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October kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and all over the country, women, men, organizations and corporations are promoting pink in the hope of saving lives. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, regardless of race or ethnicity – and it’s the second most common cause of death from cancer among white, black, Asian/Pacific Islander and Native American women. There’s no way to prevent breast cancer, but early detection of the disease has proven to save thousands of lives. Thanks to advances in early detection and in cancer treatment, more and more women are able to courageously battle this disease – and survive. One of them is Donna Vallone, whose husband, iconic Houston restaurateur, Tony Vallone, is the owner of Vallone’s at Gateway Memorial City. Donna is the honorary chair of this month’s Sixth Annual Razzle Dazzle “The Power of Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon. Proceeds benefit the Bobetta Lindig Breast Care Center at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, itself a force in saving the lives of women in our area and beyond. We profile Donna for her extraordinary advocacy on behalf of early detection, her passion for helping women and for sharing her powerful story. She is an inspiring, warm and encouraging figure, with an urgent message for women everywhere: Get your mammogram.

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“GET YOUR MAMMOGRAM WHEN IT’S TIME,” Donna Vallone says adamantly, her cheerful voice ringing with urgency. “If there’s one message I want to get across, it’s that.” Vallone speaks from a place of experience, and is determined to use her warm, rich personality to help ensure every woman understands the importance of the early detection of breast cancer and that it can save lives. After all, it saved hers. “At the time I was diagnosed, I didn’t realize that I am in the minority for those getting breast cancer. Although it can be a hereditary disease, the majority of women who get breast cancer don’t have breast cancer in their families. And that’s why I’m such an advocate of mammograms.” “I’M A SURVIVOR, BUT WOMEN YOUNGER THAN ME HAVE

Breast cancer ran in Vallone’s family, so she readily admits that “it wasn’t a case of if, but when,” in terms of knowing it was something she’d likely confront. Still, when she got the diagnosis in May of 2007, it was life-altering.


“I was sad,” she recalls. “But not necessarily surprised.” She went on for treatment and is now eight years cancer free. And she’s doing all she can to make sure other women can have the same sort of success story. Vallone is the honorary chair of this year’s Razzle Dazzle “The Power of Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser, held every October in Memorial City, with proceeds from the luncheon benefiting early detection programs at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Breast Care with Memorial Hermann at the Bobetta Lindig Breast Care Center. “What’s so wonderful about the Breast Center is you can go there and get a complete work-up,” says Vallone. “If your doctor is someplace else, they’ll send the results. When you walk in, it’s like a spa, I tell you.” She laughs the kind of conspiratorial laugh girlfriends trade across tables of champagne brunch, eager to share her love for this place and this cause. “You’re given a nice, warm robe. Really, you’re treated as warmly as you can be when you’re going to get a mammogram.”

THE BOBETTA LINDIG BREAST CENTER MEMORIAL CITY Every two minutes a new case of breast cancer is diagnosed in the U.S. One in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lives.* The American Cancer Society says that doctors believe thousands of lives are saved every year thanks to the early detection of breast cancer. That’s where the Memorial Hermann Bobetta Lindig Breast Care Center comes in. Its welcoming, spalike environment provides an inviting atmosphere with the latest screening technologies, designed to help women get the best diagnosis and assist them and their health providers with determining the right course of treatment. Patients are greeted with warmed robes, coffee, tea and snacks. The center offers the latest imaging technology, including 3D mammograms.

Lest her passion sound too light for such a heavy cause, Vallone emphasizes that the Bobetta Lindig Breast Center is also on the cutting edge of breast cancer detection. It offers everything from MRIs to DEXA bone scans, biopsies and diagnostics.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Get a mammogram. Encourage your friends to do the same. You could be saving a life.

The Breast Center and its technology saves the lives of many women like Vallone. The woman whose favorite color is pink has become a powerhouse for this cause – and she isn’t afraid to share details about her own history or offer advice to women on how to ask questions of their doctors and about their treatments. Most of all though, she wants women to understand breast cancer’s no joke.


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AIR LIQUIDE RELOCATES TO MEMORIAL CITY It was a definite coup for Memorial City when Air Liquide, a world leader in gases and technologies, moved its U.S. and Americas Zone corporate headquarters from the Galleria to Memorial City. Nearly 1,000 employees will take up residence in the company’s new spaces at 9811 and 9807 Katy Freeway. The move signals growth not only for Air Liquide, but for Memorial City and MetroNational as well. “We had outgrown our space in the Galleria,” says Heather Browne, director of corporate communications for Air Liquide. “And while we looked all over the city – in downtown, other Galleria areas and other locations around the city – the combination of space allocation and amenities here in Memorial City not only made sense, it was the right fit.” Air Liquide is a multi-national powerhouse, specializing in gases for industry, health and the environment. The company focuses on renewable energies, medical gases, such as oxygen and nitrous oxide; propellants used to launches rockets; gases used in auto manufacturing; and oxygen used to preserve food. The organization’s administrative and industrial operations will initially occupy the upper six floors of the 20-story tower in addition to the first floor lobby and office space, totaling 155,000 square feet, with options to expand floor space. Its Engineering & Construction operations will occupy two floors of the second building, totaling 67,000 square feet. Both Class A office buildings are LEED Silver and connect to a network of skywalks providing access to Memorial City Mall and other neighboring amenities within Memorial City.

“This move marks an exciting new chapter in Air Liquide’s history as our business continues to rapidly grow and evolve,” said Michael Graff, Chairman & CEO, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc. and Air Liquide Senior Vice President for the Americas. “We are investing in our future, ensuring the right environment, space and resources to support our talented workforce and continue to enable the highest level of innovation and service for our customers.” Air Liquide is excited to call the Memorial City area its new home. “This move marks an exciting chapter in Air Liquide’s history and is in many ways a new beginning for us,” said John Buckley, CEO Air Liquide USA LLC. On behalf of myself and our Houston based employees, we look forward to working in and contributing to the Memorial City area. We are proud to be Memorial City’s newest resident!” Browne says that the new Memorial City address is somewhat centrally located for the organization’s team members. There’s also another key factor she says helped the company seal the deal. “Besides the dining and entertainment amenities, having close access to so many highly regarded schools and healthcare offerings was another factor that we took into account as we explored the area. We’re excited about this new chapter in our corporate history, and we’re looking forward to being part of the neighborhood.” Air Liquide should be fully moved in by the end of October.


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“We’re excited!” says Chef Greg Lowry about the newly opened gastropub Pour Society. “This is about being able to cook stuff we like, and giving people a space to hang out, like you would over a weekend with your friends, eating good food and drinking good beer.” The newest addition to Gateway Memorial City is the brainchild of Lowry and his longtime collaborator Matthew Lovelace. The 7,000-square-foot space joins neighbors KUU, Vallone’s and Churrascos, punching up the area’s food scene, and bringing with it an entirely different vibe on dining out. The dramatic and industrial leaning, lightfilled space with soaring ceilings effortlessly blends bar, ballgames and bites for one of Houston’s best looking and tasting sports-oriented eateries to date. Clever custom interior elements bring intimacy and purpose to every nook, while 17 TVs deliver clear sightlines to every cranny. “WE WANT PEOPLE TO COME IN AND FEEL LIKE THEY CAN BE THEMSELVES, RELAX,” SAYS LOWRY. “NOTHING HERE IS OVER-FANCIFIED.”

That said, the menu is much more than burgers and bites. Reimagined Southern favorites dominate, with items such as seven layer with crab, shrimp, guacamole, pinto beans,

sour cream, corn, pico and radish; fried oysters with bacon aioli, toasted bread, arugula and micro cilantro; the Pour’k Burger with a ground chuck and bacon-jam patty, beer cheese and a chile-cheddar bun topped with traditional garnish; Mexican fried chicken thighs with elote mashed potatoes, white cheddar, green chili sauce and egg; and the Pour Man’s Filet with teres major, smashed potatoes, green bean pecadine and ancho-whiskey butter. Guests looking for vegetarian-friendly options will enjoy options such as chilled cucumber and avocado soup; Kim Cheese Sandwich with house made kimchee, pimento and redneck cheddar and Texas toast; and the Non-Texan Sandwich with broccoli rabe, scamorza, tomatoes, fried egg, seasonal greens and seedful toast. In addition, Lowry promises an assortment of bottled beer, with 42 on tap, as well as myriad wine and beer cocktails selections. “We’ve been so welcomed by this community,” says Lowry, who felt the area was ripe for an independent, craft restaurant like this one, and he’s looking forward to sharing his passion for food with his new neighbors. “We’ve been having a good time with it. We’re ready to go.” Located at 947 North Gessner, Suite B190 | 832.831.0950

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12 BEYOND BUTTERFLIES: A GROWN-UP METAMORPHOSIS Four Memorial residents – Tamara LeFevre, Vanessa Vance, Amy Waltz and Ginny Endecott – found common ground in their experiences as breast cancer survivors and became fast friends. While each of their experiences was different, each found hope in embracing the change – and each other.



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Associate Publisher, LARA BELL The month of October always evokes shades of pink fluttering in my mind for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Every year, we celebrate those who are on the forefront fighting this illness through a diagnosis, as well as family members caring for their loved ones and the doctors, nurses and researchers looking for a cure. On the cover, we have three very brave Memorial ladies who have battled this horrible disease. Also in the month of October, we look forward to Halloween. Turn to page 34 for a cute pumpkin Brooks and Dylan Milam at the decoration to make, and Jan Glenn shows us some pumpkin patch. spooky animals on page 38 – and they are spooky! When Jan was my producer, around Halloween, she used to book guests to come on the show with bats, snakes and spiders. I think she did it so she could watch me squirm on television! She loves her animals, no matter what type! You’ll also meet the Bairds, a family who spent some time in Africa helping forgotten children, and some Memorial kids who are on their way to Broadway via the new TUTS production of Bonnie & Clyde! As I close, please remember to get tickets to the Spring Branch Education Foundation Luncheon on October 8th at Royal Sonesta. Elaine Turner and Chloe Dao are the featured designers, and Patty Busmire and I are co-chairing. I can promise it is going to be a great time! For tickets, visit

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n retrospect, it was like a grown-up game of Freeze Tag. Remember playing that game as a child? Whoever was “it” chased the other players around, freezing them in place by tagging them. Once you were tagged, you couldn’t move until another player “saved” you by tagging you again. In the game I found myself in, breast cancer was “it,” and it had already tagged two people very close to me in the previous 12 months. I kind of knew deep down even before my doctor walked in with her eyes all soft and apologetic: It was cancer. And now, it had gotten me too on July 14, 2014.


The first thing I thought was, “Me? I’m so healthy!” I never smoked, was never overweight, barely drank, exercised and ate pretty healthily except for a major addiction to sugar. There was no history of cancer in my family either. Nevertheless, it chose me, and the whirlwind began. It was Stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) of the right breast. My gynecologist detected a lump, even though I had just had my annual mammogram and a follow up ultrasound six months earlier. Needless to say, I was no longer feeling “50 and fabulous.” I had certainly experienced challenges before, but this felt much bigger. I repeatedly reminded myself that so many women go through this and survive, yet I also worried about my job and above all, my son, who was starting his freshman year in high school. For me, moving quickly was the answer. But depending on the type of cancer, stage and tumor size, there are a lot of

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decisions to be made, often without delay or any guaranteed outcomes. What facility will I go to? Lumpectomy or mastectomy? Single or double? Which doctors do I choose? Reconstruction? What kind? If the tumor analysis puts me in only the intermediate zone of risk for recurrence, will I do chemo or not? Within two and a half weeks of my diagnosis, in the same space of time one might spend on a memorable family vacation, I had met with seven doctors, had multiple tests, talked to CanCare volunteers, as well as family and friends, conducted speed-dating style research and scheduled my first surgery – a mastectomy. I was blessed not to need radiation and opted to forego chemo after determining that the potential complications outweighed the likely benefits for my situation. So, I had three surgeries in just over four months and began the ever-so-delightful five-year course of Tamoxifen, an oral medication prescribed to pre-menopausal women with hormone receptor-positive cancers to decrease the chance of recurrence. I entered 2015 with hope, optimism and gratitude, along with some adjustments. Cancer affects a person’s self-image and relationships with others. Some relationships get stronger, while some may not survive.

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“What surprised me the most was the support I received from people I didn’t expect it from and the lack of support from certain people I did expect it from,” said Vanessa Vance. Married with two boys, Vanessa was diagnosed with Stage 3 invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC) of the right breast on March 11, 2014 at the age of 45. Fortunately, however, there was far more support than lack of support, especially within the Memorial community. Vanessa noticed something the month before while in the shower, but like many, wrote it off as a likely cyst, common for women with dense breast tissue. A month later, she decided to get it checked out. Vanessa’s treatment required chemo first to shrink the tumors. Since she had a family history of breast cancer, Vanessa chose to have a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy. She also underwent radiation and later, reconstruction.

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Vanessa and I were introduced by a mutual friend who thought we might be helpful to one another. She was right. Vanessa invited me over for lunch, and as we sat at her kitchen table and began to talk about our stories, our kids, our fears and the many challenges of treatment, it was more like reconnecting with an old friend I hadn’t seen in a few years than meeting someone new. We soon learned that we were the Kevin Bacon of Memorial. You know, six degrees of separation? We marveled at the fact that we somehow managed not to meet sooner. Every other day, we discovered yet another mutual friend from all corners of our lives. One such friend was Amy Waltz. Amy was the first person to humble me with the kindness of a stranger. She is my neighbor, but we had only briefly met once before. After another neighbor told her about my situation, Amy lovingly left the book Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life on my doorstep and a card in which she wrote that she would be honored to walk with me through the journey, and she did.

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“The ultimate metamorphosis can be beautiful, just like the proverbial butterfly, if allowed. We just have to embrace the change – and each other.” – Tamara LeFevre Amy invited me to yoga, took me out for coffee when I couldn’t drive and left me care packages. As it turns out, Amy knew a lot about cancer. She was diagnosed with Stage 2 IDC on March 20, 2008, when she was 35 with three young children under the age of six. Amy endured chemo, radiation, a double mastectomy and many reconstructive surgeries. A stay-at-home mom, Amy quickly put to use her social worker training to focus on becoming healthy. “I was desperate to know why I had been given such a dreadful diagnosis,” said Amy. “The more I read, the more I learned that lifestyle choices, including our food choices, are directly related to most cancers, more so than genetics.” Like me, Amy had no history of cancer in her family and was an otherwise healthy woman. After Amy’s diagnosis, her husband and friends put together a team, Waltz Warriors, to run in the Komen Race for the Cure. They raised $25,000 and didn’t stop there. Every year, Waltz Warriors raises funds for the Pink Ribbons Project, an organization that uses the arts to heal those touched by cancer. Not surprisingly, Amy continues to be a source of information and support to many women going through cancer. Like Amy, learning more about cancer and its prevention gave me the resolve to move through it and into a healthier future. Vanessa agreed, “My adherence to an informed, integrative practice helped me maintain optimism and a rational sense about my remission.” So, my new “breast friends” and I share information while reminding each other of the importance of attitude and the amazing power of our minds to shape our realities. We all have a renewed commitment to visualize health, express gratitude daily, practice “stillness,” pray and nourish our souls. As a single mom with a demanding job, my life is busy and gets out of balance fairly easily. Cancer tagged me and whispered a message in my ear. With cancer comes the gift of new friendships among survivors who lift each other up in a way that no one else can. And, it’s a gift that keeps on giving. Last summer, I happened to see a Facebook post about a woman in our area who had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. I hesitated briefly, then remembered how helpful the CanCare volunteers had been to me, so I sent her a message offering to talk. A couple of months later, that same woman was standing at my door to purchase something I had posted for sale on Memorial Area Trading. She had tears in her eyes when she realized I was the person who had sent her the previous message. That was a good time to talk. Ginny Endecott was diagnosed on June 9, 2015 with Stage 3 IDC and is undergoing six months of chemo before having surgery and radiation. When I met her, she was wearing a scarf and hat to cover her bare head and had just dropped off her 12 year-old daughter for the first day of school. Ginny was recovering from the jolt of having just faced the other


parents and kids at school with her dramatically changed appearance, aware of averted eyes and conscious of the fact that not everyone can be immediately comfortable with the change. It’s an adjustment for everyone. Three weeks before her diagnosis, Ginny and her husband fulfilled their dream of buying a rental property in Florida along Highway 30-A. Their plans to refurbish the property were temporarily put on hold after the diagnosis, but Ginny kept moving ahead. “I don’t know what is wrong with me!” Ginny said. “Focusing on home improvement is my new obsession! It’s a way of making sure I have something to plan for, and hunting for deals when I feel well enough has been a nice diversion.” I shared with Ginny that I had done something similar after my diagnosis. I wanted everything in order. I wanted my bedroom fixed up to feel fresh and new. Any update I had ever been considering I suddenly wanted to do. I realized that it was a way of taking control of what I could and also creating something beautiful in the eye of an ugly storm. I told Ginny that I thought her “obsession” was normal and therapeutic. I also introduced Ginny to Amy and Vanessa.

Jason, Ginny and Maddy Endecott with their dog Cookie. Photo by Diana Waguespack.

Going through cancer is a major renovation of the body and soul, but the demolition and reconstruction happen simultaneously. Chemo attacks a person’s system, while at the same time they try to eat healthily to restore and improve their immune system. Parts of the body are literally stripped away, while new parts are added. Medications change a person’s chemistry and personality, while prayer and reflection may expand their heart and appreciation for life. Grief and hope co-exist. While this experience is painful and leaves scars – both physically and emotionally – the ultimate metamorphosis can be beautiful, just like the proverbial butterfly, if allowed. We just have to embrace the change – and each other.

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n May 22nd at 7 AM, when Verna Schoen turned and slipped on a roly-poly, lemon-sized Magnolia tree seed pod, she was airborne for a split second, then came crashing down forearm first, shattering it to smithereens. She didn’t dream this was going to be one of her lucky days. This was the day she would land Barbara Wilson as her surgeon. By 7:20 AM, Verna was in the nearest emergency clinic, where she was referred to Houston Hand Surgeon Dr. Barbara Wilson. Miracle #1: “When a friend called for an appointment,” Verna explained, “Dr. Wilson answered the phone, because her receptionist was out.” Miracle #2: “Dr. Wilson worked me in for a 1 pm appointment and then as an ‘add-on’ surgery at 4 pm on a Friday.” Verna’s radius X-ray looked like a jigsaw puzzle, so the only option was a four and a half-inch by two-inch titanium plate screwed into place to fuse the bone fragments. Miracle #3:

“Rather than suffering through the Memorial Day weekend with a badly broken arm,” marveled Verna, “I was already healing.” Miracle #4: “Less than a day after the surgery, I could bend my swollen fingers into a fist and almost cross my thumb to my little finger. It was amazing. In my opinion, she is not just a physician, she’s a magician.” One of the people who inquired about Verna’s injury is a well-known Houston business owner. He preferred to remain anonymous for purposes of this article, but referring to Dr. Wilson, he said, “From what I’ve seen and

Over dinner at the Ristorante Cavour, Barbara J. Wilson, MD, FACS (center) discusses options for “anonymous” Houston entrepreneur (left) referred by grateful patient Verna Schoen (right). Dr. Wilson is a clinical instructor for the Baylor University Hand Surgery Fellowship Training program and an active member of the American Society of Surgery of the Hand.


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Ask Alex: All About Fall


lex Belt is a Memorial mom, business owner and all around in the know kind of gal. Friends call on her relentlessly for advice on how to plan a party and what trend is “in.” Now that fall has arrived and Halloween is just around the corner, it’s time to prepare. So, we’re doing what everyone else does – asking Alex!


I have purchased some of your hand-painted Halloween door decorations in the past. Do you still sell artwork for the holidays?

Hannah and Hollyn Bothe, Jeannette Belt and Jessica Youngblood all dressed up for Halloween.


Do you have a favorite place to buy unique Halloween costumes?

I absolutely love Chasing Fireflies. Almost all of our costumes have come from this fabulous website, My girls start looking at the catalog in July when the Halloween costumes start appearing and circle the ones they want. I like these costumes because they are not the same old costumes that everyone else will have. The quality is worth the price. I go all out on our Halloween costumes, because I store them once they are worn and will keep them forever. With three girls, I have been able to pull a costume out of a box for many lastminute costume changes.


Yes! The top three places that I recommend are Memorial Drive United Methodist Church (UMC), Dewberry Farms and Blessington Farms. Photo from


My family still loves painting our holiday door decorations! This is how we got started, after all. The Silly Silly Girls Gift Boutique offers many different designs, from hand-painted to manufactured. We sell out of our hand-painted door decorations quickly, so call early for a custom piece. If we don’t have any hand-painted door decorations left, we offer tons of other door décor that can be personalized to make your door very whimsical! Visit


Do you have a list of really good pumpkin patches in the area, so I can get a photo with my little one?


The corn maze at Dewberry Farms.

I am looking for some fun activities for my kids during the fall. What are some things that you are looking forward to this season?

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I am so excited that Dewberry Farms has teamed up with Blue Bell for the 2015 fall season. Their corn maze is comprised of the Blue Bell logo cut into the corn stalks. With miles of trails cut into the maze, kids are sure to have a great time trying to navigate the twists and turns in search of the exit. When they find their way out, they can head over to the parlor for some wonderful Blue Bell ice cream.


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City ArtWorks Presents “Art of Conversation” As art education in schools declines, the need for a creative visual art outlet for children becomes increasingly important. Memorial residents Denise Bush Bahr, Deborah Colton and Olga Bush, along with River Oaks resident Evelyn Leightman, have come together for “Art of Conversation,” a fundraiser for the Spring Branch-based non-profit City ArtWorks set for noon on November 2nd at the Junior League of Houston. Chaired by Colton and Leightman and honoring Bahr and Bush, the event will feature over 30 celebrity conversationalists. Proceeds will provide a significant percentage of the funds necessary to support City ArtWorks’ children’s visual arts enrichment programs. In addition to offering programs that benefit lowincome children, City ArtWorks features an Art After School program for elementary and middle school students and Art Smart for younger children. Tickets to the luncheon are available for $175 each, and tables may be purchased for $1,750 to $5,000. For more information, contact Reyes Ramirez at 713-681-1331 or visit www.cityartworks. org.

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From Memorial to Africa


aising a family in the Memorial area is a dreamy scenario for most parents with its beautiful neighborhoods, excellent schools and thriving church communities. However, it can provide a very narrow view of what the rest of the world looks like. For many parents, there is a common struggle of providing their children with all of the material comforts of America while impressing upon them the real struggles of extreme poverty in other parts of the world. It is hard for a child to comprehend what it means to live on a dirt floor and eat one meal a day when they have no standard of comparison, nor do they understand what it means to be a double orphan – to have lost both parents and to live as a burden to other family members or neighbors. The Bible states in James 1:27, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress.” The Baird family chose to step out of their comfort zone this past summer and to live out their Christian faith. They traveled to Zambia, Africa to minister to orphans through an organization called Family Legacy. On July 23rd, Mark, Gwen, Lillie, Charlie and John Baird boarded a plane in Houston. Two days later, they arrived in Zambia with a simple mission: to share the Gospel of Jesus with orphans and to love them without reservation. They spent a week doing exactly that through Camp Life, a Va-

Charlie Baird with a new friend in Zambia.


Lillie, Gwen, Mark, Charlie and John Baird with their “Zambia family” at Camp Life in Zambia, Africa.

cation Bible School day camp on the Family Legacy compound, which is located outside Zambia’s capital city of Lusaka. For seven weeks of the summer, Family Legacy bused in nearly 1,000 Zambian orphans for a fun-filled camp centered on teaching them the amazing grace of Jesus Christ. Most of these children had never played on playground equipment or colored a picture with crayons. Camp Life gave them the opportunity to do this and so much more. Most importantly, the orphans were given a chance to be a child, untethered and allowed the freedom to experience the simple joys of childhood. Each Baird family member was responsible for shepherding a group of 10 Zambian orphans through the week. According to the Bairds, one of their favorite days was toward the end of the week when the Americans went into the neighborhoods where the orphans lived. On this day, the orphans shepherded the Americans, leading them through their villages, as they unashamedly shared the Gospel with the locals in their community. These communities, located on the outskirts of Lusaka, have no running water or

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electricity. The median age in Zambia is 16, so there are many children roaming the streets and alleyways. Of the 13 million people living in that country, one million are orphan children. Family Legacy impacts children not only through Camp Life but by also offering them the opportunity to get an education through a Legacy school, where they receive a top-notch Christian education, a warm nutritious meal each day and a school uniform. These programs are paid for through sponsorships, which mostly come from Americans who attend Camp Life, as well as their family and friends. It is a small, monthly sacrifice that changes the life of a Zambian child forever. Currently, the Bairds sponsor two orphans, and they spent the week at Camp Life with both of them. The Bairds’ week in Zambia may be over, but the friendships they built with the Zambian orphans will forever be a part of who they are. “We think about them every day and can’t wait to see them again next year,” said Gwen. The experience was so meaningful for the entire family that they are already making plans for their return trip next summer.





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When Worry Becomes Worrisome: The Difference Between Normal Stress and Anxiety Disorders


ou’re worried about X, Y and Z. You obsess about them for hours every day, maybe for weeks. It’s safe to assume that most of us have experienced stress in one form or another, whether it’s a deadline at work, a family conflict or an important decision. But, contrary to popular belief, there is a difference between normal stress and anxiety. Dr. Kimberly Cress, Medical Director at the TMS Serenity Center, says the main difference between worry and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is that the symptoms start to cause dysfunction and are more frequent with GAD. Excessive stress and worry about a variety of everyday problems that is disproportionate to the events and that linger six months or more can indicate GAD. One recent study found that people without GAD tended to worry an average of 55 minutes a day, while those with GAD worried for 310 minutes each day. That’s one hour of worry compared to five. Stress and worry are the body’s reactions to a circumstance or situation that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response. While people typically associate stress with negative responses, it can be caused by any change – even positive ones. Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension and worry. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in America, affecting around 18 percent of the United States’ population in any given year and almost 30 percent of American adults across their lifespan. The average age of onset is 31 years-old and affects twice as many women as men. Anxiety can become a problem when your worry flip switch gets stuck to the “on” position. “It starts to become dys-


functional,” stated Dr. Cress. “You feel like it’s affecting your relationships, work and ability to enjoy yourself. You can’t turn it off.” How do you know whether this is typical stress or worry or if you have GAD? Dr. Cress noted some major differences: Normal Worry: • Worrying does not interfere with your relationships, job or social life. • You feel that your concerns are controllable and can be dealt with at a later time. • Your worries cause only mild distress. • A specific cause initiated your worrying. • Worry only lasts for a brief period with a beginning and an end. • Worry isn’t usually accompanied by physical or psychological symptoms. GAD: • Worrying significantly interferes with work or social activities. • You feel that your worrying is out of your control. • Your worries are very distressing and pervasive. • Worrying began for no reason. • Three or more physical or psychological symptoms occur with your worrying, such as sleep problems, irritability, tense muscles, problems concentrating, fatigue or restlessness. Chronic worry and stress can also trigger a host of health issues. The problem occurs when fight or flight is triggered daily by excessive worrying and anxiety. The fight or flight response causes the body’s sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones, such as cortisol. These hormones can boost blood sugar levels and triglycerides (blood fats) that can be used by the

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body for fuel. The hormones also cause physical reactions such as: • Difficulty swallowing • Dizziness • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) • Fast heartbeat • Fatigue • Headaches • Irritable bowel with diarrhea and/or constipation • Irritability • Muscle aches • Muscle tension • Nausea, knots in the stomach • Nervous energy • Rapid breathing • Shortness of breath • Sweating • Trembling and twitching When to Get Help: Many will see their general physician numerous times to address their physical complaints, but they are not aware that GAD is the cause. When individuals struggle with multiple physical symptoms throughout the body, the common denominator is anxiety. GAD is typically treated with psychotherapy, medications or both. However, when an individual cannot tolerate medications due to side effects, or they continue to suffer from anxiety despite numerous medications, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy is a great treatment option. If you’re struggling with overwhelming anxiety, don’t hesitate to seek help. Contact a mental health professional if you are feeling overwhelmed by stress, excessive worry or if you feel stress is affecting your health. “We’ve had great success treating patients who suffer from anxiety with TMS Therapy,” Dr. Cress stated. “We’re able to turn the worry switch ‘off’ and get patients back to enjoying their lives again.”

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The Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) recently named new members to its board of directors for the 2015-2016 term. SBEF provides a vehicle for donors to make tax-deductible gifts to benefit Spring Branch Independent School District to enhance the education of its 35,000 students. Lisa Schwartz, co-owner of Balfour Yearbooks, Houston/European office, is the board’s chair and J. Carter Breed, owner of REMAX Memorial Town and Country, is secretary and treasurer. Both are completing two-year terms. New members to the SBEF board of directors, serving three-year terms, include Jennifer Cobb, Becky Fenn, Sheri Leigh-Gross, Tamma Howell, Daniel Irving, Marc Magness, DDS, Jeff Majewski, Vincent Montalbano, Dr. Scott Muri, Kristi Robishaw, Warren Sloan, Laura Stein and Dmel Tatum. SBEF is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to supporting Spring Branch ISD students and educators. It partners with the district and community to fund programs that enhance education and prepare students for the future. For more information, visit www.

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Common Breast Cancer Myths: The Truth About Breast Cancer

Dr. Michelina Cairo Texas Oncology– Sugar Land

Dr. Frankie Ann Holmes Texas Oncology– Sugar Land


hile early detection and advances in treatment have created millions of breast cancer survivors, it remains the second-deadliest cancer affecting American women. As oncologists, we often hear misconceptions about the disease from patients. It’s important to have the facts and dispel common myths surrounding breast cancer.

Myth No. 1: You’ll only get breast cancer if you have a family history. A higher risk of developing breast cancer can be inherited through gene mutations. “Only five to 10 percent of cancers are from inherited gene mutations, and many women diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease,” said Dr. Michelina Cairo, medical oncologist, Texas Oncology–Houston Memorial City. If you have a strong family history of cancer, genetic testing can identify your risk for certain cancer types, including breast and ovarian. Reducing risk and detecting cancer early are the most important things people can do to protect their health.

Myth No. 2: If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, you must have your breasts removed. A breast cancer diagnosis does not automatically result in a mastectomy. The type and stage of the cancer will impact the need for a mastectomy or lumpectomy. Treatment


options, often used in combination, can include radiation, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, bone-directed therapy or hormone therapy. A clinical trial may offer the best approach to fighting cancer. Texas Oncology, through its affiliation with US Oncology Research, has contributed to the approval of more than 50 FDA-approved cancer-fighting drugs, nearly one-third of all cancer therapies approved by the FDA to date. “Patients interested in participating in a trial should consult with their oncologist to determine eligibility, benefits and risks,” said Dr. Frankie Ann Holmes, medical oncologist, Texas Oncology–Houston Memorial City.

Myth No. 3: Lumps in your breasts mean you have breast cancer. Many conditions may cause breast lumps, including benign conditions. It’s important to pay attention to other less-known symptoms of breast cancer, including change in breast size or shape; thickening of breast or underarm; nipple retraction or discharge; dimpled skin near the breast; tenderness or pain in breast or nipple; a lump under your arm or around the collarbone or irritation, redness, scaliness or swelling on the breast, nipple or skin near the nipple. While these are symptoms of breast cancer, changes in your breasts can also indicate non-cancerous conditions. “Consult your physician immediately if you experience any of the symptoms above,” said Dr. Holmes.

Myth No. 4: Breast cancer only affects women. Breast cancer is more common in women; however, men can also be diagnosed. About one in 1,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in his lifetime. Breast cancer can have a huge impact on the lives of those diagnosed and their families. While it cannot be completely prevented, there are steps women can take to decrease their risk. “Regular exercise, limiting alcohol intake and maintaining a healthy body weight may reduce your breast cancer risk,” said Dr. Cairo. “With regular screenings and advanced technology and treatments, more people than ever are surviving this disease.”

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oday, there are 14 million cancer survivors in the United States. Many continue to suffer from the side effects of cancer and cancer treatments as long as 10 years after completing treatment. These patients are looking for help to restore and maintain their health. Oncologists are focused on pathology and destroying cancer cells but are not usually the source of strategies to restore and maintain healthy function. There are natural solutions to help survivors regain their energy, vitality and quality of life after cancer.

Nutritional Testing and IV Therapy Having the proper balance of essential nutrients is important to feel well, have energy and help prevent the reoccurrence of cancer. This is especially important for cancer patients, since the treatments for cancer can deplete the body of key nutrients. Nutritional Deficiencies Testing is a means to identify which vitamins, minerals, amino acids


and antioxidants a person is deficient in so that they can supplement appropriately. IV Therapy is a method of delivering important nutrients directly into the bloodstream. By bypassing the digestive system, a person can get the benefit of 100 percent of the nutrients, since they do not have to bypass the digestive system. Some of the most important nutrients that are vital for the prevention of cancer include glutathione, which is the body’s master antioxidant; vitamin C, which helps reduce inflammation in the body and the Myers Cocktail, which can help with energy and overall wellness. Supplementation with high quality, medical grade supplements are also important. Some of the more important supplements for breast cancer survivors are DIM, which is important in helping to remove unhealthy estrogen metabolites, and N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC), which helps the body produce more of the antioxidant glutathione.

Inflammation, Gut Health and Food Sensitivities Inflammation is one of the primary causes of cancer and all diseases, for that matter. Inflammation in the body originates from the gut. One of the primary causes of an unhealthy gut is the overgrowth of a yeast called candida albicans. Candida overgrowth can commonly occur due to the overuse of antibiotics that kill off the good bacteria in the gut that are essential to keep the candida from taking over. Another common cause of gut in-

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hen a person is diagnosed with breast cancer, tests are then conducted to study the cancer cells. According to the National Cancer Institute, such tests are used to determine how quickly the cancer may grow and the likelihood that the cancer will spread throughout the body. These tests also may help doctors determine a course of treatment and if a patient is likely to experience a recurrence of the cancer down the road. One such test is the estrogen and progesterone receptor test, which measures the amount of estrogen and progesterone receptors in cancer tissue. The cancer may grow more quickly in patients who have more of these receptors than normal. In addition to measuring the amount of these hormones in the cancer tissue, an estrogen and progesterone test can determine if a treatment aimed at blocking estrogen and progesterone may prevent the cancer from growing. Source:

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reast reconstruction is one or more operations performed to restore all components of the breast of women who have undergone mastectomy or removal of the entire breast. Breast reconstruction after mastectomy has evolved over the last century to become an integral component in the therapy for many women with breast cancer. A complete breast reconstruction includes recreating the breast mound, the nipple and areola complex so that the breasts are symmetric with regard to pigmentation, shape, size, projection and position. The Goals of Breast Reconstruction: To provide permanent breast contour. To make the breasts look balanced. To give the convenience of not requiring an external prosthesis. Breast Reconstruction Can Be Performed Using: Artificial material (a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or saline) placed under the skin. The woman’s own tissues (skin, muscle, fat) from another part of the body (flap reconstruction). Pedicled flap: In this type of flap reconstruction, the tissues remain connected to the area of the body from which they are taken. Specifically, the blood supply to the transplanted tissues is not interrupted. Free flap: In this type of flap reconstruction, the tissues are cut


off from the original area and grafted to the chest, and a new blood supply is created for the grafted tissues. A combination of artificial material and the woman’s own tissues. Timing of Breast Reconstruction: Immediate Versus Delayed Immediate breast reconstruction is reconstruction that is performed at the same time as the mastectomy. Delayed breast reconstruction is reconstruction that is performed weeks, months or years after the mastectomy. Surgeons differ in their opinions about when breast reconstruction should be performed. If radiation therapy needs to be administered after mastectomy, then breast reconstruction is generally delayed until the skin in the treated area has healed. Excellent results can usually be achieved by either immediate breast reconstruction or delayed breast reconstruction. Reconstruction Using Implants Implants are designed to recreate the original breast shape and contour. A breast implant is a silicone shell filled with either silicone gel or saline. A tissue expander or balloon is inserted beneath the skin and chest muscle either during the mastectomy procedure or at a later operation. The surgeon periodically injects saline into the balloon to gradually fill it over several weeks or months so that the overlying skin can expand. After the skin over the breast area has stretched enough, the tissue expander is removed in a second operation and a permanent breast implant is inserted. Some women do not require tissue expansion before receiving an implant; for these women, the surgeon inserts an implant directly. Flap Reconstruction Flap reconstruction is a reconstructive surgery in which a flap of skin and fat with or without muscle is transplanted from a part of the body, such as the lower abdomen, back, thigh or

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Did You Know? • About 6.7 million pounds of pumpkins are planted annually in Texas on roughly 3,300 acres. • If all of the pumpkins grown in Texas were lined up side by side, they would probably reach from Austin to Houston. • For decorating a fall landscape, pair pumpkins with corn stalks, hay bales and scarecrows.

Unusual Pumpkin Varieties Cinderella Pumpkin: The official name of the Cinderella Pumpkin is Rouge Vif d’Etampes. It is a beautiful French heirloom pumpkin that first became available in the United States in 1883. Foodies say this pumpkin’s rich, thick flesh is moist and custard-like with a sweet flavor. Fairytale Pumpkin: This is another native of France with an equally impressive, official name – Musque De Provence. The rind is dark green when immature and transforms into a gorgeous, deep mahogany. The flesh is deep orange and suitable for cooking and baking in pies.


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• When placing pumpkins in the landscape, place them on upside down containers or a solid surface. Avoid letting them sit on soil or in wet areas. • Keep pumpkins dry or displayed in an area where they can air dry should they get wet.

Knuckleheads: These pumpkins are a tough, battle-hardened sort. The hard shells and warts on knuckleheads pay homage to these folks. Jarrahdale Pumpkin: Now a selection from across the globe, Jarrahdale is a New Zealand heirloom variety prized for its slate blue color, ribbed exterior and delicious orange flesh. Carve or bake it like any other squash. Its golden to orangecolored flesh is nutty, sweet and stringless. Baby Boo Pumpkin: Baby Boo pumpkins are, indeed, babies. To maintain the stunning white color, these pumpkins are harvested prior to full maturity. They become a very pale yellow when fully ripe. Long Island Cheese Pumpkin: This pumpkin is a Long Island, New York native.

The “cheese” part of the name comes from the general look of the pumpkin –reminiscent of a wheel of cheese. The Long Island Cheese Pumpkin is very popular for pies. One Too Many Pumpkin: This seedcatalog description says volumes about the One Too Many Pumpkin: “Coloration reminiscent of a bloodshot eye, with redorange ‘veins’ patterned intricately over a white background.” Yes, that’s one inebriated pumpkin. Rascal: The Rascal pumpkin was bred specifically to raise funds for cancer research. The Hoffman family, who runs the Outstanding Seed Company, has been affected by cancer over the years, and the company donates a portion of their proceeds from seed sales to cancer research.

How to Decorate a Pumpkin Without Carving 1. Select a large pumpkin with a flat bottom, no deep blemishes that cut into the pumpkin flesh and a good, strong stem. 2. Wash the outside of the pumpkin carefully. 3. Use an ice pick to puncture the stem close to its base and thread an 18 inch florist wire through the hole. 4. Make a large bow with streamers using two yards of wired ribbon in colorful fall prints. If combining prints, use two yards for each print. 5. Create a topper by fastening decorative faux spray to the base of the stem with florist wire and add a bow to cover the wire. 6. Enjoy your festive pumpkin this season! Then, carefully store ribbon and faux topper in tissue for future pumpkins.


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Local Orchestra Kicks off Second Season with Music and Sweets Memorial residents can now enjoy great live classical music right here in the Memorial area. Join the Energy Corridor of Houston Orchestra (ECHO) as it kicks off its second season on October 23rd from 7 to 9 pm with a concert entitled Suite on Music at BridgePoint Bible Church, located Violinists Pablo Donatti and Maryland Liff. at 13277 Katy Freeway. This program highlights both orchestral suites and music inspired by sweets and includes works by Bach, Holst, Grieg, Prokofiev and more. A pre-concert dinner and a selection of sweets will also be offered from 5:30 to 7 pm. ECHO is dedicated to the enhanced appreciation and understanding of orchestral music in the Energy Corridor area and surrounding communities. Founded just last year, the group rapidly grew to over 60 musicians, a mix of professional performers and amateurs, many of whom live and work in the Energy Corridor and Memorial area. ECHO’s conductor is Michael Fahey, who also serves as the Director of Orchestras at Stratford High School. ECHO is passionate about collaborating with other cultural arts groups while igniting the spirit of music in the Energy Corridor. Later events this season include the second annual New Years Eve “Masquerade” Gala hosted by the Holiday Inn Houston West-Energy Corridor, a spring concert with music flavored by the Middle East, India, South Pacific and China featuring the classical Indian dance group Silambam Houston and several chamber music concerts by ECHO’s string quartet Opus 4. For more information about ECHO, including how to join the group as a musician, complete 14441 Memorial Drive, Ste 5 • Houston, TX 77079 season details or to purchase (Located between Kirkwood and Dairy Ashford) tickets, visit www.ECHOrchestra. org. The non-invasive Ultherapy® procedure is FDA-cleared to lift skin on the neck, on the eyebrow and

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hen I first started learning how to play the guitar, my fingers hurt – a lot. You see, one of the downsides for beginners is the fact that the strings press into the fingertips, causing blisters. Strangely, long rest won’t help, because if you wait too long, your fingers return to their soft starting state and blister all over again. So, the only way to learn to play guitar is to really hurt your fingers, and once you do, keep playing through the pain. Eventually, your fingers form callouses, and you can play without any pain. Your body literally grows stronger in the face of adversity and challenge, but it sure doesn’t happen overnight. When I describe it that way, it makes you wonder why any sane person would ever start playing such an instrument, but in fact, most things in life follow a similar process. Failure, or rather pushing oneself to the point of failure, is how our minds and bodies learn, grow and develop to their highest potential. This is especially true in children.


Nowadays, there is a tendency to create what I call “bubble wrap kids,” or children who are sheltered from any form of failure or negativity. While the inherent intentions for this are good, and I definitely have them with my own sons, we have to realize that putting our children in these environments necessarily limits their growth and potential. To learn how to walk on a beam, a child will first have to learn how to fall off the beam safely. In fact, a child’s inner ear balance and muscle memory is directly influenced by the sensation of falling and vertigo. The next time they try, they will be a little bit better. So instead of never letting them on the beam, or never letting them fall, we let them fall in a controlled, safe way using spotting, mats and skill progressions. This is a very key distinction. If we were to hold on to the child and never let him fall, his balance would not develop, and he would never be able to walk on the beam on his own. This doesn’t mean we try unsafe skills or don’t take necessary precautions to keep children safe, but it does mean that we don’t bubble wrap them. Kids know they might fall, but they also know we won’t let them hit the ground. This builds both skills directly and courage and trust indirectly. Raising a child can be very much like this sometimes. When it comes to riding a bike, dealing with conflict, saying “I’m sorry” or any other challenge or life lesson, it is important to give children a chance to fail. There is no doubt they will sometimes get hurt and maybe get a blister or two, but in the end, teaching them to push through the failures will make them stronger and better equipped to tackle the next challenge they face. It’s okay to let them know they may fall. Just make sure they know you’ll never let them hit the ground.

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Jamie’s Hope Presents Fourth Annual Masquerade for a Cure Gala


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Jamie’s Hope is excited to announce its upcoming 4th Annual Masquerade for a Cure Gala set for Friday, October 23rd. This must-attend fundraising gala raises needed funds for targeted therapy research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The Corinthian in downtown Houston will once again host the signature sell-out event. Known for its towering columns, crystal chandeliers and stylish architectural detail, this venue sets the stage for an enchanting evening as guests step back into time and enjoy the elegance of this year’s theme, Old Hollywood Glam. Hundreds of generous hearts will join together in their exquisite ball gowns and black tie attire, delighting in an all-inclusive evening including an open premium bar, seated dinner, live music, exotic entertainment, live and silent auctions and more! Brian and Megan Cushing, Dr. Quang and Staci Henderson, Chita Johnson and Lane Craft, Brad and Joanna Marks, Brent Milam and Lara Bell, Cal and Hannah McNair, Chris and Jenny Myers, Dr. Lamar and Theresa Roemer and Kevin and Caroline Walter were all among last year’s attendees. Inspired by Jamie’s Hope founder and Memorial resident Jamie Gilmore’s rare form of cancer, acinic cell carcinoma, many are working hard to find a more effective treatment for not only Gilmore but for all of those affected by cancer. Evidence indicates that matching patients with targeted drugs results in response rates that are higher than those expected without such matching, attacking cancer cells while doing little damage to normal, healthy cells. A limited number of tickets are currently available at For more information, contact

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What isn’t fun but frightening are the creepy creatures that walk the earth every day and show up when you least expect them. We are talking about snakes, sharks, bats, wolves and alligators. Creatures as large as a grizzly or as small as a mouse can make you run The great white shark is known for for cover. its formidable size. Everyone has that one creature of which they are most afraid. Rattlesnakes are mine, and that is because I grew up in the Texas Panhandle where there are plenty. I have had my share of almost stepping on one to last me for the rest of my life. My daddy was bitten by one when he was working the cows one day. He ended up in the hospital for weeks and later said it was the worst pain he had ever experienced. I don’t like rattlesnakes! Do bats give you the heebie jeebies? These winged mammals get a bad rap thanks to some tall tales and their ties to Halloween and vampires. However, most bats in the United States prefer The vampire bat has been involved with insects to blood. That’s legends for centuries. great news for humans and bad news for the mosquito population in Houston.



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ipes! It is Halloween and time for the monsters, vampires, zombies, skeletons and mummies to invade our world. It is the season when we get up close and personal with the sea pods from outer space and when those strange and scary creatures known as Dracula, Frankenstein and Werewolf lurk in the dark. Those creatures are lots of fun, and that is because we know they are make believe.

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The one word at the beach that can make you run for your life is “shark!” It should! This sharp-toothed beast has 3,000 teeth, can grow up to 20 feet in length and weighs 4,500 pounds. It is one of the scariest fish in the sea. Jellyfish and stingrays can hurt you, but a shark will have you for dinner. For livestock and small pets, coyotes are public enemy number one. They are cousin to the gray wolf, which is no sweetie pie either. They can run up to 43 miles per hour and jump 13 feet high. They want privacy, but with the urban communities growing and taking over their territory, they With sharp teeth and speed, the gray are becoming more viswolf is widely feared. ible in the city. With a scaly body, menacing glare and powerful chops, the American alligator is one of the most feared animals on the planet. An alligator’s tail can pack a wallop and break bones with one swing. The real strength lies in its jaws. The best way to make it loosen its grip is to punch the beast in the eyes, nose or ears. As soon as people hear the word “skunk,” they cringe. Some creatures are scary because of the force of their bites or the sting of their claws. The skunk has something better: It can get you with a squirt of its musk. The odor of this liquid is enough to discourage Skunks are known for their ability to most enemies. In addition spray a liquid with a strong odor. to the awful smell, it also burns and stings when it touches the skin. The skunk can shoot from the right, left, front and back without turning around. It also can rear up on its front legs, as if doing a handstand, and spray over its head. I grew up scared to death of skunks until a friend gave me a baby skunk as a pet when I was in my last year at Texas Tech University. The “stink sacs” had been removed, which rendered it harmless. Stinky ate cat food, learned to use the litter box and was a very sweet pet. It slept all day and wanted to play at night. When Stinky was stomping and playing, he was a happy skunk. When he quit trying to crawl in bed with me at night, I was a happy human! A friend of mine grew up with pet snakes. Another loves having bats in her backyard, and another loves bees. I share these experiences to show that even though some animals are frightening, once you understand them, they might not be so creepy. True animal lovers will accept most of God’s creatures. It doesn’t mean they aren’t scared to death of some of them though. I draw the line at rattlesnakes.

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What should I do if my child “knocks out” his or her baby tooth? Front baby teeth, although important for looks, are not necessary for development of the jaw or speech. If your little one avulses (knocks out) a baby tooth, you should not try to put it back in. It will only cause harm to the permanent tooth or attach itself to the bone in an unhealthy way. Call your pediatric dentist, because the area needs to be checked for any further damage to the bone, roots or other teeth.


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Bendwood School Teacher Attends Space Camp to Improve Skills tronaut missions, experienced time inside simulators and even took a virtual tour into space to save the International Space Station (ISS). On her first mission, she was a Lunar Mission Specialist on the Orion spacecraft with orders to complete an Extravehicular Activity (EVA) on the moon. As a materials scientist on the ISS, she manufactured polyurethane foam as an experiment. In the classroom, Nipper received STEM lessons to bring home. Her camp team built rockets and launched them, and Nipper built and tested land rovers and landers using tiny egg payloads. She also worked on water filtration systems to support life. “One of the unique parts of this program was collaborating with teachers from all over the world. In my team alone, I had the privilege to work with educators from Indonesia, The Netherlands, Turkey, Canada and India,” Nipper said. “Our team name was Destiny, and I truly believe it was destiny that brought us all together during this life-changing space camp. I returned to ‘Dare Mighty Things’ and to do more for my students.” Camp attendees like Nipper took part in classroom, laboratory and field training exercises, which are linked to U.S. science and math teaching standards. All of the teachers received 45 hours of continuing Nancy Lerner and Linda Elliott, Owners education credit and had the option of earning graduate hour credits through the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The space camp was sponsored by Honeywell as part of its awardwinning math and science education initiative. Nipper and other Honeywell educators received full scholarships for tuition in the sixday program, round-trip airfare, meals and accommodations and program materials. 281-497-0830 For more information, visit www. 14715 Memorial Drive near Dairy Ashford Houston, Texas 77079

Molly Nipper, a SPIRAL program Gifted and Talented teacher at the Bendwood School, recently returned from the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy based in Huntsville, Alabama at the United States Space and Rocket Center. The Spring Branch ISD instructor was one of 200 teachers from 38 states and 22 nations to attend the skills-focused camp in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) from June 11th through 15th. NASA’s U.S. Space and Rocket Molly Nipper Center functions as the official visitor information center for the Marshall Space Flight Center. The Space Academy camp week provided Nipper with authentic astronaut-level training, as well as hands-on activities and missions based on teacher teamwork, leadership and decision-making. Nipper took part in mock as-


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Yours, Mine or Ours? The Enigma of Property in a Family Law Case

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he following is a brief overview of characterization of property in Texas.

Property is characterized as separate or community at the time of the inception of title to the property. This is known as the “Inception of Title Rule.” Separate Property (SP) is property owned prior to marriage; acquired during the marriage by gift, devise or descent; property/proceeds acquired by the sale of SP assets and recovery for personal injuries sustained during marriage, except for recovery for loss of earning capacity. Community Property (CP) is property acquired by either spouse during marriage, other than SP. There is a presumption that all property is CP upon divorce, and “clear and convincing” evidence is required to establish the property as SP.


Quasi-Community Property is divisible in Texas in a decree of divorce even though it is not CP. Texas courts can treat property acquired in another state that would have been SP in such a state as CP if at the time of acquisition, the property would have been CP in Texas. Proportional Ownership Interest and Mixed Character – This interest arises when both the separate estate of a spouse(s) and the community estate of the spouses have interests in property. This can occur when a party or the parties acquire property prior to marriage. If a purchase is made partially with SP and partially with community credit, the separate and community estates own the property as tenants in common, and each estate owns an undivided interest in the proportion that it provides consideration for the property. The names on the title to property do not determine the character of the property as SP or CP. Property cases can be fact intensive, and nuances in transactions can make significant differences in the outcome. Consult with an attorney skilled in this area to insure the outcome is a correct one.

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First Congregational Church of Houston Names New Senior Minister The members of First Congregational Church (FCC) of Houston, a part of the United Church of Christ, have called the Rev. Jonathan C. Page to be their new senior minister and to continue the church’s long tradition of progressive Christian ministry in Houston. FCC selected Page, a Harvard-educated minister, scholar and author, after a yearlong search process, which foRev. Jonathan C. Page cused on renewing the church’s position as a community leader on issues of faith, social justice and peace. “First Congregational Church of Houston has an impressive record of leadership among progressive churches in the Houston area,” said Page, who began Sunday, August 30th. “Given the changing landscape of American Christianity and the continued growth of Houston, FCC is well-poised to thrive in the years ahead. People are hungry for a church

that rejects biblical literalism, affirms the compatibility of science and religion, welcomes LGBT Christians and has a passion for social justice. I am excited to see what God has in store for FCC and blessed to be a part of their journey.” Page was most recently the senior minister at United Church of Christ-Congregational in Ames, Iowa. Before that, he was assistant minister at Harvard University’s Memorial Church and a chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital. With a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, he has also published extensively as a columnist for The Ames Tribune and AccessLine, a publication for the LGBT community in Iowa. He recently completed his second book, a novel focused on Christian faith and set in the Niger Delta. “Jon shares the vision which FCC was founded upon: No matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome,” said Tom O’Neill, FCC’s moderator. “He also shares our passion for mission work and for challenging conventional notions of Christian belief. We’re excited that he is joining us, and we look forward to what’s ahead for our congregation and for this community.”

Memorial Residents Star in Bonnie & Clyde Memorial residents Scott Fonseka and Ella DuCharme, both students at Theatre Under The Stars’ (TUTS) Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, take on the vibrant roles of young Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in TUTS Underground’s production of Bonnie & Clyde showing October 1st through 11th. At the height of the Great Depression, Parker and Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America’s most renowned folk heroes and the Texas law enforcement’s worst nightmares. Fearless, shameless and alluring, the Tonynominated Bonnie & Clyde is the electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire country. The legendary Frank Wildhorn, who wrote this thrilling musical, has been actively engaged during the rehearsal period of this TUTS Underground production. “I am so excited about being in Bonnie & Clyde, because I will be Scott Fonseka


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October 6th – 16th Matilda The Musical Theatre Under the Stars presents Matilda The Musical, the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, the musical is a winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards. For show times, tickets and more information, visit or call 713-315-2400.

October 11th, 18th and 24th, 1 and 4 pm Goodnight Moon Main Street Theatre presents their musical production of Goodnight Moon based on the children’s book by Margaret Wise Brown. Published in 1947, Goodnight Moon is the beloved bedtime story that has charmed and comforted generations of children. The play is recommended for Pre-Kindergarten and up. Children under the age of three are not allowed in the theater. The production will take place at Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, located at 3400 Main Street. For tickets, visit www. or call 713-524-6706.

Celebrate Halloween at the Houston Zoo, located at 6200 Hermann Park Drive, for three weekends of family fun. Decorate pumpkins, get a Halloween tattoo, go trick or treating and help Zoe the Zoo Keeper on her Halloween adventure as she releases sea turtles, Attwater’s prairie chickens, howler monkeys and Houston toads back to their natural habitat. Kids are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes. All Zoo Boo activities are included with paid admission to the zoo and free for members. For more information and tickets, visit

Celebrate Halloween at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. There will be trick-or-treat trails, hayrides through the forest, live owls, pumpkin decoration and other fun, family activities. The Arboretum grounds will be closed to parking, so free off-site parking will be available all day at the garage, located at 1001 West Loop, just south of Buffalo Bayou on Loop 610. Free shuttles will run throughout the day to transport attendees. Tickets are $15 for ages 3 and up. For more information, visit www.houstonarboretum. org or call 713-681-8433.

October 17th – 18th, 8 am – 6 pm Wings Over Houston Airshow The United States Air Force Thunderbirds and the Breitling Jet Team headline this year’s Wings Over Houston Airshow at Ellington Airport, located at 510 Ellington Field. There will also be numerous exhibits and activities, including a Heroes and Legends tent featuring distinguished veterans signing autographs and memorabilia, the NASA Driven to Explore Exhibit, Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Hangar 57, Experimental Aircraft Association, National USA Forces Museum, a kids’ carnival, motion simulator rides and more. For tickets, visit www.wingsoverhouston. com or call 713-266-4492.

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October 31st, 11 am – 2 pm Sherwood Parent-Teacher Association Carnival Families are invited to enjoy food, photos, games, craft booths and lots of fun at Sherwood Elementary School, located at 1700 Sherwood Forest Street. Sherwood’s Parent-Teacher Association Annual Carnival is the biggest fundraiser of the year. For more information, contact or call 713-251-6900.

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Women Driving Business Series Provides “High Heel Connections” Amidst the rolling hills of Pine Forest Country Club, the Houston West Chamber of Commerce’s (HWCOC) Women Driving Business Series, presented by Women’s Memorial Hermann Memorial City, kicked off on August Jeannie Bollinger and 19th with a VIP breakfast Dr. Sonya Sloan. event. Over 170 female business owners, entrepreneurs and executives gathered to form “high heel connections,” while meeting physicians from Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center and enjoying each other’s company. New for this year, attendees were invited to participate in a networking activity amongst their tablemates, giving each person an opportunity to expand their professional network by exchanging introductions in an all-female atmosphere. “It’s no secret women network differently than their male counterparts,” said HWCOC President and CEO Jeannie Bollinger. “Our committee has made making the foundation of professional relationships a priority this year. Our goal is for each attendee to walk away from the event having met at least one new contact, so they may expand and strengthen their professional networks.” Attendees were introduced to Keynote Speaker Dr. Sonya Sloan, a traveling orthopedic surgeon, non-profit founder and the first African American Homecoming Queen at Texas Tech University. Dr. Sloan compared the old versus new definition of “success” for women, stating that over 1.5 million women are self-employed, and in 2012, more than 126 million female entrepreneurs were starting or running new businesses in over 67 economies across the globe. The audience was shocked to learn that women start businesses with around one-third of the level of finance of their male counterparts. In true orthopedic surgeon fashion, Dr. Sloan also mentioned foot injuries are up over 60 percent amongst women because of changes in footwear fashion, while highlighting the painful surgical remedies for many ailments associated with wearing high heels. The breakfast concluded with giveaways awarded to three lucky women. The Women Driving Business 2015 series will conclude on October 22nd with its High Heel Connections Social. For more information, call 713-785-4922 or visit

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Spring Branch Middle School seventh graders Thomas Collins, Jeffery Zatorski, Beau Edwards and Braden Lanclos were all dressed up for Dance Club at the Houston Racquet Club.


Memorial Middle School seventh graders Lizzie Gissel, Megan Benz, Olivia Stuyck, Caroline Bullers, Lauren Chaffin and Lindsey Moore spent the evening at Dance Club.

Kate and Patrick Murphy started kindergarten and third grade at Wilchester Elementary.

Bunker Hill Elementary students Morgan, Hannah and Courtney Brenner biked to school on the first day.

First graders Sophie Dickson and Ellie Kay Eubanks went back to school at Wilchester Elementary.


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With the help of instructors Luis Garcia, a 7th degree Black belt, and April Cunningham, a 9th degree Black belt, Justice McCown and Sarah Tesarek received their Junior Blackbelt at Houston Karate Academy.

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& QA EXPERT: Dr. Maria Buheis, pediatric allergy and immunology physician at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, answers some of the most common questions about childhood allergies.



The two broadest categories of childhood allergies are environmental and food allergies. Environmental allergies can include pollen, dust mites, mold and animal dander. Food allergies, which typically appear in young children, often include milk, eggs, soy, wheat, peanuts and fish or shellfish. The allergies that children develop heavily depend on what they are frequently exposed to in their natural surroundings.




It’s best to take your child to a pediatric-specific allergy and immunology clinic like at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. In a pediatric setting, everything from the equipment and facility is designed specifically for children. At our clinic, we only see children, so we are very familiar with what type of reactions to expect from the child, as well as the common allergy test indicators. For younger children, distractions are sometimes needed to get their attention away from the slight pinch of the prick. For these patients, child life specialists are available who can provide toys and interact with the child to help them through what can be a scary time. Since older children like to know what to expect during the allergy test, the child life specialists can help explain the entire process and can play guessing games with them to predict the allergens that will appear.



The short answer is sometimes. For some food allergies such as milk, eggs and soy, about 60 to 80 percent of children outgrow them by school age. But only about 15 percent of children outgrow peanut allergy. It also works in reverse. Your child can develop an allergy later on in life as a teenager or an adult. For more information, contact the Allergy and Immunology Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus at 832-227-2280.


A good allergy evaluation starts by taking a detailed history of your child’s symptoms and performing a physical examination. Then, your allergist will discuss with you if allergy testing is recommended. For seasonal allergies, I typically encourage parents to wait until their child is at least three-years-old before testing, as it will be more accurate if the child has been exposed to a variety of potential allergens through the different pollen seasons. Testing for food allergies and potential indoor allergens can be done at a much younger age, as exposure begins much earlier in life. The allergy test is fairly simple. We introduce a small amount of allergens to the child by slightly “pricking” the surface of their skin. For babies and toddlers, the test is typically performed on their back, where there is more surface. For older children, it is often done on their forearm, because they tend to like to see what is going on and have fun guessing which allergen they will react to. After about 15 minutes, we begin to see swelling around the specific allergens that are causing the problems.


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The Panthers: Georgia Byers, Sam Rank, Brooke Landry and Hallie Mauritzen won third place in 8U.

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Congratulations to these outstanding Spring Branch-Memorial Sports Association (SBMSA) team players! The Cyclones: Jackson McAllister, Logan Landry and Kelly Hammack had a blast this season!

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The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show’s “What to Wear to that Equestrian Affaire” The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show will host its fourth annual fundraising luncheon and fashion presentation, “What to Wear to that Equestrian Affaire,” on Wednesday, October 21st from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at one of Houston’s most exclusive private venues. ABC-13 anchor Ilona Carson will serve as emcee for the second consecutive year. The women’s fashion presenter this year is David Peck USA, and the men’s fashion presenter is LUCHO. Alexis Caruselle, Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Executive Committee member, and Hector Villarreal, owner of LUCHO, are serving as event co-chairs. Both are also members of The Young Pin Oak Club. Models will include Pin Oak Charity Horse Show sponsors, competitors and supporters, as well as representatives of Houston area media organizations.

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The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show was founded in Houston in 1945 and has raised more than $6 million for its designated charities: Texas Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Texas Children’s Hospital and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance. The 71st Anniversary Pin Oak Charity Horse Show will be held March 22nd through April 3, 2016, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy. Individual tickets and sponsored tables for the fashion luncheon event are available for purchase. Sponsor benefits vary based on the level of financial commitment. In-kind support is also welcomed and appreciated. For more information on tickets, tables or sponsorship opportunities, call 713-621-6290, visit or email

Spring Branch-Memorial Sports Association Presents 2015 Sporting Clays Tournament Mark your calendars for Friday, November 13th, when the Spring BranchMemorial Sports Association (SBMSA) will host the second “Shoot So They Can Score” Sporting Clays Tournament at the American Shooting Center. The event, chaired by Steve Vierra, will again feature shooting games, a raffle and an awards dinner.

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Contributions raised from the Sporting Clays Tournament provide direct funding to neighborhood youth while helping to sustain SBMSA coaches and volunteers throughout the Greater Houston area for years to come. SBMSA’s long-term goals include field improvements and providing bathrooms, concessions and storage at all of their facilities. Additionally, the organization is working hard to expand the reach of SBMSA to offer more scholarships to needbased families. SBMSA believes that if the kids are on their fields or in their gyms, they are going to get a positive experience with outstanding volunteer coaches and role models. Make plans today to join SBMSA at this year’s shoot for friends, food and fun! For more information on how to participate in this community-wide event, contact Molly Ellis at ellismolly@yahoo. com.

Monstrous Mayhem at the Children’s Museum of Houston Monstrous mayhem will be unleashed when the Children’s Museum of Houston is transmogrified into the Monsters’ Museum of Houston from October 10th to 31st. Guests will witness how monsters have rummaged, scoured, combed and turned the Museum upside down to make room for their monster lairs. This hair-raising experience will allow attendees to “catch monsters” in the act, interact with their pals, participate in monster hobbies and discover why monsters may be just simply misunderstood! The Museum’s beloved Moe Monster will steer guests through a gnarling Halloween adventure complete with daring dragons, ghastly ghosts, rotten mummies, otherworldly aliens, man-eating plants, musical skeletons and more, with the intention of learning from the best and brightest in Monsterdom! Guests can also participate in Adopt-a-Monster October 10th to 14th. Join Monsterdom and blend into the crowd of monsters by wearing a one-eyed, one-horned monster hat offered October 10th to 14th, zombie brain mask and glow in the dark skeleton bone necklace, or simply stop by Halloween Street and put on a monster mask disguise from October 15th to 31st. Uncover the “terribly gone wrong” experiments concealed in the Crazed Chemist Lab, where Frankenstein’s wrath is set to be unleashed. Get caught in a web of mystery at the Spider Lair, where some of the most sinister spiders reside and Ghosts in Bottles are charged with a spirited life force. This is where mysterious monster hobbies are untangled every week and Moaning Monsters call out for the monster within each guest. From October 15th to 31st, watch Ghost Pearls vanish into a poof of smoke and crack open liquid light energy in Glow Bracelet Chemistry. The Bat Colony’s “infestation” will make guests want to flap their bat wings to get away. But, it may also change their perspective on how bats are more than meets the eye. Plus, hidden spiders and coral snakes lurk within. Design a spider hat or a coral snake bracelet to pay respect to these venomous creatures. Attendees can bring their cameras and head outside to the

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Memorial City Mall Welcomes Maggiano’s Little Italy to West End MetroNational announced Maggiano’s Little Italy will build its third Houston-area location at Memorial City Mall. The restaurant will be situated on the undeveloped land on the west side of the mall between The Cheesecake Factory and California Pizza Kitchen and will encompass approximately 8,600 square feet of space. Construction of Maggiano’s will begin this fall, and completion is projected for fall 2016. “We couldn’t be more excited that Maggiano’s will be building its third Houston-area restaurant in Memorial City. This is a great time for our development,” stated Harry Hadland, VP Property Management, Retail and Hospitality Properties for MetroNational. “Maggiano’s is known for its family-style menu and warm and friendly atmosphere. Having this popular restaurant as part of the Memorial City family will be a great addition for our neighbors, tenants and shoppers.” Maggiano’s is best known for their authentic ItalianAmerican menu with award-winning pastas, regular chef specials with seasonal ingredients, signature salads and

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How to Host a Mad Scientist Halloween Party

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he Guest of Horror: You can’t have a mad scientist Halloween party without Frankenstein. This easy buttercream cake makes a big statement, a fantastic centerpiece for your sweets table and will make others green with envy over your decorating skills.

Frankenstein Cake Serves 12

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Prepare cake mix according to box instructions, and make two layers using 6 inch round pans. Bake and cool on cooling grid. Prepare Spring Green icing using this color tint formula from the Color Right Performance Color System: 4 cups icing + 30 Y + 6 B. Stack layers on cake plate for a two-layer cake, using leveler as needed. Ice cake sides smooth with green icing. Use black pouch icing without tip to cover top of cake. Use tip of spatula to create spiral effect. Use black pouch icing with star tip to pipe pull-out bangs around top edge and two hair strands on cake top. Prepare a disposable decorating bag with green icing; cut a hole in point of bag the size of tip 3. Attach candy eyeballs with dots of green icing. Pipe green eyelids. Use black pouch icing with round tip to pipe dot nose and neck bolts, outline mouth and stitches.


ittle Monsters Mocktail: Play mixologist with a perfect potion recipe featuring a few easy ingredients: apple juice, club soda and delicious drops of Treatology flavor concentrates in taste-tempting Cinnamon Graham and Creamy Vanilla Custard flavors.

Apple Pie Potion Makes 8 to 10 servings

• 1 Liter club soda, chilled • 5 Cups apple juice, chilled • 7 Drops Wilton Treatology Warm Cinnamon Graham Flavor Concentrate • 3 Drops Wilton Treatology Creamy Vanilla Custard Flavor Concentrate • 4 Drops Wilton Yellow Color Right Performance Color • 1 Drop Wilton Blue Color Right Performance Color In large pitcher, combine club soda, apple juice, Warm Cinnamon Graham and Vanilla Custard flavors and colors. Whisk until well combined. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.


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hili Mac Cup Concoction: Use a regular muffin pan to bake mac and cheese cups – a fun twist on the kids’ favorite. The macaroni cups are the perfect chili topper for a hearty fall favorite.

Mac and Cheese Cups with Chili Makes 24 servings

• 2 Tablespoons butter • 1/4 Cup all-purpose flour • 2 Cups milk • 8 Ounces white American cheese, shredded

• 1 Package (8 ounces) Monterey Jack cheese, shredded • 1/4 Teaspoon onion powder • 1/4 Teaspoon dry mustard

• 1/4 Teaspoon ground black pepper • 1 Package (16 ounces) elbow pasta, cooked and kept warm • 2 Cans chili, 25 ounces each

Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare two muffin pans with vegetable pan spray. In large pan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir flour into butter and cook 2 minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk milk into flour mixture and cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheeses, onion powder, dry mustard and pepper. Stir in cooked pasta. Divide evenly into prepared pans. Bake 15 minutes or until bubbly. Cool in pans 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in saucepan, heat chili according to package directions. Serve each macaroni cup on top of 1/4 cup chili. Tip: To make ahead, refrigerate macaroni and cheese cups in muffin pans after baking. When ready to serve, remove from pans and microwave 30 to 45 seconds each until heated through.


andy Corn Craze: Halloween wouldn’t be the same without candy, especially candy corn. Wow guests with your inventive use of the iconic Halloween flavor.

Candy Corn Cupcakes Makes 2 dozen cupcakes

• 1 Package (16.25 ounces) white cake mix • Egg whites, water and vegetable oil to prepare mix • 17 Drops Wilton Orange Color Right Performance Color • 3 Drops Wilton Yellow Color Right Performance Color • Package (10 ounces) Wilton Limited Edition Candy Corn Candy Melts Candy

• 1/4 Cup heavy whipping cream • 2/3 Cup solid vegetable shortening • 2 Tablespoons honey • 1 Teaspoon Wilton Imitation Clear Vanilla Extract • 2 Cups confectioners’ sugar • Candy corn for garnish, optional

Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare muffin pans with baking cups. In large bowl, beat cake mix, egg whites, water and colors with electric mixer at low speed 30 seconds. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl; beat at medium speed 2 minutes. Divide batter evenly among baking cups, filling about 2/3 full. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pans on cooling grid 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on grid. In medium microwave-safe container, combine Candy Corn Candy Melts Candy and heavy cream. Microwave at 50 percent power 1 minute. Stir. Microwave on half power in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melts are almost melted. Stir thoroughly until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly. In large bowl, beat shortening with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add Candy Melts mixture and beat until smooth. Beat in honey and vanilla. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes. Top with candy corn, if using. Source: Family Features l OCTOBER 2015


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Coming January 2016

Real Weddings Submit your info today and have your wedding details and photos published in print and online in our magazine. If you or your children have recently married and you would like to enter for a chance to be featured in our Real Weddings, all you need is at least ten high-resolution photos of the ceremony and/or reception. It doesn’t matter where the wedding took place, as long as it was in the last year and you or your parent/s reside in Memorial area. Photographers are also welcome to submit photos.

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Tony Vallone

No matter what brand you use – canned or fresh – a tomato should taste like a giardino in bocca, a garden of flavors on the palate!

absolutely! DELICIOUS


By Tony Vallone

absolutely! Delicious


ow that the summer and fresh tomato season are over, it’s time to start using canned tomatoes again for tomato-based pasta sauces, like the homemade spaghetti we serve here at Vallone’s with canned San Marzano tomatoes from Italy – the best kind of tomatoes, in my opinion. Here at the restaurant, we use San Marzano tomatoes that I import myself especially for all of my restaurants. But, there are many great brands of canned tomatoes that you can get at your local supermarkets such as Central Market and H-E-B. When you’re shopping for canned tomatoes for sauces, look for tomatoes that are rich, thick and naturally “garden” sweet. Avoid tomatoes to which sugar or water has been added. A lot of canned tomatoes sold in the United States appear to be Italian. But, be sure to look carefully at the label. Many are not, in fact, imported. In general, Italian brands are the best. After all, the Italians eat canned tomatoes every day nearly nine months out of the year! Make sure the label says “product of Italy,” and look out for “San Marzano” tomatoes. San Marzano tomatoes are from the area around Naples, which is famous for its volcanic soils and Mediterranean sun, the ideal conditions for growing tomatoes rich in flavor and natural sugar. They are the very core of the Neapolitan kitchen. American canned tomatoes are often water packed, and they can be unripe and bitter. That’s why many brands have sugar added to them. Sugar is a proper ingredient in any good tomato sauce, but it must be used judiciously. That’s one of the reasons why you want to look for tomatoes to which no sugar has been added. If you still have your heart set on fresh tomatoes, look for Nature Sweet Cherubs tomatoes. I have no connection to the brand, but that’s what I use at home when I want fresh tomatoes in fall and winter. These little grape tomatoes are always sweet, and one package will serve an entire family. H-E-B carries Nature Sweet Cherubs and has a great selection of Italian products in general. I have no connection to H-E-B; I just like to shop there. Email to submit a food-related question to Tony.

Homemade Spaghetti with San Marzano tomatoes, pancetta and basil at Vallone’s. l OCTOBER 2015


A B S O L U T E LY ! D E L I C I O U S L I S T I N G

Natural Café and Health Food Store

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CUISINE MASRAFF’S 1753 Post Oak Blvd. 77056 713-355-1975 Hands on proprietors, Russell and Tony Masraff, recognized premier Houston restaurateurs, offer affordable elegance, attentive yet unobtrusive service and exquisitely fresh American cuisine prepared with the best ingredients from around the world. Located in the heart of the Galleria, Masraff’s features the perfect ambience for business and social gatherings. Whether dining in one of the elegant dining rooms, stunning bar area with the elevated fireplace or The Patio on the Boulevard by the waterfall, Masraff’s impeccable service offers a dining experience to remember.

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CUISINE URBAN KITCHEN 14008 Memorial Drive, Ste. F 77079 281-531-7550

HEALTHY ECLECTIC A MOVEABLE FEAST 9341 Katy Freeway 77024 713-365-0368

This casual yet classy neighborhood restaurant is tucked in a centric shopping center located at the corner of Memorial and Kirkwood, just blocks away from the Energy Corridor. Urban Kitchen features the perfect ambience for business and social gatherings. The terrace is surrounded with beautiful planters providing a perfect setting for those who enjoy the outdoors. Regardless if you visit during lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch, Urban Kitchen offers a dining experience to remember.

Family owned since 1971, A Moveable Feast remains the gathering place for foodies of all tastes. The delicious food is prepared in a healthy way, using only the freshest ingredients. Enjoy seafood, Texas bison and grass-fed beef burgers, Tex-Mex, vegan entrées, hummus, fresh juices, many wheat-free choices and more, all served up counter-style in a funky atmosphere. Enjoy wine and cold beer on the patio surrounded by unique gardens. Good vibes abound in this unusual café inside a health food store.



CANTINA LAREDO 11129 Westheimer 77042 713-952-3287

KUU RESTAURANT 947 Gessner, Ste. A180 77024 713-461-1688

Cantina Laredo specializes in authentic Mexican dishes in a sophisticated and upscale atmosphere. The entire lunch, dinner, Sunday Brunch and Cantina menus are all available for take-out, some delivery and catering. Selections such as Ensalada de Cilantro y Pollo, Cascabel Ribeye and Tacos al Carbon are divine, not to mention the Mexican apple pie that is served with a warm brandy butter and choice of cinnamon or vanilla ice cream.

Situated in the new Memorial Gateway complex, Kuu Restaurant has now opened to bring upscale Japanese dining to West Houston. Executive chef Adison Lee, formerly of Nobu, has brought his talent and passion for Japanese fusion cuisine to the Memorial area. Focusing on artistry and complementary flavors, Kuu has a constantly changing menu featuring locally raised ingredients. With an extensive wine list and private dining area, Kuu is well equipped to handle any event.

Southwell ’s

Hamburger Grill Buy one hamburger, fries and drink, get another hamburger for F R E E !

Limit 1 coupon per customer. Expires November 1, 2015

Memorial 713-464-5268 9410 Gaylord TX 77024 62

Galleria 713-789-4972 5860 San Felipe TX 77057

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A scary good treat.

Houston Uptown 5000 Westheimer Road, Ste. 108 (713) 552-9100 THE MODERN AMERICAN GRILLE FOR ALL OCCASIONS


BREAKFAST • LUNCH • DINNER • PRIVATE DINING ROOMS Saturday & Sunday Brunch 7am-1pm • Happy Hour Daily 4pm-6pm Inside the Westin Memorial City 945 Gessner Rd. ● 77024 281.501.4350 ● Complimentary Valet

COMPLIMENTARY KID’S MEAL WITH THE PURCHASE OF AN ADULT ENTRÉE Limit one voucher per four guests. May not be used with any other promotion, bento box or holiday special at 024 Grille. Excludes tax and gratuity. Expires: 09/30/2016 l OCTOBER 2015


Houston Gets a Modern High-Rise



he skyline of downtown Houston is an ever-evolving mixture of buildings spanning the 20th century. Among the grand and gleaming skyscrapers is one building that represents a turning point in the mid 20th century: The Melrose Building. At this time, the skyline – which before had been dominated by the likes of neoclassical buildings, such as the Rice Hotel, and art deco buildings, including the Gulf Building in its more ornate form and the 1939 City Hall – shifted wholeheartedly toward modernism. Modernist architecture, and specifically the International Style, existed in Houston before World War II; however, it was not until 1952 that this new expression of architecture touched the skyline in its complete form. Characterized by a cubic form, lack of ornament, a sense of weightlessness and emphasis on horizontal lines, the International Style and its later variations typify the “glass box” office building that became prevalent in the United States office landscape in the 20th century. The Melrose Building, completed in the same year as the Gulf Freeway, was the first office tower in the city to fully exhibit the International Style.

Characterized by a cubic form, lack of ornament, a sense of weightlessness and emphasis on horizontal lines, the Melrose Building was characteristic of the “glass box” office building that became prevalent in the 20th century.

“Designed With the Future in Mind,” according to a Houston Magazine advertisement, the Melrose Building is


The Melrose Building was the first office tower in Houston to fully exhibit the International Style of architecture.

the work of local architects Hermon Lloyd and W. B. Morgan on a commission by Melvin A. Silverman and Bennett Rose – together, Melrose. The building was one of the first major commissions and the first office tower for the duo, who had previously designed Rice Stadium and would later contribute to the Astrodome and several more Houston high-rise buildings as Lloyd, Morgan & Jones. The developers wished for the building to be as modern and advanced as possible in every way. Beyond that, the architects were fairly free to design what they wished. The 21 story office building was constructed with a solidcolored, buff brick exterior punctuated by rows of windows placed asymmetrically. Concrete sunshades protruding four feet from the building above every floor reduced air conditioning costs and emphasized the horizontal lines between floors. Inside, the building’s layout catered to flexible use by large office tenants with an elevator bank along one windowless exterior wall that left the remainder of the floor space open, with few columns obstructing the open space. Tenant spaces could be left open or divided into smaller offices. A state-of-the-art “Carrier Conduit Weathermaster Air-Conditioning System” provided more tenant flexibility by allowing each office to be heated or cooled separately. Just over a decade

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later, the interior layout was adjusted to provide speculative space for smaller offices and larger tenants on alternating floors. Currently vacant, the Melrose Building still stands at the corner of Walker and San Jacinto, now across the street from 2 Houston Center. Despite receiving one major exterior change in 1970, when the original turquoise spandrels were covered with opaque bronze panels and the original casement windows were replaced with single-pane tinted ones, the overall form and appearance of the building remain as original. Now eclipsed by dozens of modern and postmodern office towers spanning the 20th and 21st centuries, the relatively small and understated Melrose Building stands hidden in plain sight as a reminder of the city’s evolving skyline and Houston’s staggering 20th century growth.

The 21 story office building was constructed with a solid-colored, buff brick exterior punctuated by rows of windows placed asymmetrically.


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October 2015 - Absolutely Memorial Magazine  

Community magazine absolutely highlighting the people, events, happenings, businesses and town of Memorial Area, Texas.

October 2015 - Absolutely Memorial Magazine  

Community magazine absolutely highlighting the people, events, happenings, businesses and town of Memorial Area, Texas.