Raylene Lewis

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Raylene Lewis is a happily married Realtor. Her family is comprised of a loving husband, two children, a 5 year old boy and a 3 year old girl, 2 dogs, and a Parrot. Raylene has been selling realestate for the last 8 years with Century 21 and sold 123 property units in 2008. Raylene loves being a Realtor and a Mommy, and as such, she is constantly on a mission to get things done!

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?Aggie Athletes Represent Texas A&M University in the 2012 London Olympics

There has been plenty of excitement over the recent launch of the 2012 London Olympics. Over one billion people worldwide tuned in to watch the opening ceremonies in London on Friday, July 27th and even more are eager to watch the famous match ups of various athletes in the diverse Olympic competitions. However, there is a secondary enthusiasm for the start of these games in College Station, Texas. Thanks to the outstanding athletic programs at Texas A&M University, 23 Aggie athletes will be competing in various sports with several associated personal appearing in coaching positions, reporting, as well as to simply show support for the students representing such a great institution.

The twenty-three Aggie athletes that will be appearing in the London Olympics will be representing fourteen different nations. Among the list are Canada, Australia, Mexico, Jamaica, and the Bahamas: along with Estonia, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, Tonga, the US Virgin Islands, Lithuania, Croatia, and Zambia.

Fifteen of the twenty-three Aggies are women, outnumbering their Aggie male Olympians by almost twice as many. This reflects a national trend, as this is the first Olympics ever that the number of female Olympic athletes have outnumbered the population of the male athletes. However, Texas A&M’s proportion most likely has more to do with A&M’s outstanding women’s swimming and diving Read the rest of this entry »

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The Spark of Rivalry: Texas A&M in the Southeastern Conference Vs LSU Tigers

In January, 2011, Texas A&M faced down the LSU Tigers in the 75th Cotton Bowl Classic. This date sparked an incessant competition between two nationally recognized universities, and likely served as a primary influence for Texas A&M’s decision to join the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

On June 7th, 2012, Former Coach Jackie Sherrill came forward and announced that Texas A&M and LSU could become a featured Thanksgiving football game. This event would only further in solidifying the recently developed competitive enmity, perhaps eventually filling the hole left by the Texas A&M/Texas rivalry. It would also serve as an opportunity for A&M to assimilate smoothly into the SEC, establishing themselves as a serious competitor within the division capable of bringing in revenue and publicity.

Football within the SEC, while the primary reason for Texas A&M’s transference to the SEC, is hardly the only aspect of comparison between universities and rarely serves as a measure of a University’s repute. So, in the spirit of a potential rivalry, an assessment of Texas A&M and LSU’s university backgrounds is in order.

The history of the University of Texas A&M is most likely familiar with any and all university Read the rest of this entry »

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Demolition and Renewal: a History of the Plaza Hotel in College Station

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Almost every Bryan/College Station resident would admit to driving past the abandoned Plaza Hotel occasionally in their weekly routine, if not daily. The seventeen story concrete shell stands at the intersection of Texas Avenue and University Drive, arguably the two busiest streets in the whole city. And after 6:30am on Thursday, May 24th 2012, this once pivotal structure will be reduced to nothing more than a pile of shattered concrete and useless rubble.

If you’ve driven through the city of College Station in the past few weeks, it’s likely that you’ve noticed the unusual vacancy of the Plaza Hotel. Not that you would be expected to notice a parking lot or diminished business: instead, it is the actual building itself which you would’ve noticed. The windows of various apartments and hotel rooms appear to almost open up to the sky behind the structure. I myself have viewed this spectacle on a few sunset evenings, when the sky behind the Plaza Hotel was painted with the various colors of sunset, the different tones of orange, pink, or Easter purple leaking through the hollowed frame of the seventeen story structure. It’s more than evident then, peering up through the cracks in the concrete frame, to understand how completely abandoned the Plaza Hotel had become. And to hear now that the building will be imploded this upcoming Thursday, you might not be entirely surprised.

But how did this pivotal structure, the hotel that has had such a powerful presence in the history of our growing city, come to such an abrupt end? In such instances as this, it is sometimes important to understand the buildings past in order to appreciate the present circumstances.

What we know today as the Plaza Hotel actually began as a Ramada Inn, the first foundations of which were laid in the late 1950s. Joe Ferreri, the constructor of the Ramada Inn, was approached in the 1950s by Earl Rudder of Texas A&M. Attracted to Ferreri’s success as a drive-inn restaurant owner, Rudder approached Joe with the proposition to construct a badly needed hotel on the Corner of Texas Avenue and University. After appearing hesitant about the project due to his lack of experience in the hotel industry, Rudder encouraged him forward, getting the young businessman to wonder how much different it could be than the food industry.

So Joe began to build. By 1960 the Ramada Inn opened, looking far different than the Plaza Hotel that we know today. The Ramada had been a quaint, two story Inn with an Olympic swimming pool, faculty club, banquet hall, and just over 150 rooms. But this quiet corner served as a focal point for the College Station and Texas A&M community.

The Ramada Inn had immediate success and was consistently pushed to over 90% of its overall capacity. In fact, the hotel had such great business that Ferreri was pressed to expand. In 1980 he began the construction of a new high-rise for his Hotel, and in just one year an additional seventeen story tower was built: making the shell of the structure that you see today.

But despite the initial success of Ferreri’s expanded hotel and the overall consistent business he was receiving from the community at large, only a few years after the construction of the Hotel’s new high-rise, Joe Ferreri was forced to sell the Ramada Inn. In the early 1980s there was a major economic recession, much like the most recent economic events of the late 21st Century. Rising interest rates on the debts incurred from Ferreri’s construction, along with the overall state of the economy and slowing business, forced Ferreri out of his prized construction. The result was a loss of over 32 million dollars in assets and personal funds. Ferreri was left only with his home, a single car, and his family.

Since then what began as the Ramada Inn has switched ownership several times, becoming most recently what it is known as today: the Plaza Hotel. And it would appear that a similar fate befell the success of the Plaza Hotel’s business, the inevitable slip to bankruptcy that caused the hotel to close its doors for the last time in 2010.

Unfortunately, the story does not end there. After the abandonment of the Plaza Hotel, the twelve acre site of prime real-estate has become a hot-spot for crime, vandalism, and drug use. Criminals have been simply unable to avoid the alluring pull of an abandoned, seventeen story shelter full of furniture, walls, and glass. Security has been gradually increasing over the past few months, but authorities have become hard-pressed for the funds to support the coverage of such a broad area when the use of civil authorities is generally looked for elsewhere. So what is the result? Demolition.

The demolition project has been delegated to the local Civil Engineering Company, Mitchell and Morgan. Veronica Morgan is the lead Civil Engineer in charge of the implosion, which is currently set to occur around 6:30am this Thursday, the 24th of May. The event will be free and open to the public. Veronica Morgan herself hopes the implosion “will be an event for the community.” Many are certainly looking forward to the removal of the towering Plaza Hotel, which has been described by as an ‘eyesore’ to the community at large.

While future construction in the Plaza Hotel area is still unclear (there has been speculation about student housing, shopping/eating centers, night clubs, etc.), it is obvious and in popular demand that the archaic, outdated shell of the 1960s Ramada Inn be destroyed and replaced with a more aesthetically appealing structure. While the overall value of the land has decreased 28.7% from 2008 to 2010, it is still located in a prime location with an excellent promise of prosperous business. The city allegedly has had multiple propositions processed over the past several months, and the entire community is excited to find out what the future will hold.

PS – Susan Hilton is Bryan College Station, Texas’ real estate specialist in foreclosure sales and real estate agent career building so if you need help – CALL! 979-219-3970

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PetCo Dog and Cat Grooming in College Station Texas

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3sWCGAJlic[/youtube]So you woke up this morning in beautiful College Station Texas! You  brushed your teeth, then washed, dried, and styled your hair – just like you do every morning.  Your nails are clean and trimmed and maybe even polished and the end result is you feeling GREAT and ready to take on the day!

What about your pets? Is your dog’s hair clean, brushed, and smelling wonderful? I have 3 dogs and as a Realtor, the last thing I want is my house smelling like my beloved four legged friends! With three kids, I barely have time to get all their hair and teeth brushed before and after school…add three more sets of hair and teeth and the result is nearly disaster! Luckily College Station is filled with wonderful–and talented–groomers who love their job and love our four legged friends!

It’s important as pet owner’s to take responsibility for the hygiene and well-being of our pets.  Who wants to suggle up to, spend time with or pet a smelly friend? Not only is grooming an important part of your pet’s hygiene but as owner’s, it allows us to bond with our pets, providing them a sense of love and security.

PETCO, conveniently located in College Station on Texas Avenue, is a great place to go for all your pet grooming needs. PETCO offers full service grooming from the day to day things such as baths, hair cuts, and brushing to the more tedious tasks of ear cleaning, teeth cleaning  and nails.

My favorite thing about PETCO , you don’t have to provide a lot of advanced notice. They even accept walk-ins!

As a side note, they allow Gods Creatures Adoptions there on the weekends.  Take your Aggie pets to College Station and let me know what you think!

Raylene Lewis

College Station Expert and Realtor

www.buyincollegestation.com

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Potato Shack Plus on Wellborn Road in College Station -YUM!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRNHPcYjwWw[/youtube]As a full time Realtor for College Station and the surrounding area, I am working all the time! This typically results in my family eating out for most of our meals. It is hard to provide healthy meals for my family that are fast or that deliver.  The Potato Shack–a meal in a peel–is a place my family loves! 

The first Potato Shack opened up in College Station, Texas in 1998. Today they have many locations around Texas, many of which are still in the birthplace of College Station.  Potato Shack 3 is known for their massive baked potatoes .

Here you will find more potato options than you can imagine! Potato Shack offers “spuds” ranging from a Chicken & Broccoli Potato, Bacon Cheese Burger Potato, Chicken Fried Steak Potato, to even a Teriyaki Potato!  I have not been so adventurous, as to eat one of the potatoes above and would love some feedback on any experiences! Luckily, just about any craving you have with a potato, they can make it!!

Potato Shack not only offers potatoes but they have also feature wings, friend pickles, fried mushrooms, salads and a great variety of yummy desserts. Potato Shack in College Station, TX is my pick when you have a “spud” craving! And just for you, here is the coupon page!

Raylene Lewis

College Station Expert and  Realtor

www.buyincollegestation.com

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Easterwood Airport: Is the Convenience Worth the Potential Delay?

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Easterwood Airport is the only airport in the area, and it is owned and operated by Texas A&M University. It provides both commercial and general aviation services.

When you are headed out of town from Easterwood, your choices are American Airlines or Continental, and currently approximately 85,000 passengers choose one or the other each year.

When you depart from Easterwood, your next stop is either Dallas or Houston and the cost will be at least $100.00 and will theoretically take you a little over an hours time. A drive to Dallas, in comparison and considering only minimal traffic, is approximately a 4 hours trip, and you are looking at

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