This Week's Headlines

State sales tax holiday set for Aug. 5-7

Congress drops free school meals for all; reinstates applications

Local pool schedules

City, county address growing monkeypox issue

County cleans Beamer debris

Legislation introduced authorizing Coastal Spine

County to address nuisance properties

Hit-and-run crash leads to felony arrest

Multiple felony charges leveled

Traffic stop leads to drug, gun arrests

Gun buyback successful

Thank you, flood control

Local dancer Sydnie Hile to star in upcoming musical

Clear Brook City MUD negotiates with county to develop rec facility

Houston Food Bank plans event

Federal guidelines alter local school lunch policy guidelines

Turner launches startup competition

Dobie cheerleaders qualify for All-American

NASA Aglow Lighthouse names August speaker

CCART to meet Sept. 13

SJC fall semester begins

JFD announces 2022-2023 cheerleaders

Longhorn team tennis serves up busy stretch

High school volleyball season nears start

Intermediates making plans

Clear Brook, Dobie football coming soon; freshmen underway, returnees start Aug. 8

Dobie great Kramer reaches TTCA hall

Bay Area Football League kicks off Aug. 13

Dobie grad Morris boosts HSU Readies

Miles signs with Italy’s Mantova

SJC’s Ceballos doesn’t sign; to Oregon instead

Area volleyball teams have lofty expectations in 2022

Meet the Team set at Dobie9


 

State sales tax holiday set for Aug. 5-7

The state’s annual sales tax holiday is set to take place Friday, Aug. 5, through midnight Sunday, Aug. 7.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar encourages all taxpayers to support state businesses while saving money on tax-free purchases of most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100) during the annual tax-free weekend.

Qualifying items can be purchased tax free from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas. In most cases, one does not need to give the seller an exemption certificate to buy qualifying items tax free.

The sales tax exemption applies only to qualifying items one buys during the sales tax holiday. Items one buys before or after the sales tax holiday do not qualify for exemption, and there is no tax refund available.

Online purchases and telephone orders

To promote social distancing, the Texas Comptroller’s office wants all taxpayers to know that during the Tax-Free Weekend, one can buy qualifying items online or by telephone, mail, custom order or any other means (including in-store purchases) tax free, when either:

– the item is both delivered, and paid for, by the customer during the exemption; or

– the customer orders and pays for the item, and the seller accepts the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period ends.

A seller accepts an order when the seller has acted to fill the order for immediate shipment.

An order is filled for immediate shipment regardless of whether the shipment is delayed due to a backlog of orders or because stock is currently unavailable to, or on back order by, the seller.

Delivery charges

Delivery, shipping, handling and transportation charges by the seller are part of the item’s sales price.

Since clothing, backpacks and school supplies have to be less than $100 to qualify, customers have to look at the item’s total sales price to determine if one can buy it tax free.

For example, you buy a pair of jeans for $95 with a $10 delivery charge for a total price of $105. Because the jeans’ total price is more than $100, tax is due on the entire $105 price.

If a delivery charge is billed per item, and an invoice has both exempt and taxable items, only the qualifying exempt item’s delivery charge is exempt.

If the delivery charge is a flat rate per package, and the amount charged is the same regardless of how many items are included in the package, the total charge can be attributed to any one of the items in the package.

In-store purchases

The comptroller’s office urges all taxpayers buying certain qualifying items at their local retailers to practice appropriate social distancing as described in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines during the sales tax holiday.
Qualifying items

– Clothing and footwear.

– Face masks.

– Backpacks.

– School supplies.

For additional information, visit www.comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-490.

Congress drops free school meals for all; reinstates applications

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress authorized spending that allowed schools to serve free meals for all students.

Those funds are not authorized to continue for the 2022-2023 school year. As a result,

Pasadena Independent School District must return to charging for school meals and offering free and reduced-price meals based on student eligibility.

Starting August 1, 2022, Nutrition Services will have the online application system and paper applications available.

Families are encouraged to complete the application for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals.

To apply online, visit http://pasadena.schoollunchapp.com.

The process is safe, secure, and fast.

If needed, instructions are available in Spanish by selecting that option on the upper right side of the first screen.

Once an online application is completed, it communicates to Nutrition Services office the same day.

Applications in English and Spanish are also available in Nutrition Services at 1515 Cherrybrook Lane. Return the completed form online or to any school office.

The application will determine a child’s eligibility for free and reduced-price meals and may assist in the determination of eligibility for other state or federal benefits.

Only one application needs to be completed per household.

Nutrition Services will notify the applying household of the child’s eligibility.
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) administers school nutrition programs in Texas and offers an eligibility calculator at www.SquareMeals.org/ProgramEligibility.

Decisions regarding payment for school meals are made at the national-government level, not by the school nutrition team or TDA.

The dedicated staff at the Pasadena Independent School District is looking forward to serving healthy, balanced meals to students in the new school year.

These meals, whether paid, free, or reduced-price, offer a good source of nutrition for children.

Criteria for free and reduced-price meal benefits

The following criteria will be used to determine a child’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meal benefits. Breakfast is free to all students.

Income eligibility

– Household income that is at or below the income eligibility levels.
Categorical or automatic eligibility

– Household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) Program Participant Eligibility.

– Child’s status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster.

– Child’s enrollment in Head Start or Even Start
Income Eligibility.

For those households that qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income, an adult in the household must fill out free and reduced-price meal application and return it to Mary Harryman, Director of Nutrition Services at 1515 Cherrybrook.

Those individuals filling out the application will need to provide the following information, including the

– Names of all household members.

– Amount, frequency, and source of current income for each household member.

– Last 4 digits of the Social Security number of the adult household member who signs the application or, if the adult does not have a social security number, check the box for “No Social Security number.”

– Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct.

Directly certified

Nutrition Services is working with local agencies to identify all children who are directly eligible.

Nutrition Services will notify the households of these children that they do not need to complete an application.

Any household that does not receive a letter and feels it should, can contact Blanca Banda, Secretary of Nutrition Services at 713-740-0146.

Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Blanca Banda, Secretary of Nutrition Services at 713-740-0146.

Applications may be submitted anytime during the school year.

The information households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility.

Applications may also be verified by the school officials at any time during the school year.

Determining eligibility

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, Blanca Banda, Secretary of Nutrition Services will review applications and determine eligibility.

Households or guardians dissatisfied with the Reviewing Official’s eligibility determination may wish to discuss the decision with the Reviewing Official on an informal basis.

Households wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either orally or in writing to Ben Pape, Chief Financial Officer at 713-740-0146.

Unexpected Circumstances

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school.

Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below the attached current income eligibility guidelines.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA.

The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation.

The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by: : (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or (2) fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Local pool schedules

All area pools will be closed for cleaning on Mondays (with the exceptions of Labor Day).

Clear Brook Meadows’ pool hours will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Sageglen pool hours will be from noon through 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

The Riverstone Ranch pool will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., except on Sundays, when hours will be from noon to 8 p.m.

The swimming pool at Riverstone Ranch at Clear Creek will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ashley Pointe’s pool hours will be from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 1 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Highland Meadows’ pool hours are 3 to 8 p.m.

City of Houston
Due to a nationwide lifeguard shortage, both the Sagemont and Beverly Hills swimming pools will be closed until further notice.

The nearest open City of Houston swimming pool will be located at Wilson Memorial Park, located at 100 Gilpin near Highway 3 and Edgebrook. The pool will only be open three days a week – Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 1 to 8 p.m.

The shortage is due, in part, to the pandemic and the cancellation of J-1 exchange work visas.

According to City of Houston officials, the 2022 Summer Aquatics Center modified operational plan will provide an opportunity for a minimum of one pool in each Council District based on 24 available lifeguards. To accommodate the most possible users, pool openings were prioritized based on historical attendance and geographic distribution.

As more lifeguards are processed and come on board, the city will add additional days and pools accordingly.

Because of lifeguard staffing issues, the Parks and Recreation Department is operating under a phased opening of swimming pools to equitably distribute the workforce.

All pools will be closed on Mondays for regular maintenance. Residents should note that as more lifeguards are processed and come on board, additional swim days will be added to the schedule.

For more information, visit the city’s complete 2022 pool-opening schedule at www.houstontx.gov/parks/swimming.html.

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