Author Archives: VBR

Keep McAllen Beautiful to Help Elderly After Freeze

Keep McAllen Beautiful

Keep McAllen Beautiful is looking for elderly McAllen residents who need help in removing their dead landscaping affected by the freeze. In addition, the non-profit is looking for anyone who would like to volunteer to help in the effort. “Keep McAllen Beautiful received so many calls of elderly McAllen residents in our community who were asking for assistance to remove the small plants and bushes that froze and died after…

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Port Isabel Lighthouse Reopens

The historic Port Isabel Lighthouse is now reopen to the public, as well as the park and Keeper’s Cottage Visitors Center. Weather permitting, hours of operation for the lighthouse are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with the last tickets selling at 3:30 p.m. Patrons may only purchase tickets through at the Keeper’s Cottage Visitors Center with a credit or debit card. Ticket prices are $5 for adults,…

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A Night At The Brew-seum Is Back

The International Museum of Art & Science’s annual fundraiser A Night at the Brew-seum is back this year with multiple in-persona and virtual events. With the main event taking place April 15, other ways to participate include a virtual 5K, a virtual science of beer bread baking event, a beer dinner and Beer & Yoga. This year’s in-person event will feature PODs for guests to participate in the evening. Each…

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International Shipbreaking Gains Accreditation

The MT Wolverine safely moored at International Shipbreaking’s yard at the Port of Brownsville. (photo Port of Brownsville)

International Shipbreaking Ltd. now has EU Ship Recycling Regulation accreditation for its site at the Port of Brownsville. The company, part of EMR Metal Recycling, recently invested $30 million in compliant infrastructure at the Brownsville site. The local site is also the first U.S. shipbreaking site to achieve this accreditation. It can now help EU-based ship owners – as well as ships flying the flags of EU member states –…

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New Membership Director Joins Edinburg Chamber

Christina Barrera

Christina Barrera is the new director of membership for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. Barrera will work closely with leadership and staff to forward the mission of the chamber by expanding and serving more than 300 chamber members. “Christina’s passion to serve others and her understanding of marketing and sales made this a clear choice,” said Ronnie Larralde, executive director at the Edinburg Chamber. “We are excited to welcome her to…

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Allegiant Begins Non-Stop to Nashville in May

Beginning May 27, Allegiant will provide nonstop service from McAllen International Airport to Nashville, Tenn. via Nashville International Airport. “Nashville is a one-of-a-kind destination with its deep, historic musical roots and cultural scene,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant’s senior vice president of revenue. “We’re excited to provide our brand of convenient, affordable nonstop service for McAllen-area residents to experience all that the Music City has to offer.” “We are grateful for…

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McAllen Park Play Stations Now Open

play station

Play stations at various McAllen city parks due to a phased reopening. While trails and open spaces at McAllen parks had been available to the community, the play stations had been closed to the public since mid-March 2020. Currently, 14 of the 86 parks are now available for play. “We are excited to be able to slowly reopen the parks’ play stations to the public, especially the children, who over…

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Harlingen EDC Receives State Recognition

The Harlingen Economic Development Corporation is a recipient of the Texas Economic Development Council’s 2020 Economic Excellence Recognition. The award came during TEDC’s 2021 Legislative Conference hosted virtually this week. The Economic Excellence Recognition program provides recognition to economic development organizations that meet a desired threshold of professionalism. Recipients qualify for recognition based on training taken by their governing board/council as well as the economic development director and professional staff.…

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Food & Fun Saturday at “The HUB” Market Days

(photo THE HUB Facebook)

The City of Pharr and the Greater Pharr Chamber of Commerce host “The HUB” Market Days Feb. 27 from 5-9 p.m. The free, family-friendly event features live music, on-site food vendors, local businesses and more. “The City of Pharr is proud to support our local small businesses, artisans, and craft makers through this event,” said Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez. “We invite our Pharr families to visit the market this weekend and…

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H-E-B Hosts Quest for Texas Best

Reynosa native and Nuts and Cows owner Elizabeth Davis with products she pitched in the H-E-B Quest for Texas Best competition in 2018. (Courtesy)

Every year, H-E-B goes on a quest in Texas, in search of the best Texas-made products for its store shelves. This year, submissions will come via video through April 7 at 5 p.m. H-E-B “Quest for Texas Best” is an open call for local, small food, beverage and general merchandise suppliers. The winners receive their products in H-E-B stores and $25,000. Creative submission videos to H-E-B should be two-minutes and…

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