From the Managing Editor
Baytown & Mont Belvieu
CONTENTS DECEMBER 2016
HO HO HO! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I just love this time of year. With all my presents under the tree, fire in the fireplace and all the wonderful smells coming out of the kitchen, life can’t get any better than this... well, almost, if my mom would only stop putting stupid outfits on me and taking my picture for the world to see, this might be the best a dog’s life can get. This holiday season, let’s not forget what it’s all about. No matter what religion you are, I think all religions have one thing in common - kindness. My Dad is Polish and it’s Polish tradition to have one extra chair for Christmas Eve dinner for anyone who might show up that you weren’t expecting. So this holiday season let’s all try to do one kind thing to someone we may not know, even if it’s taking cookies over to a new neighbor or a neighbor you have lived next to for years but never got around to talking to. Until next month, have a wonderful and safe holiday!
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By: Fabian Sandler
It is almost Christmas, a time for family gatherings, presents, football games and for many, a time to worship. Living Hope Church is there for those who wish to worship with their families and enjoy the brotherhood of its congregation. Pastor Kevin Kleinhenz has been with the church for nineteen years. He grew up in a large family of four brothers and four sisters in the Oak Forest area of Houston, graduating from Waltrip Senior High School. His life completely changed the summer after high school when he gave his life to Christ. Then, while in his second year studying law enforcement at Sam Houston State University, Kevin accepted the call to be in full-time ministry. Pastor Kevin says, “I started serving my local church in the Humble area, stayed for about four years, and then went into full-time ministry as an evangelist. I first pastored a church in Livingston from 1995 to 1999. Then we moved to Baytown to assume pastorship of Living Hope Church when it was on a one acre property on Barkaloo.” Pastor Kevin, who is often called “P.K.” by his congregation, says that the church was originally started as the Baytown Church of God off of Massey Tompkins in 1972. “They moved the church up to the Barkaloo location in the 1980s. The church closed down for a couple of years, and then was reopened by Rev. James Cross who re-
named it Living Hope Church. Rev. Rick Elmore followed Pastor Cross and kept the name of the church intact. When I came to be the pastor I loved the name Living Hope and have ever since.” In 2003, tragedy struck when a carport construction accident led to a fire that spread to the church, burning it to the ground. The congregation worshipped at the YMCA for two years while purchasing and building their present twenty-sixacre property on State Hwy 146. The church was completed and opened for the first service on Easter Sunday March 5, 2005. But Living Hope Church had not seen the last of tragedy. On July 18, 2011, three teen-aged boys from local neighborhoods broke into the church and set it on fire. Pastor Kevin explains, “It was totaled. It didn’t burn to the ground, but the smoke damage was so bad that everything was replaced.” The congregation had to worship at another church for the next year-and-a-half while the church was rebuilt again. The church was completed in November 2013. Now, Living Hope has both full-time and part-time staff and a host of volunteers that have helped its steady growth. Current staff include Hector Lopez (Worship pastor), Alma Garza (Secretary and Bookkeeper), Denise Hyde (Small Group and Dream Team Coordinator), Lisa Guerrero (Ministries Coordinator), Michelle Chap-
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man (Children’s Coordinator), and Toby Hayman (Youth Pastor) Two morning services are offered on Sunday mornings at 9:00 and 11:00 to accommodate the growing attendance of three hundred-fifty to four hundred members who come from the Baytown, Mont Belvieu, LaPorte, Highlands, and Crosby areas. “Our vision statement is what we are about; it is paramount in everything we do,” Pastor Kevin attests. “We want people to know Christ, we want people to live in freedom, we want people to discover their purpose while they are here, and we want them to make an impact in their world.” Pastor Kevin emphasizes small groups, believing that people need someone who can pray with them, and with whom to share their fears and struggles, and get true biblical answers for success. “We have over twenty small groups. We do some of those on Wednesday nights, and some on Sunday nights, and throughout the week.” While Pastor Kevin firmly believes in the
small group concept for his church, he and his wife Missy have their own large group at home. Their family started with two children together and then grew with the adoption of three more children. And they are not done yet. This loving family is in the process of adding to their family once again by adopting a sibling group of three. Pastor Kevin says, “My older brother Eric, who has nine kids, told me kids in the house keeps you young and I believe him!” A men’s fellowship takes place in the woods of the property each third Tuesday evening of every month. “We have a concrete pad with a big fire box; we build a fire and always have lots of food.” Because of Christmas, the December men’s fellowship will be held on the second Tuesday, the 13th. The December meeting will be a father-son fellowship that will include hotdogs and smores. “We have cowboy coffee that’s heated over the opened fire,” Pastor Kevin smiles. “We will usually eat, have a time of fellowship and then a devotional will be given with discussion following, then we call it a night. It really is a cool men’s meeting.” The December calendar also includes a Children’s Christmas Musical (December 11th at 6 p.m.) and A large Christmas dinner and desert auction is planned for the 18th following the 11 a.m. service. The desert auction is used to raise money for the large youth group, to support the projects and youth camps the teens plan on having in 2017. Their main youth camp is in Weatherford, while the winter youth convention is held at the Arlington Convention Center. “Kids from all over the central and south part of the country converge on Arlington Texas for the annual Winterfest. They have bands that come in, special speakers, recreational events,” the pastor expounds. The first twenty-one days of the New Year are set apart by Living Hope for a time of corporate prayer and fasting. “God has always used these first three weeks of dedication as a time to prepare us for what lies ahead in the New Year,” Pastor Kevin explains. “We have fantastic volunteers. Our volunteers are called
our “Dream Team.” We are a very volunteer-driven church. On Sunday mornings, we fix breakfast for them. They have the best coffee; we try to roll out the red carpet for our volunteers.” Small groups include men’s only groups, women only groups, married groups, and interest-based groups. Pastor Kevin has a small group called The “Catalyst” where he does an overview of Christianity. There is an addiction-based small group, and a couple of sermon discussion small groups. “Some of them vary their curriculum every quarter,” Pastor Kevin says. “They’re not counseling based. They’re discussion based. Very few of our small groups involve any lecturing. The sermon discussion group, for instance, is basically discussion questions based off of that morning’s message. They’ve heard the sermon, now this is an environment where they can kick it around, saying, ‘Hey, what do you think about crazy Pastor Kevin when he said this?’” the pastor laughs. There are many outdoor activities on the property. There are two ponds. The boys’ and kids’ groups get to practice their fishing skills on the larger back pond. A youth flag football team uses the premises as a practice field. There is a one-mile walking path called the Damascus Path that runs along the perimeter of the property. One does not have to be a member of the church to use it. A one-time, five dollar administrative fee is collected and a wrist band is issued. The walking path may be used any time from dawn to dusk. Easter is the biggest event of the year. A one hundred-fifty foot by sixty foot tent that can cover eight hundred people is erected for the outdoor event. A free barbeque lunch is provided. An Easter egg hunt is held for the younger kids, while the older kids can participate in a scavenger hunt. Pastor Kevin and the youth pastor take part in an event called “Find the Pastor,” where the two pastors hide somewhere in the property and kids try to find them. Whoever finds either pastor wins twenty dollars. “No church in Baytown does Easter like we do,” Pastor Kevin emphasizes. Living Hope Church is located at 7611 Highway 146 in Baytown. The office hours are 1 PM to 3:30 PM on Mondays, and 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM on Tuesdays through Thursdays. The phone number is 281-383-3878. The website is www.livinghopebaytown.org. “We are a family church,” Pastor Kevin explains. “Our emphasis is helping people do life with Christ. We are big on marriage, kids and family. We are multi-generational and multiethnic. People say, ‘What kind of church is Living Hope?’ Everything we do here is about life application. We’re just common, every day, hard-working people. That’s who we reach here.”u
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Radilogy Imaging Medical testing and procedures can be confusing to negotiate with all the different types of testing available. When imaging is talked about, it may be difficult to understand why the doctor ordered a CT scan instead of an MRI, or an ultrasound instead of a CT scan. The imaging study ordered is determined by the type of information that is that is being sought. Imaging studies that may be ordered include x-rays, computed tomography (CAT scan), diagnostic ultrasound, and magnetic resonance (MRI). Each modality uses a different technique to make images. The goal of all imaging is to noninvasively see inside the body for diagnostic purposes. X-rays are a type of electromagnetic radiation that can be used to take images of the human body. X-rays pass through most objects and because different tissues in the body absorb different amounts of radiation, the images produced show the body in different shades of black and white. Calcium in bones absorbs the most x-rays, so bones look white, while fat and other soft tissues absorb less and look gray, and air absorbs the least, so lung look black. X-rays may be used to detect pneumonia, or boney injuries. Mammograms are x-rays that are used to look for breast cancer. The amount of radiation you get from an x-ray is small, for example a chest x-ray gives you a radiation dose similar to the amount of radiation you are exposed to naturally from the environment over 10 days. A computerized tomography or CT scan combines a series of x-ray images taken from different angles and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images of organs, bones, vessels and soft tissues. A CT scan has multiple uses, and is well suited to quickly examine people who have traumatic injuries. A CT scan can be used to visualize
nearly all parts of the body and is used to diagnose disease as well as plan medical or surgical intervention. CT imaging is often used in emergency rooms, because testing can be completed in a timely fashion, with most tests taking only 5-10 minutes. A CT scan exposes the patient to more radiation than an x-ray. For instance, the amount of radiation you get from a CT of the chest is similar to the amount of radiation you are exposed to naturally from the environment over two years. This is much more radiation exposure than a chest x-ray. Diagnostic ultrasound also called sonography is another form of imaging that produces images of the inside of the body using high frequency sound waves to produce images. This test uses a small probe and gel placed directly on the skin. The probe collects the sounds that bounce back and a computer then uses those sound waves to create images in real-time. This type of imaging is real time and can detect movement and blood flow through vessels. Ultrasound testing does not use radiation and is used in a variety of diagnostic procedures such as monitoring fetal growth, imaging vessels for blood clots and diagnosing heart conditions. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to produce pictures of the organs and structures of the body. Because the MRI machines use magnets, the testing does not expose the patient to radiation. An MRI is particularly useful for the imaging of soft tissues and allows for high quality imaging of tendons, ligaments and brain tissue. An MRI may also be done to provide additional information about a problem seen on an x-ray, ultrasound scan or a CT scan. MRI testing takes much longer than a
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CT scan, depending on the organ being imaged it can take from 20 minutes to 2 hours to complete the testing. While the testing may be confusing, each imaging study is geared toward answering specific questions. X-ray studies are limited, but expose you to very little radiation and are readily available. CT scans allow views of the internal organs, vessels and soft tissues in a time efficient manner, but expose you to a greater amount of radiation. Ultrasound provides dynamic imaging, such as blood flow through vessels and fetal movement. MRI scans give high quality images of soft tissues and do not expose you to radiation, but take longer to perform and are much costlier than CT scans. MRIs are not typically the initial imaging performed, it is often used as follow up testing after a CT or ultrasound to gather more detailed information. For more information regarding this topic go to www.radiologyinfo.org Amy Buford is a native of Louisiana. She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans. She graduated from LSU Medical School in New Orleans, and did her training in Emergency Medicine at UT Houston at Hermann Memorial Hospital in the Medical Center. She is board certified in Emergency Medicine. She currently lives in the Houston area and is active in the community.u
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By: Jason C. Miller, DPM, FACFAS, FASPS
Bunions and Great Toe Joint Pain Bunion deformities and painful great toe joints are very common and can be quite painful. The term “bunion” is a generic name given to any enlargement of the big toe joint. Bunions become painful due to pressure from shoes, from misalignment of the joint, or from damage from within the great toe joint itself. A bunion can be caused from abnormal position or drift of the bones of the foot, or can be a result of an arthritic or metabolic processes. Many bunions are hereditary, and others form due to faulty foot
function and/or shoe choices and influences. Not all “bunions” are treated the same way. Initially, “bunions” are treated conservatively with larger/wider shoes, splinting/padding, anti-inflammatories, or orthotics (custom made arch supports). Eventually, most painful and large bunions require more definitive treatment, often times requiring day surgery. Early diagnosis and treatment may prevent surgical treatment of bunions, especially in the cases of very flexible feet, arthritis, and metabolic causes.
The longer a “bunion” is present, the more the cartilage and joint is damaged, often times making surgery the only option. Also, bunions and bad great toe joint function often cause pain and problems in other areas of the foot. Bunion surgery is usually relatively easy, predictable, and most often without general anesthesia in a day surgery center or outpatient hospital. Most patients are allowed to walk on their surgical foot the same day of surgery. Early treatment of great toe deformities is the single most important way to prevent end-stage great toe joint arthritis. Most end-stage great toe joint arthritis can lead to significant disability, and often necessitates great toe joint replacement surgery or great toe joint fusion surgeries. If you have a painful or enlarged great toe joint, don’t hesitate, get your feet evaluated today! Houston Foot and Ankle Jason C. Miller, DPM, FACFAS Daren Guertin, DPM, FACFAS Jacob Hord, DPM, FACFAS Elizabeth Fernandez-Arias, DPM Laura Woodcox, DPM www.houstonfootandankle.com Offices in Kingwood, Atascocita, Houston, and Mont Belvieu (281) 348-2166u
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H IGHLIGHTS For This Month BJS Teams Up Against Drugs With a Twin
Janie West, librarian at Baytown Junior School, and Camille Burt, AVID teacher, “Team Up Against Drugs With a Twin” during Red Ribbon Week. (Photo was submitted by BJS)
Ashbel Smith Shows off Glasses for Red Ribbon Week
Ashbel Smith Elementary second grade students show off their glasses during Red Ribbon Week. Pictured are (from left)Noah Benitez, Dayalin Cisneros, Luciano Carranza and Andrea Artiagar. Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman
Lamar Red Ribbon Week
(from left) Milagros Barajas and Katelynn Hinojosa, both second graders at Lamar Elementary, stand under a banner created by Lamar students for Red Ribbon Week on “Superheroes Don’t Take a Holiday When Fighting Drugs” Day.
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REL MCJROTC Wins 2nd, Sets Record
Twenty-two cadets on Robert E. Lee High School’s MCJROTC Physical Fitness Team competed against ten other JROTC programs, winning second place in the Combat Physical Fitness event at a recent competition held at Hargrave High School. Cadet Private First Class Guillermo Pineda (front left) and Cadet Private First Class Jason Elazier from the REL MCJROTC set a Hargrave School record for the fastest time for any two cadets to complete the Hargrave Sergeant’s Major Challenge Course. The team is under the direction of Sergeant Major Helms SMI/(Ret).
RSS MCJROTC at Bowie
The Ross S. Sterling High School MCJROTC presented colors at Bowie Elementary’s recent Veterans Day Program. Pictured are (from left) Cadet Staff Sergeant Isaiah Cano, Cadet Major Daisy Grimaldo, Cadet Gunnery Sergeant Giovanni Cruz and Cadet Sergeant Joshua Thompson
K-5th 2016 Mock Presidential Election
Wendy Goodman (back), Bañuelos elementary campus instructional specialist, joins with students (from left) Vivian Nguyen, Eli Leonce, Bryce Bogle and Aliana Macias, giving a “thumbs up” after voting using the website studiesweekly.com/vote and receiving a sticker showing they voted. The campus results show that Hillary Clinton won.
Camille Gladney, fifth grader at Harlem Elementary, turns in her ballot during the school’s recent mock election and receives an “I Voted” sticker. Photo by Susan Passmore
Highlands Jr. College and Career Fair
Tonica Pool (middle) with Chevron Phillips and eighth grader Trinity Snell (right) visit with Mark K. Pearson, director of enrollment management at Prairie View A&M University during the recent Highlands Junior School College and Career Fair. Dock Line Magazine - Baytown & Mont Belvieu Area Edition December 2016 13
Christmas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Five centuries ago, Christmas was virtually nonexistent in Mexico; in fact, Christianity had not even been introduced to the New World. The native Aztec Indians weren’t even aware of the concept of Christianity until 1524, when Twelve Franciscans (Twelve Apostles of New Spain) came to Mexico; about a decade later, the Dominicans followed. Soon after the arrival of the Twelve Franciscans, some of the native Indians began accepting the story of Christ and converting to Christianity. One such Indian, an indigenous farmer named Cuauhtlatoatzin (the talking eagle in the Nahuatl language) living north of what is now known as Mexico City, claimed to have witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary on Tepayac Hill. Our Lady of Guadalupe, as the Virgin Mary came to be known, is to this day recognized as the Patron Saint of all the Americas and
is the basis for much of the Catholic faith throughout Mexico. As an example, the most predominate historical landmark in Puerto Vallarta is the Our Lady of Guadalupe church in El Centro. Evidently the Franciscans were quite impressed with their new convert; they moved him and his wife into their new mission and changed his name to Juan Diego (a bit easier for them to pronounce!). After Juan Diego witnessed the mystical Lady on Tepayac Hill who supposedly cured his uncle of a terminal illness, the rest of the local Indians reasoned that it must be an awfully good religion that these intelligent Spaniards had brought to them; they soon dumped their ancient pagan beliefs in favor of the new Catholic Church teachings. With the miracles that these Spanish God-like Fathers had to offer, it took the Franciscans only six years to sign up the first eight million new believers!
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Soon after news of Juan Diego’s apparition made its way around Mexico, the native Indians reconciled (a polite way of putting it!) with the Spaniards and a new race of people, the Mestizo, was created. In fact, the Lady of Guadalupe is generally depicted as a Mestiza. Today, it is estimated that anywhere from 60-80% of the Mexican population is Mestizo and slightly more than 90% of all Mexicans are Catholic. With well in excess of 100 million Catholics, Mexico ranks second only to Brazil with its population of Roman Catholics. During the 20th century, the Mexican government took a number of steps to separate church from state and also nationalized much of the wealth that the church had accumulated over the years; however Catholicism continues to have a strong influence in Mexican life today. Although it’s influential, it’s certainly not forced on anyone or even on display. In our 13 years of living in Vallarta, we’ve never noticed a priest or nun in the city; they do not wear their habits in public. Many of the annual Mexican fiestas are religious by nature but Easter and Christmas are the most widely celebrated. We have been fortunate enough to witness the past 13 Christmases in PV and can say that it’s a sight to behold! They start the season early in December by hanging colorful lights and decorations throughout the city. The official holiday season begins on December 12th, the birthday of the Lady of Guadalupe, and lasts until January 6th with Epiphany or Los Reyes Magos (the day of the three kings or wise men); some now refer to this holiday season as the Guadalupe-Reyes Marathon! Approximately 9 days before Christmas, various processions, called Las Posadas, are initiated in surrounding cities and communities as the participants begin their walk to Puerto Vallarta. These processions are a celebration of Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter in Bethlehem and they all convene in El Centro on Christmas Eve at the Our Lady of Guadalupe church. The children have their colorful piñatas and the adult celebrations begin as the entire downtown area bustles with activity and music. Christmas Day is a much more quiet and somber day; a day of recovery! December 28th is the Day of the Innocents, the equivalent of April Fool’s Day in the United States; a day when everyone plays practical jokes on each other and not an
appropriate time to “loan” money or believe anyone! Of course, December 31st is another joyful occasion in Vallarta. The entire perimeter of Banderas Bay lights up with incredible fireworks displays lasting almost a half an hour and fiestas can be heard all night long throughout the city; you’ll not see a more spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration. Of course, New Year’s Day is another quiet day as everyone again tries to recover! The final Christmas season fiesta is that of Epiphany on January 6th celebrating the arrival of the Three Wise Men. The children receive gifts and everyone enjoys a pastry called La Rosca De Reyes (bread of the kings). Typically, there is a very small doll buried in the bread roll and the person that gets the piece containing the doll is responsible for hosting the next fiesta on February 2nd, the Day of Candlemas. (You’ve got to give them credit; they have plenty of reasons for planning the next fiesta!) Now you know why they refer to Christmas Season as a Marathon! By the way, in Mexico, it’s never referred to as “Winter Solstice Holidays”, “Non-Denominational Festivities Season”, or by any other politically correct term; it’s Christmas Season! It should be mentioned that there are a few things obviously missing in Puerto Vallarta during this season of celebration. Beautiful snow covered pine trees and deep snow drifts for Santa’s sled are nowhere to be found; of course, they were probably also lacking 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem! The average daily low temperature during the holidays is 65°F and the average high temperature is 80°F, resulting in the average daily temperature for this festive season of 72°F with clear blue skies and zero chance of rain; it just doesn’t get any better than this! If you want your surroundings to look more like that to which you’re accustomed, you can purchase all sizes of artificial Christmas trees at Sam’s Club, Costco, Home Depot, or Wal-Mart; better yet, you can just hang your lights all over the beautiful palms. Finding poinsettias for that additional touch of Christmas ambiance is not a problem; after all, poinsettias are indigenous to Mexico and are abundant in Vallarta. Throw in a few bougainvilleas, hibiscus, birds of Paradise, geraniums, orchids, and numerous other tropical flowers (all in full bloom over the holidays) and you’ll have the most beautiful
Christmas you’ve ever experienced. So, what are you waiting for? Vallarta’s a short 2-3 hour flight from most US cities and with more than 50 international flights arriving daily, it’s a simple and relatively inexpensive way to enjoy the best holiday season of your life. With perfect weather, very hospitable, gentle, and
courteous English speaking locals inviting visitors with open arms, clean water and food, safety and security a major priority, and fun galore, you’ll not have a Merrier Christmas anywhere; as they say south of the border, Feliz Navidad!u
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By: Weston Cotten
Rumor Has It... In this day of social media, texting, sexting, video chatting and other forms of communication, it is hard to fathom the reach of the communicated word. Children of today are talking with their counterparts all over the world. What they are saying is left only to the imagination. Is it rumor, is it half-truth, is it hateful, harmful, or is it just “harmless gossip”? In this day of instant communication and every word recorded, where does it leave the status of the law regarding saying or publishing defamatory, incorrect, damaging
information? Let’s take a look. First, the definition of defamation. To defame is defined as “to hurt the reputation of (someone or something) especially by saying things that are false or unfair”. Can you defame a pet? Who knows, and maybe in some circles an animal has a reputation to be protected, such as an award winning show dog, horse, cat or other show quality animal. We do know a business reputation can be defamed. Mostly, we deal with defamation as it results in damage to a person or their reputation. You can extend the damage to
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almost anything if the words are bad enough and untrue. “The truth is an absolute defense” - so far. Defamation laws protect the reputations of individuals and other entities, (such as businesses), from untrue and damaging statements. Libel refers to statements that can be seen (typically written and published), while slander occurs when a defamatory statement is spoken or otherwise audible. To prove either type of defamation, plaintiffs must prove the following four elements: First, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant made a false and defamatory statement concerning the plaintiff. Second, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant made an unprivileged publication to a third party. Third, the plaintiff must prove that the publisher acted at least negligently in publishing the communication. Fourth, in some cases, the plaintiff must prove special damages. Damages (payoff for worth) for defamation may be limited to actual (special) damages unless there is malicious intent, since such damages are usually difficult to specify and harder to prove. Some statements such as an untrue accusation of having committed a crime, having a loathsome disease, or being unable to perform one’s occupation are treated as slander per se since the harm and malice are obvious, and therefore, usually result in general and even punitive damage recovery by the person harmed. Words spoken over the air on television or radio are generally treated as libel (written defamation) and not slander on the theory that broadcasting reaches a large audience as much if not more than printed publications. What about a video posted on-line? I am not sure the clear delineation between slander or libel matters in such a case. Many of you have heard of the Houston area attorney who filed a slander/defamation suit against three (3) girls who posted bullying and harassing statements about his daughter on-line. Did you hear about the end result? That is one of the problems with a lawsuit, you hear of the beginning but not the end. One thing that was accomplished was that it took the bullying out of the impersonal realm of the media used by the girls and made it personal, put a real face to the results of the girls’ actions and exposed them to community scrutiny for their actions. But
when or if things get out of hand, what do you need to do? The University of North Carolina article on cyber bullying and defamation lawsuits states that many victims of cyber bullying do have a case that may be successful, but it points out some potential drawbacks of filing a defamation lawsuit. 1. Once you file a lawsuit, it is public record and even more people will hear these defaming statements who will not know whether or not they are true or false. 2 If the media covers only the dramatic beginnings of a lawsuit and fails to report on its conclusion, they may not ever learn just how false these statements are. 3. Cyber-bullying victims may not want to subject themselves to that much notoriety. 4. Another point to think about is how difficult it might be to prove the derogatory statements are, indeed, false. You could open yourself up to negative public scrutiny and then lose, not because the statements are true, but because you couldn’t prove unequivocally that they weren’t. With the newly coined term of cyber-
bullying, some creative lawyering may be able to stem the tide of such tactics. Remember, just because a minor does it, does not make it impossible to stop, or control. Maybe the fact that a child uses the home computer or electronic devices provided by the adult can transfer some of the liability to the adult under agency laws. If nothing else, it might force the inattentive adult to pay attention to the actions of their child or remove the electronic device from use by the offending minor. Know what your children are publishing online and what they are saying to and about their peers, or you may find yourself trying to explain why you ignored what your child was communicating. You respect your child’s privacy, you say? Or are you simply taking the path of least resistance and allowing your child(ren) to make their own rules and set their own standards? The results of defamation/cyber-bullying are just no longer limited to the playground and the damage limited to a geographic area. The greater the reach, the greater the damages (payoff for worth). Our world will never be a better place
unless we make it so. Our children will never be safer than we are willing to put ourselves between them and harm’s way. Our children will never be better than they are required to be. THIS ARTICLE IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY AND SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON AS LEGAL ADVICE. This does not constitute the establishment of an attorney client relationship between you and this lawyer. Most information is of a very general nature and cannot attempt to cover all fact situations. Nothing contained in this article should be construed to constitute a recommendation of any product, service, or web site. Weston Cotten is admitted to practice in all Texas Courts, all Federal District Courts in Texas, and the U. S. Tax Court, though not certified as to any legal specialization. He is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. Please visit his website at www. westoncotten.com, or call at 281-421-5774. Principal (and only) office is located at 5223 Garth Road, Baytown 77521.u
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Chevron Donates to BH Scholarship Association Barbers Hill Scholarship Association received a generous donation in October from Chevron Phillips Chemicals, Cedar Bayou Plant, in support of scholarships for Barbers Hill seniors. The donation, totaling $23,750, is the largest made by the company to the Scholarship Association since it began supporting BHSA in 2010. Chevron Phillips employee Rick Hadley brought the two entities together when he began coordinating the Chevron Phillips Golf Tournament in 2010. “I began to see that there was real potential for the tournament to be a very beneficial charitable event,” said Hadley. “I learned more about BHSA, pitched the idea to local Cedar Bayou plant manage-
ment, and the response was a resounding ‘Yes!’” Since that time, Chevron Phillips has donated nearly $75,000 to the Barbers Hill Scholarship Association. “The Association is overwhelmed and incredibly grateful to the employees of Chevron Phillips for their generosity and continued support of our organization’s mission,” said BHSA officer Gayle Woodall. “Many Barbers Hill High School graduates will be the true beneficiaries of the hard work and commitment of Rick Hadley and his team. We applaud their efforts and service to community!” BHSA has provided approximately 1200 scholarships totaling over $625,000 to Barbers Hill graduates since 1975.u
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S A N J A C I N T O H O S P I TA L Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital Recognizes Three Nurses as DAISY Award Winners
Yuri Velasquez, center, with her 2 West unit co-workers and hospital leadership
Christina Rosser, center, with her ICU co-workers and hospital leadership
Andrew Stowers, center, with his 3 West unit colleagues and hospital leadership
Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital recognized three nurses as winners of the October 2016 DAISY Awards. Christina Rosser, an ICU nurse, Yuri Velasquez, who works on the hospital’s 2 West unit, and Andrew Stowers, a nurse on the 3 West unit, were all honored for their work ethic and compassion in caring for their patients. The DAISY (diseases attacking the immune system) Award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the “super-human” tasks nurses perform every day. Community Resource Credit Union is the corporate sponsor of the award at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital. The letter nominating Rosser read: “My father had to be admitted into the hospital and this nurse took the time to explain things to my father and to us in a way we could all understand. She not only cared for my father, but she took the time and patience to help my mother throughout this difficult time. She shared her experiences with us and gave us hope. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness.” In Stowers’ nominating letter, he was recognized for his abundance of patience. “My husband was in a semi-private room and I witnessed him (Stowers) caring for an elderly gentleman in the next bed who was restless and kept trying to get out of the bed. He was very patient with the man and listened to his stories and was engaged in what the patient had to say. He also explained what he was doing for the patient and had a very calming effect on him. His care for patients is very impressive.” Velasquez was praised for her warm and gen-
erous spirit in her nominating letter. “Her smile and positive attitude are one of the main reasons I’m in good spirits and on my way to a fast and long awaited recovery. During my stay in the hospital, she never had to be reminded of her duties and I loved her sense of humor. She lights up every room when she walks in. She is going places in this field.” The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. Each month, a nurse is selected by a Nursing Committee to receive the DAISY Award. At a presentation in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honorees receive a certificate commending them for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” The honorees are also given a beautiful sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch,” hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe of Zimbabwe, Africa. One day while Barnes was in the hospital, he asked his family to bring him a Cinnabon cinnamon roll plus enough for all the nurses in his unit. With the help of Cinnabon’s parent company,
FOCUS Brands, the DAISY Foundation carries on this tradition by serving Cinnabons to all the nurses in the Award recipient’s unit in thanks for everything they do for their patients and families. Bonnie Barnes, president and co-founder of the DAISY Foundation, stated, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide acutely ill patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of the DAISY Award.” Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital is proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes every day, and given the current national nursing shortage, the Daisy Award plays an important role in letting our nurses know their work is highly valued. About Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital has provided Baytown and East Houston with quality medical care since opening its doors in 1948. The hospital has grown throughout the years with the community, providing comprehensive care at all stages of life. As a health care leader, the hospital is proud to have a fully integrated residency program focused on educating and inspiring future practitioners. Today, Houston Methodist San Jacinto provides some of the most advanced and innovative procedures while never losing focus on compassionate and patient-centered care. Houstonmethodist. org/sanjacinto.u
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Most Rainbow Trout you will see this winter are 8-10 inches long, so make sure to take Size 10 or 12 hooks and small lures with you!
Every winter sine 1970 Texas Parks and Wildlife has stocked Rainbow Trout in small public lakes and ponds around the state creating a unique fishing opportunity for Texans. Whether you grew up in colder climes fishing for mountain trout, want to try something new, or want an easy introduction to fishing, Rainbow Trout offer a winter-time special! Rainbow Trout fishing is a popular activity for anglers in winter months when native fish may be harder to find as they shelter in deeper waters and do not eat as much in cooler temperatures. It provides a unique type of fishing experience for new and experienced anglers alike. Plus, a trout fishing trip can result in a tasty meal an angler can take home! Catch-and–release fishing is a marvelous conservation tool for native species when we want to protect future generations of fish, but Rainbow Trout stocking in Texas is designed for anglers to keep their catch. We stock early enough in the winter to ensure all Trout are fished Rainbow Trout are stocked in Texas with the expectation that anglers will take a few home to eat! They are a great tasting fish and many good recipes can be found online. If you do not want to keep your fish, you can always throw them back for others to catch.
out before spring temperatures become too warm for them. We also stock trout at high densities and set a 5 fish/person a day limit so everyone has a chance of taking home dinner. For new or young anglers, trout can be an excellent introductory fish! Trout can easily be caught on simple rigs. Many anglers report success with a just a small hook and no sinker. In deeper ponds, using a single split shot weight on the fishing line may be needed to move the bait deeper in the water for the fish to find. Traditional baits such as worms and crickets work well, but for the angler that wants to keep their hands clean, whole cornel canned or and dough baits all work well too. Just remember to keep your hook size small! Rainbow Trout are sight predators, hunting for prey items visually, and can be easily scared away from bait if they don’t like the look of it. Therefore, try to keep your tackle to a minimum. Small hooks (size #10 or #12) are best. There are even specialized circle hooks for trout that many tackle shops carry. A Fisheries biologists monitors water temperatures and dissolved oxygen at Missouri City Community Park Lake to see when the water will be cool enough for Rainbow Trout.
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If you would like more information on how to fish, TPWD has an excellent PDF booklet about fishing at: http://tpwd.texas.gov/education/anglereducation/learn-to-fish. For anglers that are wanting to move into artificial lures, trout provide a great chance to practice too! Trout will hit small surface flies, inline spinners, curly tail or grub jigs, bucktail jigs, swim shad, or crank baits. Most of the stocked fish will be 8 to 12 inches so err on the small side of lures! Rainbow Trout are a cold water fish, that due to Texas’s high summer temperatures can only live here when stocked in winter, or in chilly tailraces below dams. This means that while they are not native to the area, their short stay in Texas does not threaten our native species. TPWD stocks Trout in small water bodies that are easily accessible to anglers and we stock early in the cool months to ensure that all fish are caught before the temperatures begin to rise in the Spring. Most of the locations will be stocked only once or twice this winter, but our Neighborhood Fishing Program ponds every two weeks while temperatures allow. The three Neighborhood Fishing Program ponds in the Houston area are Community Park Lake in Missouri City, Mary Jo Peckham Park in Katy, and Central Park Pond in College Station. All Rainbow Trout stocking locations and dates can be found at www.tpwd.texas.gov/troutstocking. To learn more about Rainbow Trout, including additional sites and stocking schedules, and tips on how to fish, check out www.neighborhoodfishin. org. If you have any questions please contact us at 979-272-1430 or by email at alice.best@tpwd. texas.gov or email@example.com. Also please come visit us on Facebook at https://www. facebook.com/TPWInlandFisheriesCollegeStatio nHouston.u Many of the small ponds we will stock are also great places to go for a picnic, take a walk, or look for wildlife. This is Missouri City Community Park Lake, which will be stocked every two weeks while cool temperatures last.
French Silk Pie Ingredients 1 Crust (crust recipe below) (you can use a store bought one, or a regular pastry pie crust, but believe me it tastes better with a graham cracker crust) 5 oz. semi sweet chocolate 1 cup room temperature butter(do not use margarine) 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 3 eggs Graham Cracker Crust 1 1/2 cup of graham crackers 1/4 cup of sugar 1/3 cup of melted butter 1. Prepare the crust by mixing together the sugar and graham crackers in a small bowl, and then adding the butter in, until the butter is evenly distributed. Dump the whole mixture into a 9 inch pie pan and press into the sides and bottom of the pie pan. Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-9 minutes(time may vary a little depending on your oven). Set aside to cool. 2. Melt the chocolate down using a double boiler, and set aside to cool. 3. Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, and then add the chocolate(which is cool now) and the vanilla extract, until mixed in smoothly. 4. Add one egg in beating until the color lighten and the volume of the mixture increases( about 2 minutes on high speed). 5. repeat step four for the remaining two eggs. 6. pour the mixture into the pie crust(which must be cooled or the mixture will start to melt), and smooth the top over. 7. Refrigerate for about 2 hours, garnish with whipped cream and whatever else you feel urge to add, and serve.
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White Chocolate Cheesecake with White Chocolate Brandy Sauce Ingredients:
By: Eric Smith
Reacting to the Election Results By the time you see this article it will have been a month since the election. However, I
that everyone have insurance will certainly go and probably the employer mandate as well.
am writing this only a couple of days since
2. A conservative justice will be
Donald Trump was elected president. Social
appointed to the Supreme Court. Who that
media is ablaze with one side rejoicing and
will be is anyone’s guess.
the other lamenting the end of the world. I can empathize with both sides. 8 years ago, I got up after election day and felt depressed. I was genuinely concerned
3. President Trump will nullify many (if not all) of the executive orders of President Obama and probably some of President Bush’s.
about what was going to happen to our
You may think this will all be very good
country and how those who did not vote for
(or very bad depending on your viewpoint),
Barrack Obama were going to be treated once
but remember this: nothing in permanent
he was in office. 8 years later, I’m still alive, the
in politics. If you’re a Republican like me,
sky hasn’t fallen and the apocalypse remains
then you’re living in high cotton. If you’re
on Earth’s To Do list. While I certainly am not
a Democrat, these seem like dark days.
happy about some things that have happened
Regardless, this too shall pass. Sometime in
in the past 8 years, life has not been that bad.
the future the situation will be reversed. If
Maybe you are in the spot today that I
you’re a Republican, rejoice, but don’t gloat. If
was 8 years ago. Let me reassure you that come
you’re a Democrat, mourn, but don’t despair.
January 20th when President Trump takes
We’re all Americans and we will all take care
office, the world will not collapse. Women
of each other regardless of who is sitting in
will be no more vulnerable to violence than
the White House. I don’t know if President
they have been any time before. There will not
Trump will be the greatest president in
be a war. Godzilla is not going to crawl out of
American history or an unmitigated disaster.
the ocean and start eating schoolchildren. All
I’m cautiously optimistic that he will do some
the fears weighing on your heart aren’t going
good things for our country that will benefit
to come true. I have a personal saying that I
us all. Inevitably, we will all at some point in
use to keep me grounded when things don’t
the next 4 years sing his praises and curse his
go my way: rarely is life as good as we hope or
name. Every president does something good
as bad as we fear.
and something bad. President Trump will be
So what is going to happen in January?
no different in that regard.
I’m pretty confident that the following will happen in fairly short order: 1. Obamacare will be repealed or dramatically revised. The personal mandate
At any rate, pray for our new president.
4 (1 ounce) squares white chocolate 3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese 3/4 cup white sugar 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 3 eggs 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups finely chopped white chocolate 2 fluid ounces brandy Preparation: Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Wrap the outside of a 10 inch spring form pan with foil. Grease the inside of the pan. Place the cream cheese, sugar, and flour in a mixing bowl and cream until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape bowl. Melt 4 ounces of the white chocolate. With an electric mixer on low speed, mix melted white chocolate into cream cheese mixture. Keeping electric mixer on low, slowly beat in the vanilla and 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Blend well. Pour mixture into the prepared spring form pan. Place cheesecake pan in a water bath filled with warm water. Bake at 300 degrees F for 50 to 60 minutes, or until center of the cheesecake is just firm. Cool at room temperature for 1 hour. Refrigerate until set before removing from pan. To make White Chocolate Brandy Sauce: Place 1 cup heavy cream in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Watch carefully so it doesn’t boil over. Pour hot cream over 2 cups of finely chopped white chocolate and stir with a wooden spoon until melted. Add brandy and continue stirring until incorporated. Pour over chilled cheesecake and serve.
Whether out of a desire for his success or out of a fear of his judgment. He’s going to need it.u
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Vehicle Profile: 2017 Toyota Sienna The family hauler with swagger
Thanks to their boxy dimensions and cavernous interiors, minivans are the perfect vehicle for families who need the ability to haul a lot of passengers and/or cargo, but the updated 2017 Toyota Sienna proves these SUV alternatives can be fuel efficient as well. With little more than a new engine and transmission, the 2017 Toyota Sienna is a better choice than ever with its growing list of classleading features. The big news for the 2017 Toyota Sienna is the all-new 3.5-liter direct-injected V6 that produces 296 hp and 263 lb/ft of torque, which represents an increase of 30 hp and 18 lb/ft, respectively, over the 2016 Sienna. Backing up this engine is an equally new and advanced eightspeed automatic transmission that replaces the previous six-speed automatic. Together, this modern powertrain combination helps the 2017 Toyota Sienna return EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of up to 19 mpg city and up to 27 mpg highway, marking an improvement of one mpg in the city and two mpg on the highway compared to the 2016 Sienna. Of course, the 2017 Toyota Sienna is still the only minivan in the U.S. that is available with all-wheel drive.
The 2017 Toyota Sienna definitely delivers on the interior too. For starters, the 2017 Toyota Sienna is available with a seven- or eightpassenger seating configuration depending on whether the second row features a bench seat or more luxurious captain’s chairs. With the captain’s chairs, the middle row passengers can enjoy limousine-like accommodations with the ability to slide the seats back a full 23 inches to maximize legroom. Regardless of which seating option is chosen, the 2017 Toyota Sienna has a spacious interior with up to 150 cubic feet of available cargo space. Proving that there really is a 2017 Toyota Sienna for everyone, Toyota Mobility also offers an Auto Access Seat on the Sienna that has a 330-pound lift capacity. In today’s ever-connected, high-tech world, the interior of the 2017 Toyota Sienna is the place to be. This starts with the available Driver Easy Speak feature which pairs a microphone in the driver’s compartment to the rear speakers thus negating the need for the drive yell the intentions of “turning this van around.” However, such drastic measures won’t be an issue with the available Dual View Entertainment Center featuring two displays
within a seamless 16.4-inch widescreen image. Family road trips have never been better. On top of these optional goodies, all 2017 Toyota Sienna trim levels come standard with some form of the Entune™ multimedia and connectivity system. Depending on the trim level, these include the standard Entune Audio, Entune Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App, Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and Entune Premium JBL® Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite. The 2017 Toyota Sienna is available in five trim levels with pricing starting at just $29,750 for the well-equipped Sienna L. From there, the Sienna LE starts at $32,540, the Sienna SE starts at $36,110, the Sienna XLE starts at $42,145 and the top-of-the-line Sienna Limited starts at $42,800. There are also “Premium” versions of the SE, XLE and Limited. Chrome door handles, power moonroof and heated door mirrors with blind spot warning indicators, Driver Easy Speak, Dual-View Blu-Ray DVD Entertainment Center and rear parking assist sonar are some of the features you’ll find. You can also add a DualView Blu-Ray DVD Entertainment Center, HID headlights, automatic high beams, LED daytime running lights and rain-sensing wipers. Safety is the name of the game when it comes to the 2017 Toyota Sienna, and that is backed up with the 5 Star Overall crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. All Sienna trim levels come with the Star Safety System™, but Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, HillStart Assist Control and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control are also available. Backing up its “Swagger Wagon” mantra, the 2017 Toyota Sienna builds on its dedication to practicality, safety, versatility and sportiness with a new level of efficiency. And when it comes to minivans, hat is a perfect combination. Come to Community Toyota today for a test drive!u
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For more than 44 years, I have had the opportunity to work for the Baytown Chamber of Commerce and have heard many times the question “What is the Chamber going to do for me?” or the statement “I don’t know why I joined the Chamber…I haven’t gotten anything out of it”. Chamber executives like myself go to sleep at night with that ringing in their ears. The fact is that the people asking that question or making that statement were probably promised some type of involvement opportunity that doesn’t exist or they have never shown up for any type of Chamber activity. One of the things that the Baytown Chamber offers is fellowship and business development opportunities. Those involved are in the mainstream of economic and business activity. What business people really want is MORE BUSINESS. We are the folks in town who believe in free enterprise, aren’t we? We encourage Chamber members to conduct business with other Chamber members. While we can’t promise the moon in terms of potential business opportunities, we can invite business persons to take advantage of real opportunities by contact with other business persons in the community. The Baytown Chamber of Commerce is a department or extension of every member’s business. The primary objective is to foster a strong business climate but the Chamber is also a partner in making the Baytown community a better place to live. The Chamber is the organization that addresses the problems of the community and pulls people together to address those issues. During a severe economic slowdown, the Chamber with the assistance of the city developed and implemented the Economic Development Foundation which today is extremely effective in bringing new companies to Baytown. The Baytown Crime Stoppers started as a Chamber effort as did the Historic group. The Baytown Chamber took the first (and many subsequent) delegations to Austin to lobby for the Fred Hartman Bridge. The Chamber has been effective in lobbying for many transportation issues over the years. Other Chamber efforts help promote and keep businesses in the area through shared information, networking events and special programs. Still other programs support the educational, cultural and recreational needs of the community. Chamber successes are the result of the hard work of many dedicated volunteers and staff members. Without the volunteers, this organization could not function. The staff keeps the doors to the office open and performs the mechanics while the volunteers are the mainstay. Over the years, we have seen a major change in the financial support of the Chamber. With the increase in national chains and the decrease in the locally owned businesses, the commitment to a local community organization is not as strong. The Chamber has been forced to look beyond membership dues for other income sources. The Chamber is not a part of the City as many believe, and we do not receive tax dollars to operate. Membership dues are an indication of the members’ faith in what the Chamber can accomplish for the economic well-being of the community. If you are interested in community programs, better business climate, and want more people to know about your business or profession, then extend your ideas, talents and investment where the ACTION is – in the Baytown Chamber of Commerce.
Tracey S. Wheeler, IOM President & CEO
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