The Bay House Cast & Crew Screening at River Oaks Theater

March 4th, 2019

Join us for the cast & crew screening of The Bay House at Houston’s Landmark River Oaks Theater at 2009 West Gray St., Houston, TX 77019 on March 14 at 7 p.m.

Bo Brinkman, a Houston native filmmaker, wrote and directed The Bay House, the third movie produced out of six planned for production in Texas.

“We have brought together a group of Texans that work in the film industry to produce local independent films. Our goal is to produce movies with a strong story, good content, and high quality production as well as commercial appeal. Texas film crews find most of their work outside the state. Tax incentives and rebates offered by neighboring Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia have taken 95 percent of television and film productions away from Texas and that hurts our economy.” says Brinkman.

The Bay House was filmed and produced in Seabrook, San Leon, Galveston Island, Texas and Durango, as well as Silverton, Colorado.

Movie Producers and Executive Producers include Rick Clapp, Cowden Ward, Raz Halili, Billy Cain, Derek Holk, Tim Leppard, and Barry Strickland.

The movie stars Barry Corbin, (“No Country for Old Men” “The Ranch” “War Games” and TV series “Northern Exposure”), plays a career politician who loses an election in the wake of scandal, retreats to the family bay house with his wife, Academy Award Nominee, Lesley Ann Warren, ( “Victor/Victoria” “Clue” “Pure Country”) where their two estranged son’s, Houston native Sean Faris (“Pearl Harbor” “Sleep Over” “Never Back Down”) and James Callis (“Bridget Jones’s Diary” “Battlestar Galactica” “12 Monkeys”) force them to face the wreckage of their past.

Showing is on a first come basis. RSVP is a must. A $10 donation is requested at the door to benefit The Galveston Bay Foundation, a 501c3 Organization.

For more information about the premiere, please contact Sumer Dene at 281-474-5875 or

Bay Area Houston and Gulf Coast Mariner Magazines will host the local filmmaker Bo Brinkman during The Bay House Cast & Crew Screening Party and reception at Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack Baybrook on March 7 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Come meet the director and some of the actors, film crew, and staff as well as producers and executive producers. Get a sneak preview of the independent movie that was filmed locally in Bay Area Houston, Galveston, and Durango and Silverton Colorado. Local movie producers include Cowden Ward, Raz Halili, Billy Cain, Derek Holk, Tim Leppard, and Barry Strickland.

Complementary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar with beverages will be provided as well as prizes, giveaways, and signed movie posters.

Bo Brinkman will also announce the production of his latest film creation Goat Hill Road to be shot entirely in Texas.

RSVP is a must as space is limited. Contact Sumer Dene at 281-474-5875 or A $10 donation is requested at the door to benefit The Galveston Bay Foundation, a 501c3 Organization.

Tom Frankum honored as new LYC commodore

March 4th, 2019

Lakewood 2019 Flag Officers get together for a photo as they arrive at the yacht club Jan. 26 for the Commodore’s Ball. They are, from left, Commodore Tom Frankum and wife, Bonnie; Fleet Capt. Mike Romer and his wife, Sherri; Rear Commodore Mike Downs and wife, Jane; and Vice Commodore Rex Bettis and his wife, Kimberly.

By Mary Alys Cherry

LAKEWOOD YACHT CLUB’S Commodore’s Ball is always a grand night for celebrating, and this year was no exception as the crowd honored 2019 Commodore Tom Frankum and First Lady Bonnie, along with 2018 Commodore Ash Walker and First Lady Stephanie.

Other flag officers stepping into the spotlight with their wives included Vice Commodore Rex Bettis and his wife, Kimberly; Rear Commodore Mike Downs and wife, Jane; and Fleet Capt. Mike Romer and his wife, Sherri.

It was also a night to honor retiring General Manager Terry Chapman for his 43 years of service to Lakewood. And, here’s the good news for those who didn’t know: he’s not really leaving but staying on as general manager emeritus or assistant general manager to new General Manager Kelly Hoist.

Former commodores and their wives in the crowd included Bob and Judy Fuller, Jack and Alice Thomas, Drew and Sandy Lewis, A.J. and Gayle Ross, Joyce Maxwell, Don and Jill Rauscher, Thomas and Marsha Taylor, Gary and Viki Anderson, Glenn and Martha Robinson, Carl Drechsel, Jim and Cynthia Winton, Don and Marilyn Mitchell and Tom and Sue Collier.

Some of the others spotted in the crowd that filled up Lakewood’s ballroom included Randy Allen and Sue Broughton, Rita Matthews, Joy and James Edwards, George and Patt Pappas, Amy and Paul Dunphey, Jack and Marcy Fryday, Marion and Michael DeHart, Carol and Bob Robinson, Jay and Rosemary Bettis and Robert and Sue Warters.

Unrivaled quality and presentation at Michiru Sushi

March 4th, 2019

Michiru offers one of the greatest selections of fresh fish and sushi in Clear Lake

Michiru is considered by local Houstonian restaurant aficionados as one of the primo eateries in the metroplex. We are fortunate to be able to frequent the Bay Area and West University locations. These fine establishments offer more than just excellent Japanese cuisine and sushi. The décor is contemporary with warm inviting colors and tones, which create a relaxing setting and ambiance.

The restaurant offers a fully stocked bar with both well and premium liquors, wine, and an extensive sake list. They also carry some highly regarded Japanese scotch whiskeys, such as Nikka Coffee Grain, Hibiki Harmony, and Suntory Yamazaki, to name a few, some of which have won international awards in competition.

The high standard of their Japanese cuisine and sushi is where they separate themselves from similar Asian dining spots in the area. Michiru in Japanese means satisfaction. According to General Manager David Zinn, “It all begins with quality,” he states, “our fish, steaks, and produce are carefully selected before being served to the customers.

To top that off, the wait staff is professional, well trained, knowledgeable of the menu, and are always willing to go above and beyond to meet guests’ expectations of service.
The Michiru concept was started by Andy Zhuo, who worked in New York City sushi scene for over a decade before moving to Houston. In fact, most of the sushi chefs at Michiru come from a New York City background in making sushi. Utilizing superior quality fish and emphasizing detailed presentation are main focal points that distinguishes these chefs from others.

“Our chefs and sushi chefs are highly skilled, trained, and go through a progressive apprenticeship,” Zinn says.

Michiru does not have a happy hour. This is because the quality and presentation of their dishes rival the more expensive sushi restaurants found in the city. “Happy hour fish are not always happy,” explains Zinn. “But at Michiru, we have many other ways to take care of our customers, the right way.” They offer one of best reward programs in the city which is free for anybody to join, have the greatest selection of fresh fish in Clear Lake, and feature discounted weekly specials for rolls, appetizers, and drinks, in order to promote customers to try different items.

In 2009, Zhuo opened his first location in Clear Lake, which was followed several years later by the West University location. Their award-winning Japanese fusion cuisine begins with finest fresh fish, creative innovation, and a desire to continually improve their product.

One of the most popular menu items are the Tuna Dumplings. Often imitated, but never replicated, Michiru invented these beautiful delicatable red “ocean purses.” These paper-thin translucent pouches of tuna filled with avocado, shrimp, and crunch is only one of example of the creativity of MichiRu.

Their Cuban 8 roll, one of their more popular rolls for guests who like their sushi cooked, combines shrimp tempura, crab, sushi shrimp, cream cheese, and crunch. Finished with mango sauce, sriracha, and eel sauce, this roll completely “satisfies” all who taste it.

Don’t forget about their Asian kitchen! From the Bone in Lemongrass marinated Pork Chops and Certified Angus steaks to the Pepper Corn Beef Szechuan and Wasabi Cream Red Snapper, the menu has something for everybody. One thing on the menu that may come as a surprise, is their use of steak in various ways. They have a cooked-to-order wok grilled Certified Angus filet mignon, as well as some signature rolls topped with the same steak. From time to time, either American or Australian wagyu can be ordered, either as sushi/sashimi or to be cooked by the guest on a hot stone.

Also, a real treat to steak lovers is a Japanese A5 Wagyu beef, which can be found sometimes on the special menu, used both in appetizers or in a sushi roll.

Michiru has a different specialty menu offered almost daily of new creations not found anywhere else. On any given day, you might find some very interesting items such as the new Tuna Pizza, Lava Red Trout, the Bronzino Appetizer, the Phoenix roll, North Atlantic Live Scallops, and much more. If you wish to keep up with their new creations or the fresh fish of the day, like them on Facebook.

Whether or not you are looking to chow on some raw fish delicacies, only eat your food cooked, or even prefer animal free diet altogether, Michiru is a place that caters to any appetite. They have lunch specials Monday through Saturday. They are even capable of curing that sweet tooth, with a desert menu featuring Japanese favorite, mochi ice cream offered in green tea and strawberry flavors.

The Clear lake store is located on I-45 and NASA Road 1, in the strip right in front of the Cinemark theater. The other store can be found in Greenway Plaza near the Lakewood Church. Reservations are welcome every day of the week, but not required to get a seat.

Business Buzz

March 4th, 2019

Space test flights are delayed again
The first crewless test flights have been delayed again, NASA has announced. The space agency said the first uncrewed test flight by SpaceX’s Crew Dragon – previously planned for around Feb. 23 – is now scheduled for no earlier than March 2, with its second test flight with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken now scheduled for July.
Meanwhile, Boeing’s uncrewed test flight of the CTS-100 Starliner in March is now scheduled for no sooner than April, and its crewed test flight with Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson and NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Mike Fincke scheduled for no sooner than August.

NASA awards $2.9B contract to Leidos
NASA has awarded Leidos of Reston, Va., a contract for information technology (IT) end-user services to support the agency’s headquarters, centers and other performance sites.
NASA End-user Services & Technologies (NEST) is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that has a maximum value of $2.9 billion and includes a two-year, three-month base period followed by a two-year option, one-year option, and five one-year award term options that would extend the period of performance to May 31, 2029.
NASA personnel use IT to support the agency’s core business, scientific, research and computational activities. Leidos will provide, manage, secure and maintain these essential IT services for the agency.

Two firms donate $500,000 to SJC
As the building of the new San Jacinto College Center for Petrochemical, Energy and Technology nears completion, two companies have donated a total of $500,000 for an analyzer lab and for education and training.

Siemens has donated $250,000 to add an analyzer lab to the new center that is expected to open this fall while Dow Chemical has donated another $250,000 to ensure that training and the education curriculum in the center will align with the needs of petrochemical manufacturing employers.

Siemens, a global powerhouse focusing on electrification, automation and digitalization, has been among the college’s industry partners providing input and donations toward the project since the start of discussions about the San Jacinto College petrochemical training center.

San Jac broke ground for the $60 million center in September 2017. In addition to an associate degree and certificates, the college is pursuing the approval and development of a bachelor’s degree in applied technology.

Besides being an industry partner and member of the College’s Petrochemical Advisory Council, Dow Chemical Deer Park has hired 25 SJC graduates as operators in the past four years – or 23 percent of the site’s new hires. Dow also has established an apprenticeship program at the college.

Port has another outstanding year
In highlighting a host of achievements this past year, Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther announced several records were broken in 2018, including that total tonnage at the port set a record of 35.7 million tons – an increase of 9 percent from 2017.

“The strength of cargo activity helped drive operating revenue to $366 million for the year, shattering the previous record set in 2017 of $333 million.” Guenther said as he delivered his 2018 year-end report to the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority during its first monthly meeting of 2019.

Combined business through the port’s public facilities also generated a total cash flow of $162 million, surpassing the previous record of $151 million set in 2017.

Presenting AMOCO Federal Credit Union’s sponsorship check for the Keep Kids in School Golf Tournament is (right) Stacey Malbrough with Communities In Schools-Bay Area’s Hillary Gramm, resource development director, and Dr. Peter Wunschel, executive director.

Amoco FCU gives $5,000 to CIS-BA
Since 2006, Amoco Federal Credit Union has supported at-risk students through the annual Keep Kids in School Golf Tournament sponsorships totaling $109,000. The golf tournament benefits Communities in Schools-Bay Area, a dropout prevention program serving 26 campuses in Clear Creek and Dickinson ISDs.

This year’ shamble tournament will be Monday, April 15 at Bay Oaks Country Club in Clear Lake.

In addition to sponsoring the tournament, Amoco staffers serve the students in different ways. Amoco’s Stacey Malbrough, culture and communications manager, mentors a League City Elementary School student in the program and works on the Raise Your Glass to CIS wine tasting event committee. Josh Ryding, Friendswood branch manager, works on the Keep Kids in School Golf Tournament Committee.

For sponsorships or golf tournament information, contact Hillary Gramm at or 281-486-6698.

Dr. Tieken and his team have changed yet another life for the better

March 4th, 2019

Jimmy Miller, left, winner of the Bay Area Makeover, shows off his new smile with Miss Kemah Erin Wilrich and Dr. Tieken.

By Madison Junck

Throughout the last 28 years, Dr. Tieken has been dedicated to giving exceptional members of the community the smile they deserve.

The Bay Area Makeover was created in 2003 when Dr. Tieken discovered a new way to use his expertise to give back to the community that has been so good to him. He wanted to give deserving individuals the smile and confidence they had only dreamt of and immediately went to work organizing the Bay Area Makeover. Since then, Dr. Tieken has completed five makeovers and given over $320,000 worth of dental and medical services.

Jimmy Miller is the most recent winner of the Bay Area Makeover. Jimmy was introduced to Dr. Tieken in early 2018 when Dr. Tieken began his search for the next BAM winner. Jimmy’s two children, along with his girlfriend, each submitted a letter to Dr. Tieken explaining why they felt Jimmy was the most deserving candidate.

After months of anticipation, Jimmy finally received the news that he had been chosen as the winner of the Bay Area Makeover. “There was just something about Jimmy. Once I got to know him, I just knew he was so deserving of this,” Dr. Tieken said.

In the following weeks Dr. Tieken gathered a team of incredible doctors who were more than willing to help him along this journey, Periodontist Dr. Jared Abramian and Endodontist Dr. Christopher Coleman.

Over a year and dozens of visits later, Jimmy’s smile makeover was complete.

Dr. Tieken wanted a special way to celebrate and reveal Jimmy’s new smile to his friends and family so at the end of January he hosted a smile makeover reveal party at Preamble Lounge and Craft House for Jimmy, his friends and family, and members of the community. The night was full of love, laughter and lots of bright smiles.

“This whole experience has completely changed my life,” Jimmy said. “Not being able to show my smile was one problem on its own, but the constant pain was horrible to go through, too. Dr. Tieken and this team of doctors changed my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined, and I finally have the confidence to smile again.”

Harris Co. Engineering plans subdivision drainage meetings

February 19th, 2019

The Harris County Engineering Department – Recovery and Resiliency Division will host the following community engagement meetings to provide preliminary study information about stormwater drainage improvements. Subdivision residents are invited to attend and provide feedback on the proposed studies.

Any improvements will be funded with the bonds approved by Harris County voters on Aug. 25, 2018. Community engagement meetings are led by Harris County Engineering with support from the Flood Control District.

  • Roland Road & Related Infrastructure
    Feb. 19, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Katy High School
    6331 Highway Blvd.
    Katy, Texas 77494
  • Ravensway, Ravensway South and Westgate
    Feb. 26, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Cypress Exhibit Center
    11206 Telge Road
    Cypress, Texas 77429
  • Parkway Forest
    Feb. 26, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Sheldon ISD Network Operations Center
    11411- B C.E. King Parkway
    Houston, Texas 77044
  • Baybrook and Seascape subdivisions and Todville Road Bridge
    Feb. 27, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Bay Area Community Center
    5002 E. NASA Parkway
    Seabrook, Texas 77586
  • Forest Shadows and Sandpiper/ Sandpiper Village
    March 4, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Dueitt Middle School
    1 Eagle Crossing
    Spring, Texas 77373
  • Evergreen Villas and Hidden Meadow
    March 4, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Sheldon ISD Network Operations Center
    11411- B C.E. King Parkway
    Houston, Texas 77044
  • Barrett Station
    March 5, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Barrett Station Community Center
    808 1⁄2 Magnolia Drive
    Crosby, Texas 77532
  • Cypress Creek Estates, Cypress Crossing Mobile Home Park, Dowdell Woods and Tower Oaks Plaza
    March 5, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Cypress Exhibit Center
    11206 Telge Road
    Cypress, Texas 77429
  • Houmont Park
    March 18, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Sheldon ISD Network Operations Center
    11411-B C.E. King Parkway
    Houston, Texas 77044
  • Williamsburg Colony, Williamsburg Hamlet, Williamsburg Parish and Williamsburg Settlement
    March 20, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Morton Ranch High School
    21000 Franz Road
    Katy, Texas 77449
  • Pine Trails
    March 21, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Pine Trails Community Improvement Association
    6003 Wood Bend
    Houston, Texas 77049
  • Northlake Forest and Coles Crossing
    March 28, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Juergen’s Hall Community Center
    26026 Hempstead Road
    Cypress, Texas 77429
  • Hearthstone Sec 1/ Avila Cr. Estates and Fairway West Sec 1
    April 3, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Cypress Ridge High School
    7900 N. Eldridge Parkway
    Houston, Texas 77041
  • Memorial Parkway and Cimarron Secs 2, 3, 4, 5
    April 9, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Taylor High School
    20700 Kingsland Blvd.
    Katy, Texas 77450
  • Fountainhead Sec 2
    April 10, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Bleyl Middle School
    10800 Mills Road
    Houston, Texas 77070
  • Foxwood
    April 16, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Humble Civic Center
    8233 Will Clayton Parkway
    Humble, Texas 77338
  • Norchester and Prestonwood
    April 17, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Norchester Clubhouse
    13439 Jones Road
    Houston, Texas 77070
  • Sawmill Ranch
    April 18, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Klein Multipurpose Center
    7500 FM 2920
    Spring, Texas 77379

For more information, visit

About the Harris County Engineering Department – Recovery and Resiliency Division The Harris County Engineering Department, with direction from the Commissioners Court, established the Recovery and Resiliency Division in 2018 to oversee engineering projects dedicated to the reduction of flood risk following Hurricane Harvey. The Division is one of eight within the Harris County Engineering Department, which executes the planning, study, design and construction of various infrastructure, parks and other architectural and maintenance projects in accordance with engineering design standards and specifications. For more information about the Harris County Engineering Department, visit

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 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.


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.


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.

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

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.

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.


* I love fake lashes! They will make your eyes pop and look bigger and voluptuous. Gently apply eyelash glue 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.


* 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.


* 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

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