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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Arbor Day Foundation Recognizes Brownsville as "Tree City USA"

For the 11th consecutive year, the City of Brownsville has been recognized as a “Tree City USA”, 2009, by the Arbor Day Foundation in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service.

Since receiving the first award in 1998, Brownsville remains the only city in the Lower Rio Grande Valley to receive a Tree City USA designation. Brownsville is recognized as the most heavily forested city in South Texas.

Brownsville has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community. The city has a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Shoes Needed

Local drop-off sites:

Wink's Saloon Grill & Rodeo
Contact: Linda Garcia
10700 FM 1421
(956) 399-9465

The Carriage House Day Spa and Hair Design
Contact: Teri Rendon
319 East Elizabeth Street
(956) 544-4111

Revitalize MD Day Spa and Anti Aging
Contact: Susan Martinez
1200 Central Boulevard
Phone: (956) 542-2781

Melissa Castro
1216 East Madison Street
(956) 554-9595

Pronto Insurance
Contact: Ella Rendon
805 Media Luna
Suite 401

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Valley AIDS Council to Offer Substance Abuse Treatment/Preventive Services to Brownsville Youth

Valley AIDS Council ("VAC") Youth Community Services has its Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. today at the Parks and Recreation Building (Old Boys and Girls Club) on Tyler Street.

The facility will provide substance abuse treatment and preventive services for the youth of southern Cameron County.

The clinic is a collaboration among United Way of Southern Cameron County, Valley AIDS Council and the City of Brownsville.

The public is invited to today's event.


Going Green Without Breaking the Budget

The Go Green Assistance Center provides tips on reducing our carbon footprint, incorporating sustainable energies and green building techniques into the built environment. Through the many resources of the center such as workshops, interactive screens, and a green home within the center everyone can experience first hand what it takes to be green. The Go Green Assistance Center seeks to foster dialogue within the community.

This is a great Center to visit. They have tips on building a home that's energy efficient without breaking the budget. And, it's a free service to the community!

Click here, for more info.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Brownsville Named One of Top U.S. Cities with Cleanest Air


Despite many cleanup efforts, more than half of Americans -- particularly those in California -- are still exposed to potentially dangerous air pollution, according to the American Lung Association's annual report.

Los Angeles remains the nation's smoggiest city, followed by Bakersfield, Calif., says "State of the Air 2010." Of the 10 smoggiest metro areas, eight are in California. The two exceptions are Houston, Texas, and Charlotte, N.C. The report says smog or ozone can trigger coughing and asthma attacks.

In contrast, two of the five cities with the least smog are in North Dakota: Bismarck and Fargo. The other three: Brownsville, Texas; Couer d'Alene, Idaho, and Duluth, Minn.

The annual report also looks at particulate pollution -- or soot -- at short-term and year-round levels, based on Environmental Protection Agency data for 2006, 2007 and 2008.

How does your area rank? Just type your zip code into the report's website.

At least half of the 10 cities with the most soot are in California. The dirtiest, on the short-term scale, is Phoenix, followed by Bakersfield and Los Angeles. Year-round, Bakersfield has the most particle pollution, followed by Fresno, Calif., and Pittsburgh, Pa.

Much progress has been made in the last year, according to the report, which says 20 of the sootiest cities year-round improved their annual averages. Also, 14 of the 25 smoggiest cities made gains.

Still, it says, more that 175 million people or 58% of the U.S. population breathe potentially dangerous air.

"More needs to be done," said Mary H. Partridge, the national board chair of the American Lung Association , in releasing the report.

The short-term soot levels of seven of the dirtiest cities got worse in the last year. This list includes Phoenix, Provo, Utah, and five California cities: Bakersfield, Fresno-Madera, Visalia-Porterville, Modesto and Stockton.