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Brewing biz creates a time for learning by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com

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 michael@theleadernews.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

see Evans • Page 9A

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 charlotte@theleadernews.com 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 o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 – U.S. 290 – that happened about 3 a.m. Tuesday. The victim’s identity hadn’t been released by The Leader’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 Houston’s hottest spring break destinations – 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. “Last year the public cooperated with the recommended master plan and the results were outstanding,� said Mayor Annise Parker in a release announcing this year’s system. A major concern was controlling traffic and mobility successfully to permit unimpaired access by emergency vehicles to the Medical Center – 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 – 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 • 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 • Merge onto TX-288 N and Exit Binz St / Calumet St and take Binz west Traveling from I-610 W to:

HLS&R (Rodeo) • Exit 1B Fannin St or Exit 1C Kirby Drive and proceed north Traveling from US-59 N to:

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Owner still bonds with her horse, despite his job by Betsy Denson betsy@theleadernews.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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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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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-

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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

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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”

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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 ashby2@comcast.net


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,CAVRACIUS 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 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 “Don’ts� from the Funder’s Perspective. Registration is free to members and $5 for non-members. Register by e-mail.

11TH ANNUAL TEXAS LEGENDS GALA HONORING MICKEY GILLEY 6 p.m. March 25 Omni Hotel at Riverway 4 Riverway, 77056 713-871-8181 www.galleriachamber.com

MISS NELSON IS MISSING! 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sundays Through April 6 Main Street Theater-Chelsea Market 4617 Montrose Blvd. 713-524-6706 MainStreetTheater.com

This month’s American Women’s Society of CPA’s meeting will feature guest speaker April Day, president, Woman’s Business Enterprise Alliance. The topic will be “WBE 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.

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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

GRANT WRITERS’ NETWORK BROWN BAG 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. March 13 United Way 50 Waugh Dr.

record, Social Security card and Texas Driver’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 Brother’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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Waltrip’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. “A Kidney for Priscila� 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

Free meetings are held every Monday. The program is recommended for students between the ages of 16-24. One can choose from more than 20 trades or earn a G.E.D. or high school diploma and degree. This program is funded by the Department of Labor.

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health care. In addition to the cost of the transplant, expensive anti-rejection drugs are required. The walk is scheduled for April 6 at the Waltrip High School track. Sponsors are needed to produce T-shirts, on which their names would be printed, and to provide color printing, water, fruit, balloons and helium. Organizers are hoping to have a local radio station broadcast live from the walk and to have food vendors, who would donate a portion of their sales, face painting and performances by the Roses and the award-winning Waltrip Ram Band. For information, contact Mary Gibson, Waltrip health science teacher and HOSA adviser, at mgibson3@houstonisd.org.

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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. Mary’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. Anne’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 “Nita� 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. Matthew’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 sta at Kindred Acute Care Hospital. In lieu of 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 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 “Barney� 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 “Tonyâ€? 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 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 Wol, 85, died March 1. He was born Oct. 2, 1927, to Carl and Antonia Wol 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 Wol. He is survived by his wife, Bernice Schneider Wol ; children, Jerrell Wol, Darrell Wol, Russell Wol, Jeanette Walls and Lisa Juergen. Services were held March 4, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church.

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New Bible Study class leader at Heights Christian Heights Christian Church has a new leader for their 9:30 a.m. adult Bible Study class beginning March 10. The new leader will be Gene Johnson. He and his wife Suzie are new residents in the Heights area. Gene, from Brownwood, Texas, served as an administrator and college professor. He has a doctorate in education from Baylor University and was a formally a college dean at Howard Payne University. HCC welcomes Gene Johnson to this leadership role in the church. Heights Christian Church is located at 1703 Heights Blvd. For information, call 713-861-0016 or visit the website at www.hcchouston.org.

Lydia Circle hosts luncheon at St. Matthew’s UMC The Lydia Circle will host a soup and salad luncheon, along with a silent auction 11 a.m. March 17. A free will offering is asked, with proceeds going toward renovation of the church kitchen floor. A quilt, made by the St. Matthew’s Quilters, will be one of the main items to be auctioned. The next regular meeting for the Lydia Circle will be noon March 14. Maundy Thursday service is 7 p.m. March 28. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for children in the community, March 30. Services are 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Easter Sunday. Sunday morning worship and Children’s Church starts at 9:30 a.m., followed by 10:30 a.m. Sunday School. Wednesday

evenings offer a Prayer and Praise Service at 6:30 p.m., a time for quiet meditation, prayer and Holy Communion. For information, visit the web site at www.stmatthewsmethodist.org or call 713-697-0671. St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church is located at 4300 N. Shepherd Dr. at Crosstimbers.

Hope Episcopal hosts Spiritual Formation Lenten Series Hope Episcopal Church welcomes all to Lenten Series: Spiritual Formation, every Wednesday, through March 20. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a soup and salad supper, followed at 6:45 p.m. by a guest speaker. Each session ends with a Compline. Hope also holds Stations of the Cross each Friday evening at 6 p.m. during Lent through Friday, March 22. For information call 713-681-6422 or e-mail office@hope-episcopal.org. Hope Episcopal Church is located at 1613 W. 43rd Street.

Preschool signups at St. Stephen’s Registration is now open for the Johnson Memorial Pre-school at St. Stephen’s for the 2013-2014 school year. Classes are available for children who will be 3 years old and potty trained by Sept. 1. For information, contact director, Amy Mingle, at 713-686-8241 or jms@stsumc.org. All children in the community are welcome to participate in the palm procession during both worship services, 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., on Palm Sunday, March 24. Parents, please bring children to the Narthex (foyer area) a few minutes before the beginning of the service. The chancel choir will present an Easter cantata, “Canticles of the Cross,� on Palm Sunday during the 11 a.m. service. St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church is located at 2003 W. 43rd St., between T. C. Jester Boulevard and Donna Bell. Rev. Kevin Otto is the pastor. For information, call 713-686-8241, or visit www. stsumc.org.

Church of Holy Trinity oers book study group The Church of the Holy Trinity (an Anglican parish), located at 211 Byrne at Beauchamp in the Woodland Heights, continues the study and discussion of the book “The Christian Mindâ€? by Henry Blamires. The study group meets each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. immediately after the service of Holy Communion.

Greater Zion MBC holds bake sale Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church, located at 1620 Dollywright, will be holding a bake sale from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 9. Proceeds benefit the back to school drive 2013. Rev. Dayle Perry is the pastor. Call 832888-7223 for information.

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Neighbors: Oaks Dads get ready to play ball by Elizabeth Villarreal elizasgarden@sbcglobal.net Oaks Dads Club would like to thank everyone who came out and worked together on ODC’s annual Clean Up Day. ODC President Sean Jez reports that over 150 parents came out on a beautiful sunny Saturday recently and helped get the fields and facility ready for the Spring 2013 Season. Opening Day is March 23 for ODC’s 59th year in operation. Quite a few large tasks were completed including: backstops and fences were set up on the Tball and PeeWee fields which had been taken down in the fall for football; all fields were mowed and sod cutters were used to clean up the infield areas to remove grass from base paths; a field was leveled; the restrooms were power washed and sanitized; all fence lines were weeded and trimmed to remove trees and vines; and parents were also present out at the Pony Field at 1025 Judiway working to prepare the fields for practice and games. In other areas of the property, ODC’s Team Moms had a meeting and an equipment swap was held so parents could

bring in used equipment, clothing, shoes, etc. to recycle items. Some of the neighborhood parents in attendance were: Sean Jez, Andy Moore, Norbert Aguilar, Andy Tomczeszyn, Jeff Culver, Jeff Davis, Angie Solice, Amanda Edwards, and Beth Culver. These folks are obviously just a few of the many who helped. A great big thanks to everyone who came out to work - you made a difference. Happy, happy birthday to River Koller who blew out 10 candles on Feb. 24th. River celebrated his birthday with his mom, Vanessa Koller, and other family including his aunts, Michelle Weirich and Wendy Weirich, his uncle Keith Weirich, and his cousins, Bradly and James Weirich. River’s greatgrandmother is Hattie Weirich of Garden Oaks. Happy birthday wishes also go out to Keith Weirich who celebrated his special day on Feb. 20th. Happy birthday hugs to Loretta McAllister, beautiful wife of Roy and mother of Jared (married to Diana), Riley and Meghan, who enjoyed spending time with her new little granddaughter, Harper, on her birthday which was Feb. 26th. Family and friends send their love and wishes for many

more happy birthdays. Happy belated birthday to Riley Ogden who was 19 years old on Feb. 26. Riley’s mom, Glenda Ogden, said he spent his birthday snowed in on campus. Riley attends KCAI (Kansas City Art Institute) in Kansas City, Mo., where he is studying Visual Art. He is having quite the cold and snow experience for a native Houstonian. Brrrr. Glenda Ogden recently ran into neighbor Joshua Kornegay of Joshua’s Native Plants in the Heights and thoroughly enjoyed the ensuing discussion. Plants in the garden which may deter mosquitoes was a hot topic and Joshua had a few valuable suggestions. Glenda plans to visit Joshua’s in the near future to have a look at the plants he mentioned. Joshua grew up in the neighborhood, attended Lulu M. Stevens Elementary, Frank Black Middle School and Waltrip Senior High School. It is always a pleasure to support someone from the ‘hood. Neighbors note that T.C. Jester Park’s Dog Park is attracting quite a variety of dogs and their humans who live all over Leader country Heights, Oak Forest, Garden Oaks, Shepherd Park Plaza, and Timbergrove, to name a few neighbor-

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hoods, and visitors to the park even include canines and folks from the Galleria area. Special request for bibliophiles: An area teacher has requested donations of 30 gently used copies of Agatha Christie’s classic Ten Little Indians which was also published under the title And Then There Were None. This gentleman has found that when working to improve high schoolers’ reading skills, this particular book holds the students’ interest and attention far better than some of the other reading material available to them at school, plus introduces them to a wonderful, classic author. Email me at elizasgarden@sbcglobal.net for more information.

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Brew • from Page 1A Ship Channel. “It’ll help if I create another business late on in life,â€? Engle said. “You learn a lot from (the experience), than what you learn from people telling you what to do.â€? The 15-foot setback gives Town in City an extra parking space for a total of six, including one for their delivery van. Engle said he’ll encourage customers and most of his dozen or so employees to walk or ride their bicycle to the brewery. The 15-foot setback also allows space for a 1,300 square foot garden, which provides a buffer between the brewery and city property. Regulations for breweries, which are classified as light manufacturing, are different than bars and restaurants. If a customer of the brewery accidentally spills beer just off the property, it would result in a federal and state investigation for the brewery owners. There will also be a six-foot fence to prevent beer from getting away from the property.

Engle and Macalello’s decision to open a microbrewery is the result of a long process and a deep interest in locally-brewed beer. The business partners met each other as graduate students at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo. The school was on a hill, and the Coors Brewing Company was down in a river valley. “In Colorado, every town or neighborhood has its own microbrewery,� Engle said. “They come to see it as their brewery.� When Engle moved to Houston, he brewed some homemade beer for a friend’s Crawfish Boil in Norhill. “People were very interested in it, and it instilled the idea of getting a brewery up and running,� Engle said. He shadowed his friends who own the Guadalupe River Brewing Company in New Braunfels and learned more about the business side of things. Engle expects to have four beers readily available when the busi-

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Evans • from Page 1A The goal, Evans said, is eventually to compete in the national Special Olympics events. He and Blaies recently became certified as Special Olympics coaches. “Making that class as a team and winning a trophy for the first time (would be cool),â€? said Jamison, who also serves as a manager for the WHS baseball team. Senior Dominique Rose described Evans as “wonderful,â€? and sophomores Tyler Clark and Craig Rose had similar sentiments toward Evans. Sophomore Dwayne Irvin, a member of the Rams’ varsity football team, said Evans is always helpful. “I get mad, and I talk to him about my issues,â€? Irvin said. “He makes me feel good.â€? Evans teaches the students, who range in age from 14 to 22, Math and Social Studies, while Blaies handles English, Science and Vocational Skills. “We work on preparing them for life outside of school,â€? Evans said. “We teach them how to socialize and adapt.â€? As part of the vocational program, the students have days where they work at several places in the area, including Jason’s Deli, The Dollar Store, YMCA Daycare and Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital. Evans graduated from Pasadena Dobie High in 1990 and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1993, out of Lubbock Christian

University. He played in the Royals’ farm system for six seasons and was a teammate of future MLB All-Stars Carlos Beltran, Johnny Damon and Mike Sweeney. As part of his responsibilities as a minor league ballplayer, Evans had to make appearances and sign autographs. More often that not, those appearances were at schools, and it made him realize that would be a good career path. “It was just a fit,� he said. Evans graduated from the University of Houston in 2000 and began teaching at Grady Middle School in Houston ISD, with no intentions of coaching. He joined the coaching ranks, and he does just about everything at Waltrip, including driving the team bus to and from games. Last fall, he coached the WHS girls cross country team for the first time when they needed a coach. He also helps out the Timbergrove Sports Association’s 10U Timbergrove Thunder baseball team. He said the biggest difference between being a head coach and the assistant is “a lot of paperwork.� The Rams entered the week at 4-4, 2-0 in Class 4A-District 21. They’re competing in the Spring ISD Tournament this weekend. “We like to play all 5A Tournaments and match up against top private schools, so we’re prepared for the playoffs,� Evans said.

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Home, Healthy Home New Living has a mission with The Green Painter by Charlotte Aguilar charlotte@theleadernews.com A new Heights business is redefining home improvement beyond the cosmetic, into creating a healthy home. Welcome to The Green Painter & Bedroom by New Living, opening at 321-A W. 19th St. on March 16, a business with a mission. Jeff Kaplan opened New Living in Rice Village in 2007 and his expansion into the Heights is a strategic one. “The Heights needs us,� he smiles, citing the renovation and building boom in Greater Heights neighborhoods, and the influx of “young families with highly educated parents.� These parents who “are starting to care so much about the food they put inside their kids� are now also paying attention to what their children breathe and touch inside their homes, Kaplan says. The Green Painter offers a line of nontoxic paints that can be custom color-blended just like in the big box home improvement stores, and at competitive prices, Kaplan says. There are also botanical refinishing products, adhesives, wood stains and an entire line of healthy bedding from crib items to king size mattresses, chemical-free and skin friendly. The business has trained a cadre of experienced painters to use the nontoxic paint products effectively, and The Green Painter can hook a home- or business-owner up with them, again at competitive rates. The store itself, rushing last week to open, was an endorsement for both the paints and the painters, three of whom worked smoothly and tirelessly to get the job done. The smell inside the store was not that of chemicals but a fresh, clean scent – even to a reporter battling respiratory sensitivities. There are altruistic components to the business, embodied in Kaplan, whose reputation as a social entrepreneur was launched at the age of 21, when he founded the Urban Land Institute’s national Young Leaders Program. New Living was the first retail business in the U.S. to

New Living founder Je Kaplan and painters Heath Brodie and Peak MayďŹ eld outside the freshly nontoxic-painted exterior of The Green Painter, scheduled to open March 16 on 19th Street in the Heights. (Photo by Charlotte Aguilar) get a Certified B Corporation ranking, which attests to its social conscience. “We’re not just about selling product,â€? says Kaplan, “we’re about education.â€? To that end, the store will offer do-it-yourself classes, and even parties where “you can bring grandma’s old table and get your friends to help you refinish it with safe, botanical products, says Kaplan. “Hey, you can even bring a bottle of wine to share.â€? There’s also going to be a “community give-

back program,� where local “green� schools can register to receive a percentage of the store’s profit to bolster their environmental programs. For now, there’s Kaplan’s push to meet the March 16 target opening – and to build awareness of the business’ mission: “Home is always thought of as a ‘safe place,’ but it can be one of the most toxic environments in our lives. We’re out to change that, to make every home into a healthy home.�

Selling a home in today’s aggressive marketplace can be challenging. The good news is there are a few tweaks that can give homeowners a serious leg up on the competition. With the warmer months being the most active time of year to buy and sell real estate, it’s important to ensure your home is seen in the best light possible. “Despite the influx of homes for sale this season, the process of buying and selling a home can be simple, efficient and enjoyable,� says Wendy Froehlich of Homes. com, one of the nation’s top online real estate listing and lifestyle resources. According to Homes.com, the top three projects that improve home equity are:

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Curb appeal adds immediate interest to any home’s exterior. According to Remodeling Magazine, improving outdoor spaces can increase a home’s resale value dollar-for-dollar. Frame the front walkway with items that add visual interest, like flowers, potted plants, large rocks of various sizes and solar-powered lights. If yard space is scarce, hanging plants are another great, low-cost option. Extend outdoor projects to the backyard – power-wash decks or patios and clean screened-in areas. Making homes stand out in a sea of real estate listings isn’t always easy. More tips on increasing home values can be found at www.Homes.com.

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Don’t overlook seasonal tasks While regular kitchen chores like doing the dishes and taking out the trash are almost impossible to ignore, it can be easy to forget certain maintenance tasks that keep your ship smoothly sailing. Spring cleaning season is the perfect chance to take care of those often overlooked items that deserve your semi-annual attention. So between dusting the cobwebs and organizing your pantry, be sure to do the following:

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Heights, Oak Forest home base for all of Charles Cernikâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s travels by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com Charles Ernest Cernik vividly recalls details from more than 70 years ago of living in Sunset Heights and riding the streetcars down Studewood Street in Houston. That was the mode of transportation that Cernik, now 88 years old, and his mother, would travel to the grocery store. Cernik was born on Dec. 5, 1924 and is a proud member of what Tom Brokaw defined as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greatest Generation.â&#x20AC;? Aside from a few years in Galveston and his military service during World War II, Cernik has spent most of his life in The Heights and Oak Forest. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lived in the latter for the past 61 years. Cernik bought the Oak Forest home in which he still resides, in 1952. His late wife, Evelyn (a longtime Leader columnist), raised their two children, Carolyn and Charles, in the home. Both kids graduated from Oak Forest Elementary, Black Middle and Waltrip High schools. Like many of his neighbors, Cernik has mixed feelings about the future of the neighborhood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like everything about the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s close to everything, and the neighborhood is nice. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re building two-story monsters all over the place. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to have a monster (house) beside me. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nice neighborhood. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been nice, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a good neighborhood.â&#x20AC;? Cernik said at least once per month he receives offers about selling his home, and he acknowledged that it is tempting. When Cernik grew up at 24th and Airline, he was the youngest of six children. He attended Reagan High as a sophomore and junior. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember the Reagan Redcoats,â&#x20AC;? Cernik said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My neighbor graduated from Reagan. She was a Redcoat.â&#x20AC;? Halfway through his junior year, Cernik and his mother moved to Galveston to take care of his cousins, after his uncle passed away. He attended Ball High in Galveston and began dating Evelyn, whom he previously knew as an acquaintance. Cernik graduated in 1942 and worked for the Texas Nail & Manufacturing Company before he was drafted into the U.S. Army. After training in Florida, Illinois and Missouri, Cernik joined the Army Air Corps (the predecessor to the U.S. Air Force) as a radio operator/gunner. His unit, known colloquially as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Carpetbagger,â&#x20AC;? painted its warplane black and removed its armor. They flew over France, supplying food, guns and medical supplies to the French people -hoping that the German soldiers didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get there first. He earned a Purple Heart for his service in London during the Blitz â&#x20AC;&#x201C; relentless bombing by the Nazis. Upon his capture southeast of Paris on July 5, 1944, Cernik spent about a year as a Prisoner of War in a camp in Nazi Germany. In 2005, he wrote a memoir about the trying experience, titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barbed Wire Interlude.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extremely well-written and detailed and begins, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Have you ever had death as a companion? She is quite an individual with traits incomparable.â&#x20AC;?

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He oversaw a wide variety of projects that involved the building of dams, chemical plants, copper plants as well as platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Upon retirement, Cernik became a volunteer at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital and still serves in that role. His wife, Evelyn, had volunteered there for 40 years before she passed away at age 83 in 2009. Together, they assisted the hospital in the newborn screening paperwork. Later, Cernik volunteered for the pathology department. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also involved in St. James Lutheran Church, which is just down the street from his home. The family joined the church in 1952, shortly after it was founded. Even in his late 80s, Cernik enjoys trying new things. Last fall, he rode on a motorcycle for the first time while visiting with family in Galveston County. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was interesting,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was Charlie on the Harley.â&#x20AC;?

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Creative force brings art to all ages in Heights by Betsy Denson betsy@theleadernews.com On Thursday afternoons at Art Studio on the Boulevard, the middle school kids have the run of the place, artistically speaking. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the way owner and director Naomi Smulian Mendel wants it. In the main room, artist Georgina Key serves as a model while the students paint her likeness with oils under the tutelage of Pam Steward. A few feet away, YuCha Pak is guiding her pupils in a watercolor study of their own homes. Down the hall, students turn unsellable books donated by Kaboom into three dimensional art while MaryScott Hagel offers encouragement. And next door, instructor Anne Skupin is teaching kids the art of crosshatching. The students can move from one station to another as they finish a project. The mood is both collegial and fun and the children engage easily with their instructors and each other. For these kids and many others since the mid 1990s, Art Studio on the Boulevard has been a fixture in the Heights for both children and adults to explore their creativity and stretch their imaginations. Located on the campus of Heights Christian Church, Art Studio on the Boulevard moved into the space at the same time as the Claire School of Ballet and Opera in the Heights. Smulian Mendel utilizes four classrooms during the school year for her afterschool art classes which serve pre-K children and up. She has a Thursday class during the day for homeschoolers as well as evening classes for adults. Birthday parties can be booked for Saturdays. During the summer however, Smulian Mendel takes over the campus during her popular Mad Hatter Arts Camp for children ages 5-11. Smulian Mendel says that the camp, held since 1998, has â&#x20AC;&#x153;everything for every child.â&#x20AC;? The two week sessions are centered around a specific topic â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this year the three themes are Fantasy World, Mythology and the Industrial Age. The first session of the summer is nearly full but there is some availability for the second and third sessions. There are eight sessions that campers cycle through during the two weeks: two for visual

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12 years before moving to the United States. She and Jonathan settled in Houston in 1985. During weekends and breaks from school, Smulian Mendel works on her own oil paintings. In her late seventies, she says sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to have another exhibition to celebrate 80. She is currently at work on a series inspired by seeing the sunrise in the snow covered Grand Canyon. Smulian Mendel was similarly moved a few years back when she was battling uterine cancer. The paintings she made then - â&#x20AC;&#x153;womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintingsâ&#x20AC;? she calls them - were very popular. Smulian Mendel tells of one woman who came in with a postcard of one of the pieces and bought it off the wall. Even with her many successes, Smulian Mendel clearly takes much pride in the work of her students. She shows off the acrylic paintings done by a pre-school class in homage to George Rodrigueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Blue Dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and also the charcoal pictures that her 5th graders did of famous people. One girl started out drawing Ann Richards but then decided it looked like her grandmother so she added â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I love youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at the top. It is not just a love of art that Smulian Mendel offers to her students. Kaitlin Knapp who is currently majoring in chemistry at the University of Houston, took classes at Art Studio since she was a girl. Now she volunteers three days a week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is why I want to teach college level chemistry,â&#x20AC;? she said as she surveys the busy room. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I discovered my love of teaching right here.â&#x20AC;?

School Briefs: Garden Oaks Montessori wins national honor Houston ISDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Oaks Elementary School has received the National Magnet School of Meritâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Magnet Schools of Distinction award from the Magnet Schools of America, one of seven in Texas to receive the honor â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including HISDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Berry Elementary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The incredible work of the teachers, parents, community and staďŹ&#x20AC; are reďŹ&#x201A;ected in this tremendous honor,â&#x20AC;? said Lindsey Pollock, principal of Garden Oaks Elementary. Both Garden Oaks and Berry were recognized for environmental science programs, which have been used to not only increase energy eďŹ&#x192;ciency on the campus, but as part of the curriculum. Pollock said her school received a $2.6 million grant in 2010 that assisted the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transition to a Montessori campus with a focus on environmental science. According to the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OďŹ&#x192;ce of School Choice, Garden Oaks has received almost 600 applications for the 2013-14 school year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magnet schools throughout the country are being awarded for their excellence in demonstrating student achievement, innovative and engaging instruction and curriculum, community engagement, professional development, and a commitment to diversity,â&#x20AC;? said Scott Thomas, the executive director of Magnet Schools of America. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a competitive process that awards only a small fraction of the magnet schools nationally. Schools that win our Merit Awards represent the best in education, innovation, equity and opportunity for all students in our nation.â&#x20AC;? Garden Oaks Elementary will have a new addition and other renovations built on campus in the fourth round of projects

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HISD closing for break Houston ISD campuses and administrative oďŹ&#x192;ces will close for spring break from March 11-15, returning to normal

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THE CLASSIFIEDS. Wanting to run a classified ad? CALL 713-686-8494 Monday - Friday. We accept credit cards.

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FOR SALE FRANK SALAS IS THE MAN TO CALL for trash hauling and garage cleaning. 281-312-9795, 832-893-5697. (TF) WE BUY/SELL GUNS: Top cash paid. FFL concealed handgun class March 16. 713-694-4867. (TF)

REPUBLIC ARMS

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TUPPERWARE AVAILABLE: Call JoAnn Lord at 281-9233729. (TF)

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Mostly Monday-Friday runs, earn an average of $1,000/week, 1,800-2,500 miles/week average. Family/Individual BCBS Insurance 401(k), Profit Sharing and more. CDL-A and 1yr. Experience Required

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has an immediate need for Class A CDL drivers out of TEXAS CITY, TX! We offer local (every other weekend off) and OTR (2 weeks out) positions, competitive pay, medical benefits for you and your family, paid training on product handling, paid uniforms, paid vacations, 401K and MORE! Requirements: 1 year Tractor-Trailer experience, Tank & Hazmat endorsements (or ability to obtain) and Safe Driving Record. APPLY NOW at TheKAG.com or call Recruiting at 800-871-4581

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On behalf of the Owner/General Contractor, 250 LP Peppertree Manor, LP is accepting competitive bids/ proposals for specialty subcontractors and suppliers for the rehabilitation of the Pepper Tree Manor Apartments located at 5950 Antoine, Houston, Harris County, Texas. Specifications may be obtained at the property, 5950 Antoine, Houston, TX. Bid Due: April 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm. Basis of Bids: Lump Sum. M/WBE and HUB participation encouraged. Bid Submission: Bids shall be submitted to the offices at 5325 Katy Freeway, Suite One, Houston, Texas 77007, or via fax at 713871-1916, Attn: Robin Sample prior to the due date and time. The Owner/General Contractor reserves the right to waive irregularities and to reject bids. Bidders shall comply with the regulations governing the CDBG Program (24 DFR Part 570), Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 and the Provisions of Davis-Bacon General Decision, TX30099 RESIDENTIAL, Modification #0, Publication Date 1/4/2013

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NEEDED IMMEDIATELY: Cashier, two experienced grill cooks and prep person. Full and part time positions available. Heights/ Garden Oaks area. Call 713-862-0555 for details

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Notice is hereby given that the United States Department of the Interior is hereby commencing a forfeiture proceeding against the following items of wildlife or wildlife products, which were seized in the Houston area of Texas on the date indicated because they were involved in one or more violations of any of the following law: Endangered Species Act, l6 U.S.C. 1538(a)(1)(A), 16 USC 1538(a)(1)(G),16 U.S.C 1538(c), 16 USC 1538(c)(1), 16 USC 1538(c)(2),16 U.S.C.1538(e) and 16 U.S.C 3372(a)(2)(A). These items are subject to forfeiture to the United States under Title l6, U.S.C. Sec. l540(e), 16 U.S.C. Sec. 1377, or l6 U.S.C. Sec. 3374 and Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, Section l4.91(a) and 14.61. Any person with an ownership or financial interest in said items who desires to claim them must file a claim with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Law Enforcement office,16639 W. Hardy, Houston, TX 70060-6230. Such claim must be received by the above office by May 11, 2013. The claim will be transmitted to the U.S. Attorney for institution of a forfeiture action in U.S. District Court. If a proper claim is not received by the above office by such date, the items will be declared forfeited to the United States and disposed of according to law. Any person who has an interest in the items may also file with the above office a petition for remission of forfeiture in accordance with Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, and Section 12.24, which petition must be received in such office before disposition of the items. Storage costs may also be assessed.

Value $4,342.00

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832-722-7367

Royalty Pet Center

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Item Ten (10) African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) Ivory carvings, One (1) African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) Ivory carved handle, Two (2) Sea Turtle (Cheloniidae) Shell inlaid boxes, One (1) American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) Leather suitcase, One (1) Sea Turtle (Cheloniidae ) Shell hair comb

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St. Pius teammates living the dream: college ball, pro park by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com Like many of their fellow Houstonians, Shepherd Park Plaza natives Kyle Kirk and Jonathan Moroney dreamed up of stepping up to the plate at Minute Maid Park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I grew up an Astros fan, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be an Astros fan â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;til the day I die â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I love the Astros,â&#x20AC;? Kirk said. Said Moroney, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My family would come by Minute Maid when it was being built, and I would say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;one day Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be here.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask for anything more.â&#x20AC;? The 2012 St. Pius X graduates reached their shared goal of playing at Houstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Major League Baseball park when they faced each other in the Houston College Classic on March 1. Kirk is a freshman infielder/designated hitter for the University of Houston, while Moroney is a freshman outfielder/designated hitter for Texas A&M. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both making strong contributions to their respective programs. Through last week, Moroney was hitting .351 (second on the team) and started in all 11 games for the Aggies (8-5) as either an outfielder or designated hitter. He led the team in slugging percentage (.541), along with 13 hits and eight RBI. In the Classic, the Aggies defeated Rice, 8-3, but lost to top-ranked North Carolina, 14-2 last Sunday. UH defeated Baylor, 15-4 but lost to Cal, 13-2. Kirk had played in all 11 of the Cougarsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; games, with nine starts as a designated hitter. He was hitting .324 with 11 hits and eight RBI for Houston (8-3). Houston edged the Aggies, 7-6, but Moroney hit his first collegiate home run, a solo shot to left center, in the fifth inning. Kirk and Moroney were both named to the All-Houston College Classic Team as a designated hitter and outfielder, respectively. Kirk hit .333 with a double, six RBI and three runs scored in three games, while Moroney hit a whopping .556 (second-best in the entire tournament) with a home run, a double, four RBI and two runs scored. Kirk, the nephew of legendary SPX head football coach Robin Kirk, knew what his former teammate/neighbor was capable of doing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the time, we were up 7-4 and I was talking to my teammates in the dugout, saying I played high school with that guy and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got some serious pop,â&#x20AC;? Kirk said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our win over A&M was a pretty big

deal. Not many people in the stadium thought we could beat A&M. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to play against a former teammate. He had his success, and I had my success.â&#x20AC;? Moroney didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t consider the the significance of the career milestone until after the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just felt great coming off the bat â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I was trying to help the team out,â&#x20AC;? said Moroney, as he signed post-game autographs for fans. Kirk, a four-year starter at SPX, and Moroney, a three-year starter and four-year varsity player, won TAPPS Division I State Championships when they were freshmen in 2009 and again as seniors last spring. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kyle had a mature swing,â&#x20AC;? SPX head baseball coach Adam Massiatte said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No matter how good the pitcher was, you still had a shot... weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited to see him play at a D-I player. Moroney was a great athlete in right field with some major bat speed and some major pop that he could bring to the order. Defensively, he became one of the better defensive outfielders weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen in a while.â&#x20AC;? Kirk and Moroney could have some fellow SPX alums joining them in their respective lineups, soon. UH freshman catcher Kevin Kubecka, a Cypress native who played three years of varsity for SPX hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t played yet, but he could see action in the future. SPX senior pitcher/infielder Kohl Stewart, a two-sport AllAmerican, signed to play baseball and football for A&M last month, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible that he could sign professionally in June. Both Kirk and Moroney credit Massiatte, a SPX graduate who has won two state titles through four seasons as head coach, with their baseball development. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He always gave me the confidence,â&#x20AC;? Moroney said. Said Kirk, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an unbelievable practice guy. He truly believes that practice makes perfect and that you have the ability to go out and play like you know how to play.â&#x20AC;? Kirk said Houston is an â&#x20AC;&#x153;an up and coming programâ&#x20AC;? and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s confident that they can â&#x20AC;&#x153;compete for a conference title if we go out and do our jobs.â&#x20AC;? A&M is in its second season as a member of the Southeastern Conference, one of the top baseball conferences in the nation.

At left, University of Houston freshman designated hitter Kyle Kirk, a 2012 St. Pius X graduate is hitting .324 for the Cougars, who have won eight of their ďŹ rst 11 games. At right, Texas A&M freshman outďŹ elder/designated hitter Jonathan Moroney, a 2012 St. Pius X graduate, is the Aggiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; second-leading hitter with a .351 batting average. (Photos Courtesy of UH Athletics and A&M Athletics)

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Reagan still looking to shine despite rebuilding by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com The defending Class 4A-District 21 champion Reagan High baseball team graduated nine seniors, so a repeat performance may be a tall order. But Bulldogs 11th-year head coach David Petty is counting on junior co-captains Trevor Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly and Steven Pizano to help lead the team to its eighth playoff appearance in 11 seasons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough to repeat as district champions, but I think we can squeeze into the top four,â&#x20AC;? Petty said. The top four (out of eight teams) advance to the postseason. The Bulldogs will face tough competition from perennial power Waltrip as well as Milby, which has moved to 4A-21 from ultra-competitive 5A-20. Last week, the Bulldogs lost to third-place Austin, 6-0. Reagan has a pair of key games

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fielder â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is the No. 2 pitcher. Both of them pitched at the varsity level for Reagan, which finished 12-0 in district last season and lost to Galveston Ball in the second round of the UIL Class 4A Playoffs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly hits in the third spot,â&#x20AC;? Petty said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has good speed, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good contact hitter and has pretty good power.â&#x20AC;? Last fall, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly helped lead the RHS football team to a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Waltrip. He usually plays linebacker, but he saw some snaps at fullback and scored a touchdown in the game. Joining Pizano and Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Reilly as varsity returners are third baseman/pitcher Brandon Escamilla and senior shortstop/pitcher Gabriel Maldonado. Along with outfielder Kevin Robinson and first baseman/catcher Miguel Perez, Maldonado is one of three seniors on the Bulldogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roster. The Bulldogs have key new-

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Timbergrove Elite win Mardi Gras tourney The Timbergrove Thunder 10 and Under Elite baseball team won the Mardi Gras Bash Tournament last weekend at Doss Park in the Fallbrook community in northwest Houston. The fifth-seeded Thunder overcame obstacles to earn come-from-behind victories over their respective opponents â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was really impressed with how the kids pulled together as a team and kept a positive attitude through all five games of the tournament,â&#x20AC;? Thunder coach Tod Henning said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They played their hearts out on Sunday, and it was so much fun to see all their effort rewarded.â&#x20AC;? The championship team is comprised of the following 10 players: Casey Funk, Ryan Garcia, Dylan Garcia, Nathan Garcia, Cooper Hay, Mark Henning, Jack Herzog, Trace Lankford, Alexander Tate, Cyrus Twaddle and Bradley Batterson. The Thunder team represents the Timbergrove Sports Association (TSA), which currently has tournament teams in 10U, 11U, 12U and 13U, in addition to league competition every fall and spring. Tim Ruch, chairman of the TSA Board of Directors, was thrilled to learn of the Thunder victory. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to congratulate the 10U team on their victory at the Mardi Gras Bash tournament,â&#x20AC;? Ruch said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This marks the first Nations Baseball or USSSA select tournament victory for a Timbergrove Thunder club. As one of the founding members of the Thunder and as the chairman of the TSA board, it gives me great satisfaction to see the remarkable progress our dedicated parents and players have made. Please extend my congratulations to all the players, coaches and parents for

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March 9 issue

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