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Firefighters Now Full - Time Employees in the City of Webster
Posted In: Webster News Posted by Pam Moore on 11/04/2016


Webster Fire Department went from part-time to (full-time) career staff this past September. The fire department has shifted from 21 part-time employees to 12 full-time employees. After a series of interviews and evaluations, Webster internally appointed 10 firefighters to full-time positions and hired two additional employees from outside of the City.

According to Webster Fire Chief Patrick Shipp, the drawback of having a large part-time staff was a lack of reliability when a disaster struck. Other fire departments in the area employed some of the same part-time staff as Webster, so in a crisis, the agencies were competing for the firefighters.

The new, full-time employees will be required to become paramedics within three years, which will also improve the service in Webster. The change to 12 full-time firefighters is expected to save the City money, as there will be fewer employees covered by insurance.

Webster Fire Department operates four Engines, one Ladder, and one Heavy Rescue from two Fire Stations. The Department also operates special units such as a Wild Land Firefighting Booster Truck, a High Water Rescue 6x6, and a Shallow Water Rescue Boat and a Deep Water Rescue Boat. Operations is staffed by 35 uniformed personnel who are divided into two shifts.

Each shift of firefighters is responsible for providing emergency and non-emergency response to our community's needs. The Webster Fire Department has joined in with neighboring fire departments in providing mutual and auto-aid to areas surrounding our city.

The only other Bay Area city that has (all) full-time employees at their fire department is Texas City. The TCFD transformed to full-time staff in 1955.

Information for this blog came from the City of Webster Fire Dept. website and the September issue of The Webster Way, a monthly newsletter.

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Month of September Bay Area Activities and Events
Posted In: Events & Attractions | Houston News | Kemah News | League City News | Pearland News | Webster News Posted by Pam Moore on 08/30/2016


Sep 9-11, Blues Brews, & BBQ at the Boardwalk
Music and Fresh, Hot Barbecue
Location: Kemah Boardwalk, Kipp Avenue
More Details:  Kemah Boardwalk Calendar

Sep 10, Mustang Auto Show on the Boardwalk
Car lovers congregate along the boardwalk.
More Details:KemahBoardwalk.com

Sep 10, Annual 9/11 Heroes 5k Run
5k run and 1m fun run/walk at Ellington Field
More Details: 2016 9-11 Heroes Run

Sep 16-17, Pearland International Festival
Celebrating our global heritage with music, food & family fun.
More Details: http://www.ifestoftexas.org/

Sep 23-25, League City: SouthWest International In-Water Boat Show
The annual South West International Boat Show; featuring over 400 boats, both in and out of the water.
More Details: www.southwestinternationalboatshow.com

Sep24, Toast to Texas Festival on the Boardwalk
Craft Beer Festival
More Details: kemahboardwalk.com

Sep 24, League City Garden Club 6th Annual Garden Walk
Self-paced tour of local gardens “Through the Garden Gate”
More Details: LC Garden Club Event

For the most current information about each event, select the “More Details” link shown.

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2016 Hurricane Season Information for Bay Area Residents
Posted In: Alvin News | Clear Lake News | Clear Lake Shores News | Cypress Fairbanks | Dickinson News | El Lago News | Friendswood News | Galveston News | General News | Hitchcock News | Houston News | Kemah News | League City News | Nassau Bay News | Pearland News | San Leon News | Santa Fe News | Seabrook News | Taylor Lake Village News | Texas City News | Webster News Posted by Pam Moore on 06/13/2016


The Harris and Galveston County Offices of Emergency Management and Clear Channel Outdoor joined together to raise awareness of the coming hurricane season. The billboards were set to countdown to June 1st, which is the (calendar) start of hurricane season. The countdown ‘clock’ and website information was located on six billboards provided by Clear Channel Outdoor at no cost to the counties.

Hurricanes can be a major threat to the Houston-Galveston region when tropical storms form in the Gulf of Mexico. The 2016 Hurricane Season began early in January with Hurricane Alex, and the second storm formed in late May, Tropical Storm Bonnie which came onshore along the South Carolina coast. The list of names for the 2016 Hurricane Season is shown below.

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) works closely with the State and local jurisdictions to aid in planning for the hurricane season and offers resources for residents. A page of Preparedness Resources can be found on the Council’s website. Residents can locate their local city office of emergency management on this page to keep up-to-date with their city’s announcements.

If a hurricane threat should mandate a need to evacuate, the 2016 evacuation map for Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris and Matagorda can be found on H-GAC website. Hurricane tracking charts are available for free distribution from local newspapers, local television stations and online. There are also apps available for cell phones for residents to track storms and also to receive storm updates from the National Hurricane Center, which is a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service (NWS).

Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. New and old Bay Area residents should always be aware and prepared for the possibility of a threat from a tropical storm/hurricane; or, simply said in a quote from Stephen King:

"There's no harm in hoping for the best as long as you're prepared for the worst."
— Stephen King, Different Seasons

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Bay Area Blvd – I45/Gulf Freeway Closure Starts on Friday, February 26th
Posted In: Friendswood News | General News | Houston News | League City News | Webster News Posted by Pam Moore on 02/23/2016


TXDOT PRESS RELEASE ~ The Texas Department of Transportation will begin the demolition and reconstruction of the new at-grade intersection at Bay Area Blvd. To complete the work, a total closure of the north and southbound main lanes of I-45/Gulf Freeway at Bay Area Blvd. will take place the weekend of February 26.

Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, February 26 through 5 a.m., Monday, February 29, the I-45 northbound and southbound main lanes at Bay Area Blvd. will be closed.

Motorists traveling southbound will need to exit the main lanes at El Dorado and detour to the frontage road through the Bay Area Blvd. intersection and re-enter the main lanes before the Nasa Pkwy intersection. Motorists traveling northbound will need to exit the main lanes at Bay Area Blvd. and detour to the frontage road through the Bay Area Blvd. intersection and re-enter the main lanes after the Bay Area Blvd. intersection.

The Bay Area Blvd. overpass will also be closed and re-open June 2016.

Motorists traveling southbound that want to access Bay Area Blvd. west will need to exit Nasa Pkwy and U-turn, stay on the frontage road and turn right onto Bay Area Blvd. Motorists traveling northbound that want to access Bay Area Blvd. east will need to exit El Dorado and turn, stay on the frontage road and turn right to access Bay Area Blvd.

Motorists traveling east on Bay Area Blvd to I-45 will be detoured onto the southbound frontage road to Nasa Pkwy and U-turn stay on the frontage road and turn right to access Bay Area Blvd. Motorists traveling west on Bay Area Blvd to I-45 will turn right on the I-45 northbound frontage road and turn at El Dorado stay on the frontage road and turn right to access Bay Area Blvd.

Once complete, the I-45/Gulf Freeway main lanes will go over the Bay Area Blvd. intersection replacing the current overpass structure and improve mobility and enhance safety for the traveling public. The Bay Area Blvd. overpass reconstruction is part of the $93 million construction project on I-45 from FM 2351 to Medical Center Blvd. The project will also widen the existing six main lanes to ten and replace the Bay Area Blvd. overpass. The entire project is scheduled for completion Fall 2018.

For more information on scheduled lane closures in the Houston District, contact the Public Information Office at (713) 802-5076. Follow us on Twitter @TxDOTHoustonPIO"

Brockway Realty Blogs previously published about this topic are:  Update on Gulf Freeway South Widening Project in the Bay Area on 6/09/2014; Texas Interstate-45 Widening and Overpass Project Timetable Updated on 2/02/2015; I-45 Overpass at El Dorado Boulevard to Close on Friday, July 10th , 7/09/2015.

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By Pamela Moore, Feature Blogger for Brockway Realty, LLC



Tagged With: Friendswood | Houston | I-45 | League City | Webster



Independence Plaza at Space Center Houston to Open on January 23rd
Posted In: Events & Attractions | Houston News | Uncategorized | Webster News Posted by Pam Moore on 01/21/2016


Something big will open at Space Center Houston on Saturday, January 23rd. The newest international landmark, Independence Plaza, will open its doors to a one-of-a-kind, interactive experience featuring the first Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, NASA 905 (Boeing 747), and the high-fidelity replica of the Space Shuttle.


Photo by Pam Moore
But first, some background about how all this came together. In April 2011, NASA announced the new retirement homes for the four remaining space shuttles -- three historic orbiters and the program's test vehicle. The Johnson Space Center was selected to receive the 122.7 foot long by 54 foot tall (37.4 by 16.5 meter) shuttle mockup.

Photo by Houston Chronicle
The shuttle mockup arrived via barge from Florida on June 1, 2012, traveled through the Clear Lake Channel, docking on the bank of Clear Lake and then slowly transported via flatbed down NASA Road 1 to Space Center Houston. The Houston Chronicle article, “Space shuttle replica docks at Johnson Space Center”, contains a photo gallery that chronicles that journey. A contest was held to name the replica and “Independence” was the winning entry
After its final flight into Houston, NASA 905 was dismantled for transport. During two evenings, those sections were taken down Highway 3 and then down NASA Road 1 to Space Center Houston. The next step was to put the sections together and then position the NASA 905 into place.

The delicate “mating” of the shuttle mockup to the top of the aircraft was completed successfully. After that major task was completed, work began on completing the plaza and the visitor’s access ramp was built.

The countdown clock has officially begun and you can check the number of days, hours, etc. left until the grand opening date of the new international landmark, Independence Plaza at the Space Center Houston website.Space Center Houston is located at 1601 NASA Road 1, Houston.

Brockway Realty Blogs previously published about this topic are:  A REALLY BIG MOVE and Road Closures on April 28th - April 30th on 4/28/2014; Watch via Webcam as the Boeing 747 Space Shuttle Carrier is Reassembled on 5/27/2014; “Rise of Independence” at Space Center Houston Planned for August 14th on 8/13/2014.

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By Pamela Moore, Feature Blogger for Brockway Realty, LLC



Tagged With: Houston | Space Center Houston | Webster



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