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A promise made to his younger brother resulted in scholarships valued at $17,000 for 17 area students. This incredible achievement occurred within the first two years of The Nick Gary Foundation’s existence. Our family, friends, and supporters deserve all the recognition in making these scho…

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Summer is over, but at its beginning I spent a magical summer day visiting Artist Boat’s Coastal Heritage Preserve on West Galveston Island. The “Preserve” runs across 669 acres and hosts freshwater and saltwater marshes, coastal prairie and a few tiny woodlots.

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It is difficult to believe the U.S. Senate race in Texas is close. Sen. Ted Cruz has been senator for six years and has done a fine job. What has he done that make you want to vote for the Democrat, Rep. Beto O’Rourke? And, just what is Beto for? He is for what his Democratic leader in the H…

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On Sept. 16, “60 Minutes” aired a program that every Galvestonian should have seen. It covered a simple, but effective, way of dealing with the feral cat problem in Hawaii with no threat to their birds, human habitation, or their unique wild animals. It was at base, something I suggested in …

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How do you catch a dream? Think about it. Fantastical things happen in our dreams. We fly through the air unaided by jetpacks; we swim underwater without tanks; feasts appear without the effort of cooking; houses designed by the likes of Escher expand as needed; and loved ones who are lost t…

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced he would donate up to 10 metal detectors to the Santa Fe Independent School District in response to the shooting that left eight students and two teachers dead. As much as this seems like a possible solution to gun violence, it’s not. In fact it’s worse, …

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Diaper Need Awareness Week, which is Monday through Sept. 30, is an initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network created to mobilize efforts to help make a difference in the lives of the nearly 5.2 million babies in the United States ages 3 and younger, who live in poor or low-income families.

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If you’ve had a parent who’s lived a life of adventure, danger, happiness, loss and reward then you’ve been truly blessed. More than likely, you’ve gotten a course in “basic knowledge.”

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In the 2017 Texas legislative session, the Senate passed Bill No. 1882. Few people know of the bill, but one small school in Galveston is very happy that it exists. This October will be the beginning of the third year of Moody Early Childhood Center, a year-round school that caters to Galves…

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After success in Africa and lower Italy, the Allied leaders — Winston Churchill of Great Britain, Joseph Stalin of Russia and Franklin D. Roosevelt of the United States — in 1943 needed to plan the final stages of World War II.

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The “Evening of Serious Fun,” aptly named as an offshoot of the Harris L. Kempner Serious Fun Children’s Series performances (based on children’s books) — is not your typical fundraiser. This annual event set from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at The Grand 1894 Opera House at 2020 Postoffice St. i…

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I’m writing this column to invite you to learn about sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Texas Gulf Coast. As a volunteer for the Turtle Island Restoration Network, I walked one section of the beach weekly from April until mid-July looking for signs of sea turtles, especially the…

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As we approached Labor Day, the nation paused to celebrate the deaths of the Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin, and the war hero and elder statesman, U.S. Sen. John McCain. In their distinct ways, they were revolutionists. Their common denominator was their love for America.

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Since 1914, the Galveston Art League has given back to the community by promoting visual arts and art education. Area residents can reciprocate by attending the league’s annual gala from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 6 in the San Luis Resort Grand Ballroom, 5222 Seawall Blvd., in Galveston.

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In December 1971, American involvement in Vietnam was definitely winding down. The policy of Vietnamization consistently decreased U.S. troop strength. The last U.S. division in Vietnam was the famed 101st Airborne Division, which held the most northern positions of U.S. forces. And the divi…

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Communities in Schools-Galveston County needs your help. We are a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the success of all students: wounded, underprivileged and children in at-risk situations in our community.

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You could hear a pin drop as Little Brother Justin struggled to find the words. He had just been asked to tell his Big Brother how it felt to have him in his life.

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The Melia azedarach is known by many names, including bead-tree, Cape lilac, Pride of India, Persian lilac and, the one probably familiar to you, chinaberry. The berries were popular ammunition for chinaberry fights during my Gulf Coast childhood.

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How does one say “thank you” to all the sponsors, underwriters and supporters who put us “over the top” at our annual Wine and Dine Gala benefit for the M.I. Lewis Social Service Center?

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The anniversary of Horrible Harvey is here, a devastating hurricane that ravaged the city of Dickinson with 50-plus inches of torrential rains, the likes of which we have never experienced. Many homes and businesses were so heavily affected that only the shell of the home or business was sal…

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I lived my preteen years in a small town in a narrow Allegheny River valley in western Pennsylvania in the western slopes of the Allegheny Mountains where the steeply sloped hills rose abruptly across the railroad tracks from our backyard. I roamed the hills and the grassy rolling fields at …

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Many parents are scrambling to buy school supplies, new clothes and uniforms for their children. But, families with children attending private religious schools in Texas have a much more serious thing to worry about.

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On Aug. 14, my mother would have turned 101. She was an amazing woman, enjoying the best health of anyone I’ve ever known. She lived a life of music, activity, good eating habits and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, even as she aged. But at age 96, she transferred to The Cottages in Lea…

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A recent letter to the editor, after projecting placement of more conservative judges on the Supreme Court, was unsatisfied with the solid majority conservative jurists would secure in that august body. Rather, the author hoped for the time when all “progressives” are removed from all courts…

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It’s a time of excitement ... new clothes, new shoes, and a new backpack to hold new supplies. It’s back to school time! This year, some new feelings are on back to school lists — anxiety and fear. Is our school safe? What happens if we have another school shooting? What happens if we have a…

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As students and teachers across Texas begin another school year, we remember the 10 innocent lives who were taken during the tragic shooting at Santa Fe High School this May.

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(King George) has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither…

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Since 1528, when a naked and half-drowned Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca washed ashore on a sandbar in the Gulf of Mexico and survived black clouds of fierce mosquitoes, hostile Indians and a more hostile winter, Galveston has been an Island of Miracles. Though De Vaca, later memorializing his s…

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Babe Schwartz’s legacy is wide, deep and enduring. No one is more deserving of a Texas beach named in his honor than perhaps Cabeza de Vaca or de La Salle. Thanks to him, every one of us, Texan and visitor alike, not only has free and clear access to Texas beaches, but beaches cleaned thanks…

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The 18th annual PAWS Gala is Sept. 22 to raise much-needed funds for the Galveston Island Humane Society. As a current board member and past president, I am excited to share with you all that is planned for this year’s special event.

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Through his argument for an increase in the use of county inmate trusty work programs (“County should ramp up inmate work programs,” The Daily News, Aug. 2), Publisher Leonard Woolsey appears unaware of the voluntary nature of inmate participation in the county jail trusty work program, unaw…

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During the weekend of July 26 through July 29, 11 young men, known as youth knights of the Knights of Pythagoras Reuben G. White Council No. 18 (Galveston/Chambers counties), along with the Texas Gulf Coast Region, hosted the 2018 state of Texas Knights of Pythagoras Youth Leadership Confere…

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As the newly elected commander of the American Legion Post No. 20, I would like to take the opportunity to thank and recognize our outgoing Cmdr. Dennis Padron. His 12 years of dedication and hard work in leading the effort to reopen and maintain the American Legion should not go unnoticed.

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It is a very sad time when truth is being trampled and compromised. Early on, as youngsters, we learned that truth is sacred and lying about anything was wrong and dishonest. It is stunning to realize that lying appears to be the norm.

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I’m puzzled. Why should the government be shut down, thus depriving the American people of services, when Trump has insisted from the very beginning that Mexico was going to pay for this stupid wall?

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American voters knew who Donald Trump was before they elected him. He hasn’t changed. He never will. So, stop being so shocked and appalled at his conspiracy of the day. Leave Donald Trump alone so he can do the work he was elected to do regardless of the many scandals he is facing.

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Almost one year ago, Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc all along the Texas Gulf Coast. The storm was the deadliest hurricane Texas had faced in the last century, taking at least 68 lives, and it was one of the costliest disasters our nation has ever seen.

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Unlike most of my fellow Friends of Galveston Island State Park board members, I will brag on how much our group does to preserve and to improve the park — and so will our President Lynn Smith — when she kicks off our annual meeting at 4 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Galveston Island Country Club.

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My name is Collin Somerville, and I am a Life Scout in the Boy Scouts of America program in Troop No. 123 at First Lutheran Church in Galveston. I have been involved in Scouting for 11 years, and as I am at the end of my journey, I was thinking of what to do for my final step toward becoming…

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Jake Hollingsworth from the Gulf Coast Water Authority brought attention to Smart Irrigation Month in his guest column (“Tune up your sprinkler system to water wisely,” The Daily News, July 20). A typical sprinkler from a standard 5/8-inch garden hose uses about 1,020 gallons an hour. But wh…

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Publisher Leonard Woolsey is right to support an investigation into the $500,000 that was stolen from the coffers of Galveston County (“County’s $500,000 loss demands close examination,” The Daily News, July 19).

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Many of us rely on automatic sprinkler systems to keep our lawns and gardens looking their best during hot, dry summer months. Automatic sprinklers are convenient because you can just set them and forget them. But did you know that as much as 50 percent of the water we use outdoors is wasted…

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Few who watched Apollo 11 land on the moon and Neil Armstrong take “a giant leap for mankind” in July 1969 would have been able to predict what the U.S. space program would look like in the decades since that historic moment.

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Turning left onto Seawall Boulevard, I see the soft backlit cloud bank in the distance. The Ferris wheel and twisted roller-a-coaster of Pleasure Pier materializes. Then ships. Fuchsia forms the bottom layer across the horizon laid on the blue water, while white wavelets lick the wide beach.…

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One of the things that makes Galveston so great is the diversity of activities that the island has to offer. If you are here to relax and do nothing there is no better place — and if you are interested in staying active and have your voice heard — then, this is your community.

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Ball High School students and Randalls have joined forces again this year for a special two-week in-store promotion to kick off the 38th annual ABC-13 “Share Your Holidays” Food Drive in Galveston. This year’s in-store initiative runs through July 29.