Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 37, No. 10, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 8, 2007 Page: 1 of 24
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Thursday, March 8, 2007
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Vol. 37 No. 10
Port Aransas, Texas on Mustang Island
City officials checked out a
new type of beach cleaning
machine as they look at
ways to get the job done.
On the run
Basketball is over, and the
focus changes to spring
As a Winter Texan and
a basketball fan, I would
be remiss if I didn't thank
Whitney Williams of the Lady
Marlins for four great years
.Niagara Falls, Canada
Good life, times
We enjoy the many activities
... .art center, community
theatre, computer center,
Tour of Homes, Dine Around,
festival, the jetties, the U of
T Marine Science Institute,
ships coming and going
through the channel. . . We
hope that your town remains
beautiful, quaint, inviting and
Dick and Billie Dawson
Cedar Creek, Neb.
Letters to the editor
south jetty newspaper PLI1*
Lady Marlins winning season ends
Staff photo by Dan Parker
Whitney Williams, lower photo, of the Port Aransas High School Lady Marlins is surrounded by
Sundown Lady Red Roughettes players during the state semi-finals at the Frank Erwin Center in
Austin on Thursday, March 1. In the photo above, Dr. Charles Breithaupt, UIL director of athletics,
hangs bronze medals around the necks of Lady Marlins who were in no mood to celebrate, having
just lost to Sundown. The players got the medals for making it to the state semi-finals. See Pages 6,
7 and 8Afor more on the state tournament and previous Lady Marlins teams that went to state.
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Staff photo by Stephanie Kenigsberg
City ballot fills: no new races form
Filing ends Monday for city, school elections
By Mary Henkel Judson
South Jetty editor
With only three days left to file, no
races formed for city or school posi-
tions during filing this week, but the
ballot for city council was filled when
Charles Bujan filed for Place 3.
The position is open because of
the death of Jerry Watson in January.
His term expires in May, and is be-
ing filled by James. L. Polewchak Jr.
who was appointed to complete the
remainder of the term. Polewchak has
said he will not seek election to the
city council this year.
Meanwhile, no new candidates
have stepped up to file for school
board, leaving one race and two in-
Filing ends Monday, March 12.
The race on the school board ballot
is between Port Aransas High School
English teacher Rita Reed and the
Place 5 incumbent, Chuck Borders
who owns a property management
Incumbents in Places 4 and 6, Bob
Smith and Rick Adams, remain un-
opposed in their bids for re-election.
Smith is involved in sales, and Adams
is a banker.
Terms are for three years, and there
are no limits on the number of a terms
a trustee may serve.
Bujan joined Beverly Charles and
Rick Pratt on the ballot for city coun-
cil. Charles and Pratt are incumbents
in Places 1 and 5.
Charles is a consultant and Pratt
is an art gallery owner. Bujan is a re-
tiree who ran unsuccessfully last year
for Place 4 retained by Councilman
Terms are for two years, and coun-
cil members are limited to three
Tuesday, March 13, before noon, is
the deadline for candidates to submit
Turn clocks forward
DST start, end dates changed
Time flies, but not as fast as you
thought it did.
It's time to think about Daylight
Saving Time again already, but not
because you lost a few weeks - it's
because Congress, as part of a 2005
law, changed the starting and ending
dates for the time shift.
From now on, Daylight Saving
Time begins on the second Sunday
in March and ends on the last Sun-
day in November. That gives a few
more weeks of the sunshine-saving
On Sunday, set your clocks forward
an hour ("Spring forward"). Come
November, you'll set them back again
an hour ("Fall back").
Computers not set for
new DST time change
By Phil Reynolds
South Jetty reporter
If you have a computer, you may
know that it's programmed to auto-
matically reset its clock when Day-
light Saving Time starts and ends.
The problem is, it was probably
programmed before the switch in
Daylight Saving Time. That means
your computer won't know on its
own when to change.
For the solution, if you have a PC,
point your browser to the Web site
zone.mspx. That has instructions for
downloading a patch that will adjust
your computer for the new savings
time schedule. Once you download
and run the program, you should
need to do nothing more.
The site also has instructions for
patching programs such as Microsoft
Outlook, which keep calendars.
Macintosh computer users who
use Apple's Operating System X
(OS X) can click the blue apple in
the top left corner of the screen and
in the window that opens, click on
Software Update. The computer will
go to the Apple Web site that has
the time change patch and down-
City gets set for holiday
By Phil Reynolds
South Jetty reporter
Law enforcement agencies and
public works crews were working
this week to put the finishing touches
on preparations for this year's Spring
Break, which begins next week.
Spring Break, the week-long time
off from school for high school and
college students, brings up to 10,000
young people to Port Aransas beaches.
While many of them are from northern
schools, a significant percentage are
from Texas universities in Houston,
Austin, Waco, San Marcos and San
Antonio as well as high schools that
also have the week off.
On Tuesday, March 6, crews from
the city's Operations Department and
Nueces County Water Control and
Improvement District No. 4 were re-
placing posts that separate the beach
roadway from the pedestrian area
between Beach Street and Avenue G.
Posts that mark no-parking zones and
entries for emergency vehicles already
sported new bright red tops, and many
of the signs on the beach had been
refurbished and repainted.
Police Chief Sam Russell held a
department meeting Tuesday to go
over final details with police officers,
firefighters and Emergency Medical
Service crews. In that meeting, rank-
ing officers emphasized safety, both
for police and for Spring Breakers.
A total of 48 Department of Public
Safety (DPS) troopers will augment
the local police department, with con-
centrations on the weekends, Russell
said. The troopers will be concen-
trating on driving while intoxicated
Agents from the Texas Alcoholic
Beverage Commission (TABC) will
also be on Mustang Island, checking
for under-age drinking.
Local officers will also be bolstered
by game wardens from the Texas
Parks and Wildlife Department. Game
wardens, though normally thought of
as enforcing only fish and game laws,
are fully-certified police officers with
As has been the practice in the past,
off-duty officers from other police de-
partments, both near and not-so-near,
have been hired to assist local officers.
Each of them will ride in a police unit
with a Port Aransas officer who has
local jurisdiction and who is familiar
with local procedures, Russell said.
Nueces County Precinct 4 Con-
stable Bobby Sherwood said his office
has revamped schedules to put the
largest number of deputy constables
on patrol when they're needed most.
Sherwood will not have officers
to the South Jetty statements listing
their qualifications and reasons for
seeking office. The statements will
be published, with photos of the
candidates, at no charge through the
March 15 edition.
Statements should be limited to
600 words and must be typewritten
in upper and lower case (handwritten
statements or those written in all capi-
tal letters will not be accepted).
Statements may be e-mailed, with
'Candidate Statement' written in the
subject line, to southjettv @ centurytel.
net, or mailed to P.O. Box 1117, Port
Aransas, TX 78373.
Candidates may submit photos of
themselves or have a photo taken
by prior arrangement at the South
Jetty office, 141 W. Cotter St. Photos
e-mailed, to the address mentioned
previously, should be attached as
The South Jetty will host Candi-
Staff photo by Phil Reynolds
City of Port Aransas crews and Water Control and Improvement
District 4 workers replace posts between the driving lanes and the
pedestrian area on the beach near Pole 15 as they prepare for
Spring Break crowds. The week of March 12-16 is expected to see
the largest influx of Spring Breakers this year.
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Judson, Mary Henkel. Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 37, No. 10, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 8, 2007, newspaper, March 8, 2007; Port Aransas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth409968/m1/1/: accessed December 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Ellis Memorial Library.