July 2013
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Welcome to the July 2013 edition of Commissioner's E-Corner! Precinct 4 is all about variety through supporting local businesses, improvement projects, keeping our residents safe, and the numerous events and activities we host.


In this edition, you'll learn about the newest expansion at Toshiba, Precinct 4's latest road project, the 12th annual Opry in Humble, and more! And to follow up from last month's hurricane preparedness theme, you can also find details about the important 2-1-1 Texas program, which is an incredible benefit to many members of our community.


Remember, you can access past issues of Commissioner's E-Corner on the Precinct 4 websiteWhen visiting Precinct 4 online, you will find details on all of our current road projects, park activities and community center events, as well as Senior Adult Program activities through Fun4Seniors. 



Commissioner R. Jack Cagle
Harris County Precinct 4
Business is Booming in Precinct 4! 
Toshiba Expansion
Commissioner Cagle participated in opening the expansion of Toshiba International's manufacturing facility on West Little York Road July 9. 
In speaking about the $20 million expansion, Commissioner Cagle commented that Precinct 4's great quality of life and business climate are evident as Toshiba commits to up to 100 new jobs. 
This is the third expansion in five years at this facility, which manufactures engines for vehicles and drives for industrial and transportation applications.
Gosling Road Project Kicks Off
Gosling Road Project
Improvements to Gosling Road in northwest Harris County have officially begun!
The $1.96 million construction project will widen Gosling from two to four lanes between Kuykendahl Road and FM 2920 and to five lanes from FM 2920 to Spring Stuebner.
This capital improvement project is scheduled for completion by mid-October.
(Left to right: Tom Austad of Harris County Public Infrastructure, Giti Zarinkelk of Zarinkelk Engineering, Commissioner Cagle, and Rick Greene, Eddie Mauricio, and Jonathon Greene of Durwood Greene Construction.)

12th Annual Opry in Humble
12th Annual Opry in Humble

Don't miss the 12th annual Opry in Humble Friday, August 9 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Humble Civic Center located at 8233 Will Clayton Parkway in Humble, 77338.


This evening of live, musical entertainment features noted performers Heath Spencer Phillip, Wade Benson Landry and Teresa Bowe Landry, Moses Rangel, and Donna B along with the River Road Boys.


Fun4Seniors, Harris County Precinct 4's nonprofit organization, hosts the event each year. All proceeds from Opry in Humble enable Fun4Seniors to continue its mission to enrich the lives of senior adults in Precinct 4 by providing day trip transportation; education and recreational opportunities to attend museums, dances and annual festivals; and purchase discounted tickets to sporting events and theatrical performances in and around the greater-Houston area.


For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, please contact Fun4Seniors at 281-893-3726 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door.


2-1-1 Texas: Free and Easy Registration
2-1-1 Program
Area officials recently gathered at a hurricane season briefing to discuss how all levels of government could coordinate with one another in the event of an emergency. The United Way of Greater Houston was present to remind everyone about the importance of the 2-1-1 program and how it may benefit residents.
Did you know that 2-1-1 Texas offers assistance to those with access, functional, and medical needs during a disaster? 
Those in need of transportation services to quickly evacuate the area should take advantage of this useful program. For example, those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility, with oxygen machines, or anyone needing special medical attention  may be eligible. And home healthcare agencies are able to register residents for them. Registration is free and easy simply by dialing 2-1-1, so sign up today! Or your can visit www.211texas.org to learn more.

Added Security at Precinct 4 Parks
C4 Park Patch

Commissioner Cagle worked closely with Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hickman to restore funding for a more robust law enforcement presence in all of our Precinct 4 parks.  The Parks Division of Constable Hickman's office includes a sergeant, a corporal, and 12 deputies.


With an emphasis placed on patrolling the expanding Spring Creek Greenway, these deputies will be constantly patrolling all of our parks not only in cruisers, but on bicycles, and ATV's. We strive to make all of our parks and facilities secure for residents and their families, and this is just another step to ensure that safety. 


So the next time you see constables at one of our parks, consider thanking them for their hard work. We certainly appreciate all they do!

Harris County Legal Interns
MHC's Hawaiian Luau
Harris County's Legal Interns
Commissioner Cagle recently met with a group of students interning with Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan's office. Each year, the County Attorney's office hosts legal interns representing schools throughout the area so they can get a taste of the law profession from the public sector.
Following the group's visit to Commissioners Court, Commissioner Cagle agreed to share his perspective not only as a sitting member of the court, but as a former County Court at Law Judge and practicing attorney.
Hawaiian Luau at MHC

Mangum-Howell Center celebrated summer with a Hawaiian Luau recently! Staff and volunteers served up luau plates and live entertainment, which set the mood for the festive beach scene. 


This is just one example of the many great activities and events available to residents at Precinct 4's Mangum-Howell Community Center in Doss Park, May Community Center in I.T. May Park, and Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston Park (opening in September).


Upcoming July/August Activities
Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center:

Project WILD Educator WorkshopSat., July 20, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Learn how to teach young people of all ages about ecology and wildlife using fun, hands-on education activities. Receive a TEKS aligned curriculum and activity guide. TEEAC & SBEC accredited. Bring a lunch and wear comfortable shoes and clothing. All formal and non-formal educators are welcome. The materials fee is $30, and reservations are required by calling 281-446-8588.  


Bites, Stings & Itches. Sat., July 27, 10 a.m. Learn about summer outdoor hazards like poison ivy, venomous snakes, and dangerous arthropods, and see why there's no reason to fear the outdoors. Also learn tips on avoiding bites and stings, and how to minimize their effects. All ages.


Totally TurtlesSat., August 3, 10 a.m. Using live specimens and interactive media, members of the Gulf Coast Turtle & Tortoise Society share information about the husbandry of native turtles and tortoises. All ages.


Reptile Open House. Sat. and Sun., August 3 and 4, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. From the largest pythons to the smallest frogs, the Nature Center is packed with displays of live reptiles and amphibians from around the world. Learn more about these fascinating creatures and their natural history. All ages.


Second Saturday Settlers: Homestead Fun. Sat., August 10, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Sample homemade ice cream and watermelon, play horseshoes and other old-fashioned games, and witness other daily activities of Texas settlers that bring Redbud Hill Homestead to life. All ages.


Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens: 

Summer Color Conference and Plant Sale
. Sat., July 27, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Splash into summer with this one-day immersion into perfect solutions for gardening in the heat. Mecer's Director Darrin Duling will conduct a tour of the heat-loving plants in the gardens. Conference participants can take advantage of a plant sale that morning, which opens later in the day to the public. Reservations and a fee are required, so please call 281-443-8731 for additional details.


Lunch Bunch: Lawn & Alternatives. Wed., August 14, noon - 2 p.m. As a county extension agent for many years, Tom Leroy has experienced every question about handling lawn care and what to do about those hard to manage spots needing easy ground cover. Join him as he makes the green monster manageable! 


Community Centers/Senior Adult Program:

May Community Center: Canning 101Thurs., July 25, 9:30 a.m. Canning season has arrived, so learn more about this method of preserving food so you can enjoy the abundance of your garden and local farmers markets in the months and years ahead. 

Mangum-Howell Center: Design Your Own Pitcher and Glasses CraftThurs., July 25, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. with a one-hour break for lunch. Enjoy painting this delightful beverage set to complement your décor or apply a seasonal design to personalize it for summertime/outdoor refreshments. Please call 281-591-7830 or come by the Center to learn more or sign up.
Senior Adult Program: Wizard of Oz at Crighton TheaterFri., July 26, 8 p.m. Enjoy  this charming play based on one of the best-known American stories by L. Frank Baum, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado's path and extraordinarily end up in the land of Oz. For more information, please contact the Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726.
Mangum-Howell Center: Arthritis Foundation SeminarTues., July 30, 10 a.m. Learn how the Houston branch of the Arthritis Foundation works every day to improve lives through prevention, control, and cure of arthritis and related diseases.
Mangum-Howell Center: Save a Life. . .Learn CPR! Thurs., August 8, 9 a.m. - noonLorraine Hibbert, a certified instructor through the American Heart Association, leads this class for ages 14 years and older. Course content includes adult, child, and infant choking, CPR, first aid, and use of the AED defibrillator. Space is limited, so please call 281-591-7830 or come by the Center to sign up. 
Mangum-Howell Center: Back to School Hamburger LuncheonTues., August 13, noon. Mark your calendar and invite a friend, relative, or neighbor to enjoy great food, fun, and fellowship as the Salvation Army Harbor Light Choir entertains.
May Community Center: "Catfish with Cactus" LuncheonThurs., August 15, 11 a.m. Spend the morning with Harris County Precinct 4's Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, also known as Cactus Jack, who serves a vast area of 1.2 million constituents, including the Huffman community. Then, enjoy an all-you-can-eat menu of fried catfish, shrimp, french fries, hushpuppies, coleslaw, baked beans, iced tea, and dessert. 
Senior Adult Program: Houston Astros TicketsSenior adults 50 years of age and better are welcome to purchase discounted tickets and receive transportation from designated locations to the remaining July and August Astros games at Minute Maid Park. For additional details, please call the Senior Adult Program at 281-893-3726.

Commissioner R. Jack Cagle

Harris County Precinct 4
1001 Preston, Suite 950

Houston, Texas 77002

By phone:  713-755-6444

By fax:   713-755-8801

Email: commissionercagle@hcp4.net 

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