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In This Issue

Monthly Mixer & Meeting - August 12 - Digging the Past

Urbanites in August: Hot & Crisp-y - August 15

Fall Monthly Programs - Sept.9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9

Take a Seat and Get Your Bearings - Bike Rally - October 6

Director Election Schedule & List of Current Directors

HHA Board Calls For Better Bike Path Visibility

It's Rewarding (Kroger Community Rewards)

Did You Know? - Public Forum, Super Neighborhood

Greater Heights Garden Club

Hawkins House Damaged By Fire

Yarn Redux (for a while)

Remember Your ODDS and EVENS - Heavy Trash Reminder

Constable Statistics

Donations

New Members

Calendars

Staff and Contributors

Copyright

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Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
40th Anniversary 1973-2013
Volume Thirty-Nine, Number Eight, August 2013
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HHA’s Monthly Meeting & Mixer

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:

  • Wallace 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.

Fall Monthly Programs

Happy Hour Mixer & Meeting at the Fire Station
Second Monday of every month
Doors Open at 6:30 PM
Meeting & Program at 7:00 PM

Here’s the program line-up for the rest of the year. Everyone’s invited!

September 9 - Heights Health & Wellness: Tune-up for Fall

Meet the doctors, dentists, and health care professionals at a wellness open house. HHA 2014 Board nominations will be accepted.

October 14 - Big Night: Art, Pizza, and More

See a Heights Art Show curated by Keith Crane, and join us for the Heights Pages 60th issue celebration, a pizza party, and Constable Patrol Program kick-off with Precinct One’s Alan Rosen. HHA 2014 Board nominee speeches will be given.

November 11 - HHA Business Member Showcase

Meet the dynamic businesses large and small: services, shops, eateries, and more! HHA 2014 Board election results will be announced.

December 9 - HHA Holiday Party

Urbanites in August: Hot & Crisp-y

Good news from the Urbanites! First, our August “Third Thursday with the Urbanites” is at Crisp for a Houston Hot Happy Hour! Hosted by Thom Gribble and Phil Eaton, we’ll have some delicious lite bites for members of the HHA. Our special guests will be the folks behind the non-profit A 2nd Cup coffee shop, located right here in the Heights area.

  • Thursday, August 15
  • Crisp, 2220 Bevis St
  • 6:00-8:00 PM

In addition to our popular Happy Hour events for young professionals and creatives, the Urbanite Think Tank has been working behind the scenes, planning a Neighborhood Bayou/Bike Trail Cleanup Day! Tentatively scheduled for late September, we’ll have more details in the next newsletter, or check out the “Houston Heights Urbanites” Facebook page.

See you around the neighborhood!

Take a Seat and Get Your Bearings

The HHA Bike Rally & Scavenger Hunt is getting closer and closer. In fact, Sunday, October 6 will be here before you know it, so we hope you’re already in training for the 20-mile route or the 5-mile family route.

If you are interested in joining the committee that is working on this fun event, please contact Addie Ann Spicer at aaspicer@hotmail.com.

Platinum Sponsors

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

Boulevard Realty

Director Election Schedule

Five of the fifteen positions on the HHA Board of Directors will be filled by election over the next few months. All of the positions are opening due to normal expiration of terms. The five nominees receiving the highest numbers of votes will fill the three-year terms. 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 9 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 11, 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 13), 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 14 at the General Meeting, nominees or their representatives may speak on their qualifications for three minutes. They will also draw for ballot positions at the beginning of the meeting.

• By the Friday following the General Meeting (October 18) 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 9, at the close of the U. S. Post Office, with control numbers intact.

• November 11, 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.

HHA Board Calls For Better Bike Path Visibility

Since 2009, our community has benefitted from our local hike-and-bike trails. Every day, hundreds of us ride, walk, or jog these trails. However, along with increased trail usage has come increased traffic on our major thoroughfares. We have all witnessed trail users playing “frogger” trying to cross busy streets, especially at peak hours. If you are a trail user, you have probably experienced this yourself.

At its July 15 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Houston Heights Association approved a letter to District C City Council Member Ellen Cohen, Mayor Annise Parker, and other City of Houston officials urgently calling for safety improvements at six locations where the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Rails to Trails bike trail crosses major streets in the area, based on recommendations in an independent traffic engineering study obtained by HHA. If implemented, the improvements should enhance the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians without significant delays to motorists.

The study recommends (1) installation of pedestrian hybrid beacons (“HAWK lights”) where the trail crosses Heights Boulevard, Yale, West 11th, West 19th, and West 20th; (2) installation of in-roadway lighting where the trail crosses White Oak, and (3) enhanced traffic signals and pavement markings at all six crossings. We note that the City has recently installed “bike crossing” pavement markings on the roadway approaches to the MKT intersections at 7th and Yale, 11th and Nicholson, and Columbia and White Oak.

The letter concludes, “Safety for users on the MKT is paramount. We will cooperate with your Office and City officials to resolve issues at the crossings for a safe environment for pedestrians and bicyclists using the MKT in Houston Heights.”

2012 HHA Directors

Bill Baldwin (2015)

Matt Bedingfield (2014)

Donna Bennett (2013)

Keith Crane (2013)

Bill Davis (2015)

Mike Easley (2013)

Rob Hellyer (2014)

Leann Mueller (2015)

Bill Pellerin (2015)

Alan Ratliff (2014)

Andrea Sharp (2014)

Addie Ann Spicer (2015)

Becky Standridge (2013)

Dave Steitz (2014)

Mark Williamson (2013)

(Number in parentheses is last year of term.)

Donations

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

  • Rex & Karen Adams - Fire Station Restoration
  • Sarah Adams - Donovan Playground
  • Barbara Bahm - Flower Gardens
  • Stephen Brossart & Gerrod George - Boulevard
  • Bob Burleson - Boulevard
  • Ronnie Buras
  • Marc & Roswitha Carter - Boulevard, Flower Gardens
  • Mary & Joe Cesaratto - Parks
  • Trent & Catherine Chassay - Fire Station Renovation, Marmion Park, Miscellaneous
  • Alla Divinskaya - Flower Gardens, Donovan Playground
  • John & Maryanne Douglas
  • Carl W. Gary - Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens
  • Dixon & Kay Gilbreath - Boulevard
  • Kirk & Irma Girouard - Parks, Boulevard
  • Bruce & Katie Jernigan - Donovan Playground, Fire Station Restoration, Flower Gardens, Boulevard
  • Walter Light, Jr.
  • Malone Printing, Glen Putman - Heights Constable Patrol Project
  • Rebecca Marek - Flower Gardens
  • Patricia Mayo - Boulevard
  • Eileen & Clark McClellan - Boulevard
  • Meghan & Zak Olds - Donovan Playground
  • Nancy Pittman - Boulevard
  • Anne Sloan - Boulevard in honor of the 90th birthday of Melvalene Cohen
  • Stephanie Spicer & Adam Frey
  • Marshall Sundberg & Amandine Cagnioncle
  • Darrell & Sondra Warner - Flower Gardens
  • Damien Wilmann - Donovan Playground
  • Marla Wunderlich & Shannon Holy - Donovan Playground

Silver Sponsors

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

It’s Rewarding

Kroger is making it easy for local non-profits, such as HHA, to receive cash through Kroger Community Rewards. Here’s how.

HHA has applied for and received a Kroger Community Rewards identification number, 81249. Beginning Aug. 1, HHA members can enroll their Kroger Plus Cards online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com. (If you don’t have a Plus Card, get one at a Kroger service desk.) If you are new to the Kroger online programs, you’ll need to sign up for an account, otherwise sign in to your Kroger account, click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information, and enter our “NPO number” 81249. [A longer version of these instructions is available in the online editions of this issue. Click here.]

Then, beginning Sept. 1, every time an enrolled participant from HHA shops at Kroger using a Kroger Plus Card, HHA will begin accumulating. Once you have enrolled, your spending begins earning rewards for HHA.

The amount HHA earns will depend on how much our participants spend compared to other organizations. Organizations that are supported by Kroger Plus Card shoppers will earn a percentage of the $1.5 million donated annually.

If you’re a Kroger shopper, we encourage you to sign up and increase HHA’s earning potential.

Did You Know?

Did you know that the Houston Heights Association Board reserves an early slot on the agenda of its monthly third-Monday meeting for a short Public Forum? Email info@houstonheights.org to sign up for a two-minute speaking slot.

Constable Statistics

May June
Total Arrests 12 7
Citizen Assists 23 33
Citizen Contacts 30 33
Vacation Watches 224 231
Court Citations 101 119
Alarm Responses 11 10
Suspicious Vehicles 58 33
Park Checks 59 48
Disturbances 9 2
Major Accidents 2 0
Criminal Offenses 12 9
Miles Patrolled 6,507 4,109

Did You Know?

Did you know that the Houston Heights Association is a stakeholder member of the Greater Heights Super Neighborhood Council (SN15)? SN15 extends from I-45 to White Oak Bayou except for the corner of Timbergrove; see GHSN.org for a map.

Bronze Sponsors

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

Greater Heights Garden Club

Recently a small group of folks wanted to kick start a garden club for the Heights area. So a few enthusiasts got their heads together and started a plan.

Recently they took on the flowerbed at I-10 and Heights Blvd. This bed had been neglected for several years. With the help of wonderful volunteers, they began the rehab.

They would like to thank everyone so far that offered their labor, support, and materials.

They are counting on all you avid gardeners to come join them with a bed clean up, a garden tour, or a field trip. Like them on Facebook - Heights Garden Club - and let them know you are interested; leave an email address if you would like to receive notifications for upcoming events. They have a garden tour the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM.

Remember Your ODDS and EVENS

A reminder from the City of Houston

Houston’s Solid Waste Management Department collects tree waste only in the ODD numbered months of January, March, May, July, September, and November. Tree Waste is clean wood waste such as tree limbs, branches, and stumps.

Tree waste collected from Houston residents is transported to Living Earth where it is recycled to produce a quality mulch product called “Living Earth Houston Mulch.” This mulch is available in bulk directly from Living Earth and is also available in blue bags at Houston area retailers including Lowe’s. Fifty cents for every bulk yard sold and ten cents for every bag sold are returned to the City to promote and expand its recycling programs.

Junk waste is collected in the EVEN numbered months of February, April, June, August, October, and December. Junk Waste is defined as lumber, furniture, appliances with the freon removed, and other bulk items.

For more information visit www.houstonsolidwaste.org or contact Sandra Jackson at Sandra.jackson2@houstontx.gov or 713-837-9164.

Hawkins House Damaged By Fire

A fire on the afternoon of July 18 destroyed most of the roof and much of the second floor ceiling of the century-old Hawkins Home at 1015 Heights Boulevard. Luckily, no one was injured in the fire. The house was built for George W. Hawkins, an early car dealer who held license plate “1” until it was pre-empted for the Governor. The former Heights Festival began as G. W. Hawkins Day. The owner has indicated that he plans to restore the house and is consulting with City historic preservation staff.

Yarn Redux (for a while)

As we noted in our last issue, our friendly local yarn bombers decorated the arbor wall in the 1600 block of the Heights Boulevard esplanade on the morning of June 8. The work was to have remained in place until the middle of July, but a vandal tore most of it down a week later. Undaunted, the yarn artists returned on June 29 to reinstall the salvageable pieces plus photos of neighbors enjoying the original installation. This second version was taken down on July 14 when the permit expired.

New Members

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

Diane Allman

George & Linda Anderson

Audio Visual Advantage, Trent Chassay

Heather & Matthew Averill

Betsy & Scott Baxter

Karolina Bedacht & Collette Crenshaw

Kent & Linda Bennett

Barbara Biel

Frank Bilotti

Curtis Bixler & Catherine Lofland

Eloise Blair

Stephanie Boram

Madelyn & Louis Bosse

Ronnie Buras

Marc & Roswitha Carter

Trent & Catherine Chassay

Kevin & Sandy Cofer

Wayne Cohen

Marian & Austin Cornelius

Dessange Paris, Charles Moyse

Frank & Linda Dello Stritto

District H Crossfit, Joseph Flanigan

Alla Divinskaya

Joe & Pam Downing

John & Maryanne Douglas

Jacques Duplantis

Martha Fancher

Joseph & Marie Flanigan

Luke Gilman

Kevin & Karien Goodwin

Michelle Graczyk

Lawrence Gray & Diane Edmondson

Steve Haraway

Charles & Jaclyn Harrison

Michael Haworth

Billy Hescht & Andres Pulido

Nathan & Lindsay Hilleary

Amy Jones & Julio Gomez

Eric & Martine Kuhle

Cleve & Bethany Lancaster

Deborah & Jim Lavis

Anne & Jeff Liddle

Salvador Lopez

McDowell Owens Engr., Inc., Jean McDowell

Michael Mendenhall

Lisa & Nate Meyer

Amber & Charles Moyse

Native American Chamber of Commerce, Carroll E. Cocchia

Nicolas Norboge

Bob Nowak

Meghan & Zack Olds

Max & Lindsay Oyola

Milton & Suzanne Palmer

Laura Parkan

Eric Phifer & Eric Shreiber

Colin Pogge & J. Sangita

Public House Heights, Chris & Emily McReavy

Noe & Gaby Ramirez

Jodie & Steve Robinson

Holly & Royce Roemisch

Maria & Matthew Rossini

Mary Ruprich & Victoria King

Laura & Ryan Ruppert

Leo & Laura Buss Sayavedra

Jens & Alison Schmieder

Michael & Tricia Schwartz

Kim & Patrick Shea

Carl Shearer

Blake Smalley

Kate & Rich Smith

Liz Conces Spencer

Stephanie Spicer & Adam Frey

Monica & Thomas Springer

Marshall Sundberg & Amandine Cagnioncle

Anne Sutherland & Charles Louis

Becky Villareal

Darrell & Sondra Warner

Wes & Michelle Welmaker

John & Barbara White

Rae Lynn White

Eric Willis

Hunter & Katie Wright

Marla Wunderlich & Shannon Holy

Joe Zanone

Calendar of Events for August–September 2013

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 

 

 

1 - garbage and recycling

2

3

4

5

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

Deadline for next newsletter

6

PIP meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street

7

8 - garbage

9

10

11

12

Mixer / Meeting, “Dig the Past,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station

13

14

15 - garbage and recycling

HHA Urbanites, 2220 Bevis St, 6:00-8:00 PM

16

17

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

18

19

HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

20

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

21 - heavy trash (junk waste in even months)

22 - garbage

23

24

25

26

27

28

29 - garbage and recycling

30

31

September 1

2

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

3

PIP Meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street

4

5 - garbage

Deadline for next newsletter

6

7

8

9

Mixer / Meeting, “Wellness,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station

10

11

12 - garbage and recycling

13

14

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

15

16

HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

17

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

18 - heavy trash (tree waste in odd months)

19 - garbage

20

21

22

23

HHA Education Committee, 6:30 PM, Fire Station

24

25

26 - garbage and recycling

27

28

29

October 1

2

3

4

5

6

HHA Bicycle Rally, All Day, Marmion Park

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, www.houstonstorytellers.org 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 www.operaintheheights.org.

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

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.

Houston Storyteller’s Guild will offer scary stories in Marmion Park on October 26, some time around dark. Details to follow.

Future History

December 6-7, Holiday Home Tour

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

2014:

February 23, Awards Dinner

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

June 7, Heights Fun Run [tentative date]

October 6, Bicycle Rally [tentative date]

Heavy Trash Notes

August is a “Junk Waste” month; September is a “Tree Waste Only” 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.

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 editor@houstonheights.org; or leave a message on 713-861-4002.

Staff and Contributors

VP Communications: Julie Pettit

Editor: Mark R. Williamson

Assistant Editor: Kathleen S. Williamson

August contributors:

Donna Bennett, Keith Crane, Angela DeWree, Lauriel Hindman, Leann Mueller, Julie Pettit, Lanna von Baden.

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