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VALLEY ORGAN & TISSUE DONORS TO BE HONORED AT “WALL OF HEROES” IN HARLINGEN & BROWNSVILLE
By Pastor Samuel Thomas First Baptist Church, La Feria
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HARLINGEN / BROWNSVILLE – Valley residents and others who give the gift of life by donating organs and tissue will be honored through a “Wall of Heroes” framed picture display to be dedicated this Tuesday, April 1 at 10 a.m. at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen and at 1 p.m. at Valley Baptist-Brownsville. Those who donate organs are being honored as heroes because donated organs such as liver, heart and lungs improve the lives of others. Bone and tissue transplants can restore movement to injured limbs or prevent an amputation. Donated corneas bring sight to the blind. Also, very significantly in the Valley, donated kidneys can free a patient from dialysis. For example, in 1997, Dr. Ruben Lopez, Cardiovascular Surgeon and Trauma Medical Director at Valley Baptist, helped save his own brother’s life (Regino Lopez) by donating one of his kidneys. “We are all our ‘brother’s keepers’ and we need to look out for one another,” Dr. Lopez said. “You don’t have to be a doctor to save a life – anyone can help save a life by simply signing an organ donor card.” Tina Briones, RN, Ed.D.,Vice President with Valley Baptist, said Valley Baptist, along with the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance and the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio Allograft Resources, wish to acknowledge this “gift of life” provided by organ and tissue donors and their families. “We recognize it is a difficult time of grief and sorrow when this decision is made to offer others a second chance of life,” Dr. Briones said. “Whether organ donors signed up as donors themselves, or their families made the critical decision for them, each will be remembered by the community. Valley Baptist in Harlingen and Brownsville is reserving a special place to remember these heroes. Our wish is that the ‘Wall of Heroes’ at Valley Baptist serves as a memorial to our patients -- and comforts those who made the difficult decision for them. Our hope is that it encourages others to give the gift of life.” Valley family members of deceased organ donors at Valley Baptist are invited to send in a 5x7 photo of their loved one to display on the “Wall of Heroes.” Photos may be mailed to Tina Briones EdD, RN, at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen, 2101 Pease Street, Harlingen, 78550. Family members of organ donors should also contact Dr. Briones about signing a consent form to display their loved one’s photo in the hospital; she can be reached at 956-389-1104 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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1st United Church of Christ Methodist Church Minister Gene Head Pastor Harold Dailey, 797-9890 797-1393 912 N. Parker Rd., La Feria, 331 S. Main St., La Feria, Wednesday 6pm Bible Study, Sunday School 10am, Sunday 9:30am Bible Study, Traditional Worship Service 9am, 10:30am Service, 6pm Evening Contemporary Service 11am, Service Los Domingos: 12:00 UM Youth 5pm Medio Dia y 7:00pm Los Jueves: 7:00 pm Estudio De Biblia International Worship Center Faith Church of Bishop Ronaldo Ortiz Christian & Mission956-797-1204 ary Alliance Church 116 W. Seventh St., La Feria Pastor Oscar Loredo Services Sunday (English) 9:30am 797-1739 Domingo (Espanol) 11am, 125 W. First St., La Feria,Tx Miercoles 7pm Bilingual Ministry Sunday 10am Interdenominational Worship Sunday School, 11am Worship, Extreme Youth Sat. 6 pm Wednesday 7 pm Bible Study, Friday 7 pm Prayer. First Baptist Church of Santa Rosa Santa Rosa United Pastor Harold Parker Methodist Church 956-636-1603 408 Main Street (Hwy. 107/506) 118 Jesus R. Cruz, Santa Rosa Santa Rosa, across from High Sunday Services 9:30am School Sunday Coffee and Bible Study, 10:30am Morning Fellowship 9:30 AM Worship10 Worship, AM 7pm Wednesday Evening (Communion ﬁrst Sunday) Worship. Wednesday Prayer Service 9:00 AM Apostolic Faith Pastor: Carole Lahti Tabernacle (956) 279-3407 Pastor Ramon Zarate 357-6384 Casa de 621 South Main, La Feria Esperanza AposSunday School 10am tolic Church Sunday Worship 4pm, Wed. 416 W. Spruce La Feria Evening 7:30pm. 965-639-4301 Bilingual Services All services are bilingual. Sunday at 1:00pm Daniel Martinez - Pastor Iglesia Oracion en Su Presencia St. Mary’s Catholic Missionary Church Church,Inc. FR. Edouard Atangana, Pastors Frank & Janie Gonzalez 956-636-1211 797-0044 4th Street, La Feria,TX 101 San Antonio Ave., Santa Rosa Sunday 10am & 6pm, Saturday Mass 5pm Bilingual, Monday 7 pm Prayer Service, Sunday Mass 8am Spanish, Wednesday 7 pm, Friday 7 pm. 10am English.
First Baptist Church church: 500 South Canal St., La Feria, Saturday Mass 5:30pm, of La Feria Sunday Mass 8am Spanish, Pastor: Samuel W. Thomas 10am English, 11:30pm English. 797-1214 Main St. & Magnolia, La Feria Wednesday 6:30pm Youth Bible Christ In Our Midst Study & Mission Friends, 7 pm Eve- Missionary Church ning Bible Study & Prayer Service, Pastor: Rev. Daniel Carrizalez 956-742-6311 Sunday 9:45am Sunday School, 1 mile N. of FM 506, La Feria 11am Morning Worship Service, 6 Sunday School - 9:45 a.m., pm Evening Worship Service. Sunday Worship - 11:00 a.m., Wednesday Service - 7:00 p.m., St. Albans Monday Prayer - 7:00 p.m. Episcopal Church Reverend Scott Brown New Hope 956-428-2305, 1417 E. Austin, Harlingen,TX Presbyterian Church Mary Breden, Interim Pastor Holy Communion 8am, Sunday 208 West Central Ave, School 9:15, Holy Eucharist La Feria,TX, 423-0348 10:30am. Sunday Services 10 am Communion 1st Sunday Hope in the Word Church Cowboy Church Pastors Jose & Bertha Belmares 11235 Swift Ln. Santa Rosa, Tex. 797-3621, Service at 11:00am Sunday 28354 S. Bixby Rd., La Feria 6:30pm pm Monday Services Friday 6pm, Sunday 956-975-6144 10am. All services are Bilingual, www.westernoutreach.org English & Spanish. Primera Iglesia Bautista 956-797-1740 519 N. Main, La Feria Bilingual Services: Sunday 9:45am Sunday School, 10:45am Worship Service, 5:00pm WMU, 6:00 pm Evening Worship Service, Iglesia Generacion En Conquista Pastor Samuel y Magda Cervantes, Phone (956) 536-2215 2803 W. Exp. 83 Suite A. La Feria Sunday Service 10am Bible Study, 11am Worship Service, 7pm Wednesday Family Service. St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Fr. Rodolfo Franco 797-2666, ofﬁce: 502 S. Canal
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City of La Feria Public Notice CITY OF LA FERIA FAIR HOUSING STATEMENT The City of La Feria, Texas hereby declares its support of fair housing practices. It is hereby declared to be the policy of the City to bring about, through fair, orderly and lawful procedures, the opportunity of each person to obtain housing without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental handicap, marital status, parenthood, or age. It is further declared that such a policy is established upon a recognition of the inalienable rights of each individual to obtain housing and further, that denial of such rights is detrimental to the health, safety, and welfare of the inhabitants of the city and constitutes an unjust denial or deprivation of such inalienable rights which is within the power and the proper responsibility of government to prevent. The City of La Feria has a Fair Housing Policy that may be examined and copied by interested groups or individuals at the La Feria City Hall between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Ms. Olga Oberwetter has been designated as the Fair Housing Officer for the City of La Feria.
City of La Feria Public Notice POLICY STATEMENT ON PROHIBITING THE USE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES OF THE CITY
The City Commission of the City of La Feria proclaims the month of April “Fair Housing Month.” A copy of the official proclamation may be obtained at the City Hall on April 9, 2014 or thereafter during the hours shown above.
The City of La Feria announces that it has adopted a policy prohibiting the use of excessive force by law enforcement personnel within its jurisdiction against any individual engaged in non-violent civil rights demonstrations. This policy is in compliance with Section 519 of Public Law 101-44, 1990, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act. Interested individuals or groups may obtain copies of this policy statement by calling (956) 7972261 or by writing to the City Secretary, City of La Feria at 115 East Commercial Avenue, La Feria, Texas 78559.
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The City of La Feria announces that it has adopted a policy of non-discrimination based on handicapped conditions concerning access, participation, and benefit of programs and activities operated or conducted by the City. This policy is in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 24 CFR, Part 8, “Non-discrimination Based on Handicap in Federal-Assisted Programs and Activities of HUD.” Ms. Olga Oberwetter, City Secretary, has been designated as the Section 504 Coordinator for the City of La Feria. COMPLAINT AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES
In order to comply with the requirements of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Complaint System, 10 T.A.C. Sec. 178.1 and 178.2, the City of La Feria has adopted procedures intended to provide a timely written response to all complaints made against its proposed or completed Texas Community Development Program (TCDP) efforts. Responses to complaints will be made within no more than five (5) working days. The established complaint procedures are an element of the local Citizen Participation Plan, and meet the requirements of US HUD Section 504 (24 CFR) concerning nondiscrimination based on handicapped conditions. Interested individuals or groups may obtain copies of this policy statement or complaint procedures by calling (956) 797-2261 or by writing to the City Secretary, City of La Feria, 115 East Commercial Avenue, La Feria, Texas 78559. The City of La Feria is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Victor Gonzalez, Jr., Mayor
On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the City of La Feria Zoning Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing regarding three individual requests for a variance from the City of La Feria Zoning Ordinance. The following three properties are requesting a variance from the requirement of the City of La Feria Zoning Ordinance Section 8E that each residence have a carport or garage for at least one vehicle. The three properties are also requesting an additional variance from the requirement of the City of La Feria Zoning Ordinance, Section 4D that requires that the minimum living area in Zoning District, R-3, Single Family Residential be no less than 1,000 square feet. The properties which are the subject of the request for a zoning variance are: 1. 600 W. Cypress Ave; Lot 16, Block 36, Raleigh Court Addition, City of La Feria, Cameron County, TX. 2. 221 W. 7th St.; Lots 29-32, Block 3, Dunn Acres Subdivision, La Feria, Cameron County, TX. 3. 11146 W. Business 83; Lot 1 Kratovil Subdivision, La Feria, Cameron County, TX. The public hearing will be held at 6:00 PM. In the City Commission Meeting Room, 115 E. Commercial Ave, La Feria, TX. All interested persons are encouraged to attend the public hearing to voice their opinion regarding the granting of the variances. Interested persons may also submit written testimony to: City of La Feria Attn: Planning Department 115 E. Commercial Ave. La Feria, TX 78559-5002 To request additional information, please contact Paula M. Rodriguez, City of La Feria Planning and Community Development Director at (956) 797-2261.
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508 N. Main Street La Feria
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Mike Trejo Justice of the Peace Pct. 5PL3 200 Industrial Way • La Feria, TX 78559 (956) 797-1887 / FAX (956) 797-9359
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