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In This Issue

General Meeting: "Paths to Pedals" - September 10

2012 Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt - October 7

Education Committee Invitation: Join Us in Supporting Education

Land Use Committee Report: METRO tour, property rights information

Director Election Schedule and 2012 Directors & Officers

Constable Program: Can you help distribute flyers?

Woman's Club Open House - September 8

Warehouse To Reopen, With Your Help

Vote For The Heights Library

National Night Out (Texas Edition) - October 2

Constable Statistics


New Members


Staff and Contributors


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Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
Volume Thirty-Eight, Number Nine, September 2012
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2012 Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt

Is your bicycle ready to ride? Registration is now open for the 7th Annual Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, October 7.

This casual, self-paced ride is open to riders of all ages. (This is not a race!) Ride options include the classic 20-mile route or the shorter 5-mile ride designed for kids and their adult companions - or you can do both. The Rally starts and ends in Marmion Park (Heights Blvd at 18th).

There are fabulous prizes for the riders who correctly identify the most mystery sites along the route. After you finish the ride, stay and enjoy the Post-Ride Party in the Park. There will be entertainment and great refreshments along with awards and door prizes.

The first 300 to register receive a commemorative logo water bottle. So don’t delay - go to the Bicycle Rally page to register on-line or download the registration form for mailing.

Not a bicyclist? Want to help? Volunteers are needed to staff registration, the rally checkpoint, and scoring the clue sheets at the end of the day. If you are interested, please email or call 713-861-4002 and leave a message on extension 6.

Whether riding or volunteering, we’d love to have you!

Land Use Committee Report

by Bill Pellerin, HHA Land Use Chair

The Land Use Committee has received an invitation from Houston Metro to tour the new rail lines that are now under construction. The two-hour tour will visit the North Line (planned to extend the existing north/south red line to the Northline Transit Center), the East End line (to the Magnolia Transit Center), and the Southeast Line (to the U of H main campus and to Palm Center). This tour will be a great introduction to how Metro rail will provide new transportation opportunities to the citizens of Houston. If you are interested, send an email to No date has been selected for this tour.

The Land Use Committee receives several requests per month for information about property rights and the ability of the owner to construct, modify, or demolish buildings on the property. The Land Use Committee does not offer opinions about what is permissible on any particular property but does offer access to information, which the property owner can use to make a determination.

This information is on the Houston Heights Association web site. Click on “Committees” at the top of the page and pull down to “Land Use” for links to information and ordinances that affect owners. There are ordinances that apply to historic districts, ordinances that apply to all properties, and deed restrictions (on a per-property basis). Homeowners must review all of these to understand their obligations.

If you want to receive meeting notices from the Land Use Committee, go to the Yahoo! group page.

The Land Use Committee supports the adoption of Deed Restrictions to maintain the character of our neighborhoods. For information on deed restrictions, go to the Houston Heights Association web site.

General Meeting:
“Paths to Pedals”

The September 10 General Meeting of the Houston Heights Association will feature a presentation by Jen Powis, Advocacy Director of the Houston Parks Board. Among the items to be discussed will be the Bayou Greenways Project (a component of the upcoming bond election) and the recently awarded Tiger Grant that will be used to fund additional pedestrian and bike infrastructure improvements. There will also be speakers from the 2012 Heights Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt (to be held October 7).

The floor will be open for nominations to the HHA Board of Directors. See the election schedule below.

Education Committee Invitation

Come Join Us in Supporting Education!

The Houston Heights Association Education Committee has many exciting projects planned for the upcoming school year. We support the students, faculty, and parents of Love, Field, Harvard, Helms, and Travis Elementary Schools, Hamilton and Hogg Middle Schools, and Reagan High School. Whether you are an interested neighbor, parent, or educator, we welcome your involvement to help us make the 2012 - 2013 school year a success. Please contact Stephanie Babb at if you want to be part of this rewarding and fun effort!

Platinum Sponsors

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

Republic Services

Director Election Schedule

Seven 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. Two positions are for the remaining final year of terms ended prematurely.

The five nominees receiving the highest numbers of votes will fill the three-year terms; the nominees receiving the sixth and seventh highest vote counts will fill the one-year vacancies. See the right column on this page for a list of current Directors.

The schedule for the election of Directors to serve terms starting in 2013 will be as follows, in accordance with the By-Laws and Policies of the Association.

• September 10 at the General Meeting, the floor will be opened for nominations to the Board of Directors. Nominators and nominees must be current members of the Association. Nominators may speak for two minutes. Please be sure before you nominate someone that your nominee will commit to serve. Individuals may not nominate themselves, nor may nominees speak on their own behalf at this meeting. Seconding speeches are no longer necessary.

• By September 12, the Election Committee will distribute to nominees election packets containing bylaws, policies, articles of incorporation, committee responsibility list, detailed election schedule, and a statement confirming that the nominee has read the bylaws and policies and agrees to serve in accordance with them if elected.

• By 5:00 PM on the Friday following the General Meeting (September 14), signed statements from nominees are due, as well as a 50-word (maximum) statement from each nominee for publication in the October newsletter and on the website. Statements longer than 50 words (as counted by Microsoft Word) will be truncated after the fiftieth word when published.

• October 8 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 12), 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.)

• Ballots must be received by November 10, at the close of the U. S. Post Office, with control numbers intact.

• November 12, 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.

2012 HHA Directors and Officers

Bill Baldwin (2012), VP Finance, VP Operations

Matt Bedingfield (2014), Treasurer

Donna Bennett (2013)

Stacy Courville (ND), Secretary

Keith Crane (2013), VP Community Affairs

Mike Easley (2013)

Rob Hellyer (2014)

Lindsey Lee (2012), President

Bill Pellerin (2012)

Gilbert Perez (2012*)

Alan Ratliff (2014)

Andrea Sharp (2014), VP Community Relations

Chris Silkwood (ND), VP Sponsorships

Kelly Simmons (ND), VP Information & Communications

Becky Standridge (2012)

Dave Steitz (2014), President-Elect, VP Events

Bart Truxillo (2012)

Mark Williamson (2012*)

(Number in parentheses is last year of term or ND for non-Director Officers; * marks interim appointees or terms ending early for other reasons.)

Constable Program

Can you help distribute flyers?

We are gearing up for the annual subscriber drive for the Heights Constable Patrol. Our goal is distribute flyers to the patrol area explaining the program so we can reach new subscribers. You can help by volunteering to help distribute these flyers. Our target date for starting the campaign is mid-October when the weather may be cooler.

Please let us know if you think you will be able to volunteer so we can put together a volunteer list. Contact us at or 713-861-4002, opt. 5. You will be able to pick any time that is convenient for you between mid-October and the end of November.

Constable Statistics

June July
Total Arrests 9 8
Citizen Assists 0 0
Citizen Contacts 96 51
Vacation Watches 66 165
Court Citations 145 101
Alarm Responses 8 10
Suspicious Vehicles 23 41
Park Checks 49 116
Disturbances 2 2
Major Accidents 0 1
Criminal Offenses 4 10
Miles patrolled 2,113 3,398


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

Ken & Anne Culotta - Flower Gardens, Donovan Playground, Boulevard, Fire Station Restoration

Herlinda Falcon - Donovan Playground

Osvaldo & Guadalupe Fernandez - Boulevard

Josh & Nicole Grabow - Parks

Christopher & Cynthia Haycraft - Boulevard

Joy Lewallen - Boulevard

Nikki McClanahan - Boulevard

Mitch & Sue McFarland - Fire Station Restoration

Taylor Moore - Boulevard

Trudy Nelson - Flower Gardens, Fire Station Restoration, Boulevard, Donovan Playground

White Oak Bayou Association - Fire Station Restoration

Catherine Wiejaczka - Boulevard

David & Joyce Worthington - Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens, Fire Station Restoration

New Members

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

Jamie & Erik Abrams

Mary & David Altobelli

Traci Ayer

Michael Bublewicz

Michael Cortez

Lara & Jason Gaines

Jennifer & David Garcia

Castlen & Cory Kennedy

Christopher Krueger

Kristin Lee

Laura Menefee & Paula Johnson

Ekta Patel

John & Micki Pavlicek

Katherine Peterson

Prieto & Jamae, PLLC, Elizabeth Jamae

Shana Ross Fitness, Mary Beth Reuter

Martha & Robert Stein

Frances & John Taplett

Laura & Mark Tilley

Diane Ukleja

Bronze Sponsors

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

Boulevard Realty Design & Inspiration

Woman’s Club Invitation

In 1912, the women of the Houston Heights Woman’s Club (HHWC) borrowed $1,200 to build a clubhouse on land donated by Mrs. D.D. Cooley. The building at 1846 Harvard was completed in September 1912. This September marks the Centennial of the Clubhouse and all the many events that took place within its walls.

On Saturday, September 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, the HHWC hosts the final event in its year-long celebration of clubhouse history. The Centennial Committee is planning an enjoyable evening for friends and neighbors, with light fare and refreshments. Please join them to wish a Happy 100th Birthday to the Clubhouse, a Heights treasure and piece of Texas history.

Vote For The Heights Library

Our local branch of the Houston Public Library is near the top of the running for prizes in LEGO and ALSC’s “Let’s Re-Imagine Story Time” program. All you have to do is go to and in the drop down menus to the right of the screen, choose your state (Texas), city (Houston) and library (Heights). You don’t have to put in your email address or anything! It’ll take you about 30 seconds to do, and would really help our Heights library.

Here’s the official description from that page: “LEGO® DUPLO® and the Association for Library Services To Children (ALSC) have joined hands to celebrate and support local libraries. The most nominated library in the “Read! Build! Play!” project receives $5,000 for books and supplies. The top 200 libraries receive a special LEGO DUPLO Read! Build! Play! toolkit chock full of cutting edge, early literacy programming that combines preschool books with a versatile collection of DUPLO bricks.”

At press time, our neighborhood Heights library was in second place behind a library in North Carolina. Please vote as often as you can, and feel free to share this with anyone you know. October 1 is the deadline. Thanks!

Don't forget to gathering your unneeded books to donate to the Rotary Club of Houston Heights’ annual Heights Library Book Sale to be held October 6 at the library, 1302 Heights Blvd.

Warehouse To Reopen, With Your Help

Historic Houston, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to sustainability through the preservation and conservation of Houston’s architecture and architectural building resources, has announced plans for a $350,000 capital campaign to re-open their Salvage Warehouse, which was forced to close last year as a result of the economic downturn. Under the new model, deconstruction will be offered as a fee-based service, a model consistent with other non-profit organizations across the county that are involved in deconstruction as a sustainable practice to reduce waste and divert material from the waste stream.

How can you help?

  • Renew your membership in Historic Houston, or start a new membership.
  • Cash donations are always helpful.
  • Please hold off on material donations until they get a new warehouse to store them.

For more information, to join, or to donate, please visit

National Night Out (Texas Edition)

Texas observes National Night Out the evening of Tuesday, October 2. 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.

It’s time to start planning your 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 will have abated by then.

Neighborhood non-profit organizations may be making plans for NNO. We’ll publish any we hear about in time.

Calendar of Events for September–October 2012










Labor Day

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


PIP meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street


Deadline for next newsletter

6 - garbage






HHA General Meeting, “Paths to Pedals," 7:00 PM, Fire Station



13 - garbage and recycling


Nominee paperwork due by 5:00 PM


electronics recycling, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Center at Harvard



HHA Board Meeting 6:30 PM, Fire Station


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


20 - garbage




Heights Urban Forestry Day


HHA Education Committee, 6:30 PM, Fire Station



27 - garbage and recycling




October 1

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


PIP Meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street

National Night Out (Texas)


4 - garbage


Deadline for next newsletter



HHA Bicycle Rally and Scavenger Hunt


HHA General Meeting, “Nominees & Notes,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station



11 - garbage and recycling





HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


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


18 - garbage



electronics recycling, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Center at Harvard





25 - garbage and recycling



Ghost Stories in Marmion Park (see next issue)


Fire Station Open House (see next issue)





November 1 - garbage



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

Community Calendar

Events planned by other community organizations.

Every Saturday, 7:00 AM, Heights Running Club meets on the Heights Blvd jogging trail at 7th Street.

September 19, 6:00-9:00 PM. Opera in the Heights fundraiser “Art with a Texas Accent” at an undisclosed location. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

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

October 6, Rotary Club of Houston Heights annual book sale benefitting Heights Neighborhood Library, 1302 Heights Blvd.

October 7, 11:30 AM, Opera in the Heights southern style jazz brunch at an undisclosed location. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

Heavy Trash Notes

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

Future History

November 30 and December 1, Holiday Home Tour

December 10-12, Holiday Food Baskets


February 24, Awards Dinner

April 5-7, Spring Home Tour

June 1, Heights Fun Run

October 6, Bicycle Rally

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

September contributors:

Donna Bennett, Lauriel Hindman, Lindsey Lee, Bill Pellerin, John Ridgway, Viula Torgerson, Lanna von Baden, Maureen Weyel.

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