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THURSDAY | January 3, 2013 | Vol. 59 | No. 10 | | @heightsleader

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This Jan. 3 edition of The Leader marks the final time you’ll see a publication date of Thursday. Beginning with our next edition, The Leader will move toward a weekend delivery designed to improve content, reader experience and advertising opporunities for local businesses. As reading habits have changed, especially in the print media business, more and more readers rely on digital devices (computers,

tablets, smart phones) to get their news in a hurry. Meanwhile, print editions of newspapers have become more of an experience – a time to sit back and read articles of depth. With this change, the delivery schedule will change. The Leader will be sent to our printer on Wednesday evenings and we will begin delivery sometime mid-morning on Thursdays. As is the case now, because we deliver 34,000 copies of the paper across this

area, we will continue to deliver over a twoday period, preferrably completing our distribution by Friday evenings. Along with improving the reader experience with the newspaper, this change also allows local businesses to reach potential customers in a more timely manner. With the old deadlines, advertisers had to submit their ads on Fridays – nearly a week before those same ads reached their customers. Now, they

will have until Tuesday afternoon to submit their marketing materials, and they will reach customers less than 36 hours later. If you normally received your copy of The Leader on Tuesdays, you likely will receive it Thursdays. And if it was delivered on Wednesdays, your paper should arrive on Fridays. There will be some cases of Saturday morning delivery, but not many. – Jonathan McElvy, Publisher


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The city of Houston is offering its annual Christmas “tree-cycling” program at 18 locations through Jan. 8 – including T.C. Jester Park and Memorial Park – as well as curbside pickup on regular yard waste collection days. Trees that are collected for recycling will be ground into mulch that is available in bulk directly from Living Earth or available in bags at Houston retailers. Each tree recycled is a savings to the city in landfill costs. The trees must have all decorations, ornaments, tinsel, lights and stands removed. Flocked trees cannot be recycled. The two Leader-area dropoff locations are open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. They are T.C. Jester Park, at 4200 W. T.C. Jester, and Memorial Park, 7300 Memorial Drive, ball fields 4 and 5.

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There are proven hot-spots for businesses in this area of Houston. On the southern end, Yale Street and Sawyer have exploded in the past three years. Just as interesting is projecting where the next wave of demolition and renovation might occur, and one national business may be giving a pretty good hint. LA Fitness, which currently has 18 facilities in the Houston market, has begun clearing land on North Shepherd, near the intersection of 43rd Street. Attempts to reach the national fitness chain were unsuccessful, and it is unclear when the workout facility will open, but a sales office has been opened next to the Houston Police Department’s substation on 43rd and Ella, and promotional materials are going out fast and furiously. According to a flyer circulated by LA Fitness, the gym will feature more than just weights and ellipticals. The massive facility also will have cycling classes, a pool, sauna, yoga and baby sitting.

Kathryn van der Pol, who owns Adolf Hoepfl & Son Garage on North Shepherd, said it’s a good thing to have a vacant lot filled along one of the main thoroughfares of Oak Forest and Garden Oaks. “I think it’s going to be a great thing for the neighborhood,” she said. Ken Bridge, who owns Shepherd Park Draught House and Pink’s Pizza, less than a mile south of the new LA Fitness, agrees that a new business in the area indicates the continued gentrification of the area

just north of the Heights. “The demographics there now are a lot like they are in the Heights,” Bridge said. “The way you have to look at it is, if someone builds a really nice house next to yours, it’s a good thing.” Mickey Blake, chair of the Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce, agrees. “I think it’s evidence of the continued revitalization of this area of Houston,” she said. “It all really started in the Heights, and now it’s moving out.” Adding an LA Fitness to the North Shepherd corridor obviously puts a shiny store-front on a 6-lane road that needs improvement. van der Pol has been an active member of the North Shepherd Area Business Association, and that group’s mission is to “... improve the safety, security, drainage and beautification, and to attract new business to [the North Shepherd Area].” However, both van der Pol and Bridge are quick to point out that there’s no desire to see North Shepherd become a strip

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The good news is that the Waltrip Ram Band has raised more than $100,000 toward a trip to Washington, D.C. for presidential inauguration activities. The bad news: the band is still about $40,000 shy of its goal, with less than two weeks left before its invitations will disappear. The band has set another fundraising concert from 5-9 p.m. Jan. 10 in the school auditorium, 1900 W. 34th St. to help make what’s being called a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the nation’s capital. There’s no set price for admission, but director Jesse Espinosa is hoping attendees will be generous. He’s optimistic that the final amount can be raised by the Jan. 14 deadline to accept the invitations the band has received. The band and its entourage would have to depart on Jan. 17. “It’s mostly faith – just believing it’s going to happen,” he said. “The band deserves it.” In fact, the Waltrip Ram Band is ranked as

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Search begins for cutest pet Today begins a much-heralded contest to find the five cutest pets in The Leader’s coverage area. Beginning with this edition, nominations will be accepted for any owner who believes he or she has a Leader Loveable. On Page 7 of today’s edition, there is a nomination form that allows you to submit your pet. Nominations will be accepted until Jan. 15, and then readers will have two weeks to vote on the Top 5 Loveables in the area. Along with the printed nomination form, readers can log on to, click the “Loveables” button on the right side of the page, and submit your nomination that way. You may also just email a photo of your pet, along with other required information to For complete rules, please turn to Page 7.

Acts of kindness multiply for Oak Forest family by Betsy Denson Maybe it’s the holiday season that brings out the generosity in people. Or maybe the media is looking to highlight kindness and compassion this time of year. Whatever the reason, the news was full of these kinds of stories – from the Plano police officer who left $100 in a ticket for a father struggling to make ends meet, to the efforts of those who are participating in the ‘26 Acts of Kindness’ campaign in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. All the coverage is a good reminder

of the ways, big and small, that a person can make a positive difference in the life of another. It also prompted a story about how Oak Forest’s Mandy Derryberry chose to celebrate her mother’s 65th birthday. Although Forest West resident Cindy Bamsch would have been happy with the car wash gift certificate she requested, Derryberry decided to significantly up the ante and honor her with 65 Random Acts of Kindness, or RAOK. “My mom is the most kind-hearted person in the world,” said Derryberry. “She taught me from a very early age that it is better to give than to receive

and always led by example to reinforce this.” To accomplish her goal, Derryberry sent a letter explaining the plan to Bamsch’s friends, family and some of her former students as Bamsch taught in the Cy-Fair district for30 years. Derryberry included a list of potential acts, more than half of which didn’t cost anything, as well as a selfaddressed stamped envelope and a card for them to record their name, the RAOK they performed, and a spot for a birthday wish for Bamsch. In addition to the RAOK she solic-

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Cindy Bamsch received 65 acts of kindess for her 65th birthday.

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Another branch of Chase Bank robbed at gunpoint The Oak Forest Chase Bank branch at 1351 W. 43rd St., across from Oak Forest Elementary School, was held up just after 5 p.m. Dec. 26 by a man who delivered a threatening note to a teller and wielded a semi-automatic pistol. Surveillance photos released by the FBI clearly show the man taking out the weapon and displaying it, but no one was hurt in the robbery, authorities said. He bears a striking similarity in the photos and in his physical description and modus operandi to the suspect who robbed the new Chase Bank on Yale Street in Washington Heights, in front of the Walmart Supercenter, exactly a week before, but the FBI did not immediately comment on any connection. The suspect, described as a white man in his mid-30s, was last seen walking away from the bank on foot. He was said to be about 5-feet-

8 to 5-feet-9 in height, 200 pounds with a medium build, clean shaven with possible acne scars on his face. He had light brown hair, short to medium in length, and light brown eyebrows. The man was wearing a dark jacket and black ball cap with a First Cavalry Division logo and, according to FBI spokeswoman Shauna Dunlap, was wearing gray fleece or cotton gloves during the robbery. Dunlap asked The Leader to “give special attention” to the cap logo, and we’ve included a close-up image that approximates it with this story. The FBI is asking for the public’s help in identifying and capturing the suspect, offering bank surveillance photos to media only about three hours after the heist, and Crime Stoppers has posted a $5,000 reward for solid information. FBI reported the man walked AdThe # 37537 up to the counter, grabbed a deposit slip and wrote a threatening note,

demanding cash, then delivered it to a female teller, showing her the weapon. She complied, giving him cash. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and arrest of the robber. Anyone with information should call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 713-222-TIPS (8477), or the Houston office of the FBI at 713693-5000. This is now the fourth robbery of a Chase Bank in the past two months. On Nov. 20, a man robbed the bank’s branch at 545 West 19th St. Four days later, the branch at 3209 N. Shepherd Dr., was robbed, and law enforcement believes the same man committed both heists. The third hold-up was reported at 175 Yale Street on Dec. 19. Based in part on a news release from the FBI

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First Saturday Arts Market brings wood carving With another successful year behind them, the First Saturday Arts Market artists start their ninth year in business on January 5 on the parking lot between Wind Water Gallery and Gen’s Antiques at 548 W. 19th Street. Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., entertainment will include Joe Holmesly, Ken Gaines, CowJazz, Wild Rabbit Salad and Springfield Creamery. Food and beverages will be available from H-Town StrEATS and Vintners Own Winery. Many artists return throughout the year, however some take a little longer than others, like wood carver Ron Collins. Collins first attended the arts market when it opened in 2004. Collins says that

he feels a spiritual responsibility to speak against hatred and hopes to continue his campaign to eliminate the word “hate” from our vocabulary. His latest work, Heart of Compassion, are a perfect example of his mission in life. Collins says, “I asked myself how I could help the children see that they make a difference? I came up with the “Heart of Compassion.” I carved a wooden heart and put a drop of red paint, which is made to look like a drop of blood, and called it the Heart of Compassion, or The Bleeding Heart. When the kids in my neighborhood saw me wearing one, the next thing I knew they all wanted one! Before I gave them one

I made them promise not to join gangs, litter, bully, to work hard in school, and not to hate or to use the word hate... a teaching tool was born!” The Hearts of Compassion are carved from wood that came from Georgia O’Keefe’s Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. Jefferson Woodruff, a metal artist living in Austin is also a long time and returning artist. He has this to say about his experience at First Saturday Arts Market, “In my 35 years experience as a nationally successful artist, I return every month to the First Saturday Arts Market because I have never seen a monthly market that maintained

Review: Shade has Happy Hour made The restaurant Shade on 19th Street has established itself as the stalwart of serious dining along The Heights’ main artery of commercial eclecticism. Its graceful dishes of fish and fowl and crisply-finished interior have established the restaurant as one of the innovators in the neighborhood’s gastronomic emergence. Not only lauded for its entrée offerings, Shade is also celebrated for its sophisticated take on breakfast on the weekend brunch menu. So, it’s no surprise that Shade has found a way to master the commonly practiced but difficultto-perfect pastime of happy hour. The phrase has become synonymous with catching some drinks after work (for those who typically punch out around 5 p.m.). But a true happy hour combines the delights of discounted drinks with a scaled down (in price and portion) food menu. That equation, however, can bring about bathwater-quality cocktails and throw ’em in the fryer-type fare in a restaurant’s attempt to keep its costs down while appeasing its early-evening bargain hunters. Shade’s happy hour, though, is the antithesis to this scenario. On a recent holiday shopping excursion along 19th, Leader Eater stopped by with the Winnebago-driving Parents in the restaurant’s happy hour serving slot between 3 and 7 p.m. (it’s only on weekdays, though). The pint-sized menu is perfect for a more casual nosh and wash. Shade’s braintrust picks out one white and one red wine selection from its expansive wine list to for happy hour, pricing a glass of each at a round and reasonable $5 (Leader Eater had the La Fiera Montepulciano D’Abruzzo). For the same price, the nonoenophile can enjoy a martini (which one of the parents did) or a cocktail made from its standard line up of liquors. As sensibly-valued as the drinks were, the abbreviated offering of provisions were the highlight. My party of three was fairly famished but not poised for a full meal, making the nibble-sized plates ideal for a shared experience. The dishes’ substance and brashness in taste is

Ron with the kids that live at his apartment complex. The Art of Ron Collins blends wood carving and painting into a deeply moving visual experience. (Submitted Photo)

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a testament to the quality of Shade’s full menu but a reminder that this late-afternoon dining and drinking ritual that has turned pedestrian can still be classed up with the right approach. The Shrimp and Grits features a dollop of the corn-based porridge on one side of the rectangular serving dish and four plump and fried shrimp neatly lined up. It’s all topped with a slick of hot sauce that has to be included in every bite. The spicy tingle in the jalapeno ranch dressing that accompanies the mixed greens, and provides a pasture for the Cornmeal Battered Oysters, was a subtle touch that made Leader Eater a believer in oysters done in this style. I’m not usually an oyster lover because of the texture but Shade’s rendition makes them more than edible. The big and bright yellow plantains are the ultimate edible scoop for Shade’s full-flavored rendition of Shrimp and Crab Campechana (a fan favorite for my meat and potato-loving guests from the North). And don’t let the low price ($3) deter you from putting a plate of their homemade potato chips on the table; their addictiveness forced us into a second order. In fact, don’t underestimate Shade’s ability to turn happy hour into your new favorite time of day to eat out.

Try Luke’s Icehouse for BCS title game This week the Thirsty Explorer went looking for a place to watch the Discover BCS National Championship, which will match up No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama on Jan. 7. The spot chosen is the perfect place to watch sports. On Durham Drive, at Washington Avenue, is Luke’s Icehouse, the preferred viewing party location for the radio station ESPN 97.5 FM. (Luke’s is the former location of Cahill’s.) The sign says it all: “Luke’s Icehouse, Cold Drinks, Hot Food, BIG Fun.” This place has all the sports you could want, with the Longhorn Network (LHN) showing on big screens! This sports lover’s paradise also has some serious specials with a Daily Happy Hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with $4 premium cocktails and $2.50 beers. On Mondays there is a Reverse Happy Hour from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., with $2.50 beers and $4 Crown. Luke’s goes south of the border on Tuesdays with $2 tacos, $3 Mexican beers, $4 tequila shots, and $6 Coronaritas all day long.

as high a level of artistic expression. There are great and innovative artists here and I get to be among them.” Collins, Woodruff and all of the artists, are featured on the arts market website with photos and contact information. The January featured nonprofit is Harley’s Angels – Cruzin to Cure. Harley’s Angels, Cruzin’ to Cure, is a group of women motorcycle enthusiasts dedicated to promoting breast cancer awareness, research and education.


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For more than 45 years, we’ve delivered innovative care to The Heights community. At Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, we’ve established a local reputation for world-class healthcare. From leading services that are exclusive to the area, to the numerous accolades we’ve received, to a recent $10 million expansion of our Emergency Center, our steadfast commitment to The Heights continues. • Ranked one of America’s Best Hospitals by HealthGrades® for three consecutive years • Recipient of Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Gold Award* from TMF Health Quality Institute • The area’s only accredited Level III Trauma Center • A nationally accredited Chest Pain Center

Steak Night Wednesdays features $2 Lone Stars and $2 PBRs, but Luke’s also loves the Ladies with $5 martinis and $6 Coronaritas for Ladies’ Night. Texas Sized Thursdays feature $3 Texas Drafts, $4 Texas Liquor, $12 beer buckets and 2 for 1 burgers from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday features a Hangover Brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with $3 drafts, $6 Coronaritas and Bloody Marys. For more information about Luke’s Icehouse, visit their Facebook page or call 281-888-7028.

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very once in a while, when you run a newspaper or media company, you get a letter that just has to be shared with the rest of your readers (or viewers, or listeners... you get the point). A little background and explanation will help you understand the context of this letter. As I’ve mentioned here a few times, we had a program last month that asked readers to consider a voluntary contribution to help The Leader’s plans for growth. Many of those letters came with a check and that’s all. Others came with a nice note thanking the paper for covering the community. Then there was the unsigned letter that came last week, and this is the one I must share with the rest of our readers. I’ll be clear about one thing: This short letter was not signed, and there was no return address on the envelope. It was as anonymous as a letter can get, and it was sent to us in the pack of envelopes that included some of your volunteer contributions. Here it is: Jonathan, A poor economy does not help your income from advertisements. We have been in a very poor economy since [President]


Obama took office in January 2009. You did nothing to encourage readers to vote for Romney, nothing to broadcast the ignorance of Obama about the poor economy, and otherwise played dead about [the] critical issues we face. Therefore, your paper is expendable for ignorance, purposes, cowardice and stupidity. No money for you until you show some intelligence and courage!! Understand??” We could go all sorts of directions with this one. Sarcasm just seems to be dripping from my fingers, but that’s not fair. Then again, not sure how fair it is to say The Leader is expendable for “purposes.” Shoot, I’m not even sure what that means. The overall point of the man’s letter is


that The Leader is worthless because we did nothing to tell you about the ignorance of Obama. Come on, you needed us for that? (Just kidding, my Democratic friends.) One of my first bosses in the newspaper business gave me some advice about writing a weekly column. He told me that any time I could use this space to explain what we do as a newspaper, I should use the opportunity wisely. Today seems like a good time to heed the advice. For most of our readers, there seems to be a clear understanding of The Leader’s purpose. We cover you – our readers. We write stories about the people and events that happen within our borders. We explain crime, offer local commentary, publish pictures of our newborns and our senior citizens. We cover our schools, our athletes and anything in education that matters to you. We keep an eye on real estate, healthcare and areas where we can improve, again, within the borders of our coverage area. Here’s what you’ll never find in The Leader: The Texans, the Rockets, the Astros (you’re welcome) and the Dynamo. We don’t cover the Houston City Council, the Harris County Commission, the state

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legislature in Austin or the proposals of Rick Perry. And for goodness sakes, we don’t cover national politics. Want to know why? Because we’d be terrible at it. Or as a letter writer told us, we’d be “expendable for ignorance” if we tried to wade in the disgusting waters of Washington, D.C. No, we are one thing and one thing only – a source for local news. Turn on your TV, or your radio, or your web browser – either at home or on your cell phone. You can find, literally, thousands of websites, dozens of TV stations and plenty of talk-radio stations devoted entirely to national politics. Now, do me another favor. Turn on your car radio and flip to the station that covers the Heights nonstop. If you can’t find that, go to your TV and click on the channel that covers Oak Forest 24 hours a day. Can’t find that one, either? OK, this last one will be easier. Go to your computer (or smart phone), then go to Google and search for “Garden Oaks Houston News.” The first result you’ll get is That’s understanable, I guess. The second site Google suggests for Garden Oaks news is The Leader,

Let’s try another one. Go to Google and type in “Oak Forest Houston News.” For some strange reason, the Houston Press comes up first. Must be the want ads. Right after that, The Leader. Last one, I promise. Google “Houston Heights News.” Guess what comes up first, out of all the millions of sites on the massive internet. That’s right. The Leader. Ultimately, I’d be one happy publisher if every person that picked up a copy of The Leader loved everything about us. Realistically, that’s impossible. Our job is to cover local issues. My opinion on Obama’s “ignorance” or Romney’s ineptitude at running a campaign matters very little to the people who read The Leader. And I dare say no one opens this newspaper to form their opinions on presidential elections. Meanwhile, if we can tell you about local schools that need help or crime waves that need attention, I think we’re doing a much better service to our readers. That may not make us “intelligent” or full of “courage,” but it’s what we do. I think we “understand” our place. Email

Start the year by helping Chamber’s crawfish festival

I don’t know a better way to kick off 2013 than to share news about what’s happening at the Greater Heights Area Chamber of ComIvee Sauls Carolyn Moore Myra Schelling merce, and how you can benefit Outside Sales Executive Outside Sales Executive Outside Sales Executive from membership in the Chamber and participation at these events. Jeanette Black Sandy Roig LEADER. Join us for our monthly breakInside Sales Executive Inside Sales Executive @heightsleader fasts, January 10, February 14th DESIGN INFORMATION and March 14th. We always have Circulation: 34,800 copies weekly Lucy Dukate Jake Dukate great speakers and it’s a wonderful NEWS DEADLINE: Sales Coordinator Graphics Manager time to network with other busi2 p.m. Friday ness people. We’ll help you take CLASSIFIED WORD AD DEADLINE: your business to Greater Heights! Any erroneous statement which may appear in The Leader will be corrected when brought to the attention 10 a.m. Monday of the publisher. In the event of errors or omissions in The Leader advertisements, the publisher does not We also have ribbon cuttings, and RETAIL AD DEADLINE: hold himself liable for damages further than the amount received by him for such advertisements. The business after hours events. You 5 p.m. Friday Leader’s distribution is independently audited by the Circulation Verification Council. can check the website and/or call the office and ask to be included in our weekly email blast. Our Economic Forecast Luncheon with guest expert Dr. Robert W. Gilmer is on January 24th. You’ll If you want to send us a letter, we might edit it a little, and we won’t let you personally attack your hear first hand what one of the pesky neighbor. But we’ll publish as many letters as our readers choose to write. (One a month from a nation’s leading economists has to specific author.) say about the specific outlook for Houston’s business, employment, Send to interest rates and energy and it’s impact on you. The event will also And if you’re one of those who gets your kicks from making other people laugh with creative Tweets, feature a business tradeshow and we’re happy to publish those in our selected Neat Tweets section. In order to do that, send us a Tweet or, 4 educational breakout sessions better, follow us: – all free with your ticket to the luncheon. Sponsorships, and table ADVERTISING INFORMATION

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and individual tickets are available on the website. Our premium event is on April 6th. So you might ask me, “why are you writing about it now?” And, I’ll answer you. It’s going to be an amazing community event. We’re expecting 10,000+ people to our Annual Crawfish Festival which will be at the Northwest Mall . We’re going to have the finale of our Idol in the Heights Competition, a car show, a motorcycle show, The Job Connection and Health Fair. There’s all type of rides for the children in the Kid’s zone. Plus amazingly delicious crawfish, other foods and refreshments and a live band. And, we will be announcing the raffle winner of a Brand new 2013 Hyundai car.

To make this the great event we know it will be, we need your help. We are looking for: 1.) Volunteers – to be on our Crawfish Committee. 2.) Volunteers – to help sell raffle tickets 3.) Sponsors 4.) Table Vendors (Imagine showcasing your business to 10,000 plus people. For $150 for Chamber members and $175 for non-members.) The Chamber is very community minded, we give out scholarships, we recently provided turkeys for our senior citizens and we help with other charitable purposes. As a matter of fact, a minimum of 5 percent of net profits from all of our major events goes toward these worthy endeavors. For specifics, please check our website at www.heightschamber. com. Or, feel free to email the Chamber office at info@heightschamber. com We’re counting on you. Mickey Blake is the chair of the Great Heights Chamber of Commerce.

Here’s more news from the year that’s not really news Your Papers Are Not in Order: So afraid are they of moles, snitches and infiltrators, the prison gang Aryan Brotherhood of Texas demands resumes, including government-issued criminal credentials and background FBI reports from applicants. Murderers, kidnappers and drug lords are welcomed, but the Brotherhood draws the line at rapists and child molesters. Houston Chronicle headline: “State wants $1 million for Alamo.” And how much did Trump offer? What’s 52 feet tall, wears size 70 boots and a 75-gallon hat – and is black? The State Fair of Texas’ Big Tex, which caught fire in the middle of the fair. We now have highway Texas 130, a tollroad that lets you drive from Georgetown to Seguin at 85 mph, the fastest legal speed in the nation. That is, if you really want to get to Seguin that quickly. You may recall that last week we took a look at Texas in 2012, checking off those people and events who made the year so, uh, so different. Such as Bruce J. Fleming of Sugar Land, who has voted in the local elections since 2006. However, he also voted in the Bucks County, Penn., elections during that time. Oh, and Fleming was the Republican candidate for county commissioner. When all this became public, the GOP asked for its $10,000 campaign contribution back. Fleming refused. After a mere 80 days on the job, 39-


year-old Brian DeAngelis is no longer the athletic director at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville. A policeman reportedly saw DeAngelis fleeing a San Antonio Walmart, pursued by the angry mother of a 14-year-old girl. The mother claimed DeAngelis had a cellphone camera attached to his shoe and that he had maneuvered his foot under her daughter’s dress. The cops found an upskirt video of a teenager’s underwear. DeAngelis was charged with improper photography. We’re Number 51. Yee-haw! – Texas ranked dead last in the federal government’s annual report card on the delivery of health services. Texas scored 31.61 – less than half of top-ranked Minnesota’s 67.31 – out of a possible 100 points. Rated “weak” or “very weak” in nine of 12 health delivery categories, Texas dropped from

47th place in 2010 to 51st, behind all other states and Washington, D.C. Polls Apart: When 1,200 Americans were asked in 2012 for their opinion of Texas, 31 percent responded unfavorably. The good news is that 40 percent responded favorably. That still made us the 37th most-liked state. California is the most hated state on the list. Some more findings from the survey: If you are black, you probably don’t like Texas, but it’s better than Mississippi or Alabama. If you are a Republican, you probably love Texas and hate California. (The reverse is true if you are a Democrat.) BAE Systems Tactical Vehicle Systems in Sealy paid $55,000 and provided six months of outplacement services to Ronald Kratz II, who weighed as much as 680 pounds before he was fired. The EEOC, which sued on behalf of Kratz, said he was qualified to perform the essential functions of his $21-an-hour job A five-year-old girl came home from Austin’s Pease Elementary school to tell her father that “Mrs. Fuller” – the girl’s after-school teacher – said Santa wasn’t real. Good Nabors make, well, a lot: After much screaming from stockholders, Houston-based Nabors Industries’ retiring CEO Eugene Isenberg rejected a $100 million golden parachute. He still received $176 million in compensation between 2006

and 2010 during which the company’s stock fell 38 percent. The Sportin’ Life: After the 2011 season when the Houston Texans got into their first playoffs ever, they raised ticket prices by 8.5 percent. The Astros were in a perfect game – losing 10 -0 to the San Francisco Giants whose pitcher, Matt Cain, threw only the 22nd perfect game in MBL history. That game fit right in the Lastros season; they again finished with the worst record in Major League Baseball. Tour de Lance: Bicyclist Lance Armstrong was found guilty of doping by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, along with their yellow T-shirts. His Austin cancer foundation split with him and he didn’t win the Lotto. Speaking of cycling, Texans don’t – only 22 percent of Houston household solid waste is recycled, ranking the Bayou City 13th in North America. Austin – 37 percent, San Antonio – 25 percent. Dallas – 17 percent. Big D stands for Disposable. Seattle is first with 60 percent. Take a Truncheon to Luncheon: Fired HPD officer Andrew Blomberg was acquitted on charges of beating a 15-year-old burglary suspect, Chad Holley, even though video tape showed Blomberg treating Holley like a piñata on Cinco de Mayo. Brian Claunch was fatally shot by Houston Police Officer Matthew Marin. Claunch

was a double amputee in a wheelchair, wielding a shiny writing pen. From the LBJ School of Voter Tabulations: Houston Chronicle: “It shows even Republican support for paying more taxes for some key education items. For example, of the 74 percent who said they would pay more taxes to raise teacher pay, 60 percent identified themselves as Republicans; 91 percent were Democrats. Paul Roberts, 53, was charged with engaging in an improper relationship with a student, a second-degree felony, and relieved of duty, after exchanging messages with students that used profanity of a sexual nature, officials said. Roberts was the reigning “Teacher of the Year” at Stafford Middle School. Wild Blue Yonder: Southwest Airlines wanted to fly internationally from Hobby, saying the move would add 2-million jobs and a billion dollars annually to the local economy. (OK, maybe just 1-million jobs and half a billion dollars.) United, which had just moved 1,200 jobs from Houston to Chicago, said SW’s plan would devastate the city’s economy. Both estimates were wild fantasies, but SW won. United We Fall: After losing its fight with Southwest Airways, United dropped its daily flights from Houston to Paris. Ashby spent 2012 at

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Yale bridge fixes won’t change anything by Charlotte Aguilar Houston’s Public Works and Engineering Department is about to perform upgrades on the Yale Street Bridge, but a city official says “it doesn’t change anything.” Reinforcing carbon strips will be added to bridge beams, in a brief process that is expected to cause minimal disruption to traffic. According to Public Works spokesman Alvin Wright, the fixes will boost weight load limits back up to 5,000 pounds per axle from the current 3,000-pound limit, but won’t lift the ban for 18-wheelers or be enough to pull down warning signs or end heightened police enforcement of load limits. “Our goal is still to extend the life of this bridge,” Wright told The Leader. “It’s safe right now, and this will just extend the life until it can be rebuilt.”

The upgrades, which are expected to be completed by next April, will be enough to lift the ban on some larger SUVs and pickup trucks that were ruled unsuitable when the bridge condition was again downgraded in September. The 81-year-old bridge began coming under close scrutiny when the new Walmart Supercenter at 111 Yale St. was approved, and it became clear that large truck traffic – as well as customer traffic – was going to increase as more retail developed, piggybacking onto the Walmart. With each bridge inspection – performed every six months by the Texas Department of Transportation – the condition and weight limits have been downgraded. Heavy vehicles, including 18-wheelers, were diverted to other routes, including use of the Heights Boulevard Bridge, which meets safety and load standards. In August, it was announced that the bridge

was now deemed “functionally obsolete” by the state and had been fast-tracked for federal funding. All parties – the city of Houston, state of Texas, Harris County Flood Control District and U.S. government – created a timetable that would see replacement of the bridge in about five years. The following month, TxDOT downgraded the condition, requiring the reduced load limits of 3,000 pounds per axle. The city of Houston performs monthly inspections of the bridge, and Wright said those will continue. This is the schedule for the current upgrades: •Material testing: complete •Engineering/design: ongoing •Advertising for construction: Jan. 2013 •Receipt of bids: Feb. 2013 •Contract awarded: March 2013 •Improvements completed: April 2013

Despite cold, West Nile still around by Ivee Sauls As reported recently in The Leader, there have been recent reports of dead birds testing positive for the West Nile Virus. These reports have been confirmed by a report issued by the Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services Mosquito Control Division. “The numbers are way lower in the winter than in the summer,” said Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services Public Information Officer Martha Marquez. She said Mosquito Control does surveillance year round and when temperatures go up, the cases go up. “Fortunately, we haven’t had any recent reports of West Nile due to the drop in temperatures,” she added. “Lower temperatures lower the chances.” The November report indicated that mosquitoes tested positive for the West Nile Virus in all of the zip codes covered by The Leader. Dead birds confirmed to have the West

Nile Virus were found in zip codes 77008, 77009, 77018 and 77092. This year, the total number of people infected in Harris County was 40. “Fortunately there were no deaths,” said Marquez. Harris County sets 268 traps for mosquito samples to be taken to the lab and tested. When mosquitoes test positive in a certain area, that area is sprayed to eliminate the possibility of more mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus. “We always urge people to take precautionary measures against

mosquitoes,” said Marquez. The report serves as a reminder to protect yourself from the West Nile Virus with the “4 D’s” provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services: 1) Stay indoors at DUSK and DAWN. This is the time of day that mosquitoes are most active. 2) DRESS in long sleeves and pants, loose and light-colored clothing when outdoors. 3) DEFEND yourself from mosquitoes by using an insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Follow label instructions. 4) DRAIN standing water in your yard and neighborhood. Also make sure that flower pots, water dishes, bird baths, and wading pools are properly drained so they are not breeding grounds for mosquitoes. “Eliminate the possibility of mosquitos breeding,” adds Marquez. If you spot a dead bird that has been dead for less than one day, has no signs of trauma and no ants or maggots, it can be submitted


for testing for West Nile Virus at HCPHES Mosquito Control. Window and domestic cat-kills are still the main cause of bird deaths locally. Although test results are not provided to individuals submitting dead birds, the efforts to report them for testing are an important part of West Nile Virus surveillance in the community. Dead bird drop off sites have been established and are listed at the previously mentioned address. Please use precaution when handling dead birds, as they may carry diseases that are contagious to humans. If you are unable to drop off the dead bird, HCPHES Mosquito Control Division will pick up all testable dead birds regardless of species from all areas of Harris County. For additional information, contact the HCPHES Mosquito Control Dead Bird Hotline at 713-440-3036 or visit, where there is also a Dead Bird Reporting Form.

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LEADER LOVEABLES How to nominate your pet Today, we begin the search for the five cutest pets in The Leader’s coverage area, and this is where it all starts. Beginning right now, you can nominate your pet to become one of the 5 Leader Loveables of 2013. Nominations begin today and end on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at noon. Here’s how the contest works: Nominate your pet by submitting a photo, the name and a brief description (30 words or less) of your Loveable. The cost to nominate your pet is just $10, and there are four ways to submit your pet. 1.) Bring this nomination form to The Leader office at 3500-A E. TC Jester Blvd. before the deadline. 2.) Mail this form, along with a photo and nomination cost to our mailing address at PO Box 924487, Houston, TX 77292. 3.) Log on to our website at, click the “Leader Loveables” button on the right side of the page, and follow the instructions. 4.) Email your nomination to Once nominations end, we will publish pictures of all the pets in the Jan. 19 and Jan. 26 editions of The Leader. Voting begins when we publish ballots in the Jan. 19 edition, and throughout the contest on our website. Voting ends on Monday, Jan. 28, at 5 p.m. If your pet is selected as one of the 5 Leader Loveables, you and your pet will win a gift package sponsored by: Gretchen & Ivy’s Pet Sitting, Bone Voyage Pet Sitting, PetPals Pet Sitting, Haute Dawgs Mobile Pet Spa, Puddy Cuts, Darlene’s Flowers and Gifts, Scoop le Poop Pet Waste Removal Service, Royalty Pet Center, Longhorn Feed & Seed, Harmony Electric Co., Arne’s Warehouse Store and The Leader.

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AARP CHAPTER 1265’S MONTHLY MEETING 9:30 a.m. Jan. 7 Candlelight Park 1520 Candlelight Dr. 713-681-1133

OPEN MIKE POETRY 6 p.m. Jan. 16 Heights Library 1302 Heights Blvd. 832-393-1810

The Houston Northwest AARP Chapter 1265 will have their regular monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 7. The meeting starts with a social period at 9:30 a.m. followed by the 10 a.m. business meeting. The installation of the new officers for the year 2013 is scheduled for this meeting. It is requested to bring nonperishable foods for distribution by Manna. This is an ongoing community project. Dues of $4 are due for the year 2013. There will be lunch served to those who bring sandwiches, chips, etc. After lunch there will be games. Call Richard Rabe for information.

OAK FOREST RUNNING CLUB KICK OFF 6 p.m. Jan. 8 Oak Forest Chill 3542 Oak Forest Dr. 281-685-9929 The Oak Forest Running Club Kick Off will be at the Oak Forest Chill. It is sponsored by the Oak Forest Homeowners Association, Oak Forest Chill and Brothers Pizzeria. Runners must register for 10 runs before they can receive an Oak Forest Shirt. Call for information.

FRESHSTART TOBACCO CESSATION PROGRAM 2-3 p.m. Fridays Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25 Memorial Hermann Northwest South Tower, Classroom C 713-222-CARE

Read your own original poetry at the Heights Open Mike Poetry readings.

BLAST FROM THE PAST: RETRO TOYS (AND PEDAL CARS) UNWRAPPED Jan. 3-9 Children’s Museum of Houston 1500 Binz 713-522-1138

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Ad # 36378 The Houston Heights Meet and Greet will be at the Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston Feb. 2 and will meet monthly every first Saturday. To register to adopt in advance please call or visit the website.

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OBITUARIES Ronnie Edward Baker, 71, of Houston passed away peacefully Dec. 22, with his family by his side. He was born and raised in the Heights and Oak Forest areas, graduated from St. Pius X and served in the U.S. Air Force. Ronnie spent more than 20 years in construction equipment sales; owned Baker Inspection Company; spent 13 years as Chief Engineer at the United Way Center, retiring in 2009. Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents William P. and Teresa Baker; brothers William P. (Mickey) and wife Jean and Dan T. Baker. Ronnie is survived by his wife, Cindy; sons Paul and wife Mary Baker, James and Mark Baker, Christopher and Garrett Hance; daughter Natasha and husband Matt Garcia; grandchildren Breanna, Kristi, Katie, Jennifer, Jeremy and Hunter Baker, Ashley, James and Michael Garcia; former wife, Linda Baker, brother Don and wife Mary Lee Baker, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. There will be a graveside ceremony at 1 p.m. Jan. 5, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wimberley, Texas with A “Celebration of Life” in Houston in mid January. Salome Martinez Cortez, 91, died Dec. 24, surrounded by her loving family. She leaves to cherish her memory three brothers, five daughters, 13 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Lennie LaNelle Lawson, 92, of Houston, died Dec. 24. She was born Jan. 7, 1920 in Marietta, OK. LaNelle was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Woodrow W. Lawson, and her parents Ben and Lura McKay. LaNelle is survived by her four children: Mary (John) Ratcliff, Ben Lawson, Betty Franklin, and Carole (Ken) Corey; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. LaNelle loved her family and friends, her church, sewing, and her daily Bible study. Lillie Mae Malkowsky, 81, died Dec. 24. Lillie Mae was born Feb. 23, 1931 in Victoria, Texas to Edward and Ottelia Blaschke Waida. She died after a long battle with Alzheimers. She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest Malkowsky and son in law Kenneth P. Mueller. She is survived by her brother Lawrence H. (Bud) and his wife Hazel Waida, and her children Kathleen Mueller, Gloria and Ken Henderson, James and Cindy Malkowsky, Steven and Diane Malkowsky, Gail and Rick Behrndt, and John and Jane Malkowsky. Grandchildren Jennifer and Paula Mueller, Kimberly and Aaron Olson, Chris and Misty Henderson, Don and Shannon Henderson, Laura and Gary Rodgers, Sarah E. and Brooke Malkowsky, Brandon and Sarah E.R. Malkowsky, Ashley Mitchell and Joseph Valdez, Stephanie and Ryan Morrell, Rebecca Malkowsky, Lisa and Jason Campbell, Jessica Robinson, Clayton, Travis, Austin, and Evan Malkowsky. Great grandchildren Chase and Wyatt Henderson, Parker Henderson, Clara Rose Malkowsky, Dakota Morrell, Presley Rodgers, Dean Olson, and Olivia Valdez. She was an active member of St. Ambrose’s Catholic Church Community. She was involved in the Altar and Rosary Society, Bereavement Committee and the Golden Youth Club. She also volunteered at MANNA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice or Xeroderma Pigmentosum Family Support Group at 8495 Folsom Blvd. Ste 1 Sacramento, CA 95826. XP is a rare disease that affects Lillie Mae’s granddaughter Jessica. Michael Alan McGolrick, 58, died Dec. 23. Michael was born Sept. 14, 1954 to Johnnie and Freda McGolrick in Houston, Texas. Michael is survived by his loving wife, Lolly Carpenter McGolrick; sisters, Sheryl, and Carolyn and her husband, Paul; many nieces, nephews, in-laws, other family, and friends. The family will gather with friends to celebrate Michael’s life from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Heights Funeral Home. Jennifer Elizabeth Rabbitt, 44, of Houston, Died Dec. 22. Jennifer was born in Menomonie, Wisconsin July 29, 1968. She is the daughter of Sandra “Sandy” (Scott) and Pat Rabbitt. Miss Rabbitt was a social worker with the State of Texas. She is survived by her parents, Pat and Sandy Rabbit of Grand Prairie, Texas; brother, Stephen Rabbitt and family, of Bedford, Texas; best friend, Sandi Smith of Houston; and extended family and friends. A private family burial will be held at a later time.

Christopher Michael May, 32, died Dec. 23. Chris was born Nov. 29, 1980, and for 32 years brightened the lives of his family and friends. He was witty, charming, creative, loved to travel, and was an enthusiastic supporter of the Chelsea Football Club. Chris was born and raised in the Houston area, and graduated from Westfield High School in 1998. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Texas in 2003. Chris fell in love with teaching and taught 7th grade science and coached one of the basketball teams at Grantham Middle school in Aldine ISD. He loved children and found his calling as a teacher. He previously taught English as a Second Language in Seoul, Korea, and English to fifth graders at Anderson Elementary in Spring ISD. Prior to moving into the world of education, Chris worked in Marketing, and was also an Account Executive in the Retail and National Advertising Departments at the Houston Chronicle. For many years, Chris worked for Pappasito’s and made many wonderful friends there. Chris will be missed by so many family members, friends, coworkers and a special lady who he loved very much, Katrina Bubb. Chris was preceded in death by his grandparents Myrtie and George Lowry and Gene May. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Linda and Louis Kleeman, father, Richard May, sister and brother-in-law, Alison May Powell and Cullen Powell, sister, Pamela May, brother, Robert Kleeman, nephew, Cameron Powell, niece, Caroline Powell, and grandmother, Katherine May, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Beverly Clark Sutton, 81, died Dec. 21. Waiting to welcome her was her husband, F. Earl Sutton; her father and mother, L. E. Clark and Emma Merchant Clark and a host of other family members and friends who went before. Left to celebrate her life are her dear sister-in-law Betty Tribble, her son Russell C. Sutton, P.E. and daughter-in-law Janice Tondre Sutton, her daughter Terry Sutton, her grand-children Sarah Clem, SFC James Sutton, Andrew Ross, Dr. Shannon Lane, and Wesley Lane and her great-grand children Seth Turner Clem, Amy Elyse Clem, Tyler David Sutton, and Molly Elizabeth Sutton. Born Oct. 24, 1921, Beverly was a fourth generation Houstonian. As an active member of Heights Presbyterian Church, she served faithfully as a Bible teacher, choir member, and held the leadership positions of Deacon, Elder, Trustee and Co-Chairman of the Scholarship Committee. During World War II, she worked as a secretary at various Air Force Bases where her husband was stationed. After the war, she was fortunate to work for four of Houston’s giants from whom she learned valuable lessons: Mr. E. L. Crain, Banker and residential developer who worked with the Hon. Jesse H. Jones during the war to serve in the Reconstruction Finance Corporation under President Roosevelt’s administration; Mr. W. H. Maunsell, Oxford graduate and City Controller; long time Mayor the Hon. Oscar F. Holcomb; and Mr. Earl C. Hankamer, Sr., independent oilman and benefactor of Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business and the Armstrong Browning Library. A life-long learner, Beverly began attending Houston Community College in the fall of 1972 and continued her college coursework graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor degree from University of St. Thomas, Class of 1987. She received many honors including Recognition of Presbyterian Women for Christian Service and Dedication, Who’s Who of American Junior Colleges, Delta Epsilon Sigma (National Scholastic Honor Society), Sigma Tau Delta (National English Honor Society), and Phi Sigma Tau (National Philosophy Honor Society). Beverly felt strongly about community service and involvement. Her service included membership in the Society of Rice University Women and the Houston Assembly of Delphians, holding the offices of President and Treasurer for both the Athena Chapter and the Gamma Chapter of the Delphians supporting efforts to raise funds for full scholarships to University of Houston. She was a patron of the Houston Junior League Tea Room, a supporter of the Museum of Fine Arts, attended Great Books and was an active member of the Third Age Learning Community (TALC) that met at All Saints Catholic Church in the Heights.

NEWS FROM YOUR PEWS Family Movie Night at St. Stephen’s

St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church welcomes all to Family Movie Night, Friday, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Admission is free and the movie is approved for all ages. Tables are available for those who wish to bring dinner with them. The church will provide popcorn and lemonade. Bring blankets and pillows for the little ones. All seniors who enjoy card and domino games are welcome each Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. for Senior Games Day in the fellowship hall and Holy Grounds Café. Bring a sack lunch and plan to stay after the games for fellowship. Those who wish to just come and visit are welcome, too. St. Stephen’s UMC is located at 2003 W. 43rd St., between T.C. Jester Boulevard and Donna Bell. For information, call 713-686-8241, or visit

Prime Timers hold potluck luncheon at St. Giles

Prime Timers will meet at noon Saturday, Jan. 12. Entertainment for the day will be gospel singer and keyboard player Donald Frazier. Bring a dish to share for the potluck luncheon. All senior citizens of the community are welcome. The St. Giles Food Pantry is open from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. In addition to peanut butter, items especially needed are boxes of cornbread mixes and macaroni and cheese. With cold weather continuing, socks for the homeless are always needed. Call 713-6809976 to reach the pantry. The community is welcome to recycle newspapers and magazines in the recycle bin at the back of the church parking lot. No cardboard boxes please. St. Giles is located at 5900 Pinemont Drive. Call 713-681-0515 for information.

Refuge Temple Ministries to hold women’s prayer breakfast

Refuge Temple Ministries, in Humble, will be holding a Christian Women United in Prayer “Power of Praise” prayer breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 2. The cost is $20. Please note that tickets will not be sold on the day of the event. Tickets are available online at Refuge Temple Ministries is located at 1500 Old Humble Road, Humble, Texas 77396. Call 281-441-1031 for information.

Free pancakes at St. Matthew’s this weekend

The community is invited to the monthly Free Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, January 5, 8:30-10:00am in the Fellowship Hall. The menu will consist of pancakes, sausage, eggs, fruit and breakfast drinks. Everyone is welcome to come and share in the food, fellowship and fun.You might be surprised who you will meet. St. Matthew’s is located at 4300 North Shepherd Drive at Crosstimbers. For more information about the church please visit the web site at www.stmatthewsmethodist. org.

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Church Guide

Oaks Presbyterian Church

Grace United Methodist Church “The Heart of the Heights”

1245 Heights Blvd.

Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship - 10:30 a.m. Nursery Provided

Sunday School . . . . . . . 9:30 AM Sunday Worship . . . . . 10:45 AM Nursery Provided

Ministering to the Oak Forest Community since 1948 Reverend Noelie Day

Reverend Hill Johnson, Pastor

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(713) 682-2556 1576 Chantilly @ Piney Woods

Food Pantry, Thurs. 2-4:30 PM

Sunday - Bible Study For All Ages .. 9:30am Morning Worship............ 10:45am Age Graded Zones ...........6:15pm Wed. Prayer Meeting & Missions Organization .....................6:15pm Dr. John W. Neesley - Senior Pastor

1822 W. 18th

Gospel Truth Church Sunday 10:30 am Worship and The Word Children’s Church Wednesday 7:30 pm Life Equip classes for all ages

1624 W 34th • 713-686-7689

(Disciples of Christ)

1216 Bethlehem at Ella Blvd. (713) 688-7761 Sunday School 9:30 AM Morning Worship10:45 AM Pastor Don Joseph Member of MANNA Visit us on FaceBook


GETHSEMANE LUTHERAN CHURCH 4040 Watonga • 713-688-5227

A House of Hope and Prayer in the Heart of Houston

Reverend John Cain, Pastor

Rev. Herschel Moore, Pastor

Worship Services 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. (Nursery Provided) Sunday School & Bible Classes 9:15 a.m. Preschool Program • Mon. - Fri. 9-2 p.m.

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OK, a few more sweets; cookie sale begins Just about the same time most are making resolutions to cut the sweet stuff, the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), the second largest Girl Scout Council in the U.S., will kick off the first Cookie Sale of the next century of Girl Scouting Jan. 5. The largest girl-led program in the world teaches girls the skills essential to success and life, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Some say it’s just a cookie, but there’s more to Girl Scout Cookies than what’s in the box. When patrons purchase a box of Girl Scout cookies, they are sending a city kid to camp, paying for a fresh change of clothes for victims of a wildfire who lost everything or cheering up a soldier serving our country overseas. A Girl Scout cookie purchase helps girls do great things in their communities and encourages them to change the world! A new season brings with it a newly redesigned cookie package. For the first time in more than a dozen years, the Girl Scout cookie box gets a makeover. The updated box tells the Girl Scout story, describes the value of Girl Scouting and attempts to reconnect with its 59 million alumnae. In addition to the new packaging, patrons can sink their teeth into a brand new cookie. Mango Crémes are crunchy vanilla and coconut cookies with a mango-flavored crème filling and have all the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes and strawberries. It’s a cookie with major vitamins! Girl Scout Cookies are available in eight varieties: Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Pea-

Mango Crèmes are the newest Girl Scout cookie in the eight variety line-up. Girl Scouts will be coming to a front door near you beginning January 5, the kick-off of the 2013 Cookie Sale. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led program in the world and teaches girls skills like, goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.


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sibility. Your support of Girl Scouting through purchasing Girl Scout Cookies helps make that promise and those possibilities into realities for girls. Girl Scouts of the USA is the world’s preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 70,000 girl members and nearly 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.

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Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, Inc. is close to completion of Windsor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, at 6920 TC Jester, Houston, Texas 77091. The $9.9 million project is specifically designed for those who need skilled nursing and long-term care. The new 120 bed facility will employ 140 employees and will be both Medicare and Medicaid certified, as well as accept private insurance and long-term care insurance. The facility will include bright, spacious rooms, a beautiful dining room, large therapy room, on-site beauty and barber shop services, transportation, housekeeping, laundry and linen services, outings and in-house activities and religious services, therapies (IV, speech, physical and occupational), respiratory care, wound care, Alzheimer’s care, social services and much more. Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, Inc. prides itself in meeting both the physical and social needs of their residents and encourages strong family involvement. “We are very excited about enriching our community and getting involved,” said Marketing Director Pat Rock-Starling. “We hope we can partner together to provide a great environment for our residents.” The administrator of the facility is Shamika Smith White, who has been in long term care for nine years and comes with a very experienced management team. For more information about Windsor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, visit or call 281-2240280.

Surfing Cowboys taking over That Pizza Place

The creators of BRC, Liberty Kitchen and Petite Sweet are at it again! This time they will be opening Surfing Cowboys in the building that was once That Pizza Place at 3322 Ella. Co-owner Lee Ellis said Surfing Cowboys will serve four major food groups, which will include Mexico City street style tacos, pizza, fried chicken, and custom chef-cooked burgers. “We’re going to have a full bar to add the fifth major food group: vodka,” joked Ellis. “We’re going to do the craft beers like we do at BRC, and probably a little bit larger selection of liquor than we do at Liberty,” he said. The 4500 sq. ft. restaurant is going to be family friendly, with a large backyard beer garden and stage. “We’re going to put together some live music, activities and cater to the families in Oak Forest, Garden Oaks, Timber Grove, and the Heights,” said Ellis, who will be working with Denver Courtney, the lead of the Fondue Monks, to coordinate the live entertainment.

“We’re going to make it friendly for everybody,” said Ellis. “We’ve been looking for a location to do it for a while and we lucked out and got that space.” The Surfing Cowboys founding fathers, Lance Fegen, Carl Eaves, William Davis and Ellis all live in close proximity - in Oak Forest, Timber Grove and the Heights. “So, we’re always excited to do things in the area that are close to us,” he said. The namesake comes from some of these same guys’ love for surfing, combined with their geographic location. “We like to be referred to as surfing cowboys,” said Ellis. “And we just love the name because it’s the kind of food that kind of goes with it,” he added. Ellis said he’s already picked up three surfboards at a charity auction. “There were three different surfers that designed these boards... and I’ve been collecting some surfing artwork from around the world,” he said about the decor for the new restaurant. Surfing Cowboys is projected to open this summer. In the meantime, the gang is working on opening a Liberty Kitchen on San Felipe Ad #River 37600Oaks, Lee’s Fried Chicknear

en and Donuts behind the original Liberty Kitchen, and a project in Austin.

Smart Financial Credit Union to move in March

The North Loop Office of Smart Financial Credit Union, located at 1249 North Loop West, will be moving to a new state of the art financial institution in March of 2013. The 4350 square foot retail branch will have an open concept with a concierge, a home banking internet area where members can apply for a loan, a self service area equipped with iPads connecting members to banking services, and a cash bar set up around the teller line. There will be easy access to the new location at 2510 North Loop West, with it right on frontage road. It will also have three tellerless drive through ATMs that will accept cash or check deposits 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are 8,800 members that are associated with the current Smart Financial Credit Union Office, which has been in this area since 1995. Smart Financial Credit Union has been in business since 1934,

with 18 locations in Texas and Louisiana, and currently has nearly 80,000 members and $500 million in assets. It was named as one of the Best Places to Work by the Houston Business Journal. Smart Financial Credit Union has a full range of financial services, which include mortgage lending, business and commercial services. They also offer very aggressive auto loan rates and will beat any rate on the market or members will receive $100. To become a member of Smart Financial Credit Union, applicants must live or work in Harris County or be a part of a select employee group such as Houston Independent School District or Christus Health, which are headquartered in close proximity to the new location. – Ivee Sauls

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Reagan soccer has sights set on deep playoff run by Michael Sudhalter The Reagan High girls soccer team is preparing to win its fifth consecutive Class 4A-District 21 Championship. But the Lady Bulldogs, who finished 18-5, will look to advance past the opening round of the playoffs after first round losses to Texas City in the first round each of the last three seasons. “We always play top flight competition in soccer,” RHS 13th-year head coach Greg Gibson said. “We don’t shy away from anybody.” Reagan will open the season on Jan. 10 vs. Memorial in the Spring Branch Tournament. They’ll also compete in the I-10

Lady Panthers fighting past key injuries by Michael Sudhalter The St. Pius X girls basketball team has established itself as one of the top TAPPS Division I programs in the state. The Lady Panthers (9-7), two-time defending district champions, have gone 12750 over the past six seasons with consecutive Final Four appearances in 2011 and 2012, respectively. SPX looks to return to the Final Four, but they’ll have to overcome injuries to key players such as junior center Daryon Fields, who hurt her arm but could return early this month. “We have an inside-outside game,” SPX eighth-year head coach Fernando Villasana said. “We moved senior Micarah Malone (usually a No. 3) to the post. We’re going to have to get tougher and stronger until we get Daryon back.” Malone has signed with Lamar University in Beaumont, which means the Lady Panthers have had a Division I signee for each of the past five seasons. Malone and Fields are SPX’s only players with playoff experience. “We’re really, really young this year,” Villasana said. “We always play a tough schedule.” Last week, the Lady Panthers competed in the Taco Bell Holiday Tournament in Willis. They lost a hard-fought, 61-54 game to UIL Class 3A power, Splendora last Thursday. SPX, which opens district competition on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Incarnate Word Academy, currently starts Malone and four sophomores. They’re down to eight varsity players, from 12 at the beginning of the season. Senior forward Celeste Caldwell broke her wrist on a hard foul and could possibly return for the postseason next month. Junior wing Adrianna Trejo and sophomore guard Carrigan Johnson are also out due to injury. Villasana, who was the head coach at Incarnate Word for eight seasons, won his 300th career game in November.


BOYS BASKETBALL St. Pius X Tournament GIRLS BASKETBALL Reagan, Lutheran North at The Village School Tournament

Jan. 4 BOYS BASKETBALL Scarborough vs. Brookshire Royal, 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 7 BOYS BASKETBALL Reagan at Lee (Butler Fieldhouse), 4 p.m. Waltrip vs. Wheatley (Delmar-Tusa Fieldhouse), 5:30 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL Milby at Waltrip (Delmar-Tusa Fieldhouse), 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 8 BOYS BASKETBALL Scarborough at Jones (Barnett Fieldhouse), 6 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL St. Pius X at Incarnate Word Academy, 6 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER St. Pius X at St. Agnes Academy, 6 p.m.

Jan. 9 GIRLS BASKETBALL Reagan at Davis (Delmar-Tusa Fieldhouse), 4:30 p.m. Scarborough at Furr (Barnett Fieldhouse), 6 p.m.

Jan. 10 GIRLS SOCCER Awty International at St. Pius X, 6 p.m.

Shootout and Pearland Shootout, respectively. The rest of the non-district schedule includes CE King, Aldine and KIPP Academy. Last season, Texas City edged Reagan, 32, in the first round of the playoffs. “We gave them their best game until they got really deep in the playoffs,” Gibson said. “They know if they can win that game, they’ll go far.” That matchup won’t happen in the opening round this spring as 4A-21 is matched up against a district made up of the Tomball ISD schools, Stratford, Fort Bend Marshall and Fort Bend Ridge Point. Last fall, Gibson guided the RHS volleyball team to its first outright district title

in 15 years. Many of those players, including 4A-21 Volleyball MVP Naomi Huerta, play soccer as well. Huerta was a first-team all-district goalkeeper last season. Ashley Amaya was a member of the volleyball team while Eileen Castillo and Melany Estrada were members of Reagan’s 4A-21 Champion Cross Country team. Other key players include Danely Brand, Meylin Ramirez, Maria Santos, Daniela Amaya , Rosanna Gomez and Janelle Del Pilar. Reagan opens district competition against Waltrip on Jan. 30; Gibson expects Davis, Milby and Sharpstown to be quality teams this season. Reagan hasn’t lost a district game in the last four years.

“Davis is going to be really, really good this year,” Gibson said. “They have the No. 1 player in the district. Milby dropped down to 4A, and they’ve gone to the playoffs the last couple of years. Sharpstown gave us fits last year.”


Just seven years ago, Adam Ramirez was one of the managers for the Waltrip High girls soccer team. Now, the 2005 WHS graduate is the team’s head coach. The Rams’ football team’s offensive line coach was the head boys soccer coach at 4A-21 rival, North Forest, last season.

“What I’m trying to implement is weight training,” Ramirez said. “(I told our players) ‘that’s going to help you out on the field. It’s going to make you better.” The Lady Rams have been weight training twice per week, in addition to daily practices. “We’ll be solid defensively,” Ramirez said. “ The offense is working together right now.” They’ll open the season on Jan. 30 vs. Reagan at Delmar-Tusa Stadium. “Reagan looks good every year,” Ramirez said. “It’s a pretty evenly matched district. Davis will be a little threat for us. Definitely, Reagan is our No. 1 highlighted game of the year.”

Adding Armour Ware, Stewart hit Florida for All-Star tilt by Michael Sudhalter Super Bowl championship players often declare that they’re headed to Disney World after winning the big game. St. Pius X head football coach Blake Ware traveled with his wife and three children to the world-famous Florida-based theme park, thanks to the career of SPX senior All-American quarterback Kohl Stewart. Ware and Stewart will be participating in the ESPN Under-Armour All-American Game as members of Highlight, the team wearing Black jerseys, at 4 p.m. Friday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. They’ll face Nitro, the team that’s wearing White jerseys. Stewart, a Texas A&M commit, will attend the game and enjoy the festivities but won’t play due to an injury suffered in the Panthers’ regular season finale in November. In order to be selected as an assistant coach in the game, a player from the coach’s high school must be selected to play in the game. Coaches aren’t allowed to directly coach their own players in the game. Ware, who used to coach defensive ends when he was a position coach, will mentor Highlight’s defensive ends. “I’ll be coaching four of the top 20 guys in the nation,” Ware said. “It’s going to be pretty easy – clapping and saying ‘great job’.” Highlight’s head coach is Herm Edwards, the former New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs head coach, while Nitro will be guided by former San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions head coach Steve Mariucci. “I’m looking forward to meeting a lot of the folks who are going to be there,” Ware said. “(It’ll be a good experience) rubbing elbows with them and getting to know the things that they can do. It’ll make us better as a program at St. Pius X.” The Panthers finished 9-3 – a four-game improvement over last season – and reached the TAPPS Division I State Quarterfinals. Blake Ware will get the chance to rub shoulders with former NFL coaches. (Photo by Kevin Long/ Stewart broke the school’s all-time passing yards record but was done for the season after an injury in a 27-6 loss to archrival, St. Thomas, on Nov. 9. This won’t be the first ESPN experience The 6th annual Under Armour Allfor Ware or Stewart, a top MLB prospect who America Game presented by American played in the ESPN Under Armour Baseball Family Insurance is a competition All-Star Game last summer and is the first spotlighting the nation’s top high school athlete to be selected to both all-star games. seniors. The 2011 NFL Draft was the first On Sept. 6, SPX defeated Sealy, 45-21, in a time Under Armour All-America alumni nationally-televised ESPNU game. who competed in the inaugural 2008 “After that week was over, we kind of forgame were eligible to be drafted and the got about it because we had to play the rest list continues to grow throughout the of the season,” Ware said. “I was driving home years. Selections included first-round NFL thinking what a great night that was. Not just picks Julio Jones, A.J. Green, Trent Richfor the program, but for the school.” ardson, and Stephon Gilmore as well as The ESPN-Under Armour festivities for the second-round selections Da’Quan Bowers, players and coaches included televised pracCourtney Upshaw, and Brandon Harris. tices at Disney’s Wide World of Sports, a skills Additional notable alumni include current challenge, a New Year’s Eve party and a game college standouts USC’s Matt Barkley, between the Orlando Magic and the defendOklahoma’s Landry Jones, Notre Dame’s ing NBA champion Miami Heat. Manti Te’O, Florida State’s EJ Manuel and On Friday, the players and coaches will take Photo by Photo by Ohio State’s Braxton Miller. a 90-mile bus ride from Orlando to Tropicana Trent Richardson Julio Jones – Field, home of MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays.

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Marcella Perry posthumously inducted into Reagan HoF by Michael Sudhalter A late Heights icon will be honored by Reagan High School in the New Year. Marcella Perry, a business and community leader in The Heights who graduated from Houston Heights High School in the mid 1920’s, will be posthumously inducted into the Reagan High School Hall of Fame this year.

Joel Sturdivant, who served as Reagan’s principal from 1968 to 1988, recommended to Joe Paul Wright, one of the Hall of Fame’s organizers, that Perry be inducted. “She supported Reagan High School in many ways (while) I was principal,” Sturdivant said. “I got to depend on her more than anyone else in the community. She helped me raise $25,000 for a brand new set of band uniforms. (It was) that

type of support. She supported Reagan at every turn.” Perry, who passed away at age 92 in 1999, was the CEO and President of the Heights Savings Association, located at 20th and Yale. “She was interested in the school. She was raised in the Heights and interested in helping the school any way she could,” said her daughter, Gail Perry Saunders, a Reagan graduate.

Perry served on the boards of several businesses and organizations in Houston, including the Port of Houston Commission. The John H. Reagan Alumni Association has about 30 members in its Hall of Fame. The organization provides scholarships each year and has raised money for projects like the Joe Tusa Athletic Complex and the RHS practice fields.

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When actor Julia Krohn, 31, credits the influence of her “stage parents,” she means they are venerable members of the Houston theater community and “masters of their craft.” Charles and Chesley Krohn were her first teachers in the performing arts, she said. They taught by example as well as experience. Otherwise, Krohn’s childhood was “pretty normal,” she said. “They worked hard at that, keeping things calm and together,” she said. Some of the balance came from both her parents being teachers as well as performers, she added. Father Charles Krohn has been a member of Alley Theatre for 27 seasons and has worked in more than 40 TUTS productions since 1969 as well as those of the Houston Shakespeare Festival, among others. He’s also a professor of English at the University of St. Thomas. Mother Chesley Krohn, also a performer, has been a choreographer, dancer and artistic director. In Montrose-born Krohn’s Meyerland-area childhood, “the arts Julia Krohn will appear in two prductions in the next three months. were present,” she said. Her three older brothers also steeped in the culturally rich home environment. 2013 shows in which she will sing, Similarly proper demands came (Elder brother Aaron, now of New dance and act. into play during her just-completed York City, is also a professional “It’s like being home when I am role in Alley Theatre’s production stage actor.) working there,” she said, recalling of “A Christmas Carol.” A member A Heights resident since her her years backstage as her folks of the holiday party in that show, return to Houston in 2009, after a rehearsed and performed at Hous- she was conscious that the times in two-year stint in the original Las ton’s former Music Hall. which it was set would not have tolVegas company of “Jersey Boys,” Working in a musical production erated poor posture or table manthe mezzo-soprano will be on and getting to shine in all three dis- ners, such as elbows on the table, stage in the ensemble of two up- ciplines (dancing-acting-singing) for example. coming TUTS shows: “Camelot” is “very special,” she said. So is getEven the way actors move when (Jan. 22-Feb. 3) and “Man of La ting to appear in a show with her dancing needs to reflect the time of Mancha”(Feb. 26-March 10). father. Charles Krohn has been cast the story they’re telling, she said. When Krohn is on stage, “It as Merlin in “Camelot.” Krohn, a 2000 graduate of Housdoesn’t feel like work,” she said. ton’s High School for the Perform“I’ve done this my whole life.” ing and Visual Arts, was selected as POSTURE PERFECT She’s thrilled at the chance to pera Presidential Scholar in the Arts form in two classic tales. “There’s PERFORMING As a performer of these older and earned first place in that as well something sweet about the older stage works, the younger Krohn is as in the NFAA Arts Recognition. pieces,” she said. That was “an amazing opportuMeanwhile, having toured with aware that she needs to move her nity, a real boost,” she said, when regional productions and been body differently than when she’s in leaving her childhood home for on Broadway, Krohn is especially modern shows. “There’s a regal quality to how to The Boston Conservatory’s musical pumped about appearing in TUTS’ theater program. hold the body,” she explained.

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Neighbors: Welcome to the world, Elena by Elizabeth Villarreal Congratulations to Virginia Cortes Araiza and Joseph Paul Araiza upon the birth of their second beautiful daughter, Elena Sofia Araiza. Elena was born on Nov. 25, 2012, at 4:44 p.m., weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz., and measured 19.5 inches long. Siblings Jacob Andrew (14) and Olivia Marie (2) were excited to welcome their new sister just in time for Christmas. Proud grandparents are Mary Ann Araiza of Houston and Jimmy and Yolanda Janacek of San Diego. Welcome to the world, Elena! Happy, happy birthday to the lovely and talented Marla Araiza who celebrated her special day on Dec. 26th. Marla is married to Kenneth and they have a lovely daughter named Jill and a handsome son named Lucas. Birthday wishes and hugs go out to Oak Forest resident Sylvia Hayes who blew out her candles on Jan. 1st. Happy birthday, Sylvia! Family and friends hope all your birthday wishes come true. Happy anniversary to Noris and Alice Butts who will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Jan. 3. Alice and Noris, a treasure of a couple in our community, recently said,

“We pray for our friends, our families, our service men and women, the leaders of the world and our nation, that we can remain one nation under God, and have peace in the world for years to come.” A very fitting New Year’s prayer and wish for all. Alice and Noris, thank you for the joy and blessings you bring to your family and friends. Congratulations on 65 wonderful years together! Laura Aldis celebrated her birthday with a holiday concert at First Methodist Church-Downtown, on Dec. 23. The Houston Symphony and Chorus performed Handel’s Messiah, as they do every three years at the church, as part of an endowment from Alice and David Bintliff. It just happened to fall on Laura’s birthday this year, and since she had never attended the performance before, it seemed perfect. Laura, Jeff, Abby and Emily were joined by Laura’s mother, Mary Jane Magill, who was in town for Christmas, and neighbors Carmen Solleder and Ruby Schell. Majestic music in a majestic setting, with precious friends. Definitely a wonderful way to celebrate life! Happy New Year, neighbors! I wish you all the best in the coming year – good health, joy, prosperity, and happiness.

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Kindness • from Page 1 ited on her mother’s behalf, Derryberry also had plans for her own family. At 6 a.m. on Bamsch’s birthday, she was picked up by her mother (and Derryberry’s grandmother) Mary Roberts and delivered to the Derryberry’s house where the family van was loaded and ready to go. Four generations of the family, including Derryberry’s two elementary age daughters Taylor and Ellis, spent the day in service together. By 7 p.m. that evening the five of them had performed an astounding 71 RAOKs, including the following: • Delivered notes to single mothers in the neighborhood telling them how much they were admired along with the money to get a manicure; • Taped dollar bills in six area parks for children to find along with bundles of sidewalk chalk; • Delivered 10 care packages to the homeless in downtown Houston; • Left packages of diapers and wipes

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Shepherd • from Page 1 of national stores that effectively turns Oak Forest and Garden Oaks into a suburb of the city. “I think we need to be careful,” Bridge said. “We have an ability to quickly over-saturate that area, and I don’t think we want that to happen.” Put another way, van der Pol said new businesses in the area need to be “encouraged to develop responsibly.” “I think most of us would like to see small, independent businesses come into this area,” she said. Bridge defined the desire even more. “We need people who will come in and be original, as far as the concept of their businesses,” he said. “Places like Petrol and Plonk do a great job.” That doesn’t mean van der Pol or Bridge is against companies like LA Fitness moving into the area. In fact, Bridge said there’s opportunity for more than just locally owned business. “There’s room for something like a Whole Foods or a Central Market around the Sears location,” he said. “Just like they’d have a market, I think LA Fitness knows they have a good market in that area.” There are no crystal balls for


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Selfishly, Bridge admits he’d like all the businesses to be locally owned, but he knows that can’t be the case. “With the good of your local businesses comes the – and I don’t want to say it’s bad – but you have your national businesses come in,

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ticipation, and the school itself has budgeted $20,000. The $147,000 projected cost is to cover chartered roundtrip motor coaches, food and lodging for 150 students, their chaperones and bonded security guards. Band members have invitations to perform at national monuments and at the Texas State Society’s celebrated Black Tie & Boots Ball, always a hot invitation during inaugural festivities. They’re also in the running to represent the state of Texas in the inaugural parade.

Donations may be made through the band’s website, While Espinosa is hoping for a large donation that could get the Ram Band to its goal, even that has its complications. According to HISD policy, any contribution of more than $5,000 to the district must be authorized by the school board – which doesn’t have a regular meeting again until Espinosa’s deadlines have passed. “I hope they’d have a special meeting to get us there,” he said.

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