Bay Area Houston Magazine January 2014

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January 2014

In this issue • Holiday parties from around the Bay • Texas House seat vacancy • Six ways to cure the winter blues • Inspiration from Erin Asprec

Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital Opens New Orthopedic Surgery Center in Baytown




Publisher & Editor in Chief Mary Alys Cherry Executive Vice President Patty Kane Vice President & Creative Director Brandon Rowan Sales & Marketing Shannon Alexander Betty Butron-Smith Patty Bederka Debbie Salisbury Tabitha Underwood Editorial Don Armstrong Mary Alys Cherry Rod Evans Michael Gos Capt. Joe Kent Betha Merit Pat Patton Dr. Edward Reitman


Distribution Tim Shinkle Company



Holiday Parties Around the Bay


Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital


House District 129 Vacant Seat


Chapter 313 Agreements Attract New Employers

When it comes to your smile don’t settle for second best UHCL, JSC, BAHEP, Assistance League & CLACC Orthopedics making a difference in lives Several outstanding candidates vying for Texas seat Also increasing local school district funds


Quality Control


News Nuggets


Business Buzz


Six Ways to Improve Mood and Energy


Rose Matchmaking: Take a Chance on Love


UH President Named Quasar Award recipient


Inspiration from Erin Asprec


Movers & Shakers

Port of Houston air quality initiatives take center stage Quick news bits from around the bay NASA, SpaceX begin lease talks MD Anderson experts help you shake the winter blues Houston’s premier boutique-style matchmaking firm Dr. Renu Khator Memorial Hermann Southeast CEO CCISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith


Clear Lake Chatter Life in the Bay Area is just one big party

38 Light@Work Clear Lake church extends its ‘neighborhood’ to Galveston

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Dental Health

15 CLICK! Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre’s Ballet Coppélia

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Student scores well above state’s standards


Digital Strategy Consultant Pierr Castillo Photography Mary Alys Cherry Brian Stewart

Clear Creek ISD Exceeds Expectations

31 Finance Why was your credit card transaction denied?

Dr. Mark Franklin, left, and Dr. James Pyle show off the new Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital Surgical Center in Baytown. Photography by Brian Stewart President & Chairman Rick Clapp



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Don’t forget to vote! Clear Creek ISD Exceeds State Expectations


he Clear Creek Independent School District and all 43 campuses scored well above the state’s standards regarding student achievement, student progress from year-to-year, closing the achievement gap, and postsecondary readiness. The state introduced a new accountability system based on four categories. The means in which each category is calculated by the state is complicated, but essentially a school and school district must have achieved a certain percentage in each area or higher to be recognized as a Met Standard district or school. The state utilized student performance on the STAAR exams, STAAR performance growth of specific student groups over two years, high school completion rates, and the percentage of students who graduate on the state’s Recommended and Distinguished plans to determine a campus and district rating. The CCISD Performance Index Report demonstrates CCISD exceeded the state’s index score for student achievement by 38 points, the state’s index score for student progress by 17 points, closing the achievement gap index score by 25 points, and postsecondary readiness by 16 points. Nine campuses earned an academic achievement distinction in Reading/English Language Arts, seven campuses earned an academic achievement distinction in mathematics, and 17 campuses earned a distinction for student progress. Distinction designations are awarded to the top 25 percent of campuses that are similar to each other from across the state. Under the new Texas accountability system, a school and school district can only be rated as Met Standard or Needs Improvement. This is a

departure from the traditional ratings of Exemplary, Recognized, Acceptable and Unacceptable. “While the names of the ratings have changed, our mission has remained the same, and that is to ensure all students graduate college and career ready,” CCISD Superintendent Greg Smith said. “This transition from TAKS to STAAR has been a herculean effort on the part of our teachers, students, and parents. Yes, the state’s system is confusing, but the simple message to walk away from on this report card is that we are not complacent, we will continue to meet the needs of all children, and raise our own expectations every year. That is the CCISD Way.” Dr. Smith encourages parents and the community to not look at the state’s report in isolation, recognizing that there are multiple indicators of student success. “Over the last two years we have been engaging our community in the discussion of what they value as measurements of success, and it cannot be solely based on the STAAR exam. “We have students who excel in many areas that are not measured by a standardized test. Those successes should be highlighted such as the growing number of students who are receiving state certifications in the areas of health, manufacturing and culinary arts allowing them to enter the workforce today and positively contribute to the community.” Smith also points to student performance on college entrance exams. Based on the latest SAT results, CCISD students outperformed their peers in all areas. This year’s college bound seniors’ mean score was a 520 in Critical Reading on the SAT compared to 496 for the nation. The mean score for CCISD was a 546 in Mathematics compared to 514 for the nation. The mean score for CCISD 2012 was a 504 in Writing, compared to 488 for the nation.

As WE BEGIN THIS GREAT NEW YEAR, let us reflect on all the good that we saw in 2013. Give your favorite bar, business, restaurant, doctor, or establishment their well deserved kudos and vote for them in the 2013 Bay Area Houston Magazine Best of the Bay Awards. Every year we lift up the people’s voice, tally up every vote and announce the winners of these coveted awards at a big party in 2014. Voting ends Jan. 31, so go cast your ballot now! Visit our website www. to vote today. Best Mortgage Best Auto Repair Best Credit Union Best Cafe Best Bank Best Hair Salon Best Hair Stylist Best Bartender Best Pub/Bar Best Local Entertainer Best Brunch Best Seafood Best Steak Best Sushi Best Pizza Best Italian Best Mexican Best Cajun Best Asian Best BBQ Most Romantic Restaurant Best Family Restaurant Best Burger Best Margarita Best Contractor/Remodeler

Best Health Club Best Spa Best Realtor/Agent Best Mens Apparel Best Womens Apparel Best Dentist Best Entertainment Spot Best Ladies Boutique Best Yacht Club Best Physician Best Marina Best City To Live Best Massage Therapist Best Web Design Agency Best Vision Center Best Gift Shop Best Home Builder Best Wine Bar or Winery Best Furniture Store Best Breakfast Best Car Dealer-domestic Best Car Dealer- foreign Best Oysters Best Private School Best Resale Shop

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Six Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Contractor* When you’re ready to remodel, make sure you’re hiring the best contractor. Here are six key questions to ask. 1. Can you itemize your bid? Some contractors like to give one total price for the project. Always ask for an itemized bid with costs for all elements of the job-demolition, framing, plumbing, electrical, materials, and such. This helps with comparing bids and lets you see options for cutting costs. If you decide not to do part of the job, it shows how much you should be credited for eliminating that work. 2. Is your bid a fixed price or an estimate? With an estimate, the final bill can wind up higher, so always ask for a fixed price bid. If the contractor hesitates because there are too many unknowns, try to get the answers. Open a wall to check the structure, or ask for more detailed design plans. If unknowns persist, ask the contractor for project specs, describing what will be done. If more work is needed later, get a mini-bid for the new items.

3. How long have you been in business here? You should hire someone who’s been working in your town 5 to 10 years. They’ll have a local reputation to uphold, plus a good network of subcontractors and suppliers. Avoid hiring contractors from out of the area. 4. Can you include some of your earliest clients as references? This verifies the contractor has been in business for a while and tells you how the work stands up. 5. Who are your suppliers? Get their names and call them. Ask what customers think of the contractor, how promptly they pay their bills, and if you should hire them. 6. Can I meet the job foreman? Some contractors aren’t there running the job every day. Find out who that will be and ask to meet them, ideally at a job site. This is the most important person on your team.

*Reprinted with permission from Media Center, LLC.. COPYRIGHT 2013 by Media Center, LLC..

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When it Comes to Your Smile Don’t Settle for Second Best Did you know that not long ago, dentures were common wedding gifts in the British Isles because many people expected to eventually lose all of their teeth and expedited the process by having them extracted at an early age.


entistry has come a long way since then. Today, we know a lot more about the diseases of the mouth. We understand what causes tooth decay and more importantly, what are the leading causes of tooth loss. Thanks to a nationwide dental education campaign in public schools and availability of fluoride in city waters, tooth decay is on the decline. Even when tooth decay occurs, we have become very efficient at restoring them. With the new radiation technology we can detect them much earlier than before. Also, thanks to the new advancements in restorative dentistry we can preserve a tooth no matter how badly it has been decayed. Gum disease, however, is another story. According to a survey by American Dental Association, today, most tooth loss in people under 35 years of age is caused by accidental trauma while the number one causes of tooth loss in people over 35 remains periodontal disease. If you, like millions of Americans, have lost one or more teeth due to accident, gum disease, or just bad genes, you may be all too familiar with the unpleasant consequences of missing teeth. For many, missing teeth lead to an unattractive smile, pain or difficulty with eating. Traditional dentistry can provide replacements for missing teeth using bridges, removable partials and dentures; however, each of these options has serious consequences. We now know that the most serious consequence of losing teeth is the loss of bone volume that follows. Over the years that bone loss can be very significant. Other advantages of dental implants are:

Convenience Dental implants can eliminate the numerous embarrassing

inconveniences of removable partial and full dentures. You will eliminate the use of gooey denture adhesives that must be re-applied throughout the day. You will no longer need to cover your mouth when you laugh or smile, for fear that your teeth will pop out or fall down.

Improved Comfort Partials and dentures can, at times, be very unstable and lead to denture sores or speech difficulties. Dental implants eliminate the pain and discomfort of removable full or partial dentures. Since dentures sit on top of the jawbone and gums, continuous shrinkage of the jaw bone gradually alters the fit of the denture resulting in loosening (slipping or rocking) of the dentures. Exposed nerves and irritation of the gum tissue (sore spots) may add to the discomfort. Implant supported replacement teeth are like natural teeth because they are anchored securely, just like your natural teeth.

Improved Speech With ill fitting dentures, the teeth slip and slide around the mouth. The facial muscles become tense in an attempt to hold the teeth in place. This often results in mumbling, slurred speech or clicking noises. Dental implants allow you to speak with confidence in a relaxed and natural tone.

Better Eating The average denture patient with an excellent fitting denture eats at 15-20% efficiency when compared to a person with natural teeth. As the jawbone shrinks, your chewing efficiency is reduced even more, making it difficult to eat certain foods. Dental implants can restore chewing efficiency comparable to that of natural teeth. This allows you to eat your

favorite foods with confidence and without pain, enjoy what everyone is eating and not think twice about it. A full upper denture covers the palate of the mouth and reduces the ability to taste foods. With dental implants, you can have the palate removed from your upper denture so you can taste and enjoy your food.

Improved Appearance Another little known problem associated with tooth loss is a process known as “atrophy,” a shrinking of the supporting bone that can progress relentlessly over the years. Bone atrophy not only affects jaw function, but can cause adverse facial cosmetic changes When teeth are lost, ongoing shrinkage of the jawbone occurs, making the face look older. Dental implants can slow or stop this process.

Protect Your Remaining Natural Teeth Bridgework usually involves altering (cutting down) precious natural teeth. Besides, since bridged teeth are connected; it is more difficult to floss and clean between the teeth. If one of the teeth underneath the bridge decays or gets damaged, the entire bridge will be compromised and must be replaced. Dental implants spare the adjacent teeth and won’t decay like natural teeth. They look, feel, and function like your own natural teeth.

Improved Self Esteem Aside from all other benefits, dental implants can improve your self-esteem. You can even clean your dental implants just as you would your natural teeth. There are no special instructions or formulas to follow. Just use them like you use your natural teeth.

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. JANUARY 2014 | Bay Area Houston Magazine



CCISD Students Making Digital Wishes Come True


eet sweet Lana. Second Chance Pets pulled her from Brazoria County Humane Society because the facility will shut down on Jan. 15. Lana has been there over a year waiting for her forever home. The facility was known for rescuing dogs from other shelters before they were euthanized. Lana was originally pulled from the La Porte Animal Shelter. Now in foster care, she has a warm place to recover, take multiple daily walks and a large kennel to stretch out in. She is a Jack Russell/ Rat Terrier mix with a pug tail! She is able to bounce up and down like a ball, house-trained, leash-trained and knows four commands. Her real story will never be known, but most of her life has been spent in a kennel awaiting heartworm treatment. Thanks to a generous donation, she is undergoing treatment and is available for adoption as soon as she completes the process. For more information on Lana and all SCP available pets email Most dogs and cats may be seen each Saturday at the Clear Lake Petco, Bay Area Blvd. and Space Center Blvd. Visit all of them at


lear Creek School District officials believe learning can take place any time and from anywhere -- yet there are many students without Internet access at home. In an effort to equalize the learning field, students and staff at Clear Brook High, Clear Creek High, Clear Falls High, Clear Lake High and Clear Springs High are raising funds to eliminate what is commonly referred to as the “digital divide,” the gap between people who have access to the Internet and people who do not. Students at Clear Brook High raised $4,300 in three short months to purchase Internet hubs through Mobile Beacon, a non-profit Internet service provider. The mobile Internet units will be donated to qualifying students for them to use at home with their Dell Latitude 10 tablet computer. Districtwide, 9th and 10th grade students will receive a tablet computer to use at school and at home this January. The Mobile Beacon 4G Internet hub costs $120 for one year, and the total cost is paid for through fundraising efforts. A 2009 CCISD survey indicated 90 percent of people have access to the Internet at home. The goal for Clear Brook High is to reach the other 10 percent. “Clear Brook High School is a community committed to education and community service,” said Principal Michele Staley. “I am very proud of our students and their willingness to help others. Recently, we were able to issue 13 devices to well-deserving students.” Anyone who would like to support this program, should email or call 281-284-0020.




lear Lake area native Cody Bartro has replaced David Fincham as Lakewood’s Dock Master on the first of January. David Fincham is replacing Facilities Manager Gary Mathews who retired the end of 2013. Cody was born and reared in Clear Lake City, attended Seabrook Intermediate because his mother was a teacher there, and then graduated from Clear Lake High School in 2005. An only child, Cody enjoyed the sports of football (mainly), baseball and basketball in high school. Upon graduation, however, he played baseball at Northwood University, a private business university near Dallas, and earned a scholarship for the last two years he played there. Upon earning his Associate Degree at Northwood in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Cody transferred to Texas State where he earned a B.S. in Agribusiness Management. Cody’s working experience includes Clear Lake Parasail near the Nassau Bay Hilton where he worked for Dave Hearne. Moving to the hill country, Cody took a job as a dock hand at Canyon Lake Marina. He “worked his way up” to their party boat captain and then the Rental Manager under general manager Don King. During November and December of last year, Cody trained under David Fincham. “I just love it here at Lakewood; all the people are amazing,” related Cody. “It is a good feeling working in such a prestigious yacht club which is known for the longevity

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of its staff.” Cody added that he just loves the marina industry because you get to be outside and meet all kinds of interesting people. “You can’t have a bad day when you look out and see the water and boats!” he exclaimed.


Katie Pryor, Jill Williams, Laurie Dahse and Sandy Adams were at the Bay Area Regional Medical Center tour to represent the American Heart Association and Go Red for Women.

Myrna Montes, a breast cancer survivor from Pasadena, rang the ceremonial bell at the MD Anderson Regional Care Center in the Bay Area, symbolizing the completion of her radiation treatment. There to show support and celebrate with her were her family, friends and treatment team.

Erin Asprec, CEO of Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, pictured on the right, recently provided an update on the progress of the Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center and hospital in Pearland to Mayor Tom Reid and members of the Pearland City Council. The Convenient Care Center is scheduled to open Spring 2014 and the hospital in Fall 2015.

Randall-Porterfield Architects are celebrating 25 years in business this coming year. They hosted a party at their League City office to kick off the festivities. Those joining in the celebration included, from left, Glenn McDowell, Cindy Porterfield, Michael Porterfield, Bill Taylor, Susan Taylor, Matt Gilbert, Bob Randall and Houston Porterfield

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Stephanie Frase Mazurka, Bailey Breaux, and CayLeigh Sapp - Czardus

Melissa Ludwig, Kennedy Ballard and Kristen Edwards

Justin Abel, Sacha Bennett, Gabriel Canepa and Tara McCally - Wooden Soldier Dolls and Porcelain Dolls Ilir Shtylla - Franz and Aylsley Inglis Swanilda

Dawn Kopra - BAHBT Company Coordinator and Natalie Zundel BAHBT Ballet Mistress

Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre’s Ballet Coppélia

John Ruth - Dr. Coppelius and Annalise Jackson the Coppelia Doll

The Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre’s ballet Coppélia, at the University of Houston - Clear Lake’s Bayou Theatre, was an outstanding success ending with a standing ovation and cheers. Coppélia is a whimsical ballet and one of ballet’s great romantic comedies. Coppélia tells the story about a toymaker who tries to bring one of his dolls to life. With new choreography, this traditional, yet very humorous ballet entertained this audience of all ages. The incredibly talented and brilliant guest artists, Aynsley Inglis as Swanilda, and Ilir Shtylla as Franz, were wonderful. Both of the artists have performed both internationally and nationally to great acclaim. Some of the talented cast included John Andrew Ruth as Dr. Coppélius; Annalise Jackson as the Coppélia Doll, Stephanie Frase as a Mazurka Female, Bobby Amamizu, and Kennedy Ballard as Mazurka Males and Bailey Breaux, and CayLeigh Sapp as Czardus Females. All the performers were wonderful, and the audience really enjoyed this ballet. Coppélia was choreographed and staged by Natalie Zundel. Dawn Kopra was BAHBT’s Company Coordinator. The Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre (BAHBT) is an honor company member of the Regional Dance America/Southwest. Lynette Mason Gregg is the founder of BAHBT, and the executive/ artistic director of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. What made Coppélia so special for me to watch again, was that I did the publicity for many of the Clear Lake Metropolitan Ballet’s performances, and I still have the press book from the Clear Lake Metropolitan Ballet’s performance of Coppélia on March 31, and April 1 & 2, 2002. The upcoming BAHBT’s performances are: A Stroll Down Abbey Road—BAHBT & The Beatles will be from Feb. 14– 16, and February 21 – 23, and Bye Bye Birdie will be from April 11 - 13. To buy tickets, or for more information about BAHBT, the phone number is 281-480-1617, the email is, and the website is

Cindy deMasi, Mike deMasi and Pat Patton

Lynette Mason Gregg and Olga Kostritzky - BAHBT Artistic Advisor

Madhuri Bondy and Rosalind Perez Madison Cooper, Bobby Amamizu, and Jacqueline Kopra

Jill Reason - BAHBT Director Emerita, Dick Gregg Jr. and Lynette Mason Gregg - Founder - BAHBT

Ann Jackson, Alberto de Cardenas, Eva de Cardenas and Monica Jackson

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Anita Fogtman, just back from a trip to Italy, visits with Kathy Panneton, as the Bay Area Museum Guild hosts its annual Holiday Open House at the museum in Clear Lake Park.

Frank and Terri Goodman stop for a photo at the BayTran holiday luncheon at Cullen’s.

BayTran President Barbara Koslov welcomes, from left, Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark, Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan and State Sen. Larry Taylor to the transportation group’s holiday luncheon at Cullen’s Upscale Grille.

Life in the Bay Area is just one big party IT WAS PARTYTIME all over the Bay Area the past few weeks, from small private parties to large holiday gatherings such as those hosted by UH-Clear Lake, the Clear Lake Area Chamber, League City Chamber, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, the Johnson Space Center director and the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership. In between, Interfaith Caring Ministries celebrated the season with their annual Festival of Trees. Others tossing holiday parties and luncheons included the Bay Area Museum Guild, Assistance League, Houston Symphony League Bay Area, Bay Oaks Women’s Association, Bay Area Military Officers Wives Club, the Bay Area Welcome Neighbors Club and the Junior League of Galveston


County. Then thousands more welcomed in 2014 at parties and galas all around Bay Area Houston. Yes, we have a right to be tired! UH-CLEAR LAKE President Bill Staples and his wife, Darlene, got the party season started with a big reception at Bay Oaks Country Club, where you might have bumped into Capital Bank CEO Paul Maaz

Nina and Bob McGlashan enjoy themselves at the Houston Symphony League Bay Area holiday party.


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and his wife, Sharon, State Rep. Dr. Greg Enos, attorney Dick Gregg, Dr. Bernie Milstein, Jack and Sue Garman, Glynn Lunney, Dion McInnis, John and Shari Wilkins, Pat and Wendell Wilson, Star Hopkins, Frank and Rosalind Perez and Gary and Sandy Mossman. JOHNSON SPACE CENTER Director Ellen Ochoa hosted another big party over at JSC the next night, bringing out former Director George Abbey, who said he is really enjoying his work over at Rice University as he chatted with Dr. Ochoa and her husband, Coe Miles, and Deputy Director Kirk Shireman. Among those in the crowd were astronaut Bill McArthur and his wife, Cindy, JSC General Consul Bernie Roan and his wife, Debbie, Harris

Lunar Rendezvous Queen Sydney Schroder and Festival Capt. Grant McGough enjoy the buffet dinner as the Bay Area Museum Guild hosted its annual Holiday Open House at the museum.

County Tax Assessor Mike Sullivan, Mayor Annise Parker’s Deputy Chief of Staff Kippy Caraway, Mayor Jon Keeney of Taylor Lake Village, his daughter-in-law, Bonnie Norman, and Mayor Robert White of El Lago. INTERFAITH CARING Ministries’ 20th annual Festival of Trees Gala brought together a crowd of close to 300 that same evening for a style show featuring fashions from Stein Mart, dinner, silent auction, live auction conducted by League City Mayor Tim Paulissen and a mystery wine pull in the South Shore Harbour Resort Crystal Ballroom, which was decorated with twinkling lights from trees decorated by community volunteers. Attorney Greg Enos chaired the popular fundraiser.

Cindy Kuenneke, right, stops to visit with Glenda Toole, left, and Dana Puddy at the Houston Symphony League Bay Area holiday party.

Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership Chairman Karen Coglianese is happy to see BayTran board members, from left, AeroSys President John Martinec, Maxim Group Vice President and General Consul Brian Doherty and Kemah City Administrator Rick Beverlin as they arrive at the holiday luncheon at Cullen’s.

“The event was a great success,” said ICM Communications Coordinator Haley Lusson. “At ICM we are thankful for the continued support from the community members and businesses that support this event each year, as well as the new faces that attended this year. So many people come together to make this event great.” BAHEP DREW another big crowd as its members celebrated at Di Amici’s in Seabrook with Houston City Councilman Dave Martin, Port Commissioner John Kennedy, Clear Lake Area Chamber President Cindy Harreld and former Seabrook Mayors Jack Fryday and Bob Robinson among those President Bob Mitchell

welcomed. Plus, Greg and Pam Ploss, Darryl Smith, Pamela Archer and Simon Urbanic, Jean and Gale Burkett, Dennis Paul, Linda Newman, John Martinec, Leslie and Dr. Ted Cummings, Mary Prody, Betsy Guisto, Karen Coglianese, Dr. Glenn Freedman and Harv Hartman. BAY AREA MUSEUM Guild members had quite a feast waiting for them when they arrived for the Guild’s annual Holiday Open House at the museum. Faces you might have spotted included President Kimberley Weathers, Carole Murphy, Jerry and Peggy Clause, Charles and Joy Smitherman, Buck Rogers, Anita

Hostess Pat Bertelli, right, welcomes Carole Murphy to the Houston Symphony League Bay Area holiday party at her home in League City.

Badiha and Dr. John Nassar were among the many in the crowd at the Bay Area Museum Guild’s annual Holiday Open House at the museum in Clear Lake Park near Seabrook.

Fogtman, Kathy Panneton, Pat Wilson and Cindy Kuenneke. Plus, Lunar Rendezvous Queen Sydney Schroder and Festival Capt. Grant McGough. SYMPHONY LEAGUE members gathered in Noel and Pat Bertelli’s lovely Friendswood home for their annual Holiday Party, where you might bumped into Yvonne Herring, Pat Biddle, Aggie and Jim Moore, Natalie Ong, Joan Wade, Dana Puddy, Alice Steele and Dr. Pat McKinney. Some of the others celebrating the season with them were Norene and Ray Emerson, Ed Mercado, Elsie Kraner, Helene Poling, Vicki Buxton, Suzanne Jaax, Glenda

Model Erica Cauley hits the runway during the ICM Festival of Trees Fashion Show.

Toole, Jerrene Murray,Elizabeth Geehan, Claire Brickman, Polly Hanley, Roberta Liston and Rex Marzke.

Amoco Federal Credit Union President Shawn Bailey, center, visits with other Interfaith Caring Ministries supporters, Chris Kinard and Ann Hacker during Festival of Trees.

Festival of Trees Decorations Chairman Terry Lynn Lange, left, Festival General Chairman Greg Enos, and ICM’s Communications Coordinator Haley Lusson take a last look around as the crowd begins arriving at South Shore Harbour Resort.

Wendy Shaw shows off the latest in fashion during the ICM Fashion Show.

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UH-Clear Lake President Dr. William Staples, right, welcomes, from left, Gary Mossman and John and Shari Wilkins at the university holiday party he hosted at Bay Oaks Country Club.

Glynn Lunney, left, and Wendell Wilson, right, chat with UHCL Associate Vice President Dion McInnis as he mingles with the Holiday Party crowd.

Capital Bank President Paul Maaz and his wife, Sharon, enjoy the UHCL holiday party.


Rosalind and Frank Perez, left, share a light moment with Star Hopkins at UHCL holiday party that drew dozens of university supporters.

Dr. Pat Wilson is happy to see attorney Dick Gregg Jr. at the UH-Clear Lake Yule Party.

State Rep. Greg Bonnen, left, talks with Dr. Bernie Milstein at UHCL holiday party.

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Sharon Ferguson, left, and Gloria Goldstein look over the crowd at the UHCL Yule Party.






Johnson Space Center Director Dr. Ellen Ochoa and Deputy Director Kirk Shireman, right, update former JSC Director George Abbey on center news during the annual Director’s Holiday Party.

Mayors Jon Keeney of Taylor Lake Village, left, and Robert White of El Lago were among the many at the JSC Director’s Holiday Party.

Clear Lake Chamber President Cindy Harreld, right, visits with Bonnie Norman, who came with her fatherin-law, Taylor Lake Village Mayor Jon Keeney, and Jeff DeWease at the JSC holiday party.

Astronaut Bill McArthur, right, and his wife, Cindy, says hello to attorney Coe Miles, husband of the JSC holiday party hostess, Dr. Ellen Ochoa.

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BAHEP President Bob Mitchell, right, welcomes UH-Clear Lake President Bill Staples, left, and State Sen. Larry Taylor to the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Holiday Party at Di Amici’s Upscale Events in Seabrook.

Port Commissioner John Kennedy, right, stops to talk with two former Seabrook mayors – Jack Fryday, left, and Bob Robinson -- at the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Holiday Party.

Faces in the crowd at the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Holiday Party included Jay Guerrero, Kippy Caraway, Clear Lake Shores City Councilor Amanda Booren and Jay Fenwick.

Retired aerospace biggies Sue and Jack Garman mingle with the crowd at the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Holiday Party.


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Kemah Mayor Pro-tem Carl Joiner, Innovative Alternatives Vice President John Barnett and Clear Lake Area Chamber Chairman Jamieson Mackey, from left, look over the crowd as they arrive at the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Holiday Party.

GB Tech CEO Gale Burkett and his wife, Jean, were among those in the crowd at the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Holiday Party.

Dr. Glenn Freedman, right, and Harv Hartman interrupt their conversation for a photo at the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Holiday Party.



Peggy Clause, right, serves up punch as she talks with the new United Way Bay Area Manager Melinda Garcia at the Assistance League Holiday Open House.


Judy Raiford, right, stops to say hello to Ann Marie Doolin, left, and Linda McCormack during the Assistance League Holiday Open House.

Cynthia Avrill, Shirley Lang and Amy Wortham, from left, share a light moment while enjoying the Assistance League Holiday Open House.

Joyce Alderman, Jennie Hampton and Georgia Piwonka, from left, visit during the Assistance League Holiday Open House.



Clear Creek ISD’s Elaina Polsen, left, and Eva deCardenas stop by the refreshment table as they enjoy the Assistance League Holiday Open House.

President-elect Brunella Altemus, right, talks over plans for the coming year with Cindy Senger Lewis at the Assistance League Holiday Open House.

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The Sweeneys were out in force at the Clear Lake Area Chamber Holiday Open House. They are, from left, Chamber Vice President Shari Sweeney and her husband, Don, and Jim and Jane Sweeney, who are cousins. Jim and Jane Sweeney have both served as chamber chairmen.

Bernice Vann, left, and Dedra Flynn were among those enjoying the Clear Lake Area Chamber Holiday Open House,

Marcia Vineyard of Awards of Distinction, left, stops to chat with Joan McKinney of Norman Frede Chevrolet, center, and Denise Beyner of Ron Carter Cadillac at the Clear Lake Area Chamber Holiday Open House.

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Candidates got a chance to meet their possible constituents at the Clear Lake Area Chamber Holiday Open House at the Chamber. Among those mingling with the crowd were, from left, Congressional District 36 hopefuls Dave Norman and Robin Riley and District 129 legislative candidates Dennis Paul and John Gay.

Clear Creek ISD Trustee Dee Scott, left, and Nancy Buffaloe spend time talking with former CCISD trustee, attorney Robert Davee at the Clear Lake Area Chamber Holiday Open House.

Dick and Francy Phelps, left, enjoy a lively conversation at the Clear Lake Area Chamber Holiday Open House with former Chamber President David Ross.



SAIC’s Joyce Abbey, right, stops to chat with Erisa Williams at the Clear Lake Area Chamber Holiday Open House.

Poonam Tulsiani, left, and Angela Jenkins were among the crowd at the Clear Lake Area Chamber Holiday Open House.

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News & Events






1 Past Commodore and Harvest Moon Regatta Co-Founder John Broderick with Bob and Beverly Giles

2 Marion Dehart, Sue Warters,

and 2013 Ladies Association President Rosemary Bettis

3 2013 Lakewood Yacht Club

Commodore Carl Drechsel and wife and First Lady Sandy



4 Vivian and Richard Tomlinson, Lou and Alice Marinos, David Hunt and Lindsey Boyd

5 Past Commodore Tom

Taylor, Lakewood Yacht Club Marketing Director Marcy Fryday, Jeff, William and Jennifer Johnson

6 2013 Entertainment Committee Chair Johnette Norman and husband Carl

7 Darold Maxell and Vice

Commodore Joyce Maxwell


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Dr. Mark Franklin, left, and Dr. James Pyle show off the new Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital Surgical Center in Baytown.

Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital Orthopedics – making a difference in lives By Mary Alys Cherry


ocated in Baytown, Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital was named one of the best hospitals in the Houston metro area for 2013-14 by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital continuously strives to improve the quality, satisfaction and health care services while remaining committed to making a difference in the lives of the patients it serves. In March, 2013, the hospital opened a new ambulatory surgery center (ASC) providing services to patients that do not require an overnight stay. The most common surgeries include orthopedics, pain management, plastic surgery, podiatry, ear, nose, throat and gynecological procedures. Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital’s Ambulatory Care team consists of specially trained nurses, dedicated care coordinators, and surgeons dedicated to providing excellent care in a safe and comfortable setting capitalizing on the skills of the physicians utilizing advanced technology for better patient outcomes.


At the ASC, many surgical procedures are performed annually with the majority of patients requiring orthopedic surgeries. Dedicated, board certified orthopedic surgeons work with patients to improve their quality of life, relieve pain and improve recovery times. Some of the surgeries specific to orthopedics performed at the ASC include:  ACL and ligament repair  Arthroscopy  Anterior hip replacement  Fractures and traumatic injuries  Hip, knee and shoulder replacement  Meniscus repair  Rotator cuff repair  Shoulder injuries Many of the orthopedic surgeries at the ASC are performed by Drs. Mark E. Franklin, James Kevin Horn, and James C. Pyle. All are experts in their field and give their patients outstanding care offering the best possible surgical opportunities for their individualized treatment plan.

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Dr. Mark Franklin A general orthopedic surgeon with a special interest in arthroscopic and adult reconstructive surgery, Dr. Franklin is a native Texan who graduated summa cum laude

Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital’s Ambulatory Surgery Center is located at 1677 W. Baker Road in Baytown.

inpatient and outpatient services to thousands of patients each year – around 13,000. In 2011, the hospital had 3,300 inpatient surgeries, 6,000 outpatient surgeries, 1,900 births and 38,500 outpatient visits, according to the American Hospital Directory. The new surgery center provides services to patients for procedures that do not require an overnight stay. The most common surgeries include orthopedics, pain management, plastic surgery, podiatry, ear, nose and throat and gynecological procedures. It has five surgical bays and an observation/recovery room for patients coming out of surgery – even a healing garden along the side the building where patients can enjoy some quiet time. In 2012, the hospital received a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from HealthGrades, placing it in the top 5 percent of the nation’s hospitals for the fifth straight year. from Texas A&I University with a B.S. in Biology before earning his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, where he also served his internship in general surgery and his residency in orthopedic surgery. As chief resident, he was presented the Resident Scholarship Award. Dr. Franklin’s interests include arthroscopic reconstructive procedures of the shoulder and knee as well as joint replacement procedures of the knee, hip, and shoulder. He has served the Greater Houston area for over 20 years and was instrumental in the development and implementation of The Joint Program at San Jacinto Houston Methodist Hospital. He has an extensive background in management of fractures and traumatic injuries and has been recognized by the Castle Connolly’s peer review survey as a “Top Doctor” from 2008 to the present, as reported by U.S.News & World Report. Dr. Franklin is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, is a former clinical assistant professor in the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Orthopedic Surgery and has memberships in the American and Texas Medical Associations, Harris County Medical Society and is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. His office is in Suite 107, 4201 Garth Road. Phone 281-427-7400.

Dr. James Kevin Horn Dr. Horn, another member of the hospital’s team of orthopedic surgeons, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985 from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, which he attended on a Trustee Academic Scholarship, and where he served on the Student Development Board and was elected the Student Government representative. He earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1989 while making the National Dean’s List 1986-89 and earning Surgery Honors in 1988. He also was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and was awarded both academic and military scholarships. Next stop was Greenville, S.C., where he served his internship and then his residency in orthopedic surgery from 1989 to 1994 before joining the U.S. Air Force and rising to the rank of major while serving at Minot AFB in North Dakota as an orthopedic surgeon.

“Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality of surgical care; ensuring that this care is convenient and personalized. It strives to provide the community with state-of-the-art surgical care to the patients it serves.” Returning to Texas in early 1997, he joined the Fondren Orthopedic Group in Houston, where he still practices today, specializing in knee and shoulder surgery and sports medicine. He was elected to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and was certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. His office is at 2635 Baker Road in Baytown. Phone 281-837-8559.

Dr. James G. Pyle Dr. Pyle is an orthopedic surgeon practicing general orthopedics, who maintains active staff privileges at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital. Dr. Pyle received his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University and his Medical Doctorate from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He completed a rotating internship at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and did his residency in orthopedic surgery at Fort Worth Affiliated Hospitals, also in Fort Worth. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is also a member of the Harris County Medical Society, the Texas Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He also has been a “Top Doctor” from 2008 to the present. Besides his work at San Jacinto Hospital, he also is on staff at Texas Orthopedic Hospital and is affiliated with Fondren Orthopedic Group. To request an appointment with Dr. Pyle, call 281-427-7400. Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, you might say, was born in the oil patch, back in 1944 when Humble Oil and Refining Co. contributed $500,000 to build a hospital in Baytown. Local businesses, organizations and individuals matched the oil giant’s gift with $1.2 million and the hospital’s doors opened four years later. It became part of the Houston Methodist system in 1983. Today the hospital has 275 beds on three campuses and 1,700 employees who provide

Then, this past summer, the hospital was again ranked No. 8 in the Houston metro area as one of the best hospitals for 2013-14 and No. 24 in Texas by U.S. News & World Report, which evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties, ranking the nation’s top 50 hospitals. “A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, the magazine’s health ranking editor. “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.” The magazine said it publishes the rankings “as a guide for patients who need a high level of care because they face a particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determine the rankings in most specialties.” The rankings are produced for the magazine by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

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Several outstanding candidates vying for vacant Texas House seat By Mary Alys Cherry

With State Rep. John Davis of Clear Lake retiring from his House District 129 seat after eight terms in the Texas Legislature, voters will have a variety of candidates from which to choose his replacement.


exas House District 129 encompasses the cities of Clear Lake, El Lago, Taylor Lake Village, Nassau Bay, Webster, Seabrook, Shoreacres and parts of Friendswood, Pasadena, Houston, Pearland, League City and La Porte. Six Republicans and one Democrat have filed for the March 4 primary election with no clear favorites. Three are lawyers; all six label themselves as conservatives. To better familiarize our readers with the candidates, we put together some background about each. They are listed in alphabetical order. For additional information, visit their websites. Then try to make up your mind. Yes, it will be difficult.

SHERYL BERG A speech/ language pathologist for the past 33 years, Sheryl, a Republican, owned Bay Area Speech Language Learning Associates for the past 10 years until she affiliated her private practice with the Krist Samaritan Center in 2012. Her years as a small business owner, she says, have given her “firsthand knowledge and experience in speaking to the need for keeping taxes low and removing unnecessary regulations that stifle small business growth.” She also has been a grassroots Republican activist in the Clear Lake area since moving here in 1990, serving as a precinct chairman, senatorial district chairman, a delegate to the state and national


conventions, was a founding member of the Conservative View PAC dedicated to electing the next wave of Republican leaders, and is currently a member of the State Republican Executive Committee. She has campaigned for candidates as far back as Ronald Reagan and as recently as Ted Cruz. Over the years she also has been active in her church, as well as the local PTA, Project Graduation, Assistance League of the Bay Area and the Lunar Rendezvous Festival. She currently is president of Space Center Rotary While pursuing has master’s degree at the University of Texas, she met her husband of 33 years, Stuart. They have three grown children – Garrett, Grant and Caroline.

BRISCOE CAIN Briscoe Cain was born in Webster, grew up in Deer Park and lives in Seabrook with his wife, Bergundi. They have one son, Briscoe, and are expecting another this summer. As an attorney, Cain, a Republican, has offered countless hours of pro-bono time to help conservative organizations craft legislation that supports the Constitution and conservative values such as freedom of speech, religious liberty, protection of the unborn, and is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. The American Gun Rights organization said “Briscoe Cain is exactly the kind of Second Amendment advocate Texans need in Austin.” “I am running . . . to be a fresh, current, relevant conservative voice for District 129,” Cain said, “and ensure that our conservative principles, our states’ rights and our ability to create jobs for our area and for Texas are not compromised in the Texas Legislature.“ A graduate of the University of Houston-Downtown with a Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law, Cain focuses primarily on family and religious liberty law. He currently serves as legal counsel for Operation Rescue and as chairman of the Harris County Republican Party’s Conservative Coalitions Committee. Cain has twice been a delegate to the Republican State Convention, has worked as an election judge and on statewide campaigns, and traveled as a volunteer for Gov. Rick Perry in Iowa.

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JOHN GAY John Gay of Clear Lake, also an attorney, is the sole Democrat running for the House District 129 seat in the Legislature and classifies himself as a conservative. A native of Chicago, Ill., where he attended Aurora University and graduated from DePaul University, he has been practicing law in Texas since 1966 in a wide variety of areas and has been both a city attorney and a prosecutor. He practices with his wife, Becky Reitz, in the Gay-Reitz law firm. He is Board Certified in Family Law and has represented thousands of people in District 129 in divorce and custody matters, real estate, personal injury, taxes, corporations and partnerships. He is a certified mediator who has successfully resolved a number of disputes. Gay is a conservative Democrat, sharing the values and beliefs of the vast majority of his constituents in House District 129. He believes that the education of children in Texas is the bedrock of society and the great equalizer of the conditions in the lives of our citizens. He is committed to preparing our students to succeed in the new global technology so there will be economic opportunity for all Texans. His goal is “to work during the 84th Texas Legislature to continue to restrain governmental spending, keep taxes low and foster the business friendly environment that has made Texas the national leader in job growth for over a decade.”

MARY HULS Mary Huls, a longtime Friendswood resident and conservative Republican activist, bills herself as a fiscal and pro-family conservative, who has dedicated the last few years to promoting government accountability and to being a grassroots leader. Huls has served as the chairman of the Clear Lake Tea Party and helped expose the IRS discrimination against tea party groups and spearheaded the CLTP

to partner with other pro-freedom groups to sue the IRS. “Texas faces some substantial challenges from opposing Obamacare, to the need to reform education, to securing our borders, to protecting free enterprise and property rights. We must choose leaders who will fight for our shared conservative values. The citizens in HD 129 know that I will be a passionate voice for life, for liberty, and for limited government. We must ensure our state has a strong and growing economy that provides equal opportunity for all Texans. As HD 129’s representative, I will oppose any roadblocks that hinder a vibrant free market, economic growth, and competition.” Huls worked for over 25 years as a senior financial analyst for research grants at West Virginia University, at Emory University, and

the University of Houston, he and his wife, Janette, celebrated their 30th anniversary this year. Their daughter, Jenny, is a University of Houston junior. Larson, a former precinct chairman, has been active in the Republican Party since the 1980s and served the Harris County Republican Party as a member of the Vacancy, Candidates, and Judicial Candidates Screening Committees. He is also active in the Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas, serving first as a board member and currently as state chairman. He has served as a delegate to numerous precinct, district, and state conventions, and also the 2012 national convention in Tampa. He is a past president of the Houston Space Society, helped plan the first Houston Tea Party rally at Jones Plaza, and traveled to several Republican National Committee meetings to advocate on behalf of grass roots voters. He is also a member of the Clear Lake Area Republicans.


at the University of Texas Medical Center. She currently serves as the treasurer for the First Baptist Church of Seabrook and is a life member of the Clear Lake Area Republicans. She volunteered for the Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum campaigns and also worked for the Romney-Ryan campaign in Ohio. She is married to Dale Huls and is a mother of two and a grandmother of five.

JEFF LARSON Jeff Larson, also a GOP candidate and a conservative activist, has lived in District 129 for 28 years and worked in Mission Control at NASA for 25 of those years. Since leaving NASA, he formed a small aerospace business with former co-workers. A graduate of the University of Houston, where he earned a Master of Electrical Engineering degree from

Chuck Maricle, a business owner and entrepreneur who has lived in Houston’s Sagemont area for 26 years, is also a candidate for the Republican nomination and hopes to take his “common conservative sense and entrepreneurial and leadership knowledge to Austin.” Born in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1960, he says he is “a supporter of pro-life and self defense issues, in tune with pro-business agendas, anchored with a strong foundation in leadership, team building and outreach to the community who knows how to build consensus and create positive action.”

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Canisius College, completed his doctoral studies with a published dissertation in the Journal of Supercomputing in December, 1999, and has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve for 34 years while working around the world with McDonnell Douglas, General Motors and a number of technology start-ups. He holds several laser technology patents, is a National Rifle Association instructor, a Texas concealed handgun instructor, a ham radio operator and a airplane pilot. He and his wife, Xia have two children. He is a member of American Legion Post 490, the South Belt Chamber and American MENSA. In the Legislature, he plans to focus on values, education, jobs, healthcare, helping veterans, securing our safety and reducing taxes, waste and fraud.

DENNIS PAUL Dennis Paul of Clear Lake, is a lifelong resident of Southeast Harris County who owns a small business and actively works as a Republican grassroots volunteer -serving as a local precinct chairman for 15 years and as a member of the State Republican Executive Committee for seven years. He has served as a delegate to numerous precinct, senatorial, state and national conventions. Given his commitment, he says it’s no surprise that half of the District 129 precinct chairmen are already supporting him. He and his wife, Eliza, have been married for 26 years and have a daughter, Elizabeth, who just graduated from St. Agnus Academy in Houston. A graduate of the University of Houston, he has been an engineer for 27 years. His family attends St. Bernadette Catholic Church.

“Six Republicans and one Democrat have filed for the March 4 primary election with no clear favorites.”

As a conservative, he said he desires less government and more freedom. Whether serving as a student leading College Republicans, assisting in campaigns, or engaging in local Republican clubs, he has led the way. He is an active member and leader among a variety of community organizations including: Knights of Columbus, Space Center Rotary Club, Downtown Pachyderm Club, Clear Lake Area Republicans and multiple professional engineering organizations. He says he is a worker ready to get the job done. As an engineer, he volunteers in disaster areas to insure stable structures. He worked to pass a Good Samaritan law in the Texas Legislature to protect volunteers from frivolous lawsuits.

BRENT PERRY Brent Perry, an attorney who lives in Clear Lake with his wife of 24 years, Carole, grew up in Baytown, and graduated from Baylor University in 1986 and from the University of Chicago School of Law in 1989. He is a past delegate of Republican state conventions, a trustee of the Tom DeLay Legal defense fund since 2000, a recognized advocate for religious liberty, an avid runner and veteran of three marathons who is “for standing up for limited government and a strong Texas.” He also is the board president and capital campaign co-chairman for the Bridge Over Troubled Waters domestic abuse shelter and is active in University Baptist Church. “Texas,” he says, “is a special state. Our form of limited government helps enable more opportunities for our families, growth of small businesses, and a better future for our children. The Texas economy has the strong track record to prove this model is a success that we must protect. Our greatest threats often come from outside our state borders.” Our federal government often initiates them – oppressive federal regulations of small businesses or the failure to protect our borders are examples of the government failing in its responsibilities, he added. “That is why we must preserve strong, conservative leadership in our Legislature” and protect our conservative Texas heritage so that we may empower future generations with the liberties and freedoms with which we have been so richly blessed.

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Chapter 313 Agreements Attract New Employers While Increasing Local School District Funds


hapter 313 of the Texas Tax Code is an often misunderstood, yet invaluable tool that has enabled the Houston Ship Channel Region to recruit many quality companies and helped existing companies expand operations here instead of locating elsewhere. Recently, business incentives have been given a “bad rep” in the news media. However, it is opportunities like the 313 agreement that can make

or break a deal in a community. First, it is important to understand how Texas schools are currently funded. Texas schools are, for the most part, funded through a combination of state funds and property taxes collected by local school districts. In most cases, there are two separate school-related tax rates; one for Maintenance and Operations (M&O) and one levied to take in money required to service bond-related debt - called Interest and Sinking (I&S). “What many do not realize,” explains local property tax incentive consultant Dale Cummings, partner at Cummings Westlake LLC “is local school districts often do not retain all the tax funds they collect. The funds a school district is entitled to is dependent on the district’s property value per student. This amount is set by the state. Any monies collected on property value above and beyond this goes to the state for disbursement to less wealthy school districts.” The system of school district funding means that certain school districts collect more in school taxes than they are able to keep.


Enter the Chapter 313 agreement. Simply stated, Chapter 313 is a program to limit school district M&O taxes for eight years after an initial two-year qualifying period. How does this work? After the qualifying time period, the company’s property value for M&O purposes is limited to a certain threshold which varies from school district to school district. In addition to the M&O taxes paid to the district based on the value limitation, the company also makes a payment in-lieu-of taxes to the district for a portion of the tax savings achieved. The payment in-lieu-of tax is typically the lesser of a percentage of the company’s tax savings or $100 per student, a cap established by the Texas legislature. Payments-in-lieu of tax enable school districts to retain money that would otherwise be redistributed to other districts by the state. The school district is reimbursed by the state for the M&O taxes foregone by virtue of the agreement. Companies who enter into Chapter 313 agreements still pay the full amount of I&S taxes. In short, Chapter 313 agreements can keep a greater percentage of funds in the local ISD. This opportunity is only extended to capital intensive, projects that are

“The system of school district funding means that certain school districts collect more in school taxes than they are able to keep.”

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“These industries probably would not have located in La Porte had it not been for the ability of our school district to enter into Chapter 313 agreements with them.”

large in scale and will generate a certain number of jobs (as defined by the state on a per project basis). The opportunity is available to companies new to the region and expansion projects. It would be a mistake to assume because a company has a facility in this region, that facility would be automatically expanded. In most cases these companies have sites in multiple locations within Texas and in other states and those locations are real contenders for expansion as well. Chapter 313 can help tip the scales in favor of local expansion. This region is regularly competing against other locations with more aggressive incentive and abatement programs. Without 313 agreements, our region would be less enticing to big businesses and we could lose important projects to Louisiana and other states.

Lloyd Graham, explains: “These industries probably would not have located in La Porte had it not been for the ability of our school district to enter into Chapter 313 agreements with them.” Graham further emphasized the number of jobs and the increase in tax base, in addition to the increase in funds the school district receives, as by-products of these agreements and the community will continue to benefit from them for years to come.

A Success Story

La Porte Independent School District (LPISD) is leading the Ship Channel area in effective use of this incentive with eight current or pending agreements. Deer Park ISD has one agreement in place and one pending application. Goose Creek ISD has five current or pending agreements as well. Even before a project is completed, communities like La Porte, benefit from the indirect jobs created in the construction and related industries. In total, these projects account for nearly $1.85 billion dollars in capital investment. There is a very real possibility that without the Chapter 313 incentive, this development could just as easily have located elsewhere. While most of these companies already have facilities within the boundaries of LPISD they also have facilities in other locations that are also competing to win these same projects. As LPISD Superintendent,

The petrochemical and refining industry, as a whole, can claim one of the highest ratios of indirect jobs, with between 5 and 8 indirect jobs created for each direct job. The agreements entered into by LPISD will not only bring 150 new direct jobs and up to an additional 1,200 indirect or induced jobs to the region in construction, plant services, safety, and environment, but will also support jobs in the restaurant, retail, and entertainment industries which support the lifestyles of these new workers and the community at large.

Why Was Your Credit Card Transaction Denied?


e’ve all had these moments: You’re at a romantic restaurant and the evening went great. But just as you and your date are readying to leave, an embarrassed waiter appears and whispers, “I’m afraid your card has been denied.” So much for romance. The same thing can happen at the grocery store, when shopping online or worst of all, when you’re traveling and don’t have a back-up means of payment. Why do credit card transactions get denied and what can you do to prevent it? Banks and other credit card issuers have developed complex algorithms that track credit card behavior and highlight unusual usage patterns commonly associated with card theft or fraud. “Unusual activities” that jump out to card issuers include: When you ordinarily use your card only rarely, but suddenly make several charges in one day. Making multiple purchases at the same store (or website) within a few minutes of each other. An unusually large purchase – say for a major appliance, furniture or jewelry. Alert your card issuer before making large purchases. One small purchase quickly followed by larger ones. Thieves will test the waters to see if a small purchase is denied; if it’s not, they’ll quickly run up major charges. Exceeding daily spending limits. Some cards limit how much you can charge per day, even if you have sufficient remaining credit. Making large purchases outside your geographic area. Multiple out-of-town purchases in short succession. (Always tell your card issuer when you’ll be traveling.) International purchases, whether online or while traveling. In fact, some card issuers automatically decline international transactions because of the high potential for fraud, so learn your issuer’s policy before attempting one. Other common triggers for credit card denials include: Outdated or incorrect personal information – for example, when you’re asked to enter your zip code at a gas station. Always alert your card issuer whenever you move. Also, make sure you don’t mistype your credit card number, expiration date, security code, address or other

identifying information. Expired card. Always check the card’s expiration date. You should receive a replacement card several weeks beforehand. It’s often mailed in a plain envelope, so be careful what you toss. If the new card doesn’t arrive, contact the issuer to ensure it hasn’t been stolen. You’ve reached your credit limit. For the sake of your credit score, try to keep your overall and individual card credit utilization ratios (credit available divided by amount used) as low as possible – ideally below 50, or even 30, percent. A temporary hold has been placed on your card – say for a rental car or hotel reservation – that puts you over your credit limit. Always ask whether a hold will be placed, how much and for how long, and factor that into your remaining balance calculations. You miss a monthly payment. Card issuers may let this slide once or twice, depending on your history with them, but eventually if you don’t make at least the minimum payment due, your card will probably be frozen. The primary cardholder made changes on the account and forgot to tell other authorized users – for example, reporting his or her card stolen, lowering credit limits or removing you from the account. On last thought: If your card is denied, don’t shoot the messenger – he’s only following instructions. Rather, call the card issuer and find out what happened. Embarrassment aside, it’s nice to know that someone is trying to ensure your card isn’t being used fraudulently. This article is brought to you by a partnership between Visa and Texas First Bank and was authored by Jason Alderman, who directs Visa’s financial education programs. For more information, follow Texas First Bank on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube or visit us at JANUARY 2014 | Bay Area Houston Magazine


QUALITY CONTROL As the Port of Houston preps for expansion, air quality initiatives take center stage By Rod Evans


ll signs point to the Houston Ship Channel becoming an even busier waterway in 2015 thanks to the ongoing project to expand the Panama Canal from a maximum depth of 40 to 45 feet that will allow it to accommodate larger vessels. Major dredging projects in the Houston Ship Channel, specifically at the Barbours Cut and Bayport Terminals to deepen those vital tributary channels from 40 to 45 feet, are planned to allow the larger vessels passing through the canal to call on the Ship Channel and the Port of Houston (POH). These larger vessels will be capable of transporting more cargo, resulting in an increase in cargo traffic through the POH, the nation’s second busiest port. But while the increase in cargo traffic is expected to provide an economic boost to the port region, it has also raised concerns among residents and environmental groups regarding the impact that the influx of more vessels could have on the air quality in the region. Because the majority of the ships, as well as many of the massive cranes that load and off-load their cargo—the cranes at the Barbours Cut and Bayport Terminals are electric-powered—along with the trucks and trains that carry the cargo to its ultimate destination, burn diesel fuel which, thanks to its high sulfur content, is a known carcinogen, many area residents worry that the increased vessel activity will result in a worsening of air quality. “The Port of Houston believes in a sustainable business approach and we believe that industry does as well,” said Charlie Jenkins, the Port of Houston’s managing director


of strategic planning. “We put a big focus on showing leadership by making big investments in clean air technology, such as the retrofitting of engines, using the best fuels we can and using electricity when we can to effectively balance environmental needs and initiatives and economics and job creation.” But the issue of air quality in the port region is a complicated matter. While the Houston Ship Channel is a 52-mile corridor populated by private and publicly owned facilities, the 25-mile long POH has control over a relatively small portion of the complex, with just eight of the 150 terminals along the channel falling under its control. “We don’t have jurisdiction over the whole channel and we don’t own any of the ships that call on the port and very few of the trucks that operate in it,” Jill Burris, director of environmental affairs for the POH, said. Grass roots environmental groups, led by Air Alliance Houston (AAH) and the newly formed Healthy Port Communities Coalition (HPCC) are asking the POH to take more of a leadership role in reducing diesel pollution from trucks, trains, ships and other transport-related equipment. These groups are concerned that the increase in ship traffic will trigger an uptick in air quality related health problems for citizens who live in portside communities. The HPCC recently completed an admittedly unscientific study that indicates incidences of respiratory diseases like asthma, cancer and other illnesses linked to particulate matter found in airborne pollution is much higher than state averages among port region residents. The groups are asking that more

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detailed studies be conducted on the “We have a new driver efficiency possible impact of increased port app for smart phones for all trucks traffic. coming into or out of our container “Air quality in Houston is vastly terminals. The more efficient the improved from the 1980s, when trucks are, the less miles they Houston had air pollution issues drive and the less time they sit reaching crisis levels,” said Adrian there waiting and idling,” Jenkins Kelley, executive director of AAH. said. “We are working with local “Great work has been done as a city municipalities and TxDOT (Texas on that problem. But the area is not Department of Transportation) on in compliance with federal standards roadway infrastructure improvements for ozone and there’s debate over and we’ve also made significant whether we’re in compliance with improvements to the gates at particulate standards. Our contention Barbours Cut and Bayport to reduce is that we do meet federal particulate truck queuing time that has resulted standards in several areas around the in turn time being reduced to close to Port of Houston and we’re concerned 30 minutes.” that there has not been a broad urban Burris says getting the private impact study done on this expansion drayage truck owners to replace project as a whole.” or retrofit their aging vehicles with The POH says more than 8,000 cleaner burning engines is a difficult vessels call on the port annually, proposition, but one the POH is in addition to 200,000 barge calls, actively pursuing. Members of the and it’s the emissions produced by HPCC that recently toured the Port these vessels that are of primary of Los Angeles learned that officials concern. While the channel will see there have banned older trucks from an increase in cargo traffic once the working in the port area, something canal expansion is completed, POH they believe the POH should institute. Clean Air Strategist Lilly Wells says But Burris says the Port of Los emissions will likely decrease once Angeles owns and operates the entire the larger vessels begin calling on the harbor area, while the POH does not. port. “Because the ships will “We want to hear the issues that the be larger, we’ll actually communities have related to air quality have fewer ships moving in and out of the port,” and establish an open door policy to Wells said, “and these provide information to them that they ships will be newer, can share in their community.” which means they will have less emissions.” Wells points to an effort underway “As much as we’d like to lay down worldwide to reduce emissions, edicts, lots of people doing business primarily the levels of sulfur, in the port are small business owners produced by ocean going vessels that own a single truck and we don’t that is leading to the use of cleaner want to put people out of business. burning engines and lower sulfur At the same time, we don’t want to fuels. let people do whatever they want, so One of the other major sources of it’s a tricky balance. But we do work port-related pollution is the hundreds to provide incentives and help the of vehicles that transport cargo from owners find strategic funding and ships to destinations in and around grants designed to encourage them to the port, commonly called drayage upgrade their trucks or retrofit them trucks. The trucks are primarily with conversions for alternate fuels,” owned by small businesses, and Burris said. because many of them are older Meanwhile, the POH is working vehicles, they often emit tons of to improve communication between particulate matter into the air as they the organization and port region sit idling while they wait to take on citizens through better community cargo. engagement outlets such as the newly Jenkins says the POH has several created Chairman’s Citizens Advisory initiatives in place to address Council. this problem, including road “We want to hear the issues that infrastructure projects to ease the communities have related to congestion around the port and air quality and establish an open neighboring communities, making door policy to provide information improvements to port gates that to them that they can share in their reduces the amount of time that community,” said Dana Blume, trucks have to wait to gain entry to environmental affairs program the port and helping truck owners coordinator for the POH, “and we to access programs designed to can take what we’re hearing in the modernize or replace older polluting community and work together to trucks. determine what the next steps should be.”

News nuggets Webster police officers indicted

TCC Student receives International Scholarship


he International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS) recently awarded its 2013 scholarships, including one for Texas Chiropractic College student Kelley Humphries. Humphries was chosen from a group of 42 applicants from 17 different colleges from around the world to receive a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Standard Process. The FICS required the students to write an essay concerning the importance of sports chiropractic services to athletes in training and competition, and to the future growth of the chiropractic profession. With headquarters in Switzerland, this international organization is comprised of national chiropractic sports councils worldwide and individual members with affiliations in international organizations within the chiropractic profession and the world of sports. “We are all very proud of Kelley and her many accomplishments here at TCC,” said TCC Interim President Dr. Fred Zuker. “She is already contributing to the chiropractic profession in the world of research and sports chiropractic. We look forward to hearing much more about Kelley’s achievements in the future.” Humphries is a Trimester-9 student at Texas Chiropractic College and currently interning in the Moody Health Center. She has previously presented research at the American Chi­ropractic Board of Sports Practitioners - Sports Symposium and the Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Beginning in January 2014, Kelley will join Dr. James Kurtz of NW Sports Rehab in Seattle, Wash., to shadow with him in his practice where he treats the Seattle Seahawks. She will also begin a preceptorship in March 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colo. at the Olympic Training Center, observing and gaining experience with Dr. Dustin Nabhan and Dr. Bill Moreau. Kelley will graduate from TCC in April 2014. “I can honestly say that Kelley is one of the best students I have ever had in 11 years of teaching,” said Dr. John Ward, TCC Professor. “I strongly believe she will be a leader in our profession in the years to come.”


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Three Webster police officers have been indicted on official oppression charges for allegedly using excessive force while attempting to arrest a suicidal man in Nassau Bay Sept. 27. All three, who were charged with kicking, hitting and stomping a man while he was on the ground, and tasering him, have been suspended with pay. Officers Daniel Bassett, 27; Peter Behler, 25; and Colin Murphy, 25, had been called to assist the Nassau Bay police with a man who was walking around outside with a gun threatening suicide and pointing a gun at the officers. “This guy is yelling ‘Kill me! Kill me! Shoot me! Shoot me!’ And he has a handgun,” Assistant Police Chief Thomas Claunch said, explaining that is was a suicide by cop situation “and it went downhill from there.”

Pearland names interim manager Pearland City Council has named Assistant City Manager Jon Branson as interim city manager. Branson moved into the post Dec. 31 when City Manager Bill Eisen retired after 12 years with the city. Prior to joining the City of Pearland, Branson was director of community services for the City of Friendswood.

the first humans to enter the early habitable modules of the new International Space Station. “It was an International Space Station, and I felt it very important that we enter as an international crew,’’ reflected Cabana, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center director.

Funding OK’d for Port study Port Commissioners has approved the immediate funding of an additional $100,000 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for economic study and analysis. That study will focus on the feasibility of the federal government taking responsibility for the maintenance of its federal channels alongside the berths at Bayport and Barbours Cut container terminals. The Port Authority has committed to selffund the estimated $150 million it will cost to dredge those channels to 45 feet, matching the depth of the Houston Ship Channel. By doing so, the expectation is that the federal government will pay for ongoing maintenance. The Commission also approved Memorandums of Agreement with the Corps for maintenance dredging and deepening of the nonfederal channels at the Port Authority’s Care and Jacintoport terminals for up to $1.3 million; maintenance dredging at Turning Basin, Woodhouse and Sims Bayou terminals for up to $5.4 million and Bayport Container Terminal for up to $1.1 million.

“It was an International Space Station, and I felt it very important that we enter as an international crew.’’

Lewis Jewelers gala nets $73,000 Lewis Diamonds & Timepieces celebrated its 32nd anniversary with a white-themed party titled Frost Yourself Nov.14, at its Gateway store adjacent to Big Buy in Webster. Guests were encouraged to dress all in white, and enjoy live entertainment from Pampoline, cocktails and appetizers from Red River Barbeque, and peruse the latest and greatest from the designer lines. The event included a silent auction as well as a raffle with proceeds benefiting the renal department at Texas Children’s Hospital. This year, for the first time, they ran a raffle through the pending LD&T Foundation, which featured a stainless steel Rolex Submariner, donated by Rolex. “Through the generosity of vendors and our amazing community, we raised over $73,000 for TCH! We are still pinching ourselves over here!” Tara Hilton said afterwards.

Space Station Marks 15 years The International Space Station turned 15 in December. NASA astronaut Robert Cabana and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev became

NASA Developing legs for Robonaut 2

NASA engineers are developing climbing legs for the International Space Station’s robotic crewmember Robonaut 2 (R2), marking another milestone in space humanoid robotics. The legless R2, currently attached to a support post, is undergoing experimental trials with astronauts aboard the orbiting laboratory. These new legs, ready to head to space early next year, will provide R2 the mobility it needs to help with regular and repetitive tasks inside and outside the space station. The goal is to free up the crew for more critical work, including scientific research. Once the legs are attached to the R2 torso, the robot will have a fully extended leg span of 9 feet, giving it great flexibility for movement around the space station. Each leg has seven joints and a device on what would be the feet called an end effector, which allow the robot to take advantage of handrails and sockets inside and outside the station.


NASA, SpaceX begin lease talks NASA has selected Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., to begin negotiations on a lease to use and operate historic Launch Complex (LC) 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Permitting use and operation of this valuable national asset by a privatesector, commercial space partner will ensure its continued viability and allow for its continued use in support of U.S. space activities. The reuse of LC-39A is part of NASA’s work to transform the Kennedy Space Center into a 21st century launch complex capable of supporting both government and commercial users. NASA made the selection decision after the GAO denied a protest filed against the agency by Blue Origin LLC on Sept. 13. In its protest, Blue Origin raised concerns about the competitive process NASA was using to try to secure a potential commercial partner. The GAO disagreed.

Chrysalis given $1.5 million pact Chrysalis BioTherapeutics has been awarded a $1.5 million contract from the National Cancer Institute to continue its development of Chrysalin to mitigate radiotherapy-induced damage to normal brain tissue. The project is a collaboration between UTMB, Baylor College of Medicine and Chrysalis. Nearly one in 161 people will be diagnosed with brain or nervous system cancer during their lifetime with radiotherapy the primary tool for controlling tumor growth. Yet damage to surrounding normal tissues limit the amount of radiation that can be used. Thus, finding ways to mitigate damage may allow more effective cancer treatment to increase survival and improve quality of life for survivors.


Pasadena Chamber gets new directors The Pasadena Chamber has chosen its 2014 Board of Directors -- Mike Gilbert, plant manager for Chevron Phillips Chemical; V.J. Baretto Morento, Shell Deer Park; Jeanna Barnard, Bayshore Medical Center; Greg Clary, Pasadena Rodeo Association; Shelley Fuller, Project Joy and Hope; Pedro Garcia, Port of Houston Authority; Dr. Kirk Lewis, Pasadena ISD superintendent; John Mrozek, dean of Academic Affairs for Texas Chiropractic College; Monica Perry, Doctor’s Outpatient Surgery Center; Jacqueline Spigener, Silver Sycamore Tea Room Bed and Breakfast; Sherrel Brantley, Ichi-Ban Trophy; Ken Unfried, Capital Bank; Britney Samperi, Shell Federal Credit Union; Sherry Bufkin, vice chairman Post Oak Bank; Dawn Harris of Commissioner Jack Morman’s office; George Gonzalez, San Jacinto College; Valerie Revilla, New Dimensions Home Health Care; and Sam Jimenez, McDonalds.

Princess Cruises extends its stay Princess Cruises launched the first of three seasons of Caribbean cruises sailing out of the Port of Houston and returning with a boat load of smiling faces. Its agreement with the Port calls for Princess Cruises to also sail from the Bayport Cruise Terminal during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 cruise seasons. Sailings are expected to generate as much as $155 million of economic impact over the confirmed three cruise seasons. The Caribbean Princess will offer six months of cruises with calls in Costa Maya, Roatan, Belize City and in 2014, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jewel will begin offering seven-day Caribbean cruises through 2017.

NASA awards contract to SAIC NASA has selected SAIC to provide biomedical, medical and health services at the agency’s Johnson Space Center

in Houston. The contract has a maximum potential value of $1.76 billion, including a five-year base period and two option periods that could extend the contract through 2023. It will support many NASA programs and offices including the International Space Station. Besides operational space medicine and occupational health and medicine, SAIC also will manage clinical, biomedical, space food and environmental laboratories; behavioral sciences; human factors engineering; spacecraft environment monitoring and management. Work under the contract will be performed at Johnson and SAIC facilities.

Michael Hesse named to FT400 Bay Area financial advisor Michael W. Hesse has been named one of the Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisors in the country. The Financial Times is in its 125th year as a worldwide business news publication. To be named on the FT400, advisors must have a minimum of $250 million in assets under management and more than 10 years of industry experience. “Since 1982, the mission of Texas Wealth Management, Inc. has been to provide sound financial guidance . . . in a personalized and cost effective manner,” Hesse said.

Southwest starts work on terminal Houston City Councilman Dave Martin, who represents the Clear Lake area, joined Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the rest of his council colleagues at Hobby Airport for the recent groundbreaking of Southwest Airlines’ new international terminal that will serve flights to Mexico, the Caribbean and northern South America. The new facility is expected to accommodate nearly one million passengers, as well as to add $1.5 billion to the local economy and 10,000 new jobs.

Lea Bodie Named 2014 Chairman Of the Lunar Rendezvous Festival By Mary Alys Cherry


ea S. Bodie has been selected as the general chairman of the 2014 Lunar Rendezvous Festival. In making the announcement, the Lunar Rendezvous Advisory Board cited her dedication and leadership skills in philanthropic endeavors, noting that she has been an avid community supporter since moving to the Bay Area in 2009. In fact, she has been heavily involved in previous Lunar Rendezvous Festivals. She previously chaired the Coronation Ball, served as court chairman and was the 2013 Auction cochairman, where, festival officials say “she always did an overwhelming job.” In 2013, Bodie was awarded the Lunar Spirit Award by the Festival for her many years of enthusiastic support. She is a graduate of the University of Houston and has been involved in numerous nonprofit organizations over the years and continues to devote her time to supporting local charities. “I’m looking forward to this year’s Festival,” the Oxnard, Calif. native says. “We have a renewed emphasis on community service. Keep your eyes open for our exciting service initiatives.” She currently serves on the Bay Oaks Country Club Board of Governors and is president of Imperastaff. She is also heavily involved in the Women’s Group at University Baptist Church, which she attends with her husband, Jason, and three children. Although she was born in California, she has lived all over Texas. “Two elementary schools, two junior highs and three high schools. Never met a stranger!” she chuckles as she goes over her lists of possible event chairmen and co-chairmen.

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Winter blues? Six ways to improve mood and energy MD Anderson experts share tips for fighting off grogginess and depression


packed winter social calendar, endless temptations for fattening holiday foods, and mounting holiday expenses may make one want to hide under the covers until spring. These feelings could be signs of the winter blues, said Catherine PowersJames, Ph.D., clinical psychologist in integrative medicine at MD Anderson. “During winter months, some people experience feelings similar to depression,” Powers-James said. And, the shorter days and darker nights of winter can amplify this sluggish mood. Daylight lets the body know when it should be awake and asleep. So, more sunlight makes people more alert and less sunlight makes people groggier. As a result, people crave comfort foods, lack interest in their usual hobbies, and have less energy to exercise during winter. “But giving in to unhealthy habits can not only negatively affect your health, but also cause extra stress,” said Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., professor and director of integrative medicine at MD Anderson. Cohen and Powers-James offer these strategies to help avoid or overcome a winter slump: 1. Eat a healthy diet. Feeling blue can make it easy to desire foods high in fat, carbohydrates and sugar. But try to resist temptation. “A carbohydrate- and sugar-rich diet will spike your blood sugar and then it will drop,” Cohen said. “So, one may feel more energized initially. But in the long run, feelings of tiredness and moodiness can intensify.” Instead, eat more plant proteins, like vegetables, nuts and beans, fruits, and whole grains. They provide vitamins, minerals and protein, which restore energy levels. Plus, it’ll also help maintain a healthy weight and lower cancer risks. 2. Get regular exercise. Exercise might be the first thing to go when the cold weather won’t let up. Don’t let it. “The feel-good chemicals released during exercise can help ease anxiety and improve your mental health,” Powers-James said. And, exercise strengthens the immune system, helps people maintain a healthy weight, and reduces risks for colon, breast and


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endometrial cancers. Aim for at least two and a half hours of moderate physical activity or an hour and 15 minutes of more vigorous physical activity each week. 3. Try sun therapy. Winter typically means less light and more darkness, making people want to hibernate inside. Instead, get outside when the sun is shining. (But, be sure to wear sunscreen.) “Being exposed to sunlight wakes up your body and allows it to adjust back to its normal sleep-wake cycle,” Powers-James said. “A midday walk outside can do the trick.” 4. Increase social interactions. Being around family and friends can boost mood and help motivate people to do the things they enjoy. Ask a friend to go to the movies or grab a cup of green tea with a coworker. And, don’t be shy, a phone call or email to ask for encouragement can go a long way. 5. Get enough sleep. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night, Cohen said. That amount helps people wake up feeling refreshed. “Sleep is restorative. It’s a time for the body and mind to heal,” Cohen said. “Getting too little or too much can cause moodiness, memory troubles and problems with thinking and focusing.” 6. Practice relaxation techniques. Anxiety and stress often accompany a winter slump. And both are damaging to one’s health, Cohen said. To boost energy and mood, try to relax. “Just five minutes of meditation can help you manage stress,” Cohen said. “And, more is better.” Powers-James suggested relaxation techniques such as guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, massage or self-hypnosis. If anxiety symptoms are severe or persist into the spring and summer, talk to a mental healthcare professional, Powers-James said. They may offer more effective therapies or medications. The best bet to prevent the blues? “Engage in a healthy lifestyle year round,” Powers-James said. “You’ll feel better and lower your cancer risks.” For additional tips on health and exercise, visit

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Light @ work

By Steve Lestarjette

Clear Lake church extends its neighborhood to include Galveston Who is my neighbor? “Whoever is in need,” answers the youth of Christ’s Church in Clear Lake.


fter a summer retreat to Galveston Island in 2011, the church’s middle and high school students began thinking about praying about the human needs they had seen up close — hungry children, families huddled in houses and apartment projects that were literally falling down around them, drug addictions, gangs, men and women with no means to break free of poverty, the only life style they knew. Spurred by the vision of its youth, the church was back on the island within months, serving meals, providing “dignity bags” of toothpaste, toothbrushes and other essentials — and offering prayer to any islander who would lay claim to it. The first month saw 50 people venture out to pick up a sandwich and dignity bag. The next month, working with Streetscape kitchen, volunteers brought smoked brisket, potato salad, corn on the cob, beans and cookies enough for 150 — and 300 showed up. No one went away hungry. The Go! Galveston! Outreach has been going strong ever since. One Sunday a month, more than 30 Christ’s Church volunteers, youth and adults, pack cars and vans with food, dignity bags, clothing, and more. “We have to be love in action before we can share a message of hope,“ Gibler says. The outreach team sets up in one of Galveston’s neediest areas to provide spiritual counseling, teach, coach, pray, and encourage people in all areas. They talk about financial needs, getting a job, getting off welfare, salvation, parenting, relationships, taking pride in the community, and how to know God better. More than 2,400 people were served during 2013 by Go! Galveston! Outreach, Gibler reports. Especially children. “Children are a primary focus. For many, we are the only hugs, love and image of Christ they receive. When we come down, the


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children come out in mass. They will even come sick because they don’t want to miss out.” Preparing to serve so many individuals is an enormous undertaking. “We don’t try to skimp,” Gibler says. “Sometimes it takes 14 hours or more of cooking the day before to prepare the food.” And that’s not all. Each month, volunteers must shop for clothes at resale shops, sort donated clothes by size and gender, assembly dignity bags, prepare a Bible story for the children, and pray. “Members of the congregation and community donate all the food

for a month, as well as help prepare it,” the youth pastor acknowledges. This Christmas, for the second year in a row, a family provided a tamale Christmas, and sends along 300 beautifully decorated cupcakes every month. The effort is rewarded. Each month, homes in the neighborhood empty when the Christ’s Church team appears on the scene. The outreach draws entire families, the homeless, people with addictions, people trapped in welfare, and gang members. Is it working? “We know lives are changing!” Gibler emphasizes. “We have seen healings as we pray. We have seen hearts transformed. People who have never known anything but the welfare system are getting jobs, becoming better parents, even going to college. “The children are most affected. They don’t want to leave. They have learned to pray on their own. One boy says he is called to be a pastor. They are learning what love is.” Loving people is what it’s all about, Gibler says. “We are to love our neighbors as ourselves.” And who is our neighbor? Christ’s Church has extended its neighborhood to include Galveston and the world.

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UH president named Quasar Award recipient


ay Area Houston Economic Partnership will honor Dr. Renu Khator, president of the University of Houston and chancellor of the University of Houston System, with its prestigious 2014 Quasar Award at the organization’s 21st annual Quasar Award Banquet. The banquet will be held Friday, Jan.17, at South Shore Harbour Resort in League City. The Quasar Award for Exceptional Leadership in Economic Development is presented each year to an outstanding individual who has contributed greatly to the economic wealth and diversity of the Bay Area Houston region. It is being presented to Dr. Khator in appreciation and acknowledgment of her tremendous work in guiding the University of Houston toward a Tier One status, as well as her support of the UH-Clear Lake in transitioning to a fouryear university. She was born in Uttar Pradesh, India, earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of Kanpur. She received her master’s degree and her Ph.D. in political science from Purdue University. A noted scholar in the field of global environmental policy, she has published numerous books and articles on the subject. Dr. Khator recently joined some of the world’s most respected leaders when she was named to the Indian Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council. She serves on several boards, including the American Council on Education, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Houston Technology Center, the Texas Medical Center Policy Council, the Methodist Hospital Research Institute Board, and the Business Higher Education Forum. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Bob Mitchell, president of Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership said, “During Dr. Khator’s six-year tenure, the University of Houston has experienced record-breaking research funding, enrollment and private support. Through her impressive leadership and drive to have the university achieve a Tier One status, the University of Houston has grown to become one recognized for its educational excellence. “The availability of a quality public university is instrumental in the development of our next generation of leaders. Dr. Khator’s commitment to her students and the community are defining qualities that make her very deserving of the Quasar Award.”


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Dr. Khator said, “At the University of Houston System, we take tremendous pride in producing the skilled workforce, innovative entrepreneurs and accomplished leaders who play vital roles in our region’s robust economy. We also appreciate the importance of our many private and public sector partnerships, serving as a crucial research and development resource. “Certainly, the beneficial impact of the University of Houston-Clear Lake on this particular area is a wonderful example of that. While I’m personally honored to join the illustrious roster of previous recipients of the Quasar Award, I would like to accept it on behalf of the UH System faculty and staff members who work so hard to help our students succeed and, in doing so, foster a positive and prosperous community.” Prior to her appointment as University of Houston System Chancellor, Dr. Khator was provost and senior vice president at the University of South Florida, capping a 22-year career at that institution. The

“During Dr. Khator’s six-year tenure, the University of Houston has experienced record-breaking research funding, enrollment and private support.” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has included her among its Outstanding Americans by Choice awardees, recognizing her achievements as a naturalized citizen. UH-Clear Lake President Dr. William A. Staples, said, “In her dual roles of chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of the University of Houston, Dr. Khator’s “no excuses and needle-moving” leadership has enhanced student access and success within the UH System and positioned UH as a Tier One University. “She has also been very supportive of UH-Clear Lake’s transition from an upperlevel to a four-year university in fall 2014. The impact of Dr. Khator’s commitment to enhancing educational opportunities in Bay Area Houston and beyond will be a major factor in advancing the economic development and quality of life of our region.”

Prior recipients of BAHEP’s Quasar Award include: Texas Gov. Ann Richards, 1994; U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, 1995; U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, 1996; U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson, 1997; Johnson Space Center Director George W.S. Abbey, 1998; Harris County Judge Robert Eckels and Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough, 1999; Robert L. Moody Sr., 2000; Houston Mayor Lee P. Brown, 2001; Harris County Commissioner Jim Fonteno, 2002; House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, 2003; Harris County Commissioner Sylvia R. Garcia, 2004; Dr. John Stobo, president of the UTMB at Galveston, 2005; Houston Mayor Bill White, 2006; NASA Administrator Dr. Michael Griffin, 2007; Dr. William A. Staples, president of the University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2008; Johnson Space Center Director Mike Coats, 2009; Texas State Rep. Craig Eiland, 2010; U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, 2011; U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, 2012, and Fred B. Griffin, owner and co-chairman, Griffin Partners, 2013. Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership is a member-driven organization that provides the leadership to stimulate regional economic development and employment in southeast Texas. Its members include approximately 265 investor companies, business professionals, local governments, and educational institutions encompassing 13 cities, Galveston and Harris counties, the Houston Airport System, and the Port of Houston Authority. For more information on Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, call 832.536.3255 or visit

Inspiration From Erin Asprec Memorial Hermann Southeast CEO

By Betha Merit

Q: Why Memorial Hermann? What is unique and special about your hospitals?


rin Asprec, CEO of Memorial Hermann Southeast, has led a path straight upwards, modeling her passion for excellence in healthcare services and patient care since she took over the reins in March 2010. Asprec relies on outstanding communication and focusing on goals, employing her unflagging energy for people and relationships. She has a strong commitment to patient safety, clinical quality and service, and a relentless goal to achieve excellence through learning, transparency and growth.

A: “I love Memorial Hermann and it is primarily due to our sense of community. We serve as a safety net for the community. We conduct community service projects at least once a quarter to support a variety of charities and services. We give over a million dollars to the United Way. Memorial Hermann is focused on more than just acute care. We are interested in advancing the health of the community. ” Q: Our readers want to know about you too. Please tell us about your personal interests, goals, family, whatever you feel comfortable sharing.

Q: You are an inspiration to young women both for careers in medical/hospital administration and also as CEO. Please speak to that, as far as how one can plan towards these careers. A: “I feel very fortunate to do what I do. I love my job. It is an absolute pleasure. The typical route for a young person is to pursue a master’s degree in health administration or business administration. That would be followed by a fellowship within a health organization. Often the organization will retain you in a permanent position. The types of questions to ask yourself to determine if you are well suited for a job in the healthcare industry are: Do you enjoy working with diverse populations, and different types of people? Do you embrace change? This job is about building relationships and influencing people.” Q: What are some of the different challenges you face at Memorial Hermann Southeast, a full service hospital, as compared to the challenges you faced in your six years as CEO of the Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Center in the Texas Medical Center? A: “The challenge in both places is to ensure that you

A: “My passion is healthcare, health and wellness. I have been happily married for 15 years, and have a four-yearold son. My second passion in life is music! I play the violin, piano, and sang for the Houston Symphony Chorus for several years. Today, I am taking piano lessons with my son in the hopes of one day playing a duet with him.”

“Ensure that you surround yourself with the best talent and then keep them passionate and energized about what they do.” surround yourself with the best talent and then keep them passionate and energized about what they do. That energy is generated by engagement and re-recruiting them every chance you get. The unique challenge at Memorial Hermann Southeast is balancing the competing priorities of our varied services and programs, while making sure the focus remains on the patient and serving the community.” Q: What was your inspiration to choose a career in healthcare administration?

A: “I was born with a rare congenital heart condition and spent a lot of time in hospitals up until the age of seven. I have many recollections of being a patient and what that felt like. As a newborn, I actually coded in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and a doctor walking by resuscitated me and incidentally became my physician. I wanted to give back to the institution that gave me life and ensure firsthand that the community would have access to the same care I got for a very long time.”

Q: You get the last word. What else would you like to tell our community? A: “Thank you for the privilege and honor of serving this community. I hope to be able to do it for a very long time. I want to emphasize that we are making investments today at Memorial Hermann Southeast to ensure a healthy future for residents of Houston’s Bay Area. This includes developing new programs and expanding services to provide access to the most innovative treatment options and advanced technology, such as our Esophageal Disease Center, thoracic outlet syndrome care, vascular care, spine surgery and more (please visit our website at southeast).”

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Let Us Entertain You

Come enjoy $3.99lb crawfish out at Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack!

8th annual Ladies Christmas Luncheon at Amadeus restaurant. Photography by Paul L. Garrett

Merry holiday fun at Claudio’s Restaurant & Piano Bar in League City.




n case you haven’t noticed there is a new trend in shopping and it’s going to be even trendier in 2014. It’s called “Resale” but that word does not do justice to what this new shopping experience is all about today. Once upon a time resale shops were for those who could not afford to shop elsewhere. Those days are gone. Chic Sale Shops, which is what I prefer to call them, are full of antiques and vintage furniture at more than reasonable prices. At one time buying an antique meant a huge investment but now you can find beautiful, quality pieces at bargain prices.


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These shops are opening up and expanding faster than any other type of retail businesses in the Bay Area. One reason for this growth is the quality of the merchandise, expecailly the clothes. Most the shops have a high standard and only accept like new items or designer and name brand labels. The most fun is in the hunt. Going into a Chic Shop and finding a beautiful treasure for your home or a designer bag for a fraction of the retail cost is a great feeling. If you haven’t been in a Resale (Chic) Shop lately or ever, now is the time to discover this new kind of shopping adventure.

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Movers &Shakers Name: Dr. Greg Smith

Occupation: Clear Creek ISD superintendent Hometown: Oak Park, Michigan Current home: League City

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: a major league baseball pitcher or a teacher.

My favorite performers are: Neil Diamond and The Temptations.

The thing that bugs me the most is: People using cell phones while eating dinner with their families in a restaurant.

Family: Wife Kathy; two daughters –Laura and Megan. One granddaughter-Ava

I like to spend my leisure time: Walking and listening to books.

My favorite writer is: John Grisham-I love the detail and suspense of his work.

If I could travel any place, I’d go to: Jerusalem to visit the sites that Jesus once walked.

Someone I’d like to meet: Pope Francis because of his generous spirit of giving and service.

My favorite meal is: Anything with crispy bacon or garlic bread.

Clear Lake BayTran to hear Ken Clark Jan. 16. Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark will be the keynote speaker at the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership luncheon Thursday, Jan. 16 at Cullen’s Upscale Grill on Space Center Boulevard. The public is invited. For reservations, which are $35, contact Diane Thornton, 281-474-4124, ext. 121 or email Rodeo Style Show Jan. 24. The always popular NASA/Clear Lake Go Texan Rodeo Style Show will get off to its usual rollicking start at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at NASA’s Gilruth Center, where Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa will welcome all the cowboys and cowgirls. For tickets, which are $100, contact Elbby Antony at 832-623-5445 or by email to elbbytx@ Genealogical Society meets Jan. 31. Bay Area Genealogical Society will meet Friday, Jan. 31, at University Baptist Church, 16106 Middlebrook Drive, second floor in the Great Room. Coffee is at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting at 7. For information, visit www.TxBayAreaGen. org or call 281-814-4606 The public is invited.

CLEAR LAKE SHORES Farmers Market open Saturdays. The Clear Lake Shores Farmers Market at 1020 Marina Bay Drive in Clear Lake


If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: The Pre-K Teacher in my granddaughter’s class so I can watch her learn with all the other children.

You’ll never catch me: Eating olives

My favorite movie is: Dances with Wolves starring Kevin Costner Few people know: I am one of eight siblings.

Shores is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is a nonprofit outlet for locally grown fruit, vegetables and other homemade products. For information, visit www.


Comedy on tap Jan. 10. The Bay Area Harbour Playhouse will present the comedy, There Goes the Bride Friday, Jan. 10, through Sunday, Feb. 2, in the Main Deck Theatre with curtains at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and matinees at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. For reservations, call 281-337-7469 or email

GALVESTON Chamber Gala Jan. 24. The Galveston Chamber will host its 168th Annual Gala celebrating the 175th anniversary of Galveston, starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Blvd. For reservations, email

LEAGUE CITY Friends of Devereux meet Jan. 6. The League City chapter of Friends of Devereux will meet Monday, Jan. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Esteban’s Fiesta Shack.

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Book signing at Butler Museum Jan. 9. Andy Upchurch, author of The Oleanders of San Leon, will be at Butler Longhorn Museum Thursday, Jan. 9, for a book signing, which begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. For reservations, visit or call 281-332-1393.

NASSAU BAY Symphony League meets Jan. 8. Houston Symphony League Bay Area will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church with music by the Elegant Artistry Duo, Elizabeth Brownlee on the harp and Wendy Bergin on the flute. Guests are welcome and membership is open to those who want to support Houston Symphony music. Mystery opens Jan. 10. The Clear Creek Commumity Theatre will present Agatha Christie’s Go Back for Murder, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and matinees at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. For reservations, call 281-335-5228. “Vino & Van Gogh” Jan. 30. The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake will conduct the January painting session of its “Vino & Van Gogh” monthly art sessions at the Courtyard by Marriott at 18100 Saturn Lane -- just south of NASA Parkway in Nassau Bay at The Bistro Restaurant from 7-9 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 30. No painting skills are required for participants to create their own masterpieces under the guidance of a master artist in this special painting and collage event honoring the qualities of women. To register for this event or for questions, call 281-335-7777.

PASADENA Mystery opens at Little Theatre Jan. 24. A World Premier mystery, A House Divided, by local playwright Jeff Luchsinger, opens Friday, Jan. 24, at Pasadena Little Theatre, 4318 AllenGenoa Road, and continues weekends through Feb. 9 with curtains at 8 p.m. and Thursday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Thursday, Feb. 6, is a specially priced Admit Two for $14 show. Credit cards accepted. For reservations, call 713-941-1758 or reserve on line at www.pasadenalittletheatre. org/

SEABROOK 5K Run Feb. 1. The Assisteens, an auxiliary of the Assistance League, will host their 3rd annual 5K Run in Meador Park to raise funds for Operation School Bell, which provides clothing, shoes and a hygiene kit to more than 1,900 needy children each year. Registration by Jan. 15 is necessary to guarantee an official race t-shirt. Forms are available at www.

TEXAS CITY Gershwin music at COM Jan. 30. The Community Theatre at College of the Mainland will present an original, world premiere celebration of the music of George and Ira Gershwin with Fascinating Rhythm: A Gershwin Celebration Jan. 30 – Feb. 16 with performances at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets range in price from $11 to $23. For reservations, call 1-888-2588859, ext. 8345.