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In This Issue

Monthly Mixer & Meeting - July 8: "Get Fit, Be Fabulous in the Heights"

Beat the July Heat with the Urbanites - July 18

Coming Up In August - "Digging the Past"

Coming Soon - Updated Business Directory - deadline July 8

Just Call Us Uncle Sam: Bike Rally - October 6

Constable Program News: Pro-Rated Subscriptions

Behind the Scenes at the 26th Annual Heights Fun Run

Ice Cream Social Was A Hit With The Kids

Education Committee Celebrates Another Great School Year

Gazebo Work

Recycling News - Center Street extended, more green carts coming

Yarn Bombers Struck Again, Then Vandals Struck Back

Calling All Builders - National Reuse Contest Building Competition

Did You Know? - Follow Us On Facebook

Constable Statistics


New Members


Staff and Contributors


logo for The Heights
Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
40th Anniversary 1973-2013
Volume Thirty-Nine, Number Seven, July 2013
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Urbanites logoBeat the July Heat with the Urbanites

There’s nothing better than a cold fresh-juiced cocktail or margarita on a sultry Houston summer evening, so we’re headed to El Gran Malo on July 18! Hosted by the Shawn Manderscheid Team at Coldwell Banker Heights, we’ll have a nice selection of “gastro-cantina inspired fare” for HHA members to sample.

As always, we’re on Facebook and Twitter, and we really appreciate it when you spread the word or invite your neighbors to Third Thursday with the Urbanites! This is a great opportunity for young professionals and creatives to build new connections and friendships in our amazing community.

See you soon on Thursday, July 18, 6:00-8:00 PM at El Gran Malo, 2307 Ella Blvd.

Coming Up In August

Houston Heights Association 2nd Monday Mixer & Meeting
Houston Heights Fire Station at 12th Street & Yale
Monday, August 12
6:30 PM - Mix & Mingle Happy Hour,
7:00 PM - HHA News & Program

“Digging the Past: Heights Archeology Tales & Tombstones”

Meet Houston’s own history detectives! Discover the secrets of local lore and recent finds from the experts. Special guests:

Olivewood Cemetery angel statueWallace Saage, Collections Curator at The Heritage Society

Lisa Mouton from Descendants of Olivewood Cemetery

Robert Marcom, RPA, Community Archaeology Research Institute, Inc.

It’s fun, it’s free, and everyone is invited.

Monthly Mixer & Meeting

"July 2013 General Meeting" in a marquee

Get Fit, Be Fabulous in the Heights — Monday, July 8, at the Fire Station

Meet the gurus of fitness & beauty in our neighborhood. The world of Jazzercise with Jill Cucciniello, Get Fit with Bungalow Fitness, and be beautiful inside out with Cosa Bella.

Everyone is invited to the HHA Second Monday meeting & happy hour mixer at the Houston Heights Fire Station (12th and Yale) every month. Don’t miss news you can use about the Heights, and HHA: parks, crime stats, events, and much more! Doors open at 6:30 PM, program at 7:00 PM. It’s fun, free, and everyone is invited!

Platinum Sponsors

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

Boulevard Realty

Coming Soon - Updated Business Directory

If you are a HHA business member, please check your website listing in the online Business Directory, and then follow the link to your specific business. Please make sure your business category, name, address, phone number, and website address are correct. This same information will appear in the semi-annual printed version in the August newsletter. Deadline for changes is July 8.

Also, please note that businesses are permitted to have a brief description (20-25 words) on the HHA website (which will not appear in the printed version). Please submit changes and descriptions to

Just Call Us Uncle Sam

Bike Rally logoThe Houston Heights Association is always looking for a few good volunteers, especially when it comes to helping with fun events that help raise funds in support of our wonderful neighborhood.

If bike riding is an activity you enjoy, please consider volunteering for the HHA Bike Rally & Scavenger Hunt that will take place on Sunday, October 6. The routes for the exciting 20-mile route and the 5-mile family route have not been completed. We’re especially seeking volunteers to help coordinate the 5-mile family ride.

To join the committee, please contact bicycle enthusiast Addie Ann Spicer,

Constable Program News: Pro-Rated Subscriptions

HHA is now offering a pro-rated subscription to the constable program. The rate is $150 for the rest of the year. More information including how to pay online can be found here.

Constable Statistics

April May
Total Arrests 24 12
Citizen Assists 3 23
Citizen Contacts 33 30
Vacation Watches 88 224
Court Citations 81 101
Alarm Responses 17 11
Suspicious Vehicles 23 58
Park Checks 54 29
Disturbances 21 9
Major Accidents 1 2
Criminal Offenses 6 12
Miles Patrolled 4,404 6,507

Did You Know?

Did you know you can “like” the Houston Heights Association on Facebook? There’s a general Facebook account, as well as pages for each of our yearly events.

Silver Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Summer 2013 Silver Sponsors:

Behind the Scenes at the 28th Annual Heights Fun Run

After months of planning by a dedicated committee lead by co-chairs Angie Hasara and Laura Finkeldey, there was only one question on the minds of the volunteers as they stood before dawn in Marmion Park on the morning of the 28th Annual Heights Fun Run: Would the additional eight porta-cans arrive before race time?

They were expecting 1,200+ runners and walkers. Well, the forecast was for a sweltering hot and humid morning, so no relief would be necessary for the sweating runners or walkers. But what about the onlookers who would be along Heights Boulevard cheering on their family and friends? (Still no porta-cans in sight.) Should the call go out to all the sleeping Heightsites who might have access to latrine shovels?

There had been two porta-cans delivered to Marmion Park on the previous afternoon. Vendors who would be arriving pre-race to set up tables to display their products and services could utilize those porta-cans. Vendors included:

  • runners just after the startAirrosti Rehab Centers
  • Amerejuve Medspa
  • Circa Real Estate
  • crescendo family music
  • District Dental
  • Great Clips
  • Habitation Realty
  • "Photo courtesy"Harper Wellness and Rehab
  • Heights Cat Clinic
  • Heritage Oaks School
  • Jason Cantrelle, State Farm Insurance Agent
  • Massage Heights
  • Polka Dot Dogs
  • Studio Fitness and Rig Dog CrossFit

But wait. What about the companies to which HHA wanted to give special thanks? Spring sponsors. Event sponsors. Prize donors. Would these generous VIPs be opposed to coffee cans, if the need arose? These companies included:

  • awards and t-shirtsBoulevard Realty
  • Bungalow Fitness
  • Eye to Eye
  • Happy Fatz
  • J. Luna Produce
  • Jason Tomazewski
  • Jubilee
  • Juicy in the Sky
  • Katz Coffee
  • Kroger on Studewood
  • Luke’s Locker
  • Memorial Herman Hospital NW
  • Premier Remodeling
  • Republic Services
  • heaps of bagelsSelect Physical Therapy
  • Spring Action Photos
  • Texas State Optical - Heights
  • The Hot Bagel Shop
  • Urban Western Houston
  • Waldo’s Coffee House

Then, just as the sun began to rise over the trees and a few rays of light danced across Heights Boulevard, could it be? Yes! Coming down the street - like a white knight riding to the rescue of the fun run committee - was a delivery truck with shining porta-cans perched on its flat bed. Another crisis averted,” was the joyous cry of the committee members:

  • Co-chairs with PresidentAngie Hasara and Laura Finkeldey, Co-chairs (right, with President Dave Steitz)
  • Stephanie Babb
  • Linda & Simon Eyles
  • Damian Ogier
  • Julie Pettit
  • Laura Scavone
  • Andrea Sharp
  • Kelly Simmons
  • Addie Ann Spicer
  • Danae Stephenson & Martin Piké

To view the final race results of the 28th Annual Heights Fun Run, click here. To see photos of the fun run - and possibly find a porta-can sighting - click here.

Ice Cream Social Was A Hit With The Kids

volunteers handing out treats children play, parents watch

Despite the threat of rain and last minute delivery of the “cold ones,” the June 9 Ice Cream Social was a hit. Dozens of kids brought their parents to enjoy free treats, meet neighbors, and play in the park. The leftover treats were donated to the residents of Houston Heights Tower on 19th Street.

kids being tempted by kittens dad hands treat to child

Heights Education Committee Celebrates Another Great School Year!

The Houston Heights Association’s Education Committee hosted its annual Leadership Luncheon on May 22 at Collinas Restaurant. The event was well attended by principals and PTO/PTA presidents from our local schools, and this year the event included Teacher-of-the-Year winners from Field, Helms, and Harvard Elementary schools.

Everyone was also introduced to the new principal at Hamilton Middle School, Wendy Hampton; the current principal, Roger Bunnell, is retiring. Anna Eastman, president of the HISD Board of Education, graciously attended as well.

Attendees provided an update of their schools current student population profile, campus initiatives, anticipated funding issues, and their wish list for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. A lively discussion followed as to how the Education Committee and schools might more effectively engage the local community, businesses, and artistic resources to partner with individual schools to help enrich the students educational experience. A collaborative plan to address this outreach effort and other ideas will be developed over the coming months.


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

  • ASAP Air - Fire Station Restoration
  • Donna Aversano & Debra Tabor - Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens, Fire Station Restoration
  • Chuck & Mildred Bautista - Flower Gardens, Donovan Playground
  • Emily & Alan Bern - Flower Gardens
  • Mark Bouzek & Deb Parks - Flower Gardens
  • Chris & Rebecca Clark - Education, Land Use
  • Eileen Donaghy & Mary Stuart
  • Pat & Jerry Eversole - Boulevard
  • Judy Fairchild - Miscellaneous
  • Osvaldo & Guadalupe Fernandez - Boulevard, Flower Gardens
  • Judy Hauser - Boulevard
  • Eryn & George Myers - Donovan Playground
  • Carl & Laura Pickett - Donovan Playground
  • Sharee & Dana Robertson - Flower Gardens
  • Michael & Randy Schell
  • Lisa & William Shorb - Land Use, Boulevard, Flower Gardens
  • William & Deborah Schroeter - Boulevard
  • Marti Titus - Boulevard & Flower Gardens, Urban Forestry
  • Skip & Eudora Vasquez - Fire Station Restoration
  • Mike & Gena Vaughn - Boulevard
  • Nancy & Phil Wedemeyer - Flower Gardens
  • Heather & Colby Whitfield - Flower Gardens
  • Janet Youngker - Flower Gardens

New Members

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

  • ASAP Air, Richard Fulks
  • Becky Lynott Birdwell
  • Brad & Johanna Bishop
  • Richard Bosco & Joy Tober
  • Semmes & Will Burns
  • Carrigan, McCloskey & Roberson, LLP, Timothy McCloskey
  • Cat Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Nancy Christensen
  • Citeworx, Richard McCarley
  • Chris & Rebecca Clark
  • Annie & David Colquitt
  • Nancy Crichton
  • Mark & Erica DiBella
  • Eileen Donaghy & Mary Stuart
  • El Gran Malo, Lea McKinney
  • Judy Fairchild
  • David Faulkner & Melissa LaBelle
  • Sita & Justin Feinberg
  • Linda Field
  • Carolyn & Greg Givens
  • Kevin & Karien Goodwin
  • Bryan & Barbi Gorrell
  • Jack Guidry
  • Gina & Ryan Harder
  • Edgar Huerta
  • Christa & Jason Humber
  • Gavin & Marisa Hurd
  • Michelle Jacobson
  • Michael Johnson & Kate McCaulay
  • Clay Jordan
  • Celina & Gary Kasper
  • Lisa Kennedy & Tammy Manning
  • LaPetite Academy of Houston, Jeanette Kriticos
  • Mary & David McAdow
  • Matt Miller & Kimberly Hicks
  • Masa Mirkovic
  • Robert & Tiffany Mullen
  • Delphine & Geoffrey Paixach
  • Katrina Parker
  • Michael Pena & Vaidehi Godhania
  • Natalie Peterson
  • Carley & Jerimah Petrie
  • Paul & Joanna Phillips
  • Laura & Michael Player
  • Dawn Putaturo
  • Amanda Roche
  • Matthew & Lisa Rodrigues
  • Mary Ruprich & Victoria King
  • Allison & Steven Sawyer
  • Adam & Emily Shisler
  • Lisa & Bill Shorb
  • Joshua & Emily Teer
  • Cole Thomson & Cheryl Ursin
  • Marti Titus
  • Skip & Eudora Vasquez
  • Chloe Walker

Bronze Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Summer 2013 Bronze Sponsors:

Recycling News

Two news items from the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department will affect recycling in the Heights area and around the city.

First, although the recycling center on Center Street between Heights Blvd. and Harvard was due to close on June 1 after having been sold to a nearby business, it has been granted a stay of execution. The City is in the progress of negotiating a lease that will allow the center to stay open until the end of this year, with an extension to the end of 2014 as an option.

Second, the large green recycling carts are coming to more homes in our area in July (but not nearly all). The press release below from the City explains the program and names the areas affected. For more precise boundaries on the areas named in the press release, see the note following the press release.

Houston to Expand Automated Curbside Recycling Program to 35,000 More Households

City of Houston news release

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) is pleased to announce an additional 35,000 households (see list below) will be added to its popular automated curbside recycling program. As part of the expansion, residents in neighborhoods throughout Houston will receive one 96-gallon green automated cart similar to the black automated garbage cart.

“I am pleased that we continue to expand our recycling services. This is the first of two expansions this calendar year where we will double the number of homes with single stream recycling. Our recycling efforts show great financial responsibility in not paying to dispose of valuable commodities, as well as creates local jobs by appropriately managing resources,” said Mayor Annise Parker.

“Since first implementing the initiative in 2009, residents have overwhelmingly been asking to be included in this program. It’s convenient because participants can place their unsorted recyclables, including glass, in one city-provided container with wheels that makes it easy to roll to the curb,” said Harry Hayes, SWMD Director.

An additional expansion to 70,000 households is planned in the fall.

Recyclable items that can be placed in the containers include: newspapers, magazines, office paper, junk mail, cardboard, paperboard, paper bags, glass bottles and jars, aluminum cans, tin and steel cans, and plastics 1 - 5 and 7.

Subdivisions included in the July 2013 expansion curbside Automated Recycling Program:

1. Almeda Plaza

2. Bayou Place

3. Braeburn Glen

4. Braeswood Place

5. Brooksmith

6. East Montrose

7. East Sunnyside

8. Epernay Sec 2

9. Fourth Ward/ Freemen’s Town

10. Glen Iris

11. Glenshire

12. Golfview Manor

13. Gulf Freeway Oaks

14. Harris Court

15. Heights [*]

16. Heights II [*]

17. Hiram Clarke

18. Home Owned Estates

19. Huntington Patio

20. Huntington Village

21. Inwood Terrace

22. Kashmere Gardens area

23. Keegan’s Glen

24. Kempwood Villa T/H

25. Magnolia Park Sec 2

26. Monte Beach

27. New Meadow Brook

28. Nottingham Sec 4

29. Outpost Estates

30. Parkglen

31. Parkglen West

32. Proctor Plaza

33. South Park

34. Sunnylan

35. Sunset Heights [*]

36. Sunset Terrace

37. Third Ward

38. Tropicana

39. Westbriar

40. Westbury West

41. Westwood Corner

42. Westwood Patio Homes

43. Wilson Court

The Solid Waste Management Department provides solid waste services to the residents of Houston through the collection, disposal and recycling of discarded material in a manner that is safe, efficient, environmentally sound and cost-effective.

For more information about the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and its services, please log on to, follow us on Twitter @houstontrash or like us on Facebook at


[*] Beware! Some of these “subdivision” names are misleading! You can see maps of the new areas by visiting the online copy of this press release and clicking on the “subdivision” names.

Yarn Bombers Struck Again, Then Vandals Struck Back

finished yarn bomb on arbor wall and bench

detail of "cornerstone"

Our friendly local group of knitting and crochet fans was out in force again on the morning of June 8, decorating the arbor wall in the 1600 block of the Heights Boulevard esplanade. The work was to have remained in place until the middle of July, but vandals tore most of it down a week later.

after vandalism, with reward sign

"Vandalized, $500 reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477)"

Gazebo Work

What started as a casual conversation at the Candlelight Dinner between Billy Lucas and Board member Leann Mueller turned into a plan to renovate the gazebo on Heights Boulevard just south of 11th Street. Billy enthusiastically embraced the idea of sprucing up the gazebo as a community project and generously offered to supply the manpower and materials to get the job done. Our gratitude goes out to Billy and his whole crew for being such great supporters of the HHA!

gazebo photo

Calling All Builders for 2013 National Reuse Contest Building Competition

The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWD) Reuse Warehouse is coordinating Houston’s participation in the 2013 National Reuse Contest, sponsored by The Reuse People (TRP). Projects built primarily of used building materials and completed within the last twelve months are eligible for submission. TRP will award gift certificates of $1,000, $500, and $250 to the first, second, and third place winners of the National Contest, redeemable at a local reuse store to be determined, and will display annotated photos of the winning entries at various green building shows and expositions throughout the year.

Houston entries received by the August 31 deadline will be judged by Mayor Annise Parker, businessman and philanthropist Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, and Dan Phillips of the Phoenix Commotion. The three winners, announced September 30, 2013, will automatically be entered in the national contest. TRP will select the national first, second, and third place winners on October 30, 2013.

Individuals in the greater Houston area interested in competing are requested to email a photo of their project to Reuse Warehouse Manager Keith Koski at For a complete list of rules and participating stores and to see photos of previous contest winners, visit

For questions and more information about the 2013 National Reuse Contest Building Competition, contact Sandra Jackson at or 713-837-9164.

To learn more about recycling and sustainability in the City of Houston, visit,, on Facebook at, and on Twitter @houstontrash.

Calendar of Events for July–August 2013









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 August newsletter




HHA Monthly Mixer & Meeting, “Get Fit,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station



11 - garbage





HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


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

17 - heavy trash (tree waste in odd months)

18 - garbage and recycling

Urbanites, 6:00-8:00 PM, 2307 Ella Blvd



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



NO Education Committee meeting in July



25 - garbage







August 1 - garbage and recycling





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

Deadline for September newsletter


PIP Meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street


8 - garbage





HHA Monthly Mixer & Meeting, “Digging the Past,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station



15 - garbage and recycling



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

21 - heavy trash (junk waste in even months)

22 - garbage







29 - garbage and recycling



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 Boulevard jogging trail at 7th Street.

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

October 4-13, Opera in the Heights presents Verdi’s La Traviata at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Boulevard. For more information, visit

November 15-24, Opera in the Heights presents Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Boulevard. For more information, visit

Heavy Trash Notes

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

Future History

October 6, Bicycle Rally

December 6-7, Holiday Home Tour

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


February 23, Awards Dinner

April 4-6, Spring Home Tour [tentative dates]

June 7, Heights Fun Run [tentative date]

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 © 2013, 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

VP Communications: Julie Pettit

Editor: Mark R. Williamson

Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson

July contributors:

Angela DeWree, Angie Hasara, Lauriel Hindman, Leann Mueller, Julie Pettit, John Ridgway, Dave Steitz, Maureen Weyel, Lanna von Baden.

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