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Posts published in “Day: November 12, 2013

Chamber holds Starlight Business Awards dinner, inducts new board

GREENSPOINT – A dining room decorated with table settings and candelight was the attractive setting for the annual Starlight Business Awards of the Houston Intercontinental Chamber.

The event was held last Thursday evening, at the Hilton Hotel Greenspoint, with about 150 chamber members and business persons attending. The title sponsor was Noble Energy, with 14 additional corporate sponsors.

After opening remarks, Chamber president Reggie Gray gave an annual report of chamber activities, accomplishments, and goals for the coming year.He reported that there were 600 company members, and 3000 social members in the chamber. His report on activities relied heavily on corporate partnerships and foreign contacts that have developed.

After the report, the new board members were sworn into office by president Heather Dunagin. The board has 34 business representatives, of which 15 were present for the ceremony.

Next, individual awards were made to companies in various categories. These awards are as follows:

— Small Business Award, EFG Insurance, Henry Vogel

— Company of the Year, Sysco, Scott Kliever

— Corporation of the Year, Reliant Energy, Sidney Evans

— Volunteer Award, Amber Welchel, Amegy Bank

— Ambassador Award, Cathy McNair, Reliant Energy

— John Zizelmann Humanitarian Award, Ken Fisher, Noble Energy

— Corporate Partner, HBC, Alejandro del Valle

— Citizen of the Year, Kirby Sanford, Comerica Bank

— Pinnacle Award, special friends of the Chamber, went to Sidney Evans, Bill Pilkington, Autumn Knight, and Bill Wilson.

Special Lifetime Achievement Awards went to the following:

— Richard Cole, a representative for AT&T for 39 years, and a board member

— Gary & Heather Montgomery. Gary is a civil engineer with Jones & Carter, and responsible for many projects in North Houston. Heather is a past president of the Chamber, and active in the United Way

— James Curry, an engineer and property manager for Hines Development in the Greenspoint District since 1983. For 15 years he was chairman of the Greenspoint District

— Ben Wilson, an Assistant Superintendent with Aldine ISD

Aldine Sheriff’s Store Front reminds residents to dispose unused drugs

Aldine Sheriff’s Storefront in Harris County is the first permanent location to have a drop-off box for expired or unused drugs.

Back in September 26, 2012, Sheriff Adrian Garcia, the Harris County Sherrif’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other entities announced the permanent location at 5202 Aldine Mail Rt. Since then, Aldine Storefront has collected enough unused medications to fill two trash cans (of 32 gallons), said Deputy Grace Luna, responsible for the drop-off box of unused drugs in Aldine. Deputy Luna also mentioned that the DEA has gone two times to collect and discharge drugs properly.

DEA reminds families that:

–Unused or expired prescription medications can cause accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.

–Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.

–The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs can get them at the home medicine cabinet.

–Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold; drugs that are flushed, contaminate the water supply.

Help save lives and protect the environment by using the drop-off box for your unused drugs at the Aldine Storefront.