26 Jan

Alejandro (Alex) Castaneda Sr.

first_img    He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Francis Jerene Guthrie Castaneda of New Llano; sons’s Alex Castaneda Jr. of Fort Worth, TX; Chris Castaneda and wife, Sarah of Lafayette, La; Simon Castaneda of New Llano, La; and Haden Castaneda also of New Llano.  Brothers:  Jessie Castaneda and wife Helen of Bridge City, TX; Simon Castaneda of Port Arthur, TX and Sister: Ampero Capallera and husband Ceasar of Beaumont, TX.    Alex, the son of Cenobio and Carmen Maria Fabela Castaneda, was born August 11th, 1945, in Port Arthur, Texas. He passed away peacefully Monday, December 21st, 2015 at his New Llano home.   Mr. Castaneda served in the United States Army and was a Vietnam Veteran, having served multiple tours and earning multiple citations and awards, to include a Bronze Star for Valor.  He retired after 22 years of service as an E-7, Sergeant First Class. He then retired with Lockheed Martin at Fort Polk. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #387 and a lifetime member of VFW Post #3106. He was an avid mechanic, rebuilding older vehicles and he was a devoted Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. Memorial services for Alejandro (Alex) Castaneda Sr., 70, of New Llano, Louisiana will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 28, 2015, at the Saint Michael Catholic Church in Leesville, Louisiana. Burial will follow in the Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery under the direction of Labby Memorial Funeral Home of Leesville.  Visitation will be held Sunday, December 27th from 5:00pm until 8:00pm with a Rosary Service at 6:00pm.center_img    Nine Grandchildren and one Great Granddaughter   Words of comfort may be expressed to the Castaneda Family at www.labbymemorial.colast_img read more

26 Jan

North Shore wraps up 21-6A boys title

first_imgPort Arthur Memorial’s loss to West Brook on Friday has come back to haunt the Titans. With the defeat, North Shore barely wrapped up the District 21-6A boys basketball championship Friday night, beating La Porte 67-65 on the road. A Memorial win would have set up a head-to-head battle in Houston on Tuesday for the championship in both teams’ regular-season finale.Instead, Memorial (13-13, 7-4), which has lost two straight, needs to win just to secure second place outright. Deer Park (11-12, 6-5) can tie for second with a home win over Baytown Sterling on Tuesday and a Memorial loss, possibly resulting in a playoff.Sterling (12-12, 5-6) sits in the fourth and final playoff spot after beating Channelview 68-54 and plays Deer Park on Tuesday. Channelview is one game behind Sterling.In District 22-5A on Friday, Nederland beat Goose Creek Memorial 56-36 at home and visits Lumberton for its regular-season finale on Tuesday. Nederland and Baytown Lee have secured playoff spots with 8-5 district records, leaving them tied for third at the moment.last_img read more

26 Jan

Hazel Mouton Deslatte

first_img Hazel was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wilton “Goat” Deslatte and a sister, Loyce Gant. She is survived by her children, Connie Moshier and husband Mickey, Stacy Swann and husband Charles, Jr.; and Brad Deslatte and wife Julie; grandchildren, Megan Christopher, Keegan Swann, Kelsey Moshier, Alex Moshier and Paul Deslatte; great grandchildren, Kylan, Kohen and Mason Christopher; and Jacelynn Barnes. She also leaves behind sisters, Sandy Brent and husband Ralph, Fredna LeBlanc, Glenda Venable, numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other friends and relatives.In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions in Hazel’s memory to the Evening Port Arthur Sertoma.A gathering of family and friends will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., with a rosary to be recited at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home. A Life Celebration will follow at 1:00 p.m., with Father Kevin Badeaux to officiate the service. Hazel Mouton Deslatte, 82, of Port Neches, TX passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016. Hazel was born October 1, 1933 in Theall, Louisiana to the late Freddy and Annabelle Thibodeaux Mouton. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, was on the Altar Society and very much involved with charitable events for the church. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Hazel was a part of Crew Aurora during Mardi Gras and was a lifetime member of the Sertoma Club. She was an excellent seamstress, loved her Cajun music and Cajun food. Hazel also enjoyed playing bridge, dominos, dancing and traveling. She was known as a sociable, classy and stylish lady.last_img read more

26 Jan

Houston’s Watt re-injures back, could miss entire season

first_img Watt, who has won Defensive Player of the Year for the past two seasons, didn’t practice on Monday, but coach Bill O’Brien said then he was just getting a day off. Watt missed training camp and Houston’s four preseason games after surgery in July to repair a herniated disk in his back. He returned started each of the team’s three regular-season games and got hurt again Thursday against the Patriots.It’s unclear if the injury will require surgery. HOUSTON (AP) — A person familiar with J.J. Watt’s condition says he has re-injured his back and the Houston Texans expect him to be out until at least December, and possibly the entire season.The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday night on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t confirmed the injury.center_img NFL.com first reported the news.last_img read more

26 Jan

Lamar drops ‘toughness test’ at SFA

first_imgLamar sports informationNACOGDOCHES – Despite a hot start offensively for the Lamar Cardinals, Big Red couldn’t overcome 18 turnovers as they fall, 70-61, at Stephen F. Austin Thursday evening in the William R. Johnson Coliseum. The loss drops LU to 15-11 on the season, and 7-6 in Southland Conference play, while the Lumberjacks improve to 14-11 and 9-4 in the Southland.The Cardinals finished the game shooting 41.8 percent from the field, but struggled to just an 11-of-31 (.355)  performance in the second half. The final 20 minutes coming on the heels of a first half that saw LU knock down 12-of-24 (.500) shots. LU was led offensively by 12 points from sophomore Josh Nzeakor, and 11 from classmate Nick Garth. The Cardinals finished the half knocking down 50 percent of their shots, but only 1-of-9 (.111) from beyond the arc. LU outscored their hosts 17-7 in the final eight minutes of the half to go into the intermission tied at 33. The Lumberjacks closed out the half knocking down 14-of-24 (.583) attempts from the field.Big Red took advantage of a slow start by the Jacks to start the second half taking a 46-40 lead early in the second half, but the Lumberjacks responded with an 8-0 run aided by three costly turnovers. SFA was able to erase the six-point deficit with consecutive and-ones within 17 seconds. That 17-second momentum swing sparked an 18-2 run to give SFA a 58-48 lead. The Cardinals trimmed the deficit to five on a Garth three with 2:04 to play but could get no closer as SFA hit its free throws down the stretch.The Cardinals return to action Saturday when they travel to Corpus Christi to take on the Islanders. The game against A&M-Corpus Christi will tip off at 7 p.m. from the American Bank Center. SFA finished the night shooting 50 percent from the field after connecting on 14-of-24 (.583) attempts in the opening half. SFA also outrebounded the Cards, 36-31. The home team took advantage of LU’s 18 turnovers converting those into 23 points. The Lumberjacks finished the night with a 12-point advantage in the paint behind 17 points from T.J. Holyfield. He was one of five Jacks in double figures.“We’ve failed the toughness test tonight,” said LU head coach Tic Price. “We had some costly turnovers after we built a six-point lead and gave up some and-ones and missed our block-out assignments. We were not tough mentally. SFA is a very physical team and we didn’t match their toughness or physicality. You also can’t turn the ball over 18 times and expect to win.”The offenses ruled the opening half of play. SFA knocked down six of its first nine attempts, while the Cardinals knocked down 10-of-19 to open the game. Despite the hot shooting on both ends of the floor, the Cardinals found themselves on the negative side of a 23-16 score midway through the half.The difference in the game to that points was turnovers. LU turned the ball over five times which led to six SFA points. The Lumberjacks had turned the ball over just three times, but the Cards couldn’t convert those into points. That changed in the final minutes of the half as Big Red forced their hosts into seven turnovers, which LU converted into six points.last_img read more

26 Jan

EDITORIAL — Thomas Jefferson won’t give up yet

first_img So Oliva and her administration at Thomas Jefferson are going to try something different.TJ teachers are training to provide sheltered instruction to English-learners, paying attention to lesson delivery in their classes, integrating reading and writing in lessons, and making sure to deliver instruction in a clear, simple, comprehensible way.“The framework for teaching students has everything to do with making content comprehensible,” Oliva said.Hiring someone with a background in English as Second Language as Oliva is definitely a step in the right direction for a school like Thomas Jefferson. But the attitudes of the administration and the school district toward facing this problem are especially commendable. If success isn’t happening, it may be time to try something different.That seems to be the attitude of the Port Arthur Independent School district when it comes to Thomas Jefferson Middle School, which received the district’s sole grade of “F” in the release of new A-F accountability ratings for 2019.In fact, PAISD superintendent Mark Porterie has already put in place a new principal at Thomas Jefferson, one who has experience dealing with specific challenges the school faces. Put simply, it’s hard to teach someone when that student doesn’t even understand the language. For PAISD and Thomas Jefferson, that’s not an excuse to leave these English-learning students without a proper education. They seem determined to teach everyone that passes through their door.Thomas Jefferson received a failing grade, but rather than give up, they are taking the bad grade and using it as a motivation to do better.Learning sometimes means making mistakes and trying new things. PAISD and Thomas Jefferson know this quite well and they’re making the best of it.center_img The new principal, Dr. Melissa Oliva, comes from an administrative position in bi-lingual, English as a Second Language and foreign language instruction in Beaumont. Oliva told The Port Arthur News in a Friday story that she believes the school suffers from the gaps in achievement between English-speaking students and those students who are still learning the language.At Thomas Jefferson, this problem is not insignificant. More than 400 of the 1,072 students at the school are English learners. These students may be U.S. citizens, come from other non-English speaking countries or haven’t attended school for some time, or not at all.These challenges are daunting, but failing to educate these students is not an option. As Porterie said, the school system is committed to producing educated students. “We cannot and would not exclude any child,” he said.last_img read more

26 Jan

Nederland shares Kindergarten Round-Up update

first_img Nederland ISD officials stressed they are excited to welcome the kindergarten class of 2020-21.“We offer Kindergarten services to students living within the Nederland ISD boundaries that turn 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2020,” Communications Coordinator Rene’ Latiolais said. “If you meet those criteria, we ask that you complete the Pre-Registration Form. Kindergarten Pre-Registration is available at: NEDERLAND — Kindergarten Round-Up for the Nederland Independent School District has been postponed.A Kindergarten Meet & Greet will be scheduled for a future date, depending on state and county emergency orders.center_img https://forms.gle/xffnmZJorv4gYzTPAlast_img read more

18 Jan

Sarah Sokolovic, Katie Thompson & Libby Winters to Lead Imaginary Friends at Samuel French Festival

first_img View Comments Broadway alums Sarah Sokolovic and Libby Winters will join Katie Thompson in Imaginary Friends, a short play by Jeffrey James Keyes. Directed by Terry Berliner, the production will be presented July 24 at the Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row as part of the 38th Annual Samuel French, Inc. Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival. Imaginary Friends tells the story of Sasca (Sokolovic), Leslie (Thompson) and Alice (Winters), who have an intimate discussion about the hauntings of their childhood. After all 30 plays in the festival perform, six finalists will be chosen by the Samuel French editorial staff to receive publication and licensing contracts. The winning plays will receive a special performance on July 28.center_img Sokolovic has appeared on Broadway in Relatively Speaking and off-Broadway in The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World. Thompson has appeared in Giant, and in the Chicago production of Big Fish. Winters made her Broadway debut in American Idiot and appeared in White Noise at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.last_img read more

18 Jan

From Breaking Bad to Broadway! All the Way, Starring Bryan Cranston, Set for New York Transfer

first_img View Comments Michael McKean Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 All the Way Related Shows Bryan Cranstoncenter_img Beginning with the Kennedy assassination, All the Way details the first year of Johnson’s presidency, focusing on his involvement with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In addition to Cranston, the A.R.T. cast includes Michael McKean as J. Edgar Hoover, Brandon J. Dirden as Martin Luther King Jr. and Reed Birney as Hubert Humphrey. The New England theater company is having a great year—their productions of Pippin and The Glass Menagerie are both currently playing on Broadway. Cranston will make his Broadway debut in All the Way. In addition to his Emmy-winning turn on Breaking Bad, his many film and TV credits include Argo, Malcolm in the Middle, Drive, The Cleveland Show, The King of Queens, Seinfeld and Little Miss Sunshine. Now that his meth cooking days are over, Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston is trying a new job on for size: Broadway star. After previous speculation, the American Repertory Theater mounting of All the Way in Cambridge, MA, will transfer to the Great White Way, starring the Emmy winner as Lyndon B. Johnson, The New York Times reports. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan and directed by Bill Rauch, All the Way is slated to play through October 12 at A.R.T. before making the move to Broadway. No additional casting or dates have been announced. Star Fileslast_img read more

18 Jan

Glee’s Jonathan Groff Returns to the Stage in One Night Only Benefit Concert Get Back

first_imgBroadway, TV and film favorite Jonathan Groff will perform Get Back, an evening of songs and reminiscences about his “let’s put on a show in the barn” past, for one night only on November 24 at The 52nd Street Project’s Five Angels Theater. All proceeds will benefit The 52nd Street Project, which pairs neighborhood kids with theater professionals who mentor them through the creation of original theater. The theme of Groff’s autobiographical evening is that imagination during childhood leads to self-confidence and success later in life, echoing both Groff’s life story and of The 52nd Street Project’s work. When the future Broadway star was a child in rural Pennsylvania, his parents encouraged him to play, dress up, sing and dance. They owned a horse barn where they watched him and his brother put on shows. (Click here to watch Susan Blackwell’s visit to the Groff family farm, including meeting the actor’s goat, Lea Michele.)Music Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Big Fish, The Addams Family, Company) will accompany Groff throughout, and Project kid Imani Lewis, 13, among other guests, will perform with him.Groff received a Tony nomination for originating the role of Melchior Gabor in the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening. Other stage appearances include Hair, Prayer for My Enemy, The Singing Forest, Deathtrap, The Bacchae, The Submission and Red. Groff’s TV and film credits include Glee, Taking Woodstock, The Conspirator, Twelve-Thirty, Boss and The Good Wife. He will appear in the upcoming Looking, Frozen, The Normal Heart and Sophie.   View Comments Star Filescenter_img Jonathan Grofflast_img read more