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SHAWN MICHAEL HANEY /// PRESIDENT & CEO
When I think back to my 12th birthday, it didn't seem especially signiﬁcant. Still, at some point in history, 12 has become a somewhat popular number. You might even say it is signiﬁcant. There are 12 hours in a day, 12 months in a year, there were 12 apostles – 12 in a dozen... Yet, even though my 12th birthday didn't compare to the milestones of turning 13 21 or 30, it is deﬁnitely something special for BSCENE. The magazine that started in a workroom over my parents' garage is now entering year 12 in the East Texas community. Kelly and I couldn't be more excited to kick off the year with some of the biggest changes in BSCENE history! We can't think of a better way to start the New Year, New You issue than premiering the new and improved magazine, in true BSCENE fashion. While everyone else was hard at work for the winter holidays, BSCENE was already into the new year. In fact, since November we have all been hard at work producing all the amazing stories, fashion spreads and event coverage that have become synonymous with the magazine. This issue, check out Dean Fearing's latest column about his recent run-in with “Top Chef,” the Texas edition. Also, read how weather can make you sick or grouchy in our story on S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder). And be sure to scope out the amazing new fashion section with some Tyler models you might recognize! And of course, our January issue always features layouts of the biggest events, including the Mistletoe & Magic Preview Party. The photos
from the event show just how supportive we East Texans are of our charities – and we have fun doing it too! Of course it wouldn't be our January issue without some wild cards. You know, every year we try to do something so fresh, so transformative – so crazy – at BSCENE to try and keep up with the amazing pace set by you, our readers. For years Kelly and I have wanted to make BSCENE even more timely and current within the community. After months of planning, and years of dreaming of a goal … the day is ﬁnally here. BSCENE Magazine is going monthly! What better way to kickoff 2012 than with 12 issues of BSCENE for the year! Not only will the content remain innovative and stay more topical each month in the magazine, but 12 issues means more opportunities for you to BSCENE. Whether it's advertising or event coverage, 12 issues means twice the opportunities for potential advertisers, and twice the chance you might bump into one of our photographers at an event. So, look for us when you are out. You never know, maybe this is your year to BSCENE!
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WILLIAM KNOUS /// MANAGING EDITOR
Not six, seven! Seven chipmunks on a branch, eating sunflowers at my uncle's ranch... SEVEN! Some of the more high-minded, literarytype readers of BSCENE will recognize the above quote from the cinematic classic, “There's Something About Mary.” Well, maybe “classic” is too strong of a word, but it's still a pretty great movie – despite the fact that it's utterly insane. You know what else is insane? How about the fact that this is my seventh year with BSCENE Magazine! Seven! And just like that movie, it's been a pretty wild ride, well, not quite as wild, but we're getting there. I honestly have no idea where the time goes. It seems like just a week ago I was wandering around the office, trying to figure out where we kept the extra pens and Post-It ® notes. I still can never find the Post-It® notes, but I've gotten a bit more comfortable around our offices and with my coworkers. We've got such a great team, and everyone is incredibly excited about everything we have coming up in the New Year. In keeping with that theme, the January/ February issue of BSCENE is usually my favorite – and for very selfish reasons. It's right after Christmas, and I get to try out a bunch of new toys, new stories, sections, layouts, styles, typography ... you know, all that nerdy stuff. Most readers won't ever notice it – but they might stop on an ad or read a story and be attracted to something without realizing it. (Got you!) Part of what I love about working on a magazine is the constant evolution of the product. Shawn and Kelly do a great job of
pushing everyone creatively, to expand what BSCENE is. Everything, from how we direct our photography to the fonts we use, is up for debate and eligible for improvements. We might misfire from time-to-time, but that is bound to happen when you're trying to innovate. I mean, remember New Coke? That didn't do too well, but I'm pretty sure Coca Cola learned and got better because of it. Regardless, the important thing is that the boundaries of what BSCENE can be are pressed forward – and that's really the best goal we can strive for, daily. As Shawn is fond of saying, If you're not growing, you're dying. I read magazines fanatically – dozens each month. So, I'm always picking out ideas and inspiration from GQ Magazine or Lucky Magazine or even O Magazine. With the New Year, New You issue; I'm able to put those plans into action. We've launched entire sections, new features and even changed the physical size of BSCENE during this issue before. And, as you flip through these pages I hope you'll enjoy some of the changes we've incorporated this time, as well. Maybe you'll be inspired. But, on second thought, let's not spread the word about how often I read O.
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Just wanted to say a huge "THANK YOU" to you and the BSCENE staff for your wonderful and encouraging words in the Nov/Dec issue of BSCENE. The story has not only been a huge success for the facility, but I believe it has really touched and supported families in and around the Tyler area. What a blessing you guys have been to support such a tremendous need, and we sincerely appreciate your tenacity in assisting Sundance at Oak Hills in facilitating continued education and communication. Blessings to you all this Christmas! MATT STANLEY FOUNDER & OWNER /// SUNDANCE AT OAKHILLS Thanks to BSCENE for helping us Dream of a White Christmas and for making a White Christmas come true for thousands of shoppers who came through the doors of Harvey Convention Center – and for the nonprofit organizations and community programs that will benefit from the money raised at Mistletoe & Magic. BSCENE not only helped us get the word out about our Special Events, Children's Events, Live Auction and many exceptional vendors, they were also there capturing Mistletoe & Magic White Christmas in both pictures and video throughout the event. Our sincerest Thank You, from the Junior League of Tyler, Inc. REBECCA BALLARD MISTLETOE & MAGIC 2011 CHAIR /// JUNIOR LEAGUE OF TYLER, INC. We are so thankful to BSCENE for the great exposure they have given to our new business, Corner Bakery Café. Not only does our ad in the Dining Guide look great, but BSCENE took the time during our Corner Bakery Café grand opening events to take photos of our ribbon cutting and our fundraisers for CASA and Bethesda Health Clinic. We love that a local business like BSCENE supports our local businesses. ROBERT & KANDI OWENS / SCOTT & APRIL ROYCROFT OWNERS /// CORNER BAKERY CAFÉ & TOPPINGS YOGURT SHOPPE Thanks BSCENE for all the incredible ads you put together for R&K in 2011. The layouts looked great and the whole BSCENE team are a pleasure to work with. You were able to communicate who we are and in addition highlight some of the community involvement that we pride ourselves on as a company. In fact, each ad we ran received a tremendous amount of positive comments, particularly about the SafeRide-Home program we provide on New Year’s Eve. Thanks for all the efforts and look forward to working with you again in 2012. JOHN K. MARTIN OWNER /// R&K DISTRIBUTORS, INC.
HOLLY HEAD /// SOCIAL EDITOR
As 2012 begins, many will say the end of 2011 is bittersweet. A new year means new challenges and the unknown and quite frankly, these two things scare most people. Yet, I look forward to January. To me it's simple: what is more exciting and promising than the start of a new year? The New Year signifies a chance to start fresh, a clean slate. Our culture supports taking January to asses personal goals and make modfications. January is the time to tackle these head-on. It is a time to let go of disappointments, unresolved issues and losses from the year before and come into a new phase. In the new year ahead, anything is possible. Last issue, I mentioned the loss of my family's pet, Duncan the Bassett hound. It's never easy to say goodbye to something that has been a part of the family for eight years. However, with the approaching new year came a new beginning – two actually. My family adopted two adorable Bassett Hound puppies found on a pet-rescue website. Simon Templar (yes, “The Saint”), and Bella have brought many smiles to faces since becoming Tylerites. It is also certain Simon is all brawn, and Bella is the brain of the operation. The events at this time of year seem to follow the same pattern of transformation. Many of the fabulous events from the past year are celebrating their conclusion. Mistletoe & Magic is wrapping up business from “White Christmas.” Ginger Haberle, the 2012 chair, is taking the reins to begin preparation for the new M&M. Dancing with the Tyler Stars committee and dancers also marked the end of their work for the year with their wrap party at Villa Montez. In the midst of resolutions, this issue highlights new beginnings for the year. The Tyler Cattle Barons' Committee unveiled the logo and theme for the 2012 gala. Preparation and planning is now officially underway. The American Heart Association is preparing for heart disease awareness month and this year's Heart Ball in February. The Women's Symphony League is also gearing up for the ball, “An Evening at the Plaza” March 2. Harvey Hall will be transformed again for one of the first events of the social season, at it promises to be one of the most glamourous yet!
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110 BERGFEILD HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
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124 OMNICLUB HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
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LINDSEY TODD MORGAN
Lindsey Todd Morgan has been a part of the East Texas design world for almost a decade. Born and raised in East Texas, as a child, Todd dreamt of being an animator and a filmmaker, making home movies with his parents' Super Hi 8 camcorder. This turned into a passion for art that led him to open his own video production/design company at the age of 26. Todd immediately began work in such fields as video compositing and 3D conceptual design. In his first few years of business Todd, designed educational products and toys sold worldwide for Small World Toys INC. in Los Angeles, CA. Soon, the demand for Todd's video and commercial design accelerated and over the next 3 years, Todd produced over 100 local and national ads for businesses based in and around the East Texas area. From documentaries and music videos, to short and feature-length film work, Todd maintains his passion for video and film. In the fall of 2009 Todd began producing for BSCENE TV, a web based, video program on the events featured in BSCENE Magazine. In late 2011, Todd began work full time as a videographer/editor and graphic designer for H3 Media. As a jack-of-all-trades, Todd brings with him years of experience in multiple fields of creativity and is very excited about his opportunity to work with BSCENE Magazine. In his free time, Todd enjoys playing the drums; painting/drawing; and, of course, making movies.
CHEF DEAN FEARING
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Long known as the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine” and now the creator of a new generation of highly-flavorful dishes, Chef Dean Fearing has spent his life cooking for people who love good food. After 20-plus years at The Mansion on Turtle Creek, he opened Fearing's in Aug. 2007, at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. A reflection of his personal vision and design, the lively, comfortable restaurant features seven stylish dining settings, including a distinctive alfresco experience in Dallas and a popular interactive display kitchen offering ringside seating for true foodies. The son of a Kentucky innkeeper, Fearing grew up with grandmothers who knew all about food and appreciated the finer details of Southern cooking and barbecue. He still uses and treasures their recipes, and they remain one of the most important inspirations of his culinary life. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he can be seen in Fearing’s wearing a crisp white chef’s coat with colorful boot embroidery; blue jeans and brightly-hued, custom-tooled, Lucchese cowboy boots. When not in the kitchen, Fearing is often found strumming his vintage Fender Telecaster guitar, one of an impressive collection, playing songs from the “Bliss and Blisters” CD he has released with his all-chef alternative country band, The Barbwires. He is also known to spend his spare time searching the countryside for Texas culinary inspiration. The state’s rich variety of peppers, dried chilies, jicama, cilantro, tomatillos, fruits and vegetables, cheeses, Gulf seafood and Hill Country wild game play a major role in his ever-changing cuisine.
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TRENDY CHICKS HELD IT’S GRAND-OPENING ON NOVEMBER 4; WELCOMING NEW CUSTOMERS TO TRY ON THIS YEAR’S TRENDIEST FASHIONS.
THE CASCADES HELD THEIR HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE ON DECEMBER 4, HELPING TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE CHILDREN’S ADVOCAY CENTER OF SMITH COUNTY.
THE HOSPICE OF THE PINES, IN NACOGDOCHES, HELD A BUSINESS AFTER HOURS ON NOVEMBER 19, FOR ALL THOSE SEEKING TO NETWORK WITH NEW FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES.
THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF TYLER RAFFLED A FULLY LOADED 2012 CHEVY CAMERO, AS THE GRAND PRIZE OF THIS YEAR’S MISTLETOE & MAGIC. JILL CAMPBELL WAS THE LUCKY RECIPIENT OF THE COOL RIDE ON NOV. 28, STATING SHE “NEVER EXPECTED THIS IN A MILLION YEARS!”.
TRINTY MOTHER FRANCES HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE ON NOV. 29, TO INTRODUCE THE THIS YEAR’S CMN MIRACLE CHILDREN. ON DEC. 1, WILL AND ELLIE BUTTS WERE GIVEN THE HONOR OF LIGHTING THIS YEAR’S CITY OF TYLER CHRISTMAS TREE.
KATIE’S WELCOMED CUSTOMERS TO THEIR NEW LOCATION NEAR FRESH BY BROOKSHIRE'S WITH A GRAND OPENING ON DEC. 16.
TRINITY MOTHER FRANCES CELEBRATED THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF TYLER’S FIRST NEONATAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (NICU) ON NOV. 28. GUESTS ENJOYED VISITS FROM THE 2011 NICU GRADS, AS WELL AS PATIENTS THAT RECEIVED TREATMENT.
PANERA CELEBRATED THE GRAND OPENING OF ITS BROADWAY LOCATION IN TYLER WITH A RIBBON CUTTING ON DEC. 16.
REVAMPED FURNITURE HELD AN ART SHOW ON NOV. 18 AND 19. TYLER ARTISTS TURNED OUT TO PUT THEIR CREATIONS ON DISPLAY.
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BSCENE DONATED TO COATS FOR KIDS AT THEIR DISTRIBUTION SITE ON WEST GENTRY IN TYLER NOV. 16.
360 FITNESS HELD IT’S THIRD ANNUAL SPINA-THON ON NOV. 26. THE EVENT IS DESIGNED TO HELP SHED THE UNWANTED POUNDS ASSOCIATED WITH THE BIG THANKSGIVING FEAST.
BEYOND ORGANIC HELD A LAUNCH PARTY NOV. 17, AT THE CASCADES COUNTRY CLUB IN TYLER. THE EVENT WAS HOSTED BY EAST TEXAS WELLNESS EXPERT, DR. J. CHRIS HUBERT.
ON NOV. 16, WAGNER CADILLAC IN TYLER PRESENTED MARY KAY FUTURE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MARANDA RAINS WITH THE KEYS TO HER BRAND NEW MARY KAY PINK CADILLAC SUV.
FRESH BY BROOKSHIRE’S PRESENTED A CHECK ON NOV. 21, AT THEIR STORE IN TYLER OF PROCEEDS FROM THE STEAK COOK-OFF FUNDRAISER TO THE EAST TEXAS FOOD BANK FOR $3212.51.
LEHMANN EYE CENTER HOSTED THE 21ST ANNUAL GIFT OF SITE AT THEIR OFFICES IN NACOGDOCHES ON NOV. 21. THE WORK PERFORMED BY DR. LEHMAN WAS FREE FOR CHOSEN CANIDATES, JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.
THE TYLER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WELCOMED HAUTE TOTZ IN LA PIAZZA SHOPPING CENTER TO THE CHAMBER WITH A RIBBON CUTTING ON NOV. 4.
ETMC CUT THE RIBBON ON THE NEW ELMER G. ELLIS TRAUMA CENTER ON DEC. 13. THE ADDITION WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY A $1 MILLION DOLLAR DONATION BY THE ROBERT M. ROGERS FOUNDATION.
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THE BLAZIN BIKES & TOY DRIVE WAS HELD DECEMBER 3. DONATIONS BENEFIT SALVATION ARMY, EAST TEXAS CRISIS CENTER AND THE CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER OF SMITH COUNTY.
THE TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE CENTER FOR EARTH & SPACE SCIENCE CENTER RIBBON CUTTING WAS HELD DEC. 14.
SUSAN ROBINSON JEWELRY IN TYLER WELCOMED FAMED DESIGNER CHARLES KRYPELL FOR A TRUNK SHOW ON DEC. 16.
REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DISCOVERY SCIENCE PLACE AND SAMSUNG WERE ON HAND TO RECEIVE A DONATION OF TELEVISIONS AND GALAXY TABLET COMPUTERS AT THE DISCOVERY SCIENCE PLACE ON DEC. 15.
THE EAST TEXAS FOOD BANK RECEIVED A DONATION OF $2,000 FROM FIRST CHOICE POWER THROUGH THE “REDUCE YOUR USE” GRANT ON NOV. 11, AT THEIR OFFICES IN TYLER.
GOODWILL INDUSTRIES CELEBRATED THE GRAND OPENING AND CUT THE RIBBON ON THEIR NEW 25,000 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY IN TYLER ON DEC. 1.
AS PART OF A SERIES OF LECTURES ON THE ECONOMY AND REAL ESTATE MARKET IN THE TYLER AREA, MAYOR BARBARA BASS ADDRESSED THE STAFF OF KELLER WILLIAMS REAL ESTATE IN TYLER ON NOV. 16.
MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING (MADD) HELD THEIR SIXTH ANNUAL “CELEBRATION OF LIFE, REMEMBRANCE AND HOPE” EVENT ON DEC. 3, AT THE ROSE GARDEN CENTER IN TYLER.
THE NACOGDOCHES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WELCOMED ONE OF THEIR NEWEST MEMBERS, THE NEST, WITH A RIBBON CUTTING AT THE NEST, ON NOV. 18.
IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH TO NOTICE ALL THE NEW BUSINESSES CROPPING UP IN THE EAST TEXAS AREA. BUT WHY? TOM MULLINS, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE TYLER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, AND OTHER EAST TEXAS EXPERTS EXPLAIN THAT THE RECENT GROWTH IS NOT A COINCIDENCE AND WHY WE ARE ON THE GROW.
doesn’t take much to notice all the new businesses cropping up the the East Texas area. New roads, state-of-the-art schools, cuttingedge medical facilities, top-of-the-line retailers and imaginative new restaurants – area businesses are becoming much more diverse. Just a trip on Broadway in Tyler, around Loop 281 in Longview or down North Street in Nacogdoches will reveal a host of new construction, amendments to older structures … even signs proclaiming sites for future businesses moving into the area. Emerging from the shadow of the United States’ recent economic dip, there appears to be a business boom in the region. New businesses are prevalent and seem to be thriving from the largest commercial endeavors, to the mom-and-pop shops on the corner.
MULLINS ALSO REVEALED THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT TYLER SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE HAS ALSO BEEN VERY INVOLVED WITH A LOT OF SMALL TECH COMPANIES; HELPING THEM WITH PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, PROBLEM SOLVING AND GROWTH ISSUES. But why are so many new businesses springing up across East Texas? Is there a connection to how we fared in 2011? What might we look forward to in 2012? Tom Mullins, President and CEO of the Tyler Economic Development Council, explained that the recent growth is not a coincidence. Bill King, President of the Nacogdoches Economic Development Council isn’t wearing rose-colored glasses, but still sees a bright future ahead for East Texas. From Longview, Executive Director of the Longview Economic Development Corporation Susan Gill was able to offer insight into what industries should be helping East Texas continue to expand commercially in the coming year. While all the experts agree that while we are certainly not out of the (Piney)woods yet, there is a renewed sense of hope and a desire for prosperity and success on every level of the business world. Perhaps the most immediate query would be, "What is the explanation for the business boom we’re seeing?" Mullins said there are a couple of ways to answer that question, with regard to Tyler: “Generally speaking, Texas has done better economically than other parts of the country, and there are two factors that get identified for the strength in the Texas Economy. One is energy. We have had a lot of activity in the oil and gas sector, particularly in the exploration of natural gas. Other Tyler communications companies like SuddenLink are also adding employment. We are are seeing a lot of small Internet and software companies growing and getting started! So, the energy and technology sectors are doing well in Tyler. “The other thing that people look to: Texas didn’t experience the housing bubble that other areas of the country did. We didn’t overbuild housing. The lenders were, for the most part, prudent in their underwriting requirements. Even though in larger, urban areas some people were given mortgages that should not have been approved, and they ended up being foreclosed on, it wasn’t as bad in Texas as other areas.” In Nacogdoches, King cited the expansion of pre-existing businesses contributing to what could already be deemed a successful business year in 2011. “We’ve had two significant expansions to business already located in our area,” Kind recounted. “Cooper Power Systems added a production line to their facility in Nacogdoches (after considering moving it to one of their other plants in Wisonsin and even Mexico) resulting in dozens of new jobs with a salary averaging $54,000, plus benefits. That’s great, especially when compared to the East Texas average.” King also mentioned the expansion of Mass Motorsports. Previously specializing in designing high-performance, fuel-efficient engines, Mass has chosen the Nacogdoches area to develop their mass production business – and have started things off with a decade-long contract for the U.S. Postal Service. King added, “That’s not an industry in abundance here. So, in addition to jobs and salaries, it creates a new industry for this area.” Gill described described a similar situation: commercial and industrial firms seeking to expand production, through relocation
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or origination of commercial facilities in the area. “Two of the larger companies who’ve decided to open locations in the Longview area are American Home Patient and Dallas Plastics,” Gill said. “And when set up, together they will bring almost 350 new jobs to our area. When combined with the expansion of several existing companies, there has been growth for almost everyone.” Though geographically Longview and Tyler stand at a bit of an advantage – and an advantage over almost every other place in the country, in fact – the energy sector has been thriving all across East Texas, “We have a couple of energy companies that started expansion projects (recently),” recounted Mullins. “ XTO, a petroleum engineering group, started a 20,000 square-foot expansion in Tyler. They hope to double their 100 employees in the next two or three years. Reef Services (a manufacturer of oilfield chemicals) opened a 130,000 square-foot facility near Highway 155 North and Interstate 20, with plans to hire 100 employees. Then, another company (Omega West, located near the Tyler State Park) has expanded and added 14,000 square-feet and has grown from 40 employees to 65 employees in the past several months.” The story is much the same in Nacogdoches, King said, with several companies opening new facilities in the area within the oil and gas industry. “Exco Operating Company moved their Shelby field headquarters to Nacogdoches County (specifically Chireno). Upon relocation they added about 60 employees, plus 30 contractors, in addition to other operations staff and people working out in the field. Another, Select Energy Services, opened up an oil field services facility on 40 acres of land due east of Nacogdoches just about a month ago.” King mentioned that, at the time of the grand opening, they were up to 180 employees. “But the expectation, according to their CEO, is to double the number by late summer of 2012, then eventually top out around 450 employees – and that’s with an average salary of $64,000 a year.” That fact is a perfect example of why the continued expansion of the oil and gas industry in 2012 in East Texas is a great indicator for the economies here. As common sense might dictate, higher paying jobs offer consumers – and by extension, the businesses here – more opportunities to spend that money. There will be people moving into the area living, working, eating and shopping; in addition to the companies, staff and infrastructure behind them doing the same things. Since the oil boom in Kilgore near the turn of the century, the energy business has always taken a prominent place in the East Texas business world. However, while East Texans are seeking to capitalize on the natural resources that make this area valuable, there are those with eyes on what might also offer value in the future. Exciting, emerging advances are also taking root here in the form of cutting-edge technology and communications as companies like The Genesis Group, in Tyler, seek to push East Texas into the next century in 2012, and beyond.
“TEXAS DIDN’T EXPERIENCE THE HOUSING BUBBLE THAT OTHER AREAS OF THE COUNTRY DID. WE DIDN’T OVERBUILD HOUSING.” “They write software for Motorola internationally, and they’ve added employees for the last year,” Mullins said. “We have another called SPEA America. They test circuit boards and semi-conductors for a national market and build test equipment they sell to companies all over the world. The company is based in Italy, but the U.S. operations are located here in Tyler. They currently have about 20-something employees, but plan to add more high-paying jobs over the next two years.” Mullins also revealed that The University of Texas at Tyler School of Engineering and Computer Science has also been very involved with a lot of small tech companies; helping them with product development, problem solving and growth issues. “That’s an important part of our economy because it’s knowledge-based and is something that will carry us into the future.” In the Nacogdoches region, at least one company is merging the concepts of old and new to push forward. “The Southern Power company is building and opening a biomass plant,” King remarked. “That’s a nearly $500 million facility. They’ve finished the major construction already, and are currently engaged in pre-operational testing and certification of the plant itself.” King said Southern Power expects it to be in operation by mid-2012. “This is a 100-megawatt power plant fueled by wood waste biomass (of which East Texas certainly has plenty).” The plant has signed a 20-year contract to provide power to the city of Austin. B S C E N E M AG.COM
SINCE THE OIL BOOM IN KILGORE NEAR THE TURN OF THE CENTURY, THE ENERGY SECTOR HAS ALWAYS TAKEN A PROMINENT PLACE IN THE EAST TEXAS BUSINESS WORLD. HOWEVER, WHILE EAST TEXANS ARE SEEKING TO CAPITALIZE ON THE NATURAL RESOURCES THAT MAKE THIS AREA VALUABLE, THERE ARE THOSE WITH EYES ON WHAT MIGHT ALSO OFFER VALUE IN THE FUTURE.
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So, beginning with the roughly 1,000 workers who’ve been onsite for over a year, the new facility will house a minimum of 35 advanced-level staff, in addition to the support staff, service providers, contractors and more – all at a high rate of education and pay.
"EXCITING, EMERGING ADVANCES ARE ALSO TAKING ROOT HERE IN THE FORM OF CUTTINGEDGE TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS AS COMPANIES LIKE THE GENESIS GROUP, IN TYLER, SEEK TO PUSH EAST TEXAS INTO THE NEXT CENTURY IN 2012, AND BEYOND."
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While the impact of these types of new businesses will certainly be felt and measured in 2012. A large power plant several miles outside the city limits is not the most obvious signal of economic growth. However, there are several sectors where the average person driving down the street can see the progress first hand. Exhibit A: the medical field. East Texas has, per capita, one of the finest medical communities found anywhere in the country. Hospitals like East Texas Medical Center, Good Shepherd Medical Center, Longview Regional Hospital, Trinity Mother Frances Health System and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler have all either undergone or are currently entrenched in large-scale expansions of any or all of their services, staff or facilities. “Last year, ETMC completed a $28 million investment in facilities and equipment,” said Mullins. “Trinity Mother Frances started construction on the $54 million Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital. Texas Spine and Joint Hospital also recently broke ground on a $22 million expansion of their Bergfeld facility – not to mention a new location in Longview. In November, UTHSCT officially cut the ribbon for their $62 million academic center and cancer treatment center. And earlier in November, the ribbon was cut for the $18 million Veterans nursing home … Combined it is about $180 million worth of expansion just in the medical sector! That sector also has a large regional presence that serves a population well outside the boundaries of Tyler and Smith County.” As has been well documented, a high-functioning medical community cannot exist with out a strong educational base. Though some might not have noticed, East Texas is growing into a powerhouse for higher education. All indicators point to 2012 being another record-setting year for application and enrollment across East Texas. From Stephen F. Austin’s 13,000 students in Nacogdoches, and the almost 20,000 students in Tyler to the 6,000plus students calling the Longview area home ( as well as the many satellite campuses across East Texas), our area is producing a great number of highly skilled employees to fill all the gaps. However, when most of us think of the economy and its current strength, images of the retail sector come to mind. Christmas shopping, back-to-school clothes, graduation gifts and the endless other reasons for purchasing goods and services are the most upfront way of seeing money go into the local economy. From sales tax revenue for the city, to the dollars spent at the locally-owned corner store, retail business can be the lifeblood of your economy. Over the last several months, tax revenue has been up across the board, with experts expecting the trend to continue after a strong holiday season. “[Sales tax revenue being up] means people are starting to shop again!” Mullins said, excitedly. “You know when the economy went down in '08 there was a little bit of delay in terms of feeling the economic impact. [East Texas] was buffered by the energy sector, but when that slowed down a little bit and there were job losses ... people started spending less. Sales tax revenue went down for a couple of years.” NEDCO’s King confirms: “We’re looking to see the trend continue. In retail, we’re looking to see at least as strong [of a] retail sector in the coming year as in the past. Nationally, I don’t expect it to do much more than muddle along for awhile. But, I think there are places in East Texas, like Nacogdoches, that have faired pretty well during this recession and I expect that to continue. I don’t see any super growth [in our region], but the growth we’ve had in the last few years is – by historical standards, good economic times – is pretty good.” Another plan being put into place in Tyler, and subsequently towns across East Texas, is to draw on consumers’ sense of history and loyalty – an almost emotional appeal to help support your local economy. Nowhere is that more evident than in the multiple downtown revitalization projects either underway or planned. During 2011, Longview added new businesses such as boutiques, restaurants, bars and art/entertainment venues, while also changing the face of downtown through street, commercial and
aesthetic improvements. "We see that trend continuing through the next year, as well,” said Main Street Tyler Director Beverly Abell. “Not just in Tyler, but across East Texas. We all operate on the same four-point approach of organization, promotion, economic restructuring and design (architecture, etc.), because it’s about building on a base. Every downtown is unique and has its own history, and we want to build on that for the future. In 2012, [downtowns] will be doing more of what was successful over the last year: arts activities, festivals, shows, and so forth. And, we’re also adding several new things – the film festival through The Liberty, gallery shows and more. Plus, there are several large developments and projects slated to begin next year (both through the Main Street programs and private businesses).”
DOWN SOUTH, NACOGDOCHES HAS SEEN A NUMBER OF NEW SPOTS OPEN IN THE LAST 12-18 MONTHS. “SOME ARE CHAINS LIKE DICKIE’S BBQ, BULLRITOS, FUZZY’S TACO SHOP AND MORE,” SAID KING. “BUT WE’VE ALSO HAD SEVERAL STARTUPS, AS WELL – A YOGURT PLACE, A BAKERY, ETC.” Downtown Tyler is also seeking to encourage others to join them in their cause. Recently, Abell announced a pool of $80,000 in forgivable loans (effectively grants) to be handed out over the next five years to people seeking to revitalize the area. “In 2011, we – like many downtowns across East Texas – were able to make great strides,” Abell said. “Instead of trying to convince people to come downtown for things, they began actively seeking out what was going on. That’s what we want, and it’s what the cities should want – for an active (and economically viable) downtown to be something that’s expected, rather than feeling like you’re paying a price to make the trip.” As people get back out there and start spending, the cycle should continue. “Economist Ray Perryman often says, ‘The economy will do exactly what people perceive it will do,’” said Mullins. “Which is another way of saying that if people think the economy is going to be strong, and they have confidence they will keep their jobs, they’ll spend money ... 70 percent of the economy is driven by consumers and the is rest by business. So, if consumers aren’t spending, it’s going to have a ripple effect and [the economy] will slow down across the board... And it looks like even though the recovery is happening, it’s still at a painfully slow pace. Those are the big picture things and Tyler benefits from the strength of what’s going on in Texas – East Texas in particular. The last several years Texas has averaged a thousand new people coming into the state every single day.” And it’s not just in the existing stores and shops that people will be spending money in 2012. Retail, food and beverage industries will also grow in the the future. As the population increases and the economy recovers, the need will only increase for businesses in the food, drink, clothing and retail industries. Across every area of East Texas, new restaurants and shops will continue to open their doors. The proof is in some of the businesses opening their doors just recently – like Panera Bread Co. and Corner Bakery. “That’s due to strength and diversity in our economy and the growth in our population,” explained Mullins. “The census numbers show that our MSA (Tyler and Smith county combined) is over 200,000... when you start getting population levels in a city of 100,000 or a MSA of a couple hundred thousand plus, then some of these national chains start looking at you. They usually have some kind of formula they follow that says they only go into a market of at least 100,000 or 200,000. If they find that the numbers are favorable to their particular formula, they’ll make an investment. That’s what’s happening in Tyler. We are seeing growth from local restauranteurs and retailers from national groups.” Gill sees the same on the horizon for Longview: “We’re definitely focusing on the food and beverage industry here, as well. From restaurants and destinations opening, to the manufacturing of those products (things like energy drinks), it’s a growth industry.” Down south, Nacogdoches has seen a number of new spots open in the last 12-18 months. “Some are chains like Dickie’s BBQ, Bullritos, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop and more,” said King. “But we’ve also had several startups as well – a yogurt place, a bakery, etc. There are other retail locations too: Hibbett Sports opened up a second store ... For the last year-and-a-half, sales have been up over the previous time period. The 2010 to 2011 Fiscal Year retail sales receipts were up 8 precent over the BS CENEMAG.CO M
previous year.” King believes firmly that 2012 will be another year of increase, as new projects and buildings are applied for and discussed daily. However, if all that happens is a standard amount of growth over the next year – without planning for the future – what has East Texas really gained? No sustainable amount of new boutiques or fast-food restaurants can be constructed every single year, infinitely into the future, regardless of the great deals on accessories or the deliciousness of the burgers. There must be a reliable and repeatable process for drawing new businesses and consumers to our area, so that growth can be sustainable. Luckily, the Economic Development Corporations and Councils of East Texas work closely with local governments and business leaders to ensure that will be the case for many years to come. One main way this is done is offering incentives to businesses looking to potentially call East Texas home. “Companies with a product or service that is traded outside of East Texas, or ‘primary’ businesses, are the kinds we will help with some incentives,” explained Mullins. “Whether it’s tax incentives, low-interest financing or land – right down to training dollars and utility incentives. We are very aggressive in trying to track those companies because they’re the ones who bring the new dollar, the new wealth, into the economy.” Gill said Longview also aggressively seeks to attract primary companies to help bolster the Longview area economy. “It is mostly manufacturing and distribution [we work with],” she said, expounding on the draw of primary companies. “Actually, they manufacture a product and ship it out and invoice outside the area. So, the money that comes in is 'new money'. As opposed to retail, which is money circulating within the [same areas]. These businesses infuse us with new money. It’s definitely a longterm strategy, and it’s why we’ve been so successful over the past 20 years.” These are the companies that are offered incentives. “Companies must perform and meet their stated goals to get those incentives. They are responsible for operating that way: Investing the amount of money they said they would, and hiring the amount of people they said they would; that’s how we write our contracts. Investment and jobs is how we build our tax base and increase quality of life in the area.” Part of that plan is pursuing aviation-related manufacturing and helping the East Texas Regional Airport grow. “We haver a lot of land out there for expansion … there are also roughly 700 acres available in the North Business Park, and we would certainly like to get companies located out there, as well.”
“THE COST OF OPERATING BUSINESS IN TEXAS IS LOWER THAN IN JUST ABOUT ANY PLACE IN THE COUNTRY. WE’RE NOT OVERLY BURDENED WITH REGULATIONS, AND LAND AND LABOR ARE RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE.” NEDCO’s King took a broader view of the subject: “As other regions suffer economically, decisions are made to close down nonproductive plants and relocate to productive areas. Nacogdoches (and East Texas) is in a position to reap the benefits of that. I see it continuing to go for next year, but it’s a basic advantage that the state of Texas has over the rest of the U.S. It’s a great [state] to do business. The cost of operating business in Texas is lower than in just about any place in the country. We’re not overly burdened with regulations, and land and labor are relatively inexpensive. We have a lot of things going for us, and East Texas is well-situated to take advantage of the climate. ... There are some exciting things on the horizon, and we’ll continue to have discussions with any companies willing to relocate here.” Mullins continued, “Our cities and counties have a very probusiness attitude. We want to grow. We want to attract companies who might retain and attract jobs to this area. When you have that kind of pro-business mindset, people will respond.” Gill echoed those sentiments, and sees East Texas as poised for a very bright 2012. “We are very fortunate to have healthy, growing businesses and and a wonderful population in the business community. We’re very fortunate. There has been lots of expansion and addition, with more to come.” by Holly Head, email@example.com and William Knous, firstname.lastname@example.org J A N U A RY 2 0 12
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THERE ARE MANY REASONS INDIVIDUALS MAY BECOME SAD, OR EXPERIENCE DEPRESSION DURING THE FALL AND WINTER MONTHS. BUT IS FAMILY AND SEASONAL STRESS FULLY TO BLAME? CAN IT BE THAT MUCH OF THE BLUES EXPERIENCED DURING THE COOLER MONTHS CAN BE CONTRIBUTED TO CLIMATE?
Elvis Presley famously crooned of having a “Blue Christmas,” just as National Lampoon’s “Christmas Vacation” chronicles the stress accompanied with the winter holidays. There are many reasons individuals may become sad, or experience depression during the fall and winter months. But is family and seasonal stress fully to blame? Can it be that much of the blues experienced during the cooler months can be contributed to climate? Brenda McBride with the East Texas Medical Center Behavioral Health Center explains that some studies have shown that up to 6 percent of the population experience some seasonal depressive symptoms (up to 9.5 percent in Arctic regions such as Finland). “Season Affective Disorder is a subtype of mood disorder – often major depression,” McBride explained. Those with SAD experience recurring symptoms during specific times of year – typically winter.
WOMEN ARE ALSO MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO SAD THAN MEN. MCBRIDE REVEALS THAT 60 PERCENT TO 90 PERCENT OF THOSE WITH SEASONAL DEPRESSION PATTERNS ARE WOMEN. So, what factors make people prone to SAD? First, Women are more susceptible to SAD than men. McBride reveals that 60 percent to 90 percent of those with seasonal depression patterns are women. SAD is also more common in countries and regions with more distinct seasonal changes. Location also plays a factor. David Brown MD, private practice psychiatrist and consulting physician for Longview Regional Medical Center says the percentage of the population with SAD varies from state to state according to the National Institute of Health. “It ranges from 1.4 percent of the population in Florida to 9.7 percent in New Hampshire. Actually, almost 20 percent of the population may have symptoms of SAD, but not the full condition,” Brown explained. Other factors that contribute to SAD include lack of sunlight. And while winter weather is one primary cause of SAD, McBride reveals that genetics, age and body chemistry are all factors that contribute to the development of SAD. Circadian rhythm is another factor. “The reduced level of sunlight in fall and winter may disrupt your body’s internal clock. The disruption of your circadian rhythm may lead to increased feelings of depression,” she explained. Serotonin levels may also play a role. A mood affecting neurotransmitter, the body’s Serotonin levels may decrease with a decrease in sunlight, which could also trigger depression. Finally, melatonin levels can also be disrupted by the change in season which can impact a person’s mood and sleep.
THERE ARE VARIOUS TREATMENTS FOR SAD WHICH INCLUDE LIGHT THERAPY, ALSO CALLED PHOTOTHERAPY PATIENTS SIT A FEW FEET FROM A SPECIAL LIGHT THAT MIMICS OUTDOOR LIGHT. There are many symptoms of SAD. Just some of them include depression, anxiety, low energy, decreased interest in activities, oversleeping, trouble concentrating and social withdrawal. Other symptoms include carbohydrate cravings, weight gain, feeling of heaviness in arms and legs and feelings of hopelessness. Brown explains,
if SAD is left untreated it can lead to social withdrawal, school problems, work problems, substance abuse, as well as suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
THERE ARE MANY SYMPTOMS OF SAD. JUST SOME OF THEM INCLUDE DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, LOW ENERGY, DECREASED INTEREST IN ACTIVITIES, OVERSLEEPING, TROUBLE CONCENTRATING AND SOCIAL WITHDRAWAL. Even more interesting is the affect that daylight savings time can have on one’s mood. Both in people with and without SAD, the time shift with decreased light during daytime can affect the mood of the general population. Brown says it “can cause more irritability and depression. The change disrupts your body’s internal clock (circadian rhythm) which lets you know when you should be awake or asleep.” There are various treatments for SAD which include light therapy, also called phototherapy. Patients sit a few feet from a special light that mimics outdoor light for specified amounts of time. “Antidepressants have been effective in [treating] SAD. Medications that have been successful include Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Effexor and Wellburtrin,” Brown said. “Also, psychotherapy can be used to help change negative thoughts and behaviors as well as [to help] cope with stress.” One can help combat SAD several ways. Brown recommends for the average person to get outside in the daylight as much as possible during winter and fall months. Proper eating habits, sleeping habits and daily exercise are all tools to help fight SAD. Spending quality time with friends and family can also help combat seasonal depression.
PROPER EATING HABITS, SLEEPING HABITS AND DAILY EXERCISE ARE ALL TOOLS TO HELP FIGHT SAD. SPENDING QUALITY TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY CAN ALSO HELP COMBAT SEASONAL DEPRESSION. McBride also has several tips. She recommends finding ways to incorporate sunlight into your day – even if you cannot go outside. Opening blinds, trimming branches and trees that block sunlight, sitting by windows and adding skylights can all add sunshine to your day. Another tip: she recommends spending time outside within two hours of waking in the morning for optimal benefit. Apart from the necessary daily physical exercise; which she says can relieve stress, anxiety and depression; she encourages mind-body activities such as yoga, massage, meditation and guided imagery. These activities help reduce stress and symptoms of depression. She also recommends incorporating balance into one’s lifestyle with time to relax, rest, and for fun. And to comfort those experiencing SAD, or those who still don’t think it actually exists, Brown sites research indicating that even animals can experience SAD. According to “Winter Blues,” a book by Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal, a study was conducted involving horses. “It was reported the horses could do very complex jumps during the summer, but they could not do the same jumps in the February,” Brown explained. “The horses were owned by a veterinarian who put a bright light in an affected horses stall. His performance improved by 80 percent.” Another factor that may contribute to SAD is barometric pressure. Brown said when bad weather such as rain or snow, occurs it causes Continued on pg. 24
Continued from pg. 23 a drop in barometric pressure. “Studies on rats and some data on humans [reveals pressure] can have an impact on mood,” he explained. “This may play a role in Seasonal Affective Disorder.” Ultimately, McBride explains that SAD is more serious than experiencing the “winter blues.” It can worsen if left untreated. She recommends for those experiencing symptoms to seek professional treatment from a physician or licensed mental health professional. WHAT IS S.A.D.? So what should possible sufferers look for? According to the National Institute of Health (SAD) Definition: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a serious mood change during winter months where there is less natural light and is considered a type of depression. SAD symptoms typically dissipate during the spring and summer months. Not everyone with SAD experiences the same symptoms. Effective treatments include light therapy, anti-depressant medication, cognitive behavior therapy, ionized air administration, and carefullytimed supplementation of the hormone melatonin.
MCBRIDE RECOMMENDS FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL TREATMENT FROM A PHYSICIAN OR LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL. Symptoms can include: difficulty sleeping or oversleeping; sad, anxious or empty feelings; feelings of hopelessness or pessimism; feelings of guilt; irritability or restlessness; fatigue and decreased energy; difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions; thoughts of death or suicide and changes in weight. Others also include loss of interest in activates you once enjoyed, appetite changes (especially craving for high-carb foods), anxiety, social withdrawal and feeling of heaviness in arms and legs. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences explains that circadian rhythms are the physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow an approximate 24-hour cycle that responds to light and darkness in an organisms environment. Circadian rhythms are found in most living things including plants and tiny microbes. While it is not the same thing as one’s biological clock, they are related.
“THE REDUCED LEVEL OF SUNLIGHT IN FALL AND WINTER MAY DISRUPT YOUR BODY’S INTERNAL CLOCK. THE DISRUPTION OF YOUR CIRCADIAN RHYTHM MAY LEAD TO INCREASED FEELINGS OF DEPRESSION.” - MCBRIDE Serotonin, also called 5-hydroxytryptamine, as explained by the National Cancer Institute, is a hormone found in the brain, platelets, digestive tract and pineal gland that acts as both a neurotransmitter (substance nerves use to send messages to each other), and a vasoconstrictor (substance that causes blood vessels to narrow). A cause of depression is thought to be from a lack of serotonin. Melatonin is also a hormone, according to the National Cancer Institute, and is made by the a tiny organ near the center of the brain called the pineal gland. Melatonin helps regulate the body’s sleep cycle. It can also be used/purchased as a supplement and is also an antioxidant. by Holly Head, email@example.com
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AS AN ARTIST, ANUP BHANDARI TENDS MORE TO ABSTRACT RENDERING OF GEOMETRIC SHAPES AND PORTIONS OF FIGURES IN THE GREAT CUBIST TRADITION OF THE 20TH CENTURY.
A blue bicycle on a red background. That was the only object on the first painting by Anup Bhandari that I remember seeing, and I was immediately taken with it. The painting, which is titled "Journey" conjures warm memories that span my lifetime: the first taste of freedom as a child riding around the neighborhood, the old college bike always leaned against an interior wall of several different apartments, and my current bicycle, a fire engine red Specialized with custom bamboo fenders and a certain willful Pee-wee Herman quality. As I began noticing more of Anup’s art, I realized that Journey was a bit of a stylistic departure. As an artist, Anup tends more to abstract rendering of geometric shapes and portions of figures in the great cubist tradition of the 20th century. Many of his paintings employ religious symbols and images of peace, but no matter the exact technique or style of his work, they are all evocative. The emotional content of Anup’s work is consistent and powerful. Having seen quite a few of his paintings, I wasn’t too surprised to find out that Anup is a passionate advocate of the healing and transformative power of art. Originally from Nepal, Anup lives in Kilgore where he is studying photography. He graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and plans on moving to Dallas to pursue his graduate studies after he completes the photography program at Kilgore College. As a child, Anup observed his father reaching out to those in need. As an adult, the artist continues his father’s legacy of compassion in his own work with the homeless. Two years ago, Anup was in a grocery store parking lot when he noticed a woman. “It was early morning and very cold, and I saw a homeless lady walking; she didn’t have any shoes. I asked her if she was hungry, and she said she needed a blanket. I felt so bad, I didn’t have a blanket with me,” he said. After he went home, Anup says the experience continued to bother him. He wanted to do something, so he turned to an increasingly powerful tool, social network. “I thought, I will post something on Facebook.” Anup asked his friends to donate extra blankets that he could donate to the homeless population. “I thought I could collect a few blankets, but I got an unbelievable response. Everybody started donating, and I ended up collecting 500 blankets,” he said. Anup was able to distribute blankets to
every shelter in Longview, as well as to people living on the streets and in camps. After his blanket drive, Anup organized an exhibition of his own photography featuring as its subject members of the homeless population in his community. “I took photographs of most of the homeless people living in camp and in the street, and I also wrote a small story about each of them. My goal was to show the community that homeless people are not bad people.” I asked Anup why he was drawn to their plight, and he answered with sympathy and compassion. “They don’t have any family to care for them, there is no Christmas for them to celebrate,” he said. “We can help them. We should help them if we can.”
“MY MAIN GOAL IS TO BRING HOPE TO THE HOMELESS AND SEND AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM HOMELESSNESS ARE NO DIFFERENT FROM US.” The artist completed his second blanket drive in December, and he continues to be an advocate for homeless people in East Texas through his art. “Being an artist, I feel that art is a powerful tool to heal and inspire. Feeding their bodies is one thing, feeding their minds is a whole different thing,” he explains. “I want them to express their feelings and share their talent to our community. It heals them.” In July 2011, the Longview Public Library exhibited 30 paintings created by patrons of Longview’s Newgate Mission who participated in an art class led by Anup. His second show was exhibited at Longview Museum of Fine Arts in December, and Anup expects to make this an annual event. The works on view were all for sale, and the artists donated the proceeds back to the Newgate Mission. Nearly all of the pieces were sold, and Anup says that it was touching to watch the homeless artists, who attended the reception, talk to other guests about their artworks. “They had never been to the Museum before, and to see their work at the Museum…was a big boost to them,” he said.
“WE ARE MEANT TO MAKE A BETTER DAY FOR [OURSELVES] AND FOR OTHERS. I SEE MYSELF A WORTHY ARTIST NOT BY CREATING ART ALONE, BUT TOUCHING AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN AS MANY LIVES AS POSSIBLE WHILE DOING SO.” Going forward, Anup would like to build financial support for the art program at Newgate. “My main goal is to bring hope to the homeless and send an important message that people who are suffering from homelessness are no different from us,” he said. Similar programs to the one he envisions exist in other communities, such as The Stewpot Open Art Program in Dallas, where homeless artists’ works are exhibited and sold during an annual gallery event. One of the artists whose works were originally exhibited through the Stewpot program was able to sell enough of his work during and after the show to become a professional artist and ultimately rent his own apartment; through art, he was able to overcome homelessness and start a new, independent life. “We are meant to make a better day for [ourselves] and for others. I see myself a worthy artist not by creating art alone, but touching and making a difference in as many lives as possible while doing so,” said Anup. Next time you run across a painting by Anup Bhandari, pause for a moment and take a look; you may discover that through the vibrant colors and bold lines, a soft spirit tugs at your heart. Perhaps this is because the artist believes that art is more than something to see, it is a force that can change lives, unify communities, and empower human beings to understand each other in a new way. You can see Anup’s work in Tyler at Wasabi Asian Bistro and Soju. For up-to-the-minute information on the artist and his current projects, you can look him up on Facebook at www.facebook.com/artbyanup. By Zoe Lawhorn
THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
2012 Tyler Heart Ball
WILD AT HEART FEBRUARY 4, 2012
FROM 7:00 P.M. TO 11:00 P.M. AT WILLOW BROOK COUNTRY CLUB
Event chairs Mollianna Redding and Jennifer Gaston plan a wildly entertaining night – with live entertainment by Soul Tsunami and the Hurricane Horns; enticing silent and super silent auction offerings; and fabulously fierce cuisine by the chefs at Willow Brook Country Club.
Tickets are $150 per person and are available online at americanheart.org/tylertxheartball. For additional ticket and sponsorship information, please contact Brandi Banda, AHA Corporate Market Director, at 903.452.7524 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Mollianna Redding at 903.279.6199; or Jennifer Gaston at 903.952.1548. All proceeds from the event benefit the American Heart Association.
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Mammography has been the cornerstone of early detection for breast cancer for many decades. Yet, as you are likely aware, mammograms do not detect all cancers because some cancers aren’t always readily visible on a mammogram. This occurs most commonly in women with dense breast tissue. Dense breast tissue shows up predominately white on a mammogram while fatty or non-dense tissue appears dark. Cancers usually appear as a white spot on a mammogram, which makes it more difficult and sometimes impossible to identify on an image with dense tissue. Dense breast tissue represents the single most important reason why a mammogram may fail to detect a cancer and half of premenopausal and one-third of post-menopausal women have dense breasts. Dense breast tissue alone is a risk factor for the development of breast cancer so it’s important to know your breast density and utilize additional screening tests recommended by your physician. The Ross Breast Center communicates breast density and your personal risk level as well as any additional testing recommendations with each mammogram result letter for our patients. Select women who are at significantly elevated risk or have dense breast tissue with at least moderately elevated risk may benefit from adding either MRI or ultrasound to their regimen of yearly mammography. The American Cancer Society recommends MRIs for only the highest risk women, such as those with a genetic syndrome or whose lifetime risk is estimated at over 20 percent. Always remember, monthly self-exams and annual mammograms save lives! Call or visit our website for more information on how to perform self-breast exams or request an appointment.
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As the nice cool weather of fall begins, it means the end of summer and the beginning of football season. As football begins, injuries occur and one of the most common is an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury. What exactly is an ACL tear and how devastating of an injury is it? The ACL is one of four main ligaments in the knee that keep it stable. The medial collateral ligament (MCL) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL) are on the sides of the knee, while the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) cross the center of the knee. The ACL connects the thigh bone to the shin bone and prevents it from sliding forward and twisting out. There are two main ways the ACL can be injured, a direct blow to the knee or changing directions quickly or rotating the knee after landing from a jumping position. Most athletes can feel or hear a “pop” in the knee when they have torn the ACL. Some are unable to walk on it, but the most common sign is a swollen knee within the first 24 hours after the injury. The physician makes the diagnosis after examining the knee to assess the ligaments and confirming the tear on an MRI. Many times, there are other injuries to the knee in addition to the ACL injury. Once an ACL tear has been diagnosed the treatment of choice is reconstruction in active young adults, and the surgeon should explain the different ways to reconstruct the ACL. The long rehab is usually the hardest part of recovering from this injury, with many athletes not returning to sports for six to nine months. An ACL tear can be a devastating injury to young athletes but with new and improved surgical techniques, players are able to get back to sports within a year. Jayesh K. Patel, MD is an Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine physician with Trinity Mother Frances. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call (903) 510-8840.
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Patent Foramen Ovale Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is a persistent hole between the two top chambers of the heart. When a fetus develops, there is a flap between the chambers which allows blood flow from the right to the left side of the heart. After birth, when the newborn baby can breathe on their own; this blood flow through the hole is no longer needed and normally closes. However, in up to 20-25 percent of people it does not, leaving a persistent passage and is known as a PFO. The majority of people with a PFO do not have any complications from this. It is possible, however, for a blood clot to develop and travel to the right atrium. If it crosses through the PFO and into the left atrium, it could then travel to the brain and result in a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). In the evaluation for causes of a stroke, it is routine to evaluate for a PFO. If a PFO is detected in a patient with a stroke, it is important to assess for other possible causes of stroke such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and rhythm abnormalities. There are several treatment options for stroke patient’s who have been found with a PFO. If no other definitive cause for stroke is found, the patient may be treated with blood thinners, or surgical closure. Recently another non-surgical option is percutaneous PFO closure with a catheter placement of a PFO occluder. This is a device that is placed at the site of the hole, through a small incision in the groin area. This occluder device “seals” the PFO. If a PFO is detected in a patient with a stroke, proper treatment requires a working collaboration between the patient’s primary care provider, Neurologist and Cardiologist.
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/// SEE & BSCENE SUNDANCE AT OAK HILLS GRAND OPENING On Dec. 8, Members of the tyler and east texas communities were able to experience one of the most advanced and newest memory care facilities in the state: Sundance at oak hills. Guests were treated to drinks and hors d'oeuvres and were invited to tour the state-of-the-art facility.
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DEBBIE LEEVEY, DEANNA JORDAN, MEGAN STARKS
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“If we had a pill that contained all the benefits of exercise, it would be the most widely prescribed drug in the world.” Ronald Davis, president of the American Medical Association, made that statement and it’s an interesting way to think about the benefits of staying in shape. Exercise has been proven to reduce risk for heart disease, certain types of cancer, diabetes and countless other chronic conditions. That idea is echoed by the registered themeline of the American College of Medicine’s global initiative: “Exercise is Medicine.” Of course, while we all want to be fit, finding the time to exercise is a challenge. As our lives get busier, our health can suffer as it becomes less of a priority. However, with the incidence of obesity and diabetes increasing at an alarming rate in our country, you may need to reevaluate your priorities and put more emphasis on becoming more physically active. Start by assessing your lifestyle and determining how you spend your time each day. Look for excessive amounts of nonproductive time that could be better utilized. You might be surprised at just how much time you spend watching TV, surfing the internet or playing video games. Consider that the American College of Sports Medicine recommends you engage in some form of moderately intense activity, like walking, jogging, cycling or swimming, for 150 minutes or more per week. That’s only about 20 minutes per day. For more information on beginning a regular exercise program or a membership at one of our medically integrated health and fitness centers, please contact an exercise specialist at the ETMC Olympic Center and start getting active today. After all, you’ll never be able to realize your life’s full potential, if you aren’t healthy enough to enjoy it.
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MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. MRI is commonly used to evaluate the brain, spine, blood vessels and joints but is capable of evaluating the entire body including the chest, abdomen and pelvis. MRI is capable of producing images with exquisite detail even without intravenous contrast material. MRI not only produces images with incredible anatomic detail, it is capable of nondestructive tissue characterization, sometimes providing information to physicians about the area being imaged that otherwise could not be obtained without a biopsy. MRI does not use ionizing radiation to produce images which is very advantageous when imaging young patients and when multiple follow-up studies are necessary. High field magnets are 1.5T or 3T. The “T” stands for tesla which is a measure of magnet strength. One tesla is 10,000 gauss. A refrigerator magnet is about 50 gauss. High field magnets are shaped like tubes. Open magnets typically are 0.51.0T and are shaped like the letter “C”. A high-field, tube-shaped magnet produces a more uniform magnetic field which results in better image quality relative to an open magnet. Additionally, the higher field strength of the closed magnet provides more signal which can be used to produce images with greater detail in less time relative to an open magnet. An open magnet is typically utilized for patients that are too large for a closed magnet and sometimes for patients with severe claustrophobia although many claustrophobic patients are able to tolerate a high field exam with the benefit of a mild sedative. In general, the stronger the magnet the better because higher field strength generates more signal but modern 1.5T and 3T MRI scanners are capable of producing excellent images capable of helping to guide patient care. J. Frank Cabell, MD is board certified in diagnostic radiology by the American Board of Radiology. Trinity Mother Frances Imaging Services
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/// SEE & BSCENE LMFA PROGRESSIVE DINNER The longview museum of fine art held A progressive dinner on dec. 15. The event took place at four different homes, wonderfully adorned for the holidays located in the Yates, Hillcrest and Inwood neighborhoodS of Longview. Guests enjoyed appetizers, soup, salad, entrees and dessert; while traveling between all four beautifully appointed homes.
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IRIS NEWKIRK, LAURA SCOTT
CONLAN NORTHCUTT, RENEE HAWKINS
ANN & JIM HUGMAN, RICHARD MANLEY
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CINDY GRAHAM, ANUP BSANDARI
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GORMAN BROWN, MARQUISE MUMPHERY, DANITA UTSMAN
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/// SEE & BSCENE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA LUNCHEON The East Texas Area Council of Boy Scouts held a luncheon on Dec. 16, at the Green Acres Crosswalk Conference Center in Tyler. Jim Perkins was honored with the Distinguished Citizen, Good Turn Award, and guests were treated to featured guest speaker Hall of fame pitcher, former texas ranger and houston astro, Nolan Ryan.
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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and serious illness in the nation. At the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, we are here to help you “beat the odds” through early detection and prevention. That’s why we offer a simple, secure interactive health risk appraisal called HeartAware on our website at tmfheart.org to help you determine whether you are at risk for heart disease. The HeartAware assessment takes only seven minutes or less to complete, but those minutes could help save your life. Once you answer the questions, you’ll get an instant report on your individual risk factors and a recommendation for further action. If the appraisal determines you have significant risk factors, a registered nurse from TeleCARE, the Trinity Mother Frances free health information resource, will contact you to offer assistance in scheduling a physician appointment, if needed, and information about how to improve your heart health. Coronary heart disease is the most common cause of death among both men and women older than age 60. Increasingly, younger individuals are also at risk. While there are some risk factors you can’t change – such as aging, family history of heart disease, race, and previous history of heart attack or stroke – there are many things you can do to improve your odds in the battle against heart disease. What you can change are lifestyle factors that affect your heart health. Working with your primary care physician or cardiologist, you can better manage high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and other medical issues that put you at higher risk of heart attack, stroke and death. Other major contributors to heart disease include tobacco smoking, alcohol intake, diabetes, stress, physical inactivity, obesity and use of illegal drugs. To learn more, please visit tmfheart.org or call the Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital at (888) 440-2344.
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FAMILY MATTERS It has been said that the hardest job for an adult is being a parent. There are so many different parenting styles, so many different needs for each individual child and so many different family situations. Thankfully, there is an organization specifically dedicated to helping parents achieve success in the family arena. Founded in 1984, Parents Anonymous of Tyler, Inc. was established through the efforts of the Smith County Medical Society Alliance. It’s original purpose: to help put a stop to the tragic cycle of child abuse and to strengthen families with classes for parents and children. The organization encompasses everything from educational parenting classes, to ending abuse, to helping young parents prepare for the challenges ahead. Founded in 1984, Parents Anonymous of Tyler, Inc. was established through the efforts of the Smith County Medical Society Alliance. It’s original purpose: to help put a stop to the tragic cycle of child abuse and to strengthen families with classes for parents and children. Executive Director for Parents Anonymous of Tyler, Inc., Terri Smith, says the need is great for an organization such as theirs. “Our small staff works very had to address these needs. Our entire budget is filtered back into providing programs for our families,” Smith explained. Parents attend morning and evening classes, offered in both English and Spanish, in one of three programs. Programs include the Middle Way Programs with participants referred from various entities made up of: the family court system, Municipal Court System, CPS, schools, doctors, therapists, various agencies, clergy and self-referrals. Their collaborative programs with the City of Tyler Municipal Court includes the Partners For Youth program. “Whether it is out-of-control behavior, child abuse or parents who didn’t have good role models when they were growing up and just need some skills,” Smith said, “The hardest thing in the world is to raise a child, period. We serve as a resource for parents who need help learning skills to successfully raise their children.” One of their newest programs helps train and educate teen parents.
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Due to the vulnerability of teen parents, especially teen moms, the Teens As Parents program focuses on educating teen moms on practical information that older parents have typically know. They are educated in nutrition, conception, giving birth, fetal alcohol syndrome – many things which Smith says the girls don’t know. “They learn a coping skill for when their baby is crying all night. Or, they actually go to the hospital and see the delivery room. So that is another program,” she said. “We really like to work with them, even after the baby is born.” Teens As Parents, or TAP, continues up until 3 years of age. Parents Anonymous was designed to serve families in crisis. Typically, this includes low-income families with custody issues, poor or no parenting skills and drug abuse. In some cases, children have been removed from the home because of parenting issues. Parents in this situation complete a 10-week course on parenting skills, discipline and communication. Children simultaneously complete their own classes to help create a cohesive family unit. Perhaps the most amazing facet of the programs offered by the organization, is that due to funding and grants, all of the classes and programs are free. The TAP program is funded by the Junior League of Tyler, Inc. and other donors; Food Fast Children’s Charities and the Municipal Court help fund Partners For Youth. “We looked at the services we were offering and we realized that there is a real gap. There is not anyone who is offering such a service to our kids in Tyler. One of our long-range plans is to offer that to Dad’s too,” Smith revealed, “The Teens As Dads, I believe is going to happen in 2012 … and we are very excited about that!” Over the course of the past five years, Smith explained that all of their programs have experienced growth, mainly due to Partners For Youth. The collaborative program, arranged by the Tyler Municipal Court, seeks to reduce the re-offender rate of juveniles in the courtroom. PFY was started by Municipal Court Administrator Cam McCabe to help teens. “The goal of program is to reduce the number of those ages 10 to 17 seen by the Municipal Courts by providing sources for youth to change behaviors and set them on course for a productive life,” Smith explained. The program seeks to do more than penalize, the program is designed the help teens change the direction of their lives. B S C E N E M AG.COM
Equipping clients for success with classes is done through peerled, professionally guided, mutual-help groups and family and teen education programs. Some of their programs even extend into the literal classrooms in schools. Several years ago, they expanded their support groups for pregnant teens and new mothers to the John Tyler Campus. This past summer, they expanded their Middle Way classes into Jacksonville, with plans slated for Palestine. “Both communities have been extremely welcoming and supportive of this expansion,” Smith stated. Over the course of the past five years, Smith explained that all of their programs have experienced growth, mainly due to Partners For Youth. The collaborative program, arranged by the Tyler Municipal Court, seeks to reduce the re-offender rate of juveniles in the courtroom. Apart from programs for young parents and troubled youth, Parents Anonymous offers support and training for any struggling parent. Smith revealed that she observes many modern parents do not set firm boundaries for children, resulting in behavior challenges from the child. Many parents struggle with effective and proper discipline. “A lot of times we react to our children and what they’ve done instead of responding to our children, and that punishment is not effective and is not healthy for children,” she explained. “Discipline should fit what they do and not go overboard.” One of the main focuses of the programs is to prevent parents from repeating bad parenting habits they witnessed as a child “because that’s the way they were raised,” Smith said. It also helps to provide support for parents in similar circumstances. Even single parents can find reinforcement and encouragement at Parents Anonymous. Smith revealed that struggling single parents have no relief, no backup. They are mom and dad 24/7 – forever. There is nobody to discuss problems with or to go to for backup. Even single parents can find reinforcement and encouragement at Parents Anonymous. Smith revealed that struggling single parents have no relief, no backup. They are mom and dad 24/7 – forever. There is nobody to discuss problems with or to go to for backup. Parents Anonymous is for anyone experiencing parental stress and questions. Even parents who consider themselves knowledgeable may learn something new. Smith, who has been with the organization for nine years, has learned new techniques. When she started in 2002, both she and her husband took the parenting class. She recalled, “We were just overwhelmed because we considered ourselves good parents. But, I think we are so much better parents because we took this class!” Among the invaluable things she learned was how to diffuse an escalating situation when children become upset. “If you’ll just take a deep breath and calm down, then talk in a low voice, that will calm a situation nine times out of 10. Little things like that make such a difference.” These tips from professionals can make a big impact, especially when a parent doesn’t know how to react or how their reactions affect their children. “The way you talk to your children … sometimes there are things that are common sense to us, but we just get so busy being a parent we don’t stop and think about them,” Smith said. Becoming a knowledgeable and fit parent will help result in a successful family unit. Many parents that come to Parents Anonymous are not aware of the encroaching responsibility of parenthood. “It’s becoming very real to them,” said Smith. Yet, “They don’t realize what they are getting into.” Even so, the commitment to become a good parent has great rewards. It is a job to be taken seriously and the ultimate responsibility. Smith said, “[It’s] Forever. My oldest daughter is 21 and as far as I can tell, it’s forever.” BS CENEMAG.CO M
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/// MIX & MINGLE MISTLETOE & MAGIC BRUNCH & STYLE SHOW /// TYLER / HARVEY HALL / NOVEMBER 17
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LINDSEY HARRISON, JULIE GIBSON, ASHLEY MCCAIN, BLYTHE MCCAIN
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REBECCA BALLARD, GUEST SPEAKER COLLINS TOUHY, LAURIE ANN FRANK
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AMY DATWYLER, BRANDI & HUDSON WHITE
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/// SEE & BSCENE LONGVIEW CHAMBER OPEN HOUSE The Longview Chamber of Commerce and the Longview Economic Development Corporation Hosted an open House at the chamber office on Dec. 14. New developers and chamber members were on hand to discuss directions for the upcoming year as well as mingle and network with local business owners.
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JIM HUGMAN, CATHY CACE, JOHN FORD
CJ CLANTON, CHERRI HAYES
KATIE REYNOLDS, CARRIE FISHER, ELAINE REYNOLDS
CHELSEE DORGAN, SCOTT WILLIAMS
RICHARD MANLY, JOE BOB JOICE
ERIKA BAUER, TED MCDERMOTT
ANGELA HANLEY, CHARLOTTE DAVIS
CHERIE JONES, LYNDA DAVID
JOHNNY ZACKARY, CINDY FLOYD
JEREMEY DUMOND, KELLY WATSON
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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER COVER UNVEIL
Monday, Nov. 14, marked the celebration and cover unveiling for the November/December 2011 issue of BSCENE Magazine at Soju, in Tyler. Guests relaxed under cover and decoration from All American Party Rentals, enjoyed specialty desserts from Chez Bazan and grooved to the sounds of the eveningâ€™s entertainer, BC. PHOTO NAMES: 1. Patrick McKee, Kelli White 2. BC 3. Martha Escobar, Matt Schulz 4. Kelsey Capo, Kim Jackson Wheeler 5. Jana Humphrey, Lonna Emerson, Matt Stanley 6. Claudia Bazan, Anna Bazan, Lexi Nartia, Yaziri Orrostieta 7. Michael Rodriguez, Erin Lavender 8. Crystal Unger, Lynn Haney, Todd Cruthird, Kelsey Capo 9. Casey Hawthorne, Ashleigh Endicott 10. Ginny Gould, Kelly McPherson, Sonya Atkison 11. Debbie Johnson & Price Arredondo 12. Melinda & Dr. Rick Coker 13. Megan Kennedy, Paul Carroll 14. Kat & Larry Stokes 15. Cadie Johnson, Zoe Lawhorn
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/// MIX & MINGLE BUSINESS AFTER HOURS /// TYLER / THE HAMPTONS / NOVEMBER 17
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MELANIE STARKEY, DAGMAR BORTZ
DR. AUBREY SHARPE, ASHLEY BULMAN, BRIAN CLARKE
SARAH PARLETT, MICHELE REDFEARN, TIFFANY WILLIAMS, BRUCE MITSCHELEN
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COURTNEY KLEPFER, MARILYN BROWN, JAMIE HUFF
JASON BREEDLOVE, CHUCK BREEDLOVE, JIMMY ARBER
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ARIEL SCHMIDT, CINDY SCHMIDT
KATHRYN BILBERRY, CHRISTY THORNTON
CHRYSA FULCHER, AMANDA ALLEN
MELINDA & GARY SWENY
KAREN KASPER, KRISTEN SEEBER
STEPHANIE MOORE, CASEY BROWN
JACQUE GOATES, JENNIFER GOATES-NEAL, HAZEL MOORE
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The Azalea & Spring Flower Trail travels through 8 miles of residential gardens and historic homes sites. The two trails have been routed to maintain an orderly traffic flow so visitors can see as many flowers as possible. From the courthouse on North Broadway, follow the specifically marked Azalea Trail signs southward to enjoy this outstanding celebration of Spring in East Texas.
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Ladies, you simply WILL NOT get big and bulky by strength training! You simply do not have enough testosterone in your bodies to build the perceived “bulk” that concern so many. If you’ve dedicated your life to becoming a bodybuilder, after many years you might achieve this feared look. However, simply lifting weights as part of a routine strength training program will not lend itself to this undesirable outcome! Lean, fat-burning muscle, achieved through weight training, will allow your body to burn an extra 350-500 calories a day while at rest! Increasing and restoring bone density, injury prevention, improved balance, increased metabolic rate (fat burning potential), as well as strengthening tendons, ligaments, and joints, which is one of the best ways to prevent and recover from an injury. Even with all these benefits, many women still resist strength training for one common reason: the fear of getting bulky! Studies have shown that combining weight training & cardio will help you to obtain a LEANER look. Muscles are like sponges, by adding weight training to your regimen, muscles “soak up” water and nutrients needed to fuel activity. You may experience a 5-7 pound weight gain during the first 4-6 weeks of this added activity. DO NOT try to hurry and give your muscles time to increase your metabolism and get into “fat-burning” mode! Now, the best way to achieve this leaner appearance is to perform 2-3 full body strength workouts per week. This can be done in as little as 30 minutes per session! So ladies, lift hard and lift with one goal in mind: To get STRONGER! With healthier dietary choices, YOU WILL LOSE BODY FAT & obtain a look that is pleasing to you!
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/// MIX & MINGLE GIL HITT MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT /// TYLER / HOLLYTREE COUNTRY CLUB / NOVEMBER 7
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CHARLES HILL, DANNY ADAMS, CHIP CLARK, BEN WATSON
WATERSON CALHOUN, GEORGE ROBERTS, ROBIN FARRELL, BOB ROSEMAN, TOM PROTHRO, WALTER WILHELMI
DAVID DETTEN, RON ANDERSON, TOM WILLIAMS, STUART BIRD, MITCH BERNHARD, DAVID CANNON
WILL HILL, GARY BRISTOW, JOSH GENTRY
KENNY BIZOT, JUSTIN HENLEY, MIKE REED, GRANT SPENCER
STEVE BROWN, ED CLIVER, RANDY THOMAS
BRAD ROBERTSON, DONNY WILLIAMS, JAMIE HOLDER, JEREMY CHILEK
TABA CHRISTMAS PARTY /// TYLER / TYLER AREA BUILDERS ASSOCIATION / DECEMBER 8
ED THOMPSON, TOM UTZ
HEATHER STEVENSON, JION DIETZ, JOAN & JOHN SMITH, SARAH GOOD,BEVERLY SHERYL UZZELL STEPHENS
ANWAR KHALIFA, ROBERT AIKEN
SUZAN & ED KOPAL
KATIE CLARKSTON, VICKY FRENCH
STEVE NIX, LIBBY SIMMONS, BRENT CONAWAY
BETH POWELL, LEE BROWNING
JEFF CROSS, ED THOMPSON
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Junior Symphony League CLASS of 2012
Friday night - March 2, 2012 Harvey Convention Center
he Women's Symphony League of Tyler (WSL) is pleased to present and honor the Junior Symphony League class of 2012. These 67 remarkable young men and women have volunteered over 2,000 hours of service to WSL and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. We invite you to join us on March 2, as we “check in” to the legendary Plaza Hotel. We are looking forward to an evening that recalls the 1940s glamour and elegance of a formal evening spent dining and dancing in the Plaza's famed Grand Ballroom. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Emerald City. Try your luck in the Casino playing everyone's favorite card and dice games with prizes available through the casino store. Generously donated by Ramsey Fritz Jewels, 51 gift boxes containing gift certiﬁcates and merchandise will be available for $75 each. One special box will contain a beautiful pendant necklace and earrings suite of cushion-cut citrines, accented with diamonds, set in 14 K yellow gold. We hope you will spend time shopping our silent auction featuring unique gift items; new this year will feature a selection of art, jewelry and pottery created by local artists. To tempt you even more, there will be a beneﬁt drawing for a 14K yellow gold, clear quartz and diamond pendant necklace and earrings set valued at over $6,600 provided by Murphey the Jeweler. New this year to our event, our delicious dinner buffet will be catered by FRESH by Brookshire's. "An Evening at the Plaza" tickets are available for $175 per person beginning Feb. 1, 2012. Tickets and premiere seating are available now through underwriting and sponsorship opportunities. For more information Lucy Easley at 903.551.6552 or visit www.wsltyler.org/sl_ball.htm
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Thanks to all the Junior Symphony League Members for your volunteer service. Photos by: Portraits by Bryan
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/// SEE & BSCENE LONGVIEW BALLET RECEPTION Fans young and old made their way to the S.E. Belcher Center on the LeTourneau University campus in Longview for a pre-performance reception during the rehearsal of the beloved children's classic "Peter Pan" on Dec. 16, performed by the longview ballet. Guest performers included new york city ballet prinicipal, daniel ulbricht, as peter pan.
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Happy New Year! The Longview and Nacogdoches branches of R&K Distributors would like to thank all of our retail partners and East Texas consumers for a great 2011. We look forward to another great year in 2012! Please enjoy our New Year responsibility. Don’t Drink and Drive. R&K Distributors has been distributing beverages to East Texans since 1963. With Branch locations in Longview and Nacogdoches, R&K covers an area that spans 16 counties throughout East Texas. The company’s portfolio includes products from five different breweries, including the exclusive rights to the Anheuser Busch brands. For 48 years, R&K has committed itself to the highest standards of service to retailers, providing quality products to the consumer and supporting the communities in which it does business.
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SFASU Foundation Gala 2011
Guests flocked to Nacogdoches for Gala 2011 at the Baker Patillo Student Center on the Stephen F. Austin campus on Dec.10, to honor outstanding donors and recogonize Faculty Achievement Award winners. The cocktail reception was followed by a candlight dinner with entertainment courtesy of Blind Date of Austin. PHOTO NAMES: 1. Roger Van Horn, Joe Still, Kathy & Bud Wright 2. Dorota & Gary Miller 3. Gaylord Hughey, Margaret & Jim Perkins 4. Samantha & Sergio Moreiro 5. Brigettee and Trey Henderson, Amy & Sid Walker 6. Kathy & Dr. Robert Lehmann, Deanna & Arthur Speck 7. Jill Still, Ray Mize, Jamie Cupit 8. Kim & Scott Bowyer, Carol & Clay Bostian 9. Pattye Greer, State Sen. Robert Nichols 10. Rhonda Crim-Tumelson, Kayli & Derrick Head 11. Janice & Baker Pattillo, Debbie & Bob Garrett 12. Gwen & Ed Cole 13. James I. Perkins Jr., Margaret Perkins 14. Linda Asquith, Sharon Brewer, Jeri Meredith 15. Todd & Paige Brown
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DEAN FEARING’S SPICE OF LIFE Contributing Food Editor
High Steaks! It truly amazes me each and every year how much the old saying is true: Time flies when you’re having fun. And my friends, I’ve been having a blast! I know we usually talk about how to add “spice” to “life” via the kitchen, with a new ingredient, technique or recipe. But to start off this year, I want to share with you an experience I recently had the pleasure to be part of outside the kitchen. I’ve been buddies with Chef Tom Colicchio for quite a while. As most of you I’m sure know, he’s the man behind the BRAVO hit series, Top Chef. This show, now in its ninth season, has brought the high-pressure professional kitchen culture into homes across the nation as chef-testants battle it out, challenge after challenge, to compete for their shot at culinary stardom and the chance to earn the title of ‘Top Chef.’ So, when Tom called me up and asked if I wanted to be part of the Dallas segment of “Top Chef: Texas,” of course I agreed! There are several talented, famous chefs in Dallas, so I felt honored they asked me. Not only did I get to experience the production of a television show and spend time with the beautiful Padma Lakshmi and my buddy Tom, my old friend Emeril Lagasse was a new face to the judges panel this season to boot! (Turns out, he wasn’t part of episode six which was a bit of a letdown). The first day I showed up at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Dallas, I was amazed at the sheer number of folks on the production crew. It was huge! The producers, the light crew, the sound guys, the cameramen, the editors all working in 12-hour shifts … there is one person who just irons Padma’s clothes! It was really amazing to see everyone work together. The second thing I noticed was just how nice everyone was on the set. With a huge 100-plus crew running 24 hours-a-day to turn around the day’s footage – that’s tough work. And they all did it with a smile. For Day One filming, we stayed at Le Cordon Bleu for the Quickfire challenge. The chef-testants were asked to create a dish stemming from one of five mother sauces – Béchamel, Espagnole, Velouté, Tomaté or Hollandaise. I was honestly surprised that a few chefs lacked the basic technique on these mother sauces, but Grayson’s dish was just perfection: Scallop, Corn Ravioli topped with Charred Corn Sauce with Paprika, with Blueberry Balsamic Reduction. I was happy to give her immunity from elimination! Day Two took us to Southfork Ranch, the renowned filming location for the television series “Dallas.” The Elimination Challenge was to prepare a progressive four-course beef menu for 200-seated guests at the Annual Dallas Cattle Barons’ Ball benefiting the American Cancer Society. Before I left the chef-testants on day one, I explained they needed to get a medium rare steak on the table to each guest. And I won’t ruin it for you, but … I ate the worst steak and potatoes of my life that night! Judging the dishes was a lot of fun, but honestly it was easy to pick the chef to pack her knives and send home that night. Raw scalloped potatoes are inexcusable. And so boring! Luckily, Tom had told me that we judges would have quite a bit of downtime throughout the two days of filming. (It’s funny how much footage is filmed, and then you see the final product condensed into a 42-minute episode and it’s like, ‘That’s it?!’) He and I have been trying for years to get together and play some music, but it just hadn’t worked out until then. I brought my guitar with me and he had his, and we just got to play together for a few hours – it was actually one of the personal highlights of this experience for yours truly! Open yourself up to a new experience as we welcome yet another year. Make 2012 a spicy, unforgettable year! Long known as the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine,” Chef Fearing has won accolades from such publications at Zagat, Wine Spectator, Esquire and countless more for his restaurant, Fearings at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.
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MISTLETOE & MAGIC HOLIDAY HOEDOWN /// TYLER / HARVEY HALL / NOVEMBER 17
PRISCILLA KLECKLEY, PAM GABRIEL
TY YARBROUGH, MEGAN FARR
EMMY, MARK BARRET
PAMELA MCKEE, WHITNEY PARRISH
HOLLY WELMAKER, ELLEN DAY, BRIDGETTE BAKER
KAREN HARRISON, ERIN HATTON
KAYLA GLASSCOCK, ALEXANDRA WILKES
MACY MIDDLETON,CLAIRE SHAVER, BLYTHE MCCAIN
TYLER CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON /// TYLER / WILLOW BROOK COUNTRY CLUB / NOVEMBER 30
CAMILLE BROWN, STEPHANIE THEAKER
KYLE PENNY, CHAD HUMPHRIES, STEVE FITZPATRICK
CHRIS MOLINA, SAMUEL MEJORADO, REECE ANDERSON
GREG SMITH, NANCY WRENN
WILLIE MARVELS, D.M. EDWARDS, RON VICKERY
HENRY BELL, LAURA JACKSON, CECIL MCDANIEL
LESLIE WATSON, LORI HOLT, VEL WILLIAMSON
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OLIVETO ITALIAN BISTRO Meet. Eat. Unwind. Come visit Tyler’s newest Italian Bistro! With a Tuscan-inspired Italian menu and a blazing hot Woodstone® oven, Oliveto has people talking. Not to mention we offer a selection of 20 wines under $25 … Come see what all the buzz is about! 3709 Troup Hwy Tyler, TX • 903.581.2678 olivetobistro.com Delight your loved ones with an Oliveto Gift Card. Catering available for any event!
CURRENTS Featured in Texas Monthly! From business lunches on-the-go to larger parties who’ve got the place to themselves, Currents will go the extra mile to ensure every customer feels like a regular returning to their favorite spot … because after the first visit, you will be. We also do wedding receptions, bridal showers and corporate events. 1121 E. Second St., off Fleishel Ave. Tyler, TX • 903.597.3771 • currentstyler.com Lunch menu starting at $7.25 Dinner menu starting at $13.95 Reserve Currents for Your Private Party Today!
CHEZ BAZAN This second generation, family-owned/operated bakery is much more than a great place to share a simply delicious pastry and gourmet coffee. Chez Bazan offers stellar catering services and truly innovative cake and pastry design to accompany their unparalleled bakery and café. Let Chez Bazan satisfy your sweet tooth with signature pies, cookies, and homemade breads.
Café Hours: 11a.m. – 2p.m. M-S Bakery Hours: 7a.m. – 6p.m. M-F, 8a.m. - 4p.m. S Closed Sundays 5930 Old Bullard Rd. • Tyler, TX • 903.561.9644 www.chezbazan.com • email@example.com Remember to “like” us on Facebook! Photography by Casey Jay Benson
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CORNER BAKERY CAFE On a corner. That’s where it started. And today, we’re still the place where you’re guaranteed a warm welcome and delicious flavors in your own unique corner of the world. Corner Bakery Cafe is a fast-casual restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to dine in and to go guests, as well as catering for any occasion. Discover all of the guilt-free dining options at 100UNDER600. COM and create your favorite combo under 600 calories with our Corner Combo Calorie Counter. Enjoy our Uptown Turkey Sandwich with Roasted Tomato Basil Soup, or try any of our other tasty combinations of signature sandwiches, toasty panini, hand-tossed salads or homemade soups. With over 100 combos under 600 calories, you can eat delicious and eat smart! 3306 Troup Highway Tyler, Texas 903-592-0000
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BREAKERS: A SEAFOOD JOINT At Breakers, we strive to bring the delightful California atmosphere to life as Tyler’s Finest Seafood House. Leave the white tablecloth at home and be ready for something unique when you come through the doors – Breaker’s is much more than your typical seafood house. Whether you are grabbing some fish tacos for lunch or one of our hand-selected Live Maine Lobster, you will not be disappointed. Breakers brings you top-quality seafood with a fun, west coast twist. If fish isn’t on your mind, come try our “Big Breaker Burger” or simply relax with a cocktail at our full-service bar. 5106 Old Bullard Road • Tyler, TX 75701 903.534.0161 • www.breakerstyler.com Hours of Operation: MON – FRI 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. SAT Noon – 10 p.m. SUN Noon – 9 p.m.
BRUNO’S PIZZA & PASTA Family Owned and Operated since 1976 Bruno’s Pizza And Pasta has been providing the East Texans with delicious homemade Italian food, pizza, pasta and more for decades. We have catering and takeout available, and our banquet room seats around 55. We also offer appetizers, salads, specialty pizzas and sandwiches. Whether it’s a quiet evening with the family or sharing a slice after the game, Bruno’s has you covered! Be sure to call us and ask for our daily lunch special! 1400 S. Vine Tyler, TX 903.595.1676
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JULIAN’S ASIAN RESTAURANT “MARTINIS AREN’T THE ONLY THINGS WE MAKE FRESH DAILY” Our food is cut fresh daily and made right at the time you order! Having a special event? Call us and we will make the planning easy. Don’t forget WE CATER! Visit our Facebook page for our daily specials and events. Happy Hour Mon-Thur 4pm-7pm “Step Out of Tyler and Into Julian’s”
JUCY’S HAMBURGERS “Just for the health of it – try one of our new salads: The Slice or The Cowboy”
Everything that goes into our burgers, fries, beans, onion rings, steaks and salads is prepared fresh every morning. We even grind our own fresh beef daily. Maybe that’s why Jucys has been voted “Best Burger In East Texas” for the last 16 years in a row. 2330 E. 5th Street Tyler, TX 903.597.0660
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JERSEY MIKE’S What makes Jersey Mike’s so terrific? The secret’s in the sub! We start with the highest quality meats and cheeses. Add onions, lettuce, tomatoes, oil, vinegar and spices. Even our bread is baked fresh daily, right in each store. But what really sets us apart is that each and every sandwich is made fresh to order. Meats and cheeses are sliced fresh for each sandwich, and piled high on the in-store baked bread right before the eyes of the customers. Just the way the first subs were made at the original Jersey Mike’s almost fifty years ago!
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FAT CATZ You deserve great food. Fat Catz Louisiana Kitchen is committed to bringing you the very best in Gulf Coast seafood with Louisiana flair. The freshest ingredients are used to prepare your meal with spices blended by hand to create our seasonings, and we make all of our sauces from scratch! Try Cajun favorites like crawfish etoufee and jambalaya, or expand your dining experience with our house specialties like Seafood Fondue or Tilapia Orleans. Dishes are created under the watchful eye of Executive Chef and owner, Cedric Fletcher, whose culinary talents have been featured on NBC, ABC and CBS affiliates in Houston and Tyler, Texas. And don’t forget, we cater: a special dinner for two or a party for 50! Southeast Crossing Center 3320 Troup Hwy Ste. 170 • Tyler, TX 75701 (903) 593-1114 • (903) 593-2272 (fax) www.FatCatzKitchen.com
HOLLYTREE COUNTRY CLUB Come and enjoy a wonderful experience at Hollytree Country Club and let our professional staff make you feel right at home. Indulge yourself with any of our great items from our versatile menu created by our chef, while overlooking our beautiful golf course. If outdoor dining is what you crave, hang out with friends by the fire while enjoying your favorite cocktails and appetizers at our newly renovated tennis patio. Whether it is a business luncheon, spending time with family or hanging out with friends, Hollytree Country Club is a great place to be! A Private Club with memberships available. For information on how to join BSCENE Magazine Readers’ Choice “Best Country Club in East Texas,” please contact Casey Dirksen at (903) 581-4952 or CDirksen@HollytreeClub.com
JEN’S POP SHOPPE These Cake Pops are the trendiest dessert around! Each Cake Pop is made from the finest and freshest ingredients, hand-rolled into a golf ball sized ball, dipped in chocolate, beautifully hand-decorated, and served on a stick. Jen’s Cake Pops are customizable and completely mess free! A great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without crashing your diet! Perfect for weddings, parties or any event on your calendar! This Valentine’s Day, instead of having roses or chocolates delivered to your loved one, send them something different and delicious! Cake pops make an amazing gift – something truly extraordinary to share (or keep all to yourself )! Call Jennifer Kidd at (903) 262-4942 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org Visit our website at jenspopshoppe.com
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Last year I made only one New Year’s Resolution, and I’ve decided to keep the same one for 2012. It’s not about exercise, and it’s not about making myself give up the foods I love.
My New Year’s Resolution is to make sure my family gathers around our supper table at least four nights a week. Four nights may not sound like much to some families, but with our hectic schedules and kids’ activities, it’s quite difficult to find time some weeks to stop, sit down and give each other time and attention with a family meal. It’s actually been scientifically proven that kids who regularly eat meals with their families have a much higher chance of success in life. Sounds silly, but there’s something magical about pulling up a chair, turning off the television and simply asking, “How was your day today?” This is one New Year’s Resolution I am looking forward to keeping, and I hope you will give it a try as well. To make your life a bit easier, I’ve included a few quick, familyfriendly weeknight recipe ideas. Happy 2012! THAI BEEF CURRY 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 pound beef sirloin, sliced into thin strips 1 red onion, thinly sliced 2 red or orange bell peppers, seeded and thinly sliced 1/3 cup water 1 tablespoon red curry paste 1 (14-ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk 1 cup fresh basil leaves 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 8 ounces angel hair pasta or steamed Jasmine rice, cooked according to directions
Heat one tablespoon of oil in a large skillet on medium-high. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. Cook in skillet, one half at a time. Do not stir; allow beef to brown for two minutes per side. Remove beef and keep warm; repeat with remaining oil and beef. Add onion, peppers and water to skillet, and cook for three minutes, stirring occasionally. Add curry paste, and cook one minute while stirring constantly. Return beef and juices to skillet. Add coconut milk, and simmer until sauce is slightly thickened, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in basil and lime juice. Taste for salt and pepper. Serve over pasta or rice. WINTER SAUSAGE AND WHITE BEAN CASSEROLE 1 tablespoon olive oil 6 Italian sausage links, casings removed and crumbled 2 carrots, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces 3 minced garlic cloves 2 bunches Swiss chard leaves, cut into strips OR 8 cups fresh baby spinach 2 (151/2-ounce) cans white beans, drained and rinsed ½ cup water Salt and pepper to taste 2 tablespoons bread crumbs 1 teaspoon melted butter Preheat oven to 400°F and spray a square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook until no longer pink, about 7 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Add carrots and garlic to skillet. Cook, while stirring, for one minute. Add chard or spinach leaves to skillet, and cook two minutes, until wilted. It will seem like too much greens at first, but it cooks down quickly. Add beans, water and salt and pepper to skillet. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and carefully stir sausage into mixture. Transfer mixture to baking dish. In a small bowl, mix bread crumbs with melted butter. Sprinkle over casserole. Bake until golden, about 20 minutes. LINGUINE WITH SHRIMP AND SUN-DRIED TOMATOES 16 ounces linguine 7-ounce jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil ¼ cup pine nuts 3 garlic cloves, minced ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 16 medium cooked shrimp 4-ounces crumbled feta cheese 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil strips Prepare linguine according to package directions. Drain the tomatoes, but keep 2 Tablespoons of the oil. Thinly slice the sun-dried tomatoes. Heat a dry skillet to medium-low and add pine nuts. Stir until toasted, about 5 minutes. Remove pine nuts from skillet. Add the reserved oil plus ¼ cup olive oil to the skillet and heat to medium heat. Add garlic and shrimp and sauté just until heated through, about 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes. Remove from heat and toss with linguine, feta and basil. Top with the toasted pine nuts. Good hot or cold. Serves 4.
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VEGETARIAN NOODLES WITH LIME PEANUT SAUCE 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter or soy butter 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup hot water 2 tablespoons rice vinegar 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 green onion, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 pound linguine, cooked according to package directions 1 pound broccoli, chopped into florets and steamed 2 cups sugar snap peas, steamed Puree peanut butter, soy sauce, hot water, rice vinegar, lime juice, scallion, ginger, brown sugar and red pepper flakes in a food processor. Toss the pasta with the steamed vegetables and peanut sauce. Garnish with additional peanuts if desired. Serves 4-6. by Leigh Oliver Vickery, OneBigHappyTable.com BS CENEMAG.CO M
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LESS IS In the world of wine, every bottle is not created equally. And just because you’re in the mood for real quality, it doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Several local spots recommend a wine that delivers top-notch taste, at a very reasonable price.
CARAVAN CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2006 AT BREAKERS A SEAFOOD JOINT The 2006 Caravan Cabernet Sauvignon is a luscious ruby red wine that strikes the palette much like a black cherry cola with hints of espresso and dark chocolate. The wine is approachable and smooth, but a little light on the nose. This is the type of wine that pairs perfectly with a thick cut of prime rib. ESTANCIA PINOT NOIR 2009 AT FAT CATZ At less than $15 a bottle, this 2009 Estancia Pinot Noir is a great example of a good pinot that won't break the bank. They are making one of the better Pinot Noir’s we’ve had in this price range. This wine has a very high acidity that accompanies most food well, a peppery blend of cherries and strawberries that lingers with a dry, cigar-like finish. Don’t be afraid to give this one a try. BENZIGER SAUVIGNON BLANC 2010 AT OLIVETO The 2010 Benziger Sauvignon Blanc first strikes the taster with the pungent tang of freshly cut grass. The earthy essence of this blanc is quickly replaced by the off-sweet taste of citrus and apple. This wine is crisp and bouncy on the palette, but finishes with a long vanilla/ oak draw. This 2010 would be great on a warm summer day, with a good piece of salmon or grilled tuna.
SHOGUN I & II Why settle for a normal dinner when you can have an exotic dinning experience? Order at the sushi bar and watch our expert chefs create your made-to-order roll. You can also dine in our newly redesigned sushi lounge. Stop at our metropolitan-inspired bar for one of our delicious signature drinks and to watch the game. And for the ultimate dining experience, dine in our hibachi and where our expert hibachi chefs cook to entertain. Be sure to visit our outdoor patio at both Shogun locations. Come dine at Shogun. Tyler’s first and best sushi and hibachi restaurant. Walk-ins Welcome, Reservations Recommended. Shogun #1 5515 S. Broadway 903.534.1155
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PANERA BREAD FRESH BREAD MAKES THE DIFFERENCE At Panera, this is our promise to you: To bake fresh BREAD from fresh DOUGH every night in every bakery-café by real bakers. To start every HOT sandwich with freshly baked bread for the best flavor & texture. To pair our artisan bread with only the finest ingredients – like using slow-roasted, thick-cut, all-natural turkey in our Roasted Turkey Artichoke Panini. At Panera, fresh bread makes the difference and it’s what makes today, and every day, better. MAKE TODAY BETTER 5755 S. Broadway Ave. Tyler, TX 75703 903-561-1303 www.panerabread.com
LEGENDS BAR & GRILL Sink your teeth into one of our handmade, 1/2 pound burgers and find out why Legends Bar & Grill is the place to be! Our food and customers are what makes Legends the perfect spot to sit back and relax. Great food and drink specials all week featuring our fantastic new menu with new items listed daily. Shoot a game of pool or watch your favorite teams on one of our many flat screen televisions while you eat and enjoy a drink with friends or family! Mention this ad and receive 25 percent off your food! And don’t forget Karaoke every Tuesday night, or our $10 steak night every Sunday night. 2843 WNW Loop 323 Tyler, TX • 903.597.1301 Open Daily, 5pm-12am
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SMASHBURGER Smashburger was born to satisfy the modern burger lover by offering the best cooked-to-order burger you have ever tasted and all the good things that go with it. Where smash means we literally smash 100 percent Angus beef at a high temperature to sear in all the juicy burger goodness, and our seasoning blend and fresh toppings take our burgers over the top. Where sizzle means the service is friendly and fast – a place that values your time. Where savor means a place that is modern and cool where you can sit back and enjoy a better burger that doesn’t break the bank. Smash.Sizzle.Savor 3314 Troup Hwy 3080 N. Eastman Rd., Ste. 115 7484 S. Broadway Tyler, TX 75701 Longview, TX 75605 Tyler, TX 75703 903.526.7982 903.663.2319 903.534.3719
WASABI SUSHI BAR & ASIAN BISTRO Innovative and original recipes fill the eclectic menu at Wasabi, using only premium quality sushi and exotic fish. A full bar featuring an extensive wine list including Japanese Sake variations will add fireworks to your dining experience. Taste Culture with live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights on the patio. Now open for lunch and dinner. Behind Lowe’s, Next to Karen Horton 5617 Donnybrook Ave. • Tyler, TX • 903.939.0211 www.WasabiTyler.com, Powered by Group M7 Hours of Operation Sun. – Thurs.: 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Fri. – Sat.: 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
VILLAGE BAKERY Since 1948 In 1980, we served the first Italian Cream cake to be made for a wedding in Tyler. It has become our “Signature Cake.” The recipe for our famous Chocolate/Chocolate cake has been in our family for four generations, and is also used in the Dobash cake, another first for Tyler. It’s a copy of the Doberge cake made in New Orleans, but with a Texas Twist! Other flavors include strawberry, lemon, black-and-white, carrot and red velvet! Pastries, Pies, Cookies! Everything Sweet! 111 East 8th Street • Tyler 903.592.1011 • villagebakerytyler.com
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WHERE’S RUFUS SPORTS BAR Come out to the newly renovated and innovative Where’s Rufus Sports Bar in Tyler. Indulge in one of your favorite beers or a perfectly-mixed cocktail at our top-shelf bar while enjoying our amazing pub fare. From singularly delicious hot wings and perfectly cooked, seasoned fries, we’ve got you covered. There are also daily drink specials to accompany billiards, darts and cutting edge arcade games – and don’t forget the live music and cookouts hosted regularly! 6100 S. Broadway, Ste. 100, Tyler, TX 903.581.9999 • Facebook.com/wheres.rufus Daily Drink Specials! Football is back and we’ve got ALL the games Lounge Area Available
SOJU SUSHI BAR & ASIAN BISTRO Soju’s stylish, modern dining experience is sure to excite and delight diners of all varieties seeking something truly unique. Soju features CULINARY-TRAINED staff concocting a progressive menu of amazing Asian-fusion cuisine, backed by a lounge and full bar, an extensive wine list and full, hospitable service. LIVE MUSIC on the patio Thursday, Friday & Saturday 6361 Old Jacksonville Hwy Tyler TX 75703 903.939.1100 • www.SojuTyler.com Hours of Operation Open 7 days a week LUNCH 11am - 2:30p.m. DINNER 5p.m.-9:30, 10:30 (Friday & Saturday)
TCBY Today, TCBY leads the market in nutrition, taste, and new product innovation, with a contemporary look and an atmosphere that appeals to customers of all ages. And the new self-serve platform, introduced in 2010, is perfect for attracting today’s active, on-the-go consumers. Come try our 16 exciting flavors ! We offer four types of yogurt that include 98 percent Fat Free, Non-Fat, No Sugar Added/Non Fat, and a nondairy/nonfat sorbet. We have over 35 different toppings that are sure to please even the most choosy of eaters. Sprinkle on a few toppings or pile them high - at TCBY, it’s Your life. Your yogurt. Your way.
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WING STOP • Wings, Boneless Wings and Boneless Strips • • Always Cooked to Order • • 9 Special Wing Sauces • Something for Everyone • • No Heat Lamps, Microwaves or Holding Bins • • We Cut Our Fries Fresh Every Day from Real Potatoes • • You’ll Always Be Greeted With a Smile • Hours of Operation: Open 7 days a week, 11 a.m. – Midnight Phone ahead or order online at wingstop.com Proudly Serving Tyler and Longview Wingstop. The Wing Experts.
YAMATO JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI BAR From the finest hand-rolled sushi to the most delectable and entertaining hibachi, Yamato Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar has something to offer everyone – from the discerning diner to the family looking for a night of fun. With a full bar, constantly changing specials and some of the freshest seafood in East Texas, Yamato will surprise and delight you with every visit! Whether it’s a business lunch or hosting special events, Yamato has what you need! Live Band & Karaoke Happy Hour. Live DJ every Friday from 9:30p.m.-close $1 Draft Beer (Miller Lite, Bud Lite) $2 Sake Bomb Book your holiday party now! Banquet rooms available! 2210 WSW Loop 323 • Tyler 903.534.1888 • www.yamatotexas.com Find us on Facebook!
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t was a first for the "Man." Never have we been a judge in a bartenders' best drink contest. So initially, I felt like "a calf staring at a new gate" but with the help of my running buddy, Will Knous, Managing Editor of BSCENE, we were up-to-speed in no time. There were seven judges, but Will strategically located us at the end of the table with four beautiful and brilliant young professional ladies. All seven of us were dubbed "celebrity judges." It was a hoot.
The occasion of the event was a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. It was the brain child of Chris and Jennifer Dixon, owners of Tricky Dix Mojo. The plan was for the local bartenders to make up a new drink for their bar using Tricky Dix mix in the recipe. The 10 drinks were to be judged on uniqueness of: 1) name of the drink, 2) presentation of the product and 3) Flavor. Now, our task, as celebrity judges, was to drink each of the 10 drinks, respectively, and determine as a group the first, second and third place winners. In view of the expertise of these bartenders, it was a daunting, but delightful assignment. The judges were Chris Baker, East Texas Automation; Jessica Wilson, NBC 56; Michele Reese, CBS19; Christine Gardner, The Tyler Paper, Myste Snow, FRESH by Brookshire's; Will Knous, BSCENE; and the "Man." The group quickly meshed and the party began: “laissez les bon temps rouler,” as our Cajun friends would say. We all gathered at the Sports Zone in downtown Tyler. It was a perfect location and they were the perfect hosts. There is plenty of room, seven TVs around the walls, excellent food and drinks with a neighborhood bar feel. By 8 p.m. the place was rocking! About 200 BS CENEMAG.CO M
folks having a stupendous time and Chris Dixon, organizer and MC, kept the show on schedule and full of fun. But what is their Tricky Dix mix? Well its a mixture of 19 herbs and spices concocted by former bartenders at Superior Steakhouse in Shreveport, Chris and Jennifer Dixon. It seemed that the Superior bar had a drink called a "Michelada" (like a red beer), with sea salt around the rim. Chris thought he could do better, so he rummaged through their spice cabinet at home and came up with a mixture of 17 spices, to which Jennifer added two more. Zap there it was!! They took it back Superior's and the bar used it on all the drinks one Saturday night. That was four years ago and the rest is history. The mix has caught on so well that its been used in bars, specialty shops like the The Sweet Gourmet, restaurants as a rub for meats and as a sprinkle on vegetables. Tricky Dix has been touted in the restaurant wholesale show, the Taste of Dallas and the FRESH by Brookshire's Steak Cookoff in Tyler. Internet sales have also shot through the roof (www.trickydixmojo.com).
It's still a "Mom and Pop" startup, but the future is bright for this very communityminded young couple. Meanwhile, back at the party, the winners of the contest were: first place, Justin Todd of Yamato with his Tricky Dix Coffee Fix; Second place, Johnny Bee's Fat Catz; and third place, Brandy Barabs, The Ranch with "TNT" Tricky N Tequila. The prize sponsors were Yamato (First), Daniel Boone's (Second) and The Ranch (Third). The event raised nearly $2,000 for the
Special Olympics, which included auctioning off a $200 guitar. It's amazing how much fun can be had when creative people throw a great party for a good cause indeed, the “gift of giving back” is not only good for the spirit, but for the fun of it too! We'll be watching the Tricky Dix Mojo team as they grow, with new mixes coming out this summer, and spreading the wealth with charities throughout Tyler, East Texas and beyond. The party started winding down about 10:30 p.m., but some of the “hangers on” lingered until closing time. A great time was had by all, which is what the Man About Town is all about.
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It was a first for the "Man." Never have we been a judge in a bartenders' best drink contest. So initially, I felt like "a calf staring at a new gate" but with the help of my running buddy, Will Knous, Managing Editor of BSCENE, we were up to speed in no time.
TOP LEFT: THE JUDGES AND THE TRICKY DIX GIRLS/ TOP RIGHT: WINNING BARTENDER JUSTIN TODD / BOTTOM RIGHT: CHRIS DIXON
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ix months ago, I could have told you very matter-of-factly- I hate shopping. I don’t like to browse, I don’t like to look for deals, I don’t like trying on clothes. I hate pointy clothing racks, I hate trying on germ-infested shoes, and I absolutely hate searching for that single item among a thousand that might actually persuade me to open my tightly clenched wallet. Six months later and presently, I can tell you that I have developed a weakness for scouring racks, I’ve been keeping a wary eye out for those perfect black pumps, and piecing together an outfit from several different stores is easier than a beginner’s Sudoku puzzle. Presently, I can also tell you the inside of my wallet has been getting plenty of fresh air. So, what has changed in those short 6 months, you ask? No, I haven’t lost weight and no, unfortunately, I did not come into a dead uncle’s money. What did happen was my amazing sister opened an amazing women’s clothing boutique. And it change my mind about shopping and clothing. My sister has always had a determination and a will I cannot match. Once she sets her mind on something, she does it. I, on the other hand, flitter and flirt from one idea to the next. That being said, in June, when my sister revealed her plan to open a boutique, I was slightly relieved I’d be gone for the summer. Cowardly, I know. But I also knew my sister would bust her fanny and everyone else’s standing nearby to make sure the plans for her boutique matched her vision. Her vision was something strikingly unique, yet something for every woman, and something only she and her team of helpers could pull off. Luckily, she had at her disposal our very creative and handy mother and her wonderfully supportive husband. Together, they spent everyday working in 110°F heat, crafting and building furniture and décor for her store. When I came home on the weekends to see their progress, I was always amazed at how industrious and artistic they were…and a little irritated the gene had skipped me. So the weeks rolled by and the heat of summer faded into warm fall weather. After months of planning, long construction, and several late nights of painting, moving and arranging, Ruffled Feathers Boutique was ready for the masses. On November 23, Rebekah Rogers had fulfilled her dream of opening a boutique unique among the many of East Texas. Romance oozes from crystal chandeliers and ornate mirrors; fabulously repurposed yard tools and tree trunks will intrigue even the most bored husband, antique home fixtures transformed into whimsical display racks will be beckoning you to recreate your own time-worn pieces. Ruffled Feathers Boutique is the perfect trifecta of fantasy, romanticism and industry. From simple, homemade tags to handsomely, handcrafted Trumeau mirrors (which are for sale by the way), Ruffled Feathers is the embodiment of a young woman’s dream, perhaps a dream lurking in the
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back of every woman’s head. And did I mention much of the décor is for sale? Not only does the handmade décor make the boutique a knockout, but the services do as well. Need a girls’ night or a birthday party to remember? Reserve a weeknight after 7 PM or a Sunday afternoon at Ruffled Feathers and shop ‘til you drop with a glass of wine and your best friends or co-workers. Your helpless husband, bless his heart, never picks out the right birthday present? Reserve items on your wish list, send him in, and the lovely ladies at Ruffled Feathers will help him figure out the perfect gift for you. Lastly, and above all, Ruffled Feathers Boutique seeks to offer things that seem to be missing at commercially owned stores- smiles, sincere attitudes and a you-focused experience. I can honestly tell you, the ladies at Ruffled Feathers are there to make every valuable customer feel just that- valuable. I seem to be forgetting something…oh right, the clothing. Duh! (Rememberthis is coming from a girl who many a time walked away empty handed from many a store.) The only thing rivaling the beauty of the previously mentioned décor at Ruffled Feathers Boutique is the clothing. The quality is fantastic, variety to suit young and mature alike, and the prices- well let’s just say a broke, recent college grad can afford them without the help of dear ol’ mom and pop (and that is really saying something!). So I end this with a call to all shoppers, even the ones that hate it: come and see for yourselves the fabulosity that is Ruffled Feathers Boutique. Come see the glimmering lights, come see the mirrors straight out of a French palace, come see the elegantly, timeworn décor. Come try on the sophisticated, luxurious, fun and affordable clothing in plush dressing rooms. Most importantly, come and be queens for a day in a place where having your feathers ruffled can only mean one positive thing – you look absolutely fabulous. And Sis, I know I’ve told you before, but somehow it always seems to last longer in writing – I’m proud of you. And I love you. Always. Photos by Rachel Neyland
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The Junior League of Tyler, Inc. kicked-off the 33rd Annual Mistletoe & Magic shopping event with a Preview Party on Nov. 16, at Harvey Hall. This year’s chairman Rebecca Ballard, chose the theme “White Christmas.” The party included cuisine by G Texas, along with premeir shopping at vendor booths from across the globe. Guests also participated in live and silent auctions and danced to the music of The Pictures. All proceeds from the event are invested back into the community. LEFT PAGE: 1. Brittany & Tyler Deboer 2. The Pictures perform 3. Sharon Brown, Kara Tapley 4.Mary-Baldwin Albriton, Brooke Salitore 5. Will Knous, Stephanie Gibson, Stephen Roth 6. Rene Mills, Brett Andrews 7. Lindsey Harrison, Ashley Mccain, Melissa Peveto 8. Emily Gaston, Kishla Davis 9. Christy & Fred Khalaf, Debbie & Craig Dickerson 10. Mayor Barbara Bass, Sandi Hegwood 11.Brandy Sawyer, Cadie Johnson 12. Jemilynn Mckee, Jon Childers 13. Holly Head, Tamala Hays 14. Stacey & Clay Thompson
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1-3 “Photography: A Celluar View” This exhibit is a fundraiser and exclusively showcases cell phone photography. The event will be held at Gallery Main Street and goes all day. for more information conatct Beverly Abell at (903) 593-6905.
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1-4 Santa Land 2011 Season Concludes. Experience the sights and sounds of Christmas like never before. For more information visit santalandtexas.com. 8 East Texas Wedding Extravaganza. 12-4pm at the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden. It’s the ultimate Bridal expo, with fashion shows all day! Tickets are $8 online, $10 at the door. For more information visit TylerTexas.com. 14 East Texas Symphony Orchestra performs at the UTT Cowan Center at 7:30pm. For more information visit cowancenter.org or call (903) 566-7424.
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8 Starving Artists Art Sale 11am-4pm. The Starving Artists will be having an Art Sale at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex. For more information, please contact the Starving Artists at 281-360-3420 or visit starvingartistsgroup.com. 10 Stars over Longview starts at 11:30am at the Maude Cobb Convention Center. Longview Regional Medical Center presents Stars Over Longview to honor women in our community. Tickets are $25 each or $175 for a reserved table of 8 and are available at the Longview Regional Medical Center Business Ofﬁce. For more information, please contact Kim Brown at (903)381-7239.
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Every day I look for topics that will spur people to call in to my radio show? On this particular day, after the Cowboys blew a 12-point lead to lose the New York Giants and Tim Tebow rallied his Denver Broncos to another improbable fourth quarter comeback, this one a 13-10 win over the Chicago Bears, the question was an easy one.
What does Tim Tebow have that the Dallas Cowboys don’t [Fig. A]? Tebow drives the NFL “experts” crazy. He’s not the prototype NFL quarterback [Fig. B]. He has an unorthodox throwing motion, terrible accuracy, poor early game QB ratings and an in-your-face Christian faith. All he does is win games. At deadline for this article, he’s 7-1 since he took over as a the starting quarterback for the team. It’s been a great source of entertainment watching Broncos' Coach John Fox and General Manager John Elway refuse to commit to Tebow longterm even as he leads his team to victory week after week. It must drive Hall-of- Famer Elway crazy to watch his field general defy all pro football odds to put his team in position to actually make the playoffs. Detractors refuse to give Tebow any credit for the Broncos’ incredible run. I point to the record: 7-1. The Dallas Cowboys would kill for a 7-1 record at this point of the season. They are the anti-Tebow. As of Dec. 12, the Cowboys have held leads in five of their six losses. Dallas led 30-17 in the fourth quarter vs. Detroit, 24-10 vs. the Jets, 34-22 vs. the Giants, and 13-6 against an inferior Arizona team. They lost all those games. At deadline, Dallas is 7-6. They could win the NFC East or they could completely miss the playoffs this year. How can Tim Tebow be so wrong as an NFL Quarterback, yet be so right in the win column? How can the Cowboys blow fourth quarter leads every week and find new ways to lose? When players and coaches are asked about Tebow, they talk about his will to win, the way he performs under pressure. With the Cowboys, it’s about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, their tendency to fold under pressure. I went on-record on my radio show saying Tim Tebow is the greatest college football player I’ve ever seen with my own two eyes. Not on TV, in person.
Callers questioned my sanity. They remind me of all the great players who ever existed, including East Texans like Earl Campbell. I saw Tebow play vs. LSU in 2007, the year Tyler’s Matt Flynn led the Tigers to the BCS Championship. Tebow was only a sophomore, but he would go on to win the Heisman Trophy [Fig. C]. LSU beat Florida that night, 28-24, but if it was possible, I would have stuffed the ballot box for Tebow. The guy was unstoppable. He would scramble toward the sideline, the defense in desperate pursuit. You just knew the Tigers would track him down and knock him into the third row. And then, just before he went out of bounds, Tebow would throw across his body, into the end zone. TOUCHDOWN, GATORS. AGHHHHHH! The man drove you absolutely nuts. You knew he was dead in the water, and yet he would make play after play to keep his team alive. He refused to lose. And most of the time, he didn’t. He’s doing the same thing in the pros. And it drives NFL traditionalists (and Cowboys fans) crazy. You’re supposed to win games a certain way. Tebow blows up the mold. The ‘experts’ want him to fail. Yet, Cowboy fans would sell their souls to have a guy like Tebow on their team. A guy with heart [Fig. D], a guy who made everyone around them better, a guy who gave his team confidence, a reason to believe. A guy who refused to lose. It may not be pretty, but it looks a lot better than a team that invents new ways to blow leads, and lose, every time they have an opportunity to lock up a playoff berth. Given the choice, I’ll take an unorthodox Tim Tebow any day of the week. Bryan Houston is in his fifth decade in broadcasting, first as a music radio disc jockey, then as a play-by-play announcer, TV sportscaster and finally a TV news anchor in the East Texas area since 1991. Now he’s returned to his roots. Sports and Radio. Bryan is the sports director and host of Bryan Houston’s Sports Radio Live on 93.3 TALK FM, Monday through Friday from 3-6p.m.
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Shortly after the invention of the wheel, a prehistoric caveman decided he needed to sell his new product. Since everyone would have been a prospect, he didn't need to work too hard on targeted advertising. HOWEVER,
IT WASN'T LONG BEFORE HE FOUND OUT THAT LARGE WHEELS SOLD BETTER WITH THE YOUNGER CROWD WHO WERE TRYING TO MAKE THEIR CARS LOOK GOOFY, WHILE THE SMALLER WHEELS WERE A FAVORITE WITH THE OLDER CROWD WHO APPRECIATED THE EASE OF USE. Fast forward a few million
years to the extreme targeting that savvy marketers use today, and it's almost impossible to imagine how far we've come.
IT WOULD BE EASY TO ASSUME THAT MOST OF THE ADVERTISEMENTS WE SEE EACH DAY ARE A COINCIDENCE. WATCHING A FEW HOURS OF TV IS LIKELY TO PRESENT YOU WITH A NUMBER OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES THAT YOU WILL NEVER USE. That's how it's been for more than 50 years. Advertisers are smart
enough to make sure that they place their commercials in television programs that are likely to have viewers who are also prospects, but that's about as far as the technology would go.
The arrival of online commerce has forced advertisers to completely reevaluate their options. As soon as you first tried Amazon.com, they began collecting information about your shopping and purchasing habits.
IT'S NO SURPRISE THAT WHEN YOU PURCHASE A DVD PLAYER FROM AMAZON, YOU'RE PRESENTED WITH SUGGESTIONS TO BUY SEVERAL NEW MOVIES. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF TECHNOLOGY ALLOWING A MERCHANT TO HYPER-TARGET YOU AS A PROSPECT. Why bother showing you a selection of
gardening tools when you're much more likely to buy some DVDs to watch on your new player. This is an obvious example, but the past year has brought about new levels of targeted advertising that are almost scary.
One of the latest trends is re-targeting. When you reply to a promotional email from a large retailer like Macy's or Nordstrom, they now have the advantage of knowing that you're actually interested in their products! This allows them to follow you around the internet to keep their message in front of you as long as possible. THROUGH THE SERVICES
OF ONLINE ADVERTISING NETWORKS, MARKETERS CAN EXTEND THE AMOUNT OF TIME THAT YOU SEE THEIR MESSAGE, EVEN AFTER LEAVING THEIR WEBSITE ON YOUR BROWSER!
It's not a far leap of the imagination to start seeing display ads similar to those in the movie Minority Report. As our hero walks into The Gap, he's recognized the scanners and immediately presented with audio/visual promotions that inquire about his last purchase and show him other items that may be of interest. When the technology allows for this level of real-world marketing, I wonder if the public will react positively? IT'S
FASCINATING AND CREEPY ALL AT THE SAME TIME.
Whether you realize it or not, even your personal electronic devices are being used to influence your purchases. The free music service Pandora has become littered with clickable banners and audio advertisements over the past year. Since you're logged into their server for your "free" music, it's only logical that they are delivering ads to you based on your world wide web cookie trail. With more than 13 million iPads estimated to be sold this year, the micro-targeting industry is poised for a very profitable merging of technology and advertising.
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I love when I log onto Facebook and some of my friends post inspiring quotes by famous people, philosophers or everyday heroes. Recently, I read one, a quote from Walt Disney that says, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” My wheels start spinning when I read such inspiring words. Flashbacks of my childhood begin to spark up in my mind. There I am, about 7 years old, rollerskating in my garage with Michael Jackson blaring on my boom box. As I’m spinning, jumping, twirling under the stringed light bulb, younger me is dreaming about the day I’ll be in Stars on Ice after a hugely successful Olympic career. You see, rollerskating was a much cheaper sport. Mom and Dad didn’t have to fork out big bucks for private lessons at an ice rink with other would-be Olympic hopefuls decked out in their $200-to-$300 costumes. So, I convinced myself that if I could rollerskate well enough, I would eventually just be able to translate those talents to the ice. Flash forward to the year 2012, and now, as a 35-year-old, I still don’t know how to ice skate, but give me a pair of white roller skates with hotpink wheels and I can still Shoot the Duck. My point here? I’m the first to be inspired by quotes by people like Walt and the like, but sometimes, when you get discouraged about whether or not you had courage to pursue those dreams – you have to also think about opportunity. Did you even have the opportunity to spread your wings? Some of us did. Some of us didn’t. Some of us are still grappling with it all. The good news? If you didn’t have the opportunity when you were a child to see if you had the courage, but do now – it’s not too late. That being said, you won’t find me in an ice rink anytime soon, but I’ve been inspired by the thoughts of what 2012 has to offer. I’ve also been inspired by a 4-foot-10-inch boy named Jayden, who picked up a saxophone this year for his band class and makes that woodwind sing like he was born with the instrument in his hand. Witnessing him makes me want to run and take those piano lessons I used to wish so hard for.
Likewise, 2011 seemed to be the year several of my friends and family decided to create the opportunity they never had during their younger years and begin pursuing their dreams. For instance, my husband decided 2011 would be the year he’d attempt to run the Philadelphia marathon. He was all geared up and trained up when he discovered he hadn’t registered in time. No worries; 2012 will be his year. My dear friend Jacqueline Cavender decided it was also time for her to move forward on a dream – to publish a cookbook that’s been rattling around in her head since her mother’s passing from cancer in 1997. The cookbook will be a compilation of her recipes, her mother’s recipes and recipes of friends and family she refers to as “famous,” even if they aren’t. Scheduled to come out in the spring of 2013, the cookbook will raise money for cancer research, cystic fibrosis research and other terminal childhood diseases. With yours truly as the editor, my dear friend’s dream provided me with the opportunity to check one off my own bucket list. Some of your goals may be a little simpler. Maybe you’ve just wanted to lose the last 10 pounds of the baby weight you’ve been carrying since your last child. It’s never easy to start working out, but it’s time to create the opportunity for yourself. Tyler and East Texas, in general, have so many outlets for fitness including awesome gyms, workout facilities and outdoor fitness and recreational parks. I’ll tell you from experience, it’s so much easier when you have a workout buddy who can motivate and hold you accountable: 2011 was my year to get back in shape, and while I’ve got a long way to go, I already feel such an accomplishment in just saying that, with the help of my workout buddies, I started and I’m on my way. Funny how a little quote can bring on such contemplation. I share all of this with you to help spark your thinking, that sometimes, it’s our job as a friend, a community member, a parent, a spouse to help provide the opportunity someone else may need to find the courage to pursue their dreams. Happy New Year!
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Another One Bites The Dust Remember the phonograph? What about that new John Phillips Sousa joint … it's hot, right? Come on now, that's ridiculous! No one has listened to a phonograph in decades. John Philip Sousa died in 1932! How could you possibly remember such arcane technology and outdated artists? Well folks, get ready to add one more to the list … because according to reports, the record industry will no longer produce compact discs (or “CDs” if you're one of the hip kids) after 2012. Like most notable technological achievements, there are good and bad sides to this. Understandably, I'm going to focus on the bad side of it. Because... well, because it's a lot more fun to complain about them young kids and their newfangled gizmos and how they're all ruining our good ol' way of life. Alright, everyone knows what a CD is. I can remember getting my first one (Hootie & The Blowfish, thank you very much), and marveling at the sound quality, the ability to jump between tracks instantly and the pure, unadulterated nerdiness of having digital information stored on a disc that I could transfer at will to my computer or portable MP3 player or just listen to on my boombox. Yeah, I had a boombox, and it was awesome! Well, those days are gone. No more going to the store and picking up an album, then doing what I want with it. The music is still available, sure, but now it will only be in the digital format – and that means that the record companies and services like iTunes can completely control it. And you know, that's what I really need in my life: multinational corporations controlling larger sections of it. Plus, I can't burn a mix CD anymore. How are we supposed to woo one another? Am I going to have to anonymously give someone a “Mix iPod” now? Seems so … mechanical. Another thing that will undoubtedly suffer is the production of consistent and cohesive albums. Kids, ask your parents about the golden era of music when artists recorded a series of connected and linear songs and put them all together with the intention of someone listening to all of them. Those days are long gone. We live in the era of singles. We don't
judge a record by how good it is, we judge it by how many hits are on there. That's great for the 3-minute madness of Ke$ha, but garbage for anyone wanting a full listening experience. Then again, that should cut way back on the number of songs about “Lord Of The Rings.” Not only will this development drastically affect how we listen to albums; it's going to change the way artists conceive, produce and release them. How often do you think a record company is going to pony up the cash to send Pitbull into the studio for five months to just “see what happens” and then try to capture and bottle that particular magic? Yeeeaaaaahhhhh... no. People like the afformentioned Ke$ha won't notice the difference anyway, I'm guessing. But what about musicians like Radiohead? I don't think the singles market is really their bag. Are we heading toward doing away with the album altogether? Am I asking farreaching and speculative questions in a tone of mock-shock? Where do we go from here? If there are no more CDs, then there are no more CDs. Fine, I get that, and I'm sure the world will go on about its business. However, I, for one, am going to need someone to blame for this seismic shift in my life. I love music. I love my CDs, just like I loved my tapes before. I even love my iPod (with the songs I put on there). So... I'm going to blame Steve Jobs. That's right, I'm blaming a technological genius and undisputed innovator. As was his style, I'm sure he was simply looking ahead to what he knew would happen. After surveying the undeniably bleak landscape of popular music, the dearth of quality albums and the ever-growing trend toward popular convenience and ease-of-use with our gadgets, Jobs simply saw the writing on the wall. The concept of iTunes was genius when it started, and even more so now. But it's still a change from the old way of doing things. The marketplace has shifted, just as surely as people love to buy on Amazon, rather than get out of their house. But while everyone loves saving a few bucks buying online, no one wants to see Mom and Pop go out of business. Now, what to do with these shelves full of Korn CDs. by William Knous, firstname.lastname@example.org
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