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FEBRUARY 2011

LAURA CAVAZOS Telemundo’s Eyes & Ears On the Street

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T-40’s Laura Cavazos, our Cover Girl for Febuary was a real joy to interview. She has come a long way and will go far in Spanish language broadcasting. Laura’s wardrobe is by Lauren-Anthony of McAllen.

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Telemundo’s Laura Cavazos is one specimen

of incredible diversity. Looking at her credentials you’d wonder if any other local television reporter is as knowledgeable on current and critical hot topics of Valley interest like immigration reform and the human interest side of illegal immigration. She has interviewed countless experts, government officials and celebrities from both sides of the border about border security, crime, international commerce, fashion and culture for Telemundo’s Noticias T40. On the popular Spanish language news broadcast of T40 for anchor–Yolanda De La Cruz, Laura reports on the Valley and State news cirthe Valley’s No. 1 On-Line Magazine

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cuit that is aired at 5 PM and again at 10PM each weeknight. Cavazos follows and reports on whats happening behind the scenes and on the ground in the immigration debate twice a week and hears opinions and positions on the issue from both sides of the fence. Although her reporting is neutral on this issue, personally she shows a great deal of empathy for many victims of a broken system, telling us, “I believe this country was built by immigrants, specially here in the Valley. Our growth is dependent on them. We should also stop deporting undocumented students who could become valuable, productive residents here or abroad.� Laura Cavazos came to the U.S. from Reynosa with her family when she was a young girl. In Brownsville, she attended Rivera High School and was a member of the National Honor Society. Her most rewarding life experience took place in 2007 when she became a U.S. citizen. She graduated from UTPA, was awarded a degree in Communications & Spanish with Honors and then began a career in television news broadcasting that she had longed for all her young life. She recalls one of her first interviews as probably the most memorable, and not one with a foreign dignitary, but with a young immigrant school girl competing in a UIL competition. page 8 ContempoMag.com


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“I started to cry right on the spot, because I knew exactly how the little girl felt. What a feeling it is to be part of something so great..”

“..and to experience that first moment, that first chance, is an indescribable emotion. Then I knew I had found my calling.”

“The little girl had only one year of English study and was competing in oral interpretation with some of the smartest students in the Edinburg School District. She came from a unfloored home and a family that had little if anything to eat. And yet, she was so proud to be in the U.S. and there to compete. I started to cry right on the spot, because I knew exactly how the little girl felt. What a feeling it is to be part of something so great–and to experience that first moment, that first chance, is an indescribable emotion. Then I knew I had found my calling.”

personalities including members of the U.S. Presidents’s cabinet, governors from both the U.S. and Mexico, as well as local community business leaders throughout the Valley.

As a reporter, Laura plays an important role for the program that is hosted by Yolanda De La Cruz and aired twice daily to Spanish launguage viewers. Besides hitting the road for on the scene reporting, Laura also fills in to host the local weather broadcasts segments. Laura has interviewed many distinguised

Laura puts in long and unusual hours to “get the beat on the street” for Telemundo’s loyal viewers, but she does have time for some favorite things. She loves the beach and history..so she travels often to Cancun where she can sunbath and visit Mayan ruins! She loves watching football games and can take anyone on

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just about anyone at Karaoke on PS3! So there! Laura, thanks for being there everyday doing a good job, and for sharing your wonderful story with us and our readers. And thank you Yolanda for lending her to us for a short while. You are the best! You can see Yolanda De La Cruz and Laura Cavazos nightly in Spanish on Cable channel 3 at five and ten PM each weeknight or anytime on their web page, telemundo40. com. for breaking news.

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McAllen’s International Car Fest Clusters Up Classic Collectors

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The McAllen International Auto Fest featured some feisty little hot rods that performed drag racing exhibitions for a captive crowd. After some warm-up, the radio controlled racers with their piston engines roared ahead, advancing at about 40 miles an hour as they streaked through the finish. If you missed it this three day family affair was fantastic! There were over 400 well preserved classic vehicles, a large exhibit of monster trucks and some of the world’s finest sports cars both inside the McAllen Convention Center and outdoors on the East Parking Lot. We recommend you mark your calender for this spectacular show next year if you missed this one.

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ADDING LUSTER with FUSED GLASS The fusing of glass has been around since the early Egyptians discovered the process that molds and shapes silica for both artistic and practical purposes. Locally it has been around ,for not so many years, as a hobby craft and in the art department of universities until Yoli Cantu made the process part of her work for McAllen Stained Glass at Art Village on Main, where she teaches classes on the subject. Fusing is a heat firing process using a kiln that reaches temperatures as high as 1,501 degrees Fahrenheit, but it’s really a precise art all about reaching critical temperatures at the right times to achieve a stimulating piece of glasswork. Low range temperatures produce a slumping condition. Mid ranges temperatures produce tack fusing, while higher temperatures procure a full fuse-each appling a different character to the depth, relief and shape to the glass components. Archeological evidence suggests that the Egyptians were familiar with rudimentary techniques circa 2000 BC. Although some believe that the earliest fusing techniques were first developed by the Romans. Until the development of the glass blowpipe it was used to configure glass vessels and jewels. Now gaining momentum in the world of fine art, fusing began to regain popularity in the early part of the 20th century, particularly in the U.S. during the 1960s. The most contemporary fusing methods involve stacking, or layering thin sheets of glass, often using different colors to create patterns or simple images. The stack is then placed inside the kiln and then heated through a series of rapid heating cycles and soaks until the separate page 22 ContempoMag.com


pieces begin to bond together. The longer the kiln is held at the maximum temperature the more thoroughly the stack will fuse, eventually softening and rounding the edges of the original shape. Once the desired effect has been achieved at the maximum desired temperature, the kiln temperature will be brought down quickly through the temperature range of 815 °C (1,499 °F) to 573 °C (1,063 °F) in order to avoid devitrification. It is then allowed to cool slowly over a specified time, soaking at specified temperature ranges which are essential to the curing process that prevents uneven cooling and breakage and produces a strong finished product. Fused glass techniques are generally used to create art glass, glass tiles, plates and jewelry. Slumping techniques allow the creation of larger, functional pieces like dishes, bowls, plates, and ashtrays. Producing functional pieces generally requires two or more separate firings, one to fuse the glass and a second to shape it. Since the 1970s, more hobbyists have focused on using kiln-fused glass to make beads and components for jewelry. This has become especially popular since the introduction of glass manufactured for the specific purpose of fusing in a kiln. Yoli has been working with fused glass since 1992 but has recently begun to expand her fusing products. Besides jewelry and decorative items, she is now making more functional pieces such as dinnerware, serving pieces, lamps, sconces and even even kitchen sinks. Starting with a line of dinner plates, salad plates and bowls she custom makes the pieces with the style and color that the customer selects. “I teach a fusing class in which the students learn about the properties of glass, how to fuse glass, how to use a kiln and what firing schedules too use.”, says Yoli. By June, she should have a fusing center set up, at which anyone can come in and design with this three thousand year old technique. the Valley’s No. 1 On-Line Magazine

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When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.

As a single working mom of three, Teri Castillo stays focused on priority no. 1, the raising of her three fine children, Samantha; 15, Adam; 13 and Thomas 8. It has been a challenge for her but she has, like good moms, adapted to the needs of her children.

“My dad, whom I love very much, will sense whenever I am in distress. “Is everything ok?” he says, “yes dad I am”. “And then it’s all about the kids. He teaches me to be strong, confident, positive, and most importantly, to have faith. My mother has taught me to love, and to be a caring person. Most importantly, I learned from her the real meaning of patience and tolerance.” Teri is grateful to have her parents around in her life and has come to deeply appreciate their positive support. Teri decided to begin college last year and is currently taking prerequisites for the P.T.A. program at S.T.C., while working full time at Briarcliff Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in McAllen as a Physician Liaison. She expects to graduate from the program in about two years while juggling family, work and now school

On her support through faith she says, “What keeps me balanced? One is my Faith and relationship I have with God. The Serenity Prayer always puts me at ease, when disappointments come my way.” The other thing that keeps her going is a love for running that starts daily with a three to five mile run. “It’s a great escape. My goal this year is to run, and maybe win, a full marathon”. she gleams! Teri also plays an active role in the community as an avid C.A.S.A. advocate as time permits. “To be the voice of a child who is now in a safe haven, away from violence gives me a great sense of accomplishment.” Teri’s other activities (when she has the time) include modeling, and dancing. She has appeared in ads for Alhambra, Irish Pub, Tovar Air Conditioning and Pangea Floors where her “at ease appeal” helped to produce successful ad campaigns. We treasure Teri Castillo for all her sincere dedication to family, work, faith and to the community, and for her time and efforts as a successful Contempo model. Congrats on your achievement as Contempo Pioneer! the Valley’s No. 1 On-Line Magazine

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me.” The Word of the Lord

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The Ultimate Rush Over The Island by Ralph Magaña photos by Allen Prodehl

McAllen chef Abraham Jaber on tandem with Skydive SPI’s Jeff Brown on freefall at 10,000 ft.

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After a vertical climb that levels off at up to 13,500 feet, you achieve a breathtaking view of the Island. Then, its a rapid acceleration straight down for about 60 seconds! After the thrill of a lifetime, at about 5,500 feet of altitude, your parachute deploys for an amazing panoramic decent for up to seven The sport began with a free jump from a hot minutes over South Padre Island. air baloon in 1797 by Andre-Jacques GarWhen the parachute opens (usually the para- nerin. Later, the military developed parachutchute will be fully inflated by 800 meters ing technology as a way to save aircrews from or 2,600 feet) the jumper can control the emergencies aboard balloons and aircraft in direction and speed with toggles on the end flight, and as a way of delivering soldiers to of steering lines attached to the trailing edge the battlefield. Skydiving competition dates of the parachute, and can aim for the land- back to the 1930s, and it became an intering site and come to a relatively gentle stop. national sport in 1952. All modern sport parachutes are self-inflating “ram-air” wings that provide control of speed Inquire about Island skydiving by and direction contacting Frank at 1500 Gulf Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597 Skydive South Padre Island opened it’s doors 956.744.JUMP (5867) for the first jump on December 13th, 2010, info@skydivespi.com


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Join artist Grover T. Beaman and sketch the historic Quinta Mazatlan which serves as a symbol for motivation. The program will begin at 6 pm and all tools of the trade will be provided for your convenience at Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen, Thursday, February 24th, 2011. Beaman has traveled the world including Europe and the West Indies exploring and creating art. He now lives in the Rio Grande Valley and works out of his studio at the Alamo Inn. Beaman carries a sketchbook wherever he goes and instead of taking pictures he sketches birds, butterflies, people and beautiful architecture. Also for your enjoyment, Beaman has created a sketchbook for sale titled “Views of Quinta Mazatlan”. The book is an illustrated tour of the story of the people and animals at Quinta Mazatlan. The McAllen Great Outdoor Nature Series takes place Thursday evenings through April 2011 and is proudly sponsored by Thurmond Eye Associates. The program fee is $2 per person and no advance reservation is required. Oxygen with no Boundaries Quinta Mazatlan, thewereMcAllen Wing thea When you initially diagnosed withof having for oxygen therapy (perhaps your physician World Birding need Center is located at 600 Sunset called it chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] or another ailment), it may have been hard in McAllen, one block south of La Plaza Mall to imagine at the time that you would ever live life to the fullest again. But through the use of the on 10th Street. unique FreeStyle™ Portable Oxygen Concentrator

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want to provide. For example, you can give a short description of your organization and tell people to click the “become a fan” button. This is one of those “duh” things you may not think about at first, but which can dramatically increase your Facebook growth. A landing page Okay, so once you’ve set up your account as a is just good direct marketing. fan page, then what? Here are some tips: Use your tabs wisely. If you think of a Facebook Upload a logo or photo with a web address page as a secondary website for your business, at the bottom. It won’t be clickable, but fans you’ll realize that the tabs at the top of the can see where to go if they want to visit your page are like site navigation. You can have a website. tab for your newsletter, a tab for donations, a tab for products, etc. How? With that nifty Fill out your info page completely. Here you FBML application. can have a clickable web address, company overview, mission, and products. You can give Don’t forget the sidebar. Anything you can put only what Facebook asks for or get creative and in your tabs, you can also put in your sidebar. provide other information as well. A newsletter signup form fits here nicely. So does a poll (another application you can add), For example, in your company overview, you affiliate banner, or set of links. can list links to pages on your website, your newsletter signup form, other social media, or Post often. The same rules apply to Facebook whatever you want. as any other social media. It’s all about content and interaction. Posting something every few Use FBML to create a landing page. FBML is weeks won’t cut it. Post every day or even Facebook’s version of HTML, which you can several times a day to make sure you’re showuse with an application called Static FBML. ing up in the news feeds of your fans. This can This lets you render basic HTML in a box or be links to your blog, product announcements, tab on your page. You won’t find it in your questions, news items, or anything your fans default applications, but you can find it with a would be interested in. search in the application directory. Every time someone becomes a fan, comments, The idea is that instead of sending people to clicks the “like” link, or shares your post, it your wall, as most people do, you send them shows up in that fan’s news feed for all their to a landing page with whatever message you friends to see. So “viral” is built in. the Valley’s No. 1 On-Line Magazine

Link to your page from everywhere. If you want fans, you have to let people know you’re on Facebook. Put an icon or link in your newsletter, on your website or blog, in your email footer, everywhere. Email and blog it. Don’t be shy. Do an email blast driving subscribers to your fan page. Post a blog about what’s happening on your fan page with an invitation to become a fan. Send updates to your fans. This feature is a little like email. Don’t abuse it, because Facebook fans aren’t expecting (and don’t want) an avalanche of messages from you. But used wisely, this handy feature lets you update fans about your products, sales, and events. Subscribe to similar fan pages and groups. You can buy ads on Facebook, but the consensus is that response is poor. A cheap way to reach beyond your fans and attract new fans is to subscribe to similar pages and groups and post short messages inviting people to visit your page. Don’t do it too often. And don’t be spammy.

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voice to imitate Jesse Jackson. With emphasis, he as, pronounced the word “Ask” by replacing it with the phonetic sound of the word “Axe”. Each of many times he did it, it seemed always and only to make fun of Jackson’s accent, while having no bearing on the arguments, except possibly to suggest Jackson is stupid. And, to think these are the guys who where totally against criminalizing hate speech legislation! Now we now why..as it would limit the potency of their spirited and valuable message. Neo-Populist No. 3 – State Rep. Susan Angle A relished program guest, Rep. Susan Angle represents District 150 of Tomball, Texas. Her face gets all distorted with expression when she speaks of Latin American undocumented workers whom she claims, universally exploit legal births in this country and widely support the cartels. She was the first to propose state legislation to actively involve the state in federal matters of immigration (as if we can afford the federal legal bills like Arizona is now facing). In word, deed and expression she exemplifies the perfect bigot who, like the talk personalities, cuddles her “backwoods” constituents with conspiracy. The real problem no one can deny is that the most susceptibly weak minded individuals are the first to laugh and repeat the nightly broadcast demeanor of the far right talk shows like Beck’s.

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As political stakes rise for the 2012 elections shall we see the extremist pitch rise to new levels, leading some to think that “the constitution must be defended at all costs” from any the evildoers? Recently I have noted Beck maneuver into a strange head tilt after he rants as if to say, “If you don’t buy that one, how about this”, looking like a snake oil peddler working the circus route. The problem is, of course, that there In one episode Beck celebrated the Texas execution are always some gullible snake oil buyers looking for of a Mexican national while he wore a Mexican som- some medicine. brero and danced to backdrop music of the Mexican hat dance in a most humiliating way. It left any Hopefully, the moderates on both sides will reemerge. Latin-American watching with a sense of anguish, even What remnants of the Blue Dogs and the Moderate though you might have agreed with the alien criminal’s Republicans will have to reclaim the weight of the cenfate. Can anyone expect anything worthy from a man ter because neither of the extremes will do. We usually who acts like that on National T.V. or on local Talk don’t hear as much from them since their rhetoric is not as captivating and as profitable on television, as is the Radio, for that matter. message of the extremists. Neo-Populist No. 2 – Rush Limbaugh It’s been a while but, I remember listening to Lim- by Ralph Magaña baugh on KURV some time ago as he disguised his Neo-Populist No. 1 – Glen Beck Beck, who’s popular Fox News show’s sponsors feature ad spots claiming that gold is the only safe investment (just after Beck convinces his audience that Western civilization is on the verge of collapse), is the worst of the lot with degrading ethnic references.

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REMODELING FOR GOOD REASON Replace Metal Windows with Vinyl For Efficiency, Comfort, Sight and Style These days owning and maintaining a primary

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