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TIRR clinic coming to Memorial Hermann NW Memorial Hermann Northwest and TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network are opening a general rehabilitation clinic at the Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital on March 25, the hospital announced this week. Board certiﬁed in rehabilitation medicine, Natasha Eaddy Rose, M.D., heads up the clinic, which will be located at 1740 W. 27th St., Suite 100. The new treatment center will oﬀer general rehabilitation- consultation, evaluation and follow up, as well as spasticity management, diagnostic and treatment. It will operate in conjunction with the TIRR Neurological Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic that is located in the Northwest hospital and provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and neuropsych service. For information, call 281-4120955.
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WHAT: Biannual spring ﬁsh fry, served up by St. Rose of Lima Men’s Club WHEN: 4:30-7:30 p.m. March 15 WHERE: Parish Hall, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 3600 Brinkman 77018 HOW MUCH: Adult plates are $8, children’s $5. That includes generous servings of “American grown” ﬁsh, hush puppies, fries, cole slaw and iced tea. The St. Rose Altar Guild will be offering homemade sweets at $1 each. Tickets available at parish or school oﬃces or members of Men’s Club or Boy Scouts. LEARN MORE: Email email@example.com EDITOR’S TAKE: Right in the middle of Lent, what’s better than a good, old-fashioned ﬁsh fry? The St. Rose Men have one of the best, and since it only happens every two years, catch it while you can.
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Brewing biz creates a time for learning by Michael Sudhalter firstname.lastname@example.org
Waltrip High teacher/baseball coach Mike Evans prepares his students for the Special Olympics ﬁeld day, which will take place on May 3 at the Delmar-Tusa Athletic Complex. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)
Teaching life is Evans’ most important job by Michael Sudhalter email@example.com Whenever Waltrip High sophomore Andrew Jamison sees Mike Evans, it puts a big smile on his face. “He’s my favorite teacher – he’s like another father to me,” Jamison said. Evans, a Life Skills teacher, Shepherd Park Plaza resident and head baseball coach at Waltrip, played professional baseball and earned success as an assistant coach under Jim Teel before taking over the reins this year. But one of the most fulfilling aspects of Evans’ career is working with Life Skills students such as Jamison and his classmates. “Teaching is a process, and you have to understand that each person has a different learning ability,” Evans said. “You see the growth. You don’t see it daily, but after you have them for a long period of time, the development is tremendous.” Evans, 40, and fellow Life Skills teacher Kris Blaies are preparing the students for a Houston ISD Special Olympics field day competition on Friday, May 3 at Delmar-Tusa Athletic Complex. “Coach Evans is great with the kids,” Blaies said. “He goes over and beyond in his job.” The event will feature basketball, football and track, and the students are very excited about competing. Among Coach Mike Evans’ many life skills is driving the bus to and
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Heights residents Justin Engle and Steve Macalello are excited about bringing the first microbrewery to the neighborhood when they open the Town in City Brewing Company at 1125 W. Cavalcade in late summer/early fall. “We live in The Heights, enjoy The Heights and think The Heights is the perfect place for our business,” Engle said. Engle said they came up with the name because The Heights has always been known as “a small town in a big city.” The city of Houston’s Planning & Development Commission is expected to give its final approval at its next meeting on Thursday, March 14. Through the planning and development process, Engle, a 30-year-old Pennsylvania native, learned quite a bit about being a first-time business owner. “I should have been more thorough in factchecking,” Engle said. “I got some bad intel. I wasn’t aware (West Cavalcade) was a major thoroughfare until I got to city permitting. I should have approached Planning and Development before purchasing the lot.” Engle purchased the 10,000 square foot vacant lot on Aug. 1, 2012, and the city wanted a 25-foot-setback from the business to the public right of way. Engle was determined to get a 15-foot setback instead, for a variety of reasons. Fifteen feet was finally agreed upon at a meeting with city planning staff as long as the business owners came up with a pedestrian area. It is the first major construction at that intersection in the past 20-plus years. Construction on the 3,900 square foot metal pre-fabricated building (3,200 for brewing; 700 for a hospitality/tasting room) will begin this summer, Engle said. But Engle said the experience set back the business from opening by eight weeks. He’s had to live on his savings and incur extra architecture costs. He also has to pay to keep the microbrewery equipment in storage at the Houston
from games. (Photo by Kevin B. Long/GulfCoastShots.com)
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HISD hires counsel to probe principal’s activities by Charlotte Aguilar firstname.lastname@example.org Houston ISD confirmed to The Leader Tuesday that Waltrip Principal Steve Siebenaler, whose recent resignation takes effect March 15, is under investigation for “potential policy violations.” District spokesman Jason Spencer said after looking into “information and rumors” about Siebenaler, the district decided to hire the outside law firm of Callier & Garza and believes the results should be known soon. “Based on that investigation, we can decide how to proceed,” said Spencer, who said he can’t address specific areas of concern.
“But if that means we have to turn information over to the D.A.’s office, we will.” He said he can’t expand on the type of charges being investigated. Siebenaler stunned many when he failed to show up for work Feb. 25 and submitted his resignation. Spencer said at the Siebenaler time that the principal’s letter cited “personal reasons” for stepping down. Sources involved with the campus have
told The Leader that the principal has openly said that his wife is suffering from cancer and that he had his own health issues recently. Siebenaler had a 26-year career with HISD, the last decade at Waltrip. Bilingual in Spanish and English, he had a solid reputation as a teacher then administrator, and started out on a high note at Waltrip, where he was named Northwest District Principal of the Year in 2004. In recent years, though, he had come under attack largely from parents who found him inaccessible and who questioned his commitment to making the school an academically rigorous environment that would
attract families from the neighborhood. Sources at Waltrip have steadfastly denied that Siebenthaler’s troubles have had anything to do with the stalled construction on the first phase of the school’s $20 millionplus, funded under a 2007 bond program. The school is receiving another $30 million from the 2012 bond program. Linda Lazenby, who served as principal of the DeBakey High School for Health Professions, is serving as interim principal until a permanent replacement can be selected. The position is posted on the HISD website, with a closing date of April 27. The salary range is from $87,720-110,670. Siebenaler’s last published salary was $116,300.
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Crime Briefs DWI charge in school van accident on W. 43rd A Spring Branch woman was booked and charged with drunken driving March 1 after she slammed into a van transporting 4- and 5-yearolds to their preschool on West 43rd Street near Oak Forest around 7:30 a.m. Investigators said Martinez Sonia Noemi Martinez, 27, rear ended the van from Eagle Achievers Academy on Creekmont at a high rate of speed. According to HPD, 11 children were taken to nearby hospitals for observation, then released. HPD spokesman Jodi Silva said because the charge against Martinez is a ďŹ rst-time oďŹ€ense, it is being handled as a misdemeanor.
290 accident proves fatal to driver, chaotic for traďŹƒc Houston police were investigating a fatal traďŹƒc accident in the 11600 block of the Northwest Freeway â€“ U.S. 290 â€“ that happened about 3 a.m. Tuesday. The victimâ€™s identity hadnâ€™t been released by The Leaderâ€™s deadline for print. HPD investigators said the man was driving a black Toyota 4Runner outbound on the freeway near Antoine when he struck the center concrete barrier. The vehicle apparently spun out of control, and the driver was ejected and believed to have been struck by other vehicles. The accident and investigation closed the outbound lanes for about six hours. TraďŹƒc backed up along the West Loop to the 59 freeway and along the North Loop past the 45.
Avoid the spring break traffic nightmare The city of Houston has partnered with the Texas Medical Center, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Houston Museum District, Hermann Park / Houston Zoo and Metro to create easy access to Houstonâ€™s hottest spring break destinations â€“ the rodeo, museums and zoo. Over spring break, that concentration of attractions draws an estimated average of 350,000 people daily. This is the second year for the coordinated planning. â€œLast year the public cooperated with the recommended master plan and the results were outstanding,â€? said Mayor Annise Parker in a release announcing this yearâ€™s system. A major concern was controlling traffic and mobility successfully to permit unimpaired access by emergency vehicles to the Medical Center â€“ and especially its trauma facilities. With a large number of people expected to converge on the Museum District/Medical Center area of the city throughout the week of Spring Break, March 9 â€“ March 17, in addition to the rodeo crowds, the city of Houston recommends visitors use suggested driving directions, park in recommended parking locations and ride MetroRail, which stops frequently throughout the Museum District, Hermann Park / Houston Zoo and continues to Reliant Park for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Suggested Driving Directions Traveling from I-610 E to:
Yellowstone Blvd and take Holcombe west
Hermann Park / Zoo â€˘ Merge onto TX-288 N and Exit N MacGregor Way / S MacGregor Way and take MacGregor / Braeswood west for parking in the TMC or take MacGregor west and Almeda north for parking in Midtown / Downtown
Museum District â€˘ Merge onto TX-288 N and Exit Binz St / Calumet St and take Binz west Traveling from I-610 W to:
HLS&R (Rodeo) â€˘ Exit 1B Fannin St or Exit 1C Kirby Drive and proceed north Traveling from US-59 N to:
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Hermann Park / Zoo â€˘ Free and paid public parking in Midtown and Downtown â€“ paid parking prices range from $3.50 to $20 daily. From there, take METRORail to your destination â€˘ Paid public parking in designated TMC parking lots â€“ paid parking prices range from $6 to $12 daily. From there, take METRORail or the TMC Blue shuttle to your destination
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â€˘ Exit Main St and proceed south â€˘ Merge onto TX-288 S and Exit Southmore St / Calumet St / Binz St and take Southmore or Binz west
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HLS&R (Rodeo) â€˘ Ride the Rodeo Express or METRO Park & Ride â€“ for more information visit www.rodeohouston.com
â€˘ Exit Richmond Ave / Downtown for parking in Midtown / Downtown â€˘ Merge onto TX-288 S and Exit N MacGregor Way / S MacGregor Way and take MacGregor / Braeswood west for parking in the TMC or take MacGregor west and Almeda north for parking in Midtown / Downtown
TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER (TMC) â€˘ Merge onto TX-288 S and Exit Holcombe Blvd / Old Spanish Trail and take Holcombe west
HLS&R (Rodeo) â€˘ Exit 1C Kirby Drive or Exit 1B Fannin St and proceed north â€˘ Merge onto TX-288 N and Exit Yellowstone Blvd and take Old Spanish Trail west
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â€˘ Merge onto TX-288 S and Exit Holcombe Blvd / Old Spanish Trail and take Old Spanish Trail west â€˘ Merge on TX-288 S and onto I-610 W and Exit 1B Fannin St or Exit 1C Kirby and proceed north.
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Owner still bonds with her horse, despite his job by Betsy Denson email@example.com Not surprisingly, Shepherd Park Plaza’s Lisa Gutierrez was completely won over by the popular Budweiser Clydesdale ad about the tender relationship between a man and his horse. “It was the best commercial ever,” she said. Like the trainer in the commercial, Gutierrez sent a horse of her own off to do a very special job as a member of the Houston Police Department’s Mounted Patrol. Originally purchased as a 3year-old competition prospect, Gutierrez named her Oldenburg horse, Aniketos, which is Greek for “unconquerable.” He’s Kato for short. “He was barely broke when I bought him but proved to be an intelligent and willing partner,” she said. “His training was progressing well, however, some unforeseen life changes along the way were taking me from my training time with him — and this is a horse that definitely needs a job.” About five years ago, Gutierrez made the tough decision to find a permanent home for Kato that would provide both training and care. She was put in contact with Greg Sokoloski, a senior officer with the HPD’s mounted unit. Kato was evaluated both to determine his temperament and reactions to various nuisances, such as firecrackers. He then was accepted into the 90-day training period. Kato successfully completed this training as well and became a permanent member. He’s been working with the same officer for about
the past five years, according to Gutierrez. Their regular shift is the downtown patrol, but they also do special events such as parades and crowd control. “Although he is working full time, we still consider Kato a part of our family,” said Gutierrez. “We visit him regularly, and my son Robbie has grown up at the stable. Our family has a great relationship with all the staff at the barn.” According to HPD Sergeant Leslie Wills, who has been with the mounted patrol for 13 years, about 95 percent of the unit’s horses are donations from the public. Wills says sometimes the horse owners make the decision to donate when they have young children at home or when a child who spent the most time with the horse goes off to college. Their most recent acquisition, 2,500-pound Ellie Mae, came to the HPD patrol when her former owners were moving and couldn’t bring her with them. Once the donation is made, the HPD assumes the cost and care of the animal. But the former owners, like Gutierrez, are still in the picture, if they want to be. “That’s what is so great,” said Wills. “We do allow them to visit and to still have that relationship.” In addition to the barn trips, Robbie and his mom sometimes see Kato on his beat at Discovery Green. And Kato always has a fond greeting for them. “He gives us kisses and knickers or whinnies,” said Gutierrez. Other Leader readers are also involved with the HPD Mounted Patrol. Woodland Heights resi-
Lisa Gutierrez still works with Kato in his second home, with the HPD Mounted Patrol, to which she donated him ﬁve years ago. (Photos by Betsy Denson)
HEAVENS ANGELS PET CEMETERY Lisa and Robbie see Kato at the HPD stables and at times when he’s at work in the ﬁeld.
dent Ann Liggio has been a volunteer horse caretaker at the stables for about 13 years. She spends about five hours every Saturday shampooing and grooming horses, as well as cleaning the stables and organizing supplies. Liggio helps with visitors, as well. A recipient of one of the Mayor’s Volunteer Houston Awards, Liggio clearly loves her work. “I would pay them to do it,” she said. Sgt. Wills says there are currently 34 horses in the mounted patrol. Until four years ago, the stables were located at 300 North Post Oak Lane but moved to a more modern, spacious facility on Little York Road. To help with operating costs, the Houston Police Foundation has an ‘Adopt-a-Horse’ program in which corporations, organizations, and individuals can sponsor a horse for $5,000 a year. Kato
is one of the 25 horses who have been adopted so far. A Spirit of Texas plaque hangs by his stall. Kato is now 11 and according to Wills might work into his 20s. The mounted patrol horses no longer are shoed, which enables them to stay healthier longer. “The teens are their prime years,” Wills said. She also says that when they do retire, the individual who donated the animal is always contacted first to see if he or she wants the horse back. Gutierrez will be ready when that day comes. “We’ll board him at a regular stable,” she said. “Do light dressage and trail riding.” But until then, she and Robbie are content to let him lead his life of service with plenty of TLC along the way. Visitors are welcome at the facility. For more information visit: http://www.houstontx.gov/police/mounted/patrol.htm.
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onding is the technique in which tooth-colored material is applied to the surface of the teeth and hardened with a special “curing” light. Bonding can be used to change the color and the shape of the teeth and to restore chipped teeth to a natural appearance. Toothbrushing and flossing will not damage bonding material. In fact, proper cleaning with a soft brush and good flossing technique are essential to maintain the appearance of the material as well as the health of the surrounding teeth and gums. Like bonding materials, veneers are used to create an enhanced smile. They are custom-made forms that are affixed to the front surfaces of the teeth and can be made of several shades of select dental materials. Your dentist can advise you as to the most appropriate procedure for you in your quest for a more attractive smile. Veneers are very durable, but just like natural teeth, they require good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups. Prepared as a public service to promote better dental health. From the office of: Chase Baker, D.D.S., 3515 Ella Blvd., 713-682-4406.
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Sprays, spays and spades I’m Molly Sue McGillicutty, a 9-year-old feisty feline, enjoying life in our fair city. I was rescued off of the streets as a young mama kitty and I’ve enjoyed the good life ever since. It is my mission to share with you pet news from around our neighborhood and perhaps, help animals who don’t have a happy home (or a prestigious writing gig) such as myself.
Pesticide Predicament With spring (and the bugs that it brings) upon us, the good people at Texas A&M remind us about the dangers of pesticides to pets. In some cases, exposure to pesticides can be fatal. As a result, many people are turning toward “greener” options for pest control; however, greener isn’t always safer. Our yards aren’t the only sources of potential chemical contamination for pets – household and garage chemicals are equally dangerous. Discuss your options for pet friendly, chemical alternatives, as well as symptoms of poisoning with your veterinarian.
Meet A Schnauzer Did you know that Schnauzers are hypoallergenic and do not shed (unlike – ahem – myself)? Consider making a new pal at the Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston’s Meet and Greet in the Heights. It’s the first Saturday of every month, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at 811 Yale St. That means the next
one is April 6. Call 713-513-7811 or go to www.msrh.org for more information.
Spay & Neuter Assistance Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) offers free spaying, neutering and rabies vaccinations for qualifying, low-income pet owners. I happen to have firstpaw experience with the nice folks at SNAP, as that is where I had my “work done” after my kittens were born. Please contact SNAP for more details at 713-522-2337.
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Pet Cremation Services Onto a topic that no one wants to discuss: What do you do when a beloved pet dies? My family was confronted with this inevitable quandary when my housemate, Banjo, recently passed away. Under the guidance of our veterinarian, Banjo was cremated at Little Friends Pet Memorial. The people at Little Friends handled the situation with dignity and helped my family to properly memorialize our dear friend. You can learn more about Little Friends Pet Memorial on their website, (www. littlefriendspetmemorial.com) or by calling 713-974-2744. And one last thing... Even though my wifi access is limited, feel free to shoot me a note, via The Leader, at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m looking for places you think people should take their pets.
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Our focus moves to food, animals and businesses – oh and you
bout once every two months, I try to use this space to tell you about some of the things happening at The Leader. The way I see it, if I don’t tell you about it, our competitors will. And to be honest, I don’t trust those guys – whoever they are. Last year, we did a couple of risky things. First, against the advice of the sane, we bought a newspaper. Let’s be honest, you could walk every hall on Wall Street and never find an analyst who suggested such a purchase. But – and this is a big but – you could walk into an office on Farnam Street in Omaha, Neb., and find a certain investor who loves buying community newspapers. That “Oracle’s” name, in case you missed it, is Warren Buffett. He bought 28 newspapers in 2012. The second risky thing we did last year was introduce an annual program called “Voluntary Contributions.” This was risky because our readers have received a free newspaper for more than 59 years, and to suggest they consider sending a contribution to a free service could come back to haunt a company like ours. As a quick reminder, the reason we asked for contributions wasn’t so I could have more money to play golf. No, I felt that if people wanted to support The Leader, we could take those contribu-
JONATHAN MCELVY Publisher
tions and grow the product. It has been almost nine months since we bought this newspaper, and you can imagine how excited I am to tell you that – thanks in large part to nearly 1,000 different contributors – we have doubled the size of The Leader. Along with that, we have hired two new full-time employees, including a new reporter who started this week. As I’ve told anyone who will listen, I firmly believe that if we do a good job of providing content worth reading, there are still people who will read. If you’d rather hear it from someone else, here’s what Buffett wrote in his letter to investors, which was published this week: “Newspapers continue to reign supreme, however, in the delivery of local news. If you want to know what’s going
on in your town – whether the news is about the mayor or taxes or high school football – there is no substitute for a local newspaper that is doing its job. A reader’s eyes may glaze over after they take in a couple of paragraphs about Canadian tariffs or political developments in Pakistan; a story about the reader himself or his neighbors will be read to the end. Wherever there is a pervasive sense of community, a paper that serves the special informational needs of that community will remain indispensable to a significant portion of its residents.” Over the past few months, I’ve tried to say the same thing, but Buffett just seems to carry a little more weight than anything I could pen. What struck me most was his suggestion that newspapers can thrive where there is a “pervasive sense of community,” and to that end, every plan for growth in the coming weeks and months will be geared toward the sense of community we have here in the Heights, Garden Oaks, Oak Forest, and all the neighborhoods in between. For instance, we launched a new monthly publication in February called The List. If you missed the first edition, our second edition will publish on March 30 (or the last week of every month). The List is a food publication that focuses solely on the restaurants in
our area. We believe there is a deep fascination, and appreciation for the unique restaurants we have in our communities, and The List has been designed to offer as much information as possible about those restaurants and their specialties. Think about it: Who else can and will cover our restaurants better than The Leader? Another food-oriented feature of The Leader launched last week. We called it “Locavoracious,” which even my wife (a pretty smart lady) couldn’t pronounce. It is a play off of the word “locavore,” defined as someone interested in eating food that is locally produced. The pervasiveness of farmers’ markets and locally grown food in our area suggests people would be interested in reading more about it. Hence, our new section. Another area where we’ve found an enormous – if not ridiculous – fascination is in our pets. Our editor, Charlotte Aguilar, has had this idea spinning in her head for years and the way we work around here, we’re open to trying any idea. So beginning this week, Charlotte’s idea comes to fruition with the introduction of a pet column written – get this – by a pet. It will give information about events geared toward pets around our neighborhoods, and we think you’ll enjoy the concept.
Finally, and maybe most exciting to me, is a new business network we’re introducing in April called the Business Leaders Network. We’ll have more information on this in the coming weeks, but thanks to a partnership with Lone Star College and business consultant Don Ball, we are going to begin hosting quarterly events for small business owners, completely free of charge. The first Business Leaders Network will be held April 11 at Lone Star’s Victory Drive campus, and it will be a 90-minute session focused on helping small businesses grow. We view this as a service, and only a service, to the small businesses in our community. They are the lifeblood of our neighborhoods, and we make no bones about the importance of supporting them. If you’d like more information about a quick, free class on growing your small business, give us a call at (713) 686-8494. I can speak specifically for Don Ball because he has helped give The Leader some great guidance over the past few months, and for someone who provides the service for free, I don’t know why any small business in the area wouldn’t take advantage of him. Stay tuned for more.
AGENDA. I won’t get into the obstacles that were in our way out of respect to him but I don’t appreciate you bad mouthing me and my board when you know NOTHING about me or the work that was done when I was the PTA President. Get your facts together before you criticize! Melissa, via www.theleadernews.com
Oh, by the way, the alleys are’nt for sale. R.E.Reeves, via www.theleadernews.com
THE READER. Waltrip principal’s departure, pro and con I am disappointed at the Leader’s version of Mr. Siebenaler’s resignation. He simply was tired of the climate Houston ISD currently has. Do a private poll of all principals and see what you ﬁnd. Waltrip was more successful than most HISD comprehensive high schools, in large part due to Mr. S. His kind demeanor, a skilled educator, and a reputation for ﬁxing schools in trouble is well documented. Given the connections to The Leader and who writes articles is biased, I am very sad to hear about a man who always was great with students. Shame on you. Christine Cooper, via www.theleadernews.com Dear Editor: I have worked with Siebenaler for longer than I can say. He is one of the sharpest guys I’ve ever known in education. To say his school is not performing? Really? I always compare my school with his and he always beats me. Waltrip HS routinely ranks in the upper quartile of schools in pretty much every measurable area, including this last year. His school rocks and it’s been harder on them because he has received little to no support from the district on the Bond issue. There are areas of the school that have literally been untouched for weeks and he has been unable to get anyone to do anything. He never complains and gives no excuses. I will miss a valued colleague and a kind decent man who is an outstanding educator. Principals are afraid to give their names given the current administration, which no one seems to check on. Hmmmmm! Take a look at this guy’s record. He has brought two schools out of Low-performing status, had a spotless record for years, and only a few “negative groupy” parents, who everyone knows, have an issue with Steve. The PTA is probably the biggest joke of all, just like my school. A handful of parents trying to control things with their agenda. It’s all in results that are measurable and they speak for themselves (Graduation rates, TAKS, STAAR, SAT and more). Waltrip continuously was at the top due to systems Siebenaler implemented and the fact that he actually listened to his staﬀ. No one is perfect, but Siebenaler took Waltrip, just look where it was in 2002, and pushed it to excel in a variety of areas. Parents come and go. As a principal, I have learned that over the years. They don’t know the crazy amount of work that goes in to running a school yet are the ﬁrst to criticize. Take care Steve. You’ve
been an outstanding colleague and I have learned much from you. Good luck escaping from Houston ISD when you did. The days of Paige, Stripling, and Saavedra are gone. We just have to deal with this guy until the board eventually gets enough public pressure to remove the current administration. HISD principal, via www.theleadernews.com Dear Editor: I disagree with the other posters. The successes at Waltrip happened in spite of Siebenaler, not because of him. He had some good staﬀ around him that covered for him when he was not there and for many years had active and involved parents groups who found ways to operate around him for the beneﬁt of the students. He was actually a disappointment who allowed certain things to fester and cause even bigger issues. When there was an issue with a certain popular faculty member and the way that money and fundraisers were handled, he simply swept it under the rug. Ask any of the former faculty and staﬀ why they left the school. Ask why many of the neighborhood parents opted to have their children go to other schools inside and outside of HISD. Talk to the people who worked on the 50-year reunion committee. He was well-regarded in HISD before he ever came to Waltrip, but something was diﬀerent about how he handled the school from how he had performed before. I don’t know if there was a speciﬁc incident that prompted this departure, but the timing is certainly suspect. No doubt, as a parent, I saw a diﬀerent side than his principal peers, but as a parent, I was not happy that the school was in the situation it was in. Yes, scores were better than some other HISD high schools, but nowhere near as good as they could be. Students generally live up to or down to whatever is expected of them, and there was just not a good ‘atmosphere’ at that school. I wish him well, but certainly see this as a huge opportunity for HISD to make the school once again a ‘crown jewel’ in the district. I can only hope that they choose someone who will appreciate the rich history of success there, and capitalize on the advantages of being in a stable neighborhood with an interested alumni group. It’s time for Waltrip to ‘come back’! Former Waltrip parent, via www.theleadernews.com Dear Editor: I think the article speaks well of the situation in regards of the information that has been publicly released. I have always been amazed at how Steve
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has gotten away with so many things for so many years without being called to task for his behaviors – for example, the $10K+ redo of his oﬃce many years ago to name one of the many. This school has always had the capacity to go above and beyond the majority of HISD schools yet has been held back by some invisible force. The faculty here is amazing, and the school lost many amazing faculty members during Steve’s tenure. Now maybe they will get a principal that is willing to work as hard as they have for many years. Cheers to Waltrip. I’m looking forward to see the new direction for this school. Finally, via www.theleadernews.com Dear Editor: Shame on you “HISD PRINCIPLE” who stated, “The PTA is probably the biggest joke of all, just like my school. A handful of parents trying to control things with their agenda”. I was a PTA President under Steve and I did NOT try to CONTROL things with my
Whenever I see an either/or choice, I always suspect the best choice has been taken oﬀ the table and that’s certainly true in this case. Our education problems are self inﬂicted. According to Harper’s Index for March — http://harpers. org/archive/2013/03/harpers-index-348/ — one half of our state budget is spent on tax incentives to business. Perry is redistributing our hard earned money to corporations. That is the problem and therein lies the solution. Fund our schools Mr. Perry, not your corporate cronies. That’s the right choice. Brent Sullivan, via www.theleadernews.com
The (burger) List Yesterday I realized that section call “the list”, that listed all the burger places around here was missing. It was meant to be saved, but somehow that did’t happen. How, or where, can I get that section again. It listed places that I didn’t even know served burgers. I have relatives arriving from CT. last of this month, and want them to taste some of our great burgers, Leroy Mazac, via www.theleadernews.com
Heights alleys After moving to the Heights in ’92, I approached the City of Houston as to how I could buy the alley behind my house, and here’s what the City said at the time: The alleys are City-easements or right-of-ways. Utility lines & sewers run thru them, and residents must allow workers access to any place in the alley. You cannot block the alley with vehicles. Residents are required to maintain their half of the alley just as you do that portion of city property beyond your sidewalk. If someone puts in a rear-access garage they can pay to transform that portion into roadway. As long as you keep the weeds mowed, you may put up gates (not permanent fences), removeable planters, playsets, etc. I had a golf practise net behind my house for a few years. The alleys are not public avenues. Most of my neighbors do not want cut-through traﬃc behind our houses, nor having to worry about criminals entering our properties from the street AND alley.
Danger on the streets I have lived in our neighborhood all my life.... my father was the original Dutchman ice house on Wakeﬁeld I went to St. Rose for 8 yrs...still member.....my complaint???? 4 nights a week I go to St.Rose for various prayer groups.....I drive up 43rd. to Alba to Wakeﬁeld to St. Rose.....every night I ALMOST hit someone walking with NO REFLECTIVE clothing or ﬂash lights or whatever to keep motorists from hitting walkers....also....in all our neighborhoods...why???? do people drive WITH NO HEADLIGHTS???? I just want you to put something in the paper visibly that all readers will see to direct their attention to my concerns....how stupid for new parents to push their babies in strollers with no reﬂective wheels or strips to alert drivers they are walking....and walking with traﬃc instead of facing traﬃc? if someone hits them no one will see who hit them......our young parents today do not think of how important it is for our ‘OLDER” neighbors who drive in area to SEE THEM when they walk hope you can direct these parents to SEE what it means TO BE SEEN!!!!! Sharon Haidusek 59 years in our wonderful neighborhood!!!! p.s. keep your wonderful paper going strong!!!!
Locavoracious: Farmer’s markets Time to consolidate these eﬀorts into one large market per “borough”, if that. If there wasn’t an east heights, west heights, north heights et al farmers market (hyperbole, I realize), it would lend to long-term survival and the development of a solid reputation like the larger markets in DC, San Fran etc. Just combine with the ﬁrst Sat arts market and shut down 19th from 9-6 (later when it gets hot)once a month. A good, large market that serves many n Houston neighborhoods is better than 5 ﬂedgling and competitive markets that just confuse could-be patrons. Just my opinion. monstermash,via www.theleadernews.com Dear Editor: Central City Co-op is the best! Everything is fresh and amazing and it’s really changed my style of eating. I tell pretty much every single person I know about it, and I now have a bunch of converts which is awesome because we can share recipes about what we’re going to cook with the veggies we got that week. Valerie, via www.theleadernews.com
The non-gambling Texans sure like to gamble in other state casinos THE CASINO – Here I am again at the poker table surrounded by the usual suspects. There’s Frisco Fats and Seagoville Slim. Hiding behind his dark glasses is the evil chain-smoking Phat Duc. Lady Lucky is here, as is Count Simon von Turmoil III. This is a gambling casino just east of Texas, actually so “just east” that the décor is Texas Tacky, complete with shops selling Aggie T-shirts and Hook ‘Em Horns caps. The cafe’s menu features Texas chili. Most of the cars in the parking lot brag that they are from the Lone Star State. It’s the same in all the casinos surrounding Texas. They know their market. “What percentage of your customers is from Texas?” I ask the clerk checking my driver’s license to make sure I’m 21. “About 90 percent,” she says. This brings up the biennial question to our Texas Legislature. Why can’t Texans gamble? Why are we shipping so much money across the border? The obvious answer is that our state government doesn’t need any more money. We’re awash in cash. Our schools’ driver’s ed classes have valet parking. Most high school cafeterias have a sommelier. So let’s look at the situation once more, remembering the former mayor of San Diego, the Speaker of the Texas House and Jack Abramoff. In this session of the Legislature, proponents of gambling – or “gaming”
as they like to call it – are again trying to get some kind of gaming in Texas. Proposals vary from Las Vegas-style casinos with hotels and 45 restaurants, to “racinos” (racetracks with slot machines) to Indian-owned casinos. A group called Let Texans Decide simply wants a referendum on the matter. To allow casino gambling in Texas takes a constitutional amendment (the current constitution prohibits it) with two-thirds approval in both houses of the Legislature and a state-wide yes vote by us. The pro-gambling group says that a recent survey shows 85 percent of the state’s registered voters prefer the right to choose. That does not mean the voters want gambling, just the right to say whether or not they want it. Interestingly, the backers say the poll shows support from members of all political
parties. More men are for it than women. Houston had the highest proportion of registered voters (85 percent) favoring a choice, while West Texas saw less than three-quarters (74 percent) willing to vote. Let Texans Decide has consistently claimed that Texas is hemorrhages $2.5 billion in gambling revenue lost annually to casinos in neighboring states, except when they say the amount lost is $4 billion. Just how anyone knows this is a mystery to me. We must not claim that Texans don’t gamble. We do. In 1991, voters approved a constitutional amendment that created the Texas Lottery Commission. In 1987, voters agreed to allow betting on horse and dog racing. Bingo is legal on a localoption basis. And, as noted above, we go to casinos all the time, just not in Texas. Actually, according to the latest poll, in 2007, over 2.6 million Texans visited Las Vegas spending a total of $3.8 billion. Closer to home, Oklahoma has 108 casinos; well over 20 of these facilities are within three hours of downtown Dallas. Those casinos generated $3.21 billion in revenue in 2009, the vast majority of the money came from Texans. WinStar World Casino is located just across the Texas-Oklahoma border. It is the fifth largest casino in the world. More than 90 percent of the casino’s customers are Texans.
To our east, Louisiana has 21 casinos, and most of these are along the Texas border. The Lake Charles market alone accounted for $482.4 million in revenue in its latest report. Most of this area’s customers originate from the Houston area, and, like Shreveport-Bossier, would be hurt by legalized gambling in Texas. (That’s when Jack Abramoff got involved.) New Mexico has a total of 27 casinos, five of which are racinos. The New Mexican facilities accounted for $1.03 billion in revenue at last count. The five racinos brought in close to $250 million in gaming revenue, almost entirely from Texans. Now we must look at the other side. Maureen O’Connor, former mayor of San Diego, Calif., lost more than $1 billion playing video poker, raiding a charity foundation of $2 million to feed her gambling habit. Here in Texas, the pro-gambling bills being pushed in the Legislature have traditionally been a mess. Supporters can’t get together to present a single message. Horse track owners, casino supporters and Indian leaders can’t agree. Even if the lawmakers wanted to support the movement, which movement? Supporters of gambling say racinos “would bring 75,000 jobs and $8.5 billion in economic growth statewide, would boost the horse industry and could gen-
erate $1 billion annually in tax revenue.” Remember that backers of pari-mutuel wagering promised it would generate thousands of jobs and lots of tax revenue. Didn’t happen. The state lottery did not solve education funding problems as promised. Another drawback: three prominent allies of Republican Texas House Speaker Joe Straus were defeated in their re-election bids by anti-gaming conservatives. Straus is considered a moderate who supports expanded gaming. His family owned majority interest in the Retama Park racetrack near San Antonio. It was partially acquired by the owners of a casino in Lake Charles, L’Auberge du Lac (French for “soak the Texans”), for $22.8 million, although his family still owns a minority stake. Back here at the casino, I notice that there are lots of Anglos and Asians, some blacks but few Hispanics. What do they know that we don’t? No matter the garb, wear sneakers. You walk a lot, unless you use a walker, wheelchair or Lark, and don’t trip over the oxygen bottles. But I think it’s nice that the AARPers can have a little safe fun. Who cares? At the high-stakes poker table, Phat Duc looks at Lady Lucky, smiles, then turns to me and says, “I’m a little dry here, boy. Get me a refill.” I have a gambling problem: I can’t win. Aces Ashby is at email@example.com
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, CAV RACI US Hen ordinance moving closer to vote D’Amico’s Italian Market Cafe 2802 White Oak Drive www.damico-cafe.com Starters: $4-$10 House Favorites and Pasta: $9-$22 Pizzas: $8-$17 Kid Friendly: Fettuccine Alfredo is the food version of the Horse Whisperer for children LE’s Favorite: Snapper Amore
Review: Who needs a menu at D’Amico’s? An Italian restaurant menu can prove to be a blessing and curse sometimes. The amount of meal choices from our friends on the Mediterranean is always plentiful, which means you don’t even have to have the same meal twice. There’s the antipasti and the pizzas and a dozen kind of pasta tossed with every type of meat, vegetable and sauce your heart could ever desire. There are the meat and fish dishes with elaborate toppers, and the Italians don’t mess around with dessert. I’ve read novels shorter than some Italian menus. But sometimes this hyper version of variety gives Leader Eater paralysis by analysis. So, it was nice to have settled into a booth at the D’Amico’s on White Oak Boulevard and not have to even crack the menu. By the time I had doled out a pool of olive oil on my side plate, admonished The Bomber (my 5year-old going on 15) for shaking half of the red pepper flakes into it and disposed of nearly all of the complimentary plate of bread myself, our waiter was ready to deliver the specials shtick. The first offering ensured the menu would stay closed for the night. The Snapper Amore was a piece of the Gulf ’s prized fish with a dousing of crab, artichoke hearts, mushrooms and dill butter cream sauce. The snapper was superbly cooked when it came out. I could have eaten the assortment on top of the snapper on its own, although the medley could have used a smidge of additional flavor character with something like capers lightly interwoven into it.
The mixed vegetables beside the fish had a heavy speckle of peppery spice that complimented the fish’s static taste. Throw in a side of fettuccine marinara and a Caesar salad to start and the special’s quantity more than matched its price ($22). The Bomber wasn’t about to be left out with the I-don’t-needthe-menu decision making style and hastily chose the Fettuccine Alfredo, a meal that she is now convinced is the best thing for her body’s health. There was a little miscommunication in The Winnebago-driving Parents from the North’s meal orders (must have been their accents) but they landed nicely into a rich Crawfish Ravioli and fulfilling Chicken and Shrimp Alfredo Pizza. (The waiter also missed out on my order of calamari to start, but these things happen.) Not only is D’Amico’s menu sprawling, but the restaurant between Christian’s Tailgate and Heights Public House has a lot happening: The walls are an almost dizzying collage of Italianthemed swag, there is a standalone pizza bar, a fresh pasta and meat counter and The Bomber’s favorite spot – the Italian gelato case near the entrance. Grabbing Italian ice cream on the way out is typically a standard move at D’Amico’s, but the brisk weather didn’t prove conducive for a frozen dessert. Still the great thing about an Italian restaurant’s huge menu is that you don’t have to pore over it to know that they can easily get you a creamy and crunchy, almond-flavored cannoli to-go.
There’s no pain in this music The Thirsty Explorer is not a big fan of Karaoke or being subjected to music that is more like wretched sounds produced by those trying to be musically talented with the motivation of alcohol. So, in an eﬀort to avoid an uncomfortable music experience put on by those that want to be cover singers for an evening, she typically steers clear of Karaoke nights. Having a tendency to be drawn more to live music, she found another way to spend Wednesday nights. Every Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m., Cedar Creek hosts Johnny Bee’s Open Jam Night, a house party-style Jam Session on the patio, at 1034 W. 20th St. This is an opportunity for musicians to get together in a central location in Houston to for a night of musical improv. The event features drink specials that include $2 Red Stripe and $4 well drinks. For more information, visit JohnnyBee-
Thirsty Explorer Music.com or cedarcreekcafebargrill.com, or call 713-808-9134.
March mayhem With St. Paddy’s Day on March 17 (a Sunday) and March Madness coming up March 19-April 8, Thirsty Explorer would like to know your favorite spots in Leader neighborhoods to spend those crowdfriendly events.
Tweet me Thirsty Explorer now has a Twitter account, to communicate in between print advice. Follow (and message) me @ThirstyExplorer. – Ivee Sauls
The Houston hen ordinance is moving to its next stage as recommendations are being prepared for a City Council subcommittee and a full vote by council. Hens for Houston, a non-profit organization advocating for the responsible ownership of hens in the city of Houston, will hold a meeting from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at 3038 San Felipe. The group finished its meetings with the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Control last week. The proposed draft has no distance setback for up to eight hens, but a large enough coop would need a building code permit as any other building would. The BARC website indicates the measure would allow a permit to have eight hens on the property at one time. The original language, of keeping the hens 100 yards from the neighbors, would apply when there are between 9 to 30 hens. No roosters are allowed.
One of the conditions would be leg bands on the hens, which would identify the owner. The proposed fee, discussed between HFH and BARC, was $15 per eight hens - a comparable figure to dog/cat ownership fees. HFH is urging its members to ensure that the city doesn’t charge more than $15 per eight hens. – Michael Sudhalter
Big fun, near-zero waste at Sustainable Living Fest The annual Sustainable Living Festival is being held from 12 noon-6 p.m. March 16 at Market Square Park. There will be art, music, food, a children’s activity area, and plenty of information about sustainable living, including business and technology exhibits that highlights Houston’s achievements toward a green
lifestyle. And despite the thousands expected to attend, organizers claim they’ll be generating near-zero waste. For information, visit www.sustainablelivingfest.com
Anti-sweetener lobbying The folks at Central City Coop are trying to drum up public support to oppose a move they claim could add artificial sweeteners to dairy products without labeling them. They asking the public to check out the proposal on the Federal Register and to weigh in during the public comment period at https://www.federalreg ister.gov/ar ticles/2013/02/20/2013-03835/flavored-milkpetition-to-amend-the-standard-of-identityfor-milk-and-17-additional-dairy-products
Leader Nibbles for a throw down. “Holmes Smokehouse is challenging anyone to eat in one sitting this sausage monster, a mass of mouthwatering, lip smacking, pecan smoked goodness.” Any rodeo fan who achieves this eating milestone will receive a certiﬁcate of achievement and a coupon for another free sausage (while supplies last). And there’s more. The smokehouse is oﬀering its pecan smoked jerky - dipped in milk chocolate.
Sweets without the suﬀering Chef Natasha Treu’s dietary restrictions kept her from enjoying most sweets. Frustrated at the selections when eating out, she decided to start baking her own. The result: a new company, Clean Sweets, that will have its launch from 7-10 p.m. March 16 at Boomtown Coﬀee, 242 W. 19th St. in the Heights, complete with coﬀee and live music.. The new Heights wholesale bakery will oﬀer allergyfriendly, all natural, gluten-free, soy-free, organic, unprocessed fresh baked cookies, truﬄes, muﬃns and more.
Big Mamou closes Citing “family commitments,” Rufus and Brenda Estis closed their Big Mamou Cajun and southern restaurant last week after four years in business. The little yellow house at 903 Studewood hosted one last blast for its customers Tuesday night, oﬀering its signature red beans and rice and gumbo at no charge.
The Big Mamou owners said ‘family commitments’ were the reason they were giving up the four-year-old business. (File photo)
Holmes goes big at rodeo Holmes Smokehouse, which is located in Sawyer Heights, says it’s created the world’s largest sausage on a stick for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. It’s serving up a 26-inch long, two-pound “sausage monster,” and Rodney Roth, company president, is ready
Local BBQ legends sign on for fest Gatlin’s BBQ and Pizzitola’s have signed on for the ﬁrst ever Houston Barbecue Festival, to be staged from 1-5 p.m. March 24 at the Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road. For $40, barbecue lovers gain entry and can sample unlimited portions from each participating vendor. For $80, you can get in an hour early and get all the choice stuﬀ, plus a T-shirt to get greasy and saucy, and one drink ticket. For more information, visit www.houbbq.com.
Tour de Houston
Race will benefit reforestation effort Cyclists will line up at City Hall on March 17, as the annual Tour de Houston bike ride kicks off to benefit the city’s reforestation efforts. The ride begins at City Hall, travels up Allen Parkway to River Oaks, over to Hobby Airport (stopping at the 1940s Air Terminal Museum) and to Clear Lake (Sylvan Rodriguez Park) before ending back at City Hall. All riders will finish at City Hall by 1:30 p.m. With three distance options, the Tour de Houston Presented by Apache Corporation is the perfect outdoor event for all cyclist levels, from the leisure rider to cycling competitors, and is a recommended BP MS150 training ride. The distance options include a 70-mile route starting at 7:30 a.m., a 45-mile route at 8 a.m. and a 20-mile route at 8:30 a.m. Beginning and ending at City Hall, the 2013 event is expected to draw more than 5,000 participants. Along the route, riders will find fully-stocked rest stops, mechanical support provided by Sun & Ski Sports, police and medical support. The ride will culminate with a post-ride party for participants and volunteers with music and lunch for all registrants at City Hall provided by Michelob Ultra and My Fit Foods. All registrants will receive a Tour de Houston T-shirt. Advance registration through midnight March 11 is $35 per adult. Registration after March 11 is $40 per adult. Children 12 and under are $20 each. More details including packet pick-up locations and schedules for pre-registered riders can be found at www.tourdehouston.org. Funds raised will benefit the RePlant Houston Program managed by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.. For more information call 832-393-0868.
Participants in the 2013 Tour de Houston have a choice from routes of three diﬀerent lengths. About 5,000 bicyclists are expected to participate, with proceeds going to the city’s reforestation eﬀorts. (From Tour de Houston)
Art a la Carte: March exhibits bloom just before spring arrives March is here, and the art calendar for the next few months is enough to make anyone dizzy. Honestly, I don’t know how anyone can keep up with so many shows, particularly the artists attending the markets, open studios and festivals. Navigating by the weekend of the month, we have Craftacular Second Saturday in the Heights here on the 9th. This outdoor market states they are small but the love is big! Teresa O’Conner’s HelloLucky at 1025 Studewood hosts this event that takes places outside her slightly bigger arts boutique. Saturday March 9, from noon to 4 P.M. Late last summer, One Green Street opened at 3423 White Oak Drive, just adding to the coolness that the Heights is. One Green Street proclaims itself an Organic Lifestyle Destination. It’s a great shop, selling up-cycled fashion, art, eco
friendly products from beds to after shave for men. (My fav!) One Green Street is artist friendly, too, hosting receptions for artists with similar interests, like Janise Cookston. All of Cookston’s paintings on display at One Green Street are made from repurposed materials. “I enjoy greatly the challenge of forming something new from Mitch Cohen something old, Arts Columnist something intriguing from something ordinary and something beautiful from something once over looked.” Cookston said in a press re-
lease. This is your last chance to see the show, with the closing reception from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Details online at www.JaniseCookston.com and www.onegreenstreet.com A multitude of artist studios that have been proliferating in our city for much longer than many realize has created another avenue for artists to showcase their work directly to the public – open studios. Largely self-guided, there are several studios that participate both officially and not. On my radar are the ones where my many of my friends participate. On Second Saturdays, tour Winter & Spring Street Studios, home to probably the largest populace of artists studios in Houston (and with the longest wait list to rent). Both are named for streets they are on in the First Ward between Houston and Taylor. Detailed information is also on both
their websites. 2101 Winter Street, www. winterstreetstudios.com 1824 Spring Street www.springstreetstudios.com Conveniently, The Hardy & Nance Street Studios, located at 902 Hardy Street under the shadow of downtown, host their events on the third Saturday. That would be the 16th this month, and with a slew of other activities and openings within the studios, this one could take you all day and into the evening. Hardy & Nance now hosts preview parties on the Friday evening before their open studios with different themes, guests and curators scheduled each month. A detailed website is in the works. For now, find them on Facebook as HardyNance. The 16th is still host to the Discovery Green Flea downtown, and again the show will be in the evening starting at 6 p.m. www.discoverygreen.com/flea.
While I’m on green, the Sustainable Living Fest will take place on this day too at Market Square Park downtown Houston from noon to 6 p.m. This one deserves our attention for their efforts to bring in so many local businesses and artists. Check out all the details on the website, www.sustainablelivingfest.com There are two nonprofit arts groups I’d like to share with you that are great resources for all things arts and culture. FreshArts.org and ArtsHound.com. Both have extensive calendar listings and weekly newsletters about the art scene in Houston. Cohen is the unrelenting promoter, founder and manager of First Saturday Arts Market. Contact him at ArtValet@gmail. com or visit him on the web at ArtValet. com
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THE CALENDAR. NEAR NORTHWEST MANAGEMENT DISTRICT MEETING 9 a.m. March 12 White Oak Conference Center 7603 Antione Dr. 713-895-8021 www.nearnorthwestdistrict.com The Near Northwest Management District will have a Public Safety and Security meeting.
AWSCPA MARCH MEETING 5:30 p.m. March 21 Sheraton Brookhollow 3000 N. Loop West www.awscpa.org/houston
Freshstart incorporates the most current guidelines for tobacco cessation support into four face-to-face group support sessions. All classes are required to complete the program. The Freshstart evidence-based approach is geared to help participants increase their motivation to quit, learn eďŹ€ect approaches for quitting and guide them in making successful quit attempt.
The Grant Writers Network of Greater Houston March Brown Bag guest speaker is Michelle Malizia of National Network of Libraries of Medicine, who will speak on Proposal Writing â€œDonâ€™tsâ€? from the Funderâ€™s Perspective. Registration is free to members and $5 for non-members. Register by e-mail.
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This monthâ€™s American Womenâ€™s Society of CPAâ€™s meeting will feature guest speaker April Day, president, Womanâ€™s Business Enterprise Alliance. The topic will be â€œWBE CertiďŹ cation: BeneďŹ ts and Requirements.â€? Registration and networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m.; and the 7 p.m. presentation. The deadline to register is 5 p.m. March 15. The cost is $30 for members and standing reservations; $40 for nonmembers; and $25 for students. After 5 p.m. March 15, add $10 to the stated registration fee. No refunds after Friday, March 15.
The Galleria Chamber of Commerce, will honor legendary entertainer and recording artist Mickey Gilley. Proceeds from the event will beneďŹ t the Galleria Chamber of Commerce and the Galleria Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund. For information or to donate or purchase tickets to the Gala, please visit the website.
The kids in Room 207 are the worstbehaved class. When Miss Nelson disappears and the mean-looking substitute Miss Viola Swamp takes her place, the children are so desperate they hire a detective to ďŹ nd Miss Nelson in this wacky whodunit hit. Recommended for Kindergarten and up. No children under 3 allowed in the theater (including sleeping babies). Call or visit website for ticket information and discounts. Special spring break performances are 11:30 a.m. March 11 through March 15.
FRESHSTART TOBACCO CESSATION PROGRAM 2-3 p.m. Mondays, March 11, 18, 25 Memorial Hermann Northwest 1635 North Loop West South Tower, Classroom A
KINDERGARTEN ROUNDUP 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. March 26 Sinclair Elementary 6410 Grovewood Lane 713-867-5160 Come meet PK teachers and tour the school. Pre-K and Kindergarten registrations will be held. There are qualiďŹ cations for Pre-K enrollment. For Kindergarten, child must be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2013. Please bring the following: proof of residence, birth certiďŹ cate, shot
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record, Social Security card and Texas Driverâ€™s License. Call Jo Ann Anthony for information and requirements.
OAK FOREST RUNNING CLUB 6 p.m. Tuesdays Oak Forest Chill 3542 Oak Forest Dr. 281-685-9929 The Oak Forest Running Club meets each Tuesday evening. Food is provided by Brotherâ€™s Pizzeria, 3820 N. Shepherd Dr. This social running club is free, but neighbors are encouraged to join the Oak Forest Homeowners Association.
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Waltripâ€™s Health Occupations Students of American chapter and the Rambling Roses drill team are seeking sponsors for an April walkathon to help a student with a much-needed kidney transplant. â€œA Kidney for Priscilaâ€? is being planned to benefit senior Priscila Garcia, whose kidneys failed when she was a freshman. Since that time, she has been on dialysis for four hours three times a week. Friends say she has handled her condition with incredible grace and an amazing attitude, never letting anything get her down. In spite of her condition and time constraints, she makes mostly As in her classes, they say, performs with the Roses drill team, serves as a juror for teen court, and is a member of the Waltrip HOSA. She aspires to have a career in
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EARTH/ENERGY Opening 6-10 p.m. March 22 March 20-23 18 Hands Gallery 249 W. 19th St. www.18handsgallery.com 18 Hands Gallery will be hosting Archie Bray Foundation, 2012 resident and visiting artists.
ALL FIRED UP Opening 6-10 p.m. March 22 Along 19th Street 18 Hands Gallery 249 W. 19th St. www.18handsgallery.com
The community is welcome to view the impressionist art by Emma Richardson Cherry. In conjunction with the exhibit, curators Danielle Burns, Randy Tibbits and Lorraine Stuart will give an informal gallery talk on Cherry, her students and their impact on Houston and the art world. The exhibit and all programs are free and open to the community.
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The Rev. Monsignor Albert J. Beck, 88, died March 1. Monsignor Beck was born March 27, 1924, in Beaumont, Texas, to Joseph C. Beck and Jennie Burns Beck. He studied at Lamar Tech College and continued his education at St. Maryâ€™s Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood Dec. 17, 1949. Following his ordination, Monsignor Beck served as an Assistant Pastor at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Freeport, Immaculate Conception in Liberty, St. Anneâ€™s in Beaumont, and St. Rose of Lima in Houston. He was Pastor of All Saints Parish in Houston. At the time of his death, he was the longest serving priest of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. He was preceded in death by his parents and all nine of his siblings, including his brother, Monsignor George Beck and his sister, Sr. Hilary Beck, O.P. Gloria Barbara Centeno, 77, died Feb. 26. She was born Dec. 4, 1935, to the late Ignacio and Esperanza Portschellar Centeno in Houston, Texas. Gloria was preceded in death by her parents; son, Albert Carrillo, Jr.; sisters, Alicia Herrera and Juana â€œNitaâ€? Alvarez, and brothers, Alfonso Centeno, Arturo Centeno, and Anthony Centeno. She leaves behind her sons, Steven A. Carrillo, Gregory A. Carrillo; daughter, Barbara C. Lewis; and sisters, Emily Sepolio, Alva Horn and Marty Centeno. Dr. Monte H. Friedman, 87, died March 2. He was born Aug. 6, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan to Milton Friedman and Sallie Smith Friedman. Monte opened his optometric practice on Heights Boulevard in 1949 subsequently moving next door to the Yale Pharmacy and Diner where he enjoyed many lunches at its fountain counter. Monte was preceded in death by parents Milton and Sallie Friedman. He is survived by wife Marlene, son Reid Friedman, and daughters Hayley Friedman Miller and Kimberly Friedman Glover.
Ordrea Rea Gordon, 93, died Feb. 27. She was preceded in death by husband Delton Gordon, three brothers and two sisters. She is survived by daughter Francine, and son Charles R. Gordon. Ordrea was a dedicated oďŹƒce manager for Dr. Willard Spankus MD for 50 years. She was a member of St. Matthewâ€™s United Methodist Church. Daniel Ryan Hicks, 19, died Feb. 24. He was preceded in death by his mother, Cheryl Dee Hicks and is survived by his father, Bill Hicks; sister, Teresa Hinojosa and brother, Christopher Hicks; grandmothers, Betty Hicks and Jean Foster. Olga Susil Petter Jankowiak, 92, died March 2. Olga was born Aug. 22, 1922, to Charles and Agnes (Manak) Susil in Fayette County, Texas. Olga was preceded in death by both her husbands Arnold Petter and Pete Jankowiak; her son Edward Petter; brothers Charles and Anton Susil; sisters Betty Sula, Hedy Becak, Sr. Dorothy Susil, Mildred Beran and the love of her life her granddaughter Susan Petter. Survivors include children George, Arnie Petter and Lois Pereira. The family wishes to give thanks to the staďŹ€ at Kindred Acute Care Hospital. In lieu of ďŹ‚owers, memorials may be made in her name to St Pius X High School, 811 W Donovan St., Houston, Texas 77091.
Sarah Ann Buckley Jones, died Feb. 20, after a period of declining health. Sarah was a 1998 graduate of St Pius X High School in Houston, where, blessed with a beautiful soprano voice, she was active in music (Campus Singers). She was active as a volunteer in various youth ministries at her home parish, St Rose of Lima, and with husband Stephen was a cantor there for Sunday Masses. Sarah is survived by her husband Stephen Jones and parents Wanda and Michael Buckley of Houston; brother David Buckley of Denver, Colorado; and birth mother Kim Trimble of Port Arthur, Texas. In lieu of ďŹ‚owers, we ask that you please make a donation to Catholic Charities; call 713-874-6659 or visit their website at www.catholiccharities.org. Louise S. Keppler, 84, died Feb. 24. She was born Nov. 5, 1928, in Whitney, Texas. She is preceded in death by son, Roderick G. Keppler; parents Grover Cleveland Sessums and Beulah Bell Ivy and brothers, Douglas Ivy, Aubry Lee, Grover Troy and John Eldridge Sessums, and a sister Josie Sessums. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Carl Keppler III; son, Craig R. Keppler; brother Ray Sessums and sisters Mae Gomer and Lorine Johnson.
Jo Ann (Goebel) Plasek, 72, died Feb. 26. She was a native Houstonian and was born in 1940, in Houston. Jo Ann grew up in the Heights area. She was a devoted mother, wife and friend to many whom enjoyed her sense of humor. Owen H. Ruhmann, 91, died Feb. 28. Funeral was held at St. Ambrose Catholic Church. Cynthia Jean Johnson Smith, 48, died March 3. She was born April 6, 1964. Funeral was scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, March 7, at Pat H. Foley Funeral Home.
Candace Elizabeth Trammell Walker, 59, died Feb. 20. Candace was born Dec. 28, 1953 in Waco, Texas. She is preceded in death by her father, Donald Trammell; and stepfather, Joseph Sarkozy. She is survived by her daughter, Candace Mary Trammell; mother, Mary L. Sarkozy; and brother, Keith Koski.
Frederick William Witt, Jr., 76, died Feb. 24. He was born Oct. 29, 1936, in Houston, Texas to Frederick William Witt, Sr. and Avis Smith Witt. Fred graduated from John H. Reagan High School. He is survived by his wife, Eunice; daughter Karen Witt Buschardt; son Edward Witt; and sister Rosemary Jones.
Shirley Kessler, 89, died Feb. 24. She was born Sept. 28, 1923, in Philadelphia, Pa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard â€œBarneyâ€? Kessler. She is survived by her two daughters, Robin Kessler and Susan Kessler Rachlin; sister Louise Colin and brother Milton Goldberg.
Alice Korenek, 88, died March 1. She was born Oct. 23, 1924, to Charles and Albina Adamcik in Dubina, Texas. Alice was a charter member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church. She was active in the Golden Youth Club, Altar Society, and Catholic Daughters of America. She spent 25+ years supporting the Meal on Wheels Program and worked many years at the Manna Resale Shop. Alice was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Anton â€œTonyâ€? Korenek, brothers George, Henry, Eddy and Joe Adamcik; and sisters Janie Krecmer and Hattie Buxkemper. Survivors include children Barbara Poche, Tom Korenek, Andy Korenek and Sharon Gammell Miller. In lieu of ďŹ‚owers, memorials may be made to St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 4213 Mangum, Houston, Texas 77092. David Gustave Kuhlmann, 74, died Feb. 23. He was born to G.A. and Dorothy Kuhlmann Oct. 22, 1938, in WinďŹ eld, Kansas. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Ruth Ohm. He is survived by his wife Ruanne; sons, Tim, Steve, Michael, Christopher; brother, Rev. Robert Kuhlmann; and sister, Marjorie Theimer.
Raymond Melvin WolďŹ€, 85, died March 1. He was born Oct. 2, 1927, to Carl and Antonia WolďŹ€ in Fayette County, Texas. Raymond served his country proudly in the Army during the Korean War. Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Joyce Schramm, and his ďŹ rst wife, Leona Groeschel WolďŹ€. He is survived by his wife, Bernice Schneider WolďŹ€ ; children, Jerrell WolďŹ€, Darrell WolďŹ€, Russell WolďŹ€, Jeanette Walls and Lisa Juergen. Services were held March 4, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church.
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