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Robert Torres wrote the Nothing Left Unsaid column featured on page B4 of Monday's paper.

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Daily News offices in Galveston and Texas City will be closed Christmas Day. Circulation calls for missed deliveries will be answered from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday. Please call 409-683-5260. Normal operating hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume Monday.

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We haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving and already retailers are playing Christmas music in stores. Is it all too much, too soon? Or are you fine with starting the Christmas rush before turkey day? We asked our readers on Facebook to share their thoughts. Here is what they said:

  • By Galveston Islamic Center
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Members of the Galveston Islamic Center will donate 15 containers of ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner to St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church for distribution to members of the congregation on Nov. 20.

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  • By COLLEGE OF THE MAINLAND
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LA MARQUE — College of the Mainland’s commencement ceremonies for its 514 graduates will be Saturday at the Abundant Life Center, 601 Delaney Road.

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TEXAS CITY — Galveston Bay is open to all marine traffic, according to a statement from the leaders of efforts to clean up an oil spill that shutdown one of the nation’s biggest ports for several days.

  • Christopher Smith Gonzalez
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GALVESTON — Ferry service between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula resumed its regular schedule of operation Wednesday.

  • By JOHN WAYNE FERGUSON
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GALVESTON — Finding himself in a room Tuesday with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, Galveston Mayor Lewis Rosen saw an opportunity to make a pitch for a way to protect Galveston from future disasters.

  • By CHRISTOPHER SMITH GONZALEZ
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Marine vessel traffic still is limited to daylight hours, and ships and barges going through the channels are monitored for oil in area channels, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.

  • By T.J. AULDS
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TEXAS CITY  — U.S. Coast Guard officials on Wednesday issued a “clarification” about recreational boating traffic after a statement issued by the Galveston County Health District caused some confusion.

  • By JOHN WAYN FERGUSON
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GALVESTON  — The Tall Ship Elissa will wait until Friday to begin taking passengers out on day trips.

  • By T.J. AULDS
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TEXAS CITY — After three days at the Charles T. Doyle Convention Center, the Texas City “Y” Unified Command is on the move again. Most of the command’s assets are set to move to the Galveston Island Convention Center early this morning.

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CRYSTAL BEACH — Officials with the Bolivar Peninsula Chamber of Commerce denied media reports that oil from the Galveston Bay spill had reached their shores.

  • By CHRIS SMITH GONZALEZ
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GALVESTON — A public hearing has been scheduled for April 2 to discuss the proposed creation of a 160-acre public artificial reef near Galveston. 

  • By ALEX MACON
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LEAGUE CITY — A seminar at the Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center that has been advertised with mailed invitations using the official League City logo has no relation with the city, a city official said. 

  • By ALEX MACON
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SPACE CENTER HOUSTON — Local and international educators will gather today for the 20th annual Space Exploration Educators Conference at Space Center Houston, where journalist Dan Rather will speak about his experience covering spaceflight.

  • By ANGELA TAYLOR-WILSON
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LEAGUE CITY — The Clear Creek Independent School District is a finalist in the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards contest.

  • By CHRISTOPHER SMITH GONZALEZ
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The use of breath alcohol ignition device on vehicles by those accused of driving while intoxicated is on the rise thanks to the hiring of a full-time compliance officer, county officials said.

  • By CHRISTOPHER SMITH GONZALEZ
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LEAGUE CITY  — The Clear Creek Paddle Trail was award the 2013 Houston-Galveston Area Council Parks & Natural Areas Award. 

  • By CHRISTOPHER SMITH GONZALEZ
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At the request of local fire departments, the Galveston County Commissioners Court approved a countywide burn ban of unincorporated areas. 

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GALVESTON — There will be controlled one-way traffic Friday on the Pelican Island Bridge, Galveston County Navigation District No. 1, which manages the drawbridge, said.

  • By JOHN WAYNE FERGUSON
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GALVESTON — The council delayed an ordinance that would have changed the city’s rules regarding horse-riding on the city’s beaches.

 

  • By JOHN WAYNE FERGUSON
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GALVESTON — An anonymous complaint to the city’s fraud line led to a discussion by the council about the cost of a pair of office chairs purchased by the city.

  • By JOHN WAYNE FERGUSON
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GALVESTON — The council unanimously approved a one-time bonus that will be paid to most city employees in their next paycheck.

  • By JOHN WAYNE FERGUSON
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GALVESTON — The Galveston City Council approved a zoning change to a piece of land of Seawall Boulevard that could lead to the construction of a five-plus story building.

 

  • By T.J. AULDS
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LEAGUE CITY — Despite a 7-1 vote last month to approve funding to support a charity event that will feature rocker Ted Nugent, Councilman Dennis O’Keeffe didn’t want to let the issue drop.

  • By TJ AULDS
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LEAGUE CITY — The League City Police Department has openings for nine officers. Those looking to join the ranks of the fourth safest city in Texas’ police department can sign up to take the Civil Service Exam next month.

  • By T.J. AULDS
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LEAGUE CITY — Council members Tuesday welcomed Queenell Fox as the city’s new human resources director. She replaces Iisha Patterson, who resigned to take a job in the private sector.

  • By ALEX MACON
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FRIENDSWOOD — Families looking to add some fresh greenery to their yards can visit Friendswood City Hall at 910 S. Friendswood Drive on Jan. 18.

  • By JOHN WAYNE FERGUSON
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GALVESTON  — Water was shut off for parts of two days last week after utility contractors broke a two-inch water line. 

  • By CHRIS PASCHENKO
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BACLIFF — A two-month drug investigation ended with the arrest of a woman accused of selling crack cocaine from her Bacliff residence, authorities said Thursday.