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In This Issue

Monthly Meeting & Happy Hour: August 11 — Creating Quality of Life; September 8 — A Better School Equals A Better Community; more

Heights Garden Club: Plant Swap — August 7; September 13

Heights Urban Forestry Day — September 21

Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt — October 5

Seen at the Bicycle Rodeo, July 26

Director Election Schedule

2014 HHA Director List

You're Invited to the HHWC "Kickoff Coffee" — September 7

It's Rewarding (time to renew Kroger Community Rewards Program)

Fire Station Update

New Members



Staff and Contributors


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Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association
Volume Thirty-Nine, Number Eight, August 2014
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Heights Garden Club Plant Swap

plants being exchangedTo beat the heat in August, we are moving our normal Saturday morning meeting to Thursday evening, August 7, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. We will have a Greet and Meet with a seed and plant swap at the Heights Fire Station at the corner of Yale and 12th St. Renovation will be taking place on the parking lot, so there will be no parking except on Heights Boulevard or in the parking lot diagonally across Yale from the Fire Station and across 12th from Milroy Park. Someone will be available in front of the building to help unload any plants from your car, then you can go park.

There will be light refreshments, with beer and wine. We will have door prizes and, of course, the swapping of plants and seeds. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginning gardener or an expert; we are just fun, friendly folks who love to garden. If you can, please bring a few plants or collected seeds from your garden to share. Start your cuttings now to ensure root growth. Place your seeds in an envelope or plastic bag with a description and if you like, instructions on when to plant. The last few years we have had many freezes, and folks are especially looking for those hardy plants that come back or did not freeze at all. This will be fun, and what a great way to share what you like in your garden with others.

September’s meeting will be on the usual second Saturday, the 13th, at 10:00 AM. We will be visiting Zone 9 Tropicals at 1015 Arlington.

So save the dates! Our meetings are free and open to all. See you there! Visit the Heights Garden Club website or email or for more information.

Annual Heights Urban Forestry Day

a species identifying sign at last years Urban Forestry DayIf you love our extraordinary Heights trees and remarkable urban canopy, participate in “Living In Tandem With Trees,” our annual Heights Urban Forestry Day, on Sunday, September 21.

• Adopt your own three- or five-gallon tree. Trees for Houston will donate 300-400 native trees and plants in 25 varieties, and we will distribute them free to good homes. Email your full name and planting address to to sign up for a tree.

• Register your champion tree on the Harris County Tree Registry. The new edition of the Registry debuts in 2015.

• Get details to preserve your champion tree with a special City of Houston designation.

• Ride or walk a route to see Heights champion trees. The Forest Service will be debuting their Tree Trails app with a special Heights trail.

• Join the HHA Urban Forestry team.

Hosted by Houston Heights Association, Trees for Houston, Texas A&M Forest Service, City of Houston Urban Forestry, and Reagan High School Eco Club at the Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station (12th & Yale) and in the surrounding Greater Heights area on Sunday, September 21, 2014, from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

To learn more or RSVP, send email to

Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt

Bicycle Rally logoThe 9th annual Heights Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt will take place on Sunday, October 5, 2014, beginning at Marmion Park, which is located at 1802 Heights Boulevard. As in the past, the bicycle ride will include a 20-mile ride in and around the Heights and surrounding neighborhoods, beginning at 8:30 AM. A family-friendly five-mile course, which begins at 1:00 PM, is designed to be ridden at a casual, self-paced speed, and is open to riders of all ages.

Those who participate in the Scavenger Hunt will be challenged to answer questions along the route. All scavenger hunt entries must be turned in by 4:00 PM for eligibility to win prizes. Winners will be announced and awards will be presented during the after-ride party. There will also be lots of fun and yummy treats during the party that will be held in Marmion Park starting at 3:00 PM.

Watch the Bicycle Rally page for details as they develop and registration when it opens.

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Scenes from last year's Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt.

Monthly Meeting & Happy Hour

Join us on the second Monday of every month to meet neighbors, hear interesting programs, and learn about events. Doors open to the Fire Station at 6:30 PM for happy hour, with the monthly program commencing at 7:00 PM. Everyone is invited!

August 11: Quality of Life

Get the update on Houston’s programs for safe streets, lot lines & set-backs, safe school sidewalks, and deed restrictions. Learn about the tools for “Creating Quality of Life in Your Neighborhood.” Enjoy snacks and suds courtesy of renowned California Chef Ogden’s farm-to-table “Funky Chicken and BFD” and HHA. Starting this month, “Meet Your School Principal” at each meeting.

Renovation of the parking lot and landscaping will still be underway. Be prepared to park nearby or walk or bicycle to the Fire Station. Come learn how you can commission an engraved brick to support the restoration.

September 8: A Better School Equals A Better Community

An evening devoted to education and learning in the Heights. An esteemed panel with a respected moderator will speak and field questions.

October 13: Octoberfest & Constable Kick-Off

Pick the best brew from Brewmeisters in and near the Heights. Constable Rosen will be here to kick off the 2015 HHA Constable Patrol Program.

November 10: Annual Business Member Showcase

Complimentary table to HHA Business Members. Sign up now to reserve your place at this standing-room-only event.

December 8: Holiday Party

Annual holiday party for HHA members and guests. Merriment, music, and maybe a little mayhem.

Seen at the Bicycle Rodeo, July 26

Deputy addressing the kids about safetyDeputies checking a bike wheelkids lined up for bike inspection

Precinct 1 Deputy Constables instructed kids on bicycle safety, helped their parents adjust their bikes, and escorted them through a series of courses on St. Andrew’s parking lot.

Platinum Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following 2014 Platinum sponsors:

Boulevard Realty Circa Real Estate

Director Election Schedule

Seven of the fifteen positions on the HHA Board of Directors will be filled by election over the next few months. Five of the positions are opening due to normal expiration of terms, two by early termination of a term. The five nominees receiving the highest numbers of votes will serve three-year terms; the nominees receiving the next-highest numbers will serve one-year terms. See the right column for a list of current Directors.

The schedule for the election of Directors to serve terms starting in 2015 will be as follows, in accordance with the By-Laws and Policies of the Association. [Note corrected September dates.]

• September 8 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 10, 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 12), 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 13 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 17) 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 8, at the close of the U. S. Post Office, with control numbers intact.

• November 10, 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.

It’s Rewarding

As we noted last month, Kroger is making it easy for local non-profits, such as HHA, to receive cash through Kroger Community Rewards. We have received more than $1,500 in the current year.

A new program year starts in September, and you’ll need to sign up for it again starting in August. Here’s how.

First, you need to have a Kroger Plus Card. If you don’t have a Plus Card, get one at a Kroger service desk. If you use your phone number at the register, call 800-576-4377 and select option 4 to get your Plus Card number.

Second, you need a registered Plus Card account online at If you are new to the Kroger online programs, you’ll need to sign up for an account.

If you already have an account, sign onto it at the link noted above, select Account Summary in the left column, click on the “Edit” button under Kroger Community Rewards information, and enter our name or our organization number 81249.

Then, beginning Sept. 1, every time any enrolled participant from HHA shops at Kroger using their Kroger Plus Card, HHA will accumulate points toward a donation from Kroger. 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.

2014 HHA Directors

  • Bill Baldwin (2015)
  • Matt Bedingfield (2014)
  • Janet Buchheit (2016)
  • Stacey Courville (2016)
  • Bill Davis (2015)
  • Rob Hellyer (2014)
  • Denise Martin* (2015**)
  • Laura Menefee* (2014)
  • Bill Pellerin (2016)
  • Andrea Sharp (2014)
  • Dave Steitz (2014)
  • Mark Williamson (2016)
  • Robert Woods (2016)
  • Mike Yeary (2015)
  • pending* (2015**)

Number in parentheses is the last year of the term.
* Interim directors appointed by the board, serving only for the rest of this year.
** Final year to be filled in the current general election.

New Members

Please welcome these new members to the Houston Heights Association.

  • Chuck Andrews
  • Harriet Arvey
  • Walter & Yvonne Aymen
  • Nick Bedford
  • Ashley & Clark Beecher
  • Robert Bialas & Lea Kiefer
  • Justin & Kathleen Borchardt
  • Teresa Botkin & John Czapski
  • Kathy Brou
  • Cody & Stefanie Carper
  • John Cheek
  • James & Cindy Covel
  • Vern & Bridget Eikrem
  • Don & Cindy Farrell
  • Will Henry & Catherine Stewart
  • Zoe Hughes
  • Randal & Barbara Jones
  • Sarah & Christopher Langford
  • Tung Le
  • Kara Longerot & Simon Skivington
  • Mike & Stephanie McClimon
  • Allen & Lauren McCord
  • Michalson Builders
  • Danny & Kayle Miller
  • Joshua Morris
  • Tyler & Kelly Mullman
  • Carol Munn & Cynthia Fairbanks
  • Suzanne & Daniel O’Neil
  • John Ross Palmer & Lindsay Ryan
  • Jonathan & Meredith Parker
  • Christopher Peca
  • Miles Redfield
  • David & Pamela Rudolph
  • Adam & Jennifer Seals
  • Andrew Sheppard & Alison Noftall
  • Lauren Simpson
  • Steve & Judy Sohn
  • Rachel & Sebastien Solar
  • Taft Broadcasting Company, LLC, Jerry Bridges
  • Marcy Trout
  • Michael Vigeant
  • Rudy Villarreal
  • Christopher Walker
  • Colleen & Don Walker
  • Alexander Watts
  • John & Danay Westerlage
  • Zabel Freeman Law Firm, James Freeman

Bronze Sponsors

The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Summer 2014 Bronze Sponsors:

2125 Yale logo Happy Fatz logo
Memorial Hermann Medical Group logo Memorial Hermann Northwest logo


Our thanks to these donors for the generous support of the programs of the Houston Heights Association

  • Jose Alvarez & Caroline Reeder - Flower Gardens
  • Nick Bedford - Boulevard
  • Teresa Botkin & John Czapski - Boulevard, Fire Station Restoration
  • Stephen Brossart & Gerrod George - Boulevard
  • Kathy Brou - Miscellaneous, Boulevard, Fire Station Restoration, Parks
  • Cody & Stefanie Carper - Donovan Playground
  • Vern & Bridget Eikrem - Boulevard, Flower Gardens
  • Martha Farnham - Flower Gardens in honor of Ken & Anne Culotta
  • Will Fitts - Flower Gardens
  • Caroline & Jeff Gardner - Boulevard
  • Kirk & Irma Girouard - Boulevard
  • Jack Guidry & Kristen Woodwick - Flower Gardens, Boulevard
  • Judy Hauser - Boulevard
  • Will Henry & Catherine Stewart - Donovan Playground
  • Ken Hoge - Boulevard
  • Zoe Hughes - Flower Gardens
  • Bruce & Katie Jernigan - Parks, Boulevard
  • Randal & Barbara Jones - Boulevard, Flower Gardens
  • Kroger and Kroger shoppers
  • Kara Longerot & Simon Skivington - Donovan Playground, Flower Gardens
  • Chris & Tracy Martin - Boulevard
  • Patricia Mayo - Boulevard
  • Mike & Stephanie McClimon
  • Danny & Kayle Miller
  • Joshua Morris - Flower Gardens
  • Paul & Joanna Phillips - Parks, Boulevard
  • David & Pamela Rudolph
  • Michael & Randy Schell - Parks
  • Taft Broadcasting Company, LLC
  • Michael & Gena Vaughn - Parks, Boulevard
  • Michael Vigeant
  • Janet Youngker - Parks
  • Darrell & Sondra Warner - Flower Gardens

You’re Invited to the HHWC “Kickoff Coffee”

HHA members are invited to attend the Houston Heights Woman’s Club’s Season Kickoff Coffee on Wednesday, September 7 at 10:30 AM.

Woman's Club sign

Generations of these friendly and community-oriented women have contributed to the history of the Heights since 1900, and they would love to have you as their guest! Come for food and casual conversation with this fun group of local women, and get an inside look at the new Season’s activities. There’s no need to RSVP, just grab a friend and pop on in to the Heights Woman’s Club Building at 1846 Harvard!

Woman's Club Building and historic marker

Questions may be referred to HHWC President Lizz Martin, 281-217-6070.

Fire Station Update

Fire Station with parking area torn upGround was broken for the third and final phase of the Fire Station restoration on July 15, the day after the monthly meeting. By the board meeting on the following Monday evening, most of the old parking area was gone [right]. Work on the new parking area and landscaping will continue through the end of August.

This part of the project includes creation of two courtyard areas bordered in red bricks to match the building. The north courtyard will feature lighter bricks originally from the stable where the fire horses were once quartered, while the south area along 12th Street will have a central herringbone pattern of special engravable red bricks similar to those in the Rose Garden and entry courtyard on Heights Boulevard.

Come to the August 11 meeting to learn how you can commission an engraved brick to support the restoration.

Calendar of Events for August-September 2014












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


Deadline for next newsletter

PIP meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street


7 - garbage

Heights Garden Club, 7:00 PM, Fire Station*



(See Thursday for Heights Garden Club.)



HHA General Meeting “Quality of Life,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station*



14 - garbage and recycling





HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station*


20 - heavy trash (junk waste in even months)

21 - garbage







28 - garbage and recycling




September 1

Labor Day

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


PIP Meeting, 7:00 PM, 1602 State Street


4 - garbage


Deadline for next newsletter




HHA General Meeting, “Better Schools,” 7:00 PM, Fire Station



11 - garbage and recycling


Director candidate statements due at 5:00 PM


Heights Garden Club, 10:00 AM, 1015 Arlington



HHA Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Fire Station


17 - heavy trash (tree waste in odd months)

18 - garbage




Urban Forestry Day, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Fire Station




25 - garbage and recycling






HHA headquarters: The Fire Station is on the corner of Yale and 12th Streets.
* See note in At The Properties below for restoration schedule and parking warning.

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. Note earlier time for the summer. Contact to be added to the weekly distribution list.

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 the Multiservice Center on West Gray, for a story swap. Note new location. For more information, or 713-643-8478.

At The Properties

Events at the Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station, Donovan Park, and Marmion Park

Fire Station Restoration Phase 3 (landscape and parking) will continue through August 31. No rental reservations will be accepted for this period. All HHA meetings will proceed as normal, but attendees will need to find other places to park.

Heights Tai Chi Association meets Saturdays at 9:00 AM and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM in Marmion Park, Heights Boulevard at 18th.

Heavy Trash Notes

August is a “Junk Waste” month; September is a “Tree Waste Only” month. The heavy trash pickup date is the third Wednesday for most of the Houston Heights Association coverage area.

For dates in your immediate area, visit the City Solid Waste site.

Future History

October 5, Bicycle Ride & Scavenger Hunt

December 5-6, Holiday Home Tour

December 9-10, Holiday Food Baskets [tentative dates]

February 22, 2015, Awards Dinner [tentative date]

March 16, centennial of Fire Station dedication

April 10-12, Spring Home Tour

June 6, Heights Fun Run [tentative date]

The Heights is published monthly by the Houston Heights Association. Its purpose is to acknowledge achievements and to inform HHA members of events.

Copyright © 2014, 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

August contributors:

Bill Davis, Angela DeWree, Brenda Eskelson, Lauriel Hindman, Lizz Martin, Mickey Merritt, Julie Pettit.

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