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Welcome to the West Ranch Community News section. Here you will find frequently updated Southeast Houston and Friendswood news regarding the community as well as model homes, events, and projects in and around West Ranch.

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Summer is the time to Back the Bay

Whether someone lives near Galveston Bay’s coast, 30 miles away in Friendswood or 40 miles away in Pearland, residents affect the health of the Bay. The Bay acts as a buffer against hurricanes and flooding, is the source for one-third of the state’s commercial fishing income, is home to plants and wildlife, and serves as a recreational destination.

As the hottest of the hot part of READ MORE »


Tropical Storm Chantal forms in the Atlantic

Tagged in: community, Safety

Tropical Storm Chantal, the third named storm of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season has formed in the central Atlantic and is approaching the Caribbean. There is a high degree of forecast uncertainty after the storm enters the Caribbean around Wednesday of this week.

Residents are encouraged to monitor local media and the National Hurricane Center for updates. Updates will be issued by READ MORE »


MD Anderson experts offer tips for healthier grilling

Tagged in: summer, health, Family

Adults can avoid cancer-causing agents when they barbecue by using the healthy grilling tips in the new infographic, “How to fill a healthy barbecue plate,” created by experts at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

“Summer is a popular season for outdoor grilling,” said Mary Ellen Herndon, an MD Anderson wellness dietitian. “But before you fire up the grill, take the right READ MORE »


Galveston Beach Band

Don't miss free Galveston Beach Band concerts, each Tuesday evening this summer at 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Starting in the 1920's, the Galveston Beach Band free concerts were an important summer Island attraction, often boasting audiences of 2,000 and featured on the newspaper front page. By the 1960s the Band had declined and was revitalized, thanks to its core of loyal musicians and then new READ MORE »


Friendswood Development Company Presents $10,000 to the Ronald McDonald House

For the fourth year in a row, Friendswood Development Company presented a $10,000 check to Houston’s Ronald McDonald House as a partof its long-term and ongoing commitment to the outstanding facility. A division of Lennar Corporation, Friendswood Development Company’s READ MORE »


Moody Gardens offers summer fun at Palm Beach

Moody Gardens gears up with one of Galveston’s most popular summertime attractions — Palm Beach.

Open daily, Palm Beach will open weekends inviting guests to sink their toes in white sand, lounge beneath a palm tree and splash amongst a variety of beach attractions. Visitors can even enjoy concerts and fireworks. The beach is open daily from 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Guests can enjoy the READ MORE »


Coventry Homes Invites Home Buyers to Beat the Heat

McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc., (MHI) is offering buyers a cool promotion this summer that won’t have them sweating over electricity payments for years.

Through the “Beat the Heat” sales event, MHI will prepay two years’ worth of electricity bills for people buying a home now through July 28. Sales counselors have further details. Plantation Homes, Coventry Homes and Carmel Builders — READ MORE »


Free fishing close to home

Tagged in: Family, Events, community

Start your summer vacation out on the water by joining us on the lakes of Texas during the month of June. Texas Parks and Wildlife will be hosting events throughout the month to celebrate fishing as the outdoor activity of the month.

Event at Galveston Island State Park:

• Go Fish! Learn-to-Fish Event

Families can learn the basics of fishing through fun, hands-on activities. READ MORE »


Friendswood Fourth of July Celebration Parade and Booth applications are being accepted

Tagged in: community, Events

The City of Friendswood's Community Services Department is now accepting applications for both Booth and Parade entries for the 118th Annual 4th of July Celebration.

Both applications can be found on the City's website in the Parks and Recreation section under "4th of July". The applications are also attached. The deadline for both applications is June 28.


Independence Day in Galveston, TX

Escape to the tropical island paradise of Galveston Island, Texas for an Independence Day celebration you and your family won't soon forget. Relax on the beach all day before enjoying one of the most spectacular fireworks shows you'll ever see. The display takes place over the Gulf of Mexico to create an enchanting effect.

With all of the attractions on the island, world class shopping READ MORE »


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