Newsletter of the Houston Heights Association Volume 37, Number Four, April 2011
There’s No Place Like Home… General Meeting
Houston Heights Home & Garden Tour The Ins and Outs of Heights
April 2 & 3, 2011 Alleys
Spring is in the air, and it is A panel of City personnel
time to visit some magnificent will be attending the April 11
Houston Heights gardens (as all meeting to inform and educate
of ours are recovering from the homeowners in the Heights
winter blahs) and homes to get community about their alleys, the
some fresh and creative ideas history of their usage, and the
for our own abodes. This year’s alley ordinance as it applies to
line-up of homes and gardens is Heights alleys.
diverse and unforgettable. Heights residents have asked
The Cohen Home at 726 E. questions and sent concerns to
8th Street is a three-story modern Council Member Ed Gonzalez,
design with two view-inspiring City Council District H office
balconies, an international concerning alley issues. The panel
collection of arts, crafts, and will discuss the following topics:
furnishings, and stunning • Proper procedure to obtain
xeriscape gardens complete with outdoor fireplace, steel water feature, alley access to a residential garage
bamboos, vines, and native grasses. • Education on how to get
The Bohnn/Green Home at 945 Columbia is a perfect example required approval
of a small Heights bungalow transformed to accommodate all of the • What type of plan is
luxuries of current-day life. The beautiful home is filled with modern required to be submitted by
and mid-century furnishings and eclectic art, and the gardens are an Engineer and when this is
meticulously designed with relaxation and wildlife habitat in mind. required
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The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of our 2011 Platinum Sponsor:
Spring Home Tour from page 1
The Willis Home at 711 East 19th Street will be our home tour’s first LEED green building certified
house, and the design reflects the homeowners’ desire for clean lines and functional open spaces,
including a generous backyard oasis — all perfect for entertaining. This home is filled with an amazing
collection of Russian artwork and one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture and décor.
The Vaughn Home at 1802 Cortlandt Street is a gardener’s paradise. In addition to the luscious and
colorful landscape design, the homeowners cultivate vegetables for their table in special raised gardens.
The interior of the home is delightfully filled with vibrant colors, vintage furnishings, and beautiful
The Sitton Home at 247 West 21st Street reflects the homeowners’ own creative style and years of
collecting. It is named “The Bunny Bungalow,” so expect to see antique and vintage bunnies of every
imaginable stripe among the couple’s collection of local art and mid-century and Stickley furnishings.
The Eronko/Perez Home at 1401 Herkimer Street is a 1914 Pomona-style bungalow that has been
meticulously restored by Bungalow Revival using reclaimed and handpicked materials and antique, period-
style fixtures. The old-world-style interior design and artwork are indicative of the homeowners’ own
The Immanuel Lutheran Church at 15th and Cortlandt Streets — saved from demolition by the
congregation and a group of community leaders — will open its doors for a sneak peak at the “before”
version of this 1930s German architectural jewel, prior to being transformed into a community center,
expected to host art exhibits, receptions, theatre performances, and youth services. Drawings and 3-D
renditions by the project’s architects will be on hand.
Tickets on the days of the tour will be $25 each, $20 for bicycle riders, and $5 for a single
home. You may purchase your tickets during tour hours at each of the homes, by check or cash
only, and at the Heights Fire Station, which will also accept credit cards. For more information,
please visit www.houstonheights.org/springhometour.htm, call 713-861-4002 extension 3, or e-mail
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The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the to inform HHA members of events.
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Editor ............................Mark R. Williamson
John Palmer Art
Assistant Editor ....... Kathleen S. Williamson
Jim Bennett, Paul Carr, John Henry Childs,
Anne Culotta, Angela DeWree,
Diane Easley, Linda Eyles, Lauriel Hindman,
John Ridgway, Chris Silkwood,
Kelly Simmons, Anne Sloan, Robin Swinney,
Laura Thorp, Lanna vonBaden.
General Meeting from page 1 Fun Run June 4
• Who is responsible for Lace up your running shoes!
maintaining the alley The Houston Heights Association
• What to do when access is Fun Run is coming up on June 4.
blocked, either for years or by a It’s a fast and exciting race along
new fence, etc. our famous boulevard, and you
• What is legal to do in won’t want to miss it. Check the
an alley, and who enforces HHA website for more details
encroachment violations about how you can register as we
• Examples of alleys that get closer to the date.
have been developed correctly. Not a runner? Looking for
You may submit additional an exciting way to support the
questions prior to the meeting Houston Heights Association?
to Laura Thorp, Community Volunteer to help with the
Liaison for the Greater Heights, Fun Run! If you would like to
District H: laura.thorp@ be a part of it, please e-mail
houstontx.gov or 832-393-3231. firstname.lastname@example.org or
Come prepared to be call 713-861-4002 and leave a
informed. That’s Monday, April message on extension 4. We’d
11, 7:00 PM at the Houston love to have you!
Heights City Hall and Fire
Station, at the corner of Yale and
12th Streets. See you there!
The Houston Heights Association gratefully acknowledges the support of the following Spring Bronze 2011 Sponsors:
2011 Kick Off Party
The 2011 Kick Off Party for the Houston Heights Spring Home
& Garden Tour and Candlelight Dinner & Auction was held at
Phil’s Texas Barbecue recently. A record 30 tables for the Candlelight
Dinner were presold at the packed event, which included 2011
sponsors, the home tour executive committee, homeowners, head
docents, and last year’s Candlelight Dinner table hosts.
The red-cowboy-boot-wearing guests snacked on delicious hors
d’oeuvres provided by Phil’s Texas Barbecue and sipped beers donated
by Twisted Pine Brewing Company. Beautiful floral decorations and
attendee gifts were generously given by Buchanan’s Native Plants.
Chris Silkwood, Kelly Simmons, and Denise Martin — co-chairs
of the 2011 Home & Garden Tour — thanked their hard-working
committee and showed off some of the exciting auction items that will
be up for grabs at the Candlelight Dinner & Auction to be held on
April 1. The crowd mingled late into the evening, a sure sign that the
Candlelight Dinner & Auction are off to a great start!
The 37th Annual HHA Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner
was held on Sunday, February 27 at the Heights Fire Station. The upstairs
meeting room became a glittering silver and gold dining room courtesy of
Angela DeWree of Design and Inspiration. Anne Culotta acted as both
emcee and past President, amusing everybody with her opening and closing
remarks, handing out some awards herself, and introducing other presenters:
Bill Baldwin, Diane Easley, Chris Silkwood, Paul Carr, Kelly Simmons, Jim
Bennett, and Anne Sloan. Many of their presentations appear on the following
Anne Culotta also headed the committee
that arranged the event: Diane Easley,
Community Improvement Awards Chair; Angela DeWree, event décor and
programs; Keith Crane, CIA PowerPoint presentation; Donna Bennett, Jeff
Cox, Anne Culotta, and Amber Lewis, CIA judges; Anne Sloan, volunteer
election and awards coordinator; and Bill Baldwin, 2011 President.
Massoud’s Catering provided the culinary delights for the evening.
That’s a wrap!
Citizen Of The Year Award:
Linda & Simon Eyles, Danae Stephenson & Martin Piké
Presentation speech by Anne Sloan, 2009 Citizen of the Year
Good evening! Gold and Silver — The Old and
the New. And isn’t that our mantra in Houston
Heights? The combination of our old and our new
homes, our old-timers like Paul, Melvalene, Bart,
and the Thorps, the Dupuis, and so many others
who welcome the newcomers. That is what Houston
Heights is all about.
I am proud to be here this evening to tell you
once again how honored I am to have been selected
Citizen of the Year for 2009. But now, it is time to
reveal the Citizen of the Year for 2010!
For almost fifteen years, the recipients have made a serious commitment to serving the Houston
Heights. Their volunteer efforts include: serving as Head Docent every year, featuring their own home
on the home tours, twice chairing the Candlelight Dinner, working on the Fun Run and the Bike Rally,
working with Jim Bennett and Paul Carr on Boulevard and Park Maintenance, and supporting the
Candlelight Dinner Auction with significant donations and purchases.
This year’s recipients have demonstrated again and again a commitment to HHA and to our
neighborhood with hours of behind-the-scenes work as well as their leadership roles.
I give you the Citizen of the Year for 2010 — In a total break with tradition, the committee selected two
couples who have again and again pooled their talents and resources to work as a team to accomplish all of
the important achievements listed above: Linda & Simon Eyles and Danae Stephenson & Martin Piké.
Marcella Perry Award: Lanna vonBaden
Annually, the Marcella Perry Award is presented to a recipient who
supports the Heights Association and its causes in a behind-the-scenes
fashion. This year’s recipient is Lanna vonBaden.
Lanna just finished a three-year term on the HHA Board, but
her contributions extend way beyond that. She has been a tireless
volunteer for all of the fund-raising events and helped plan the
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for many years. She went above
and beyond this year when she took the reins of the Constable
Patrol Program and continues to work tirelessly to develop that very
important security project. Her business, Grogan’s Building Supply,
was a Bronze Sponsor for all four seasons in 2009, and a Bronze Sponsor for two seasons in 2010.
The annual award was established to honor Heightsites who work quietly and consistently in the
background for the betterment of the Heights. Former Citizen of the Year recipients select the Marcella
Perry winner each year. Paul Carr, who established the award, announced the honoree at the Volunteer
Appreciation and Awards Dinner.
The name of the award honors Marcella Donovan Perry (1907-1999), a founder, Director, and long-
time supporter of the Houston Heights Association who worked quietly in the background making things
happen for the neighborhood. Her father, James G. Donovan, was City Attorney for Houston Heights
when it merged with the city of Houston in 1918. Donovan Park on Heights Boulevard, home of the
Heights Playground, was named for him.
Corporate Citizen Award: Republic Services
Presentation Speech by Chris Silkwood
The Corporate Citizen Award is given to an organization that has repeatedly given through financial
donations or in-kind services to the Houston Heights Association.
This year’s recipient is Republic Services, who has been a Platinum Sponsor of HHA for four years,
which began first with Allied Waste.
Republic Services has not only provided the HHA with huge financial support but also with their
“What would we do without these?” luxury restrooms for Candlelight Dinners, trash containers and port-
o-cans for Fun Runs and numerous other events. And for those contributions, by God, we are immensely
So now, I’m going to stray from the political correctness of thanking
the corporation to, with heartfelt gratitude, thanking the man behind all
of that generosity. The man is Chris Synek. Chris has been the captain all
along, which also includes incredible sports packages to the Candlelight
Dinner auction, fantastic wine-tasting dinners hosted by Chris and his
glorious wife, Kristi, that have raised over $12,000. For those of us who
can actually remember those evenings, the wine was damn good.
Chris has recently received a major promotion with Republic
Services, and the family will be moving to their corporate headquarters in
Scottsdale, Arizona. Through Chris’s never-ending generosity and love of
the Heights, he has pledged to be a Platinum Sponsor again for the year
Let’s stand together to toast this
very special man, our neighbor, our
dear friend, a husband and devoted father. To his wife Kristi, a brilliant
woman, major volunteer, wife and mother. And to their children, Luke
and Olivia. They will all be sorely missed.
President’s Award: Lauriel Hindman
Presentation by Anne Culotta, 2010 President
The President’s Award is given by the outgoing President of the
Association to an individual without whom said President could not
have managed. It is a personal acknowledgment of a deep debt of
gratitude for constant support and guidance. At least in my case it
is, because without Lauriel Hindman I would have floundered in my
ignorance, absent-mindedness, and miserable typing skills. And, even
more importantly, I wouldn’t have had half as much fun!
Lauriel, please accept this award from me to you as Business
Manager extraordinaire, she-who-knows-all, the ever diligent, always
discreet, best friend in the bunker. Thanks for always having my back!
In Memoriam: Bob Pearson
Presentation by Anne Culotta, 2010 President
No awards show would be complete without a tribute to those we
lost over the past year. Bill has already mentioned Mrs. Worthington;
I would like to remember Bob Pearson. Bob was a friend to many
of us here tonight, and he was a character in his own right. He
volunteered for the Houston Heights Association for many, many
years, performing thankless tasks like locking and unlocking the
playground at Donovan Park and overseeing the maintenance and
upkeep of the Fire Station.
His memory is so tied to this
fine old building, I hope Bob
would be pleased to see the plaque
that has been placed downstairs in
honor of his many years of service
to the community. May he rest in
[For more information about Bob, please see our July 2010 issue. For more
information about Mrs. Worthington, please see our February 2011 issue.]
Boulevard Volunteer Award: Christy Stewart
Presentation speech by Jim Bennett, Boulevard Chair
The Boulevard Volunteer Award is given out in those years
when someone has gone way beyond the call of duty. This year,
Christy Stewart had done just that, and we want to recognize her
hard work. As many of you know, Christy has taken care of the
Rose Garden on Heights Boulevard since late 2009. Anyone who
has worked in a volunteer organization will appreciate these things
about Christy’s efforts:
• Christy is a volunteer, not a recruit. When she heard that help
was needed, Christy stepped forward and said, “I can do that.”
• Christy took charge and got the job done – she did the
planning, she acquired all needed materials, she recruited the help she needed.
• Christy followed through with continuous maintenance - not just the upfront splash, but also the
continued week-in and week-out effort required to keep things looking great.
Right now, Christy is taking time out from the Rose Garden, since she and her husband Matt just
became the proud parents of Elliott Townes Stewart in December. Pat Hall, Stacey Courville, and Shawn
Michael are taking up the slack, so you’ll see that the Rose Garden has been stripped back and fresh
plantings are about to be put in place.
Christy, please come up and accept this award for your many months of hard work at the Rose Garden!
New Generation Award: Andrea Sharp and Elizabeth Poirrier
Presentation by Kelly Simmons
The New Generation Award is given to individuals who have come onto the scene relatively recently
and who have risen through the volunteer ranks to leadership positions very quickly. We have seen in
these individuals the promise of a long-term relationship with the Houston Heights Association and a
valuable asset to the community.
This year, we decided to present two individuals with the New Generation Award.
This person served on the Auction Committee in 2008 and
Chaired the Auction in 2009. She helped on the Auction again the
following year by managing the massive spreadsheet of donors and
auction items. She chaired the Heights Fun Run in 2010, which
broke all previous income records. She is co-chairing – along with
Christine Spin – this year’s Holiday Home Tour Patron Party. She
has continually stepped up to the plate when asked to volunteer and
has demonstrated time after time that she has the leadership skills to
guide these very important fundraising events. She is currently serving
on HHA’s Board of Directors. Don’t let her size fool ya – she manages
around 300 personnel – mostly men — for a downtown security firm.
I am proud to present Andrea Sharp with the 2010 New
Generation Award. [Andrea was not present. Her husband accepted for her. —Editor]
As a lot of us do, this person started out by allowing the HHA
to show her home on the Holiday Home Tour in 2009. That same
year, she jumped right in and – working mostly behind the scenes
— was instrumental in the success of the Holiday Home Tour. The
following year – last year — she Chaired the Holiday Home Tour to
a record-breaking success. There are a couple of interesting common
denominators among all of the present and past New Generation
Award Recipients: They’re all adorable and all have impressive shoe
I am honored to award Elizabeth Poirrier with the 2010 New
Heights Family Serving As Ambassadors For March For Babies
For Heights residents Loriana Morris and Jake Decker, having twin boys was twice the joy but also
double the worry and fear when Loriana was diagnosed with Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome at 24
weeks and started an arduous journey to keep her babies medically safe. At 33 weeks, Wesley and Gabriel
were born but faced weeks in the NICU. The family now enjoys every moment with their bright, active
twin boys and daughter Jocelyn. They are serving as Houston’s 2011 March for Babies Ambassador Family
to help raise awareness about the lifesaving research and support of the March of Dimes. To join or start a
walk team, visit www.marchforbabies.org. March for Babies will be held May 1, with opening ceremonies at
8:00 AM, and the five-mile walk at 9:00 AM at the University of Houston’s Robertson Stadium.
Community Improvement Awards
by Diane Easley, CIA Chair
The Houston Heights Association 2011 Community Improvement Awards were presented Sunday,
February 27, for residential and commercial projects contributing to the improvement of the Heights.
For Commercial New Construction projects, the two nominees were
Advanta Health Professionals at 1302 North Shepherd and Allegiance Bank
at 2222 North Durham. The winning improvement is Allegiance Bank at
2222 North Durham, managed by President Scott Lester. This project was
nominated by Mike Easley, designed by McCleary German Architects, and
built by U. S. Builders. Thanks to Allegiance Bank for being an HHA sponsor
For Commercial Restoration projects, the two nominees were Zelko Bistro
at 705 East 11th Street, owned by Jamie Zelko, and Jenni’s Noodles at 602
East 20th Street, owned by Jenni and Scott Tranweaver. We are lucky to have
these two new restaurants in the Heights. The winning improvement is Zelko
Bistro at 705 East 11th Street. This project was nominated by Anne Culotta,
designed by James and Jamie Zelko, and built by Zelko Brothers Cabinet &
In the Residential New Construction category, the two nominees were
Trinh and Eugene Kuo’s home at 1222 Allston and Michael and Laura
Czapski’s home at 2020 Arlington. The winning improvement is Trinh and
Eugene Kuo’s home at 1222 Allston. This project was nominated by Ralph and
Mary Ellis, designed by Greg Swedberg with 2Scale Architects, and built by
In the Residential Restoration category, the two nominees were Patrice
and Jason Childress’ home at 730 Columbia and Danae Stephenson and
Martin Piké’s home at 1233 Tulane. The winning improvement is Patrice
and Jason Childress’ home at 730 Columbia, nominated by Gail Schorre,
designed by Morningside Architects, and built by Lucas Craftsmanship.
A special “Heights Gateway Award” was presented to Phil’s Texas
Barbecue for their transformation of the former muffler shop into
a restaurant at 110 South Heights Boulevard, leading into Houston
Heights. Thanks to Phil’s for being an HHA sponsor, as well.
Congratulations to all nominees and thank you for improving the Heights. Special thanks to our CIA
committee: Judges Donna Bennett, Jeff Cox, Anne Culotta, and Amber Lewis; PowerPoint presentation
by Keith Crane; AV Team Keith Crane, Ken Culotta, and Mike Easley. Thanks also to Anne Culotta and
Donna Bennett for donating seats for the nominees, and thanks to Laura Pineda for help with set-up.
[Finally, thanks to Diane for coordinating them all again this year. —Editor]
Be on the lookout for next year’s nominees!
Historic District Reconsideration Update
On October 13, Houston City Council passed amendments to the Historic Preservation Ordinance
and a transition process to the new ordinance. From October 18 through November 17, property owners
in an existing or pending historic district could request reconsideration of their district.
In seven historic districts, the owners of 10% or more of the tracts asked for their districts to be
reconsidered. The City mailed to all property owners in those districts an announcement of a public
meeting and forms to be mailed back by any owners wanting to repeal their districts.
At the February 23 City Council meeting, the Director of Planning & Development formally
presented reports with survey results and recommendations on the six existing historic districts that
underwent reconsideration, including Houston Heights East and West and Norhill. Her reports indicated
that no district had reached the threshold for dissolution and that surveys requesting repeal of district
designation were dispersed throughout each district. Her recommendation was that Council take no
action with regard to the designation of five of the six districts (that is, leave them intact) and that Council
amend the boundaries of First Montrose Commons to exclude one tract at a corner of the district, which
had been included unintentionally.
At the March 2 meeting, Director Gafrick presented reports on the three pending districts (Houston
Heights South, Woodland Heights, and Glenbrook Valley). She recommended designation of all three as
historic districts, with changes to the boundaries of the first two.
The recommendations on the six existing districts were on the agenda for the March 9 Council
meeting, but the item was tagged (deferred until the next meeting). Council was not scheduled to meet the
following week. At press time, the earliest Council could take up the issue again is March 23.
Copies of the formal reports on the six existing districts and the three pending districts (with maps of
survey results and the Director’s recommendations for City Council action) are now available on the City
Planning Department site at www.houstontx.gov/planning/HistoricPres/hist_pres_amend.html along
with the amended Historic Preservation Ordinance and the transition ordinance. We hope that further
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Donations New Members
Our thanks to the following donors for their Please welcome the following new members to
generous support of the programs of the Houston the Houston Heights Association.
Heights Association. A-OK Mini Storage, Tracey Freezia
Jennifer Barringer & Derrick Vallance — Joyce Ballenger
Boulevard Jacquelyn Barish
Chris & Christine Campbell Josh & Steven Brockman-Weber
Charles & Vicki Cunningham — Parks, Chris & Christine Campbell
Boulevard, Flower Gardens, and Fire Station Chris & Amy Cole
Endowment Fund Catherine Coon & Nicholas Purday
GDF Suez Energy North America, Inc. (matching Greenleaf Gardening Services
gift of Keith Crane & Kelly Simmons) Lori Hudgins
Charles Krenzler — Boulevard Jennifer Junger
Debbie Mueller & Bob Singleton — Parks Heide Leighty
Nicole & Raul Quiros Linda Eyles Design
Gail Rosenthal — Fire Station Endowment Fund Gianni Mallarino
Texas State Optical, Aurea Rivera, O.D. — Jennifer Naae & Matt Albanese
Boulevard Nicole & Raul Quiros
HHA Urban Forestry Committee
Living in Tandem with Trees
Since 2005, the HHA Urban Forestry Committee has been
celebrating our neighborhood’s unique Urban Forest of mature trees
and native plant gardens — habitat for migratory birds, native wildlife,
and neighbors! Over the past two years, on the first Tuesday of the
month, Heights neighbors with wonderful gardens and/or great trees
have opened their garden gates for special garden tours.
On Tuesday, April 5, at 6:30 PM, you are invited to a tour of the
Great Tree at 538 Arlington and to learn about the new home that has
been designed on the site. Meet the owners, the architect, and the tree consultant. Everyone is invited!
For about three years Gary Rodriguez and Mike Ball drove by an empty lot at 538 Arlington in the
Heights, and they were amazed at the size of the majestic live oak (Quercus virginiana) that was the focal
point on the south side of the lot. They had many discussions over the three-year period about purchasing
the lot and building a house that would showcase the tree. In January 2010, Mike and Gary decided to
investigate building a house on the lot. During their investigation, they found that the tree is listed on the
Harris County Tree Registry and was recorded to be 68 feet tall with a 192-foot circumference and a crown
spread of 106 feet.
Mike and Gary had seen several homes built by Solution Builders, LLC in the surrounding Heights
area and were enticed to meet with them because they were a green homes builder. Mike says, “We
assumed a green homebuilder would share in our vision to protect the tree and create a home that made
the tree the central focus. Dara Childs and Wolfgang Pfirrmann, the Solution Builders team, worked with
us to design our home to minimize any impact to the tree.
“In February 2010 we consulted with Embark Tree and Landscape Services about the potential impact
of building a home on the lot. Matt Hancock met with us at the lot, and we discussed our plans to build a
pier and beam home. We expressed to Matt that our principal concern was not to damage the tree with our
proposed plan.” Gary and Mike had already decided that if a home could not be built without damage to
the tree, they would scrap their plans and not purchase the lot. Matt said that a pier and beam foundation
was better than a slab, and he suggested that any digging on the lot should be confined as much as possible
to the north side of the lot.
In June 2010, Gary and Mike closed on their lot and construction loan. Shortly before construction
started, Embark trimmed the tree of any dead limbs and aerated the lot.
Solution Builders started construction on January 4. The first phase of construction included drilling
seven 300-foot vertical holes for geothermal heating/cooling. The drilling team was very conscientious
about not disturbing any of the tree roots. They actually moved one of the drill sites to avoid a root. They
also hand dug (rather than machine dug) a trench to collate the geothermal loops from the alley to the
front of the lot. Whenever they encountered a tree root, they carefully dug around it so as not to cut it.
Once the geothermal drilling completed, Solution Builders installed a retaining fence around the tree
to keep debris and traffic off of the roots. The foundation crew was also very cognizant of the tree roots.
They had to move a couple of piers to avoid the roots.
Since this project started, every contractor has been extremely diligent about the tree. Gary and Mike
have been very happy with the extra effort Solution Builders have gone to ensure protection for the tree.
For more information about the Urban Forestry Committee, please visit http://www.houstonheights.
org/urbanforestry.htm. For the Harris County Tree Registry, view http://treesforhouston.org/assets/
files/TFHMaster.pdf. For Solution Builders, LLC, visit http://so4l.com. For Embark Tree and Landscape
Services, visit http://www.embarkservices.com.
May General Meeting Woman’s Club News
Heights Kidstuff: After School The Houston Heights Woman’s Club (HHWC) has started 2011
& Vacation Programs off with a new slate of officers:
Get great information for • President: Hillary Parr Cobb
summer or after-school programs • First Vice President: Shea Sandefer Hill
for families and kids of all ages • Second Vice President: Amydell Beardshall
(young, elementary, middle • Treasurer: Linda Cannon
school, pre-teens, or teens)! Great • Recording Secretary: Sharon Balke
opportunities for learning and • Corresponding Secretary: Robin Swinney
play abound in and near our • Historian: Ann Gay
neighborhood. Meet the folks • Parliamentarian: Gail Rosenthal
from HITS, Stages, the Heights • At-Large Board Members: Melvaline Cohen, Debbie Cranford,
Library, Scouts, Outdoor Nature and Laura Potter
programs, and more. Upcoming events:
Doors open at 6:30 PM The evening group of HHWC kicks off April with their General
on May 9 at the HHA Fire Meeting on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:00 PM at the HHWC Clubhouse,
Station at 12th & Yale. The located at 1846 Harvard. Members, please plan to attend.
program commences with HHA The next event will be the Literary Club meeting at the HHWC
President Bill Baldwin at 7:00 Clubhouse, on Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 PM. The book selection is
PM. Everyone is invited for The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffery Toobin.
refreshments and to mix and Jere Pfister will lead discussion of the book.
mingle. The final scheduled event in April will be the quarterly Cork and
Fork, which will be held at the HHWC Clubhouse on Saturday, April
16, from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM. The theme will be Cinco de Mayo;
Debbie Cranford and Robin Swinney will host. The Cork and Fork is
open to members, their guests, and prospective members. There is no
cost to attend, aside from a dish to pass and a bottle of wine to share.
Besides good food, good wine, and good conversation, the Cork and
Fork introduces the host(s), HHWC members, and guests (spouses
and potential members) to new wine and food based on a theme or
region in a casual atmosphere.
Constable Notes February Statistics
Constable yard signs are available. If you are a constable Total Arrests 0
subscriber, then you can pick up signs at the next Houston Heights Citizen Assists 2
Association general meeting or email heightspatrol@houstonheights. Citizen Contacts 124
org for other pickup options. If you are not a subscriber and would Vacation Watches 145
like to sign up, we are now offering a nine-month subscription that Court Citations 34
runs from April through December for $230. Alarm Responses 13
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Suspicious Vehicles 47
subscriber, then go to houstonheights.org/cpppaypal.htm to subscribe Park Checks 122
by credit card or send a check with your address and telephone Disturbances 7
number to HHA Constable Patrol, P.O Box 70735, Houston, TX Major Accidents 0
77270-0735. Criminal Offenses 1
Miles patrolled 2,581
Calendar (continued from back cover)
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
May 1 2 3 4 5 - garbage 6 7
HHA Land Use
6:30 PM Cinco de Mayo;
Fire Station Deadline for
8 9 10 11 12 - garbage 13 14
HHA General and recycling
Mother’s Day “Kidstuff”
15 16 17 18 19 - garbage 20 21
HHA Board Greater Heights
6:30 PM SNC (SN15)
Fire Station 6:30 PM
22 23 24 25 26 - garbage 27 28
HHA Education PIP Meeting and recycling
6:30 PM 7:00 PM
Fire Station 1602 State Street
29 30 31 June 1 2 - garbage 3 4
Memorial Day Run
Community Calendar Future History
Events planned by other community organizations. October 2, Bicycle Rally
Historic Houston’s Salvage Warehouse will be closing soon. See December 2-3, Holiday Home
www.historichouston.org for details. Tour
Every Monday, 7:30 to 10:00 PM, Houston International Folk December 5-7, Holiday Basket
Dancers introductory lessons at Oddfellows Hall, 115 E. 14th. Preparation and Delivery
March 31 through April 2, Opera in the Heights presents 2012:
Bizet’s Pearl Fishers at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd. For more February 26, Awards Dinner
information, visit http://www.operaintheheights.org. April 5-7, Spring Home Tour
April 2, 7:30 PM, Health Care for All Texas presents Jim Post in June 2, Heights Fun Run
his one-man show “Mark Twain and the Laughing River” at Live Oak
Friends Meeting Hall, 1318 W. 26th St. For information or to buy At The Fire Station
tickets, please visit www.healthcareforalltexas.org/Calendar.html. Events at the Houston Heights City
April 7-9 and 14-16, 8:00 PM, HITS Theatre presents “Hairspray” Hall and Fire Station, 12th and Yale
at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. For more details, call The second Monday, 5:00 to
the Miller box office at 281-FREE-FUN. 7:00 PM, and the last Monday
April 16 through May 1, 2:00 PM, UpStage Theatre presents “Too of the month, 8:00 AM to noon,
Many Beagles” at Miller Outdoor Theater, saluting and benefitting the City Council District H
rescue organizations. For more information or tickets, call 713-838- Satellite Office is open at the east
9171 or visit www.upstagetheatre.org. (office) door.
Heavy Trash Notes
April is a “Junk Waste” month; May is a “Tree Waste Only” month. For dates in your area and more
information, see http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/treewaste.html.
Historic District Reconsideration Update from page 10
information on the reconsideration process will be posted there as it becomes available.
Changes Since The Print Edition
At its March 23 meeting, City Council accepted the Planning Director’s report on Avondale West,
Boulevard Oaks, First Montrose Commons, and Norhill; these districts were confirmed with only the
previously mentioned minor change to the boundaries of First Montrose Commons. Council voted 8-7
against accepting the Director’s report on Houston Heights East and Houston Heights West. These two
districts were referred back to the administration.
The three pending historic districts have not yet come before City Council as of the time this was
written. Until they do, they remain covered by the Historic Protection Ordinance, as do Houston Heights
East amd West.
Calendar of Events for April 2011
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Candlelight Din- Spring Home &
ner and Auction Garden Tour
12:00 - 6:00 PM
3 4 5 - Deadline for 6 7 - garbage 8 9
Spring Home & HHA Land Use next newsletter
Garden Tour 6:30 PM Urban Forestry
12:00 - 6:00 PM Fire Station 6:30 PM
538 Arlington KBD
10 11 12 13 14 - garbage 15 16
HHA General Greater Heights and recycling
“Alley Issues” SNC (SN15)
7:00 PM 6:30 PM
Fire Station Fire Station
17 18 19 20 21 - garbage 22 23
HHA Board PIP meeting
6:30 PM 7:00 PM San Jacinto Day Earth Day
Fire Station 1602 State Street
24 25 26 27 28 - garbage 29 30
HHA Education and recycling
Easter Sunday 7:00 PM
HHA headquarters: The Fire Station is on the corner of Yale and 12th Streets. HHA web site: <http://www.houstonheights.org>