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Houghton’s falls victim to thieves By Landan Kuhlmann firstname.lastname@example.org A local jeweler is trying to recover their inventory and peace of mind that was the target of thieves. During the early morning hours Monday, several perpetrators appeared to make their way into Houghton’s Jewelers on 34th Street, leaving a mess to clean up. “They stole almost all of our jewelry.” Jay Houghton said. “We’re still trying to calculate all of that since it just happened Monday. They were still in our store at about 5:45 or 6 in the morning, but considering all the damage they did, they were here for hours.” While Houghton’s has experienced minor incidents, the magnitude of this week’s robbery is new. “People have broken in before, but nobody’s ever stolen anything,” Houghton said. “They were able to stay out of the camera’s view and avoid the motion detectors for a few hours — they only went off at the end.” Houghton said no customer repair inventory was taken. The case remains under investigation.
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Construction crews are laying the groundwork for Whole Foods 365 and Yale Marketplace at the intersection of Yale and 610. (Photo by Jonathan McElvy)
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For an area that has been considered something of a wasteland for grocery shoppers, construction is finally in full gear for at least one of the promised additions to the area. For years, Kroger and Fiesta, along with smaller versions of Foodarama on Ella and a boutique H-E-B concept on 18th Street have been the only places for folks in the Heights, Oak Forest and Garden Oaks to realistically shop. But with dirt being moved at the intersection of Yale and 610 to make way for Amazon-owned Whole Foods, this seems like a good time for an update on all the grocery suitors that will open in the area.
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lier this year. Vertical construction was set to take off at the site at the northeast corner of Yale Street and the North Loop 610 frontage road on the project known as the Yale Marketplace by developer Fidelis Realty Partners after bids were received and finalized in early May. Workers hauling steel beams and cranes dragging dirt Tuesday morning signaled construction has begun, with Whole Foods 365 serving as the anchor store. However, an exact timeline for completion is unavailable as of press time. The Austin-based grocer announced the new concept in May 2015, and wasted no time searching Houston for a good location, saying it is designed to meet the public’s growing demand for
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After years of discussion and some fairly contentious meetings, the Heights Historic Guidelines saga continued last week as homeowners and the city made a (possible) last attempt to collaboratively eliminate subjectivity from development in the Heights. Any hope of having guidelines completed by the end of the year, though, are all but gone. Roughly 50 homeowners, Realtors and community citizens joined project manager Steph McDougal for the final community workshop for design guidelines for Houston Heights East, West and South at the United Way Community Resource Center Thursday, Sept. 28 for a potential final meeting. About two years and 26 community meeting in total -- 10 of them for the Heights Historic District Guidelines -- have now been invested
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Development never seems to cease in Houston or the local area, and new information has emerged on the fivestory midrise planned just off the North Loop. When Allen Harrison Company purchased the 3-acre site – to be named Citadel Apartments – from Weingarten that is now home to massive dirt piles and a few cranes tucked between the Citadel Plaza office building and the Cockrell Scout Center, Development Associate Evan McAnulty said the access provided to the Heights’ numerous amenities as well as one of Houston’s busiest thoroughfares was an instant eye-catcher for the company. “In the last several years the Heights has really seen a huge buy-in, and it has a good culture and a cool vibe to it,” he said. “We’re offering future residents the ability to be in close proximity to
Photo by Landan Kuhlmann Work has begun on Citadel Apartments, a five-story midrise planned just off the Loop 610 feeder road. Per the current schedule, the first unit should be delivered in early 2019.
the Heights and its amenities therein, but also jump on 610 and get to work and the Galleria.”
Currently slated to deliver its first units in the first calendar quarter of 2019 according to the most recent
schedule, Citadel Apartments will feature two designer unit interior finishing options for its 290 units wrapped around a parking garage, open air porches and display kitchens for residents to personalize their living space. A fitness center, billiards room, conference room, cyber lounge and pool will offer residents a wide array of leisure time options for their pleasure. McAnulty and Allen Harrison Company hope their attention to detail brings a resident experience just outside the Heights (but still close enough) unlike any other. “We poured through the plans for each amenity and each personal space so that we could figure out what the residents will want, and consulted with our project managers to gauge what they’ve seen on projects in the past,” he told The Leader in July. “There’s a See Citadel P. 8A
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Steward completes St. Joseph merger For The Leader Steward Health Care System LLC (Steward) has completed a previously announced agreement to merge operations with IASIS Healthcare LLC (IASIS). As the sole operator of the newly merged company, Steward will oversee 36 individual hospitals across 10 states – including St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston and five others in Texas. In addition, Steward has managed care operations in Arizona, Utah and Massachusetts, and projected revenues of almost $8 billion in 2018, the first fullyear of the consolidated company. Steward is now the largest private hospital operator in the U.S. with approximately 37,000 employees, 1,400 employed physicians, and 4,700 integrated network physicians. “This merger enables Steward to expand our successful, physician-led model that keeps patients healthy and close to home,” said Dr. Ralph de la Torre, chairman and
CEO of Steward Health Care. “We look forward to introducing patients, physicians, and employees throughout Texas to our high-quality care, innovative programs, and community commitment.” Steward assumes operations at six Texas hospitals including St. Joseph Medical Center, The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, The Medical Center of Southeast Texas – Victory Campus in Beaumont, Odessa Regional Medical Center in Odessa, Southwest General Hospital in San Antonio, and Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana. Steward doctors and staff deliver nationally-recognized hospital care focused on quality and safety, prioritizing preventative health to minimize acute care and lower costs. The company is committed to strengthening the health and well-being of the Texas communities these hospitals serve through innovative programs. The total number of covered lives within Steward’s in-
tegrated care network and insurance products is more than 1.1 million, with paneled lives estimated at 2.5 million. The 18 hospitals joining Steward Health Care are:
• The Medical Center of Southeast Texas – Victory Campus (Beaumont, TX) • Odessa Regional Medical Center (Odessa, TX) • Southwest General Hospital (San Antonio, TX) • St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston, TX) • Wadley Regional Medical Center (Texarkana, TX)
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Arkansas • Wadley Regional Medical Center at Hope (Hope, AR) Colorado • Pikes Peak Regional Hospital (Woodland Park, CO)
Several of the hospitals joining Steward operate in partnership with physician owners. The IASIS/Steward merger complied with normal regulatory approvals and adherence to closing conditions
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ULA MAE MCCASLIN COKER, age 85, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 18th, 2017. She is preceded in death by her husband, Orion E. Coker; sons, Troy and Clinton; baby girl, Debra Kay; brothers, Ardie and Marshall Jr.; and sisters, Bonnie Rash, Alline Burnett, Opal Brewer, and Vera Boyd. She is survived by 3 children, Jeffrey Coker, Sharon Tamez and husband Eliud “Ellie”, Shirlene Williams and husband J.D.; 3 grandchildren, Matthew Gilbert and wife Jennifer, Joshua Gilbert and wife Christy, Amber Grootemaat and husband Dodge; 4 great-grandchildren, Casey, Lilly, Bailey and Cory; 1 sister, Betty Wheat, as well as many other treasured family and friends who she loved like family. Eula was born in Corsicana, Texas to Marshall and Augusta “Guster” McCaslin. During her time on this Earth she was so much to so many: a teacher, a seamstress, a baker, a gardener, a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a greatgrandmother, an aunt, a neighbor, a treasured friend. She found joy in the simple beauties of nature and in the sweet moments shared with the ones she loved. She worked tirelessly and loved deeply and she will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at Corley Funeral Home, 418 North 13th Street, Corsicana, Texas 75110. A small graveside service will be held for family at Eureka Cemetery where she will be buried alongside her husband. A reception/lunch to celebrate her life will follow.
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argaret Ruth Sutton, age 76, of Kerrville, formerly Houston, passed away September 23, 2017 in a San Antonio Hospital. She was born in Kerrville, Texas on November 8, 1940 to Walter Neely and Ellarie (Hurst) Williams. She married Johnie Robert Sutton on October 30, 1959 in Kerrville. They lived in San Saba, Texas for several years where they started their family. They then moved to Houston, Texas where they happily lived, raising their children, until Johnie’s death in 1988. Margaret continued living in Houston until this year when she moved back to the place she started life. She was an active member of Candlelight Church of Christ in Houston. She wrote poetry, taught Bible study, and achieved the level of red belt in Tang Soo Do. She loved singing hymns and was an avid reader. But her greatest love was her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her faith in God and Jesus Christ. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Walter Scott Williams, her husband, and a son Ottis Neely Sutton. She is survived by her children Sheila Ann Sheffield and husband Robert of Victoria; Nina Jean Riha and husband Matt of Wildomar California; and son John Patrick Sutton of Kerrville, step-son BJ Drebert and wife Deloris and stepdaughter Debbie Tennant of Arizona. She is also survived by her sister Thelma Jean Sutton of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and her brother Robert Earl Williams of Kerrville; her grandchildren: Stephanie Andrews Burt, Nina Cooper, Ruth Cooper, William Sheffield, Trevor Sutton and Joshua Sutton as well as five greatgrandchildren: Destiny Burt, Clara Burt, Mickala Burt, Cooper McClaugherty and William Allen Sheffield. Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on October 14, 2017 at Kerrville Church of Christ, 1900 Tx Loop 534, in Kerrville, Texas. In lieu of flowers the family asks that a donation to one’s favorite charity be made in her name.
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Supermarkets from P. 1A natural foods through the use of a curated selection of products in a store occupying a much smaller footprint than its flagship brand. Despite the considerably smaller footprint, however, representatives believe Garden Oaks 365 will have just as much staying power as its older brother. “365 is designed to complement the Whole Foods Market brand by bringing the highest quality, healthy foods to a broader audience,” said Jeanette Webster, Houston media and community relations manager for Whole Foods, in August 2015. “365 will allow us to serve more customers with a fresh, valuedriven shopping experience. The new stores will feature a mix of products that meet our quality standards, in an environment that’s fun and convenient for shoppers.” H-E-B H-E-B’s Heights saga is one residents have been dealing with for more than a year now, with the store’s support of repealing a portion of the dry laws bringing mixed reactions. In October of 2016, when the site was first unveiled to the public, Houston Division President Scott McClelland told The Leader that they hoped it would be up and running by January of 2018. In December, however, McClelland informed citizens that inclement weather and outside forces conspired to force the San Antoniobased grocer to delay work by several months, resulting in an estimated March 2018 opening. Then, last December, the grocery giant revealed plans to propose a variance request which would build the store out an additional 15 feet to add a parking garage. Unfortunately, after having the variance to change the orientation of the store ap-
proved, H-E-B was forced to re-permit the store with the city. “That pushed the entire project back by several months,” H-E-B Houston President Scott McClelland said. According to McClelland in a June interview with The Leader, however, the store was then set to break ground August 21, with site work to begin September 25 leading to an August 2018 opening. “Nobody is more interested than me (in getting this thing started),” McClelland said in June. “The Heights is my dream store to get built. Good things come to those who wait, I promise.” However, any passerby can see that no work has begun at 23rd and Shepherd — bringing in some questions as to whether any work will be done soon on what has been promised as a new modern, urban-style store that will reflect the Heights community. The Leader was unable to reach McClelland as of press time. ALDI The German supermarket chain was announced as a new tenant in the Garden Oaks shopping center just about five month ago, replacing the Yoga Collective at the north end of the premises. They will build their own structure which will sit on Yoga Collective’s vacated space and on the vacant space next to that. Per a company spokesperson, it remains too early in the building/planning process for any definitive timeline to be released for the store’s completion and grand opening. No matter where they go, local residents are sure to have their pick of modern markets in the coming years.
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Even Clip Joints vying for your personal information AUSTIN -- It is time for me to get my annual haircut, but I am new in town, so I hunt around for a barbershop, spotting one in a strip shopping center. I enter and explain that I need just your basic cut, nothing fancy, leave the ears. The nice lady smiles and turns to her computer. “Name?” she asks. Huh? I reluctantly reply, then she asks for my phone number and email address. “I came here for a haircut, not an interrogation,” I say. She smiles. “We can take you in about, oh, half an hour.” I leave. Do you also find that total strangers engaging in your normal day-today activities all of a sudden need to know your life story? It’s mainly so they can pester you for repeat business. Emails are the worst. In the past I have made reservations at restaurants through their web site, and now get daily emails touting their holiday feasts, special weekend specials, wine tastings and “Just Desserts.” Same for hotels. I am getting to the point of boycotting Hilton altogether if they don’t leave me alone. A few years ago I went into a RadioShack to buy some batteries, just plain old batteries. The clerk turned to his computer, and asked, “Name?” I walked out. Perhaps I am getting paranoid as I keep reading about hackers, identify
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theft, Equifax and pickpockets. (I told you about my pocket being picked at a Houston Texans game. It was the second worst crime in the stadium.) Do you get daily emails warning that your bank account has been breached and you need to tell the bank your password? My cable company – except that it isn’t really my cable company, it’s some 17-year-old in Serbia – is constantly asking for information about my finances, addresses and DNA. Emails are only the latest forms of harassment. Subscribe to one magazine and you will be besieged by other publications wanting you to join their readers list. And good luck in refusing to renew. Once I let my subscription to Texas Monthly slide, and you would have thought I was one of the 10 worst Texas legislators. I counted 11 letters from TM begging me to come back. I finally renewed, just in case I want
to run for the Legislature. Sign up for one catalogue, and because they sell names, you will be on the receiving end of dozens. It is now a week later and I am still desperate for a haircut. Guys start whistling at me. I was thrown out of a transgender bathroom. NOW tried to sign me up. Apparently no male in Austin ever gets his hair cut. Driving around town on the prowl, I finally spot a sign, “Salon and Barber.” Close enough. I enter the establishment and three people, two men and one woman, greet me. No customers. “Hi” says the woman, extending her hand, “I’m Cricket.” A fellow at a computer asks, “First name?” “I don’t have one.” I suspect he’s heard this before. “Cell phone or iPhone number?” I give him my aweshucks look. “I don’t have one.” He sits down. I explain that I just want a haircut. Cricket suggests a French cut, a backblow turnaround or a high and inside split. No, just a haircut. I sit down in the chair and, as she is fitting me with a giant bib, I casually ask how much is this simple cut. “Thirty-five dollars,” she replies, indicating that a tip would be appreciated. That is the last they saw of me and my Afro. During the recent discussions or arguments or angry demonstrations
over immigration, some bills in Congress have been called Your Papers, Please bills. The term comes from those old World War II movies when a Gestapo officer would stop a French Resistance fighter and demand, “Your papers, please.” That was very funny until what happened to me this week. As I have mentioned lately, we have been flooded out of Houston and are dealing with insurance companies, FEMA’s flood agents and, of course, the Gestapo. They want information from documents that are probably floating, in confetti pieces, somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico. Incidentally, this reminds me. Don’t keep your flood insurance policies in your house. Find a safe place – like Puerto Rico. Another email. “Recently you engaged in business with us, and we hope your experience was a successful one. To further enhance our operations, please take a moment to….” The old survey ploy. This is yet another extended probe into our lives. Don’t fall for the survey scam. First of all, we don’t even know if this inquiry is actually from the selfdescribed business. Your name and email address could have easily been hacked by that same youthful Serbian. Second, let them do their own oversight of their operation. Why should
Who is your every day hero? We asked a few neighbors and this is what they said: Lesil Gessner would like to send a shout out to the anonymous neighbor who made a difference the week after Hurricane Harvey: “Thank you to the kind woman in Kroger who paid the difference while my kids were shopping for our family groceries. I was helping a friend pack up her flooded home and my teenagers went shopping. They were short and she offered to make up the difference. It taught my kids the importance of helping others.” Kim Hogstrom would like to salute former Commander Richard Voorhies of American Legion Post 560 in Garden Oaks. She said, “He took that old post from a death spiral and breathed life back into it. The Post now does so much for the community, it has a national reputation in the American Legion. Liberty Kitchen has even added a Post 560 Burger on its menu to thank the Post for its initiative in the community. Richard is a Vietnam veteran. Oak Forest neighbor Gordon Taylor reports his hero is Charlie Cunningham, also of Oak Forest, because Cunningham is done with criminals! Recently awakened during the night by his truck’s alarm, Cunningham leapt up, grabbed his keys, pistol and cell phone, and took off after the criminals, barefoot and in his underwear (yes, he did), following them until HPD caught up with the stolen vehicle and arrested the thieves in the Pinemont/Antoine area. The criminals were caught and Cunningham was able to get his truck back in one piece. It doesn’t get much better than that! Susan and Keith Kostelecky are heroes in Garden Oaks for welcoming a family of fairies in their front yard. Word along the on the Lavendar Grapeline from Fairyland is that a pick your own pumpkin patch is coming soon. A fairy mailbox is said to be coming soon! Cynthia and Johnny Rojas are also everyday heroes for hosting a family of fairies in their giant oak tree on the corner of Gardenia and Glebe in Oak Forest. Recently, adorable acorn charms with hand wrought metal wrapped around them to hang on a necklace appeared at the front door as a gift from Fairyland to visitors. Some of our wonderful neighbors worked together across neighborhoods and neighboring cities throughout the Hurricane Harvey ordeal and rescued countless animals, working alongside animal rescue groups and individually to rescue animals from flooded shelters and pet stores, flooded homes and vehicles, and outdoors in flood waters. As frightening as the event was for our humans, thousands of animals were also lost, swept away in flood waters, and
needed a helping hand. Animal lovers who were able to do so leapt into action. Several thousand displaced animals were rescued, retrieved, fostered, adopted, and some returned to their rightful owners – and this Herculean effort took many hours and many people, and continues on today. Animals were moved to safe locations during the flooding and some were moved yet again to other locations better equipped to house the large volume of animals rescued as well as turned over by families unable to care for them due to losing their homes. Some if not all of these folks also fostered animals in their own homes, feeding newborns with bottles and tending to wounds, driving the animals to vets, etc. Neighbors has received many shout outs to Best Friends (a nationwide group) and Austin Pets Alive, because they not only sent volunteers to Houston from other cities and states, they also sent boats!, kennels, food, blankets and much needed supplies. Volunteers are still working, caring for hundreds of animals, sending animals to other cities and states to be adopted out, and working very diligently to find owners of animals identified as lost pets in the Metropolitan Houston area. Just a few of your neighbors involved in literally rescuing animals, shuttling animals to care centers, traveling to deliver animals to shelters in other states, fundraising and more are Tina Sabuco, Shellye Arnold, Bill Baldwin, Hilary Cobb, Adrienne Balfour-Huertas, and Gloria Medina Zenteno. Many of you know local artist Bridgitte Mongeon and her daughter, photographer Christina Sizemore, who throughout the storm and beyond personally reached out and connected boat owners with folks needing water rescue and homeless families needing shelter with temporary homes; collected mountains of food, clothing and other much needed items for donation to area shelters; and also collected supplies to send to Rockport by helicopter and Puerto Rico. There was even a helicopter or two involved in Christina’s efforts! Their efforts cannot be given enough credit in these column inches. Frank Black Middle Schoolers will participate in a Football, Foam and Frisbee event on Oct. 17, to raise funds for technology acquisition, teacher grants, classroom materials, facility upgrades and more. It’s a fun run but with a twist! The total student body participates in this athletic event where students will toss Frisbees, throw footballs and run the track, finishing with a run through a blast of foam, attempting to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most Frisbee and football throws. This is a PTO sponsored event for which each student registers – instead of selling candy or wrapping paper, the kids are seeking sponsorships for themselves to raise funds for
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you be doing their work for them? A particular restaurant keeps asking if I enjoyed my visit there, then asks how often I dine out, roughly how much I spend, etc. I’ll probably be asked where I live and, next time I leave my house to visit the restaurant, where I keep the family’s silverware. Finally, we must consider the most intrusive and detailed probe into our lives: the U.S. Census Bureau. The U.S. Constitution specifically orders a nose-count of all Americans every 10 years for one reason: to allocate members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Period. Any other questions are add-ons. Here’s what happened. A group of businesses, say, the auto industry, wanted know who bought their cars, when, where they lived and what is their favorite color. But it would cost millions to gain such information, so Detroit got their lobbyists in Congress to add those questions to the census questionnaires. Do you own a refrigerator? No, I keep my Bud on an ice floe, along with my dying grandmother. I should put one of those hotel “Privacy Please” signs around my neck.
their school. Would you like to donate and sponsor a student, but don’t know a FBMS student? Email fundraiser@ fbmspto.org for instructions to donate to “Frankie The Panther” either online or by check made out to FBMS PTO. Frank Black is an HISD campus and many items campuses dearly need are not in the budget for HISD schools and those items must be provided by donations and fundraising – things such as paying for school buses for field trips and field trips themselves, updated technology, funds for teachers to use for classroom materials and educational aids, and much more. FBMS Principal Paolo Castagnoli shared, “We are very excited about our fall fundraiser as it provides an opportunity for the school and community to come together and raise funds for our campus in a fun and exciting way. We love our community.”
Dear Tabby, When I went to get my dog’s heartworm meds recently, they said that he needed a heartworm test before they would refill his heartworm medicine prescription. I hadn’t budgeted for extra blood work and am curious if the vet is trying to scam me. What do you think? Sceptical in Shepherd Park Plaza Dear Sceptical, I understand how unexpected vet bills can certainly blow your budget--especially when it seems like superfluous testing--but vets recommend doing yearly testing to make sure that heartworms don’t injure your pet...even if you’ve been religious about giving him the preventative medication. Here’s why: Heartworm preventatives can’t stop mosquitos from carrying heartworm larvae to your dog.
Instead, they kill the larvae before they mature, reproduce and cause damage--but, they only work against certain larvae stages. Any larvae too young to be stopped by the preventative at dosing time will not be covered until next month’s dose. Any larvae too old will be able to grow into adults that can’t be killed by preventatives. So, any lapse in dosing could allow a larva to mature. The heartworm test is the only way to know if it is there before serious damage is done. With a yearly test, you have a chance to catch heartworms before they cause extensive damage to the vessels of the heart and lungs. If you skip testing, you might not know that your dog has contracted heartworms until it shows signs of cardiac impairment and, by then, the damage has been done. Also, resistance to heartworm preventatives is growing. Yearly testing can help prevent resistance development and can help veterinarians know when resistant worms move into the area. Lastly, heartworm preventative manufacturers offer product guarantees. If your pet gets heartworms and your vet can show that you’ve purchased preventives without lapsing and did yearly testing, the manufacturer
will pay for your dog’s treatment. So, while it might seem unnecessary at first, yearly testing for heartworms is a sure-fire way to make sure that your pet stays healthy for years to come. Do you have a question for Tabby? Email her at email@example.com
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The calendar. HERITAGE REPUBLICAN WOMEN MEETING Join Heritage Republican Women for our monthly meeting Oct. 5, as we host Councilman Mike Knox to discuss alternatives to the “Harvey Tax,” and a panel discussion with HISD School board Candidates Gretchen Himsl, John Luman, Sean Cheben, and Elizabeth Santos. From 78:15 p.m. at Candlelight Church of Christ 4215 Watonga Blvd. BOOK SIGNING The Book Scene Dr. Samuel Axelrad will sign and discuss his book, Peaceful Bones, an inspiring story during the Vietnam war, Saturday from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. There will be refreshments and prizes. The Book Scene is located at 1820 W. 43rd St. Information: 713-8696117. SENIOR ADVANTAGE BINGO St. Joseph Medical Center Join members of the Senior Advantage Program at St. Joseph Medical Center in the Heights on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 2-3:30 p.m. for Bingo and light refreshments. The fun takes place in the basement-level cafeteria of the
hospital at 1917 Ashland St. Seating is limited and reservations can be made by calling 713-9695376 by Monday, Oct. 9. Held the second Wednesday of each month, senior Bingo is free and part of St. Joseph’s Senior Advantage Program. Membership is open to all seniors 55 and older. Join by calling 713-969-5376 or visit sjmctx.com/senioradvantage. SPIRIT NIGHT Waltrip Ram Band The Waltrip Ram Band is hosting a Spirit night at McDonald’s, 12020 Northwest Frwy., from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 10. The band will be performing from 7-8 p.m. Anyone who mentions the band raises money for the band. Information: 713-545-0892. PUMPKIN PATCH Sinclair Elementary School Come out at 10 a.m. Oct. 7, for the grand opening of the annual Sinclair Elementary Pumpkin Patch. It will be a fun day of coffee and cobwebs for all. There will be Katz Coffee, donuts, face painting, scavenger hunt and games. The event is sponsored by Pamela Efferson Properties and Payless Insulation. Pumpkin
From the Pews.
Fish Fry at St. Rose of Lima St. Rose of Lima is hosting its semi-annual fish fry from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. Be sure to join them for delicious catfish and all the trimmings. Tickets can be purchased at the event, and both dine-in and take-out are available. St. Rose of Lima Catholic Community is located at 3600 Brinkman. Call 713-692-9123 for information. Free pancake breakfast at St. Matthew’s St. Matthew’s will host the free monthly Pancake Breakfast Oct. 7, 8:30-10 a.m., in the fellowship hall. Enjoy pancakes, sausage, eggs and breakfast drinks. The Lydia Circle will meet immediately after the pancake breakfast in Room 107. All members of the circle are urged to be present to discuss some important business matters. The Methodist Men will also meet at 10 a.m. in Rooms 104 and 105. Sunday morning worship begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by 10:30 a.m. Sunday School. A nursery is available for the very young visitors. Come and see what St. Matthew’s offers. St. Matthew’s UMC is lo-
cated at 4300 N. Shepherd Dr. Visit the Facebook page, website at www.stmatthewsmethodist.org or call 713-6970671 for information. Senior Activity Day at St. Stephen’s The Bill Hardwick Memorial Golf Classic will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, at 8 a.m., at Jersey Meadow Golf Course, 8502 Rio Grande Dr., in Jersey Village. The entry fee is $125 per golfer ($75 for age 72+). For information, contact Dixie Hardwick at ddixon0126@ aol.com or Ken Aldredge at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry forms are also available through the church office. Get a headstart on Christmas Shopping at the Holiday Artisan Market to be held in St. Stephen’s west sanctuary parking lot from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. The market will feature a variety of vendors and food trucks, and will benefit the Animal Justice League. St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church is located at 2003 W. 43rd St. For information, call 713-686-8241 or visit www.stsumc.org and the church’s Facebook page. Get ready for the St. Rose Pumpkin Patch
Lucia Bettler, 69, born Sept. 17, 1948, died Sept. 22. There will be a Memorial Gathering on Friday, Oct. 20, from 5-7 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 7 p.m. at Pat H. Foley & Company. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at St. Anne’s Catholic Community. Anthony Wade Bryan, 47, born Aug. 3, 1970 in Shreveport, La., died Sept. 9, in Baton Rouge. He attended Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, and graduated from Jersey Village High School. He is survived by one son, Anthony Bryan Virgadamo,
his parents, Laura and Dennis Virgadamo, brothers John Virgadamo and C.J. Bryan, and sisters Autumn Virgadamo and Amber Landry.
Norma Jean Burrows,
88, born Aug. 24, 1929 in Wink, Texas, died Sept. 21. Burrows devoted her life to the glory of the Lord and the celebration of music, touching thousands of lives through directorships of musical organizations spanning over a half century. She is survived by her children and grandchildren.
Richard Payne Napier, 91,
patch is open daily from 10 a.m.3 p.m. through Oct. 27. Sinclair Elementary is located at 6410 Grovewood Ln. FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS Do you have trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous(FA) will offer a free public information session offering a solution for those who struggle with food obsession. The information session will be held Oct. 7, from 1:30-3 p.m. at The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Blvd. FA has free meetings throughout the Houston metro area. Information: 713-456-0822. 53RD CLASS REUNION Reagan HS Class of 1964 The reunion will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the SPJST Lodge at 1435 Beall St. Email Theresa Rhea Casey at email@example.com or visit classreport.org/usa/tx/houston/ rhs/1964/. 40TH CLASS REUNION Scarborough HS Class of 1977 The G. C. Scarborough class of 1977 will have their 40th reunion
The St. Rose pumpkin patch will be open Oct. 6. The annual St. Rose Halloween Festival will be from 5-10 p.m. Oct. 27. St. Rose of Lima Catholic Community is located at 3600 Brinkman St. Call 713-6929123 for information. Blessing of the Animals at Advent Lutheran Bring a pet (or picture of a pet) for a Blessing of the Animals at Advent Lutheran Church, 5820 Pinemont Dr., in the fellowship hall (indoors) at 11 a.m. Oct. 14. A blessing and a medallion will be given. The entrance is at the Life Center door. Please keep all pets restrained and close to owner during the service. Call 713-686-8201 or visit www.adventhouston.org for information. St. Monica to hold annual Fall Bazaar Save the date. St. Monica Catholic Church, 8421 W. Montgomery Rd., will hold their annual 2017 Fall Bazaar Oct. 14-15. Be a part of the festivities. Vendor booths available. Call Craig Adams at 713-818-2048 or Charles Cade at 713-851-1658. For information visit www. stmonicahouston.com.
born April 21, 1926, died Sept. 21.
Joe Louis Walker, 79, born
March 3, 1938 in Athens, La., died Sept. 22. Walker was a devoted member of the Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church for more than 60 years and, as he loved to sing, he was in the choir. He was employed with the Chicago Bridge and Iron Corporation, and then worked another 20 years for the Houston Metro Transit Line. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Lydia, daughter Leola Walker, son Joe Louis Walker Jr., and sister Emma Lee Walker.
at 7 p.m. Oct. 7, at The Spot Club located at 1732 W. 18th St. Please join the facebook page G C Scarborough High school class of 1977 or email Roger Souders at firstname.lastname@example.org. DENIM AND DIAMONDS FUNDRAISER MANNA Dust off your boots, and ride on over to MANNA’s 4th Annual BBQ and auction. The event will be from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 14, at the Anheuser Busch Brewery, located at 775 Gellhorn 77029. Gatlin’s BBQ will be serving up their award winning barbeque again this year for one fun-filled evening of dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. Information: https://manna-4thannual-bbq.eventbrite.com. 2ND ANNUAL HOPE RUN Dan’s House of Hope Run Come out for the 2nd Annual Hope Run 5K fun run/walk in support of Young Adult Cancer fighters Sunday, Oct. 15 at T.C. Jester Park. Medals to top finishing women and men. Registration is from 7-8 a.m. Runners start at 8 a.m. with walkers to follow. Information: http://danshouseofhope.org.
Car Show at Champion Forest Baptist Champion Forest Baptist Jersey Village, 16518 Jersey Dr., will be holding a car show, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 14. There is a $20 entry fee to register a car, and free admission for spectators. There will be food, music, games, and awards. All proceeds benefit CFBC. Call 713-542-5632 for information. The Great Pumpkin Patch at St. Matthew’s The Great Pumpkin Patch, Barbecue and Silent Auction will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 21. Come and join in on all the fun, food and fellowship. A beautiful handmade quilt, crafted by St. Matthew’s quilters, will be available to bid on in the Silent Auction, along with other miscellaneous items. Kids can enjoy a variety of games. Delicious barbecued chicken will top the menu. Pick out a special pumpkin in the pumpkin
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS: TOOLS FOR A HEALTHIER RELATIONSHIP Most people do not know how to ‘do’ relationships. When asked about couples we admire because of their strong relationship, many of us are at a loss to identify the characteristics or practices we should use. Angela Soper, LCSW, will lead this seminar and teach concrete tools for becoming ‘that couple.’ The seminar will be from 10 a.m.-noon, Oct. 21, at 1548 Heights Blvd. There is no charge for the seminar, but a $10 donation to the Heights Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry is suggested. Register at Bit.ly/soperseminar. Information: 832-653-3335. WALK FOR SICKLE CELL The Sickle Cell Association of Texas The 2017, 5th annual 3K Walk for Sickle Cell, happening at 9 a.m. Oct. 21, at MacGregor Park, will provide the community sickle cell trait testing, live music, participation from community leaders, breakfast items, vendor communication, and tons of family-friendly activities. Proceeds help children in Houston suffering
patch. St. Matthew’s UMC is located at 4300 N. Shepherd Dr. Visit the Facebook page, website at www.stmatthewsmethodist.org or call 713-6970671 for information. Men’s Scripture Sharing Group meets at the YMCA The Men’s Scripture Sharing Group meets at 7 a.m. every Thursday at the Harriet and Joe Foster YMCA, 1234 W. 34th St. There will be music, Bible study and fellowship. Guests and new members are welcome to attend this nondenominational Bible study. Email scripturesharing@ earthlink.net for information. Third Age Learning Center begins fall semester All Saints Third Age Learning Center (TALC) offers a variety of activities for seniors.
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Some of the classes offered during the 2017 Fall Semester include Mah Jongg, bridge, dominoes, exercise, computer, quilting, pony tail canasta, woodworking, small appliance repair, water coloring, art and more. Seniors are welcome to make lunch reservations by 10 a.m. each weekday by calling 713-248-1277. A hot lunch is available weekdays at noon for $2. For TALC information and lunch reservations, call 713248-1277. All Saints Catholic Church is located at 215 E. 10th St.
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Arise Baptist Church 803 Curtin St. Houston, TX 77018 713-659-9697 • www.arisebaptistchurch.org We live in a broken world. None of us wanted to see what we saw happen in Las Vegas as it came across our social media accounts and horrific images were shown on television. When situations like this happen we want to have answers. Why did this happen. What should we be doing so this doesn’t happen again? Is God a part of this? Where is He in all of this? Just because we live in a broken world doesn’t mean we serve a broken God. We serve a good God. Some people want to blame the good God for the evils of mankind. God made a perfect world without any sin and yet mankind ruined God’s perfect situation with our sin. We want to understand what is going on around us but we don’t know where to find the answers. In Proverbs 3:5-6 the Bible says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” As a child of God, I can trust in God. Trust is necessary where understanding is not possible. A child must trust the directions of a parent even before he is able to understand the reasons behind the directions of a parent. God does answer many “why’s” in His Word, but some things are beyond our understanding. When the man of God named Job lost all of his children and everything he owned in a matter of moment, he asked God why. God responded by asking Job a series of questions that Job was unable to answer. He proved to Job that there were things beyond his understanding and that God still loved Him and would do what is best. Even when tragedy strikes we can trust in a good, heavenly Father that cares for His children.
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great connection between those two facets of our company that I think will end up with a great end product for the future residents.” McAnulty has reiterated multiple times that Allen Harrison is a fan of the greater Heights’ neighborhood feel – from a park just east of the planned complex to the restaurant rows on Ella Boulevard — and said the company hopes to reflect that image itself upon completion. “Even though this is going to be an urban type of prod-
Where they’ve been In 2016, the city’s planning department hired Winter & Company, a firm based in Boulder, Colo., to help draft guidelines for the Heights. Through public meetings and varying degrees of guideline drafts, residents in the Heights were allowed to hear what sort of restrictions would be placed on home renovations (or rebuilds) in the neighborhood. Following an initial comment period, the meetings culminated in a sometimes contentious gathering at the Historic Heights Fire Station June 20. Following that June 20 meeting, the city’s Planning and Development Department had initially hoped to send a draft to the HAHC by June 30. That date came and went, however, after a meeting with Mayor Sylvester Turner sent the city back to the proverbial drawing board. “We aren’t going to move forward with this until there’s a stronger consensus,” Turner said, noting a strong divide. “We’re not sending anything to the [city] council until I approve what we’re sending, and we aren’t there yet.” Following some internal evaluations, the city released another draft in August. Concerns from the June draft included continued umbrage with certain measurable standards such as Floor Area Ratio and context area, along with setbacks, eave height and more. Context Area Upon attempting to sit down and comb through real-life context to projects, McDougal said the August draft now includes a process for how homeowners can bring concerns about context area to the Historical Commission and ask to use different numbers. “For example, if you were in an area where contributing houses were bigger than the rest of your neighborhood,
Photo by Landan Kuhlmann More than 100 attendees listen to Project Manager Steph McDougal at a June 20 meeting at the Heights Fires Station. The comment period for the August draft of the design guidelines closes Oct. 6.
you could bring that forth and ask the Commission to look at your project differently,” she said. “We think that’s going to provide the flexibility needed for those situations, and it’s not covered under a one-size-fits-all deal.” Floor Area Ratio/Lot Coverage August’s draft also added clarifying language for what is and is not included in lot coverage and Floor Area Ratio. McDougal said accessory buildings are excluded whether conditioned or not, and that both FAR and lot coverage exclude both open and screened porches. “We had some inconsistencies between those two in terms of accessory buildings and things like that, so we’ve tried to make lot coverage and FAR calculations as consistent as possible with each other,” McDougal said. “That was not clear in the previous draft.” The FAR calculation will now also completely exclude attics in existing contributing buildings. If an attic is included in a non-contributing building, it will be excluded in new construction if it does not have dormers. “The purpose was to allow those contributing buildings to build up and maximize square footage for new stuff while minimizing the creation of effective third stories,” McDougal said. Another point of contention here has been expansion
of the square footage exemption from these two aspects. Initial recommendations of 150 square feet from consultants Winter & Company were found to be far too restricting, so McDougal said the city asked to bump it up to 250 square feet. “What we heard from residents is that wasn’t nearly enough. Everybody pretty uniformly said there needed to be at least a two-car garage size space, so that’s now been bumped up to 400 square feet for both of those,” she said. Setbacks As initially written, Guidelines proposed a cumulative setback of 15 feet for both one and two-story residences. However, following feedback, officials determined 15 feet seemed excessive for a one-story house, and have decreased it to 10 feet. Setbacks for two-story projects remained unchanged. “When we looked at the intent and purpose behind that, it was to try moving some of the tall building mass of two story buildings and additions away from the property line,” McDougal said. “That (we hope) addresses a lot of the concerns we had about big walls over the back of a backyard.” Additional variations included slight changes in plans for front setbacks, increasing plate height for new construction from nine feet to 10 feet for the first floor and
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from eight feet to nine feet for the second floor, eave height, standards for Detached Garage Ridge Height and side wall lengths and insets. Future remains uncertain Following a full report on comments received, the city will make an informational presentation to the HAHC at their regular meeting Oct. 19, at which time members of the community will be able to comment. However, the HAHC will not vote on whether or not to recommend approval until their Nov. 14 meeting. The comment period ends Oct. 6. Comments should be emailed to McDougal at Steph.McDougal@ houstontx.gov The city will take an informational report to the Quality of Life Committee no earlier than January 2018, but after such time, McDougal said it is difficult to estimate any sort of timeline for implementation and enforcement. In June, she had said she hoped the process would be finished by the end of the year. “I don’t know and can’t estimate when we will get on the agenda or (after that) when the guidelines might be placed on the City Council agenda for a vote,” she said. Once council approves the design guidelines (assuming it happens), McDougal will recommend that the effective date of the guidelines be delayed for about 60 days.
uct, the neighborhood has a great feel to it,” he said in July. “A lot of folks in the Heights have also gotten accustomed to the whole vibe, and we’re hoping to capture that with this project and embrace the surroundings of the Heights.
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