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The Bay Area Observer Community News For The Galveston Bay Area VOLUME 2, NO. 16 By The Bay LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2011 Kemah Crawfish Festival Serves It Up Big To Record Crowds ing a big draw”. The crawfish were handled by James Wimberley, the Cajun King of Cookers. James was born in southwest Louisiana in the heart of Cajun country, and has been farming and cooking crawfish and Cajun food for over 35 years. Legend has it he caught his first crawfish when he was only three. From that auspicious beginning, he has grown to farming his own fresh crawfish on 2000 acres in Eunice, Louisiana. Creating his own spicing secrets, he is in high demand as a crawfish boiler across the Gulf Coast. The secret of his spices and methods are hotly pursued by many, but never duplicated. James is one of the top boilers at Festival International in Lafayette, festivals from Texas to Alabama, and has catered at the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion. Overall, the festival was a huge success, and procedes went to benefit Houston’s PBS. The world acclaimed English Handbell choir, Houston Bronze Ensemble, will present their Spring Concert, ‘Star Struck’, in Angel Hall at First United Methodist Church, La Porte, 9601 W. Fairmont Parkway on Friday, April 29, 7:30 PM. This is the choir’s third appearance in La Porte. Donations: $15/adults, $5/students. TCCI, Community Chaplain Corps 3rd Tuesday Luncheon 11:30a.m. - 12:45p.m. The 19th Annual Ed Brandon Cenikor Golf Tournament Bay Oaks Country Club May 9, 2011   Did you know that, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 23.1 million Americans age 12 and up suffer from some type of substance abuse or chemical dependency? Did you know one of the most researched programs in the nation operates within your backyard?  Cenikor has been helping people change since 1967.  We would love to discuss how you and/or your business can help make the Greater Houston area  a healthier and more productive place to live and work.  Cenikor is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and appreciates your help in getting this message to others. For More Information Contact: Roni Archer rarcher@cenikor. org. Sponsorship information available. Sylvan Beach Parade La Porte April 30 , 10:00a.m. Everyone loves a parade! And this year’s parade is scheduled to kick-off at 10:00am on April 30 in conjunction with the 55th Annual Sylvan Beach Festival & Crawfish Jam in La Porte. Crowds will line the sidewalks along South Broadway and West Main to see the pageant contestants, clowns, floats, and more. And, don’t forget the Parade Marshall – Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman will be waving to all the kids along the route! Come enjoy this annual event sponsored by the La Porte-Bayshore Chamber of Commerce. After the parade, make your way to Sylvan Beach Park for a day of fun and frolic! There is no charge to participate in the parade and entries are welcome. For a parade application or additional information, contact the La Porte-Bayshore Chamber of Commerce at 281471-1123 or at INDEX Community..........................2 Crossword............................2 Local News..........................3 Events..................................4 Sylvan Beach Pageant........4 Keels & Wheels ...............5-8 LPISD News...................9-10 Classifieds..........................11 Cuisine...............................12 Coucours D’ Elegance Special Section Pages 5 - 8 English Handbell Choir Spring Concert, FUMC, La Porte April 29, 7:30 PM. (Dutch Treat) 4/19 Speaker: Thelma Taormina, Founder- 9-12 Association, Inc. 5-17 Speaker: Mardie Menke, HCOEM: HUrricane Preparedness. Where: IHOP, 3646 E. Sam Houston Parkway, Pasadena, Texas 77505. The purpose of this meeting is to network community resources and facilitate our associates in providing spiritual care and practical support in crisis intervention in the workplace and community KEELS & WHEELS “Longhornasaurus” created by artist Mike Quinn with the help of Dwight Brown wowed the crowd. Quinn’s work can be seen at Over 30,000 crawfish lovers and festival goers from all around swamped the Kemah area for a three-day fun filled weekend. The City of Kemah and Miller Lite presented the Kemah Crawfish Festival on April 15th – 17th. The three-day festival took place under the iconic Kemah Bridge, truly welcoming all into the city. In addition to the crawfish, Kemah offered the best of Cajun dishes and classic festival fare. The area’s best Zydeco bands provided the infectious rhythms where the Bayou meets the Bay. The boat launch was transformed into The Pirate’s Cove with cos- tumed performers and activities. Marie Laveau brought Voudou magic and mystery. Crawfish races, crawfish eating contests, and more continued throughout the event. Performers mingled with vendors of gifts, arts and crafts. A Children’s Area provided plenty of activities and fun for kids. Everyone joined in presenting their city, their food, their music, and all that makes life in Kemah so special. The Kemah Crawfish Festival takes the friendly relaxed fun and community feel of a small town fair and, like the City of Kemah, serves it up big. Organizers of the festival brought in the best farm-raised Crawfish the state of Louisiana has to offer. People waited in long lines but before it was over, more than 40,000 pounds of crawfish had been served during the three day festival. The Sugarland Brass Company entertained the crowds on Sunday Afternoon Spicy Crawfish For $2 per lb. brought crawfish lovers from all around the area. City Council News Taylor said, “We were excited about the attendance of this first event, but will be more prepared for the large crowd next year. It was a good event and all had a great time with mudbugs, music, and kids rides and refreshments and the weather was perfect! Seabrook Association’s Pelican Path Project Welcomes Seabrook City Council On Tuesday Seabrook City Council unanimously awarded a total bid of $517,497 to Northwind Marine, Inc. for a fire rescue boat. The base bid total was $470,769 which was inclusive of an optional motor for $20,100 and a five percent contingency, bringing the total to $23,538. With Paul Dunphey recused from the vote, council voted 6-0 to approve a request for $10,000 in hotel tax funding to support the 2011 J/Fest Southwest Regatta. The Regatta will be held on October 29-30 at Lakewood Yacht Club. A motion to open Carothers Gardens Coastal Park to the public when the venue is not being rented failed with council voting 2 -5 with only Garry Mack and Kim Morrell voting in favor. A motion to to open the park’s parking lot to Domnino Taylor, Kemah’s Director of Fun and Excitement said, “Yes the lines were a long at some times, but next year we will add more Crawfish serving lines. Most people really didn’t mind the line due to the $2.00 a lb crawfish be- the public for overflow parking from Pine Gully Park on high traffic weekends also failed with a vote of 2 – 5. Don Holbrook and Morrell voted in favor. A motion authorize Morrell to attend the Citizens for Space Exploration trip in Washington, D.C. on May 31 through June 3 failed with a vote of 2 - 5 with only Mack and Morrell voting in favor. The city council also unanimously to deny a motion to authorize Holbrook to attend the trip, with Morrell authorized to attend should Holbrook be unable. Council Member Laura Davis, who was previously authorized to attend the event, will still travel to Washinton, D.C. in May. All other items were approved by unanimous vote. All members were present. “Kunu” Commissioner Morman Opens The Oasis Garden at Bay Area Park On April 20, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Commissioner Jack Morman unveiled the new Oasis Garden located within Bay Area Park at 7500 Bay Area Blvd. According to Morman, “The Oasis Garden highlights a wonderful new public area, and at the same time emphasizes a new philosophy of budget management utilizing our Precinct Two team of co-workers.” In January, while touring the Bay Area Park, Commissioner Morman noticed the fenced garden in the middle of the park. Sadly, the garden had fallen into disrepair; it wasn’t safe, or wheel-chair accessible. Trees needed grooming, the creek bed was overgrown and the benches were rotten. Morman was surprised to find this diamond in the rough, but it needed many upgrades to transform it into a beautiful community gathering place. Commissioner Morman began an in-house landscaping project to refurbish and revive the garden. The new Oasis Garden is now a nature lover’s get-a-way with a flagstone trail leading to the newly painted gazebo. Benches were replaced and spaced-out, providing visitors a peaceful spot to read or seek solitude among the flowering plants and shade trees. And because of the gazebo and dry creek bed, it is also the perfect place for a small wedding or family photos. Couples who marry at the park can utilize the reception facilities at Armand Bayou for a minimal fee. Commissioner Morman is pleased with the final result, saying, “The Oasis Garden was completed in-house by our Precinct Two landscapers, and they did a great job at a substantial savings to the taxpayers.” The Bay Area Park Oasis Garden adds to the natural beauty of the eco-system and will be an outstanding addition to the Precinct Two parks system. During the Oasis Garden Opening, door prize tickets were handed out for pontoon boat rides immediately after the ceremony, courtesy of Armand Bayou. ABC COMPUTER SERVICES - 24 X 7 Business-Residential PC-Laptop-Server Networks - Xbox-TV Repairs-Security Camera Home Theater Installs Onsite or In-House - 2 Locations La Porte - 281-867-0429 Webster - 713-893-8920 Kunu was painted by local artist Eric Klusendorf The Seabrook Association’s Pelcian Project celebrated its latest addition to the Pelican Path with the installation of “Kunu”. Last week Kunu was installed in front of The Texas Hippie Connection at 2234 E. Nasa Road 1 in Seabrook. Dressed in tye-dye, a pair of sunglasses and a beanie hat, Kunu has been installed with lights, making him visible to passers-by at night. Texas Hippie Connection owner Chris (Turtle)Dickey named Kunu after a freind of his in Hawaii. Local artist Eric Klusendorf had the honors of painting Kunu. Klusendorf is weel known for his murals and his work can be seen throughout the Bay Area. Pasadena Plumbing Services, Inc. Smart Shoppers Browse In Santa Fe... But Buy It At The World Famous The “For All Your Plumbing Needs” CROW’S NEST ART GALLERY 281-487-4688 281-471-4371 230 Jefferson La Porte, Texas 77571

Bay Area Observer 4-21-2011

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