DeCuir to lead Nederland EDC

first_img Twitter: MaryMeauxPANews “Ms DeCuir has familiarized herself with the many projects the EDC has been working on,” Ducharme said. “With her real Estate experience and retail exposure, she brings local interest and involvement to our schools, city and the Nederland EDC. We are looking forward to working with her.”The board spent approximately 10 minutes in executive session regarding the position of executive director before reconvening the meeting.DeCuir, who was not present at the meeting, will “come on board” on July 8 as she makes the transition from her current job, Ducharme said. DeCuir is currently a member of the Nederland Independent School District board of trustees and the executive director of the Shorkey Center in Beaumont. She is also a Texas Real Estate broker. She will take the position vacated by Mark Rantala who resigned the post in late April after 16 months at the helm.Rantala, an Ohio native with a commercial Real Estate/sales and marketing background, took the reins on Jan. 11, 2012. His base salary while at the NEDC was $95,000. He also received, according to a story that ran in August 2012, a moving allowance reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses capped at $5,000. Later that year the board approved a motion to increase Rantala’s salary an additional $850 per month.He bid the area adieu when he accepted a similar position in a county with a population of about 250,000.E-mail: [email protected]center_img Realtor and school board trustee Kay DeCuir has been appointed to lead the Nederland Economic Development Corporation.NEDC board members unanimously approved the appointment of DeCuir during Thursday’s meeting. The board also approved a compensation package of $83,000 per year for DeCuir.NEDC President Larry Ducharme was pleased with the board decision.last_img read more

Alex Benoit

first_img Alex was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years Helen; parents, Fannie Lee Sonnier and Cleophas Benoit, Sr. and siblings, E.C. Bourgeois, Elizabeth Hebert, Fannie Lee McKinnon, Mary Leger, Cleophas Benoit, Jr., and cousin Droza Towery.A gathering of Mr. Benoit’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., with his Rosary recited at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, October 11, 2015, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. His funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 12, 2015, at Broussard’s, with his private family interment to follow at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County, Nederland.Memorial contributions in Mr. Benoit’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association 700 North Street, Suite M., Beaumont, Texas 77701 and Mid County 16-18 Babe Ruth League, 7635 Ontario, Nederland, Texas 77627 or the Nederland Babe Ruth League, P.O. Box 1051, Nederland, Texas 77627. Alex Benoit, 89, of Nederland, died Thursday, October 8, 2015, in Beaumont. He was born on February 15, 1926, in Morse, Louisiana, to Fannie Lee Sonnier and Cleophas Benoit, Sr. Alex retired from the National Maritime Union, as a merchant mariner.  He was primarily assigned to the Texaco Mississippi from 1959 to 1992 until the vessel was sold for scrap metal.   Baseball was his passion. Alex was an associate pitching scout for the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. He spent most of his free time dedicated to Babe Ruth Baseball in Nederland, East Texas and the Southwest Region.Survivors include his sons, Michael Benoit and his wife, Marcee, of Katy and Marvin Benoit and his wife, Molly, of Vidor; daughter, Melinda Benoit of Nederland; son, Martin Benoit of O’Fallon, Illinois; grandchildren, Amanda Journeay and her husband, Blake; Derek Griffiths; Morgan Benoit; and Sydney Benoit. The family would like to thank the dedicated caregivers at Harbor Hospice and the College Street Health Care Center for their selfless service and loving care of our father, Alex.Complete and updated information may be found at: read more

Casey Lynn Malet

first_img Casey was preceded in death by his father, Marcus Johnson, Sr. and grandmother, Sonya Yvonne Malet. Next UpFuneral services will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves with Reverend Charles Miller officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park.Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016 at the funeral home. Surviving relatives include his mother, Mary Jimmie Lou Johnson of Groves, Texas; sons, Silas Malet and Nolan Malet both of Charlotte, North Carolina; brothers, Marcus Adam Johnson, Jr. and wife Melanie of Nederland, Texas; Kyle Louis Johnson of Groves, Texas.center_img Casey Lynn Malet, 29, of Groves, Texas passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Breckenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas.Casey was born July 7, 1986 in Port Arthur, Texas.  He was a lifelong resident of Groves and worked for Associated Marine as a First Mate on a tugboat.last_img read more

Services today and death notices for July 27

first_imgServices todayLelia Jeannine Lampman Dennis, First Baptist Church, Beaumont, 2 p.m.Mary Frances Hammond, Melancon’s Funeral Home, 10 a.m. Essie Maude Espinosa, 75, of Winnie died Monday, July 25, 2016. Broussard’s, Winnie.Fred Manley, 77, of Nederland, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Broussard’s, Nederland.Bessie Mae Downing of Port Arthur died Sunday, July 24, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home. Bobby J. Landry, Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home, 11 a.m.Rose M. Karr, Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home, 2 p.m.center_img Death noticesBessie Mae Downing, 92, of Port Arthur died Sunday, July 24, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.Joys Emmett “Buster” Shelburne Jr., 64, of Beaumont died Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Broussard’s, Major Drive, BeaumontMargie L. Martin, 89, died Monday, July 24, 2016. Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home.last_img read more

ACS State Championships ‘bringing game’ to Port Arthur; come watch!

first_imgMore than 400 pool players will gather for the American CueSports Alliance 2018 ACS Texas State Championships in Port Arthur on Oct. 24–28.The public is invited to watch the tournament from 10 a.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center, 3401 Cultural Center Drive in Port Arthur. More than 40 pool tables will be set up for the tournament.There is no charge to watch the tournament. “We’re ready for the players. This is the first event of this kind to be held at the civic center as the group moves in over 40 pool tables. We know they’re here to compete, and we extend an invitation for them to unwind in Port Arthur and enjoy our scenic views and restaurants,” Port Arthur Convention & Visitors Bureau director Tammy Kotzur said.For a list of past ACS-Texas winners, visit www.acs-texas.netFor more information on Port Arthur’s hotels and attractions, visit “ACS Texas is super excited about bringing our game to Port Arthur,” treasurer Janet Ybarra said.The first place winner will receive entry fees to the ACS Nationals in Las Vegas in May 2019. There will be doubles, singles and team events“This year, $10,000 has been added to prize money, thanks to local sponsor Reel Cajun Seafood Restaurant and Bar,” Ybarra said.center_img “But, it’s just a game. You win some, you lose some. As long as you’re having fun… That’s what counts,” Ybarra said.Prize sponsor Tony Nguyen, owner of Reel Cajun in Port Arthur and Lumberton, is also owner of Diamond Sports Bar & Grill in Port Arthur. He said pool is now his passion.“I grew up playing it. It’s embedded in me. It’s something I love to do,” Nguyen said.Past tournaments have been staged in cities such as Fort Worth, Belton and Midland-Odessa.last_img read more

Game wardens to crack down on DWI for boaters

first_img Law enforcement agencies from every state are expected to participate in Operation Dry Water weekend, focusing their efforts on detecting impaired boaters and educating the public about the dangers of boating under the influence. Since the inception of the Operation Dry Water Campaign in 2009, law enforcement officers have removed 3,532 BUI operators from the nation’s waterways and made contact with over 1.3 million boaters during the annual three-day weekend.In addition to having a designated driver, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department stresses the following four key points to decrease boating and water related accidents, injuries, and deaths.Wear a life jacket. 70 percent of persons who died in a boating accident would be alive today if they had worn a life jacket.Use the ignition safety switch. Commonly called a “kill switch,” the ignition safety switch will stop the engine if you fall overboard and prevent you from becoming stranded or run over by your boat.Learn how to swim.Formal lessons can help protect swimmers from drowning.Take a Boater Education course.Anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1993, must complete a boater education course to operate a personal watercraft or a boat with a 15 horsepower rating or more. Operating a boat with a blood alcohol concentration above 0.08 percent is an offense that can lead to fines, confinement in jail and the loss of a driver’s license. In 2018, game wardens issued 162 boating while intoxicated citations across the state.“A recent fatal boating accident in Chambers County that took the lives of three clearly shows the risk of boating while intoxicated,” Texas Game Warden Col. Grahame Jones, TPWD law enforcement division director, said. “We will not tolerate people placing the boating public in harm by drinking and boating. You will be arrested and charged appropriately.”Alcohol use is also the leading contributing factor in recreational boater deaths and a leading factor in recreational boating accidents. Where the primary cause was known, alcohol was listed as the leading factor in 19% of deaths, according to 2017 U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics. AUSTIN – As boaters head out to Texas waterways for the Fourth of July holiday, Texas game wardens and thousands of law enforcement officers will be on heightened alert looking for those violating boating under the influence laws.These ramped-up efforts to crack down on impaired boaters will continue July 5-7 during the annual Operation Dry Water weekend, a nationally coordinated heightened awareness and enforcement campaign focused on deterring boaters from boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.“Boating under the influence is just as deadly as drinking and driving,” said Cody Jones, TPWD assistant commander for marine enforcement. “Every year we see dozens of boating accidents and tragedies on Texas waters that could have been avoided if the operator had refrained from drinking. We are calling on all Texans to keep our lakes safe and fun this holiday weekend and throughout the year by limiting alcohol consumption and having a designated driver at all times when boating on Texas waterways.”center_img For more information about boating safety, laws and requirements, visit TPWD’s boating laws website.Special to The Newslast_img read more

Enter the Madcap Music Hall! Tickets Now on Sale for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016 Written by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder follows Monty Navarro (Pinkham), a long-lost member of a noble family who stands to become the next Earl of Highhurst—if he can eliminate the eight other relatives (all played by Mays) who precede him in line for the title. The musical premiered at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre in March 2013 before an acclaimed run at Connecticut’s Hartford Stage. Tickets are now on sale for the New York premiere of the musical comedy A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, starring Tony winner Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham. The witty musical begins preview performances on October 22 at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre, with opening night set for November 17. View Commentscenter_img Mays and Pinkham are joined in the cast by Lisa O’Hare, Lauren Worsham, Jane Carr, Pamela Bob, Joanna Glushak, Eddie Korbich, Jeff KReady, Mark Ledbetter, Jennifer Smith, Don Stephenson, Price Waldman and Catherine Walker. Directed by Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder features choreography by Peggy Hickey, scenic design by Alexander Dodge, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, projection design by Aaron Rhyne, wig design by Charles LaPointe, music direction by Paul Staroba and orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murderlast_img read more

The Doctor Is Out! Shlomo Carlebach Bio Musical Soul Doctor Sets Broadway Closing Date

first_img In addition to Anderson and Iman, Soul Doctor features Jacqueline Antaramian, Dianna Barger, Richard Cerato, Tara Chambers, Maria Conti, Alexandra Frohlinger, Afra Hines, Abdur-Rahim Jackson, Jamie Jackson, Ethan Khusidman, Dillon Kondor, Zarah Mahler, Vasthy Mompoint, Ron Orbach, Ian Paget, Heather Parcells, Michael Paternostro, JC Schuster, Eric J. Stockton, Ryan Strand and Teddy Walsh. Directed by Daniel S. Wise, Soul Doctor stars Eric Anderson as rockin’ rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and Amber Iman as legendary jazz singer Nina Simone. The musical, featuring songs by Carlebach, lyrics by David Schechter and a book by Daniel S. Wise, tells the story of Carlebach, the father of popular Jewish music and his unlikely friendship with Simone. Soul Doctor opened on Broadway on August 15, following prior runs off-Broadway and in Fort Lauderdale, FL. View Comments Gevalt! The Broadway journey for Shlomo Carlebach is coming to an end. Soul Doctor: Journey of a Rock Star Rabbi will play its final performance on October 13 at Circle in the Square Theatre. At the time of closing, Soul Doctor will have played 32 previews and 66 regular performances. The Soul Doctor creative team includes scenic designer Neil Patel, costume designer Maggie Morgan, lighting designer Jeff Croiter and sound designer John Shivers and David Patridge. Soul Doctor: Journey of a Rock-Star Rabbicenter_img Related Shows Eric Anderson Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 13, 2013 Star Fileslast_img read more

Can You Feel the Love Tonight? Il Divo: A Musical Affair Opens on Broadway, Featuring Heather Headley

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 13, 2013 Related Shows Star Files Il Divo: A Musical Affair View Comments Heather Headley Get your showtunes fix with an operatic twist beginning November 7, when Il Divo: A Musical Affair opens officially on Broadway. Starring Tony winner Heather Headley and the pop-opera quartet Il Divo, the new concert engagement will play through November 13 at the Marquis Theatre.In Il Divo: A Musical Affair, the opera studs will team up with Headley to sing hit songs from The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, South Pacific, Carousel, West Side Story and many more.Il Divo is comprised of French pop singer Sebastien Izambard, Spanish baritone Carlos Marin, American tenor David Miller and Swiss tenor Urs Buhler. In A Musical Affair, the singers will perform Broadway selections in several different languages.last_img read more

Step Right Up, Step Right Up! Circus-Cabaret Show La Soiree Officially Opens Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments La Soiree Check out some of the provocative performers and astonishing acrobats who perform in La Soiree in the video below! La Soiree first appeared in New York in 2006 under the title Absinthe: Les Artistes de La Clique. Subsequent versions of Absinthe shows were inspired by the original production but did not have any of the same creative or production team. Since its inaugural production in London at the South Bank, La Soiree has played Australia, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. Step right this way! The internationally acclaimed live circus-cabaret La Soiree officially opens at off-Broadway’s Union Square Theatre on November 7. Created by Brett Haylock, La Soiree includes performances by Stephen “Bath Boy” Williams, The English Gents, Mario, the Queen of the Circus, Ursula Martinez and more! The sexy, funny and dangerous world of La Soiree combines cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety in one seductive setting. The evening features a rotating cast of over 20 artists, with the acts varying from night to night. La Soiree brings the flashiness of vaudeville salons straight into the 21st century with ringside seats, bar service and posh tables. Performers for La Soiree will include stars of the Olivier Award-winning La Clique. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 11, 2014 Related Showslast_img read more