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Reader’s Choice results revealed next week

You nominated them, you voted for them – and in the Sept. 28 edition of The Leader, you’ll find out which of our neighborhoods’ merchants, eateries and services are the Reader’s Choice as their favorites for 2013. The selection process was a departure this year for The Leader, allowing readers to put forth and select the best of all the businesses in the area instead of just a long laundry list of recommendations. There’s a Top 3 in each category, with each mail-in, hand-delivered and online vote counted. We were pleased with how the nominated businesses and individuals encouraged their customers to support them with their votes. So you have just one week to wait to see if your favorite politician, doctor, veterinarian, Mexican restaurant and so many more made the cut. And apart from the fun aspects, this will be a great resource list of what your neighbors think is the best in our communities. Stay tuned.

Chickened out: Hen ordinance plucked “There isn’t a champion for it [on the Houston City Council] right now. Hens for Houston still has some work they can do.” • Christopher Newport

by Michael Sudhalter Hens for Houston, a nonprofit organization dedicated to pet chicken ownership in Houston, has run into a roadblock, at least temporarily. The organization was looking to change the city’s animal ordinance to accommodate domestic hen owners, but despite meetings with at least 75 percent of the City Council members, they weren’t able to get the item into subcommittee, they say. Hens for Houston founder/director Claire Krebs attributed the stalled legislation to election season and misconceptions about the proposals, which would allow hens but

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Annabelle Stevens of Oak Forest showed off one of three hens her family keeps in the backyard in a photo shoot with The Leader a year ago for a story on backyard hen-keeping. (File photo) not roosters. “Everyone has something else (they’re thinking about),” Krebs said. “A number

of councilmembers are worried that their constituents will have a gut reaction. People hear ‘chicken,’ and they think ‘rooster.’ The


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said. “It’s not a recruiting thing or evangelism. We wanted to give our members an opportunity to serve the community and serve Christ outside the walls of the church.” While Coats’ specialty is singing, playing guitar and talking to students about the importance of a positive attitude, many of the other volunteers read to classes of all ages. “I like them when they read stories,” said Durham first grader Logan Juge. Fellow first grader Layne Heath agreed. “They’re fun, and they’re good readers,” Heath said. Durham has faced challenges in recent years, with four principals in as many

The Texas Department of Transportation released a re-evaluation of the 290/610 construction plan that changes plans for toll lanes on Hempstead Highway -- but a critic says it does little to address concerns about noise levels. The original plan included toll lanes on Hempstead Highway, but Harris County doesn’t have the funding for it. Instead, the toll lanes will be on U.S. 290. “The ultimate vision is to put the toll lanes on Hempstead Highway in 20 years, and at that point, take the managed lanes on 290 and convert them to Planned toll lanes will general purpose move from Hempstead lanes,” said Karen Othon, public in- Highway to 290. formation officer for TxDOT’s 290 project. Public comments were taken through Sept. 18. The comments will be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration, which will be needed to approve the re-evaluation. Due to the construction on 290, which will be completed in 2017, TxDOT recently started a $3.6 million asphalt overlay project on Hempstead Highway. “It’ll make the roadway safer and flow more

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Church helps refresh Durham by Michael Sudhalter Durham Elementary School fifth graders begin clapping like fans at a rock concert when Pastor Frank Coats enters the room with his guitar and banjo. “Hello, Mr. Coats!,” they say in near unison. After a few welcoming words, Coats, the pastor of St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church at 4300 N. Shepherd, is singing “This Little Light Of Mine” and strumming on his guitar. And the students are singing along. Coats’ visit to the school goes beyond entertaining the children. When he arrived at St. Matthew’s five years ago, he wanted to start a volunteer program that

St. Matthew’s Pastor Frank Coats entertains and talks about a positive attitude. would serve the community. “We want to do something for the kids, just for the sake of doing it,” Coats

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Aly Eaton is a former teacher now sharing her time by reading to pupils at Durham. (Photos by Michael Sudhalter)

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language in the draft is solid -- it’s been vetted by BARC (Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care). It’s like any other issue. You have to educate yourself on it and understand what the details are.” According to Christopher Newport, public information officer for BARC, Mayor Annise Parker was looking for councilmembers to express interest in the issue. In September, Hens for Houston and BARC agreed on a proposed draft with no distance setback for up to eight hens, but a large enough coop would need a building code permit as any other building would. The BARC proposal would allow a permit

Developers of the old Harolds in the Heights men’s store retained the original neon sign in the redesign of the building, which will reopen next week with Torchy’s Tacos as the first new tenant. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

Old Harolds coming to life as Torchy’s, General Store Torchy’s Tacos will open its third Houston location at 7 a.m. Sept. 26 at 350 W. 19th St. – and with giveaways, it could be a mob scene like its first two openings on Shepherd and in Rice Village. There will be one free breakfast taco offered per customer with a chance to win free tacos for a year. And, as Houston’s only Torchy’s location with a bar, serving infused tequilas and cocktails, the first 100 customers on opening day who join the restaurant’s Firewater Club (a requirement for this “dry” part of

the Heights) will receive a special glass that will get them $1 off each draft beer for life. The Heights General Store is aiming to open in a few weeks at the same location, the old Harolds men’s clothing store, which also features a third space whose occupant has yet to be announced. Named head chef last week for the “store” is Antoine Ware, a Hurricane Katrina transplant who has gained notoriety at the Hay Merchant, Catalan and Federal Grill.

The Leader is pleased to announce a new partnership with the award-winning news department at KHOU-Channel 11. That means we’ll share information with their journalists about the communities The Leader covers, and we’ll have access to their deep and abundant newsgathering resources. For instance, KHOU’s newscasts recently aired a version of The Leader’s in-depth report, “On the Brink,” about crime problems on the fringe of Shepherd Park Plaza, and featured an interview with Publisher Jonathan McElvy. Supplemented by their large staff and 24/7 coverage, will benefit from being able to link freely to KHOU’s coverage of breaking news. “This is an exciting partnership for us because it opens an opportunity to work with other journalists in this community who appreciate our area’s growth,” McElvy said. “And while I’m looking forward to teaming with KHOU on stories, this doesn’t reduce the commitment we’ve made at The Leader to covering our readers and businesses better than any other medium in the market. We plan to keep it that way.” We’re looking forward to a long and productive partnership that will help both our readers and their viewers stay informed about the Greater Heights and northwest Houston. – Charlotte Aguilar, Editor

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FBI needs help in solving Heights credit union robbery The FBI’s Bank Robbery Task Force hopes a surveillance photo will lead to the arrest of four men who robbed the TDECU office at 428 W. 19th St. in the Heights at gunpoint last week. Investigators said the men, at least one armed with a small handgun, entered the credit union about 3:11 p.m. Sept. 10. The armed man pointed the handgun at employees and verbally demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the four men were seen leaving the credit union in a gray Buick. No one was injured. The surveillance photograph shows one robber described as a black male, about 6-feet tall with a heavy build, wearing a white T-shirt and khaki colored cargo shorts, a shoulder-length black wig and sunglasses. The other three robbers are described as black males, about 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 7 inches, with thin to medium builds and wearing dark colored clothes from head to toe. Three men concealed their heads and faces with clothing. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging

The FBI is seeking this man and three others in the robbery of a Heights credit union Sept. 10. (Photo from FBI)

and arrest of these robbers or any felony suspect. If you have information about the robbery, call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or the Houston FBI office at 713-693-5000.

Older siblings robbed in Heights

A 73-year-old female and her 68-yearold brother were the victims of a robbery at 2:50 a.m. on Sept. 10 in the 1300 block of Laird. The female victim was returning home from work when she was approached by three suspects -- two black males and a Hispanic male -- who were wearing ski masks. One of them was armed with a pistol. The suspects allegedly forced their way into the house and stole the female’s purse and the male’s wallet. They allegedly struck the female in the face and kicked the male, before fleeing. Both victims sustained minor injuries, but neither required medical treatment.

caller I.D. Don’t give out information, the office says, and contact law enforcement and the Better Business Bureau with details. Utility customers around the country are being targeted by the ‘Green Dot’ pre-paid debit card scam, and CenterPoint Energy is warning customers to be alert. Posing as electric company employees, scammers are calling customers to tell them they are behind on their electric bills and have a short time to make a payment.

Bicyclist robbed on Mangum

A 55-year-old male was riding his bicycle in the 3700 block of Mangum and stopped to get some rest at 1:50 p.m. on Sept. 7 when a 2000 Ford sedan pulled up, according to police. Three suspects -- two males and a female -- were in the vehicle. One male and one female walked out of the car and allegedly began digging in the victim’s pockets. The female suspect allegedly began hitting him in the face, while the male suspect allegedly took his cell phone. They got back in the vehicle and drove off. The victim suffered bruises and cuts to his face. There were no weapons used. To report information on the case, contact HPD’s Robbery Division at 713-3087600 or Crimestoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

The customers are told to purchase a Green Dot pre-paid debit card or other type of reloadable debit card, load the card with money and then provide the serial number from the card to avoid having their electricity shut off. CenterPoint says it does not collect electric bills and never asks customers for personal information. It urges anyone contacted in this manner to alert local law enforcement.

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This small gift opens eyes to love of so many others W

e did everything wrong. No packed bags. None of those mini hats. No mittens for razor-blade fingernails. We had a car seat attached to a stroller, which meant it wasn’t attached to the car, which meant... Well, it meant we did everything wrong. We weren’t alone. You know how people sometimes refer to really smart people as “brain surgeons” or “rocket scientists?” I now know why the phrase “smart as an obstetrician” never stuck. Nothing against our wonderful doctor, who was the kindest, most gentle man to my wife and an expected son, but OBs are like meteorologists – they look for signs. And wow the signs were wrong. We had a regular appointment with our doctor last Thursday morning – two weeks from D-Day. According to doc, the baby was still too high, and there was something else about a thick cervix. We could hope for an early arrival, but that probably wouldn’t happen. So the good doctor sent us home, told us to enjoy the ride, and that he’d see us next week, when he again would tell us we weren’t quite ready. We got to see the doctor 24 hours later in a Hollywood-lit room that had more electrical outlets than a Rolling Stones


stage. This time, he was there to catch Henry (Hank) Hedwall McElvy at 1:04 p.m. For everything that seemed to go so wrong – due dates, car seats and mittens – I’m not sure there’s anything more right than watching your son enter the world, full of fear and a single desire to reattach with his Mother. I’m not sure there’s anything more right than cleaning your child for the first time, watching him whimper, then cry, then whimper and fall asleep across his Mother’s arms. I’m not sure there’s anything more right than actually holding your child – your child – for the first time as he deliberately opens his eyes, not sure of where he is or why he’s there. The voices

THE READER. Buying peace of mind

Dear Editor: I am an Oak Forest resident who is not on the Security Committee of the Oak Forest Homeowners Association. Neither do I hold any volunteer position in OFHA. I went to the security meeting at Black Middle School. At that meeting, it was explained that Oak Forest would be divided into 3 sections. One Seal Security guard would be assigned to patrol each district for 40 hours per week--3 total security guards, each patrol for 40 hours a week. Each guard with a canine companion would be paid a $60,000 annual salary. The same guard would patrol the same district consistently. Which hours of the day the guard patrols is not decided yet. The statistics for which time of day most criminal activity occurs in Oak Forest will determine which hours are assigned to patrol. Depending on the statistics, 12 noon to 8pm may be a better choice than 9am to 5pm. Or 8pm to 4am might be better. Those plans are yet to be made. Every Security Guard hired by SEAL has a minimum training requirement of being licensed by the Texas Department of Public Safety. In addition, the SEAL company requires more training courses that they provide before any employee is assigned

may be familiar, but the images must be horrifying. We are not the first parents to have a first child. In fact, the Census Bureau says there are about 361,000 babies born across the world every day. In the grand scheme of things, the birth of our son is a blip on the radar, a statistic for the folks who count these things. And I am not the first father who has sat before a computer, or a notepad, and attempted to pen the lasting Ode to a Newborn. Millions of fathers have done the same, each convinced his child was just a bit more special than the others sharing the same birthday. But that’s what makes this so special, isn’t it? It matters zero that our son will one day be in a classroom full of similar children, all of them running around with shoes untied and stains on their shirts. What matters is that this sweet, beautiful son is ours. He is ours to kiss like no one else will. Ours to clean and feed and mold and lead. Ours to love more than we love ourselves. As I sat in a hospital room last week, watching needles and nurses enter and leave, something else struck me about this son that God has gracefully given to Meghan and me. I stood in the deliv-

golf with, watch football with. To see our ery room and watched Hank enter this friends’ faces is what finally induced a world. I saw him shiver and stretch and whimper only my son had offered until shake. I saw Meghan’s face, every ounce of pain from pregnancy and delivery for- then. They had sparkles in their eyes – not from a great golf shot – but because gotten in a new mother’s moment. And they were genuinely as happy for us as we as soon as our son was clean and quiet, were for ourselves. I notified the rest of the world. GrandI sent a picture of our visiting friends parents first. Uncles and aunts next. Dear to my Dad, and he replied with a note friends a bit later. that was just as emotional. I don’t think you can prepare yourself “Looks like some pretty good surrofor the emotion of your first child entering the world. I thought there might be gate uncles to me,” he wrote. tears. The uncontrollable ones. The ones And that’s what so special, so unique, that come more from exhilaration than about our first child. It’s one of the few relief. But there weren’t. times when we all drop every imitation, The tears came later. They came when every inhibition, and we’re just ourselves. Hank’s grandparents sent short notes That’s when Meghan and I saw each back, tears in their words. I don’t like to other as a family. It’s when we could see, preach much in these columns, but if just a bit more deeply, the extra layer of you’ve ever felt the presence of prayer in warmth and love our families have for us. a room, it was then. You can literally feel And it’s when we got to see our friends as God and His miraculous hand if you alsomething we’d never considered before: surrogates. low it – and I did. It’s humbling to think about how The tears came when I read note after this precious child, his cotton skin and note of congratulations, some from people who knew me when I entered this wandering eyes, will change our lives. It’s absolutely awesome to know how many world. people are really part of Hank’s new life. And the tears really came when my What a gift from God. friends, Meghan’s friends, walked into our hospital room with a joy I had never �������� �������� ����� ���������� Email seen from the guys I drink beer with,������������ play �������������������������������������

to patrol. As well there are continuing education training courses given by the SEAL company. So the SEAL guards are NOT of the same level of expertise as a security guard in a retail store parking lot. About halfway through the meeting, a lot of people did start leaving. I stayed but I didn’t blame those leaving because the meeting was dragging on with a lot of repetitive questions. No homeowner in Oak Forest is required to contribute to this program. But I am in favor of it. My home was broken into; damage and lost possessions totaled several thousand dollars. I’m very glad that I was not at home at the time and so was not threatened as some residents were. I don’t want any one else in our neighborhood to have these experiences. I am in favor of any actions we can take to discourage further theft and personal danger in our neighborhood. Janet Barnard

then there are property taxes. It strikes me that someone with enough money to afford all that could buy a much nicer home someplace else. A residence that, you know, doesn’t overlook Someburger to the south and a do-it-yourself car wash to the north. J. Reynolds

section backwards, twice, you’ll find it.” I found it! At first I thought that the $30 bill might be a fake, but when I walked into a shop in the Heights and asked for change, the clerk took the $30 bill without batting an eye, and counted out for me ten $3 bills. I should not have doubted. L. Harris

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Dear Editor: The residential lofts in this new thing in the 1100 block of Studewood are selling from the high $400,000s to the high $500,000s, and the maintenance fees could run $600 per month - and

Dear Editor: I want to reaffirm the good article you published in the 08/17/2013 titled “Please Save A Local Church With Your Time/Talent/Treasure” by Dennis Woodward. So much truth in it about young people failing to support their local Churches and charitable groups who do so much good to make their community a better place to live.ˇ If Churches go under there will only be beer joints on the corners like Studewood and White Oakˇstreets. Rita Brooks

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Congratulations on your many successes! I was part of the 1973 championship at Scarborough. Gervais Straker was my boyfriend and has been my husband for 37 years. I was in the stands cheering on the team all the way!!! We have followed your career and enjoy watching it. Gervais still tells every ball player that they should have the pleasure of playing at least one year under Graham! We’ll follow your career successes as long as you coach, even when you’re 83! Joni Straker

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of thumb -- or fingers if you eat that way -- was 15 percent at restaurants. Now it’s 18 to 20 percent. But in most Texas cities an 8.25 percent tax is added on, so if your tip is based on the total at the bottom of the bill, you are actually over-tipping. A good way to figure your tip is to spot the tax and double it. That gives the waiter a 16.50 percent tip, which is close. Of course, if you are extra trouble and want a clean plate or bread without mold, you should add extra money. I generally tip 20 percent because the waiter or waitress (waitstaff is the trendy new name) has to explain to the chef what kind of jelly I want with my peanut butter. You may also need to tip the sommelier or wine steward 10 to 15 percent, especially if he has trouble opening the plastic spout on the box. There are a few reasons when I only tip 10 percent. If I am paying in cash and the waiter returns with some bills and coins and says, “Do you want the change?” That’s my decision, not his. Also, I am cheap if she says, “Are those spoons in your pocket?” or, “Our all-you-can-eat buffet does not include food on other tables.” Some customers also tip the maitre’d, which is French for “a table by the kitchen door.” At this point you are wondering why “tip” is short for To Insure Promptness. Shouldn’t it be TEP? To Ensure Promptness? I’m buying a po’ boy, not a policy. Besides eateries, there are other service folks who work for tips (or teps). Hotel maids have a tough job, so leave a $2 tip daily, not at the end of your stay. Remember

that a different Honduran may come each day to clean up your mess. When John Kerry was running for president he would leave a $20 tip at each hotel stop. And he wanted to balance our budget? I tip my barber well, mainly because he stands behind me holding a straight razor. But valet parkers have the best deal. At restaurants the valets put orange cones in the best spots so customers can’t park there. Then the parker takes your keys, drives your car maybe 15 feet, and parks it. You pay $2 to get your car back. Actually, I was paying $2 only to find that the new going rate is $3 plus any loose change I left in my car ashtray. A prof at the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, who teaches Buckingham Palace Stare 101, taught me something. Even when I pick up my own lunch at the counter and dump the remains in a bin, I leave a buck on the table. As the prof explained, “Somebody has to come behind you and wipe the table, reset the chairs and sweep under the table.” This same UH prof told me: “One time I was having dinner at a restaurant. I was sitting at a bar table that overlooked the dining room. The tables were cheek by jowl. This fellow and his significant other – wife, girl friend - were having dinner, and he was effusive in his praise of the service, kept telling the waiter how everything was perfect. At the end of the meal the fellow put a cash tip in the check wallet, and got up to go to the bathroom. While he was gone, the girl looked in the leather folder and apparently decided the tip was too big, so she took out some of the cash. After the couple left and the server checked the tip, the server was cursing a blue streak. ‘If my service was so good, why did the SOB leave me such a lousy tip?’” Ashby receives teps at

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Reaching the tipping point THE RESTAURANT -- Here comes the waiter with that little black folder which holds my check and a breakdown of the cost of my meal, the tax, a line for a tip and another for the total. This is the same detailed-dedicated waiter who has ignored me all evening as I desperately waved my napkin and bread plate trying to catch his eye. Have you ever noticed that a waiter can weave through tables at a restaurant, looking straight ahead like a guard at Buckingham Palace? Yes, he can do that and, yes, I can leave a lousy tip, although those days may be coming to an end. The hot new thing in pricey restaurants is to lump the tip in with the total. Some places are calling it a “service charge,” others don’t bother. Either way, the gratuity goes with the price of the meal. This does away with the customer trying to figure out the tip, and it does away rewarding bad service with a bad tip. This operation also ends waiters stuffing cash tips into their pockets without notifying the IRS. (Actually, the tax collectors have their own formulas for determining what to collect, and today most people pay with credit cards anyway.) Bus boys/girls and cooks like the surcharge because often they -the lowest paid employees -- don’t get to share in the money. Under this new policy, the menus read “shared by the entire staff.” Also, many restaurants have small print at the bottom of the menu reading: “For parties of six or more a 20 percent gratuity (they never use the word ‘tip’) will be added.” Why? Do people in large groups not tip? Speaking of fine print, notice those little words at the bottom of your hotel room service check: “20 percent will be added to your bill for room service, plus 20 percent for gratuity and another 50 percent to come pick up your tray afterwards. If you can afford hotel room service, you can afford this.” How much do you tip? Or do you tip at all? For years the rule

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Harper Alternative students enjoy school’s Culinary Arts program by Michael Sudhalter

A ‘thermometer’ at ResourceOne Credit Union, 1400 W. 43rd St., is keeping count of registration for a newly designed home security patrol program in Oak Forest. With a self-imposed deadline of Oct. 15 to sign up 1,200 households, the Oak Forest Homeowners Association security program is a fourth of the way to its goal, with 300 homes registered to pay for a private security patrol. Property owners and renters are eligible. Cost is $250 a year, $150 for seniors 65 and older. Registration can be accomplished online at, where arrangements can also be made for automatic monthly payments. OFHA reps are also staffing a table on weekends at the Kroger on 43rd and Ella. For more, go to the OFHA website.

Something’s cooking at the Harper Alternative School, and it’s not just the smell of fresh vegetables and delicious desserts in the kitchen. Fifteen students, one third of the student body at the school on 4425 N. Shepherd Drive, are enrolled in the Culinary Arts program, which started when the school opened in 1985. Beyond preparing lunches for local businesses, the students learn about nutrition, creating menus and all types of kitchen duties. The students prepare the kitchen on Tuesdays and make the meals on Wednesdays. Last week, area businesses ordered 25 BLT sandwiches with a baked potato, chips and ice cream or a cookie. Jones Oil and Adolf Hoepfl & Son Garage are among the businesses that have purchased meals from the school. The students also made a casserole for the school’s open house. Meals are sold to businesses for $6 apiece, and the proceeds are put into a school account that’s used for Culinary Arts teacher Josephine Castillo to take her students to

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Harper Alternative School sophomore Jordan Pratt cuts vegetables during a Culinary Arts class last week. Harper’s Culinary Arts program involves students making meals for local businesses. The meals are sold to those businesses at $6 apiece. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)

restaurants such as Brownstone, Downtown Aquarium and PF Chang’s. Castillo, who’s taught the program at Harper ever since it started 28 years ago, said the students learn about different dining experiences through the restaurants they visit. The students wear chef jackets and shoes while they cook. They also participate in culinary competitions against other Houston ISD schools such as Davis, Lamar, Jordan and Wheatley.



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The Texan French Alliance for the Arts hosts a free open house for this public arts project, one of 19 locations citywide, from 1-3 p.m. Sept. 22. Rain location: Heights City Hall & Fire Station, 12th Street and Yale. Learn more:

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“Masquerade at Monte Carlo” is the theme for this formal, casino-style event, the Chamber’s 26th annual gala, which begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 27. Dinner, games, music and the handing out of achievement awards to those who’ve been active in the Chamber for more than a quartercentury. Information or reservations:

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Proceeds from the Aim for the Cure 5K Walk and Fun Run benefit melanoma research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Registration begins at 6 p.m., followed by the 8 p.m. walk/run Sept. 21. Free skin cancer screenings are available from 6-9 p.m. Information: or 713745-1804.

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Based on the Mel Brooks classic comedy film, Young Frankenstein will be presented at Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Dr., and opens Oct. 3-26. Tickets are $32.50 for general admission, $27.50 for students and seniors, and $25 per person for groups of 8 or more. Information:

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Neighbors: The footlights beckon at Theatre Suburbia by Elizabeth Villareal Phillip Murrell, one of our lifelong neighbors in Timbergrove who attended Northwest Academy, can be seen for the next four weeks starring on the Theatre Suburbia stage as Dr. Jack Ramsay in the production of Going Bare by Houston playwright Mary Jane Taegel. Elizabeth Tyska, another of our neighbors who is currently a ninth-grader at Johnston Middle School, can be found mastering the lightboard and sound system in this same production. Theatre Suburbia, an area institution founded by Oak Forest residents in 1961 and originally located at West 43rd St. and Oak Forest, is now located at 4106 Way Out West Drive. For tickets or more information, call 713-682-3525. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 12 at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees on Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. Houston ISD is holding its Service Academy/ROTC Information Night for families from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 25 at the district administration building, 4400 W. 18th St. HISD’s Yolanda Norman said, “One of the most important messages we are promoting is the experience

of meeting with a service academy representative and learning more about this great opportunity of pursing a higher education.” Thank you to neighbor Paula Hubbard for sharing this information. Paula, a former Waltrip parent, works with West Point Academy’s admissions office as a volunteer and is proud to say that both of her sons graduated from Waltrip and West Point Academy, and are currently on active duty in the Army. C alling all H ISD volunteers! Anyone wanting to chaperone, volunteer, sell T-shirts, help out at school or on field trips must be VIPS-cleared each school year. See your school’s VIPS coordinator and get yourself into the system so that you can be a part of your child’s school community. Safety first! Numerous neighbors have reported sightings of hummingbirds and Baltimore orioles in their yards this past week – it’s migration time! This is an exciting time for birders throughout our neighborhoods because, as you know, we are smack dab in the middle of an active migratory path comprised of both the Central and Mississippi Flyways. Please let us know about your birding experiences and any unusual birds spotted in your yard Phillip Murrell of Timbergrove, third from left, is starring in ‘Going Bare’ at Theatre Suburbia through Oct. 12. – your neighbors would love to hear about it (and see (Photo from Theatre Suburbia) pictures, too).

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To celebrate the one year anniversary of the adoption of her treasured black lab, Beau, Avenue Gallery owner, Taylor Clendennen, is hosting “Art 4 Paws” on Sunday, September 29, from noon to 3pm at Avenue Gallery, (3219 Houston Ave.). The fundraising and adoption event, benefitting Friends For Life, will feature food from Gastro Punk food truck, a silent auction and select artists will also be donating a portion of their sales during the event to Friends For Life. Friends For Life’s adoptable pets will also be there to celebrate. Please join them for an afternoon of merriment.

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MECHANIC WITH EXPERIENCE on Econoline vans needed. Experience with A/C, alternators, brakes and suspension. Tools required. Salary commensurate with experience. 713-681-3600. (TF)

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Notice is hereby given that the United States Department of the Interior is hereby commencing a forfeiture proceeding against the following items of wildlife or wildlife products, which were seized in the Houston area of Texas on the date indicated because they were involved in one or more violations of any of the following law: Endangered Species Act, 16 USC 1538. These items are subject to forfeiture to the United States under Title l6, U.S.C. Sec. l540(e), 16 U.S.C. Sec. 1377, or l6 U.S.C. Sec. 3374 and Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, Section l4.91(a) and 14.61. Any person with an ownership or financial interest in said items who desires to claim them must file a claim with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Law Enforcement office,16639 W. Hardy, Houston, TX 70060-6230. Such claim must be received by the above office by January 19, 2014. The claim will be transmitted to the U.S. Attorney for institution of a forfeiture action in U.S. District Court. If a proper claim is not received by the above office by such date, the items will be declared forfeited to the United States and disposed of according to law. Any person who has an interest in the items may also file with the above office a petition for remission of forfeiture in accordance with Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, and Section 12.24, which petition must be received in such office before disposition of the items. Storage costs may also be assessed.

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Notice is hereby given that the United States Department of the Interior is hereby commencing a forfeiture proceeding against the following items of wildlife or wildlife products, which were seized in the Houston area of Texas on the date indicated because they were involved in one or more violations of any of the following laws: Endangered Species Act, 16 USC 1538(a)(1)(G), 16 USC 1538(c)(2), 16 USC 1538(c)(1), 16 USC 1538(e) and 16 USC 3372 (a)(2)(A). These items are subject to forfeiture to the United States under Title l6, U.S.C. Sec. l540(e), 16 U.S.C. Sec. 1377, or l6 U.S.C. Sec. 3374 and Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, Section l4.91(a) and 14.61. Any person with an ownership or financial interest in said items who desires to claim them must file a claim with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Law Enforcement office,16639 W. Hardy, Houston, TX 70060-6230. Such claim must be received by the above office by January 19, 2014. The claim will be transmitted to the U.S. Attorney for institution of a forfeiture action in U.S. District Court. If a proper claim is not received by the above office by such date, the items will be declared forfeited to the United States and disposed of according to law. Any person who has an interest in the items may also file with the above office a petition for remission of forfeiture in accordance with Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, and Section 12.24, which petition must be received in such office before disposition of the items. Storage costs may also be assessed.

Seizure 04/19/2013

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Page 9A • The Leader • September 21, 2013 • @heightsleader

Art a la Carte: Events galore, including mystery of the doors The fall art season is in full swing and the benefits, fundraisers and galas are around the corner. There are also art events every weekend now through the end of the year. This weekend I’ve found a new art market, the Montrose Art Market, while on the third Saturday this weekend, the market will be regularly scheduled on the second Saturdays. You’ll find some familiar faces there if you attend First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights. Look for them on the corner of Montrose at Fairview. Answering the mystery: What are those doors doing in the middle of Heights Boulevard at 4th Street? On Sunday, the Houston Heights Association will honor the Open The Door Project and Mitch Cohen The Texan French Alliance for the Arts. The doors Arts Columnist are part of a larger project of 19 installations around the city. Texas artists whose art is on view on the Boulevard include Patrick Medrano, Tierney Malone, Stephanie Topin and Catherine Cartwright. Medrano is a Heights resident.

Monica Weston’s creations are part of a trunk show at Hello-Lucky Friday in the Heights. (Submitted photo)

•Harvest Moon 2 - Art & Social, The Gallery at 3202 White Oak, 610 p.m. This is the time of year when we harvest our gifts and let go of our burdens from the past year. Nine local artists share their harvest of work in a setting of social connection and hospitality. Exhibiting: Sarah Bower, Vivien Sugar, Anna Cragin, Davd Miller, Sam VanBibber, Tara Jordan-Greenleaf, KVN JXN, Gordon Greenleaf, Vincent Fink, Special Guest: Sister Glo - Astrologer and psychic. •Perle Amies Trunk Show, 19th Street Pop-Up Shop, 321-B W 19th St., 1-5 p.m. •Tralfamadorian by Ian Anderson, Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring St., 6 p.m. Exhibit runs through November. Houston-based artist Ian Anderson brings photo-realistic painting to a sculptural work in his creation, Tralfamadorian Exhibit. The sculpture piece is loosely based on the ideas of author Kurt Vonnegut and the journey of his character, Billy Pilgrim, in his book, Slaughterhouse-5. http://microscopeproject. com/2013/ •Creature Garden Workshop, Sparrow and the Nest, 1020 Studewood, 7 p.m. 713-869-NEST. Learn about planting a succulent garden and sculpting adorable little creatures to live in it at this workshop. All materials are included in the $38 fee; snacks, and wine provided. http://www.

Sunday, Sept. 22

•NEW: Open the Door Project, Heights Boulevard esplanade at 4th street, 1-3 p.m. The Heights Association will honor Open The Door and the artists who participated to the project. At 2pm, Et Voilà Théâtre, the French Theater troupe, will perform around the installed doors on Heights Boulevard. In case of rain, the reception will be held at the Houston Heights City Hall and Fire Station located at 12th Street and Yale. More on the project at, the latest on the evolving event at

Friday, Sept. 27

•Moving Violation, 14 Pews 800 Aurora St., 6-9 p.m. A multifaceted installation examining the phenomenon of movement by artist Mark Nelson, employing videos, paintings, photographs and tapestries. David Tam will perform a musical interpretation of the theme on cello at 8 p.m. Curated by Jay Wehnert of Intuitive Eye.

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•Monique Weston and Stephanie DeLeonardis’ trunk show, HelloLucky, 1025 Studewood, 6-8 p.m. Get your bling on at the hippest shop in the Heights.

Saturday, Sept. 21

•Hardy & Nance Studios 3rd Saturday Open Studios, 902 Hardy Street 77002 •Discovery Green Flea Now at Night, 1500 McKinney, 6-10 p.m. Treasure-hunt at this monthly, one-of-a-kind, recycled/upcycled market nestled in the shady southeast end of the downtown park. The destination market features an array of artful kitsch, vintage items, mid-century modern furniture, recycled and repurposed items and collectibles. Musician Trudy Lynn is set to perform. •NEW! Montrose Art Market - 2409 Montrose Blvd (at Fairview), 10 a.m. •The Third Annual Super Awesome Art Show! Gerald D. Hines College Of Architecture, University of Houston central campus, 5-8 p.m. Features more than 50 artists, all under the age of 16 in an open and juried art show that carries a $1,000 college scholarship. More info: http:// •Sarah Whatley - Recent Works, Bombshell Hair Shop, 2802 White Oak Drive Drive, 6-10 p.m. X-ray / Film / Mixed Media. Finding lasting beauty in today’s disposable wasteland. Images of perfection, luxury, and amusement, which seem to be destroyed, as we’re distracted by the next shiny thing. Waste is wasteful. Trash can be tasteful.

Leader Nibbles Here comes Pluckers

Pluckers Wing Bar is opening its first Houston location in the former Maggie Rita’s at 1400 Shepherd. The chain, which operates 15 locations in Texas and Louisiana, was started by two University of Texas-Austin freshmen in 1995, operating out of their dorm room, the story goes. The menu is largely wing-based, with 16 sauces offered as accompaniment, but also includes burgers, sandwiches and salads.

Early start on weekend

Cottonwood, 3422 N. Shepherd, is now opening at 11 a.m. on Fridays and is offering a burger and select pint for $10.

Rasoi disappears

Free Press Houston will present the FunFunFun Fest Scavenger Hunt Sunday, Sept. 22 at Fitzgerald’s. Registration begins at 2 p.m., and the hunt starts at 3 p.m. The event supports the Kroger Can Drive. Fitzgerald’s is located at 2706 White Oak Drive. For more, visit

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Fall Fashion Truck Festival

The Second Fashion Truck Festival will be held at Liberty Station, 2101 Washington Ave., from 4-10 p.m. Sept. 28. This will be an evening of Fall Fashion from Houston’s best Fashion Trucks including Urban Izzy, Shoe Bar Houston, Height of Vintage, with appearances by The Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library, Fat Cats Creamery and more. There will be drinks, music by DJ Fredster, eats from H-town Streatz, and a special guest appearance by Melina Alves of the ABC-TV series “Whodunnit.” For more, visit www.

Thirsty Cottonoberfest celebrates the season Join Cottonwood, 3422 N. Shepherd Drive, for Cottontoberfest on Sept 28. There will Explorer

and German beers”, an outdoor festival, bratwurst, turkey legs, and Boothpimps DJs Kyle Berg, T. Gray and Johnny J. Celtic Gardens and the Susan G. Komen Foundation present Grilling for a Cause every Wednesday from 5 to 10 p.m. A 12 oz. ribeye with a loaded baked potato is $15 with $3 from each plate going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. For more, visit .

Cyclone Anaya’s New September Features

Cyclone Anaya’s, 1710 Durham Drive, has new drinks on the Happy Hour menu. The drink features include the Swirl, a frozen margarita swirled with strawberry, raspberry, mango, melon, peach or pomegranate; The Wave, a frozen margarita topped with sangria; The Green Goblin, a jumbo house margarita with a bottle of XX Lager. Or you can create your own top shelf margarita from their selection of premium tequilas. For a rundown on September drink specials, visit the Thirsty Explorer online or go to Follow Ivee Sauls @ThirstyExplorer on Twitter.

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Oktoberfest Kickoff & Grilling For A Cause

The second annual Oktoberfest Kickoff Party will be held from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sept. 28 at Celtic Gardens, 2300 Louisiana St. There will be a “huge selection of Oktoberfest

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be trucks, artisans vendors, craft beer and local musicians galore. Cottonwood is located at 3422 N. Shepherd Drive. For more, including band times and a list of vendors, go to Thirsty Explorer online at, under Hipstrict.


Our Leader Eater is resting up his digestive system this week and will return next week with a review of an eatery that proves that Washington Avenue’s clubs and bars aren’t the only place to experience the wild life.

•Avenue Gallery Closing Reception - 3219 Houston Ave., 6-9 p.m. Featured artists include Toria Hill, Vivian Mora, Billy York, Andy Gonzalez, Michael Henderson, Sam VanBibber, Nicole Bolinger, Kiki Neumann, Sherry Masters, Carol McGinnis, Monique Weston, Melinda Negri, Debbie Clendennen, and Taylor Clendennen. •Art4Life 2013, Architecture Center Houston 315 Capitol, Suite 120 7-10 p.m. Limited ticketed event - Art4Life is a silent art auction featuring the works of locally, nationally, and internationally acclaimed artists, benefiting AIDS Foundation Houston’s programs and services to those living with and/or at risk for HIV/AIDS. https://www.facebook. com/events/566589580050324 for tickets visit event/Art4Life2013/

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Rasoi at 13147 Northwest Freeway was gaining a following among Leader diners seeking a quick Indian food fix nearby, and it received a favorable review from our Leader Eater. So it was surprising when the restaurant suddenly closed last month. Posting on Facebook, the owners hinted at a problem with their location (it was in a strip center impacted by 290 construction) and said they were hoping to find a closer-in site, anyway. There was no response to our messages, and there have been no new Rasoi sightings. The Facebook page is gone. We’d be happy to see them return, so if any patrons hear news about a new location, please pass it along to Eater Nibbles at

•Cups, Cups, Cups - 18 Hands Gallery, 249 W. 19th St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Now this is a cool idea, Bring a cup, mug or tumbler that is old, chipped or manufactured to 18 Hands Gallery and trade it in for a new drinking vessel & receive a 10 percent discount. No limit.

One of Mark Nelson’s works in ‘Moving Violation,’ opening next Friday at 14 Pews. (Submitted photo)

I’m now offering gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches on wheat bread, with fresh goat cheese, basil arugula pesto and sundried tomatoes. There’s French press coffee and orange juice, too – and good conversation with neighbors who drop by. Also with the cool weather on the way, Farmer Cathy and I have decided to host a Farm to Table dinner at her property on Sunday afternoon Oct. 20. The dinner will be feature menu selections by Chef Joe Apa of Rudyard’s, who is quite well known for his monthly beer and food pairings, where I work as a volunteer. Joe was formally the catering chef for Monica Pope’s restaurant T’afia and does not disappoint. We hope to have a link set up on our Facebook page, Farm Stand at Petrol Station, sometime this week for reservations and payment. Seating will be limited to just 50, in order to make for a more intimate setting. As always, “Come soon, come often” –– and see our new vendors. Morales is founder and manager of the Farm Stand.

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Page 10A • The Leader • September 21, 2013 • @heightsleader

Oak Forest native new Wainwright principal by Michael Sudhalter An Oak Forest native and former Wainwright Elementary School teacher is glad to be back in the neighborhood as Wainwright’s principal. Christina Oliva, who graduated from Scarborough High in 1989 after attending Benbrook Elementary and Clifton Middle, is the new principal at the school on 5330 Milwee. Last year, Oliva served as the assistant principal of Houston ISD’s new Mandarin Chinese Immersion School in Bellaire. “With the exception of (last year), my entire career with HISD has been in this neighborhood,” Oliva said. “It’s nice to be able to continue doing that.” Oliva, who earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in library science from the University of North Texas, was a

third-grade teacher and a librarian at Wainwright between 19952007. She earned her principal’s certificate from University of St. Thomas and worked as an assistant principal at Scarborough for five years. Due to that experience, she knows what it’s like to return to a familiar setting. “It’s kind of fun,” Oliva said. “There are some familiar faces here. It’s kind of nice to come back to a school with a different perspective -- leaving as a teacher and coming back as an administrator.” Oliva said her experience at the Mandarin Chinese Immersion School will be beneficial at Wainwright, where many of the students are English as a Second Language. “We really want to enrich the math and science classes here,” said Oliva, who noted the school has a strong partnership with Clifton Middle School.

Christina Oliva, an Oak Forest native and former assistant principal of HISD’s Manderin Chinese Immersion School in Bellaire, has been tapped to lead Wainwright Elementary School.


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Delmar-Tusa games will move to North Forest The Houston ISD Board of Education has unanimously approved the motion to fast-track the construction of a new DelmarTusa Fieldhouse by demolishing the existing facility while design for the new facility is underway. The goal is to have the site ready for construction as soon as possible and to complete the replacement facility by late 2016. The renovations were approved thanks to a $44.7 million bond that passed last November. The board’s action means that Reagan, Scarborough and Waltrip basketball and volleyball players, coaches and fans will have to travel farther for their home games, beginning on Oct. 1. Those games will be played at North Forest’s

Mark Anthony Pavilion, 7525 Tidwell Road, and wouldn’t return to the new Delmar-Tusa until late 2016. North Forest, which was acquired by HISD during the summer, is east of the Eastex Freeway. Delmar-Tusa, which was built in 1958, is overdue for renovations, according to Houston ISD athletic director Marmion Dambrino. The current complex has major roof leaks, flooding problems in the locker rooms and a sports medicine area that falls short of standards, she said. “HISD desperately needs a new fieldhouse so that our students can compete with teams from across the Houston area in a setting that is safe and up to standard,” Dambrino said in an HISD press release. “By moving forward with the demolition now, we’ll be

HISD isn’t waiting around to improve Delmar-Tusa Fieldhouse, where area schools play basketball and volleyball. Construction will start this year.

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ensuring that we move as quickly as possible to build this new facility, once the design is complete.” Delmar-Tusa Stadium, Dyer Field, Ashmore Field and the HISD Softball Stadium won’t be affected by the renovations.

Durham • from Page 1A years. But there is a refreshing spirit at the school since Principal Angie Sugarek has arrived. Sugarek said the volunteer program is a very good thing for the school, and the volunteers have spoken well of her efforts to improve Durham. “I think the program is phenomenal,” Sugarek said. “I think we need volunteers in schools to share with our students.” Last year, 14 volunteers logged 800 hours at the school. “Some kids have lives we can barely imagine,” Coats said. “They need encouragement. “The kindness from us may be the only kindness they see that day.” The volunteers also reach out to the teachers and remind them of their importance. “They’re touching lives of children every day,” said

Aly Eaton, a former public school teacher and the church’s Director of Youth Ministries. “We’ll place a note in the teacher’s boxes that says, ‘angels are often disguised as teachers, and you’re worth more than 100 Grand (with a 100 Grand candy bar in the box).” Nell Baham, a University of Houston education professor with 51 years of experience in education, coordinates the program and enjoys working with the students. “They absolutely love it when she comes in,” Durham second grade teacher Stephanie Goodwin said of Baham. “It’s wonderful that the community is getting involved in the school. They’re bringing knowledge to us.” The program isn’t restricted to the church’s members, but every volunteer must be cleared by Houston ISD.

Hens • from Page 1A to have eight hens on the property at one time. “They oppose it at the moment, and we’re in a holding pattern,” Newport said. “There isn’t a champion for it (on council) right now. Hens for Houston still has some work they can do. It’ll be a couple months at the soonest (that they could change anything).” Councilmembers Jerry Davis, Larry Green and Mike Laster opposed the hens the most, according to Newport. Councilmember Ellen Cohen said she’s generally supportive of the idea, and she’s received supportive feedback from her constituents. “We haven’t had in-depth conversations (about it) at committee meetings,” Cohen said. “For our district and what we’re doing, it doesn’t seem to be unreasonable. There’s a similar ordinance in Bel-

laire, and it seems to be working.” Jerry Peruchini, chief of staff for Mayor Pro Tem Ed Gonzalez, said Gonzalez “is open to learning more about the issue. Should it move toward council action, he’ll circle back with District H communities and get their input...(Gonzalez) does support some form of urban farming policy moving forward.” Krebs said Hens for Houston will move forward and continue to work toward the goal of hen ownership for city residents. “You can bet we’ll be bringing it up again,” Krebs said. “We’ve spent over a year-and-a-half working on this and working with BARC for an enforceable and passable ordinance.” Oak Forest resident Stella Stevens, who owns six hens, would like to see the ordinance changed. “It’s something that should be allowed, with all of the trends in

290 • from Page 1A efficiently for an improved commute,” Othon said. “A lot of people will use Hempstead as an alternate route while 290 is under construction.” Concerns about noise levels, especially in Brookwoods Estates and Holly Park, persist, and attorney Carol Caul has filed a federal lawsuit (that is still pending) on behalf of the residents to ensure that TxDOT complies with federal noise abatement regulations. Although Othon said she couldn’t comment on any litigation, she said certain areas of 290 will be eligible for a soundwall. She added that longitudinal tining, a form of open graded asphalt pavement, that will reduce the noise

level. Caul said despite everything she’s heard from TxDOT, she said they’re only 30 percent complete on eliminating noise concerns. More lanes, especially at a higher level, will create more noise, Caul said. Caul said the 290 project is a worthy one, and she’s not trying to stop it. She’s only looking out for the rights of the residents who live nearby it. “All they get is the noise -- this is to protect their property rights,” Caul said. “TxDot has got a way to go. We’re not done with the lawsuit until the nice judge says we’re done with the lawsuit. I’m going to keep fighting for the people.”

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