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July 31, 2014


Thursday 07/24/2014
Smashburger speculation; plus Riondo's opens on isle

I’ll be out of the office on Monday and won’t have a Tuesday Biz Buzz column. So, I thought I would leave you with some small bites of next Thursday’s Buzz.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
Persistent SAL impacting the Hurricane Season

With Tropical Depression #2 weakening back into a tropical wave, systems in the Tropical Atlantic Basin continue to have a difficult time developing — not that I am complaining.

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Tuesday 07/22/2014
Area El Tiempo fans face long wait

Tiempo means time in Spanish and it looks like everyone will have plenty of it as we wait for El Tiempo Cantina to finally open in Webster.

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Friday 07/18/2014
Press Run: Help, I need race-day costume advice!

Daily News staff members met this week to discuss details of our Press Run, which is Sept. 13. We’ve been meeting for months, but this time I felt a real sense of urgency.

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Monday 07/14/2014
Rain likely this week over southeast Texas, but will Galveston County benefit?

The elements are coming together for fairly decent rains over large parts of North and East Texas. Whether this will benefit Galveston County remains the big question.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Microsoft to take on Apple at Baybrook Mall

This should get interesting.

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Monday 07/07/2014
Thoughts on Hurricane Arthur, the Hurricane Season and rain

Hurricane Arthur may be typical of what we see this season with tropical systems. Given cooler than normal water in the Tropical Atlantic, dry air over the central Tropical Atlantic, high wind shear levels and a very slowly developing El Niño, many forecasters are saying that the greatest threat from tropical cyclones this year will be from what is colloquially called “home grown storms.”

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Web tool shows Galveston through the decades

GALVESTON - I came across a pretty cool web tool today, created by the United States Geological Survey. 

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Sunday 07/06/2014
Target under fire for no-guns request

Retailer Target last week put itself in the crosshairs of gun advocates by requesting shoppers not bring firearms into its stores — even where local laws allow.

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Monday 06/30/2014
Could Arthur spoil the Holiday Weekend in the Carolinas?

A slowly developing low pressure area  (AL 91) located 125 miles east of Melbourne, Fla., is being given an 80 percent of developing into a tropical depression or tropical storm during the coming 24 to 48 hours. Although the low is currently drifting in a southwest to westerly direction, it should turn northeast during the next couple of days and head towards the coasts of South Carolina and North Carolina.

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Sunday 06/29/2014
Press Run: How do I fit in all the fitness?

Since I last posted about my efforts to train to run a 10k during The Daily News’ Press Run on Sept. 13, I’ve logged a total of 10 miles of running. That’s pretty lame, I know.

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Thursday 06/26/2014
Current rainy spell may repeat in July

The current rainy spell has brought much needed precipitation to Galveston County (which largely missed out on the heavier rains north and west of Houston). Thunderstorms on Wednesday and Thursday delivered 1.13” of rain to Galveston and 0.91”  to League City. This still leaves both locations well below normal for June (and the year), with Galveston running 3.46” below normal for the month and League City 3,98” receiving less than would be expected by June 26.

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Thursday 06/19/2014
June is chick time for the royal tern

The Royal Tern is one of our more common local sea-birds, distinguishable by its bright orange bill and black head-cap. Texas is the most southern area of the tern's breeding grounds. June is when their chicks hatch. In the winter, the tern migrates as far as Argentina in order to find warmth.

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Looking to the Tropics for some rain

This is the time of year when rain is less likely to be the result of mid-latitude events (cold fronts, low pressure troughs and so on) and more likely to appear as the result of tropical weather systems.

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Saturday 06/14/2014
Video: Cleaning the seaweed

GALVESTON — The effect of this year’s seaweed season on the island has been a hot topic this week on the island.

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A strange June chill and other topics

Now that grumbling about heat and humidity has become the norm again, I thought that I would revisit what may be the strangest weather event ever for Galveston. This involves a sharp mid-June cold front on this date 111 years ago (June 14, 1903) that shattered the all-time cold weather records for the month.

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Friday 06/13/2014
Tapology Gastropub nearing its debut

When it comes to craft brew options, our beer steins runneth over.

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Wednesday 06/11/2014
The Cupcake Cowgirls lasso island location

The island is soon to be home to one of the most popular cupcake franchises in the Houston area.

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Tuesday 06/10/2014
Shark bites a rare thing in Galveston

GALVESTON — News that a Houston teenager had been bitten by a shark on a West End beach quickly spread yesterday, as the picture of teeth marks on 14-year-old Mikaela Medina’s back drew clicks from around the Internet.

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Monday 06/09/2014
Press Run: Training for my first 10k

In the past two years, I’ve run about a dozen 5ks, even placing first in my age group a few times. I run with my husband around the neighborhood or on the beach, once or twice a week, when our schedule allows.

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Another chance for rain and the Tropics

A weak cold front sagging southward over Texas and an upper-level trough and low moving into the southern Plains may bring some rain to the county over the next day or two. A storm complex and squall has reformed over North Texas this morning and could track south to the coast by later today or this evening.

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Wednesday 06/04/2014
Happy Hour: Tap room opens at Galveston Island Brewing

In case you haven’t heard, the much-awaited Galveston Island Brewing, 8423 Stewart Road, has opened its tap room.

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Sunsets a good tool in photographing birds

A different way to take advantage of sunsets in photography is to use the sun as your strobe-light for silhouette shots.

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Monday 06/02/2014
Reddish egret dances for its dinner

Watching herons and egret fish can be most entertaining. And none is more active when it comes to stalking prey in the shallows than the reddish egret, distinguishable by the rusty colored plumes along the head and neck.

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May weather, rain and an early start to the Hurricane season?

The rains over the past week were definitely what the doctor ordered. The 3.32 inches of rain that fell in Galveston over the past five days of the month ended a dry spell that lasted much of April and May.

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Saturday 05/31/2014
Food Banks celebrates with Founders Day

The Galveston County Food Bank held its annual Founders Day celebration on Saturday. The event mark's the vision of the Food Bank's founders Pastor Bill Ritter, Rev. Posy Jackson and the Food Bank's first executive director Mark Davis.

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Friday 05/30/2014
Island lands on USA Today "10 Best" list

Something about Galveston lately is striking the right chord with tourists.

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Island's peacocks are on parade, for a little while

With the end of May approaching, chances to watch the wild peacocks of Galveston court on a regular basis are going to dwindle as the birds tend to lie low in summer's heat.

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Thursday 05/29/2014
Fortune Chinese setting table for return

Brush up on your chopstick skills.

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Wednesday 05/28/2014
UPDATED: Who's moving into former Macy's?

After sitting empty for two years, the building that formerly housed Macy’s at the Mall of the Mainland has a new owner and fate.

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Laughing gulls are hatching

CORRECTION: The "black-headed gulls" mentioned and pictured here actuality are laughing gull, colloquially, but incorrectly, referred to as black headed gull, which nest mainly in Europe and Asia and can migrate as far as the U.S. east coast.

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Tuesday 05/27/2014
Special marine warning and flash flood watch issued for county

An upper-level low to the northwest and a moist, unstable atmosphere is contributing to shower and thunderstorm activity over southeast Texas this morning. This has resulted in a special marine warning for Galveston Bay and adjacent waters and a flash flood watch for the area.

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Saturday 05/24/2014
The myth of the “mild” hurricane season

Most people have heard that the experts are predicting an average to below-average season in terms of named tropical systems. This consensus was reflected the other day by NOAA’s official forecast calling for a comparatively slow season in the Tropical Atlantic Basin, as a developing El Niño pattern suppresses activity in the Atlantic while enhancing it in the eastern Pacific.

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Friday 05/23/2014
What will the new Balinese Room look like?

GALVESTON — On Thursday, the Galveston City Council approved a zoning change for the property that once held the Balinese Room. The change will allow developers to build a structure that rises high as 70 feet — should the developers follow through on their idea to rebuild the Balinese Room as a restaurant and concert venue that could hold as many as 3,000 people at one time.

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Wednesday 05/21/2014
What Godzilla can teach us about emergency preparedness

GALVESTON — Did you see Godzilla last weekend? You probably did.  I went and saw it Sunday afternoon.

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Tuesday 05/20/2014
Drought becoming a serious threat for Galveston County

A very dry spring and an intermediate-term outlook that offer little hope for much precipitation is raising severe drought risk for Galveston County as we move towards summer.

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Friday 05/16/2014
Buzz-cation and open mic

I’ll be on vacation until May 27, but I thought I would ask readers to keep the buzz going. (I will have a Biz Buzz column for Tuesday that's filled with some pretty tasty tidbits.)

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Wednesday 05/14/2014
Trash, discarded tackle a threat to wildlife

A very obvious problem coastal in habitats is trash. Litter is a global problem. And a big percentage of our litter was dumped far out at sea or further along the coast and the current placed it on our beaches. Some of what's disgracing our shores, however, was dropped locally.

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Winter’s last gasp?

A number of people this spring mentioned how ready they were for summer after our long, chilly (by Galveston standards) winter. However, I also found some of these same people grumbling a couple days ago when warm, muggy weather hinted at our long, impending warm season.

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Tuesday 05/13/2014
Sherwin-Williams plans grand opening

Paint purveyor Sherwin-Williams will celebrate its new island building on Wednesday (May 14) with a 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting and 10 a.m. grand opening.

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Monday 05/12/2014
Kemp's ridley released for opening of Sea Turtle Restoration Project

It is a triumph whenever a sea-turtle is released from rehabilitation and makes its way back into the ocean.

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Saturday 05/10/2014
Hug a soldier for Mothers Day

TEXAS CITY -- It was supposed to be a quick stop for gas and a breakfast sandwich at the new Buc-ee's Saturday morning. 

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Friday 05/09/2014
Sea grass important part of coastal ecosystem

Despite the name, sea grass is actually not grass, but a flowering plant growing in what appear to be meadows.

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A second chance at rain?

The latest system to roll through Texas failed again to bring any meaningful precipitation to Galveston County. With the long, hot days of summer looming, our chances for slipping into severe drought conditions are certainly on the high side.

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Wednesday 05/07/2014
Drought effects appearing in local wetlands

With the continuous lack of rain, the wetlands dry up right in front of our eyes.

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Monday 05/05/2014
Rebirth in the Old City Cemetery

Galveston's Old City Cemetery stretches between Broadway and Avenue L, 40th and 43rd Street.

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Friday 05/02/2014
A very dry April and an uncertain weather outlook for May

April 2014 went into the record books as the third driest April ever for Galveston with only 0.10 inches of rain recorded. That brought total precipitation since January 1 to 4.97 inches of rain, 8.14 inches less than would be expected for the first four months of the year. League City fared a little better with 1.46 inches in April, but that was still less than half of normal for the month. League City has measured 6.35 inches of rain since Jan. 1, which is 7.58 inches less than would be expected.

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Sunday 04/27/2014
Meet the candidates: Those running for office discuss the issues

The Daily News invited candidates from contested races in the upcoming elections to participate in questionnaires, which were compiled largely from points that readers requested us to ask on their behalf.

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Thursday 04/24/2014
Rain a long shot for next few weeks

The dry spell that has left Galveston with a 7.44-inch precipitation deficit since Jan. 1, and on the verge of the driest April since the drought of 2010, shows little sign of abating over the coming few weeks.

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It's beach season

The crowds over Easter weekend confirmed my hopes — the ocean was warm enough and the next six months will see my family at the beach often.

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