Hurricane Harvey Recovery Centers and Survey Are Open

April 16th, 2019

Houston Councilman Dave Martin would like to remind residents who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey to apply for assistance through recovery programs and resources under the City of Houston Homeowner Assistance Program (HoAP).

The Recovery Survey is the first step and tool to direct residents to the appropriate recovery program and to help the city prioritize those with urgent needs. No documentation is required to take the Recovery Survey, and it takes less than 15 minutes to complete. While priority will be given to low and moderate income homeowners, assistance is available to homeowners of all income levels. An intake specialist will contact you after you complete the survey regarding the next steps.

The survey can be taken:

If you need assistance filling out the Survey, please call 832-393-0550 or visit one of the stationary HRC’s:

  • Northeast: 9551 N. Wayside, Houston, Texas 77028
  • Northwest: 13101 Northwest Freeway [Hwy. 290], Suite 101, Houston, Texas 77040
  • Southwest: 6464 Savoy Drive, Suite 110, Houston, Texas 77036
  • Southeast: 11550 Fuqua St., 3rd floor, Houston, Texas 77036 (in District E)

The stationary centers are open Monday and Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 to 3 p.m. These centers are closed on Sundays. For a map, click here.

The city received the $1.17 billion for housing recovery through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the State of Texas General Land Office. The recovery funds include the HoAP, which offers five program options including:

  • Reimbursement for completed repairs
  • Homeowner-managed rehabilitation
  • City-managed rehabilitation and reconstruction
  • Buyouts
  • Interim mortgage assistance.

For more information regarding this program, please contact the Houston Recovery Center by calling 832-393-0550.

Mermaid Regatta

April 16th, 2019

On-the-water racing action during the 2019 Mermaid Regatta held at the Houston Yacht Club. Photo by Dmitriy Yegorov

By Babs Bukowski, DPH, RN

Houston Yacht Club recently held the Mermaid Regatta – a women’s only race. HYC is the only known yacht club at this time to have a Spinnaker fleet in a women’s only regatta. The downwind leg had 17- to 19-knot winds and boat speeds of more than nine knots.

  • Winner: Allie Cribbs, helmswoman of S/V Pesto, a J 105, in the Spinnaker class.
  • Second place: Lisa Cushing driving S/V #77, J92.

Three minutes and 3 seconds separated these two racers.

Joining Allie Cribbs on the Mermaid throne winning the perpetual trophy were:

  • Nicole Laster, racing S/V Bad Girl, a Cal 33-2, PHRF Non-Spinnaker. She was 2 seconds ahead of her next competitor.
  • Nancy Welch driving, S/V Mischief, a Catalina 380, HYC Club Handicap. Nancy won same class in 2018.

In sum, there was the 1st spinnaker competition, a photo finish (NS), and repeat winner (Club Handicap)… MER-mazing!

More than 100 women were on-the-water representing at least 12 local, national, and international sailing/yacht clubs. Sailors traveled from Michigan, New Jersey, Illinois, Louisiana, Florida, Virginia, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Following is a list of six upcoming women’s races for 2019:

  • May 11, the off-shore Mermaid division of HYC’s Offshore Regatta
  • June 1, GBCA’s in-shore Women’s Regatta
  • June 15, HYC’s in-shore Catherine Spiller Race
  • June 16, HYC’s in-shore Fairfax Moody Race
  • Sept. 28, TASS’ in-shore Carol Becker Race
  • Oct 10-13 LYC’s off-shore Harvest Moon Regatta’s, Luna Trophy

Rotary Gala to honor heroes of space

April 12th, 2019

Mr. David Thompson, National Space Trophy Recipient (Orbital ATK Photo)

The Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation will recognize people in the space industry at their annual space awards gala on Friday, April 26, at the Downtown Houston Hyatt Regency.

The evening begins with a reception at 6 p.m., and the program starts at 7 p.m. with a welcome by RNASA Chairman Rodolfo Gonzalez. The public is invited to attend.

The RNASA Foundation was formed by the Space Center Rotary Club in 1985, to publicly recognize the unsung heroes of America’s space program alongside the more well-known achievers. This year, the RNASA Foundation will present the 2019 National Space Trophy, to, retired Orbital ATK President and CEO of David W. Thompson.

Former NASA Astronaut Frank Culbertson will present the prestigious award to Thompson. Special guest speakers will include William Shatner, best known for his role as Capt. James Kirk, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, former Rotary International President Ron Burton and NASA Spokesperson Bob Jacobs.

Morgan Brennan, co-host of CNBC’s Squawk Alley, will serve as emcee and Gemini/Apollo astronaut Lt. Gen. Thomas Stafford, USAF (Ret.), will present an Omega watch to Thompson at the closing of the program.

The National Space Trophy honoree is selected each year by the RNASA Foundation’s Board of Advisors. This board represents a Who’s Who of government and corporate aerospace leaders, including former Trophy and Space Communicator Award recipients.

In addition to the National Space Trophy, stellar awards will be presented to people in early career, mid career, late career, and team categories. RNASA Chairman Rodolfo González said, “We received an impressive 140 stellar nominations this year, 36 government and 104 corporate.”

The nominations came from Aerie Aerospace, Aerojet Rocketdyne, ARES Corporation, The Boeing Company, Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI, Inc., Collins Aerospace, Jacobs, KBRWyle, Leidos, Lockheed Martin, MRI Technologies, Glenn Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, Johnson Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, Langley Research Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, Stennis Space Center, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, Oceaneering Space Systems, Raytheon Company, SAIC, Sierra Nevada Corporation, SpaceX, United Launch Alliance, and the U.S. Air Force.

Of all the nominations, only a few Stellar awards are given, and are announced the evening of the banquet. The winners will receive engraved marble trophies generously sponsored by Northrop Grumman. The trophies will be presented by NASA Astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Dr. Shannon Walker.

The RNASA Stellar Awards Evaluation Panel ranks the nominations received from industry and government in all categories, based on whose accomplishments hold the greatest promise for furthering activities in space and the extent to which the nominee meets the goal of recognizing “unsung heroes.” The 2019 Stellar judges are Michael Coats, Arnold Aldrich, Eileen Collins and Kevin Chilton.

The Stellar Award nominees and team representatives will enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Johnson Space Center and a luncheon where all are recognized with mounted certificates and a Fisher Space Pen donated by the company. The Fisher Space Pen was originally carried by the astronauts of the Apollo moon missions and is still used on manned space flights to this day. They are precision assembled, hand tested, and guaranteed to perform underwater, at any angle including upside down, in extreme temperatures, and of course in zero gravity. The keynote speaker at the luncheon will be astronaut Scott Tingle.

The Stellar Awards Committee Chairman Jennifer Devolites, RNASA Foundation Chairman Rodolfo González, RNASA Committee member Duane Ross, and Space Center Rotary Club President Nancy Anderson will also address the nominees at the Stellar Awards luncheon.

Following the welcome will be a presentation of the colors by Clear Brook High School Army JROTC, accompanied with the national anthem sung by the Clear Creek High School Chamber Singers Solo Quartet. Rev. Tracye Ruffin, retired hospice chaplain, Disciples of Christ-Christian Church will provide the invocation. After dinner, the awards ceremony will kick off with a multimedia show summarizing the year’s space events produced by Space City Films.

The RNASA Foundation invites members of the public and the aerospace community to attend the black-tie event. Individual tickets are $300, and corporate tables range from $2,500 to $5,500. Please use to reserve your table for the RNASA Banquet, and for information about sponsorships and tickets. To reserve a hotel room, use at the Houston Hyatt Regency.

SH 146 Expansion – Lane and Channel Closures

April 10th, 2019


Motorists can expect the following lane closures over the next several weeks. Uniformed police officers may be onsite to assist with the closures if needed.

SH 146 southbound outside lane at the NASA Parkway intersection will be closed April 10 through April 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. This closure is to create a work zone for demolition activities.

SH 146 southbound outside lane on the Clear Creek Channel Bridge (Seabrook/Kemah Bridge) will be closed every Sunday through Thursday night from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. each night beginning on April 14 and continuing for approximately four weeks (weather permitting).


Please take note of upcoming impacts to the Clear Creek Channel navigable waterway under the (Seabrook/Kemah Bridge). The closures listed below have been approved by TxDOT and the U.S. Coast Guard and are necessary for the construction of the SH146 expansion project.

The north (inbound) channel, directly under the Clear Creek Channel Bridge (Seabrook/Kemah Bridge), will be completely closed beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019.  This closure will be in place continuously for approximately one month.

  • This closure will allow the contractor to remove the existing fender system so they can begin constructing new bridge foundations. The south (outbound channel) will not be obstructed by other work on the SH146 project while this closure is in place.
  • Please be advised that the south (outbound) channel will have two-way traffic during this time.
  • Message boards have been placed on both approaches to the channel to assist with notifying approaching vessels.
  • The closure will consist of two barges side-by-side within the channel

The south (outbound) channel, directly under the Clear Creek Channel Bridge (Seabrook/Kemah Bridge), will be completely closed beginning immediately after the previous north (inbound) channel closure is removed.  This closure will be in place continuously for approximately one and a half months.

  • This closure will allow the contractor to remove the existing fender system and begin driving concrete piles for new bridge foundations.
  • Additional notifications will be posted and sent once the specific start date for this closure is known.

Additional closures, including short-term (12 hours to 48 hours depending on approval) full closures will continue to take place throughout the SH146 project as both sides of the existing bridge are widened and a new express bridge is constructed. Notifications will be sent prior to future closures.


This SH 146 Update was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Information about the SH 146 Expansion can be found at

Scholarship fund assists UHCL students still impacted by Harvey

April 10th, 2019

University of Houston System applied for and has received a $500,000 grant, called the Rebuild Texas Fund, to assist students still struggling financially with the aftereffects of the 2017’s Hurricane Harvey.

UH-Clear Lake has been designated to receive $200,000 of these funds, which can be applied to students’ financial aid package starting in the fall 2019 academic year.The UHCL scholarship is named the Qatar Harvey Fund Scholarship, in honor of the funds that Qatar has committed for this purpose.“These funds can be used for tuition, books, room and board, and anything related to completion of a student’s degree program,” said UHCL Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships Dwayne Busby.

In order to be eligible for funds, students must be currently enrolled or returning students who withdrew from a UH System campus in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. They must demonstrate an unmet financial need and material or financial hardship due to the hurricane. Undergraduate students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, and graduate and doctoral students must have a 3.0. They must be able to demonstrate via data or anecdotally, the impact of the hurricane on their financial circumstances.

Priority will be given to students who have exhausted all other forms of aid and who are nearing graduation based on credit hours remaining toward their degree.For more information, or to apply for the Qatar Harvey Fund Scholarship, visit

Tchaikovsky, Elgar are paired in Bayou Theater ‘Serenade’

April 10th, 2019

Mercury is pairing two emotionally resonant, sweet-sounding works – Tchaikovsky’s homage to his idol Mozart and Edward Elgar’s sentimental early compositions – in a concert titled Strings Serenade, to be performed at University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Bayou Theater on April 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Mercury Concertmaster Jonathan Godfrey, who is one of Mercury’s founding members, said that the concert would start with the works of Elgar. “He wrote it early in his life, and it’s beautiful and very haunting, especially the second movement,” Godfrey said. “It’s very poignant, and it’s a chance to emote this way with strings. Then, afterward, there are three short pieces, each featuring a soloist.”

These three pieces, Godfrey said, are “character pieces in their own right. They were originally written for solo violin with piano accompaniment, and then later Elgar orchestrated them. We are doing arrangements for this performance that were transcribed for solo cello, viola, and violin by Mercury’s creative director, Antoine Plante.”


Godfrey said that Elgar had actually written the solo for violin, entitled “Salut d’Amour” as an engagement gift to the woman he later married. “It’s a full-circle moment for me, because I also played this piece for my own wife at our wedding,” he said.

He said the second half of the concert would be Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade of Strings,” which was composed around the same time as his classic “1812 Overture.”

“Letters Tchaikovsky wrote have survived from that time, when he was writing those orchestral pieces, and he said that he didn’t know if the ‘1812 Overture’ had much artistic value, but the other had real artistic merit,” Godfrey said. “He was commissioned to write the ‘1812 Overture,’ a loud and banging orchestral piece with cannons, but aside from ‘The Nutcracker Suite,’ it turned out to be the most famous thing he’d written,” he said.


“The “Serenade for Strings” is gorgeous,” Godfrey said. “This performance will be different. The whole orchestra will be performing, but in this case, like a string quartet, there will be no conductor. Like all things we do, we try to present music in dynamic way. Because we’re standing while performing, it creates a sense of engagement that is different from watching an orchestra seated on stage.”

He said it was a pleasure to put this concert together. “This is some of the most heartwarming, sentimental music Mercury plays,” he said. “I hope people will come and see it.”

For more information about the Bayou Theater, or to purchase tickets to “Strings Serenade,” visit

2018 Bay Area Houston Magazine Best of the Bay Award Winners

April 3rd, 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Bay Area Houston Magazine Best of the Bay Awards! At the start of every year, we look back and reflect on the good we saw in the previous year. These are the results voted on and chosen by you, the reader!

Best Asian Cuisine

888 Asian Bistro

Best Auto Repair

Space Center Auto

Best Bank

Texas First Bank – Kemah

Best Bartender

Tara Calvert – Tommy’s Restaurant Oyster Bar

Best BBQ

Red River BBQ 

Best Breakfast

Skipper’s Greek Cafe

Best Brunch

Sundance Grill II

Best Burger

Hubcap Grill

Best Cajun Restaurant

Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar

Best Car Dealer – domestic

Ron Carter Cadillac

Best Car Dealer – foreign

Ron Carter Hyundai

Best Credit Union

JSC Credit Union

Best Café

Classic Cafe

Best City to Live

League City

Best Contractor/Remodeler

Dynamic Construction Texas

Best Dentist

Dr. J Derek Tieken

Best Entertainment Spot

T-Bone Tom’s

Best Entertainment Venue

Kemah Boardwalk

Best Family Restaurant

T Bone Tom’s

Best Gift Shop


Best Hair Salon

Brazil N Drops

Best Hair Stylist

Bonnie Wolcott – Heist Hair Bar

Best Hospital

Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital

Best Indian Restaurant

Noon Mirch – Cuisine of India

Best Italian Restaurant

Grazia Italian Kitchen

Best Luxury Car


Best Margarita

El Tiempo Cantina

Best Marina

South Shore Harbor

Best Mexican Restaurant

El Tiempo Cantina

Best Oysters

Tommy’s Restaurant Oyster Bar

Best Pizza

Dan’s Pizza

Best Pub

Scotty’s Pub on the Bay

Best Realtor

Kimberly Harding

Best Resale Shop

Assistance League

Most Romantic Restaurant


Best Seafood

Tookie’s Seafood

Best Steak

T Bone Tom’s

Best Sushi


Best Vegan Restaurant


Best Vocalist – Male

Claudio Sereni

Best Vocalist – Female

Kelly Williams

Best Web Design

Big Splash Web Design

Best Wine Bar

Chelsea Wine Bar

Best Women’s Apparel

The Clotheshorse

Best Women’s Boutique

Belle Lee’s Boutique

Best Yacht Club

Lakewood YC

Best Urgent Care

UTMB League City

Best New Restaurant

O2 Bistro

Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance Announces 2019 Grand Marshal Best Selling Author and Classic Car Collector: Clive Cussler

April 2nd, 2019

The 24th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance, benefiting Today’s Harbor for Children, is proud to announce the NY Times Best Selling Author, Classic Car Collector, and founder of the National Underwater & Marine Agency Clive Cussler as the 2019 Grand Marshal. On May 4-5, 2019, Cussler will be on the grounds at Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance meeting participants and visitors, signing autographs, as well as partaking in the awards programs.

A noted collector of classic automobiles, Cussler owns over 180 of the finest examples of custom coachwork and 50s convertibles to be found anywhere.

Cussler, the Grand Master of the American action adventure novel, began writing in 1965 and published his first novel in 1973. Now with more than 60 best sellers, Cussler’s books are published in over 45 languages in more than 100 countries with a readership of over 125 million avid readers and fans. He and his wife Janet make their home in Arizona.

Keels & Wheels Concours d’ Elegance is a classic car and vintage wooden boat show that takes place over the course of one weekend each spring at the Lakewood Yacht Club in picturesque Seabrook, TX and attracts more than 10,000 attendees. The exhibitors and spectators come from every part of the United States, contributing to the more than $1.7 million that the Concours has raised to date for local charities.

The Concours will celebrate 100 years of Bentley, and feature the automobile Marques of Lamborghini, and Shelby and honoring all Classic and Vintage Wooden Boats. Judging takes place on Saturday, May 4. The classic boating side of the event is sanctioned by the Antique and Classic Boat Society, an international organization established to standardize the judging procedure. An incredible array of classic wooden boats and vintage fiberglass boats, both large and small, will be on display.

Title sponsors of the event include City of Seabrook, Texas; The Jon & Jacqueline Hodges Charitable Organization; Texas Coast Yachts – Jeanneau Dealership for the Gulf Coast ; and Apache Well Control.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or follow us on Facebook.

About Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance:

Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance is a weekend-long, nationally acclaimed classic car and vintage wooden boat show that takes place each spring at the Lakewood Yacht Club in beautiful Seabrook, Texas. Keels & Wheels welcomes approximately 200 cars and 100 boats, and has raised more than $1.7 million for local charities, while drawing thousands of participants and spectators from all over the U.S. and Europe.

Proceeds from the 2019 event will again benefit Today’s Harbor for Children, whose mission is to provide a home and safe environment for abandoned and abused children and healthy, comprehensive care for children and families in crisis. For more information please visit or follow us on Facebook.

Nuvothera’s Super-Micronized Turmeric Curcumin Available Now

April 2nd, 2019

Nuvothera announces the launch of its Super-Micronized Turmeric Curcumin supplement. Nuvothera’s Turmeric Curcumin is unlike any other because it’s super-micronized to achieve maximum absorption, potency, and bioactivity without chemical enhancers.

Turmeric and its unique compound curcumin have anti-inflammatory effects that heal the gut and body. Turmeric and curcumin reduce inflammation, lower risk of heart disease and cancer, improve circulation, detox the liver, and stimulate collagen production as well as rejuvenate skin. The key to Nuvothera’s unique scientific formulation is the water-soluble formula that allows for maximal absorption without harmful chemicals. Nuvothera Super-Micronized Turmeric has been shown to be 100 times more potent than other brands.

Nuvothera’s CEO Arthur Clapp has decades of experience developing all-natural alternatives to pharmaceutical treatments. This is a God-send for people seeking to reduce dependence on prescription pills. Consumers report benefits of diminished joint pain, improved brain function, thwarting Alzheimer’s disease, and even anti-aging effects. Turmeric also is the most helpful remedy for inflammatory skin problems like acne, rosacea or psoriasis. The key to Nuvothera’s unique scientific formulation is the water-soluble formula that allows for maximal absorption without harmful chemicals.

“Our Super-Micronized Turmeric Curcumin excels in so many ways beyond conventional curcumin options,” says Clapp, “but the star of the show is our finding of 126 times greater COX-2 inhibition, which is a biomarker for inflammation.” There’s a plethora of health advantages of turmeric and curcumin. However, the anti-inflammatory benefits are the most exciting. The Super-Micronized Turmeric Curcumin is a game changer for sought after anti-inflammatory benefits.

Nuvothera now sells Super-Micronized Turmeric Curcumin on their website, or from Amazon and other outlets.

For more information contact Sumer Dene at or 281-474-587.

Bay Area voters head to polls May 4

April 1st, 2019

By Mary Alys Cherry

Residents of many Bay Area cities will head to the polls Saturday, May 4 to elect a number of mayors and city councilors. In some instances where the candidates have no opposition – such as Dickinson, El Lago, Nassau Bay, Taylor Lake Village and Webster – no election will be held, and the candidates will be declared winners and sworn in at a later date.

While League City will not be electing candidates until November, its residents will join Pearland in voting on bond referendums.

Pearland plans an $80 million bond that will include drainage improvements, a new animal shelter and a number of road improvements including the Pearland Parkway circle and the widening of Bailey Road – five propositions in all that would increase the property tax rate by 3.75 cents per $100.

League City’s $145 million bond referendum will be in three parts:
-Proposition A covers $73 million for drainage problems in the city’s worst flooded neighborhoods during Harvey;
-Proposition B will provide $72 million to cover transportation issues and will also include a $5 million extension of the Grand Parkway;
-Proposition C is to adopt a sales tax increase of 0.25 percent, increasing the total to 8.25 per cent per $100 property value – meaning 2 percent would go to the city, and, if approved, would offset any increase in taxes caused by Prop. A and B.

If the first two propositions pass and the sales tax increase does not, League City’s tax rate will increase $0.014 per $100 in property value or about $28 yearly for a home valued at $250,000.

Visit Pearland and League City municipal websites for additional information.

Early voting runs April 26-26 and April 29-30.

Clear Creek ISD
District 1
-Laura DuPont

At Large Pos. B
-Ann Hammond
-Scott Bowen

Clear Lake Shores
-Kurt Otten

-Jan Bailey (i)
-Christy Lyons (i)
-Ralph Kliza

Deer Park
-Jerry Mouton (i)

Position 1
-Sherry Garrison (i)
-James Warren Stokes

Position 2
-Carol Castorena Greer
-TJ Haight

Position 3
-Tommy Ginn (i)

Position 2
-Bruce Henderson (i)

Position 4
-Wally Deats (i)

Position 6
-William H. King III (i)

El Lago
-John Skelton (i)

Position 1
-Jeff Tave (i)

Position 2
-Jeff Michalak (i)

Position 4
-Robert J. Griffon (i)

Position 6
-Brent Erenwert
-Carl W. Gustafson (i)

-Carl P. Joiner (i)
-Terri Gale

Position 2
-Wanda Zimmer (i)

Position 4
-Joseph A. Wilson
-Robin Collins (i)

La Porte
At Large A
-John Zemanek (i)
-Brandon Lunsford

District 4
-Thomas Garza
-Marc Clarke

District 5
-Jay Martin (i)
-Chuck Rosa

Nassau Bay
Position 1
-Don Matter (i)

Position 3
-John Mahon (i)

Position 5
-Bob Warters

District A
-Felipe Villarreal (i)
-Ornaido Ybarra

District B
-Steve Halvorson
-Blanca L. Sanchez
-Bruce Leamon (i)

District C
-Don Harrison (i)
-Jaimy Z. Blanco

District D
-Sammy Casados (i)

District E
-Cody Ray Wheeler (i)
-Joseph JT Thomas

District F
-Phil Cayten (i)
-Sam Tijerina

District G
-Mary A. Vargas
-Cary Bass (i)

District H
-Lori Laird
-Thomas Schoenbein (i)

Position 1
-Derrell Isenberg
-Luke Orlando
-Jimi Amos

Position 5
-J. David Little (i)
-Sheila Pope

Position 6
-Tony Perez (i)

Taylor Lake Village
-Jon Keeney (i)

Position 2
-Doug Blanchard (i)

Position 4
-Einar Goerland (i)

Position 3
-Lawrence P. Tosto (i)

Position 4
-Beverly Gaines (i)

Position 5
-Edward Lapeyre (i)