Archive for October, 2009

Zoo Boo: Last Weekend
October 29, 2009

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Houston’s largest kid-friendly Halloween event is back!

OCT 31st: THIS IS THE LAST WEEKEND (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) to head to the Houston Zoo for Halloween activities that are fun for the whole family!

The zoo encourages all kids to come dressed in their spookiest, scariest, or prettiest Halloween costume!  They’ll love to show off their costume in our Costume Parade and dance to the “thrilling” music with our children’s DJ!

In an effort to be “green,” the zoo is asking children to bring their own trick-or-treat bag to the event.

Zoo Boo is FREE for Zoo Members. To read more about it head to
http://www.houstonzoo.org/zooboo/
 


Deadly Accident: Allen Pkwy
October 29, 2009

It’s an eerie feeling to hear about “follow up details” to any of the deadly accidents that you see me report on in the mornings. Sometimes I get emails from people wanting to know what happened or who was involved or why it occurred. Usually, I don’t have those details because police officers and investigators are busy on the scene. Plus, my job is to focus on your commute and help you get to where you are going in the shortest amount of time. Even if I know more details, on-air…I stick to the traffic information and leave “news details” to the anchors.

Hours after I left work this morning…I heard the story about what happened on Allen Parkway, near Montrose. (8:15am) To read about it, click here: http://www.click2houston.com/news/21463969/detail.html

It’s an unfortunate reminder for us all to be cautious with wet roads, to keep speeds at a decent pace and to always buckle up. We are encountering SEVERE WEATHER, so please be careful. See you in the morning. -Jen

Viewer Mail: Alief
October 28, 2009

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Jennifer, I will get this information to the project managers to try and get them to come up with a better traffic plan. Since the project is new the contractor may need to make some adjustments. This project will end on October 27, 2010 and will include new storm drains, curbs and gutters, street lights and more. Total street reconstruction. -City of Houston

Camouflaged Billboards
October 26, 2009

Take a close look…

Can you see the billboard in this picture?

Can you see the billboard in this picture?

The UH Mitchell Center for the Arts is hosting an artist named Karyn Olivier who is producing this city-wide outdoor public art exhibit ON HWY BILLBOARDS. It’s a neat concept. She is replacing 13 billboard ads across Houston with life-sized photographic representations of what drivers would see if the advertising did not exist: sky, buildings, homes, trees and other elements of the environment.

Olivier’s major public art project, “Inbound: Houston,” will reveal this new view of the city Oct. 26 through Nov. 22.

Aaaahh, back to nature!

Aaaahh, back to nature!

Helping Children With Cancer
October 25, 2009

I was very pleased when asked to host the 2nd Annual Country Ball(2009) benefiting Houston’s Ronald McDonald House. Since 1981, The Ronald McDonald House has offered a home away from home to the families of children undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. At least $33,000 has been raised this year. Here are some of the pictures of Saturday night’s event. If you’d like to make a contribution, here’s their link: http://www.rmhhouston.org

Firehouse Saloon

Firehouse Saloon

Crowd At The Firehouse Saloon

Crowd At The Firehouse Saloon

Hot Auction Items: Guitar Played/Signed By Roger Creagar And Signed Yao Ming Jersey

Hot Auction Items: Guitar Played/Signed By Roger Creagar And Signed Yao Ming Jersey

Autographed Guitar Sold For $475

Autographed Guitar Sold For $475

Jennifer Reyna and (Co-Chair of Event), Brett Walker.

Hwy 90 Construction
October 20, 2009

For those of you who live on the East Side…here’s the latest on The Crosby Freeway (Hwy 90). It will end up being a 6 to 7 miles stretch connecting to I-10East/610 (near the Budweiser Brewery) when everything is said and done, sometime next year.

(October 23rd – UPDATE)
The project is estimated to be complete February 2011.  The contractor is 70% complete; the majority of the mainlane and frontage road paving is complete.  The direct connectors to IH 10 are in and the majority of the bridges are built.

The project will reduce through traffic from IH 10, IH 610 and BW 8 and help reduce local traffic congestion, and increase safety of the overall system.  It also improves connectivity on the northeast quadrant of the city.  This will potentially reduce truck traffic on IH 10.   -TxDOT

TWITTER Link
October 15, 2009

http://twitter.com/LOCAL2TRAFFIC

Get the latest update in the mornings with your traffic. We know that you can’t hang around the tv ALL morning long, so follow us when you leave too.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration: VA Hospital
October 9, 2009

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, I was invited to be the keynote speaker for The Hispanic Employment Program at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. A great turnout for all of the rain that we had today. I was most content with the performance from the students of Reagan and Davis High Schools…predominantly Hispanic schools. It was nice to see their involvement and certitude. -Jen

The beginning of the Hispanic Employment Program.

The beginning of the Hispanic Employment Program.

Employees, veterans, guests in attendance.

Employees, veterans, guests in attendance.

Mariachis - Davis High School students

Mariachis - Davis High School students

Color Guards - Reagan High School students

Color Guards - Reagan High School students

Director of VA Hospital Adam Walmus

Director of VA Hospital, Adam Walmus

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