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GREEN LIKE YOU’VE
NEVER SEEN HOW TO LIVE LIKE YOU LOVE THE PLANET MONEY MATTERS INVESTING RESOURCES TRASHED JEREMY IRONS’ FILM
ISN’T A PRETTY PICTURE
BEHIND THE SCENES How an LA celebrity
photographer came to shoot the images for Green Like You’ve Never Seen
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Galveston awaits by Chaney Barton Page 7 Summer Health Stay safe having fun by Brittany Gordon Page 8 Beach Safe Know before you go by Chaney Barton Page 10 Just for Kids No tears hair ‘stitches’ by Brittany Gordon Page 14
2 Pedal Power Biking in B/CS by Chelsey Cox Page 15 3 Money Matters
Free investing resources by Sarah Kinzbach Page 16
1 Green Like You’ve Never Seen How to live like you love the planet by Chaney Barton and Stacy Riley Page 20 Jeremy Irons’ documentary isn’t a pretty picture by Jessica Banke Page 20 Recycle Now B/CS resource list by Chelsey Cox Page 28 Green Roofs Making buildings breathe by Stacy Riley Page 30
Gifts come in all forms.
Mine arrived as a sort of summer reunion getting to work with fellow Texas A&M alumni Robert Sebree on this month’s photos for the Green Like You’ve Never Seen layout. We haven’t seen each other since we all graduated from Texas A&M in 1982. Then in February,
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Sebree called my husband Greg to “catch up” and it was as if we’d all just finished a late-night deadline – Sebree as photo editor of The Aggieland, I as editor of The Battalion, and Greg as Battalion photo editor – and we just picked up whatever random conversation we’d left off…30 years ago. Confession: in college I was “Angel” and Sebree was “Bob;” obviously Greg was the only real grownup as his name hasn’t changed with age. Always an insanely talented photographer,
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Sebree’s website (sebreephoto. com) inspired a bout of smalltown celebrity ogling after he told me about his Los Angeles studio and commercial photography work. Then he offered to do a photo shoot for INSITE in LA. The gorgeous results grace both the cover and inside pages of the Green story. When I asked Sebree why he was so generous with his professional talent and resources with an old college chum, other than the fact he’s a nice guy, his answer was, “Passion for the environment.” The planet and I are both grateful. – Angelique Gammon Jackson; Marie Lindley; Barbara Wyss; Production: Stephen Beatty; Norris Carnes; Marilyn Carey; Don Coburn; Arnel Estuaria; Byron Lee; Carlos Martinez; Richard Pearce; Brandon Prouse; Frank Ramirez; Mike Seward; Ruben Torres; Stephen Woodruff.
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Hit the Beach
With only 150 miles
separating the Bryan/ College Station area and the Gulf Coast, summer is the perfect time to plan a daytrip to Galveston. With 32 miles of beaches, as well as an array of historical attractions, arts, and thrill rides for all ages and interests, check out our top picks for Galveston stops.
Seawolf Park Home to a naval display that includes the WWII submarine USS Cavalla, as well as the USS Stewart, a destroyer escort, you can relive history on the tour then enjoy a picnic in Seawolf Park. A fishing pier, playground area, and
covered pavilion are all for visitors to enjoy. Parking: $6/car; $10/RV Fishing: $6/adult (12-64); $3/child (5-11); $3/senior (65+); 4 years & under FREE Naval Display (Cavalla & Stewart): $5/adult; $2/ child (under 11) Indoor/Outdoor
www.galveston.com/ seawolfpark Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark encompasses 26 acres and features both indoor and outdoor attractions, though the indoor portion is closed during the
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summer. The outdoor park is open daily. Parking: Free Tickets as low as: $43.99/ adult (12-54); $33.50/child (3-11); $33.50/senior (55+) (ticket prices above are for basic one-day general admission) Outdoor www.schlitterbahn.com/ gal click www.insitebrazosvalley.com
Summer Safety by Brittany Gordon
Summer is a time to relax and have fun in the sun. For many people, this includes travel. Vacations and trips can be some of the best parts of summer, but in order to enjoy it, you must be safe! 1. Pack Smart Make a list: packing can be stressful, and is probably the least favorite part of your trip. Write down everything you might need and everything you use on a daily basis:
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Galveston Railroad Museum Hop aboard the Harborside Express for a 15-minute train ride or tour the railroad museum to learn more about Galvestonâ€™s rich railroad history. Train Rides: $4/passenger; 4 years and under FREE Museum: $7/adult (13-59); $5/child (5-12); $6/senior (60+); 4 years and under free Indoor/Outdoor www.galvestonrrmuseum. com Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum Take the pedestrian bridge
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toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, deodorant, pajamas, and razors. Add: sunscreen, sunglasses, and chargers for electronics. Consider: an umbrella, travel guides, and
out to board a retired drilling rig and learn about the offshore oil industry. With multiple floors, a museum, and a chance to explore the decks of the platform, guests are given the opportunity to see Galveston from a whole new perspective. Cost: $8/adult (18+); $5/ student (7-18); $4/senior (55+); 6 years and under free Indoor/Outdoor www.OceanStarOEC.com Galveston Ferry The Galveston Ferry takes its passengers on a 2.7-mile ride through the nationâ€™s largest port. If you are lucky you may even spot dolphins on your ride in addition to the Bolivar Point Lighthouse. Cost: Free
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Outdoor www.galveston.com/ galvestonferry Treasure Island Tours The 1.5-hour tram tour of Galveston Island takes passengers around both old and new Galveston. Historical homes, the Strand Historic District, and Seawall Boulevard are all covered in the narrated tour. Cost: $10/adult (12+); $5/ child (4-12); 3 years and under free Outdoor www.galveston.com/ treasureisletourtrain Palm Beach at Moody Gardens Continued on page 10
Be Beach Sa
Year-round attractions and events on the Island are enjoyed by all. Rip Currents Rip currents are dangerous and can be fatal for swimmers unaware of what to do if caught in riptide. Rip currents can form in any large open water area, such as low spots and breaks in sandbars, or near structures such as jetties and piers. Rule One: Stay calm! The riptide will not pull a swimmer under the water: swim parallel to the shore or float/tread water until you are out of the current. Only
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Although Moody Gardens is open year-round, Palm Beach is one of the seasonal attractions that visitors can enjoy in the summer offering a lazy river, wave pool, slides, and other water attractions. Cost: $23.95/adult (1364); $17.95/child (4-12); $17.95/senior (65+); 3
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years and under free Outdoor www.moodygardens. com/seasonal_fun/palm_ beach
(height under 48”); $26.99 (height over 48”); 2 years and under free Indoor/Outdoor www.pleasurepier.com
Pleasure Pier One of Galveston’s newest attractions, the Pier features rides and carnival games along with food and retail shops, all perched directly above the ocean. All-day pass cost: $19.99
The Strand Historic District Whether you’re looking for museums, art galleries, retail shops, or clubs and bars, The Strand has it all, conveniently located in 36 blocks in the downtown Galveston area.
Cost: varies Indoor/Outdoor www.thestrand.com Bishop’s Palace Galveston’s grandest and best known building, it is said that if only one historical home can be visited on your trip, Bishop’s Palace is the one to see. A portion of the adult ticket price is donated to help restore the Bishop’s Palace’s
when free from the current should you turn and swim to shore. If it appears a swimmer cannot get free, get a lifeguard, throw the swimmer something that floats, or call 911. Sun/Heat Safety Even if you are accustomed to the Texas heat, the sun and heat at the beach take both to a new level. Always wear an SPF sunscreen of 15 or higher and remember you can get sunburned on a cloudy or overcast day. Wear loose-fitting,
roof. Cost: $10/adult (19+); $7/ student (6-18); 5 years and under free Indoor www.galveston.com/ bishopspalace Plan Your Trip For a complete list of attractions as well as places to stay and eat in Galveston, see: www.galveston.com i
light-colored clothing, a hat, and sunglasses for sun protection. Drink non-alcoholic, caffeinefree liquid to ensure proper hydration. Stings Jellyfish and stingrays are not uncommon in the gulf waters. To prevent a sting, wear footwear when wading in the ocean. Stingrays, if disturbed, can lodge a spiny shaft into a foot or ankle, and removal is best handled by a hospital. If stung by a jellyfish, remove the tentacle from the skin
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by scraping if off with a credit card to avoid touching the tentacle directly. Jellyfish stings can be combated with a saline solution, but do not rub sand on a jellyfish sting. Even if a jellyfish washed ashore appears dead, do NOT touch it: its tentacles can still sting. More Beach Safety texasbeachsafety.org/ galveston/water-safety/ beach-hazards/ www.redcross.org/ prepare/disaster/watersafety/beach-safety i
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maps, first aid kit, and identification that can be kept on you at all times, including in the water. 2. Prep Your Vehicle Nothing can ruin a good trip like having car troubles or seeing that check engine light come on. Check all vital fluids: engine oil, coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Let your engine run for 15 minutes, then make sure no fluids have dripped underneath. Check all drive belts and hoses: belts that are frayed, glazed, cracked, cut, or have pieces
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missing need to be replaced immediately. Check each hose for leaks, bulges, cracks, or swelling while the engine is off and cold. Good hoses should be firm but flexible. Check your battery: make sure the battery electrolyte is up to the proper level with no cracks or holes in the battery casing, and battery terminals and cables are clean and secured. Check your brakes: If you hear grinding noises or feel unusual vibrations when you apply the brakes, have your brakes checked professionally to make sure they don’t need replacing before your trip. Check your cooling system: hot summer days can stress your cooling system so if your anti-freeze hasn’t been flushed in the last two years, it is a good time to take care of that. The cooling system should be refilled with half anti-freeze and half water. 3. Drive Safe Distracted driving can cost you your life or someone else’s life. Calls, text, and even grabbing a bite to eat while driving are all distractions from safe driving – 90,378 crashes occurred in Texas in 2012 involving distracted driving according to crash data collected by the Texas Department of Transportation. According to Texas A&M Transportation Institute, almost half of Texas drivers
admit to regularly or sometimes talking on a cell phone while driving, even though 84.9 percent find this a serious threat to their safety. Studies show texting takes a driver’s eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds, equivalent to driving a football field with your eyes closed. If there is an emergency or you receive an important call or text, have someone in the car answer or pull over where you can safely talk. In order to enjoy your trip, you have to get to your destination! Nothing is important enough to risk your life or the lives of others. 4. How Hot is Too Hot? Some 318 people die each year from heat-related illnesses, some or all of which could be prevented by adequate hydration and heat protection.
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No Tears Hair ‘Stitches’
It’s a known fact that kids get hurt; a common trip to the emergency room is for head injuries, which can be scary for everyone and painful if stitches are required. After a fall at daycare, the 2-year-old daughter of an INSITE employee was treated at the College Station Medical Center by Physician Assistant Vicki Paramore, who suggested closing the minor scalp wound with a hair treatment instead of staples. Paramore says for a head wound to be considered for the hair treatment, the cut has to be no longer than two inches, the bleeding has to be controlled, and the patient must have at least four to six inches of hair. The
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doctor can then take hair from both sides of the cut, pull the edges of the wound together, twist and pull on the hair so that a small amount of glue can be added to make sure the hair doesn’t slip. “Hair stitches” can be done in two or three areas, or just once in the center, depending on the length of the cut. Paramore says this is great option for younger patients because there are no needles and the hair stitches don’t require a follow-up appointment: the dried glue will grow out with the hair in about a week to 10 days. All that’s left is to untie the hair and snip the clumps out, easy as that! i
Before and after hair ‘stitches’
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Children and pets should NEVER be left in a vehicle. The temperature inside a car can surpass 100 degrees in just a few short minutes. Exercising and time in the sun should be limited: from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the sun is at its most fierce. Save strenuous activity for early morning or evening. Signs of Heat Exhaustion Very sweaty Feeling weak, tired, giddy, and/or nauseous Elevated body temperature Clammy skin, pale or flushed What to Do Rest in a cool or shaded area, drink an electrolyte beverage such as Gatorade, and avoid carbonated or caffeinated
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beverages. Signs of Heat Stroke Confusion or delirium Fainting or seizures Elevated body temperature Dry and hot skin, often red or blue tinged What to Do Call 911 and request an ambulance immediately. Rest in a cool area; soak in water, or vigorously fan the person. Signs of Heat Syncope (Fainting) Sweaty skin but normal body temperature Temporary loss of consciousness Lacking symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion What to Do Lie down in a cool place; raise legs or lower head to help oxygen flow to the brain. If symptoms continue, seek medical
attention. Signs of Heat Rash Small pink or reddish bumps on the skin Irritation, itchiness, and a “prickly sensation” Occurs when the body’s sweat can’t easily evaporate What to Do Keep the skin as clean and dry as possible to avoid infection. Refresh the body with cool baths and air conditioning and wear loose cotton clothes. Over-the-counter lotions are available to ease symptoms. 5. Drink Smart On hot days, you want something cold to drink. Did you know that drinking a very cold drink in the hot sun can actually lead to stomach cramps? If you are thirsty, you are not well hydrated. Hydrate before exercising, and stop for frequent
water breaks during any outside activities. Sodas are tasty, but along with alcoholic beverages, they will dehydrate you. Drink water to avoid dehydration. Staying hydrated is one of the most important and essential safety tips to remember, so drink up – the smart way! 6. Stay Afloat At the beach, pool, or lake, make sure that you always keep rescue equipment close at hand even if everyone knows how to swim. Things like being stung, catching a cramp, or somehow losing consciousness aren’t planned so never swim alone and always watch others in the water. If someone is drowning, it is important to realize that person is: too busy to scream and their mouth will be sinking, too; they
won’t be able to call out; and they won’t wave for help because their arms are instinctively pushed downwards. Always watch for unfocused eyes, gasping, or hair over the face as drowning warning signs. Drowning victims often have only 20 to 60 seconds before submersion unless rescued. Never leave a child unattended and always be prepared with a long pole with a “shepherd’s hook,” a life preserver, and life jackets close by. Children and anyone who can’t swim should wear life jackets at all times in any water activity. If you can swim, make sure to never swim alone. More Summer Safety www.complianceandsafety. com/safety-tips/summersafety-tips.php. i
Ride Right Ride with the traffic, to the right side of your lane. Always look back, signal, check for traffic before you make any turn or leave your driveway. Stop at all stop signs and lights, too. You are a driver, even on a bike. Yield to Peds Pedestrians get to go first. Yield the right of way, and keep a sharp lookout for danger in every direction at all times just like car drivers do. Allow four feet between you and parked cars. A careless driver could be opening a door in your path. No Road Hogs If you ride with friends, don’t hog the road. Two side-by-side is the limit. If the lane can be safely shared with a car, the law is “single file.” Be courteous to faster traffic. Don’t cause a traffic jam. Let them pass when it’s safe, but hold your lane. BE SEEN If you ride when it’s dark, be safe – BE SEEN. Texas law requires your bicycle to have a white light in front and a reflector in back. Light-colored clothing with reflective patches and reflective wheel strips also help you be seen.
TOP Brazos Valley Cyclists meet weekly to ride: brazoscyclists.org BOTTOM On Longmire and Rock Prairie, bikers must ride outside the bike lane. Cyclists say sharrow markings, pictured right, are needed so cars know to share the road.
Bicycling in College
Station is more than just a recreational activity; it is a way of commuting to work, school, and anywhere in between. The League of American Bicyclists and
the 2010 Census recognize College Station as the city with the largest number of bicycling commuters in Texas with 2.1% of its 44,966 commuting workers over age 16 riding their bicycles to work. College Station is home to 40 miles of bike lanes, 32 miles of bike routes, and 11 miles of multi-use paths. The Greenways Program has put in place many of these features, as it creates
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trails focused on biking and walking, to benefit the local natural environment. “We actually have about 600 acres right now that we have protected since 1999, when the program first started,” Greenways Program Manager Venessa Garza says. “There was a bond that went out to voters to be approved to actually acquire property like this so that it wouldn’t get developed on and
would stay in its natural state. With that, it actually creates the opportunity to go in and add trails so that you, as a citizen, can actually interact with the environment and potentially run along those corridors.” College Station received an honorable mention as a Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists in fall of 2011 in
recognition of improving bicycling through safety education, pro-bicycling policies, and awareness. “We do have some corridors that, depending on where you live, might be easier and a little bit safer to go on the trail instead of on a bike lane adjacent to cars,” Garza says. Despite the accolades, local cyclists say College Station could be more Continued on page 18
Money Matters by Sarah Kinzbach Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) offers a plethora of benefits for Texas residents. From investment management education and family financial planning to financial planning for military personnel and post-retirement investment advising, these services are free of charge. A regulatory agency dealing with securities and investment brokers, inspections and complaints, and criminal enforcement and prosecutions, the TSSB has resources, knowledge, and publications to share with the general public. Families seeking investment and financial management assistance can find online advice in the “Texas Family Guide to Personal Money Management.” For the college and post-grad generation, “It’s Your Financial Life” assists those starting to manage their own finances. Communications Director Robert Elder notes “It’s Your Life” can also offer tips and reminders to financially experienced individuals, as well. Publications are also available specifically for military (both active-duty and veterans) and teachers seeking advice on investment planning, money management, and retirement
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planning. For individuals and families interested in complex investment opportunities, the TSSB also provides help on what to do, what to look out for, and how to avoid fraudulent avenues. Complex and complicated investments include ventures outside the stock market such as oil and gas securities and commodities. The TSSB offers numerous educational publications online at www. TexasInvestorEd. org. The agency’s main publication, ‘’The Texas Investor Protection Guide,’’ offers guidance in avoiding financial fraud and includes tips on researching the backgrounds of investment
professionals and their products. Additionally, the TSSB can provide regulatory background reports on individuals selling securities and offering investment advice. Reports can provide prospective clients with registration verification, work history, education, special certifications, client complaints and resolutions, suspensions, bankruptcies (personal or commercial), and any other pertinent information. It is crucial to find the right adviser or broker when investing and planning your financial security. Classes and seminars are available upon request. Publications and bi-weekly bulletins are available online, and all services offered from the TSSB are free of charge. Investor and financial education information can be found online at www. TexasInvestorEd. org; for news, ongoing criminal investigations, and regulatory report requests, visit www. ssb.state.tx.us. Before investing your precious financial resources, investigate and take advantage of the information at your disposal. i
Share the Ride To create more alternative transportation options, the Texas A&M University Transportation Services Department and Maroon Bikes are partnering together to create a BikeShare system on campus that will launch this fall. The first of its kind, this system will allow members to rent a bike from specific locations across campus. Free membership is available and usage fees will be based on the amount of time the bike is used with a maximum of $2 a day. “It is basically bringing some of the most modern transportation technologies in the world to Texas A&M,” Maroon Bikes Operations Manager Andre Denais says. The fully automated system will feature Maroon Bikes’ new bicycles. To learn more or to sign up to be notified about the start of the program, visit maroonbikes.com/bikeshare.
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bicycle-friendly with the addition of sidewalks and markings where bikes and cars share the road. “I think there could be more sidewalks provided for areas with a higher concentration of bikers,” BCS Bicycles mechanic Colby Maynard says. Unresponsive traffic lights, nonexistent bicycle lanes, and unsafe crossings are all challenges bicyclists say they face on their daily commutes. “Southwest Parkway (from Harvey Mitchell to Texas and beyond) is a bicycle route. There are one or two small signs, but no sharrow markings,” advocacy officer for Brazos Valley Cyclists Jean Marie Linhart says. “Because of the lane configuration, motorists tend to assume bikes are not allowed, and this causes hostility and conflict. We need Share the Road signs and/or sharrows.” Sharrows indicate that lanes are being shared between cars and bicycles with a bicycle symbol
and two white chevrons painted onto the road. “I feel that we have the possibility to be a heck of a lot better,” Linhart says. “If big cities such as New York and Chicago can make the effort to become bike friendly, College Station should sure be able to.” To find out how “bikeable” College Station is for your commute, visit cstx.gov and search the Bikeability Checklist. The Greenways Program offers a map of all bicycle lanes, bicycle routes, and multi-use paths on their website at cstx. gov/csbikemap. A free copy can be obtained through the mail for those who complete the online form. Brazos Valley Cyclists provide safety classes to groups interested in learning how to remain safe on the local roads. More information on these safety classes can be found at brazoscyclists.org or facebook. com/brazosvalleycyclists. i
GREEN LIKE YOU’VE
by Chaney Barton and Stacy Riley
More than two decades ago, a pilot recycling program was launched in the Bryan/College Station area in the hope of diverting from the landfill at least some of 100,000 tons of trash generated annually. It was the beginning of a shift in mindset about both caring for the local environment and conserving resources.
he June 1990 issue of INSITE Magazine focused on the Rock Prairie Landfill, now in the backyard of many south College Station residents. The strategy of the Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency at that time was to buy trash from surrounding counties as a revenue stream, charging more per ton than the cost of burying the trash in the landfill. The only recycling going on in College Station was an ad hoc recycle center that grew out of Café Eccell founders Don and Cheryl Anz decision to recycle glass and aluminum from their restaurant. To encourage others to recycle, the Anz let anyone bring their bottles and cans from home to their parking lot. For their efforts, the city of College Station made the couple fence their recycling center as it grew exponentially, and made them get a permit. Things have changed since then, and not just in recycling. It was the late Eighties when Janis and Robert Atkins opened Brazos Natural Foods, the first retail store to take aim at supplying both green products and organic foods. “There was always a demand, and there was a void to fill,” says Jennifer Atkins, daughter of Janis and Robert. Today, as the buyer for both Village Foods Grocery Store’s naturals line and Brazos Natural Foods, Jennifer is no stranger to the evolution of the local green market, adding, “There still is!” Continued on page 23
AWARD-WINNING ACTOR JEREMY IRONS TALKS TRASH.
TRASHED: It’s Not a Pretty Picture by Jessica Banke
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From space, our planet looks
flawless. Our waters are a deep, rich blue; our continents exhibit lavish terrains in varying shades of browns, yellows, whites, and greens; our clouds float above in scattered ivory-grey blankets; our atmosphere glows a brilliant sapphire hue. At least, such is the scene in the opening to the trailer of the 2012 documentary “Trashed.” Then the camera quickly zooms in to reveal a quite different story about the current state of our earth. Our planet is being covered in and
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consumed by trash. From vast, openair garbage dumps in Lebanon and Indonesia that infect their countries’ waterways and coastlines, to overflowing landfills in the United States, to the massive floating garbage patch in the Pacific ocean, to malformed fetuses in a Vietnamese hospital caused by dioxins (chemicals emitted from waste-toenergy plants), “Trashed” zooms in on environmental and health problems caused by global waste. As Oscar award-winning actor and film narrator Jeremy Irons puts it: “It’s a
case of out of sight, out of mind. It’s only when we look more closely that we start to see the results of our consumption.” Some may be surprised to find Irons in a documentary about trash. Many know him as the voice of Scar from “The Lion King” or as Pope Alexander VI in his current Showtime series, “The Borgias.” Garbage activist is another of Irons’ current roles. In an interview with The Guardian in his native U.K., Irons discusses his decision to travel the globe to reveal the problems caused by mass waste, discloses
his propensity for hope, and shares some valuable tips on how everyday people can help. When asked why he chose to do a film about garbage, in lieu of the countless other environmental problems, Irons says: “I wanted to help create a film on a subject of real social importance. [Director] Candida Brady and I talked over various possible subjects, but none, we felt, compared with the problem of waste, which affects us all, and which, despite all the evidence and research
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San Francisco Waste Diversion: Future Target: ZERO WASTE by 2020 Current Initiatives: Mandatory recycling and composting laws (all residents and businesses must separate recyclable and compostable materials into separate bins). They accept more materials for recycling than most cities invested in the infrastructure to sort it, and encourage source reduction and reuse. Short and Long Term Plans: The city’s biggest remaining fraction of waste is food waste. Bag Ban: Yes – since 2011.
Austin Waste Diversion: Future Target: ZERO WASTE by 2040 Current Initiatives: Widely encourage recycling and sorting is not required. Short and Long Term Plans:
to-door recycling services. Short and Long Term Plans: Continue to grow tonnage and offer expanded recycling services. Bag Ban: No; no plans to do so.
Continue zero waste agenda. Bag Ban: Yes – March 2013. College Station Waste Diversion: Future Target: Increase 5-10% per year Current Initiatives: Offers curbside recycling and various programs throughout the year. Short and Long Term Plans: Recycling progress is assessed quarterly. CS Recycling plans to advertise more (commercial and residential); sign up at Brazos Valley Earth Day. Bag Ban: No; and no future plans to do so.
Bryan Waste Diversion: Future Target: 2% increase each year. Five-year goal to expanded recycling services. Current Initiatives: A recycling drop off facility is located on Briarcrest Dr. The City of Bryan has issued permits to multiple recyclers that can provide door-
Texas A&M Waste Diversion: Future Target: To continue increasing that number. Current Initiatives: There are numerous recycling bins located throughout campus, making it easy and convenient to recycle. Short and Long Term Plans: The university has short-term plans to distribute even more recycling collection containers throughout campus, and future plans to develop programs related to green purchasing, compostable product packaging, intra-campus re-use of materials, and waste minimization programs. Bag Ban: No; but the Office of Sustainability provides free reusable bags at various campus events. i
Where is the Brazos Valley in the Recycling Game?
National > State > Local
U.S. Recycling Average:
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available, is not being seriously faced. “Sidon [in Lebanon, south of Beirut] showed me what happens if you do nothing. [The film shows a huge rubbish dump on the beach.] Iceland and France’s experience of [Waste-to-Energy plants] was a real eye-opener for me. [Ash from a European incinerator was found to have dioxin levels comparable to those in Agent Orange, a dangerous chemical compound used in the Vietnam War. Vietnam estimates that 400,000 people were killed or maimed, and 500,000 children were born with birth defects as a result.] The danger of dioxins in our
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environment, our food chain, and our bodies is difficult to illustrate since they are not visible to the naked eye, [but] my time in Vietnam allowed me to see the result of large quantities of them, and therefore understand better the insidiousness of the smaller quantities that have found their way into our lives and bodies.” In a study cited in the film, a staggering 100% of babies even in the U.S. were found to have at least very low levels of chlorinated dioxins present in their bodies at birth. In a 2005 study by the Environmental Working Group, 287 commercial chemicals, pesticides, and pollutants were found in the umbilical cord blood of all 10 newborn infants that were randomly selected by the Red Cross from U.S. hospitals. Irons’ film does highlight some places that are “doing it right.” Irons says: “There are wonderful things happening all around the world. From Nova Scotia to Kerala, Bristol to Melbourne, and even in the Philippines, zero waste is on the agenda. San Francisco [dubbed America’s greenest city, as it diverts 80% of its waste
from landfill or W-E plants] gave me enormous hope that, if the will is there, then these problems can be dealt with, and in a commercially profitable way.” So what can we, as individual consumers on the local level, do about the waste problem? Aside from the obvious advice to simply recycle, Irons recommends: “I would like [everybody] to discover how their local council deals with their waste. I would like them to lobby their MPs for legislation designed to cut waste and to regulate the production of packaging. I would like them to use their ingenuity to discover how they can reduce waste both at home and in their workplace. I would like everybody to give a good shopping bag to at least one person this Christmas. And I would like them to tell their friends to see Trashed.” “Trashed” is 98 minutes long and was first screened in the U.S. on December 14, 2012. The DVD release date was April 22. To stream the film for personal use, request a public screening, or for more information, go to http://www. trashedfilm.com. i
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January - December Saturdays 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the corner of Texas Avenue and William J. Bryan Parkway in Bryan; Wednesdays 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Village Foods Shopping Center parking lot June - August Wednesdays 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at America’s Country Store, 14675 Wellborn Road, Downtown Wellborn Become a Vendor Apply: brazosvalleyfarmersmarket.com.
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The term “green” is confusing – and hyped. Jennifer explains: “It should refer to that which is mindful of ecology, of living in a biodynamic manner, of living in harmony with Earth systems, including ourselves.” In the early Eighties, “people started [green] companies because they believed it was their responsibility to live in harmony with the ecology of the planet and others who live on it,” says Jennifer. Now, some companies see green only as a marketing opportunity. To sort out the green from the hype, Jennifer points to a business’ commitment to an educated staff. “Trained staff are there partly to offer education to customers…also, to screen and assess the products carried in the first place, and that is a constant job.” Brazos Natural Foods is a dedicated store, meaning that it offers natural products sold by a trained staff. Village Foods carries traditional grocery products, but also offers environmentally friendly products and foods, and employs two managers dedicated to naturals: one in foods and the other in personal care and supplements. Having green products on the shelves at bigbox stores has helped increase awareness of available eco-friendly products, but as a consumer, it is up to you to do the research to separate eco-green from cash-register green. From buying trash as a market strategy in 1990, BVSWMA now sponsors an array of recycling efforts including twice-yearly Household Hazardous Waste Collection days. College Station is currently diverting the national average of 35% of trash from the landfill; Bryan recycles 2% of solid waste. Private businesses have sprung up in the local marketplace offering everything from recycling services to solar panels. This year’s Earth Day at Wolf Pen Creek attracted 4,000 visitors to more than 60 vendors set up to educate the Brazos Valley about what green means: around the house, in the yard, at the office and throughout our communities. From energy savings around your home to keeping pharmaceuticals out of the trash and water supply, let the following resource list be your guide to going green like you’ve never seen in 2013. i
According to the Environmental Working Group (www.ewg. org) eating just one fewer burgers a week for a year has the same energy impact of taking your car off the road for 320 miles or line-drying your clothes half the time. If a family of four skips meat and cheese one day a week for a year, it’s like taking your car off the road for five weeks or shortening everyone’s daily shower by three minutes; skipping steaks one day a week for a year is like your car off the road for almost three months. i
S ave V irg in T rees F rom the To i l et If every U.S. household replaced one four-pack of 300-sheet virgin fiber toilet paper with 100% recycled toilet paper, 1.6 million cubic feet of landfill space would be saved; replacing a 12-pack would save 2,000,000 trees. Source: Seventh Generation, a company that sells environmentally friendly household products. i
Green Like You’ve Never Seen facts and resources compiled by Chaney Barton and Stacy Riley. For a detailed list of business and city sources for green products and services in the Brazos Valley, go to InsiteBrazosValley.com. PHOTO BY ROBERT SEBREE PHOTOGRAPHY
C l ean Green
| EARINGS BY SMART GLASS JEWELRY
Replacing one natural alternative to commercial household cleaning products saves money at the checkout counter, keeps toxic chemicals out of your house and prevents damage to the environment. Eartheasy.com offers these inexpensive but effective cleaning alternatives to use alone or in combination with one another. All-Purpose Cleaner Mix ½ cup of vinegar and ¼ cup of baking soda (or 2 teaspoons of borax) into ½ gallon (or 2 liters) water. Removes water stains on showers, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, and mirrors. Bathroom Mold Cleaner One part hydrogen peroxide (3%) and two parts water in a spray bottle. Spray on areas with mold and leave for at least one hour before rinsing Drain Cleaner Pour ½ cup baking soda down the drain then ½ cup of vinegar. After 15 minutes, pour in boiling water to clear residue. Do not use on plastic pipes; only for metal plumbing. Do not use method after trying a commercial drain cleaner – the vinegar can react with other chemicals and cause toxic fumes. Toilet Bowl Mix ¼ cup baking soda and 1-cup vinegar and pour into bowl. Let stand for a few minutes then scrub with brush and flush. Or, use two parts borax and one part lemon juice, scrub and flush. i click www.insitebrazosvalley.com
Did You Know? A dripping faucet can leak up to 180 gallons a month, while a leaky toilet loses up to 90,000 gallons of water in a month. Check faucets and save money. WATER CONSERVATION TIPS Shower Install inexpensive low-flow showerheads on all showers. Take quick showers; get wet, turn off water, soap and scrub, turn on water to rinse. Don’t shave in the shower. Washing Machine Replace older machines with front-load models, which use ⅓ less water than top load machines. Wait until you have a full load before you wash clothes. Wash all clothes in cold water. Toilet Install 1.6 gallon, low-flow toilets. If a new toilet isn’t an option, use a water displacement bag in the tank to reduce amount of water 24
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According to Associated Press, more than 100 different pharmaceuticals have been detected in lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and streams throughout the world. Flushing unused medicines can harm good bacteria that break down waste in treatment plants. To dispose of unwanted, unused medications, including controlled substances, a 24-hour drop-box is located in the front office of the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office at 1700 Highway 21 West, Bryan. i
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I t ta k es H OW MUC H water to m a k e that ? Match the items in column A with the amount of water it takes to manufacture the common products. A 1 pair of jeans 1 gallon of milk 1 cotton T-shirt 1 lb. of chocolate 1 disposable plastic bottle of water
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B 880 gallons of water 1.85 gallons of water 1,800 gallons of water 713 gallons of water 3,170 gallons of water
Answer Key: 1 pair of jeans = 1,800 gallons 1 gallon of milk = 880 gallons 1 cotton T-shirt = 713 gallons 1 lb. of chocolate = 3,170 gallons 1 disposable plastic bottle of water = 1.85 gallons Source: The Texas A&M University Office of Sustainability
Outside the Box If all the moving boxes used last year in the United States were thrown away, it would encompass 113,267,000 cubic feet of landfill, and we would have used 21,318,000 trees, 35,110,746,000 gallons of water and 4,477,000 barrels of oil to produce them. 1/8” Matters Changing return air filters on a monthly basis increases the efficiency of heating and cooling units. Only 1/8 inch of dust accumulated on coils can reduce efficiency of a unit by 10% or more. Smart Water As a member of Water IQ (www.wateriq.org), the College Station Water Services Department provides high-quality recycled water to irrigate athletic fields at Veteran’s Park & Athletic Complex. Green Golf City of Bryan Water Services Department has provided reclaimed water – wastewater that has been treated to remove solids and impurities – to the Traditions Golf Course since 2003 reducing the demand placed on drinking water. From 2003 to 2012, the City of Bryan delivered 516 million gallons to the golf course. i
H arvest B l u e Grow Green E x hibit The Brazos County Master Gardeners will bring the Harvest Blue Grow Green Exhibit to the Brazos Valley Fair this September. The exhibit will feature local experts in water conservation, irrigation systems, and ways to garden including how to conserve water. Learn about the “40 Gallon Challenge” and commit to saving 40 gallons of water each day for 30 days, which adds up to more than 1,000 gallons per month in conserved water. Master Gardener Kayron Dube is project leader and explains, “Water is a very valuable natural resource. Water usage has gone up tremendously in the past 10 Continued on page 26
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years, and we need to be conscious of protecting and replenishing our water supply.â€? With local and national aquifers depleting at staggering rates, learning conservation techniques is vital. Over a 108-year period from 1900 to 2008, the historical average consumption was 9.2 cubic kilometers per year. That figure has jumped to as much as 25 cubic kilometers per year average over the eight-year period from 2000 to 2008. The exhibit is designed to show how easy, and important, it is to get involved in local water conservation. A childrenâ€™s area with games and contests will also be part of the exhibit. To take the 40 Gallon Challenge, visit www.40gallonchallenge.org. i WHAT Harvest Blue Grow Green Exhibit
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WHERE On display during the Brazos Valley Fair Brazos County Expo Complex 5827 Leonard Rd, Bryan
WHEN September 5-8 For more information: Brazos County Office of AgriLife Extension; (979) 823-0129
Don’t Take the Trash Out
by Chelsey Cox
How to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle in B/CS
Recycling in Bryan/ College Station has become more than just separating your paper from your metal and your plastic from your glass. These items are just the beginning to the clothing, furniture, and other materials that can all be recycled in the B/CS area.
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Reduce The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Bryan provides funding for Habitat for Humanity to build houses for local low-income families. The resale shop accepts and sells products used to build and decorate a home or business. “The donations we take in are almost always stuff that people would have otherwise put out on the curb or given away or thrown away in the trash, and it’s perfectly useable stuff,” Jason Schulke, director of operations at ReStore says. “We have really high-quality items that we accept here, and so we divert thousands and thousands of pounds of waste from the landfills every year. That goes back into people’s homes that need furniture or something to fix their home.” Reuse Resale shops recycle items for a good cause. Hospice Brazos Valley offers the Hospice Thrift Store in Bryan and the Hospice Boutique in Brenham recycling most household items with proceeds directly benefitting the care offered through Hospice Brazos Valley. “We really try to be good community partners for our whole community,” Christine McDonald, community liaison for Hospice Brazos Valley says. “We don’t want to be a oneway street. We want to give as
much as we receive.” Any clothing not put on the selling floor at either location gets sent to Western Recyclers in Houston and gets recycled into rags. Other local resale shops accepting donations from the public include the Salvation Army, Goodwill, St. Vincent de Paul, and the collection of Twin City Mission Stores. These stores include Alice’s Attic and two separate Second Chance stores within the B/CS area. Recycle College Station offers curbside recycling to its residents in single-family homes, duplexes, and most fourplexes at no additional cost to garbage collection rates. Two local businesses have been approved for multi-family and commercial recycling, including apartments, condos, most sorority houses, and most fraternity houses. Brazos Valley Trash Valet and Recycling, and Brazos Valley Recycling offer these services with additional payment required. Bryan offers a drive-in recycling location in the Super Wal-Mart parking lot. This location accepts the regular recyclable materials, along with cell phones, e-waste, and tires. For those in Bryan and outside city limits, Brazos Valley Trash Valet and
Recycling offers recycling to single-family residents, commercial businesses, apartments, and condos. “We saw a need in the community for recycling and for entities that didn’t have an easy way to recycle,” Ron Fox, co-owner of BVTV&R says. “Outside the city limits and throughout Bryan, there isn’t an easy way to recycle.” BVTV&R also offers a trash valet system that includes complimentary recycling as an amenity for apartment complexes. “Each unit will put out their trash and our guys will relocate that trash to the apartment’s dumpsters and compacters,” Fox says. “We always throw in a complimentary recycling program with those and that would be one night a week when we’re already there doing the trash valet.” Brazos Valley Recycling offers construction, commercial, organics, and residential drop-off recycling for those throughout the area, helping to recycle more than 220 tons per day. Some specialty recycling services in B/CS include recycling rechargeable batteries and oil at the Bryan Drive-In Recycling Center. Oil can also be recycled through the City of College Station’s Used Motor Oil and Filter Recycling Center.
Shredded paper and food waste are accepted by Brazos Valley Recycling and Texas A&M University also accepts shredded paper from anyone on-campus. Recyclable batteries can be taken to the Twin Oaks Landfill Household Hazardous Waste and Computer Collection Event held twice a year. The next event will be October 12 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Texas A&M University Services building.
The easiest way for residents to find local recycling options is through the MyWaste App that can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store. This app allows residents to enter their address and find the collection schedule for their area, recycling collection requirements, and to report illegal disposal practices. For a complete list of recycling locations, visit InsiteBrazosValley.com
Buildings that breathe
The Langford Architectural Building on the Texas A&M University campus is going green for energy conservation and research. Students along with professors have begun to create a “green roof” atop the building in order to understand and utilize energy conservation by Stacy Riley techniques, while also studying climate and horticulture. The concept of a green roof is not limited to this particular building, and anyone, whether a homeowner, entrepreneur, or both, has the ability to create a green roof to reap the energy conservation benefits. “Everybody with some interest in gardening can try to build their own green roof on the garden shed and/or add a green wall…choose plant species that are drought tolerant or provide the plants with irrigation,” explains Astrid Volder, a professor from the Department of Horticultural Sciences and one of the lead professors on the project. While the Langford Building project is research based, Volder along with Don Conlee from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences and Bruce Dvorak from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, hope to both bring the benefits of green roofs to the building and offer an example of what others can do in the Bryan/College Station area. Green roofs can provide buildings with a cost-effective insulating effect by lowering rooftop temperatures. “I think that developers and commercial
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businesses across Bryan/College Station are interested in the moneysaving aspect, plus it is does conserve energy, so I think that there is a lot of potential for green roofs to work outside of campus,” says Kirk Laminack, a horticulture graduate student who is also involved in managing the project. Besides conserving energy, green roofs reduce the volume of storm water runoff in urban areas as they recycle rainfall back into the atmosphere through evapotranspiration. “The plants slow water run-off by at least 50% or more, which can prevent flooding,” notes Dvorak. In addition to the roof, the Langford project also includes a green wall that “shades the wall and prevents heat from entering the inside of the building and therefore conserves energy,” explains Dvorak. It is another piece of the project and will generate more research data. Green walls are a concept that could potentially be used for commercial and residential locations as energy-saving techniques that also improve the visual and aesthetic value of a wall. “The green roof project will give us a better understanding of our microclimate and the ways we can conserve energy on campus,” says Dvorak. Eventually, the project may expand beyond the Langford Building. “There have been other proposals for more green roofs on campus, but it has been a matter of cost and maintenance,” explains Dvorak, who hopes to prove that the cost and maintenance is small considering the benefits. For more information about the benefits of a green roof, visit http://faculty. arch.tamu.edu/bdvorak For more information on the green roof project and how you can implement these ideas at your home or business, visit http://tamugreenroof. wordpress.com. i
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Robert Sebree Robert Sebree Photography, Los Angeles sebreephoto.com Texas A&M > New York City > Los Angeles “The day I graduated [Texas A&M University Class of ’82], rather than walking across the stage I photographed my friends crossing the stage. Then I got on a plane to New York City, put my stuff in a locker in Grand Central, and spent the night sitting on a park bench bordering Central Park. The second day, I found an apartment and an ad for a photographer for Photo District News looking for a full-time assistant. I called at 4:15 p.m. They told me to be there by five – from the Upper West Side down 68 blocks and across town to East 23rd. I dropped the pay phone and just started to run through the crowds and the pounding rain and knock on the door at five. A guy opens the door and I tell him I’m there for the interview. When he realizes I ran, he closes the door and leaves me standing in the rain. When he finally comes back he says, ‘You’re hired. Be here Monday at 8 a.m.’” After a year of assisting and meeting some of his idols like Richard Avedon, Sebree visited Los Angeles and decided
Behind the Scenes of Green by Angelique Gammon to trade his 6’x8’ NYC apartment for palm trees and beaches. “I shoot people,” says Sebree, “with a strong representation in film and music.” He first found success in the music industry working with Janet Jackson, Van Halen, Tom Petty, Michael Jackson and others. That work eventually bled into film and television. He regularly shoots campaigns for the major television and movie studios. His advertising clients include Coca Cola, Delta, Hewlett Packard, Sony
and Kohl’s. Why shoot for INSITE? “It is perhaps the most important topic facing humans today and one of the easiest to ignore – our own inability to treat our planet in a sustainable manner will get us before the zombies do. “I also did it because I could. I always try to shoot for myself between campaigns with rigid needs; these are the projects I enjoy the most because I can put together the team I want. The more I get paid, the more they can tell me what to do. On this I get to play. The beautiful thing about editorial work is I control casting, hair, makeup, wardrobe, set, post...
everything. Editorial is total freedom.” Julia Perry Julia Perry Style, Los Angeles juliaperrystyle.com As a stylist, Julia Perry first comes up with a wardrobe concept and direction for a photo shoot, and then she goes shopping. “We pull from PR firms and designers directly, a variety of different places, and put it together to create a look,” says Perry. “This was a first, definitely, because I couldn’t just make that phone call, I had to put my thinking cap on. Paper is not as forgiving as fabric! “Cindee Morby and I work really well together as a team. We bounced ideas off each other and began the process of cutting, folding and creating this newspaper dress until the pieces came
together - literally! Her design expertise was truly a valuable asset to the creative process.” Another first: fitting the dress on the model with staples and tape. Perry says the shoes, by Gasoline Glamour, really inspired the dress: they feature the designer’s family photos. Made of recycled glass, the earrings, ring and cuff featured on the cover are also by Gasoline Glamour (gasolineglamour. com). The blue glass earrings on page 23 are also made of recycled glass and are by Smart Glass Jewelry (smartglassjewelry.com) “It was a lot of fun, and interesting working with paper. From when it was on the dress form and then transformed into being worn – it was a wonderful moment when it worked!” i click www.insitebrazosvalley.com
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Dealer’s Lighting Center . . . . . . . . . . page 19 (979) 775-1697 DealersElectrical.com
Bailey Health & Wellness Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 25 (979) 776-0072 BaileyHWC.com
Salvation Army . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 6 (979) 361-0618 Bryan_tx@uss.salvationarmy.org
Element Retirement & I nvestment Consultants . . . . . . . . . . . page 17 (979) 693-3742 Elementconsultants.com
Schlitterbahn Water Park . . . . . . . . . . page 2 (830) 625-2351 Schlitterbahn.com
Blue Baker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 11 (979) 696-5055 Bluebaker.com
The Family Montessori of B/CS . . . . . page 12 (512) 762-3338 TheFamilyMontessori.com
Specialties Photography . . . . . . . . . page 34 (979) 696-9898 Specialphoto.com
Brazos Natural Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . page 31 (979) 846-4459 Brazosnaturalfoods.com Brazos Spine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 8 (979) 693-1815 Brazosspine.com Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 13 (979) 776-2195 Brazosvalleymuseum.org Buppy’s Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 36 (979) 779-6417 Buppys.com Chapman’s Paint Company . . . . . . . page 26 (979) 776-8191 Chapmanspaint.com City of College Station Water Conservation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 31 (979) 764-6223 Cstx.gov/water Clark Isenhour Real Estate Services, LLC . . . . . . . . . page 16 (979) 268-6840 clarkisenhour.com
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Habitat for Humanity Restore . . . . . page 26 (979) 775-8122, Shop. (979) 822-7200, Donate. Habitatbcs.org Holley’s Window Fashions & Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 27 (979) 690-8889 HolleysWindowFashions.com Merry Maids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 12 (979) 595-1111 Merrymaids.com Messina Hof Winery & Resort . . . . . page 18 (979) 778-9463 Messinahof.com MSC OPAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 4 (979) 845-1234 MSCOPAS.org Painting with a Twist . . . . . . . . . . page 3, 32 (979) 485-9838 Paintingwithatwist.com/college-station Primrose Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 5 (979) 485-9876 Primrosecollegestation.com
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DINING / CATERING / VENUES Amico Nave Ristorante, www.amiconave.
com, 203 E. Villa Maria Rd., Bryan (979) 703-1953. Amico Nave is a family-owned restaurant offering a mix of traditional and modern Italian dishes. M-F 11am-10pm, Sa 5-10pm
Benjamin Knox Wine Depot & Event Rental, www.BenjaminKnox.com, 405
University Dr East, CS (979)696-5669. Enjoy Happy Hour 5-7pm everyday. Thursday’s Wine & Food Paring with Chef Tai Mobile Bistro also features live music. Try new wines by the glass every week plus live music on Friday. Ask about our Event Rentals. M-F 12noon- 8pm, Th-Sat 12noon-12am
Blue Baker, www.bluebaker.com, 800 University
Dr, CS (979)268-3096; 201 Dominik, CS (979)696-5055. Blue Baker is an artisan bakery and café featuring breads baked from scratch, pastries, sandwiches, soup, fresh tossed salads and brick-oven pizzas. Try some cookies for the perfect finish! Open daily 7am-10pm
Buppy’s Catering, www.Buppys.com, 506 Sulphur Springs, Bryan (979)779-6417. Any food. Anytime. Buppy’s feeds people - Dine at Buppy’s and let them cater your events. China, linen, table and chair rentals for on-site catering or use Buppy’s private Party Room. Lunch buffet Tu-F 10:30am-6pm, closed Monday. Dinner buffet, First Friday of each month, 5pm-8:30pm Café Eccell, www.cafeeccell.com, 101 Church Ave, CS, (979)846-7908. Café Eccell is a pizza and wine bistro located in College Station’s Old City Hall that offers wood fired pizza, fresh seafood and more! Lunch M-Th 11am-2pm; F&Su 11am-5pm; Sa 12noon-5pm; Dinner M-Su 5-10pm Caffe Capri Italian Restaurant, www.
Christopher’s World Grille, www.
christophersworldgrille.com, 5001 Boonville Rd, Bryan (979)776-2181. A trip to Christopher’s World Grille, in the historic Andrews House in Bryan, is a fine dining experience that can best be described as food with Mediterranean, Italian, coastal French, and South Pacific influences with a touch of Louisiana thrown in. Lunch M-Su 11am-2pm; Dinner Su-Th 5-9pm; F-Sa 5-10pm
The Clary House, www.theclaryhouse.com, 601
East 30th St., Bryan, (979)703-7916. Southern hospitality since 1902. Choose from four distinct suites to make you feel relaxed and pampered. Personal coffee bar and business center. Just one mile from Bryan’s historic downtown and five miles from the Texas A&M campus. Perfect for special occasions. Promising to make your visit memorable with a leisurely stay.
The Lemon Wedge, www.the-lemonwedge.com,
308 N Main St, Bryan (979)703-4052. The Lemon Wedge is an elegant, upscale neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of downtown Bryan, serving fresh steak, seafood and spirits. Offering a wonderful selection of USDA prime steak and seafood dishes, as well as classical American favorites and great cocktails. The perfect place for couples, groups and families! Tu-Th 10:30am-9pm; F-Sa 10:30am-10pm; Su 9-11am omelet bar/ 11am2:30pm Brunch
Messina Hof Winery & Resort, http://
www.messinahof.com/index_main.php, 4545 Old Reliance Rd, Bryan, (979)778-9463. Messina Hof is a Texas vineyard established in 1977. Kick back and enjoy the winery as well as the estate. On the estate is a Vintage House restaurant that offers fine dining and fresh vineyard cuisine. Attached to the guest center is the wine bar that offers an intimate, romantic setting with customized wine. Tours and wine tastings are offered 7 days a week. The Villa Bed & Breakfast offers a night of luxury. Designer events perfect for special occasions. Check out the calendar of events for classes, seminars, dinners and more.
theplaceforitalian.com, 222 N Main St, Bryan (979)8222675. This award winning downtown restaurant has been serving creative and reasonably priced Italian dishes for 15 years. Enjoy their art deco interior, local art display and upbeat atmosphere. Lunch M-F 11am-2pm; Dinner M-Th 6pm-9pm; F-Sa 5pm-9pm
Readfield Meats & Deli, www. readfieldmeats.com, 2701 S. Texas Ave, Bryan (979) 822-1594. Readfield Meats& Deli is a gourmet meat and deli store carrying imported Italian goods, grocery items, frozen delights, and even paper goods. M-F 8am-6pm, Sa 8am-4pm
Casa Rodriguez, www.casarod.com, 300 N
The Republic, www.therepublic1836.com, 701 University Dr E, CS (979)260-4120. Recently receiving the designation of AAA four diamond steak house, The Republic offers a variety of gourmet steak options, seafood, wine, and whiskey. Their focus is on the use of fine, locally grown foods and simple Texas cooking in an elegant setting. M-Sa 5-10pm
Bryan Ave, Bryan (979)779-0916. Casa Rodriguez has been serving Bryan and College Station for more than 30 years. Their menu consists of traditional Mexican food recipes that have kept the locals and visitors coming back for more. M 11am-2pm; Tu-Th 7am-9pm; F 7am-9:30pm; Sa 8am-9:30pm; Su 8am-8pm
Cenare Restaurant, www.gotocenare.com,
404 University Dr E, CS (979)696-7311. Cenare offers a variety of authentic Italian cuisine and beautifully presented dishes. Whether you are looking for an intimate evening, a nice place for the entire family or a place to host your next event, Cenare is a great choice. M-F 11am-2pm; M-Th 5-9:30pm; F-Sa 5-10pm
The Tap, www.tapbcs.com, 815 Harvey Rd, CS, (979)696-5570. The Tap is a former train depot transformed into a sports bar and restaurant. This local favorite has more than 30 TVs, darts, pool tables, NTN trivia, dominoes, two huge porches, occasional live music specials, burgers, sandwiches, and free peanuts. M-Sa 11am-2pm
Chef Tai’s Mobile Bistro, www.cheftai.com,
Truman Chocolates, www.trumanchocolates.
check website for daily locations and hours (979) 2683251. Chef Tai’s Mobile Bistro is America’s Favorite Food Truck serving a blend of globally inspired cuisine.
Chocolate Gallery, www.bcschocolategallery.
com, 211 N. Main St., Bryan (979) 779-2804. The Chocolate Gallery provides premium pastries and chocolate as well as showcase the art of pastry and confections through education and experience. Tu-Th 10am-8pm, F-Sa 10am-9pm
com, 4407 S Texas Ave, Bryan (979)260-4519. Choose from signature series boxes or customize your own. Numerous flavors to choose from. Made on site by well-trained staff. Perfect to leave a lasting impression for any event! Open M-F 10am-6pm; Sa 10am-3pm; Closed on Sunday
Veritas, www.veritaswineandbistro.com, 830 University Dr, Suite 400, CS (979)268-3251. Classically trained chefs offer creative cuisine in a casual, contemporary setting. Veritas embraces usage of organic
and local produce, wild caught seafood flown in directly from the source, as well as poultry and meat raised naturally. Highly-trained associates and wine stewards can guide you through an award-winning wine list, which has garnered Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence (2007-2010). Lunch M-F 11am-2pm; Dinner M-Th & Sun 5:30pm-9:30pm, Sat 5:30pm-10pm
ENTERTAINMENT & ATTRACTIONS Brazos Bingo, www.BrazosBingo.com, 1805 Briarcrest Dr across from Bryan High, Bryan (979)7760999. For charity bingo at its best, Brazos Bingo has family nights, Aggie nights, and an enclosed, nonsmoking section. Enjoy great food at great prices at the Brazos City Grill or call about the party room - great for business events. Brazos Bingo supports the following charities: Elks Lodge #859, Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, St. Joseph Church, and Bubba Moore Memorial Group, Inc. Open 7 days a week. Downtown Uncorked, Follow on Facebook, 206 W 26th St, Bryan (979)823-4837. Join them for Women Gone Wine Wednesdays, Half Price Bottle Thursdays, Friday Night Flights. Where adults go... Life’s fast. Uncork. Sip slow. Revolution Cafe & Bar, 211 Main St, Bryan,
(979)823-4837. An eclectic coffee shop with a laid back, cool atmosphere, live music and great drink specials. Full bar, premium coffees, gourmet Panini and a large patio. Poetry open mic every Sunday, pub quiz trivia night every Monday, open mic every Wednesday.
DINING / SHOPPING Mad Hatter’s Tea Room,
www.madhatterstearoom.com, 210 S. Echols, Caldwell (979) 567-3504. The Mad Hatter’s cozy eatery provides tantalizing treats and generous portions bursting with flavor, a unique selection of gift items, gourmet coffees, and specialty teas. Open for breakfast and lunch and special events by appointment. W-Sa 8am-5pm
Mas Fajitas, www.masfajitas.com, 305 SH 36 S, Caldwell (979) 567-4007. Mas Fajitas Mexican Restaurant Pride is committed to serving great quality food & drinks with excellent service at a reasonable price. M-Su 7am-9pm Washington County
DINING / CATERING Funky Art Café & Coffee Bar, 202 W Commerce St, Brenham (979)836-5220. Delicious and different, Funky Art Café in Brenham offers enticing entrees to please the palate. Or choose a sandwich or savory soup before shopping in its companion retail shop, The Pomegranate, to find trinkets, gift ideas and kitchen gadgets. M-Fr 11am-2pm; Sa 11am-3pm Southern Flyer Diner, www. brenhammunicipalairport.com, 3001 Aviation Way, Brenham (979) 836-5462. Southern Flyer is an American diner with everything made from scratch and winner of multiple “Best of the Best” awards. M-Su 11am-3pm Listings provided as a service. Insite is not responsible for errors or omissions. For menus, maps and directions, visit InsiteBrazosValley.com/eats-and-treats
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