Community Scoop: It’s princess and prom time

first_img R.S.V.P. to Hughen Center’s prom, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, by calling 983-6659. “Forever Twilight” is the theme.RiverFest moodThe News is already working on the RiverFest tab, designed to get folks in the mood for water-side fun. I interviewed the car and motorcycle organizers who are jazzed about enthusiast participation.RiverFest will run from April 29 to May 2 at Port Neches Riverfront Park in downtown Port Neches. Look for food, arts and crafts and carnival rides, a talent show and a car and motorcycle show. Performers will include Wayne Toups and ZydeCajun on April 30 and Joe Nichols on May 1. To learn more, call the Port Neches Chamber of Commerce at 722-9154 or go to www.portnecheschamber.com  BrAiDs N BeAdSKreson Smith of the Houston area will bring BrAiDs N BeAdS to Carver Terrace Apartments. The group promotes self esteem through the art of braiding.“The kids receive free braiding services , while we reinforce the importance of inner beauty to coincide with the outer being,” said Smith, a 27-year-old chiropractic student from the Houston area. The group will host a session at the apartments on Saturday, April 24. To volunteer or help with supplies, visit  www.braidsnbeads.com or call (713) 429-9909.Forever Twilight CavOILcade says it’s princess timePrincess for a seasonPam Trosclair announces CavOILcade is accepting princesses and duchesses for the 2010 CavOILcade celebration. center_img Young women from Port Arthur, Port Neches, Nederland, Groves and Sabine Pass participate as princesses. Out-of-towners are duchesses.To participate as a sponsor or royalty, call Trosclair, the director, at 498-1793, or visit the CavOILcade web site at www.portarthur.com/cavOILade. The 2010 CavOILcade coronation is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2.last_img read more

Steve Jobs in 2005: Death is life’s ‘change agent’ (VIDEO)

first_img None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.My second story is about love and loss.I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.My third story is about death.When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.Thank you all very much. Following the news of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ death, the video and text from a speech he gave several years ago are making the rounds on the Internet. The address was from the Stanford University commencement ceremony in 2005. In it, Jobs recounts the successes and setbacks of his life and shares some poignant words about death and his own mortality.Jobs died Wednesday at the age of 56. It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.center_img I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.The first story is about connecting the dots.I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?last_img read more

Second-half surge gives Bobcats win

first_imgBy Ronnie HughesThe Orange LeaderNEWTON — A stellar performance by the Newton Eagles in the first half would be overshadowed by an Orangefield Bobcats’ offensive showcase.The Bobcats defense stiffened up in the second half as well as the Bobcats went on to down the Eagles for the second straight season, this time winning on the road 24-21. Newton received the opening kick at their 33 that ignited a left-to-right offensive attack in which they averaged eight yards a carry. Jaron Hanks scored on the seventh play of the drive off the right side with an 8-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was no good and Newton led, 6-0 early with 8:58 remaining.The Bobcats, however, would go right to work as well. They’d march 66 yards in nine plays to take a 7-6 lead with a Christopher McGee 8-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Matthew Watkins shackled the Eagles with 164 yards rushing and one touchdown in the win.Orangefield will host Houston-Worthing next week for homecoming. The Eagles will travel to West Orange-Stark as the Mustangs seek revenge after losing to Newton last season. The Bobcats (3-2) churned out 315 yards of total offense.Newton (1-3) rang up 361 yards, most of it coming in the first 24 minutes.The Bobcats also cleaned up some of the errors that seemed to haunt them the past few weeks with just one turnover and just 2 penalties for 25 yards.“I told them coming into the game if we don’t turn the ball over we have the chance to be a good team,” said Bobcats head coach Josh Smalley. “We’re definitely going to enjoy this moment, but it’s gonna be right back to work to prepare for next week.”last_img read more

Services today and death notices for Oct. 9

first_img George Wren Dupuis, 86, of Port Neches died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.Joan B. Arceneaux, 85, of San Antonio, died Tuesday, October 6, 2015. Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home. Death noticesGertrude C. Philp, 93, of Beaumont died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont.Geraline “Jerry” LeMire, 83, of Groves died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Clayton Thompson Funeral Directors, Groves.Alex Benoit, 89, of Nederland died Thursday, Oct. 08, 2015. Broussard’s, Nederland. Services todayGordon Sidney Hollier, Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, Groves, 11 a.m.Nida L. Garrett, Levingston Funeral Home, Port Neches. 10 a.m.center_img Next UpHazel Jones, First Baptist Church of Nederland, 10 a.m.Emma Stark, Sabbath Rest, Port Arthur, 7 p.m.last_img read more

Services today and death notices for April 20

first_img Ray Daniels, Levingston Funeral Home, Groves, 11 a.m.Patricia Lynne DeWitt, Broussard’s, Nederland, 1 p.m.Anthony Genuardi, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Nederland, 2 p.m. Johnnie D. Lowe, 68, of Groves died Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.Nellie Smith Frasier, 81, of Groves, died Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Broussard’s, Nederland.Enrique “Henry” Godina, 78, of Lumberton, died Monday, April 18, 2016. Broussard’s, McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont.Ronald Bailey, 73, of Beaumont died Sunday, April 17, 2016. Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland.Rosa England, 91, of Port Arthur died Monday, April 18, 2016. Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland. Death noticesWilma Bias, 84, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.Charley Roy Sr., 88, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.center_img Services todayLeo Thomas Desormeaux, Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church, Port Arthur, 5 p.m.George Edward Turner, Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, 11 a.m.last_img read more

Elon Coleman

first_imgElon Coleman, 47, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 with her family by her side. A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Elon grew up in Beaumont Texas and graduated from West Brook High School. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Lamar University and was employed as a Counselor with the Bannum Facility. She also was a teacher in the Port Arthur School District. Elon is preceded in death by her father Tommy Lee Coleman and grandmother Lena Victoria Pier Duncan.She is survived by her two sons, Randy Coleman and Troy Benjamin; one daughter Kelly Coleman; husband Clarence Edwards; her mother Peggy Pier; one brother Randy Pier (Kim); her grandfather, Elzis Duncan; grandchildren, Gabby, Piere, Randie, Carson, and Richard; her aunt Martini Henry (Robert); uncles, Glenn, William, Toby Jean, Elliott and Eric Neil Duncan; nieces, Raign and Ranijah Pier, Chole and Paris; nephews, Tyran Pier, Job Charles Pier and Caleb Charles Pier; two special cousins, Darin and Admiral Guidry; and a host of other relatives and friends.Funeral service will be 9 a.m. Saturday, February 25, 2017 at St. James Catholic Church with visitation from 8 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.last_img read more

Seahawks take two from Alvin

LSCPA sports informationALVIN – Lamar State College Port Arthur converted a day of big hits into a couple of big conference wins as the Seahawks swept Alvin Community College on Tuesday afternoon with wins of 8-1 and 11-2.The Seahawks improved their season record to 16-18 overall and 3-3 in NJCAA Region XIV play. LSCPA heads off on a big swing through the Valley with a pair of doubleheaders this weekend against Laredo CC on Friday and Coastal Bend College on Saturday. First pitch for both sets of games is at 1 p.m. A live video broadcast starts 30 minutes before each game at www.coopersports.net.LSCPA 8, Alvin CC 1 Ashley May offered a dominating performance on the mound in the second game of the day, allowing just one earned run on two hits with eight strikeouts as the Seahawks took the sweep.With the win, May improved her record to 12-8 overall and 3-2 in league play. She eclipsed the 100-strikeout mark with the day’s work, sitting at 102.At the plate, Perez and Broussard each collected a double with Perez going 3 for 5 with five RBIs, while Guidry and Broussard each had two hits in the game. Sheridan and Chavarria each had a stolen base while Guidry added two more base thefts. The Seahawks picked up 11 hits and took advantage of two Alvin errors to claim a Game 1 win. Sophomore Savana Guidry hit 3 of 5 at the plate with a double, collecting three runs batted in and three runs scored. Sophomore Alexis Perez went 2 for 3 with a walk, slapping a home run, while second-year starter Kayla Sheridan was 2 of 5 with a double. Freshman Ashley May also had a double in the game.Each time the Hawks made it on base, they were a threat to take extra bases when Alvin was not looking. LSCPA picked up six stolen bases as Guidry led the way with two, while Sheridan, Shelby Broussard, Marisol Ynfante and Morgan Chavarria each grabbed their own base theft.Freshman pitcher Briana White picked up the win after throwing 6 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run on six hits. Kelsey Stewart finished up after throwing the final two outs, allowing one hit and one walk in her appearance in relief.LSCPA 11, Alvin CC 2 read more

Narcotics task force charges 2 in Port Arthur

first_imgStaff reportThe Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force arrested two men on drug charges Wednesday, recovering a half-pound of methamphetamine and a handgun.In an issued statement, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said task force members stopped a truck near the intersection of Jimmy Johnson and Ninth Avenue in Port Arthur late Wednesday afternoon, where a K-9 from Port Neches Police alerted authorities to the presence of drugs. ue The truck’s two occupants — Chad Dubois, 37, of Port Arthur and Carlos Valerio, 35, of Beaumont — were arrested at the scene.Meanwhile, the statement said, narcotics and SWAT team members searched a storage shed at Dubois’ home in the 7200 block of Royal Meadows, Port Arthur. There, they found the half-pound of meth and the gun.Dubois was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Valerio was charge with possession of marijuana.center_img No bond was set on the controlled substance charge for Dubois; bond on the drug paraphernalia was $200.No bond was set on Valerio’s charge.last_img read more

ANALYSIS: Why cable companies and Texas cities are duking it out at the Capitol

first_imgBy Ross RamseyThe Texas Tribunetexastribune.org There’s yet another front in the war between your city and state government, and it’s cable TV.It’s not on TV. It’s about TV — specifically, about where cable companies hang or bury their lines, and whether they should keep paying rent to cities for that space.In many ways, it’s an ordinary fight. The companies are trying to get rid of a multimillion-dollar charge that started back in the days when they had to win permission from city governments to provide their services, and when cable and phone services weren’t bundled together. It’s a fair amount of money at stake, too. According to the fiscal note — that’s the analysis of what House Bill 3535 and Senate Bill 1152, which are identical, would cost — the state’s big cities could take significant hits to their budgets: Houston would lose up to $27.5 million; Dallas, $9.2 million; San Antonio, $7.9 million; Austin, $6.3 million; Arlington, $2.8 million; Sugar Land, $1.2 million; Plano, $734,017; Denton, $669,548; Waco, $373,194; and The Colony, $235,000.It makes no difference to the state budget, or to county governments. But the debate comes at a time when the state and the cities are wrestling over a list of topics, from local laws that require companies to provide paid sick leave, to religious exemption laws, to requiring voter approval when local governments raise property tax revenues more than a set amount.Two years ago, cities fought off those property tax limits, but the Texas Senate recently approved a 3.5% trigger for property tax increase elections, and the last House version to surface had a 2.5% trigger. The local governments have argued that the state’s proposed limits would quickly cut into services local voters want, and their opposition has helped slow consideration of that key part of the state leader’s public education and property tax package.State law allows cities to charge telecommunications providers for the right of way used to string together their networks. But it also lets the cities charge twice when a provider carries telephone and cable TV services over the same line. The legislation would allow the cities to charge companies the bigger of the bills, but not both.center_img The cities are grumbling, as you might expect. The Senate approved the legislation 26-5 early this month. In the House, it was approved in committee and awaits a spot on the agenda of the full House.The policy argument isn’t all that complicated. The Texas Cable Association, like the authors of the bill, argued that there’s no reason to continue charging two fees because “the impact to the city doesn’t change” when a company sends two services over the same line.One of the arguments against cutting out the cable fees is that doing so would force cities to replace the lost money with property taxes. The cities see this as yet another attack from the state government, a financial raid on their fees that doesn’t even require the cable companies to pass any savings along to customers. The fees are for commercial rental of public parties, they argue, and some cities — a lobbyist for the city of Corpus Christi made this argument — use the money to keep local access channels running on cable.So far, that hasn’t been a winning argument. The locals are doing better with their property tax fight than with their cable fight.It’s not a fight most regular Texans care about or will benefit from, unless the cable companies develop a sudden itch to pass along the savings. It’s like other battles that are often more about commerce than about customers, where companies regulated by cities appeal to the state government for relief, whether the regulations are about plastic shopping bags, ride-shares, cable television, sick leave, rental scooters or short-term housing.With the property tax fight at the front of the issue list, local officials feel their ability to pay for services their voters want is at risk. State lawmakers, on the other hand, are trying to put a leash on local property taxes — taxes the state itself doesn’t levy.Other legislation moving through the Legislature would take away cities’ ability to argue about any of it at the Capitol by outlawing the use of local tax dollars to pay lobbyists to communicate their point of view in Austin.The state government, supposedly a civic partner of local government, has made cities and counties a regular foil.Cable bills are just the latest argument. It’s a war.Disclosure: The Texas Cable Association has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. 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

Senate bill would let felons run for office in Texas only if they’ve been pardoned

first_imgBy Sangita MenonKUT NewsA bill before the Texas Senate would allow felons to seek public office only if they have received a pardon. Lewis Conway Jr.’s eligibility was challenged because of the ambiguous term. He and his lawyers argued that since he had served his sentence, completed his parole and had his voting rights reinstated, he was “released from the resulting disabilities.” The city clerk allowed him to stay on the ballot, but he didn’t win the District 1 seat.“When are we going to embrace compassion in regards to electoral politics and agree that a precedent has been set?” Conway said in response to the bill. “Why are we not looking at including people in the electoral process as opposed to excluding people?”Conway said he thinks more people are engaging with the criminal justice system and realizing that punishment isn’t serving the community.“There’s a hard line of folks who believe that once you have been in prison, that you are no longer human,” he said, “but then there’s a great number of folks who realize that the criminal justice system pervasively impacts people of color — disproportionately.” Current election code says a candidate who has been convicted of a felony must either be pardoned “or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities” – but it doesn’t define “resulting disabilities.” Senate Bill 466 would remove that clause.“When someone has committed and has been convicted of a felony … they have broken their pact with society in a very egregious manner and should not have certain rights restored,” the bill’s author, state Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper, said during a Senate committee hearing earlier this month.The legislation is in response to a felon who ran for Austin City Council last year.center_img Conway is forming a nonprofit to help candidates who have been incarcerated.The Senate State Affairs committee approved Senate Bill 466 and it is awaiting consideration by the full Senate. Fallon noted at the hearing that the measure would not affect voting rights, which are restored upon completion of parole.This story originally appeared on KUT.org. Additional information from The Texas Tribune.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