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Montrose Bar ‘Eagle’ Destroyed By Fire

“We were sitting at the bar and started smelling smoke” stated one of the customers. “We called 911 and we all got out.”

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Eagle Houston Catches Fire

The bar sustained massive damage to the second and third floors. The main floor escaped fire damage but took a big hit from water damage. Could this fire been prevented?

Property owner Jay Allen states a ‘state-of-the-art’ sprinkler system had been installed, but due to the City of Houston, it had not been activated yet.  “It was already installed. It was going to be connected to the city’s water service in two weeks. The permit had been approved and we were just waiting for it to be hooked up by the city.” Allen said.

HFD states the call came in at 2:20PM with a total of 11 fire engines responding.

Bar owner Caryn Craig arrived on scene visually upset. Husband and co/owner Mark De Lang arrived a short time later. Both owners seemed in shock and were not talking to the media.

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Eagle Houston Catches Fire

“We will re-build” Allen told About Magazine. Allen did not know what would happen to the employees in the mean time.

The District Chief for Houston Fire Department stated the fire apparently started on the third level, converted attic space used for storage.
Arson investigators will determine how the fire began, and whether or not it was accidental.

No Guns Allowed! Open Carry Law In Texas!

Open Carry Law LGBT

HOUSTON – In just a few days Texas will be an open carry state. What does that mean for Montrose? What does that change about being at the club?

On Jan. 1; under the new law people will be allowed to openly tote their handguns in a shoulder or hip holster. But only for those who have what the state calls ‘concealed’ carry license.

But those changes stop there. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, a state agency with oversight of businesses that sell alcohol will uphold it’s policy.

An establishment that’s alcohol sales greater than 50% of their income will not be affected by this new law.

A license holder that carries a handgun, either concealed or openly, commits an offense if they carry the handgun on the premises of a business that has a TABC permit or license.

 

Texas recognizes the licenses and permits from 41 other states. In Texas, licensees must be at least 21 and must pass a background check and written and range test.

HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT TO BE HONORED WITH “CALL 2 COURAGE” AWARD BY LGBT COMMUNITY

The 2015 FACE Awards presents the "Call To Courage" Award

(HOUSTON, TX) – The 2015 F.A.C.E. Awards set for Monday, December 7, 2015 will honor four Houston Police officers with the 2015 “CALL 2 COURAGE” Award presented the Houston Police Department’s Chief of Police; Charles McCellend. The award category honors the officers with the Houston Police Department that have provided a service, protected a cause, or have some how promoted equality to the LGBT community or an ally.

Confirmed presenters include; Representative Sylvester Turner, Sen. John Whitmire, Mark Boyle of KPRC, Foti Kallergis of ABC, Harris County Democratic Chair, Lane Lewis, Criminal Court Judge Jaclanel McFarland, Special K of KRBE, and Craig Henderson, founder of the Gay USofA pageants. Also presenting is Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan and Mr. Chalres McCellend, Chief of the Houston Police Department. We are excited to have the legendary voice of the Houston Rockets; Mr. John Paul Stevenson, the awesome Roseann Rogers, and Joey Guerra of the Houston Chronicle.

[First Achievers in Community Excellence] celebrates the L.G.B.T. community and its ally’s work hard in pursuit of special causes. Each year a volunteer works hard, a politician gets a law passed; a new business opens its doors to the community. Maybe it’s a photographer, a drag performer, a bartender, or a hair stylist – they are all doing their part in Houston seeking equality for all. The F.A.C.E Awards puts a face to that person and makes sure they are honored. They become someone to look up to, and it lets others praise their achievements. It allows our youth an opportunity to see that hard work and dedication pays off, that doing the right thing gets you rewarded.

Hosted by Houston award winning Lauren Kelly of Mix96.5FM and Sarah Pepper of Houston’s HOT 97.5 FM. New to the award show this year is the “RWB Pre Award Show | L’Auberge Casino Red Carpet Arrival Ceremony” hosted by Chad Pitt of MIX 96.5FM and Wendy Taylor of American Idol.

CITY OF HOUSTON PROCLAIMS MONDAY, DECEMBER 7TH, 2015 AS F.A.C.E. AWARDS DAY

(HOUSTON, TX) -Mayor Annise Parker and the City of Houston has officially proclaimed that on December 7, 2015 L.G.B.T. Heroes’ and Icons’ will be honored; proclaiming F.A.C.E. Awards Day.

[First Achievers in Community Excellence]. Each year the L.G.B.T. community and its allies work hard in pursuit of special causes. Each year a volunteer works hard, a politician gets a law passed; a new business opens its doors to the community. Maybe it’s a photographer, a drag performer, a bartender, or a hair stylist – they are all doing their part in Houston seeking equality for all. The F.A.C.E Awards puts a face to that person and makes sure they are honored. They become someone to look up to, and it lets others praise their achievements. It allows our youth an opportunity to see that hard work and dedication pays off, that doing the right thing gets you rewarded.City-of-houston-FACE-Awards-195x300 CITY OF HOUSTON PROCLAIMS MONDAY, DECEMBER 7TH, 2015 AS F.A.C.E. AWARDS DAY

“On December 7 we also remember the Heroes’ and Icons’ before us. The ever so many that fought with blood and tears for a cause, for a human right.” Stated FACE Awards director Cade Michals. “We remember our fallen L.G.B.T. community members, that were our friends, neighbors, everyone we lost this past year. They are honored as our Heroes’ and Icons.”

Houston based RWB Vodka, and L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles will sponsors the 2015 FACE Awards will be held in Montrose on Monday, December 7, 2015 at South Beach the nightclub.

Hosted by Houston award winning Lauren Kelly of Mix96.5FM and Sarah Pepper of Houston’s HOT 97.5 FM. New to the award show this year is the “RWB Pre Award Show | L’Auberge Casino Red Carpet Arrival Ceremony” hosted by Chad Pitt of MIX 96.5FM and Wendy Taylor of American Idol.

“RWB Vodka is delighted to take part in the 2015 F.A.C.E. Awards,” said Aristocrat Group Corp. CEO Robert Federowicz. “This is a prestigious and worthy event that honors significant achievement. We support such excellence and want to thank and recognize the many volunteers, activists, business leaders and everyone else who have come together to advance the community and make this a true success.”

The award show this year takes a new turn in its four-year history. The venue is much larger. The red carpet show is new. Two jumbo screens will allow for video, the lighting and the sound will provide for more energy.