RGVFC Toros Announce Partnership with H-E-B for Naming Rights of New Soccer Stadium in Edinburg

Edinburg, TEXAS – The Rio Grande Valley FC Toros announced a partnership with H-E-B for the naming rights of the new 9,700-seat soccer-specific stadium in Edinburg, which is now known as H-E-B Park.

“We wanted a partner that is not only a brand that we all recognize, but we also wanted to make sure they have a deep commitment to the community,” said RGV FC President, Bert Garcia. “We are delighted that H-E-B has made this commitment to the RGV FC Toros, the City of Edinburg, but more importantly the Rio Grande Valley. We look to make H-E-B Park the home of affordable family entertainment.”

Amenities at H-E-B Park will include a full-service restaurant and concessions, a park with a playground, an amphitheater with a capacity for 2,000 individuals, practice fields, executive lounges, a sports bar, and 33 suites. Suites include VIP amenities and a 16-seat capacity.

Completion of H-E-B Park will be later this year.

For more information about the RGV FC Toros, click here: www.rgvfc.com


UTPA/TMAC: Six Sigma Training & Certification


Week 1: Oct 5 – 8

Week 2: Nov 9 – 12

Week 3: Dec 7 – 10

Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Location: TBD

 All workbooks, software, texts books and meals are included, as well as certification!

Project implementation is required to obtain certification. Coaching for project implementation is also included.

Weeks 1&2 are Green Belt Training. Weeks 1,2, and 3 are for Black Belt Training.

Successful completion of two weeks of training and implementation of project will lead to a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. The cost for 2 weeks of training is US$5,000.

Successful completion of one additional week of training and implementation of project will lead to a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. The cost for 1 additional week of training is US$3,000

Requirements to take this course are basic computer, math and statistics. Class is usually provided in English but our instructors are bilingual and can answer questions in either English or Spanish.

Advanced registration is required (Deadline to register is Tuesday September 15th).

You can register online at www.utpa.edu/tmac or fill out the attached registration form. (Click link for registration form… RegistrationForm14)

Feel free to contact Gabriela Sosa if you have any questions or need additional information. (956) 665-7089, gsosaz@utpa.edu

BPUB Releases Drinking Water Quality Report

Courtesy of BPUB.

Courtesy of BPUB.

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) released its annual Drinking Water Quality Report, also known as the Consumer Confidence Report. It can be found online at the BPUB website, and it was also sent out to all customers as the June bill insert. People interested in reading more about BPUB’s water quality can also pick up a copy at the BPUB Administration Building.

The Drinking Water Quality Report is an annual report mandated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that provides consumers information about the quality of the water that comes out of their taps. It includes data on many different things, including the sources of water, educational health information as well as constituents found in the water. All drinking water, including bottled water, can contain some measure of constituents. The report also includes information on how you can contact BPUB with any questions or concerns.

BPUB’s water meets all state and federal guidelines for drinking water. In fact, BPUB has a superior rating for its water quality. These were some of the things that were discussed at a public meeting at the BPUB Administration Building to discuss this year’s Drinking Water Quality Report. BPUB employees were on hand to explain what all of the…

Read more at Brownsville-PUB.com.

City Installs 10 Bike Racks with $2,500 Grant


The City of Brownsville Racks for Bikes project has installed 10 bike racks at four locations with the help of a $2,500 grant from PeopleforBikes. PeopleForBikes is the movement to improve bicycling in the U.S. By collaborating with millions of individual riders, businesses, community leaders and elected officials, PeopleforBikes is uniting Americans to boost bicycling on a national level for results that can be seen locally.

“This grant has helped the City of Brownsville move forward in reaching the goals set in the Bicycle and Trail Master Plan, and creating a world class bicycling network,” said Marina Zolezzi, director of the Office of Grants Management and Community Development. “PeopleforBikes has been a great supporter and excellent partner in helping us plan for our bicycling future.”

Racks for Bikes entails the purchase and placement of bicycle racks around various City of Brownsville buildings and local establishments. The racks were installed outside the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, Market Square, Oliveira Park, Washington Park and Monte Bella Park. The Racks for Bikes project supports Brownsville’s growing cycling culture while providing safe and user-friendly end-of-trip facilities.

The 84th Texas Legislature recently named Brownsville the Bicycling Capital of the Rio Grande Valley.

County Kicks Off Hurricane-Preparedness Events


Hidalgo County’s first event that aims to help families be prepared for potential hurricanes is scheduled to start Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Alton’s recreation center.

The center is located at 349 W. Dawes Ave. There will be five more events, dubbed Dare to Prepare, this month where residents can find information on hurricane season, which started Monday, and resources on having a plan in place in case of a disaster, according to a county news release.

The county has also set up a number — (956) 292-7750 — to report flooding or storm damage. The phone will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. In case of a disaster, the line will be staffed 24 hours a day, county officials say.

“In case of a major event,” Rick Saldaña, the county’s emergency management coordinator, said in a statement, “residents will be able to call one number to report damages, flooding and other urgent situations.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which studies hurricanes, stated May 27 there’s a “below-normal” chance for a hurricane this year.

“A below-normal season doesn’t mean we’re off the hook,” the administration’s head, Kathryn Sullivan, said in a statement.

The other Dare to Prepare events — all from 10 a.m. to noon — are scheduled to be…

Read more at The McAllen Monitor.

Brownsville Named Bicycling Capital of the RGV by Texas Legislature


The Texas Legislature passed House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 132 recognizing Brownsville the Bicycling Capital of the Rio Grande Valley on Monday, June 1. The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Eddie Lucio III in the Texas House of Representatives.

The resolution reads in part, “the City of Brownsville has carried out an innovative program to promote bicycling, and in so doing, the city has become a well-known center for this healthy and environmentally friendly activity.”

“This is a significant milestone for Brownsville,” said Brownville Mayor Tony Martinez. “Although bicycling started out as a fun way to improve the health of our residents, it’s become a viable economic boost to our city. This resolution is a recognition of all of the work that our residents and community partners have done to make Brownsville a more active, vibrant city.”

Rep. Eddie Lucio III added, “I felt it was important to showcase the work being done in Brownsville because so often we overlook quality of life issues that add so much to a community’s progress. In this case, what began as a special project grew into a viable industry that continues to have a substantial impact on the lives of not only Brownsville residents, but the rest of the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.”

The resolution goes on to cite the adoption of a bicycle and trail master plan, Connecting Brownsville, the city’s 64 miles of bicycle trails and on-street bike lanes, CycloBia events, as well as the City’s recent designation as All-America City and Culture of Health Prize, as examples of the city’s progress toward become a bicycle friendly community.

Construction on FEMA Safe Rooms Progressing

A $27 million domed shelter is nearing completion at its location on FM 803 behind the Los Fresnos United school. Photo Courtesy of the Brownsville Herald.

A $27 million domed shelter is nearing completion at its location on FM 803 behind the Los Fresnos United school. Photo Courtesy of the Brownsville Herald.

Brownsville prepped its residents for the beginning of hurricane season through its annual fair last week at the main library branch on Central Boulevard.

The library acts as the city’s base of operations during disasters and houses the Office of Emergency Management and until recently it was due to expand its facilities by adding a temporary exhibit space that would double as a safe room in case of an emergency, like a hurricane.

Federal funds were going to help build four domed safe rooms approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the Southmost library and at FirstBaptistSchool, but as they dried up and deadlines approached, city officials instead settled on a single shell building being built at the BrownsvilleSportsPark.

Marina Zolezzi, director of the city’s grants department, said the foundation for the structure is being finalized and construction is expected to finish up next…

Read more at The Brownsville Herald.

Playground Grant Opportunity Calls for Public Participation on Conference Call


Playground Grant Opportunity Calls for Public Participation on Conference Call
Two Brownsville city parks move into second phase of application

Brownsville citizens are being asked to participate in a conference call with representatives from KaBOOM! in the second phase of  the application process for a “Build It With KaBOOM!” playground grant. The grant award is approximately $90,000.

The process began with a “parks huddle” last month pitting each city district against each other in a friendly competition to decide which local park should be submitted with the grant application. Two parks were tied—Prax Orive Jr. (Sunrise) Park and Central Avenue Park—and both were submitted. Both parks were deemed to be in need of a new playscape and other improvements.

Once again, all residents are encouraged to continue their participation in the application process by joining one or both conference calls, and showing support for Brownsville and one or both of the identified parks. There are two conference calls scheduled:

Central Avenue Park                                      Prax Orive Jr. Park
Monday, June 1, 2015                                    Wednesday, June 3, 2015
2:30 p.m.                                                             noon

To participate in either of the conference calls, residents must contact Roxanna Rosas, grant writer, at (956) 548-6155 or Roxanna.rosas@cob.us, to sign up and receive the call-in number for the conference calls. Participating residents do not have to live in any particular district.

Notice of the grant award could take a month or longer.

Brownsville Hurricane Awareness Fair Set for May 28


The City of Brownsville will host its annual Hurricane Awareness Fair from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at the Brownsville Public Library, 2600 Central Blvd. The fair, hosted by the Brownsville Office of Emergency Management, is designed to educate residents about the dangers of hurricanes and combat public complacency.

For the convenience of residents wishing to attend the fair, free shuttle service will be provided from the Southmost Branch Library at 4320 Southmost Road to the Central Library beginning at 3:30 p.m. The shuttles will circulate between the libraries until 9 p.m., ending at the Southmost location.

The fair will provide information to homeowners and residents about the importance of being prepared at home, at work and throughout the community, and reduce property damage from the next storm, should one come.

Speakers from the National Weather Service, American Red Cross, Brownsville Public Utilities Board, Valley Proud, and Brownsville Public Works, will present necessary information to help residents plan for any emergency. Snacks and door prizes, including three generators, will also be provided.

City officials recommend creating disaster kits include one to three gallons of water per person per day as well as non-perishable high-calorie foods, a first aid kit and manual, emergency contact list, blankets, sturdy gloves, can opener, five days of any needed medications, extra cash, duct tape, map for evacuation, large garbage bags, a crescent wrench for utility shutoff, food and water for pets, radio, flashlight and extra batteries. Additionally, important papers should be kept in a waterproof container or bag.

Last year, more than 2,500 residents attended the hurricane awareness fair.

McAllen Expands Urban Renewal Program


City Commissioners expanded the scope of an urban renewal program Monday.

Their vote amended the city’s Imagine Tomorrow program that, when it was created in June 2014, focused on offering tax incentives to rebuild substandard structures, such as those with flood or fire damage. While commissioners haven’t formally considered the program’s budget yet, the amendments put tax incentives close at hand for those looking to develop empty lots, to demolish substandard homes in non-residential zones and to rebuild a duplex or fourplex after a house is torn down.

“We’ve had so much success with the program, we want to take the next step,” Assistant City Manager Michelle Leftwich said.

Since Imagine Tomorrow’s inception, 44 of 125 homes deemed substandard in the core — defined here as an area bounded by Pecan Boulevard, Jackson Road, Expressway 83 and Taylor Road — have received incentives, Cesar Rodriguez, a code enforcement analyst, said. Seventeen other homes have been renovated without the incentives.

Under the previous provisions…

Read more at The McAllen Monitor.