ASK THE EDITOR: What is the Annual Community Guide?

As we begin the new year in Richmond, we hope you will find this edition of Community Impact Newspaper particularly useful when planning activities and eating and shopping local in 2018. We have revamped our January edition into the Annual Community Guide to include listings of local business and dining options in the Richmond area as it is part of Community Impact Newspaper’s mission to help local businesses thrive.

In addition to the listings, this issue also features five stories to watch in 2018, things to do in the Richmond area and Fort Bend County, and the latest demographic information.

You may notice several of our standing sections—the real estate page and our new business pages—are missing this issue, but worry not as they will be back next month and for the remainder of 2018. As always, feel free to email or call us with any story ideas or new business information as we hope to be your No. 1 source for news in the community.
By Marie Leonard
Marie came to Community Impact Newspaper in June 2011 after starting her career at a daily newspaper in East Texas. She worked as a reporter and editor for the Cy-Fair edition for nearly 5 years covering Harris County, Cy-Fair ISD, and local development and transportation news. She then moved to The Woodlands edition and covered local politics and development news in the master-planned community before being promoted to managing editor for the South Houston editions in July 2017.


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The Tomball ISD board of trustees approved a limited virtual learning option at its Sept. 21 meeting. (Chandler France/Community Impact Newspaper)
Tomball ISD approves limited virtual learning option for 2021-22 academic year

The program is offered to students in kindergarten through grade six.

 Redistricting is one of the items on the Texas Legislature's third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Senate releases proposed redistricting maps as special session begins

Redistricting is one of the items on the third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18.

After five days of freezing weather in early 2021, beekeepers in the Tomball and Magnolia areas said the effect on their populations was mixed despite survey data showing a decline in honeybee colonies.
Beekeepers in Tomball, Magnolia area say freeze effects were mixed

After five days of freezing weather in early 2021, beekeepers in the Tomball and Magnolia areas said the effect on their populations was mixed despite survey data showing a decline in honeybee colonies.

While vaccinations in Harris County picked up in the spring following the expansion of vaccine eligibility in December to individuals in phases 1A and 1B, they have since slowed in the summer months. As of Aug. 30, just under half of Harris County’s total population had been fully vaccinated. (Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
As vaccinations lag, experts say herd immunity may be unattainable

While the demand for COVID-19 vaccines peaked in the months following its release to the general public, demand has since dwindled over the summer months leaving 50.44% of the Spring and Klein-area’s total population fully vaccinated as of Sept. 13.

The H-GAC also helps guide transportation activities through the Transportation Policy Council, according to the council's website (Courtesy Fotolia)
Houston-Galveston Area Council celebrates 55th anniversary

The Houston-Galveston Area Council will be celebrating its 55th anniversary this October.

The Woodlands area sees higher demand in retail, industrial markets than office in commercial real estate

Here is a look at various commercial real estate trends as of late August 2021 in The Woodlands area.

This is the first time Friendswood Junior High has been recognized for the award, and the second time for Friendswood High School. (Courtesy Friendswood Junior High band)
Friendswood Junior High, Friendswood High School bands recognized with national award

Friendswood Junior High and Friendswood High School were named national winners in the 2021 Foundation for Music Education’s Mark of Excellence competition, according to a news release.

Bellaire City Council approved its FY 2021-22 budget on Sept. 20. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bellaire City Council roundup: Council approves budget, lump-sum payment for overpaid sales tax

Bellaire general fund revenues equal almost $23.2 million, with expenditures just shy of $23 million.

Loosened taxicab regulations that began at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic became permanent Sept. 15. (Courtesy Pexels)
Houston loosens taxicab regulations

The changes, approved by city council Sept. 15, reflect a new approach to the city’s relationship with taxicab operators.

Indian restaurant Mahesh's Kitchen opened Sept. 10 in Sugar Land Town Square. (Courtesy Kirsten Gilliam/Mahesh's Kitchen)
New 'upscale' restaurant Mahesh's Kitchen opens in Sugar Land Town Square

Owner Shubhangi Musale opened the Indian restaurant in memory of her late brother on Sept. 10.

Cy-Fair ISD continues to see hundreds of COVID-19 cases confirmed weekly. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
COVID-19 case confirmations down 14% week over week in Cy-Fair ISD

Nearly 3,000 cases have been confirmed on campuses since the start of the 2021-22 school year.

Read the latest on the FM 1097 widening, a new road extension in Conroe and plans for sidewalk improvements. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Conroe Council awards sidewalk improvements and 2 more road projects to follow

Read the latest on the FM 1097 widening, a new road extension in Conroe and plans for sidewalk improvements.