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Memorial Day in Houston and the Heights

It is really humbling to be at a place like Houston’s National Cemetery on a day like this. They really do an incredible job of honoring the fallen and those who served.

Memorial Day flags

 

 

Explaining the significance of this day and this moment to a child is one of the greatest duties of a parent.

Madison Graveside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weather couldn’t keep my daughter and I away from observing this Memorial Day.

Chris and Madison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Heights for the Memorial Day festivities.

Heights Memorial Day

 

Remembering those who gave all. Thank you.

#AlwaysRemember #NeverForget

Memorial Day

Schwartz Park Ribbon Cutting

If you have time Monday morning, this ribbon cutting at Schwartz Park is taking place in HD148. Safe parks like Schwartz are vital to communities and a great place for families to spend time. I hope you can attend. Thank you to Council Member Stardig for getting the word out.

Schwartz Park Ribbon Cutting Brenda Stardig

Happy Mother’s Day

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO THE GREATEST WOMAN IN MY LIFE…MY MOM! She has always been my biggest supporter, most vocal advocate and strongest source of courage. Thank you for all that you do Mom!

And Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there and mother figures. You are an inspiration to your children and those that adore you. Because you care, this world is a better place…and for that I thank you.

Chris Carmona with his mom Mother's Day

With my mom.

The Heights Welcomes Sunday Streets HTX

Sunday Streets HTX

Next Sunday, April 6, we welcome Sunday Streets HTX to our community and House District 148.

First, the details:

Dates:  April 6, 2014
Times:  11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: White Oak/Quitman Route (Heights Blvd. to Fulton)

Second, here’s some information about Sunday Streets HTX:

Sunday Streets (also called “Open Streets” or “Ciclovias”)  closes streets to automobile traffic for a day so that people may use  the space for other physical and social activities. The streets become  parks as people replace car traffic. People walk, bike, skate and dance  and play. Non-profit and health organizations may offer free activities and share information about their services during the event.

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Open Streets are increasingly common in cities seeking new and fun ways to achieve economic, environmental, social, and public health goals. These goals are shared across business, civic and community groups.

Open Streets offer new economic opportunities for commercial districts. In a recent study of an Open Streets event in St. Louis, 73% of attendees spent money at a restaurant or store along the route, 68% became aware of a store or restaurant that was new to them, and 94% responded “Yes – Positively” to the question: “Does Open Streets change your feelings about the city?”

Visit the Sunday Streets HTX website today and learn more about what Open Streets are, why they matter, and how you can get involved.

I hope to see you in the Heights for the first Sunday Streets HTX next weekend.

Happy Texas Independence Day

As Texas celebrates its 178th year of Independence, let’s not forget those who gave all, because they chose to do so. They chose something bigger than themselves. They gave up their lives, because stopping tyranny was preferable to living under the dictate of another.

Take a moment today. Say a prayer. Meditate. Observe a moment of silence. If you have kids, share the Texas miracle with them. Most importantly, keep fighting. Never stop. The modern day proponents of tyranny are on the move and they never stop, so we can’t stop either.

Make Presidents’ Day Meaningful For Our Children

Presidents Day

As I was giving thought to a few ideas to post for this Presidents’ Day, I decided to do a quick Google search. I was astonished when the first linked me to this About.com entry, which began:

To some, the observance of Presidents’ Day in the United States goes very much unnoticed. Local newspapers splash ads of “President’s Day Sales!” and many get the day off from work. But have you ever stopped to think about this important day of recognition?

What an indictment of our culture, our society and our history (or lack thereof). So, this made my idea for a post a little simpler. I want to challenge each and every mom and dad out there to initiate some sort of discussion with their children on this Presidents’ Day. Quiz your kids. Tell them about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson or Ronald Reagan. Ask them if they understand why they have the day off from school (If they do have the day off, they may know why, but do they understand).

It is my hope that school teachers have talked to their students and taught them at least some of this. It is also my hope that in this one small way, we can re-engage with our children. Moms and dads will always be the best teachers about the real meaning of things. This is a good chance to put that to the test.

Talk with your children on Presidents’ Day.

I will do this with my daughters. Will you join me and talk to your kids?

Presidents’ Day image above from here.

Charter School Applications Day

What a great day we had!

In coordination with Houston Young Republicans, Harris County Republican Party Outreach Committee and Federation of Hispanic Republicans, we spent a few hours this afternoon in the Spring Branch community, assisting families with applications for charter schools.

Chris Carmona Charter Schools App Day    Chris Carmona Charter School Application Day

This is just the beginning. There’s more to come, for sure. Look for us to continue to connect with the community and offer real opportunity to every family in District 148 and indeed, across Texas.

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2014!

I hope this next year brings as many great blessings and relationships to each and everyone of us as it did this year. If you have made errors in the past, there is a never a timeline to start fresh, but if you believe you need a baseline, then use today as that day and move forward with learning from the past and recognizing the positives along the way. We only get one life, one chance, one day at a time…make it worth every second. Today is a gift, that is why it is called the Present. Be good to yourselves and to each other, and have a great time celebrating with those that matter!