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COVER STORY 6 LOVE STORIES In honor of Valentine’s Day, Pearland Focus shares the love stories of five Pearland couples who have journeyed through life together — for better or worse. F E AT U R E S 16

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ublisher’s Preview FEBRUARY 2013 Vol. 4 No. 2 EXECUTIVE PUBLISHERS Michael & Lisa Fredrickson

Dear Pearland Friends, February is the month of love! There is the romantic love shared with a spouse, the enduring love of a family member, the sustainable love of a best friend and even the playful love of a four-legged friend.  This is the month to express and celebrate your love in a myriad of ways, hopefully throughout the entire year. In this issue of Pearland Focus, we spotlight five area couples who have had exceptional marriages.  Their deep and abiding love, and respect for one another, have seen them through the good and bad that occurs through the years.  Read their stories and take nuggets of wisdom from Pearland Focus publisher Jessica Kij. their shared experiences for your own relationships. Believe it or not, February is the time to start signing up our children for those ever-popular - and fast to fill - summer programs.  Our Summer Fun Guide will give you ideas for camps, classes and fun activities.  February is also the month that we review our finances since taxes are looming.  Our finance section presents those who can give you advice and expertise on your finances. In our continuing efforts to keep you informed on community happenings, we are now featuring ribbon cuttings of local businesses.  The ribbon cuttings signify that these businesses have joined The Pearland Chamber of Commerce and are investing in the community.  They await your patronage! 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, 281-690-4242 or Stay focused!

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Throughout our lives, we learn love lessons. We learn that love is patient and kind, not jealous or pompous. Love is not inflated or rude; it does not seek its own interests. Love is not quick-tempered; it does not brood over injury. Nor does it rejoice over wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

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ebruary is the month of love, and love is the most powerful expression known to man. It is something we all crave and should treasure more often. In today’s society, we make it so easy to get out of the marriage vows we promised to one another. The promise to be true in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health and to love and honor each other all the days of our lives. As we prepare for Valentine’s Day, Pearland Focus found five Pearland couples who have been together through thick and thin and have learned to make their spouses their number one priority. In honor of love and marriage, here are their love stories.

Earl and Hope Cramp Married: 56 years Wed: October 5, 1956 Muskogee, Oklahoma PF: How did you meet? We were attending Draughon’s Business College in Muskogee. We met while working in the Business Machines class. PF: What’s the secret to a long-lasting marriage? For us, it was taking the marriage vows seriously from the beginning. We meant it when we said, “til death do us part.” That wasn’t always easy, but it became a lot easier in 1970 when we both trusted Jesus as our Savior and Lord. That was the start of seeking God’s guidance daily, appreciating and being considerate of each other’s feelings and thanking God for bringing us together. PF: How did you resolve arguments? At first, we didn’t. In fact, for a time, we would give each other the silent treatment. Eventually, we learned nothing was solved that way. Maybe others have a similar experience. We have learned that marriage is a journey, and without proper, biblical pre-marriage counseling, couples really have no idea where that journey is headed. Thankfully, God knew this and kept us together until we could see His path for us. pearland

Finally, we learned to try to see the other person’s point of view and found that discussing instead of arguing was a much better way to handle differing perspectives. PF: What are your most memorable moments of marriage? Our wedding and honeymoon (all two days of it); traveling from Oklahoma to Seattle to our first job after college; learning to depend on Christ; appreciating the love and trust we had for each other and seeing our children grow up and becoming Christians.

Jim and Peggi Klubnik Married: 53 years Wed: 1959 Houston, Texas

PF: How did you meet? We met at a Campus Crusade for Christ student meeting while we were attending UCLA. PF: What’s the secret to a long-lasting marriage? Trusting God for each other and for the various directions life takes. PF: How did you resolve arguments? To resolve an argument, forgiveness is the key. God provided forgiveness for us through Jesus Christ. We need to

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learn to forgive each other. It is important to talk things out. Sometimes we need to agree to disagree. PF: What are your most memorable moments of marriage? Our most memorable things are simply the little things each day, as well as the opportunity to work together and travel. One of the most memorable experiences was the 18 years we spent as missionaries in Russia, the home of Jim’s ancestors. We are continuing to make memories every day with each other as well as with our two sons, their wives and our six grandchildren.

John and Mary Yost Married: 53 years Wed: July 31, 1959 First United Methodist Church – Pearland, Texas

PF: How did you meet? Mary and John’s sister, Evelyn, were best friends growing up. One day, John had Evelyn ask Mary if she would like to go dancing. Our first date wasn’t dancing but was at the Winkler Drive Inn Movie in Houston. PF: What’s the secret to a long-lasting marriage? The secret to a long marriage is making the one you marry the love of your life. And, you must be able to compromise. PF: How did you resolve arguments? When we have had disagreements, we talked about the situation and would come to a compromise. PF: What are your most memorable moments of marriage? The most memorable moments in our marriage was our wedding day; it was a big social event in Pearland. Also the day our children and grandchildren were born.

Edward and Florance (Flo) Chapman Married: 56 years Wed: November 22, 1956 (Thanksgiving Day) St. Rapheal Catholic Church – Iowa, Louisiana

PF: How did you meet? A mutual friend introduced us. Ed and our friend, Shirley, had dated. I went to Shirley’s house one day, and Ed was there talking to her dad in the wood shop. Shirley actually introduced us that day. I was 20 years old, and Ed was 21 when we met. We only dated from July until November when we married. We knew right off the bat that we were meant to be married. PF: What’s the secret to a long-lasting marriage? www.pearland

The secret to a long marriage? You both have to work at it each and every day. Sometimes you give and sometimes you take, but you have to work together. I learned from my parents who had also been married over 50 years never to leave without giving a “so long” kiss and a “hello” kiss when you got home. We have made that part of our marriage too. PF: How did you resolve arguments? We did not argue often; we had disagreements or differences of opinions. We would let one another know how we feel about the situation. Agree to disagree, and let it go. PF: What are your most memorable moments in your marriage? For Ed, it was when he saw her coming down the aisle with her Dad. For, Flo it was the birth of all six of her children, each one was different.

Joe and Delores Koza Married: 47 years Wed: December 26, 1965 St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church – Houston, Texas

PF: How did you meet? We have known each other since the seventh grade. We had two dates in high school, then we dated for two years in college, and when we came home, we dated for two more years. The rest is history! PF: What’s the secret to a long-lasting marriage? Joe believes the secret to a long-lasting marriage is being two separate individuals. We are opposites. The other secret is still being in love at our age! I believe it is putting your spouse before yourself, keeping God in your marriage, commitment to one another and both having faith leads to a long-lasting marriage. PF: How did you resolve arguments? We have resolved our issues by taking the time to think the answer over! PF: What are your most memorable moments of marriage? The birth of our three children, watching them grow into adulthood, our eight grandchildren and being blessed by being a part of their lives! .com • February 2013



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Leaders Create Vision for a Better Community By Carol Artz-Bucek


ecause a community can never be greater than the sum of its parts, its success is determined by one key issue: Leadership. In Proverbs 29:18, it states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Leaders transform visions into reality. They set goals and directions for projects and take steps to ensure effective and cohesive teams move forward with defined success. A strong leader guides people toward success. Providing an avenue for those with leadership potential to enhance their skills was a reason the Pearland Chamber began Leadership Pearland, Texas in 1999. This national leadership program is designed to identify and bring together men and women of the area who seek the opportunity to expand their involvement in community affairs and are willing to assume leadership positions. It consists of a series of eleven sessions covering such areas as personal skills, government, economic development, social needs, and other key segments of our community, county, state and nation. The purpose for this program is to enhance and motivate emerging leaders to develop their potential for civic leadership and commitment to the community in and around Pearland. Additionally, it endeavors to make their involvement in community affairs more effective and to encourage them to become acquainted with and more involved in the Chamber of Commerce and its activities, the City of Pearland and the various events and volunteer opportunities and social services of various organizations that assist the residents of the community. Objectives include developing and forming relationships benefiting the participant’s professional and volunteer careers; stimulating a common understanding of the forces and trends affecting the development of the community, and enhancing their ability and desire to participate in groups which work together for the advancement of Pearland. Each participant is informed about the history of Pearland, its government, economy, social issues, needs, opportunities and existing processes to deal with current


and future issues. They are encouraged to become actively involved in a wide range of civic and community affairs. Each participant must give a serious commitment of time. While there is also a financial investment to participate in the program, the tuition covers most meals, overnight accommodations and supplemental transportation and course materials. The leadership program consists of mandatory attendance for a two-day retreat as well as other scheduled events once each month beginning in September and ending in June. Although not mandatory, participants are encouraged to attend all sessions as well as monthly Chamber and community events. The rigorous schedule allows each participant to miss no more than 12 cumulative hours prior to being released from the program. Prime candidates for this program are those individuals who are emerging as leaders within their chosen careers and/or various community organizations and agencies or current leaders wishing to improve their knowledge and leadership skills. Participants represent every sector of the community. To be eligible for the program, participants must live or work in the Pearland community. Priority is given to applicants who have demonstrated leadership potential or ability in one or more organizations or activities related to the betterment of Pearland. An applicant to this program should seriously consider the time commitment involved as it is expected that a participant shall attend every meeting in its entirety, and Leadership Pearland Alumni of the most recent graduating class are responsible for facilitating and leading one class the following year. As a final conclusion to the program and to demonstrate the bonding of the class participants, as a group, the class must make a contribution to the community. Each class is required to complete a group service project that benefits the community. The project must involve all of the class members and is designed to leave a lasting impact on the community.

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Leadership requires understanding people and involving them to get something done. Becoming a leader takes good characteristics such as integrity, dedication of purpose, selflessness, knowledge, skill, implacability, as well as determination not to accept failure. While Leadership Pearland doesn’t make one an instant leader in nine months, it does acquaint one with the community quickly and succinctly, and the program provides an environment for success, engagement and involvement. Ralph Waldo Emerson reminds us to push into new areas and take others to new places instead of doing the same old thing over and over. “Do not follow where the

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path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Therefore, allow me to introduce to you the trailblazers of the Leadership Class of 2012-2013. Participants include Ruben Almanza, Whitley Penn; Andrew Miller, Adult Reading Center, Inc; Kim Hocott, Pearland Independent School District; Laurie Rock, Altus Hospice Care; Melissa Black, Pearland Economic Development Corporation; Butch Babineaux, CDM Smith; Roy Mata, Bredero Shaw; Sherwin Sun, Keep Pearland Beautiful and Sparkle Anderson, City of Pearland. For more information, call 281-485-3634 or email carol.

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race Li was recently numbered among five U.S. students to receive the Power of Children Award. The Dawson High senior founded the nonprofit organization We Care Act to help with worldwide disaster relief. In November, Grace flew to Indianapolis to accept her award and was featured on WishTV, an affiliate of CBS. “I was so overwhelmed and honored to be selected for the Power of Children Award,” she said.

Grace in Sichuan, China after the 2008 earthquake. “If one person can help inspire two other people and those two people can inspire two other people, then you’re creating a chain reaction that can actually make a difference in the world,” she said accepting her 2012 Power of Children Award presented by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “After the earthquake in Sichuan,

Grace China, in May 2008, I realized that I needed to do something to help the children affected, so my siblings and I went door-to-door to raise money. That summer, we personally delivered some of our donations to the earthquake victims in Sichuan, and it was then that I decided community service was something I was utterly and completely in love with.” Since then Grace has rushed to aid young natural disaster victims worldwide including children in China, Japan and Haiti. Grace and the non-profit We Care Act moved quickly to help schools on the East Coast recover from Hurricane Sandy. “We plan to work with a couple of schools in New York City by sending them items. For example, we’ll probably send cookies to children since they missed Halloween. That is a really big deal for kids.” Two years ago, she was recognized as one of the 25 most influential people in America by Youth Services of America and received a standing ovation at their annual conference where she was keynote

speaker. “I used to be really shy before my siblings and I started We Care Act, and that was a huge personal obstacle for me to overcome. However, with We Care Act, I was able to learn to open up to people and talk about what I cared about. Eventually, I realized my passion for speaking to other people about my cause.” Grace has always loved to write and has been a contributor to The Huffington Post ( grace-li) since April 2011. She’s a twotime Gold Medalist in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. In college she plans to major either in the liberal arts or biology. “I think being a professor or a scientist are both really amazing, and I did research this summer at Stony Brook University to further my knowledge in the research field. I also would love to work for a nonprofit or continue to work with We Care Act after graduating.” Her advice to people wanting to make a difference: “Honestly, I would suggest people who want to get involved to just do it because taking the first step is the hardest part. From there, anything is possible.”

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ur hearts beat 50 to 100 times a minute but we are usually not aware of it. The awareness of our own heart beating is what we call “palpitations.” Benign palpitations are often caused by our everyday activities: when we exercise, drink caffeine, alcohol, or are nervous or excited. Some people become more aware of their own hearts beating while lying down at night, when the distractions from the surrounding environment are minimal. Those types of palpitations are usually not associated with other symptoms and don’t usually require specific medical treatment.

managed either with medications or sometimes with more invasive procedures. The medical field that deals with these issues is knows as cardiac electrophysiology. An electrophysiologist is a cardiologist who manages patients with arrhythmias. “It is important for individuals who have abnormal palpitations to seek medical attention, especially since many of these arrhythmias affect young, otherwise healthy individuals who may not think that they have a heart condition,” says Mossaab Shuraih, M.D. a cardiac electrophysiologist affiliated with Memorial Mossaab Shuraih, M.D. Hermann Southeast Hospital. For more information about heart and vascular services at Memorial Hermann Southeast, visit www.

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Resolve to Be Financially Secure in 2013

hen it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, getting into good shape financially ranks right up there with losing weight and eating healthier. All three goals require discipline and planning, and, as you’ve no doubt experienced, it’s not unusual to encounter setbacks along the way. Don’t let losing a minor battle here or there convince you to surrender on the bigger war. You’ll probably have more success if you start out taking small steps, learning from your mistakes and gaining momentum as you go. Here are a few suggestions for better managing your personal finances in the New Year: Create a budget. The first step on the road to financial health is to create a budget you can live with. If you’re new to budgeting or haven’t been successful in the past, start slowly. For a few months write down every cent you spend: mortgage/ rent, utilities, food, gas, medical copayments, credit card interest – the works. You’ll be surprised where you money goes. Compare income and expenses. At the same time, compare money coming in (income) to money going out (expenses). If you’re just breaking even or losing money each month, you need to boost your in-

come and/or aggressively trim spending. Try these strategies: • Pay bills on time and send at least the minimum amount due. You’ll avoid late fees and related interest rate increases; plus, you’ll improve your credit score. • Balance your checking account regularly and use in-network ATMs to avoid overdrafts and fees. • If your employer offers flexible spending accounts, use them to pay health and dependent care expenses with pretax dollars. • Raise insurance deductibles and shop around for better rates. Once you start reducing expenses, use the savings to pay down debts more quickly. Try making a table of all outstanding credit card and loan balances and their corresponding interest rates. Then, each month pay the minimum amount due on each – except pay as much as possible on the account with the highest interest rate. Once that one’s paid off, move to the nexthighest rate account and so on. Another smart move is to have an emergency fund in case of financial upheaval (layoff, medical emergency, unexpected car repairs, etc.) Ideally you should save enough to cover six months of expenses, but don’t be discouraged if that

sounds insurmountable: Start slowly by saving a few dollars each week. You won’t miss it and your little nest egg might just save you from needing an expensive shortterm loan to cover an unplanned bill. If something terrible happened to you, would your family be protected financially? Make sure you have a valid will, durable power of attorney, health care proxy and living will. Numerous books, online articles and sample forms are available if you want to draft them yourself, but you should probably review your documents with a financial advisor or attorney to avoid potential legal problems. Also, make sure you have adequate life and disability insurance. It’s debatable how much Social Security will be able to contribute toward your retirement income in coming decades, so if you’re not already participating in your employer’s 401(k) plan or an IRA, make that one of your top financial resolutions. Sticking to resolutions is never easy – if it were, we’d already be doing them. But striving to improve your financial situation now will pay off big-time down the road. This article is intended to provide general information and should not be considered legal, tax or financial advice. It’s always a good idea to consult a tax or financial advisor for specific information on how certain laws apply to your situation and about your individual financial situation This article is brought to you by a partnership between Visa and Texas First Bank and was authored by Jason Alderman, who directs Visa’s financial education programs. For more information, follow Texas First Bank on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube or visit us at



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t’s been a while – 2008, to be exact – since contribution limits for IRAs were increased by the IRS. That’s why a 2013 increase in contribution limits is big news for anyone who has an IRA and wants to make the most of this tax-advantaged way to save for retirement. And there is more good news: Also increasing in 2013 are contribution limits for defined contribution plans, such as 401(k) s, 403(b)s and others. Take a look at the numbers:

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omeTown Bank, N.A. recently celebrated its grand opening and ribbon cutting with the Pearland Chamber of Commerce. The new building, and the bank’s seventh branch, is at 2651 Pearland Parkway just northeast of Broadway Street. The grand opening program included President and CEO Jimmy Rasmussen, Branch Manager and Vice President Sean Murphy as well as Mayor Tom Reid. HomeTown Bank of Pearland presented a $5,000 donation check to the North Brazoria Educational Alliance, accepted by Terrie Morgan. Sherwin Sun and Fay Watson of Keep Pearland Beautiful presented the bank with a plaque commemorating their recent contribution for membership and the adoption of Province Village Drive. HomeTown Bank received its national banking charter and began operations in Galveston in 1966 under the name


Bank of Galveston. The community bank changed its name to HomeTown Bank, National Association, in 1999 to reflect its expansion to serve cities outside of Galveston. It currently holds $450 million in assets, $405 million in deposits, and $255 million in loans, with a total capital of $43 million. “Throughout its 46-year history, HomeTown Bank has remained committed to the communities it serves,” Rasmussen said. “Our range of business and personal banking services is as broad and up-to-date as most banks from outside the area, but it is our people and their commitment to serving our local community that give you the HomeTown Advantage.” You can reach HomeTown Bank of Pearland at (281) 4128000. For more information about the bank, please visit the website

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By Brian Covault Founder and President of TCRN

What’s Happening in Pearland?


here is always something going on or to do, but where do you go to see what is happening in Pearland? We live in a very family based area and having fun things to do with the kids is always something parents have on their radar. A great place to go is your Pearland community website:

On the community website you will see “Event Calendar” on the navigation bar. Click on it and you will find a calendar filled with all kinds of great happenings for you participate in. You can also register an event of your own. So, if you have a church event, charity event or children’s activity that you would like to let others know about, just click the “Add an Event” button and fill out the information for your free calendar listing.


On the “Event Calendar,” look out for TCRN community movie nights, family festivals and events that bring Pearland, Friendswood and Alvin families together. After all, TCRN’s trademarked tagline is “Connecting YOU with the Community.” Last month, our Chili Cook-Off held on January 19th was a lot of fun, and we were able to give back to the community by furnishing all of the raised proceeds to the Pearland Neighborhood Center (PNC). It was held in the Pearland Town Center Pavilion and will be an annual event. Join us for our Movie Nites at various locations across the Pearland area. Enjoy a free, family friendly movie on an inflatable outdoor movie screen nearly 30 feet across and almost 20 feet high. There will always be either free concessions such as cotton candy and popcorn or $1 donations raised to support local non-profits. If you know of a non-profit that you would like to recommend so we can help their cause, please email us at events@txcrn. com with the information and our staff will get in contact with them. TCRN-Pearland is filled with quality businesses that you can trust, rely and depend on for a variety of products and services you need. Our community website, Preferred Customer savings that don’t expire with unlimited use and our community events are all designed to strengthen and support the Pearland and surrounding communities. Make sure that www.TCRN-Pearland. com is on your “Favorites” list so you can stay connected with the community and great businesses ready to serve you!

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Veteran Homecoming at Kids ‘R’ Kids Pearland Parkway On December 12th, Army Captain George Lindsey II was reunited with his son, two-year-old Jamie Lindsey, after being in Korea for a year. Michelle, Jamie and Captain George Lindsey II. pearland

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Grandparent’s Day at The Colonnades at Reflection Bay

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t the Y, we have fun for everyone this summer, regardless of your age, income or background. We bring people closer together in a welcoming, supportive environment to nurture the potential of youth, promote healthy living and give back to the community. This summer, children can learn, grow and thrive through the exhilarating fun of overnight, day and specialty camps at the Y. In the midst of all the fun, they’ll explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships. The Y offers a wide range of swimming options for the whole family. Swimming builds self-confidence and develops the whole person – spirit, mind and body. Classes are divided into ability groups while trained instructors who emphasize personal safety, swimming skills, endurance and social skills guided with praise and encouragement. Teens can have fun socializing with their friends in a safe, positive environment while exploring interests, learning leadership skills, and discovering all they can achieve. Adults can experience the fun of connecting with people from all walks of life through programs and services at the Y that go beyond just physical health. Plan your summer fun at the Vic Coppinger Family YMCA, and experience the impact we can make in your life and in the community. Join us on April 27th for our Annual Healthy Kids Day. For more information, please contact our Welcome Center at 281-485-6805 or visit us at



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f 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 “Edu-Tainment” 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 281-997-9500 for information.


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t’s a common problem among students: summertime regression. Studies show that most students lose at least some knowledge that they gained during the school year over the course of summer vacation. According to Eileen Huntington, cofounder of the Huntington Learning Center, a little effort can go a long way when it comes to helping children avoid significant regression during the summer months. Look for educational summer camps or programs. Check with your child’s school for educational summer camp ideas. If your town has a university or college, investigate programs there, too. Make library visits a weekly excursion. Whether your child is seven or 12, the library should be your home away from home during the summer months. For younger children, the library may offer fun classes, clubs and more. Request reading lists and activity sheets from your child’s teacher. Your child’s teacher can offer ideas to develop a realistic academic plan for summer. Ask for book recommendations based on your child’s reading level. Make reading a daily occurrence. Reading can be one of the most drastic regression areas, so develop a nightly reading routine for the whole household. Huntington prides itself on its unparalleled programs that help parents, caregivers and educators identify the gaps in skills and knowledge that can limit learning potential. Huntington’s personalized programs of instruction enable children to excel. To learn more or to locate a center near you, call 1-800 CAN LEARN.


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r. G’s Guitars was established in 2007 by Paul and Tina Gutierrez. Paul and Tina have been residents of Pearland since January 1994. Paul has been playing guitar for over 30 years and has a passion for music and teaching. The mission of Mr. G’s Guitars is to provide high quality guitars and accessories at affordable prices, as well as personalized music instruction and music theory. Mr. G’s Guitars is a full-service guitar shop located in the heart of Pearland across from Strickland Chevrolet. We pride ourselves on excellent service and selection. We are a certified repair center for Roland and Korg, that does restringing and set-ups on acoustic and electric guitars, as well as electronic and minor repairs on guitars, amps and keyboards. We also offer a comprehensive lesson program to spread the love of music to everyone. We have grown from having one guitar instructor to having five guitar instructors, two drum instructors and one keyboard instructor. Mr. G’s Guitars hosts rock band camps in the summer for intermediate students, and holds two recitals a year, one in the spring for our acoustic guitar and keyboard students and an outdoor concert in the fall for our electric guitar students and our rock band camp students. Mr. G’s Guitars endeavors to provide excellent service and selection to customers and spread the love of music through superior music instruction. Come see our huge selection of instruments, amps and accessories, or to sign up for the best lesson program in the Pearland area! For more information, call 281-997-7769 or visit

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Huntington Learning Center Reopens In 2012, a car hit the Huntington Learning Center located at 3205 East Broadway in Pearland and crashed through their front window. A student at the center, Jack Provine, narrowly escaped injury thanks to the quick response of his teacher Andre Randle. Randle quickly moved the boy from the path of the car that plowed into the building. The center suffered extensive damage, and on November 20, 2012, the Huntington Learning Center celebrated their reopening with both Provine and Randle on hand for the festivities.

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• • • • • • • • • • • • • February 5th – 26th Tuesday, 6:30 – 10:30 pm Adult Tennis Leagues Join Pearland Parks and Recreation Department adult tennis leagues for an opportunity to challenge yourself. Outdoor adult tennis leagues at Centennial Park are open to men and women 18 and older. Session One runs February 5th through April 2nd, and Session Two runs April 9th through May 28th. Registration fee includes a 7-match regular season schedule, single elimination play-offs and an award. For a schedule of games or to register, visit www. February 9th and 23rd Saturday, 8 am – 12 pm Pearland Old Townsite Farmers Market Support local families by browsing local produce and products such as honey, coffee, salsa, tea and soaps at Zychlinski Park, 2243 Grand Boulevard in Pearland. Visit pearlandoldtownsitefarmersmarket. com.

EVENTS February 10th Sunday, 1 – 6 pm Recreation Center and Natatorium (RCN) All-Star Shootout Test your competitive skills at the All-Star Shootout, located at 4141 Bailey Road. Players ages 7 – 14 will compete against each other in three competitions: a three-point competition, a Skills and Drills competition where participants will have to dribble their way through an obstacle course, and the RCN All-Star Shootout where each player will have one minute to score as many points as possible at designated spots on the court. For tickets, call 281-412-8915.

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February 16th Saturday, 10 am – 12 pm Parker’s Dog Park Days Pearland Parks and Recreation partners with Pearland Animal Control Officers to provide valuable education to strengthen your relationship with your dog. Join Pearland Parks and Recreation Department’s mascot, Parker the dog, at the Southdown Dog Park located at 2150 Countryplace Parkway in Pearland. Visit February 19th Tuesday Melvin Knapp Senior Center Tour of Holocaust Museum The Melvin Knapp Senior Center schedules a variety of entertaining and informative trips throughout the year. This month, the center will host a day trip to the Holocaust Museum of Houston. Check the monthly “Knapp Happenings” at www.pearlandparks. com.


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New to the Neighborhood Pearland Selected as Site for New Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women OB/GYN Practice


exas Children’s Pavilion for Women expanded into Pearland in January, opening its first community - based obstetrics and gynecology practice. The new OB/GYN practice brings the Pavilion for Women’s leading expertise closer to home by offering outpatient services, making it more convenient for women to receive preventative care, subspecialty gynecology services and prenatal checkups in their community. Texas Children’s Hospital, a trusted name in Houston for nearly 60 years and a nationally-ranked children’s hospital, recently expanded into obstetrics and gynecology with the construction of Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. The $575 million state of the art facility for women’s, fetal and newborn health offers comprehensive care to a woman throughout her life, with the goal of improving outcomes for mothers and babies. “Many of the women we care for at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women are

Drs. Kelly Hodges and Beth Davis are the Baylor College of Medicine OB/GYN physicians selected to practice at the new Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women Pearland OB/GYN Practice.

currently driving to the medical center for their regular OB/GYN services,” said Dr. Laurie S. Swaim, chief of gynecological services at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women and division director of gynecology and obstetrics at Baylor College of Medicine. “With this new clinic, women in Pearland and the surrounding area will only need to travel to the Pavilion for

Women for more specialized gynecological care, surgery or delivery.” The practice is staffed by two Baylor College of Medicine OB/GYN physicians, Drs. Beth Davis and Kelly Hodges. In addition to a full range of regular gynecological and prenatal care, the practice will soon offer subspecialty services in urogynecology and gynecologic oncology. Conveniently located next door to the new location for Texas Children’s Pediatrics Pearland, the address for the OB/GYN practice is 9003 Broadway Street. Side-by-side locations enables Texas Children’s to provide the Pearland community with a continuum of specialized care starting with pregnancy and continuing throughout the childhood and adult years. To schedule an appointment at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women Pearland OB/GYN practice, call 281-412-4435. To learn more, visit women.texaschildrens. org/pearland. Changing the business of real estate.

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Historically Pearland


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

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question often asked of Pearland Historical Society members is “What is the oldest building in Pearland?” The answer is: The old railroad depot which now sits beside the Pearland City Hall on Liberty Boulevard. It is also has a marker from the Texas Historical Commission designating it as a Texas historical building. The depot was built in the late 1890s or 1900. It was built by the citizens of Pearland with materials furnished by the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad. The original site of the depot was just east of the railroad tracks and a little north of Highway 518 not far from where the Busy Bee Café sits today. The early Pearland historians, Mrs. Emma Jarisch Coppinger and Mrs. Julia Martin Hunter, often mentioned that the depot was the center of activity in those early Pearland days. Both Coppinger and Hunter wrote about local citi-

zens gathering at the station to greet the several passenger trains which stopped in Pearland each day. Also in those days, local citizens would catch the train at the depot for a round trip into Houston to buy supplies. Another story the ladies wrote about was when World War I ended, all of the citizens of Pearland gathered at the train station for a victory celebration and then paraded to the “Old Settlers Cemetery” where they

The old depot in 1905 with the name Pearland – one word – visible on the end. pearland

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also celebrated with a picnic. The depot was closed in 1972 and moved to its present site sometime in the 1980s. Some of you may remember several years ago when a group in Pearland urged the City Council to change the name of Pearland to two words: Pear Land. Apparently, Sugar Land was originally called Sugarland and was changed some years ago. Citizens opposed to the change said, “It has always been Pearland, why should we change?” The Pearland citizens pushing for the change pointed out that in Wytold Zychlinski’s original town platt filed in 1894, the city’s name was actually two words: Pear Land. They also pointed out that anytime Pearland was mentioned on television, it was usually mispronounced and called “Perl-lund.” As evidence against the change, the opposition referred to the picture of the old depot from the Pearland Historical Society file. The picture, which was taken in 1905, clearly shows the name “Pearland,” one word, on the end of the depot. Apparently, this helped prove the point that the name has always been Pearland since the City Council did not go along with the name change. Also in the 1905 picture, although the picture has faded, you can see how the citizens would dress up in their finest clothes to go to the depot to either catch the train out or to greet the passengers coming in. Today, the old depot sits vacant. It was the home of the Pearland Chamber of Commerce until it was badly damaged by Hurricane Ike. Perhaps sometime in the future it can be renovated and become an attraction for those interested in the history of our town.

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