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Shop talk: Maybe it was pent-up demand, curiosity or all the opening day giveaways. Whatever the reason, hundreds of shoppers descended Thursday on Aldi for the grocery store’s opening in Palmer Plaza, 3442 Palmer Highway in Texas City.

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Now that summer vacation time is a distant memory, Galveston is in the midst of the off season. For many on the Park Board operations staff, this means their work is “on.”

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I have to say it was a great honor that Galveston hosted the national conference for the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) last week. It was an even greater honor that the Park Board received an award at the event.

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I can say with certainty that the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is one that relies on data when it comes to making decisions — statistics about hotel occupancy and rates, who goes where once they’re here, how long our visitors stay, what they spend and where they’re…

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For many college students, the opportunity to put their knowledge to work in a real-world setting is an invaluable experience. Last summer, the Park Board helped to give several area architectural students a chance to do just that.

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Sign language: Fans of the Dickinson Sonic Drive-In, 4401 state Highway 3, are paying close attention to the restaurant’s negotiations with the city to keep the tall pole sign at the property. Specifically, some readers are worried the city’s prohibition on pole signs will stymie plans for t…

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A sought-after seaside restaurant, community room and spaces for private events like weddings and reunions are among the uses anticipated for the new Stewart Pavilion. While still a long way from being a reality, the structure recently advanced to a new planning stage.

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One of the perks of my job at the Park Board is being able to attend conferences in places throughout the U.S. Since my career here began, I’ve been able to visit cities in states that include Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina.