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Cohen to hold Town Hall meeting on crime

With everything from bike thefts to armed robberies being reported in clusters in Leader neighborhoods in recent weeks, District C Councilwoman Ellen Cohen is putting public safety front-andcenter. She and the Houston Police Department will team up for a Greater Heights Town Hall meeting on crime prevention from 6:30-8 p.m. April 29 at the West End Multi-Service Center, 170 Heights Blvd. Resource information specific to communities will be provided, and there will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

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St. Rose of Lima priest ministers to Texans by Michael Sudhalter Father Clint Ressler of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church remembers the days when he wanted to be an NFL wide receiver. “My (football) career was cut short by a lack of talent,” Ressler said. But the Crosby native still made it to the NFL. He’s been a team pastor for the Houston Texans since the franchise began playing games in 2002. “(I made it to the NFL) God’s way, not mine,” Ressler said. “I have one of (only) 32 jobs (like this) in the world.” Ressler was the director of vocations for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston when the Texans began looking for team pastors. Then-offensive coordinator Chris Palmer, a devout Catholic, wanted to make sure the team had a Catholic priest conducts Mass for the team’s Catholic players and coaches. On the nights before Texans games, Ressler conducts mass and gives Holy Communion for the players and coaches who wish to attend. He doesn’t travel with the team, but sometimes, visiting teams will request that he conduct mass for them, as well. When the Texans dismissed head coach Dom

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Those who thought the morale at Waltrip High School couldn’t get any worse – on the heels of a stall in a $50 million campus renovation, the unexpected and murky resignation of its principal of a decade, and the scandal involving a popular teacher investigated for possibly sexting to a student – well, they thought wrong. Houston ISD Supt. Terry Grier galvanized the campus this week with his announcement that he’s recommending Waltrip be added to the next phase of the Apollo 20 turnHISD sends reps to around program meet with parents for the district’s underperformabout new principal ing schools. The news – which came as part of the annual report on the program April 19 by Harvard educator and Apollo program architect Dr. Roland Fryer – was “a complete surprise” to school trustees, according to board President Anna Eastman, who also represents the Waltrip community. “I don’t understand why the administration is going in that direction,” said Eastman. She said she was told by a district official that Waltrip’s “data is really bad,” but stressed that “I’ve never been given information that would show why this recommendation has been made.” On Monday, HISD responded to The Leader’s request for supporting information by providing Waltrip and other underperforming high schools’ STAAR end-of-course exam results, with value-added data factored in that

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Father Clint Ressler of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church is a team pastor for the Houston Texans. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter; top photo submitted)

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Garden Oaks resident Shellye Arnold is a longtime fan of Houston’s natural assets, including Memorial Park. She says she likes the “mud, the bugs, and the bayous.” So when Arnold was approached about becoming the new executive director of the Memorial Park Conservancy, she was enthusiastic, if a little surprised. “I had always hoped for an opportunity like this but thought it would be at some point in the future,” she said of her dream job. “But I grew up going to Memorial Park,

and I felt I could help the park at a meaningful time. How could I not do it?” There is no doubt that it is a pivotal moment for the 89-year old-park. Decimated by the drought of 2011, Memorial Park lost thousands of trees. The conservancy – whose stated mission is to “restore, preserve and enhance Memorial Park for the enjoyment of all Houstonians, today and tomorrow” – has a lot of work to do. Arnold brings an exceptional skill set to the task. Her expertise in strategic planning, team building and leadership was honed over a 20-year career at Cisco Systems, HewlettPackard, Compaq Computer Corporation

and the management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company. Previous to accepting the position with the conservancy, Arnold volunteered her time as both a writer and a speaker for the Parks by You Parks Bond Initiative, which passed in November 2012, providing $166 million in parks funding. The Houston Parks Board is embarking on the boldest and most exciting capital project in its history: Bayou Greenways 2020. This ambitious project will significantly expand and enhance Houston’s parks system, creat-

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Suspect nabbed in brutal murder A 49-year-old man suspected of hitting a homeless man with a van and clubbing him to death in the 1300 block of East 29th Street near Airline Drive Friday night was arrested Sunday without incident, Houston police said. Alan Pozzerle, the suspect, himself lists a downtown homeless service provider on Fannin as his address on his driver’s license. He’s charged with murder in the 183rd State District Court. Investigators said that they found 58-year-old William Johnson unconscious and unresponsive near the street at about 10:20 p.m. Friday. Bystanders identified the victim as a homeless person who was often intoxicated. Johnson appeared to have blunt force trauma and was proAlan Pozzerle nounced dead at the scene. Police said Pozzerle struck Johnson with a club while arguing about a cell phone. When Johnson attempted to flee, Pozzerle allegedly followed him in a white Chevrolet cargostyle van and struck him with the vehicle. Pozzerle then is alleged to have continued beating Johnson, then fleeing.

Robbery Update

A woman arriving home in the 2200 block of Althea in Oak Forest about 9 p.m. April 19 was robbed at gunpoint, and the suspect fired a shot in the air when someone appeared inside her front doorway as the robbery occurred. Houston police said the woman parked on the street in front of her home and was on her cell phone when she was approached by a black man asking for directions. He then pointed a gun at her, told her to give up her wallet and threw her to the ground.

That’s when someone in the house opened the door, and the shot was fired, officers said. The suspect was described as 20-25 years old, about 6 feet tall and weighing 170 pounds. He was believed to have fled in a black Acura sedan. Residents in the area report increased marked HPD patrols since a series of robberies of residents outside their homes (and one convenience store on 43rd Street) – eight reported by HPD in all – began on April 5 and continued within a narrow radius.


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Mighty Sweet Mini Pies 4525 N. Main St. Mini Pies: $5 Sugar-Free Pies: $5.50 Kid Friendly: Not unless they don’t like desserts. Gimme a break. This is heaven encircled in foil. LE’s Favorite: Chocolate Orange Pie

When Heights resident Lindsey Schechter opened Houston Dairymaids in 2006, she wanted cheesepurchasing and cheese-tasting to be a special experience for all of her customers. “We do a few things that are unique,” Schechter said. “You can taste everything before you purchase it. We make sure each customer is walking home with the cheese they really want.” Houston Dairymaids, 2201 Airline, is the only cheese shop in Houston, and they have 150-200 different types of cheeses, including cut to order and hard cheeses. There are several cheese-tastings. “On weekends, it’s really busy,” Schechter said. About a third of those cheeses are pastry chefs specialize in miniature made on dairy farms in the Lone Star versions of the traditional Thanks- State. “Texas,” Schechter said, “is where giving dessert, just as their name suggests. Mighty Sweet slings out pies in five-inch trays, which are larger than a tart but about half the size of a regular-sized pie. These austerity-designed desserts are perfect for a couple to split or Just as the big festival season for a sugar-craving solo mission. And they are not as grand as the winds down, the art receptions holiday-conducive full-blown pies, seem to step making them perfect as a nice fin- it up and ishing course to your Sunday din- give us an indoor rener. This is how Leader Eater in- prieve from dulged in my first sampling of the impendMighty Sweet, laying out a spread ing Housheat. of the Chocolate Orange, Lemon ton Chess, Pecan and Peach Cobbler You’ll know miniature pies for The Bomber what I’m (my 5-year-old going on 15) and referring to the Winnebago Driving Parents when you from the North to test out at home. see May 3 Mitch Cohen The last two in the list are available below. Wear Arts Columnist daily at Mighty Sweet, which has a comfortable quaint dining area, while the others shoes and I’ll see there, or there or were only available that day. Ran- there. dom choices throughout the week Friday, April 26 “Director’s Cut” - East End (closed on Monday and Tuesday) include Strawberry Cream Cheese, Studio Gallery, 6-10 p.m., 708 German Chocolate, Buttermilk, Telephone Road, Suite E 77023. A Banana Caramel, Coconut Cream juried art exhibition and tribute and even sugar-free Chocolate to cinematic visionaries. http:// The Lemon Chess is a simplistic rectors-cut-2 baked good with the tang of lemon Saturday, April 27 Houston Re-Market 4302 Hartoned down by a heavy dose of cream, proving to be the antithesis risburg, 11 a.m.4 p.m. The goal of decadence. The Peach Cobbler of Houston Re-Market is to fosis aggressive on the fruit and light- ter responsible consumerism. The er on the cobbler than this sweet market features about 10 very aftooth fancies, while the Pecan pie fordable vendors who use recycled proves a fine replica of its grown and reused materials and other up version with chopped pecan as sustainable practices in their craft. its topper rather than the full nuts. Visitors are encouraged to bring Soon enough the four petite pies their recycling-swap items, too. Of were darn near polished off and course you’ll find a food truck or the family started to adopt a new two and live music to entertain. Get all the details online, www. pie-deology.

Review: Minis make life of pie more attainable When it comes to pies, Leader Eater is what you might refer to as a traditionalist. I grew up consuming conventional circular desserts: apple, pumpkin, lemon merengue - and on very special occasions, a pecan pie would show up on the dining room table (these nuts were a bit of rarity in the pecanscarce North). When our family’s pie-making matriarch, my grandmother, wanted to think outside of the dish, she would whip up a strawberry rhubarb pie. And they all came in an orthodox round, nine-inch tin. To think of having a hefty helping of decadent chocolate as an ingredient in our pies or to have it compressed into an individualized size would have been, well, more change than we could have handled. But after having a Chocolate Orange pie from the Heights’ newest pint-sized dessert shop, Mighty Sweet Mini Pies, our piedeological thinking was starting to change. The base of the dessert is a thick layer of chocolate that has the stout consistency of thick custard and a ting of that sharp, dark baking version of chocolate taste. The pie’s second floor features a looser filling, in the same vein as merengue, with a subtle citrusy flavor – the dessert version of a sip of Grand Marnier. The rich and refreshing amalgamation of orange and chocolate is tied together beautifully with a wispy whipped topping with orange peel shavings and a fall-apart-on-your-fork graham cracker crust. Luckily for me the Chocolate Orange pie just happened on the rotating menu at Mighty Sweet, a diminutive store front on Main Street and close to Spanish Flower. Open for just over a month, these

we hang our hat. We go to the farms and taste what we like.” Schechter also attends the annual American Cheese Society convention to find new types of cheeses. The shop sells to restaurants and wine bars, in addition to its retail operation. A Miami native, Schechter moved to Houston to attend Rice University, where she earned a degree in English/Art History. Upon graduation, she began working in the food industry, which led her to open a bistro in Camden, Maine. Cheese plates were a big part of what her restaurant did, and she decided to move to Houston and start Houston Dairymaids, a moniker she came up with through “late night brainstorming.” Houston Dairymaids started in the Midtown Farmer’s Market, a “weekend project” that evolved into the retail shop. Schechter said the crowd that visited the Farmer’s Market – along with word of mouth – have helped build the customer base.

Art a la Carte: Bring your comfortable shoes Warehouse Sale: Beyond Her Studio/Shop, 8181 W. Hardy Road, Unit C 77022. 12-5 p.m. Artist Paule Hewlett designs her own collection of artisan table linens and fashion accessories at her studio. See the full collection at A Bit of What You Fancy, group show at Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring St. 77007, 6-10 p.m. A virtual who’s who of Texas based international artists, organized by Michel Muylle and Christopher Higham.

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The Science of Surrealism: Steve Brudniak. Avis Frank Gallery, 1606 White Oak Drive, 77009, 6-8 p.m. Remember I told you to watch this space in the former King Biscuit Cafe? I like this space better as a gallery, and this show will clinch that. From the release: “Steve Brudniak’s work has been exhibited in more than 150 shows, critiqued in over 200 publications and documentaries, (including 8 books), and collected by major art museums, including Houston’s own Museum of Fine Arts. Works include the first assemblages to travel into outer space, the only art to integrate the oldest life discovered on earth, the first sculptures to incorporate electrical lightning, unique applications of human blood and more.” “Pots/Possibilities” Nick Joer-

Reinvention, relocation of Corkscrew There are some fun events in store this coming week. This Saturday, April 27 from 2 to 6 p.m., The Corkscrew will be hosting Wine-A-Palooza, with over 100 wines for tasting, unlimited food, craft beer and live entertainment by Nick Greer. Even if you aren’t interested in wine, there is a full bar and a newly added piano par. “Live pianist and rocker extraordinaire Nick Greer” will be playing in the Red Room, a 300-square-foot entertainment room adjacent to the main bar area. Many might not be aware of the new location of The Corkscrew at 1308 W. 20th Street, since moving from the Washington Avenue location. If you are interested in finding more information about WineA-Palooza or purchasing tickets, visit or find The Corkscrew on Facebook.

Rockin’ Rollin’ Prints at Saint Arnold

On Sunday, April 28 at Saint Arnold Brewery more than 60 artists from all over Texas will have carved 3’ x 5’ woodblocks that will be inked up and then, in the parking lot, a steamroller will roll over the blocks to make the prints. The prints will then be displayed in the beer hall for viewing and for sale.

Houston Dairymaids owner Lindsey Schechter opened the shop at 2201 Airline in 2006.

The purpose of Rockin’ Rollin’ Prints 2013 is to educate the public about printmaking. The event will help kick-off PrintHouston 2013, a celebration of original prints, the artists who create them and the people who collect them. Exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and special events at art galleries, non-profit organizations, print shops and museums will happen throughout Houston during May, June and July. The event, presented by Print Matters, is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with refreshments poured between noon and 3 p.m. Admission is $10 and includes a commemorative glass created by Santo designer Carlos Hernandez for the first 200 attendees.

Saint Arnold Spam Off

Spam (the meat product, not the email) has sold more than 7 billion cans since its launch in 1937. To celebrate the return of the Monty Python Broadway musical Spamalot to the stage, Saint Arnold has partnered with Theater Under The Stars to add to that number. On May 1, area chefs will offer samples of what can be done with the infamous meat-in-a-can. There will be light bites featuring Spam, entertainment provided by TUTS and plenty of frosty refreshments. There will

Shakespeare comedy concludes opera season Opera in the Heights will wrap up its Shakespearethemed 2012-’13 season with performances of Falstaff through May 5 at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. The comedic opera by Giuseppe Verdi will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 26-27 and May 2-4, with a 2 p.m. matinee on May 5. Tickets are available at www., with discounts for students and those 62 and older.

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First Saturday Arts Market - 548 W. 19th St at Lawrence. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Last day show for the spring, the market returns to evenings in June-August to beat the heat. Three dozen plus artists will be on site under as many canopied minigalleries, with live music and food. Www.FirstSaturdayArtsMarket. com Web Surfing: If you want to really get your art on, visit Glasstire. com. Glasstire is an online magazine that covers art in Texas. It is also non-profit. Cohen can be reached at or visit him on the web at

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Do these poor students really need another label? I

feel sorry for students these days, and I’m not talking about college boys who are forced to mingle with coeds in possibly the greatest four to six years of a person’s life. I’m talking about these poor souls in elementary, middle and high school. Before going any further, let me make something very clear, lest I receive a letter, this time contesting my accreditation as a licensed commenter on educational philosophy. I am none of those – not licensed, accredited or a philosopher. Just an observer, based on personal history and a bit of education. And speaking of education, I’ve spent the past couple of days trying to remember mine. Earlier this week, a non-profit organization called “Children at Risk” released its annual report grading every Texas public school in K-12. Here’s what I remember about my days as a school student. Elementary was a blur, though I do remember a couple of innocent girlfriends, two bullies, dirt from the playground and the smell of old books from the library – some of them with that plastic cover designed, I suppose, to protect already ruined books. I liked the way that plastic sounded, and I learned to read most of those books.


Middle school wasn’t much better, though I can recall my first real questioning of the entire concept of math. More than anything, I remember the awkwardness of trying to get the cuffs of my pants to hit the tops of my shoes because I grew about an inch a week and there was no such thing as Ross Dress For Less. We had hand-me-downs for even less, and my older brother was still too tall. Talk about awkward, middle school was also about the time I started worrying about bumps on my face, a suggestion from the doctor that I consider wearing glasses, and girls who – for some reason – started taking an interest in me. My gosh, it’s any wonder I made it out of eighth grade without a mild stroke. If there’s any sensation worse than awkwardness, see fear. High school, for


Never fear

Dear Editor: I was bothered by your use of the word “fear” in the headline of The Leader today. I really like what you’ve done with this paper, but we need news, information, and maybe we need to be cautious but we don’t need to be afraid. I dislike the way media uses “fear”. Instead of news, it’s like watching The Perils of Pauline. The Leader has been better than that and I hope you will continue to be. Damon Camille

Lack of crime reporting

Dear Editor: Community is what we are trying to build and it begins from the bottom up. We should not expect that it come from the top down. The Leader is a community newspaper and it does not help our community when you bash the same group of guys and gals who are trying to protect us, namely HPD. Your voice is not our voice, Jonathan, it is yours. We should take as an example our neighbors to the East in Independence Heights and Oak Ridge. They have been regularly meeting with HPD and with one another to strategize against crime for years. This has aided in the relationship building with HPD and the community as well as decrease crime. Your pride and sense of entitlement, Jonathan, has obscured your vision to realize that your grumbling about what is not working

all its wonderful reunions, was utter fear the first couple of years. All the reading, writing and arithmetic we learned the first eight years of proper school finally meant something. We started writing papers, solving equations, using those equations to work some scientific formula of chemicals that may or may not have resulted in my school closing its science lab for a week. Even then, though, high school classes were secondary to the fear of walking in the door every morning. Facial bumps weren’t gone; that’s for sure. Now (and we’re talking late ’80s, early ’90s here) my hair had to look good, my clothes had to be different each day of the week – we weren’t in uniforms at that point – and I was forced to approach one of the girls who showed an interest way back in middle school. There were sports, pressure to have my own car, and the utter anxiety of asking my parents if I could do something on the weekend that they’d swiftly reject. You remember, right? There’s one other thing I distinctly remember about school, starting somewhere late in middle school and running all the way to my college entrance: Tests. I’m of the generation of students who said “Yes ma’am” to teachers, went to

with the lines of communication with HPD may cause our community to gain a reputation for not supporting our local law enforcement. Let’s try something different, something “cup half full” if you will: publish all of the HOA email data so we can offer to become part of their information network. Would the Garden Oaks HOA be in favor of including Oak Forest HOA members on their email distribution list for the purpose of disseminating neighborhood pertinent information? Would a multiple HOA meeting be possible to discuss strategies simple folk can put into practice to stay safe? We could even invite HPD, as is done in other neighborhoods. Activism at the community level is historically the key to being proactive against crime. We can talk with our neighbors, do our own crime research and employ safety measures to support law enforcement efforts, not tear them down or expect more than is reasonable. Ericka Lomax DeLeon

No texting proposal

Dear Editor: Why does the city waste time with this sort of stuff? Are there not already laws against reckless/distracted driving? We need yet another law; really? Meanwhile we have in the same paper articles about the citizens having to come together to clean the right of way, and buy and donate equipment for the police to patrol. Isn’t this what we are already paying taxes to the

City of Houston to do? Here’s an idea City Council: clean the streets, fix the roads, get knocked down road signs replaced in under a year, get the police to respond to gun store burglaries in less than 30 minutes, and have the existing laws enforced (i.e. vandalism/ immigration/ reckless driving). You know, the sort of mundane stuff governments are supposed to be doing, and our elected representatives are supposed to be paying attention to. John Fitzgerald, via

THE ATTIC – These are some dusty Guy Fawkes Day decorations, no doubt made by him and worth a fortune. This calendar is priceless if 1995 ever comes back. What museum wants my battered suitcase I took to Romania to see real paranoid governance, long before the Tea Party existed? Eat your heart out, Randy Buttram. You, too, Ryan Givens. Let me bring you up to speed so you’ll stop wondering why I am in the attic going through my junk collection while thinking of people you never heard of. Randy Buttram is 66, lives in Oklahoma City and, like all citizens of the Okie State, had enormously wealthy grandparents, Frank and Merle Buttram. (Grandpa either owned oil or was an OU halfback). They traveled the world picking up stuff for their sprawling Italian Renaissance mansion back in Oklahoma – art work, furniture, small villages. One of the grandparents’ collectables was actually two. They were ornate vases four and a half feet tall, which they bought in 1928 from the Bernheimer Gallery in Munich. The vases were hardly noticeable in a house that had an entryway with twin staircases, and a bowling alley in the basement. But Randy remembered the vases were first put at his grandparents’ main entrance and later moved to a hearth in his parents’ home. One of the pieces was decorated with a copy of the “The Concert” by Dutch painter A. Palamedes, an artwork from the 1600s currently on display in the Hermitage. Both vases came apart so that the several smaller pieces could be stored, which they were for a decade after Randy’s parents deaths. Recently, the Buttram brothers unpacked the vases and noticed the top portion of one of them had the blue markings of Russia’s Imperial Porcelain Factory used during the reign of Nicholas I, and the date 1833 printed on it. They decided to see if the vases were worth anything, and took them to Dallas for appraisal and auction. The two vases had a pre-auction estimate of $1 million to $1.5 million. They sold for $2.7 million. That’s why I’m looking through


my grandparents’ leftovers. They didn’t have a bowling alley in their basement, but did have bowls in their kitchen. Somewhere is my grandfather’s leather razor strap, or strop, with a double-headed eagle at the top. When I asked him what it was, he explained it was the logo of the Imperial Russian czar. He (my grandfather, not the czar) was a railroad man and had been asked by the Czarist government to go to Russia and run its railroads. My grandmother argued that he had TB and one Russian winter would kill him. He didn’t go but never forgave my grandmother for talking him out of it. Since my grandfather wasn’t a czar or even a Russian, in addition to the razor strap he must have left me something from Russia with love. Then there is Ryan Givens and his family. They are the heirs of George O. Walton of North Carolina, a coin collector. When Walton died in 1962, his collection was auctioned off in NYC for a tidy $850,000, except for a 1913 Liberty head nickel that New York numenmatix, numesmattocks… coin experts said was a worthless fake. The coin was stored in a bedside table until recently when new experts pronounced the nickel genuine. The coin, one of only five made, is going to be auctioned off in Chicago shortly for between $2 million and $5 million. You might also have a veritable treasure trove of what we antiquarians refer to as “old stuff ” lying about. Remember Michael Sparks, a music equipment technician in Nashville, Tenn. In 2007, Sparks bought a yellowed, shellacked, rolled-up document in a thrift store for $2.48. It turned out to be a rare 1823 copy of the Declaration of Independence, which Sparks later sold at auction for $477,650. In 1989, Donald Scheer of Atlanta

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Dear Editor: This makes me SO angry I could scream. While other cities are making efforts to IMPROVE recycling and make it easier, Houston is closing down the only effective sites (Center St. and West University). Very few people will be committed enough to drive to ONE facility. Of course, such facilities would be much less important if everyone had single stream curbside recycling that takes glass. Why talk about fancy “one bin” options in the distant future while ignoring the basic things we need to do in the immediate terms to allow people to recycle??? Lauren K, via Editor’s note: The West University center referred to in the article is operated by the city of West University Place in Houston city limits, and it is the West University city government that has discussed closing it.

bought a painting at a Philadelphia flea market because he liked the frame. When taking it apart, out fell an original copy (about 500 were printed) of the Declaration of Independence. Scheer sold it for $2.42 million, but he got taken. In 2000, that same piece of paper was sold for $8.14 million. Not finding a Rembrandt drawing or Napoleon’s soft doughnut for his saddle – he had terrible hemorrhoids -- I go to my library, which is actually a one-by-twelve inch board on two cinder blocks left over from my college dorm room. Did I file that book under G for Guttenberg or B for Bible? Then I remember I traded it for a first copy of Mad magazine. The book wasn’t very valuable because it was in Old German. Who can read that today? Maybe my “How to Change Your Car’s Floor Mats” is worth something. Same for this rare copy of “The Wit and Wisdom of Ma Ferguson.” Maybe you have seen too many shows of PBS-TV’s “Antiques Roadshow.” Then again, you never watch PBS, that pinko screed network. In the program, people bring a sawed-off shotgun and recite their great-uncle’s claim that it was used to blast Bonnie and Clyde only to be told it was made in China in 2001. Either way, you still may worry you don’t have anything ancient around the house except for what’s in your freezer. Take a fresh look at your sandals. Did Mahatma Gandhi once walk a mile in them? About that sweaty towel autographed by NBA star center Willie Washington. Is that actually a “Willie” or a “George”? Does your razor strap have a double eagle on top? What’s in my desk that hasn’t been opened since I hid under it during Y2K? There’s probably not much value in this gold Roman coin stamped “25 BC,” mainly because I don’t think it’s real gold. Finally, you’ve been wondering who paid that $2.7 million for a couple of vases? A hint: They fit perfectly as bookends for my collection of Mad magazines. Ashby is still hunting at

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words, I spent plenty of time with fellow pupils who didn’t have the economic advantage I enjoyed. But for a moment, while we all talk about new programs for schools, test results and organizations that are funded to rank our students, can we just imagine what these poor students must feel like? I had it so much better than they did, and I hate it for them. Try this: Take all the awkwardness and fear and pressure to learn, and then dump a report on the students presented, annually, by a study called “Children at Risk.” Then take the high-stakes alphabet of tests – TAKS, STAAR, Stanford, AP, SATs and ACTs – give them a pat on the rear, and tell them to “Go get ’em.” Sometimes, I don’t think we fully understand that, while testing is important and metrics must be established, the labels we put on the very people we’re trying to educate may be the greatest avenue to defeatism. Students aren’t in school to learn specific equations or sentence diagrams. We put them there so they learn how to think. Wonder what they think about our continual rankings of them. We should ask. Email

class, and learned enough about life to make decent grades while avoiding mild strokes. Once a year (I think), we took what they called the PSAT, which is the sound my fellow students made when we were reminded of test-taking day. Our teachers would send us home the day before, tell us to get a good night’s sleep and to eat a good breakfast. The next day, we’d spend about 23 hours hunched over Scantron sheets with dull pencils and not enough erasers. A month later, we’d get a report back from our teachers, which attempted to explain something about percentiles and college preparation. Whatever. I desperately needed to comb my hair. Here’s what we didn’t have back then: An organization called “Children at Risk” releasing reports about us, waved by PR types in front of the media’s microscope with exaltations about how wonderful our school systems are and how some schools need to be bulldozed because the statistics (err... standardized test scores) suggest as much. I didn’t go to elementary school in a plush collegiate-type structure. In fact, I was bussed to my elementary school, thanks to some demographic equivalencies needed in my hometown. In other

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West, Boston tragedies have impact at home by Michael Sudhalter

Waltrip AP’s stepdaughter across the street from Boston bomb

Leader employee Sandy Roig and her son, Chris, spearheaded a local effort to bring relief to the people affected by the Fertilizer Plant Explosion in West, Texas on April 17. Roig collected donations at The Leader office, and Chris, the fire chief of the Iola Volunteer Fire Department between Bryan and Huntsville, did the same at the fire station. Together, they brought palettes of water, clothes and even homemade pies (donated by a church in College Station) on two pickup trucks, a fire truck and an 18-foot trailer to the relief effort in West. They visited the West Fire Station, which Roig described as very somber. She was worried that there wouldn’t be enough help in unloading the donations, but said the relief effort in West was very

Hundreds of people from around Houston have donated items to those impacted by the explosion in West. Those items were delivered last week. organized. “It was amazing,” she said. Terri Devin, the school nurse at St. Rose of Lima, challenged the school to fill up her van with donations. The school’s first grade teacher, Kat Fisher, is from West and still has family and friends there. Local resident Jeanette Ayers’ 86-year-old mother, Mary Jaska, was living in the nursing home nearby the explosion. She was

put in an induced coma after the explosion, but she’s now off the ventilator and seems to be doing much better, according to Ayers. The YMCA of Greater Houston is raising money for the relief efforts in West. YMCA board member Tonya Knauth, a Houston attorney, said in an e-mail that her parents live in West and their home was damaged by the explosion.

TRIVIA CHALLENGE Waltrip High Cafeteria 2-5 p.m. April 27 1900 W. 34th St.

Entrants will be placed into teams to compete in this Waltrip Alumni Association-sponsored trivia tournament. The $20 entry fee will go to scholarships for Waltrip students. Refreshments will be available, and items will be raffled off between the eight rounds of play.

HEIGHTS ROTARY DINNER & AUCTION SPJST Lodge 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 27 1435 Beall St. 713-299-9896

Tickets are $12 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. Burgers and hot dogs are available for the children. Activities include face painting, inflatables, outdoor activities and balloon twisting. The live and silent auction begins at noon.

COMMUNITY SHRED DAY Allegiance Bank Texas 1-4 p.m. May 1 2222 N. Durham 281-894-3200

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‘GIT YER BOOTS ON!’ BARBECUE, AUCTION SPJST Lodge 6:30 p.m. May 3 1435 Beall St. 713-826-1279

GLASSELL SCHOOL SUMMER SIGNUPS June 3-Aug. 5 5100 Montrose Blvd. 713-639-7700

Registration is now open at The Glassell Junior School at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Classes and workshops are offered year-round for children of all skill levels and interests, ages 4 through 18. Registrations are accepted by mail, by fax and in person during Junior School office hours. Call or visit the website for information.


There are many activities planned for the weekend including a golf tournament and casual mixer Aug. 9 and the main event Aug. 10. Visit the website for information.

WALTRIP CLASS OF 1963 REUNION Sept. 20-Sept. 22 713-466-9030, 713-937-3019

A reunion committee is now working on 50th reunion plans. Events are planned for the weekend of Sept. 20-Sept. 22. As plans become more definite, information will appear on the Waltrip website, in The Leader Newspaper and in verified e-mail addresses to classmates. If one has not been contacted by a committee member, please call Donna Sanford Holle at 713-466-9030 or Leslie Hess Purvis at 713-937-3019. Also use the e-mail address, password Rams.


A barbecue dinner, silent and live auction, with live music and dancing is being organized by Waltrip High School’s Imperial Guard Alumnae to raise college scholarship funds for Waltrip students. Advance tickets are $15 or $20 at the door.

COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE Prudential Premier Properties 2-6 p.m. May 13 1803 W. 43rd St. 713-686-5454

OAK FOREST RUNNING CLUB Oak Forest Chill 6 p.m. Tuesdays 3542 Oak Forest Dr. 281-685-9929

The Oak Forest Running Club meets each Tuesday evening. Food is provided by Brother’s Pizzeria, 3820 N. Shepherd Dr. This social running club is free, but neighbors are encouraged to join the Oak Forest Homeowners Association.

JOB CORPS MEETING 8:30 a.m. Mondays 1919 N. Loop West, Ste. 477 713-880-2454

Prudential Premier Properties is hosting a blood drive at their office.

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

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Waltrip assistant principal Caring & Professional • est 2003 Frank Salinas breathed a sigh of Family/owned/operated relief last week when he discovered Ad # 33365 that his stepdaughter, Caroline Sellmer, was OK after the Boston Marathon Explosion on April 15. Sellmer, a 26-year-old nursing student in Boston, was eating Certified By lunch at an upstairs restaurant across the street from the finish American Board of line when the first bomb explodInternal Medicine ed. “I knew it was something bad – I Serving the Heights for over 25 years heard it and felt it, but didn’t know what it was,” Sellmer said. “I had a friend who had an apartment near 427 West 20th St. • Suite 212 there. We went there and put the (across from Heights Hospital) news on. Luckily, no one I knew Fax: 713-864-2622 # 36378 Ad713-864-2621 was hurt or killed.” One of Sellmer’s friends finished the Marathon about 15 minutes earlier and another friend was about a half-mile away from Barry P. Weinstein, DPM the finish line when the bomb exNail Laser Center Of Houston ploded. Adult & Childrens’ Foot & Ankle Disorders • Nail Laser Treatment • Sports Injuries • Ingrown Toenails • Corns • Calluses • Warts • Bunions • Heel & Arch Pain • Hammertoes • Orthotics • Diabetic Foot Care The




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Aak-aak: Help for regurgitating hair by Molly Sue McGillicutty Twitter: @themollydiaries Are you kidding me? A whole day dedicated to the bane of my existence - hairballs? My fellow cats, cat owners and cat lovers alike are all too familiar with hairballs: Those pesky balls of undigested hair that we cats tend to expel in the most violent manner possible and in the most indiscreet of locales. Cats with all types of fur and coats can be afflicted with hairballs, which lead to the old, dreaded, “throwing it in reverse” maneuver. The good news is that National Hairball Awareness Day (which was April 26) aims to help our humans learn how to prevent hairballs (not necessarily celebrate them, as I first thought). Our buddies at Petco offer the following advice for the prevention of hairballs: • Reduce shedding: A cat can only digest a partial amount of the fur that it ingests while grooming. The rest is highly likely to end up in a wet pile on your floor (or your bed, or your dining room chair, or your bathroom counter, or in your shoe - a personal favorite of mine). Brushing helps to cut down on the shedding process. The FURminator is a special brush that attacks the undercoat, which is typically the worst hairball culprit. Not to mention, brushing your cat is a great way to bond with him or her. • Nutrition: Proper nutrition can also help with hairballs. There are many foods available that contain natural vegetable fibers that aid in the passage of hairballs through their (ahem) proper exit. Making sure that your pet is getting enough fiber as well drinking enough water is imperative in hairball-prevention. Many cat owners report hairball success as a result of adding about a teaspoon of canned, 100 percent pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling, please!) to their cat’s diet. Also helpful is going grain-free. Cats are not built to eat grains. In the wild, they eat mainly meat. Feeding your cat a grain-free diet will also reduce their risk for diseases such as diabetes. • Veterinary supplements: If those tips don’t seem to help your cat purge the issue of hairballs, consider talking to your vet about a supplement designed to help with hairballs. If a cat has an overlymatted coat, is lethargic, has a swollen stomach or is constipated, these all may be signs that it’s time to see a vet about the hairball problem.

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ecently, the Dr. Oz show featured a segment on dental amalgams or “silver” fillings, meant to alarm patients of their safety. This is obviously a concern of all dentists, as the safety of our patients should be paramount. While the tv show used some questionable science to try to make their case, there has been years of research which support the use of dental amalgams as a safe and long lasting restorative material. The American Dental Association continues to support research into the safety of dental materials and would promptly inform their practitioners and the public if there was any science to support a lack of safety of any of its dental materials to the public. While patients may elect for a more esthetic, “tooth colored” restoration, they should not be concerned with having a silver filling replaced for health reasons. Unless there is decay present, or if the filling becomes defective for any reason, you should feel assured that your old silver fillings are safe. Be sure to check with your dentist to see what is best for you. For more information on dental amalgam research feel free to check out this link:

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NEWS FROM YOUR PEWS Spring activities at St. Rose

Nancy Jane Carothers, 84, died April 17. She was born Oct. 24, 1928 in Houston.

Nancy is survived by brother Arthur Wallace, sister Judie Warren and niece Karen Krell.

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Community, 3600 Brinkman, will hold a parish wide garage sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27. There will be furniture, appliances, books, toys, clothes and more. “Fiesta St. Rose” Spring Festival will be held 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 5. Fun for all ages with food, games, live music and dancing, a live auction, silent auction, raffle, children’s midway and teen zone. Proceeds benefit the St. Rose of Lima parish community. Call 713-692-9123 or visit for information.

Rodger Stephen Coleman, 67, died March 30, in Fort Worth. He was born

Aug. 19, 1945. He grew up in the Garden Oaks/Oak Forest area and worked with the Boy Scouts. Services to be held 6 p.m. April 27. Call 830-660-2379 for information.

Catalina “Cathy” P. Cortez, born Nov 6, 1936 in Houston, died April 17. She

is survived by her sisters Minnie Gonzales, Connie McNeil, and brother Jimmy. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Trinity Lutheran Church (trinitydt. org).


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Charles “Charlie” Fay, 92, died April 16. He was born Jan. 21, 1921 in Houston. Before working as vice president of marketing for Sterling Gasket Company, Fay served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was in Iwo Jima in a foxhole when he was severely wounded. He was married to the love of his life, Elizabeth Bonanno for 65 years. Linda Elaine George, 59, died April 12. She is survived by her husband of 41

years, Bailey, son John and daughter Kaitlyn Vanhekken, two granddaughters, two greatgrandchildren and four brothers and sisters. Memorial donations may be made to ALSA. org.

Kenneth Jacobs, died April 20. Memorial donations may be made to St. Ambrose

Catholic Church, 4213 Mangum Road, Houston, Texas 77092.

Len Tremayne Johnson, 40, died April 11. He was a native Houstonian and attended Reagan High School and Blinn College. Johnson joined the U.S. Army and proudly served three years. He is survived by his father, Lenwood Earl Johnson, mother Donna Ann Davis, daughter Lauren Johnson, and sisters Jennene Kemp and Kristal Johnson. Joyce Faye Williams Lloyd, born Oct. 26, 1948 in Houston, died April 20. She was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church. Williams was a graduate of John H. Reagan High School and the University of Houston. She was a CPA and operated a local accounting practice. She is survived by Janice L. Taylor, Gerald Lloyd and Alan Lowe. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gethsemane Lutheran Church Building Fund at Eloise Rebecca (Day) Moore, 98, died April 12. She was born in Houston and grew up in the Heights. Eloise attended Hamilton Junior High and graduated from Reagan High School in 1932. Upon graduation from high school, she married Louis Otis “Dick” Moore Oct. 26, 1933. She is survived by her son, Richard Louis Moore, daughter Katherine Janelle Moore, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and brother Ely R. Day. Margaret Mary Sallans Noecker, 56, died April 14. She was head of school for The Parish School. Margaret is survived by her husband Nick, daughter Lena, brothers Francis, John, and Jim Sallans and sister Maddie. Memorial donations can be made to the Margaret Noecker Nature Fund at The Parish School, 11001 Hammerly Blvd., Houston 77043.

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Unity theme for St. Ambrose parish bazaar

St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 4213 Mangum Road, will host its annual parish bazaar, “One World, One Faith, One Community,” from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. April 28. Food, shopping and games are planned, with entertainment by the Telstars. For information, call 713-686-3497 or visit www.

St. Stephen’s hosting Cinco de Mayo Golf Classic

St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 2003 W. 43rd St., is holding registration for the annual Cinco de Mayo Golf Classic to be held at 8 a.m. May 4, at Jersey Meadow Golf Course, 8502 Rio Grande Dr. Fees are $150 per golfer or $500 per foursome, when signing up together. Entry fees include lunch and awards. Registration forms are available through the church office and on the website. Proceeds benefit the ministries of St. Stephen’s. The church is also seeking hole sponsors, with names displayed at the hole, as well as donations of items and gift certificates for door prizes. For information, please contact Carmen Velez at or the church office. The GriefShare support group meets Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in Room 101. Each session includes a video seminar featuring biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics and small group discussion time. Participants may begin at any time during the 13-week program. For information, contact Jeanne Peters at For information, call 713-6868241, or visit

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Susan Doyle Parham, 60, died April 13. She was born and grew up in Houston, where she was a member of Baptist Temple Church. After graduating from Waltrip High School, she attended Texas Tech University and graduated from Texas A&M University cum laude with a doctor of veterinary medicine degree. Survivors include her father James Doyle Sr., husband Ralph W. Parham Jr., stepdaughters Nicole Parham Butcher and Shannon Parham Forbes, stepson Russell Parham, sister Eileen Doyle Brewer M.D., brothers James Doyle, Jr., Terry Doyle and Timothy Doyle M.D., and five grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation Memorial Gift Program. Louise Partin, born Nov. 18, 1923 in Millican, Texas, died April 15. She is survived

by her son, Charles L. Partin Jr., daughters Jacqueline Marsh and Charlotte Ann Valles, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Clara Lou “Susie” Weiman, born Jan. 20, 1920 in Honey Grove, Texas, died April 14. Clara Lou moved from Honey Grove to Houston when she was 17, and lived with her uncle and aunt, the Rev. and Mrs. T.C. Jester. She was a member of Baptist Temple in the Heights for more than 70 years. Clara Lou worked for more than 50 years as bookkeeper and secretary for Wendell D. Ley, land developer and investor. She and her husband, Clarence, lived in Timbergrove for 55 years.

at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church, 4300 N. Shepherd Dr., at 6 p.m. May 4, featuring Elvis Tribute Artist, Ray Covey. Tickets are $10; children are free. For reservations, call the church office. A Hawaiian style menu of baked chicken breast over rice pilaf, green beans and a dessert will be served. St. Matthew’s is in the process of seeking a new youth director. For those qualified and interested, please contact The ladies of the Lydia Circle will host the free pancake breakfast, 8:30-10 a.m. May 4, in the fellowship hall. Pancakes, sausage, eggs, fruit and breakfast drinks will be served. Sunday morning worship and a special Children’s Church begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by 10:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages. A Wednesday evening 6:30 p.m. prayer and praise service is available, along with Holy Communion. For information, visit the web site at or call 713-697-0671.

Maid for a Day raffle at Greater Zion

Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1620 Dolly Wright St., is having a “Maid for a Day” raffle, to be held May 11. Tickets cost $8 each. The maid will work for about 2.5 hours. Contact Valerie Johnson at 832-888-7223 for tickets or information.

Women’s study at Oak Forest Baptist

Oak Forest Baptist Church, 1700 W. 43rd St., is offering a women’s Bible study class. James: Mercy Triumphs is an eight-week Beth Moore Bible Study with flexible participation to be held Thursday mornings from 10 a.m.-noon through May 30. James, the brother of Jesus, was a skeptic, an unbeliever, who later became a disciple. Small group study will be from 10-11 a.m. followed by a video presentation

from 11 a.m.-noon. Homework is optional. One can participate in both activities or attend either the small group study or the video. For information, call the church office at 713-682-4942.

Manna reception held at St. James

The Ministry Assistance of the Near Northwest Alliance (Manna) held a reception April 14, at St. James Church, located at 1602 W. 43rd St., for its thrift store, vision center and food pantry volunteers. Executive Director Patricia Dornak and Manna Board President Robert Rivera recognized more than 60 volunteers who serve those in need in the community. The St. James youth group participated in a service project with the Manna Food Pantry April 20, with the distribution of food for families in need in the Oak Forest area. Congratulations to Charles Cernik, who was awarded the 2013 Volunteer of the Year by RSVP of the Texas Gulf Coast for his many years of service at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, and to Ashley Ramirez, a graduating senior, who was presented with a $500 college scholarship from the St. James Endowment Fund. The St. James Family Life Center continues its ongoing ESL classes. Upcoming summer events include GED, Adult Literacy and Basic computer classes, participation in Lemonade Day May 5, a Health Forum, and a four-week summer program for elementary school children. For information, call Robert Rivera, at the church office. St. James is led by the ministry team of Rev. Raymond LeBlanc and Aura Suarez, Minister of Outreach. For information, call 713-686-1577, or e-mail at

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First Baptist Church Heights Sunday Worship 10:30am Wednesday 6:00pm Friday Youth 6:00pm Sunday School 9:30 am

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he Bible provides us with many good examples of humanity. Adam, Moses, and Jesus are archetypes of humanity. But, it is also true that being human is radically different now than it was in Biblical times. Culture and technology have changed us to such an extent that being human in the modern world is fundamentally different than it was in the ancient world, or even a few hundred years ago. Our species may not have changed much in terms of biology, but in terms of psychology and culture, the differences are vast. This goes beyond such supercial questions as whether Jesus would have a Twitter account or a Facebook page were he alive today. Part of what denes us as human is that we are cultural beings. That is, we grow up within a culture and that particular culture is grafted onto us. This is one of the reasons why the humanities are important as an area of study. They help us to understand what it is to be human. Works of ction are sometimes denigrated by those with a practical bent, but good ction is often an exploration of what it is like to be a human being. Humanity is constantly reinventing itself, all the while questioning the implications of that reinvention. One reason to study the Bible is because it gives a number of very deep answers to the question of what it means to be human. “No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.” ~ Ecclesiastes 8:17 ~

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There’s a wishlist for next principal by Michael Sudhalter When it came time last week to be heard by Houston ISD brass about the leadership at Waltrip High School, several parents expressed concern that the school’s previous principal, Steve Siebenaler, was unrecognizable by most of the students. “I have three kids here,” said one parent. “and they didn’t know who the principal was.” Siebenaler, who led Waltrip for a decade, resigned in February amid criticism and an ongoing investigation that he borrowed money - sometimes without repaying it from a number of employees. HISD held the community feedback meeting on Wednesday night at the WHS Auditorium. The purpose of the meeting was to provide input to the hiring committee, which includes two parents, two teachers and three shared decision makers. Eight candidates have applied for the position, and four finalists interviewed for the position on Friday. Three of them are current HISD employees, and the other one works for another school district in Texas. The candidates are required to meet HISD’s standards. If none of the four are deemed worthy of the position, the search will start over. Once the committee selects a candidate, that person will be presented to HISD Supt. Terry Grier for his approval. (The meeting came before Grier, without warning, told HISD

Houston ISD Board President Anna Eastman, left, and HISD Chief School Support Officer Mark Smith, spoke to Waltrip community members during a meeting last week about the school’s next principal. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter) trustees the next day that he was planning to move Waltrip into the Apollo 20 turnaround program for the district’s lowest performing schools. The district said whatever happened with that proposal, the principal selection process wouldn’t be altered. See story, Page 1A.) HISD Board President Anna Eastman attended the community meeting and spoke to the concerned parents and community members. “I deeply appreciate the frustration...I need your eyes and ears (in the community),” Eastman said. Eastman said she’s not involved in the hiring process but will be

an advocate for the Waltrip community. Community members expressed pride in the “neighborhood school,” including some who have had three generations of connections to Waltrip. The hour-long meeting, moderated by HISD Chief School Support Officer Mark Smith, consisted of a brainstorming session for qualities that the community wanted from the next Waltrip principal. As the attendees voiced those qualities, an HISD employee wrote it on a computer, so it would show on the overhead projector. Some of the qualities were “putting students first, accessibility/visibility to parents, staff and students, someone who responds promptly, engages with students and understands them, someone who doesn’t micromanage, someone who is a cheerleader for the school, values parents, is a great manager and effective leader and welcomes the community.” Smith said many of the same qualities were voiced during a faculty meeting earlier in the day. “(Those qualities) should be a baseline on anyone that’s hired,” said Dr. Jon Enloe, a 1961 Waltrip graduate. “We need to change the sign on the side of the school from ‘recognized’ to ‘exemplary’...after 10 years of frustration from this community, there cannot be another false start.” Enloe, the president of the 20,339-member Waltrip Alumni Association, also expressed the importance of having the alumni involved in the school.

Waltrip • from Page 1A adjusts figures to reflect expectations of students. Based on those results, Waltrip, along with Furr and Wheatley – the two other high schools Grier is recommending for Apollo inclusion – are performing seriously below expectations, with students showing deficiencies in algebra I, biology, world geography, reading 1 and writing 1. HISD spokesman Jason Spencer also cited a declining enrollment at the 54-year-old campus - down from 1,794 in 2008-09 to 1,572 currently – as a factor. The Waltrip community went into motion with social media posts and emails – some with misleading information that a vote by the school board would be taken almost immediately, that the search for a new principal would halt, that administrators and teachers would lose their jobs en masse, and that students would be stripped of extracurricular activities to spend all their time on academics. An advisory committee meeting on Waltrip construction and a band parent meeting, both already scheduled for Monday night, turned into forums on Apollo, with high-ranking HISD administrators dropping by the latter to defuse some of the high emotion and set the record straight about rumors and exaggerations that were growing in number and intensity. The decision about Apollo would likely come in June at the earliest, the district says, as part of the budget process, since adding the three new high schools, two middle schools and possibly a pair of the North Forest schools that the state has ordered HISD to take over could require a tax increase.

Arnold • from Page 1A ing within the city limits a continuous system of 150 miles of parks and trails along Houston’s bayous. The total cost of the project is estimated at $215 million. Jim Porter, board chair of the Memorial Park Conservancy and a certified Texas naturalist, feels confident that they have the right person for the job. “Shellye has a history of getting things done and delivering results,” he said. For her part, Arnold is eager to work with partners such as the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Houston Parks Board. She also wants to hear from the public as the conservancy updates its master plan. “Memorial Park is both an active park and a natural park,” Arnold said. “That’s what makes it unique. It’s important to honor the ecological history of the park while balancing the needs of a growing population. If you’re a runner, a biker, a nature lover - we want everyone to participate in the conversation.” She notes that it was human intervention that uniformly forested Memorial Park with pine trees so heavily to begin with and that even before the drought, many of the park’s trees were already ap-

proaching their life expectancy. About 15,000 new trees have been planted thus far. But there is also a need to restore and enhance the natural balance of the park on a larger scale. As Arnold notes, “you can’t water a forest.” The diversity of Memorial Park with its three distinct eco-systems – East Texas Piney Woods, Post Oak Savanna and Coastal Prairie – will help sustain it. Clearing out non-invasive plants, which compete for water and sunlight, and planting native grasses are some of the items which could help with the restoration. Of course, all work in the park requires funding. Fundraising activities, as well as donations from foundations and private contributors, are crucial, but there is another source of revenue on the horizon. Last week, Mayor Annise Parker announced plans, pending council approval, for extending the boundaries of the Uptown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ)16 to include Memorial Park. TIRZ 16 currently encompasses the Galleria and surrounding area. Besides adding income for the park, the plan calls for the construction of a mass transit corridor on Post Oak Boulevard, which

would establish rapid transit lanes for buses within the median. Uptown Houston District President John Breeding says he is pleased to be a part of preserving the legacy of Memorial Park. “I’m pretty excited to have someone of her leadership and management abilities as we move forward,” he said. Arnold is supportive of the TIRZ proposal, in part because Mayor Parker is clear that Memorial Park will not be commercialized. It will remain a park, which is in line with the Hogg family stipulations when they made the land available to the city of Houston. She sees potential down the road for linking the park to Uptown for cyclists. There has also been feedback about connecting Memorial Park to Buffalo Bayou, thereby giving people more access to the 150-mile trail system that is being completed through the Parks Bond Initiative. “People don’t think of Houston as green, but it’s very wild for an urban area,” said Arnold. She and partner Tina Sabuco like to take their dogs kayaking on Buffalo Bayou. “You see Houston through a different lens.” And while Arnold has been at the conservancy for about a

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month, she is already looking to the future. “I signed up for this role for the long term, the rest of my career.”

The principal selection is continuing on schedule, according to HISD. This is the third year for Apollo at nine of the participating schools and the second for 11 more, and administrators pointed to a full slate of band, sports and other extracurriculars at Apollo secondary schools. Still, parents are wanting to see more data about Waltrip, about performance at the Apollo high schools – and want to be heard about feelings that a possible stigma attached to Apollo could drive away families and quality teachers and administrators from Waltrip, just as they try to make improvements that would attract the many new families moving into the neighborhood. The parents have promised to make a strong showing at upcoming school board meetings, and are pushing for a community forum with HISD about Apollo. The Apollo program is characterized by longer school hours, a commitment to a set of rigorous goals and ideals about achievement, and more individual attention, such as tutoring. In the beginning, schools that were identified by the state as being the lowest performing and in danger of being closed or taken over were placed in the program. Now, with no such threats, the criteria have changed, said HISD’s Spencer. Fryer’s report to the board showed that most of the Apollo


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than the players.” Ressler, who’s an avid runner, is involved with Catholic Athletes for Christ and has previously worked as a team pastor with the Houston Astros and Championship Auto Racing Teams. When he returns from Reliant to conduct mass at St. Rose of Lima, his parishioners often have a comment, question or joke about the game earlier that day. “If we’re winning, it changes everything,” Ressler said.

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schools, after two to three years in the program, “have moved to the middle of the pack of HISD schools,” Spencer said. Delinda Thompson Holland is an alumna and parent of alumni, and still involved with Waltrip herself. She characterized Apollo as “an inappropriate program” for the school and said she came away from Monday night’s meeting with the sense of a “strong desire” that Waltrip be restored to a “traditional community school.” Jane Waters, mother of a ninthgrader, decried the timing.“They’ve taken all the options away from us and are not allowing us to make educated decisions about our kids by making this decision in June and starting the program two months later when we do not have a chance to seek out other schools.” Several parents who talked to The Leader about their concerns were critical of use of the STAAR results as a basis for the decision, saying the test involved only ninthgraders and claimed that students were told the test either “didn’t count” or “didn’t mean anything.” HISD’s Spencer took strong exception to that claim. “The district and state made significant efforts to inform all teachers, parents, and students of the seriousness of the new EOC (end of course) tests,” he said. “It was clearly explained that these tests now impacted grades – at the time of testing this was so – and were a graduation requirement.”


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