Category: Features

The ‘Carlos Santana of Harmonica’: Tim Gonzalez returns to the Island for two shows

By Angie Gamez Special to the Press Brownsville native and harmonica artist, Tim Gonzalez, from Nashville, Tennessee, will be performing at LongBoard Bar and Grill on South Padre Island Thursday, October 10, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 12, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.   His performances will cover original songs from his …

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Laguna Vista schedules fun Fall events

By MARTHA  McCLAIN Special to the PRESS A series of Fall events scheduled in Laguna Vista begin with a community celebration of National Night Out on Tuesday evening, Oct. 1 at Roloff Park, 122 Fernandez Street. Sponsored by the Laguna Vista Police Department, the event is designed to encourage a closer relationship with the police and …

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Native Son, Nolan Perez, MD Named to UT System Board of Regents

By Laura Lyles Reagan Special to the PRESS   Nolan Perez, M.D., a 1989 Point Isabel High School graduate has been appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott and confirmed by the Texas Senate, to join the University of Texas System Board of Regents to a two-year term which will end on February 1, 2021. He …

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32nd Annual Sandcastle Days starts next weekend

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Special to the Parade Starting next weekend, on Wednesday, October 2, Sandcastle Days begins their 5-day event at Clayton’s Beach Bar, complete with sand sculptures from master sculptors, a mercado, sand sculpting lessons at “Sandcamp,” live bands, numerous sand sculpture competitions, water slides, bouncer, and a bull riding simulator. On Wednesday …

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Breaking The Glass Ceiling: O’Carroll appointed first female police chief

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS After serving the city of South Padre Island and working her way up the ranks for 21 years, Claudine O’Carroll has achieved what no woman has before her: She is now the first female police chief in the history of SPI. “This was the first city I applied …

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Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs: Book signing and conversation with author, W. F. Strong

By WENDY VAN DEN BOOGERD Special to the PRESS Paragraphs has scheduled a book signing with author W.F. Strong for his second appearance at Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard bookstore, on October 12, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 5505 Padre Boulevard. In 2010, Strong began sharing his “Stories from Texas” vignettes on public radio …

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Recap: 2019 Wahoo Classic Tournament

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com                             The 2019 Wahoo Classic tournament, an offshore-only fishing tournament, concluded over the weekend, with the weigh-in held at Jim’s Pier, just off Swordfish St. on South Padre Island, just before sundown. Winning the tournament’s namesake was “Hoo …

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Sea Turtle, Inc. fundraiser raises money towards turtle rehab facility

By PAMELA CODY Special to the Parade Turtle lovers from all over Texas came out to lend their support to Sea Turtle, Inc. last weekend, to help raise funds for the organization’s ongoing endeavors to rescue and rehabilitate injured sea turtles and conserve all marine turtle species. The fundraiser, dubbed “Tastes and Toddies with the …

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Creatures Among Us: Welcome, Hooded Warbler!

By M. KATHY RAINES Special to the PRESS Fall migration is in full swing, and the charming little hooded warbler is resting and filling up on Valley insects as it journeys from the eastern U.S. to the tropics. A black hood, like Batman’s cowl, encircles the lemon-yellow face of the male, making it one of …

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Creatures Among Us: Diamondback Water Snake

By M. KATHY RAINES Special to the Parade Relax, it’s not a cottonmouth. Those venomous water snakes, you’ll be pleased to know, live no further south than Corpus Christi. No, that long, thick, brownish snake swimming in or basking along one of the Rio Grande Valley’s resaca is likely one of our benign and quite …

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