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Roberts Meat Market Catches Fire

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This morning around 3:00 am Pinehurst Fire was dispatched to Robert’s Meat Market and Steakhouse in reference to a structure fire. Upon arrival, the rear of the business was fully engulfed.

With the assistance of ESD 3, ESD 4, Bridge City Fire, and Orange Fire, Pinehurst Fire Department was able to take control of the situation. There were no injuries and the cause is unknown at this time.

A spokesperson for the restaurant stated that they will be closed for an indefinite time but do plan to reopen in the near future. They are thankful that no one was injured.

CASA of the Sabine Neches Region Advocates for Normalcy for Children in Foster Care This Summer

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8 New Volunteers Sworn in as Advocate for Kids in Foster Care

July in Texas is full of sun, swimming pools, barbecues, and tons of fun activities for children. Many children have the opportunity to enjoy their summer vacation by attending camps, participating in sports, or having a summer job, but there are many children in foster care who do not get the chance to experience these sorts of summertime activities.

Removed from home and placed in the child welfare system because their family is in crisis, these children are already facing trauma that no child should experience – yet on top of all of that, their participation in normal childhood activities with their peers often becomes an afterthought.

“Kids in foster care can feel disconnected from other kids their age because of what they’re going through, so it’s important to help them experience as much normalcy as possible,” said Codie Vasquez, Executive Director of CASA of the Sabine Neches Region. “Getting the chance to participate in normal childhood activities – and just be a kid – can be essential to a child’s well-being.”

“Normalcy” is a term commonly used in child welfare for any experiences that contribute to a child’s autonomy and social functioning. Activities associated with a “normal” childhood, such as sleepovers, pool parties, having an ice cream cone, or going to a homecoming dance can be imperative to a child’s sense of security, regularity, and well-being. Another aspect of normalcy is working to ensure that the realities and difficulties of a child’s situation interrupt their everyday lives as little as possible.

“Friendship and socialization are imperative for children to maintain good health and psychological well-being. While things like visitation, appointments, and therapy are essential for the children we serve, we don’t want them to come in the way of everyday activities that are also important to their development, such as school or extracurricular activities,” said Vasquez.

“Foster parents, CASA volunteers, caseworkers, and others who serve children in foster care must work together to make normalcy a priority,” explained Vasquez.

“These children have been through enough. The last thing they need is to be excluded from fun social activities with their peers,” said Vasquez. “This summer, CASA of the Sabine Neches Region aims to help local children in foster care have the opportunity to partake in normal, age-appropriate experiences.”

CASA volunteers are specially trained and appointed by judges to speak up for a child and advocate for their unique needs in court, at school, and in other settings. They also get to know the other adults in the child’s life, including their parents, family, foster parents, caseworkers, counselors, and more, and work with them to ensure the best interests of the child come first.

Ultimately, true normalcy is achieved when children are no longer in the system and have the resources and support they need to thrive-preferably back home with their family whenever safe and possible. Until then, they need a voice to speak up for them, to ensure they are able to participate in hobbies and activities that will help them grow and heal.

Become a CASA volunteer and advocate for a child who needs you. Take advantage of CASA of the Sabine Neches Region’s next virtual training session starting August 10th. You can find more information at or call 409-886-2272.

Texas Avenue Trade Days Scheduled for July 10 in Bridge City

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Texas Avenue Market Days will be held Saturday, July 10, 2021, at 1650 Texas Avenue in Bridge City from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The event will be hosted by TotalCare Your Medical Home and Sweet Boutique and Desserts. Event parking will be through the gate at the Well of Hope Church at the end of the lot.

All proceeds will benefit Shaun Hallman. Hallman is a local Bridge City High School junior who is battling osteosarcoma.

At the event will be a link sale, blood drive, vendor booths, free youth physicals, and a silent auction.

Vendors will include

  • The Snow Cone Stand
  • Cara’s Macarons
  • Do You Charcuterie
  • Peak Nutrition
  • Davis Design
  • Pharmanex
  • Rocc’ N M Designs
  • Cute-icle Nails By Juju
  • Leila’s Sweet Spin
  • M3k Tee’s
  • Gammy’s Little Jewels Paparazzi
  • Thera Space
  • April’s Tumblers & More
  • Fresh Prep LLC,
  • Something Special Sewing Co
  • Cathy’s Crafty Creations
  • Mary Martha
  • Punchy Leather Works
  • This & That Home Décor
  • Lana Lou’s Boutique
  • Sky’s The Limit
  • Valerie’s Beach Walk Treasures
  • Mean Beans Seasoning
  • 980 Bakery
  • Redneck Windchimes
  • Dirty Bee
  • Glitter Bugs Custom Tumblers & More
  • Woodworks & Designs With A Twist
  • Inked & Artsy
  • Carly Beth’s Floral
  • Tie-Dyed Pearls
  • Nancy’s Jellies
  • National Remember Our Veterans Campaign
  • Axis Avenue
  • Made to Prosper & Helping Hands
  • Jak’d Carts LLC
  • Goosehead
  • Thirty-One Gifts
  • COS Printing
  • Sweetes Bakery

OCAA Meals on Wheels Downtown Cafe Reopening

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Orange Community Action Association (OCAA) is reopening the Downtown Cafe on July 1. 2021, at 11:30 AM at 103 5th St., in Orange. The cafe has been closed for over a year due to COVID. All Seniors over 60 are welcome to this event. The Community Players will be singing, Judge John Gothia will say a few words, and door prizes and gift certificates will be awarded.

BBQ Baked Potatoes will be served, and vendors will be present to provide information on various topics.

For more information, call 409-886-2186.

Tangled Tales Escape Room Offered at Orange Public Library

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The Tangled Tales Escape Room at the Orange Public Library will run July 6-July 31. Puzzles/Clues are designed for teens and adults, but children can enjoy the adventure with help from an adult. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Time Slots will be:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10:30 and 2:30
Tuesday and Thursday: 10:30 and 5:30
Saturday the 17th: 11:00 and 2:00
Saturday the 31st:  11:00 and 2:00

As a precautionary measure, we will not be combining groups this year. Groups of 4-12 are accepted. You can reserve a spot for your group beginning June 14 by calling the Orange Public Library at 409-883-1086.


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