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Final hearing on Heights guidelines is May 17 Staff Reports A second and final hearing about the new design guidelines for homes in Heights historic districts will be held on Thursday, May 17. The hearing will be part of the Houston Archeological and Historical Commission (HAHC) meeting which starts at 3 p.m. on May 17 and will be held at the City Hall Annex council

chambers (public level), 900 Bagby St. This hearing has been pushed back due to a posting error, in which the meeting date was inadvertently omitted from meeting notices sent to residents. The first hearing was held in October 2017. Margaret Wallace Brown, Deputy Director of the city Planning Department, said comments from that first hear-

ing were used to make changes to a revised draft of the design guidelines. The latest version of the guidelines has been public since early February. The proposed design guidelines are available for review at the Heights Library reference desk, or online on the project webpage at http://www. Photo by Zach Maxwell The “COA” notice at a home in Historic Heights.

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This Sunday, mothers (and motherly figures) will be celebrated during the annual day set aside to honor and give thanks for them. But for one Heights-area mother and daughter, it will be a day like any other. Just down the road from Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Dr. Heena Thakkar and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj are the mother/daughter team behind Peekaboo Pediatrics off West 27th Street. Dr. Thakkar has been serving the Heights area since 1975, with her daughter joining her practice in 2009 -- and both say the experience has been one to remember. “I always knew that I wanted to practice medicine – from a young age I loved science, and knew that

I wanted to be a doctor. I mean, I grew up in the office we practice in!” Pankaj said. “But as a teenager, I never thought I would do exactly what my mom does.” Surprisingly to herself, Pankaj said she found such unexplainable joy during medical rounds at the University of Pennsylvania that when the time came to choose her path, there truly was no other option. “As I went to medical school, I fell in love with pediatrics, taking care of children and being a part of patients’ families,” she said. However, Pankaj still had not entertained much thought of returning to Texas once she left for college in Philadelphia – but everything changed when her father passed away. After returning home, and in the wake of her father’s passing, she found the overwhelming urge to

return to her roots – opening up a whole new world for herself and her mother’s already-close relationship. “With the combination of loving my training in pediatrics and wanting to stay close to home, it was a natural decision,” she said. “I was a bit resistant, but I’m so fortunate to have had the opportunity [to join my mom]. I feel now I was destined to do this despite it being a surprise to myself.” So, Pankaj asked Thakkar, and Peekaboo Pediatrics – affiliated with Memorial Hermann Greater Heights – to join the practice almost nine years ago, much to the surprise of her mother. “When she asked if she could join me [in Houston], my God that was the best blessing and dream I could See Mothers P. 3A

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By Landan Kuhlmann “See you in the big leagues.” Those six little words, inscribed onto an MVP trophy by a Candlelight Plaza t-ball instructional coach, can now be deemed prophetic as the 4-year-old they were directed towards continues on a journey seemingly destined since birth. “He gave Justin’s trophy last, and wrote [that inscription] on it. We thought it was sweet, and it makes any little kid happy – so we held onto it, and it’s

still at home somewhere. He continued on with his journey, and he made it,” Karen Anderson said. April 23, 2018 would have been a special day for any young player. But for Anderson’s son Justin – a St. Pius X alumnus – it’s difficult to imagine a more perfect scenario. The righthanded reliever was called up to the Angels’ active roster. He would be joining the club in his hometown, less than 10 miles from where he starred off West Donovan Street. Those written words may have been on “just” a little league trophy at

the time — but for those who watched Anderson through the years, it now stands as a monumental, defining moment that prophesied his rise to the sport’s premier stage. “Justin’s ascent to the major leagues has been phenomenal to watch. He worked his tail off every step of the way,” St. Pius X Athletic Director Jason Photo from Los Angeles Angels Kimball said. Those first six words Justin Anderson were just the beginning of 2 percent of high school the story. baseball players earn their ticket to play Division 1; A blessed mistake According to a 2017 See SPX P. 3A study by the NCAA, barely

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SPX from P. 1A less than 10 percent of all college players get that call. But from Candlelight Plaza all the way to Hollywood, Anderson has defied the odds. Though the ink on that trophy has faded in the 21 years since the day it was written, the keepsake rings prophetic, and Anderson’s success has locals abuzz. Growing up in Candlelight Plaza, Anderson was like any young player, Karen said. From his exploits in a Candlelight Plaza little league from ages 4-7 and Baseball USA in the following years, he was simply a kid with a dream. But it wasn’t without a hiccup, or some divine intervention. “Tryouts happened – but then two weeks went by, and nobody called to tell us what team he was on,” Karen said of Justin’s initial Little League experience. “So they just put him on this team, with this particular coach, and it was just such a blessing.” And Anderson has made him a prophet. Following a storied career at St. Pius X, Anderson signed with the University of Texas at San Antonio, where a breakout junior season spurred the Angels to select him in the 14th round of the 2014 MLB firstyear player draft. After three seasons showcasing mixed results, Anderson began the 2018 season by hurling 8 2/3 scoreless innings between Class AA Mobile and Class AAA Salt Lake City with 14 strikeouts and just two walks – prompting a much swifter call-up than anyone in the family ever anticipated. “It was just such a miracle

this happened this way, that so many friends and family could be there to see him. There are no words to explain how happy we were for our family and for him. That was so special to him, and when he called were in tears,” Karen said. That showing was one of two scoreless appearances the native Houstonian treated about 50 friends and family members to during the series in a surreal debut that transpired in a fashion not even his new home could script. Anderson and her husband John have watched hundreds of Justin’s outings, from little league to the MLB – but nothing could have prepared them for the moment of truth. “My husband was a bundle of nerves on the inside, and I kept trying to tell myself he was simply pitching another game – just in front of a bigger crowd,” Karen said. “But Justin said he was telling himself to keep doing what he’d done to get here.” St. Pius on the map And the results have been just as glowing since leaving the Bayou City – Anderson recently threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings during the Angels’ series against the New York Yankees, striking out four hitters in the process. “To actually see Justin fulfill his lifelong dream of playing in the major leagues has been inspirational,” Kimball said. “He is a great representation of SPX, St. Ambrose, and everyone else. We are all proud of everything that he has accomplished so far both on and off the diamond. ”

Using a heater that has touched triple digits and a power slider – which he used to strike out Carlos Correa and quash an eighth-inning threat during his debut – the 25year-old has already punched out nine hitters in just 6 1/3 MLB innings, hurling scoreless frames in six of his seven appearances. “Every kid that took the field that night at ODC believed ‘I am going to be the next Justin Anderson!’ It was a memorable night for me as an Athletic Director, but an even better night for me as a dad,” Kimball said. All of that, 21 years later, stemmed from one man’s willingness to step beyond his bounds. “He’s worked so hard; and there’s just been so much faith and a lot of prayers [to get him to this point], so hopefully he gets to stay and continue the journey he’s on. We’re so grateful [to Richard] for taking Justin on his team, when he probably already had his team picked,” Karen said. “[Justin] just had a great time playing – he was happy to get on a field and play ball with a bunch of little boys – he didn’t know any better, he just wanted to get out there and play.” On April 23, Anderson showcased that same zeal, coupled with a quiet confidence, as he punched out of baseball’s best young hitters to quash a threat. And it seems to be just the beginning of a special story, as the local kid continues etching his name in the annals of MLB history under Hollywood’s lights.

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welve years ago, almost to the day, I moved away from my home state of Alabama for the first – and apparently, last – time. I came to help run a company that published 32 community newspapers in this enormous city. My first objective upon building a new life in Houston was not to find a place to live. It wasn’t to make friends or search for distant relatives I might know in this city. No, as ludicrous as this will sound, my first search in Houston was to find the best public golf course in the area. I was a single guy, and as you might imagine, the priorities of bachelors are a bit diluted, which is why I needed a golf course before I needed, say, an apartment. This golf obsession is a disease. And if you don’t believe me, consider this: In Juno Beach, Fla., there’s a place called Addiction Reach Home, which treats substance abuse in adults. According to their website, Addiction Reach Home has a very stringent schedule during the week. The day begins at 8 a.m. with breakfast, followed by addiction counseling, a session on mindfulness and then lunch. At 1:30 p.m. Golf Therapy begins and lasts until dinner at 5:30. The day ends with an acupuncture session. That’s right. The only way to cure a fatal addiction is to introduce a stronger addiction that only results

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in perplexed stares from your wife. When I moved to Houston in 2006, I made my home around Memorial Golf Course, one of the best run public courses in the United States. Nestled on 600 acres of Bermuda grass, Memorial is close to home, it is run very well by the city and its staff does a tremendous job shuffling more than 60,000 golfers across its links each year. Memorial isn’t just a golf course, though. It is a retreat for thousands of you who live in our area of town. From playgrounds to ball parks to tennis courts to a 3-mile trail, this park is a reprieve from the concrete of the city. It’s one of the few places a family can go and spend an entire Saturday in the sweltering heat of Houston. If you haven’t heard, the city of Houston, led by Mayor Sylvester Turner, has a plan for Memorial Park, and I can’t decide if it’s the best or worst thing I’ve ever heard.

As you may know, Houston has hosted a professional golf tournament for nearly 70 years. A long time ago, back in the 1950s and early 1960s, Memorial Park was the host for that tournament. It moved around to locations in The Woodlands and then Humble, but Turner – rightly so – wants the tournament back in the city of Houston. And he wants to revamp Memorial Park into a championship golf course that can host the world’s best golfers. I asked Turner’s communications director, Alan Bernstein, if this was a serious endeavor or just a pipe dream. In our email exchange, Bernstein said Turner is serious about this – assuming the Houston Open can find a business (or three) to pony up the $12 million it takes to host a PGA Tour event. Here’s the problem, for those of you who don’t suffer from my addiction: Getting Memorial Park into shape for the PGA Tour would mean all sorts of changes. First, the golf course would need an investment of millions of dollars just to get it into PGA Tour shape. New greens, new hazards and better fairways are just the start. You’d have to spend millions more on a clubhouse, a practice facility and areas to host the 150,000 people who would attend. Even more difficult might be the complete closure of the course for

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13,” got it wrong. But it is true that Houston was the first word from the moon, although the space center was actually in Clear Lake City at the time. Don’t say, “Gig ‘em, Aggies” in Austin or “Hook ‘em, horns” in College Station. Don’t walk into a cantina and shout, “Draw!” If you use your directional signals, everyone will know you’re new here. Don’t squat while wearing spurs. Don’t mess with Texas. Some myths. No, Texas did not join the Union by treaty. It was by a Congressional Joint Resolution. No, Texas is not the only state whose flag can be raised as high as the Stars and Stripes. Any state can. But, yes, we can be divided into five states, which would give us five Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn. No one wants that. The official state song is not “The Eyes of Texas,” but it should be. It is a myth that in Texas, “gun control” means holding it with both hands. Also, it is not true that the official state motto is “Shoot Friendly.” Odd facts you should know so you won’t make a fool of yourself. Round Rock is not a dance. In April 1976, Houston’s Glenwood Cemetery was the scene for the funeral of Howard Hughes, at that time the richest person on Earth. It was attended by16 people. All were family members except for two doctors who’d been with Hughes days earlier. New data from the National Weather Service shows that a weather station near Nederland, about 10 miles north of Port Arthur, received 60.58 inches of rain from Hurricane Harvey. Another weather station, about five miles to the southeast of Nederland near Groves, registered 60.54 inches during the storm. Both are records for America. Harvey was bad, but no record. The worst natural disaster in U.S. history was in 1900, caused by a hurricane, in which over 8,000 lives were lost on Galveston Island. About our state government: Our legislators meet in the nation’s largest state capitol, naturally, every two years to debate and vote on transgender school bathrooms. Nothing else seems to matter. Our governor is Greg Abbott, who calls out the Texas State Guard to keep an eye on the U.S. Army and prevent a military coup. Our lieutenant governor is Dan Patrick, the official state demagogue. If you want to get elected, be sure to have an R by your name on the bal-

at least a year to do this work. And even when it opened, play would be limited to ensure Tour-quality conditions. Using the rates for playing at Memorial, it’s safe to assume the golf course and driving range bring in somewhere at least $3 million in revenue a year. The profits from Memorial Park fund nearly all other public golf in the city. But this isn’t even a financial issue. If you close Memorial Park for a year to make these changes, the city will ask its residents to sacrifice one of the most redeemable places we have to get outside. For golfers, they’ll have to travel 30-40 minutes further to play public golf courses. For walkers and joggers like my wife, she’ll be stuck on concrete strips in our neighborhood. Those are short-term problems, and while they shouldn’t be discounted, I also worry about the long-term impacts of something else Bernstein said. “We believe that establishing the Open as an annual tradition at Memorial Park would provide a permanent boost to the tourism economy in Houston and to the city’s identity as a year-round golf destination.” That’s a great idea, but I’m not sure the folks at City Hall get it from the residents’ standpoint. If the weather’s even half-way decent in Houston, there’s an hour-

lot. Democratic candidates have their face on the sides of milk cartons and have not won a statewide election since 1994. Their latest hope is to topple Ted Cruz with Beto O’Rourke, although many voters think Beto is the Longhorns’ mascot. Other important items: Houston is named for the Hero of San Jacinto and first president of Texas. Austin is named for “the father of Texas.” Dallas is named for a football team. Mexia is pronounced, mah-HAY-ya. Refugio is ree-FUR-ee-oh. Port Arthur is full of Cajuns. Call it port ar-TURE. Fort Worth is called West of Arlington. This should update Talcott F. Buck’s guide to Texas, although his advice on stock driving is still timely. Ashby is an oldcomer at

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long wait (at least) to play Memorial Park’s golf course. There’s not a parking spot anyway between the course and I-10. Has anyone considered that we want Memorial Park to be a destination for residents and not one for tourists? From a golf standpoint, if you make Memorial Park a golfing destination for the world over, has Mayor Turner considered that the only people who lose are the people who live and work here? There is one decent public golf course inside 610, because Hermann Park doesn’t count – it’s a war zone over there with balls flying like missiles. Memorial Park is, far and away, the best (and only) good public course inside the Loop. If you make it a tourist stop for national and international golfers, the people who live here lose. And one other thing: If Memorial Park becomes a tour-quality golf course, somebody has to pay for those upgrades. There will be no more $30 rounds of golf there, and that’s tough on the young and old who love the game and can only afford public golf. I’m a golf nut. I love the game and I love it when I get the chance to play on Tour courses. I’m not sure Memorial Park should become one. Email Email us your letters:

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I want to express my utter befuddlement with those people who live within the confines of HISD and who are responsible for electing the inept school board members that currently serve their children. Their incompetent or corrupt (or both) decisions have placed the district finances $115 million in the red! This is taxpayer money, people, which means, it is YOURS! Does anyone who makes the plethora of egregious spending decisions on that board have the skill to balance a checkbook? Obviously, these board members are eager to promiscuously spend taxpayer money, as seen by the $2 million spent on changing the names of the district’s schools. Of course, this didn’t enhance student learning; rather, it was meant to placate the caviling adults whose time is spent being offended by U.S. history. All elected officials have a fiduciary responsibility to properly serve those who elected them and this board has squandered that privilege. In fact, I suggest the district spend $3 or $4 on a pocket dictionary for each board member so they can frequently review the meaning of the words, ‘fiduciary’ and ‘responsibility,’ and take those definitions to heart. Is it asking too much of the voters to elect competent people? How about people who are determined to treat public money as if it were their own, and legislate in the best interests of those they were elected to serve? Now that is a novel concept for the ever-struggling Houston Independent School District. Jeff Przybyla

Dear Editor: We bought property in GO in late 2016 and built a new house in 2017 within the strict limits of the deed restrictions. We happily paid the 0.75% transfer fee with the full knowledge that it would be used to actively enforce deed restrictions (a prime driver for us moving to GO in the first place), beefed up constable programs, beautification projects, etc. We don’t want that money refunded and prefer it be transferred to a successor organization that will continue to enforce GO’s deed restrictions. In our view, it would be disastrous if there were no well- funded successor organization to ensure GO’s deed restrictions as, over time, it would likely have a detrimental effect on property values. However, if these monies can’t be transferred, let us offer one suggestion where some of these monies could be used (if legally allowed by the bankruptcy judge}: Rather than returning it to GO homeowners perhaps it could be used to help fund a Garden Oaks Quiet Zone. This would be of tremendous value to GO for all the obvious reasons. Further, the City of Houston has intimated that a Quiet Zone would likely be funded if GO (and surrounding neighborhoods) would pitch in, say, $250k of the roughly $1.7m required to add necessary safety features at a number of railroad crossings. It’s just a suggestion but hopefully we can all agree that multiple trains no longer blowing their whistles in the middle of the night while traversing GO is probably a good thing. Koenraad & Yamelys Driessens

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The calendar. SUPER ADOPTION EVENT Friends For Life Come adopt a new furr-ever family member at the Super Saturday Adoption Event, this Saturday May 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at Friends For Life, 107 E. 22nd St. CELEBRATE DAYLILIES Gethsemane Lutheran Church Celebrate Daylilies - Texas style with a daylily Horticulture and design show and plant sale. The show will be from 1-3 p.m., and the sale is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 12. Admission is free. Gethsemane Lutheran Church is located at 4040 Watonga. Information: 281-578-1321. MAY GARDEN TOUR Heights Garden Club This month’s tour will be at Dee Melancon’s garden. This garden has seen several re-dos from the last two years of freezing temperatures. It went from very tropical to more cold hardy plants. Come tour this beautiful and colorful garden at 721 Algregg, 10 a.m. May 12. Information: THE TWILIGHT OF THE GOLDS Theatre Suburbia A family, a pregnancy, and a revealing pre-natal test. If your parents knew everything about you before you were born, would you be here? That is the ques-

tion posed in Jonathan Tollin’s controversial dramedy, “The Twilight of the Golds.” The show runs through May 12, with Friday and Saturday performances at 8:30 p.m. at Theatre Suburbia, 4106 Way Out West. Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for students and seniors, and $13 for Sunday Matinees. Information:, 713-682-3525.

Veterinary Hospital. Participants can register online or the day of the event starting at 8 a.m. The ride will be from 9:30-11 a.m. and is approximately 10 miles. Food trucks will be available. The cost is $15 per person (children 10 and under are $10). Proceeds benefit the OFHA School Initiative’s Program. Information:, 713-688-6342.

N. SHEPHERD COMMUNITY ALLIANCE MEETING El Tapatio, 4550 N. Shepherd Come on over and meet community leaders at the North Shepherd Community Alliance, the fastest growing business networking group in the North Shepherd area. Next meeting is at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16. Matthew McKenzie, founder of Avid Coffee Co., operates a travelling coffee truck at two regular locations: Monday – Friday at 2211 W. 43rd St. and Saturdays at 2120 Ella Blvd. This is a free event with dinner sponsored by NSCA and Moon Shepherd Baker Insurance. Please call Kathryn van der Pol, NSCA President to RSVP or for further information at 713695-5071.

WOOD WINDOW WORKSHOP The Church The Wood Window Workshop hosted by AIA Houston is from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19 and 20, at The Church, 1548 Heights Blvd. This exciting wood window workshop will be led by a respected preservationist and craftsman, Steve Quillian. Through demonstrations and hands-on experience, participants will learn about the basics behind window restoration methods. Space is limited. Early registration through May 4. Registration is non-refundable but is transferable. Lunch is included. Information: 713-520-0155,

TOUR DE OAK FOREST Oak Forest Homeowners Association Come out May 19, and be a part of the annual Tour de Oak Forest sponsored by Oak Forest

is Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, guest speaker is Richard Voorhies, Commander of American Legion GO Post 560. The luncheon will be from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 21, at Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel, 3000 N. Loop W. Information: 713-861-6735, TEXAS WINE DINNER Rainbow Lodge Join Doug Lewis for a very special wine dinner to discover a new generation of Texas wines from the Texas Hill Country, perfectly paired with Chef Mark’s Lodge Fare. The cost is $89. The dinner is 6:30 p.m. May 22. Email marc. or call 713-861-8666 for reservations. POETRY READING Kaboom Books Kaboom Books, 3116 Houston Ave., will hold a poetry reading by Houston Heights Poet Dennis Herrell. The book is “About Women.” The reading will be 7 p.m. May 23. Call 713-869-7600 for information. ANNUAL JUNE PICNIC The Pinemont Apartments The Pinemont Apartments, 6000 Pinemont Dr., will hold their annual June picnic from noon-2 p.m. June 9. Each household is encouraged to invite five family members for BBQ, Zydeco entertainment, fellowship and fun.

2018 EDUCATION LUNCHEON Greater Heights Area Community Fund This annual event hosts the presentation of scholarships to local students, educator of the year and students entering military service. Emcee and special guest

From the Pews. The Spring Artisan Market at St. Stephen’s The Spring Artisan Market, benefiting the Animal Justice League of Oak Forest, will be held May 19, from 9 a.m.4 p.m. in the west sanctuary parking lot. The market will feature a variety of vendors and food trucks, live music and fun. Families are welcome to attend Messy Church Pentecost May 23. Dinner begins at 5 p.m., followed by games, crafts and worship, focusing on Pentecost, the beginning of the Christian church. Admission is free. St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church is located at 2003 W. 43rd St. For information, call 713-686-8241 or visit and the church’s Facebook page. Western spaghetti fundraiser at St. Matthew’s A Western Spaghetti dinner

fundraiser, featuring live music from local musician, Bobby Sawyer, will be May 19. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m., followed by showtime from 6-7 p.m. Tickets are $12. For ticket information call 713-957-3363 or 713-466-3517 or the church office. St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church is located at 4300 N. Shepherd Dr. Call 713-6970671 or visit the Facebook page or the website at www. Dedication ceremony for Zion Lutheran The community is welcome to attend the dedication ceremony of the Texas Historical Commission Official Texas Historical Marker for Zion Lutheran Church, 3606 Beauchamp. The dedication will be held following the worship service, 11 a.m.-noon, May 20. A reception will be held after the dedication, in the great room.

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on the Book of Daniel. There will be Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. Guests and new members are welcome to attend this non-denominational Bible study. Email scripturesharing@ for information or call 713-516-4282.

Music Workshop at Greater First Baptist The GFB Music Ministry (Minister of Music Bro. Quinten Simon) presents a music workshop 7 p.m. May 22 and May 25. The guest clinician is Bro. Kenneth R. Green, Sr. (Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church Minister of Worship & Fine Arts). Grand Musical, is 6 p.m. May 26. Registration is $10. Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church is located at 4441 Haygood St. Call 713695-7061 or visit or gfbhouston for information.

Men’s Scripture Sharing Group meets at the YMCA The Men’s Scripture Sharing Group meets at 7 a.m. every Thursday at the Harriet and Joe Foster YMCA, 1234 W. 34th St. There will be music, Bible study and fellowship. Guests and new members are welcome to attend this non-denominational Bible study. Email scripturesharing@ for information.

Women’s Bible Study Group meets at the YMCA The Women’s Bible Study meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at the Harriet and Joe Foster YMCA, 1234 W. 34th St. The new Bible study begins

Dorothy Marie Heinz, 90, born June 1, 1927 in Dallas, died May 1. She was employed for more than 30 years in Houston area school districts. Heinz is survived by her son, Ronald Heinz, daughters Darlene Insel and Marla Webber, three grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Cecilia Theresa Sadoski Martin, 95, born Dec. 16, 1922, in Bryan, died April 26. She retired from Foley’s after 31 years. She was an active member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church for 51 years and was a member of the Altar Guild, Catholic Daughters Court #1750, Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary #2917, Knights of Columbus

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his will be the first of a two-part message on faith. In John 4:46-54 we read of a nobleman who had a sick son. This man came to Jesus to ask that his son be healed. Jesus responded by saying, “Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.” This man was undeterred and continued to plead with Jesus to heal his son. Jesus responded by saying, “Go thy way, thy son liveth.” The man believed Jesus’ words, went home, and found that his son had been healed just as Jesus had said and at the time that Jesus had said it would happen. This man demonstrated three different stages of faith that we can all learn from in our own lives. The first stage of faith that we see in this man’s life is the seeking stage. He went to Jesus, praying for healing for his son. He did not let the distance keep him from Jesus or the fact that Jesus did not immediately answer his prayer in the way he asked it keep him from Jesus. Instead he was earnest in his request for healing and he continued his request until he received an answer. When Jesus gave him an answer, even though it wasn’t exactly what he had asked for, he demonstrated the second stage of faith by relying on the word that God had spoken. He had asked Jesus to come down and heal his son, but Jesus told him to go his way that his son had been healed. Jesus didn’t have to go to the man’s house to heal his son. The man had to rely on the word of Jesus and believe what He said and go home. God doesn’t have to answer our prayers exactly as we pray them to accomplish His purpose. He may have an even better plan so we must rely on His Word. As the man journeyed home, his servants met him on the way and told him that his son had been healed. The man asked at what time his son had begun to get better and he realized that the time his son had been healed coincided exactly with the time that Jesus had said he would be healed. This man moved into the third stage of faith, full assurance. He had believed Jesus at His word and when He got home he saw that his faith had been rewarded with a healed son. What a blessing to know that God answers prayer, but He answers it in a way that is according to His plan and in His time because His ways are better than our ways.

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Hearing from P. 1A HistoricPres/Design-Guidelines-Heights.html. In addition to the hearing, comments are being taken through email at historicpreser or through US Post Office at: Design Guidelines Comments, Planning & Development Department, P.O. Box 1562, Houston, TX 72251-1562.

“We will collect comments from now until the close of the public hearing on May 17, 2018,� states a letter sent to Heights-area residents. Wallace Brown said that the commission could vote on the guidelines on the night of the hearing, but this was unlikely. The commission could elect to re-convene on May 31 to allow time to analyze new comments.

The guidelines are encompassed in a 222-page document which includes nearly 50 pages of a home inventory for the three historic districts. Eight sections detail a wide variety of subjects related to the Heights, rationale for the guidelines, the guidelines themselves and procedures for obtaining a “Certificate of Appropriateness.�

bringing accountability to state government,� states his website. Roberts has spent the majority of his career in executive management. “I have successfully fought for and helped deliver the Texas-model of growth and opportunity,� Roberts said on his website. “We need lower taxes, fewer regulations, and a more limited role of the federal government so we can

Local issues of interest to Crenshaw centered upon children’s health, curbing gang violence and a comprehensive list of flood control ideas. Kevin Roberts is the State Representative for House District 126. “He was chosen by the people of Northwest Houston to represent them because of his commitment to limited government, eliminating wasteful spending, and

truly liberate our economy and expand opportunities for our hard-working families.� Some voters, mainly from the Norhill community, will be voting in the District 29 runoff which includes a large swath of north and eastern Houston inside Beltway 8. Republican candidates for this runoff are local businessman Phillip Aronoff and former Miss Venezuela Carmen Maria Montiel.

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From Houston Police Department Houston police are investigating a fatal crash at 9700 North Houston Rosslyn about 9 p.m. on Thursday (May 3).

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ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR Adoption event 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12 Friends For Life 107 E. 22nd St.

Join Friends For Life Adoption Organization this Saturday for a huge adoption event! You’ll be able to hangout in the free roam rooms that will have twice the number of dogs that are usually shown. Adoption counselors will be on hand, ready to interview any who are interested in adopting at that time. When your application is approved it’s good for six months. Mother’s Day crafting 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12 Hugs & Donuts 1901 N. Shepherd, Ste. 4

Come celebrate mamas this Saturday. Kids will be able to decorate a donut for themselves and then make their mom a special one-of-a-kind sugar scrub to jar up and give on Mother’s Day. Everyone who participates will also receive a gift card for a free donut to give to their mom along with the scrub. The cost is $10 per child! Burgers & art market 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12 Balls Out Burger 1603 N. Durham Dr.

This weekend’s Burgers & Art Market is focused on mothers! Bring your mom out and enjoy a good burger together while browsing through the different vendors. The vendors and artists that will be there are: Labels Vintage Streetwear, Pricks & Aloe, Pop Soap, All Things Pretty Boutique, Joe B. Art, and more. Sunday brunch 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, May 13 Cadillac Bar 1802 Shepherd Dr.

Art Valet: Over 100 Artists Come Together Mitch Cohen Art Columnist

People often presume that because a person is an artist, they can do anything artistic. I can duplicate nearly any type of finish; stone, wood or oxidizing metal, but please don’t ask me to draw your house. I just can’t do that. That’s not to say artists aren’t interdisciplinary, many are. But we all find our niche and follow it. Saturday evening the artists at Sawyer Yards will showcase a very unusual art show titled Coming Together. Over 100 artists participating from all six buildings on the campus, collaborated on producing artwork. The artists have been working on this for a while now. I have seen a few collaborations in person and was very impressed with the mix of collaborations. This can’t be easy, especially if you are the second artist having to paint over someone else’s work. April Murphy paints whimsical and very colorful animals while Monica Melgar’s work is abstracted surrealism. I think I just made that medium up. Melgar’s gray and red abstract wash is the perfect background for Murphy’s penguin daydreaming at the end of a pier. I mentioned whimsically didn’t I? The combinations of all these very talented artist’s mediums is absolutely amazing. Abstract and mosaic glass, ceramic and realistic, portraiture and collage are just a few examples of what will be on display.  Some artwork is created in pairs, or even triples and many of the collaborators ended up creating more than one piece. The exhibition will be at Winter Street Studios from May 12 – Aug. 12, 2018. The opening reception is Sat., May 12

Celebrate Mother’s Day with brunch at Cadillac Bar. There will be a delicious buffet that features more than sixty savory items. Included in the buffet is herb-crusted steamship round, maple-glazed baked ham, blackened redfish Delmar, shrimp and grits, Cajun seafood rice, grilled summer veggies, seafood texella, Yukon mashed potatoes, lobster mac and cheese, and collard greens with pork belly.

from 5-8 p.m. Get more info on Facebook, Come Together: A Sawyer Yards Collaborative Exhibition. Fortunately for you, I also have my second Saturday market, The Market at Sawyer Yard this Saturday 11 - 5 p.m. You and I can walk together over to Winter St. Studios after my show for “Come Together.� With Mother’s Day on Sunday, the show promises to be a busy one with lots of choices for those that prefer to treat Mom’s to one of a kind items versus the usual. The market is slowly evolving into the folk artist, the maker is the seller market that I envisioned. Handspun and dyed scarves, homegrown succulents in whacky containers, we have a pastry chef, Bundt cake baker, allergenfree baker and specialty teas, coffee, amazing popsicles, can you tell I’m hungry? Tons of art, jewelry and wood art.  Located on the former rail line that serviced Success Rice and under 600 feet of murals, this is an amazing

Taylor Clendennen+Toria Hill

space for an outdoor market. Surrounded by one of the largest art communities in the U.S.A. That’s worth treating Mom to!  1502 Sawyer St., with details at

Taft McWhorter & Chris Silkwood

FREE YOGA CLASS May 12 • 10am-11am

Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at

HPC Scout House Corner of 18th and Rutland St. - 77008 713.861.1907 for more info



    Make your reservations at the Leader Readers’ voted

Best Italian Restaurant!

2120 Ella Boulevard • (713) 869-6622 Ellen Orseck finishing up her part. Chris Silkwood and Ellen Orseck “The Cleansingâ€? 2018 36 x 26 inches Mosaic Glass and Oil on Cradled Wood

Livin’ Lodge on Sunday

Restoration to music 6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Sunday, May 13 Four Dragons Institute 427 W. 20th St.

Bring your mother, or daughter, and join the Four Dragons institute class of restoring to music. Show your mom gratitude with the gift of self-care that you can share to together. In this class you will be given the space to tune your heart with compassion and kindness. During the seventy-five minutes the instructor will guide you through restorative yoga postures, mindful breathing, and restful meditation. At the end a live musician will play beautiful music during savasana. Tea and snacks will be available afterward.

April Murphy & Monica Melgar

The Fantasticks Through May 27 Playhouse 1960 6814 Gant Road

Playhouse1960’s upcoming production of The Fantasticks will be dedicated to the memory of musician Harvey Schmidt, the composer of the musical, who died Feb. 28. The production opened May 11 with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and one Sunday Matinee at 3 p.m. on May 27. Tickets can be purchased at or at the box office the evening of the performance. Prices are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (55+)/students/ military, veterans & spouses. Group rates are available by contacting Playhouse 1960 at playhouse1960ongant@gmail. com. Playhouse 1960 is an allvolunteer community theatre located at 6814 Gant Road, Houston TX 77066.

Sunday Brunch $2 mimosas

Sunday Night half price wines by the glass After 5

Outstanding Gulf Seafood and Wild Game

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