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Westbury Community Says Goodbye to Westbury Centerette

April 23, 2015 • Continue Reading »

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The Westbury Centerette commercial strip center finally came down last month to make way for a new proposed development. The owner of the former Westbury Centerette site is in negotiations to bring a LA Fitness Center to this site.

“In past years, the Westbury Centerette was one of the commercial anchors at the Chimney Rock/West Bellfort intersection. Now that this demolition has occurred, the Westbury community is looking forward to regain this once vibrant commercial node into a transformed development,” states Council Member Larry Green.

“We thank Council Member Larry Green and the many residents of Westbury who came out to watch the demolition of the former Westbury Centerette,” states Becky Edmondson, President of the Westbury Civic Club.

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Council Member Larry Green and Brays Oaks District Director of Services, Richard Rodriguez, at the Westbury Centerette property (corner of Chimney Rock and West Bellfort) where demolition of the site began in March.

West Airport Blvd. Rehabilitation Project

April 22, 2015 • Continue Reading »

Since coming in office, the Brays Oaks community has continually sounded off about the condition of West Airport Blvd. – particularly between Fondren Rd. and South Gessner. Every year, Council Member Green would press the Public Works and Engineering Dept. (PWE) to consider this roadway as a high priority project.

The PWE Dept. has commenced with the rehabilitation of West Airport Blvd. between Fondren Rd. and South Gessner Rd. Prior to the start of this infrastructure project, Council Member Green hosted an informational meeting at the South Gessner HPD Substation whereas representatives from the adjacent residential communities impacted by this project were invited to engage the PWE project manager as well as the project contractor to ask questions about the project.

“The District K office will continue to monitor the progress of this 6 ½ month project,” states Council Member Green. For more information about this West Airport Blvd. rehabilitation project, click the link to access the FAQs: http://www.houstontx.gov/council/k/westairport.html.

Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar to Speak at Turquoise Center

April 13, 2015 • Continue Reading »

Hegar,_Glenn_-_09_5x7The American Turkic Business Council & Texas Turkish American Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to the luncheon forum with the keynote address given by Texas State Comptroller Honorable Glenn Hegar. He will discuss “Texas Economy and its Future; Facts, Figures and trends fueling the Texas Economy.”

The event will take place on

Thursday, April 23, 2015
from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the
Turquoise Center, 9301 West Bellfort Street, Houston, TX 77031.

Save the Date: West Airport Blvd. Rehabilitation Project

April 6, 2015 • Continue Reading »

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Invites you to a West Airport Blvd. Rehabilitation Informational Meeting

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
South Gessner HPD Substation
8605 Westplace Dr. (@ South Gessner Rd.)
Houston, TX 77071

The City of Houston is scheduled to rehabilitate West Airport Blvd. from Fondren Rd. to South Gessner Rd. The construction start date is scheduled for April 20, 2015 with extensive concrete panel repair.

This informational meeting will be facilitated by City of Houston PWE representatives. Attend this meeting to find out the project scope and how this construction project will minimize the traffic control along West Airport Blvd. and the streets that feed onto West Airport Blvd.

Please contact the District K office if you have any questions at 832-393-3016 or DistrictK@houstontx.gov

METRO’s new bus network is coming soon

April 3, 2015 • Continue Reading »

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METRO’s bus service has been “reimagined” – what does this mean for their customers?
More information at RideMETRO.org

Westbury Christian School 40th Birthday Party

February 9, 2015 • Continue Reading »

*Familiar faces past, present help Westbury Christian School mark 40th anniversary*

Four heads of school — Harold Wade (1988-1991), Greg Glenn (2007-2014), Robert McCloy (1991-2007) and Michael White (current) — cut giant lemon birthday cakes to serve the approximately 300 attendees — including alumni and former students; former and current board members, administrators, faculty and staff; and current students and their families — who gathered at the Westbury Christian School campus on Saturday afternoon, February 7, to celebrate the school’s 40th anniversary.

In addition to the cake and other party food, guests were treated to performances by the Wildcat band and cheerleaders, high school choir, selected theater students, and the high school ballet class. They also heard the heads of school discuss their past experiences and future vision for the school in a roundtable-style format. The school’s CATaclysm robotics team and middle school engineering class demonstrated their crafts as well. Attendees were also given the opportunity to board a bus for a tour of the WCS West Campus, the former Westland YMCA facility on Fondren being converted into the school’s Wildcat Athletic Complex.

Just prior to the cake cutting, John Greer, an elder of the Westbury Church of Christ, from which the school was spawned and with which it continues to share a physical campus and maintain a beneficial working relationship, presented White with a check for $25,000 to support the current and future work of the school and its dedication to Kingdom education.

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“I want to thank all who came out to help us celebrate the 40th anniversary of Westbury Christian School,” said White, current head of school, who has worked in various classroom and administrative roles at WCS since 1997. “We had a great afternoon connecting our history with our present and future. I am blessed to work with some amazing people.”

Read more at http://www.westburychristian.org/familiar-faces-past-present-help-mark-wcs-40th-anniversary/

FREE Spay/Neuter & Pet Wellness Services

February 9, 2015 • Continue Reading »

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The District J Journal – February 9, 2015

February 9, 2015 • Continue Reading »

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A New Vision for the Richmond Corridor

District J to Host Urban Land Institute Study

 

Many of you have heard me speak about how important neighborhood revitalization is to the future of District J. Such is the case with Richmond Avenue corridor that lies between Chimney Rock and Hillcroft.

 

If there was ever a microcosm of Houston’s development pattern, the Richmond corridor surely must be it! The area consists of a mixture of industrial and commercial businesses; single-family housing with condominiums from $50,000 to $1 million and multifamily housing; sports bars and restaurants of all business hours and prices; religious and educational facilities, a City park, an HPD storefront and Fire Station 28.

 

Over the past two years, I have had the pleasure of gathering together a coalition of merchants and landowners along the corridor. Together, we began the process of visioning what the future holds for this dynamic part of Houston and District J. I am pleased to announce this coalition, along with your District J Office, HISD, and METRO, will be hosting an Urban Land Institute TAP (Technical Assistance Program) study that will re-imagine the future of the Richmond corridor.

 

The Urban Land Institute is a non-profit organization that promotes leadership in the responsible use of land and in building thriving communities. Established in 1947, ULI has completed over 600 panels, in 47 states, 12 countries, and 4 continents. Our panelists, coming from across the United States with experience in addressing re-development projects, will work to develop practical recommendations for moving towards the future.

 

On that note, stakeholders are invited to participate in this study, that will take place from 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:30pm to 3:00pm at the JW Marriott Hotel (5150 Westheimer) on Monday, Feb. 23rd. These sessions will give the panelists insight into the strengths and challenges of the area.

 

I am proud of the hard work put forth by our friends along Richmond in planning this important event, and I look forward to hearing the recommendations on how best to breath new life into this vital and vibrant part of District J.

 

Blessings,

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-Mike Laster, Council Member – District J

Community Garden Takes Root

Volunteers Needed to Help with Improvements

 

When a handful of residents at

 

the Bellerive Senior Living Center began planting a few vegetables on an old ditch easement last year, they probably didn’t think anyone would take notice. But as more residents began to take interest, the garden began to grow. Now, with the combined support of multiple organizations, the community garden will soon be receiving a major face lift!

 

 

Landscaping designs to vastly improve the garden have been warmly received by residents. The plans will include improved landscaping, the laying of brick pathways, and the removal of weeds, and debris in the green space.

 

These improvements have been made possible through an amazing partnership between the Houston Housing Authority, Keep Houston Beautiful, TBG Partners, Public Works’ Street and Drainage Division, the City’s Reuse Warehouse, the Solid Waste Department, the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and your District J office.

 

But the work hasn’t even

 

started! Volunteers are needed for the Clean-Up day, which is scheduled to take place on February 21, 2015, at 8am at the Senior Living facility (7225 Bellerive, Houston, TX). If you know any students in need of some volunteer hours, or would like to participate yourself, please join us in making this incredible project a reality for these seniors. To volunteer, please contact Keep Houston Beautiful at 713-839-8855.

 

District J Capital Improvement Plan Meeting

 

Please mark your calendars for the  greyscale-drafting.jpgAnnual District J CIP Meeting which will be held at 6:30pm at the Sharpstown Community Center (6600 Harbor Town Dr., Houston, TX 77036) on Wednesday, February 25th.

   

The CIP is a five-year document outlining the city’s infrastructure improvement strategy, which is organized by priority, project capacity and timing constraints. Additionally, funding sources are identified for all proposed projects. For more information about District J CIP projects, please visit the CIP home page by clicking here.

 

Please feel free to contact the District J office by e-mail or phone (832-393-3015) should you have any further questions.

Westwood Super Neighborhood Meeting

 

The next Westwood Super Neighborhood meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 10, at 5:30pm at Betty Best Elementary School (10000 Center Parkway, Houston, TX 77036).

Upcoming Events
  
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Please refer to the Community Events Calendar on our website for the time, location and other event details.

New events are added every

week. Be sure to check it often!
  

Tuesday, February 10
  •  Westwood SN Meeting, Betty Best Elementary  School, 5:45pm
  •  Sharpstown Rotary Club
  •  City Council – Public Session
  •  AARP Chapter 50 Meeting
Wednesday, February 11
  •  City Council
Monday, February 16
  •  Brays Bayou Association Meeting
Tuesday, February 17
  •  Sharpstown Rotary Club
  •  City Council – Public Session
  •  Braeburn PIP Meeting
Wednesday, February 18
  •  City Council
  •  GSMD – Environmental & Urban Design Committee Meeting
  •  Midwest PIP Meeting
Thursday, February 19
  •  Westside Division PIP
Saturday, February 21
  •  Bellerive Senior Living Community Garden Work-Day
Monday, February 23
  •  Greater Sharpstown Management District Board Meeting
  •  Gulfton Super Neighborhood #27 Meeting
  •  ULI Meeting
Tuesday, February 24
  •  Sharpstown Rotary Club
  •  Gulfton PIP
  •  City Council – Public Session
  •  Alief Super Neighborhood Council Meeting

  
  

February is Houston College Access Month

February 6, 2015 • Continue Reading »

Simplify College and Career Planning with

Houston College Access Month in February 2015!

The Mayor’s Office of Education Initiatives and community partners make it easy for students and families to plan for college and their career. Celebrate Houston College Access Month this February and take advantage of these city-wide college and career planning events:

Get Money for College: Attend a Houston FAFSA event, and complete an application for state and federal money to attend college.
Select a College: Choose from over 300 college representatives to speak with at the Houston National College Fair. Register to attend the Houston National College Fair on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at the NRG Center. Sessions for students run from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Sessions for families run from 6 PM – 8 PM.
Find Your Career: Set your college and career goals by speaking with professionals from all fields at the Houston Hispanic Forum’s Career & Education Day. Sign-up for the Houston Hispanic Forum’s Career & Education Day on Saturday, February 14th, 2015 from 9 AM – 3 PM at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

For all questions & inquiries, please contact:
Chris Graves, Neighborhood Service Coordinator
Chris.Graves@houstontx.gov
(832) 393-0898

To learn more about education initiatives in the City of Houston, please visit: www.houstontx.gov/education.

Westbury Crier – February 2015

February 3, 2015 • Continue Reading »

WHS has a great administration, wonderful teachers, a vigorous academic plan with AP courses required, and an incredible student body. Let’s give them the campus they deserve and that we voted for in 2012. There are ways you can support the school today.

Here is what the principal has to say: “Westbury is an AWSOME place. The students are awesome and so are the parents. We are making progress every single day. We had our first back to school bash, winter festival, cross country event that was out of this world, a big event for middle school track coming in February, and our fine art programs that continue to flourish every time they step onto the stage. Auto-tech and debate are considered to be among the best in the district and respected around the State of Texas. Our scholars just need a chance to shine, have pride in themselves, and understand they are important to us.”

The February Crier devotes 5 pages to WHS. See how you can join the effort to support WHS.

Download the February issue of the Westbury Crier

Immediate need for VIPS (see page 8). It’s easy, sign up online and then go to the school with your TDL to finish registering.

  1. Help during tutorials on almost any Saturday in Math, Science, English, History.
  2. $5.00 gift cards to McDonalds, Burger King, Subway for tutorial incentive give aways.
  3. Mentors to check in on students who are struggling maybe once a week or once every two weeks. This could be a quick lunch at school and talk about things or coming to one of these scholar’s activities to support them.