It’s Important To Soften Your Water in South Florida – Here’s Why

South Florida is a great place to live in. It has awesome beaches, tourist spots, beautiful sceneries, and has the ideal harmony of nature and infrastructure. However, there is also one important thing you need to know about South Florida’s water supply – it’s hard water. Simply defined, hard water is water containing minerals, particularly calcium and magnesium. While drinking hard water doesn’t have much impact on the body, bathing in hard water does affect […]

Drowning Rates Increasing During COVID-19 Pandemic

Safe Kids Greater Houston reminds parents of top tips to keep kids safe around water this summer, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic [Houston, TX ] — As the weather heats up and families are staying at home  and socially distancing, more families are searching for water-related activities to keep their children busy.  Several children have died due to drowning in the greater Houston region in recent weeks. There are more who have been treated at […]

TPWD Reminds Boaters to ‘Clean, Drain and Dry’

AUSTIN – With the arrival of Memorial Day weekend and summertime temperatures, Texans may be getting out on the water. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) inland fisheries and law enforcement staff are urging boaters to do their part to fight back against aquatic invasive species, such as giant salvinia and zebra mussels, threatening Texas lakes. “There’s no doubt that Texans love their lakes,” said John Findeisen, TPWD Brookeland Aquatic Habitat Enhancement team lead. […]

Texas Comptroller’s Office Wins National Communications Award

(AUSTIN) — The Texas Comptroller’s office recently won first place at the National Association of Government Communicators’ (NAGC) Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards for its January 2019 edition of Fiscal Notes: Texas School Finance – Doing the Math on the State’s Biggest Expenditure. The agency also received an award of excellence for a video profiling Texas’ Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday. In its special report on Texas school finance, Fiscal Notes examined the history and intricacies of the […]

Sen. Cruz Applauds Trump Administration Announcement Enforcing Sanctions Against Two High Profile Members of Ortega Regime

HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today issued the following statements after the Trump administration announced sanctions against two high-profile Nicaraguan government officials, Julio César Avilés Castillo, the commander-in-chief of the Nicaraguan Army, and Iván Adolfo Acosta Montalván, the Ortega regime’s minister of finance for their involvement in serious human rights abuses: “These sanctions against the Ortega regime will send a clear message to the international community that the […]

Sen. Cruz, Colleagues Applaud Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for Rejecting Partisan Calls to Halt Review of Energy Infrastructure Projects

‘Slowing the approval process and delaying construction of [natural gas projects] at a time when millions of Americans are out of work is profoundly wrong’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and John Kennedy (R-La.) today sent a letter applauding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for continuing to process applications to improve America’s energy infrastructure – despite partisan requests from House Democrats and Democratic […]

Sen. Cruz Leads Calls for Fundamental Reassessment of U.S.-China Relationship

HOUSTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is leading the charge in the Senate to fundamentally reassess the U.S.-China relationship as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to lie and engage in a massive coverup of the coronavirus outbreak, threatens to cut off U.S. access to life-saving medications made only in China, and squash Hong Kong’s autonomy. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Cruz is working to: Hold China accountable for the type of medical censorship and suppression that fueled the coronavirus […]

DPS Reminds Drivers to Put Safety First this Memorial Day

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) encourages all Texans to practice safe driving habits this Memorial Day weekend. Beginning today, Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25, Texas Highway Patrol Troopers will be patrolling Texas roadways looking for intoxicated drivers, people not wearing seat belts and drivers violating the speed limit and other traffic laws. Drivers are urged to follow these safety tips this Memorial Day weekend: Don’t drink and drive.Make alternate […]

Covid-19 Pandemic “Disatrous” For Houston Economy 312000 Lost Jobs Biggest Ever One-Month Decline On Record

(HOUSTON) The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and resulting stay-at-home orders, had a disastrous effect on Houston’s workforce in April, according to data released by Workforce Solutions Friday morning. Job losses were reported across all eleven economic sectors that make up the local workforce. “Not surprisingly, customer-facing industries were the hardest hit,” said Parker Harvey regional economist at Workforce Solutions. “Leisure and Hospitality, which includes restaurants, bars and hotels, accounted for one out of every […]

Poodles and other 1950s Collectibles

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori by Dr. Lori Verderame My books on the post-World War II era and years as appraising collectibles worldwide gives me great interest in the fun and kitchy objects of the 1950s. For pet lovers and canine enthusiasts many dog breeds were popular in the decorative arts and collectibles of the mid-century modern era. One of the most popular breeds was the poodle. Elizabeth Taylor owned a pet poodle in […]