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November 1, 2014


Thursday 10/30/2014
First week of November to bring a chill and some rain

October, 2014 will go into the record books as milder and drier than normal in Galveston County. The lowest temperature so far this month on Galveston Island is 60 degrees. Barring a rapid chill down Friday night, this will be the mildest October minimum since 1988.

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Monday 10/27/2014
Looking at Halloween weather and beyond

Hobgoblins and other strange creatures should find near ideal conditions for trick or treating on Halloween, with clear skies and seasonably cool to mild temperatures. This is a continuation of a weather pattern that has provided nearly perfect outdoor weather for outdoor activities for most of this month.

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Friday 10/24/2014
Cullen's to serve $38,000 bottle of single malt Scotch

When an email arrived in my inbox with news that a limited edition bottle of The Balvenie Fifty, a single malt Scotch whisky valued at $38,000 would be opened and served during a dinner for 12 at Cullen’s American Grille, I immediately perked up.

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Wednesday 10/22/2014
Isle business terrifies customers — and that's good

Not too many businesses want to scare their customers — unless, of course, their business is scaring customers.

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Sometimes, the matter is just black and white

There's a challenge going around among photographers on social media to post black-and-white images.

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Monday 10/20/2014
System in Bay of Campeche may contribute to higher tides

A developing system in the Bay of Campeche, a persistent easterly breeze and high pressure ridging in from our northeast, may all contribute to tides running 1-1 ½ feet above normal levels over the next few days. The system (93-L) is associated with a 1007 MB low that is generally expected to track to the east or northeast this week with a 60% chance for developing into a tropical cyclone.

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Friday 10/17/2014
Fried and true: Shrimp 'N Stuff prepares for downtown opening

Dining options are soon to increase in the island's downtown.

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Thursday 10/16/2014
A whiff of the big, wide world

Looking out over the Gulf in the mornings, the cargo ships line up on the horizon. Metallic and bulky, they may not be considered beautiful, but the connectivity they stand for is.

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An “Unofficial” end to our hurricane season?

I don’t wish to tempt fate, especially given the quiet hurricane season we’ve had in the Gulf of Mexico and with the strongest hurricane of the 2014 season bearing down on Bermuda, but Friday does bring a key date in the hurricane season for the Galveston County area. Going back 150 years, no hurricane or tropical storm has made landfall on the upper-Texas coast later than October 17.

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Friday 10/10/2014
Video: League City council candidates forum

LEAGUE CITY — On October 8, The Daily News and the League City Chamber of Commerce presented a forum featuring the nine candidates running in four the contested city council races.

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Another sure sign of fall — arrival of the migratory white pelican

The first half of October brings many additions to the population of natural Galveston residents. Some are passing migratory birds. But, others, such as the white pelican, are here until spring.

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Strong storms and an active Tropical Atlantic

Humid air flowing in off the Gulf of Mexico, a weak cool front in north Texas and an upper-level disturbance will keep unseasonably warm conditions and a chance of rain in our picture through the weekend.

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Thursday 10/09/2014
Gallery: Texans vs. Colts

The Houston Texans battled back from a 24-0 deficit in the first quarter but ultimately lost to the Indianapolis Colts 33-28. J.J. Watt recovered a fumble a scored his third touchdown of the season.

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Wednesday 10/08/2014
Reflecting on the East End Lagoon

With discussion about development of the East End Lagoon into a nature preserve back in the news, I've been reflecting on what makes this area so special to me.

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Monday 10/06/2014
A squall line, a warm spell and looking ahead

A squall line moving south and moist, unsettled air moving in from the Gulf of Mexico has prompted a Special Weather statement from the Houston-Galveston NWS as well as a special Marine Warning that includes the northern half of Galveston Bay.

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Friday 10/03/2014
Who will replace Baywood Foods?

The recent closure of Baywood Foods — Hitchcock’s only grocery store — was bad news for the city’s residents.

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Thursday 10/02/2014
Wetland foliage taking on fall colors

Water plants take on different hues this time of year, making for striking backdrops and brilliant flashes of color.

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Wednesday 10/01/2014
What's going on at Martini Theatre?

An interesting rumor is going around that a five-star restaurant was planned for the long vacant Martini Theatre building in the island’s downtown.

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Monday 09/29/2014
We have allies in the mosquito wars

It's wet out there.

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A wet September, a cool front and the hurricane season

Rains over the past few days have guaranteed that Galveston Island and most of the County will have the wettest September since 2008. As of Monday morning, 6.11” of rain had been measured this month at Scholes Field. A very wet 9.18” of precipitation had been totaled for the month at the National Weather Service Office in League City/Dickinson.

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Evening over the corridor

On impulse the other day, I took the exit off I-45 in Bayou Vista and stopped at the Pavilion overlooking the John M. O'Quinn Estuarial Corridor.

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Sunday 09/28/2014
Gallery: Texans 23, Bills 17

The Texans defeated the Bills 23-17 at home on Sunday.

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Friday 09/26/2014
Indian cuisine restaurant planned for island

Here’s some spicy dish for anyone who has long wished for an Indian cuisine restaurant on the island.

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Wednesday 09/24/2014
A Greek tragedy in League City?

Island restaurateurs and brothers Larry and Tikie Kriticos were deep into a deal to open a League City restaurant before deciding the property they were keen on just wouldn’t work.

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Outdoors Blog: Stalking a stalker can be taxing work

A fishing heron can stand still for small eternities, just to move when you have given up on it.

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Monday 09/22/2014
A sunset befitting the beginning of fall

Fall is the perfect season for outdoor photography. Warm, but not as hot as a boiler room, the colors at sunset are less dulled by humidity and static and offer a color palette unequalled.

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Saturday 09/20/2014
The rainy spell, sunshine and the surf

Galveston County will move out of its best multi-day (3 or more consecutive days with measurable precipitation) since August, 2012. Rainfall amounts over the County varied from 3.88” at Scholes Field in Galveston to 5.19” at the National Weather Service Office in League City and 5.42” in both Friendswood and Texas City.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Weather Watch: Heavy rain possibility to persist

A combination of moist, unstable air from the Gulf of Mexico and additional moisture coming in from the remnants of former Hurricane Odile to our west, should keep showers and thunderstorms around through the end of the week. Locally heavy rain will be possible in some areas, depending on where the showers and thunderstorms develop and rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches will be possible over all of Galveston County.

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Tuesday 09/16/2014
About the light at the end of summer

One morning at the end of summer, just like that, the light changes. It's a gradual process, but it strikes me the most after a cold front has passed and cleaned the air of static and dust, making the light clear and brilliant.

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Monday 09/15/2014
What will become of The Beach Hut?

Fans of The Beach Hut, 731 Seawall Blvd., on the island, were hoping the bar and live music venue’s recent closure was only seasonal. Alas, it isn’t.

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Saturday 09/13/2014
A cool front and a system in the Gulf of Mexico

A cold front slipped off the Texas coast overnight bringing a fresh, autumn breeze to the area. While the front may not pack as much punch as some can in mid-September, it will still bring lower humidity levels and milder temperatures to Galveston County. Lows on Sunday morning are expected to dip into the lower-70’s  and I would not be surprised to see them drop to the 60’s over the northwest part of the County.

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Thursday 09/11/2014
What I learned from training for a 10k

The Daily News Press Run is Saturday and I’m ready for my first, official 10k. Thanks to readers of this occasional blog for good advice that I gratefully heeded.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
Book highlights lesser known sites in Galveston

Biz Buzz is filed for Thursday and I’m already working on next week’s column. One Buzz item of note is about a mother and daughter — Natalie Malphrus and Darcie Malphrus-Schlegel – who have co-written a book “Galveston: Beyond the Beach.”

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Tuesday 09/09/2014
On reclaiming the island, and the soul

As much as we appreciate people traveling to Galveston and how local business thrives off visitors, after Labor Day, the locals issue a gigantic, cleansing sigh. The summer vacationers have left. It is island-reclamation time. The beaches at sunrise are deserted, the miles belong to the residents.

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September is a month of waiting

From a climatological point of view, September is a month that finds many of us in Galveston County waiting. We wait for the first “real” cold front of the season, looking for a break from prolonged summer heat. We find ourselves waiting to move beyond the peak of hurricane season (which statistically comes around September 10). We tell ourselves that if we can only make it a few more weeks, we will be out of the woods for another season. And, we find ourselves looking for some respite from the onslaught of mosquitoes, thinking more fondly of the coming winter.

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Monday 09/08/2014
Developer plans to buy J.C. Penney building at Mall of Mainland

Details are scarce, but rumor has it that developer Jerome Karam plans to buy yet another vacant department store building at Mall of the Mainland — this time the space formerly occupied by J.C. Penney.

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Sunday 09/07/2014
Gallery: Texans vs. Redskins

The Houston Texans opened their season with a 17-6 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. J.J. Watt had a big game an rookie Jadeveon Clowney left the game in the first half with a knee injury.

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Friday 09/05/2014
Backyard bandits cause mixed emotions

Raccoons split opinions. Some love their cute and cuddly appearance, others see them as potentially hazardous varmints.

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Thursday 09/04/2014
My first 10k is fast approaching

The third annual Daily News Press Run is approaching fast – a little too fast. I’m looking forward to the Press Run. I really am. It’s always fun.

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
Waterways and the workingman, a reflection

Especially on Labor Day, it's important to find a moment to appreciate past generations' sacrifices in bringing America forward. Water connects. The Bay ties all of our local industries together. What better place to commemorate the working man's struggles?

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Tropical Storm Dolly forms in the Gulf of Mexico, but should remain well south of Texas

Not unexpectedly, the National Hurricane Center has upgraded the disturbance in the Bay of Campeche to Tropical Storm Dolly overnight and a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Mexico from Tuxpan north to Barra El Mezquital (just south of Brownsville).

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Monday 09/01/2014
Mosquito, PattyCakes Bakery close for improvements

For some island businesses, the end of the busy summer season is a time to regroup and make improvements.

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Thursday 08/28/2014
Gallery: Texans vs. 49ers preseason week 4

The Texans held their own during the first half, but ultimately fell to the 49ers 40-13 in their final preseason tune-up. They open the season at home next Saturday against Washington.

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Rains to hang around for awhile

The League City/Clear Lake area received heavy rains yesterday, while a downpour measuring nearly 3 inches caused street flooding and the heaviest rain on the Island since October 31, 2013.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
What's your message in a bottle?

We've been very busy around here working on the launch of the new and improved Coast, which comes out in October with a very different look, feel and name — Coast Monthly.  

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Neutral density filter helpful in photographing water

Living on this island, any landscape photographer will be including water in many, if not most of their shots. In order to photographically translate what we see with the human eye, a variety of tools are helpful. Some tools, e.g. exposure or aperture options, are part of the technology a SLR camera comes with, but sometimes adding a filter can be helpful. For photographing water, I choose a neutral density filter.

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Sunday 08/24/2014
Weather Watch: Looking for relief from the heat

Many people that I know have had enough steamy, August weather for a while and would like a break. This time of year, however, relief usually comes from a spell of increased cloudiness and scattered thundershowers, since late August cold fronts are exceedingly rare.

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Friday 08/22/2014
What's the sound of two wings slapping? Bath time

A pelican taking a bath is a noisy affair. Pier 19 in Galveston is a good place to watch the splashing spectacle of the brown pelicans cleaning their feathers.

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Tuesday 08/19/2014
Rattler crashes West End wedding

Diamonds at a wedding? Of course. Diamondbacks? Well that’s another matter.

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It’s Just a Hill...Get Over It!

The 3rd annual DAILY NEWS PRESS 5K, 10K and kids 1K is just around the corner…are you ready?

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