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The Community College Petrochemical Initiative Lights Up the Houston Rodeo In This Issue

Ike Dike on the Way? | Nassau Bay Garden Club, Panhellenic Celebrate 50 Years | Interior Design Chevron Phillip’s Van Long | Maritime Education | LYC Blessing of the Fleet | 28th Rotary Space Gala


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Will we have surge protection when the next storm hits?

Ike Dike on the Way?

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Sleep away your dental fears

Dental Health

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Tom Reid, Mayor of Pearland

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A conversation with Chevron Phillips’ Plant Manager

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Becoming a mariner takes time and dedication

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Crawfish and beer served at Kemah Gardens

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June 15 in La Porte

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Lights up Houston Rodeo

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Once again providing scholarships for seniors

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Celebrates 50 years of community involvement

President & Chairman Rick Clapp

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A trio of founder’s statues on the way

Publisher & Editor in Chief Mary Alys Cherry

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Offers food with a flair

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Crowd gets look back at the Apollo days

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April Concert at Claudio’s a massive success

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Seabrook and Webster see changes

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The crown jewel of the Bay Area

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Crowd of 800 toasts space trophy winner

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Public urged to push Austin for transportation funds

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Two burglars caught in the act

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ON THE COVER From left, Dr. Madeline Burillo, Houston Community College; Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College; Lynne Lackenmyer, ExxonMobil Chemical Company; Beth Lewis, College of the Mainland; Dr. Millicent Valek, Brazosport College; Dr. Dennis Brown, Lee College; Dr. Rodney Albright, Alvin Community College; Dr. Myles Sheldon, Galveston College.

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Executive Vice President Patty Kane Vice President & Creative Director Brandon Rowan Graphic Designer Kelly Groce Sales & Marketing Shannon Alexander Terry Grover Debbie Salisbury

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Editorial Don Armstrong Mary Alys Cherry Rod Evans Michael Gos Capt. Joe Kent Betha Merit Cathy Osoria Pat Patton Dr. Edward Reitman

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Distribution Tim Shinkle Company

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BIC 30th Anniversary Party Sylvan Beach Triathlon Petrochemical Job Training Ron Carter Clear Lake Cadillac Hyundai Clear Lake Area Panhellenic Dickinson Historical Society Breaks Ground Marina bay Cafe Bay Area Museum Guild’s 2014 Picnic The Legends of Clear Lake Two Bay Area Cities Get New Police Chiefs The McNaught Mansion 28th Annual Rotary Space gala BAHTP State of the Counties Address News Nuggets

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Assistance League celebrates 25 years of helping the community

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Outside our own skin

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Which baits to catch fish in Galveston Bay?

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Maritime Education

Clear Lake Chatter Texas Meditations The Admiral’s Log

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Movers & Shakers

Home Sweet Home Interior Designer vs. Interior Decorator

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Lakewood Yacht Club News

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Main Events


coast’s dune line and a surge barrier across the entrance to Galveston Bay that would allow water from the Gulf of Mexico to flow naturally into the bay so the bay’s ecology would not be changed – an idea that has proved successful in The Netherlands as the Dutch worked to protect their cities from the North Sea. A large gate in the middle of the barrier would be open for shipping but would close when a hurricane approached. The gate and the 15-mile extension of the Galveston Seawall along the Bolivar Peninsula would stop any storm surge at the coastline and Galveston, Houston, the Port of Houston, the coastal communities that front on the bay and the entire Houston Ship Channel would be protected. Just as the proposed project was getting the nod from all the Bay Area communities for studies to see if

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une will soon be here – that time of the year when we begin wondering what hurricane season will bring to the Bay

Area. A quiet summer of fun and frivolity or another Ike storming through our communities, ripping some homes apart and flooding others? “You just never know what the season will bring. Soon, somewhere between the Texas coast and the west coast of Africa a monster will stir to life. It will begin its march and we will wonder if it’s coming here. We pay close attention as it moves nearer and nearer. As the chances for our area rise, apprehension turns to dread and dread to fear,” Dr. William Merrill sums up our plight. The George P. Mitchell chairman of the Department of Marine Sciences at Texas A&M University at Galveston has spent the past six years working to get a coastal storm surge protection barrier for the Houston-Galveston Bay area. So have Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership President Bob Mitchell and his staff, who have spent many, many hours working with our

congressmen and beating the bushes for dollars to get the project off dead center. “What if a Cat 4 or 5 came our way?” Houston City Councilman Dave Martin asked as he spoke to a Clear Lake audience recently. “We can sit and wait but we need to be proactive and look at things like the Ike Dike.” The proposed storm surge barrier concept, which got the nickname, the Ike Dike, would stretch from the western end of Galveston Island to the eastern end of Bolivar Peninsula and would cost from $4 billion to $6 billion. Most everyone thinks it’s a good idea. In fact, just about all the cities around the Bay Area, including Galveston and League City, have passed resolutions of support. Galveston’s Industrial Development Corp even gave $250,000 for the project. The problem is finding the money to build the 17-foot wall along the

the Ike Dike was the answer to our problems, the recession hit and the $3-4 billion needed to build the barrier suddenly became an impossibility, as did the $1 million needed to study the project. Now, with the uptick in the economy, a Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance has been formed and more than $1 million has been raised for the necessary studies to determine if the barrier would work, the effect on wildlife, etc. Then, if it is determined that the Ike Dike is feasible, federal financial help will be needed. Once the studies are done, the team pushing for surge protection will head to the nation’s capital, hoping to get

federal funding to build the Ike Dike. A competing plan, the Centennial Gate, suggested by a Rice University group has a much cheaper price tag, only $1.5 billion to build a 600-800 foot gate near the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown. But it would only protect the Ship Channel and much of Houston’s industrial base, while leaving all the coastal communities exposed to any surge. On average, the Galveston Bay area is hit by a hurricane every 15 years. Hurricane Ike caused some $30 billion in damages and loss of life, plus considerable damage to the environment. However, the thinking is future hurricanes could be a great deal more destructive, that a slightly stronger storm could cause $73 billion in gross product losses, $61.3 billion in income and 863,000 jobs as the HoustonGalveston area is home to the largest and most important concentration of petroleum refining and petrochemical processing plants in the United States. So, it is imperative that something is done, Houston Mayor Annise Parker said during her inauguration in January. “There’re a lot of conversations,” she said, adding, “But no one seems to be stepping up and saying, ‘I’m going to convene a meeting.’ If no one else does, I’m committing that the City of Houston will. We would never be the first community to be hit, but we’re all in this together if a major hurricane strikes the greater Houston area.” Since then meetings have been convened, and finally, we have some action. But more needs to be done or somewhere down the road, disaster lurks. Mitchell pointed out that 10 percent of the country’s gross national product is generated in this area – 26 percent of all the gas, 46 percent of the jet fuel, 40 percent of all feedstock and much of the plastics that are so much a part of our lives. Image all those plants sitting under 20 feet of water, Mitchell says, adding that if Ike had hit just 17 miles west of where it did, all those plants along the ship channel and at Bayport would have been under 20 feet of water. If something is not done to protect our area, the day may come when that happens.

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11 Tactics to Protect Your Home From Burglary

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home burglary occurs in the U.S. every 13 seconds and only one in four burglars are ever caught. Here’s how to keep the bad guys away: 1. Replace all exterior locks with deadbolts. Locks only provide security if you know who has every key. When you move into a new home, hire a reputable locksmith to install new deadbolts. Deadbolt locks can’t be opened without a key. Bored-in deadlocks embedded into the door are even harder to break through. 2. Eliminate exposed door hinges. Burglars can take out the pin on exposed hinges and walk right in. Re-hang the door with hinges inside. 3. Install peepholes and motion sensor lights. Always know who’s at the door before you open it. Sensor lights also illuminate the path to your entrance when you come home in the evening. 4. Remove hidden keys. 1 out of 3 break-ins happen with no forced entry. If you’re hiding a key under a mat, in a fake rock, or anywhere else, remove it. If you worry about losing keys, install a deadbolt with a keypad. 5. Put lamps on timers. Install timers throughout your house and set them for random times. Most burglaries occur from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., so set some lights to turn on during the day if the house is empty then.

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6. Install window locks or pins. These discourage burglars who don’t want to make noise by breaking glass. Use the same brand of lock for all windows, so they’re easy to set. If they use a key pin, keep it in an accessible, but safe location in case of fire. 7. Trim trees and shrubs near windows. These can hide a burglar at work. 8. When you go out, turn telephone and answering machine volumes down. Don’t leave notes for family or friends on the door or mailbox. If you’ll be gone a while, ask a trusted neighbor to pick up your mail, or have the post office stop delivery. 9. Don’t leave ladders and tools lying around the yard. Burglars can use them to gain access. 10. Destroy new TV and computer boxes. Don’t let the world know you’ve just bought something of value. 11. Install an alarm system. Alarms make noise to scare off intruders. A monitored system makes noise too, but it also sends an emergency signal to a monitoring center that can alert the police. There are installation costs and monthly charges but it may get you a discount on your homeowner’s insurance.

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Sleep Away Your Dental Fears

magine this: you are going about your daily business and all of a sudden a single thought crosses your mind. Almost instantly your heart starts racing. You find yourself feeling anxious and uneasy. You might even notice that your blood pressure has gone up. Many people report sweaty palms or a knot in their stomach. What could it be? Well, there are only a handful of thoughts that can affect us to that degree. You are either in love, getting ready to be audited by IRS, or you just remembered you have a dental appointment. Of course I am making light of the dental fear, but for many people these responses are very real. Your logical side knows that you need to keep your appointment, and you will. But your emotional side does not want to be anywhere near your dentist’s office. When it’s time to go to your dentist, do any of these physical and emotional reactions sound familiar? Regrettably for too many people they do. There are those who express their fear of dentists openly but most of us take the brave route and keep it together by hiding our fear. Then there is the third group, people who completely give in to fear and just avoid going to the dentist altogether until something hurts to a point that it can no longer be tolerated. They then reluctantly go see their dentist and usually do just enough to relieve the pain. They might even decide to get as much as they can done on the same visit because they know once they leave, they will not come back until the next toothache becomes unbearable. What percentage of population do you think belong to each of these three groups? More than thirty percent of people belong to the third group according to Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS). Even for those in group two who bravely visit their dentist regardless of their apprehension (like me), the experience is not very pleasant or relaxing. After all, it is completely natural to get uneasy when a sharp, long needle is approaching your mouth. Over the last eighteen years I have rarely seen a patient who enjoys getting dental work done. Actually, on rare occasions (maybe once in a couple of years), I have come across some who enjoy getting anesthetic injections or teeth pulled. I always find that alarming and usually proceed to ask a few more questions to assure they are mentally sound. There are some special occasions in life that you want to remember. Getting dental work done is not one of them. The damage caused by dread of dental work goes beyond just sweaty palms and heavy

palpitations. It causes many people to avoid routine dental checkups and early detection of the oral problems when they are still small and easily correctable (and inexpensive). Some common oral health problems like Gingivitis are painless, so they get very little attention simply because they don’t hurt. Other problems such as development of tooth decay remain pain-free until the nerve of the tooth gets infected. By then the problem becomes more complicated, more painful to treat, and far more expensive. All of which further reinforces the original fear theory. I call that “oral catch 22”. Wouldn’t you rather be sound asleep while getting your dental work? That would be ideal, wouldn’t it? Well, the delivery of sedative drugs during the dental procedure will eliminate feelings of discomfort and ensures a pleasant experience for the patient. Even though there are other forms of sedations available, they are usually not as effective or easily to titrate as intravenous (IV) sedation. The process is extremely simple. It is very similar to getting blood work done or donating blood. The specially trained dentist will establish an IV line and then give you some sedative drugs intravenously until you fall asleep. Next thing you remember, you wake up and your dental work is completed. It all seems like minutes as opposed to hours. Most people don’t even remember the whole experience. It is as though your mouth got magically fixed while you were sound sleep. I understand there are some of you who still prefer to feel and remember the whole experience. Those are usually the ones who have never experienced IV Sedation in dental office. I dare say that if you try it, you would not go back to awake dentistry.

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. MAY 2014 | Bay Area Houston Magazine

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EDUCATION

CCISD names Campus Teachers of the Year The Clear Creek School District, which is home to more than 2,700 exceptional teachers, has announced its 2014 Campus Teachers of the Year. “These teachers represent the best of CCISD,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Smith. “Their ability to engage students in lessons and help them make real world connections have earned them this important designation.” The Campus Teachers of the Year will be honored during a special luncheon hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Space Center, League City and Seabrook on May 19, at South Shore Harbour Resort. During the luncheon, the 2014 CCISD Elementary Teacher of the Year and Secondary Teacher of the Year will be announced. 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. In making the announcement, CCISD extended its congratulations to the 2014 honorees:

Elementary

Armand Bayou Elementary Holly Stroud Bauerschlag Elementary Blythe Brown Bay Elementary Margaret “Danielle” Derouen Brookwood Elementary Kelley Wiggins Clear Lake City Elementary Colleen Kazin Falcon Pass Elementary Colette Whitlock Ferguson Elementary Denise McKay Gilmore Elementary Trecia Jackson Goforth Elementary Dawn Laird Greene Elementary Rachel Hamm Hall Elementary Melissa Grennan Hyde Elementary Susan Chotas Landolt Elementary Amanda Corbett League City Elementary Ashley Harris McWhirter Elementary Emilio Estrada Sandra Mossman Elementary Kelsey Bierman North Pointe Elementary Pamela Baggett Ralph Parr Elementary Kelly Clifton Robinson Elementary Meredith Long Ross Elementary Suzanne ‘Michele’ Forbes Stewart Elementary Mary Goldner Ward Elementary Jill Hemingson Weber Elementary Kari Keck Wedgewood Elementary Rhonda Christopherson Whitcomb Elementary Gloria Miller Ed White Elementary Erika Montgomery

ExxonMobil honored At UHCL breakfast By Mary Alys Cherry

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ost university successes are built on community partnerships, and with that thought in mind, the University of Houston-Clear Lake hosts a breakfast each year to honor its relationships with various organizations and corporations. “It will come as no surprise,” UHCL President William Staples told the large gathering of community leaders, “that what made many of our successes possible are the partnerships that UHCL developed with corporations, community organizations, individuals, alumni, cities, foundations and our own employees to advance key initiatives at the university. It’s part of the fabric of UHCL.” This year’s Report to the Community Breakfast was held at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, where the university honored one of its community partners, ExxonMobil of Baytown, which Dr. Staples pointed out, “has made significant contributions to the success of UHCL, our education partners and our entire community.” The petroleum giant – it’s the largest petroleum and petrochemical complex in the United States -- has supported UHCL in many ways, including the Baytown Education Recruitment and Retention Program, the Math Institute, the Texas Environthon and the School Yard Habitat Program through the Environmental Institute of Houston at UHCL. The Recruitment Program, for example, which has been expanded to four school districts, seven high schools, four community colleges and UHCL, works to identify first-generation, economically disadvantaged students who have potential to become highly qualified teachers, he explained, giving a rundown of each ExxonMobil program before presenting the award to Juan Reinoso, site manager of the Baytown Technology and Engineering Complex. Previous winners have included NASA, CCISD, Pearland, Seabrook, San Jacinto College, the Clear Lake Area Chamber, BAHEP, Lyondell Chemical, Barrios, United Space Alliance and the Houston Endowment, to name a few. Dr. Staples also recognized Pearland Mayor Tom Reid for the key role he played in the founding of UHCL’s Pearland campus.

Secondary

Bayside Intermediate Julie Edwards Brookside Intermediate William Ehmling Clear Creek Intermediate Alec Fuentes Clear Lake Intermediate Brandon Toalson Creekside Intermediate Alberto Perez League City Intermediate Alice Lowrey Seabrook Intermediate Jessica Slaughter Space Center Intermediate Jeannie Brown Victory Lakes Intermediate Jeannette Johnson Westbrook Intermediate Jessica Vass Clear Brook High School Dave Derr Clear Creek High School Jarwyn Dixon Clear Falls High School Kylee Caraveo Clear Horizons Early College Valerie Kahlich Clear Lake High School Brenda Pinchbeck Clear Path High School Sam Zimmerle Clear Springs High School Amber Rhoades Clear View High School Nathan Reynolds

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Stadium groundbreaking Challenger and Columbia family representatives joined the Clear Creek ISD Board of Trustees for the groundbreaking at the new CCISD stadium in League City, just west of the Webster city limits. Participants were, from left, Cheryl McNair and Lorna Onizuka, representing Space Shuttle Challenger; Evelyn Husband Thompson and Susan Anderson, representing Space Shuttle Columbia; and Trustees Page Rander, Secretary Dr. Laura DuPont, President Ann Hammond, Charles Pond, Ken Baliker, Vice President Win Weber and Dee Scott.


Movers &Shakers Name: Tom Reid

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: Ronald Reagan as President

Occupation: Mayor of Pearland Hometown: Belton, Texas

My favorite performers are: The Houston Symphony

Current home: Pearland Family: Daughter, Trisha; Son, Carl; Granddaughter, Nikki My favorite writer is: Tom Clancy Someone I’d like to meet: The Queen of England

I like to spend my leisure time: Reading, listening to good music and visiting museums If I could travel any place, I’d go to: Egypt My favorite meal is: Mexican food dinner

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: An explorer of foreign lands You’ll never catch me: Getting a tattoo The thing that bugs me the most is: Drivers blowing through stop signs My favorite movie is: The Big Country starring Gregory Peck Few people know: I hunt for and collect fossils

Masquerade Texas Chiropractic College’s 2014 Gala

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exas Chiropractic College hosted its 2014 Gala, Masquerade in the Russell Auditorium on its Pasadena campus Saturday, April 5 from 6-11 p.m. The event featured music from DJ X, casino tables, a silent auction, raffles, and great food and drinks. Dr. Danny Williamson and his wife Judge Holly Williamson served as the honorary chairpersons of the event. Dr. Williamson is a 1978 graduate of TCC and practices chiropractic locally at Williamson Whole Health Care in Pasadena. Judge Williamson is the Presiding Judge of the Harris County Justice of the Peace Court (Precinct 8-1) and has served on the Texas Chiropractic College Board of Regents

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since 2011. Both Dr. and Judge Williamson have been avid supporters of TCC for many years. “We were delighted to serve as the Honorary Chairpersons for the 2014 Gala. With its long rich history, mission, vision and core values, Texas Chiropractic College continues to lead the way in producing DCs [Doctors of Chiropractic] with integrity, professionalism and strong commitment to the community,” The Williamsons said. “TCC is a leader in chiropractic education due to unparalleled faculty and students.” Always a popular event, the TCC Gala attracted over 150 guests this year including elected officials, members of the TCC Board of Regents, president’s cabinet, faculty,

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staff, students, educational partners and other TCC supporters. Founded in 1908, Texas Chiropractic College is a leader in health care education. Students come from every U.S. state and several foreign countries to attend the program. Recognized for its acclaimed curriculum and specialized training programs, TCC continues to discover innovative solutions to structural diseases of the human body.

Top Right: Dr. Rafael Rojas, Monica Rojas and Dr. Armando Banos-Alvarez. Bottom Right: Dr. Danny Williamson, DC and Judge Holly Williamson, Honorary Gala Chairs.


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Marvis Carmichael and Dawn Riddle of Star Toyota proudly display their 2013 Best of the Bay Award. Citizens of Bay Area Houston voted them in as the best car dealership.

Purrfect Second Chance Pets would like you to meet “Miss Purrfect.” She is a small cat, about one year old, has bright green eyes, and has a gorgeous diluted tortoiseshell coat that is soft as silk. Purrfect’s personality is just perfect! She would make a great companion for another cat or cats and gets along well with nice dogs. Purrfect would do well in almost any home, including those with kids. Consider adding this spunky, all-around cool cat to your family.

The Clear Creek School District has set the dates for the 2014 high school graduation ceremonies. The following commencement ceremonies will be held at Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2305 E. Main in League City. Thursday, June 5  Clear Brook High ~ 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 6  Clear Lake High ~ 7:30 p.m.

Graduation Dates Are Set For CCISD Class of 2014

Saturday, June 7 ~ A.M.  Clear Creek High ~ 9 a.m. Saturday, June 7 ~ P.M.  Clear Springs High ~ 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8  Clear Falls High ~ 7:30 p.m.

The following graduation ceremonies will be held at the Carlisle Field House at Clear Creek High, also located at 2305 E. Main St. in League City. The field house is located behind the stadium. Saturday, June 7  Clear View High ~ 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8, 2014  Clear Horizons Early College High ~ 2 p.m.

CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare 10th Annual Fundraising Luncheon Jim Belushi, well-known actor and comedian, shared personal stories about his acting career and his start on SNL with guests at the CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare’s 10th annual Spring Luncheon on March 27 at the River Oaks Country Club. The funds raised support the Foundation’s mission to bring healthcare services to under-served communities.

Emmy Emmy is a super sweet, 4 year-old, female collie mix. She is in need of a new home because her first owner became too ill to care for her. She is a bit overweight and is currently on a strict diet to help her lose a few of pounds. Emmy would be a great addition for just about any family. She loves attention from everyone and plays well with kids. She gets along very well with other dogs and behaves herself around cats. All SCP dogs and cats are vaccinated, fixed and micro-chipped. Each dog is tested for heartworms and each cat is tested FIV and Leukemia. SCP adoptions are held on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Clear Lake Petco on Bay Area Blvd. at Space Center Blvd. Email pets2adopt@yahoo.com or visit www.secondchancepets.org for more information. At present, both dog and cat intake are currently closed due to lack of fosters. If you interested in fostering, please contact SCP. SCP is a 501(c)(3) animal welfare nonprofit.

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Photos by Mary Alys Cherry

Assistance League President Kim Barker and her husband, Dave, welcome the crowd to a “Star Studded Evening.”

Four of the honorees share the spotlight as Assistance League VIP reception. They are, from left, Linda Byrd, Sharon Dillard, Mary Alys Cherry and Melinda Marcum.

Drs. Cindy and Gerry Castille look for their table at the Assistance League gala.

Assistance League celebrates 25 years of helping the community CAN IT BE 25 years since the Assistance League of the Bay Area first became a part of our lives? Seems like just yesterday they began helping both needy children and students at risk of dropping out of school, visiting with the elderly and brightening up everyone’s life with proceeds from their benefit galas. Remember the Ball of the Wild when doctors and lawyers dressed up as bunnies, bumble bees and cavemen? This gala was black-tie, but you should have seen the crowd doing The Twist to the song Shout. President Kim Barker, who came with her husband, Dave, and President-elect Brunella Altemus brought many of their memories back to life during their “Star Studded Evening” at the Marriott while honoring the 14 founding members – Atiya Abouleish, Linda Byrd, Ebby Creden, Sharon Dillard, Cathy

Rick and Jill Lammers make their way to their table at the Assistance League’s 25th anniversary celebration.

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Giesinger, Elizabeth Glenn, Leslie Huff, Faye Kidder, Jeana Magness, Melinda Marcum, Cathy McDaniel, Jan Parks, Barbara Rosenthal and Charlotte Teeter – by presenting the “Super Stars” with certificates and flowers. League member Georgia Piwonka was presented the Ada Edwards Laughlin Award, while Bay Area Houston Magazine Publisher Mary Alys Cherry was the recipient of the H.O.P.E. Award and Jill’s Fashions and Bridals was given the Glass Slipper Award.

Joining them in recapping the past was Jenny Verghese, who put hundreds of photos together to go with Jill Smitherman’s brief history of what has become one of the Bay Area’s premier organizations. Gala Chairman Kathleen Courville and her husband, Mike, and CoChairman Dee Cover got the party started with a VIP Reception in the hotel’s Pasadena Room, where they greeted the honorees and their husbands, including Sharon and Dr. Howard Dillard, Lynda Byrd and Melinda and Dr. Stephen Marcum before hurrying out to the ballroom to welcome the arriving crowd that included Drs. Gerry and Cindy Castille, Rick and Jill Williams Lammers, Joan and Dan Burt, Matthew and Angie Weinman and Martha and Bill Krueger. Wasn’t long before they were joined by Frank and Judy Law,

Gala Chairman Kathleen Courville, left, and Co-Chairman Dee Cover dance with the Blues Brothers as the Assistance League celebrates 25 years of lending a helping hand to the community.

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Allegiance Bank President Frank Law and his wife, Judy, join the crowd at the Assistance League’s “Star Studded Evening.”

Jennie and Rob Hampton, John and Jill Smitherman, Jerry and Peggy Clause, Cecil and Judie Ferguson, Joy and Dr. Henry Muniz, Chris and Peggy Heinrich, John and Georgia Piwonka, Renee Ditta, Sonia Walsh, Patty Hoffman, Dane and Darla McKitrick, Jay and Courtney Atchley, Richard and Traci Dvorak and Stuart and Sheryl Berg, ready to be entertained by the Blues Brothers, Phil Pampolina and the Jill Rauscher Dancers. As were John Gay and Pat Monks and their wives, Becky Reitz and Annette Dwyer, Gene Hollier and Emmeline Dodd, Anita Fogtman, John and Madeline Nugent, Mike and Kathy Reeves, Walt and Leslie Huff, Doug and Johanna Mathera, Jason and Lea Bodie, Jeff and Tricia Totten and a host of others as they enjoyed filet mignon and stuffed Creole chicken.

Retired Coach Bill Krueger and his wife, Martha, arrive at the Hobby Marriott for the Assistance League Gala.


Photos by Mary Alys Cherry

Nina Quartaro, left, and Kelly Halbach stop to admire the flowers as they check out the silent auction at the biennial Nassau Bay Garden Club Style Show Luncheon.

Nassau Bay Garden Club President Betty Armstrong, center, and Secretary Joyce Mayor, left, visit with Ashleigh Matter Klug as they browse through the silent auction at the club’s biennial luncheon.

Style Show Co-Chairman Alice Thomas, right, welcomes author Eileen Hult to the Nassau Bay Garden Club Style Show Luncheon at Lakewood Yacht Club.

Nassau Bay Garden Club kicks off 50th anniversary NASSAU BAY Garden Club members launched their 50th anniversary celebration with their 2014 luncheon and style show at Lakewood Yacht Club. The popular biennial luncheon, “Celebrating 50 years of ‘Flowers, Friendship and Fun’ and co-chaired by Nancy Guthrie and Audrey Legendre, featured fashions from Dillard’s at Baybrook Mall modeled by club members – including retired Clear Creek school superintendent Dr. Sandra Mossman; artist Kelly Halbach; attorney Win Weber, who serves on the school board; and interior designer Laurie Vaughn. Others joining them on the

runway modeling some beautiful spring and summer fashions were Diana Denman, Jana Reed, Susan Benson, Becky Smith, Linda Dunk, Kathryn Gehbauer, Cherry Nims, Joy Edwards, Dina Doebbler, Jayne Samson, Jenni Hudgins, Tuie Lee and Donna Stoa. Much to the delight of Ellen King, Pat Bertelli, Eva deCardenas, Joyce Abbey, Cheryl and Jennifer Matter, Joyce Magliolo, Micki Czarnik, Sharon Maaz, Maurita Gallagher, Mary Ann and Mandy Stillwell, Kathleen Kearnes, Betsy Lake, Diane Gillebaard, Karen and Barbie Morris and Gail Newberry. Special guests introduced by

President Betty Armstrong included Nassau Bay Mayor Mark Denman and City Manager Chris Reed, who came with their wives, Diana and Jana, and sat with Harris County Constable Phil Sandlin and UHCL Associate Professor Dr. James Benson and his wife, Susan – not far from Amoco Federal Credit Union President Shawn Bailey and Business Development Director Kevin Venable. Some of the others in the sellout crowd were Gail Beasley, Liz Clayton, Alice Thomas, Joyce Stagg, Jackie Powers, Edie Houldon, Nina Quartaro, Emmeline Dodd, Leona Pleasant, Glenna Crist, Sharon

Faces in the crowd at the Nassau Bay Garden Club Luncheon included a few of the masculine variety, including, from right, Amoco Federal Credit Union President Shawn Bailey, Nassau Bay City Manager Chris Reed and Mayor Mark Denman and Amoco Federal Business Development Director Kevin Venable.

Phelps, Betty Geehan, Helene Poling, Cleo Jones, Tina Romeo, Hazel Harron, Dorothea Pongetti, Eileen Hult, Suzanne Gossett, Gun Frame, Wray Lindersmith, Sue Warters, Rosemary Bettis, Judith Shaw, Kerry Humphrey, Betty Clem, Johnnie Mae Houchins and Johnette Norman. Among those helping make it a very successful event were Charlotte Reem, Jayne Samson, Priss Fletcher, Joyce Mayor, Brenda Hesse, Mary Tuttle, Gail Ferris Beasley, Ann Gay, Karen Welniak, Nancee Lynn, Ginger Hall and Becky Smith with Alice Thomas and Sue Warters in charge of the style show.

Ellen King, left, is happy to see Margaret Briggs as she joins the crowd of some 230 at the Nassau Bay Garden Club Style Show Luncheon at Lakewood Yacht Club.

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PETROCHEMICAL thanks to shale resource development. I feel invigorated about the plant’s growth and the long term investment Chevron Phillips is making along the Texas Gulf Coast.

qualified workers to fill the numerous job openings that exist in southeast Texas. What are some of employment areas hardest hit by the lack of quality workers?

BAHM: Plant manager sounds like an all-encompassing, potentially stressful position. Describe the scope of your responsibilities.

Long: I would say the disciplines most in need of qualified applicants are process operators, instrument technicians, electricians, analyzer technicians, welders, pipe fitters, millwrights and machinists.

Long: A plant manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the plant. The Cedar Bayou facility covers more than 1,400 acres and employs about 750 direct employs and another 500 nested contractors. Due to the construction activity we have going on right now, we have an additional 1,000-plus contractors on site. It is my job to provide leadership and work closely with my management team to ensure the plant is operating safely and is environmentally sound and producing a quality product. BAHM: What does a typical day for you look like?

VAN LONG A conversation with Chevron Phillips’ Plant Manager

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an Long used a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida to launch a career in the petrochemical industry that today finds him occupying the plant manager’s office at Chevron Phillips Chemical’s Cedar Bayou facility in Baytown. The native of Macclenny, Fla., who now calls Clear Lake home, began his career as a mechanical engineer, but soon found himself on a track to become a plant manager. He takes time out from this demanding position to discuss his highly successful career and provide his opinion on the state of the industry and job opportunities for qualified and motivated candidates. BAHM: Macclenny is a small northern Florida town. What was it like growing up there? Long: It’s a small country town; the kind of town with only one stop light on Main Street. I grew up on a farm and helped my family raise chickens and hogs.

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BAHM: What was the first job you had in the chemical industry after leaving college? Long: I started my career as a mechanical engineer and was promoted to my first plant manager position with Union Carbide when I was in my mid-30s. At the time, I was one of the youngest plant managers in the industry. Since then, I have been an engineer, plant manager and vice president of health, safety and environment at various mining and chemical companies around the world. BAHM: When did you begin your career with Chevron Phillips? Long: I joined Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. in 2001 as plant manager of the Pasadena facility. I was transferred to the Baytown facility in 2008 to oversee the largest expansion project Chevron Phillips has undertaken in decades. In my many years in the petrochemical industry, this is the most exciting time in my career because for the first time in more than a decade we’re building petrochemical capacity in the U.S.

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Long: I usually arrive at work at 7 a.m. My first priority is to receive and review an update from all of my department managers on how the plant is operating and then I manage any problems that may be occurring. I am kept informed of operations, maintenance projects, environmental updates, safety plans, and staffing changes. I spend most mornings attending staff meetings. In the afternoon, I usually leave the plant to attend a luncheon at one of the many community organizations that I am involved with. I am vice chairman of the Baytown/ West Chambers County Economic Development Foundation, board of director of the East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA), on the board of trustees at San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, past-chairman of the Baytown Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Baytown Rotary Club. I also attend monthly meetings for the Baytown Chamber of Commerce. After lunch I return to the plant and try to get my boots on the ground as much as possible, which means I like to get out of my suit and tie, put on a hardhat and Nomex and walk through the plant. This is one of the best times of the day for me because I get to talk to the people who work in the field. I listen to their problems and suggestions and get a true sense of what is happening in the plant. I spend the latter part of the day returning phone calls and emails before I leave work around 6 p.m. BAHM: We’ve heard from leaders in various sectors of the petrochemical industry that there is a shortage of

BAHM: Why are so many sectors of the industry in southeast Texas suffering from a lack of qualified employment applicants? Long: All sectors that hire craft skill or technical trades are equally affected. Several years ago, high schools were mandated to focus their teaching efforts on college prep courses. This led to a deficiency in craft skill trades because they were dropped from the state curriculum. But Texas House Bill 5, passed last year, has changed the rules for school districts. They are now able to reinstate trade skills and we are hoping this piques the interest of young people to pursue a career in those trades. There is also a need for engineers coming from fouryear universities. We mainly recruit chemical, mechanical, and electrical engineers. BAHM: What advice would you give high school seniors looking to launch a career in the petrochemical industry? Long: I tell them to involve yourself in learning as much about the industry as possible. Research the various jobs the industry has to offer and select the one that fits your particular interests. Apply yourself to learning the craft and participate in events that showcase your abilities. Take advantage of opportunities that place you in front of industry professionals, such as intern/co-op programs, school organized plant tours or industry forums. Most of all, understand the future that you wish to gain and remove yourself from barriers that could prevent your goals from becoming a reality. This industry needs remarkable people that are confident and professional and who are ready to be challenged in a growing technical career. BAHM: What do you like to do in your spare time? Long: I love spending time with my family; my wonderful wife, Susan, and our son, Jonathan, in addition to running, hunting and teaching adult Sunday school classes.


Maritime Education Becoming a mariner takes time and dedication By Rod Evans

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t can’t be argued that technology has greatly changed the way mariners operate at sea and in port. Whereas ancient sailors relied upon the stars and equipment like sextants and quadrants to navigate the oceans, today’s merchant vessels are equipped with sophisticated radar, sonar and GPS systems that have greatly increased safety and decreased the likelihood of catastrophic groundings or collisions between vessels. But as the March 22nd collision between a barge and an ocean going tanker illustrates, even with today’s technological advancements, collisions can and do occur. The collision between the MV Miss Susan tow boat operated by Kirby Inland Marine and the Liberian-flagged Summer Wind container ship, which took place in the so-called Texas City Y—the waterway between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula—that resulted in the spilling of 168,000 gallons of fuel oil, was a vivid reminder of what can happen when large vessels laden with hazardous materials ram into each other in the densely trafficked area where ships inbound from the Gulf of Mexico either steer into the Port of Galveston, the intracoastal waterway, the Port of Texas City or into the Houston Ship Channel. The U.S. Coast Guard says the area saw over 159,000 transits, or total ship movements, last year, up from more than 130,000 about 15 years ago. And while modern mariners certainly rely upon high tech equipment in the day-to-day operation of their ships, the most important factor in maintaining safety on the seas and in the Houston Ship Channel is the experience, skill and attention to detail utilized by crews, pilots and masters.

With at least five different types of deep draft ocean going vessels regularly calling upon the Houston Ship Channel and Port of Houston— wide body tankers, car carriers, freighters, container ships and bulk carriers—and several types of tow boats operating within the channel and the port, the options are many for candidates longing for a career at sea. But a budding mariner can’t just step from operating his 20-foot Boston Whaler fishing boat around Galveston Bay to serving on board a large ocean going tanker or tow boat. Years of experience are required before a sailor can assume a position of authority on board a merchant ship. According to maritime industry sources, the majority of crew members begin their careers after graduating from a maritime academy.

Formal Education

Maritime academies, including the highly regarded Texas A&M Maritime Academy on the campus of Texas A&M University-Galveston, provide the opportunity for students to earn a four-year degree in fields like marine transportation, which then allows them to seek a position as a junior officer—typically a third mate—on board ocean going merchant vessels. The third mate’s duties generally entail being in charge of navigation watch, cargo handling operations, safety training and other collateral duties. Once they have completed their term as a third mate, the sailor is elevated to second mate, where his/her duties and responsibilities increase incrementally. The next step up the career ladder is the position of chief officer, who serves just below the ship’s master. The length of time required to ascend from third mate to master is generally about seven to eight years, with most mariners earning the rank of master by their mid 30s, with the Coast

Guard responsible for issuing the appropriate licenses each step of the way. There are less than 10 maritime academies located in the U.S. In addition to the one based in Galveston, the most prominent maritime academies are the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point (N.Y.) and the Maritime College at the State University of New York. While potential academy students must have demonstrated competent, if not above average, classroom aptitude throughout their scholastic careers, perhaps the most important characteristic that any potential maritime academy student must possess is a clear criminal record, which must be sustained throughout the course of their career. But attending an academy isn’t the only way to earn a job on board ship. Entry level seaman called Hawspipers, unlicensed merchant seamen, start at the bottom of a ship’s hierarchy and can ascend to the master level. Hawspipers sign on to work as a deck hand and put in long hours to work their way up the food chain. The typical route includes joining the Seafarer’s International Union and earning what’s called a Z card, which allows them to work aboard ship. Industry statistics indicate that it’s not uncommon for a mariner who began as a hawspiper to earn a master license in about 10 to 12 years.

On the Job

The often romanticized life of the mariner conjures images of adventure on the high seas, but the reality of life on board a merchant marine vessel is far less glamorous. And, while life at sea is relatively easygoing, situations can change on a dime thanks to worsening weather conditions, mechanical failures and other factors, such as the increasing

danger presented by piracy in certain parts of the world. As the old saying goes, “Smooth seas never made a mariner,” but being prepared to deal with whatever may develop while on the open sea is the key to successfully completing any voyage and that preparedness comes with experience and an acute attention to detail. Once in port, the intensity ramps up considerably due to the hustle and bustle of navigating in relatively tight quarters with fellow ships. In some cases, shipping contracts necessitate crew changes once the vessel enters a port. Whether at sea or in port, the master must be able to rely on his crew and executive crew members (the chief officer and chief engineer) to work in harmony as a team to operate a safe ship and maintain a constant state of readiness. Mariners, especially master license holders, are required to constantly maintain their certifications by going through safety management systems that keep them abreast of the latest developments in collision prevention and safety. A typical schedule calls for crews to work at sea for two months, followed by two months at home, which means they work about eight months out of the year. While the work can be grueling and being away from home for two straight months can be difficult for those with a family, the average salary for mariners is pretty good. Industry estimates indicate third mates make around $120,000 to $160,000 per year, while masters earn around $240,000 to $300,000 a year. Visiting Texas A&M UniversityGalveston’s website (Tamug.edu) is a good place to start if you’re looking for information on careers in the maritime industry. The Seafarers International Union (Seafarers.org) can also be a source of valuable information for prospective mariners.

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BIC 30th Anniversary Party in Houston by Catie Ragusa

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partner in Scene Magazine, Louisiana’s entertainment magazine, BIC Alliance recently celebrated its 30th year in business with an anniversary party in Kemah. Held at the Kemah Gardens, a beautiful venue complete with a bed and breakfast, a sparkling blue lake and acres of green grass and brightly colored flowers, BIC’s event provided its guests with a bounty of Louisiana’s favorite cuisine: tasty, spicy crawfish with a side of beer. Despite the gloomy weather, hundreds of guests attended the party, bringing family members and business partners to enjoy the good food and the good company. A sister company of BIC Alliance, IVS Investment Banking is making connections in the film and entertainment industries. Among the hundreds of guests at the 30th anniversary party was filmmaker Jarred Coates, a Baton Rouge native and the owner of Red Entertainment, LLC, and a partner in Scene Magazine. Red Entertainment recently released the faith-based film God’s Not Dead, shot largely on LSU’s campus in Baton Rouge. God’s Not Dead far exceeded expectations at the box office, earning over $8 million during its opening weekend. John E. Jackson and Bill Sherman of the Baton Rouge production company Launch Media took video of the party while visiting with guests and enjoying the breezy atmosphere. The filmmakers also recently took video at BIC’s special viewing of the film Lone Survivor, directed by Peter Berg and featuring music by Austin natives Explosions in the Sky. Musical entertainment for the day was provided by Houstonbased band The Stringbenders. The five-piece band entertains at events regularly, covering songs in genres like country, Cajun, zydeco and Tex-Mex, with a hint of rock-and-roll laced into their favorite tunes. Standing under a large tent to avoid the rain and wind, The Stringbenders played on, keeping guests in good spirits as they enjoyed the great food. “I am very pleased,” says BIC founder and CEO Earl Heard. “It gets better every year!” BIC Alliance also celebrated its thirtieth anniversary with a crawfish boil in Baton Rouge last month. For more information on BIC Alliance, visit www.bicmagazine.com.


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TEXAS MEDITATIONS

Outside Our Own Skin By Michael Gos

Burnet, Texas

“It’s Burn-it, durn it! Can’t you learn it?” That’s what locals tell you if you put the emphasis on the wrong syllable when pronouncing the name of their town. Like most places, this town of fewer than 6,000 people has a tremendous amount of pride. We had spent the day at Inks Lake State Park and decided that since we were this close, we’d take the opportunity to have dinner at a restaurant I had heard about, The Maxican. Rumor had it the food was excellent, but there was more to it. I was promised a “unique dining

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experience” but given no further information. It was not an easy place to find. First Siri sent me 18 miles north of town into a heavily forested area. When she told me I had arrived, there was not a building for miles around. I told her in no uncertain terms what I thought of her talent for giving

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directions and then I shut her off. I popped a U-turn and headed back toward town. We eventually found the street address I had written down, but it turned out to be a new Chinese restaurant. Apparently The Maxican had moved a couple of years earlier. Finally, on the verge of giving up,

we decided to give it one last shot. We went online to the restaurant’s website to get a phone number. One call later, with a new set of directions in hand, we found the place—just a bit south of town on Highway 281. I guess you could say it was hidden in plain sight. The young lady who had given us the directions over the phone met us at the door and told us she was glad we were able to find her. Then she escorted us to our table. It was a large building with a concrete floor and a rough decor—not all that different from a hundred other Mexican or barbeque restaurants we had been to all over Texas. An elderly lady came up to our table Mamaw plying and introduced her trade at herself as Jeanette. The Maxican “But folks around here just call me Mamaw.” And then she proceeded to give me a back rub. Right there in the restaurant! I didn’t know what to make of it at first, but I have to admit, after a few moments, I really started to enjoy it. It felt great after a day on the trails. Before she was done, I felt right at home—as if I was a regular there.


When she finished, we got to talking and she told me her son owned the restaurant and was the chef. She herself had only one role, giving back rubs. She said she was 85 years old and had been doing this for as long as she could remember. That got me to thinking. I learned long ago that people in small towns are more laid back, relaxed and friendly than city people, but a lot of the people who come to her restaurant are from out of town, many from cities making the drive between the Dallas/Fort Worth area and Austin or San Antonio. But regulars and total strangers alike got the same special treatment; everyone who came in the door got a back rub. I wondered if she understood how litigious some city people are and the risks she was taking by touching strangers. But one thing was clear, if she thought about those things, she just didn’t care. She was too busy being who she is, just Mamaw. One of my earliest memories was of a philosophical puzzle. As a toddler, my mother would take me to visit her best friend who also had a boy my age. George and I played together long before we could talk and I guess

I just took him for granted. But then, one day, I remember looking at him and thinking, “How can you be real, and yet be something other than me?” Okay, I know it makes no sense. All my life I had seen my mother, my father, relatives and total strangers. Yet I never questioned their existence. Why him? Why now? I have no answer to that, but I do know that on that day, when I was less than four

why could the whole world run faster than me? Today I still find myself intrigued with people, especially with their lives. I find that some people are open books, others will get that way if you give them time, and still others you will never be able to crack. I find people in small towns are much more likely to talk to you than people in big cities, and I have some ideas about

“We live in a world where role models are rare, almost an anachronism.” years old, I began to deal with the concept of “the other,” that is, the existence of someone or something out there that is not me. I started to understand that there was a world out there beyond my skin. And I think that was a turning point for me. Throughout my childhood years I puzzled at the differences between people I saw. Why did some do well in school while others were pretty pathetic? Why were some sweet while others were thugs that took pleasure in hurting other kids? Why were some shy and others loud? And

why that is. But no matter where they are, they fascinate me. I started wandering Texas because it is such a beautiful place. Standing on the South Rim looking down at the mountains below is absolutely magnificent. The view from the top of Enchanted Rock is truly spectacular, especially on a hot summer day when the wind up there is strong enough to evaporate the sweat almost before it forms. Playing in the water at South Padre, showering under Gorman Falls or swimming in the icy Guadalupe River on a 100-degree day are all truly

amazing experiences. But more and more, I find myself going to small towns rather than to the wild places. As much as I love the spectacular beauty of nature’s best works, as I grow older (and I hope smarter), I am even more attracted to places where people are. It is the lives of the people I find most fascinating—and most rewarding. The food at The Maxican is outstanding, but I understand now that the reason people come from all over Texas to eat there is because of Mamaw. We all want to experience someone like her. I’m guessing most of us secretly wish we could be a lot more like her—with the confidence to be exactly who we are with no apologies. She reaches out and touches, literally, everyone who comes into her life. We live in a world where role models are rare, almost an anachronism. But if there are any still left around today, she has to be at the top of the list. In the larger scheme of things, dinner in Burnet that day may have been just an inconsequential speck in a lifetime, but I can’t help but feel my life is richer for having made the trip, and especially for having the chance to experience Mamaw.

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News & Events

2014 Blessing of the Fleet

Past Commodore Phil Conway with wife Sandy and Past Commodore and Keels & Wheels Co-Founder Bob Fuller.

Rear Commodore Don Mitchell, Past Commodore Harvey Denman with wife Jill.

LYC’s most senior Past Commodore Richard Allen and Alice Thomas, wife of Past Commodore Jack Thomas

Commodore Tom Collier with Lakewood Yacht Club’s General Manager for 39 years Mr. Terry Chapman.

Dr. Anna Dewald, Past Commodore Richard Allen and wife Nan.

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Lakewood Yacht Club Board Members Nancy McDonald and Tom Frankum, Treasurer Ashley Walker and Secretary Rex Bettis.

Judy Fuller, Lt. Col. Rob Hefner with wife Susan, Past Commodore John Broderick, and Past Commodore of Grand Maur Manville Yacht Club in Little Rock Arkansas Tom Richards.

Marilyn Mitchell, wife of Rear Commodore Don Mitchell with First Lady Sue Collier.

Rita Matthews, wife of the late Past Commodore Ed Matthews with LaMarr Wall, wife of the last Past Commodore Virgil Wall.


Jeanette Williams Foundation Bay Cruise with Gulf Breezes Sunday, April 13 Aboard the Star Gazer Yacht

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Baits for Catching Fish in Galveston Bay By Capt. Joe Kent

One of the most frequently asked questions is: “What bait should I use?”

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he answer to that question is not easy, as the best baits vary from season to season and the experience level of the angler in using a particular bait comes into play. For instance, a newcomer to fishing is going to get a totally different recommendation than what an experienced angler would receive. Baits are actually broken down into two categories, natural (live and dead baits) and artificial. Even within those categories are segments depending on the experience of the angler. Let’s start out by addressing the newcomer to Galveston Bay Fishing whether it is someone with no experience or limited time dropping a line in the water.

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Natural baits definitely are the answer here and, depending on where the angler fishes, dead versus live bait. A fisherman who comes to the coast with experience fishing for freshwater perch or catfish and likes the casual approach probably should start out using dead bait such as shrimp, squid or cut fish like mullet or shad. Live shrimp is one of the most popular baits in saltwater; however, there are skills necessary to fish them productively. First comes the attaching of the bait to the hook. A wrong move and you will be dealing with dead bait that is not as effective. Knowledge of where to hook the shrimp (just under the horn on top of the head or in the tail) is the only way to keep the shrimp alive and active on the hook. For small finfish like croaker or fingerling mullet, the most common method is to hook the fish in both lips (upper and lower). Many anglers choose to place the hook near the tail just under the backbone. Both spots will keep the fish alive, with the latter allowing more movement. Next, let’s discuss using live shrimp or finfish fished under a popping cork. Popping corks likely are the most common method for fishing around here; however, they do require knowledge as to how to work them effectively in the water and in the casting skills to get them to their destinations. Anglers new to bay fishing tend to equate popping corks to fresh water bobbers that basically are used to

keep bait suspended and to show nibbling activity. Popping corks are a technique in attracting fish with the popping sound that resembles a fish popping the surface after bait. The key here is to imitate the sound with quick jerks of the line that result in a popping sound from the cork. The length of the leader is important as shorter lengths (10 to 12-inches) are best in shallow waters or when fishing birds working schools of fish. The most common length used in Galveston Bay is from 16 to 24 inches. The size of the cork depends on where you fish. Small corks making less sound are best for shallow, grassy areas while the larger varieties are designed for deeper waters and choppy conditions. Casting skills are important in using popping corks as the rig needs to be cast a good distance when drift fishing or working birds. Most fish caught on popping corks are not going to be close to the boat. Now, for the more experienced anglers, artificial baits are a popular and productive choice. The key here is in casting abilities and knowing how to retrieve the bait. For example, soft plastics such as Bass Assassins, Norton Sand Eels and many, many others, require a technique that differs considerably from that used to retrieve hardware such as Mirrolures, She Dogs, jerk baits and spoons. A separate article would be necessary to cover those lures and the ways to work them in the water. The time of year and method of fishing have a big influence on your choice of baits. Drift fishing requires a lot of casting and the two most popular baits for that type of fishing are soft plastics and popping corks with live bait. Wade fishermen tend to prefer artificials, both soft plastics and hardware. Two reasons, they can cover more territory faster and do not require dragging a live well. For stationary fishing, such as anchoring over a reef or around the jetties, live bait is the preferred option. This is especially true for the jetties where lots of debris exists to snag your lures. Artificials work best in the fall, winter and spring when fish tend to be in shallower waters. During the heat of the summer months, live bait especially croakers and shrimp are preferred as the fish are in deeper waters and live bait tends to be the better choice for deeper depths. Practice and patience are two key elements to learning which bait to use when and where. All of this points to the need to go fishing as often as you can.


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he Sylvan Beach Triathlon, which has been in existence for over six years, started as the Battle of San Jacinto, a point-to-point race that ended at the Battle of San Jacinto Monument. To avoid the logistical difficulties of a point-to-point race, the bike and run portions of the triathlon were moved to Sylvan Beach Park in 2010 as well. This move prompted race directors to change the name of the race to the Sylvan Beach Triathlon to better showcase the race’s new, permanent home, which has turned out to be more than an ideal venue. The open water swim begins with a real beach start—unique to any Houston triathlon. When the gun goes off, racers run into the water and swim 500 meters in the fresh ocean water, once again a unique experience in the Houston area. The nicely paved roads in La Porte provide for a fast, relatively flat bike (with just one or two overpasses to worry about), and the run is along partly shaded streets in the neighborhood adjacent to the beach park. Sylvan Beach Park is also a great venue for the after party. Kids can play on the nearby playgrounds or even go for a swim in the beach once the race is done. Race volunteers and city support are fantastic as well. The City of La Porte supports the race with its medical team and police officers, who are top in the state. Their enthusiasm for the race and skill in providing a safe course cannot be beat. And the food is always fantastic—pizza,

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and first, second, third triathlon teams. First, second and third place age group awards (for men and women) will also be given to the USAT recognized age groups (under 19, 20-14, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 49-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75+). Top three awards will also be given to Athenas and Clydesdales, both in the open and masters divisions. The day before, on June 14, there will be a kids’ triathlon for kids 6-15 years old. The race course for the 6-10 year olds will consist of a 100m swim; 1 mile bike and ½ mile run and the course for 11-15 year olds will be 100m swim, 2 mile bike and 1 mile run. The open water swim will be in a protected section of the beach park, shallow enough for most kids to touch the ground. It will be lined with noodles, race volunteers and lifeguards on kayaks. The bike course will be on a protected loop within the Beach Park, and the kids will run on the board walk. It is a spectator friendly course that allows the kids to experience a real beach triathlon! All finishers will get a medal, and age group awards will be given to both girls and boys in the

“The open water swim begins with a real beach start— unique to any Houston triathlon.”

burritos, ice cream, all the indulgences that you deserve after a hard morning of racing. This year’s adult race on June 15 includes a sprint triathlon, 500m swim; 15 mile bike and a 3 mile run, a duathlon, 2 mile run, 15 mile bike and a 3 mile run, and a triathlon team challenge where local area triathlon teams can compete as a team for cash prizes (a team consists of 7 members (with at least 3 women) ; each team’s top 5 fastest times will be added together (including the times of 2 fastest women) and the fastest team will win). Prizes will be given to the overall male and female winners, masters’ male and female winners

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following age groups: 6-8; 9-10; 1113 and 13-15. Lastly, to prepare kids to compete, a kids’ triathlon training camp at Little Cedar’s Park on June 11-13. Under the instruction of USAT certified coaches, campers will learn how to swim, bike and run; they will also learn the rules of racing and how to be safe on the race course. Kids in the triathlon will learn the skills that they need to safely train and race for the rest of their lives. Last year, over 300 plus athletes participated in the race, and they hope to grow that number this year with the addition of the kids’ race and the tri team challenge. The goal is to provide the athlete with a topnotch experience from the time he or she picks up her packet until they enjoy the race after party. Safety on the race course is the top priority as well as creating a fun, competitive environment for both the seasoned athlete and the beginner. Sponsors also want to involve kids in the sport and make sure that kids of all backgrounds and economic status are provided an opportunity to learn about triathlon as well as about a healthy lifestyle. Scholarships will be available for kids who cannot afford to race or participate in the kids’ camp; also, bikes and running/swimming equipment have been donated to help kids in need as well. The ultimate goal is to involve the local community in the sport and create an event that not only benefits the youth of La Porte but is an event that the entire community can be proud of.


Lee College President Dr. Dennis Brown, with high school students looking on.

Petrochemical Job Training Lights Up Houston Rodeo Texas is known for oil and cattle — and both got a full share of attention at this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

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hanks to a $500,000 grant from ExxonMobil, nine area community colleges took the message about great jobs in the petrochemical industry to the 2014 rodeo, staffing an oversize booth just outside the Ag Venture exhibit hall in Reliant Center. Mission: Tell the diverse audience — 2.48 million people, a record crowd this year — that the area’s petrochemical plants are expanding and need new workers in a variety of fields. And these jobs pay well: According to the latest industry surveys, the average annual salary in the petrochemical industry is $99,700. The partnership, named the Community College Community Petrochemical college students Initiative, kept an in petrochemical exhibit measuring courses learn in state-of-the-art 20 feet long staffed labs like this one. with students, staff

and instructors through the 20 day run of the rodeo. Each community college brought its own staff of local volunteers and a “hands on” demonstration of a petrochemical or construction trades process to draw crowds and educate passers by. Perhaps the biggest moment of the rodeo came on Monday, March 17, when ExxonMobil Chemical Company Senior Vice President Lynne Lackenmyer dropped by the booth to tell college presidents and students that the industry giant was increasing its contribution to job training to $1 million, and extending the grant through August 2015. “What we have seen very positively is the momentum building and the leveraging across the community college network,” said Lachenmyer. “We have been impressed how the resources we have made available have been leveraged across that broad network.


ExxonMobil’s Lynne Lackenmyer talks “petrochem jobs” with area high school students.

“We see that need continuing to build for the greater Houston area, so we’ve given that vote of confidence, based on the success thus far, to increase our donation to a million in total.” Colleges participating in the initiative are Alvin Community College, Brazosport College, College of the Mainland, Galveston College, Houston Community College, Lee College, Lone Star College, San Jacinto College and Wharton County Junior College. “The nine CCPI-affiliated community colleges have joined together to spread the word about the great careers we can help launch,” said Dr. Dennis Brown, president of Lee College and chairman of the CCPI consortium. “The level of interest from residents in the greater Houston area has been tremendous.” CCPI colleges share course materials and best practices among the region’s nine community colleges. CCPI expects to attract as many as 50,000 students and educators across the state over the next five years and fast track them through certification and degree programs in a variety of technical fields, including instrumentation, process technology, computer and electrical

ExxonMobil Chemical Company Senior Vice President Lynne Lachenmyer at the CCPI display at the Houston rodeo.

technology, machining, millwrighting, welding, pipefitting, and other skills and competencies needed by the chemical manufacturing and refining industries. In all, more than 5,000 individuals stopped by the exhibit. Of these, 1,600 completed “prospect cards,” indicating an interest in pursuing training at a nearby community college. Another 200 expressed interest as community college instructors in petrochemical programs. “The hours were long, but the effort paid off with very positive results,” said Kelly Dando, CCPI project director. “Our intention was to ‘get the word out’ about these amazing job opportunities. Because the rodeo is such a large and dynamic event, we far exceeded our expectations.” “ExxonMobil’s financial support of CCPI is instrumental in our recruitment of students for the technical training programs that are required for entry into these highly skilled trade and craft careers,” Dr. Brown said. In June 2013, ExxonMobil made its first $500,000 contribution to begin the expansion of community college training. “We expect thousands of jobs to be coming to the Houston area

“According to the latest industry surveys, the average annual salary in the petrochemical industry is $99,700.”

because of new industry investment to capitalize on the abundant, affordable supply of U.S. natural gas to produce chemicals,” Lachenmyer said. “This program is about preparing area residents to fill those jobs and launch satisfying careers in a critical industry.” At an average annual salary of $99,700, the Texas chemical industry’s pay scale is 46 percent higher than the average for manufacturing. Texas is the largest chemical producing state in the country, supporting more than 73,000 jobs today, with another 81,000 jobs expected through announced investments in new and existing chemical industry capacity. To learn more about petrochemical careers and how to prepare for them, visit www.gulfcoastcc.org.

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RON CARTER CLEAR LAKE CADILLAC HYUNDAI TO ONCE AGAIN PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SENIORS

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t’s time once again for Ron Carter Clear Lake Cadillac Hyundai to step up and acknowledge the future leaders from the Greater Clear Lake Area High School community. Ron Carter Clear Lake is proud to honor and support area seniors by awarding five college scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each. The latest recipient is Torin A. Collins, who will be attending the University of Texas starting in the fall of 2014. Torin plans to major in Marketing. She has been a student in the collegiate program at the College of the Mainland pursuing an Associates Degree simultaneously with her high school diploma. Torin is an honor student and has dedicated numerous hours in volunteer work and community outreach. She says, “I am dedicated to my studies and better serving our community. My goal is to earn both a Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Marketing. Eventually, I want to earn a Doctorate degree and become a university professor in African American Studies.” Ron Carter said they are proud to present this scholarship to a fine student. The scholarship is open to high school seniors in Clear Lake and surrounding areas of Clear Creek ISD, Alvin ISD, Deer Park ISD, Pasadena ISD, Dickinson ISD, LaPorte ISD, Pearland ISD and Friendswood ISD. Students from parochial and home schools within the boundaries of these districts are also eligible.

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Business Development Manager Chris Premont presents Torin Collins a $1,000 Scholarship along with Denise Beyner-Stanley of Ron Carter Cadillac Hyundai.

Recipients are chosen on academic achievement, character, leadership and community service. Scholarship applications and detailed instructions can be found by clicking on the “Community Involvement” tab and following the links at www. roncarterclearlake.com. Ron Carter Clear Lake Cadillac Hyundai is an automotive retailer located on Interstate 45 south in Friendswood. It is a family owned and operated business that is Houston’s fastest growing Cadillac Dealer with the distinction of being named “Cadillac Dealer of the Year” for both 2012 and 2013 and the number one volume Hyundai Dealer in the Houston area which also holds the no. 2 spot in the region that includes Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.


Photos by Mary Alys Cherry Celebration Chairman and Past President Judy Raiford, seated at right front, joins the other past presidents for a photo at Clear Lake Panhellenic’s 50th anniversary reception in the South Shore Harbour Resort’s Harborview Room. With her are, from left, back row, Barbara Dickey, Lyla Nettles, Dana Brown, Claudia Parr, Kelli Baliker, Sue Ellen Jennings, Diane Overman, Peggy Clause; middle row, current President Laurie Vaughn, Hazel Harron, Jennie Hampton, Ann Gay, Linda Wolpert, Ginny Progelhof, Ruth Beecher; front, Judie Ferguson, Pat McAllister and Mary Patterson.

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lear Lake Area Panhellenic is a half century old this year and some 75 members gathered in South Shore Harbour Resort’s Harborview Room March 23 to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Besides the sorority organization’s 2013-14 officers, the crowd at the reception included a host of past presidents and long time members, plus two charter members – Ann Fulcher and Karlee Marcom. Chairman Judy Raiford introduced all the past presidents, most of whom are active today. Over the years, their popular fall fashion show luncheon and other benefits have raised more than $450,000 for its Crawford-Zbanek Foundation to send area students to college.

Marion Callahan, left, arrives from Beaumont to join Judie Ferguson, Sue Ellen Jennings, Darla McKitrick and Jennie Hampton, from left, in celebrating Clear Lake Panhellenic’s 50th anniversary in South Shore Harbour Resort’s Harborview Room.

Clear Lake Area Alumnae Panhellenic began in 1964 when Pat Mann, a Pi Beta Phi alumna, and her Nassau Bay neighbor, Kappa Alpha Theta Carol Snipes, talked about continuing the fellowship they had enjoyed in their college sorority activities. Six Nassau Bay residents formed the organization, which initially represented four sororities. The following year the number of members grew to 24, representing 13 sororities, and the organization was officially chartered as a part of the National Panhellenic Conference,

Panhellenic officers stop for a photo during 50th anniversary celebration. They are, from left, Secretary Marjo Richmond, Treasurer Michelle Richardson, President Laurie Vaughn, First Vice President Kim Barker, Third Vice President Kay Lee Benoit and Barbara Dickey, corporation.

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according to a year-by-year history compiled by Lyla Nettles, who tells of life back then. “In the spring of 1965, Clear Lake Panhellenic began a bridge benefit at the Clear Lake City Recreation Center. Tickets were $1 each. Cake and coffee were served to approximately 140 ladies, and each member was responsible for bringing at least one homemade cake, possibly two. Celia Zbanek, one of the people for whom our benefit is named, was instrumental in this event. The total profit for the day was $234.

Jo Cat Bruce, Kay Lee Benoit and Peggy Clause, from left, can hardly wait for the 50th anniversary celebration to get underway in South Shore Harbour Resort’s Harborview Room.

“From 1965-68, Panhellenic held both a style show in the fall and a bridge benefit in the spring. The group’s first scholarship style show in the fall of 1966 was at the Clear Lake City Country Club with Battlestein’s of River Oaks providing the fashions. Proceeds were $281. During that year members were voluntary library workers at the Freeman Memorial Library, serving refreshments to children during the story hour. They also donated $76 to a boys’ home. The following April the group held its second dessert and bridge benefit… and profits of $255 were donated to Freeman Library.” Reba Crawford, the second person for whom the foundation is named, was chairman of the Philanthropic Committee in 196768. The scholarship luncheon and style show was held at the Houston Yacht Club with the new Foley’s at Almeda-Genoa introducing styles and accessories to this area. Past presidents attending included Kelli Baliker, Judy Raiford, Jennie Hampton, Diane Overman, Ann Gay, Ruth Beecher, Sue Ellen Jennings, Lyla Nettles, Dana Brown, Peggy Clause, Judie Ferguson, Hazel Harron, Ginny Progelhof, Pat McAllister, Claudia Parr, Barbara Dickey, Mary Patterson, Linda Wolpert and Ann Brady – most of whom are still active members to day. Anniversary Celebration Committee members included Sue Broughton, Debby Reichert, Kay Lee Benoit, Jo Nell Hunter, Priscilla Ennis, Wendy Peters, Joy Smitherman, Evelyn Woodruff and several past presidents.

Four early members of Clear Lake Area Panhellenic, Claudia Parr, Karlee Marcom, Ann Fulcher and Linda Wolpert, from left, reminisce about those long-ago days during 50th anniversary party.


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Dickinson residents, Historical Society members and Mayor Julie Masters, in white shirt at right, gather at the Dickinson Public Library to break ground for the base for three life-size bronze statues.

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crowd of long-time first statue, the Rancher, which has Dickinson residents been completed and is ready to be were on hand March installed,” she explained. 22 when the Dickinson The Historical Society also Historical Society broke ground for launched its Capital Campaign Fund the foundation base for three life-size Drive to finish the remaining two bronze statues it plans to install on statues during the groundbreaking the city complex grounds beside the ceremony. Those wishing to donate Dickinson Public Library. may send a check to the Dickinson The statues will honor the Historical Society, 218 FM 517 W, Rancher, the Shopkeeper and the Dickinson, Texas 77539, marked Farmer, representing the people “Statue Campaign.” who were instrumental in founding and establishing the community. The statues will be placed so they are looking toward city hall and the intersection of Highway 3 and FM 517. Among those taking key roles in the ceremonies were Dickinson Mayor Julie Masters, Historical Society President Charlotte Kohrs, Executive Director Joan Malmrose and Secretary Mary Dunbaugh, Past Colleen Steblein, who worked with students as they made the model President Ernie Deats of the Rancher, swaps ideas for future activities with Historical Society and Colleen Steblein, Past President Bill Bonham, who had a key role in the project. who worked with the students and teachers on the model for the Fine Arts Foundry. The Founder’s Statues honoring the past have been a project of the Dickinson Historical Society for the past five years and are the brainchild of Ernie Deats, who enrolled the help of the high school art teacher and students to mold the initial statues, Kohrs said. “The Historical Dickinson Historical Society President Charlotte Kohrs, center, goes Society commissioned over plans for the groundbreaking ceremony with Secretary Mary the Fine Arts Foundry Dunbaugh and Past President Ernie Deats as the crowd begins arriving. The Founder’s Statues honoring the city’s past are Deats’ brainchild. of Texas to cast the

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MARINA BAY CAFE OFFERS “FOOD WITH A FLAIR”

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im Ginger, local owner and operator of the Marina Bay Café in Clear Lake Shores, creates not only good food but a nice relaxed ambience. He also serves food with a flair. “I describe my menu as American Cuisine with an eclectic flair,” he says. “For example, try our Banana’s Foster French Toast. It is a corn flake crusted French toast grilled until golden and lightly dusted with powdered sugar. The toast is then decadently topped with bananas flamed in brandy sauce and a dab of fresh whipped cream.” The Marina Bay Café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. The menu is filled with a large variety of delectable selections. For starters, try one of the following: Sausage and Eggs your way, Corned Beef Hash and Eggs over easy, or the house favorite, Eggs Benedict. Killer, fluffy omelets are their specialty, using only grade AA eggs. Their sausages and chorizo are homemade daily on the café’s premises for freshness. Marina Bay Café offers a large variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and specialties, as well as daily specials. A real winner is the hot and tasty Matzo Ball Soup with homemade chicken broth. Their signature sandwich is the Classic Lean Ruben, served on a rye bread with a secret thousand island dressing and sauerkraut. Customers brag on the

burgers, patty melt and the turkey burger. Hungry? Indulge yourself in the Marina Bay Café’s award winning homemade Ribbon Pasta with Bolognas Sauce and garlic bread. The breaded pork chops are another fine choice for lunch as is the fresh cabbage roll-ups. For dinner, you cannot miss; experience the special New Zealand half rack or full rack of lamb, fresh red snapper ponchatrain, or the mouthwatering filet mignon kabobs. Special notes - the French fries are freshly cut and served upon ordering. Their corn beef is cured and prepared at the café, and desserts include vanilla ice cream, fresh apple cobbler and homemade vanilla ice cream. This all takes place in an open kitchen environment. Welcome Jim Ginger to the Bay Area. He has over 41 years of restaurant experience, hails from Chicago, he has both hands on and formal training from Cordon Bleu. He has a passion for cooking and serving his customers. “It’s not work for me, it’s fun,” says Ginger. His favorite movie is Sleepless in Seattle and his favorite music is country western. He also plays the guitar. One of his favorites and someone he’d like to meet is George Strait. Marina Bay Café is a winner. Its open kitchen is clean; you can sit inside or dine alfresco on the patio. It also has a very relaxed atmosphere -- you can come as you are. It’s open 7 days a week and reservations are not necessary. It is located at 620 Marina Bay Drive in Clear Lake Shores and the phone number is 281-339-7077, its website is www.marinabaycafe.com Open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. To 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. To 3 p.m. They deliver and cater upon request.


Bay Area Houston Magazine APRIL Cover Party Celebrating Johnson Development’s Home Tour Thursday, April 17, Amadeus Italian Restaurant & Piano Bar


Salute to Heroes Patriot Dinner Featuring Ted Nugent and Benefitting Operation Finally Home Saturday, April 12, South Shore Harbour Resort Crystal Ballroom

Healthcare executive Santiago Mendoza Jr., Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, Sheriff Henry Trochesset and CPA Keith Spalding, from left.


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Margaret Briggs, Alice White and Arlene Hawkins, from left, enjoy the Bay Area Museum Guild Picnic.

Vicki Buxton, Jim Hall, Kelly Halbach and Pat Biddle, from left, wear big smiles after enjoying the Bay Area Museum Guild picnic dinner.

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n Apollo astronaut’s former wife, JoAnn Petrie Carr, discussed her new novel Keeper of the Flame during the Bay Area Museum Guild’s 2014 Picnic at the Museum, offering a glimpse at the other side of the space program from a wife’s viewpoint. Her talk followed a traditional picnic supper by the lake prepared by Guild members who delighted the dozens attending with fried chicken, potato salad, vegetables and a variety of pies.

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Afterwards, Carr signed copies of her book. Among those attending were Sandi and Sidney Allbritton, Deanne Lamoreux, Thom and Roberta Liston, Joan Wade, Dave and Cindy Kuenneke, Peggy Green, Vicki Buxton, Jerry and Peggy Clause, Ron and Carole Murphy, Bob and Nina McGlashan, Gib and Jan Larson, Badiha Nassar, Leo and Rose Merle Symmank, Sandi Quillen, Steve Quillen, Emmeline Dodd and Gene Hollier, Pat and Wendell Wilson, Hubert and Shirley Brasseaux and President Kimberley Weathers and her husband, Brett.

Bay Area Museum Guild President Kimberley Weathers, right, thanks author JoAnn Carr for her interesting talk following the picnic.


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The Best of the Best brought the House down at Claudio’s Piano Bar Thursday, April 17. Local live music legends Mickey Hobbs, Claudio Sereni, Abel Salazar, Michael Stevens, David Swope, Cindy Thomas, Crista Sereni, Pee Wee Bowen and Janet Z performed live to a sold out audience. Special guest performer Doug Allen and the award winning Clear Creek High School Select Choir participated, too, during this fun packed evening. Special thanks goes to Mr. Sax Donald Bonner, Producer Lisa Brinkley, Claudio Sereni, Mr. and Mrs. Ron Lindquist and Rick Clapp.

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New Webster Police Chief Danny Presley and his wife, Stephanie, arrive at the Webster City Council meeting.

New Seabrook Police Chief Sean Wright.

Two Bay Area cities get new police chiefs By Mary Alys Cherry

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wo Bay Area cities – Seabrook and Webster -- are getting new police chiefs. Daniel “Danny” Presley of Texarkana is the new Webster police chief, replacing Chief Ray Smiley, who died Jan. 7. And, Seabrook Police Capt. Sean Wright becomes that’s city’s new chief May 3, when he takes the reins from Chief Nona Holomon, who is retiring May 2 after a 35-year career with the police department. Presley was confirmed by the City Council at its April 1 meeting and sworn in afterwards by City Secretary Pauline Small. He was to assume his new duties April 28. Holomon began working with the Seabrook Police Department in 1979 and was appointed police chief in 2002 after working in every police division during her tenure, including dispatch and patrol. “I have had the pleasure of working with people and for a city that is extraordinary,” she said. “The Seabrook Police Department has been my life for the past 35 years, and I feel as if I am leaving a family member. I am confident that any hurdles this department encounters can be handled by the fine employees and new leadership being put in place.” Chief Holomon’s resignation was formally presented to the City Council April 15, after which Mayor Glenn Royal said, “Chief Holomon has always been a selfless public servant and has served as a mentor and friend to many. We will miss her dearly as we share in her excitement for this next phase of life.” Wright is well known around the Bay Area having served with the Seabrook Police for 22 years – starting out as a patrolman and working his way up through the ranks to the top

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Chief Nona Holomon to retire May 2.

post. He was appointed to the top job by Seabrook City Manager Gayle Cook. In 1999 Captain Wright was promoted to patrol sergeant and served as the supervisor for the evening shift. He then was elevated to lieutenant in 2004 -- in command of the detective division. In 2011 he was promoted to the rank of captain -- serving as second in command and reporting directly to Chief Holomon. Wright also serves as the department’s public information officer. Mayor Pro Tem Laura Davis, who has worked directly with Wright on the Public Safety Committee, noted “Captain Wright is an invaluable asset to the Seabrook Police Department. He has a genuine love for our beautiful city and the experience to take the Police Department into the next chapter of its history. I have full confidence that our Police Department is wellequipped with Captain Wright at the helm.” Presley began his career in 1990 with the City of Texarkana, where he held the rank of captain of the Texarkana Police Operations Division and SWAT commander. He graduated in 1997 from Texas A&M University with a Business of Applied Arts and Science-Behavioral Sciences Degree and received his Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M in 1999. Presley also graduated from the Texas State University’s Certified Public Manager’s Program and the University of Virginia’s FBI National Academy. In January 2014, Webster advertised to fill the vacancy created by the death of Chief Ray Smiley. After 41 applications were received and reviewed independently by a resume committee, the city narrowed its search to seven. Chief Presley was selected after those seven participated in an Assessment Center that was observed and graded by police chiefs from surrounding cities.


713-882-1580 w w w . P h y l l i s F o s t e r. c o m Timeless Elegance - Great room boasts a grand foyer with sweeping staircase, Swarovski chandeliers, formal dining, bar area and sunken living area. Dramatic 30’ floor to ceiling windows with panoramic views of the lake, designer furniture and Bosendorpher Grand Piano make this the perfect home for entertaining.

Presents: “The Crown Jewel of the Bay Area”

evokes a sense of serenity and privacy. Whether you enjoy watching the weekly yacht races, Christmas boat parade or the multitude of firework displays on the 4th of July, this home is the perfect entertaining venue. The mansion’s floor plan accommodates any social scenario from quiet dinners al fresco under the portico to fundraising galas for Louis E. hundreds of guests. For one benefit Schaefer Jr. and Phyllis the great room furniture was moved Foster discuss out and the symphony moved in for plans for the a grand evening of entertainment and upcoming donations to a worthy cause. EquuSearch Passing through the entrance into fundraiser. the great room, one is struck by the magnificence of the space, with its 30 foot ceilings, wall of windows and fabulous grand staircase curving up to the balcony above, lit by a stunning For more than a decade the McNaught Mansion Swarovski crystal chandelier (one of four in the has been the crown jewel of the Bay Area, which home) that sparkles overhead. is located at 2210 Twin Oaks in Marina Del Sol. The first floor furnishings were custom designed and manufactured by renowned West Hollywood hen New York Times best selling designer Phyllis Morris, including author Judith McNaught designed the Louis XIV desk where Judith her 12,500 sq. ft. dream home, her penned several of her New York guiding principle was to “create a Times bestselling novels. home with timeless elegance that would stand The master bedroom suite is an for generations.” Expert craftsmanship and lavish opulent haven, featuring a serene materials combined to produce a masterpiece of sitting area, a bedroom/bathroom home architecture. A full time inspector was on site fit for royalty, with a sunken spa during construction to ensure that every detail of tub, a fireplace and a master closet the construction was completed to perfection. that is the envy of any woman Situated on the point in Marina Del Sol, this lucky enough to peek in. unique location affords a panoramic vista with Current owner, Louis E. Schaefer stunning sunrise and sunset views unequaled by Jr. is an entrepreneur with several any other property on the lake. The view offers an businesses in Texas and Louisiana ever changing canvas, like a living painting, that and also a noted philanthropist.

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The opulent Master Bedroom Suite includes water views, designer furnishings, fireplace, direct pool access and sitting area. The bathroom is tiled in Verde Italian marble, with sunken spa and fireplace in a stained glass alcove. The perfect space to be pampered. The fabulous closet is “the dream closet” with a private exercise area too.

He has been a deep sea diver for over 50 years and as the owner and CEO of Legacy Offshore International, he has taken his passion for diver safety worldwide. When Natalie Holloway disappeared while on a senior graduation trip to Aruba, Mr. Schaefer was approached by Texas EquuSearch owner Tim Miller seeking assistance. Louis donated his time, divers, equipment and technology worth over a million dollars to help with the search. A wonderful celebration was held for the volunteers and workers that welcomed the arrival of the Space Shuttle Explorer from Cape Canaveral Florida to its new home at Space Center Houston. The gathering featured live music, barbeque and fireworks, as the Shuttle passed by on a barge, making this gathering the perfect Texas style event to welcome the Shuttle to Houston. The McNaught Mansion, the crown jewel of the Bay Area, makes an elegant family home or a dynamic site for entertaining.

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The Boldens found many familiar faces in the crowd at the Rotary Space Gala in this slice of space history. Joining them here are from left, former Stennis Center Director Mark Craig, ex-Shuttle Commander Eileen Collins, retired NASA official Estella Gillette, Jackie Bolden, Challenger wife Lorna Onizuka, Clear Lake attorney Delia Stephens, Challenger wife Cheryl McNair, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and astronaut Stephanie Wilson.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, left, is presented the 2014 National Space Trophy by Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana.

Eileen Collins, right, former space shuttle commander, stops by to say hello to Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa and her husband, attorney Coe Miles.

Crowd of 800 toasts Space Trophy winner By Mary Alys Cherry he space community was out in force at the 28th annual Rotary Space Gala April 11 to toast NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, recipient of the 2014 National Space Trophy who spent many years as an astronaut at the Johnson Space Center before becoming a major general in the U.S. Marines and then being appointed to the space

agency’s top post. Kennedy Space Center Director and former JSC Deputy Director Robert D. Cabana presented the trophy. “There is no one more passionate about what we do and the need for us to be successful and remain a world leader,” Cabana said of Bolden, who said he was “honored and humbled” by the award. “But, when I remind myself that this award is actually an affirmation of

James and Joyce Abbey, whose dad is a former Johnson Space Center director, were in the crowd at the 2014 Rotary Space Gala.

Bob Wren, a founding member of the RNASA Foundation, and his wife, Jordie, join the crowd at the Rotary Space Gala.

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Darryl and Monique Smith, right, say hello to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden at the 28th annual Rotary Space Gala.

the incredible work done by the NASA family, both civil servants and contractors, over many decades now, I’m honored to accept it on behalf of each and every one of the members of our superb team,” Bolden said. “I’m blessed to be surrounded by the best leadership team in any organization anywhere.” After RNASA Foundation Chairman Rodolfo González welcomed the crowd of more than 800 and CNN correspondent John Zarrella, the emcee, introduced Frank L. Culbertson, former astronaut and now Orbital Sciences senior vice president, the keynote speaker urged the aerospace community to enthusiastically support

Dick Meyer, left, and Frank Perez were among the crowd of more than 800 at this year’s 28th annual Rotary Space Gala.

Duane Ross, from left, stops to visit with Bill and Susan Taylor and Tery Hernandez as he arrives at the Downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel for the Rotary Space Gala.

human spaceflight. Veronica McGregor, last year’s winner of the Space Communicator Award, presented this year’s award to astronaut Chris Hadfield. The husband and wife team of NASA astronauts Karen Nyberg and Douglas Hurley, presented the coveted Stellar Awards to honor those exceptional people behind the scenes “who go over and beyond what’s required,” as Hurley said. Besides Bolden’s wife, Jackie, the massive crowd included JSC Director Dr. Ellen Ochoa and her husband, attorney Coe Miles; former KSC Director Bill Parsons, former Space Trophy winners Glynn Lunney,

Gene Kranz, right, 2007 National Space Trophy winner, shares a laugh with Mike Hernandez as they talk about old times.

Tommy Holloway, Michael Griffin, Gene Kranz and their wives, plus George Abbey and Eileen Collins. Other familiar faces included Rotary District Gov. Bob Gebhard, Sierra Nevada CEO Mark Sirangelo, Lockheed Martin VPs Richard Hibb and Cleo Lacefield, Boeing VP and GM John Elbon, Barrios President Sandra Johnson, Jacobs GM Lon Miller, Bastion Technologies CEO Jorge Hernandez, former United Space Alliance President Ginny Barnes, retired Boeing VP Brewster Shaw, and legislative candidate Sheryl Berg and congressional candidate Brian Babin.

RNASA Chairman Rodolfo Gonzalez and his wife, Anangela, make their way to their table.


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Port Commissioner and Charles A. Jacobson Transportation Award recipient John Kennedy and his wife, Brenda, center, arrive at Brady’s Landing with Nassau Bay Mayor Mark Denman, left, and Councilman Bob Warters for the BayTran luncheon.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark and Houston Councilman Dave Martin, from left, share a light moment as they join the crowd at BayTran’s State of the Counties Address at Brady’s Landing.

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things have changed since he first started in law enforcement. “You can’t help but think that the future for the region – Brazoria, Harris and Galveston counties – will continue to skyrocket,” he said before listing several transportation projects in the works in the northern end of his county. “Highway 288 is now four lanes and needs more and we also need a rail line to the port to take some of the trucks off 288,” he added before saying goodbye – “It’s time for me to go” -- and wishing Brazoria County and the Bay Area well. He was introduced by Commissioner Matt Sebasta. Judge Emmett, introduced by Port Executive Director Roger Guenther, opened his remarks with a salute to Judge King as “an ideal public servant” and one a person could count on in time of crisis. Then, turning to transportation, he said, “This group, BayTran, really needs to become even more of a driving force for solutions,” going to suggest that members work with Senator Taylor and other local legislators to push for help from Austin. “Because it is easy for some groups to say, ‘Oh, no, you don’t need to do anything, no need to spend any money, and, by all means, don’t raise taxes or fees; that’s going to kill us.’” He cited I-69 as one project we need to focus on, as well as Highways 288 and 36. Another highlight of the luncheon was the presentation by BayTran Vice Chairman Bob Robinson of the Charles A. Jacobson Transportation Award to Port Commissioner John Kennedy, who served as city manager of Nassau Bay for 10 years and on the BayTran board. BayTran President Barbara Koslov welcomed the crowd of 250 to Brady’s Landing and introduced

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exas transportation challenges were at the forefront at this year’s Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership State of the Counties Address, featuring the county judges of Harris, Galveston and Brazoria counties. With Judges Ed Emmett of Harris County, Mark Henry of Galveston County and Joe King of Brazoria as the speakers, the 15th annual luncheon drew a host of public officials. State Sen. Larry Taylor and Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan were among them, as were Galveston County Commissioners Ken Clark, Ryan Dennard and Kevin O’Brien, Brazoria County Commissioners Matt Sebasta, Stacy Adams and Dude Payne, Mayors Tom Reid of Pearland, Mark Denman of Nassau Bay, Tim Paulissen of League City, Louis Rigby of La Porte, Floyd Myers of Webster, Bob Fry of West University Place and Jon Keeney of Taylor Lake Village, former Congressman Nick Lampson, legislative candidates Sheryl Berg, Dennis Paul and John Gay and dozens of mayors pro-tem, city managers and council members. Those attending also had an opportunity to meet new Port of Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther and new Pearland City Manager Clay Pearson. In addition to calling for upgrades for transportation, each of the judges updated the crowd on other pending projects.

Judge Henry, introduced by Commissioner Ken Clark, opened his remarks by pointing out several areas needing attention, such as Highway 146, the Gulf Freeway and more access to Pelican Island. Noting one of the state’s key problems, he said “. . . fewer dollars are going into TxDOT as a result of better mileage from cars, and it’s not sustainable,” going on to discuss a new vehicular and rail bridge to Pelican Island. “We’re going to have to ask the people in Austin to make some tough decisions; so I want to ask you to let folks like Senator Taylor know we support the effort. TxDOT barely has the money to maintain what they have,” he added, before providing an update of how Galveston had successfully contained the recent oil spill. Judge King, who is retiring this year and was the county sheriff for 24 years before being elected county judge, took the crowd on a journey through the years, noting how much

State Sen. Larry Taylor, left, says hello to former Congressman Nick Lampson on arrival at the BayTran State of the Counties Address.

the many public officials. Others on the program were Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, the Rev. Tony McCollum of Seabrook Methodist Church and Harris County Criminal Court Judge Jay Karahan. BayTran Chairman Karen Coglianese used the occasion to announce that her term is ending and that Assistant Pearland City Manager Jon Branson will become the new chairman. Key community officials in the audience included Metro President Tom Lambert, Clear Lake Chamber President Cindy Harreld, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership President Bob Mitchell, Bay Area Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau President Pam Summers, Port of Freeport Chairman John Hoss, Economic Alliance Business Development Director Marie McDermott and Houston-Galveston Area Council Director Alan Clark.

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News nuggets Two burglars caught in act League City Police responded to a burglar alarm reporting glass breakage in the 200 block of Stonewall Drive March 25 at 2:45 p.m. Upon arrival, officers found one suspect in the back yard and another within the residence. Both suspects attempted to flee the scene. Suspect Jeremy Jones, 18, of League City was caught by Officer Yates and arrested. Jones is a resident of the neighborhood and resides at 307 Stonewall Drive, just a few houses down from the home burglarized. The juvenile suspect was arrested by Officer Young. Both were charged with Burglary of a Habitation. Bond for Jones was set at $10,000.

Baybrook Mall plans expansion Baybrook Mall has announced a multimillion-dollar expansion that will increase the size of the mall by about 50 percent to 1.6 million square feet and will rival Houston’s Memorial City Mall and the Galleria in size. Hoar Construction of Houston will oversee the construction project. The last time the mall expanded was in 2003 when it grew to 1.2 million square feet and added stores like J.C. Penney, Dillard’s and a movie theater.

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presented him with the newly created Legacy Award. The award will be named in his honor and presented every year. During the event, guests heard from many who had worked with Hayes during his 13-year tenure as senior vice president and provost, as well as the past six years he has served in a faculty role in School of Education.

Education board taps Dr. Hellyer Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College chancellor, has been elected by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Assembly to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees. through Dec. 31, 2016. SACSCOC serves as the recognized regional accrediting body for institutions of higher education that award degrees in the 11 southeastern states. As a trustee, Dr. Hellyer will represent more than 800 institutions and be responsible for determining commission policy, reviewing and making decisions regarding the accreditation of institutions, and conducting the initial review for any modifications to its standards.

Seabrook Rotary honors officer Seabrook Rotary honored Seabrook Police Capt. Sean Wright with its inaugural Officer of the Year Award at the recent Men Who Cook event at Lakewood Yacht Club. He received a plaque citing his “Above and Beyond” effort in his work and a check for $1,000. Wright joined the police department as a patrol officer and worked his way up to captain.

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CLEAR LAKE CITY Stardust Spa Night May 8. Lunar Rendezvous will host Spa Night at Bay Oaks Country Club at 7 p.m. For information, visit www.lunarrendezvous.org Lunar Rendezvous Golf May 12. The Lunar Rendezvous Galactic Golf Tournament begins at 10:30 a.m. at Bay Oaks Country Club. Regular registration is $125 per individual and $500 per foursome. Golfer registration, hole sponsorship and sponsor/ donation opportunity forms can be found at www.lunarrendezvous.org An awards dinner also will be held. For ticket information, contact the chairman, Traci Dvorak at tracidvorak@yahoo.com Bay Oaks Luncheon May 13. The Bay Oaks Women’s Association will have its annual May luncheon at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the country club. Miss Kemah Pageant May 16-17. The 2014 Miss Kemah Pageant and Miss Kemah Teen Pageant will be held Friday and Saturday, May 16-17, in the Bayou Theatre at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. For tickets, contact Chrysalis Premier Productions, 713882-2019. UHCL graduation May 18. The University of Houston-Clear Lake will graduate the Class of 2014 in ceremonies at Reliant Arena. Genealogical Society meets May 30. Bay Area Genealogical Society meets at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, in the University Baptist Church 2nd floor Great Room to hear Gale French discuss “Using Google Earth in Genealogy.” For more information, call Kim Zrubek, 281-992-2636. The public is invited.

DICKINSON At Harbour Playhouse. Mama Won’t Fly is now playing at the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 Highway 3, through May 18 with curtains at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and matinees at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. For reservations, call 281-337-7469 or email www.harbourplayhouse.com

LEAGUE CITY

Art exhibit May 8. Butler Longhorn Museum at 1220 Coryell St. is presenting

the art of Annette O. Clark during May with the opening reception from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 8. ICM Golf Tourney May 12. The 18th annual Interfaith Caring Ministries Charity Golf Tournament will be Monday, May 12, at South Shore Harbour Country Club with registration at 7 a.m., tee off at 8:30 a.m. and the awards luncheon at 1:30 p.m. Individual entry fee is $150. To register or inquire about sponsorships, call Haley Lusson at 281-3323881, ext. 1112.

NASSAU BAY

Business Expo May 8. The Clear Lake Area Chamber will hold its 2014 Business & Wellness Expo – “Buy in the Bay Area” – from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Road. Admission is free and the public is invited. Great Chefs dinner May 8. The 10th annual Great Chefs of the Bay Area dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Nassau Bay Hilton Hotel with proceeds benefitting the Clear Lake Symphony. Anyone who enjoys fine cuisine is invited to attend. Tickets are $60 each or $450 for a table for eight. Reservations may be made online at clearlakesymphony.org/greatchefs and are due no later than noon May 5.

PASADENA

At the Little Theatre. A Few Good Men is now playing at the Pasadena Little Theatre, 4318 Allen-Genoa Road, through May 18 with curtains at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays. A specially priced Admit Two for $14 is planned May 15. For tickets, call 713-941-1758. Crawfish Boil May 10. The 4th annual Crawfish Boil and Car Show, “Crawin’ for the Cure,” will be held Saturday, May 10, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Campbell Hall at the Pasadena Rodeo Fairgrounds. The car show is from 11-4. Tickets are $25 each with kids under 12 free. For tickets, sponsorships and cooking teams, visit www. CrawinForTheCure.CoastalFlow.com

SEABROOK

Museum Guild Silver Tea May 4. The Bay Area Museum Guild will host its annual Silver Tea Sunday, May 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the museum in Clear Lake Park.


DESIGN them with knowledge in safety issues, spatial planning, building codes, traffic flow, architectural issues, and computer-aided design. Once a designer has graduated, they typically serve in an apprenticeship to gain field experience from drawing up initial floor plans to placing the last decorative accent. Decorators require no formal training because decorators focus primarily on aesthetics and not structure. They are able to learn aspects of home decor through courses available at most

therefore, needs the professional to execute the desired changes. Discard the notion that decorators are only for the rich and famous. In reality they can save clients a great deal of time and money and maybe a few headaches. They can help save money by staying on a budget and avoiding costly mistakes. Also some existing items may be repurposed to aid the overall budget. The trained eye of a professional will help to obtain the most “bang for the buck.” A decorator can use his/her resources to compare

“If structural changes are needed such as removing a wall, moving plumbing or removing doors and windows, a designer is the better choice to hire.” colleges focusing on color, scale, fabric and room layout, and they may complete courses in marketing and business because a large percentage of decorators are self-employed.

Home Sweet Home Interior Designer vs. Interior Decorator

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nterior design professionals typically study the behaviors and movements of individuals to aid in designing commercial and residential structures that enhance the function and ambiance of a space. Interior designers may also perform the interior decorating work on the spaces they design. An interior decorator does not design the space in which he or she works. Instead decorators focus on the furnishings, accessories, fabrics, color choices, floor and wall treatments and artistic touches that provide atmosphere and ambiance to the interior space.

are typically hired by homeowners to improve the aesthetic appeal of a residential or commercial existing space. If structural changes are needed such as removing a wall, moving plumbing or removing doors and windows, a designer is the better choice to hire. If no major structural changes are needed but help is needed in decision making and in creating an overall look and style, then a decorator can help to transform the room.

So which one do you hire?

What are the differences in educational requirements between a designer and a decorator?

Most interior design professionals are usually employed by architectural firms or construction companies and work in conjunction with builders and architects to design useable spaces for a client. Interior decorators

Most interior designers acquire a four year degree in their chosen field. In most states designers are required to pass an exam and become registered with a governing council. Their formal education provides

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What are the benefits to be obtained by hiring a designer or decorator? Whether the client has no idea where to begin or has an idea but needs help in executing that idea, a designer or decorator can serve a purpose for everyone. Maybe the client simply does not have the time to devote to design or decorating and,

quality, style and prices. Most have developed close relationships with fabric suppliers, carpet and plumbing companies, as well as furniture and lighting stores. They can be of great assistance as a liaison on those nail biting decisions between the client and architects, builders or contractors. Decorators can also assist in staging homes that are being sold to give potential buyers a better vision for furniture placement. A professional assessment from a decorator will lead to a solid plan of action and leave the client grateful for the original and creative results.

Cathy Osoria brings a professional perspective to the table with her 23 years of experience. She also brings a great deal more—including the ability to truly listen to her clients, to establish trusting relationships with them, and to transform the clients’ wishes into an environment that is distinctly their own. Creating timeless, functional, yet beautiful surroundings that the client enjoys coming home to everyday is her idea of design success. As a decorator, Cathy’s personal challenge is to turn an ordinary space into a room with an incredible “wow factor” while still keeping the client’s budget in mind. That creativity might be achieved by her “hands on “ approach using custom finishes or art work and unique accessories. Ambiance in residential spaces might be achieved by using lighting, furniture, flooring, window treatments, color, fabrics and/or accessories. Cathy also takes on limited commercial projects in addition to residential design work and finds it rewarding to combine the clients’ ideas with her own vision to provide attractive functional spaces. Her personal style can be seen in several Showcase homes that were completed for the public to tour. Many charitable causes (especially those involving children with challenging illnesses) have touched Cathy’s heart. She has created and designed hospital rooms and personal rooms for these children. Donating her time and talent to create tablescapes and painting backdrops and displays for multiple charities is another way Cathy gives back to her community. Email cathyodesign@yahoo.com with any questions or comments.


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