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|Volume Thirty-Seven, Number Ten, October 2011|
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2011 Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt
It’s not too late to register - you can sign up online through September 29 or at Marmion Park on Rally Day, Sunday, October 2.
This is not a race. Open to riders of all ages, the Rally is designed as a casual self-paced ride. Choose between a 20-mile course through the Heights and near-by neighborhoods, or a shorter 5-mile ride designed for kids and their adult companions - or do both!
The Rally starts and ends at Marmion Park, 18th Street & Heights Boulevard.
Here’s the schedule for the day:
4:30 PM Awards Ceremony
Bike Safe & Bike Smart! Each rider will receive a Smart ID emergency identification tag courtesy of SmartID™. And don’t forget your helmet!
Plan to make a day of it - ride a little, and take a break along the way to use one of the restaurant coupons in your rider packet to stop for a bite to eat or drink. Then make your way back to Marmion Park for the After Party and Awards Ceremony.
Full details are on our
So, air up those tires and come enjoy a great day in the neighborhood.
The Houston Heights Association’s October 10 General Meeting has two topics that will interest you: crime and safety plus Board of Director nominee speeches.
The topic of safety and security will include information about our 2012 Heights Constable patrol program. October is our kick-off month, and our deputies will be on hand to meet all of our neighbors and answer any questions that you may have concerning “safety” in our neighborhood. A representative from Crime Stoppers will be in attendance, as well as our local men in blue from the Houston Police Department.
During the meeting, the 10 candidates who were nominated for the Board of Directors of the Houston Heights Association, or their representatives, will speak on their qualifications for three minutes. They will also draw for ballot positions at the beginning of the meeting.
Mark your calendars to attend this information meeting on October 10, which will begin at 7:00 PM in the Fire Station, located at 107 W. 12th at Yale.
National Night Out
Texas observes National Night Out on Tuesday, October 4, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Grab a snack, put on a smile, lock your doors, and go outside to meet your neighbors! Join America in a United Stand Against Crime.
Have a block party! Find a handy front yard or driveway, start or update a contact list for your block, divide the shopping list for snacks and drinks, and plan to have a fun evening. Maybe the heat and the drought will have abated by then.
November General Meeting:
Ghost Stories In Marmion Park
The Houston Storytellers Guild will present their annual free Skyline Screamers event in HHA’s Marmion Park from 7:30 to 9:00 PM on the evening of Saturday, October 29. The event features several Guild storytellers who like to tell ghost tales, meant for adults and kids who like to be scared. At the end of the evening, anyone who’s had a scary experience or would like to tell a scary story is invited to come up and share it.
If you have been to this event in past years, you know how much fun it is. Don’t worry about hearing the same old stories; new tellers will be bringing new tales.
You might want to bring a blanket, chairs, and snacks. The event takes place rain or shine. They have been known to gather everyone under the bandstand in the rain.
Skyline Screamers is the oldest event that the Houston Storytellers Guild produces. The Guild was formed in September 1986 and did their first free ghost story performance that October.
Visit the Guild’s website at for more information.
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2011 Platinum sponsor:
Director Election Schedule
Eight 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. One position is for the remaining two years of a term ended by resignation. Two positions are for the remaining final year of terms ended by resignations.
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; and the nominees receiving the seventh and eighth highest vote counts will fill the one-year vacancies. See the right column for a list of current Directors and Officers.
The remaining schedule for the election of Directors to serve terms starting in 2012 will be as follows, in accordance with the By-Laws and Policies of the Association (as amended at the August 15 Board meeting):
• October 10 at the General Meeting, nominees or their representatives may speak on their qualifications for 3 minutes. They will also draw for ballot positions at the beginning of the meeting.
• On or before the Friday following the General Meeting (October 14), the Election Committee will mail a ballot with a control number to each member in good standing whose dues are currently paid as of October 1. (Members invoiced by August 15 and not paid by October 1 are deemed not in good standing.)
• By November 12 at the close of the post office, ballots returned by mail must be received with control numbers intact.
• November 14 before the General Meeting, polls will be open for secret balloting in person from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM sharp. The Election Committee will tabulate ballots and announce the results during the meeting. The results will also be published in the December newsletter.
Director Candidate Statements
The following ten candidates were nominated at the September General Meeting of the Houston Heights Association. An eleventh candidate was nominated but subsequently withdrew. Statements are presented as submitted, without editing, in alphabetical order by last name.
Heights resident for the past ten years and an active participant in Boulevard Beautification and other projects; member of the Heights Finance Committee with a successful career in financial accounting; active in many boulevard beautification projects. Our involvement in the community builds the character and history worth preserving.
Three years ago I relocated my design/build remodeling business, Premier Remodeling, to The Heights. My home is also in The Heights.
Board experience: HOA President, Greater Houston Builders Association, Remodelors Council 2011 President and long-time Board Member, first and only remodeler member of the Houston Archaeological & Historical Commission.
As a member of the HHA board, I will work hard to keep the Heights the best neighborhood in Houston. Being a member of the board while keeping the chair of the Land Use Committee will allow me to better coordinate activities between the board and the committee.
Resident of the Heights since 2005. Volunteered on several home tours; had their 1915 craftsman bungalow on the 2009 Spring tour; Chaired the 2010 Holiday Tour. Volunteers for many HHA events. Recipient of the 2011 HHA New Generation Award. Committed to making the Heights a better neighborhood for all. Married.
Built Heights house in 1995, love history, community, character of neighborhood, committed to urban renewal and livable inner cities. CPA-attorney co-owns national small business, investor in neighborhood restaurant, annually supports Candlelight dinner and capital projects. Motto: small things each and every day to make the world a better place.
Chairman; 2009 Spring Home Tour Auction, 2010 Heights 5K Fun Run, Membership committee and 2011 Holiday Home Tour & Patron Party co-chair. Forward-thinker, problem solver, level headed, and proud Heights homeowner since 2006. Maintaining character and integrity while encouraging growth is key to our community’s success. Heights business supporter.
[No statement received.]
As a15-year Heights resident, my volunteer activities have included: Heights Chamber (President), Heights-based Houston Achievement Place (President), opening my home twice for home tours & helping launch 1st Saturday. As a business coach & advisor, I bring strength and experience working with diverse groups to achieve outstanding results.
Raised awareness of lot with magnificent oaks targeted for subdivision. HHA purchased lot, deed restricted, sold. Trees saved! Co-chaired home, worked numerous HHA tours, received prevailing building set back. Native Houstonian, working mother, two daughters, married for 21 years. If you want something done, give it to a busy person!
Mark R. Williamson
Over twenty years, I’ve served HHA as President, Director, Newsletter Editor, Super Neighborhood Delegate, and general volunteer. I would be proud to serve again as the Board faces the continuing challenges of keeping our “small town in the big city” vital, neighborly, and historic. Owner/resident of contributing East District property.
2011 HHA Directors and Officers
Bill Baldwin (2012), President
Matt Bedingfield (2011*)
Donna Bennett (2013)
Keith Crane (2013), VP Finance
Anne Culotta (2011), VP Community Outreach
Mike Easley (2013)
Simon Eyles (2011), VP Historic Preservation
Lindsey Lee (2012), President-Elect and Treasurer
Ellen Newcastle (ND), Secretary
Gilbert Perez (2013)
Martin Piké (2011), VP Property Management
Elizabeth Poirrier (2011*)
Andrea Sharp (2011)
Chris Silkwood (2011*)
Kelly Simmons (ND), VP Sponsorship & Fundraising, VP Information & Communications
Marianne Sulser (2011)
Bart Truxillo (2012)
(Number in parentheses is last year of term or ND for non-Director Officers; * marks interim appointees.)
Donovan Park Events
Education Committee Update
The HHA Education Committee is collaborating with local Heights elementary schools on two exciting projects for the fall semester: “A is for the Arts” and “Writers in the Schools” (WITS). Due to recent budget cuts in school funding, fine arts programs in Heights schools will need community support, especially from local artists.
The purpose of “A is for the Arts” is to bring art, music, and other creative programs to students on an extracurricular basis at little or no cost. Slated to begin in October, current participation includes Field, Helms, and Love Elementary schools. For more information regarding support or participation, please contact Stephanie Babb ().
WITS is a national program that focuses on the power of reading and writing in partnership with classroom teachers; its primary goal is to provide literacy programs via adoption of new approaches to teaching creative writing. Field Elementary will be implementing the WITS program with funding provided by the HHA Education Committee.
These programs replace the Classroom Grants program.
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Autumn 2011 Bronze Sponsors:
New Plaza on Heights Boulevard
It was in the early morning hours of January 3, 2011, when a three-alarm fire destroyed the three-year-old Victorian-style residence at 1135 Heights Boulevard, and also tragically took the life of the homeowner, Evelyn “Patti” Worthington, and her caregiver. Many of you may have toured her magnificent home during the 2008 Holiday Home Tour or enjoyed her hospitality at the 2009 Patron Party for the Holiday Home Tour.
To honor Ms. Worthington’s memory, her family is providing an endowment for construction of the Worthington Plaza, which is being constructed in the esplanade on Heights Boulevard at 7th Street, under the canopy of an established tree across from Donovan Park. Once constructed, the Houston Heights Association will maintain the new plaza along with the other designated areas on the esplanade.
Plans for the plaza are in keeping with other designated areas along Heights Boulevard. Construction materials will incorporate granite, concrete and brick. The plaza will also include four trees and planting beds with ground covering, four benches, brick walkways, drinking fountain, and two bicycle racks.
Please attend the dedication for the Worthington Plaza on Saturday, November 5, 2011, at 10:00 AM. In the meantime, thank you to the following for their help with the construction of the Worthington Plaza:
Deck the Heights
2011 Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour
Six Houston Heights homes will be decorated for the holidays and open for visitors at Deck the Heights, the 2011 Houston Heights Association Holiday Home Tour. On Friday, December 2, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, and Saturday, December 3, 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM, tour goers will have a rare opportunity to look inside these unique spaces that reflect the rich architectural tradition of this charming neighborhood.
Homes On Tour
Home Tour Tickets & other information
Advance tickets will be available online at our website beginning October 31 and at various Houston Heights locations closer to the event dates. Tickets will also be available on tour days at the Heights Fire Station (12th and Yale) and at each Holiday Home Tour home.
Tickets are $20 in advance for all six homes or $25 on tour days. $5 per-home tickets can also be purchased on tour days at those particular homes. Bundles of 10 tickets will be available online for $175 from October 31 through November 30.
Free shuttle buses will operate during the tour on both Friday and Saturday. Patrons may board the buses at the Fire Station at 107 W. 12th Street at Yale, where parking is available.
The Patron Party
This annual festive event will take place on Thursday, December 1, with tickets at $125. The location is set for 205 Bayland, the magnificent historic home of Bill Baldwin and Joe Gonzalez. Tickets will be available on our website.
The excitement of the holidays will be in the air, with Mistletoe Madness and its invitation to “Eat, drink, shop & be merry!” and Heights 1st Saturday ( and First Saturday Arts Market on 19th Street ().
It’s a great time to get in some holiday shopping in the antiques and vintage clothing shops, art galleries, eclectic boutiques, and the ever-popular gourmet food and cupcake trucks, and to relax in the Houston Heights coffee shops and world-class restaurants.
Proceeds from the Houston Heights Association Holiday Home Tour are used to maintain Marmion Park, Donovan Park, and the Heights Boulevard esplanade park. Among its many missions and projects, the Houston Heights Association owns and maintains the historic Heights Fire Station at 12th and Yale (currently undergoing an extensive restoration) as a community center, supports local schools with grants, scholarships, and classroom projects, and fills hundreds of food baskets around the holidays for the needy.
For more information about the tour, visit later this month, call the Houston Heights Association at 713-861-4002 and select option 7, or send email to the committee at .
Please welcome the following new members to the Houston Heights Association.
Robert & Katherine Ayers
Jila Bakker & David Jones
Drew & Lyndsay Burgoyne
Mark & Wanda Cohen
Stephanie & Leeds Eustis
First American Title, Jeffery Laird
Hayden Foley & Mike Malone, gift membership from Mike & Diane Easley
14 Pews, Cressandra Thibodeaux
Troy Fraske & Stephanie Riceman
Richard & Nancy Gaubert
Laura & Brad Hipps
Brian & Pam Kalinec
Casey & Kyle Koehler
Steven & Analuisa Laws
Constantine & Danna Markides
Richard & Kelly McCarty
Morrison Supply, Joel Selzer and Tiffany Comley
Paul & Nancy Oppermann
Robert Prince-Wright & Fiona Bills
Karim & Natalia Shehadeh
Tonetti Design & Construction, David Tonetti
Anna & Stephen Weinzapfel
Community Improvement Nominations
Once again, it is time to look around the neighborhood and see who has been improving it. The nomination form and rule sheet for the 2011 Community Improvement Awards will be on the HHA web site soon. Nominees and winners will be announced at the annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner on February 26.
Our thanks to the following donors for their generous support of the programs of the Houston Heights Association.
Robert & Katherine Ayers
Jila Bakker & David Jones - Donovan Park Playground
Robert Prince-Wright & Fiona Bills
Jane D. Bryant - Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens
Bette Channell - Boulevard in memory of George Cunningham
Hilary Parr Cobb
Linda & Simon Eyles - Boulevard, Fire Station Endowment
Troy Fraske & Stephanie Riceman
Grogan Building Supply Co. - Marmion Park
Ramsey Jankowski - Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens, Fire Station Endowment
Cheri & Carl Hanemann - Boulevard
Trudy Nelson - Boulevard & Fire Station Endowment
Adam & Katie Pearson - Donovan Park
Denise Martin & Anita Goff - Boulevard in memory of George Cunningham
Michael Maxim - Flower Gardens
Henry Pogorzelski & Blair Woodall - Boulevard, Flower Gardens, Fire Station Endowment
Steve & Linda Rogero - Boulevard, Flower Gardens
Heights Urban Forestry - Notes on the Drought
Living in Tandem with Trees
The Heights is home to an extraordinary canopy of native trees, enhancing our neighborhood and providing habitat for wildlife. Here are some tips from the experts. HHA Heights Urban Forestry Day will take place on November 12 - details coming soon.
Tips to Protect Our Heights Trees and Parks
People Protecting Our Parks is a campaign to pro-actively protect the City’s parkland in the midst of continuing drought conditions. Its two main goals are fire prevention education and the protection of public parkland. The first step of this campaign was the issuance of a temporary ban on all BBQ pits in all City of Houston Parks. Click here for News Release.
Smoking Banned In Houston Parks
Mayor Annise Parker’s Executive Order 1-15 makes smoking in City of Houston parks an offense carrying up to a $2,000 fine. The local state of emergency brought on by the historic drought we are experiencing makes this necessary, and it will stay in effect until drought conditions improve. [Remember that esplanades are city parks.] Click here for Executive Order.
Due to drought conditions, extreme heat, and water main breaks in many parts of town, Mayor Annise Parker has declared a Stage Two Water Shortage in Houston. The Houston Parks and Recreation Department will cut water usage by approximately 18%, and citizens are asked to restrict outdoor watering to two days a week. Click here for News Release.
Tree Watering Tips
As drought conditions continue in Houston, the Texas Forest Service, Texas Urban Forestry Council, and the Texas Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture have some tree watering tips to help your trees survive the drought. Click here for tree watering tips pdf file or here for a YouTube video.
Burn Bans in Harris and Montgomery Counties
Drought conditions throughout Texas have led to burn bans across the state. Burn bans in Harris and Montgomery Counties affect Lake Houston Wilderness Park. Please use the utmost care at Lake Houston Wilderness Park and all other parks. Click here for more information in Harris County; here for Montgomery County.
Calendar of Events for October–November 2011
HHA headquarters: The Fire Station is on the corner of Yale and 12th Streets.
Visit for information about events and exhibits planned for the official 175th birthday of the City of Houston through November.
October 1, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Annual Rotary Club of Houston Heights Book Sale at the Heights Library, 1302 Heights Boulevard. Proceeds benefit the library.
October 1, Fall Festival at Buchanan’s Native Plants, 611 E. 11th; free. Urban Harvest class on winter veggie gardening, fun for kids, hot dogs, hayrides, music, and pumpkins.
October 4, 6:00-9:00 PM, 14 Pews will be hosting a potluck for Neighbors Night Out (National Night Out, Texas Edition) at 800 Aurora. For more information, visit .
October 14, 14 Pews 1st Birthday Party at a local home. Tickets free to members at the $100 level. Visit to join.
October 23, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Fall Festival at St. Stephen Catholic Church parking lot, 1900 Center Street. Games and rides for kids, live music in Spanish (from 2:00 PM), Mexican food, drinks, and beer (from 12:00 N). For more information, contact Hugo Banda, Parish Administrator, at 713-581-3633.
November 10-12 & 17-20, Opera in the Heights presents Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte in Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For more information, visit .
Heavy Trash Notes
October is a “Junk Waste” month; November is a “Tree Waste Only” month. For dates in your area and more information, visit the City Solid Waste site .
December 2-3, Holiday Home Tour
December 13-14, Holiday Basket Preparation and Delivery [note new dates]
February 26, Awards Dinner
April 13-15, Spring Home Tour
June 2, Heights Fun Run
October 7, Bicycle Rally
At The Fire Station
The second Monday, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, and the last Monday of the month, 8:00 AM to noon, the City Council District H Satellite Office is open at the east (office) door.
November 16, White Oak Bayou Association Annual Meeting. Social gathering starts at 6:00 PM; program at 7:00 PM.
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 © 2011, 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 ; or leave a message on 713-861-4002.
Staff and Contributors
Editor: Mark R. Williamson
Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson
Stephanie Babb, Bill Baldwin, Donna Bennett, Angela DeWree, Lauriel Hindman, Julie Pettit, Lanna vonBaden, Maureen Weyel, Marc Ziegler.