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FEMA officially approves ratings upgrade offering 25% discount on Pasadena flood insurance
Dec 12 2014 - 11:39:00 am
The City of Pasadena has now qualified for a Class 5 rating in FEMA's CRS Community Rating System (CRS), moving up from Class 7 to Class 5.

With a Class 5 rating, residents of Pasadena will see a whopping 25% discount in their flood insurance premiums for properties located within the 100-year floodplain. This provides an immediate, positive impact on resident wallets and extends the significant progress Pasadena has already made through our FEMA-recognized community program.

To achieve this enhanced qualification, our CRS program had to provide verifiable progress in a number of areas that impact potential flooding in our community:
  • A large part of the credit was given to community outreach in information and education. From providing copies of elevation certificates to providing flood zone information  through a special Program for Public Information that uses public library, event participation, mass mailings, social media, community television and our website, this rating improvement would not be possible without a co-ordinated public outreach from the City.
  • Planning is another area where Pasadena's efforts were recognized. Floodplain mapping, relocating flood-prone buildings from the regulatory floodplain, implementation of Harris County's Hazard Mitigation Plan and drainage system maintenance all figured into the equation that gave us the higher rating.
  • Stormwater management is a crucial part of Pasadena's response to our flood-prone environment. It also heavily impacts soil and erosion control as well as water quality for our community.

Although the actual ratings change began October 1, this is the official FEMA accounting of the ways our program improvements helped make the ratings upgrade possible.

While the upgraded rating will remain in place as long as Pasadena continues to maintain its program standards, it can't help residents and business owners unless they sign up for flood insurance. With the better ratings, there's never been a smarter time to take advantage of the big discount and put a 'financial wall' around your home or business. 

While hurricane season is past, flooding can occur year 'round and it only takes one incident of flooding to financially cripple those who are going without flood insurance. With a 30-day waiting period for insurance to begin active coverage, putting off getting it until you see dark clouds on the horizon could be a mistake that sinks your best-laid budget plans. 

Contact your insurance agent soon to discuss put that financial wall around you...and enjoy a 25% discount when you do.
The 12 Days of Christmas, Pasadena-style
Dec 01 2014 - 04:27:00 pm

Celebrate the holiday season in Pasadena with our 12 Days of Christmas. This month will be full of fun, free activities and programs for people of all ages; here are some of the highlights:

Thursday, Dec. 4

What: Santa’s Christmas Magic: The Musical
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: San Jacinto College Central Campus (8060 Spencer Hwy.)

Description: Santa’s Christmas Magic: The Musical” is a fantasy about a sinister plot to steal Santa’s magic. Highlights of the show include toys that come alive and dance and sing, and singing children elves. Children in the audience will have an opportunity to visit with Santa Claus at intermission. Evening performances are set for Dec. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances are scheduled for Dec. 7 and 14 at 2:30 p.m. Special matinee performances will be performed for area schools and daycares on Dec. 4 at 9 a.m., and Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. The cost for general admission is $10 per person. Tickets bought and picked up at least two days before the show cost $8 each. For ticket information, please call 281-476-1828 starting Dec. 3 when ticket sales begin.

Friday, Dec. 5

What: Christmas Tree Lighting
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Pasadena City Hall (1211 Southmore)

Description: Come help us unveil the decorations, turn on the lights, and kick off the Christmas season at our annual Christmas Tree Lighting event! This event is free and features plenty of entertainment and fun for the whole family. We’ll light up our huge, outdoor Christmas tree and unveil new lighted features. This event will also include appearances by Santa & Mrs. Claus, performances by local choirs, bands and dance groups, tours of our Circle of Trees and hayrides. There will also be free cookies and hot chocolate.

Saturday, Dec. 6

What: Holiday Lighted Parade
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Along Fairmont Parkway (travels from Burke to Pansy and then back to Preston)

Description: A section of one of Pasadena’s busiest roads will be transformed into a winter wonderland and filled with a different kind of traffic: lighted parade entries from dozens of groups, businesses and organizations in the community. Entrants this year include the Pasadena ISD All-City Band, which is comprised of students from all ten of the intermediate schools in Pasadena; and special entries from various City of Pasadena departments, among others. Awards will be given in eight categories. This parade always draws thousands of spectators; come to the parade this year and see why!

What: Pictures with Santa
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Fire Station #8 (41000 Space Center)

Description: Hosted by the Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department, proceeds from Pictures with Santa will benefit the Pasadena Volunteer Fireman's TOYS FOR TOTS program. Santa pictures will be $6 each. Santa pictures will be taken on Ole Betsy, the 1929 Fire Truck.

What: Christmas Open House
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Heritage Park & Museum (204 South Main)

Description: The Pasadena Historical Society and the City of Pasadena have teamed up for a Christmas Open House at the museum. Celebrate the holiday season and take a step back in time at this event. All of our historical homes on the property will be adorned with Christmas lights and festive decorations. There will also be refreshments. This event is free and is open to everyone in the community.

Sunday, Dec. 7

What: Pasadena Philharmonic Holiday Concert
When: 2:30 p.m.
Where: San Jacinto College Central Campus (8060 Spencer Hwy.)

Description: The Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of James Park, will perform traditional Christmas music, as well as a special presentation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Magnificat” for choir, soloists, and orchestra. The concert will be staged at Slocomb Auditorium. Singers from San Jacinto College will perform in the concert, with solo performances by Dr. Paul Busselberg and Rebecca Pyper, San Jacinto College music professors. Admission is $10 per person, and tickets may be purchased at the door.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

What: Teen Craft – Glass Ornaments
When: 4 p.m.
Where: Fairmont library (4330 Fairmont)

Description: Teens will learn how to create spectacular glass ornaments in this free class. Create original and heartwarming gifts with glitter and color. Registration is required; to book your spot, call (281) 998-1095.

Thursday, Dec. 11

What: Precinct2gether Senior Program Annual Christmas Party for Seniors
When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Pasadena Convention Center (7902 Fairmont)

Description: Senior citizens are invited to join the Precinct2gether Senior Program and the team from Pasadena’s Madison Jobe Senior Center for a Christmas party and lunch. Join Harris County Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman and Pasadena Mayor Johnny Isbell to celebrate the holidays! All guests must have a ticket to attend this event; free tickets are available at the Madison Jobe Senior Center. For more information, please call the MJSC at 713-274-2352.

Friday, Dec. 12

What: Christmas Open House and 30th Anniversary Celebration
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Madison Jobe Senior Center (1700 E. Thomas)

Description: The Madison Jobe Senior Center is hosting its annual Christmas Open House and Dance, and all seniors are invited. This free event is a great way to socialize, enjoy some refreshments, learn more about the Center and share the Christmas spirit. Musical entertainment will be provided. This year’s event also marks the 30th anniversary of the Madison Jobe Senior Center.

What: Gift Wrapping
When: 3:30 p.m.
Where: Central library (1201 Jeff Ginn)

Description: Bring your gifts to our central library during this free program for adults, and the paper, tape and tools will be supplied. Supplies are limited, and registration is required. To register, call (713) 477-0276.

Saturday, Dec. 13

What: Pictures with Santa
When: 2 p.m. (Fairmont); 3 p.m. (Central)
Where: Pasadena Public Library – Fairmont (4330 Fairmont) & Central (1201 Jeff Ginn)

Description: The Pasadena Public Library invites all children in the community to stop by for a free picture with Santa. Bring your own camera; the library will provide a photographer so that your whole family can get in the picture.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

What: Teen Craft – Gift Boxes
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Fairmont library (4330 Fairmont)

Description: Teens will learn how to create amazing origami gift boxes in this free class. These customized creations include a personalized gift card and poem. Registration is required for this class; to book your spot, call (281) 998-1095.

Thursday, Dec. 18

What: It’s a Wonderful Life Christmas Gala
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Pasadena Convention Center (7902 Fairmont)

Description: Hosted by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, this event is a celebration of the year’s accomplishments, as well as a recognition of the Chamber’s board members and Citizen of the Year. Enjoy an elegant meal served by CTHS culinary students and jazz music. Individual tickets are $50, and table sponsorships are available. For more information, contact the Chamber at (281) 487-7871.

Friday, Dec. 19

What: Lunch and a Christmas Movie
When: 11 a.m.
Where: Madison Jobe Senior Center (1700 E. Thomas)

Description: Senior citizens are invited to come enjoy lunch and the movie “The Christmas Candle” at this Christmas event. Lunch will be $2; please RSVP to (713) 477-0175 to ensure that enough food is ordered for this event.

What: Christmas Dinner & Dance for Multipurpose Recreation Center participants
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Campbell Hall (Pasadena Convention Center & Fairgrounds – 7902 Fairmont)

Description: All Multipurpose Recreation Center participants and their families are invited to the Center’s annual Christmas Dinner and Dance. Dress in your holiday best and spend an elegant evening with us at Campbell Hall.

Saturday, Dec. 20

What: Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department’s Project Santa
When: Varies, depending on location
Where: Neighborhoods throughout Pasadena

Description: Pasadena residents don’t have to wait until Christmas Eve for Santa Claus to come to town. Santa will be visiting neighborhoods throughout the city the weekend before Christmas. But for this visit, forget the sleigh and reindeer; Santa will be riding on a fire truck, escorted by members of the Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department as part of the department’s annual Project Santa. Firefighters from each of the City’s nine fire districts will cover streets and neighborhoods in their district. Because there are differences in the sizes of each fire district, there are no set times for the visits, but typically, the districts get started sometime around dark or late in the afternoon (around 3 p.m.). If needed, the districts will finish their visits on Sunday, Dec. 21.
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