Ric Brown Family
Funeral Home Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
It was a grand,
grand opening for Ric Brown Family Funeral Home.
The New facility located on the corner of
Austin and 9th Street hosted over 100
The Brown family provided food,
entertainment by the Magic Valley Chorus, door
prizes and T-Shirts with their name on them. The
Ribbon cutting was attended by the Mayor and all
the Commissioners and several other city
Barbara and Tim
Brown along with Mrs. Kathy Brown
and other family members and friends
make the grand opening official at
Ric Brown Family Funeral Home by
cutting the ribbon.
way for Fun Time to reopen, but says no to Why
By Herb Moering
The former Fun Time and Party Place on Main
Street is due for renovations to convert it into
a bar, grill and ballroom, according to new
owner Marcos Cagigal, of Donna. While Cagigal
wasn’t very specific about the plans during the
Dec. 3 Alamo City Commission meeting, he did say
the facility would be family-oriented, would
create between 20 and 25 jobs, and have security
provided by off-duty police officers. Along with
approval of the variance request, commissioners
granted a conditional use permit allowing for
sale of alcohol.
However, in other action, the Commission on a
3-2 vote denied the conditional alcohol permit
requested by Graciela Martinez for the Why Not
Bar. The vote followed the recommendation of the
Alamo Planning & Zoning Commission. The bar has
been the subject of complaints from neighboring
residents in the recent past.
Triple R Medical Facilities presented an
economic development request for a $280,000
incentive grant that would help pay interior
finishing costs for 28 offices in a section of
the Los Alamo Medical Plaza. The Triple R
officials had received $300,000 in incentives in
constructing the $5-million medical plaza on
East Duranta Avenue several years ago, but
wanted help in bringing Hidalgo Urban County
offices to the site. The agency, which has no
county funds to help with office construction,
needed to move from its Pharr location by the
end of December. The agency, which moved into
the offices here on Dec. 30, works with 18
communities and brings 26 jobs with average
salaries of $40,000 each. Moving to Alamo
provides a central valley location and should
bring significant “foot traffic,” which would
boost local business revenues, according to the
agency director. The city is still negotiating
with Triple R as to the amount of incentive help
that could be given.
Commissioner Amelia “Molly” Gallegos was
appointed to the Hidalgo County Urban Program
advisory board and Commissioner Robert De La
Garza was named an alternate.
At the Dec. 17 meeting the commission approved
cost-sharing agreements with the City of San
Juan to redo Cesar Chavez Road between Duranta
Avenue and Business 83, and with PSJA School
District for Ridge Road improvements between
Alamo and Cesar Chavez Roads. Commissioners also
received an update on an annexation suit with
the City of Pharr that wants to cut off further
expansion by Alamo to the south.
Justice Gregory T. Perkes will be
the speaker at the Chamber’s annual
banquet Jan. 30.
Call the office for tickets.
Thank you to the renewed members since December.
They are: Royal Palms, IBC Bank, Bibleville,
Marco Gutierres, MD Champion Health Care, Alamo
Palms, Dog-Gone-It, Lube Master Plus, and
This year’s banquet will be held on January 30.
We are privileged to have as speaker Justice
Gregory T. Perkes Thirteenth Court of Appeals,
Place 3, State of Texas. He is our district
representative. Justice Perkes was raised in
McAllen Texas. He received his education at
University of Texas in Austin in 1983, and St.
Mary’s University School of Law in 1987. Perkes
had his own private practice before he was
elected and took office in 2011. His term is up
in 2016. He has received several awards and
honors in his field.
He earned an Eagle Scout award at the age of 14.
Perkes is very active in his community of Corpus
For more in depth details google Gregory
Winter Texan Appreciation
The Winter Texan Appreciation is
slated for March 26th at
the 9th Street
Fire Station at 5:00 p.m. Food and
entertainment will be provided.
So many of the winter Texans
from the Alamo parks come to this
event. In appreciation for all the
business they bring to the city we
would love to have some gift items
from our businesses to raffle off at
is the last golf tournament for the
Chamber at the Short Shot Golf
and Becky are selling the property.
if you haven’t played in this
tournament now is your chance to
have a really fun time. We have a
few spots left, literally. It is Feb
22. Registration is at 7:30 a.m.
With a shot gun start at 8:00 a.m.
Three man team @ $18 per person or
$54 for a team. Cash Prizes for 1st,
2nd and 3rd
place, longest putt, shortest
distance to the hole, food, drawings
and a baseball cap to each player.
Call the office at 787-2117 to get
You can also sponsor a hole for $25.
Miss Alamo Scholarship Pageant
It’s getting exciting around here with all the
young ladies that are planning to participate in
the Miss Alamo Scholarship Pageant.
To qualify the young lady needs to be an
Alamo resident, sophomore, junior or senior in
high school, living with parent or guardian, not
married, and have no children. Applications can
be picked up at the Chamber office.
If you or your business wants to sponsor a young
lady the fee is $50. The pageant takes place on
Feb. 16 at Memorial High School on South Alamo
rd. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the
Texas Independence Day Parade
The circus is coming, the circus is coming!!!
This year’s theme is “Circus.” All businesses,
parks, schools, and residents are encouraged to
There is no fee to be in the parade. One
of the highlights this year is the participation
of the Vasquez Circus which is headquartered in
Pick up your chicken plate dinner at the same
time on the corner of 9th and Main.
Herb and Carrol Moering a.k.a. Happy Herbie and
Tinkle Bell are the Grand Marshalls this year.
that have their winter headquarters
in Donna will be in the Alamo Texas
Independence Day parade on March 1.
pictured representing the Chamber
are Dick Wright, Carrol Moering,
Lynne Showers, and Herb Moering.
More City News
By Herb Moering
The first steps were taken at the Jan. 21 Alamo
City Commission meeting to create a shared
position of a Santa Ana park ranger between the
wildlife refuge, which attracts about 150,000
visitors annually, and the Alamo Chamber of
Commerce. Park Ranger Laura de la Garza outlined
the proposal for promotion of the city and its
hotel/motel industry as “the gateway” to the
refuge. The individual would act as a liaison
between the city and refuge offering a variety
of duties that could include public outreach
through the refuge visitor center, environmental
education with Alamo schools and city agencies,
recreational activities including the chamber’s
public activities, newsletters, brochures and
webpage creation for city benefit.
Cost would be approximately $30,000, with the
chamber share’s $15,000, which would come from
the motel/hotel tax monies that has initial
approval from the Alamo Economic Development
Corporation (EDC) board. Commissioners approved
entering into an agreement, which will require
finalizing the shared position’s duties with the
chamber and at the refuge.
In other business the commission approved a
resolution to support a developer’s application
to obtain state tax credits to build a 120
apartment complex on the city’s east side. Rusk
Pines LP, of Boston, would build the low income,
affordable, 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments
along east Duranta Avenue on city-owned property
originally earmarked for a behavioral hospital.
Spokesman Tim Lange, who noted the corporation
plans to file a tax credit application before
the Feb. 28 deadline, said the 10 or 12
buildings envisioned would not need all of the
property and would leave the more valuable road
frontage with the EDC.
said they have a professional management company
handle the apartment operation, as they do with
13 similar developments the corporation has in
Texas. He stressed a management person would be
on site that would include offering social
services to tenants, primarily to children.
Probably about half of the residents would come
from the surrounding communities. The
development also would pay property taxes and
there would be Duranta road improvements as
The commission also approved the first reading
of a new noise control ordinance, which focuses
on reasonable sensibility to sounds rather than
measuring with decibels.
A small group of the Magic Valley
Chorus sang at the Rick Brown Family
Funeral Home Open House on Jan 16.
The full chorus will be performing
in . “Barbershop 4 all Seasons” on
Feb. 1 at the PSJA High School
Theatre on south Alamo Road. Tickets
are $8 in advance and $10 at the
door. Tickets are available at the
Dinner Tickets now Available
The Chamber’s High School Scholarship fund
raiser is the chicken plate dinner. Besides the
½ chicken the boxes contain beans, rice and
are $6 and can be purchased at the Alamo Chamber
of Commerce at 803 Main Street.
This is the Chambers only fund raiser for the
scholarships this year.
If you would like to sell tickets at your
business please call Lynne at 787-2117.