"Nile Valley Road gets under way" by: Mike Reddell

    Nile Valley Road reconstruction is “off and running” after city council approved an interlocal agreement with BCCDC on the project last week. 
   The interlocal pact with BCCDC approved on second reading by council at its regular April 7 meeting is part of a larger partnership between the city, BCCDC and Bay City Gas Company to reopen Nile Valley Road (NVR) from Texas 35 west to Texas 60. Engineering will be the first step in what “will be at least a two-year project,” Councilman Bill Cornman said.  
   Resolutions have now been approved by the three entities to share in financing the two-phase reconstruction through the issue of $6 million in certificates of obligation (CO). 
   “The CDC and Bay City Gas will partner with the city to share the cost among the entities,” Cornman said. 
   “That’s how it should be done.” 
   Financing the project is expected to be completed by the end of summer, he said. 


"BCISD moves trustee election to Nov. 3" by: Jessica Shepard

 Bay City ISD trustees unanimously approved postponing the May 2 election until Nov. 3 during a teleconference meeting, March 31. 
   Trustees present included Bob Klepac, James Scardami, Trent Tinnin, Eddie Nelson and John DeWitt. 
   Absent board members were Jerry Manning and Frankie Cole. 
   “The board recognizes that COVID-19 is an unforeseen and unavoidable emergency of urgent public necessity,” said Klepac as he read the order to the board with reasons why to postpone the election. 
   “And that the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic and that additional emergency declarations may follow.  
   “The board also has a substantial public interest in the health and safety of its students, staff and community.” 

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VVHS graduate’s COVID-19 design honors 1st responders

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   A Van Vleck High School graduate who lives in Los Angeles created a design displayed on the 6th Street side of the Bay City Police Department. 
   Victoria Elida Rodriguez, who now lives in Los Angeles, wanted to show her support for her former community as they deal with the Coronavirus.  
   Her design shows “the Bay City Police Department is grateful for the wonderful response and leadership it’s professional medical personnel, community leaders, teachers, citizens and first responders, have exhibited while managing the County’s COVD-19 Crisis,” said her mother, BCPD Captain Christella Rodriquez. 
   “It was in Matagorda County where she learned from community leaders, teachers, and good country families, the virtues of respect, hard work, and community support,” her mother said. 


"Reel Reviews: ‘Dolittle’ features a fresh look at classic children’s story" by: Jessica Shepard

   When “Dolittle” came to theaters, I missed it and have been eagerly waiting for it to hit streaming and rental services.
   Luckily, I scored a copy last week and was able to finally catch up with the film’s hype – or lack thereof.
   Dolittle is a fantasy adventure film laced with a bit of comedy and directed by Stephen Gaghan from a screenplay by Gaghan, Dan Gregor, and Doug Mand, based on a story by Thomas Shepherd.
   As a reboot of the original Doctor Dolittle film and its modern comedy counterparts, the film is based on the titular character created by Hugh Lofting, and primarily inspired by The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, the author’s second Doctor Dolittle book.


"April Child Abuse Awareness Month" By Eugene Davis CASA

   We are in the midst of a health crisis. 
   Between sickness, death, and job layoffs, with the loss of income, it is easy to let the crisis drive all that we do, think, and feel, without being intentional to consider those around us.
   Unless we are intentional to remember and consciously nurture those around us, then the impact of this health crisis will only increase to include those who are nearest and dearest to us, our families. 
   April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.
   It is the time that different organizations and individuals remember and resolve to do something about stopping and preventing Child Abuse.
   However, Child Abuse happens all year round, not just in April.
   What we say and do is important for children every day of the year.
   That is why being a gift to a child is so important every day of the year.


BCISD assistant principal chosen National Assistant Principal of Year for Texas

Jana White

   AUSTIN – Focusing on high academic standards and growth mindset, Jana White has been instrumental in creating a supportive environment that ensures students and teachers succeed at Cherry Elementary in Bay City ISD.
   White’s leadership and dedication to learners on her campus has led her to be named the 2020 National Assistant Principal of the Year for Texas by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).
   “We’re proud to recognize Jana for her exceptional leadership,” TEPSA Executive Director Harley Eckhart said.
   “Assistant principals play a key role in ensuring student achievement on their campus.”
   Focusing on high academic standards of success, White strives to create environments that support learning.
   Relationships are built with families to create a shared commitment to children.
   Students practice servant leadership with service oriented projects benefiting the community.


Youth soccer hosts at-home, 15-week challenge

   First off, we hope that everyone and their families are staying safe and healthy during this time!
   Considering recent events and the stay at home order BCYSC Board is excited to announce that we have partnered with the Houston Dynamo Academy and Tom Byer to host a free, at-home, 15-week challenge called Soccer Starts at Home (SSAH)!
   The Challenge is intended to inspire and document the development of young players (ages 4-8) utilizing the concepts of SSAH.
   The SSAH philosophy is based on using the critical power of parents during early childhood to encourage children to manipulate a small ball (rather than just kick it), in or around their house.
   Parents are empowered with basic knowledge and spend time with their children while they repeat core moves/skills.
    The child’s interest and motivation build as they receive positive encouragement and successfully achieve tasks.
   Join us in 3 easy steps…


Governor: Goldman Sachs, LiftFund partner to provide $50M in small business loans

    AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Goldman Sachs and the LiftFund, along with other community development financial institutions (CDFIs), are partnering to provide $50 million in loans to small businesses in Texas that have been affected by COVID-19 as part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. 
   These loans, made through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), will primarily be used for payroll so that employees can continue to receive paychecks and small businesses can retain their employees and will be partially or wholly forgiven.
   “Small businesses and their employees are at the heart of the Texas economy, and they need support during these difficult times,” said Governor Abbott. 


"Gov. Greg Abbott says reopening the Texas economy will be a slow process" By Patrick Svitek Texas Tribune

   Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that reopening the Texas economy will be a “slow process” guided by public health concerns as he continued to preview a forthcoming executive order that will detail his strategy to reignite business in the state.
   Abbott, who first hinted at his plans during a news conference Friday, said he’ll outline them later this week. 
   Asked for more details Monday, April 13, he indicated his announcement will include a “comprehensive team” that he said will “evaluate what must be done for Texas to open back up, ensuring what we are doing is consistent with data, with medical analysis, as well as strategies about which type of businesses will be able to open up.”
   “This is not gonna be a rush-the-gates, everybody-is-able-to-suddenly-reopen-all-at-once” situation, Abbott said during a news conference at the Texas Capitol in Austin where he announced $50 million in loans to small businesses suffering under the pandemic.


"Police, deputies begin new order enforcement" by: Mike Reddell

   There have been 42 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Matagorda County by the Bay City Sentinel’s presstime late Tuesday morning, April 7.
   The latest case Monday was a man between 30 and 40, who is recovering at home.
   County Judge Nate McDonald issued a mandatory stay at home order at a press conference Thursday, April 2.
   McDonald was joined by Bay City Mayor Robert Nelson and Palacios Mayor Glen Smith, both of whom concurred with the order and took similar measures in their respective cities.
   McDonald said only one person can be delegated from a family to make essential purchases.
   “There are exemptions” to the order, the judge said, identifying essential workers, referring residents to: US Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Critical Infrastructure Security Agency’s website.


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