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Renowned Texas shooting instructors Leon and Frillie Measures are offering open registration for his next visit to the Coastal Bend. Leon and his wife, Frillie, have scheduled classes for Aug. 3-5; Sept. 7-9. if classes fill, they will consider scheduling weekday dates. if there is enough interest, Frillie will offer a ladies-only class on Saturday mornings. Men are not allowed to watch this class. All seminars run from 7-11 a.m. the individual fee is $250, plus a $70 range/target fee. Bring your own shotgun and 150 shells (six boxes). Leon teaches shooters to trust and follow their natural ability to hit a target, while eliminating bad habits and developing new consistent shooting routines and techniques. the course is divided into two sessions. he starts with a BB gun and graduates to a shotgun. this is for novice or beginner shotgunners as well as experienced shooters and hunters. Class size is limited. Instruction comes with a money-back guarantee to get your money’s worth. Call Leon at 800-201-5535; email; Online:



The Corpus Christi Law Enforcement Fishing Tournament is scheduled for Aug. 3-4 at Marker 37 Marina under the JFK Causeway. this is a fundraiser to benefit local youth and crime prevention programs. Entry fee is $60 per angler before July 23; $75 thereafter. Cash will be awarded for the top three redfish, trout and black drum. Tickets are $10 for non-competitors for food and drink. Email Online:



Padre Island National Seashore has scheduled a variety of park activities for adults and children through Labor Day. in addition, the public is invited to observe sea turtle hatchling releases, which are not scheduled far in advance, through August. Releases are scheduled for 6:30 a.m., usually at the Malaquite Visitors Center and no park entry fee is required. Call the Hatchling Hotline at 361-949-7163. here are the times and dates of other activities: Night Sky program start at 9 p.m. July 14. Meet at the visitors center. Sand Sculpting: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 21 and Aug. 4. Learn from a professional sculptor. Meet at the visitors center. Beach Walks: 11 a.m. daily through Labor Day. Walks last 45-60 minutes to observe native plants and animals. Friday beach walks include a family activity that includes collecting critters in the surf. Deck Talks: 1 p.m. daily through Labor Day. Bring a lunch and join a ranger in the shade of the visitors center. Topics vary. 30-45 minutes. Junior Ranger Program: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free activity booklets are available at the visitors center. Earn a junior ranger badge through activities for kids 5-12. Call ahead if weather is threatening or with questions, 361-949-8068



The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge has scheduled free activities for kids and parents from 1-2 p.m. each Thursday through Aug. 9. These Refuge Explorer programs offer a different theme each week. Here’s the schedule: Saturday, Junior Duck Stamp Activities; July 12, Sea Turtles and their Lives; July 19, Learn to Birdwatch; July 26, Identifying Tracks and Skins; Aug. 2, Mythbusters: Wildlife Style; Aug. 9, Endangered Species and What can we do to help rare wildlife. Call 361-286-3559.


The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Bay Education Center is offering interactive activities in Rockport and Port Aransas through its Estuary Explorer programs, which allow families to explore local estuary and coastal environments. Program topics include habitats, plants, crustaceans, mollusks and more. Cost is $4 per person. Classes are limited to the first 24 visitors. Reservations are encouraged. Programs are scheduled at 10 a.m. on alternating Saturdays for families with school age children at the Rockport Bay Education Center, 121 Seabreeze, and for preschool children at the Wetlands Education Center at the UT Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas. Call Carolyn Rose at 361-749-3152 or email Online: for more information.



Valero’s Corpus Christi refinery has scheduled its annual dove hunt to benefit the Corpus Christi Police Athletic League’s at-risk youth programs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Lonesome Dove Ranch. the event will feature a hunt, skeet and trap shoot, raffles, door prizes, and food and drink. Sponsorships are available from $5,000 to $1,000. Tickets are $100. Call Patsy Benchoff at 361-289-3104.


The Laguna Madre fly Fishers meet every third Thursday of each month for a fly-tying round table at Jerry B’s Kayaks (361-937-5340), 9906 S. Padre Island Drive. a free fly Fling is scheduled each first Saturday at Roy’s Bait & Tackle (361-992-2960), 7613 SPID, with free casting lessons and fly tying. the club has regularly scheduled fishing trips on the third Saturday of each month. for details, call Steve Utley at 361-334-2336 or visit


The Southeastern Wildlife Conservation Group is recruiting local tarpon anglers to help with tarpon research and conservation studies in cooperation with the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust. Volunteer opportunities include the Tarpon Genetics Recapture Study, juvenile tarpon habitat identification, data collection and tagging. Interested anglers should contact SWCG President Mark Langner. Email or call 251-622-1266.



Padre Island National Seashore, along with 396 other national parks, has begun issuing free entry to active duty military members and their dependents. Passes are available at park entrance stations by showing their current, valid military identification card. Online:


Conditioning dogs, especially retrievers, to stay away from rattlesnakes is recommended for hunters who have not had their dogs vaccinated against snakebite. To check on the next snake-proofing session, call Tim Rideout at 361-645-8029 ( or Jeff Brown at 361-793-1999 (


The Office of Community Outreach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is offering an Introduction to Kayaking class on the last Saturday of every month. this class includes instruction on equipment, safety, trip planning, self-rescues, assisted rescues and much more. this all-day class begins with a morning session in the university pool and an afternoon guided paddle trip in the Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail. Top-quality equipment is furnished for the class. the cost is $100 per person. Online: Call Joe Miller at 361-825-5967 or email



Officials at Lake Corpus Christi State Park say the boat ramp at Weber’s Landing is open. Because of low lake levels, caution should be used when motoring to and from the ramp. Weber’s Boat Landing is at 741 Carmel Drive in Mathis. there is a launch fee. Phone: 361-547-3622. find directions and other access information at:


Registration is under way for the Coastal Conservation Association’s Babes on Baffin and Blue Ladies Fishing Tournament scheduled for Oct. 6 at Roberts Point Park in Port Aransas. the registration deadline is Sept. 21; Sept. 1 if you want to secure your preferred shirt size. the pretournament Friday night social will be at Doc’s Restaurant under the JFK Causeway. the tournament features a live weigh-in format that includes a donation to the CCA/AEP Marine Development Center kid-fish ponds. Entry fee is $80 per angler or $65 for little Babes. Fee includes Saturday dinner catered by Castaways, a long sleeve tournament shirt, visor, gift bag, and a CCA membership. Tournament rules and registration are online at Email


The Shore Fishing and Casting Club International has scheduled several long-casting tournaments at Dick Kleberg Park, U.S. Highway 77 at Escondido Road in Kingsville. Spectators are welcome to watch current and future champions compete. Tournaments are Aug. 25-26 and Oct. 27-28. Call David Womack at 361-548-2476 or email

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    Posted by admin - July 17, 2012 at 4:00 am

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    Why are the feds axing jobs in NYC?

    The argument goes like this. One reason that the nation’s economic recovery has been disappointing is that local and state governments have been cutting so many jobs, offsetting the gains by private employers—which are doing “fine” or not so “fine,” depending on how the President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Gov. Mitt Romney want to characterize it.

    The question I wondered about is that story line true in new York?

    The national situation was well covered on Wednesday in a new York Times story headlined “Public workers face continued layoffs hurting the recovery,” which included this key chart. two numbers stand out.  The public sector has shed 657,000 jobs since it peaked in April 2009. (Remember, government employment went up in the early part of the recession because of the flood of money the Obama stimulus provided to state and local governments). If government accounted for the same percentage of jobs as in 2009, the nation’s unemployment rate would be a full percentage point lower.

    Government jobs are disappearing in new York City, too, with about 16,500 positions, or 3% of the sector’s total, leaving during the city’s strong economic recovery. but it is not state and local governments that are wielding the axe aggressively, according to figures from economist Barbara Denham at Eastern Consolidated. The federal government is abandoning new York. (See the chart below.)

    Ms. Denham says her numbers factor out the temporary census hiring. Nationally, federal employment declined only 1.8% during the same period.

    I don’t actually know what’s happening with federal workers, but maybe someone can enlighten us all. Email me at

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      Posted by admin - June 29, 2012 at 7:00 am

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      Jobs For 14 Year Olds – Highest Paying 14 Year Old Jobs

      When teenagers turn 14 they are on the look-out for jobs hiring at 14. You can’t blame them because having their own money gives them a sense of independence. they do not have to rely too much on their parents for money. they can just earn it for themselves.

      Of course, they are only being practical and would like to get jobs hiring at 14 that are the highest earning. when they are 14, they can work in grocery stores, restaurants, baseball parks, gasoline service stations, amusement parks, movie theaters, and retail stores. It really depends on their interests and how many hours they can devote to their jobs. It also depends on the days they are available. More often than not, jobs hiring at 14 are after school.

      As tempting as these may sound, 14 year olds are not allowed to work in construction or repair jobs, manufacturing and mining occupations, hoisting apparatus aside from office machines, public messenger jobs, workrooms, warehousing, storage, processing, power-driven machinery, and driving a motor vehicle or helping a driver. For a teenager, these jobs hiring at 14 are the highest paying but these jobs are also against the Labor Law for minors.

      Minors working are encouraged because it gives them a sense of independence when it comes to financial concerns. At the same time, it allows them to be responsible in juggling their time in order to get the things done – from their work and their home responsibilities and other things they have to do. Working at 14 is a good start for anyone to become a rounded and responsible individual.

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        Posted by admin - June 23, 2012 at 1:00 am

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        JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –

        Mayor Alvin Brown spoke Wednesday on why he broke a campaign promise and signed up for a retirement plan that’s costing taxpayers.

        Brown apologized for what he called a mistake and said he’s taking care of it, though he would not talk about whether he knew what he was doing when he checked the box to sign up for the plan.

        Brown signed the paperwork shortly after taking office last year. on it, he checked off the Florida Retirement System Investment Plan, similar to a 401k. It’s a plan where the city triples the amount of money Brown pays into it.

        FORM: Alvin Brown’s enrollment for with the Florida Retirement System

        “Well, obviously I made a mistake, and I take full responsibility for it,” Brown said. “As you know, I am going to make sure taxpayers have no resources paying for my retirement. I made a commitment that I would take a 20 percent pay cut — I did that; pay for my own parking — I don’t have a take-home car; and I am going to make sure the taxpayers don’t foot the bill.”

        Brown’s staff said finding out about the mayor being signed up for a retirement plan was a surprise and was just one of many documents Brown signed when taking office.

        “Well, I did not pay any attention to it, Jim, to be honest with you,” Brown told Channel 4’s Jim Piggott on his reports about the issue. “Again, when there is an issue, you look at it, you face it and you deal with it.”

        The city is looking at options to see how it can recoup the money.

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          Posted by admin - May 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm

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          Part Time Jobs in NYC – Working in the New York Film Industry

          A part time film or video job in New York can provide many working opportunities. Some part time jobs in NYC may seem exotic, but exploring the possibilities can be worthwhile. Even if you decide to seek a regular part time job, you can learn what you really want and what you feel really suited to do.

          Finding part time jobs in NYC can be as difficult, if not more so, than anywhere else in the country. while there may be more part time jobs in New York than just about anywhere else, there are also more people who compete for these jobs.

          Some people may think that finding a part time job in NYC can be just a step below torture. Part time jobs often have the unfortunate bad rap as being either not a real job, or else being that job you take just to make some money when you’re in between full-time jobs. but why should that be the case? Why not seek part time jobs like a high school student seeks a summer job- something FUN that makes money in a short amount of time

          So what kind of jobs would be fun? well, obviously, each person is different and it depends on you to figure out what will provide a good experience for you. Why not search for part time jobs in NYC in the film and video industry?

          In the film and video industry, there are many job options. You could be a Production Assistant, and help aid the show by running errands and crowd control. You could be a Make-Up Artist, creating the look of the actors before they get in front of the camera. You could work in the camera department to operate cameras and load the footage onto a computer. You could be a grip and help set up the lights. You could be an editor, or a compositor, or a writer, or an AD or. any other variety of jobs on a film set or video shoot. You could even become an actor

          You might be sighing (or groaning) as you ask Don’t you have to go to school for that?. The answer is a big fat NO Sure, going to school to learn the various trades in the film and video world will give you a great knowledge of the position and the industry as a whole, but it is seldom if ever a requirement to get on a set. in the film and video industry, much more emphasis is put on your film credits than on your college credits.

          So how do I find out about film, video, and TV jobs? There are numerous places to look. For many of the lower budget projects (including unpaid gigs for you to get your feet wet with), you might want to check out, and many of the film jobs you find on these sites will be unpaid or low-paid. Not always though. You really just have to look through all the jobs to find something that’s right for you. You can also look for some of the bigger budget production in places like Variety, IMDBPro, and Production Weekly (all of these require paid subscriptions, so you might want to hold off on them until you’ve gotten a few gigs under your belt).

          Another great place to check out the New York Film Office. they have contact information for many of the productions coming into town. Keep in mind that especially on the bigger productions, a lot of positions might need to go to Union members. when applying for any film jobs, don’t try to be something you’re not Don’t apply for a camera job, for instance, if you don’t even know the difference between a 35mm lens and a 110 mm lens. nor should you say you can be an electrician if you don’t have the knowledge and skill to routs many THOUSANDS of watts of power without blowing fuses or starting fires.

          Film jobs pay very well. Even a Production Assistant (generally the lowest paid position on a set, as well as being one of the few people who can get hired on a union production without being in a union) will make anywhere from $100-$200 a day, depending on the size of the project Being a PA is probably your best chance for finding work on productions, and it will help you get quickly acquainted with the duties of various jobs for you to see what you might like to do in the future.

          You could also go into production for yourself. If you own a camera and some editing gear, you could start your own production company and start shooting weddings and other events, low budget music videos and even local commercials.

          Virtually all film jobs are part time as they are on a freelance basis. The thing to be weary of is that you WILL work long hours on a film set (often as many as 14-16 hours a day). they are on a temporary basis, as each film only shoots for (usually) 3-5 weeks.

          So while hunting for your part time jobs in NYC, consider looking into finding work in the film and video industry. You’ll get to learn great skills that can be applied to many other lines of work, meet tons of great people (some of which might even be famous), and all while being a part of Hollywood Magic and earning a sizable paycheck.

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            Posted by admin - May 7, 2012 at 1:00 am

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