Support Your Favorite Local Restaurant!!

April 9th, 2020

Juicy burger from Jackie’s Brickhouse in Kemah.

AMERICAN

1. Jackie’s Brickhouse

1053 Marina Bay Dr, Kemah, TX

(832) 864-2459

jackiesbrickhouse.com

2. Red Oak Cafe

6011 W Main St a106, League City, TX

(832) 905-3150

redoakcafe.com

3. South Shore Grille

2800 Marina Bay Dr, League City, TX

(281) 334-7700

soshoregrille.com

4. T-Bone Tom’s

707 TX-146, Kemah, TX

(281) 334-2133

tbonetoms.com

5. Cabo Bar & Grill

2513 NASA Rd. 1, Seabrook, TX

(281) 532-2691

caboclearlake.com

6. Hubcap Grill

1918 E NASA Pkwy, Seabrook, TX

(281) 339-7116

hubcapgrill.com

7. Opus Bistro & Steakhouse

South Shore Blvd, League City, TX

(281) 334-5225

opusbistro.net

Michiru Sushi creates artful, delicious plates.

 ASIAN

1. 888 Chinese

16744 El Camino Real, Houston, TX

(281) 990-8888

http://www.888chinesetx.com

2. Masa Sushi

977 E NASA Pkwy, Webster, TX

(281) 486-9888

masasushitexas.com

3. Michiru Sushi

20911 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX

(281) 338-9988

michirusushi.com

4. Noon & Mirch: Cuisine of India

505 E NASA Pkwy, Webster, TX

5. Ocean Sushi 

3020 Marina Bay Dr Suite A2, League City, TX

(281) 957-9122

oceansushigrill.com

6. Kemah Cafe

1201 TX-146, Kemah, TX

(281) 535-9405

kemahcafe.com

7. Oriental Gourmet Express

1354 NASA Road 1, Houston, TX

(281) 335-4567

orientalgourmetexpresstogo.com

Mouthwatering BBQ from Dickinson BBQ

BARBEQUE

1. Dickinson BBQ 

2111 FM 517 Rd E, Dickinson, TX

(281) 534-2500

dickinsonbbq.com

2. Pappas Delta Blues

19901 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX

(281) 332-0024

pappasdeltablues.com

3. Red River BBQ

1911 E Main St Suite B, League City, TX

(281) 332-8086

www.redriverbbq.com

Jazzy Shrimp Trio from BB’s Tex-Orleans.

CAJUN

1. Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack

310 Texas Ave, Kemah, TX

(281) 334-5000

crazyalanswampshack.com

2. Floyd’s Cajun Seafood

20760 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX

(281) 332-7474

floydswebster.com

3. BB’s Tex-Orleans

1039 Bay Area Blvd, Webster, TX

(281) 767-9644

bbstexorleans.com

4. Marais

2015 FM 517 Rd E, Dickinson, TX

(281) 534-1986

www.maraistx.com

Glorious pizza from Franca’s Real Italian Restaurant.

ITALIAN

1. Angelo’s Pizza & Pasta

400 Bay Area Blvd A, Webster, TX

(281) 332-2404

angelospizza-pasta.com

2. Gio’s Flying Pizza & Pasta

650 FM 517 W. Dickinson, TX

(281) 337-0107

giosflyingpizza.com

3. Franca’s Real Italian

1101 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX

(281) 488-2207

francasrealitalian.com

4. Dan’s Pizza

15148 TX-3, Webster, TX

(281) 480-9700

danspizzaco.com

Some of the Bay Area’s best gyros are at Mediterraneo Market and Cafe.

MEDITERRANEAN

1. Bakkhus Taverna

605 6th St, Kemah, TX

(281) 538-1800

bakkhustaverna.com

2. Mediterraneo Market & Cafe

18033 Upper Bay Rd, Houston, TX

(281) 333-3180

mediterraneomarket.com

3. Sawa Mediterranean

16608 El Camino Real, Houston, TX

(281) 990-0817

sawarestaurantgrill.com

4. Sokols Greek Deli & Cafe

2410 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX

(281) 286-2989

sokolsgreekcafe.com

Taco Tuesday at El Tiempo Cantina.

MEXICAN/TEX MEX

1. El Tiempo Cantina

20237 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX

(713) 802-1580

eltiempocantina.com

2. Habanero’s Tacos

1908 Hialeah Dr #2, Seabrook, TX

(281) 474-4400

habanerostacos.com

3. Las Haciendas

1020 W. Nasa Rd 1, Webster, TX 77598

281-557-3500

lashaciendasgrill.com

4. Red River Cantina

1911 E Main St Suite A, League City, TX 77573

281-557-8156

redrivercantina.com

5. Escalante’s Fine Tex-Mex & Tequila

1043 W. Bay Area Blvd, Webster, TX 77598

281-316-6980

escalantes.net

Crab legs from Tookie’s Seafood in Seabrook.

SEAFOOD

1. Gilhooley’s Oyster Bar

222 9th St, San Leon, TX 77539

(281) 339-3813

2. Tookie’s Seafood

1106 Bayport Blvd, Seabrook, TX

(281) 942-9445

tookiesseafood.com

3. Topwater Grill

815 Avenue O, San Leon, TX

(281) 339-1232

topwatergrill.com

4. Sundance Grill II

800 Mariners Dr, Kemah, TX

(281) 535-5350

sundance-grill.com

5. Schafer’s Coastal Bar & Grille

1002 Aspen Rd, Clear Lake Shores, TX

(281) 532-6860

schaferscoastalbarandgrille.com

Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

April 3rd, 2020

To our amazing healthcare workforce,

Most of you don’t know me, but I know you. You are the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, and uncles who leave your families behind every day to become the frontline heroes in this war against COVID-19. Although I cannot be with you to thank you personally, please know that the members of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership team, as well as their own families, send heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for the critical jobs that you do. No matter what your job is in the healthcare setting, it is a vital link that serves to support the entire system.

We at BAHEP will continue our work on behalf of everyone in the region as we walk these incredibly difficult roads together. So, again, thank you so very much. Please keep safe and know that our thoughts are with you and your loved ones.

With kind regards,

Bob Mitchell

President, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

Construction scheduled for El Camino Real Safe Sidewalk Project

April 3rd, 2020

In an effort to provide increased pedestrian mobility as well as safety, Houston Public Works will be removing and replacing concrete sidewalks and ramps at El Camino Real in Clear Lake from Ramada Drive to 16457 El Camino Real. Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin has allocated $12,750 from his Council District Service Funds for the sidewalk repairs.

Construction is scheduled to begin on Friday, April 10, and is expected to be completed by Friday, April 24, weather permitting. Crews will operate between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is no weekend work scheduled for this project. Temporary lane closures and traffic delays are expected during construction hours. “Please note that residents will not have access to this sidewalk throughout the duration of the project,” he explained.

“As a result of the construction activities, please be aware of flaggers and caution devices, like orange traffic control barriers, that will be put in place on site to help with traffic flow through the construction zone.”

For more information, contact Martin’s office at 832-393-3008 or districte@houstontx.gov

Clear Lake Chatter

March 30th, 2020

Executive Leadership Team members Brandy Gates, Sarah Ferguson, Karen Keesler, Emmeline Dodd and Kimberly Fleming, from left, get together to lend a hand with preparations for the Go Red for Women Luncheon benefitting the American Heart Association.

Sea of Red raises $275,000 for Heart Association

YOU HAVE TO admit it — there’s nothing quite like walking into a hotel and seeing hundreds of women dressed in red. And men wearing red ties.

But, while hotel guests might have been puzzled, we all know it was the American Heart Association’s 2020 Go Red for Women Luncheon at South Shore Harbour Resort.

And, not only did the 480 attending present a beautiful sea of red, they raised $265,000 to help fight heart disease — $40,000 more than last year’s $225,000 — with Chairman Wendy Drapela and Survivor Champion Amy Doherty joining AHA officials Michelle Stoddard and Macy Osoria in welcoming the arriving crowd that included Cindy Harreld DeWease, Barbara Clariday, Sheree Frede, Michelle Holland, Kim Woods, Jana Reed, Sarah FergusonJill Reason, Karen McCorkle, Jill Lammers, Brandy Gates and Emmeline Dodd.

In fact, Emmeline was one of five women selected to tell their story of their fight with heart disease. Others were Eva Baker, Brandi Arnold, Alma Solis and Meloney Bean.

Go Red for Women 2020 Chairman Wendy Drapela, right, and Survivor Champion Amy Doherty await the arriving crowd for this year’s luncheon.

Also recognized were members of the Circle of Red – Tamara Baker, Meloney Bean, Mike and Sherri Belsley, Martha Bowles, Tami Brantley McEwen, Kippy Caraway, Jonathan Cottrell, Rita Cunningham, Lance and Laurie Dahse, Emmeline Dodd, Wendy Drapela, Lila Fass, Anita Fogtman, Jerry Foyt, Kimberly Fleming, Michelle Jacobs, Stephen Jones, Yvette Jones, Jill Lammers, Karen and Mark Keesler,  Misty Killebrew, Michael and Ann Wismer Landolt, Holly Lilley, Dinah Matthews, Joan McKinney, Dr. Monte Orahood, Greg and Pam Ploss, Theressa Riggs, Dr. Amber Shamburger, Wendy Shaw, Gretchen Sheehan, Marilyn Sims, Randy Stine, Jim Sweeney, Darcy Whatley, Matthew and Angie Weinman, Mary Williams and Keely Wood.

KPRC Ch. 2’s Jonathan Martinez served as emcee and also took time to thank Event Committee members for their many contributions – Teresa Vencil, Sandy Adams, Teresa Provis, Laurie Dahse, Mary Williams, Donna Orozco, Valerie Blumfield, Jill Reason, Meloney Bean, Darcy Santana, Dinah Matthews, Kelli Reddinger, Stephanie Rice, Amy Doherty and Kim McFate.

UHCL President Dr. Ira Blake, from left, says hello to Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership President Bob Mitchell and, seated, League City Mayor Pat Hallisey.

 

League City Mayor Pat Hallisey and his wife Janice and Pearland Mayor Tom Reid were in the massive crowd, as were Congressman Randy Weber and his wife, Brenda; State Sen. Larry Taylor, State Rep. Dennis Paul, BAHEP President Bob Mitchell and his wife, Joan; Clear Creek ISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith and CCISD Trustees Dr.Laura DuPont and Win Weber, with CCISD Communications Director Elaina Polsen; attorney Becky Reitz, Cheryl Maultsby, Rebecca Lilley, Ashlea Quinonez, Karen Reed, Jim and Jane Sweeney, Kelly Williams, Kimberly Halliburton, Kaci Hanson, Laurie Wood, Brandy Taylor, Vickie Brown, Kay Smith, Eric and Megan Green, Rick Clapp, Chris Premont, and Drs. Matthew Higgs, Hannah Dineen, Roxanne Edrington and Ann Haggard. Plus a few hundred more.

Space Center Rotary members get together for a photo with honoree Suzi Howe, in red, as the event comes to an end.

Rotarians celebrate Suzi Howe’s honor

Bill and Suzi Howe take part in the Rotary ceremony at Palms Event Center celebrating her appointment to the 2020-21 Rotary International Board of Directors.

SUZI HOWE, a member of Space Center Rotary Club in Clear Lake, was honored Feb. 16 when some 200 Rotarians from all over the Houston area gathered at the Palms Event Center on the Gulf Freeway to celebrate her appointment to the Rotary International Board of Directors.

 Howe, who lives in Friendswood, is a former president of the Space Center club and a former Rotary district governor, who is always busy with Rotary activities.

 “Rotary has a million or so members all around the world, and to be chosen to serve on the 20-member Rotary International Board of Directors is quite an honor,” Rotary District Governor-elect Scott Rainey, a past president of the Clear Lake club, said.

 “We were both amazed and shocked when you think of the size of Rotary but could not think of a more deserving member,” Assistant District Governor Nancy Anderson added.

 Rotary District 5890 hosted the celebratory event honoring her as an incoming Rotary International director for the 2020 – 2022 Rotary years. A special guest was David L. Shaw, a founding member of Space Center Rotary nearly 66 years ago on Aug. 6, 1954.

 State Rep. Dennis Paul presented her with a flag that flew over the Texas State Capital in her honor, while Kippy Caraway presented a proclamation signed by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner declaring Feb. 16 Suzi Howe Day in the Bayou City and Friendswood Mayor Mike Foreman came with a proclamation he signed also declaring Suzi Howe Day in his city — as Suzi’s husband Bill, also a Rotarian, looked on with pride.

Howe, a former owner of South Shore Montessori School in League City and a graduate of the University of Kansas, has spent much of the past several years working with Rotary committees and their projects.

Her selection couldn’t come at a better time — Houston will host the Rotary International Convention June 4 – 8, 2022.

Friendswood Mayor Mike Foreman, left, says hello to State Rep. Dennis Paul and his wife, Eliza, as they arrive at the Palms Event Center for the party honoring Suzi Howe.

 

 Some of the local Rotarians in the crowd were Club President Mike Porterfield and his wife, Cindy; Wayne and Marilyn Musial, Delia Stephens, Mary Alys Cherry, Adrienne and Dr. Vissett Sun, Gary Johnson, Bill Geissler, Raymond Moore, Nancy and Robert Anderson, Alan and Gaye Wylie, Scott Rainey, Rev. Steve Oglesbee, Stan Galanski, Darryl Smith, Madella Williams, Randy Straach, Michael Holt, Bob Anderson, Jim Saxe and Dennis and Eliza Paul.

Harris County extends Stay Home, Work Safe Order

March 20th, 2020

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced on Tuesday, March 31, the extension of the Stay Home, Work Safe order that will now run through April 30. This announcement comes after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also ordered social distancing activities to be extended through the end of April.

The City of Seabrook continues to follow the orders of both the county and the state and said its city offices will remain closed to public access through the end of April. Essential city personnel will continue to serve the needs of the community.

“We highly encourage all residents and businesses to adhere to the orders and follow all social distancing recommendations from the CDC, state, and county.”

These additional recommendations are highly suggested:

  • Limit the number of times per week you go to the grocery store.
  • Consider having groceries delivered or using curbside pickup services.
  • Only get what you need at the store. Don’t hoard or stockpile. Leave items for others.
  • The trails and most parks remain open. Please practice social distancing when outdoors.
  • Do not host or attend block parties or other social gatherings.
  • Now is not the time for family get-togethers or playdates. Limit the number of people in your home to just your immediate family and/or caregivers.
  • Always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after pumping gas or going to public places.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • If you believe you have COVID-19 symptoms, please take the online assessment provided by Harris County Public Health.
  • If you have recently traveled to the states of Louisiana, California, Washington, or New York or the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and/or Miami you should self-quarantine for 14 days per Governor Abbott’s recent travel restrictions order.

“Please do your part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and continue to#StayHomeSeabrook,” a Seabrook spokesman said.

Exploration Green Tour

March 10th, 2020

Bayou City Initiative and Exploration Green would like to invite Clear Lake area residents and community members to an educational event that will share how the vision of Exploration Green became a reality. The event includes a presentation and an opportunity to tour Exploration Green, where attendees will have the chance to see the park up-close and learn from Exploration Green tour guides.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church, 16335 El Camino Real.

Exploration Green, a series of five stormwater detention pond parks converted from a former golf course, stands as a rare Harvey flood protection success story. With just Phase One–the first detention pond–partially installed, the project saved over 150 homes during Harvey in 2017. When people drove down the street and saw homes that used to flood hadn’t flooded, even some of the project’s biggest detractors became its biggest fans.

Not only has this flood protection park saved homes, it has improved property values, attracted hundreds of volunteers to learn about native plants, and revitalized the spirit of a community. Though its inception took years of negotiation and facing opposition, as a flood protection project, Exploration Green now leads the way in innovation and raises the bar for what is possible in Houston.

For more information on the event, visit the Facebook event page or the Eventbrite page.

Movers & Shakers: Jordan P. Davlin

November 1st, 2019

Name: Jordan P. Davlin

Occupation: Professional MotoSurf Racer and owner of JetSurf Academy Houston

Hometown: Clear Lake City

Current home: Seabrook

Family: Lives in the Clear Lake area and North Houston

Someone I’d like to meet: Travis Pastrana or Joe Rogan

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: Dan Bilzerian

My favorite performers are: Nitro Circus

I like to spend my leisure time: JetSurf Racing and traveling

If I could travel any place, I’d go to: Italy

My favorite meal is: Bone-In Filet

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: Lawyer

You’ll never catch me: On the MotoSurf World Cup track

Lakewood releases results of ’19 Harvest Moon Regatta

November 1st, 2019

Photo: Kelly Groce

Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook has released the big winner in the 2019 Harvest Moon Regatta it hosted Oct. 10-13.

A total of 119 sailboats crossed the starting line in Galveston to begin the 33rd Annual Harvest Moon Regatta. Hundreds of sailors, from novice to expert, look forward to this event each October.

HMR is a fun offshore race that ends with a fabulous party in the Port Aransas Pavillion, including an excellent BBQ dinner and live entertainment. And, Founding Sponsor Bacardi Rum supplied plenty of rum for all racers, volunteers, and party guests at the Welcome Sailor Rum Party.

Some of this year’s big winners are:

  • Bacardi Cup / Bear / Forbes Durdin
  • Cameron Cannon / Song of the South / Michael Glass
  • John Broderick Memorial / La Isla / Kevin Somers
  • Founders’ Award / Try Me / Greg Way
  • Bill Hall Memorial Trophy /Bear / Forbes Durdin
  • Luna Trophy / Astarte / Cheryl Morvillo

    A complete list of race results can be found at harvestmoonregatta.com.

This annual race is organized by Bay Access, a charitable organization supporting amateur racing, and hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club.

Aside from title sponsor, Bacardi Rum, other major sponsors include City of Seabrook, Bay Area Houston Magazine, Gulf Coast Mariner Magazine, Insurance Navigators, Davis Marine Electronics, Upstream Brokers, Texas Coast Yachts, Faron Daigle Realtor, Little Yacht Sales, Pelican Insurance Agency, Y.E.S., True North Marine, Sea Lake Yachts, Thomas Bates Accessories, Hayes Rigging, Coast Guard Foundation, Marine Max, TMCA, Boatpix.com, Mantus Anchors, Optima Marine, Ocean Navigator, Pleasure Pier, Boaters’ Retail Shop of Texas, Life is Good Magazine, and West Marine.

2 UHCL alumni named among magazine’s Most Admired CEOs

September 11th, 2019

Two University of Houston-Clear Lake alumni were among 59 area leaders as Houston Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs of 2019. Both lead divisions of HCA Houston Healthcare.

Honorees were Megan Marietta, CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare West, and Jeanna Bamburg, CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast. Bamburg received a bachelor’s in marketing in 1999 and an MBA in 2002. Marietta received a MBA with a concentration in health care in 2004.

Marietta is a member of Houston West Chamber of Commerce; Greater East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce; Greater Lake Houston YMCA and Montgomery County United Way.

Bamburg belongs to the American College of Healthcare Executive’s Southeast Texas chapter; Pasadena Chamber of Commerce; San Jacinto Community College Foundation; Economic Alliance Houston Port Region; Texas Healthcare Trustees Board of Directors and Pasadena Rotary Club.

In profiling the honorees, the magazine asked each awardee the same set of questions. Asked about leadership philosophy, Marietta responded, “People and patients come first. The team is paramount and must be developed to execute successfully. Treat people with respect and listen to others when they share their feedback.”

To the same question, Bamburg replied, “I feel it’s my job to influence and inspire everyone in my organization to do better for our patients. Consistency and leading by example are two mantras I focus on.”

In selecting honorees, the magazine’s judges looked for characteristics such as contribution to company success, civic involvement, career achievement and other factors. Judges selected 17 nonprofit leaders and 42 for-profit leaders for awards.

One of Few Left on the Texas Coast

September 3rd, 2019

South Texas Yacht Service owner Mark Grinstead has close to 40 years of experience.

By Xander Thomas

There are plenty of boat yards along the coast, and certainly in the Clear Lake Area, home to marinas and great sailing areas, but any of them offering full service seems like a thing of the past. South Texas Yacht Service is one of few places that still does just that.

Service is one of few places that still does just that.

“Most of the yards now are what we call contractor yards, where you got 10, 12, 15, different contractors working out if the yard,” said owner Mark Grinstead.

He says that the convenience of a full service yard like this one can be priceless to someone who doesn’t want the hassle of going through a different professional for any problem that comes up. So that you do not have to act as your own general contractor by yourself, South Texas Yacht Service can do almost anything you need, all at one time, right in one place.

“You got an electrical problem, you gotta find an electrical contractor, if you got a mechanical problem, you gotta find a mechanical contractor, you got a rigging problem, you gotta find a rigger, well we do all of those things in house,” Mark said.

It’s not just that these guys can do whatever you need them to, they are good at it.

“I’ve been doing this for almost 40 years now, and most of my staff probably average about 20 years experience,” he said, “We have an experienced staff, probably the most experienced staff of any yard on the Texas coast.”

So what this means for you, is that you talk to one person about everything, you take it to one place, you get quality service, and you won’t have different people messing with someone else’s previous work – we all know how that ends up.

“We keep our employees, we don’t have a real high turn-over rate, so our work is consistent,” Mark said.

Mark says that his love of sailing and the sea started at an early age. His family lived on a boat for a few years when he was a child, and he has been around them his whole life, so this line of work just came naturally to him. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in marine transportation and has a Coast Guard license.

He says that there is almost nothing that they can’t do for you. They even take on a few complete restoration cases a year, usually.

“We handle the whole deal,” he said, “I think we’re the only yard left on the Texas coast that’s a full service yard.”

South Texas Yacht Service is located at 1500 Marina Bay Dr. #3510 in Kemah.