Students in the Upward Bound program at the College Of Mainland recently took a trip to Washington DC. During their visit, they were able to participate in several activities, including  a visit to the Capitol. Upward Bound is a program for low-income students and at-risk students in Dickinson, Hitchcock, La Marque and Texas City excel in high-school and enroll in college. And, just recently, a grant to the program for more than $1000 was renewed for five years. –Photo courtesy COM

Dog of the week
Meet Boss, ID A008515, he has been with us since May 23rd. He is estimated at 9 months old. He’s a very sweet boy, he thinks he’s a lap dog. We hope you will come visit handsome Boss.







Cat of the week
Standish (A008683) is a Domestic Short Hair orange tabby kitten who will melt your heart.  He is about two months old, cute as can be, playful, and friendly.  Standish likes toys, cuddling, dinner, and posing for the camera.  Come meet this special little guy — he may be that perfect kitten you’ve been waiting for.
Adoption details

Boss and Standish are available for adoption June 27 – July 1, 2017 at the special rate of $42.50.
Pet-of-the-week costs
Adoptions include rabies vaccination, neutering and microchipping. Senior citizens can adopt a senior pet for only $20.

A Call For Nominations By Trishna Buch

The Texas City Independent School District’s Foundation For The Future is calling for nominations to the 2017 Texas City Hall Of Honor and the 2017 La Marque Legacy Hall.

The Foundation For The Future was founded in 1996 to support and provide funds for programs that have not been completely covered by the operating budget. The funds, according to a release, are able to “facilitate student achievement,” “encourage staff excellence” and “expand community involvement.” “The Foundation believes there is a strong correlation between the quality of life in our community and the quality of its educational system,” Melissa Tortorici, Communications Director of TCISD, said. “The Foundation’s vision is to enhance education in TCISD by working to increase private support for educational activities.”

The Hall Of Honor was created to recognize graduates who “excelled in their field of expertise and made significant contributions to their respective communities”, said a press release. Furthermore, inductees into both the Texas City Hall Of Honor and the La Marque Legacy Hall are individuals who are role models to current and future Texas City and La Marque students. “We are excited to add La Marque’s Legacy Hall to the Community Recognition Celebration alongside Texas City’s Hall of Honor,” Deborah Laine, Foundation For The Future’s executive director, said. “La Marque had excellent inductees from 2008-2012 and we look forward to recognizing additional outstanding alumni beginning again this year.”
So where do all of you come in? From now until July 31, you are invited to submit names for people to be honored at the 12th Annual Community Recognition Celebration.  The ceremony, which is a fundraiser for the foundation, will be taking place on Thursday October 12 at the Doyle Convention Center. And the selected individuals will be inducted into the 2017 Texas City Hall Of Honor or the 2017 La Marque Legacy Hall on that date.
Nominees for the two aforementioned hall of honors must be graduates of the following schools: Booker T. Washington, Central or Wolvin high-schools, TCHS, Lincoln High School or La Marque High School. “The nominees should represent a cross section of the high quality graduates who have continued to represent excellence in their personal and professional lives and are good role models for TCISD students,” a press release said.
But that’s not all! Because people, who are not alumni of the aforementioned schools, can still be nominated for other community recognition awards. These awards are the ‘visionary in education award’, the ‘distinguished service award’ and the ‘spirit of education award’.
If you know someone who deserves to be nominated, go online to to submit an application. And, for more information on nominations or the ceremony call 409-916-0108 or email

Send your Community Calendar information, including event, date, time, and contact person, to

Computer engineering students at the University Of Houston Clear Lake worked with students from San Jacinto College North and recently earned fourth place in the 2017 Swarmathon contest, organized by Nasa. The two colleges were amongst 40 institutions and more than 600 students who participated in the competition. From left (standing) are Luong Nguyen, assistant professor of computer engineering; Miguel Rosales, Lodi Dyook, Arnoldo Chapa, Ben Elliott, John-Paul Jarquin, Carol Fairchild, visiting researcher and Thomas Harman, professor of computer engineering and chair of the Department Of Engineering. From left (sitting) are Wilber Barquero, Okechukwa Ibekwe and Juan Pena.

By Lora-Marie Bernard



The Board of Trustees for the Clear Creek Independent School District has announced nominations for its 2017 Citizen of the Year.
“The success of a school district and its students does not lie solely in the hands of great teachers and administrators, but also in the steadfast support of its community,” trustees said in a press release. “In the Clear Creek Independent School District, dedicated community members volunteer their time and efforts by contributing to the quality of life for our schools and the growing number of students within the District.”
Each year board trustees ask stakeholders to nominate community members who champion the district and deserve to be recognized for it. The award is given each year to honor an outstanding community member for their support of CCISD programs and activities.
Former recipients include Joyce Abbey, Harv Hartman, Robert Davee, David Braun, Dr. James O’Malley, Gib Larson, and Lucien Q. Junkin.
Persons who receive the award are able to point endowment funds from the school’s foundation to select projects. Trustees established the Citizen of the Year endowment allows recipients to direct funds to academic or classroom activities in his or her name.
The recipient will be announced at the Clear Creek Education Foundation’s Annual Awards Gala on Nov. at South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center in League City.

The criteria for selection follows:
Demonstrated a commitment to Clear Creek ISD through volunteer efforts
Contributed significantly in ways that have benefited the entirety of Clear Creek ISD
Maintained a reputation across the Clear Creek ISD community as an individual with high standards and dedication to excellence in public education
Voluntarily served the district and its students and patrons over an extended period of time

The nomination deadline is Aug. 1 for the 2017 award. Forms are available online on the Foundation’s website and the District website. Nominations can be emailed to, or can be mailed to: Clear Creek Education Foundation, Citizen of the Year Selection Committee, P.O. Box 1631,
League City, TX 77574