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Oak Forest residents were startled to discover that two well-respected school administrators won’t return to their respective campuses this fall. Frank Black Middle School principal Meilin Jao announced her resignation to faculty and staff on Monday. Efforts to reach Jao were unsuccessful, but a voicemail to parents said she was leaving to pursue another career opportunity. Waltrip High School assistant principal Frank Salinas wrote a letter to the Houston

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ISD board of trustees earlier this month, requesting that it stop an “unwarranted HISD employee termination.” Waltrip principal Andria Schur is re-organizing the administration from assistant

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principals to deans, and administrators had to re-apply for those positions. Salinas wasn’t selected, so he was asked to resign. When he refused, he pleaded with the district to keep his job at

Waltrip, but HISD terminated him the next day. “If the principal decides they want you gone, then you’re gone,” Salinas said. “The difference between dean and assistant principal is very slight. I didn’t feel like I’d done anything to have the rug pulled from under me.” Salinas has been an AP at Waltrip for the past 7.5 years and with 39 years of service in the district – almost all of it in Oak Forest schools – is eligible to retire. “I’ll be extremely disappointed if I’m not working with the kids,” Salinas said.”I

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Garden Oaks says no to sidewalks By Michael Sudhalter

Memorial Day May 26

Pacific Theatre during World War II The army came calling for Haston in 1941, but a heart murmur initially precluded him from serving. He married Doris on Christmas Day 1941. Summers, he worked for the railroad as a porter to make extra money and in

The Garden Oaks Civic Club (GOCC) has formally opposed the addition of sidewalks and increased widths of neighborhood streets as part of an $18 million municipal Capital Improvement Project (CIP). Civic club representatives will have a closed meeting with the city’s Public Works & Engineering Department representatives and council member Ellen Cohen on Monday, June 2. Mark Klein of the GOCC said he and president Sheila Briones will update area residents on any new developments at the civic club’s regular monthly meeting the following evening, on Tuesday, June 3. Garden Oaks residents Bryan Blades and Julie Maddox have organized petitions that say “Stop Alba Expansion” against wider streets and the implementation of sidewalks. Blades said they’d collected 101 signatures by Tuesday night. The current plan is for Alba to be widened from 18 to 27 feet, with sidewalks projected to add another seven feet. “The widening of Alba and Golf may be just the first step in the city’s plan for Garden Oaks,” Blades wrote in the petition. “City engineers have left it an open question as to whether other Garden Oaks streets will receive the same treatment. Garden Oaks is a desirable neighborhood that has recently enjoyed appreciating property values. This can be attributed in part to its unique narrow streets and the lack of curbs and sidewalks, which gives it a rural feel.” The petition addresses concerns of faster traffic through the neighborhood, and the substitution of green space



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don’t want to be in a cubicle. It would be rough not working with the students and the teachers.” HISD has eliminated the title “associate principal”, but Salinas said he was essentially the No. 2 administrator at WHS. Schur said it was a “very difficult decision” to go in a different direction. “I have to make the best decision for the campus,” she said. About 25 teachers are leaving Waltrip, but Schur






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Shepherd Park Terrace resident Charles (A.C.) Haston is a decorated World War II Veteran. Haston celebrated his 100th birthday last month. Top right: Charles (A.C.) Haston, right, and his wife, Doris Haston, have enjoyed their lives together. (Photos by Betsy Denson)

Local veteran celebrates 100 years with honor By Betsy Denson

It is fitting that on Memorial Day we remember those who served – and died – in military service to America. But for one local World War II veteran and centenarian, the celebration of a long life well lived is also in order. When Shepherd Park Terrace’s Amos Charles (A.C.) Haston was born in Denison, Texas in 1914, the life expectancy for a male was 52 years. His early years among a family of farmers weren’t easy. Haston’s son William recounts that Haston bought his first pair of long pants with the proceeds of the sale of some cotton he grew on a small plot of the family farm.

In 1919, Haston saw his father Tilmon murdered and after, moved with his mother Mary to Wewoka, Okla. where she found work as a domestic. Haston said that education was a priority, and he proved that time and time again. He was his high school’s salutatorian in 1934, and an allstate halfback for the football team. At Langston University he played football, joined the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and sang in a cappella choir, all the while working to pay for college. He graduated in 1937 with a Bachelors of Science degree, in science and mathematics. Later, he did post graduate work at the Uni-

versity of Colorado and also received a Masters of Education in Secondary Administration from Texas Southern University. His first teaching job was in a one-room school house, teaching first through eighth grade. A short time later he moved to a larger school in Hugo, Okla. where he taught math and coached football and basketball. It was a fortuitous move in more ways than one. Doris Sampson arrived a few years later to teach Latin and music. She said the school’s principal met her at the railroad station and then drove her around: “It was summertime and hot. The windows were down. At the

red light there was another car. I looked to my left and said ‘Who is that?’ The principal told me he was the coach and I would see him at the welcome party that night.” See him again she did. “Every time I looked up, he was looking at me. Two weeks later we were dating.”

Heights clergyman brings energy to St. Andrew’s Episcopal The Rev. James “Jimmy” Lykes Grace, the new rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 1819 Heights Blvd., has a name that’s only slightly misleading. “I love Grace,” said Grace, who was hired to be the church’s leader last month. The 38-year-old Houston native said Lykes is a family name, but it can also be a con-

versation starter for folks. Grace, who lives just a few blocks away from the church, is energized about the opportunity to build a strong community at St. Andrew’s. “I love people, I love God,” Grace said. “I believe it’s possible to have a church that does creative and interesting things rather than falling into a rut of doing the same thing

week after week.” Grace is married with three young children and understands the importance of making sure children are not only the future of the church, but the present as well. “One of my favorite things to do is the children’s sermon,” Grace said. “Children have a lot to teach us about God. Their spirituality is so

honest and aware. As adults, it’s easy for us to lose that. In order to be relevant, we have to be able to welcome young families in Houston.” One of Grace’s biggest influences is Father Bill Miller, the Episcopal priest who wrote “The Beer Drinkers’ Guide to God” and was profiled in The Leader last week. See GRACE, P. 11A

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Wisdom charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon Police arrested David Wayne Wisdom and charged him with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. Wisdom, 45, allegedly tried to take a skill saw from a work site at 4 p.m. on May 9 in the 900 block of Cordell. When he was confronted, Wisdom allegedly pulled a knife on a 27-year-old man.

Assault on White Oak

A suspect described as being a Hispanic male between 20 and 35 years old shot a firearm at a couple of individuals after a fight in the 2800 block of White Oak Dr. at 2:25 a.m. on May 6. Nobody was injured in the incident, but the suspect, described as 5-foot-10, 155 pounds with a short black crew cut , black t-shirt

and jeans, fled the scene.

Mangum incident

A couple was struck while walking in the 2900 block of Mangum by three suspects, who fled the scene at 4 a.m. on May 11. The suspects were described as black males between the ages of 28 and 35 and 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, dressed in black pull-

overs and black pants. The victims suffered minor injuries, but refused treatment at the scene.

Assault on Shepherd

A 26-year-old male was robbed and beaten by two suspects at gunpoint at 10:05 a.m. on May 11 in the 4000 block of N. Shepherd.

The suspects, described as Hispanic males, 22 years old and 5-foot-3 and 145 pounds, and 25 years old, and 5-foot-7, fled the scene.

Heights robbery

Last Sunday, a Harris County Precinct One Deputy was notified of an armed robbery in the Heights at Lawrence and W. 20th

St. The robbery occurred at 12:40 a.m. Four Hispanic males in a silver Honda Civic got out and robbed two individuals at gun point. The subjects were pursued to W. 20th and Durham where deputies made a felony stop and apprehended all four suspects.

St. Thomas High School student killed in car accident near Baytown A 19-year-old St. Thomas High School student was killed in car accident last Sunday near Baytown, according to our news partner, KHOU Channel 11. According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened around 9 a.m. on Wallisville Road near Hadden Road. The Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Dennis Duffy, a senior at St. Thomas. “In this Easter season our faith reminds us that the life and light of the resurrected Jesus conquerors even death itself,” Principal Father Patrick Fulton, CSB said in a statement released to STH parents. “This is the belief that Dennis

was baptized in, that we share with him and that will sustain us through this difficult time.” Duffy was to participate in the STH Commence Exercises for the Class of 2014 on Saturday at Granger Stadium. Investigators said Duffy was heading west on Wallisville when for some reason he lost control of his car and crashed into a ditch, hitting a concrete culvert. The teen was taken by Life Flight to a local hospital, but died a short time later, deputies said. Deputies said he was not wearing a seatbelt when the accident occurred.

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FOOD, DRINK & ART Saturday, May 24, 2014 • Page 3A

Art a la Carte: Relax and ease into some art Memorial Day Weekend is upon us and as I suspected, the art world is quiet. Time to hit the pools, beach, family BBQs and shopping, for you sales hounds. There is one notable art studio opening at Guiton Street Artists Studios on Saturday afternoon, one opening reception and the big daddy of sci-fi, Comicpalooza. Then I’ll cover some events coming up over the next two weeks that you should mark your calendar for. Friday, May 23 VAA 31st Juried Open Exhibition - Juror Clint Willour, 6-8 p.m. Three Allen Center 333 Clay St. Friday - Monday Comicpalooza, George R. Brown Convention Center,; For comic or anything science fiction related, you know who you are. This is the four day “Woodstock” for lovers of all that is geek. Come in costume or bring a camera. Tickets avail-

their way (they no longer have the space) and this will be their first show on the road. Find the art exhibit on the covered part of Cecil’s deck. Wearing Gypsy attire is encouraged, and should prove to be a colorful show.

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able at a discount through the website. Many Houston area artists in attendance too. Saturday, May 24 Guiton St. Artists Presummer Open Studios 2, 8:00 p.m. West Loop Building, 4848 Guiton St. Lilibeth André, Caroline Ratliff, and Bruce Williamson open their studio doors for this Presummer event. Studio Map at http://www.lilibethandre. com/contactus.html. This studio is very close to the Galleria and not what you expect as you approach. Once inside this refurbished office building, it is

Melinda Patrick’s Curve Ahead at Big. The second Art Salon at Public House Heights.

all art. Lilibeth André is the artist behind organizing these events. André is an accomplished artist, author, speaker and consultant in art, Mexican culture, and natural health & wellness. Thursday, May 29 Big. The second Art Salon at Public House Heights, 69 p.m. 2802 White Oak, Ste.

100. This show will feature oversized paintings, and works with a focus on big, bold and colorful. Friday, May 30 The Gallery Goes Gypsy, 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Cecil’s Pub, 600 W. Gray. Remember The Gallery on White Oak? Right, next to the skate shop. Well they’ve gone gypsy to put it

Saturday, May 31 The Brazarre 2014 Event, 6-9 p.m. G Gallery, 301 East 11th St. This is a favorite charity show of the year, especially mine. Just imagine what folks may come up with when asked to create a new or augmented ladies bra into art. Yes, it is crazy fun. $5 donation at the door and all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Silent and live auction, great food and music are the norm. Sunday, June 1 Sunday Streets in The Washington Avenue Arts District, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. For the 3rd Sunday Streets event, Washington Avenue Arts District, Liberty Station and First Saturday Arts Market as well as other community groups

are combing efforts to have this show within a show. There will be a pop up art market on both sides of the street, children’s area, creative zone and live music all day. Liberty Station is celebrating their fourth year too. Start at 2101 Washington Ave. See Sunday Streets in The Washington Avenue Arts District on Facebook for more. Thursday, June 5 Kevin Chenevert and Amy Taylor photography, 6 - 9 p.m. Public House Heights, 2802 White Oak, Ste. 100. This dynamic Heights couple are avid cyclists and have put together their second show from their two-wheeled adventures. This show will have an emphasis on night photography. There you have it - the next three weekends are busy ones, especially the first weekend in June. Cohen is the founder and manager of First Saturday Arts Market. Contact him at or visit him on the web

Solaro Estate Urban Winery now open Thirsty Explorer In a trend setting move, Solaro brings Estate vineyard operations to wine production in an urban domain. The urban winery, located at 330 T.C. Jester Blvd. is now open and proving to be a huge success in combining award winning Estate wine production with the metropolitan environment. Thirsty The sparkling new urban winery offers two main tastExplorer ing rooms, granite service bars and private bar seating under 24 feet of a brilliant vaulted ceiling with views into the glass enclosed wine cellar and production areas, featuring custom stainless tankage and racked barrel storage. The wine-dedicated facility also

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HYPO to Meet at Cottonwood The Heights Young Professionals Organization (HYPO) is meeting from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 29 at Cottonwood. Cottonwood is located 3422 N. Shepherd. For more information, visit For more information about HYPO, visit hypo.

began its journey to cocktails in 2012, and co-owner Alba Huerta tells Eater Houston she estimates just three to four more weeks before it finally comes to fruition. Part of the delays stemmed from construction as well as the historic designation of the building itself.

labeled “vegan.” But the Press notes that “you’ll find a whole host of dishes for your vegan dining pleasure. Nearly every dish is customizable, and many of them can be made gluten free in addition to meat- and dairy-free.”

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Lillo & Ella Officially Open

Chef Kevin Naderi’s Lillo & Ella restaurant opened May 20 for both lunch and dinner. Taking over the space at 2307 Ella Blvd - formerly occupied by El Gran Malo - the concept is serving a menu of Pan-Asian street foodinspired dishes. The restaurant, which seats 65 inside and 65 outside will also have a full service bar with 20 spots for a total capacity of 150. The cocktail menu was designed by Anvil Bar & Refuge alum, Aaron Lara, and will include a daily punch special. As if opening up the restaurant weren’t enough on his plate, Naderi also recently competed in an episode of Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games. Catch the chef’s national television appearance on 7 p.m. May 25.

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D&T Turns One

Local watering hole and haven for craft beer lovers, D&T Drive Inn, celebrated its one-year anniversary last weekend. Along with the milestone, D&T - a sister establishment to Down House in the Heights - will be celebrating two new siblings once Hunky Dory and Foreign Correspondents open in the not-so-distant future.

Buff Brew 2014 Spring Fair Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. will be holding “the Greatest Spring Fair ever thrown by any brewery on Nolda Street.” Join them at 6 p.m. on May 24 to partake in a spectacle of the grandest proportion. There will be carnival games with prizes, dancing to music from Second Lovers and Blood Brothers Texas Barbecue will bring their culinary geniuses to bear upon your delicate senses. In addi-

tion to the games, there will be puppy petting zoos and over 25 draught beers. Tickets include admission, special glassware, and all the beer you can drink responsibly. Food is not included, but will be available for an additional purchase. Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. is located at 5301 Nolda. For more information, visit Homefront IPA Released in time for Memorial Day Memorial Day is a great weekend for barbecuing, going to the beach and, of course, enjoying a Saint Arnold. But it really exists to honor those who have given their lives while serving our country. This is the inspiration for Saint Arnold’s Homefront IPA. Homefront IPA began as a project of then Seattle Mariner pitcher and homebrewer Chris Ray (now founder of Center of the Universe Brewing) in 2011. He called it Hops for He-

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very once in a while, an unsuspecting organization asks me to speak over breakfast or lunch – never dinner, for some reason. Maybe dinners are reserved for people with agents. Earlier this week, I fulfilled one of those opportunities, and the representative who asked me to speak said he had read a column I wrote about voter apathy. He asked if I could give a talk about why people don’t vote and maybe even offer some solutions for getting more people to the polls. As I mentioned to that group, there are a lot of folks much more qualified to talk about our complete indignation with local elections, but if I’m bold enough to write about it, I should be willing to at least give a brief talk about the same thing. I’m not going to share the complete speech with you today – mainly because those people paid for a good breakfast to hear me speak. However, some of the news from the past few weeks comforted me about our involvement (or lack thereof) in local politics and community issues. The statistics on how we vote are somewhat frightening. In 2012, President Obama defeated Mitt Romney in Harris County by about 1,000 votes. Obama received a little more than 587,000 votes to


Romney’s 586,000 votes. When all the ballot boxes were tallied, more than 1.2 million voters in Harris County punched tickets for the candidates, including a few independent stragglers. Fast forward one year to 2013, when we again were asked to vote. This time, Houston’s mayor, city council members and local college trustees were on the ballot. In the same county (Harris) where we voted for candidates much more attuned to our daily wants and needs, we sent a whopping 260,000 people to the polls. Annise Parker, who won reelection for a third term, didn’t even hit the century mark – she won with 97,000 votes. As I told my audience earlier this week, that’s really quite sad. Our nation’s form of government was built to work from the inside-out – local to

federal, in that order. Instead, ours is completely opposite now. Our local politicians follow the trends set in Washington, and most of us won’t miss a federal election while completely ignoring local candidates and the issues they should address. If you think about that long enough, you can get discouraged about the state of our government. And while most of us have no inclination to become political groupies, we must realize that government is kind of important to the daily lives we lead. In most cases, I’d continue on a rant about how our candidates have failed us, how media have failed at providing relevant dialogue – all my normal complaints. But then I stopped and read the last few editions of our newspaper, and I found a glimmer of hope in the importance we place on issues of local concern. Take Garden Oaks, for example. The city has a project in the works to “improve” some of the drainage issues in the area. The problem, to Garden Oaks residents, is that large containers meant to hold water are going to be placed right at the border of the community. Meanwhile, curbs will be installed and more flooding is a real concern. While it’s a safe bet that most of the folks in Garden Oaks didn’t

bother with city elections last year, there’s a commotion of concern among those same residents because the Department of Public Works is about to start shredding streets and adding bigger sewer lines. And the residents are responding with petitions and public meetings and calls to City Hall. Oak Forest is another good example. In that area of town, the city has passed an ordinance that requires lots with reconstruction to add sidewalks. The problem is a lot of folks in Oak Forest don’t want to add sidewalks. That makes the front yard smaller and the street wider. And what are the Oakies doing about it? They’re sending emails and signing petitions and holding public meetings. In Timbergrove, a waste facility wants to expand its operation in the neighborhood. Like the Oak Forest folks, and the Heights folks and the Garden Oaks residents, most of the people in Timbergrove (based on poll results) probably didn’t vote in the city elections last year. But as a waste treatment facility wants to import more waste to the area (and its potential environmental hazards), the Timbergrove constituency is rallying. They’re holding public meetings. They’re even bringing a state representative (who likely didn’t get

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You don’t have to tell us that Republicans and Democrats do not agree on much these days in Congress. Whether the subject is to repeal Obamacare or raise the nation’s minimum wage, Congressional Republicans and Democrats—for the most part—line up along party lines, and it is easy to then assume that all issues in Washington are inherently partisan. But members of Congress are more than members of political parties. We are mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, and grandmothers and grandfathers. And this common bond unites us together stronger than the bonds of partisanship. We absolutely must protect our nation’s children just as we protect the children who are in our homes and in our families. Last June, Republican and Democratic women members of the House of Representatives joined forces to sign a proclamation that “Our Daughters are Not for Sale” where they declared a shared commitment to end human trafficking and exploitation of American girls. And thankfully it was not long until the men followed suit with a “Fathers of Congress” event with members from both parties and both representatives and senators coming together for one single purpose: giving their voices to help girls in the United States who are being bought and sold for sex. As for the two of us, even though we come from different parts of the country and are registered in different political parties, the facts about human trafficking in the United States haunt us equally. Unfortunately, many girls and boys are arrested and charged with prostitution. A child who is not of the age to consent to sex cannot be a prostitute and should not be arrested at all but rather treated for what they are: victims. And the men who exploit children should never be called johns but should rightfully be called child abusers. A recent study cited by the Department of Justice concluded that at least 100,000 young people are at risk for commercial exploitation. According to the DOJ, the average age of entry for child sex trafficking victims in the United States is 12-14 years old. And, not surprisingly, some of the nation’s most vulnerable children are most at-risk of being trafficked. In fact, cities throughout the nation report that the vast majority of child victims of trafficking are current or former foster youth. Additionally, the National Runaway Ho-

many votes) to the meeting. In the Heights, there hasn’t been a single, divisive issue such as this in the past couple of months. But when development goes berserk, they’re the first ones in line to stand up for their neighborhood. It’s interesting – based on observation, at least – to see our neighborhoods rally like this. On the one hand, it’s unfortunate that so many people refuse to vote, but when their front yards are threatened, they organize en masse. On the other hand, seeing our neighbors organize against threats to personal property quells some of the fear we might have about apathy. What seems most apparent is that when we feel personally attacked (and that doesn’t always mean violently), we tend to stand up for our homes and our property. In most cases, unfortunately, that’s just a little too late. We’d do much better to get involved before we elect folks to manage our city. If our neighborhoods and our super neighborhoods would put as much effort into Election Day as they do into petition drives, maybe we’d put the folks in office who protect our property from the start.

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tline concluded that one in three teens on the street will be lured into the sex trade within 48 hours of leaving home. A national problem requires a national answer. Members of Congress from both sides are working across the aisle to advance a number of bills to prevent trafficking, protect and serve victims, and prosecute exploiters. For example, the “Justice for Human Trafficking Act” and the “End Sex Trafficking Act” have attracted Democrats and Republicans from across the country and the ideological spectrum because they will greatly increase victims’ access to services, curb the demand that is fueling the child sex trafficking market, and punish individuals who purchase underage girls for sex. To better protect our foster youth from exploitation, there are the bi-partisan “Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act” and the “Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act.” These bills will ensure that child welfare agencies are better equipped to prevent victimization and provide the appropriate services to foster youth who have been exploited. These bills will also enable us to collect essential information in order to understand the scope of child trafficking in our states and communities and monitor trends. When it comes to helping the children most in need, we have removed our partisan blinders to focus on well thought-out and practical solutions. Now it’s time for Congress to take action and move our bills into law. Our nation’s future depends on it. Bass has represented California’s 37th Congressional District since 2011. She sits on the Judiciary and the Foreign Affairs committees. Poe has represented Texas’s 2nd Congressional District since 2005. He sits on the Judiciary and the Foreign Affairs committees.

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Here’s some expensive advice for the Rick Perry campaign To: Gov. Rick Perry From: Snoop & Peek, PI Subject: Presidential campaign Category: Classified! Governor, as your confidential consultants and private investigators, we have drawn up several suggestions, warnings plus information on possible opponents to ensure your election as President. First, a brief look backwards, painful though it may be, at your previous attempt to occupy the Oval Office. You were the darling of the right, then the far right, then you moved to the right of Ted Cruz which put you to left of out. Most pundits say that your fall from lead dog to darker than a dark horse was due to your infamous “Oops” moment, but our research shows that other Americans simply don’t like Texans as President. Why? Blame your problems on George W. Bush. It works for Obama. Your traveling around the nation and, indeed, around the world, is costing the taxpayers of Texas literally millions which could be squandered on silly things like, say, classroom

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appreciate that move. If voters complain about not getting to know the candidates’ positions by viewing them in debates, trot out that old chestnut: “You can’t trust the press.” Republicans love that line. There is an exception: Fox News. Before an interview with Fox, send them the questions you want asked, and then edit out any goofs before the show airs. When it comes to goofs, your comments about the Tea Party members being students at UT shows your Aggie allegiance, but Tea Sippers and Tea Party members are not quite the same. Still, we cannot overlook the importance of the Tea Party’s influence on the GOP, so make sure they don’t fall off the edge of the earth. Continue to call global warming “a liberal-commie hoax,” except in Wichita Falls where they are so hot and dry they are recycling sewer water to drink. Blame the drought on Obamacare, speaking of hoaxes. Our surveys show Obamacare is very unpopular with most Americans until they get sick. Keep calling such programs “government interference in our private

lives,” or, as a constituent told Rep. Robert Inglis (R-SC) at a town hall meeting: “Keep your government hands off my Medicare.” Continue criticizing other federal operations such as these four: the IRS and NPR. Demand that the NSA stop eavesdropping on our phone calls. It’s government interference. If elected you will stop the EPA and OSHA from regulating how we live. On the other hand, keep up the fight for more government regulation of those most personal and intimate parts of people’s lives: abortions and gay rights. If anyone points out that this is blatant hypocrisy, call out your DPS bodyguards. As for our oppositional research, thus far we have not been able to absolutely prove that Hillary was in the mob that stormed our diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, but sources say a smoking gun points to her knowing about the attack beforehand and did nothing. Same with Monica Lewinsky, Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Experts in our top secret odecay oom-ray have discovered information which indicates Obama can’t run again, but

we’re preparing dirt on Sasha and Malia. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, we have to deal with your fellow Republican wannabes. We have hints that Rick Santorum’s real name was Sick Sanitarium, but changed it to run for office, just like Dan Patrick. Marco Rubio arrived here from Cuba as a first baseman for the Mets. Ted Cruz was born in Canada and held duel citizenship until he ran for the Senate, although the birthers say Cruz’s real name is Marco Rubio who’s from Laredo. We have the documents. Anyone from Arkansas named Huckabee should change his name. We’ve really got the goods on Mitt Romney. Reports say he lost and lost badly. We have come up with a few campaign slogans: “Tricky Ricky.” “Honk if you love a second chance.” This next is a tough one considering our Bush problem: “We Need Another Texan in the White House.” Maybe: “Ask Me About Benghazi.” After several focus groups, polls and interviews, we want to go with: “Rick Perry for President.” A few do’s and don’t’s: Con-

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Adolf Hoepfl brings ‘America Made’ to Liberty Garage Kathryn van der Pol and her husband Sybren, owners of the historic Adolf Hoepfl & Son Garage, celebrated in high gear the grand opening of their new waiting area in their repair facility, nicknamed Liberty Garage. The celebration of Liberty Garage took place last Saturday at 4610 N. Shepherd Dr. Guests jumped back in time when they entered the 1946 building and enjoyed the relaxed, old-fashioned ambience. The Olsen Stelzer Boot company, a Texas tradition for over 100 years, took orders for custom made-to-fit boots. Tom Cartlidge, the owner of the company which is based in Wichita Falls, personally came to Houston to be part of the event. “I really believe in what they’re doing.” Cartlidge said. “If more people bought American made items and especially Texas made items, it would help the whole country.” Other artists and manufacturers also showcased their products in the

Guests attended the grand opening of Liberty Garage and enjoyed barbecue and a square dancing demonstration. (Submitted photo)

garage or in booths in the parking lot. Pat Dahnke, a fashion designer honored as the “Texas Designer of the Year” for the past three years, featured her Signature Collections. In addition local artist and photographer Kiki Neumann had her “license plate” note cards for sale in the Liberty Garage. Rachel Goodman, a popular local jewelry maker, also was

a featured artist. Liberty Garage also sells extra virgin olive oil from the first Texas commercial olive orchard, lavender products from Vanderpool, Texas and rare wild plum jam from Amarillo. At the event, people enjoyed a complimentary BBQ and a square dancing demonstration by the Hey Lollies Square Dancing club.

Clifton strikes a high note with Pratt By Betsy Denson

Who says music isn’t valued in schools? Chris Pratt, the band teacher for 6-8 grade, was named Clifton Middle School’s teacher of the year. Selected by a vote from fellow teachers, Pratt learned of his selection over e-mail and is appreciative of the honor. Principal Rosa Cruz-Gaonas said that “Mr. Pratt is a dynamic teacher who creates opportunities for students to develop their music talents, whether they are beginners or experienced performers.” She notes that Pratt is also the Theatre Arts teacher in Clifton’s afterschool program, where he allows students to be creative and perform in original musicals. A teacher for nine years, Pratt said he wanted to be a band director since high school. “I enjoyed all of the opportunities and fun I had in high school band, and I wanted to share the importance of

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music by teaching students not only the skills to become a great performer, but give them the opportunities of teamwork, discipline, competition, and success that being in band creates,” said Pratt. He also taught middle school band in Spring ISD, and spent some of his career

in full-time Christian ministry where he served as pastor of a church. Apropos for a teacher of the year, Pratt is inspired by the desire to help his students. “The best part of my job is the opportunity I have to help students overcome obstacles they face on a daily basis,” he said. “I enjoy motivating my students to be their best, regardless of their circumstances.” He said it’s a challenge to help students find quality instruments that they can afford but he goes the extra mile because “(they) are most successful when they play instruments that are in good working condition.” Pratt knows when he has done his part for those who count on him. “I love to see the culmination of their hard work lead to success and accomplishments within themselves, their families, our school, and beyond,” he said.

One of the special features in the Liberty Garage room is a metal sculpture of Texas made by local artist John Barber. Barber also donated one of his famous sculptured fish to the garage. With his typical sense of humor, he created a “The Gar Fish” for the gar-age. One of the most historic pieces in Liberty Garage is a special cuting of wood from a tree that dates back to the American Revolution. Nicknamed “The Annapolis Liberty Tree,” it stood on the St. John’s College campus for almost 600 years before a hurricane blew it over. The van der Pols received cuttings from the tree in gratitude for some of their community projects. The tree was quite famous because it was where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de LaFayette and many patriots gathered before and during the American Revolution. Kathryn gave a talk on the deeper significance of Liberty Garage.

Kathryn said, “Liberty Garage is not just a waiting area or a retail space highlighting Texas made products. It has a bigger vision. It may sound silly, because it is just a 20’ x 15’ room, but we want this room to be a space where all people can come learn about liberty. We have a library, art, and a plan to offer events in the future that can educate, inspire, and empower us about human liberty. We would like people just to stop by, have a glass iced tea on their home from work, relax a few minutes, reflect on the inspiring quotes and enjoy the space.” Adolf Hoepfl Garage is a complete automotive repair facility, specializing in extending the life of vehicles and providing the friendliest customer service. They have won multiple awards including The Leader Reader’s Choice Award, the Pinnacle Award from the Better Business Bureau and were just featured in Motor Age and AutoInc. Magazines.

Sessions Tutoring boosts student performance By Michael Sudhalter

When Heights resident Susan Sessions retired from her career as an elementary school teacher, she still wanted to be involved as an educator. So, the former Harvard Elementary School Teacher of the Year set up a tutoring studio in her home. The demand for tutoring increased, and soon, she began renting a large classroom/office at First Baptist Church Heights, 201 E. 9th St. — just across the street from Harvard Elementary. Now, Sessions — a Garden Oaks native who graduated from Hamilton Middle School and Waltrip High — employs 20 certified teachers and two fellow retired teachers to provide 1-on-1 tutoring for 80 students from Kindergarten through eighth grade. “Every student learns in a different way,” Sessions said. “Some children take more time to absorb lessons, while

Susan Sessions provides 1-on-1 tutoring for kindergarten through eigth-grade. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

others need a little more of a challenge...tutoring speeds up the learning process.” Sessions said the tutors work closely with parents and teachers to ensure that the students are making progress during their tutoring sessions. The parents and teachers track the progress through a

regular report that the students carry with them. Sessions said it’s been a “wonderful feeling” to see dozens of students improve their academic performance, thanks to the 1-on-1 tutoring they receive. “It makes me love my job,” she said.

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FROM THE PEWS. All Saints TALC to host anniversary celebration All Saints Catholic Church Third Age Learning Center, 215 E. 10th St., has been selected to host the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Archdiocesan Office of Aging on May 22. There will be a 10 a.m. Mass at All Saints with the Most Rev. Joseph A. Fiorenza, D.D., Archbishop Emeritus of Galveston-Houston as Celebrant and Msgr. Adam S. McClosky as Co-Celebrant. Call 713-248-1277 for information. Committee on Native American Ministries breakfast Committee on Native American Ministries-Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church will host a breakfast at 7 a.m. May 26, at Hilton Americas Hotel, 1600 Lamar. The award winning musical group Sayani will be featured. Advance tickets are $17 and check can be mailed to: Valerie Adame, 6920 Bayway Dr., Baytown, Texas 77520. For information, call 713-880-3845 or email Stevens Elementary fifth grade graduation at St. Stephen’s St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 2003 W. 43rd St.,

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will host Stevens Elementary’s fifth grade graduation at 9 a.m. May 28. Members of the community are welcome to attend and support the students and their families. Children age 3 through fifth grade are welcome to attend the Jungle Safari Vacation Bible School, from 8:30-noon June 16-20. Registration is $15 for the first child, and $10 for each additional child within the same family. Forms are available through the office and the website. For information, call 713-6868241 or visit Free pancake breakfast at St. Matthew’s The Methodist Men will host the monthly free pancake breakfast from 8:30-10 a.m. June 7, in the fellowship hall. The menu consists of pancakes, sausage, eggs, fruit and breakfast drinks. This event is open to the community. Sunday morning worship and Children’s Church is at 9:30 a.m, followed by 10:30 a.m. Sunday School. A Prayer and Praise service with Holy Communion is offered at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. For information, visit the website at or call 713-697-0671. Grace UMC announces upcoming summer events Grace United Methodist

Church, 1245 Heights Blvd., will congratulate Rev. Hill and Rev. Cramer on his new ministry at Pittsburg (Texas) First Methodist Church with a covered dish luncheon in the fellowship hall after Hill’s last service on June 22. The UMM annual Scholarship fundraiser is selling tickets for the June 27 Sugarland Skeeter’s game in Sugarland. The Skeeter’s are playing the Somerset Patriots. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Contact the church office for ticket information and sales. Grace will welcome Rev. Colin and his family following his first service on July 6, with a luncheon in the fellowship hall. Call 713-862-8883 or visit for information. Visitors welcome at Heights Christian Church Heights Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 1706 Heights Blvd., is a friendly, small congregation. If one is looking for a church home, it is recommended to come visit on the second Sunday of each month, which is fellowship Sunday. A meal is served in the fellowship hall, and is a good way to become acquainted. For information, call 713861-0016, or visit

THE OBITUARIES. Erna Irene Krohn Baldwin, 97, born Aug. 13, 1916 in

Houston, died May 10. Baldwin was employed as a hairstylist for many years. She loved her grandkids, family gatherings during the holidays and cooking, being known for her pot of gumbo. She is survived by her son, Jimmy Martin Sr., two grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

Everardo “Evie” Estrada Jr., 25, born Jan. 30, 1989 in

Houston, died May 9. Estrada attended St. Ambrose School and graduated in May 2003. He then attended St. Pius X High School and graduated May 2007. After receiving his high school diploma, he attended Houston Community College. In 2008, Estrada joined the U.S. Marines. He was a combat engineer serving with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. While deployed, Estrada completed two degrees with honors - a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology. In November of 2012, he married Sarah Stroman Estrada. He began his educational career as a teacher and coach at St. Ambrose Catholic School. He was currently a 6th-8th Grade English/Language Arts teacher at St. Augustine Catholic School where he was known as “Coach Evie.” Estrada was also a student at the University of St. Thomas, working towards his masters degree in educational leadership. He is survived by his wife, Sarah; children Kaiden, Hunter and Veronica; parents Everardo Estrada Sr. and Sara Morones Estrada; and maternal grandmother Eva H. Morones.

Vivian Parish Francis,

83, born Dec. 18, 1930 in Diboll, Texas, died May 13, after a long illness. She was employed with Houston Lighting and Power. Years later after leaving HL&P, she became an accomplished business woman in the records management industry and an ac-

tive member of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators. She retired in 2001. Francis is survived by her son Don, daughters Kathy Anderson, and RenÈe Leach, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Elias “Leo” Ozuna, 92, born April 8, 1922 in Del Rio, Texas, died May 11. Raised in Junction, Texas, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1941, serving in the Pacific Campaign. A decorated World War II veteran who served with distinction, he earned the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, the Bronze Star with 1 Oak leaf Cluster and the Silver Star. He was honorably discharged in 1943 earning the rank of Technical Sergeant. He was employed as a Journeyman Sheet Metal Mechanic. He is survived by his daughters Susan Neighbors and Linda Weber, sons Frank Ozuna and Robert Burnett, 10 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or any Veteran’s group of one’s choice. Phyllis D. Serra, 79, born Aug. 24, 1934, died May 17, after almost a year of a courageous fight against cancer. Serra had a passion for food and cooking and from that passion Fiesta Tacos was born in March 1981. Although her passion and talents as a phenomenal cook made people flock to Fiesta Tacos, it was her love for the Lord that made it unique. “Mama,” as she would later be called by all who walked through the doors of Fiesta Tacos, would privately be asked by her patrons for prayers. Serra is survived by her husband David, children Felicia Serra, Sandra Serra, John Serra, JoAnna Serra, Melissa Serra, brother Mercedes Dominguez, four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. Margaret Barrett Sheehan, 86, born Aug. 11, 1927,

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Phillip James Sims, 27, born Aug. 3, 1986, died May 10. He is survived by his parents Howard and Ann, sister Claire, and brother Wilson. Mary M. Valon, 90, born June 14, 1923 in Laredo, died May 15. Valon was a longtime resident of the Woodland Heights and a loyal employee of Foley’s downtown for 45 years. She is survived by daughter, Valerie Valon, sister Rachel Hiebert, two grandchildren, and two greatgranddaughters. Birdie Naoma Walters,

95, died May 12. Walters worked for Suniland Furniture Company for more than 30 years. She is survived by her daughter Diane Deaton, and one grandson.

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Neighbors: Stephen Turek graduates from vet school Academy, Young Men’s College Prep, and Young Women’s College Prep) competed at the tournament. Hogg students voluntarily gave up their free time on a Saturday in order to compete. Here are the results: Art 7th/ 8th grade: Mihir Ahir, Second place. Dictionary Skills 7th/8th grade: Michael Deras, Finalist; Arya Afshang, Third place. Editorial Writing: Makenzie Sumrall, Finalist. Listening 7th/8th grade: Arya Afshang, 2nd place. Maps Graphs & Charts 7th/8th grade: Arya Afshang, Finalist; Michael Deras, 2nd place. Ready Writing 7th/8th grade: J Guadalupe Almonaci, Second place. Social Studies 7th/ 8th grade: Makenzie Sumrall, Finalist; Arya Afshang, Second place. TV Commercial: Makenzie Sumrall, Finalist. Best Sign Award: Hogg Middle School. “Spirit of UIL” Award: Kailyn Elder.

and then went down to ISKCON Houston’s beautiful Hare Krishna Temple on W. 34th St. to tour the temple. The students and their teachers enjoyed a presentation about ISCKON with a story told through beautiful, classical Indian dance, and were served a delicious lunch of Indian food. Parents send a great big thanks to teachers Faith Davis, Shana Steinhardt and Principal Lindsey Pollock for planning such an thoughtful outing and to St. Rose ECC Director Diane Bozeman for accepting Cutie into the school.

Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Turek, who received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Texas A&M University recently. Stephen grew up on Lamonte and is coming back to the neighborhood to treat his neighbors’ animals. He will start work in June at the Oak Forest Veterinary Clinic on 34th St. Stephen’s parents are Craig and Debbie Turek, and his sister, Amy, graduated from Sam Houston State in 2012. Stephen attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, Seton Junior High, was a member of the St. Pius X High School class of 2006. He received his undergrad degree at Texas A&M in the class of 2010. While he was an active athlete and played baseball at Oaks Dads Club and St. Pius, neighbors say Stephen has wanted to be a vet since he was a young boy.

The Hogg Middle School UIL Academics team, which competed in the District Championship on May 10, brought home 12 individual awards and one team award. More than 500 students from 15 middle schools (Burbank, Clifton, Fondren, Hamilton, Hogg, Holland, Revere, Pershing, Pin Oak, Welch, Baylor College of Medicine Academy, Briarmeadow Charter School, Wharton Dual Language

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Fill out the form below indicating your favorite businesses per category. Mail them to P.O. Box 924487 Houston, Texas 77292 or drop them off at 3500 A East T.C. Jester. You can also email them to or use our online form found at But don’t delay, votes must be received by Friday, May 30 by 5pm. Winners will be announced in our June 28 issue.

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Pet events-a-palooza in our area! By Molly Sue McGillicutty

The weather is warming up, school is winding down and there’s lots of excitement brewing in the pet world. As we prepare for a fun summer break, the various animal groups around town are offering important information and great adoption promotions to make sure that as many pets as possible start the summer in their new homes. So, with-

FFL at Comicpalooza Were you planning to attend Comicpalooza, (www. the weekend of May 23-26? If so, plan to stop by the Friends For Life Mobile Adoption Vehicle (MAV) and say “hello,” “greetings,” or “neqneh” (which is Klingon, of course). The traveling kitties won’t be with them this time (we cats are more epic-novel-type of readers, but to each his own) but there will be folks there to answer your questions and tell you anything you’d need to know about FFL and its exceptional pets. On Saturday and Sunday (May 24 and 25)

Friends For Life will host a 30 minute long seminar at Comicpalooza on “How to take your pet’s portrait,” so plan to stop by and see what that’s all about. Pet Education Day Do you have a friend who lives in the Third Ward and could benefit from a Pet Education Day? If so, please encourage them and their neighbors to attend Unity For A Solution’s Pet Education day, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, May 31 at the park located at 2604 Alabama. While pets aren’t allowed at this event, residents of the Third Ward will be able to sign up for free spay/neuter services as well as vac-

cinations. What an important cause and easy way to get the beloved pets of the Third Ward in tip-top shape. Please spread the word and go to for more information. CAP’s Kick off to summer Kick off summer on May 31 and June 1 at CAP (Citizens for Animal Protection) while they waive all adoption fees for folks who complete an adoption application and are approved. This promotion includes all dogs, cats and other critters in CAP’s program. Visit the shelter at: 17555 Katy Fwy. to begin your summer love affair.

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When asking St. Pius X students what they thought about senior John Johnson, most said he’s “a genius,” “a really great guy,” or “a really good soccer player.” There was not a negative comment to be found. Johnson is dedicated to community service. He’s been participating in it since he was young Boy Scout, which included working at the local food bank and doing a major beach clean up project. His latest and favorite project, where he received over 100 community service hours, was with “Kids Meals,” an organization that gives free meals to families struggling to feed their children. The next step in Johnson’s life is becoming an airman at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. In a month, John will begin training in Colorado. He says that he will be spending the short summer he does have to calm down a bit and hang out with friends until he leaves for the service college. It only makes sense for

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Johnson to do this because of his background with helping his community, but also because he comes from a family of military background and has a fascination with planes. After graduation from the Air Force Academy, Johnson will have to serve five years in the Air Force. He later plans to use the Aeronautical Engineering degree he receives to work with the design of airplanes. Johnson says, “it’s just a love that never went away,” and that made it apparent to him where he should take his life after the Air Force. Johnson said it’s the ‘rewarding feeling’ he gains that motivates him to help others, and he sees himself taking up op-

portunities after high school to further enrich the lives of others. Although he’s gained a lot of community service hours, Johnson has still found time to be successful in his athletic and academic careers, as well. Johnson is on the SPX soccer team, and has been playing since he was 5 years old. Despite having hurt his legs, Johnson still managed to play two successful years. However, it isn’t about just playing the sport and winning that matters to Johnson, he says his favorite part is “getting to know [his] teammates,’ and that ‘it gets better when you know everyone you’re playing with.” Even though St. Pius X does not reveal class ranks, Johnson knows he made it into the competitive top 10% of the senior class. This year, Johnson took a total of six Advanced Placement (AP) courses, which are given at the college level and can result in college credit. Some of the courses included AP computer science, AP government, AP English, AP calculus, and more. And on top of all this, he is a participant in the school’s academic team,

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Heights resident Mackenzie Rivera will graduate - magna cum laude - from Lutheran High North on Saturday. The school’s mission statement includes a commitment to challenging students to arrive at their best. Lutheran High North has archived all it could hope for, and then some, with the remarkable Rivera. This dynamic teen’s achievements have not gone unnoticed. Rivera was a finalist for The Leader’s ‘Leader of the Year,’ an annual award for community excellence. Rivera was captain of the school’s varsity women’s soccer team, and for the last four years, she played trumpet in the marching band. For the past two years, Rivera was a cheerleader as well, often cheering during half-time then returning to the band to finish the game. Additionally, Rivera held the title of student counsel treasurer for all four years of her school tenure, and was a member of the National Honor Society for the last two. If all of the above is not impressive enough, Rivera excels at math. ‘

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“It’s true, I really like math,” Rivera said with a smile. Math is an area of study notorious for failing to engage young women. Were there other girls in her math classes, we wonder? “Well, there were a lot of guys,” Rivera stated after a

moment’s thought, “but really, there were just as many girls. The girls at my school like math too. I also really enjoyed Spanish.” Then she added with a laugh, “but not because I was good at it.” And Rivera’s favorite books? Are they pop-culture? Teen romance? Does she even have time to read? “I like ‘The Diary of Ann Frank’ and I really like, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ I know these may not be expected, but my mother has always called me ‘an old soul’,” she said with a laugh. This exceptional student has been accepted at the University of Houston, but she has not yet determined a trajectory. “I am very excited about at-

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HASTON, from P. 1A 1942, Haston got Doris a pass to go to Portland for a delayed honeymoon trip. That’s when the army decided they did need him after all. Haston served in the military almost four years. More than half that time was spent in combat, most notably in the U.S invasion of the Philippine Islands. “When MacArthur said ‘I came through and I shall return’ we went in front of him,” said Haston. As a buck Private with an all-black unit in the 8th Army, he engaged Japanese forces in the jungles and mountains to which they had retreated. He remembers Japanese snipers tied into the trees, who would draw American fire, thus sacrificing themselves but flushing out American soldiers. The kamikaze pilots also made a lasting impression “diving into the ships with their airplanes.” Later, Haston rose to the rank as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. He applied for the Officer Candidate program with the Army Reserve but was put off by the segregation that existed with regard to the facilities. He left the military ready for a new chapter. Haston resumed his teaching career in Ardmore, Okla., and then became the principal of Lincoln High School in Nowata, Okla. He and Doris had a son, William, today an attorney who works in the Legal Division of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Washington, D.C. Because they wanted more opportunities for their son, the Hastons moved to Houston without jobs. It didn’t take them long to find one. Doris taught at Wesley Elementary. In 1959, Haston became a math teacher at Kashmere Gardens Junior and Senior High School. He taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics too. And in 1966, he became the school’s assistant principal. Shepherd Park Terrace’s Joe Dennis had Haston for ninth grade science and said that “(he) was respected because he was firm but fair.” The late 1960s brought a rapidly shifting cultural landscape. For the whole of their teaching life, the Hastons had both taught at all black schools. In 1954, Brown vs. Board of Education changed that – at least on paper. It took a while for Houston schools to follow suit. “We went in with confidence and things turned out very well,” said Doris, who like her husband has a masters from

Reagan names teachers of the year Reagan High announced that James Johnson and Chardai Grays are the Teacher of the Year and New Teacher of the Year, respectively. Johnson, a sixth-year Geography teacher, also coaches the Bulldogs’ wrestling and cross country teams. “In my opinion, teaching is one of the noblest professions one could venture into,” Johnson said. “It gives me great pleasure to see an inspired student go forward, prosper in life and become a productive member of society. I truly believe teaching is an occupation like no other. It has the capacity to mold an individual’s environment for generations to come. Teaching can change one’s mental state, prevent future poverty, and ignite hope.” Johnson considers himself a “dream builder” and helps

TSU. “We met resistance and we ignored it. It’s not about the color of your skin but the brains in your head.” Haston’s secrets to longevity Doris said her husband has lived so long because he “doesn’t worry about anything.” A longtime member of St. James Episcopal Church where he served as a member of the Vestry and Sunday School Superintendent, Haston repeats the Serenity Prayer every day. The one day at time concept took on special meaning in 1973 when Dr. Denton Cooley told Haston and Doris that Haston needed heart surgery on his Aortic valve. “He had a 50% chance of survival with the surgery and none without it,” said Doris. “There was a whole entourage following us around. Dr. Cooley kept telling them to ‘look at everything you see, because you will never see a case like this again’.” Haston has the Cooley-Cutter heart valve and is the longest living recipient of it. He lived to meet his two grandchildren and his great grand-

daughter. His last cardiologist told him to cut out the salt but Haston couldn’t quite bring himself to do that. Longevity might be in the genes. Haston says he has two aunts who lived to be more than 100. He has stayed active in philanthropic endeavors as a member of Kiwanis International and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The fraternity’s Brother’s Keeper program which provides assistance to brothers, their spouses, and widows in need was renamed the A. Charles Haston Brother’s Keeper Program in 2010. When Haston retired, the couple did a lot of travelling. Now their journeys are closer to home. They used to meet a group of friends at the Golden Corral every Friday, and still get out for special occasions. At a recent Kiwanis dinner and scholarship award ceremony, Haston was recognized for his recent milestone birthday. When asked, Haston said he never thought he would live long enough to see the election of a black president. But he did. And whole lot more.

not turn down CIP money.” The project was designed to add storm drains in Garden Oaks that would alleviate potential flooding from nearby areas such as Shepherd Forest, Shepherd Park, Candlelight Plaza, Pinemont and Oak Grove. It was added to the city’s CIP plan five years ago. The first phase includes widening streets such as Alba and Brinkman and adding sidewalks – something that not all of the neighbors favor. Future phases include Sue Barnett and Golf. The widening of the streets, coupled with the addition of sidewalks and curbs

would more than double than width of the streets. Some residents are concerned that widening the street will result in higher volumes of traffic. “Making our streets wider makes the neighborhood totally different,” Pam Parks of the GOCC told The Leader in March. “These new standards would almost double the concrete coming in. Nobody is against alleviating flooding. Could there be a compromise with the way the streets are designed to fit better with the character of the neighborhood?”

SCHOOL CHANGES, from P. 1A attributed that to the normal course of business with retirements, transfers within and outside the district. Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, said many teachers throughout the district are leaving due to HISD’s new teacher appraisal system. “They’re heavily skewed toward student test scores,” Fallon said. FBMS parent involvement coordinator Tim Weltin said the entire community is shocked over Jao’s resignation. She arrived at the school in 2007 and built enrollment from 480 in 2011 to 840 this year.

Chardai Grays

students overcome challenges that they face on a daily basis. “Personally, I am driven by the fear of failing my students because I know I am them and they are reflections of me,” Johnson said. “My life-long dream is to create a liberal arts high school for students who aspire to have a career in politics and the social sciences.” Grays, an Algebra II/PreCalculus teacher and 2013 Teach for America corps member, graduated from Dillard

University in New Orleans a few months before arriving at Reagan. “The role of a teacher does not stop once the students show mastery toward a concept,” Grays said. “It is our job to push the student’s academic skills, as well as be a positive role model. Having grown up in southeast Houston, I’ve found that the students I teach are mirror images of my peers and classmates during my school years.”

Charles (A.C.) Haston received more awards in World War II than those pictured above, but he lost them when his foot locker was stolen before he returned home from the Pacific Theater. (Photo by Betsy Denson)

GARDEN OAKS from P. 1A on yards with asphalt and concrete. Some residents have opposed the drainage project, which would install storm sewers, due to concerns of flooding in the neighborhood. “(Garden Oaks residents) expressed desire to minimize pavement sections, add speed humps and no sidewalk along Alba,” said Alvin Wright, the city’s Public Works and Engineering spokesperson. “I cannot confirm whether residents do not want the (CIP) project. They can actively petition to their council member. However, communities usually do

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“It’s an unbelievable and totally unnecessary tragedy from my standpoint,” Weltin said. “She was a great principal. I’ve never worked with anyone more dedicated. There’s not a more remarkable story out there.” Weltin said Jao enjoyed a “tremendous amount of support from parents and staff.” Houston ISD officials couldn’t be reached for comment on the matter, but parents and staff believed that Jao wanted to continue to improve the campus. Jao told The Leader’s Betsy Denson in September 2012 that the school had big plans. “We will be a great Van-

guard school, but more importantly, we will be an outstanding school for all of our kids.” Jao also put a great deal of emphasis on the full student experience, with new extracurricular programs. Zeph Capo, a local educational leader who serves as a Houston Community College trustee, said the school must continue to improve, despite the setback of Jao’s resignation. At the elementary school level, Lucy Anderson has resigned from Stevens Elementary to take a position in Humble ISD.

fact that those services reflect the diversity in the community. “My understanding of God is one that’s defined by inclusivity – God welcomes and loves all people,” Grace said. “St. Andrew’s is a place that extends gracious hospitality to people of all walks of life. We bless relationships -- gay and straight. People can gather who might not agree on political issues, but none of it matters because we all come together and receive Eucharist together as one body. We know Christ and want

to make Christ known.” One of the challenges that Grace, and other church leaders face, is reaching out to a generation that’s skeptical about organized religion. “What I tell people is the church is not perfect, but the church is a family,” Grace said. “Community is something people are always looking for, and we fill a need you can’t find on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.”

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GRACE, from P. 1A Grace worked with Miller at Trinity Episcopal Church in Midtown. Grace started the church’s youth group from scratch, and built a great deal of interest in it. Grace said he’d like to see the church become a place “where the regional arts are celebrated”, with art shows, concerts and plays. One hundred and forty parishioners, mostly from the Heights and Oak Forest, attend St. Andrew’s each Sunday. Grace said he’s proud of the


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