Restored Sylvan Beach Pavilion Unveiled with Historical Marker
By Maggie Anderson Eddy-Editor
Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman officially unveiled
the restored Sylvan Beach Pavilion along with an official Texas Historical Marker at the grand opening and ribbon cutting
ceremony on Friday, October 25th. This was only the beginning of a day to be remembered in the re-opening of a
newly renovated Sylvan Beach Pavilion.
That evening was the Grand Re-Opening, Sylvan Beach Pavilion Masked Ball. As the guests arrived
in the Pavilion, they were given mask of their choice to wear for the evening. There was complementary
valet, Hors d’oeuvers and desserts with a Dance Exhibition by Sandra Haudek & Rob Timmermans as well as a Dance
Performance by Barbara King Dance Company, Junior Dance Troupe. The music was provided by Aubrey Tucker
Dance Orchestra featuring guest vocalists Jane Vandiver and Bryan Anthony.
Food was provided by Southern Kountry Kitchen, Bailey
Connor Catering, “Who Made the Cake!” and Supreme Kakes.
The evening started with Father Tony Castro giving the invocation, followed by appreciation given
by Ted Powell (President of Friends of Sylvan Beach & Pavilion), Peter Brogniez (Son of original 1956 Pavilion architect
Raymond Brogniez), Raj Shafaii (Current Pavilion Operator), Mayor Louis Rigby and Commissioner Jack Morman (Prescient 2).
The Fire Department of The Port of Houston had their Fire Boat present a beautiful display of lights and water right on the
bay, in front of the Pavilion.
ball room was filled with masks, ball room dancers, people visiting and reminiscing about when they were last here, eating
and drinking. The event was an exclusive first class event which will kick off the new Sylvan Beach Pavilion
in style and is sure to be remembered for years to come.
|Milton E. Nuttall
Nuttall is Guest Speaker
at Ladies Reading Club
The Ladies Reading Club of La Porte welcomed Milton E. Nuttall to their September meeting where he presented
a wonderful program entitled “A Collection of My Books”. Milton took the ladies step by step through each phase
of book making and creating photo books. Milton started his career as a photojournalist and had the great
experience of being on hand when the first astronaut returned from space.
La Porte Chamber Of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 90th Anniversary
year the La Porte Bayshore Chamber of Commerce reached a milestone that many other chambers have not yet reached. 2013
marks the 90th Anniversary of the Chamber. And, in honor of this achievement, all of the past chairmen of the board that could
be contacted were invited to the annual Steak Cookout, Thursday October 24th at the Du Pont Employees Recreation La Porte.
La Porte Civic Club
La Porte Community Civic Club’s 32nd Annual
The La Porte Community
Civic Club’s 32nd annual Harvest Banquet is set for Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Jennie
Riley Center, 332 N. 4th Street in La Porte, Texas. The theme will be “Window of Opportunity.”
The keynote speaker will be attorney Darryl Scott.
Darryl is a
Native La Portian, a La Porte High School graduate, a member of the Zion Hill Praise Center and a judge. Darryl
would like to be noted for his community and religious service, not as a judge.
be used for the children’s annual Christmas party and for the scholarship fund. Donation is $10.00.
The event is sponsored by the La Porte Community Civic Club. Please contact Mary Gay at 281-471-3259
for additional information.
La Porte-Bayshore Garden Club
Diesel Fuel Awarded Beautification Award
The La Porte-Bayshore Garden Club is pleased to recognize
Diesel Fuel Maintenance, Inc. for its lovely new landscaping. Located at 1607 W. Main St. in La Porte, they are a family-owned
business specializing in maintaining and cleaning stored diesel fuel in emergency generators. Pictured from the left
are Jim Phillips, Kimberly Phillips, Jamey Willis, all from Diesel Fuel, and Pattie Maltsberger and Virginia Chase from the
Around the Streets
The La Porte Police Department has received $4,890 in grant monies for the purchase
of improved equipment for their Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) officers from the Friends of NRA Foundation (FNRA).
The FNRA is a charitable nonprofit arm of the National Rifle Association dedicated to promoting
and funding firearms safety, education and training programs nationally.
For La Porte PD, the most recent grant resulted in the acquisition of a new LaRue .308 optimized
battle rifle (OBR), two new ballistic carry shields, and a range-finder. Each of the listed items are currently in use by
La Porte Police Department’s SWAT team. This is the third grant the department has been awarded through the FNRA since
For more information on La Porte Police Department’s
SWAT team operations or their affiliation with the FNRA, contact Assistant Chief Steve Deardorff at 281-471-2141.
FISHING IN November
November, my second most favorite month
of the year for being in the outdoors. The only problem is deciding what you want to do. There are so many choices. Do I fish,
deer hunt, shoot ducks, doves, tough decision for most. For me it’s easy. I will be FISHING. The fishing will be wide
open in all our bays. The flounder run will be going strong. Just remember that the Flounder limit is only 2 in November. The Galveston channel is always the number one place to catch the flat fish. Fishing from Seawolf
Park will score for the bank fisherman. The best bait is always finger mullet. Gulp shrimp fished slowly across the bottom
will also draw strikes. A lot of Flounder will be caught by walking the piers. Slowly walk along any pier and drag your bait
close to the pier pilings. If you feel the slightest restriction, STOP. Let the Flounder get a good mouth full of your bait
before setting the hook. I’ll be chasing Specks and Reds. Birds will be working in all our bays. The cold fronts will
be causing the shrimp to start their migration. The trout and reds will be gorging themselves on the pods of shrimp. Look
for diving seagulls, troll motor close enough to the diving birds to throw any color soft plastic into the frenzy. You will
get bit every cast. There are a lot of undersize trout in the schools. Be sure and measure your fish before throwing it into
the cooler. There will also be a lot of Gulftrout/Sandtrout in the schools. There is no size or number limits on these fish.
They make great tablefare and add to your catch. For those who don’t like to chase the birds, there’s plenty of
action other ways. I like to drift reefs and humps while throwing my favorite soft plastic. You’ll catch bigger fish
this way and won’t be fighting the crowds that are chasing the “birds”. I haven’t mentioned live bait.
Live shrimp under a popping cork will always work. For me, that takes up too much fishing time, especially if you’re
working the birds. I’ll catch 5 or 6 fish while you’re re-baiting with live shrimp. Pier fishing will be good.
There will be a lot of Redfish roaming the piers. Cut mullet are great bait for these fish. There will also be large numbers
of the Gulftrout/Sandtrout to be caught off the piers. A cut sandtrout also makes great bait for Redfish. Fresh dead shrimp
will fill your cooler with the Gulftrout/Sandtrout. Whatever you do, just remember how fortunate you are to be living on the
great Gulf Coast. There’s not a better place to be this time of year. Be safe on the water and in the woods. Don’t
catch or kill more than you need and be considerate of others. Have a great Fall. See you on the water, BUT NOT TOO CLOSE!
Capt. Bob Leonard