Happy 30th Anniversary, Amedeo’s! Tony and Leslie Raffa’s flagship restaurant recently celebrated this milestone anniversary with a week’s worth of celebratory specials including fabulous musical guests, specially priced wines and appetizers, and a celebration NY Strip Steak Salad. Amedeo’s kicked off the week with tunes from our very own DJKdub Mark Linabury to a packed room of diners which included Ted and Diana Price, Theo and Gary Christman, David and Linda Prator, Pat and Mary Hubbard, Bob and Jackie Cate, Gerilyn and Danny Sullivan, Chad and Devon Alexander, Chris Parker and Eileen Booher, Shari and John Llewellyn, Tim and Carol Hunt, Howard Pitman and Anne Viault, Phil and Karen Boughton, Judy Cox, Juanita Zavala, Sevala and Terry Benton and Mike and Rose Sladek.

Happy, happy birthday to Larry Shiflet! The retired Harris County Precinct 4’s Assistant Deputy Chief recently celebrated a milestone birthday with breakfast at Kingwood’s La Madeleine. I apologize to everyone trying to have a low-key coffee that morning – we were a rowdy bunch. Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman, Capt. Wally Wieghat, Lt. David Escobar, Lynn Fields, Danell Fields, Gina Remmes, Millie Garrison, CJ Johnson, Karen Boughton, Daniel Ledoux, Denise Krieger, Tom Broad, Chris Parker and Chad Alexander enjoyed cappuccinos, pastries, bacon and eggs while Larry and his wife, Cynthia Calvert, visited with everyone. Happy Birthday, Larry!

It was a very packed house at the Nathaniel Center which was the venue for the Kingwood Tea Party’s Constitution Day Celebration and Freedom Rally featuring presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Robin and Jim Lennon did a great job organizing their volunteers such as Lynn Fair and Donna Ballard (who was selling raffle tickets for an antique copper teapot) in anticipation of the numbers expected. Over 900 people were in attendance and a special thank you goes out to Denise Krieger, Millie Garrison and Gina Remmes who helped Daniel, Carlos and I run the concessions booth. Secret Service personnel came through our kitchen about once every 10 minutes or so to do security checks which was pretty funny and eventually became a running gag. Everyone who was anyone in the Republican party in the state of Texas was in attendance (except for the Governor) from U.S. Rep. Ted Poe and Lt Gov. Dan Patrick to State Sen. Brandon Creighton and Attorney General Ken Paxton. It turns out our kitchen was the only quiet haven in the building and, being right off the stage, with the added benefit of being secure – thank you, Secret Service and the constables, HPD and sheriff’s deputies who dropped by (anyone in uniform was treated to a free meal). We had a veritable parade of officials come through, after their respective speeches on stage, for a drink of water and/or a slice of pizza: Poe (accompanied by Kim Brode), Patrick, Creighton and Paxton as well as State Rep. Dan Huberty, Houston City Council Member Dave Martin, Barbara Cargill, Harris County GOP Chair Paul Simpson, Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and Heidi and Ted Cruz.

It’s almost here! Don’t forget to purchase your tickets to Pete’s Dueling Pianos at the Nathaniel Center on Sept. 24. Benefiting the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, the Nathaniel Foundation, Pets for Vets and Blue Star Moms, this fun evening is sure to have everyone entertained. To purchase tickets go to thefunraisers.org or come find me at the Stilettos wine tasting event at Raffa’s Monday, Sept. 14.

Another Happy Birthday greeting to both Danny and Geralyn Sullivan who have September birthdays. These two kind, generous and funny people have been close to me and my family for a long time now and I am honored to call them friends. I promise to deliver Red Velvet Cake and homemade Egg Nog!

Over 30,000 people showed up to pay their respects at Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth’s memorial service, held at Second Baptist Church. Blue was the color of the day, seen on everyone’s clothing and lighting up the walls of the church. Law enforcement officers from all around the country, representing pretty much all the agencies one could name, solemnly attended the service and sat amongst a host of elected officials, which included Gov. Greg Abbott and Houston Mayor Annise Parker, to listen to addresses delivered by Sheriff Ron Hickman, Sheriff’s office Sergeant and Chaplain Shannon Bowdoin and Houston Police Department Lt. Roland de los Santos who was also Deputy Goforth’s childhood friend. My prayers are with Deputy Goforth’s wife, Kathleen, and their two children, for their family’s service and sacrifice to our communities. Many small business and local families have shown their support to their local law enforcement by sending treats and cards to their offices. My father-in-law, who travels constantly, has had this tradition for as long as I’ve known him – if he happens to be at a café, restaurant, diner or a line at the airport waiting to pay for a bottle of water and sees anyone in uniform, he treats them to whatever they’re having and thanks them for their service. There’s a whole lot of that love going on in our communities. Cynthia Calvert of The Tribune is sending lunch to the staffs of Sheriff Ron Hickman’s office, Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman’s office, the Humble Police Department and the Houston Police Station’s Kingwood Substation to thank them for their dedication. There is also a special thank you page in this week’s issue from area businesses, families and groups, that have all helped make the lunch delivery and a donation to the 100 Club possible. Thank you, all you men and women, who continue to keep us safe.