In This Issue

Market Analysis

General Meeting

Delivery Help Wanted

Demo Watch

Election Schedule

Nomination Guidelines

New Members

Bike & Skate Rally

Urban Forestry

Land Use Rescheduled

Restoration

Holiday Tour Help Wanted

Holiday Market Space Available

Women's Club Branching Out

Donations

Heron Aide

Can You Help With Classroom Grants?

Fighting Graffiti

Constable Patrol Could Help Fight Graffiti

July Board Meeting Summary

August General Meeting Wrap-Up

Heights Boulevard Activity

National Night Out In Review

Heights Artist's Work On Loan To The Rose

Calendars

Staff and Contributors

Copyright

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Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
Volume Thirty-Two, Number Nine, September 2006
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Heights Market Analysis: History Sells

by Janice Evans-Davis, HHA Land Use Committee Chair

In the ten years plus since my husband and I chose the Heights as our home, we have stood and watched with feelings of loss, sadness, helplessness, uncertainty, and anger as too many historic houses have fallen victim to the bulldozers or been towed out of the neighborhood. Often the houses themselves offer editorial comments of sorts, creaking and moaning as if objecting to being uprooted from the sturdy foundations on which they have sat since the late 19th Century or early 20th Century.

We are told these houses couldn’t be saved. We are told they had too much termite damage. We are told the foundations were damaged beyond repair. We are told it costs too much to restore or expand. We are told there is simply no longer any market demand for these homes. We are skeptical of what we’ve been told, perhaps with good reason.

According to an analysis of 2005 housing sales in the Heights, the new and much larger homes just aren’t selling like they were a few short years ago. In fact, existing homes sell faster and for nearly the same price per square foot as a new home. (The new home just costs more because it is bigger.) According to the data, existing homes are selling in approximately 90 days while the new so-called “spec” homes are sitting on the market for an average of 200 days or longer.

We’ve all seen it: A 1920s-era bungalow is demolished or relocated. A new home goes up with a price tag in excess of $600,000, and it sits empty for months. According to a search of the Houston Association of Realtors Web site, there are currently about 50 new homes in this price range for sale in the Heights.

Now let’s consider another example in which the bungalow is not torn down. Instead, it is purchased for $250,000 by a builder who specializes in renovations and expansions. He/she renovates and adds on several hundred square feet at the back of the house and makes improvements to the original structure. The house is then resold at an asking price of less than half a million dollars, a level that is considered affordable given today’s escalating inner-city housing prices. The builder turns a profit. The bungalow is saved. And, possibly more important, the historic character of the neighborhood is preserved.

Case in point, a couple who searched all over the Heights for a restored one-story house with a yard before finding just what they wanted on Omar. The sellers had been in the house for just six months. Their profit on the resale? $30,000.

We know history sells, because we can see it happening in the neighborhoods to our immediate east, Norhill and Woodland Heights, two areas where there appears to have been far more restoration and expansion than demolition. Norhill Heights has been a historic district for about five years.

Houston Heights is losing 2.4 houses a week to demolition or relocation. If we do not take action to reverse the trend, we’ll lose the equivalent of 45 entire blocks in the next 10 years. In short, the historic Heights will no longer exist. The effort to establish two historic districts in Houston Heights is aimed at slowing or stopping the destruction. You can help by signing and returning your petition in support of the proposed historic districts.

The Houston Heights Association is implementing other steps to address the problem: negotiating a deal with Allegro Builders to save a bungalow at 946 Arlington, drafting unique deed restrictions that have saved two 150-year old oak trees that shelter the nests of yellow-crowned night herons at 1414 Ashland, educating builders, educating city hall about the need for building code changes and expanded tax incentives for historic renovation, and taking the first steps toward establishing a permanent endowment to provide grants for restoration projects.

Hopefully, this information has convince you that history sells. If you are ever seeking advice on restoration options, feel free to contact HHA. The goal is not to curtail construction but rather to encourage construction that is more in keeping with the neighborhood’s history, architecture, and character. We welcome appropriate new development that replaces non-historic buildings. Houston Heights is Houston’s largest intact historic neighborhood. We have both a responsibility and obligation to preserve it for generations to come.

General Meeting

Welcome New Residents! Meet Your Neighbors!

New neighbors are encouraged to drop by after work on Monday, September 11 for “Meet Your Neighbor Night,” an informal evening social at the Heights Fire Station at 12th and Yale from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for all new residents. A great chance for new residents to learn what HHA does for the neighborhood and see how their talents can add to our history, education, beautification, land use, and more.

Please stop by and feel free to encourage all our new neighbors. We’ll be glad to show them all about what membership in their Houston Heights Association brings.

There will be a brief business meeting at 7:00 PM to accept nominations to the Board for terms starting in 2007. See the article below for the full election schedule.

Coming up in October, experience the Historic Haunted Heights and meet the 2007 HHA Board Candidates.

Delivery Help Wanted

Volunteers are needed to deliver new neighbor packets in your neighborhood any time before September 3 to encourage newcomers to attend “Meet Your Neighbor” night on Monday, September 11. Delivery of 40 packets should take no longer than 2 hours.

Please e-mail TMoore@NewtonNursery.com to volunteer. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Demo Watch

An additional 24 properties have been permitted for either relocation or demolition since the last list was published in the June Newsletter. This brings to 149 the total number of properties lost since we began tracking demolitions. Approximately 2.4 structures are lost every week.

Establishing a historic district is the only legal way to deter demolition and relocation, but we must act quickly. Please help by signing and returning the historic district petition. The following is a list of demolition and relocation permits issued between July 1 and August 15:

  • 1020 Arlington
  • 1630 Columbia
  • 811 Columbia
  • 2215 Gostic
  • 1001 Herkimer
  • 1325 Lawrence
  • 1216 Omar
  • 1218 Omar
  • 1301 Omar
  • 1305 Omar
  • 1307 Omar
  • 1112 Oxford
  • 745 Oxford
  • 615 Ralfallen
  • 721 Rutland
  • 1428 Tulane
  • 413 E 13th St (Commercial)
  • 607 E 15th
  • 624 E 22nd
  • 604 E 24th
  • 636 E 6 1/2
  • 728 E 8 1/2
  • 812 W 21st
  • 545 W 27th

Director Election Schedule

Six of the fifteen positions on the HHA Board of Directors will be filled by election over the next few months. Five positions are opening due to normal expiration of terms; members elected to these five positions will have three-year terms. The sixth position is for the last two years of a term ended by resignation. The five nominees receiving the highest numbers of votes will fill the three-year terms; the nominee receiving the sixth-highest vote count will fill the two-year vacancy.

The schedule for the election of Directors to serve terms starting in 2007 will be as follows, in accordance with the By-Laws and Policies of the Association:

• September 11, Nominations for Board of Directors will be held at the General Meeting. Nominators and nominees must be current members of the Association. Nominators may speak for two minutes, seconders for one. Please be sure beforehand that your nominee is willing to commit to serve. Nominees will not be allowed to speak on their own behalf during the September meeting.

• By September 15, the Election Committee will distribute to nominees election packets containing bylaws, policies, articles of incorporation, committee responsibility list, detailed election schedule, and a statement confirming that the nominee has read the bylaws and policies and agrees to serve in accordance with them if elected.

• By September 18, signed statements from nominees are due, as well as a 50-word statement from each nominee for publication in the October newsletter.

• October 9, nominees or their representatives may speak on their qualifications at the General Meeting for 3 minutes. They will also draw for ballot positions.

• By October 10, the Election Committee will mail a ballot with a control number to each member whose dues are current as of October 1.

• By November 11 at the close of the post office, ballots returned by mail must be received with control numbers intact.

• November 13, polls will be open for secret balloting in person from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM before the General Meeting. The Election Committee will tabulate ballots and announce the results during the meeting.

Director Nomination Guidelines

It is the policy of the HHA Board to carefully nominate and elect to the board persons who:

• believe in the cause and mission of HHA,

• will commit completely to the board member responsibility for HHA,

• will participate actively as part of the HHA Board,

• are community leaders and will advocate in the community for HHA,

• have computer skills and internet connectivity and willingness to use those during the course of their term of office to ensure effective board communication, and

• have never been convicted of a felony.

New Members

Please welcome the following new or returning members to the Houston Heights Association.

  • Jeanne Ardoin
  • Catherine Burst
  • Law Office of Joshua S. Clover, Vision Title, LLC
  • Margaret Dower
  • McNaughton Duson
  • Inverness Realty Group, Tina Burgos
  • Ashlynn & Lyle Hall
  • Jazzercise, Ingrid Hanna
  • Elizabeth & Sam Jones
  • Terry & Gloria Kirk
  • Andrew Lucas
  • Mark & Tiffany Moreno
  • Lis & Ryan Purdy
  • Lance Shervin Ramesh
  • Keith & Jennifer Richard
  • Terry Gordon Smith
  • Amy & Aaron Tate
  • Sharon Wallace
  • Robert & Lillian Wilder
  • Larry Wood
  • Brett & Renée Zamore

Platinum Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association is proud to have the following 2006 Platinum sponsors:

October 15 Bike & Skate Rally News: Skate Boarders Added

Representatives of a skate-boarding group attended the August meeting of the Bike and Skate Rally committee. Their request to be allowed to enter the rally was approved by the committee.

The committee is soliciting merchandise and gift certificates to be used as rally prizes. The following businesses have donated prizes or support services to the HHA Bike & Skate Rally:

  • Keller Williams Realty - Bottled water for rally rest stops.
  • Grogan Building Supply - Printing.
  • Cleer Photography - Gift Certificates.
  • Bayou City Outdoors - Publicity.
  • J. Harding & Co. - Signs and banners.
  • Don Broman’s Band will provide entertainment at the end of the rally.

All prize contributors will be posted at the rally and recognized in post-rally information. To donate prizes, contact John Hennessy at 713-880-8908 or vjhennessy@sbcglobal.net.

David Cassidy still has some shifts that need filling for manning the three combination checkpoints/rest stops. Volunteers are also needed for registration, judging, and set-up. There will be a party for volunteers at Berryhill’s on Sunday evening after the rally. If you can volunteer, please contact one of the following rally sub-chairs and provide a name, phone number, and T-shirt size:

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

by Sharie Beale, Holiday Tour Chair

The Heights Holiday Home Tour “A Dickens Christmas” needs you! Let us list the ways...

We need volunteers to be performers / Dickens characters in costume such as urchins (“alms, please”), Artful Dodgers, Oliver Twists, men and women in Victorian garb, ladies selling violets (in this case mistletoe) just like Eliza Doolittle (not really Dickens, but close). We need musicians - harp, violin, guitar, three piece string group, carolers, and Madrigal Singers. (If it rains, the group needs to be small enough to move into the house.)

A Dickens Christmas Market: Vendors, we have 19 booths for hire! Come in costume and join the fun! Please submit a photo of your wares as intended for the holiday market for committee approval and selection. (Prices and conditions will be most reasonable for M’Lord and Lady.)

Our Beloved Heights Artists: Just one small handmade Christmas ornament (no wreaths or trees this year) donated for the Houston Heights Association booth would please us greatly!

“More, Please”: Food and drink vendors, please submit your ideas for a light repast in keeping with the times.

Docents by the Dozens needed, One and All for All Things Considered!

Please e-mail holidaytour@houstonheights.org.

Merchants, Artists, and Crafters

Sign up now for the Christmas Market! Don’t be left out of this fun event which will take place the same time as the Holiday Home Tour. We are offering 8’x10’ booths at the Heights Fire Station. Contact holidaytour@houstonheights.org for more information and prices. This is a fundraiser for the Heights and Christmas sales for you!

Can You Help With Classroom Grants?

The Education Committee needs your help in supporting our classroom grant program. For the past several years, we have dedicated a portion of our budget to teachers who have developed customized and creative learning experiences for their students. Applicants ask for money (between $250 and $1,000) to apply to the cost of materials not covered by their schools.

Last year, Zaleena Bassen, first grade teacher at the Houston Heights Learning Academy, asked for money to buy a computer and printer for her classroom. Through the committee’s networking, not only was Zaleena able to buy her computer, but Tech For All was contacted and provided 28 computers and equipment to furnish a lab, the first for the school.

Sharon Sipps, physical education teacher at Harvard Elementary, asked for seed money to hold a Healthy Food Festival. This was the culminating event for a school-wide unit on living a healthy life style. Sharon solicited help from area grocery stores and volunteers from TSU’s nutrition classes. Students, teachers, staff, and community members learned to make and consume healthy drinks and snacks as well as what it takes, physically and mentally, to live healthier. Her organizational plans have been shared with PTA groups so that this program can be replicated in schools throughout the state.

There is no doubt that there is a need for a classroom grant program, and we urge you to join us in making it happen. Tax-deductible donations should be sent to the Houston Heights Association, P.O. Box 70735, Houston, 77270. Checks should be made out to Houston Heights Association-Classroom Grants. The deadline for donations to this year’s grant program is November 30. Thank you.

Urban Forestry

The next meeting of the Urban Forestry Committee will be held on Tuesday, September 5 at 6:30 PM at the Fire Station. L. Diane Schenke, Executive Director of The Park People, will speak about “Registering Your Champion Trees.”

Land Use Meeting Rescheduled

Due to the Labor Day holiday, the September Land Use Committee meeting has been rescheduled for 6:30 PM on Wednesday, September 6, at the Fire Station. HHA board member Richard Hinds will be on hand to discuss his unique ideas for spurring more restoration of our historic homes. Houston Archeological and Historical Commission members are also being invited so we can hear about the plans for a more pro-active HAHC.

Also on the agenda are other issues impacting our neighborhood including the plans for a 67-unit patio home project at 8th and Nicholson, progress on the historic district effort, the city’s new rules for calculating lot size and setback applications, installation of new water lines in our neighborhood, and much more. Please plan to attend.

Restoration/Historical

The Restoration/Historical Committee Meeting will be held on September 21 from 7:30 to 9:30 PM with two 1908-1920s bungalow homes to view and discuss - 831 and 835 Harvard. One has recently been considered as a Heights Home Tour candidate because of its marvelous restoration and the other one, viewed many months ago, has special decor and a recently completed attic renovation. Both of these homes may tweak the imagination of the renovators in the neighborhood, since they do represent what can be done with the typical Heights bungalow style home.

All meetings of the Houston Heights Association Restoration/Historical Committee are open to the public to learn about history and restoration in keeping with the Houston Heights neighborhood. Please contact Committee Chairman Dean Swanson at restoration@houstonheights.org or 713-880-2832 if you have a restoration project, an historical structure, or historical information for future meeting sites, or if you have photos or articles pertaining to the Houston Heights for use at meetings to communicate historical knowledge to the neighborhood.

Woman’s Club Branching Out

You are invited to a planning meeting to organize an evening branch of the Houston Heights Woman’s Club, which was organized in 1900. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 PM in the Club House at 1846 Harvard, a City of Houston designated Historic Landmark.

Come be part of this important gathering of women who will decide how to preserve the club’s rich history and keep it alive and relevant for today’s woman. Call Anne Sloan at 713-869-8281 with any questions or comments.

Donations

Our thanks to the following for their generous support of the programs of the Houston Heights Association.

  • CenterPoint Energy GIVE (Grant Incentives for Volunteer Employees) in honor of Janet Buchheit
  • Jared Hennessy - Boulevard Beautification
  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee - Heights Tree Count
  • Children on Ashland from their lemonade sale for saving the trees and herons
  • Mary Murdoch
  • David Morello - Safety
  • Darra Robertson

Heron Aide!

by Robin Franklin, HHA President

The Houston Heights Association formally thanks Ashland Street residents and future activists Martha Priestly [below], Connor Wise, Lilly Wise, Olivia Fiederlein, and Sarah Godwin for their generous donation from their lemonade sale towards the HHA’s purchase of 1414 Ashland. It takes volunteers to keep the Houston Heights Association running. And with volunteers like these, the Houston Heights Association’s legacy is guaranteed.

Martha Priestly

Fighting Graffiti

The Heights Anti Graffiti Squad is back in action with a new sprayer. The Houston Heights Association has donated a back-up sprayer for Paul Luccia, and Grogan’s Building Supply at 2419 Yale ordered the sprayer at cost. Paul has returned to making regular runs of the neighborhood and is happy to report the visible decrease in graffiti and repeat graffiti such as the corners of 14th St. and Heights Blvd. Because of the increase in publicity, more property owners are taking care of their own property, making speedy abatement a priority.

A volunteer group from St. Andrews Episcopal Church pitched in on July 22. Ten church members made a big impact in a short amount of time.

While a number of organizations have spoken of supporting this popular and much needed work, the only sizable donations received to date have been from Spanish Flowers and HHA, and individual donations have come in from concerned neighbors and businessmen. If you would like to help the effort, please contact CleanHeights@aol.com for a list of easy-to-do items you may not have considered.

Jim Potter (right), Houston Heights Association treasurer, presents a check to Paul Luccia to assist him in his continuing efforts to abate graffiti from the Heights. Paul has used his own money, time, and equipment to stay ahead of the graffiti artists. Bob Pearson photo.

Constable Patrol Could Help Fight Graffiti

The Southwestern Bell Telephone building at the corner of Heights and 8th is a constant target for taggers. As soon as the graffiti is removed, it seems to pop up again very quickly.

Could a Constable Patrol program be part of the answer in abating some of the graffiti and other vandalism in our neighborhood? Heights residents have an opportunity to be proactive in fighting this type of crime by signing up for the Constable Patrol program. Want to subscribe or learn more? Email heightspatrol@houstonheights.org. The HHA website has additional information at http://www.houstonheights.org/security.htm.

The proposed cost of $250.00 a year per household or business seems so little in comparison to the cost of stolen stereo components, broken car windows, destroyed side mirrors, tools, plants, statuary, patio furniture, and the unsightly graffiti that covers the Heights. In the pilot area, we have not yet met our minimum goal of 260 households or businesses. Several blocks still do not have a block captain, which is one of the keys to the success of the program.

The patrol committee needs you. Please let us know if you are interested in learning more about the constable patrol or in subscribing.

We all need to take a strong stand against allowing vandals and criminals to take over our neighborhood. Please join us to rid our beautiful area of this type of mischief.

Bronze Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association is proud to have the following Fall 2006 Bronze Sponsors:

July Board Summary

by Janet Buchheit, HHA Secretary

President Robin Franklin called the meeting to order at 6:35 PM on July 17, 2006. Janice Evans-Davis and Richard Hinds were elected to fill two vacant positions for 2006. June minutes were approved. Jim Potter reported on the Finance Committee Meeting and the redesignation of funds to the Membership and Education Committee budgets.

There was discussion on how to handle the request made by Paul Luccia for financial help for the graffiti abatement project he is spearheading. Marmion Park and Donovan Park will subscribe to the Constable Pilot Program. Vandalism and graffiti is the reason Donovan Park is being locked at sunset. Additional funds were also designated for the Holiday Home Tour, Special Events, and General Meeting budgets.

The Historic Districts Task Force passed around a draft letter that will be sent to builders, developers, and realtors. Once finalized and sent out, this letter will also be published in the Newsletter. Administrative help is needed to keep a database of the results of homeowners signing petitions for the Historic Districts. Volunteers are needed to walk blocks, sponsor socials, and talk to homeowners.

The sale of the property at 1414 Ashland will close on July 31. The selection of a Public Relations Firm is discussed but, in the interim, Genie Mims is handling the PR for the Holiday Home Tour. The MKT right of way will be discussed at the General Meeting in August. Jim DePitts passes out a flyer that he plans to distribute. Taylor Moore reports that the September General Meeting will be a mixer to promote membership in the Houston Heights Association.

David Beale discusses the establishment by HHA of an endowment to preserve historic buildings. A motion carries that approves the establishment of designated funds for the purpose of promoting and supporting historic preservation in the Heights.

Sharie Beale reports on the Holiday Home Tour and Christmas Market. The market will have “high end line” booths. HHA will have a booth to sell ornaments, coffee mugs and pen/ink drawings of the Fire Station. The Friday and Saturday evening 6:00 to 9:00 PM entertainment needs underwriting, and Shari is looking for ten underwriters to donate $500 each. Underwriters will be acknowledged on placards on the porches of the Home Tour houses.

Angela DeWree talks about Tree Count Day being held on July 29. This effort will help the City with its future plans to replace trees on the right of way.

Everyone is encouraged to attend an event relating to National Night Out. The meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.

U. S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee joins Heights neighbors at 1414 Ashland on closing day.

August General Meeting Wrap-Up

by Robin Franklin, HHA President

Even though Cy Fair Chamber of Commerce didn’t show at our August 14 General Meeting, it was heart warming to see so many Heights residents turn out for news about Cy Fair’s plans for rail along the 290 corridor through Houston Heights proper. HHA Board member Jim DePitts discussed various site maps and routes, vague and confusing and proof that no one actually knows where rail will go. I think it’s safe to say that most Heights residents do not mind rail through the Heights, but we do mind rail cutting through the heart of our residential area and on our proposed hike and bike trail. Rhonda Sauter, Councilmember Adrian Garcia’s aide, told Heights residents that they will be working on a meeting with Cy Fair Chamber of Commerce and the Heights.

Highlights of our August General Meeting included a discussion of the recent mass tree murder at the old elementary school on 8th Street between Waverly and Nicholson. HHA Board Member Angela DeWree asked the City of Houston Forestry Department several weeks ago to check to see if the historic oaks were in the City easement and found that the trees were not in the easement and had no protection. Calls from the Houston Heights Association to the developer were not returned.

The general feeling was that surely a developer would want the historic oaks as a grand entrance to their proposed project. We were wrong, and now surrounding neighbors are not happy! At the printing of this newsletter, we now find the property has changed hands again, and Waterhill plans to put 68 units on the property; they cut down the trees to allow for curb cuts for the extra density they are bringing to the Heights.

Woe to the developer who cuts down historic Heights trees! Meanwhile, HHA Board Members continue to work on a binding tree protection ordinance for presentation to City Council.

Further discussion regarding cut-through traffic, Studewood and Yale reconstruction, and graffiti continued over cookies and ice cream. Please join us at our September General Meeting on September 11 at 6:00 PM, earlier than usual, for a special surprise. We look forward to seeing you.

Heights Boulevard Activity

by Cynthia Corn Parker

Catherine Wiejacka, I-10 Gateway chair, was spotted trimming and cleaning up the I-10 Gateway flower bed on a very hot Saturday morning. For those of you that don’t know the exact location, it is the mixed flower bed down by the freeway. Catherine [right] has planted several Firecracker Ferns that the hummingbirds love; they were migrating through Houston in August. It’s a great nectar plant for those of you who love hummingbirds. This photo [right] is from my personal garden. My experience with this plant has been that it absolutely hates being severely pruned to the ground. A little light trimming of the ends seems to be OK. It also makes a very nice small specimen plant.

While Catherine was grooming on one end of Heights Blvd., Greg Yokell and I were at the other end replacing a section of bricks. An irrigation pipe had broken, and we finally had to call an irrigation company to find and repair the leak. According to Jim Bennett, Boulevard Chair, it was buried about four feet deep. Unfortunately, some of the azaleas and plants in the circular bed did not appreciate their feet being wet. We are going to wait until it cools down to see if some of the plants will survive. Gardeners usually have no compunction in pulling up a weak plant and replacing with something they think that they will love better than the half-dead plant. I lean heavily in that direction; we still have a lot of azaleas that are healthy.

Naturally, by the time that Greg and I got everything together, it was hotter than blue blazes. Every few minutes, we ran for water and cover under the big oak tree. Many thanks to Greg for teaching me how to lay the brick. Yes, we have a little more to do to shape it up but maybe not at 12:00 noon.

John, Jim, PaulThe guys [left; L. to R. John Hennessey, Jim Bennett and Paul Carr] wished that I would have put the camera down and grabbed a rake to help spread the mulch. Other pictures of the “young at heart” are seen below. Actually, it is a fun group of people who are dedicated to keeping our Boulevard beautiful. Did you know that our Boulevard has been cited as one of the most beautiful in America?

Catherine Wiekacka

Firecracker Ferns

Greg Yokel and Cynthia Corn Parker

National Night Out In Review

Chips, dips, fresh fruit, hot dogs, and ice cream dominated the food theme for the annual National Night Out in Houston Heights.

HHA and the Milroy Park Advisory Committee cosponsored an ice cream party at Milroy Park. Ice cream and cookies for all and squirt guns for the kids provided welcome relief from the heat. District H Council Member Adrian Garcia [right] stopped by early in the evening. Several HHA officials attended, including President Robin Franklin [left] and Director David Beale representing the Historic District Task Force. Many neighbors stopped by to chat with neighbors, politicians, policemen, and others interested in combatting crime.

McCain’s Market on the corner of Heights Blvd. and White Oak played host to the “Lower Heights” group of neighbors, serving up delicious Boar’s Head hot dogs and all the necessary condiments. On hand for the festive occasion were Taylor Moore [right] representing the HHA membership drive, Kevin Cofter [with Taylor] representing the Constable Patrol Pilot program, and Jonathan Smulian representing the Historic District Task Force. Approximately 60 neighbors gathered in the parking lot for a night of meeting and greeting.

Just down the street, The Artful Corner hosted another party. Council Member Garcia stopped in there, too, for a taste of ice cream, visited with some of the neighbors, and thanked Margarete Sanchez-Ripps [right] for hosting the event. Many neighbors ate out that week thanks to raffle prizes from some favorite Heights restaurants, cafés, and delicatessens. Several gifts were also donated by other Heights businesses.

Individual block parties were held throughout Houston Heights, such the one held annually in the 600 block of Harvard. Jerry Breaux [right] hosted his neighbors at this annual event.

A big thank-you to all who helped with this very successful night out. Besides those named above, thanks to Diane Easley [top right with Adrian Garcia], Irene Nava, John Hennessy, and Mark Williamson for putting on the event at Milroy Park.

Diane Easley and Adrian Garcia

Taylor Moore and Kevin Cofter

Adrian Garcia and Margarete Sanchez-Ripps

Jerry Breaux

Children playing

Heights Artist’s Work On Loan To The Rose

The mission of The Rose is to reduce deaths from breast cancer through early diagnosis and access to treatment. The purpose of Donna Durbin’s art is to touch people’s spirits with beauty and healing. The two together make perfect sense.

Donna Durbin, contemporary fiber artist, recently loaned her unique tapestry “Golden Eye” to The Rose for display in the patient reception area of its North Featherwood location.

“Touch is an essential connection to life,” Durbin said. “I think what The Rose does touches people on an emotional, spiritual, and physical level and shows women they are valued, not for their money or their status, but simply for being human beings.”

Durbin “found” The Rose while working with her friend Joan Portman, owner of Portman Design Associates and Feng Shui consultant, who donated hours of work to The Rose for its recent $1.5 million renovation. “The mission of The Rose is so special and (my art form) is so feminine, I felt this would be a nice place to share my work,” Durbin said. “Golden Eye,” a 3-foot-by-6.5-foot mixed-media tapestry, represents the essence of energy, with a central focus of light, or the “eye.”

“Donna’s masterpiece is gorgeous and has enhanced the look and feel of our entire reception area,” said Dorothy Weston Gibbons, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Rose.

The Rose is the Houston area’s leading non-profit breast cancer organization providing mammography screening, diagnosis, early access to treatment, and support to all women regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, visit www.The-Rose.org.

Artist Donna Durdin, left, loaned her original tapestry, “Golden Eye,” to The Rose to display in the Patient Reception Area at the Featherwood location. Donna is pictured with Dorothy Weston Gibbons, center, CEO and Co-Founder of The Rose, and Joan Portman, owner of Portman Design Associates, Feng Shui consultant and friend of The Rose.

Calendar of Events for September-October 2006

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 

 

 

 

September 1

2

Heights 1st Saturday

3

4

Labor Day

5 - recycling

HHA Urban Forestry Group, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

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HHA Land Use meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

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8

Deadline for October newsletter

9

10

11

HHA General & new neighbor mixer & nominations 6:00 PM, Fire Station

12

13

HHA Bike & Skate Rally meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

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15

16

17

18 - recycling

HHA Board, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

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20

21

Restoration/ Historical, 7:30 - 9:30 PM, 831/835 Harvard

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25

HHA Education, 7:00 PM, Fire Station

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HHA Crime & Security, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

27

PIP meeting, 6:30 PM, 170 Heights

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October 1

2 - recycling

HHA Land Use meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

3

HHA Urban Forestry Group, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

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5

6

7

Heights 1st Saturday

8

9

HHA General Meeting "Haunted Heights" & candidate speeches 7:00 PM, Fire Station

10

11

HHA Bike & Skate Rally meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

12

13

Deadline for November newsletter

14

15

Bike and Skate Rally

16 - recycling

HHA Board, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

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18

19

20

21

22

23

HHA Education Committee, 6:30 PM Fire Station

24

HHA Crime & Security, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

25

PIP meeting, 6:30 PM, 170 Heights

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27

28

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Daylight Savings Time ends

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Halloween

 

 

 

 

HHA headquarters: The Fire Station is on the corner of Yale and 12th Streets.

Community Calendar

Events planned by other community organizations.

Every Wednesday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Historic Houston’s salvage warehouse is open. Call 713-522-0542 or visit their web site www.historichouston.org for more information.

Saturday, September 2 and 16, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Historic Houston’s salvage warehouse is open. Call 713-522-0542 or visit their web site for more information.

September 21-23 and 28-30, Opera in the Heights presents Rigoletto by Verdi at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For more information or tickets, visit www.operaintheheights.org or call 713-861-5303.

Saturday, October 7 and 21, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Historic Houston’s salvage warehouse is open. Call 713-522-0542 or visit their web site for more information.

Future History

December 1-2, Holiday Home Tour

December 11-13, Holiday Food Baskets

2007:

February 25, Awards Dinner

April 13-15, Spring Home Tour

June 3, Fun Run

October 21, Bicycle/Skate Rally

The Heights is published monthly by the Houston Heights Association. Its purpose is to acknowledge achievements and to inform HHA members of events.

Copyright 2006, the Houston Heights Association and/or the authors unless otherwise noted.

Newsletter inquiries, suggestions, or submissions should be directed to:

Editor, The Heights, P.O. Box 70735, Houston, TX 77270-0735;

email editor@houstonheights.org; or leave a message on 713-861-4002.

Staff and Contributors

Editor: Mark R. Williamson

Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson

September contributors:

Sharie Beale, Janet Buchheit, Paul Carr, Angela DeWree, Stefanie Edstrom, Janice Evans-Davis, Robin Franklin, Lauriel Hindman, Taylor Moore, Cynthia Corn Parker, Bob Pearson, Anne Sloan, Dean Swanson, Laura Thorp, Sheila Tybor.