CDC eases rules on social distancing in schools; Houston parks start reopening and more news

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance on in-person instruction for K-12 grade schools March 19. (Courtesy Pexels)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance on in-person instruction for K-12 grade schools March 19. (Courtesy Pexels)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance on in-person instruction for K-12 grade schools March 19. (Courtesy Pexels)

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CDC loosens guidelines on social distancing in schools

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new relaxed guidelines for schools to navigate reopening in-person instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic.


‘To know Rob was to love Rob’: Tomball remembers City Manager Rob Hauck

The Tomball community gathered the week of March 15 to honor the late City Manager Rob Hauck, who died March 13 in a single-vehicle crash in Waller County, according to an obituary release from the Tomball Police Department. A memorial service was held at the Tomball ISD stadium March 19.

Yokohamaya Japanese restaurant coming soon to Tomball Marketplace

Japanese restaurant Yokohamaya is slated to open its second Houston location in Tomball in late March, according to owner Jian Fang. Originally located in Cypress, the eatery offers a selection of Japanese foods such as takoyaki, gyoza and sushi. Yokohamaya is expected to open in the Tomball Marketplace shopping center at 14257 FM 2920, Tomball.

Sauced Up mobile food truck now serving pizzas off of FM 1774 in Magnolia

Mobile food truck Sauced Up opened at 36825 FM 1774 in late January, according to business owner Dawn Patterson. Currently operating as a mobile, wood-fired pizza trailer, Sauced Up offers Neapolitan-style pizza with vegan options.


Tomball-based The Market home decor, DIY studio plans second location in Cypress

The Market, a home decor, gift and DIY shop based in Tomball, is slated to open a second location in April at 16326 Mueschke Road, Ste. E4, Cypress. While this location will offer a selection of gifts and home decor items, officials said it would focus more on DIY supplies and project workshops.


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Imagine Early Education and Childcare Atascocita to open facility in May

Imagine Early Education and Childcare Atascocita will open May 17 at 6002 Atascocita Road, Humble. The child care facility will offer services for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. The facility will offer summer camps starting in late May, and the facility's general programs for school-age children will begin in the fall.


Houston parks begin phased reopening of recreational facilities, sports leagues

Houston’s city-operated public parks have been open during much of the COVID-19 pandemic but are now phasing back to full capacity allowing sports, playground use and pavilion rentals, among other activities.

Bay Area

League City residents to get high-speed fiber optic cabling

League City residents will see faster internet speeds by the end of 2022 due to fiber optic cabling being installed throughout the city, according to a press release.

Danica Lloyd, Adriana Rezal, Anna Lotz, Haley Morrison, Kelly Schafler, Emma Whalen and Jake Magee contributed to this report.


Pfizer vaccines could become available to kids 12 and up as soon as next week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
FDA expands Pfizer vaccine authorization to children ages 12 to 15 years old

This is the first time people under the age of 16 have been granted access to a coronavirus vaccine.

The deadline is May 17 for residents to protest their appraised property values set by the Harris County Appraisal District earlier this year, and officials are encouraging protesters to take online options into account. (Courtesy Pexels)
Harris County residents have until May 17 to protest property values

High demand for residential properties along with a shrinking inventory of homes translated into a roughly 8%-10% increase in residential values on average across the county this year

The name of Baileson Brewing Co. on Bissonnet Street in Houston was concocted by merging the names of the owners' dogs, Bailey and Jameson. Their influence shapes the brewery, from the logo to the dog-friendly atmosphere. (Courtesy Baileson Brewing Co.)
Craft Beer Guide: 13 places to celebrate American Craft Beer Week in Houston

Craft beer week runs from May 10-15, and our guide fills you in on the local breweries in Houston, including which ones are dog-friendly, which ones have in-house kitchens and which ones have outdoor seating.

ExxonMobil moved employees from its Springwoods Village campus to a Hughes Landing to cure a default on a Montgomery County tax abatement. (Courtesy ExxonMobil)
ExxonMobil resolves tax abatement default; Home Depot distribution center taking over superfund site; and more top Houston-area news

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Houston area.

The University of St. Thomas is a private Catholic college in Houston. It also has a microcampus in downtown Conroe. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
University of St. Thomas offering free tuition to first 500 students who apply

The online degrees are in the following fields: cybersecurity, network technology, electronic technology, general business, and alcohol and drug dependency counseling.

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Appeals court rules in favor Houston firefighters in collective bargaining case

The 14th Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the fire union in a case that originated when the city and the union failed to reach an agreement on a labor contract in 2017.

The Texas Department of State Health Services projects a significant shortage of nurses by 2032. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: Why Texas faces a growing nursing shortage and what can be done to address it

In 2018, the state health department estimated about 11% of the demand for nurses was not able to be met, and that number is expected to rise to 16.3% by 2032.

I-69 Southwest Freeway at I-610 West Loop will be closed May 7 at 9 p.m. until May 10 at 5 a.m. (Courtesy Texas Department of Transportation)
TxDOT: I-69 Southwest Freeway at I-610 West Loop closed through weekend

From May 7 at 9 p.m. until May 10 at 5 a.m., the lanes will be closed.

Legacy Community Health is bringing COVID-19 vaccines to historically underserved communities across Beaumont and Houston. (Courtesy Pexels)
Legacy Community Health vaccine rollout targets underserved communities in Houston, Beaumont

The health network is partnering with other entities, including Beaumont Independent School District.

Houston, Harris County annual addresses no longer hosted by Greater Houston Partnership over Texas voter bill dispute

Local leaders criticized the area chamber of commerce for not taking a definitive stance on two voting access bills currently being deliberated in the Texas Legislature.