Volunteering: The Backbone of a Community

I have the best job n the world. I get to introduce folks to one of the greatest places to live. Many of my clients are fortunate to be able to purchase a second home as weekenders. Others are urban pioneers who contribute to the community by restoring one of our aging dowagers. I also […]

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Not All Learning Takes Place In The Classroom

With spring break a memory, our students are taking mandatory tests to prepare them for their next grade level. Before you know it, summer vacation will be here and learning, albeit informally, will continue. During the year there are also alternative learning experiences for all ages. ED Fest 2015 This free event showcases the great […]

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Community Involvement Helps Make Galveston Great

As the weather warms up, Galveston becomes home to a number of amazing events. For locals and visitors alike there are many great attractions for family fun, some of which are even free. Movie Nite on The Strand Movie Nite on The Strand is at Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand. Moviegoers are encouraged to stop for […]

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A View of the Island Through Fresh Eyes

I spent some time with my friend Kristen Carlson this week. Kristen is the CEO of Right at Home, a member of the Downtown Galveston Rotary Club and an incredible community volunteer. As the organizer of the Rotary Group Study Exchange, she has been head host for five young New Zealand professionals. These folks are […]

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Bolivar Peninsula A Great Place to Recharge and Enjoy

The weather has been beautiful and with daylight savings we have more time to enjoy being out and about. A great place to enjoy is the Bolivar Peninsula. Bolivar Peninsula, named for the South American hero Simón Bolívar, is a “barrier island” stretching 27 miles along the Texas Gulf. To get there from Galveston, you […]

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Events That Help Make Galveston Our Corner of Paradise

Last weekend, my column on tourism was made possible by the information given to me by the great folks at the Park Board led by Executive Director Kelly de Shaun, Galveston’s top cheerleader. It got me thinking of other upcoming events that are great for tourists and residents alike and make our corner of paradise […]

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Tourism and Islanders’ Quality of Life

Tourism is an important economic driver on Galveston Island. Economic impact studies published by Tourism Economics (an Oxford Economics Company) report that Galveston generated $136 million in tax revenues, with $63.6 million accruing to state and local governments. Local taxes helped offset the average household tax burden by $3,116 per household. Tourism generated revenues, exclusive […]

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Galveston Realtors: A Valuable Asset To Our Community

Tom is president of the Galveston Association of Realtors and writes a weekly column for “The Galveston Daily News”. This is an edited version of this week’s article from the newspaper. This year I’ve been writing about the things that make Galveston great because I’m passionate about this place and believe that while real estate metrics […]

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The Galveston Island Environment and Those Who Support It

On the first floor of the 1940 Sears Building located at the corner of 23rd and Broadway is the GHF Architectural Salvage Warehouse. Did you know that GHF is the landlord for three ecofriendly non profits as well? They are the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy, the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council and the Turtle Island […]

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