Historic Brownsville Market Square Makeover

Brownsville, TEXAS  – The Market Square Revitalization Project is currently underway in the heart of Downtown Brownsville.

Slated for completion in May 2017, the Market Square Revitalization Project includes the undergrounding or relocating of electric distribution systems – wires, transformers and other equipment – along Market Square Street and within the alleyways between East Washington Street and East Adams Street, along East 10th Street and East 14th Street in Downtown Brownsville.

The Market Square Revitalization Project seeks to provide visual and functional improvements throughout Brownsville’s Main Street District by making Market Square safer, and more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly, while facilitating future economic growth.

The Market Square Revitalization Project seeks to provide visual and functional improvements throughout Brownsville’s Main Street District by making Market Square safer, and more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly, while facilitating future economic growth.

The Market Square Revitalization Project will permanently close Market Square Street to vehicular traffic, yielding a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly plaza with landscaping, fountains, the addition of a life-size chess board, and other amenities.

Additionally, undergrounding improvements to the alleyways and Market Square Street will be coupled with street paving improvements on East 11th Street and East 12th Street, between East Adams Street and East Washington Street.

The Market Square Revitalization Project seeks to provide visual and functional improvements throughout Brownsville’s Main Street District by making Market Square safer, and more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly, while facilitating future economic growth.

Funding for the $3.4 million project is provided by the City of Brownsville and the Brownsville Public Utilities Board.

“Market Square is going to be transformed,” said Ramiro Gonzalez, assistant director for the city planning & zoning division. “We’re really excited for this project. It’s going to bring life to Market Square and the Main Street District. Our ultimate goal is to protect and showcase this historic site, while providing a safe space for the community to enjoy.”

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Edinburg Fire Chief Named Firefighter of the Year

The City of Edinburg congratulates Fire Chief Shawn Snider on being selected Firefighter of the Year by the State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas.Snider

Chief Snider was presented with the award on Sunday, June 14, at the 139th Annual State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Convention being held in Galveston, Texas through June 17.

The SFFMA convention is the primary conference for Texas firefighters and emergency services professionals.

Each year members select one firefighter and one first responder to honor.  Nominees must be a member of the state organization and demonstrate: leadership abilities, dedication to training, community involvement, SFFMA involvement, and work knowledge.

Snider has been the Edinburg Fire Chief since 1998.  He also serves as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the City.  He is a past president of the SFFMA and he is a member of the Texas Fire Chief’s Association.  He is also…

Read more at The City of Edinburg’s Website.

Activity Picks Up at SpaceX’s Boca Chica Area

A second fence encompassing a greater amount of land has been placed along the perimeter of partial property that Elon Musk’s SpaceX owns at Boca Chica Beach, signaling increased activity at the planned site of the world’s first commercial and vertical orbital launch site.
Cameron County Judge Pete Sepulveda Jr. said he understands the larger fence delineates the site of the complex’s command or control center. Sepulveda said he believes the command center would be constructed first. “That’s the plan,” he said.
SpaceX’s construction office consisting of a double-wide trailer was established last year and is functional. It also is fenced and is within the larger fenced area.
Sepulveda also pointed out recently that the design work for the proposed $100 million launch complex at Boca Chica, 17 miles east-northeast of the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport and about 5 miles south of South Padre Island, was expected to be completed soon.
The proposed command center will be about 2 miles west from the vertical launch site, north of Boca Chica Boulevard, and adjacent to Boca Chica Village.
Sepulveda said Saturday that the county would be assisting SpaceX with…

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Brownsville Rivera Raiders Soccer Wins State Championship

The Brownsville Rivera Raiders officially have a state title in boys soccer.

The Raiders won over Katy Cinco Ranch 2-0.

Isidro Martinez punched it in at the 16th minute, wile David Alexander made a goal in the 18th minute.

Isidro “Chelin” Martinez was named the 6A Boys Soccer UIL State tournament Most Valuable Player.

Isidro "Chelin" Martiinez, the 6A Boys Soccer UIL State tournament MVP. Photo Courtesy of Valley Central.

Isidro “Chelin” Martiinez, the 6A Boys Soccer UIL State tournament MVP. Photo Courtesy of Valley Central.

The Raiders finished their season…

Read more at Valley Central.

McAllen Mayor shares vision in State of the City speech

McALLEN — The first sight of Mayor Jim Darling at the State of the City presentation Wednesday was on the convention hall’s video screen.

In a gray sweatshirt and sweatpants, he groggily approached his fridge in a dark kitchen. He broke two eggs into a glass and swallowed it down. Then, he began running.

The video mimicked the classic montage sequence from the film Rocky, complete with the mayor jumping up and down with his arms up on the front steps of the convention center.

Only, because the theme was “Our Children: McAllen’s Future,” Darling was surrounded by kids. As the video went dark, the spotlight swung to a pair of doors, and Darling and all the kids ran through to “Eye of the Tiger.”

Since the opening of the convention center, the State of the City address has evolved from a low-key speech to a theatrical performance. Last year, Darling entered on his bicycle, and before he entered this year, several minutes were devoted to displaying computer-altered photos of what his entrance might be, including ones of Darling skydiving, skateboarding and running with the bulls.

Also, staged scenes of two parks — one for children and one for disc golf, with plastic human models — flanked Darling as he spoke at the podium.

The nearly 900 people who attended were served a chicken lunch and were able to pick up blue T-shirts with a State of the City logo after the 45-minute presentation.

As Darling was quick to point out, none of it was paid for by taxpayers. Sponsors provided about…

Read more at the McAllen Monitor 

Brownsville’s State of the City Address & Symposium


Join Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez tomorrow, February 18, 2015 at the State of the City Address & Symposium to envision the opportunities that Space X is bringing to Brownsville. A panel of experts will lead a community discussion pertaining to the planning required to secure the City’s future.  The event is at the Brownsville Events Center with doors opening at 11:30am. The program runs from noon – 1:30pm.  For fee & sponsorship information visit the City Address website.

Grant from Texas Parks & Wildlife Allows South Padre Island to Build City Park

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has awarded more than $8 million grant dollars to qualifying cities all across Texas for the construction of community parks.

“There are a lot of things that we’d like to do to improve this city and to make it useful for winter texans, for people coming to the beach, for people fishing, for people just looking to come on the island and play,” said SPI’s city manager William DiLibero.

And thanks to Texas Parks and Wildlife’s park grant of $400,000 dollars, the city of South Padre Island will get to improve by building its first city park to benefit the almost six-thousand residents, locals from nearby counties, and those visiting from all over.

“It’s going to benefit everyone that comes here. Like i said winter texans that can walk around the exercise track, to children in the playground, and just general public,” said DiLibero.

The two-acre city park will be constructed just south of the Travel Lodge and to the north of…

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Harlingen: Accomplishments, Progress, Goals and Plans for 2015

Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell will present his “State of the City” address on Friday, January 30, 2015. The annual address is hosted by the Rotary Club of Harlingen.

The mayor will report about the city’s accomplishments and progress for 2015; plus, he will share goals and plans for 2015.

The event will be held from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the Rotary Club’s regular weekly meeting. The meeting will be at the Casa de Amistad, 1204 Fair Park Blvd., next to the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium.

Doors will open at…

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Valley Loses Much-Loved Physician

When Dr. Jorge Treviño first opened his medical practice in the mid-1950s there were only 20 or so doctors in McAllen.

Along with his longtime partner, Dr. Rafael Garza, Treviño established the McAllen Maternity Clinic, where the two physicians helped grow McAllen and its surrounding cities by delivering tens of thousands of babies. In one 24-hour period, Treviño delivered 19 babies to set a local record–one that could still stand today.

Dr. Treviño died last Sunday at the age of 90. He was caring for patients almost right up until his death.

“Dr Jorge Trevino’s passing brings sadness to all physicians in the Rio Grande Valley. He saw patients up to the middle of this year. Nearly six decades of medical service to our community is a staggering gift of service,” said Rio Grande City physician Jake Margo, incoming president of the Hidalgo Starr Counties Medical Society and President of the Valley Chapter of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians.

“Dr. Trevino served as the Vice President of the Valley Chapter of Texas Academy of Family Physicians and was genuinely loved and respected by his peers. He treated generations of Valley residents who grieve his loss along with the entire medical community.”

Treviño practiced medicine in McAllen for almost 60 years. Before moving to the area in 1950 and establishing a medical practice in 1955, Treviño had been a physician in Reynosa. He was born in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1924 and went to medical school there. Following his graduation in 1948, he moved to the border area to fulfill his year of social service near Reynosa. Treviño had come to the United States to complete his residency in family medicine and obstetrics.

Over the years, Treviño held many positions on the staffs of both McAllen Medical Center and Rio Grande Regional Hospital. He also served as director of student health services at the University of Texas-Pan American, for five years. The Dr. Jorge H. Treviño Endowed Scholarship Fund has been set up to benefit local applicants to the UT-Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine.

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National Guard Troops Expected on Border Until Aug. 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry wants to spend more than $86 million to extend extra security patrols along the border with Mexico to next August.

He and other state officials said in a statement Tuesday that they’re seeking the approval of a legislative budget panel that would allow enhanced patrols by the Department of Public Safety, the Texas National Guard and other personnel to continue.

Officials want to divert nearly $48 million in general revenue bonds and other monies to cover the cost.

When officials last summer announced plans to use state security personnel to boost federal patrols they said it would cost an estimated $12 million a month. They did not offer an end date for the mission.

The push was in response to a surge in immigrants into the U.S.

Texas Governor Meets with Nat. Guard Troops

Texas Governor Meets with Nat. Guard Troops