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The United States Postal Service announced it has determined the Post Office at the corner of Heights Boulevard and 11th Street to be “excess and no longer necessary for Postal operations,” and will likely move to sell the property. The Leader previously reported the USPS had been considering moving its retail services out of the Heights Finance Station to the T.W. House Carrier Annex at the corner of 19th Street and Bevis in nearby Shady Acres. A public meeting had

previously been held in September regarding the potential closure and sale of the property, however a public notice taped to the door of the post office regarding the property’s “disposal action” appears to announce the location may be no more. “Postal Service policy requires the property to be sold at market value,” according to the notice. “Contributions, donations or free use of any kind is not permitted under the Administrative Policy governing disposal actions.” A USPS representative could not be reached for comment at press time,

however The Leader previously reported that the consolidation of the Heights Finance Station and the T.W. House Carrier Annex is part of a larger national effort by the U.S. Postal Service to help cut costs and use facilities as efficiently as possible, Public Affairs Representative Dionne Montague stated. “We’re looking at all of our facilities, carrier plants and other buildings to see if we can enhance the services for our customers,” Montague stated in a previous article. “We have to

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Photo by Jonathan Garris Texas Central Railway President Robert Eckels (left) addresses a Leader-area resident’s concerns Monday evening at a town hall meeting organized by community leaders with local homeowners associations and Super Neighborhoods. Hundreds of concerned homeowners living in Northwest Houston and beyond filled the inside of Lutheran High North, mainly in opposition to the proposed high-speed railway route which would carve through communities like Oak Forest and Garden Oaks.

Residents air doubts, ire over Dallas-Houston high-speed rail at forum By Jonathan Garris jgarris@theleadernews.com If Monday night’s public forum for Northwest Houston-area residents and representatives of Texas Central Railway is any indication, the company has its work cut out for them when it comes to winning over the hearts and minds of those most affected by the proposed Dallas-Houston high-speed rail. More than 300 people gathered inside of Lutheran North High School for the community forum, which offered many residents a chance to ask questions directly to TCR President Robert Eckels. Eckels, a former Harris County judge, has met with Leader-area residents during several other meetings, including a Super Neighborhood 12

meeting at the Candlelight Community Center in November and a forum held by Super Neighborhood 22 in December at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs. Mark Klein, president of Super Neighborhood 12, emphasized the meeting was not a public scoping meeting which are organized by the Federal Railroad Administration. However, the forum allowed residents to ask questions, learn more about the project and utilize comment forms to submit to the FRA as part of their environmental impact study drafting process. A Tough Crowd Eminent domain has been a frequent and controversial topic among many residents whose land either borders or lies near the BNSF railway in places like Oak For-

We made it to Mars; now what? “This idea of building a non-stop train from Houston to Dallas sounds a whole lot like we’re building a rocket ship to Mars without any consideration for what to do when we land.”

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est and Garden Oaks. Like previous meetings, however, Eckels maintains that the company would focus as much as possible on constructing elevated track for its high speed rail in existing right of ways to avoid utilizing acquiring land through methods like eminent domain. However, many residents were still ambivalent. One landowner in particular said he first heard about the project last month, and owns a cattle ranch in a rural area about 200 yards from a BNSF rail line. The rancher told Eckels he and

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Heights business leaders and other residents are mourning the loss of Jack Fields, one of the original founders of the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce, who died Jan. 3. According to his obituary, Fields “passed away peacefully” at his home last week and was laid to rest Jan. 7 at Forest Park in The Woodlands. Fields, along with a handful of other similarly inclined individuals, breathed life back into the Houston Heights with the founding of one of Houston’s most effective business and community Fields partnerships. He was 87 years old. In 1988, the Heights was in a critical state of decline. The area was originally a thriving working-class community brimming with homes, schools, parks and businesses. However, sometime between the founding of the Heights in the 1890s, and the century that fol-

other investors were “taking money out of his pocket,” and spoke about the potential impact on wildlife and his family. “My dad’s mobile home where he’s going to retire is 200 yards from this thing,” The man said. “What about the wildlife? You’re going to eliminate all of the deer movement east and west for 200 miles?” Eckels said the company’s current proposition is to maintain elevated track whenever possible and would compensate ranchSee Rail, P. 7A

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The Oak Forest Homeowners Association is paying special tribute to a pair of residents whose nearly 50-years in the area stands as a reflection of community dedication, commitment and vision. 610 the OFHA created the In December, Richard Rabe Award for Volunteer Service, in honor of Richard Rabe, former President of the Oak Forest Homeowners Association (OFHA) and 50-year Oak Forest resident. He and his wife, Darlene Rabe, have been familiar faces in the community and have made names for themselves serving with numerous local organizations and volunteer See Rabe, P. 5A

Photo by Kim Hogstrom Richard and Darlene Rabe have been community members in Oak Forest for more than 50 years.


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Area Chamber of Commerce began. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jack was born to lead,â&#x20AC;? stated Terry Burge, longtime friend of Fields, and former publisher of The Leader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether in business or civic endeavors, when he took charge, everyone knew success was assured. Jack was blessed with great vision, superb organizational skills, and a relentless energy when pursuing his goals. You quickly learned to get on board or get out of the way because things were going to be accomplished. Even for a jaded old newspaper man, it was a joy to behold.â&#x20AC;? Burge said Fields trained a whole generation of future bank presidents in the decades he spent working with Reagan State Bank. He also said Fields would leave a legacy of many

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Fields from P. 1A lowed, the area started drowning in commercial and industrial activity combined with unsightly structures in various stages of disrepair. The challenge of saving the Heights required people with vision, commitment and determination to wrestle the area free from the clutches of industrialization, entropy, crime and neglect. A few great citizens rose to that challenge. That same year, community leaders, including Fields, Harold and Milton Wiesenthal, Norman Adams, George Polk, Jr., and Constable Jack Abercia decided to band together to promote the Greater Heights community. Together, they reached out to local citizens to form a coalition dedicated to growth. With the single objective to revitalize the area, the Greater Heights

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On Jan. 6, 2015, deputies were dispatched to a Burglary of a Motor Vehicle call in the 700 block of W. 11th Street. Upon arrival the complainant advised that SAKS Fifth Avenue bag containing a dress shirt valued at $100 was in his vehicle and was stolen at 1:17pm and the incident was caught on surveillance video. The suspect was described as a black male approximately 20-25 years old and was driving a white late model Mercury Grand Marquis. The license plate was not visible. No further suspect descriptors were available.

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dispatched to the 600 block of E. 10 ½ St. in reference to a Burglary of a Motor Vehicle call. Upon arrival the complainant advised approximately $2,400 in items were stolen from his vehicle. After reviewing his video surveillance system he observed his vehicle being broken into at approximately 2 a.m. on the morning of Dec. 26. The video quality was poor and no identifying suspect information was seen. Residents are encouraged to remove property of value from their vehicles and lock their doors. It takes the help of the residents to keep the thieves away by doing these

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accomplishments that will continue to benefit the area for years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were fortunate to have him,â&#x20AC;? Burge said. Current Chamber President Jacob Milwee said he did not have the privilege of meeting Fields, but knows much about his legacy with the organization and the community and called his passing a â&#x20AC;&#x153;sad loss for the entire community.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Jack decided the area needed a chamber, he called all his buddies,â&#x20AC;? Milwee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Together, the first thing they did was to clean up 19th Street. It was in a terrible state; it was crumbling. We at the Greater Houston Chamber of Commerce are doing the very best we can to continue to shepherd the economic viability of the Heights area, just as Jack Fields launched it.â&#x20AC;?

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Former Heights resident and now Brooklyn based artist Jennifer May Reiland has come home for her first U.S. solo show at Redbud Gallery. Titled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Veronicasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, the show runs Jan. 10 through Feb. 3 featuring watercolor paintings and drawings that reflect the overlap of fantasy and reality in the digital age. The opening reception is this Saturday night 6 to 9 p.m. Redbud Gallery is at 303 E. 11th Street. Reiland has been on an art journey Mitch Cohen that started after graduating HSPVA in Arts Columnist 2007. From there she studied art at Cooper Union in NYC, then traveled to study in Barcelona at Universitat de Barcelona., then on to Paris after graduation where Reiland received the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship, awarded annually to four young artists and musicians who wish to spend an academic year working on a project in Paris. While in Paris, her work was selected by the FrancoAmerican Foundation for the Arts and Sciences for a solo exhibition at the Fondation des EtatsUnis. It was in Barcelona she tells me, where her current work was influenced the most and she began creating work about

connections between Spanish and American history. Upon returning to New Jennifer May Reiland. York in 2014, Reiland was accepted as a resident at the Sharpe Walentas Space Program, and given a free studio in Brooklyn to work in from September 2014 through August 2015. Reilandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s detailed watercolors immediately make me think of the massive historical paintings depicting battle scenes. Look closer and you will see many modern day elements like mobile phones and computers. Her work definitely tells a story, and it is fun getting lost in her details. The title of the show, Veronicas, refers to Saint Veronica, the Catholic saint who wiped the face of Christ as he ascended Calvary to be crucified. The image of his face was said to miraculously appear on her veil. The name â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Veronicaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was later attributed to the woman, as well as to the veil, a derivation of the Latin phrase â&#x20AC;&#x153;vera iconâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;true image.â&#x20AC;? Reilandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show contains several portraits of Saint Veronica as well as works that reference the idea of truth and images. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The controlled chaos and wild juxtapositions in my work may come from an early exposure to Houstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Magician (Doppelgangers #15), zoning laws,â&#x20AC;? Reiland Watercolor and Pen on Paper. said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am so happy to be returning to Houston to present my work, as my hometown has always remained an important influence both personally and as an artistâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so much of my work is about what creates identity, and Houston certainly has its own strong identity and had The Inferno (Doppelgangers #23), Watercolor and Pen on Paper. a huge influence on my identity.â&#x20AC;? Located at 303 E. 11th Street in the Heights, Redbud Gallery focuses on fine art on a global basis and promoting the rich culture of the USA. Redbud fits for Reilandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show in part because the gallery also maintains both a local and international focus. While often showing work from up and coming artists, owner Gus Kopriva also maintains a world-class collection of pieces for sale from masters such as Durer, Rembrandt and Rauschenberg. Redbud Gallery has also sponsored a series of international shows to promote Texas artists to the world. Find Jennifer and her art work at http://jennifermayreiland.com.

Art Calendar Also this weekend, weather permitting â&#x20AC;Ś again, First Saturday Arts Market will return for our rain date at 540 W. 19th Street, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown, Discovery Green Flea pushes their show up a weekend so not to conflict with next weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marathon, also 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Every second Sunday, Mini Pops can be found in the heart of Montrose; Jan. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Pavement Clothing 1657 Westheimer St. 77006. These are fun shows and a bit different than the rest, plus they have DIY classes. DIY for January is adding spikes and studs to denim jackets, collared blouses, and sneakers. At Mini Pops there are different food trucks each month. This month will be Golden Grill and tasty juices by Juice Girl. For more information www. popshopamerica.com Cohen is the founder and manager of First Saturday Arts Market. Contact him at ArtValet@gmail.com or visit him on the web at ArtValet.com.

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Remember those friends in high school who messed around on the guitar? Someone had really long hair and possibly a braid. If they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t messing around in the garage, someone was in trouble. Collective Dreams are those guys for me. Who would have thought that â&#x20AC;&#x153;those guysâ&#x20AC;? would turn those garage practices into something more, something great. The Alamo City band released their latest EP late last year in November, titled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Potranco Rd.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The four track record plays homage to a dear friend, band member and brother. Potranco Rd. is just one of many instrumental tracks you can catch on Saturday night. The guys will be playing back-to-back shows, with their first show at 2 p.m. in San Antonio and then they will trek down I-10 to share the love with Houston. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we were asked to play two different shows this Saturday we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t turn either down,â&#x20AC;? Guitar player Albert Salinas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are welcoming back a staple venue in San Antonio

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through playing a music festival with tons of great local bands but Houston, our second home, is always a good time we never turn down.â&#x20AC;? Collective Dreams is a band you should get to know. They will be in Houston every first Friday starting in March at NotsuoH. Salinas says Collective Dreams canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to bring more out of town bands into Houston, like themselves, to add into the great local scene where bands and music lovers alike can â&#x20AC;&#x153;get collective.â&#x20AC;? You can find Collective Dreamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; full tour schedule on Facebook and download their latest on iTunes. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to miss this show! Have a tip for ThirstyExplorer? Email christina@theleadernews. com and follow on Twitter @ThirstyExplorer

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Beats, barbeque and brews is the magical recipe Liberty Station is putting together every month on the second Saturday. The event will start at noon and will last until 5 p.m. Beats will be provided by DJ Seek and the BBQ will be provided by Blood Bros Texas Barbeque. The best part of it all, there will be drink specials all day long! Liberty Station is located at 2101 Washington Ave. 77007.

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o a group of private billionaires want to build a train through our neighborhood. Sounds like a wonderful plan, assuming they don’t mess up our property values, don’t seize our land and actually find that group of billionaires to do the funding. If you’ve followed the news lately, you know about the environmental study being discussed by Texas Central Railway and its president, Robert Eckels. TCR, which has the support of nearly every governmental agency I can find, wants to build a bullet train from Houston to Dallas. The solutions will rival the advent of penicillin. Imagine being able to skip the hassles of the airport, hop on a train, sip a cup of tea, and be dropped at Reunion Tower in 90 minutes. It’s like 1916 all over again. We’ll have merry conversations as we pass through the cabins. We’ll watch movies on our watches, read books loaded into our glasses and we’ll pay the same price it would cost to sift through an airport terminal where people smell bad and baggage fees double the ticket prices. Want to know my thoughts on the bullet train idea? Go for it. Raise the money. Raise the tracks. If I had the net worth of Buffet and Gates ($152.6 billion) – combined – I just wouldn’t want any part of it. There’s a lot of talk in our community about what this bullet train will do to the neighborhoods closest

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to the proposed 18-foot elevated tracks. How much land will TCR seize? What if a train falls off its tracks and crashes through my chimney? What speeds will this train reach when it zips around the corner at Watonga? Personally, I like the idea of having a quick mode of transportation between two of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. If you’ve driven I-45 between The Woodlands and Huntsville in the past six months, you know that stretch takes 90 minutes on its own. And if that’s not reason enough, how great is the irony in joining two Texas cities that can’t stand each other? While most of the dissenters in our community have focused on the personal consequences of such a train, I think we’re all missing the most important discussion in this bullet of an idea. My concern has nothing to do with environmental impact, the reduction of emissions, the glaring issues we have with our roadways,

or the lack of real competition to the local airlines that continue to spike prices while offering service unfit for rodents. My problem is that this idea sounds a whole lot like we’re building a rocket ship to Mars without any consideration for what to do when we land. A group at the Rudin Center for Transportation at NYU studied the number of “super commuters” from major, metropolitan areas around the nation. Their findings, from 2012, suggested there were 51,900 people who commute from Houston to DFW for work. There are 44,300 people who make the reverse commute, from DFW to Houston. They gave no indication if these were daily or weekly commutes, but that’s around 96,000 people going back and forth for work, which just sounds ridiculous to me. Move, already. An economist out of Harvard, Edward L. Glaeser, wrote a 4-part series for the New York Times about the bullet train from Houston to Dallas, and he suggested there would be about 1.5 million passengers on the train each year. If you can stay with me and these pesky things they call numbers, consider some of this data: There are 2.92 million jobs in the Greater Houston area, according to the Department of Labor. Laura Van Ness, of the Houston Downtown Management District, said there are 150,000 jobs in down-

Future of 2015 has a bunch of lies, lawsuits THE GROCERY STORE – Every year about this time these trashy magazines we see in racks by the checkout counter stop running headlines such as “Did Rob’s Baby Have Horns?” or “Jana and Lance – Kidnapped By Martians?” I have no idea who Rob, Jana and Lance are, and really don’t care. But these lurid headlines are suspended for the January issues while some soothsayer predicts the upcoming year. And annually it’s the same thing: A great person will die, there will be strife in the Middle East and some Hollywood couple will divorce. Well, these messengers of mischief and mayhem have nothing on us. So stand by while I say the sooth. JANUARY – In his inaugural address, Gov. Greg Abbott vows to fully fund Planned Parenthood, uphold EPA anti-pollution rules and stop constant lawsuits against Washington, then adds to an apoplectic audience: “Just kidding.” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick declares himself to be the Official State Icon. Super Bowl reaches record viewers when it is announced the halftime show will feature “The Rockettes’ Wardrobe Malfunction.” FEBRUARY – Rush Limbaugh again denounces global warming as a “gigantic hoax perpetuated by the drive-by media,” this time from the rooftop of his Florida beach-front mansion, which is under water. The State Board of Education discovers a mention of evolution in Texas students’ reading material and demands that the publishers “Stop the chisels!”  Bill Cosby’s one-man show at a Chevron station in Billings, Mont. is cancelled. MARCH – The New York Times Best Seller list is topped by “Killing Bill O’Reilly.” Prior to the season openers, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers decide their chances of winning would be better if they joined the Texas League. “The Interview” finally opens widely in the U.S. to scathing criticism, but receives glowing reviews and plays to massive audiences in Pyongyang. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un gave it two thumbs up, and blames his reputation outside his country on “the liberal press.”  APRIL – The NRA proclaims April as Go Postal Month. Halliburton merges with Qatar. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick warns of “creeping progress in the Legislature.” President Obama vetoes a bill to ban murders in his hometown of Chicago, calling it “selective prosecution.” Occupy Wall Street organizers form a corporation and file to be listed on NASDAQ. MAY – To howls of laughter, the Koch Brothers make a bid to buy California’s Electoral College votes. The Texas Militia announces that, due to its “over-powering presence,” there have been zero immigrants trying to sneak across the river into Texas. It is then pointed out they are guarding the Red River. Gov. Abbott files suit against Daylight Saving Time, explaining, “Typical Washington interference in our private lives. We don’t need to save another day.” A Texas Monthly reader discovers an article among the ads. JUNE -- The Koch Brothers again make a bid to buy California’s Electoral College votes. The State Board of Education considers approving some non-religious subjects taught in K-12. The motion dies for lack of a second. President Obama holds a press conference to note the stock market hits 20,000, unemployment is the lowest in 50 years, there is a budget surplus and no American troops are in combat. Karl Rove denounces it as “nothing new.”   JULY – Wendy Davis admits she’s not a real blonde. She also acknowledges she was not wearing pink tennis shoes during her famous filibuster, explaining, “My feet are

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town Houston. Our calculators tell us five percent of the jobs in all of Houston are located downtown. Just for the fun of it, let’s look at some other employment hubs around our city. Energycorridor.org says there are 84,000 people who work out I-10 on Energy Row. The Woodlands Development Company says there are 54,500 jobs in The Woodlands proper. There are 52,000 jobs in the Medical Center. The University of Houston employs more than 24,000 people. There are 20,000 jobs at the Port of Houston Authority, and about 39,000 other jobs in that part of town directly related to the ship channel. And Exxon, assuming they’re still in business next week, plans to employ 10,000 people at its new campus north of the Beltway. If you really want to know my problem with this bullet train concept, you can find it in those numbers. The greatest deficiency of our city is its public transportation. Yes, we have nice bus drivers at Metro, and that organization tries to shuttle folks from place to place. But if we need to get from Point A to Point B, we aren’t anywhere close to the Chicagos, Atlantas and New Yorks of the world. Our mass transit is pitiful when stacked up against our competitors. So what are we going to do with a train that drops 1.5 million people into downtown? If only five percent of our jobs are in downtown

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Houston, are we going to line up 400 buses and drive them out of downtown to The Woodlands or Energy Row? And what about all these people taking the train? There are 100,000 parking spots in downtown Houston right now. Are the commuters going to take park-and-rides to the train station? If so, they’ll load up off Kuykendahl, take 30 minutes to get downtown, wait 30 minutes for the train to depart, get to Dallas 90 minutes later, and then need another 30 minutes to shuttle their way around that city. From their front door to downtown Dallas comes in just under four hours. And what about those people boarding the train in Dallas, hoping for a quick ride into their Houston offices? Once they get to downtown, they’ll either hail a cab or dreadfully take a bus. By the time they leave home, hop the train, and 95 percent unload in downtown, they’ll need a ride to work. I’d guess that’s a 4-hour journey for them. Oh, and don’t forget the airlines. If you think Southwest and United won’t see the train and drop their rates to $50 one-way, you’re nuts. Don’t get me wrong. I like the idea of a quick trip to Dallas, just as I like the idea of a quick trip to Mars. But if I’m stuck when I land, what’s the point? And if we’re going to just add more congestion to downtown Houston traffic, no thanks. Email jonathan@theleadernews.com

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Dear Editor: I want to give credit to Armando in his suggestion for traffic control, but I also would like to air some other facts about traffic control. I noticed he had distances between intersections and pointed out there was a very long distance between two of the intersections, thus creating an opportunity for excessive speed. Within the first 100 feet when a person takes off from a light they are usually up to 30 miles per hour. Within a very short distance more they can be up to 60 – 70 mph. It really is not the distance that brings this on, it is the driving habits of each and every one out there. So if we put an extra light some where between Rosslyn and Oak Forest that would solve a problem of distance. We won’t get into the amount of pollution it causes, brake dust from the brake shoes each time a vehicle stops, tire ware which is rubber dust and gasoline that is used every time we take off from a stop position. Stop lights are at major intersections to prevent people from having accidents. If the concern is to give children a place, let’s throw the children in there to tug at that issue, to cross the street, most of them are picked up by the parents or bused, but once they get away from the school area they will cross the street in the middle of the block if it is convenient. So if we put a light in the middle of a long section and the situation does not change, the next step is to put a light at each intersecting street and if that does not work then we can put concrete barricades jutting out and make 43rd like a maze that drivers can only drive at 5 MPH. Hope no one steps out from behind one of the barricades, they probably will get run over. After we get 43rd full of stop signs and barricades everyone will start going down the side streets, and then to prevent them from speeding there we put stop signs up in the middle of the block, next we can put the concrete barricades on those streets also. What a great neighborhood we would have. Gosh, I almost forgot, all this costs money and where would we get it from. What I would suggest is to charge a toll on those streets, even to the home owners or just charge everyone in Oak Forest $5,000 per year to fund this project. The problem seemed to stem from the man getting killed in the major accident on Rosslyn and 43rd. Let me ask, this guy struck a vehicle some where else on 43rd and took off at a high rate of speed and when he ran the light at Rosslyn and 43rd he struck the other vehicle killing the driver. Do you really

think if there had been a stop sign or light at every street on 43rd that he would have stopped for any of them. There was a light at Rosslyn and he ran it! We have in place what is supposed to stop unlawful drivers and that is policing or law enforcement officers. We pay them good money, they get to drive around in a decent car that is equipped with thousands of dollars of equipment. It is their job to take care of these things. The problem comes in when an officer makes stops in an area and just warns the person, “do not do that again”. No ticket is issued. People have been speeding, running stop signs and or red lights for years, it is a habit to them and telling them not to do it is just a joke to them. Unless it costs them and takes their money, it will not change. Just getting a dedicated officer to work traffic in an area is a feat within itself. Some officers don’t issue tickets because they just don’t want to have to go to court. Going to court is part of the job. Write the local department and request that an issue be taken care of. Maybe it will only be for a short period of time, but it’s a start. The problem is people and their driving habits, not the lack of stop signs, speeding signs or red lights. Fred Find

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Dear Editor: Regarding closure of the Heights post office:  A few years ago, my passport needed renewal.  A web search indicated this could be done at the 11th Street USPS office.  I visited the following Monday and, sure enough, one of the windows was a fully dedicated passport service station.  It had posters displaying passport info, and little stands offering passport brochures.  Waiting at that empty desk, I was told, “They’re only here for passports on Tuesdays and Thursdays.”  I returned about 4 p.m. Tuesday. “They’re gone for the day.  Thursday is another passport day.” On Thursday, I arrived about 3 p.m. and was told, “They’re at lunch. They had a late lunch today.” The following Tuesday, again about 3 p.m., I was advised, “They’re out today. I think it’s a sick day.” And so on, for three more attempts on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No one was performing passport service there. It was a complete sham, a disgraceful charade, and the employees flat-out lied about it. Fire them all and raze the place. It couldn’t happen to a nicer facility.  (P.S.  Can you just imagine how wonderful socialized healthcare is going to be, especially neurosurgery?) J. Reynolds


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Rabe from P. 1A groups. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We love this community,â&#x20AC;? Darlene said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We bought our home here in 1965, and we would not live anywhere else.â&#x20AC;? In 1980, Richard Rabe was elected President of the OFHA and, at the time, Oak Forest was experiencing a tipping point. Up and down the beautiful, tree-lined streets, people were selling used cars, used furniture, plumbing supplies, old air conditioners and more - right from the front yards of the homes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our deed restrictions were written years ago, and do not allow businesses to operate out of houses,â&#x20AC;? Rabe said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People who may have an office in one room of the home, or cut someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hair every now and then, these people were not an issue. They occupied their homes; they were residents. As President of the OFHA, Rabe sent many letters reminding people of deed restrictions. In some cases, the property owners would gracefully comply, but not all. Under his watchful eye, some of theses cases wound up in court or mediation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was always that one person who would say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;this is my property, and I will do whatever I want with it,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Darlene said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Richard has made many, many friends here over time, but he also has a few enemies.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Richard is very loyal to his community and his neighbors. Richard is awesome,â&#x20AC;? 2014 OFHA President Laurie Christensen stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We at

the OFHA created the annual â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Richard Rabe Award for Volunteer Serviceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in December, 2014 to recognize the member who provided the most support to the community with their volunteerism for that year, and to recognize and celebrate that commitment. Richard has worked for many years to insure that the structure of our community stayed intact; worked to retain its original intent and design. His level of volunteerism is something you rarely find these days.â&#x20AC;? Rabe also serves as the president of the northwest Houston chapter of AARP, and on the Missionary Committee at First Baptist Church. He and his wife also raised three children in Oak Forest and served on the Citizen Patrol. Rabe recalled one incident when he stumbled upon a man trying to break into a home he claimed to have lived in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was one oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock in the morning but the police still woke the neighbors up next door and asked them if they knew the man. And you know what? They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? Richard Rabe has remained on the board of the OFHA since 1980 and only recently resigned from his position of sergeant-at-arms for the organization. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had to resign. I had trouble hearing the meetings from the back,â&#x20AC;? Richard Rabe said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, now you can attend and sit up front, sit closer,â&#x20AC;? Darlene said while tugging at his sleeve.

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Happy 1st birthday to Vivaan Reddy Gummi who celebrated his birthday surrounded by friends and family at a wonderful party full of balloons and beautiful decorations created by his mother in primary colors. Vivaanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proud parents are Karteek Reddy Gummi and Jennifer Hobart Gummi. His actual birthday is Jan. 7th, but over the weekend, about 70 relatives gathered to celebrate the little manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first year and a wonderful time was had by all. Sincere congratulations to Rev. Adam J. Chaney, resident of Garden Oaks and Oak Forest, upon his recent graduation from Houston Baptist University. Rev. Chaney is married to

Christa Barnes-Chaney and they have a daughter, Eliyah. Chaneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proud mother Lisa Chaney, his grandmother Polly Chaney, and his mother- and fatherin-law Chuck and Susan Barnes, are all lifelong Oak Forest residents. Rev. Chaney is the Associate Pastor of Baptist Temple Church in the Houston Heights where he attended services for the majority of his life starting at age four. Chaney would like to thank all of the awesome teachers he had while growing up in Garden Oaks Elementary, Clifton Middle School, Waltrip High School, and at Baptist Temple. The couple extends extra special thanks to their family for all of their support and help in making this dream possible.  This year Chaney produced his first anti-human

trafficking prayer and worship CD. Chaney also serves on the worship team and sometimes teaches with Cornelius Connection International. He has accepted an offer from Baylor University in Waco to work on his Masters in Divinity at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary.  Say hello to Josephine Søncksen, an exchange student from Denmark living Ad # 36224

in Houston with Helle and Robert Johnson of Garden Oaks and their three children, Ben, Emma and Jacob. Josephine is one of several exchange students in the Leader community this year. Josephine is a 10th grader at Waltrip High School and is a member of the Roses Dance Team, which she says has really given her the full American high school experience complete with football games and being part of a team.

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HEIGHTS GARDEN CLUB MEETS Boulevard Realty This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, on Jan. 10, will be a field trip to Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Way Resources in Conroe. Meet at Boulevard Realty, 1545 Heights Blvd., at 9 a.m. for ride sharing or meet at Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Way at 10 a.m. The owner, John Ferguson, will be the guide to how the compost is made, mulches and soils as well as showing off several demonstration gardens and a new plant nursery. Information: www. heightsgardenclub.com. AFTERNOON MOVIE Collier Regional Library Come by Collier Regional Library at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at for an afternoon movie showing of Maleficent. Popcorn and lemonade will be served. The library is located at 6200 Pinemont Dr. Information: 832-393-1740, col.library@houstontx.gov. JENNIFER MAY REILAND SOLO EXHIBITION Redbud Gallery Brooklyn-based Houstonian, Jennifer May Reiland, announces her first U.S. solo show at Redbud Gallery, 303 E. 11th St. Titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Veronicas,â&#x20AC;? the show runs Jan. 10 though Feb. 3, featuring watercolor paintings and drawings that reflect the overlap of

fantasy and reality in the digital age. Information: 713-862-2532, www.redbudgallery.com. MEMORIAL PARK MASTER PLAN MEETING Memorial Park Conservancy Residents are welcome to attend the next public input meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 12, at Moody Park Community Center, 3725 Fulton St. The focus will be on the progress of the Memorial Park Master Plan to restore, preserve and enhance Memorial Park. The hosts will be Mayor Pro Tem Ed Gonzalez (District H) and Council Member Stephen C. Costello (At-Large Position 1). Information: www. memorialparktomorrow.org; www.memorialparkconservancy. org. FILM: THE LIVES OF OTHERS 14 Pews A man who has devoted his life to ferreting out â&#x20AC;&#x153;dangerousâ&#x20AC;? characters is thrown into a quandary when he investigates a man who poses no threat in this drama, the first feature from German filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The showing will be from 7:30-9 p.m. Jan. 14. General admission is $10 and free for members. 14 Pews is located at 800 Aurora St., 77009.

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William â&#x20AC;&#x153;Billâ&#x20AC;? Blocker to speak at First Church Heights First Church Heights, 201 E. 9th St., will feature guest speaker William â&#x20AC;&#x153;Billâ&#x20AC;? Blocker at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 11. Dr. Blocker currently serves as president of the College of Biblical Studies and previously served at Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. He and his wife Zelda regularly lead tours to Israel and in 2009 wrote an article focused on his journeys. Call 713-861-3102 or visit www.fbcheights.com for information. Spiritual Renewal book discussion at All Saints All Saints Catholic Community, 215 E. 10th St., will have a spiritual renewal book discussion, Jan. 12 and 19, from 7-8:15 p.m., in TALC Room 2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholicâ&#x20AC;? discussion leader is Dan Schwieterman. Bible study will resume on

Jan. 11, with the English group meeting at 9:45 a.m. and the Spanish at 11:30 a.m. in the parish hall. For information, call 713864-2653 for information. The Ten Commandments series at St. Ambrose A presentation of the Faith Formation Department of St. Ambrose Catholic Church will be The Ten Commandments: Laws of the Heart. The Eighth Commandment: The Law of Speech is Jan. 14. St. Ambrose Catholic Church is located at 4213 Mangum Rd. Call 713-6863857 or email sacdre@gmail. com for more information. Poston Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Poston Prayer Shawl Ministry welcomes all who enjoy knitting and crocheting to join them to make prayer shawls, blankets and other items that receive a special blessing before being given to

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MURDER AND MAYHEM IN HOUSTON LECTURE The Heritage Society Jerry and Marvy Finger Lecture Series presents Murder and Mayhem in Houston by Mike Vance from noon-1 p.m. Jan. 15, at The Heritage Society Tea Room, 1100 Bagby St. The cost is free for members, and $5 for non-members. Guests may bring a lunch or purchase one for $10. Information: 713-655-1912, ext. 101, www.heritagesociety.org. SONS OF LEGIONAIRES STEAK NIGHT The American Legion Post 560 Come by for a delicious steak dinner while supporting a good cause. Dinner will be served from 6 p.m. until sold out, Jan. 16. The entertainment will be provided by Back Rhodes. The American Legion Post 560 is located at 3720 Alba Road. Information: 713-682-9287, www.americanlegionpost560.org.

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Rail from P. 1A ers for property values and provide pass-throughs for wildlife. He reiterated that the project is still relatively early in its process and the FRA’s environmental impact study has not been completed. Another resident, who maintained he was in favor of a high-speed rail between Houston and Dallas, had reservations regarding the electrical train and the isolation of the current. Eckels said the system will not be buried underground like other rail systems, but said the system is similar to those used in places like California and such concerns should be sent in to the FRA as part of their public comment collection period. Eckels said the decision to end the rail in downtown Houston also has to do with TCR’s partnership with the city, and officials’ desire to see the high speed rail end directly in the Houston metro area. Others questioned the financial impact on the homes and property values of those adjacent and nearby the rail line. Eckels reiterated that, due to the current stage of the project, that analysis had not been completed. Another resident opined that perhaps the organization could look into alternatives like utilizing the Northwest Mall and using the 290 and 610 corridor as an end for the rail, and Eckels said the group is not opposed to offering a termination point at the 610 Loop; however other residents still pointed to communities like The Woodlands which have been eyeing the project as a potential stop. Eckels explained that bypassing Interstate 45 had much to do with the costs and construction issues, however he said determining the final route is still within its early stages, and forums like these allow TCR to gain as much public input as possible. Representatives like Phillip Simmons, treasurer of the Oak Forest Homeowners Association, want to be sure that input will not fall on deaf ears. “As I listen to you talk I just want to ask you one thing – Do you hear what they’re saying,” Simmons said. “I don’t know if our decision matters – I would hope it does – but when it comes right down to it if we say ‘no,’ will it still go?”

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Photo by Jonathan Garris It was standing-room-only inside of Lutheran High North during the town hall forum regarding the Texas Central Railway.

The next steps Klein said his Super Neighborhood group has formally opposed the routes proposed by TCR, and his group will continue to work to keep neighbors informed and involved as the railway project moves forward. Among some of the criticisms and concerns levied by SN 12 and SN 22 include eminent domain, the disruption of community identity by the rails concrete pylons and other aspects and potential safety hazards. The official comment also heavily criticized the “lack of public notification” regarding scoping meetings by the FRA and TCR and the company’s lack of clear maps and renderings of the railway. “Nine routes proposed in July were reduced to only two preferred routes in October based primarily on density studies without any vetting by affected super neighborhoods, civic associations and management districts located in the potential impact zones,” according to the statement. The Super Neighborhoods also highlighted the single public scoping meeting for the two preferred routes, which was held at NRG Center months ago during the afternoon – an inconvenient prospect for many living in the area which would be directly affected by the project. “Allowing a private company to use federal governmental power to obtain land without due public process is not fair to the residents, businesses and neighborhoods that would bear the brunt of its disruption for the benefit of a small percentage of travelers,” the comment states.

Why oppose the rail? Below is a list of some of the more repeated points and questions raised by residents during public forums with TCR. • Vibrations & noise concerns Homeowners near the railway aren’t exactly keen on the idea of a high-speed train careening past their windows at high speeds. TCR continues to assure residents the trains will be quiet as they pass through the area. • Safety TCR has said many times that their train is designed for collision avoidance, rather than collision survival like typical freight trains. That still hasn’t tempered nerves among those living closest to the BNSF railway. • Impact on property values Some homeowners have voiced concerns over the sale of their homes and land in the future. TCR has not provided a clear response on the potential impact on property values in the area – something that has many people worried. • Environmental impact Beyond the financial impact, many residents are left wondering what could happen to native wildlife in the area. • Long-term feasibility If the project somehow fails during or after construction, who will foot the bill? TCR officials say that their models show the railway generating money, but residents are still concerned about the idea of footing the bill of a massive, derelict private project. • The final destination Ending the railway in downtown might work for Houston and Dallas-area travelers, but what about the alternatives? TCR President Robert Eckels has said several times he would be open to exploring other final stops for the railway.

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