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Marc Fantich

>> Director of operations>>

I’m so pumped. My childhood amigo (yes we grew up together in Detroit, MI), Ted Nugent, is coming to Donna’s Corn Maze for some FACE MELTING ROCK! Prepare for total annihilation.

Susanna Fantich

>> Sales/Writer >>

Santa Fe pulled all the stops at last month’ s wine dinner when celebrity guest, famed winemaker, Bryan Page dazzled the Valley with his Meritage elixirs. It was like a rock concert for the most discerning of taste buds and for those fortunate enough to make the guest list, a royal treat. For more information on how to make the Wine Dinner guest list, call the Santa Fe SteakHouse at 630-2331.

Hector Orozco

>> Editor >>

I’ve developed an addiction. I can’t stop buying motorcycle parts. So many options. So many possibilities. Somebody help before I start chopping it up, or worse - drain my bank account. GULP...

Manny Garza

>> Art director >>

The worst part about starting a diet is being hungry all the time. The worst part about starting a workout routine is being sore all the time. The worst part about starting both at the same time... Well, you get the point.

Eric Fantich

>> Writer >>

If Barbie is so darn popular, why do you have to buy all of her friends?

Cesar Montalvo

>> Photographer

Coffee over energy drinks. Butter over Margarine. Sugar over Splenda. Always use real food over something trying to be what it’s not.

Chris Fantich

>> web guru/photographer

Featured article Ted nugent


he Motor City Madman is back! This month we feature a quick look into the life and times of the crazy rockstar from Detroit, Ted Nugent. Whether he’s sporting long hair, a semi-automatic, a cowboy hat or a guitar around his neck, Uncle Ted is sure to stir up an audience. Best part, he’s coming to the Valley this Summer, so don’t miss your chance to see him. Ted Nugent will be rockin’ out Donna’s Corn Maze Monday, July 5th. Tickets are available at Pueblo Tires and the RGVmag office.

A child should never have to pay for the sins of their father.

Marsha Davis

>> Accounting >>

When I was young... (well actually I was past my prime) computers did not have a mouse. All the controls were done by the keyboard. That explains my years of arthritis.

James AlexAnder

>> Distributor

I was born to promote. Just give me a stack of flyers or anything and they’ll get to the people.

Bonnie J. Ozuna

>> Writer

You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.

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Water. Two parts Hydrogen. One part Oxygen. The simplest drink on the planet, yet we always opt for something else. Try giving up (diet) soda, coffee and sweet tea for a month. Your body will love you for it, and I bet you’ll drop a few pounds too.



Water affects your body, your brain and your breathing. If everything is running in tip-top shape, your body will be happy. If your body is happy, you’re happy.

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Water has flouride in it, which helps strength teeth. Nothing better than a nice set of pearly whites.




When your goal is losing weight, water is your best friend. Your blood has less sugar in it from the soda you would’ve drunk.



Since muscles are nearly 70% water, even a small loss of fluid will affect their function. If you’re low on water, your muscles are weakend.



Water has oxygen and oxygen fuels the brain. Did you know that almost 80% of migraine headaches are caused by dehydration? Hydrate yourself with a little H20.

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Drinking plenty of water helps fight against the flu and other ailments like kidney stones and heart attacks.


Drinking water reduces hunger. It’s an effective appetite suppressant so you’ll eat less. Yay to less food!


Your heart is happy when it’s full of water. Studies show that women & men who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day were less likely to die from a heart attack. I like those chances!

So you’re thirsty ay? The only real thirst quencher is water. Other sugary drinks will only leave you more thirsty then before you drank them.



Water flushes toxins and waste products out of the body created by the protein you eat. Something that soda can’t say it does.







The Nuge is loose! Ha, I’ve always wanted to say that, not sure why, but it just sounds cool. Ted Nugent is making his long awaited return to the Valley this Summer! On Monday, July 5, the legendary Ted Nugent will be rocking out at Donna’s Corn Maze. Last time I saw Ted Nugent was in 2000 when he played with KISS. And on this tour, 10 years later, his show is now better than ever. It’s the “Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead Tour 2010.” Uncle Ted live at Donna’s Corn Maze, where he’ll be playing all the hits from his career that spans 34 albums, over 30 million records sold

worldwide and over 6,000 concerts. You don’t reach numbers like that in the music industry unless you can rock! The doors will open at 6:00pm and the show starts at 7:00pm. This will be one of those concerts that everyone at the office will be talking about the next day. Don’t be left out of the conversation. Party at Donna’s Corn Maze with Ted Nugent

the birth of our Country, all children under 10 years old get in for FREE! That’s right, $0.00 for any rugrat you bring with you that’s under 10 years old. For more information visit

and all your buddies. Tickets are only $20 in advance and available at the RGVmag office (corner of Dove & 10th next to Moonbeans Coffee) or at any Pueblo Tires location. And check this out, because we’re celebrating




Have a dilemma? Write to Dear Susa, I’m a two time divorcee and single. My friends keep telling me to try an online dating site. I know they mean well, it’s just that the whole idea of having some computer calculate my likes and dislikes, only to serve up a grocery list of men that might interest me, sounds weird to me. Where’s the magic and the fireworks in that? I want love at first sight, not love at first type.



It’s hard enough to step back into the dating pool without the added stress of trying something as foreign as online dating; however, turning to your computer for love may not be as unromantic as you may think. While most everyone craves to meet someone special “organically,” where your eyes meet and voila, you’ve found The One. The truth is that it rarely happens, and as for love at first sight, it should be renamed lust at first sight. Fairy tales encourage us to look for the lightning bolt, but relationships based on this kind of phenomenon almost always end in tatters because the feeling of love is based on an ideal, not reality. I’ve never tried online dating myself, but I do have a friend who had resigned herself to the belief that all men were the same - jerks. That is until her cousin convinced her to try, and she met a great guy who she later married. According

to my friend, she said the difference for her was that she got to make a list of things that were important to her before ever meeting the love of her life. That’s not to say that he fit her list perfectly, there were a few compromises on both sides. The lesson here, for me anyway, is that they had a plan of action. With that in mind, I’m hard pressed to wonder why our relationships are the one area of our lives that we willingly leave to chance. We network, research, and plan our education, our careers, our finances, our retirement, but we’re still uncomfortable with the idea that we should take control of our love lives. This is where online dating may be an avenue worth tabling. Not because it’s scientifically perfect – not by a long shot, but because it creates opportunity where previously there was none. I say put yourself out there and try something different. It may even be fun to


include your girlfriends in the selection process, perhaps even turn it into a “Girl’s Night In” with a few cucumber martinis to take the edge off. Above all, be safe, and enjoy your journey.

relationships based on this kind of phenomenon almost always end in tatters because the feeling of love is based on an ideal, not reality. WWW.RGVMAG.COM

By Eric Fantich

It’s actually quite a simple thing, just a ball and goal. Yet every four years that ball unites the world. As Bono has said, “It’s not about Politics, or religion, or the economy. For one month, every four years, we are united.” This is true. 32 nations from all over the globe compete to be the World Cup Champion. This year, the number 1 ranked team is Brazil (like you weren’t expecting that) & they’ve been grouped with the number 3 ranked team, Portugal. Group G, which has already become known as the “Group of Death,” features Brazil, Portugal, Ivory Coast and North Korea. With only 2 teams advancing from each group, this one is sure to be interesting to watch.

The United States has been grouped with England, Slovenia and Algeria. Mexico has been grouped with hosting country South Africa, Uruguay and France. In fact, the opening weekend is going to be an exciting one at that, especially for us in the Valley. The opening game will take place on June 11th, at 9:00AM, between Mexico and South Africa in Soccer City Stadium! It’s always exciting when you’re the first match of the World Cup. And the next day, June 12th, at 1:30PM, we get to see one of the most anticipated rematches in World Cup history when the United States take on England.


The top five teams, as ranked by FIFA, are:

1 2 3 4 5

Brazil Spain Portugal Netherlands Italy

The much feared Argentinean team, featuring the greatest player of this World Cup, Lionel Messi, is ranked 7th. One thing is for sure, no matter who makes it to the elimination rounds, or what crazy upsets we see, at one point during this month long phenomenon, our entire world will be united as one, all because of one simple ball.




The Official 2010 World Cup Ball dubbed, “JABULANI,” which means “to celebrate” in isiZulu, the official language of South Africa. 11 is the theme behind the ball. 11 different colors, for the 11 players who take the field, the 11 official languages of South Africa, and the 11 tribes that make up the diverse culture of South Africa. The ball also uses revolutionary “Gripn-Groove” technology, which means it has tiny goose bumps in it to give the ball unmatched flight characteristics. It’s said to be the most stable and most accurate soccer ball ever.






hen the weather clicks up its thermostat, most of us cringe at the thought of relinquishing our “layered” look, dreading that we’ll be forced to replace them with something that could easily pass for dental floss’ second cousin. Not this year! Blame it on the recession, blame it on stronger female consumers telling the fashion industry to wake up; for whatever reason, designers have suddenly become more forgiving this year. So, dare to step out and soak in those rays in style with a tube of sunblock and a trendy new wardrobe.

Summer Fashion Ideas: Classic: The classic white shirt never left the catwalk since its inception. The best part is that it’s impossible not to look casually fabulous when paired with jeans, chinos, khaki shorts, you name it. This year offers a variety of different patterns and cuts to suit any style. However, if you’re looking for a more tailored look, you can opt for a white shirt with a stretch blend that will hug those dangerous curves. Want something more forgiving? Pair a white, long tunic with leggings.

Girly-Girl: What with flowers blooming on most dresses this season, it’s hard not to get in touch with your inner girlygirl. The best part is that, this year, the hemlines race up and down your leg without ever bothering to ask


for directions, which means you have complete control over how much leg you want to show. Wait, there’s more! Shirtdresses are back, and for those in “the know,” it’s the absolute most flattering style for most body shapes. Keep in mind that for the summer, comfort should always be a key factor. A good summer dress should keep you as a fresh as a morning daisy all day long.

Comfy: It’s downright un-American not to own a pair of jeans. Since Levi Strauss introduced them back in the 1800’s, jeans have become a worldwide wardrobe staple. However, jeans tend to become a tad bit constricting when worn for long hours. Let’s be honest, they’re far from comfy. Drawstring trousers, on the other hand, are a great option for those wanting something easy, breezy, and cool.

Hot Shorts: It’s not officially summer until everyone opts for shorts, and this year serves them up in an attention-getting array of color. Designers have even gone as far as integrating shorts into evening wear. They’ve become so versatile that you can wear them to the park, and after adding a pair of heels and cute top, your shorts are hot enough for any party.

Sporty: Sporty Spice from the Spice girls rocked this look by using various elements and a splash of color. Think athlete meets world traveler when trying to pull off this style with tank tops, shorts, cargo pants, yoga pants, anything active. T-shirts with zany messages and funky sneakers can add a little more zing to your summer ensemble.


By Eric Fantich

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day, but why do so many of us skip it? Trying to loose weight? Skippin’ breakfast (pardon my southern drawl) ain’t the way to do it. In fact, breakfast helps you in the weight loss process because it jump starts your metabolism for the day. Live by this simple rule. Breakfast like a King. Lunch like a Prince. Dinner like a Pauper. Now what should you eat for breakfast? Well that’s a horse of a different color (I’m really digging all these quotes I’m throwing in here). Stay away from greasy food that will just slow you down. Try these top three meal choices. Face Off, Breakfast throw down: Granola vs. Oatmeal vs. Cheerios.




PRICE: $3.97

PRICE: $3.49

PRICE: $2.50

FIBER: 3 grams

FIBER: 5 grams

FIBER: 3 grams

NET WT: 17 oz

NET WT: 16 oz

NET WT: 16 oz




SUGAR: 13 grams

SUGAR: 1 gram

SUGAR: 1 gram


GOES WELL WITH: Honey & Raisins


Round 1

health So there are a few things to take into account when looking at your breakfast options and figuring how they’ll help power you throughout the rest of the day. As bad of a rap that oatmeal gets, it’s actually one of the best things you can put in your body. Now we’re not talking about the pre-packaged/ pre-flavored stuff. That oatmeal is loaded with sugar and tons of preservatives. The oatmeal we’re talking about is the pure organic oatmeal that isn’t flavored. In fact, if you look under the

ingredients you’ll see one thing: Organic Whole Oats. That’s it. Granola is great too, but the only downside is most granola is sweetened with sugar or high fructose corn syrup. In fact, granola can have more sugar than those sugary cereals. Cheerios are actually pretty healthy too, but the only problem is they’re loaded with carbs, and most are not the “good carbs.”

Winner: oatmeal


Round 2


How our food tastes is one of the most important things to us. Our taste buds crave something delicious. Something that is savory, sweet and makes our mouth water. In all honesty, nonflavored oatmeal tastes like paste. It’s mushy, it’s plain and so boring. Cheerios... pretty much the same thing.

Granola however is sweetend with honey (or sugar), it’s crunchy, and even has little pieces of dried up fruit or nuts in it (sometimes). It’s the perfect texture that makes it good in a bowl of milk or perfect just eating it like it is.

Winner: granola

Round 3


In this day and age society is always moving 100 mph faster than our body can keep up. We wake up with just barely enough time to rush to work, so breakfast has to be just that.. a super quick break. Something that’s super quick, pretty healthy and easy to find just about anywhere is Cheerios. Any grocery store, connivence store or even hotel should have some.

Plus the other cool thing about Cheerios is you put them in a ziplock bag, and your golden for a snack later on that day. Nom Nom Nom!

Winner: cheerios

Round 4

Overall It’s a tough decision when you examine each round, but when it comes down to it, Oatmeal is best for you and should probably be at the top of your list when it comes to breakfast. It doesn’t have to be the only thing you eat, but you should incorporate it somehow. Cheerios are really easy to find and “make” so they’re perfect for that on the go type person. And granola is super tasty, but just be careful

you’re not eating one that’s packed with tons of sugar. Hence why we like oatmeal. It takes some time to cook, but it’s well worth the wait. Spice it up with a dash of brown sugar, a squirt of honey, raisins, walnuts, bananas, strawberries, or even blueberries. Your stomach and your heart will both thank you.

Winner: oatmeal







The Fame. The Monster. The Lady. By Eric Fantich


ou remember back in the 80’s there was this little blonde girl out of New York that the world fell in love with. She was provocative, erotic, bizarre, wore out-of-this-world outfits and was straight up the talk of the music scene. She was a pop icon. She was Madonna. Now think of this other blonde who made her world debut a few years ago, and has blown up on the music scene. She’s everything Madonna was and quite possibly a bit more. She writes catchy tunes that are all over the charts. She sells out concerts all over the country. And her wardrobe is... well all over the place. She is Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga was still in her diapers when Madonna was teasing audiences around the country with her seductive “Like A Virgin” performances and stirring up the world with her “Like A Prayer” video. But the two are quite similar. In fact many have called Gaga the second coming of Madonna. But where did it all start? Stefani Germanotta lived quite the normal life of an Italian American kid in New York (as if you couldn’t tell the Italian part from her name). She attended a private Roman Catholic school, studied hard and participated in theater. Her true love though was music. Germanotta learned to play the piano at the age of four, and was performing in front of audiences by the age of 14. When Germanotta hit high school, she left her family, her friends and moved to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and tried to assimilate into the music scene. Germanotta went through a series of different record labels, bands and producers until she met with her current producers RedOne & Rob Fusari, whom actually (accidentally) created her moniker Lady Gaga via an “auto-correct” function

on a text message he sent her. Originally meant to say “Radio Ga Ga” as a tribute to the Queen song, the auto-correct function on the cell phone turned Radio into Lady. And thus a star was born. Lady Gaga has gone on to have a very successful career. Two number one hits, six “Top 40” singles, over 11.5 million album sales, over 40 million singles sold worldwide, and even named to Time Magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World list.” In fact, Gaga’s music has gone on to help other artists become recognized on the main stream. From a cappella music to dance videos to rock band covers. In fact, just recently, a young 13-year old boy by the name of Greyson Chance hit it big when he covered “Paparazzi” for his 6th grade talent show. The video reached over 15 million views in just a week, and Greyson was featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he got to speak to Ms. Gaga herself. Lady Gaga will be stopping in Texas for two shows in Dallas and Houston (four total) July 22 - July 26. This being the only stops she’ll have in Texas for her two year “The Monster Ball Tour,” and with her eccentric wardrobe and acclaimed concert performances, you shouldn’t miss it. We had a chance to briefly speak with her (like seriously only for a few seconds at a press conference) about her upcoming shows. “I’m pretty excited about it. We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve for what this show will entail. Plus, playing in Texas is always an experience,” said Ms. Gaga. That it is.

She’s everything Madonna was and quite possibly a bit more.

Only time will tell if Lady Gaga is Madonna part duex, but one thing’s certain, she is becoming quite the Fame Monster.



As of May 2010, she has sold over 11.5 million albums and over 40 million singles world wide.




Cost of Living • Yearly Inflation Rate U.S.A. 4.83%

• The Exxon Valdez oil spill sends 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska’s Prince WIlliam Sound.

• Scientists pronounce 1989 as the warmest year on record, possibly a sign of the greenhouse effect.

• Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 2753

• Army General Colin Powell is the first black Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff.

• Florida and Virginia allow use of DNA genetic fingerprinting evidence as admissible.

• Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve 10.50%

• A San Francisco Bay area earthquake, measuring 7.1 in magnitude, killed 67 and injured over 3,000 people. Over 100,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed.

• First release of Microsoft Office, which was a bundle of Microsoft Word, Excel, and depending on the bundle you purchased a few other programs. It was sold for $500.

• Average Cost of new house $120,000.00 • Average Income per year $27,450.00 • Average Monthly Rent $420.00 • Average Price for new car $15,3500.00 • 1 gallon of gas 97 cents • US Postage Stamp 25 cents

Events • George H. W. Bush succeeds Reagen as the 41st President of the United States of America. • Serial Killer Ted Bundy is executed in Florida’s electric chair.

• Prominent Spanish surrealist painter, Salvador Dali, dies at age 84. • After 28 years, the Berlin Wall falls.

Popular Culture

• A US jury convicts Oliver North in Iran-Contra affair.

• The San Francisco 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16 in Superbowl XXIII, in one of the most spectacular Superbowls of all time.

Technology • The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System is placed into orbit. • Nintendo begins sale of the Game Boy in Japan. • Voyager II passes the planet Neptune and its moon Triton and sends pictures back to earth. • The 486 series of microprocessor was introduced by Intel.


• “The Bady Boys” Detroit Pistons swept the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. • The Oakland Athletics swept the San Francisco Giants in the 1989 World Series. • The Calgary Flames beat the Montreal Canadiens, 4-2, in the all Canadian Stanley Cup Finals. • Barbie turned 30 years old. • The final episode of the long running soap

opera, Ryan’s Hope, aired. It brought an end to a 14-year series. • Michael Myers and David Spade joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. • Sunday Silence wins the Kentucky Derby.

Popular Films • Batman • Dead Poets Society • The Little Mermaid • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade • Back to the Future Part II • When Harry Met Sally • Steel Magnolias • Look Who’s Talking • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure • Major League • Field of Dreams • Driving Miss Daisy • Born on the Fourth of July

Popular songs

• Daniel Radcliffe - July 23

• Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn • Paula Abdul - Straight Up • De La Soul - Me, Myself and I • The Pixies - Here Comes Your Man • Bette Midler - Wind Beneath My Wings • Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy • Madonna - Like A Prayer • Aerosmith - Love in an Elevator • B-52s - Love Shack • Billy Joel - We Didn’t Star The Fire • The Cure - Love Song • Tom Petty - Free Fallin’ • Young MC - Bust A Move • Technotronic feat. Felly - Pump Up The Jam

Born This Year • Chris Brown - May 5 • Joe Jonas - August 15 • Christopher Mintz-Plasse - June 20 • Hayden Panettiere - August 21


• Lil Romeo - August 19 • Brandon Smith - May 29 • Taylor Swift - December 13 • Khleo Thomas - January 30








Exquisite Jamaican Pastries - Grand Opening

Conjunto Museum - Ribbon Cutting


Quips N’ Quotes - Girls Night Out

Molina’s Restaurant - Ribbon Cutting



McAllen Convention Center - Business Expo


Master Z

Carino’s Italian Grill - Pharr Chamber of Commerce Meeting





Bryan Page visits The Santa Fe Steak house

Dinner, from start to finish, rocked my world! - Bryan Page




Photos by: Hector Orozco



Republic of the Rio Grande



Photos by: Hector Orozco

Photos by: Hector Orozco



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The Constant Updater Just finished making a bologna and cheese sandwich.

The Promoter Hey Guys!

Tonight my restaurant is gonna be rocking. It’s free cupcake day. Stop by get a cupcake after you order $300 worth of food. And tomorrow is free coffee day. Buy a $20 breakfast, and get your coffee free. RGVmag We all get this one, and it sounds like a great deal... but not every single day! Stop abusing your facebook powers Mr. Promoter dude.

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He’s just so handsome and funny. And my my, what a kisser. I just love him <3.

RGVmag Yeah, we’ve all been there. And we all say the same thing, “Ouch... That was below the belt, try and keep the gloves up.”

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