‘My Fat Dad’ offers tasty memories, life lessons

first_imgDawn Lerman grew up in my time frame, but in Chicago and New York, where her fat dad could visit Dr. Atkins and have him phone in dad’s lunch order at his club.He was a successful ad exec making slogans we all know, such as “Fly the Friendly Skies,” “Coke is It,” and “Leggo My Eggo.” He went up to 450 pounds and loved food. Her mother was happy to eat a can of tuna over the sink.Lerman learned to cook from her grandmother, Beauty, who put love in every recipe. The book “My Fat Dad’ would have been great just hearing about Beauty, with recipes at the end of each chapter. But then readers get to head to New York City, where her new lunch buddies pull things like lobster salad out of their Partridge Family lunch boxes. Our young hero is exposed to gourmet and health food, while still hanging on to the Jewish recipes of her youth.So Mom still likes frozen TV dinners while Lerman still likes shopping for the freshest ingredients for her carob cookie business. She loves to experiment with flavors and does not have the weight problem Dad has. He loses half his weight at a “ricer” fat farm, then struggles upon his return home. Who doesn’t love a good door-slamming, mistaken identity, men-in-dresses kind of theatrical production?Sean McBride, your favorite Port Arthur News movie critic, directed “Leading Ladies” for Beaumont Community Players. This food journey book yields a delight on every page as we grow up with Dawn, and try some of her flavors, like the Italian Sunday Gravy story and recipe she got from a homeless angel.I can’t stop talking about “My Fat Dad.”‘Leading Ladies,’ The Farce is with themcenter_img This show has two English actors pretend to be long-lost nieces to inherit a fortune. There’s a Shakespeare play-within-a-play and romantic get-togethers and breakups as well. You’re in for a good time. Roller skating Audrey, played by Kaasaundra Davis, just about steals the show, but every one of the cast has his or her or his-and-her moments. [email protected]last_img read more

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Allen Jones, Jr

first_img 11/16/1958     12/10/2016Allen Jones, Jr. 58, of Port Arthur passed away Saturday, December 10, 2016. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Gabriel Funeral Home Chapel with viewing from 12 noon until service time. Burial will be Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Houston National Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home. Sunrise                   Sunsetlast_img

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Threat of severe winter weather could lead to road and bridge closures

first_img During freezing conditions roads, bridges and elevated structures will likely be impacted and can make driving dangerous. DPS urges motorists to pay attention to quickly changing weather conditions and prepare for possible road and bridge closures.Citizens should stay turned to local television and radio stations for weather and traffic updates. Next Up BEAUMONT —The Texas Department of Public Safety is urging Texans along the Gulf Coast region to prepare for severe winter weather that may make traveling difficult.last_img

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Early morning wreck claims 2 lives on Interstate 10

first_img The crash remained under investigation Thursday afternoon as Troopers worked to determine the factors that contributed to this fatal crash. Next UpDPS said in an issued statement that preliminary reports indicate the driver of the westbound Volkswagen lost control of the vehicle for unknown reasons, left the roadway and rolled over before coming to a rest.Justice of the Peace Ray Chesson pronounced both occupants dead at the scene.The victims were listed as driver Thad Douglas, 38, and his female passenger, Jamie Brown, 35, both of Beaumont. Staff reportTwo occupants of a passenger vehicle were killed early Thursday after their vehicle crashed on Interstate 10 in Jefferson County.The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the one-vehicle crash at 1:30 a.m. near FM 365.last_img read more

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Mike Pence to hold fundraisers in Dallas, Midland next week

first_img Pence will headline fundraisers Wednesday in Dallas and Midland, according to invitations. His office did not respond to a request for comment this week.Admission for each event starts at $2,800 and goes up to $50,000 for a VIP reception. In Dallas, it costs $100,000 to be designated as a “co-chair” of the fundraiser.Proceeds will go toward Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee benefitting the Republican National Committee and Trump’s re-election campaign.The Midland fundraiser is being hosted by some of the top GOP donors from the area, including oilmen Tim Dunn and Kyle Stallings. By Patrick SvitekThe Texas Tribunetexastribune.orgVice President Mike Pence is returning to Texas next week for a pair of fundraisers. Trump himself was in Texas on Wednesday for fundraisers in Houston and San Antonio that were expected to rake in over $6 million.Pence last visited Texas on Friday, when he went to Houston to visit an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office and give a speech on Venezuela at Rice University. He also went to College Station to speak at an event on the vice presidency at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Center.The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.last_img read more

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PA native Erajah Scypion “builds and fights” for Navy Seabees

first_imgGULFPORT, Miss. — “We Build, We Fight” has been the motto of the U. S. Navy’s Construction Force, known as the “Seabees,” for more than 75 years. Constructionman Erajah Scypion, a 2011 Port Arthur Memorial High School graduate and native of Port Arthur, builds and fights around the world as a member of naval construction battalion center located in Gulfport, Miss.Scypion is serving as a Navy steelworker, who is responsible for working with metal and reinforcing steel to make sure it stays in place.Scypion credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Port Arthur. “Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Scypion is most proud of graduating air traffic control school and then changing career fields to be a Seabee.Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Scypion, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Scypion is honored to carry on that family tradition.“My dad was a Seabee,” said Scypion.As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Scypion and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.“It’s rewarding helping people in other countries who may not have the resources to do things on their own,” Scypion said. “Serving in the Navy gives me the opportunity to show others how important it is to help those in need, regardless of whether it’s another country overseas or within their own community.”Alvin PlexicoSpecial to The News The jobs of many of today’s Seabees remained unchanged since World War II, when the Seabees paved the 10,000-mile road to victory for the allies in the Pacific and in Europe, according to Lara Godbille, director of the U. S. Navy Seabee Museum.Scypion is playing an important part in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.A key element of the Navy the Nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, according to Navy officials, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans.More than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80 percent of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90 percent of all global trade by volume travels by sea.center_img “It’s important to always carry a positive attitude no matter how things are going,” Scypion said.Building in austere environments can be a challenge. Fighting in harsh conditions can also be a challenge. Building in austere environments while fighting in harsh conditions takes a special kind of person with a great deal of perseverance and determination.These are the kinds of people serving here at Gulfport, the home of the Atlantic Fleet Seabees. These are the people who provide crucial support to Seabee units deployed around the world.last_img read more

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Earice Kemper Jr.

first_img Next UpVisitation is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 from 9:00AM to 11:00AM at Sacred Heart Parish in Port Arthur, Texas.Funeral service to commence immediately following at 11:00AM. He is preceded in death by his parents Earice and Rebecca Kemper, and three brothers, Michael Kemper, David Kemper, and Nathan Kemper.He is survived by three sons Sean Kemper Sr, Jermaine Kemper, Rodney Price, and one daughter La Quanta Vargas, three sisters: Marie Ward, Madeline Kemper, and Almeta Powell, eight grandsons, two granddaughters, and two great grandsons and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Burial will follow in VA Cemetery in Houston, Texas under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.center_img Mr. Earice Kemper Jr. of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Saturday, August 31st 5:30AM at Port Arthur Medical Center.He was a native of Port Arthur and was a retiree of Texaco/Star Enterprise.last_img read more

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Cecil Ray Guillote

first_imgCecil Ray Guillote, 74, of Port Neches, Texas passed away Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas.Cecil was born August 3, 1945 in Port Neches, Texas to Lloyd Guillote and Helen Lakey Guillote.He was a lifelong resident of Port Neches and a member of Southside Baptist Church in Port Neches. Cecil was a retired Operator with Motiva with 43 years of service and a member of the United Steel Workers.He also served 8 years in the Army National Guard.Funeral service will be held Monday, October 28, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church in Port Neches with Reverend Aaron Little officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Levingston Funeral Home in Port Neches.Surviving relatives include his wife of 26 years, Donna Guillote of Port Neches, Texas; daughter, Keeley Grant and husband Stephen of Port Neches, Texas; sons, Matthew Guillote of Port Neches, Texas, Christopher Guillote of Lumberton, Texas, Brent Bertolio and wife Jessica of Tyler, Texas; sister, Lois Smith of Rocky River, Ohio; brother, Walter Guillote and wife Pam of Spring, Texas; grandchildren, Dustin Hurst, Dylan Guillote, Trinity Guillote, Jonah Bertolio, Katelyn Bertolio, and Noah Bertolio; great grandchildren, Kaya Guillote, Aiden Guillote, and Ava Guillote.last_img read more

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COLEITH MOLSTAD — Boost small town economic recovery by investing in cultural tourism

first_img This has been a goal of the Mitte Foundation — an organization based in Brownsville which aims to identify, engage, and support educational and community organizations — with the Mitte Cultural District.The vision for the Mitte Cultural District is to play a big part in Brownsville’s appeal for both area families and visiting tourists.Never has the focus been more important to return spaces to the public while enhancing amenities to create memories, as well as educational and economic opportunities for all. With new enhancements anticipated to be complete in 2021, the Mitte Cultural District will attract tourism to boost the economy with support to local small businesses.In a post-pandemic world, outdoor spaces will be key, which can be found in the list of improvements to the district. Those include an outdoor concert venue with built-in “grass berm” seating for 120 (plus room for an additional 300 open lawn spots in front of the stage), spaces for local food trucks to serve their cuisine and parking for 54 vehicles.The foundation has also collaborated with Brownsville Health and Wellness Coalition to add more space for the farmers market. All in all, the Mitte Foundation has invested $5 million and counting here.The district’s offerings even extend beyond that space. The Mitte Foundation and the Children’s Museum of Brownsville have partnered to help amplify educational programs available to young people and adults in Brownsville and its surrounding areas by expanding the museum.You might say we’re imagining how to propel learning opportunities into the stratosphere. Though in the early stages of planning, our hope is that residents and visitors to Brownsville will enjoy these new cultural amenities for generations to come.As news circulates of multiple reliable vaccines, there’s a sense of hope we can soon climb out of an abysmal 2020 and begin the New Year ready to work and play.To help make this a reality in our Texas communities, there is a need for help from city leaders, tourism stakeholders, vendors and anyone in the community invested in its future.Together we can move forward to recovery, coming out even stronger than we were before. VRBO, an American online marketplace for vacation rentals, recently released its 2021 trends report — which is based on U.S. survey results taken from more than 8,000 people — revealing that travelers are eagerly planning to make up for lost time but with modified plans and destinations.According to the report:82% of families already have travel plans for 202159% of families say they’re more likely to drive instead of fly on their next trip65% plan on traveling more than they did before the pandemic33% are willing to spend more than they traditionally wouldAs we emerge from this global pandemic, the survey indicates travelers may opt for smaller towns with fewer crowds as opposed to large cities a plane trip away. While traveling preferences of tourists may shift after 2020, culture will still play a vital role in attracting tourists and boosting local economies.In a March 2018 report, we learned the arts and culture industry contributed $67.5 billion to rural community economies, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additionally, research conducted by Bloomberg Philanthropies found consumers intend to visit cultural institutions once they reopen with outdoor attractions and venues that allow greater freedom of movement in higher demand.Think museums, botanical gardens, zoos and outdoor performance spaces.This is great news for smaller communities as it could position them atop many travel lists. The year 2020 and the impact of a global health crisis have disrupted lives and communities across Texas in nearly every way: emotionally, financially, mentally and physically.A full recovery won’t happen overnight but we can still begin plans to rebuild our communities, boost economies and help Texans regain their livelihoods. It will take investment in public spaces and a spirit of cooperation.The good news is cultural tourism is in for a big year ahead, and the projected trends are favorable for smaller communities similar to ours. Coleith Molstad is the executive director of The Mitte Foundation and Felipe Peña is the executive director of Children’s Museum of Brownsville and the chairman of the Mitte Cultural District board.last_img read more

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Do You Dream of Becoming Broadway’s Next Big Star? Pippin’s Terrence Mann & Charlotte d’Amboise Can Help

first_img Triple Arts students receive one-on-one training from Mann and d’Amboise (whose combined credits include the iconic musicals Les Miserables, A Chorus Line and Cats) in the disciplines of singing, dancing and acting. The immersive program culminates in a grand final performance in which students showcase their hard work alongside the camp’s esteemed faculty. Do you or a younger member of your family have Broadway dreams, but don’t know how to start? Well five-time Tony-nominated couple Terrence Mann and Charlotte d’Amboise, currently co-starring in Broadway’s Tony-winning revival of Pippin, can help. The theatrical pair is teaching a two-week musical theater intensive called Triple Arts in New York City from August 5 through August 16. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Terrence Mann Check out a montage from the 2008 Triple Arts Broadway Series. View Comments Charlotte d’Amboisecenter_img Triple Arts is held at the National Dance Institute in upper Manhattan. Applicants between the ages of 12 and 18 can apply here. Classes include audition techniques, song interpretation, scene study, dance techniques, scene to song, and vocal training. Related Shows Star Files Pippin On Broadway, Mann has created the roles of Javert in Les Miserables (Tony nomination), Rum Tum Tugger in Cats and the Beast in Beauty and the Beast (Tony nomination). His addition credits include Rags, Barnum, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, The Rocky Horror Show, Lennon, The Addams Family and The Scarlet Pimpernel. d’Amboise is best known for frequently starring as Roxie Hart in Broadway’s Tony-winning revival of Chicago. She picked up Tony nominations for her role as Cassie in A Chorus Line and her performance in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. Other notable Broadway credits include Charity in Sweet Charity, Lola in Damn Yankees, Woman in Song and Dance, Chris in Carrie, Wife in Contact and Kathy in Company.last_img read more

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