Category: Features

Port Isabel Cotillion 2011

FRONT (L-R): Ralynn Alcocer, Katherine Spurgeon, Carolina Perez, Shelly Campos and Kimberly Ceballos. BACK (L-R): Jasmine Cisneros, Gabriela Gonzalez, Erica Krzywonski, Nadia Perales, Laura Perez, Risa Garcia and Angelica Cantu. (Courtesy Photo)     Tweet

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NCEA Higher Performing School

The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA), a department of ACT, Inc., recognized Point Isabel ISD for having Port Isabel Junior High School make the 2010 NCEA Higher Performing Schools List. The Higher Performing Schools (formerly known as Just for Kids Schools) are identified by two measures: consistent improvement in student achievement from previous years …

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‘AYERS’ OF HIS WAYS: El Paseo co-founder reflects on life, arts

By RAY QUIROGA If you Google the term “giving back,” don’t be surprised if Ralph Ayers’ name is first to pop up on your computer screen. Throughout his years as a Valley resident, Ay­ers has been an active member and a recent past president of the local Ro­tary Club; a volunteer at his church, St. …

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Zumba: Fitness craze big deal locally

By RAY QUIROGA They’re so hot, they’ll fog up your lens! Of course, that’s if you just happened to be a newspaper photographer assigned to shoot a Zumba class at Port Isabel’s The Gym. The Gym’s jam-packed morning Zumba class has proven to not only fog up lenses, but even get specta­tors sweating. Fitness trainers …

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NBA D-League Basketball Clinic at Port Isabel Junior High

Players from the NBA’s D-League Bakersfield Jam and the NBA’s D-League front office put on a basketball clinic for the girls and boys student-athletes.  The clinic not only focused on basketball skills but on students’ physical and mental fitness as well. Students participated in six different stations including jump rope, ladder, knock-out, ball handling, bean …

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Pro bono vacation

Part of a group of about 40 students from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law was in the Port Isabel/ South Padre Island area this week doing pro bono legal services. Their work included informing people on a variety of issues such as immigration reform, and helping low income people on how …

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Community Corner: Fishing has been his life

By ANTONIO VINDELL Port Isabel resident Jose Cuevas has been connect­ed to the Gulf of Mexico during the better part of his life. He came from Tampico, a town on the Mexican gulf coast, at the age of five and started working with the local shrimping indus­try as a teenager. “I went to school and …

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Couple wed during annual polar dip

By RAY QUIROGA Cupid can strike at the least expected time. Traci Ann and Patrick Helton can vouch for that. They tied the knot after a three-week, whirlwind courtship. These days, that fact unto itself may not raise that many eyebrows, but consider the fact that neither individual was looking for love and that just …

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Working with kids keeps local woman busy

By ANTONIO VINDELL Whenever Maria R. Gar­cia is not working with kids at the Laguna Madre Boys & Girls Club, she volunteers part of her time at the Lighthouse Assem­bly of God church in Port Isabel. “I give classes dur­ing Sunday school at the church,” she said, while taking a break at the B&G club. …

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