Monday, November 30, 2009

RGV Life is now available on the Kindle

If you are one of the many people who own a Kindle book reader by Amazon
, you can now subscribe to RGV Life on your Kindle.

One of the benefits of the Kindle is that it allows you to read material anywhere you go without being tied to a computer. This gives you the ability to focus on the material without the distractions of email or other communications popping up to break your concentration.

We are excited to be a part of the Kindle blog listings. This allows us to reach our audience in more ways.

There are many more exciting things coming up for RGV Life. Keep checking back.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Hidalgo County Democratic Party Meet and Greet with Interim County Judge Rene Ramirez

Hidalgo County Democratic Party

General Membership and C.E.C. meeting of Democratic Party Members & a MEET and GREET with our new Hidalgo County Judge Mr. Rene Ramirez

When:            Monday, November 30, 2009

Where:           Echo Hotel
                         1903 S. Closner Blvd.
                         Edinburg, Texas 78539

Time:              6:00pm

Rene Ramirez Swearing In

Hidalgo County Democratic Party
305 (B) N. Shary Rd.
Mission, Texas 78572

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Mission FFA team heading to state competition

The Mission FFA senior parliamentary procedure team earned themselves a first place finish recently at the regional leadership development events. This qualifies them to participate in the state competition to be held at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX in early December.

The senior team consists of: Dulce Alvarez, president; Alejandra Reta, vice president; Jennifer Quintero, secretary; Renata Bazan, treasurer; Christian Quintero, reporter; Miguel Ceron, sentinel; Ashley Guerrero, advisor.

The freshmen parliamentary procedure team also competed at the regional event and finished in third place. However, they will not be advancing in competitions. They are: Vanessa Calderon, president; Abraham Weaver, vice president; Emily Guzman, secretary; Jacob Solis, treasurer; Alvaro Gonzalez, reporter; Jahaira Cardoza, sentinel; Briana Alonso, advisor.

For more information contact:
Mission CISD
Craig Verley, Director of Public Relations and Marketing
1201 Bryce Drive, Mission Texas 78572
Office: (956) 323-5530

Happy Thanksgiving from RGV Life

We at RGV Life wish you a happy Thanksgiving Day. May you spend some time amongst your closest friends and family.

Spend some time remembering those things for which you are grateful in your life.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Weslaco Chamber Calendar

Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce E-News
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We have a lot going on, preparing for the holiday weekend, ribbon cuttings, ground breaking ceremonies, Christmas Parade and Business After Hour Mixers.  We hope these e-blasts help to remind us all of everthing we have to be thankful for in our lives!
By the way - Christmas Parade entry deadline is extended to Dec. 1 -- download the entry form off our website 


Calendar Updates:

Verizon Wireless  - 2017 W Exp 83 Ste 9 - 9:00 am
On-Call Customs Facility - next to the Airport - 10:00 am

Cisneros Fine Jewelry - 337 S. Texas Blvd. - 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Download your application for Parade Entry:  Click Here (parade entry deadline extended to Tue Dec. 1)
Energy Efficiency & Your Business - 12:00 noon - Lunch Provided at the Visitors Center - Presented by TXU Energy
Weslaco Nursing & Rehab - 422 E. 18th St. 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm



The Weslaco Chamber of Commerce
The Mid Valley Town Crier
Home of the
on the CHAMBER PAGE - for our members!

 Quarter Page Full-Color Ad:
$250/mo for 12-month program
$300/mo for 6-month program
$350 one-month insertion
For more information and to place your ad please contact the Chamber Advertising Representative Maria Lozano at 969-2543.

For more information regarding your Chamber  please visit the following links:

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Weslaco Area Chamber Of Commerce
301 W. Railroad St., Weslaco, TX  78596
(956) 968-2102 office  (956) 968-6451 fax

Friday, November 20, 2009

Mission CISD Transportation department overload will cause bus delays this afternoon

Mission CISD (Consolidated Independent School District) officials are asking parents to be patient this afternoon as they work to get children home after school.  The district's transportation department has been overwhelmed, leaving the district short on buses to use for taking students home at the end of the school day.  Twenty of the district's 72 available buses are being used for a larger than usual number of UIL events.

While today's bus shortage is expected to impact the junior highs and high schools the most, a number of elementary school routes will likely be impacted as well.  District officials say delays could be as much as an hour.

District officials said attempts were made to use charter buses for some of the UIL events, which would have lessened the problem.  However, no charter buses in the area were available.

District officials are making attempts to get word out to as many parents of children who ride the bus as possible.

This Weekend: Dems for Dolly Ride to Get Out the Vote

Hidalgo County Democratic Party
Come join our Madame Chair Saturday morning for her re-election

dems for dolly

For registration forms and more information go to:

Ride to G.O.T.V. Website
(Click above)

Principal for a day in retrospect

All I Really Need to Know-Kindergarten

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Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to shadow Pete Garcia, Principal at K. White Junior High School in Mission, Texas, for a day. This was a part of the school district's Principal for a Day. The event invites people from the community to shadow a principal from the various campuses in the district. Participants may spend the day at an elementary, junior high, or high school.

Before being a part of this event, I wrote down some preconceptions. After the experience, I find that I did learn some things.

Let me first go over some details about the experience.

Kenneth White Junior High School serves children from 6th to 8th grades. In total, the school has a little bit over 960 students, 65 teachers, and 37 other staff. The principal, Pete Garcia, has been the head of the school for thirteen years, to his own surprise. He expected to have moved on before five years. He found that he loves his job and has no intent to change.

Mr. Garcia has the support of his staff, who have had long careers at the same school. He has seen their careers progress over the years; they remain loyal to him and the school. This is a good thing to see. You can often tell how good a leader somebody is by how loyal his employees are.

We started the day with hall monitoring, making sure that students flowed smoothly into their classes. Then, we had the pledge of allegiance, which he conducted over the school's PA system. We finished announcements over the school's video system. The students saw us on the televisions in their classrooms.

Mr. Garcia printed out a copy of his schedule to give me an idea of what to expect for the day. He was pretty much booked solid. His first appointment was a pre-conference with one of his math teachers who would undergo a class observation in the coming days. Mr. Garcia prefers to go over what his teachers will do and what they can expect during the observation. Upon inquiring, he also likes to follow up with another meeting after his observation to help his teachers improve.

After that, Mr. Garcia's Administrative Assistant came in for a morning meeting. They meet at least a couple of times per day to go over what school business needs to be done and what has already been done. Afterwards, he caught up on emails. We discussed how email has changed the way principals communicate with their staff. It is much easier for teachers and principals to coordinate now that there are computers in the classroom.

Later that morning, we had a meeting to plan for upcoming events like testing, Thanksgiving dinner, charity work, and other projects. This was just one group of staff; the principal meets with different groups every day. It quickly became apparent that a big part of his job is information management. Leading several meetings a week, there is obviously plenty of preparation that goes into each meeting. In my observation, Mr. Garcia draws from his experience to probe and ensure that his staff think their plans through so that no detail is overlooked.

Everything from the production of report cards, scheduling for staff to proctor upcoming tests, staffing projects, scheduling the availability of air conditioning, security, and custodian overtime came up during the meeting. If you think planning the Holidays for your family is a lot of work, try planning for a campus of almost 1,000 people. It's the equivalent of a large village or a small town.

I was fortunate that my visit to the campus coincided with Mr. Garcia's monthly lunch with his top staff for the 6 week period. He celebrates their good work by taking them out to lunch, which benefited me in the form of enchiladas at El Patio here in Mission.

After lunch, we supervised the 7th grade during their lunch break and recess. Unlike my own Junior High experience, each grade has separate lunch breaks. I have mixed feelings about having so much structure. I can see the value of it; but, I did appreciate the freedom to run free when I was that age. That's a whole other story.

Later on, we conducted a teacher observation, some walk throughs, and more administrative work before going to the central office for a reception for the other Principal for a Day participants and myself. Overall, we were told that we observed a "slow day" to what they normally experience. Even a slow day seems rather busy.

Overall, I enjoyed the experience. I would definitely do it again if invited. Next year, if you are interested in participating, contact the Mission CISD director of Public Relations, Craig Verley.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pharr Chamber Now Hiring a Membership Director

The Pharr Chamber of Commerce is seeking a Membership Director. The desired candidate must be able to take initiative and demonstrate strong leadership skills, possess excellent communication skills, be able to manage people and committees, plan and host events, but most importantly SELL, SELL, SELL Chamber Memberships by recruiting new businesses to the Chamber. Chamber experience is a must, along with a degree in marketing, business or communication. If you're sure you have what it takes, please forward your resume to The Pharr Chamber of Commerce is an equal opportunity employer.  

Daniel Chavez to Run Against Henry Cuellar for Congressional District 28

Yes,  It's True - 
Daniel Chavez  Is Running As A Republican!

McAllen Tea Party cannot endorse any candidates, but will put out information about candidates and their campaigns.  Here is an update for the kick-off campaign of Daniel Chavez, who is running against Henry Cuellar for District 28 Congressman.  The Holiday Inn where the kick-off will be held is on Shary Road south of Exp. 83.  See below for more information.

November 12, 2009 - A MESSAGE FROM DANIEL
The face of politics has changed.

The Health Bill has passed in the House. In the darkness of night, Democratic representatives passed the largest and most expensive legislation that will impact every segment of our life, liberty and freedom.   

After months of contacting our representatives, countless meetings and protests, and poll after poll indicating the American sentiment against this bill, the Democratic members of Congress opted not to listen. No longer do we, as Americans, have a symbiotic relationship with this party. For that reason, my conscience will not allow me to carry the weight of representing you under the Democratic banner that refuses to listen to the voters and condones voting on a bill in the middle of the night; a bill of such significance and consequence that it will severely affect all our lives. 

Armed with the purpose to serve, this week I will file my candidacy with the Federal Elections Committee as a Republican Candidate for the 28th Congressional District of Texas, and in December will file for a place on the ballot in the 2010 election.

In the coming months, I will keep constituents up-to-date on the actions taken by our current representative so that we, as voters may hold him accountable. Together, we will restore America's liberties, rebuild the trust lost by the House of Representatives, and regain the fiscal responsibility of our country.

With your help, we can reclaim our political representation; one which truly represents 'We the people.' This is your voice being heard - your choice for the future. May God Bless each of you and this great nation.
Daniel Chavez


Daniel's Kick Off For His Campaign for Congressman of District 28

Our campaign officially gets started on Tuesday,  November 24th at 6 pm.  All are welcome to attend.  We'll be at the Holiday Inn on at 901 S. Shary Road, one block south of Highway 83!
 Hope to see you all there!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pharr Chamber of Commerce FastConnect Networking Lunch

The Pharr Chamber of Commerce 

invites you to 

Networking Lunch 

Sponsored by
Heritage Village

The Networking Session will take place at Heritage Village in McAllen

2105 S. Cynthia St. (South of Ridge Rd.)
(956) 631-4422 

You may park anywhere close to the main building upon entering the front gate. 

Join us for your monthly networking and marketing session and enjoy a hearty meal before your Thanksgiving break!

Thanksgiving Table at Renee's Special Invitation


Cavazos Elementary Campus to hold a Tamalada

Community Bulletin Board Item

The Raquel Cavazos Elementary School Parental Involvement is holding a Tamalada-Tamale making class on Saturday, December 5.  The cost is $20 for a single person(take home 2 dozen tamales) or $30 for a couple(take home 3 dozen tamales).  The school will provide all the ingredients.  Participants will have to bring some of the cooking utensils.  Registration for the classes closes Monday, November 30th.  For more information or to register call Rosie Olivares or Letty Ramirez at 323-7200.  Raquel Cavazos Elementary School is located within Mission CISD at 803 Los Ebanos Rd, Alton.

Craig Verley
Director of Public Relations and Marketing
Mission CISD
1201 Bryce Dr.
Mission, TX 78572
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November 19th Events for Mission Chamber of Commerce

Mission Chamber of Commerce
Coming this Thursday, November 19th...

Dia de Mercado

 Featuring Fresh Farm to Market produce, Arts & Crafts, great food and entertainment!!

  Every Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Mission's Downtown Market Square
(Next to Mission Chamber)
202 W. Tom Landry

Contact us and see how you can be part of Dia de Mercado!

FREE Seminar!

Passaporte al Exito:
Estrategias Claves Inmigratorias de los EE.UU. para el 2009 y en Adelante


Tiene su propia empresa? Desea obtener una Visa de Comercio para establecer o expandir su negocio en los EE.UU.? Este taller, presentado por Foster y Quan, LLP.- una corporacion juridica de nivel nacional - le informara sobre los requisitos para obtener los siguientes documentos.
  • E-1 Visa de Comercio para Paises del Tratado ( Treaty Trader)
  • E-2 Visa de Inversionista para Paises del Tratado (Treaty Investor)
  • Visa de Trabajo L-1
  • H-1B Visa de Trabajo para profesionales

Contact Us
202 W. Tom Landry
Mission, Texas 78572

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Pharr Chamber Tamalada - Wednesday, Dec. 3rd


Special Meeting: McAllen Tea Party Under New Management

 Under New Management

A Special Meeting This Friday,
Nov. 20th!

Dear Shaine,

Find out the latest in what's happening at McAllen Tea Party.  Yes, it's true... we're undergoing some BIG CHANGES, and you can be an important part.    
Date: Friday, Nov. 20th
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Christian Fellowship Church
              2201 Trenton Road in McAllen

 Time for committees!  Time for your input, ideas, and enthusiasm!
Time to win in 2010 Elections! Come on and be a part, ya'll!!!

McAllen Tea Party 

5111 N. 10th, Box 298
McAllen, TX 78504

Monday, November 16, 2009

Principal for a day

Tomorrow I'll be a part of the Mission Consolidated Independent School District's annual Principal for a Day. I'll be shadowing a school principal for an entire day to gain some insight into what principals do in an average day. Because this is a school, I can't do the normal thing for me, which is to record video about the experience. I think there may be a moment or two where I may be able to record video where no children are present; but, we shall have to wait and see.

I'll be back here on the blog to write about the experience and what I have learned. Before going through it, however, I want to write down some of my preconceptions based on my own memories of the principals I've known over the years. Aftwerwards, I'll compare the list against what I witness.

  • Principals are administrators: For the most part, principals act very much like store managers. They are responsible for reporting and making sure that all required documentation gets done and turned in.
  • Principals are shepherds: Like shepherds, the principal has to be out amongst the students and teachers to help get everybody rounded up and in their pens on time.
  • Principals are team leaders: They have to have a game plan that they communicate to the staff. Then, they have to keep everybody motivated and on task to make sure they carry out the plan.
  • Principals acquire what teachers need: It is the principal's job to make sure that his staff has all the resources they need to carry out their job.
  • Principals are enforcers: Sometimes they have to be the bad guy to make sure everybody stays in line.
  • Principals are the public face of the campus: Just like the President, the Pope, a university president, or a CEO, the principal represents his/her campus.
Those are a few of my initial thoughts before actually experiencing the event. I may have a different view of principals due to my own experience growing up. As a small child, the principal is the authority of the school. He's like the Wizard of Oz. Only a few people talk to him; if he talks to you, it's a major event. In later years, the principal was the person to beware, especially when up to no good. Towards the end of my school experience, I realized that the principal was an ally. So long as I acted responsibly, I could get away with murder on campus. 

Going in, I already have a favorable opinion of the principal's job. Most of this is due to brief interactions with them at various points. I do not expect this will change, except that I'll have a much more firm basis for forming my opinions. I will let you know what happens.

Some of This Week's Democratic Events: Alma Garza, Arturo Guajardo, Veronica Gonzales, Dolly Elizondo, Linda Yanez

Dear Fellow Democrats,

Gah - by the looks of it, there are A LOT of Campaign events this week.  I am attaching an invitation with info on all the events scheduled for this week.

Tuesday is a Campaign Kick Off for Alma Garza for District Attorney.  Wednesday is a Campaign Fiesta for Arturo Guajardo for County Clerk.  Thursday is a Campaign Kick Off for Veronica Gonzales for State Representative.  Saturday is a Golf Tournament Fundraiser for Justice Linda Yanez for 13th Court of Appeals. Saturday also is a Campaign Kickoff/GOTV Bicycle Tour for Dolly Elizondo for Hidalgo County Democratic Chair.  Their invitations and additional info on each event are attached chronologically below.

Finally, at the very bottom of this email, as some inspiration/motivation to get involved, support our Democratic Candidates and Help Turn Texas Blue, is a letter from the Texas Democratic Party regarding: Democratic State Reps Targeted by GOP Extremists.  

Hope to see you at some of these events.

~Leslie Gower

Website for more information on Dolly Elizondo's Event.    

DATE: Saturday, November 21, 2009
PLACE: Start and Finish at Westside Park - 1000 S. Ware Rd. McAllen, TX. (Across the street from the McAllen Convention Center)
TIME & DISTANCE: 8:00 AM - 20, 40, AND 60 Mile Ride ****
ENTRY FEE: Adults $35.00 - Kids (6 -15) $15.00

Dear Fellow Dems,
Mark your calendars, dust off your bikes, and get ready for a FUN bike ride. Sign up early and get a FREE t-shirt! Just download the registration form send it in with your check then pick up your packet the day before the race, and LET's Go!
Ride to G.O.T.V. is a re-election FUNdraiser for me, Dolly L. Elizondo, Hidalgo County Democratic Party Chair. Besides being a mom, business owner, and Party Chair….. I love to cycle. In 2006 I purchased my 1st race bike and convinced my best friend Velma Garcia to do the same. We both had a fall the same year and I stopped cycling. With Velma's encouragement, in early 2009 I began cycling again and love the sport. By participating in this event you will help me continue to serve our community as Democratic Party Chair, an elected position in which I receive no monetary compensation and is 100% volunteer driven. You will also become part of history!! I intend to put on this ride every year converting it into a non-profit bipartisan event. Funds will go to VOTER REGISTRATION PROJECTS in HIDALGO COUNTY in the future.
Thank you for your continued support,

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hidalgo County Democratic Party Event

Hidalgo County Democratic Party
General Membership and C.E.C. meeting of Democratic Party Members & a MEET and GREET with our new Hidalgo County Judge Mr. Rene Ramirez

When:            Monday, November 30, 2009

Where:           Echo Hotel
                         1903 S. Closner Blvd.
                         Edinburg, Texas 78539

Time:              6:00pm

Rene Ramirez Swearing In
Hidalgo County Democratic Party
305 (B) N. Shary Rd.
Mission, Texas 78572

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