Posted on July 28, 2017 at 11:20 AM by Katie Stamy
In 1965, when the City’s population was under one thousand and Bay Area Boulevard was nothing but a dirt road that stretched only 10 feet wide, 38-year-old Melvin Donehue moved to Webster.
Now, at nearly 90 years old, Mel fondly remembers the last 52 years he spent with the City of Webster and the changes that have transpired.
“I came out here about July 6, 1965, and put in about 33 years as a city councilman, eight years as mayor pro-tem and about seven years as a volunteer reman,” he said.
e Apollo project brought Mel to Webster, but it was the medical center and the climate that got him to stay.
Originally from Ohio, at the age of 17 he went into the Navy and served in the Philippines, where he realized that in some places, it didn’t snow in the winter. When he returned to Ohio, he was cold, uncomfortable and weary of shoveling snow, so he said “to heck with it” and moved to Los Angeles for better weather and to further his education.
Before eventually relocating to Webster, he lived in Tucson, Arizona, Palmdale, California, and then Vandenberg, California. He began working on aircra s as an electronic assembler before being promoted to electronic quality control, which was a position he held for around 30 years.
A er accepting a job in Texas and moving to Webster for the Apollo project, he decided to explore city government and see what was going on in Webster. At the very rst council meeting he attended, there were only four citizens from the public in attendance.
“I thought I’d become a councilmember, so in 1976, I rst ran, and I won the election. irty-three years later, I le ,” he explained. “It was an experience I wouldn’t change for the world.”
While working on the shuttle missions and holding a position on council, Mel also joined the Webster’s Volunteer
Fire Department for about seven years.
He was a busy man with a wife and four children, sadly in
1990hiswife,Barbara,passedaway,andin1991,heretired. In 1992, Mel reconnected with an old friend, Connie. She was working at Academy when she ran into Mel. Two years
later the couple got married.
Connie, a native Texan, originally moved to Webster in
1976 with her then husband and their daughter. She served as a member of the Celebration Committee and the Library Committee, but when she got a job with the post o ce, she was working six days a week and lost touch.
“I got divorced and moved away for a few years,” Connie explained. “But I thought ‘No, I want to be back in Webster, and so I moved back.”
When she moved back, she accepted a position at Academy, and the rest is history.
Now that the two are retired, they enjoy spending their time traveling, reading, exercising and spending time together. One of Mel’s hobbies that Connie has taken an interest in is Native American weaponry.
Native American culture and the old western days have always piqued Mel’s interest, he visited a local Native American goods store, and he believed he would be able to recreate the art and weaponry himself. So, he got the materials and did some research and has been creating shields since then.
According to Connie, his pieces are displayed all around their home, and she has learned to love the technique, as well. Mel and Connie Donehue make up an important role in the history of Webster. Mel has made an impact on the City as a councilmember and citizen, and Connie would like the community to celebrate Mel at his surprise 90th Birthday Party. His birthday is July 28, but the festivities will take place on Saturday, July 29 at the Webster Recreation Center, 311 Pennsylvania Avenue from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. She asks for attendees to RSVP to her at 281.704.3747 and to keep the
party a secret!
Posted on July 7, 2017 at 11:22 AM by Katie Stamy
Picking a car seat that’s right for your child is difficult, and correctly installing the seat in the car is even more challenging. Webster Fire Department is here to help to make sure your seat is properly installed, and your child is strapped in safely.
Two of the Webster firefighters have attended 40 hours of car seat safety training and know exactly how to adjust any car seat into any car. By making an appointment at the Webster Fire Department, they will not only put your car seat in correctly, but teach you how to do it yourself.
However, putting the car seat into the car is only half the battle. Once your seat is properly installed, you must then make sure you also have your child strapped in safely. Use the correct harness slots and adjust the shoulder straps as your child grows. On rear-facing car seats, the shoulder straps should come through the car seat slots at or just below your child’s shoulders. On forward-facing seats, the shoulder straps should be at or just above the shoulders. After buckling the child in, make sure that the chest clip is on the chest, and not the belly. WFD then encourages parents to register their car seats on SaferCar.gov, in case of a recall or safety notice.
According to Safe Ride 4 Kids, anywhere from 72 to 84 percent of child restraints show critical misuses. Call Webster Fire Department at 281-316-3742 to set up a time for your car seat to be checked. Visit SaferCar.gov for more valuable tips on car seat safety.
Posted on May 30, 2017 at 4:06 PM by Katie Stamy
David and Taylor Biddle moved to Webster in 2014, and they wasted no time at all turning the small but mighty town into their home.
Taylor grew up in the Webster area and attended Clear Lake High School before graduating and moving to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech University.
David grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi and attended the University of Mississippi before moving around to Denver, CO, Birmingham, AL, Savannah, GA, and ultimately, Lubbock, TX.
While Taylor worked as a bartender in the college town, she met David. He repeatedly asked her to go to lunch with him, but she would politely decline. Eventually, when David once again petitioned a lunch-date, she finally decided to give him a chance, and about a year later in 2012, the two were married in Las Vegas.
The pair wanted to be closer to family, so in 2014, David accepted a job in the area, and they moved to Webster.
David is a financial advisor with Edward Jones and owns and operates the office in Seabrook on NASA Road 1. He is passionate about helping others manage their finances, all while overlooking Clear Lake from the business’ front entrance.
David became involved in the community when he joined the Citizens Police Academy, which he graduated from in May. After learning about the Webster Police Department’s roles and responsibilities, and getting the opportunity to go on a ride-along, he looks forward to joining the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. He is also a chairperson for the Clear Creek Ducks Unlimited Group, which raises money to conserve wetlands.
Taylor is a paralegal at a law firm in downtown Houston. She is on the Webster Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board, a member of the Junior League of Galveston County, and an advocate and board member for CASA of Galveston County.
“I saw that there was an opening on the parks board and I knew that was something that I would be interested in,” she explained. “The City of Webster has some of the nicest public parks. I enjoy serving on the board because I have met many great people in our area and love being in the know.”
When they aren’t busy working, David and Taylor can usually be found outdoors. A typical day off is spent at the San Luis Pass with the couple’s dogs. David fishes while the dogs run about and Taylor captures the moments on camera.
David also loves watching college sports, specifically the Ole Miss Rebels during football season.
“If you hear screaming and shouting from our house during football season, do not be alarmed,” Taylor joked. “That is just David coaching them through the TV.”
Their love for the outdoors, and Taylor’s position on the Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board led them to devise a creative 2017 new year’s resolution. This year they are venturing to visit 15 of the Texas State Parks. Four down, 11 to go.
The active couple has made the City their home and has made an effort to make a difference in the community.
“We absolutely love our neighborhood,” Taylor said. “We have the best neighbors, we feel safe, and we love the location.”