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Trail connector set to be constructed is estimated to cost $1.18 million and take 157 days, according to the council agenda item. Council member Abbie Kamin, who represents the area as part of District C, said construction is expected to start this fall. Kamin also said a public engagement meeting will be held to discuss specifics of the project and the impact of construction, although a date for the meeting has yet to be determined. “Our community has an abundance of cyclists, runners and walkers that are eager for the city to improve their

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Linking two of the most popular hike-and-bike trails in the Heights is one step closer to fruition. The Houston City Council last week voted to award a construction contract for the MKT Spur Trail Connector, which will close an 850-foot gap between the MKT and White Oak Bayou Greenway trails with a 10-foot wide reinforced concrete path. Teamwork Construction Services has been enlisted to complete the work, which

accessibility,” Houston Heights Association executive director Emily Guyre said in a statement released by Kamin’s office. “We have a large number of neighbors who utilize the current trail system, and we know the volume will increase once this crucial foot trail connector is installed. The HHA is eager for the citizens of the Houston Heights to have a safe, accessible route to enjoy the outdoors and explore our beautiful city.” As first reported by The Leader in March, the trail connector will cover See Trail P. 5A

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Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen, who serves the Heights, Garden Oaks and Oak Forest areas, has been dismissed as a defendant from a federal lawsuit that alleges sexual misconduct by two highranking members of his office during a human-trafficking sting operation. U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Hoyt on Monday granted Rosen Rosen’s motion for dismissal from the lawsuit. Hoyt wrote in his order that allegations made by the plaintiffs - four former female deputies and another woman who worked for the constable’s office as a humantrafficking advocate - would not support “Rosen’s individual liability” if proven to be true. The judge denied motions to dismiss Precinct 1 Assistant Chief Chris Gore and Lt. Shane Rigdon as defendants in the case. Harris County also is a defendant. “I thank the court for its considered review of the law as it pertains to the motion to dismiss me from this matter, and for granting that dismissal such that my full focus can remain on the needs of the residents of Precinct 1,” Rosen said in a statement released by his office. Houston attorney Cordt Akers, who is representing the women, said when the lawsuit was filed in May that the constable’s office held “bachelor party” sting operations in which the female deputies were ordered to pose as prostitutes and the male deputies acted the part of buyers, in order to create an atmosphere in which actual sex workers would feel comfortable and more likely to engage in illegal actively. But according to the lawsuit,

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INSIDE. Photo by Adam Zuvanich Greg Walinorski, co-owner of Main Street Tap & Grill, 4002 N. Main St., talks on the phone while standing on the business’ rooftop patio Tuesday night. The bar has feuded with nearby residents who are concerned about loud noise and acts of violence.

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Greg Walinorski knows his neighbors are not happy. At this point, though, he said he’s not sure what he can do to change that while keeping his business viable. Walinorski is the co-owner of Main Street Tap & Grill, 4002 N. Main St., which since opening in late 2019 has had nearly 200 noise complaints filed against it with the Houston Police Department. Nearby residents said they also have been unsettled by acts of violence at the restaurant and bar in the eastern part of the Heights, where a man operating a “steak night” was injured in a shooting in the early hours of Aug. 14. The shooting was an isolated incident committed by someone who lives nearby and was not a customer of the bar, according to Walinorski. As for the noise created by live music performances on the back outdoor patio –

Photo by Adam Zuvanich Main Street Tap & Grill, since opening in late 2019 at 4002 N. Main St., has been the subject of nearly 200 loud-noise complaints filed by nearby residents, according to the Houston Police Department.

which is directly across the street from houses to the north and east – Walinorski said he’s tried to appease neighbors by limiting the shows to a few nights per week, utilizing a small number of

Heights Woman’s Club back together for annual kickoff By Landan Kuhlmann

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Contributed photo Members of the Houston Heights Woman’s Club eat lunch during the group’s annual kickoff on Sept. 1.

The Houston Heights Woman’s Club (HHWC) has been going strong for more than a century, and is not slowing down despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On Sept. 1, the ladies’ group based at 1846 Harvard St. in the Heights hosted its 120th annual kickoff, with more than 50 masked-up women gathering together in person for the first time since 2019 to share laughs, food

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club, which was founded in 1900. During both World Wars, the clubhouse was turned over to the Red Cross – but members of the club still met at a nearby church, according to a news release from the organization. “Not many organizations in Houston can claim such a long, uninterrupted history,” the release said. Since its inception, Marek said the club has strived to serve the See HHWC P. 6A

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Memories of 9/11 remain powerfully vivid By Adam Zuvanich


t started like any other Tuesday, which at the time meant I was running late to class and driving around a Central Austin neighborhood looking for a parking spot. And as usual, I was listening to the radio and tuned in to 93.7 FM, a longtime rock ‘n’ roll station in our state’s capital. What struck me as unusual was the voice of iconic newscaster Peter Jennings emanating from the speakers in my hand-me-down Ford Thunderbird. I thought to myself, “Why is he talking on KLBJ?” So I pulled over and started listening more closely. Jennings reported that an airplane had crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers in New York City, which was immediately startling. I had visited the Twin Towers as a child more than a decade earlier, as an 8-year-old, and remembered sitting on the top floor of the south tower, pressing my head against a window and looking down. I saw cars on the Manhattan street below that looked like tiny specks of color, with a few clouds in between. The sight was surreal. Back to the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, perhaps even more surreal was hearing Jennings say a few minutes later that a second plane had crashed into the other

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tower. There’s no way it could have been an accident or coincidence, I thought. I ended up parking and walking across the University of Texas campus to my geology class, no longer in much of a hurry considering what I had just heard. The professor didn’t seem to mind that I straggled in late, and he told the class he was aware of what was going on elsewhere in the United States, but he was going to conduct class anyway. But that was the extent of my schoolwork for the day. UT scrapped subsequent classes campus-wide, and I spent the rest of the day at some friends’ apartment, glued to the television like many Americans were on that unforgettable Tuesday. Instead of learning about rock formations and the tenets of journalism, I learned about the AlQaeda terrorist group and a Saudi Arabian man named Osama bin Laden. I also learned the attacks

on America were not limited to New York, with another hijacked plane having been flown into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and a fourth having crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania. Above all else, I learned the majestic Twin Towers were not indestructible, and neither was the great nation I’ve always called home. Two decades later, it’s hard for me to articulate my thoughts about what happened during the days, months and years that followed the unprecedented attacks on the U.S. Aside from having to take my shoes off before boarding planes after that point, I feel fortunate to say my life didn’t change much and I wasn’t directly impacted. I did not know any victims of the terrorist attacks or any first responders who were involved. The few friends I had who served in the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq made it back safely and did not say much about their time overseas. That’s not to say I didn’t pay attention to the military conflicts and have opinions about how they played out. The same goes for the cultural shift here in the U.S., with a surge in patriotism and more of a watchful eye about who might be considered a threat or an enemy. The latter feeling was both new and uncomfortable for this Ameri-

The dog ate my ballot Did you vote for a president in the last election back in November? Maybe not, because in the Lone Star State that is hard to do. How do we get more of us to vote? As usual I have a solution, but first, not to get bogged down in figures, on our last Election Day there were 29.8 million Texans. (I’m rounding these numbers, obviously.) Of these, 21.6 million were of voting age, and almost 17 million were registered voters, or 78 percent. But millions of these eligible voters stayed home, or couldn’t find their county’s single ballot box. Maybe they refused to get vaccinated for Covid-19 and were in an ICU or it could be they just didn’t care. The state’s turnout was only 11.3 million. So two thirds of registered voters voted, but only a little more than half (52.39 percent) of those who were of voting age actually cast a ballot. Texas’s voter turnout has always been dismal. In 2016, for example, only Hawaii (42 percent) and West Virginia (50 percent) fared worse. In Florida, which has 4 million fewer voting age people than Texas, 1-million more Floridians voted than Texans. We came in at 43 percent, second lowest in the nation. In 2018, 45.6 percent of Texas’ population of eligible voters cast a ballot, compared with a national average of 49.4 percent. One reason for our poor turnout is certainly the many deliberate obstacles we face in trying to cast a ballot. In a study compiled by political scientists at Northern Illinois University, Jacksonville University and Wuhan University in China, it’s harder to vote in Texas than in any of the other 49 states. Now, of course, Gov. Greg Abbott and the Legislature are making it even harder by abolishing 24-hour voting, cutting down on mail-in ballots and don’t forget the aforementioned one ballot box per county. Back to the 2020 presidential election. Donald Trump won Texas with 52.1 percent of the vote, down from 53 percent four years earlier. Joe Biden got 46.5 percent, but those 5,259,126 Texans who voted for Joe might has well have stayed home because Texas has a winner-take-all policy in the Electoral College, so all our 38 votes went to Trump. Biden won in all our major cities – Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso and Austin. Oddly enough, there is a geographical pattern to which Texans vote. The major counties in Texas with the highest voter turnout percentages in last year’s presidential election were Williamson north of Austin, Collin next to Dallas and Houston’s neighbor Fort Bend, all with about 75 percent turnout. Notice that all are suburbs of our big cities. The counties with the lowest percentages include El Paso, Cameron and Webb, at about 50 percent. All of them are along the Rio. Lov-

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ing County, out in far West Texas, has the smallest population of any county in the nation, 64 people. It went for Trump 60 (90.9 percent) to four votes for Biden (6.1 percent). Apparently everyone living in Loving County is an eligible voter and the county had a 100 percent turnout. Or possibly they used the LBJ School of Accounting. Now we must look at our party primaries, which can be one-sided. In the Texas 2020 GOP primary Trump won 94.11 percent of the vote. In Texas statewide elections, whoever wins the Republican Party’s primary wins the election. So a small number of voters actually decides who wins in the general election. According to Political Charge, the problem with voter turnout is even worse in Texas’ local elections than in presidential races. In 2015, only 6 percent of eligible voters participated in the mayoral races for Dallas and Fort Worth. Turnout in Austin was 13 percent, Houston, 18 percent and San Antonio 11 percent. For comparison, 59 percent of eligible voters participated in Portland’s mayoral election. That is probably because Oregon has all mail-in voting and automatic registration when you get a driver’s license or state ID. In Texas, to vote you must bring along your DNA sample, photo of your parents and proof that you are a Republican. So how do we get more Texas voters to the polls? We could start by doing what some other states do. Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington allow all elections to be conducted by mail. Three states -- California, Nebraska and North Dakota -- allow counties to conduct elections by mail. What? Local governments get to decide anything to make voting easier? Harris County tried it, but those measures were abolished by the Lege. Hey, Texas legislators, I thought the Pony Express was bad enough. Stop making us use carrier pigeons. OK, this might not be enough to bring in more voters, so we turn to the current participation program for vaccinations. Yes, we copy the get-vaxed bait. You want $100 in cash? Pick up a crisp bill after you cast your ballot. The more you vote, the more bills to stuff in your wallet or purse. How about two tickets to a Houston Texan game? If you don’t vote, you get four tickets to a Houston Texan game and start at quarterback. Need advice on how to vote? Dr. Anthony Fauci will

be there to help. Perhaps the carrot won’t work, so we offer the stick. You must show your stamped ballot to get into a theater. Did I mention the offer of two front row tickets to “Hamilton”? Unless you show that you have voted, no entry into restaurants, bars and the six-voteor-more line at H-E-B. College students, that debt-forgiveness form you filled out needs an attached note from your precinct worker showing you voted. Every survey shows Trump voters are most likely not to get vaccinated. Democrats should push for a law requiring a vax card to vote. Finally, of all the universities on Earth, why did Wuhan University participate in a study on voting in Texas? I haven’t felt well since Election Day. Ashby votes at

can, having previously considered my home country to be a safe haven that was beloved by the rest of the world. But it prompted me to want to learn more about our place on the planet, other cultures and how we get along on a global stage. The terrorist attacks from 20 years ago proved much more pivotal for many other Americans, and not just those who lost their lives or those of loved ones on that day. Too many more lives were lost in the subsequent wars in the Middle East. Like me, Oak Forest area financial advisor Jonathan Kolmetz was a college student preparing for class when he heard the news on Sept. 11, 2001. But unlike me, he had already enlisted in the Army Reserves, and it would be only a few years before he found himself serving our country in Iraq. Now, in 2021, Kolmetz said it all remains a “complicated story.” “That day changed a lot of people’s lives here in the U.S. and overseas,” Kolmetz told me earlier this week. “I think with the recent events in Afghanistan (the U.S. withdrawing its military presence and the Taliban taking over), they’ve broken up old scabs and allowed a lot of emotions to flow. I think it’s caused some to think about, ‘Was it really worth it, and what might we do differently in the


future?’ “Part of what we should spend some time on as we reflect on the lives that were lost on 9/11 and those who so admirably served there, they’re still recovering. And those first responders also lost their lives.” I agree. The 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks should be a somber occasion for most Americans, and we should reflect on the lives lost and sacrifices made since. We also should be grateful for what we still have, individually and as a country. And like Kolmetz said, we should think about how to best operate moving forward in a world that has drastically changed in the last 20 years. It was therapeutic for me to visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum during a work trip to New York in 2017. There are now huge pools of water where the two towers once stood, surrounding by the names of those who died in the attacks, along with a new singular tower that stretched into the clouds on the morning I visited. I encourage all Americans and even those abroad to visit the site and reflect on what happened and why, and how we can avoid a similar catastrophe in the future. In the meantime, be safe and be kind to each other.

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Local gun store owner concerned about new law

Dear Editor: He should be concerned - we ALL should be concerned! While it is true that miscreants and criminals have always found a way to get weapons now there will be many people who are untrained and under educated regarding gun safety roaming the streets and the stores. Expect a rise in unintentional deaths and injuries from guns. Soon Covid-19 will not be the only danger to going out in public. Jane Broyles

Dear Editor: Having been recently robbed of keys, cards, ID, phone and purse as I was held at gunpoint inside a Walgreens store - as two more gunmen held three employees at gunpoint ordering them to open the safe in the back-room - I am appalled by the audacious gun law passed by the Republican majority. I am equally appalled by the War on Women with insane Laws removing the reproductive rights of women. Both “laws” will energize people to replace the current administration. Angela DeWree

Dear Editor: You mean that everyone can do what criminals have done for decades, but now it’s an issue? Does everyone support harsher penalties for gun crimes? C.G. David

Dear Editor: Over twenty states now have permitless carry, and in every single one people were saying the same thing: OMG we’re going to have John Wayne wannabees shooting it out in the streets. What actually happened in each one of those states? Absolutely nothing. Jeff Sechelski

Dear Editor: Does the owner stand to lose revenue because people won’t have to go to his range for classroom instruction, training, and testing? No mention of that in the article. Chris Bard

City to construct trail connector in Heights

Dear Editor: I’m really glad this is moving forward. Would I like both project finished sooner? Sure. Am I going to also recognize the huge and constant improvement the various city and local agencies have made over the last 10 years? Absolutely. That said ... the “sidewalk” connecting the foot of the Bayou trail to the MKT trail, crossing Studewood, is just nuts-dangerous. It really is a terrible missing link. Matt Sayler

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HISD to host series of town hall meetings By Landan Kuhlmann

The Houston ISD Board of Education is set to host a series of town hall meetings in which new superintendent Millard House II will listen to input from community members about key issues in their areas, according to a Thursday news release from the district.

House and HISD’s nine trustees will participate in nine in-person meetings at HISD high schools from Sept. 15-Oct. 6, including at Heights High School (413 E. 13th St.) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 and at Booker T. Washington High School (4204 Yale St.) from 5:306:30 p.m. Oct. 6. HISD also will conduct a virtual community meeting

from 6-7 p.m. Sept. 20. It can be accessed through Zoom at HISD said House and the trustees, including local trustees Elizabeth Santos of District I and Kathy Blueford-Daniels of District II, will listen to input from the community about the district’s future and learn about key issues that are important to stakeholders.




City extends survey for free lead, water testing By Landan Kuhlmann

Houston Public Works has extended its survey to offer free water testing for qualified homes that may have lead or copper pipes, according to a Sept. 1 news release from the city. The city said copper and lead can get into drinking water primarily through plumbing materials, and the survey will help officials determine which residents may

be eligible for free lead and water testing. Included among questions that will be posed to survey participants will be those inquiring about when their home was built, whether the plumbing has been replaced in the home and whether a house has a whole-home water filtration system. Community members can access the nine-question survey by going to surveymonkey. com/r/leadcopper. If they qualify for free test-

ing, residents will receive an email from the city before the end of the year. A testing kit will be dropped off at the front door, the city said, with instructions on how to sample water from the kitchen or bathroom sink. Residents can then leave the sample outside their door for pickup. For more information or to ask questions about the survey or free testing, email LCRProg ram@houstontx. gov.

ODC set for soccer opening day By Adam Zuvanich

The Oaks Dads’ Club (ODC) is holding an Opening Day ceremony and parade Saturday to celebrate the start of its fall soccer season. The event will include a remembrance for the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001. The local youth sports organization, founded in 1954, will host more than 10 seasonopening soccer games from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Oaks Dads’ Club Candlelight

Fields at 6500 Rena St. Players’ families and friends are welcome to attend and can take advantage of a barbecue food truck as well as a bounce house. ODC’s big day will kick off with a parade to the fields featuring Dynamo Diesel, the mascot for the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. The parade will start at 7 a.m. at Collier Regional Library, 6200 Pinemont Dr., before proceeding north on Arbor Vitae Drive and west on Rena Street en route to the fields.

Photo from Facebook Oaks Dads’ Club will hold an Opening Day parade and ceremony this Saturday to kick off its fall soccer season.

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Trail from P. 1A existing green space along the north side of White Oak Bayou. From downtown, the White Oak Bayou Greenway trail meanders northwest along Interstate 45 and I-10 before proceeding west through Stude Park. The trail ends underneath the bridge on Studemont Street, but the short connector will extend it to the west until it meets the MKT Trail, which runs northwest to southeast in that part of the Heights. “Connecting the MKT Trail with White Oak Bayou Greenway addresses a critical gap in the off-street system,” Houston Public Works director Carol Haddock said. “This connection is progress toward creating a safer and more equitable transportation network for all users.” The connector will branch off the MKT Trail just northwest of the pedestrian bridge across the bayou that has been

closed since August 2020 because of a fire. Instead of crossing that bridge to get south of I-10 into the Sawyer Yards area, or vice versa, cyclists and pedestrians must take detours that significantly lengthen their route or force them off the trail and onto vehicular roadways. In that sense, the trail connector will provide a shortcut, even after the pedestrian bridge is repaired and reopened. The Houston Parks Board announced in early June that repairs would soon begin on the pedestrian bridge and could be complete by Labor Day, although that date has passed and the bridge remains closed. Beth White, the president and CEO of the parks board, said in March that the area will be an “incredible nexus” once both Heights projects are complete. “In order to make Houston

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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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contain the sound. “At the beginning of this, we tried really hard. We’ve been trying really hard to make things better,” he said. “Every time we do something for the better, it’s not enough or they want more. There’s only so much you can do.” What nearby residents want, according to Montie Beach Civic Club member Tim Goings and two other neighborhood residents who live near Main Street Tap & Grill and asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal, is to see the bar shut down. Its mixed beverage permit comes up for renewal on Dec. 5, according to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), and Goings said the residents plan to protest the permit renewal and are trying to convince their elected officials to do the same. Goings said the Montie Beach Civic Club planned to discuss the issue at its Thursday meeting and invited Houston City Council member Karla Cisneros, State Sen. Carol Alvarado and State Rep. Penny Morales Shaw. According to TABC rules, those eligible to protest the issuance of a license or permit to sell alcohol are those who live within 300 feet of the business or certain governmental officials at the city, county or state level. “What began earlier this spring as complaints about noise and disruptive late-night block parties at the Main Street Tap & Grill has escalated into frightened concern from surrounding neighborhoods about the increasing amount of violence and gunfire that are occurring there,” Cisneros said in an emailed statement. “My council office has been working closely with the Central Division of the Houston Police Department to address issues as they have arisen. I appreciate the responsiveness of HPD to my team and to the residents as we work together to resolve what has become

a dangerous situation.” On HPD’s radar It is unclear whether Cisneros, Alvarado, Shaw or any other local officials intend to protest the permit renewal for Main Street Tap & Grill. The two state legislators did not respond to messages seeking comment. Walinorski acknowledged that HPD and the TABC have had regular presences at his bar, saying, “We see them all the time. We know them very well.” According to a list of HPD calls for service, obtained through an open records request, HPD’s Differential Response Team (DRT) made a total of 10 visits to Main Street Tap & Grill during June, July and August. The DRT is a unit that works with community members and businesses to reduce crime and improve quality of life. “It’s very much on our radar,” HPD spokesperson Kese Smith said. “We’re continuing to work with the residents and the TABC to address community concerns, including responding to loud noise complaints, working with the business owner to lower the music and also issuing citations as needed. … The goal, obviously, is to keep the business owner in compliance with city ordinance and to address the quality of life for the residents.” HPD’s calls-for-service log shows there were 192 loud noise complaints against Main Street Tap & Grill from Christmas Day in 2019 through the end of this August, including more than 110 calls this year. But responding officers found evidence of illegal noise levels fewer than 45 times, with citations having been issued on at least six of those occasions. City ordinance requires sound in residential areas to be no more than 65 decibels during the day, between

8 a.m. and 10 p.m., and no more than 58 decibels at night. Violating the ordinance is punishable by a fine up to $1,000. Walinorski admitted the noise complaints are “occasionally” valid, particularly when Main Street Tap & Grill has bands on week nights, but described the frequency of noise-related calls to HPD as undeservedly excessive. “We are within our legal right to do what we’re doing,” he said. Goings and the two other nearby residents said they did not have any problems with the previous bar at 4002 N. Main St., Stuttgarden Tavern, and were not initially concerned about Main Street Tap & Grill. They said the loud-noise issue arose last summer, when the business with the rooftop patio converted its back parking lot into an expanded ground-level patio with a projector and stage and started holding outdoor concerts. Walinorski said the move resulted in a spike in business, which he said was needed after a decline in revenue associated with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bar hosts DJs and bands that perform in a variety of musical genres, he said, from country and western to rock ‘n’ roll to hip-hop. “The music is loud every weekend,” Goings said. “I’m sure they were doing that to survive, but it has resulted in a nightmare for us in this neighborhood.” ‘Terrifying’ trend Even more concerning to the nearby residents are the incidents of violence at Main Street Tap & Grill. In addition to the shooting last month - no arrests had been made as of Tuesday, according to HPD two men were stabbed and another was shot during a fight that started in the bar and spilled into the parking lot in September of last year, ac-

cording to a KHOU report. During the last 13 months, according to HPD records, police also responded to seven assaults, one suicide and two other incidents in which a gun was discharged at the business. “Especially the shooting that happened on Aug. 14, that was terrifying to me,” a nearby resident said. Walinorski said he also is concerned about violence at his business, adding that he recently enlisted armed security guards. But he said the string of incidents is not indicative of his clientele, which he described as diverse and mostly law-abiding. He also disputed claims from nearby residents that there are illegal drugs and gangrelated activity at his bar. “We cater to not just one specific demographic,” Walinorski said. “I think if people in the neighborhood came more, they would see that. But they don’t, and they haven’t really since I opened. It’s hard to cater to a community that doesn’t support you or has never supported you.” By continuing to host bands amidst a string of noise complaints, one of the nearby residents said Main Street Tap & Grill is “just shooting the middle finger at all of us.” Walinorski said the events have been good for his business, so he intends to continue hosting them. When told about the effort to have his bar shut down, Walinorski said, “Good luck,” adding that Main Street Tap & Grill hasn’t committed violations that would warrant such an action by the TABC. According to the state commission, criminal activity or illegal alcohol sales could be a valid reason for a permit denial, while noise is not. “I want this bar gone and want it to be as far away as possible,” a resident said. “I don’t want to be tied up in this.”

Greater Heights and surrounding areas through outreach initiatives, while touting itself as a fun and an inclusive place for all women. HHWC service projects include its annual school uniform drives and Women’s Studies’ library initiatives with local schools, along with donating books to school libraries and collecting gifts for children in the community who might not receive them each Christmas. The club also supplies local schools with socks and underwear for school nurses in case of emergencies. “We do a lot of small things, but things that I think are important,” Marek said. “This is a ladies’ group – we think of the small things. Our projects are not flamboyant or big things, but they’re the little things. They’re about touching people and helping support them with their most basic needs.” However, this year’s kickoff was not just about projects and fun. Marek said it also served the organization’s primary member groups with one of its own basic needs – social interaction. The HHWC’s Heritage Group is made up of those who regularly attend meetings and luncheons, while its Evening Group is for those wanting to attend but need a more flexible schedule due to work. Many of HHWC’s Heritage Group members, Marek said, are older and among a population more vulnerable to COVID-19 – so they have been confined to their homes more often than not. But the Sept. 1 event gave them a chance to do something that has been at a premium for the last 18 months. “For them to be able to get out with another group of women, meet them socially, talk with them and have lunch is great,” Marek said. “It was just joyous to see each other, see the smiles, and see everyone using it as an occasion to get dressed up, get out of the house and meet their friends.” For more information on the Houston Heights Woman’s Club, visit its website at houstonheightswomansclub.wildapricot. org/.

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How long is too long to leave your pet at home alone? Dear Tabby, I’m going back to the office soon (after working from home for over a year) and I am concerned about leaving my dog alone. I sometimes work long hours and I don’t like the idea of leaving her in the crate all day, every day. How long is a reasonable amount of time to leave a dog alone? Going back to the office in Oak Forest Dear Going back to the office, What a loving pet owner you are to take your dog’s needs into consideration when going back to the office! I know that this adjustment might be a little difficult for you, but rest assured there are ways to make the transition back to the office easier on your pet. While there is no magic answer for how long you should leave a pet by themselves, there are some guidelines you can follow.

Depends on age Puppies require more care, so it’s advisable that you not leave a puppy alone for too long. Their bladders are smaller and they need more frequent potty breaks as well as meals. So, if you have a puppy at home, you’ll want to provide accommodations for either yourself or someone to come in a couple of times during the workday to let the puppy out to use the bathroom and to give them some playtime breaks. Also, remember that a bored puppy can tend to be destructive, so have plans in place to protect your dog and your belongings from chewing. Consider crate A dog who is kept in a crate will probably require a break during a long workday to stretch her legs. Experts recommend about four hours in a crate as the maximum time for an adult dog. While crates can look confining and jail-like to us humans, for dogs, who are (at their core) den animals, having a place (like a crate) to go to sleep and rest can provide comfort--especially when

the humans are away. Know your dog Many dogs are fine on their own all day (provided they have a way to access the potty, food and water), while others require more care during a long workday. The idea is to know your own dog’s needs and accommodate her as best you can. Pet sitters are an invaluable resource for helping you to have peace of mind and for your dog getting the care she needs while you’re working hard at the office. If your dog requires lots of attention and craves socialization, doggie day care might also be a good solution for your pup. Good luck on your transition back to the office and kudos to you for putting the needs of your dog high on your list of back-to-work priorities. It might take a few tries to find the best solution for you and your dog, but with her best interests in mind, I feel certain you’ll find something that works nicely for you both.

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Art Valet: D’Montserrat makes statements Mitch Cohen Art Columnist

Mission J.A.D.E., a nonprofit that fights against the labor trafficking of boys in Guatemala, will host its first Art & Wine Walk Fundraiser in less than four short weeks. The outdoor art event takes place from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 at 10840 Beinhorn Rd. Tickets are $30 (they come with some perks) and can be purchased in advance at This event first came across my radar when Mission Jade founder Bonnie Tchorni reached out to me. Today I introduce you to one of the participating artists, Rocio Villegas, aka Rocio de Montserrat Villegas Santoy.

In the art world she just goes by D’Montserrat. D’Montserrat was born in Monterrey, México, and moved to Houston permanently in June 2011. She graduated from CEDART, INBA Art School with a four-year education studying most of the fine arts and currently focuses on painting, mixed media and drawing. D’Montserrat works full-time but dedicates time to her real passion as often as she can. Art Valet: How did you get started painting and when did you realize you had to share it with the world? D’Montserrat: “My art journey started with a hard life lesson. At 18 I became my grandmother’s caretaker. When the time came to say goodbye to her from this mortal life, I had all sorts of questions that I asked myself while I sat at her bedside. I wonder if she was happy

Contributed photo Pictured above is a mixed media painting titled “Storm” by Mission Jade Art & Wine Walk participant D’Montserrat.

in life, did she have any regrets, and what might have been her last thoughts as she passed. It was in this moment of sadness, and saying goodbye to my loved one, where I

had this epiphany. I realized I didn’t want to leave this earth with any regrets, or at least try not to.” While grieving, a friend told D’Montserrat about the

art school opportunity and she jumped on it. No regrets in this life was very fresh on her mind. “I was not thinking of pursuing art as a career or to even show my art to the world, but rather do something that made me happy,” D’Montserrat said. “What moves me now to make art is the reaction of the public. My mission is to awaken a feeling in the person looking at my work, and I mean any kind of feeling; happiness, sadness, anger, etc. I want my art to be beautiful, but not just serve as decoration, rather to make a statement. If I can evoke a feeling in you as you view my art, then my mission as an artist has been achieved. Nothing makes me happier than hearing what people feel when they view my art, and that is the moment when I feel accomplished as an artist.” AV: Your name is fascinat-

ing - tell us more. D’Montserrat: “Fun fact! The meaning of my first and two middle names translates to Rocio (morning dew) de (of) Montserrat (serrated mountain). All together it translates to morning dew of the serrated mountain.” AV: What’s next and how do we find you? D’Montserrat: “I’d love to be more involved in the Houston art scene, it’s growing and vibrant and so alive. I enjoy meeting other artists and bringing my vision to others. You can always find my past and new upcoming work on my Instagram: https://www.”

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Review: Zoa Moroccan Kitchen serves up tasty halal street food Stefan Modrich

Approaching and entering Zoa Moroccan Kitchen is a surreal experience, almost like being whisked away to market in Fez or Rabat, Morocco. A patio with flower pots hanging overhead and a mix of modern wooden accent, brightly-colored murals and a corner table next to the window with iconic blue tiles give off both contemporary and classic vibes. And that’s exactly what Bella Restaurants Group CEO Youssef Nafaa has done with the Zoa menu as well. Nafaa brought Zoa to the Washington Avenue corridor in March of last year, giving Houstonians a chance to experience dishes from his country of origin. His AZON Culinary Works is also housed in the same building.

All of its sandwiches are named after Moroccan cities, and all are $8. All of the meat served at Zoa is halal. The Casablanca is made with lamb meshwi (skewers), cucumber, tomato, pickled red onion cabbage, white beans and garlic aioli. It is served with tactouka, a Moroccan salad with red and green peppers, tomatoes and olives. The Rabat, a vegetarian option, is centered around a potato cake and contains fava bean hummus, cucumber, tomatoes roasted in chermoula (a blend of olive oil and spices like coriander and cumin) and harissa aioli. It also comes with zaalouk, a Moroccan eggplant salad. The Tangier uses shrimp, cucumber, tomato, greens, pickled red onion cabbage, tomato chermoula, cinnamon-roasted carrots and avocado yogurt speckled with mint zest. The Kentira contains beef kefta (meatballs), cucumber, tomato, pickled red onion cabbage, tomato chermoula and red harissa, a Tuni-

sian hot chili pepper paste. The sandwiches are all available as bowls, which is how I ordered the Marrakesh from Zoa. The Marrakesh features beef tagine, onions, greens, pickled cabbage and red onion, sweet potato and a house-made spicy green harissa. The beef tagine was juicy and full of spices found in “ras el hanout”, Arabic for “top of shelf.” Cumin, coriander, allspice, ginger and saffron all converged to make a spicy marinade. I also appreciated the sweet potatoes and the pickled cabbage and red onions, giving a sweet and sour balance to the meal. You can also customize your own bowl or sandwich choosing from the proteins referenced above and choose from the following options as bases: A Moroccan Pita, couscous, lentils, white beans, saffron rice, mixed greens or a combination of brown rice, quinoa and fresh mint. Zoa has several vegetarian and gluten-free toppings and sauces to

add as well, like a garbanzo bean salad, roasted and shredded beets, garlic aioli and lemon-infused olive oil. The “Zoa After Dark” menu allows guests to choose two entrees (either a bowl or sandwich), two sides, two pastries and two drinks for $25 between 7-9 p.m. MondayFriday. Brunch at Zoa is served from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Zoa Moroccan Kitchen Address: 4710 Lillian St. Dining Options: Dine-in, pickup Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Entrée prices: $8-$10 Kid-friendly: Yes Senior discount: No Alcohol: Yes Healthy options: Kale salad with tofu ($10) Star of the show: Marrakesh (beef tagine)

Photo by Stefan Modrich The Marrakesh bowl from Zoa Moroccan Kitchen features beef tagine, onions, greens, pickled red onion cabbage, sweet potato and a house-made spicy green harissa sauce.

Angela’s Oven closes doors in neighborhood By Stefan Modrich

A neighborhood bakery beloved by many Heights residents is shutting its doors. Angela’s Oven, 204 Aurora St., announced in a Sept. 4 Facebook post it would be closing its brick-and-mortar bakery. Angela and Jerry Shawn have operated the bakery and sandwich shop since 2006. “Thanks for all the support our community has shown to us over the years,” the Shawns wrote on Facebook. “We have decided we will no longer be open to the public in the Heights. We will still be open at farmers markets on Saturdays, so pastries and bread will still be available. Thanks again, and we truly love our community!” The bakery gained a loyal

Contributed photo Angela’s Oven, 204 Aurora St., announced in a Sept. 4 Facebook post it would be closing its brick-and-mortar bakery in the Heights.

following for its handcrafted breads, pastries and breakfast staples. Area residents expressed an outpouring of support for the Shawns and their business on Facebook. Bulki Bartz called Angela’s Oven a “little piece of heaven

in our neighborhood.” Alva Trevino raved about Angela’s croissants and baguettes, quiche, veggie omelettes, cinnamon buns and sourdough bread. She also heaped praise upon the bakery’s croque monsieur — a hot ham and cheese sandwich

— and croque madame, a hot ham and cheese sandwich with a fried or poached egg. Like many others, she was distraught and disappointed at the news of Angela’s closing. “I’m still crying,” Trevino said. “I’m so sad. I need a hug.” Added Heights resident Catherine Martin: “We are going to miss everyone so much — and the food of course. I wish the best for you guys and hope to see you again in the neighborhood.” Her husband, Curt Martin, said Angela’s Oven had “the best breakfast in the Heights” and that it would be “missed greatly.” Chastity Lynn said she was “bummed” by the announcement of Angela’s Oven closing, and that it had the “best avocado toast in town.” Wendy Lynn Engel said the

Nibbles & Sips: Local spots honor U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan By Stefan Modrich

Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack on American soil, some local restaurants paid tribute to some of the more recent casualties that occured as the U.S. military withdrew from Afghanistan, a conflict that began after planes were hijacked by Al-Qaeda members and crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in rural Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001. In recognition of the 13 U.S. service members killed Aug. 26 in the attack on the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan as the American military worked to evacuate American citizens and allies, a local restaurant in Oak Forest and a bar in the Washington Avenue corridor found similar ways to acknowledge the sacrifices of those who lost their lives. Valencia’s Tex-Mex Garage, 2009 W. 34th St. Ste. A, posted a photo on Facebook with a table reserved

for the deceased servicemen and servicewomen and the caption “13 beers, an empty table, but never forgotten.” Memorial Trail Ice House, 6202 Washington Ave., also poured out 13 beers at an empty table and posted a photo and a message, writing “to the 13 soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice, we salute you.”

New Spanish restaurant coming to Heights

A new Spanish restaurant is set to open in the Heights next spring, according to a report from CultureMap. Baso, the new restaurant, is named for the Basque word for “forest” and will draw on Basque and Spanish influences. It will be located inside the new Braun Enterprises development at 627 W. 19th St. Jacques Varon, a Houston native, and Fernando Recio are the chefs spearheading the new restaurant. Recio told CultureMap he envi-

sions Baso as a more affordable alternative to the high-end Spanish restaurants that have been in the spotlight in recent years like MAD and BCN.

Local restaurants closing temporarily

Three local restaurants will be closed from Sept. 6-14 to give workers time to relax due to the stresses of serving the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Eater Houston. Coltivare, 3320 White Oak Drive; Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale St.; and Revival Market, 550 Heights Blvd., are among the six Agricole Hospitality restaurants temporarily shutting their doors. Agricole’s owners told Eater that the group’s employees will be paid their normal rates during the time off. Normal business hours for each of its locations will resume Sept. 15.

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guava danish was her favorite pastry from Angela’s, while Martha Henry Maloch said she would miss the chocolate croissants. Margaret Whitener Tann also said Angela’s Oven would be missed in the neighborhood, but that she would continue to support the Shawns at farmers markets. Angela’s Oven will continue its weekend operations at the

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Fieri visits local restaurants for Food Network show

The mayor of Flavortown recently made a trip to the Heights. Guy Fieri, celebrity chef and host of the Food Network series “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” paid a visit to Be More Pacific Filipino Kitchen and Bar and several other Houston area restaurants in April. The episode featuring Be More Pacific, 506 Yale St. Ste. E, aired Sept. 3.

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Police release surveillance photos in De Soto shooting By Landan Kuhlmann

Police have released surveillance footage of the vehicle allegedly used by two people in connection with the fatal shooting of a man outside a Greater Inwood storage facility last month. The victim, 37-year-old Delmettrio Gardner, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Houston Police Department.

HPD said officers responded to Public Storage at 5685 De Soto St. around 11:40 p.m. Aug. 30 to find Gardner lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds. Witnesses told police that two Black males jumped out of the back seat of a white sedan and fired multiple shots toward the victim. One suspect was wearing a white hoodie, and the other was wearing a black hoodie, police said.

Police said the suspects were seen fleeing the scene in a gold or tan 2014 Chevrolet Malibu with possible Texas license plates NZF2891, according to HPD. Anyone with information in this case or on the whereabouts of the vehicle are urged to contact HPD’s Homicide division at 713308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477. Follow us on social media @FromTheLeader

Houston authorities say they have arrested a woman accused of fatally shooting another woman in Independence Heights in July. Tiffany Peteet, 33, has been charged with murder and tampering with evidence in connection with the fatal shooting of 57-year-old Donna Abshire on July 10,


Charges filed in Kempwood stabbing By Landan Kuhlmann

Houston police say they have arrested a man suspected of stabbing and hospitalizing another man in north Houston last weekend. Alexander Beare, 20, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the incident, according to the Houston Police Department. The victim, a 61-year-old man according to HPD, was taken to an area hospital in stable condition. HPD said officers responded to 5900 Guhn Rd. around 9 a.m. last Sunday, Sept. 5 to find the victim had been stabbed in the back. Eyewitnesses told investigators that the suspect, identi-

according to Harris County court records. Court records also indicate Peteet was out of jail on bond related to felony charges of theft, theft of a firearm, and criminal mischief at the time of the incident. The Houston Police Department said officers responded to a home at 322 San Julio Dr. around 9 a.m. July 10 on an alarm call, but were unable to reach any-

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Memorial Hermann Health System said in an Aug. 24 news release that third doses of the fully-approved Pfizer vaccine as well as the Moderna vaccine that is still under emergency use authorization – or coronavirus booster shots – are being administered at hospitals and clinics throughout the Greater Houston area to immunocompromised individuals as judged by criteria from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Two local healthcare centers offering the booster shot are Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital at 1635 N. Loop W. and Memorial Hermann’s Neighborhood Health Center – Greater Heights at 1800 W. 26th St., Suite 103. People who qualify as moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals include: - Those receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood. - Organ transplant recipients and those who are taking medicine to suppress the immune system. - Those who have received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system. - Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome). - Those with advanced or untreated HIV infection. - Those undergoing active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress their immune response. Those receiving the booster should be prepared to show their COVID-19 vaccination cards, according to the release. Appointments to get the booster can be made online at, but it can also be received without an appointment. Beginning the week of Sept. 20, the hospital system said the booster will start being administered to the general public, per recommendations from the CDC.

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Help kids with back-to-school nutrition By Shana Tatum RD, LD

or vegetable. Living in Houston with such diverse cultures, an international store is within your reach. Take a field trip and learn about a new flavor, texture or spice. For older kids, let them choose some premade foods that may offer an easy alternative to fast food. If your teen is learning to drive, a trip to the farmers market is a great way to get hours and explore new tastes at the same time.

School is back in session and routines are forming. No more lazy days of summer. With just one of mine still at home and creating a new school routine, I am reminded of the days when the struggle to pack healthy lunches was real. Trying to balance nutrition and budget with childhood preferences, not to mention peer pressure, can be difficult to find foods that everyone can be happy about. It is no surprise that research demonstrates that nourished students are more engaged with their learning and perform better on tests and school work. While school nutrition is far from perfect, it has come a long way in recent years due to the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act. Somewhere around 29 million students are fed each day in schools across America, according to the USDA and the National


School Lunch Program. But what if you decide to pack a lunch at home for your child to take to school? What is the best way to do this? Try new foods Invite your elementaryaged kids to shop with you and decide what lunches you can help them pack. Perhaps make a challenge that once a week you try one new fruit

Hydration Be sure children get plenty of fluids. Water is the most abundant substance in the human body. It makes up for about 60 percent of body weight. It helps keep joints lubricated and transports nutrients to the cells. The temperatures in Houston are still hot and humidity is still here for a few more months. Having a special water bottle filled with water or with an added splash of juice for extra flavor can help young minds concentrate.

Children 4-8 years should strive for 7 cups per day, while 9-13-year-olds should have 9-10 cups and 14-18-year-olds should have 10-14 cups. Don’t forget fruits and vegetables provide some of the total daily water needs. Fiber Added fiber not only helps with bowel elimination. It helps maintain blood sugar control and can give the gut microbiome a big boost. Prebiotics are being studied more and more and show how important the fiber in our foods are to feed the microorganisms that live between our mouth, down the intestinal tract and out the anus. The good bugs help regulate the immune system, metabolism and even neurotransmitters. Each day children aged 5-10 should eat 10-15 grams, with 15-20 grams for 10-15-year-olds and 20-25 grams for 15-18-year-olds. Fiber is found in berries,

avocados, beans and grains like oats, barley and quinoa. Use them in fruit cups and yogurt parfaits, or beans in bowls or spread on wraps and sandwiches. Plan together This takes a bit more time and as a busy parent, time is not what we have in abundance! Including children in the meal-decision process could give you more buy-in for what they will eat. It also gives you an opportunity to discuss the importance of how protein builds muscles and grows hair and nails, or how vitamins and minerals found in all our colorful foods are the catalysts for reactions such as sleep and wake hormones. Be a role model At home, parents can model behaviors that promote good health. If you snack in front of the TV or computer all the time, they will think this is OK, too. Did you know you eat with

your eyes and your nose, not just your mouth? When we slow down to actually see the food on our plate, to smell it and to have gratitude for all the work that went into getting our food on the plate, we have better digestion. The brain has more time to send saliva into the mouth prepping digestive enzymes, such as amylase, ready to break down carbohydrates. It also prepares the stomach to produce stomach acid, which can better break down proteins. The more digested our food, the easier we gain nutrients from it. Finding ways to share good nutrition with your children does not have to be difficult. As parents we all know we have to choose our battles. The rush of getting to class and new COVID-19 protocols can make the school mornings challenging. These tips may help encourage you and your family to make improved nutrition a meaningful part of your back-to-school routine.

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Theatre Suburbia to perform comedic play through September By Adam Zuvanich

Theatre Suburbia will host live performances of “The Glass Mendacity,” a parody of works by famed American playwright Tennessee Williams, for the next month at its new location at 5201 Mitchelldale St., Suite A-3. The play opened Thursday night and also will be performed at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 9 as well as at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26 and Oct. 3. Tickets for the Sunday matinee showings are $16, while admission for the Friday and Saturday performances are $16 for students and seniors and $18 for adults. Reservations are encouraged and can be made online at or by phone at 713-682-3525. Masks are optional but encouraged at Theatre Suburbia, which is in its

61st season as Northwest Houston’s longestrunning all-volunteer playhouse. “The Glass Mendacity,” written by Maureen Morley, Tom Willmorth and Doug Armstrong, is a parody of three dramas by Williams, whose best-known works include “The Glass Menagerie,” “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Starring in “The Glass Mendacity” will be Cory Mescon at Stanley Kowalski, John Raley as Big Daddy Dubois, Julie Gersib as Blanch Dubois, Justin Bernard as Mitch O’Connor, Lauren Hainley as Amanda and Laura Dubois, and Renata Smith as Maggie the Cat. The play will be directed by Dan Potter, with Elvin Moriarty serving as assistant director. For more information, visit theatresuburbia. org.

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Booker T. Washington wins second straight game By Landan Kuhlmann

Booker T. Washington High School head coach Kelvin Chatham had spoken before the season about just wanting his players to have fun and fly to the football. Through two weeks, it appears the Golden Eagles’ players have done just that. Booker T. Washington beat Northbrook 38-21 last Thursday, Sept. 2 to improve to 2-0 on the young season. It is the first time since 2016 that the Golden Eagles have won their first two games – which is also the most recent season the program made it to the UIL playoffs. Quarterback Jordan Vidal had 315 total yards (265 passing, 50 rushing) and three total

touchdowns for Washington, while running back Derrick Brimsley (183 yards rushing, three TDs) went over the century mark for the second consecutive contest. Jaaden Matthews (132 yards receiving, one TD) and Brodrick Malone (131 yards receiving, one TD) were Vidal’s primary targets in leading the Eagles’ offense to 560 total yards. Brimsley also had on interception on defense for Washington, while Daelin Randle and Xavier Witherspoon both had two tackles for loss. Other public school action The Heights Bulldogs dropped to 0-2 on the season with a 57-19 defeat at the hands of the Pearland Dawson Eagles last Friday. Jalen Morrison completed 17 of 22 passes for 233 yards and two touch-

downs for Heights, while Xavier Neal had 10 receptions for 165 yards and one touchdown. Jonnie Robinson had 63 yards and a score on the ground. Scarborough dropped to 0-2 with a 39-6 loss to KIPP Generations Collegiate, while Waltrip dropped its season opener 48-0 against Klein Forest. Shaun Crawford Jr. had three catches for 41 yards for the Rams. Private school St. Thomas’ Eagles outlasted Plano John Paul II 38-31 last Saturday at Frisco’s Ford Center in the inaugural Catholic Bowl showcase, moving to 2-0 on the season. Sophomore running back Johann Cardenas led the way for St. Thomas with 103 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while adding 78

receiving yards on six catches. Cameron Price had three catches for 88 yards and a touchdown from quarterback Jake Wright, who completed 13 of 19 passes for 216 yards. Wright also had two rushing touchdowns, while Zach Rocha (14 tackles) and Tegan Spencer (11 tackles) led the defensive effort. Lutheran High North bounced back from an opening-week loss with a 50-7 win over The Village School last Friday, while St. Pius X fell 31-6 to Dallas Christian. Carson Hintz (12 tackles, three tackles for loss) led the defensive effort for the Panthers (11), while Vincent Doucet had four catches for 52 yards.


Last Week’s Scores Booker T. Washington 38, Northbrook 21 St. Thomas 38, Plano John Paul II 31 Lutheran High North 50, Village School 7 Pearland Dawson 57, Heights 19 Dallas Christian 31, St. Pius X 6 KIPP Generations Collegiate 39, Scarborough 6 Klein Forest 48, Waltrip 0

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