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Cities Report Holiday Closures

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For the city of Orange:

In observance of the Christmas holiday, the City of Orange will be closed Friday, December 23, and Monday, December 26. As always, the City of Orange Police and Fire Departments will be on duty to keep the community safe. City of Orange offices will reopen for business Tuesday, December 27.

For the New Year’s holiday, the City of Orange will be closed on Monday, January 2. The City of Orange Police and Fire Departments will be on duty. City of Orange offices will reopen for business on Tuesday, January 3.

There will be no interruption in Waste Management collection services.

For the city of Vidor:

The City of Vidor will be closed Friday, December 23, and Monday, December 26, for Christmas and Monday, January 2, for New Year’s. If any resident needs to make a bill payment, please use one of the online methods available here or by using the appropriate drop box in the back parking area of City Hall.

The roll-off dumpster located at 155 Watts St. will be open on Thursday, 12/22/2022, and closed for Christmas Eve on Saturday, 12/24/2022. We will reopen on Thursday, 12/29/2022.

City of West Orange:

All non-emergency departments of the City of West Orange will be closed on December 23 and 26 in honor of Christmas and December 30 and Jan. 2 in honor of the New Year. Piney Woods will be picking up trash on Friday, December 23 and Friday, December 30.

Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce $1.4 Billion In Pandemic Food Benefits For Texas Families

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Governor Greg Abbott announced on November 16, 2022, that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the fifth round of federal Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) food benefits for Texas families with children who temporarily lost access to federally funded summer meal programs due to COVID-19.

“The State of Texas continues working to ensure families and children impacted by school closures have access to nutritious meals,” said Governor Abbott. “I thank HHSC and TEA for working with the USDA to provide these food benefits for Texas families across the state.”

“We’re proud to be supporting families in Texas so they can provide food to their children,” said Wayne Salter, HHS deputy executive commissioner of Access and Eligibility Services. “Being well-nourished allows children to focus on learning rather than where their next meal will come from.”

In this fifth round of pandemic food benefits, HHSC received federal approval to provide more than $1.4 billion in benefits to approximately 3.5 million eligible children in Texas. To date, HHSC has distributed approximately $6.32 billion in P-EBT food benefits to Texas families.

P-EBT is a joint effort of HHSC, the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). In this round, covering June through August, P-EBT provides a one-time benefit of $391 per eligible child and can be used in the same way as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits to pay for groceries.

To be eligible, a student must have been certified for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) at their Texas school during the 2021-2022 school year or at any time during the summer period (June to August 2022) and have been enrolled at an NSLP campus at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. This includes children who did not receive 2021-2022 school year P-EBT benefits based on the COVID-19-related absences provided by their school.

For eligible Texans, who have not received SNAP and have not received P-EBT benefits before, a notice will be sent by mail with a claim code starting in November. This code can be used to claim P-EBT benefits by going to YourTexasBenefits.com or by calling the P-EBT Call Center at 833-442-1255. Households will have 90 days from the date on the notice to claim their benefits.

Childcare-aged children, born on or after August 1, 2015, who received SNAP food benefits at any time between June and August 2022 will automatically receive P-EBT benefits on their Lone Star Card starting in December. They will be mailed a notice with information about their student’s benefit amount and do not need to take any action.

Visit hhs.texas.gov/pebt or call the P-EBT Call Center at 833-442-1255 to learn more.

City of Orange Announces Commission and Board Openings

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The City of Orange offers a variety of opportunities for citizens to give back to the community and help positively impact the future of the City by serving on a board or commission. The City of Orange periodically has openings for the following boards and commissions:

  • ¬†Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board
  • ¬†Board of Adjustment
  • Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Economic Development Corporation
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • Housing Authority Board
  • Library Advisory Board

Those who wish to apply for an opportunity to serve on a board or commission are required to submit an application for consideration online here. An application may also be requested by contacting the City Secretary at 409-883-1042.

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