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Bicycle Safety: Hidalgo County adding 82 miles in bicycle lanes

20130803-Bicycle-Ride-020It can be dangerous riding a bicycle on streets and highways in the Rio Grande Valley. Last year, there were 68 cyclists involved in accidents on local roads.

But that’s not the half of it. Sometimes motorists intentionally run cyclists off the road, just for the fun of it.

Erica Womeldorf, who rides with a McAllen cycling group called the Cyclepaths, said she has had people even throw beer bottles and water bottles at her while riding.

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Mission CISD teacher selected as Regional Secondary Teacher of the Year

MCISDlogoA Mission CISD (Consolidated Independent School District) teacher has been selected as a Regional Teacher of the Year. Rosbel Pena was officially named as this year’s Region One Secondary Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made during a special banquet that also honored all the District Teachers of the Year from throughout Region One.

Pena was selected as the Mission CISD Secondary Teacher of the Year in May 2013. His application was then automatically sent in for the Region One contest. Pena will now be entered into the State Teacher of the Year contest, where he will represent the region and Mission CISD.

Pena is currently serving Mission CISD students as a sixth grade math teacher at Alton Memorial Junior High School. He has been with Mission CISD for 20 years.

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Mission CISD Board Highlights - Aug. 7, 2013 Committee Meetings

MCISDlogoBoard members present: Oscar Martinez, Raymond R. Longoria, Patty Bazaldua, James E. Olivarez, Dr. Sonia M. Treviño, J.C. Avila.

The policy committee meeting consisted of a review of 14 local policies that are being updated or deletedto reflect changes in state regulations, personnel, and procedures. They will be considered for a first read­ing at the Board of Trustees meeting of August 14. Adoption of the changes is anticipated in September.

The curriculum committee was informed of a brief public hearing that will take place on August 14 just before the regular board meeting regarding the district’s optional flexible school day program. This allows the Mission Options Academy to offer students there the schedule flexibility many of them need in order to attend school, and meet their family/work responsibilities. Committee members reviewed a request to ap­prove the purchase of College Entrance Examination Board (Springboard) for grades 6-12. The goal is to increase the rigor and better prepare students for college and careers in English Language Arts and Math. The estimated cost is $278,716. The committee was also presented with a request to renew the district’s annual license for the CSCOPE Core. Since CSCOPE will not include the lessons as before, the pricing has been reduced to $5 per ADA for an estimated cost of $72,050.

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Funeral set Aug. 13 for Mission businessman, civic leader Ric Brown

20130809 Ric-BrownFuneral services are scheduled next Tuesday, Aug. 13, for Mission businessman Richard “Ric” Brown, 63, who passed away at his home in Mission on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 12, from 1 to 9 p.m. at the Ric Brown Family Funeral Home chapel in Mission. The service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the chapel, followed by interment at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Mission. Rev. Ed Gilpin, retired pastor of First Baptist Church in Mission, and Rev. Roy Snipes, OMI, of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission will co-officiate for the service.

Pallbearers include Richard Martinez, Ruben Femat, Bruce Edwards, Bill Filut, John Fulwiller and Ralph Morgan.

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Homeland Security Chairman McCaul visits Mission

20130806 Anzalduas BorderSecurity Tour Congressman Michael McCaul JMB 9332 featureVisiting Anzalduas Park Tuesday to assess border security needs, Congressman Michael McCaul, chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, described the assets allocated for border security in the Rio Grande Sector as “woefully inadequate.”

Chairman McCaul led a Congressional delegation visit to the Rio Grande Valley, which included a tour of the Rio Grande River at Anzalduas Park, located south of Mission. The visit was part of a three-day inspection of key border areas, including San Diego, Tucson and the Rio Grande Valley.

Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw, DPS Commander Joe Rodriguez, Border Patrol RGV Sector Chief Rosendo Hinojosa, several border county sheriffs, Pct. 3 Constable Larry Gallardo and other law enforcement officials participated in the visit. After a half-hour tour of the river aboard a DPS river patrol boat, the congressman said the group discovered a dead body floating in the river, which underscores the pressing need to address border security in this area.

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Mission celebrates National Night Out

20130806 National-Night-Out Mission JMB 0160Kicking off Mission’s 18th annual National Night Out celebration, Mission Interim Police Chief Robert Dominguez told the attendees, “It’s all of us united, because we can’t do it without you.”

Thousands of parents and children streamed through the Leo Peña Placita Park in downtown Mission, lining up to receive free school supplies from local law enforcement agencies and local retailers, such as H-E-B and Target.

The annual event, hosted by Mission Crime Stoppers and Mission Police Department, is designed to be a coming together of communities to fight neighborhood crime and build relationships between police and residents. Locally, it has also become a time to help families by providing basic school supplies as the summer winds to a close.

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Mission CISD Board of Trustees approves contract for new superintendent

20130719 Ricardo-Lopez-headshotThe Mission CISD (Consolidated Independent School District) Board of Trustees has approved a contract with Ricardo Lopez to serve as the district’s new superintendent. Lopez was approved as the lone finalist for the position in July. He will officially begin his duties, on site, on August 12.

“I am very excited to make the move to Mission and to begin the process of becoming an active part of the community,” said Ricardo Lopez. “I have already begun the process of getting to know the district and its programs. This process will continue once I arrive. The big goal is to work with the board of trustees, our instructional leaders and the community to continue to move Mission CISD forward; with students being put in the forefront of anything the district does.”

Lopez, has 18 years of experience in the field of education, starting off as a classroom teacher and leading to his most recent position as an area associate superintendent for Ysleta ISD in El Paso. As an area associate superintendent, Lopez has been in charge of 25 schools serving 17,000 students in grades PK-12. Lopez said he has handled the same responsibilities as a regular superintendent. This includes: construction, instruction, finance, and operational aspects of elementary schools, middle schools and high schools.

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Home invasion victim arrested

Mission-PDMISSION — A home invasion victim was arrested last week for allegedly hiding a kilogram of cocaine, said local authorities.

Video surveillance from the home invasion showing five men breaking into the home two weeks ago also revealed Marvin Douglas, 32, handing his wife a brick of something white, said Mission Police spokesperson Cpl. Manuel Casas. The wife left the house with the item and returned before they called the cops.

Douglas was arraigned Wednesday and charged with a felony drug possession for the kilogram of cocaine. His bond was set at $550,000.

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