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For Your Information - Nov 26th - Heaven’s Army of Resources

On For Your Information this week, my guest is LaNora Purvis, pastor and CEO of Heaven’s Army of Resources, a non-profit group which assists people who can teach certain skills and others who wish to learn these skills come together by providing locations for the process to take place. She said they offer everything from drug and alcohol abuse counseling to martial arts instruction. Pastor Purvis also operates a home in the Cleveland area for female survivors of domestic abuse and sex trafficking.

11/21/2017

For Your Information - City of Cleveland Director of Public Work - Nov 12th

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Roderick ‘Rod’ Hainey, City of Cleveland Director of Public Works, who talked to listeners about: how he came from the Scotland of his youth reaching his current position; what the public works director in Cleveland does; the employees he oversees and what their responsibilities include; the equipment needed to take care of everything from operation of city wells and water treatment plants as well as sewer and water piping repair, to maintenance of roads, bridges, right-of-ways and even cemeteries.

11/09/2017

For Your Information - Nov 5th - Conroe City Administrator

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Paul Virgadamo, Conroe City Administrator, who took the time to talk to listeners concerning the City of Conroe. Included in his discussion were: The damage sustained from Harvey including and how the city residents and businesses responded to it; how the city operates and his function in the process; and the many aspects of Conroe including what Virgadamo refers to as the quality of life its businesses offer the citizens, and in the same manner some of the different aspects, such as the fire and public safety system, public works, parks and recreation, from the city government which do the same.

11/03/2017

For Your Information - Nov 5th - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Guest was Joe Bontke with the Houston District office of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. We talked about how recent sexual harassment scandals in the news have raised the discussion of workplace misconduct to a new level, and prompted a re-evaluation of how harassment is handled in the workplace. We talked about EEOC Leadership for Respect, and Respect in the Workplace training and education.

11/02/2017

For Your Information - Oct 29th - Cleveland City Manager

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Kelly McDonald, Cleveland City Manager, who took the time to talk to listeners concerning the damage sustained by flood waters from Harvey including the locations where the most of the damage to city residents’ and businesses’ property; and the main damage to city property done at the new city park at Houston St. and the SH 105 Bypass. She informed listeners as to the current status of the new planned community inside the southeast city limits, as well as the new Industrial Park going inside the westside city limits.

11/02/2017

For Your Information - Oct 22nd - Liberty County Emergency Management Directo

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Tom Branch, Liberty County Emergency Management Director and Homeland Security Coordinator, who talked to our listeners about : expected ending of FEMA applications filings this week; who should file; how much FEMA has already paid to Liberty County residents; estimates of damages just to Liberty County owned property such as roads and bridges; and warning that the hurricane season last until the end of November, and to not become complacent.

10/23/2017

For Your Information - Oct 20th - United Health Care of Texas

Guest was Dave Milich. CEO, United Health Care of Texas. We talked about open enrollment for employer insurance, Medicare and Obamacare. We discussed the deadlines, options, coverage, wellness and other benefits to consider during open enrollment.

10/20/2017

For Your Information - Oct 20th - Tennis and Education Academy

Guests were Zina Garrison and Kim Gagnge with the Zina Garrison Tennis and Education Academy. Zina Garrison was women's singles runner-up at Wimbledon in 1990, a three-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion, and a women's doubles gold medalist and singles bronze medalist at the 1988 Olympic Games. Zina was introduced to tennis at a free tennis program started by John Wilkerson at MacGregor Park in 1974. When she retired, she began ZGA, a non-profit organization that teaches tennis, health, and fitness to children free of charge. Zena, whose home and ZGA facility were flooded during Hurricane Harvey, is hosting a fun day for kids and families affected by the storm, helping the overcome financially, spiritually, and physically.

10/20/2017

For Your Information - Oct 15th - Editor of the Cleveland Advocate

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Vanesa Brashier, Editor of the Cleveland Advocate and other newspapers, as well as a member of the Unity Committee, a nonprofit organization which promotes the Greater Cleveland Area. She told listeners one of the ways the Unity Committee does this is to organize and produce free special events during the year. One of its most successful such endeavors is Treat Street, a Halloween Carnival where local businesses provide booths that children up to 12 years may get free holiday candy and treats all in one safe area, this year at the Cleveland Civic Center. Brashier said the event which drew just a couple of hundred kids the first year and grown to the point more than 6,000 children received bags full of goodies in 2016, is expected to have an even greater participation this Halloween.

10/17/2017

For Your Information - Juvenile Diabetes research Foundation - Oct 8th

Guests were Kelli Johnson with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes research Foundation) and Chaz Schultz with Lexicon Pharm. We talked about Type 1 Diabetes, how it affects children and adults without warning, and how there is currently no cure. We discussed the importance of funding research to find new treatments, and one day a cure for T1D.

10/09/2017

For Your Information - Oct 9th - Houston Food Bank

Guest was Betsy Ballard with the Houston Food Bank. We talked about the Food Bank’s immediate response to Hurricane Harvey, the transition to normalize operations, and long haul efforts to help those affected. We talked about the need for more distribution sites, funding and volunteers. We talked about the needs of families, children, and the elderly, as well as the difference between those that are food insecure, and truly hungry. We also talked about the increase of people who have never needed help before Harvey.

10/09/2017

For Your Information - Oct 8th - Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Jim Carson, Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce’s Chief Operating Officer, who talked to listeners about the area’s comeback from Hurricane Harvey and highlighted up-coming local events including the inaugural of what the Chamber hopes will be an annual music event held in the city. Scheduled for Oct. 21 from 11:30am until midnight, MusicFest Cleveland features nine professional Texas bands (country, rockabilly, soul/R&B, Zydeco) augmented by numerous acoustic acts at Stancil Expo Arena with local high school jazz bands playing at the civic center.

10/06/2017

For Your Information - Oct 1st - Toby Powell, Mayor of Conroe

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Toby Powell, Mayor of Conroe, who talked to listeners about: his personal history with the city; Conroe’s history and the growth it’s seen from a few thousand people to the almost 90,000 today; some of the things it has to offer such as Lake Conroe on its west side, an international airport, two live theaters, etc.; as well as how the city faired during Hurricane Harvey and the city’s recovery efforts.

09/28/2017

For Your Information - Sept 24th Cleveland Independent School District

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Dr. Darrel Myers, Superintendent of Schools for the Cleveland Independent School District (CISD), who spoke to listeners about the events and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey including: the damage to buildings and campuses such as roof, wall, ceiling, flooring, even to Indian Stadium’s new artificial turf field. He also went into some of the losses the community sustained, especially as it had to do with CISD students and their families. Dr. Myers thanked the people of the California community, Manhattan Beach, which put together a seven-truck caravan loaded with school supplies, clothing, footwear, and more for the families of CISD students.

09/22/2017

For Your Information - Sept 17th - Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge

On For Your Information this week, my guests are Stuart Marcus, Manager of the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge (TRNWR), and Jim Carson, COO of the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce (GCCoC) both of whom spoke to the difficulties Hurricane Harvey with its accompanying flood, caused in their efforts to serve the public. Marcus explained the refuge, for all intents and purposes, is currently unusable with floodwaters still covering almost all its land including the raised walkways. He explained he had no way of telling when citizens would once again be able to use the federal property. Carson told listeners about some of the damage suffered by chamber members and general citizens. He said that while the Outdoor Expo was called off due to the disaster, it was being rescheduled. Carson also went into other chamber functions which were canceled but said the Cleveland Music Festival was still scheduled for October.

09/15/2017

For Your Information - Sept 17th - Salvation Army Greater Houston

Guests was Major Kent Davis, Commander of the Salvation Army Greater Houston. We talked about Hurricane Harvey, and the Salvation Army’s immediate response to rescue, shelter and feed people during the disaster, and long term plans for recovery. We talked about the Salvation Army clothing centers, addiction recovery program, housing and homeless services. We talked about SA services for youth, the elderly and veterans. We talked about the beginnings of the SA, and the spiritual ministry, as well as the annual Red Kettle program, and how Hurricane Harvey will make Christmas different for so many people this year,.

09/14/2017

For Your Information - Sept 17th - United Way of Greater Houston

Guest was Anna Babin, President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Houston. We talked about Hurricane Harvey response and recovery. We talked about the UW Hurricane Harvey relief fund and guide on what to do after the storm and how to do it. We talked about the needs and challenges facing the community, in the months and years to come. Financially, spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically, and how to help adults and children recover.

09/14/2017

For Your Information - Sept 3rd - Superintendent of Schools for Splendora Independent School District

On For Your Information this week, my guest is Dr. Jeff Burke, the new Superintendent of Schools for Splendora Independent School District (SISD) in Conroe’s Montgomery County who spoke to listeners about what he sees in the future of SISD, recently announced as a 5A District, albeit the smallest one in Texas. Burke went over his experience in the field of education and explained SISD’s location in relation to adjoining districts such as Conroe ISD. He told of the building plans underway as the result of the recent bond election and the predicted continued growth in the district. Dr. Burke spoke to the new administrators on the campuses and who was returning. He reminded listeners to be aware of the school buses returning to roads all over.

09/11/2017

For Your Information - Sept 10th - Greater Houston Builders Association

Guests were Patrick Mayhan VP of purchasing for Westin Homes, and Rob Hellyer with Premier Remodeling. Both with the Greater Houston Builders Association. GHBA is a trade organization whose members are involved in the development, homebuilding, and remodeling industry in 11 counties. We talked about how to start remediating and repairing home damage after Hurricane Harvey, We talked about how to hire professional contractors, and avoid scammers. We talked about the resources available to homeowners, how to deal with insurance and FEMA, and what mistakes to avoid.

09/11/2017

For Your Information - Sept 10th - Better Business Bureau Greater Houston

Guest was Dan Parsons with the Better Business Bureau Greater Houston. We talked about scam charities after Hurricane Harvey, and how to donate to legitimate organizations. We discussed the Red Cross and JJ Watt Harvey relief efforts, price gouging, how to report fly by night contractors, and FEMA and Insurance Fraud.

09/11/2017
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