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CNN/Money: Heights is one of ‘best places to live’ In their annual Best Places to Live rankings, released Monday, CNN and Money Magazine named the Heights one of the “best big city neighborhoods” in the U.S. The survey of the nation’s 10 largest cities pointed out Houston’s affordable housing and solid job market. “But Houston Heights offers something rare for this city,” the description read, “an

urban, walkable area with a cohesive neighborhood vibe.” It pointed out the Heights’ 19th Street shopping, dining, coffee and vintage clothing stores, and the community’s pocket parks and walking and biking paths. The down sides to the Heights, according to the survey: a dependence on cars and uneven schools.

It reported a median household income of $63,500, median home value of $251,400 and a cost of $2,000 for a “typical” two-bedroom rental property. CNN based its findings on information from, it reported, and an on-site visit. For more, go to http://money.cnn. com/magazines/moneymag/best-places/2013/full_list/.

The shopping along 19th Street were reasons CNN/ Money Magazine included the Heights as one of the ‘best big city neighborhoods’ in the U.S. (Photo from

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Edition full of tips, new faces and old routines Along with readjusting bedtime and wakeup hours and reacclimating to homework, setting and memorizing carpool schedules and breaking in new clothes and shoes, there’s one mandatory back-toschool ritual: A haircut to trim away that blessed summer shagginess. We caught up with brothers Casan and Carsan Evans, 7 and 5, on Monday evening at Great Clips in Oak Forest, the night before they got ready to start second-grade and pre-K, respectively, at St. Ambrose School. Mother Kim had shown a photo of Justin Bieber to the stylists, who did spot-

on versions of The Beeb’s neatly clipped sides and back (very parent-pleasing) and a combed-high front, slicked with hair “product,” which drew smiles from each of the boys. Consider the Evans our poster boys for this special Back-to-School edition of The Leader. Throughout the newspaper, you’ll find smatterings of what to expect from neighborhood public, private and parochial schools this academic year – from improved carpool access and parking to new principals to advances in technology and academic programs. – Charlotte Aguilar, Editor

MORE BACK-TO-SCHOOL • How to get ready for school, Page 1B • Hogg students will learn local, Page 1B • New principals at our schools, Page 2B • It’s a good time for parent check ups, Page 3B • Group continues backpack drive, Page 5B • St. Rose building for future, Page 6B • An FAQ about HISD, Page 9B • And our Leader Eater even has advice for feeding the youngsters, Page 3A




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by Michael Sudhalter There will be no challenge to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) mixed beverage license that was requested by Chela’s, a nightclub set to open in the Northwest Mall in the location of the defunct SRO Sports Bar. The owners, J. Larkin Stallings and Mario Anzaldua of Triangle Entertainment, previously owned the notorious El Chaparral Club in the mall’s parking lot. That sparked a TABC protest earlier this spring from 30 residents of Timbergrove and Spring Branch as well as State Rep. Sarah Davis, the city of Houston, Office of the Harris County Attorney and the Timbergrove Manor Civic Club. Some of the protesters, and Chela’s owners, reached a mediation agreement that sets conditions the club owners must abide by. The remainder of the protesters failed to attend the Aug. 9 hearing regarding the TABC license, rendering the protest void. The guidelines include having a minimum of five certified peace officers as security on weekendand a minimum of three during the

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Diana del Pilar is an imposing figure, tall and gregarious, awe-inspiring in her individual knowledge of the families at her school and her insights into the daily challenges each faces. But what likely makes her so effective as principal of Helms Elementary School is the little girl inside – the one who recalls her own childhood in the Heights in the 1970s as the daughter of immigrant parents trying to master a language and a strange new –– but supportive –– culture. “Yes, I do understand them. I was them,” del Pilar says of the largely Latino population in her Helms community. Her family lived in an apartment at “as my mom would say, ‘la seis y media y la stu-dee-wood,” she said – 6 1/2 Street at Studewood. Her mother, who “loved school,” she said, but only went

Del Pilar works alongside community volunteers Saturday to spruce up Helms’ nature center. (Photo by Charlotte Aguilar) through sixth-grade herself in Monterrey, Mexico, discovered a small Head Start Center in the Heights and enrolled del Pilar, who thrived, as did her family. Her machinist father had steady, blue-collar work, which gave him a clear path to naturalization and

citizenship and a ticket to middle-class living and good schools in the suburbs for his three children. In their case, it was Aldine. After years away from her childhood neighborhood, del Pilar was cruising the Heights upon coming to her new job at Helms 2

1/2 years ago when she was struck by déjà vu seeing grown men playing soccer, as her dad had, and children romping at Stude Park. “I saw the 3-year-old me,” she said. Del Pilar’s road to Helms had been a long and circuitous one. She had to overcome the Englishlanguage deficit at home (even using her own spelling homework to help teach her mother English), “but no one ever made me feel I was limited in any way, which made it easier,” she said. She started out as a computer programmer in the Aldine schools as a gifted high school student, eventually taking on a significant role in the district’s construction department through her computer skills, and worked her way through community college, Sam Houston State and a graduate degree while marrying and giving birth to three daughters.

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Two weeks������ ago, The Leader began its call for residents, business owners and readers to cast their ballots for the best businesses ������ ����������������������� in the area. From restaurants to schools, doctors to pet clinics, we’re asking you to pick the Top 3 businesses in nearly 100 categories. ��������� With the influx of new homeowners in the area –������������������������ many coming from outside this community – a ranking like Readers’ ������ Choice will have an impact on where people shop, where they eat, what doctor ������������������ they choose to visit. And the only way to make sure folks get the best is to have as many participants fill out our survey. You can find a printed version of the Readers’ Choice on Page 10A of today’s Leader. If you’d rather use an automated ballot, log on to our updated website,, and click on the “Readers’ Choice” box on the right side of the page. And if you’re a business owner, it might be time to email a link to your customers and ask for their support. Businesses around the community are one step ahead of you, soliciting as many votes as possible. Voting ends on Aug. 31. ������������������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������� � ������������������������������������������������������ ����������������� ������������������������������������� ���������������� ������������������������������������� �������������� ���������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������� �

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Burglary suspect may Law Enforcement HS campus up for bid again have posed as realtor by Charlotte Aguilar Houston ISD has put the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice High School campus up for sale again. Trustees voted 5-4 last Thursday night, after discussing the matter in closed session, to take bids for the nearly 11-acre parcel located at 4701 Dickson St. at Shepherd Drive. The last bidding process was scuttled by the board after claims that members had been improperly lobbied by the two final bidders, St. Thomas High School and a real estate investment company, A.V. Dickson, LLC. Earlier in the week, HISD’s chief ethics official acknowledged that district policy regarding communications had not been included in the bid packets. Both bids were about $40 million –– set by HISD as the minimum –– with St. Thomas coming in about $800,000 higher. But the specs required a five-year leaseback to HISD while it can build a new LECJ campus — and A.V. Dickson’s proposal of $100,000 a month was far lower than St. Thomas’ $250,000 a month offer. A.V. Dickson would also pay property taxes on the land, unlike St. Thomas, which is exempt. The two bidders both indicated earlier that they would rebid if the board followed Supt. Terry Grier’s recommendation that the property be sold. Opposing the sale were Board President and Leader-area trustee

Anna Eastman, Juliet Stipeche, an alumna of the school in whose district the school is located; Mike Lunceford and Manuel Rodriguez. Their reasons weren’t put on the public record, as discussion took place in executive session, behind closed doors, as permitted by Texas law in real estate matters. Although it was ranked by a survey preceding last fall’s $1.9 billion HISD bond issue as one of the neediest campuses, facilitywise, LECJ was not included in the bond. Instead, there was an agreement that the land could be sold with proceeds from the sale and surplus bond funds designated to relocate and rebuild the school.

Apollo 20 to be reviewed

In the wake of a major funding setback, trustees voted to seek an academic review of the methodology used in progress reporting on the Apollo 20 school turnaround program. The Houston Endowment recently announced it was withholding a pledged $3 million contribution until it can review data by Harvard economist Dr. Roland Fryer, architect of the program, about student performance at the Apollo schools. Fryer has said he expects to submit that report by Nov. 1. The academic review, which trustees said should cost nothing, was proposed by board president Eastman after trustee Stipeche indicated her interest in a third-party review of Apollo 20 at the board’s last monthly meeting.

Houston police have arrested and charged a woman from Baytown and are seeking a second woman for questioning in the burglary of a residence at 762 E. 17th St. in the Heights the afternoon of July 5. Rebecca Bench Lynn Bench, 40, is in custody and charged with burglary of a habitation in the 209th State District Court. The second suspect, Laura Kristen Campas, 41, is wanted for questioning in the incident and is currently at-large. HPD burglary investigators reported that Bench and a second woman, believed to be Campas, entered the above residence posing as a Realtor and prospective buyer of the home. The homeowners left the suspects at the location and returned to find items missing from their home. The suspects are believed to

be responsible for at least one other case with similar circumstances that happened at 2300 Welch on July 19, but there were no witnesses in that case. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Laura Kristen Campas is urged to contact the HPD Burglary and Theft Division at 713-308-0900 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.



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A 37-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint at 7:06 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at the Jack in the Box on 3425 Ella. There were no injuries and no description of the suspect.

Armed robber strikes in the Heights

A 51-year-old female was robbed at gunpoint of her purse and its contents at 12:29 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 in the 1000 block of Oxford in the Heights. There were no injuries and no description of the suspect.



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Art a la Carte: Works explore vanishing Heights Pink’s Pizza 1403 Heights Blvd. 3404 N. Shepherd Drive Pizza: $9.99-$20.99 Sandwiches, Pastas & Salads: $4.99-$8.99 Pizza by the Slice: $3.50 Kid Friendly: The warm box with the blue hand makes The Bomber smile LE’s Favorite: Luna Moon

Review: Pink’s Pizza thinks outside the box It’s inevitable that once school kicks off, there will be a day when Leader Eater is kept late at the day job (the one that pays the bills in between restaurant reviews) and will have to scramble across town to pick up The Bomber (my fiveyear-old going on 15) before the after-school program shuts down for the evening. For any parent who has been in this situation – when your kid climbs in the car as the afternoon is quickly turning into evening – you’ll know that the first priority is filling that tummy. To be sure, there’s probably homework that needs finishing in the backpack, a playground dirt-streaked face that needs scrubbing in the bathtub and little time to do both before the clock strikes bedtime. In anticipation of this scenario arising shortly, I recently took The Bomber on an early-evening, emergency takeout dinner practice run. After years of trying to fine tune this drill, Leader Eater has found a fool-proof plan. It starts with having the number of north Houston’s iconic pizzeria Pink’s Pizza saved in your phone. Pink’s profile fills the checklist for needing to feed a youngster with low blood sugar in the aftermath of a long day of ripping around the playground. First, kids love the warm cheese and dough duo even more than a late-night partier with an appetite, so the odds of The Bomber putting away a substantial amount of this dinner is pretty high. Second, although it’s not a plate of broccoli and brown rice, a wheel from Pink’s is a step higher on the healthy food pecking order than

drive-thru fast food. And finally, a call into either the Heights Boulevard or North Shepherd locations 15 minutes before you arrive will ensure you’ll have dinner on the prompt. (And even if there is a wait for a few minutes, The Bomber is always quickly captivated by pulling up a red cushiontopped stool to the counter to watch the pizza technicians sling dough into the air.) My call into Pink’s consists of a standard split-sided pizza request: cheese and pepperoni for The Bomber on one side and Luna Moon for Leader Eater on the other. (The split screen is the ideal strategy to fill the needs of young and old.) The first side of the pie is a stock selection, particularly for kids, while my choice is one of Pink’s 20 gourmet-topped specialty pizzas. Luna Moon is Pink’s take on a white pizza, with an Alfredo sauce base instead of the customary tomato base. The addition of thick mozzarella, buttery ricotta and kernels of feta ratchets up the pizza’s lactose count. This milky trio can be stomach-turning for some, but is appealing to this particular restaurant reviewer. Roasted peppers, black olives and basil make an appearance on the Luna Moon. Italian sausage rounds out the roster of what is one of the better pizza combos in the city, despite its average crust. Pink’s ability to think outside the box while sticking to the core craftsmanship of pizzamaking has allowed the pizzeria to build an iconic reputation. But it’s Pink’s ability to provide relief when I’m in a rush that has made Leader Eater a loyal customer.

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More to explore at BRC BRC Gastropub, 519 Shepherd Drive, has rolled out some new menu items. Among them: the Mimosa & Fried Oyster Salad, which adds grilled asparagus, poached eggs, avocado, mapely bacon, toasted orange zest, and green garlic dressing to the restaurant’s signature fried oysters; Idaho trout with Virginia sauce, Pacific cod in tempura batter served with fries, tartar sauce and malt vinegar, and a jalapeño potato chip-crusted chicken fried steak with cream gravy. You can find BRC at www., on Facebook, or call 713-861-2233.

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“Now, what was there?” Unfortunately that is an all too common phrase uttered here in the Heights, and it’s inspired Heights artist Cary Reeder to title her first solo exhibit “Now, What Was There?”It o p e n s 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Lawndale Mitch Cohen Art CenArts Columnist ter, focusing on the disappearing history of Houston Heights, especially vanishing historic 1920s bungalows, to explore the themes of loss and secrecy. The show will be featured in the Grace R. Cavnar Gallery of the center, 4912 Main St., with an artist talk at 6:30 p.m. Visit the artist website for more: www. Remember by little diatribe about the Salon des Refusés a few weeks back? Well, persistence pays off. Cary was rejected twice before making it into Lawndale’s Big Show, and now she’s got her own exhibit. I’m happy to report that the art scene is back in full swing, the next two weeks has a full calendar of events for art lovers. Here are just a few that got my attention.

Friday, Aug. 16

• Just Ink (chapter 3), East End Studio Gallery, 708 Telephone Road 77023, 6-10 p.m. This is a one-night-only show. East End Studio Gallery and guest curator Robin Baker will showcase a

Sonic Drive-In has now opened at 2720 Washington Ave. with hours catering to the clientele along that strip. Bar-hoppers are able to grab their burgers, dogs and ‘tots ‘til midnight Sunday through Wednesday and all night Thursday, Friday and Saturday. In addition to two drive-thru lanes and drive-up dining, the Sonic also features a covered patio area. Phone is 713-861-6299.

Saturday, Aug.17

• Houston LoVE Project Launch Block Painting Party, Legacy Community Health Services, 1415 California St. 77006, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The project’s mission is to raise awareness about Human Trafficking by engaging with the community painting thousands of 3-inch by 5-inch LoVE signs on wooden blocks, which will be sold for $5 each at the HRRC Big Dipper Dash 5K Run/Walk Sept. 7. Proceeds will go toward the Houston Rescue & Restore Coalition. With the assistance of students and various organizations Houston LoVE Project has painted over

three thousand “LoVE Signs.” Show your love and RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook. com/events/1375705919318629 • Mask making - Plaster Gauze, with instructor Sherry McKnight at Avenue Gallery, 3219 Houston Ave. 77009, 1-4 p.m.. Learn how to make molds of faces as well as having one made of your own face. These molds are very precise and can be used for many different mediums. Each student will make a plaster gauze mold from start to finish, while learning about various media for making masks. Old clothes are recommended — come prepared to get dirty and have a lot of fun doing it! Cost is $80 plus $20 fee for materials • Discovery Green Flea Now at Night - recycled/up-cycled, ecofriendly art market, 1500 McKinney downtown, 6-10 p.m. http:// Word up: I got a tip that a group calling themselves American Consumer Consortium will be on hand at the “Disco Flea.”Reportedly this vagabond, gypsy-esque performance art group will entertain, feed you and paint your portrait while you wait. How cool is that? Get in line — I plan to be first!

Thursday Aug. 22

• Avenue Gallery’s Fashion Trunk Show, 3219 Houston Ave. 77009, 6-9 p.m. All handmade items including clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Featured artists include Jill Focke, Debbie Clendennen, Taylor Clendennen, Sam Vanbibber and more. For more, go to

Friday, Aug. 23

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Heights artist Cary Reeder’s ‘Now, What Was There?’ exhibit explores themes of loss and secrecy through images of the vanishing 1920s bungalows of her community. (Submitted photo) can-American Artists Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose Blvd. 77006, 6-9 p.m. Sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, through the patron group Five-A (African American Art Advisory Association) and the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC), the initiative offers artists the opportunity to show their work to a broader public, and to the collecting community. My friend Keith Hollingsworth is in this exhibit. This is an awards ceremony; the reception has passed. Cohen is the founder and manager of First Saturday Arts Market. Contact him at ArtValet@gmail. com or visit him on the web at

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Gallery blends jazz, art, wine Thirsty Heights Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Explorer 617 W. 19th St., will host Jazz, Art & Wine from 8 p.m.-midnight Aug. 17. The event will feature the Rozz Zamarano Trio and artists Alejandra Santana and Heidi Powell-Prera. Santana will display Pink Lemonade from her series Feelings and Words. Santana started painting in 2002, completing a master’s degree in sculpting and painting in La Esmeralda Escuela Nacional de Pintura in Mexico City. Powell-Prera, who will be painting live at the event, studied photography at the Glassell School of Art in Houston under Amy Blakemore and painting from several local artists such as Willie Moe and Charles Burwell. She is currently fundraising for her square at The Center For Hearing and Speech’s Annual Via Colori Festival in November. For more information or to reserve tickets for a suggested donation of $10 or for more information about Jazz, Art & Wine, call 713-456-9513.

The Cork-Screwed Revue debut

Corkscrew Piano Lounge is offering a weekly revue featuring comedy, live music and burlesque from 8:30-11 p.m. (with two intermissions) each Thursday at 1308 W. 20th St. Starring are Nick Greer of Nick Greer & the Gs, “Master of Ceremony” Mills McCoin and KiKi Maroon of “KiKi’s Sordid Sideshow.” They’re described in the announcement as “three very twisted minds” and their show “an orgy of entertainment, not for the faint of heart.”

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wide range of art pieces all done in various ink and pen formats. There may be over 50 artist’s works in this one night exhibit. They’re all listed on the Facebook page: events/426562410754138/ • The Trojan Box by Box 13 ArtSpace, Art League Houston 1953 Montrose Blvd., 77006, 6-9 p.m. Art League Houston is excited to present The Trojan Box, an exhibition in the ALH Front and Hallway Gallery by current residents of Box 13 Artspace, a local artist-run nonprofit innovative located on Harrisburg Boulevard in Houston’s East End. The exhibition will feature a diverse selection of sculpture, photography, painting, and installation/video by an exciting group of Houstonbased emerging and established artists. • Dylan Conner/Alex Larsen: States of Matter, Avis Frank Gallery, 1606 White Oak Drive 77009, 6-8 p.m. A dual exhibition featuring the sculpture of Alex Larsen and Dylan Conner.

What’s featured at Cyclone Anaya’s

There are new drink specials and shots on the Happy Hour menu at Cyclone Anaya’s, 1710 Durham Drive. The Hibiscus Margarita combines Apricot Brandy, lime and orange juice with hibiscus syrup, served up or on the rocks; The Corzo Skinny Margarita with Corzo Silver or Corzo Reposado Tequila, Splenda and fresh lime juice; Cherry Goose Lime Rickey with Grey Goose Cherry Noir Vodka, lime juice and ginger ale, served up or on the rocks. Cyclone Anaya’s featured shots for August include The Mexican Apple, Cherry


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No time for blame, just a little more for service L

et’s start with a two-question quiz today. First, name the organization that has raised more than $700 million to fight a disease known as “river blindness.” Second question: Name the organization that has raised, and spent, more than $2.8 billion to all but end polio. We’ll get to the answers in a minute, but first I’d like to share a quick story. About once a month, I am invited to speak to groups around our community. I probably bore the stew out of those poor audiences, but talking to you all face-to-face is one of the highlights of my job. (If you help run a community group and need a speaker, feel free to email me.) Last week, I had one of those audiences. We were in the back of a local restaurant, and I was armed with my talking points about the waywardness of the media and the direction we’re trying to take The Leader. Fun stuff, I know. While the kind faces in the audience munched on ravioli and salads, I felt a deep sense of sadness for the group of people seated in front of me. I wasn’t sad for those specific people, who were as kind and interested as you could ever hope from an audience. Instead, I was sad because this was the Heights chapter of the Lions Club – a club that, not so long ago, boasted nearly 100 members. I think there were 13 people at the table.


According to Paul Eads, governor of this district, there are 27 members of today’s local Lions Club, though many of those just can’t make the meetings any more. Earlier this year, I had another speaking opportunity, this time to the Heights Rotary Club. There were more than 13 folks there, but the ratio of those retired to those peaking in their careers was quite skewed to the former. As a onetime Rotarian, I felt the same sort of sadness for this group. Again, I wasn’t sad for the people. These are good people who, collectively, have done as much for our community as any other volunteer organization. Terry Stracke is this year’s president of the Rotary Club and, at its peak, she said the Heights group had 100 active members. Today, there are 52. I spoke at length to Eads and Stracke

about their clubs. Neither of them spare any punches when it comes to discussing the disappointment they have with current membership levels. They’re grateful for the folks who attend every week, and they’re both interested in finding a way to resurrect the service organizations that have meant so much to this community and, for that matter, the entire world. Back to our quiz for a moment. In 1987, the Lions Club International Foundation launched a campaign called SightFirst, and the goal was to prevent serious vision loss for more than 30 million people around the world. In 1999, the Lions narrowed their focus to a disease called “river blindness.” By 2011, they had administered 148 million doses of a medicine called Mectizan to treat the blindness, and they had awarded 10,000 grants in the amount of $708 million to treat the disease around the world. Lions have done much more than that. They were some of the first responders to the terror attacks of 9/11 and raised $3 million for victims of that tragedy. They raised $15 million in relief funds for the South Asian tsunami in 2004 and $5 million for Hurricane Katrina relief. Rotarians have upped the stakes even further with their single-minded focus on beating polio across the world. As of 2009, they had raised $3 billion on vaccines for polio and, according to Stracke,

have only three countries left across the globe to conquer: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. It isn’t fair to throw a blanket across all Lions and Rotary clubs, but in an area of Houston where growth happens every single day, it is tragic what has happened to our local service organizations. The Oak Forest Lions Club, according to Eads, is about to close – hopefully they’ll merge with the Heights chapter. Meanwhile, Stracke is attending membership seminars, trying to find any method to get young people back into her service organization. There are plans, including the launch of eClubs, where young professionals can sit at their computers and attend a Lions or Rotary meeting. And the Heights Rotary Club has seen a few new members under the age of 40 in the past couple of months. In some areas of Houston – West University Place, downtown and Katy, to name a few – service organizations are flourishing. In our area of the city, not so much. There are all sorts of theories for this lack of service and volunteer participation, not least of which young people today are too busy, too digitally connected, too transient and maybe too new to the area to care. But this isn’t just on the young people.

If you walk into the Heights Lions or Rotary Club meetings, there’s a significant gap – a generation – that has disappeared. The 50- and 60-year-olds who helped build much of our community aren’t there either. I don’t have a single solution to resurrect our service organizations, but during my speech last week, I was reminded of how important those groups have been to this country, this world, and I haven’t even mentioned the Kiwanis Club, which is just as significant. It’s an easy answer to throw this at the feet of young people, to say they just don’t care about giving back to the communities. But there’s more to it than that. Service organizations have to change, as well, and they’re trying. They can’t serve baked chicken and sing the same songs every week. They can’t pass around a hat and ask for a couple of bucks here and there. If we’re going to keep these groups viable, we need the older generation to step out and recruit young people. We need the young people to be aware of the opportunity. And we need to get on board with people like Eads and Stracke who want to continue the tradition of service both clubs have enjoyed for decades. For more information about the clubs, or for contact information, email me:

THE READER. Pulling for the pets

Dear Editor: Thank you for adding a pet adoption component to the Molly Diaries, which is a great addition to the Leader in itself. You will help many deserving animals find forever homes undoubtedly. D. Marino

More senior living feedback

Dear Editor: Last week’s “Heights senior living” reader letters touching on the coming retirement facility at Studewood and 14th were woefully inadequate as reaction to the situation. The demise of the Fiesta market formerly there was a neighborhood tragedy in many ways. Fiesta was an extremely convenient grocery outlet for residents in (at least) a six square mile area. Several employees had worked there more than 20 years, and multitudes of Heights residents interacted with them almost daily -- they were invariably cheerful and helpful. (I once saw their stocker, Alfred, riding his bicycle to work, and he was pushing a Fiesta cart he’d found en route. That is a dedicated employee, a fellow I would hire in an instant.) The courtesy booth was valuable to numerous people with limited transportation and provided an array of services. The small pharmacy always had customers, as did the mini-cafeteria; coffee klatches convened there daily. Reagan High kids kept the place lively too, subsidizing the junk food industry. So now, everybody has to trek elsewhere for groceries, and fight arduous traffic. A vital, vibrant commercial and social center will soon be a brackish old folks’ home -- a handful of decrepit grizzards who might, once in a blue moon, dodder over to the Shiloh Club and demand a glass of ice water. J. Reynolds Dear Editor: If all those waxing nostalgic now about the Studewood market would have actually shopped there instead of bolting for Whole Foods and Kroger’s, the property wouldn’t have been sold in the first place. Nonsense! Lindsey Creighton Posted to THE LEADER on Facebook It’s too bad they won’t offer independent living. I was hopeful it could be an option for my parents... one who needs assistance and one who does not. Anna Milliken Eastman


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Dump site golf

Yes that property has been filled in over an old dump site and that’s about the only good use for it. You could never get a large building permit to build on it with all that trash buried under there. So Bravo for them-that’s a good use for it and I’m glad it will be spruced up now. That’s the same driving range that used to be up on Tidwell where the Lutheran School ball fields are now. Kirk Waldron

Send to Posted to As long time resident, we welcome these guys to give the old brick yard some love! If all goes as planned, this will bring new life to the “other side of the tracks/bayou” recently being called “Oak Forest West”. In the past all of Oak Forest has been called “Oak Forest”, no division as to which side of the tracks we lived. The old brick yard has been one of my concerns as to what will eventually be built there & how it would affect our property values/quality of life. Thank these guys for saving it for now. Happy having a neighborhood native, Billy

Street. We have manyevents planned for the rest of the yearL 1) Christening of Noah’s Ark in Pastor Lambert’s Park; 2) Care Fair on September 18th; 3) Dickens on the Boulevard on December 14th. Rita Brooks

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Church overlooked

In the July 27, 2013 issue of the Leader the article by Clayton Lee Jr, “History of the Houston Heights” omitted Heights Christian Church located at 1703 Heights Blvd. Heights Christian Church celebrated their centennial (100 years.) on April 15,2012. Originally our Church was located in what is now known as Lambert Hall. Later on, a new Sanctuary was built at the corner of Heights Blvd and 18th

Dear Editor: Regarding Lynn Ashby’s “Going way above our quote-a”, not only did I read the article, I enjoyed it - surprisingly. I humbly suggest that Lynn limit himself to one New York Times quotation per article with a stretch goal of zero. I enjoyed my years in the Big Apple, and I have many dear friends who are New Yorkers; however, I don’t care to read the New York Times’ comments on Texas anymore than a self-respecting New Yorker cares to read a Texan’s comments on New York! Paul Broman

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Posted to You have made your family so proud of you.I pray for you everyday that you stay safe and angels watch over you. Keep up the great work you are doing. We Love and miss you so much. Jackie Sibley-Myers Posted to I am really proud of you! Keep God first and always give Him the Glory and you will always be a winner! Janice Reid

Grateful Scout

Dear Editor: I have recently read an article titled “Twisted tale, happy ending” published in the August 3rd, 2013 edition of The Leader. I am joyous to find out that the troop that lost their trailer to criminal activity has received a new one. I want to personally thank all the people that donated, and to the Oak Forest Veterinary Clinic for donating money to help Troop 879. I can relate to this because I am a Boy Scout of St. Ambrose Troop 540. Oak Forest Veterinary Clinic is also the clinic that I take my dog to. I am glad that Troop 879 was able to attend base camp/High Adventure because of people working together to raise money for them. Ian Lozano

Who came up with the crummy idea to leave the AC running? THE DEN -- These are the Dog Days of Summer. The season begins about July 3 and ends on Aug. 11. They were so named by ancient Egyptian and Greek TV weathermen to cover the 20 days before, to 20 days after, the conjunction of Sirius, the dog star, and the sun. But you knew that, and you know we are still broiling. Maybe global warming is to blame, or perhaps because it’s summer in Texas, but no matter who let the dogs out, if you have looked at your electric bill lately you may want to lower it. Then again, you may have just won the Texas Lotto, sold your hedge fund and/or drilled in West Texas for oil and hit water. So you really don’t care about money. But for the rest of us, we need tips on how to lower our monthly electric bill to something this side of the Rick Perry’s traveling security costs. First, let’s debunk the myth that we should leave the air conditioner (hereafter known as the a/c) at the same temperature when we leave the house or apartment or cellblock in the morning because, the theory goes, it takes more energy (electricity) to chill down the place when we return in the afternoon. Wrong. Cut back the a/c on that empty


house and save big bux. This is assuming that you have somewhere else to go during the day, like school, a job or simply casing other people’s houses. Hint: If a house has the a/c going during the day, the owner is either at home holding a shotgun waiting for burglars, or he struck water outside of Pecos. Most of us like our bedrooms to be cooler when we sleep, so we turn down the temp at night. But remember, because half or more of your summer electric bill is the cost of running your a/c, each degree below 78 will increase your energy use by 3 to 6 percent. Recommendations: never sleep, or sleep on a bed of ice, turn your temperature up and turn your

calendar to January. Works for me. This raises a question: which do you say? “It’s hot in here. Turn the a/c up.” Or: “It’s hot in here. Turn the a/c down.” Ceiling fans (those are people who cheer for ceilings) can make you think the room is cooler. All they really do is churn up the hot air, but your skin doesn’t know that. Incidentally, here’s a tip I got from the Florida Power & Lighting Co. (my extensive research staff knows no boundaries). In the winter turn your ceiling fan on slow-reverse. It blows the hot air, which has risen to your ceiling, downward to warm you. The air from the floor then will be drawn back to the fan in the center of the room again and so on. How do you reverse a fan? All fans manufactured in the U.S. after 2007 have a switch to make the fan turn in the opposite direction. Do NOT flip the switch while the fan is on. Get somebody else to do it. How old is your a/c? Newer models are far more efficient than those made before, say, 1920. Actually, you can save up to $100 a year on your electric bills if you buy a new a/c. They run about $7,000 to $12,000, depending on the size of the concrete pad it sits on. You can save what you spent and come out ahead by 2054.

Is your home well insulated? This is especially important for your ceilings. Go take a look in your attic to see what kind of insulation you have, if any. There are three kinds: One is paper-backed blankets of fiberglass insulation. Then there is blown-in insulation which should be 3 to 5 inches thick, and there is insulating foam, which is also blown in. My own attic is insulated by my high school letter jacket, unread magazines, furniture that not even the Salvation Army will take, and dust 3 to 5 inches thick. Are your interior walls insulated? Why? Who needs interior walls packed with fiberglass? As for your exterior walls, the best way to determine if that cookiecutter home builder cut another corner by not insulating your outside walls, is to drill a small hole in all your exterior walls. Try not to hit any wires or pipes. Or you can avoid all those ugly looking holes you made in your rooms by drilling from the outside. Fill the holes with wine corks; that will impress the neighbors unless you drink wine in a box. Here are a few more money-saving suggestions: When you leave a room, turn off the light. (This is like the suggestion to turn down the a/c while you’re away.) It only takes a tiny bit more

electricity to fire up the light again. So unless you plan on returning to that room within 3 seconds, turn off the light. Ah, but what kind of light? Our old incandescent light bulbs, which Thomas Edison was so proud of because he made a squillian dollars selling them, are so 1880s. Ninety percent of the energy they use is given off as heat, and only about 10 percent results in light. Today the rage is compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, which are white and squiggly and look like something you’d buy at a Dairy Queen. They cost more but last longer and use less electricity. I bought one for $14 and it lasted four months. An average CFL bulb should save you enough money in 38 years to break even. We discussed the tankless water heaters recently. They also save you enough money over 38 years to break even. (A reader pointed out that I kept calling them “hot water heaters” when actually they don’t heat hot water, they are “water heaters.” Anyway, now you know how to save money on your electric bill. Sirius, the dog star, would be proud. Ashby is insulated at

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Neighbors: Girl Scout Troop 259 reconnects after 40 years by Elizabeth Villarreal The Waltrip High School class of 1973 gathered this past weekend for several days of fun. During the reunion 10 members of Girl Scout Troop 295 reconnected and talked about good old Girl Scout days, and one member even shared a fun photo album. Reuniting and reminiscing were Harriet Collier, Sandra Kornegay, Alice Bohlae, Kelly Magouirk, Jane Smith, Lisa Bauer, Vicki Wilkins, Penny Gillingham, Sherlynn Johnson and Twila Pirkle. The ladies’ Girl Scout Leader was Frances Bohlae, who enjoyed hearing all about the “meeting.” Stevens Elementary’s Principal Lucy Anderson is accepting donations of new or used school uniforms, school supplies, backpacks, books and donations for Stevens’ Technology Drive at 1910 Lamonte Lane. The school is also accept-

Lacey Marek toasted husband Josh for his 30th birthday with a party that featured sand volleyball. (Submitted photo)

ing older, working phones, iPods, laptops or tablets. All of our Leader area schools have students who need assistance, so please consider donating school supplies or school uniforms to the school nearest you, if you have something to share. There is no better way to make a difference than by helping children be prepared to learn.

Bon voyage to Catherine Woodward who is heading off to Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She is seeking a degree in forestry and hopes for a career in a National Park or National Forest upon completion of her studies. Robin Woodward is starting her college career in Houston Community College’s Honors College program this

fall. Robin won prom king at the HATCH prom at the end of last semester. Miles Woodward continues to excel in astronomy in his final years of homeschooling. Josh Marek of Marek Brothers on Judiway, who was born and raised in Garden Oaks and Candlelight Place, celebrated his 30th birthday on July 26. His friends gathered at Wakefield CrowBar to surprise him and enjoyed food, drink and rented the courts to play sand volleyball. The party was thrown by Josh’s wife, Lacey and brother Joel. Friends in attendance were Ross Berlin, Andrew Bell, Kassi Mikulik, Carly Bucko, Riley Bucko, Adam Bucko, Tim and Melanie Kana, Dustin and Kristin Hall, Jason and Stephanie Roberts, Kristy and Justin Roberts, Anna Vazquez, Rolf Scheffler, Frank and Shannon Giordano, Brian and Brenna Heinrich, Thomas and Lynsey Flowers, Chad Berkman and Will Schorp.

Josh continued to celebrate by going fishing that weekend with family near Freeport. Colin Webb will be leaving for his second year of college at Schreiner University in Kerrville, deep in the heart of Texas Hill Country. This hardworking young man juggled three jobs this summer. Chris Roberts of Garden Oaks has eight works of art on display and for sale at The Starving Artist Gallery on West Alabama, and he has been commissioned to create some pieces, as well. Chris, his sister, Emily, and mom Jane Ann took a road trip earlier this summer to a few of the plantation homes in Louisiana. They were recreating a trip Emily, Jane Ann’s mother, and Jane Ann took 13 years ago when Emily was just 2 years old and Grandma was 80. The family discovered a small photo album of that trip among Grandma’s things and they revisited the same places, taking pics of

Emily in the same spots. The Houston Sports & Social Club is hosting an adult coed softball tournament Aug. 24 at the Oaks Dads’ Club Pony Field. All proceeds raised from the tournament, which is open to the public, will be donated to the Oaks Dads’ Club. Registration includes three games guaranteed, tournament T-shirts for all players and complimentary adult beverages. For information to to register, go to Army Cadet Andrew C. Porraz, a 2010 graduate of Waltrip High and student at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has graduated from the four-week Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Leader’s Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky. The program is a leadership internship for cadets that can lead to the ultimate goal of becoming an Army officer. His parents are Rosemary Cruz and Jesse Porraz.

Molly Diaries: Make most of ‘Dog Days of Summer’ by Molly Sue McGillicutty

Whew! It’s hot, y’all! This must be why you humans call it the “Dog Days of Summer,” because I feel as though I’ve been carried around in the mouth of a Bull Mastiff-moist, hot and miserable! Not my favorite time of year in Houston-but, I have some cool events to tell you about today that might break up the summer doldrums, give you an opportunity to get out, mix and mingle with neighbors and show off your precious pets! Plan to stop by the T.C. Jester Dog Park (4201 W. T.C. Jester ) on Aug. 17 from 9-11 a.m. for Oak Forest Homeowners Association’s “Dog (and Cat!) Days of Summer” event. There is so much fun planned. In addition to having many experts on hand to answer questions about such things as fostering a pet and dog training-and even a pet psychic--you can also take advantage of several opportunities to check some pet-related chores off of your to-do list, such as getting tags made for your pets and even microchipping services. And, to sweeten the deal, if you’re a member of the Oak Forest Homeowner’s Association, you’ll be eligible to receive complimen-

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And, if you didn’t get enough doggie fun there, head to Cottonwood (3422 N. Shepherd, 77018) on Aug. 18 for the Weimaraner Rescue of Texas’ “Weimies and Brewskis” event, beginning at 5:30pm. Your pups are invited to tag along with you while you enjoy some craft brews and grub, as well as raffles and a silent auction, all benefitting Weimar Rescue of Texas.

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Clarity - Up for adoption tary rabies vaccinations, microchipping and tags (first come, first early birds, please). Rumor has it there will be some fun demonstrations, free samples, misting tents to cool off people and their pets as well as a whole gaggle of rescue groups on hand, showing off their delightful prospective pets. Although hosted by the Oak Forest Homeowner’s Association, the event is open to everyone. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

By now, you certainly must know how I feel about spaying and neutering your pets. What’s the hold up? SNAP (Spay Neuter Assistance Program) offers lowcost wellness care as well as spay/ neuters and also operates a free mobile spay/neuter clinic for eligible residents. You’re running out of excuses not to do this! SNAP has a “brick and mortar” clinic at 1801 Durham Dr. (713-862-8001) where you can make an appointment to have your pet spayed or neutered or walk-in for wellness care (vaccinations, routine tests, flea prevention, etc). SNAP also operates a mobile spay/neuter clinic that is open to income-qual-

Pengu gets children in the swim by Betsy Denson For Lothar and Tiffany Hofbauer, opening Pengu Swim School in Garden Oaks is a long held dream. Already owners of a successful landscaping company, the Hofbauers have spent the last three years brainstorming their latest venture, which they expect to open across the street from the Petrol Station in September. They studied some of the top swim schools in the United States to find the best in technology and function, which they could personalize with their own unique design. A family sailing vacation to Mexico was the inspiration for Pengu’s theme. “Our main focus during the design process was to create a place that was fun, safe and inviting for children,” said Lothar Hofbauer. They looked at a number of locations for a neighborhood aquatic facility, including the now defunct Garden Cove Swim Club, but came to the conclusion that new construction was the best fit for what they envisioned. The completed space will be almost 8,000 square feet with a 60by-38 foot pool. Parents will be able to watch their children’s lessons in a climate controlled viewing gallery with an ample play area for younger siblings. A snack bar and a Pengu store are other features of the space. The changing rooms are modeled on Cape Town beach huts that Lothar saw on a visit to South Africa – albeit these will have diaper-changing stations. There will also be a blow dryer station for the colder months and a drier for wet swim suits. In addition to the design of the building, the Hofbauers had definite ideas about Pengu’s swimming program. Lothar Hofbauer grew up in Germany where swim lessons and water safety were part of the education system from firstthrough 10th-grade. He finished his “arbitur,” or final exams, in sports education before earning a master’s in finance. The Hofbauers are advocates of building swimming proficiency year-round in order to reduce the risk of drowning. “Many parents complain that their child loses skills from the previous summer,”

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OBITUARIES George Gregory Bencal, 62, died Aug. 9, after a short illness. He was a native

Donald “Don” Daily made Texas a more musically diverse place He developed unique acts such as George Strait and ZZ Top and along with his brother, Bud, started Cactus Music in 1975. “Don was a tremendous sweet and caring person with a truly wonderful sense of humor that was very dry in a manner not unlike Bob Newhart,” Cactus General Manager Quinn Bishop said. Daily, a Houston native, passed away at age 81 on July 31 in Houston. A Reagan High graduate, Daily served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy in the early 1950s and was stationed in Japan during the Korean War. When he returned, he studied photography at the University of Houston and had taken some photos of the legendary Hank Williams at the original Record Ranch. Don’s father, H.W. “Pappy” Daily, was a well-known producer who spearheaded the career of another country legend, George Jones. Don worked for his father and later opened Cactus Records in 1975, around the time they launched the careers of ZZ Top. They were also among the first to recognize a south Texas honkytonk singer named George Strait,

Houstonian and a resident of the Heights/Oak Forest area. Bencal attended All Saints Catholic School and church where he served as an altar boy. After graduating from St. Thomas High School in 1969 he went on to become a lifetime member of the United States Naval Reserve and served in Operation Prime Chance in the Persian Gulf. Survivors include his wife Tetyana, stepdaughter Mariya, brothers Michael and Steven, sisters Barbara and Darnell, and two grandchildren.

Barney Brasher, 93, born July 30, 1920 in Quitman, Texas, died Aug. 9. He was a World War II veteran, and a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his children, Beverly Bailey, Diane Dickens and Barney Brasher, five grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Betty J. “Bet” Harrison, 79, born April 10, 1934 in Abilene, died Aug. 4. Har-

rison graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and played drums in the Lee Brigadiers Drum and Bugle Corps. She was a successful insurance agent, earning numerous awards throughout her career. She is survived by her daughter Jerilyn Calvert, son Jay Paul Jones, brothers John and Daniel Odom, three grandchildren, and one great-grandson. Memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice Community Connection ( community) or the National Parkinson Foundation (

Don Daily who would record for the Dailys in Houston before signing with MCA Records in the early 1980s. Daily battled Parkinson’s Disease and in lieu of flowers, donations to any Parkinson’s Disease charity are welcomed. Daily was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years Helen Daily; parents, Harold “Pappy” Wescott Daily and Gladys Louise Daily; and brother, Harold ‘Bud” Wescott Daily II. He is survived by his children, Michael Daily and wife Patti, David Daily and wife Tracy, Pam Daily, Bill Daily, Tonya Daily; grandchildren, Alyson Daily, Kelsey Daily, Tyler Daily, Tiffany Holden, Grace Goodrich and Caleb Goodrich; and numerous other relatives.

Rosie “Muzny” Mensik, 99, born March 3, 1914 in Weimar, Texas, died Aug. 9. She is survived by her daughters Betty Machalec, Rose Hollas, Mary Jane Christen, 13 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren. Arthur Nick Minas, 80, born July 15, 1933, died July 24. He had lived in Candlelight Plaza for 46 years. Minas was a member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Survivors include his beloved wife of 50 years, Mary, daughters Angela and Magda Minas, and son Nick Minas.

Artist/author Chance Landry wanted to honor the legacy of her Canneci N’de Band of Lipan Indians with a museum in the Northwest Mall. “I’m here,” Landry said. “to tell the story.” Last year, Landry opened the Southern Apache Museum, which she described as a win-win for the museum and the mall. She was walking through the mall one day when she came up with the idea. “The mall needs something unique, and it’ll attract people,” she said. Landry tells the story of her ancestors through dozens of unique acrylic paintings, stories and exhibits as well as Native American jewelry and dreamcatchers. The museum hosts monthly meetings as well as arts and crafts classes. They show a movie on the second Friday of the month. There

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Robert Frederick Spillman, 87, born July 16, 1926 in Little Rock, died Aug. 6. He served in the U.S. Army and later started a business as an Interior Paper Contractor. Spillman is survived by his children Bobbie Lewis, Judy Smith, and Robert Spillman Jr., brother E.J. “Jim” Spillman Jr., eight grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

are Pow Wow dances held at the museum, too. The museum chronicles the history, not only of the Lipan Indians, who were based in what now is Texas, but all Native Americans. It also emphasizes the significance of Mother Earth in Native American culture. “It’s wonderful -- they know they have a home here,” Landry said. Landry added that Native Americans can find out about social services through the museum. The Southern Apache Museum also hosts exhibits from the American Indian Genocide Museum. Landry, a former geophysical draftsman, is a seventh generation descendant of the Lipan chief, Magoosh. Landry said Native Americans still face many challenges throughout North America. Groups concerned about the environment regularly meet at the museum. “We’re still fighting for land


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THE CALENDAR. SAL STEAK NIGHT American Legion Post 560

The Sons of Legionnaires will hosting a steak night and entertainment from 6-10 p.m. Aug. 16 at 3720 Alba Road. Plates will consist of steak, salad and a baked potato. Dessert will be available.


“Little Nell, the Orphan Girl” by Nelson Goodhue is being performed through Aug. 24 with evening and matinee performances at 4106 Way Out West Drive. Information and tickets: www.theatresuburbia. org or 713-682-3525.

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The Houston Association of Retired Teachers annual dinner will be held for members and spouses from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at 1431 W. 26th St. Information and reservations: or

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U.S Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and State Rep. Sylvester Turner will give legislative updates at the quarterly meeting of this organization at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 5 at Cafe Red Onion, 12440 Northwest Freeway. Reservations due by Aug. 30. Information:

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Activities at the Sheraton Brookhollow Hotel, 3000 North Loop West, include a golf tournament, bridge and a cocktail mixer and dinner/dance. Reservations: John Jansen at or by mail to John H. Reagan 1958 reunion, 5740 W. Little York, PMB #265, Houston 77091.

Reunions REAGAN CLASS OF ‘63 Aug. 16-17

The class will hold its 50th reunion at the Omni Galleria, 4 Riverway. Contact Sandy Potter Reagan at or 832-642-1393

Every week OAK FOREST RUNNING CLUB Oak Forest Chill

This free social running club, part of the Oak Forest Homeowners Association, meets at 3542 Oak Forest Drive at 6 p.m. each Tuesday. Brother’s Pizzeria provided. Information: 281-685-9929.


Alumni will gather for their 35-year reunion with dinner, dancing to live music and a cash bar at Blanco’s Bar and Grill, 3406 W. Alabama, from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Register and pay online at www.qsl. net/ag5t/waltrip

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Please save a local church with your time/talent/treasure by Dennis Woodward Gosh I really don’t like the time/talent/treasure combination. I guess that is because I am lazy. I don’t want to go to that church and do the work necessary to keep that place going. I would rather relax and sip a cool drink on my couch. That’s too many people’s attitude – is it yours? I believe that you should go and be part of one of the local church or community serving charities. The support given to citizens by charitable organizations is astounding. Total strangers show up, and these organizations do work to serve the needs of those that are living on the fringes of our society. Dwindling church membership will soon shut down many of these charitable institutions. Churches provide meeting space for civic clubs, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Parent Anonymous meetings, Overeaters Anonymous meetings, Scout meetings, community band meetings, community choirs, theatrical groups, and countless other groups that provide many benefits to our city. Many of the people who attend these meetings and participate in these groups never set foot in these churches on Sunday. Many of those that are served by these charitable organizations do not attend the churches that provide space for the organizations that serve them. Dwindling church membership is a real problem in our society. Most people are completely oblivious to this situation. I am part of one of the churches in our community. This is not a pitch to join the church that I attend, although we sure have a place for you. This is a pitch by me to get you to be more active in any charitable organization in our community. You can provide much needed dollars, labor, and love to these organizations that provide support to those that would otherwise not have it. Our neighborhoods are wonderful in part because these organizations exist. Most of the people that work in these organizations are middle aged or elderly. So, unless these organizations are infused with younger people soon, they will cease to exist. These organizations run the gamut from extremely conservative to extremely liberal. There are wealthy churches and churches that are strapped for cash. There are large churches with many members and churches with very few members. Please find one that you believe can use your time/talent/treasure to revitalize and invigorate so that they can continue to provide the services they do to our community. Woodward is a resident of Shepherd Park Plaza and a frequent contributor to The Leader on the topics of gardening and restorative Ad # 29672 planting on public lands.

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Stay cool at the Advent Lutheran indoor garage sale

Advent Lutheran Church, 5820 Pinemont, will be holding an indoor garage sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 17. There will be free popcorn. Call 713-686-8201 for information.

A special “String Band Sunday” worship service will feature the Laughing Lizards, an oldtime southern Appalachian string band playing and singing old-time gospel songs. They will perform at the 10:30 a.m. service Aug. 25. Sing-along lyrics will be provided. Call 713-862-8883 for information.

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PrimeTimers will meet for the monthly luncheon at noon Aug. 17, at Pathways Presbyterian Church, 5900 Pinemont Dr. The summer menu will be salads, sandwiches or desserts. Bring a dish to share. The entertainment for August and September will be Bingo. All older adults of the community are welcome. The Pathways Food Pantry can always use food donations. Especially needed are peanut butter and cornbread mixes. The Food Pantry is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m.-noon. Call 713-681-7687 for information.

Heights Christian launches Noah’s Ark

Heights Christian Church, 1703 Heights Blvd., will have a special program at noon Aug. 18, for the Christening of the Lambert Hall playground known as Noah’s Ark. The children will be furnished with water balloons to participate in the event. The community is welcome. For information call 713-861-0016 or visit

Blessing of the Backpacks at Grace UMC

Grace United Methodist Church, 1245 Heights Blvd., will celebrate the start of a new school year by conducting a service of the Blessing of the Backpacks 10:45 a.m. Aug. 18. Grace will recognize and celebrate students, faculty, and school staff. The community is welcome. Ad # D

St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 2003 W. 43rd St., is hosting Mystery Dinner Theater from 7-10 p.m. Aug. 23, in the fellowship hall. Tickets cost $15 per person and include a catered Italian dinner by The Spaghetti Western Italian Cafe and an original play, “The Shortest Night (Celebrating God, the Father)”, written by member, Steven Fisher. A nursery will be available by reservation for children age 6 and younger. Call the office to reserve the nursery. Students of all ages are welcome to bring backpacks to the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services Aug. 25, for a special blessing before the new school year begins. Sunday School teachers will be recognized that day, and third grade Sunday School students will receive Bibles. For information, call 713-686-8241, or visit

Inspiring series at St. Rose of Lima

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 3600 Brinkman, is hosting the series, “Walking Toward Eternity: Engaging the Struggles of your Heart,” from 7-8:30 p.m. upstairs in the administration building. The chapter Hopelessness is Aug. 27. There is no pre-registration. For information e-mail lynnstravis@gmail. com or or call 713-692-9123.

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All Saints Third Age Learning Center will Ad # 34139 hold its Fall semester registration from 9 a.m.-

2 p.m. Aug. 29, in the church parish hall located at 215 E. 10th St. Seniors 50-plus are welcome to register for a variety of classes and activities. The Fall semester will begin Sept. 9 and will conclude Nov. 15. Registration for classes will continue the first two weeks of the semester, Sept. 9 through Sept. 20. Some of the classes offered include computer, line dancing, stained glass, watercolor, machine quilting, exercise and more. There will be parties each month, birthday celebrations and seminars such as cooking classes, jewelry making, a history lecture, and a travel presentation by Rev. Msgr. Adam McClosky. Day trips include a walking tour of downtown and trips to Galveston and a casino. A fashion show luncheon will be held Oct. 11 with fashions from Draper’s and Damon’s. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased beginning the first day of the semester. A full course hot lunch is available at noon Monday through Friday during the semester for $3. Call 713-248-1277 for lunch reservations or for program information.

MANNA hosts Food Fair at Holy Trinity Lutheran

MANNA will be hosting a Food Fair from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 7, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 7822 Northline. Must have ID. Christmas is coming to MANNA for the month of September, selling Christmas items, Christmas trees, ornaments and Christmas decorations for early bird shoppers. MANNA is giving a free Christmas tree stand for every purchase over $25, while supplies last. Ministry Assistance of the Near Northwest Alliance is seeking volunteers for the Assistance Program, Vision Center, Food Pantry and Resale Store. For information call 713-504-5486 or e-mail

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o Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations put the issue concisely: “Access to safe water is a fundamental human need and therefore a basic human right.” In the United States and in most of the developed world we take water for granted. We turn on the faucet and out pours clean water, but in much of the developing world this is not the case. According to the World Health Organization, over 2 billion people gained access to clean water between 1990 and 2010, but roughly 11% of the global population (783 million people) still lacks access to clean water, and since we cannot live for more than a few days without water, this remains a pressing issue. Threethousand children die each day from diarrheal illness, largely a result of not having clean water. So what can we do about it? We can start by donating to organizations which help in this regard. is a charity which works to bring clean water to these communities struggling with clean water issues. We should consider buying one of their water bottles, which might save us money on bottled water while supporting a good cause.

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Helms • from Page 1A

Community asked to help effort at Helms Elementary One of the biggest tasks facing Helms Elementary School this year is one with rich benefits for the community – creation of a Spark Park on the northwest corner of the campus a 503 W. 21st St. Goal is for construction to begin in the summer of 2014. And The Leader is teaming up with Helms to increase awareness of the project to secure community partners and help raise the $85,000 needed to bring another park to the Heights. So far, $15,000 has been contributed through the Helms PTA, Spark Park organization and HISD’s construction and facilities services budget. More than 150 Spark Parks have been built since 1983 through a HISD-community partnership that provides needed recreational facilities for schools and neighborhoods. Schools in Leader neighborhoods with the parks include Field, Garden Oaks,

Harvard, Sinclair and Travis elementaries, Hamilton and Hogg middle schools, and Reagan and Waltrip high schools. Here are the needs outlined at Helms: • Businesses and community organizations willing to donate funds or to host fundraising events. • Donation of printing for brochures and mailings to Heights neighbors and businesses. • Churches, daycare facilities and businesses to advertise the project on their websites and social media. • Community and civic organizations putting the Spark Park on their agendas and hosting a speaker from the Helms organizing committee. For information or to help, call Helms at 713867-5130.

The Case of the Low Water Pressure: still unsolved It was the latest piece of detective work in an attempt to solve the mystery of low water pressure being reported by residents and businesses in Timbergrove Manor and Lazybrook. A team of contractors who had performed water line work in the area for the city of Houston appeared last Thursday at the Timbergrove home of Jerry Marburger, responding to his 311 phone requests for service. They were armed with gadgets and gauges and an earnest attitude about finding an answer to a problem that some say extends past a year. First step: Check a hydrant. No problem there. Second: Check Marburger’s meter for

water pressure (which required a fair amount of digging to reach). PSI was 39, within permissible range. Zack Martin of ESPA Corp., in charge of the team, said he would report his findings, along with Marburger’s and a neighbor’s concern that perhaps the major TxDOT construction along nearby Highway 290 could have something to do with the ongoing problem. “It’s not in the imaginations of all these hundreds of people,” said Marburger. “We’re not getting water the way we should.” “It may take a while, but we’ll work on figuring it out,” Martin said. – Text and photo by Charlotte Aguilar

Her teaching career began in the bilingual program in Aldine, moved into Spring Branch ISD where she taught then transitioned into bilingual school administration. That eventually led to the principal’s post at Helms, which boasts an English-Spanish dual language program, where instruction is conducted in both languages until fluency is achieved. Del Pilar says there’s now a waitlist of “highly educated, highly affluent” English-speaking families for the school – newcomer non-Hispanic families coming to the Heights see the value in learning both languages, she said, while a marketing program throughout the district has yielded results. Still Helms remains about 84 percent Latino, with 72 percent of its pupils considered at-risk and 74 percent meeting low-income standards. She’s protective of the more traditional Helms families, and while she relates to them, she considers herself blessed that she came to the Heights when she did, when the path to citizenship wasn’t so difficult. Her goal is to “create a vision of providing an equitable education for all students. “ She explains that doesn’t mean that everyone’s education is the same – merely that youngsters should be given the tools needed to realize their own potential. She welcomes the part of Helms’ mission that educates and empowers parents, too, to work with and advocate for their youngsters. # 31448 Ad “It’s really about being a 21st

Chelas • from Page 1A week, the installation and maintenance of a security camera, a designated person to monitor the parking lot from the roof and restroom inspections. A violation of the security agreement could result in fines and penalties, according to Ramona Perry, TABC staff attorney. Last month, Ronald A. Monshaugen -- an attorney representing Chela’s -- said the mediation would be a “win, win” for both the owners and the protesters. One of the protesters, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Leader he believes that the mediation agreement will help the city monitor and enforce


the law, should any problems arise at Chela’s. According to the TABC’s determination and Sec. 11.46(a) (b) (8) of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, the commission or administrator may refuse to issue an original or renewal permit with or without a hearing if it has reasonable grounds to believe and finds that…the place or manner in which the applicant may conduct his business warrants the refusal of a permit based on the general welfare, health, peace, morals and safety of the people and on the public sense of decency.”�The residents’ concerns stem from Chela’s ownership by the same

individuals, J. Larkin Stallings and Mario Anzaldua, who owned El Chaparral, which experienced a considerable amount of violence at the club and around it.�In one incident at El Chaparral, an off-duty Houston Police Department officer, who was providing security at the club, was shot. According to mall management, corporate owners make the decisions on who leases space. They said Chela’s is a sports bar, as was its predecessor, but the Timbergrove resident said the amount of dance floor space being built in the club indicates otherwise.

century principal who takes on the responsibilities of education in the city of Houston,” says del Pilar, “because at the end of the day, we reflect the demographics and the needs of the community. We’ve got energy and healthcare, and if you don’t get the math right, the speaking right and the bilingualism, we’re going to continue to outsource or bring people in – while the minorities, who are the majority here, don’t enjoy the economic successes.” This 21st century principal makes the most of a historic brown brick school building, built in 1918. The hallways smell of fresh paint from lime green lockers and of wax from gleaming linoleum floors, newly polished. The school, like the Heights, has seen many transitions. Del Pilar recalls how effected she was reading

comments in The Leader’s recent Visions section, particularly one man’s recollections of growing up in the Heights and his hopes for the future. “I realized that he and I were about the same age, but we had very different experiences. He said he was so excited to see the Heights bouncing back from what used to be a transitional community on the decline, and it almost brought me to tears. A voice said ‘I was that transitional part of the community that was putting it into decline.’ “But I realized how well we had transitioned, and I felt his enthusiasm for what the Heights is becoming – and I realized we share that same excitement for the future. It’s powerful to think that this school is part of that.”

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