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by Ivee Sauls Owners Ronnie Killen and Ricky Craig have been hard at work in preparation for the opening of the highly anticipated CK’s Steakhouse. But the pair has faced some unforeseen challenges in preparation of the property at 1127 W. 19th Street, next to the Heights outpost of Craig’s Hubcap Grill. “The problem we’re having with the property right now is that we want to expand it: Add on a patio on the front, make the dining room bigger and then add on a kitchen in the back,” said Craig. But when it turned out the property was in a flood plain, a permit couldn’t be granted without elevating the building by three feet, he said. He and Killen decided that elevating the structure and concrete

This map, which shows the future CK’s Steakhouse property at 1127 W. 19th St. smack-dab in the middle of the flood plain, has set back the project until fall, at the earliest. (Map from FEMA) foundation would result in more permitting and headaches. “It’d be better for us to bulldoze it, just tear it down and just start from scratch,” said Craig.

The structure, formerly the location of Shine’s Car Care, is set to be demolished in the next few weeks. “I think that’s the best thing to do be-

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WHAT: Buffalo Bayou Regatta, Texas’ largest canoe and kayak race at 15 miles and with more than 500 participants. WHEN: March 16. Registration is at 7:30 a.m., launch at 9 a.m., awards ceremony at 1 p.m. Everyone paddles like mad in between. WHERE: Launch is from 7700 San Felipe, just west of Voss Road, with the finish line at Sesquicentennial Park, adjacent to the Wortham Theater downtown. HOW MUCH: Entry fee is $45 per person, $25 with student or military I.D. LEARN MORE: EDITOR’S TAKE: If you’ve lived in Houston for a while, you can remember when – and why – this was once called the “Reeking Regatta.” Now the Buffalo Bayou Partnership has cleaned and prettied up this urban waterway, which takes in both wilderness and downtown stretches. This event is a good chance to marvel at what a recreational asset the bayou has become.

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Scarborough High senior Joshua Baldwin works as a waver for Liberty Tax Service at 43rd and Ella. Baldwin qualified for a second audition for the television show, “America’s Got Talent.” At top, North Houston resident Jeff Abernathy has acted in commercials and music videos as the “Million Dollar Baby.” (Photos by Michael Sudhalter)

Liberty wavers put some fun in tax season by Michael Sudhalter Let’s face it – few people get excited about having their taxes done. And then there are those who question the effectiveness of a marketing campaign that has people standing on street corners dressed in odd costumes. But North Houston residents Jeff “Million Dollar Baby” Abernathy, 44, and Joshua “Little Mike” Baldwin, 18, are really just regular guys trying to put some fun into that necessary evil known as taxes. And they’re making a little pocket money on the side. Both of them are employed by Liberty Tax Service at 43rd and Ella, working as “wavers”, who stand on the corner in a Statue of Liberty costume. According to Quincy Harris, the owner of the 43rd and Ella Liberty Tax franchise, the wavers generate 30 percent of the franchise’s business. “The visibility of the outside marketing,” Harris said. “is invaluable to

the business. Everyone has their wavers. We’re often imitated, but never duplicated.” The appeal of the wavers extends beyond dollars and cents for Liberty, which has 4,000 offices in the United States and Canada. “I’m used to the attention because of my size,” said Abernathy, a little person. “Getting the smiles and the friendly waves makes your day better. So many people take photos every day – at least 10-20 per day.” Abernathy and Baldwin thoroughly enjoy the seasonal work and as an added benefit, they get their tax preparation at no charge. Abernathy, who is a carpenter by trade, saw an opportunity to work for Liberty when he was waiting for the bus one day earlier this winter. He has a background in local entertainment, with publicity photos titled “Million Dollar Baby.” He’s appeared in AstroWorld commercials, music videos and dressed up

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cause the building was very old,” said Killen. “I know it’s going to hold everything up, but it is going to be a lot less time to do it this way than to do it the other way, which is good.” CK’s Steakhouse is looking at another two months of waiting for the approval the drawings and the paperwork with the engineers and the contractors. “It is changing the time frame tremendously,” said Craig. Craig says both he and Killen were becoming frustrated with the delay in progress, but have other obligations keeping them busy in the meantime. “Ronnie is opening up a BBQ joint in Pearland, so it gives him more time to concentrate on doing his thing,” said Craig. “Hopefully we can bring that concept to the Heights, too,” said

at events as a leprechaun, elf and an Oompa Loompa. Baldwin, a senior at Scarborough, began working at Liberty earlier this year and has a background in dance/ performance. He discovered the opportunity on his way home one day. “He dances to Michael Jackson, so I dubbed him ‘Little Mike’,” Harris said. “He told me that out there on the corner is his stage.” Baldwin, who also works at Jimmy John’s Sandwich Shop, traveled to San Antonio for an “America’s Got Talent” audition. He then received a second audition in New Orleans and has a channel on YouTube, appropriately named “Joshua Baldwin.” “I like to dance,” Baldwin said. “I like to entertain people. It makes me happy, so I like to do it.” Baldwin is currently drawing people into a tax service, but he may someday get the chance to adjust the system. In the fall, he’ll enroll at the University of Texas as a Political Science major.

Ken Stallman, who’s led the Greater Heights Are Chamber of Commerce since the summer of 2009, announced to members Monday night that he’s stepping down. In an email, he said his last day would be April 15. Stallman noted that he had initially committed to a three-year run with the Chamber and that he’s approaching his fourth anniversary. “This will be my second retirement and probably my last fulltime job,” he wrote. He indicated he would like to continue to work short-term with owner-run businesses, chambers or other nonprofit organizations beStallman ginning later in the year. First, though, he said he’ll spend more time with his grandchildren and other family and escape the Houston heat by spending his summer in his native northern Wisconsin. Mickey Blake, Chamber chair, praised Stallman’s leadership. “He worked to build our membership and our financial health,” she said Tuesday. Blake said a search committee of the executive board has been formed to find a successor, and final candidates will be interviewed by the entire executive board. In the meantime, she said, director of member services Jacob Milwee will serve as acting president and CEO.

Editor’s Take Magnet schools re-emerge as hot topic for HISD board by Charlotte Aguilar For some Houston ISD parents and educators last week, it wasn’t what was on the board’s agenda but what wasn’t that caught their attention. Board President Anna Eastman, who represents most Leader-area neighborhoods, yanked an agenda item before the meeting that appeared to revive a dormant debate over magnet schools and how best to manage them –– after the heated issue had remained cooled down for two years. At that time, consultants recommended that the district remove the “magnet” designation from 55 of its 113 programs, including those at Oak Forest and Travis elementaries, Hamilton Middle School, and Scarborough and Reagan high schools. The new item appeared to signal the administration’s intention to begin recommending which

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Your Crime Reports

HFD takes no chances First-person accounts of crimes and solutions from Leader-area social media at Heights Tower ďŹ re It turned out to be only a small fire in an apartment kitchen March 6, but because that kitchen was in a high-rise full of senior citizens and disabled, some with oxygen supplies, the call got special attention. The call from the fourth floor of the Heights House, 1950 Heights Blvd., came into the Houston Fire Department at 3:32 p.m. and was quickly elevated to two alarms – which meant 110 firefighters sped to the scene along with ambulances (From Facebook) and other rescue vehicles. They made quick work of the took o on foot down the gully headed towards TC Jester. He was not caught. Based on his insurance card and other things found in fire, but smoke sent one man to the VA Hospital for observation the car, it doesn’t look like he lives in the neighborhood. and damaged several apartments Please, please be careful out there. There is currently no barricade indicating that OF is not a through street, but 311 has been whose residents were moved to other units until theirs could be notiďŹ ed. cleaned up. March 11 Kudos were loud on social media from those who observed the From Timbergrove Manor fire department’s response. “Wow! We just had a breakin here in Ella Lee Forest. Here is the Nice to know they take protecting resident’s msg: Our home on Del Norte was broken into today. our elderly seriously,â€? said one. The back patio glass door was broken. My husband came home at HFD spokesman Jay Evans was 2:45 to ďŹ nd this mess. All of my jewelry is gone, the whole case humble about the effort. “That’s was taken. Many drawers dumped and some stacked. We feel what we do, especially with a highthey were looking for gold because laptop, ipad, computer and rise fire,â€? he said.

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This still from a video surveillance camera shows a thief taking two packages from a porch in the 1100 block of Rutland in the Heights.

So, close friends of mine had 2 packages stolen o their porch on Rutland yesterday afternoon around 4:30. They posted the video of the theft on the Inner Loop Houston Crime Alerts page, but here is a still photo of the jerk-- who took a kids’ board game and ďŹ sh tank supplies, which I am sure he didn’t need and probably ended up in the trash somewhere. March 8

Response from a neighbor: Since this has been happening I’ve been having any packages shipped by Fed Ex sent to the Fed Ex store on Washington since the Fed Ex guy leaves them in the most visible place but the US postal guy will actually come in the wooden fence and leave packages at the door & knock, it pays to know your mailman if possible.

From Oak Forest Time to get a locking gas husband’s gas was apparently siphoned out last night...had 3/4 tank last night in a very large Ford Van and low fuel light was on this morning on the way to work. Going to see if my car got hit too. We live on Chantilly right o Rosslyn...crap, gas is expensive and I never thought about this happening. March 11 Anyone wondering why there were cops and wreckers at the dead end of Oak Forest? A man in a BMW came ying down OF, slammed into one of our cars parked on the street knocking it into the bottom of the gully. His car ďŹ nally came to a stop against the foot bridge into Ella Lee which is now very damaged. The driver



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Art a la Carte: Crawford’s art tells stories Liberty Kitchen Oyster Bar 1050 Studewood St.

Oysters and Starters: $4-$16 Off the Grill: $17-$40 Pizzas: $8-$17 Kid Friendly: Bringing The Bomber here outside of brunch, lunch or lateafternoon dinner might be tricky LE’s Favorite: Shrimp & Market Fish Ceviche

Review: Liberty Kitchen has the ceviche touch There are few dishes out there that have veered so liberally from their original incarnation than the culinary pride of Peru, ceviche. You will be hard pressed to find an order of ceviche that has strictly raw fish accompanied with bright orange chunks of sweet potato, thumb knuckle-sized kernels of corn, a molehill of raw onions and a pool of lime juice with long board-shaped plantains on the side. But the basic formula for the dish – assorted raw fish bathed in an acidic juice – has left it open for wide interpretation, a prevalent practice even around Lima’s cevicherias. In Houston, Liberty Kitchen touts itself as an oyster bar, but the half shells only occupy a small percentage of the restaurant’s menu – a relatively low percentage of the larger seafood theme for the popular restaurant on the corner of Studewood and 11th. Ceviche is mixed into the menu’s eclectic initial page of offerings that include gumbo, shrimp cocktails, caviar, smoked and steamed seafood and wood-grilled oysters. Leader Eater is always intrigued by the different incarnations of ceviche and picked it out of this collage of seafood creativity. The dish came out to my table on Liberty Kitchen’s petite patio, the perfect setting for midday al fresco dining on a cloudless day. Advertised as a shrimp and market fish ceviche, the shrimp’s partner this day was Mahi Mahi. Both appeared lightly cooked, more so with the Mahi, and were doused in a Jamaican ginger beer and lime wash, giving it the classical sour taste with a

raspy Caribbean current running through it. The chiles and cilantro rounded out the sharp tangy flavor of the dish. On the other half of the rectangular plate sat a half an avocado, neatly sliced into symmetrical green portions, a couple lemon slices and a modest stack of tortilla chips. Pulling off a piece of avocado and sharing some space on a chip with some of the ceviche (think campechana-style) is my suggested approach of indulgence. Despite its deviation from the original, Liberty Kitchen’s simple method to creating ceviche keeps the stripped down essence of the dish’s beginnings. Even before the fish came out, I knew the relatively-bitter taste needed an equalizer and I snagged an order of the self-proclaimed crazy wood grilled oysters (the place is an oyster bar, after all) with a layer of bacon jam, jalapenos and butter. They proved to be a diminutive treat next to the ceviche, and the bacon jam was an appropriate candied substitute to Tabasco and a cracker. The bacon-based breakfast spread also made an appearance on the side of my order of rolls (yep, I needed a hint of carbs in the meal, too). Leader Eater can’t help but think about bacon’s gimmicky, overly-ironic invasion into American dining when I see it on a menu. But Liberty Kitchen’s refreshingly diverse yet welcoming menu, warm service and darn good food don’t have to rely on bacon jam to carry the place. And you will be hard pressed to find spreadable bacon accompanying seafood anywhere in Peru.

Artists are a hardcore, persistent, tenacious group for the most part. Sure, some of us are softies if you don’t like our work. Think about it though – how many people do you know that will work tirelessly to educate themselves, establish their own style and persist through rain, cold, heat and no or low sales, and continue on regardless of all these circumstances? All in their “spare” time too. From my observances, the artists that find their niche do not fit into a stereotype. There is no sleeping late, partying all night or loungMitch Cohen ing around coffee shops Arts Columnist all day discussing art. I’m guilty of the latter however. Meeting for coffee with Oak Forest resident and artist Lacey Crawford, I realized that she is definitely just such an artist. Lacey works full time, and after work she – you guessed it – works full time on her art. Over our monthly coffee meetings I learned that Lacey was an accomplished sculptor and lifelong painter. When she decided to take the leap from gallery shows to outdoor festivals, I offered her my space at First Saturday Arts Market, to test the waters so-to-speak. Like most people, I love a good story, and I feel the same way about artwork. In paintings, I look for a story and Lacey does that very well. The first and still among my favorite of Lacey’s paintings portrayed animals like pigs, goats, sheep and cows, very small in comparison to the canvas on textured and abstracted backgrounds. They stuck out because they seemed

out of place on an abstract painting. They were snapped up by the public faster than free ice cream on a hot day. These seemingly simplistic paintings started to take on an interesting story of sorts. The animals started donning party hats and balloons. Some were floating skyward on balloons and string, as if that were normal. On a recent visit to her studio, Lacey’s newest paintings had characters wearing masks, circus tents and ferris wheels could be seen in the background. Subtle esoteric hints are worked into the paintings, telling a story within a story for those willing to look, or ask. In lieu of traditional canvas, Lacey builds her own panels out of wood that are about 3/4 of an inch thick. This adds to her time but also an element of craftsmanship that works well for her paintings. Lacey’s hard work and persistence has paid off in big way; she is among the three hundred artists, out of a thousand applicants, accepted and invited to participate in the upcoming Bayou City Art Festival at Memorial Park, on the weekend of March 22-24. More about Lacey and her work is available through her website, Bayou City Art Festival, which runs 10 a.m.6 p.m. March 22-24, has been ranked by both artists and patrons as one of the top art festivals in the country. Set in Memorial Park among all the trees the white canopied tents circle a large food court and entertainment zones. Parking is available offsite only, but like the well-run event, the shuttle service is top-notch, too. I’ve come to think of the bus ride as just another amenity for this incredible show. The festival website lists the artists, parking and shuttle instructions and all the events for the weekend at

On the weekend art menu Open Studios and events at Hardy & Nance Street Studios, located at 902 Hardy Street. • Discovery Green Flea, 1500 McKinney , 6-10pm Jefferson Woodruff (and many other market artists) • Sustainable Living Festival, Market Square Park, 341 Milam, 12:00 to 6 P.M. Janise Cookston, Sam VanBibber and others, including One Green Street in the Heights • A French Flair: Jomar Visions at Hardy/Nance Studios, 12 noon to 5 pm. April Murphy

Sunday 3/17/2013 • Folk Market at AvantGarden, 411 Westheimer Houston 77006 12-6 P.M or

3/22-24/2013 • Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park

Saturday 3/23 • East End Studio Gallery & Bohemeo’s are excited to kick off their first monthly “East End Arts Market.” 708 Telephone Rd. Ste. C, Houston, Texas 77023 12 - 5 P.M. For details: Keep this on your radar: Remember the King Biscuit Patio Cafe? Well it is now Avis Frank Gallery, owned and operated by artist David Hardaker and his wife Carrie. Visit their webpage for upcoming events. It is a super nice space with excellent revolving art; a great addition to the Heights.

Leader Nibbles Johnston said there will also be soft-serve, take-home pints, and retro novelties such as push-ups, ice cream sandwiches, bon-bins and 99s. And to meet contemporary needs, Fat Cats will also serve drip coffee made to order by the cup. The creamery prides itself on using local eggs and dairy products and says that won’t change. “We’ll just need a lot more of them,” says Johnston. “We will still use Mill-King whole milk and heavy cream and will still get our eggs from local egg farmers, including The Barry Farm, we will just need a lot more of them.”

Bar, grill and volleyball coming to Garden Oaks It’s out of the way, but a stretch of Wakefield Drive is certainly a well-beaten path that’s about to get even more wear. Wakefield Crow Bar & Grill is finishing construction at 954 Wakefield Drive and will feature food, drink –– and beach-style volleyball on full courts. Owner/developer is Randy Meador, who has been a beach volleyball champion. The location is across the street and a few doors down from Petrol Station, which proved an interesting concept didn’t have to be located on a major thoroughfare in a so-called “hot” part of the city to be a popular and critical success.

SRO’s crawfish live on SRO closed its Northwest Mall sports bar a couple weeks back, leaving longtime customers longing for its camaraderie – and its legendary spicy crawfish. This past Sunday, Tomas and Victor, who were responsible for the mudbugs at SRO, took their act to the Backyard Grill at 9453 Jones Road, and according to SRO’s still-buzzing Facebook page and that of the Grill’s, they may make the crawfish boil a regular occurrence on Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Stay tuned.

Fans purr over Fat Cat Creamery parlor news Fat Cat Creamery is hoping to have a full-blown, old fashioned ice cream parlor open at 1901 N. Shepherd

Turtle soup, truffles on Washington Construction is still going on at the Wakefield Crow Bar & Grill, but the sand volleyball courts, at the right, are ready to play. (Photo from Facebook) Drive in the Heights in time for summer melting, in either may or June. Until now, the Fat Cats’ products have been sold wholesale to outlets such as Revival Market, Relish Fine Foods and Catalina Coffee. Owner Sarah Johnston says the parlor will offer 8-10 flavors of its hard-batch, American-style ice cream for scooping, with 5 constant flavors and 3-5 seasonal/rotating flavors, offering at least one dairy free, vegan option at all times. Old-fashioned sodas with homemade syrups, ice cream floats, sundaes, milkshakes, malts and more will be offered.

After a successful soft opening, Hollister is now fully launched at 5555 Washington Ave. The menu is sophisticated, to say the least, featuring items such as turtle soup, mac and cheese with truffles, specializing in Gulf Coast seafood, prime beef and wild game, such as venison and quail. Reservations are suggested and may be made at 713-426-9055.

Follow the trends Here’s a cool concept from Eater Houston: a webpage that tells you “where to eat right now.” It picks the hottest new restaurants to try, and as new ones emerge, older ones roll off the list. Find the current edition at – Charlotte Aguilar

,CAVRACIUS Houston native leads the charge for hen ownership by Michael Sudhalter The most prominent “chickens as pets” advocate in Houston doesn’t own any of her own. But that’s part of the reason why 25-year-old Houston native, Claire Krebs, started the nonprofit, Hens for Houston, last year in an effort to change the city’s ordinance regarding hen ownership. “I want to live here all my life, and I want that to include chickens,” she said. Krebs and the about 700 members of Hens for Houston have used a coordinated social media campaign to drum up support for an ordinance that would be more friendly to hen owners. People have emailed photos of their chickens, signed petitions and contacted local politicians to share their opinions regarding the ordinance. Krebs, a graduate of Bellaire High and Rice University, coordinated talks with the city’s Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC). “BARC has been a really good group of people to work with,” Krebs said. “They care about getting

their job done. We reached a compromise -- a compromise we can live with.” According to Hens for Houston, it and BARC agreed on a proposed draft with 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 would allow a permit to have eight hens on the property at one time. The recommendations will go before a City Council subcommittee and then go for a vote by the council. Krebs said the ordinance, which is part of the city’s revamping effort of the animal code, could be completed within a couple of months. If that happens, Krebs will consider Hens for Houston’s mission a success. She’s put a great deal of effort into Hens for Houston, on top of her 40plus hour job as an Environmental Engineer for GSI in Houston. “Our main drive is to legalize chickens,” Krebs said. “(After that), other people might step up and take Hens for Houston in another direction. We’re not going anywhere until the ordinance is passed.”



LocaNotes Now there are 3… Urban Harvest Farmers Markets, that is. The nonprofit has closed its Friday market at Houston Community College on the West Loop, according to manager Libby Kennedy. The market never to the extent of the Upper Kirby/ Eastside, Highland Village and City Hall locations, which will remain open.

Now it’s wait until summer The Market at Silver Street, which had opened briefly last fall in Sawyer Heights and was supposed to reopen this month, won’t be returning until summer, Janie Enloe told The Leader. That’s probably when this rare, indoor market will probably be the most welcome in Houston’s hot, muggy weather.

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Houston native Claire Krebs, 25, has been the leader of Hens for Houston, an organization dedicated to legalizing hen ownership in the City. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

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Parts of our community are not growing like the rest of us


n all the years I’ve written columns, whether for this newspaper or many others, I’ve had a hard and fast rule that each opinion must always end with a solution. It’s bad form to suggest something needs to change without offering an avenue for that change. I may break that rule today. Ever since moving to Houston, I have lived somewhere close to Shepherd Drive. My first stay was actually off of West Alabama Street, but I was only two blocks from Shepherd. My next stop was on 14th Street in the Heights, this time four blocks off of Shepherd. Now, my wife and I live in Shepherd Park Plaza. There’s no way to verify this, but my guess is that I’ve driven up and down Shepherd Drive more than 2,000 times in the past seven years. For some reason, I’ve started to notice more details about Shepherd Drive, possibly because I’m now running a newspaper that delivers off nearly every street that touches the important north-south corridor. What strikes me about that road is that, in most ways, it does not come close to representing the growth of our area. While neighborhoods continue to change, through remodeling or tearing down of older homes, the businesses along much of Shepherd have remained.


We’ve got pawn shops, title companies, payday loan folks and, most of all, used car dealerships. I want to be very clear about something before going any further. We make no bones in this newspaper about our support for local small businesses. They aren’t just the fuel to our engine, they are our actual engine. If a person can open a business in this area, make a living, support a family and pay taxes, then onward and upward. On the other hand, Shepherd Drive is the gateway to our community, and the businesses that speckle our gateway are not what they used to be. Unlike most weeks, when I spout off an opinion based on some crazy idea I conjure, I actually did a little research this week – about six hours of talking to

people who know our neighborhoods and their history. And in each conversation I had with these community stalwarts, I offered a piece of information none of them knew. Did you know that between 14th and 28th Street there are 33 used car dealerships on Shepherd and Durham? It’s exactly one mile from 14th to 28th, which means there is one used car lot for every 160 feet of road. If you extend the map further, and drive all the way up Shepherd to Little York Road (the northern most boundary for The Leader), there are a total of 51 used car lots in the 4.5 mile stretch of road, or 11.33 car lots every mile. From everything I can gather, both Shepherd and Washington Avenue were, at one time, the car mecca for the entire city of Houston. What’s more impressive is the reputation many of these lots once enjoyed. Sit down and talk to someone who knows the city and you’re certain to hear wonderful stories about Elwaine Barrett or Uncle Buddy. It’s also pretty clear that the Janke family and Tommie Vaughn have been considered great neighbors and supportive business people for generations. It sounds like there was a time when any person in the market for a used car – no matter where he or she lived © Copyright 2013 McElvy Media LLC

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I’m stifled by adult homework THE OFFICE – Out goes my father’s century-old oaken roll-top and in comes a cheap gun-metal gray desk with Formica top and clanging steel drawers. I’ll put these sectional half-walls, replete with cute drawings by my youngsters, around three sides of the desk to partition off my cubicle from coworkers, whom I can rent. They will still bother me every six minutes with tales of their ex-spouses, deer hunts and Aggie jokes. I’ll need 12 phones all ringing at the same time nearly drowning the piped-in Muzak. The water cooler replaces the wet bar, obviously. Wonder if my new company has a Take Your Martini to Work Day? My kitchen can easily be turned into the office snack room with month-old leftovers in the refrigerator and cake from the Christmas party. The Microwave is much too clean. It needs baked-on chili and tuna melt. I should have a surly secretary who is only nice when Christmas bonuses are due. You see, I work at home. Some 30 million Americans do, at least one day a week. But that may be ending because Marissa Mayer, chief executive of Yahoo, has sent out an order to all her 20-year-olds who don their jeans, T-shirts and Nikes when they want to, and go to their basement to turn out the latest black box. Her order is: “Come back to the office.” The company sent out a memo to all those thousands of Yahoos, as they call themselves, who work at home all or part of the time, or have flexible hours. The message said they needed to start showing up at Yahooville bright and early Monday through Friday, 9 to 5. Mayer believes that face-to-face interaction among employees fosters a more collaborative culture. As the memo stated: “To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side by side.” If that work plan was good enough for Google, where Mayer worked before, it was good enough for her new employees. Of course, working at the office is easy for her to say, and do. She took off only two weeks for the birth of her first child, then had a nursery built next to her office, at her own


expense. That cost should not have been a financial burden. Mayer, 37 years old, makes $117 million during her five-year contract, and lives in the penthouse of San Francisco’s Four Seasons Hotel. Her order changing lifestyles is not going over very well with some workers, especially the young ones. But the CEO has support, because studies have shown that people who work at home are significantly more productive yet less innovative. For a cutting-edge operation like Yahoo, innovation is all important. Hopefully, the nerd clusters will generate the so-called “watercooler” phenomenon – many good ideas are hatched during those break-time moments of casual conversation. In taking on the workers who take off, Yahoo has entered a complicated situation whereby more and more American workers want to do it their way, when they wish. Today with e-mails and iPads, instant messaging, Skype, Facetime and other devices workers use to avoid actually working, communicating and innovating, the number of stay-at-home employees is exploding, right? Not exactly. Considering all the technological breakthroughs, the trend is moving rather slowly. According to the U.S. Census, from 1997 to 2010 the number of people who worked at least one day a week at home only increased by about 4.2 million, or from 7 percent to 9.5 percent. The most popular days at home for those who work both at home and onsite were Monday and Friday. On my own block, at least three husbands/fathers never leave for the office. They got laid off counting stay-at-homes for the U.S. Census Bureau. Nearly half of home-based workers are self-employed. The 2012 National Study of Employers found that some 63 percent of companies allow -- though

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– came to Shepherd or Washington to make a purchase. What’s more interesting is the off-shoot businesses that located here because of those dealerships. Take a look at all the mechanics (some of them incredibly reputable) and auto parts stores that dot our market. They’re here because Shepherd and cars just seem to go together. The reputations of those businesses, however, is fading fast. Yes, there are still honorable used car businesses in our area, and they get wonderful reviews from their customers. Others, it appears, have no business selling cars. If you don’t believe me, read some of the reviews of these places. Wrote one person: “This place of business is unethical, ill-moral and I definitely DO NOT recommend anyone to purchase their vehicle here.” Said another: “Completely worthless. Dishonest in every way and sell complete junk. Highly recommend all avoid this place.” And another: “This dealership sold me a car and not one week later it broke down... Buy at your own risk. This is a shady dealership.” Reading online reviews is risky because, unlike stories in a newspaper, there’s no journalist to confirm the source. Then

not necessarily encourage – some employees to work a portion of their time remotely. That’s up from 34 percent in 2005. However, a few companies have tried the work-athome plan and shucked it because clients want to meet face to face with employees. Bank of America decided late last year to require employees in certain roles to come back to the office. Some jobs don’t lend themselves to staying at home. Fireman leaps to mind, and heart surgeon. Long-distance tree-trimming and calf-roping never caught on. Until recently, fighter pilots usually had to be on the scene, but drones have solved that problem. Do U.S. presidents work at home? Something to consider: If you listen to Limbaugh or Hannity’s radio shows you hear these come-on ads aimed at the slow and gullible (their listeners) about working at home and doubling your income. It’s a rip-off. The exception is if you are working at other people’s homes while they are at work. First, check the closet floors for safes. Then there is commuting, or lack thereof. I commute through the den, past the spa, the stables and the servants’ quarters – they work at my home. Non-commutering workers annually save between $1,600 and $6,800 and 15 days of time once used driving to work or taking public transportation. Yet researchers in Sweden found couples in which one partner commutes for longer than 45 minutes are 40 percent likelier to divorce. Long commuters are also more likely to become fat. In 2006, Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman and Princeton economist Alan Krueger surveyed 900 Texan women, asking them how much they enjoyed a number of common activities. Commuting came in dead last. First? Having sex. Yee-HAW! On the other hand, maybe your spouse really doesn’t want you working at home. For better or worse, but not for lunch So good luck Yahoos. Like you, I want to be both more productive and more innovative. But most of the water-cooler conversations at my company are about last night’s ballgame, the latest dirty joke and/ or should we poison or strangle Marissa Mayer. Ashby works at

Dear Editor: Well finally! The last couple of days I was ecstatic to see our State Troopers out in full force pulling people out of the HOV lane on 290 who don’t belong there and giving them tickets! Every morning I see vehicles with 1 passenger rolling down the HOV to get ahead of traffic only to cause a jam when they need to get back over before the concrete barricades begin. They think they’re special, better than everyone else, while folks like me sit in traffic and abide by the traffic laws. I say hooray for our Troopers! Sure wish they’d dole out those tickets every morning! Peggy O’Hara

A fan for our pet columnist Dear Editor: Great way to give people more information about taking care of their pets. I adopted a cat from Friends for Life in the Heights which is a wonderful organization. I also volunteer with Golden Beginnings Golden Retriever Rescue. The homeless pets on the streets and in the shelters need all the help they can get. Linda Barr, via

Another defender of Waltrip principal All four of my grandbabies have had Mr. Siebenaler as their principal, both at Sinclair and Waltrip. I am tough on principals but Mr. Siebenaler sat down with me and worked with me on each of my kids as their parents were not fit to take care of them.

again, in cases like this, I’m not sure it matters. There are stories of repossessions after missing a payment by a few hours, and others who have questioned the ethics of some of these dealerships. This is not a suggestion that we start a movement to get rid of used car dealerships. Heck, if you listen to financial guru Dave Ramsey, he says we all should buy used cars. I suppose there’s a balance somewhere in between. What is important is that Shepherd Drive continue to mature with our neighborhood. Shepherd is the entry to our community, and let’s be honest: We want our home values, businesses and schools to continue their improvement. The Janke family at Tommie Vaughn is investing close to $10 million in its facility, and they’re going to be a bright spot for us. It’s safe to say no one else along that road is going to do the same. Ultimately, it will serve our community if we see new, locally owned store fronts along Shepherd. Then again, I’m not sure when that will happen. I found one lot on the market listed at 5,245 square feet and an asking price of $640,000. At $122/sq. ft., I’m not sure they’ll ever sell. But we can always hope. Email

I have watched Mr. Siebenaler’s career with interest and frankly, admiration. He showed me how his school compares to other high schools like his. His Hispanic kids have even exceeded those from Bellaire high school in many areas. He blows away their two different middle school principals and the school is run in a great way, in particular due to this Bond problem which has been a joke for two years now. Performance? I heard that spoken earlier. There is an expression in Spanish that I won’t use here but that’s bull. Just before he left, he showed me everything that can be looked at. Waltrip was in the top 3-6 schools in eveything; EVERYTHING. So a oouple parents have an issue. show me a school were parents don’t bark? That includes me. I made one of my sons middle school principals life a living hell because she was not getting it done. Don’t give me that. Mr. Siebenaler is tired, his poor wife had cancer and now diabetes and he takes care of her like a doctor after spending long days at work. Some people just don’t have anything else to do. I would join that PTA, but no way. Those ladies fight all the time. Forget it. I am too old for that. RG out! Rolando Gomez, via

34th Street quiet zone debate goes on Dear Editor: The horn was not as obnoxious until the big barrier wall was put up along Loop 610 and reverberated it back to us. The Leader office was there before that wall went up as well. The train itself isn’t a problem. The ridiculous over use of the horn at all hours of the night is. Gaye, via

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Jesse J. Campos Sr., 65, died March 3. A Mass of Christian Burial was held March 8 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife Marie, their children, 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Berean Baptist Fellowship Church is having a 6 a.m. Easter Sunday Sunrise Service. Berean Baptist Fellowship Church is located in the sanctuary of Woodland Trails Baptist Church at 9615 N. Houston Rosslyn Road. Call 832978-9872 or visit for information.

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 are asked to 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. Children of all ages are welcome to attend a free easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. March 23, at Candlelight Park. Bring a basket and meet on the Bethlehem side of the park. 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

Franklin R. Caraway, 78, died March 5. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 18 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 600 Pecore. In lieu of owers please send memorial gifts to St Mark’s UMC designated for the HIMM and Grace UMC food pantries. Arthur Gin Fong, 63, died March 5. He was born June 15, 1949. Arrangements are entrusted to Heights Funeral Home.

Vivian Guzman, 65, died March 4. Funeral services were held at Woodlawn Funeral Home March 7. Survivors include daughters Cynthia Vazquez and Christina McGinty; and sisters Rosario Rios and Kathleen Flego. Paul David Hansen, 75, died March 8. Funeral services were held at Woodlawn Funeral Home March 13. Survivors include his wife, Tommye; daughter, Melinda White; and son, Mark Hansen.

Ross Jackson, 69, died March 7. A service celebrating his life was held March 15 at Woodlawn Funeral Home. Survivors include his longtime soul mate, Mary Frances Gonzalez; and brother, Charles Jackson. In lieu of owers, please consider a donation in memory of Ross Jackson to the Texas Heart Institute, Development OďŹƒce, MC3-117, P. O. Box 20345, Houston, TX 77225-0345 (online at or to a favorite charity of your choice. Olga Susil Petter Jankowiak, 90, died March 2. A Mass of the Resurrection was held March 6 at All Saints Catholic Church. Survivors include sons, George Petter, Arnie Petter; and daughter, Lois Pereira. In lieu of owers, memorials may be made in her name to St Pius X High School, 811 W Donovan St., Houston, TX 77091. Joy M. Leediker, 86, died March 1. Funeral services were held March 9 at Woodlawn Garden of Memories. She was a long time member of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church. Survivors include her son John Leediker; and daughter Cherry Mallia. Huey Long, 85, died recently. Funeral services were held March 13 at Woodlawn Funeral Home. Survivors include his daughters, Sandra Joy Hartman and Alicea Renee McLaughlin.

Johnny McCarver, 41, died March 3. A service celebrating his life was held March 9 at Grace United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Reeane; daughter, Breea; and son, Christian; mother, Marsaline Kochack-Adams; father, Johnny McCarver; sisters Shonna McCarver and Christine Hernandez; and brother Dock Richardson.

David Clyde Mouser, 70, died March 5. He was born Aug. 7, 1942 to Margaret and Amos Mouser. Funeral services were held March 8 at Gospel Truth Pentecostal Church. Survivors include his wife, Irma Mouser; brothers, Amos Mouser and Donald Mouser; sister, Betty Duett; children, Marva Mouser, Shannon Mouser, Raymond Rodriguez, Regina Lane and Patty Smith. Mary Frances Foucheaux Shults, 72, died March 7. She was born April 14, 1940. Funeral services were held March 12 at Woodlawn Funeral Home. Survivors include her husband, John A. Shults; and daughter, Kelly Kay Burgess. Cynthia Jean Johnson Smith, 48, died March 3. She was born April 6, 1964. Funeral services were held March 7, at Pat H. Foley Funeral Home.

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Easter celebrations at Lazybrook Baptist Palm Sunday begins the Easter celebration with a musical presentation of “It Is Finished,� by the Adult Choir during the 10:45 a.m. worship service. “The Shadow of Easter,� will be at 6 p.m. in the worship center, March 24. The presentation is free. There will be a solemn observance service chronicling the events of Easter week through Good Friday at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 27. On Good Friday, 7 p.m. March 29, there will be a dinner theatre with “The Shadow of Easter� presentation. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Reservations can be made by calling the church office. The Easter Eggstravaganza for children through fifth-grade, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon March 30. There will be games, crafts, refreshments, moonwalk and an Easter egg hunt, along with a special presentation of the Easter Story by Pastor John Neesley. Celebrate the resurrection with a 7 a.m. Sunrise Service at Jaycee Park, located on Seamist and Grovewood, followed by 8 a.m. breakfast at the church. Bible Study begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the 10:45 a.m. morning worship. Lazybrook Baptist Church is located at 1822 W. 18th St. Call the church office at 713-864-1470 for information.

Fish fry at All Saints The Knights of Columbus is hosting a Fish Fry from 6-8 p.m. March 22, in the community hall. The meal includes fresh fish, homemade hushpuppies, cole slaw, fries and iced tea or lemonade for $8. All Saints Catholic Church is located at 215 E. 10th St. Call 713-8642653 or visit for information.

Stations of the Cross at Garden Oaks Baptist There will be 14 stations set up in the fellowship hall, for meditation and prayer. The self-guided walk will take about 30 minutes and will be from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. March 22; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23; and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24. Garden Oaks Baptist Church is located at 3206 N. Shepherd. Call 713864-4447 or e-mail for information.

Lenten activities at Grace United Methodist Grace United Methodist Church will host the Heights Lions Club Fish Fry from noon-5 p.m. March 16. Menu includes fried fish, hushpuppies, fries and coleslaw. Adult tickets are $10 and tickets for children under 12 are $5. Proceeds will benefit the service programs of the Heights Lions Club. A Taize Service, part of Lenten worship is 8 a.m. March 17, in the sanctuary. Taize prayer is contemplative in nature and is characterized by repetitive prayers and Biblical texts set to simple musical lines intended to be sung. The community is welcome to attend. Grace United Methodist Church is located at 1245 Heights Blvd. Call 713-862-8883 for information or visit

Spring events at The Vineyard Bubblefest, voted one of the Heights top community events in 2012, will run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 23. Bubblefest is perfect for children from 3-12 years old. There be huge bubble pits, bubble games, bubble crafts, bubble contests, and a bubble prince and princess. Kids should wear play clothes that can get wet, bring goggles and towels, and be accompanied by an adult. Waivers must be signed for each child. Bubblefest will be held at the Spark Park at Hogg Middle School in the Heights. DivorceCare for adults and for kids (DC4K) are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday nights, from March 26-June 25. While adults gather together, children 5-11 will go to their own class. To learn more about these programs, go to or Register at or call the church at 713-869-9070. Palm Sunday services are at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. March 24. Good Friday service is 7 p.m. March 29. Worship is in Spanish and English at both 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Easter Sunday services, March 31, with the 11:30 a.m. service having Spanish translation. The Vineyard Church of Houston is located at 1035 E. 11th St. Call 713-869-9070 or visit for information.

First Presbyterian presents ‘Celebrate Life!’ A Palm Sunday worship presentation of the gospel musical “Celebrate Life!� will be 5 p.m. March 24, in the Grand Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main St. The combined choirs of First Presbyterian will lead the presentation featuring Grammy- and Dove-award-winning recording artist, Cynthia Clawson. Admission is free. For information, contact or call 713-620-6473.

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, in the fellowship hall. The menu will include “Hearty Fall Soup,� salad and cookies. 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. Maundy Thursday service is 7 p.m. March 28. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt March 30 for children ages 1-10. Services are 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, March 31. 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 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 Hope Episcopal Church is located at 1613 W. 43rd Street.

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.









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Oaks Presbyterian Church

Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship - 10:30 a.m. Nursery Provided

Ministering to the Oak Forest Community since 1948 Reverend Noelie Day

Grace United Methodist Church “The Heart of the Heights�

1245 Heights Blvd.

Sunday School . . . . . . . 9:30 AM Sunday Worship . . . . . 10:45 AM Nursery Provided

(713) 682-2556 1576 Chantilly @ Piney Woods

Reverend Hill Johnson, Pastor

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Houston adopts new offstreet parking provisions for unique parking demands, reduced parking requirements for designated historic buildings and greater shared parking options between uses to reduce the total number of parking spaces needed. The Ordinance includes revised parking standards for many uses such as barber shops and beauty salons, schools, self-storage facilities, and large shopping centers to more accurately reflect today’s needs. A last-minute addition to the Ordinance included a 20 percent reduction in parking for new businesses along a transit street that incorporate greater pedestrian standards from the Transit Corridor rules in Chapter 42 of the Code of Ordinance. In one of the more publicized changes, the Food and Beverage category was revised from two to eight classifications to create greater flexibility for businesses. The requirement shown in ( ) is the spaces per 1,000 square feet of gross floor area. The category now includes: Take-Out Restaurant (4); Dessert Shop (6); Small Restaurant (8); Neighborhood Restaurant (9); Restaurant (10); Tavern or Pub (10); Small Bar (12); and Bar, Club or Lounge (14). Information about the Parking Ordinance can be found at www.

Killen about his latest venture. “It gives me more time to focus on Hubcap, polishing it, because I know once CK’S opens up, my life’s going to be dedicated to it,� said Craig. They says this fall is the soonest we will see CK’s Steakhouse open the planned 5,000 sq. ft. facility. Both chefs have received national acclaim for their mastery of their respective meats –– Craig’s creative hamburgers and Killen’s steaks and barbecue. “We don’t want a big steakhouse that sits like 200 to 300 people. We want something small that seats like 80 people, that’s intimate, quiet, and relaxing. We feel like when it’s smaller like that, the service will be better and the consistency of the food will be better,� said Craig.“As far as the concept, it’s not going to be exactly Killen’s Steakhouse,� said Killen. “We’re trying to come up together with something that will work for the area.� The concept both owners are aiming for is affordable, quality food in a relaxed environment, unlike the typical steakhouses set aside for special occasions only. “CK’s Steakhouse is going to be very nice, very good food, but it’s going to be more reasonable,� said Killen. “When you go to a steakhouse, they’re very, very expensive and people can’t afford to eat that all the time,� he said. “They’re packed and the food is mediocre. If we can take that same price point and make it really good, I

think we’ll have a win-win.� The pair also agree about serving the freshest, local ingredients available. “Once we get close, we want to have a garden out there in the back so we can have fresh herbs and tomatoes,� said Killen. CK’s Steakhouse will offer grass-fed Wagyu Kosher beef from Strube Ranch in Pittsburg, Texas, which Killen currently offers at his Pearland restaurant. Of his new partner, Killen said “He’s a good guy. He’s very passionate about what he does and he’s got a good product. So, why wouldn’t I want to be a partner with him I think it’s a good combination of what he does and what I do and we’ll put it together and see how it goes.� The pair’s Pearland roots drew them together. Craig resides in Pearland, and he and his family have been longtime customers of Killen’s Steakhouse. “Everybody knows he’s like the steak guru,� said Craig about Killen. “I just like his concept, what he has to offer. I like his menu because he offers so much variety when it comes to the steaks,� he said. When asked if Killen would continue to run his steakhouse in Pearland, he said “That’s always going to be the original, like Ninfa’s on Navigation. “Ronnie Killen has a lot of passion. I have a lot of passion,� said Craig. “With the two combined together, it’s pretty much a home run. Not even a home run, a grand slam.�

Magnet • from Page 1A magnet schools work and should survive and which should be “discontinued.â€? It would also have allowed the administration to create new standards, new metrics to gauge the success of programs and to create funding systems to answer earlier charges of uneven financial support for magnet schools. But before the meeting, Eastman pulled the item, saying it might be considered next month. Members of the activist HISD Parent Visionary Group, responsible for helping to elect Eastman and two other trustees, reacted suspiciously on social media. Andy Chan wondered why parents hadn’t been engaged in the recommendations and said the process was “right back where we started from.â€? “Why have we not been working on this for the last 2 years? Parents have been asking this very question,â€? wrote Chan. “Do we have answers to the questions we asked last time? ‌Why not replicate successful programs and close those that are not successful. Why are we funding programs with just a few student(s) that benefit. There was literally a laundry list of questions we asked that have not been answer(ed).â€? Superintendent Terry Grier, who was out of the country and didn’t attend the board meeting last Thursday, had commissioned a controversial study by Magnet Schools of America that was completed two years ago after a team visited every magnet program in the district and made recommendations about their effectiveness and funding. Historically, magnet school programs have been used to provide unique educational choices for families who might otherwise choose private or parochial schools for their youngsters. They range from programs emphasiz-

Sobering Center will replace jails The ceremonial completion of the new Houston Recovery Center north of downtown has been held, but the “sobering center,� as it’s known informally, won’t be prepared to accept detainees immediately. “This is an innovative solution to a costly problem that diverts our police from other matters and crowds the city jail,� said Mayor Annise Parker March 8 at the ribbon cutting of the 84-bed facility located at 150 N. Chenevert St. “It is the first step toward the city’s long-term goal of getting out of the jail business. My goals are reduced costs, easing of jail overcrowding and safer streets.� The sobering center is an alternative to jail for people whose only offense is public intoxication, allowing them to regain sobriety in a safe, medically-monitored environment. Once detainees are sober, they will meet with professional counselors who will offer long-term treatment referrals to appropriate social service agencies.

ing science and technology to arts and aviation and run from K-12, and when the report was completed,educated 42,000 HISD youngsters. To many, any restructuring should be simple and involve replicating programs that work and closing ones that don’t. “They need to look at recognized magnet programs,� wrote parent Allison Matney. “Houston ISD is doing a lot of things well- let’s not screw this one up.� Dozens of enraged parents stormed the board meeting on a matter they definitely felt was botched – the district’s intention to consolidate and close two longtime campuses in black neighborhoods. The board voted to approved consolidation of Ryan and Cullen middle schools, closing Ryan. But trustees really drew heat – raised voices and even tears from grown men – about the plan to rebuild Sterling High School, temporarily transferring students to combine with Jones High, then shutting down Jones and folding its students into Sterling. Among the most emotional arguments were from those who felt they were misled by indications that Jones was receiving money from the November 2012 bond that caused many to vote and campaign for approval, they said, and a lack of public notice about the plan. A number of speakers – who went on for two hours – said they had found out about the agenda item through social media, not from the district. The passion had its effect. The board voted to table the plan until more input could be gathered from the impacted communities. HISD magnet programs in Leader neighborhoods:

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Parents make picks for summer camps by Betsy Denson The days are longer now, but they also seem to fly by for parents busy planning for their kids’ summer fun. Whether you’re a working parent looking for a summer long camp option or a mom or dad looking for a few enrichment activities, Leader readers have answered the call for ideas. While these listings are in no way exhaustive, hopefully they will serve as a partial guide to what’s out there in our area and beyond.

Creative Arts Lesli Dabney is sending daughter Arden to the Writers in the Schools (WITS) Summer Camp (http://www. It is two weeks long and focuses on creative writing. This year WITS has opened up a camp site at Garden Oaks Elementary, and there is also one at Travis Elementary in the Heights. “At the end of camp there’s a Reader’s Theater performance, and each student gets a portfolio of class writing pieces,� said Dabney. In the realm of dance, several readers responded that their kids will be attending Claire’s School of Dance in the Heights (http://www.clairedance. com/programs.php). They have a variety of week long dance camps for ages three and up. Budding artists might enjoy Art Mix Summer Camp on West Alabama ( which offers 15 weeks of drawing, painting, sculpting, collage and mixed media techniques. Artists can register for the whole week or by the day. Theatre camps seem to be especially popular with area kids. Theatre Under The Stars ( in the Hobby Center has summer sessions for ages four through 18 years. Its affiliate, The River, focuses on children with special needs. Deborah Barnette said, “My 6-year-old granddaughter attended two sessions of TUTS’ summer camp last year and loved it. She will do it again this summer.� At Main Street Theatre (http://www. html), kids can take a one-, two- or three-week class. They can also sign up for a day long Turbo Class. There are six locations where camps are offered, although The Fay School on North Post Oak Lane – which only offers the oneweek option – is the closest to most Leader readers. Other area camps explore an array of activities. At Mad Hatter Arts Camp ( in the Heights, participants cycle through different classes during their two week sessions in June and July: two for visual arts, one for dance/movement, drama, science, and music, as well as something called Culture Clash. ARTS ALIVE! ( offers one, two or three week sessions in the month of July for children ages four through seven. This year they are partnering with Dance Houston and classes will be held at The Wortham Theatre Center on Texas Avenue. Started by Garden Oaks’ Tina Sabuco in 1994, the ARTS ALIVE! program features creative movement, dance, creative drama, music and visual art. A Galleria area camp with a range of art and drama classes, as well as science, sports, and much more is Raising the Bar ( “My middle school daughter took classes there this past summer and had a great experience,� said Amber Caver.

At Camp Whata-Lota-Fun at the Harriet and Joe Foster Family YMCA, youngsters 4-11 participate in weekly themed activities.

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Of the many opportunities for summer activities, some of the local ones are just as entertaining for children. Marcelle Crochet (the cute one at right) found that out at the Houston Zoo.

Brighten your youngsters’ summer at the Harriet and Joe Foster Family YMCA, 1234 W. 34th St., with Y summer camps. Children ages 4-11 will attend CampWhata-Lota-Fun. This camp provides children with supervised, age-appropriate activities that allow them to create arts and crafts, swim and participate in weekly field trips. Activities during each week are based on a theme. A few of the exciting themes for this summer’s day camp include “Adventure in Neverland,� “Wipeout� and “Ultimate Warrior Week.� Youth ages 12-15 will attend Y Teen Camp. Teen Camp is filled with fun and exciting games so your teen won’t feel like they are in day camp, but like they are hanging out with friends. Teens will learn core values, conflict resolution and leadership skills with highly trained, fun and energetic staff. Every week teens will be attending two field trips to places to play paintball or swimming at Splash Town. Both camps have weekly sessions beginning June 10 through Aug. 23. Camps start as early as 7 a.m. and pick up at 6:30 p.m. Let’s have fun this summer – send your child to the Y for a camp experience they won’t want to miss. Make sure to stop by the Foster YMCA or sign up online today.

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Many Leader kids ages 5-12 have had great experiences at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center (www. in Memorial. Their weekly Nature Trekkers Summer Camp runs from June-August. There’s also a summer art class in partnership with City ArtWorks. Camp Zoofari at the Houston Zoo ( is ideal for animal lovers. Selena Crochet sent daughter Marcelle last year. “She cried at the end of the week because she was so sad it was over. She wanted to go this year even if I couldn’t find a friend for her to go with.� The Houston Museum of Natural Science ( has many different weeklong classes to choose from for ages six and up. Sarah Ordonez notes that kids can either bring a lunch or order from McDonald’s and there’s free garage parking for drop off and pick up. Also in the Museum District on Caroline Street, there’s a Weather Camp at the John C. Freeman Weather Museum. Crochet says her son Liam really liked it last year. “It’s very small and hands on - great for kids who like science,� she said.

A convenient and low cost option is The Harriet and Joe Foster YMCA on 34th Street which offers a number of summer sport programs, including softball and basketball. Last summer, a good number of parents also took advantage of the Houston Parks Department’s free tennis lessons (http://www.houstontx. gov/parks/youthtennis.html) in June and July at various parks. For baseball, Jennifer Brown notes there are camps at Post Oak Little League (, as well as at St. Thomas High School, St. Pius High School, Lamar High School, Rice University and the University of Houston. If soccer is an interest, several parents mentioned the great experiences their kids had at the Dynamo Soccer Camps ( preacademy/dynamocamps). Candice Croker says her family is going back for a soccer camp at SportsQuest (http://www.sportsquesttraining. com/Default.aspx?tabid=173661) which offers each week’s session at a different church around Houston. And indoor soccer certainly has its appeal in the hot summer months.

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Church and School Day Camps Many area churches and schools offer day camps for pre-school and school age kids which give parents a lot of bang for their buck. Parents had good things to say about Camp Imagination at Gethsemane Lutheran Church on Watonga (www. which has a Monday-Thursday program for ages 12 months-kindergarten. They also have a separate section for school age kids up to 5th grade. Another popular option is Kids Fun Camp ( Pages/default.aspx) at All Saints Catholic Church in the Heights. The camp serves kids age 4-13. Robin Day says her son Tyler loves it. “He always wants to go during Christmas and Spring Break, but they’re closed then,� she said. Christina Amos said her choice is St. Rose Summer Safari (http://www. which is for kindergarten through fifth grade. “Every week has a theme and the classes are small,� said Amos.

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Houston’s ‘Summer Book’ a decade old, but always brand-new The Summer Book, Houston’s guide to vacation activities and camps for families, is marking its 10th anniversary this year. Sarah Gish, a local arts figure, says it’s her mission to “ignite people’s lives,” and she created the book a decade ago to encourage youngsters to find and explore their passions. The guide was born of necessity when Gish found herself trying to plan summer activities for her two young sons. The first guides were for ages 4 and up, and in 2006 (when one son became a ‘tween) she added pre-teens and teens. Gish created the separate, standalone directory full of day camps and classes spanning such diverse subjects as robotics, opera, video

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fashion design. More than 200 listings are organized alphabetically, by category, age group, length, indoor-outdoor, dates and whether they offer scholarships, to make for easy searching. To begin her research each year, she sends a survey to nearly 500 day camps and organizations that offer children’s sessions. “Every year that I edit the information it never ceases to amaze me the number of camps that have folded, changed or started,” says Gish. “I feel lucky to be “The Go.Find.Fun. Gal” who can keep up with all the changes and let my audience know about them through this guide.” Her interest in exposing fami-

lies to Houston’s unique activities runs year-round. Gish authors the popular blog, providing an ongoing guide to the area’s family friendly cultural activities. The Summer Book 2013 retails for $12.95. To find a list of retailers carrying it, go to The Children’s Museum of Houston will host an “It’s a DECADE-ent Party” from 11 a.m.5 p.m. March 23 to celebrate the Summer Book’s 10th anniversary. Attendees mentioning “Gish Picks” will receive a $2 discount on admission. Among the activities will be all-day scavenger hunts created by Gish and son Matthew, an 11:30

a.m. performance from Main Street Theater’s “Miss Nelson Is Missing!” a 12:30 p.m. reading from Peter Pan by a character come-to-life from the Houston Ballet, and a 1:30 performance of two child-friendly numbers by members of the Houston Grand Opera. There will also be dance and fencing demonstrations, a pro-

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ARTS ALIVE! builds self-awareness through creativity by Betsy Denson Garden Oaks resident Tina Sabuco likes to say that she started dancing at age three and never stopped. She has put her love of movement to good use as the founder of ARTS ALIVE!, a program which Sabuco describes as “Education through Imagination.” Sabuco is interested in the development of the whole person, whether they are child or adult, and she uses creative movement, dance, drama, music and visual art to help them learn about the world around them, but most importantly about themselves. She got her Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Drama and Children’s Theatre from The University of Texas at Austin and while working on her thesis, developed the seeds for a curriculum that would provide quality early childhood arts programming. Sabuco moved to Houston in 1992 and a few years later filled in as a summer substitute at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in The Heights. “While I was there, I asked if I could ‘try out’ a program that I was creating and ARTS ALIVE! was born.” Eighteen years later Sabuco has eight employees teaching about 2,500 students in more than 40 locations this semester alone. “Since 1994 we’ve taught more than 52,000 students in 350 schools, libraries and organizations,” she said. One of her teachers is Garden Oaks’ Anissa Dwiggins. Dwiggins has a B.A. from the University of Houston in Studio Arts, and also earned an all-level teaching certificate. “After I graduated, I went to visit one of Tina’s classes in hopes of finding a teaching job,” said Dwiggins. “I immediately fell in love

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The ARTS ALIVE! program brings quality early childhood arts programming to kids of all ages. (Submitted photo) with the program. I’m now the executive director and have been with ARTS ALIVE! for 14 years.” While the ARTS ALIVE! program serves infants up through grade school, Sabuco also teaches seniors at churches and synagogues, some of whom have Alzheimer’s and dementia. With regard to the curriculum, ARTS ALIVE! bases each lesson on one of more than 50 different themes. As Sabuco said, “The thing that makes us unlike anyone else is that we never teach any of the arts as a stand alone class; every class we teach incorporates all of the expressive arts.” While their office is in the Garden Oaks Professional Building, their classes are held all over

Houston. Their summer camp will be at The Wortham Theatre Center in partnership with Dance Houston. Dwiggins is looking forward to it. “The best thing about working with children is being able to share in their joy,” she said. “When given the chance to be free in their expression, children express joy in all that they do.” Sabuco is in her 38th year of teaching and shows no signs of slowing down. Or as she likes to say: “You don’t stop playing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop playing.” For more information on ARTS ALIVE!, including how to bring the program to your school or group, visit

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The local Girl Scout council offers three nearby resident camps for girls 6-17 in the summer. (Submitted photo) Counselor in Training (CIT). Older girls in 7th to 12th grades can opt to have a more adventurous camping experience hiking and biking in the Texas Hill Country or backpacking in northern New Mexico in the Taos and Red River wilderness areas. Selecting camp accommodations at Camp Arnold can prove to be a difficult task due to unique lodging options. Campers who visit the campsite located in Con-

roe, Texas can opt to lay their head near the water in a fishing village, up near the treetops in Tree houses or nestled in the middle of camp in platform tents or cabins. The blossoming equestrian might enjoy a stay at Camp Misty Meadows, also located near Conroe, Texas. The Robert and Janice McNair Equestrian Center includes four riding arenas and a herd of 40 horses waiting to be ridden, loved, hugged and groomed

Camp • from Page 1B Nora Leora mentioned Kidventure ( which offers day camps for a range of ages at a number of different locations, including St. Teresa in Memorial Park and Awty International. Miriam Smith sent her daughter to First Baptist Summer Daycation camp (http://houstonsfirst. org/event/384817-2013-05-27daycation/) for kindergarten through 8th grade and says it’s a great camp for working parents. Laurie Pitzer helps organize Kids’ Day Out at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church on Shepherd Drive. It is on Wednesdays and Thursdays for elementary aged kids. “We usually plan a field trip or a visitor to the school every week,” Pitzer said. “It’s a great option for stay-at-home or part-time working parents just wanting a day or two to them-

selves.” Other camps with summer programs readers mentioned were Our Savior Lutheran (http://www. on Tidwell, St. Andrews Episcopal School in the Heights ( and Hope Episcopal Day School ( on W. 43rd Street.

Sleep away camps For older kids, a sleep away camp is a right of passage. More than one reader said that Camp Cho-Yeh (http://www.cho-yeh. org) in Livingston is their camp of choice. Juli Crow is sending both her girls to a Girl Scout Camp in July. Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council ( has three resident camps with different focus areas

and you don’t have to be a Girl Scout to attend. Other camps that readers talked about were The Wild! at Carolina Creek in Huntsville (http://www. cfm?parentid=173&currentID= 176), Camp Coyote in Huntsville ( and Camp Lantern Creek (http:// in Montgomery. If you are still stumped for the perfect activity for your child, consider buying Sarah Gish’s Summer Book (http://www. which is billed as “an annual comprehensive guide to Houston day camps and classes.” Or you could be like Stella Stevens who wrote that she and her daughters were taking time off from scheduled classes or activities – a true summer vacation.

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Girl Scouts blend tradition with life skills Make new friends, but keep the old while having the time of your life at one of three Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) resident camps – Camp Agnes Arnold, Camp Misty Meadows and Camp Casa Mare. Registration is not limited to members – camp sessions are open to every girl, age 6 to 17. Whether it’s horseback riding, canoeing, exploring sculpting or science, backpacking, trying her hand at archery or creating her own digital space, there is an activity to match any girl’s interest and sessions to pique her curiosity. Either way, she’ll come back home with new friends, new skills and a lifetime of great memories. “Camping is no longer just about sleeping under a starry night, singing campfire songs or making s’mores,” said Linda Pau, GSSJC program director responsible for resident camp. “In addition to traditional experiences, girls are enjoying learning new skills, discovering their strengths, earning badges and even certifications.” For example, this year’s camp sessions include opportunities for girls to earn Red Cross Basic Sailing certification or become a

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by summer campers. The sea breeze is always blowing at Camp Case Mare. Located on Galveston Bay, campers will enjoy relaxing on porch swings located on the camp’s grounds or sailing on the bay. There are plenty of activities for landlubbers, including fencing, arts and crafts and drama. Those interested in sending their girl to camp can register one of two ways, online or by submitting a registration form through the mail. Camp placement is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. San Jacinto Council encourages campers to register as a Girl Scout before going to camp. The fee is $12. Those who are not interested in becoming a member will be charged a nonmember fee of $75 per camp session. For more information about Girl Scout Resident Camp, visit or call (713) 292-0300. From Girl Scouts San Jacinto Council

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Sure Sign of Spring: Time to play ball

Oaks Dads Club 7U Gators pitcher Lucas Mendez prepares for the season.

by Michael Sudhalter The crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd are just days away. Two area youth sports associations -- Heights-Norhill Little League and Oaks Dads Club will hold their respective beginning of the season parades for Baseball and Softball on Saturday, March 23. Timbergrove Sports Association will host its opening ceremonies on

March 23, but it won’t have a parade. •Heights-Norhill, which plays its games at 1000 Usener, will begin the parade at 9 a.m. with players, coaches, parents and friends. Special guests will include the Reagan High drumline, Houston Police Department’s Mounted Patrol and a Houston Fire Department truck. After the conclusion of the parade, H-N will host its opening ceremonies to introduce the new teams, honor the board members, special guests and

2012 All-Star champions. For more information on the league, contact Veronica Hinojosa at (713) 408-0672. •The Oaks Dads Club, which has sponsored local youth sports since 1954, will begin its parade at 8:30 a.m. at Waltrip High. The parade will end at their fields, at TC Jester around 9/9:15 a.m. It will be followed by a carnival -featuring a home run derby, base running and team introductions -- that will last until Noon.

For more information on the league, contact Andy Moore (Baseball) at 713-302-7565 or Lori Woods (Softball) at 281-851-6324. •Timbergrove Sports Association, which plays baseball on its four fields at 1500 Bevis, will begin its opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. After the Star Spangled Banner and a brief speech, the teams will be introduced to the audience. For more information on TSA, contact Mike Onufrow at 713-256-9424.

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Did you know that rabbits are the third most surrendered animal to animal shelters? While no pet should ever be given as a gift to an unknowing (unprepared) recipient, rabbits are very commonly given to people at this time of year. This often leads to the rabbits being abandoned or surrendered, once their charm begins to fade. They suddenly become hormonal (rabbits should be spayed or neutered at 4-5 months of age) and it becomes obvious that they have special needs, just like a more traditional pet. While perhaps not the ideal “starter pet,” rabbits can make wonderful companions--they’re naturally timid, interesting animals that can even be litterbox trained (impressive!)! If you’re interested in bringing a rabbit into your home, consider meeting some very eligible bunnies up for adoption, via Bunny Buddies Rescue (www. Saturday, March 16 (and every other 3rd Saturday of the month) at Petco: 2110 S. Shepherd (713) 521-1005 from 1-4pm or at Citizens for Animal Protection: 17555 Katy Freeway on the 4th Sunday of every month.

Hot, humid weather will be here again soon, bringing with it mosquitoes. Sadly, with mosquito bites comes the risk of heartworm disease in pets. Dr. Sonya Gordon, an associate professor at Texas A&M-College Station College of Veterinary Science reminds us that while dogs have a very high risk of heartworm infection, cats are susceptible to the disease, too. Dr. Gordon recommends that all pets be on a heartworm preventative medication. Comparatively speaking, heartworm preventatives are much less expensive than treating heartworm disease. Heartworm preventatives are administered (typically) once a month and cost between $30-$100 per year. While it’s fortunate that we do have treatment options for pets who are already infected with heartworms, that treatment is costly, (up to $6,000) very lengthy and terribly dangerous to the pet. It sounds like a no-brainer to me! Be sure to ask your veterinarian about your pet’s heartworm preventative options. Better to be safe than sorry!




Petco’s Meet the Critters Event Not to state the obvious here, but we’re all in agreement that cats make the best pets, am I right? But have you ever considered a smaller pet, such as a guinea pig, hamster or ferret? Stop by your neighborhood Petco on March 16, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for Petco’s Small Animal Play Day and learn about these pint-sized critters. Experts will be on hand to educate the public on their diet, grooming and habitat needs during this family-friendly event.

Furry Heads’ Up: Start shining up your running shoes (all four of them) for The Humane Society’s Fun Run on March 24. (We’ll chat more about this next week.) In the meantime, go here to check it out:

Reagan Red Coats reunite with memories by Michael Sudhalter Surrounded by nearly 200 of her fellow Reagan Red Coat alumnae, Judy Grundy Presswood shared a memory of the legendary high school drum and bugle corp’s trip to the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Presswood, a 1958 Reagan High graduate, recalled how the Red Coats raised money to take the trip to California. They visited the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and Knott’s Berry Farm. After marching in the parade, they attend the game on New Year’s Day and made it a mission to find the home of singer/actor Ricky Nelson, then a teen idol. They had a brush with his sitcom star mother. “Harriet opened the door and said David was home, but Ricky wasn’t,” Presswood said. “(But later on), in roars Ricky.” The Red Coats took a photo with the entertainer, creating a memory they’d never forget. For most organizations, that may have stood out as the pinnacle of its existence. But it’s merely one of the dozens of unique experiences that the Red Coats have enjoyed since they began as a pep squad in 1926.

Reagan Red Coats alumnae Marialice Slater Hampton (Class of ’48), left, and Marsha Goodwyn Frazier (Class of ’68), coordinated the 14th annual Reagan Red Coats Alumnae Luncheon last Saturday. They became a drum/bugle corps four years later and remained as such until 1982 when they became a dance team. They’ve been the RHS dance team since that time. Last Saturday, nearly 200 Red Coats met at the Junior League of Houston for their 14th anniversary luncheon. Former Red Coats from the late 1930s through the early 1980s attended the event to catch up with old friends, eat lunch and share Red Coats anecdotes. The Class of 1960 had the most attendees with 14. Red Coats from as far away as Arizona attended the event, and current RHS principal Connie Sokol Berger, a 1979 Reagan alum

and former Red Coat, welcomed the attendees. “You’re always welcome to come visit Reagan -- remember, it’s your school,” Berger said. Current RHS band members Francisco Lopez and Damian Luna performed to wide applause from the audience, who concluded the event by singing some of their old songs. Marialice Slater Hampton, a 1948 Reagan graduate, began to organize informal Red Coat reunions at a Steak & Ale in Houston, in the late 1990s. The event grew exponentially, and Hampton became its coordinator. “It’s been so fun,” she said. “(When you’re a Red Coat), it’s

your life, and they demanded such discipline. We didn’t dare do what we weren’t supposed to do. Everyone was very involved in it.” Hampton shared a story with the group about a train ride to San Antonio for a football game in the fall of 1947. The Red Coats played the Armistice Day Parade, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and the grand opening of the new Rice Stadium. Marilyn Becan Robinson, a 1964 RHS graduate, talked about a trip that the Red Coats took to Washington, D.C. and New York City. The cost was $185 per member. “You don’t know how important this is to me – the Red Coats are so special and near and dear to my heart,” Robinson said. Vicki Schmidt Faulkner graduated from Reagan in 1967 and was part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the Red Coats. She vividly remembers performing on the field at Delmar Stadium, as 500 Red Coat alumnae lined the field to watch. Marsha Goodwyn Frazier, a 1968 RHS alum, encouraged the Red Coats to bring fellow alumnae next year. She also asked to see if anyone was interested in getting together to purchase a drum to play and relive some of the Red Coats’ glory.

Gardening as an altruistic activity, for the community by Dennis Woodward For The Leader There are empty vegetable beds at Love and Durham that need your attention. I once lived in the Woodland Heights. I watched as a decrepit old home was scraped from the land. I was wondering what would become of that property. I knew that I did not want to mow weed turf. I was almost certain that the city would not send a crew to properly maintain an abandoned lot. I took the initiative to build a community garden on the lot that was abandoned. I sought permission from the city to use the land for a community garden. They did not grant me permission. I went ahead with my plan and built about 6 beds that were 40 feet by 5 feet. There were a few young mothers that assisted me in the garden and we harvested quite a few vegetables for our families. There were also times we had way too many onions, green beans, lettuce, or some other crop. At times when there was a surplus we delivered the extras to a shelter downtown. Through my involvement in that community garden I became aware of the work that Urban Harvest does in our community. The farmers markets that operate at Eastside and Richmond and in downtown at the city hall reflection pool among others are overseen by Urban Harvest. There are also donation gardens operated

across the city with help from Urban Harvest. Of course this organization only thrives when people step forward to volunteer. So, those beds at Durham and Love need your attention. In our neighborhood there is a wonderful woman that works a donation garden. I bet she even eats a little bit of the produce in the garden. Heck, I bet she even grows more food at home. I am not going to name this jewel of a person. Otherwise, I would have to let her see this before it appears in The Leader. I do know that this person has been on this planet long enough to be much wiser than myself. I guess she is old enough to be my mom. I hope some day to be as brilliant as she is. I know there are hundreds of people that have eaten food that she has almost single handedly produced in that donation garden she works. I planted tomatoes in one of the beds at the garden she manages. I will maintain that one bed for her this season. I hope and pray that you will go over to Love or Durham and work in those beds. You will get exercise, less time to shop, samples of tasty vegetables, less internet time, more time to meet people, less time to sit in traffic, more time to think, less time to keep up with the Kardashians, more time to see the beauty of nature, and more benefits you can’t conceive of now. The donation garden with the wonderful octogenarian producing vegetables for those that visit

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families, and yourself. You could also hunt down the octogenarian and her donation garden. Woodward is a resident of Shepherd Park Plaza who practices home gardening and restorative planting on public lands near his home.



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Neighbors: Egg hunt, celebrations, doing the ‘shake’ by Elizabeth Villarreal A group of neighbors in Garden Oaks has thrown an Easter egg hunt for their children for the last five years, and each year they take a photo in front of a certain home. These funloving and close neighbors have watched one another’s children play and grow for many years. At one point the block had 20 children in residence from birth up to 18 years old. Some of the neighbors have moved off the street but still return to attend this beloved Easter event. The 2013 Easter egg hunt was held this past weekend and in spite of a little rain, it was a hopping success. Emily Garcia, thank you for sharing this information with our readers. Bess Witovec Happy, happy birthday to Bess Witovec who celebrated her 95th birthday on Feb. 22. She was a Lazybrook resident for 47 years before moving to the Hampton at Pinegate. Bess celebrated her special day with family and friends who said, “We love you and wish you many more!” Interested in getting goofy this weekend? Join Oak Forest neighbors for the “Oak Forest Shake.” Neighbors are invited to come to Oak Forest Park on the Piney Woods side Sunday to do the Oak Forest version of the Harlem Shake. Be sure to bring a mask, or come in full costume. The Harlem Shake ... er ... Oak Forest Shake will begin promptly at 4 p.m., so get

there by 3:45 p.m. to get set up. Host and organizer Nora Loera says if you are not familiar with the Harlem Shake, review the example of some outdoor Harlem Shakes that have been done on YouTube. The song begins showing a normal scene (since it will be at the park, perhaps this will be families having a picnic, people playing catch, etc.), with one main person in costume dancing but being completely ignored by the rest of the people in the scene. About 15 seconds into the song, the scene switches to a mass of people wearing masks or costumes shaking their upper body until the song ends. The entire thing lasts only about 30 seconds, so the more people the better. No need to rent a costume. Put on a scuba mask or a wig and huge glasses, or last year’s Halloween costume. Just make it fun and family appropriate. Greg Faulk, neighbor and photographer/videographer, will video the shindig. Stork club news: congratulations to Nicole and David Durham of Candlelight Plaza who welcomed their first child on Jan. 23. Precious little Zachary Paul Durham was born at 1:15 p.m. and weighed 6 lbs., 10.7 oz., and was 21 inches long at birth. Welcome to the world, Zachary. March 8 was a very festive day in the Pennington household because mom and dad, Craig and Angela Pennington, share the same birthday. Craig and Angela celebrated by going out on a date and enjoying a Deep Ella concert. Angela remarked that the band is awesome and two of its members are Leader area neighbors. Welcome home to Sue Schmidt Bracher and David Bracher who are moving back to Houston this week from San Diego, Calif. Craig and Christine Joy Stevens just planted their spring garden and put in some beets, carrots, onions, cilantro, watermelon, spinach


and radishes. Little daughter Chloe is learning where our food comes from, and she is a big help. Craig is in his fifth year of volunteering with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and is a member of the Livestock Committee. He really enjoys helping the kids get ready to show their animals. Chloe enjoys seeing all the fun and making new animal friends in the petting zoo. Andrea Noser (Garden Oaks resident) and Susan Meriwether (Holly Park resident) are Pre-Primary (Toddlers and Two’s) Teachers at St. Francis Episcopal Day School which is a Reggio-Inspired School. They were thrilled to learn they will be going to Boulder, Colo. this summer to study Innovation in Early Childhood Education at The Boulder Journey School. Heights resident Sheila Stephens Kraatz shared the news that her little brother, Glenn Stephens, will be expanding his family. Glenn owns the Lookout Ranch in Weimar, Texas, and he is bringing home 5 Texas Longhorns next week to go along with the ranch’s horses, donkey and chickens. By the way, his mother and Heights resident LaVerne Stephens loves when Glenn comes home and brings her those fresh brown country eggs. Yum! From Ben Crabb, who publishes the Nor’westener e-newsletter for the Timbergrove-Lazybrook communities: “Timbergrove resident Jack Pinkerton proudly reports that his son, Marine Capt. Mark Pinkerton, is due to deploy aboard the USS San Antonio to an African/Middle East mission. Mark, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, has advanced to full pilot ranking. The 53E chopper is the heaviest in the U.S. arsenal, able to carry up to 55 troops or 30,000 pounds internally. Anyone wishing to send a note of support to Mark may send it to his Dad for forwarding,”

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AWSCPA MARCH MEETING 5:30 p.m. March 21 Sheraton Brookhollow 3000 N. Loop West 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 Certification: Benefits and Requirements.” 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 non-members; and $25 for students. After 5 p.m. March 15, add $10 to the stated registration fee. No refunds after Friday, March 15.

Food, music and silent auction to raise funds for The Giving Back Group, which feeds almost 100 hungry youngsters locally each weekend through the Blessings in a Backpack program. For information, visit the Facebook page The Giving Back Group.

MAYANS TOOLS ARE TOPIC FOR ARCHEOLOGY GROUP 7 p.m. March 21 St. Thomas University, MD Anderson Hall 3921 Mt. Vernon

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Archeologist Dr. Jason Barrett will be guest speaker. His topic will feature Mayan Stone Tool Technology and will include a discussion of the distribution and exploitation of lithic resources in northwestern Belize.

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GALA HONORS MICKEY GILLEY 6 p.m. March 25 Omni Hotel at Riverway 4 Riverway, 77056 713-871-8181 The Galleria Chamber of Commerce, will honor legendary entertainer and recording artist Mickey Gilley. Proceeds from the event will benefit 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.

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Kitchen, household items, clothes, books, and media GARAGE SALE: Saturday, March 16. 8 a.m. 2015 Cheshire. BLUE MOON ANTIQUES: Antiques and collectibles. We do estate sales. 3311 Ella. 832-2867882. (TF) FRANK SALAS IS THE MAN TO CALL for trash hauling and garage cleaning. 281-312-9795, 832-893-5697. (TF)


FOR SALE MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 14, 15, 16. 1703 Haverhill (corner of Ella and Haverhill). WE BUY/SELL GUNS: Top cash paid. FFL concealed handgun class March 16. 713-694-4867. (TF)

HEIGHTS KEYS ETC. Located in Heights since ‘58

742 W. 20th 713-861-7112


House Keys $ 25 Dependable Citywide Service


RUNNING GARAGE SALE ADS Please consider running your ads a week earlier if you plan to be open On Thursday or Friday. Please be aware we are now a SATURDAY PUBLICATION with Delivery being THURSDAY AND FRIDAY each week. This would insure everyone would know about your sale BEFORE IT HAPPENS.

Adult Care Services Available 24/7 Private homes, nursing homes, hospitals in Houston & surrounding areas. LVN, Bonded & Licensed


FOR SALE TUPPERWARE AVAILABLE: Call JoAnn Lord at 281-9233729. (TF) BOOST DRINK, vanilla, $25/ case; electric hospital bed, $250. 281-236-8241.

GARAGE SALE: Saturday, March 16. 935 Ridge. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Cookbooks, books, old magazines, liquor decanters, lots of miscellaneous. No clothes.

MEGA GARAGE SALE: 15709 Australia St., Jersey Village. For guys and dolls. Estate, moving and liquidating sale. Everything must go. Household items, tools. Unbeatable prices! Will go fast, good stuff, not junk. March 1516, 8 a.m. til ?

GARAGE/ESTATE SALE: Saturday, March 16. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 2019 Millwood, Lazybrook. Household items, furniture, antiques, tools, miscellaneous.

“He who has something to sell and whispers it into a well, is not as apt to get the dollars as he who stands up tall and hollers.” Advertise!

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Friday & Saturday, March 15 & 16 - 9am to 4pm Sunday March 17 Noon to 5pm

6 Pom Court, Spring Valley 77055 40 years of collectibles: salt & pepper shakers, copper, brass, crystal, furniture, tools, household items & much much more. Something for everyone.

Memory Foam Mattresses the

FOAM store





TAX SERVICES ELECTRONIC FILING & REFUND TRANSFERS Jenny Eggers Garden Oaks Area Tax prep./30 yrs. exp. Se Habla Español 713-697-8166



We offer Mobile Repairs Mr. PC Computer


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Grace United Methodist Church 13th St. & 1245 Heights Blvd, 77008 BOOTH SPACE AVAILABLE FOR CHURCH BAZAAR - YARD SALE & KRAFT SHOW Sat. April 6. Vendors; Gift items, craft and food booths available.We will have live music at the site.

Home, Small OfÄce Computer Repair



Contact Pat at 832-347-9382 or or Elizabeth at 713-302-4838 or

+ Custom Cut + Memor y Foam + Chair Pads + Couch Cushions + Mattress Foam

2217 W. 34th, Ste. A.

713-686-6622 Johnny & Rhea Danna, Owners RETAIL CENTER WHOLESALE PRICES

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BEST PET SITTERS: Bone Voyage, 713-688-6363. www. (TF)

MECHANIC WITH EXPERIENCE on Econoline vans needed. Experience with A/C, alternators, brakes and suspension. Tools required. Salary commensurate with experience. 713-681-3600.

WANT TO BUY TOP CASH PAID FOR YOUR GUNS: FFL concealed handgun class March 16. 713-694-4867. X-LARGE DOG KENNEL: Black, polycoated, wire, collapsible. Must be large enough for 100 lb. dog. Please call 713-695-9424 and leave a message. (TF)

FIND YOUR FRIEND FOR LIFE: Adopt or foster a shelter animal. (TF)

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Professional Dog & Cat Grooming



Dog Grooming Boarding

5229 Brinkman St. Houston, Tx. 77091

Mobile Pet Spa We will meet or beat our mobile grooming competitor’s prices


SENIORS-R-US: Provides private care for the elderly at home, hospital, or nursing home. Let us give your loved ones the attention they need to stay safe at home. Call Candy or Mike, 832-6911594. (3-23)

INSIDE SALES ASSISTANT: Parttime. Communication and people skills needed. Bi-lingual helpful. Fax resume, 713-681-1907.

FORKLIFT DRIVER: Forklift experience required. Loading and unloading trucks. Fax resume, 713-681-1907.

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

DATA ENTRY/CUSTOMER SERVICE: Customer service and data entry experience required. Good communication and people skills a must. Fax resume, 713681-1907.

PT - No benefits. Requires typing, invoicing, order entry, computer, Quick Books & telephone skills. Fax Resume


Call 713-686-6470 for interview


Affordable Pet Care In Your Home Will Treat Your Loved Ones As My Own

Cell (713)444-8517 (713)682-5246

Mitzi Bonded


Run It In The Leader’s HELP WANTED Section For Quick Results. When You Want Results, Call


$5 OFF All Haircuts before 8:00 am 3414 Ella Blvd. 713-681-6218

Royalty Pet Center Since 1976

• Grooming • Boarding • Pet Supplies 9900 N. Houston Rosslyn




C.W. TRASH HAULING: Residential/commercial, clean out garages, tractor work, box blade. 832-434-8863. (TF)


MOW, EDGE, BLOW, RAKE all grass and leaves. Flowerbeds. CHARMING VENUE FOR YOUR 832-272-3960. (3-30) NEXT GATHERING: Houston Heights Woman’s Club’s Historic Bungalow, perfect for small (!5,!7!9 events. Recitals, luncheons, Business or Home fundraisers — events up to 100 • Appliances • Yard Debris people. Grand piano, stage, Garage Clean Outs round tables, small catering kitchen. Call Lizz Martin, 281Free Estimates 217-6070, regarding this Heights L Insured L A C landmark. (TF)




SEWING ALTERATIONS: Reasonable. Pick up and delivery. Charlotte, 713-694-0003. (TF)



year in shop experience in floral designing. Experienced in managing multiple designers. Ability to multi task and organize time lines. Good communication skills. Floral Designers - Must have experience in floral designing. Fruit Bouquet Manager - Minimum 2 years experience in food industry. Ability to meet deadlines. Retail Store Floral Sales Associate - Sales experience a plus. Excellent pay and benefits with a growing company

M&M Pet Sitting


713-529-4174 713-723-9689


IS NOW INTERVIEWING FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS: Floral Designer Production Manager - Must have 1

1st Visit

Haute Dawgs





$5 Off

puddycuts@ 832•654•7475

No Job Too Large Or Small


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 or call Recruiting at 800-871-4581


• Garage Cleaning • Lots Tree Cutting • Fence Debris Removal • Demolish Free Estimates • All Concrete


SERVICE CO. .II=B,2;CFM TRANSPORT has an immediate need for Class A CDL drivers

WE BUY JUNK CARS: Dead or alive. 832-468-7140; 281-2720840. (3-30)

IF YOU USED THE BLOOD THINNER PRADAXA and suffered internal bleeding, hemorrhaging, required hospitalization or a loved one died while taking Pradaxa between October 2010 and the present. You may be entitled to compensation. Call Attorney Charles H. Johnson, 1-800-535-5727.



42!.30/243%26)#%#/ Has an immediate need for Class A CDL drivers out of PASADENA,TX! We offer Local/Regional & Long Haul positions, competitive pay, medical benefits for you and your family, paid training on product handling, paid uniforms, paid vacations, 401K & MORE! Requirements: 2 years Tractor-Trailer experience, Tank & Hazmat endorsements (or ability to obtain) & Safe Driving Record. APPLY NOW at Or call Recruiting at (800) 871-4581

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


DRIVERS: Houston



Apartment • Home • Office & Storage Units • Specialize In Antiques



Experienced using Quickbooks and Excel Strong verbal/written communication skills (Bilingual a plus) call 713-686-6470


an automotive additive manufacturer for 45 years, for Houston and surrounding areas.

Interviews will be held March 14, 15, 16, 17 &18 9am & 4pm

Extended Stay America, Conference Room 2300 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027 For more info call Otho Jones 713-960-9660 ext. 1193

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Low Booth Rent/$65 wk Call Anita Dixon


Advertising firm currently seeking a full-time employee with 3 years + experience in repairs and maintenance of building, along with basic skills in electrical, plumbing and mechanical equipment. Must be able to operate forklift and have clean driving record. Send resume:

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

Full time Warehouse employee needed for appliance installation company. K&N Builder Sales 713-868-3611 Fax 713-868-4210

NOW HIRING Professional Barbers & Hairstylist


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.

Contact Nathan

Regional Reefer. Great Home-Time, Pay & Benefits! CDL-A, 1 yr Exp. Req. Estenson Logistics. Apply 1-866-336-9642



Value $4,342.00


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NEEDED Sales Assistant / Clerk

Westside International O&G Supply Company • Seeking eager individual to work with all areas of Sales • Must have good verbal and written skills for typing quotes and expediting file requisitions • Must be able to multitask and work in Excel, Outlook, Internet, all computer areas • Advancement possible • Excellent benefits after 3 months

Send resume: or fax 713-722-7301

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Gardening Makeover Specialists Lawn Maintenance Heights Resident

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(832) 435-8685

Specialize In DifÄcult Removals, Trimming and Planting of New Trees Free Estimates



Espinoza Lawn & Garden Irrigation Drainage Systems Tree Trimming • Wood Fences Flower Beds • Fertilizing

FREE ESTIMATES 713-290-0485 832-573-9229


Lawn Maintenance Landscape & Design Sprinklers/Drainage Systems Free Estimates 20 yrs. exp.

713-688-4244 David Bartula


• Landscape Installation • Weather Damage Replacement • Tree Trim & Removal • Lawn & Bed Maintenance • Landscape Lighting • Organic Soil Amendments

Gilbert’s Landscape Lawn Care

Mowing • Edging • Blowing Flower Bedding • Fertilizing



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Spring Cleanup & Planting Flower bed preparation, soil, mulching, gravel, fertilizing, tree service, sprinkler repair, fence.


Expert Tree Services

• Removal • Trim • Prune • Spray • Feed • Top • Stump Grinding Fully Insured • Free Est.

10% OFF Labor w/ad






TREE EXPERTS, INC. Dennis Clooney - Manager 25+ Years Experience • Tree Trimming/Removal • Stump Grinding • Fertilization • Construction Preparation • Residential/Commercial Insured Liability and Workman’s Comp

713-683-TREE (713-683-8733) FREE ESTIMATES



Comm.-Res. • Trimming • Removal • Stump Grinding • Planting • Pruning • Trash Hauling Free Estimate • Insured Lino 281-704-6828

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• Mowing • Seasonal Color • Mulching • Wood Fences • Cleanups • Pressure • Tree Trimming Washing


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Medina Tree & Landscaping Professional Service

• Tree Removal • Trimming • Stump Grinding • Wood Fences Free Estimates - Insured


LAWN & TREE SERVICE Landscaping • Insured Satisfaction Guaranteed

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w Trimming w Pruning w Topping w Removal w Stump Grinding Comm. Res. (ofÄce) 713-545-3677 Free Estimates • Reasonable Rates • Insured


COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPING COMPANY is currently looking for English speaking foreman with one year+ of experience. Good salary and benefits. For more information, please call 713-688-2435 or apply at 2048 Johanna Dr. We are an equal opportunity employer. (S) (3-23)



Call Gregory

832-675-2485 713-864-3755

Painting - Exterior

One Story House...$599 Two Story House...$950

Includes: Pressure Washing Caulking - Labor Only Rotted Wood - Extra Charge 10% Discount - Interior Painting


WOOD FENCING Repair & Install Pressure Washing Painting • Siding Gilbert 281-948-4879


Serving Inner Loop area since 1978 Fully Insured Free Estimates



• ReRoof • Repair • Siding • Windows





+ Interior/Exterior + Sheetrock + Carpentry + Repairs & Power Wash 20 Yrs. Exp.

Free Est.



Serving NW Houston Since 1973 FREE estimates

713-688-3277 Ramiro Garcia

House Painting • Interior/Exterior • Sheetrock Repairs • Door Re¿nishing • Wood Repairs • Pressure Washing


FENCE SALE • Chain Link • Wood • Wrought Iron • Operators 30 yrs. Exp. Free Est.

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We accept all major Credit Cards

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YOUR ad can run HERE next week for only

COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPING COMPANY is currently looking for leadmen with minimum one year of experience. For more information, please call 713-6882435 or apply at 2048 Johanna Dr. We are an equal opportunity employer. (S) (3-23)

Applies to Walk behind mowers ONLY up to 22� cut.


COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPING COMPANY is currently looking for a licensed chemical applicator with a valid Texas license. Good salary and benefits. For more information, please call 713-688-2435 or apply at 2048 Johanna Dr. We are an equal opportunity employer. (S) (3-23)


Spring Maintenance Service Special $39.95 + tax

DRIVERS: Want a professional career? Haul flatbed/OD loads for Trinity Logistics Group. Earn $.41-.51 cpm. CDL-A with 2 years experience. EEO/AA. Call 800-533-7862. (4-6)



4560 W34th @ Mangum (Next to Fiesta Tacos) 713-686-8306 We service most major brands!

PAINTERS: Experienced only. $15 plus. Must have own tools. 832-885-4939.


PART-TIME BOOKKEEPER NEEDED: Work from home. Contact thru heightstax@att. net. (3-23)


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Irrigation Tech, Lawn Maintenance Supervisors & Helpers with experience needed. Apply Now M-F in person at 5608 Hoover - 6:30 am 713-686-6470


File No. Seizure 2012206844 12/11/2012


needs distributors and new account locators


24/7 ANSWERING SERVICE seeking a (Spanish) bilingual representative with call center customer service experience. Employment Line. 713-8664490. (3-23)



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U S Tree Experts • Tree Removal • Shaping & Trimming Insured • Free Estimates


713-681-4079 • 713-410-4265

Houston Heights


RooÄng, Siding, Painting, etc.

Keep it local and call the pros.


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HANDYMAN: Build, repair fences, garage doors or decks. Carpentry — install Hardiplank, cabinets, windows, doors, locks. Painting, home theater set up. 35+ year Oak Forest resident. Call David, 713-688-1839, leave name and number.

BURGLAR BARS: Custom made. Residential and commercial. Free estimates. 281448-2759. (TF)

Window Cleaning

Looking to hire good local people? Leader classifieds get great response and cost less than the daily paper.


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Your opinion is valuable ... share it with the community in our letters to the editor column.

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at Fair Prices Sales • Installation

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Blinds & Shades Installation 30 yr exp - call Ron



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wiring and repairs

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Jose `

Cell (281) 221-0637


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Henderson helps Celts reach NAIA tourney


by Michael Sudhalter

New coach, new plan is good for LHN


utheran High Northâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 football season was a difficult one to watch, as a fan, coach, player or neutral observer. But there is a light at the end of the gridiron tunnel, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good reason for it. His name is Nathan Robbins, a former college football coach who built a successful program from scratch at Dallas Lutheran. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His background,â&#x20AC;? LHN booster club president Bill Jordan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;is in rebuilding programs. He was the perfect fit for us at the time.â&#x20AC;? Robbins, who will also serve as the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletic director, will meet the public between 5 and 6 p.m. on Monday, March 18 prior to the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter sports banquet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to establish the perception of what it takes to be successful,â&#x20AC;? Robbins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He things they were doing before were probably the right things, but it may have come down to consistency.â&#x20AC;? The Lionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lopsided results were not a result of the playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; effort. They worked very hard, but the team barely managed to field a program by the end of the season. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s both overwhelming and demoralizing to be on the wrong side of scores like 81-6 and 83-12. When a program faces such a situation, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at a crossroads. The decision must be made -- build up the program, deemphasize or eliminate it all together. With the hiring of Robbinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, LHNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan is clear and it mirrors the booster clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission to make â&#x20AC;&#x153;LHN sports, strong, vibrant and moving into the future.â&#x20AC;? Robbins runs an exciting Pistol-Option offense, which is used by the NFL Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco 49ers. He also hopes to continue to emphasize character building, so that LHN football alums are well-rounded individuals after they graduate. This program is not around to survive as a football program but to thrive. The Class of 2013 was talented in academics, the arts and many extracurriculars, but it lacked numbers on the gridiron. As a result, the team finished the year with barely enough players to field a team. Robbins has a dynamic personality that will help the Lions promote the program in the community and beyond. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We needed that dynamic spirit. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in full rebuild mode,â&#x20AC;? Jordan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It may be another year or two before weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re truly competitive. Once the freshman class gets into their junior and senior years, this is going to be a very talented bunch.â&#x20AC;? Rebuilding with a plan, as LHN is doing with Robbins, is exciting. The Lionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; football team was adversely affected by several things out of its control. Enrollment is on the rise, but it was down due to the economy. If Robbins can build a roster of anywhere from 30-50 players, the Lions should have a good chance to become competitive again.

Michael Sudhalter is the managing editor and handles sports coverage for The Leader. If you have a story or an opinion about his column, email him at

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When high school basketball coaches graduate their players, they say goodbye, wish them well and if possible, attend some of their college games. Rarely do they get the opportunity to coach them again. University of St. Thomas assistant menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball coach Thomas Henderson, a Reagan High teacher and former head boys basketball coach, has enjoyed that unique opportunity. Henderson, 34, made his collegiate coaching debut, and one of his players is Celts senior Travis Lampley, a Reagan alum. Lampley led UST to its first-ever Red River Athletic Conference tournament title. He was the Tournament MVP and a first-team all-conference player. The Celts faced Georgetown College of Kentucky in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, Mo.; results were not available at press time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a special kid,â&#x20AC;? Henderson said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very smart, works hard and is always trying to find ways to get better. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an ideal basketball player, and everybody at Reagan speaks the world of him. He makes you look good, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m fortunate to coach him again.â&#x20AC;? Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prep basketball journey started in the mid-1990â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Copperas Cove High â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the same school that produced Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Henderson played basketball at Cisco Junior College, and briefly, the University of Nebraska before transferring to Southwest Texas State â&#x20AC;&#x201C; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adamant about the fact that he graduated from SWT, not Texas State â&#x20AC;&#x201C; before joining the coaching ranks. After three years as an assistant at Killeen Ellison, Henderson spent a season each as the head coach at Manor and Wheatley before taking over the reins at Reagan. In 10 seasons of prep basketball, Henderson was part of nine playoff teams, including four of five at Reagan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was very hard to leave Reagan,â&#x20AC;? Henderson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always feel Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a part of the Reagan tradition. I watched them grow up,

and they were a huge part of my life.â&#x20AC;? Henderson, who recently earned his Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Degree in Education Administration from Concordia University of Austin, said he always looks for new challenges in life and was excited about joining the staff of UST head coach Todd Smith. The Celts have reached new heights in just their fourth season of intercollegiate basketball, and Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passion and enthusiasm for the game was a perfect fit for the fledgling program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His experience as a head coach has helped me in games, practice and preparation,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. UST, an NAIA Division I program, opened the season with a stunning upset of its neighbor, Rice University, an NCAA Division I program. The 14-point win was stunning for just about everyone, but the Celts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those guys thought they could beat the world,â&#x20AC;? Henderson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach Smith does a great job of preparing. Our players believed they were gonna beat Rice. It gave us a name for the season.â&#x20AC;?

Building a Legacy Scarborough quickly gaining reputation for soccer prowess by Michael Sudhalter The Scarborough High boys soccer team has consistently been one of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top athletic programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody knows soccer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the sport that represents Scarborough,â&#x20AC;? senior midfielder Andre Escorcia said. The Spartansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reputation extends beyond the city limits and even Harris County. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can go out to Brenham and ask them about Scarborough,â&#x20AC;? senior forward Dwight Hernandez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And they know who we are.â&#x20AC;? But the Spartans (8-0-1 in Class 4A district competition) have elevated their game to another level under first-year head coach Sergio Hernandez Jr. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Discipline is the main philosophy,â&#x20AC;? Dwight Hernandez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without discipline, we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t achieve anything.â&#x20AC;? Scarborough won a district title in 2010 when Escorcia and Dwight Hernandez were freshmen on the varsity team. The Spartans bounced back from a 4-4 tie against Wheatley, in which it led 4-1, with a 3-0 victory over the Wildcats last month. In that game, Escorcia kicked the ball 28 yards for an unassisted goal. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll face Washington at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Dyer Stadium.

Scarborough senior Andre Escorcia plans on playing NCAA Division II soccer at Midwestern State in Wichita Falls next year. (Photo by Kevin B. Long/ Regardless of the district outcome, SHS is hoping for its first postseason victory since 2001. They have all of the ingredients to succeed under Coach Hernandez, a former police officer in West

Texas who guided Livingston High to success the past two seasons. Dwight Hernandez said running cross country â&#x20AC;&#x201C; he helped the Spartans qualify for the Class 3A Regional Meet last fall â&#x20AC;&#x201C; helped

him on the soccer field. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re setting a standard and setting the example well,â&#x20AC;? said Dwight Hernandez, who would like to play soccer and study Engineering at University of St. Thomas or Schreiner University next fall. The team has strong chemistry, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not surprising since many of them have played together since they attended Clifton Middle School. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re my friends,â&#x20AC;? senior defender Victor Zarate said of his teammates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully, we can win together as a team before we go our separate ways.â&#x20AC;? Escorcia will play NCAA Division II soccer at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He wants to study Chemical Engineering. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really like Math and Science,â&#x20AC;? he said. Coach Hernandez said the senior leadership on the field has been exceptional. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely easy for me,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see something, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll correct it.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ As the postseason rapidly approaches, the Scarborough girls, Reagan boys and Reagan girls are expected to join the SHS boys in the UIL Class 4A playoffs. Follow The Leader and for complete UIL Soccer playoff coverage and additional local sports.

Lady Bulldogs end 16-year drought against Waltrip by Michael Sudhalter The 2012-13 athletic season has proven to be the Year of the Bulldog for a trio of Reagan teams in their respective rivalries with Waltrip. First, it was the Reagan High volleyball team that overcame a deficit to earn a 3-2 win over Waltrip and win its first outright district championship in 16 years. Then, the Reagan football team overcame a double-digit deficit to edge the Rams on Homecoming. On March 8 at Delmar, the RHS softball team completed the trifecta, defeating perennial Class 4A-District 21 power, Waltrip, for the first time in 16 years. Like its volleyball and football counterparts, the Lady Bulldogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; softball team also erased a deficit en route to victory. Waltrip took a 4-0 lead into the third inning and appeared to be cruising to yet another victory in what Lady Bulldogs head coach Daniel Perez called â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Cross 610 Rivalry.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their 4-0 lead stirred the pot a little bit,â&#x20AC;? Perez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told the players to calm down and play like you know how to play.â&#x20AC;? Reagan erupted for seven runs in the third inning and six more over the next two. The game was called in the fifth inning, with Reagan winning 13-5, due to a 90minute time limit. It was the first time Perez, in his 11th season with Reagan, had de&REE2ING#LEANING WITHTHISAD ,IMITONEPERCUSTOMER


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Sports Calendar MARCH 18 BOYS SOCCER Scarborough at Washington, 4:30 p.m. (Dyer)

GIRLS SOCCER Scarborough at Washington, 4:30 p.m. (Delmar-Tusa)

MARCH 19 BASEBALL Beaumont Kelly at St. Pius X, 6 p.m. Reagan at Waltrip, 7 p.m. (Delmar-Tusa) Concordia Lutheran at St. Thomas, 7 p.m.

SOFTBALL Concordia Lutheran at St. Pius X, 6 p.m.

MARCH 20 BASEBALL Washington at Scarborough, 4:30 p.m. (Delmar-Tusa)

SOFTBALL North Forest at Reagan, 6:30 p.m. (Delmar-Tusa) Waltrip at Sharpstown, 6:30 p.m. (Butler)

GIRLS SOCCER Waltrip at Davis, 4:30 p.m. (Butler) Austin at Reagan, 4:30 p.m. (Delmar-Tusa)

BOYS SOCCER Waltrip at Davis, 6:30 p.m. (Butler) Austin at Reagan, 6:30 p.m. (Delmar-Tusa)

MARCH 21 BASEBALL Beaumont Kelly at St. Thomas, 7 p.m. St. Pius X at Concordia Lutheran, 7 p.m.

SOFTBALL St. Pius X at Duchesne, 6 p.m.

MARCH 22 BASEBALL Davis at Reagan, 7 p.m. (DelmarTusa) Waltrip at Milby, 7 p.m. (CLC) Lutheran North at Northland Christian, 7 p.m.

SOFTBALL Scarborough at Yates, 4 p.m. (Barnett) Reagan at Davis, 6 p.m. (Butler) Waltrip at Milby, 8 p.m. (Barnett)

MARCH 23 The Reagan High softball team is all smiles after defeating Waltrip for the ďŹ rst time in 16 years on March 8. feated the Lady Rams. Some of the players were infants the last time it happened and others hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been born yet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was the best gift I could ask for as a senior,â&#x20AC;? senior shortstop Stephanie Rodriguez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can do anything we put our minds to...thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new tradition starting up.â&#x20AC;? Reagan (8-1) had enjoyed success on the diamond, dominating

most of its district opponents and qualifying for the postseason. But that key win over Waltrip always eluded them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone expected us to lose,â&#x20AC;? senior pitcher Victoria Herrera said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All we could do was win.â&#x20AC;? Herrera has signed with NCAA Division III Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and Rodriguez plans to join her teammate there or play for Talladega College in

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BASEBALL Scarborough at Kashmere, 1 p.m. (Delmar-Tusa) Clear Lake at St. Thomas, 1 p.m. Chavez at St. Pius X, 7 p.m.

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Former SPX defensive end Chris Harrington is the owner of Lonestar Lobster.

Former Panther now into lobster by Michael Sudhalter Chris Harrington, one of the top football players in St. Pius X history, is enjoying an equal amount of success in the business world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Football really prepared me for business,â&#x20AC;? Harrington said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gave me a lot of mental toughness that really helped in the transition from football to business.â&#x20AC;? Harrington, a 2003 St. Pius X graduate who currently lives one street over from his Brookwood Estates childhood home, was Dave Campbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Texas Footballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Private School Player of the Year in 2002. He was a three-year starter at defensive end at Texas A&M and played a total of 13 regular season NFL games for the Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars, respectively. Harrington, 28, made a key business contact when he was a member of the practice squad for the Arizona Cardinals, a team that selected him in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I met a guy in Arizona who was in the Lobster business and he said if I ever got tired of football to call him and look at doing something in Texas,â&#x20AC;? Harrington said. Harrington didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think much of it at the time, but after he suffered career-ending ACL and MCL injuries in 2010, he made the call. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to make things happen,â&#x20AC;? Harrington said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;as opposed to sitting back and waiting for things to happen.â&#x20AC;? By March 2011, Harrington and his wife, Melissa, opened Lonestar Lobster, which is located on West 12th Street in Houston. The couple has six employees, including themselves. Each week, Lonestar has one truck send fresh lobster from coastal Maine and Nova Scotia, Canada. Once it arrives in Houston, the Lobster is kept in freshwater tanks that can hold up to 35,000 pounds of lobster.

Lonestar has a relationship with Louisiana Foods and sells the lobsters wholesale to Pappaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and HEB/Central Market. The company, which is looking to expand, doubled its sales from the first year to the second. Lonestar is unique because it is shipped via truck, instead of flown, to Texas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a niche in lobster,â&#x20AC;? Harrington said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lobsters never leave our possession. Everybody seems to be really interested in it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not something you hear about every day.â&#x20AC;? Harrington is glad that he chose to open the business in his home city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Houston is one of the best cities in the country for business, especially the food business,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Restaurants are packed on Tuesday in Houston.â&#x20AC;?

ATHLETIC MEMORIES Harrington is one of two SPX graduates to have played in the NFL, along with Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. But it may not have happened if not for the encouragement of legendary Panthers head coach Robin Kirk, who convinced Harrington to hit the weight room instead of playing baseball when he was a freshman. He was a four-year letterman and three-year starter for the Aggies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a dream come true,â&#x20AC;? Harrington said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Now), Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really excited as a fan.â&#x20AC;? Harrington earned a degree in Industrial Distribution, before going to play in the NFL. He had an opportunity to face quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. And though he played for the AFC South rival Jaguars for a brief period of time, Harrington is a Houston Texans fan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Playing for the Jaguars was just a job. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice having the city excited about the Texans.â&#x20AC;?

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