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THE NORTHERN BRAZORIA COUNTY EDUCATION ALLIANCE: Providing Opportunities for Pearland’s Youth NBCEA works closely with community members to provide support through scholarships and career placement to Pearland students who otherwise would not attend a traditional college program. By working as a community through NBCEA, students like Dawson High School graduate Tyler Henderson are sure to have a bright future.

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Dear Pearland Friends, July is the month that we celebrate our freedom. Recently, my husband Jim and I had the pleasure of attending the Impact a Hero Gala honoring returning wounded service men and women. All areas of the service were represented. It is due to the courage, bravery and unbelievable sacrifices that these heroes and their families make that we all have the freedoms we so enjoy. Our gratitude is unending. Tyler Henderson, recent Dawson High School graduate, is our cover story. I met Tyler at The Northern Brazoria County Publisher Jessica Kij with husband Jim. Education Alliance annual luncheon. Tyler gave a very eloquent testimonial as to how this organization has helped him in high school to pursue his dream of becoming a chef. Tyler has taken what he has been given and has excelled in school so much so that he will enter college as a sophomore. After finishing college and attending the Art Institute of Houston, Tyler hopes to bring his culinary expertise back to Pearland and open a restaurant where he creates dishes using only locally grown Pearland produce. Can’t wait to taste his creations! Believe it or not, school is right around the corner. Our special section on schools and after school activities will give you ideas for fall class registrations. Bet you didn’t know Abe Lincoln was a vampire hunter! Neither did I! Read all about it in our film critic’s review and behind the scenes interview of the talent behind the new film Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Pearland Focus is YOUR community magazine, and we LOVE to let our readers know about events and activities in Pearland, especially for our kids. Be sure to send us items for our Kid’s Chalkboard section. Not only do the kids get a charge out of seeing themselves, but proud parents do as well! As always, be sure to send us your headliners, photos and event news as well as your article ideas, community highlights and celebrations. Our readers want to know what’s happening in Pearland! We welcome your feedback as well. Please contact us at editor@ pearlandfocus.com, 281-690-4242 or www.pearlandfocus.com. Stay Focused!

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The Northern Brazoria County Education Alliance:

Providing Opportunities for Pearland’s Youth

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hen local businesses, schools and the community work together to find qualified employees and provide scholarships, the results are positive for all. Tyler Henderson knows this first hand. He recently graduated from Dawson High School in June after taking 60 hours of dual credit college courses offered at the school to advance his culinary college career.


While taking dual credit classes at Dawson, Tyler was introduced to a local organization that changed his life. The Northern Brazoria County Education Alliance, NBCEA, has been a liaison between local businesses and capable high school students. “The NBCEA helped me in school by providing me with the kitchen equipment I needed to expand and hone my knowledge and skills in my chosen career path. They also provide scholarships to high school students,” said Tyler. The NBCEA works with a number of local businesses including Aggreko, Apex Helicopters, Garner Coatings, Water O’Day Drilling Company, Rollac and Weatherford to name a few. (For a full listing of local businesses, visit www.nbcea.org.) The local organization provides a more improved pool of employees along with funding like student scholarships and state-of-the-art equipment to train students. The NBCEA was founded in 2007 to provide an educated, drug-free, employable workforce in Pearland by increasing technical training programs in high school and beyond. “The NBCEA provided Aggreko an invitation and path to Pearland Independent School District (PISD) Administration and students. We had a career opportunity, and we were looking for an audience,” explained Jack Bailey, Technical Training Specialist of Aggreko. Aggreko is a local business that provides companies with temporary power generation, temperature control, and oil-free compressed air systems across the country and globe. Aggreko has taken steps to ensure they recruit qualified employees by teaming up with Oklahoma State University (OSU). A high school graduate can receive a college degree and training specific to Aggreko’s needs through a program called “Aggreko SelectTech.” As a result of this partnership, “Aggreko has been able to employ graduates who are pursuing careers, not just jobs,” Bailey explained. “The student comes into the business with experience and a formal education. These two components will assure the student a career path in Aggreko. The NBCEA has been instrumental in feeding

ers d a le ion: s es uest n i s bu this q d What do you think of an sed l r a the possibility of a trade Pe re po e w high school in Pearland? “Not all students are made for college. The technical field offers many well-paying, stable opportunities. Many companies, Aggreko included, are looking for qualified technicians. The demand is outpacing the supply. It would be a tremendous advantage for a student to graduate from high school with a solid technical education. The community would benefit from a local student working in a local business.” – Jack Bailey, Aggreko “I think the trade school idea is fantastic. We need this. Hopefully, if a student has the opportunity to experience the trade while in high school, he or she will find value in what they learn to carry them into our industry or the like.” – Michele Falzon, Gartner Coatings

candidates to this partnership between Aggreko and OSU.” And the program is quite successful. To date, Aggreko has placed about 22 students from PISD into the program. Aggreko currently has approximately 18 students still employed in either full-time status or SelecTech status, a number that will continue to grow since the need for qualified technicians is increasing. Going to college is an excellent path for a number of high school graduates, but college is not for everyone. Having a trade provides many students with another option to get into a lucrative career. Some students graduate college with a degree and cannot find work, so students have to make sure there is a need for the college degree they are pursuing. “Not all students are made for college,” Bailey said. “The technical field offers many well-paying, stable opportunities. Many companies, Aggreko included, are looking for qualified technicians. The demand is outpacing the supply.” www.pearland

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“The NBCEA helped me in school by providing me with the kitchen equipment I needed to expand and hone my knowledge and skills in my chosen career path,” said Tyler.


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lege. “Thanks to the dual credit program at Dawson High School, I will be starting off college as a sophomore and almost with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary,” Tyler said. Tyler is an inspiration to students, but 3,500 students impacted through career connections he also renews faith in our youth. While opportunities attending Dawson, Tyler worked as the 156 dual-credit scholarships awarded for a total executive chef at Johnny Carino’s Italian value of $30,700 Grill where he worked 45 hours weekly while in school. He also has an upcoming Over $264,200 donated in equipment and position secured at Mark’s American Cuiconsumables for CTE programs sine in Houston to further his knowledge Assisted with 75 student job placements and expertise in the restaurant industry. “It’s hard to find suitable words Supplied primary employer with 22 student to describe such an outstanding orapprentices who each earn over $75,000 annually ganization such as the NBCEA,” exTotal value to Pearland ISD students plained Tyler. “I and community: $3.6 million can honestly say I would recommend all high school students take advantage of such an opportunity as Gartner Coatings is another local busiCTE classes and ness partnering up with NBCEA in an efget to know the fort to gain a more competent workforce. wonderful people The need is there and working together is who make up the crucial for our local economy to grow furNBCEA. I am truther. “I believe the community must work ly blessed to have together, schools and industry, because I crossed paths with am not sure that the schools are aware of this organization, what industry is looking for,” explained and I hope that Michele Falzon, President of Gartner students to come Capital Bank Branch President Gary Idoux presents Coatings. “I believe colleges do a good job realize how lucky a check to Jerry Koza, Jr, Past Chairman of the of communicating their requirements, but and blessed they Northern Brazoria County Education Alliance, NBCEA. industry needs to speak up about their are to take part in needs. Hopefully, we can modify a curricusuch an amazing lum that would benefit both student and with attainable goals after graduation. job oriented educational experience.” industry.” Aggreko has benefited from this interacTyler’s dream is to return home. Gartner Coatings is a local business tion of engagement and goals. The Se“I want to come back to Pearland afthat applies specialty coatings on equiplecTech program is mostly self-recruited ter wherever God takes me and open a ment for corrosion protection for indusdue to word of mouth in the community family-oriented restaurant which serves tries like oil and gas. Gartner Coatings is and schools.” immaculate family-style dinners made such a specific industry that there is not By working together, there will continfrom solely local produce and other local a specific trade school they can rely on ue to be dozens of stories like Tyler’s. Since products showcasing what Pearland, and according to Falzon. “We look for people graduating, Tyler plans to attend the Art I, have to bring to the table.” willing to learn a trade.” By partnering Institute of Houston for culinary arts and The name of the restaurant? Well, with NBCEA, Gartner hopes to “give area restaurant management. He will be workTyler said he’s not sure yet. But, rest youth the opportunity to realize that ining on a Bachelor of Science degree there. assured that when the time comes, dustry needs talented, young people that In addition, he will be taking summer you will be hearing about Tyler’s new gives industry a better pool of people to classes through Alvin Community Colventure. employ,” Falzon said. “A strong community is critical to the “Thanks to the dual credit program at Dawson development of productive students,” BaiHigh School, I will be starting off college as a ley said. “If a high school student can see sophomore and almost with an Associate’s a tangible result from engagement, it easDegree in Culinary,” Tyler said. ily parlays into an energized student body pearland

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verything in design has changed so much in the last couple of years, and with that being said, indoor/outdoor fabric is a major player in this. What used to be stiff, plastic, and solid colors with matching stripes has broadened into soft chenille with fabulous prints to solid linens that have that ageless look. Outdoor fabrics can be used for more than just outside. People are upholstering sofas, sectionals, and dining chairs with this wonderful fabric. The indoor/ outdoor fabric does not stain easily and holds up beautifully to children and pets (not to mention that occasional red wine mishap)! The fabric does cost a little more, but depending on the lifestyle of your family, spending more up front can pay off in the end. There is so much entertaining outside now with all of the fabulous outdoor seating that is available and great grills. Outdoor seats usually come with cushions and that’s a great start, but throw a couple of custom pillows made out from the great new indoor/outdoor fabrics, and that makes your outdoor area extra special. And, you can bring in a few of the outside patterns inside with some fabu-

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Fabrics lous floor pillows. This helps make everything flow, and the outside space just becomes an extension of your inside space. Indoor/outdoor fabrics are becoming easier to find. I would suggest looking for stores that carry fabric books. Most of the fabric companies do have books exclusively for indoor/outdoor fabrics. These books will blow you away with

what is inside them; the look, feel, and designs offered are unbelievable. Talk about coming along way! Also, don’t forget the fabrics are a little pricier, but you will not need that much yardage. In the end, it is all in the look, and you will be happy you did spend a little more on the fabric. Happy designing!

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Pearland Community Rallies to Cover our Troops What do you do when you receive word from our troops that they are in dire need of twin sheets and bedding and only have a week to collect the items?  If you are Nancy Kozanecki, director of Pet Hub Animal Rescue, you start rallying the community to support our troops. “Even though our primary focus is helping the fourlegged members of the family,” Kozanecki explained, “I knew that many people in Pearland would be willing to help if asked.  Pet Hub had an overwhelming response to Operation Paperback in January.  The Pet Hub Board felt that Operation Twin Sheets would also be a successful endeavor even with the tight time frame we were on.” And help they did. Donations were made by generous Pearlanders.  Most importantly, Operation Twin Sheets would not have been successful without the help of our local business collection sites that supported this cause with very little notice.  Thanks to:  Claws and Paws, The Drink Station, Lenny’s Sub Shop, Pearland Animal Hospital, Pearland Animal Health Center, Starbucks, Shadow Creek Veterinary Clinic , and Westside Veterinary Hospital  for being Pearland’s collection sites. Eight shipments of bedding including eight bedsets, 60 flat and fitted sheets and numerous pillow cases and blankets were off to our troops in Afghanistan.  According to Mike Doleski, Business Manager, from Westside Veterinary Hospital, “Anything that we can do for our community and our troops, we are here to support.  Our veterinarian community saw this as an opportunity to support our troops and thank them for all that they do for us.” Pet Hub Animal Rescue rescues and fosters homeless animals until permanent homes are found, promotes spay/neuter programs, and helps return lost pets to their owners through its free PETS411 service. For further information about Pet Hub Animal Rescue, email info@pet-hub-rescue.org or visit the Pet Hub website at www. pet-hub-rescue.org.

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By Linda K. Eaves

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n May 20, 2012, Dawson High School junior Jason Liu played the piano at prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. He earned the opportunity by winning the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. “At first, it was nerve wracking, but as soon as I got on stage, everything changed. It was just the music. It felt like a dream come true – not only myself performing, but also hearing other performers and pianists play. All the kids were so talented. Each person expresses music in his or her own way. It’s truly amazing.” Before competitions, Jason attends classes every three days with his renowned piano teacher, Shu Mei Shao, and practices often. “At home I have discussions about the music with my dad. He inspires me a lot.” Jason started playing piano at 8 years-old while his peers started at 4 or 5 years-old. He feels he’s been able to compensate for his late start because: “Playing piano to me is not just playing the notes and getting everything perfect. I emphasize the musicality of the piece. I often listen to other people play, explore my pieces, and experiment with my technique. Being creative has really helped me to stand out.” Jason is also the newly-elected Spanish Honor Society co-president. He was the principle trombonist with the Houston Youth Symphony

Jason performing at Carnegie Hall in New York.

“I often listen to other people play, explore my pieces, and experiment with my technique. Being creative has really helped me to stand out.”

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and received numerous music and math awards. “Both music and competitive math have a creative aspect to it. Solving problems using creative techniques opens my mind to the world to express myself and solve problems. There’s not just one way.” For years Jason had piano classes every Friday evening. “It has been very difficult because I had to cut back on leisure time. I definitely had to put in a lot of effort.” He also plays at hospitals and nursing homes. “I try to incorporate performing and competing with going to hospitals and nursing homes to help others. In my freshman year at Methodist Hospital, a lady came into Crain

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Garden Lobby. By the end of the piece, there were tears in her eyes. She said she was having a terrible day, and my piece brought so much emotion to her. I can actually help people and give them a good experience.” Another listener told him his music can be humorous or serious and peaceful. During his freshman year, Jason tried to create a table tennis club but encountered many obstacles. Finally, at the beginning of his junior year, he was successful. “It will be a great experience for everyone,” he said. Jason wants to attend a top-tier school to major in a math and science related field and minor in music. “Draw upon your resources,” said Jason. “Be passionate.”


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Girl Scouts Archery Program Gets Boost From Popularity of The Hunger Games Long before Katniss used a bow and arrow in the box office block buster The Hunger Games, and according to the Associated Press, “bumped archery to the forefront of pop culture,” Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) was teaching girls to hit the mark with its Archers in Motion (AIM) Program. Margaret Carrel, a Girl Scout alumna who has been a volunteer in the archery program for five years, has seen an increase in girls participating in archery since the release of the movie.  “Since the premiere of The Hunger Games, the numbers have doubled in size, and I hope they continue to grow,” said Carrel. As part of the AIM Program, girls age 8 and older, learn how to safely shoot a bow and take score. They also work towards earning distance medals – beginning at 10 meters and working their way to 60 meters. Members of AIM also help teach archery at different Council events throughout the year. AIM meets every third Sunday of the month at Camp Robinwood. Nestled in the woods of Willis, Texas, Robinwood is one of eight GSSJC camp properties.  “Participating in AIM teaches confidence and gives girls the ability to do anything they set their mind to,” said Carrel. In addition to AIM, Girl Scouts of all ages can learn the skill of archery during GSSJC resident, daylight and twilight camp sessions being offered this summer. For more information about AIM and camp sessions offering archery, visit www.gssjc.org or call 713-2920300.

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Jacob Richardson.

The Bay Area Stars Dive Team competed at the 2012 Laura Wilkinson Golden Invitational. On the 1 meter springboard, placing first in their respective competitions were Kylan Moody, Jacob Richardson (Gold division), Christopher Norlin, Emily Pate and Lukas Schultz (Novice division). On the 3 meter springboard, placing first again was Kylan Moody in the Silver division. Also in first place were Courtney Gay (Gold division) and Kiernan Moody (Silver division). Congratulations!

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Sam Hartfield and Boy Scout Troop 464 placed flags at South Park Cemetery Memorial Day weekend next to all of the headstones that reflected military service. The Troop placed over 3,000 flags in honoring service men and women.

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More and more parents are recognizing the importance of enrolling their children in preschool to help them develop the right foundation for success in elementary school and beyond. The best programs go beyond helping children master basic academic skills by supporting their development as happy, confident, well-rounded individuals. Research shows that from birth to age 5, changes and growth in all areas of development are rapid. Children form strong neural connections during this time as a result of experiences they have with everyone and everything they encounter. The quality of those early interactions determines how children continue to learn and form relationships, which strongly influences their future success and happiness. “Informed parents look for preschool, pre-k and kindergarten programs that take a balanced approach to developing motor, social-emotional, creative and academic skills,” said Dr. Mary Zurn, vice president of education for Primrose Schools. “It takes quality instruction, a well-rounded curriculum and a positive teacher relationship to prepare a child to succeed.” Will your child be ready to enter elementary school? Selecting the right child care or preschool program is a critical step in helping your child succeed. Plan to tour schools at least one year in advance so you have plenty of time to apply and enroll your child. To learn more about Primrose Schools of Pearland, visit www.primrosepearland. com, www.primrosepearlandpkwy.com, or www.primrosewestpearland.com.


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The freedom to drive is one of life’s most exciting milestones, and it’s an equally important life skill. Pearland Driving School is dedicated to helping you accomplish all of your driving needs through quality education. We have served the Pearland area since 1979. It is exciting to see our former students return with their teens. Our legacy has allowed us to work with over 100,000 new drivers. Pearland Driving School now has two convenient locations. Our West Campus is one mile from Highway 288 and our East Campus is off of Grand Boulevard near FM 518. Recognizing the busy lives of families, we offer transportation from Pearland, Dawson and Manvel High Schools during the school year for teen driver’s education. Two classes are held daily allowing students to alternate class times. Classes include guest speak-

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Kids ‘R’ Kids Choosing a pre-school for your children is without a doubt one of the most important decisions a family can make. Parents should explore all of the available options and take time to find out what makes each facility unique. Kids ‘R’ Kids is proud to share our love for teaching and give you a schoolwide tour of what we have to offer. At Kids ‘R’ Kids, our experienced teachers and staff share a united focus on early childhood education in a stimulating learning environment. Come experience our new and improved educational curriculum and state-of-the-art facilities. Our newlyimplemented CITA Accredited Curriculum distributed by the Kids ‘R’ Kids International Curriculum Department emphasizes a more challenging ap-

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Treating Lifestyles with Eye Styles Eye Styles strives to make the patient, their quality of vision, and their quality of life their primary focus. Children’s Vision: Good vision is an important part of education. Many experts believe 80% of learning is done through a child’s eyes. Children with undetected vision problems are sometimes inaccurately diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It may appear the child is daydreaming. A school vision screening, while helpful, is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye examination. Start the school year off right; schedule an eye exam for your child. Eye Protection and Sports: Conventional frames and lenses do not meet the minimum requirements for impact resistance in most sports, which can turn a small collision into a sight-threatening injury. Eye protection is a major concern to all athletes, especially in certain high-risk sports. Thousands of children and adults suffer sports-related eye injuries each year, and nearly all can be prevented by using the proper protective eyewear, and some sport-specific designs may even help you improve your game. Dr. Melanie Melançon has a growing practice located at Pearland Parkway and Beltway 8. She graduated from UH College of Optometry with two letters of excellence. She practices primary care optometry, as well as glaucoma, red eye, foreign body, and ocular disease treatment. Her knowledgeable and experienced staff, Shavarrah, Jackie and Brandy, are ready to assist in your eye care needs. Eye Style’s mission is to ensure you view life to the fullest by providing the highest attention to your lifestyle and eye style. Be sure that you’re not cheating yourself out of a life with the highest quality vision available. Call 713-991-5522 for information, or visit pearlandeyestyles.com. pearland

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Bushi Ban Martial Arts and Fitness If your child’s day consists of TV, video games and surfing the Internet, help is on its way! At Bushi Ban, children enjoy a fun and energetic Martial Arts’ program that empowers them to become fit, strong and focused! We begin by creating a fun, friendly and trusting environment where children can face their fears and overcome their challenges. Then we use an age appropriate curriculum that parallels our parents’ social, academic and environmental values. As your child learns the art of selfdefense, they also focus on sportsmanship, healthy competition and leadership. As a result, your child develops: fitness, balance, coordination, teamwork, focus, memory, respect, discipline and self-control. We use a unique method called “EduTainment” that when combined with Martial Arts, serves as the pathway to fitness, discipline, and excellence. And, we teach core “Bushi Ban values” to develop confidence, respect, and a winning personal, social, and academic attitude. Not only will your child gain the confidence that comes from knowing how to defend themselves, but younger students participate in discussions on: “Stranger Danger,” “When to call 911,” “Fire Safety,” and “Street Safety.” Children learn how to diffuse a situation using verbal defense, as well as using attitude and strong body language to prevent bullying. They are taught that fighting is the last resort. The Bushi Ban child development system is based on achieving short and long term goals where recognition, reward and ranking is an ongoing method of award children. Stripes and belts are awarded on accomplishment and achievement. Prepare your kids for the REAL world. Try Bushi Ban today. Call 281997-9500 for information. See ad on page 25.


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natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firmed and toned. As skin ages, collagen loses its strength and the ability to stand up to the effects of gravity on the skin. Ultherapy® jump starts a repair process that strengthens existing collagen and produces fresh, new collagen. While Ultherapy® is not a replacement for a surgical face lift, there are many patients looking for smoother, tighter skin but are not ready for surgery – mentally, financially, or logistically. Ultherapy® is even an option for younger people wanting to stay ahead of the aging game. The cost of Ultherapy® is about $4,000, and can vary depending on geographic location, and the extent of the treatment. For a non-surgical treatment that can last for three years – with no risks, and no downtime – Ultherapy® is an amazing value. Ultherapy® is the only FDA-approved treatment for lifting facial soft tissue, and is appropriate for both women and men. Ultherapy® is only available through physicians with expertise in facial cosmetic procedures. For more information, visit www.divinitymedspa.com.

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braham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter explores the secret life of our 16th president, and the untold story that shaped our nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov bring a fresh voice to the bloodthirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history’s greatest hunter of the undead. The very words of the title evoke a juxtaposition that is unexpected, if not downright bizarre. Yet it’s an idea to which the filmmakers have fully committed. Their work is a portrait of the man and leader we’ve all studied and the seminal events that defined him and our nation – interwoven with the immersive, visceral action of a vampire story.

At the same time, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter presents the Great Emancipator as the country’s first superhero. Notes producer Tim Burton: “Lincoln’s entire life mirrors the classic comic book superhero mythology. It’s a duality: during the day he’s the president of the United States; at night, a vampire hunter.” That dichotomy is at the core of the Lincoln we meet in the film. “He was ordinary and extraordinary at the same time,” says director Timur Bekmambetov. Screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith, who adapted his best-selling novel of the same name, adds, “Lincoln’s life story is an archetypal superhero origin story. He’s as close to an actual superhero as this country’s ever seen. Forget about vampires. pearland

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Lincoln had neither family name nor money. His mother died when he was a youngster. In fact, everybody he loved had died. With no education, and armed with just his mind, he became president and saved the nation.” These themes grabbed the attention of Burton, his fellow producer Jim Lemley, and Timur Bekmambetov. Even before Grahame-Smith had completed the novel, Burton heard the title, and his mind kicked into gear. “It sounded like the kind of movie I wanted to see,” Burton claims. “It felt like it could have the crazy energy of the films of my youth, which had a lot of weird mash-ups of horror movies.” Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter also fits squarely within Bekmambetov’s


creative and aesthetic wheelhouse. The Russian filmmaker had previously helmed the box-office smash Wanted and before that, Night Watch and Day Watch, both offering compelling portraits of vampires in a world both familiar and fantastic. Like Burton, Bekmambetov paints on a huge canvas, presenting visually stunning imagery. It was the project’s central idea and cleverness that attracted the Russian filmmaker, claiming, “I immediately reacted to the story because it was so clean, simple and powerful.” Initially, Bekmambetov was to serve as a producer until Burton convinced him to take the reins as the director of the film. “I wanted to see Timur’s version of this story! Everything had to be presented in a very straightforward way,” says Grahame-Smith. “We never wink at the audience – not even once. Tim Burton really supported us and protected that vision.” Grahame-Smith notes that his idea for his book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter came from an observation he made during a 2009 tour to promote his previous tome, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, another unexpected connection between disparate cultural entities. The author/screenwriter recalls, “That year marked the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth, and many of the bookstores on my promotional tour had two displays: one featured books about Lincoln’s life; the other was a vampire-themed display, including the Twilight and Sookie Stackhouse books. It led me to think about combining the two subjects.” Grahame-Smith’s vampires were polar opposites to the romantic figures captured in the pages of the books he saw on display. His creatures of the undead pay proper reverence to the classic tradition of vampires in the movies. “The vampires in our movie aren’t romantic or funny, and they certainly don’t sparkle,” he notes. “Our vampires are bloodthirsty and cunning – and most frightening of all, they’ve become a part of the fabric of everyday life, working as blacksmiths, pharmacists, and bankers.” The vampires’ principal foe is one of history’s most beloved figures, whom many consider our greatest president. This story covers 45 years in Abraham Lincoln’s life, from 1820 to 1865, and is set in Kentucky, Illinois, and Louisiana and, of course, the nation’s capital. So, who would follow in the footsteps of some of our most accomplished actors, and play the iconic leader and fearless vampire slayer? The nod went to stage actor Benjamin Walker. “Ben brings humanity and a mischievous quality, which felt very real, to the role,” says Tim Burton. Jim Lemley adds, “Ben captures Lincoln’s honesty, integrity, courage and sense of purpose.” Most important to Walker was the opportunity to portray not only what made Lincoln a giant, but also a relatable human being. “What’s dangerous about playing an icon is not allowing the character to be human,” says the actor. “You must allow the character to be vulnerable or even silly. Luckily, Tim and Timur were open to making Abraham a flawed, funny and conflicted man.” “The human side is always the most important thing,” Burton concurs. “And, the character has to have a sense of humor because no one could survive as a vampire hunter without it.” Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer Starring: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper and Mary Elizabeth Winstead Director: Timur Bekmambetov Company: 20th Century Fox Now Showing: In Local Area Theatres MPAA Rating: R Grade: A+ www.pearland

Director Timur Bekmambetov and actor Benjamin Walker discuss a scene on the set of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) and his vampire-battling mentor Henry Sturgis (Dominic Cooper) plan their next move during a fateful battle with the undead.

Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) takes to the air during an epic battle against the undead.

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41st Rotary Charity Golf Tournament

CEO Roundtable Luncheon

Benefiting the Rotary Club of Pearland

Benefiting Northern Brazoria County Education Alliance

Monday, May 7, 2012 • Golfcrest Country Club

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 • First United Methodist Church

Jim Foran, Fay Watson & David Villejoin

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n May 10th, homeowner Ida Mae Rapstain sat under her shade tree and watched over 50 Keller Williams associates and affiliates rehabilitate her home located at 4401 Jasmine Street in Pearland’s Old Townsite. This is the home that Ida Mae grew up in, and it was in great need of repair. The home is approximately 75 years old. “The work they are doing today has changed my life,” said Ida Mae. “If my Mother and Daddy were living, they would be amazed at what they did!” Keller Williams agents and other employees brought their power tools and paint brushes as they worked tirelessly painting inside and out, installing new floors, adding air conditioning and new furniture. The home was transformed in one day. It was truly a labor of love as these employees opened their hearts and worked. It was like Keller Williams’ own Extreme Makeover Home Edition show! Keller Williams Red Day is a nationwide, annual event, a one-day expression of what happens 24/7 in the Keller Williams’ culture. It is about seeing a need, figuring out how to meet that need, and then getting it done! As one agent said, “Giving back to the community we service and knowing that you are impacting the lives of those in need in a good way is priceless.”

Monica Branch, Yvonne Samalstrla, Brian Gig, homeowner Ida May Rapstain, Norma Wiltz, and Cali Morris. Judy Berno and Joseph Murphy.

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ummer is near, and we at Pearland Animal Hospital would like to share some summertime pet health tips. Vehicle Safety: First, never leave your pet unattended in a car or bed of a truck. Dogs and cats don’t sweat; they expel heat through panting and are very susceptible to heat stroke. Always have multiple fresh water sources for your pet, both inside and outside, which will help keep your animal cool and hydrated. Travel Tips: If you are going to travel with your pet, make sure they are restrained in the car by a crate, seat, or harness. Take your pet’s food, toys, bed, updated vaccination records, collar with identification and leash, medications, litter box, and a pet first aid kit. Another thing to consider is a permanent means of identification such as a microchip. They are very easily placed in any dog or

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e all know that the summer time can sometimes be stressful for us, but did you know that it can also be stressful for our pets? Older pets can be particularly affected. Make sure your pet has a quiet place they can go with a comfy bed and plenty of peace and quiet available to them whenever they need it. If you are taking Fido with you on your trip, make sure you bring toys, blankets and treats from home in order to keep him focused with familiarity instead of the change in environment. Can’t take Fido with you? That’s not a problem! Check out local dog lodging facility websites and online reviews. Take the opportunity to tour the facility and ask important questions such as emergency and sanitary procedures. If you feel comfortable, then Fido sure will!

Luxury resorts such as Meadowlake Pet Resort offer additional play times, treats, training and more during Fido’s stay. However, these facilities tend book quickly so be sure to make your reservation ahead of time. When dogs are enjoying the outdoors, be sure to keep a close eye on them. Dogs can overheat very quickly, and a few minutes too long may cause a trip to your veterinarian or even death. When they are outside, make sure they have access to plenty of shade and clean water. Pets are very important part of our family so follow these steps to ensure they are happy and safe all summer long. For more information about how Meadowlake Pet Resort can help you avoid summer hazards for your pets, call 713-413-1633 or visit www.meadowlakepetresort.com.

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Escape t o GALVESTON

By Lara Bell

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you haven’t been south on I-45 and crossed over the causeway onto to Galveston Island since Hurricane Ike, you are missing out because Galveston is back. This summer is the perfect time to pull out an overnight bag, load up the kids and escape for a long weekend to rediscover the new – and improved – fun that is literally at your back door. Here are some of my family favorites!

Tremont House Galveston’s historic Tremont House.

I know when you think of Galveston, you think of the beach; however, the Strand District is full of fabulous restaurants, live music and great boutiques. The Tremont House is smack dab in the middle of it all, and the rooms are oversized with tall ceilings and are simply charming. The Tremont House also unveiled a new, sophisticated, modern lounge atmosphere for The Rooftop Bar located four stories above street level. The Rooftop Bar is the only outdoor venue on the Island to offer a bird’s eye view of Galveston. Guests can see the historic harbor, downtown, ship channel, beachfront and other landmarks from this rooftop setting. The Tremont House is always a must stay on my trip.

Soon to open: The Pleasure Pier boasts 16 rides, a restau rant, gift shop and more! Photo courtesy of g-townsurf.com.

The Pleasure Pier The most talked about property Landry’s CEO Tilman Fertitta has his hand in now is the anticipated Pleasure Pier. This amusement park on the site of the old Flagship Hotel on the Seawall is going to attract plenty of attention as the Ferris Wheel and other rides tower above the sea.

The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council will lead you on a fascinating tour of Galveston’s top locations for birding, nature outings and other outdoor adventures! Galveston Bay – along with the Gulf of Mexico – is the center of the area’s nature tourism industry offering birding, dolphin watching, fishing, kayaking, camping, national wildlife refuges and nature parks. Located on the trans-Gulf migration route, Galveston offers more than 300 species of birds that reside and travel through the island during fall and spring migrations.

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Hotel Galvez Last year, Hotel Galvez celebrated its centennial jubilee, and this majestic hotel is still the “grand dame” of the island. The Hotel Galvez Hall of History is a permanent exhibit housed in the lower level of the hotel. This exhibit features items that were donated by residents and former visitors as well as informational panels on the hotel, owners and famous guests. Hotel Galvez collaborated with the Galveston County Historical Museum and Museum Arts on this exhibit. While there, you must experience their Spa. It is one-of-a-kind and a truly amazing experience.

Olympia The Grill at Pier 21 Here you will enjoy authentic Greek cuisine rated by critics as some of the best in the area. The restaurant is owned by the Kriticos family and features a dockside patio and a fabulous view of Galveston’s harbor. The restaurant is known for its steamed clams, Texas oysters and whole flounder.

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Lonestar Flight Museum Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark Moody Gardens San Luis Resort Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast Haunted Mayfield Manor Texas Seaport Museum & 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA Pier 21 Theater LaKing’s Confectionery Post Office Street Art Galleries

Tree Sculptures Tour

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

The Galveston Tree Sculptures Tour will take you through the island’s East End Historic District where former oak trees destroyed by Hurricane Ike have been transformed into magnificently carved sculptures. The tour is open to the public as a free, self-guided tour and also available via electric shuttle bus by Galveston Island Tours for $15 for adults and $10 for those 10 years and younger. The art is amazing and worth the guided tour.

Galveston Railroad Museum Harbor Tour & Dolphin Watch For more information, visit www.galveston.com.

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Invest in a beach tote bag made from a durable material such as canvas, nylon or vinyl fabric to withstand the beach surf and turf. And, many bags are available in materials that are waterproof – even better!

Valuable Storage

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Many beach totes are essentially huge cloth buckets with handles, and those are great for carrying bulky items with you such as towels and mats. However, smaller items like wallets, lip balms, sunscreen, books and cameras can get lost inside cavernous bags. If you have smaller items – and need them readily accessible – select a tote with smaller inside and outside pockets where you can keep track of your smaller items.

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If you will be bringing valuables to the beach, be sure and select a bag that closes or contains a zipper pouch – out of sight – on the inside. Many totes are open at the top leaving your items both visible and accessible so if you plan on taking your valuables – zip it up!


By Alisa Murray www.AlisaMurray.com Nationally recognized portrait artist and award-winning columnist.

Living the Sweet Life:

Books, Books and Movies and More!

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hen I was a child, my Big Daddy and Granny would come pick me up right after Baptist choir camp to spend a month or so with them in the mountains. It was in many ways a very special time. Cousins would come and go, but it was particularly fantastic that I alone was chosen to stay all summer long. Perhaps it was because I looked just like my mother and for my grandparents, it was a way for them to stay close to their daughter vicariously through me. In any case by late June, I was whisked away from the heat of Monroe and taken  to the cool mountain air in search of perfect cantaloupes and watermelons, mountain hikes and fishing. Each week, Big Daddy and I would go down the mountain to Boone to shop and say hello to friends. My favorite store there was called “The Curiosity Shop.” It was filled with books and had a quirky staircase with even more books. Big Daddy and I had stumbled upon it years ago, and each week we made a point to drop by. He would give me a handful of money, wink at me and say, “Now I’ll stay right  here in the car and let you get your shopping done.” The store owner knew me, and she knew that I loved reading. I also loved paper dolls. There was this collection of paper dolls, and each girl had her own pop together house. All of the paper dolls I collected over one summer and each week like a new neighbor moving in, I would assemble them along the ledges in the sun room. I remember one had a kitten while the other had a dog. It was a lot of fun.... free from any electronics. I remember also reading books like A Wrinkle in Time, Nancy Drew, and everything Judy Blume wrote. I could devour a book a week and sometimes even more if no other family was visiting. Films have always been a big part of my married life. Brian is more of a movie watcher than a book reader, and we

always find ourselves “in the know” if you will when it comes to films. Lionsgate Films contacted me a few months ago and asked me to be a part of their sweepstakes surrounding their latest movie entitled What to Expect When You’re Expecting. We were both pleased and more than a little honored when they called to ask us to be in Los Angeles at the world premier and walk the red carpet with Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz amongst others. The movie was absolutely Star Cinema Grill’s Gustavo Vasquez and Jason Ostrow with Alisa Murray. hilarious, a great movie for those seasoned in the art of parenting, and daunting for those just getting their feet wet! I even rent and from over the past twenty years got bumped by Courtney Love and sat or so. If you get a chance to download, adjacent to Lindsey Lohan at the after purchase them, or go by the library (what party! Our local Star Cinema Grill in an amazing concept), I am sure you will Missouri City has teamed up with me to be fed both spiritually as well as just enoffer something very special for the Alisa tertained. Be aware, though, that some of Murray client family. As a part of being these titles are not for consumption by the a client with me, each child receives on young or young adult. I leave you to your their birthday a free movie pass. I am so movie watching and reading! excited to introduce my “children” to the • The Four Agreements wonderful world of film. There’s a bunch by Don Miguel Ruiz of fabulous films right around the corner. • The Catcher in the Rye Brave and The Avengers and Dark Shadby J.D. Salinger ows to just name a few! • Lord of the Flies by William Golding This past year, the Oscar winner of the • Naked by David Sedaris short animation film went to The Fantas• Can’t Wait to get to Heaven tic Flying Books of  Mr. Morris Lessmore. by Fannie Flagg It is an amazing story based on the Hur• This I Believe ricane Katrina and also about a love of compiled by Studs Terkel books. Each time I watch it, it makes me • Imagine by Jonah Lehrer cry. The story is so poignant it reaches me • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain as an artist, as a mother and as a legacy • Bible Handbook by George W. Knight leaver of my craft for others to enjoy long If you get a chance to read them, please after I have passed the torch and are let me know whatcha thought! gone. You should watch it. Books are very Have a great July, and as always, take important whether they are in paper or care of YOU! now, in electronic form. I have compiled a short list of my favorite reads both curpearland

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EVENTS July All Month Park and Recreation’s Bingo Game Attend a myriad of activities offered by Parks and Recreation on your BINGO card, take a picture of yourself having fun, and attempt to line up the activities to score. The first 50 entries will receive a prize. Pick up a BINGO card and start the parks and recreation challenge at the Recreation Center and Natatorium, 4141 Bailey Road or visit www.pearlandparks.com. July 14th & 28th August 10th & 24th Saturday, 8 am – 12 pm Farmer’s Market A Pearland Farmer’s Market offers a fresh, premium selection of locally grown and made produce and food products at Zychlinski Park at 2243 Grand Boulevard. The market is an effort between Bay Area Homesteading, the Pearland Old Town Site Coalition, the Pearland Economic Development Corporation, and the Pearland Parks & Recreation Department to bring a local and stable market to Pearland. Visit www.pearlandoldtownsitefarmersmarket.com. July 21st Saturday, 5 – 9 pm Live Music Featuring Park Avenue Houston’s premier party band, Park Avenue, will be performing at a free concert in Pearland Town Center. They are experienced and perform familiar, fun covers sure to have all of your family dancing. Visit www. pearlandtowncenter.com.

July 22nd Sunday, 9 am Mini Triathalon The Pearland Recreation Center and Natatorium is hosting a mini-triathalon. Participants must complete a 400 meter swim, five mile spin bike ride, and one mile run. The cost to participate is $20 for residents and $30 for non residents, the first 50 participants will receive a free t-shirt. Or simply come by to cheer on friends and neighbors at 4141 Bailey Road. Visit pearlandparks.com July 25th – August 4th Wednesday – Saturday AAU Junior Olympic Games Houston is the host of this year’s Junior Olympic Games! Join in the festivities downtown as the country’s up-and-coming athletes compete for Olympic glory. For complete event info, including tickets, visit www.aaujrogames.org. July 28th Saturday, 8:30 pm Movie Night: Happy Feet 2 Pearland Town Center is thrilled to present a free showing of Happy Feet 2, an uplifting and adorable film your kids can sing along to. Visit pearlandtowncenter.com for more information. August 3rd – 5th & 10th – 12th Saturday, 7 pm Sunday, 4 pm Kids’ Backporch Productions Presents Annie Jr. Don’t miss our cast of 60 young actors / singers / dancers as they bring this classic musical alive at Pearland Junior High South Auditorium, 4719 Bailey Road. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children, students and seniors. Order your tickets online to this popular production at www. kidsbackporchproductions.org. Call 281-412-5350 for information or tickets.

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August 4th Saturday, 5 pm Corks & Canvas Pearland Arts League presents a monthly series of different themed art exhibitions including color paints, juried shows, realistic works, theatrical ensembles created by both student and senior adult artists. Come by to support and encourage local artists, exhibits stay open the entire month at 4141 Bailey Road. Visit pearlandartsleague.com. August 11th Saturday, 9 am Recreation Center and Natatorium Birthday Bash The Recreation Center & Natatorium is turning two and to celebrate, we’re throwing a party! Bring the whole family out for inflatables, classes for children and adults, a health fair and the City of Pearland Truck Rodeo. Also enjoy giveaways, door prizes and membership specials. Don’t miss this opportunity to see how the RCN can help families lead a more active lifestyle! All ages are welcome to this free event. For a complete schedule, visit www.pearlandparks.com or call 281-412-8900.

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Rucker, Amato Win Pearland ISD Teacher of the Year Award Although known for top educators who inspire students and give back to the community, Pearland Independent School District recently named its “best of the best.” During its annual service awards celebration on May 4th, Pearland ISD recognized Lawhon Elementary’s Adelina Rucker and Pearland High School’s (PHS) Jaclyn Amato as the elementary and secondary Teacher of the Year Award winners. Each school chooses a nominee for the district award, and a panel of judges then selects an elementary and secondary winner to advance in the state Teacher of the Year competition. Elementary Winner: Adelina Rucker With her family constantly planting and pulling up roots for her father’s job, Rucker appreciated one constant during her childhood: a teacher’s smile. Caring teachers made the difference in her transitioning among 11 different schools in 12 years. “Becoming that person whom students can look to each day for a welcoming smile or a warm hello is what ultimately persuaded me to become a teacher,” she said. Rucker has taught bilingual students at Lawhon Elementary since 2003. In addition, she teaches bilingual parents to read and write through the Family Literacy Program at the Pearland Adult Reading Center. On campus, she leads the way in technology integration. This school year she co-hosted a “Celebrate Our Culture Night” multicultural project where students worked with parents to film short videos about their cultures. Through technology, Rucker allows students to take charge of their learning, whether they use computer programs to build their vocabulary, wireless interactive tablets to practice phonics or Flip video cameras to capture footage of the school day.

Strickland Chevrolet recently lent two program cars for a month to Pearland Independent School District’s Teacher of the Year winners. Lawhon Elementary’s Adelina Rucker drove home a Chevy Impala, and Pearland High School’s Jaclyn Amato, a Chevy Equinox. Pictured are General Sales Manager Todd Harvey, Adelina Rucker, Jaclyn Amato and General Manager Lee Mehta. In addition to expanding her students’ minds, Rucker focuses on nurturing their hearts. The key to her students’ success is learning their unique stories and sharing her own – encouraging them to recognize and pursue their full potential. “Learning their stories may be what helps you reach the students whom no one else before you could. Share your story, and you might inspire a student who had almost given up to keep trying,” she said. Rucker holds a master’s degree in educational technology leadership from Lamar University. Secondary Winner: Jaclyn Amato With only five years of teaching under her belt, Amato credits her mother – a 40year teaching veteran – for her classroom management skills. Her mother modeled a classroom where close relationships, high standards and clear expectations and consequences motivated students to work hard and succeed. “I use these skills now to make my classroom a fun, predictable, secure environment for all who enter it,” Amato said. Since coming to PHS in 2007, Amato has coached volleyball and basketball and taught special education, world ge-

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ography and history. Although she expects all her students to give their best, she also creates a fun, interactive environment where students are excited to learn. From creating a “constitution man” to demonstrate visually the branches and attributes of government to pushing students beyond their fear of failure, she thinks outside of the box to meet students where they are and encourage them to reach for greater heights. “I count my successes by the light bulb moments, the higher-level connections and the students who surpass their own expectations,” she said. According to Amato, her responsibility goes far beyond imparting information about science, math, social studies or English. Her everyday interactions with students have the power to change their lives forever. “Education is about growing young people into adults who will one day be out on their own in society. The job we do every day has the power to change lives, positively impact communities and influence the direction of society in general,” she said. Amato holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from Houston Baptist University.


Historically Pearland

By John D. “Mickey” Mark, President – Pearland Historical Society

Thank You to Two Early Pearland Lady Historians

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or those who enjoy reading the history of Pearland, we all owe a big “thank you” to a couple of ladies whose pioneer families came to the area in the early days and who fortunately wrote interesting stories about those early days. Who were those two ladies? They were Emma Jarisch Coppinger and Julia Martin Hunter, commonly known as “Grandma Hunter by old time Pearlanders. Many historical stories have been handed down from previous generations. The stories written by Emma Coppinger and Julia Hunter are first hand memories of life in Pearland as they actually knew it and lived it in those early days. Julia Martin Hunter’s parents, Samuel Pleasant and Elmira Martin, moved from White Cloud, Nebraska to the Pearland area in September, 1894, the same year Witold von Zychlinski platted the Pearland old town site. According to Grandma Hunter’s grandson, Pearland Historical Society member Tom Hunter, she often told stories of Zychlinski, who was reportedly a Polish knight, riding around the Pearland area in his fancy buggy pulled by a pair of shiny black, high-stepping horses. This was about all that was known about Zychlinski until just a few years ago when grandson Tom Hunter, who lives in Denver Colorado, traced down Zychlinski’s great grandson, retired Air Force Major General William Willoughby, in Chicago. General Willoughby was researching the Zychlinski family and confirmed the Polish Knight story, and he furnished a picture of his great grandfather which now hangs in the Pearland City Hall. The Zychlinski story, however, is still an unfinished story since no one has any trace of him after he platted the City of Pearland and left the area. Grandma Hunter not only provided information about Zychlinski, but she also has provided invaluable information about the early history of school and church life in those early years. One story from Grandma Hunter which has often been repeated and always is a source of amusement is the story of a contest around 1895 to determine the most beautiful lady and most handsome man in Pearland. Apparently streets in old Pearland had just been graded and there was a big auction sale to attract prospective home owners from the North. When the bidding began to lag, the auctioneer announced that Robert L. and Julia Martin Hunter. a city lot would be awarded to the persons judged the most handsome man and most beautiful lady in Pearland. Julia Martin’s father, Samuel Pleasant Martin, won as the most handsome man and was awarded a lot on the corner of Park and Jasmine Streets. The pearland

lady who was deemed the loveliest was a Miss Jennie Hutchison, a person whose name does not appear anywhere else in Pearland history. Julia Martin married Robert Lee Hunter in Pearland on September 27, 1905 and had four children: Lois, Billy, Elmira and Robert Jr. The family lived on a 10 acre tract on the north side of Orange Street. After World War II, the tract was divided into four 2-1/2 acre tracts, one of which is the city park which was named “Hunter Park” and for which the Pearland Historical Society is applying to the Texas State Historical Commission to be designated a Texas Historical site. Members of the Hunter family have lived in and continue to live in Pearland since the early 1900’s and have contributed greatly to our history. Emma Jarisch, who was born in Comal County in 1884, came with her family (the Anton Jarischs) to Pearland in 1898 settling on a tract of land on Highway 35 about where Ace Hardware now sits. Her father died when Emma was 16 years old. Emma went to business school and soon went to work for the law firm Baker/ Botts in Houston. In 1906 she married John Coppinger, one of four Coppinger sons. John Coppinger died in 1948, but Emma lived until 1979. In 1941 she wrote A History of Pearland which has become the reference for many of the historical tales of early Pearland days. She did a great job of telling exactly what “Old Pearland” was like back in those early days. One story she John and Emma Jarisch Coppinger. tells illustrates a problem the old Pearlanders experienced and one which is still being experienced in 2012. That is the problem of drainage. Mrs. Coppinger wrote, “The great need of the country was good roads and drainage” but the first town meeting to discuss the drainage problems ended with a fist fight among the men present. Mrs. Coppinger’s brother suggested that some women should attend the second meeting “in the interest of peace among the men.” She went on to say that she and Mrs. Frankenberger were among the women who attended the next meeting “but the drainage problem lagged for many years.” And so, it continues today. Mrs. Coppinger had four daughters, Frances, Hattie, Ruth, and Johnetta and three sons, Victor, John Edward and Denny. As most know, Victor served as Mayor of Pearland back in the 90’s and contributed a great deal to Pearland. He was very instrumental in establishing the YMCA which is appropriately named Victor Coppinger YMCA. His sister, Ruth Coppinger Knapp, and husband, Melvin Knapp, also made great contributions to Pearland. The Knapp Senior Center was named in honor of Ruth and Melvin Knapp. The Coppinger family is another family who will long be remembered in Pearland history. Thanks to Emma Coppinger, who kept the peace at early town meetings, and to Julia (Grandma) Hunter, whose father was the most handsome man in Pearland, for recording our early history.

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