The Beaumont Animal Services Unit of the Beaumont Police Department debuted two new vehicles that sport animal graphics on Tuesday, Feb. 3.

The new decals on the two trucks emphasize animal adoption and reporting animal abuse, two ideas the unit feels very strongly about.

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HEDIS@ is the most commonly used quality metric set. The only successful way to use quality metrics consistently is to have data aggregated automatically and to allow providers to see their performance at the time they are seeing each patients. This has been the key to SETMA’s success in improving care with the help of metrics.

SETMA’s Quality Metrics Philosophy

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Feel like celebrating? The Beaumont Council of Garden Clubs will host an Annual Maypole Festival to bless the summer crops May 16. What a fun idea!

For those of you who knew Paula “Torchy” Salter, you know that she was a “feel good” spirit in our community. A group called “The Moon and Stars” is memorializing her spirit with the raising of a maypole in her honor on the grounds of the Beaumont Botanical gardens in Tyrell Park.

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I was standing on the upper deck of a beautiful house built on Galveston Bay where a friend has a large collection of various palm trees wonderfully landscaped on his property. I have had a running love affair with palms since I began to write “Winds Over Bolivar,” a book about Hurricane Ike on the Bolivar Peninsula and its aftermath, where I used a beautiful palm that endured Hurricane Ike for my cover shot.

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The 84th Texas Legislature convened in mid-January, and change has come in the wake of the 2014 elections – but not fast enough to satisfy Tea Party adherents who elected more of their eager partisans to the House and Senate. They also elevated one of their own – Sen. Dan Patrick – to the pivotal job of lieutenant governor.

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