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Heights resident Adrian Cerdedo was walking his 11-pound Terrier/Chihuahua mix, Zeus, in the Heights when his dog was viciously attacked by two large German Shepherds on the evening of Feb. 6. “It happened so quick, it was uncanny,” Cerdedo said. Zeus was seriously injured and is

currently being treated at the veterinarian. In an effort to remove one of the German Shepherds from attacking Zeus, Cerdedo suffered minor injuries on his thumb and finger. Cerdedo, a retired U.S. Army officer who moved to Houston from Alabama last year, soon discovered that other neighbors had suffered similar experiences from a series of German Shepherds that live in the 600 block of E.

11th St. The Leader reported on injuries of two dogs owned by Anne Sutherland in October, and an anonymous Heights resident said her cat was killed by the same dogs. Heights resident Richard Morris said the same dogs have twice bit Sammy, his 30-pound mixed breed dog, but fortunately, Sammy was not injured. Morris said he reported the situation to the city’s Bureau of Animal Control

and Regulation (BARC) as well as law enforcement agencies, but the situation never changed. Cerdedo said he worries that it’ll take a tragedy before the city and law enforcement take the situation seriously. “My fear is these dogs will escalate to where they attack a small child, and then it’ll be too late,” Cerdedo said. See Dog Bite, P. 3A

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THE BRIEF. Longer school year in store for Helms?

Many have taken to social media to speculate on the future of this building.

Helms Elementary School, 503 W. 21st St. in the Heights, recently received a School Improvement Grant that would fund an extended school year for all pre-K through second grade students for 40 days. Helms is still awaiting details from Houston ISD regarding the program. When they receive more details, they’ll host meetings to inform parents of the program. Students will likely receive the week after the regular school year off, as well as the week of the Fourth of July, and two weeks before the start of school. According to a newsletter from the dual language magnet school, the program will ensure students are ready for the next grade.

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St. Thomas High senior Tim Zallar, left, and Waltrip High senior Stephen Mauzy have been friends since they were Kindergarteners at Oak Forest Elementary. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

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A dozen years ago, Tim Zallar and Stephen Mauzy first became friends over a game of Connect Four as Oak Forest Elementary school kindergarteners. Little did they know their friendship would be intact, and grow stronger, as they attended different schools. But family, faith, community service and a common goal of attending the United States Air Force Academy has ensured the friendship between Zallar, a Lazybrook resident, and Mauzy, of Oak Forest. After elementary school, Zallar attended Our Savior Lutheran and St. Thomas High. Mauzy graduated to Hamilton Middle School and Waltrip High. Both are finishing their senior year at their respective schools. Initially, they stayed in touch by playing on the same baseball and basketball teams throughout the years. Mauzy played several sports for

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Waltrip, but he had to take a step back from it in order to help his mother, Liz, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Liz Mauzy had complications with chemotherapy, which resulted in heart failure; she also had her gallbladder removed. Zallar’s mother, Ann, helped during that time, driving Mauzy to all of her treatment appointments. Mauzy, who has had six surgeries over the past 2-3 years, has seen her health improve over the past year. Zallar and Mauzy are both involved in First Baptist Church, and they’ve participated in church-sponsored mission trips to Pensacola, Fla. and Branson, Mo. Zallar credits God with saving his father’s life when he appeared to be drowning. Mauzy said faith gives him strength throughout the day. “The world’s a big place and you can feel lost sometimes,” Mauzy said. “God is there to guide you and protect you.” When it comes to community ser-

vice, Mauzy assisted with the Special Olympics and volunteered at a summer camp. Zallar started a non-profit to help youth in Colombia. When they were sophomores in high school, Zallar told Mauzy about the Air Force Academy, and they both made it their goal to attend the prestigious academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. and study to become Air Force pilots. “I felt called to serve my country,” Zallar said. “My family is up there, so they told me about it.” Mauzy said he’d consider Air Force special forces if he doesn’t become a pilot. “I’d like to parachute in and save people who are hurt,” Mauzy said. Both Zallar and Mauzy have received congressional nominations to the academy, and they expected to hear if they’re accepted next month. They’ve both been accepted into Baylor University and Texas A&M. “Going to two different schools (would) be tough,” Zallar said.

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There’s been a great deal of speculation regarding the 18,992 square feet of property at the corner of W. 43rd St. and Rosslyn. It’s generated dozens of comments on the Oak Forest Homeowners Association Facebook page, but the truth is that nobody knows until a buyer comes forward to purchase the property at 4301 Rosslyn, including the 7,963 square feet of building area. Jim Hendrix of United Commercial Realty (UCR) said the property’s been on the market with him since last fall. He noted that a lot of buyers have expressed interest but none have moved forward in purchasing the property. Hendrix said “it certainly won’t be used for residential,” which dispels the rumor that Section 8 housing will be built on the property. There’s also the property at 1850 W. 43rd St., which is currently A-1 Thrifty Storage. It has a land area of 79,656 square feet and a building area of 38,250 square feet. The owner of that “mini-warehouse” property is listed as JM Rutherford Properties, 2602 Washington Ave. The property isn’t currently for sale, but the owner, in his 80s, is currently ill in a New Zealand hospital. Depending on his will, the property could be up for sale. The benefits of the 4301 Rosslyn property, as listed on the UCR website, are the following: located at a lighted intersection, a high population density and outstanding visibility. Potential drawbacks may be the robberies and burglaries that have plagued many of the businesses on W. 43rd St. The owner of the property, according to the Harris County Appraisal District, is Susana Zarazua, who has an address listed in Acres Homes. Attempts to reach Ms. Zarazua were unsuccessful.

Memorial Hermann Northwest CEO Gary Kerr has led the Greater Heights area hospital since 2009. He was COO for six years prior to that, and has helped oversee numerous awards and renovation projects. Now, Kerr will look to find the same success in another Houston-area hospital. Memorial Hermann announced earlier this week that Kerr has accepted the position of CEO at the Southwest campus of the hospital, and Susan Jadlowski, the current COO/CNO at Northwest, has been named the new CEO here.

“Gary has worked for Memorial Hermann since July 1, 2002, and throughout his tenure has provided outstanding leadership,” said a release Jadlowski from the hospital system. Jadlowski will transition into the top office at the Northwest hospital, and she said her chief goal is to continue improving on the strides made in recent years at the hospital. “I am looking forward to continu-

ing the good work and advancements we have made at Northwest Hospital,” Jadlowski said. “Our staff exemplifies the Memorial Hermann brand promise to Advance Health and high quality safety practices.” During Kerr’s tenure as CEO at MHNW, the hospital was one of four Memorial Hermann facilities recognized as a 2014 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence, as measured by Healthgrades. That mark placed MHNW in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide. Kerr is also credited with helping MHNW improve Medicare profitability, an issue for many hospitals around the nation.

“I am proud of the growth in services that have been added during my tenure, including the development of a cadiovascular program, expanded wound care service, and the expansion of outpatient rehabilitation services, including the addition of TIRR outpatient rehab to our services,” Kerr said. Before moving to MHNW, Kerr worked for Christus Health as the CEO of Schumpert Bossier Hospital, as well as CEO and COO at St. John Hospital. His resumé also includes work with Sisters of Charity Health systems for more than 12 years in a variety of hospital and system assignments. Kerr will begin his new job at MHSW on March 1.

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Stipeche elected HISD Board President Members of the Houston ISD Board of Education elected District VIII Trustee Juliet K. Stipeche as president at their February board meeting on Thursday. Stipeche was first elected to the board to finish an unexpired term in 2010, then reelected to a full term in 2011 to represent the East End district where she grew up. She has been serving as first vice president of the board this

past year. Stipeche succeeds fellow board member, Heights resident Anna Eastman, as board president. Eastman was elected board secretary for 2014. A Houston native, Stipeche was the valedictorian of her graduating class at HISD’s High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, and went on to receive an academic scholarship to Rice University.

There she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, policy studies, and religious studies, graduating magna cum laude, and was awarded the Joseph Cooper Prize for the most outstanding policy studies student in her graduating class. A certified mediator, Stipeche received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and is a partner at Nagorny & Stipeche, P.C.

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25-year-old female robbed by an acquaintance A 25-year-old female was robbed by a known acquaintance at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 1 in the 600 block of W. 28th St. Her cell phone and car keys were stolen, and there was damage done to her vehicle. She gave police the name of the suspect, which they’ve followed up on.

Attridge robbery

A 41-year-old male told police he was robbed at gunpoint and assaulted at 2:45 a.m. on Feb. 2 in the 3000 block of Attridge. The victim said his car keys, wallet and phone were stolen by two suspects, one of whom is a black male. He said the suspects were in their early 20s, between 5-foot-11 and 6-foot-2 and

weighing between 160 and 200 pounds.

Sherwood robbery

A 37-year-old female victim was robbed at gunpoint inside her vehicle at 12:35 a.m. on Feb. 2 in the 4600 block of Sherwood Ln. She described the two suspects, who fled the scene on foot, as two Hispanic males between the ages of 18 and 25. She said one of them was armed with a pistol, and they stole her purse, car keys and cell phone.

Burger King robbery

Three armed suspects entered a Burger King, 4401 W. 18th St., at 7:45 p.m. on Feb. 3 and robbed the individuals inside it before

fleeing. The suspects were described as three 5-foot-9 black males. One was wearing a red hooded jacket and white jeans, another was wearing a ski mask and black pants, and a third was wearing a green jacket. There were no injuries.

Little Caesar’s robbery

The Little Caesar’s Pizza, 212 Crosstimbers, was robbed at 10:10 p.m. on Feb. 8. The suspects, one of whom was armed with a pistol, were described as black males between 18 and 22 years old wearing black hooded sweatshirts and black pants. One of the suspects was described as 6-feet-tall between

145 and 170 pounds, and the other one was described as being between 5-8 and 5-10.

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factors (presented).” Those factors included traffic, public safety, water pressure and the potential loss of 1.6 acres of greenspace. The Commission did set one condition — that the developer put up a see-through fence in front of the property at Ella/Grovewood.

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Also, since an ounce of chocolate has approximately 150 calories, you may need to step up your exercise commitment. Chocolate consumption isn’t a cure all, Moore warns. As with other things in life, balance and moderation are important. “There are no magic combinations of foods,” she says. “Even foods that are very beneficial can have negative effects if consumed excessively. Getting too much of one food or nutrient typically means you’ll be missing out on some others.” And what of chocolate addiction? “Chocolate is not physically addictive but can raise serotonin levels in the brain leading to feelings of pleasure and relaxation,” Moore explains. It is a food that some consumers view as a guilty pleasure. Moore suggests adopting a healthier attitude toward having a healthy diet. “Typically, there is this idea that being healthy involves commitment, suffering and going without, which is not true. All foods can fit in a healthy diet -- when eaten in moderation. Consuming anything in excess is never a good idea.” Even after overindulgence, ramping up your exercise plan will help to compensate, she says. “Do not regret the past, but take steps to improve the future.” Moore is one of the panelists participating in the “Red Wine, Dark Chocolate” workshop, cooking demonstration and

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The city currently has six animal control officers, who are responsible for a 624 square mile area. They receive 138 calls per day but are only able to respond to 36-40 calls on average. “We have a priority response matrix that focuses on public health and safety,” Newport said. Newport said a priority #1 would be an attack in progress or an attack on school grounds, while the attack on Cerdedo’s pet was a #2. “By the time we’re getting ready to respond to a (#2), we get another priority #1,” Newport said. “It’s definitely not sustainable at all. It’s below most people’s expectations of the (service) they get.” Newport said there’s cur-

“We need to nip it in the bud. These dogs are a menace, and they’re endangering the neighborhood when they’re loose.” Cerdedo lodged a complaint with BARC, which has an open investigation for the dogs at that address for a dog bite on a person, pending a signed statement from Cerdedo. BARC also received a complaint from 2013 that allowed the dogs to run at large. Cerdedo showed The Leader a signed affadivit from a neighbor who witnessed the attack. He also said the vet bill for Zeus is $1,100 and growing. Christopher Newport, the chief of staff for the city’s Administration and Regulatory Affairs, said responses can sometimes be slow for animal control.

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ost times, we spare the sociopolitical commentary littered throughout most opinion pieces you read. I need a break from policy today. Media critics are everywhere, and I’m not describing those talking heads you find on Sunday morning TV programs, either. I’m talking about you and me and your nextdoor neighbor. I’m probably closer to this media business than most of you, but I’m certain – at one point or another – you have taken a swipe at media because they did a poor job covering a story. Maybe you didn’t like the way a story was written or televised. Maybe you just didn’t like the subject matter. Lately, I’ve been the subject of some pretty pointed media criticism. It spans back to a series of stories I wrote about the city of Houston’s historic preservation ordinance, and we had a number of folks who just didn’t like what I wrote. They didn’t like the subject matter, they didn’t like the logic behind the story, and no matter how hard I tried to explain the purpose, readers were not satisfied.

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Last week (a month after publication of those stories), our office received a couple of letters from people asking us to stop their “subscriptions,” which are normally descriptions of a paid-for service. I’d like to share parts of those letters with you. “I have enjoyed reading your paper since I moved to the Heights..., but your articles on historic preservation were so biased that I cannot support your publication anymore,” wrote a once-loyal reader. Another former reader said this: “I would be grateful if you would refrain from throwing your trash on my yard on Fridays... I am especially offended by your completely biased coverage of issues associated with

Chamber gives advice; students should listen Have you ever felt like you overpaid for something and had some unnecessary debt? It starts at the lemonade stand when you’re a kid, and you buy the $0.20 glass instead of the $0.10, for the same quality, and then, it just progresses from there. Before you know it, your decisions are becoming exponentially more expensive, and you’re fighting debt, left and right. I should have listened closer 16 years ago and 1,800 miles away. As a graduation requirement, our senior class in Sharon, Mass. had to attend a three-day seminar MICHAEL in the final days of the SUDHALTER semester. One of the classes Editor was titled basic financial management. I paid attention, probably more than most, but it didn’t resonate since I was living at home and my parents were taking care of my bills, food and shelter. I pulled that session out of my memory bank on Feb. 4 when I attended the Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce’s Financial Night at Waltrip High School. They made personal financial management more relevant to the students by teaching it on the students’ terms, in a role playing format. Students were assigned a specific job. They had to take the income from that job and decide whether to rent an apartment (what size?), and whether to have a roommate. What type of clothes should they buy? (and yes, the type of job they were assigned would play a role in that decision). Should they buy cable television, and if so, should they choose the plan with a gazillion channels or a few basic ones? When it comes to buying a car, should they go with a bright, shiny new one or a reliable used vehicle? All of these things made sense, and after talking with a few of the students, I could see that it made an impact on them. Learning everything about Math, Science, History and English is great. But if you get a high paying job and have no sense of financial management, it’ll result in mountains of bills and little, if any money, saved in the bank. One of the elements of the event was a Financial Wheel of Fortune, in which students would spin and either get good luck -- a $250 tax refund or $300 inheritance -- or a dud such as a $250 traffic ticket or $250 root canal (surprised the root canal didn’t cost more). It was good for financial professionals from the Chamber of Commerce to donate their time and connect with students in the community, who truly represent the future of our area. The one wrinkle I would add to the program is something that is immediately on the horizon for these high school students. And that is student loan payments. According to Forbes Magazine, the total student loan debt in the United States is $1.2 trillion. Of all the bills that stack up on college graduates’ desks, student loans are among the most substantial. Like death and taxes, student loans are often a necessary evil, due to the rising cost of college tuition. But students can be smart about their college choices, and as the saying goes, walk on the rocks that I stumbled on. At age 18, I wanted to leave my historic hometown. There were greener pastures out there, and I needed to study in them. I chose a public university in another state about six hours away and began paying out-of-state tuition. Every now and then, my father would come in my room, turn down the stereo and ask me to sign my name on some paperwork. I obliged, mostly so I could get him off my back and continue listening to music. That university was no different than the ones in my home state, but I didn’t think along those terms. In retrospect, attending that university was similar to driving to a McDonald’s in Beaumont, because it had a cooler sign than the one around the corner. I could have had the same education at a fraction of the cost. At age 20 – In a combination of financial savvy and homesickness – I transferred to the University of Kansas, since my parents had relocated to the Sunflower State. My tuition from 2.5 years at KU was paid off relatively quickly. I can’t say the same about the three out-of-state semesters I did at the beginning of my college career. So, my advice would be choose a college wisely, consider the cost and apply for every scholarship under the sun. Financial savvy is an admirable quality. I just wish it hadn’t taken me three semesters to figure that out.

the historic district ordinance in our city, which I strongly support in its present form. Both the content and the manner in which you deliver The Leader are offensive...” I’m obviously publishing those excerpts because I’d like a chance to respond. Two of the greatest tragedies in American media were the advent of FOX News and MSNBC. You could probably throw CNN, CNBC, the Huffington Post and Drudge Report into the mix, but we’ll stick to FOX and MSNBC. When I say these forms of media were tragedies, I’m only half-serious. Having a more-informed country is a good thing, and the prevalence of news ideally makes for a smarter union. While I’m not sure that’s exactly how things have played out, understand that I’m somewhat kidding when I call 24-hour news cycles a tragedy. At the same time, I do believe having niché news networks like FOX and MSNBC have nearly destroyed the national dialogue. The most glaring problem is that we now receive news from people who agree with our points of view.

people in our community, some choose to completely divorce local news because they were “offended” by one story. That is the tragedy of niché news networks. A news medium that doesn’t offend every once in a while – at least in my opinion – is worthless. And I’ll never understand how we’re supposed to hear differing opinions if we avoid them altogether? I did, however, find some solace in a note sent from another reader last week: “First off, let me apologize – for a couple of years now I have been dutifully retrieving The Leader from my yard and filing it in the circular bin, making unfounded assumptions about its contents because of its method of delivery,” a new reader wrote. “My mistake. I picked up your Jan. 18 issue and was shocked and impressed by your series on the Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission. Thanks for a pleasant surprise and quality journalism.” Guess one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

If we’re conservative, we religiously watch all things Hannity. If we’re left of center, we’d rather get our news from Maddow or Matthews. In essence, we’ve taken what was once sacred about news – reporting on something and letting readers/ viewers make up their minds – and substituted that with an audience whose mind is already made up and reporting to their personal preferences. I suppose you could argue that wherever opinion is published (including The Leader), then the dialogue is being dictated by the media. But I’d answer that there’s a big difference in starting a conversation and railroading a conversation with opinion. Whether the focus is on city ordinances or community improvement projects, we take pride in being a publication that works hard to start conversations in our community. Most readers have been incredibly fair in their rebukes of me, and I’ve made every effort to give them a voice. I do find it sad, however, that there are some among us who decide that despite the hundreds of thousands of dollars we spend on newsprint promoting the good

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Metro’s Decision

Dear Editor: From your article, “According to Metro spokesperson Carolina Mendoza, the Park & Ride has closed permanently..was the third lowest in terms of usage with only 20 percent of the spaces being used.” If this is true, please ask Ms. Mendoza “why the lie?” Metro handouts claimed the closure was due to the widening of 290. Even their yellow signs, good color for these cowards, read the same. Also, almost every bus I ever took in the morning from there was 95 percent full with half the riders queued up from Pinemont. Yes, the cars weren’t in the lot because most riders were dropped off or simply walked from Forest West. Pinemont Park & Ride ridership was higher than 75 percent of all other Metro routes despite the fact it was one of the worst. The 216 route was expected to make a run out to Pinemont and onto West Little York. Then the drivers had to return to the south end of downtown in 25 minutes. You could not do this in a helicopter. In the afternoon 216 riders waited an average 25 minutes every afternoon – sometimes more than an hour, while dozens of 214 riders cruised past because Metro always made sure there were plenty of those. If the service was better, which could easily been accomplished, then ridership would have been increased even more. Also, most cars parked in Cypress are non-metro riders, electing to jump in cars who take riders into downtown for free. Go to the West Road location and you will see two lines, one for the bus and the other for the free ride down the metro lanes. Closing the Pinemont Park & Ride is an example of Metro’s stupidity and has nothing to do with cost effectiveness or customer service. Ken Kilday

Variance ‘Concerns’

Dear Editor: It’s gratifying to see residents rise up and protest a variance -- proposed deviation from restrictive covenants -- when they want to protect their neighborhood from construction not consonant with ambient architecture. We presently see the Heights dotted with snooty little yard signs proclaiming “Morrison Heights -- A New Low” -- after-the-fact squealing about the giant condo construction on Morrison Street. Where were these whiners when the required variance signs were posted on that property well in advance, inviting neighbors to voice their objections at a legal hearing? They probably just drove by en route to Target with their heads up their phones. J. Reynolds

Church in need of a van

Dear Editor: I have been attending Bethel Church UCC, 1107 Shepherd Drive, for about 20 years now. When I first attended Bethel Church a delightful woman named Marie Futch was a member and I sang in the choir with her. Marie had a daughter with Down syndrome. Christiane Futch is a resident at The Center on West Dallas. The Center is a residential facility that serves persons with developmen-

“If the service was better... then ridership would have been increased even more.” infection. My siblings and I were so disappointed with the care Mom received at NW Hermann we got her transferred to Hermann in the MedCenter ASAP. And she immediately started receiving better care starting with the resolution to her infections. If I require hospital care I have made it clear to family and friends to take me to a MedCenter hospital only. Bill Green

tal disabilities. Chris Futch no longer attends Bethel Church. Once Marie passed away Chris decided that she does not want to attend church anymore. For that we are sad. There are other residents of The Center that have been attending Bethel Church for over 20 years. I have been the driver of the van for these individuals for most of the last 20 years. There have been, and currently are others that have driven the van on occasion. The 15 passenger van has been retired. The vans in use at The Center carry six passengers. I did not mind making two trips to transport these delightful members of our church. There has been a recent change in the program at The Center. Some long-time residents have been moved out of The Center to apartment complexes on the far west side of Houston. This past Sunday I drove my car to Synott Rd (between the Sam Houston Toll Road and Highway 6), near Richmond Avenue. I transported several of the aforementioned delightful members to Bethel Church. I then proceeded to make the trip to and from The Center twice. So, today I am letting you know that the Lord needs to borrow your 15 passenger van. I am sure it sits idle on Sunday mornings. Allowing us to use it on Sundays would be a $6,760.00 charitable contribution because renting a van would cost $130.00 per day. If you know where our van is, please let the owner know that we need it on Sundays. Clinette, Mark, Carol, Gloria, Chris, Omie, Karen, Darlene, Philip, George and others certainly appreciate getting out for half a day on Sunday. Dennis Woodward

Grapefruit Heist

Dear Editor: Remember: Raccoons like fresh grapefruit. Ricky the Raccoon has a banquet at night in our neighborhood. Even an opossum or two might be at the dining table. Sarah Bobo

Obamacare not so bad

Dear Editor: I read all the complaints about Obamacare, but I am puzzled. Maybe it is just that the people who are satisfied with the new affordable care don’t get media coverage or the attention of the Republican SuperPacs. My husband, myself and our adult son had our health insurance cancelled Jan. 1, so we all three signed up through the Obamacare website. We all got better policies: more coverage, less deductables, low co-payments. Only our son’s insurance was a bit more than he was paying before as a young adult, but his insurance is so much better it is well worth it. None of us qualify for a subsidy or Medicaid. Obamacare works for us. Anne Sutherland

Care Package to troops

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From theleadernews.com Adolf Hoepfl & Son Garage is not only an excellent garage, but they are actively engaged in the community and support the area schools. I have the highest regard for the work these folks do and the outreach projects they take on. My Dad was an Army “lifer” and I especially appreciate their support of our troops, and allowing our children to work with them in this project! Thank you! Jonett Miniel

I was dumbfounded to see a headline to an article in the Feb. 8 edition of The Leader “Memorial Hermann Northwest among to 5% of U.S. hospitals. Dumbfounded because the experiences our family had with our Mother’s stay at this facility where: • They lost Mom’s lower dental plate. • She was transferred with an infection from an IV. • She was transferred with a urinary tract

LOOKING BACK. Beginning in today’s edition, we’re going to “look back” at some of the stories making headlines in our area in the past couple of decades.

30 years ago Feb. 16, 1984

Grandpa Shelton, man behind Forest West Fun Most parks are named after people who are well known or are philanthropists. This is certainly true of “Grandpa” James E. Shelton, who has quite a large following of “little people” in the Forest West subdivision. “All the kids on our street know him and call him grandpa,” said Shelton’s daughter, Marcey Coleman. The basis of Shelton’s fame is a large playhouse he built in the Coleman’s backyard on Rena St. His success in this endeavor led to an almost one-man construction project in the neighborhood park, which was recently named after the 66-year-old grandfather.

20 years ago Feb. 17, 1994

Houston ISD trustees approve Montessori program at Garden Oaks Elementary The Board of Trustees of the Houston Independent School District unanimously approved a unique Montessori program for Garden Oaks Elementary School last month. The innovative parent group, Friends of Montessori, worked through the Shared Decision Making Committee (SDMC) and Jeannie Daniels, the principal at Garden Oaks Elementary School, to contour, mold and refine the proposal submitted to HISD. Effective and efficient planning has led to the acceptance of this Montessori program for Garden Oaks Elementary school…. The 1994-95 school year will be a very special beginning for 66 students. Three Montessori classrooms will open: one classroom with 3, 4 and 5 year-old children and two classrooms with 5, 6, and 7 year-old children.

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We’re getting out more than we put in As the Pentagon begins another round of budget-cutting base closings, Texas Congressional members are trying to gain, rather than lose, those dollars. The lawmakers want the Department of Defense to save money by moving the military headquarters for the U.S. Africa Command from Stuttgart, Germany, to Ellington Field in Houston. A bit far off the battleground, you say? Don’t laugh. The U.S. Central Command, which has U.S. military responsibility for 20 countries from Afghanistan to Yemen, is headquartered in that exotic Arab city of Tampa, Fla. OK, so the commute to work is lengthy. We’ve got to land that base. It would bring in an estimated 4,300 civilian and military jobs, and up to $450 million pumped into the local economy annually. This move would help not only the Houston area but all of Texas when those sales taxes start flowing to Austin. Ah, but you are wondering, “What’s in it for me?” A fortune. Imagine those thousands of troops and their families coming to live in Texas. Think of the bars, tattoo parlors and, OK, brothels are illegal here, but we have payday loans sharks who prey on the military. They are numerous and virtually unregulated. We can offer good weather except during hurricane season and good Tex-Mex food. Besides, if we land the Africa Command, Texas has many African-Americans who are sharp, friendly and have been laid off by NASA next door. Grabbing this cash cow is traditional. Texas now has 15 military installations with 148,000 active-duty personnel and more than 55,000 members of the DoD civilian workforce. The military has Fort Bliss, Fort Hood, and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi plus most of San Antonio. In 2012 an economic analysis was conducted which found the military’s contribution to

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the Texas economy had an output of $148 billion, a GDP of $83 billion and $55.56 billion in disposable personal income. Another study showed DoD military expenditures, including military and DoD civilian payroll, totaled more than $30 billion in 2011, and more than $23 billion in 2012, (you can see we are losing ground). That makes Texas the third largest recipient of DoD funding in both years. Before you open your muffler-repair shop across the street from the barbed wire, watch towers and flood lights, you need to know some background. We begin with the Western Monthly Magazine, October, 1838.” . . . the Texians being entirely a military people, not only fought, but drank, in platoons.” Gen. Robert E. Lee said about his Texans, “Their ragged clothes make no difference. The enemy never see their backs.” Fast forward (excuse the cliché) to World War the Two. The Handbook of Texas tells us that, although the state had 5 percent of the nation’s population, it provided 7 percent of those who served in the armed forces. Texas A&M alone provided more officers for the armed forces than both of the military academies combined. Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox later declared that Texas had contributed a larger percentage of men to the armed forces than any other state. By the end of the war 750,000 Texans, including 12,000 women, served in the armed forces. In that war 22,022 Texans were killed or died of wounds.

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1ST TIME HOMEBUYERs Affiliated Mortgage Company First time homebuyers can gain valuable information from this seminar, presented by Kathryn Hodge and Holly Delmonico at Heights Neighborhood Library, 1302 Heights Blvd., from 6-7 p.m. Feb. 17. Refreshments will be provided. Reservations are required. Information: 281-755-6335, khodge@affiliatedmortgage.com. MEET AND GREET The Oaks Business Association Meet business owners and professionals from the Garden Oaks and Oak Forest area at this networking event from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 18, at Plonk! Beer and Wine Bistro, 1214 W. 43rd St. Information: david2490@aol.com, courtpatel@gmail.com. PRE-K, KINDERGARTEN TOURS Stevens Elementary School Lulu M. Stevens Elementary School, 1910 Lamonte Ln., is offering Pre-K and Kindergarten Tours on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21 at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Mar. 26 at 8:30 a.m. and Wednesday Apr. 30 at 8:30 a.m. All tours start in the front hallway. To request a tour at another time, please call 713613-2546. STEAK NIGHT Sons of Legionaires Come by for a good steak and a good time at the American Legion Post 560, 3720 Alba Rd. Dinners will be served Feb. 21, from 6 p.m. until sold out. There will be entertainment. Information: 713-682-9287, www.americanlegionpost560.org. RELATIVES AS PARENTS Relatives As Parents Coalition A free conference for grandparents# and other relatives raising Ad 34140

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Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison noted that, during the Vietnam War, one in every 10 active-duty military personnel was from Texas. They made up 5 percent of the nation’s population and took 15 percent of the war’s casualties. Nothing has changed: 588 Texans died in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan from January 2002 through Dec. 24, 2012, according to the federal government. A report in 2007 found that Texas and Harris County produced more Army recruits that year than any other state or county in America. Bexar County ranked fourth. (By 2010 Harris County had slipped to fifth.) But the quality of recruit was falling. As for Ellington, which is just south of Houston, on the afternoon of 9/11 exactly four airplanes were allowed to fly over America: Air Force One and three Texas Air National Guard jet fighters from Ellington which were ordered aloft to escort President George W. Bush who, ironically, had been a member of that very same outfit. The air base keeps avoiding the Pentagon hatchet by serving as home to NASA astronauts’ flying machines, reserve and National Guard planes and other facilities, and the Coast Guard’s orange helicopters that go out to the Gulf to rescue drunken fishermen who fall overboard. Texans’ constant complaint that we send more money to Washington than we get back used to be true. For decades we received 90 cents for every dollar we sent to the feds. But a Dallas Morning News investigation found that in six of the past eight years, including the entire tenure of President Obama, Texans got more out of the federal Treasury than we put in, a major factor being our huge military allocations. So Texans are now getting back more than we pay. Keep up the good work. Ashby is greedy at ashby2@comcast.net

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FROM THE PEWS. Joy Mission Group hosts suicide prevention program at St. Stephen’s The Joy Mission Group will present a program on suicide prevention following the 11 a.m. service in the fellowship hall Feb. 16. Bring a sack lunch. Allen Rice, executive director for Spirit Key, will be the guest speaker at the Hope Mission Group meeting at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 19, in Room 112. St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church is located at 2003 W. 43rd St. Call 713-686-8241 or visit youth@stsumc.org for information. Spring semester begins at All Saints TALC All Saints Third Age Learning Center is open to all seniors 60 years and older. The program is held at All Saints Catholic Church, 215 E. 10th St. A full course hot lunch is available at noon weekdays for $2. Reservations are recommended by 10 a.m. weekdays and can be made by calling 713-248-1277. February events include a Mardi Gras themed party hosted by the All Saints Youth on Feb. 16, an AARP driver safety course Feb. 18 and a casino day trip to Delta Downs on Feb. 28. The AARP driver safety course is from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 18. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. The Delta Downs Casino trip, scheduled

for Feb. 28 still has space available. The bus will leave All Saints Church at 8 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. Cost of the trip is $20 per person. Seniors interested in the AARP course or the Casino trip can call 713-248-1277 for information and reservations. MANNA to host a Food Fair at Temple Oaks Baptist MANNA is reaching out to the community and will be hosting a food fair from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 15, at Temple Oaks Baptist Church, 2101 W. 34th St. Must have ID. Members from St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church will be volunteering to help with this event. To volunteer, please contact Patricia Dornak at 713504-5486 or email her at pdornak@gmail.com for information. Valentine barbecue luncheon at St. Matthew’s The Lydia Circle will host a Valentine’s Barbecue Luncheon immediately after worship and Sunday School at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 16. A free will offering will get a meal of barbecue sandwich, baked beans, cole slaw, brownies and drinks. St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church is located at 4300 N. Shepherd Dr. Call 713-697-0671 or visit www. stmatthewsmethodist.org for information.

Sweet Serenades Musical Valentine Celebration at St. Mark’s St. Mark’s United Methodist Church Music Department will be presenting Sweet Serenades Musical Valentine Celebration at 4 p.m. Feb. 16, in the fellowship hall. Tickets are $10 and $5 for children and seniors (65 and older). Proceeds benefit the St. Mark’s Music Department. St. Mark’s UMC is located at 600 Pecore. Call 713-861-3104 or visit www.smumc.org for information. Men in Mission chili supper at Zion Lutheran Zion Lutheran Church’s Men in Mission will host their annual chili supper from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 26. Donations collected will go toward scholarships for seminary students. Come out and enjoy the chili and fellowship at 3606 Beauchamp. Call 713-869-1493 or visit www.zlchouston.org for information.

welcomes the community to the Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. March 5. The service will include Communion, worship and a time for reflection and prayer. Call 713-869-9070 or visit www.houstonvineyard.org for information. Heights Christian sponsoring ARK program Heights Christian Church, 1703 Heights Blvd., is sponsoring the Adults Relating to Kids program. The ARK program is a Bible-based program on parenting and is widely used by parents, teachers, counselors and anyone who is involved with kids. The ARK program is led by a University of Texas trained facilitator . Call 713-861-0016 for information.

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Spring Bazaar at St. Andrew’s St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1819 Heights Blvd., will have a Spring Bazaar from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 1. Admission is free. Call 713-861-5596 or visit saecheights.org for information. Ash Wednesday services at The Vineyard The Vineyard Church of Houston, 1035 E. 11th St.,

Former Leader editor and community leader dies at 60 Former Leader editor Randy Cypret, who served as president of the Houston Heights Association in 1989, passed away on Jan. 31 after a hardfought battle against cancer. Cypret moved to Houston in the early 1980s from his native Illinois, so he could get world-class medical treatment for non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in the Texas Medical Center. He worked in journalism, first for the Beaumont Enterprise, then The Leader. Cypret worked in public

relations for Houston Community College, Chevron Phillips and other companies. He ran for Houston City Council in 1993. Cypret enjoyed traveling in the United States and abroad. He is survived by his wife, Maureen, their daughter, Meg,

three dogs and four cats; sister Donna Cypret of Houston, brother Ron Cypret of Waddell, Arizona; and sister, Phyllis Thorngren, and family of Silvis, Ill. A memorial service was held on Feb. 7 at the Brookside Funeral Home.

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Neighbors: GO Pancake success By Elizabeth Villareal elizasgarden@outlook.com

Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet hosted its 20th Annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction this past weekend. Traditionally, fathers and grandfathers are the pancake flippers (or as GOMM dad Mark Klein said, “MOMS – Men Of MonteSsori”) — and flip out they did with thousands of pancakes provided by Haven and served in the cafeteria while visitors browsed through the silent auction items. Many of the hot auction items were unique art pieces created by student classrooms. The Garden Oaks Montessori community and event co-chairs Emily Moore and Courtney Patel would like to thank the many volunteers as well as donors who made the event possible. Some of the donors this year are: Haven (Melanie and Randy Evans), Houston City Living Leasing & Realty (Courtney and Sne Patel), Michelle Ray Properties (Michelle Ray), Justin Gordon Homes, Shipley Donuts, Katz Coffee, Kroger (special thanks to Mr. Bailey), Stephanie Acosta, and Signature Smiles. Someone in the know told me Stephanie Acosta was gettin’ jiggy in the auction area along with the dance music to stay warm! Folks spotted eating pancakes and drinking coffee were Alice Sarmientos, Elizabeth Klein, Devin and Elizabeth OlivaresReed, Chris Komarek, MT Herring, Richard Weirich, Dana and Emmanuel Gallegos, Angela Pennington, Terry Jeanes, Jane Ann and Marc Roberts, Tonya and Rick Knauth, Gina and Phil Ramirez, Helen and Jaxon Pagola, Jayne Maltbie and Kari Noser. Mary Sharon Komarek was a fabulous emcee; Rebecca Scott and Faith Davis taught in the Glass Classroom; Katrina Hagger and her coffee crew made sure everyone was fueled up for auction bidding; Michelle

Ray and Amabelle Cowan decorated in early Dr. Seuss, and School Nurse Mary Chapin watched over busy little kiddos in the childcare room. Principal Lindsey Pollock commented, “PBSA at Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet School is a testament to parents and community members working together with public school personnel to build and sustain this public Montessori school. Parents and faculty have collaborated over the years along with Friends of Montessori, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to public school Montessori in Houston ISD, to develop a model of public school support and involvement. Together they prepared and coordinated a “Glass” classroom for the PBSA – a working Montessori environment where children worked independently and modeled selfdirected Montessori learning. FOM will also coordinate the Public Montessori Educators of Texas Conference at Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet March 7-8.” Many of our neighbors went to the Chocoholic Feast and Family Fun Night at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church recently. Families and friends brought their favorite board or card games and sat together to play for a few hours, and the Altar Guild supplied tables groaning with a multitude of sweet and savory treats, a great many of which contained – you guessed it – chocolate! Just a few of those present in the packed house were Cora Rodarte and her daughter, Sophie; Lupe Castle; Cindy Hernandez; Kim Rooks and her mother, Louise Bratton; Lanelle Cegielski; Dennis and Denise Thiele; Joann Thompson; Pat Anderson; Delores Gallegos; Barbara Jinn; Sharon Grochett; Virginia Weaver; Karen Calderwood; Mickey Bahr; Linda Farmer; Debbie Kotzur; Bonnie Yezak; Jeanette Dotson; Amy Thompson; Joy and Craig Stevens;

Betty Markoski; Michelle Wojhan; Carl Angelone; Chris Tolley, his mother Diane Tolley, and her mother Angie Caulking; Rose Reifel; Dottie Koehler; Kelly Shupak; and Kim and John Holik. Congratulations to Frank Black Middle School’s Sergeant Collier and his LCDC Drill Team. This past Saturday they attended the Hambrick Middle School Drill Meet and won first place in Exhibition and 2nd place in Inspection. There were about 20 middle schools in attendance. Last week I mentioned history was made at Frank Black Middle School in late January when students from FBMS played the school’s first lacrosse game ever. Taking on Pershing MS on the FBMS athletic field, Frank Black became one of only three HISD middle schools with boys and girls lacrosse teams. The Pershing Pandas presented the Frank Black team with a ceremonial game ball after the match. The lacrosse teams are coached by John Gaipa and Tim Weltin. The FBMS lacrosse program was made possible with the support of the local lacrosse community and US Lacrosse. Frank Black Middle School now has the most comprehensive athletics program of any middle school in HISD, offering twelve sports and six sports-themed iClubs. The school is exploring adding additional sports for the upcoming school year. This brings up the question: could Waltrip add lacrosse in the next few years and give Black’s students and others a place to go within their neighborhood to continue playing lacrosse? The brand new Oak Forest and Garden Oaks Business Association is hosting an area small business owners’ meet and greet at Plonk Beer & Wine Bistro (on West 43rd @ Ella Blvd.) from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 18. If you’re a business in the Leader area, you are invited!

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Escondida since 1973 Family Mexican Restaurant

Three locations to serve you

1431 W. 26th HOUSTON, TX

(713) 880-0100

12503 Telge Rd.

14759 Memorial Dr.

(281)373-0300

(281)493-2252

CYPRESS, TX

HOUSTON, TX

www.lahaciendaescondida.com


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