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CCISD boundary panel changes some final recommendations

February 13th, 2019

Based on public input and further review, the Clear Creek ISD School Boundary Advisory Committee pulled back on several original boundary change recommendations for the 2019-2020 school year, moved forward with all high school boundary proposals and made some revisions for the elementary school recommendations.

Intermediate Schools

The Committee withdrew all of the original intermediate school changes, with one exception. The Coronado Apartments will still move to Clear Creek Intermediate to maintain a clean feeder from Ferguson Elementary, Clear Creek Intermediate and Clear Creek High School. There will be no other changes to the CCISD intermediate school boundaries.

Elementary Schools

The Committee withdrew its recommendation to move students from Parr Elementary to League City Elementary. The students who reside in Pecan Grove will remain at Parr Elementary. The Committee revised its recommendation to move students from North Pointe Elementary to Ward Elementary. Under the revised recommendation, College Park will stay at North Pointe Elementary and Stillwater Cove will move to Ward Elementary.

High School Changes

The Committee maintained all of its original boundary change recommendations. The District will implement high school boundary changes with the incoming 9th grade class. Students will stay at their current high school through graduation. Transportation will be provided for both the current high school students as well as the incoming 9th graders to the new high school campus. Click here for more information.

WAVE Magnet Alignment

WAVE attendance zones are determined by a student’s high school feeder pattern. If an incoming 6th grade WAVE student and/or current WAVE student has had a change in his/her high school feeder pattern, he/she may now have a change in their WAVE campus for the 2019-2020 school year. For example, if you reside in the Kirby Woods Subdivision and attend WAVE, you will move to WAVE North (Westbrook) next year versus staying at WAVE South (League City Intermediate). Similarly, all of Greene Elementary will be moved to Clear Brook High School under this proposal, meaning any WAVE students who live in the Greene Elementary zone will now move to WAVE North (Westbrook Intermediate). If an existing WAVE student would like to stay at his/her current WAVE campus versus moving to the new WAVE campus, an intradistrict transfer request should be made. The intradistrict transfer process does not open until March 1, 2019. Click here for intradistrict transfer information. Transfer requests must be filed annually.

WAVE North (Westbrook Intermediate)
Clear Brook High School
Clear Lake High School
WAVE South (League City Intermediate)
Clear Creek High School
Clear Falls High School
Clear Springs High School

Visit www.ccisd.net/sbac to see the full list of maps for the final recommendations, which were considered for approval by the school board at its Feb.25 meeting. All approved boundary recommendations will go into effect for the 2019-2020 school year.

Bill King kicks off mayoral campaign

February 12th, 2019

By Mary Alys Cherry

Houston businessman Bill King formally launched his mayoral campaign with a series of town hall meetings in various neighborhoods across the city Feb. 9-15.

The former mayor of Kemah, who narrowly lost by less than 4,000 votes to Mayor Sylvester Turner in the 2016 Houston mayoral runoff, reportedly the closest race in Houston mayoral history, said he was using these town halls “to begin the conversation about cleaning up City Hall and getting the city back to delivering the basic municipal services every resident is entitled to expect — trash pick-up, good roads and neighborhood policing.”

“It’s time to imagine a city where the streets are paved, the trash is picked up on time, homes don’t flood, there are more police officers patrolling our neighborhoods and where the politicians work for the people and not special interests,” King said. “Houston is the city that put a man on the moon. Don’t tell me we can’t have decent streets, good drainage, and a balanced budget. We do not have to settle for what we are currently getting from city government today.

The campaign will center on cleaning up the pay-to-play system at City Hall, which will allow city government to refocus its efforts back on delivering the basic services all Houstonians expect and deserve for the tax dollars they pay, he said.

NINE TOWN HALLS

As part of his kickoff, he hosted nine town hall meetings in every corner of Houston — in Sunnyside, East End/5th Ward, Spring Branch, Kingwood and Clear Lake. Meetings are also scheduled in Meyerland, Memorial and Timbergrove.

“Houstonians are hard-working, generous and resilient and the people are what make Houston the greatest city in the country,” King added. “But we have a city government that has failed to live up to what residents deserve, and it’s time for a change. Let’s clean  up City Hall and get back to basics.

Nothing has gotten better in the last four years, he said at one town hall.

“The truth is we have a city government that doesn’t live up to the people that live in it. I’m telling you right now, we’re going to change that once and for all,” he said at another.

King joins the incumbent Turner and Houston attorney Tony Buzbee in the race for mayor. Buzbee announced his candidacy a week before King. Election day is Nov. 5, 2019.

NATIVE OF AREA

Bill is a life-long resident of the Houston area. He was born and raised in the Clear Lake area, attending Clear Creek High School before going on to the University of Houston to earn an undergraduate degree in political science and his law degree.

In 1996, he was elected to the Kemah City Council and later served as mayor of Kemah from 2001-2005.

He has enjoyed a varied career as a businessman and a lawyer. He began his career with a turbulent, and ultimately unsuccessful, foray in the savings & loan industry in the 1980s. His experience in that industry is retold in his 2009 book, Saving Face. Later in his career, he served as the national managing partner for Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson, as president of Southwest Airport Services, Inc. and of counsel to Bracewell & Giuliani. He also was an editorial page columnist for 10 years for the Houston Chronicle.

Bay Cup 1 to kick off Regatta race series

February 11th, 2019

Photo from the 2018 Bay Cup I by Elizabeth Morrell.

Lakewood Yacht Club will host the 2019 Bay Cup I Regatta March 2, kicking off the annual Bay Cup race series.

Registration is $75 and includes entry into the March 1 Skipper’s Meeting at Lakewood and one meal and two drink tickets for the Saturday night post-race party. A $5 discount is available for U.S. Sailing members. Entry fees are payable by credit card or by yacht club reciprocal charge.

Register by 2100, Wednesday, Feb. 27 by visiting lakewoodyachtclub.com and then clicking on Racing & Regattas.

Trophies will be awarded at a party on Saturday night. Overall series trophies will be presented after Bay Cup II in August. Boats that compete in the same class during both Bay Cup I and II, and that are sailed by the same skipper, will be eligible for an overall trophy.

The regatta is open to all boats with enough entries to form a class. Potential classes include PHRF Spinnaker, PHRF non-Spin, PHRF under 30 feet LOA, Cruising Spinnaker, Cruising Non-Spin Classic Canvas (using only Dacron sails), Multihull and One Design class(es).

The City of Seabrook and other local areas offer up plenty of options for sailors and spectators. Visitor and guest accommodations can be found at seabrooktx.gov., along with shopping venues, eateries, educational outings and other entertainment choices.

In addition to Seabrook, this year’s sponsors include Faron Daigle, Realtor , Little Yacht Sales, Texas Coast Yachts, Davis Marine Electronics, Sea Lake Yacht Sales, Pelican Insurance, Kevin Severance Insurance, True North Marine, Blackburn Marine, Upstream Brokers, Southwest Distilleries, Bay Area Houston Magazine, KO Sailing and Alliant Insurance.

Regatta proceeds benefit the Bay Access Foundation, a not for profit charitable organization fostering amateur racing and sailing on Galveston Bay.

Contact Bay Cup I Regatta Chair David Comeaux at davidcomeaux@live.comor 832-993-5933 for more information.

 

About Lakewood Yacht Club

Lakewood Yacht Club is a private, member-owned club with great amenities to enjoy with friends and family. The Club is located on 38 beautifully landscaped acres in the NE corner of Clear Lake, about halfway between Houston and Galveston. Members enjoy an exceptional environment for boating, socializing and participating in family activities. www.lakewoodyachtclub.com

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Launches Civic Engagement Plan to Propel Change She Promised

February 7th, 2019

This weekend Judge Lina Hidalgo kicks off the first Civic Saturday event as part of “Talking Transition: Harris County,” a program designed to promote the public’s involvement in shaping the county’s future.

The unprecedented county initiative is simple but ambitious. Civic Saturday: Health is a day-long event where constituents can bring their concerns, ideas and collaborate with leaders who put change in motion. The goal is to learn from and communicate with the community.

The free event is open to the public and complimentary lunch and childcare will be provided. The event will also have the Harris County Public Health Department Mobile Medical Unit from 12- 3pm providing free flu shots, (including high-dose flu shots for seniors ) and enrolling residents in the department’s free public programs.

This is the first of seven such events scheduled around Harris County. To learn more about Talking Transition and other Civic Saturdays, visit https://www.talkingtransition.us/

WHO:

Harris County Judget Lina Hidalgo

WHEN:

Saturday, Feb. 9 at 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Please arrive by 9 a.m. to set up.

WHERE:

BakerRipley, Cleveland Campus

720 Fairmont Pkwy

Pasadena, TX 77504

To RSVP, please contact Kiran Khalid at kiran.khalid@cjo.hctx.net

Clear Lake Chatter – ALBA to celebrate 30 years

February 1st, 2019

Circle Saturday, Feb. 9 on your calendar. That’s when Assistance League of the Bay Area will celebrate its 25th anniversary as a chapter and 30th year of service to the community.

And, the community is invited to attend this year’s Superhero Birthday Bash, which will be held at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook from 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 9, in memory of Stuart Wing Williams and to celebrate all the Assistance League Superheroes – past, present and future.

Chairman Jill Williams and Vice Chairman Peggy Heinrich are heading up the team of volunteers putting on the Bay Area’s Superhero Birthday Bash with attendees encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero.

Other ALBA members assisting them with arrangements for the evening include Mavis Irvan, Gail Ashby, Sarah Foulds, Badiha Nassar, Jill Smitherman, Sandra Sellers, Katy Bastedo, Roseann Carothers, Kim Barker, Cindy Senger-Lewis, Georgia Piwonka and Kathleen Courville.

Music for dancing will be provided by Password.

One of the highlights of the evening will come during the Reverse Raffle when the third to last ticket wins a $500 gift card from Frank’s & Son Jewelers, the second to last wins a $1,000 gift card from Lewis Jewelers and the final ticket drawn wins a Superhero Golf Cart, partially sponsored by Texas Golf Carts.

Can’t wait to see that? Better get a raffle ticket, which are $100 each. But hurry. Only 300 will be sold.

All proceeds benefit the six philanthropic programs including Operation School Bell, Operation Cinderella, Operation Support Our Schools, Assault Survivor Kits, Ready for Work and Community Outreach.

Tickets to the event are $125 and may be purchased online at the website www.

Bay Oaks Women elect new officers

SUSAN McCOY has been re-elected president of the Bay Oaks Country Club Women’s Association for 2019. Other new officers who’ll serve with her are Vice Presidents Cheri Burke and Sue Laabs, Secretary Chris Howland and Treasurer Amy Roppolo with Past President Jodi Schnabel as advisor to the president.

Pam Clary will return as special events chairman, Sue Broughton as historian, Jordan Quillen as communications chairman, Mary Alys Cherry as public relations chairman, and Cassandra Brown as Bay Oaks liaison.

Other board members include Holiday Market Chairman Allyson Jackson, Hospitality Co-Chairmen Terri Steinkamp and Suzanne Leatherman, Membership Co-Chairmen Darla McKitrick and Susan Franklin, Registration Co-Chairmen Cindy Zook and Sharon Dillard, and Publicity Co-Chairmen Eileen Hult and Jodi Schnabel.

Pasadena mayor keynotes January BayTran luncheon

NEWLY ELECTED Pasadena Mayor Jeff Wagner was off to a good start after his election in July 2017, learning his new job and enjoying it when, about a month later, along came Hurricane Harvey.

But rather than wring their hands, he and other Pasadena officials got right to work trying to help people, he explained during his keynote address at the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership’s Jan. 17 luncheon.

“We accepted Harvey with open arms, and by that I mean all the emergency rooms in the area were shut down. All the airports were shut down. And, we said to one another, ‘how can we help people?’”

The answer was obvious, he told BayTran members at the luncheon at the Hobby Marriott on the Gulf Freeway – open an emergency room, which they did. It was believed to be the only working ER in Harris County, he said, and besides helping some 150 people, they even delivered a baby.

When life returned somewhat to normal, Mayor Wagner turned his thoughts to giving Pasadena a new face – even having the city buy a dilapidated building that had been vacant for 30 years and was giving the city an ugly look and needed to be torn down.

Most recently he has been working to upgrade Rickey Road, Pasadena Boulevard and Red Bluff Road – working with Harris County on sharing some of the costs. And, best of all, his city applied to FEMA for a $105 million grant to rebuild some of the city streets, and it was approved.

“Now who can say they got money from FEMA?” he smiled as he continued his overview of life in Pasadena.

BayTran President Theresa Rodriguez, and Chairman David Hamilton joined Treasurer Karen Coglianese in welcoming the crowd that also included BayTran Vice Chairman Bob Robinson, who brought his grandson, Anthony Robinson.

Several elected officials were in the audience including State Rep. Dennis Paul, Mayors Thom Kolpulski of Seabrook, Tom Reid of Pearland and Michel Bechetl of Morgan’s Point, along with Seabrook Mayor Pro-tem Natalie Picha.

Welcome Neighbors elect new officers

SOME OF THE busiest club officers these days are those who head the Bay Area Welcome Neighbors Club, which meets each month at Bay Oaks Country Club with nearly overflow crowds.

Becky Rickey is president of the group this year with Suzanne Lamminen and Catherine Jennische serving as vice presidents, Alice Swift as secretary and Madeline Rogers as treasurer.

This month they will welcome Lt. Col. Don Houk from the Living History Museum providing a first person presentation of one of the most famous World War II generals, James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, and his famous raid on Tokyo at their Feb. 21 luncheon meeting. To attend, email Nancy Guthrie at membership.bawnc@gmail.com

90 years old and still golfing

A ROOMFUL of old friends were on hand to help Charles Smitherman celebrate his 90th birthday in late December, and all were no doubt surprised to learn how he keeps a busy schedule and is out playing golf every chance he gets.

Besides his birthday celebration, it was also a chance for him and his wife, Joy, to get together with all their kids – Carol Smitherman Anglin, John and Jill Smitherman and Paul and Valerie Riddle — and grandkids and long-time friends.

Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack opens Baybrook location

February 1st, 2019

By Rick Clapp

The legendary “Kings of Crawfish” Alan Franks and Paul Latour have created another exciting Louisiana Cajun watering hole and eatery.

The original Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack, which opened in 2010, is located near the Kemah Boardwalk. It has enjoyed steady growth and developed a good reputation as a highly respected restaurant with great drinks and fresh, quality seafood at a fair price.

The new Crazy Alan’s Swamp ‘Chique’ Shack is located near Baybrook Mall on Bay Area Boulevard. This new Cajun mecca features a fun and festive environment. As you walk into the Swamp Shack you will feel like you are entering a unique New Orleans restaurant. The atmosphere is very eclectic, well decorated and has a nice relaxed ambience.     

The alligator bar, located at the center of the restaurant, is a great viewing area. It is fully stocked and loaded with call liquor, high quality spirits and a variety of cold beer and wine.

A most unique section is the restaurant’s Kids Zone. This area provides a place for children to play video games and state of the art computer games. In the meantime, parents can partake of a little adult time and relax while they enjoy their food and beverage.

Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack was the creation of the indefatigable Alan Frank and Paul Latour. These two have different styles and have successfully created a winning restaurant concept. Both self-made men have worked hard. Franks started in 1982 as a barback at Cotton Eye Joe’s, a bartender at Jason’s, and eventually became owner of the renowned entertainment center Seabrook Beach Club.

The original Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack, created by the dynamic duo, opened in 2010 in Kemah. The partnership works well. Franks handles daily operations, marketing, promotions while Latour handles the construction, interior design and decoration of the restaurant. Alan Franks attributes his success to extremely hard work, attention to detail, good employees and customer relations. He commends his long time staff — Laurie Holzle, Bob Deering, Christine Jorgensen & Toni Moreno welcoming their new managers Adrew Jones in Kemah along with Baybrook General Manager Otasch Kadirov and Assistant Manager Mike Sauceda.

Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack keeps guests very comfortable if there is a wait.

Crazy Alan’s Swamp Chique Shack’s menu is the same as the Kemah location, with great food and beverages totally consistent at both locations. The seafood is as fresh as possible, and the quality and customer service always comes first. Their offerings are vast and there is something for the seafood aficionado and the ‘land lubber.’ Alan’s is best  known for its tasty crawfish during season, but there’s much more to this quality restaurant.

The most perfect savory dish to share among friends is the Boiled Seafood Feast, which includes generous portions of shrimp, blue crab, cluster snow crab, cluster dungeness, king crab, crawfish and lobster tail.

The Homemade Louisiana Gumbo is covered with a rich dark roux and secret spices that will tantalize your taste buds. The Creole Cajun Etouffee is a mouthwatering, unique blend of Cajun and Creole spices served with French bread. The Crab Corn Bisque is creamy and delicious with all the best flavors of the bay, and don’t forget to try the delectable Blackened Fish Tacos.

Finish your dining experience with one of their decadent desserts. Enjoy Crazy Alan’s Strawberry Cake or the Crown Royale Bread Pudding.

Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack has rooms for meetings, events and special occasions. As the illustrious Cajun chef Justin Wilson once said, “I ‘GUAR-an-tee’ you will like the new Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack.”

Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack – Baybrook is located at 1330 W. Bay Area Blvd. Friendswood, TX 77546.

Visit the original Kemah location at 310 Texas Ave, Kemah, TX 77565 or visit them online at crazyalanswampshack.com.

And if you’re on the East side of Houston be sure to visit Alan and Paul’s third restaurant, The Blue Bayou Cafe, run by managing partner Guillermo Miranda. You’ll find the same great Louisiana and Texan cuisine on the menu! Visit them at 12008 I-10 E. Fwy., Houston, TX 77029 or online at bluebayoucafe.com.

The wild success of Alan and Paul’s original Kemah restaurant has allowed them to open a second location.

Makeup tips and tricks for Valentine’s Day!

February 1st, 2019

Love Conquers All!

By Blaine Ochoa 

February is the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day, relationships, and love. I want to encourage you to reflect on the relationships in your life. Be thankful for your family, friends, and significant other. All year long we should try to love and uplift one another, and cherish the moments spent together.

If you are spending the evening with someone special or spending it by yourself, I hope you make it a magical evening. I want to share with you some of my favorite makeup tips and tricks to give you a fabulous, perfect “date night” look – just in time for Valentine’s Day! (Even if your date night is with yourself and a bottle of wine).

Eye Makeup

* After you cleanse and moisturize your face and apply the proper primer and foundation, I would suggest doing a smoky eye look for date night. In order to achieve this look you would start with a light color eyeshadow in the inner part of your eye lid. Then add a light brown or black and blend into the outer corner of your eyelid. Next I would add a personal favorite, Marc Harvey’s gold and silver glitter eyeshadow lightly on top of your lid and on the arch of your eye, to give a glam pop of shimmer.

Lashes

* I love fake lashes! They will make your eyes pop and look bigger and voluptuous. Gently apply eyelash clue to your fake lashes and apply just above your real lashes on your eyes. Then let dry and voila. My favorite lash line is Lucky Cat Beauty Faux Lashes.

Blush

* I would also recommend adding a subtle bronzer right under your check bones and adding a light blush gently on top of your check bones. NARS cosmetics has a great line of blushes and Makeup By Sheila I would recommend for a bronzer.

Lipstick

* To complete your date night look, I would add a fun, vibrant lip color! You could do a nude, light pink, or red. Start with a matching lip liner and finish with a gloss on top of your lipstick. I tend to use MAC cosmetics for lipsticks.

Fun fact: Lucky Cat Beauty in Houston has a fabulous new line of lipsticks that were named after influential women in Houston. There is actually a gorgeous red color named after me – called “Blaine.” I will definitely be wearing it this Valentine’s Day!

I hope you use these makeup tips and recommendations to help you look extra special, and have a wonderful date night to remember. You can also use these suggestions all year round! If you have any questions or would like to contact me please visit Beauty with Blaine or email me at blainejanell@gmail.com

~Love is the greatest thing on earth. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Teeth in One Day – A Successful Reality

February 1st, 2019

You can now replace your missing or badly damaged teeth or dentures with a beautiful, natural, and permanent smile in just 1 day while asleep!   

If you enjoy a juicy bite of a crisp, sweet apple, consider yourself blessed. For thousands of people, this is not a pleasant experience because of the poor condition of their teeth, or because they are denture wearers. Eating should be one of life’s greatest pleasures, yet for many Americans this simply is not the case. They are in pain or unable to enjoy the simple delights most of us take for granted—enjoy chewing our food. I still remember my father’s noticeable struggle at the dinner table. I witnessed first hand how inability to eat a juicy piece of steak or salad affected the quality of his life. My father felt ashamed of his false teeth and suffered at the dinner table night after night. I remember having nightmares about losing my teeth and I began to really pay attention to people’s teeth. While that experience sparked my lifelong passion for finding the perfect replacement for natural teeth, there was no real solution for another three decades, until dental implants entered the arena.

Dental implants proved to be completely functional, comfortable, and beautiful as well. It is now realistically possible make dentures history! We live in awesome times. We now have the ability to replace natural teeth in just one day while in deep sleep. Thanks to experiments done by Swedish orthopedist, Dr. Ingvar Branemark, we learned that the hard tissue does not reject foreign objects so long as they are inserted under certain conditions and principles. In fact, our body completely integrates the new body part in a few short weeks and with proper maintenance will preserve it for life.

The evolution that Dr. Branemark began over 50 years ago by inserting a metal rod into a rabbit’s femur has blossomed into replacing vital body parts such as teeth, knee and hip in just one day.  This knowledge completely transformed orthopedics and dentistry and is changing lives dramatically, everyday.  Regrettably, my father passed away before I had the skills to help him, but in pursuing that lofty goal, I have been able to treat tens of thousands of Americans suffering with removable teeth and missing teeth!

To find out if dental implants are right for you, please contact Dr. Noie’s office, Unicare Center for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry at 281-332-4700 or online at www.drnoie.com to schedule your no obligation, complimentary consultation with Dr. Noie.

Remembering Simone M. Clapp

February 1st, 2019

By Rick Clapp

My dear mother Simone Clapp passed away this holiday season. She lived a good, long life of 89 years. Her early teen years were not so easy as she and her family survived World War II in Europe.

My mother, my grandmother and aunt were great story tellers. They told many tales of sadness, happiness and joy just to have something to eat and a meal to share was so appreciated. Even during the most difficult times and horrendous conditions of war they found joy because of their faith in God. No doubt that carried them and continued to comfort my mother up until her recent death.

Simone Clapp was a part of the “Greatest Generation” that lived and survived through World War II. The experience made my mother and others strong, stubborn, emotional, caring and loving, but most of all giving.

She would say many times that her mother learned the real gift of giving. She passed it on to all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Was Simone perfect? Close. She was good – real good and taught all of us the importance of being full of grace and helping your fellow man. We were taught to treat our neighbors and friends as family.

She shared her secrets on how to survive. The importance of never giving up and always being thankful and grateful for the large and small things in life. The best gift she gave us was the gift of giving and doing that unconditionally.

Simone taught us to pack our own parachute, not to rely on others. My mother was married to our loving father, Rodger Clapp, for over 35 years, she is survived by my brother Arthur, my sister Diane, and myself. Two grandchildren, Alisa and Mollie and four great grandchildren Niko, Neely, Alexa and her sister Marlene Leddick.

Mom, you were the perfect mother for all of us. We thank you and praise you for all you did on this earth. Rest in peace Simone. Shalom.