Seen at Raffa’s Waterfront American Grill enjoying a great dinner and celebrating their most successful year was the team of Boudoir by Lorie, a locally owned boudoir photography company. It was an early Christmas dinner combined with team recognitions and thank-yous. Owner Lorie Boughton congratulated all as she announced they were now the No. 1 boudoir photography company in the Greater Houston area. Sharing in the company’s success were Mar Webb, Kaylen Gilmore, Celida Cone, Karen Boughton, Amanda Garnsay and Lorie Boughton. Not pictured is Jennifer Dent.

 

FLOOR AND DECOR

Floor and Decor held a grand opening and ribbon cutting Oct. 31. The Humble store kicked off their grand opening with events from 4-6 p.m. There was free Kona Ice as well as free food from Houston food trucks to the first 200 customers, and children enjoyed trick-or-treating with local businesses. The store is located at 18840 U.S. Hwy. 59 in Humble.

 BURGERIM OPENING

BurgerIM Atascocita-Generation Park opened Nov. 5. The restaurant is located at 12230 W. Lake Houston Pkwy.

 ACCENT OUTDOORS

Accent Outdoors is the oldest hot tub business in the Houston area, plus has a full-service service department including hot tub repairs, parts and spa-cleaning service. Accent also offers outdoor kitchens, pavilions, pergolas, palapas, putting greens, artificial turf, pavers, landscaping, shade sails, retractable screens, lighting, Marquis hot tubs, Marquis ATV swim spas, Aspen spas, Finnleo saunas, Forno Bravo pizza ovens, and Splash Super Pools. They are located at 2803 FM 1960 E. in Humble.

 HARVEY HOME CONNECT IMELDA SURVEY

For those who experienced flooding during Imelda, the first step is to complete the Imelda Survey. Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Lina Hidalgo recently launched a charitable fund to help survivors through a partnership with the Greater Houston Community Foundation. It’s critical that the federal government see the full picture of Imelda damage in Texas. Please report any damage to Houston 3-1-1 (713-837-0311). Those already working on a Harvey application who had Imelda damage too are asked to call a housing specialist or 832-393-0550. The Harvey program is underway and will continue.

 STATE SALES TAX REVENUE TOTALED $2.8 BILLION IN OCTOBER

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently announced that state sales tax revenue totaled $2.82 billion in October, 7% more than in October 2018. “Growth in state sales tax revenue was apparent across all major economic sectors,” Hegar said. “The most notable growth was in receipts from the construction, wholesale trade and information services sectors.” Total sales tax revenue for the three months ending in October 2019 was up 4% compared to the same period a year ago. Sales tax is the largest source of state funding for the state budget, accounting for 57% of all tax collections.

 APARTMENT COMMUNITY, 255 ASSAY, NOW LEASING

Residents can be right in the center of all the action and live in style. 255 Assay Luxury Apartments at Redemption Square is now leasing. For more information or to apply, call 281-219-5905.

 BENS BRANCH CONVEYANCE RESTORATION PROJECT

The Bens Branch Channel from Kingwood Drive to about 1,800 linear feet downstream of W. Lake Houston Pkwy. is owned by the Harris County Flood Control District, or HCFCD, and they began a Conveyance Restoration Project Aug. 19. The project includes removing and disposing of approximately 76,285 cubic yards of sediment accumulations. The project is scheduled to be complete by the summer of 2020, weather permitting. Construction equipment will access the work area via the established access points from Kingwood Drive, Bens View, W. Lake Houston Pkwy., and Denmere. The contractor will use heavy construction equipment such as dump trucks, excavators and bulldozers. Motorists are urged to be alert to truck traffic when passing near construction access points. For more information, contact the HCFCD at 713-684-4197.

 LAKE HOUSTON PROGRAM

Houston City Councilmember Dave Martin continues to work behind the scenes on a long-term maintenance program for the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston. This program will regularly address issues like sedimentation levels in the river and lake as well as the removal of floatable debris. Martin proposed a budget amendment that for the first time creates a funding mechanism for a Lake Houston Maintenance Program utilizing existing revenue during this year’s budget process and it achieved full support of city council. This program will use revenue from boat dock and permit fees on Lake Houston that previously went into the City of Houston General Fund to kickstart regular maintenance of the river and lake to reduce the risk of flooding, increasing public safety.

 HEGAR DISTRIBUTES NEARLY $850 MILLION TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar recently announced he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $849.6 million in local sales tax allocations for November, 4% more than in November 2018. These allocations are based on sales made in September by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in July, August and September by quarterly filers.

 POWER SUPPLEMENTS BREAKS GROUND IN NEW CANEY

The newest business to call the East Montgomery County Industrial Park home, Power Supplements, officially broke ground on its 55,550-square-foot facility in New Caney. The new Power Supplements factory will be located at 1893 Phillip Way in New Caney and will consist of two buildings, including a two-story building that allows for office space for the Power Supplements staff. The East Montgomery County Improvement District Board of Directors, Power Supplements’ representatives and the community joined in the celebration Sept. 27 and tried some of the products.

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