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Right from the start, just their name rubs some the wrong way. Grackles. What an ugly moniker. And it doesn’t stop there. By and large, birds are most often majestic creatures, offering a soothing sight to avid bird watchers and novices alike while piercing the air with their tunes. But what about when flocks of them descend upon us during our nightly trek to the grocery store? Some say, “No thank you” to these feathery friends who leave white “gifts” on our cars and sidewalks and paint the dusk sky black for a simple shopping trip. “Until Kroger [at 43rd and Oak Forest] can do something about the grackle (birds) problem, I’m going to shop somewhere else,” a

resident named Eric wrote Dec. 18 on the Oak Forest Homeowner’s Association Facebook page. In 2012, The Leader spent space on the front page explaining why these scavenger birds congregate in one area. Five years later – and with new homeowners all over the place – here’s what we know about the frightening nightly swarms through our neighborhood parking lots. Fort Collins-based ornithologist Walter Wehtje told Austinbased KUT (NPR affiliate) in a 2016 report that to answer “why” the birds congregate in one place, it is beneficial to first understand the history of grackles and humans living together. According to the KUT report, an Aztec conqueror named Ahuitzotl who conquered what was then the country’s capital of Tenochtitlan;

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and brought back the large black birds which enthralled them due to its sleek feathers. By all accounts, the report says, that instance may be the first recorded case of humans intentionally relocating wild animals. Further, there were already grackles migrating to urban environments and cities, long before anyone here ventured to their local Kroger. There are three main subspecies of our black birded friends, but most commonly found here will be the Great Tail Grackle. Per to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, these grackles thrive in both agricultural and urban settings from sea level to 7,500 feet that provide open foraging areas, a water source, and trees.

14 Pews up for sale By Kim Hogstrom For The Leader Popular arts venue 14 Pews, located at 800 Aurora St. just off Main Street, has been listed for sale. Its founder and Executive Director, Cressandra Thibodeaux, announced last week that she has accepted a job in Portland, Or., with a similar agency. The 14 Pews building holds a place

in Heights history. The front, theater portion was constructed in the 1920s and functioned as a church until the 1970s. The back half of the 2,589square-foot building was added when the church sold, and now includes a seperate but attached home with four bedrooms. It all sits on a 6,000-squareSee 14 Pews P. 6

The process to rename the West 11th Street Park in Timbergrove to The Lorraine Cherry Nature Preserve is underway. Lorraine Cherry, a Timbergrove resident integral to the creation of the park in 2008, died in November, and the move by neighbors and friends to find a concrete way to honor Cherry’s contribution was immediate. Michelle Colvard was one such resident who had benefitted from the park and admired Cherry’s volunteer efforts. As the former executive director of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Colvard was also familiar with how the city works, so reached out to her contacts there. “I thought I could help with this,” said Colvard, who spoke with Luci Correa, the council For more about the liaison for the Houston movement to rename Parks & Recreation De- West 11th Street Park partment to facilitate the in honor of Lorraine Cherry, including a process. you can cut It is the Park Nam- petition out and sign, please ing Committee of the see Page Houston Parks & Recreation Department who reviews proposals to name new parks, or when appropriate to review proposals from community organizations to change the name of existing parks. If there is a deed restriction or the given name is of special historical or geographical significance, the property may not be eligible for renaming. A letter from an organization is a requirement, and it would come from Friends of 11th Street Park. Since West 11th Street Park is a community park, there is also the necessity of a petition signed by 600 people with zip codes within a 2mile radius of the park. “I am hopeful it all goes smoothly,” Colvard said. Colvard is working closely with Dave Dyer, Cherry’s husband, and neighbor Darlene Wayt on the petition. She also reached out to Councilmember Ellen Cohen’s office. “It sounds like she is already in support, but I’m asking for a formal letter of support,” she

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Casler looks to build OFE By Betsy Denson For The Leader Last week, we introduced readers to Andrew Casler, the new principal of Oak Forest Elementary who comes to our community after 11 years with Pilgrim Academy. This week, he took some time before the new year to sit down with The Leader to Andrew Casler discuss more about his plans moving forward. Are you from Houston? What’s your educational background? I consider myself a Houstonian but my wife who grew up in Bellaire would beg to differ. I grew up north of town in Atascocita and went to neighborhood schools, including what was then

Humble High School. I got my undergrad degree from the University of Houston, majoring in psychology and philosophy. Later I got my master’s in education from the University of Houston through HISD’s leadership program. What’s your background with HISD? After a job in IT consulting, I took a job at Pilgrim Academy in southwest Houston, which was then a preK through fifth grade school and now goes through eighth grade. My mom was a librarian and once I was in the school setting I never looked back. I served the Pilgrim Academy until I came to Oak Forest. Pilgrim is a really unique community and leaving there was the hardest professional decision I’ve ever had to make. A lot of the students are new immigrants and moving to the Pre-K through eighth grade model gave them a lot of stability. I got to see the camSee Casler P. 3

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Robbers, shooters mar holiday season Restraint on homeless By Landan Kuhlmann While the Christmas holidays are a time when families and loved ones gather to enjoy each other’s company, some grinches spoiled the time between Christmas and the New Year for some locals, and remain on the loose following several incidents. Dec. 24 As families and loved ones began gathering to open gifts, it was just getting started. According to the Houston Police Department, units responded to a Jack in The Box on North Shepherd – just down the road from St. Pius X High School – based on reports of an armed robbery shortly before 11 p.m. Police say employees noticed a man at the door who later stated he was homeless and in need of any assistance possible. Though they could not let him in, authorities said an employee offered the suspect a glass of water through the drive-through window. The encounter soon took a frightening turn, however, as police say the man pointed a gun at the employee and demanded money from the register. The suspect also attempted to enter the safe before fleeing the scene on foot according to HPD.

Dec. 25 Shortly after 8 a.m. Christmas Day, two suspects, dressed all in black and both armed, entered the Valero gas station and convenience store at the corner of West 34th Street and Oak Forest Drive demanding money from the safe according to the clerk on duty. However, the suspects wound up taking just the money from the cash register drawers before fleeing the scene in a dark gray sedan. Bystanders said the vehicle was missing a hubcap on the driver’s side and is damaged on the drivers’ side front according to the Houston Police Department. Clerks were unable to identify any distinguishing features of the suspects due to the robbers wearing masks and gloves, according to police. Later that day, shortly after 7 p.m., police say a Walgreen’s in the 1700 block of East T.C. Jester was hit by the robbery spree, unfolding in an unusual manner. Police say one suspect entered the store inquiring about the availability of security on the premises before briefly – and suspiciously – leaving the store and reentering. All the while, the suspect – described only a black male – attempted to provoke the employee by yelling at them across the store before robbing the register as soon as the store was clear of customers and fleeing the scene on foot according to HPD.

Dec. 26 Shortly before 6:30 p.m., police say one armed suspect entered a Cricket Wireless store near Independence Heights in the 5300 block of the North Freeway, demanding money from the register. The one clerk on-site obliged before the suspect – described only as a black male in his early 20s — fled the scene on foot. As always, anyone with information on any of these cases or suspects is encouraged to call the Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-521-4600. BB gun shooters affecting Heights drivers Finally, Dec. 27., media reports surfaced of several drivers in the Heights experiencing having their car windows hit by pellets from a BB gun. According to a report from KTRK, more than a dozen drivers have been affected near 13th Street and Durham in the Heights, with incidents ranging from several months back to just a few days prior during the height of the Christmas season. Residents told KTRK it is impossible to not think about it each time they drive the stretch of road. However, while authorities have received multiple reports of such happenings, no information was available as of press time on any possible suspects.

encampment dissolved Mayor Sylvester Turner expressed relief last week that U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt has dissolved a court order blocking enforcement of a city ordinance that bans encampments in public places. “I’m grateful that the judge has for now essentially endorsed the city’s effort to strike a balance between preserving personal freedoms of every Houstonian and eliminating threats to public health that have developed at and near encampments on public property in the center of the city,” the mayor said. “My staff, including my special assistant for homeless initiatives, and Houston Police Department commanders will meet to decide how to move forward with enforcement of the ordinance,” the mayor added. “What will not change are continuous efforts by city departments, local non-profit agencies and HPD to place encampment residents in shortterm and long-term housing.” The city says such efforts have reduced homelessness in

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In coordination with its Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program, the Solid Waste Management Department will restart its Yard/Tree Waste Collection and Recycling Program on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Yard/Tree Waste will be collected on residents’ normal garbage collection day. Customers are reminded that yard waste should be properly placed at the curb in city approved recycling bags, or if tree/branch trimmings, they should be bundled and/or tied in lengths not greater than 36 inches. Material not properly prepared for ease of collection will be tagged and left at the curb for the customer’s proper preparation. For further instructions on how to prepare yard waste for ease

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Art Valet: Starting the 14th year of market Is it too late to wax poetic about the past year? Do you know that term, “waxing poetic?” It means to romanticize something and talk excessively about it.  I don’t plan to do that, but you have to admit 2017 was one year we will all remember, good and well, bad. The reason I bring this up now, is as I write this column (last week) I am ending the year with a sinus infection that is quite simply kicking my butt. My creative edge is nowhere to be seen. Sigh. New beginnings, starting fresh and reinventing myself have always been favorite topics of mine and so it goes without saying that I’m gen-

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ensure all learners are visible and valued. In addition I have developed UIL programs and oversaw several enrichment opportunities to ensure the development of the whole child. Lastly, I have spent the past few years deeply engaged with developing a culture of thinking. Pilgrim had a successful

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Casler from P. 1 pus transform. While there I worked as a teacher, coach, dean of students, and elementary assistant principal. I feel fortunate to have been able to serve Pilgrim Academy in these capacities for over a decade. This time allowed me to develop lasting relationships with students, parents, and community members. Like Oak Forest, Pilgrim Academy is a campus that understands the value of continuity of staff on the culture of a learning community. What was appealing to you about the job at Oak Forest Elementary? I was excited to work at a campus that has such a strong culture of parent and community engagement. I also feel that many of my own educational values reflected the learning that is currently happening at Oak Forest. For a number of years my wife worked for the Harris County Department of Education as a pediatric physical therapist. While in this capacity she was assigned to serve Oak Forest Elementary. She enjoyed coming to the campus as she felt the staff did an amazing job

ensuring all students were valued and loved. What is your plan for the rest of the year with regard to the school? I have a deep appreciation for the amount of time and care that went into developing the culture of Oak Forest. It is my intention to honor the culture by spending a lot of time learning about our community and getting to know our students. What do you perceive as OFE’s strengths? I believe that in addition to having a strong community, Oak Forest Elementary has made a commitment towards the development of the whole-child. Through a variety of enrichment activities and engagement with ideas surrounding values such as empathy, Oak Forest has created a safe place for students to develop their own identities.


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Grackles from P. 1 Why do they stay? With many a dumpster, peanut or half-eaten Pringle laying around, an environment such as Kroger or H-E-B perfectly suits the diet of the natural scavengers, as they tend to work well in human environments. It also stands to reason that with White Oak Bayou and other waterways bordering our neighborhoods and stores, grackles find a reliable source of sustenance all in one fell swoop. However, reasons behind their migratory patterns extend far beyond sustenance, and studying their process is truly fascinating. High structures in parking lots of local stores offer plenty of grackle amenities for the birds, who mainly come in search of a space to sleep overnight. There’s plenty of space for the birds to spread out, as they love sleeping in large aggregations – which also provides backup and multiple avenues of escape should one of its predators (such as eagles, owls, and hawks) decide to launch a dusk-time attack. It’s strength in numbers. And while many theories have been tossed about as to why these birds have migrated here for decades, Wehtje believes it’s as simple as the bird following human development patterns. Simply put, our grocery stores appear to offer grackles the best of all worlds. “You can’t blame them for

taking advantage of what we provide, all you can do is say ‘wow! these birds really have a good thing going.’,” he told KUT. Any solution in sight? History suggests there may not be a “fix-all” measure to be taken to drive the birds away. Stores like Kroger, back in 2012, tried air horns and fake hawks on the roof, which didn’t work. Some businesses invest in lasers that are shot at the birds. The lasers don’t kill, they just scare the birds away. And while they may present a nuisance at times, in the eyes of some who have embraced the flocks that may not be a terrible thing. “I think the birds are cool! A couple weeks ago there were more than I had ever seen there. Several of us just gathered in the lot and laughed. One guy began honking his horn to make them fly. It was a black grackle cloud!! I was sorry my grandchildren weren’t there!” resident Brenda wrote in response to the post Dec. 18. “The birds are beautiful! And totally annoying [pooping] on our cars. It’s all in the way you look at life,” Kristi commented. Unless a band of 1,000 grackle-hunting hawks are released around the grocery store parking lots each evening, the grackles likely aren’t going anywhere.

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Let’s resolve to slow down our progress T hrough absolutely no scientific research, here’s what I’ve discovered about New Year’s resolutions. This hideous practice probably began sometime around 1870. If that date means nothing to you, let’s start the New Year with a history lesson. In 1870, the U.S. declared Christmas a national holiday, which could be a column unto its own. Basically, Jesus was crucified around 33 A.D. That means it took us 1,837 years after that crucifixion before we declared it a holiday. Christopher Columbus died in 1506. It only took us 431 years – in 1937 – before we made Columbus Day a national holiday. Heck, George Washington died in 1799. We gave him his own federal holiday (President’s Day) a brief 86 years later in 1885. Don’t worry about the pesky fact that we didn’t gain our independence until 1776. But back to the practice of New Year’s resolutions. Seems to me we began those right around 1870, because that’s the first time we all were given a vacation for Christmas, which means we all had to find things to talk about with our extended families. And we all know how awkward that gets. The scene probably looked something like this: A Quaker fellow was sitting by a fire, staring squarely across a freshly churned barrel of butter, trying to figure out what in the world he could say to his sister-

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in-law. There was no NFL, and the NBA wasn’t televising its games yet, so my guess is they had absolutely nothing to talk about once they complemented the creaminess of the butter. And that’s when it happened: “So what are your resolutions for the New Year,” the fellow asked. That’s the only logical conclusion I can make about the genesis of these resolutions, because in the past week, I’ve been asked the question about six times. Of course, I had to answer, so I said I’d like to eat more kale and take more trips with my bride. But it also got me to thinking about this community. If the areas of the Heights, Oak Forest, Garden Oaks and all our wonderful neighborhoods had to come up with a consensus list of New Year’s resolutions, what would they be? Since no one else is asking this question, let alone answering it, let me offer a few resolutions for our

We’re going to slow down our growth A couple of weeks ago, I got a letter from a reader who contributed to The Leader’s voluntary pay program, and I’ve kept that letter right next to my computer ever since. Here’s what the writer said: “The Leader is a great newspaper. Unfortunately, you all don’t cover fully the negative side of the ‘progress’ in the Heights, Garden Oaks and surrounding areas. Our area is now over-built, over-crowded and RIDICULOUSLY over-priced. Keep up the good work.” The man who wrote me this note is absolutely right. We have not done a good enough job covering the negative impact of enormous development over the past five years. In 2018, we’re going to do a better job of that. But I think this should be the impetus for our first resolution of the year. There’s absolutely no way for this to happen, but we should resolve to say enough with all the new strip centers going up around the area. Not that the ones under construction are bad for us, but it’s the unknown that should scare the buzzard out of us. Once H-E-B and all the new developments along Shepherd are finished, what in the world will traffic look like between 11th and 23rd Streets? Is it going to take 40

minutes to reach 610 if you’re driving north on Shepherd from I-10? Same question for the intersections of Ella and 34th Street. Once those projects are built, full of restaurants and shops, how long will it take to drive Ella from 610 to 43rd Street? My guess is people will shift over to T.C. Jester, which means that thoroughfare will become unpassable, as well. And that’s just traffic problems. What about new flooding concerns? (I haven’t seen any retention ponds built, and if 2017 taught us nothing else, shouldn’t we fear where our water flows even more today?) Again, you can’t stop developers from buying land, but it sure would be nice if we finished what’s started and see how the area looks once cars start swerving in and out of parking lots. Focus on our Schools For more than five years, we’ve seen the tremendous growth of parental involvement in our local schools. From Hamilton to Hogg, from Black to Waltrip (and dozens more), we’re seeing that when the community gets involved in our schools, they miraculously get better. In 2018, we should resolve to build a consortium of businesses (ours included) that take more of an interest in helping our local schools improve. The students at Stevens and Durham and Clifton and

The list grows longer Shervin Pishevar is taking a leave of absence from his venture capital firm and the boards of several companies he sits on. Who exactly is Shervin Pishevar and why should we care? Because there have been reports that he sexually harassed or assaulted five women. There is a lot of this exposure going around, bringing in CEOs, TV and movie stars, politicians, and many we never heard of like Mr. Pishevar. Indeed, hardly a week, or even a day, goes by without some big name getting exposed as a sexual predator. (The latest count is 40.) This raises several questions which you and I shall answer. One question is: why now? Some of these accusations go back years and even decades. A most prominent case is Roy Moore, who ran for the U.S. Senate from Alabama, where folks go to family reunions looking for dates. (Incidentally, what were these Alabama parents thinking when they gave permission to a 32-year-old man to date their teenaged daughter?) Let’s review the list. The movement really began with Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who was sued by an extremely courageous Gretchen Carlson for, in effect, sexual harassment. Then came another pillar of family values, Godfearing and hypocrisy, Bill O’Reilly. Buying out contracts and paying off lawsuits reportedly cost Fox $80 million. Next was Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood mogul who apparently has no friends. When The New York Times and the New Yorker uncovered Weinstein’s kinky antics, coverups, pay-offs and threats, that opened the door even wider. In rapid order we have seen such icons as Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor and Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine bow out in disgrace. When Netflix cancelled two upcoming episodes of “House of Cards” starring the accused Kevin Spacey, it cost the company a cool one million. Even Dustin Hoffman has been accused and admitted his mistakes. Politicians came in for their due. Sen. Al Franken had to resign. Texas Congressman Joe Barton of Ennis said he won’t run for reelection. Another of Texas’ own, Rep. Blake Farenthold of Corpus Christi, said, only now that he has been outed, he will repay the $84,000 taxpayers forked out to cover his sexual harassment settlement. It seems you and I have paid $12 million to settle our congressmen’s sex suits, something I find repulsive. Rep. John Conyers stepped down. The list in Congress keeps growing, and it’s still early in the day. So the question of “why now” seems to be that this was an avalanche just waiting to come

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down the mountain. And it all started with Gretchen Carlson and Roger Ailes. This leads us to the obvious question: Who else is there, what other well-known persons, are about to fall? Don’t you know there are a bunch bold-faced types who are having trouble sleeping at night. One clue: The faces of five women who have spoken out about sexual harassment appear on Time magazine’s Person of the Year front cover -- along with a mysterious right arm. But whose is it? The next whistleblower? “It belongs to an anonymous young hospital worker from Texas,” the magazine says in an editorial. She is a sexual harassment victim, who “fears that disclosing her identity would negatively impact her family.” So we may never know her name or where in Texas she dwells, but lawyers are standing by 24/7. What about the private sector? How many CEOs, or even assembly line foremen, now will be hit with sexual harassment suits? “Miss, Jones, I really didn’t mean to pinch your bottom at the nineteenninety Christmas party.” Another Q and A: Most of the public figures listed above have acknowledged their inexcusable behavior and have said they were sorry. But there may be some who are innocent. We tend to think that the accused are guilty, but how does anyone prove something untowardly didn’t happen? What if, in some cases, it’s just a shakedown? Good luck with that. I wish news reports would be more specific in what they mean by “sexually harassed” or “abused.” (Several women’s groups are demanding that two Texas legislators resign for “flirting.”) Not to relish gory details -- OK, maybe some -- but those accusations could cover anything from Miss Jones getting pinched to rape. At The Houston Post, the publisher, Oveta Culp Hobby, did not want the word “rape” used in a news story. That policy changed when a victim was quoted as running down the street yelling, “Help! I’ve been criminally assaulted!” Any such acts need justice, but what kind of crime and what kind of justice? I, personally, like the legal term, “Git a rope.” Now we come to the question: what do we call this movement? In order to last, to continue bringing attention

to a long-hidden problem, we need to make sure it’s not a passing fancy. Remember last year the hot topic was bullying. Every TV newscast and newspaper edition had a story on bullies, bullying and how to prevent it. You don’t hear much about bullying anymore. Campus rape had a run, but interest has moved on to other problems. Maybe that crime no longer exists. The term #Me,Too is a good title for the anti-harassment drive, but will it last so that future generations of males will know not to pinch, fondle or even flirt with women? The “silence breakers” is what Time magazine called the women who first blew the whistle on preda-

Sinclair need the same support the students at Harvard and Oak Forest and Garden Oaks feel every year. We’ve made wonderful strides in our local schools. We need to do more in 2018. Get our community working together I could write about this forever, but our area of Houston is a unique one. We don’t have our own local government – we are washed in with the rest of the city of Houston. But in a lot of ways, we are a single community, all interested in the same things; all concerned about the same problems. Whether it’s the Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce, the North Shepherd Community Alliance, the Near Northwest Management District, or any of the area neighborhood associations, we have a whole lot of people in a whole lot of different places all talking about the same thing. Maybe this is the year that some leader in our community makes it his or her mission to bring our agencies and businesses together to form one voice that takes care of the educational and infrastructure needs of our neighborhoods. We could do a heck of a lot to improve the future of our community if we’d do a better job talking to each other about the needs we have today. Email © Copyright 2018 McElvy Media LLC

tory men. That sounds like a spy novel. Years later we all remember Remember Pearl Harbor and the Alamo, while 54-40 or Fight lost its luster. So did Occupy Wall Street and Confederate statues. Maybe something like “Look, Ma, no hands” or “Harvey was not just a hurricane.” Shervin Pishevar is too hard to work into a slogan. Certainly not “Git a grope.” Perhaps #Me,Too will stick. Finally, Americans should come down hard on men who serially harass women, especially those who like to brag about it. On tape. Ashby is harassed at

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The calendar. MEET THE REPUBLICAN JUDICIAL CANDIDATES Heritage Republican Women Please join the Heritage Republican Women at 7 p.m. Jan. 4, to meet the contested Republican Judicial Candidates in the March 6, 2018 Primary. This is a great opportunity to gain insightful information on who to support. Gentlemen are also welcome. Light refreshments served. The meeting will be at the Candlelight Church of Christ, 4215 Watonga. Information: 713-682-0496, 713688-3256. CAJUN HERITAGE DAY Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research Let the good times roll! Join in the celebration of Cajun Heritage with a showing of the film Belizaire the Cajun, starring Amand Assante, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 6. There will be handouts of genealogical resources for Cajun heritage research. Bring your own lunch. Popcorn and king cake will be provided. Reservations are required. The Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research is located at 5300 Caroline St. Adults/teens. Information: 832393-2600. THE COUNTRY HOUSE Theatre Suburbia Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West, presents the regional premiere of Donald Margulies’ The Country House, a piercing look at a family of performers coming to terms with the roles they play in each other’s lives. The show opens Jan. 5, and runs through Feb. 3, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays, at 3 p.m. (January 21 and 28, only). Reservations are strongly encouraged. Tickets are $16 adults, $13 students and seniors, and $13 Sunday matinees. Information:, 713-682-3525.

AARP MONTHLY MEETING AARP Chapter 1265 The monthly meeting will be held at 10 a.m., Jan. 8, in the community room at 1520 Candlelight Ln. The special guest is Ray Messy, who will discuss reverse mortgages. The meeting is open to anyone 50 or older, and will be preceded by a meet-and-greet at 9:30 a.m. Georgia Lewis is president. Information: 713-681-1133. ROBERTO CORTAZAR - A 30 YEAR SURVEY Clark & Associates Clarke & Associates, 301 E. 11th St., is proud to host the inaugural Houston 2018 exhibition of a 30 year survey of work by the wellknown Mexican artist, Roberto Cortázar. Cortázar has worked in painting, photography, sculpture, and assemblage. As a neo modernist, Cortázar has fused the human figure with the abstract. His work is executed within a Mexican tradition and perspective. The opening reception will be from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 13, and the exhibition runs through April 2. Information: 713-254-2998, COMMUNITY DANCE SPJST Lodge 88 The SPJST Lodge 88, 1435 Beall St., will feature Mollie B and Squeezebox, Polka and variety music, from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 14. The cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Reservations are suggested, but not required. Reservations held only 30 minutes past start of dance. Information: 713-869-5767, ACADEMY FOR LIFELONG LEARNING Lone Star College-North Harris Lone Star College-North Harris, Community Education Building, located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Dr., will hold a Open House from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 18. Meet the instructors, visit with other members,

get a new catalog and parking permits and register for membership and classes. The Academy for Lifelong Learning provides free classes and social opportunities for senior adults 50 and older. Membership is just $20/year for LSC-North Harris and LSC-Victory Center. Information: 281-7657947,

Reserve a table and invite your clients to this valuable luncheon. Hear from one of the Nation’s leading economists about the economic outlook for Houston, our state, our nation and our world. Dr. Gilmer will discuss business, employment, interest rates, energy and real estate. The luncheon will be at the Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel, 3000 N. Loop West, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 25. To purchase tickets or to sponsor, call 713-861-6735 or

FREE INTRODUCTION TO MODERN SQUARE DANCING Memorial Drive Lutheran Church Healthy, social fun, square dancing is friendship set to music. Fairbees Square Dance Club welcomes the community to experience the fun and fellowship of Square Dancing at two free fun night events on Jan. 11, from 7:30-9:30 p.m., and Jan. 18, from 7- 8 p.m. No prior dance experience needed, no partner required, older children and teenagers welcome. Classes are held at Memorial Drive Lutheran Church, in the fellowship hall, 12211 Memorial Dr. (77024). Park rear of church. Information: 713-9572762, 281-495-2397.

CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES CONFERENCE AND RESOURCE FAIR Family to Family Network Save the date. The Success for Children with Disabilities 13th Annual Conference and Resource Fair, hosted by Family to Family Network and Region 4, will be held Jan. 27, at Houston Community College Northwest - Spring Branch Campus, 1010 Sam Houston Pkwy. The conference is 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and the resource fair is from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Registration opens Jan. 2. Information:

ACADEMY FOR LIFELONG LEARNING Lone Star College-Victory Center The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Lone Star College-Victory Center, 4141 Victory Dr., will hold an Open House from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 25. The Academy for Lifelong Learning is a membership community that offers free and low-cost classes, events and activities for adults age 50 and older. Choose from technology, health and wellness, financial planning, community service projects, literary discussion groups, genealogy, arts and crafts and more. Information: 281-8105680,

PANCAKE BREAKFAST/SILENT AUCTION Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet One of the community’s most popular traditions and annual gatherings returns for the 24th year when the Garden Oaks Montessori Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction serves up thousands of pancakes from 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the HISD magnet school, 901 Sue Barnett Dr. To underwrite a portion of the annual breakfast or to donate auction items, please contact Silent Auction Coordinator Mandy Leal at Information: 713-696-2930.


From the Pews. Pancake breakfast at St. Matthew’s The free monthly pancake breakfast will be Saturday, Jan. 6, 8:30-10 a.m. in the fellowship hall. The community is welcome to come and share the meal, fellowship and fun. The Lydia Circle will meet immediately after the breakfast in room 107. The Methodist Men will also meet in their usual meeting place at 10 a.m. New times for Sunday School and Worship have started, with Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. and Worship at 10:17 a.m. St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church is located at 4300 N. Shepherd Dr. Call 713-697-0671 or visit the website at The Gathering Place ministry at St. Stephen’s

The Gathering Place, a ministry for persons with memory loss and their caregivers, will be held Monday, Jan. 8, from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The free gatherings include lunch and fun activities. Caregivers are welcome to stay or use the time for a break. “Radically Free”, a new worship series, begins Sunday, Jan. 14. The series will explore Paul’s Letter to the Galatians and how it calls Christians to live today. St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church is located at 2003 W. 43rd St. For information, call 713-686-8241 or visit and the church’s Facebook page. Havana Nights Gala at St. Rose of Lima St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, 3600 Brinkman, will

BEJEWELED Winter Street Studios The Center for Success and Independence, a non-profit founded by long-time Heights residents, Dr. Marylou Erbland and Robert Woods, is hosting the annual gala, Bejeweled 2018, Feb. 10. The proceeds from the gala will fund scholarships for teens and their families who are unable to afford treatment at the Center. The gala will be 7 p.m. Feb. 10, at Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter Street. Tickets are $100. Sponsorships are available. Information: YOGA WITH CATS El Gato Coffee House Find serenity meow and get a double dose of relaxation therapy with yoga and cats at El Gato Coffee House, 508 Pecore St. Connect with cats and fellow yogis in a playful yoga setting. This is an all levels class where beginners are welcome. Yoga classes are 45 minutes and include additional 30 minutes of play time with the cats. Classes are at 9 a.m. every Saturday, and 5:45 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $20 for adults and $18 for students. Information: info@, 832-9683006.

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Sunday morning worship celebration. Gabriel, Houston’s first Comfort Dog, is one of more than one hundred LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs that serve in their local communities as a bridge for Gospel ministry. For information about the Comfort Dog ministry, call 866-455-6466 or visit www. Men’s Scripture Sharing Group meets at the YMCA The Men’s Scripture Sharing Group meets at 7 a.m. every Thursday at the Harriet and Joe Foster YMCA, 1234 W. 34th St. There will be music, Bible study and fellowship. Guests and new members are welcome to attend this non-denominational Bible study. Email scripturesharing@ for information.

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Resolutions that your The Obituaries. pet can benefit from relying mainly on fermentation to break them down, and well, you know how that smells. Over a long period of time, this can damage the lining of the digestive system, resulting in bowel inflammation disorders, food sensitivities, food allergies, leaky gut and obesity. So, finding a pet food that is as high-quality as your budget allows is a great idea for the New Year. Get Moving! Big or small, young or old, dogs need to exercise daily. While some breeds have special needs that have to be taken into account, and dogs do slow down as they age, they still need to take part in some form of daily physical activity. Without activity, your dog will become bored, frustrated and unhealthy. Exercise tones the muscles, helps the body and metabolic system to function properly, and engages the mind. Anyone who has had a dog that suffers from lack of physical activity and mental stimulation will tell you that they will often turn to destructive behaviors -- behaviors that magically disappear once the dog is getting out everyday. Physically, dogs will also become obese if they are not allowed to burn off the calories they take in during the day. This is especially true if they are being given a lot of treats in compensation for lack of attention. Schedule A Check-Up While you might also be considering a visit to your doctor

Dear Tabby, I have some New Year’s resolutions in mind for myself, but I was thinking about ways that I can improve the life of my dog in 2018 as well. Any tips on how to make sure that 2018 is my pup’s best year yet? Healthy resolutions in The Heights Dear Healthy Resolutions, While humans all over the world are spending time this month considering their past failures and dreaming of future success, it is a good idea to keep Fido in mind when planning for a fruitful year of happiness and good health. Go Grain-Free Much like most American’s resolutions, the biggest thing you can do to make sure that Fido starts the new year healthy is to consider his diet and exercise habits. These days, grainfree is the biggest buzzword in pet food. The truth is, the canine digestive system is still pretty primitive. Dogs have little natural digestive support for breaking down and metabolizing complex carbohydrates and cereal grains. These difficult-todigest fibers and grains remain undigested, with the body

to get that strange mole finally checked out, think back to the last time Fido was at the vet. Vets suggest that dogs between the ages of 1-10 years see a vet once a year for a “tail to nose” check up. For elderly pets, vets recommend twice yearly check ups. During these visits, your vet can guide you in vaccinating your dog for the appropriate diseases as will address any concerns you might have. Check Out A Dog Park Aside from these pet resolu-

tions, if you’ve never taken Fido to a dog park, this might be the year to do it. Socialization can be fun for some dogs and it’s certainly fun when humans find a new friend at the park as well. With a few lifestyle enhancements, and checking off some pet-related vet visits off of your list, both you and Fido can enjoy a healthy 2018. Do you have a question for Tabby? If so, email her at dear

Pet of the Week Meet Honeybear. This 6-7 year old Chi-Weenie lived on the streets for a long time before she found her way into a rescue group. Now, safely in a foster home, she’s beginning to come out of her shell and has discovered that belly rubs are pretty much the best thing ever invented! With a little patience and lots of love, Honeybear will become the highlight of your 2018! To learn more, visit the Animal Justice League website at

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Mary Coons, 98, born Aug. 15 in Mena, Ark., died Dec. 15. She taught herself Spanish and then taught to senior citizens at Del Mar College. Coons is survived by Mary Gail Guerra, Roy Coons, Susan Schemke, Darla Coons, 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Maria Luisa Escamilla, 76, born Nov. 14, 1941 in Sabinas, Coahuila, Mexico, died Dec. 21. She married Salvador C. Escamilla on April 26, 1976. Escamilla had a career in the hospitality industry, retired from The Four Seasons Hotel, and had a passion for music, dancing, her pets, and her family. She is survived by her children, JoAnn Rodriguez, Albert Rodriguez, Virginia Escamilla, and Guadalupe Escamilla, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Carl Echols Sr., 90, born July 21, 1927, died Dec. 4. Craig Edward Grazak, 62, born June 9, 1955 in Strongsville, Ohio, died Dec. 24. He was a 1976 graduate of Ohio State University. He was an entrepreneur who started several businesses throughout his career, including a food brokerage business, a mortgage brokerage company, real estate rentals and an investment company. He is survived by his wife of 41 years Kathy Grazak, children Rob Grazak, and Sam Grazak, siblings Barbara Tricomi, Jaci McNamara, and four grandchildren. Josephine Gutowski, 86, born Nov. 27, 1931 in Waldeck, Texas, died Dec. 21. She is survived by her children, David Gutowski, Stephen Gutowski, Peggy Ann Smith, and Linda Williams, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Gan Fong Lam, 69, born July 16, 1948 in Yonkers, NY, died Dec. 20. Lam began her career at Manufacturers Hanover Trust in New York City and worked for a private check cashing service before her move to Houston. In Houston, she joined JP Morgan Trust, through to BNY Mellon. Lam is survived by her mother, and Nam, her husband of 38 years, brother Roger, sisters Evelyn, Susan, Debby and Sally. Carol Ann McKnight, 69, born Oct. 12, 1948, died Dec. 28. Dorothy W. Rhodes, 88, born June 16, 1929 in Lincolnton, NC, died Dec. 22. Rhodes graduated from Appalachian State Teacher’s College. She and Harry were blessed with 56 years of marriage. Dorothy was a lifelong teacher, finishing her career at Hoffman Middle School in the Aldine ISD. She and Harry founded Rhodes Auto Sales in 1996. She is survived by her son Shane and daughter Rhoda Alvarez, brother Elliott Whitesides, sister Martha Bradley, and her grandsons. Belinda Ann Melton-Riley, 44, died Dec. 23, from lung cancer. She is preceded in death by mother, Shirley Melton. Survivors are children Christopher, Christina, Sami, and Samuel Riley, father Jerry Melton, sister Lisa Melton, and brother Jerry Melton Jr.

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foot lot with an asking price of $615,000. As a part of the larger arts community, 14 Pews has worked with many other nonprofits including Catastrophic Theatre, SWAMP, the Alley Theatre, and the Society for Performing Arts. The little facility’s contributions have been featured on several occasions in the New York Times and Texas Monthly. Whomever buys the property has reason to be proud of it. “My hope for 14 Pews is that someone would get involved and retain it mission, but add music to its programming,” Thibideux stated. “The old building was a church for so many years, and I believe that its music lives on in the beautiful, old wood of the structure, in the heart of the space. I resisted that. Because my background is in film-making, we went in that direction, but music is in the building’s bones.” Considered an asset to Hous-

ton’s arts community, 14 Pews currently operates as a multidisciplinary nonprofit agency. Since its inception in 2010, the organization has remained passionate about engaging local audiences through visual arts, film and theater, while celebrating and promoting Houston’s diversity. The charming facility seats about 100 people and has presented more than 600 Independent films, participated in five film festivals, and hosted hundreds of cultural programs. The agency even created a play called “Dialogues on Grace” which has been used in high schools to provoke discussions on matters regarding of race. Alfred Cervantes is Deputy Director of the Houston Film Commission, the agency charged with promoting Houston’s film industry and opportunities nation-wide and globally. The HFC was helpful in securing TV/cable series productions such as “My 600-Pound Life,” and The Little

Couple,” as well as feature films such as “Boyhood.” Cervantes sings the praises of 14 Pews. “For seven and a half years, Cressandra and her operation have been contributing to Houston’s arts and film-making community. Hopefully, someone will step up who has a similar vision to hers,” Cervantes stated. Thibodeaux will soon move on to Portland and assume her new position as the Executive Director of the Alberta Abbey, an old church that has been converted into an arts center with two large stages and numerous creative tenants, all of which I s situated in the heart of the Alberta Arts District. “I am excited about what the future holds, but I am also sad about leaving the city I call home. I really love Houston and 14 Pews is one of the best things that ever happened in my life. It brought me closer to my community, and myself,” Thibodeaux, concluded.

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Minimum $20 ticket. 1 coupon per table. Must present coupon. Not valid with any other offers.

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Great Breakfast Menu Too!

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Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm Sat 8:00 am - 4:00pm

Free Dinner

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OPEN Monday - Saturday 8am - 10pm & Sunday 8 am - 4pm

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THE PURPLE CAT RESALE AND THRIFT: Monday 12-4, Tuesday-Saturday 11-4. 2126 W. 34th St. Benefiting Animal Rescue. (TF)

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MANNA – DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Your neighborhood thrift store appreciates any and all donations. We can arrange pickup for large items or large donations. Donate temporarily at Temple Oaks Church, 2101 W. 34th St. Thank you. (TF)

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BUS DRIVERS NEEDED FOR CHURCH SHUTTLE: Approximately six hours a week. Must have CDL and passenger endorsement. Call 713-681-3600. (TF)

We have a small staff here at The Leader, so sometimes we don’t know about everything that’s going on in our area. If there’s something of concern in your neighborhood, please let our editor know and we’ll follow up on it.

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Since 1976

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FOR RENT OAK FOREST FOR LEASE: 4421 Viking. 3-2-2, 1,600 sq. ft., corner lot, updates, fenced, never flooded. $1,775 + deposit, one year lease. 832-508-8335. (TF) OAK FOREST HOMES FOR LEASE: 2-1-1, $1,495 monthly. 3-1½-1, $1,695 monthly. Call 713-5030282. (TF)

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Momentum reaching high on Silver Street

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the loop was always part of the plan. The bonus of their location is being adjacent to the artist community at Silver Street Studios. In conjunction with their opening, Momentum hosted Urban Nature, an art show celebrating the outdoors, climbing, and art. “Wylie [Robertson] also did a mural for us and another muralist, Falon Mihalic, painted and placed sculptures on a metal beam in our yoga room,� Luna said. “We

are very lucky to have access to the artists.� Although Momentum provides an accessible way to get a non-traditional work out, it also offers yoga classes and a traditional gym. For those who want to try out the facility, or who don’t want to commit to a membership, there are day use rates for children and adults as well as multi visit punch cards. Membership privileges extend to any of the Momentum facilities.

The 43,000 square foot full-service bouldering gym and training facility can accommodate 1,500 climbers at a time.

Walking Stick Brewing Co. opening on Wakefield Drive in mid-2018 A local beer hot spot is about to have some company – and some competition – just across the way in 2018. According to a report from the Houston Business Journal, owner Andy Dunn and business partner Ramon Duran plan to open Walking Stick Brewing Co. in mid-2018 on the 12,000-square foot property at 957 Wakefield Dr., directly across the street from the Wakefield Crowbar. Currently, the report says, the property contains a 1,600foot metal warehouse built in 1965, which Dunn and Duran plan to transition into a neighborhood craft brewery that will serve up to 100 customers in its taproom upon completion. According to HBJ, Dunn expects to produce 2,000 barrels

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When Momentum Indoor Climbing opened at 1401 Silver Street in mid-November, General Manager Joey Luna had lofty expectations for its success and says he has not been disappointed. “We had a great response out of the gate, with 400 on average coming each day,� he said. There’s room for a lot more. The 43,000 square foot full-service bouldering gym and training facility can accommodate 1,500 climbers at a time. It is a companion gym for another 37,000 square foot Momentum facility that opened in Katy last summer. The Katy gym is a ropes course, so the two gyms give climbers in Houston the full range of climbing activities. Along with Katy, the Silver Street Momentum gym offers a REI co-op store carrying gear, apparel and footwear. Momentum started in Salt Lake City where there are three gyms. “Everyone from the CEO on down is a rock climber,� said Luna, who also grew up climbing before he moved to Houston. Luna lives in the Heights and before coming to Momentum was the manager at Revival Market, where he developed the brand’s community outreach and public education programs. When looking to expand, Luna said that Texas was a natural fit due to the huge population, many of whom are transplants from somewhere else. “People who have climbed outside and are used to having access to climbing now have another option,� he said. “There are also people looking for something different to do. No other gym offers as much climbing as us. We’re growing a community here.� Luna said that a second location of Momentum inside

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a year with a 10-barrel brewhouse the company will get from Portland Kettle Works once Walking Stick opens next year. He also plans to selfdistribute his seven foundation beers – each named after

Rocky Mountain peaks higher than 14,000 feet and made with ingredients from his own small farm in Florida – to local bars and restaurants once production is underway, per the report.

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“You could get a day pass and do Silver Street in the morning and Katy in the afternoon,� said Luna. For those wanting to expose their children to the sport of climbing, there are youth programs for ages three through eighteen. If a child finds their passion, once he or she hits twelve years of age, they can join a competitive climbing team. One major competition on the horizon for Momentum is the 2018 USA Climbing Collegiate National Championship on April 20 and 21. The competition will take place and will be split between Momentum’s Katy location and their Silver Street location. “It’s a really big honor,� said Luna. Another competition Luna is excited about is a little more local. “We are going to do a competition for members and the community this spring,� he said. “There will be beginner, intermediate, and advanced categories. We want to show people anybody can climb in these competitions.� For more information, visit www.momentumclimbing. com/silverstreet/.



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Rams dominate 24-5A All-District team By Mike Tenney For The Leader With the District‘s Most Valuable Player, the Coach of the Year, and the Offensive and Defensive MVPs, the Waltrip football team dominated the recent announcement of the 24-5A All-District selections for last season. It was an outstanding season for the Rams, who went 8-0 during the regular season and won the 24-5A championship with that same unbeaten record. And the league’s coaches recognized the team’s excellence by rewarding some of the league’s most exciting players with first-team honors and even more. Senior wide receiver/defensive back/kickoff returner Samuel Lemond selected the District’s Most Valuable Player. Besides that honor, head coach Todd Wright was named the 24-5A Coach of the Year while senior quarterback Cameron Howe was named the league’s Offensive MVP and senior defensive end Tyrell Buard was selected as the Defensive MVP. Lemond was a big playmaker on both offense and defense and the district’s coaches unanimously voted him the MVP. Besides his speed and stellar hands that made him a real threat to opposing defensive and special teams when he got the football, Lemond

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was also a sure tackler and saved quite a few big plays from happening with his ability to put guys on the ground as the last line of defense when he played safety. Howe, who led the league in yards passing and threw more touchdown passes than anyone else, was named the offensive MVP. He was an accurate thrower who made the Rams’ fast-paced spread offense click. Howe and Lemond were two of the 10 Rams voted onto the district’s first-team offense. In all, the Rams had three receivers, two running backs, both of their tackles, a guard and their center make the first team. Besides Lemond, junior Jordan Washington and sophomore Orvis Fowler were the

two receivers with juniors Kaleb Lastrape and Coley Barnes the running backs. That quartet of talented players should all be back next year for the Rams. In the trenches, senior tackle Seth Ramsey and freshman tackle Joseph Escobedo along with senior center Jonah Butler and senior guard Joseph Martinez rounded out the firstteam Rams. Escobedo was the only freshman voted onto the all-district team. Defensively, the Rams also had a representative at nearly every position. Buard, who plays end, was the MVP and an automatic all-district selection. But the Rams’ other defensive end --senior Jacob Reyes -- in their three-man line was also a

first team choice. Nose tackle Deon Jackson, senior inside linebackers Aaron Rose and Adrian Bekeri, junior outside linebacker Tonnie Gilbert, senior Tyrrie Burton, senior cornerbacks J’lon Kearney and Cameron Boudreaux, and senior safety Christian Cherry were the rest of the Waltrip defenders on the first team. The 24-5A coaches selected at least five players to every position except quarterback, punter, kicker, kickoff returner and punt returner so there was no second team offense or defense. In all, three quarterbacks were named to the first team along with two punters, two kickers and two returners in each category.




Heights well-represented on 18-6A All-District rosters By Mike Tenney For The Leader Even though a hurricane put a crimp in their early season plans and a couple of key injuries wrecked their late season hopes, the Heights football team was well-represented on the 186A All-District teams. Altogether, the Bulldogs had six players -- two on offense and four on defense - voted onto the first teams in the seven-team HISD league. Lamar, which went undefeated to win the district championship, and Westside had the most first-team offensive players with four apiece as 20 players were named All-District on offense. Senior wide receiver Ja-

coby Hopkins, who led the team in receptions and has signed to play collegiately at Texas State, along with junior running back E’munn Parker were the Heights players selected first-team offense. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Hopkins had 29 catches for 555 yards or an average of just over 19 yards per grab. Hopkins also caught six touchdown passes in nine games. Parker, who is 5-foot9, 165-pounds, rushed 87 times for 563 yards and eight touchdowns to lead his team in the ground game. In all, 20 players were named to the 18-6A first team. Heights also had a pair of players on the second-squad offense and both of them were linemen. Senior tackle Jaylon O’Neil and junior

Get involved with Chamber in 2018 For The Leader As the new year gets underway, here’s a look at what our Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce has in the works: Ambassador Committee Meeting Monday January 8, 12:30-1:45 p.m. Ambassadors welcome new members to the Chamber by scheduling/attending ribbon cuttings, presenting plaques, etc. For more info, please contact Natalie Coyle at 713-2536507 or email Buy Local First Committee Meeting Monday January 8, 3 p.m. @ 2050 N. Loop West Ste 203 Get involved in promoting local businesses and the Buy Local First Campaign.  For more information, contact John Frels at 713-822-0475 or Ribbon Cutting for MJ’s Coaching  Tuesday January 9, 11 a.m. Location T.B.A. As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker, Maggie Jean can offer you workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching, aiding your personal and professional growth through study and practical application of John’s proven leader-

ship methods. Working together, she will move you and/or your team or organization in the desired direction to reach your goals. Please join us for her ribbon cutting, meet Maggie Jean and enjoy light bites and refreshments while networking with fellow Chamber members. Ribbon Cutting for Wicklow Heights Wednesday January 10, 4 p.m. @1027 W. 19th St. Wicklow Heights is a cocktail and garden bar converted from a 1930’s bungalow with an extensive cocktail, beer, and wine list and over 5,000 square feet of patio space. Come check out this cool space in the heart of the Heights, enjoy appetizers and refreshments, and take the opportunity to network with fellow Chamber members. Breakfast Connection Thursday January 11, 7-8:30 a.m @ Sheraton Houston Brookhollow 3000 North Loop West January Breakfast Connection which will feature CV Rao, founder and owner of TechOne Centre, LLC, a full-service information technology company.  With customers in 8 states, TechOne Centre has been recognized by the Houston Business Journal as one of Houston’s Fast 100 Companies. 

Lonnie Brooks were those players. They were two of the biggest players on the Heights’ team with O’Neil pushing 320 pounds and Brooks going about 290. Defensively, the Bulldogs had four players voted on the All-District roster with 21 players from the seven teams selected altogether. Senior Jalen Green, who has signed with the University of Texas, and classmate Erick Hubert along with senior Joshua Reed and junior Derrick Smith were the Bulldogs recognized by the league’s coaches. Green, who played a little bit of everywhere before his injury, and Hubert were both named as defensive backs while Reed was named a first-team inside linebacker and Smith was a first-team

outside linebacker. Lamar had the most alldistrict defensive players with eight. Senior lineman Raphael Adams and senior defensive back Marco Dimio were the two Bulldogs voted onto the 18-6A second team defense. The Heights team had five players named All-District honorable mention. Quarterback Mark Castro, wide receiver/free safety Noah Bush, running back Curtis Melrose, senior Kamron Williams and senior defensive back Xavion Solomon were those Heights’ players. Bellaire senior quarterback Darion Manning was named the 18-6A Most Valuable Player on offense and Lamar senior linebacker Isiah Ibeto was named the league’s defensive MVP.

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