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Houston ISD says that state funding cuts since 2011 are making it necessary to go to trustees for approval of a tax rate increase of 4 cents for each $100 of assessed property value. Taxpayers will have a chance to voice their opinions at a public hearing before the board on Oct. 10, and members are expected to vote on the measure immediately after. The increase would be the first for the district in 12 years and would bring the tax rate to $1.1967, which is the lowest, it says, of any school district in the region and nearly 23 cents less than the average school system in Harris County. Through its homestead exemption, HISD offers a 20 percent tax rate reduction for homeowners who claim a single property as their primary residence. Starting in 2011, the state legislature severely reduced funding to public schools, costing HISD near-

ly $200 million over a two-year period. The district dealt with the cuts by cutting expenses and laying off employees in the first year, and by covering the next year’s deficit with one-time federal funding, pulling from its savings and reducing the accelerated funding it employs to pay off its debt. When the budget process launched earlier this year, there was talk of a 6-cent tax rate hike, but rebounding residential and commercial property values throughout the district and other factors held the proposal to 4 cents. The public hearing begins at 5 p.m. in the board auditorium at district headquarters at 4400 W. 18th St. The meeting will be broadcast live on the district’s website, www.houstonisd.org, and on HISD’s TV channel 18 on Comcast or channel 99 on AT&T.

With the start of October as Breast Cancer Awareness month, The Leader is again turning its attention and resources to the important issues of education about this disease that affects so many. Next week, as we did last year, we will devote our monthly Our Health section to stories about medical breakthroughs, area resources, special events and inspiring tales of those in our communities who have coped with – and some who have conquered – breast cancer. And, as we did last year, we will be donating a portion of the advertising proceeds from the section to The Rose, which provides such admirable services for prevention, diagnosis, education and treatment of breast cancer.

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MANNA Store hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. To donate or schedule a pick up, contact the store manager at 713-686-6440. Drop off donations are accepted during store hours. No dumping or drop offs after hours. MANNA receives new donations of clothing, furniture, household wares, toys, electronics and home décor, books and jewelry. MANNA no longer accepts encyclopedias, computers or mattresses.MANNA’s Assistance Program operates every Monday (except holidays) from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. by appointment only.

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Softening life’s blows for those without a safety net by Betsy Denson betsy@theleadernews.com When a three-alarm fire broke out last March at The Woods at Lamonte Apartments, the 16 families who lost their home and possessions found crucial assistance through Ministry Assistance of the Near Northwest Alliance, or MANNA. “We opened the food pantry and resale store after hours to accommodate them,” said MANNA director Patricia Dornak. “The families got vouchers to use in the shop, and MANNA paid one month’s rent [in their new apartment] due to the extreme set of circumstances.” The resources to help those in need come in large part from one place – the MANNA Resale Shop at 1806 W. 43rd St. “The

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store is the primary source of funding,” said Dornak. The monies raised from people who shop at the store in turn support MANNA’s Assistance Program – including the food pantry and vision center at Temple Baptist Church on 34th Street. The pantry is affiliated with the Houston Food Bank and sometimes provides toiletries and baby food. The vision center gives free exams to qualified applicants as well as complimentary frames for their lenses. Anyone who has seen the lines at the assistance center knows how many people there are in Leader communities without

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Sipping for safety Oak Forest residents enjoyed the Taste of Oak Forest Wine Extravaganza last Saturday night at the home of Justin Gordon, a homebuilder in the area. The event, which featured fine wines from Argentina, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and California and food samples from local restaurants such as Plonk!, Jus’ Mac and Rainbow Lodge, raised about $27,100 money toward the neighborhood’s plan for private security, according to organizers. The Oak Forest HOA has decided to hire a private security firm, S.E.A.L.S., and it needs to raise $170,000 by Oct. 15 to make it a reality. S.E.A.L.S, which also patrols in Sharpstown and the International District, would begin patrol with three officers on Nov. 1. Two S.E.A.L.S. officers were present at the event, and they were greeted by many of the eventgoers as they entered the Extravaganza. Forty-five percent of the original goal of 1,200 households (22 percent of OF households) have paid toward the program. Many OF residents have paid more than the $250 per year, to help their neighbors who may be on a fixed income. According to Oak Forest HOA president Craig Powers and board member Lucy Fisher-Cain, they’ve raised about $120,000, and that’s not counting about $27,100 from the wine fundraiser. Ideally, the board would like to put the money raised from the wine event into a security fund that would help if residents moved, stopped paying or passed away, they said. “At this time, that’s not our plan (to use the wine money toward the $170,000), unless we need it,” Fisher-Cain said. But if the Oct. 15 deadline is approaching, and the HOA is short, they’ll use the wine event money toward the $170,000 goal. “Once people think the program is going for-

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MANNA’s Vision Center is by appointment only and applicants must meet eligibility requirements. This program operates every Wednesday (except holidays) from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Assistance Program – 713-682-5652 Food Pantry – 713-682-5652 Resale Store – 713-686-6440 www.manna-houston.org/index.html

Exchange student’s Reagan football hopes sidelined by UIL ruling by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com An 18-year-old Norwegian foreign exchange student chose Houston so he could study and play football, but the University Interscholastic League has kept him off the gridiron. Reagan High senior tight end/ defensive end Magnus Kinne is the same age as his classmates, but the UIL rejected his foreign exchange waiver and denied his appeal due to compete in varsity athletics due

Reagan High senior tight end/defensive end Magnus Kinne, an 18-year-old exchange student from Norway, has been denied varsity eligibility by the University Interscholastic League because he enrolled in ninth grade five years ago. In Norway, first grade is the American equivalent of kindergarten. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter) to Section 405 of the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules. Reagan (3-1, 2-0) has six more regular season games on the schedule, and the Bulldogs are

widely projected to win their first district championship since the 1950s. The UIL won’t address specific situations with the media, but an

email exchanged obtained from Kinne’s mother, May Elisabeth S. Kinne, from the UIL Waiver Department replied to her on Sept. 4 that “Magnus enrolled in the ninth-grade five years ago and and he enrolled in the 10th grade four years ago. Therefore, he is ineligible for varsity athletics.” There’s no kindergarten in the Norwegian education system, and students begin their formal studies in first grade -- the American equivalent of kindergarten. Both systems have 13 grades.

Kinne has two older brothers who played high school football at age 18 in New York and Washington State, respectively after completing 12 grades in the Norwegian education system. Kinne is allowed to compete in practices, but he’s declined the option of playing junior varsity football, according to Reagan head football coach Stephen Dixon. “I would have gone to America anyways (with football or not) as

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Crime Stoppers offers phone app Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at 713-222-TIPS is high in the public’s consciousness after years of media promotion. Now the organization, which offers rewards for information leading to the filing of felony charges or arrest of a felony suspect, has released a phone app for crime information reporting. Crime Stoppers Mobile allows users to submit crime tips and information via photo, video, text or phone to the organization’s investigative task force. Crime Stoppers Mobile guarantees the continued anonymity of its tipsters as required by Texas State Statute, and continues to offer rewards of up to $5,000 as it does through traditional tip submission. Crime Stoppers of Houston is proud to announce the release of its

mobile application Crime Stoppers Mobile, Houston’s first public safety mobile application dedicated to the anonymity of its users, and the cash reward system for which Crime Stoppers is known world over. “We all know that our teens and young adults rely more on mobile technology than traditional means,” said Rania Mankarious, executive director. “This above all else makes the use of a mobile app an imperative for Crime Stoppers’ future growth and expansion.” Crime Stoppers Mobile is available for download in the App Store, the Google Play Store and the Blackberry App World. Visit https://www. crimestoppersmobile.com/share/ houston.html. Visit www.crime-stoppers.org.

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Woman assaulted on West 27th Street after confronting car vandals A 40-year-old woman was assaulted in the 300 block of West 27th Street at 11:40 p.m. on Sept. 27. She sustained minor injuries, but did not go to the hospital. The victim witnessed four unknown suspects damaging someone else’s car. She confronted the suspects who allegedly began assaulting her and throwing a beer bottle at her. There’s no description of the suspects.

In the 700 block, a 2005 Acura TSA had its rear driver side window broken. Electronics, backpacks and clothes were taken from the car. In the 1100 block, a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe had its rear window shadowed, with electronics, luggage and clothing being taken. HPD advises motorists to remove valuables from their parked cars, to prevent such burglary of motor vehicles.

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Two motor vehicles were broken into within minutes of each other at 11 p.m. Sept. 27 in the 700 and 1100 blocks of East 11th Street.

HPD had three calls for shoplifting at the Wal-Mart Store, 111 Yale, on Sept. 27 with two arrests being made. Daniel Metzenthin, 36, was arrested

controllers. The suspects weren’t caught, and there’s no description of them. At 6:30 p.m., Jesse Reznicek, 43, was arrested for allegedly trying to leave the store without paying for food, dog food and clothing.

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e’ve written a lot of stories about public safety in this newspaper. When you have the criminal element we’ve experienced in our neighborhoods, we believe it is our responsibility to make you aware of those concerns. We’ve done more than report problems, though. In fact, we’ve tried to make it standard practice to offer as many solutions as possible. On average, we call the Houston Police Department about three times a week, following up on incidents and asking for information that might improve public safety. We’ve done ride-alongs with the Constable’s office, looking for areas of concern that we can share with our readers. And we’ve talked to citizens and homeowners, asking you for solutions you’ve seen work on your streets. Without fail, one of the most common answers we receive from law enforcement and citizens like you is that the best deterrent to crime is for you – the public – to get involved. You know the drill by now. If you see something that looks suspicious, report it to police. If you’ve had a theft, no matter how small, let HPD know. For as many stories as we’ve written about public safety, there is no greater

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means of protection than having the public stay involved. And to be honest, that makes today’s topic all the more ironic. Over the past month, we’ve done a lot of reporting on neighborhoods and their plans to increase protection. We’ve spotlighted Shepherd Park Plaza and its effective Constable Patrol program, funded by the homeowners in SPP. We’ve informed you about the same program being increased in the Heights, where homeowners have funded an additional deputy to patrol the streets. And most notably, we’ve told you about the Oak Forest Homeowners Association and its drive to hire a private security firm to man the neighborhood, running out the all-too-common riffraff. Each of those areas, effectively, has

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Dear Editor: Thanks for your comments on civic apathy in Houston. It’s always great to hear that folks recognize the opportunity for improvement! The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life recently released a Texas Civic Health Index. In terms of voting participation, Texas ranks 51st. The index looks at a variety of other measures of civic engagement, which are similarly low. http://communication.utexas.edu/strauss/ The Citizens’ Environmental Coalition is excited to have Dr. Regina Lawrence, the director of the center, coming to speak at an event the evening of Nov. 19, to share information from the report and strategies for increasing engagement--for an audience interested in environmental issues. On another note, we have a prolific political blogger in the Leader’s coverage area that does blog some for the chronicle: Charles Kuffner. http://offthekuff.com/. Rachel Powers Executive Director, Citizens’ Environmental Coalition

Dear Editor: I read with interest your latest editorial about why people don’t go to the polls. While we may fret ourselves with national and even state politics, it’s local politics that has the most direct

done exactly what law enforcement and political officials have suggested. They’ve become more involved in securing their neighborhoods. They’ve taken personal responsibility for their safety because they understand that HPD just can’t be everywhere all the time. That, again, is why today’s topic has a twist of irony. (It also guarantees that I’m going to receive plenty of letters explaining that I have no idea what I’m talking about.) I’m almost certain it’s just me, but the Oak Forest HOA plan to hire a private security firm, called S.E.A.L., just feels weird. If you don’t know the background of that program, here are the basics, as best I can tell: S.E.A.L. is an international company that appears as legitimate as any company around. They are private (which isn’t a bad thing at all), and they are certified by the Department of Public Safety to patrol, and carry guns, batons and even K-9s. They’re almost out of a movie, because one of their most publicized accomplishments is that they’ve been hired to fight off pirates in the open waters. If that’s not a cool gig, I don’t know what is. But every day, I drive down West 43rd Street on my way to work and I see this

impact on our day-to-day lives. It is shameful that the media pay so little attention to what affects people most. I wanted to make your readers aware that there are five council members that will be on the ballot for Leader readers. All of them are contested races. These are Council Member at Large positions that represent all of us. I urge you to bring attention to these At Large races because these Council Members have opportunities to improve our communities that District Council members don’t always have. There will be a candidate forum for all races at St. Stephens United Methodist Church on October 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 2003 W. 43rd St. I urge all of your readers to hear the candidates speak. Politics comes from the Greek word polis meaning “city-state.” The word nowadays almost always has a negative connotation. It doesn’t need to be that way. If we remember the word roots, it can help us remember how important voting is. Good politics means good governance and good governance begins with informed citizens who elect wise, good, and honest leaders. Our local leaders are often future state and sometimes national leaders. Elections are important statements about how we choose to be governed. Kathryn Van Der Pol

larger-than-life thermometer at the corner of Oak Forest Drive. When I glance over, I expect to see the community’s progress toward a United Way goal. Or maybe it’s a book drive for the library and elementary school across the street. Or maybe it’s to raise money for a child in need. Instead, it’s a thermometer tracking the progress toward the hiring of officers who carry guns and angry German Shepherds. That isn’t the only public display of this safety campaign. Sprinkled across this esteemed neighborhood are signs, of different shapes and wordings, imploring passers by to support the S.E.A.L. project. And if the signs and United Way thermometer wasn’t enough, residents had a chance last weekend to meet the S.E.A.L. officers – kind of like pets on parade – at a wine tasting. Think the Catalina Wine Mixer with a side of ammo. Please, please don’t get me wrong here. I think what the Oak Forest HOA is doing is the right thing. The leadership and voting members of the neighborhood have made a decision to hire a private security firm, and in order to make the plan a reality, they need to raise money. Last week, I used this space to write about the lack of citizen interest in city

government. I suggested that most of us know so little about the upcoming municipal elections because public officials have done such a poor job of informing us. What’s so interesting, given today’s topic, is that you’ll find more signs asking for private security support than you’ll find signs asking you to vote for a mayoral candidate. Besides water and sewerage, it’s almost like we’re throwing in the towel and taking care of everything on our own. By all accounts, the Oak Forest HOA is going to raise enough money to hire S.E.A.L., and that’s a good thing for the neighborhood. I don’t have any experience with private security, minus the people I see patrolling the mall parking lots. I know programs like this work because the Constable Patrol program is as effective as any I’ve seen. But whether we’re hiring law enforcement that we already fund with our tax dollars, or whether we’re hiring a team of officers who fend off pirates in the Caribbean, it feels weird that we’re setting a precedent that we must host wine tastings to secure our own homes. I thought we already did that. Email jonathan@theleadernews.com

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Posted to THE LEADER on Facebook I will probably stay away for now. Not worth fighting the crowd and besides I never like to visit a place on the first day, nothing seems to go right. Frank Furlow Posted to THE LEADER on Facebook I went....there were no free tacos, one of the registers was down, and after standing in line outside for 45 minutes we found what was taking so long... to get the glass for 1.00 beer for life you had to BUY A DRINK FROM THE BAR! At 7am in the morning on a Thursday? Nothing was free, no give aways that we saw. Got frustrated and left after 45 minutes and we were still about another 45 minutes from being able to “purchase” a taco in the cash only line as I was not in the mood to buy a margarita before work. I recommend STAY AWAY till the bugs are worked out! Phillip Wells

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HITS to host American Girl fashion show

HITS student Caitlyn Gilliam, seen here as American Girl Rebecca, will be modeling in her fourth show this year. (Submitted photo)

HITS to host American Girl fashion show Tickets are on sale now for three sessions of the Heights’ Houston International Theatre School’s 19th annual American Girl Fashion Show Nov. 1617. The shows will take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 16 and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane. Adults and children are invited to

attend this showcase of historical and contemporary fashions from American Girl that will feature a stylish array of outfits, from sleepwear to special occasion dress modeled by local girls, ages 6 to 13. An expanded marketplace offers attendees a place to shop before or after the show for clothing, jewelry, gifts, accessories and American Girl souvenirs. The American Girl Fashion Show is a major fundraiser for HITS Theatre,

a 501(c)(3) performing arts education organization for young people in Houston, located at 311 W. 18th St. Individual tickets start at $50 per person, and party tables for 10 are $600 for each show. Attendees receive a seated meal, viewing of the official fashion show, entrance to the marketplace and a gift bag for each child. A limited number of sponsor tables are available for purchase and offer perks including runway seating, American

Girl souvenirs, treat seats, photos, and more. Girls ages 4-13 and their dolls can join the fun and walk the runway as a VIP Guest Model for $130. That includes an American Girl T-shirt, photo and gift bag. For information or to purchase tickets, visit www.hitsfashionshow.com or contact HITS Theatre at 713-965-4524 or agfs@hitstheatre.org.

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The Rotary Club of Houston Heights raises funds annually for the library with this sale of used books, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 5 at 1302 Heights Blvd. All genres of adult and children’s books; audio and video, too. For more, call Ken Fickes at 713-894-8592 or Gary Meyer at 713-6800583.

Speaker will be Pat Shanley, vice president of the American Rose Society. Free and open to the public. Information: www. houstonrose.org.

Generational IRAs will be the topic for the next meeting of AARP Chapter 1265 at 10 a.m. Oct. 7 in the park center at 1520 Candlelight Drive. The meeting is open to the anyone 50 or older, and will be preceded by a meet-and-greet at 9:30 a.m. More information: 713-681-1133.

LADIES AUXILIARY YARD SALE American Legion Post 560

The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will hold their annual yard sale from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 12 at 3720 Alba Road. Limited tables are available to rent for $5. Information. 713-682-9287.

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“A Vision of Roses...A vision of ARS” is the topic of the organization’s monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at a new location -- the Parish Hall of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1819 Heights Blvd.

The American Legion will host a spaghetti luncheon from noon Oct. 5, at 3720 Alba Road. Plates will be served until sold out. Information: 713-682-9287.

LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Proceeds from the walk will fund

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life-saving research and patient aid. The walk will be held Oct. 12, at Discovery Green Park, 1500 McKinney, rain or shine. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a remembrance ceremony followed by the 7:30 p.m. walk. Information: www.lightthenight.org.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Standing Room Only Productions

Based on the Mel Brooks classic comedy film, Young Frankenstein will be presented at Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak Drive through Oct. 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: www.sro-productions.com.

DR. SEUSS’ THE CAT IN THE HAT Main Street Theatre - Chelsea Market

The Cat in the Hat theatre performance will be Saturdays 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. through Oct. 26, at Main Street TheatreChelsea Market, 4617 Montrose Blvd. Recommended for pre-kindergarten and up. Information: 713-524-6706 or www.

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Convention will be held Oct. 11-13, at 5002 Seawall Blvd. in Galveston. There will be large group information sessions and small workshops. Registration is $95 and includes Saturday dinner. Information: 877-859-5095 or oafallconvention@gmail.com.

LIONS FISH FRY Grace United Methodist Church

The Heights Lions Club will be frying up fish lunches at 1245 Heights Blvd. from 11 a.m.-2 p.. Oct. 19, with tickets costing $10 for adults, $5 for youngsters 5-12. For more: www.heightslions.com or 713-962-4194.

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MANNA • from Page 1A much of a safety net. According to Dornak, more than 1,000 people in need take advantage of one or more of MANNA’s services each month. And who staffs this enterprise? Aside from the two fulltime and three parttime employees, a staggering number of volunteers –– an average of 87 volunteers a month donate about 1,900 hours monthly. One veteran is Val Smith who has been at the MANNA resale shop for 23 years, one year after it started as a coalition of churches in 1988. “I enjoy it,” Smith said. “My church got me involved.” Between MANNA and Memorial Hermann Northwest where Smith gives her time in Outpatient Testing, she is occupied six days a

week. Resale store manager Janie Juarez volunteered for a number of years before she came on staff. “My husband died, and I was depressed. [MANNA] gave me something to do. It keeps me busy. There’s no time to be down.” Even Dornak, who has been the director since December of 2012, started out as a volunteer. “I wrote some grants for MANNA. I live in the community and wanted to give back,” she said. Dornak brings more than 30 years of nonprofit experience with her, including time at Goodwill Industries and Northwest Assistance Ministries. MANNA now has a Facebook page and launched a website, www.manna-houston.org, in July. The organization recently part-

nered with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to help people apply online for social service programs, and also with SER-Jobs for Progress, which provides job training primarily to those 55 and older. Dornak wants to get the word out that MANNA provides services to 11 ZIP codes in the Greater Heights and northwest Houston - 77007, 77008, 77009, 77018, 77022, 77037, 77040, 77076, 77088, 77091, and 77092. (However, the Vision Center services are available to those outside these ZIP codes.) In September, as part of its ongoing outreach, MANNA hosted a food fair at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for residents in 77037, providing fresh fruits and vegeta-

outgrown it, as well. Anyone who has information on possible space for lease should contact Dornak. She’s not turning down volunteers either. “Our volunteers are the backbone of MANNA and without them, we would not be able to do all the good work that MANNA does,” said Dornak. “MANNA is always looking for more volunteers so that we can continue to provide services in this community. There is a place for everyone to make a difference.”

bles to 523 individuals in one day. MANNA store staff and volunteers were excited about their recent Leader Reader’s Choice runner up award for best resale store. And shoppers appreciate both the value and the mission of the organization. “I love knowing we are supporting a neighborhood charitable cause,” said Oak Forest resident Elyssa Horvath. “We have gotten great prices on kids’ clothes and books. The ladies [who] work there are so sweet. Sometimes I go just to drop off donations but then I always end up finding something to buy.” Once in a strip shopping center on Ella, the resale shop has been in its current location on West 43rd Street for 10 years, but has

us Norwegian kids who play football, Friday Night Football is something a lot of us dream of...just standing on the sideline watching every game has been pretty depressing. You don’t get the same feeling of the win.” May Kinne, who lives in Norway, is very disappointed over what her son has gone through. She’s made efforts to contact the Norwegian Consulate, but they’ve advised her to handle it with the school. “Magnus lives and breathes football, and it must be torture for him standing on the sideline without pads,” May Kinne said. “He has been looking forward to high school football

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for years. Magnus is becoming discriminated against because he is foreign -- and from a foreign school system. What is important is Magnus has just as many years of education as the other students in his class, he is just as old and at the same academic level.” According to a school official, the team has players who are older than Kinne, but the program has to comply with the UIL rulings. Houston ISD Athletics Director Marmion Dambrino said Kinne is believed to be the first foreign exchange athlete to have their waiver denied. “(The UIL) Waiver Officer makes the final decision,” Dambrino said.

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Ruling • from Page 1A both my brothers did it before me, and they both suggested me to do it as it’s a great experience,” Kinne said. “You make a lot of new friends -- some that you keep in touch with for life.” But Kinne is disappointed that he’s missing out on the opportunity to play football for Reagan. There aren’t any high school football teams in Norway, so those interested in playing compete on club teams. Kinne fully expected that prep football would be part of his high school experience in the U.S. “Both me and my family were very shocked by the news that I couldn’t (play),” Kinne said. “For

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Opulent La Traviata opens Heights opera season One of the world’s most popular operas, La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, opens the new Opera in the Heights season through Oct. 13 at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. Fiery passion and poignant beauty dramatize the music created for this tale of ardent love and heartbreaking sacrifice. The role of Violetta will be sung by Sara Heaton and Julia Ebner in alternating performances, while the leading man, Alfredo, will be sung by Steven Wallace and Chris-

topher Trapani. Alfredo’s father, Germont, will be portrayed by Andrew Cummings and Robert Aaron Taylor. La Traviata’s stage director, Lynda Keith McKnight, is a frequent collaborator at

Opera in the Heights, C. Vincent Fuller is the chorus master, Rachel Smith is the set designer, Dena Scheh designs the costumes, and the stage lighting is done by Kevin Taylor. New this year is the addition of a second Sunday matinee, and the change of opening night from Thursday to Friday. Performance are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, and at 2 p.m. and Oct. 6 and 13. Single ticket prices are $32-$59, senior

tickets are $29-$51, and student tickets are $12 anytime in designated areas. Opera in the Heights, a professional regional company, exists to provide a stage for emerging performers and bring affordable opera to the Houston area. All operas are fully staged with orchestra and presented in the original language with English surtitles projected above the stage. For tickets, visit www.operaintheheights. # 36224 org or callAd713-861-5303.

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Dog, dog, dog. That is all I’m hearing about in our house these days. “Can we take the dog to the park?” “How ‘bout we take the dog to PetsMart?” “Did you know that Starbucks serves a ‘puppuccino’-let’s go get the dog one!” “Let’s take the dog on vacation with us-it’ll be so much fun!” Harrumph. The good news is that, with my family always on the go with this new beast, I’ve had a good amount of quiet time at home to reflect on life and read interesting things on the internet. Since life has been all-dog, all the time for me lately, I wanted to focus on cats this week and share some interesting research that I’ve stumbled upon about the dangers of feeding your cats exclusively dry food. I know, I know. There’s little else that’s easier or cheaper than a big, bowl of dry kibble, put out for your cat to graze on at his or her

discretion. But, recent findings indicate that a diet comprised largely of dry food shortens a cats life span significantly and invites such issues as diabetes, kidney problems and urinary tract disease. According to the Natural Care Cat Blog, (www.naturalcarecatblog.com) a cat’s life is lengthened greatly simply by feeding her canned food. Sounds simple enough, but wait-there’s more. The reasoning behind this idea is that, in the wild, cats do not eat anything dry. Even the grass that they nosh on has a lot of moisture. According to Elizabeth Hodgkins, DVM, “When a cat consumes a wet, (canned) meat-based diet, the resulting urine has a natural acid pH and is more dilute than the urine of dry-food-fed cats. These conditions do not allow the formation of crystals and stones, and eliminate inflammation.” It’s also widely known among the veterinary community that cats eating commercial dry foods will consume approximately half the amount of water, (in their diet and through drinking) compared with cats eating canned foods. The persistent state of mild dehydration that a

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Neighbors: St. Rose men have fish to fry on Oct. 11 by Elizabeth Villareal elizasgarden@sbcglobal.net St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church’s Men’s Club’s Annual Fall Fish Fry is back again, and the succulent, fresh, hand-breaded catfish, flash fried on the spot, along with hush puppies, French fries, coleslaw and iced tea, is sure to please. The Men’s Club is always very generous, and each year the Fish Fry proceeds go back to the Parish and benefit Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the St. Rose School. With cooler weather, the Teens on the Run program resumes for middle schoolers in the greater Oak Forest area at 9 a.m. from Oct. 5-Nov. 23 at T.C. Jester Park near the dog park. Youngsters (and grownups are welcome) get comfortable with running, enjoy the spirit of a fun run – and each week, learn valuable life information on a different topic that will help them make better choices. For more, call Lucy Cain at 281-685-9929. In one week, I met Ken Stadler and Bill Young separately, yet both mentioned a Parade of Homes in Oak Forest in the 1950s. Stadler’s family home at 4913 Libbey Lane was on this fascinating home tour, as was Young’s. Bill worked for Oak Forest builder Frank Sharp as a young man so has personal knowledge of and experience with the home tour and all kinds of other historical tidbits. Bill told me Libbey Lane was Ad # D for Frank Sharp’s youngest named

daughter, Libbey Sharp. In 1953, a Parade of Homes, each built by a different area builder to showcase the newest trends and cutting edge technology of the day, was held in the 4900 block of Libbey. Marvin Henry was another builder in Oak Forest and surrounding neighborhoods who built one of the showcase homes. In 1953, these were the newest and most modern homes in the City of Houston. Bill’s parents, Bill and Orlean Young, bought 4901 Libbey Lane. Bill said, “About two houses to the west of my parents’ home, I had to go see for myself a new modern device called a Jacuzzi. There were no others on this side of town. They were rare in 1953. If you notice, the roof on our house is shaped like a “V,” not an A line roof. The water drained to the back of the house through a pipe built in the center of the house. “Hundreds of people from all around Houston came to see these new homes. Knowing there would be a crowd, the contractors left the brick off the back of our house so people could walk through the front and out of the back bedroom and through the back yard, so there would not be congestion and people would not stumble over each other. After the Parade of Homes was over the houses were framed and bricked in as they today.” And that, my neighbors, is a neat bit of area trivia. Thanks to neighbors Andrea Warren and Terry Martin who also contributed information.

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ne of the hazards that everyone has to be on the alert for is any sign of suspicious growths that could mean oral cancer. This is another reason why your dentist takes such care in examining your mouth when you go for a checkup. Oral cancer in its early stages can usually be treated successfully. Among the early signs is a red sore on the lips, gums or inside the mouth that doesn’t heal in two or three weeks. Another is a profusion of white scaly patches inside the mouth or on the lips. Any swelling or lumps in the mouth or on the neck, lip or tongue should also be viewed suspiciously. Other symptoms are numbness or pain in the mouth, or bleeding without any apparent cause. Many of these conditions won’t cause any pain at first, but your dentist is trained to spot them. If there’s any question about the cause, he’ll refer you to your family physician. The earlier suspicious signs are noted, the better the chances for cure. That’s another reason why regular dental checkups are important. Prepared as a public service to promote better dental health. From the office of: Chase Baker, D.D.S., 3515 Ella Blvd., 713-682-4406.

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Vietnam Restaurant 605 W. 19th St. www.thevietnamrestaurant.com Starters and Soups: $3-$12 Chef’s Specialties and Entrees: $7-$20 Vermicelli and Noodle Soups: $8-$15 Kid Friendly: Not my first choice to get The Bomber (my 5-year-old going on 15) noodles, but will definitely do LE’s Favorite: Black Pepper Squid

Review: Vietnam takes you past culinary boundaries

When you head into a restaurant with soup on your mind and the name on the sign is Vietnam your first thought might have been - like mine - that Pho would be the only way to go. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of traditional noodle, broth and beef selections at this venerable 19th Street spot. With its blunt name, Vietnam is definitive about the origins of its food but the menu’s selections stretch beyond the borders of this Southeast Asian country, soups included. For instance, Vietnam has an Egg Drop soup on the menu, a dish with Chinese culinary heritage, which has garnered a bit of a cult following in north Houston. The dense drips of egg mixed in with the smoothness of the chicken broth makes this soup special. But where Vietnam sets itself apart from the rest of the soup-creating set is in its interesting upgrade. Where the Egg Drop soup is like buying a standard car from the lot, Vietnam’s West Lake Beef Soup is that same car with the sunroof, power locks and navigation. The West Lake uses Egg Drop as its base and then adds chunks of beef and mushrooms (and the obligatory but necessary bits of flavorful green onion). So when you would typically be three quarters of the way through an Egg Drop soup and start thinking, “this would really be better if there was something more in here,” that’s where the West Lake’s value kicks in. Add in Vietnam’s superior Spring Rolls and you’re in good shape for taking on your entrée.

As the name suggests, Vietnam is well equipped to send out Vermicelli, Egg Noodles and Banh Mi. They have also got you covered for curries, sweet and sour dishes and meat dishes doused in fish sauce. But Leader Eater found that Vietnam’s own twist on the classics is where to go on the menu. Under its Chef ’s Specialties, there are a handful of fish and fowl options that can be black peppered. Squid always draws me in, and Vietnam’s Black Pepper Squid proved to be one of the best calamari dishes in the city, particularly as an entrée. Although a grilled squid is ideal, the restraint Vietnam uses in its batter allows them to capture the full peppery spice. (The same black pepper concoction can be applied to shrimp, scallops and grilled chicken if you’re not down with the squid.) The accompanying sliced onions and jalapenos really give it a kick, but you can pull back on how much you want when pairing it with brown rice. One drawback to the dish is its overall dryness, devoid of a built-in sauce like the Lemongrass dishes, which the Co-Pilot experienced and raved about this time around. But there is respite for the parchedness of the pepper with a tiny ramekin of light, almost oily sauce (a stripped down citronella?) that is light enough to keep the Black Pepper punch intact yet provide another level of taste and texture. Leave it to Vietnam to take you past the boundaries of its culinary namesake to uphold its reputation as one of the neighborhood’s finest restaurants.

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The developers of the midrise mixed use condo complex at 1111 Studewood in the Heights have named a second restaurant tenant on the ground floor -- and it’s another chain. Los Cucos is said to be locating its 23rd restaurant there, although we didn’t get a call back from corporate headquarters by deadline to find out particulars. Recently, it was announced that the third location of Piatto Ristorante, from the Carrabba family, would be opening there. Los Cucos will be just a few doors down from another announced Latin chain restaurant. Yucatan Taco Stand & Tequila Bar is planning to go into the spot formerly occupied by Stella Sola, at 1001 Studewood.

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Thursday, Oct. 3

•Solo @ MoMong with artist Ani Varadaraju at 6 p.m. Mo Mong Restaurant 1201 Westhiemer Road.

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•First Saturday Arts Market - 548 W. 19th St at Lawrence. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Three dozen plus artists will be on site under as many canopied mini-galleries. The Atomic Nightingales perform at noon followed by Alexis A. Moore. Food trucks: MuSuBi Houston and Heights favorite Yeti Sunshine. More online at www.FirstSaturdayArtsMarket. com •Contemporary International Artists from the Museum of the Americas,Heights Art Studios & Gallery’ 214 E. 27th St. 77008, 7-10 p.m., through Oct. 22. http://hasg. blog.com For more on upcoming shows, read Mitch Cohen’s extended Art a la Carte at www.theleadernews. com in the Hipstrict section. Cohen is the founder and organizer of First Saturday Arts Market.

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