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In This Issue

Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt — October 6

Monthly Meeting & Mixer — October 14 — Constables & Artists

Third Thursday With The Urbanites — October 17

Skyline Screamers — Ghost Tales in Marmion Park — October 26

ArCH Bike Tours of Houston Heights — October 12 & December 21

Next Month — Business Showcase — November 11; Business Members Sign Up Now

Director Election Schedule

Candidate Statements

Constable Patrol Program: Fourth Officer Added, 2014 Enrollment Opens

Heights Holiday Home Tour — December 6–7; Rockin' Holiday Party — December 5

Photo Glimpses: Fire Station Preview, Urban Forestry Day, Open The Door Reception

Great Kick-off to the New School Year!

Voter ID Requirements, a Special Announcement from State Representative Jessica Farrar

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 Ten, October 2013
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2013 Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt

It’s not too late to register - you have until October 2 to register on-line, or you can sign up at Marmion Park on Rally Day, Sunday, October 6.

This is not a race. Open to riders of all ages, the Rally is designed as a casual, self-paced ride. Choose between a 20-mile course through the Heights and nearby neighborhoods and a shorter 5-mile ride designed for kids and their adult companions - or do both!

The Rally starts and ends at Marmion Park, 18th Street & Heights Boulevard.

Here’s the schedule for the day:

8:00 AM Same-Day Registration begins
Rally Packet Pickup Begins
20-Mile Rally starts
2:00 PM 5-mile Rally starts
3:30 PM Bike Rally Party in the Park
Music • Food • Fun
4:00 PM Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt ends
Last chance to submit Rally Cards & Clue Sheets for Prizes
4:30 PM Awards Ceremony
Door Prize Drawings (must be present to win)

So get ready to test your trivia skills. There are fabulous prizes for the riders who correctly identify the most mystery sights along the route. And all kids who participate receive award ribbons.

Don’t forget your helmet - we want all riders to be safe!

Full details are on our Bicycle Rally page.

So air up those tires and come enjoy a great day in the neighborhood.

Third Thursday with the Urbanites

Can’t wait for a “Mr. Orange”? Or perhaps the “Trailer Park” is right up your alley? Are you a longtime fan or just curious about what all the fuss is about? They may originally be from Austin, but just like many Heights dwellers who come from somewhere else, we’re happy to welcome Torchy’s Tacos to the heart of the Heights! Offering a full bar and their award-winning hot sauce, we’ll have a private room with the doors wide open onto their 19th Street patio.

That’s Thursday, October 17, 6:00-8:00 PM at 350 West 19th Street.

Follow the Urbanites on Twitter at @HHUrbanites and on Facebook as Houston Heights Urbanites.

Skyline Screamers: Ghost Tales Under the Stars in Marmion Park

Bring your blankets or folding chairs, bug spray and snacks, and a flashlight to light your way home. The Houston Storytellers Guild presents its annual free ghost story performance at HHA’s Marmion Park on Saturday, October 26, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Listen to such veteran ghost tale tellers as Alice Evergreen, Brian Herod, and Scott Bumgartner as well as some new performers, as they share scary tales from Houston and beyond. For adults and kids who like to be scared.

After HSG tellers perform their stories, members of the audience are invited to share a scary story or experience that they have had.

Skyline Screamers was the inaugural event of the newly-formed Houston Storytellers Guild back in 1986. The first annual ghost story event took place at the amphitheatre behind the High School for Law Enforcement. Later it moved to Sam Houston Park, and finally settled at Marmion Park in Houston Heights with the cosponsorship of the Houston Heights Association.

The Houston Storytellers Guild meets monthly at St. Andrew’s House next to St. Andrew’s Church on Heights Boulevard near 18th Street. Meetings are free and open to all on the third Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

Houston Storytellers Guild meetings always begin with a “showcase speaker,” who speaks for about 20 minutes about a topic of interest to story tellers and story listeners. The HSG October meeting will feature Caroline Castillo, Oral History librarian from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center of Houston Public Library. She’ll be talking about the Oral History project, how she interviews people about Houston history, and will possibly show clips from some of the interviews. Then they’ll proceed as usual with stories from those who want to share one.

HHA Monthly Mixer & Meeting

HHA Monday Happy Hour Art Mixer & Meeting at the Fire Station

Join HHA at 6:30 PM on Monday, October 14, for refreshments, conversation, and information. Sign up for the 2014 Constable Patrol Program and experience 10 Heights artists’ work. Refreshments courtesy of the Heights Pages.

At 7:00 PM, HHA VP Bill Baldwin will introduce Precinct One’s Constable Alan Rosen. Mitch Cohen will speak on “Heights Art Scene Today: 10 artists in 10 minutes,” and there will be short campaign speeches by HHA Board candidates.

It’s all happening at the Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station at 12th & Yale.

Coming Up in November

HHA Business Member Showcase
Monday, November 11
HHA Fire Station, 12th & Yale

Mark your calendar. For this one night only, Heights Business Members will be on hand to showcase their services and wares. It’s a great way to familiarize yourself with the grand variety of local businesses and retail shops in our Heights neighborhood. Bring your wallet to pick up some great holiday items from our local Heights merchants, and preview what they are featuring in their Heights locations.

Doors open at 6:30 PM for Mix & Mingle; general meeting commences at 7:00 PM. Everyone is invited to attend!

HHA Business Members!

Sign up now to reserve your space for the HHA Business Member Showcase on November 11. Tables are available with advance reservation, on a first-come, first-served basis. This is a highly attended evening and complimentary to HHA Business Members.

Reserve by November 6 to 2013 Business Showcase Chair Becky Davis of Bayou City Magazine, or 713-868-7023, to get all the details.

ArCH Bike Tours of Houston Heights

The Architecture Center Foundation in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects organizes and leads seven tours of Houston’s most interesting districts and neighborhoods.

The most recent innovation is a bicycle tour of Houston Heights, Houston’s and Texas’ first planned community and home of 120 of Houston’s 215 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This Saturday morning tour examines the original structure of the Heights and selected historic civic, commercial, residential, and sacred buildings as well as contemporary buildings that fit the neighborhood’s character. This season the tours will take place on October 12 and December 21. City-owned bikes may be available for rental in the Heights on these days.

Details of all tours can be found on; click on Architecture Center Houston, subhead ArCH Home, and look under Upcoming Events.

Platinum Sponsors

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

Boulevard Realty

Director Election Schedule

Six of the fifteen positions on the HHA Board of Directors will be filled by election over the next few months. Five of the positions are opening due to normal expiration of terms, one by early termination of a term. The five nominees receiving the highest numbers of votes will serve three-year terms; the nominee receiving the sixth-highest number will fill the remaining two years of a term. See our August issue for a list of current Directors.

Seven candidates were nominated at the September General Meeting. The remainder of 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:

• 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.

Candidate Statements

The following unedited statements appear in alphabetical order by last name. Ballot order will be determined by a drawing at the October General Meeting.

Janet Buchheit

Heights resident since 1979. Firm supporter of the Heights, a past board member, secretary and chair of the Land Use/Deed Restriction Committee. I served as co-chair for several Spring Home Tour Auctions and co-Executive Chair of the 2013 Spring Home Tour. My husband and I frequently volunteer for HHA events.

Stacey Courville

Heights homeowner/HHA member since 2006. 2012 and 2013 Board Secretary, 2013 Silent Auction co-chair, membership committee member, and general volunteer. Open-minded, detail-oriented, strongly believe in working together to get things done. Love our neighborhood! Will work to maintain neighborhoods unique character and safety as it continues evolving.

Sara Jackson

One of the things that makes the Houston Heights so unique is the large number of fantastic locally owned businesses in the neighborhood. I would like to join the HHA Board to be a liaison between business owners and the neighborhood to foster a true “Support Local Grow Together” spirit.

Bill Pellerin

It has been my honor to serve the citizens of the Houston Heights as a member of the Houston Heights Association Board of Directors and as chair of the Land Use Committee. I would appreciate your vote and support to continue in this role through 2014. Thank you.

Mark Williamson

Since 1991, I’ve served HHA as President, Director, Newsletter Editor, Super Neighborhood Delegate, various positions on many home tours, and general volunteer. I would be proud to serve again as the Board faces the continuing challenges of keeping our “small town in the big city” vital, neighborly, and historic.

Robert Woods

I’ve lived in the neigborhood since 2004. Experience in Board service, fundraising, nonprofit management, and education, and interested in serving on the educational committee and fundraising efforts. Will work to maintain and enhance the Houston Heights as one of the top 10 best places to live in the United States.

Mike Yeary

Having volunteered and served on several committees for the HHA and lived in the Heights since 2008 I am running for a position on the HHA Board. My volunteer experience and extensive business background in several industries will allow me to add value to the HHA. Your vote is appreciated.

New Members

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

  • Donna & Mike Andrich
  • Bayou City Aire, LLC, Angel Martinez
  • Kate & Mark Caswell
  • Lauren Chapman
  • Cynthia Clark
  • Les Dupre
  • Elizabeth Easton & Nancy Wilson
  • Ann & Brett Eilander
  • Michael Flint
  • Floss Dental, Justin Ramsey
  • David Gaskin
  • Kristin & Amol Ghia
  • David Harris
  • Kenektid PR, Sara Jackson
  • Jacquelyn Kingsbury
  • Patricia LeCompte
  • Kyle & Jessica Lymberopoulos
  • Tim & Michelle McDaniel
  • Anne & Jeff Nelson
  • John & Michelle O’Neill
  • Eva Paek & Larry Robey
  • Julie Petrosky
  • Stefan Punnette & Chris Piela
  • Megan & Nicholas Rostykus
  • Bennie See
  • Bradley Shackleford & Brandon Carroll
  • Nicholas & Chloe Socias
  • Hans & Carmen Swanger
  • Robert & Dana West
  • Danielle & Carter Williams


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

  • Robert & Louella Bergeron - Fire Station Restoration, Flower Gardens
  • Les Dupre - Flower Gardens
  • Bobby & Sandra Lloyd - Boulevard
  • Carmen McGee - Boulevard
  • Eric & Noelle Reed - Boulevard, Donovan Playground
  • Eric & Kerri Reyer - Parks, Boulevard
  • Evelyn Born Shanley - Fire Station Restoration
  • Troy Troxell - Parks, Boulevard, Flower Gardens
  • Maureen Weyel - Boulevard
  • White Oak Bayou Association - Fire Station Restoration
  • Catherine Wiejaczka - Boulevard

Fire Station Preview

HHA officers and directors and invited guests tour the nearly complete second story restoration of the Fire Station as workers hurry to complete the new restroom area.

Gold Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Fall 2013 Gold Sponsors:

Constable Patrol Program

Mark your calendars for the Houston Heights Association monthly meeting at 7:00 PM on Monday, October 14 at the Heights Fire Station located at Yale and W. 12th. The deputies will be there, as well as Constable Alan Rosen from Harris County Precinct 1, to talk about the Heights Constable Program. This is your chance to meet and speak with our officers.

Recently, three officers patrolled the Heights area providing services such as alarm responses, accident responses, home inspections, and suspicious vehicle checks. Due to the increased number of subscribers in the program, HHA submitted a proposal to add a fourth officer to the patrol. Harris County Commissioners approved our proposal on September 24. The fourth officer should begin patrolling shortly.

Starting at the October 14 meeting, we will be accepting renewals for the 2014 year. The rate will be $299 if paid by check and $310 if by credit card. The increase in patrols does not affect the 2014 subscription rate, which remains the same as this year. Patrol program yard signs will be on hand if yours is in need of replacement.

Heights Holiday Home Tour

“In the New Old-Fashioned Way”

Mark your calendars for Dec 5, 6, and 7 as Houston Heights celebrates the holiday season “In the New Old-Fashioned Way.”

Tour Headquarters will be at the Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station, 107 W. 12th Street at Yale. There, visitors can buy tickets, explore the Holiday Craft Market, listen to some live music, and enjoy a tasty bite from one of the food trucks. Don’t forget to pick up a $12.00 limited edition Heights ornament, which will also go on sale before the tour at area shops! Shuttle buses to the tour homes will be available at Tour Headquarters, and parking will be available close by.

Tour tickets for Friday, Dec 6 (6:00-9:00 PM) and Saturday, Dec 7 (3:00-9:00 PM) will go on sale in November at the usual locations: Davis Hardware, Jubilee, Another Place in Time, Buchanan’s Native Plants, and our website.

Don’t miss the Rockin’ Holiday Party!

The neighborhood will be rockin’ around the Houston Heights on Thursday, December 5 (7:00-10:00 PM), with a ’50s-style party and fundraiser at the newly renovated historic City Hall and Fire Station! Enjoy fun ’50s food and drink, live music, and a holiday-themed silent auction.

Plus, party ticketholders get a private tour of the decorated homes before the party (5:00-7:00 PM)! Tickets for the holiday party are just $75 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Houston Heights Association. Tickets are limited. You don’t want to miss out! Party tickets will be available only at our website.

Great Kick-off to the New School Year!

The HHA Education Committee hosted its annual Principals’ Welcome Back to School reception on Monday, September 23, at G Gallery. Two new principals were welcomed, Thomas Day of Travis Elementary and Wendy Hampton of Hamilton Middle School. The recent authorization of Hogg Middle School and Reagan High School as International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools was also celebrated.

As a result of previous discussions with many of the principals regarding partnering with local Heights businesses for mentoring and sponsorship opportunities, Heights Chamber of Commerce leadership was invited to the reception. The principals presented various ideas for potential business collaboration, with the goal to develop relationships with both the Chamber and HHA business members to enrich the Heights educational experience for their students.

Constable Statistics

July August
Total Arrests 3 3
Citizen Assists 18 16
Citizen Contacts 2 4
Vacation Watches 375 280
Court Citations 154 123
Alarm Responses 10 10
Suspicious Vehicles 20 31
Park Checks 32 42
Disturbances 15 7
Major Accidents 2 3
Criminal Offenses 2 17
Miles Patrolled 5,897 4,182

Urban Forestry Day

Volunteers talk to a participant at Urban Forestry Day on September 22 as other participants select their free trees, donated by Apache Corporation.

Open The Door

Local dancers performing in front of the art works at the September 22 reception for the Open The Door installation on Heights Blvd.

Voter ID Requirements

A Special Announcement from State Representative Jessica Farrar

In June, the Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby v. Holder gutted the Voting Rights Act preclearance requirement that had previously blocked Texas’s Voter ID law. Following the ruling, the Texas Attorney General announced that the state would implement the Voter ID law passed in the 82nd Legislative Session.

Moving forward, voters will need to bring an ID to the polling location. The following documents are acceptable forms of ID:

  • TX driver’s license
  • TX personal ID card issued by DPS
  • TX concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • Election ID Certificate* issued by DPS.
  • US military ID card w/photo
  • US citizenship certificate w/photo
  • US passport

The proof of identification will need to be current, though it will be recognized if presented within 60 days of expiration. Voters with a disability may apply to the county registrar for an exemption.

*Select DPS offices will offer Saturday hours to provide Election Identification Certificates (EIC) to Texans in need of proper identification to vote. In addition to DPS’ regular hours Monday-Friday, their offices will be open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM through Saturday, November 2 to issue Election ID Certificates. No other transactions will be conducted during these special Saturday hours. The EIC is free of charge and valid for six years. There is no expiration date for Texans 70 years of age or older. To obtain an EIC, the application must provide documentation of U.S. citizenship and identity, be eligible to vote in Texas, be a Texas resident, and be 17 years and 10 months or older.

Differences in ID and Voter Registration Certificate

If the name and address on the approved photo identification does not exactly match the information on the voter registration card, please visit the Texas Secretary of State’s website to update your name and address by October 7.


  • Individuals with disabilities may apply with the county voter registrar for an exemption. With an exemption, individuals with disabilities can vote by presenting a voter registration certificate reflecting the exemption.
  • Additional exemptions include voters who have a consistent religious objection to being photographed and voters who do not have any photo identification as a result of certain natural disasters as declared by the President of the United States or the Texas Governor. Voters who qualify under this exemption may cast a provisional ballot at the polls and, in order for their vote to count, must sign an affidavit attesting to those facts in the presence of the county voter registrar within six days of the election date.

Provisional Ballots

If a voter shows up to their polling place and discovers that they do not have a valid form of photo identification, they will have to cast a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot will not count towards the election unless the voter takes additional action after election day to prove that they have the proper photo identification. In order for their vote to count, these voters have up to six days after the election to present to the county voter registrar appropriate photo identification.

Useful Links:

Got ID Texas?

Harris County Clerk’s Office Election Division

Texas Secretary of State Voter Name and Address Change

Texas Driver’s License Renewal and Change of Address

List of Texas DPS offices with Saturday hours


If you have questions or difficulties obtaining an approved form of identification to vote, please contact my office for assistance: 713-691-6912 (Houston), 512-463-0620 (Austin),

Calendar of Events for October–November 2013










National Night Out (Texas)

PIP meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street


3 - garbage



Deadline for next newsletter


HHA Bicycle Rally, 7:30 AM-5:00 PM, Marmion Park


HHA Land Use, 6:30 PM, Fire Station



10 - garbage and recycling





Columbus Day

HHA General, “Art; Constables,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station


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

16 - heavy trash (junk waste in even months)

17 - garbage

Urbanites at Torchy’s Tacos, 6:00-8:00 PM, 350 W 19th



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



HHA Board, 6:30 PM, Fire Station



24 - garbage and recycling



Skyline Screamers ghost stories, 7:00-9:00 PM. Marmion Park





31 - garbage


November 1




HHA Land Use, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


Election Day

Deadline for next newsletter

PIP Meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street


7 - garbage and recycling





Veterans Day

HHA General, “Business Showcase,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station



14 - garbage



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



HHA Board, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


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

20 - heavy trash (tree waste in odd months)

21 - garbage and recycling





HHA Education, 6:30 PM, Fire Station





29 - 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 Boulevard jogging trail at 7th Street.

First and third Thursdays, 7:30 PM, English Country Dancing in the Heights, dances taught and called. For more information, email or visit

Third Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 PM, Houston Storytellers Guild meets at St. Andrew’s House, 1811 Heights Boulevard, for a story swap. For more information, or 713-643-8478.

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

October 12, 10:00 AM, Oral Cancer Awareness Walk In Memory of Nathan Hart in Stude Park. There will be a silent auction, raffle, music, activities for children, and more. For information, contact Elizabeth Leeds or Susan Pansmith Preregister at

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

October is a “Junk Waste” month; November 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.

Future History

December 6-7, Holiday Home Tour

December 9-11, Holiday Food Baskets


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]

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, 7:00-9:00 PM. See page 5.

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

October contributors:

Sarah Bates, Becky Davis, Lauriel Hindman, Leann Mueller, John Ridgway, Jonathan Smulian, Addie Ann Spicer, Lanna von Baden, Maureen Weyel.

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