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Photo by Jean Dukate Fans at King’s BierHaus intently focus on the Belgium/Brazil match last Friday. Local businesses have become hot spots for World Cup viewing since it kicked off June 14.

Businesses cater to World Cup fans By Landan Kuhlmann Houston – along with its smaller subsets in our local area – is a melting pot of various cultures and people. And while it is a part of daily life, it is also no more evident than during worldwide sporting events such as the World Cup, with our neighbors flocking to watch their national team. And thas made restaurant establishments World Cup headquarters. Even though the Americans failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the enthusiasm in local neighborhoods has brought out the soccer fan in all of us, with locals flock-

ing to neighborhood spots such as King’s BierHaus, McIntyre’s, and more in droves since it began June 14. “I’d say we have 20-30 percent more coming in [these last few weeks] compared to normal business. For a typical weekday, I’d say we normally serve 200 or so. These last few weeks we’ve been looking at anywhere from about 250-300 daily,” King’s BierHaus General Manager Ryan Posato said. BierHaus, according to Creative Director Adam Lamprecht-Morphew, has been positioning themselves as the World Cup headquarters through various promotions, such as created themed menus

– with special food and drink promotions – along with showing and featuring games as often as possible and bringing out sponsors. Big screens installed around the patio and projectors put in around the restaurant, so any customer can watch to their heart’s content. “We’ve just been focusing on trying to go all in on catering for it, or not do it at all. We’re still trying it out, because we really haven’t really had sports games much before,” he said. “We tried here and there during the Astros’ run, and through there I feel like we had a lot of people come in and were able to bring See World Cup P. 2A

Locals were rooting big for their home countries By Betsy Denson For The Leader Despite the fact that for many Americans football means, well, football, and that for the first time in more than 30 years, the U.S. men’s national team did not qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup – there is ample local enthusiasm for the international football/soccer tournament which comes around every four years. Houston is an international city, and there are plenty of avid fans who Renata Weiss and her family cheered have roots in the finalist countries. on Brazil, who made it to the top eight Out of 32 teams, there were four in in the World Cup. (Photo supplied) the quarterfinals – Belgium, France, England, and Croatia. Belgium lost By press time, the finalists will be to France on Tuesday and England known, but to the fans, there is still and Croatia played Wednesday. much to celebrate.

Garden Oaks’ Candice Croker was born and raised in Gent, Belgium but moved to Texas when she was in the fifth grade. Her parents were both born and raised in Belgium. “All of my children also have Belgian passports now so they can live and work anywhere in the EU when they get older, which I love being able to offer as an opportunity for them,” said Croker. As her entire extended family is still in Belgium, excitement was high about their performance. “Belgium is always thought of as the ‘ugly duckling’ of Europe and gets teased as much as we tease our beloved Aggies here,” said Croker. “We love sharing with our friends See Home Pride P. 6A

Last year, the 14th District Court of Appeals confirmed that the Garden Oaks Maintenance Organization could not enforce its deed restrictions against Peter and Katherine Chang, homeowners who challenged the organization’s legal standing. Then -- after being denied a re-hearing before the 14th Court of Appeals -- GOMO hired a law firm to handle bankruptcy proceedings that would allow the homeowners’ association to potentially re-organize, and there have been some new developments in the process. According to Johnie Patterson of Walker & Patterson, who represents the estate of GOMO in the organization’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, at a Garden Oaks Civic Club meeting Tuesday night, a creditors’ committee has been appointed on behalf of the community for the proceedings. A creditors’ committee is a group of general unsecured creditors appointed to represent the interests of all general unsecured creditors. “This will not work unless you all get involved. They have a fiduciary duty to serve the creditor body as a whole. But they don’t know what that is, and they can’t do that unless you tell them what you want them to do or what you think they should do,” Patterson said. “Otherwise you have five or six people in a room just doing whatever they want to do, without any input. If neighbors want a say in what happens and how things go in this case, then get involved.” Patterson said creditors’ committees do not necessarily have a “say,” or the ability to simply tell the court what to do or not do – they can simply ask the court to make a certain ruling. And as of now, Patterson said the committee has filed suit against GOMO, asking that it stop collecting fees and cease all enforcement activities. Meanwhile, he said GOMO is trying to work on a way to reconstitute or work on a plan in which they can continue to provide the services and deed enforcements they have in the past. And some residents are not thrilled with how the committee went about filing the suit. “They did this totally without communicating at all with the neighborhood, not asking for input, and not sharing this information,” said one, who wished to remain anonymous. However, since the committee just recently got appointed, there has been no plan drafted yet according to Patterson. Important dates along with contact information for the appropriate parties community members can contact to get involved should be posted soon on for those who wish to participate. “If they don’t hear from the community, they’re going to assume everyone thinks what they do. And if that’s the position of the community, then that’s what (GOMO) will do,” he said. “The organization is here for the community – but if we don’t know what you want to do, we can’t do it.”

Camerata in the Oaks coming to Stomping Grounds By Betsy Denson For The Leader Stomping Grounds on West 34th has its first tenant. Paul Petronella, owner of Paulie’s, Camerata at Paulie’s and partial owner of OKRA Charity Saloon, and Chris Poldoian, Camerata wine director and general manager, are partnering to expand in Houston by opening a second Camerata location in the Revive development at 1225 West 34th. According to a press release, the 1,500 square foot location will be called Camerata in the Oaks, and is slated to open in the spring of 2019.

The partners say it will be similar to its sister location, Camerata at Paulie’s in the Montrose District. Primarily designed as a retail wine store, there will be limited seating for in-store patrons. There won’t be a kitchen, but there still will be options for nibbling. “The 10 seats will surround a bar, with intentions of guests enjoying our by the glass options,” said Petronella. “We will have mostly meat and cheese plates to enjoy on site.” Petronella said that the pasta and sauces which will be sold on site, would need to be cooked at home.

The focus of Camerata in the Oaks will be on the wine. Expert sommeliers will be on hand to introduce new wines to accommodate various palates. They will carry domestic beer, as well beer from different parts of the world; and also offer wine from lesser known regions. Chris Poldoian said there will always be a selection of $15 bottle wines. “Camerata will offer cellar-worthy fine wine and immediately drinkable weekday values,” he See Wine Store P. 2A

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together as one during the World Cup, right in our own backyard.� At King’s Bierhaus, German matches were expected to be the main draw, which they were, according to Lamprceht-Morpheu. But even in the aftermath of the Germans’ group stage exit, he said crowds have not subsided. “We’d expect at least half

of our business to be for that [since we’re a German restaurant], but people were still coming out,� he said. “We’re looking forward to be able to feature future sports events in this same manner.� “The atmosphere has just been amazing here,� Posato added. “We’ve seen fan support for all teams in various degrees.�

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Of the location, Petronella said that he recognized that the Oak Forest/Garden Oaks area is a rapidly growing residential area of Houston, and that the commercial landscape is catching up. “This neighborhood is begging for high integrity restaurant and retail, which is apparent by a quick drive through the area but also supported by data,� said Petronella. “One of the goals of Paulie’s – 20 years ago – and Camerata – 5 years ago – was to fill a need in the River Oaks/Montrose areas of Houston. Today, Montrose/

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ou’ll have to pardon the repetition, if you follow this column with regularity. Last week, I told a story about my awkward path to journalism and, with a sad heart, I need to tell it again. Shortly before I graduated from the University of Alabama, my Dad told me I needed to find a real job, because I technically didn’t have one. So for two weeks in May 1997, I drove my Mom’s blue Cadillac around the Southeast, popping in and out of small towns wearing the same dark suit, hoping to land a job at any sort of newspaper. In Milledgeville, Ga., I interviewed with an angry lady who spent her time away from the Land of Oz moonlighting as editor of the local newspaper. She cursed more, and talked louder, than a drill sergeant. She boasted of the town’s two state prisons, and I’m not so convinced she didn’t end up in one of those lock-ups soon after I declined her job offer. In Alexander City, Ala., I interviewed with a wonderful lady who worked for a company that owned almost 40 community newspapers. She wanted to hire me, but she thought I’d fit better in a larger paper the company owned in Natchez, Miss. My mother got a call later that night that I needed to get home because the company was sending a

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plane to pick me up for an interview. Talk about making an impression on a college graduate. They were really sending a plane? Before I hopped on that flight, I had one last interview in Eufaula, Ala., where the Chattahoochee River opens to 640 miles of shoreline around Lake Eufaula. The owners of the newspaper, Joel and Ann Smith, took me to lunch with their son, Jack. We walked across the street from the office to the Holiday Inn. Two decades later, I still remember the table where we sat and the perfect green beans I ate. Mr. and Mrs. Smith talked with a Southern charm we all adore. I don’t remember a word they said, but they loved their little city, and they loved their little newspaper even more. Jack, their son who was just five years my senior, had come home with a master’s degree to run the family paper, bringing a lovely wife

to live in a perfect house. I had a hard time saying no when I left that interview, so I didn’t. Even though another newspaper was sending a private plane for me the next day (and there was no way I would ever turn down a job from them), I told Joel, Ann and Jack that I needed a few days to think about the offer. The flight to Natchez had the impact you’d expect on a 22-yearold. The meal that evening with the publisher and editor was perfect, fresh seafood. The flight back home the same night, to sleep in my own bed, all but sealed the deal. Except it didn’t. I woke up the next morning, declined the Natchez offer, and told the Smiths I wanted to work for them. I knew Mr. and Mrs. Smith would be like second parents to me. They’d teach me everything they knew, and they’d take care of me when I wasn’t chasing stories around the city. But the real deal closer for me was Jack, a pleasant, if not jumpy, young man who loved the business his parents built and appreciated that I was a young guy who knew how to write a story. Jack was more than that, though. He and I slipped out of the office every once in a while to play 18 holes before the sun disappeared. He and his wife invited me to their home ev-

ery weekend. They took me on their boat, introduced me to their friends, and even tried to find a suitable lady if ever one moved to town. They became siblings to me, even though Jack was a wonderful editor who taught me nearly everything I could learn about this craft of newspapering. I stayed in Eufaula for one year, when a better job came along. When I gave Jack the news, he treated me like a brother, excited for me while hiding the disappointment of losing a decent writer (he told me that later). In the years that passed, Jack and I stayed in touch – through social media or a text or an email. Then, a few years ago, I learned Jack went through a tough time in his life. His family sold the newspaper (which was a great deal for them), but demons of depression attacked Jack from every direction. He told me about a lot of them in one conversation a couple of years ago, about how he lost his marriage, and he tried to take his life. There are people in my family who have dealt with the same mental health issues, and as I’ve learned more about the disease, Jack’s story of triumph over his chemical imbalances was one I shared with someone very close to me who has struggled with the same health

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warned cities with existing bans to reconsider. “I hope that Laredo, Austin, and any other jurisdictions that have enacted illegal bag bans will take note and voluntarily bring their ordinances into compliance with state law,” he said in a statement. “Should they decline to do so, I expect the ruling will be used to invalidate any other illegal bag bans statewide.” That’s pretty clear. Who would want to mess with Texas’ mess? Merchants, as mentioned, and Big Oil. You see, those bags are petroleum products, and with California and Hawaii already opting out of plastic bags, who knows how many other states will follow? But that industry doesn’t make state laws, does it? You must be new in town. Of course the oil and gas biz gets what it wants from the Texas Legislature. But there is another, and most disturbing, movement afoot: our state lawmakers telling local governments what to do, because our legislators know best what’s best for us. If the good people of Galveston want to clean up their beaches, what business is it of some lawmaker in Pampa or San Augustine? Why should a legislator from a Dallas suburb care about horses in Fort Stockton? Again, you must be new in town. Follow the money. Check the campaign donations of those who voted for the statewide ban on bans. This long-distance meddling also follows a hypocritical power grab by our top state leaders. They love to exercise their power. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick got involved in a Houston referendum on gay rights (it wasn’t called that, but it still lost). Patrick also called for the resignation of the Fort Worth ISD superintendent for his stand on transgender school bathrooms that differed from Patrick’s. Gov. Greg Abbott endorsed one Republican candidate for the state legislature over a more moderate one, who won. The governor once called these local rules “a form of collectivism.” The Republican-controlled legislature has even passed laws dealing with local governments’ ordinance on Uber, Lyft and cutting trees. Remember these are the same pols who keep whining about “Washington interference.”

Remember Gov. Abbott’s famous quote about keeping the feds out of Texas’ business when he was attorney general: “I go into the office, I sue the federal government, and then I go home.” OK, all this time you have been wondering about plastic bags. The modern lightweight shopping bag is the invention of Swedish engineer Sten Gustaf Thulin in the early 1960s for the Swedish packaging company Celloplast. It was patented worldwide by Celloplast in 1965. The popularity of these bags began to snowball from the mid-1980s onwards. It is estimated that the number of plastic bags used and discarded worldwide is about 1 trillion annually, and an estimated 300 million plastic bags end up in the Atlantic Ocean alone.


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Take me to your Litter AISLE 4 – Cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, kale. Why is kale such a hot item these days? Every yuppy and Gen X recipe features kale. Yuk! I’d rather suck rocks. One thing they all have in common is that customers put the veggies in these little translucent plastic bags. They are handy, and certainly beat wrapping your lettuce in a damp towel. But plastic bags can be a nuisance, or even deadly, which brings us to the Texas Legislature. It seems that some Texans don’t like those plastic bags, and want to outlaw them, at least in their area. West Texas ranchers say their horses and cattle eat plastic bags that blow into the pastures, and die. Galveston residents who depend on tourism, say plastic bags clutter the beaches and hurt business. The endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles seem to love a good plastic bag for lunch, making the turtles even more endangered. Other towns just don’t like the clutter of bags clogging sewers, hanging from trees making their towns look blighted, or in some cases even more blighted. So they passed local ordinances banning the bags. Fort Stockton in West Texas approved a ban. The Galveston City Council unanimously backed an ordinance to ban those bags at stores. So did Laredo and Austin. Houston and San Antonio were taking steps in that direction. All told, about 11 Texas cities have banned the bags. Statewide, they have been prohibited in places like California and Hawaii. But Texas is going in the opposite direction. Our Legislature passed a statewide law that, in effect, prohibits local governments from prohibiting the bags. Laredo merchants took note of this state law and sued. The city of Laredo argued it imposed the ban to avoid spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to clean disposable bags from the sewer system. Now the Texas Supreme Court has ruled Laredo can’t impose a ban on plastic bags, saying that the Texas constitution declares state law takes precedence over any local law, specifically, the ordinance violated state law that regulates solid waste disposal. The legal term for citing solid waste disposal as grounds for banning bag bans is “a real stretch.” This ruling by the Texas Supreme Court not only tosses out the Laredo ban, but will soon do the same to other cities’ ban ordinances, and end efforts by Houston, etc. to enact similar bans. Republican Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton applauded the decision and

issues. About three months ago, I reached out to Jack to ask if he would mind having coffee or lunch with the person in my life who has faced the same issue. No kidding: The very next day, Jack was at a restaurant talking my loved one through the process of beating this disease. Jack had faced his demons, found the right medication and, in the process, had remarried a wonderful lady, started a new business and had developed an incredible relationship with his children. Last week, Jack took his own life. No, we weren’t as close as we were in 1998 when he was my surrogate brother, but when we talked a few months ago, it’s like we had worked together last year. I don’t know if there’s still a stigma in this country about mental health and the real disease it is, but Jack’s battle must not be wasted on those of us who knew him. If you have people close to you who struggle with mental health issues, be a friend, offer support and stay in touch with them. Most times, they’ll be the first to offer themselves to you, while maybe we should offer more of ourselves to them.

While the average consumer in China uses only two or three plastic bags a year, consumers in Denmark use four, Ireland: 20, Germany: 65, U.S.: about 300, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia: more than 400. Waterways and drains can be clogged by plastic bags and have been linked to severe flooding. Wonder if we should stop blaming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Oh, and the bags don’t just kill horses in West Texas. About 25 children in the U.S. suffocate each year due to plastic bags, mostly laundry bags, and almost nine out of 10 are under the age of 1. Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to decompose, especially if they are filled with kale. Ashby bags at

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Dr. Ana Torres welcomes to community to come to this free event at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 14, at Love Park, 1000 W. 12th St. Enjoy the sun, make new friends and listen to a brief health related talk. Bring a friend. There will also be give-aways. Information: 713863-9200,

SUMMER IN PARIS LUNCHEON St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church

Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program invites all senior adults ages 50 years of age and better to St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, located at 2003 W. 43rd St., for a summer lunch in Paris. The luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. July 13. Ben’s Chuck Wagon is catering chicken cordon bleu with cream gravy sauce, mashed potatoes, French peas, rolls, dessert, and iced tea. $10 per person. Information: www.hcp4.


Come meet community leaders at the North Shepherd Community Alliance, the fastest growing business networking group in the rapidly developing North Shepherd Area. The meeting will be from 6-8 p.m. July 18. The guest speaker for July will be Richard Hill, executive director at

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Arise Baptist holds games and carnival Bring the family to this fun event with games, snacks and Bible Stories from 5-6:15 p.m. Saturdays at Watonga Park July 14; and Clark Park July 21. Nacho Night is 5 p.m. July 15. Watermelon Night is 5 p.m. July 22. Register for VBS 6 p.m.-9 p.m. July 29-Aug. 3. Fall AWANA Club is 7 p.m. Aug. 15. Arise Baptist Church is located at 803 Curtain St. Call 713-659-9697 or visit www. for information.

St. Stephen’s First Feast at Live Oak Grill All are welcome to join us for the first Feast! Sunday, July 15, following the 11 a.m. service at Live Oak Grill, 10444 Hempstead Rd. Bring the St. Stephen’s bulletin and receive 10% off an appetizer. Feast! will be held on the third Sunday of each month. The yoga class will begin meeting weekly on Wednesday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 101. The cost is $5 per class. 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. Home Run benefit at Immanuel Lutheran Come support the Hairgrove family, Steve, Melissa, Lane, Emily and Molly. Steve has recently undergone cancer surgery and the family is in need of help. The Hairgroves are members of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Proceeds will help with medical bills and expenses. The Home Run benefit ‘Hit Cancer Out of the Park’ is from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. July 15, and will be a drive-thru barbecue dinner (chicken, sausage, rice, beans and peach cobbler). The minimum donation is $10, credit cards are accepted. Immanuel Lutheran Church is located at 1440 Cortlandt St. Call 713-864-2651 for information. Good Cents Financial Seminar at First Church Heights First Church Heights will host a Good Cent$ Financial Seminar, July 16, from 7–8:15 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The seminar is free. Hear what the Bible has to say about money and learn how to get control of your finances by creating and maintaining a written budget.

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Mission of Yahweh. This is a free event with dinner sponsored by the North Shepherd Community Alliance and Moon Shepherd Baker Insurance. The community is welcome. Call Kathryn Van der Pol at 713-695-5071 to RSVP or for information. or 713-655-1912 by 11 a.m. July 18. Information:


Harris County Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program invites the community to enjoy three hours of live rock, folk, and country music during the 17th annual Precinct 4 Opry July 27, from 7-10 p.m. at the Humble Civic Center. Musicians Michael and Ginny Hix return with The Holla Band and other special guests to bring uniquely dynamic, high-energy performances featuring pop, rock, and country hits from the past. Transportation is available at 4 p.m. from Oaks Presbyterian Church, 1576 Chantilly Lane. Information: events, 281-893-3726.

During the American Civil War, Texas played an important role in the smuggling of materials in and out of the Confederacy. The Noon Lecture Series presents Texas, the Anaconda, and the Milam Street Blockade Runner, by Andy Hall from noon-1 p.m., July 19, in the Heritage Society Team Room, 1100 Bagby St. The cost is free for members and $5 for non-members. Guests may bring a lunch or purchase one for $12. To reserve a box lunch, contact styler@heri-

First Church Heights is located at 201 E. 9th St. For information, call 713-861-3102 or seminar leader Ed Murrell at 713-614-7789. Garden Oaks announces Vacation Bible School Garden Oaks Baptist Church, 3206 N. Shepherd Dr., will have its annual Vacation Bible School the week of July 16-20, from 9 a.m.-noon each day. Children ages 5-12 will hear Bible stories, do crafts, enjoy snacks and music and much more. To register or for information, call 713-864-4447 or visit Community of Faith Church honors Dr. James W.E. Dixon II The Community Of Faith Church, 1024 Pinemont, will honor their senior pastor, Dr. James. W. E. Dixon, II at 6 p.m. July 22. Keynote Speaker is Mayor Sylvester Turner. Co-hosts and emcees will be Deborah Duncan and Marcus D. Wiley. For ticket information visit www.thecommunityoffaith. org. Vacation Bible School at St. Matthew’s

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St. Matthew’s Vacation Bible School is July 23-July 26, 9-11 a.m., in the fellowship hall. Children ages kindergarten through fifth-grade must be registered before the event. The church will be celebrating it’s 75th Anniversary Jubilee Aug. 12. Worship and fellowship at St. Matthew’s Sunday School starts at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 9:17 a.m. St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church is located at 4300 N. Shepherd Dr. Call 713-697-0671 or visit www. for information. Mercy Me at First Church Heights Kingdom Blue Productions presents Mercy Me at 4 p.m. Aug. 4, and is produced, written and directed by Mary Gray Gossett. From riches to rags, from lost to found, a father hates the sin but loves the sinner, longs for his daughter to be redeemed and return home from her scandalous lifestyle. Tickets are $20 for adults, children $10, and $15 for DVDs. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 832814-0230. First Church Heights is located at 201 E. 9th St.

The Obituaries. Sam Ed Ashmore, 87, born Dec. 14, 1930 in Eldorado, Texas, died July 4. He was an active member of All Saints Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Joy, sons Scott, Kendall and Nick, his sister Betty, and 10 grandchildren.

Linda Carol Innmon, 75, born Jan. 22, 1943 in Lufkin, died July 2. She is survived by her husband, Jack Innmon, son Ray Innmon, granddaughter Taylor Innmon, sister Janice Mason and brother Willard Grayson Jr.

Dorthy Louise Ballard, 75,

87, born Nov. 10, 1930 in Welcome, Texas, died July 5. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy Faye Hartfiel Mahlmann, sons Jeff and Ron Mahlmann, daughter Gina Riley and brother Dennis Mahlmann, and four grandchildren.

born March 21, 1943, died July 3.

Viola Excell Hobratsch,

83, born March 10, 1935 in Georgetown, Texas, died July 8. She was employed with HISD as a cook at Scarborough High School and was a member of Our Savior Lutheran. She is survived by her husband Raymond, her children Geraine Zamora, Sheila Kerns, Sandra Leger, and Barbara Mushinski, eight grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Rueben Frank Mahlmann,

Ryan William Martin, 45, born Oct. 14, 1972, died July 7. John Christopher McDaniel, 29, born Sept. 21, 1988, died July 2. He is survived by his wife,

Ann Cassany Anselme, father Stephen McDaniel and wife Kelly McDaniel, mother Kimberley Smith, brothers George Kyle McDaniel, Michael Alexander McDaniel and Matthew GoppertComan, grandfather George McDaniel, grandmother Mary Helen McDaniel, and grandmother Rose Marie Smith.

Vincent Morales Jr., 66, born Aug. 23, 1951, died June 30. He is survived by his mother, Esperanza Morales, and sister Linda Clark. Roland Steve Musquiz,

53, born Dec. 18, 1964, died July 2. He is survived by his companion William R. Hogue, brother Raul (Roy) Garza Musquiz Jr., sisters Linda Armenta, Blanca Estella Musquiz Jimenez, Gloria

Barnett, Laura Musquiz, Alice Dominguez and Monica O’Connor.

Leo Charles Russek, 90, born March 10, 1928, died June 30. He was a dedicated member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church and served as a Eucharistic Minister. He served as Deputy Grand Knight in Knights of Columbus Council 12474, and president of Golden Youth Club. Survivors include his brother E.J. Russek, children Eric Russek and Rachele Russek, and three grandchildren. Experience and Knowledge... A Powerful Combination

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his is the time of year where we as Americans celebrate freedom. Fourth of July, summertime, fun, Astros games, trips to Galveston, and all of the other things that we love to do this time of year. I love the red, white, and blue we see on everything from t-shirts to beach towels. I love freedom. In John 8:32 Jesus says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” In other words, he is telling us that the only way to have true freedom is by knowing the truth. Who or what is the truth? Jesus says in John 14:6 that he is the way, the truth, and the life. While it might sound good to say that Jesus is the truth and the truth sets us free, living this out is a different matter entirely. To say you have freedom and to live without Jesus is living in a false reality of freedom. It would be like a convict saying he is free when he walks out of his cell in the jail to go to the jail cafeteria. He may feel freedom from his cell, but he is not truly free. Jesus offers not just external freedom but also internal and eternal freedom. He offers freedom from sin, freedom from death, freedom from fear, freedom from the demonic, and freedom from religion. Following Jesus can and should be so much more than a religion. A religion is a system of rules or beliefs that must be followed in order to have a relationship with God. That is like saying I have to do, x, y, and z, in order to be married to my wife. The exact opposite is true. I do x, y, and z because I am married to my wife, because I have a relationship with her. I should do what I do because of my relationship with Christ, not in order to have a relationship with Christ. Jesus offers freedom to be what we were intended to be by our Creator. You can be free through the truth of who Jesus is and what He has done for you!

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What to do if your cat goes missing

Dear Tabby, We have an inside/outside cat and I’m always so worried that she’ll go missing. What do you suggest that readers do if they lose a cat? Apprehensive about AWOL cat in Oak Forest Dear Apprehensive, It’s certainly a scary feeling when a cherished pet suddenly doesn’t come home. Outdoor cats often have a tendency to roam, so it’s a good idea to doublecheck that your kitty is microchipped and tagged. In the event that your cat doesn’t come home, here’s what experts suggest that you do: Start early: Begin looking for your kitty as soon as you suspect that she’s wandered off. Don’t wait and see. If your cat has gotten lost, the quicker you get started the less time she has to wander. Stick close to home: Cats are territorial and many will rarely leave their territory unless something has scared them. For this reason, most cats that go missing are found within a five-house radius from where they live. Make sure you check your backyard and those of your neighbors thoroughly. Is there anywhere your cat could be trapped or hiding, such as in a garage? As you know, cats can be curious and get trapped in all kinds of places they venture into. Know your cat: Each cat is different and what has happened to them may depend on several factors such as their personality,

whether they are an indoor or outdoor cat, or whether something has scared them. For example, research has shown that indoor cats that have escaped are very likely to be hiding near your house. They have likely panicked and gone into survival mode, so are probably hiding very nearby. They might be too scared to move and will probably not respond to your calls. They are hiding in silence, so as not to attract any predators, they are following their survival instinct. Entice her nose: Some experts recommend leaving super-smelly wet cat food in your yard or driveway to lure your kitty closer to the house. Alas, that could also invite other cats, as well as less cuddly neighborhood creatures to your home, so proceed with caution there. It also might not hurt to leave a favorite bed or litterbox of your kitty’s, or some worn tee shirts of yours on the porch to redirect kitty home, via her nose. Comforting scents from home might be just what she needs to find her way.

If all of the above steps fail to bring kitty home, your next step is to post her photo and your contact info all over social media and then post signs up around your neighborhood. Spread the word to your neighbors to be on the lookout as well. Hopefully you’ll never have to employ these tactics, but if you do, we sure hope that your kitty comes home safely. Did You Know? On the last Friday night of each month, CAP (Citizens for Animal Protection) offers a “Kids’ Night at CAP” from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. For only $15 per kiddo, you can drop off your 6 year olds (and up) for an evening of animals and fun, while you enjoy a date night. The “Kids’ Nights” are first-come, first-served to the first 50 kids. It’s a roaring good time for the kids and a welcome break for the grown ups. Visit www.cap4pets. org for more information. Do you have a question for Tabby? Email her at deartabby

Pet of the Week Meet Jesse. This guy is a real “peach” of a kitty (Get it? Because he’s peach-colored?)! Jesse is a little over a year old. gets along with other cats, loves kittens, and would very likely be perfectly happy with kind children and calm dogs. Orange tabbies are known to be very social and smart, so this makes Jesse an ideal candidate for any family. To learn more about Jesse and other adoptable pets, visit www.

Home Pride from P. 1A that Belgium has a lot to offer beyond waffles, Brussels sprouts, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Smurfs and fries (yes, they’re Belgian) - I was texting with my Bruggebased cousin during the game against Brazil and it was such a fun way to reconnect with him.” Belgium’s rival in the quarterfinals – France – last won the World Cup in 1998. Jules Reigneaud, who hails from Moulins in the Auvergne region of France spent this past year in Houston as a foreign exchange student at Waltrip High School, living with a family in Garden Oaks. He’s now visiting New York City with his French family and says that they were going to seek out a French pub to watch the game. “I’m a big fan and my family is so hyped up,” said Reigneaud. “It’s a rivalry [with Belgium] because we both speak French.” Oak Forest resident Julie Wilson is not at all conflicted in her World Cup loyalties. In 2000, she moved to Houston from the UK during Thanksgiving weekend. “Other than a few British friends, I didn’t know anybody in Houston,” said Wilson. “I found the transition much more difficult than I’d anticipated, and nearly left after a very rocky first six months.” Almost 20 years later, the mother and wife to an American is still here. Wilson still tries to get back to England though every 18 months. “I am so excited the English football team is doing well in the World Cup,” she said. “England won it once in 1966 - and it’s still referred to frequently in England.

My family is fired up, even my non-sports-fans cousins. And a wave of euphoria is sweeping the country. It’s really brought people together. My brother and his wife run a country village pub, and England’s run has been good for business.” On the other side of the proverbial field is Heights resident Dr. Anita Ticak, an eye doctor who teaches optometry at the University of Houston. Ticak was raised in Ohio but spends summers in Croatia. Her parents are there now. “We are from a village in Croatia called Ljubac close to Zadar,” said Ticak. “I love Croatian soccer and follow our guys from international play to club teams. I’m so proud of what they’ve done. I also have a cousin related to one of the players and the goalie – who has made insane penalty kick saves – is also from Zadar.” Ticak said that her parents have told her that everyone is watching the games together at a local café. “Between Facebook, Instagram and Twitter I’m pretty busy keeping up with everyone,” she said. “The way our country is playing definitely unites us and makes us all so proud.” Still proud of top eight There are other locals who continue to celebrate their teams, even though they have exited the tournament. Oak Forest’s Renata Weiss moved to Houston from Brazil in 2006 after she married a Houston native. Every year and a half she takes her three kids back to visit family. “The Brazilian National Team is reflection of the Bra-

zilian identity, culture, and patriotism,” she said. “I grew up watching the national team with my family. Brazil won the World Cup twice since I was born.” Games are fun to watch but the losses come hard. “I have never cried because of any game in my entire life, including my own college volleyball games,” said Weiss. “Except in the 2014 World Cup when Brazil lost to Germany 7 to 1. I was devastated like never before because of a sports game.” Candlelight Place’s Elena Valova grew up in Tyumen, Siberia, but an oil and gas job brought her to Houston six years ago. “Moscow is my family’s hub now, my parents work and live in Kazakhstan – it’s a real country,” Valova said. “Football and hockey are our big team sports, and even though I don’t watch soccer during the regular season, my family and I always root for our guys in the World Cup.” For the first time in 32 years Russia advanced from the group level. “My family and I watched the game with our Russian/American friends at the Wakefield Crowbar,” Valova said. “We sat outside, [and] I bet it was entertaining for the volleyball players to watch a woman with a four month old baby shout in Russian after every penalty shot.” Valova watched the game against Croatia with about 70 other Russians at a hall normally reserved for weddings. “The World Cup this year was the best in my lifetime so far,” said Valova. “The Russian team is one of the eight best teams this year and it makes me very proud.”

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Flatbread and wings 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 Eight Row Flint This month, Eight Row chef de cuisine Marcelo Garcia’s running the grill. He’ll use pizza dough from Coltivare in a whole new way—grilled over coals & topped with seasonal veggies. He’ll pair the flatbreads with wings in lots of different styles every Tuesday. This Tuesday: Ricotta, Broccolini, Lemon Thyme Flatbread, and Lemon Pepper Wings. Modern calligraphy 101 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 Katie & Co 4525 Washington Ave. Ste. 100 Tap into your creativity with calligraphy! A workshop hosted by Mint & Maple. You’ll learn the basics of pointed pen calligraphy, learn to create various letter widths, as well as working with the ink consistency and flow, and through lots of painting and set exercises. Price $135, must be purchased on the Mint & Maple website.

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Ceramics workshop 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15 Forth and Nomad 714 Yale St. Ste. 1z Looking for something new to display on your mantle? Spend the evening with Forth and Nomad and create a handmade ceramic piece. Attendees will learn the basic skill of ceramics as they make their own creations. Once instructor Abbie Preston, the maker behind Box Sparrow, fires and glazes the ceramics in her studio the pieces can go home!

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There was coffee and donuts, big, intimidating, expensive looking cameras, people holding tape recorders, conducting interviews and just a short distance away, an enormous wooden ramp leading to a small wood framed house with various sized holes cut throughout and painted a bright turquoise on the inside rim of the holes. I was at my first ever media day for a public art installation. Even after five years of writing Art Valet, weekly no less, I still don’t know what to make of this whole writing thing. Don’t tell my publisher that! This was one invitation I had to follow up on, this was, after all, a Havel Ruck Project.  Havel Ruck Project is the collaboration of Dan Havel and Dean Ruck, the same Havel and Ruck that turn houses inside out and into funnels that fool you into thinking you can crawl through them, and spearheaded the long winding funnel on Montrose Blvd., and many other inverted exploded wonders that boggle the senses.  Havel Ruck Projects unveiled its latest deconstruction/transformation project: Open House, an interactive temporary public sculpture at Sam Houston Park in Downtown Houston, and is on view daily through February 2019. The project is part of Art Blocks, a public art initiative created and managed by the Houston Downtown Management District.  “Since the Downtown District first launched Art Blocks in Main Street Square in February 2016, we have envisioned extending the temporary public art initiative to other areas of Downtown,� said Bob Eury, the Downtown District’s executive director. “We’re thrilled about the opportunity to showcase work by local artists Dan Havel and Dean Ruck, whose Open House is a playful addition to The Heritage Society’s ten historic buildings at Sam Houston Park.� Sourced from Cherry House Moving Company, the

Night market 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, July 14 The Market at Sawyer Yards 1502 Sawyer St. The night markets are back! Come pursue the folk art, artisan goods, and specialty foods! The Market at Sawyer Yards debuted in the spring of 2016 and continues 2nd Saturdays. This curated market hosts a mix of artist mediums with a focus on folk art, the maker is the seller & artisan crafts including packaged specialty foods. Surrounded by the highest concentration of working artists in all of Texas, the market coincides with 2nd Saturday Open Studios, when artists from The Silos at Sawyer Yards, Winter, Spring, Summer, Sabine and Silver Street Studios, open their studios to the public.

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1940s-era house was originally located in Santa Fe, Texas. After moving the home to Sam Houston Park in April, Havel and Ruck started by stripping the structure’s interior and exterior. Visitors will be able to walk through Open House, viewing both the modern skyscrapers of Downtown Houston and the landscape of Sam Houston Park through the holes that have been carved out of the house. At night, the house will be lit from within, creating a lantern effect. Get more details on this project and others by Art Blocks https:// www.downtownhouston. org/art-blocks. Walking past Heritage Park I noticed a mural in progress, not an uncommon sight in Houston. However, this particular mural is titled Mexican-American History & Culture in 20th Century Houston. The Heritage Society communications director is walking me over she explained that the artists, Jesse Sifuentes and Laura Lopez Cano (and her two sons) are working on the mural daily and the public is invited to come and watch. The mural depicts the many contributions made by Mexican-Americans in the City of Houston, and there are many. Located just behind The Heritage Society, 1100 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002, under an aluminum awning, the artists were just filling in the many historic figures on my visit. The artists are happy to share the stories and much of the documentation is in the museum too. Small world, I’ve known

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