Galveston Historic Preservation Heroes

Recognizing Galveston’s Historic Preservation Heroes As Chairman of the City of Galveston’s Landmark Commission, Tom plays a hands on role in helping preserve the historic houses and landmarks that make the city so special. In the third week of June the Landmark Commission recognized those who have made significant investments in historical preservation over the […]

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Community Hero Award

Tom has been chosen to receive an award at the 2017 Galveston Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. Tom does SO much for the Galveston community and this time he is being honored with the “Community Hero Award” for his contributions and efforts on the Community Pool Committee with The Rotary Club of Galveston. Congratulations Tom! […]

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Tom Schwenk: Neighbors Making a Difference

NOTE: This article about Tom recently appeared in the San Jacinto Neighborhood Association Newsletter. When I considered writing about Tom, I felt stumped. Not because I didn’t know what to write, but because there’s so much. He’s a larger than life character with a smile as big as Texas. Along with a laundry list of […]

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Galveston Vacation Rental – Historic Cottage

Make your next getaway one to remember at this lovely historic Coastal Cottage! By joining a commissary home built shortly after the 1900 Storm, with Galveston’s beloved Garden Home, a unique respite was created. The Garden house was originally built as an office for a Lumber Company that lost its building in the great storm […]

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2319 AVE M, Galveston, TX 77550

This Property Has Been Sold, or otherwise, is no longer listed for sale! Lovely Silk Stocking historic 1898 home with many updated amenities. Hardwood floors, transoms, and other architectural delights abound. Soaring 12′ ceilings, walk-thru windows, and 4 porches bring in light and gulf breezes! Etched pocket doors and ceiling medallions complete the Victorian charm. […]

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802 16th St, Galveston, TX 77550

This Property Has Been Sold, or otherwise, is no longer listed for sale! – See current listings for Galveston Real Estate or call Tom at 713-857-2309. Originally the carriage house for the George Ball house, it sits on 1.5 lots. 4 (or possible 5) bedrooms, 3/1 bathrooms. Large, palatial rooms with 12 foot ceilings. 2 […]

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Taking care of our seniors

According to ancient Greek fabulist Aesop, “No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.” I recently met the executive director of Libbie’s Place, Alice Williams, at an Alzheimer’s fundraiser sponsored by Kristen Carlson, owner of Right At Home. Alice filled me on the wonderful things occurring at Libbie’s Place and her love […]

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The power of partnering

School today is so much more than the three R’s. Life lessons are a big part of the curriculum at Galveston school district. For example, the Galveston Ministerial Alliance — through the support and initiatives of the Rev. Susan Kennard, rector at Trinity Episcopal, and Rabbi Marshal Klaven, from Temple B’nai Israel — has agreed […]

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Tom Meets “Sully” during the Texas Association of Realtors annual convention

The Texas Association of Realtors converged in Fort Worth Aug. 31 through Sept 4 for the annual convention. The guest speaker was Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III, a retired airline captain, aviation safety expert and accident investigator, best-selling author, speaker and consultant. Pictured, from left, are House Company broker Carolyn Clyburn, Sully and Galveston Association President […]

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Fine arts the dessert in the banquet of life

We have two wonderful live theater venues in town, Island ETC (East-End Theatre Company) and The Grand 1894 Opera House, that bring quality plays and performances to our island and provide an opportunity for entertaining evenings. There are other fine art outlets as well that add to our quality of life and making living here […]

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