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Monday, August 31st, 2009

By Love Advertising



USO Houston Soars to New Heights, Opening a Renovated Center at Bush Airport

Event: USO Houston Re-Opening Celebration

When: Tues., Sept. 1, 2009 @ 2:00 p.m.

Where: USO Houston at Bush Intercontinental Airport
2800 North Terminal Road, Terminal D, Across from Gate D2

Details: On Sept. 1, troops and their families travelling through George Bush Intercontinental Airport will be the first to enjoy the newly re-opened USO center. Relocated in Terminal D, the expanded center is expected to lift the spirits of more than 45,000 troops and their families a year. This improvement comes as the airport celebrates its 40th anniversary.

The new 1,200 square foot facility will feature a Cyber Café with free Internet and e-mail access; large screen televisions, DVD player and movies, video gaming stations and theater seating in the entertainment lounge and gaming room; a library and kitchen area. This center was made possible by the support and generosity of the Houston Airport System, Gallery Furniture and Mr. and Mrs. Norm Phillips.

Participants: Houston Mayor Bill White; Eric Potts, Interim Director of Aviation, Houston Airport System; Gallery Furniture’s Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale; USO President Sloan Gibson and other dignitaries are expected to attend this event.

*** Media interested in covering this event MUST contact the Houston Airport System for clearance by calling (281) 233-1234. Media should park in the Terminal E public parking garages. ***

Friday, August 14th, 2009

By Love Advertising

Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For The Cure


The 19th Annual Susan G. Komen Houston Race for the Cure® is back and ready to break records, Saturday, October 3, 2009 in Downtown Houston.

For nearly 2 decades, the Komen Houston Race for the Cure® has seen phenomenal growth and 2008 was no exception. Last year’s Race shattered previous records earning over $1.8 million dollars by race day despite a devastating hurricane and a sharp economic downturn. The success of the Race has helped to make the Komen Houston Affiliate the Top Komen Affiliate in the world in 2009.

“We are looking forward to seeing a sea of pink on Race day,” says Kathy Nicholson, 2009 Komen Houston Race Chair. “If we have 30,000 participants and each one raises $100, we will raise $3,000,000, bringing us one step closer to a cure.”

This year’s Race, which is sponsored locally by Marathon Oil Corporation, will begin and end at the Sam Houston Park downtown, retracing the same popular route as 2008. Over 30,000 participants, including 1,600 breast cancer survivors, are expected to take part in this year’s activities.

The Komen Houston Race for the Cure® is a certified USATF 5K course with running and walking events for everyone including a Family Walk / Kids K (approximately 1/2 mile), a 5K Timed Competitive Run, a 5K Non-Competitive Run and a 5K Walk.

Returning this year is the popular Sleep in for the Cure®, an extension of Race for the Cure® that allows people to participate in the cause from the comfort of their own bed. Sleep in for the Cure® is a great way for those who cannot attend the main race to show their support while still catching their zzz’s.

Komen Houston Race for the Cure® activities will begin prior to race day and last well after the event is over. Chevron is sponsoring the Pasta Party and Auction for all race goers, Thursday, October 1 at the Westin Galleria.

Opening Ceremonies begin on October 3 at 7:45 a.m. with the first race starting at 8:00 a.m. The Runners’ Award Ceremony begins at 9:15 a.m. followed by the Survivor Celebration sponsored by Baker Hughes at 10 a.m. in Sam Houston Park. Participants can enjoy the Sponsor Expo where they will be able to sample products and food from the race sponsors and enjoy live entertainment. And for the Race’s smallest supporters, the Kids for the Cure® Corral, sponsored by Cindy and Mike Gatewood, Larry and Brenda Petru, and Paula and Gerard Stafford, offers face painting and games for children 10 and under.

Entry fees are $30 for adults, $15 for children, $25 for survivors and an additional $5 for the competitive run. Participants who register online at by September 27 will receive their Race packet, including Race t-shirt and bib, by mail. Registration for Sleep in for the Cure® is $50 and includes a Race T-shirt, snooze bib and Race bib (just in case you change your mind), and specialty item.

For more information on the 2009 Komen Houston Race for the Cure® visit

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

By Love Advertising


CenterPoint Energy applies for $200 million federal stimulus grant to accelerate current smart meter project and begin building self-healing grid

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CNP) announced that on Aug. 4, its electric transmission and distribution subsidiary, CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric LLC, applied to the U.S. Department of Energy for a $200 million grant for a project titled “Houston’s Smart Grid: Transforming the Future of Electric Distribution & Energy Consumption.”

The project involves two distinct but interdependent parts. If granted, CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric will use $150 million of the requested $200 million grant to accelerate its current smart meter and associated equipment installation that make up its Advanced Metering System (AMS). The $50 million balance will be used to accelerate the installation of the first phase of CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric’s Intelligent Grid (IG) that utilizes the AMS and other technologies to build a self-healing grid, and improve operational efficiency and reliability.

“CenterPoint Energy’s electric infrastructure is critical to the international commerce that flows through our Texas Gulf Coast service territory, which is susceptible to hurricanes,” said Tom Standish, group president of Regulated Operations for CenterPoint Energy. “We’re committed to strengthening the company’s electric grid to increase reliability and speed restoration following outages. Our Smart Grid alliance, including company personnel, together with consultants from IBM, GE, Itron, and Quanta who have subject matter expertise, firsthand knowledge of our company and the electric industry, and proficiency in Texas’ competitive electricity market, provides for a level of skill, experience and know-how that is unmatched in the industry.”

CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric is a regulated electric utility whose rates, operations and services are subject to the jurisdiction of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. It provides electric transmission and distribution delivery services to more than two million metered customers in a 5,000-square-mile area of the Texas Gulf Coast, including Houston, the nation’s 4th largest city and “energy capital of the world.” Houston is also home to N.A.S.A., the Texas Medical Center and the Port of Houston Authority, the largest port in the U.S. in terms of foreign tonnage.

On behalf of the Retail Electric Providers (REPs), CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric delivers electricity from power generators to retail electric customers in locations throughout its service territory. Until the company’s AMS is in place, REPs will be limited in offering dynamic pricing programs in the competitive Texas electric market. Once complete, CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric’s IG will serve as an example of a fully integrated, scalable and replicable smart grid. The company will expand and use its Technology Center to test various smart grid components, to evaluate the security of new technologies and to educate consumers, vendors and others about the benefits of smart grid technology.

CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric’s five-year smart meter deployment began in March 2009, and on Aug. 1, the company reached a significant milestone with the installation of 45,000 smart meters and started delivering enhanced smart meter functionality to REPs, including 15 minute interval energy usage data. By the end of the year, 145,000 smart meters will be installed along with the necessary communications infrastructure and computing systems. More than 2 million meters are expected to be installed system-wide by the project’s completion in 2014 or by the end of 2012, with the aid of the federal grant money.

Visit for the latest information on smart meters, including deployment maps for 2009 – 2014. A replay of the press conference will be available beginning on Thursday afternoon for one month at

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipelines, and field services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. Assets total nearly $19 billion. With about 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 135 years. For more information, visit the Web site at

This news release includes forward-looking statements. Actual events and results may differ materially from those projected. The statements in this news release regarding future financial performance and results of operations and other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect actual results include the timing and impact of future regulatory and legislative decisions, effects of competition, weather variations, changes in CenterPoint Energy’s or its subsidiaries’ business plans, the timing and extent of changes in commodity prices, particularly natural gas, the impact of unplanned facility outages, and other factors discussed in CenterPoint Energy’s and its subsidiaries’ Form 10-Ks for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008, CenterPoint Energy’s and its subsidiaries’ Form 10-Qs for the periods ended March 31, 2009, CenterPoint Energy’s Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2009, and other filings with the SEC.

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

By Love Advertising

Gallery Furniture

“The Marriage Ref” Casting at Gallery Furniture

Jerry Seinfeld, NBC, the Executive Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show and the producers of “Super Nanny” now bring you…

“The Marriage Ref”: A comic, reality series where celebrities and a relationship referee help squabbling MARRIED couples make peace. Created by Seinfeld himself, this is relationship advice… with a comic twist.

“The Marriage Ref” casting team is searching the country for outgoing and opinionated MARRIED couples in long-term relationships, willing to appear on national television, who have a long standing argument or issue that must be resolved.

No problem is too small!

* Is there an object, a person, or a habit (e.g. computer, pet, a friend, the remote control) that is a third wheel in your relationship and causes a problem?

* Does your partner have an annoying obnoxious habit or item that causes fights?

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
5 – 9 PM
6006 I-45 North
Houston, TX 77076

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