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Where We Work

Resources for area businesses Several groups offer a plethora of networking and business growth opportunities for all kinds of area businesses, big and small, sponsor community events to showcase their members goods and services and provide fundraising for local causes. Serving The Leader areas are:

breakfast presentations. The chamber gives back to the community through charitable organizations, schools and other civic associations and has awarded nearly $350,000 in scholarships to area students. The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce President is currently Jacob Milwee.

• Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce 2050 N. Loop West, Ste. 203 713-861-6735

• North Shepherd Area Business Association

The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce aims to connect businesses with the resources they need to take their organizations to new heights (no pun intended.) The group offers monthly functions, networking opportunities for both business owners and customers and other promotions which appeals to a membership that reaches beyond the Heights and into central and North Houston. Other events include evening mixers, seminars and

This group brings together businesses in the Oak Forest-Garden Oaks areas for discussion of common issues, networking, crime prevention and community service particularly for businesses located along the North Shepherd Drive corridor. The association’s president is currently Kathryn van der Pol. • The Oaks Business Association 713-688-1830

A business networking group for businesses in, or belonging to, Oak Forest, Garden Oaks, Shepherd Park Plaza, Shepherd Forest, Candlelight Estates, Timbergrove Manor and other surrounding areas.

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incorrectly believe these services are unnecessary. She has been voted as the Readers’ Choice Best Attorney with The Leader. Working as a legal assistant in her earlier years provided the experience and knowledge to allow her to open her own office. Early in her practice, she realized Wills, Probate, Estate Planning, and Real Estate are the areas of the law that allow greater interaction with clients, which is what she enjoys and what drives her. Her approach to being an attorney is to be

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Where We Learn

Neighborhood schools getting another look By Betsy Denson For The Leader The decision to have a child is a major one, and with it comes a host of other decisions - both big and small. One of the more important choices is where to send your child to school. Fortunately, there are a lot of options in The Leader neighborhoods, both public and private. One truth about area public schools, particularly with regard to elementary and middle schools, is that it is getting harder to attend a quality school outside your school zone, in large part because people are either moving to their desired school zone, or deciding to give their neighborhood school a second look. Both Black Middle School in Oak Forest and Hogg Middle School in the Heights have seen their numbers surge in recent years because of this trend. In a recent Leader survey, 87 percent said they chose to send their child to a public school, while 12 percent chose private. Of the public school attendees, 68 percent attended their zoned school, while 31 percent attended a public school on a magnet transfer. Decisions about which school to attend were driven both by a child’s needs and the location of the school. “Montessori was the best way to keep my children challenged,” said Sarah Cruise of her decision to send her two children to Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet. The fact that the school is now pre-K through eighth grade was important to Jennifer Perry. Sometimes it is the approach to education that sways parents. Respondent Karen Bordas liked the “emphasis on classical literature” at Our Savior Lutheran. “Our parents love that their children have the opportunity to be part of a diverse community, where they learn to be compassionate, lifelong learners who are able to develop an appreciation of many cultures,” said Durham Elementary Principal Amy Poersehke of the IB curriculum and

dual language program the school offers. “The staff, teachers, parents, kids, programs all are wonderful,” said one respondent of Oak Forest Elementary. “Parent involvement and care for every child is special. That combination is hard to find.” The quality and closeness of connections at their chosen school, both with teachers and with other parents, was very important to respondents. Quiennese Miller, who took the helm at Katherine Smith Elementary in 2016, says that teachers and staff build intentional strong relationships with their school body. “Our teachers and staff place a huge emphasis on culture and community and are working hard to improve the instructional and academic achievement as well,” said Miller.

For those who chose a private education, there are a variety of factors in play, including those who wanted a more intimate community and a religious component to their child’s education. Local options include St. Rose of Lima, St. Ambrose, Our Savior Lutheran, St. Pius, and Lutheran High North. “[You get] a local community, a quality education, and religious influence with a private school,” said one respondent. The drive to go the neighborhood route was strong among respondents. “It wasn’t that important when we applied,” said one, “But the close location has made a big difference to our lives as our child can walk to and from school. It gives him a great sense of responsibility - and it helped

us finally get a dog.” “It has turned out to be very important because it is a quality of life issue,” echoed Matt Mitchell. “We see others whose kids spend upwards of two hours a day on a bus to and from school.” “I think great neighborhood schools will save the world,” said Alison Schmieder, who sends her two children to Harvard Elementary. “I need ours close.” There are others who are willing to do a little more driving. “[Closeness] is not as important as finding a good school where my children can excel as individuals and be challenged,” said one respondent. “I would drive to a good school if I had to,” said Andrea Hindi. “Currently I drive my son to HSPVA. [It’s] 25 to 30 minutes each way.”

Along with the improvement of public schools, the strengthening of relationships among feeder schools is increasing interest in local high schools. Waltrip High School and Heights High School have both benefitted from this recent trend. Of course, preference comes into play here too. Durham Elementary is zoned for Black Middle School, but some from Durham are choosing Hogg Middle School because of its IB program. Those looking for a smaller high school may be attracted to Scarborough High School. Some opt to go public for elementary and middle school in order to save for private high school. It is fortunate to have choices to make, and so many good ones at that.

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Where We Learn

The schools that make up the ‘Leader Area’ In depth information about a particular HISD school, including their TEA Accountability information, can be found in the HISD School Profiles. They provide parents, staff, community members, and other interested parties summary information regarding student performance and outcomes, demographics, and school programs for each HISD school covering the last five years. The private schools are in The Leader delivery area, or were submitted by Leader readers.

Culinary Arts and Hotel Management 1101 Quitman, 77009 713-226-4900 Principal: Julissa AlcantarMartinez


Elementary Mylie Durham Vanguard Neighborhood, Int’l Baccaulaureate – PYP, Leadership Magnet 4803 Brinkman, 77018 713-613-2527 Principal: Amy Poerschke Oak Forest Vanguard Magnet 1401 West 43rd, 77018 Phone: 713-613-2536 Principal: April Williams


Elementary David Crockett Vanguard Neighborhood 2112 Crockett, 77007 713-802-4780 Principal: Claudia Chavez Harvard International Baccalaureate World School, STEM Magnet, Vanguard Neighborhood 810 Harvard St., 77007 713-867-5210 Principal: Laura Alaniz Memorial Vanguard Neighborhood 6401 Arnot, 77007 713-867-5150 Principal: Maria Teresa Garcia High School High School for Law and Justice Vanguard Neighborhood, Pre AP/AP 4701 Dickson, 77007 713-867-5100 Principal: Carol Mosteit


Elementary Arabic Immersion New school for 2014-2015 812 W. 28th Street, 77008 713-556-8940 Principal: Kate Adams Eugene Field Vanguard Neighborhood

703 East 17th, 77008 713-867-5190 Principal: John Hendrickson Helms Elementary Vanguard Neighborhood and Dual Language Magnet 503 West 21st Street, 77008 713-867-5130 Principal: Lola Perejon Love Elementary Vanguard Neighborhood and Dual Language 1120 West 13th, 77008 713-867-0840 Principal: Robert Chavarria Sinclair Vanguard Neighborhood and STEM Magnet 6410 Grovewood, 77008 713-867-5161 Principal: Abigail Taylor Middle Alexander Hamilton Vanguard Magnet, Pre-AP 139 East 20th, 77008 713-802-4725 Principal: Wendy Hampton High School Heights

Vanguard Neighborhood, Computer Technology Magnet, Pre-AP/AP, Int.’l. Baccalaurete - MYP 413 East 13th, 77008 713-865-4400 Principal: Connie Berger


Elementary Robert Browning Vanguard Neighborhood 607 Northwood, 77009 (713) 867-5140 Principal: Julia Elizondo Thomas Jefferson Vanguard Neighborhood 5000 Sharman, 77009 713-696-2778 Principal: Siomara Saenz-Phillips James Ketelsen Vanguard Neighborhood 600 Quitman, 77009 713-220-5050 Principal: Cynthia Banda Adele Looscan Vanguard Neighborhood 3800 Robertson, 77009 713-696-2760 Principal: Erin A. Chavez Clemente Martinez Vanguard Neighborhood

901 Hays, 77009 713-224-1424 Principal: Daniel Hernandez Sherman Vanguard Neighborhood 1909 McKee, 77009 713-226-2627 Principal: Benjamin Hernandez Travis Vanguard Magnet 3311 Beauchamp, 77009 713-802-4790 Principal: Thomas Day Middle School James Hogg Vanguard Neighborhood, Pre-AP/AP, Int’l Baccaulaureate – MYP, STEM Magnet 1100 Merrill, 77009 713-802-4700 Principal: Angela Sugarek John Marshall Vanguard Neighborhood, PreAP, Fine Arts Magnet 1115 Noble, 77009 713-226-2600 Principal: Michael D. Harrison High School Northside High School Vanguard Neighborhood, Pre-AP/AP, Media Magnet for

Stevens Vanguard Neighborhood 1910 La Monte, 77018 713-613-2546 Principal: Jennifer Barrientez Elementary/Middle School Garden Oaks Vanguard Neighborhood, Montessori Magnet 901 Sue Barnett, 77018 713-696-2930 Principal: Lindsey Pollock

Alternative and Charter Schools Crossroads/Frances Harper Behavior Support Class and Skills for Learning and Living; Career & Technical Education, Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources, Hospitality & Tourism 4425 N. Shepherd, 77018 713-802-4760 Principal: Raymond Glass


Elementary Highland Heights Vanguard Neighborhood 865 Paul Quinn, 77091 713-696-2920 Principal: Geraldine Russ Cox Middle High School Ahead Academy Vanguard Neighborhood 5320 Yale, 77091 713-696-2643 Principal: Yolanda Jones McKinley Williams Vanguard Neighborhood, Pre-AP, STEM/Engineering Academy/2013 MSAP 6100 Knox, 77091 713-696-2600 Principal: Courtney N. Busby


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Frank Black Vanguard Magnet, Pre-AP 1575 Chantilly, 77018 713-613-2505 Principal: Paolo Castagnoli

Katherine Smith Vanguard Neighborhood 4802 Chrystell, 77092 713-613-2542 Principal: Queinnise Miller

High School Waltrip Vanguard Neighborhood, PreAP/AP, Research and Technology Magnet 1900 West 34th St., 77018 713-688-1361 Principal: Dale Mitchell Booker T. Washington Vanguard Neighborhood, PreAP/AP, Engineering Professions/ Futures Magnet 119 East 39th, 77018 713-696-6600 Principal: Carlos Phillips

Jonathan Wainwright Vanguard Neighborhood, Math and Science Magnet 5330 Milwee, 77092 713-613-2550 Principal: Christina Aguirre Oliva Middle Ruby Clifton Vanguard Neighborhood, PreAP, STEM Magnet 6001 Golden Forest, 77092 713-613-2516

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New Heights preschool hits high notes By Kim Hogstrom For The Leader The near northside of Houston enjoys some of the finest schools in Houston, and there is cause to celebrate – we’ve just gained another. The week before Thanksgiving, beautiful, new Kenworthy School opened its doors. Located in the Heights at 880 W. 28th Street, about 275 lucky preschool-aged children will gain from its remarkable programs and care. All parents want the best for their kids. The Kenworthy School provides it, and then some. While there are daycare services available, this is an actual school offering a quality preschool education, delivered by nurturing experts, in a safe, clean and comfortable environment. The quality of a preschool has proven to have significant impact on the development of a child. Research-based data reports that the best ones provide ample opportunity for children to use and hear complex interactive language a well as curriculum that supports a wide range of school readiness goals, including social and emotional skills. The Kenworthy School believes that play is not just an activity, but a source of cognitive growth and development. Because hungry kids may not learn well, children attending The Kenworthy School eat fresh, healthy, nutritious snacks and lunches created by an on on-site chef and the baby food is made from scratch daily. “We call all of it ‘brain food’,” stated The Kenworthy School’s Executive Director and Founder, Jean Hassen, with a smile. This school is not only wonderful for kids; it also understands the demands faced by modern parents. One of its priorities is saving parents’ time and energy. With this in mind, child care is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m, five days

a week. Need a break? There is the option of “parents’ night out” on a regular basis at this preschool. During Parents’ night out, Children play in a familiar environment, with other children and teachers they know, while a parent catches up with life. Remarkably, the school supplies all the age-appropriate gear needed including blankets, crib sheets, toys, towels, and more. There is no need to carry armloads of stuff back and forth from the car here. They will even order diapers and wipes for little ones, if parents wish. And it offers its one-of-akind Kenworthy Concierge Service. For a small, monthly fee, school associates will pick up and drop off dry cleaning, purchase toys or gifts for upcoming birthday parties and much, much more The school’s Executive Director Hassen is no stranger to the community; she lives here and is aware of its high standards. She is also a lifelong educator. Her doctoral candidacy was awarded by Auburn University in School Leadership and Curriculum. Nassan;s MEd is in Education as is her BS, both from Texas Christian University. Hassen has earned certifications as a teacher, administrator, principal, counselor, special educator, educational diagnostician, and reading specialist. This educator has two lifetimes worth of experience. The Kenworthy School, is the third school Hassen has launched. Originally retired, her niece, who also lives in the community, approached her with a request. “My niece asked me what it would take to get me out of retirement, and back into a preschool,” Hassen remembers, laughing. “My niece was a new mom, and a lawyer. She said she could not find a quality preschool anywhere, and asked me to start one, so here we are today.”

The Kenworthy school invites any interested families to come for a tour of the campus, and meet the associates. Have a look around at the sparkling facility with is colorful playground and big windows. And we send our thanks to Hassen’s niece. Because of her request, the entire community benefits.

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Private Schools Awty International School PreK-12th 7455 Awty School Ln, 77055 713-686-4850 Assumption Catholic School PreK-3-8th 801 Roselane St, 77037 281-447-2132 Clay Road Baptist School PreK-8th 9151 Clay Rd, 77080 713-939-1023 Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart PreK-12th 10202 Memorial Dr, 77024 713-468-8211


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St. Mark Lutheran Pre-K-8th 1515 Hillendahl Houston, 77055 713-468-2623 St. Rose of Lima Catholic School Pre-K-8th 3600 Brinkman St., 77018 713-691-0104 St. Pius High School X 9th-12th 811 W Donovan St, Houston, TX 77091 713-692-3581

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Photo from 1951 of our first location in the Houston Heights. C&D is still here to help you with what you Need, Quick & Easy. siasts, Jim Shore collectibles, candles and scented oils, seasonal decorations, crosses and more. Recently-added products include Traeger & Green Mountain Wood Pellet Grills, Yeti Coolers, Tumblers and accessories, a Huge selection of light bulbs, Bona Wood and Hard Surface Cleaners, Science Diet Pet Foods. The store also provides services that in-

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Where We Learn Area libraries offer options

heights-neighborhood-library Collier Regional Library 6200 Pinemont Houston, Texas 77092 832-393-1740

In a time when many people are turning to E-readers and mobile devices to get their reading needs, libraries are having to reinvent themselves as centers for their local communities – libraries serving The Leader area are no different, with the four main facilities providing a variety of activities for children, students and bookworms alike. The Houston Public Library System currently consists of 44 public service units including 31 Neighborhood Libraries, four Regional Libraries, three Special Collection Libraries and four Express Libraries. While the HPL’s flagship Central Library is located in downtown, Leader readers have much to choose from at Collier Regional Library, Oak Forest Neighborhood Library, Heights Neighborhood Library and Carnegie Neighborhood Library & Center for Learning.

Hours Monday – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday – 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday – Closed Oak Forest Library 1349 W. 43rd St. Houston, Texas 77018 832-393-1960

Hours Monday – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday – 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday – Closed Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Heights Neighborhood Library offers an extensive collection of books, magazines, newspapers and other resources along with a

meeting for community events. During the school year, youngsters can drop by for the After School Zone at 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Baby Time is offered at noon on Mondays, Laughter Yoga for adults is 11 a.m. Saturdays. Job seekers can also complete applications and prepare for interviews in a relaxed setting during Open Job Labs at noon on Thursdays.

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activities. Families can relax with a movie on Saturday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. as part of Movies for Grownups. Board games is held from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays for youth ages 7-18 and includes dominoes and chess. Open Job Labs are open at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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Where We Pet

Resources abound for furry friends The Leader readers love their pets almost as much as they love each other (or vice versa, depending on which animal lover you talk to). Numerous organizations provide services to our area, including both public and private institutions focusing on licensing, vaccination, adoptions and enforcing local and state laws regarding pets. • Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC) 3200 Carr St. 713-229-7300 Hours: Noon - 5 p.m., closed Mondays and Thursdays BARC is the only city shelter required by law to accept every animal regardless of breed, health and circumstance. The organizaiton works with Houston Pet Rescue groups through social media to cast the widest possible adoption net and promotes spaying/neurtering, microchipping, training and vaccinations.

tions, flea prevention and heartworm testing and prevention to Houston and Harris County. • The Houston SPCA 900 Portway Dr. 713-869-SPCA (7722) The Houston SPCA shelters homeless animals, places animals into humane environ-

ments, promotes humane education, investigates animal cruelty, rescues animals in distress and serves as advocates for all animals. • Friends for Life 2902 S. Shepherd Dr. Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 5-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.


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sing the latest in state-of-the-art technology and medical protocols, the doctors and staff at Fairbanks Animal Clinic provide quality care to family pets, but with a common-sense approach. The clinic team knows that routine exams and consultations are the Fairbanks Animal doctors and staff most important aspects in pet health, at any age. That is why they perform routine analysis of blood, stool and urine that often find hidden disease and parasites in pets. While offering the latest in advanced technology, Fairbanks Animal Clinic is also cognizant of customers’ pocketbooks and thus tries to control health costs. The clinic features a complete in-house lab, ultrasound, digital x-rays, EKG and other technical equipment to diagnose illness or monitor pets’ health. Using the safest anesthetics and electronic monitoring, the doctors and surgical assistants perform both routine and involved surgeries where pet safety and comfort are foremost in our minds. The clinic also operates Northwest Pet Lodge and Health Resort at 8627 Bart Lane, 713-937-1982. For an appointment at the Fairbanks Animal call 713-937-7274 or come by 7151 Fairbanks North Houston (a mile north of Hwy. 290). You can also visit themonline at for more information.

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Where We Eat

Families find plentiful dining in neighborhood By Betsy Denson For The Leader If there’s one thing that people in The Leader area are happy to share their opinions about – it’s food, or more specifically food they don’t have to cook. Whether it’s a person asking their neighbor for a restaurant recommendation or someone taking to social media to get or give and opinions, people are passionate about their palates. While the Heights might have led the way in dining options in the recent past, restaurant activity in the Oak Forest, Garden Oaks and Timbergrove neighborhoods is now picking up significantly, giving people even more ‘food for thought.’ A recent Leader survey attempted to get the pulse on reader’s dining habits, as well as what they looked for when going out to eat. Four percent of respondents said they go out to a restaurant meal every day, while a much larger 46 percent said they went out a few times a week. Another 46 percent said they eat out a few times a month. Not surprisingly for an area booming with young families, respondents with children said they took their kids with them to go out to eat always or most of the time. “If we eat out three times in a week, two would be with kids and one would be a date night,” said Emily Moore. And just what are they looking for in a restaurant? A whopping 84 percent said the type of food was the deciding factor, while service weighed in at 47 percent. Ambiance was 41 percent and price was 36 percent. “For our family, family friendly restaurants with quality food are key,” said Amanda Cruiser. When asked to identify some of the most successful restaurants in the area, responses varied somewhat but there were a lot of commonalities. Crisp got multiple mentions – “good food and kids will eat it,” - as did Union Kitchen, which was praised for its variety and service. “No one goes to a restaurant to be told “NO”. If we can do it, we will do it,” said Union Kitchen owner Paul

Miller. Other favorites were Teotihuacan, Mi Sombrero, Alma Latina, La Hacienda, and Tony’s Mexican Restaurant for Mexican food, with Tony’s getting a shout out for their margaritas. Indian favorites included Govindas and Tarka on 19th Street. Slowpokes, the Petrol Station, the Barking Pig, Plonk, and Cedar Creek got props for their inviting atmosphere in addition to their food. Gatlin’s BBQ was touted for their customer service as well as their tasty brisket. For those with kids, Spaghetti

Western had their approval, as well as Collina’s and Cottonwood. “Before 7 p.m. I can take the kids to Cottonwood and they can play,” said Andrea Hindi. For price, Hughies and Hubcap Grill won kudos, as did Jax on Shepherd and El Rey, which moved from Ella Boulevard to Yale & 610 about a year ago. “El Rey is affordable and family friendly and it’s not fast food,” said Irene Arango. Other respondents mentioned wanting to support those restaurants

that had been in the neighborhood for a long time, like the Barbecue Inn on Crosstimbers, Doyle’s on West 34th, Cavatore on Ella Boulevard and Kojaks Café on West 18th Street, as well as those who make a concerted effort to give back to the community, like MytiBurger. “People are sentimental,” said Stella Stevens. New additions to the area are proving popular too, like King’s BierHaus on TC Jester. “It’s a unique concept and a laid back atmosphere that encourages so-

cializing,” said Selena Crochet. For a fancier night out, Field & Tides on East 11th and Rainbow Lodge on Ella Boulevard were favored. “[Rainbow Lodge] has fabulous food, good service and a nice ambiance,” said Julie Wilson. One restaurant mentioned as a favorite was Liberty Kitchen Garden Oaks which unfortunately just closed to the disappointment of many. However, you can be sure that in a bustling area such as this, another will soon take its place.

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Law enforcement resources to keep readers safe With over 5,300 sworn police officers, nearly 1,300 civilian employees and an annual budget of more than $825 million, the Houston Police Department is the fifth largest police agency in the US. HPD’s Chief of Police is Art Acevedo, who was sworn in Nov. 30, 2016. HPD currently has several police stations and neighborhood storefronts in several locations in The Leader area. These include the Near North substation, located at 1335 West 43rd Street. The Heights substation is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and can be reached by phone at 713-803-1151. The Near North substation is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and can also be reached by phone at 713-956-3140. For those with non-emergency calls, dial 713884-3131. The Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office also patrols many communities in The Leader area, with Alan Rosen currently serving as Constable. Rosen has served with the Constable’s Office for over 14 years and maintains its patrol division headquarters at 7300 North Shepherd and another location at 1302 Preston Sreet, inside Suite 301. The Constable’s Office offers numerous resources for residents to take advantage of, including Vacation Watch services and digital crime alerts which are emailed to community members with updates

from ongoing investigations, crimes, arrests and other information. Residents can sign up for these alerts and find more resources at The general phone number for the Precinct 1 Constable’s Office is 713755-5200. The area is also served by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, which is the third largest of its kind in the US. Sheriff Ron Hickman leads more than 4,000 employees across the county, and has served as sheriff since 2009. The Sheriff’s Office’s non-emergency line can be reached at 713-2216000, public information at 713-755-5300 and administrative services at 713-755-6044. Information can also be found at For additional information, see the directory on this page: Houston Police Dept. General Contacts Emergency Calls: 911 Non-Emergency: 713-8843131 Website: North Command Station 9455 W. Montgomery Street 281-405-5300 Open 24 Hours Independence Heights Storefront 803 Crosstimbers St. 713-742-1491 Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Covers: Area south to Loop 610, north to Tidwell, east to Interstate 45 and west to North

Shepherd. Heights Storefront 1127 N. Shepherd Drive 713-803-1151 Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday Covers: North Durham to Loop 610, south to Memorial Drive east of the Hardy Toll Road. Near North Storefront 1335 W. 43rd St. 713-956-3140 Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office General Contacts Phone: 713-755-5200 Dispatch: 713-755-7628 Website: www.pct1constable. net Downtown Location 1302 Preston, Suite 301 Houston, TX 77002 713-755-5200 Patrol Division 7300 North Shepherd Houston, TX 77091 713-697-3600 Harris County Sheriff ’s Office General Contacts Non-emergency: 713-221-6000 Public Information: 713-755-6044 Website: Main Office 1200 Baker St. Houston, TX 77002

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Where We Create

Landscape for artists has changed dramatically in community By Mitch Cohen For The Leader Then and now stories are popular this time of year as we reminisce about the past year. It was a December that I signed a lease on my first Heights apartment all of 23 years ago. At the time, what attracted me to the Heights were friends. I should say “we� as I was dating and working with my girlfriend at the time. We were together through it all. Okay, so we moved into a garage apartment on Columbia street. What I recall about the mid 90’s Heights was a lot different than it is now. Everything we did then was elsewhere, at home, or at friends. There was no “going� out in the Heights with the exception of a handful of places.

Fitzgeralds was showcasing music of course and occasionally a band from my college town of Denton would perform. Dan Electros Guitar Bar still had celebrity musicians showing up unannounced on their infamous open jam blues night on Thursdays. I think the Reddy Room,

a popular nightclub and music venue, closed the same year we arrived. There was a random selection of other bars that were less than inviting on a sliding scale downwards. Dining out was an even bigger challenge. The Heights was not the gastronomical battleground that it is today.

There was Spanish Flowers, Andy’s Cafe, 11th Street Cafe and several cafeteria-style restaurants but only the former two are still with us. Sounds bleak, so what was good? Spanish Flowers and Andy’s were always packed at 2 in the morning, the best people watching ever. Richard Gere showed up and played sax alongside a friend at Dan Electros one evening around midnight. 11th Street Cafe was the best “greasy spoon� for breakfast in Houston at the time and people from all over Houston filled the space on weekend mornings. I remember some tasty pizza back then too. Art? Not hard to find but unconventional for certain and most often in homes.  Random high dollar sculptures decorated a few front lawns. Not ironically but some of the cities current most well know civic sculp-

tors lived in the Heights back then. I’d prefer to not name drop names now, but they’ve all had their work on Heights Blvd., in the North/South exhibit.  Do I miss the good ole days? Sure, but I’m happy with the good old now too. Art found it’s way in, the restaurants and bars now overwhelm us in just making a choice on where and what to do; the options seem limitless and events bring people in from all over Houston. Introduce yourself to a neighbor, I guarantee you that you’ll be impressed. This neighborhood has a way of bringing “small town cool to the big city.� My favorite phrase coined by my good neighbor Karen Mann in describing the Heights to a New York Times travel reporter just ten years after I moved in. How’s that for being hip in the hood?







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Plenty of places to get rid of rubbish, recyclables after Harvey The City of Houston has added more glass recycling drop off locations in recent weeks. Through a new partnership with Strategic Materials Inc., North America’s largest glass recycler, the City is trying to provide citizens with more options to recycle glass. Some glass recycling drop off boxes have been located at: * Salvation Army Donation Center, 2208 Washington Ave., accessible 24 hours * T.C. Jester Park, 4201 T C Jester Blvd., accessible during park hours These locations take glass beverage containers and jars. These locations have glass bins ONLY; they do not take other recyclables such as paper, plastic, etc. One can still drop off glass and other recyclables at City Neighborhood Depositories. How do I get rid of Tree Waste & Junk Waste? Residents can get rid of their Tree Waste, which is collected during odd numbered months, and Junk Waste, collected during even numbered months, at their curbside. According to the Solid Waste Management Depart-

ment website, “Tree Waste” is defined as clean wood waste including tree branches, limbs and stumps. Note that lumber, furniture and treated wood is not accepted and junk waste may not be placed for collection during these months – which is January, March, May, July, September and November. Junk Waste is defined as items like furniture, appliances and other bulky items. Residents can also place up to four tires at the curb for collection during these months. Junk Waste months include February, April, June, August,

October and December. Waste should be placed adjacent to the front curb between 6 p.m. the Friday before and 7 a.m. on the collection day. The services are also not available to multi-residential structures of more than eight units, according to the SWMD website. What sort of options do I have for recycling? Curbside recycling is currently available to 40,000 homes and an Auto-

mated Recycling Program for 211,000 homes. As part of the Curbside program, residents can place newspapers, magazines, telephone books, tin cans and other items in the same 18-gallon bin, collected on a bi-weekly basis. For the Automated program, residents can place unsorted recyclables in a 96-gallon green automated cart with wheels attached. A complete list of recycling service area maps can found online at Yard trimmings collection is also offered to citizens who receive the Automated Recycling Program. Grass clippings and leaves must be placed in city-approved compostable bags not weighing more than 50 pounds.

game consoles, monitors, small kitchen appliances, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, projectors, car batteries and cell phones. The facility can be contacted by phone at 713-869-6700. Where else can I take recyclables? The SWMD offers six locations: • North 9003 N Main 77022 • Northwest 14400 Sommermeyer 77041 • Northeast 5565 Kirkpatrick 77028 • Southeast 2240 Central Street 77017 • South 5100 Sunbeam 77033 • Southwest 10785 SW Freeway 77074 How can I remember important dates for waste collection?

How do I get rid of old electronics? Houston currently offers CompuCycle, a permanent electronic recycling site in the Spring Branch area. The facility, located at 7700 Kempwood, is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Kempwood site can also accept common household recyclables. Among some of the items accepted include PCs, servers, keyboards, mice, laptops,

The city of Houston recently launched its own smartphone app to help residents stay on top of trash collection. The “Rollout” app is available for both Android and iOS smartphones (available through iTunes and Google Play) and offers information and reminders about the various Solid Waste schedules for trash, junk waste tree waste collection and recycling.

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