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|Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association|
|Volume Thirty-Five, Number Three, March 2009|
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Spring Home & Garden Tour
General Meeting: Crime Prevention
Ms. Katherine Cabaniss, Crime Stoppers Executive Director; Captain Mark Holloway, Houston Police Department Central Patrol Division; and Karen Derr, HHA Constable Program Chair will address the March 9 Houston Heights Association General Meeting. These three speakers will follow up from the February 2 Town Hall meeting called by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and respond to questions from the audience.
The meeting begins at 7:00 PM at the Historic Houston Heights Fire Station at 12th and Yale Streets. Refreshments will be served. [See also the article below about the Crime and Security Committee.]
HHA Urban Forestry: Living in Tandem with Trees
Everyone is invited to a Tree Talk and Species Walk on Heights Boulevard on Saturday, March 21. Urban Foresters will be on hand to enlighten everyone about the history of the Boulevard, and our own Jim Bennett will discuss the ongoing Stewardship Program by the Houston Heights Association. Jim heads up an army of volunteers that insures that Heights Boulevard is always beautiful.
Meet us at 9:30 AM by the gazebo in the 1100 block of Heights Boulevard for refreshments and a Tree Talk. The Species Walk will start at 10:00 AM.
NeighborWoods Tree Adoption Program in the Heights
Interested in adopting a new tree for your right-of-way? The Houston Heights Association, the City of Houston, and Trees for Houston have partnered to add more trees to our neighborhood.
Homeowners in Houston Heights may request trees for the City right-of-way in front of their properties. The program will provide the trees for free. Homeowners will be responsible for planting, mulching, and staking the trees. You can do this yourself or, for a fee of $25 per tree, NeighborWoods and Native Texas Landscape can plant, mulch, and stake your tree on Saturday, March 21. Each Homeowner must also agree to maintain, nurture, and frequently water each new tree for the first two years.
Please visit for all the details as they become available, including how to get an adoption form and where to return it with the installation fee. If you cannot visit the web site, you can call Urban Forestry Chair Angela DeWree at 713-298-2081.
Crime and Security Committee
The HHA Crime and Security Committee needs your help to respond to recent events in the neighborhood. To be most effective, we need a co-chair and more committee members. If you are a concerned neighbor with an interest in serving on this Committee, please contact Lanna vonBaden, our Vice President for Community Outreach, at or 713-862-6623.
The committee meets at 6:30 PM on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Historic Heights Fire Station, 12th and Yale Streets. The next meeting will be on March 24.
This month’s General Meeting will also center on crime fighting. Please see .
Campout-Musicfest To Promote Membership
This year’s Campout-Musicfest in Marmion Park will be held on Saturday, April 18. The “members and guests only” event will be targeting potential new members. The April newsletter will include a coupon for members to give to their neighbors who are not HHA members. The coupon will be good for two free hot dogs at the campout.
Entertainment: Tentatively there are four bands that are planning to play. Anyone who would like to be part of the entertainment should call 713-869-0505.
Children’s Campfire Circle: The Houston Storyteller’s Guild will be at the children’s campfire. There will also be marshmallow roasting.
Tent Camping: Members can set their tents up any time Saturday. If noise keeps you from sleeping, you should not locate your tent near the main campfire. There will be no curfew at the campfire. Berryhill’s will serve coffee, juice, and breakfast tacos to the campers Sunday morning.
Entertainment should start around 5:00 PM and last into the night. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and your choice of adult beverages. There will be free popcorn, and a grill will be available for anyone that wants to grill a hot dog or a burger. There will also be a table and wet sink for preparation.
The firewood and port-a-cans are made possible by using funds received from riders as donations on last year’s holiday hayrides.
Marmion Park is located at 18th Street and Heights Blvd. The campout-musicfest will be on Saturday, April 18, from 5:00 PM until 9:00 AM Sunday. For information, contact Paul Carr at 713-896-0505 or .
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2009 Platinum sponsors:
“Just for the Kids” has selected Love ES as a “2008 Just for the Kids Higher Performing School in Texas” based on its performance in Mathematics and Reading as analyzed by the National Center for Educational Achievement. Love is one of only 14 schools in HISD to show progress in both Math and Reading. Congratulations to the Love students and staff!
At the beginning of the year, Hamilton MS held tryouts that attracted over 130 students to show off their baseball skills. By the end of January, the school fielded a multi-grade, mixed gender baseball team in what is believed to be the first in the school’s 90-year history. Alumni are invited to contact the newly formed Booster Club if they have any knowledge of a previous baseball team: or 713-802-4725.
And speaking of sports, Hamilton’s teams are on fire! So far this school year, Zone 2 championships have been captured by both 7th and 8th grade football teams, by both boys’ and girls’ 7th and 8th grade basketball teams and the 7th grade boys’ cross country team. Way to go Hamilton!
Another talented Hamilton student, Darla Loyola, had her work exhibited at the Texas Art Supply store in January and February. A reception to honor Darla with a Silver Key Award was held in February.
Reagan HS was recently nominated twice for its multi-million dollar renovation, officially re-dedicated last May. The Greater Houston Preservation Alliance awarded a Good Brick Award to HISD for its extensive effort to rehabilitate this Heights landmark, which included converting the original gymnasium into the school library and removing unsympathetic additions to the 1926 structure. A second nomination for a HHA Community Improvement Award was revealed later in February. Thanks to neighbor Anne Culotta for the nomination!
Congratulations to Reagan Senior and 2009 Valedictorian, Noemi Arzola, who was selected by the Houston Hispanic Forum to serve as one of the student ambassadors for the upcoming Career and Education Day 2009. There were 61 HISD high school students nominated and four selected. Her media training with KXLN Univision 45 studio began in mid-December. Noemi is also a Harvard ES alumna.
Reagan HS will hold a “community” soccer game on Thursday, March 12, at 4:00 PM on its new athletic field. The girls’ JV soccer team will host the Bellaire Cardinals. The Heights community is invited to come cheer on the Lady Bulldogs at this special event that will feature fun for the entire family. Look for the school’s 20-foot mascot, the PTO’s new Bulldog Tunnel, at the 14th Street entrance to the field.
Helms ES hosted its 5th Annual Silent Auction to benefit its dual language programs. This year’s auction, held February 21 at Treebeards on Travis, celebrated the school’s’ 90th year as a Heights educational landmark. Congratulations, Helms!
In response to President Obama’s “call to service,” Helms has started a collaborative project with the Houston Food Bank called the Backpack Buddy Club. The school’s nurse and volunteer parents pick up food at the Houston Food Bank and fill backpacks with non-perishable food items for distribution to low-income students each Friday.
Information submitted here is for events in January and February 2009. For more information about any of these events, please contact Irene Nava at 713-298-2289 or by email at .
Members Fund Soccer Field Project
At the February HHA general meeting, HHA Board member Paul Carr introduced Reagan High School Soccer Coach Robert Rivas and “Soccer Dad” Robert Killian. The members were told that the soccer field at Reagan High School was in serious need of fertilizer and that there were no funds available to pay for it.
A soccer ball shell was passed amongst the members for donations to the project. The members donated enough money to cover the $300.00 cost of the fertilizer. C & D Hardware made the fertilizer available at a special discounted price. Volunteers came out Valentine’s Day morning to spread the fertilizer on the field.
Thanks to everyone who helped out.
Travis Seeks Alums
Travis Elementary is holding a Centennial Celebration and Parade on May 2, 2009. The Centennial Committee is in search of former alumni to participate in this day of honoring a wonderful institution in the historic Woodland Heights.
To submit alumni information, please contact Travis Elementary PTA President Lana Bishop at or 713-302-1232.
Platinum Sponsor Changes Names
You may have noticed a new logo in the sponsorship block above. Here’s why: Allied Waste has merged with Republic Services.
Here’s their announcement:
“Republic Services, Inc. and Allied Waste Industries, Inc. announced on December 5, 2008, that they have completed their historic merger to create one of the nation’s leading waste and environmental services providers. The combined company has 35,000 employees serving more than 13 million customers in 40 states and Puerto Rico. The combined company, which is based in Phoenix, is named Republic Services, Inc, and has an expected annual revenue of approximately $9 billion. The company is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol RSG. As of the close of the market on December 5, 2008, Allied Waste is no longer traded on NYSE.”
We thank them for their continuing support whatever their name or logo.
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2009 Silver sponsors:
Tour de Houston Cyclists To Visit Area
The fifth annual Guaranty Bank Tour de Houston will pass through Houston Heights and other historic neighborhoods on Sunday, March 22. There are three routes of varying lengths planned this year; all are expected to include at least part of Heights Boulevard, with a side trip to Reagan High School.
If are riding in this event, wave as you pass through. If not, come out to the Boulevard or elsewhere on the route, and cheer the riders along - or volunteer at Reagan, another designated rest stop, or the start/finish line downtown.
The Guaranty Bank Tour de Houston began as an idea that came to Mayor Bill White from State Senator Rodney Ellis, who participated in a five-boroughs ride in New York City. He enjoyed being able to see the historic areas of New York by bicycle and thought that Houston’s historic districts could offer bicycle enthusiasts a great experience as well. Mayor White loved the idea because it provides a wonderful civic bonding experience for Houstonians and also promotes clean air and a healthy lifestyle.
All routes begin and end downtown at McKinney at Crawford in Discovery Green across from the George R. Brown Convention Center. Route distances will be approximately 20, 40, and 70 miles.
Mayor White and State Senator Ellis will kick off this BP MS 150 Recommended Ride at 7:15 AM for the 70-mile route, 7:40 AM for the 40-mile route, and 8:00 AM for the 20-mile route. The after-race party will also be in Discovery Green.
Pre-Registration will cost $25 for adults and $15 for youth 12 years and under through 11:59 PM Thursday, March 19. Registrants will pay $35 on the day of the event. Funds raised will benefit the Houston Parks and Recreation Department through the Houston Parks Board.
For more information, including the latest routes, maps, volunteer opportunities, and online registration, please visit or call the Mayor’s Office of Special Events at 832-395-0868.
Please welcome the following new or returning members to the Houston Heights Association.
Allegiance Bank Texas, Scott Lester & Margaret Vandever
Steve Bachtel & Christine Iannello
Scott Grover & Teresa Nona
Jason & Robin Hammonds
Larry Harmon & Michael Mainey
Heritage Texas Properties, Stephanie Morris
Las Delicias Mexicanas, Nancy Orellana-Barba
Kathryn Lindberg & Ron Kline
MenMar Properties, LLC, Luis Martinez
Louis & Shelley Poore
Premier Remodeling & Construction
Omar & Imrana Sharief
Restoration of Donovan Park & Playground
The HHA Board is soliciting comments and suggestions for the rehabilitation of Donovan Park and the Heights Playground located there. If you have ideas that might be useful in the rehabilitation, please send them to or call 713-869-0505. On Saturday, March 21, there will be a table set up at the park entrance from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM to receive comments.
HHA General Meeting Schedule
Learn about the neighborhood, meet your neighbors, and get them to join the Houston Heights Association at our monthly General Meetings, held on the second Monday of each month at the Historic Heights Fire Station at 12th and Yale Streets. Meetings commence at 7:00 PM. Refreshments are usually served.
Upcoming program topics include the following:
March 9: Heights Crime Stoppers (see page 1).
April 13: Meet the candidates in the Houston City Council District H special election (Terry Burge, moderator); Mix n’ Mingle afterwards.
May 11: Wine tasting with a sommelier; Spring Home Tour homeowner plaque presentations.
June 8: Designers in the Heights with Guest Speaker Pamela O’Brien of Room Redo; meet more Heights interior designers on hand at this meeting.
Our thanks to the following donors for their generous support of the programs of the Houston Heights Association.
Lynn Duncan - Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens
Phil Eaton - Flower Gardens
ExxonMobil Foundation Volunteer Involvement Program in honor of Jim Bennett - Boulevard Reforestation
Gary Gehbauer - Parks & Boulevard
Bill Lehnert & Walter Stowell - Boulevard in memory of Doug Grissom
E. Drew Mehlhaff - Parks
Trudy Nelson - Reforestation
Louis & Shelley Poore - Flower Gardens
Linda Poyser & Mike Maler
Jonathan & Naomi Smulian - Boulevard
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2009 Bronze Sponsors:
Greater Heights Relay For Life
Greater Heights residents will gather at Delmar-Dyer Sports Complex on May 15 and 16 at 6:00 PM for the American Cancer Society’s second annual Relay For Life. Last year, the Greater Heights Relay For Life raised over $40,000 for cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient services, while involving more than 400 participants.
Barbara Dickens, owner of the White Horse Academy of Martial Arts and two-time cancer survivor, will chair the event. “I feel honored to be a part of this uplifting event,” said Ms. Dickens. “I have made a personal commitment both to create awareness about the progress against cancer and to help raise the funds necessary to continue the fight against the disease.” The Honorary Chair for the Relay is Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.
Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones, and raise money for the fight against cancer.
Several events have been planned to kick off this year’s Relay. Bras and Boxers is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2009 and is aimed to raise awareness about cancer and raise money for the American Cancer Society by stretching donated bras and boxers across a location to be determined in Houston Heights. Individuals who donate bras or boxers will also donate $5.00 per item. In addition, a business or individual is currently being sought to match each bra/boxer collected with $1. Collection of bras and boxers will begin on March 1 and continue through April 12 at various locations throughout the Greater Heights area.
White Horse Academy of Martial Arts, 215 E. 11th Street, will hold a fundraiser on April 4, 2009. Activities will include a Kick-a-thon, a Break-a-thon, a silent auction, and a bake sale.
Also, from April 27 to May 15 the Relay For Life Committee is encouraging businesses and homes in the Greater Heights area to show their support of the Relay by displaying the color purple.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life first started twenty-five years ago in May 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt took the first step of a 24-hour walk around the track in Tacoma, Wash., raising $27,000 to support the American Cancer Society.
For more information on how to get involved in the Relay visit or call 281-630-5120.
Lambert Hall Goes To The Dogs
UpStage Theatre is presenting Too Many Beagles, a children’s musical play about animal rescue, at Lambert Hall on Heights Boulevard.
Too Many Beagles is based on a true story about a Basset Hound named Maggie who is fostered and ultimately adopted by a loving family. Bentley the Beagle narrates his tale of woe after Maggie’s arrival and all the new adjustments that go along with it. Mom and Dad learn the value of animal rescue and fostering from Sara (the rescue worker), while Bentley and Maggie learn about diversity and friendship. This heartwarming story is told with humor and music - and is certain to delight children from Ages 2-102. A must-see for pet lovers! Profits will benefit Basset Buddies Rescue of Texas.
Too Many Beagles performances continue on March 1, 7 and 8 at 2:00 PM in Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. Tickets are $10; group rates are available. To reserve tickets, please call 713-838-7191 or visit the website at .
UpStage Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is supported by a group of talented volunteers dedicated to providing high quality, affordable and family-friendly theatrical experiences. UpStage Theatre relies solely on ticket sales, ad sales, and the generosity of its patrons for funding.
What Does The Houston Heights Association Stand For?
The Vision and Mission Statement for the Houston Heights Association were originally written and adopted in 1993.
A VISION FOR HOUSTON HEIGHTS
a diverse, small-town community
HOUSTON HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION
The mission of the Houston Heights Association is to foster a sense of community among the diverse segments of the neighborhood by:
• being a proactive leader in planning neighborhood progress and solving neighborhood problems;
• serving as a constructive force to promote, foster, encourage and sponsor the rehabilitation and restoration of historically significant homes and buildings and to promote Houston Heights as the best and most livable historic neighborhood in the Houston metropolitan area;
• maintaining, improving and beautifying parks, streets, walkways, public buildings and vacant and undeveloped areas;
• promoting and fostering friendship, goodwill and community spirit;
• mobilizing Heights talent and resources, including other area organizations, to combat community deterioration and meet neighborhood needs; and
• educating, informing, and empowering the entire populace concerning their community to enhance involvement in neighborhood progress and promote good citizenship;
in an atmosphere of friendliness, cooperation, and fun.
The following table lists email addresses and/or voicemail phone numbers for a number of Houston Heights Association committees and functions, plus a few other useful numbers around the neighborhood.
Calendar of Events for March-April 2009
HHA headquarters: The Fire Station is on the corner of Yale and 12th Streets.
Every Wednesday and Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Historic Houston’s salvage warehouse is open. Call 713-522-0542 or visit their web site .
Every Monday, 7:30 to 10:00 PM, Houston International Folk Dancers introductory lessons at Oddfellows Hall, 115 E. 14th.
March 1, 7, and 8, 2:00 PM, UpStage Theatre presents Too Many Beagles at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. See article.
March 7, Noon to 4:00 PM, Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce Crawfish Boil in the Sterling Bank parking lot, 19th and Ashland.
March 12, 4:00 PM, Reagan HS girl’s JV soccer team Lady Bulldogs versus Bellaire Cardinals at the new Reagan athletic field.
March 22, Guaranty Bank Tour de Houston starts at Discovery Green at 7:15, 7:40, and 8:00 AM, passing through Houston Heights later that morning. See article.
March 26, 27, 28, April 2, 3, 4, 10, 11 - Opera in the Heights presents Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff at 7:30 PM in Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For tickets or more information, call 713-861-5303 or visit .
May 2, Travis Elementary Centennial Celebration and Parade. See article.
May 15 and 16, 6:00 PM, American Cancer Society’s Greater Heights Relay For Life at Delmar-Dyer Sports Complex. See article.
June 6, Heights Fun Run
October 4, Bicycle Rally
December 4-5, Holiday Home Tour
February 28, 2010, Awards Dinner
April 9-11, Spring Home Tour
April 17, HHA Camp-Out & Music Fest
Copyright and Submissions
The Heights is published monthly by the Houston Heights Association. Its purpose is to acknowledge achievements and to inform HHA members of events.
Copyright 2009, 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;
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Staff and Contributors
Editor: Mark R. Williamson
Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson
Paul Carr, Angela DeWree, Lauriel Hindman, Genie Mims, Irene Nava, Trudy Nelson, Andrea Sharp, Chris Silkwood, Christine Spin, Sheila Tybor, Lanna vonBaden.