Thanks to a recent $2,500 donation from BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals LLC, Groves Public Library has purchased a number of current award-winning books for children and young adults. According to children’s librarian Louella Doucet, selections were made from the 2015 Lone Star Reading List, Texas Bluebonnet Award 2015-2016 Master List, 2015 2X2 Reading List, 2015 TAYSHAS Reading List, and 2015-2016 Tejas Star Reading List. In addition, 2015 Michael L. Printz Award, 2015 Robert F. Sibert Award, 2015 Newbery Award, 2015 Caldecott Award, 2015 Giesel Award and 2015 Belpre Award.Library director Deborah Harper points out that the Tejas Star Reading List books are bilingual, adding to the library’s growing collection of bilingual books for children and adults. Harper notes that Carol Hebert, BASF’s community and government affairs manager, has been consistently responsive to the library’s needs and adds, “We couldn’t ask for a better community partner than BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals.”Companies or organizations interested in becoming community partners may call Director Harper at 962-6281. Harper notes that one way individuals can have a significant impact on the library’s collection is to donate money for books in honor or memory of an individual. The library website, groveslibrary.org, has information.
BEAUMONT — Keith Urban — world famous country star currently celebrating his 22nd No. 1 song – will be taking the stage at the 37th Annual Christus Gala on Saturday, April 22.Keith Urban is a four-time Grammy Award Winner, 10-time Country Music Association Award Winner, and 11-time Academy of Country Music Awards Winner. His current number one song “Blue Ain’t Your Color” received two Grammy nominations, in addition to Album of the Year for RIPCORD, his fifth consecutive platinum or multi-platinum album.Each year, the Christus Southeast Texas Foundation continues to raise the bar by offering world class entertainment, five-star cuisine, and elegant ambiance. Past Christus Gala entertainers include James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, and Reba McEntire, just to name a few. In 2001, the Country Music Association honored Urban with its Horizon Award. He was the first Horizon Award winner in history to go on to win the CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year, a title he’s captured three times, and the coveted Entertainer of the Year. Since then, Urban’s career has seen a long list of groundbreaking firsts and accomplishments reserved for the music industry’s elite.“We are thrilled to welcome Keith Urban to Beaumont. His incredible success as a country musician, as well as his foray into the pop music scene, makes him relatable to a wide range of audiences. Each year, we strive to offer the Southeast Texas community a night of unforgettable entertainment, and we believe that Keith Urban will help us do just that, ” Ivy Pate, foundation president, said. The much anticipated and always exceptional Gala brings the community together to celebrate the Christus mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. The black tie benefit provides an opportunity for an intimate evening of entertainment starting with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 7 p.m. followed by a gourmet meal at 8 p.m., all leading to Keith Urban’s performance at 9:30. Tables for eight starts at $3,000 and individual seating starts at $375. Seating is limited and expected to sell out quickly. To learn more or to receive an invitation, call (409) 236-7555. For more information about the foundation or to reserve your table for the event please visit www.christussoutheasttexasfoundation.org.A groundbreaking album for Urban, RIPCORD marked the second time that one of his albums debuted simultaneously atop the all-genre charts in the U.S., Canada and Australia. He is the only male Country artist to achieve this mark, not just once, but twice. The album thus far, has produced four #1 songs including “Wasted Time,” which moved Urban to #8 on Billboard’s All-time Country Airplay Chart, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “Break On Me.” It leaves Urban’s streak as the artist with the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart (37) well in tact – a streak that started in August of 2000.Urban’s reputation as a premier songwriter, vocalist, musician and virtuoso guitarist has afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with the likes of The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Steven Tyler, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift, Vince Gill and Eric Church.
“This is a great day for all Central Texas baseball fans,” Express CEO Reese Ryan said. “The Astros have been a big part of our family and this area for a long time. We’re excited to partner with them once again as we get ready for our 20th anniversary season at Dell Diamond.”Since Jim Crane purchased the Astros following the 2011 season, the Astros have built and maintained one the finest minor league systems in all of baseball, under the direction of Jeff Luhnow, the team’s President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. Five of the Astros’ minor league affiliates qualified for the postseason in 2018, including their Triple-A club at Fresno. The Astros also boasted the second-highest combined minor league winning percentage in baseball this season. That success in player development has had translated to success in the Major Leagues as well as several of the Astros’ current big league players were drafted and/or developed in their minor league system.During its first stint in the Houston organization, Round Rock enjoyed great success in its five-year Texas League affiliation, reaching the playoffs four times and winning the 2000 Texas League Championship. After joining the PCL in 2005, the Express posted a then-franchise-best 85-59 record en route to capturing their first-ever American Conference Championship.After the new PDC agreement was announced in front of over 700 season ticket members, sponsors and media tonight at Dell Diamond, the Express also unveiled a new brand identity that included a new logo and new uniforms for the 2019 season. Fans will enjoy a new “double-R” mark as well, a cattle brand nod to the Ryan family’s love of ranching. The double-R is the focal point of a new custom Express team font that fans can expect to see in 2019. Astros media relationsROUND ROCK — During a ceremony this evening at Dell Diamond, the Round Rock Express and Houston Astros announced that they have reached a four-year agreement that will return the Astros’ Triple-A Club to Round Rock.Round Rock served as the Astros’ Double-A affiliate from 2000-04 and then as its Triple-A affiliate from 2005-10. The Astros’ Triple-A affiliate had been in Fresno for the past four seasons. Next Up“This will be a great partnership for the Astros and the Express in a variety of ways,” said Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan. “We now have our two highest minor league affiliates back in Texas, which is great for our fans and, logistically, for our Major League club when promoting players. And, it should be a big plus for the Express on the field as well. As an organization, the Astros take a great deal of pride in our player development process, the results of which can be seen with the success of our minor league clubs and by our Major League club.”The Express were founded as a Double-A franchise in 2000 by Ryan Sanders Baseball, a group made up of Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, his sons Reid and Reese, Houston businessman Don Sanders and his sons, Bret and Brad.“On a personal level, this is certainly an exciting day for our family as well,” Reid Ryan commented. “We have made so many great memories in Round Rock with the Express over the years. From all the work that went into bringing a minor league club to Central Texas to the championships won along the way, this city and this team will always hold a special place in our hearts.” “As we enter the next era of Round Rock Express baseball, it made all the sense in the world to give our brand a refresh,” Express General Manager Tim Jackson said. “On the dawn of our 20th anniversary season and our rejoining the Houston organization, we’re excited to pay homage to our original color scheme while giving our look a Major League redesign.”The Round Rock Express kick off their historic 20th anniversary season with Opening Day at Dell Diamond on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, against the rival Nashville Sounds.
The Marker was first dedicated in 2000 at the church’s then location as Presbyterian Church of the Covenant at 4500 Jefferson Drive in Port Arthur.Pastor Rick Shreve noted the importance of honoring and understanding the past in order to move successfully into the future, reminding that God was there then and is here now. NEDERLAND — Providence Church of Southeast Texas celebrated with a rededication ceremony of the church’s Historical Marker at their 5315 N. Twin City Highway location in Nederland.Church leaders said the marker commemorates the rich history of the church, dating back to the establishment of the First Presbyterian Church on 5th Street in Port Arthur in 1900. The church moved to it current Nederland location in 2010. Courtesy photos
Ferns are the stuff of magical tales. Flowering plants did not appear until two hundred million years after ferns, so there was much mystery surrounding this feathery plant. European folktales claim that the fern actually does bloom, but only once a year on June 23rd St. John’s Eve at the stroke of midnight, supposedly the same time that John the Baptist was born. Ferns were used to keep away vampires, werewolves and other evil spirits. Shepherds in ancient Normandy used crosses made from ferns to protect themselves and their flocks. In Slavic countries, if someone wanted to swim, ferns were first woven in their hair to protect them from freshwater sirens that would drown a mortal if given the chance. This lovely fall weather we are experiencing is the perfect time to be cleaning up beds, putting in new shrubs and trees, and mulching for winter. It is also time to start planning your garden for next spring. If you don’t already have ferns in your garden, I encourage you to consider them.I have always been drawn to ferns. From the upright Kimberly Queen to the fluffy Foxtail to the delicate Maidenhair and everything in between, I love them all! Ferns were one of the first known plants on Earth, existing over a hundred million years before dinosaurs. Many ferns remain the same as their primeval ancestors. Botanists have identified eleven thousand different species. Lucky for us, growing ferns is easy in Southeast Texas. They love the tropical climate. All they need is partial shade and lots of moisture.I have several hanging baskets of Boston fern around my patio. When I purchase a new one, I immediately transplant it into a wire basket with a coconut fiber liner. That way, the fern has plenty of room to grow. Too many times, I have watched ferns get so big that the roots break the original plastic container. With the wire basket, it can actually grow right out of the bottom, which gives you a lovely full plant as opposed to one that is only top heavy. Ferns are self-procreating. They have no pollen, are not dependent on bees or birds, and are great at detoxifying the air. Ferns are a great choice as houseplants for just that purpose.For more information, contact Micah Leigh, Jefferson County Master Gardener at mkleigh [email protected] or call Texas A&M Agrilife Extension at 409-835-8461.
Next UpNov. 29Theft of a firearm from a vehicle was reported in the 5600 block of Hogaboom.A 55-year-old man was arrested for driving while intoxicated in the 6000 block of Monroe/5900 block of Monroe.A 33-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 6400 block of Madison after a call in reference to a disturbance.Nov. 30Cruelty to non-livestock animals was reported in the 6600 block of 32nd Street.Injury to child, elderly or disabled individual report was processed.Dec. 1An assault-assault family violence report was processed in the 2600 block of Twin City Highway.Theft of approximately $600 was reported in the 5800 block of West Jefferson. Dec. 2A 9MM purple and black SCCY CPX-2 was taken from a white KIA Soul without the owner’s consent and was reported in the 2400 block of Little John.A vicious dog was reported to the police station at 4201 Main Avenue.A 40-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants and possession of a controlled substance in the 3300 block of West Parkway, while on a traffic stop.A 32-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants in the 6000 block of Gulfway Drive after a traffic stop.An informational report was processed.Dec. 3A 21-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants and the driver was issued citation for traffic offenses in the 6700 block of 32nd Street after a traffic stop. Calls:Miscellaneous calls for service assistance — 130Offense reports filed — 19Motor vehicle accidents investigated — 4Nov. 27Burglary of a building was reported in the 1200 block of Wilson Avenue, Port Neches.A back door was damaged and reported in the 3200 block of Charles Avenue.Front door appeared to have been pried open with a pry bar and the strike plates on the door frame damaged in the 7000 block of Terrell Street.
Residents are encouraged to register for updates from the Southeast Texas Alerting Network (STAN). Call 1-877-843-7826 anytime to hear important alerts and notifications, or visit thestan.com to register for notifications.A release this week said: “Under the direction of TPC Group, and in consultation with local, state and agency partners, response efforts at TPC Group Port Neches Operations continue to focus on activities to secure the site and minimize impact to environment, while preserving the safety of responders and the community.” The evacuation-only claims portion concluded Jan. 20.TPC Group has since focused resources on resolving property damage claims for community residents. As of mid-week, more than 7,300 property inspections have been performed. PORT NECHES — TPC Group’s voluntary claims process went into effect Nov. 27 following multiple plant explosions that rocked the community.TPC Group Port Neches Operations said nearly 18,000 claims have been paid for expense reimbursement from the mandatory evacuation. TPC Group will continue to manage inquiries via the official response website at portnechesresponse.com, as well as through established social media channels at facebook.com/PortNechesUC and on Twitter, @PortNechesUC.
Police said Johnson has an outstanding Jefferson County warrant for assault family violence – strangulation.Police have not released details about the alleged crime or the suspect’s connection to Port Arthur. Port Arthur Police Department officers are searching for a man tied to a strangulation accusation.On Friday evening, police announced they are asking for the public’s help locating 23-year-old Aubrum Jamaal Johnson. In you have any information on Johnson’s whereabouts, contact Crime Stoppers of SETX at 409-833-TIPS (8477). You won’t be asked your name and you may be eligible for a CASH reward. You can also report the tip by downloading the P3 Tips app on your smartphone.
Ever since Orange Is the New Black hit our Nexflix instant stream, we haven’t been able to stop watching the dark and hilarious new TV series. We were so amused by our new favorite show that we couldn’t help but think about all of our Broadway friends who also wind up in the slammer. So, we asked you which Broadway big house song is your favorite, from “Prisoners of Love” from The Producers to “Close Every Door from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Check out the results below! 1. “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago – 40% “Pop, six, squish, uh-oh, Cicero, Lipschitz!” Broadway fans want to spend a night in jail with the ladies of Chicago—the iconic “Cell Block Tango” was voted the number one big house song on Broadway. Featuring a chorus of merry murderesses and irresistible Fosse choreography, the “Cell Block Tango” makes getting locked up in the pen for shooting your husband seem downright sexy. “You pop that gum one more time…” 2. “Raise a Little Hell” from Bonnie and Clyde – 12% It’s unclear whether Broadway fans want to spend the night in the clink with Clyde Barrow, or they just want an excuse to cozy up to Bonnie and Clyde star Jeremy Jordan in a jail cell, but 12% voted “Raise a Little Hell” from the 2011 Broadway musical their favorite slammer showtune. Not guilty! 3. “The Big Dollhouse” from Hairspray – 9% “The Big Dollhouse” takes the cake for the most fun Broadway jail sequence, with nearly every female character in the musical getting locked up in a women’s penitentiary after protesting for equal rights. We wonder if a real night in the joint has so many fabulous dance breaks! View Comments Jeremy Jordan Star Files
Related Shows Berger’s agitated back-and-forth with Taymor, who hand-picked him in 2005 to collaborate on the script for the musical, is the main theme of the book, according to the Times. “Even now, I still carry the dream with me every day—to make up with her,” Berger writes in the first chapter. “I loved her. I still do. With heart-scarred bewilderment, I love her. And the thing of it is…she despises me.” Berger alleges that he and and Taymor were both “worried” that the musical’s story was “ridiculous” and that Bono and The Edge “were wrong for this project.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2014 Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History, a memoir written by playwright Glen Berger about his tumultuous journey with Broadway’s Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark, doesn’t hit shelves until November 5. However, The New York Times’ received an advance copy of the manuscript and revealed some of the book’s juiciest claims. Song of Spider-Man includes comments from all of those involved with the $75 million production, which Berger says come from “recorded conversations,” “journal entries” and “memory.” Star Files Robert Cuccioli Reeve Carney Berger, who co-wrote the original Spider-Man script with Tony winner Julie Taymor, was there from the beginning, and his extraordinary access was, in part, what pushed him to write the tell-all. According to Berger, in the winter of 2011, Spider-Man composers Bono and The Edge, along with the show’s producers, pushed him to write a top-secret “Plan X” script to “turn the show into a sunnier, family-friendly entertainment.” Yet Taymor soon “became suspicious” and confronted Berger by asking him, “Is there something you’re not telling me?” View Comments Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark See what Berger had to say to Broadway.com about the show while it was still in previews below. More will be known about Berger’s version of events when Song of Spider-Man is released on November 5. Until then, Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark currently runs at the Foxwoods Theatre, starring Reeve Carney as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Rebecca Faulkenberry as Mary Jane Watson and Robert Cuccioli as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin. Original star Carney will exit the high-flying musical spectacle on September 15. Rebecca Faulkenberry