Category Archives: Community

TSTC Launches New Career Bootcamps


TSTC will soon launch two new online boot camps that train for in-demand careers in both cyber security and full stack web development. These boot camps require no previous experience, and contain tools and support to help students obtain a well-paying job in a short amount of time. TSTC’s Cybersecurity Analytics course incorporates 13 weeks of online training beginning March 1. According to TSTC, there will be 3.5 million unfilled…

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SPI Celebrates “Cook Your Catch” Day Jan. 23

Cook Your Catch

South Padre Island will celebrate its second National Cook Your Catch Day Jan. 23 with events for avid anglers and cuisine fans of South Padre Island. The celebration includes a VIP fishing trip and dinner for regional influencers. Currently, eight restaurants will cook the catches of participants. The event also includes tips from fishing guides on techniques for catching different species and ideas from SPI chefs on how to make…

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Keep McAllen Beautiful Seeks Homes to Beautify

Volunteers with Paint McAllen Beautiful paint a home in 2014. (photo

Keep McAllen Beautiful is now accepting applications for its annual Paint McAllen Beautiful project where KMB volunteers paint homes throughout McAllen, to help beautify the neighborhood. Qualifying McAllen applicants must be a McAllen resident, own the home, be low income, be 60 years of age or older, or be of any age with a permanent disability. Through a grant from Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep McAllen Beautiful will be able to…

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McAllen Library Now Loaning Video Games

video game

The McAllen Public Library is now allowing borrowers 17 years and older to take home video game titles for PS4, PS5, X-Box One, X-Box Series X and Nintendo Switch. The new circulating games carry ratings of E–For Everyone and T–For Teens. Video game borrowers must reside in the City of McAllen and be 17 years or older. They must also have an MPL card and provide verification of a current…

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Edinburg Chamber Hosts Local Restaurant “Raids”

Edinburg Chamber Raid

The Edinburg Chamber Ambassadors will host “Chamber Raids” throughout the month at local restaurants, encouraging the community to support each business. According to a release from the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber Raids are flash mobs, but instead of dancing and singing our community rallies together to make purchases at the participating locations.” “To ensure all our business members are being supported during these difficult times we have decided to…

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McAllen Ranks as Safest City

McAllen Convention Center (photo of McAllen)

McAllen has once again been recognized as one of the top safest cities in America for its low crime rate, this time by MoneyGeek. The ranking compares the direct economic costs of crime to individual victims, perpetrators, communities and society at large. MoneyGeek analyzed crime statistics and research findings based on victim; criminal justice systems; crime career; and intangible costs to estimate the cost of crimes in over 300 cities…

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A Life Is Turned Around with VIDA

Maria Delgado

Each month, VBR shines a spotlight on a current participant or a graduate of Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement. VIDA’s mission is to simultaneously address the need for skilled works in the Valley while preparing unemployed and underemployed residents for high-skill, high-wage jobs. This month, the spotlight is on Maria Delgado. The story is written in her words just prior to her graduation in December 2020, which will provide…

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Edinburg Honors Man & Woman of the Year

Mario Lizcano and Linda Tovar, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce's Man & Women of the Year.

Mario Lizcano and Linda Tovar are the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce’s Man & Woman of the Year, respectively. The two receive the honors due to their positive impact on the Edinburg community. According to the chamber, both “demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to civic engagement to benefit our community.” Mario Lizcano currently serves as DHR Health’s administrator of Corporate Affairs. He also serves as Edinburg Census Committee chairman, promoting efforts…

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Brownsville Native’s Giving Forms a Jewel

The entrance to the Mitte Cultural District is between 5th and 6th streets in Brownsville.

Roy Mitte grew up in Brownsville with a favorite spot by one of the city’s many resacas. Ringgold Park lay nestled next to one of Brownsville’s oxbow lakes. In the 1930s and 40s, a young Roy loved being at the park, forming memories of his hometown that would never leave him.  He would grow up and go on to success and wealth in the insurance industry. He and his wife,…

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Physician Residents Taking On Challenge

Resident physician Dr. Jorge Duarte Solis speaks to a patient at the Internal Medicine Clinic at Knapp Medical Center. (Courtesy)

Medical residency programs always bring and require what Dr. Timothy Heath calls an “intensity of experience” as young physicians make their way through real-life training. Add the rigors and challenges of dealing with the recent pandemic and coping with situations not seen in a century. The reality of it all is testing 14 physician residents under Heath’s supervision in ways no one imagined. “I’ve spoken to colleagues and I can…

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