Category: Features

Beach Bar Beat feat. Will Abete, The Meatball Cafe

Photos and words by Gaige Davila The PARADE sat with Will Abete as he started his shift at The Meatball Cafe, preparing to special a piña colada using fresh squeezed pineapple juice.  Abete, 25, has worked at The Meatball Cafe for two months. Before, he bartended just across Padre Boulevard at Tequila Sunset. He’s lived …

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Noe and Amelia: A hometown hero and his wartime sweetheart

By RENE TORRES Special to the PRESS/NEWS After Pearl Harbor, many of our local boys did not hesitate at the opportunity to join the war effort.  In fact, according to Valley-wide selective service records—Cameron and Hidalgo counties revealed that over 27,000 of our boys were registered to serve.  That did not include the numbers from …

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Hometown Mariachi Hero: PIHS alumni Bernard passes first round of “Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento”

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Port Isabel High School graduate Michael Bernard is on his way to Mariachi stardom, judging by his television debut this past week.  Bernard traveled to Los Angeles earlier this month to tape his audition for “Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento,” a Spanish-language program similar to “America’s Got Talent.” He performed Marco Antonio …

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20 years later: Two decades after the Causeway collapsed, rescuers make peace with the Laguna Madre

Photos and words by Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Though the now-named Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway collapsed 20 years ago, for many it might as well have been yesterday.  That’s how it feels for Robert Espericueta and Tony Salinas, two of the four men who saved the three survivors of the collapse. On the twentieth anniversary of …

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PRESS contributor included in UTRGV 2022 Hall of Fame Class

Special to the PRESS The UTRGV Athletics Hall of Fame Committee announced last Tuesday the 2022 Athletics Hall of Fame class, which includes the 1987-90 women’s cross country team, former men’s basketball student-athlete Jim Board, former women’s tennis student-athlete Barbara (Barrera) Gonzales, and former baseball student-athlete Joe Hernandez.  The committee also announced that former baseball …

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Prohibition and the Roaring Twenties: Illegal booze spills across the border

By RENE TORRES  Special to the PRESS/NEWS The “Roaring Twenties,” one could say, created a pandemic for those that were afflicted with the consumption of liquor.  But it was also considered an era of progress, and Rio Grande Valley experienced tremendous growth in business and population during that period of time. “Life” magazine called it …

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Gardening: Flight of the whiteflies

By Robert Lewis Special to the PRESS Well it’s a good news / bad news report this week.   The good news is that with the drier weather of the last few weeks some of the crops that we notice along our highways that have been so waterlogged with frequent heavy rains have started to dry …

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PI grad González to teach at PIHS

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Ana González has returned to her roots. González, who is teaching freshmen world geography at Port Isabel High School (PIHS) this year, her first year teaching, graduated from PIHS in 2017. She played on the soccer team, was in DECA, National Honor Society and the Junior Leadership Council before heading 400 …

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Pirates Well Tattoo Studio: Port Isabel tattoo shop a family affair

By RAY QUIROGA South Padre Parade rayq@portisabelsouth.com “Little” George Knowles vividly recalls how, as a teen, he’d scurry over to Harpoon Barry Welch’s tattoo shop, then located on E. Maxan and Garcia in Port Isabel, and nag the tattoo artist for an opportunity to learn from an area icon. “There was no chance he was …

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South Padre Boat Rentals: Business model takes the stress out of boat ownership by way of rentals

By RAY QUIROGA South Padre Parade rayq@portisabelsouthpadre.com If you’re a current or former boat owner who describes your ownership experience as costly, time-consuming, mentally and even financially exhausting, what you’re about to read may be for you.  For the past 25 years, Gabriel Vanounou has built a reputation in the Laguna Madre area as a …

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