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New option available in the Heights for acid reflux patients Memorial Hermann Greater Heights For The Leader Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a severe form of acid reflux, is a common disorder that occurs when stomach contents flow backwards into the esophagus. It is caused by a malfunctioning valve between the esophagus and the stomach. Classic symptoms of GERD include frequent, painful heartburn and acid, or food, regurgitation. Painful swallowing, chronic coughing and hoarseness are other symptoms. Left untreated, this condition can damage the esophagus and lead to esophageal cancer. For many patients with severe acid reflux, medication and lifestyle changes do not provide relief. Now, a new minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, using the LINX® device, is giving these sufferers a new lease on life. Reflux-Free Life Jorge Leiva, MD, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons who is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, believes the LINX device is fast becoming the new standard of care for patients with GERD. During magnetic esopha-

geal sphincter augmentation surgery, a quarter-sized ring, composed of magnetic beads, is implanted around the bottom of the esophagus to prevent the valve leading into the stomach from opening. Although the beads in this LINX device are interlinked by titanium wires, each bead can move and expand independently. This allows food to pass to the stomach followed by the valve snapping closed to prevent stomach contents from refluxing into the esophagus, airways and mouth. “My patients have had total relief of reflux and regurgitation after implanting the LINX device,” says Dr. Leiva. “Instead of creating a barrier to the valve between the esophagus and stomach, as occurs in the other procedures, the LINX creates a dynamic process that allows the valve to open and close as needed.” Eating the Foods They Love Other procedures such as the Nissen fundoplication have been the gold standard in surgical treatment of GERD since gaining popularity in the 1950s. However, it can result in bloating and an inability to belch or vomit. In contrast, the LINX device allows patients to

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For a physician referral to evaluate symptoms of acid reflux or GERD, call 713.867.GERD. belch and vomit, and swallowing issues last only a few weeks as new tissue forms a capsule around the ring and throat swelling subsides. Also, patients can immediately eat a regular diet after surgery, versus the twoweek liquid diet required with a fundoplication. “Overall, patients are able to eat whatever they want after the LINX procedure, as

long as the amounts are reasonable,” explains Dr. Leiva. In addition to evaluating patients for good esophageal function, Dr. Leiva says hiatal hernias should always be repaired when the LINX device is implanted. “It’s a two-valve mechanism, so pulling the stomach back into place from the esophagus helps ensure successful outcomes.”

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Home the Day of Surgery Magnetic esophageal sphincter augmentation surgery to implant the LINX device generally takes 45 to 60 minutes. Increasing numbers of insurance providers are covering this procedure. Dr. Leiva, who is among a select group of surgeons trained in the LINX device procedure, performs the minimally invasive surgery on an outpatient basis at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights. Patients resume most activities the next day, but Dr. Leiva prefers they take one to two weeks off from work.

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By Betsy Denson Not every climber is going to win a million dollars for their skill, but everyone can benefit by learning to climb. Issac Caldiero, who is the only person to complete all four stages at the American Ninja Warrior competition in Las Vegas and take home the purse, said that he hated working out when he was growing up in Utah. The selfdescribed “rambunctious kid” did like skateboarding and snowboarding, however, and when he started climbing at age 15, he was hooked. “It’s a social sport with cool energy,” said Caldiero, who recently did a ‘How to Be a Ninja’ presentation at Momentum Silver Street. “It’s like a puzzle solving challenge. There are so many solutions. You have to figure it out for you.” Caldiero and Momentum CEO Jeff Pedersen go way back as Caldiero began climbing at Pedersen’s first gym, Rock Garden Climbing Gym. “We got to be really good friends,” said Caldiero. “He saw something in me, took me under his wing and introduced me to the climbing world.” He said that he admired Pederson’s style of climbing, which is free solo climbing.

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Photo supplied Issac Caldiero is the only person to complete all four stages at the American Ninja Warrior competition in Las Vegas.

Free solo climbing, also called Soloing, is where the person climbs without using ropes or harnesses, instead relying on ability. Caldiero said that he wants to climb the uncharted places in the world and to “get out and explore.” “I like [soloing] because I’m 100 percent in control,” he said. “But I never climb to my limit.” Caldiero has travelled the world climbing, working construction jobs in between and relying on sponsorship money. With his girlfriend, who he said is a transformed “city girl” turned very adept climber, Caldiero lived out of a camper in Europe for a time. It was while watching Japan’s Ninja Warrior show

which has been on for 34 seasons, with four different winners, that Caldiero and a friend decided that they should try out for the American version. Caldiero took it seriously and put up an obstacle course in his parents’ backyard. “They had a 32 year old kid,” he jokes. Out of the thousands of people who go through the qualifiers, Caldiero made it to Vegas three times. In the show’s fifth season he had a shoe malfunction and fell. In the sixth season he corrected that but was eliminated during stage three. The seventh season in 2015 was the charm. Caldiero said that it’s See Ninja P. 2B

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Stay a step ahead of common senior foot problems For The Leader Seniors can battle a variety of issues that affect their feet—from arthritis to tight tendons—yet there are steps to prevent many of these issues before they become serious problems. Learn more and enjoy a free breakfast heart on Wednesday, March 28, at St.

Joseph Medical Center in The Heights. Yermesha Kyle, DPM, on the medical staff of St. Joseph, will address common senior foot problems, various treatment options and answer questions. The free event takes place at St. Joseph Medical Center in the Heights from 8-9:30 a.m. in

the fourth floor meeting room of the hospital located at 1917 Ashland Street. Seating is limited and reservations can be made by calling 713-969-5376 by 2 p.m., Monday, March 26. Membership in St. Joseph’s Senior Advantage Program is free and open to all seniors ages 55 and up. Call 713-9695376 to join.

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14 Pews shop is staying put By Kim Hogstrom For The Leader In January 2018, The Leader reported that popular arts venue, 14 Pews, located at 800 Aurora St. in the Heights, was for sale. But there has been a change of heart, and the property was removed from all listings. Not only will this unique artist’s space continue to host art shows and productions, but will expand its repertoire in the near future. There was an outpouring from the community regarding the news of a sale. The response was so moving, that the nonprofit agency’s founder, Cressandra Thibodeaux, who had decided to relocate to Portland, OR., “came to her senses,” she says. Thibodeaux realized that she was abandoning an effort − and a community − she loved dearly. “I feel like I’m going through a mid-life crisis, but instead of having an affair, or buying a sports car, I decided to close 14 Pews, only to fall back in love with her all over again,“

Thibodeaux stated. “When I left Houston, I realized I had been taking this wonderful city for granted. I thought I knew her, and there were no more discoveries to be made. When I got to Portland, I realized I’d abandoned a remarkable arts effort, the best listening room in Texas,” she said. “I quickly moved to undo that.” In that reversal, Thibodeaux may have saved the area from the loss of a historical treasure and the addition of more condominiums. There was no stipulation on the sale dictating the use of the land, and the building holds a place in Heights history. The front, or theater portion of 14 Pews, was constructed in the 1920s and functioned as a church until it sold in the 1970s. The back half of the 2,589-squarefoot building was added at that time, and includes an attached home. Both sit on a 6,000square-foot lot, making it attractive to developers. The arts venue also enjoys a solid following. Since its incep-

tion in 2010, 14 Pews has been engaging audiences through visual arts, film and theater. The facility seats 100 people, has presented 600 Independent films, participated in five film festivals, and hosted hundreds of cultural programs. According to Thibodeaux, 14 Pews will continue to offer its one-of-a-kind programming, but add activities that are more “approachable.” “Song resonated in these old walls for decades when it was a church. I believe that music lives on in the beautiful, old wood, so I have reached out to Houstonians who will help curate a monthly music series too,” Thibodeaux explained. “We will also incorporate new film series such as ‘B-Movie Bingo’ and ‘Kung-Fu Fridays’ which will include karaoke.” “I am re-committing to 14 Pews with a new-found fire in my belly, partially fueled by the amazing support I’ve received from my community and board,” she stated, smiling. “It feels wonderful to be home.”

Lions Club accepting members For The Leader The Houston Lions Club wants to thank the folks in the Heights, Oak Forest and the surrounding area for the support they have shown over the years. The words “we serve” is what the Lions Clubs all over the world do to help people in need. Every summer, the Texas Lions Clubs provide the Texas Lions Camp in Kerville, TX. The camp is designed to assist children with disabili-

ties and learn what they can do − not what they cannot. Wide array of assistance The Heights Lions Club works with school nurses to to provide eye glasses for children with visual problems, so that seeing does not become a roadblock to learning. Also involved with the club are the Light House of Houston and Lions Eye Bank, both of which provide help to the blind and visually impaired.

Heights Lion Club meetings occur on the second and fourth Thursday of every month at Beck’s Prime (115 W. 19th) for those wanting to learn more about the club’s many endeavors. For more information on the club, interested parties can call President Ed Bradley at 713-393-7549 or via email at; they can also contact Secretary Mark Roth at 713-962-4194 or

Ninja from P. 1B not just skill that matters but endurance. “You are out there from midnight to sunrise,” he said. “They do stages two through four all on the same night.” Since the win, Caldiero has put down roots in Chattanooga, TN which he visited during a tour of the south. He said he lives a very frugal life, but was able to buy a house with his earnings, and still travel and climb. It was a no brainer for him to

come present in the Silver Street facility that Momentum established in Houston. “I had never seen a facility like this,” he said. “It’s so different, and much bigger. I could train here.” For those who aren’t looking to go pro, Caldiero still promotes climbing as an intense, fun workout. “[Climbing] happens pretty naturally,” he said. “Just look at kids. We’re designed to climb.”

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oin us on Friday, May 4, from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights as we celebrate the women of our community and the role they play at our homes and our offices. This is the second annual Women @ Work luncheon held by The Leader, and as last year’s attendees can attest, there is no event in the area like this.

What Attendees Said I left last year’s Women at Work Luncheon with a huge smile on my face. Not only did the speaker resonate with me, lunch was delicious and the networking invaluable. What a great experience and value. I look forward to participating again in 2018. Ashley Day, Circa Real Estate Besides getting an opportunity to have a good reason to eat lunch away from our desks and offices, this luncheon was really fun and inspirational. As women, we often think we are the only ones shuffling kids, husbands, homework, cooking, cleaning, and oh yes, try to throw a career into that mix without just completely falling apart! Our speaker last year was great--she not only did all of this but had a very high-powered job and TWINS! We all had lots of laughs, good food and it was great to get to meet the Leader representatives and other women from the area. Really looking forward to the next one! Denie Lunsmann, Buffaloe Floor Covering, Inc.

About our Charity The Mission of Yahweh is a faith–based shelter that empowers, enriches and restrores the lives of homeless women and children and provides outreach services to low-income communities. Since 1961, The Mission has empowered our clients by providing basic life skills, education, job readiness, and spiritual enrichment. Our primary goal is to help with skills and education so residents can earn a livable wage as a path toward independence and permanent housing. We are able to house 125 women and children and on average 40% of that number are children. Right now, 25% of our residents are Harvey Evacuees.

20% of proceeds will go to the Mission of Yahweh!

About our Luncheon Speaker Susan Jadlowski is the Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital. Before being promoted to the role in 2014, she previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer. She has guided the hospital to many prestigious honors, including recently receiving Magnet designation, one of the highest levels of recognition a hospital can receive for excellence in nursing. Jadlowski and her husband have one daughter and one granddaughter. In their spare time, they enjoy participating in water sports.

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Local garden becomes family business venture By Zarah Parker From backyard garden in our local community to a small business, Amy Williams is keeping the gardening tradition alive in the family with Underhill Urban Farm Co, a non-GMO, organically grown farm and garden that uses heirloom seeds, that are all locally grown. Her father, an organic farmer, taught her the ins and outs of farming, while her mother taught her how to can different items, like pickles, jams, and jellies. Growing up with fruits and veggies in the backyard and on the table was something Williams was used to. So, it was natural that she’d have a garden of her own and use it to teach her children as well. “We kind of grew up like that. It was a natural thing for me to do it, and for the kids to be a part of it,” said Williams. Around a year and a half ago the thought of using the garden as a business sprung up, then everything fell into place and the business was born. Underhill Urban Farm Co is first and foremost a family thing. Williams grows in her local garden but uses her father’s garden as well. Williams is also always accompanied in the kitchen by family who help develop new recipes, as with the grapefruit Jalapenos jelly that sold out first during their last farmers market appearance. In all it’s her parents, her husband, and her five children that take on the responsibility that come with the garden and business. “I like it being small, I like it being just a family thing. There’s

something about that that makes it really special to us, and I don’t want it to get to a point that it loses what it is, because this is our passion and being able to do that with my kids, that’s really special to me,” said Williams. With a garden to upkeep, and business to run, Williams also homeschools. She says it’s never easy to find the perfect balance, especially with five kids, but gardening and the creation of Underhill has provided amazing learning opportunities for the kids. “There’s so many different aspects of [gardening], but also with the business side. They’re kind of seeing how to run a business; what you need to do to run a business. It’s been a really good learning experience for them,” said Williams. A challenge Underhill had to face recently was the weather this winter. With fall being almost nonexistent, to an unexpected winter, it was tough to keep the garden in good shape. Luckily, with the help of the whole family, they made it through the freezes, whereas other farms weren’t so fortunate. During the spring and summer months the only worry is garden pests. “But we’ve gotten to where we are able to do companion planting. So, there are certain herbs that will repel certain pests, which makes it easier because we don’t use pesticides,” said Williams. Except for a few months ago when Williams couldn’t figure out what was getting in her garden. She’d even put a new fence up. Turns out, they were having a Peter Rabbit situation of their

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own. Williams soon noticed the fault lay with her. “Then I realized I had bought rabbit fencing and I had put it upside down. The big holes were supposed to be at the top and I had put them on the bottom,” said Williams. The rabbit was able to hop right through the fence with no problem. Beginning this month, they will be close to home at Little White Oak Night Market. For Williams the best part of joining a Farmers Market is the encouragement

given by other vendors. There’s no competition—everyone’s there for one another hoping they succeed as well. Look out for Underhill at the market with their variety of squash, zucchini, melons, luffa gourd, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, peas, asparagus, citrus, and blackberries! You can be kept up to date on which markets they will be at on their Facebook page at Underhill Urban Farm Co and on Instagram @underhillurbanfarmco.

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By Kim Hogstrom For The Leader Near north Houston has a great reputation for its cohesive community, and it is in full display at Sinclair Elementary School. A group of parents, alumni and businesses people banded together to thank the teachers there, the 32 professionals who are shaping the minds of 600 children. The group is raising cash, providing supplies, and volunteering labor to re-imagine Sinclair’s dreary teacher’s lounge. While the lounge is larger than a closet, about 450 square feet, it functions as a lounge. Supplies, shelving and rolling trashcans dot the space and its stark walls are drab. Plans are to add a colorful mural on one of the walls. The shelving will soon have doors, then painted with chalk-friendly paint. The citizens group committed to work for several weekends to update the room in cheery colors as well as change out the old, existing flooring. It will be replaced with new, laminate wood. “We spoke with some of Sinclair’s teachers, and they all said the same thing. They felt the lounge was dark and unwelcoming,” stated Holly Clapham, a Timbergrove resident whose son attends Sinclair and whose daughter will follow next year. “We want these wonderful

Local business is our business. Send your story of interest Photo contributed Volunteers raised cash, provided supplies and volunteered labor to redo the teacher’s lounge at Sinclair Elementary. The ‘before’ is pictured above. The ‘after’ will be revealed online.

teachers to have their own place, a space where they can relax, enjoy a few moments, and rejuvenate. They certainly deserve it,” Clapham said. The group launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for new furniture including a dining table, attractive chairs and comfortable sofas. Silk flowers and art were donated by area families, and a rug was purchased that will define the space. The flooring was a donation from The Floor Revue, whose owners also attended Sinclair and the paint was donated by Sherwin-Williams on Ella Blvd. One of the best additions is thanks to Houston-based Katz Coffee. The company donated

a commercial coffee station, and the citizens are creating a fresh, attractive serving area to go with it. Clapham handled the fundraising and purchasing for the effort. Still, the young mother has one more dream. “Thanks to the generosity of the community, we’ve nearly met our goal, but we would still love to get the teachers a stainless steel refrigerator,” she said. “It would be very useful to them.” Timbergrove resident Michael Berry has four children who will attend Sinclair over the next 10 years. Berry has been working tirelessly to secure the in-kind donations for the project. “The way we see it,” Berry

explained, “We must take care of our teachers; we must invest in them. In turn, they will do the same with our kids. Then our kids will grow up, and invest in the community, and our schools. It’s a circle that makes all of us better, and makes this area a great place to live.” Sinclair Elementary School’s Principal Lee Mashburn is delighted with the improvements. “I must point out that it is the locals who offered this. We didn’t ask. It’s an act of generosity initiated by them and they deserve credit for it. It will make a big difference to our teachers,” he concluded. If readers wish to contribute to the Sinclair Lounge face lift, please go to their GoFundMe page.

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Photo courtesy of St. Thomas High School (Twitter) St. Thomas players line up before a game in 2016. Coming off a TAPPS state title last season, the Eagles have also been hot to start the 2018 season.

Eagles begin TAPPS title defense on strong note By Mike Tenney The local high school baseball teams are off to a fast start with the district races about to take over everyone’s schedule. St. Thomas High School The Eagles are still a couple weeks away from starting TAPPS District play, but they are doing well, opening the season with five consecutive wins and seven victories in their first 10 games. They will complete their three nondistrict tournaments Saturday, March 10 in the final day of play in their own Father Wilson/Sister Julia tournament. They have participated in the John Cooper and Lamar Consolidated ISD tournaments and ran into some stiff competition in Rosenberg at the LCISD event with two of the Eagles’ three losses going into this week coming in that tournament, which ended last Saturday. The defending 6A TAPPS state champions return to the field at the end of this week with three games in three days. On Thursday, March 15 they will be home to play HCYA at 5:30 p.m. before a home-and-away two-game series with Kinkaid. They will entertain Kinkaid 1 p.m. Friday, March 16 before going to Kinkaid for another 1 p.m. ballgame the next day.

umph over Westbury that put them atop the early standings. The maroon-and-white began the year in far South Texas with four wins at the Taft tournament, including two over the host school Taft. They then did well at the Conroe tournament, going 2-2 against some stout competition. They knocked off Stratford, 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel and beat host school Conroe, 5-2, before dropping a 3-2 decision to a very good Klein Collins team and falling to Cy-Fair to end it. The Heights are going for a third consecutive trip to the Region III-6A playoffs. The Bulldogs’ tie this winter was a 3-3 game against Cy Woods, which is the team that knocked them out of the first round last year. Stalwart returning pitchers like 2017 first-team all-district junior Armani Sanchez and 18-6A second team senior Chris Macias are among the veterans they have. All-District senior outfielders Andrew Garland and Timothy Hernandez along with first baseman/ designated hitter Jeremiah Gantt are other returning players that will help the Bulldogs stay among the elite teams in Houston ISD. After finishing up play Saturday morning, March 10 in the Crosby tournament against Galena Park, the Heights play two District 18-6A games

Houston Heights The Bulldogs began the week unbeaten in District 186A and holding the best overall record of anyone in this tough eight-team Houston ISD league as they wrap up preseason tournament play this weekend in Crosby. The Bulldogs, managed by David Perry, started with an 8-2-1 record, having played outstanding baseball the first three weeks of the season. And they are hoping to continue that success in district play, which they really began to take head-on this past week when they faced Chavez Monday afternoon and then came right back Tuesday to play Sam Houston. While the eight wins were two more than three-time defending district champion Lamar and one more than Bellaire, they were happy to start league play with an 8-0 tri-

in two days before they officially start their Spring Break with 10 days off. On Monday, March 12, they play Mickey Leland College Prep Academy at 4 p.m. before coming back Tuesday, March 13 with a 1 p.m. first pitch against Carnegie Vanguard. They won’t play again after that game until March 23 when they face defending district champ Lamar. Lutheran High North The Lions are hoping to be above .500 going into the start of TAPPS district play after bouncing back from an 0-3 start to the season with four straight wins. The Lions put the wraps on the non-league portion of their schedule this week when they competed Saturday in the Father Wilson/Sister Julia tournament at St. Thomas High School. They then take on Providence Classic Tuesday, March 13 in Spring before they begin their TAPPS 4A district slate a week later at home against Northland Christian. For the blue-and-white it is all about maintaining the recently-found momentum they have collected with a four-game winning streak. After dropping their first three games and not scoring a run in any of them, they have come back with a nice stretch of play and are hoping to build on that going forward.




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Adopting a Guinea Pig: Are Guinea Pigs available at animal shelters?

Dear Tabby, My kids are begging for a pet and I just don’t think that we’re quite ready for a dog or cat. We’re interested in guinea pigs, but I hate the idea of buying one from a pet store when there might be guinea pigs who need to be rehomed. Is this even a thing... guinea pig adoption? Getting a Guinea Pig in Garden Oaks Dear Getting A Guinea Pig, Not only do guinea pigs make fun, loving pets but yes, there are very often guinea pigs in animals shelters who are awaiting their fresh start in life! In fact, March is AdoptA-Rescued-Guinea-Pig Month and many shelters in our area have guinea pigs ripe for the picking. Before adopting your guinea pig though, make sure that you’re prepared for the special needs and circumstances that owning a guinea pig might require. For instance, guinea pigs live, (on average) five to seven

years so, while not quite as long as a dog or cat, a reasonable life span. Make sure that you’re prepared to own (and love) your piggie through the next stage of life for you and your kids. Also, guinea pigs are social creatures. While you certainly can have just one, they are exponentially happier if they have a buddy. If you introduce guinea pigs as babies, you’ll increase the odds of finding a harmonious partnership, but two adults can certainly learn to get along. Even better? Adopt an already bonded pair from your animal shelter. When planning on your piggie’s habitat, don’t get a hamster-size cage for your guinea pigs. Guinea pigs need a bit more room to run. Luckily, guinea pigs tend not to be escape artists, so a homemade enclosure that is size-appropriate can be an affordable option. Also, guinea pigs aren’t always quiet. Their noises won’t disturb the neighbors like a barking dog, but they do make their own “wheeking” noise that you’ll learn to love. So, take that into consideration when planning on where your guinea pig might live. For instance, in the bedroom of a child who needs a good night’s rest might not be the best place

to keep your guinea pig. With careful planning and thought, bringing an adopted guinea pig into your home might be the best decision you’ve ever made. Guinea pigs are smart, trainable and affectionate pets. Many people don’t plan ahead when getting a pet guinea pig--acting on im-

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The Obituaries. Viola Jane Baldree, 80, born March 4, 1937 in Jacksonville, Texas, died Feb. 26. She is survived by her son Jim Baldree, two brothers and one sister, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 841125, Dallas, Texas 75284-1125, and American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Allene Hill, 93, born Nov.

16, 1924, died Feb. 19.

Minnie L. Perez, 92, born April 25, 1925 in Lockhart, Texas, died Feb. 27. Perez loved being a nurse’s aid while her husband Joe served in the Army during World War II. She is survived by her only daughter,

Linda Tidswell, two granddaughters, and a great-granddaughter. Memorial contributions may be made to the Harris County Democratic Party.

Nicholas Michael Puglin Jr., 60, born July 25, 1957 in

Pittsburgh, died Feb. 28. He was employed in the Loss Prevention/Security industry. He most recently served as the Director of Central Investigations and ORC for Macy’s. He is survived by his wife, Laurie Puglin, mother Anna Rose Puglin, father Nicholas Michael Puglin, brothers Joseph Michael Puglin and Nicholas “Skippers” Puglin.

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56, born July 8, 1961, died March 2.

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remainder of his career. Ryan proudly served as a Houston Police officer for 25 years. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Beverly, daughter Amy Voyles, sisters Danille Kliewer and Michele Davis, a granddaughter, and step grandson. Memorial contributions may be made to Houston Retired Police Officers Burial Fund.

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86, born Jan. 25, 1932 in Freck, Ark., died Feb. 27. She attended North Houston Baptist Church and was an active member of the Senior Citizens Group. Walters is survived by her son Jay Deron Walters, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Fordland, Mo., died March 3. Roberson retired from Memorial Hermann Hospital. She was a past member of the Heights Church of Christ and the Porter Church of Christ. She is survived by her sons, Victor Roberson, Richard Allen Roberson, daughter Debra Colleen Perry, and seven grandchildren. born April 11, 1952 in Fort Worth, died Feb. 26. He graduated from St. Thomas in 1970, and later enrolled in the Houston police academy in August of ’72. After graduating the Academy, he began his career in traffic enforcement. He left traffic enforcement and moved to the Northeast Division for the

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Neighbors: Hollands celebrate birth of twin girls By Elizabeth Villarreal

Congratulations are sent to long-time Shepherd Forest residents, Richard and Delinda Holland, on the Feb. 7 birth of their first grandchildren, twin girls named Natasha and Layla Holland. Proud parents of the beautiful babies are Travis and Ula Holland of Oceanside, California. Travis is a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. and serves as a JAG (lawyer) at Camp Pendleton, CA, where he is currently stationed. Sharing the happiness with the proud new grandparents is the first-time great–grandfather, Kenneth Thompson, a lifelong resident of Shady Acres, along with many uncles, aunts, and cousins.

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City amnesty program runs through March 16 For The Leader The City of Houston Municipal Courts Department (MCD) announced the start of their Amnesty Program today at a press conference held at the Herbert W. Gee Municipal Courthouse. Through next week, certain delinquent cases will be discounted to help citizens save money while resolving outstanding cases. “After Hurricane Harvey, we’ve all been through a lot and there are many of us who are still rebuilding our lives. Municipal Courts staff can help you have one less thing to worry about, we are here to ease your burden by helping you to get your delinquent cases resolved,” said Judge J. Elaine Marshall, Director and Presiding Judge of the Municipal Courts Department. “Hopefully, this Amnesty Program will be the answer for those who haven’t been able to pay their cases before now.” The amnesty period began at 8:00 a.m., this morning and ends on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Any defendant who voluntarily appears at any Municipal Court location during amnesty will be permitted

to resolve all their eligible delinquent cases, including Failure to Appear (FTA) cases, and will not be subject to arrest. Cases eligible for amnesty include all delinquent cases issued prior to January 1, 2018. Only the defendant named in the citation or their attorney can participate in the amnesty program. Bonding companies, friends, relatives, and spouses cannot make the amnesty request on behalf of someone else. The Amnesty Program does not apply to a defendant that is in custody, previously adjudicated cases, parking citations, administrative violations, bond forfeitures, or civil cases. Citizens may call the Houston Helpline by dialing 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311 for questions about whether their specific case(s) is amnesty eligible. Defendants may take advantage of the amnesty by phone, US Mail or in person at any Municipal Court location. For additional information about Municipal Courts or court cases, please visit the website at, or call the Houston Helpline at 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311 if outside of Houston. 

Women’s Health Directory Directory of local female health service professionals. Dr. Stephanie Fulton Dr. Fulton is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her practice consists of obstetrics, gynecology, and cosmetic procedures such as laser hair removal. She is a graduate of the University of Texas and completed residency at St. Vincent’s Medical Center where she was a Chief Resident. Dr. Fulton volunteers as part of the health team ministry of her church. 1740 W. 27 St. Suite 301 • Houston, TX 77008 713-880-2727

Dr. Rosemary Buckle specializes in knee and hip joint replacement surgery, treatment of adult and pediatric fractures, and treatment of sports injuries. She is a native Houstonian and a competitive athlete and relates to her patients in a way that brings her advanced medical knowledge to life. She has over 20 years of orthopedic surgery experience using a wide range of technologies. Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon 427 W. 20th St., Ste. 303 • Houston, TX 77008 713-756-5546

Dr. Julia Kovacs

Dr. Attiya S. Khan

Dr. Julia Kovacs has more than 20 years of experience practicing primary care and internal medicine in Houston. She focuses on preventive medicine and the management of chronic diseases including diabetes, thyroid disorders, HIV and hypertension, among others. She graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and did her internship and residency at Baylor College of Medicine. Board Certified Internist 427 W. 20th St., Ste. 303 • Houston, TX 77008 713-231-1880

Dr. Dora E. Cantu

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Dr. Rosemary Buckle

Board Certified Ophthalmologist Dr. Cantu has been practicing ophthalmology for over 20 years. She sees patients daily for ocular problems including glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration, and ocular infections. Her passion in cataract and pterygium surgery. Dr. Cantu has been recently named one of the Leader’s best ophthalmologist! 1740 W. 27th St. Suite 180 • Houston, TX 77008 713-864-8652

Dr. Khan focuses on the prevention of heart disease through early diagnosis and provides the latest interventional techniques to treat coronary and peripheral vascular diseases. She is one of the few female interventional cardiologists in Houston available to perform emergency angioplasties and stents for patients who are experiencing a heart attack. 1631 North Loop West, Ste. 220 • Houston TX 77008 713-365-0786

Dr. Becky J. Fredrickson Board Certified Ophthalmologist. Dr. Fredrickson has been practicing ophthalmology for over 12 years. She routinely sees patients for diabetes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and ocular infections. She specializes in surgical procedures including cataract, eyelid lifts, eyelid cysts, Botox and Juvederm, and pterygia. 1415 N. Loop, Ste 400 • 427 W. 20th St. Ste 100 Houston, TX 77008 713-668-6828 •


March 10 Section B


March 10 Section B