Jennifer Carney (second from left), chair of Kingwood BizCom, welcomes (from left) Kingwood High Principal Dr. Michael Nasra, Devon Alexander with HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood and James Alexander of First Financial Bank, both Kingwood BizCom sponsors, and Dr. Marvin McNeese Jr., candidate for Houston City Council At-Large Position 5. Photo by Tom Broad

Kingwood High School is celebrating its 40th anniversary by guaranteeing, in four years, that all Kingwood students will graduate with a diploma and at least one completed internship in a field which they plan to pursue.

“This is a new concept,” Kingwood High Principal Dr. Michael Nasra said at the Lake Houston Chamber’s Kingwood BizCom on Aug. 1 at Kingwood High school. “We want to create internships for our students so that they can acquire skills that help them in their chosen careers.”

Kingwood High has created a new student business, Mustang Design and Print Shop, thanks to a grant from the Humble ISD Foundation which enabled the school to purchase a large printer.

“In the past, students completed one assignment after another,” said Nasra. “With the guidance of our high school teachers, students are assigned positions and develop a business plan.”

Kingwood students will develop designs and printing for the school and the district and eventually Lake Houston businesses, according to Nasra.

Also speaking during Kingwood BizCom was Beth Waters, project communications manager for the Harris County Flood Control District, who encouraged Kingwood residents to view the district’s webpage at hcfcd.org, which includes a “Kingwood Information” section under the “Hurricane Harvey” dropbox.

“On our website, you can see photos of every open ditch in Kingwood that has been assessed,” said Waters.

Flood control district crews have cleared ditches that were judged to have debris, sediment buildup or erosion and includes photos taken after Harvey and after the ditches were cleared.

“We have three channel repairs that our crews couldn’t handle, and we’ve received county funding to repair the channels this fall,” said Waters.

Waters praised the cooperation the district has received from elected officials, calling out Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Congressman Dan Crenshaw, Rep. Huberty and Councilmember Dave Martin. Waters said cooperation to repair the ditches was unprecedented.

“I encourage you to view our webpage,” she said. “It has a wealth of information. No other part of our district has the depth of data that is available to our Kingwood residents.”

BizCom attendees also received updates on the new H-E-B Center being built at Northpark and Hwy. 59, the Northpark Drive expansion, major renovations underway at Kingwood ShowBiz Cinema, and recent expansions at HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood.

The new H-E-B is expected to open on schedule in time for Thanksgiving, according to spokesperson Melissa Neslund. She announced multiple tenants have signed, including Starbucks, Twin Liquors, Snooze and Chase Bank. A large area next to the H-E-B has been designated for H-E-B Digital Delivery that will focus strictly on curbside service.

Thanks to the awarding of $6 million from the City of Houston, TIRZ No. 10 Chair Stan Sarsman says the board can now focus during 2019 and 2020 on the design and approvals to meet the 500-year flood plain for the Northpark expansion.

Construction of the six-lane expansion, overpass and service roads will begin in 2021 with completion from Hwy. 59 to Russell Palmer Road by 2022. The remaining improvement, from Russell Palmer Road to Woodland Hills, will be funded with federal funds and bonds financed by the TIRZ.

Kingwood ShowBiz Cinema has begun a three-phase makeover. Eight screens have been closed for remodeling to add recliners with trays, said Cassidy Clark, the cinema’s group sales and events manager. Once the first eight are renovated, the remaining seven will close for remodeling.

The third phase will transform the concession area and the ticket box will be removed as the cinema becomes all digital. Clark also teased that the Kingwood location could eventually include a bowling alley.

Finally, Rob Marmstrom, HCA Healthcare Kingwood COO, announced that the hospital’s Brain and Spine Center, certified as a comprehensive stroke center, has received the American Stroke Associations Golf Plus Performance Achievement Award with Target Stroke Honor Roll.

The hospital earned a “baby-friendly” designation from the Texas Department of Human Services, and Kingwood now is host to 24 medical residents, “… giving new physicians a chance to train, create a culture of excellence and, we hope, a love for our community,” Marmstrom said.

Political commentator and columnist Cal Thomas will speak at the chamber’s annual Focus on Federal Government luncheon Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 11:30 a.m. at Walden Golf and Country Club. Luncheon cost is $30 for members and $40 for guests. The next Kingwood BizCom is Dec. 5 at Kingwood Park High School. There is no charge, but registration is required. To register for the Aug. 27 luncheon or for the Humble, Kingwood, Atascocita or Summer Creek BizComs, visit lakehouston.org or call 281-446-2128.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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