Services today and death notices for Oct. 21

first_imgJeanne Estelle Looney, 91, of Beaumont died Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont. Death noticesJohn Thomas Little, 72, Port Arthur died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, Groves. Services todayHorace L. Bullion, St. James Catholic Church, 10 a.m.last_img

Brenda Gail Peveto

first_imgBrenda Gail Peveto, 68, of Groves, Texas passed away Friday, February 24, 2017 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, Texas. Brenda was born October 8, 1948 in Crowley, Louisiana to Adam Johnson and Ethel Nolan Johnson. She was a lifelong area resident and a medical transcriptionist and manager of Briarcliff Apartments.She was preceded in death by her father, Adam Johnson; sister, Janis Newton; and brothers, Mark and Bart Johnson.Survivors include her  mother, Ethel Nolan Johnson of Groves; daughters, Lisa Marshall of Fannett, Teri Mills and her husband Damon of Groves; sister, Penny Jaetzold and her husband Jay of Groves; brother, Michael Johnson of Groves; two grandchildren, Brittany Stanton and Lindsey Roam.A visitation for family and friends will begin at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, March 4, 2017at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves followed by the funeral services at 10:00 a.m.last_img read more

Osman Swati knew how to leave a room

first_img Lewis, who has threatened court action in clinging to the last vestiges of his political weight, spent his final council meeting dividing the room.He blamed the former city manager for the destruction of heavy equipment during the 2017 flood. He fumed aloud that there was no storm plan now. He lamented the state of the city, suggesting it might never recover. He offered a cryptic comment about Port Arthur going “to Section 8” and accused the mayor of not doing his own job or knowing how to do it.The last of these caused the affable mayor, Derrick Freeman, to not only bristle — that was uncharacteristic — but also fire back. That was a bad moment for Lewis.Freeman recounted in detail that as the city was drowning in 60 inches of rain last August, council members were to meet in an emergency session at City Hall. There, Lewis pitched this single idea as the city sank underwater: Diverting $30,000 of Port Arthur’s public treasure to The Breeze, run by Lewis’ friend, for radio programming. Osman Swati knew how to leave a room.Port Arthur’s District 6 representative served but a single City Council term — his seat was eliminated by voter choice — but he lent grace, reason and humility that this governing body sorely needed and — shouldn’t we concede this? — some dash. Ironically, Swati left public service the same night as Willie “Bae” Lewis, a 23-year councilman whose seat was also eliminated by voter decision.While Swati left public life reading from an elegant farewell letter, Lewis left with his fingernails scraping his own chair bottom. Like the last toddler in the toy store at lights out, he simply refused to go.Swati thanked God and the voters for the privilege of serving, humbly extended apologies for anyone he might have offended, offered a heartfelt paean to democracy and praised devoted city workers, staff and his own colleagues for all they do for this beleaguered city. He provided the class in the room.center_img “The only thing you were worried about was that $30,000,” Freeman recalled, staring straight at Lewis.We might have hoped for a better farewell for Lewis, at least on his last night as a council member. He never provided leadership but he usually brought the entertainment.Swati’s farewell letter contained these words, and Port Arthur citizens might take them in more than one way: “This council is a direct product of your vote.” In some cases, it’s a direct product of not voting in Port Arthur, where casting a ballot is rare.Choosing not to vote is a choice in itself: You still bear consequences. On this night, those consequences were stark:One guy knew how to leave a room. The other guy was Willie Lewis.last_img read more

Two indicted for transporting stolen property

first_img If convicted, the defendants each face up to 10 years in federal prison. BEAUMONT — Two Houston men have been indicted for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, according to U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown.Lynric Doniel Strambler, 40, and Curtic DeMaine White, 43, were indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday and charged with interstate transportation of stolen property and conspiracy. Vidor Police and the FBI are investigating. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice is prosecuting.center_img According to information presented in court, Strambler and White are alleged to have burglarized Best Buy in Mobile, Ala., and D’Iberville, Miss., on July 31.Strambler and White were arrested in Vidor while transporting approximately 20 stolen iPhones from Mississippi to Texas, police said.last_img read more

$3K nursing facility grants available for family connections

first_imgAUSTIN – Texas leaders are encouraging nursing facility providers to submit applications to the Human Services Commission to receive up to $3,000 in federal funding per facility for purchasing communication technology devices.Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced $3.6 million in funding to purchase tablets, webcams and headphones to connect residents with their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.“This program will help Texans in nursing homes stay connected to their loved ones while protecting the health and safety of our most vulnerable populations,” Abbott said. “As we continue to respond to COVID-19 and mitigate the spread of this virus, we are committed to developing effective strategies that protect Texans while keeping them connected.” Purchased devices must be cleaned and disinfected between every use by a resident.Texas residents can dial 2-1-1 to learn about programs and services. David Kostroun, deputy executive commissioner for the Human Services Commission’s Regulatory Services Division, said staying connected to families and friends is important to Texans who live in nursing facilities during this unprecedented situation.“We want facilities to know this option can help connect residents to their loved ones virtually, while still protecting everyone’s health and safety,” Kostroun said.Any Texas nursing facility can apply for this funding.last_img read more

17-year PA cancer survivor recaptures mojo thanks to “Active Living After Cancer”

first_img Cancer survivors interested in getting healthy this year can sign up for Active Living After Cancer and take advantage of the opportunity to reach their goals with a community of understanding fellow survivors and experts working to help them succeed.“I encourage others to get involved,” Haliburton said. “Cancer survivors have to be careful with their health, especially during COVID. This program is a safe way to keep us moving.”Hope renewedA new year brings with it the hope for new opportunities and personal growth. This year, Gift of Life is empowering all cancer survivors to make 2021 their year to thrive mentally, emotionally and physically.The organization, in cooperation with MD Anderson Cancer Center, is offering all Southeast Texas cancer survivors who have completed chemotherapy and/or radiation the chance to participate in Active Living After Cancer, a free 12-week online course designed to nurture and support cancer survivors on their journey to complete health and wellness.“I have really been enjoying the class,” said participant Jaqi Vickers, 68, of Beaumont, who is a four-year breast cancer survivor and member of Gift of Life’s Pink Power Network Breast Cancer Support Group.“This program has given me the tools I needed to build my strength and become more aware of my everyday choices. I get calls and texts from the facilitator that encourage me to keep working hard. I feel more empowered to do more and try new exercises.”In a virtual group setting, the classes improve quality of life and physical functioning by increasing physical activity, building nutritional knowledge and providing a supportive forum for survivors to speak openly and be understood about their cancer experience.With daytime and evening classes, seminars are flexible for all schedules and provide the mental, emotional and physical foundation survivors need to be healthier.Classes focus on reducing the risk of cancer recurrence, combating fatigue, managing stress and improving strength.Seminars also build camaraderie among members at a time when COVID-19 has limited exercise and social interaction for immune-suppressed men and women.For more information about Gift of Life and MD Anderson’s Active Living After Cancer seminars, visit or call 409-833-3663. Wilma Haliburton is known for not giving in.The Port Arthur woman is a 17-year breast cancer survivor who has long been active in the community. Yet, COVID-19 slowed things down and kept her apart from the people and places she was used.So she turned to a new program, Active Living After Cancer — sponsored by Gift of Life and MD Anderson Cancer Center.center_img “This program came at the perfect time for me,” Haliburton said. “ALAC has been outstanding and has gotten me back to being active. The camaraderie of everyone in the class is very helpful, especially when we can hear everyone’s highs and lows and their accomplishments with the program.”Haliburton admits she felt like at a zero before starting.“Everything I used to do — all my volunteer work — stopped,” she said. “But, today, I feel like I’m at 50 percent and I’m only going up from here.”last_img read more

Demi Lovato and Naya Rivera to Spark a Lesbian Love Affair on Glee

first_imgNew details have emerged about Demi Lovato’s character Dani on the fifth season of Glee. MTV caught up with cast member Naya Rivera (Santana) who spilled some big news about her and Lovato’s on screen relationship. View Comments “She’s playing my love interest, so I’m very, very excited about that,” she said. “We get to sing a song together. It’s gonna be good. I’m excited to work with her. We’re bringing her to the dark side.” Gleecenter_img Glee returns to FOX on September 26. It was reported earlier this summer that Rivera’s former TV lady love Heather Morris (Brittany S. Pierce) wouldn’t be appearing much in the upcoming season due to the actress’ real-life pregnancy. Season five will also welcome another new love story, Broadway veteran Phoebe Strole is joining the show as a love interest for Chord Overstreet’s character Sam (who coincidentally also dated Morris’ Brittany).last_img read more

Tickets On Sale for Off-Broadway’s Every Day A Visitor

first_imgTickets are now available for Richard Abrons’ comedy Every Day A Visitor, which will begin performances November 2 at The Clurman Theater at Theater Row and play through December 14. Opening night is set for November 14. The show is set in a Jewish home for the aged in the Bronx. The residents are cranky, argumentative about their surroundings and each other. To change their perspective and respect for each other, they each play-act somebody famous. This leads to a renewed vitality, imaginative relationships and plain old-fashioned fun. Every Day A Visitor will have scenic design by David L Arsenault, lighting design by Travis McHale, costume design by Gail Cooper-Hecht, and sound design by Mark Bruckner. Margarett Perry directs a cast that includes Bern Cohen, Irma-Estel Laguerre, George Morfogen, Henry Packer, Joan Porter, Evan Thompson, Raphael Nash Thompson, Teddy Coluca and Janet Sarno. View Commentslast_img read more

Wallace Shawn’s Grasses of a Thousand Colors Officially Opens at the Public

first_img Grasses of a Thousand Colors Grasses of a Thousand Colors was first presented by the English Stage Company at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2009, where it won enthusiastic critical praise. The play is presented as part of the The Wallace Shawn-André Gregory Project—a retrospective celebrating a 40-year collaboration—which also included The Designated Mourner.  A scientist believes he has solved world hunger in Wallace Shawn’s Grasses of a Thousand Colors, which officially opened October 28. The Public Theater and Theatre for a New Audience co-production will run through November 24, at the Public’s Shiva Theater. View Comments Related Shows Directed by Andre Gregory, Grasses of a Thousand Colors features Shawn, Julie Hagerty, Emily Cass McDonnell, Kristina Mueller and Jennifer Tilly. Touching on almost every imaginable form of sexual expression while spinning a dystopian fantasy about ecological disaster, Grasses centers on Ben (Shawn), a doctor who figures out how to rejigger the metabolisms of animals to tolerate eating their own kind and ends up ruining the global ecosystem. The play also explores the riotous sexual imaginations of Ben, his wife and his lovers. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 1, 2013last_img read more

Casting Complete for Roy Williams’ The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner at the Atlantic Theater Company

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 9, 2014 View Comments The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner tells the story of Colin (Best), who with few prospects in life, finds himself in a prison school for criminal activity. He turns to long distance running as an escape, only to have the school exploit him for his talent, offering him a possible way out. Will he run his race for them, or for his independence? Gardiner’s New York theater credits include the Obie winning play Born Bad and the world premiere production of the Pulitzer Prize finalist Bulrusher. Williams was Olivier nominated for Sucker Punch.  The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’s creative team features scenic design by Lauren Helpern, costume design by Bobby Frederick Tilley II, lighting design by Michael Chybowski, sound design by Bart Fasbender and projection design by Pauline Lu and Paul Piekarz. Along with Bay and Best, the cast of the stage adaptation of Alan Sillitoe’s classic story will include Zainab Jah (Ruined), Jasmine Cephas Jones, Patrick Murney (White Noise), Joshua E. Nelson, Sydney Sainté, Raviv Ullman (The King and I), Todd Weeks  (The Jammer) and Malik Yoba (Disney’s Cool Runnings). Related Shows The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Complete casting has been announced for the American premiere of Roy Williams’ The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner off-Broadway. Directed by Leah C. Gardiner, the new production will feature Eshan Bay (Netflix’s House of Cards) and Sheldon Best (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and begin performances on January 8, 2014. The show will play a limited engagement through February 9 at Atlantic Theater Company’s Stage 2, with opening night set for January 21.last_img read more