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In This Issue

It's Home Tour Time! — April 4, 5, 6

White Oak Closure — April 6 — Sunday Streets HTX

General Meetings: April 14 — Here Comes The Sun; May 12 — Get Social

Heights Garden Club: April 12 — 502 Archer; May 10 — 1802 Harvard

Urbanites at Cottonwood — April 17

Bike Trail Cleanup and Ice Cream Social — April 27

Heights Fun Run — June 7

Paying Attention and Taking Action — a note from the Land Use Chair

"True North" — Heights Boulevard Sculpture Project

Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner Wrap-Up:

Citizen of the Year — Denise Martin

Corporate Citizen of the Year — Lucas Craftsmanship

• Marcella Perry Awards (2) — Paul Carr; Stacey Courville

Rising Star — Carol Welter

Spirit of the Heights — Debbie & Don Broman

• President's Award — Stacey Courville

Community Improvement Awards

Woman's Club To Present Craft Show — April 12

Constable Statistics

Donations

New Members

Calendars

Staff and Contributors

Copyright

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Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
Volume Thirty-Nine, Number Four, April 2014
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It’s Home Tour Time!

The home tour weekend festivities begin on Friday, April 4, with the Candlelight Dinner & Auction.

Ticketholders can enjoy an exclusive preview of the six fabulous homes in this year’s Spring Home & Garden Tour from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Chair Sandy Steitz thinks attendees are going to really enjoy the homes, which are located at:

  • 401 W. 9th St. - old storefront converted into a single-family home
  • 409 W. 8th St. - modernist energy-independent family home
  • 718 E. 9th St. - remodeled bungalow with a great addition
  • 1005 Oxford - vernacular cottage built in 1896
  • 1448 Heights Blvd. - historic two-story home with a fabulous wrap-around porch
  • 1648 Columbia - custom-built home that fits into the historic neighborhood

As an added bonus, if ticketholders do not finish touring the homes on Friday, their tickets are also valid on Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6, from noon to 6:00 PM.

Next on Friday evening, it’s off to Silver Street Studios for the Candlelight Dinner & Auction. Co-chairing the dinner portion of the evening are Donna Bennett and Stacey Courville. They are jazzing up the warehouse space at Silver Street Studios in preparation for the tantalizing specialty drink, delectable passed hors d’oeuvres, a delicious buffet dinner, and a sweet selection of yummy desserts. Plus each guest will receive a gift provided by Eclectic Home.

Silent and live auctions are also part of the Friday night festivities. Chair Julie Pettit and the auction committee have been busy gathering art, crafts, clothing and accessories, antiques and collectibles, exciting getaways, fabulous parties, and more tempting items for the home, garden, family, and pets.

Co-chairing the live auction are Linda Eyles and Danae Stephenson. Heights resident John Pavlicek created an eye-catching artwork just for this event. The live auction will also include an art piece by Paul Kittelson, two trips, an evening with a local celebrity chef, and a trendy his-and-hers package.

Tickets

Reservations are required for the Candlelight Dinner and Auction. Tickets are $150 per person; reserved tables for 10 or 12 are $1,500 or $1,800, respectively. Tickets are available online at www.houstonheights.org.

Advance tickets to the Home & Garden tour are $20 and available online at www.houstonheights.org and at various Houston Heights locations, including Buchanan’s Native Plants, Another Place in Time, and Jubilee. Tickets purchased on the days of the tour are $25 and will be available at the neighborhood locations as well as at the Houston Heights Fire Station, where you can board a luxury shuttle bus that will tour the homes.

Don’t forget: Tickets will not be sold at the tour homes, and single-home tickets will not be sold.

Please visit www.houstonheights.org/html/spring_tour.html for more information.

April 14 Meeting

Here Comes The Sun - Energy Breakthroughs in the Heights

Summer is near and everything that comes with our hot Houston Heights climate. Learn about the amazing breakthroughs for energy efficiency in our neighborhood: solar panels, thermostats, landscaping for efficiency, and more.

Don’t miss this information-packed meeting to get ready for summer. Meet and listen to the energy-saving experts: Circular Energy will present solar energy applications here in the Heights and a showcase of homes in our neighborhood that have incorporated solar and will tell us about the costs and benefits of going solar. Geoffrey Castro, Corporate Community Relations for Centerpoint, will explain landscaping for energy efficiency. The Hot Water Guys will have details about on-demand hot water systems. Special guest Ashtyn Rivet from BARC will be there to introduce a special event in our neighborhood.

Everyone is welcome for the monthly “meet your neighbors” happy hour beginning at 6:30 PM; the program starts at 7:00 PM. It’s all at the Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station at 12th Street & Yale.

Coming Up in May

The program on May 12 is Get Social - blogs, social sites, and newsmakers of the Heights. Get the scoop from the Heights’ most-followed online journalists and bloggers. Learn what they cover and why.

Featured speakers from Nextdoor, Artshound, Bayou City Daily, The Heights Life, and more will be at the Fire Station on Monday, May 12. Enjoy hand-crafted Ice Cream from Fat Cat Creamery, your treat courtesy of the Houston Heights Association.

Doors open to the Fire Station at 6:30 PM for happy hour, with the monthly program commencing at 7:00 PM. Everyone is invited! Curious about joining HHA? Stop by the Association welcome table and learn how.

White Oak Closure — April 6 — Sunday Streets HTX

The City of Houston will close White Oak and Quitman to motor vehicles from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Sunday, April 6 between Heights Blvd. and Fulton St. (east of I45). This is the first Sunday Streets HTX event, intended to promote walking, running, bicycling, dancing, or otherwise enjoying the streets without cars. Two more events are planned for Westheimer (May 4) and Washington (June 1).

Visit www.gohealthyhouston.org/sundaystreetshtx for more information.

Although this overlaps with the Sunday portion of the Spring Home & Garden Tour, we do not expect the two events to interfere with each other. Our shuttle and bike routes will avoid White Oak. Heights and Studewood traffic will be allowed to cross White Oak.

Platinum Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2014 Platinum sponsors:

Boulevard Realty Circa Real Estate

Paying Attention and Taking Action

by Bill Pellerin, chair, Land Use Committee

I got an email recently that questioned the appropriateness of the construction work planned for 128 W. 17th Street. The email said that this property is in a historic district. After comparing the address to the maps for the Heights West and Heights East Historic Districts, I found that that address is indeed in the Heights East Historic District (not in the Heights West district, as I expected).

I sent an email to the City of Houston Planning and Development Department asking if a Certificate of Appropriateness (CoA), required to get a building permit in a historic district, had been issued for this address. After a while, I got a reply from Planning and Development that there had not been a CoA issued and, fortunately, a permit had not yet been issued. An error in their database had allowed the application to move forward without requiring a CoA.

The result is that the permitting process has been stopped and a CoA is being requested for this property. Approval of the CoA will be required in advance of a permit being issued, and compliance with the historic district ordinance will be assured by the Planning and Development Department, by the Houston Archeological and Historic Commission, and by the city inspector for historic districts.

Had this not been brought to my attention, the permit might have been mistakenly issued, and construction not in compliance with the ordinance might have been permitted. The property was red-tagged, and work was to have stopped pending the acquisition of a CoA and a permit. Unfortunately, some of the work has continued. A significant number of concerned citizens have brought this to the attention of the City of Houston Planning and Development Department and to the attention of CM Ellen Cohen’s office.

The lesson here is that we all need to be paying attention to what is going on in our neighborhood and taking action when needed. Properties within historic districts must comply with the historic district ordinance. Properties covered by deed restrictions must comply the provisions of those deed restrictions. All properties must comply with the general ordinances that apply to properties within the City of Houston. It’s complicated, and it requires that citizens be aware of the various restrictions that apply to properties and that they bring concerns to the attention of the Land Use Committee or the appropriate department within city government.

The Houston Heights Association website provides you information on these issues. Look under Committees - Land Use to find this information, and don’t hesitate to contact the committee if you have concerns about construction or plans for construction in your neighborhood. Also, let us know if we can explain this information to you. Contact us at landuse@houstonheights.org or 713-861-4002, option 1 or join us on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Fire Station.

Heights Garden Club

Our April meeting will be held on Saturday, the 12th at 10:00 AM at the Murphy residence at 502 Archer. Once the site of an abandoned right-of-way, Lori and Jeromy Murphy took a weeded lot filled with tires and junk and turned it into a modern retreat. The garden around the house is utilized for play, views, and edible production. The sitting porch and living room have views of the ravine that is slowly growing into a mini-orchard. The front garden, while small, helps to feed the family. Hidden behind a garage door lies a small pool tucked in the interior courtyard.

Jeromy, Architect, with Lori, Architect and Master Gardener Intern, designed the yard; the installation was by AJ’s Landscaping. The design was developed as a modern Texas landscape that is low maintenance, water conscious, and promotes beneficial insects.

Coming in May

May’s meeting will on the 10th at 10:00 AM. We will be visiting the Truxillo home garden at 1802 Harvard. This is a quintessential old southern perennial garden.

Please check our Facebook page or our website at www.heightsgardenclub.com for information about upcoming workdays and plant and seed swap.

Urbanites at Cottonwood

The Houston Heights Urbanites will meet next from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on April 17 at Cottonwood, 3422 North Shepherd.

Bike Trail Cleanup and Ice Cream Social — Sunday, April 27

Thanks to the families and bike riders who made last year’s event so successful, the Urbanites are organizing another Bike Trail Cleanup!

How does it work? Volunteers will be at Donovan Park on Sunday, April 27 from 10:00 AM to Noon. Simply fill a small plastic grocery bag with trash that you find anywhere along the bike trail or boulevard, then drop it by Donovan Park at Heights Boulevard and 7th Street. It’s that easy!

Ice Cream Social Noon-2:00 PM

The HHA’s annual Ice Cream Social will be from noon to 2:00 PM. Not only are we serving up ice cream, but we’re grilling hot dogs as well!

Can’t make the bike trail cleanup first? Come anyway! Bring the family, invite your neighbors, and we’ll see you on Sunday, April 27!

Heights Fun Run

June is right around the corner, and so is the 29th Annual Heights Fun Run on June 7.

The cost stays the same: 5K Fun Run & Walk $25 through June 3, $30 June 4-7; Kids 1K $15 through June 3, $20 June 4-7. The on-line registration and website are a work in progress as of the printing of this newsletter, but rest assured… there will be commemorative T-shirts and a fantastic After-Race Party.

Registration on the day of the run will open at 6:15 AM. The 5K Fun Run starts at 7:30 AM; the 5K Walk starts at 7:35 AM; and the Kids 1K starts at 8:30 AM. The After-Race Party at 8:00 AM should get you ready for the awards ceremony and prize drawings at 9:00 AM.

Come join the fun and run the run along Heights Boulevard starting and finishing at 18th Street in Houston Heights.

Gold Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2014 Gold Sponsors:

Trudy Waguespack Nelson The Reyna Group

“True North” - Heights Boulevard Sculpture Project

We all know that Houston Heights has long been recognized as a community that supports the arts and is home to many of the top artists in the country. That distinction is about to get even better.

Gus Kopriva, owner of Redbud Gallery on 11th Street and a true icon in the local, national, and international art scene, has long dreamed of producing large-scale public art exhibitions in Houston. He thus embarked on a plan to expand the placement of public art pieces in numerous locations throughout the city and particularly along the esplanade of Heights Boulevard. The esplanade, a declared Scenic Right of Way from White Oak Bayou to 20th Street, has long enjoyed a revitalization and beautification plan by the HHA with native treescapes, flower gardens (with comprehensive irrigation systems for their long-term success), drinking fountains, jogging trails, benches, and gazebos. Lucky for Houston Heights, and thanks to Gus’s efforts, we have been approved by the City’s Parks Department and Public Works as a major location for a public art exhibit as well.

A year of planning and a Mayor’s Initiative Grant through Houston Arts Alliance along with private donations has made this project possible. Gus Kopriva joined forces with Chris Silkwood, a local artist and community activist, as well as other community leaders including Jim Bennett, Simon Eyles, Dave Steitz, Catherine Anspon, Minnette Boesel, cultural liaison to the Mayor’s office, and Joe Turner, Executive Director of the Parks Department to carefully orchestrate a plan.

The goal of the “True North” sculpture project is to organize an exhibition that is a representation of local works of contemporary art along the esplanade for the enjoyment of our community and visitors. Exhibits - produced by highly recognized Texas artists - will foster the understanding and advancement of art.

The first True North sculpture project will remain for a period of nine months, and participating artists will be Carter Ernst, Dan Havel, Paul Kittelson, Lee Littlefield, Patrick Medrano, Steve Murphy, Dean Ruck, and Ed Wilson. You can search the Internet for any one of these artists to learn more about their careers and extensive bodies of work.

We’d also like to acknowledgement our involved non-profit arts organizations, Fresh Arts and Rubber.

The sculptures will be installed by the end of March and remain through November 2014. Citizens and visitors to the Heights will enjoy these sculptures from 4th Street to 18th Street of Heights Boulevard. Don’t be surprised if traffic slows down just a bit as people take notice of these fun, whimsical, and innovative works of art.

Constable Statistics

Jan Feb
Total Arrests 12 13
Citizen Assists 97 111
Citizen Contacts 19 24
Vacation Watches 66 55
Court Citations 71 95
Alarm Responses 12 13
Suspicious Vehicles 15 26
Park Checks 36 39
Disturbances 9 3
Major Accidents 1 5
Criminal Offenses 27 22
Miles Patrolled 4,240 5,326

New Members

We welcome these members to the Houston Heights Association.

  • Affiliated Mortgage Co., Kathryn Hodge
  • Mike Ball
  • Tyler Batchelor
  • Nicholas Dickerson & Kristen Olson
  • W. David George
  • Trudi & Henning Hagen
  • Heights Funeral Home, Patrick Crespo
  • Lei Low Bar, Elizabeth & Russsell Thoede
  • Carrie Niederman & Nancy Flesch
  • Elle Ristow
  • Chris & Barbara Russell
  • Olivier Van de Voorde & An Degelan
  • Casey Zaunbrecher

Silver Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2014 Silver Sponsors:

Buchanan's Native Plants CenterPoint Energy
Ann & Ken Culotta Eclectic Home

Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner

The Houston Heights Association’s 40th annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner, entitled “Living With Soul,” on February 23, 2014 celebrated the accomplishments of 2013 and the people responsible for them. Following a social hour and a dinner prepared by Zelko Bistro, the award presentations got under way with opening remarks by Bill Baldwin (event chair with Andrea Sharp).

2013 President Dave Steitz reviewed the events of the year, presented his President’s Award to Stacey Courville [top right], and recognized the continuing support of Business Manager Lauriel Hindman [second at right].

Anne Culotta announced the winners of the Community Improvement Awards: Commercial New Construction to McDowell Owens Engineering for 740 East 13th, Commercial Renovation to Ruggles Green for 748 East 11th, Residential New Construction to Sullivan Brothers for the 300 Block of West 17th, and Residential Restoration to Todd & Melanie Lowther for 517 Columbia. [Presentation speech follows.]

Chris Silkwood announced that Lucas Craftsmanship Inc. had been chosen as Corporate Citizen of the Year. [Presentation speech follows.]

Two separate Marcella Perry Awards were given this year. Charlie Thorp presented one to long-time member and volunteer Paul Carr [third at right]. Bill Baldwin presented the other to Stacey Courville [bottom right].

Paul Carr gave a special presentation reviewing the early history of the Houston Heights Association and recognizing some of the early players present, including founding members Melvalene Cohen and Terry Burge [left]. Paul then presented a special Spirit of the Heights Award to Debbie and Don Broman. [See article below.]

Danae Stephenson presented the Rising Star Award to Carol Welter. [Presentation speech below.]

The last award of the evening was 2013 Citizen of the Year, presented to Denise Martin by Donna Bennett. [Presentation speech below.]

2014 President Matt Bedingfield delivered the closing remarks.

Citizen of the Year - Denise Martin

presentation by Donna Bennett, 2012 Citizen of the Year

Every year, an award is given to an individual who has supported the Houston Heights Association in a manner to distinguish it beyond that of our average member and volunteer - and to recognize this individual for their volunteer work efforts and any other actions that promote HHA and its activities.

The Citizen of the Year recipient is selected each year by a group made up of prior Citizens of the Year. I ask that this group please stand.

I was honored to be selected as the 2012 Citizen of the Year. One of the perks of this award is to present our 2013 honoree. So, without further ado…

Our 2013 Citizen of the Year is a native of Houston.

Purchased a home in the Heights in 1990. I’m sure the neighbors were pleased - the house had been neglected and could barely be seen from the street - the yard was an overgrown and unkempt jungle.

And true to form, the creative new homeowner got to work as a hands-on renovator of the 1910 home, compulsive decorator, art collector, and AVID gardener - the yard is a “certified wildlife habitat.” The house was completely transformed.

And we all know that the “reward” for all this effort is to be on a Heights Home Tour, and this home was featured on not one, but two Home Tours. My husband and I had the privilege of being Head Docents on one of those tours; it was fun hearing the positive comments from tour-goers on the before-and-after.

Never one to sit still, and with the house more-or-less in order, there was now more time for our honoree to devote to two Mardi Gras organizations - Krewe of Olympus and Mystic Society of Isis & Osiris. These particular organizations have annual balls to raise money for charity. Now I am not personally familiar with these balls, but I understand they require rather elaborate costumes. I have seen pictures of some of the past costumes created - and worn in public - by our CotY. They include a saloon girl, Waterford crystal, and most recently my personal favorite, a blushing 1920s bride in a peek-a-boo lace wedding dress.

With a day job as a Science Curriculum Specialist at Cypress Fairbanks ISD, and the time spent with volunteering with the Mardi Gras, animal welfare groups, and the Bayou City Arts Festival among others, it’s a wonder there’s any time left over for the Houston Heights Association, but it would seem there is.

So let me list some of the HHA volunteer activities in which our CotY has participated:

  • Served as the Volunteer Coordinator for several years
  • Has managed the Candlelight Dinner guest list several times (This requires repeated contact with our dinner attendees, and it’s always handled graciously and efficiently.)
  • Has been a Home Tour Head Docent
  • Co-executive Chair for the Spring Tour in 2011
  • Put creative talents to work on commemorative photo albums, which are given as gifts to homeowners on the tour
  • Has worked on the Spring Home Tour Auction Committee for several years
  • Auction donor (In 2013 the donation was a garden sculpture wildlife habitat, a one-of-a-kind salvage metal sculpture by Keith Crane filled with organic materials gathered in the Heights by this science teacher. This unique combination provides an attractive safe haven for many beneficial garden creatures, like worms, bugs, and snails.)

Down time (if ever there is any) is shared with two schnauzers (Whitney and Rebel), partner Anita Goff, daughter Mallori, and son Charlie.

I’m pleased to present our 2013 Citizen of the Year - Denise Martin.

Rising Star - Carol Welter

presentation by Danae Stephenson, 2010 Citizen

A few years ago, we created an award category for a person in the Association who has more recently come onto the volunteer scene, but in a big way.

We see in this nominee a person who is in it for the long haul.

Our 2013 Rising Star works tirelessly behind the scenes to make the Houston Heights Association stronger.

She has worked for five years as a devoted member of the Candlelight Dinner’s Silent Auction Committee and served as the Silent Auction Chair once.

She has worked on the Holiday Home Tour’s Patron Party, soliciting and organizing food from area restaurants - to save the cost of catering and to showcase a variety of our wonderful neighborhood eateries.

She’s worked on the Shuttle Committee for both the Spring and Holiday Home Tours.

She works with a tight-knit team of volunteers on the Membership Committee, and our HHA membership is stronger that ever in their wake.

She is the 2014 Board Secretary.

By day, she has worked for Barclays Capital for more than 20 years.

She’s a person who is always there when asked to help and always with a smile and a great attitude.

We are proud to award the 2013 Rising Star Award to Carol Welter.

Spirit of the Heights - Debbie & Don Broman

from notes by Paul Carr, 1979 Citizen, presenter

Don and Debbie Broman moved into the Heights in 1985 and started Broman Design and Construction.

Debbie was the force behind the "Trees for Yale" project in 1989 and 1990 that established the live oaks that line Yale Street. She also provided the decorating and color selection guidance when we first acquired the Fire Station from the City of Houston and were preparing it for use as a rental facility.

Don has done over a hundred historical restorations in the Heights. Many of these homes have been on the HHA Home Tours. Last month a recent restoration job of his received the "Good Brick Award." He has a reputation of preserving the historic character of the homes he remodels. Unlike many builders in the Heights, you will not find any "front loaders" or "McMansions" in his résumé.

Corporate Citizen of the Year - Lucas Craftsmanship

presentation by Chris Silkwood, 2001 Citizen of the Year

This award was created several years ago to honor a business that has given to and supported the Heights community above and beyond anyone’s expectations of the call of duty. It is, of course, the people within that business that make the award possible.

This year’s Corporate Citizen of the Year goes to the three young men and their employees of Lucas Craftsmanship Inc. The voting was not persuaded at all by the fact that these guys are incredibly good looking.

Let me tell you a little bit about Lucas Craftsmanship. The principals are Billy Lucas who began the company in 1991, his brothers Dan and Steve Lucas, and James Burns.

They have been major sponsors at the Silver and Gold level for several years. More importantly, their help with the spring home tours during the past years has been incredible.

• Providing a crew of guys to help hang temporary walls for hanging art.

• Carrying and loading everything from ice, cases of beer, auction items, heavy sculptures.

• Repairing the Heights Boulevard gazebo at 10th Street.

The list goes on. They are what it means to be part of a community with no expectation of awards or accolades. Lucas Craftsmanship does what they do simply because they are exemplary members of this community.

Donations

Our thanks to the donors listed below for their generous support of the programs of the Houston Heights Association.

  • Mike Ball - Donovan Playground, Boulevard
  • Jacquelyn Barish - Parks, Boulevard
  • Lynn Duncan - Flower Gardens
  • Dana Camp-Farber & Harold Farber - Parks, Flower Gardens
  • Josh & Lisa Ecroyd - Parks
  • GDF Suez Energy North America - matching gift of Keith Crane & Kelly Simmons
  • Kevin Grice & Gerard Berdolino
  • Julie Hackett - Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens, Fire Station Restoration
  • Lori & Javier Horvilleur - Donovan Playground
  • Daniel Kornberg & Mary Scott Hagle - Boulevard
  • Francisco & Maria Hernaiz - Flower Gardens
  • Kroger Community Rewards
  • Bill Lehnert & Walter Stowell - Fire Station Restoration
  • Craig & Monika Llorens - Donovan Playground
  • Susan Luehr - Flower Gardens
  • Lamar Mathews & David Douglas - Boulevard
  • Dennis & Ashley McQueen - Boulevard
  • Jere & Ted Pfister - Flower Gardens
  • Jim Prock & Jeff Brown - Boulevard
  • Robert Burress & Tom Seymour - Boulevard
  • Roger Schrenk & Joan Smith-Schrenk - Flower Gardens
  • Texas State Optical, Aurea I. Rivera, O.D.
  • Mary & Bruce Vandewalker - Boulevard
  • Glenn Williams & Heather Thompson - Donovan Playground, Flower Gardens

Bronze Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring 2014 Bronze Sponsors:

Allegiance Bank Texas BullsEye Storage
Chris Dray, Moody Rambin Interests Computer Whiz
Heights Liquor on 11th Grogan Building Supply Co.
Shawn Manderscheid Real Estate Team PrimeWay Federal Credit Union
The Village of The Heights Tommy Vaughn Ford

Community Improvement Awards

presentation by Anne Culotta, Community Improvement Awards Chair

2013 was a banner year for the ’hood lookin’ good. You probably heard that Houston was named America’s #1 “Coolest City to Live In” by Forbes Magazine. That was closely followed by CNN Money naming Houston Heights one of the “best big city neighborhoods in the country.” That makes us the Best of the Coolest!

Now that the Sochi Olympics are over, I think that we should commandeer the slogan “HOT. COOL. YOURS.” before Katy Perry makes another album. Hell, we’ve already got a slalom course down Heights Boulevard - between the buses, bicycles, parked cars, and trash cans!

And while I’m talking about driving - sometimes I wish Chris Christie would drop a dime and close the bridges over Allen Parkway and Memorial to crosstown traffic. I remember a time when the only reason a car didn’t move easily through the Heights was because it was on blocks. In fact, that was half the cars in the neighborhood. We called it “landscaping the yard.” But I digress…

Let’s talk about some HOT. COOL. YOURS. improvements that made the Heights get even higher this year. No, we didn’t legalize marijuana. But if you give me your driver’s license, I can get you a stiff drink in the ’008.

Mr. Light and Magic, please… the HHA 2013 Community Improvement Awards!

Sixteen nominations were received: two for Commercial New Construction, four for Commercial Renovation, four for Residential New Construction, and six for Residential Renovation. The judges were Pam August, Donna Bennett, Jeff Cox, Diane Easley, Lauriel Hindman, and Mark Williamson. The award presentation team is yours truly at the mike and Keith Crane on projector.

The Commercial New Construction award goes to McDowell Owens Engineering for 730 East 13th Street, architect Milton Architects, builder Mike Bricker & Associates, nominated by Jean and Emily McDowell. Also nominated: 1145 North Shepherd (Tommy Vaughn Ford).

The Commercial Renovation award goes to Ruggles Green for 748 East 11th Street, owner Federico Marques, architect Tremmel Design Group, builder United Constructors of Texas and Nuvo Builders, nominated by Mary Wassef and Laura Pineda. Also nominated: 2401 Yale Street (Mosaic Clinic), 350 West 19th Street (Torchy’s Tacos, Emerson Rose Boutique, Heights General Store), and 403 Heights Boulevard (The New School in the Heights).

The Residential New Construction award goes to Sullivan Brothers for the 300 block of West 17th Street, architect Sam Gianukos, builder Sullivan Brothers, nominated by Laura Pineda. Also nominated: 722 East 7-1/2 Street (Colin & Stephanie Shelton), 726 East 7-1/2 Street (Sapna & Anu Mehta), and 409 Cortlandt Street (Matthew & Maria Rossini).

The Residential Renovation award goes to Todd & Melanie Lowther for 517 Columbia Street, architect Morningside Architecture, builder Lucas Craftsmanship, nominated by Lori Valencic. Also nominated: 1630 Cortlandt (Horacio Bouzas & Cynthia Clark), 1539 Columbia (Paul Kaufmann & Bruce Nicholson), 1522 Columbia (David & Anne Colquitt), 919 Oxford (Britt & Sharon Dearman), and 409 West 8th (Palmer & Merry Schooley).

Keep an eye out for next year’s nominees!

Woman’s Club To Present Craft Show

The Houston Heights Woman’s Club Heritage Group hosts their annual Craft Show on Saturday, April 12 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Clubhouse, 1846 Harvard Street. Support local artists and crafters and the Houston Heights Woman’s Club! Proceeds of this year’s event will benefit the Clubhouse Accessibility Renovation Project. Items are always of the highest quality and will include handmade crafts, fabric & yarn work, jewelry, pottery, home décor, candles, kitchen ware, baked goods, baby clothes, pet items, plants, and more. Bring your list, because it’s never too early to think about Christmas!

For more about this historic group, contact VP-Membership Marguerite Swanson 713-880-2832, President Lizz Martin 281-217-6070, or any officer or member - or just stop by on first Wednesdays at 10:30 AM. We would love to have you visit our next meeting!

Calendar of Events for April–May 2014

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 

1

PIP meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street

2

3 - garbage

4

Special tour 5-7; Candlelight Dinner 7-11, Silver Street Studios

5

Spring Home & Garden Tour, 12:00-6:00

6

Spring Home & Garden Tour, 12:00-6:00

7

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

8

Deadline for next newsletter

9

10 - garbage and recycling

11

12

Heights Garden Club, 10:00 AM, 502 Archer

13

14

HHA General Meeting, “Energy,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station

15

Greater Heights SNC (SN15), 6:30 PM, Fire Station

16 - heavy trash (junk waste in even months)

17 - garbage

Urbanites, 6:00-8:00 PM, Cottonwood, 3422 N. Shepherd

18

19

20

21

San Jacinto Day

HHA Board, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

22

23

24 - garbage and recycling

25

26

27

Bike Trail Cleanup, 10:00-12:00

Ice Cream Social, 12:00-2:00, Donovan Park

28

29

30

May 1 - garbage

2

3

4

Deadline for next newsletter

5

HHA Land Use, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

6

PIP Meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street

7

8 - garbage and recycling

9

10

Heights Garden Club, 10:00 AM, 1802 Harvard

11

Mother’s Day

12

HHA General Meeting, “Get Social,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station

13

14

15 - garbage

16

17

18

19

HHA Board, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

20

Greater Heights SNC (SN15), 6:30 PM, Fire Station

21 - heavy trash (tree waste in odd months)

22 - garbage and recycling

23

24

25

26

27

28

29 - garbage

30

31

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

Community Calendar

Events planned by other community organizations

Every Saturday, 8:00 AM, Heights Running Club meets on the Heights Boulevard jogging trail at 7th Street. Contact Meghan.olds@gmail.com to be added to the weekly distribution list.

First and third Thursdays, 7:30 PM, English Country Dancing in the Heights, dances taught and called. For more information, email jnjbloom@gmail.com or visit www.hatds.org/ecd.html.

Third Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM, Houston Storytellers Guild meets at St. Andrew’s House, 1811 Heights Boulevard, for a story swap. For more information, www.houstonstorytellers.org or 713-643-8478.

Through April 6, Opera in the Heights presents Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Boulevard. For more information, visit www.operaintheheights.org.

April 5, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Vineyard Church of Houston presents Bubblefest! celebrating all things bubbles at Hogg Middle School Spark Park. Kids 3-12 are welcome with adults. Bring towels, goggles, and a friend! 713-869-9070 or info@houstonvineyard.org.

April 12, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 1st Annual Energy Institute High School Yard Sale at 812 W. 28th Street. For information, contact Teresa Maltbia 281-658-2914 or mothersofenergy@gmail.com.

Heavy Trash Notes

April is a “Junk Waste” month; May is a “Tree Waste Only” month. The heavy trash pickup date is the third Wednesday for most of the Houston Heights Association coverage area.

For dates in your immediate area, visit the City Solid Waste site.

Future History

June 7, Heights Fun Run

October 5, Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt [tentative date]

December 5-6, Holiday Home Tour [tentative dates]

December 9-10, Holiday Food Baskets [tentative dates]

February 22, 2015, Awards Dinner [tentative date]

April 10-12, 2015, Spring Home Tour [new tentative date]

At The Properties

Events at the Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station, Donovan Park, and Marmion Park

Heights Tai Chi Association meets Saturdays at 9:00 AM and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in Marmion Park, Heights Boulevard at 18th Street.

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Staff and Contributors

VP Communications: Julie Pettit

Editor: Mark R. Williamson

Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson

April contributors:

Donna Bennett, Janet Buchheit, Anne Culotta, Angela DeWree, Brenda Eskelson, Lauriel Hindman, Leann Mueller, Bill Pellerin, Julie Pettit, Chris Silkwood, Danae Stephenson, Lanna von Baden.

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