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In This Issue

HHA President's Letter

2013 Organizational Information: Officers, Meeting Dates

General Meeting "Urban Animals in the Heights" — January 14

Volunteer & Awards Dinner — February 24

FYI: The CIA Is Around The Corner — deadline January 12

Neva Batterson Dupuis (Dec. 25, 1924 – Dec. 5, 2012)

2013 Spring Home & Garden Tour "Then & Now" — April 5–6

Candlelight Dinner Silent & Live Auctions — April 4

Land Use Committee Notes: Germantown HD, Emes Place

Yale Street Bridge Upgrades Planned — through April

Holiday Home Tour Wrap-Up

Patron Party Guests Celebrate the Holidays

Become a 2013 HHA Sponsor!

Holiday Story Contest Brings Gifts For All Ages

Constable Statistics

New Members



Staff and Contributors


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Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
40th Anniversary 1973-2013
Volume Thirty-Nine, Number One, January 2013
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HHA President’s Letter

by Dave Steitz, 2013 HHA President

Dave Steitz, 2013 PresidentWelcome to 2013. I hope your holidays were filled with love and gratitude for family, friends, and the wonderful community we call home: the Houston Heights.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Houston Heights Association, founded in 1973 and incorporated in 1974. As its newly-elected President, it’s an honor for me to carry on the mission to “foster a sense of community among the diverse segments of the neighborhood… in an atmosphere of friendliness, cooperation, and fun.” I follow in the footsteps of some of Houston’s greatest community leaders, and it’s more than a little humbling to contemplate living up to their legacy.

In our 43 years together, Sandy and I have enjoyed living in some of Houston’s stellar neighborhoods including West University, Bellaire, Hunter’s Creek, and the lakes of Sandalwood. While these neighborhoods have their certain appeal, none have the sense of community we have experienced here in the Heights.

Since moving here in 1996, I have met more neighbors, traded at more locally owned businesses, and felt more a part of the fabric of the community than any other place I’ve called home. We are truly a town within a city.

So when people ask me why I volunteered to serve, I realize it’s because I want this experience to continue and grow even stronger, both for my family, my neighbors, and those who will call the Heights their home in the future.

Lindsey Lee, 2012 PresidentAs he completes his term as President, I want to recognize and thank Lindsey Lee for his steady hand this year and without whose mentoring I would have been ill-prepared to step up in the coming year. Lindsey has modeled a leadership style that is both inclusive and decisive and made a contribution for which we can all be proud.

Next month I’ll be talking about the goals our Board has set for the coming year. I’m excited to be a part of our bright future and grateful for the support of the many volunteers who make the Heights what it is today. May we all prosper and grow in 2013!


2013 Organizational Information

The 2013 HHA Board held its Organizational Meeting on December 4. Officers were elected, dates for meetings were confirmed, and other organizational matters were discussed. The officers and dates are listed here; committee chairs will appear in a later issue.

  • President, Dave Steitz
  • President-Elect, Matt Bedingfield
  • Secretary, Stacey Courville
  • Treasurer, Matt Bedingfield
  • VP Communications, Kelly Simmons
  • Co-VPs Fundraising & Special Events, Chris Silkwood & Kelly Simmons
  • VP Community Relations, Lindsey Lee
  • VP Community Affairs, Bill Pellerin
  • VP Finance & Operations, Bill Baldwin

General Meetings will continue to be held at 7:00 PM on the second Monday of each month at the Fire Station. Board Meetings will continue to be held at 6:30 PM on the third Monday of each month at the Fire Station. The annual Orientation Meeting for Officers, Directors, and Chairs will be held on Sunday, January 27.

General Meeting

Urban Animals in the Heights

Come, Sit, Speak - at HHA’s January 14 General Meeting at the Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station, 107 W. 12th Street (at Yale). The doors open at 6:30, and food and refreshments will be served. Humans may accompany their socialized, vaccinated, and leashed pups for an evening featuring companion-animal-related giveaways and treats at booths by local business members and organizations that are both informative and fun. We’ll have a couple of speakers from the area’s animal welfare and rescue groups to talk briefly about how you may help with efforts to control animal overpopulation and end abuse and neglect.

Meeting hosts are Kelly Simmons, Angie Hasara, and Laura Finkeldey.

Volunteer & Awards Dinner

Save the date now for the upcoming 39th annual HHA Volunteer Appreciation and Community Improvement Awards Dinner, to be held on Sunday, February 24, 2013, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Houston Heights Fire Station, W. 12TH at Yale.

This annual event, which honors all HHA volunteers, includes dinner and the big reveal for recipients of the 2012 Citizen of the Year, Corporate Citizen of the Year, and Marcella Perry Award. Results will also be announced for winners of 2012 Community Improvement Awards, consisting of Residential Renovation, Commercial Renovation, Residential New Construction, and Commercial New Construction. (See the article below for more details.)

Tickets will go on sale in mid-January, and you will receive an e-mail announcement with those details. We hope to see you there!

FYI: The CIA Is Around The Corner!

The 2012 Community Improvement Awards is a wonderful opportunity to recognize some recent examples of positive changes and additions to our neighborhood. Next time you pass that renovation, restoration, or new construction that you just love, whether residential or commercial, consider giving credit where credit is due. Nominate the project for a CIA! Submissions are due by January 12, 2013. The Guidelines and Nomination Form are included in the print edition of this issue and are available here.

The nominations will be presented at the HHA Awards Dinner on February 24 at the Fire Station, and the winners in each category will be announced at that time. It’s a small way in which we can thank our neighbors who have given us one more reason to say, “The Heights is such a great neighborhood!”

Platinum Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2012-2013 Platinum sponsor:

Republic Services

Neva Batterson Dupuis

Dec. 25, 1924 - Dec. 5, 2012

Houston Heights and the Association lost a long-time supporter last month. We asked several of her friends to write a few words.

In Requiem

“Hi, love!”

That’s how Neva Batterson Dupuis would greet people she knew. And she knew many people who loved and admired her, myself included.

I first met Neva in the early 1980s just after I moved to the area. I instantly liked her and her husband, Joe. They were both mainstays in the area as owners of Yale Street Pharmacy (now Yale Street Grill). They were also active members of the Houston Heights Association, for which Neva served on various committees and as treasurer for many years. Neva was very involved with the annual home tours, which is where I met her.

From the early 1990s until Joe closed the pharmacy, I often had breakfast or lunch with Neva. I could find out everything that was going on in the neighborhood and hear about Neva’s personal life. She was born in Iola, Texas. Her first husband, Tommy Batterson, had passed away suddenly years before. She and Tommy had three children: Debbie Batterson Drouin, Mike Batterson, and Dan Batterson. She loved her grandchildren and rejoiced at the birth of her great grandchildren. In fact, after years of hearing Neva’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren call her NeNe, that became my nickname for her, also.

During the 30+ years I knew NeNe, we shared happy and sad tears, including the December 2011 passing of her beloved Joe. But mostly we laughed. It seems like only yesterday that we were working on home tours together. When she asked me to help with the invitations for her 80th birthday, a group of us spent several nights at her dining room table drinking more than a few glasses of chardonnay as we made her party invitations. And what a party it was!

When my husband, Byron, and I were elected as the Houston Heights Association’s Citizens of the Year in 2003, NeNe - who was a prior Citizen of the Year - hugged our necks so tightly. Among all of the prior Citizens of the Year, she’ll be remembered as the one who always ended our annual meetings with the strong warning not to spill the beans about those who would soon receive awards and recognitions.

It was just a few weeks ago when she called the house and left a message on the answering machine. “Julie, this is NeNe,” as if I hadn’t already recognized her East Texas twang before she identified herself. “Call me back, love, and tell my boyfriend, Byron, I said hello.”

Byron and I were heart-broken when we received the call on the morning of her passing. And on the day of her funeral, I laughed and cried as I wrote this tribute and reflected on my cherished memories of sweet and sassy NeNe. Along with many others, I’ll miss her. So, until we’re together again and sharing a glass of chardonnay -

Rest in peace, love!

-Julie Pettit

On December 5 while everyone was decorating for the upcoming holiday season, the Heights community lost one of its brightest shining lights. Neva Dupuis died from a heart ailment. As was typical of Neva’s many years as an HHA volunteer, she worked at the Fire Station selling home tour tickets four days before she died. She would have been 88 on Christmas Day.

Over the years, Neva served on the board of directors of the HHA several times. She also served as treasurer and was voted Citizen-of-the-Year in 1981.

Neva was married to Joe Dupuis, a charter member of the HHA. During the years of the Heights Festival, it was common for Joe and Neva to host Festival work committee meetings at their business, the Yale Pharmacy. Joe and Neva’s Heights friends took delight in teasing Joe about the scandalous way he had pursued the Batterson widow at the Heights Association Croquet Tournament, on Heights Boulevard in 1980. Joe died on December 6, 2011.

Neva was known for her witticisms. In the early days of the HHA, it was common for members to plan group travel adventures. There were train excursions to Galveston and New Orleans. (Yes, there was a train from the Heights to Galveston.) On one of these outings, a Big Bend Raft Trip, in a temperature of over 100+, Neva said “These damn things should be called Torture Tours.” Ever since that day, Neva’s friends refer to travel adventures as Torture Tours.

Another one of her witticisms that many have heard at Heights social functions that have run long was “Darling! When is this Parteee over?” For many of Neva’s large circle of Heights friends, the Partee ended on December 5, 2012.

-Paul Carr

Laveda Geneva McCorquodale Batterson Dupuis, aka “Ms. Neva”, had a name worthy of the Royal Family - which is fitting because she was the beloved Queen Mother of the Heights.

-Anne Culotta

Neva was one of the first neighbors I met on starting the remodeling on my Heights Victorian in 1974. Her dizzying enthusiasm for the Heights was infectious, and I caught the bug. She was always encouraging to me and ever direct - she told you what she thought and expected the same from you. We don’t have to keep the secret that she was one of the great ones.

-Bart Truxillo

When we first moved to the Heights and became active in the Heights Association, we met Neva Dupuis. She became our neighborhood mentor, advising us on the politics of Houston Heights and how to become active in the Heights Association as a resident and not a business. She always encouraged us along the way and helped us all to work hard to make the Houston Heights what it is today.

-Laura Thorp

For me I will always remember Neva greeting me and many others with “Hi, love.” Will truly miss her. Knew her 38 years.

-Charlie Thorp

I will remember Neva with great fondness. She was an incredibly forward-thinking woman with a contagious zest for life.

Of course, one of my favorite quotes from Neva is in reference to our annual citizen of the year luncheon and Neva’s yearly reminder. She always said, “Remember -- you can’t tell anyone. It has to be kept a secret.” It was always said with her wonderful and somewhat mischievous grin.

-Chris Silkwood

Neva was truly an inspiration to me when it came to volunteering. She never gave up on making sure our neighborhood would become a part of town where everyone would be proud to live and those that didn’t live in the Heights wished they could!!!!

-Janet Buchheit

Gold Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Winter 2012-2013 Gold Sponsor:

2013 Spring Home & Garden Tour “Then & Now”

by Janet Buchheit & Kit Davis, Home Tour Chairs

A wonderful tour of six homes awaits you the weekend of April 6 and 7 at the 2013 Houston Heights Association Home & Garden Tour “Then & Now.” What a special neighborhood we live in, and residents of Houston Heights are very happy to share that with the guests visiting the neighborhood for the annual Spring Home & Garden Tour.

There will be a variety of old, new, and eclectic residences:

• Klaybor Residence, 1615 Cortlandt

• Erbland/Woods Residence, 709 E. 19th Street

• Parks/Bouzek Residence, 1617 Columbia

• Stilwell/Elton Residence, 235 W. 18th Street

• Reed Residence, 1532 Tulane

• Derr Residence, 2310 Rutland

Of course it wouldn’t be a Home Tour Weekend without the Candlelight Dinner & Auction, and speaking of eclectic, the little Fiesta located at 1407 Studewood will be transformed into a dinner and auction venue that no one will want to miss out on. It will be a nostalgic farewell to a local grocery and pharmacy that many of us have patronized for years. Don’t let the opportunity pass to walk through the store one last time.

Prior to the dinner there is a private tour of the homes from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. The homes won’t be open to the public until Saturday, so this is a special perk for those who intend to spend the rest of the evening dining, drinking, and bidding on those fabulous items in the live and silent auctions.

The live auction will feature a piece of art by noted artist Michael Arcieri. Mr. Arcieri is a graduate of the Art Institute of Houston. After residing in New Orleans for several years. Mr. Arcieri returned to his hometown of Houston where he now lives and paints in the Heights neighborhood.

So be sure to save the date - April 5 - and look for tickets to go on sale approximately March 1. If you want to start 2013 with a New Year’s resolution you can easily fulfill, please consider volunteering as a docent in one of the homes or working on one of the committees by e-mailing or giving Janet a call at 713-207-1894 or 713-868-9471.

Candlelight Dinner Silent & Live Auctions

A large crew of volunteers is already in high gear creating the highly anticipated Silent Auction and Live Auction that take place at the Candlelight Dinner. Proceeds from the auctions are very important to continue to fund the many projects undertaken by the Houston Heights Association for the benefit of our neighborhood. It takes a village to pull this auction together, and we would love your help!

Please help by donating an item or a gift certificate to this very important and high-profile event. In recognition of your kind generosity and helping hand, you will receive acknowledgment in the event’s gala program, which is taken home by approximately 500 distinguished guests, on the bid sheets accompanying your donation, and in the wrap-up newsletter article. We also encourage our volunteers and Dinner guests to support the businesses and artists who contribute to this event.

We are still looking for volunteers to be a part of the Silent Auction Committee. Committee members help solicit and collect donations and help organize, set up, and design the silent auction on the day of the event. Helping with the committee is a great way to meet new friends while helping our neighborhood. As a small token of our appreciation, each Auction Committee volunteer also receives a complimentary ticket to the Spring Home Tour.

If you can help by making a donation or by volunteering to be part of the Silent Auction Committee, please email Thank you in advance for your help!

Silver Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Winter 2012-2013 Silver Sponsors:

Fiesta Strong Landscaping

Land Use Committee Notes

by Bill Pellerin, Land Use Chair

Germantown Historic District Confirmed by City Council

map of Germantown Historic DistrictResponding to petitions from the residents of the proposed Germantown Historic District, the City Council and the Mayor voted to confirm Germantown as the City of Houston’s 20th Historic District. Congratulations to the residents of the new Germantown Historic District.

The Germantown historic district is west of I-45 and (mostly) east of Houston Street and takes in Woodland Park at the southern end of the district. (Click on the map to enlarge it.)

The new historic district joins six other Heights area districts -- Heights East, Heights West, Heights South, Freeland, Norhill, and Woodland Heights. Historic districts are designated at the request of the residents according to the rules in a City of Houston ordinance. The primary purpose of the ordinance is to maintain the historical character of the district by more carefully managing what can and cannot be done with properties in the district.

The Heights East, West, and South districts have been in place for several years, and having the protection that a historic district provides has been instrumental in protecting the character of our neighborhoods. For more information on historic districts, see the City of Houston Planning and Development web page.

The Status of Emes Place

The City of Houston Public Works and Engineering (PWE) department is waiting for plans from the developer to build Emes Place Subdivision (an 84-unit condo project south of White Oak and east of the eastern end of East 5th Street). There are no submitted or approved building plans yet. Once those plans reach PWE and become available for review, Heights residents who will be affected by this project will work with the city to assure that their concerns are on the record.

Deed Restrictions

The Land Use Committee supports the adoption of Deed Restrictions. These are applied on a property-by-property basis. You can find out more about deed restrictions on the HHA web site: click here.

Holiday Home Tour Wrap-Up

Tour Featured Homeowners, Unique Decorating Styles, and Architecture

by Leann Mueller, 2012 Holiday Home Tour Executive Chair

Holiday Tour art by Anne Reese HernandezThe 2012 Houston Heights “Carols by Candlelight” Holiday Home Tour homes drew rave reviews from tour goers, while the Houston Heights City Hall and Fire Station was transformed into a bustling Tour Headquarters for visitors from all over the city. The HHA raised $50,000 with the help of numerous good-hearted volunteers and businesses.

We tried some new ideas out this year. Food trucks located at Tour Headquarters were popular, and performances by the Harvard Elementary Choir and the Reagan High Jazz Band created a festive holiday atmosphere. We featured more traditional live music at the homes, including FX Barbershop Quartet, members of Texas Medical Center Orchestra, All Saints Catholic Church Choir, University of Houston a Cappella Choir, ABC Music School Girls Choir, Lone Star College Choir, plus many other friends and neighbors who sang or played solo instruments. Along with creating a special keepsake 2012 ornament and holiday prints of the Fire Station plus adding more shuttles, the Holiday Home Tour Committee worked tirelessly to create an enjoyable event for the record crowds who attended.

Congratulations to our featured homeowners Brad and Shireen Wise, Celisa and Adolphus Pressley, Mary Beth Reuter and Shana Ross, John and Deidre Reed, Marisa and Gavin Hurd, and Michael Bublewicz and Alyssa Parrish! Each home was beautifully decorated, and their enthusiasm and great effort were apparent to all who toured the homes.

Kudos to the designers from Bespoke, Heights Antiques on Yale, Pottery Barn, Mecox, Crate and Barrel, and Sur La Table along with florals from Heights Floral, Whole Foods, Central Market, Killion’s Milam Florist, Village Greenery, and The Cutting Garden for creating the unique holiday table vignettes. Thank you to professional photographer Michael Ramos for photographing the homes.

A big thank you to our Sponsors; Republic Services, Christine and Jan Spin, Fiesta Mart, Strong Landscaping (for installing the homeowners’ outdoor lighting), Rita and Jerrod Blanchard, Boulevard Realty, Coldwell Banker United, Whitestone Builders, and Bob Alban (for creating the posters and ticket brochures) and to artist Anne Reese Hernandez for donating an iconic original painting of the 1914 Fire Station, which was then used to create custom keepsake ornaments, prints, and posters. Our appreciation to Bespoke and Grace Hart Antiques for ornament sales along with Buchanan’s Native Plants, Davis Hardware, Jubilee. and Another Place in Time for selling tickets and ornaments. Special thanks to Davis Hardware for being the exclusive dealer for the HHA Fire Station prints.

Last but not least, my heartfelt appreciation goes to this year’s Home Tour Committee: Carol Welter, Linda Boggess, Judy Cummings, and Thom Gribble, along with the Head Docents, Mark and Kathleen Williamson, Nick Eronko, Gilbert Perez, Rich and Amanda Anhorn, Laura Menefee, Nancy Flesch. and Damian and Stasi Ogier - plus all of the volunteer docents - for helping in so many ways, to make this year’s event so successful!

[Thanks also to Leann for organizing all those volunteers and lending her unique vision to the Holiday Home Tour! -Editor]

Looking Ahead

If you would like to be a part of the 2013 Holiday Home Tour by serving on a committee or to have your home considered for the tour, please email It is a wonderful way to give back to the Heights community, to support the HHA, and to meet new friends! We will begin planning in May with home selection completed by August 1, 2013.

Yale Street Bridge Upgrades Planned

The Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering (PWE) has announced a schedule for upgrades to the Yale Street Bridge that will, when finished, result in an increase in the bridge’s weight limits. The process will involve installation of external carbon strip reinforcement on the bridge beams. The schedule for completing the work is as follows:

  • Material testing — complete
  • Engineering/design — (on-going)
  • Advertise for construction — January 2013
  • Receive bids — February 2013
  • Award contract — March 2013
  • Complete rehabilitation — April 2013

In the interim, monthly inspections of the bridge condition will continue. PWE reassures the public that the structure remains safe for public use. The Texas Department of Transportation concurs with this position, writing in recent correspondence to the city: “The Yale Street Bridge at its current rating is still considered safe and not a public safety concern.” While PWE works to complete the upgrades, the bridge’s current weight restriction is a maximum of 3,000 lbs per axle. Most cars, SUVs, and light trucks do not exceed these restrictions. You can find the weight limit of your vehicle on the sticker attached on the driver’s side door.

Signage is in place to notify commercial vehicles and large trucks that their use of the bridge is prohibited and Heights Blvd is the alternative route for this traffic. The Houston Police Department continues enforcement efforts, and PWE is remotely monitoring bridge traffic to identify possible overweight vehicle violations. In addition, traffic operations staff is making routine checks on general functionality of traffic flow in the area to preclude factors that may lead to congestion.

For further information contact Alvin Wright at 832-395-2455 or

Patron Party Guests Celebrate the Holidays

by Carol Welter, Patron Party Chair

The annual Patron Party was held in one of the Houston Heights’ most beautifully renovated historic homes at 941 Cortlandt - the home of this year’s Holiday Home Tour Executive Chair, Leann Mueller - on Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The home was beautifully decorated in the Christmas spirit, accompanied with featured signature dishes from the Heights area’s most well-loved restaurants as well as desserts and mulled wine that were displayed in the home’s “Gingerbread House.”

The event is a wonderful time to enjoy an evening with your neighbors and friends while sampling all the tastes of our fabulous neighborhood. Thank you to Berryhill, Becks Prime, Table 19, Houston Dairymaids, Kraftsmen Bakery, Joe Gonzalez, Escalante’s, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Tony Mandola’s, Glass Wall, Shade, Premier Fine Wines & Spirits, Whole Foods Market, Heights Liquor, Tacos A Go-Go, Happy Fatz, Thai Spice, Chatter’s Café & Bistro and Jus’ Mac. Everything was delicious!

There were some special additions to the Patron Party this year. Entertainment was provided by classical-music group WindSync, Ensemble in Residence with Da Camera of Houston’s Young Artist Program. Guests were given a lovely 2012 commemorative holiday gift: a Christmas ornament based on art by Anne Reese Hernandez.

We are so grateful for all of the sponsors, individuals, and donors that helped to make the 2012 Patron Party a great success! Many thanks to ALL of you!

[Thanks also to you, Carol, for putting it together. -Editor]

Bronze Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Winter 2012-2013 Bronze Sponsors:

Rita & Jarred Blanchard Coldwell Banker United, Realtors
Bob Alban, Design & Ideas
Whitestone Builders
Boulevard Realty

by Chris Silkwood & Kelly Simmons, Co-VPs Fundraising & Special Events

Sponsorship Benefits

Supporting, beautifying, and growing your community; your logo and website link on the HHA website; your logo in the monthly newsletter, The Heights; your name or logo on posters, invitations, postcards, e-blasts, and press releases for HHA special events; complimentary tickets, commemorative merchandise, and entry fees to HHA special events. (Event tickets and other benefits depend on the sponsorship season(s) and level chosen.)

Organizational Information

The Houston Heights Association (HHA) is a 501(c)(3) organization that receives yearly audits of its financial records, along with tax and risk advisory services, by a highly respected CPA firm specializing in nonprofit organizations. The HHA promotes several major events throughout each year along with other HHA activities. All of these events are organized in a highly professional manner, are extremely well attended, and receive extensive amounts of publicity and community awareness.

Proceeds from these events are used to maintain Marmion and Donovan Parks on Heights Boulevard, and to build, plant, and/or maintain jogging trails, flowerbeds, gazebos, plazas, water fountains, sprinkler systems, the rose garden, the brick entrance, and hundreds of trees on the Boulevard esplanade. The HHA is moving into the “Phase 2” renovation of the historic Houston Heights Fire Station & City Hall to ensure its continued role as the heartbeat of civic activities and its important historic significance for the neighborhood. The HHA also supports local schools each year with classroom, arts, and music grants. You can help your community and raise awareness for your business by participating in the HHA Sponsorship Program.

Past Sponsors

We want to give a big thanks to all of our 2012 sponsors!

Bob Alban • Allegiance Bank Texas • Rita and Jerred Blanchard • Boulevard Realty • Buchanan’s Native Plants • Bullseye Storage • Bungalow Revival, LLC • CenterPoint Energy • Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS • Anne and Ken Culotta • Design & Inspiration • Envoy Mortgage • Fiesta Mart Inc. • Heights Liquor on 11th • Grogan Building Supply • Immanuel Lutheran • Lucas Craftsmanship Inc. • Chris Dray, Moody Rambin • PrimeWay Federal Credit Union • Republic Services, Inc. • Christine and Jan Spin • Stella Sola • Strong Landscaping • Whitestone Builders

More Information

The deadline to establish a Spring Season Sponsorship is January 15. For more information or to sign up as a Sponsor, please visit the Sponsorship page. Please direct questions to or 713-861-4002.

Holiday Story Contest Brings Gifts for All Ages

The winners of the 2012 HHA Education Committee holiday writing contest provided stories filled with family Christmas memories and whimsical tales of adventures with Santa Claus. First-place was awarded to Heights residents Jennifer and Mary Ozanic for “The Magnificent Gift”, while second-place went to Ter’ell Cloud of Reagan High School for “Be Careful What You Wish For.” From the inaugural fourth- and fifth-grade category, Taylor Richmond won first-place for his story, “A Christmas Story,” and Ashi Porter was the second-place winner for “The Heroes of Christmas.” Both are students at Heritage Oaks School. In the spirit of spreading holiday cheer, three of the winning stories were read to the December HHA General Meeting attendees.

Three of the winning authors at the General Meeting. [L-R: Ashi Porter, Jennifer Ozanic, Taylor Richmond]

Three of the winning authors at the General Meeting. [L-R: Ashi Porter, Jennifer Ozanic, Taylor Richmond]

Constable Statistics

Oct Nov
Total Arrests 14 20
Citizen Assists 4 1
Citizen Contacts 42 33
Vacation Watches 41 107
Court Citations 61 32
Alarm Responses 8 8
Suspicious Vehicles 48 63
Park Checks 95 116
Disturbances 4 5
Major Accidents 1 1
Criminal Offenses 17 6
Miles Patrolled 2,838 2,578

New Members

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

  • J. Scott Abercrombie & Allison Bell
  • All Star Construction, H. Dennis Haws
  • Gerald & Kathleen Bacus
  • Carissa & Pam Baldwin-McGinnis
  • Nathan Brown
  • Gail Cheramie & Ginger Gates
  • Scott & Jeanette Gillen
  • Gaylene Graham
  • Heights Church, John Norwood
  • Adam & Sara Hough
  • Joseph & Cheryl Householder
  • Rose Chang-Jackson & James Jackson
  • Sheryl Kolasinski
  • L’es-Car-Go, Jean-Philippe Guy
  • Bee Lee
  • Dave & Carolyn Loos
  • Martin Piké Custom Clothier
  • Mary Jarvis Designs
  • Charles & Amber McCullagh
  • Mary & Casey McFaden
  • Mike & Mitzi Mickolas
  • David & Sarah Noffsinger
  • Caroline Rossi
  • Lydia Segers
  • State Farm Insurance, Markus Tolson
  • Burke & Kristin Taylor
  • David Thornton
  • Jason Tracton
  • Pat Siddons & Danny Villarreal
  • Jason Wullschleger


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

  • Robert & Katherine Ayers - Boulevard
  • Clint & Keri Collins - Parks
  • Cassandra de la Garza - Heights Playground
  • Gregg DeJarnett - Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens, Fire Station Restoration
  • Jerry & Kathleen Galbraith - Fire Station Restoration
  • Adam & Sara Hough - Boulevard, Flower Gardens
  • Houston Zen Center - Parks, Boulevard
  • Julia & Vesa Koivumaa - Parks
  • John Rogers & Suzanne Labarthe - Boulevard
  • Eileen Reed - Boulevard, in honor of Sharon Bartlett
  • Eric & Noelle Reed - Boulevard, Parks
  • Anne Hulme Sloan
  • Heather & Patrick Wall
  • Catherine Wiejaczka - Boulevard
  • Jason Wullschleger - Boulevard

Calendar of Events for January-February 2013










PIP meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street


3 - garbage and recycling



Deadline for next newsletter



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



10 - garbage





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


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

16 - Heavy trash (tree waste)

17 - garbage and recycling



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



MLK Jr. Day

HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station



24 - garbage





HHA Education Committee, 6:30 PM, Fire Station



31 - garbage and recycling

February 1


Groundhog Day



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


Deadline for next newsletter

PIP Meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street


7 - garbage





HHA General Meeting, “Show The Love,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station



14 - garbage and recycling

Valentine’s Day



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



Presidents Day

HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


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

20 - Heavy trash (junk waste)

21 - garbage




HHA Awards Dinner, 5:00-8:00 PM, Fire Station




28 - garbage and recycling

March 1


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.

Third Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM, Houston Storytellers Guild meets at St. Andrew’s House, 1811 Heights Blvd, for a monthly story swap. Anyone is welcome to come listen to or share stories. For more information, visit or call 713-643-8478.

January 24, 8:00 PM, Mercury presents Bach’s Double Concerto at Gallery M Squared. For more information, please call the Mercury office at 713-533-0080 or 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 11, 8:00 PM, Mercury presents Mozart’s A Little Night Music at Gallery M Squared. For more information, please call the Mercury office at 713-533-0080 or 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

April 5-7, Spring Home Tour

June 1, Heights Fun Run

October 6, Bicycle Rally

December 6-7, Holiday Home Tour

December 9-11, Holiday Food Baskets [tentative dates]


February 23, Awards Dinner

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.

Heavy Trash Notes

January is a “Tree Waste Only” month; February is a “Junk Waste” month. Remember that the heavy trash pickup date changed to the third Wednesday for most of the Houston Heights area. For dates in your immediate area, visit the City Solid Waste site.

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Staff and Contributors

Editor: Mark R. Williamson

Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson

January contributors:

Janet Buchheit, Paul Carr, Stacey Courville, Kit Davis, Lauriel Hindman, Lindsey Lee, Leann Mueller, Bill Pellerin, Julie Pettit, Kelly Simmons, Dave Steitz, Lanna von Baden, Carol Welter, Maureen Weyel.

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