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ON THE COVER Join Paint the Night Pink, a free breast health awareness event, on Thursday, Oct. 24 at The Lawn at Baybrook Mall.


President & Chairman Rick Clapp Publisher & Editor in Chief Mary Alys Cherry Vice President & Creative Director Brandon Rowan Graphic Designer Kelly Groce Sales & Marketing Judy Gaines Karen Laroux Amber Sample Alisa Star Robyn Weigelt


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UHCL Ranked Top Public School


Dental Health


The San Luis Experience


Webster’s Secret Sauce


Breast Cancer Prevention


The 46th Annual Shrimporee


Paint the Night Pink


CCEF Awards Gala


San Jacinto College Opening New Additions


The Best Bites of the Bay


Wisdom of Eating Raw


Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership


CCISD New Principals


Welcome Home


Bullying: The Effects and Outcomes

U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings Her long wait was finally worth it The San Luis Resort - Beachfront Hotel and Spa An economic development powerhouse Prestige Oyster’s Lisa Halili’s story Hosted by Space Center Rotary A free breast health awareness event On Nov. 2 at South Shore Harbour Resort Construction is nearing completion Bay Area restaurants and entertainment Plants are powerful Port chairman calls for deeper, wider channel Nine schools have new principals By Pastor Brad Heintz Bullying affects everyone



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Movers & Shakers


Clear Lake Chatter


In Wheel Time


Lakewood Yacht Clubs News & Events


Main Events

Michelle Holland BOWA gets update on latest in fashion Crossover options Help arrives in the Bahamas from LYC Bay Area Houston calendar of events

UHCL top public school in Texas in U.S. News regional rankings


n U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings

of western regional four-year universities, University of Houston-Clear Lake is the No. 1 public university in Texas, according to the magazine’s Best Colleges report. For the entire 13-state region, UH-Clear Lake placed 18th on the Top Public Schools list. Widening the field to include both public and private schools, UHCL is in a six-way tie for 43rd in 2020 rankings of Best Regional Universities - West, up from 61st in 2019. The magazine ranked approximately 130 private and public colleges and universities in a region that includes Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Of the 26 Texas schools on the list, UHCL tied for 9th place among public and private institutions. Each year, U.S. News sends an extensive questionnaire to all accredited four-year colleges and universities. Data collection for the 2020 edition of the report took place during spring 2019, comparing factors such as SAT and ACT scores, acceptance rates, six-year graduation and first-year student retention rates, student-faculty ratios, faculty counts and salaries, tuition, room and board, other student fees and financial resources. UHCL debuted on the 2016 Best Regional Universities - West rankings in 81st place. It climbed to 74th in 2017, 63rd in 2018, 61st place in 2019 and 43rd for 2020. Factors in UHCL’s current rankings include: n 3.0 peer assessment score. n 74% avg. first-year retention rate.

n 33% of classes under 20. n 5% of classes 50 or more. n 15-to-1 student/faculty ratio. n 1030-1200 SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile. n 41% first-year students in top 25% of high school class. n 45% acceptance rate. n 6% average alumni giving rate. “The continued improvement in our regional rankings demonstrates that UHCL is making significant strides in enhancing academic excellence through first-year retention, graduation rates and the strength of its faculty,” said Stephen J. Berberich, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “I am particularly pleased that UHCL ranks at the top of public regional universities in the state of Texas. This, coupled with our commitment to educating a diverse student population, shows we are meeting the needs of the state.” UHCL also improved its score for Best Value among western regional public and private institutions, moving up to 25th place from 58th last year. The university also made the western regional list for Campus Ethnic Diversity, scoring 0.65 on a 1.0 Diversity Index scale, which puts UHCL in a six-way tie for 11th place across the 13 western states. To find all of the listings in the report, visit www. University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and three doctoral programs, from its College of Business, College of Education, College of Human Sciences and Humanities, and College of Science and Engineering. For more information about the university, visit

Clear Creek ISD approves record pay raise for staf f


he Clear Creek School District has announced a significant compensation package for its nearly 5,000 employees. Included in the package are 4% to 9.49% pay raises for classroom teachers, counselors, librarians and nurses, a new competitive hourly rate for school bus drivers, an increase in the district’s contribution to employee health care premiums and an across the board 3.5% increase for all other employees. 
 “The success of our school district is contingent on recruiting and retaining a high quality staff,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Smith said. “This board-approved compensation package reflects our commitment to our employees and ensures Clear Creek ISD is a destination for those who have a heart for children.” 

 The Clear Creek ISD School Board unanimously approved $11.3 million in direct salary increases

for existing employees as well as $370,000 to offset the rising cost of healthcare premiums for those employees on TRSActive Care at its July meeting. As part of the overall compensation package, the district also agreed to increase the starting salary for teachers from $53,600 to $55,750. 

Under House Bill 3, the Texas Legislature approved new funding for public education. Clear Creek ISD is projected to receive $14.7 million in additional school funding. The school district is investing more than $14.2 million of that increase in employees through pay raises, health care contributions, starting salaries, and new staff for a growing school district.

 “The board is pleased to far surpass the legal requirements under House Bill 3. The school board values each employee, from our bus drivers to our teachers. We know what they do every day positively impacts children’s lives,” Board President Dr. Laura DuPont said.

$456.9 million CCISD budget approved Includes record pay raise for staff and tax rate reduction By Mary Alys Cherry The Clear Creek School District Board of Trustees has unanimously approved a $456.9 million budget, that includes a record pay raise for the CCISD staff and will result in a tax rate reduction of nine cents per $100 evaluation for property owners. During the public hearing at the Aug. 26 meeting, Deputy Supt. Paul McLarty presented a breakdown of the proposed budget which includes $11.7 for salary increases, $3.0 million for new instructional positions, and an estimated $400,000 in operational savings. The combined 2019-2020 budget of $456.9 million is broken out into $361.2 million for the General Fund, $80.2 million for debt service and $15.5 million for child nutrition a $20.3 million increase over last year’s $436.647,877 budget. “The budget presented tonight ensures Clear Creek ISD remains competitive in recruiting and retaining the best employees and reinforces our position as good stewards of public tax dollars,” McLarty said. BUDGET BREAKDOWN Biggest chunk of the budget -- $242.7 million -- will go for instruction, instructional resources, curriculum and staff development, along with $7.6 million for general administration and $3 million for instructional administration. Outside of debt service, which has risen from $74.8 million last year to $80.2 million this year, the next biggest expenditure -- $71.5 million -- will be for District Operations, which includes $30.3 million for plant maintenance and operations, $5.4 million for security, $7.5 million for data services, $15.5 million for food services and $12.5 million for student transportation. A total of $51.3 million has been budgeted for instructional support, which includes $3.6 million for health services, $13.5 million for guidance and counseling, $8.1 million for curricular, $25 million for school administration and $749,000 for social work services. HOUSE BILL 3 Much of the funding for the teacher salary hikes from 4 to 9.49% and a cost of living adjustment of 3.5% for the staff was provided by House Bill 3 during this year’s legislative session, McLarty said, adding that the Maintenance and Operations rate will decrease from $1.06 to $0.97, and the Debt Service tax rate will remain at $0.34. The new salary rate for starting teachers will be $55,750, he explained, while teachers with 35 years experience will earn $75,944.

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Her Long Wait Was Finally Worth It support and corrections that she needed for the damage that she had been forced to suffer through, to no fault of her own, and they would work with her in getting the payments taken care of, in installments that wouldn’t cause her any more stress. Though she is very happy with the work, she says it is hard to

By Xander Thomas


or a 14 year old girl

with a perfect smile, there isn’t much worse than having those teeth cracked and knocked out. Jessica Dorsey was subject to such a horror when she was hit by a car, causing unfathomable problems for a teenager. “When it hit me, the screws on the license plate went straight through my teeth,” said Jessica, victim of a car accident that caused her severe dental pain and trauma that it would take her years to recover from, “it busted out my front teeth.” She said that the incident had busted a hole in her mouth, knocked out some teeth as well as leaving some cracked and broken; as well her family was too poor to get her the proper dental care that she would need following this occurrence. “I got dental work done, and got them replaced with temporaries, and they told me when I was 19 I’d have to get implants,” she said. Actually getting those implants done, along with other things she would later need, proved a difficult task for her, not only because her family didn’t have the money to do so, but she also went most of her life without insurance, so she didn’t even have that to break the expense. “It never got fixed, the only way to the dentist or doctor or something was an emergency,” she said. As predicted, the quick fixes that she was subject to didn’t last very long. Over time the work that had been done to them obviously was supposed to be redone,” she said. She began to have problems reaching further into the back of her mouth. She had cracked some molars as well, and the effects of the damage took a toll on her over time. Just living was becoming more difficult for her due to pain and increased trouble chewing. She decided to give a new dentist a shot on a recommendation, but this wasn’t the fix that she really needed.

“I’m trying to retrain myself how to smile with my teeth.” break the habit of trying to hide her previous bad work. “I’m trying to retrain myself how to smile with my teeth” She may still have a little bit more work left to go, but she is beyond grateful to have a nearperfect replication of her old smile. “If anyone’s looking for help or needs any dental work, I would definitely recommend this place, hands down.” She said, “They have been amazing.” Jessica Dorsey, actual patient of Dr. Noie.

“He did a bunch of dental work, a bunch of excessive dental work that he didn’t need to do,” Jessica said, “But he was a really shoddy dentist, so within a year or two everything started to fail.” She said that her caps began to come off, her fillings would come out, and it got so bad that she could not even bite into food without fear that a tooth would break. “It got to the point where I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t bite anything, I couldn’t chew normally,” she said, “I was constantly sick, and constantly in pain and it was just miserable,” Jessica said that in her search for an affordable dentist she even considered going to Mexico in a last ditch effort to get her teeth fixed, because it is more affordable than anywhere in the area. “Now if it’s safe or not, I’m not sure,” Jessica said, “I was just at

that point of desperation that I didn’t know what to do.” Thankfully, she wouldn’t have to do that, as she eventually found her answer in a somewhat unusual place. “There happened to be a magazine sitting on my mom’s table, and on the back was Dr. Noie’s ad,” she said. The ad described his willingness to do payment plans, and the affordability of his work, as well as praise about the office staff, so she decided to give him a call, and see if he would be able to solve her long endured problems. “They were all wonderful, super friendly and Dr. Noie was extremely understanding,” Jessica said. She said that the whole staff was accommodating. “His office was just wonderful about working with me on things,” She was finally able to get

Dr. Noie has been in private practice in the Bay Area since 1996. He is a Diplomate of Int’l Congress of Oral Implantologists, Fellow of Academy of General Dentistry, and Assoc. Fellow of American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He has completed his surgical training at New York University as well as Medical University of South Carolina, Temple University, and Wright State University School of Medicine. He completed his oral Anesthesiology training at University of Alabama in Birmingham. He is a member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

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Movers &Shakers Name: Michelle Holland

Occupation: Lunar Rendezvous Festival chairman; homemaker and volunteer Hometown: I was born in Houston and grew up in Arlington Family: Doug, my high school sweetheart and husband of 22 years and our 2 daughters, Braeden, who is a senior at Clear Falls High and Addison, a 7th grader at Bayside Intermediate. My favorite writer is: I am not a huge reader and really prefer listening to books on Audible. I recently listened to The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides and loved it. The ending was the best! Someone I’d like to meet: Oprah...she has accomplished so much and has given back even more.

The San Luis Experience By Alisa Star


pon my arrival at the infamous San Luis Resort, my expectations were set high. The resort is known as “The Galveston Resort” for its luxury, beauty, lavish accommodations, food, beautiful and breezy gulf views and feeling pampered. As you pull into the valet, you are greeted with smiles and helpful attendants as you walk into the lavish hotel. The lobby was breathtakingly beautiful with high rounded cathedral ceilings, beautiful lighting and windows all across both sides revealing the pool area and lounge, with seating areas on both sides. The front lobby is decorated to the T. with breathtaking floral arrangements that surround the check-in area, and make you feel like you’re where you want to be. The front lobby has two lovely dress shops, Aqua and Style and Trends. Aqua is a one stop shop for


Meet Phydias, the resort’s resident Macaw! Take his picture and don’t forget to say “hello” and he might just say it right back!

beachwear, swimsuits, cover ups and resortwear. They have a wide variety and are reasonably priced. Style and Trends is a high end clothes and apparel shop for men and women. They carry a wide selection of clothing brands, designer sunglasses, and much more. If you need a nice outfit for an elegant dining experience, they will surely have what you need. While you are checking in, be sure to go over and say hello to PHYDIAS. He is the resort’s colorful famous Macaw parrot. I never did get a hello back, but I swear he said “see ya later” when I left. He will be sure to put a smile on your child’s face. The San Luis offers three first class

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If I could switch places with someone for one day, I’d choose: The President. I would love to see what it was like but just for 24 hours. I like to spend my leisure time: I just started playing tennis and love getting to spend time on the court. I also enjoy going on to dinner with friends and hanging out with family. My favorite performers are: I don’t really have a favorite but I do like Justin Timberlake. I think he is an amazing overall entertainer. If I could travel any place I’d go to: The South Pacific and stay in a bungalow over the crystal blue water. The thing that bugs me the most is: People that are wishy-washy and indecisive.

places for your eating pleasures. The Steakhouse, Grotto’s, Blake’s Bistro,and Cup+Cone for dessert. The Steakhouse offers the Island’s finest steaks, chops, and cuisine. The staff and the atmosphere was incredible. The main seating area at The Steakhouse is very intimate and quaint. The seating is white linen tables with beautiful hand blown glass chandelier lights that give a warm amber glow and welcoming feel. The staff is superb and very attentive to your complete needs. The food is five star! The steaks melt in your mouth like butter, and the Barolo Braised Short Rib Cannelloni was smooth and decadent. When you’re looking for a great dining experience and wants a steak night while visiting the San Luis, I highly recommend the Steakhouse. Grotto’s features classic Italian food such as spaghetti and meatballs, veal, chicken, seafood, and inhouse made pastas. If you’re a wine connoisseur you will be impressed by the selections they have to offer that pair perfectly with your meal. The decor has a welcoming feel with window seating on the beachfront side of the resort. Blake’s Bistro offers all the great classic foods, burgers, oversized sandwiches, chicken fried steaks, all the comfort foods you can imagine, Blake’s is sure to have. The Sunday brunch is amazing. The huge eye pleasing buffet will not disappoint you – come hungry!! Cup+Cone is one for the adults and the kids. You can enjoy the famous Starbuck’s coffee, while the kids get their ice cream cone of choice.

You will never catch me: Beekeeping! I have a huge phobia of flying insects that sting! As a kid I wanted to grow up to be: As long as I can remember I have wanted to be in sales. I have had a long career in outside sales and have loved it. My favorite movie is: Pretty Woman, it is so romantic and sweet. My favorite meal is: Homemade macaroni and cheese, Stouffers Spinach Soufflé and Chocolate Cake. Few people know: My favorite Christmas present I ever received was a Charlie Brown tabletop Christmas tree. I hate decorating for Christmas and hire someone to decorate our tree. Once the kids are grown Doug and I will just have our perfect Charlie Brown tree!

The San Luis Resort has one of the best spas around the Galveston area. So while visiting, pamper yourself to a relaxing massage, body scrub, or a hydrotherapy bath. I personally, was in need of a massage, and was in heaven the whole 80 minutes. They also feature a full workout fitness center. The Cove is the spectacular pool side area at the resort. The pool is spacious, with a swim up bar, surrounded with flatscreen TVs. The staff are very friendly and the service is prompt. The Cove offers private cabanas to rent for the day, for more privacy and comfort. The hot tub area also has incredible views of the beach. The rooms are extremely spacious and decorated lavishly, with views of the scenic Galveston beaches that you will never forget. The San Luis resort can accommodate many other needs as well, such as meetings, business conferences, special occasions, and weddings. I personally can not say enough about the people at the San Luis Hotel and the way I was treated, like family not just a guest. They went beyond my expectations. When you’re looking for a five star resort with elegance and class for a family vacation, a romantic getaway for two, be sure to put your vacation in the hands of the incredible staff. The San Luis resort will accommodate your needs accordingly, graciously, and completely. Look no further – The San Luis Resort is your final destination.

Photos by Mary Alys Cherry

Vice President Sue Laabs, right, who will be the 2020 Bay Oaks Women’s Association president, welcomes Gaye Wylie to the September BOWA luncheon.

The Bay Oaks Women’s Association kicked off the season with the focus on fashion and, from left, Cindy Zook, Eileen Hult, President Susan McCoy and Suzanne Leatherman all ready for fall.

Fashionista Sherre Frede, left, and photographer Chris Rylant attempt to get a photo just right before the start of the Bay Oaks Women’s Association September luncheon.

BOWA gets update on latest in fashion BAY OAKS Women’s Association members got quite an update on the latest styles when fashionista Sherre Frede shared her expertise about accessories and fashion trends at their September luncheon, all the while looking quite fashionable herself. The luncheon at Bay Oaks Country Club in Clear Lake kicked off the fall season for BOWA as President Susan McCoy welcomed the happy crowd that included Jackie Daley, Courtney Atchley, Judie Ferguson, Betty Woodhouse, Barbara Dickey, Jan Bailey, Elizabeth Fredericks, Gaye Wylie, Badiha Nassar, Sandy Carney, Becky Reitz, Janet

Francesca Allen, Eileen Hult, Sheryl Lane, Terri Steinkamp, Suzanne Leatherman, Cindy Zook, Allyson MARY ALYS CHERRY Jackson and Sue Broughton, followed shortly thereafter Greenwood, Kathleen Smith, Myrna by Judge Holly Baker, Leslie Huff and Annette Williamson, Lisa Dwyer. Cannon, Janice Jackie Daley, left, and Badiha Nassar prepare to check in for Early arrivals signed in by Sharon Gornto, Vanessa the Bay Oaks Women’s Association September luncheon. Dillard included Sue Laabs, Trisha Bartholomew, Gunn, Ruth Beecher, Chris Howell, Sherry Chapman, White and Rhonda Smith. Kay Lee Benoit, Allyson Jackson, Lynn Smith, Glenna Crist, Melody Some of the others spotted mingling with the crowd included Debbie Roan, Linda Byrd, Georgia Piwonka, Karen Reed, Brenda Brown, Janet Schepcoff, Mitzi Romanko, Cheri Burke, Elaine Rister, Melissa Peevler, Diane Overman, Valerie Brumfield, Charline Robinson and Sherry Chapman, to name a few. Next is BOWA’s annual fall fashion show, which is coming up at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, starting with a champagne reception at the country club. Vice Presidents Sue Laabs and Cheri Burke tell us that models Jodi Schnabel, Darla McKitrick, Mary Colombo, Linda Fincher, Chris Howland, Yvonne, Chris Rylant, Elisa Peavler, Talena Gulash, Lisa Kaczmarek, Susan McCoy and Cindy Zook will be showing off fall fashions from The Clotheshorse and Brave Boutique. Dressed alike! Well, almost, and getting a chuckle out of Janice Gornto, President Susan McCoy is happy to see Sheree Frede, left, and Sharon Dillard at the BOWA September luncheon at Bay Oaks Country Club.


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who presented the program for the Bay Oaks Women’s Association September luncheon.

Photos by Pat Biddle

Wine and Cheese Party Chairman Pat Biddle, right, and Treasurer Jane Lackow prepare to welcome the crowd to the annual party for prospective members.

HSLBA Vice President Glenda Toole, right, visits with new member Tina Kirbie during the Wine and Cheese Party.

Music lovers welcome new faces to HSLBA HOUSTON SYMPHONY League Bay Area members welcomed several prospective members when they hosted a Wine and Cheese Party at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in Nassau Bay – kicking off the social season in the Bay Area. President Nina McGlashan joined Chairman Pat Biddle in welcoming the arriving guests, including Frank Perez and Priscilla Ennis, Greg and Linda Heausler, Jerry and Mary Ann Brown, Dave and Cindy Kuenneke, Paul and Eva Koll, Alice Steele and Dr. Patrick McKinney. They hardly had time to say hello when in walked Jean Raffetto, Myra Barber, Angela Mendoza, Brenda Hart, Roxanne Cheatham, Deborah Jozwiak, Karen Brumley, Jane Lackow, Vicki Buxton, Patience Myers, Ron Karl, Rhee Haun, Carol

Jim Moore, past president of the Houston Symphony League Bay Area, from left, welcomes new member Gertha Brice, her daughter, Gayla Toms, and Marjorie Therrell to the Wine and Cheese Party for prospective members at St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in Nassau Bay.

Cohen, Mary Ruth Greenwell and Jean Gray. Now they’re all looking forward to another year of great music.

Panhellenic parties at its annual fall tea CLEAR LAKE Panhellenic members launched the new season with their annual Fall Friendship Tea Sept. 8 at the home of Priscilla Ennis at her new home in The Reserve. Event Chairman Sue Ellen Jennings and Panhellenic President Sheryl Williams joined Priscilla in welcoming the happy crowd – all pleased to see one another again after the summer break. Looking around, you might have spotted Diane Overman, D’Lisa Johnston, Judie Ferguson, Karlee Marcom, Jo Nell Hunter, Darla McKitrick, Amy Judd, Mary Keaton, Wendy Shaw, Ruth Beecher and

Early arrivals at the Clear Lake Area Panhellenic’s annual Fall Friendship Tea at the home of Priscilla Ennis included, from left, Lori Johnson, Wendy Shaw, Ondi Lyons and Barbara Dickey – their outfits carrying out the Mad Hatters Tea Party theme.

Long-time Houston Symphony League Bay Area members Dr. Patrick McKinney and Vice President Alice Steele join the crowd at the party.

Barbara Dickey among the arriving crowd at the event, which had a Mad Hatter Tea Party theme. After catching up on each other’s summer adventures, the talk quickly turned to Panhellenic’s big fall fashion show, coming up on Friday, Nov. 1 with a “Style in Wonderland” theme at South Shore Harbour Resort in League City, produced by Lenny Clear Lake Panhellenic President Sheryl Williams, Event Matuszewski and Chairman Sue Ellen Jennings and hostess Priscilla Ennis, chaired by Mackenzie from left, prepare to welcome the crowd to the Fall Friendship Tea at the Ennis home in The Reserve. Walker. Sue Ellen even came dressed as Alice in Wonderland, to help included Lisa O’Brien, Holly publicize the style show. Which, of Williamson, Lisa O’Brien, Kathie course, delighted everyone. Wiley, Lori Johnson, Ondi Lyons, Some of the others you might Sally Jordan and Susan Vaughn. have run into at the annual tea

D’Lisa Johnson, from left, catches up on the news with JoNell Hunter, Wendy Shaw and Holly Williamson at their annual Fall Friendship Tea.

Panhellenic members Amy Judd, Connie Zeiba, Sue Ellen Jennings, Lisa O’Brien and Darla McKitrick, from left, are happy to be back together at their annual Fall Friendship Tea after a long summer break.

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Mayor Donna Rogers, center, welcomes American Furniture Warehouse Project Managers Jacob Colby and Nolan Morrison to the City of Webster.

Webster’s Secret Sauce By Mary Alys Cherry


ow can a municipality

that measures just 6.7 square miles be an economic development powerhouse? How can this small municipality be home to over 2,200 businesses, including 32 shopping centers, over 150 restaurants, entertainment venues, and sports training facilities, 20 hotels, three major hospitals and a medical center that accommodates 1.8 M patients annually, and an aerospace sector that’s created a plasma rocket engine, Orion spacecraft, and first American-made airlock for the International Space Station? Webster, located midway between downtown Houston and Galveston, has some secret sauce! The City, whose residential population is just 10,000, is accustomed to accommodating 200,000 people daily for business, entertainment, recreation, and tourism. This City can be considered super-regional, as its market attracts those residing within a 30-mile radius, as well as a global visitor market for business and leisure. This City, under the leadership of Mayor Donna Rogers, who has been the president of the Webster Economic Development Corporation since its inception in 1999, understands, practices, and leads business development in a pioneering light. When there is tenacity, creativity, responsiveness, and positive drive -- a can-do attitude -- regardless of obstacles -- and there are always hurdles -- the sauce contains the right ingredients! Webster’s sauce is a rare blend and pairs perfectly with business. So, what is the formula in Webster’s economic development sauce? American Furniture Warehouse Project Managers Jacob Colby and Nolan Morrison would say that they wish the Webster Team would act as consultants in other cities, as


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Webster knows how to get business done! Webster sets the bar high, which propelled American Furniture Warehouse to choose Webster for its first Texas store. The Webster experience was such that no other city comes close to providing this high level of service -- and this mega project was fraught with hurdles. First, there were three land owners -- and the development amid 23 acres would not work without all three tracts, which had to be negotiated and purchased almost simultaneously. Second, this was undeveloped land that required access and infrastructure -- from a driveway cut on the I-45 feeder road from the Texas Department of Transportation to approximately 3,300 linear feet of new paving and City utilities funded by the Webster Economic Development Corporation. Third, this project was complex and huge—from design, engineering, and construction to planned development guidelines and city council approval, to permitting and opening. The Webster team, from the fire marshal and chief building official who worked, oftentimes, after hours and weekends on inspections throughout a lengthy construction period to ensure compliance, to the extra efforts of Community Development’s administrative assistant to obtain property tax receipts from the school district so the properties could close on schedule, to the public works director’s herculean work in coordinating civil design, utilities, and construction, from start to completion, Webster’s secret sauce was unrivaled. Throughout this multi-year process, the City’s relationship with the American Furniture Warehouse Project Team, Kevin Michalek, Nolan Morrison, Jacob Colby, and Broker Ben Brown is exceptional and invaluable. This is a City that understands investment and seeks to work in concert with its constituents.

Early Detection for Breast Cancer Prevention By Alisa Star


isa Halili was born and raised in Texas. She and her husband Johnny Halili are owners of Prestige oysters. Halili was diagnosed in 2017 with the gene that causes breast cancer. After a long arduous struggle with her insurance company to provide the MRI that she needed, Lisa consequently learned the devastating news: the MRI read positive with two lumps in both breasts. The lumps were in the milk ducts and growing rapidly at a centimeter a month. Lisa’s mother also had breast cancer. With that in consideration, Lisa decided to have a double mastectomy. When asked how she felt when she received the news, and having made the decision of having a double mastectomy done, Lisa replied “I feel like I won the world lottery.”

Most women that carry the cell that causes breast cancer live on with it undetected. Furthermore, some women choose not to have a mastectomy in fear of losing their breast tissue. “It’s okay to not have your breasts, at least you have your life,” concurred Halili. Finally, after two years of reconstructive surgery, her body rejected the implants. Lisa now feels her body has recovered, and is ready to try again. “I’m feeling great, and ready to get my flat tires aired up!” Lisa said. “I was fortunate and thank God I found out in time before it spread throughout my entire body. If you’re a woman who thinks you might carry the gene that causes breast cancer, you must consider getting tested. Remember there are preventative choices you can take to make sure you will have a long life.”

Lisa Halili and her son Raz.


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Rotarians to host 46th Shrimporee on Oct. 12 Precinct 8 Constable Phil Sandlin and his deputies. Food tickets, which will be available at the event, may be purchased from any Space Center Rotarian or by email to Raymond Moore at “This year marks our 46th annual event, which speaks to the close partnership we have with the Clear Lake community and its businesses,” Administrator Gary Renola said.“As has been the custom for nearly four decades, proceeds from the Shrimporee will benefit a number of good causes – including:

By Mary Alys Cherry


ne of the Bay Area’s most

popular events is coming up Saturday, Oct. 12 – Space Center Rotary’s 46th annual Shrimporee, offering up a whole afternoon of fun with good music, good food and good company. There’ll be piles of yummy shrimp and good ole Texas barbecue, live music by Cross Roads, live and silent auctions, a raffle, plus a variety of activities for the kiddoes in Clear Lake Park’s Landolt Pavilion at 5001 E. NASA Parkway from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free, but if you buy a raffle ticket and get lucky, you might top off your day by winning a $5,000 shopping spree at Lewis Jewelers, a 55-inch TV set or two Sonos wireless speakers in the 2:30 p.m. raffle drawing, Shrimporee Chairman Raymond Moore notes. The party gets started at 11 a.m. with live music by the band Cross Roads as Clear Creek ISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith opens the silent auction, which continues until 2 p.m. The live auction, conducted by Richard Schnuriger, with help from Scott Rainey and Jerry Smith, will be from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. While you’re wandering around saying hello to friends, you can sit down and enjoy one of the $20 shrimp and barbecue plates and a variety of

n Rotary sponsorship of ‘The Leader in Me’ leadership development program at Space Center Intermediate School; n Support for veterans battling PTSD through the Camp Hope and Impact a Hero Programs; Houston City Councilman Dave Martin, center, puts big smiles on the faces of Shrimporee Chairman Raymond Moore, right, and Space Center Rotary President Mike Porterfield as he agrees to be a $2,000 sponsor for the Oct. 12 fundraiser at Clear Lake Park.

beverages. There are also $1 hot dogs for the kids (free for those 6 and under), who will probably be busy getting their faces painted, having fun on the inflatables and trackless train rides or learning about getting fingerprinted from Harris County

n Excellence in Education, Public Service and First Responder Awards, recognizing stellar achievements by local residents in these vocations; n The fight to eradicate polio; water, sanitation and hygiene projects in Africa; and the n Rotary Youth Exchange that enables high school students to become “early” ambassadors to other countries.

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CCEF lists its honorees for Nov. 2 awards gala


who support and enhance CCISD whether CCISD alumni or not: Ron Masters; Alaina Garza, CCISD Secondary Teacher of the Year; and Lyzette Ruiz, CCISD Elementary Teacher of the Year

n Dennis Johnson Memorial Small Business Award is presented to a small business owner within CCISD who demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the district through active participation in multiple activities: Tim and Debbie Kropp- MRI Technologies

he Clear Creek Education Foundation is launching

Rotary Clubs plan regatta The Rotary Clubs of Friendswood and League City will host their Second Annual Rotary Regatta on Clear Creek Sunday, Oct. 20 -- a 7-mile canoe/kayak race that begins at 1776 Park in Friendswood and ends at Countryside Park in League City. This race was established to bring some fun and awareness to Clear Creek and the two Rotary Clubs. The Regatta kicks off at 10 a.m. at 1776 Park at 450 FM 2351 in Friendswood. There will be refreshments and festivities with live entertainment after the paddle at Countryside Park at 100 Alderwood in League City. Registration is open with a $35 fee. For more information email

its 19th Annual Awards Presentation and Gala on Saturday, Nov. 2, and this year will honor the late Chris Reed as Citizen of the Year. Reed, a Clear Creek ISD trustee and Kemah police chief, died June 7 in tragic a boating accident. The CCEF mission is supported this year by the theme, “Next Giant Leap... Shoot for the Moon and Land among the Stars.” Distinguished Clear Creek School District graduates and other community members who have contributed substantially to the success of the district will be honored at the event at South Shore Harbour Resort. 

 The gala is open to the community, but does require advance ticket purchases. For sponsorship information or to purchase tickets, visit the website, All funds raised from the gala go toward Inspiring Educational Excellence in CCISD through CCEF’s programs: Educational grants for both teachers and students, Clear Horizon Early College High School and National Board Teacher Certifications.

Award recipients include:

 n George B. Carlisle Distinguished Service Award for consistent demonstration of commitment to CCISD over time: Ann Hammond

The late Chris Reed will be honored as citizen of the year by CCEF.

n Distinguished Alumni Award presented to individuals who are CCISD alumni and are now accomplished professionals who support their community: Jacqueline Mitchell (Clear Creek High, 1983), Dr. Daniel Okorodudu(Clear Creek, 2000), Dr. Dale Okorodudu(Clear Creek, 2002), and Melissa Wiginton(Clear Lake, 1976) 
n Valor Award in honor of a public servant (military, police, fire, etc.) who has gone above and beyond the call of duty: Darren Ellisor, (Clear Lake, 1992)

 n CCISD Superstar Award bestowed to a select group of individuals

n CCISD Citizen of the Year, recognized by the CCISD Board of Trustees and CCEF, goes to an outstanding member of the community who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to CCISD and excellence in public education through volunteer efforts: the late Chris Reed. The event is being planned by a 23 person volunteer committee that includes: CCEF Executive Director Deborah Laine and Marketing Manager Kelsey McNeil; Co-Chairmen Joyce Abbey and Suzanne Fair; and committee members Kim Barker, Katy Bastedo, Janet Brown, Kimberly Fleming, Roy Green, Sandra Ham, Ann Hammond, Lisa Holbrook, Chani Honeycutt, Laura Mackay, Amanda Mark, Joan McKinney, Sarah Moutz, Jill Reason, Elaine Renola, Deena Rigby, Mary Ann Shallberg, Teresa Vencil and Elizabeth Wiehle Wang.

Clear Lake Panhellenic fall fashion show Nov. 1 By Mary Alys Cherry


ne of the Bay Area’s biggest

style shows is coming up next month – Clear Lake Panhellenic’s 34th annual Fashion Show and Luncheon, “Style in Wonderland,” which will be held Friday, Nov. 1 in South Shore Harbour Resort’s Crystal Ballroom in League City. Produced by nationally known fashion event producer, Lenny Matuszewski Jr., the event will feature fashions from Dillard’s at Baybrook Mall and modeled by Panhellenic members. Some of those we’ll see coming down the runway include Carrie Peters, Wendy Shaw, Jenny Frantz, Holly Williamson, Courtney Myers, Melody Seavey, Stacy Lyon, Cindi Priebe, Christie Matthews and Rhonda Salinsky. The magical and playful theme for the event was selected by Chairman Mackenzie Walker who said proceeds will be used to provide college scholarships to Bay Area high school senior girls, noting that Panhellenic has awarded over half a million dollars in scholarships to date. Panhellenic members serving as committee


Clear Lake Area Panhellenic members Greta Mee, Hillary Gramm, Diane Overman, Mackenzie Walker, Judie Ferguson, Sue Ellen Jennings and Barbara Dickey, from left, work on plans for their Nov. 1 fashion show luncheon at South Shore Harbour Resort.

chairmen for the event, which starts at 10:30 a.m., include Kathryn Vernau, Hillary Gramm and Kim Barker, auctions; Diane Overman, models; Sue Ellen Jennings, Jill Reason, Judie Ferguson, Becky Hensley and Linda McCormack, decorations; Darla McKitrick, reservations; Barbara Dickey and Sue Broughton, registration; Diane Overman, sponsors and underwriters; Lisa O’Brien, raffle; Laurie Vaughn, finance; and Greta Mee and Kathie Wiley,

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data management. Ticket prices vary with general seating, $85; runway seats, $100; prime runway (very limited), $135 with tables seating 10. For additional information, contact Chairman Mackenzie Walker, 281-845-7030 or for reservations, call Darla McKitrick, 281-620-6574. Those interested in being sponsors or underwriters should call Diane Overman, 281-773-4072.

Ryan Kirksey, board chair, Jessica Lira, case manager and Gayle Nelson executive director of Family Promise

Family Promise: An Opportunity of Hope By Alisa Star


amily Promise was

founded by Karen Olson in 1986 with the mission of helping homeless and low income families to achieve sustainable independence. It also allows communities to develop comprehensive, holistic solutions for families facing homelessness. Many of the homeless are invisible and are professional. They have come upon hard times due to many legitimate reasons such as divorce, death, illness or medical reasons, just to name a few. Families that are in crisis come to Family Promise for help, food , shelter, and support. They also provide counseling to families for prevention. Usually the time for most families that are placed in the program is three to six months. The ultimate goal is for the families to graduate the program, and to transition into their new life and home. Statistics show that 60% of the homeless are women with children, and 40% are men with children. There were over 2,000 homeless children for the year 2018-2019 in the Clear Creek community. Not having a place to call home is probably the toughest for children, besides the feeling of uncertainty and shame of living in shelters. Homelessness also affects children’s learning and disrupts their entire life. Family promise has a full library, as well as children’s books and videos, and it also offers a martial arts program for the children. This program teaches children to focus, and become more disciplined, which consequently helps the child to develop solid self-esteem. There is a three step process for receiving help from Family

Promise. Telephone screening and intake interview and paperwork “background check, and drug screening.” Families that are accepted into the program must have a job, and take the classes for the 5 step program, which consists of Shelter and Wheels, Life Skills, Ride to Success, Graduate Program and Prevention and Diverse Program. This allows families to successfully prepare to graduate from the program for success. Out of 28 families in the program 12 of them have graduated the program since March 2017 and still remain independent. There are five Family Promises located in the Houston vicinity, with one being in the Clear Creek area at 1101 Egret Bay Blvd. in League City. Clear Creek Family Promise opened its doors in March of 2017. There are 19 churches and 13 host churches involved in the Family Promise network. The churches prepare home cooked meals every night and help host families. There are over 700 volunteers in the Clear Creek area program. Family Promise is 100% funded by the community. They rely solely on annual fundraising events. Bay Area Houston Magazine Is proud to sponsor the Reach for the Stars Fundraising Gala on Oct. 5 from 6-9 p.m. at Bay Oaks Country Club in Clear Lake. Tickets are $75. The event will consist of live entertainment, cash bar, silent and live auction. Bay Area Houston Magazine President and CEO Rick Clapp will be the auctioneer for the evening. For more information on Family promise or events, contact Gayle Nelson at 832-932-3963, or e-mail at

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Honda HR-V

Nissan Pathfinder

Crossover Options By Don Armstrong


he CUV, or “crossover utility vehicle,” is typically built on a modified car chassis, where the body and frame are one. The advantage is carlike handling and better fuel mileage. In this edition of Bay Area Houston Magazine, we look at two contenders in this hot category. Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder is a midsize crossover that shares much of its undercarriage with the Nissan Altima. The ride is smooth and, yes, car-like, but has a body-on-frame swagger to it. Refreshed in 2017, our ’19 Pathfinder is equipped with the new Rock Creek trim package that adds a sophisticated, off-road look, along with other bits, to an already attractive exterior. Inside you’ll find all the tech needed for around town errands, including a functional and easy-touse infotainment system. Seating is among the most comfortable on the road - 3-rows are offered, the third being kid size. Rock Creek Pathfinders come in 2-wheel drive, but we suggest the 4-wheel drive upgrade for $1,700. It adds a few dollars to the monthly payment but is well worth it for goanywhere capability. Nissan’s powertrain scores high marks with a 284-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6, connected to the best


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CVT transmission on the market, capable of towing up to 6,000 lbs. Base price for the Pathfinder is $31,530, Rock Creek trim adds $1,000. Honda HR-V Not long ago, manufacturers discovered a huge market for subcompact crossovers, tiny 5-seaters that pretend to be bigger than they are, Honda’s version is the HR-V. HR-V stands for Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle. It’s not “hi” nor is it revolutionary – well, perhaps in Honda’s way of thinking it is – but it gets a refresh for the 2019 model year. To go along with its diminutive size, Honda equipped the HR-V with a 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine that buzzes its way up to 141-horsepower coupled to a CVT transmission. This combination is rated at 27 mpg-city and 31-highway. To the grocery or school car-pool is fine but getting up to highway speed on the entrance ramp of the Gulf Freeway may take some extra thought. The interior is well thought about but there is a learning curve with the infotainment system. There no mistaking the HRV’s exterior styling for anything other than a Honda. It comes with attractive, curvy lines that make this crossover stand out from its competitors. Pricing starts at $20,620. Nicely equipped, about $26K. Honda fans will love this little one.

Help arrives in the Bahamas from LYC By Mary Alys Cherry


boat load of love

from Lakewood Yacht Club is helping save lives in The Bahamas. It began as many members expressed the desire to help on hearing of the devastation Hurricane Dorian had wrought on the beautiful islands – especially Green Turtle Cay, one of the barrier islands off Great Abaco, where LYC members Bill and Angie Zartler have owned a small resort since 2016 and where many members have visited and enjoyed this little piece of paradise and its residents. Green Turtle Cay has a population of about 400 and can only be reached via ferry from the mainland or boat. There is not an airport on the island. It is considered part of the “Abaco Out Islands” and is 3 miles (4.8 km) long and ½ mile wide. It was named after the once abundant green turtles that inhabited the area. Angie Zartler’s sister, Darla, managed the resort and rode the storm out there. She sent word that the island has been devastated and that basic supplies to sustain the people were needed badly. Word of the devastation quickly spread at Lakewood, and before long members Karen and Chris Lewis, along with Paul Dunphey and Forbes Durdin, offered to lead efforts for those at Lakewood Yacht Club offering to provide help, as did the Parkwood Chevrolet family. A notice was emailed to the Lakewood membership, and in no time cars began arriving with hundreds of items – water, canned goods, rice, beans, diapers, blankets -- to help the people of Green Turtle Cay. A GoFundMe page was even set up to help. Three trucks were filled and headed to Florida where the donations were taken by a chartered steel boat to Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, leaving everyone with a warm feeling, knowing their donation probably brought a smile to someone’s face that had been filled with frowns. Now, the future was looking a little brighter!


New SJC Center for Petrochemical, Energy and Technology

San Jacinto College opening new additions By Sophia Primera


onstruction is nearing completion

on new additions to San Jacinto College Central, North and South Campuses. Funded by the college’s 2015 bond referendum of $450 million, the campuses also are receiving general site and infrastructure upgrades including increased WiFi accessibility and bringing building access points up to ADA code. Newest addition to the Central Campus is the Center for Petrochemical Energy, and Technology. The $60 million, 151,000 square-foot instructional complex with a separate Process Training Unit opened for the fall 2019 semester with the official grand opening ceremony Sept. 18. Built for and designed by industry, the facility features 35 custom interior labs, 20 interactive classrooms, and 3 computer labs. The building houses the air conditioning technology, electrical technology, electronics, engineering design graphics (drafting), environmental health and safety technology, instrumentation/analyzer technology, nondestructive testing, pipefitting/fabricator, process technology and welding programs. “These new vocational facilities definitely provide realistic workplace experiences for our students,” Charles Smith, San Jacinto College associate vice chancellor of fiscal initiatives and capital projects, said. “This has been a strength of the college for some time. Now, students studying process technology can learn a variety of skilled trades in a real operating environment with our Glycol Distillation Unit and the myriad of specialized process labs that support that family of programs.” WELCOME CENTER The Central Campus is also gaining a 43,000-squarefoot Welcome Center. The $16.6 million facility will serve as a “one-stop” student support services building for admissions, financial aid, tutoring, testing centers, education planning and counseling. Construction at the San Jacinto College North Campus continues for its brand-new Cosmetology and Culinary Center. Scheduled to open in spring of 2020, the 57,000-square-foot, $22.3 million facility will provide the latest state-of-the-art facilities for students to get realworld, industry-standard training. The culinary wing will consist of a bakery, kitchens with multiple food prep stations, ovens, stoves and walk-in refrigerators and freezers. The facility will also

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feature a bistro dining area available to the public with capabilities of hosting catered events with meals prepared by culinary students. The cosmetology wing will feature a full-service salon and spa where students, faculty and the community can experience services such as massages, facials, haircuts, colors, manicures and pedicures. SOUTH CAMPUS ADDITIONS The San Jacinto College South Campus will gain two new buildings, the largest being the new Engineering and Technology Center. The 74,000 square-foot, $27.7 million facility will feature new computer labs complete with industry-standard software, a MakerSpace will feature a 3D print shop, metal shop, and a woodshop to allow students to build their designs. The Engineering and Technology Center will house engineering technology, biomedical equipment repair technology, engineering design graphics, electronics, and computer information technology programs. The South Campus is also adding a new 39,300 squarefoot Cosmetology Center. The $15.8 million facility will feature student lounge areas, a full-service salon, and updated labs and classrooms to enhance the workforce training for those interested in a cosmetology career. The Engineering and Technology Center and the Cosmetology Center are scheduled to be open in fall 2020. TAKE JOB SERIOUSLY “The Board of Trustees and the chancellor take their commitment to stewardship of taxpayer dollars extremely seriously,” Smith added. “Only about half of the money raised by the bond is being spent on new construction. The remainder is being deployed to strategically improve the life or efficiency of existing buildings and infrastructure. During a time of relentless cost escalation, the college has done everything in our power to keep a tight rein on scope and schedule, while meeting community expectations. “Whether through high school dual enrollment, participation in our academic programs, or our Continuing and Professional Development offerings, there simply is no better return on educational investment in the greater Houston area than what we offer at San Jac,” Smith said. For more information on the San Jacinto College South Campus bond construction projects and bond construction updates college-wide, visit



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Pappa’s Delta Blues


El Tiempo Preamble



Franca’s Noon & Mirch

South Shore Grille Red River Cantina





Crazy Alan’s Bakkhus


Ocean Sushi

Nobi Las Haciendas


Jackie’s Brickhouse


Tookie’s Seafood

Hubcap Grill

Angelo’s Masa Sushi


Villa Capri

888 Chinese



Chelsea Wine Bar

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T-Bone Tom’s

Red River BBQ Main St. Bistro

Stomp’s Burgers



AMERICAN 1. Jackie’s Brickhouse 1053 Marina Bay Dr, Kemah, TX (832) 864-2459 2. Main St Bistro 615 E Main St, League City, TX (281) 332-8800 3. Red Oak Cafe 6011 W Main St a106, League City, TX (832) 905-3150 4. Stomp’s Burger Joint 3107 TX-146, Bacliff, TX (281) 339-0785 5. South Shore Grille 2800 Marina Bay Dr, League City, TX (281) 334-7700 6. T-Bone Tom’s 707 TX-146, Kemah, TX (281) 334-2133 7. Cabo Bar & Grill 2513 NASA Rd. 1, Seabrook, TX (281) 532-2691 8. Hubcap Grill 1918 E NASA Pkwy, Seabrook, TX (281) 339-7116 ASIAN 1. 888 Chinese 16744 El Camino Real, Houston, TX (281) 990-8888


Red Oak Cafe

Topwater Grill

Gumbo Bar


Dickinson BBQ


2. Masa Sushi 977 E NASA Pkwy, Webster, TX (281) 486-9888

3. Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar 1615 FM 646, League City, TX (281) 524-8626

2. Mediterraneo Market & Cafe 18033 Upper Bay Rd, Houston, TX (281) 333-3180

2. Scotty’s Pub 3202 Marina Bay Dr, League City, TX (281) 339-7474 m o s e s l a

3. Michiru Sushi 20911 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX (281) 338-9988

4. Marais 2015 FM 517 Rd E, Dickinson, TX (281) 534-1986

3. Sawa Mediterranean 16608 El Camino Real, Houston, TX (281) 990-0817

3. Skallywag’s 600 6th St, Kemah, TX (281) 538-8877

4. Noon & Mirch: Cuisine of India 505 E NASA Pkwy, Webster, TX 5. Ocean Sushi 3020 Marina Bay Dr Suite A2, League City, TX (281) 957-9122 BARBEQUE 1. Dickinson BBQ 2111 FM 517 Rd E, Dickinson, TX (281) 534-2500 2. Pappas Delta Blues 19901 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX (281) 332-0024 3. Red River BBQ 1911 E Main St Suite B, League City, TX (281) 332-8086 CAJUN 1. Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack 310 Texas Ave, Kemah, TX (281) 334-5000 2. Floyd’s Cajun Seafood 20760 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX (281) 332-7474

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I TA L I A N 1. Angelo’s Pizza & Pasta 400 Bay Area Blvd A, Webster, TX (281) 332-2404 2. Gio’s Flying Pizza & Pasta 650 FM 517 W. Dickinson, TX (281) 337-0107 3. Grazia Italian Kitchen 1001 Pineloch Dr #1100, Houston, TX (281) 486-2083 4. Villa Capri 3713 NASA Rd. 1, Seabrook (281) 326-2373 5. Franca’s Real Italian 1101 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX (281) 488-2207 6. Mario’s Pizza & Pasta 2100 E NASA Pkwy, Seabrook, TX 77586 (281) 474-5103 MEDITERRANEAN 1. Bakkhus Taverna 605 6th St, Kemah, TX (281) 538-1800

4. Sokols Greek Deli & Cafe 2410 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX (281) 286-2989 MEXICAN 1. El Tiempo Cantina 20237 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX (713) 802-1580 2. Habanero’s Tacos 1908 Hialeah Dr #2, Seabrook, TX (281) 474-4400 3. Las Haciendas 1020 W. Nasa Rd 1, Webster, TX 77598 281-557-3500 4. Red River Cantina 1911 E Main St Suite A, League City, TX 77573 281-557-8156 5. Escalante’s Fine Tex-Mex & Tequila 1043 W. Bay Area Blvd, Webster, TX 77598 281-316-6980 PUB/BAR/FUSION 1. Nobi Public House 241 E NASA Pkwy, Webster, TX (832) 932-5111

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4. Boondoggles Pub 4106 E NASA Pkwy, El Lago, TX (281) 326-2739 5. Chelsea Wine Bar 4106 E NASA Pkwy f, El Lago, TX (281) 326-5282 6. Cutfoil Carafes and Drafts 20801 Gulf Fwy, Webste,r TX (832) 632-1249 7. Preamble Lounge & Craft House 20801 Gulf Fwy #12, Webster, TX (832) 905-2927 SEAFOOD 1. Gilhooley’s Oyster Bar 222 9th St, San Leon, TX 77539 (281) 339-3813 2. Tookie’s Seafood 1106 Bayport Blvd, Seabrook, TX (281) 942-9445 3. Topwater Grill 815 Avenue O, San Leon, TX (281) 339-1232 4. Sundance Grill II 800 Mariners Dr, Kemah, TX (281) 535-5350


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The gang’s all here! Celebrating the birthday of Bay Area Houston Magazine’s Alisa Star at Cutfoil: Carafes and Drafts.

Special wine tasting events at Cutfoil: Carafes and Drafts are always extra special.


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that plague our current society. Nonetheless, the American Dietary Association has encouraged a more raw lifestyle to prevent diabetes and certain cancers. It’s time to expand culinary knowledge, create impactful meals, and explore the savory possibilities from simple plant-based ingredients.

Wisdom of Eating Raw By Sumer Loggins Plants are powerful. They bring a new level of energy to the table. Plants give people a chance to think about food in fun and clever ways. After a certain period of eating natural foods, a person will notice their taste buds Raw Tacos are enhanced and they experience more • Romaine Lettuce flavors than they • Zucchini • Squash could ever imagine. • Bell Pepper It opens a whole new • Cucumber world of possibilities • Asparagus • Hummus and maximizes • Mashed Avocado human potential. • Red Pepper Flakes Raw foods are the • Extra Virgin Olive Oil foundation for lasting • Lime mental, physical, and Spread Avocado and spiritual health. These Hummus a bed of Romaine include vegetables, Lettuce. Cut Bell peppers, fruits, nuts, seeds, Squash, Cucumber, and Zucchini in thin, vertical sprouted grains, and slices. Add Olive Oil, Lime, sea vegetables in and Red Pepper Flakes. their most natural form. The raw foods lifestyle has added The Martian psychological benefits Smoothie as it helps heal the • A Scoop of Plant-Based gut. Protein The gut is • 1 Sambazon Açaí Packet considered the • 1 Cup Frozen second brain because Blueberries • 1/3 Cup Frozen it is connected to the Blackberries brain via the vagus • 1 Banana nerve and contains • 1/2 cup Goodbelly more nerve endings Probiotic juice • 2 Cups Nut Milk than the spinal • 1 Tbsp. Almond Butter cord or peripheral • 1 Tsp. Maca Powder nervous system. The • 2 Tbsp. Cacao Nibs highest density of immune cells resides in the gut. Gut health is directly related to your mood, weight, and overall health. The better your digestive health, the better your life. There are far-reaching benefits of a raw food lifestyle. It enhances beauty with its skin glowing effect and provides long-lasting vigor and energy. Raw foods allow you to live to your fullest potential without the detriments of health issues


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Beginners Guide to Eating Raw Start your day with lemon-infused water, protein smoothies, or juices. Eat hydrating foods. Radish, Cauliflower, Peppers, Watermelon, Spinach, Starfruit, Strawberries, Broccoli, Grapefruit, Carrots, and Cantaloupe all contain 90% water by weight. Prepare a fruit salad, add lime, and salt or a fruit vinaigrette, with honey, citrus and seeds for flavor. Probiotics are live microorganisms that restore the gut flora and improve nutrient absorption. They are found in fermented foods like coconut yogurt, pickled vegetables, kombucha, and tempeh. Kombucha is a probiotic tea that comes in many delicious flavors like peach mint, strawberry, and hibiscus rose. Kombucha has a gut-healing effect and is a healthier option than soda. Add frozen fruits and chia seeds to coconut yogurt. Frozen fruits are also delicious in sparkling drinks. Enjoy herbal teas like lavender, chamomile, or passionflower. Stock up on frozen fruit and dried goods. Invest in a food processor, air fryer dehydrator, juicer, blender, or spiralizer. The more tools you have, the more creative your meals can be. Create a weekly meal plan and grocery list so that shopping is quick and easy. Nuts, seeds, granola, herbs, spices, and teas are best stored in airtight containers to maintain freshness. To clean produce, add one cup of white vinegar to 3 cups water, stir, and soak for 10 minutes. You may experience minor detox reactions like bloating, cravings, and flatulence. This is your body’s way of transitioning to a healthier lifestyle. Start gradually and over time healthy habits will become a part of your daily life as you blossom into the new and improved you. Most important is to remain mindful of the food you consume and pay attention to how you feel after a meal. There are unlimited amounts of raw food recipes online. It’s not an all-or-nothing approach. Positive lifestyle changes are about adding value and variety to your life. Stay balanced by setting realistic expectations. Monitor progress and always remember what truly motivates you. Protein • Chlorella, Bee Pollen, Spirulina, and Sprouts • Hemp, Flax, Sunflower, Chia, Sesame, and Pumpkin Seeds • Almonds, Pistacchio, Walnuts, Macadamia Nuts, Pecans, and Cashews • Leafy Greens like Kale, Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli, and Arugula • Protein Powders such as Vega, PlantFusion, and Orgain Fermented Foods • Coconut Yogurt, Kombucha, Sauerkraut, Pickles, Miso, and Kimchi Fats • Avocado, Olives, Cacao Nibs, Cold-Pressed Oils, Nuts, and Seeds Sweets • Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Dates, Vanilla Extract, and Molasses


Port chairman stresses need for a deeper, wider channel By Kathryn Paradis


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Port of Houston Commission Chairman Ric Campo updates the BAHEP crowd on the State of the Port at the Hilton.

Seabrook Mayor Thom Kolupski, left, and State Sen. Larry Taylor join the crowd at BAHEP’s State of the Port Address at the Hilton Hotel in Nassau Bay.

Johnson Space Center External Relations Director Deborah Conder, left, and SAIC External Relations Director Joyce Abbey wear big smiles as they arrive at the Hilton for the State of the Port Address.


Bay Are Houston Economic Partnership President Bob Mitchell, right, welcomes Boeing ISS Program Manager Mark Mulqueen, Houston City Councilman Dave Martin and CLC Properties CEO John Wilkins, from left, to the State of the Port Address at Clear Lake/NASA Hilton.

Early arrivals at the BAHEP State of the Port Address Sept. 17 in Nassau Bay included, from left, Associated Credit Union of Texas Marketing Manager Eric Goins, Jared Bargas, representing Congressman Randy Weber, and Associated Credit Union of Texas CEO Jack Click.

BAHEP Marketing Manager C.A. Shields, left, is happy to see League City Economic Development Director Scott Livingston as he arrives at the State of the Port Address.

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anything else brought on by Tropical Storm Imelda could stop Ric Campo, chairman of the Port of Houston Authority, from his appointed task of speaking to members of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership about the state of the port. Considering the state of the weather Sept. 17, a good-sized audience gathered at the Hilton for the late afternoon reception. What is the state of the port? It’s good. It’s really good. There are nearly 200 public and private terminals that make up the port. Houston is the nation’s No. 1 region for exports and home to the largest petrochemical manufacturing complex in the Americas. Energy production and the export of crude oil, along with the increasing global demand for chemicals produced in the region, are major drivers of this success. This activity along the 52-mile ship channel has helped make the port the No. 1 U.S. port in foreign waterborne tonnage. The economic impact of the greater port nationally includes 3.2 million jobs and $802 billion in economic value. In Texas, the port generates 1.35 million jobs and has an economic impact of $339 billion. However, such growth can also create problems. Since 2015, there have been nine ship-ship or barge-ship collisions. He cautioned, “You ultimately have to get down to really simple concepts -- no channel, no port, no port, no cargo, no cargo, no commerce, no commerce, no jobs. It really is about the channel. “We have to make sure the channel is expanded and improved in order to meet this demand that is going on with increased cargo when it comes to both energy and containers. If we can’t move our energy products out through the channel, then the entire supply chain backs up. This creates serious issues for energy companies, for job growth, and for Texas. So, it’s really critical that we have a deeper and wider channel with two-way traffic.” He concluded, “A wider channel is a safer channel. We have to make sure we protect lives as well as the environment. Jobs are important, but we can’t lose sight of the safety of everyone who lives around the channel. . .It will cost $1 billion . . .a lot of money, but when you think about the economic benefit, it’s really not. It’s about making sure that our kids and their kids have economic opportunity in the future and a better quality of life.”

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Erin Tite

Jennifer Buckels

Nine CCISD schools have new principals By Mary Alys Cherry


ine Clear Creek ISD

schools have new leaders this school year, and among the nine is the district’s newest school. The new Florence Campbell Elementary School, which opened its doors to students for the first time this fall, has Erin Tite, with nearly two decades of experience, as its very first principal. Tite was assigned to her new position in February, after spending the last 14 years as principal of Bay Elementary. Before Clear Creek ISD, she taught in Alvin ISD and then moved to Pearland ISD to become an administrator. “I am so excited to create a new campus culture,” Tite said about the new school year. “I can’t wait to create new traditions with our incoming Campbell Colts to make their elementary experience one to remember.” All the changes are at elementary campuses with the exception of one intermediate school. This year Brookside Intermediate and its science magnet program welcomed new principal Shannon Simonds, who has an extensive background in science instruction, as well as administration. A Baylor University

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graduate, she earned her master’s degree at Lamar University. Since then, she has spent her entire career in Clear Creek ISD, most recently as assistant principal of League City Intermediate. Both she and her husband are CCISD grads and have two children, a boy and a girl who also attend CCISD schools. Parr Elementary has Jennifer Buckels, the former principal of North Pointe Elementary, as its new principal and who plans to continue the great work of her predecessor and longtime Clear Creek ISD principal, Jane Kelling. A Baylor University graduate, Buckels also attended Lamar University for her master’s degree. She spent 20 years as a teacher before working in administration for the last eight years. In addition to working here for 15 years, Buckels has four children,who all graduated from Clear Creek ISD, so she knows first-hand what makes it special. Whitcomb Elementary also is welcoming a new principal. After serving 29 years in Aldine ISD, Raymond Stubblefield has joined CCISD. As the current president of the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association for Region 4, he is an advocate for public education. He received a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston and is a history graduate of Angelo State University who started his teaching career in Guatemala. “I believe strongly in the purpose and unique role of public schools,” said Stubblefield, who was 2018 Elementary Principal of the Year.

Sara Konesheck

Beth Pawlowski

Bay Elementary’s new principal is Deborah Johnson, who came to Bay in February from her position as principal of Mossman Elementary. A graduate of Bowling Green State University in Ohio, she earned her master’s degree at UH-Clear Lake and has nearly 20 years of experience in education. She is particularly excited about Bay Elementary entering year two of the Leader in Me program, a school improvement model involving student empowerment and academic results. Johnson, whose two daughters grew up in CCISD, said that a “family feeling” is what sets Clear Creek apart from other large school districts. Heading North Pointe Elementary this school year is Diana Kattner, who spent the last 20 years at Whitcomb Elementary, where she began as the dyslexia specialist and spent the last five years as principal. She received a B.A. in Marketing from Baylor University before obtaining her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from UH-Clear Lake. Kattner is proud to say she was a product of Clear Creek ISD, all the way from Webster Elementary to Clear Creek High. Her own children also attended CCISD, and both graduated from Clear Lake High. Clear Path Alternative School’s new principal is Lori Diaz, who previously was its interim principal. “I am most excited about working with the staff and students in creating a space for learning and healing,” she said. Before coming to Clear Path, Diaz taught American history in Galveston ISD and then

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was an assistant principal at Clear Springs High School. Diaz attended Ball High School in Galveston and stuck close to home for college, receiving her bachelor’s degree from University of Houston (Main Campus) and her master’s degree from UH-Clear Lake. Mossman Elementary’s new principal, Sara Konesheck, transferred there this past February from Ward Elementary, where she spent five years as assistant principal before serving as principal for the last two and a half. Konesheck, who graduated from Texas A&M University and earned her master’s degree at UHCL, has been in education for 13 years. She began her career in Clear Creek ISD by teaching second and fourth grade at Greene Elementary. Konesheck is also excited as her oldest daughter joins her at Mossman as she starts kindergarten. Her youngest still has a few more years to go. Ward Elementary’s new principal is Beth Pawlowski, who began her career in education as a bilingual third-grade teacher, first in Manor ISD and then in Clear Creek ISD. Prior to her new job, she was a bilingual instructional math coach at Stewart Elementary for five years and assistant principal of McWhirter Elementary for three. Pawlowski is another of our CCISD principals who knows the district from two perspectives, as a staff member and student. After graduating from Clear Lake High and St. Edwards University, she earned her master’s degree at Texas A&M Commerce.

Houston Methodist Clear Lake adds orthopedic specialist Dr. J Sawyer Croley


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Orthopedics & Sports MedicineClear Lake has added a another specialist to its medical staff -- Dr. J. Sawyer Croley. Croley is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in partial and total knee replacement, hip replacement, reconstructive surgery of the knee and hip; and minimally invasive surgery. His


expertise includes the ability to perform direct anterior hips, which drastically reduce time for recovery, as well as unicompartmental knee arthroplasty, also known as “uka” or partial knee replacement. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, where he also completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. Most recently, he completed an

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advanced fellowship in adult reconstruction surgery at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. “My philosophy of care is to take the time to listen to and educate each patient, so that together we can develop a customized treatment plan to fit their unique situation and lifestyle,” Croley said. “I’m excited to join my new colleagues at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and begin serving the Bay Area and surrounding communities.” The addition of Croley brings the number of specialists on staff at

Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine – Clear Lake to eight. Croley began seeing patients in September at his office at 2020 NASA Pkwy., Suite 230, in Nassau Bay, and will also see patients at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine’s Clear Lake location at 14903 El Camino Real. To make an appointment with Croley or one of the other Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physicians, visit houstonmethodist. org/orthopedics/clearlake or call 713.363.9090.

W e lco me H om e By Pastor Brad Heintz


elcome Home is one of the most comforting greetings to share with someone. Whether you are coming home from a long trip, from college, from the hospital, from work or even war. When someone says, “Welcome Home” it just feels good. I remember the first time my parents said it to me when I returned from an international study program in college. It felt so good to be welcomed home, having been gone for so long. I remember standing on the streets of New York City in 1991, welcoming home our soldiers from the first gulf war. The most impactful moment for me was seeing Vietnam Vets marching with tears in their eyes. I realized in that moment this was their first welcome home parade since they came home from war in the 70s. I remember the first time I said, “Welcome Home” to a new worshiper at Living Word Church and they gave me a big hug and said that they needed to hear that! Why do we say, “Welcome Home?” Lets look at the meaning of this phrase. The Merriman/Webster Online

Dictionary defines these words in the following way: Definition of welcome home 1: a reception usually of a cordial nature provided to celebrate the return home of a person who invited me to a supper for my welcome home— Philemon Holland 2: an expression of welcome made at a person’s homecoming – the welcome home which rang from every spire and steeple— London Daily Telegraph So being welcomed means to be greeting warmly and celebrating someone’s return. And Home is where your family is. Home is where you are loved. Home is where you belong. When your family received you lovingly into where you are loved and belong, it feels good. The Bible says that God wants to welcome everyone home into His family. When we believe in Jesus and what he did to prove God’s love, we are welcomed home. Which means we are family, we are loved and we belong in an eternal home with God forever. This reminds me of the story Jesus tells of the prodigal son. Who had run away from home with His Dad’s inheritance and wasted it all. Homeless, hungry and humbled, the son realized that his

Dad’s servants had it better than him, so he returned home, hoping for at the most a job. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. Basically he welcomed him home! In Luke 15:2124, the father called to the servants, “Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!” And they began to have a wonderful time. (The Message Paraphrase) This is how it can be for each of us because we have a loving, good God who is Our Heavenly Father. When was the last time you were welcomed home? Living Word Church would love to welcome you home this Sunday. As the London Daily Telegraph reported, welcome home rang from every spire and steeple, that is what Church is to be like and that is what we strive to do. Romans 15:7 says, “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (English Standard Version). Living Word Church would love to welcome you home. If you don’t have a church home we would love to be your church home. If you miss having

family, we would love to be your spiritual family. As one of our guests said, “This is like family … but in a good way!” With Living Word, you will grow spiritually. If you want to experience God’s love, we would love to share and show how God’s love has changed our lives. With Living Word, your household will experience real transformation. If you desire to be connected, even feel alone, we want to embrace you. With Living Word, you will always have a place where you belong. Living Word would love to welcome you home at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays at our temporary church home at G.W. Robinson Elementary, 451 Kirby Road. Seabrook (Taylor Lake Village) while we prepare to build our permanent church home and community center. Living Word reaches out to our neighbors, friends, and everyone we meet because we want everyone to belong, be loved and be welcomed home! Pastor Brad Heintz is the founding pastor of Living Word Church in Seabrook, Texas, a vibrant family-style, nondenominational gathering of believers who take a pure, simple and real approach to faith and life. www.LWCBA. org Like us and watch us live on www.

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Bullying: The effects and the outcomes By Alisa Star


ullying can affect everyone – those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and suicides. It is very important to talk to kids to determine whether bullying or something else is a cause of mood changes. Bullying can happen at school, at home or online. It is often a deliberate misuse of power in a relationship through repeated verbal, physical or social and psychological harm, and makes the bullied feel superior to the person being mistreated. This is never okay, and is not a normal part of growing up. One of the most severe outcomes of bullying today is suicide with children who are bullied.


Some people often say that kids who are bullied need to toughen up. But that’s not true. It would happen no matter how thick skinned kids are. Some people think that bullying is “just a part of life.” Well that’s not true either, and they don’t take it seriously until someone they know has committed suicide over it. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,000 deaths per year. For every suicide among young people, there are about 100 suicide attempts. Over 17% of high school students have considered suicide due to bullying, and 8 percent have attempted it. Bullyrelated suicide can be connected to many types of bullying, physical, emotional, cyber, and texting. The link between bullying and suicides in schools are on the rise, and causing more awareness to teachers and parents to learn about the signs and dangers associated with bullying. Bullying can create high levels of social anxiety and a sense of a loss of dignity, and so many children show these signs and go unnoticed, or think it’s just a phase. Feeling unsafe can also have a huge negative impact on learning and participation in school functions. Over 4 million students skip school to avoid bullying. Students who witness bullying happen can also experience negative impacts. Students can feel stressed, not knowing what to do, or if they should tell someone, in fear of getting someone in trouble, or the loss of social status. They may be afraid of becoming bullied themselves if they say something. Research shows that bystanders are key to stopping bullying, but these students are part of peer groups and there may well be issues for them if they speak up. Students weigh the factors for them if they intervene, including their relationship with those involved, the apparent seriousness and impact, whether they think someone else would intervene, and their opinion of the person being bullied Why do people bully others? In some cases it may be to improve social status, having low selfesteem, feeling angry or frustrated, having lack of remorse or failing to recognize their behavior as a problem, or maybe being a victim of bullying themselves. Some people who bully are tough and strong. While other bullies are popular but thoughtless. Bullies are usually likely to have lifelong issues, such as depression, aggression, or maybe from abuse themselves from a family member, or friend. Children who bully enjoy

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getting their way, or may like conflict, and the feeling of aggression that makes them feel like the cream of the crop. Le Pere Goriot once said “Perhaps it is only human nature to inflict suffering on anything that will endure suffering, whether by reason of its genuine humility, or indifference, or sheer helplessness.” While so many people would think this statement could hold a lot of trueness, it’s not acceptable. Throwing your weight around on people who are defenseless against your meanness is the worst form of cowardice imaginable. The desperate need to intimidate and control others in order to feel good about oneself is the most pathetic way to let out emotional and psychological steam. Everyone has some sort of problems in his or her

“No one heals themselves by wounding another person.” life but resorting to bullying is the lowest form of handling the situation, in fact bullies tend to lose a lot of their friends. People don’t want to be associated with bullies, in fear they will be titled a bullier, too. If you suspect a child or your child is being bullied, do what you can to get more information to take the first necessary steps to intervene. Bullying most often happens when adults are not around. Encourage open and honest relationships with your child, and don’t rush to judgement until you have had time to learn about the situation. Also you can educate your child on what bullying looks like. Teach them to recognize it when they see it, and to not be afraid to help or tell someone. This could save a life. The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are the majority. No one heals themselves by wounding another person. And you never make yourself look good by making others feel bad. Teach your child to value themselves by showing them how much you love them. Tell them every day that they are strong and that they have power over their own lives. Teach them to talk to you, by talking to them. Above all...Let them know how much they are loved, and how important they are in this world we live in. Here’s to Living the Best You.

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