IslandDrumz

Welcome to our little slice of paradise! Clear Lake Shores is probably one of the best kept secrets in the entire Bay Area. Yes we are an island. We are surrounded by Clear Lake, Jarbo Bayou and the Lazy Bend canals. Plug this in to Google Maps and you'll see what I mean 29.32' by 95.01' We are about half way between Galveston Island and the city of Houston and located in north Galveston county. I will try to keep us up on all the goings on that we can walk, boat, bike or drive our golf carts to. Very few things pi$$ me off but one of them is wasting my precious time. I'll try not to waste yours. Enjoy. ab

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

It's Leap Day!

Voter Registration Drive is ON for Saturday. The Sand Bar parking lot is the place to be between 10 and 3. You can pick up a registration card, a hot dog maybe a soft drink, information and with any luck you’ll have a chance to meet a candidate or two. Don’t forget to ask about the stickers for your buggie. There will be a few extra chairs so if you get a chance to get out of the house for a while come on down and see what’s happening. Sounds like fun.

Neighbor Neeltje had a great idea. How about we ask “Your Artist” to paint up the kids bus stop? You know it would be awesome. I’ll run it by him. What do you think? Maybe then it wouldn’t look quite so much like a doublewide outhouse…

The Civic Club’s next meeting is tomorrow. If you’ve never been there is no better time to start going. If you haven’t been in a while, what the heck are you waiting for? They are sure to hammer out the details on the soup cook-off. It is right around the corner. Your Mom taught you not to be stingy so how about sharing your special recipe with your friends and neighbors? Ready to sign up just don’t know how? I can fix that just let me know and I’ll have someone come and see you. Let’s go!
I see a lot, maybe too many? Of the same old tired statements from anon. There really should be a little more than cut and paste to a thought pattern.


Isn't It Ironic? The food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever.
Meanwhile, the Park Service, also part of the Department of Agriculture, asks us to "please do not feed the animals" because the animals may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

It's National Pancake Day!

A big fat welcome home to neighbor Suzanne. We missed your face hon. Anyone have a Ms. Val update?. Sounds like neighbor Malcolm on Tindel is recovering nicely.

Seriously? Someone has a problem with a covered bus stop for the kids? Really? I mean Really?! I guess it takes all kinds to fill up an island.

Don’t forget about the voter registration drive this Saturday. Maybe we can get some of the folks who are interested in running show up and tell us why they deserve your vote. Speaking of..

Looks like we have 3 souls registered to run for the 3 council seats in 64 days. Councilman Sowrey is in, Neighbor Charlie Russell on Narcissus has put his hat in the ring. To the best of my knowledge this will be Charlies first foray into the inner workings of our fair city. He’s been a resident for very long time so I guess he figured it’s his turn in the barrel. Brian Chernecke has put his hat in also. Brian’s been here for quite a while too. He has served on the EDC and was appointed to a vacated Council seat by then Mayor Guthrie. Good luck men.

A man was sitting on a blanket at the beach. He had no arms and no legs.
Three women - one from England, another from Wales, and the other from
Scotland, were walking past and felt sorry for the poor man.
The English woman said, "Have you ever had a hug?"
The man said, "No." So she gave him a hug and walked on, feeling pleased
about herself.
The Welsh woman said, "Have you ever had a kiss?"
The man said, "No." So she gave him a kiss and walked on, feeling
pleased
about herself.
The Scottish woman came to him and said, "ave ya ever been fooked,
laddie?"
The man broke into a big smile and said, "No".
She said, "Aye, ya will be when the tide comes in."

Monday, February 27, 2012

Good Morning Clear Lake Shores

Officer Jansen has a white iPod in a purple case up at the police station. It’s looking for its owner. It is password protected so if you know of someone who has lost an iPod there ya have it. Thanks Officer Denise.


So, who put the “Red Tag” on the future bus stop? If you haven’t had a chance to stop and read it. It’s cute …
“RED TAG
WHAT IS THIS
THE STRUCTURE IS NOT CODE INFORCED
NO PLAN – NOT
ACCEPTABLE
CITIZENS OF CLS!”

We would like all islanders to know we will be having a voter’s registration drive on Saturday, March 3rd at the old Sandbar location from 10:00 – 3:00. We will be serving FREE hotdogs and soft drinks. Also, if you’ve noticed the black CLS bumper stickers on some of the island’s golf carts, we have ordered more, and will be made available FREE to those of you who register to vote, or to those who drop by and show a current voters ID card. If you’re a newbie, or just haven’t gotten around to registering, we would love to see you. If you’re pressed for time, we’ll make it REAL easy. You won’t even need to get out of your car. 2 minutes of your time, fill out a short form, and easy as that, and you’ll be a registered voter. We will take care of the rest. If jury duty has kept you from registering, I believe Galveston County uses voter’s registration OR drivers license for their jury pool.
Qualifications to Register:
You must register to vote in the county in which you reside.
You must be a citizen of the United States of America.
You must not be finally convicted of a felony, or if you are a felon, you must have completed all of your punishment, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, period of probation, or you must have received a pardon.
This is the important one! You must be at least 17 years and 10 months old to register, and you must be 18 years of age by Election Day. (Both of my sons will be eligible to vote in the May election)
Your voter registration will become effective 30 days after it is received or on your 18th birthday, whichever is later. Your registration must be effective on or before an election day in order to vote in that election. When you fill out a form, we will mail it for you. It can’t get easier than that.
Think of the number of people in the world that would give their right arm to have the privilege to vote. It is our right to vote, and the upcoming election in May makes it most important. If you can’t make it on the 3rd, our fine office staff at City Hall has plenty of registration forms on hand. So come on out, we will be their rain or shine. We hope to see you there.
This note from AB. Not to worry if your voter registration card has expired.”.. All previously-issued voter registration certificates expired on December 31, 2011, but only the cards expired, voter registrations remain valid. Voters, who are currently registered..”


A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Happy Birthday

Mr. Mayor! That's right, our very own El Hefe.

We would like all islanders to know we will be having a voter’s registration drive on Saturday, March 3rd at the old Sandbar location from 10:00 – 3:00. We will be serving FREE hotdogs and soft drinks. Also, if you’ve have noticed the black CLS bumper stickers on some of the island’s golf carts, we have ordered more, and will be made available FREE to those of you who register to vote, or to those who drop by and show a current voters ID card. If you’re a newbie, or just haven’t gotten around to registering, we would love to see you. If you’re pressed for time, we’ll make REAL easy. You won’t even need to get out of your car. 2 minutes of your time, fill out short form, and easy as that, and you’ll be a registered voter. We will take care of the rest. If jury duty has kept you from registering, I believe Galveston County uses voter’s registration OR drivers license for their jury pool.
Qualifications to Register:
You must register to vote in the county in which you reside.
You must be a citizen of the United States of America.
You must not be finally convicted of a felony, or if you are a felon, you must have completed all of your punishment, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, period of probation, or you must have received a pardon.
This is the important one! You must be at least 17 years and 10 months old to register, and you must be 18 years of age by Election Day. (Both of my sons will be eligible to vote in the May election)
Your voter registration will become effective 30 days after it is received or on your 18th birthday, whichever is later. Your registration must be effective on or before an election day in order to vote in that election. When you fill out a form, we will mail it for you. It can’t get easier than that.
Think of the number of people in the world that would give their right arm to have the privilege to vote. It is our right to vote, and the upcoming election in May makes it most important. If you can’t make it on the 3rd, our fine office staff at City Hall has plenty of registration forms on hand. So come on out, we will be their rain or shine. We hope to see you there.
This note from AB. Not to worry if your voter registration card has expired.”.. All previously-issued voter registration certificates expired on December 31, 2011, but only the cards expired, voter registrations remain valid. Voters, who are currently registered..”
http://www.sos.state.tx.us/about/newsreleases/2012/022112.shtml

Friday, February 24, 2012

It's GO TEXAN DAY!

Happy Birthday to George Thorogood. He’s from Wilmington Delaware and “Bad to the Bone”…

More on the Voter Registration drive from neighbor Rob:

We would like all islanders to know we will be having a voter’s registration drive on Saturday, March 3rd at the old Sandbar location from 10:00 – 3:00. We will be serving FREE hotdogs and soft drinks. Also, if you’ve noticed the black CLS bumper stickers on some of the island’s golf carts, we have ordered more, and will be made available FREE to those of you who register to vote, or to those who drop by and show a current voters ID card. If you’re a newbie, or just haven’t gotten around to registering, we would love to see you. If you’re pressed for time, we’ll make it REAL easy. You won’t even need to get out of your car. 2 minutes of your time, fill out a short form, and easy as that, and you’ll be a registered voter. We will take care of the rest. If jury duty has kept you from registering, I believe Galveston County uses voter’s registration OR drivers license for their jury pool.
Qualifications to Register:
You must register to vote in the county in which you reside.
You must be a citizen of the United States of America.
You must not be finally convicted of a felony, or if you are a felon, you must have completed all of your punishment, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, period of probation, or you must have received a pardon.
This is the important one! You must be at least 17 years and 10 months old to register, and you must be 18 years of age by Election Day. (Both of my sons will be eligible to vote in the May election)
Your voter registration will become effective 30 days after it is received or on your 18th birthday, whichever is later. Your registration must be effective on or before an election day in order to vote in that election. When you fill out a form, we will mail it for you. It can’t get easier than that.
Think of the number of people in the world that would give their right arm to have the privilege to vote. It is our right to vote, and the upcoming election in May makes it most important. If you can’t make it on the 3rd, our fine office staff at City Hall has plenty of registration forms on hand. So come on out, we will be their rain or shine. We hope to see you there.

This note from AB. Not to worry if your voter registration card has expired.”.. All previously-issued voter registration certificates expired on December 31, 2011, but only the cards expired, voter registrations remain valid. Voters, who are currently registered..
Hey Rob, want to invite prospective candidates to stop by?

HEADS UP HWY 146
Crews will be closing the northbound and southbound main lanes of State Highway 146 at Port Road in east Harris County beginning Friday, Feb. 24, at 9 p.m. until Monday, Feb. 27, at 5 a.m. The closures are necessary for crews to construct the planned southbound connector ramp from Highway 146 to Port Road.
Courtesy of Forbes Magazine Thought of the Day
“Speaking or Writing without thinking is like shooting without aiming”
--Arnold Glasow

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Happy Birthday to..

Wait for it……..Anthony Daniels! Give up? He is the British actor that played C-3PO in the Star Wars movies!

Good news! Councilman Sowrey has decided he hasn’t had enough and has submitted his paperwork to run for City Council one more time. At least I think it’s good news. Thank you Mr. Sowrey for your service.

I wonder why Barb told a lot of you she got your email address’ off this blog site? I appreciate the free advertisement but it makes me question her computer literacy. Wait. No it doesn’t.

Watch this space for the upcoming voter registration drive. A few neighbors are planning quite an event. All I’m sure of now is that it will be soon and it will be at the site of the old Sandbar.

And go visit this site from time to time. Although I’ve been told that most people wait until the last minute before they file the paperwork. I wonder why anyone would do that? That gives the perception of trying to be sneaky doesn’t it? Would you vote for someone like that? I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t. I could be wrong.
“I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.”

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Happy Birthday

To George Washington. He can be the father of my country anytime. Ever been to his place up in Virginia? Awesome is the word.

Ready for Daylight Savings Time again? Only 18 days!

Well that was three hours of my life I’ll never get back. If you were there good for you, If not, well I’m not sure I even know what to say. It was tedious at best. It’s no longer amusing and the entertainment value is waning. After an hour + long budget meeting that almost everyone in the room understood to mean we are low on funds we had two Councilmen propose we spend more money on another investigation. I can’t make this stuff up. When asked where the money was going to come from Councilman Fuller said “ we’ll figure something out”. I swear to God. They were voted down 3 to 2. I think my favorite part was when Craig apologized to the crowd for a misunderstanding. He said “I’m sorry” to the room in general and Councilman Perkins muttered “yes you are”. Actually I take that back. My favorite part was the King Cake brought in by Diana H for all to enjoy. It was yummy.
If you haven’t heard, Council agreed to put off Councilman Fullers request to take his violation to court. He was granted 60 days to clean up his Aspen property. His premise for requesting a court challenge to the ordinance is that he feels as a taxpayer he has the right to use his property any way he wants to. I almost completely agree. Almost. It would be interesting to see that play out in court, but again, more fiscally responsible heads intervened and decided the court cost would be prohibitive.

“Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.”

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

On Blogs and such

I had a conversation with one of our neighbors the other day. They wanted to get a message out to the Island and knew I had a dl. I agreed and added that I would post it on the blog. I watched their eyes roll back in their sockets and wondered what was coming next. “That blog is more trouble than it’s worth” were the words that assailed on my ears. When I asked why they thought so the best I could get was something like “all that thing does is stir up trouble” Imagine that. That someone perceives information as creating problems. Is that what we think? Information is dangerous? Really? Do we hold CLSTide in the same light? The City Website? A newspaper? TV? With the exception of the first mentioned all the other sources have the ability to provide feedback. If I turn off the comments section would that make some of you happy? Would that make a difference? Do you think that would change the way some of your neighbors think? I try to keep it civil but that whole free speech thing can get a little wacky. I have been asked what I plan to do with the blog and it’s “perceived” political slant if I get elected President of the Civic Club. The Clubs charter clearly keeps it apolitical. Or is it non-political? Huge difference. While I express my opinion on our local politicians I don’t recall trying to sway anyone one way or another on any issue. I think that is apolitical. It’s a fun question. Lots of options here. I’m only sure of one thing. I’m not done here. When the fun goes away I’ll re think the blog.
Let’s jump back to my distribution list for a minute. How many of you got an email from Barbara today? I offer you my most sincere apologies. That is an old chili invitation list that somehow ended up on Barb’s computer. I asked her last year to please do not broadcast emails out in the open like that but I can see my plea for your privacy fell on deaf ears. Looks like she is practicing being an elected official. Mrs. Nichols,
I hope you get all the SPAM you deserve. You obviously have no concern for our privacy so I will wish the PC virus demons from hell on your inbox. I hope the rest of you have let Barb know you wish her well.
City Council Meeting is at 6:00 PM tonight
Get off the sofa and get to the meeting! See you there
Neighbor Mattie is looking for yard help on Saturdays. If you know of anyone send them over to see her.
This from neighbor Dottie:
I went by to visit Malcom Jones today [Sunday] and took some flowers to him. He is home as you know and is recovering. He looks good and welcomes visitors. He was SO pleased to hear YOU were keeping CLS posted on his surgery and recovery. For all who do not know where he lives he lives on Tindall in the house with ALL the art and the lighthouse.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy Presidents Day

Oopsies. tad quick on the enter button.
Congrats to Dave and Adelia for taking First Place in the Mardi Gras Golf Cart Parade! Your buggie looked awesome! And to Mike and Andrea (new folks on Forest) for second place. And I think I already said welcome to the island but just in cse I didn't, Welcome to the Island! And last but in no way least was the Krewe de Mamou took third, kickin' it old school! A fabulous turnout all along the route and Huge Thanks to Chief Cook and his krewe for keeping everyone safe. And from what I saw that was no small task. I hope you got your fill of beads.
Word on hte street is it will be standing room only at the Council meeting tomorrow night. Looks like they want to spend another 10k on another investigation. Anyone keeping score? How many investigations, legal or otherwise, have we had in the last 8 months? Other than a morale issue and a lack of procedures has anything turned up? Throw me a bone here, anything at all? 72 more days.......

Did you know?
Crickets’ ears are located on the front legs, a little below their knees.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

neighbor in need


I hear the city is working on another tree order. Perfect. I'm told we need bottle brushes.

This from neighbor Dave Ruocco, Can nybody help ?
My golf cart died and I suspect it is the charger and was wondering if anyone on the island has a club car charger I could borrow to make sure. My POS is old so the plug is a "crow foot" plug ( attached a pic ). If you could forward this request to anyone you knows that would be great. Thanks.

Sent from my iPad

Saturday, February 18, 2012

It's only rain....

Trees are still on just running a tad late because of the weather.

Yes I did. 10:47 don't get personal. Fel free to address our politicians as you will but be an adult about it. Being an adult assumes you know where the line between politics and personal is. Thanks for playing.

The golf cart/boat parade is on. We just dont know if registration is at 12:30 or 1:00 and start time is 1:00 or 1:30. But it looks like if you're there for 12:30 you'll be in the right spot. See you there!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Happy Birthday to

Larry the Cable Guy.


Yes that is going to be a bus stop. I’m talking about the slab up at the Club House. Since that’s where a lot of our little darlin’s meet to catch the school bus the city thought it would be a good idea. I agree. Thanks y’all.

A couple of neighbors are working on a voter registration party. From what I’ve heard it could be fun. More as I get it.

I sent out an email earlier telling everyone about the change for the Golf Cart Mardi Gras Parade. If you didn’t get an email from me you are not on my (private) email list. If you would like to be on the list drop me a line

allanmbatchelor@gmail.com


I’ll post next weeks agenda as soon as I get it. It sounds like “they" are launching a brand spanking new investigation. Make sure you’re at Tuesdays Council meeting. It should be interesting.

Did you know… Only one McDonald’s in the world has turquoise arches. Officials in Sedona, Arizona, thought yellow would clash with the natural red rock.

Have a GREAT weekend everybody. Well, almost everybody...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Happy Birthday to

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized in New York City in 1868! They dont look a day over 130....

Latest from the President of the Civic Club
"Well looks like the weather isn't going to cooperate with us on Saturday, so we have come up with a rain date of Sunday @ 1:00 pm. Registration will start at 1:00 and parade start @ 1:30"
See you all Sunday but dont forget about the trees!!!

Local news.. anybody you know in his sights?
Ex-Kemah mayor files seven $1 million lawsuits alleging defamation

http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/bay_area/news/ex-kemah-mayor-files-seven-million-lawsuits-alleging-defamation/article_eabb2d57-7411-569f-9a32-60e975384206.html

"How many of you believe in psycho-kinesis? Raise my hand."

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

021512

Neighbor update:

Val was moved to a private room and is none the worse for wear. Her daughter Lindy is with her and she may even come home this weekend.

Malcolm is home recuperating from his heart surgery. Not taking visitors yet, but Linda will let us know when he might be up to it or what might be needed.

Here’s the latest on the Civic Club Mardi Gras Parade

When : Saturday, February 18. REGISTER at 10:30. Parade starts 11:00 am

Where: Meet at Jarboe Park to line up, register and get your windshield card

There are trophy’s for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. If you’d like to help get everyone lined out find Dennis. Oh yeah, there is no rain date so grab your Wellies.

Don’t forget about your Farmer’s Market. Its every Saturday and they are in winter hours which is from 9 until 1. They feature local vendors, organic goods and new stuff all the time!

Get your teenager off the sofa!

Kemah Boardwalk is hosting a Kemah Day Job Fair this Friday, February 17 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Local-area residents interested in earning money during Spring Break and summer are encouraged to attend.

KEMAH BOARDWALK HOSTS KEMAH DAY JOB FAIR

Community invited to apply for Spring Break and summer jobs at Kemah Boardwalk

WHAT: &nb sp; Want to earn money during Spring Break and summer? Visit the Kemah Boardwalk this Friday, February 17 for its Kemah Day Job Fair! Meet representatives from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Events Plaza for summer and Spring Break job opportunities at the Kemah Boardwalk.

&nbs p; The Events Plaza, located in front of the Boardwalk Inn, will have stations set up for applicants to speak with different hiring locations. Possible positions include: baristas, attendants, hosts, cashiers, bussers, cocktail servers, cooks, dishwashers, food runners, servers, retail associates, ride operators, front desk, housekeepers, landscape, groundskeepers, maintenance technicians and Boardwalk Beast crew and captains. Health and dental benefits are offered and Kemah Boardwalk employees receive food and retail discounts. Opportunities are limited so be sure to come early!

Event attendees can also participate in the raffle where Kemah Boardwalk will give away prizes! Stay after from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to hear live music from Bourbon Street in the Plaza Stage.

For additional information, please call the Human Resources Office at 281.334.8902.

WHEN: Friday, February 17, 2012

3 p.m. – 6 p.m .

WHERE: Kemah Boardwalk

www.kemahboardwalk.com

;

DIRECTIONS: If you don’t know how to get there go sit down

www.kemahboardwalk.com.

Been outside? The number you’re looking for is 800-842 5622 That’s Galveston County Mosquito Control.


So, what I’m hearing is the former Mayor wants to spend EDC money on what is clearly a Roads and Drainage issue? Really? I mean Really?! Let’s talk to R and D about cleaning out the ditches and leave the EDC to Develop Economic policies.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

EDC Meeting tonight at 7. See you there. And speaking of the EDC this from Ronnie via the GCDNews.
at least this time they aren’t laughing at us.

The Legend of St. Valentine (courtesy of the History.com)
The history of Valentine's Day--and the story of its patron saint--is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first "valentine" greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl--possibly his jailor's daughter--who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed "From your Valentine," an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and--most importantly--romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.
Origins of Valentine's Day: A Pagan Festival in February
While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial--which probably occurred around A.D. 270--others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to "Christianize" the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat's hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city's bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.
A slipping gear could let your M203 grenade launcher fire when you least expect it. That would make you quite unpopular in what's left of your unit. -- In the August 1993 issue, page 9, of PS magazine, the Army's magazine of preventive maintenance 44.

Monday, February 13, 2012

79

We have an update for Ms. Val. They successfully dealt with the aneurism so she is halfway through this ordeal. There is still much to do and the schedule hasn’t been determined. She is resting and is at Methodist. I have been asked that we not call Phil for updates. It sounds like he is really upset and rightfully so. Keep them in your prayers. More as I get it.
Neighbor Malcom is progressing albeit with a setback or two. Again, more as I get it.
We have a busy week coming up. It starts with the EDC meeting Tuesday. If you haven’t been you really should go. They need our support and they have a lot of stuff on their collective plate.
Saturday at 0830 Jarboe Pavilion is the place to be. It’s Tree Day! 120 trees will be available for a small donation. It’s a good start to help us replace some of the beautiful trees we lost to Ike and the drought. See you there.
Then it’s the Mardi Gras golf cart parade! Watch your inbox and this spot for details.
Here’s a place to watch. It lets you see who has registered for the upcoming election.
To date only Carlo Ianni has taken advantage of this spot to post his response to submitted questions. I offer this space to any who choose to serve.
Just when you thought it was FINALLY over. It looks like we have a brand new quest for yet another stack of receipts to be sorted and supplied by the office staff. Can’t you people just pass them around between you?
Did anyone get a chance to go up to the Pavilion Saturday evening and meet a couple of candidates for County positions? I did. I got my questions answered. And some pretty tasty BBQ. What did you think?
There are less than 11 months until election day when the people
will decide who will be the next President of the United States …
The person elected will be the president of all Americans, not just
the Democrats or the Republicans. It’s that time that we all need to
come together, Democrats and Republicans alike.


If you will support the Republican nominee, please drive with your
headlights ON during the day.


If you support Barack Obama, please drive with your headlights
OFF at night.

Together, we can make it happen.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

What a beautiful day

Thanks to everyone for coming out and making the 9th annual ManCakes another success. We changed things up a bit this year in that I didn’t spend the whole time in the kitchen. New guy Neal stepped up and handled the kitchen boy duties like he was born to it. Another new guy Mike, who was graciously volunteered by his wife Bev worked the serving line like a school lunch lady. Don’t forget to add that line item on your resume Mike. Old hands Al, Glenn, Rob, and McNamara worked the kitchen like a well- oiled machine. Allen C, new homeowner Dave P worked the floor and along with the newest new guy Wyatt they made it look easy. Dave Chambers was there in spirit if not in body. Sounds like we had a communications breakdown. Sorry Dave. Thanks to Bev and the rest of the decorating team. The old clubhouse not only smelled good but it looked great. I got to sit on my butt and collect money but I have to tell you I had a ball. I realized how much I miss getting to visit with y’all. For a lot of reasons I haven’t had that opportunity in a while. And yes we even made a few bucks. After all the expenses we were just under the $200 mark. Thanks everybody.

Hey Don’t forget about the party at the pavilion this afternoon. Starts at 5 and goes till 10. There will be live music, BBQ and beer. It’s a little meet and greet for a gentleman that is running for County Sheriff. Come on out and see what you think.

Looks like I made Bernie mad. Here’s part of an email he tried to send to me

…”The citizen complaint states very clearly that you have been coming to my house concerning the sign and I have been putting it back up as soon as you leave. This is sheer nonsense and an outright lie. You did exactly what your position requires and notified me this morning concerning the sign problem. The sign has been taken down at night because I assume no one would be able to read it at night. Little did I realize that this small detail would create such an uproar with our Clear Lake Shores Taliban.

We have too many nosy and ignorant citizens who feel they have the right to waste everyone’s time with their imaginary scenarios. They seem to have too much time on their hands. That may be because they are able to spend their work day on the internet and their blog disseminating their hateful viewpoints. An d the taxpayers are footing the bill for their propaganda. I will file a complaint concerning this, but with *********** for allowing him to use government subsidized computers for his cyber bully tactics.”

Sorry Bernie. Wait, what hateful viewpoints?

CHICKENS:
The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.

Friday, February 10, 2012

TGIF

Well look at the bright side, We’re 2 ½ inches up on our rainfall total for the year. We ended last year over 2 ½ FEET behind. At least I hope that’s why my grass looks like crap.

ManCakes in the morning!! I just picked up all the goodies. To the “Crew” (you know who you are) I need a hand unloading at the Clubhouse at 5. If you can’t make 5 be there at 7:30 for a walk through.

To the entire rest of the Island We look forward to serving you the second best ( I am NOT competing with Moms) pancakes you’ve ever had starting tomorrow morning at 8. We will serve until 11 or we run out. So Walker if waltz in at 10:55 and find out everyone is done I don’t want to hear any whining. Again.

Hot off the wire ----That Island Favorite, The annual Soup Cook off is looking for a sponsor! They had one but she just found out she can’t be there. Here’s how these event work. First an event is proposed. Then it is voted on. Then a chair has to volunteer or the event is not scheduled. The Civic Club puts up most of the colatteral stuff required but someone has to provide the organization. SO. Come on, you know you want to. It’s a fun time and some great eats and truth be told it’s just not as much work as you think. Interested? Good! You can contact Dennis or reply here and I’ll get Dennis to contact you.

More on the villainous goings on around the Island

We currently have two banners displayed in residences in the residential zone. One is a banner on Craig Wards house advertising an event and the other is displayed on the McIntyre house advertising a web site. In researching the sign ordinance I have found the following related to banners in a residential zone.

1. Section 8 of Article III of the sign code requires a permit for the erection of any type sign within the City. Neither applied for a permit.

2. Section 20 of Article V of the sign code allows one permanent sign per single family residence not exceeding 2.5 square feet of area. This section does not address temporary signs on a single family residence.

I have not measured either banner but suspect they both exceed this requirement.

3. Section 32 of Article VI of the sign code addresses temporary signs generally. Relative to Banners it reads "one banner sign not exceeding 32 square feet in sign area may be displayed by a business for a maximum total period not to exceed 60 days per year".

CONCLUSION: After studying the ordinance I have concluded the following regarding banners in the residential zone.

1. Banners are temporary sign thus cannot be displayed longer than 60 days per year.

2. All signs, including banners require a permit.

3. Banners in a residential zone cannot exceed 2.5 square feet in area.

See the Space Station


Friday, Feb. 10, 7:20 p.m. (Duration: three minutes)
Path: 11 degrees above SW to 59 degrees above NE
Maximum elevation: 87 degrees

Saturday, Feb. 11, 6:24 p.m. (Duration: five minutes)
Path: 12 degrees above S to 10 degrees above ENE
Maximum elevation: 29 degrees

Sunday, Feb. 12, 7:05 p.m. (Duration: three minutes)
Path: 28 degrees above WNW to 12 degrees above NNE
Maximum elevation: 33 degrees

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

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I still have a few openings if you want to come down and join us for ManCakes. Ladies take note, THIS TIME you are allowed to volunteer your significant other to kitchen duty. Just sayin’. I understand some of the ladies are meeting at the clubhouse Friday afternoon to decorate. The weather is looking good. Considering this is the dead middle of winter it IS looking good.

Speaking of good news here’s some from Linda Van Wagner on Malcolm Alright!! In a room and doing well. Feeling better- pain way down - throat not swore - really working on his breathing. He had a long day and after dinner he wanted to go to sleep. I turned off all lights, closed the blinds, pulled the curtain and closed his door. At last no sound in sight. They will work with him 4 times at least per day. He is talking of traveling so I know he is feeling better.

Has anyone talked to Ms. Val? Every time I go by no one is home.

It seems Bernie’s advertising sign is against our sign ordinance. I hear if it’s not a for sale sign or the name of your house you can’t hang a sign on your house. Makes sense. I hear he had to take take it down off his balcony rail. I guess they could pool their collective rent monies and rent the billboard across the street.

This from Ronnie

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Happy Birthday?

My instinct said something like “publish a lady’s age? No freakin’ way!” But then I thought Ya know, 90 is something to celebrate. That’s a bona fide milestone. So here goes. Happy Birthday Juanita Flurry, may you have as many more as your heart desires. There. I said it. Plus I think I can out run her. I hope.


A lot of you got the email from the Civic Club but for those who didn’t here goes. Wait. Lets talk about why you didn’t get the email first. Odds are you’re not on the email list. And the only reason you’re not on the list is you’re not a member. THAT has GOT to change. $20 a year? Now email..

“We missed you at the last meeting! We had our meeting around the dinner table and talked about we need help to decorate for the MANCAKE breakfast. Kindly respond if you can meet at the Club House at 1:00 FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10 to help Beverly. The time had to be set forward and her helper can't make it that early.

The very popular MANCAKE BREAKFAST will be served Saturday morning, February 11 starting at 8:30 and going until 11:00 am or the food runs out. Come on out and enjoy this special Valentine's gift to the ladies of the Island - thanks to Allan Batchelor and his crew. Price $5.00.

President Dennis Roberson announced the MARDI GRAS golf cart parade will be held February 18. Get those golf carts decorated - there will be a trophy for first, second and third places . . .

The Club voted to donate $200.00 to the Parks Committee to purchase trees

It was announced that the April Childrens’ Easter Party and Easter Sunrise Service can now be written in ink on your calendar. The Ward Boys and friends have again agreed to run the Easter Egg Hunt. THANKS. Stepping forward to set up Deep Hole Park for the Sunrise Service: Al Burns (and his truck,) Dennis Roberson and Richard Sowrey. Elaine Sokoloff offered to make a run for the donuts and juice. NOW IS THE TIME TO ORDER MEMORIAL EASTER LILIES - call Chairperson Neeltje Burns at 281-538-2707 or put the order form in this months ISLANDER and check for $10.00 (payable to the Civic Club) in the Civic Club Mailbox in front of CLS annex.

Volunteers are still needed for the rest of the proposed events on the calendar - they won't happen without you.

The date for the ISLAND WIDE GARAGE SALE has been changed to May 19 (the same day as the Talent Show). Sign up if you want to appear in the Talent Show - each "segment" should last 6 - 10 minutes or less. Reply to this email with details of your proposed performance.

Come on folks this is your Civic Club, help out if you can please.

Thanks to neighbor Marshall for the article in the NY Post. It was about 900 lbs of Butterfinger candy bars being delivered to Boston to celebrate the Pats receiving efforts in the game Sunday.

A few months back I asked for input from you. What questions you would like your prospective Councilmen to answer. Well here is the first and as yet only reply from a neighbor who is willing to volunteer his time for the effort. I must add this. It is edited a tad. One of the questions was something like ..’are you a democrat or republican..” Mr. Ianni did indeed answer that question in his email to me. I, for the love of God fail to see any relevance in the question. I removed the Q and the A. If you want to know go meet Carlo and ask him. That said, Mr. Ianni, you have the floor.

Carlo Ianni – 615 Narcissus Road

1. Why are you running for this office?

· To make a difference, and to bring civility back to council.

2. What city committees have you served on in the past and when?

· I have served on the Park Committee for the last year. I resigned my position in December 2011.

3. Tell us about your education and any degrees you hold.

· I hold BA in Social Studies Education from the State University of New York College at Fredonia. I plan on starting MBA within the next year to year in a half.

4. Do you have any professional designations, i.e. CPA, RN, etc.?

· N/A

5. What is your work experience?

· I have worked in Healthcare Receivables for the last 19 years. Fifteen of those in management. Seven years as an operational consultant, 5 years as National Director for a publicly traded company, and I am currently the Manager of Patient Business Services at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

6. Describe your most important personal characteristics or traits as they relate to the office you seek.

· I am fair. I don’t act on emotion or allow others to cloud my decisions. I listen carefully, look over the

options and choose what I feel is best, even if it is not the most popular.

7. Please describe one to three accomplishments or contributions of which you are most proud. These examples should illustrate skills and capabilities you think apply to the office you are seeking. These accomplishments may have occurred at any time during your personal, professional or public life.

· Chaired the committee which organized the 125th Celebration of my home town’s founding. This include a craft show, volley-ball tournament, street dance, beer tent, a parade with bands floats, political dignitaries, horses, etc. An event of this size had not been seen in my town for over 15 years. It continues today 18 years later.

· Running marathons, and half marathons. I have completed three full and a dozen halves in the past 4 years. The dedication to training is pivotal to a successful run. I like to think I show that same dedication in my daily tasks as well.

· Managed a staff of 52 people who were responsible for generating the first million dollar invoice the company we worked for had ever generated.

8. Please describe the duties of the office you seek, in your own words. Which are the most important duties and why?

· A see a council person as being a steward of the city as well as a representative its citizens on city matters. They are responsible for overseeing responsible fiscal spending, balanced city development, and addressing the concerns of its citizens in a legal and diplomatic manner.

10. What are the City’s strengths? What are its weaknesses?

· One of the cities strengths is it people. The citizens of CLS are always willing to come together to accomplish a common goal. HWY 2094 outside our front door is also strength, and an untapped resource. Guided development of this resource, as laid out in the City Center plan can lead to positive things for CLS without having a negative impact on the residential aspects of the island we all love and enjoy.

· The passion of the citizens can be weakness. As seen with recent events this passions prevents the island from coming together, communication becomes hostile, and individuals tear each down rather than build the island up. CLS need leaders who will work together to re-build the strong since of positive community we all have enjoyed in the past. You can never please everyone or eliminate all negative detractors, but you can approach them all with a more positive attitude and make life more enjoyable for the remaining 90%. Another negative is the present council. They have allowed personal agendas, self pride, and the desire of a few citizens to cloud their judgment on what is best for CLS. Until they start working together and for all the citizens of CLS nothing positive can be generated by them.

11. Do you think Clear Lake Shores is a well-run city? Why or why not?

· When I first moved here the city was well run. The police patrolled nightly shining lights in the yards looking for intruders. Our property taxes were eliminated and trash pick-up became free. The city sponsored events that enhanced the quality of our life. In recent years it feels like the city is going backwards. Delays in the city center have stunted our growth. Those who ran on fiscal conservatory two years ago seem to make decision and spend the city’s money with the impunity of a drunken sailor. $30k plus on an investigation that proved no one did anything wrong. That could have and should have been addressed without spending all that money. The creation of a second $80k position for the city without looking at what the budget could allow. The lack of business related experience on council created that problem. In addition certain members of council appear to be on an ordinances passing binge for their own selfish reasons rather than looking at the long term impact of what they are imposing on the citizens.

12. Where do you see Clear Lake Shores in five years and what role would you play to get it there?

· I see CLS being much like it is today, a great place to live. Only in my vision we have an improved entrance and increased development along 2094. My role would be to be supportive to the EDC and allow them to do the job they were appointed to do. In order to maintain the life style we all enjoy I would be resistant to the establishment of any ordinance that serves only to limit our freedoms. If you want to live in an HOA environment there are multiple options for that lifestyle with 5 miles of here.

13. If elected, how would you handle a constituent's call to complain about a matter?

· Citizen’s concerns would be handled directly and immediately within the allowed frame of the policies and procedures of the council. This is the way I have always handled issue brought to me by my employees and it has always proven effective.

14. What issues would you like to see the council address?

· Continued development of the City Center

· Glass & Christmas tree recycling

· Continued development of the sales tax base

· Review and development of HR and operational procedures for the city and police department.

15. Please list your top three to five priorities you will champion to move the city forward.

· Review and development of HR and operational policies and procedures for the city and police department.

· Continued development of the City Center

· Glass & Christmas tree recycling

16. Describe how you plan to implement your top three priorities. (50 words or less)

· Review current polices/procedures with city management and staff for effectiveness, legality, and identify areas needing further development. Allowing the EDC to perform the function they were appointed to do will allow the City Center to progress. Review the contract for the city’s waste management provider for the availability of recycling options. (52 words sue me J)

17. What would you like to change about the council?

· Less combat more cooperation.

18. What would you like to stay the same about the council?

· The continuation of hardworking individuals who have the best interest of the city in mind.

19. What in your view is the relationship between the Mayor and City Council? What is the main function of each, and where are certain responsibilities shared?

· The relationship needs to be close and communicative. The Mayor is the CEO of the city and council is the Board of Trustees. The Mayor is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city while the council is responsible to see that the city’s best interest is being met. They are responsible to one another and need to communicate affectively for the relationship and the city to function well.

20. How do you propose to create a positive working relationship?

· This is easy to accomplish by respecting those you work with, treating them fairly, and communicating regularly not just by talking but listening as well.

21. Is there anything else you would like our residents to know about your candidacy?

· I am not perfect and never claimed to be. Dig far enough into my past and you will inevitable find something some people will be opposed to. What I am is honest with no hidden agenda. I want our city to come back together and be all it can be. I am not looking to make huge changes just enhance our little slice of paradise.

And there ya have it. This is no way meant to compete with the Civic Clubs Candidate night. But this venue has no restrictions. Well, almost no restrictions.

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