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The Ultimate Guide To

ALVESTON for visitors and residents

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Pet Corner | Covid-19 Questions


Trivia | Test Your Knowledge


Baseball History | Nations Turning Point


Pet Peeves | Slow Internet Service


Comedy Corner | with Bob Rohan


Gardening With Holly Ross | Herbs For Health


Events | Galveston Symphony




TEXAS SELECT SEASONINGS Made In G a l ve s t o n C o u n t y, Tex a s

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CONTENTS | Find Your Great Read On The Cover


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LET’S MAKE WAVES TOGETHER! Pet Corner | Covid-19 Questions


Island Dining Spotlight | James and Sasha Clark


Trivia | Test Your Knowledge


Small Bites| Viet Cajun Seafood


Pet Peeves | Slow Internet Service


Niblets | Local Response To Covid-19


Health & Beauty | With Dr. Tara Wegryn


Waves History | Sea-Arama Marine World


Comedy Corner | with Bob Rohan


Theatrical | Why The Show Must Go On


Gardening With Holly Ross | Herbs For Health


The Beach Bum | 6 Feet Apart Classic Rock Tunes


Restaurant Review | Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant


Meet The Team | The Contributors of Waves Magazine


Waves Dog Enjoying the Beach




READY TO ADVERTISE WITH US? 409-789-1160 Fishing Advice | with Patrick Lemire


Field To Table | with William “Wild Bill” Powell


Downtown Currents | with Christy Monroe


Featured Downtowner | with Christy Monroe


Bunny’s Cookin’ Column | Recipes


Jan & Dean | Relationship Advice


Trivia Answers | Check your answers


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Executive Creative Director Christopher Bergeron Contributors Richard Henderson, D.V.M. J.A. Bunny Jan & Dean Billy Powell Patrick Lemire Max Conner Tom Valliere Charlie Bresenhan Paul Hager Bob Rohan Christy Monroe John Valastro Holly Ross Dr. Tara Wegryn J. Chumley Photography Thomas Waggoner Zach Tate Lynda Watson

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Hello, Wavers. I want to thank each and every one of you for your wonderful comments regarding our special April issue. I think you will find our May issue enlightening, informative, and entertaining. These past several weeks have shown us what we have known for a long time. In Galveston, we are family. We take care of each other in times of need. We always have and we always will. Our wonderful Galveston businesses and residents have stepped up tremendously to assist our residents who are currently out of work and in need of food, household goods, and other necessities. I could not be prouder of our wonderful community. I also want to give a special shout out to our Waves Magazine writers and contributors. They are the ones that make our magazine special every month. In these challenging times, every one of them stepped up and produced their exceptional monthly columns for April, and now again in May. There is a reason Waves Magazine has been voted the Islands Best Print Publication for two straight years. Our dedicated, talented writers and contributors are a huge part of it. I especially want to offer a special thanks to our loyal advertisers! Your loyalty is the reason Waves Magazine can produce an entertaining and informative magazine

Waves Magazine is produced monthly. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be used or reproduced without the written consent of the publisher.

each month. My staff and I appreciate you very much! I have stated for months the importance of BUYING LOCAL. It’s more important now than ever. Everyone please step-up and support our fantastic Galveston businesses. Remember how much they have given back to our community through the years. Now, we must support them. BUY LOCAL! Virtually everything we could ever want or need can be found right here on our island paradise. With everything going on in our lives right now, it’s difficult to remember things we should be doing. Memorial Day falls this year on May 25th. Please honor the brave men and women who died while serving in our military. Memorialize the soldiers that paid the ultimate price to preserve our American freedoms. We think our Waves May Cover will bring a big smile to your face. Our Waves party dog is smiling, and we hope you are too. There is an old saying my father said to me many times: “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.” I firmly believe this. It will not be long until we will all be smiling again. Let’s all band together as always, buy local, and be ready to celebrate the good times ahead. REMEMBER, WE ARE GALVESTON STRONG!



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PET CORNER | By: Dr. Richard Henderson

ET Corner

Pet Care Advice From Richard D. Henderson, DVM

COVID-19 Questions:

Island Isolation


s we enter our second month of the coronavirus outbreak, we are all looking for some understanding of how all our lives will normalize. If I can’t find an answer to a problem in a Seinfeld episode, I often turn to the animal world. Since this outbreak’s destruction of lives and livelihoods is no laughing matter, the animal world might give me some clarity rather than turning to Jerry. The coronavirus outbreak has some similarities to the canine influenza outbreak that occurred in 2015. Our hospital saw multiple sick dogs that had been

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boarding at a kennel during a hurricane evacuation. Some of the cases developed a cough without many other symptoms. They recovered in a week or so like a typical kennel cough case. A few of the older dogs became extremely ill, developed pneumonia, and died despite treatment. At the time the cause was not apparent until reports came out that there was a novel (new) canine influenza virus. The “experts” warned the veterinary community that the dog flu epidemic would sweep the nation and cause many pet deaths. Following the few cases we saw

after that storm evacuation, we have not seen one case since in Galveston. During the next year, outbreaks occurred in different cities, most were associated with large boarding facilities and grooming parlors that had many dogs in close quarters, places with noise, less than ideal air quality, and stress. In a few “hotspots” it was a serious problem. The Chicago area was hit hard. Most of the country, however, had no real major problems with this illness in their pets. Eventually, this outbreak quietly subsided.

PET CORNER | By: Dr. Richard Henderson

Sound familiar? Now compare places where Covid-19 has been most active in people like New York City, New Orleans during Mardi gras, and some meatpacking plants. All have some things in common; densely packed humans, stress, poor air quality all during the time of year when respiratory infections are most active. It is hoped now that like with many disease outbreaks seasonal changes will result in the disappearance of new cases. Time will tell as summer approaches. As of April 23rd, Galveston has been extremely fortunate to avoid an avalanche of coronavirus cases that sadly a few other regions have dealt with. Is it because of our social distancing and stay-at-home orders?

Could there be something else at work? Could our fresh sea air, our relaxed lifestyles, and “island isolation” afford us some kind of immunity boost? Does the virus need a specific set of circumstances to flourish not present in Galveston? Maybe this is just my wishful thinking. This would be hard to prove now, but I hope our trend continues. As much as we complain about tourist traffic, it will be a welcome sight to see hopefully sooner rather than later. I hope our leaders continue to consider some reasonable safety measures, but also take some brave steps to open us up again. Rumor has it that our pets want some alone time soon! They say we have been home too much. Dogs are complaining that five

walks a day are wearing them out with the weather turning warmer. Our cats are wondering why we are talking to them with weird face coverings. And all this brushing - can’t even spit up my weekly hairball. Hey humans, we love you, but not that much of you. Get back to work so you can afford the good treats. Next month has got to get better for all of Galveston’s sake.

Richard D. Henderson, DVM Galveston Veterinary Clinic 2108 61st Street Galveston, TX 77551 409.356.9000

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WAVES TRIVIA | Test Your Knowledge


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Answer Reveal on Page 66

General Triva

S h a r p e n Yo u r M i n d W i t h T h e s e G e n e r a l T r i v i a Q u e s t i o n s

1. Among this comedian’s routines was “Seven Words You Can Never Say On T.V.”. ◊ Lenny Bruce ◊ Eddie Murphy ◊ Richard Pryor ◊ George Carlin

2. Her recording career lasted eight years. “A Church, A Courtroom And Then Good-Bye.” ◊ Patsy Cline ◊ Tammy Wynette ◊ June Carter Cash

3. The “Simpsons” were first seen on this TV show. ◊ The Tracy Ullman Show ◊ The Kids in the Hall ◊ Saturday Night Live ◊ Pee Wee’s Playhouse

4. The closest non-bordering country to the US. ◊ Cuba ◊ Russia ◊ Bermuda ◊ Dominican Republic

5. When Galveston was devastated by a hurricane in 1900, she traveled 1,500 miles to head up the relief effort. ◊ Clara Barton ◊ Florence Nightingale ◊ Helena Rubinstein

6. He was the youngest US President to hold office in the 20th century. ◊ John Kennedy ◊ Herbert Hoover ◊ Bill Clinton ◊ Teddy Roosevelt

7. He was the first Major Leaguer to get 3,000 hits in a career. ◊ Ty Cobb ◊ Napoleon Lajoie ◊ Honus Wagner ◊ Cap Anson

8. Viagra was originally used to treat this. ◊ Angina ◊ Diabetes ◊ Hair Loss ◊ Low Blood Pressure

9. The first conversation recounted in the Bible is in Genesis 3, between these two; it leads to trouble. ◊ God & Adam ◊ Eve And The Serpent ◊ Adam And Eve ◊ Adam And The Serpent

10. The mission that first landed men on the Moon. ◊ Apollo 11 ◊ Gemini 6 ◊ Apollo 7 ◊ Apollo 13

11. Her first draft of “Pride and Prejudice” was called “First Impressions.” ◊ Jane Austen ◊ Hilda Doolittle ◊ Charlotte Bronte ◊ Aphra Behn

12. This element, which has a “Valley” named after it, makes up 25 percent of the earth’s crust. ◊ Potassium ◊ Selenium ◊ Hydrogen ◊ Silicon

13. It’s the type of electrical current that travels one way only. ◊ Conduction ◊ Alternative Current ◊ Direct Current ◊ Convection

14. Over a mile deep & 25 million years old, it’s the deepest & oldest lake on earth. ◊ Titicaca ◊ Lake Baikal ◊ Lake Como ◊ Loch Ness

15. The Mozilla Foundation released this open-source web browser in 2004. ◊ Netscape ◊ Firefox ◊ Chrome ◊ Safari

16. Murex, Conch & Clam were the names of early tankers owned by this company. ◊ Chevron ◊ Shell ◊ Sunoco ◊ Conoco Phillips

17. This “bump” made Time Magazine’s top 10 buzzwords of 2008. ◊ Baby Bump ◊ Goosebumps ◊ Fist Bump ◊ Speed Bump

18. 3-Word latin phrase for the highest honors granted on graduation. ◊ Magna Cum Laude ◊ Egregia Cum Laude ◊ Summa Cum Laude ◊ Maxima Cum Laude

19. During the American Revolution, this New England newspaper had the USA’s highest circulation. ◊ Providence Journal ◊ New York Times ◊ Boston Glove ◊ Hartford Courant

20. Original sets of this toy that was first sold in 1918 included plans for building Uncle Tom’s Cabin. ◊ Legos ◊ Lincoln Logs ◊ Fiddlestix

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Come and Be Inspired No visit to downtown Galveston is complete without a trip to The Kitchen Chick. As soon as you cross the threshold, you’ll be whisked away into a chef’s paradise. From specialty brands including Le Creuset, Swiss Diamond, Mason Cash, Ruffoni and Shun, you will find everything you need plus some things you didn’t know you needed! Whether you’re a cooking novice or seasoned pro, The Kitchen Chick is home to a collection of hand-selected cookware, tools and products - brands that built their reputation over decades and are known for their attention to detail, quality construction and outstanding performance. We want you to experience personalized attention and enjoy our charming atmosphere, but most importantly, we want you to become inspired by the exceptional products lining our shelves and the classes we offer in our kitchen. They are there for you to help expand your culinary repertoire, to discover your next triumph, and for you ring the dinner bell and gather your loved ones to the table.

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ur cooking classes are uniquely themed, including holiday favorites, southern specialties, seafood delicacies, and so much more! You can learn to make what you love! To ensure you get the most out of your experience, we keep our classes small so that our instructors get more one-on-one time with you. But this also means they fill up fast! So when you see a class that piques your interest and fits your schedule, contact us to reserve your spot.


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PET PEEVES | Daily Irritations


Of The Month


Slow Internet Speeds with High Service Rates

n 2020, everything is about getting things done fast. Faster Amazon, faster updates, and faster internet. With so many people currently working from home, highspeed, reliable internet connectivity is essential to being productive. For a country that prides itself on being number one in many areas, the United States is shockingly low on the ranking of average internet speeds.

Cable, a British analysis firm, ranked 200 countries by their average broadband speed. The United States isn’t even in the top ten, ranking 15th slowest speed in the world!

Let’s face it, the real reason internet speed is so slow in America is due largely to the monopolistic nature of the telecommunications industry, intense lobbying efforts by the industry to prevent competition, and weak government oversight (FCC) which leans heavily to the industry and not the consumer. Once again, we the people can change this aggravating situation.

Let’s band together and do it!

Taiwan is number one with a speed of 85.02 Mbps, followed by Singapore, Jersey (England’s coast), Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Norway. The United States is ranked 15th at 32.89 Mbps. In a world where a lot of careers, education platforms, business, and commerce rely on the internet, it’s surprising we are not doing better as a country. We do however rank NUMBER ONE in one category: the highest cost of internet service! Do we like paying the highest price in the world for unreliable, subpar internet service?

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HEALTH AND BEAUTY | By: Dr. Tara Wegryn





Do Your Hands Give Away Your Age? l ways exposed to the elements

The procedure can be safely performed

and to the sun, your hands, as

in the office in less than 30 minutes.

much as your face and décol-

Complications are uncommon but may

leté, probably show signs of aging. The

include bruising, redness, swelling and

average American driver spends 280

pain. Post-procedure restrictions are

hours behind the wheel a year. In other

minimal and include no aggressive scrub-

words, your unprotected hands were

bing or rubbing, no tanning or excessive

exposed to almost 300 hours of direct

UV exposure and no sleeping on your

UV rays from the time you spent driving

hands for two weeks.

in just one year! Signs of aging and sun exposure may include wrinkles, dryness, scaling and brown spots, all of which can be addressed with moisturizers, anti-wrinkle creams, skin lighteners and exfoliators, but what can be done about the prominent veins and tendons which seem to become more noticeable over the years? With age, collagen in the hands is produced at a slower rate and is made


Dr. Tara Wegryn is a board-certified Neurologist and Electrophysiologist and a member in good standing with the IAPAM (International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine). Dr. Wegryn received her MD from the University of Florida and residency in Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic. In 1996, Dr. Wegryn founded Houston Neuromonitoring, a successful intraoperative monitoring company that served the surgical community at the TMC (Texas Medical Center) for over 17 years. Dr. Tara Wegryn is currently the director/owner of Refresh Medispa in Galveston, Texas.


less efficiently. This causes the veins and tendons on the back of the hand

More youthful, fuller looking hands are

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your face.

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Have a great day, and I hope you continue to

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By: Bob Rohan

ob Rohan, or as he is known in Texas “Bad Bob”, has been playing the fiddle and singing in various groups for over 30 years in Texas, and has opened for Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Carlene Carter and John Conley to name a few. Bob has played in bands that have backed up country legends like Hank Thompson, Ray Price, Jack Greene, Pam Tillis, and Dale Watson. Along with songwriting, Bob is also a talented cartoonist and has a self syndicated comic strip titled “Buffalo Gals”. The

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comic feature is about two cowgirls “Bess Winchester” and “Connie Cheyenne”. The comic strip was inspired after playing with “The Hays County Gals and Pals” a cowgirl western group that toured through Texas, Oklahoma and as far west as Elko, Nevada. Bob has won The Wisconsin State Fiddle Championship and has been nominated several times from The Academy of Western Artists for Best Cowboy Cartoonist. You can find Mr. Rohan online at :


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GARDENING Column | By: Holly Ross

Herbs: Natures Medicine

Herbs That Stimulate The Immune System:

“herbs work in the body to stimulate the immune system to kill the bacteria, or virus, or fungus, for itself. �

Garlic: Garlic is the oldest of medicinal herbs going back to ancient Rome. Garlic has been found to stimulate the immune system and to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. Echinacea: This herb is easy to find at health food stores. It is a coneflower that grows in the plains. Studies have shown this plant can help shorten an illness and boost the immune system.


f the corona virus has done anything, it has highlighted how important our health and our immune systems are to our daily life. We encounter pathogens daily that our bodies need to fight off. The way our body does this is by our immune system. Before we touch on the herbs, lets talk about how herbs work in the body. Unlike antibiotics that kill the bacteria FOR the body, herbs work in the body to stimulate the immune system to kill the bacteria, or virus, or fungus for itself. This makes the body stronger and more able to fight off pathogens that enter the body. The herbs do this by the different chemical compounds found in the plant matter. The essential oils are part of this but not the whole part.

Dandelion: Hands down one of the most powerful herbs for immune boosting and supporting the liver. Please click over to my website for an in-depth look at the dandelion.

Herbs with Anti-Viral Properties These herbs have shown to contain chemical compounds that will kill various viruses: Oregano




In our gardening section, we have already talked about Rosemary. All of these herbs grow easily on the island. To use these herbs medicinally, you simply need to eat them- the herbs will then do what they do. The most common form of medicinal herbs is a tincture (you can find detailed instructions at my website) which is easily made with alcohol such as vodka and the herbs of your choice. Obviously, I am not a doctor and am not diagnosing illness or prescribing medication; we are just sharing information that has been helpful to us.

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Backyard Mosquito Control “We will never eliminate mosquitos, but there are natural remedies to protect your backyard living space ” Now you may be thinking, “I bought citronella, but it wasn’t a grass.” What you bought was a citronella scented geranium. These are awesome plants for our area. They like a lot of water and will die if it freezes, but they are easy to grow. I grow these in containers and keep them around the porches and sitting areas. Other herbs that have strong scents that will help keep the mosquitos at bay are:

Peppermint Herb


Lemon Verbena Herb

Wintergreen Herb

h is time of year has us islanders thinking about one particular pest- the mosquito. There are a lot of wonderful things about living on the coast, but the prolifickness of mosquitos is not one of them! Nothing we do will ever eliminate mosquitos for good, but there are several plants that we can use around our sitting areas and outdoor spaces that will help. Citronella Grass is a plant that grows in tropical regions. It will grow in our area. This clumping grass has a myriad of uses and repelling mosquitos is one of those. This isn’t a common plant so you will need to order it from an online source. As a companion plant in the garden, citronella grass can deter whiteflies and other pests that are confused by its strong lemony scent.

• Cuban Oregano- beautiful foliage and drought tolerant. • Lemon Verbena- gorgeous shrub with attractive foliage. • Mints- any mint such as wintergreen, spearmint, or peppermint. The key to any of these plants working for you is that you must crush the leaves to release the essential oils. The oils are what repels the mosquitos. So, when you sit down on your swing, pinch a few leaves, and shake the plant good. When you smell the wonderful scents, you will know that the oils have been released.

~Holly Ross

When growing citronella grass, place it in a location where it can receive bright but filtered sunlight. It can scorch or wilt in areas with too much intense sun. Citronella grass prefers moist, loamy soil. It has high watering needs, so if grown in a container, water it every day. Citronella grass can be divided in spring. This is also a good time to give it an annual dose of nitrogen-rich fertilizer.

For more great information, go to: www.themakingofahome.wordpress.com

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Galveston’s Own Symphony

TO OUR COMMUNITY: Galveston Symphony Orchestra’s 40th anniversary season was cut short when the final two concerts had to be canceled because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Sunday afternoon concerts at The Grand 1894 Opera House, Moody Mansion Music Series, and the new Bryan Museum Music series all were canceled. Although the musicians and concert goers alike were disappointed to miss the music, we all understand the importance of staying apart until this crisis is over. Founded in 1979, the Symphony is a communitysupported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization bringing the very best classical music to Galveston Island. Foe updates, please watch our website at www.GalvestonSymphony.org and Facebook page to keep in touch, or email jgill@galvestonsymphony.org. 30 | Waves Magazine | May 2020 Issue

We look forward to coming together again to share the joy of classical music. — Trond Saeverud, Conductor & Music Director — Joanie Gill Scarborough, Executive Directer — Lynette Haaga, Board President

Galveston symphony orchestra classical music, island style !

Photo by Robert Mihovil, Mihovil Photography

From All of Us at Galveston Symphony Orchestra:

We Stand Apart Together Wishing Love, Joy and Music to All Please Stay Healthy! www.Galvestonsymphony.orG

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W AV E S Your time is valuable. Trust Waves Dining Section to be your personal concierge on the Galveston Dining Circuit. With tips, amenities, features like outdoor seating, pet friendliest places and price points, let us test the WAVES at various Island Restaurants for you! See you at the table!

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ESTAURANT EVIEW by: Tom Valliere & Charlie Bresenhan

Highlighting Galveston’s Best of the Best Dining Experiences.

veston Bay oysters, and filets fresh fish by hand, the same way SG did more than 100 years ago. Still owned and operated by SG’s descendants, the family remains passionate about food with the focus on taste. All of their unique sauces, seasonings, salad dressings, and delicious desserts are house-made from time-tested family recipes. Over the decades, they have blended in traditional southern deep frying, Southwest open-flame grilling, and rich Creole flavors. By combining and infusing these styles and cultures, Gaido’s has created a menu and dining experience, unlike any other seawall restaurant.


The experience does not end with the food. Gaido’s understands expectations go much further. Stepping into their foyer, you are greeted warmly and escorted to your table passing remarkable collections of fine china, memorabilia, and nostalgic touches of their rich history. Service is old world; polished and professional. Many of their staff have been employed for decades. The timing of the entrees is precise, and the service is not rushed.

Sam Giacinto Gaido first opened his restaurant in 1911. The Gulf and surrounding bays were teeming with fresh seafood. From that day forward, Gaido’s reputation as the freshest fish house in the Gulf grew driven by S.G. Gaido’s unwavering commitment to serve only the best.

Many celebrities, presidents, entertainers, and even Alfred Hitchcock have enjoyed dinners here. But just as important has been the thousands of birthday, anniversary and retirement parties; people who choose to return year after year. Being woven into so many families’ annual tradition is a Gaido’s tradition they are rightly very proud of.

o r 109 years, generations of Islanders and visitors have enjoyed the fresh seafood impeccably prepared and served at this island icon. For many Houston families, a Sunday at the beach and dinner at Gaidos was a tradition. Even today if you query area residents about Galveston restaurants, Gaido’s is usually the first reply.

Today Gaido’s still peels their gulf shrimp, shucks Gal-

In their own words, “Our tables are always set, our service is always personal, and our ingredients are always the freshest...which is why our famous island kitchen truly is The Coastal Classic.” Editor’s Note: The COVID-19 Pandemic has devastated our island restaurants. Many locally-owned restaurants have risen to the

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Gaido’s seafood restaurant

challenge. Few have done as much as Gaido’s. In his April 23rd memo, Nick Gaido posted what the Gaido family is doing. “Starting today, we are bringing ALL of our staff back on board and will do our best to keep it that way. Effective immediately and for the next few weeks Gaido’s and Nick’s will pay all hourly staff at least $15 per hour. The surge in pay will hopefully stabilize many household incomes that have been negatively affected. Our salaried managers will receive full performance bonus for the next four weeks. Everyday. we will provide a family meal for our entire staff, until we reopen our dining room. Finally, every Friday for the next four weeks Gaido’s will supply free meals to Galveston’s first responders including police, fire, and medical personnel... For 109 years our customers and employees have given so much to the Gaido family. These are just a few ways we can say Thank You for all you have done to keep our business alive now and in the past. You the people are our future.” I have no doubts they will be around another hundred years. Ample off-street parking as well as handicapped accessible. Hours of Operation Sun. - Thu. 11a - 9p | Fri. - Sat. 11a - 10p

Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant 3828 Seawall Boulevard G a l v e s t o n , Te x a s 7 7 5 5 0 409-761-5500


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by: Tom Valliere & Charlie Bresenhan

James & Sasha Clark Mosquito Cafe & PattyCakes full-service catering events. Mosquito Cafe is an award-winning, highly acclaimed restaurant previously featured in Waves Magazine. Both James and Sasha have numerous accomplishments and awards. Both are very active in the community, raising a significant amount of donations for the National MS Society, by riding in the MS 100 in California, which is a bicycle ride from Irvine to San Diego.


h is month our spotlight falls upon Mr. James Clark and his wife Sasha.

Mr. Clark is the Director of Operations of the Mosquito Cafe and PattyCakes Bakery. He also serves as the President of the Galveston Restaurant Association. James has a Bachelor of Science in 36 | Waves Magazine | May 2020 Issue

Construction Engineering Technology from California State Polytechnic University Pomona. He is 39, and he and his wife, Sasha, have been married for 12 years with two children: Benjamin, 7, and Josephine, 5. James and Sasha, along with Sasha’s sister, Kyla Wright, manage the daily operations of Mosquito Cafe, PattyCakes Bakery, and coordinate

They are both certified food managers. James and Sasha are also annual contributors to Friends of Scouting (supports Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts), Texas Children’s Hospital, PJ Library, and California State Polytechnic University Pomona. Sasha currently serves on the boards for the Children’s Coalition, Oppe PTO, and the Galveston Restaurant Association. She is a past board member of the Congregation B’nai Israel Board of Trustees. James assists with coaching both of his children’s baseball teams as well as currently

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serves on the Galveston College Culinary Art Advisory Board and Galveston Restaurant Association. James is a major contributor to the planning and execution of Galveston’s Epicurean Evening, which benefits the Galveston Independent School District Educational Foundation (GEF), as well as provides scholarships to students who are interested in pursuing a degree in the culinary arts, through the Paco Vargas Scholarship Fund. James and Sasha are so blessed to be owners of a family business that believes in giving back to the community where they live and work. Mosquito Cafe and PattyCakes Bakery have been major supporters for many years of the Galveston Historical Foundation, Ronald McDonald House of Galveston, GISD Educational Foundation, UTMB President’s Cabinet, Galveston Island Humane Society, Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Conference, UTMB School of Nursing Style Show, Artist Boat, Galveston Children’s Museum, Galveston Meals on Wheels, the Galveston Ministerial Alliance as well as other nonprofit groups.

They also spend time swimming at the Galveston Boat Club pool and boating around Galveston Bay. As president of the Galveston Restaurant Association, James has the responsibility and opportunity to guide the organization through the murky waters of the COVID-19 pandemic. GRA is a chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association, which is a chapter of the National Restaurant Association. TRA has been on the front-line advocating and is the voice of the restaurant and food-service industry, representing more than 1.4 million employees, which is the second-largest private-sector employer in Texas.

away to feed Galveston’s laid off food/retail service workers. Several of their newer, soon to be members, have done incredible work in securing donated food from suppliers in which they prepare to feed those who are out of work as well. Those who are currently participating are GypsyJoynt, Mosquito Café, PattyCakes Bakery, Maceo’s, Galveston Restaurant Group, Rudy & Paco’s, Gaido’s and Nick’s Kitchen & Beach Bar. Other allied members that are providing similar services to our laid-off industry workers are Koop’s BBQ, Fish Company Taco, Chef Mary Bass, and many others.

“TRA has provided many resources, constant communication, letters to send to Legislators, Mayors, Senators, State Representatives, Governor Abbott, etc.… As I receive the updates and latest and greatest information, I, in turn, share it with the GRA team. The more we all know, the more we all can grow”.

GRA has formed a collaborative alliance with the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Galveston Chamber of Commerce, Park Board of Trustees, and the City of Galveston to promote safety, staying healthy, and buying local to help our restaurants and retail shops endure this strange economy.

GRA has created a GoFundMe account to receive donations which in turn employs GRA member restaurants to prepare hot meals to be given

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by: Tom Valliere & Charlie Bresenhan Highlighting Galveston’s cafe’s, food trucks and quick bite food stops Viet Cajun is a family-owned and operated business that opened its doors on February 1, 2020. Being directly on the seawall, Viet Cajun offers delicious made to order dishes surrounded by the beauty of the coast. They are famous for their Viet-Cajun style crawfish and their banh mi sandwiches. Many people now enjoy Viet-Cajun style crawfish but are unaware of how Vietnamese and Cajun-style crawfish are related. Cajuns are French colonists that settled in Louisiana after expulsion from Canada. Vietnam was a French colony from the late 1800s to 1954. These two flavors combined to create a juicy, garlic heavy flavor experience in not just the inside, but also the outside of the crawfish.


Their banh mi sandwiches are made with a perfectly crisp baguette, with your choice of charbroiled pork or chicken (pork is the favorite), fresh hand-made Vietnamese mayo, a pate that melds everything together, topped with fresh veggies, including freshmade pickled carrots.

Chealy Lor was a teenage girl living in Cambodia during the time of the Khmer Rouge. As depicted in the movie, “The Killing Fields”, this insurgency, led by the cruel and despotic leader Pol Pot, inflicted unspeakable horrors causing many people to flee for their lives. Some of these refugees landed in the US which must have seemed to be a strange country. Facing enormous challenges and lacking language skills, family, and resources, they rose through sheer determination and have become productive citizens.

Viet Cajun understands that not everyone has the same love for certain foods, so they strive to have a menu packed with a variety of tastes that can appeal to anyone, all made with the same quality standards that apply to their specialty offerings. They offer salads, wings, burgers, and even their popular loaded fries. They also offer daily lunch specials Monday - Friday from 11 AM to 4 PM.

wo years as a food editor for Waves Magazine writing about our local restaurants has given me a new appreciation for the people of Galveston and our incredible diversity. I have met many people who have shared their stories. Here is a special one.

Chealy Lor rebuilt her life in the US after arriving in 1981. She was known by her family and friends for her amazing egg rolls, always being the one to host family gatherings and serve boiled crawfish and other dishes from her native land including those she acquired here. She and her husband/business partner would enjoy experimenting with different recipes and different types of food. She took her passion for cooking and ventured into entrepreneurship. In February 2020, she opened Viet Cajun, which is a mix of traditional Vietnamese food and Cajun influenced seafood.

As explained in their own words, “We hold ourselves to providing quality meals to our patrons and have found a place in the hearts of locals and tourists alike.” The restaurant is handicapped accessible with plenty of free offstreet parking. Hours Of Operation: Mon. -Thur. 11am - 8pm | Fri. - Sat. 11am - 9pm Sun. - 12pm - 7pm

Viet Cajun

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GALVESTON DINING GUIDE | Reviews, News, Events and Highlights

Pennie’s Take Out Menu Smoked Brisket Quality brisket covered with our original rub, slow smoked and ready to be sliced when you order. Pork Ribs Pork ribs cooked with our original rub till almost done then basted with our honey sweetened sauce. Grilled Chicken Chicken spiced with our rub cooked over wood. Unlike any chicken you have ever eaten. Link Sausage Pork and Beef link sausage smoked over oak ready and waiting for you to order. Sandwiches Chopped Beef | Sliced Beef | Sausage |Comes with a complimentary 4 oz side

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Stuffed Baked Potato Huge baked potato filled with butter, cheese, sour cream, chives and best of all chopped brisket! Texas Sized Tamales Everything is bigger in Texas. Three times larger than our

regular tamales with the same great taste. Barbacoa (Sat. and Sun. Only) Pennie Ochoa’s delicious recipe. Tender, moist shredded beef is the result. Menudo (Seasonal) Honey comb tripe in a spicy Mexican soup Sides and Dessert All sides are made fresh at Pennie’s Potato Salad Dill based cool refreshing chopped potatoes mixed with dressings. Pinto Beans My own recipe made fresh daily. Lots of love goes into the beans. Green Beans Banana Pudding Trifle



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News, Updates And Insights Regarding Our Galveston Dining Scene.

COVID-19 CHALLENGES ISLAND BUSINESSES locally owned re s ta u r a n t s ov e r co m e c ha l l en g es, mi t i gat i n g t h e pa n d e m i c e f fe ct s u p o n their businesses a n d e m p l oy e es


s we enter our third month of COVID lockdown in Galveston, it is apparent the damage it is doing to our island’s service-based industry. All segments have been hit equally hard. However, our focus is on our local restaurants, how they are coping, and how their employees are meeting these challenges. Galvestonians are a close-knit community. We are accustomed to adversity. However, the nature and scope of this pandemic is unlike anything from our past. Here I am going to cite some specific examples of what our locally owned restaurants are doing to mitigate the effects upon their businesses and employees. I am certain I have overlooked some notable efforts and for that, I apologize. To all I extend a hearty thank you. Sadly, I must report some restaurants will not survive. La Cocina Celebrity chef Mary Bass continues in her quest to find novel solutions for unemployed service workers. She continues to refine her model of rotating chefs and in-house delivery people. Her offerings have expanded from single meals to family packs fully cooked or prepared for your oven. Her efforts have brought national awareness to the plight of our island restaurants. Koops BBQ A relative newcomer, Koops has really 40 | Waves Magazine | May 2020 Issue

stepped up to meet the challenge of giving back to our community. Operating in their new location in the former Charlie Burger building on 23rd Street, they have been generously providing lunches to unemployed workers. In cooperation with Del Papa distributing, Galveston Island Brewing and Three Doors Down Bar, they are able to offer a frosty beer with the free lunches they provide. Many thanks to PJ and his wife Tara! Galveston Restaurant Association Galveston Restaurant Association along with their suppliers/partners - Second Servings/Hess/Sysco - have been doing amazing things. Under the leadership of James Clark of Mosquito Cafe and in partnership with members, associates, and soon to be members, they are making a big difference by distributing free lunches and grocery packs at member locations. Mario’s Seawall Italian Restaurant, Rudy & Paco ‘s, Vargas Cut and Catch, Nick’s Seafood, and others. Notice should be given to the Galveston Restaurant Group and their ongoing efforts to meet their employee needs with generous food packs as well as their continued support for these other outreach efforts. Benno’s Restaurant of Galveston Benno’s, that perennial favorite, served almost 100 free meals from their Harborside location. Chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and roll, with dessert. They also work quietly

by: Tom Valliere & Charlie Bresenhan

behind the scenes assisting other efforts. We say Bravo! Gypsy Joynt & Maceos These West Market Street restaurants teamed up with US Foods to provide a week of free dining for unemployed service and retail workers. Benno’s assisted with the food storage. A Herculean task, they distributed 75 lunches and 75 dinners each day for six days! Thank You! Smoking J’s BBQ and Catering Operating quietly and under the radar from his midtown location, Jordon Collins has been doing amazing things. Starting with 120 free lunches for children and first responders, he is now up to 500! Demonstrating amazing and selfless generosity, he and his friends deserve our accolades. Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant Featured in this issue of Waves Magazine, this venerable institution is doing a host of things. Among them are free meals for all their employees and a month of free Friday meals to first responders and medical personnel. Thank You Nick Gaido & Family! There are many others doing things quietly to assist in this crisis, and many restaurants are offering takeout and family pack specials. We did not include them but appreciate their efforts. Again, my sincere apologies if we overlooked anyone.

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Sharky’s Tavern 504 Rosenberg (25th) Galveston, Texas 77550 (409) 443-5584

Sharky’s Signature Pizzas Sailors Sandwich Seasoned ground beef, mozzarella, cheddar, red onion, and diced tomatoes atop our zesty steak sauce blend.

The Casablanca Basil pesto topped with Moroccan seasoned ground beef, mozzarella, Parmesan, red onion, kalamata olives, and feta

The Hawaiian Canadian bacon, pineapple, mozzarella

Big Fred Sharky’s special sausage blend, pepperoni, jalapeño, mozzarella, cheddar

Plato’s Pie Basil pesto topped with fresh spinach, kalamata olives, red onion, minced garlic, feta and Parmesan cheese.

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WAVES HISTORY | Sea-Arama Marine World

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o ng before San Antonians filled the splash zone at Shamu Stadium, Texans were crowding the benches at Galveston’s immensely popular SeaArama Marine world. An exciting aquatic adventure with an equally exciting and aquatic name, it made an impact as one of the earliest marine parks of its kind. Sea-Arama Marine world was an animal/entertainment park in Galveston, Texas, for 25 years. Opened in 1965 as one of the first ocean theme parks in the nation, it featured more than 25 acres, including a 4-acre ski lake, and a 50-foot-long, 200,000-gallon aquarium.


Older fans of the park will remember Mamuk, a killer whale that resided at the park for six years in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Featuring sea lions, performing dolphins, the occasional orca and even a touch of alligator wrestling, it remained a favorite among Galveston’s tourist attractions for years. Located just yards from the shoreline, Sea-Arama provided families oceanic amusement without ever having to actually reach the ocean. It was the number one tourist attraction in Galveston for years. Sadly, by the late 1980s, the park had begun to suffer a crippling loss in attendance. As other, more flashy parks arrived

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on the scene, Sea-Arama’s owners had trouble keeping things afloat. SeaWorld opened in San Antonio in May 1988 and was heavily marketing itself along the Gulf Freeway, on the way to Sea-Arama. After 25 years, the park was going belly-up. Though Sea-Arama entertained more than 6 million people in its lifetime, a mere 300 turned out for what would be its final performance. Much to the delight of animal activists, who were quick to cite the two orcas and 11 dolphins that perished at the park, a part of Texas travel history closed its doors in 1990. After the animals dispersed to other locations, the aquariums were drained

and the property went up for sale. Early on, Texas A&M University expressed interest in converting the site into a research facility, but nothing came of it. There was also talk of creating an upscale RV park, but that fell through as well. The aquarium remained where it was, unused. Long abandoned, the buildings’ walls were cracked, and its tanks overgrown with algae. The once-impressive modernist facade turned into a decaying hazard, while other structures succumbed to gravity completely. Peeling and crumbling, the Sea-Arama site remained abandoned until its demolition after 2006.

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CURTAIN GOING UP | Theatrical Column With Paul Hager

C U R TA i N G O I N G U P

WHY MUST THE SHOW GO ON? Theatrical guru, paul hager, sheds light on theater legends, myths and superstitions as well as how we can sup port the arts By: Paul Hager WHY MUST THE SHOW GO ON? The world for some years Has been sodden with tears On behalf of the acting profession Each star playing a part Seems to expect a Purple Heart It’s unorthodox to be born in a box But it needn’t become an obsession Let’s hope we have no worse to plague us Than two shows a night in Las Vegas When I think of physicians and mathematicians Who don’t earn a quarter the dough When I look at the faces Of people in Macy’s There’s one thing I’m burning to know: Why must the show go on? It can’t be all that indispensable To me, it really isn’t sensible on the whole To play a leading role While fighting those tears you can’t control Why kick up your legs When draining the dregs Of sorrow’s bitter cup? Because you have read Some idiot has said ‘The curtain must stay up!’ I’d like to know Why a star takes bows Having just returned from burying her spouse Brave boop-a-doopers Go home and dry your tears Gallant old troopers You’ve bored us all for years And if you’re so blue Wet through And thoroughly woe-begone Why must the show go on? Oh, mammy Why must the show go on?

-Sir Noël Coward

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hile sir Noël Coward’s song is really a query to overly dramatic actors, I felt since our health and that of those around us is so much on everyone’s mind now, it is appropriate for this column to answer his musical question: ‘Why Must the Show Go On?’ from a health standpoint. There is much established research on how theatre affects the human body and soul and the health benefits of attending live theatre. Here are the top four health benefits: 1. Reduces Tension And Stress Researchers claim that watching a theatre show can bring peace to the mind, soul, and body. Theatre is a form of art with multiple actors dedicated to presenting an experience either real or imagined. When you watch a good movie, you automatically get so involved in it that you tend to forget your problems and enjoy the experiences the movie has to offer. The same goes for the theatre, but you can feel more deeply connected as you experience live performances. There is a sense of peace and reduced tension as well as a bond formed between the viewer and the performer which creates a magical experience between them. 2. Strengthens the Immune System All the different genres of theatre have importance of their own but watching musicals and comedies have

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CURTAIN GOING UP | Theatrical Column With Paul Hager a more positive impact on a person’s emotional and mental health. Heath clinics across the globe say watching humorous performances can stimulate organs. In simple terms, laughing and giggling can boost the level of endorphins in your brain, thus lowering your blood pressure. When you’re having a chuckle, extra oxygen is being delivered to your heart, lungs, and muscles which leads to relaxation. Scientists claim that laughing can provide strength to the immune system over time. The brain is responsible for releasing chemicals based on your thoughts. If you think positively, the brain will release these chemicals to help you fight stress. 3. Increases Memory Power Attending live shows regularly increases your memory power and improves your reasoning skills. A recent study conducted at Harvard Medical School took 120 people from the age group 60-86. One was assigned theatre training, another group was assigned visual art, and another third group was not giving training at all. At the end of one month, all three were given a problem-solving test. The group which had theatre training showed positive results. Their reasoning skills and problem-solving capacity increased significantly. From this research, the scholars of Harvard proposed that attending a live theatre performance even for a short amount of time can indicate the brain is fit and active.

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4. Improves Physical Fitness Some may have a misconception that only exercise can make them physically fit. Actually, “No Brain?” “No Brawn!” Just as the body needs exercise and protein, the brain needs entertainment. You can exercise all you want, but if you don’t take time to feed your brain, all bets are off. Researchers state that that physical health and mental health are more intricately linked than we realized. Theatre is the perfect exercise for giving those little grey cells a workout by providing a myriad of visual, sensual, and emotional experiences. So, In Conclusion, Sir Noel – Here’s Why The Show Must Go On: Just as theatre helps actors make sense of their emotions, it has a similar effect on the audience. When watching a performance, audience members often use emotions that are frequently neglected. This is because an audience member can feel bonded to the characters and feel emotions along with them. They might even relate them to their own lives. Many studies have shown that people who watch live performances have a stronger ability to comprehend and empathize than people who, for instance, saw the movie instead. This month, I was hoping to give you an update on what the theatres we cover have planned for the near future and beyond. I have reached out to the artistic directors of each for their input but have not received enough responses to pass them on at this time; hopefully, I will by our next issue. In the meantime, please keep monitoring their respective webpages for the most current information. Stay safe, and [hopefully not for very much longer] STAY HOME!

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THE BEACH BUM | Take A Ride With The Bum’s Favorites

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Hi there, Wavers Your Bum hopes everyone is doing well and staying safe! This social distancing is tough on your Bum. I am a social animal so to speak. It is important though, that we stay the course and get this COVID situation over with sooner rather than later. With all this isolation going on, your Bum has been spending more time out in his ol’ scarab. No better way to relax and refresh. While I was out on the water the other day, an idea came to your Bum’s head. It’s not like me to have many thoughts in a day, but here is what had me thinking: In these stressful times, it is nice to have a little comic relief on occasion. You all know your Bum is a real music lover. I was thinking about what song titles would reflect these times we are experiencing right now. Here are some of my favorites. I am sure you have some too.

All By Myself Eric Carmen

Stayin’ Alive Bee Gees

Too Much Time On My Hands STYX

Don’t Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty

Isolation John Lennon

Stay Away Nirvana

Behind The Mask Fleetwood Mac

I Drink Alone - George Thorogood & The Destroyers

U Can’t Touch This MC Hammer

Get Off My Cloud The Rolling Stones

Have some good ones to add to the list? Let us know at www.wavesgalveston.com

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Meet the POWERHOUSE Contributors of Waves Magazine. Each unique, with unparalleled diversity in experience.

PAUL HAGER | THEATRICAL COLUMN | PAGE 46 – As a native Houstonian involved in local and regional theatre for over forty years as an actor, director, producer, and playwright, Paul Hager has performed on the stages of the Houston Grand Opera, Texas Renaissance Festival, the Balinese, Windmill and Mystery Café dinner theaters. Now an Islander by Choice, he shares his experiences from the theatre in our “Curtain Going Up” column. He has recently appeared in several productions at COM Theatre and Island ETC, and hopes to continue doing so “anywhere they will let me on stage.”

CHRISTY MONROE | DOWNTOWN CURRENTS | PAGE 58-61 – With a passion for writing about both individuals and businesses, Christy Monroe pens the “Downtown Currents” and “Featured Downtowner” columns highlighting the marvelous things island people do to encourage each other. She is an educator in the Galveston ISD for 20 years, teaching every subject and grade, currently a Science teacher. Loving anything beach related, Christy moved to the Island 12 years ago, and describes it as the “Ultimate Mermaids Paradise.”

DR. RICHARD HENDERSON, D.M.V | PET CORNER | PAGE 10 - After graduating from Texas A&M veterinary school in 1981, Dr. Henderson moved to Galveston and remains in his only veterinary position, held for 39 years, at the Galveston Veterinary Clinic. “During my career, I have been fortunate to treat many different patients over the years; penguins, dolphins, sea turtles, and even one of the Budweiser Clydesdales. My favorites are still family pets - dogs and cats.” He and his wife of 37 years, Shaye Henderson, met in College Station while both at A&M. They have two sons, Carter, an Aggie himself, and Caden, who attends Ball High. They share their life with a few of their own pets; two Australian Sheppards, a couple of cats, a lizard, a Palomino horse, and five chickens. “More animals than people are the norm rather than the exception in a veterinarian’s family.”

THOMAS WAGGONER | GALVESTON FUN FACTS | PAGE 69 – Born in nearby Texas City, Thomas is an active member of the Texas Association of Museums, citing History as a hobby, frequently volunteering with Houston Museums launching new exhibits. He shares remarkable fun facts about Galveston’s rich history each month in his column, “Fun Facts About Galveston.”

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DR. TARA WEGRYN | HEALTH AND BEAUTY COLUMN | PAGE 24 - Dr. Tara Wegryn is a board-certified Neurologist and Electrophysiologist and a member in good standing with the IAPAM (International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine). Dr. Wegryn received her MD from the University of Florida and residency in Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic. In 1996, Dr. Wegryn founded Houston Neuromonitoring, a successful intraoperative monitoring company that served the surgical community at the TMC (Texas Medical Center) for over 17 years. She is currently the director/owner of Refresh Medispa in Galveston, Texas.

JOHN AND KATHY VALASTRO | REFLECTIONS | PAGE 68 - John is a B.O.I. who retired to Galveston with his wife, Kathy, of 33 years. Both retired from Education in 2017. They have two daughters, Alyssa (husband JJ) and Allison (husband Cooper). John and Kathy write the “Reflections” column, offering a variety of subject matters, from inspirational to thought-provoking, and even comedy from time to time.

Join Us Right Here Next Month For More Backgrounds On Our Awesome Writers. See Ya Then!

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FISHING GUIDE A Guide To Galveston Fishing

Galveston waters are home to a diversity of fish, from giant hard pulling monsters to sleek, sneaky predators that require skill to outsmart. From the inshore waters of Galveston Bay to the clear blue waters found offshore, when it comes to saltwater fish, Galveston, Texas stands out as one of the hottest spots in the world.

Join us in this section featuring advice, techniques and stories of the “big one” with local pro’s like Patrick Lemire and Max Conner. Find recommended bait and tackle shops as well as powerhouse charters to get you out on the water in search of the “catch of a lifetime”. Enjoy!

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Maxed Out Fishing

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o od Vibrations” - the phrase immediately brings to mind the Beach Boys for many of us. Well, the good vibrations I’m addressing are out there in our Texas Gulf waters and are being generated by an item I came up with about 25 years ago, called the Swim Disk. Those first ones I designed were made partially with a tab going into a slot, ending up with a cone-shaped, clear plastic disk. They worked as planned, and caught fish, too. The realization that this design was too complicated led me to just bend/crease the pliable plastic disk in three places—much simpler. Where did my idea first come from? Well, it’s one of those things I’ve mentioned in the past; adapting a non-fishing item into a piece of fishing tackle. Living on the Texas Gulf coast where tropical weather systems and their associated winds are dealt with too often provided the seed. After seeing stop signs wobbling in those winds many times, the idea hit me that a disk wobbling through the water just ahead of a bait presentation would not only pass some of that wobbling motion on to the bait but would send out a sonic signal which could also attract predators...the Swim Disk was born. The swim disk gives a dead baitfish, hard and soft plastics, a motion and vibration that sort of mimics a live baitfish. Most of us would agree that, in many situations, live beats dead when in the strike zone. There were a couple of companies who later had a similar product, called Fludders and Wigglefin www.wigglefin.com both from the northwestern U.S. One I know, Wigglefin, is still in business. Both started by targeting their salmon fishery’s fly fishing and casting market. I know they both work

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as I’ve fished them with success. What my swim disk offers is size variation, low cost and ease of construction. You can use a couple of types of clear, pliable plastic. My preference is clear polyester sheets about 7-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches and .020 inches thick, that are available at art supply and craft stores for about $2.50 a sheet. You can also use discarded pliable plastic packaging that is around the same thickness. The polyester sheets have a bit more stiffness but are still pliable enough to easily form the creases in the disks. This lets you use a smaller disk because it deforms less when worked through the water, giving virtually the same wobble with a smaller diameter. To make up these swim disks, I use a fine point pen to mark the plastic sheeting. A circle template, coin, bottle cap, thread spool, etc., can be used to mark the sheet for cutting. Sizes I use vary from I to 2 inches, for baits of 6 to 14 inches. Make up several sizes and experiment a bit with retrieving your bait through the water. You will see that usually, a smaller diameter than you would expect will activate your bait quite well. After the marking is done, cut them out with scissors, and then punch the hole through the approximate center. I say “approximate” because eyeball close is good enough. I form the hole by either using a scratch awl or a needle. Even though it goes without saying, I’ll still say it: Use care and caution when doing any of this cutting and piercing. By pressing one of these pointed objects through the disk, what you are doing is not only making the hole, but also a sort of tubular bearing surface for the line/leader to run through. See the illustration. I’ve found that this gives

a better working piece than if you drilled the hole. When this hole is sized to give a snug fit on the line/leader, you will have the best transfer of the disk’s vibration/motion to your baitfish. The three-crease cupping of the disk is another of those details that doesn’t have to be right on the money. Three sort of equally spaced creases will work just fine. This creasing, done by pressing the disk between your thumb and forefinger, resulting in the disk’s cupping, is done on the opposite side of the disk from the “piercing protrusion”. When rigging up, angle cut the end of your mono for an easier entry through the disk. Go through the disk from the cupped side, then tie on your hook, plug, lead head jig, etc. The swim disk works when using “J” or circle hooks. You can then hook your baitfish through its head, entering at the bottom and exiting out the top. See the illustration. The side with the piercing protrusion is where the small bead goes, between the disk and knot, crimp or haywire twist. The disk uses the bead as a bearing surface to wobble against. Not using the bead reduces the wobble slightly but the wobble that is generated passes on more movement to the bait presentation. One note: If your knot has a tag end toward the disk, you should use a bead ahead of it. Using the “bearing bead” increases wobble and therefore the sonic signal will be stronger and will be picked up more easily by the near area’s predators’ lateral line, drawing them toward your bait presentation. Like everything in life, there’s always a trade-off. As mentioned earlier, look at your swim

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disk/bait presentation and how it works in the water. It’s nice to know what it really looks like in action. Another thing I do regularly, regardless of what I’m casting, is to slow the total presentation down a bit, just before entry into the water. This straightens everything out, into a ready-to-work position, virtually eliminating a tangled mess that a predator wants nothing to do with. You can use a steady retrieve speed or a stop and go; find what works best on that spot, at that time. When powering ahead, you can see your rod tip pulsate from the motion of the disk and feel it in your rod grip. The disk can be used when freelining or Carolina rigged, weighted as the current and depth dictates. The bottom line is that the swim disk is an addition to many standard rigging methods that just make for a more efficient strike generator. While I haven’t done it, a 3 to 5 knot troll speed, coupled with a swim disk ahead of a bait, sounds like a surefire strike, too.

Over the years, I’ve taken red snapper, kingfish, wahoo, ling, tuna and dolphin...was using the swim disk the key? I’d like to think that they do in some situations. There’s certainly been occasions where I’ve had multiple strikes while others nearby had few. The swim disk’s two contributions to the rigging are its vibration signal which is picked up by a predator’s lateral lines and the swim motion imparted to the bait presentation. At night, the lateral line of the tuna, etc., that picked up the vibration may have headed them to the bait. I believe these two actions that the swim disks give to the total food package tricks a predator into a quicker strike, a genetic reaction, possibly induced by what it interprets as a live bait that may quickly speed away. The disk can be used ahead of chunk bait. Again, the vibration calls them in and the scent generates the take. Without the swim disk, your offering may not have been seen by whatever it is that could be on your hook — think about it! Stack the odds in your favor, any advantage you can gain this easily certainly bears your investigation and use. These custom-built strike generators won’t leave you “weak of wallet”, as the English say, either. Make up a batch of these swim disks for your next trip, whether it’s into our offshore, inshore or Texas bay waters. The swim disk puts out “Good Vibrations” of a kind that the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson never picked up. As George Zimmer says, “I guarantee it!”

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Colorful Spring in the Piney Woods them, are fattened up from the winter acorns. This is my favorite time of year to fill the freezer with fresh butchered wild pork. The sounders are large right now with tons of piglets up to 200 plus pound sows and boars, all feeding together. When I slip in and find a sounder, I follow them through the woods. From there, I can pick out my target for the day that’s usually in the 80-125 lb. range to make bone-in chops, whole roasts, and tenders. The 50-75 lb. weight range is great to split down the middle and smoke in halves for pulled meat or street tacos finished on a bed of mixed peppers and onions.


pring is my favorite time of year to get out and enjoy the beautiful East Texas Piney Woods along the Neches River, where we escape to hunt and relax. Overnight and mornings are usually cool for my hunts, followed by warm afternoons to finish chores or cook outside. The ample rain allows the berries and wildflowers to grow which add so much vibrant color to the elevated acreage.

I will be sharing many of my wild hog recipes as we love to eat both wild hog meat and venison. When I get the chance to take someone out for their first hunt, then prepare a meal for them within 24 hours of what was harvested, it’s a special moment and bond that lasts forever. I encourage and challenge anyone that does not practice field to table to find a hunting relative or friend that can take you on your first hunt. It will be a life-changing experience for all involved.

Eat wild, live free! - William “Wild Bill” Powell

Down at the river bottom, trees are filling out making visibility to spot animals to get a clear shot a bit more challenging than when the trees were bareback in the winter. Last week, we were able to harvest wild dewberries along the sandy logging roads and in patches near our campsite. We also hiked around locating what will be a bumper crop of wild blackberries. Vines with thousands of flowers and small green berries are plentiful this time of year and should ripen early in May. I’m hopeful for a mid-month ripening, around my birthday, so we can spend a couple of days there to harvest and freeze buckets of berries for jams, cobblers, or chutney and grill up a wild birthday dinner. Wildflowers are abundant as well, present in various shapes, sizes, and colors. Even some of the weeds look vibrant this time of year. The wild hogs, or rooters as I refer to 56 | Waves Magazine | May 2020 Issue

William “Wild Bill” Powell is the owner of Texas Select Seasonings and Wild Bill’s retail store, competitive cook and recipe writer. Follow Wild Bill’s Rooters, Reds, and BBQ adventures at: Instagram@TexasSelectSeasonings Facebook@TexasSelectSeasonings

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Recipe Of The Month Tomahawk pan fried wild pork chops & citrus waffles w/ fresh dewberry syrup Ingredients Dewberry Syrup

- Fresh dewberries - 3 cups - Natural cane sugar - 1 1/4 cups - 1/2 cup - Water juice - 1/2 cup - Apple juice - 1 tbsp - Lemon zest 1/2 tsp - Lemon - Orange zest - 1 tsp - 1/4 tsp - Cinnamon - Mint - 3-4 fresh leaves Citrus Waffles

flour - 1 - All-purpose 3/4 cups sifted powder - 3 tsp - Baking Salt 1/2 tsp - Egg whites - 2 stiffly beaten with peaks - Egg yolks - 2 beaten smooth - 1 3/4 cups - Milk - Oil - 1/2 cup - Orange zest - 1 tsp -- Lime zest - 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp

Tomahawk Wild Hog Chops

- Bone in chops - 8-10 individual chops Texas Season All - TSS season both sides - Egg wash - 1 egg and 1 cup milk - Seasoned flour - 2 cups flour, course sea salt, pepper - black - Vegetable oil for frying

Directions - Dewberry Syrup Combine all ingredients in saucepan over medium high heat until it reaches soft boil. Hold 2 minutes then reduce to lowest setting for additional 5 minutes. Set aside to cool then either use with whole berries or soft blend until smooth and pour into glass jars to refrigerate until use. NOTE: This recipe makes 24 oz of finished syrup.

Directions - Citrus Waffles Sift together dry ingredients. Combine yolks, milk, oil, zest and extract then stir into dry ingredients. Fold in egg whites

leaving a few peaks. Follow directions for type of waffle iron used. Directions - Tomahawk Wild Hog Chops Cut individual bone in chops and gently tenderize both sides with meat mallet careful not to separate meat from bone. Dredge in seasoned flour, egg wash, back in flour then pan fry until golden brown. Serve with buttered citrus waffles, dewberry syrup and extra syrup on the side to dip pork chops in. -William “Wild Bill” Powell

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DOWNTOWN CURRENTS | with Christy Monroe

When the


Starts Again,

Beach Bums is R e a d y ! By: Christy Monroe


h en the Covid-19 quarantine is lifted and businesses can start the slow process of welcoming the public back in, one new business will be anxiously awaiting their Galveston opening. Beach Bums Bar and Grill, which already has a successful location in Surfside, will open to Galveston with a new concept in bars, not yet seen on the island. “We do everything extreme at Beach Bums. We are not your typical bar,” said James McDonald.

James´ wife, Cason, has been in the bar industry for over 20 years. She is known for taking special memories from her favorite bars and jobs and combining them into a super bar. Having married on the beach in Galveston, the McDonald’s wanted to start their first bar in Galveston but waited until just the right property was made available. At 1828 Strand Street, they finally found what they were looking for and had already started the Surfside location, in the old Bingo surf shop building which has a history and story of its own. The Galveston location is outside the typical large event gated areas of The Strand, in an area that has more businesses springing up as the Strand continues to expand.

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“Our priority is the locals and giving them a great place to hang out, especially a place for a quick, fun lunch at a reasonable price, they can afford”, the McDonalds said as they spoke of their plans for an 11 am to 2 am, 7 days a week, schedule with lunch specials on pizza by the slice. Beach Bums is a favorite for many in Surfside and across Brazoria County, so the McDonaldś are bringing the fun to the island with the same great drink prices, events, competitions, and unique event nights. Domestic beers will be $2, imports $3 and that is daily, throughout the entire day and night, an all-day happy hour. The bar and grill will be family-friendly in the earlier hours and 21 and over, at night. Fridays at Beach Bums will be event nights with everything from mechanical bull rides to foam parties and maybe a repeat of a past favorite where the bar owners brought in a giant water slide to continue the party during Hurricane Imelda, last year, complete with waitresses still serving in knee-deep water. Saturday nights will bring live music and still the all-day happy hour. Karaoke, pool, and other bar favorites will have a new spin of competitions with monetary prizes when done at Beach Bums. “We will be the first and only bar on the island offering the APA and BCA pool league tournaments”, said James. All of this under one roof at 1828 Strand Street, complete with new and original murals inside and out, by Galveston artist Justin Lopez, is slated to open in June, as the next of many projects the McDonald family is planning in Galveston and Brazoria County. Check out their Facebook page at Beach Bums Bar - Galveston.

Beach Bums Galveston 1828 Strand St. Galveston, Texas 77550 (979) 480-4243


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Ryan and Kaitlin Stafford Bear Fruit Bakery 611 6th Street Texas City

Above And Beyond To Help, Bear Fruit Bakery Bakes Up Support For Island Businesses

By: Christy Monroe


n other twist on our usual “Featured Downtowner” monthly column is honoring a couple that has a business off the island but is helping so many on the island. Their favorite hotspots that are unable to open are benefiting from their blessings at this time. Residents of Galveston take “locals helping locals” seriously. Through different times of devastating weather to what is now a major blow to our economy, Galvestonians and business owners have

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found innovative ways to keep customers satisfied while keeping the earnings up. One business that sits on the flourishing 6th street in Texas City is owned by a couple that has gone above and beyond to help, not only customers but other businesses as well, especially on the island. Ryan and Kaitlin Stafford of Bear Fruit Bakery, 611 6th Street, Texas City, knew as soon as the stay at home orders came in, they would need to change up how they do things. They immediately started a pink

box order that was meant for a city at a time with delivery for minimum orders, but quickly changed to a no minimum and no charge delivery anywhere because they knew their, made with love, baked goods were a needed comfort for their customers. The small retail area at the front of the bakery also remained opened and is still met each business day with a line of eager customers and usually sells out early. By the end of March, they were already hearing of and recognizing that some

DOWNTOWN CURRENTS | with Christy Monroe businesses would not be able to open in any capacity, such as salons and other small businesses that did not fall under the “curbside pick-up” abilities of restaurants and/or bakeries such as theirs. The name of the bakery, Bear Fruit, came from a need to get back to what was ethically right for Kaitlin, after years of working in the restaurant business with her family then trying to branch out on her own. Through church and God, she found her calling of baking and family and finding the balance. This had placed the Staffords in the perfect position to be able to tide their profits toward businesses in need and that is where John 15:4 ¨ Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me” set Bear Fruit Bakery apart from not just surviving on their own but helping others to thrive. The Staffords started with a local Galveston business, Galveston CrossFit. Galveston CrossFit was unable to bring in revenue as they were forced to shutter their business. Next up was Clay Cup Studios. 25% of the profits for these weeks went to Galveston CrossFit, then Clay Cup, to help them stay afloat while trying to figure out the best way to keep business going during the quarantine. Tangles hair salon in Texas City was the third business supported by the Stafford’s and, at that point, they were seeing an increase in their sales and upped the support for the next week. Tantalize Tanning of Galveston and Campeche Coffee of Texas City were the first businesses to share a week of support and split 50% of the profits in sales from Bear Fruit Bakery.

for the support, we realized we had to do more and went to the 2 businesses a week and 50% model,” said Kaitlin and Ryan. “If you are not feeling stretched then you are not doing enough, so we had to do more at that point.” As a result of the Covid-19 situation and all that has come to light, the Stafford’s are finding more ways to assist with other businesses and to help people start small businesses. A podcast is in the works that stems from their “Bear Fruit Life” lifestyle brand they have started on their Instagram, where they talk to people in real-life situations about how to balance work and family life and be successful while also helping your community. Bear Fruit Ball is a gala that is in the works

where the Stafford’s will sell tickets and sponsorships to bring small business owners and future owners together to highlight their food and products while learning from each other and leaders in the business world. Information and applications for the event will be released soon and the hope is that the Stafford’s along with other sponsors can aid in helping owners get back on their feet after the quarantine and even open more small businesses soon. The crisis of a pandemic has birthed many ideas that the Staffords are bringing to light in their efforts to keep bearing the fruits of their labor while passing on that fruit to others which can only help their entire community to flourish. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 8 am-3 pm or until sold out, which is usually before 3 pm, Bear Fruit Bakery has a full line of delectables. Check out their Instagram and Facebook for daily photos of the mouthwatering treats that await.

Bear Fruit Bakery 611 6th Street Texas City, TX 77950 (409) 655-5753 www.bearfruitbakery.com

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BUNNY’S Cookin’ Column | Easy Recipe’s by Bunny

Bunny’s C ’C ookin


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appy May. Bunny is not in the mood to cook this month.You are probably sick of cooking also, so what Bunny is going to do is give you three drink recipes. It does help the stress, I’m telling you! These are recipes from friends and neighbors. Bunny doesn’t get any recipes, whether it be food or drink, from the internet, magazines, etc. These are tried and true homemade recipes.

Doris’ Amaretto Spritzer (It’s just downright tasty and refreshing on a spring or summer day). This is so easy and good.

Ingredients • 1 shot glass of Amaretto • Add club soda to taste Directions Fill a drink glass with ice. Add the Amaretto and top off with club soda. Stir.

Bob’s Cosmopolitan (Good ole Bob from Minnesota. He’s the one that gave you that fantastic Bloody Mary recipe). He and his wife make a pitcher of this at a time, not just individual servings.

Ingredients • 2 cups Vodka (use Grey Goose if the budget allows) • 1 cup Contreau • 1 cup cranberry juice • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice Directions In a large pitcher, add all the above ingredients. Fill a shaker half full with ice. Pour the drink mixture over ice to the top of the shaker. Shake for 20-30 seconds, till the shaker feels cold to the hands.Pour into a martini glass. If any is left, refrigerate.

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Barb’s Brandy Alexander (This one is made with ice cream and is an excellent after dinner drink).

Ingredients • ½ cup of Vanilla ice cream • 1 ½ ounces Brandy • 3/4 ounce of white crème de cacao Directions Mix the ingredients in a blender, and blend till smooth. Serve immediately in a martini or margarita glass. Well, there you have it. Hope you enjoy each and everyone one of these. Bottoms up!!

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with Jan & D e a n Hi Jan and Dean, I am having a real falling-out with my wife right now and I would appreciate your opinions. My wife is a gourmet cook. She was a good cook before she took classes and now she is a great cook with her special gourmet dishes. She cooks us gourmet meals about twice a week. They are wonderful, but I’m the type of guy who likes to add things to my food. I will add extra butter, maybe add some cheese, sour cream, etc. I especially love to add salt and pepper. My wife thinks it’s an insult to add things to a gourmet meal. She says that everything is precise and perfect and shouldn’t be tampered with. She doesn’t seem to mind when I add things to our everyday dinners, but when I add anything to her gourmet meals she goes through the roof. I truly don’t see anything wrong with adding things to her gourmet meals. I am anxiously awaiting your comments. -Doug in the Doghouse


i Doug. It’s kind of a head-scratcher that in these uncertain times, this is what you find to worry and complain about? Millions of men would love to be in your situation. You get gourmet meals prepared for you and you don’t have a single thing to do other than enjoy them. Oh, how painful that must be Doug. Do you check your brains at the door when you come home? If I was your wife, I would cook gourmet meals for myself and leave you to fend for yourself. You state that you are the kind of guy that likes to add things to your food. In other words, you like to have everything your way. Burger King used to have the slogan “Have It Your Way.” That is the kind of place you should eat at Doug. You can supersize and pour a shaker of salt over everything. Appreciation goes a long way in a marriage, Doug. Try it sometime. You have a gem of a wife and don’t know it.


ello, Doug. Oh, I will comment on this for sure and I am not going to be nice. Are you stupid? What in the world is wrong with you? You have someone that cooks you a wonderful meal, but you must have it your way?

Buddy, you have it made, and you don’t get it. For two nights a week, you can refrain yourself from “doctoring” up her gourmet meals. I think you can handle that, can’t you? Just out of curiosity Doug, do you shop for the groceries? Do you do the dishes? I highly doubt that you do. Send your wife over to my house. You can stay home and microwave a frozen dinner. I, on the other hand, will appreciate everything she does. HAVE A QUESTION FOR JAN & DEAN? Go to Wavesgalveston.com & ask away. You just might have your question answered next month.

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WAVES TRIVIA | Test Your Knowledge

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May Trivia Answers Answers From Page 16

1. George Carlin

2. Patsy Cline

3. The Tracy Ullman Show

4. Russia

5. Clara Barton

6. Teddy Roosevelt

7. Cap Anson

8. Angina

9. Eve And The Serpent

10. Apollo 11

11. Jane Austen

12. Silicon

13.Direct Current

14. Lake Baikal


16. Shell

17. Fist Bump

18. Summa Cum Laude

19. Hartford Courant

20. Lincoln Logs

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Heidi Montag

Shauna Sand


Scarlett Johansson

Tyra Banks

Latoya Jackson

Jennifer Lopez

Megan Fox

Kylie Jenner

Jennifer Aniston

Lindsay Lohan

Nikki Cox

Khloe Kardashian

Donatella Versace

Daryl Hannah

Jocelyn Wildenstein

Renee Zellweger

Lil’ Kim

Jennifer Grey

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Tara Reid

Cayetana Fitz-James

Jackie Stallone

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G a l v e s t o n

Spring Cleaning


he Ronald McDonald House of Galveston continues to serve as a refuge for families of those hospitalized and critically ill children who cannot safely return to their homes during this coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, there are only a few but the staff has devoted their time and energy maintaining our “home away from home” for these extended family members. Local volunteers have brought cooked and prepared meals for everyone…calling ahead and leaving the provisions on the doorsteps. Our blessings remain, continue and carry on! Thank you to you all! The staff is using this opportunity to “spring” clean and re-sanitize the House from the top to the basement and garage areas. When the children return, they will be greeted by fresh and sparkle…hopefully that will be soon. What can we do to help? If your home already cleaned and is fresh and sparkly, you may have extra cleaning supplies. If so, we can use them! Call the house for a list of what is most needed and THANK YOU!

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REFLECTIONS | By: John And Kathy Valastro


Islanders VS Coronavir us 2020


ould you have ever thought with all the different events we’ve survived and experienced over the years that we would be held hostage by an invisible enemy (a virus)? Let’s look back: The Cold War/Communism, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Civil Rights Movement, Watergate, Iran Hostages, late 1970’s economic turmoil, Afghanistan, Iraqi War, 9/11, and the 2008 Financial Recession. Not to mention the following epidemics: AIDS, H1N1, MERS, SARS, EBOLA and ZIKA, that’s just in my 56 years of life on this earth. I’m sure I’ve missed a few events, but that seems to be a lot to get depressed about, yet we have overcome each one of these events and have become a stronger people and a stronger nation. WE will get through this and it will become just another category like the events mentioned above. My reflection though, is what has this done to our psyche as “we islanders” practice social distancing, self-quarantine, and stay at home orders. Many of us islanders are social creatures and we look forward to getting out and meeting our many friends and musicians. We support our local establishments and island businesses because we know how vital they are to Galveston. During these trying times many of us stay in contact through social media. We need each other and look forward to the day we can resume our normal life. But until then consider this, we talk about how vulnerable the elderly are and they should be confined as to prevent the spread of this disease. How ironic, for the most part, the elderly are already isolated. They are at home or in assisted living, they get their meals and watch tv. Many are alone or lonely, wishing they had a visitor or would receive a phone call. The real impact of this virus is on the younger generations who feel the agony of being isolated, quarantined, with restrictions on going out to eat, attending social gatherings, going shopping or heading to the beach. It has been a wake-up call for so many of us to realize that we

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by: John & Kathy Valastro should slow down and get back to the basics of human interaction. How important is it to make that phone call to your parents, your children or even your grandchildren? My daughter is only 28, she called and said she is rethinking how fragile life is and that picking up the phone and hearing our voice is so much better than a text. Kathy picks up the phone daily and calls her parents who are in their 80’s. It’s a short call, but it’s filled with a lot of love. People are taking time to reach out to loved ones and friends. The younger generations are realizing one day soon they will be the elderly who are quarantined, locked away with no one to visit them, their own “sheltered in place” that keeps them isolated from the world. It’s a sobering thought that we will one day be alone, but this “event” may be just what the good Lord dialed up to get our attention. Perhaps it’s our wake-up call to remember as human beings, we rely on each other in times of need. I think the Coronavirus of 2020 is that call; to remind us life is fragile, that we’re not guaranteed tomorrow, and we need to love our neighbor while it still means something. To my island friends, hang in there, we will soon be able to get out and pick up where we left off. Until then, let’s all do what we can to help each other and our tiny island which we love. Take time to pick up the phone and call a relative or a friend to let them know you are thinking about them. After all, we have a little extra time on our hands, why not make it count. For the younger generation, our isolation will end, but for the elderly it will continue. Don’t let this valuable time be wasted, let’s make a difference. After all, we islanders know how important human interaction is to our health and well-being. Stay safe! John & Kathy Valastro

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FUN FACTS About Galveston • Bernardo de Gálvez died before ever setting foot on his namesake island. • The engineer responsible for raising Galveston after the 1900 storm was Henry Martyn Robert. He also developed Robert’s Rules of Order. • More than 2,000 buildings in town are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. • The marsh plant called Cattails were the main source of food during the winter for early settlers of the island. Yes, the same kind we see today. • In the early 1960s, a prehistoric cemetery was discovered by accident during construction work by the Jamaica Beach Development Company. • During World War II, the island had an air base where B-17’s received their final briefing before leaving for the Pacific.

• The Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad, built a bridge to the island in 1860. • Galveston acquired a coast guard station in 1897 which still operated in the 1990s. • The Medical Department of the University of Texas opened for instruction in October 1891with 13 faculty members and 23 students. • A School of Pharmacy was added in 1893. • They assumed responsibility for the John Sealy Hospital Training School for Nurses in 1896. • In 1919 it was renamed the University of Texas Medical Branch. Isn’t finding out these “Fun Facts” fun? I think so! I will see you next month. Enjoy your summer. Stay Cool!

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