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Mark Geyer succeeds Ellen Ochoa

NASA Names New JSC Director


By Pastor Brad Heintz


Season to smile


Benefiting the American Diabetes Association


Beauty and fitness for summer


The jewel of the Bay

The Annual Summer Problem Dental Health Bay Area’s Most Eligible Bachelors/Bachelorettes New Beginnings Armand Bayou Party for the Planet

23 Education Teachers, principals of the year; valedictorians and salutatorians

ON THE COVER The Lone Star Flight Museum is a 501(c)(3) aviation museum and STEM learning center with a mission to preserve, educate and inspire. Located at 11551 Aerospace Ave., Houston, TX 77034. Visit them online at


President & Chairman Rick Clapp Publisher & Editor in Chief Mary Alys Cherry


Editorial Don Armstrong Mary Alys Cherry Michael Gos Betha Merit Ange Mertens


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Lone Star Flight Museum

A guide to the best bites and brews in the bay


Celebrating twenty years this June


Pizzazz and honor at this patriot dinner and concert

The Best Bites of the Bay Boondoggles Pub Salute to Heroes

Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Reid Ryan offers inside look at Astros

44 Transportation $646 million I-45 project moves south The Clotheshorse Boutique


Boutique marks its 20th anniversary


Meeting again after nearly 73 years


Is it possible?

Holocaust survivor and liberator meet Breast Cancer Prevention


Distribution Shinkle Distribution



Graphic Designer Kelly Groce

Photography Hal Bushnell Mary Alys Cherry Brian Stewart

Aviation history and STEM learning center

40 News Exploration Green opening draws big crowd

Vice President & Creative Director Brandon Rowan

Sales & Marketing Judy Gaines Joe Machol Dana McDonald Debbie Salisbury Amber Sample Matthew Sweatt Robyn Weigelt



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Mark Mulqueen

Movers & Shakers


A happy farewell for NASA chief


It’s all about the bay


Keels and Wheels simply smashing


Luxe summer rides

Clear Lake Chatter The A List Lakewood Yacht Club News & Events In Wheel Time

NASA names new JSC director By Mary Alys Cherry


ark Geyer has been named director of Johnson Space Center, succeeding Dr. Ellen Ochoa, who is retiring after 30 years at the agency. In making the announcement May 14, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Geyer was to assume his new post May 25, when Dr. Ochoa planned to retire. Geyer served as Dr. Ochoa’s deputy director until Oct.1, 2017, when he became acting deputy associate administrator for technical for the Human Explorations and

Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, responsible for assisting the associate administrator in providing strategic direction for all aspects of NASA’s human spaceflight exploration mission. Former JSC Director Mike Coats called him a “perfect choice” for the job. As center director, he’ll oversee a broad range of human spaceflight activities as he heads one of NASA’s largest installations, which has about 10,000 civil service and contractor employees -- including those at White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, N.M. “Mark brings with him almost three decades of distinguished NASA leadership experience at the program, center and headquarters levels – he’s managed and he’s worked his way through the ranks and knows what it’s going to take to get our astronauts back to the Moon and on to Mars,” Bridenstine said as he made the announcement. “Johnson has been NASA’s home base for astronauts and mission control throughout our history, and Mark is eminently qualified to carry on this historic legacy,” Bridenstine said. “I also want to thank Ellen for her years of service to America and this agency. Her legacy and

Fred Griffin and wife, Betsy, say farewell to Ellen Ochoa.

… As the community says goodbye to Ellen By Mary Alys Cherry


cores of Johnson Space Center employees, astronauts and NASA executives from other centers gathered at Space Center Houston May 17 to say farewell to retiring JSC Director Dr. Ellen Ochoa, who is ending her 30-year stellar career with the space agency.

contributions to this center and to NASA are timeless. She will be missed.” Mike Coats added, “Mark was at the top of everyone’s wish list. Technically as sharp as they come and also a superb manager. Mark was the Orion program manager when the Administration tried to cancel the program. He demonstrated outstanding leadership in successfully navigating a difficult period while Congress was negotiating with the White House to retain the Orion program.” “It’s an honor to be appointed to lead the men and women of this proud center,” Geyer said. “The Johnson Space Center has unique capabilities that are critical to NASA’s ability to execute our mission to take humans farther into the solar system, and I look forward to working with each and every one of you on the ambitious tasks ahead.” Born in Indianapolis, Geyer earned his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics Engineering, as well as his Master of Science in Aeronautics from Purdue University in Indiana. He is the recipient of the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Executive Rank Award and the Distinguished Executive Rank Award.

Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana, Janet Brown of Space Center Houston and Jacobs Vice President Lon Miller.

Besides being only the second woman to head NASA’s premier space center, she also was the first Hispanic woman to go into space. She flew on four space shuttle missions, recording almost 1,000 hours in space before serving as first JSC’s deputy director and then center director. Last year she was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. Next stop is Boise, Idaho, where she and her husband, attorney Coe Miles, and two sons plan to kick back and be an everyday American family. At least that is the plan. Among the many who came to say goodbye you might have spotted Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana, retired JSC Director Mike

Election results in area voting Candidates for posts in Nassau Bay, Kemah, TLV and Webster had no opposition in the May 5 municipal elections. Winners in other contests are listed below. CCISD Trustees District 4 Page Rander District 5 Jay Cunningham At Large A Jennifer Broddle Clear Lake Shores Council winners Amanda Fenwick Angie Terrell Kurt Otten

El Lago Position 3 Darin Clark Position 4 John Skelton Position 5 Ann Vernon Friendswood Mayor Mike Foreman Position 1 Steve Rockey Position 3 Trish Hanks Position 4 Robert J. Griffon Seabrook Position 1 Ed Klein Position 3 Jeff Larson Position 5 Buddy Hamman

Retired JSC Director Mike Coats, with Donna Shafer, Lorna Onizuka and Joyce Abbey, from left.

Coats, SAIC’s Joyce Abbey, Lorna Onizuka of the Challenger family, Jacobs Vice President Lon Miller, Oceaneering Vice President Mike Bloomfield, the space agency’s International Space Station Program Manager Kirk Shireman, Griffin Partners CEO Fred Griffin, Space Center Houston Director William Harris and Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership President Bob Mitchell, who came to represent the business community. About 20, including the heads of all the different space center departments, presented Ochoa with gifts, hugs and goodbye wishes -- so many presents that most hoped she had a giant house in Idaho to hold them all, but knowing she would find a way. JUNE 2018 | Bay Area Houston Magazine


The Annual Summer Problem By Pastor Brad Heintz


hen my girls were growing up, we watched the Disney Channel and one of their favorite shows was Phineas and Ferb. I must admit it was also mine. This musical comedy follows two boys on summer vacation. Every day they start a new project that turns into a great adventure, usually to the chagrin of their sister. This show introduced me to Perry the Platypus and the theme song: There’s a hundred and four days of summer vacation, ‘Til school comes along just to end it, So the annual problem for our generation, Is finding a good way to spend it… As you can see There’s a whole lot of stuff to do Before school starts this fall So stick with us ‘cause Phineas and Ferb Are gonna do it all If our biggest annual problem for our generation is finding a good way to spend our summer, then frankly we have it good. Yet in my parenting and pastoring experience, summer can cause some of the most stressful times in a household. I remember when we started Living Word Church, my girls were 8 and 6 years old. Since I was officing out of our house, we thought we had solved all of our summer day care problems. They could be with me. Well that lasted maybe about two weeks before all of us needed a better solution! Children think no routine and freedom from the school schedule is wonderful. Parents, not so much. I can hear it now, “We’re bored!” And parents are over burdened, juggling the new schedules and managing their children’s newfound freedom. You can swing from one extreme to the other with either not enough to


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do or too much to do. As the song goes, “There’s a whole lot of stuff to do.” Are we going to have to do it all? What if we start this summer in prayer? Most parents begin every school year in prayer, so why wouldn’t we pray as much about our summer? I have learned that when I give my day and my plans over to God, I am freed up from having to control, organize and work miracles. He can direct our decisions and do miracles this summer! What if we let go and let God with our summer? So often we try to control everything our kids do rather than direct them to great adventures. Growing up, my mom told us what we had to do to earn our playtime. Then she told us to get outside and have fun. It was our responsibility to earn it and create it! Proverbs 3:6 says, “Seek God’s will in all you do and He will show you which path to take!” (NTL Version) What if we give up on perfect this summer? So often we want everything perfect, especially on that family trip. We plan it all out and wish for the most wonderful time. Then everyone is forced to be together 24/7, usually in tight quarters, and we wonder why our family is so dysfunctional. Maybe it is just an unrealistic expectation. Let’s give up on perfect and let the perfect God help us with our family dynamics. Then we will just have a good, God-filled summer! Pastor Brad Heintz is the founding pastor of Living Word Church in Seabrook, a vibrant family-style, non-denominational gathering of believers who take a pure, simple and real approach to faith and life.



ime flies. We’re almost halfway through 2018. Which also means it’s the start of graduation and wedding seasons. How confident are you with your smile? It doesn’t matter if your big day is in weeks or months, there are steps to take now. Here is a series of quick and easy ways to improve your smile and stand out in group photo!

Smile makeover:

Have you ever thought about getting a smile makeover? The first thing someone notices about you is your smile. It can be as complex as replacing missing teeth with dental implants, or as simple as correcting uneven, chipped, or cracked teeth. With advancements in technology, cosmetic dentistry came to life in the 20th century. The focus is to create beautiful natural looking smiles. Today, we are able to create a brilliant sparkling white porcelain smile in just one visit! A smile makeover improves the appearance of your smile using one or more cosmetic procedures. It’s completely customized for you and the smile you desire. Porcelain Veneers are customized strong and thin lifelike synthetic pearls placed over your crooked, discolored, dark, or chipped front teeth. They are thin and durable to give you a more dazzling smile. They usually require two visits or more to complete. However, with the advancements in CAD/ CAM digital dentistry and invention of strong synthetic monoletic porcelain such as “e.max,” our office can deliver your sparkly white perfect smile that lasts a lifetime in a single visit!

Do you have missing teeth?

Dental implants could be your best option for a complete smile. Implants are titanium posts that fuse with your jawbone to help avoid that sunken jaw look. After they are in place a porcelain crown is added on top. Implants look and feel like natural teeth. They are permanent and can be done while you are in deep I.V. induced sedative (sleep) state.

Looking for a straighter smile? If your teeth are crowded, misaligned, or you have an overbite or underbite,orthodontics may be the best route for an aesthetic smile. You have a few different options, traditional metal braces, Invisalign or Clear Correct. Invisalign and Clear Correct are clear removable aligners that straighten your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, these clear trays are removed while you eat and brush your teeth! Don’t let your age discourage you from getting your perfect smile! We offer adult orthodontics.

What can help discolored teeth?

Does the color of your teeth make you self-conscious when smiling for photos? The food and drinks you consume may be the reason your teeth aren’t sparkling white. Coffee, tea, berries and sweets are just some examples of what can stain your teeth. Did you know whitening is the most requested procedures in cosmetic dentistry? Teeth whitening is one of the most popular and simplest cosmetic procedures and thanks to “Zoom laser whitening system,” it can be done in a single visit. You deserve to have a captivating smile on your special day or event! Don’t over think what you should or shouldn’t do, just give us a call at 281-332-4700 or request an appointment online at www. and let’s make your dream smile a reality in just 1 visit! Dr. Noie has been in private practice in the Bay Area since 1996. He is a Diplomate of Int’l Congress of Oral Implantologists, Fellow of Academy of General Dentistry, and Assoc. Fellow of American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He has completed his surgical training at New York University as well as Medical University of South Carolina, Temple University, and Wright state University School of Medicine. He completed his oral Anesthesiology training at University of Alabama in Birmingham. He is a member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

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Movers &Shakers Name: Mark Mulqueen Occupation: ISS Program Manager, Boeing

for just one day, I’d choose: DeShaun Watson – He’s the most exciting and dynamic quarterback out there and he plays here in Houston!

Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.

My favorite performers are: Coldplay

You’ll never catch me: Slowing down on the job

Current Home: Pasadena, Tx.

I like to spend my leisure time: On outdoor sports

The thing that bugs me the most is: Having to do something twice

If I could travel anywhere, I’d go to: Europe – There is so much history there it mesmerizes me. There’s not one place you can go and be bored.

My favorite movie is: Guardians of the Galaxy – It’s just a lot of fun and the music is great

Family: Married with three daughters My favorite writer is: Tom Clancy Someone I’d like to meet is: JJ Watt – His charity work has been inspiring If I could switch places with someone

My favorite meal is: A good filet mignon and a glass of red wine

As I youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: An engineer. I knew very early on that I wanted to build things

Few people know: I’m a jokester, I really like good jokes

Exceptional art exhibit featured in Nassau Bay Episcopal church Nassau Bay, hospital seek street artists for public space Houston Methodist St. John Hospital and the City of Nassau Bay are looking for artists interested in painting murals at a popular community gathering space. The hospital is partnering with the city to add visual interest to two large exterior walls at Nassau Bay Shopping Village, located on Upper Bay Road near NASA Parkway. “We are looking for artwork with iconic images that portray the history of the City of Nassau Bay as well as the community-minded values that Houston Methodist brings to this neighborhood and beyond,” said Dan Newman, CEO of Houston Methodist St. John Hospital. Nassau Bay Shopping Village features a variety of locally-owned restaurants and businesses. On Saturdays, it is home to a popular farmers market that draws hundreds of visitors to shop for organic produce, native plants and an assortment of homemade goods. “We envision this artwork to be an added attraction that draws more visitors to this destination to discover the unique flavor of Nassau Bay, while adding to the sense of community that’s already present here,” said Nassau Bay City Manager Jason Reynolds. To learn more, interested artists should contact Carla Medlenka at camedlenka@houstonmethodist. org. Artists will be asked to submit a portfolio or links to their artwork.


St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church in Nassau Bay is spotlighting an exceptional art exhibition that opened April 14 and will remain open through Aug. 10. Icons in Transformation, which has been displayed in cathedrals throughout Europe and the U.S., was created by renowned Russian iconographer Ludmilla Pawlowska and features over 160 pieces that are installed throughout the church. Featuring both traditional icons and Pawlowska›s contemporary two- and three-dimensional responses to them, the exhibition encompasses the campus both indoors and outdoors. Its scope is immense, intending a truly immersive spiritual experience for the audience, and encouraging return visits for active reflection and engagement. Highlights of this lengthy exhibition include Pentecost Jazz Sunday mass with upscale brunch,

May 20, 10:30 a.m.; a lecture by Museum of Fine Arts Houston speaker Erick Timmreck Sunday, June 3, 7-8 p.m. on “Iconic Reflections: The Power of Transcendence;” Concert with Grammy-nominated lute player Ronn Mac Farlane, Saturday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m. with champagne reception; and an icon writing workshop Aug. 6-10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., taught by Kara Nelson, teaches the prayerful practice of “writing” (icons are written, not painted or drawn) a Byzantinestyle icon. For more information, visit

Special Ed parents protest Clear Creek ISD By Mary Alys Cherry

due process against them.” Another speaker expressed the opinion that many on the Special Ed staff are “overworked and under staffed” and not given proper training. One parent, calling for a public listening session, felt “working together, we can solve many problems. We need to improve communication,” while another advised that several lawsuits had been filed against the school district and “rather than fix the problem CCISD has spent thousands fighting

Clear Creek ISD’s Special Education Program came under attack at the May 21 School Board meeting with dozens of parents demonstrating in front of the district headquarters on Marina Bay Drive in League City as trustees arrived for their monthly meeting. Once the session got underway, nine family members and/or friends of special needs students lodged a Parents protest CCISD’s school board meeting. number of complaints on behalf of the lawsuits.” their 170-member group and called for an investigation As is their practice, trustees did not comment. of the program during Community Input. However, CCISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith did, “We have grave concerns about the Special Education assuring the audience that the district leadership would Program,” the first speaker said. “Our voices have gone look into this and find ways to solve any problems. “We unheard time after time. Parents who push for needed services are sometimes silenced by the district filing for have work to do, and parents, we need your help.”

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Bay Area’s Most Eligible Bachelors and Bachelorettes


ouston has ITS list, Galveston has their list and NOW the Bay Area is going to have its list of Most Eligible Bachelors and Bachelorettes! Nominations are being taken for single men and women who live in the cities of the Bay Area that are successful in their careers and are active in their community. A fundraising event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 6 at Sundance Grill II benefitting The American Diabetes Association, featuring a presentation fashion show of the Bachelors and Bachelorettes. There will be a live auction for dates with the honorees. There will also be a surprise celebrity bachelor for one lucky bidder! Over 30 million Americans have diabetes. Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have Type 1 Diabetes and 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with Diabetes every year. In October 2017 League City Mayor

Pat Hallisey suffered two heart attacks caused by a loss of circulation in his legs from his uncontrolled diabetes. In order to save his life, doctors had to amputate one of his legs. After his near death experience, Mayor Hallisey has a new found respect for controlling his diabetes and his heroic efforts to fight for his health are inspiring. He will be at the event to introduce the honored Bachelors and Bachelorettes. If you would like to nominate someone that fits the description of the Bay Area’s Most Eligible Bachelor or Bachelorette please send in a description of why you think they should be honored. Anyone interested in being a sponsor for the event or would like to donate,or donate an auction item or nominate someone, please contact Bay Area Houston Magazine at 281-474-5875 or by email at r.clapp@

Introducing the first nominees

Photo: Life Be Still photography.

Ange Mertens Ange Mertens is a local journalist and radio show host for the popular “The A List” and “It’s All About the Bay.” Her columns have appeared in the Galveston County Daily News, The League City and Kemah/Clear Lake Connection papers and Bay Area Houston Magazine. She is a Flight Attendant and has worked for Southwest Airlines for 23 years. Ange is a Type 1 Diabetic and is honored to help raise money for the American Diabetes Association.

Bo Brinkman Pasadena native, Bo Brinkman is an actor, producer, writer and director known best for his highly acclaimed role as Major Walter Taylor in the movies Gettysburg and Gods and Generals. Bo has moved behind the camera and has made quite a name for himself as a writer/director with such movies as The Last Mark, The Last Man Club, and now The Bay House which was filmed largely in Seabrook and is currently in post production.

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Photos by Mary Alys Cherry

JSC Director Ellen Ochoa presents the National Space Trophy to now retired Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot during the RNASA Gala. RNASA photo


RNASA Chairman Rodolfo Gonzalez and his wife, Anangela, wear big smiles as they look over the massive crowd at the 2018 space gala.

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NATIONAL SPACE Trophy winner Robert Lightfoot ended his long NASA career on a perfect note with some 800 admirers giving him a grand sendoff at the RNASA Space Gala. Besides retiring from the space agency, Johnson Space Center Director Dr. Ellen Ochoa presented him with a beautiful trophy for his mantel. “The many leadership roles that Robert Lightfoot has held and excelled at over his entire aerospace career made him the ideal person to lead NASA during the last 15 months,” she said as she handed him the prestigious trophy. The former acting NASA administrator looked upon it as “the pinnacle of recognition in our business. This is the biggest award you could bestow on me, but really it is for the entire team and what we do. And, what we do every day makes a difference.” After the welcome by RNASA Foundation Chairman Rodolfo Gonzalez, other highlights included the presentation by NASA’s Cindy

MARY ALYS CHERRY Steele of the Space Communicator Award by video to actor William Shatner of Star Trek fame, a video congratulatory message to Lightfoot from NASA astronauts Scott Tingle, Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold on the Space Station, a Space City Films year-in-review film featuring CNN’s John Zarrella and the presentation by astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson of the Stellar Awards to 29 individuals and 8 teams, Looking around the Hyatt Regency Ballroom, you might have spotted former NASA Administrators Michael Griffin and and Gen. Charles Bolden; Glenn Research Center Director Dr. Janet Kavandi, acting NASA Associate Administrator

RNASA Vice Chairman Bill Taylor and his wife, Susan, left, share a light moment with Rich Jackson and his wife, Karen, at the space gala at the Hyatt Regency Downtown.


Mike and Tery Hernandez were among the large crowd that came to the annual space celebration.

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Eileen Collins, right, the first woman to command a space mission, is happy to see retired NASA Associate Administrator Arnold Aldrich and his wife, Eleanor, at the 2018 RNASA Space Gala.


Stephen Jurcyk, retired Johnson Space Center Director Mike Coats, and three other former Space Trophy winners -- Eileen Collins, Glynn Lunney and Tommy Holloway taking their seats. The guest list read like a Who’s Who in the space industry and included JSC Deputy Director Mark Geyer, Associate Director Dr. George Nield, Space Station Program Manager Kirk Shireman, External Relations Director Deborah Conder, Safety Director Terry Wilcutt, Flight Operations Director Brian K. Kelly, Deputy CFO Sidney Schmidt and NASA Orion Program Manager Mark Kirasich – many with their spouses. Other space luminaries included a number of astronauts such as Chief Astronaut Patrick Forrester and Mark Polansky, along with former astronauts -- Texas A&M at Galveston COO Michael Fossum and Orbital ATK Systems Group President Frank Culbertson and Gen. Tom Stafford. Boeing’s Houston Site Leader and ISS Program Manager Mark Mulqueen was in the crowd, as

Mike Kincaid, NASA’s associate administrator for education, flew down from Washington to take his wife, Holly, to the space gala.

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were Barrios Technologies Chairman Sandy Johnson and President Robert McAfoos, Jacobs Vice President Lon Miller, Blue Orgin President Rob Meyerson, KBR Wyle Senior VP Dr. Vernon McDonald and VP Genie Bopp, MEI Technologies CEO David Cates and Alpha Space Test President Mark Gittleman. Plus, Bastion biggies Mike and Jorge Hernandez and COO Jay Ramakrishnan, UTC Aerospace Leader Allen Flynt, SAIC Vice President Charlie Stegemoeller, Lockheed Martin Orion Deputy Director Larry Price, MRI President and VP Debbie and Tim Kropp, Axiom Space President Mike Suffredini, ERC Partner Darryl Smith and Sierra Nevada Corp. Vice President Mark Sirangelo. RNASA Foundation and Rotarians in the mix included RNASA Vice President Bill Taylor, John Branch, Bob Wren, Delia Stephens, Geoff Atwater, Frank Perez, Rich Jackson, Randy Straach, Mark Hollis, Duane Ross, Steve Oglesbee, Gary Johnson and their spouses.

Long time RNASA Board member Bob Wren and his wife, Jordie, were early arrivals at the space gala.

Geoff and Vivian Atwater, join the crowd at the RNASA Space Gala at the Hyatt Regency.

Photos by Mary Alys Cherry and Pat Biddle

Mary Fulton, center, who designs the beautiful tea cups the Museum Guild sells at the Silver Tea each year, gets a look at the packaging while talking with Peggy Clause, right, and Sandi Allbritton during the tea May 6 at Bay Area Museum.

Silver Tea honors Brandie Corrao BAY AREA MUSEUM was nearly overflowing Sunday, May 6 as the Museum Guild hosted the 33rd annual Silver Tea, which was founded in 1985 so local families could come together to experience a favorite British custom. Many cooked their favorite sweets and savories to share with the crowd, which included the Lunar Rendezvous princesses and lieutenants and their mothers, along with Museum Guild members and their families. Silver Tea Chairman Terri Monette was at the door to introduce the arriving crowd to this year’s honoree, Brandie Corrao, who was selected for her dedication to the museum. Nearby, you might have spotted Peggy Clause and Sandi Allbritton were busy complimenting Marjy Fulton on the beautiful tea cups she

Museum Guild members Louise Russell, Jan Larson, Belinda Scheurich and Ava Galt, from left, who put in many hours working on the annual Silver Tea, wear big smiles as the crowd begins arriving at the museum in Clear Lake Park.

has made annually for the guild to sell at the tea. In no time, the museum began to fill with Matthew and Angie Weinman and Joy and Charles Smitherman in the arriving crowd, along with Emmeline Dodd and Gene Hollier, Annette Dwyer and her husband, Pat Monks, Mary Williams, Diana Dornak, Adrienne Sun, Mary Ann Baxter and Laura Sukkar. Some of the others out enjoying the afternoon included Museum Guild Co-Presidents Ava Galt and Carole Murphy, Jill Smitherman, Jill Williams Lammers, Barb Spencer, Cindy Kuenneke, Louise Russell, Gayle Nelson, Marcy Fryday, Sally Jordan and Jan Larson.

bringing beautiful music to the community and focuses on music education for elementary students in the Clear Creek School District. She’ll have six vice presidents lending a hand during the coming year -- Carole Murphy, finance; Jim Moore, education; Patience Myers, development; Martha McWilliams, programs; Ann Morgan, membership; and President-elect Vicki Buxton. Other officers will be Recording Secretary Gayle Nelson, Corresponding Secretary Jean Raffetto, Historian Pat Biddle, Nomination Chairman Mary Voigt and Parliamentarian Lisa Clobanu. They were installed May 9 at their Bay Oaks Country Club luncheon.

Symphony League elects new officers

DAR Chapter picks officers for 2018-20

NINA McGLASHAN is the new president of the Houston Symphony League Bay Area, which enjoys

THE SAM HOUSTON Chapter of the Houston National Society of the Daughters of the American

Houston Symphony League Bay Area officers for 2018 will include, from left, Historian Pat Biddle, President Nina McGlashan, Parliamentarian Lisa Clobanu and Corresponding Secretary Jean Raffetto. They were installed May 9 at their Bay Oaks Country Club luncheon. Recording Secretary Gayle Nelson and Nomination Chairman Mary Voigt are absent from the picture.

The 2018 Houston Symphony League Bay Area vice presidents are already making plans for the coming year. Pictured are, from left, Carole Murphy, finance; Jim Moore, education; Patience Myers, development; Martha McWilliams, programs; Ann Morgan, membership; and President-elect Vicki Buxton, as they lined up for their installation at the league’s May luncheon.

Silver Tea Chairman Terri Monette, right, welcomes tea honoree Brandie Corrao to the popular annual Bay Area Museum Guild event in Clear Lake Park.

Revolution also introduced new officers when members met on May 5 at Bay Oaks Country Club in Clear Lake. New officers for 2018-2020 are Regent Beth Sears, 1st Vice Regent Sarah Adams, 2nd Vice Regent Rita Ash, Chaplain Susie Ganch, Recording Secretary Becky Miles, Corresponding Secretary Ann Caywood, Treasurer Kati Hill, Registrar Lara Phillips, Historian Julie McRee and Librarian Fran Bodden. Texas State Regent-Elect Susan Greene Tillman discussed the theme, “Are You Letting Your Light Shine?” Her speech focused on the many ways all DAR members can become involved in DAR, no matter their interests, talents and strengths. DAR is an organization that provides countless community service in projects helping veterans, libraries and schools.

New DAR officers are, from left, Regent Beth Sears, Vice Regents Sarah Adams and Rita Ash, Chaplain Susie Ganch, Recording Secretary Becky Miles, Corresponding Secretary Ann Caywood, Treasurer Kati Hill, Registrar Lara Phillips, Historian Julie McRee and Librarian Fran Bodden.

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umm e r i s h e re and with that comes fruity drinks with umbrellas, beautiful flowers and tropical vacations. In the Bay Area we begin to enjoy many outdoor activities, boating, tanning and swimming. And we take advantage of our fantastic local outdoor restaurants and venues. And enjoying the great outdoors also means we all want to brighten up our look, from clothing to our hair! I was able to sit down with the illustrious Chloe Holguin Salon Manager for the “Chaz Dean Studio” in Hollywood, soon to open in NY. I asked her what is Hot in Hollywood Hair? “The latest Trend from L.A. is “lived in hair”...we’re seeing a lot of natural no fuss color with lots of dimension.....we’re seeing caramel tones as chunky low lights intermixed with natural blond tones for a sun kissed effect...making sure there is face framing with brighter blond...Our cuts are also no fuss... sexy textured “Lobs” ( long bobs) they can be from below the shoulder to chin length...very textured so the line is shattered and sexy...the look is if you had a fun romp in bed! “(Oh My!!) So people are wanting to brighten up their locks and have sexy, manageable hairdo’s!! What about when people have to dress up or go out for that special occasion? Holguin says

“Our fancy do’s are also messy and not formal looking...also gives the impression that one could just pin it up for a rustled effect....for a more formal look we’re doing very smooth and high poni’s...kinda 60’s looking...” In the summer we tend to stress out our hair with chlorine, straightening and coloring is there anything we can do to help curb the damage? “ Of course here at the Chaz Dean Studios we use the “Wen” hair system! We use no ammonia color and no shampoo! Our goal is to reverse damaged over-processed hair!” Well it sounds like the news from Hollywood is FUN easy, healthy hair! Besides sexy hair this summer the runways are full of sexy bathing suits. One piece bathing suits are very daring this season with plunging necklines and strategic cut outs. Some are softened with ruffles on the shoulders or across the chest

but they are definitely pushing the envelope this season. On the other hand two piece bathing suits are having a retro feel with high waisted bottoms and wide strapped shoulders. Many of the models on the runway look like they may have walked right off the runway of the Galveston Festival of Pulchritude in the 1920’s-1930’s! I know that sounds awful, but really it was the precursor to modern day Miss Universe! The word pulchritude actually means “Beauty” and ladies came from all over the world to participate in the festivities. And the island’s population nearly tripled the weekend of the Festival. Today’s designers have reached into our very personal Gulf Coast past to recreate these retro bathing suits. Actually this season walking down the runway

could be entitled “A Walk Through The Generations”! Of course there are the 1920-1930’s designs, there are skirted designs with ruching reminiscent of the 1950’s, there are shapeless one pieces that were popular in the 1960’s, there are teenie bikini’s straight out of the 1970’s with cartoons or trendy sayings, a resurgence of sporty styles with a wet suit feel are a comeback from the 80’s (I know I had a favorite Body Glove with a zipper front!) and the 90’s are revisited with belts and suspenders adorning the suits. One thing that can be said about this season’s bathing suit, is there is definitely a style for every body type! So spend some time shopping around and you are sure to find something that makes you feel beautiful! And if you want to buy one that reminds you of a special time in your past go ahead and buy it as a guilty pleasure, even if you will only wear it in your private backyard, I won’t tell!!

American Heart Association’s Black Tie and Boots Gala: A Night at the Derby

Melody Billings, Robyn Weigelt and Alisha Stuart


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Rick Clapp and Melody Billings

Shelley Rogers and Stewart Scorgins


By Blaine Ochoa


Lankford, who shares her knowledge and helpful tips regarding diet and exercise. One thing I have learned over the years, especially concerning my fitness journey, is to “do it now.” When it comes to health and fitness, work and achieving goals; this motto has made me successful. It was a lesson I had to learn the hard way, but better to learn now than later, or never. Overcoming the “illness” of procrastination is tough, but doable. Being on a fitness journey is not easy, and it takes courage to step out and start where you are. When speaking with Sandy I learned that her motto is, “new beginnings.” These are words to live by -- in the gym, when you wake up in the morning, when you make a mistake, and every day for the rest of your life. Every day is a new beginning and a fresh start. You have the power and tools necessary to create the life you want. Eating healthy is step No.1. “Eating healthy is a way of life, it is how you keep your body in check, and how you remain energetic and feel good about yourself.” Take each day one

health, physical physique, and build muscle, which burns calories. Decide to commit to exercising at least 20-40 minutes a day, whether that is taking a walk around the block, going for a run, or trying out a fun workout class. A few of my favorite workouts are

ummer is almost here.

That means time for the beach, tropical getaways, and summer parties. That also means getting in shape in order to have that “fire hot” summer body that most women dream of having. Achieving and maintaining a rock’n summer bod can be difficult, but absolutely possible. Start where you are and take daily action steps to achieve your goals. It is never too late to achieve your fitness goals, chase your dreams, or live the life you want to live. For the record, there are beauty treatments that can help contribute to losing weight and maintaining a fabulous body; however, eating healthy and working out is the ultimate, factual and best way to achieve your best body -- inside and out. My fitness journey has not been easy, but with sacrifices, dedication and perseverance, I have seen my body transform into a mold that I am very proud of. I have documented my health and fitness secrets to reaching my goals and getting in shape, along with my friend and certified personal trainer, Sandy

“It is never too late to achieve your fitness goals, chase your dreams, or live the life you want to live.” day at a time and make better decisions daily. Changing your meals and incorporating healthy proteins, vegetables and non fat carbohydrates will help you loose weight and create definition and muscle tone. Eating less unhealthy carbohydrates, sugars, and fats, will result in weight loss, and your body will feel more energized and refreshed. Also, eating six small meals a day will increase your metabolism. Eat lean chicken, turkey breast, brown rice, sweet potatoes and lots of vegetables, for example, and you will start seeing a difference in the way you look. Working out is step No. 2. Exercising will improve your overall

Pilates, Zumba, Kickboxing, and Yoga. Invite a friend to join you, “you are more likely to excel if you find a friend who can be apart of your fitness journey -- someone to hold you accountable.” Also, I have found that working out in the mornings has helped me stay on track with eating healthier throughout the day, and be more productive. Doing cardio in the mornings gets your blood pumping, boosts your metabolism, and gives you energy for the rest of the day. Try these tips out and in four weeks track your progress and see how far you’ve come. “Find someone in the

fitness industry who can strengthen you, lift you up, and help motivate you, there is power in numbers and power in friendship.” Never forget that strength comes from above and from within. You have power with in that is able to conquer and achieve all things. Now for the fun part! After you start seeing results from eating healthy and working out, complete your summer body with a radiant spray tan. My personal favorite place to get a spray tan is Throwing Copper, located in the Houston Museum District. Throwing Copper offers an all natural and organic airbrush spray tanning solution sure to give you the perfect summer glow. Change does not happen overnight, it takes time. Do not stress or feel discouraged if you do not see the results you want fast enough. Stay focused, be consistent, and never give up. If you get off track, get back on it. It’s all about having a positive, proactive mindset! I encourage you to incorporate healthy eating and working out into your lifestyle. You will see a drastic change in your overall health, appearance, and the way you feel.

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John Collier, from right, and other guests welcome Pasadena Mayor Jeff Wagner as retiring Armand Bayou Executive Director Tom Kortrude looks on in the background.

Early arrivals for the Party for the Planet at Armand Bayou Nature Center included, from left, Emmeline Dodd, Karen Keesler, Carol Bergman and Gene Hollier, who were anticipating a great evening.

Armand Bayou – ‘The Jewel on the Bay’ By Rick Clapp


ne of Bay Area’s most

precious jewels is the Armand Bayou Nature Center in Pasadena. The Annual Earth Day Party for the Planet was held on Saturday, April 28 and was another big success -- raising thousands of dollars and was a total sellout. The annual Spring Celebration and fundraiser included a lavish silent auction featuring Astros tickets, feeding the Bison, nature paintings, Yeti Coolers, signature Audubon style bird dinner plates and more. Hors d’oeuvres galore were hand passed and served by an attentive wait staff from Melange Catering. The highlight each year is the incredible buffet dinner and drinks served under the big white tent. It was again provided by the Kessler’s of One Stop Tents and Events. Dinner included tender grilled Airline chicken, mouthwatering beef tenderloin Au Poivre, mixed green salad, roasted basil, new and Peruvian purple potatoes, oven roasted Brussel sprouts and a vegetable medley. The dessert was divine -- a Tiramisu trifle or a strawberry shortcake trifle. It not only looked great, it tasted d’lish. The Crème de la Crème was provided at the events end which was a decadent late night snack, a farm table s’mores station. The live auction was well bid on, and all went for great value. It included Astros memorabilia, a fishing trip, pontoon boat tour for 80, an evening of art and cheese at Disegno Studio in Houston, a round of golf at the premier Golf Club of Houston for four with caddies and a


trip to Florida’s Disney World. There was also a guided private canoe trip for six on Armand Bayou with Mark Kramer. Evening entertainment was live music by Andy and the Dreamsicles. The evening honored the hardworking, dynamic Tom Kortrude, who celebrated his 10 years as the executive director of ABNC and will graciously retire this summer. Congratulations Tom, and best wishes in your new ventures. A job more than well done. Bravo. Special thanks goes to David Rante, Laurel Williamson, Garry McMahan, Linda Retherford, all the sponsors and people at ABNC. Mark your calendar for next year’s Armand Bayou Nature Center Party for the Planet. Your funds will protect our Jewel on the Bayou, and I personally guarantee you a grand ole time on the bayou. Armand Bayou Nature Center extends it gratitude to everyone who made the 2018 Earth Celebration another huge success. For more information call 281-474-2551.

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Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark, center, is happy to see some familiar faces at the Armand Bayou Nature Center’s Party for the Planet.

Andy and the Dreamsicles rocked the planet!



he 23rd Annual Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance, held at the luxurious Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, was the event of the year – a quite spectacular and regal show of some of the world’s finest classic cars and vintage wooden yachts and boats. Featured marques included Pierce-Arrow, Porsche. Aston Martin, Ferrari, super cars and fiberglass boats. Keels and Wheels was hosted by LYC Concours Corp. and ACBS-Southwest Chapter. The events major title sponsors included the City of Seabrook, Evergreen Environmental Services and The John and Jaqueline Hodges charitable organization. Other presenting sponsors were Fidelity Investments and Old Iron Works with Fishbone Safety Solutions – Energy Services, Bayway Auto Group, City of Nassau Bay, MCM Worldwide, Visit Houston and Beyond, Bentley Houston and Reliable Carriers featured as title sponsors. As Keels and Wheels is such a World Class event, Bay Area Houston is very fortunate to have such an outstanding affair held in confines of Lakewood Yacht Club. Needless to say, this event takes a great deal of team work, volunteers, LYC cooperation, plus hard and tedious work. It is truly a work of art displaying this wonderful collection of cars and wooden boats. Kudos goes to all the car, yacht and boat owners who proudly display their masterpieces for the public’s enjoyment. This event is not made possible without the direction and leadership of Chairman Bob Fuller, Board

1966 Woody. Photo by Lilli Heintz.

Chairman Tom Collier, Treasurer Ben Baker, Secretary Laura Powel, Dave Clayton, Richard Fawcett, Dick Gregg Jr., Brandon Mason, Uzi Ozeri, Dave Person, Linda Robinson, Peter Squire, Jim Sweeney, Evelyn Timmins and a whole host of loyal hardworking “Kudos goes to all the car, yacht LYC friends and and boat owners who proudly volunteers. Congratulations display their masterpieces for goes to Billy Cain and Company the public’s enjoyment.” whose 1957 Chris Craft won Best in Class and People’s Children. Mark your calendar for Choice awards. Fishbones also hosted next year’s Concours d’Elegance. an incredible VIP Sponsors Tent at the Bravo to all the sponsors, volunteers 2018 Keels and Wheels. and attendees for supporting a great The 2018 Keels and Wheels event and worthwhile cause. benefitted Today’s Harbor for

Recipients of the Corinthian Award, Media’s Choice Favorite Boat and Silver trophies. By Lilli Heintz.

Wendy Shaw, Lilli Heintz, Blaine Ochoa and Rick Clapp.

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[ EDUCATION ] The Clear Creek ISD Teachers of the Year for 2018 are congratulated by Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith at a luncheon hosted by Bay Area Rotary Clubs at South Shore Harbour Resort May 21. They are, Secondary Teacher of the Year Anita Lewis of Westbrook Intermediate, left, and Elementary Teacher of the Year Crystal Starke of Mossman Elementary. CCISD Photo by Kirk Swann

CCISD names its 2018 Principals of the Year


ane Kelling, principal of Ralph Parr Elementary, was named the Elementary Principal of the Year and Clear Creek High School’s Jamey Majewski was named the Secondary Principal of the Year. They were nominated by their peers as both campus and district leaders. Kelling has been leading the Parr Patriots for the past nine years and has been a part of Clear Creek ISD in various roles for more than 20 years. Her early teaching career began in Kansas and Louisiana before she made her way to CCISD as a fourth-grade teacher at Landolt Elementary. “I am honored to represent such an incredible group of educators in CCISD,” Kelling said. “This award is a celebration for Ralph Parr Elementary and its community. It represents the collaboration and partnership we have for the education of our children.” Majewski’s passion for education stems from many influential educators who positively impacted his life while attending school in Deer Park ISD. After starting his teaching career there, he then began his journey through CCISD where he eventually became principal of Clear Creek High School for the past five years. “This award is especially meaningful since my peers, all of whom I admire and respect, voted on it,” said Majewski. “It also speaks to the work of the entire Clear Creek High staff and the support we receive at the district level. Creek is a family and it is such a unique and special place to be a part of.” Kelling and Majewski will both be honored at a luncheon hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Space Center, Seabrook and League City on May 21, along with the CCISD campus teachers of the year. At that time, the 2018 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year will be announced.


Wedgewood Elementary Alyssa Markowski Whitcomb Elementary Melinda Bujnoch White Elementary Brenda Magee

CCISD Teachers of the Year honored


he Rotary Clubs of Space Center, Seabrook and League City honored the Clear Creek Independent School District’s 44 campus Teachers of the Year at a luncheon at South Shore Habour Resort May 21. During the luncheon, the 2018 CCISD Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year were announced from a field of six finalists. This year’s winners are Crystal Stake of Mossman Elementary School and Anita Lewis of Westbrook Intermediate. Beyond educating students, the following teachers have also been identified as a leader on their campus, working collaboratively with co-workers to improve the school culture. CCISD congratulates the 2018 campus Teachers of the Year: Elementary Armand Bayou Elementary Alexia Scott Bauerschlag Elementary Danielle Derouen Bay Elementary Jordan Barber Brookwood Elementary Kirsten Clason Clear Lake City Elementary Valerie Strickland Falcon Pass Elementary Ashley Bedell

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Ferguson Elementary Laura Pearson Gilmore Elementary Katharine Wright Goforth Elementary Samantha Smith Greene Elementary Christin Anderson Hall Elementary Archon Auzenne Hyde Elementary Amy Etzel Landolt Elementary Liliana Martinez League City Elementary Sara Jones McWhirter Elementary Leena Elmore Mossman Elementary Crystal Starke North Pointe Elementary Shara Mills Parr Elementary Anna Lowery Robinson Elementary Julie Mills Ross Elementary Heather Sandoval Stewart Elementary Sarah Vining Ward Elementary Melissa Roe Weber Elementary Kelly Nerada

Secondary Bayside Intermediate Lauren Douglas Brookside Intermediate Shelley Koehler Clear Creek Intermediate Janet Hawes Clear Lake Intermediate Anastacia Cooper Creekside Intermediate Amanda Ripple League City Intermediate Paige Hassmann Seabrook Intermediate Erin Lusk Space Center Intermediate Kelly Francis Victory Lakes Intermediate Kathleen Bucher Westbrook Intermediate Anita Lewis Clear Brook High School Ann Daley Clear Creek High School Kylie Kunefke Clear Falls High School Debbie Bacon Clear Horizons High School Valerie Foskit Clear Lake High School Jodieth Seeger Clear Path High School Marcia Gschwind Clear Springs High School Kristin Pena Clear View High School Kimberly Hart

CLASS OF 2018 Congrats to Clear Falls Senior Lilli Heintz and to all class of 2018 graduates in Bay Area Houston!


Congratulations to the Class of 2018 Valedictorians and Salutatorians from all seven Clear Creek ISD high schools! Valedictorian Natalie Cha


Valedictorian Syamantak Payra

Salutatorian Akhil Majmudar


Valedictorian Alec Biggerstaff

Salutatorian Prateeka Kodali


Valedictorian Marlena Carol Gomez

Salutatorian Allen Chenhao Wen

Salutatorian Shielene Vargas


Valedictorian Grant Skaggs

Salutatorian Dylan Theriot


Valedictorian Samantha Ann Study

Salutatorian Lauren Kylie McGuire


Valedictorian Megan Keaster

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yet comfortable with adjustments for every body type. A highlight of the CT6 is its semiautonomous driving feature called SuperCruise that allows you to let the car drive itself when highway conditions permit. For this reporter, it was a strange feeling releasing the wheel and letting the car do its thing. It worked amazingly well. Power options include a 4-cylinder or one of two V-6 engines. Pricing starts at an astonishingly low $54,490.

Audi S5 If you’re a lone commuter, perhaps a German Coupe would be a good fit. May we suggest the Audi S5? Conservative exterior styling is the key note for the S5. Personally, we like the sleeper look this car exudes with its relatively straight lines, big, open-mouth grille and run-of-the-mill taillights. The quad exhaust tips can be a slight tipoff that something may be lurking under the hood.

By Don Armstrong

Cadillac CT6 Meet the new flagship from Cadillac, the CT6 Sedan. Despite is lackluster name, the car is a masterpiece in the luxury market. Its exterior design is both modern and conservative with vertical lighting fore and aft. Minimal chrome bits adorn vent openings up front while quad, chrome tipped exhaust tips flank the lower rear valance. A high beltline pays tribute to Cadillac’s enormous era. The interior is purely Cadillac, American luxury can’t get any better. A slight rise in the upper leather dash covering marks its digital instrument cluster below. The centrally located touch screen is wide, easy to use and understand. A finger-touch pad control can be found just ahead of the shifter on the center console. Seating surfaces are top notch leather, firm


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The 3.0-liter V-6 delivers 354-horsepower to its full-time all-wheel drive system through an 8-speed automatic transmission. We thought it was a V-8 at first. Yes, its 369 lb.-ft. of torque hits you that hard. The interior brings a lot to the table. Like the exterior, design is conservative – nothing swoopy here. But, the S5 has the latest techno-stuff to keep you as occupied as you want to be. Seating is comfortable but legroom for adults in the back could be an issue on long trips. Like the Cadillac CT6, the S5 has a similar semi-autonomous driving feature available but engagement is accomplished a little differently than the American way. There at two trim levels, the Premium Plus and Prestige, with pricing beginning at $54,600.

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he Lone Star Flight Museum is a 501(c)(3) aviation history and STEM learning facility with a mission to honor, preserve, educate and inspire. In addition, the Museum features a renowned flying collection of historic aircraft, high-tech Aviation Learning Center and multiple interactive displays.

Texas Aviation Hall of Fame

Established in 1995, the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame honors the men and woman of Texas who have shaped the aviation world. These inductees are famous aviators from Texas who have made extraordinary


Lone Star Flight Museum combines a comprehensive education program with an immersive aviation experience. Focused on teaching history through science and science through history, the museum promotes a lifelong learning of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Dynamic programming and interactive experiences include field trips, camps and Aviation Learning Center.


We’ve got your boarding pass to history with our vintage flying aircraft collection. Experience the sights and sounds of American airpower aboard one of our historic aircraft. Available aircraft include the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, North American B-25 Mitchell, North American T-6 Texan, Boeing PT-17 Stearman, Fairchild PT-19 Cornell, Douglas SBD Dauntless and Cessna T-41 Mescalero. Interested in taking a flight? Rides can be purchased at

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contributions to aviation, or a Texas aviator who has made an extraordinary contribution in another field. Inductees include Bessie Coleman, President George H. W. Bush, Howard Hughes and Alan Bean.


The Flight Academy introduces visitors to the foundations of flight and aircraft design with hands-on exhibits including three replica cockpits, two hang glider simulators and a theater featuring a film about the principles and history of flight development.



Host a high flying affair at the Museum! With 130,000 square feet of interactive, state-of-theart exhibit space, this unique setting features direct viewing access to aircraft, soaring ceilings and spectacular views. A perfect destination for weddings, conferences, meetings, reunions and private events of all kind.


Soar into our Gift Shop and pick up items sure to satisfy the aviation enthusiast in your family! Books, toys, models, novelty gifts and specialty items are available at the museum and online.

June Flight Plan includes movies, mechanics and robots! Clear yourself for takeoff at the Lone Star Flight Museum this summer. From paper airplane launches to hangar movie screenings, we have a full summer of activities designed to educate, inspire, and bring flight to life! All activities are FREE with paid admission unless otherwise noted.


Stay cool all summer with the hottest planes in town! When you become a member you always receive FREE admission, gift shop discounts, and exclusive events.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Ever want to know what it takes to keep a plane more than 70 years old airworthy? Learn the nuts and bolts of airplane maintenance from our mechanics and crew chiefs, watch live demonstrations, and try your hand at turning a screw (or two)!




The Museum relies on private donations to support the aircraft, collections, exhibits, facilities and educational programs that serve students and visitors of all ages. Our volunteers are an essential part of fulfilling our commitment to preserve Texas aviation and become a world-class museum. More information can be found at

Open 7 days a week. Monday – Saturday open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sundays open 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mathematician and scientist Daniel Bernoulli cracked the code on what makes flight possible in the 1700s when he observed that air moved like water. Conduct your own Bernoulli-inspired experiments using simple materials such as balloons, string and even a deck of cards to learn what makes aircraft lift off and stay aloft.



Ellington Airport, 11551 Aerospace Ave. Houston, TX 77034


Adults (18 – 64): $20.00; Youth (12 - 17): $18.00; Seniors (65+): $16.00; Children (4-11): $16.00; Children under 4: Free Purchase your tickets online in advance and save $2.00/ticket. AAA members save $3.00/ ticket (in person only). Groups of 10+ enjoy up to 20% off.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join the award-winning Spectrum 3847 team for exciting robotics demonstrations featuring their 120lb competing robot, Infrared. Plus try your hand at operating a VEX IQ robot yourself!

June 15: TOP GUN 7 p.m. What could be better than watching your favorite flight flick in an actual airplane hangar! Get ready to fly high and stay cool as Maverick, Goose and Iceman take

the highway to the danger zone. Seating provided or spread out on the hangar floor. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the movie begins at 7:00 p.m. Cost is $5/person; Children 3 and Under Free. Don’t miss Disney’s Planes July 20th and Airplane! August 17th.

Wednesdays: HANGAR TALK 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Every week this summer we make one of our aircraft the star of the show! Get “behind the chains” with our docents, learn exclusive aircraft history, and you may even see them start up on our ramp! • June 6: SBD Dauntless • June 13: Bell TAH-1P Cobra • June 20: Boeing PT-17 Stearman • June 27: Fairchild PT-19 Cornell

Saturdays: WATCH US FLY Our flying vintage collection take to the skies every Saturday (weather permitting) Visitors can access our ramp and watch planes taxi, takeoff and soar! Meet the pilots and crew chiefs who maintain and fly our collection.

WEEKENDS: SIMULATOR BAY Ever wanted to know what it takes to become a pilot? Take the controls in one of the museum’s Redbird Simulators and explore the skies like a real pilot! Pilots must be age 10+. $5/pilot on Saturday; FREE on Sunday! JUNE 2018 | Bay Area Houston Magazine






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Franca’s Noon & Mirch

Avenida Brazil

Sam’s Boat

Villa Capri


Pappa’s Delta Blues


Hunsa Thai 888 Chinese



Chelsea Wine Bar


Tookie’s Seafood Cabo



Crazy Alan’s Bakkhus

Sundance Opus

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Skallywag’s Amadeus

Ocean Sushi


South Shore Grille

El Tiempo MichiRu

Jackie’s Brickhouse

T-Bone Tom’s Playa Maya

Floyd’s Red River BBQ Main St. Bistro

Stomp’s Burgers



AMERICAN 1. Jackie’s Brickhouse 1053 Marina Bay Dr, Kemah, TX (832) 864-2459 2. Main St Bistro 615 E Main St, League City, TX (281) 332-8800 3. Red Oak Cafe 6011 W Main St a106, League City, TX (832) 905-3150 4. Stomp’s Burger Joint 3107 TX-146, Bacliff, TX (281) 339-0785 5. South Shore Grille 2800 Marina Bay Dr, League City, TX (281) 334-7700 6. T-Bone Tom’s 707 TX-146, Kemah, TX (281) 334-2133 7. Cabo Bar & Grill 2513 NASA Rd. 1, Seabrook, TX (281) 532-2691 8. Sam’s Boat 3101 NASA Rd. 1 Seabrook, TX (281) 326-7267 ASIAN 1. 888 Chinese 16744 El Camino Real, Houston, TX (281) 990-8888


Red Oak Cafe

Topwater Grill

Gumbo Bar


Dickinson BBQ


2. Hunsa Thai Kitchen 4622 E NASA Pkwy, Seabrook, TX (281) 532-6339 3. Masa Sushi 977 E NASA Pkwy, Webster, TX (281) 486-9888 4. Michiru Sushi 20911 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX (281) 338-9988 5. Noon & Mirch: Cuisine of India 505 E NASA Pkwy, Webster, TX 77598 6. Ocean Sushi 3020 Marina Bay Dr Suite A2, League City, TX (281) 957-9122 BARBEQUE 1. Dickinson BBQ 2111 FM 517 Rd E, Dickinson, TX (281) 534-2500 2. Pappas Delta Blues 19901 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX (281) 332-0024 3. Red River BBQ 1911 E Main St Suite B, League City, TX (281) 332-8086 CAJUN 1. Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack 310 Texas Ave, Kemah, TX (281) 334-5000 2. Floyd’s Cajun Seafood 20760 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX (281) 332-7474

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

1. Bakkhus Taverna 605 6th St, Kemah, TX 77565 (281) 538-1800

4. Tilted Kilt 2481 Gulf Fwy, League City, TX (281) 309-0471 m o s e s

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

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

5. Boondoggles Pub 4106 E NASA Pkwy, El Lago, TX 77586 (281) 326-2739

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

6. Chelsea Wine Bar 4106 E NASA Pkwy f, El Lago, TX 77586 (281) 326-5282

I TA L I A N 1. Angelo’s Pizza & Pasta 400 Bay Area Blvd A, Webster, TX (281) 332-2404 2. Amadeus 700 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX (281) 334-3311 3. Gio’s Flying Pizza & Pasta 650 FM 517 W. Dickinson, TX (281) 337-0107 4. Grazia Italian Kitchen 1001 Pineloch Dr #1100, Houston, TX (281) 486-2083 5. Pomodoro’s NASA 1303 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX (281) 480-0700 6. Villa Capri 3713 NASA Rd. 1, Seabrook (281) 326-2373 7. Franca’s Real Italian 1101 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058 (281) 488-2207 MEDITERRANEAN

MEXICAN 1. El Tiempo Cantina 20237 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX (713) 802-1580 2. Habanero’s Tacos 1908 Hialeah Dr #2, Seabrook, TX (281) 474-4400 3. Playa Maya Tacos 1415 TX-146, Kemah, TX Phone: (281) 532-6986 PUB/BAR/FUSION 1. Nobi Public House 241 E NASA Pkwy, Webster, TX (832) 932-5111 2. Scotty’s Pub 3202 Marina Bay Dr, League City, TX (281) 339-7474 3. Skallywag’s 600 6th St, Kemah, TX (281) 538-8877

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SEAFOOD 1. Gilhooley’s Oyster Bar 222 9th St, San Leon, TX 77539 (281) 339-3813 2. Opus Ocean Grille 1510 Marina Bay Dr, Clear Lake Shores, TX (281) 334-0006 3. Tookie’s Seafood 1106 Bayport Blvd, Seabrook, TX (281) 942-9445 4. Topwater Grill 815 Avenue O, San Leon, TX 77539 (281) 339-1232 5. Sundance Grill II 800 Mariners Dr, Kemah, TX 77565 (281) 535-5350 STEAK 1. Avenida Brazil 201 Bay Area Blvd, Webster, TX 77598 (281) 557-9999

Boondoggles Celebrates 20 Years


oondoggles Pub, the locally owned and operated gathering spot known for good times, freshly poured draft beers and award-winning wood-fired pizza, will commemorate its 20th year in the Clear Lake area in June 2018. In conjunction with the anniversary, the pub will host a community celebration, open to the public, on Saturday, June 30, with live music, food and brew, door prizes and 20th anniversary collectors’ t-shirts and posters. Picture Book, a Houston Press Music Awards “Best Cover Band” nominee that celebrates the music of the British Invasion as well as American Rock & Roll, will headline the live music lineup on the parking lot, with performances by Jose Ortega & Lex Kuhl. Twenty days of 20th anniversary specials will follow, featuring 1998 happy hour prices through July 20. Daily specials will include a free beer for Mug Club members, “Free Drink Friday” (limit one), a free children’s waffle, buyone-get-one pizza specials and more. Originally a boat engine repair shop, Boondoggles’ building was meticulously transformed, guided by the owner’s vision, his quest for architectural preservation and a strict budget. Over the course of an entire year, he personally collected and stored salvageable items from demolition projects around the local area, other parts of the country, and as far away as England. Challenging and rewarding, the preservation effort brought forth an environmentally green structure with historic character and a charming Old-World feel. Boondoggles quickly became a source of local pride, introducing the area to a superb beer delivery system of nearly 50 taps and a secret dough recipe that earned accolades for pizza baked in the pub’s brick woodfired oven, where oak and mesquite produce temperatures of over 500 degrees. The now famous “Mug Club” was introduced at the main bar. Patrons purchase solid pewter tankards, which are stored on hooks hanging from the ceiling, and fill them with their beverage of choice. The tankards hold several ounces more than a traditional pint and are engraved with any name a patron chooses—from NASA missions to pet dogs. Today, the Mug Club includes 1,500 members with another 100 mugs currently on order. A steadfast community and customer focus has earned the pub a loyal following of locals and visitors alike. Out-of-this-world patrons include William “Shep” Shepard,


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Boondoggles Pub to mark 20th anniversary with community celebration and 20 days of specials, including 1998 happy hour prices

commander of the first crew of the International Space Station (ISS). Flags and other items Shep took into space are prominently on display near the hostess stand. Astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a recordbreaking year in space aboard the ISS, chronicled his experiences and referenced Boondoggles in his book, Endurance. The U.S. record holder for the most days in space and first female, non-military Chief of the Astronaut Office, Peggy Whitson, is also a Boondoggles regular. Boondoggles has always believed in giving back to the community. And when the community is shaken, the pub steps in. For several weeks amid the destruction and despair from Hurricanes Ike and Harvey, Boondoggles—without electricity to fuel its kitchen operation—fed local residents and work crews from its patio. Four-legged patrons are also a familiar site on the patio. Inspiring a dog-friendly atmosphere, the owner’s boxer served as the pub’s original mascot and was immortalized in the Boondoggles logo. Each spring, Boondoggles sponsors the annual Woofstock event, a dog festival and fundraiser for Bay Area Pet Adoptions, recently generating more than $10,000 for the shelter. “From the beginning, Boondoggles simply wanted to provide our customers with a comfortable and welcoming place to enjoy outstanding beer, food and service in a fun atmosphere,” says General Manager James Venezia. “Twenty years later, our goal remains the same. We look forward to serving our community for another 20 years.” For more information, visit www. or follow Boondoggles on Facebook.

Photos by Debbie Salisbury and Robyn Weigelt

League City Mayor Pat Hallisey

The Bellamy Brothers

Bo Brinkman, Robyn Weigelt, Debbie Salisbury and Rick Clapp

Bellamy Brothers add pizazz to Salute to Heroes evening By Rick Clapp

H Brenda Keithley, Larry Moser and Debbie Salisbury.

Carla and Galen Medlenka with Rick Clapp.

Sen. Larry Taylor, left, with Galveston County District Clerk John Kinard and wife, Chris.


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ouston Methodist St. John Hospital’s annual Salute to Heroes Patriot Dinner and Concert was quite touching. The evening’s theme was casual but smart western chic. It was all red, white and blue as guests celebrated our country and League City’s First Responders while benefitting Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. South Shore Harbour Resort General Manager Roy Green hosted an evening of live music and revelry with great food and drinks, bringing big smiles to the faces of State Sen. Larry Taylor and his wife, Kerri, Jim and Jane Sweeny, Bob Mitchell and Joan McKinney, Galen and Carla Medlenka and Henry and Andrea Wilson. The totally awesome dinner included a delicious tenderloin with Jack Daniel sauce with large delightful stuffed gulf shrimp. The special dessert was to die for -- a large serving of dulce la leche cheesecake with a mango tequila couli. C’est tres bon! Just ask Ange Mertens, Brenda Keithley, Larry Moser, Debbie Salisbury, Robyn Weigelt or Bo Brinkman, who were among the many who would agree. Highlight of the evening was a private concert by the famous Bellamy Brothers, followed by disco music and dancing. What a blast! I was digging it. The live auction was conducted by Senator Taylor and featured a four-day home stay on the Guadalupe River and a sail on the Star Cruiser for 40 guests. T.J. Aulds, who came with his wife, Beth Lewis, was the evening’s emcee with the invocation by Living Words Church Pastor Brad Heintz. Major sponsors included City of Nassau Bay, Moody National Bank, Norman Frede Chevrolet, South Shore Harbor Resort, Bay Area Houston Magazine, Amoco, City of Webster and Faust Distributing. The original Salute to Heroes was started to honor local fallen hero SPC Ray Joseph Hutchinson by his parents. The fund raised close to a half million dollars over its 10-year duration. Thanks to the Hutchinsons, their son’s memory will remain in our hearts forever. God Bless America -- in God We Trust.

Roy Green, left, with State Rep. Dr. Greg Bonnen.

Joan McKinney and Bob Mitchell.

Honor guard prepares for ceremony.


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Blake Jackson performing at Barge 295 Bar

Wendy and Sophie Shaw with Payton and Kelly Pagan

5th Annual Crawfish Festival benefiting the Sunshine Kids at Jackie’s Brickhouse.

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[ NEWS ] CLCWA Vice President Bob Savely, from left, along with John Jacobs of the Texas A&M Coastal Watershed Program, CLCWA President John Branch, Exploration Green Conservancy Chairman Frank Weary, Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman, State Rep. Dennis Paul, Jordan McGinty, representing Houston City Council Dave Martin, and CLCWA Director Gordon Johnson, officially open Exploration Green with a tree planting ceremony. Photo by Marianne Dyson.

El Dorado road work set to begin in June Houston Councilman Dave Martin would like to notify residents the upcoming repairs along El Dorado Boulevard have been delayed until this summer. After hearing concerns from the community regarding school traffic, Martin asked Houston Public Works to delay the project until summer break. The project is now scheduled to begin Monday, June 4. The scope of work includes the removal and replacement of identified deteriorated pavement sections of the existing roadway along El Dorado Boulevard, from El Camino Real to Torry Pines Road. The goal of this effort is to preserve, as well as to prolong the life of the road base, while providing a smoother riding surface. Although, construction activities behind closed areas may occur from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., construction equipment movement in the driving lanes will be limited between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. One lane will be permanently closed at all times to allow for the excavation, base placement, forming, concrete pour and to allow concrete to achieve required strength. HPW crews will begin work at El Camino Real and continue to Torry Pines Road. During the project, drivers should expect reduced speed through the channelized areas. To ensure driver and worker safety, traffic control measures will be in place at all times. The District E office has also contacted the Houston Police Department’s Clear Lake Substation to ask that officers monitor the location and provide assistance with traffic control as needed. A reminder notification regarding this project will be sent out as the new construction date approaches. For more information, contact the District E office at 832-393-3008 or via email at

Exploration Green draws big crowd for grand opening By Mary Alys Cherry


n estimated 1,000 Bay Area residents were on hand to celebrate the long awaited grand opening of Exploration Green -- the 200-acre green park developed at 16205 Diana Lane to save Clear Lake City homes and businesses from flooding during heavy rains. As elected officials, community leaders, families and community groups gathered for the historic occasion, several who had worked on the project for a number of years -- Clear Lake City Water Authority President John Branch and Vice President Bob Savely, Exploration Green Conservancy Chairman Frank Weary, Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman, State Rep. Dennis Paul, Jordan McGinty, representing Houston City Council Dave Martin, and CLCWA Director Gordon Johnson -- officially opened Exploration Green with a tree

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K Bob Fuller, Don Sweat, Dave Foshee, Janet Foshee, Jackie Hodges, Darryl Wischnewsky.


planting ceremony. “The grand opening was awesome!” said event organizer Doug Peterson, who has worked on the project for many months. “I personally heard literally dozens of enthusiastic compliments about the site and event – ‘This is a wonderful addition to Clear Lake area,’ and ‘This is revitalizing the neighborhoods and community.’ A long-term resident said, ‘this reminds me of how years ago Clear Lake people were more connected.’” Exploration Green is being credited with preventing 100 million gallons of Harvey storm water from flooding Clear Lake City homes. Over 750 native trees have been planted at the eight-acre detention lake and habitat island that was formerly the Clear Lake Golf Course and Clear Lake Country Club. The new hike and bike trail – with benches for resting put in by Space Center Rotary members -- will help everyone explore Clear Lake’s biggest new park.

Hundreds volunteered to make Exploration Green theirs, and after years of planning, 340,000 cubic yards of soil excavation, fighting Harvey’s stormwater, creating a habitat island and installing a beautiful trail, their dream became a reality with the grand opening Saturday, April 28. Besides the ground breaking ceremony, other activities included the reading of a proclamation issued by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner declaring it Exploration Green Day, live music by local performers, “Grifters and Shills” and “School of Rock,” a Kid Zone, a “social” run, plant sale, fitness activities, kites, Houston Police Bike Patrol, NASA Virtual Reality and food trucks, plus organizations handing out flood control information, environmental tips and green guides. Peterson said the community is invited to celebrate Clear Lake’s newest amenity with their family and friends and to explore their new green space along the hike and bike trail. “Exploration Green is a beautiful multiple purpose natural space where you can learn about natural habitats and flood control. It’s a seasonal solution for flooding issues and a year-round amenity for everyone’s enjoyment.” For information about Exploration Green’s volunteer opportunities or contributions to the Exploration Green Conservancy, a 501(c)(3), visit or www.

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eels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance Lincoln raffle winner, Janet Foshee and husband Dave, received the keys to a brand new 2018 Lincoln MKC SUV underwritten and presented by 2018 Title Sponsor, The Jon and Jacqueline Hodges Charitable Organization at the Bayway Lincoln dealership on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Foshee is from Simonton, TX and she and her husband have a nice car collection.

The stunning automobile, valued at over $39,000 was donated by The Jon and Jacqueline Hodges Charitable Organization as one of the Title Sponsors for the 23rd Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance. The Bayway Lincoln dealership generously underwrote all administrative costs of the vehicle. Raffle proceeds benefitted Today’s Harbor for Children, formerly known as The Boys & Girls Harbor.

Senior Community names executive director, marketing director Shores at Clear Lake Senior Living adds LaTanya Jules and Vera Steinmetz to leadership team


he Shores at Clear Lake Senior Living, set to open this summer in the heart of Houston’s bay area, has named LaTanya Jules as its new senior executive director and Vera Steinmetz as director of Sales and Marketing. Jules is a 16-year veteran in the senior living care industry and has been with The Shores at Clealake’s management company, Integral Senior Living (ISL), since 2006. Prior to joining ISL, she managed the business operations for a produce company and was an administrator for an adult dementia program. Jules is a certified dementia and mental health trainer and is pursuing continued education in care studies. “Understanding the importance of the senior care industry drives me to be successful,” Jules said. “I’m dedicated to serving those who entrust me to take care of them and/or their

loved ones. Knowing that I am contributing to something bigger than I am keeps me inspired.” Steinmetz has 15 years of experience in the senior living industry. Throughout her career, she has held positions including business office manager, marketing mentor, and regional sales and marketing manager. “I realized my passion for helping the elderly during my time as a certified nurse’s assistant in high school,” Steinmetz said. About The Shores at Clear Lake Nestled in the outskirts of Houston and sitting near the shores of beautiful Clear Lake is a senior living community named The Shores at Clear Lake. Set to open in summer of 2018, this senior living community offers gracious assisted living and memory care. The amenity-rich community is managed by Integral Senior Living and is taking reservations. For more information, please visit our website at www. or call 281-823-8088.

Galveston Fifty Club honors League City police detective


eague City Police Department Detective Shayne Yount has been named the 2018 Fifty Club of Galveston County Officer of the Year for League City for his diligence and dedication to “jugging” investigations. Jugging is the term used to describe when criminals follow an unsuspecting victim from a bank, ATM or retail business and then rob them. Detective Yount, along with officers from various Galveston County law enforcement agencies, were honored on Monday, May 7, by the Fifty Club of Galveston County at its annual awards luncheon. The Fifty Club of Galveston County was created for the dependents of officers in Galveston County. When an officer is injured or killed in the line of duty, the Fifty Club is there with immediate financial support. An 11-year veteran of LCPD, Yount has been described by his colleagues as the “guru” of

juggers and is currently assigned as a detective in the Community Impact Unit. While conducting surveillance during his jugging investigations, Yount has also viewed numerous narcotics transactions and thefts in-progress which have resulted in nearly two dozen arrests for various crimes including: robbery, misdemeanor and felony narcotics, felony theft, possession of child pornography, indecent exposure, and possession of a criminal instrument. “Yount has taken his own time to train other detectives and patrol officers on how to identify not only juggers, but emerging crime patterns as well, so we can better focus our resources,” said LCPD Chief Gary Ratliff. “He also has a great working relationship with other law enforcement agencies, which has led to numerous arrests in the Houston and Galveston area.” In addition to jugging investigations, Yount has conducted surveillance, located, and captured a wanted capital murder suspect on the Texas DPS Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive List. Recently, he discovered a trend of criminal activity at a local business and identified an organized theft ring that was targeting cell phone stores. Thanks to his efforts and leadership, both investigations ended with numerous arrests.

Supporting Manned Space Flight in Washington D.C. By Joe Machol


rece n tly t rav e l e d to Washington D.C. with the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership to promote human space travel. BAHEP has been meeting with senators and congressmen for continued funding for NASA and human space exploration for 27 straight years. I was fortunate to meet the Majority Whip of the Senate, John Coryn, U.S. Reps. Brian Babin, Pete Olson, Randy Weber and State Rep. Dennis Paul. I met with many more Senators and Congressmen from all over the country and I am

proud to report manned space exploration is a wellsupported bipartisan issue. I spoke with BAHEP’s President Bob Mitchell and he reminded me that I umpired his son’s baseball Rep. Pete Olson and Joe Machol Kimberly Fleming Rep. Brian Babin and Joe Machol. games in high school. I and Sen. John Coryn. remembered that he pitched well against Josh Beckett League baseball together at the over a building at the Johnson Space and beat his team both times in the complex on Meyer Road and made Center, signifying that an American playoffs. It was great to have friends the All Star team. We both attended astronaut is currently in space. This on this trip, and Bob has done a great Clear Lake High School and had lots flag has been flying continuously job leading these missions to Capitol of good memories from those days. since the year 2000. Let’s keep that Hill each year. It speaks well of his We currently have three American American Flag flying high and work as President of BAHEP. astronauts in space, Scott Tingle, support the future of manned space Pete Olson from Seabrook also Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold. flight exploration. remembered that we played Little An American Flag flies proudly JUNE 2018 | Bay Area Houston Magazine



League City Regional Chamber President Steve Paterson stops to say hello to Clear Creek ISD Trustee Ann Hammond, left, and Marcy Fryday of Lakewood Yacht Club at the BAHEP luncheon at South Shore Harbour Resort.

Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership President Bob Mitchell, left, and Board Chairman Dr. Brenda Hellyer welcome Houston Astros President Reid Ryan to the BAHEP luncheon at South Shore Harbour Resort.

Early arrivals at the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership luncheon included Harv Hartman and Clear Lake Area Chamber President Cindy DeWease and Vice President Shari Sweeney.

Reid Ryan offers inside look at the Astros By Kathryn Pardis

B Webster City Manager Wayne Sabo and City Secretary Crystal Roan, right, join City Councilwoman Beverly Gaines at the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership luncheon at South Shore Harbour Resort.

Hometown Bank of League City President Bill Provenzano and Friendswood President Allan Rasmussen, second and third from left, are joined at the bank’s table at the BAHEP luncheon by bank director Dr. Lynn Davis and former Clear Creek ISD Trustee Dee Scott.


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aseball runs deep in Reid Ryan’s family. His dad, Nolan, pitched for 27 years and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. Nolan was with the New York Mets when they won the World Series in 1969. Now, Reid, as president of Business Operations for the Houston Astros since May 17, 2013, personally knows the euphoria that comes with that level of success. The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership invited Reid to speak at its May luncheon, to share his thoughts on the Astros’ 2017 World Series title, and there was definitely a level of anticipation in the air even before he took the stage wearing his bedazzling World Series ring. And, he quickly filled the room with laughter when he said the most in demand “person” from the Astros organization is the Commissioner’s Trophy at No.1. Astros Mascot Orbit is No. 2, trailed by José Altuve at No. 3! The mantra for the Astros this year is Never Settle, he said, making it very clear that the Astros are not satisfied with just one World Series Championship. And, with their wonderful camaraderie, that might not be so difficult. “They are great players, but they are even better human beings. When you have guys that like each other, that root for each other, the sky’s the limit. These guys have the common denominator that they don’t want to be good, they want to be great. José (Altuve) is making our players better, and Justin (Verlander) is making our pitchers better. Talent raises talent.”

Seabrook Mayor Thom Kolupski, center, and Councilman Joe Machol are happy to see Amanda Fenwick, mayor protem of their neighboring city of Clear Lake Shores at the BAHEP luncheon.

Moody Bank President Vic Pierson, right, and bank directors Bill Mathis, left, and Fred Raschke look for their table at the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership luncheon featuring Houston Astros President Reid Ryan.

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Photos by Mary Alys Cherry

$646 million I-45 project moves south

By Mary Alys Cherry


hree well known Bay Area residents, who made many contributions to our community, signed off on the final chapter in their lives this past month – Tiffany Dillard, Robert “Bob” Taylor and W.T. “Tom” Short.

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n any given day, about 17 million vehicles are traveling along Texas roadways, making congestion relief a priority for the Texas Department of Transportation. And that means widening highways and freeways to handle the increase in traffic, rerouting some roads, even adding bridges, TxDOT Houston District Engineer Quincy Allen told the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership crowd at their April 26 luncheon at the Hobby Marriott. One of TxDOT’s biggest and most significant projects ever is currently underway along I-45 South, where the state is spending $646.5 million to relieve traffic woes on one of Texas’ most congested roadways, he said after an introduction by BayTran board member Delvin Dennis. Half of the job is done, much to the relief of Friendswood and Clear Lake area drivers, who spent many hours in slow traffic as the work – begun in 2011 and completed in the summer of 2017 -- proceeded from Beltway 8 to the NASA Parkway exit in Webster and the highway was widened from six to 10 lanes, the frontage roads were widened from two to three lanes of traffic and two overpasses were replaced. TxDOT is also extending the HOV lane further south to NASA Parkway to serve carpools, Allen added. “Next is a similar three-part project along the Gulf Freeway from NASA 1 past FM 518 and FM 517 to FM 1764 with roadways being widened from six to eight lanes,” Allen said, explaining that this project is badly needed “to reduce congestion and improve mobility on I-45, which is the primary evacuation route for Galveston County.” Another point of consideration, he said, is that “crash rates along that stretch are higher than the statewide average.” Work between NASA 1 and FM 518 is currently underway and will be completed by 2021. The stretch between FM 518 and FM 517 also is underway and should be completed by 2020. TxDOT plans to let the third project – the five-mile stretch from FM 517 to FM 1764 -- next month. Allen says it is expected to take 42 months to complete. Turning to the proposed Highway 146 rebuild through Seabrook and Kemah, he said final design and right-of-way acquisition is ongoing and TxDOT expects to let the project this summer.


Area says farewell to 3 well known residents

TxDOT Houston District Engineer Quincy Allen, second from left, stops for a photo with, from left, Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark, Port Commission Chairman Janiece Longoria and Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther as he arrives to address the BayTran luncheon.

State Reps. Dennis Paul, left, and Ed Thompson, visit with Seabrook City Councilwoman and BayTran Board member Natalie Picha as they await the start of the BayTran luncheon at the Hobby Marriott Hotel.

BayTran President Theresa Rodriguez welcomes, from right, Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, League City Mayor Pat Hallisey and Goodman Corporation President Barry Goodman to luncheon at the Hobby Marriott Hotel.

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Tiffany Dillard Tiffany, the youngest of the three at 44 and the daughter of Sharon and Dr. Howard Dillard of Clear Lake, passed away suddenly April 30 at the home she shared with her younger sister, Nicole, in League City, where she worked as a physician’s assistant with Urgent Care Medical Clinic. She graduated with honors in 1992 from Clear Lake High, where she was president of the Student Council and was presented the George Carlyle Award as the Most Outstanding Female Student. She graduated cum laude with a degree in Communications and Film at Boston University, and became an associate producer in the Boston firm industry. Later, realizing medicine was her first love, she earned her master’s at Pacific University in Oregon and became a physician’s assistant. Tom Short One of the Bay Area’s top businessmen, Tom, 85, headed several companies along the way before losing a battle with cancer May 10. After earning both bachelor and law degrees from the University of Notre Dame and several years as an Air Force pilot, Tom worked on the Apollo program for North American Aviation and was a vice president of Field Operations for its Rockwell Space Division, which won the prime

Space Shuttle contract. Following ownership of several companies, he and former astronaut Gene Cernan purchased Johnson Engineering in Clear Lake and turned it into a successful company before selling it to Spacehab and retiring. Retirement ended when he formed Andarko Industries, a Native American business, to help others – a job he appeared to love as it grew to employ over 300. But life took a downturn when he lost his popular wife of 56 years, Carol, in 2017, and then cancer took over his life. R.B. “Bob” Taylor A World War II Army veteran who served in the South Pacific, Bob Taylor, 91, returned to begin a successful life as a Bay Area businessman – owner of Gulf Oxygen Co. for 50 years, Taylor Portable Buildings and a principal in Louie’s on the Lake Restaurants. He was a charter member and president of the Associated Builders and Contractors, which presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and a long time member of the Clear Lake Chamber. He was also well known in the boating community, as was his boat, Miss GOCO. He was a long time member of Lakewood Yacht Club and helped found the Clear Lake Boat Parade. He was also involved with the Clear Lake Hydroplane Boat Races. And, when it was too cold for boating, he worked with the Houston Rodeo, which made him a Life Member. He also served on the Beach City City Council. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Alice Fox Taylor; one brother, two children and a number of grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

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Ex-congressman to speak June 12 Former U.S. Congressman Nick Lampson, who represented Texas Districts 22 and 9, will be the guest speaker at the Bay Area Democratic Movement meeting on Tuesday, June 12 to discuss gerrymandering, Former congressman Nick Lampson will the topic of speak at Krist Law his new book, Firm on June 12 The Death of Washington’s Democracy? “We welcome everyone to attend and meet Nick Lampson and hear him discuss this important topic, enjoy drinks and dinner and spend time with like-minded individuals,” said Kim Krist, president of the Bay Area Democratic Movement. The free event will be held at the Krist Law Firm in Clear Lake, 17100 El Camino Real. Visit for more information.


Boutique employees, past and present, join owner Sandy Carney, seated at right, and founder Charlotte Goza, seated at left, in celebrating The Clotheshorse Boutique’s 20th anniversary. They are, from left, standing, Karen Reed, Lauren Chapman, Dorinda Corbett, Kathy Wagner, Andrianna Tambourides, Denise Phillips, Kim Gartrell, Tobie Williams, Shirley DeVillier, Laura Dudley and Judy White. Photo by Mary Alys Cherry

Clotheshorse celebration marks its 20th anniversary By Mary Alys Cherry


t may s e e m lik e only yesterday that it opened, but The Clotheshorse Boutique in League City’s beautiful historic district is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To mark the occasion, owner Sandy Carney invited its founder and all current and former employees to join her for a celebratory party with champagne and cake, and, of course, talk over

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old times. The store, which is quite popular with Bay Area women on all sides of the lake who love its chic fashions, was started back in 1998 by Charlotte Goza in a small building across Main Street from its current home. About five years later, she decided to move to its currently location and subsequently sold the business. Although it was 10 years ago, Goza and Carney think their neighbors probably haven’t

forgotten the moving sale when hundreds of customers lined up on both sides of the street looking for bargains. “I have been involved in the business for 15 years,” Carney explains. “I was a Clotheshorse customer, then an employee, coowner, and now the sole owner for the last 10 years.” Now, she’s looking forward to the next 20 years.

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Holocaust survivor and liberator meet By Joe Machol


ecently I had the privilege to meet David Wolnerman, Holocaust survivor from Des Moines, Iowa, and Birney Havey, a World War II U.S. Army veteran with the 42nd Division and liberator, from Seabrook. They were meeting for the first time nearly 73 years after the Liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp. We all met in Chicago, Ill., at the law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP, on April, 12 2018. The reunion, to enlighten the employees and their families, about the Holocaust, which did exist. These two gentlemen, were able to share their stories for all to learn, about the horror and sacrifice they endured, during WWII. This whole event was set up when Sylvia James of the Winston & Strawn law firm. She saw my website, WW2 ETO TOURS and decided to contact me to see if Havey would be willing to travel to Chicago and meet one of the survivors of the Holocaust. The law firm had first class accommodations set up for us. We traveled first class to Chicago and stayed downtown at the Langham Hotel, which had all the amenities. In 1940, the Nazis came to Wolnerman’s home town and tattooed the number 160344 on his left forearm. The tattoo was done with a bird quill, and some of the people died from the infection caused by the tattoo. He and his family were taken away and ended up in Auschwitz, where Josef Mengele


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Holocaust survivor David Wolnerman, left, meets liberator Birney ‘Chick’ Havey.

the “Angel of Death” met him and asked David his age. David, only 13 years old, lied and said “I am 18” and Mengele pointed to the right and his family was pointed to the left. He never saw his parents again. David Wolnerman was 13 years old when he entered the concentration camps. He was sent to work as a Sonderkommandos, the prisoners forced to work in the crematoriums. His best friend from his home town worked with him. One day David’s best friend said he had put his own parents in the ovens. The deprivation the Nazis had towards the Jews and others in the camp were unimaginable. Each prisoner had a small bowl or can, usually tied to his stripped uniform with a string or small rope. This was for the chance they could get some broth, soup or any food at all. They were also forced to defecate in these bowls with no running water to

clean them out. Havey asked Wolnerman about the bowl they had on a rope, Wolnerman remembered the bowl and verified how they used it and were unable to clean it. During the Liberation on April 29, 1945 Havey recalls the chaos when they arrived at the camp near the railroad tracks. Prisoners yelling, guards being captured and shot. Wolnerman said he didn’t allow himself to be excited because thoughts of freedom to him, meant death. Only after a few hours he realized that the American soldiers brought food and freedom. The prisoners brought number 10 cans of food to the 42nd Division for the soldiers to open. Havey used his jump knife strapped to his ankle and opened cans until his hands were sore, yet he knew he couldn’t stop, knowing each person needed the food. When Wolnerman and Havey met for the first time again nearly 73 years later after the Liberation of Dachau, both men were so grateful to meet one another. They had so many memories to share, and they have agreed to meet again in the near future. So out of the horror of the Holocaust, two men came through that horrific time to bond and start a friendship that outlasted the Nazi oppression. Havey wrote a book about his own experience during the war, “Never Left The Battlefields.” The title has a double meaning -- some of his friends never left the battlefield and Birney Havey’s mind has never forgotten the battlefield. Havey, better known as “Chick,” sells his book each weekend, weather permitting, in Galveston on the Strand in front of Stuttgarden Tavern, 2110 Strand St. Galveston, TX 77550. The price of the book is $17.32 or $20 if you would like it autographed. Go and visit with the WWII Veteran, a true combat hero and a national treasure.

Consume Olive Oil Studies have suggested that consuming more monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, may help protect against breast cancer, too. Houston Methodist is conducting a clinical trial examining how a major component of olive oil, hydroxytyrosol, affects breast density in women at high risk of breast cancer. Women with higher breast density have a higher breast cancer risk.

Taking Preventive Medications

Breast Cancer: Is Prevention Possible?


hen it comes to breast cancer,

certain risk factors are out of your control, such as your genes and age, as well as starting first period young. Yet even more risk factors are within your control, and every day new research is emerging that suggests breast cancer may be more preventable than experts originally thought. “Women can take steps to mitigate their risk of developing breast cancer and increase their chances of survival if it occurs,” said Dr. Arti Jonna, dedicated breast radiologist at Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at St. John. Here are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of breast cancer:

Be (Really) Physically Active Exercise, especially vigorous exercise, could be the single most important weapon in your arsenal. “Exercise is a huge factor when it comes to reducing a woman’s risk of breast cancer,” Jonna emphasized. “Some studies estimate a 15–30 percent risk reduction with moderate exercise, and the more a woman exercises, the more her breast cancer risk drops.” Doctors think the exercise-estrogen link may account for the reduced risk. Here’s why: The greater your lifetime exposure to estrogen, the greater your risk for breast cancer. Exercise suppresses estrogen production by promoting lean body mass.

Maintain a Healthy Weight Being overweight increases your risk of developing a variety of serious diseases, and breast cancer is one of them. Women who have more fat cells produce more estrogen and tend to have higher insulin levels, both of which are linked to an


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increased breast cancer risk. “Maintaining a healthy body weight throughout her lifetime, with a body mass index of 18.5–24.9, has many health benefits,” Jonna said.

Limit Alcohol In addition to exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight, limiting alcohol to three or less alcoholic drinks per week can lower a woman’s risk. Compared with nondrinkers, women who consume two to five alcoholic drinks a day have about 1.5 times the risk of developing breast cancer. Jonna recommended that women who don’t want to abstain take a daily multivitamin with folate (folic acid). Studies have shown that an adequate daily folate intake may mitigate the risk of breast cancer associated with alcohol consumption.

If you’re at higher risk for breast cancer, your doctor may recommend medications such as tamoxifen and raloxifene to lower your risk. However, these medications can produce symptoms of menopause, so it’s important to discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor to make an informed decision. The use of birth control pills has been shown in some studies to increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. However, Jonna said the risk is slight. “I don’t advise against taking birth control pills, unless a woman is at high risk,” Jonna said.

Genetic Testing and Intervention If you have a strong family history of breast cancer, talk with your doctor about whether genetic testing is right for you. Mutations in certain genes, such as the BRCA genes, increase the risk of breast cancer. Women with this gene mutation may opt for more frequent screenings or prophylactic surgery (breast removal). Removing the ovaries and fallopian tubes is also an option; in addition to reducing the risk of ovarian cancer, it helps prevent breast cancer by eliminating a source of hormones that can fuel some types of the disease.

Choose to Breastfeed Jonna encouraged new mothers to breastfeed their babies if they’re able. “Evidence suggests that breastfeeding reduces a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer,” she said. “We know that the longer a woman breastfeeds, the greater the protective effect.” The reasons why aren’t clear, but one possible explanation is that women who breastfeed have fewer menstrual cycles throughout their lives, and thus less exposure to estrogen.

Schedule Your Mammogram Mammography is the most effective tool available in diagnosing breast cancer at an early stage, long before tumors are large enough to be felt or to cause any symptoms. Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at St. John offers 3D mammography to patients in a comfortable experience in a relaxing environment. To schedule an appointment online visit or call 281.333.8858.