LIFE. BY THE BAY. CITY OF LA PORTE NEWSLETTER APRIL | MAY | JUNE | 2018
Staying True to La Porte’s Heritage Did you know that in 1909 the trustees of La Porte Schools voted to organize a school for the African-American children of La Porte? Since there was no facility to house the school, class was temporarily held at the Baptist Church on La Porte’s Northside.
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A short time later, a one room building was acquired for the school (shown above in the picture on the left). Classes were taught by Mrs. Viola DeWalt and contained children from grades one through six.
sent to Carver High School in Baytown, Texas. The structure remained this way until schools were integrated in 1963.
Earlier this year, in an effort to preserve our City’s heritage, the City of In 1943, an additional school house La Porte completed reconstructing the was acquired and placed next to the original school house with remnants original school house. The new addition of the original 1909 building. The contained two classrooms and all picture on the right shows the newly students were moved to this facility. reconstructed building located at 401 With the addition of a classroom, a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. A second teacher was hired, Ms. Sweetie grant from Harris County Community Evans. The original school house was Development, coupled with City of then used for drama and music. La Porte funds, made this project a reality. Staff are still acquiring items Ten years later, in 1953, DeWalt to furnish the building, so stay tuned Elementary was built on the corner to Facebook and our website for of North 6th Street and Madison for Grand Opening information! students in grades one through eight. Students going into ninth grade were
LPPD AGAIN RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF TEXAS’ BEST The La Porte Police Department (LPPD) was awarded “Re-Recognition” for their continued compliance with Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA) Best Practices Recognition Program for Law Enforcement for the past four years. Webster Chief of Police Danny Presley, Team Leader representing the TPCA Recognition Program, presented the certificate at the February 26th City Council meeting. While making the presentation, Chief Presley put accomplishments in perspective by stating: “There are over 2400 Law Enforcement agencies in Texas, and only 144 agencies have achieved ‘Recognized’ status. Only 67 agencies have been Re-Recognized…..meaning that they have maintained these standards for more than 4 years. The fact that the La Porte Police department has maintained these standards means that your Department is among the top 3% of all police agencies in the State.” LPPD was first recognized in late 2009 and became the twenty-third police agency in the State of Texas to obtain “Recognized Status” as a Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices agency. Since that time, the Department has been closely audited annually by members of the Texas Police Chief ’s Association and successfully passed three comprehensive on-site inspections. Congratulations to LPPD on being recognized as one of Texas’ best!
NEW POLICE NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER UP AND RUNNING
On Saturday February 17, 2018, the City of La Porte and the La Porte Police Department (LPPD) unveiled the new South Broadway Police Neighborhood Center. Representatives from the City of La Porte, LPPD, and Delta Court Apartments shared the vision and anticipated success of the program. Present for the Grand Opening was City of La Porte Mayor Louis Rigby, Councilman Jay Martin, Councilwoman Dottie Kaminski, City Manager Corby Alexander and LPPD Police Chief Kenith Adcox.
The Police Neighborhood Center is located in the Delta Court Apartments, 3101 S. Broadway, La Porte, Texas. The Delta Court Apartments partnered with LPPD in an effort to better serve the surrounding community by providing a rent-free office space for Patrol Area Representative (PAR) Officer Anthony Bish. Officer Bish will office from the center as much as possible, Monday through Friday, with his primary responsibility being to foster positive relationships with the community through direct contact.
SUMMER 2018 ADVANCED CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY The La Porte Police Department is excited to announce the start of the 2018 Advanced Citizen Police Academy (ACPA) May 8th, 2018. The ACPA is a 13-week program and includes training on Citizen’s on Patrol (C.O.P.S.) duties. For questions concerning either of La Porte’s Citizens Police Academies, please contact the Support Services Division at 281-842-3124 or 3183, or log onto the department’s website at http://laportetx.gov/488/Citizens-Police- Academy
EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE ON MAY 5, 2018 On May 5, 2018, the registered voters in the City of La Porte will have the opportunity to elect City officials for Mayor, District 2, and District 3. Below is information on the candidates, propositions on the ballot, and voting locations. Candidates, in the order they will appear on the ballot, are: For Mayor: Louis R. Rigby, Chuck Rosa, Wyatt Smith For District 2: Chuck Engelken - unopposed For District 3: Bill Bentley - unopposed
Also included in the election will be a special election for the following propositions: Proposition A: “The reauthorization of the local sales and use tax in the City of La Porte at the rate of one fourth of one percent to continue providing revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets.” Proposition B: “Shall Section 2.02 of the La Porte Charter be amended to provide that a candidate for mayor or a council position shall have been a qualified voter of the City for twelve (12) months immediately preceding election day, instead of for twelve (12) months at the time the candidate files for office; and, that a candidate for a district council position shall have been a qualified voter of his or her district for twelve (12)months immediately preceding election day, instead of for twelve (12) months at the time the candidate files for office, to conform the Charter to state law?”
HURRICANE SEASON - ARE YOU #READYLP? After the devastating impacts of the 2017 hurricane season, we wish we didn’t have to think about hurricanes again so soon. Unfortunately, the 2018 hurricane season is fast approaching. The La Porte Office of Emergency Management (OEM) encourages you to get prepared before hurricane season begins. Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. It is important for your family to have a plan that considers all of these hazards. When a hurricane is approaching, you may have little time to prepare. It is possible you will need to survive on your own for an extended period of time. Local officials and relief workers will be on scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days, weeks, or even longer. Hurricane season begins June 1st and lasts until November 30th. Get prepared by creating a family disaster plan and emergency supply kit. In addition, make an inventory of all the items in your home. An inventory can help provide proof of personal property loss after a disaster. Remember to keep your gas tanks full during hurricane season in case you have to evacuate with little notice. Identify ahead of time where you could go if told to evacuate: a family member’s home in another town, a motel, or a shelter. Keep telephone numbers and maps to each location on hand. If you will need help getting out of town before the storm, dial 2-1-1 to register for evacuation assistance. The City will notify you of an evacuation order through local media and the City’s phone notification system. Register your cell phone by visiting www.laportetx.gov, or call 281-470-0010. When an evacuation order is issued, listen to instructions from local officials for information on evacuation times and routes. Evacuations will be ordered by Zip-Zone, per the regional Hurricane Evacuation Zip-Zone Map (view at www.lpoem.org). If you have to evacuate, take your emergency supply kit with you. After the storm, stay at your destination until advised to return home by local officials. Want more information on hurricane preparedness? Visit www.lpoem.org, or contact the Office of Emergency Management at 281-470-0010 or OEM@laportetx.gov.
Heart Saver is a CPR Class for anyone in the community that wants to be CPR certified. Health Care Provider is a CPR class for anyone in the community that works in the health care field. Cost is $23 for HS and $27 for HCP. Call 281-471-9244 to sign up. DATES: • April 21st HeartSaver • May 19th Health Care Provider • June 2nd HeartSaver
EMS PROVIDES CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS
The La Porte EMS Department is providing Car Seat Inspections on the dates below. To have a certified Car Seat technician install your seat, please call Lt. Rachel Gomez 281-471-0073 to make an appointment. • April 12th and 26th • May 10th and 24th • June 7th and 21st
EMS PROVIDES SHOT CLINICS
La Porte Emergency Medical Services offers childhood immunizations. No appointment is needed, but please bring your shot record All clinics are held 9am-noon at La Porte EMS Headquarters (10428 Spencer) on the following days: • April 14th • May 12th • June 9th
KID FRIENDLY FOOD DRIVE La Porte EMS is partnering with The Bridge Over Troubled Waters to help children in need over the summer. They will be collecting “kid friendly” foods from June 8th through July 6th . Drop off locations are: EMS Headquarters, Fire Station 1, Fire Station 2, City Hall, Police Department, and Recreation & Fitness Center.
NATIONAL EMS WEEK MAY 20-26 EMS Strong: Stronger Together
National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line”. Make sure to thank an EMS employee when you see them!
EMPLOYEE SERVICE AWARDS
On February 26 the annual Employee Service Awards were presented at the City Council Meeting. Lieutenant Matt Daeumer was awarded Manager of the Year and Animal Control Supervisor Clarence Anderson was awarded Employee of the Year. Congratulations to both of these outstanding employees on their accomplishments!
GEORGE WATKINS WINS AWARD!
In January, George Watkins was presented with the Advocate of the Year Award from the Texas Parks & Recreation Society (TRAPS) East Region. The award was given to George for all of the volunteer work he does in our community. He has volunteered for the Fourth of July Parade, Citizen’s Police Academy, 125th Anniversary Parade, and 125th Anniversary Antique Car & Airplane Show. La Porte is lucky to have George as a member of the community! PUBLIC SERVICE APPRECIATION WEEK IS MAY 6 – 12.
Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is organized annually by the Public Employees Roundtable (PER) and its member organizations to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees. Follow @RPublicService on Twitter and help us spread the word using #PSRW and make sure to thank a Public Service Worker today!
The La Porte Municipal Court has received the Traffic Safety Initiative Award from the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center for the tenth straight year. La Porte is one of only nine courts statewide to receive the traffic safety award in the medium-volume category, which includes cities with populations between 30,000 and 149,999. Funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation, the Traffic Safety Award recognizes municipal courts that have made an outstanding contribution towards increasing traffic safety in their communities. According to Presiding Judge Denise Mitrano, “The staff of La Porte Municipal Court approaches community outreach and their efforts to educate the youth, employees and citizens of La Porte on traffic safety issues as both, a privilege and a duty. Kudos to the court staff for taking the extra effort to reach out to the community and for literally going “on the road” to spread the message of traffic safety.” The award was presented at the Traffic Safety Initiatives Conference in San Antonio on March 27, 2018.
ARBOR DAY TREE & SEED BALL GIVEAWAY
Friday, April 27, 2018, 9am-2pm. Come by the Recreation & Fitness Center and pick up a free tree and free seed balls while they last! Supplies are limited so come early. Sponsored by Trees For Houston and the City Of La Porte. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and join us downtown every Friday this summer for an outdoor movie at Five Points on our giant outdoor blow up screen! Showings will be cancelled in the case of inclement weather. All movies begin at 8:30pm!
MAIN STREET TRADE DAYS
1st Saturdays 10am-2pm. The hunt is on! Come find unique treasures at Main Street Trade Days in Historic Downtown La Porte on the 1st Saturday of each Month from 10am-2pm. From antiques and collectibles to repurposed items and artisan vendors, you are sure to find several unique pieces to add to your collection. Interested in becoming a vendor? Visit www.visitlaportetx.com/mainstreettradedays to apply!
5/25 Emoji Movie 6/1 Beauty and the Beast 6/8 Despicable Me 3 6/15 Wonder 6/22 Lego Batman Movie 6/29 Smurf â€™s: Lost Village 7/6 Leap! 7/13 Coco 7/20 Cars 3 7/27 Lego Ninjago Movie 8/3 Sherlock Gnomes 8/10 Peter Rabbit *8/17* Moana (at Little Cedar Bayou Wave Pool)
School will soon be out for the summer months, but learning should never stop. La Porte Police Department (LPPD) embraces this philosophy by providing various educational opportunities for area youth each summer. One of the particular programs being offered this summer is a series of Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Camps. Tentative camp dates are: 5-9 year olds: June 25-29 and Entering 5th & 6th grade: June 18-22 & July 9-13 LPPD and the City of La Porte are committed to the safety education of our children. If you have any questions about these camps, or to learn more about other D.A.R.E. related outreach programs, please email LPPD Officer Yvonne Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281-830-5208. Keep up with the Parks & Recreation Department
FUN TIMES. BY THE BAY. IS AVAILABLE ONLINE
In an effort to keep our residents better informed of all the great programs and events available throughout the Parks & Recreation Department, we have a program catalog available online at laportetx.gov/funtimesbythebay. Log on today and check out all the offerings from youth to seniors! 7
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SUMMER IS COMING!
It’s almost summer, which means that pools are about to open! Mark your calendars for these important dates and check out our website for the detailed information on pools, season passes, swim lessons, and more! • April 26 - Resident Pool Reservations Begin • April 30 - Pool Reservations Open to the Public • May 26 - All Pools Open
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