FREEPORT BEGINS INSTALLING

LED LIGHTS NEAR DOWNTOWN

The city has begun installing 20 new Philips LED light pole fixtures City Council approved last month as part of Freeport’s efforts to brighten and revitalize downtown, City Manager Jeff Pynes said.

Officials hope to have the project complete in the next couple weeks, he said.

The fixtures are going between Second Street and Fourth Street, with the new lighting set to cover the street to the sidewalk.

The contract with Facility Solutions Group cost $149,097. A five-year labor warranty was included in the agreement.

Benefits from the improved lighting could include enhanced safety, facilitating events and attracting new businesses, official said.

FREEPORT COLOR RUN REGISTRATION STILL OPEN

Dis count registration and a guaranteed T-shirt for Freeport Intermediate’s first Color Run continues for two more weeks, and organizers are hoping to have a strong turnout for the March 21 event.

School nurse Karen Medway got the idea for a color run after participating in one herself and seeing other successful ones.

The run will serve as the students major fundraiser this year, and every kid has been asked to garner five $5 sponsors to pay for their registration, Medway said.

The school also will host a health fair during the race. For information about the health fair, call Medway at 979-730-7240.

Go to www.freeportmscr.eventbrite.com by Feb. 27 to register for only $25. Registration after the deadline is $35 and organizers cannot guarantee a T-shirt on race day, she said.

Donations can also be made through the link to sponsor a student or donate direc tly to the school.

TAX ASSIST PROGRAM

IN FULL STRIDE

The AARP tax-aide sessions taking place across Brazoria County have seen more local residents seeking assistance from the more than 20 certified volunteers.

AARP District 55 trainer Marty Cornell said it is usual to see many people in the first week, but volunteers are assisting as many people now in their third week of sessions, a big change from previous years.

Taxpayers who received AARP assistance in the past are coming back this year, and also have spread the word to family and friends, which Cornell thinks might be a reason for the large volume of people turning out every day.

The program is helping file about 35 federal returns a day.

Tax aide sessions take place at county library branches in Freeport on Mondays; Alvin and Brazoria on Tuesdays; Pearland and Angleton on Wednesdays; and Lake Jackson on Thursdays throughout the tax season.

Lance Reaves is a reporter for The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0154.

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