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HIDALGO COUNTY EDITION YEAR 14 ISSUE 7

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UTRGV Alumni Reception

Mochila Ministry

The RGV Killer Bees Are Back

Inside The Kitchen Chef Fernando Perez

THE MAGAZINE OF THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY

THE BEES ARE BACK IN TOWN! 2018


Pre-Kinder Roundup

New Tuition-Based Pre-K Program

McAllen ISD schools offer a NEW focused, FULL DAY Pre-K Program at every elementary school in the District for children zoned to those schools! Children have handson, purposeful learning with certified teachers who invite students to create and explore. It’s well-structured learning that includes literacy, computer coding, and robotics! Tuition is affordable and spaces are limited. Learn more at mcallenisd.org and enroll today!

PREPARING ALL STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS! WHAT ARE THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR REGISTRATION?

WHAT DOES MCALLEN ISD OFFER YOU: » 100% Certified staff » Guaranteed and viable curriculum aligned to state standards » World-Class experiences » After school daycare at all campuses (fees apply) » Breakfast and lunch provided » Technology Integration in teaching and learning

» Official birth certificate. » Photo identification of parent/guardian enrolling student. Approved forms include driver’s license, passport, DPS issued ID. » Child’s social security number (optional). » Current immunization record signed by physician. » Proof of residency in McAllen ISD—current electric bill or copy of lease.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE TUITION SUPPORTED PRE-K PROGRAM? Children who are four years old on or before September 1st of the current school year and who do not qualify for the state-mandated prekinder program provided for qualifying students, as previously described, are eligible to enroll in the tuition supported prekindergarten program.

CONTACT US

Student Support Services Office 2200 Tamarack Ave. Portable 69 McAllen, TX 78501 Office Ph #: (956) 618-6031 Fax: (956) 971-4507


UTRGV Alumni Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Good Day Luncheon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 ICSC RGV Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

SALLY FRAUSTRO GUERRA PRESIDENT + PUBLISHER

SLRGV 2nd Advisory Board Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Government Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 2018 Women of Distinction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Renee’s of Sharyland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Festival of Color 2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Mochila Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Killer Bees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

BRONSON DELRIO

VICE PRESIDENT + PUBLISHER

Dine Around RGV 2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Soldiers in the Valley | MOST History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 American Advertising Federation Mixer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Pride in the Park 2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Karina’s Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Bob’s Steak & Chop House | Inside the Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 The Young Center | Non-Profit Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

KARLA KERNZ EDITOR

UTRGV Mariachi & Folkloric Dance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Floral & Craft Ribbon Cutting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Princess Piggy Tales Book Signing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Lone Star National Bank Ribbon Cutting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Title Talk | Valley Land Title Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Texas Realtors 360 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58

CHRISTINA BARRERA SALES COORDINATOR

CLIFF RANSON

PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTOR

Design Event Photographers Guest Photographer UTRGV Credits Guest Writers

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Decibel Communications Anai Noyola Lionel Castillo Christian Möller UTRGV News and Internal Communications Tom Fort Letty Leal Olivia M . Pena Dr . Dahlia Guerra Annette Franz Malka Shivdasani Edna De Saro Dr . Kelly Scrivner Susana Y . Garza Jane Smith

ON THE COVER: We are exited to announce the come back of the great RGV KILLERBEES. Read more about it on page 30. Photography by Cliff Ranson.

FOR ADVERTISING OR OTHER INQUIRIES, REACH OUT! eMail: admin@socialifergv .com Office: (956) 683-8499 web: www .socialifeRGV .com Socialife is published by Socialife News, LLC Permission to use any material herein must be approved in writing by the publisher . Socialife is printed in Mexico Please recycle this magazine!

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UTRGV ALUMNI AND LEGACY ALUMNI RECEPTION McAllen Photography by Lionel Castillo

DR KELLY SCRIVNER, VAL LAMANTIA-PEISEN, DR GUY BAILEY AND SALLY FRAUSTRO-GUERRA

On June 6th, President Guy Bailey hosted McAllen and Edinburg area UTRGV Alumni and Legacy Alumni for a reception at the Patio on Guerra . The event was attended by alumni, donors, and friends of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley . President Bailey welcomed guests and gave them an update on what was happening around campus . Guests were able to network with fellow alumni, as well as faculty and staff of the university . President Bailey also introduced new staff members, such as Executive Director of Alumni Relations, Marisa Campirano, and Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Lane Lord . There will be other valley area Alumni and Legacy Alumni receptions held in Laredo, South Padre Island, Brownsville, and Harlingen open to all UTRGV, UTB/TSC, and UTPA alumni throughout the summer .

DR PARWINDER GREWAL AND ERNIE ALISEDA

ERNIE ALISEDA, DEBBIE CRANE-ALISEDA, DIANA TIJERINA, JAIME TIJERINA AND MARK LACY

TONY FORINA AND WALTER DIAZ

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VAL LAMANTIA-PEISEN, HILDA GARZA-DESHAZO, MARIELA GORENA AND LINDA CALDERON

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Who am I?

I am Analí Alanís. I am the Human Resources Director for the City of Pharr and a graduate of UTRGV’s Master of Public Affairs accelerated online program. Originally from Mexico, I faced many challenges but I never gave up, because I dreamed of a better life for me and my daughter.

Who am I?

I am a trailblazer. I am the American Dream. I am UTRGV. Analí Alanís MPA, Public Affairs HR Director, City of Pharr


GOOD DAY MCALLEN LUNCHEON SPONSORED BY THE MCALLEN HERITAGE CENTER McAllen Photography by Anai Noyola

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce hosted their Good Day McAllen Luncheon at the Embassy Suites by Hilton at McAllen Convention Center . Enjoying a delicious lunch and quality networking, new members were introduced to the McAllen community by Rick Guerra and John Kreidler . Members listened to “Not Necessarily the News” by Davis Rankin and also had the chance to win great door prizes .

RICK GUERRA AND JOHN KREIDLER

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ANNETTE FRANZ, BLANCA CARDENAS, AND GERRY GARCIA

DOUG SCHNEIDER, ROGER STOLLEY, TOM POLZIN, AND BRAD BENTER

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VIVA THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY! ICSC CONFERENCE 2018 Las Vegas Photography by Sally Fraustro Guerra

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) raised the stakes at this year’s RECon, the world’s largest Retail Real Estate Conference held May 22-25 in Las Vegas, Nevada . The conference, which had a record 40,000+ attendees, dedicated four full days to professional development, educational sessions and networking opportunities . Coldwell Banker Commercial RGV and SOCIALIFE Magazine understand that the need for this conference is significant and important to the valley because it is the global trade association of the shopping center industry . That is why they hosted a cocktail party at the onset for the Rio Grande Valley from the cities of McAllen, Pharr, Edinburg, Mission, Weslaco, and beyond Texas . The cities were well represented by their delegates, city officials and real estate developers . These fine individuals believe that retail centers are integral to the social fabric of the RGV communities by providing a central place to congregate with friends and family; discuss community matters; and participate and encourage philanthropic endeavors .

REBECCA OLAGUIBEL, JUSTIN LEVINE, MICHELLE RIVERA, AND LARRY LEVINE

WILL COLLINS AND SALLY FRAUSTRO GUERRA

MICHELLE RIVERA, REBECCA OLAGUIBEL, BRIANNA RODRIGUEZ, NOELIA AND ROY RODRIGUEZ

DAVID TORRES, ELEAZAR GUAJARDO, AND ELLIE TORRES

BRIAN SMITH, DANIEL GALVAN, AND MICHELLE RIVERA

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DAVID GUERRA, RAUL MEDINA, AND ELEAZAR GUAJARDO

RAMIRO GARZA, VICTOR PEREZ, SHAVI MAHTANI, AND WILL HOLSHOUSER

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A SOCIALIFE “MEETING OF THE MINDS” 2ND SLRGV ADVISORY BOARD MEETING

The SOCIALIFE RGV (SLRGV) Advisory

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cities,

Board held its monthly meeting in June at the McAllen Country Club . There was an array of delegates from across the valley representing school districts, community

institutions

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retail . Representing Rio Grande Regional Hospital was Adriana Morales, from the valley school districts Norma ZamoraGuerra, McAllen ISD; Eduardo Moreno, Edinburg ISD; and Rose Marques, IDEA Public Schools . The City of Pharr and the City of McAllen were represented by Karina Cardoza and Rebecca Olaguibel; respectively .

Also in attendance was

Elva M . Cerda, McAllen Heritage Center; Annette

Franz,

Authentic

Mochila;

Victoria Villela and Stephanie Ortega, UTRGV; and Kaylynn Norman, McAllen Country Club . This meeting’s intention was to discuss recommendations to enrich and enhance SOCIALIFE magazine . It is important for us to hear from all stakeholders in order to continue our quest to have a quality product that serves the entire Rio Grande Valley . The complete SLRGV team consisting of Sally Guerra, President; Bronson Del Rio, Vice President; Karla Kernz, Editor; Christina Barrera, Sales Coordinator, Cliff Ranson, Photography Director and Letty Leal, guest writer, was in attendance .

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Since 2001, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school with 150 students to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free, Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States. In the 2018-19 school year, IDEA will serve more than 45,000 college-bound students across 79 schools in Texas and Louisiana. Additionally, IDEA boasts national rankings on The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report’s top high schools lists and is on-track to maintain its legacy of sending 100% of its graduates to college.


MCALLEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The McAllen Chamber’s Government Affairs Council met on Wednesday, June 27 . State

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COUNCIL MEETING

Representative Oscar Longoria was the guest

McAllen Photography by Anai Noyola

Hidalgo and Cameron Counties . During the 85th

speaker at this meeting . District 35 is represented by Longoria, which includes cities in both Legislative Session, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus appointed Longoria as Vice-Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee . The McAllen Government Council comes together once a month to discuss issues that are or could affect the area’s business and community .

DR . FRED FARIAS, OSCAR LONGORIA (STATE REPRESENTATIVE), AND MARIO LIZCANO

HORACIO REPETTO AND PETER LIMONES

STATE REPRESENTATIVE OSCAR LONGORIA

MICKY GARCIA, GERRY GARCIA, IRMA MURRAY, BLANCA CARDENAS, AND ROBERTO HADDAD


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WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARDS 2018 Edinburg Photography by Lionel Castillo

The RGV Hispanic Chambers Women’s Committee hosted their annual Women of Distinction Awards Dinner at the Memorial Event Center . Women from throughout the Rio Grande Valley were taken into consideration when discussing the various categories . The 2018 categories and honorees were: Government - Angela Burton, SBA District Director; Education - Dr . Blandina Cardenas-Flores, Former President, UT Pan American; Entrepreneur - Cynthia Ebrom, owner of Cynthia’s Cakes; Professional - Dora Brown, IBC Bank, Senior VP of Marketing; Humanitarian - Sharon Almaguer, the Almaguer Law Firm; Health - Jennifer Garza, Edinburg Regional Medical Center, CEO; Military - Arlene Laboy, Army Veteran & Founder of Veterans United; Art & Entertainment - Armandina Sesin, San Juan Library Head Librarian; and Rising Star - Judge Renee Betancourt, 49th District Court .

CINDY CAMPOS, VANESSA PEVETO AND GINA CRUZ

BLANDINA CARDENAS-FLORES AND MONIKA ALVAREZ

DIANA LONGORIA, JESSE TREVIÑO AND MARY LOU TREVIÑO

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DR BARBARA HINOJOSA, ANGELA BURTON, CYNTHIA SAKULENSKI, FLOR SESIN AND SHARON ALMAGUER

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Alka’s Divine Boutique hosted their 2018 Festival of Color . This year was the most original and colorful Indian fashion show in the RGV . It featured the latest styles from India plus fantastic Bollywood performances . This fashion show had a unique group of men and women as models, each of whom are leaders of the RGV community . Part of the proceeds of this annual event go directly to support Infinite Love, which is a volunteer nonprofit organization . To learn more, please go to www .loveisinfinite .org

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When Annette Diaz Franz was invited to join a medical mission to Colombia in 2015, the first thing that came to her mind was “why me?” As she had no medical background . She wondered how she could possibly help amongst a cadre of doctors and healthcare professionals from the Rio Grande Valley who was organized to go on this trip organized by the RGV Heal International Medical Missions (HLMM) . The assembled team was part of a Christian-based group whose mission is to serve God by providing health care to those in need . This wouldn’t be her first trip she rationed, as she had responded to a call from her pastor at Baptist Temple to participate in a trip to Africa . The Africa trip resulted in her and her husband, John David Franz, supporting a mission for children in Nairobi, Kenya .

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nuclear family and are taught at an Annette believes we are called to early age to weave . Over time, each serve and hence this story begins, woman develops their own unique with service . It was on the Columbia style and creates striking handbags trip to the La Guajira region in called mochilas . The men braid August of 2015 that she became the “riatas” or straps that are captivated by the brilliant artistry attached to the mochila . Together, of the Wayuu women . The Wayuu it becomes a brilliant are an indigenous THE PROCEEDS combination of people who live in colors and patterns the northwestern HAVE BEEN USED that creates the part of Colombia, authentic mochila . far removed from IN COLUMBIA modern society in TO BENEFIT As Annette traveled rural communities with the missionary called “rancherias” . THE WAYUU PEOPLE troupe in Columbia, The people have she witnessed the needs of the a rich culture where women are region . She desperately wanted the leader of the community . The to help them . Therefore, she Wayuu people work together for the brought the magnificent mochilas economic betterment of their tribe . to the Rio Grande Valley to sell . They live in earthen structures The support of local businesses with thatched roofs that have such as Sylvia’s and Karla’s been constructed for centuries . Jewelry has resulted in hundreds Wayuu women are the center of the

of mochilas sold . The proceeds have been used in Columbia to benefit the Wayuu people, and others in northwestern Columbia, as well as, classroom items such as ceiling fans, lights, uniforms, and internet service . Annette has made several trips to Columbia to continue to bring the authentic mochilas . She is passionate about her commitment to improve the life of the Wayuu people and others in Columbia . This plan is not the Franz’s to control . They are strong in their belief that it is God using them to do His work and are merely instruments through which it will be done . So as the Wayuu women patiently sit, weave and create the brilliant and authentic mochilas, so does the Franz family await their next adventure .

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THE RGV KILLER BEES ARE BACK!


IT MAY BE SUMMER BUT THERE’S A CHILL IN THE AIR… ICE HOCKEY AND THE RGV KILLER BEES ARE BACK! Photography by Cliff Ranson

A team considered part of the fabric of

on out and watch some fast skating,

the Rio Grande Valley has been brought

hard-hitting action, and dynamic goals

back by a Canadian ownership group

as you leave the arena wanting more .

after a multi-year hiatus . As part of

Killer Bees fans are you ready for this?…

the newly established United States

I know I am . See you at the rink soon .” -

of America Central Hockey League

USA CHL League President Troy Mick

USACHL, the Bees will play against rivals in Laredo, Wichita, and teams from

With the puck dropping October 26th,

across Texas .

fans of the Bees will be able to enjoy a night out with friends and family

“I’m very excited to be bringing JR A

watching 24 hard-hitting and fast-paced

hockey back to the Valley . All of these

home games just minutes away at the

young men strive to get an education by

State Farm Arena in Hidalgo .

playing the game they love . Most have been skating since they were 5 years old

A generation of fans love and remember

and playing in the RGV will lead them to

special moments watching the Bees and

the NCAA path . When they put that jersey

now that opportunity is here again for

on they will be playing for you, so come

the youngest future hockey fans in the RGV .

Early bird season tickets are available for purchase now at: (956) 313-1112

THE PUCK DROPS OCTOBER 26TH www .RGVbees .com


DINE AROUND RGV 2018 A NIGHT FULL OF FUN, FOOD & REFRESHMENTS

The RGV Restaurant Association hosted

McAllen & Mission Photography by Karla Kernz

beverages, stopping at 3 restaurants for

their annual Dine Around RGV! The evening started at L&F Distributors for bites and drinks by House Wine & Bistro . Guests then boarded a bus with adult a signature taste of their fare . This year’s participating restaurants were Whistling Duck,

&

Kitchen,

The Loretto Bistro and Nuri .

Bodega

Tavern

After a

spectacular evening, buses returned with guests to L&F Distributors for desserts by Macaroni Grill and Fazoli’s, plus some more drinks . The night’s featured brewery was 5x5 Brewing Co . Every year, this event is filled with fun, fantastic beverages and delicious food .

The proceeds will benefit the

Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation .

BELINDA MUNOZ, VICTORIA LOPEZ, AND MARY LOPEZ

CHEF ADAM CAVAZOS

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PEDRO REYES AND GABY JONES

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HORTENCIA AND CHEF GABRIEL FUENTES

JERRY AND SANDY TREVINO

MARSHA ACOSTA, SALLY FRAUSTRO GUERRA, AND MYRTHA TIJERINA

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MARIGEL MUNOZ, THERESA HUNTER, MARILYN FOX BOX, AND WENDY RANDELL

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Museum of South Texas History Courtesy of Margaret H . McAllen Memorial Archives, Museum of South Texas History | 1916

1916: SOLDIERS ON THE BORDER by Tom Fort, Senior Historian

On July 4, 1916, a passenger train

central government . Tensions ran

hunt for Villa . Relations between an

horses and mules . Troops in the field

filled with American soldiers from

high along the border, where in 1913

angered Carranza government and

communicated with the electronic

New York arrived in McAllen . Red,

Carranzistas dueled with Federal

Washington became heated . As the

marvel of “wireless” (later known

white, and blue bunting decorated

forces, and Villistas later attempted

situation worsened, the threat of war

as radio .) Through their months of

downtown buildings, and Old Glory

to take over . Among Valley residents

between the U .S . and Mexico loomed .

border service the troops gained

was much in evidence .

there were fears that the Revolution’s violence would spill across the Rio

There were patriotic speeches and music . As more troops arrived their camps sprang up along what is now South 18th Street . Many more would follow them . From 1916 into 1917, thousands of American troops, both State and Federal, were sent to the border in response to the Mexican

Grande . Mounted bands of armed riders began crossing the river to attack Valley ranches, farms, and towns . Though sporadic, these forays brought calls for more military protection . In response, a buildup of U .S . Army and state troops, begun in 1912, increased .

Revolution .

practical experience that would later On June 18, 1916, the Wilson administration called up state

prove invaluable on the battlefields of France .

militia forces and ordered them to the U .S .-Mexico border . Thousands

The Revolution’s unpredictable

came to the lower Rio Grande,

course kept the border forces “on

augmenting regular U .S . Army troops

the ready” into early 1917, when

such as the 3rd U .S . Cavalry and

the tensions with Mexico’s central

the 2nd U .S . Infantry . In time the

government began to lessen . On

state troops were encamped from

April 2nd the U .S . declared war on

Port Isabel to Laredo and beyond .

Germany, and thus entered World

Infantry, artillery, and cavalry

They came from as far away as New

War One . Along the border most,

units rotated to border duty at

Hampshire, New York, Virginia, North

though not all, of the soldiers were

Forts Brown and Ringgold, and at

Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado .

withdrawn, to be readied for service

numerous outposts in between .

Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma,

in France . However, unsettled

The year 1915 brought waves of

and Louisiana boys also were here .

conditions in Mexico persisted;

“bandit raids” – full-scale raids

And, of course, there were Texans .

cross-border flare-ups continued

in France .

into the Valley by mounted bands

Columns of infantry tramped along

sporadically, and after the “Great

of revolutionaries and renegades

roads, and manned rifle pits along

War” ended, late in 1918, more U .S .

from Mexico . American troops were

the river; cavalry troops patrolled

troops returned to border service .

The Mexican Revolution started in

attacked, and fought back . Similar

the length of the Valley; field

They would remain in the Valley and

1910 . By 1914 the country had plunged

flare-ups occurred elsewhere along

artillery’s thunder shook the air as

elsewhere “on the line” in varying

into all-out civil war and near-

the border . After Villistas raided

gunners drilled . Twentieth-century

strengths into the 1940s, until

anarchy, with armies under regional

Columbus, New Mexico in March

warfare made its appearance:

withdrawn late in World War II .

“strong men” such as Carranza

1916, the U .S . Army’s “Punitive

motor trucks, motorcycles, and

and Villa fighting for control of the

Expedition” entered Mexico in a

even airplanes joined the traditional

Their encampments dotted the Valley, turning the region into one large military zone . In April, 1917 the U .S . entered World War I, with border tensions easing somewhat, most of the troops were recalled for service

Courtesy of Margaret H . McAllen Memorial Archives, Museum of South Texas History | 1916


613 E. Trenton Rd., Edinburg, Texas 78539 Located at The Shoppes at Rio Grande Valley

Everything at Bob’s is Bigger. Including Our Lunch Menu. Now Open for Lunch.

Once you experience Bob’s special brand of service and food, it won’t be long until you’re a regular. Here the only thing you need to worry about is what cut of prime steak you’ll order.

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AMERICAN ADVERTISING FEDERATION RIO GRANDE VALLEY SUMMER MEMBERSHIP MIXER

The

McAllen Photography by Lionel Castillo

is the only professional advertising

AAF-RGV

Summer

Membership

Mixer was held at the Texas de Brazil Restaurant . Members and professionals got

together

and

learned

while

networking and unwinding . The American Advertising

Advertising

Federation

trade association that encompasses all segments of the industry in its membership--that is, advertising agency, media, supplier, freelance, creatives, printers and client .

BRONSON DEL RIO AND ROBIN BULLARD

JOEL OLIVAREZ AND CHRISTOPHER JULIAN

BLANCA REYES AND TERRY DEANDA

DEVON SMITTKAMP, MOSES GARCIA AND ABEL GONZALEZ

MAYRA OLIVAREZ, JOEL OIVAREZ, KIMBERLY SELBER, BLANCA REYES, BERNICE SMITH, TERRY BULLARD, AND STEVE JENNINGS

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ERIK SANCHEZ, JESSICA SANCHEZ, AND EDWIN JONES

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Pharr. Planning For The Future Of The RGV Today. THE CITY OF

CITY HALL UPDATE DRC NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! In February, Pharr celebrated the grand opening of the South Pharr Development and Research Center, a multi-purpose community center for families to use. The training and conference center features a computer lab, internet access, and classrooms for various learning and training opportunities.

Dear Pharr citizens and families: Halfway through the year, we have made great progress on the theme of construction which we set out to accomplish at the beginning of this year - building our city. Our streets are being paved, our parks are expanding, and our focus continues to be on improving the quality of life for our Pharr families and the entire region. We are proud to have constructed a neighborhood community center that now connects south Pharr families with internet for research and education, job searching and training opportunities, and more.

“My colleagues and I have recognized this is an issue key tothat success is beingfor ableHidalgo to measure and The realize in order County to continue progress, and as leaders, we are always looking

BENEFIT: Improving access to technology and learning resources for Pharr families

UPDATE ON I-69 & I-2 INTERCHANGE Last year, Mayor Hernandez was instrumental in securing funding from the Texas Transportation Commission for the Pharr Interchange expansion. TxDOT hosted a public hearing in June to gather input from the community on the expansion project, which is estimated to be funded at more than $320 million.

to grow demands for ways and in whichmeet we can the improve. We conductedof our population the first of our cityand expanding the today, we public mustcommunity invest assessment in redesigning

Keep up withmobility all theatgreat things in the city: the Pharr Interchange

interchange to create a more effective, safe, and faster a row, our employees evaluated our performance.

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leaders in 2016, and this year, for the second year in

We are proud to have scored higher this year than mode of transportation for our citizens and the thousands the previous survey, and we are certain that our efforts to supportand our employees has helped to of businesses international trading partners that boost morale and performance.

share our roadways.”

As always, if there is any way we can be of further service, please contact us at 956-402-4000. Sincerely,

Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D. Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D.

Pharr Interchange Expansion Project PROJECT LIMITS: • I-2 from 2nd Street in McAllen to Stewart Rd in San Juan • I-69C from Nolana Loop to I-2 in Pharr EXISTING INTERCHANGE CONNECTORS: • One (1) 14-ft. wide travel lane • 4 ft. wide inside shoulder • 8 ft. wide outside shoulder

BENEFIT: Improved traffic operations and

2nd ANNUAL EMPLOYEE SURVEY -

SATISFIED WITH PHARR any questions call:LEADERSHIP For the second year in a row, employees took

(956) 402-4000 an anonymous survey to rate their opinion

on the Mayor, City Commissioners, and City Manager. Overall, employees rated their city leaders higher than the previous year. BENEFIT: Improvement in performance and perception of City Leaders

• $150 million in funding from the Texas Transportation Commission in 2017 • $320 million Estimated Funding Cost • $20 million from Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization • Projected Completion Date - 2023

PROPOSED INTERCHANGE CONNECTORS: • Two (2) 12 ft. wide travel lanes • 4 ft. wide inside shoulders • 10 ft. wide outside shoulders


PRIDE IN THE PARK 2018 PRIDE = POWER

Organized by the South Texas Equality

McAllen Photography by Karla Kernz

leadership

Project, Pride in the Park is an annual LGBT music and arts festival . This year, Dani Marrero was honored as the Grand Marshal of Pride for her visionary and

many

innovative

contributions to the local LGBTQ+ community, and Ivon Rodarte, the second Grand Marshal for her advocacy and activism for the transgender and gender non-conforming community of the RGV . Live music, art, workshops, inspirational stories, a drag loteria, the Queer Film Fest along with vendors, food and refreshments made this year’s festival the biggest yet! We can’t forget amazing special guests including civil rights leader Dolores Huerta .

ALBERT CAPISTRAN, REY CALDERON, AURORA GONZALEZ, AND JEN SANCHEZ

BELINDA MUNOZ, VICTORIA LOPEZ, AND MARY LOPEZ

SYZYGY, BERNARDO, AND ANJO

NICOLE GARCIA, CRISTIAN SANCHEZ, AND JAVIER CANTU

REY CALDERON AND STEVEN VILLARREAL

WALLY CARRILLO, MANNY ESCOBEDO, NORA DORADO, PAOLA GONZALEZ, AND MICHELLE SILVA

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Abalone shell with grey shell bead necklace and earrings


Always Leading With Style Photography by Christian Möller Models by DebiLou Modeling Academy

Ruby druzy tassel earrings with necklace and antique Turkish red pendant .

Next time you are in downtown McAllen you must stop by and experience Karina’s Boutique at 216 South Broadway . It is a quaint store with an abundance of stunning jewelry and impressive fashion accessories that are not only beautiful but reasonably priced . Karina’s Boutique has a distinguished assortment of pieces that are both magnificent and classy . You will have a variety to choose from for both day and night time events . The exquisite jewelry comes from Thailand, Italy, China, and India, and includes Turkish Druzy . They also specialize in sterling silver, semi-precious stones, stainless steel and Swarovski crystal beads . It is special, unique, gorgeous, and did we mention that the prices are modest in comparison!! Karina’s Boutique has been in operation since 1999 when Malka Shivdasani and her husband, Suresh, opened its doors . It was named after their youngest daughter, Karina . In December 2017, after 18 years of operation, they started thinking of retiring . However, when their customers heard the news they encouraged them not to . Their customers knew that Malka “always lead with style”, and is a fashion icon . In addition, she supports, encourages and ensures women feel beautiful both inside and out . Their customers made such an impact that Malka and Suresh decided not to retire . Instead, they chose to revamp Karina’s Boutique with an impressive and beautiful showroom that highlights their fine products . This allows customers to now have an even better shopping experience . In June 2018, their vision came to life when they reopened the beautiful and refined Karina’s Boutique .

Abalone shell pearl turquoise tassel earrings with druzy .

An important addition to the new Karina’s Boutique includes My Healing Angels which is owned by Malka’s sister, Saju Vaswani . This innovative add on specializes in angel collectibles, affirmations, and therapeutic wellness products . You will now be able to not only look great outside, but feel amazing inside as well . All in one stop! Make sure to check us out on Facebook and Instagram @KarinasBoutique956 . Or better yet, come by to see and feel the splendor at Karina’s Boutique and My Healing Angels in downtown McAllen . It will be worth the trip! 956-686-6222 • 216 S BROADWAY ST, MCALLEN, TX .


Photography by Christian Möller

The executive chef is at the very top of the kitchen management, and it is primarily a management role.

Chef

Fernando Perez

Fernando Perez is a young culinary veteran.

makes him a key ingredient in Bob’s Steak

Having so much experience in the kitchen by

& Chophouse’s executive team. “I treat my

age 34 is rare. Fernando has evenly split his

kitchen team like family. Here it’s like family

lifetime between Mexico (Guanajuato) and

cooking for family.” It’s this approach that

the United States (Texas). He’s considered

brings him closest to replicating his favorite

a veteran because he has dedicated 18 years

eating environment, his mother’s kitchen.

refining his culinary craft. 14 of those years

He instills pride and accountability in his

have been at Bob’s Steakhouse & Chops.

kitchen team. This signature hospitality and

After working in several gourmet restaurants,

his careful selection of all prime cuts make

he started making salads at Bob’s in Dallas

Bob’s a must-go.

and now has the highly coveted position of

executive chef in Edinburg.

Chef Perez strongly recommends the 22oz. “côte de boeuf” bone-in ribeye and their

Chef Perez finds his passion in the kitchen, “I

signature glazed carrot which they included

love cooking. I love starting with a traditional

with every steak and chop.

sauce and finding unexpected ingredients, and it becomes yours. Cooking is art.” However, it’s his management style that

Less than 2 percent of all beef produced in the United States will earn the top prime designation


I love cooking. I love starting with a traditional sauce and finding unexpected ingredients, and it becomes yours. Cooking is art.

Photography by Christian Mรถller

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NON-PROFIT SPOT LIGHT

By: Olivia Peña, Staff Attorney in the Young Center’s Harlingen Office

The Young Center is a human rights organization that advocates for the rights and best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children . This non-profit organization was founded in Chicago in 2004 and now has eight offices nationwide, including one in Harlingen, Texas . The Young Center attorneys, social workers, and child advocates champion the best interests of children who arrive in the United States, from all corners of the world .  As Child Advocates, we serve as trusted allies for these children while they are in deportation proceedings . U .S . immigration law does not recognize children as distinct from adults, and as a result, children are faced with a system ill-fit to meet their needs . The Young Center is working to  change the immigration system so that children in immigration proceedings are recognized as children . We stand for the creation of a dedicated children’s immigrant justice system that ensures the safety and wellbeing of every child .

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A Child Advocate meets once a week with the child to whom they are assigned . The Child Advocate learns the child’s story, accompanies the child through the immigration process, and collaborates with a Young Center attorney or social worker to identify and advocate for the best interests of the child . Child Advocates are essential to the work we do with immigrant children . If you would like more information about the Young Center and our role as Child Advocates, please visit our website at http:// theyoungcenter .org .

We are currently taking registrations our next Child Advocate training on September 22 and 23, 2018 . In order to become a Child Advocate, interested volunteers must: 1 . Attend both days of training 2 . Be at least 21 years old 3 . Pass a background check 4 . Submit to a health screening 5 . Have reliable transportation 6 . Be willing to commit to weekly visits with a child while the child is detained

We stand for the creation of a dedicated children’s immigrant justice system that ensures the safety and well-being of every child.

7 . Be approved by the Young Center

If you are interested in becoming a Child Advocate, please contact Susana Garza at (956) 230-1850 or sgarza@theyoungcenter .org .

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UTRGV Mariachi and Folkloric Dance

Cultural Ambassadors to DC and Across the Nation The UTRGV Ballet Folklórico and Mariachi Juvenil Aztlán showcased their extraordinary talents on a national stage, on June 8, when they performed for the American College Dance Association’s (ACDA) National College Dance Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.   The UTRGV groups were chosen to perform at the festival that selected 30 outstanding college and university dance programs from over 550 college auditions across the country, and were presented in the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center. The dances are selected by the adjudicators from each of the 13 ACDA regional conferences based on their outstanding artistic excellence and merit to highlight, on the national level, the outstanding quality of choreography and performance that is being created on college and university campuses. UTRGV represented the South-Central Conference along with Sam Houston State University and the University of Texas at Austin.   The UTRGV Ballet Folklorico and the Mariachi Juvenil Aztlan were received by thunderous applause as they brought to life a dramatic collage of Mexican “Corridos”. Their performance was elegant and precise as both groups expressively captured the beauty and drama of a traditional yet tragic Mexican story. This national recognition awarded to our UTRGV ensembles represents a great deal of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice by students and directors.  The students have devoted many hours of preparation and describe this opportunity as a dream come true - to perform on the very prestigious stage of the Kennedy Center.   During their stay in Washington, D.C., the UTRGV Ballet Folklorico and Mariachi Juvenil Aztlán also visited the

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THE UTRGV MARIACHI AZTLÁN AND THE BALLET FOLKLÓRICO

nation’s Capital and were invited to perform at a meeting of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Members of the Hispanic Caucus fell in love with the UTRGV students and were enthusiastically delighted with the celebration of Hispanic culture on the hill at this important historical moment in our nation’s history. UTRGV Mariachi and Dance Reach Far and Wide on a Summer Tour The UTRGV Mariachi Aztlán and the Ballet Folklórico are planning a summer tour to showcase our outstanding and award winning ensembles across Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. A series of performances and workshops, presented by both ensembles, will promote our University, celebrate cultural heritage, showcase our talented students across three states and several cities, and recruit students nationwide to our Fine Arts programs. The UTRGV Mariachi Aztlán and the Ballet Folklórico are teaching workshops in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Mariachi Spectacular Mariachi Conference. Many of the students who attend the workshops are first generation Americans of Hispanic descent, and they are inspired by the UTRGV Mariachi Aztlán and Ballet Folklórico to be empowered by their culture and to seek higher education. Many students who participated in mariachi and dance workshops in past years have decided to attend UTRGV.    Performances and workshops for the summer tour will take place July 8th – 16th in Floresville, Texas; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Greely and Lone Tree, Colorado. UTRGV Mariachi Aztlán & Ballet Folklórico Summer Tour Kick off Concert A Summer Tour Kick off Concert will take place at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex on Saturday, July 7th at 3 pm. Come and enjoy a great concert! We will be introducing the new all female Mariachi Azálea, with Mariachi Aztlán and the Ballet Folklórico. Tickets are $5 and are available at http://patron.utrgv.edu/

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FLORAL & CRAFT EXPRESSIONS RIBBON CUTTING McAllen Photography by Anai Noyola

Specializing in all floral designs, Floral & Craft Expressions celebrated their ribbon cutting with the McAllen Chamber of Commerce this past June . With amazing creations and beautiful colors, owner, Gabriela Cavazos strives to provide the best selection in the RGV . (956) 618-4438 • 2800 N 10th St, McAllen, Texas

GABRIELA CAVAZOS AND EDNA DE SARO

GINA CRUZ, SANDY TREVINO, GABRIELA CAVAZOS, EDNA DE SARO, AND MICKY GARCIA

PRINCESS PIGGY TALES TO THE RESCUE BOOK SIGNING AT BEBE BOU

The youngest RGV author signs books at

McAllen Photography by Anai Noyola

identify virtues that Mia hopes could

an event held at Bebe Bou . Mia Infante is nine years old and the author of “Princess Piggy Tales to the Rescue,” a story of friendship and bravery that helps make a difference .

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LONE STAR NATIONAL BANK OPENS NEW LOCATION IN THE RGV

Lone Star National Bank celebrated the

Alton, TX Photography by Anai Noyola

Bank and the first bank in the City of

grand opening & ribbon cutting of the newest banking center in the City of Alton . This location is the 32nd location across South Texas for Lone Star National Alton .

Lone Star National Bank, The

Valley’s Bank…continues to grow! 956-391-3697 605 S . Alton Blvd . Alton, TX . 78573

COWBOY CASH AND EDNA DE SARO

MAYOR DR . ARMANDO O . CAÑA, DAVID DEANDA, AND COWBOY CASH

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Emerging Threats in the Digital Age TITLE TALK WITH VALLEY LAND TITLE CO . Before the digital age, title companies solely focused

to the homebuyer pretending to be the title company

their business on closing deals and searching real estate

selected for the closing . This email tells the buyer that

records . However, due to the ever-increasing use of digital

“there has been a last-minute change to the wiring

communication, title companies, such as Valley Land Title

instructions,” and instructs the buyer to wire their money

Co ., have shifted their concern to ensuring that customers

to a different account .

are protected from phishing and wire fraud . Therefore, it is important to provide you with a bit of information regarding the rise of phishing and wire fraud and how it may affect you now and in the future . The start of wire fraud often begins well in advance through a process called phishing . Phishing is the fraudulent practice of criminals sending emails claiming to be something or someone they’re not . You may receive emails and/or phone calls from a person posing as a realtor, escrow officer, etc . when in reality it is a criminal attempting to obtain your personal information (i .e . login passwords, credit card numbers, and countless other sensitive information) . A more targeted variation of phishing – called spear phishing – is aimed specifically at high-profile executives or personnel who manage wire transfers .   In Southlake, TX where down payments can be quite high, police issued a warning in March 2018 about scammers who hacked into the email accounts of real estate professionals who then posed as title company employees so they could steal a homebuyer’s down payment . The Southlake PD saw about 10 similar cases within the last six months where hackers attempted to steal a homebuyer’s high-dollar down payment . In cases like these, the hacker will send an email

Valley Land Title Co. takes the emergence of phishing, wire fraud, and all matters of cyber security seriously. Here are a few proactive steps you can take to ensure you do not fall victim to phishing or wire fraud: 1 . Call and confirm wiring instructions by phone before transferring funds . Use the phone number directly from our website, www .valleylandtitleco .com, or from a business card . 2 . Be suspicious and alert: Wiring instructions and information regarding payments don’t frequently change . 3 . Confirm the account number and the name on the account with your bank before sending a wire . 4 . Verify by calling your title professional or real estate agent to validate that the funds were received – if money has been sent to the wrong account, detecting it within 24 hours gives you the best chance of recovering your money . 5 . Forward, don’t reply . Criminals tend to use email addresses that are very similar to the real one . By manually typing in an email address, you make it easier to determine if someone attempting fraud is targeting you .

Questions or comments may be directed to one of our professional licensed staff at: customerservice@valleylandtitleco .com • (956) 687-7763

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MEDICAL CLINIC AVAILABLE - 8,505 S.F. FINISHED OUT WITH SOME MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

For more informa�on: info@levcor.com or 713.952.0366

PHARR TOWN CENTER

500 North Jackson Road, Pharr, Tx 78577

PROPERTY HIGHLIGHTS: • • • • • • • •

Finished out with complete medical equipment Located in the booming retail area of Pharr, Texas Located along the highly trafficked N. Jackson Road & Highway 83 470,000 S.F. Shopping Center Anchor tenants include Main Event, Cinemark and Academy Over 3 million visitors to Pharr Town Center a year 1.5 million people live in the Rio Grande Valley There are over 5 million people within an hour’s drive from our center across the border that come to Pharr to shop and eat. • Jackson Road is on of the main thoroughfares from Mexico that leads right into our project.

Traffic Counts

124,000 cpd - US Expressway 83 25,000 cpd - North Jackson Road

Consumer Expenditure - Ent. and Rec.

Parking Provided Parking Ra�o Average

3,381 9.6 / 1,000 cars

Index

Total

Entertainment/Recrea�on

$5,165

166 $81,143,703

Entertainment/Recrea�on-Fees & Admissions

$1,154

181 $18,135,780


TEXAS REALTORS 360º REAL INSIGHTS CONFERENCE

The Greater McAllen Association of

McAllen Photography by Lionel Castillo

more than 186 million people worldwide .

Realtors was excited to host at the McAllen Convention Center, a luncheon with keynote speaker Dr . Rick Rigsby, whose video went viral and was viewed by Dr . Rigsby has inspired audiences worldwide with his passionate speeches, including Fortune 500 companies, the NFL, and many more .

PATTY NIETO, VICKY TREVIÑO, ANAHI MONTENEGRO, MARIELSA PULIDO AND ARACELI LUEVANO

PAMELA DOUGHERTY AND ELVA JACKSON GARZA

CESAR DOMINGUEZ, JAIME JACKSON AND ROGER SOLIS

DAVID SALINAS, SCOTT CURTIS AND KARINA CAMARGO

DIANA CRAIG AND NORMA CARDENAS

JOEY TREVIÑO AND MIKE FARIAS

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