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Thomas J. Cook PUBLISHER

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Contributors: Brooke Martin M. Cody McComb, D.C Kyle W. Buchan, D.C., A.C.N. Charlie Dromgoole Jason C. Miller, DPM, FACFAS, FASPS Andy Baker • John Darst Dave Martin • Alice Best • Dr. Revana Katharine Barber •Jim Scherrer Erin Hein • Dr. Razvan Scobercea

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HO HO HO! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I just love this time of year. With all my presents under the tree, fire in the fireplace and all the wonderful smells coming out of the kitchen, life can’t get any better than this... well, almost, if my mom would only stop putting stupid outfits on me and taking my picture for the world to see, this might be the best a dog’s life can get. This holiday season, let’s not forget what it’s all about. No matter what religion you are, I think all religions have one thing in common - kindness. My Dad is Polish and it’s Polish tradition to have one extra chair for Christmas Eve dinner for anyone who might show up that you weren’t expecting. So this holiday season let’s all try to do one kind thing to someone we may not know, even if it’s taking cookies over to a new neighbor or a neighbor you have lived next to for years but never got around to talking to. Until next month, have a wonderful and safe holiday!

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By: Fabian Sandler Small business owners are always looking for better ways to service their customers. Already a standout in his area for collision repair, owner Danny Sullivan made the decision to expand his services to include mechanical repair work to his customers about two years ago. “We made a huge investment in putting two brand new, state of the art mechanical repair bays on the south end of the building,” Danny states.

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“We don’t want people to be confused and think it’s the building to the north of us.” All of the services offered are now under one roof. “We are now a total car care. We offer shocks, brakes, alignments, tires, wheels, quick lube, oil changes, transmission and engine repairs and overhauls, emissions work, any kind of maintenance that’s needed,” the owner affirms. “It’s truly a one-stop shop.

“We are still a hometown garage,” Danny continues. “We always have been the hometown garage, and advice is free, just like when I worked at the Exxon station. If you pulled up and you said, ‘Hey, my car is making a noise,’ if I opened the hood and saw what was obviously making the noise, there’s no diagnostic fee for me to tell you advice, ‘I see this roller banging around under your hood; it’s probably that.’ Or if you say you smell antifreeze and your hose is squirting me in the eye, then I don’t need to charge you a one hundred dollar diagnostic fee to tell you that you need a radiator hose. That’s how we differ from all of these big-box auto centers. Advice is still free. If it’s something we can check without connecting diagnostic equipment, it’s just simple advice we can give you. We don’t charge for that.” Danny says they do many free trip checks for people who are planning on traveling. It can normally be done while the customer waits. “It usually takes twenty minutes. We check the tires, brakes, belts, hoses, fluids, filters, just to make sure the vehicle is generally safe to take out on the highway.” For a nominal fee, Danny will do a pre-buyer inspection of a vehicle that a person is interested in buying. “I highly recommend that people get a pre-buyer inspection,” Danny suggests. “The reason: cars aren’t ten thousand dollars anymore. Cars are forty, fifty thousand and up. It’s now the second largest investment of your life, after your house.” There is even a full detail service. Two em-


ployees are solely dedicated to buffing, waxing and vacuuming. Danny had to make a sizeable investment in order to offer full repair services to his customers. One of the pieces of equipment that Danny brought in is called the Hunter Revolution Tire Changer. “It’s a state of the art tire changer. It’s basically a robot. It doesn’t even touch the wheel. It has big rollers that only touch the rubber. It’s very scientific, but you need that on newer cars because the rims, if you’re using the other kind of tire changers, will bend. This machine actually takes video. You can actually say, ‘Let me see my video of my tire change,’ and it’ll show the machine going around.”

The owner invested in another piece of equipment called Road Force Balancer, also made by Hunter. “The way the Balancer works is that it has a big roller that puts three thousand pounds of pressure on the tire and then it spins it. If it finds a weak spot on the tire you can rotate the rim and the tire and then rebalance it to get a perfect balance.” Placing three thousand pounds of pressure on the tire that is being balanced simulates real road conditions. A third piece of equipment that is new is the Hunter Hawkeye Elite Alignment System. “It is the most state of the art alignment system made,” Danny attests. “It is really high tech and the car comes out perfect every time.” As a seasoned veteran of the collision repair industry, Danny knows what is important. “The cornerstone of this company is, ‘Live the golden rule.’ That’s what we do,” he attests. “We treat people the way they want to be treated and strive to make sure everyone that comes through that door is delighted with their experience here. That’s the secret to our success.” The reason Danny is able to give a lifetime warranty on his collision repair work is attributed to the quality of the products Sullivan’s Advanced Paint & Body uses. “We use PPG’s top of the line clear coat that has the highest UV protection rating made. There’s nobody else that makes a better clear coat. We could put on an economy clear coat and save tons of money, but we refuse to do it. “We are the pioneers of the original national lifetime guarantee,” he continues. “We know you have the right to choose the shop of your choice and want to make it clear we stand behind everything we do.” Another service offered is Paintless Dent Repair, or PDR. It’s geared toward the hail damage sort of repair, intended for very shallow dents. “You have to be very skilled to do it. The dents are massaged out, one at a time,” Danny explains. “It’s a one day service.” The process is also useful for those dreaded door dings suffered at parking lots and is half the price of conventional repair methods. As of this writing, Sullivan’s Advanced Paint & Body is a finalist in the Lone Star College Small Business of the Year awards for 2016. “That’s a pretty big honor,” Danny says proudly. As a supporter in the community, Danny states, “Our customers know that shopping locally keeps their hard-earned dollars working here at home where it belongs, allowing us to support our local churches, schools and charities. Thank you for shopping at home before you roam.” Local customers like Charles and Katharine Argento, are returning customers, who have entrusted four of their vehicles over the

years to Sullivan’s. “We’ve had two other cars that our kids have been run into. My daughter needs an estimate to get her car done,” Charles declares. Sullivan’s Advanced Paint & Body is located at 22500 Loop 494 in Kingwood, 281-359-3598. Twenty-four hour towing is available. For a com-

plete list of services, visit the shop’s website at www.sullivansadvancedpaintandbody.com. Operating hours are 8 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday. The business’s new tag line is, “Repairs you can depend on and service you can trust.” It is fitting, now that Sullivan’s Advanced Paint & Body is a total car care facility. Danny beams, “Our future is looking brighter than ever and we can’t wait to see what 2017 brings.”u

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Keeping Loved Ones With Hearing Loss Close This Holiday Season Keeping the people you love in the conversation and part of the celebration is one of the most meaningful things you can do this holiday season. Even when surrounded by loved ones, a friend or family member’s difficulty hearing can make them feel cut off. Too often, people with unaddressed hearing loss withdraw socially and experience sadness—even symptoms of depression—during the holidays. Don’t let that happen to the people you care about. Instead, lend inspiration and support. If you’re hosting a holiday party this year, consider these 9 tips to help ensure that your friends and family who may be struggling with untreated hearing loss stay part of the festivities: 1. Be attentive: Stay vigilant if you see that a family member or friend is quiet at a holiday dinner or party. Maybe they’re having trouble hearing and need your help in bringing them back into the conversation. 2. Turn down the volume: Loud background music or the roar of the TV can make it especially hard to hear at the dinner table. Consider keeping the music and television off during mealtime. 3. Keep the room well lit: Providing good lighting will make it easier for those with hearing loss to see facial expressions and the mouths of those speaking. Also, be sure to shade any glare from windows that might make it difficult to see faces. 4. Speak clearly: Do your best to speak slowly and at a comfortable volume without mumbling or slurring your words. Project your voice, but don’t shout. It’s best not to chew gum, smoke, or put your hands to your face while speaking. Also avoid Interrupting, which makes it harder to follow a conversation. 5. Face the person: Facing the person you are speaking with makes it easier for them to hear the words but also to see your mouth and facial expressions. It’s also a good idea to get their attention before speaking by saying their name or gently touching their hand, arm, or shoulder. 6. Rephrase: Often people will repeat themselves if someone didn’t hear them. Instead, consider rephrasing what you said. Oftentimes that makes it easier for the individual with hearing 8 Dock Line Magazine - Kingwood Edition December 2016

difficulty to follow the conversation because it may be a particular word or sound of speech that they’re having trouble deciphering. 7. Stay close: When you’re not sitting around the dinner table, be sure to stay close to those with hearing loss when speaking to them. It is much more difficult to hear someone from across the room and harder to see their mouth and facial expressions. 8. Seek them out: Sometimes the best thing you can do for someone who is having difficulty hearing is to seek them out and enjoy a one-onone conversation in a quiet corner, a quiet room, or during a quiet walk. 9. Seat them next to someone who will be a patient advocate: Some people are just good at being aware of others’ needs and empathizing. If someone you love is struggling with hearing loss,

try to pair them at the dinner table with someone who will be proactive in making sure they’re following the conversation and patient if they need things repeated or rephrased. Also consider seating the loved one with hearing loss at the head of the table, which can make it easier for them to see the other guests’ faces. Better yet, use a round table. So if you suspect that a loved one many need a little help with their hearing, the best thing you can do is to encourage them to take a free hearing evaluation. And with 4convenient locations to choose from in the Houston area, Connect Hearing is a great place to start offering free hearing evaluations, support and advice for all our customers. What’s more, they can even try the latest hearing aids for free with our 2-week trial. Call today to book a free hearing evaluation and take the first step towards better hearing. u


Plan The Work, Work The Plan A funny thing will occur in gyms all across the country in the early part of 2017. It is something that happened in the early part of nearly every year since the modern health club was established decades ago. Scores of enthusiastic patrons will sign up for a new membership and make the same New Year’s Resolution that they made last year – “This is the year I finally get into shape, lose the fat, and improve my health!” Unfortunately, the vast majority of these patrons won’t make it to February before they are back into their old habits. Why does this scenario repeat itself year after year? Is everyone just lazy? After 15+ years in the industry, my observation has been that laziness really isn’t the driving factor behind this epidemic of failure. The primary reason that people fail is because they never actually develop a workable plan of action necessary for success. They are simply drifting along hoping that they will make their goals. When you don’t have a plan, everything occurs at random, and random never leads to success. Randomly going to the gym when a window of free time opens up is not a plan. Unfortunately, busy working adults don’t have too many windows of free time open up for them. You have to make the time! This might mean eliminating some of your other professional and personal commitments. If a doctor diagnosed you with a serious illness and asked that you come in twice per week for one hour of treatment – the majority of people would make the time in their schedule to make this happen. But most don’t approach exercise with the same level of seriousness. One thing I always like to tell my prospective clients is that you can make the time for exercise now, or make the time for illness later. Which one would you rather sacrifice a few hours of your week for? When I start working with a new personal training client, the most important goal for the first several weeks is simply to show up. It takes time, effort, and discipline to establish a new pattern of behavior. There will always be reasons

to avoid the workout. But clients have to learn how to get organized with their schedule, learn how to prioritize important commitments like exercise, and most importantly, they have to learn how to say NO to potential distractions. There are a few very helpful steps you can take to help make your commitment last past February this year: 1) Plan for a morning workout. My most consistent personal training clients almost always train in the morning. They get this out of the way first before any unexpected obstacles spring up.

2) Don’t over commit. Dramatic physical change in your health or your level of fitness isn’t necessarily a 7-day per week commitment. If you have a habit of falling off the wagon, just commit to 2 days per week of serious exercise. If you do that every week in 2016, that’s 104 workouts. Did you do 104 workouts last year? Overcommitting to a schedule you can’t meet is not good for your mindset. When you start missing some of those sessions, you’ll be frustrated with yourself, and you’ll be more likely to give up on the whole endeavor. But if you set a goal of twice per week and you make it – you’ll create positive mental momentum that carries you forward. Andy Baker is the owner of Kingwood Strength & Conditioning (KSC), a small private gym focused exclusively on 1 on 1 and small group personal training services. KSC also conducts 1-day clinics for those who want to learn to strength train properly. Andy offers customized strength & fitness program design for those who train at other locations in the area. Andy’s book Practical Programming for Strength Training is available on Amazon. KSC is located at 3068 Northpark Drive, Kingwood TX 77339. He can also be contacted through his website at KingwoodStrength.com or at 281-608-7500. u

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Why Ask Why? This is such a simple question, but it is one that has complex answers with incredibly important and serious ramifications. I often tell my patients that I am a “why” guy. If I have a problem, then I want to know why I have that problem. For example, we all know that a headache is not due to a Tylenol deficiency, right? So in order to prevent further headaches, shouldn’t we strive to understand “why” the headache occurred in the first place? Is it important to ask what is in the medication you are taking, and what the short and long term health effects will be? Do you think

it is important to ask your children’s pediatrician why they would recommend an antibiotic over a safer, natural approach? Have you ever questioned whether the “food pyramid” is an effective model of nutrition and if so, why obesity has become an epidemic for a society that has lived under the auspices of this model? Good questions, wouldn’t you agree? We face many challenges in a sick care system where we invest, manufacture, buy, and ingest more medication and seek more medical care than any other nation, yet we lag far behind most nations in overall health. That is why we should ask why, and the ques-

tion needs to be asked often and on many levels. In fact, when it comes to protecting our individual health and our cumulative wellbeing, it is the right thing to do. Asking simple questions and becoming better, more educated consumers is responsible, reasonable, and respectful. Self advocacy is more important than ever, and it can mean the difference between the probability of living a life that is directed and controlled by drug and surgical interventions, or the opposite reality of living a life of possibilities of expanding freedom of health and unlimited vitality where your choices are abundant and filled with opportunities. So I ask you -- why ask why? The simple questions have the most impactful answers and that is why it is important, or I dare say essential, that we start today to ask ‘why’ more often with confidence and certainty. Don’t be afraid to ask why your insurance doesn’t cover your gym membership or why there are not more natural or organic foods available at the school or work cafeteria. Ask yourself why you have the habits you have, or what causes your aversion to exercise. While you are in the asking why mode, ask someone you know who uses chiropractic why they do it, and what benefits they have received from their care. You may be surprised at the answer and you may want to investigate this natural, safe, health care system for yourself and your family. If you are willing to settle for less than amazing health and vitality, it’s time to ask yourself an important question……… Why? Dr. Buchan and Dr. McComb are board certified doctors of chiropractic and owners of Kingwood Chiropractic Associates. They have extensive education and training in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, applied clinical nutrition and clinical acupuncture. They are committed to helping you and your families obtain the information which is essential to achieve health and wellness, and through that process empower you to make decisions that will lead to fulfillment of your goals and a life of greater potential. For more information on methods of improving health, go to www.kingwoodchiro.com or call 281359-6932. u Dock Line Magazine - Kingwood Edition December 2016 11


By: Jason C. Miller, DPM, FACFAS, FASPS

Bunions and Great Toe Joint Pain Bunion deformities and painful great toe joints are very common and can be quite painful. The term “bunion” is a generic name given to any enlargement of the big toe joint. Bunions become painful due to pressure from shoes, from misalignment of the joint, or from damage from within the great toe joint itself. A bunion can be caused from abnormal position or drift of the bones of the foot, or can be a result of an arthritic or metabolic processes. Many bunions are hereditary, and others form due to faulty foot function and/or shoe choices and influences.

Not all “bunions” are treated the same way. Initially, “bunions” are treated conservatively with larger/wider shoes, splinting/padding, anti-inflammatories, or orthotics (custom made arch supports). Eventually, most painful and large bunions require more definitive treatment, often times requiring day surgery. Early diagnosis and treatment may prevent surgical treatment of bunions, especially in the cases of very flexible feet, arthritis, and metabolic causes. The longer a “bunion” is present, the more the cartilage and joint is damaged, often

times making surgery the only option. Also, bunions and bad great toe joint function often cause pain and problems in other areas of the foot. Bunion surgery is usually relatively easy, predictable, and most often without general anesthesia in a day surgery center or outpatient hospital. Most patients are allowed to walk on their surgical foot the same day of surgery. Early treatment of great toe deformities is the single most important way to prevent end-stage great toe joint arthritis. Most end-stage great toe joint arthritis can lead to significant disability, and often necessitates great toe joint replacement surgery or great toe joint fusion surgeries. If you have a painful or enlarged great toe joint, don’t hesitate, get your feet evaluated today! Houston Foot and Ankle Jason C. Miller, DPM, FACFAS Daren Guertin, DPM, FACFAS Jacob Hord, DPM, FACFAS Elizabeth Fernandez-Arias, DPM Laura Woodcox, DPM www.houstonfootandankle.com Offices in Kingwood, Atascocita, Houston, and Mont Belvieu (281) 348-2166u

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Pilates…not for Men!

Why would a man choose Pilates? It’s too easy! It’s for dancers, flexible people and young people! Believe it or not, Pilates was originally designed by Joseph Pilates, for men! Most men understand the mechanics of a car and that it needs maintaining, the same goes for the human body. In a simplified way, it is made up of muscles, bones and ligaments. If these are used incorrectly as in sitting or playing a sport that uses one side of the body only, we get out of balance. If we don’t put water into our body it can’t function properly just like a car. Men don’t get back pain! Men suffer from back pain today because of the lifestyle we have where we aren’t moving enough daily or from playing a sport that utilizes one side of the body more than the other. Unfortunately, when it comes to gardening or lifting and carrying something heavy, or a task that needs us to bend over, we feel pain. Often this is because our hamstrings are tight or our rotator muscles are weak. There is a lot of focus on the, six pack. Having a six pack looks aesthetically pleasing but does not mean a strong core or support for the posture. In Pilates, the deepest abdominal muscle, the transverse abdominis, is focused on, along with the other abdominal muscles, as this muscle aids in trunk stabilization and keeps the spine protected. When these muscles are worked, they all work with the muscles that extend the spine and improve

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the posture. Many men who go to the gym have great looking biceps, shoulders and legs! So

who would want to have the flexibility in their hamstrings to touch the floor or worry about a head that juts forward due to tight muscles? Elite athletes only lift weights! Many athletes today have added Pilates to their workouts as a form of ”pre-hab! ” I can’t speak for them personally, but we see Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, David Beckham and actor, Sylvester Stallone, in magazines quoted as using Pilates to improve their balance, agility, and to recruit smaller muscles and ligaments that they don’t use in the gym. It would make sense for an athlete to take Pilates on their off day as a way to work on different areas and flexibility. Unfortunately, I haven’t worked with as many men as I’d have liked to in the past 10 years. Most of them have either come to Pilates because their spouses have encouraged them to join a class, or they have had orthopedic surgeons recommend they start Pilates to strengthen after back surgery. All the men who have taken classes have stayed and express the improvements they have felt. Many have been golfers and cyclists, and I had a polo player who spent many hours on his horse or riding his bike. If you can imagine the posture or movements of these men you can understand how it impacted their bodies. Men don’t spend most of the day sitting


or in vehicles! One of my clients in the UK was a dentist. He was 6’6” tall, and had spent the last 30 years hunched over his patients. He suffered from severe headaches and a kyphotic (hunched) posture. One of his colleagues an oral surgeon had stopped working due to the pain from repetitive posture. It was this guy who told my client to try Pilates as he was able to come out of retirement, through improving his posture by taking Pilates. In the Pilates world, a Dr.’s posture is described as a question mark? This is due to these professions spending a lot of time bending over patients. For some men to walk into a mat class for the first time would probably feel daunting. If you want to try mat Pilates, look for a small class or men only classes. I think for many men they have been taught that if they aren’t feeling something, it’s not working. Pilates is a mind body exercise. For many of us, it is not easy to switch off from outside interference. I have never been a person who could sit quietly and meditate, but when I focus on breathing and movement, I leave a class feeling very refreshed. It does take a while to become familiar and comfortable with the terms and movements of Pilates but like learning to read or write, you have to be patient, do it regularly and you will benefit. This is why a small class and a beginner package that takes commitment works well. There is no competition in a Pilate’s class as our bodies can all do different movements at different times. A Pilate’s class should have people looking different to accommodate each person’s physical requirements. It is also something couples can do together. Eventually, we would all like to perform the same exercises, but if we don’t, hopefully, we all look and feel better than when we started! If you aren’t as tall as you were, you get lower back twinges, your shoulders and neck are tight, you have one shoulder higher than the other, or you have to sit down to put your shoes and socks on; consider adding Pilates to your exercise routine. If you haven’t exercised for a long time, try a beginner Pilates class. For more information on classes or private sessions: go to my website, www. westendhoustonpilates.com Or call or Text Katharine at 832-8671059u “If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old; if it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.” -J.H. Pilates

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a medical ER and it is determined that the need is more psychiatric than healthcare-related, and the need is a crisis, then the medical hospital is required to do a transfer to an appropriate facility. This translates to potentially very long wait times for a patient having mental health issues to get medically cleared, followed by a transfer to a facility like Kingwood Pines. This process can take from 4-10

Kingwood Pines Hospital is open during the holidays! During the holidays, sometimes it is hard

holidays, nights and weekends.

to find medical or mental health services due

Emergency rooms in medical hospitals

to businesses being closed around Thanksgiv-

are meant for medical emergencies, so if

ing, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. How-

someone goes to their local ER, such as King-

ever, going to a medical hospital emergency

wood Medical Center or Memorial Hermann

room for a mental health crisis might not be

NE, or even a freestanding ER, they first as-

needed. Kingwood Pines Hospital’s walk-in

sess for any medical issues. This is required

mental health crisis services are open 24/7,

by EMTALA, the Emergency Medical Treat-

365 days per year. We know that a mental

ment and Active Labor Act. If a patient is in

health crisis can happen anytime, including

hours, depending upon how busy the medical emergency room is at the time. By coming directly to Kingwood Pines Hospital if someone is having symptoms that are not directly related to a medical problem, but instead are due to a mental health problem, a patient can have a mental health assessment much more quickly. Our lobby is a psychiatric emergency room, so we are also required to assess for any major medical problems, followed by assessing any major mental health problems to help determine if the person meets the criteria for admission to any of our mental health or substance abuse programs. If the Kingwood Pines admissions staff determines that the patient has medical issues that are primary, or more important to treat than the mental health issues, then the patient will be transferred to a local medical emergency room. Once stabilized medically, the patient may be transferred back to Kingwood Pines if mental health services are still needed. So, if you know someone that is in a mental health crisis any time of the day or night, holidays and weekends, Kingwood Pines Hospital is here to serve their needs by providing a no-cost assessment. Walk-ins with no appointment are welcome, but calling prior to coming to the hospital is always helpful. Call the main hospital number, 281-4041001, and ask for admissions. u

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Most Rainbow Trout you will see this winter are 8-10 inches long, so make sure to take Size 10 or 12 hooks and small lures with you!

Every winter sine 1970 Texas Parks and Wildlife has stocked Rainbow Trout in small public lakes and ponds around the state creating a unique fishing opportunity for Texans. Whether you grew up in colder climes fishing for mountain trout, want to try something new, or want an easy introduction to fishing, Rainbow Trout offer a winter-time special! Rainbow Trout fishing is a popular activity for anglers in winter months when native fish may be harder to find as they shelter in deeper waters and do not eat as much in cooler temperatures. It provides a unique type of fishing experience for new and experienced anglers alike. Plus, a trout fishing trip can result in a tasty meal an angler can take home! Catch-and–release fishing is a marvelous conservation tool for native species when we want to protect future generations of fish, but Rainbow Trout stocking in Texas is designed for anglers to keep their catch. We stock early enough in the winter to ensure all Trout are fished Rainbow Trout are stocked in Texas with the expectation that anglers will take a few home to eat! They are a great tasting fish and many good recipes can be found online. If you do not want to keep your fish, you can always throw them back for others to catch.

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out before spring temperatures become too warm for them. We also stock trout at high densities and set a 5 fish/person a day limit so everyone has a chance of taking home dinner. For new or young anglers, trout can be an excellent introductory fish! Trout can easily be caught on simple rigs. Many anglers report success with a just a small hook and no sinker. In deeper ponds, using a single split shot weight on the fishing line may be needed to move the bait deeper in the water for the fish to find. Traditional baits such as worms and crickets work well, but for the angler that wants to keep their hands clean, whole cornel canned or and dough baits all work well too. Just remember to keep your hook size small! Rainbow Trout are sight predators, hunting for prey items visually, and can be easily scared away from bait if they don’t like the look of it. Therefore, try to keep your tackle to a minimum. Small hooks (size #10 or #12) are best. There are even specialized circle hooks for trout that many tackle shops carry. A Fisheries biologists monitors water temperatures and dissolved oxygen at Missouri City Community Park Lake to see when the water will be cool enough for Rainbow Trout.

If you would like more information on how to fish, TPWD has an excellent PDF booklet about fishing at: http://tpwd.texas.gov/education/anglereducation/learn-to-fish. For anglers that are wanting to move into artificial lures, trout provide a great chance to practice too! Trout will hit small surface flies, inline spinners, curly tail or grub jigs, bucktail jigs, swim shad, or crank baits. Most of the stocked fish will be 8 to 12 inches so err on the small side of lures! Rainbow Trout are a cold water fish, that due to Texas’s high summer temperatures can only live here when stocked in winter, or in chilly tailraces below dams. This means that while they are not native to the area, their short stay in Texas does not threaten our native species. TPWD stocks Trout in small water bodies that are easily accessible to anglers and we stock early in the cool months to ensure that all fish are caught before the temperatures begin to rise in the Spring. Most of the locations will be stocked only once or twice this winter, but our Neighborhood Fishing Program ponds every two weeks while temperatures allow. The three Neighborhood Fishing Program ponds in the Houston area are Community Park Lake in Missouri City, Mary Jo Peckham Park in Katy, and Central Park Pond in College Station. All Rainbow Trout stocking locations and dates can be found at www.tpwd.texas.gov/troutstocking. To learn more about Rainbow Trout, including additional sites and stocking schedules, and tips on how to fish, check out www.neighborhoodfishin. org. If you have any questions please contact us at 979-272-1430 or by email at alice.best@tpwd. texas.gov or mark.webb@tpwd.texas.gov. Also please come visit us on Facebook at https://www. facebook.com/TPWInlandFisheriesCollegeStatio nHouston.u Many of the small ponds we will stock are also great places to go for a picnic, take a walk, or look for wildlife. This is Missouri City Community Park Lake, which will be stocked every two weeks while cool temperatures last.


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In October, Houston Police Department Captain Mark Fougerousse of the Kingwood Substation retired after over 38 years of service. My office and I had the distinct privilege of working with Captain Fougerousse during his time at both the Clear Lake and Kingwood substations, and he did a fantastic job working with command staff and protecting the community. This past month, his successor Captain Collin Weatherly officially transferred to Kingwood. Captain Weatherly has been with the Houston Police Department since 1995 and has worked his way in rank since then, spending much of his tenure at the Northeast Division. I look forward to working with Captain Weatherly on a variety of different crime related initiatives and appreciate his service to the entire city, and now, the Lake Houston area in particular. As we approach the holiday season, it is

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important to remember to stay vigilante while shopping, in parking lots, at home and while traveling. The Houston Police Department reminds residents to protect yourself, your family and your property against criminals. First and foremost, stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you. HPD offers the additional suggestions below: • Shop with a friend whenever possible. There is safety in numbers. • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card. • If possible, carry only your driver’s license, necessary credit cards or personal checks. • If you must carry a purse, do not wrap straps around your arms or shoulders. You could risk injury from a would-be purse-snatcher.

• Do not carry wallets in a back pocket. • When possible, slip bags/purchases in a nondescript bag(s). • Watch your purchases while eating in mall food courts; bags can be easily snatched. • Have your car keys ready in hand before leaving the store. • Ask shopping center security for escort to your car if you are uncomfortable walking alone. • Glance in the back seat and under your vehicle before getting in. While at home during the holiday: • Keep the outside of your home well lighted with doors locked and window curtains closed. • Do not display gifts beneath your Christmas tree to be seen from windows or doors. • After the holidays, do not advertise gifts received by the boxes left for garbage collection. Destroy boxes and place them in sealed garbage bags. Speaking of the holidays, I want to invite you to the City of Houston’s 97th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Presented by Reliant. The spirited event will take place on Friday, December 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Hermann Square at City Hall, in the heart of downtown Houston. This impressive, free event is a holiday tradition of music, fireworks and family fun. A massive 64’ holiday tree shimmering with energyefficient LED lights, glistening ornaments and a magnificent star topper will light up the streets of downtown Houston this holiday season. The holiday variety show will include a performance by former Destiny Child artist, Michelle Williams, and SVET, an Electro Hip Hop Violinist as seen on America’s Got Talent. Additionally, Shlenker Star Singers will perform and there will be appearances by costumed characters from the Houston Ballet. Mayor Sylvester Turner, Reliant and NRG Retail President Elizabeth Killinger, along with Santa Claus, will light the official Christmas tree and ignite a spectacular fireworks finale perfectly timed to the Hallelujah Chorus from “Handel’s Messiah,” featuring Music Director Ernest Walker, his award-winning band and a 60 voice combined choir from local Houston High Schools. The public is also invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Salvation Army booth to help make the holidays brighter for a child this season. Each person who brings a toy will receive a light-up Santa hat from Reliant. The annual toy drive benefits the Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command. For more information and street closures, please visit www.houstonspecialevents.org or contact my office at (832) 393-3008 or by email at districte@houstontx.gov. My family and I have been attending this long-standing celebration since I came into office and look forward to it every year. We hope you will join us as we ring in this holiday season!u


Fondren Orthopedic Group, L.L.P. Kingwood, Atascocita, Fall Creek

Shoulder Instability Shoulder joint stability is critical to proper function of the arm. Instability occurs when the structures surrounding the shoulder are unable to maintain the ball in the socket. A dislocation occurs when the shoulder comes completely out of place. When the shoulder partially comes out of place this is termed subluxation. The uncomfortable sensation that the shoulder is about to slide out is called apprehension. While the shoulder joint is commonly referred to as a ball and socket joint, a more accurate analogy is a golf ball on a tee. Since the ball is much larger than the socket the joint is inherently unstable. The shoulder, therefore, depends greatly on the soft tissues surrounding it to maintain stability. The most important stabilizing structures are the labrum and the capsule. The labrum is a thick cuff of cartilage surrounding the socket that compensates for its shallow shape. The capsule is a thin layer of tissue that envelops the shoulder and helps to keep it in place. Injury or deficiency of these soft tissues is typically responsible for an unstable shoulder. Occasionally, the instability is complicated by bony injury as well, such as a fracture of the socket. Instability can develop in a variety of ways. One of the most common is the violent wrenching of the arm such as in a football tackle or wrestling takedown. It can also occur in young athletes participating in overhead sports such as volleyball, swimming, and baseball, wherein the capsule stretches out over time causing the feeling of apprehension. This can develop into chronic instability that can limit their ability to perform. Lastly, instability can even be caused by simple every day activities such as reaching for an object. Usually, this occurs in loose-jointed individuals. Shoulder instability can be diagnosed in a variety of ways. The most important method is by evaluation and examination by a physician. Plain X-rays are obtained to ensure that no bony abnormality exists. An MRI scan can be utilized to evaluate the labrum and capsule as well. Occasionally, this is combined with an injection of dye into the joint to allow for better visualization of

the soft tissue injuries. The treatment of instability must be customized to each individual patient but is mostly nonsurgical in nature. Dislocated shoulders must be put back in place by a physician as soon as possible either on the playing field or in an emergency room. Occasionally, they can go back in on their own with a change of arm position. Acute injuries are treated with rest, immobilization, ice, and antiinflammatory medications. Later physical therapy is begun to restore strength and function. Those with chronic injuries are initially treated with relative rest from their sport and strengthening exercises done at home or with a therapist. Oc-

casionally, cortisone injections can help speed up recovery. For those that fail to improve with nonsurgical treatment, arthroscopic surgery can be performed. Using small incisions, a camera, and specialized instruments, your surgeon can repair or tighten the tissues around the shoulder to restore stability. This is usually done as an outpatient procedure. Some patients, such as high school football players, are at very high risk for instability even after a single dislocation. Surgery may be recommended in these individuals to prevent future instability. Physical therapy is initiated four to six weeks after surgery to restore range of motion and strength. Full recovery can be expected in four to six months. Dr. Razvan Scobercea is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon who completed his orthopedic training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is a part of Fondren Orthopedic Group LLP and practices in the Kingwood, Atascocita and Fall Creek locations. He sub-specialized in sports medicine and arthroscopy at the OASIS Sports Medical Group in San Diego, California where he served as assistant team physician to high school, college, and professional sports teams including the San Diego Chargers, USA Rugby, and X Games. He now serves as team physician for several local area high schools.u

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Christopher’s Italian Restaurant

Last year, about this time, my husband Jim and I visited Christopher’s Italian Restaurant. They still have the same great Italian staples, but their menu has changed a little since last year. And they are planning more revisions after the New Year. This is one of the few places you can get genuine Italian fare and good alternatives. They have fish plates, hamburgers, and even offer steak and baked potato. Consistency is vital in the restaurant business, but a good restaurateur doesn’t let his operation grow stale. Owner Eric Scott still uses the same recipes that were handed down to his predecessor from Chicago ten years ago, but he adds and removes items based on customer preferences and suggestions. They also change the lighting, the music, and move plants, pictures, and partitions to make the dining room feel fresh to the regulars. They have an assortment of conventional appetizers including the best bread sticks you could imagine. We opted to start our meal with the 8-inch pizza with Italian sausage on one half and extra cheese on the other. Christopher’s serves Chicago style thin crust pizza so it’s a crispier crust and condiments are put under the cheese instead of on top. Eric explained that this way the flavors are spread out more instead of being concentrated in the dried cooked condiments. They make their dough from scratch daily and cook their pizzas in a stone oven. Right away, Jim gave a big thumbs-up for the sausage. “I used to get sausage on my pizzas but switched to pepperoni because the sausage around here is not up to par with what I used to get back home in Wisconsin…but this is outstanding sausage,” he said. Not surprisingly, Eric still has his sausage brought in directly from the Fabri Brothers packing plant in Chicago. The pizza was very 22 Dock Line Magazine - Kingwood Edition December 2016

cheesy and I really liked the sauce they also make from scratch. There are over two dozen toppings to choose from and more than a dozen specialty selections. They also offer wheat or gluten free dough. We tried the Lasagna ($9.99), Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo ($11.49), Portobello Mushroom Ravioli ($13.99), and Tuscan Beef ($17.99). All the sauces at Christopher’s are homemade. Almost all of the entrees include a small dinner salad that was made with a really fresh blend of iceberg, romaine and green leaf lettuce, red cabbage, sliced radish, and topped with homemade croutons. The homemade Ranch dressing was very tasty. It’s nice to see (and taste) a good steak dish offered in an Italian restaurant. The Tuscan Beef features grilled medallions of filet mignon marinated in Italian spices and Marsala sauce with mushrooms and tomatoes over a bed of angel hair pasta. “Delicious,” said Jim. How often can you say the steak was delicious in an Italian restaurant? I loved the tender small slices of filet and the creative mixing of flavors. The marinade went so well with the Marsala sauce and the pasta. The mushrooms and tomatoes were a tasty bonus. What is most interesting is the Portobello Mushroom Ravioli was also made with their Marsala sauce, but there was a distinct difference in flavors between the two dishes. I love Portobello mushrooms and was pleased to find this dish brought out the bold taste of the mushroom while enhancing the flavor with the sauce. The grilled chicken and fettuccini pasta was an excellent accompaniment to the mushroom. Jim enjoyed the monster helping of lasagna. “Boy that’s cheesy and this meat sauce makes the lasagna,” he remarked. While we were trying to figure out what made the sauce so unique, Jim kept dipping the breadsticks in the sauce. Talk about unique; these are not your everyday breadsticks. They are really doughy, but not like a roll. “These breadsticks have just the right amount of garlic, butter and herbs…and it tastes like the bread has been roasted out of a brick oven,” said Jim. The proprietary breadsticks are served complimentary at every table with dinner service. The Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo featured another tasty sauce with tender grilled chicken and perfectly cooked pasta. Love pasta? You can build

your own pasta dish by choosing from a variety of pastas, sauces and meat toppings. You can substitute whole grain penne pasta, wheat spaghetti, or some rice grain pastas on any order for an additional $1 charge, when available. With 10 selections on the kids menu ranging in price from $2.99 to $4.99, this is definitely a family friendly restaurant. Choices for the kiddos include pizza (including a peanut butter and jelly pizza!), ravioli, tortellini, chicken tenders, corn dogs, and macaroni and cheese. Want to do lunch? They have a great lunch special. For $7.99 you get to choose a drink (coffee, tea or soda) and a choice of several entrees such as a 8-inch pizza with up to 2 toppings, pasta with your choice of sauce, or lasagna. Lunch also includes a salad with your choice of dressing. Thirsty? They have a selection of sodas, flavored teas, juices and milk. They can also pour wine or beer for $2, or you can bring in your favorite beverage. Christopher’s offers several yummy desserts including Tiramisu, or their signature homemade cheesecake or German chocolate cake. The atmosphere at Christopher’s is very pleasant. In the main dining room there is a really pretty mural on the wall painted by a local artist that depicts lovely Tuscan landscapes. They also have a private room that seats 40 people. Christopher’s offers catering for large groups, delivery within a designated area, and carry-out. Christopher’s Italian Restaurant is located at 5324 Atascocita Road in the Center at Eagles Nest near the corner of Atascocita Road and Timber Forest Drive. They are open Sunday-Thursday from 11:30AM to 8:30PM and Friday and Saturday from 11:30AM to 9:30PM.u


Humble ISD Junior ROTC Programs One hundred years ago, the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) was created as part of the National Defense Act of 1916. JROTC programs have a strong military influence and are taught by retired military personnel. Humble ISD has five high school JROTC programs representing various branches of the military: Atascocita High School – Marines; Humble High School – Army; Kingwood High School – Navy; Kingwood Park High School – Air Force; Summer Creek High School – Army. Although the military branches in which each program identifies can vary, they all emphasize skills for life: leadership, self-confidence and discipline. The curriculum consists of education in citizenship, leadership, social and communication skills, physical fitness and wellness, geography, and civics. “We’re trying to develop the whole student, academically, physically, mentally, morally and ethically.” said J. ‘Mike’ Lasyone, USMC (ret). “We develop the whole man or the whole woman so they’re successful in life regardless of the career they choose.” Community service is also a large part of developing the cadets. The young men and women of the JROTC programs can be seen volunteering at school fairs and mentoring programs. They also conduct Veterans Day ceremonies to honor our local veterans. The cadets from a single program can volunteer 4,500 hours or more each year. The Veterans Day ceremonies in particular strike a chord with cadets. “Our Veterans are quite literally living history. We strive to honor the legacy they leave behind,” said Cadet Private First Class Harman Olson of Summer Creek High School JROTC.u

Kingwood High School JROTC cadets recreate the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to honor veterans on Veterans Day.

Physical fitness is an important aspect of JROTC programs, as shown by cadets from Humble High School.

As part of the color guard at football games, the Air Force JROTC cadets at Kingwood Park High School stand at attention to honor the flag. JROTC programs provide color guard units for many district events.

Who is responsible for airing up the tunnel at football games? Who carries the flags after the team scores? That’s right – JROTC cadets!

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Dear Grandpa By Erin Hein Dear Grandpa, I sure miss you. I still never smell a fresh orange without thinking of you. I never taste sugar cane, or see bubbles lights, or put my hands in fresh garden soil, or pass a really good yard sale without you appearing in mind. I miss you every time I pull out the Christmas lights and remember how you lined the roads in the cemetery with homemade lighted arches (and how you and Dad were always scheming up how to add more and more and more lights each year). I miss you when I work with my kids in our garden and remember doing the same thing with you in the garden you made behind the cemetery. You loved those baby plants so tenderly.

I even still miss those silly old geese that only loved you and chased the rest of us. And that ridiculous brown and white goat who thought he was a dog - remember the one that I convinced you to buy from my FFA friend because she loved him so much and wanted him to go to a good home? I remember he liked to go for car rides with you and hang his head out the window... Thank you for that, by the way. I wish so much that you could meet my kids. And put your hat on their head. And pull pennies from behind their ears. They love the story about how you were patient enough with the squirrels in your neighborhood that they would eat right out of your hand. Jack got to bring a picture of you to

school on Veteran’s Day last month and talk to the kids about you. He was so proud. Oh, you would have got along so well! Jack inherited your love of nature, Caroline has your imagination, and Ian has your eyes. I wish I could talk to you one more time, but in the meantime, I hope you get this letter and it makes you smile. I hope the fish are biting for you in heaven today. I love you, Erin Dear Readers, If your holiday table is missing someone special, I encourage you to try writing them a letter. It sometimes feels a little ridiculous when you sit down to start. But just start. Just write “I miss you.” and see what comes next. Burn the letter, or bury it, or bring it up to Darst Funeral Home and leave it in the locked Letters to Heaven mailbox by the gazebo and we will mulch it up (still sealed and completely private, of course) and plant it in our wildflower garden. If you have lost a son or daughter, we also invite you to join other grieving parents in our garden at 5:30pm on December 11th at the Worldwide Candle Lighting Memorial Service put on by The Compassionate Friends support group. From our family to yours, we wish you a holiday season and new year filled with peace and healing. Erin Hein is the daughter of John Darst of Darst Funeral Home. She lives in Kingwood with her husband Evan and their three children, Jack (5), Caroline (3), and Ian (1). At Darst Funeral Home, we are always here in your time of need. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 281312- 5656. You can read more from Erin about growing up behind the scenes of the funeral industry at www. darstfuneralhome.com/blog.u

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Pelvic Vein Compression Syndrome

It is estimated that one-third of all women will experience chronic pelvic pain in their lifetime. Recent advancements show pain may be due to hard-to-detect varicose veins in the pelvis, known as pelvic vein compression syndrome. The causes of pelvic pain are varied, but are often associated with the presence of ovarian pelvic varicose veins - it is similar to varicose veins in the legs. In both cases, the valves in the veins that help return blood to the heart against gravity become weakened and don’t close properly, this allows blood to flow backwards and pool in the vein causing pressure and bulging veins. In the pelvis, varicose veins can cause pain and affect the uterus, ovaries, and vulva. Up to fifteen percent of women, generally between the ages of 20 and 50, have varicose veins in the pelvis, although not all experience symptoms. The diagnosis is often missed because women lie down for a pelvic exam, relieving pressure from the ovarian veins, so that the veins no longer bulge with blood as they do while a woman is standing. Many women with this syndrome spend many years trying to get an answer to why they have this chronic pelvic pain. Living with chronic pelvic pain is difficult and affects not only the women directly, but also 26 Dock Line Magazine - Kingwood Edition December 2016

her family, friends, and her general outlook on life. Because the cause of the pelvic pain is not diagnosed, no therapy is provided even

though there is therapy available. Symptoms: • Pelvic pain or aching around the pelvis and lower abdomen • Dragging sensation or pain in the pelvis • Feeling of fullness in the legs • Worsening of stress incontinence • Worsening in the symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome Pain is the most common symptom, and worsens when standing, sitting, during pregnancy, and during or after sexual intercourse. The pain is usually on one side but can affect both sides. However, not every woman with this syndrome will get symptoms, and many only do following pregnancy. Treatment: Dr. Revana is one of the only doctors in our area that uses catheter angiography for the treatment of pelvic vein compression syndrome. The use of the catheter makes it possible to combine diagnosis and treatment in a single procedure. Catheter angiography produces very detailed, clear and accurate pictures of the blood vessels and may eliminate the need for surgery.u


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requests (offense). Given the pitfalls discussed above, vis-à-vis: strict deadlines, numerous and complex rules, coupled with the costly results that can stem from a violation of any one of these, hiring an attorney to make strategic decisions and provide sage advice can be the difference in winning and losing your lawsuit. Also, it’s important to hire an attorney early enough in the process, even before litigation has commenced, to give

Pitfalls of the Pro Se Litigant The following is provided for informational

of 20 days after the date of service thereof.”

purposes only and is not, nor should it be

Yes, that’s actually the best language the Texas

construed as legal advice.

Legislature could come up with to describe an

I have practiced law and tried cases in

answer deadline date. Missing this deadline

various court forums throughout the state of

could result in a judgment against you

Texas, and one fact remains a constant: you

without you ever setting foot in a court room.

are at a tremendous disadvantage as a pro se

One of the great misconceptions among

litigant.

pro se litigants is that the judge or jury will

What exactly does pro se mean? Pro se

afford them some slack in a lawsuit, since they

is a Latin phrase that means “for oneself ”. A

are not attorneys. Wrong. Texas courts will

pro se litigant is simply an individual who is

not accord a pro se litigant any leeway when

representing herself/himself in a lawsuit. I

it comes to a violation of the rules and will

know my first statement in this article seems

hold the pro se litigant to the same standard

self-serving, and to a degree it is, but the truth

as a seasoned attorney. Oh, and I neglected

of the matter is a pro se litigant is at a distinct

to mention, in addition to the Texas Rules of

disadvantage in the legal arena. Often, the

Civil Procedure there are also local rules each

damage done before an attorney is hired can

court adopts that apply only to that particular

be even more costly for the pro se litigant

court. The Texas Legislature has even gone

to fix and sometimes, the damage done is

so far as to create a section of laws that only

irreparable.

apply to pro se litigants. One of my personal

Another one of the truths I have come

favorite terms contained in that section is the

to realize in my legal practice: no one

“Vexatious Litigant”, which is essentially a pro

wants to hire an attorney. Let’s face it, legal

se litigant that has filed five or more lawsuits

representation can be costly and many times

in a seven-year period with less than stellar

you have already suffered some type of

results.

economic damage. But the biggest pitfall for

My high school football coach once

a pro se litigant is waiting too long to hire a

preached to me, “a good offense is a good

capable attorney. The State and Federal rule

defense.” Although my coach turned out to be

books are several hundred pages thick for a

wrong in a football sense, I believe the phrase

reason; the legal practice is full of nuances,

does apply to litigation and the legal practice

grey areas, and outright confusing deadlines.

in general. Instead of being reactionary

For example, in Texas the deadline for filing

and having the opposing party dictate how

an answer in a lawsuit can be fairly confusing.

the lawsuit will proceed (defense), a better

The Texas Rules of Civil Procedure states:

practice is being proactive and navigating

“The defendant must file its answer by 10:00

the lawsuit toward your ultimate goal with

a.m. on the Monday next after the expiration

well-timed motions and strategic discovery

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you an advantage in early negotiations and settlement discussions. Oftentimes, you may not even know what options and remedies are available when you have been sued or are contemplating bringing a suit of your own; that’s where an attorney can provide reasoned analysis and advice to prevent things from going from bad to worse. Legal Quip of the Month: “To me, a lawyer is basically the person that knows the rules of the country. We’re all throwing the dice, playing the game, moving our pieces around the board, but if there is a problem, the lawyer is the only person who has read the inside of the top of the box.”

• Jerry Seinfeld

© 2016 J. David Chilek David Chilek is admitted to practice before all Texas courts.  He concentrates his practice in the areas general civil litigation, commercial litigation, commercial collections, probate litigation, Deceptive Trade Practices, noncompete agreements, contract disputes, and real estate disputes. Mr. Chilek is an Associate of the law firm, Currin, Wuest, Mielke, Paul & Knapp, PLLC (“CWMPK”) at 800 Rockmead Drive, Suite 220, Kingwood, Texas. Besides the areas in which Mr. Chilek practices, other attorneys at CWMPK concentrate their practice in areas of estate planning, probate, family law (including divorce and custody issues), commercial collections, employment law, bankruptcy, immigration, and commercial litigation. For more information, please call 281.359.0100 or see the CWMPK website at www.cwmpk.com. We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for relief under the Bankruptcy Code.u


Recent Economic Development Activity in Lake Houston

PHOTO BY: ERNIE SILVA

There are a lot of economic development activities happening in the Lake Houston Area. A recap of recent activities is below. For up to date information on what’s being built and developed in Lake Houston, visit LakeHoustonEDP.org. 250 Assay Street - (11/2016) On Tuesday November 15, 2016 McCord Development held the topping out ceremony for 250 Assay St., the first multi-tenant building in Generation Park’s lifestyle district, Redemption Square. 250 Assay St. is Houston’s only curtain walled mixed-use building to break ground in 2016. Each floor of the building features efficient layouts with large offices, useful collaboration spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows with views from every corner. In addition to the office space, the ground floor of 250 Assay St. will feature an array of restaurants. Adjacent to the building, a five floor, 710-car parking garage will provide year-round climate control comfort with a covered connection to the building’s expansive lobby for tenants and visitors to 250 Assay St. and Redemption Square. The five story Class A building is scheduled for completion in June 2017, and one floor of office space is still available with suites starting at 1,950 square feet. West Lake Houston Medical Center - (10/2016) Located on southbound side of West Lake Houston Pkwy, just before the entrance to The Groves. New medical office and new location for Doug Erdy Group real estate offices. McCord Development - (11/2016) Announced the relocation of their headquarters from downtown Houston to 250 Assay St. in the Redemption Square district located in Generation Park. McCord will be more than doubling its Houston-area footprint. Currently, McCord Development occupies 6,843 square feet at 1021 Main St. in downtown Houston. Page Southerland Page Architects designed the five-story, Class A office building in partnership with McCord Development, and E.E. Reed Construction LP is the general contractor. There’s one floor of the building remaining for lease. Houston-based Transwestern is leasing the retail space and McCord is leasing the office space. Over the summer, Houston-based FMC Technologies Inc. (NYSE: FTI) moved more than 1,000 employees into its new headquarters at Generation Park. Shoppes at Kingsgate - (10/2016) A 18,600 sf Aldi grocery store and 9,500 sf Dollar Tree has been announced to open in 3Q 2017. Other recent announcements include Fur Babies (5,600 square feet), Liberty Tax (1,100 square feet) and restaurant Wok Wok (1,500 square feet) and Cell Phone Doc (800 square feet). Schreer Partnership recently purchased the 153,000 square-foot Kingwood Shopping Center where Steinmart is located and plan to change the name to the Shoppes at Kingsgate. Long-term contracts with Steinmart, the dry cleaning business and many of the other existing businesses within the new Shoppes at Kingsgate have been secured. They plan to make each of the buildings have a unique look, change the lighting and landscape to transform it into a gated shopping center that is very user-friendly. White Lightning - (9/2016) The owners behind Moon Tower Inn and Voodoo Queen will build a 21,000-square-foot country-style bar and lounge at 9506 N. Sam Houston Parkway which is slated to open end of December 2016. Main partner Brandon Young says, “We want more of a Vegas-style, really nice (establishment).” He hopes to invite musicians like outlaw country performer Rex Griffith, along with other Texas and big country acts. Young will incorporate some of the Tiki-style drinks from Voodoo, along with some of the carefully chosen local craft beer selections he offers at Moon Tower Inn. “There will be a little bayou lounge with daiquiris, and in the bar and grill we’re gonna have a bunch of craft beer, a small cocktail menu,” he says. As for the food, it will be “Southern fare. Chicken-fried lamb chops, fried black-eyed-peas, gumbo, burgers.” A mechanical bull will also be included. The Mission of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce is a cooperative effort of business people to attract new business, support and strengthen the business environment, serve the needs of the members, and cooperate with civic leaders and other interested parties to promote community growth.

Jenna Armstrong, IOM President & CEO



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