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Santos bids to stay on much-maligned HISD board By Adam Zuvanich

Incumbent candidates usually have the advantage over upstart challengers, at least in most election cycles. In the case of the Houston ISD Board of Education, which is locked in a lawsuit with Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath and faces the possibility of a state takeover, being an existing trustee is not necessarily a selling point. Two years after Houston voters elected four new trustees to the

nine-member board, Elizabeth Santos is among the five board members trying to hold on to her seat. She is up for re-election this November in District I, which serves schools in the Heights, Garden Oaks and Northside areas, and faces challengers Janette Garza Lindner and Matias Kopinsky. Santos, a former HISD teacher who was elected as a trustee in 2017, acknowledged the board has made missteps and been misguided at times during that span and took personal responsibility for her role Garza Lindner

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INSIDE. Photo by Adam Zuvanich Emilio Ontiveros, left, a deputy with the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office, laughs as 9-year-old Garden Oaks resident Noah Fox uses the microphone in Ontiveros’ patrol vehicle Tuesday during a National Night Out event on Lamonte Lane.

National Night Out brings joy to community By Adam Zuvanich

Boasting about toasting. Stefan Modrich offers tips for sprucing up toast.

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A group of Garden Oaks children took turns sitting behind the wheel of a patrol vehicle for the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office. They blared the siren, flashed the lights and used the microphone to make funny comments that made their friends See more laugh, with a National Night 9-year-old boy Out photos named Noah Fox telling everyone Page 3B they were under arrest. Another kid who lives on the same street even got to handle the handcuffs used by deputy Emilio Ontiveros, who would not normally allow such hijinks while on duty. “But today’s a special day,” he said. The playful scene unfolded Tuesday evening on Lamonte Lane a little west of Alba Road, where neighborhood

Photo by Adam Zuvanich Two young boys play with a baseball during a National Night Out block party held Tuesday in Candlelight Plaza.

residents gathered for one of many National Night Out events held across the area and beyond. Officers from the constable’s office as well as the Houston Police Department and other law

enforcement agencies toured communities and visited with residents who had congregated outdoors on a clear, See NNO P. 4A

C&D Hardware celebrating 70 years of service in Heights By Landan Kuhlmann

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For more than 20 years, local bingo enthusiasts have had a spot to play near Garden Oaks at Family Bingo Center. The popular spot closed its doors last weekend, but Family Bingo Center announced on its Facebook page that plans are in place for a new location that will be shared in the coming months. According to an Oct. 1 Facebook post, the bingo hall that has operated at 641 W. Crosstimbers St. for more than 20 years hosted its final day of play at the location last Sunday, Oct. 3. No new plans have been announced, and a Facebook message requesting more details on a new location was not immediately returned. “While we know this feels very sudden and ‘out of the blue,’ we want each of you to know that was not our intention,” the post read. “We assure you we will be doing our best to have our new location open and ready to go as soon as possible.” Family Bingo Center offers daily games for individuals and families, and the Crosstimbers location also had a party room that guests could rent for larger events. For more information on Family Bingo Center, visit its website at “We are so very thankful for the love and support each of you has shown us over the years,” the Facebook post said. “Many of you have watched us grow up, have been a part of so many of our special life moments and are the epitome of family. While we are sad to close the doors of 641 W. Crosstimbers for the last time on Sunday we are even more excited to open our new doors.”

Photo by Landan Kuhlmann C&D Hardware & Gifts co-owner Duane Myers, right, takes care of a customer Tuesday at the store, 314 E. 11th St. in the Heights. C&D is celebrating its 70th anniversary on Saturday.

Rain or shine, heat or cold, drought or flood – C&D Hardware & Gifts has spent seven decades opening each day for residents of the Heights and surrounding areas to serve their hardware needs. And the reliable routine isn’t stopping anytime soon. C&D was even open for a few days immediately after Hurricane Harvey in 2017, when some employees and the store manager

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made it in and opened the doors. “(The manager) was in here when someone from the Wall Street Journal stopped by to ask about us being open when most people were closed,” co-owner Jim Stratton said prior to the store’s 70th anniversary celebration, which is on Saturday at 314 E. 11th St. The manager’s response? “We’re only closed five days out of the year, and this ain’t one of them,” Stratton recalled.

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Our newsletter is now an everyday thing N early three years ago, when I became the editor of The Leader, one of my first objectives was to make us operate more like a daily news organization than a weekly. My previous 20 years as a journalist had been spent at daily newspapers, so I was wired to work that way and had long developed a passion for reporting news before my competitors. But at the time, was less a place to go for fresh, up-to-date information than it was a collection of stories and photos that already had been circulated in print. The website was being updated once per week, after the print edition had been put together. So even for the most engaged members of communities such as the Heights, Garden Oaks and Oak Forest, there was little incentive for readers to visit us online more than once per week, let alone daily. So I made it a point to change that, pretty much immediately. Our small staff began posting our most pressing and timely stories online and sharing them on our social media channels as soon as they were compiled, edited and vetted for accuracy, while a few stories were

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saved and scheduled to appear over the weekend, when we would all be at home with our families instead of at the office. The result was a steady, daily flow of news for our online audience, which responded quickly and overwhelmingly. Our online page views doubled during my second month at the helm, and they have continued to gradually climb ever since. Now, you’re probably wondering why I’m writing about our website in the print edition of The Leader. As publisher Jonathan McElvy regularly reminds me, there is one group of people who reads our newspaper and another who gets their news from theleadernews. com. But much like we applied my daily philosophy to our weekly opera-

tion, we also want to bridge the gap between our print and digital audiences. You can read the paper on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday while still visiting us online on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Which brings me to an exciting announcement – more of an introduction, really. We recently unveiled The Leader Daily Newsletter, which is another step toward becoming an everyday source of valuable community news instead of something you see and appreciate only once per week. We used to email a newsletter once per week that included a collection of stories from that week’s print edition (sound familiar?), but nearly three weeks ago we started sending them out every weekday morning. And we changed the format, too. We provide a collection of “Today’s top headlines,” which are quick-hit synopses of the most important, timely and compelling local news of the day, followed by more information, photos and in some cases videos that are related to those storylines. And we link not only to the news that’s already on our website,, but also to other local news outlets

and authoritative sources of information. Because even if you like getting your community news from a variety of sources – as the most wellinformed citizens do – we want you to come to us first. To borrow an analogy from my sportswriting days, we at The Leader are the reliable, level-headed quarterback who knows when to pass, hand off the ball or keep it himself. But we’re not much concerned with giving away the secrets of our playbook, which is why we also use the newsletter to tell you what we’re working on and which stories you can expect to read in the coming days. Keeping you informed and engaged in your community is our overarching goal, just like it has been since The Leader was first published 67 years ago. And don’t worry, loyal Leader readers. Our weekly print product remains our bread and butter. It’s how we’ve built our reputation and enamored ourselves to the community we serve, and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. We just want to continue to diversify, improve and adapt in a world that has shifted more and more to a digital realm, because the internet

isn’t going anywhere either. It’s been fun to create the weekday newsletters, which are appealing to the eye and more conversational than formal. It’s also been exhilarating to engage our community in a new way as we’ve gotten good feedback from readers who initially subscribed to our weekly newsletter and are now getting daily doses of information and insight. So we invite you to come along for the ride by subscribing to the new-and-improved newsletter, which is free just like our paper and our website, and we’ll make doing so especially easy for you. Just send an email to, saying you’d like to be added to our delivery list, and we’ll get you signed up. You also can subscribe by entering your email address on the homepage of our website,, where it says, “SUBSCRIBE to our newsletter!” And I encourage you to go ahead and do that today. As we at The Leader have discovered in recent years, there’s no need to wait for a week to go by. Email azuvanich@theleadernews. com

Redistricting makes no census to some Texans THE MAP – This is a map of Texas’ current Congressional districts. Some look like a Rorschach Test. All these lines are going to change after our beloved Legislature draws up new districts based on the 2020 U.S. Census. The good news is that soon Texas shall gain two new seats – and hopefully desks, too – in the U.S. House of Representatives, more than any other state. The bad news is that we should have gained not two new members but three, as every pre-census estimate predicted. And this undercount is by design. As everyone knows, the House seats are divvied up by population. (The total number has been set at 435 since 1929.) In our case, each district would represent about 763,000 Texans. So why didn’t we get that extra seat? Because there was an all-out effort by our state’s GOP leaders to hold down the tally by the U.S. Census Bureau. “Don’t count minorities,” they said quietly. “They vote Democrat.” And that’s usually true. When it comes to the 2020 Census (actually the Census Bureau announced its apportionment figures on April 26, 2021, because no one would talk to a census-taker due to Covid-19), Texas handled it differently from other states. Worried about an undercount, California allocated $187 million beginning in 2019 to make sure everyone was counted. New York spent $30 million and still lost a seat. Altogether 25 states poured close to

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a third of a billion dollars in head-count programs. Texas spent, uh, nothing. Texas lawmakers declined to put additional state dollars toward the census during the 2019 legislative session, rejecting proposals by Democratic lawmakers to create a statewide outreach program. Then one month before the count began (ONE MONTH!), the Texas secretary of state’s office quietly put out word that it would spend up to $15 million on an advertising campaign for a head-count. Get this: It was paid for by dipping into federal dollars meant to help Texans deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Texas currently sends 36 members to the U.S. House; 23 of them are Republicans. With the two new members, the GOPers want to increase those numbers by simply drawing up favorable districts. But this may be a problem. Between the 2010 and the 2020 censuses, the Lone Star State grew faster than any other state. The 2020 census put the state’s population at 29,145,505 -- a 16 percent jump from 25.1 million in 2010. Our main gains were in the urban areas – the Metroplex, Houston and its suburbs and the I-35 corri-

dor from Austin to San Antonio. How much did they grow? A lot. The Metroplex’s population increased from 6.3 million to 7.6 million in the past decade. Harris County added about 800,000 residents. Hays County — between Austin and San Antonio — doubled its population in the last decade. But of the state’s 254 counties, 143 – all of them rural – saw their populations decline since 2010. As an example, the Thirteenth Congressional District, which spans the northern Panhandle, has a GOP congressman. It needs to add another 60,000 residents to meet federal requirements for a district. Who are these additional Texans? As we have noted before, the state’s population grows by about 1,000 a day – half are born here, the other move here. Either way, most are Hispanics. According to the Texas Tribune, minorities accounted for 95 percent of the state’s population growth. Texas gained nearly 11 Hispanic residents for every ad-

ditional white resident since 2010. Houston’s Hispanic population is now nearly as large as the non-Hispanic white population, with just half a percentage point separating them. Donald Trump swept those rural counties in the 2018 presidential election, but they are losing voters while the increases – minorities – will mainly vote Democratic. Along with high-profile Congressional redistricting, is the redistricting of the state legislature, who members have drawn up their own districts. That’s like hiring an arsonist for fire chief. The State Board of Education is a little known operation, and justifiably so. But that board is also elected by districts with equal population and is set for redistricting. The majority of members are die-hard right-wing Christians who frown on teaching our children race theory, evolution, integration and the need for masks. Maybe they could be redistricted to, say, an offshore oil rig.

OK, let’s say you’re a Republican adviser hired to solve these problems. Some solutions are easy. Insist all the ballots are only printed in English, and have all your candidates be listed with their nicknames. Edward “Pancho” O’Brien. Martha “Serena” Horowitz. Suggest in campaign speeches the candidates refer to “MexTex” restaurants. Hire Donald Trump to run border security. He’ll bring back the horses. Draw new districts with a computerized map showing a cohesive group of geographically connected citizens – sort of a circle or square. This would create a mixture of voters and tight elections with competing ideas. Then shred the map. Check out the number of Volvos, organic gardens and bicyclists in an area and put them in the same district with German farmers in Kerrville and retired generals in Lakeway. Texas is one of the most gerrymandered states in the nation. Austin has long been

a liberal island in a sea of conservatives -- Joe Biden won Travis County by 45 points -- so it has been gerrymandered into four different Congressional districts. One goes from Austin to just outside Houston. Two others wind from Austin to Mexico. The GOP needs to draw a district on a fall Saturday afternoon. That puts 102,000 liberals – mostly UT students – in one place: UT’s stadium. Harris County’s Congressional districts wander all over the place. The GOP should scatter participants in our Cinco de Mayo parade throughout River Oaks. Taking a page from Gov. Greg Abbott’s playbook, offer a $10,000 bounty, plus legal expenses, to anyone who identifies a Democrat about to vote, or the Uber driver who takes that person to the voting booth. Some Texans can count on not being counted. Ashby is redistricted at

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THE READER. CenterPoint rate increase proposal Dear Editor: Why should we be asked to reimburse CenterPoint for costs they incurred during the February winter storm? For one thing, we did not even have power! For another, they presumably negotiated purchases of natural gas from suppliers, and if they chose to contract to pay a fluctuating price based on demand, that’s their problem, not ours. We should not have to bail them out now. Outrageous! Anne Maier

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Bulldogs continue strong start in district play By Landan Kuhlmann

After a tough run in nondistrict play, it would’ve been easy for the Heights Bulldogs’ football team to pack it in. But they have done just the opposite and put themselves in prime position in District 18-6A following another strong performance last week. The Bulldogs routed Bellaire 69-0 last Friday at Delmar Stadium, moving to 2-4 overall and 2-0 in district competition. Senior quarterback Jalen Morrison had his best game of the season, completing 22 of 31 passes for 333 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. Xavier Neal caught nine passes for 139 yards and all four receiving touchdowns for Heights, while Kenneth Booth hauled in six passes for 98 yards. The Bulldogs also ran for 111 yards and had four dif-

ferent rushers score touchdowns. Allen Rainey led the ground game with six carries for 66 yards and two scores. In other public school action, Booker T. Washington suffered its first loss in District 11-4A, falling 40-19 to Furr to drop to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in district play. Baytown Sterling nipped Waltrip 12-7 to drop the Rams to 0-5 overall, while Scarborough is also 0-5 following a 61-0 loss to Houston Worthing on Friday. Private schools The St. Pius X Panthers bounced back from last week’s loss to Concordia Lutheran with a 46-2 victory over Katy St. John XXIII, moving to 3-2 on the season and 1-1 in district play. The Panthers ran roughshod over the Lions, amassing 335 total yards on the ground. Menton Lewis led the way with 100 yards on 15 carries, while Carson Hintz ran for 43 yards and three

Last Week’s Scores Heights 69, Bellaire 0 St. Pius X 46, Katy St. John XXIII 2 Worthing 61, Scarborough 0 Baytown Sterling 12, Waltrip 7 Furr 40, Booker T. Washington 19 SA Central Catholic 35, St. Thomas 31

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Waltrip vs. Madison, 7 p.m., Delmar Stadium Scarborough vs. Yates, 7 p.m., Dyer Stadium Friday

Booker T. Washington at Kashmere, 7 p.m., Delmar Stadium St. Pius X at San Antonio Antonian Prep, 7 p.m. Alpha Omega Academy at Lutheran High North, 7 p.m. San Antonio Christian at St. Thomas, 7 p.m. Saturday

Photo from Twitter Heights High School quarterback Jalen Morrison prepares to pass during a Sept. 10 game against Barbers Hill at Delmar Stadium.

Heights at Chavez, 6 p.m., Barnett Stadium

touchdowns. Quarterback Cale Skinner had 148 total yards and threw two touchdowns, while Jackson Mobley had eight catches for 85 yards and a touchdown.

St. Thomas was on the short end of a 35-31 decision against San Antonio Central Catholic on Friday. Cameron Price had 117 receiving yards on 10 catches for the

Eagles (4-2, 1-1), while Joe Rick Madden caught three touchdown passes. Quarterback Jake Wright had another strong performance for St. Thomas despite the loss,

throwing for 385 yards and four touchdowns. Lutheran High North (0-4, 0-1) was idle last week and is back in action Friday against Alpha Omega Academy.

state’s largest school district. Morath announced in November 2019 that he intended to replace the HISD trustees with a state-appointed board of managers, citing what he called the board’s “failure of governance” and the prolonged failing academic performance of Wheatley High School. That also came on the heels of a Texas Education Agency (TEA) investigation into an alleged open meetings violation by five members of the board, including Santos and Sung, who in 2018 initially voted to replace interim superintendent Grenita Lathan with former HISD superintendent Abe Saavedra, who withdrew from consideration a few days later and prompted the board to reinstate Lathan. Santos said the walking quorum allegation is a “false narrative put forth by the state.” “There’s numerous things like that that have made me feel embarrassed about the district and the path it’s going toward,” said Kopinsky, a Lindale Park resident who is a product of HISD and works as an engineer for Chevron. “Growing up in Houston, I’m very proud of this city. I want HISD to be in the news for its achievements.” That was a sentiment echoed by Garza Lindner, a Norhill resident and parent of two Travis

Elementary students who like Kopinsky is a first-time political candidate. She said she also was motivated to run after seeing disparities in student outcomes among schools in the same geographic area, citing Travis and nearby Browning Elementary, which has not performed as well, as an example. Garza Lindner works as a management consultant for Veritas Total Solutions, an energy consulting firm, and she said she is the most qualified candidate in District I because of her experience with board governance and managing a multi-million dollar budget. She said a significant problem with the HISD board is that it passed a budget the last two years in which money was left on the table and ended up going into the fund balance. “That means resources are locked up, because of mismanagement, that could be going to services for our kids and giving teacher raises,” Garza Lindner said. “If our board doesn’t operate in a way that our budget is managed very carefully, spending what we’re intending to spend … then we’re not doing our basic work.”

that a younger person like him can provide. “I have no ulterior motives and I’m not backed by special interest groups,” he said. “I’m doing this to give back to the community and do what’s best for the kids.” Garza Lindner said HISD teachers should be better compensated and that the district needs to lessen the workload on its teachers to create a more enjoyable work environment. And like Santos, Garza Lindner said she is a big supporter of the arts. Garza Lindner criticized Santos, saying she did not accomplish enough during her first term, and said Kopinsky is too inexperienced to effectively serve on the board. The three District I candidates are in unison in their support of House, who was an award-winning administer in Tennessee before being hired by HISD. One of his first initiatives was the implementation of a mask mandate at all campuses and buildings across the district, in defiance of an executive order by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that said public schools in the state were not allowed to require masks despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the fact children under age 12 are not yet eligible to be vac-

cinated. Much like that issue, the dispute between the HISD board and the state remains ongoing. Santos said she’s hopeful that Morath will reconsider his plan to replace the trustees with a board of managers, but she said it appears that removing the existing board members is still the objective. Kopinsky said he does not think Morath should take such an action, instead saying the makeup of the HISD board should be decided by Houston voters. As an HISD parent, Garza Lindner said she would welcome a state takeover if some of the existing board members are re-elected. But she said she’s hopeful that voters will continue to elect new trustees and prompt Morath to eventually “back off.” “I think it’s time for voters to finish the job and put people in these seats who can be professional, who can be effective quickly and start working for our kids,” she said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Key issues Garza Lindner, Kopinsky and Santos agreed that HISD needs

to better compensate its teachers, who have more attractive options in the Houston region, because they said recruiting and retaining talented and committed educators would ultimately lead to better outcomes for students. Santos said she has advocated for better compensation and benefits for HISD teachers, with the district having implemented pay increases for teachers and support staff in recent years. She said she also has helped ensure that all HISD campuses have wraparound specialists, who assist students with nonacademic issues, and that all schools in District I have librarians as well as dance, theatre and other fine arts programs. “I was asked to run again, primarily by our students that I built relationships with districtwide,” she said. “In this arena, the experience that we bring back as board members is crucial.” Kopinsky, whose mother and grandmother were educators, said the recent teacher raises were overdue and not enough and that HISD also needs a better benefits package for its teachers and more stability in its principal ranks. The 25-yearold graduate of Bellaire High School said the board needs the energy and fresh perspective

such as the Heights, Garden Oaks, Oak Forest and Shepherd Park Plaza, with at least one group of residents setting up a bounce house. The Heights Ice Baby Sno Cones truck was the main attraction at the Norhill Esplanade in Woodland Heights, where nearly 100 residents got together to meet each other and the constable’s deputies who serve them. Doug Carroll, treasurer of the Woodland Heights Civic Association, said it was a much-needed outdoor escape. National Night Out was scrapped last year on account of the COVID-19 pandemic,

which has limited the opportunities for community camaraderie. “We’ve been doing Zoom meetings and they’re very boring,” Carroll said. “It’s nice to actually see people outside.” Candlelight Plaza, a Northwest Houston neighborhood with a little more than 300 homes, held a subdivisionwide block party near the intersection of Alba and Bethlehem Street. An estimated 75-80 residents gathered there, according to event organizer Candace Helstrom, the president of the Candlelight Plaza Civic Club. A vintage Dodge truck

owned by resident Bradley Cayce was used to block off one side of the street and also as somewhat of a teaser for a future event. At the neighborhood’s annual chili cookoff next month, a Christmastime hay ride in the bed of the truck will be up for auction. “We’ve had all these people around here that we haven’t seen in forever,” Cayce said. “So it’s good to get out.” Neighborhood kids were bounding around at most of the local National Night Out events, with two boys rolling a baseball back and forth in Candlelight Plaza. Those in Garden Oaks, near the inter-

section of Alba and Lamonte, were playing his Ontiveros’ patrol vehicle. David and Kelly Morrissett gave their 2-year-old son, Connor, a close-up look – “He’s really shy, but he loves police cars,” his mother said – while Fox and some of the older youngsters got inside the vehicle and tested out some of its features. When Fox told his neighbors they were under arrest, it drew laughs from the small crowd, including Ontiveros. “It was hilarious,” Fox said. “It was exciting.” Follow Adam Zuvanich on Twitter @AZuvanich

Race from P. 1A in infighting that occurred in the public’s view and tarnished the reputation of the board. But Santos also said she and her fellow trustees have “gotten our act together” while learning from their experiences and pushing the district forward, such as unanimously voting to hire highly touted administrator Millard House II as superintendent earlier this year. “The personality of the board has changed,” Santos said. “We still have those tense situations, but we’re able to come out of the other side still wanting the same thing – what’s best for students. We’re a team now.” Another incumbent on the board, District VII trustee Anne Sung, also is up for re-election in a race with an impact on the area. Sinclair Elementary in the Timbergrove neighborhood is part of District VII, where the challengers are Dwight Jefferson, Bridget Wade and Mac Walker. Early voting is scheduled for Oct. 18-29, and Election Day is Nov. 2. The two candidates opposing Santos in District I, Garza Lindner and Kopinsky, both cited dysfunction and poor governance by the board as reasons they decided to run for a seat on the board and attempt to improve conditions within the

NNO from P. 1A pleasant evening, with the aim of strengthening relationships and increasing awareness in order to combat crime. Ontiveros stopped by a Garden Oaks home where roughly 20 neighbors had gathered in the driveway to enjoy food, drinks and each other’s company. As a night-shift deputy, he said most of his visits to the neighborhood occur when residents are asleep and “something bad happens.” “Now I get to see all the faces I work for, and it’s lovely,” Ontiveros said. Similar National Night Out gatherings were sprinkled throughout neighborhoods



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t goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: “we have all made mistakes.” As Alexander Pope so aptly put it: “To err is human, to forgive, divine.” We should remember this the next time we make a mistake. Most certainly, we must learn from our mistakes, and hopefully not continue to repeat them, but we should also forgive ourselves. While it can be hard enough to forgive others for their mistakes, it can sometimes feel almost impossible to forgive ourselves. We sometimes cannot bring ourselves to forgive something we’ve done, and we may punish and harangue ourselves for years, or even decades, over youthful indiscretions. In addition, some of us may not be able to forget the sins of our past. And although that may prevent us from repeating them, we must be charitable and forgive ourselves, just as we should forgive others. So, we should make a real effort in the coming days and weeks to forgive the offenses of others as well as our own. Sometimes, it helps to just forget about them; that is, to try to put them out of our mind and stop repeatedly mulling over them. One of the reasons we use the phrase “forgive and forget” is because sometimes that is the only way to forgive, i.e., by forgetting. But far better, and more divine, is to be able to forgive even while remembering the offense. So, we should let go of those unforgiving, vindictive, shameful feelings about the past, and get over it! Corrie ten Boom, who survived incarceration in a Nazi prison camp said, “Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free, and to realize that the prisoner was you.”

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hat does it mean to be a disciple? The dictionary defines the word to mean, “a person who is a pupil, or an adherent to the doctrines of another; follower.” You might think of a disciple as an apprentice, someone who learns from someone else. I have learned in my life that it is important to think for yourself. However, if you aren’t Judge not, and you will be judged; condemn willing to notlisten and learn from not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, someone else, you are setting yourself and you will be forgiven... up forR.S.V. a lotLuke of 6:37 unnecessary problems. Learning from someone else allows you to avoid some of the pitfalls along the way. You can either learn from the “School of Hard Knocks” or learn to follow someone else who has done well before you. In the Bible, Jesus had a group of followers that he called his disciples. The Apostle Paul mentored a young man named Timothy. In Acts 16, the Bible introduces us to Timothy. We learn that Timothy came from a divided home. His mother and His father had different religious beliefs. His mother

and his father were from different ethnic backgrounds. In a letter to Timothy, Paul wrote about Timothy’s health problems. Timothy’s life definitely had its challenges, but Timothy was a true disciple. He went from relative obscurity and from a difficult background to becoming one of the great men of the New Testament church. While his background was difficult, Timothy was a young man who had great character. Timothy did the right thing even when things were difficult. Even in difficult circumstances, you can choose to do the right thing. Timothy demonstrated his character by being willing to sacrifice greatly in order to help others. He made choices that would have been difficult for him so that he could have a greater impact on others. His life was not lived selfishly, it was lived to put others first. I wonder about you? Are you living just for yourself, or are you willing to give up personal comfort and pleasure for the betterment of someone else? Would you be willing to learn from someone else, even if that meant being humble and teachable? The greatest mentor is Jesus. He is the one you should follow.

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C&D from P. 1A Sam Cobb, who opened the store’s first location on 11th Street in 1951 along with his son-in-law. C&D has operated from its current location – a building that used to house a record distribution warehouse owned by music producer H.W. “Pappy” Daily – for more than 40 years. Located right in the heart of the Heights, Jim, Kathy and Duane have prided themselves on keeping the smalltown appeal which has been a staple of the store for seven decades. As the years have passed, evolution has been necessary. And C&D has continued to serve its customers by consistently adding products and services to keep up with their customers’ hardware needs. They offer services such as pipe threading, knife and tool sharpening and key cutting, along with window glass cutting, screen repair and more. “I think we’re one of our customers, for all practical reasons,” Myers said. “We’ve grown with them – we’ve helped them, they’ve helped us. Just in the right place at the right time. My favorite thing is watching the kids grow up, helping them along the way.”

man. If you can’t find one, just wait a minute and they’ll be with you as soon as they can.” And sure enough, Garden Oaks couple Joe and Martha Rhea came into the store Tuesday as they have done for 30 years looking for help – and found it right away. Martha even mentioned an employee who has helped her with electrical problems by name, though he was not working Tuesday. “We’ve seen a lot of different staff come in, but I really like Dan (the electrical guy),” she said. “He’s helped me many times with refurbishing lamps and things like that.” She so prefers C&D to big chain stores due to their customer service that if something such as a particular light bulb is not immediately in stock, she said she will wait until it’s at C&D as opposed to going to another store. “They always seem to have what I need,” she said. Joe echoed his wife. “It’s a treasure having it here,” he said. The story was much the same from Heights resident Steve Connolly, who has been frequenting C&D since moving to the Heights five years ago. On Tuesday he was searching for the specific type of nails. “You come in here like this and you’re looking for something, someone comes right over and asks if they can help,” Connolly said. “If you go to those big major box stores, you’re in there by yourself. It definitely has more of a personal touch, which I appreciate.” Jim Stratton said the key

Superior service A longtime staple of C&D, and one that all three owners mentioned, has been that personal touch of customer service that can be hard to find at big box stores. “People really get to know the staff, and ask for them by name,” Kathy Stratton said. “When you come into the store, you can find a sales-

to C&D’s staying power is the personal touch Connolly mentioned is not just a fad or a motto for public show. It’s ingrained in them, through good times and bad. In addition to Harvey, the store also operated on the power of two small generators for about two-and-a-half weeks following Hurricane Ike in 2008 so they could help Houstonians with issues resulting from the aftermath, according to Jim. It’s what they do. “That’s the fun thing, dealing with the people in the local neighborhoods, taking care of their needs and getting the products that they need,” he said. “Anyone can sell hardware – we provide service. That’s why people keep coming back, because they appreciate service above and beyond. We’re not just pointing at something on the shelf. That personal touch is what it’s all about. … We go the extra mile for our customers.”

Photo by Landan Kuhlmann Owners Duane Myers, left, and Jim Stratton stand in front of C&D Hardware & Gifts at 314 E. 11th St.

Stratton said. “When we started this, babies were coming in, and now they’re in college. It’s fun to see them and watch the neighborhood grow and change.” The store is only closed five days per year, its website says – Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Every other day, residents of the Heights and surrounding areas can stop by the store and experience the personal touch themselves that has sustained C&D for 70 years. Myers and the Strattons are only too happy to oblige. “They’re more than customers,” Myers said. “They’re really part of the family.”

Here to stay Throughout the generations, C&D has seen babies grow up into college students, families come through and move away, and everything in between. As the Heights has grown into one of Houston’s most bustling neighborhoods, the store has held on. For all the owners, that is the best part of the job. Through all the change in the world, they said C&D has stayed true to its core values – helping them not just survive, but thrive. “I feel like we’re a part of the community and are watching them grow,” Kathy

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Art Valet: Find your inner caveman at Sawyer Yards exhibit Mitch Cohen Art Columnist

This is the second Saturday of the month, and as such, the art studios at Sawyer Yards will be open to the public. Mixed in with the hundreds of artists, breweries, galleries, restaurants, an outdoor art market and a massive indoor rock climbing gym is a new exhibit inside the former Success Rice grain silos which is actually based on rocks. Cave rocks to be specific. Site Gallery Houston at The Silos at Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer St. Suite 400, will host Sculpture Month Houston’s opening reception of Altamira: The Primal

Urge To Create, from 6-9 p.m. Saturday. The exhibition runs through Dec. 4. Site Gallery Houston, situated at the bottom of 34 former grain silos, will host the return of Sculpture Month Houston. Site Gallery is one of 40 spaces and galleries participating in this citywide festival celebrating contemporary sculpture. The Cave of Altamira is a cave complex in Spain that has some of the world’s most renowned cave art. For Altamira: The Primal Urge To Create, Sculpture Month Houston organizers asked the artists to imagine themselves as those early cave artists, but with all of modern technology at their disposal. The Silos has got to be the perfect modern equivalent to The Cave of Altamira. It certainly has enough hidden crevices and dark passages to

Contributed photo Pictured is Susan Budge’s “Stardust,” a mixed media installation inside The Silos at Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer St. Suite 400.

qualify. I met artist Susan Budge and musician Rick Paulson when I had a sneak peek at

the progress earlier this week. Budge is one of the 18 artists participating in Altamira. Budge’s mixed media instal-

lation is titled “Stardust.” Paulson’s band is part of the performing arts series. Budge (@budgeceramic7 on, an established ceramic artist and sculptor, truly took advantage of modern tech. The space is filled with hundreds of ceramic stars, each with a very human-looking eye at the center. Paulson suggested I look up as I circled the installation. Just past a swirling galaxy of stars, at the center of the cone that used to dispense the rice for the aforementioned silo namesake, was a really big eye looking at me. Hidden inside is an infrared camera, projected my heat signature on a TV just outside, making viewers part of the exhibit. Budge and Paulson introduced me to Damon J. Thomas (@damonthomasart), who

was adding some finishing touches to his site-specific installation titled “Contact.” Thomas states on his website that his installment is “… to explore humankind’s first consciousness of “wolf energy’ as the ground of creativity.” What I really like and find fascinating about site-specific art installations is their temporal nature. Don’t miss this one. You’ve got to “experience” them where they were created. Just like the 17,000-year-old cave art at Altamira. Details and related events can be found on the website Cohen is an artist and founder of the First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards. Find him at for additional highlights and artist’s stories.

Review: Hando rolls out quality sushi in Heights By Stefan Modrich

I have always wanted to visit Tokyo for its sleek, futuristic architecture, cutting-edge technology and a culture that pays homage to its revered tradition and customs. During my recent visit to Hando, I saw exactly what Family Meal Group partner Jason Andaya meant when he previously told The Leader about his desire to have “a space that could double as a waiting area and an after-dinner spot to continue an evening out.” That space became The Kanpai Club, modeled after Japanese back-alley bars. The main dining area is also an in-

timate bar setting, where sushi chefs prepare temaki (hand rolls) in front of you and place them atop bamboo boards. I felt a little silly sipping Nihon Sakari red sake ($6) out of a juicebox, but I was still grateful for my server’s recommendation. It had a deep, earthy taste that evoked beet juice, finishing with a hint of sweetness. It was a good pairing with my three hand roll selections: ocean trout ($8), yellowtail ($6) and yasai ($5). Because my chopsticks skills are still in dire need of refinement, hand rolls are an ideal way for me to consume sushi. The ocean trout is tucked in with radish sprouts, micro-ci-

lantro, fried shallots and yuzu soy, adding some saltiness and floral flavor to an otherwise mild fish, which you’ll like if you prefer seafood to not taste or smell excessively fishy. The yellowtail is paired with scallions and accented with nikiri, a sweet soy sauce. I was surprised to find that the yasai was the hand roll that captivated me the most. This was a satisfyingly crunchy combination of bell pepper, cucumber, spinach, carrot, kaiware (sprouted daikon radish seeds), fried shallots, micro-cilantro and a zesty black sesame aioli. I would have liked the option to swap out some of the selections in Hando’s handroll sets, or handokase, priced

at $15, $20 and $25 for three-, four- and five-piece sets. But based on the level of quality of the sushi I had from Hando, I would venture to guess the spicy tuna, blue crab, fried oyster and shrimp katsu are worth trying for both sushi novices and veterans alike. Hando Address: 518 W. 11th St. Dining Options: Dine-in, curbside pickup, delivery Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily Entree prices: $15-$25 Kid-friendly: Yes Senior discount: No Alcohol: Yes Healthy options: Seaweed Salad ($5) Star of the show: Yasai Rating: 4 out of 5 bites

Photo by Stefan Modrich From left to right are the ocean trout, yellowtail and yasai hand sushi rolls from Hando, with Nihon Sakari red sake.

Making the most of toast: Step up your spread-and-bread game Stefan Modrich

One of my favorite things about fall is the harvest season and seeing the bounty of fresh produce from grocers and farmers markets along with bread from local bakeries. There are so many possibilities for making your own delicious snacks and meals at home, but here I will focus on a popular breakfast or lunchtime snack that requires little in the way of cooking equipment but does require some preparation: toast. Having read to this point, the punchlines are likely forming on the tips of your tongues. Leave it to the millennials who are buying pumpkin cream cold brews to subject us to another rant about avocado toast. Well, you’re actually right. But I promise there’s more to it than that. I won’t deny that a simple English muffin or lightly-browned wheat or white slice with butter or grape jelly is one of life’s

Photo by Stefan Modrich Pumpernickel bread from Cake & Bacon is the base for this delicious avocado toast, with a tzatziki spread, dill, paprika and lemon juice.

Photo by Stefan Modrich Cake & Bacon’s rosemary garlic sourdough is decked with mascarpone, heirloom tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, sunny side up eggs and fresh herbs.

purest pleasures alongside some eggs and bacon. But I would encourage you to step outside your culinary comfort zone, and if what I’m about to share with you is already within your repertoire, to go take a leap beyond it. One of the first chances I took to be more adventurous myself was to visit a local farmers market upon moving to Houston last year. I

in the oven at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes per side. But if you set your toaster to a tick above whatever is your device’s level for medium doneness, you should get the perfect texture and enough heat to allow the tzatziki to adhere to the bread. You could easily add a protein, like brisket, tofu or black refried beans to a

brought home pumpernickel and rosemary garlic sourdough loaves from bakery Cake & Bacon. Using an avocado tzatziki spread for the pumpernickel, I then added fresh avocado slices, dill, paprika and lemon juice. I don’t actually own a toaster, because I am stubbornly loyal to my Lodge cast iron griddle and prefer toasting my bread directly

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online at order before picking them up at the market. By mentioning the Houston Heights Foodies Group during your order or pick up, you can get a free bagel when you order a dozen, he said. Eleanora’s Market is open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

A new Japanese restaurant will open at the site of recently-closed Golden Bagels & Coffee, 3119 White Oak Drive, according to a sales tax report filed with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. According to the report, the permit will begin Dec. 1. Chef Billy Kin will open Kinokawa 2 miles away from his first restaurant in the Heights, Blackbird Izakaya, which closed in July 2020 after a two-year run. Kin also helped open Hidden Omakase near the Galleria last year. Brazos Bagel to debut at Eleanora’s Market A new bagel purveyor will join a popular neighborhood farmers market this weekend. Brazos Bagel will debut at Eleanora’s Market, 2120 Ella Blvd., on Saturday serving organic plain and everything bagels, according to owner Zac Wilson, a Houston native who recently returned to the

Photo from Facebook William Price Distilling Co., 970 Wakefield Drive, is offering 92-proof Garden Oaks gin for $24.99 and Navy Strength Oak Forest gin for $28.99.

city after more than a decade in California. “The bagels are made by hand in small batches and cold fermented for at least 24 hours, before being bathed in a barley malt boil and baked up golden,” Wilson said. Wilson recommended ordering bagels

William Price launches neighborhood-themed gins A local distillery is offering a tribute to the residents of two adjacent neighborhoods after it released its first batch of gin last Saturday. William Price Distilling Co., 970 Wakefield Drive, is offering 92-proof Garden Oaks gin ($24.99) and Navy Strength Oak Forest gin ($28.99). The distillery has a limit of two bottles per person every 30 days, and customers must pick up their orders between 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday or 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. To order online, visit https://wmptx.

sandwich like this to make a full meal out of it, but I was content with what I had done for a light afternoon bite. For the sourdough, I toed the line between appetizer and entree. Like the pumpernickel, I left the sourdough slices open-faced, but I did something a little different with each of them.

What they all had in common was a smearing of mascarpone, a viscous Italian cream cheese. One thin sourdough piece was topped with sun-dried tomatoes and basil, and another had sundried tomatoes, basil and dill. The two wider slices were better bases for cuts of fresh yellow and red heirloom tomato, each topped with sunny-side-up eggs. One was garnished with basil and dill, and I finished off another with fresh rosemary. I hope you’ll be inspired by these easy, impromptu recipes, and I am looking forward to seeing some of you out at farmers markets across the Greater Heights this fall. And I want to remind you that while I always welcome your thoughts and discussion around area restaurants, I’m also interested in what you’re cooking up in your own kitchens. Feel free to DM or mention me @StefanJModrich on Twitter or email me at smodrich@mcelvypartners. com to share what you’re eating and tell me what you want to learn about the food scene in your neighborhood.


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A 1980s shopping center at 1102 Pinemont Dr. has been reimagined into a more modern retail center, and it recently welcomed its first new tenant to the development. Houston-based real estate firm Gulf Coast Commercial Group announced Tuesday that Unify PT has opened the doors to its 1,043-square foot space at The Common, a 38,000-square foot retail development near the intersection of Pinemont Drive and Ella Boulevard. Situated between Acres Homes, Candlelight Plaza, the Garden Oaks/ Oak Forest area and other local neighborhoods, Unify PT is a practice that will combine osteo-practic physical therapy and wellness under one roof, according to a news release. Founded by Kimberly Sam Aing, the practice opened on Sept. 30, and its hours are by appointment. Aing, a Heights resident and doctor of physical therapy with a focus on orthopedic conditions and optimizing performance, began her career in an outpatient clinic. She conceived Unify PT with the goal of creating a more client-focused environment with targeted, one-on-one and holistic care that goes beyond the initial treatment of issues to positive lifestyle changes, according to the news release. “Our goal is to offer all-inclusive preventative and rehabilitative care without medication or surgery,” she said. Aing has an undergraduate degree in kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She also got a fellowship from the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy and is certified in dry needling, spinal manipulative therapy and blood flow restriction therapy. “I’m thrilled to launch this practice at The Common, which puts me in the center of a demographic ideal for growth, while also offering great ease of accessibility for incoming clients and home or office visits,” she said. For more information on the clinic, visit Unify PT’s website at unifypt. com/.

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The Memorial Hermann Health System is allowing more visitors at many of its facilities in the Houston area, including Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital at 1635 North Loop West, as a result of a declining number of new COVID-19 cases in the region and across the hospital system, according to a notice posted on the Memorial Hermann website. Effective Tuesday, the health system will be allowing up to two visitors (at least 12 years old) per patient per day at all acutecare hospitals – including the Heights-area hospital – from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., according to its website. Pediatric patients at Children’s Memorial Hermann and all acute-care facilities can see up to two parent/guardian or sibling visitors per day, as can laboring, antepartum and postpartum patients. In all cases, visitors ages 12-17 will need to be accompanied by an adult, while one of the two adults

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Be cautious with ketogenic diets By Shana Tatum RD, LD

fuel instead of only glucose for energy. We are an amazing hybrid machine that can run on two fuel sources - glucose and fats. The fat from the diet or from body stores is converted in the liver into ketones. Ketones act as energy when glucose is in short supply. In people with good metabolic health, these are normally made at night while we fast. Ketone strips or meters can be used to measure the urine or blood levels of ketone bodies. If you are following this strict diet, these tools can be helpful to ensure adherence and guide your selections. A ketogenic diet can be particularly helpful for those suffering from neurodegenerative disorders or cognitive impairment such as epilepsy, seizures and dementia. It also has demonstrated good efficacy for people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. When glucose regulation is imbalanced, restoring insu-

You can count on the diet and fitness influencers and celebrities to persuade consumers that they aren’t healthy unless they are consuming the most recent superfood or diet they are promoting. Oftentimes it is pricey or not based on much scientific data. The ketogenic diet could possibly fall into this category if not followed correctly. There are many versions of the ketogenic diet. The classic therapeutic ketogenic diet was researched for treatment of pediatric epilepsy by Dr. Russell Wilder at the Mayo Clinic in 1922. He proposed that the benefits of fasting could be seen if a state of ketosis was achieved through diet. While it proved quite effective, its popularity waned with the introduction of effective anticonvulsant medications. At the same time in Ger-


many, Dr. Otto Warburg was doing research using ketogenic diets for certain cancers demonstrating that cancer could be a disease metabolic imbalance and not only one of genetic damage. A ketogenic diet is described as one that is high in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbohydrates. It is designed to help the body shift to burn fat as the primary

lin sensitivity is improved through a ketogenic diet. With 66 percent of the American population prediabetic or diabetic, it can be a valuable tool to reduce insulin resistance. There are different types of ketogenic diets that vary the amount of macronutrients, meaning fat, protein and carbohydrates. Classic Ketogenic Diet Usually we think of the ratio as four parts fat to one part protein and carbohydrate. This translates to about 90 percent of calories from fat and 7 percent from protein with the remaining 3 percent of calories in carbohydrates. This is a challenging plan and one needs the guidance of a healthcare professional to ensure adequate nutrition is met. It is primarily used as a therapeutic diet for the neurodegenerative conditions. Moderate or Modified

Atkins Ketogenic Diet This plan allows more carbohydrates and protein in the amounts of total calories as 70 percent fat, 25 percent protein and 5 percent carbohydrate. This can also be a challenging plan to follow considering the Standard American Diet (SAD) is generally 60-65 percent of total calories as carbohydrates. For either plan, fats are consumed in the form of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats to reduce insulin and inflammation. Examples of monounsaturated fats include avocados, olives and cooking oils from both. In addition nuts and seeds as well as their butters, fish and seafood, pastured and grassfed animals and algae. While the keto diet has been shown in some research to improve microbial health, other studies demonstrate a negative effect. As carbohydrates are reduced, this usually means a lower fiber intake. Fiber is needed for

healthy microorganism balance in the intestinal tract. While I find many of my patients have an imbalance in this area and are encouraged to increase intake of fiber, it can make the ketogenic diet difficult to sustain. A ketogenic diet may be contraindicated for anyone with an eating disorder due to its restrictive nature, people with kidney stones, type one diabetes and in pregnancy. Use caution with hypothyroidism as the protein content in the diet is important for healthy gland function. With your healthcare provider, you can create an optimal food plan with the ketogenic diet. Just remember it is not a free hall pass to eat double bacon cheeseburgers from the local diner every day! Resources to learn more about a ketogenic diet can be found at, www.dietdoctor. com, and

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Aquario Dental & Braces takes anxiety out of dentist visits By Landan Kuhlmann

A visit to the dentist is usually not the trip that children are hoping to hear about. But a new pediatric dentist in the area is looking to flip that script and provide young patients with an enjoyable experience. Aquario Dental & Braces in Greater Inwood held its grand opening recently at 6434 W. Little York Rd. The aim of Aquario Dental & Braces and Dr. Enayat Astani is to take what can be a scary trip for many children and turn it into a fun experience that will have them looking forward to their semi-annual appointment. “No corners have been cut, and everything is top of the line,” said Janett Clark, who is Aquario’s referral and digital marketing manager. Once you step inside the Aquario Dental offices, Clark said it becomes a different world for the children. There is a movie theatre room with an 86-inch TV inside of it, she said, as well as another TV out in the lobby. That is usually streaming Disney+ at all times for the kids. Additionally, there are four arcade games that kids can play for free as well as two PlayStation 5s with four controllers. This allows the children to be entertained while waiting for their dental visit and lets the parents relax. There are also TVs on the

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ceilings for the children while they’re getting their teeth done, and sedation techniques to ensure comfort levels. And when the trip is done, Clark said Aquario rewards them with an electric toothbrush and other goodies. “There are a lot of specifics that (Dr. Astani) put in play to ensure that they have a good experience and are not afraid to go to the dentist,” she said. Astani graduated from the UCLA School of Dental Medicine in 2008 before completing his specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Boston University’s School of Dental Medicine in 2010. He also received his board certification with the American Board of Pediatric

Dentistry in 2011, allowing him to provide safe treatment to children with special needs and those with anxiety. Clark said Aquario offers all pediatric services and orthodontics for those anywhere from 6 months of age to 21 years old. Those are services such as first dental visits, routine dental care, tooth-colored crowns, sealants, braces, wis-

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a fun, kid-friendly, stress-free environment. Dr. Astani understands that many young patients experience dental anxiety, therefore his pediatric specialists and associates never force treatment on a patient. Sedation techniques are utilized to relax a patient such as ‘inhalant sedation’ such as laughing gas, oral sedation or full sedation, which is monitored by an anesthesiologist.” No matter who the child is, Clark said Aquario will happily serve them, whatever their needs may be. She said every child deserves to have the best treatment possible. “All of (our offices) are strategically placed within an underprivileged area to serve

those children so that they can also have a good experience at the dentist,” she said. At its core, Clark said, the goal of Aquario is to serve the communities they are in. In addition to the professional service Astani provides, he regularly gives back with his time in the community through organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Project Christmas Smiles. Clark said the company is currently in search of a local child-centered charity through which to give back. It’s what Astani loves to do, both professionally and personally. “Everyone that comes in is treated the same. Not one person has better insurance than another, and we don’t treat anyone differently,” said Crystal Rojas, Aquario Dental’s regional manager. “That’s just how our practice is run.” Aquario Dental & Braces is open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. For more information on what they have to offer, visit their website at aquariodental. com/ or call today at 713-5879903 to schedule an office tour for a special thank you gift. This article is part of The Leader Experts series, where companies and institutions pay for editorial content on topics important to the community. If you’d like to be a Leader Expert, contact us at 713-686-8494.

Memorial Hermann providing mammograms for Heights chamber of commerce members By Adam Zuvanich

Breast cancer screenings are being offered next weekend to women who are at least 40 years old and members of the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber of commerce recently announced that “Heights Chamber Mammo Day” is scheduled for 8 a.m.noon Oct. 16 at the Memorial Hermann Imaging & Breast Care Center at Greater

Heights Hospital, 1635 North Loop West. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling 713-867-3336. “Don’t delay your mammogram,” the Heights chamber said in its announcement. “Putting off routine health screenings may put you at risk. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. But when caught early, breast cancer may be easier to treat.” Chamber members who want mammograms must

bring photo identification and insurance cards to their appointments and be prepared to provide the date and location of their last mammogram. And while a doctor’s order is not required for the mammogram, patients must have a healthcare provider in order to receive their results. Parking will be validated and is available in the surface parking lot on West 26th Street or Parking Garage 2.

Photo by Adam Zuvanich Candlelight Plaza residents gathered Tuesday night for a National Night Out block party near the intersection of Alba Road and Bethlehem Street.

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GETTING YOUR ANNUAL MAMMOGRAM IS STILL IMPORTANT Putting off routine health screenings may put you at risk. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, but when caught early, it can be easier to treat. At Memorial Hermann, we make it convenient for you to get back on track with your annual mammogram. With online scheduling, 3-D mammography at all locations and Safe Wait™ enhanced safety measures, we are here for you so you can be there for those who matter most.

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EARLY DETECTION OF BREAST CANCER SAVES LIVES Before a routine mammogram, you’re typically asked if you have experienced any changes in your breasts—including pain or changes in appearance—since your last mammogram. Those questions prompted 55-year-old middle school principal Andrea Denee’ Cain to recall a “very weird, piercing pain” in her left breast 6 months prior and a blemish on that same breast, which she “didn’t think much of” either.

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The signs had been there, yet she had been too busy to pay them much heed. The day of her mammogram was New Year’s Eve 2018. It was her birthday, and she had just received her PhD from Texas A&M University. Cain says that she has received annual mammograms and ultrasounds since her early 20s, given she has dense breast tissue and a history of non-cancerous breast issues. That day, in addition to her ultrasound, Cain requested a 3-D mammogram. A few days later, she was called back for a needle biopsy. “At the end of the biopsy appointment, the radiologist showed me on my image what he called a radial scar, a benign breast lesion. He said they can be tricky because they can hide growths beneath them,” Cain says.

A Diagnosis of Cancer

A week after the biopsy, Cain was referred to Dr. Mike Ratliff, a surgeon affi liated with Memorial Hermann, for a surgical biopsy to determine the diagnosis. “Still, at this point, the word cancer had never been spoken,” says Cain. At her next appointment, Dr. Ratliff explained that he had indeed found something beneath the radial scar. “He said it was very small, but it was cancer,” she remembers. “And I froze. I don’t remember anything he said after that. From that point on he was talking to my mom and my sisters who had accompanied me to my appointment.” Cain was diagnosed with tubular breast cancer, a rare form of invasive cancer that accounts for approximately 1 percent to 2 percent of invasive breast cancers. Dr. Ratliff subsequently

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performed a lumpectomy and sentinel lymph node biopsy to completely remove the tumor. “Tubular carcinoma is rare but is, fortunately, a less aggressive cancer than the most common form of breast cancer, invasive ductal cancer,” says Dr. Ratliff. “Her nodes were negative, as is expected with tubular cancers. As a result, her overall outlook is excellent.”

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Dr. Ratliff referred Cain to Aparna Surapaneni, MD, a radiation oncologist affiliated with Memorial Hermann. While Cain didn’t need chemotherapy, Dr. Surapaneni recommended radiation Aparna Surapaneni, MD therapy “as standard of care,” to prevent Radiation Oncologist recurrence of her cancer. “Radiation treatment for breast cancer is, in the vast majority of cases, used in conjunction with definitive surgical treatment for best outcomes,” says Dr. Ratliff. Cain underwent 3 weeks of full breast radiation, followed by a boost, which she completed in May 2019. From the moment she received her diagnosis, she never attended a treatment alone. She describes her experience as “very positive,” saying, “Dr. Surapaneni always asked us if we had any questions. Everyone was so nice.”

An Advocate for Breast Health

“Because Andrea was vigilant about getting her regular screenings, her cancer was caught at an early stage and was small,” says Dr. Surapaneni. “She tolerated treatment really well and has a very good prognosis. She had great support from her family. And she is very willing to advocate for the importance of breast screening.” After fi nishing her treatment, Cain shared her experience at a large school district event. Afterwards, several women came up to her and said they were going to schedule overdue mammograms. “I totally trust God that this was meant to be an opportunity for me to be there for someone else,” she says.

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Search for good reads at Kaboom Books By Stefan Modrich

“We couldn’t be more open,” read the sign in the window Tuesday afternoon outside Kaboom Books at 3116 Houston Ave. #6736 in Woodland Heights. After several popular social media platforms were shut down across the globe for several hours earlier this week, I couldn’t have been more excited to return my attention to hardcovers and paperbacks and check out this unique independent bookstore, which has carved out a niche as one of the few such places remaining in the area. Kaboom owner John Dillman has called Houston home for nearly two decades, and before that, he had a 30-year run selling used books in New Orleans’ French Quarter that was disrupted by Hurricane Katrina. Tillman told that his “labyrinthian” shop


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by Kwame Appiah and Henry Gates Jr., and “Far Flung & Well Fed: The food writing of R.W. Apple Jr.” I also saw compilations of the works of Mark Twain and Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov and other wellknown volumes like J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” series. During my adventure through Kaboom I met Oliver, a friendly orange tabby cat who sat perched on a chair and even came over once to meow in my general direction as I was reading about Poland’s long struggle for independence in the aftermath of World War II and the Cold War.

Photo by Stefan Modrich Kaboom Books is an independent used bookseller in Woodland Heights with an eclectic and wide-ranging selection of hardcover and paperback literature.

Growing up, I used to spend hours getting lost in the sports and music sections of Borders, which closed 10 years ago and was one of my family’s favorite booksellers. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, that was one of the things I missed the most, which is why I even settled to go to Barnes & Noble when stores first reopened. But in the last few months, I’ve been fortunate to visit author Ryan Holiday’s The Painted Porch bookstore in Bastrop, Shakespeare and Company on Broadway in New York and now Kaboom. Each had their own magical aura and unique sensibilities that attract readers from near and far. I’m grateful for entrepreneurs like Dillman who value literacy and the magic of reading a good old-fashioned book. Kaboom Books is open from noon-6 p.m. daily. For more information, call 713-869-7600 or email kaboombooks@mac. com.

Casa Ramirez kicking off Dia de los Muertos events Local breweries participating By Adam Zuvanich

October is Halloween season. At Casa Ramirez Folkart Gallery in the Heights, it’s also Dia de los Muertos season. The shop at 241 W. 19th St. is holding a series of events this month to commemorate Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, an annual Mexican holiday in which people honor and remember their friends, loved ones and ancestors who have died. The holiday is Nov. 1-2, and Casa Ramirez has planned several events leading up to that. Two classes that teach Dia de los Muertos traditions and how to build an ofrenda, or altar, will be taught by Casa Ramirez owner Chrissie Dickerson Ramirez and are scheduled for this 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 and Oct. 16. Tickets are $25 for a table that seats up to four members or friends and

includes one altar kit to take home. The classes, which can be reserved by calling 713880-2420, are limited to 16 people or four tables to allow for social distancing. An altar exhibit, featuring a community installation as well as one in honor of late Casa Ramirez founder Macario Ramirez, will be on display from Oct. 21-Nov. 14 at the shop. The Procession and Open House will be held Oct. 23, when Danza Azteca will perform a traditional dance and blessing of the altars. The dance will take place at 5 p.m. in the Compass Bank parking lot at the corner of West 19th Street and Yale Street, with a procession to Casa Ramirez immediately following. An open house for the altar exhibit is scheduled for 6-8 p.m., when light refreshments will be served and capacity will be limited to roughly 25 people at a time.

in monthlong Biketoberfest By Adam Zuvanich

Photo by Christina Martinez Casa Ramirez Folkart Gallery owner Chrissie Dickerson Ramirez created “Un Gran Altar” in remembrance of her late husband, Macario Ramirez, who died in June 2020 at age 86. The couple founded the shop and gallery on West 19th Street and helped introduce the Heights community to the Dia de los Muertos holiday.

Local residents with affinities for beer and bike-riding can combine the two pastimes during a monthlong event organized by BikeHouston, a nonprofit that advocates for cycling and cyclists. “Biketoberfest” is a series of rides to Houston breweries, beginning with a trip at 2 p.m. Saturday from Market Square Park downtown to New Magnolia Brewing Co., 1616 Bevis St. The second ride, scheduled for 2 p.m. Oct. 16, will be from Hermann Park to Holler Brewing Co., 2206 Edwards St. Details for subsequent Biketoberfest rides will be announced at a later date. The event is limited to members of BikeHouston, which offers membership in exchange for a donation of at least $5 at membership or in person at

one of the Biketoberfest rides. New members who join in person will receive a BikeHouston pint glass while supplies last. Biketoberfest is otherwise flexible. Participants can ride to any Houston brewery at any time during October, and those who do not drink beer can participate by riding a bike on at least 15 different days during October. To provide proof of their bike rides to breweries or other destinations, participants are asked to take a photo of each location and post it on social media (Instragram, Facebook, Strava or Twitter), tagging @ BikeHouston and the location while using the hashtag #BiketoberfestHOU. At the end of the month, once the bike rides are verified, those who complete the challenge will receive a Biketoberfest bottle opener. For more information, visit

Mexican-American community leader honored with tunnel mural in Near Northside By Adam Zuvanich

The Hernandez Tunnel in the Near Northside neighborhood now features an image of its namesake. The Greater Northside Management District and UP Art Studio, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, are unveiling a mural this weekend that honors late Judge Alfred J. Hernandez, who grew up in the neighborhood and was the first Hispanic person elected as a judge in Harris County. An unveiling ceremony is scheduled for 10-11 a.m. Saturday at 500 N. Main St. between Daly Place and Naylor Street. The mural, which was painted by Guatemalan-born Houston artist Gelson Danilo Lemus, appears on each side of the south entrance to the tunnel. It features a portrait of Hernandez as well as plumeria flowers, which were his favorite. “We are pleased to unveil this new mural that helps

Marmion Park concert series to continue next weekend By Adam Zuvanich

The Music @ Marmion concert series, which began earlier this year, is returning next weekend, according to a Monday announcement on Facebook by the Houston Heights Association. Picture Book, a cover band that plays American and British Invasion rock ‘n’ roll from the 1960s and ‘70s, is scheduled to perform from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 16 at Marmion Park, 1800 Heights Blvd. The free concert series is hosted by the Houston Heights Association and underwritten by Greenwood King Propertes, which has a Heights office at 1801 Heights Blvd. Residents who attend can bring lawn chairs or blankets as well as their own snacks and beverages.

tell the story of our Greater Northside history,” Rebecca Reyna, executive director of the Greater Northside Management District, said in a news release. “It elevates the Hernandez Tunnel as a welcoming gateway for all who come to explore and celebrate our neighborhood.” The vision for the mural began in 2015, when the Greater Northside Management District, with guidance from the Houston Arts Alliance and Houston Housing and Community Development Department, hosted meetings with community members and stakeholders as well as the Hernandez family to discuss a tribute for him. The tunnel was rehabilitated by the city in 2019, with funding from the Texas General Land Office. The mural was funded by the Greater Northside Management District and Hardy Yards Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) 12. UP Art Studio managed the project. Hernandez, who died in 2010 at age 93, was born in

Mexico to migrant farm workers, moved to Houston as a 4-year-old and earned his citizenship by serving the United States in World War II, according to his obituary in the Houston Chronicle. Hernandez later became a lawyer, judge and civil rights leader, serving three terms as president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). “My sister and I are indebted to those who instigated the plan to improve the appearance of the Judge Alfred J. Hernandez Tunnel,” said Hernandez’s son, Dr. Alfred J. Hernandez Jr. “The tunnel was named in honor of our father in 1997 through the efforts of individuals in the Hispanic leadership at that time, including City Councilman Felix Fraga. The tunnel has been converted into a beautiful landmark that honors our father and his contributions to the betterment of the Hispanic community and creates a notable gateway to the Near Northside.”

Contributed photo Houston artist Gelson Danilo Lemus paints a mural honoring late Judge Alfred J. Hernandez on North Main Street, near the Near Northside bridge that is named after Hernandez.


Joseph Anthony Justilian


June 9, 1972 – September 16, 2021

OSEPH ANTHONY JUSTILIAN, 49, of Houston, Texas, passed on September 16, 2021 at his residence in The Heights from this dreadful disease of COVID. Joe, a native Houstonian, was born at St. Joseph’s Hospital on June 9th, 1972. He was a graduate of Cypress Creek Senior High School, Class of ‘91. There he was a member of the Cougars Marching Band. He Graduated from the University of Texas Austin in ‘95 with a B.A., and received a Secondary Degree in Microsoft from the SMU School of Business. He was preceded in death by his Mother, Mary Lou Justilian, in 2011. Joe’s surviving family members are his Father, Jack Justilian and his wife Allison. Brothers Jay and Michael. Jay’s wife Joyce Dedman and Michael’s Wife Cathy, their sons (Nephews) Andrew and Jack, and daughter (Niece) Kristen. His Uncle and Godfather Jim Herman & Aunt Rita. Aunt Lois & Uncle Scooter. Aunt Rena & Uncle Bob and Aunt Sis. Other surviving cousins are: Pat, Julie, Tommy, Debbie, Bernie, Dayla, Susan, Lisa, Laura, Julie, Michael, Tim, Brianna, Tiffany, Skyler and finally Kay and Teri, who were classmates and dear friends of Joe’s growing up. Two Celebrations of Life will take place; the first on Saturday October 9th from 2 PM to 4 PM at the Independent Order of Oddfellows Lodge (because that’s the kind of guy Joe was) in The Heights, 115 E. 14th St. Houston Tx 77008. The second will be on the North Side, Sunday October 10th, from 3 PM to 5 PM at the Champions Park Clubhouse, 13635 Champions Park Dr. Houston Tx 77069. We ask that you come to the celebration of your choice and share a memory or two with Joe’s Family and Friends.

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Tips for bonding with new cats Dear Tabby, We’re adopting a kitten soon. We’ve never had a cat before and we want to make sure that we bond with it. Can you give these cat newbies some tips on how to bond with a cat? New to Felines in Forest West Dear New to Felines, Congratulations on your impending new addition! Clearly, I’m a little biased, but cats are wonderful! If you’ve only experienced dogs as pets, there is a little bit of a learning curve to “speaking cat,” but once you have it figured out, I feel confident that you’ll enjoy this little ball of floof in your home. Cats get a bad wrap as being aloof and difficult to understand, but the fact of the matter is that, while they are different from dogs, once you learn to “speak cat,” you’ll have no problems determining what makes your cat happy and living a fulfilling life with your new best friend. Here are a few ways to bond with your new kitten:

Learn to read his body language Just how dogs have very clear body language, so do cats. The key to understanding a cat’s body language, though, is to (initially) keep physical contact brief and concentrated on your cat’s head. Cats can be very strange about belly rubs-some love it and some HATE it, so wait until you have established a rapport with your kitty before you attempt belly rubs. Also, while it’s important to get your new kitten used to being occasionally picked up, don’t pick him up too much at first. A lot of cats don’t enjoy being picked up, so you’ll want to make sure that you don’t overdo it. Also, don’t let small children pick up your kitten without supervision. Cats feel safest when their bodies are fully supported while being held and often, small children don’t handle cats properly. Don’t trap your cat In the initial days of getting to know your new kitten, make sure that he has ways and places to escape from you when he’s had enough. A cat who feels trapped and overstimulated by petting may get fearful or aggressive. Take it slowly and respond to your cat’s cues that he’s enjoying your company or that he

needs a break. Treats, food always win them over Remember that whomever is the designated feeder in your home will likely quickly become your cat’s new favorite person (although, this certainly won’t dissuade him from bonding with other family members just as strongly). Treats are a good way to win over your new cat, so let him come to you to receive treats and don’t chase him down or pull him out of a hiding place in order to give him treats. Everything should happen on your cat’s time in order to help him feel comfortable and to establish a good relationship with his new humans. At the end of the day, it’s easy to overthink this quest to bond with your new cat. The fact of the matter is that all a cat really needs and wants is a little companionship, a warm lap to snuggle on, some playtime and food. You’ll learn very quickly what your cat enjoys and what he doesn’t-and listen to his preferences. This will help you to bond with your new cat and before you know it, you’ll be “crazy cat people,” just like so many of your neighbors! Do you have a question for Tabby? Email her at deartabby

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By Landan Kuhlmann Houston police say they are looking into a fatal stabbing in Acres Homes last week. The victim, 31-year-old

Xavier Berryman, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Houston Police Department. Police say they responded to a home at 7515 Dyer St. around 6:45 a.m. last Friday, Oct. 1 in response to a 911

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Houston police say a man involved in a September car crash in Acres Homes has died. The identity of the victim, a 49-year-old man, according

to HPD, is pending verification by the county’s medical examiner. The victim was driving a silver Toyota Solara northbound near the intersection of Mount Road and Dolly Wright Street on Sept. 3, police said, when he allegedly ran a stop sign.

Two brothers shot late at night at local park By Landan Kuhlmann

Houston police say they are searching for the person believed to be responsible for shooting two brothers at a Kempwood-area park last week. Dimas Gabriel Tiul-Choc, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Houston Police Department. HPD said his brother, 28-year-old Otto Leonel Tiul-Choc, was taken to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to his back. Police said the two brothers were together in a park at 8650 Pitner Rd. around 12:30 a.m. last Friday, Oct. 1 when someone approached them with a gun, demanding their money before firing multiple shots that struck both brothers, according to HPD. Police said the suspect, described as only a Black male, then got into a darkcolored sedan and fled the scene. Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact HPD’s Homicide division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.

The driver of a silver Cadillac CTS traveling east on Dolly Wright then struck the driver’s side of the Toyota, according to police. Police said the driver and a passenger in the Toyota, a 54-year-old man, were transported to an area hospital af-

ter the crash. The driver of the Cadillac, a 52-year-old man, was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, according to police. HPD said an investigation into the crash remains ongoing.

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