Bay Area Body Shop: A Cut Above the Rest

June 29th, 2020

Bay Area Body Shop owner Mike Duncan with Bay Group Media CEO Rick Clapp

By Rick Clapp

There are automotive body shops and there are genuine state-of-the-art body repair shops like Bay Area Body Shop. This top notch shop is owned and operated by the Duncan family. The owner Mike Duncan is well known in the local body and repair business for reliable work.

Bay Area Body Shop was created and started in 1968 with two major goals in mind; quality work to the manufacturers specifications/standards and complete customer satisfaction. That has proven to be successful over the years.

The Duncan’s shop is well known for their knowledge, abilities, state-of-the-art modern equipment, creativity, craftsmanship and professional work. Their body work meets the manufacturers standards, not insurance company standards.

“Most people do not know but in the state of Texas, the car or truck owner can choose and decide who they want to repair their vehicles, not the insurance companies.” owner Mike Duncan said.

The major difference at Bay Area Body Shop is they place the emphasis on today’s up to date information of what the vehicle manufacturers requires for correct and proper body work for cars and trucks. The repair specifications and materials constantly change. For example more vehicles have gone from heavier metal parts to aluminum, which requires more knowledge and a different skill set in preforming the work.

It is imperative that vehicles must be repaired properly or the body shop can be held liable for incorrect work that could potentially jeopardize the driver and or occupants of the car or truck.

Mike Duncan and members of his staff are constantly educated, trained and receive various certificates from vehicle manufacturers. They effectively combine experience, education, knowledge and their body repair skills, as well as state-of-the-art equipment to repair their customer’s vehicles.

In order to have a world-class body shop, Bay Area Body Shop has invested heavily in the industry’s newest tech such as computerized measuring equipment which measures structural damage, a compression spot welder and a specialized MIG welder, which is set up for aluminum made cars. They also boast about their frame machine which corrects frame damage.

Bay Area Body Shop combines the best in art, science and legal when properly repairing your vehicle.

“New engineering and technology improves time and energy, however, it’s the old tried and true ways of hard work and attention to detail that gets the job done.” said Duncan.
Bay Area Body Shop of Seabrook’s future looks bright.

“We are very excited about the new expansion of Hwy. 146 and what our city officials are planning for our business and other new businesses coming to our city. We are presently in the improvement and expansion mode to better serve our customers wants and needs,“ stated Duncan.

Bay Area Body Shop is truly a family affair with Mike Duncan at the Helm. His dynamic wife Glenda handles the front of the house and runs the office, and his bright energetic daughter Danielle conducts the estimates. She is highly respected for her up to date knowledge of vehicle repair and her cost effective estimates.

In the past body repair shops were all male dominated but Danielle broke that old mold, and now both men and women customers are equally confident to work with her.
The Bay Area Body Shop provides reliable work in a punctual manner. They are conveniently located at 3110 Bayport Blvd., Seabrook Texas. Open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and can be reached by phone at 281-474-4711 or online at bayareabodyshop.com

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

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.

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/

Keels & Wheels Calls for Entries

February 1st, 2020

The 25th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance is now accepting classic car, boat and vintage motorcycle entries for the event slated for Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, 2020.
Entry forms are available online at keels-wheels.com/registration and must be submitted no later than March 6. Only 200 automobiles, 100 boats and 20 motorcycles will be selected, so it is important for submissions to be made as early as possible.

Potential exhibitors are asked to submit photos of the entry, along with year, make, model, owner information, and a brief history of the entry. Keels & Wheels does not typically consider any automobiles newer than 1972 for entry in the event.

The weekend-long, nationally acclaimed classic car and vintage wooden boat show takes place each spring at the Lakewood Yacht Club in beautiful Seabrook, a bayside suburb of Houston, attracts more than 10,000 attendees. The car, boat and motorcycle exhibitors come from every part of the United States, contributing to the more than $1.8 million that the Concours has raised to date for local charities.

For more information about submitting your classic automobile or antique boat, please visit www.keels-wheels.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

TO BECOME A SPONSOR OF KEELS & WHEELS CALL BAY GROUP MEDIA AT 281-474-5875.

Seabrook to launch EMS Oct. 14

September 30th, 2019

Seabrook residents will see a change in ambulance service beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. The City of Seabrook will be contracting with Acadian ambulance services between Oct. 1 through Oct. 13, and on Monday, Oct. 14 the city will begin offering a new emergency medical service and transport department.

Seabrook EMS will provide quality care and prompt service to Seabrook residents with paramedics and a new ambulance stationed at the Seabrook Volunteer Fire Department off East Meyer Avenue in Seabrook.

The Clear Lake Emergency Medical Corps has been providing ambulance service for Seabrook since its inception in 1972. Over the past 47 years, Seabrook has had a good partnership with CLEMC and Seabrook residents have received quality care and services by CLEMC first responders. However, with the State Highway 146 expansion and the increase in service demand, CLEMC leadership indicated that a significant increase in cost would be required to continue providing services to Seabrook.

Earlier this year, Seabrook City Council directed city staff to begin the establishment of a dedicated EMS department that would assure efficient and quality emergency services for Seabrook’s future.

The development of the new department is being managed by the Director of Emergency Services Brad Goudie. He brings over 20 years of experience to Seabrook as he first served as a paramedic in 1995 with the Euless Fire Department, and prior to joining the Seabrook team served as the fire chief for the City of Highland Village. In addition, he also served as the League City fire chief from August 2011 to January 2015.

Seabrook EMS has hired six highly experienced paramedics, three of which will serve as supervisors, Goudie said at the Aug. 26, city council meeting. “Seabrook paramedics have a combined 95 years of experience.”

Dr. Safi Madain has been appointed to serve as the medical director of Seabrook EMS. Dr. Madain has an extensive background in cardiac, stroke and sepsis care and is currently serving as the chief of Emergency Medicine at Clear Lake HCA and also as the medical director for the City of Alvin EMS.

“It is our responsibility to see that Seabrook receives high-quality medical care, as quickly as possible,”  Mayor Thom Kolupski said, “and I feel confident that our residents will receive that exceptional and timely care from our new Seabrook EMS.”

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.

24th Annual Keels & Wheels chalks up another big success

June 1st, 2019

Seabrook Mayor Pro-tem Natalie Picha, from left, Mayor Thom Kolupski and City Manager Gayle Cook, along with Economic Development Corp. President Paul Dunphey, can hardly contain their happiness as the rainstorm moves on and the sun comes out just in time for their Keels & Wheels kickoff party on the elegant yacht Liberty Belle at Lakewood Yacht Club.

By Mary Alys Cherry

The 24th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance, the weekend-long, nationally acclaimed classic car and vintage wooden boat show that takes place each spring at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, was another rousing success – even managing to dodge a damaging rainstorm that swept through the area.

This year’s proceeds will benefit Today’s Harbor for Children, which opens its door to abandoned and abused children.

It was an especially happy event for two Texans who held the winning raffle tickets for a new car and a new boat, donated by The Jon and Jacqueline Hodges Charitable Organization and Texas Coast Yachts – Jason Tieman of League City and Lori Hunt of Dallas.

As the Friday afternoon rainstorm that threatened the popular event headed north, leaving all the dashing Keels & Wheels automobiles snug as a bug in the rug under their protective covers until the event opened Saturday, Seabrook Mayor Thom Kolupski, Economic Development Director Paul Chavez and the EDC Board headed by EDC President Paul Dunphey got the party started on the Dunpheys 67-foot yacht, Liberty Belle, in Lakewood’s inner harbor just as the sun peaked through the clouds.

Among the dozens of guests at the kickoff party, you might have spotted Seabrook City Manager Gayle Cook, with her husband, Kevin; Mayor Jon Keeney of nearby Taylor Lake Village, Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther and his wife, Fabiana; Economic Alliance President and CEO Chad Burke with his wife, Shannon; Seabrook Mayor Pro-team Natalie Picha and husband, Darrell; and City Councilmen Jeff Larson and Ed Klein and his wife, Adel, along with hostess Amy Dunphey, to name a few of those munching on hors d’oeuvres and enjoying the cool bay breezes.

It was not until Saturday that Jason Tieman of League City learned he had won the 2019 Lincoln MKC SUV from BayWay Lincoln as this year’s official raffle vehicle, valued at more than $39,000. Dark Knight Motor Group provided a Cermamic Coating Package, valued at close to $5,000 for the Lincoln MKC, which includes Feynlab Self Heal Plus. Dark Knight Motor Group specializes in the aesthetic rejuvenation and protection of automotive and marine vehicles and is based in Kemah. Lori Hunt of Dallas won the 2019 NC 795 Jeanneau Power Boat, 24’4” with Yamaha 200 engine and air-conditioned cabin, valued at more than $100,000. Dark Knight Motor Group also provided a Ceramic Coating Package valued at close to $6,400 for the power boat which includes Feynlab Hydro Marine Ceramic Coating and the installation of Glassparency Hydrophobic Coating.

Another highlight of the event was the $100,000 dollar painting on display of “The Bugati in the Lake” provided by Gremillion Gallery and sponsored by Bay Area Houston and Gulf Coast Mariner Magazines.

Keels & Wheels, chaired by Bob Fuller, welcomes approximately 200 cars and 100 boats each spring, and has raised more than $1.8 million for local charities, while drawing thousands of participants and spectators from all over the U.S. and Europe.

Proceeds from the 2019 event will again benefit Today’s Harbor for Children, who mission is to provide a home and safe environment for abandoned and abused children and healthy, comprehensive care for children and families in crisis.

SH 146 Expansion – Lane and Channel Closures

April 10th, 2019

LANE CLOSURES

Motorists can expect the following lane closures over the next several weeks. Uniformed police officers may be onsite to assist with the closures if needed.

SH 146 southbound outside lane at the NASA Parkway intersection will be closed April 10 through April 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. This closure is to create a work zone for demolition activities.

SH 146 southbound outside lane on the Clear Creek Channel Bridge (Seabrook/Kemah Bridge) will be closed every Sunday through Thursday night from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. each night beginning on April 14 and continuing for approximately four weeks (weather permitting).

CHANNEL CLOSURE

Please take note of upcoming impacts to the Clear Creek Channel navigable waterway under the (Seabrook/Kemah Bridge). The closures listed below have been approved by TxDOT and the U.S. Coast Guard and are necessary for the construction of the SH146 expansion project.

The north (inbound) channel, directly under the Clear Creek Channel Bridge (Seabrook/Kemah Bridge), will be completely closed beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019.  This closure will be in place continuously for approximately one month.

  • This closure will allow the contractor to remove the existing fender system so they can begin constructing new bridge foundations. The south (outbound channel) will not be obstructed by other work on the SH146 project while this closure is in place.
  • Please be advised that the south (outbound) channel will have two-way traffic during this time.
  • Message boards have been placed on both approaches to the channel to assist with notifying approaching vessels.
  • The closure will consist of two barges side-by-side within the channel

The south (outbound) channel, directly under the Clear Creek Channel Bridge (Seabrook/Kemah Bridge), will be completely closed beginning immediately after the previous north (inbound) channel closure is removed.  This closure will be in place continuously for approximately one and a half months.

  • This closure will allow the contractor to remove the existing fender system and begin driving concrete piles for new bridge foundations.
  • Additional notifications will be posted and sent once the specific start date for this closure is known.

Additional closures, including short-term (12 hours to 48 hours depending on approval) full closures will continue to take place throughout the SH146 project as both sides of the existing bridge are widened and a new express bridge is constructed. Notifications will be sent prior to future closures.

 

This SH 146 Update was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Information about the SH 146 Expansion can be found at www.sh146.com.