Clear Lake Chatter: More Help for Harvey Flood Victims

February 1st, 2018

There were smiles aplenty when League City Mayor Pat Hallisey and his wife, Janice, center, arrived at the Johnnie Aroflo Civic Center for the League City Chamber luncheon. Among those  greeting them were, from left, realtor Kimberly Harding, Kevin Murphy and Congressman Randy Weber and his wife, Brenda.

League City Chamber members got an update by Galveston County Judge Mark Henry at their State of the County Luncheon – learning about the status of several county projects in addition to offering advice for Hurricane Harvey flood victims.

Knowing that Harvey was foremost on everyone’s minds, he agreed with their thinking: “I’m aggravated (over the lack of action). Things are going way too slow,” he said of the delays many of the county’s 20,000 flood victims have been facing.

But he had some good news about a state program run by the General Land Office that has been a big help to some victims. It’s called Partial Repair and Essential Power for Sheltering Program or PREPS. It provides basic repairs up to $20,000 and allows homemakers to remain in their homes while the work is done – usually in about two days. Already PREPS has finished repairs to 20 homes in Galveston County with another 6,820 eligible for the program the GLO is attempting to reach.

The GLO has made more than 60,000 phone calls and 30,000 phone calls to victims registered with FEMA about the program. Judge Henry said he had learned that many recipients think it’s a hoax and don’t respond. He also suggested that victims visit www.TexasRebuilds.com and www.galvestoncountyrecovers.com for information.

Boeing’s Brian Freedman, from left, and his dad, Glenn Freedman, stop to talk with florist Teresa Vencil at the League City Chamber State of the County Luncheon.

Among the projects discussed were the Pelican Island Bridge, which, he said, “is 50 years old and not in good shape.” Of the options received is one from the Houston Engineering firm HDR Inc., which could range in price from $63 million to $121 million to replace. “We need to replace that bridge and doing so will result in lots of good paying jobs.”
Another was the 64-acre Bayside Regional Park in Bacliff and community center for seniors.

But while many were glad to get some good Harvey tips, they all were happy to see Mayor Pat Hallisey arrive after nearly losing his life to a heart attack several weeks back and having to have his lower leg amputated. He and his wife, Janice, were all smiles as Chamber President Steve Paterson, Congressman Randy Weber and his wife, Brenda, Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady, former County Commissioner Ryan Dennard and a number of city officials welcomed him to the Civic Center.

Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre dancers Meaghan Abel, Jenna Westall, Rachel Stonestreet, and Hannah Young entertain the crowd at the Bay Area Go Texan Rodeo Style Show.

Rodeo Style Show the ‘best one yet’

“BEST ONE YET!” That was the reply of a Clear Lake cowboy when asked his opinion of the Bay Area Go Texan Rodeo Style Show, which seems to get better and better as the years roll by.

And, and it also was a comment Capt. Dianna Jones and Asst. Capt. Anita White heard over and over Friday, Jan. 19 after they welcomed the lively crowd of cowboys and cowgirls to NASA’s Gilruth Center and invited them to come right in and join the fun.

Walking in, you probably would have bumped into Rocky Mauldin, Gene Hollier, Emmeline Dodd, Nancy Buffaloe, Anita Fogtman, Irene Pavig, Annette Snow Falks, David Robertson or Don Billings before you went very far. They never miss it.
Emcee Phil Pampolina got the crowd rocking after introducing the dignitaries and donors and giving everyone a chance to bid in the live auction. Then came the style show, which had a “Fire and Ice” theme highlighted by a great performance by the Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre dancers and directed by fashion guru Lenny Matuszewski.

Models included Miss Texas USA Nancy Gonzalez, Webster Fire Chief Patrick Shipp, Nassau Bay City Manager Jason Reynolds and former Mrs. Galveston County, Kelly Williams of Kemah.

Model, Lily Heintz, shows off an evening gown during the Bay Area Go Texan Rodeo Style Show.

Joining them in showing off a variety of fashions from Adelaide’s Boutique, Casanova’s Downfall, Cavender’s Boot City, Dillard’s Baybrook, Jill’s Fashion and Bridal, Kendra Scott-Baybrook Mall and The Clotheshorse were Bobby Osoria, Shari Sweeney, Karen Jordan, Lily Hentz, Jimmy Molina, Anna Babineaux, Moni Trevathan, Molly Culbreth and John Bartee.

Others coming down the runway included Kellie Gross, Bo Rogers, Amy Bowlin, Dafne Sanchez, Ashley Reed, Jeremiah Corbin, Leah Galindo, Kelly Gurgos, Sarah Elliott, Jamie Sausser, TL Sellers, Karen Beaty, Karla Boddie, Jamie Sausser, Misty Hajecate, Ashley Reed, Nancy Buffaloe and Liz Cantu.

And, after a delish luncheon provided by Grazia Italian Kitchen, many stopped to thank the hard-working committee, who had put together another winner for all to enjoy.

Committee members include Deane Beck, Darla Billings, Amber Blake, Sunnie Byerly, who was named Committee Person of the Year, Ronda Cook, Renee Daigle, Robert Engler, Lesa Martin Gaffey, David Gambino, William Greer, Angela Guidry, Lisa Gurgos, Deborah Gutierrez, Tory Jenkins, Sandra Kay Kelly, Heather Kirk, Becki Leal and Alice Lyons.

Plus, Ange Mertens, Marish Morgan, Sabana Nathoo, Alan Rice, Elena Richards, Shelley Rogers, Donna Rone, Keith Satterwhite, Melis Sausser, Debra Stokes, Elizabeth Taylor West, Chiquita Taylor, Irene Taylor, Robert Mike Taylor, Marisa Vannoort, Michelle Walker, Sharon Werner, Darice Whatley and Janice Williams.

Clear Lake Chatter: Rodeo style show better than ever

February 1st, 2017

Hundreds gathered at the Gilruth Center for the Bay Area Go Texan Rodeo Style Show including, from right, Courtney Atchley, Jo Nell Hunter, Kay Lee Benoit, Jill Reason, Ondi Lyon, Michelle Richardson, Lisa O’ Brien and Sue Ellen Jennings.

MASKS MINGLED with cowboy hats as the Bay Area Go Texan Rodeo Committee unveiled this year’s Black and White Masquerade Fashion Show and Ball Friday, Jan. 20.

And, what a great time was had by all!

Bay Area Capt. Dianna Jones and Assistant Capt. Anita White were at the door welcoming the happy crowd to NASA’s Gilruth Center and inviting them to join the fun.

And fun it was seeing friends from all over the Bay Area before emcee Greg Schroder introduced one and all to what is one of the most enjoyable events in the Houston area – the Rodeo Style Show, featuring some 25 models, including Nassau Bay City Manager Jason Reynolds, singer and former Kemah Councilor Kelly Williams, Space Center Automotive owner Todd McIntosh, Clear Lake Chamber VP Sherry Sweeney and Webster Fire Chief Patrick Shipp.

Model Nancy Buffaloe models an elegant gown during the Bay Area Rodeo Style Show.

Others showing off an array of outfits from Casanova’s Downfall, Cavender’s Boot City, Adelaide’s Boutique, The Clotheshorse, Dillard’s-Baybrook Mall, Kendra Scott Baybrook and Jill’s Fashions and Bridal Included Anna Babineaux, Karla Boddie, Mel Bosley, Nancy Buffaloe, Jeremiah Corbin, Sarah Elliott, Kellie Gross, Karen Jordan and John Kocher.

Plus, Kimberly Konkel, Logan Lester, Stephanie Ludwig, Peggy Morrow, Bobby Osoria, Shelley Rhodes, Debbie Salisbury, Jamie Sausser, Stacy Stockwell, Lee Ann Vogel, Joe Wilson and Marka Woodard with fashion guru Lenny Matuszewski producing the show.

Faces in the audience included Clear Lake Chamber President Cindy Harreld DeWease and former Chairman Jane Sweeney, League City Councilman Keith Gross, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership President Bob Mitchell, Norman Frede Chevrolet GM Joan McKinney, CPA Olive Murphy Riker, and a number of rodeo aficionados such as Rocky Mauldin, Irene Pavig, Gene Hollier, Emmeline Dodd and Anita Fogtman.

Glancing around, you might also have spotted Jill Reason, Mary Ellen Arledge, Johnette Norman, Marcy Fryday, Patty Kane, Lillie Harman, Courtney Atchley, Kay Lee Benoit, Jo Nell Hunter, Lisa O’Brien, Ondi Lyon, Michelle Richardson and Sue Ellen Jennings, to name a few, all having a great time.

Drew and Sandy Lewis, left, stops to talk with Lauren Kutac and Chris Lewis as they arrive at St. Cecelia Community Center for the Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Foundation’s Annual Wine Tasting Event, “HAPA in NAPA.”

Area residents attend fundraiser
A NUMBER of Clear Lake faces were in the crowd attending the recent Wine Tasting hosted by the Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Association to raise funds for scholarships for collegians in the Greater Houston Area.

Among those HAPA President Connie Zieba of Taylor Lake Village welcomed were Drew and Sandy Lewis, Polly Kent, Lauren Kutac and Chris Lewis of Clear Lake.

Cooky Mays and Susan Banks served as co-chairmen of the Wine Tasting event at St. Cecilia’s Community Center in Houston.

The annual event raises funds for fraternity women of the Greater Houston Area in financial need for continuing their education. Last May, 24 women were awarded scholarships totaling $58,000. These women represent 14 sororities and 13 universities located across the United States. In the last 30 years, HAPF has awarded $789,800 in scholarships to 500 women.

League City was well represented at the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership’s Jan. 17 luncheon by Mayor Pat Hallisey, at right, and City Councilmen Greg Gripon and Larry Millican, from left, and Mary Hammer with MHM Consultants.

Mayor updates BayTran
GALVESTON MAYOR Jim Yarbrough drew quite a crowd when he updated the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership on his city’s three major economic engines – tourism, the port and education – and what is best for the island’s 52,000 residents at the BayTran luncheon at the Hobby Marriott Hotel.

Some of his thoughts include vertical parking at the nation’s fourth busiest cruise terminal and encouraging development along Harborside Drive and replacing and reconfiguring the Pelican Island bridge to allow growth at Texas A&M Galveston.

Meanwhile, he said City Manager Bryan Maxwell and his staff are doing a terrific job, and that includes Assistant City Manager Rick Beverlin – a former Kemah city administrator and BayTran board member.

Among the crowd BayTran President Theresa Rodriguez welcomed were Mayors Pat Hallisey of League City, Glenn Royal of Seabrook and Louis Rigby of La Porte; City Councilors Amanda Fenwick of Clear Lake Shores and Larry Millican and Greg Gripon of League City; Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark and Port Commissioner John Kennedy, UHCL Business Dean Dr. Ted Cummings, United Way Bay Area Executive Director Melinda Garcia, and former BayTran President Barbara Koslov, now with Judge Ed Emmett’s office.

Time for 2017 Go Red for Women Luncheon
CH. 2 ANCHOR Syan Rhodes will emcee the 2017 Bay Area Go Red for Women Luncheon Friday, Feb. 24, in South Shore Harbour Resort’s Crystal Ballroom.

Bay Area Regional Medical Center VP Santiago Mendoza Jr. is chairman of the popular event with Tama Brantley, Golnar Doroudian, Theresa Riggs and Darcy Whatley on his leadership team. Sandy Adams is the Heart Throb chairman with Laurie Dahse heading up the Auction Committee, Fay Picard as Open Your Heart chairman and Stephanie Rice chairing the Fashion Show. For tickets, visit BayAreaGoRed.Heart.org

Coasting around….
RETIRED ASTRONAUT Michael Fossum has been named vice president and chief operating officer of Texas A&M Galveston. Until his recent retirement, he was assistant chief of the International Space Station in the Astronaut Office….Cheryl Bordwine of League City, has been nominated for the prestigious Heroes of Military Medicine Award. She serves in the U.S. Army Reserves and is a division medical operations officer, overseeing medical readiness before deployment for about 500 soldiers and is also the College of the Mainland Medical Assisting Program coordinator….1981 Lakewood Yacht Club Commodore Bernard Aaron “Bunny” Pearl of Seabrook, passed away Jan. 16. A Celebration of Life was held in Lakewood’s Ballroom Jan. 22 when friends shared amusing and cheerful memories of Bunny.