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Fall 2018

Fire Station Dedication Celebration Tee Up for a Downtown Eatery Councilman Lane’s Youth Initiative Fall Sweep City Beautification Project Plus Library News and City Happenings City of La Marque and La Marque Economic Development Corporation are partnering with business leaders, school districts, volunteers and community advocates to deliver relevant stories, timely announcements and important updates to residents and businesses in our city. Welcome to Inside La Marque.


JOin us for LMPL’s

annual Fall Festival JOin us from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Thursday, October 25, 2018 La Marque Public Library 1011 Bayou Rd, La Marque, Texas 5:30 - Games and Pumpkin Painting 6:00 - Sorta Scary Stories Costume Registration 6:30 - Costume Contest 7:00 - Trunk-or-Treat We look forward to having a scary good time with you!

STORIES

2: CITY EVENTS 4: FALL CLEANUP 6: LIBRARY NEWS 8: TRASH DATES 10: YOUTH

CONTACT

LA MARQUE EDC 1130 1ST STREET 409-938-9258 LMEDC.COM

3: STATION DEDICATION 5: BAYOU FEST 7: DOWNTOWN EATS 9: BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT 11: CITY NEWS CITY OF LA MARQUE 1111 BAYOU ROAD 409-938-9202 CITYOFLAMARQUE.ORG

SAVE THESE DATES

OCTOBER 6: FIRE STATION DEDICATION OCTOBER 20: LA MARQUE BAYOU FEST OCTOBER 25: LIBRARY FALL FESTIVAL NOVEMBER 3: FALL SWEEP CITY CLEANUP NOVEMBER 17: TEXAS INDEPENDENCE TRAIL RIDE DECEMBER 5: CHRSTMAS PARADE

EDITORIAL TEAM CHARLENE WARREN INTERIM CITY MANAGER, CITY OF LA MARQUE RON CROWDER CHAIRMAN, LA MARQUE EDC BOARD ALEX GETTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LA MARQUE EDC COLLEEN MERRITT, MA PUBLIC RELATIONS, LA MARQUE EDC

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Mayor Bobby Hocking, La Marque City Council Members, Fire Chief Gerald Grimm and the entire La Marque Fire Department invite all citizens of La Marque to join us in celebration as we formally dedicate the newly constructed La Marque Fire Department Public Safety Complex at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2018. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be followed by an open house, complete with fire station tours. The celebration will feature activities for children and adults alike, including outside attractions, “rides” on the fire truck, photo opportunities and light refreshments for everyone to enjoy. The strategic design and location of our new Central Fire Station will afford enhanced fire protection and emergency services for a significant segment of our community experiencing rapid commercial and residential growth. Now, La Marque will have full time, 24-7 fire and EMS protection on both the east and west sides of I-45. The newly constructed

La Marque Fire Station DEDICATION CELEBRATION

Central Fire Station will also reduce La Marque’s dependence on mutual aid from surrounding communities, which will lead to reduced destruction of property, trauma and/or loss of life. The Complex was entirely designed with hardened building materials and construction methodologies in mind to meet or exceed windstorm ratings required by the Texas Department of Insurance, affording a safe harbor for our Emergency Operations personnel. The facilities are strategically situated in an area less threatened by hurricanes, storm surges and rising water. The Complex features office space for Fire Administration and quarters for the Mayor, Emergency Management Coordinator and additional City decision makers for short and long-term durations in the event of emergencies. This critical capital project will have an incomprehensible impact on the delivery of quality public service for the entire City of La Marque, directly affecting the preservation of life and property for untold decades throughout this great community. We look forward to seeing you at the Dedication Celebration October 6! - Gerald Grimm, Fire Chief

10:00 a.m., Saturday October 6 1000 Saltgrass Point Boulevard

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8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat, Nov 3 RAIN OR SHINE Event info: beautiful.cityoflamarque.org

For general information or to volunteer, contact Colleen Merritt at 409-938-9255. For information on the difference between bulk and hazardous trash, contact 800-800-5804. To schedule At Your Door Special Collection, call 800-449-7587.

FREE BULK TRASH DROP OFF & SHREDDING

STEP 1: Grab a recent La Marque utility bill and photo ID - both are required to participate in the Fall Sweep. STEP 2: Deliver trash to City Hall & come prepared to unload • Dumpsters will be set up at City Hall parking lot, 1111 Bayou Road • Acceptable items include tree limbs, yard debris, grass clippings, old appliances with CFCs removed, old furniture, carpeting cut into four-foot bundles, wood, metal, plastic and flooring • Bricks or cement will not be accepted • Construction debris from contractors will not be accepted STEP 3: Understand no hazardous waste will be accepted Pesticides, household chemicals, sharps, electronic waste, batteries, fluorescent lamps, automotive waste products (including oil), paints, thinners, and dozens of other items that don’t belong with your recyclables, regular curbside waste pickup or at the Fall Sweep event.

VOLUNTEER groups needed: clean our roads!

Volunteer groups needed to clean city streets including Cedar Drive, Bayou Road, Texas Avenue, Autry Road and sections of FM 1764, city parks and known dumping areas. Volunteers will meet at City Hall and be provided with materials including gloves, trash bags and bug spray. A contest for most bags of trash collected is planned. Lunch will be provided. To volunteer, contact Colleen Merritt at 409-938-9255. Strapped for time? we get it! just clean up your own street.

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MUSIC, FOOD AND FAMILY FUN AT BAYOU FEST CLAY WALKER WITH JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY AND PEE WEE BOWEN BAND Looking for some family entertainment and fall fun? La Marque Bayou Fest is the place to be October 20. City of La Marque and Texas City - La Marque Chamber have teamed up once again to deliver this family-friendly festival at Mac McGaffey Highland Bayou Park, 1991 Getty Road in La Marque. Admission is FREE! Families can enjoy daytime activities including a fishing tournament, pumpkin carving contest, mutton busting, bounce houses and plenty of room to play. Vendor booths, food trucks and fair food are all on site, as well. “COWBOY” JONES CHILDREN’S FISHING TOURNAMENT Join Rusty Hook Fishing Club for the annual kids’ fishing tournament! The first 200 children 12 years old and younger to register will receive a free t-shirt and lunch. Participants must provide their own rod and reel, but bait will be provided by Boyd’s One Stop. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Kids can fish from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. with parent or guardian supervision. For ten categories of fish, kids can win a new rod and reel plus a new tackle box provided by La Marque Lions Club. Alex’s A/C provides goody bags stuffed with goodies from several Texas City – La Marque Chamber members. PUMPKIN PATCH AND DECORATING CONTEST Pumpkin decorating is very popular with the kiddos! Pick a pumpkin for FREE and find a spot under the pavilion. Age divisions are 5 years and under, 6-10 years, 11-14 years and 15-19 years. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent. La Marque Lions Club will present cash prizes for first, second and third. BBQ COOK-OFF SPOTS GOING FAST On Friday, October 19, the BBQ Cook Off ramps up as teams compete for $10,000 in prize money. Secure one of the 100 BBQ spots with water and power hookups while you still can! The Bayou Fest Cook Off is part of Galveston County’s Triple Crown. Contact Derek Duckett at 409-935-1408 or derek@texascitychamber.com for information.

LA MARQUE MUTTON BUSTIN’ Move over, County Fair! We’ve got mutton bustin’ at Bayou Fest! Dress up your little cowboys and cowgirls and meet us near the pavilion. Registration is at 1:00 p.m. and the fee is $20. There are two age categories, 2-5 and 6-7. Belt buckles will be awarded for Grand Champion and Reserve Champion in each age group. The weight limit is 65 pounds and a waiver must be signed by parents at registration. Can your little one hold on for eight seconds? FREE CONCERTS A series of concerts kicks off around 4:00 p.m. with local legend Pee Wee Bowen Band, followed by John Michael Montgomery and Clay Walker. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets and dance the night away at this free community concert. No coolers please. Beverages sold on site. Proceeds go to La Marque Lions Club and will be used to provide scholarships to La Marque youth. AMOCO FIREWORKS SHOW Stay until 10:00 p.m. to watch the spectacular Amoco Federal Credit Union Fireworks Show. Bayou Fest is presented by City of La Marque and Texas City - La Marque Chamber of Commerce. The VIP Experience is presented by Miller Lite. Partners include Waste Management, Amoco Federal Credit Union, Dow and Associated Credit Union of Texas. For information, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ LaMarqueBayouFest or call Colleen at 409-938-9255.

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LA MARQUE LIBRARY STAFF BOOK REVIEWS, EVENTS AND NEWS HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHAT OUR LIBRARIANS AND LIBRARY STAFF ARE READING? CHECK OUT THESE BOOK REVIEWS! Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson REVIEWED BY SANDY HOFSTATTER, LIBRARY ASSISTANT For those of us that feel as though we don’t fit into this world, you may be surprised that there are others like us that do, indeed, “make it through to the other side” with their senses of humor completely intact or vaulted to even greater heights than we can possibly imagine. This is a darkly hilarious memoir that I dare you to read without dissolving (alternately) into tears and then peals of laughter.

HOLIDAY HOURS THANKSGIVING

Monday November 19: Open 9:00 – 4:00 Wednesday November 21: Open 9:00 – 4:00 Thursday November 22 – Monday November 26: Closed Normal hours resume Tuesday November 27

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng REVIEWED BY AMY MILLER, LIBRARY DIRECTOR This is one of those beautifully written, fascinating novels that I did not want to end. I’m still processing all the themes: mothers and daughters, separation, perception vs reality, artistic expression, truth and what makes a family your own. Complex family dynamics and small town politics add intrigue. One of the best works of fiction I’ve read in a long time. Highly recommended for fans of literary fiction.

CHRISTMAS

Hurricane Harvey by Rebecca Felix REVIEWED BY TERRI WALKER, YOUTH SERVICES LIBRARIAN Hurricane Harvey was a storm no one in our area will soon forget. Many are still recovering from the monstrous storm. This non-fiction book explains the very real affects the storm had on our area as well as a scientific explanation to what happened. The book uses real photographs along with easy to understand language, making it a great resource to teach children of all ages about hurricanes and what we can do to be prepared for the next storm.

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch REVIEWED BY TOM HANSEN, REFERENCE LIBRARIAN Jason Dessen is asked a seemingly simple question before being knocked unconscious, “Are you happy with your life?” The question is posed by a masked assailant with an eerily familiar voice. Jason wakes up in a familiar but increasingly out of sync world that forces him to question himself and his sanity. What is a happy life and how far would you go to reclaim it?

Monday December 17: Open 9:00 – 4:00 Closed Saturday December 22 – Tuesday December 25 Normal hours resume Wednesday December 26ber 26


New downtown destination

A fresh-never-frozen, eco-friendly, family-owned restaurant buying from local vendors & promising clean, farm to table food with friendly service.

Get ready to tee up, La Marque! Birdie’s Eatery, an American fusion, golf-themed restaurant and family- friendly hangout, will be open for business in Downtown La Marque this winter. Birdie’s plans to serve lunch and dinner plus pickup orders and local catering delivery. Swing in for relaxed sit-down dining or takeaway with their Grab & Go concept offering fresh salads, sand “wedges” and soups for players on the go. Birdie’s menu includes wings, gourmet sandwiches and burgers, fresh salads plus hot and cold soups. At least once a month, owners Robert and Tina Steinhaus plan to host “Family Night”, where they choose a dish from around the world and serve it family style at the restaurant. Expect dishes like Korean Gimbap (rice rolls), Kimchi (traditional side dish), Pajeon (Korean pancake) and Bulgogi (Korean BBQ) one month and then a family-style meal from France, Thailand or Norway the next. “I’ve been cooking since I was five years old,” said Head Chef Tina Steinhaus. “I was a military brat and then became an oil man’s wife. Through all my travels, I always tried new things, experienced new food and set out to learn a new skill or flavor combination. One thing that never changes - I value quality over quantity and believe in the personal side of cooking.” Robert and Tina promise fresh-never-frozen ingredients and plan to buy local, organically grown products at every opportunity. “We traveled the world and now we’re back where it all started,” said Robert. “We want to bring some of our amazing food experiences back to Galveston County. Tina and I plan to engage with our community. We want to get to know your family and become friends with our customers. We are happy to be downtown and we’re excited to grow with La Marque.”

Currently, five big screen TVs are planned. The Steinhaus’ will be showing all the big games – football, basketball, MMA, golf – you name it. Cold beer will be on tap, as well as a selection of wine. No Phone Zone – Robert and Tina envision Bridie’s as a place where patrons come to socialize and spend quality time with friends and family. There will be a designated area for young children to play while parents and friends catch up. Police, Fire, EMS, first responders and veterans will get a discount at Birdie’s. Plus, there will be a Wall of Heroes, where the local community can come leave notes of love and support for any active military or first responder.

401 Laurel Street La Marque Renaissance District

Follow Birdie’s Eatery on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @BirdiesEatery or visit birdieseatery.com. Currently accepting applications. Fun Facts: • Tina said she’ll make fresh Arnold Palmers every day • Robert is making many of the family-style restaurant tables by hand • Birdie is a golf score that means one stroke under Par. The term was coined in the early 20th century from American slang term “bird”, meaning anything excellent.

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The City of La Marque 2018-2019 Solid Waste Services For more information, visit home.wm.com/la-marque

At Your Door Special Collection™

AT YOUR DOOR SPECIAL COLLECTION™ SERVICE Waste Management’s At Your Door Special Collection™ provides residents with front-porch service to collect the difficult, sometimes hazardous, and hard-torecycle items that almost every household accumulates. Waste Management will collect the pesticides, household chemicals, sharps, electronic waste, batteries, fluorescent lamps, automotive waste products (including oil), paints, thinners, and dozens of other items that don’t belong with your recyclables or regular curbside waste pickup. To schedule a pickup or for information, please contact Waste Management at 800-449-7587, e-mail atyourdoor@wm.com, or visit www.wmatyourdoor.com.

2018-2019 RESIDENTIAL TRASH, BULK/BRUSH AND RECYCLING COLLECTION Full size version of these maps available at trash.cityoflamarque.org.

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business spotlight

House of Interiors

with M rs. W anda Dinklage 1005 Bayou Road, La Marque 409-938-8494 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Mon - Fri 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday consultations by appointment

Since April 24, 1976, Wanda Dinklage has been working with homeowners and businesses from all corners of Galveston County to transform traditional spaces into inviting interiors. Just down the street from City Hall, House of Interiors specializes in everything inside the home - from windows to walls and bedding to bath. Wanda’s 4,800 square-foot showroom doubles as a gift shop, featuring home decor, jewelry, children’s books, home fragrance and seasonal treasures. Pat Harvill has been a dedicated employee at House of Interiors for more than 40 years and June Osburn for more than 20 years. Wanda, Pat and June have many friends in La Marque, but they’d love to meet some fresh faces. Q: What’s new at House of Interiors? A: We just got back from market and we’re preparing for our annual Holiday Open House. Come see us Sunday, October 7 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.! We have a wonderful time every year. I’ll have five trees decorated and you can get a jump on Christmas shopping. We have children’s books, jewelry and a lovely line of gift soaps and home scents. Q: What are your services and specialties? A: I am a Licensed Interior Designer. We do everything inside the home. We specialize in draperies and Hunter Douglas window treatments, including draperies, shutters, shades and blinds.

Q: What attracted you to La Marque? A: I live in La Marque, and I’ve been operating my business here for 43 years. I’d like to see more people shop local. Come see us and you’ll see the difference of a home-grown business. We’ll take great care of you. Q: In addition to residential, you mentioned commercial design services... A: Yes, we focus on interiors for homes and businesses. We’ve recently worked at the Doyle Center and St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Texas City. Q: Anything you’d like to mention to our readers?

A: To our loyal friends and customers, thank you for helping Q: Something people might not know about the shop? us thrive for the past 43 years. A: Everything we do here is custom made. We have the To our new residents, we look largest selection of fabrics in Galveston County. And, we forward to meeting you soon! offer free gift wrap.

A Business Spotlight will run in each edition of Inside La Marque. What PAGE 9 local business should we feature next? Email Colleen at cmerritt@ PAGE 9 cityoflamarque.org with your suggestions. Remember to shop local.


LA MARQUE YOUTH EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE BY LA MARQUE COUNICL MEMBER CHRIS LANE, DISTRICT B The Youth Initiative is a collection of various collaborations and partnerships of organizations in the community that collectively will help inspire and engage La Marque’s youth in the principles of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, civic engagement and education. I believe that, as a society, our relationship with money needs to change. Our point of emphasis needs to change from quantity of wages earned to how we spend the wages we earn. This mindset is better learned early on, so we have partnered with Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas to facilitate and organize financial literacy programs in La Marque. Junior Achievement is an international organization that teaches young people the fundamentals of financial literacy. Volunteer teachers are provided with turnkey curriculum and teaching materials including games, posters, digital tools, supplies and instructional aides to keep students engaged. All of the classes are free of charge and will only accept a maximum of 15 kids to promote a more personal learning experience. A minimum of one course will be hosted monthly in the La Marque Community Room, 1109-B Bayou Road. To change the culture as a community, we need to show the same passion for financial literacy and entrepreneurship that we show for sports to encourage our kids. Moving forward, we will partner with various faith-based organizations, educational institutions and youth-based organizations to host JA classes across the city. At the start of the New Year, we will shift our attention to Lemonade Day Galveston County, which is planned for May 4, 2019. Three classes will be taught in concert with Lemonade Day. Participants will be walked through every aspect of starting a business; from filling out a business plan, obtaining a loan from the Lemonade Board, choosing their location, learning how to save, and finally, executing a sale on Lemonade Day. Participants

will also be encouraged to donate a small amount of money to their favorite cause. This will transition into a series of Financial Literacy Camps that will be held during the months of May, June, and July. I have always subscribed to the school of thought that JFK articulated in his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” Teaching youth this civic-minded way of life will reinforce an attitude of service in La Marque. In addition to financial literacy, the Youth Initiative will teach young people about local politics and show kids they have the opportunity serve in leadership roles throughout our community. We have partnered with United Way of Galveston County to create a La Marque United Way Student Club, which is currently accepting new members. Our youth will have opportunities to serve and assist with local meaningful initiatives. Youth Initiative is planning the All Politics Are Local Summit, an event in which participants will be exposed to the different responsibilities and functions of local government. La Marque Youth Council participants will get first-hand experience of at how their community functions, will have the opportunity to learn leadership skills and will be exposed to the ins and out of the political process. We are still developing and expanding the Youth Initiative and will keep you posted on all future opportunities. All the various components and programs mentioned are fueled by volunteers. A community is only as good as its citizens. Bring your talents and resources and help us create the best future for our kids and our city. For information on any of these programs, contact Council Member Chris Lane at 409-392-6167 or email c.lane@cityoflamarque.org. PAGE 10


CITY BUSINESS

NEW GAS STATION AND RESTURANT OPENING NEAR LA MARQUE HIGH SCHOOL Mac’s One Stop Kitchen is located at 3219 Texas Avenue inside the new La Marque One Stop Valero off Texas Avenue (FM 1765). The gas station and restaurant opened for business in September 2018 after extensive renovations. The resturant is operated by David and Michelle McLemore. A Galveston County native and 23 year resident of La Marque, David grew up with his family and friends gathered around the kitchen table, creating memories by sharing the day’s stories while enjoying great food. Now he is bringing this experience back to today’s busy families with his tasty takes on classic recipes and a few yummy offerings of his own. Stop in today to say “howdy” and pick up dinner or call ahead to enjoy our curbside carry out service so you can keep the tradition alive with your family! LONGTIME LA MARQUE BUSINESS EXPANSION A&A Machine & Fabrication completed Phase I of its site expansion at 3101 Texas Avenue in La Marque, Texas. The increased footprint will allow A&A to meet growing customer demands for larger hardware and equipment and increase efficiency of the company’s unique manufacturing and fabrication processes. The expansion consisted of purchasing additional property along the southwest side of the facility, excavating a detention pond, pouring a new parking lot and relocating the lay-down yard. This allows the planning of Phase II, which includes adding additional enclosed manufacturing floor space. A&A Machine & Fabrication has 80,000 square feet of manufacturing space on eight acres and has been in business in La Marque since 1957. A&A provides machining and fabrication services to a worldwide clientele of petrochemical companies. LIVE RACING IS BACK AT GULF GREYHOUND PARK From Wednesday, December 26, 2018 through Saturday, February 23, 2019, live racing commences at Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque. There will be four performances per week on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturday evenings and Sunday matinées. Gulf Greyhound Park is the largest greyhound facility in America. It opened in 1992 and, contrary to popular belief, the track has never closed. Along with a live schedule, Gulf Greyhound Park features simulcast racing, both greyhounds and horses, from the nation’s top tracks, everyday - seven days a week - beginning at 11 am. Gulf Greyhound Park is also home to several annual festivals! The Texas-size parking lot is available to rent for car shows, drive schools, cook offs, trade shows and tent sales. The total parking lot size is 2.2 million square feet. For information, visit gulfgreyhound.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Available 24 hours Traditional funeral services Cremation specialists Pre-need arrangements Monuments Headstones

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Locally owned and managed by the Crowder Family since 1959.

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We meet at noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the ACU of Texas La Marque Branch: 920 First St. | La Marque, TX 77568 Service-minded men and women working together for a better community!

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The Magic is back this holiday season

at Gulf Greyhound Park Magical Winter Lights is a spectacular, larger-than-life attraction with a fresh take on the traditional holiday light show. The festival features Texas-sized lanterns, carnival rides & games, acrobatic performances and fair food! Follow City of La Marque on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a chance to win tickets! Show us some love by sending in pics with the #iloveLa_Marque lantern!

NOvember 16, 2018 to January 6, 2019

Gulf Greyhound Park 1000 FM 2004 La Marque, Texas 77568 www.magicalwinterlights.com

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Inside La Marque Fall 2018  

Free fall family fun at La Marque Bayou Fest featuring a BBQ Cook Off, free kids' activities and free concerts from Clay Walker and John Mic...

Inside La Marque Fall 2018  

Free fall family fun at La Marque Bayou Fest featuring a BBQ Cook Off, free kids' activities and free concerts from Clay Walker and John Mic...

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