The Houston Parks and Recreation Department announced Monday that it will distribute free food to children at 47 sites across the city this week, including nine locations in the near northwest part of town. The meal distribution program, funded by the Texas Department of Agriculture as well as the Child and Adult Care Food Program, will provide one lunch and one snack to all children between the ages of 1-18 who visit the sites. Parents cannot pick up food for children who are not present at the time of pick-up, and food will be placed in the trunk of recipients' vehicles to ensure social distancing. The distribution sites will be open from 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The parks and recreation department said a total of 50 meals will be available at each site on Monday, with the … [Read more...] about Houston parks department distributing curbside meals to kids
Kenny Rogers, a Grammy Award-winning singer and actor who spent his early years in the Heights area, died Friday at his home in Georgia, according to a report by the Associated Press. He was 81. Rogers, one of eight children, was born in Houston and grew up in public housing near the Heights, according to the AP. His ties to the historic neighborhood also helped him launch a decorated music career that spanned six decades. Rogers' first hit was a 1958 song called "That Crazy Feeling," which was written and produced by Ray Doggett. Doggett owned a recording studio called Doggett Music Enterprises at 1045 Studewood St., where the Red Dessert Dive bakery is now located. Rogers, primarily a country music singer who also crossed over into jazz and pop, won three Grammy Awards and was a … [Read more...] about Country music legend Rogers, who had Heights roots, dies at 81
The COVID-19 crisis has crippled the sense of community in places like Houston, where schools and churches are closed and so are dining rooms and bars. Social distancing is necessary to slow the spread of the upper-respiratory disease but also makes people anti-social, because citizens have been ordered to stay in their homes most of the time and steer clear of others because they might be sick or carrying the new strain of coronavirus. In the Woodland Heights neighborhood, however, residents are using creativity to stay connected. Borrowing an idea she got from her sister-in-law in Chicago, Tracy Smith put together a “Shamrock Hunt” in the Northwest Houston community on March 17, which was St. Patrick’s Day. She and her four children asked neighbors to attach images of shamrocks to … [Read more...] about Hunt for sense of community keeps Woodland Heights residents connected
Harris County has had its first death caused by COVID-19, the upper-respiratory disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus, Harris County Public Health announced Thursday afternoon. The victim was a man between 80 and 90 years old who had lived in a nursing home in the northwest quadrant of Harris County, outside the City of Houston, according to a news release. He died in a hospital. "This news obviously is very difficult for all of us in our community," said Dr. Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health. The county said the man was among a group of COVID-19 cases announced Wednesday. Shah said a total of 24 people in unincorporated Harris County have tested positive for the disease, along with 10 inside the city limits. As of Thursday afternoon, … [Read more...] about Harris County reports first coronavirus-related death
Dear Tabby, My elderly pug has a host of medical problems, but one that is really slowing him down is muscle atrophy. I’ve tried acupuncture and hydrotherapy but was wondering if there is anything else to be done? Losing Muscle Tone in Forest West Dear Losing Muscle Tone, As dogs get older, changes in diet and amount of exercise can cause a reduction in muscle mass--most often in their most muscular areas, such as their hind legs. While age-related muscle atrophy is sometimes just a fact of growing old gracefully for your pet, there are a few things that you can do to ease any discomfort related to this loss of muscle mass as well as things you can do to slow down the muscle atrophy. Dietary changes One way to help your senior pet with muscle atrophy is to make sure … [Read more...] about Canine muscle atrophy: What can be done?