Category: Features

Rio History: The Reservation

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the Parade Bill Howard wrote to ask about about a postcard he found. The photo shows the U.S. Naval radio tower and station which was situated on a 22 acre plot near where the swing bridge connecting Long Island Village to Port Isabel is located today. In response to increased …

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Mural now adorns side of SPI Community Center

By Wendy Van Den Boogerd Special to the PRESS Self-taught local artist Mario Morales has changed the face of the South Padre Island Community Center, with a new mural that celebrates South Padre Island culture.  The mural is at 9.5 feet tall and 72 feet long, with 674 square feet in total. There are three …

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Rio History: Coil Spring Mattress Contributes to President’s Death

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PARADE President James Garfield survived an assassination attempt on July 2, 1881 but his chances of recovery hinged on his doctors being able to locate and remove a bullet that was lodged somewhere in his chest. The problem was simple; if the bullet had penetrated the liver or other …

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Author of “South Padre Shark” holding book signing this weekend

By WENDY VAN DEN BOOGERD Special to the Press Ernest Francis Schanilec, author of the “Hastings series” novels, will be signing copies of his most recent novel, “South Padre Shark,” on Saturday, August 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, at Paragraphs on Padre Bou levard bookstore, located at 5505 Padre Boulevard on the island. …

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Business Highlight: Tesori

By WENDY VAN DEN BOOGERD Special to the Press If you love charming little shops, then you will love Tesori. Located in Port Isabel’s downtown square, Tesori has one-of-a-kind trinkets and gifts that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest of people. There is something for everyone. Owned by June Williams, who runs the shop …

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Business Highlight: Real Time Fitness

By WENDY VAN DEN BOOGERD Special to the PRESS Located in the South Shore Center at 110 W South Shore Dr., Margaret Rivera and her son Armando own Real Time Fitness and Juice Bar, or “Ditto,” as the locals call him. Armando started eating better and exercising to lose weight around five years ago, becoming …

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Up close and personal: Coastal studies lab holds shark dissections

By ANGIE GAMEZ Special to the PRESS                       The Coastal Studies Lab, located at 100 Marine Lab Drive in South Padre Island hosted three public shark dissection sessions between July 22 and July 23. Approximately 56 people attended the sessions, which included a presentation about …

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Sanchez totally into the trombone

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Jerry Sanchez plays the trombone in the Silver Tarpon Marching Band and does not mind at all that it takes up so much of his time in the summer. Summertime is traditionally that time of year when students have time to relax, sleep late, and engage in all …

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Nieto recalls Tarpon football career

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS He was known as the “Nitro Man” or, simply, “Nitro.” He is Port Isabel Junior High, and part-time Varsity, football coach Johnny Nieto. He recently met with the Press at a local burger place and shared the memories of his playing days as a Port Isabel Tarpon. Nieto …

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Drum major Morales ready to go

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Elizabeth Morales is a clarinet player when she’s in the ranks of the Port Isabel Silver Tarpon Marching Band. However, she will not be down in the ranks for the 2019 marching season. She will be one of two drum majors fronting the band this year for the …

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