Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Two Longview Women Selected as Unity Honorees

Two women will be honored next month for their work connecting people who may never have crossed paths.

Alyce Maxey and Lyndell McAllister have been selected as the honorees for the 2014 Unity Honors luncheon, which for 10 years has honored Longview residents who “help lead social justice and equality matters including enhancing race relations efforts in the city.”

“No one in their right mind volunteers unless they have the desire to make life better for someone else,” said Maxey, a 77-year-old Henderson native who serves at the Kilgore Crisis Center, the Wesley Foundation, Hope Haven Home for Women, Newgate Mission and the Gregg County Historical Museum.

Maxey said she didn’t expect the honor for the work she has done.

“I do absolutely nothing for those reasons,” she added.

She graduated from St. Phillips College in San Antonio with a degree in education and moved to Longview in 1952. Maxey and her husband Lesley have one son, Greg. Maxey has worked for Longview ISD, Gregg County and served as the first court clerk in Easton.

For 25 years, she and her husband worked at their family-owned business, Tip Top Cleaners in South Longview.

“Mrs. Maxey is one of the most humble people I have had the pleasure of meeting,” said Keeta King, the city of Longview liaison to the Unity and Diversity Committee, which hosts the event. “She just likes to do what she does, and she doesn’t care who gets the credit. She has an uncanny knack for bringing people from diverse backgrounds and lives together.”

The second honoree, McAllister, is a social worker who became a contract worker with the city of Longview in 1992 and helped guide a community coalition to address the issues of alcohol and other drug abuse with the Longview Drug Task Force, now known as Partners in Prevention.

She helped create Bridges Out of Poverty, a project aimed to help children and families break free of poverty, and has served on the East Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Parenting Resource Center of East Texas, Zonta Club, Pine Tree Education Foundation and the Junior League of Longview.

“It’s a huge honor; a very humbling honor,” McAllister said. “I think what I know is not from me personally, but what I have learned is from all those people who have taught me along the way.”

Monday, December 2, 2013

December: Annual Meeting Dinner

December Meeting Update
Thursday, Dec. 19th
Time - 6:00pm
Location - Hajalmer's Seafood and Steakhouse*
607 N. Access Rd. Longview, TX

The December meeting will be held at Hajalmer's Seafood and Steakhouse and will serve as our annual meeting. 

This will be our chance to 
  • Vote for the National Board Members, 
  • Get to know each other better, 
  • Mix and Mingle, 
  • Enjoy some delicious food, and 
  • Get ready for the New Year.
Guests are welcome however there meal will be $10 from the special menu or they may choose any other item at cost. All members will have their meal (Choice of Chicken Fried Steak or Fried Catfish) covered by the Unit.

If you would like to donate you are more than welcome to do so. You may also order any of the wonderful items of your choice from the menu on your own. Concessions have been made for those with special dietary needs. You are not obligated to eat if you choose not to do so. Dress attire is business casual.

*Byron Rettig has turned a love of cooking into a new restaurant venture in Longview. Hajalmer’s Seafood and Steak is open at 607 N. Access Road, at the Estes Parkway exit on Interstate 20. The restaurant carries Rettig’s middle name.

Rettig is a safety and environmental consultant who said he would cook for hundreds of people at a time where he worked. He likes to cook Cajun-style seafood, but not as spicy as it would be in Louisiana.

Now, he has other cooks who work under him, serving his recipes from a menu that includes rib-eye and New York Strip steaks as well as deep fried ribs.

“I’ve liked to cook, and that spot came open,” Rettig said of his Interstate 20 location. “I thought it was a good opportunity to try it.”

Hajalmer’s is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Affordable Care Act Meeting Scheduled Dec. 11th

Affordable Care Act
Red Oak Baptist Church 2717 MLK Blvd.
December 11, 2013
6:30 p.m.

Hosted by OFA. This is an important, informative event where you will learn about what is in the Affordable Care Act and how to talk to your friends, family, and other members of the East Texas Community about the Affordable Care Act. These efforts will allow us to enroll more people in the health care exchanges and help people get the health care coverage that they need.