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ids’ Backporch Productions (KBP) is a theatre performing arts organization for youth in Pearland that develops and encourages children and teenagers to become part of the thrilling and captivating art of live, on-stage productions. Hundreds of parents have watched their children blossom and gain confidence not only on the stage but off it as well. KBP provides a creative outlet for children in our community, and at the same time, gives back in so many ways. Ron Soloman, the founder, president and creative director of KBP, said he teaches to children because it exposes the kids to everyday values that will help them in life, like teamwork, self-discipline, meeting deadlines, respecting others and following directions to name a few. “The children gain confidence in themselves and bond with their peers,” said parent Patrick Tagtow.

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“I love kids’ creativity, imagination, enthusiasm, and lack of inhibitions!”

“The kids benefit from being part of the full process, and evolve from being nervous about speaking in front of other cast members to enjoying performing in front of the audience,” Tagtow continued. “They learn to project their voice and communicate through actions, as well as the value of work and focus.” Since 2005, KBP has helped bring the performing arts to children while simultaneously enchanting those watching. “The community also benefits in seeing a little bit of Broadway in their own backyard with more affordable prices and familiar faces,” explained Kristi Hardy whose children have been in several KBP productions. Families tell Soloman that they come back for more of the shows because of the quality and how “charming” our young actors are. They cannot believe the level of performances that KBP elicits from these children and teens. “I think the most exciting thing about the shows would either be actually performing the show, or all of the great people you meet while rehearsing,” said young actor John Michael Hoke. “Whenever I get on the stage, I suddenly am having the best time no matter what role I’m performing.” The next production, which is KBP’s 28th performance, is already in the works and will be unveiled during the Christmas holidays. KBP will present The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! It’s a story most of us can relate to and is so well received by the audience that KBP does this production every other year. This show is about a children’s pageant put on by a church, and when the director is sick in the hospital, everything goes wrong. One unruly family with six kids comes on the day of auditions. “Many families have seen such a pageant in their church or have actually participated. Perfection is not expected since we’re watching our own kids, but the story’s message comes through loud and clear,” explained Soloman.

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“I love incorporating a lot of their ideas in each production. It reinforces that childlikeness most kids’ authors intended!” ~ Ron Soloman

Soloman got his start in theatre early in life on the back porch of a friend’s house in Denver when he was around eight years old. Since then, he’s been hooked as a performer or teacher. Before moving to Texas, Soloman taught in Minnesota for five years at a middle school there. “Here in Pearland, I saw there was no community theatre, so I formed KBP. I borrowed $1,200 and paid it back as soon as we closed the show. We had 300 attendees a night for our first show! We’ve been ‘in the black’ ever since.” The growth the organization has seen in the last few years is phenomenal. Soloman proudly said that KBP started off with performances in “cafetoriums” and worked its way up to a 900-seat auditorium. In addition, there have been more than 1,000 kids who have been a part of the shows since

inception, and some of those children have even gone on to become professional actors and actresses in Houston and Dallas. “Our income has quadrupled and our mailing list has done the same,” he said. “When Pearlanders hear our name now, most seem to know what we are.” That’s a giant step for this nonprofit organization that is basically operated by two people, Soloman and his wife, Chris, a music teacher for PISD, and countless volunteers. KBP is still the only youth theatre group in our community and with the absence of drama in primary education in Pearland, many feel that KBP helps fills an education void. “KBP combines structure and creativity to bring the arts to the community in a family oriented production,” explained Tagtow. “It draws together the supporters, crew and cast throughout the planning, rehearsing and building phase,

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and draws together the parent and children of the community for the performances. In a time when more focus and support seems to be taken away from the arts, KBP works tirelessly to give the arts back to Pearland.” Each year, KBP presents four to five shows, including a musical in the summer, which is typically the biggest show of the year in terms of number of audience members. The other plays are dramas, comedies and a few mysteries, too. Past shows have included Annie, Winnie the Pooh, The Hobbit, Aladdin Junior and Charlotte’s Web. Tickets for the Christmas Show are $12 per person for adults and $6 per person for kids, students and seniors, 65 years and older. For more information or to be part of a performance, visit at www. H PFM



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f Charlotte Richards’ name badge could hold all of her unofficial titles, it would not have room for her name. Although she has spent the last five years behind the wheel of a Pearland Independent School District bus, Richards has filled countless roles from that seat: greeter, friend, counselor, coach, district ambassador and more. The Pearland ISD bus driver’s favorite title is “Mrs. C,” the nickname students and parents have given her.

Moving Beyond Faces More than earning a job title or a paycheck, Richards enjoys building a personal relationship with each student who boards her bus. “I think about my kids all the time. I know they belong to other folks, but when they get on my bus, they’re my kids. They’re my job,” she said. As riders climb aboard Bus 245 juggling backpacks and lunch kits, Richards flashes a mile-wide grin and greets each pearland

one by name. When there’s time, she throws in a question or two about their hobbies, classes or lives in general. “If I can get my students to start the day in a good mood, I’ve done my job,” she said. Knowing each student personally is so important to Richards that she memorized each rider’s name by the end of the first week of classes this school year. With the names tucked in her memory, she can track who left or boarded the bus at each campus – in case any safety issues arise.

Richards headed down the management highway for ten years before she decided to make a career U-turn. After a decade in an unfulfilling administrative job, she knew it was time to do something different. “I saw an ad for bus drivers in the newspaper, and I said, ‘I think I can do that.’ So I applied,” she said. After one year driving for Alvin schools, Richards switched to Pearland ISD. Bus 245 is her second home, and it shows. Over her driver-side window hangs a plastic canvas school bus stitched with the words “Mrs. C,” while a photo of her grandchildren perches just above her rearview mirror. Some people spend years searching for the perfect career, but Richards has found hers right behind the wheel of a school bus. “I see different faces and personalities every day. I love what I do,” she said. H PFM

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Pearland High School Choir Concert Season Announced The Tommy Tune award-winning Pearland High School Choir’s exciting 2011-12 concert season is sure to please every ear! The community is encouraged to ‘save the date’ for the following upcoming events: University of Houston Choral Invitational – The Chamber Choir will perform at the UH Moore ’s Opera House on November 7th at 7:00 p.m. Oiler LIVE! – An all-school talent show in the PHS auditorium on November 18th at 7:00 p.m. “Sounds of the Season” Christmas Concert – A celebration of the holiday season, the concert will be held at South Main Baptist Church, Pasadena on December 9th at 7:00 p.m. Vivaldi “Magnificat” – The Chamber Choir will perform at Webster Presbyterian Church on December 11th at 4:00 p.m. Beauty and the Beast – The beloved Disney story comes to life in the PHS Auditorium on January 19-21st and 26-28th at 7:30 p.m. “Be Our Guest!” – This spectacular dinner theatre evening includes a show with dinner PLUS a premium ticket to the “Beauty and the Beast” musical performance at 7:30! “Breakfast with Belle” – Enjoy breakfast with Belle at PHS on January 28th at 9:00 a.m. Bring your beautiful princess to meet and have photos taken with Belle and other characters from “Beauty and the Beast.” PISD Choral Celebration – The Chamber Choir will perform at this district event at the Sheryl Searcy Ninth Grade Center gym on April 19th at 7:30 p.m. Pop Show – The Pop Show features the best of pop and country music sung by our award-winning singers. Performances at Pearland High School on May 16-18th at 7:00 p.m. For more information or to buy tickets, visit or call the campus at 281.412.1630.

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rene Cofie participated in the American Legion Auxiliary’s Texas Bluebonnet Girls State program this past summer. This public service opportunity allows students to experience American democracy through mock city, county and state governments. The Dawson High senior was elected attorney general, the third highest in command. At first, she ran for mayor but was unsuccessful. Irene said, “I tried again and campaigned harder. It was really nerve-wracking at first because I didn’t know what to expect, and I wasn’t used to talking in front of so many people, but once I was giving speeches, I got more comfortable with the process. I had time to prepare beforehand, so once I had my outline of what I needed to say, it wasn’t as scary.” Irene has been involved in various organizations and clubs including: Dawson Diamond Drill Team (she was a lieutenant last year), Science Club, American Red Cross, Spanish National Honor Society, Health Occupation Students of America, and Theater. She also participates in her church’s drill team and praise dance team. “I enjoy diversifying my activities because I’m able to learn so much more about the world, and not be restricted to a specific interest, but mindful of many things.” Her most memorable event

Ir e n e was Girls State. “The girls at Bluebonnet Girls State were so kind, friendly, intelligent and fun. Also, I never really grasped how diverse Texas was until I was able to interact with a group of 485 Texas students. The songs we sung were really catchy and great to dance along to. Most importantly, at Girls State, I was able to learn that if you get defeated, don’t give up, but -- in the famous words of Aaliyah -- try, try again.” “The accumulation of everything I learned at Girls State, including the components that allow government to blossom, was life-changing.” Irene plans on majoring in biology and aspires to become a doctor. She will minor in political science. “Girls

State burgeoned my interest in government. I enjoy learning about government, and as hard as it is to admit it, I even watch C-SPAN and the news in my free time.” “I would like to attend any school that offers me a good scholarship. My main priority is knowledge and becoming a more enlightened person. Thus, if I am able to attend a marvelous institution that offers me both extraordinary intellectual opportunities, as well as a good scholarship, I am set.” Irene’s attitude is a major contribution to her success. “Be grateful for everything you have and all the opportunities you have been blessed with especially having the opportunity to attend a great school like Dawson High School and living in the United States of America where everything is possible. There is so much out there awaiting you to become a better human being. Don’t take your possessions for granted. Simply live life, be aware of your blessings, and be grateful!” Irene is the daughter of Angelina and Rufus Moshay and Penrose Cofie. H

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Classic Family of Dealerships Expands into Galveston The Classic Family of Dealerships, that includes Classic Chevrolet in Sugar Land, has purchased the Sand Dollar Autoplex in Galveston bringing the total number of dealerships owned by the Howie Bentley Durant Auto Group to ten. Classic Galveston will offer multiple brands including Chevrolet, Ford, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Honda, Toyota, Scion and Ford Medium Duty trucks. Howie Bentley, who will be the managing partner of the new Galveston franchise, plans to emulate the successful formula for business that is used by all the Classic family of dealerships. Don Kerstetter, owner and managing partner of Classic Chevrolet in Sugar Land, expects the honest and straightforward reputation of Classic Chevrolet to be a huge asset. “We do things differently than most dealerships and have a real culture of respect that permeates the entire organization. We have an excellent reputation in the Houston market that we are immensely proud of and it is something we’ve worked very hard at to establish. Howie Bentley is extremely well-suited to instill our culture into every single employee at the new store,” said Kerstetter. “Under Howie’s leadership, we expect Classic Galveston to be very successful in a relatively short period of time.” A longtime resident of Galveston and Brazoria counties, Bentley joined the Classic organization in 2009. Classic Chevrolet in Sugar Land is an excellent example of how doing things right from the very beginning can quickly generate tremendous success. Within 90 days of opening, Classic Chevrolet in Sugar Land was already ranked 15th in the nation for Chevrolet sales. And in just their first full year of business, they were chosen by General Motors as GM’s “Dealer of the Year,” an award that represents the highest honors in the industry and recognizes only 2% of all of the nation’s Chevrolet dealerships. The Sugar Land dealership has also received the Service Hero award multiple times recognizing excellence in the service department as well as Chevrolet’s Mark of Excellence award. H

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Your Community Resource

By Brian Covault Founder and President of TCRN


ast issue I talked about how Facebook has quickly become one of the most popular ways that people keep up with their friends and family members. This issue, instead of talking about ways to connect with friends and family, I want to talk about ways you can stay connected to your community…Pearland and nearby surrounding areas. Texas Community Referral Network prides itself in serving as a community resource to eight communities around Greater Houston. TCRN-Pearland has a local website,, which provides an opportunity for you to have different information about the community you live in. TCRN wants to be on your list of “Favorite” websites, and offer you more than a great online directory filled with fantastic businesses. TCRN also gets involved with local communities by being part of or organizing philanthropic events benefiting local community organizations…including Pearland, Texas! On the navigation bar of the TCRNPearland website, you will see a tab for the Event Calendar. Here, local non-profits, schools, churches, civic organizations, etc. can post their events for FREE and provide information and details pertaining to their upcoming events. This is just one more place local activities can be listed. Likewise, when people visit the site, they can view different things going on around the community and choose where to take the kids for something fun to do. Tell your school PTA’s, church offices, local boards and civic or city organizations about www. They simply click on the Event Calendar tab, click on the “Add an Event” button and their event will post pearland

to the website within 24 hours. With the holidays approaching, there are always lots of fun events around town! Another tab you will find on the navigation bar of the local TCRN website is the Job Opportunities tab. Here, any business can list job openings that they may have, and there is no cost to do so. Businesses can take advantage of an additional source to list employment opportunities absolutely FREE. As a business operator, you would like to have your job opportunities posted in as many places as possible. And when it is free, why wouldn’t you? In addition to offering businesses another source for listing job opportunities, it also gives those looking for a job another source to look for job openings! Also, there is a Local Resources tab, where you can see a four day weather forecast including real time current conditions. One of my favorite applications on magazine • November/December 2011


the website is the “Gas Widget.” On this same tab, you can see the 10 gas stations with the least expensive fuel, and it refreshes itself every day! Cool, huh? At the bottom of this page, there are also links to other important local websites such as school districts and municipalities. If you don’t see a community link that you think should be on there, fill out the Contact Us section on the website, and we will likely add it for you. Texas Community Referral Network (TCRN) is dedicated to the residents of Pearland and its surrounding area. Tell your friends about our local website, our Facebook page, and give them a Preferred Customer card, too. TCRN wants to bring you the Best Pearland has to offer, and be YOUR community resource! On behalf of TCRN-Pearland, and its members, Happy Holidays! Visit H


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Living the Sweet Life:

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

Everything old is new again introducing “Darling Dames! ”


ve been noticing that every now and then, our society does a flip backwards. For me, this realization started with the Old Spice man last year that boasted a man doing “manly” things, in a subtle way, trying to put men back in their place. Amusingly so by having the questioned posed to the ladies, of course: “Does your man....?” The gurus at Old Spice know full well it is us women who shop for those men, and by somehow tapping into the inner psyches of such women, they would sell more old spice. Ahhh, indeed they did! Sales for their brand sky rocketed, and they are still upwards with their new brand. Brilliant? Absolutely. The results, though, are telling of a time which we live in now. I was born in 1970, and ya’ll I don’t really remember any of that women’s pearland

rights’ stuff. By the time I got around to needing it, you know, the rights’ stuff, it had already happened so I never particularly had strong feelings about it. I had the rights! Ya’ll also know that my Nana raised me, and she came from a time when “men were men and women knew their place!” I’d say despite coming from that time, she did not allow it to color and distort her desires for me to be anything that I wanted to be! I always knew men opened doors and paid for things like dinner dates, and thankfully, I married early and to a guy from the same set of thinking as myself. All these years later – 21 to be exact – here I find myself having made a career creating images that essentially empower women. It dawned on me the other day that I have created images of pregnant magazine • November/December 2011


and proud mommies to be and that many if not all of those mommies, were paying for the experience to be empowered by such an image as a way of celebrating and embracing what it means to be...yes, a woman. Likewise, I had been watching as many of those mommies return to me to do of all things a “pin up.” Now, I was lost and unsure of exactly what a “pin up” was! I went and did a little research, and do you know what I found? Women…gorgeous women painted, and yes, clothed but in strangely positioned situations that present them as needy and wanting of help. Could it be that these empowered women somewhere deep down wish to still, even if every once in a while, be taken care of? Have a door opened for them? I sure hope so! So, I have done what every smart business woman does and created a new line of updated “pin up” portraits for the modern woman. The latest creations are painted in the same Saturday Evening Post style of the 1940’s, and I have even created new signage just for this line. “Murray USA” is precariously positioned on these women, and each are works of art for our time and place. I have named the line “Darling Dames,” and we are booking them like crazy for calendars for unsuspecting husbands to enjoy next year! The Old Spice commercials are trendy, and the latest from Dr. Pepper for a new drink that states “for men only” are tapping into a desire for each sex to be more gender specific in their roles. The undercurrent of the American psyche is crying out that it’s okay to be a man and ladies, my new work reflects that it is definitely okay to be a woman! If you think you might want to do a calendar for your hubby or just a poster print for him under the tree, the time is now. I look forward to creating another lasting image for ya’ll to enjoy for years to come! Take Care of You!




Entertaining & Dining for the Holidays Carino’s Italian: Good Food at Great Prices is Our Mission At Carino’s Italian, food is our mission. From the Italian classics to our signature dishes, such as the Skilletini or our Spicy Shrimp & Chicken, all of our offerings are handcrafted from the finest, freshest ingredients available. We revere the tradition of serving only the best, and when it means coming in early to hand-roll the meatballs, build a 16-layer lasagna one tier at a time, or craft our tiramisu from scratch, we think of it as passion, not work. Come experience our great weekday specials: Family Night Monday: Enjoy half off family platters every Monday night at Carino’s. Feed the family for half the price with 13 mouthwatering platters to choose from. Wine Wednesday: Unwind with half off bottles of wine - Every Bottle, Every Wednesday. Happy Hour: Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 pm, come take advantage of our drink specials and half price pizzas and appetizers. Beer and wine from $2 and signature specialty drinks from $3. Come hungry and enjoy half price appetizer specials including our famous Italian Nachos or mouthwatering Meatball Sliders. Carino’s Catering: Big or small, whether it is an office party, holiday gathering, or wedding reception, Carino’s Catering offers delicious and affordable options that everyone will love. Visit us at or please join us at 3050 Silverlake Village Drive in Pearland, dine in or curbside. H




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Transform you house into a Winter Wonderland this Holiday Season with a beautiful, handcrafted arrangement from Pearland Florist. Whatever style your home may be, they can create and deliver a thoughtful bouquet that is sure to brighten up any room. Pearland Florist can take care of all of your out of town gift giving such as beautiful fruit baskets and poinsettia plants sent to your loved ones anywhere in the country. Nothing makes your house a home for the holidays like beautiful, fresh flowers. Forget the turkey or bringing another dessert; delight your family and friends with a magnificent centerpiece or floral arrangement by Pearland Florist. Offering both traditional and modern arrangements and plants, Pearland Florist provides a way to show appreciation for others that’s sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. Can’t visit loved ones in person? Pearland Florist can deliver fresh flowers locally and nationwide! Established in 1972 by certified Texas Master Florist Jan Hall, Pearland Florist has continued to grown with the city and remains “The Friendly Florist” in town, providing specialty services. These specialty services and products include tropical plants and flowers, silk arrangements, dried floral arrangements, gourmet and fruit baskets, greeting cards and candles. Pearland Florist is truly Pearland’s onestop-shop florist! As a member of FTD, Telaflora and 1-800-Flowers, Pearland Florist allows customers to quickly and easily view bouquets and arrangements online or call a toll-free number to speak to a friendly, helpful staff member that will answer questions and help make the perfect choice for any need. From suprising that special someone to delighting a holiday host, Pearland Florist can craft an arrangement that will create an inviting atmosphere for any home. Visit Pearland Florist at 2411 South Grand St. from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday or 9:00 am to 12 pm on Saturdays. Call 281-4852766, 1-800-828-1976 or visit www. H

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Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen – {Nacho} Average Tex-Mex Restaurant! Since 1993, Gringo’s has been serving the highest quality Mexican food at the lowest price possible. It’s our core purpose and we’re sticking to it! Gringo’s operates nine full-service, family-friendly dining restaurants in Houston, each equipped with its very own tasty margarita and spirit cantina. Savory menu items go beyond the usual Tex-Mex variety, offering guests signature items such as Southwest Eggrolls and unique salads such as the Cozumel Chicken Salad. You bet we’re raising the stakes on quality Tex-Mex. ‘Tis the party season! Planning your company’s holiday party or maybe getting the entire family together to celebrate? Let Gringo’s deal the chips at your event! We offer a full menu of options including our classic Fajita Buffet, signature Pollo Marisco and more! Whether it’s reserving one of our Private Dining Rooms, having us cater at your preferred location, or, ordering your menu in bulk for selfservice, don’t take a gamble on food from someone else, when Gringo’s catering is a sure bet. Gringo’s is dealing Gift Cards in December! Exclusively for the holiday shopping season, we are offering $10 Bonus Gift Certificates for every $50 Gift Card purchase. That’s a 20% bonus! Keep the bonus as a gift to yourself or keep on giving. Stop by one of our nine restaurants to pick up a gift card, or order online – shipping is free for orders over $25. We offer festive holiday, birthday, congratulatory, and classic Gringo’s gift cards. Visit us online at for locations, gift cards and catering options. H

Little Tokyo Japanese Restaurant and Bar knows sushi. In fact, we were voted the Reader’s Choice Award from The Journal as Best Sushi in Pearland in 2009 and 2010. It’s an honor we take very seriously as we continue to offer the highest quality rolls with the largest variety of sushi in Pearland. Little Tokyo not only offers top quality sushi, both cooked and uncooked, at reasonable prices, but we also strive to treat our customers like family. Our menu includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, both bento and donburi, rolls, sushi and sashimi. We also offer a kid’s menu with choices like chicken nuggets, and we have a full bar with specialty drinks like Mai Tai, Tokyo Cosmo and sakes, beer, and wine. Pearland’s Best Sushi Continued on page 32

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Remodeling and Restoration Absolute Restoration and Remodeling, LCC 281-485-5919 ARR provides services for catastrophic claims and all facets of remodeling. Our restoration team is ready for any circumstance, no job is too small. Our 24-hour emergency service allows you to speak to a live person to assist your family in a time of need. We have qualified superintendents who are experienced in catastrophic claims. As a Christian based company, our mission is to be an advocate between the customer and insurance agent for a smooth claim process. ARR follows Luke 6:31. (11/2010)

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On the first day of Christmas,

drop off your letter to Santa at Santa’s Mailbox at three drop-off locations! From Thursday, December 1st to Friday, December 16th, children wanting a direct line to Santa Claus can drop their letters in Santa’s personal mailbox located in Pearland at the Recreation Center and Natatorium, the Westside Event Center and the Pearland Public Library. If you’re high tech, send Santa a letter by e-mail. His address is Be sure to send Santa your letter, so he can grant your Christmas wishes!

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On the second day of Christmas,

attend Pearland’s Annual Hometown Christmas Festival and Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 2nd! Sponsored by the City of Pearland’s Parks and Recreation Department and Pearland Town Center, the excitement begins on Friday, December 2nd with Pearland’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7 pm. Thousands of twinkling lights will illuminate the area skyline while the air is filled with Christmas music. For added excitement, experience the winter wonderland with free horse drawn carriage rides, holiday performances and much more! Admission is free!

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On the third day of Christmas,

have breakfast with the big guy! Enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Pearland Town Center on Saturday, December 3rd from 8 to 11 am. Tickets are $5 per person and include a pancake breakfast, crafts and one free photo with Santa. The event benefits Forgotten Angels, a local nonprofit organization. To pre-purchase breakfast tickets, contact Forgotten Angels at 281-412-6435. Tickets will also be available the day of the event, while supplies last.

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On the fourth day of Christmas,

attend Pearland’s 30th Annual Hometown Christmas Parade “Dance of the Snowflake” on Saturday, December 3rd. The parade starts at 6 pm, and the parade route is on FM 518 from Pearland Parkway to Old Alvin Road. Admission is free!

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On the fifth day of Christmas,

Reindeer Run

get out your running shoes and participate in the Pearland Reindeer Run! On December 4th, the 5K and Kids 1K begins at 8 am. Join runners of all ages at this fun run at Pearland Town Center hosted by Pilates Powerhouse and Personal Training. Online registration is available at

December 4

On the sixth day of Christmas,

visit the Christmas Horse Show at the Sam Houston Equestrian Center on Sunday, December 4th from 10 am - 3 pm. See riders show of their skills for family and friends. Admission is free and spectators are welcome. Visit for more information.

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12 Days of Christmas On the seventh day of Christmas,

Christmas Open House

the Pearland Chamber of Commerce will host it’s annual Christmas Open House on Wednesday, December 7th from 4 to 7 pm at The Commerce Center located at 6117 Broadway in Pearland. Come join other professionals for a fun night of holiday networking.

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On the eighth day of Christmas,

Keep Pearland Beautiful is hosting the 18th Annual Tour de Lites Family Bicycle Ride on Saturday, December 10. The one and a half hour ride begins at 7 pm at Independence Park pavilion and travels through the Green Tee Subdivision. The riders return to Independence Park for hot chocolate and cookies. There are a limited number of hayride spaces available for those who cannot bike, and all proceeds benefit Hike & Bike Trails in Pearland. The ride includes a contest for the best decorated bicycle and/or rider. The cost is $15 for the first family member and $5 for each additional member. Pick up a registration form at Keep Pearland Beautiful in the Pearland Community Center.

Tour de Lites December 10

On the ninth day of Christmas,

Toys 4 Softball Tournament December 11

let’s play ball at the Toys 4 Softball Tournament Men’s Open on Friday and Saturday, December 9th and 10th and coed play on Sunday, December 11th. Teams are open to men and women, and a registration fee of $150 per team includes double elimination tournament, umpires and awards for first, second, and third place. Each player, 18 years and older, must also bring $10 or an unopened toy to be donated to the Pearland Neighborhood Center. Register by calling 281-412-8905.

On the tenth day of Christmas,

go see The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! Produced by Kids’ Backporch Productions, the show is for one weekend only! Show times are: Friday, December 9th at 7 pm; Saturday, December 10th at 2:30 pm and Sunday, December 11th at 7 pm. For tickets, visit

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On the eleventh day of Christmas,

Forgotten Angels’ Party

attend the Forgotten Angels Christmas Party on December 18th at 1 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Pearland. Give a special gift to benefit the children of Forgotten Angels. Sponsored by Peace Presbyterian.

December 18

On the twelfth day of Christmas,

ride the Christmas Train! Friday, December 9th through Sunday 11th and December 14th through the 23rd, enjoy the season aboard the Christmas Train. The train runs from 6:30 pm to 10 pm at Victory Camp in Alvin. Come out and enjoy an evening with the kids at Victory Camp for a ride aboard the Christmas train. You will see 180,000 lights twinkling in the night. See ad on page 37 for more details. All aboard!

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Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.

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Connect to a Greater Life in Christ this Christmas Season! At First United Methodist Church, our worship services are designed to bring you to a relationship with God on an intimate level. We place a high priority on passionate worship and an authentic response to God’s grace. We also believe that people need to have a relationship with one another and

that no one should stand alone. Groups and classes are designed to foster friendship with others in a safe and caring environment. We have a strong conviction that a relationship with a world in need is vital for spiritual growth and that every follower should impact the lives of others through Christian service.


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This dramatic musical tells the story of three individuals in the tiny village of Bethlehem. Initially turning away from the promised Messiah, the trio almost sleeps through the first Christmas night — until they are awakened in time to experience the life-changing miracle in a manger.

Christmas Day On Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25th, at 10:30 a.m., one worship service will be held in the sanctuary. New Year’s Day On New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1st at 10:30 a.m., one worship service will be held in the Family Life Center. H

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All Aboard the Christmas Train in Alvin

An old-fashioned, 24-gauge train in a winter wonderland setting Celebrate the holidays at the 12th Annual Christmas Train at Victory Camp in Alvin, beginning Friday, December 9. The Christmas Train began in 2000 and featured a few hundred lights and a live nativity scene. Since then, the addition of hundreds of thousands of lights, decorations and attractions have made it a traditional holiday destination for families from as far away as Katy and Spring, Texas. Last fall, the original 1/2-mile track was expanded, and a second 24-gauge train was added. Now guests enjoy traveling 3/4-mile, through more than 175,000 lights and a Christmas wonderland that covers the campus. The beautifully decorated depot offers a place for cozy moments by the fireplace, enjoying holiday music and soaking up the Christmas Spirit. There’s a coffee bar plus hot chocolate, soft drinks, kettle corn, popcorn, nachos, cookies and funnel cakes. There are fun decorations that kids love and shops to explore. Bring your camera to take advantage of the many photo opportunities. Inside Tinsel Town, kids of all ages enjoy having their photos taken with Santa. See the miniature Christmas village and make a fun craft in Santa’s workshop with his helpers. This year, Big Al’s Pizza has been expanded with bigger ovens and more space for dining. That means a lot less waiting for guests and more pizza for everyone! Experience all of the sights, sounds and tastes of the season this year at

the Christmas Train open nightly, December 9-11 and 14-23, 6:30-10:00 p.m. Located at 1407 Victory Lane in Alvin, admission is free. Train rides

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Brownie Troop 21300 collected over 200 pop tabs over the past year as part of their community service project for Ronald McDonald House. Pictured are (top row) Julianna Wagner, Olivia Blas, Ronald McDonald, Julia Costello, Anya Merchant; Bayleigh Borden, Kaylee Epting and Shyan Sutton.

Congratulations to Dawson High School semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. Semifinalists are Christopher Bahr, Owais Sarwar, Angela Yang, Damani Johnson and Rachel Rhodes.

Congratulations to Pearland High School student Catherine Tregre! Tregre ranks as a semifinalist in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Pearland residents recently celebrated a Triple Eagle Ceremony at the Eagle Court of Honor at Pearland’s First United Methodist Church. Pictured are Mayor Tom Reid with Eagle Scouts Andrew Dinhobl, Andrew Pena and Neal Powell. Local Girl Scouts gather for an afternoon of fun! Pictured are (back row) April Nguyen, Leah Nguyen, Marina Harrison; Adele Cooper, Sarah Hopp and Adriana Garris. Those interested in joining a troop can contact area coordinators Rachael Holden (east side) at 713-412-9660 or Keri King (west side) at 281-766-GIRL.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 21261 and Cub Scout Pack 404 raise the flag together at Challenger Elementary. Rachel Stevens, Morgan Philbrook, Kenena Hansen, Blair and Tabitha Harrison, Carol Hammond, Patrick Harris and Troop Leader Leona Harrison. pearland

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Members of Girl Scout Troop 21261 and Cub Scout Pack 404. Pictured are Melody Murhee, Brandon and Chris Murhee, Eli Brown, Chance Sheppard, Joey Carrillo, Nicholas Stevens, Ethan Cooper, Russ Stevens, Emma Denman, Rachel Stevens, Adele Cooper, Tabitha and Blair Harrison, Patrick Cooper, Morgan Philbrook, Jessica Ruiz, Eric Brown, Bryce Cooper, Leona Harrison, Patrick Harris, Bryce Rizzo, Cameron Rizzo, Cassie Curtis, Maya Carillo and Kenena Hansen.

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Pearland Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cuttings

Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s Eddie Noschese (center) helps cut the ribbon at their new location.

Brian Covault and Debora Galmiche (center) cut the ribbon at Pearland’s newest Re/Max One.

Burlington Regional Vice President Allen Guzman visits their new store for their ribbon cutting.

Space City Corvettes’ 5th Annual Corvette Show Benefiting Texas Equusearch

Greg Pledger, Tim Miller & Janice Hallisey.

Nancy Pavlas & Larry Hovey.

Erick Ryan, Greg & Jakob Cox.

Roy Weeks & Austin Booth.

Carl & Sybil Efraimson.

Clayton Catchings & John Taylor.

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Community Calendar

November/December 2011 NOVEMBER 9th WEDNESDAY, 11 AM - 9 PM PET HUB ANIMAL RESCUE’S “DOUGH RAISING EVENT” Mention Pet Hub Animal Rescue when you enjoy lunch or dinner at either Pearland CiCi’s Pizza on November 9 and a portion of your tab will be donated to Pet Hub. At 1635 Broadway St., Ste. 101, across from Walmart or 9603 Broadway St., Ste. 108 near CR90. Visit 12th SATURDAY, 9 AM - 1 PM BASS PRO SHOPS’ KID FISH FEST Presented by Pearland Parks & Recreation at Bass Pro Shop, 1000 Basspro Drive in Pearland. A hands-on fishing experience for children of all ages. Participate in educational demonstrations about fishing, conservation and respect for the environment. The pond is generously stocked prior to fishing in order to increase the children’s odds of a memorable fishing experience. Bring your rod, reel, bait and tackle. Limited supplies will be available and are first come, first serve. Visit 19th SATURDAY, 1-5 PM TURKEY SHOOTOUT Players compete against each other in three competitions: 3-point contest, skills, drills through a obstacle course and the Turkey Shootout. Register now through November 9. For adults ages 16 and older. At the Recreation Center & Natatorium. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Call 281-412-8900.

21st – 23rd MONDAY - WEDNESDAY, 8 AM - 5 PM ADVENTURE DAYS DAY CAMP Enjoy activities such as crafts, games, contests, swimming at the natatorium, exercise, academic enrichment and a variety of indoor and outdoor sports. For children ages 6 - 14 years. Held at the Community Center, 3523 Liberty Dr. in Pearland. Visit


26th SATURDAY, 6:30 PM MOVIE NIGHT UNDER THE PAVILION See a animated comedy-adventure following the comical, transformative journey of Rango, a sheltered chameleon living as an ordinary family pet, while facing a major identity crisis. Free admission. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. At Pearland Town Center, at the corner of Hwy. 288 & F.M. 518 in Pearland. Visit

DECEMBER 3rd SATURDAY, 5 – 8 PM CORKS & CANVAS Held the first Saturday of each month at the Recreation Center & Natatorium. View water color paintings, juried shows, realistic works, theatrical ensembles, students and senior adult artists. Stop by to meet the artists and discuss their work. Visit www.


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9th, 10th & 11th FRIDAY & SUNDAY, 7 PM SATURDAY, 2:30 & 7 PM KIDS’ BACKPORCH PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER! At 2606 Marble Creek Drive Pearland, TX. Call 281 412-5350 or visit 16th – 17th FRIDAY – SATURDAY, 9 PM - 7 AM LOCK-IN AT THE RCN Experience ultimate fun with all night games, tournaments, swimming and inflatables. Don’t forget a sleeping bag and pillow but leave your parents at home! Pizza, candy and drinks will be available for an additional fee. Sleeping arrangements will be separated by gender. At the Pearland Recreation Center & Natatorium. For ages 7 - 11 years. Cost is $25 per resident and $35 for non-residents. Call 281-412-8900. 17th & 18th SATURDAY, 10 AM – 9 PM SUNDAY, 11 AM – 9 PM CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW At Pearland Town Center, at the corner of Hwy. 288 & F.M. 518 in Pearland. Presented by Happy Garren Productions. Visit

Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season from your friends at Pearland Focus magazine! PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Events, schedules and information may change without notice. Please refer to the event’s contact person or check the event’s website for more information.

Focus Media Expands Holdings to Include Two New Titles


ocus Media, publishers of Fort Bend Focus, Pearland Focus and Focus on Women, is proud to announce the acquisition of two new magazine titles: absolutely! Memorial and absolutely! Katy. The publishing company purchased the two six-year-old absolutely! titles in September of 2011 from founder and publisher Beth Nightingale. “Focus Media is proud to add to our roster of publications these two outstanding community magazines,” said Michael Fredrickson, owner, along with wife Lisa, of Focus Media. “Our mission with our Focus community titles is to provide an informative resource to their respective areas and be essential partners with the community as a whole. We look forward to expanding this mission to the Memorial and Katy areas with the absolutely! magazines.” With an extensive newspaper background, the Fredrickson’s started Fort Bend Focus magazine in 2004, and it quickly became the magazine focusing on people, places and happenings in Fort Bend. In 2009, they expanded with a regional women’s magazine, Focus on Women, and in 2010, they added the Pearland Focus title. All three titles have won awards for their editorial, columns, graphics, online and special events. As part of Focus Media’s commitment to their publishing communities, the Fort Bend and Pearland titles are regionally distributed in their respective communities via complimentary subscriptions and strategic rack distribution in area businesses. The absolutely! Memorial and Katy titles will feature the same complimentary distribution in their target areas insuring a broad and diverse distribution available and easily accessible to the entire community. Both absolutely! titles will have local


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associate publishers at the helm. For absolutely! Memorial, veteran journalist and television host Lara Bell will serve as the associate publisher. A familiar face in the greater Houston area, Lara hosted a weekly magazine show, Wild about Houston, on KTBU-TV Channel 55 for the past fourteen years, and she and her family reside in Memorial. Her emphasis for the magazine will be to continue to tell compelling, fun stories while supporting the community she loves. “My goal is to make absolutely! Memorial magazine the go to neighborhood resource for information, fresh ideas and interesting tidbits,” said Bell. Katy resident Claudia Richter will serve as the associate publisher for absolutely! Katy. Claudia has served as the Editorin-Chief of the magazine for the past five years and brings not only her journalism skills to the publication but also plans to utilize another of her talents: her extensive culinary background. With a degree in culinary arts from Horst Mager Culinary Institute, Claudia plans to “beef” up not only the dining section with expert restaurant reviews, recipes and dining tips, her plans include focusing on area businesses. “Our goal with absolutely! Katy is to continue to be a vital part of our community focusing on our people and events while integrating the many aspects of our business community that make our area not only successful, but a great place to live, work and raise our families,” said Richter. For the remainder of 2011, the absolutely! titles will remain a bi-monthly publication with the completion of the November/December issue. Beginning in January of 2012, both magazines will be published monthly. For more information on Focus Media or any of their magazines, call 281.690.4242.

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Get ready for the Sugar Land Skeeters’ 2012 Opening Day with this stylish shirt and other team apparel online at or visit the Pro Shop at 16160 City Walk in Sugar Land.


SHOPPING SPREE A CBL Select Gift Card makes the perfect gift! Redeemable anywhere American Express is accepted. Available at Pearland Town Center’s Customer Service or online at

Decorate your home with beautiful Poinsettias this holiday season or send them family and friends! Available in a variety of colors and sizes at Pearland Florist, 2411 S. Grand Blvd, Pearland, TX 77581; Call 281-485-2766;

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Delight anyone with a beautiful and delicious fresh fruit bouquet decorated with dipped pineapple tress and overflowing with melons and grapes. Edible Arrangements, 8401 Broadway, Ste. 141, Pearland, TX; Call 281-997-1414; www.

Holiday Stress? Give the gift of massage. Come see Tanhya and take care of your loved ones or yourself with a one hour massage. Gift Certificates Available! Tanhya Sohrenssen, LMT, Back Into Motion Chiropractic, LLC, 2514 East Broadway, Pearland Texas 77581; Call 281-485-8723.


DESIGNER SHADES Enjoy 30% off designer sunglasses including Ray-Ban, Prada, Oakley, Juicy Couture and more! Exclusions may apply. Must present listing at time of purchase. One per original coupon. Cannot be combined with other discounts or insurance. Today’s Vision, 3227 Broadway, Pearland, Tx. Call 281-485-2020;

Give your loved ones beautiful sterling silver jewelry by Silpada for the holidays and receive a free gift with your order. Pictured is a coral nugget suspended from black leather necklace with matching earrings and a coral, pearl & shell stretch bracelet. Silpada by Sally Mercer; Call 281-485-2471.

RIDE IN STYLE HAUTE HOLIDAYS Have a holiday party to attend? Shop cocktail dresses and accessories that will have you turning heads. Stop by Brooke’s Boutique to glam up your holidays. Located at 8209 Broadway, Suite 106, Pearland, Texas 77584; Call 281-997-1001; www.pearland

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M edical F ocus Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Receives National and State Recognition for its Stroke Prevention and Care Programs Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Stroke Care Team. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is playing a major role in stroke prevention and care. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. today. The hospital was recently named a Primary Stroke Center by the Texas Department of State Health Services, a designation given only to health care institutions that have demonstrated commitment to stroke prevention and services, including a dedicated stroke unit; 24-hour stroke team; trained emergency department personnel; 24-hour neuro-imaging and lab services; neurosurgical, neurological and medical support services; and a public education program. In addition, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke

Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award. The honor recognizes Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care. “With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and these recent awards demonstrate that our staff is committed to providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols,” said Amitabh Shukla, M.D., Medical Director of the Methodist Sugar Land Stroke Program. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans,

Memorial Hermann Medical Group West Pearland Welcomes Internal Medicine and Pediatric Physician Internal Medicine and pediatric physician Zenithe Pierre, M.D., joined Memorial Hermann Medical Group in West Pearland on October 1, 2011. Zenithe Pierre, M.D Dr. Pierre joins three family medicine physicians, Quang Bui, M.D., Chieu Foo, M.D., and Marta Molina, M.D., as part of Memorial Hermann Medical Group in West Pearland.


“We are proud to include Dr. Pierre among the physicians in our group,” said Ayse McCracken, chief executive officer of Memorial Hermann Medical Group. “Adding an internal medicine and pediatric specialist complements the already strong base of physicians at the practice in West Pearland, allowing us to broaden the continuum of services we offer the community.” Dr. Pierre is seeing patients at 10905 Memorial Hermann Drive, Suite 200, Pearland, TX, 77584. She can be reached at 713.383.4950. H

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having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate. “Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.” Get With The Guidelines-Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a stroke. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. For a physician referral, please call Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s physician referral line 281-274-7500, or visit H

What a Pain in the Neck! Anthony J. Muffoletto, M.D., and Jeffrey B. Wood, M.D., Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Spine Surgeons

If your neck, shoulders and head ache from time to time, you’re not alone. Most people will suffer some kind of neck discomfort in their lives. Aches and pains usually come from overuse and strain of the neck muscles, but may also come from worn joints, disk disorders or injuries. How can you tell when neck soreness or stiffness is a minor problem, or something more serious? Recognizing Different Kinds of Neck Pain There are many symptoms with neck pain. You may experience sharp or dull pain, stiffness or pain that radiates to the shoulders or head. Neck pain can be acute (lasting a few hours to a few weeks) or chronic (lasting months or recurring). “Neck pain can be caused by poor posture, such as sitting at a computer or while driving,” says Anthony J. Muffoletto, M.D., board certified and fellowship trained in diseases and deformities of the spine with Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (MOST). “This type of pain is usually minor and responds well to over-the-counter pain medications, gentle stretching and rest.” “Other causes of neck pain might be worn joints or disk disorders,” says Jeffrey B. Wood, board certified and fellowship trained in diseases and deformities of the spine also with MOST. “The disks between the vertebrae can begin to wear out with age, or may herniate and irritate nerves.” Muscle spasms, shooting pain, tingling or weakness in the arms and decreased range of motion may indicate a neck sprain. “Sprains can often be treated with simple at-home measures. However, if you experience severe pain from an injury, loss of strength or change in bladder or bowel control, you should seek medical treatment because this could be a sign of spinal cord injury or a neurological problem,” Dr. Muffoletto says.

Preventing and Treating Neck Pain The best prevention of neck pain is good posture. “Make sure your computer station is ergonomic,” Dr. Wood says. “Take breaks while working, and stretch frequently.” Minimizing stress can also keep neck pain at bay. Don’t clench your teeth or tense your shoulder muscles. If you do experience minor aches and pains, get plenty of rest, and alternate hot and cold on the affected area.


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To treat chronic neck pain, your doctor may prescribe a number of treatment options, such as: • Injections of corticosteroid medications, numbing medications or pain medications • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) • Traction • Physical therapy • Surgery “During your appointment, your doctor will discuss the type of pain you are experiencing and run tests to find the best course of action for your treatment,” Dr. Muffoletto says. Stop Suffering from Back or Neck Pain—Call the Spine Center! The Spine Center is located on the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus with easy access off Town Center Boulevard. Patients with primary care physician referrals, as well as those without referrals, are welcome. For more information or to schedule an appointment at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Spine Center, call 281-313-BACK (2225). H

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Historically Pearland

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

The Mystery of the Missing Sycamore Tree


n an interview for the Pearland Historical Society Newsletter several years ago, Lois Hunter Bundy, who at the time was nearing her 100th birthday and was Pearland’s oldest native born citizen, was asked what young people in Pearland did for entertainment back in the days when she was a young girl. There were no movies, no radio and no television. So what did young people in Pearland do? Lois replied that the young people had all sorts of fun playing games, going on picnics, going to ice cream parties and things such as that. She remembered one young girl who had a piano, and all of the youngsters enjoyed going to her house and having sing-a-long parties. But the thing Lois said everyone in the little town of Pearland looked forward to was the town team baseball games played on Sunday afternoons in what is now called Zychlinski Park. When Witold von Zychlinski platted the town of Pearland in 1894, he dedicated one city block on Grand Boulevard as a park for the citizens of Pearland. Lois Bundy also spoke of having picnic lunches in the park under the shade of the sycamore trees. From the early 1900’s up to

the 2010 days of Pearland’s Little League Champions, Pearland has always been a baseball town. Lois recalled that on Sunday afternoons, it seemed as if every citizen in Pearland would head for the “park” to cheer on the local team. Another old time Pearlander who had fond memories of Sunday baseball games in the “park” was Splon Lane. Splon, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 93, was a left-handed pitcher for the Pearland town team back in the 1930’s and even played on teams in the 40’s after the end of World War II. Splon told a story that back in the 1930’s, there was a sycamore shade tree which was in center field on the ball field. The tree interfered with outfielders catching long fly balls to center field. As Splon told the story, one Saturday before a Sunday game day, the sycamore tree was standing nice and healthy in deep center field. When the citizens of

The time capsule buried in Zychlinski Park.

Site of home plate in Zychlinski Park.

1951 Pearland Oiler District Champs on Zychlinski Park Home Field. Front Row: Leo Parker, Bennie Trousdale, Boots Yost, Jesse Rodriquez, Charles Nichols and Bob Watson; Back Row: Jack Burton, Luther Cunningham, John Cunningham, A. C. Garner, Coach W. H. “Jug” Backhaus, Edwin Long, Jay Nichols and Buddy Rozell.

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Pearland awakened on Sunday morning, not only had the sycamore been cut down, but the stump had been removed and the ground completely smoothed over. That Sunday afternoon, the outfielders for both teams enjoyed having plenty of room to chase down fly balls. However, some citizens were upset that a big shade tree in the park had been removed. The sheriff of Brazoria County was called in on the case and did an investigation but never found the culprits who cut the tree down. When Splon told this story a year or two before his death, he commented that he always knew who the responsible guys were, but he added, “I’ll never tell.” When told that the statute of limitations had surely passed, Splon still refused to tell and swore he would go to his grave and not put the finger on anyone. When told the Historical Society was going to put down a time capsule at the site of home plate in Zychlinski Park, it was suggested that perhaps Splon could put the names in a sealed box and put it in the time capsule to be opened in 2057. He still refused, and today, it still remains a mystery. If you drive by Zychlinski Park today, you can see the sycamore trees all along Park Street on the eastern side of the park, and you will see the time capsule which will be opened in 2057. There are all sorts of mementos and documents in the time capsule, but it won’t contain the names of the guilty parties who removed the tree in centerfield in the middle of the night. The mystery lives on. H




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Sat 4.28 - York Revolution Thurs 5.24 - Lancaster Barnstormers Sun 6.24 - Camden Riversharks Fri 7.13 - So. Maryland Blue Crabs Tues 7.31 - Somerset Patriots Sun 8.12 - Lancaster Barnstormers Mon 8.27 - Bridgeport Bluefish Sun 9.9 - Long Island Ducks

Sun 4.29 - York Revolution Tues 5.29 - So. Maryland Blue Crabs Sat 6.9 (Game 1) - Somerset Patriots Wed 6.27 - Camden Riversharks Fri 7.6 - Bridgeport Bluefish Wed 7.18 - So. Maryland Blue Crabs Mon 8.13 - Lancaster Barnstormers Fri 9.7 - Long Island Ducks



Fri 5.11 - Long Island Ducks Fri 5.25 - Lancaster Barnstormers Mon 6.11 - Somerset Patriots Mon 7.16 - So. Maryland Blue Crabs Sun 7.29 - Camden Riversharks Sat 8.11 - Lancaster Barnstormers Wed 8.29 - Bridgeport Bluefish Tues 9.18 - York Revolution

Sat 5.12 - Long Island Ducks Mon 5.28 - So. Maryland Blue Crabs Fri 6.8 - Somerset Patriots Sun 7.8 - Bridgeport Bluefish Thurs 7.26 - Camden Riversharks Tues 8.14 - Lancaster Barnstormers Sun 8.26 - Bridgeport Bluefish Wed 9.19 - York Revolution

6 Sun 5.13 - Long Island Ducks Tues 6.12 - Somerset Patriots Tues 6.26 - Camden Riversharks Sat 7.7 - Bridgeport Bluefish Sun 7.15 - So. Maryland Blue Crabs Fri 8.10 - Lancaster Barnstormers Sat 9.8 - Long Island Ducks Thurs 9.20 - York Revolution



Tues 5.15 - Long Island Ducks Sat 5.26 - Lancaster Barnstormers Mon 6.25 - Camden Riversharks Sat 7.14 - So. Maryland Blue Crabs Mon 7.30 - Somerset Patriots Wed 8.15 - Lancaster Barnstormers Fri 8.24 - Bridgeport Bluefish Fri 9.21 - York Revolution

Fri 4.27 - York Revolution Wed 5.30 - So. Maryland Blue Crabs Sun 6.10 - Somerset Patriots Fri 6.22 - Camden Riversharks Sat 7.28 - Camden Riversharks Thurs 8.2 - Somerset Patriots Tues 8.28 - Bridgeport Bluefish Sat 9.22 - York Revolution




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November/December 2011 - Pearland Focus Magazine - People • Places • Happenings  

Pearland Focus Magazine direct mailed to businesses and high value homes in Pearland and Manvel.