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Sept. 7, 2017 at 8:51 p.m.

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EDUCATION

Gov. Greg Abbott announced the creation of a telephone hotline on Friday by the Texas Education Agency, TEA, for parents in the Victoria area to receive updates regarding public education announcements following Hurricane Harvey.

Parents can call 512-463-9603 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week for up-to-date information on public education options and enrollment information for their student.

TEA established a similar hotline for parents in the Corpus Christi area. More are planned for expanded areas of the state experiencing delays in the start of the school year as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

“Many school districts across the Gulf Coast region are experiencing delays in the start of the new school year,” said Gov. Abbott. “We understand that while we are just beginning the rebuilding and recovery process, parents in these areas are looking for information on when school will resume and how displaced children can continue their education during this time. I applaud Commissioner Morath and the Texas Education Agency for their work and attention to the parents and children in the hardest-hit communities. We are committing to Texans the full force of their state government to get operations back to normal as quickly as possible.”

"Many families who have been displaced from their homes are making decisions on where to enroll their son or daughter,” said Commissioner of Education Mike Morath. “I want those families to have accurate information. This hotline serves as that resource for parents to help them during a difficult time.”

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

• A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is in Victoria at the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St. The center is open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. FEMA is recommending people apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362.

• FEMA Disaster Recovery Center open at Calhoun County Library, 200 W. Mahan St., Port Lavaca. Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Helping with FEMA registration and accessing recovery resources.

• FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Center open at 911 Navigation Circle, Rockport. Available 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, as needed. Helping with FEMA registration and accessing recovery resources.

• Representatives with AllState, State Farm and The Hartford will be in the Home Depot parking lot, 6708 NE Zac Lentz Parkway, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, to assist policy holders with filing insurance claims and to answer insurance questions.

• FEMA Mobile Disaster Recovery Center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m daily, at Edna High School Football Stadium, 1303 West Gayle St. in Edna.

OTHER SERVICES

• The VC/UHV Library invites the community to utilize its resources while the Victoria Public Library is for repairs. Stop by the VC/UHV Library, 2602 N. Ben Jordan St., to charge mobile devices, use computers, check email and for internet access. The VC/UHV Library is also offering free copying to residents. The library is open from 7:45 a.m. -10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; from 7:45 a.m.- 5 p.m. Friday and from 1-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 361-570-4166.

EVENTS

• Victoria Public Library Story Time has been relocated to St. Francis Episcopal Church, 3002 Miori Lane for Sept. 12-14. Tuesday times are 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.; Wednesday and Thursday times are 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

• Goliad Brewing Company: Beer Garden, 252 Metting Road, Goliad scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Sept. 8. Live music with Dusty Jones.

• The Summer of Cinema Movie Night featuring "The Secret Life of Pets" scheduled on Sept. 9 has been canceled.

• Holy Cross Catholic Church Festival, Yorktown Community Hall, 60 Community Hall Road, Yorktown, begins at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 10.

• Never Lose Hope Walk, Cuero Park Pavilion, 201 Leonard Roy Harmon Drive, Cuero, 4:30 p.m., registration; 5 p.m. opening ceremonies; 5:30 p.m., walk; 7 p.m., balloon release. Registration is free; donations will be accepted

CANCELED/POSTPONED

• Classic '60s Cocktail Party, scheduled for Sept. 7, has been postponed.

• The University of Houston-Victoria's American Book Review Reading Series featuring Lacy Johnson at noon Sept. 7 has been postponed.

• Open Rodeo Refugio, scheduled for Sept. 8 and 9 has been canceled.

• Adopt-A-Pet benefit scheduled Sept. 9 has been postponed.

• VPD Community Safety Fair National Night Out Kickoff Party scheduled for Sept. 9 has been canceled.

• St. Joseph Catholic Church's 144th Annual Picnic, scheduled for Sept. 10 at the Inez Community Center in Inez has been postponed.

• The Victoria Public Library Book Sale, scheduled for Sept. 11-16 has been canceled

• The Victoria Czech Festival, scheduled for Sept. 24, has been canceled because of storm damage to the Victoria Community Center.

• The Victoria Community Theatre's "Boeing Boeing" performance has been rescheduled from Sept. 14-17 to Jan. 18-21.

Victoria Symphony's first performance of their master series called "The Undisputed Masters" that was scheduled for Sept. 16 has been postponed until March 24.

• The start date for the Adult Fall Leagues is postponed. Check the Victoria Parks & Recreation Facebook page for information and updates regarding Fall Leagues and registrations.

LIBRARY

• The Victoria Public Library Book Sale, scheduled for Sept. 11-16 has been canceled

• Book drops are open at Main Street on the side of the library, Victoria Health Department on Airline Drive side and at Sears at the Victoria Mall on Navarro Street

• Reserve books for pick up when the library opens, by calling 361-485-3302

• Ebooks are available with OverDrive. Call 361-485-3302 for help setting up your account, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m weekdays.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

• For FEMA local job opportunities, go to workintexas.com which is the Texas Workforce Commission web site for jobs. First register for jobs on the site, then search for FEMA when doing a job search. FEMA benefits from hiring people who know the territory well. These are temporary jobs but often last several months even longer

MOSQUITO SPRAYING

• Spraying for mosquitoes continues daily about 8 p.m. across the city. Spraying is done in the evening and early morning hours. If you are outside when the fogging truck approaches, go inside until the truck passes and the fog subsides. Residents can help with mosquito control by emptying storm debris and other things such as old tires, bird baths, potted plants and clogged rain gutters that may be holding water that creates a prime breeding place for the pests. Mowing tall grass also helps to reduce breeding and swarming areas. Tree limbs and other storm debris should be stacked so it does not block drainage.

• Mosquito Squad of Victoria, 209 Alamogordo Drive.

FREE FOOD/SUPPLIES

• The Food Bank, 3809 E. Rio Grande St., has water, soft drinks and snack foods available.

• Hot meals and supplies will be distributed through Saturday to community members at Our Lady of Sorrows Church parking lot, 310 W. River St.. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 9 a.m.; lunch, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and supper, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Supper will not be served Saturday.

• Covenant Life Center, 108 Cozzi Circle, will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, to distribute food.

• PepsiCo has joined with VISD to provide Lunchables and light meals to the students and community of Victoria. Food will be available through Sept. 8 at Patti Welder School cafeteria from 2-4 p.m. and Crain Elementary cafeteria from 4-6 p.m.

• Christ's Kitchen, 611 E. Warren Ave., is open and has coffee and doughnuts. Sandwiches will be served until hot food can be served.

• Faith Family Church has food, water, hygiene items and other supplies. They are receiving shipments daily. Home deliveries are available for the homebound by calling 361-573-2484. Convoy of Hope and Samaritan's Purse are also onsite providing assistance. Samaritan's Purse will help with yard cleanup.

• The National Guard is also handing out water, ice and meals ready to eat at the Calhoun County High School parking lot, 201 Sandcrab Blvd., in Port Lavaca.

• Farmers Insurance claims station, set up in the H-E-B Plus! parking on Navarro Street, will have food and beverages for people and therapy dogs on site, too.


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