Community air monitoring is growing in Houston as accessibility to local data expands – Houston Public Media
After years of dealing with toxic air pollution, residents of overburdened communities are taking matters into their own hands and installing a growing network of community air monitors.houstonpublicmedia.org
FEMA vaccine mega-site aims to vaccinate most vulnerable communities
HOUSTON – A small number of people were allowed inside NRG Park’s new mass vaccination site for its soft-opening Tuesday. The mega-site is set to open to those on the city of Houston and Harris County’s waitlists. Once the site is open, the goal is to have 126,000 people that meet eligibility requirements get vaccinated. City and county leaders say the focus will be on the elderly, vulnerable and high-risk zip codes. Sunnyside falls within the 70051 zip code, which is among a list of 35 zip codes with the highest risk for COVID-19.
Houston will soon be home to the largest urban solar farm in the country
Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston city council approved a lease of 240 acres of city-owned land in the Sunnyside area to a Wolfe Energy subsidairy. The Sunnyside property, which was once a landfill, will soon be transformed into the largest urban solar farm in the country. The area was considered an eye sore in the Houston community, as the landfill had been vacant for over half a century. Wolfe Energy plans to create a 50-megawatt solar project that will generate enough energy to power 5,000 homes in the Houston area. In addition to the solar project, the company will also rehabilitate the property.chron.com
Meet the young farmer fighting south Houston's food desert
Ivy Walls didn’t dream of being a farmer until the signs became too hard to ignore. On Aug. 17, her first day without the security of her former job, Walls got the call. Ivy Leaf Farms was featured on Beyoncé’s website, and she had received the $10,000 grant. Since then, Ivy Leaf Farms has grown quickly. "At the end of the day, we need to eat.”Walls has big plans for Ivy Leaf Farms.chron.com
Meet the local farmer bringing healthy foods to South Houston’s Sunnyside community
HOUSTON – From scrubs to overalls, a local farmer quit her job in public health to dedicate herself to feeding Houston’s Sunnyside community. Ivy Walls moved to Sunnyside in February 2020 and quickly noticed the issue of food insecurity in our own backyard. Beyonce’s ‘Be Good Black Owned Small Business Impact Fund’ and the NAACP chose Ivy Leaf Farms as a recipient to a $10,000 grant she applied for to help expand the farm. THE MOBILE GREEN HOUWSE:Funded by her GoFunMe Account with support from the communityTravels throughout the neighborhood to get vegetables right into the hands of her neighbors, those with a lack of transportation to receive the groceries they needWHAT’S NEXT FOR IVY LEAF FARMS? Expand the farm to host gardening classesHost farm to table eventsEstablish a brick and mortar location in a form of a healthy food restaurant where local farmers and artisans can sell produce and craftsIVY LEAF FARMS PUMPKIN PATCHES
HPD: Houston police officer suffers minor injuries in overnight crash
HOUSTON, Texas – A Houston police officer sustained minor injuries in a crash that occurred in Houston’s Sunnyside neighborhood overnight. The crash occurred around 2:20 a.m. Saturday in the 8200 block of Scott Street. The officer was traveling northbound on Scott Street in her patrol vehicle when a southbound driver failed to yield to the officer and attempted to make a turn, ultimately striking the patrol vehicle, according to an officer at the scene. The officer sustained a minor injury to her right leg in the impact and was transported to an area hospital as a precaution. The civilian driver complained of minor head, back and neck pain, according to an officer at the scene.
Marijuana ads are here and largely unregulated, as the industry acts to set own guidelines
Expect to see more ads, as the industry has more money to play with during the upcoming holiday season. To introduce its new Sunnyside dispensaries, Cresco launched an “Ask us anything” ad campaign answering basic consumer questions like, what is CBD, or how many edibles should one consume?chicagotribune.com
2 new testing sites at Sunnyside apartments opening Thursday
HOUSTON – Two apartment-based COVID-19 testing sites in Houston’s Sunnyside will be open to everyone Thursday, officials said. Congressman Al Green will be on-site to launch two free walk-up community testing sites located at Lansborough and Magnolia Place apartments. “It is our hope that senior citizens will get the testing they need,” Congressman Al Green said. “So what we have decided to do is bring the testing sites to the senior citizens.”Everyone is welcomed to come and get tested, regardless of symptoms or referrals. Here is a list of the testing sites and their availability:
Teen accidentally killed self when gun in pocket went off near Sunnyside, police say
HOUSTON – A 16-year-old boy was killed Tuesday in what officials believe to be an accidental shooting near Houston’s Sunnyside neighborhood, according to police. The shooting was reported about noon in the 4700 block of Clover Street, near Cullen Boulevard. Houston police say the teen was playing basketball with other teens and young adults in the street outside a friend’s house. When the group went indoors to rest for a minute, witnesses told police that the teen slapped his pocket with his hand and a pistol he had in his pocket went off and killed him. It is unclear who owned the gun or why the teen was carrying it, officials said.
Missing Sunnyside boy found safe
HOUSTON – A boy who went missing in the Sunnyside area Thursday morning has been found safe. According to Houston police, 9-year-old Romello Carter went missing about 10 a.m. from his home in the 8100 block of Bowen Street, which is near the intersection of Scott and Hondo streets. Romello was found safe about 5 p.m. Thursday and was reunited with his family, police said.
Houston couple shares special advice during 70th-anniversary parade
HOUSTON – Houston Fire Department helped a local couple celebrate a milestone 70 years in the making. Along with family, friends, and neighbors, the fire department paraded by the home of Lionel and Grace Ann Russell in Sunnyside for a surprise celebration of their 70th wedding anniversary. “June 3, 1950, was perhaps the happiest day of my life when I married this woman,” said Lionel. “She was a prize.”They began their marriage with Lionel serving as an air mechanic in the Air Force. Communicate.”The couple has seen a lot over the years: inside their family and in this world.
Ex-Baptist pastor accused of stealing $200K from Sunnyside church
Ex-Baptist pastor accused of stealing $200K from Sunnyside churchPolice are looking for the former pastor of a Sunnyside church who is accused of using a secret bank account to steal more than $200,000 from the congregation, according to court documents. Authorities charged 36-year-old Toddrick Deshaun Johnson with theft and using deception to secure an executive document in connection to pilfered funds from Paradise Missionary Baptist Church at 3605 Tangerine Street. Financial woes at the church were soon revealed after Johnsons 2017 hiring, documents show. Board members said Johnson forged their presidents signature on banking documents and spent more than a year pumping $201,552 into a secret account, court documents state. The board confronted Johnson about the money but he has since left the church and is no longer returning calls, documents state.chron.com
Houston man ambushed, killed while leaving Sunnyside convenience store
Houston man ambushed, killed while leaving Sunnyside convenience storeHouston police officers work the scene of a deadly shooting in the 8200 block of Scott Street on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. Houston police officers work the scene of a deadly shooting in the 8200 block of Scott Street on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. Photo: OnScene.TV Photo: OnScene.TV Image 1 of / 7 Caption Close Houston man ambushed, killed while leaving Sunnyside convenience store 1 / 7 Back to GalleryA young Houston man was ambushed and killed Sunday afternoon after leaving a convenience store in Sunnyside. The man was driving away from the store when another car pulled up and ambushed him with gunfire, Brown said. MORE FROM JAY R. JORDAN: Man dead, woman kidnapped after altercation at SE Houston apartmentThe man was shot twice and crashed into the grassy median dividing Scott Street.chron.com
Elderly man shot during robbery calls to end violence in southeast Houston neighborhood
HOUSTON – Arthur Cash, 71, says he’s thankful to be alive after being shot just outside his home located in the 3000 block of Dacca Drive. “He was going back between the truck and he turned around and shot me,” Cash said. The gunman shot Cash in the hip and stole $1,900 in rent money and a few prescription pills“I think it’s wrong for them to go around shooting elderly people. He said this was the second time an elderly person had been targeted in the community in recent weeks. “It’s a shame that we have to live in an age where we have to live like this,” Cash said.
Officials: Suspect in Nassau Bay police sergeant’s slaying last seen in Missouri City
HOUSTON – The man who is accused of killing a Nassau Bay police officer Tuesday night was last seen Wednesday afternoon in Missouri City and is believed to be headed to Louisiana, officials said. Tavores Henderson, 21, was last seen Wednesday afternoon accompanied by a man identified only as “Anthony," officials said. Sunnyside SWAT sceneA Harris County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team found nothing Wednesday morning in the Sunnyside home where the home Henderson was believed to be hiding, officials said in a news conference. Henderson is wanted on a charge of felony murder in connection with the Tuesday night death of Nassau Bay police Sgt. Community activist Quanell X said Henderson’s family has contacted him and they are working to get Henderson to turn himself in to authorities.
Man shot, killed outside Sunnyside food mart
Man shot, killed outside Sunnyside food martHouston police homicide detectives investigate a deadly shooting in the 3500 block of Chimira in Sunnyside on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Houston police homicide detectives investigate a deadly shooting in the 3500 block of Chimira in Sunnyside on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Photo: OnScene.TV Photo: OnScene.TV Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Man shot, killed outside Sunnyside food mart 1 / 8 Back to GalleryA man was shot and killed outside a south Houston food mart Wednesday night. The gunfire erupted around 8 p.m. near a food mart in the 3500 block of Chimira Lane as a group of men chatted outside the store, according to Houston Police Department Homicide Detective Eric Martinez. Paramedics rushed the man to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.chron.com
Video: Suspects who robbed Sunnyside auto parts clerk at gunpoint still at-large, police say
Video: Suspects who robbed Sunnyside auto parts clerk at gunpoint still at-large, police sayHouston police are asking the public for help in identifying two suspects they said stole money from a Sunnyside auto parts store clerk at gunpoint. Houston police are asking the public for help in identifying two suspects they said stole money from a Sunnyside auto parts store clerk at gunpoint. Photo: Houston Police Department Photo: Houston Police Department Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Video: Suspects who robbed Sunnyside auto parts clerk at gunpoint still at-large, police say 1 / 8 Back to GalleryHouston police are asking the public for help in identifying two suspects they said stole money from a Sunnyside auto parts store clerk at gunpoint. Investigators released surveillance video from the store showing the men wearing masks that partially covered their faces. In the video, the men, dressed in black and wearing gloves, can be seen running into the store.chron.com
Sunnyside senior Turns to Ted after sand mistakenly dumped on driveway
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- When we first got to Reba Kay's Sunnyside home, we could barely see her over a giant pile of sand in her driveway. The dirt was all here," Kay told 13 Investigates' Ted Oberg.After tons of sand, likely worth hundreds of dollars, was mistakenly dumped on the 90-year-old's driveway, she was stuck. The mailman couldn't get in and neither could her friends.Kay has no idea who dumped the sand there. "Have a tip for Ted Oberg? Get in touch with us on our tip page, or send a tip below.abc13.com
Sunnyside senior Turns to Ted after sand mistakenly dumped on driveway
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- When we first got to Reba Kay's Sunnyside home, we could barely see her over a giant pile of sand in her driveway. The dirt was all here," Kay told 13 Investigates' Ted Oberg.After tons of sand, likely worth hundreds of dollars, was mistakenly dumped on the 90-year-old's driveway, she was stuck. The mailman couldn't get in and neither could her friends.Kay has no idea who dumped the sand there. "Have a tip for Ted Oberg? Get in touch with us on our tip page, or send a tip below.abc13.com
3 teens charged in connection with carjacking campaign volunteer in Sunnyside
HOUSTON - Three Houston teens are facing charges in connection with the carjacking of a campaign volunteer in Sunnyside. Another volunteer who was working with Kingshill said the teen also pointed a gun in her face a short time before he got to Kingshill. Teens chargedBell is charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and criminal trespassing in a motor vehicle. Paddio is charged with criminal trespassing in a motor vehicle. KPRC2 Cedric Deshaun PaddioThe 15-year-old girl is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Texans co-founder to donate $5M to underserved areas in Houston
Pro-VisionHOUSTON - The Houston Texans' co-founder and senior chair, Janice McNair, is expected to donate $5 million through The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation to Pro-Vision Inc.Pro-Vision is an organization that helps dismantle poverty through education, nutrition, character development and housing for the Sunnyside community in Houston. The organization's mission is to inspire hope and purpose by improving the lives of young men and women in Houston's underserved neighborhoods through its opportunities. The organization said the McNairs' gift is the largest donation given in 2019 to support its purpose in the National Football League. We are proud to provide Pro-Vision with this financial support to enhance their efforts to create positive change in underserved areas of Houston, McNair said. We were captivated by their mission, their approach and the impact they are having in areas of need within our community.
Maxo Kream and Reading With A Rapper Deliver a Session at Worthing High
The lights in the auditorium at Worthing High School in the historic Sunnyside area of south Houston dimmed and the room was quiet. The group is the brainchild of Jarren Small and Douglas Johnson who came up with the idea while working in schools. I saw the Migos reading Dr. Seuss books and thought about how we could make this a tangible thing. Reading With A Rapper provides an added bonus by bringing lyricists to the schools to speak with the students about their work. Maxo Kream, whose new album Brandon Banks debuted Friday, spoke on why it was so important that he work with the literacy group.houstonpress.com