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Passings in the community

Obituaries for the week of 7/19: Aiello, Bautsch, Bethea, Blackie, Burno, Dunlap, Lang, Pinkham and Smith.

Come enjoy a steak from the Legionnaires, job fair at the YMCA, back to school immunizations, bicycle rodeo and more.

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Jennifer Barrientez is new Stevens Elementary Principal

On one hand, new Stevens Elementary Principal Jennifer Barrientez is very analytical. She says that she believes in looking at data to drive the decision making process. That’s what she did when she was researching Stevens in Oak Forest, 1910 Lamonte, and going through the interview process with HISD.

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The Molly Diaries: Does your pet have a “chip” on its shoulder?

I talk about the importance of getting your pet microchipped here often but perhaps you’re not even quite sure what “microchipping” really means or how it’s beneficial for your pet. Today, we’re going to discuss microchipping: what it is, what it does and why it’s important.

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Neighbors: Bittersweet graduation for Girl Scout Troop 12086

Eleven of the twelve members of Girl Scout Troop 12086 graduated from high school in May. These 11 girls, some of whom had been in Scouts together for 13 years, graduated from six different high schools and will be attending at least five different colleges.

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Remembering our neighbors who have passed.

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American Legion holds Michael Hardie benefit, Heights Interfaith Ministries celebrates five years.

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Neighbors: Ellen O’Neal’s legacy lives on

Elizabeth Villarreal gives you the scoop on neighborhood news.

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“Physical fitness with a kick” at Apex Taekwondo

As a child, Juan Portal could be found on Saturday mornings in front of the television, hooked on Kung Fu Theatre. Not content to just be a spectator, he started Taekwondo lessons at 10 years old with Mark Giambi.

Flash forward 20 years and Master Portal is now partners with Master Giambi at Apex Taekwondo, 3420 Ella Blvd.

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Hamilton Middle School students enjoy summer programs

Entering the third floor of Alexander Hamilton Middle school, a visitor encounters desks, aquariums, and bookshelves in hallways due to summer renovations, but stepping just a bit further and looking into one of the rooms – I mean “cabins” – one comes face-to-face with Hamilton’s Camp Imagination Creation.

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