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|Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association|
|40th Anniversary 1973-2013|
|Volume Thirty-Nine, Number Seven, July 2013|
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Beat the July Heat with the Urbanites
There’s nothing better than a cold fresh-juiced cocktail or margarita on a sultry Houston summer evening, so we’re headed to El Gran Malo on July 18! Hosted by the Shawn Manderscheid Team at Coldwell Banker Heights, we’ll have a nice selection of “gastro-cantina inspired fare” for HHA members to sample.
As always, we’re on Facebook and Twitter, and we really appreciate it when you spread the word or invite your neighbors to Third Thursday with the Urbanites! This is a great opportunity for young professionals and creatives to build new connections and friendships in our amazing community.
See you soon on Thursday, July 18, 6:00-8:00 PM at El Gran Malo, 2307 Ella Blvd.
Coming Up In August
“Digging the Past: Heights Archeology Tales & Tombstones”
Meet Houston’s own history detectives! Discover the secrets of local lore and recent finds from the experts. Special guests:
Wallace Saage, Collections Curator at The Heritage Society
Lisa Mouton from Descendants of Olivewood Cemetery
Robert Marcom, RPA, Community Archaeology Research Institute, Inc.
It’s fun, it’s free, and everyone is invited.
Monthly Mixer & Meeting
Meet the gurus of fitness & beauty in our neighborhood. The world of Jazzercise with Jill Cucciniello, Get Fit with Bungalow Fitness, and be beautiful inside out with Cosa Bella.
Everyone is invited to the HHA Second Monday meeting & happy hour mixer at the Houston Heights Fire Station (12th and Yale) every month. Don’t miss news you can use about the Heights, and HHA: parks, crime stats, events, and much more! Doors open at 6:30 PM, program at 7:00 PM. It’s fun, free, and everyone is invited!
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2013 Platinum sponsor:
Coming Soon - Updated Business Directory
If you are a HHA business member, please check your website listing in , and then follow the link to your specific business. Please make sure your business category, name, address, phone number, and website address are correct. This same information will appear in the semi-annual printed version in the August newsletter. Deadline for changes is July 8.
Also, please note that businesses are permitted to have a brief description (20-25 words) on the HHA website (which will not appear in the printed version). Please submit changes and descriptions to .
Just Call Us Uncle Sam
The Houston Heights Association is always looking for a few good volunteers, especially when it comes to helping with fun events that help raise funds in support of our wonderful neighborhood.
If bike riding is an activity you enjoy, please consider volunteering for the HHA Bike Rally & Scavenger Hunt that will take place on Sunday, October 6. The routes for the exciting 20-mile route and the 5-mile family route have not been completed. We’re especially seeking volunteers to help coordinate the 5-mile family ride.
To join the committee, please contact bicycle enthusiast Addie Ann Spicer, .
Constable Program News: Pro-Rated Subscriptions
HHA is now offering a pro-rated subscription to the constable program. The rate is $150 for the rest of the year. More information including how to pay online can be found .
Did You Know?
Did you know you can “like” the Houston Heights Association on Facebook? There’s a general Facebook account, as well as pages for each of our yearly events.
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Summer 2013 Silver Sponsors:
Behind the Scenes at the 28th Annual Heights Fun Run
After months of planning by a dedicated committee lead by co-chairs Angie Hasara and Laura Finkeldey, there was only one question on the minds of the volunteers as they stood before dawn in Marmion Park on the morning of the 28th Annual Heights Fun Run: Would the additional eight porta-cans arrive before race time?
They were expecting 1,200+ runners and walkers. Well, the forecast was for a sweltering hot and humid morning, so no “relief” would be necessary for the sweating runners or walkers. But what about the onlookers who would be along Heights Boulevard cheering on their family and friends? (Still no porta-cans in sight.) Should the call go out to all the sleeping Heightsites who might have access to latrine shovels?
There had been two porta-cans delivered to Marmion Park on the previous afternoon. Vendors who would be arriving pre-race to set up tables to display their products and services could utilize those porta-cans. Vendors included:
But wait. What about the companies to which HHA wanted to give special thanks? Spring sponsors. Event sponsors. Prize donors. Would these generous VIPs be opposed to coffee cans, if the need arose? These companies included:
Then, just as the sun began to rise over the trees and a few rays of light danced across Heights Boulevard, could it be? Yes! Coming down the street - like a white knight riding to the rescue of the fun run committee - was a delivery truck with shining porta-cans perched on its flat bed. “Another crisis averted,” was the joyous cry of the committee members:
To view the final race results of the 28th Annual Heights Fun Run, click here.. To see photos of the fun run - and possibly find a porta-can sighting - click
Ice Cream Social Was A Hit With The Kids
Heights Education Committee Celebrates Another Great School Year!
The Houston Heights Association’s Education Committee hosted its annual Leadership Luncheon on May 22 at Collina’s Restaurant. The event was well attended by principals and PTO/PTA presidents from our local schools, and this year the event included Teacher-of-the-Year winners from Field, Helms, and Harvard Elementary schools.
Everyone was also introduced to the new principal at Hamilton Middle School, Wendy Hampton; the current principal, Roger Bunnell, is retiring. Anna Eastman, president of the HISD Board of Education, graciously attended as well.
Attendees provided an update of their school’s current student population profile, campus initiatives, anticipated funding issues, and their “wish list” for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. A lively discussion followed as to how the Education Committee and schools might more effectively engage the local community, businesses, and artistic resources to partner with individual schools to help enrich the students’ educational experience. A collaborative plan to address this outreach effort and other ideas will be developed over the coming months.
Our thanks to the following donors for their generous support of the programs of the Houston Heights Association.
Please welcome the following new members to the Houston Heights Association.
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Summer 2013 Bronze Sponsors:
Two news items from the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department will affect recycling in the Heights area and around the city.
First, although the recycling center on Center Street between Heights Blvd. and Harvard was due to close on June 1 after having been sold to a nearby business, it has been granted a stay of execution. The City is in the progress of negotiating a lease that will allow the center to stay open until the end of this year, with an extension to the end of 2014 as an option.
Second, the large green recycling carts are coming to more homes in our area in July (but not nearly all). The press release below from the City explains the program and names the areas affected. For more precise boundaries on the areas named in the press release, see the note following the press release.
Houston to Expand Automated Curbside Recycling Program to 35,000 More Households
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) is pleased to announce an additional 35,000 households (see list below) will be added to its popular automated curbside recycling program. As part of the expansion, residents in neighborhoods throughout Houston will receive one 96-gallon green automated cart similar to the black automated garbage cart.
“I am pleased that we continue to expand our recycling services. This is the first of two expansions this calendar year where we will double the number of homes with single stream recycling. Our recycling efforts show great financial responsibility in not paying to dispose of valuable commodities, as well as creates local jobs by appropriately managing resources,” said Mayor Annise Parker.
“Since first implementing the initiative in 2009, residents have overwhelmingly been asking to be included in this program. It’s convenient because participants can place their unsorted recyclables, including glass, in one city-provided container with wheels that makes it easy to roll to the curb,” said Harry Hayes, SWMD Director.
An additional expansion to 70,000 households is planned in the fall.
Recyclable items that can be placed in the containers include: newspapers, magazines, office paper, junk mail, cardboard, paperboard, paper bags, glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, tin and steel cans, and plastics 1 - 5 and 7.
Subdivisions included in the July 2013 expansion curbside Automated Recycling Program:
The Solid Waste Management Department provides solid waste services to the residents of Houston through the collection, disposal and recycling of discarded material in a manner that is safe, efficient, environmentally sound and cost-effective.
For more information about the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and its services, please log on to , follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook at .
[*] Beware! Some of these “subdivision” names are misleading! You can see maps of the new areas by visiting the online copy of this press release and clicking on the “subdivision” names.
Yarn Bombers Struck Again, Then Vandals Struck Back
What started as a casual conversation at the Candlelight Dinner between Billy Lucas and Board member Leann Mueller turned into a plan to renovate the gazebo on Heights Boulevard just south of 11th Street. Billy enthusiastically embraced the idea of sprucing up the gazebo as a community project and generously offered to supply the manpower and materials to get the job done. Our gratitude goes out to Billy and his whole crew for being such great supporters of the HHA!
Calling All Builders for 2013 National Reuse Contest Building Competition
The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWD) Reuse Warehouse is coordinating Houston’s participation in the 2013 National Reuse Contest, sponsored by The Reuse People (TRP). Projects built primarily of used building materials and completed within the last twelve months are eligible for submission. TRP will award gift certificates of $1,000, $500, and $250 to the first, second, and third place winners of the National Contest, redeemable at a local reuse store to be determined, and will display annotated photos of the winning entries at various green building shows and expositions throughout the year.
Houston entries received by the August 31 deadline will be judged by Mayor Annise Parker, businessman and philanthropist Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, and Dan Phillips of the Phoenix Commotion. The three winners, announced September 30, 2013, will automatically be entered in the national contest. TRP will select the national first, second, and third place winners on October 30, 2013.
Individuals in the greater Houston area interested in competing are requested to email a photo of their project to Reuse Warehouse Manager Keith Koski at . For a complete list of rules and participating stores and to see photos of previous contest winners, visit .
For questions and more information about the 2013 National Reuse Contest Building Competition, contact Sandra Jackson at or 713-837-9164.
To learn more about recycling and sustainability in the City of Houston, visit , on Facebook at , and on Twitter .
Calendar of Events for July–August 2013
HHA headquarters: The Fire Station is on the corner of Yale and 12th Streets.
Every Saturday, 7:00 AM, Heights Running Club meets on the Heights Boulevard jogging trail at 7th Street.
Third Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM, Houston Storytellers Guild meets at St. Andrew’s House, 1811 Heights Boulevard, for a monthly story swap. Anyone is welcome to come listen to or share stories. For more information, www.houstonstorytellers.org or 713-643-8478.
October 4-13, Opera in the Heights presents Verdi’s La Traviata at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Boulevard. For more information, visit www.operaintheheights.org.
November 15-24, Opera in the Heights presents Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Boulevard. For more information, visit www.operaintheheights.org.
Heavy Trash Notes
July is a “Tree Waste Only” month; August is a “Junk Waste” month. Remember that the heavy trash pickup date is now the third Wednesday for most of the Houston Heights area. For dates in your immediate area, visit the City Solid Waste site.
October 6, Bicycle Rally
December 6-7, Holiday Home Tour
December 9-11, Holiday Food Baskets [tentative dates]
February 23, Awards Dinner
April 4-6, Spring Home Tour [tentative dates]
June 7, Heights Fun Run [tentative date]
At The Properties
Heights Tai Chi Association meets Saturdays 9:00 AM and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in Marmion Park, Heights at 18th.
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Editor: Mark R. Williamson
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