in Montgomery County through July, with new case counts last month surpassing the previous 100-plus days combined, according to information from the county's public health district and emergency management office.



MAP: See COVID-19 concentrations by population in Harris County

Local officials are still grappling with ways to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The city of Houston is rolling out a new campaign this month targeting the hardest-hit and most at-risk communities.

JULY ROUNDUP: 6 restaurants opening, closing in The Woodlands

Throughout the month of July, several new restaurants opened and several announced plans to locate around The Woodlands area with a variety of offerings. Here are five Community Impact Newspaper reported on in the past month.

6 Sugar Land restaurants participating in Houston Restaurant Weeks 2020 on Aug. 1-Sept. 7

Houston Restaurant Weeks—an annual, monthlong fundraiser benefiting the Houston Food Bank—began Aug. 1 and runs through Labor Day weekend.

Ben Thompson, Matt Dulin, Andrew Christman and Claire Shoop contributed to this report.


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Heading into Thanksgiving, Texas Medical Center continues to report uptick in hospitalizations

The total number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized at Texas Medical Center facilities has increased by more than 50% over two weeks.

Adelaide's sells items from local brands whenever possible, such as kits from The Heights-based My Drink Bomb. (Colleen Ferguson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Adelaide's Boutique stores strive to be ‘first-stop’ shops for gifts

The Adelaide’s Boutique locations—14870 Space Center Blvd., Houston, and 6011 W. Main St., League City—are meant to serve as customers’ destinations for clothes, shoes, accessories, gifts and other boutique items, many of which are locally sourced.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for the state Nov. 23 for a vaccine he said could be available as soon as December. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

The vaccine could start being distributed "as early as next month," according to a Nov. 23 news release.

"Remember, we don't want to invite COVID-19 to the dinner table," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a Nov. 23 press conference urging caution amid rising COVID-19 positivity rates. (Screenshot via ABC13)
Mayor Sylvester Turner urges caution heading into Thanksgiving holiday

Houston officials also said 333 health providers had been identified as future vaccine delivery sites.

With remote learning opportunities becoming increasingly prevalent, CCISD is reviewing its flexible learning options—such as Cyber Cafe and the Clear Connections program—and examining current TEA guidelines to determine if changes are needed to any of these programs and policies. (Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Creek ISD updates: District adding new 2021-22 secondary courses, improving educational experiences

Five new secondary courses will be offered next school year; some courses will replace those previously offered, and some will be new courses altogether.

New guidance from the Texas Education Agency allows districts to require virtual learners who are failing classes or who have three or more unexcused absences to return to school in person. (Courtesy Canva)
Clear Creek ISD imposes grades-based restrictions on virtual learning

Although the Texas Education Agency allows schools to use attendance as a reason for mandating in-person learning with some students, CCISD officials chose to only focus on those who are academically struggling.

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New report: Houston police oversight board lagging behind major Texas cities

The report suggested having no oversight board has a better effect on public trust than having a dysfunctional board.

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Q&A: Laura Colangelo discusses challenges facing private schools during pandemic

Colangelo said private schools have adapted to remote learning and other obstacles in 2020 despite less revenue and a 9% decline in enrollment statewide.

Shake Shack opened its new standalone location at The Woodlands Mall in November. (Courtesy Christine Han)
Shake Shack opens in The Woodlands Mall and more Houston-area updates

Read the latest business and community news from the Greater Houston area.

While Harris County has a large oil and gas presence, it is trying to grow its solar energy presence as well. (Courtesy Adobe stock)
Harris County Precinct 2 works toward growth of solar energy presence

This includes the presence of jobs, education and infrastructure in the solar energy industry.

The Skeeters will be the first-ever independent baseball league team to become an MLB team's Triple-A affiliate. (Courtesy Sugar Land Skeeters)
Sugar Land Skeeters selected as Triple-A affiliate for Houston Astros

In joining the Houston Astros organization, the Sugar Land Skeeters will be the first-ever independent baseball league team to become an MLB team's Triple-A affiliate.