Tag Archives: McAllen

Building a Culture of Health in the RGV

Hidalgo-County residents take advantage of the Hidalgo County Precinct 2 Hike-and-Bike Trail in San Juan.

We have all been deluged with local, state, national and international statistics about COVID-19 in recent months. The term “underlying conditions” is often cited in describing those who have become critically ill or who have passed away. There has been more limited information about the actions individuals and communities can take to improve the chances of fighting COVID-19 and other deadly viruses and diseases. Eddie Olivarez, the chief administrator for…

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Project COVID Care Helps Elderly & Disabled

Johnny Llanes and Drea Labanzat make a delivery to a resident in need. (Courtesy)

Violet Metz became concerned in March as grocery store lines grew and local governments issued shelter-in-place orders. “At my age, security is such a huge concern,” said Metz, 81, a McAllen resident. “If I really need something, will I be able to get it?” It was an extraordinary period of time in March going into April as the COVID-19 pandemic set in. The general panic being felt in the community-at-large…

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Pipes Turn Into Artist Canvases in McAllen

(Keep McAllen Beautiful photo)

The Rio Grande Valley is known for its irrigation pipes alongside the network of canals that have historically provided water from the river to farm fields. The pipes remain standing amid a now urbanized region with farming pushed further out from expanding city limits. McAllen is among the Valley cities that have utilized property alongside canals for hike-and-bike trails. There are more than 200 irrigation pipes in the city, many…

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STC Students to Earn Google IT Certificates

A $10,000 grant by Jobs for the Future will allow STC students in the CITP program to complete a Google IT Support Professional Certificate.

South Texas College students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the Computer and Information Technologies Program will soon have the opportunity to improve their ability for employment in the IT industry with a Google IT Support Professional Certificate. A $10,000 grant by Jobs for the Future allows those pursing a bachelor’s degree in the CITP program the opportunity to also complete a the certificate program. “The certificate impacts students by creating…

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TWC Grant Benefits Local Advanced Skills Training

TWC’s Skills Development Fund will provide $332,042 in funding to train 181 new and incumbent workers in the advanced manufacturing industry.

A recent $332,042 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to South Texas College will continue to provide customized training to the workforce for local industry partners. TWC’s Skills Development Fund will provide funding to train 181 new and incumbent workers in advanced manufacturing. “We are committed to fostering long-term sustained economic growth by providing superior workforce training programs to local business and industry partners,” said South Texas College Associate Dean of…

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Lamar Academy Teacher Earns State Award

Lamar Academy teacher Vivian Tamez is the recipient of the 2020 Liberty Bell Award from the Texas Young Lawyers Association. This state-wide award annually recognizes a non-lawyer who has made selfless contributions to their community. In turn, they also strengthen the effectiveness of the American system of justice.   “Your work is truly exceptional, and it exemplifies the level of dedication recognized by this prestigious award,” TYLA President Victor Flores…

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McAllen Hosts 2020 Juneteenth Observation

Juneteenth

McAllen Juneteenth celebrations and events will begin June 13 and run until June 19. Events on the schedule include clean-up events, cultural arts and book displays, and a documentary and screening. This year’s celebration theme is “Perfecting Unity.” Juneteenth is the oldest national commemoration of the abolition of slavery in the United States. The celebration is state holiday or special day of observance in 45 states, including Texas, every June…

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IMAS to Reopen With Capacity Limits

The International Museum of Art & Science is planning to reopen to the public on June 11. An IMAS member preview will take place June 9 from 3-7 p.m. When the museum opens, there will be a capacity limit of 25 percent, following the recommendations of the Texas Department of State Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of the interactive areas will not be accessible…

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June Virtual Manic Monday Mixer

Virtual Manic Monday Mixer

Join the RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for its June Virtual Manic Monday Mixer June 1. Invite your friends to log on and let attendees know a little about your business. Attendees may donate a door prize in exchange for extra time to talk. Door prize information should be turned in by noon on June 1. Zoom information https://zoom.us/j/99626937605?pwd=VkphMTNKeTRWZzR1VXd6a1dQbEIyQT09 Meeting ID: 996 2693 7605 Password: 231870 One tap mobile +13462487799,,99626937605#,,1#,231870#…

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Containing COVID Is Key To Economic Recovery

Restaurants and retailing have been hurt badly by COVID-19 outbreak and business shutdowns. (VBR)

The Rio Grande Valley’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis will be prolonged. It could take 12-to-18 months, at the minimum, said leading bankers and economic development specialists. They say the recovery from the widespread business shutdowns this spring will stretch well into 2021. Recovery will also be dependent on one key factor. “It’s all going to depend on how we contain COVID,” said David Deanda, the president of Lone…

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