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Photo from GoFundMe.com The Waltrip High School robotics team celebrates following the Texas BEST regional competition on Nov. 12. The Rambots are headed to the state competition from Dec. 1-3.

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When Waltrip High School freshman Cecilia D’Souza called robotics teammate Dylan Powis-Case to tell him the good news, it took a moment for it to sink in. The good news? Waltrip’s Robotics Team #1255’s robot had taken third place in the Best of Texas Robotics’ regional competition in the head-to-head battle, advancing their robot to the BEST of Texas Robotics state competition next month. The state battle will take place Dec. 1-3 at the Comerica Center and Frisco Convention Center in Frisco. The “Rambots,” as the team is known, will compete against more than 100 robotics teams from around the state “It was like 8 p.m. and I just called him and started freaking out – and he hadn’t heard yet,” D’Souza remembered with a laugh. “(We all) were freaking out. It was really just a roller coaster of emotions.”

Photo from GoFundMe.com A member of the Waltrip robotics team operates the team’s robot during the regional competition.

Her teammate echoed the sentiment. “I was just about to check my email,” Powis-Case said with a grin. The Waltrip robotics team’s feat might be all the more impressive seeing as nearly all of the team’s

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almost 30 members are freshmen, meaning they had little to no engineering or robotics experience prior to building the robot which propelled them to the state competition. “Where I went to middle school,

we had basically no engineering studies at all,” Powis-Case said. “It was definitely a learning experience from the very beginning.” So over the course of about six weeks prior to the regional competition on Nov. 12, team mentor John Desaulos said the team spent about 30 hours conducting test after test, tweaking the robot time and time again to get it competition ready. And even then, its eventual success came as somewhat of a surprise even to those involved in its creation seeing as it was from a team with little to no robotics experience. Teams had to finish in the top six of each “hub,” which was essentially the regional competition. “There was a lot of excitement, and honestly a little bit of disbelief (when we made it to state),” Desaulos said. Powis-Case shared the thought. “We went into this competition expecting to get last or really close

As the Thanksgiving holidays approach, Jeannette Kolarik said leaders of Girl Scout Troop #122292 wanted a way to ensure families in need in their community could help celebrate the holiday along with everyone else. Enter Grace United Methodist Church in the Heights, and now more than a dozen local families in need were able to have a full Thanksgiving meal as the community celebrated the holiday earlier this week. “Around the holidays, it’s really important to let people know that they are not forgotten,” said Kolarik, a volunteer leader with Troop #122292. Over the last several weeks leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, Kolarik said the troop collected food donations including sides such as stuffing, cranberry sauce, and ingredients to help

Contributed photo Girl Scouts from Troop #122292 carry food donations into the Grace United Methodist Church food pantry. The troop recently collected food donations to be given to families in need this holiday season.

make all the sides necessary along with a $10 gift card to help cover the cost of a turkey. See GIRL SCOUTS P. 4A

A local recovery and rehab program is looking for additional volunteers and donations for its recovery center located in the local area this holiday season. Since 1995, Victory Family Outreach Ministry has offered a recovery and rehab program at 222 Royder St. in the Near Northside area for those struggling with addiction, depression, and homelessness according to its mission statement. Those seeking help can come in from anywhere, officials with the center said, especially around the holidays. And as it can be a trying time the organization is looking for volunteers to help with the program this holiday season. “Whether our residents walk in off the streets, are brought in by family, a friend, sometimes an employer, or even another church or pastor, we believe God is bringing them to Victory Family

to change their lives,” said Pastor Ronald Waggener, the director of the recovery center in Near Northside. When they are entered into the program, residents are entered in for anywhere from nine months to two years, according to Waggener. And residents typically stay at no charge, he said, as they are normally serving those who have lost their jobs/vocations and have “little or no family assistance” according See OUTREACH P. 4A


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Photo from Twitter The St. Thomas Eagles celebrate after a 27-21 overtime win against Addison Trinity Christian in the TAPPS Division I regional final last weekend. St. Thomas will face Dallas Parish Episcopal in the state semifinals next weekend.

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to begin the extra period, Lewis would again find Henderson – this time from 20 yards out – to land the final blow and give the Eagles the hard fought win. Friday was the seventh time this season Lewis has accounted for at least four touchdowns in a game, while Henderson had his third multi-score game and now has a team-leading nine touchdown catches this season. Elsewhere in local private school playoff action, the St. Pius X Panthers saw their season come to an end with a 48-0 loss to top-ranked Plano Prestonwood Christian in a second Division I regional final on Friday to finish the season with a 5-6 overall record. The Panthers will lose starting quarterback Bryce McKeon

and all-state receiver Vincent Doucet to graduation after this season; however, they will likely retain leading rusher Joshua Mitchell, who eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season in the finale. Public school

In the only public school action remaining, the Heights Bulldogs fell to Fort Bend Hightower 42-27 Saturday afternoon. The loss ended the Bulldogs’ season with an 8-4 overall record as they fell in the area round for a second consecutive season. Allen Rainey capped off his senior campaign and a stellar season for the Bulldogs with three passing touchdowns and another on the ground, while Kevon Misher caught two scoring tosses.

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GIRL SCOUTS from P. 1A In all, Grace UMC Director of Family Ministries Leonor Hernandez said there were 17 boxes full of ingredients, sides, and gift cards that were set to be delivered to Love Elementary, Burris Elementary, and Heights High School for the schools to distribute to students and families in need this holiday season. “It’s good for (those in need) to know there are people in our community who are thinking about them and want to make sure they’re able to celebrate the holidays as well,” Kolarik said. It’s not the first time the troop has partnered with Grace UMC, as last year the troop collected donations for “Birthday in a Box.” And as Hernandez put it, though it becomes more prominent around the holidays, the need for assistance never takes a day off.

And that includes even prominent neighborhoods like the Heights, she said. “I see it all the time even driving through the Heights. Just a few blocks from here, I see a person sleeping (outside) when I’m coming in here at 6 a.m. every morning. It’s everywhere,” Hernandez said. “People need assistance everywhere. So when we can help our neighbors in need, we try to do that on a regular basis.” Seeing that need firsthand in their own community, Kolarik said, was one of the reasons the troop settled upon the Thanksgiving food drive when thinking of a service project for this holiday season. And while the assistance aspect is always present – the troop has volunteered at the food bank – Kolarik said it is more impactful when seeing the effect in their own neigh-

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tinue serving residents of Greater Houston during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and year-round. And especially during the holiday season, Victory Family Outreach Ministries Donations and Appropriations Manager Dawn Hedin said any struggles are magnified at this time of the year, leading to a great need for the organization’s services. “This time of year is particularly

difficult from all sides,” she said. They are looking for volunteers and any financial donations, Waggener said, that community members are inclined to give, though he said it is far from the only way the community can help. Waggener said the recovery center is in need of community donations of food, clothing, hygiene, beds and bedding for their residents, as well as vans that

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Greater Inwood/Acres Homes pace local October housing markets By Landan Kuhlmann landan@theleadernews.com

For much of 2022, local neighborhoods have seen continuous monthly sales dips as the market overcorrects from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. But at least for one month, one local market paced the rest. According to the most recent report from the Houston Association of Realtors, the Greater Inwood Acres Homes zip code (77091) was the only one of six Leader-area zip codes to see a year-over-year October sales increase, more than tripling its total from October 2021. It is also the only local market to be outpacing its 2021 sales through the end of the month. The rest of the area (77018, 77092, 77008, 77007, 77009) all experienced year-over-year sales dips ranging from about 19 percent to over 50 percent, according to the data, and are also lagging behind their 2021 sales pace. Four of six area markets saw year-over-year sales prices stagnate or rise, while each market has seen both median and average price increase compared to the same point in 2021. 77018 In the market including Garden Oaks, Oak Forest, and much of Central Northwest, there were just 42 homes sold compared to 58 the previous October – a 27.6 percent downturn, according to HAR data. Year-to-date, the 647 home sales so far is 18.4 percent less than the 793 homes sold during the same month in 2021. Pricing-wise, the average buyer paid slightly (1.7 percent) more for a home in this area last month ($533,404) compared to October 2022, while median price was up 7.7 percent year-over-year to

Photo from HAR website Year-over-year October sales of homes like this one currently selling in the 77091 area code, were up in Acres Homes/Greater Inwood last month, but dipped around the rest of the area.

$454,945. Through the end of the month, average price has jumped 11.8 percent ($595,069) compared to 2021, while median price has spiked 12.9 percent up to $480,000. 77092 Just to the west, the zip code including part of Central Northwest as well as Langwood and Kempwood saw among the largest percentage year-over-year October sales dips in the area. Agents closed on 10 homes in this area last month, according to HAR, down 47.4 percent from the 19 sales in October 2021. As a result, the area continues to lag 9 percent behind its 2021 pace, with 252 sales so far this year as opposed to 277 at the same point last year. This was one of two local

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zip codes to see both average and median year-over-year October sales prices dip. Average price dropped 12.4 percent to $325,850, while median price experienced a 26.1 percent dip to $277,000 according to HAR. Year-to-date, the average buyer has paid 2.5 percent more ($345,187), while median price is up slightly (1.4 percent) so far to $324,944. 77091 In the northern edge of the area, the Acres Homes/Greater Inwood area was the only market to see year-over-year October sales increase, with the 40 sales last month representing nearly a 208 percent increase over the 13 sold the previous October. As a result, this continues to be the only

zip code ahead of its 2021 pace, with 293 homes sold so far this year compared to 230 at the same point last year. On a pricing front, yearover-year October average price spiked 27.2 percent to $340,132, while year-overyear median price rose 30.4 percent to $344,000. Year-todate, average price is up 16.7 percent to $322,429, and median price figure has spiked 15.8 percent to $330,000. 77008 Down in the Greater Heights, year-over-year October home sales dropped 26.6 percent last month, with only 58 homes sold compared to 79 that were sold in October 2021. As a whole, this zip code’s 910 home sales this year so far are 17.7 percent

last year’s pace, which had seen 1,106 sold in the same time period. The average buyer paid roughly the same ($636,217, up 0.3 percent) for a home here last month, while median October home price is up 12.4 percent year-overyear to $584,690. Through the end of the month, average price has risen 9.5 percent up to $672,148 compared to the same point in 2021, while median home price has gone up 8.9 percent to $566,508. 77009 On the eastern edge of the Heights and Near Northside, the 39 homes sold here were the second fewest among local zip codes, and represented a 26.4 percent dip from the 53 homes sold in the area last

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Andrea Wilkinson and Christie Coker ‘s exhibition, “Only the Forest Knows…,” will be on view Dec. 3-Jan. 5at Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy St. The artists will be available to visit with guests during the opening reception on Dec. 3 from 5 – 8 p.m. with an Artist Talk at 6:30 p.m. “Keep close to nature’s heart and break clear away, once in a while, …spend a week in the woods, wash your spirit clean.” This quote by John Muir serves as inspiration for Andrea Wilkinson and Christie Coker as they express their love of nature. “Only the Forest Knows…” is a collaborative effort combining Wilkinson’s exquisite sculptural portraits of wild animals with Coker’s textural paintings which are evocative of the environs in which these animals live. In the words of Muir, each artist believes that, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” For this show, Andrea Wilkinson has created sculptures inspired by the wild animals that live among us, for animals are highly adaptive in sharing our forested neighborhoods and yards. Even large animals such as deer have learned to make allowances for, and take advantage of, our proximity carrying on with their lives while our lives are enriched by their presence. Wilkinson has incorporated a variety of media and a bit of whimsy to suggest

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Portrait of a Tree by Christie Coker at Archway Gallery, Dec 3.

textures of fur and feather. As always, her goal is to find that emotional connection to each animal and share that connection with the viewer. Growing up in Oklahoma, Andrea Wilkinson’s love of and interest in animals led her to major in Zoology in college and later to volunteer as a docent at the Houston Zoo. As an artist, she is naturally drawn to animals as subject matter for her sculptures. Her art training comes from attending numerous workshops in New Mexico and Arizona and classes at the Glassell School and Art League Houston. She works primarily in two media, clay to be cast in bronze and papier mache.’ Wilkinson is rep-

Contributed photo The Babysitter by Andrea Wilkinson at Archway Gallery, Dec 3.

resented by Archway Gallery in Houston and Galleries at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her work is included in collections both public and private. Christie Coker’s artwork in this collection is inspired by the beauty found in nature’s offerings. Whether it’s through the inspection of a bird’s nest or gazing at the moon through tree branches, it’s the intricate detail of nature that draws her in and captivates her artistic muse. Her acrylic paintings are on textured surfaces where the creative process includes spontaneous development allowing each painting to simply lead the way on this artistic journey. In agreement with Muir,

Coker feels that wandering through a forest is the perfect way to “lose her mind and find her soul.” Christie Coker received her degree in Education with a specialization in Art from Lamar University. In addition to post-graduate hours in art, she has also studied at the Glassell School in Houston and has participated in local, as well as regional, workshops which encourage artistic growth. Her artwork is included in private collections throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. Coker has been represented by Archway Gallery since 2001. Archway Gallery, one of Houston’s and the nation’s oldest artist-owned and operated galleries, is located at 2305 Dunlavy and is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m. Since 1976, Archway Gallery has been exhibiting the work of the area’s finest artists, providing a great selection of affordable, high quality art including sculpture, pottery, and painting in a variety of media and styles. One of the more than 30 member artists is always on site, providing visitors a unique experience to meet the artists who created the work, offering a personal insight into the process. With 30 artist-members, Archway Gallery is the destination in the Houston area for affordable art directly from the artist. For more information, visit ArchwayGallery.com or call 713-522-2409. Cohen is an artist and founder of the First Saturday Arts Market and The Market at Sawyer Yards. Find him at ArtValet.com for additional highlights and artist’s stories.

Nibbles and Sips: Karne Korean Steakhouse opens in Heights By Landan Kuhlmann landan@theleadernews.com

Residents of the Greater Heights area seeking out a new type of steakhouse vibe now have a new options available to them in the Heights. Karne Korean Steakhouse, the creation of restaurateur Jason Cho and Chef Yurum “KP” Nam, officially opened its doors in the Heights on Nov. 11 at 2805 White Oak Dr. Suite 100. The menu at Karne features prime beef, American and Japanese wagyu, and meats dry-aged in-house, and cooked-to-order by tableside hosts. Private dining rooms are also available by reservation and will feature a multi-course Chef Tasting Menu, according to a news release from the restaurant. There is also a cocktail list and 173 wines available to accompany the food selection. “I was inspired by travel and visuals seen here and around the country,” Cho said. “It was important to me to create a restaurant that offered escapism and a vibe not normally seen in Korean restaurants.” For more information on Karne, stop on by the restaurant or visit its website at karnehtx.com/. Heights Social opening next month

sometime next month Heights Social, the brainchild of owner Zach Harris, will open at 1213 W. 20th St. the Heights in December, according to the bar’s Instagram page. It will open next to Harris’ other concept, Drift Bar.

According to the restaurant, the menu will include thin crust pizza, waffle fries, charcuterie boards, and more along with a drink menu consisting primarily of martinis. The bar is currently hiring, and those interested can email

zach@driftbarhouston.com or apply in person from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. For more information on the bar, follow them on Instagram @heightssocialhouston.

A new bar is planning to Karne Korean Steakhouse opened in the Heights on White Oak Drive last week, looking to bring a new steakhouse vibe to the area. open its doors in the Heights

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ow do you feel about legalizing marijuana? If you are worried about the price of gas, how do you feel about traffic? You can’t have one without the other. Do our public schools have enough money and should we tell our teachers what not to teach? These and other penetrating questions are always being discussed in radio talk shows, letters to the editor, at bars during happy hour and between acts at strip joints. But let’s get scientific, and also see how your warped opinions stack up against those of your neighbors. We begin with a weighty question: Do you see a better future for yourself ? The percentage of Houstonians who feel that way dropped to an all-time low of 50 percent this year from a peak of 65 percent in 2017. That’s pretty depressing, knowing that half the people you see around town think their future is, well, depressing. Ah, but how do we know this? Because of work done by Prof. Stephen Klineberg, founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and Rice professor emeritus of sociology. Back in 1982 he led

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a survey of Houstonians as a class project. The students, armed with clipboards and note pads, went around town asking several thousand Houstonians (and Harris County residents) how they felt about this and that. The idea caught on and Klineberg has been surveying Houstonians since, with a much larger team and more sophisticated machinery. Rice Magazine reports: “The survey set out to measure how residents felt about explosive, oil-fueled growth amid rising concerns about traffic, pollution and crime. Since then, the now-annual survey has documented how Houston has transformed from a majority Anglo, oil-based town to one of the most diverse U.S. cities.” Incidentally, Klineberg coined the term of Houston being “one of the most diverse U.S. cities,” a term which has been

picked up by virtually every writer who has written about our diverse town. Today his report is the go-to read for every officeseeker, business tycoon and journalist who wants to know, for example, what’s your top anxiety? (Read on.) Other wannabees have tried to copy Klineberg’s work, but they can’t because they don’t have figures to follow trends over the last 41years. If they start now, they’ll have the necessary trendings by 2063. The full report is long and detailed but you can cherry-pick the parts that interest you. Fortunately, Rice Magazine ran these salient points which I am now using. This year’s 41st Kinder Houston Area Survey is Klineberg’s last to lead. For the Full Monty, go to rice.edu/ houstonsurvey2022 kinder. By the way, did you know that the benefactor of Rice University, William Marsh Rice, was murdered? The butler did it. And the annual Heisman Trophy, awarded to that year’s best college football player, coveted because it means another million or so in his NFL contract, was named for John Heisman who coached for four

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seasons at Rice in the early 1920s as the school’s first fulltime head football coach and athletic director. He didn’t win many games but he earned more than any faculty member Where were we? Oh, yes. If you don’t think the future looks very bright, why? What about living in Houston (or this area, like Sugar Land or west Lake Charles) makes you anxious? The top reason is cost of living, especially gas and housing prices (28 percent), soaring rates of violent crime (25 percent), COVID pandemic (15 percent), and traffic congestion (12 percent). Oddly enough, on our list of top anxieties, hurricanes and the Houston Texans didn’t make the cut. Neither did the Houston Rockets or some of our elected officials. Maybe they come under soaring rates of violent crime. How do you feel about our public schools? In the 1990s, around 60 percent of Houstonians believed public schools had enough money. In 2022, that number fell to 34 percent, with 67 percent calling for more investment in public schools and 63 percent are in favor of raising taxes to pro-

Fire damages Northside Electrical failure causes house fire in Acres Homes grocery store By Landan Kuhlmann landan@theleadernews.com

Fire investigators are still trying to find out what led to the start of a fire that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to a grocery store in the Northside area earlier this month, according to the Houston Fire Department. There was nobody reported hurt as a result of the fire, according to the department, which estimates it saved a little over $100,000 worth of property.

Crews from stations 15, 4, 34, 9, 12, 31, 56, 58, 67, 50 and 24 responded to a one-story store in the 6400 block of Airline Drive just before 4 p.m. on Nov. 8 to find a fire coming from the side of the store. The fire was quickly extinguished, HPD said, but not before causing an estimated $200,000 in damage to the store according the department. Arson investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire to happen, according to the department.

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An electrical failure or malfunction was the cause of a recent house fire in the Acres Homes area earlier this month, according to the Houston Fire Department. There were no reported injuries from the fire, according to the department. Crews from station 4, 31, 13 and 67 at 3:19 p.m. on Nov. 12 responded to a home in the 2900 block of McRarey Drive

By Landan Kuhlmann Houston police are investigating a crash which resulted in the death of a woman following a possible medical episode last week, according to the Houston Police Department. The woman’s identity is pending an autopsy from the Harris County medical examiner, according to the department. A white Dodge van was headed north at 1500 Yale St. at 1:05 p.m. on Nov. 14, police said, when it approached the intersection of Yale and 15th Street, while the woman was

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headed east on 15th Street in a Honda CRV and allegedly ran the stop sign at the intersection. The van then collided with the rear end of the CRV, according to police, which eventually hit a pole. It then spun and hit the Honda a second time, according to the department. The woman was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said, while the driver of the van was treated for minor injuries. Police said the woman may have suffered a medical episode prior to the crash, according to the department.

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ROBOTICS from P. 1 to last,” he said. “But we got third in robot design and went to state – with a group of people who have pretty much never done this before. It was a really fun experience.” Much of that success, the students said, was thanks to the efforts of Desaulos as well as Waltrip engineering teacher Stephanie Witherspoon, affectionately known as “Spoony. The pair, students said, were no nonsense when it came to the design and execution of the robot. “(John) walked us through everything, yet at the same time he didn’t spoon feed us – he told us what to do, then sat and watched us do it,” D’Souza said. However, they were also the first to keep an even keel if something did not go as planned, which students said gave them a confidence to move forward without breaking down despite having little experience to draw on. “They’re both level-

When it comes to marijuana, Houstonians are all lit up: 65 percent of Houstonians are in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes and 90 percent are in favor of legalizing marijuana for medical reasons. Finally we come to equity and opportunity, and we all feel to a certain extent that Houston is no longer as open to all as it was. Fewer Houstonians believe minorities have the same opportunities as whites: Anglos fell from 64 percent in 2020 to 49 percent in 2022; Hispanics from 66 percent to 43 percent and Blacks from 29 percent to 17 percent. This pessimism may be linked our first survey question about do we see a better future for ourselves. As Rice Magazine notes: “Findings highlight an increasing political divide, a desire for more public school funding and a call for the government to do a better job of addressing society’s rising inequalities.” We really do need an election.

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in Acres Homes, according to the department, to find smoke coming from the one-story house. Crews later found the source of the fire in the attic, the department said, before quickly extinguishing it. Arson investigators later determined the fire to be unintentional and caused by an electrical failure or malfunction, which caused an estimated $40,000 worth of damage to the house according to the department.

vide universal access to early childhood education. This brings us to our teachers. Only 25 percent of Houstonians support Texas’ ban on teaching about inequality and race in Texas schools. I guess nobody told our state legislators, our Guv or any other recently elected lawmakers. They know best. Speaking of our esteemed lawmakers, Texas has the most stringent anti-abortion laws of any state, but 81 percent of Democrats and 33 percent of Republicans say abortion for any reason should be legal, 64 percent of those surveyed support a woman’s right to an abortion for any reason, and 92 percent support abortion if the woman’s health is seriously endangered. As we can see, what we want and what we are getting are far apart. Who elected these people? We did, or at least some of us did: 81 percent of Houstonians are in favor of drive-thru polling locations, 83 percent support 24-hour polling places and 85 percent support opening more temporary voting locations. The last session of the Texas Legislature abolished all of them.

headed and calm people all the time. When something went wrong, we’d freak out,” Powis-Case said. “But they would just tell us to move on to the next idea. It’s really helpful to have someone like that walking us through it.” Desaulos, however, said it was the eagerness and quick cohesiveness of the group which allowed them to reach a level the school’s robotics team has not reached in quite some time. In the end, he said, they just needed a little confidence. And with each passing hour creating the robot and seeing the end result, he said it continues to grow. “Being able to see (that robot) come from your own hands is a source of enablement and power for them, and that made them even more eager,” he said. “They saw something move on their robot and doing what they wanted it to do – it gave them a real sense of confidence.”

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• Laser Hair Reduction Heights Dermatology provides high-quality • Laser Resurfacing care for patients of all ages their(IPL) offices • Intense PulseatLight in Houston, Rosenberg, Lake Jackson, • Leg & Facial Veins Portland, Corpus Christi,Lesions Palacios, Columbus, • Vascular Gonzales, Dallas, Mansfield, Beaumont, Bay • Rosacea City, New Braunfels, and Laser San Antonio, Texas. • Fractional Taking a holistic approach care, the staff • Laser Tattoo to Removal at Heights Dermatology believes in building lasting relationships with their patients to find individualheightsskin.com solutions to every dermatologic need.

(713) 864-2659

The dermatology practice specializes in diagnosing and treating many skin concerns and conditions, including acne, eczema, dermatitis, and rosacea. The practice is known for its innovative treatments for psoriasis, including XTRAC® laser therapy. They also perform dermatologic procedures like mole removal, cyst removal, and Mohs surgery for skin cancer.

Cosmetic Procedures • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Botox Xeomin Juvederm Radiesse Sclerotherapy Botox for Hyperhidrosis SkinPen (Microneeding) HydraFacialMD Glycolic Chemical Peel Salicylic Chemical Peel TCA Chemical Peel Jessner’s Chemical Peel Mandelic Chemical Peel

Pharmaceutical Grade Product Lines

Best Dermatologist

Alpesh Desai D.O.

Runner Up Best Dermatologist

Tejas Desai D.O.

Board Certified Dermatologist Services include Board Certified Dermatologist Heights Dermatology focuses on providing innovative and cutting-edge treatments to • General Dermatology meet all skin care needs and beauty goals. In addition to general dermatology services, the practice offers aesthetic treatments like Botox® and fillers, laser hair removal, and CoolSculpting®. • Skin Cancer Treatments Heights Dermatology designs personalized plans that put patients’ needs and wishes first. Focused on providing the most current treatments and therapies, the Heights Dermatology team attends weekly and monthly training and development classes. • Cosmetic Dermatology Healthy skin is always in style. Call Heights Dermatology, or schedule a dermatology appointment online today. • Aesthetic Cosmetics

Services include:

Dr. Alpesh Desai

Dr. Tejas Desai

We Strive to Provide the Very Best in Dermatology.

HEIGHTS DERMATOLOGY & AESTHETIC CENTER 2120 Ashland Street the We Strive to Provide Houston, 77008 Very Best inTexas Dermatology.

(713) 864-2659 www.heightsskin.com

2120 Ashland Street Houston, Texas 77008

www.heightsskin.com

Phone (appointments): 713-864-2659


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ANIMALS & PET SERVICES

COMMUNITY

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Animal Hospital Oak Forest Veterinary Hospital * PetCare Express

Church Garden Oaks Baptist Church * St Rose Lima Catholic Community Minister Pastor Will Cover * Pastor Jon Purvis

Veterinarian Dr. Beverly Crocker, DVM * Dr. Hallie Moore

-THE LEADER-

Pet Emergency VERGI 24/7 * Gulf Coast

READ ERS' CHOICE

Day Care/Boarding Paws Pet Resort * Tongue & Tail Pet Services Pet Sitter Service Oak Forest Veterinary Hospital * Pupotropolis Dog & Pet Sitting Inc.

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Pet Store Kriser’s * Molly’s Mutt House Grooming Paws Pet Resort * Molly’s Mutt House

Non-Profit Animal Justice League * Ministry Assistance of the Near Northwest Alliance (MANNA) Local Politician John Whitmire * Jack Cagle

DRINKING ESTABLISHMENT Smoothies Clean Juice * Juiceland Frozen Treat Sweet Frog * Preslee’s Brewery Greater Heights Brewery * Eureka Heights Brewery Bar Wakefield Crowbar * William Price Distilling

Pet Waste Removal Scoop Le Poop * Tongue & Tail Pet Services

Thank you to all the readers who voted in print and online for our 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards. They made their choices clear, and now it’s time to share the winners in each category. We

Pet Treats and Food The Doggie Express* Molly’s Mutt House

AUTO SERVICE

Oil Change Heights Mobil * Kar Hospital

Auto Repair Heights Mobil * NLine Automotive Auto Dealer Ella Motors * Tommie Vaughn Ford

BEAUTY Hair Salon Valor Barbershop * Revive Salon and Spa Stylist Brock Conrad * Melodie Wilson - Revive

congratulate all of the 2022 winners and encourage everyone to shop local! The winners will also be featured on our website at theleadernews.com until the 2023 contest.

Day Spa Revive Salon and Spa * LV Nails Spa

Manicure/Pedicure The Elysian Boutique * LV Nails Spa

Tanning Salon Glo Girl Spray Tanning * Tanoholicsanonymous

Esthetician Abbie Starr Skin Bar* Purr Beauty

Coffee Shop Slow Pokes * Uncle Bean’s Coffee Happy Hour We Olive & Wine Bar * Sassafras Wine Bar We Olive & Wine Bar * Plonk! Beer & Wine Bistro Sports Bar Christian’s Tailgate Bar & Grill *

NAILS SPA Complete Nail Care

713.742.6288

. . -THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE 2022

Thank you for voting us the

Best Day Spa & Best Manicure/Pedicure

Walk-Ins Welcome • Gift Certificates Available Business Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-7pm • Sunday 10am-6pm

3902 N. Shepherd Dr. Ste A-1 Houston TX 77018 . . -THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE 2022

Thank You for Voting Us Best Hair Salon

and

Brock Conrad Best Stylist

2 Years in a Row!

YOU'RE JUST A STEP AWAY FROM A CLEANER, HAPPIER HOME! . . -THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE 2022

Thank you for

choosing us

Best

Cleaning Service!

Proudly Serving Our Community

2217 W. 34th St. Suite E 77018 • 713-497-5498 valorbarbershop.com

Highest and most rated cleaning company in the area.

Veteran owned cleaning company serving the community for 13 years!

832-483-5721

www.detailcleanings.com @detailcleanings


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A Great Big Thank You to Our Neighbors for voting for us in these categories

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Best Animal Hospital Best Veterinarian Pet Sitting Service

-THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE

-THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE

2022

Stay Alpaca cozy with our Moo-chila Blankets and Ponchos! Now available at our shop, local retailers and online.

www.moo-chila.com

2022

@moochila

10 Years In A Row! THANK YOU LEADER READERS FOR

Voting us #1!

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Enroll now New Classes Forming!

713-682-6351

OakForestVet.com

On October 15th we had to close our store to focus more on our wholesale program to our retailers and online. You can still visit us at our East End location, 2600 Navigation Blvd. This is our hat store where you can find most of our products onsite. Thank you very much, Mis Amigos!

2022

3500 E. T.C. Jester, Ste. G

2120 West 34th

The Team at Moo-chila would like to thank all our supporters and neighbors at the Heights location. And thank you to the readers that voted for us!

-THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE 713.956.4870

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Thank You for voting for us BEST in 4 categories!

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• Best Wine Bar • Best Happy Hour • Best Date Place • Best Service

-THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE 2022

Award Winning Distinctive Gifts, READERS' Home Decor & CHOICE More For Over BEST 17 Years! Gift Shop 2022! . .

-THE LEADER-

2022

H-E-B The Heights Store Phone: (713) 802-8100 Pharmacy Phone: (713) 869-1700

2300 N Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX 77008

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249 W 19th Street Suite B, Houston, Texas 77008

832-516-8230

info.houston@weolive.com

SUNLESS TANNING HOUSTON’S PREMIERE SUNLESS TANNING BOUTIQUE SUNLESS TANNING BOUTIQUE HOUSTON’S PREMIER BOUTIQUE SUNLESS TANNING BOUTIQUE

THANK YOU For Voting Susan Sessions Tutoring

BEST TUTORING CENTER

WE MAKE HOUSTON GLO, GIRL NEWWE CLIENTS RECEIVE A FREE GIFT MAKE HOUSTON GLO, GIRL WE MAKEHOUSTON HOUSTON GLO, GIRL WE MAKE GLO, GIRL WE HOUSTON MAKE GLO, GIRL

Tutoring provides the needed boost to help students be the best they can be! Customized programs available. Grades K-12.

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-THE LEADER-

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-THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE

2015 W. 34th St, 77018 281.798.4696 www.vagaro.com/glogirlspraytanning 281.798.4696 www.vagaro.com/glogirlspraytanning

www.vagaro.com/glogirlspraytanning 2015 W. 34th St, 77018

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GloGirlSprayTan

GloGirlSprayTan 281.798.4696 GloGirlSprayTan www.vagaro.com/glogirlspraytanning

Email: sessionstutoring@gmail.com susansessionstutoring.com 201 E. 9th St. • Houston,TX 77007

www.vagaro.com/glogirlspraytanning GloGirlSprayTan GloGirlSprayTan

Thank You for Your Vote Best Bank/Credit Union Category Mobile

Checking

Savings

Loans

. . -THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE

Ikesters, Thank you for voting us the Best Sandwich Shop!

Love, Ike

2022

Check out the deliciousness at Ikessandwiches ikeshehadeh

Better Rates | Better Service

www.ikessandwich.com

@ikessandwiches @ikesshehadeh

Ike's Sandwiches

1051 Heights Blvd., Ste. 180 | Houston, TX | 77008

MTFCU.coop | 713.681.0339 2315 Mangum Road, Houston, TX 77092


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Winner 3 Years in a Row!

. . -THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE 2022

Thank you for your continued support! • 1st Place- Best General Contractor • 2nd Place- Best Architect • 1st Place- Best Custom Home Builder • 1st Place- Best Developer www.covingtonadams.com


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BEST TUTORING CENTER

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-THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE 2022

OM TEXMEXGARAGE.C

201 E. 9th St. • Houston,TX 77007

Phyllis A. Oeser AttOrney At lAw

Your Neighborhood Attorney . . -THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE

Wholesale/Retail Bread, Pastries and Coffee

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We are open Th-Sat from 7:30am to noon.

-THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE 2022

2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 Expressing My Gratitude Thanks to all who expressed their confidence in my ability to serve your needs. Thanks to The Leader for continuing to have a format that informs us about our neighborhood and brings us together as a community. There are so many areas that do not have this wonderful resource and therefore are lacking a sense of community.

RETAIL BAKERY OPEN

There is no greater compliment than being trusted to serve as your Wills, Probate and Real Estate Attorney for you, your family, friends, and neighbors. I look forward to working with you to provide you personalized service at affordable rates.

5005 W. 34th St, Suite 104 A 713-692-0300

Thur - Sat 7:30 to noon 965 Pinemont Dr, Ste 800 • Houston 77018 832.940.2129 artisana@artisanabread.com • artisanabread.com

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Visit us at 1822 W 43rd St Houston, Texas 77018 Studio #3 located inside Revive Salon & Spa Oak Forest.

281.917.0102 abbiestarrskinbar.com

Discover The Difference Commitment Can Make Tommie Vaughn Ford, Your Truck Headquarters Sarah Cuddy Financial Advisor 713 296-8005 scuddy@rwbaird.com SarahCuddy.com

Voted #1 Auto Dealer . . -THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE

When you combine the hard work and dedication of passionate partners, there’s no limit to what we can accomplish. Congratulations to Sarah Cuddy on her 2022 The Leader Readers' Choice Award.

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-THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE

We would like to thank our community for their continued support! 1201 North Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX 77008 TommieVaughnFord.com (713) 481-6894

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©2022 Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated. Member SIPC.


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Eat, Drink and Be Southern!

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. .

-THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE 2022

Voted

-THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE 2022

Best Outdoor Patio

THANK YOU for voting for ME for BEST ATTORNEY!

FREE APPETIZER OR DESSERT WITH ENTREE PURCHASE! Expires December 18, 2022

Curbside Pickup, ToGo, Dine-In, Online Ordering, and Rooftop Terrace.

TEXT CONSULT TO

AMANDA PIERSON Amanda@heightslawgroup.com

832-810-3776 TO GET STARTED.

HaroldsHeights.com | 713-360-6204 Lunch, Dinner, Weekend Brunch, Happy Hour, Food Truck, Catering, Parties, Private Dining, Outdoor Dining

Protect the ones you love from the unexpected. We provide refreshingly simple and compassionate estate planning and probate services from a team you can trust. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.

• Wills • Trusts • Probate • Deed Transfers • Medical & Financial Powers of Attorney • Guardianship for Minor Children & Adults 8100 WASHINGTON AVE. #150H • HOU, TX 77007

832-810-3776 www.heightslawgroup.com

WHAT IS HTX FIGHTCAMP? HTX FightCamp is a boxing inspired cardio and resistance training program that provides an excellent workout for all fitness levels. The name “FightCamp” is derived from combining Boxing with a Bootcamp Style Training environment. Our classes mimic a 10 round boxing match: 3 minutes per round with a 1 minute rest period in between rounds.

WHAT DOES HTX FIGHTCAMP OFFER? HTX FightCamp offers boxing fitness classes along with 1 on 1 Personal Training. Our classes can accommodate up to 30 people at one time and our workout area has all the equipment needed for any type of workout. From strength training to HIIT Training to Bootcamps to Boxing Fitness Classes, we have it all. Our 9500 sq ft facility also comes equipped with a private bathroom, changing room, and shower for those needing to get a workout in before work. Come by and check out the facility for yourself, you won’t be disappointed. Remember, your first class is FREE!

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM: Boxing is a reasonably good full-body workout. It covers all body areas and provides a useful balance between cardio and resistance training. However, it’s not specialized enough to serve somebody with cardio or resistance as the only workout goal. That’s why we invented HTX FightCamp. HTX FightCamp uses boxing for the cardio and resistance training and then adds in body weight and weighted exercises to focus on overall strength conditioning and muscle endurance. When you combine these two elements together, you don’t get a reasonably good full-body workout, you get an amazingly successful full-body workout! Come give it a try and see what the hype is all about!

Owners: April and Ricky Cruz Woman and Veteran Owned Established; 10/2018 . . Small Business -THE LEADERLocated in READ ERS' Houston Heights

CHOICE

Heights Antiques on Yale

. . -THE LEADER-

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We at Heights Antiques on Yale are thrilled to be chosen as Best Antique Store in the Heights.

2022

We are honored to be part of such a wonderful community. Your patronage means the world to us. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for continued love and support. We look forward to having the pleasure of doing business with you all for many years to come


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HEIGHTS MOBIL CAR CARE . . . .

Thank you Leader News Readers FOR VOTING US BEST BIKE SHOP AGAIN!

-THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE

-THE LEADER-

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iCycle is Moving!

THANK YOU

Looking forward to serving you in 2023 at our New Location! I Cycle is transforming the Historic Oak Forest Masonic Lodge building into Houston’s best bike shop. Visit our new store at 4721 Watonga starting January 2023. We will be on the White Oak Bayou Bikeway, across the street from Watonga Park. Next door to the Watonga Bat Colony bridge. 2022 MOVING SALE IN PROGRESS! Come by and check out the best deals in the whole store at our current location.

2040 E TC Jester • Houston, TX 77008

FOR VOTING US BEST AUTO REPAIR & BEST OIL CHANGE

COME IN FOR A FREE WINTER CHECK UP; COOLANT TEST AND BATTERY TEST!

www.icycletexas.com

WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR FAMILY BUSINESS!

713-862-8520

1622 W. 18th St. 77008

713-861-0389

Open Mon-Sat 10-6

Thanks to all who voted us

BEST Hardware Store . .

-THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE 2022

Small-town appeal to meet all your hardware & gift needs

O

wners Jim and Kathy Stratton and Duane Myers purchased C&D Hardware in 1999 from Mrs. Alice Dailey. The store, located at 314 East 11th in the Heights, was once the site of record shop & jukebox business owned by Pappy Daily and his sons. With its small-town appeal, C&D Hardware still prides itself on being a family-owned and operated business serving the Heights since 1951. The store has grown through

the years and is constantly adding products to keep up with customers’ needs and expectations. C & D Hardware carved out a niche for itself long ago and continues to strive to maintain outstanding customer service. Although C & D Hardware prides itself on being a full-line hardware store, the store also carries a large selection of home and garden decor. Looking for a gift? Browse through the unique selection of gifts for wine enthusiasts, Jim Shore collectibles, candles and scented oils, seasonal decorations, crosses

C&D

and more. Recently-added products include Traeger & Green Mountain Wood Pellet Grills, Yeti Coolers, Tumblers and accessories, a Huge selection of light bulbs, Bona Wood and Hard Surface Cleaners, Science Diet Pet Foods. The store also provides services that include: metal screens made and repaired, key cutting, glass cutting, lock re-keying, sharpening service, carpet cleaner rental, pipe cutting and treading, and computer paint color matching. Call 713-861-3551 for helpful advice, to place an order, or check for a needed item in stock.

Hardware & Gifts 314 E. 11th Street 713-861-3551

Weekdays 8am-6:30pm • Sat 9am-6pm • Sun 10am-5pm

S H O P O N L I N E @ C a n d D H W. c o m


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Continued from 1B EDUCATION Nursery/Day Care Johnson Memorial School * Garden Oaks Baptist (the garden kids) Learning Center Johnson Memorial School * Children’s Lighthouse Private/Parochial School St. Pius X * St. Ambrose Catholic School Public School Waltrip High School * Hogg Middle School Community College Houston Community College * Lone Star College After School Program

St. Ambrose Catholic School * Children’s Lighthouse

The Silos at Sawyer Yards

Tutor Susan Sessions * Jane Cardwell

Local Artist Oralia * Arlene Delagarza

ENTERTAINMENT

Food & Restaurants Ella Blvd * Pappas Son Donuts

Family Entertainment Center Lovebug’s Playground * DelMar Lanes Community Theater Theatre Suburbia * The Heights Theater Live Music Venue Last Concert Café * The Heights Theater Local Museum The Houston Toy Museum * Art Car Museum Art Gallery The Whimsy Artisan Boutique *

Asian Sichuan Pepper * Saigon Hustle BBQ Gatlin’s BBQ * Pinkerton’s Barbecue

Dawg Haus Ice Cream Fat Cat Creamery* Sweet Frog Italian Cavatore * Collina’s Mediterranean Aladdin * Niko Nikos Mexican Valencia’s Tex Mex Garage * Nanas Tacos

Hamburger MytiBurger * Miller’s Cafe

Tacos 1st - Valencia’s Tex Mex Garage 2nd - Nanas Tacos

Hot Wings Dream Wings * T-Bones Sports Pub

Pizzeria Star Pizza * Daddyo’s

Hot Dogs Good Dog *

Sandwich Shop Ploughman’s Deli &

Fetch your Leader

Café * Ike’s Love & Sandwiches

Valencia’s Tex-Mex Garage * Wakefield Crowbar

Seafood Millie’s Kitchen and Cocktails * Valencia’s Tex-Mex Garage Specialty Food Store Asch Building * 99 Ranch Market Steak House Pappas Brothers Steakhouse * Brenner’s on the Bayou Sushi Jellyfish * The Blue Fish Breakfast Jackie’s Kitchen * Valencia’s Tex-Mex Garage Brunch

New Well Puppy & Kitten Exam

FREE Routine Male Cat Neuters

49

$ 40

Years

of quality care for your family pets

Copies of The Leader are at our office: 2020 N. Loop W., Suite 220

Dog Rabies Vaccination

8

45 * $1075

* With Wellness Exam

Call About Cat Vaccines

or MytiBurger • 2211 W. 43rd St. C&D Hardware • 314 E. 11th St.

5315 Antoine@ Pinemont 713-688-9625 Hours: M-F 7am-6:00pm Sat. 8am-12 Noon

From all of us at The Heights Leader!


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Tia Maria has 32 oz. Margaritas to go for $15 with a food order. Frozen or rocks. If you are hungry, let us cook for you! 4618 Dacoma

(Between Hwy. 290 and Mangum)

(713) 680-0825

Ad # 29544

FAMILY OWNED

LONG STANDING MEXICAN RESTAURANT IN FOREST WEST SHOPPING CENTER Take Outs Available! So Order Your Lunch or Dinner and Leave the Rest To Us! Come In or Call To Order!

Mexican Restaurant

5305 Antoine @ Pinemontt 53 713-682-3853

OPEN 111:00 AM - 8:00 PM Everyday But Tuesdays Every

WHEN IT COMES TO

ADNORESULTS ONE ELSE STACKS UP The Leader reaches more houses with more readers so you get more response!

Put Us To Work For You:

713-686-8494

MESSAGE of the WEEK

What do you have that you haven’t received? By Pastor Will Cover

T

Arise Baptist Church 803 Curtin St. Houston TX 77018 713-659-9697 • www.arisebaptistchurch.org

hankfulness is rooted in a heart of gratitude. God’s Word says, in James 1:17, “ Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” Even the “self-made” person must recognize that

their very existence, the air that that they breathe, and the water they drink is a gift. Gratitude is a recognition of a person’s dependence upon someone else for their position. It is important to take time to consider the blessings you have received. One may look at the advantage that someone else has received and feel left out. Taking time to recognize the good gifts that you have received and thanking God for those gifts will give honor to the source of your gifts and it will encourage you to return to that

source for the supply of your needs. God is faithful and He gives good gifts to His children. He made you. He has a plan for your life. Take some time to count your blessings and thank God for His goodness to you. If you would like to discuss this further or have questions, Pastor Will Cover can be reached at Arise Baptist Church at 803 Curtin St., or www.arisebaptistchurch. org, or 713-659-9697.


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Phyllis A. Oeser

Your #1 Dry Cleaner

Your Neighborhood Attorney

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AttOrney At lAw

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-THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE

-THE LEADER-

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2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 Expressing My Gratitude Thanks to all who expressed their confidence in my ability to serve your needs. Thanks to The Leader for continuing to have a format that informs us about our neighborhood and brings us together as a community. There are so many areas that do not have this wonderful resource and therefore are lacking a sense of community. There is no greater compliment than being trusted to serve as your Wills, Probate and Real Estate Attorney for you, your family, friends, and neighbors. I look forward to working with you to provide you personalized service at affordable rates.

5005 W. 34th St, Suite 104 A 713-692-0300

Thanks For Your Votes The Last 11 Years and Patronage since 1946. It is a privilege to serve our community.

Bells MyOwn Cleaners • DRY CLEANING SERVICE •

2 Convenient Locations 1362 West 43rd • Houston 77018 713-680-8404 2908 Fulton • Houston 77009 713-227-5461

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Grateful. Humbled. Proud. As Houston’s largest community bank, we’re thankful for being voted as this year’s 1st Place Winner for Best Bank/Credit Union.

BUY 3 GET 1 CLASSIC ROLL FREE!

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SPECIALTY ROLLS

-THE LEADER-

READ ERS' CHOICE 2022

PROMO END: 12/31/22

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IF I COULD WALK...

I WOULD RUN an ad in The Leader

713.686.8494 Get Your Business Up and Running

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who voted!

JOANNE VEST

Best Real Estate Agent

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I am filled with gratitude for being voted Best Real Estate Agent in my community. It has been an absolute pleasure to assist my clients with their real estate needs and I am excited to continue to earn their trust for years to come!

TEXAS RESIDENTIAL SPECIALISTS

832-752-8808 hello@joannevest.com


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