College Station city councilwoman Julie Schultz visited with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia on The Infomaniacs Friday, August 15.

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Reservations are still being accepted for next Wednesday’s Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce economic outlook briefing.

Chamber President Royce Hickman this year’s focus is the impact of local oil and gas exploration.

There will be a panel discussion moderated by Luke Legate with the Statewide Joint Association Oil & Gas Education Initiative

Panelists are Dan Hill and Harold Vance of the Texas A&M Department of Petroleum Engineering, Robert Willen, the President of College Station based Rio Brazos Acquisitions, and Obie O’Brien, the Vice President of Government Affairs for Apache Corporation.

Click HERE for more information from the Chamber website.

Click below for comments from Royce Hickman, visiting with WTAW’s Patrick Zeinert.

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Keep Brazos Beautiful is assisting Brazos County Commissioner Sammy Catalena with a free tire disposal event this Saturday.

KBB director Amy Reed says this will help reduce tire dumping that takes place out in the country as well as inside the city.

Last March during the KBB’s Texas Trash Off cleanup event, volunteers picked up more than 150 illegally dumped tires.

Saturday’s event is at the Brazos County Expo Center from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Brazos County residents can drop off tires that are not on rims…including tires from passenger vehicles, farm implements, ATV’s, and even lawn mowers.

Click below for comments from Amy Reed, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.

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BryMedDistMtg081814Officials with the city of Bryan and St. Joseph Regional Health Center are seeking public input on a proposed health and wellness district that would be centered in the area of 29th and Villa Maria.

There will be a public meeting Monday from 6 until 7 p.m. and an open house Tuesday from 4:30 until 7 at Bryan city hall.

Click below for comments from Tim Ottinger of St. Joseph’s and WTAW’s Bill Oliver.

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News release courtesy the city of Bryan:

Following more than six months of work by a local Task Force, residents will get an early glimpse of what a Health and Wellness-focused district might offer them in the way of delivering world-class healthcare and encouraging active, healthy lifestyles for people living, working, and learning in the area around St. Joseph Regional Health Center.

The Health and Wellness district initiative would seek to bring together resources – ranging from diabetes classes with healthy cooking courses to well-designed green space that could encourage exercise and help relieve everyday stress – to support community efforts to improve both the health of our residents and our community’s economic health and quality of life. It would include new housing and business development opportunities and recommended community infrastructure enhancements, crafted with an emphasis on health and wellness.

The concept grew out of discussions between St. Joseph Health System and the City of Bryan, as they sought ways to develop a clear, concise vision for the area in and around the St. Joseph Regional Health Center, the region’s largest provider of health services. From those discussions, a Task Force of local health care providers, business & educational leaders, and private citizens came together and began working to draft a scope of service for the Health & Wellness initiative. With the scope outlined, the Task Force helped secure public/private funding to engage nationally-recognized planning consultants Loony Ricks Kiss (LRK) to develop a proposal for a Health and Wellness Master Plan for the City of Bryan.

Although still in the early project-planning phase, the Health & Wellness Master Plan is focused on an area around the intersection of 29th Street and Villa Maria in Bryan, given local health resources, access and other infrastructure availability.

“This is an innovative project,” said Tim Ottinger, Advocacy & Community Benefits Officer with the St. Joseph Health System. “We know that many of the resources essential to creating a Health & Wellness district are present in our community, and that we can all benefit from a collaborative effort to leverage these resources. We also know that as healthcare in America continues to evolve, there will be a much greater call for each of us to be more engaged in maintaining our own good health through awareness, education and activities. Our Health & Wellness initiative moves past healthcare as treatment of existing conditions to a place where prevention and wellness are the focus of healthcare.”

As part of the planning process, LRK will analyze existing resources and identify potential opportunities to enhance the planning area. The Health & Wellness Master Area Plan effort will consider land use, transportation, and district appearance and identity. The land use plan will make recommendations that support valid economic development strategies for the area, as well as support development of a distinctive health and wellness district where people want to live, work and play.

The phase that is critical to the development of the Master Plan is coming up – gathering input from the public on what they would like to see in a district-level Health and Wellness initiative. A public input meeting and a design open house are scheduled for Aug. 18-19 to discuss with the community the concept for a Health & Wellness Master Plan in Bryan. Alternative concepts for the Health and Wellness Master Plan will be presented at public meetings to gather input.

“Because this is a fairly new concept to design a space that promotes health and wellness, we knew we needed to take time to talk about the concept and put a few ideas on the drawing board,” said Joey Dunn, Deputy City Manager with the City of Bryan. “What the public will see are early concepts – we very much depend on the input of residents as we shape this concept.”

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U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discussed his latest round of townhalls, placement of immigrant children, presidential overreach, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, August 13.

Click below to listen to Congressman Bill Flores’ discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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Bryan City Councilman Art Hughes discussed allowing residents to vote on the future of the Bryan Municipal golf course, the addition of a skate park, and more on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, August 13.

Click below to listen to Councilman Art Hughes visits with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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Wednesday marks the 21st annual Feast of Caring.

The benefit for the Brazos Valley Food Bank generates unrestricted funds according to executive director Theresa Mangapora.

Celebrity servers will be waiting for you Wednesday between 11 and 1:30 at the Brazos Center.

Take out is also available.

As of June 30th, the end of the Food Bank’s fiscal year, more than 65,000 unique individuals were given 5.5 million pounds of food in their six county service area.

Click HERE for more information from the Brazos Valley Food Bank’s website.

Click below for comments from Theresa Mangapora, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.

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Officer Kelley McKethan of the Bryan police department visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about tire disposal regulations, a revised start date for BPD’s Citizens Police Academy, upcoming dates for National Night Out and the NNO kickoff, and locations of increased traffic enforcement.

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The president of United Way of the Brazos Valley, Alison Prince, and the director of UWBV’s 2-1-1 service, Melissa Mora, visit with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.

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Jared Donnelly, staff liaison for the City of College Station’s Historic Preservation Committee, talked about a program to collect, store and preserve pictures, stories and more from the city and its residents during an interview on The Infomaniacs, Friday, August 8.

Click below to listen to Jared Donnelly’s discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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