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In This Issue

General Meeting: Spontaneous Shopping - July 9

Volunteers Needed For Donovan Park - July 7

Get In Gear... [for the Bike Rally - October 7]

Support HHA When You Shop

Fun Run Wrap-Up

Volunteers Needed For Sidewalk Survey

GHSNC Speakers: ReBuild Houston - July 17

Woman' Club Quarterly Meeting - July 24

Yarn Bombing Along Bike Trail

Polystyrene Foam Recycling Available

Constable Statistics

New Members



Staff and Contributors


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Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
Volume Thirty-Eight, Number Seven, July 2012
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Volunteers Needed For Donovan Park

Heights Playground in Donovan ParkOn July 6 and 7, Donovan Park will be closed while volunteers restore the mulch area under the play structures. Volunteers are needed to load wheelbarrows, push wheelbarrows, and spread mulch. The park will be open only to adult volunteers while the work is being performed.

You do not have to have tools to help. Contact Paul Carr at 713-869-0505 or for details, or show up at the park at 9:00 AM on Saturday, July 7.

Get In Gear…

Bike Rally logoPlanning is already underway for the 7th annual Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt to be held Sunday, October 7, 2012. There are two ride options: a 20-mile Basic Route and a 5-mile Family Route.

All riders are provided a scavenger hunt clue list describing mystery sights and objects that can be seen from the rally route. Prizes will be awarded to the person who finds the most mystery clues. At the end of the rally, relax with entertainment and refreshments at the Post-Ride Party and Awards Ceremony.

If you are interested in volunteering for this fun event, or donating door prizes or awards, call the Houston Heights Association at 713-861-4002, extension 6, or email

Watch the HHA website and future newsletters for updated information as the date approaches.

General Meeting

The topic will be “The Fun-damentals of Spontaneous Shopping in the Heights: Craft Markets & Annual Neighborhood Bazaars” at our July 9 General Meeting. Learn about author readings at Ka-Boom Books, meet First Saturday Market artists, and discover more hidden treasures in the Heights.

Please join us at the Houston Heights City Hall and Fire Station, 107 W. 12th Street at Yale. Doors open at 6:30 PM; program starts at 7:00 PM.

Constable Statistics

April May
Total Arrests 20 6
Citizen Assists 3 15
Citizen Contacts 45 38
Vacation Watches 111 168
Court Citations 36 70
Alarm Responses 18 9
Suspicious Vehicles 43 24
Park Checks 61 73
Disturbances 2 0
Major Accidents 0 2
Criminal Offenses 16 23
Miles patrolled 2,678 2,901

Platinum Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2012 Platinum sponsor:

Republic Services

Support HHA When You Shop

Again this year, you can support the Houston Heights Association and its many neighborhood projects through the Randalls Good Neighbor Program and Kroger Neighbor To Neighbor Program. These programs renew every year, so even if you have signed up in the past, you’ll need to sign up again.

Click here for a printable flyer to help you sign up for these programs.


Enrollment is now open. Just present the HHA barcode on the flyer to your cashier upon checkout. After they have scanned your KrogerPlus Card, you will be enrolled for the current year, starting July 1, in the Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Donation Program. Every time you shop at Kroger and use your enrolled KrogerPlus Card, Kroger will contribute a percentage of your eligible purchases to the Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor Donation fund.

Additional information is also available at the Kroger web site.


The next time you are at Randalls, pick up a Remarkable Card application at the courtesy booth to fill out and link your card to our account (#1131). Randalls will donate a percentage of your account total to HHA, so be sure to use your card every time you shop. By using your card, you will also be eligible for exclusive discounts, giveaways, enter-to-wins, direct mail rewards, and air miles.

For more information, visit the Randalls web site.

Fun Run Wrap-Up

by Gini Axton, Fun Run Chair

Fun Run logoThe 27th Annual Heights Fun Run took place on Saturday, June 2. More than 1,300 runners participated in the 5K Run and Walk, and the kids got in on the action with a 1K.

Run Wild Sports managed the race, and Luke’s Locker once again hosted package pickup. To see the race results, click here.

In addition to Overall Open and Master runner awards, First and Second place awards were given in thirteen separate age groups in both Male and Female categories. Congratulations to ALL the runners!!

Grand start of 5KWe want to especially thank our Summer Sponsors: Platinum Sponsor Republic Services and Bronze Sponsors Boulevard Realty and Immanuel Lutheran Church.

The After-Race Party was a great success, all due to Angie Hasara from Bungalow Fitness!! There was delicious post-race food and drink provided by My Fit Foods, J. Luna Produce, Happy Fatz, and the Hot Bagel Shop. Whole Foods generously donated goodie bags for the runners. Malone Printing and Boulevard Realty donated bottled water. Buchanan’s Native Plants donated those wonderful fans for personal breeze!

Open Male winnerThere were many great door prizes including gifts donated by El Tiempo, Laurenzo’s, Cosa Bella Salon, Buchanan’s Native Plants, The Lift, REI, Luke’s Locker, Batterton Chiropractic, John Rodriguez at Memorial Wellness, and Spring Action Photos.

Additional thanks to John Thames with Spring Action Photos for taking and posting the race photos. This year’s logo and t-shirt was designed by Gus Tello. Thanks, Gus!! Thanks to Luke’s Locker for providing the inflatable start and finish arches.

Open Female winnerThanks to the Precinct 1’s Constable’s office for bringing out their cool “dooley” vehicle for the kids to see and take pictures! Thanks to Peter with Other Brother who started the race, announced the awards, and kept us going with music and chat till the last box was loaded!

And thanks to the following folks who purchased tables at the After Party: Heritage Oaks School, RediClinic, Hammond Law Group, Habitation Realty, Jason Cantrelle - State Farm Agent, Select Physical Therapy, and Studio Fitness.

Lightfoot family after raceFinally, none of this could have been accomplished without the numerous volunteers! We must have set a record with the goodie bag stuffing - we had 17 volunteers and stuffed 1,500 bags in 53 minutes!!! Thanks to all of you who handed out water, stuffed bags, worked at packet pickup and registration, got door prizes, and just spread the word. YOU ARE AMAZING!

We are so lucky to live in a neighborhood that gives back time, energy, and sweat to make an event like this happen. I’m so proud to be a Heights resident!


[Thank you, Gini, for pulling it all together! -Editor]

New Members

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

Shannon Benesch

Rosario & Paul Boling

Computer Wiz, Mercedes Costello

Christopher & Angela Conner

crescendo family music, Christi Gell

Trey Davis

Judy Hauser

Jennifer Huggins

Alan Jackson

Larry & Zandra Keast

Ryan Meyer

Suzanne & Marty O’Neill

David & Abigail Stafford

Haley Strickland

Melissa Underwood

Rachael & Charles Zimmerman


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

Donna Aversano & Debra Tabor, M.D. - Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens, Fire Station Restoration

Krista & Jeffrey Barnes - Donovan Park Playground

Dub & Sharon Bartlett - Boulevard in memory of Harold Schierloh

Vicki Bigham - Boulevard in memory of Harold Schierloh

Jane Bryant - Flower Gardens

Jared & Melanie Cardiff - Boulevard

B. G. Cowan - Boulevard

Charles & Vicki Cunningham - Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens & Fire Station Restoration

John & Arianna Difilippo - Parks, Boulevard, & Fire Station Restoration

Carl Gary - Boulevard

GDF Suez Energy North America, Inc. matching donation of Keith Crane & Kelly Simmons

Dixon & Kay Gilbreath

Barbara Heffron - Boulevard

Heights Mini Storage, Tracey Freezia - Fire Station Restoration

Lauriel Hindman - Fire Station Restoration in celebration of Bart Truxillo’s birthday

Fred Hudlow - Boulevard

Kay Kemp - Boulevard in memory of Harold Schierloh

Laura Lopez & Lewis Marks - Boulevard

Rebecca Marek - Flower Gardens

Daniel & Kelly Mathena - Boulevard

Ben McReynolds - Boulevard

Eryn & George Myers - Donovan Park Playground

Katherine Poeppel - Fire Station Restoration - Happy Birthday, Bart

Eileen & Ron Reed - Boulevard

Michael & Randy Schell - Parks

William & Deborah Schroeter - Boulevard

Phil & Nancy Wedemeyer - Boulevard

Janet Youngker - Flower Gardens

Bronze Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Summer 2012 Bronze Sponsors:

Boulevard Realty Immanuel Lutheran Church logo

Volunteers Needed For Sidewalk Survey

As one component of a comprehensive transportation study, a task force of the Greater Heights Super Neighborhood Council (GHSNC) is currently undertaking a block-by-block survey of the condition of our sidewalks. Many of these are in poor condition, forcing school kids, mothers with strollers, the disabled in wheelchairs, and pleasure walkers to use the streets and confront vehicular traffic.

broken sidewalkMany sidewalks are obstructed by broken concrete paving or tree roots and often present a danger to our neighbors. Some sidewalks are not continuous, and on many blocks no sidewalks exist. If somebody falls because of the condition of the sidewalk in front of your house, you, and not the city, could be sued for substantial damages.

Please join the team of volunteers surveying our sidewalks. It takes about an hour to survey 10 blocks. GHSNC provides maps, clipboards, and detailed instructions on how to document conditions. We are trying to complete our survey of the area by the end of July. Please help us so that we can present the city with an accurate record of conditions in our neighborhood as a basis for requesting future improvements. Contact Jonathan Smulian, GHSNC Transportation Master Plan Task Force Chair, at if you can help.

Yarn Bombing Along Bike Trail

Knit sleeve on bollard; signSleeves on row of bollards by bike path

On the morning of June 9, knitters from across Houston gathered on the 100 block of W 7th Street to honor International Yarn Bombing day. Their art will remain up for about a month. For more information, visit or email

GHSNC July Speakers: ReBuild Houston

At the July 17 meeting of the Greater Heights Super Neighborhood Council, two City of Houston speakers will address how street and drainage projects have changed under ReBuild Houston, the voter-approved pay-as-you-go initiative that addresses street and drainage infrastructure needs for the City.

ReBuild Houston logoMr. Eric Dargan is the Deputy Director of Public Works and Engineering responsible for the daily operations and management of the Street and Drainage Division. Mr. Dale Rudick is the ReBuild Houston Executive and also a Deputy Director of Public Works and Engineering. Each speaker will give a twenty-minute presentation followed with a ten-minute question and answer period.

Their presentation should be very informative for residents in the Heights, so please try to attend. Tell your friends and neighbors, and invite them to attend also. The meeting will start at 6:30 PM at the Houston Heights City Hall and Fire Station. 107 W. 12th at Yale; the speakers will start around 6:45.

Woman’s Club Quarterly Meeting

The Houston Heights Woman’s Club will host the quarterly General Meeting of its membership at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, July 24, at its clubhouse at 1846 Harvard. Members will listen to guest speaker Jana Whitby, who will give a brief presentation on The Women’s Institute of Houston, a Cultural Studies Education Center. Club business will be conducted and light refreshments served. If you’re not a member and would like more information, please visit the Heights Woman's Club web site.

Polystyrene Foam Recycling Available

Beginning Monday, June 25, 2012, the City of Houston will accept clean block style or packaging polystyrene foam at the Westpark Recycling Center, 5900 Westpark, Houston 77057 and the Environmental Service Center South, 11500 South Post Oak Lane, Houston 77045. Residents can drop off polystyrene foam at both facilities.

The operating hours for the Westpark Recycling Center are Monday through Saturday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Environmental Service Center South is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Thanks to the generosity of Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc, the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) has obtained a polystyrene densifier and compactor machine that enables SWMD to transform polystyrene waste into a valuable recycled material. Up until now, polystyrene foams - commonly known as “Styrofoam” - were bulk materials used in packaging that ended up in Houston’s landfills. Now, polystyrene foam can be compressed by a factor of 40 to 1. As a result, the densified polystyrene foam becomes a product that can be recycled and reused in a variety of commercial and residential uses.

For more information about polystyrene foam recycling and collection, contact Sandra Jackson at 713-837-9164 or email To learn more about recycling in the City of Houston, visit,, or and follow @houstontrash on Twitter.

Calendar of Events for July-August 2012










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


PIP meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street


Independence Day

5 - garbage and recycling

Deadline for next newsletter


Donovan Park closed for mulch replacement, see article.


Donovan Park mulch replacement, see article.



HHA General Meeting: “Markets/ Bazaars,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station



12 - garbage





Fire Station Master Plan Committee, 5:30 PM, Fire Station

HHA Board, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


Greater Heights SNC (SN15), "ReBuild Houston," 6:30 PM, Fire Station, see article for speakers.


19 - garbage and recycling



electronics recycling, Center at Harvard



HHA Education Committee, 7:00 PM, Fire Station



26 - garbage






August 1

2 - garbage and recycling




Deadline for next newsletter


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


PIP Meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street


9 - garbage





HHA General Meeting: “Our Urban Forest,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station



16 - garbage and recycling



electronics recycling, Center at Harvard



Fire Station Master Plan Committee, 5:30 PM, Fire Station

HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


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


23 - garbage







30 - garbage and recycling


September 1

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

Community Calendar

Events planned by other community organizations.

July 5-7, 8:00 PM, Obsidian Art Space (3522 White Oak) hosts Tell Me On A Sunday (music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black) presented by Standing Room Only Production Company. For more information, call 832-889-7837 or visit

July 6-28, UpStage Theatre presents Happy Days, a new musical at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For more information, visit

August 17-25, UpStage Theatre presents A Festival of Comedy at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. Four original comedies by Houston area playwrights. For more information, visit

September 27-29 and October 4-7, Opera in the Heights presents Rossini’s Otello at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For more information, visit

November 27-29, Opera in the Heights presents Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For more information, visit

January 31 and February 1-10, Opera in the Heights presents Verdi’s Macbeth at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For more information, visit

April 25-27 and May 2-5, Opera in the Heights presents Verdi’s Falstaff at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For more information, visit

Future History

October 7, Bicycle Rally

November 30 and December 1, Holiday Home Tour

December, Holiday Food Baskets [dates uncertain]


February 24, Awards Dinner

April 5-7, Spring Home Tour

June 1, Heights Fun Run

Heavy Trash Notes

July is a “Tree Waste Only” month; August is a “Junk Waste” month. For dates in your area, visit the City Solid Waste site.

At The Properties

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

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

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

Copyright © 2012, the Houston Heights Association and/or the authors unless otherwise noted.

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

Editor, The Heights, 107 W. 12th Street, Houston, TX 77008-6907;

email; or leave a message on 713-861-4002.

Staff and Contributors

Editor: Mark R. Williamson

Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson

July contributors:

Gini Axton, Donna Bennett, Paul Carr, Angela DeWree, Gene Inman Photography, Lauriel Hindman, Catherine Lightfoot, Jonathan Smulian, Viula Torgerson, Lanna von Baden.

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