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by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com The University Interscholastic League (UIL) has expanded from five classifications to six, and Reagan High will be moving up two classifications from 4A to 6A. The realignment will go into effect for 2014-15 and 2015-16. The assignments are based on student enrollment. Waltrip will go from 4A to 5A, which

means theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll stay with most of the same opponents, and the same goes for Scarborough, which will move up from 3A to 4A. Reagan High athletic director/head football coach Stephen Dixon had mixed feelings about the Bulldogs moving up to 6A (the former 5A-20, along with Milby High). The Bulldogs will be in a district with Bellaire, Chavez, Lamar, Milby, Sam Houston, Westside and Westbury. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(In football), we can compete and still

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Scott and Brie Kelman look at their house plans with son Oliver. Their plans were initially denied by HAHC. (Photo by Betsy Denson)

Getting approval for renovations in historic district includes guesswork by Betsy Denson betsy@theleadernews.com When Brie Kelman and her husband, Scott, bought their home on Harvard Street, she liked that it was located in the protected historic district Houston Heights East. She also was aware that it needed a lot of work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were big holes in the floor patched by plywood, the 1920 siding was covered by asphalt roofing material and there was over three feet of junk covering the floors,â&#x20AC;? she said. Following procedure, she met with preservation staff from the City of Houston before she submitted her application to the Houston Architectural Historic Commission, a 13-member board that reviews Historic District applications. To get the coveted Certificate of Appropriateness â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and proceed with renovations â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kelman would need to meet 11 criteria. She worked with a preservation staff member who served as a go-between with HAHC and also referred to an online design guide. Kelman did everything by the book. Or so she thought.

Trash was piled high in the home the Kelmans purchased on Harvard Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[HAHC] became fixated on the percent at which my second story addition started,â&#x20AC;? she said. In other words, they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like it. Printed materials Kelman used to guide the design of her home â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including the Houston Historic Preservation Ordinance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; said the second story had to be 50 percent back from the front wall of the house. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then I was told it needed to be 67 percent or 75 percent [back],â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would have looked like a camelback on steroids with no backyard.â&#x20AC;? And therein lies the problem. Ac-

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The 11 steps to a CertiďŹ cate In order for the HAHC Commission to authorize a CertiďŹ cate of Appropriateness for restoration, they must ďŹ nd that the project satisďŹ es each and every one of these 11 criteria. 1: The proposed activity must retain and preserve the historical character of the property. 2: The proposed activity must contribute to the continued availability of the property for a contemporary use. 3: The proposed activity must recognize the building, structure, object or site as a product of its own time and avoid alterations that seek to create an earlier or later appearance. 4: The proposed activity must preserve the distinguishing qualities or character of the building, structure, object or site and its environment. 5: The proposed activity must maintain or replicate distinctive stylistic exterior features or examples of skilled craftsmanship that characterize the building, structure, object or site. 6: New materials to be used for any exterior feature excluding what is visible from public alleys must be visually compatible with, but not necessarily the same as, the materials being replaced in form, design, texture, dimension and scale. 7: The proposed replacement of exterior features, if any, should be based on accurate duplication of features, substantiated by available historical, physical or pictorial evidence, where that evidence is available, rather than on conjectural designs or the availability of diďŹ&#x20AC;erent architectural elements from other structures. 8: Proposed additions or alterations must be done in a manner that, if removed in the future, would leave unimpaired the essential form and integrity of the building, structure, object or site. Criterion 9: The proposed design for any exterior alteration or addition must not destroy signiďŹ cant historical, architectural or cultural material and must be compatible with the size, scale, material and character of the property and the area in which it is located. Criterion 10: The setback of any proposed addition or alteration must be compatible with existing setbacks along the blockface and facing blockface(s). Criterion 11: The proposed activity will comply with any applicable deed restrictions.

North Forest will remain district opponents for the Rams. Waltrip football coach Milton Dailey said it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change much, but it may make scheduling non-district games a challenge. Scarboroughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4A district will be the same as 3A-23 with Furr, Jones, Kashmere, Sterling, Washington and Worthing remaining as district opponents. The only change will be Wheatley, a 4A-21 member, replacing Yates.

Daycare to stiffen up security The Messiah Lutheran Early Childhood Center, 5103 Rose, is hoping to install security cameras in its parking lot early next year. The action is a response to three burglaries of motor vehicles -- two in the past three weeks and one in April -- in which mothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; purses were stolen from their vehicles as they took a few moments to go inside the daycare center to pick up their children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(The security cameras) are what our parent body wants, so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking into,â&#x20AC;? said center director Stacey Viviano. The cameras, which would cost between $3,000-$10,000, must be approved by the Messiah Lutheran churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board at its next board meeting. Viviano said that makes more sense than hiring a security guard, who would have to be there all day, five days per week. Unlike elementary schools with a set time for pick up, parents are dropping off and picking up their children throughout the day. Viviano said the burglaries have been an ongoing problem in the Rice Military area. She echoed the Houston Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice in telling parents not to leave valuables in plain sight -- even if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re only going inside for a few minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Michael Sudhalter

Note from the Publisher: Dear Readers, We have a philosophy in the newspaper business that we should always strive to surprise our readers. We believe you should pick up this newspaper each week, look at the front page, or an inside story, and literally say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wow, I did not know that.â&#x20AC;? Well, there are other times when you should not be surprised, and today is one of those days. Each year, in the first issue of December, we insert a letter and envelope inside the paper about a program we launched last year called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Voluntary Contributions.â&#x20AC;? Like many free newspapers around the country, one time a year we humbly offer those who appreciate the paper an opportunity to support what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing at The Leader. To get full details on the program, please take a couple of minutes to read the inserted letter. And as many of our readers requested last year, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve added some technology this year, allowing contributions to be made securely online. Jonathan McElvy


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Tailgate thefts increase in Oak Forest There has recently been an increase in tailgate thefts the past week or so in Oak Forest, specifically those reported were in Section 15 and Section 9. However, it can happen anywhere. If you own a truck, tailgates are a hot commodity item. Please consider the following: â&#x20AC;˘ If your truck comes equipped with a locking tailgate, remember to lock it each night. â&#x20AC;˘ If your truck does not come equipped with a locking tailgate, see your local home improvement store or contact your truck dealer. â&#x20AC;˘ Avoid parking on the street.

â&#x20AC;˘ Reverse your truck into your well-lit driveway either up against the garage or another vehicle. â&#x20AC;˘ If you have a security system at your home, ensure itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in working order in case it does catch any information helpful in solving your crime. Should you be a victim of crime or if you witness suspicious activity, please report to HPD (non emergency number is 713-884-3131) and to SEAL Security even if you are not a subscriber (Oak Forest Hotline 832-900-7017). No crime is too small to report. Reporting the crime is one way HPD can justify using their resources in our neighborhood.

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Art a la Carte: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an Art Wonderland! The first weekend of the month has been a busy one in the Heights area for many years. December however, outshines them all. I think it started with the 19th Street Merchants hosting their annual holiday party on Heights General Store Friday night, 350 W. 19th St. then came www.heightsgeneralstore.com Heights 1st Brunch: $5-$7 Saturday folSandwiches and Pizzas: $8.95-$14.95 lowed by me Mitch Cohen Soups and Salads: $6-$12.95 with First Arts Columnist Kid Friendly: The downstairs marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Saturday window-side booths and basic menu are Arts Market. The more the merideal for family dining rier right? Add four more annual events that happen this weekend LEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Favorite: Farmers Market Salad and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve counted a total of eleven art shows, receptions and events happening in just the Heights on Friday and Saturday. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to need some of Santaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s magic to hit all these events. For the very I used to love to go into Haroldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intrigued with the General Storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular Houston Heights Home on 19th Street, browse the pre- Farmers Market Salad because of Tour visit HoustonHeights.org for mium threads and every once in its description of its toppings: â&#x20AC;&#x153;just details. Here are my picks. a while, when Leader Eaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pig- whatever the market gives us.â&#x20AC;? Thursday, Dec. 5 gybank would fill up, snag a pair On this particular afternoon, the Artist Lacey Crawford, 9 of shiny shoes or a crisp new shirt. kitchen surprised me with some p.m. at Glitter Karaoke, 2621 MiSo, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s admirable of the new pro- bacon pieces, candied pecans and lam St. Brightly colored beach prietors of Heights General Store halved cherry tomatoes in boats of balls and changing tents, swirling to keep some of the spaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy butter lettuce, which Leader Eater around rabbits in tuxedos, with around, despite its move from im- indulged in with my hands like flying pigs and elephants floating maculate menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing to high- a taco (Is there any other way to away by balloon; a steampunk cirend food. (The old Haroldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sign maneuver butter lettuce?!). An ap- cus â&#x20AC;Ś and singing. This is a Karais a nice touch on the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pealingly light lemon vinaigrette oke bar after all. roof.) I did some familiar wan- adorned the side of the dish. The dering around the first floor of salad was pretty straightforward Friday, Dec. 6 this new store recently and in- and I sat at the coffee (and adult Houston Studio Glass Open stead of custom boots and tailored beverages in the afternoon) bar House and Sale, Preview Resuits, the General Store has arti- but could have enjoyed the bright ception, Friday, 6-9 p.m.; Open san cheeses (see: Houston Dairy green-topped booths nestled up House & Demonstrations, SaturMaids), high-end jars of jelly and against the 19th Street-facing win- day and Sunday. Houston Studio a smallish offering of organic pro- dows. My Co-Pilot wanted the Glass, 610 Jackson Hill St. Dick duce. The main floor of this triple- Bulger Wheat and Shrimp Salad, Moiel and Kathy Poeppelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2,700 threat grocer, lunch counter/coffee but because of a lack of essential square foot studio and showroom. shop and upscale dining room ingredients, she settled for their 713-802-0500, houstonstudioglass sits somewhere in between Trader gluten-free offerings. .com. Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Revival Market. While Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough to review a brand-new â&#x20AC;˘ The Amazing Hancock Bros. HGS doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have one of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place like HGS because there are 6-9 p.m. East End Studio Gallery, most esteemed meat cases, like Re- always kinks to work out in the 708C Telephone Rd. Brothers John vival does, it does have some hard- kitchen, and such was the case and Charles Hancock - print-makto-find culinary treats, although with Leader Eater visited. Missing ers, poets, and performers - this not to the extent of our friends on out on the shrimp salad was disap- dynamic duo presents a collection the corner of Heights and White pointing to the Co-Pilot. of political satire and whimsical Oak (see: $15 can of bourbon inThe menu is a stripped down imagery with a colorful punch. fused kosher salt). But theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also version of the one on the secondâ&#x20AC;˘ Holiday on 19th, 6-10 got some real, everyday staples in floor terrace restaurant that is a p.m. 327 W. 19th St. The address the place such as notepads, dish full, table-service dining room belongs to Erica DelGardo Jewelry soap and batteries. Following the with a spectacular el fresco sec- Designs, an awesome jeweler and theme of Trader Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got tion. (This warrants a completely former First Saturday Arts Market a few rows of grocery aisles that separate assessment from Leader artist. Ericaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shop also has a Toys carry everything from high-end Eater and will likely fill this space for Tots campaign. All our shops diet supplements to freeze dried in the near future.) will be open late and dressed in raspberry crunchies, which Leader HGS is a nice addition to the their holiday best. Catch Santa at Eater picked up as an ultra-healthy 19th Street strip and will certainly Venus Hair at 361. dessert after my meal. attract scene supporters (this reâ&#x20AC;˘ The Jew Who Loves ChristI ordered lunch from the down- viewer included) and weekend mas, Abby Koenig opening restairs deli, which features a rather foot traffic, and the main floorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ception and storytime, 6-8 p.m. light brunch menu, a salad, pizza marketplace might become a place 2101 Winter St., Studio B11. Fresh and poâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;boy menu for the rest of for foodies to browse and exude Arts presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Jew Who Loves the day and some pre-made items some locavore lust. Christmasâ&#x20AC;?, a new multi-media inin the cooler case. Leader Eater was stallation and storytelling piece by local artist and writer, Abby Koenig. Complete with memorabilia

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Benchâ&#x20AC;? was created by Heights artist Sam Jones from discarded trash found in Kuhlman Gully which flows through the neighborhood. The bench is being dedicated in honor of Houstonian Wanda Adams, a public servant and urban advocate. The Southeast Houston Transformation Alliance (SEHTA), working to revitalize the OST/South Union Area, is hosting. Reception follows at 2:45 p.m. at 5202 Griggs Rd., Houston Texans YMCA

and live performance, this unexpected take on the holiday incorporates dynamic narrative and historical and pop-culture references to Christmases past. The public is invited to a free opening reception with eggnog and Christmas treats beginning at 6 p.m., with a performance by the artist at 7 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Mottled Horses - Iwona Jankowski, 7-10 p.m. JoMar Visions, 902 Hardy St. Jankowskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fabulous equestrian artwork has dazzled at JoMar Visions and elsewhere for quite some time.

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Saturday, Dec. 7 First Saturday Arts Market, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 548 W. 19th St. at Lawrence, next to Genâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Antiques. Food - Drink - Art - Music - we have it all. H-town StrEats, Porch Swing Desserts, Vintners Own Winery and special guests, Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library plus artist and author Lorena Fernandez Rasmussen. Music: Andrew Karnarvas at 11, Grifters & Shills 3-6 p.m. Artists from all over Houston will be at our 9th annual Holiday show. Get all the details online at FirstSaturdayArtsMarket.com â&#x20AC;˘ Women Artists of the Heights Winter Holiday Show, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 1711 Rutland â&#x20AC;˘ The 5th annual Craftidote, 12-5 p.m., Antidote Coffee, 729 Studewood â&#x20AC;˘ Heights Holiday Market, 27 p.m. 721 Highland St. â&#x20AC;˘ Miracle On 19th Street, 7- 10 p.m. Heights Theater, 339 W. 19th St. The event is free to the public; donations to Music Doing Good outreach programs encouraged. Benefiting Houston Heights Tower, a retirement community on 19th Street. Holiday performance by Music Doing Good artists. Seating is limited to first 150 RSVPs (standing room will be available). To RSVP please call 713-900-3468 or e-mail info@musicdoinggood. org. Music Doing Good, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to inspire and transform lives through innovative, music-based programming. â&#x20AC;˘ Medrano + Anderson â&#x20AC;&#x153;Siameseâ&#x20AC;? 6-9 p.m. Redbud, 303 East 11th St. Art Opening for Katy Anderson and Patrick Medrano. The exhibit runs from Dec. 7 to Dec. 29.

â&#x20AC;˘ Kristen Cliburn - The Invisible Mountain, 6-8 p.m., Avis Frank, 1606 White Oak Dr. â&#x20AC;˘ Group Art Show - Heights Art Studios and Gallery, 6:3010:30 p.m. 214 E. 27 St.

Fresh, organic art! Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Central City Co-op, 2515 Waugh (inside Grace Lutheran) Featured artist: Eggs By Marilyn - Pysanky eggs, Ukranian and batik. Houstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first organic farmers market features a different artist each week in December and there is an open market each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit www.centralcityco-op.com Cohen is the founder and manager of First Saturday Arts Market. Contact him at ArtValet@gmail. com or visit him on the web at ArtValet.com.

Sunday, Dec. 8 Heights Artist Sam Jones - A public art installation and dedication ceremony, 2 p.m., 5701 Martin Luther King Blvd., next to King Boulevard Animal Hospital. The public art titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kuhlman Gully

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Let’s end the squirrel hunt of renovating homes I n my second week on the job here at The Leader, about 18 months ago, I visited a man who I’ll keep anonymous – just because it doesn’t matter. The man and his wife had completed a renovation of their home in the Heights, and the longer he talked about the project, the more he fumed. We’re talking saliva on the corner of the mouth sort of thing. To be honest, I was like a raccoon on a roadside. Had no idea what he was talking about. He mentioned siding, front porches, permits, and the Hysterical Society. (OK, maybe he used the word “Historical” and I just heard it different.) When you work at a newspaper (or any news medium, for that matter), you’re rarely off duty. If you see someone who knows you, you’re usually told about a story you should chase. That wasn’t exactly the case as I talked to this man and his wife, because he didn’t ask The Leader to do an exposé. But the more I read about the issue, the more I think we should have covered this issue a long time ago. If you haven’t had a chance, please take a few minutes to read Betsy Denson’s front-page story on the Houston Architectural Historic Commission. While it’s obviously a complex issue, Betsy did a thorough job of talking to every party in an ongoing struggle homeowners face in a small section of our coverage area. The details are as simple or difficult as you want to make them, but I’ll err

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on the side of brevity here. If you buy a house in an historic district of Houston, and if you want to renovate the house, not including ordinary maintenance and repair, you must have your plans approved by HAHC. (By the way, if you take that acronym, HAHC, and say it aloud, you will then know how some people feel about the organization.) While I heard about the challenges of working through HAHC nearly two years ago, I didn’t understand the severity of it until we received an email from a reader asking for our help. The email listed seven different people who were rejected by HAHC in the course of renovating homes inside Houston Heights East – which is one of the historic districts in Houston. We gathered as much information as we could on this issue, and here’s the conclusion I’ve drawn: Maintaining the history of an area is an outstanding idea. We don’t want retro homes butting up against 1920s-style bungalows in the

Heights. We don’t want to cover original window frames and replace them with diamond-shaped oddities. We want to preserve what we love most about the Heights – its quaint charm and unique uniformity. I have had a number of public run-ins with historical societies during my career in newspapers, and I’m not sure I’ve ever won a battle against them. It may have taken a while, but I think I’ve finally learned that they serve an important purpose in maintaining the integrity of the places we live. That is true in the Heights as much as it is in Savannah, Ga., and it’s a good thing we have organizations dedicated to guiding us along the roads of renovation. So, while our city is smart for having a process in place, I’ve drawn one other conclusion about the process for renovating a home in an historic district: It’s a joke. Obviously, I may get some schooling from the folks downtown, and there are statistics that say 83 percent of folks who submit applications to HAHC are approved, but we need to focus on fixing what’s wrong with the process. Better yet, we need to shine a light on the inconsistencies of the organization charged with preserving consistency. As you may have read, getting approval for renovations is based on fulfilling 11 specific criteria. If you visit the city’s Historic Preservation Manual, you’ll find this sentence in the second paragraph

of the manual: “Obtaining a Certificate of Appropriateness is a straight-forward process.” Excuse me while I HAHC something out of my throat. We read an email between one homeowner and the city’s Planning & Development Department, which is home to HAHC. In that email, the homeowner (featured in our frontpage story) was told that a second story addition was sitting too close to the front of the house, and that permission to renovate would be denied. “We feel that if the proposed second story was moved back at least 10 feet you would then be maintaining 2/3 of the original structure,” said the denial. Only problem, of course, is that said homeowner had gotten a completely different set of guidelines for maintaining the original structure from the Houston Historic Preservation Ordinance. And let’s stay out of the weeds here, because that will confuse the issue even more. The problem with trying to renovate a home in the Heights historic areas is that there aren’t any real guidelines. Or wait, there are guidelines, but sometimes, HAHC has the subjective ability to change their minds about the original guidelines and implement their own. Thankfully, there’s a process for appealing a HAHC-y ruling, and homeowners can petition the Planning Commission to overrule. But now, families who want to appeal have been told they could receive just five minutes – yes, five minutes – to

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Don’t cut down the bushes Dear Editor: Nov. 30 article Flasher Back in Park, I noticed part of the so called solution to the Flasher Problem is to cut all the bushes down. LEAVE THE BUSHES ALONE. The interview with the woman said she has seen the Flasher a dozen times, is she stalking him. If she is so concerned, then the solution is simple “Don’t go there, go somewhere else and walk or run”. LEAVE THE BUSHES ALONE. I ride my bike over there all the time and have not been flashed, I probably have seen the guy sleeping in the bushes, but not had a problem. I noticed she never said she would keep an eye on him, call the police to have him arrested and further she was willing to file charges against him. If you are not willing to do your part, LEAVE HIM ALONE, AND LEAVE THE BUSHES ALONE. Just my view. Fred

Wrong use of ‘elderly’ Dear Editor: I realize that it the term “elderly” is in a state of change(http://

www.npr.org/2013/03/12/174124992/an-age-old-problemwho-is-elderly), but I feel that the term is more apropos to a state of health than a specific age. Surely, the Leader’s bright, young journalists can find a better headline for an attack on a 68-year-old woman. Perhaps, you need to meet some very active 68-year-olds in our area. Jeanette

On Walmart’s one-year anniversary Posted on Facebook “I dread going into any Wally Mart” Jim White Posted on Facebook “I absolutely dread going to this store and I live about a mile from it. If you like employees socializing and talking or texting on cell phones, shopping carts with trash left in them and never enough registers open then this is the place to go.” Frank Furlow

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What’s an oligarchy? (Several different answers may be korrect for this last question. We can’t agree.) As co-governors of Arkansas, Hillary and Bill coined the word Hillbilly. The Texas Legislature is made up of 150 representative and 31 senators. How many does that make? How many are on the make? How many are on the take? Wendy Davis is: 1. A state senator who wants to be governor. 2. A governor who wants to be a state senator. 3. Hasn’t a chance. 4. Has delusions of mediocrity. 5. Wears funny shoes. None of the above. Ted Cruz is: 1. A brilliant and principled U.S. senator from Texas, 2. A rogue senator who is so shunned by his colleagues he couldn’t pass a kidney stone, 3. Has counted 2,188 times headline writers have used “Cruz Control.” Which is korrect? 1. The Affordable Care Act is a savior for the poor, down-trodden Americans who suffer needlessly in the richest country on earth. 2. Obamacare is a communistic plot to let the bloodsuckers among us continue to live. Trying to sign up for Obamacare is like: 1. A root canal without an anesthetic, 2. Listening to Joe Biden for an hour, 3. Playing a department store Santa, 3. Listening to Joe Biden undergo a root canal without an anesthetic. How do you spell NRA? If guns don’t kill people and only people kill people, why don’t people kill guns? Should all babies born in Texas be issued an AK-47s or should they have to wait till kindergarten? How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck was a union member? Who is your elected member on the SBOE? (Extra credit if you include a campaign contribution

with this sheet.) Texas student, we hear at the SBOE hopes you are doing good so far. Now turn to history. Which came first, the Civil War or the War Between the States? Yes, there was a back door at the Alamo: 1. But it was blocked by Santa Anna’s sister, Polly Anna, 2. It was just painted on the wall by that prankster Davy Crockett, 3. That’s why there’s an Oklahoma. True or false? The Mexican-American War was fought solely by Mexican-Americans. Finish this sentence: Benjamin Franklin was President of the United _______. What was Lee Harvey Oswald’s middle name? It’s time to take a brake. You may doze at your desk, talk on you cell phone while playing games, reading your email or figuring out just who is your member of the State Board of Education. Return in 30 minutes or half an hour, which ever comes first. Back already? Now for social studies: Is smog a necessary byproduct of money or are you one of those tree-hugging hippies out to destroy America as we know it today? Is money necessary or are you one of those fat cat Wall Street typhoons out to destroy the little man? Charles Darwin was: 1. A brilliant scientist who came up with the theory of evolution, 2. A mad scientist who hatched a crazy theory, 3. Descended from an orangutan. Religion should be taught in our public schools: 1. Only by a licensed preacher, 2. By any religious leader, 3. Only by a good Christian. True or false: If God did not want Texans to feel superior, he wouldn’t have created the Aggie Band, the Hill Country and Tex-Mex. Which of these statements is NOT true? Austin is the capital of Texas. Austin is filled with a bunch of leftist traitors bent on gay rights, pot, booze but are having a great time. Austin is the intellectual capital of Travis County. Well, that duz it. This test was brought to you by your State Board of Education. Just remember our motto: We work for the childs of Texas. Ashby is testy at ashby2@comcast.net

Corrections Greater Heights Super Neighborhood Council (Super Neighborhood #15) Mary Abshier’s name was spelled incorrectly in the Nov. 23 edition of The Leader. Also, Friends for Life is a no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, located 107 E. 22nd St., Houston, TX 77008. Hours are Noon-6 p.m. (Tuesday-Saturday) and Noon-5 p.m. (Sunday). We regret the errors and are happy to set the record straight.

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Board is working for the ‘childs of Texas’ Howdy, Texas student. A brief word from your beloved State Board of Education or SBOE. You are about to take yet another test which you have been studying for since the first day of the fall semester (is that the same as autume?). This schedule don’t allow you to do much else except play football, of course, but we at the SBOE know bestest. Since your last test from we, the makeup of the board has moved left with the election of several more liberal members. So both sides have had a hand in drawing up these questions, but you can’t tell the difference. Ready? Do you really need Algebra II? Do you even need Algebra I or any other foreign language? If a train leaves Dallas at 1 p.m. heading south and another train on the same track leaves Houston at 1 p.m. heading north, why do we need to subsidize Amtrak? Global warming is: 1. A farce thought up by scientists who need a grant to study it. 2. A scientific sertainty. 3. Just a phase the earth is going through which has already ended by the next phase, called “winter.” Textbooks for Texas’ public schools: 1. Cost too much, 2. Really don’t need covers. 3. Nesessary for the education of our youths, 4. Outdated because all the students have an iPad, Kindle or any of those black boxes that seem glued to their hands, and if they don’t have such a toy they can easily find one in an open locker. Now we turn to government and current affairs. Circle the korrect answers: President Barack Obama is: a Muslim, a socialist, a closet Kenyan (or is it Canyon?), all of the above. President Obama is our greatest President since George W. Bush. President Obama stole the election from Mitt Romney by deliberately hanging chads in Florida. Mitt Romney is a member of the clueless oligarchy and the top 1 percent which looks down on the bottom 47 percent. Mitt Romney is a successful businessman whose health coverage plan for Massachusetts bears no resemblance to that train wreck Obamacare the present administration is trying to foist upon the American people.

make their case for the single largest financial investment they will make in their entire lives. It will be easy for historical types to get angry with this opinion, and that’s OK. I’m used to it. But let’s be very clear: This is not about having a historical commission. We’ve said repeatedly they are important to our community. For that matter, the folks on the HAHC look to be qualified in what they do (they have very experienced people making decisions). Margaret Wallace Brown, who works with HAHC and cares about doing things the right way, spoke at length with us and she’s doing the right things. The problem, and the problem folks like Sue Lovell, Ellen Cohen and Ed Gonzalez are addressing right now, is that you can’t have a city code that leaves the final decision up to subjectivity. You can’t tell folks to invest their life’s savings in a project that may not be approved. We’re a community on the upswing. We want – and need – to keep young people from moving out to the suburbs. In order to do that, they need the ability to increase square footage in their homes. And though they want to do it while preserving history, the city of Houston can’t keep sending them on a squirrel hunt. The city, the Planning Commission and HAHC can make this problem go away. Just communicate what homeowners must do, take out the guesswork, and let’s get on with it. Email jonathan@theleadernews.com

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THE CALENDAR. TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE 1803 W. 43rd St.

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Prudential Premiere Properties are taking donations of new, unwrapped toys for their toy drive being held now through Dec. 11. Information: 713-686-5454.

The last movie in the park for the year will have food trucks from Bernieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burger Bus, Koagie Hots, Porch Swing Desserts serving at 4 p.m. Dec. 7. A Charlie Brown Christmas will be showing at 5:30 p.m. and Elf at 6:15 p.m. Non-perishable foods will be collected for Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Meals (Meals on Wheels for Children). A list of needed items can be found at www.kidsmealshouston.org/host-a-donation-drive. Bring ďŹ ve items from the list and receive a coupon for $5 towards any food truck. Information: www.ofha.org.

HEIGHTS CHAPTER OF CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY MEETING 229 W 26th St. Citizens Climate Lobby is a nonproďŹ t, nonpartisan, volunteer-driven organization building the political will for a free-market solution to climate change. The meeting will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 7. Information: 214-606-4529 or richard.bradley@citizensclimatelobby.org.

TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE 1803 W. 43rd St. Prudential Premiere Properties are taking donations of new, unwrapped toys for their toy drive being held now through Dec. 11. Information: 713-686-5454.

7-10 p.m. Dec. 7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gun Showâ&#x20AC;? will be on view through Feb. 21. Information: 713-861-5526.

PUBLIC POETRY Collier Regional Library This series is a partnership between Public Poetry, a 501(c)(3) non-proďŹ t organization, and Houston Public Library. Events are held at 2 p.m. on the ďŹ rst Saturday of each month. The event will be held Dec. 7, at 6200 Pinemont Dr., and will feature James Adams, Darla McBryde, Dustin D. Pickering and Charlie Scott. Information: 832-393-1313 or www. houstonlibrary.org.

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HELMS WINTER FESTIVAL Helms Elementary School

Through a variety of sculpture, painting, collage, and assemblage, more than 100 local, regional, and national artists provide a visual debate on the issue of guns and gun ownership. Opening reception includes music by the Neptones,

Come by for some good family fun at Helms Winter Wonderland in Texas, from 3-6 p.m. Dec. 7, at Helms Elementary School, 503 W. 21st. There will be food, fun and games at this free event. Information: helmsfestival@gmail.com.

DECK THE OAKS HOLIDAY LIGHTS COMPETITION Oak Forest Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Group The competition will be Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 in Oak Forest with drive-by judging from 6-8 p.m. The Oak Forest Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Group is sponsoring its ďŹ rst event. Homes will judged on their creative illumination and decorative elements. Winners will be surprised at their homes on Dec. 15. The group is collecting items for the three gift baskets to award the winners. Please bring donations to Fridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mexican Kitchen (attn. Diana Davila) at 3452 Ella by Dec. 13. Include name and/or company name. All donors and contest winners will be recognized via the Oak Forest Homeowners Association Facebook page. Information: 832-771-8030, elyssa@corelanding.com.

RIBBON CUTTING FOR MEMORIAL TOWERS 5400 Memorial Dr. Join the Greater Heights Area Chamber

of Commerce at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11, and enjoy martinis and snacks while touring the best value in high-rise city living. Information: 713-861-6735, www. heightschamber.com.

GHACC BREAKFAST CONNECTION Sheraton Brookhollow Hotel 3000 North Loop West Come network with fellow Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce members and share business concepts while enjoying a hot breakfast from 6:30-8:30 a.m. Dec. 12. Karen Othon of TxDOT will be guest speaker. Registration required. Information: 713-861-6735, www.heightschamber.com.

HOLIDAY HYPO TACKY SWEATER PARTY AND TOY DRIVE Cottonwood 3422 N. Shepherd Dr. Heights Young Professionals is partnering with new chamber member Memorial Assistance Ministries from 5:30-8:30

p.m. Dec. 12, for the Christmas Share Program. Wear a tacky sweater and bring a new unwrapped toy -- and business cards. Information: 713-861-6735, www. heightschamber.com.

OFHAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Candlelight Park Community Center The Oak Forest Homeowners Association will be hosting its second annual Breakfast with Santa from 9-11 a.m., Dec. 14, at 1520 Candlelight Lane. Breakfast tacos will be provided by Fridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, along with a holiday movie and a craft table for the children. Bring a camera (sorry, pets are not allowed in the community center for pictures). A $5 donation is appreciated. Information: www.ofha.org.

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OBITUARIES Primo S. Acosta, 88, born June 9, 1925 in Bay City, died Nov. 26. He served in the U.S. Army in 1946. Acosta had 35 years of exemplary service, retiring from USPS in 1983. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. Acosta was involved the Hispanic Organization of Postal Employees, American Postal Workers Union, past oďŹ&#x192;cer, Knights of Columbus, Young at Heart - St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church, volunteer at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Old Timers Club of Houston and Woodmen of the World. He is survived by his daughters Anita Palomares, Cynthia Acosta and Petra Guerrero; brother Ramon Acosta, ďŹ ve grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Jeanette C. DeHart, born Dec. 14, 1920 in Humble, died Nov. 21. DeHart is survived by her sons Mickey, Keith and Stephen DeHart; daughter Lanette Buss and ďŹ ve grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.

May â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marionâ&#x20AC;? Dozier, born May 26, 1931 in Port-au-Prince Haiti, died Nov. 21. Dozier worked as a teacher both in Galveston and in Houston at Black Jr. High and later worked for more than 20 years at Pat H. Foley funeral home. She is survived by her sister Catherine Dozier Melancon and brother Byrd Dozier.

Arthur Boyce â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sonnyâ&#x20AC;? Herdejurgen, Sr., 77, born Feb. 4, 1936 in Houston, died Nov. 27. He opened his own business, Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Auto Parts, in 1955, which

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Edward Doyle Martin, 89, born Feb. 7, 1924 in Waco, died Nov. 22. He served in the Marine Corps from 1943 to 1945, serving in the Asiatic-PaciďŹ c theatre as a StaďŹ&#x20AC; Sgt. and ďŹ&#x201A;ying as a Radio Gunner in a TBF in campaigns that included Okinawa, New Georgia, Bougnaville and several other western PaciďŹ c islands. Martin was employed as a structural steel draftsman, a skill that led to a 30 year career at Capitol Steel and Iron. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Alice; children Edward Martin, Joyce McMillan and Terry Martin; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Toys for Tots or Oak Forest Baptist Church. Corrine Frances (Fehmer) Wilson, 78, born Nov. 13, 1935 in Houston, died Nov. 21. She retired from Thyssen Steel Company and also was previously employed by the Texas Highway Department. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Ray; children Ronnie Wilson and Rhonda Wall; sisters Bernice Supak and Clemie Polocheck; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Holiday Market being held at St. Rose St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, 3600 Brinkman, is hosting the Holiday Market from 10 a.m.3 p.m. Dec. 7. There will be more than 40 booths and a full food stand and beverages. New this year is a silent auction held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with proceeds going to the school. Call 713-691-0104 for information.

soloists Mary Peterson, Marsh Hudson, Dwight Ward and the choirs of St. Francis dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Assisi Episcopal Church-Prairie View, and the Voices of HOPE will perform. Refreshments will be served after the performance. Call 713-681-6422 or visit www. hope-episcopal.org for information.

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First Baptist Church Heights, 201 E. 9th St., will host the first in its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Testifyâ&#x20AC;? series of concerts and personal testimonies at 7 p.m. Dec. 7, featuring Rev. Cadillac Johnson from Fort Worth and host Big Al Bettis. Rev. Johnson earned his nickname as the first bass player for ZZ Top when introduced on stage by Billy Gibbons as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Cadillacâ&#x20AC;? of bass players. Admission is free. Call 713-861-3102 or visit www. fbcheights.org.

Prime Timers of Pathways Presbyterian Church, located at 5900 Pinemont Dr., will meet at noon Dec. 14, in the fellowship hall. The Sunshiners will provide the entertainment. Ham will be provided. Bring a side dish to share for the pot-luck luncheon. The Pathways Food Pantry needs donations. Items needed are packages of beans and rice, peanut butter, cereal, muffin mixes, canned beans and soup. The food pantry is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to noon. Call 832-529-2809 or visit www. pathwayshouston.org for information.

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Heights Presbyterian Church, 240 W. 18th, kicks off new worship service and free Jingle Jam concert at 11 a.m. Dec. 8, in the sanctuary. Visit www.heightspc.org for information.

Comfort when Christmas hurts at St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s There are all sorts of reasons why so many feel pain, sorrow, anger and depression instead of joy and gladness at Christmastime. St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 1819 Heights Blvd., will offer a service of comfort, healing and reconciliation for the community at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Lay pastoral caregivers and clergy will be available for anyone desiring individual prayers in addition to the liturgy. Call 713-861-5596 or visit saecheights.org for information.

All Saints TALC to host Christmas party All Saints Third Age Learning Center will host a Christmas party for seniors from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 13, in the church parish hall located at 215 E. 10th. Seniors are welcome to come celebrate the Christmas season with refreshments, songs of the season, door prizes and a visit from Santa. All attending the festivities are also encouraged to donate non-perishable food items. Visit www.allsaints.us.com for information.

SongFest â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Heaven Rejoicesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at Hope Episcopal Hope Episcopal Church, 1613 W. 43rd, welcomes the community to their annual Christmas SongFest â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heaven Rejoicesâ&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m Saturday Dec. 14. The Esprit dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Cor Horn Assembly along with

St. James Lutheran Church, 1602 W. 43rd St., are hosting the sixth annual Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas Festival, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 14 and 9:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 15. Saturday activities include arts and crafts, music, cookie decorating and more. Sunday will include worship with music, followed by an awards ceremony and reception. The camp is open to children from 4 to 12 years old. Lunch will be provided. For registration or information, call 713-686-1577 or email stjameshouston@aol.com.

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How to keep outdoor cats toasty this winter The

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by Molly Sue McGillicutty Brrrr! It’s been cold in Houston lately! Thankfully, I’m largely an indoor gal, so I have ample warm spots about the house to haunt, but not every kitty is as lucky as I am. After watching a few of the neighborhood feral cats wandering around outside in this cold weather, I decided to take to the internet to learn more about what

we can do to help our more outdoorsy brothers and sisters. The website Catster (www.catster.com) recommends building (or otherwise providing) shelter for outdoor cats. This could be as simple as a box--or better yet, a styrofoam cooler with a hole cut in the side--padded and insulated with hay, towels and blankets, placed outside for cats to seek warmth and shelter from the elements. Make sure to include two entrances in your cat houses. Cats need an easy escape route so that predators and bully cats can’t easily trap them in their homes. If you’re not quite that crafty, (or maybe just lazy--you won’t see me

judging you on that!) my buddies at Friends For Life Animal Shelter have done enormously wonderful work with their “Project Warm” initiative, which builds shelters for feral cats to keep them warm, safe and out of the elements. You can purchase WARM houses at Friends For Life, (107 E. 22nd Street) during regular business hours: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Tuesday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, for a suggested donation of $20 each. The $20 covers the cost of the materials. If paying the $20 donation is an obstacle, please let Friends For Life know. Their priority is keeping the animals safe and warm. If you’d prefer to

build a shelter on your own, you can take a page from Friends For Life’s playbook and make one using: Full-size 50”x72” convoluted foam mattress pads (available at Walmart for $12) and a Rubbermaid or Sterlite 18 gallon tub with a lid (Dark colors of blue, black or brown preferred for animal safety).

sible injury to your pet. This will also prevent the tree water—which may contain fertilizers that can cause stomach upset—from spilling. Stagnant tree water is a breeding ground for bacteria and your pet could end up with nausea or diarrhea should he imbibe.

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Opera brought Heights couple together by Michael Sudhalter michael@theleadernews.com Gregg Engle had spent most of his adult life on the West Coast, dancing in musical theater, Broadway productions and operas when he received a phone call in 2002 from renowned choreographer/ director Danny Pelzig. Pelzig invited Engle to join the Houston Grand Opera’s performance of “Samson and Delilah.” He decided to join the performance but was surprised about what would happen next. He was paired with a young woman named JoDee as a dance partner. “It was that natural, that comfortable from the very beginning,” JoDee said. “It sounds so corny, but it was love at first sight.” Gregg and JoDee began dating, and soon, he relocated from Los Angeles to Timbergrove as the relationship became more serious. The couple exchanged vows on Oct. 25, 2003 and purchased a fixer-upper bungalow in the Heights

on Valentine’s Day 2005. On Oct. 25, the couple celebrated their 10th anniversary by dancing in the Grand Opera’s production of Die Fledermaus, which concluded on Nov. 10. “It was so worth it to be spending our anniversary in the building where we met with the choreographer who introduced us,” Gregg said. “(The fact that we’re both interested in dancing) is a recipe for success for marriage. It is unbelievable to be on stage. Being on stage for people like us is where you’re most alive.” What made the event more special was the fact that Gregg, 50, is retired from dancing/opera, but still occasionally performs. JoDee, 35, is a modern dancer who currently performs with a troup called Hope Stone, Inc. When the Engles bought their home, Gregg had little knowledge regarding home improvement. But he’d recently retired from performing and didn’t want to pay a contractor when he had the time to do handywork.

Meet Buster, a former street dog turned lapdog, who’s a handsome mix of Weimaraner and American Staffordshire. Faced with spending his second holiday without a family to call his own, all this highly-trainable, smart boy wants for Christmas is a home. Buster loves walks, rides in the car, people and sometimes even cats! Perhaps Buster is the right fit for your family? Learn more about Buster at: www.adoptfriends4life.org.

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New Well Puppy & Kitten Exam Heights residents JoDee, left, and Gregg Engle met as dance partners in the Houston Opera 10 years ago. They celebrated their 10th anniversary by dancing in the production of Die Fledermaus on Oct. 25 (Photo by Michael Sudhalter) A friend from California visited him for 11 days and introduced him to the world of plumbing, sheet rock and more. Soon, Gregg was fixing up the house on his own, and now does work for others in the neighborhood under the moniker, “Heights Handyman.” Since moving to the Heights, the couple has had two children,

Katie, 7, and Jillian, 4. They’ve emphasized their love of the arts with their children as Katie will make her debut as a mouse in “The Nutcracker” and Jillian currently takes dance classes. JoDee, a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, teaches dance part-time at her alma mater.

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Newbery Medalist comes to Harvard Elementary School Katherine Applegate, author of the 2013 Newbery Medal winner The One and Only Ivan, came to Harvard Elementary School on Oct. 29 to read from her awardwinning book and discuss it with students. Applegate’s visit is the highlight of the school’s annual One Book, One School project, which strives to create a sense of community among all Harvard students through the shared experience of reading a work of literature. All students, parents, faculty, and staff received a copy of The One and Only Ivan a few weeks before the author’s visit, and students and families followed a nightly reading schedule and answered comprehension and discussion questions

together. At school, students had the opportunity to answer daily trivia questions and post photos on the One Book, One School bulletin board of their family reading the book together. This is the fifth time Harvard has organized the One Book, One School project, but the first time the project has included an author visit. All Harvard students had the opportunity to see Ms. Applegate in person, hear her read the final chapter of The One and Only Ivan, and listen to her talk about the book and the writing process. Ten children were also selected to have lunch with the author as part of an essay/art contest related to The One and Only Ivan.

Harvard Elementary principal Kevin Beringer, center, reads aloud from “The One and Only Ivan” to cast members of the Houston Grand Opera. (Submitted photo)

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At left is a picture of the home on Harvard Street before it was purchased by the Kelman family. Above right is a picture taken soon before the family is scheduled to move in next month. To make renovations to the house, the Kelmans have struggled to meet subjective requests from HAHC. money and hearts and this is the only time they are going to be allowed to speak,â&#x20AC;? he said. Rather, he thinks the criteria aspect is most important.

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rimo Acosta was born on June 9, 1925 and passed away November 26, 2013. Primo was predeceased by his wife Marcelina, daughter Beatrice A. DiBernardi, and grandson Jason A. Gonzales. Primo is survived by three of his daughters and their families: Anita Palomares and her son, Anthony Palomares, Cynthia Acosta, Petra (Patsy) and Gilbert Guerrero and their children, Marcelina Guerrero, Jesse Guerrero, his wife Vinda, and Aaron Guerrero. He is also survived by Beatriceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter Jessica Acosta and her son, his great-grandson and namesake, Primo Hernandez.Visitation was held at Pat H. Foley on Sunday, December 1, 2013 from 3pm - 5pm with Rosary at 5pm. Catholic Funeral Mass was held on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 10am at St. Patrick Catholic Church on 4918 Cochran St., Houston, TX 77009.

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Most Leader homeowners do not have to deal with issues of historic preservation because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live in one of the six historic districts in or near the Heights. But for those who do, and who have had their applications denied by the HAHC, it can be an emotional rollercoaster. Margaret Wallace Brown, assistant director with City of Houston Planning and Development, counsels homeowners and developers to talk to the Historic Preservation Staff very early in the process. It is Wallace Brown and her staff who provide support to the HAHC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our goal is to get as many projects approved in the least amount of time,â&#x20AC;? she said. As for guidelines, Wallace Brown said their online Historic Preservation Manual is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a great first step.â&#x20AC;? An earlier design guide by architect Jonathan Smulian was pulled from the website, according to Wallace Brown, because it predated a new historic ordinance passed in 2010. She plans on beefing up the current version with illustrations and adding a database with information on all historically protected homes in the Heights, including typical eave heights, and porch widths and depths, among other variables. Wallace Brown also noted that their process allows much more flexibility than that of other cities like New Orleans â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for instance, exterior paint colors are out of Houstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jurisdiction â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and that the historic ordinance of 2010 only made design guidelines mandatory for any new districts.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each home is treated as an individual structure,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What your neighbors do doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily apply to you.â&#x20AC;? That is a source of frustration to Bungalow Revivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gilbert Perez. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m meeting with a client, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give them a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;yesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;noâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on what they can and cannot do.â&#x20AC;? A founding member of the Save the Bungalows group which opposed demolition, Perez believes that the HAHCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current approach to the ordinance is puritanical in nature and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t benefit his clients who want their renovations to be seamless. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every single addition is going to look like a tumor growing in the backyard,â&#x20AC;? Perez said. Perezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficulties are understandable, especially to Former City Council member Sue Lovell, who helped draft the ordinance and who disputes the fact that mandatory guidelines werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stipulated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was deeply involved with the ordinance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we told people certain things would happen and some have not happened,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you give your word you keep it.â&#x20AC;? The solution, according to Lovell, is to fix the problem now. Put a group of people â&#x20AC;&#x201C; stakeholders in the process â&#x20AC;&#x201C; together and develop architectural guidelines that would be vetted through public meetings and then approved by the City Council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The interpretation of the ordinance would be less subjective if there are design guidelines for every historic district,â&#x20AC;? Lovell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Council Members Ed Gonzalez and Ellen Cohen have stepped forward and offered to be leaders of the effort for the Heights districts that do not currently have design guidelines.â&#x20AC;?



cording to an increasing number of homeowners and builders in the Heights, the guidelines are not true guidelines. The HAHC utilizes subjectivity in criteria, meaning a homeowner can do everything in his or her power to follow the rules, only to be told they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t apply in certain instances. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a larger problem for many people moving into historic districts â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not just in the Heights, but across the entire city. There are many young families who have children and need to expand on the 2-bedroom, 1-bath houses. Attorney Jim Jard, who sits on the Planning Commission, is sympathetic to their plight. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have to decide whether to stay and renovate or go to the suburbs,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The suburbs are easy. The city is harder. It would be nice for them to be able to stay here.â&#x20AC;? Back to the Kelman family. Once they took their plans to HAHC, with a second story that sat 50 percent back from the front of the house, they were denied their application to renovate. They appealed that decision to the Planning Commission, which ultimately overturned HAHCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision, and they plan on moving into their remodeled home in January. Brie Kelman is glad her home renovations were ultimately approved, but she knows how difficult the process was, and she believes it should be easier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am a preservationist who also supports the law that governs historic preservation,â&#x20AC;? said Kelman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since your home is usually your biggest investment, it is important to have clarity on what the rules are.â&#x20AC;?

  

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