An immigrant’s towering supermarket success story

George Nwanguma spends his days much like he has spent every work day for the last 40 years, towering above young Hispanic mothers, African grandmothers, working men and women and children as they search for items such as the best-shaped squash or niche ethnic snacks from their relatives' countries of origin. Nwanguma and customer [...]

2021-11-22T10:10:14-06:00November 22nd, 2021|My Brays Oaks|

New South Gessner police commander emphasizes community interaction

Commander Adrian Rodriguez Officers and other staff at the Houston Police Department’s South Gessner Patrol Station recently welcomed their new commander, Adrian Rodriguez.  Coming from a family of law enforcement officers, his leadership philosophy is about being a true partner with the community.  South Gessner Patrol is composed of four beats that cover [...]

2021-11-11T14:07:22-06:00November 11th, 2021|My Brays Oaks|

Gift of up to $4 million makes Willow Waterhole Greenway sparkle even more

The  “hidden gem” of a nature, recreation and flood control greenspace in the Brays Oaks Management District is sparkling even more with a gift from the Kinder Foundation to fund trails, land acquisition and other improvements. Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that local philanthropists Rich and Nancy Kinder are donating $2 million to the Willow Waterhole Greenway’s Conservancy and pledging an [...]

2021-11-01T08:53:38-05:00November 1st, 2021|My Brays Oaks|

The “Rally Nuns” Astros fans of Brays Oaks leverage their new fame for good

The Dominican Sisters of Mary Immaculate Province aren’t quite used to all the attention they are getting from Astros fans and the news media. But now that they’re known as Rally Nuns, they are accepting their time in the spotlight with grateful hearts and speaking modestly only of the many good things that have come [...]

2021-10-30T10:29:17-05:00October 30th, 2021|My Brays Oaks|

Willow Waterhole Greenway booms as host for cross country track events

It started with Westbury High School’s track and field team wanting to practice cross country running in a safe place. Now the Willow Waterhole Greenway is a premier site for southwest Houston’s many school cross country teams and invitational meets, boasting several beautiful courses.  Willow Waterhole Greenway Conservancy President Bill Burhans calls this Houston’s “best [...]

2021-10-26T07:38:27-05:00October 26th, 2021|My Brays Oaks|

Salvadoran opens his dream restaurant after working in U.S. food industry for 30 years

It began as a dream and a wish for a humble immigrant to own a restaurant where he could serve up his native country’s specialty dishes in Houston. Carlos Sorto, who worked in the food and restaurant industry for 30 years in the U.S., visualized the dream for many years but deferred it for secure [...]

2021-10-26T07:34:45-05:00October 26th, 2021|My Brays Oaks|

Brays Oaks District seeks more feedback on Livable Centers Project

The Brays Oaks Management District is seeking public feedback on the final concepts that have been prepared and presented at the latest workshop for the Brays Oaks Management District’s Livable Centers Project.  The Livable Centers Project is being funded by the Houston-Galveston Area Council in partnership with the District and is designed to work with local [...]

2021-09-29T13:33:55-05:00September 29th, 2021|My Brays Oaks|

Willow Waterhole Greenway protects and makes plans for rare prairie plant

The floodwater detention basin and recreational complex at the Willow Waterhole Greenway in the Brays Oaks Management District covers 291 acres divided into six “compartments.” But compartment #3, called the Prairie Management Area, is exciting for the protection of a flower along with protection from flooding. It’s where an endangered plant species, with the technical [...]

2021-09-29T11:39:44-05:00September 29th, 2021|Community News, My Brays Oaks|

Westbury Community Garden keeps growing in many ways

Sprawled across seven acres in southwest Houston, the Westbury Community Garden—one of the city’s largest community gardens— continues to offer new programming and features to help cultivate a love of nature and gardening in Houstonians. Most recently, the garden received a grant to plant a Magical Sunflower Maze on site. Children and adults wove their way [...]

2021-09-11T13:31:16-05:00September 7th, 2021|Community News, My Brays Oaks|

SBA official explains loan aid following Houston upheavals

With Hurricane Harvey, the COVID-19 pandemic and this year’s historic winter storm, it’s been a rough time for Texas, and small businesses have suffered. However, there are plenty of available financial resources to help business owners who might benefit from guaranteed loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The traditional SBA loan guarantee program helps [...]

2021-08-04T22:58:59-05:00August 4th, 2021|Business Development, My Brays Oaks|
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