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September 21, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Greg Cartmell will be conducting a two-day workshop at the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Gallery on Oct. 13-14, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cartmell will allow students to work in the medium of their choice; oil, acrylic or watercolor. The first day of the workshop will focus on landscapes and the second day, Cartmell will teach portraits.
The two-day workshop is $200 and each student will complete four paintings.
A professional artist for more than 45 years, Greg Cartmell is nationally recognized as one of the country’s foremost landscape painters. Cartmell paints en plein air; the tradition of on-location painting, directly from nature. A true impressionist, Cartmell paints in broken color whereby engaging the viewer to mix the color with one’s own eye. His teaching method is “alla prima,” which means at once.
September 20, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — Tommy Vogel will be offering art lessons in pastel on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the GCAA Art Gallery indefinitely.
Classes are $35 for adults, $25 for students or children and $25 apiece for groups of three or more.
Each participant will complete a painting during the two-hour class. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is preferred.
The white sands and the beauty of the Gulf Coast brought Tommy and his wife Judy to Perdido Key after retirement.
He is a self-taught artist and works in realist form using pastel. His subject matter covers a wide range, from tropical to still life.
“Learning to do anything well is not an overnight accomplishment,” Vogel said.
When people ask the key to creating fine art, Vogel always tells them it requires practice and more practice. His work hangs at the GCAA Art Gallery and other galleries in the Gulf Coast area.
Vogel’s first love is giving lessons to both young and old, sharing with his students the joy of creating.
September 20, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — On Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Gulf Shores Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its ninth opportunity in four years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your medications for disposal to the Walgreens at 1421 Gulf Shores Parkway in Gulf Shores. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
September 19, 2014 — GULF SHORES, AL (GSA) — Artist Marion Hawks will be teaching a class called “Experimenting with Acrylics” at the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance gallery this fall.
Hawks Hawks grew up in Alabama with little formal instruction in art but she was surrounded with creativity!
She began college in commercial art, but decided she wanted to teach. Marion added a degree in Elementary Education to her Art Education degree, then, received a masters degree in Curriculum. After six years in the classroom, she finally became an “art teacher.”
Marion married a Navy career meteorologist and was able to set up the first high school art program for a DOD school in Argentina, NFLD. Then, in 1965, she helped to initiate the first elementary art program in Escambia County, Florida where she still resides today, in Pensacola.
After 42 years of teaching, Marion Hawks finally retired to paint and produce art for herself. She loves being a part of the art community, taking and giving classes and workshops, promoting local art, and above all, finding just how much more there is still to explore.
September 17, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) -The Orange Beach Police Department began conducted a seven-month investigation into the sale of Cocaine and Marijuana. Early into the investigation, Salvador Cortez became the main focus as a go to dealer in the area.
On Sept.16 members of the Orange Beach Police Department arrested Salvador Cortez a 27-year-old Hispanic Male. Salvador Cortez was taken into custody on Highway 98 in Magnolia Springs Alabama. Salvador Cortez is an illegal alien from Veracruz Mexico. Cortez is currently living off of County Road 65 in the Foley area. Cortez had been deported previously but returned to the area.
Cortez has been charged with four counts of Trafficking in Cocaine, one count of Trafficking in Marijuana and four counts of Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance. During one sale connected with one of Trafficking in Cocaine charges, a pistol was also sold. Cortez will be transported to the Baldwin County Corrections Center with a pre-set bond of at least $5 million dollars.
The Orange Beach Police Department was assisted by the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency, Gulf Shores Police Department, Foley Police Department and the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office.
The investigation is continuing and more arrests are anticipated.
September 16 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - On Sept. 8 detectives began investigating Richard Carl Riebe, 40, a registered sex offender, after conducting a routine compliance check.
The detective assigned to track sex offenders within the Gulf Shores police jurisdiction conducts regular compliance checks on all sex offenders that either reside in Gulf Shores or are employed within the city’s police jurisdiction. All registered sex offenders are required to follow strict guidelines set forth in the Alabama Sex Offenders Act.
Riebe was convicted in 1997 of second degree sexual abuse involving a 15-year-old girl. He was released from prison in November of 2007. He was 23 at the time of his arrest in 1997.
On Sept. 10 GSPD detectives conducted surveillance of Riebe’s residence and determined that he allowed Robin Buck Williams, 32, of Gulf Shores, and her two children ages 7 and 13 to spend the night at his residence.
During an earlier compliance check Williams was advised by detectives that if she allowed her children to reside at Riebe’s residence she would also be in violation of the Alabama Sex Offenders Act.
On Sept. 11 warrants were obtained for Riebe and Williams’s arrest. Officers responded to Riebe’s residence and located both subjects.
September 16, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — Calling all Gumbo Masters and college football tailgaters from the southeast.
Aloha Hospitality – parent company of Baumhower’s Restaurant, Bob’s Victory Grille, Bimini Bob’s Cabana Café and Compleat Angler Seafood Grille and Bar – has announced details for its upcoming Wind Creek LA Gumbo Festival “Tailgate Edition.”
The event kicks off Friday night, Oct. 3, with a VIP party for all participants at the Compleat Studio at The Wharf in Orange Beach from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The festival opens to the public at 7 p.m. with a huge street party until 9 p.m. at The Wharf’s center circle, featuring live music from Waylon Thibodaux. The fierce Gumbo Masters competition will begin Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10 a.m.
September 15, 2014 – Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Gulf Shores Police Department is currently testing License Plate Recognition technology.
On Tuesday, Aug/ 26 a License Plate Recognition reader was attached to a GSPD police car to conduct a thirty day demonstration. Vigilant Solutions met with Chief Delmore during the Alabama Association of Police Chiefs conference recently and explained how the system works.
It works by capturing digital license plate images as they pass a camera, whether mobile or fixed. The plates are automatically cross-checked in real time against multiple local, regional, statewide and, if appropriate, national databases to identify vehicles that are of interest to the authorities. LPR can access multiple databases simultaneously and report not only matches but which database contained the vehicle of interest. Vehicle matches are reported instantly, allowing the officer to take appropriate action.
September 14, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber recently presented its Island Spirit Award for September 2014 to Chis Mims at a special ceremony at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach.
In presenting the award, Island Spirit Chairman Nora Mandoki praised Mims’ customer service ethic, his courtesy friendliness and professionalism.
“When asked where his tip jar was, Chris was very humble, stating he did not want to ask for a tip,” said Mandoki in reading the nomination provided by a recent guest.
September 13, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Ocean Camp, marine education programs for ocean lovers and future scientists, enjoyed a great 2014 summer season at Perdido Beach Resort and Bear Point Civic Association, both located in Orange Beach, Alabama. Children ages 5-12 years from the local area, vacationers and many wise grandparents with attending grandchildren helped make summer memories at Ocean Camp this year.
“Ocean Camp continues to draw children and parents who get excited about marine life and the ocean. They like to spend most of their time on the coast exploring the water. We hope to acquire a location for our Coastal Marine Life Center by next summer to provide marine education opportunities for all ages and open to the public year around,” stated Belinda Ringpfeil, Director/Educator.
September 12, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Gulf Shores Police Department needs help identifying a burglary suspect.
The image at right was recovered from a burglary that occurred at Hooters in the early hours of Thursday, Sept. 11. We would like to point out a couple of identifiers to help identify the suspect. He has longer blonde hair, a large ring on his right hand and was wearing flip flops.
This incident occurred at approximately 3 a.m. We also believe he is the suspect who burglarized Gulf Island Grill at approximately the same time. If you recognize the individual please contact Detective Conway at 251-968-1195 or the GSPD Communications Center at 251-968-2431.
September 12, 2014 - Weeks Bay, AL - In early August, a habitat enhancement project near the mouth of Weeks Bay was completed by a contractor for the Alabama Marine Resources Division (AMRD). The remnants of an old subsided oyster reef were brought back to life through the planting of 1,034 cubic yards of oyster shell. The planted oyster shell will provide habitat for many marine creatures including finfish, crabs and oysters.
Weeks Bay may offer better conditions for the long-term survival of this enhanced habitat compared to adjacent areas in Mobile Bay as it is protected from the effects of storms. Over time, the Weeks Bay reef will provide more fishing opportunities to the public.
September 11, 2014 - Perdido Key, FL (PKF) — More than 20 wounded American military veterans and their families will soon receive the star treatment at Eden Condominiums as the premiere beach destination donates 25 units for free vacations.
The donation is a collaborative effort by individual owners of units at Eden Condominiums. They decided to offer their units so veterans and families could enjoy a week-long vacation together Sept. 20-27.
The idea sparked when one owner offered his unit to a wounded veteran as a gesture of thanks for his service; it soon spread to other owners of condominiums in the elegant building overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The stylish building is known for exotic gardens, meandering streams, waterfalls, pools and its prime location on the sugar-white sands of Perdido Key.
September 9, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Alabama’s State Parks System is celebrating 75 years of recreation, preservation, and family fun. As part of this year’s celebration, Gulf State Park is working to enable more veterans to enjoy the park, by giving park visitors an opportunity to support veterans. One-dollar donations are being taken at Gulf State Park to pay for veterans’ entrance to the pier for fishing and sightseeing.
In the few weeks since the program began, 99 veterans have been able to experience the pristine beaches of Gulf State Park, raising over $600 in only six weeks. Since the program has been so successful, exceeding the original goal of $500, the park has set a new goal of $1,500 by Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.
September 8, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Original Oyster House restaurants will honor Mobile and Baldwin County law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics and sheriff officers to enjoy a free “Never Forget” Lunch at either the Gulf Shores or Mobile Causeway location on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Seventh Annual Never Forget Lunch was established by the Original Oyster House restaurants in honor of the 911 First Responders who risked their lives to save, protect and serve and also to recognize all first responders for their service.