Announcements and Information
Shopping locally provides big dividends for City services
Aug 14 2014 - 04:45:00 pm
As the start of the school year approaches, Pasadena residents are encouraged to shop locally for school supplies.

With every purchase made within Pasadena, shoppers are not only helping to boost revenues from sales tax, but also helping fight crime, improve City streets and beautify our area, thanks to an additional cent of sales tax.

About 12 years ago, a sales tax funding program was created, giving one-half cent of additional sales tax to support the Pasadena Police Department’s Crime Control District and another half cent going to support the Pasadena Second Century Corporation each time a purchase is made in the city. The program ensures that the cost of maintaining infrastructure and public safety programs is spread among everyone in the area who benefits from them, instead of being the sole responsibility of residents.

The funding is used for a variety of programs. The Pasadena Police Department uses its portion of the funds to help put more, and better-equipped, officers on the street, often using the money to purchase police cars, computers and other equipment.

The department also uses the funding to create or supplement various specialized programs, designed to further reduce crime throughout the city. Part of the money raised through this program, for example, goes to support a variety of PPD’s community programs, including the D.A.R.E. program, which encourages children to say no to drugs, and the YES program, which keeps at-risk youth actively involved in the community and out of trouble.

The Pasadena Second Century Corporation uses its portion of the money for capital improvement projects, as well as street and drainage improvements, among other projects. The group has used the funds for many recent major road construction projects, sewer improvements and repairs of water lines, in addition to some economic development projects.

“I encourage everyone to shop right here in Pasadena,” said Mayor Johnny Isbell. “With the great variety of stores available, we have just about everything you could ever need. And not only will you be supporting local business owners, but you’ll also be supporting the local economy and the City itself, giving us more funds to make our city even safer and an even better place to live.”
Summer fun--for free!--at the Pasadena Public Library
Aug 11 2014 - 10:24:00 am
Throughout the summer, the Pasadena Public Library is offering free programs, classes and special events for all ages. Here’s a look at what’s coming up August 18 – August 23 at both library locations:

Monday, August 18:
Computer Basics (computer class) at 10 a.m. at the central library
Story Time (children’s program) at 10:30 a.m. at the central library
Tea Time Mystery Book Club (adult program) at 3:30 p.m. at the central library

Tuesday, August 19:
Teen Trivia at 3 p.m. at the central library
Youth Gaming (children’s program) at 6:30 p.m. at the central library
Story Time (children’s program) at 4 p.m. at the Fairmont library

Wednesday, August 20:
Preschool Story Time (children’s program) at 11:30 a.m. at the Fairmont library
Save Our Earth (children’s program) at 3 p.m. at the central library
Excel (computer class) at 5 p.m. at the Fairmont library

Thursday, August 21:
Gadget Hour (computer class) at 10 a.m. at the central library
Teen Robotics at 3 p.m. at the central library
Resume Class (adult program) at 6 p.m. at the Fairmont library
Legal Talk: Hiring an Attorney (adult program) at 6 p.m. at the central library
Art Studio (children’s program) at 6:30 p.m. at the central library

Friday, August 22:
Story Time (children’s program) at 10:30 a.m. at the central library
Adult Craft at 3 p.m. at the central library
Story Time (children’s program) at 4 p.m. at the Fairmont library

Saturday, August 23:
PBS Workshop (adult program) at 10 a.m. at the central library
Saturday Matinee: American Graffiti (adult program) at 2 p.m. at the Fairmont library
Kids Flick: Stuart Little at 2:30 p.m. at the central library

All of the programs/events/classes are free. The central library is located at 1201 Jeff Ginn, and the Fairmont library is located at 4330 Fairmont. For more information about any of these programs, visit the library website at www.ppltx.net or contact the central library at (713) 477-0276 or the Fairmont library at (281) 998-1095.
Free immunizations to be offered to area children
Aug 08 2014 - 03:59:00 pm
Many agencies in the area will be offering free immunizations for children in the upcoming weeks:

8/9/2014 La Porte EMS (10428 Spencer Hwy.) 9 a.m. - noon
8/11/2014 McDonald's (31300 S. Richey) 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
8/13/2014 Dobie High School (10220 Blackhawk) 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
8/16/2014 Friendswood EMS (1000 S. Friendswood Dr.) 9 a.m. - noon
8/22/2014 Genoa Elementary (12900 Almeda Genoa Rd.) 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
8/28/2014 San Jacinto Intermediate (3600 Red Bluff Rd.) 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
9/13/2014 La Porte EMS (10428 Spencer Hwy.) 9 a.m. – noon
9/20/2014 Clear Lake EMS (104 Pennsylvania) 9 a.m. - noon

Vaccines at the events listed above are free (private insurance excluded). Please bring the child’s immunization record with you. There may be a limited supply of vaccines at an event; first come, first served.

The free immunization events listed are provided by a variety of agencies in the community, including: Harris Health System's Troubleshooters Houston, La Porte EMS, Christus and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile/SuperKids Pediatric Mobile Clinic.

All of the above information was provided courtesy of the Pasadena Independent School District. For more information about immunization events and requirements, please visit http://www1.pasadenaisd.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=80772&pageId=237476
Health Impacts from Environmental Exposure
Aug 08 2014 - 03:54:00 pm
Pasadena Citizens' Advisory Council this month presents data on health and mortality rates for Pasadena versus the rest of the state and the impact of pollutants on human health.
PPD advises caution while banking to lessen criminal interest
Aug 04 2014 - 12:26:00 pm
In the past several months, the crime of “bank jugging” has been on the rise in Harris County, including the city of Pasadena. The Pasadena Police Department Auto Crimes Unit offers the following information on what “bank jugging” is, what citizens should be on the lookout for, and things they can do to protect themselves from becoming a victim.

WHAT IS BANK JUGGING?
• The term is used to describe suspects who sit in bank parking lots and watch customers go in and out of a bank. The suspects follow the customers they believe are in possession of cash and look for an opportunity to burglarize their vehicles or rob them directly.
• “Juggers” most frequently target customers carrying bank bags, bank envelopes and coin boxes.
• Most “jugging” Burglary of Motor Vehicles occur at a retail or commercial business the customer stops at after leaving the bank.
• If a customer leaves the bank and does not leave their money unattended in the vehicle, most “Juggers” will go back to the bank to target another banking customer; however, some “Juggers” will confront the customer in an attempt to rob them by taking the money by force.

THINGS TO BE AWARE OF WHEN BANKING:
• Occupied vehicles backed into parking spaces with clear view of the front doors of the bank, ATM or commercial drive thru line
• Vehicles arriving at bank with no occupants entering the bank
• Vehicles changing parking spaces
• Vehicles with dark tinted windows with little or no visibility of the occupants
• Vehicles with multiple occupants

HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF?
• Always be aware of your surroundings
• Conceal money before leaving the bank. Never openly carry bank bags, envelopes or coin boxes.
• Be aware of anyone following you from the area of a bank
• If you suspect you are being targeted, call 911 from your cell phone and keep the dispatcher informed of your location, the direction you are traveling, and drive toward the police station until marked police cars are able to locate you.
• Do not leave or try to hide your bank bag or bank envelope in your vehicle when you exit at your next destination, even if it’s your residence.
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