Hyde Park United
DECEMBER 2007 A S E N S E O F C O M M U N I T Y
A publication of the Hyde Park United Civic Association www.hydeparkunited.org
P.O. Box 66422 ■ Houston, Texas 77266
s we hurl through space and time, it’s hard
to believe that an entire year — though
fun-ﬁlled and memorable — has passed
us by. We still have two more traditional events coming up in
December: the Holiday Tree Lighting and the annual Holiday
Party at Riva’s.
Each year, Dimitri Fetokakis of Niko Niko’s Restaurant
has a tree delivered to the Dolphin Fountain area and neigh-
borhood residents take part in decorating it. This year marks
a change from tradition: the Beautiﬁcation Committee is now
completely in charge of decorating the tree.
Chris Kyle McLain, Luis Rivas, and Sara Fernandez (all of
the giant “Hershey Kiss” for Valentine’s Day fame) have some
avant garde ideas concerning the art of tree trimming. Mark
your calendar for Monday, Dec. 3, and walk or drive by the
fountain area on Hyde Park at Waugh in the evening hours.
Check it out!
Our next big event is Monday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 pm at Riva’s Annual Hyde Park
Restaurant, 1117 Missouri St. Cash bar opens at 6:30 pm with Christmas Party
excellent buffet-style Italian dishes ready to sample by 7:00
pm. The cost is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Payments
Monday, Dec. 10
can be made online at www.hydeparkunited.org. Click on Riva’s Restaurant
PayPal and save your receipt, although we will keep a list of 1117 Missouri St.
those who paid online.
Riva’s Owner Michael Sebouyeh does his very best to make Cash Bar at 6:30 PM
this a festive and splendid evening for all. Be sure to wear
Buffet at 7:00 PM
your favorite party duds!
Cost: $10 paid in advance
For 2008 and beyond, LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!
or $15 at the door
Kathy Schipper, President, Hyde Park United
HYDE PARK UNITED • DECEMBER 2007 1
Lionstone is a location-driven redevelopment group and seeks
HPU recommends Adams in to buy assets in high-amenity urban areas. An email sent to
runoff for Houston City Council their ‘director of urban assets’ asking what exactly Lionstone
The race for City Council District D seat resulted in a run- plans to do with the property has not been answered.
off between two candidates: Wanda Adams and Lawrence Allen.
In the ﬁrst round, Adams got 6,501 votes and Allen got 5,026.
Adams’ 33 percent of the total vote fell considerably short of a
Bids being accepted for
majority, making the Dec. 8 runoff necessary. Wanda Adams is maintenance of Lamar Park
the HPU favorite for the runoff. HPU is accepting bids for the maintenance of Lamar Park.
Adams favors a reduction in property taxes while Allen This includes mowing, edging, blowing, and picking up de-
sees no problem with raising them. Ms. Adams has expressed bris along the central portion of the park as well as the foun-
a willingness to work with HPU and the Neartown Association tain area and western endcap. Maintenance is performed ac-
in addressing problems that plague our area. cording to the following schedule: March through October
(weekly) and November through February (biweekly). If you
know of anyone interested, please ask them to submit a pro-
LEED project continues, shopping posal to Hyde Park United Civic Association, PO Box 66422,
center sold to Lionstone Houston, TX 77266-6422.
The four-story LEED project proposed for the corner of
Hyde Park and Waugh is still on schedule. Developer Joey
Romano will speak to residents about the project when he
Make tax-deductible contribution
moves closer to groundbreaking. to Lamar Park Improvement Fund
The shopping center (housing Half-Price Books, Spec’s,) If you would like to make a tax-deductible gift to Lamar
bordered by Westheimer, Montrose, Lovett, and Waugh has Park Capital Improvement Fund, please contact Kathy Schipper
been sold to the Lionstone Group, a developer of midrise, multi- at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-522-2538 and
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Home Tour, Art Sale combined into one event on April 5
On Nov. 17, several residents and The combined Home Tour and Art who have paid the $25 fee can go to the
artists got together at Niko Niko’s to dis- Sale will work something like this. A church and choose where you want to
cuss a possible combined Home Tour ticket purchased for the Home Tour is a set up. After Jan. 15, space is ﬁrst come/
and Art Sale. Why a combined Home ticket to the Art Sale. A table will be ﬁrst serve. If anyone in the neighbor-
Tour and Art Sale? Because it is being placed outside of Grace Lutheran Church hood knows any artists who would like
administered by principals of the Home for Home Tour ticket purchases. The to take part in the event, have them email
Tour Committee and both events are la- artists will set up inside the meeting email@example.com.
bor-intensive, expensive to produce, and room of the church, much like last year. Collectively, we have many friends
mentally exhausting. Artists will be charged a nominal $25 who are artists and are now waiting in
After repeated requests throughout entry fee and are responsible for setting the wings for a spot. So, please respond
the year for artists to stage an Art Crawl up their exhibits. The only exception to early! We’d like to keep this event in the
this December, not one person came setting up shop at the church is in the Hyde Park family.
forth to chair the committee. Everyone event an artist’s home/studio is also on This newsletter is the vehicle for
is “too busy” — though a lot of artists the Home Tour. Artists keep all proceeds disseminating information. We are not
want to participate. Thus, we will have from the sale of artwork. going to personally email or call every-
an Art Sale instead of an Art Crawl on Many artists have expressed inter- one as we are also “too busy.” If you
Saturday April 5, 2008 with a rain date est in the Art Sale. We are asking that want to receive late-breaking informa-
of April 12. anyone who wishes to participate to tion, please email Allyson Wilkinson at
First and foremost, we need six or PLEASE let us know by Jan. 15. Those firstname.lastname@example.org
seven homes for the and ask to be put on the
Home Tour. If by Dec. IMPORTANT HOME TOUR/ART SHOW DATES & DEADLINES: “email blast.”
31st we haven’t met this Dec. 31, 2006: Deadline to offer your home for the Home Tour
critical number, the entire (If six or sevens home not committed by then, tour tabled until 2009) — submitted by
event is tabled until 2009. Jan. 15, 2007: Artists commit to participating in Art Sale in April Kathy Schipper
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Our meeting in October featured a talk by Deputy The purpose of PIP (Positive Interaction Program) is to facilitate
PIP Chief Terry Stone of the Houston Fire an exchange of information between HPD and neighborhood residents,
Report Department’s (HFD) EMS (Emergency Manage- using monthly community meetings as a forum. Hyde Park United falls
OCT 2007 ment System) Team. Among the many items he within the boundary of the Central Patrol/District One PIP Group, which
discussed were (a) HFD takes 250,000 EMS calls meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m at the Police
each year; (b) HFD has 87 fire stations; (c) all fire trucks (pumpers) Officers Union Bldg, 1602 State St. The next PIP meeting is Jan. 23,
carry a paramedic. This person will rotate, so it’s a different person 2008. — Reported by Tom Greer
each week. He carries medical equipment.
This is because fire trucks often beat ambulances to scenes, so NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME STATS: SEPT 2007
Activity Street/Block Premises Date/Time
there will always be a trained medic to help victims; (d) ambulances
Murder None Reported
have new $12,000 machines that do CPR – Houston is a testing ground Rape None Reported
for these machines. They weigh and measure you, and give appropri- Robbery 1000 Westheimer Unknown 09/07 – 08:00 pm
1600 Montrose Grocery Parking Lot 09/25 – 09:10 pm
ate pressure on chest and sternum, working the lungs and heart; and 1200 Westheimer Road/Street/Sidewalk 07/23 – 09:30 pm
(e) a Thermal Imager – these devices help firemen see in smoke. 1400 Hyde Park Apartment 09/30 – 10:15 am
1500 Vermont Road/Street/Sidewalk 09/14 - Midnight
They detect objects 1/2 deg. F differences from surrounds, which is Assaults None Reported
Burglary 1200 Willard Residence/House 09/27 – 08:00 am
helpful when searching for victims, and also hidden fire and flames 1700 Montrose Residence/House 09/06 – 09:30 pm
inside walls, etc. 2000 Waugh Dr. Apartment 09/26 – 03:00 pm
1400 Indiana Residence/House 09/02 – 11:00 pm
Chief Stone also discussed fire prevention in the home and included Burglary of
Mtr. Vehicle 1100 Welch St. Road/Street/Sidewalk 09/17 – 07:00 pm
such subjects as (1) October Daylight Savings time ends – time to change 1200 Jackson Road/Street/Sidewalk 09/12 – 02:45 am
your clocks and your smoke detector batteries; (2) space heaters in 1300 Willard Road/Street/Sidewalk 09/28 – 11:00 pm
2000 Montrose Other Parking Lot 09/30 – 01:55 am
winter – make sure they are UL approved and that there is nothing round 2300 Montrose Other Parking Lot 09/01 – 10:00 pm
the heaters – in fact, he recommended against space heaters because 2500 Montrose Apartment Parking Lot 09/07 – 11:30 pm
1100 Westheimer Apartment Parking Lot 09/08 – 01:50 am
they are inefficient and dangerous; (3) most fires occur in residences – 1400 California Night Club Park. Lot 09/02 – 11:30 pm
1400 Fairview Apartment Parking Lot 09/05 – 05:30 am
smoke detectors save more lives that anything else; (4) fireplaces and 1400 Missouri Church Parking Lot 09/07 – 08:12 pm
gas heaters – carbon monoxide danger. Symptoms are headache, feel- 1500 Hyde Park Apartment Parking Lot 09/06 – 09:30 am
Auto theft 1200 Welch Apartment Parking Lot 09/25 – 10:30 pm
ing confused. Get out FAST. Carbon monoxide is FAST and kills FAST. 2000 Montrose Apartment Parking Lot 09/13 – 01:30 am
The presentation was followed by a talk by Sergeant Richard Wil- 1200 Westheimer Restaurant Parking Lot 09/02 – 11:00 pm
1500 Missouri Road/Street/Sidewalk 09/08 – 01:00 am
son of the HPD Storefront at 802 Westheimer. He let us know that they Narcotics 1000 Westheimer Unknown 09/09 – 12:28 am
1000 Westheimer Road/Street/Sidewalk 09/17 – 08:26 pm
had received 14 Differential Response Team (DRT) complaints from 1000 Westheimer Misc. Business 09/20 – 02:45 pm
dispatch this past month. He wanted us all to know these tips, which DWI 1100 Bomar
09/27 – 02:35 am
09/01 – 01:55 am
come from us, the citizens, are invaluable to HPD. He added that these 1400 Westheimer Road/Street/Sidewalk 09/10 – 11:45 pm
1400 Westheimer Road/Street/Sidewalk 09/14 – 02:16 am
“tips” last month led to the arrest of five people on Vermont in one
drug bust. Also, HPD District 1A20, of which our civic association is a
large part, has the highest theft beat in the city, all due to crack co- TRASH PICKUP AND RECYCLING SCHEDULE
caine. Sgt. Wilson said also that HPD will use some of their overtime Garbage & Yard Trimming Collection: Every Monday (except holi-
funding to work on the homeless encampments. days) Recycle: Every other Tuesday (except as noted*).
December 2007 January 2008 February 2008
We were also reminded about the P.I.P. Central One Holiday Party Tuesday Dec. 04 *Wednesday Jan. 02 Tuesday Feb. 12
which will be held at the Police Officers Union Building on December Tuesday Dec. 18 Tuesday Jan. 15 Tuesday Feb. 26
Tuesday Jan. 29
3 at 7:00 pm. Everyone is invited. Please note – Your automated container & recycling bin should be at
Please report or fax to the Storefront, your non-emergency com- your curb by 7 a.m. and removed by 10 p.m., on your collection day. If it
plaints or problems using the Central District One PIP “Citizen Com- appears it may rain, do not put out your newspapers for recycling, as the city
plaint Form,” a copy of which is available on our website. Fax the form cannot recycle wet newspapers. Glass is NOT accepted curbside.
to HPD Storefront: (713) 284-8616 Heavy Trash: Second Tuesdays. Dec. 11, Jan. 8 and Feb. 12
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Hyde Park United Civic Association Meeting Minutes: Nov. 5, 2007
Hyde Park United Civic Association Meeting Expert Company. 7-ish. Riva’s is located at 1117 Missouri.
Minutes: November 5, 2007 • Planning for the 2008 Hyde Park Home • Traffic management issues on Bomar
INTRODUCTIONS/OFFICER REPORTS Tour is well underway, with a new twist were discussed. Attendees voiced concern
November’s HPU meeting was held at under consideration: a combined home about high-speed cut-through traffic. Cut-
Grace Lutheran on Monday, November 5th. tour/art crawl. Organizers are currently through issues. Speed bumps, additional
Vice President Margie Alexy stood in for va- seeking assistance with art crawl planning. stop signs, and a possible close-off at Waugh
cationing President Kathy Schipper. Per the October newsletter, a meeting was were discussed as possible options. Robin
Carlos Fernandez reported a net out- scheduled November 17th to help that move Holzer’s Traffic Calming Committee was
flow in HPU’s balances this month, but noted forward. suggested as a good channel for action on
that this was due to high attendance at the • HPU’s Halloween in the Park was well this problem.
Block Captain Appreciation Dinner – the best- attended, by grownups and kids alike. Next ANNOUNCEMENTS
attended yet. (Other entries in the debit col- year, HPU is considering running a hayride • Hyde Park resident Andres Pereira (1212
umn included park maintenance, Paypal fees, or a small parade down the esplanade. Bomar) is running for Judge. His first con-
and GHPA membership dues.) Carlos also • This year’s Block Captain Appreciation test will be the Democratic primary in
advised that HPU has a very strong balance Dinner was the biggest ever. As Margie March of ’08.
and that the net outflows are considerably less Alexey is stepping down as Vice President, • Grace Lutheran Church scheduled a spa-
than expected by this point in the year. More- attendees discussed and undertook nomi- ghetti supper/music concert November
over, because membership enrollments and nations for her replacement. Alyson 17th. Tickets are $5 at the door for 7 pm
renewals typically increase during the holiday Wilkinson is therefore nominated for VP sit-down dinner and ensemble perfor-
season, Carlos projects an increase in HPU’s as of next January. Voting will take place mance. Grace Lutheran is also offering
coffers over the next few months. during the HPU Christmas Party. coffee, etc. outside on Sunday mornings;
The HPU Holiday Party is a great oppor- NEW BUSINESS neighborhood residents are invited to stop
tunity to begin or renew your membership! • HPU’s Holiday Party/Christmas Dinner by and chat with the gracious people who
The Treasurer’s Report was accepted as will be held the first Monday in December generously host our monthly meetings.
read, and the Secretary’s Report was accepted (December 3) at Riva’s in lieu of a regular • The Museum of Printing History here in the
as printed in the October newsletter. December meeting. Tickets are $10 in ad- ‘hood is holding a Book Fair November
OLD BUSINESS vance, $15 cash at door, and may be pur- 10 from 10am-6pm.
• Margie thanked Jean Garwood on behalf chased via Paypal at the HPU website or by MEETING ADJOURNED.
of HPU for her role in securing a donated check mailed to HPU’s PO Box (66422, zip Minutes submitted by Val Schwebach,
red oak for Lamar Park from Bartlett Tree code 77266). Cash bar 6:30pm, dinner at Secretary.
Can you be our “go to” guy or gal to distribute newsletters?
Once upon a time, there were two wonderful ladies who dwelt in Hyde Park, Eva Laurel (now of Hawaii) and Libby Cook (still here and retired!). For
more than 15 years, their monthly contribution to the neighborhood was to be in charge of newsletter pickup, sorting and distribution to the block captains.
Many civic club presidents were spoiled from the selﬂess effort of these two remarkable women. Only after doing the work myself can I REALLY appreciate
their accomplishment. So, I am wondering if there is anyone out there who would like to take over where Eva and Libby left off. Duties include: 1) picking
up the newsletters from Kwik Copy, 2) sorting them into 26 stacks, 3) grouping stacks into four smaller bundles, 4) delivering the bundles to four homes,
and 5) dusting off your hands and giving yourself a big pat on the back — you’re done. Once you get a system down, it takes 1.5-2 hours. This is an ideal
job for a retired person(s), or someone who works from home or has ﬂexible hours. It’s not terribly difﬁcult, just somewhat time-consuming. If
interested, contact Kathy Schipper at email@example.com or 713-522-2538. I would REALLY appreciate it!!!!
32 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
HYDE PARK UNITED • DECEMBER 2007 5
Submit news to firstname.lastname@example.org Glitter, lights needed to decorate Christmas Tree
We still need silver glitter, clear spray-on varnish, white Christmas lights
PaperGallery features and a large bottle of Elmer’s Glue to complete decorations for our Christmas
unique, hand-made gifts Tree at the dolphin fountain, according to Beautification Committee Chair
For the 10th year, Joan Son opens her Christopher McLain. E-mail beautiﬁcation@hydeparkunited.org if you can help.
PaperGallery at 904 Welch for a little holiday Many thanks to Niko Niko’s for their annual and much-appreciated gift of
cheer featuring her newest handmade works our beautiful Christmas tree. And many thanks to McLain, Jan Goddard-
and those of visiting artists Betsy Siegel, Lee Finegold and Sara Fernandez for decorating it Dec. 3. Christopher came up
Benner, Nanci Engle, Marguerite Belkin, and with the design and worked with Sara to create the decorations. Since there is
Suzanne Starr. Check out the unique gifts, jew- no budget for decorating, we each donated to the project. Jan donated $50
elry, ornaments, photography, delectabtes, toward the garland and materials needed (thank you). We hope the tree bright-
surprises and magic on Dec. 7, 8 and 9th. ens your holiday season. You can participate in future projects; look for de-
On Sunday, Joan will teach an origami Santa tails in the next edition. — Kathy Schipper
model for free. For more information:
Alexy resigns as HPU vice president;
Constant Billy on YouTube Allyson Wilkinson nominated for VP
Constant Billy has a short video on
YouTube from their March 29 performance With deep regret I must announce that Margie Alexy, our current Vice-President, had a
at The Artery in Houston. For upcoming gigs, change in duties at work (for the better!) and must resign from her position as Vice-President
visit email@example.com. of Hyde Park United. She has benevolently agreed to stay until a replacement can be elected
Check out their CD: Let Me In at and instated. Margie — we love you and wish you the best!!!
www.constantbilly.com/sounds You can also At the Block Captain Appreciation Dinner on Oct. 25th, Allyson Wilkinson was nominated
hear Emily and Bill hosting “Irish Aires” most for the position of Vice-President. Allyson has proven her mettle many times over with her work
Saturdays from 6-7 pm on Houston’s KPFT on the all-important Deed Restrictions Committee. She has an unfailing desire to improve the
90.1 FM. The show features a wide range of look and feel of our neighborhood. Allyson has great ideas and the will to put them into action.
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Hyde Park Dec. 2007
Yard of the Month:
2402 VAN BUREN
Tom Greer, owner
of 2402 Van Buren.
Keep those nominations coming.
E-mail nominees for Yard of the
Month to Chris McLain, Chair of
the Beautiﬁcation Committee, at
Help us honor the efforts of those
working to keep
Hyde Park beautiful.
HELP MAKE HYDE PARK EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL…
Donate materials or money for neighborhood art projects by e-mailing HPU Beautification Committee Chair Chris McClain at beautiﬁcation@hydeparkunited.org
Tis the season to renew your membership, donate
December is the time of year when many folks renew their And we will gladly accept donations for two entities that
annual memberships and donate extra funds to Lamar Park are near and dear to our hearts: Lamar Park and Neighbor-
and Neighborhood Protection. The cost of membership in the hood Protection. Hyde Park United adopted Lamar Park from
association is $24 per person, whether you own or rent. We’ve the City of Houston and is totally responsible for the upkeep.
made it very easy to hand over your hard-earned cash via Neighborhood Protection funds help offset costs for title
PayPal. Go to www.hydeparkunited.org, click on PayPal for searches and potential litigation fees. Please give as much as
Membership, and follow the instructions. You can also pay for you are able to these two important and necessary funds. Thank
the Holiday Party via this method. you in advance!
JOIN YOUR NEIGHBORS — JOIN HYDE PARK UNITED
THE HYDE PARK UNITED CIVIC ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
Date: ___________________ ( ) New Member ( ) Renewal Cost: $24 annually for residents and renters
Additional donation(s) of __________ for Lamar Park and __________ for Neighborhood Protection
Home Phone: ________________________Bus. Phone: ____________________________ Thank you
E-mail: _____________________________________________________________________ for joining!
Community Interests / Concerns:_______________________________________________________________
One vote per membership. The bylaws of Hyde Park United define who can be a member. Your annual member-
ship fee insures your voice will be heard in all matters concerning the area you have chosen to call home.
Through our newsletter and monthly meeting, you can be part of this beautiful, historic and growing area. Thank
you for joining and helping us build a “sense of community.”
Mail with your check with completed form to: Hyde Park United • P.O. Box 66422 • Houston, TX 77266
You also can join online at www.hydeparkunited.org or bring this form with you to the next meeting.
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