Restaurants open in Pearland, Friendswood and more top Houston-area news

Magnolia Cajun Comfort serves Cajun and Cajun-inspired dishes, including crawfish pies. (Courtesy Magnolia Cajun Comfort)
Magnolia Cajun Comfort serves Cajun and Cajun-inspired dishes, including crawfish pies. (Courtesy Magnolia Cajun Comfort)

Magnolia Cajun Comfort serves Cajun and Cajun-inspired dishes, including crawfish pies. (Courtesy Magnolia Cajun Comfort)

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Pearland-Friendswood

BUSINESS ROUNDUP: 6 restaurants that opened in Pearland, Friendswood in September, October

Here are six restaurants that opened in Pearland and Friendswood in September and October.

The Woodlands



The Woodlands Mall to welcome Shake Shack, Creamistry locations in November

New Shake Shack and Creamistry locations are expected to launch at The Woodlands Mall in November, mall management confirmed.

Conroe-Montgomery

Conroe City Council election results: Jody Czajkoski wins mayoral race

With 100 out of 100 election day precincts reporting and all early-voting totals counted, Jody Czajkoski is the winner of Conroe's mayoral race, garnering 15,035 votes, or 55.61%.

Sugar Land-Missouri City

Missouri City City Council At-Large Position 2 race heads to runoff, plus other election updates

Vashaundra Edwards, incumbent At-Large Position 1 council member, has been re-elected to her seat on Missouri City City Council, according to unofficial voting results from Fort Bend and Harris counties.

Cy-Fair

New Hwy. 6 flyover bridge opens weeks ahead of schedule

A new four-lane flyover bridge connecting FM 1960 to Hwy. 6 over Hwy. 290 opened in Cy-Fair Nov. 1, several weeks ahead of schedule, and transportation experts and developers all have high hopes for what it could mean for mobility.

Haley Morrison, Ben Thompson, Claire Shoop, Eva Vigh and Shawn Arrajj contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

Friendswood ISD's board of trustees meets twice monthly, once for a regular meeting and once for a workshop. (Courtesy of Friendswood ISD)
Friendswood ISD updates: Curriculum, calendar changes, bond fund allocation

Notable action items from the Jan. 12 meeting include the adjustment of asynchronous learning days for this school year, discussion of the academic calendar for next school year and approval of minor secondary curriculum changes for 2021-22.

Friendswood ISD trustees voted to shorten the district's mandated quarantine period from 14 days to 10 in accordance with CDC guidelines. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Friendswood ISD modifies COVID-19 protocols for 2020-21

Superintendent Thad Roher said the district is working to vaccinate its staffers who fall under Phase 1B of the state’s rollout plan.

Two Brazoria County clinics will begin offering vaccines to those who meet the criteria for Phases 1A and 1B of the state of Texas' vaccination plan. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
COVID-19 vaccines available in Pearland for specific groups

COVID-19 vaccines are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and are available by appointment only, according to Brazoria County.

If the park becomes a hub, it would join two others currently established in the county: One is at the University of Texas Medical Branch hospital in Galveston, and the other hub is at the Galveston County Health District. The health district will offered the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to those 65 years of age and older by appointment only after receiving 1,000 additional doses; appointments were filled within hours. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
NEW: League City's Walter Hall Park closed to become potential mass vaccination site

Two other vaccine hubs are currently established in Galveston County, neither of which are offering new vaccine appointments the week of Jan. 18.

See how COVID-19 is impacting Brazoria County. (Community Impact staff)
Brazoria County daily COVID-19 case counts trend downward after early January spike

Daily COVID-19 case counts have fallen under the county's record of 400 new cases a day but are still high as compared to 2020 data.

Feeding Texas hosted a Jan. 19 webinar to discuss legislative highlights for the 87th Texas Legislature. (Screenshot courtesy Feeding Texas)
Food insecurity in Texas' 87th Legislature: Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas to propose legislation addressing hunger

Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas hosted a webinar Jan. 19 to discuss increasing funding and accessibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the 87th legislative session.

COVID-19 vaccines
DATA: Texas has vaccinated about 9% of estimated Phase 1 recipients

Over 1.1 million individuals from the Phase 1 population, which is estimated to include 13.5 million individuals total, have received at least one dose.

Bob Popinski, policy director of Raise Your Hand Texas, shared the organization's top education priorities for the ongoing legislative session. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
‘What does virtual learning and remote learning look like moving forward?': Raise Your Hand Texas policy director talks legislative priorities

Bob Popinski is the director of policy for Raise Your Hand Texas, an Austin-based organization committed to improving public education. He spoke with Community Impact Newspaper in late December about the 87th legislative session, which began Jan. 12.

La Paire Bang Mi & Drinks opened in Pearland in 2020. (Courtesy La Paire Banh Mi & Drinks)
20 restaurants that opened in Pearland, Friendswood in 2020, 3 opening in 2021

Here is a list of restaurants that opened in Pearland and Friendswood in 2020, as well as a few coming in 2021.

Bayou City Art Festival Downtown is scheduled to return in person in October. (Courtesy Katya Horner/Bayou City Art Festival)
Bayou City Art Festival scheduled for in-person return in October

The Memorial Park version of the festival will be celebrated through alternative virtual and smaller in-person events.

At a Jan. 15 emergency court hearing, officials came up with a plan to try to reduce the inmate population at the Harris County Jail that centers on hosting more bail reduction hearings. (Courtesy Brian Jackson/Adobe Stock)
With open beds dwindling, officials look for ways to reduce Harris County jail population

The inmate population at the Harris County Jail is rising, and officials are looking for ways to quickly ease the pressure as concerns grow over the ability to quarantine and restrict the spread of the coronavirus.

Bocca Italian Kitchen serves seasonal, Italian-inspired dishes, such as polenta and various pastas. (Courtesy Marco Torres)
Italian eateries open in Generation Park; Houston bike lane fines enforced and more local news

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