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This week’s Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week are Marley and Larry.

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My cousin’s cleaning out his garage; he’s already found his old Harley, missing for 22 years. No sign yet of his ‘67 Buick.

  • By FRANCES POWELL
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Happy birthdays to Melanie Patton, Julie Foutch, Katherine Overbeck Maxwell, Nicki Lawson, Shelly Nussenblatt Kessler, Rebecca King Freuhan, Peggy McNeel Rapp, Darrell Apffel, Nick Gaido, Tommy and Bernie Youngblood, Sarah Piel, Gene Bindhammer, Bruce Clawson and Linda Dabney. Happy annivers…

  • By WALT CANDELARI
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One of the easiest ways for a burglar to gain entry into a residence is simply by kicking the door in. It doesn’t have to be a power karate kick or using a “sledge-o-matic.” Several repeated kicks, properly placed, and the door lock is defeated. When you look at what gives way, surprisingly …

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The University of Texas Medical Branch’s 25th annual observance of Earth Day will take place Friday. Festivities will be held on the administration plaza at the intersection of University Boulevard and Market Street beginning at 10 a.m. The keynote address will be by David Niesel, UTMB’s chi…

  • By DR. SALLY ROBINSON
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The American Academy of Pediatrics, Parents Plus, has some suggestions for activities for your young child to do to allow unstructured playtime. First, make sure that you remember to use a portable play yard or safety gates to keep your child in a safe area in case you are distracted. Also m…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” This ad for a medical alert system is a bit of a parody. But it is no joke to an older adult who has taken a bad fall and knows firsthand the feelings of helplessness, pain and shame of not being able to get up from the floor.

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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Hikers and gardeners sometimes find themselves itching — not itching to be outside — but itching after they encounter poison ivy outdoors. Getting relief from the incessant itching can be tough, but a new method has been shown to work well, at least in mice.

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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What is the significance of a church door? Probably the same question would be valid for synagogues and religious temples, but I comment only on my limited knowledge and experience. In any case, I think first of the happy events: newlyweds emerging to congratulations and showers of flowers; …

  • By WALT CANDELARI
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Growing up and eating a lot of cereal, I collected box tops, coupons, etc., just so I could send away for the magic decoder rings, actual working submarine, and whatever else they were promoting. Somehow the items never lived up to what they looked like on the package and never performed qui…

  • By FRANCES POWELL
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As you know, our dear Dolly Warren passed away in late January, but she wanted D’Feet Breast Cancer, which she founded 16 years ago, to continue. She specifically asked her good friend, Judy Giovannini, to continue the Chinese New Year themed mah-jongg fundraiser.

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Professor Joan Nichols was named a 2017 Outstanding Woman of Texas by the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce. Nichols, a professor in internal medicine and microbiology and immunology, also is associate director of research and operations at the Galveston National Laboratory. The award w…

  • By DR. VICTOR S. SIERPINA
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I was sitting in a box van next to a wizened old guy named Walter with a New England accent. Walter was a veteran packer for a moving and storage company I worked at during the hot summers in Phoenix to earn money for college. We were on our way to box up someone’s household goods.

  • By DRS. DAVID NIESEL AND NORBERT HERZOG
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Most people accept that smoking causes cancer, but the detailed mechanisms behind that are not completely understood. In a new study, researchers solved part of the puzzle when they discovered that smoking causes extensive damage to DNA in the genome of the tissues directly exposed to smoke …

  • By WALT CANDELARI
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Well I did it again. What do I tell everybody not to do? Answer the phone when you don’t know who is calling you. Without thinking and without looking at caller ID, when my cellphone rang I answered. “She” began immediately with “Hi, my name is Suzie and I want to tell you about an outstandi…

  • By FRANCES POWELL
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The gathering of good friends and families, combined with scrumptious Cajun cuisine and all topped off with the sounds of the ever-popular “Mustang and his Two-Steppin’ Zydeco Band” are sure to make the Rotary Club of Galveston’s 7th Annual Crawfish Boil an afternoon filled with good food, f…

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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No, I am not referring to computer and laser technologies that generate holograms and other images that imitate reality, but to a different dimension of reality itself. Let me explain. Phenomenological philosophers discovered decades ago that perspective is an inseparable part of reality. It…

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Exercise isn’t just a daily regimen for Diana Miranda — it’s a way of life.

  • By WALT CANDELARI
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My friend, and you are my friend, I have a deal for you! I don’t do this for just anyone, only for my special people. Now I know preparing taxes can be a burden and it is so troubling. You have been bombarded by all of those supposedly “free” tax preparation offers, but because you are my fr…

  • By SUZANNE BECKER
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Spring in Galveston brings fledgling birds looking for adventure and testing their wings. It also brings families together to enjoy the activities offered by FledglingFest, the youth program sponsored by Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council’s annual birding festival, FeatherFest, now in i…

  • By FRANCES POWELL
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The jewel in the crown of the Baby Apple, The Grand 1894 Opera House, was all dolled up for the Community Enrichment Award given to a deserving Buddy and BJ Herz. The evening opened with a cocktail party in Edna’s Room with folks like Jay and Lori Carnes, Dr. Jim Grant, JD and Beth Epstein v…

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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How do we know that today is Sunday and not Friday? Obviously because yesterday was Saturday. And how can we be sure that this is 2017 and not 2021? Because we remember that last year was 2016 and 2017 is its numerical successor. This elementary sequencing of our life and time is an unquesti…

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Embracing the mind, body and spirit, tai chi originated over 2,000 years ago in ancient China, and has been considered one of the most effective exercises for health of mind and body.

  • By WALT CANDELARI
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In a Police One training video that I viewed recently, an instructor (Ron LePedis) discussed the creation of a “crisis box” to enhance communication and responses between the private sector, law enforcement and emergency responders. When I do a security assessment of a business and/or a priv…

  • By FRANCES POWELL
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Rosenberg Library is pleased to announce its selection for the spring 2017 Museum Club series: “Caught in the Revolution,” by New York Times best-selling author Helen Rappaport. “Caught in the Revolution” tells the story of the Russian Revolution through the eyewitness accounts of foreign na…

  • By HAROLD RALEY
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Spanish thinker, Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955), wrote in “The Revolt of the Masses” (1930) that modern science grows incrementally through the piecemeal contributions by specialized teams of researchers rather than by leaps of genius characteristic of Galileo or Newton. The concept is called t…