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Bouquets and Brickbats extended to residents

October 6, 2018

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Everyone who participates in today’s Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup sponsored by the Texas General Land Office. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and cleanup will be from 9 a.m. to noon. The three area sites are McFaddin Beach/Sabine Pass, Sea Rim State Park and Bolivar Peninsula/Crystal Beach. Each volunteer will be given data cards, gloves, pencils and trash bags. All volunteers are advised to wear closed-toe shoes and bring sunscreen and drinking water. Adopt-A-Beach cleanups are held rain or shine. Everyone who signs up online and checks in at their cleanup location will be entered to win a RTIC soft pack 20-can cooler or one of five 20-ounce stainless steel water bottles. The random drawing will take place after the cleanup. Winners will be contacted directly. The Texas Adopt-A-Beach program began in the fall of 1986, when 2,800 volunteers picked up 124 tons of trash. Since then, more than half a million volunteers have removed nearly 10,000 tons of trash from Texas beaches.

Glen Riley, the new choir director and music teacher at Jones-Clark Elementary School in the Beaumont ISD. He previously taught at French Elementary and Jones-Clark for 30 years as a language arts instructor. The choir first performed at Goals Night and sang “The Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston. “The songs states ‘I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way,’ which is a very true and accurate statement,” Riley said. “Teach them to love themselves, and that is the greatest love of all.” Students were also invited to sing at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church’s 80-year anniversary celebration on Sept. 23. Riley said students were anxious to attend and parents were excited to hear a performance of “Hallelujah” and “Expect a Miracle.” After this appearance, the choir is receiving more invitations. Positive behavior is highly encouraged to continue performing in the choir.

Tony Brown, who played defensive back at the University of Alabama after starring at Ozen High School, and was promoted to the Green Bay Packers active roster recently. Brown had spent the first month of the season on Green Bay’s practice squad, but was signed to the 53-man roster last Saturday after Packers defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was placed on injured reserve. The 23-year-old rookie played sparingly at cornerback in Green Bay’s 22-0 win over the Buffalo Bills at Lambeau Field, but did not record any stats. Despite posting 4.35-second 40-yard dash at the prestigious NFL Combine, Brown went undrafted out of Alabama. He then signed with the Los Angeles Chargers and played for the team throughout training camp and the preseason before being released on Sept. 1. He was added to the Packers practice squad two days later.

Military recruiters, who are present at the two Beaumont ISD high schools on campus throughout the school year each month during a “Military Week.” Navy recruiters set up a table in the cafeteria during the lunch hours on Monday, Marines on Tuesday, National Guard on Wednesday, Army on Thursday and Air Force on Friday. “Military week gives students the opportunity to meet with military recruiters each month,” said Beaumont United College, Career and Military Readiness (CCMR) Coordinator Eva LeBlanc. “In addition, recruiters can visit one on one with students in the CCMR Center on campus.” Marine Sgt. Peter Hager said questions from the students range from what job opportunities are available after serving in the military, what are the travel options and how can the military pay for college. “Students want to build their resume, see the world and take advantage of education benefits,” Hager said. For students who enlist, the Montgomery GI bill covers tuition and provides a housing allowance for any school in the country. The Texas Hazelwood Act will cover tuition for any public state school in Texas.

Brickbats go to:

A former Texas City police officer, who must serve 10 years of probation in a plea deal over more than $2,000 in Christmas present money stolen from a man who suffered a fatal heart attack. Linnard Ray Crouch pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced Tuesday. An unrelated assault count was dismissed. Crouch responded to a vehicle stopped on a road in December 2016. Driver James Mabe’s wife had given him $2,400 to buy Christmas presents. A family attorney says officials aren’t sure if Mabe had already died when the money was stolen. Crouch, at the hospital, gave the now-widow a bag containing several hundred dollars. Relatives reported the theft, and Crouch resigned in January 2017. The family’s lawsuit against Texas City and Crouch was also settled.

If you have items for this column, email your Bouquets and Brickbats to: Opinions@BeaumontEnterprise.com Or mail them to: The Enterprise, P.O. Box 3071, Beaumont, TX 77704

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