As the calendar turned into a new year, waiting for help and waiting for money was the state of things for many in Galveston County.
Money was the biggest obstacle keeping thousands of Hurricane Harvey-displaced residents out of their homes months after the storm flooded more than 80 percent of the properties in Dickinson.
Residents did not move out of northern Galveston County in large numbers after Hurricane Harvey, or if they did, it seems more people moved into the area than left.
At 100 years old, League City resident Tony Crapitto lives in his own home, drives a white 2004 Mercury Minivan and can’t say enough good things about his neighborhood and the friends who live nearby.
Lottie Lehmann, 91, is visually impaired and doesn’t drive any longer; but that doesn’t stop her from hitching a ride with Johnnie Duncan, 86, every Tuesday and Thursday morning so they can show up for exercise class with Lynn Amato, 63.
Since W.S. Deats settled in Dickinson in 1872, members of the Deats family have been instrumental in the kind of events and organizations that help define the community they love.
The story of the Gaido family’s arrival in Galveston began in the late 19th century, after a woman fell in love with an older neighborhood boy in the Italian town of Cercenasco.
Hundreds of descendants of the founders of The Settlement, a Reconstruction-era, self-sustained, African-American community in what is now West Texas City, still call the area home.