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Thursday, October 29, 2009

City Offers Pet Adoption Special

Thanks to a grant from the Rotary Club of Brownsville Charitable Foundation, anyone who adopts an animal from the Brownsville Animal and Control Center will get an automatic $20 discount. This means the usual $70 fee for a spay/neuter adoption will drop to $50.

According to Art Rodriguez, director of the city’s health department, there are—as of October 28—159 animals in the kennel inventory: 88 dogs and 71 cats.

Rodriguez points out that the fall adoption promotion special is good so long as the $1,850 grant lasts.

“This is a great opportunity,” says Rodriguez, “to take advantage of our adoption promotion. There are lots of deserving, adoptable animals in our kennel and this is a good chance to give one a good home/”

The Animal Control Center is located at 416 FM511, north of Brownsville near Olmito. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m.

For more information call 544-7351.

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Volunteers Needed

Volunteers needed!!!!

Rose Timmer
Healthy Communities of Brownsville

Texas Recycles Day- Brownville meeting at the Brownsville Recycle Center on Elizabeth Street. Planning meeting for November 14 event

Public Forum- 6 to 8pm at the ITEC Campus. Banning Plastic Bags will be the to...pic & the public is invited. Need meet/greet volunteers. Need meeting evaluators.

Paint a Can- volunteers needed to help unload cans and give out information about recycling, sign up volunteers for HCB

Texas Recycles-Brownsville Recycling Center on Elizabeth Street-volunteers needed to meet and greet, give out information, cook and give out healthy snacks. Pick up recycles. Groups are welcomed. We anticipate 400 to 700 participants.

Health Literacy Symposium –January 27th at the Brownsville Event Center- volunteers needed for setup, registration, -more information as committee meets.

HCB and Imagine Brownsville- meeting on environmental priorities’ for 2010-volunteers needed to direct people to meeting place. Need someone to take notes of meeting.

Survey- volunteers to make phone calls to participants about Banning Plastic Bags. A short survey over the phone. Week of Dec 14th

Office Help-my filing is piling up. Need someone to help file and put stuff away. Need someone to answer the phone and take messages during the weeks of November 15 through November 30.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Texas Municipal League Conference

I'm currently at the Texas Municipal League Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

Here is a link to the conference program:

The seminars are very informative. At the above link, you will find handouts we are using for many of the seminars. I hope you find this useful. I just completed a seminar on Dealing With Difficult Personalities, and I plan to attend additional seminars on economic development, marketing and federal updates.



Sunday, October 4, 2009

New Business ... Tommy Boy's Country Farmers Market

I discovered this locally owned and recently opened establishment at 1254 Military Hwy. Best of luck to this new small business. For more information, call Tom Rhodes at (956) 621-3446.


Friday, October 2, 2009

2nd Season of Farmers' Market Opens Saturday

Date of Event: Saturday, October 3, 2009 (8 a.m.-noon)
Contact Information: Lisa Mitchell-Bennett, (956) 466-5657 or Kathy Martin (956) 882-5896


The second season of the Brownsville Farmers' Market opens Saturday at Linear Park located on the corner of 6th and Harrison streets.

Hours are 8 a.m.-noon with welcoming remarks by Sen. Eddie Lucio 9 a.m.

The opening market will feature herbs, carrots, squash, eggplant and other veggies as well as farm fresh eggs, local honey, exotic, locally grown fruit, wild gulf shrimp, live music and more!

Healthy Communities and the National Weather Service will have booths with children’s’ activities and Su Clinica Familiar will provide health information. The event will include a raffle for Farmers’ Market items including aprons and gift certificates with the drawing at 10 a.m.

The mission of the Brownsville Farmers’ Market is to create an event where fresh, affordable and Texas grown produce is available to local families which will improve their health and well-being while providing local farmers with an outlet to sell their produce.

For more information, go to


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Stillman House Presents An Old Fashioned Halloween

The Stillman House, in historic downtown Brownsville, invites the public to An Old-Fashioned Halloween from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.

The event is free for Brownsville Historical Association members and is included in the cost of $2 general admission for non-members. BHA members must show membership card in order to receive free admission.

The event includes guided tours of Stillman House. The tours of the decorated Stillman House will focus on the Halloween games, traditions, and legends that were popular in Victorian America. Guests will also enjoy Victorian-era Halloween craft activities, and Victorian-era Halloween refreshments. Guests will also enjoy the talents of Kate Moore, a Tarot Card reader from California, who will delight guests with a Victorian-style Tarot reading.

The Brownsville Heritage Complex is located at 1325 E. Washington Street and is managed by the Brownsville Historical Association. For more information on BHA programs and exhibits please call 956-541-5560.

About Brownsville Historical Association

The Brownsville Historical Association manages the Brownsville Heritage Complex which consists of: Stillman House, Brownsville Heritage Museum, Aiken Education Center, and Preservation Resource Center. The BHA also manages the Old City Cemetery Center, Market Square Research Center and Southmost Heritage Center. The Brownsville Heritage Complex is located at 1325 E. Washington, Brownsville, Texas 78520. The mission of the BHA is to preserve, educate, and promote the history, heritage, and cultural arts of Brownsville, Texas and its environs through exhibitions, educational programs, publications, cultural events, and archival collections.

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GBIC Awards $250,000 to VIDA for Workforce Development

A locally driven initiative for workforce training was approved for $250,000 by the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation to support the development and training of 53 area residents.

The Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement (VIDA) is a non-profit organization which helps low-income, unemployed and underemployed individuals obtain the necessary training to get a high-skilled and high-wage job. VIDA’s efforts help the city benefit from the promotion, development, and expansion of area business enterprise.

This is the third year VIDA is approved for community job-based funding by the GBIC. The previous two years, VIDA has been awarded $180,000 and $192,000, bringing the three-year total to $622,000.

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