Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Let's help another little dog find her way home for Christmas. She has no tags and she isn't chipped. She was spotted near Elm and Louisville last weekend.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
All Recreation Centers, Senior Centers, Sports Centers, City operated Daycare Centers, Aquatic Centers and the Administrative Office for the Parks and Recreation Department at City Hall will be closed on December 25 (Christmas Day) and January 1 (New Year’s Day).
All indoor pools will be open from 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on December 24 and 31.
All indoor pools will have regular operating hours on December 26, 27 and January 2, and 3, 2010.
All Senior Centers will also be closed on December 26, 27 and January 2 and 3, 2010.
Holiday Schedule for the Parks and Recreation Daycare Centers Galatzan (650 Wallenberg) and Veterans (5301
Daycare Centers will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on December 24 and December 31, 2009.
Chalio Acosta (4321 Delta St.) Nations Tobin (
Sports Centers will close at 5:00 p.m. on December 24 and December 31.
Sports Centers will have normal hours of operation on December 26 and 27 and January 2 and 3, 2010.
All Recreation centers will be close at 5:00 p.m. on December 24 and December 31.
Recreation centers will have normal hours of operation on December 26 and January 2.
Recreation Centers will be closed on December 27 and January 3.
For more information call (915) 544-0753
Monday, December 14, 2009
You can still purchase a living Christmas Tree. They are grown at Archer Farms in La Mesa, New Mexico. Your check for $100 should be written to Keep El Paso Beautiful. City of El Paso Arborist, Brent Pearson, (whose better half runs one of the best Mexican restaurants in greater El Paso - the Little Diner) will deliver your tree and then pick it up after the holidays if you wish to donate it to the City. If you would prefer to have your tree planted at your home, just let Brent know. There will be an additional $40 fee but then you will have a beautiful Mondale pine professionally and properly planted. Mondales are drought tolerant and fast growing. They are a great tree for increasing the much needed canopy in El Paso.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
High winds tore through the borderland on Tuesday. The Newman Park area certainly experienced the wrath of a wind storm that brought winds of 100 m.p.h. in many places. Trees, street signs, roofs, windows and more were damaged in the Newman Park neighborhood.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Police closed Scenic Drive yesterday afternoon as children got an early dismissal from school. All who usually commute from their work in Northeast El Paso over Trans Mountain back to their homes on the Westside made the long trek around the south end of the mountains. Some left their cars off Alabama and were rescued by friends. City Council didn't begin today until 11 a.m. Ernie, the cat, took one look at the rain and snow this morning and buried himself at the bottom of his bed at the home he shares with Lee and Bobby Byrd.
A big thanks goes to Newmanista Donna Stephens for these photographs.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Before you run to Lowe's to buy your Christmas tree, you may want to consider a living Christmas tree. City of El Paso Arborist, Brent Pearson, has announced that his team will deliver a live 6 to 8 foot Mondale pine to your home and pick it up after the holidays to be planted in the City. The cost is just $100. For $40, his team will plant the tree on your property.
Have your Christmas Tree planted at a neighborhood Park
For $100.00 a six to eight foot living Christmas Tree will be delivered to your house and picked up after the New Year to be donated to the City of
, or you can keep it and plant it in your own yard. Make this holiday season an opportunity to leave a living legacy that will last for generations El Paso
living Christmas trees
Ÿ Delivery and Pick-up included
Ÿ They will not dry out and drop needles
Ÿ LIVING TREES REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE
Ÿ Twinkle lights work best instead of screw in bulbs
Ÿ If you want it planted at on private property, $40.00 extra
Ÿ EASY to water JUST USE A TRAY OF ice cubes EVERY OTHER DAY
The Mondale Pine is a selection of tree known
for it’s rapid growth and drought
tolerance. Average rate of growth
is over 3 ft. per year.
This is a great opportunity for us to add much needed tree canopy to our City. Why buy a tree and throw it away, REUSE it and let it be enjoyed by others. Our goal is to have a healthy urban environment.
If interested please call :
Brent Pearson at 588-1562 or 533-2342
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Western Refinery is now helping to promote Scenic Sundays. A new digital billboard advertisement can be seen by motorists going west or east on I-10 near Airways.
Our very own Mandy Chew is the new Executive Director of Insights El Paso Science Museum. This El Paso institution has struggled for the past few years and the Board of Directors recruited Mandy with the goal of making Insights one of the premier science museums in the United States.
Insights was established in 1980 and opened its doors of the basement of the Anson Mills building then home of the El Paso Electric Company. The museum features a permanent collection of interactive exhibits on nature and science topics ranging from electricity and optics to health and biology. Kids of all ages, and seniors too, will get a jolt of fun out of the Tesla coil that courses with 500,000 volts several times each day. The mind games are also a favorite activity for families to work on together.
The current traveling exhibit is “Giant Worlds – A voyage to the Outer Solar System.” El Paso is only the third city to host this marvelous exhibit developed by the Space Science Foundation with assistance from NASA and the National Science Foundation. Giant Worlds is filled with interactive experiences, models and spectacular murals that reveal the grandeur of these amazing planets. Visitors can learn about gravity in a simulation that assigns a mass to the visitor’s shadow and demonstrates how particles, such as those in Saturn’s spectacular ring system, interact with the shadow. They can design and launch a virtual probe into Jupiter’s crushing atmosphere and see how far their probe gets before it is destroyed. Visitors can also experiment with the properties of visible and infrared radiation and learn how scientists use light to probe phenomena like Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.
Mandy urges all Newmanistas to come and see her soon at Insights . In addition to the exhibits, Insights also hosts summer camps, sleep-overs and birthday parties.
For the holidays, Insights will be featuring a “Drop and Shop” day care for shoppers to leave their children from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with lunch and a healthy snack provided.
The Insights is at 505 N. Santa Fe, next to City Hall and free parking is provided. You can reach Mandy by phone at 915-534-0000, Ext 20. Her email is Mandy.Chew@insightselpaso.org.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Probably most of us have seen the "Chew Mobile" in the neighborhood for awhile now. Newmanista, Pat Chew, is running for Judge of El Paso County Probate Court #1. Pat's law firm, Patricia B. Chew and Associates, P.C., is considered to be one of the best in the practice of immigration law. Pat's professional resumé includes a Juris Doctorate from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Our good buddy, Jackson Polk, sent us this press release:
GHOST STORIES OF EL PASO, VOLUME 2
DVD RELEASE PARTY AT MONTELEONE’S RESTAURANT
Party is open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009
El Paso, Texas (Nov. 4, 2009) – Capstone Productions Inc. announces the DVD release of its latest film, “Ghost Stories of El Paso, Vol. 2,” at Monteleone’s Restaurant, 3023 Gateway West from 2- 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009.
The new DVD is being released just in time for the holiday gift-giving season. At the release party, El Pasoans will be able to purchase the new film for $22.00 plus tax. Producer Jackson Polk and psychic Diana Calamia will also be on hand to sign the new DVDs, and to tour the haunted restaurant, which is featured in the new film.
“Ghost Stories of El Paso, Vol. 2,” presents El Paso history as only spirits can tell it. Viewers go on ghost tours with psychics who talk to spirits – and the spirits talk back – at some of El Paso’s most historic locations.
The film is a follow up to Capstone Production’s successful 2008 film “Ghost Stories of El Paso, Vol. 1." The new one-hour film, “Vol. 2," presents all-new stories and visits more locations, including the Ysleta Mission and a mineshaft in the Franklin Mountains.
“Ghost Stories of El Paso, Vol. 2" goes inside a haunted building on Fort Bliss, and finds ghosts at the L&J Café and Monteleone’s Restaurant. In San Elizario, a psychic confronts a legend about Billy the Kid and the local jail. The program also visits Concordia Cemetery, the Magoffin Home and Sunset Heights Grocery.
“Ghost Stories of El Paso, Vol. 2" is not intended to prove or disprove ghost stories, but to explore some of the legends and folk tales that are a part of El Paso’s rich history.
The public is invited to attend the DVD release party of “Ghost Stories of El Paso, Vol. 2" at Monteleone’s Restaurant, 3023 Gateway West between Piedras and Copia. The cross street is San Marcial. Street parking is available.
DVDs of “Ghost Stories of El Paso, Volume 2" will be available for purchase in stores in El Paso and New Mexico beginning Nov. 23.
For information and a video clip of “Ghost Stories of El Paso, Vol. 2," go online to www.elpasogold.com, where you can also buy 11 different DVDs about El Paso heritage. Capstone Productions will ship DVDs anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
70.3 does not refer to the latest version of a software program. Rather it is the total miles that one endures in a triathlon such as the one recently held in Austin, Texas on October 25th. First one swims for 1.2 miles, then bicycles for 56 miles, and finally runs for 13.1 miles! I would be good for a few yards of swimming before the guys with the gurney haul me out, work on my body while a priest with a purple stole slowly shakes his head and makes the sign of the cross over my blue, adipose anatomy.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Isotonic salt water solution: one teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon baking soda, mix well in 2 cups of filtered water. Solution is good for about a week. If it gets cloudy before that, throw it out, rinse container with hot water and make new. This works not only against H1N1 but against any virus that first takes hold in the throat/nasal passages. I bought cheap travel containers in different colors for each member of our family and set them on the bathroom vanity. Each of us is gargling with the solution and swabbing the nostirls at least once a day. This deters the virus from proliferating in the throat and nostrils. My daughter has 3 friends at school who have been out with confirmed cases of H1N1 and so far she hasn't come down with it. Perhaps this little hygiene exercise is paying off so I wanted to pass it on.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Be sure to come to Newman Park for the pumpkin carving at 3 pm. First come, first served. And wear your costume, if you like. We'd love to see what everyone is wearing.
The El Paso Police Department would also like everyone to have a very happy and safe Halloween. To ensure this, they are reminding El Pasoans of some very important safety information. On Halloween, there will be many young children in and around the roadways. Dark costumes, dark streets, and motorists pose the greatest risk to trick-or-treaters. The following are some tips that can help ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween for everyone.
1. Parents should accompany their children at all times. Do not leave your children unattended or unsupervised, especially younger children.
2. Children should wear costumes that are visible in the dark. Light colored costumes are preferable but if the costume is dark, some kind of reflective material or tape should be used.
3. Carry some form of light, preferably a flashlight.
4. Check your children’s candy before they eat it. Watch out for candy that appears to have been tampered with and be aware of any home made or unpacked treats.
5. Watch for traffic. Do not let your children run in and out of the street, keep them on the sidewalks.
6. If you're driving, watch out for children darting into traffic. Slow down especially in residential areas. Drive with extreme caution, because dark costumes may be very hard to see.
7. Respect those who do not wish to participate. If the front porch light is off, chances are they are not giving out candy.
8. Have children stay within the neighborhood, only visiting homes you know.
Parents should also remember that there are many other safe alternatives such as organized Halloween parties and Haunted Houses, many of which are sponsored by local schools, churches, businesses or other organizations. Find out about these activities and keep them in mind as a better and safer alternative.
Have a great Halloween and see you at Newman Park at 3 pm!
Friday, October 23, 2009
"She will oversee daily advertising, marketing and publicity duties for the opera company while pursuing new initiatives in the arts and education in order to further the opera's connection with the community . . ."Degliantoni joins the opera after serving as Editor-in-Chief of El Paso Media Group, where she helped guide the editorial and marketing team in the formation of the media group. With a background in media and publishing, her resume includes titles such as Vogue, New York Magazine, Psychology Today and local companies KTSM and Stanton Street Technology Group."
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The Cooks report that they are keeping a very sweet, white, male dog at their home at 2420 Louisville. The dog is lost and has no tags. Gregory tells us that "he is shy and scared." If you know to whom this precious little animal belongs, please call 630-2665.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Yesterday City Council approved an ordinance placing an historic overlay on the McKee House, located at 2630 Richmond Avenue on the corner of Richmond and Louisiana just across the street from Newman Park.
"We are thrilled that historic protection for the McKee home has been finalized. Without the leadership of Representative Byrd's office and the support of board members, neighbors and key city personnel, this would not have happened. What a great partnership! With historic protection we know that, no matter who ultimately becomes the owner of the McKee home, its historical integrity will be protected."
Monday, October 19, 2009
Newmanistas took advantage of the Great American Clean-up on Saturday to get rid of junk around their homes and to spruce up Newman Park.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I wanted to check in with you re: the Save Houston efforts. There is lots of momentum and lots of activity with the goal being to increase enrollment at the school in order to justify keeping it open. Anything you can do to help in getting out the word would be much appreciated.
Dual Language. The most important news is that the District has agreed to invest in a dual language program at Houston. Dual language is a great attraction for parents who are interested in making sure that their kids are fully fluent and able to read and write in both Spanish and English, regardless of their first language. I think this will be a great magnet for Houston and is just what we need to really get folks interested in sending their children to Houston. In order to promote this and to let the parents know more about dual language and its benefits for their children, Houston is hosting two important meetings:
1. Wednesday, October 21st at 6 PM at Houston Elementary School,
presentation to parents about the benefits of Dual Language Education. The district is sending out a blast throughout the district to let parents know about this.
2. Saturday, November 7 at 8:30 AM at Houston Elementary. This will be an open house. The district is targeting parents who have transferred out for this meeting but we invite other parents who might be interested. Is there anyone who might be able to help with coffee and fruit or donuts?
Partners in Education. The committee working on this agreed to help find more
Partners in Education to support the school. If you know of any businesses in the area that want to help out, we are looking for support. Please email me any ideas or contacts you might have. We are focused on: trying to fund more programming in arts and culture (artists or art organizations who can enhance programming) and improving the campus (landscaping, playground equipment, etc).
Give Em Five Price's program. The school is going to ramp up their Give Em Five program where students bring in caps from Price's products and Price's rebates an amount per cap to the school. Could you let your respective constituents know that they can donate their caps to the school also and it is an easy way to help
City Council Representative, District 2
Every time that I drive by Houston Elementary, it is obvious to me what a valuable property it is to the school district and the neighborhood. It would be a pity to shut down the buildings and the playing fields. Parents, stakeholders and neighbors are so enthusiastic to save this school.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
At 2:30, Joe will start telling those wonderful stories he's been famous for all these years. Before and after, you can get him to sign your books. A wonderful chance to bring your kids and grandkids and give them the opportunity to hear one of the world's greatest storytellers."