Feral hogs spotted in Seabrook

February 17th, 2020

Seabrook Animal Control has received several calls regarding packs of feral hogs at Wildlife Park just off Red Bluff Road in Seabrook. This is not unusual but may cause apprehension to residents. While utilizing the trails please be observant and aware of your surroundings. More often than not, if you leave them alone they will probably leave you alone. Most feral hogs, in particular female mothers, will only charge someone when they feel provoked or threatened, therefore if sighted, do not try to approach the hogs and do not feed them. Never discharge a firearm or attempt to kill a feral hog as this would violate city ordinance.

Residents who have sighted feral hogs in neighborhoods, alleys or yards, or have seen a hog charge at a person or attack a domestic animal should contact Animal Control by calling Police Dispatch at (281) 291-5610. If the feral hogs are of no threat to personal property or your wellbeing, there is no need to contact Animal Control.

Feral hogs are omnivorous mammals that feed primarily at night and during the twilight hours but may go out in search of food during the day in cold or wet weather. Because feral hogs are largely nocturnal, the visible signs they leave behind are often all there is to indicate their presence. These signs include wallowing, rubs and rooting. Wallows are where hogs root and roll in the mud; rubs are made when hogs scratch or rub themselves on tree trunks, telephone poles, fence posts, and rocks leaving a noticeable sign with mud and hair often left clinging; rooting looks as if the soil has been plowed and mostly takes place over a large area.

To learn more about wildlife in Seabrook visit www.seabrooktx.gov/wildlife.

17th Annual Lucky Trails event revving up for March 13-15

February 5th, 2020

Sponsored by the City of Seabrook, organizer Running Alliance Sport (RAS) challenges runners with three days of races in the 17th annual Seabrook Lucky Trails Event Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 13-15. A Seabrook tradition, there are distances for every runner, including Kids K, Quarter Marathon, two Half Marathons, a ¾ Marathon, two 5Ks, a Two-Person Half marathon Relay, and Four-Person Marathon Relay and of course the signature event, the Lucky Trails Marathon.

Affectionately known as the “Luckiest Marathon in Texas” (and arguably the easiest), the Seabrook Lucky Trails Marathon, run over scenic trails at Seabrook’s Meador Park includes opportunities for all levels of fitness and supports the community by benefiting survivors of domestic abuse through TheBridge Over Troubled Waters, a non-profit organization that assists survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence in eight area communities.

The kick-off race for the event is Friday’s 5K, and Kids K run on the Trails, starting at 5:45 p.m. with a time limit of 1 hour and 15 minutes. The Kids K will start at 5:30 p.m.

Marathon walkers have the option of an early start at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, with the official Marathon start at 7:15 a.m. Also starting at 7:15 a.m. On Saturday, the Four-Person Relay and the ¾ Marathon race. A Half Marathon starts at 7:30 a.m., and the course closes at 2 p.m.

Sunday the event wraps with the Quarter Marathon, Half Marathon and Two-Person Relay starting at 7:15 a.m., and the second 5K of the weekend starting at 7:30 a.m.

All registrants receive a gender-specific technical shirt and other items and all finishers – including relay and 5K participants – receive an event-specific, custom-designed medal. Expect friendly volunteers, a St. Patrick’s Day-themed costume contest and a wonderful after-party

All races start and end at Rex Meador Park, located in Seabrook at 2100 Meyer Road.

For online registration and detailed race, information visit www.seabrookmarathon.org.  Updates and announcements are also posted to the Running Alliance Sports Facebook page, the single social media page participants and fans can follow for all RAS event news and announcements: https://www.facebook.com/RunningAllianceSport/

Seabrook solicitors must obtain permits prior to going door-to-door

July 2nd, 2019

In recent weeks Seabrook residents have been approached by door-to-door solicitors and it has been brought to the attention of the Seabrook Police Department. Many residents are leery of solicitors and with good reason; how do you know if the solicitor is representing a legitimate business or if it is someone trying to scam you for money?

Seabrook City Council has passed Ordinance No. 2013-25, Regulation of Peddlers, Itinerant Vendors, Hawkers, Solicitors and Canvassers. This ordinance requires all individuals and groups, unless exempt by the ordinance, to apply for a permit from the City of Seabrook. The permit requirement was unanimously passed by Council in order to protect residents from unwanted harassment and to identify peddlers and solicitors who may pose a threat to persons or property.

In addition to the required permit, the ordinance also includes:

  • Solicitors may only conduct business between the hours of 8 a.m. to approximately one hour before sunset.
  • Solicitors may not approach a property that has a posted “No Soliciting” or “No Trespassing” sign.
  • Solicitors may not remain on private property if they have been asked to leave.

The Seabrook Police Department would like to remind residents to follow these safety tips when someone rings your doorbell.

  • Never open the door to someone you do not know. You may speak to them through a locked closed door.
  • Ensure they have a city-issued permit, which should be visible.
  • Do not engage in conversation if you are not interested in the product or service being offered.
  • Do not debate or argue with the solicitor.
  • Do not let the solicitor into your home.
  • You may place a “No Soliciting” or “No Trespassing” sign in your yard or on your door.
  • If you have opted to place a sign prohibiting solicitors and are still approached by one, simply do not open your door, or, calmly ask them to leave.
  • Contact the Seabrook Police Department by calling 281-291-5610 if you have any concerns or would like to report suspicious behavior.

The ordinance and permitting process helps ensure the safety of our residents. If you would like to conduct business in the City of Seabrook as a peddler or solicitor please visit www.seabrooktx.gov/peddler to apply for a permit.

Lakewood gearing up for two August regattas

August 1st, 2018

Lakewood is gearing up for two big races in August — the Bay Cup II and Heald Bank Regattas, which provide the perfect opportunity to compete against your peers on the bay and offshore as well as a chance to tune up for this year’s Harvest Moon Regatta in October.

Lakewood will host Bay Cup II Aug. 4 along with the post-race party that evening. Liquid trophies will be awarded by Southwest Spirits, and artist Robert Greaney will perform for the crowd.

The Heald Bank Regatta will be raced Aug. 17-18, followed by a celebration at the club. Andy and the Dreamsicles will provide the live entertainment.
The fun doesn’t stop in August. Follow up these races by participating in the Harvest Moon Regatta Oct. 25-28. HMR is returning to its usual format and will race from Galveston to Port Aransas.

Primary sponsors for Bay Cup II and Heald Bank include the City of Seabrook, Blackburn Marine, Davis Marine Electronics, True North Marine, Mariner Magazine, Upstream Brokers, Sea Lake Yachts, Keven Severance Insurance, OJ’s Marine, Little Yacht Sales, RejeX.com and Texas Coast Yachts.

Bay Cup II Regatta
Racers can register at www.lakewoodyachtclub.com under the Regattas tab. The registration fee for Bay Cup II is $75 and includes entry into the Skippers’ Meeting on Aug. 3, as well as a meal and two drink tickets to be enjoyed at the post-event awards party. A $5 discount is available to U.S. Sailing members. The entry fee is payable by credit card or yacht club reciprocal charge. Aug. 1st is the registration deadline.

Bay Cup II is the second in a two-race series. One or more distance races will be sailed in either Trinity Bay or Galveston Bay. Potential classes include PHRF Spinnaker, PHRF non-Spin, Cruising Spinnaker, Cruising Non-Spin Classic Canvas (using only Dacron sails), Multihull and One Design class(es).

Non-racers and other out-of-town guests can enjoy an array of nearby activities in Seabrook and the surrounding area, which offer a variety of entertainment. Walk the trails in Seabrook, visit Space Center Houston, check out the wildlife at Armand Bayou Nature Center or experience the dining and amusement options at the Kemah Boardwalk.

Overall trophies for the Bay Cup series will be given out at the post-race party on the evening of Aug. 4 in the LYC Ballroom. Robert Greaney will provide live entertainment while guests socialize and savor great food and tasty drinks.

This year’s sponsors include City of Seabrook, RejeX.com, OJ’s Marine, Little Yacht Sales, True North Marine, Texas Coast Yachts, Blackburn Marine, Upstream Brokers, Davis Marine Electronics, Kevin Severance Insurance, Sea Lake Yachts, Mariner Magazine, Bay Area Houston Magazine and Southwest Spirits.

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

For further information, call LYC at 281-474-2511 or David Comeaux, Bay Cup I Regatta chairman at [email protected] or 832-993-5933. For visitor information, visit seabrooktx.gov

Heald Bank Regatta
The Heald Bank entry fee is $80 and includes access to the Skippers’ Meeting on Aug. 16 and a ticket for dinner and two tickets for Texas Navy Rum at the post-event awards party hosted at LYC Aug. 18. A $5 discount is available to U.S. Sailing members. Don’t miss the Aug. 11 registration deadline.

Heald Bank is an offshore regatta open to all boats of the PHRF Spin, PHRF Non-Spin, Cruising boats with a PHRF Rating (non-spin or with Spinnaker), One-Design, and Multihulls.

The Buccaneer Bash dinner and awards party will follow the race at LYC, which will include a “Pirates’ Pig Roast,” live entertainment by Andy & the Dreamsicles and plenty of Texas Navy Rum.

Sponsors of the 2018 Heald Bank Regatta are the City of Seabrook, Texas Navy Light Rum, RejeX.com, OJ’s Marine, Little Yacht Sales, True North Marine, Texas Coast Yachts, Blackburn Marine, Upstream Brokers, Davis Marine Electronics, Kevin Severance Insurance, Marine Outfitters, Sea Lake Yachts, Mariner Magazine and Bay Area Houston Magazine.

For further information, call LYC at 281-474-2511 or Heald Bank Race Chairman Bob Hunkins 281-216-4082 or [email protected].

Additional visitor information and accommodations near the club can be found at www.seabrooktx.gov

City of Seabrook recognized as local leader of conservation

December 1st, 2017

Seabrook Mayor Thom Kolupski talks about the work of his city’s Open Space and Trails Committee as he accepted the 2017 Armand Award on behalf of his city.

Armand Bayou Nature Center recognized the City of Seabrook with the 2017 Armand Yramategui Conservation Award for its commitment to conservation through development and implementation of its Open Parks and Spaces plan on Nov. 2.

Mayor Thom Kolupski accepted the award on behalf of the City of Seabrook from ABNC President Linda Retherford at a luncheon at Bay Oaks Country Club. In an acceptance presentation, Kolupski highlighted the work completed by the city and driven by members of its Open Space and Trail Committee.

Trees for Houston Executive Director Barry Ward delivered the keynote speech which touched on the long-term economic benefits of conservation efforts on a local level. Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Executive Director Dan Seal served as an emcee, leading the event attended by 120 community leaders and ABNC supporters.

Tom Kartrude, executive director of Armand Bayou Nature Center, talks with Port Houston Vice President Charlie Jenkins, as he joins the crowd at the nature center luncheon.

The Armand Award, which memorializes renowned Texas conservationist Armand Yramategui, is presented to an individual or organization in the Bay Area Houston/Clear Lake region that best represents community interests and efforts to conserve local natural resources for the benefit of native wildlife, ecosystem services, environmental education, and public access to nature.

Armand Yramategui was widely known for his unwavering dedication and commitment to public service and his strong desire to preserve Texas’ wetlands and wildlife. Following his death, Middle Bayou – the only remaining bayou in the greater Houston area still in its natural state – was renamed in his honor, beginning a campaign to secure donations to buy park land for the preserve.

Protecting the nature center and coastal preserve, which lie downstream from such a large and fast growing urban region, requires the cooperation and collaboration of many organizations and the dedication of many citizens and volunteers, . Today, ABNC relies on a network of public and private partners to achieve its conservation goals and to accomplish its environmental education mission and awards the Armand to recognize those contributions.

The first Armand was presented to Mrs. Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1987. In 2015 and 2016, the Armand was awarded to The Galveston Bay Foundation and Master Naturalist Emmeline Dodd, respectively.

Seabrook city secretary to retire after 32 years service

June 25th, 2015

4f5f780a0e684.imageMichele Glaser, who began working for the City of Seabrook in April 1983, is retiring from the city after 32 years of public service; her last day will be Thursday, July 2, 2015.

Glaser was appointed to the position of city secretary in April 1998. Prior to serving as city secretary, she began working for the City of Seabrook in 1983 as an assistant to the city manager and city secretary. In addition, she also served as an administrative assistant in the Building Department. Glaser then served as the city secretary for the City of Shoreacres from October 1995 to April 1998, before accepting the position of city secretary in Seabrook.

Glaser is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. She moved to Texas in 1982 and became a resident of Seabrook in 1983. Seabrook has been her home ever since.

In 2000, Glaser became a Texas Registered Municipal Clerk and has since completed her third recertification. She served as the president of the Salt Grass Chapter of Municipal Clerks in 2006 and 2007. During her tenure as city secretary, Glaser has had the privilege of serving 6 mayors and 34 council members.

“It has been very evident to me, and those who have worked with Michele, that she truly cares deeply for the Seabrook community,” said Mayor Glenn Royal. “I personally know, that we are all better off having had Michele as our city secretary. She will be missed and we all wish her the very best as this next chapter in her life unfolds. Thank you Michele for all that you have done; you do it so very well.”

After 32 years of public service, Glaser plans to travel and spend more time with her children and grandchildren. Her daughter, Ingrid, is getting married this fall in Dripping Springs, so wedding planning is keeping her plenty busy.

“I have been fortunate, not only to work for the city, but also to have lived in Seabrook since 1983,” said Michele. “I have served under many wonderful mayors, city councils and city managers. The citizens of Seabrook and the city staff are the best I have ever worked with and I will miss my daily interaction with everyone.”

The City of Seabrook is hosting a retirement party for Glaser on Thursday, June 25, at the Seabrook Community House from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This will be a time for city council, city staff and the public to show appreciation to Glaser who has had such a positive impact on the Seabrook community.

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