Handel's ice cream shop to open in Spring and more Houston-area news

The ice cream parlor will offer more than 50 flavors of ice cream, yogurt, sherbet, ice, and fat-free, no-sugar-added ice cream available by the quart, pint, scoop or cone. (Courtesy Handel's Homemade Ice Cream)
The ice cream parlor will offer more than 50 flavors of ice cream, yogurt, sherbet, ice, and fat-free, no-sugar-added ice cream available by the quart, pint, scoop or cone. (Courtesy Handel's Homemade Ice Cream)

The ice cream parlor will offer more than 50 flavors of ice cream, yogurt, sherbet, ice, and fat-free, no-sugar-added ice cream available by the quart, pint, scoop or cone. (Courtesy Handel's Homemade Ice Cream)

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Handel's Homemade Ice Cream coming soon to Spring Cypress Road

Handel's Homemade Ice Cream plans to open a new location by mid-November at 8765 Spring Cypress Road, Spring. The ice cream parlor will offer more than 50 flavors of ice cream, yogurt, sherbet, ice, and fat-free, no-sugar-added ice cream available by the quart, pint, scoop or cone.


Burlington to open Sept. 21 in Fairfield Town Center in Cypress

A new location of Burlington is slated to open Sept. 21 in the Fairfield Town Center at 28930 Hwy. 290, Cypress.

Division One Nutrition prepares to open first storefront in Cy-Fair

Local educator and business owner Danai Strother said she plans to hold a grand opening for Division One Nutrition on Sept. 19-20 at 17960 FM 529, Ste. B, Houston. Strother previously partnered with a local gym to offer low-calorie smoothies, energy teas and iced protein coffee, and this is the first brick-and-mortar storefront for the nutrition business.

Sugar Land-Missouri City

KIPP Texas Public Schools plans to open new Sugar Land campus, begins school year virtually

A new KIPP Texas Public Schools campus at 14030 Florence Road, Sugar Land, began the 2020-21 school year virtually Aug. 24.

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose

Longtime Houston restaurateur Tony Vallone, 'the king of fine dining,' has died

Longtime Houston restaurateur Tony Vallone has died, according to a Sept. 10 statement from his restaurant.

In honor of his legacy, Tony's in Greenway Plaza at 3755 Richmond Ave., Houston, will be closed for the weekend and reopens Sept. 14. The restaurant has served Houston for over 55 years.

Art on the Avenue fundraiser set for Sept. 15-19 with in-person and virtual option

The 23rd annual Art on the Avenue fundraiser—the city's largest silent auction charity art event—will offer a hybrid virtual and in-person experience option.

The event will be available mostly online over five days, Sept. 15-19, with artwork viewings and auction bids all handled virtually, according to event organizers.

After 6-month hiatus, Menil Collection reopening with new exhibits on deck

Closed since mid-March, The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St., Houston, has announced it will reopen Sept. 12. The art museum and the Menil Drawing Institute will reopen with updated COVID-19 protocols.

Bellaire-Meyerland-West University

METRORail Red Line improvements prompt weekend service interruptions

Service interruptions can be expected during the maintenance period starting Sept. 12 and extending through the end of Sept. 13.

Willow Waterhole Conservancy’s annual MusicFest 2020 canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

MusicFest 2020 will not be happening at Willow Waterhole Greenway in 2020.

The board for the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy voted to not hold the event Oct. 24-25 due to concerns for the health and safety of festivalgoers after being recommended to cancel the event by a large resident-run committee tasked with overseeing the event, said Howard Sacks, who serves the board as events chairman.

Bay Area

IMPACTS ROUNDUP: League Park improvements nearing completion and more

Here is a roundup of local business news in Clear Lake and League City.

Paycheck Protection Program loan helps Brockway Realty during real estate market decline

As COVID-19 was hitting Texas in March, the residential real estate market was on the decline, and Brockway Realty co-owner James Brockway was worried.

The housing market has since recovered from the pandemic, but it took a sharp decline at its onset, he said.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

Courtyard by Marriott to open in 2021 in Generation Park

Courtyard by Marriott will open in Generation Park in the first quarter of 2021 at at 250 Assay St., Houston. Work on the five-story hotel began May 8, 2018, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. The 2,000-square-foot hotel will consist of 144 rooms, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, workspaces and a bistro featuring food options and Starbucks coffee.

Hannah Zedaker, Danica Lloyd, Matt Dulin, Jake Magee, Claire Shoop, Hunter Marrow and Andy Li contributed to this report.


A section of Cypress Creek experiences flooding during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
Flood control officials to update residents on Cypress Creek stormwater detention basins at virtual meeting

Harris County Flood Control District officials will host a virtual information session Sept. 22 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to update residents on two upcoming flood control projects along Cypress Creek.

The first food distribution event at the new location will take place Sept. 22 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or until supplies last. Food giveaways will take place twice per month thereafter. (Courtesy Northwest Assistance Ministries)
Northwest Assistance Ministries relocates semimonthly food distribution site near IAH

By relocating the site to Ecopark-IAH, the nonprofit will be able to supply 3,000 families with 70 pounds of food in one day.

While the number of white students enrolled at Spring, Klein and Cy-Fair ISDs has decreased over the past 15 years, white teachers remain the majority of teachers at KISD and CFISD. At the same time, the number of economically disadvantaged students has also increased across all three districts over the past 15 years. (Graphics by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Local school districts target equity to better serve diversifying student populations in Spring, Klein

The Spring and Klein area has seen a notable demographic shift over the past two decades, data shows, and Spring, Klein and Cy-Fair ISDs are evolving to better serve their now majority-minority student populations, officials said.

Dr. Sam Rolon is a physician for Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group Creekside Family Medicine in The Woodlands. (Courtesy St. Luke's Health)
Q&A: St. Luke's physician shares advice on flu season, vaccine and prevention

The influenza vaccine is recommended for nearly all patients of all ages ahead of this year's flu season, Dr. Sam Rolon said.

student in mask
TEA launches statewide COVID-19 dashboard for public schools

The Texas Education Agency, in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services, has launched its latest COVID-19 dashboard for positive cases in Texas public schools.

The Houston Food Bank is looking for more volunteers as it handles increased food distribution during COVID-19. (Courtesy Houston Food Bank)
Houston Food Bank: COVID-19 pandemic amplifies already-high food insecurity rates across region

Before COVID-19, the Houston Food Bank distributed about 400,000 pounds of food daily. That number has since increased to about 1 million pounds a day.

Gov. Greg Abbott said Sept. 17 that data from Texas' 22 hospital regions will dictate when certain businesses can reopen at 75% capacity. (Screenshot of Sept. 17 press conference)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: Retail stores, restaurants, office buildings, gyms can reopen at 75% capacity as early as Sept. 21

Nursing home and long-term care facilities will also be allowed to reopen for visitation as early as Sept. 24.

Klein ISD has debuted its COVID-19 tracking dashboard to allow community members to stay updated on cases across the district. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Klein ISD introduces COVID-19 tracking dashboard

The dashboard displays only KISD data and will be updated daily at noon.

Vehicles drive alongside the Tomball Tollway in Harris County. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
Newly formed corporation could divert Harris County toll road revenue to non-mobility projects

A new limited government corporation formed by Harris County Sept. 15 could result in surplus revenue from the Harris County Toll Road Authority going to other county needs outside of the realm of transportation and mobility.

Anya's Kitchen, which offers a variety of baked goods available for pickup in The Woodlands, was launched by a local high schooler this summer. (Courtesy Anya's Kitchen)
Student-run bakery, Bear Branch sports court open, plus 4 more business updates in The Woodlands

Recent business updates around The Woodlands and nothern Spring include business openings, a name change and a 10th anniversary.

(Courtesy Curry Masala)
Curry Masala opens in The Woodlands and more Houston-area news

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One in five children and adults have a learning disability, according to statistics from the National Center for Learning Disabilities. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: National Center for Learning Disabilities expert discusses challenges of special education, remote learning during pandemic

The NCLD's director of policy and advocacy spoke about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on special education students and their development in and out of the classroom.