Community News

Award-Winning Westbury High School Marching Band in Photos

October 18, 2017 • Continue Reading »


The award-winning Westbury High School Marching Band is a boon to both Westbury High School students and the Brays Oaks community. As they kick off a new school year full of possibilities, we showcase the band through a series of photos.

The marching band performs at all football games, parades in and out of state, and special events on large national scales. The band participated in the NCAA Final Four in Houston, where it was the only band chosen to lead over 12,000 people in the NCAA Final Four Dribble. Here the band plays in Disney World in Orlando, FL.

As the band director at Westbury High School, Reginald Washington, leads students in music and in life; he believes all children have an interest in music, and with the right communication, he heightens their ability to be successful.

Band Director Reginald Washington says that his students “find ways to be successful because they WANT TO be successful! I believe that if you change a kid’s perspective, you can change their life, which enhances their future!”

With impressive dedication to the craft and hard work, the marching band has proved successful, winning many band competitions and awards.

Band members excel in more than just music. One hundred percent of band students graduate from high school, and 95 percent go to college.


Invasive Fish Round-Up & Carp-A-Thon along Brays Bayou, Oct. 28

October 13, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Collaborative Fishing Tournament to Control Aquatic Invasive Population and Improve Water Quality Issues

Partners from the angler, environmental/ conservation, business, and governmental communities have come together to improve a long-standing issue that impacts the health and quality of ecosystems in Houston’s bayou system. The result is the Inaugural Invasive Fish Round-Up & Carp-A-Thon Fishing Tournament that will take place along the Brays Bayou watershed on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 Rain Date November 4. Onsite registration is available or contact Paul Akscyn 713-306-5310

Over the past year, this collaborative effort, called the Carp and Armored-catfish Removal Plan (CARP) Task Force has worked on ways to manage the invasive fish populations in Houston’s waterways and prevent or reduce the ecological damage caused by these invasive species, including the loss of wetland grasses. The CARP Task Force recognizes that raising public awareness of the problem and promoting proper fishing practices is an important first step in managing the invasive fish population.

Grass carp and armored catfish, as well as other invasive aquatic species, have well established populations in the Galveston Bay watershed, including Brays Bayou and their presence significantly affects wetland establishment and water quality. Consistently removing the grass carp and armored catfish can reduce the negative impacts they have on the region’s native wildlife and habitat. While sterile grass carp are used as a vegetation control on some water bodies in Texas, non-sterile invasive grass carp are harmful to the region’s waterways.

This second annual Invasive Fish Round-Up & Carp-A-Thon Fishing Tournament will be hosted at the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy’s and includes fishing and other educational – demonstrations casting fly fishing tie off, food trucks, t-shirts; and raffle prizes for fishing competitors. Attending the event is free, but to participate in the tournament anglers will need to obtain a fishing license prior to the tournament and pay a entry fee. $20 in advance or $25 entry fee in person the day of the event. Entry fees for children under 12 and seniors 65+ will be waived.

Invasive fish caught must be brought in for weigh-in at Willow Waterhole. The release of these invasive fish back into the waterways is illegal. The CARP Task Force is working with interested parties on use of the fish.

The Carp-A-Thon is bringing partners together across the Gulf-Houston region to tackle the longstanding issue of invasive fish
species in our bayous. The day will be educational and fun for people of all ages in addition to improving the ecological health and water quality of our region.

Timeline of Events:
2 PM —3 PM
3 PM —4 PM
4 PM —5 PM
Sign In, On-site Registration, and Angler Education Presentations (Mark Marmon, Metro Anglers) Lines
In/Lines Out
Weigh In
Casting Competition –
Governmental Introductions (Donald Perkins, Chief of Staff for Council
Member Larry Green), Educational Presentations (Alice Best, TPWD), and Awards

Art Workshops at the India House, Oct. 14 and 28

October 13, 2017 • Continue Reading »

ECHOS: Last Shred Day of 2017, Oct. 21

October 9, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Join us for Shred Day – October 21st, 9 AM-12 PM

Do you have paper piling up?
Are you looking to get rid of paperwork damaged in the storm?

Recycled Electronics will be accepted!
Bring them to ECHOS SHRED DAY!
Drive up, get a donation receipt and we’ll unload your car for you!
It is just that easy!

9600 S. Gessner
Houston, TX 77071

Minimum $15 donation – Senior Discount $12
Businesses and individuals welcome.
Proceeds support ECHOS programs. Please make your donation amount in line with the amount of paperwork you are dropping off.

This is the last Shred Day for 2017
Please contact Kathy Eckhardt, 713-270-0369, for information

See below for information about our Food Drive during Shred Day!
We will be collecting non-perishable food for the Food Pantry.

Food Drive at Shred Day

Please consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food for our Food Pantry when you come to Shred Day. Baby Food, Peanut Butter, canned vegetables, tuna, and diapers feed the families we serve. Since Harvey, we need your help!

HARVEY Relief for your Neighbors

ECHOS continues to serve the community providing relief for the victims of the storm. Are you looking for volunteer opportunities now that school has started? We would love to hear from you. Volunteers are always welcome at ECHOS

October Events in Brays Oaks

October 9, 2017 • Continue Reading »

October is here, and with it comes an opportunity to get out and engage with your Brays Oaks community. We rounded up three events happening in the neighborhood with something for everyone, from community activism to trick or treating.

October 10th: Super Neighborhood 36 Meeting

On Tuesday October 10th, join Super Neighborhood 36 for their meeting with special guest speaker Senator Borris L. Miles. As a native Houstonian, Miles has served four terms in the Texas House of Representatives before being elected to the Texas State Senate in 2016. A successful businessman who has rehabilitated two commercial blocks, his perspective is sure to be interesting.

October 21st: Trunk or Treat

Celebrate Halloween a little early at this family-friendly event! Brays Oaks Management District, in partnership with UP Art Studio and Willow Waterhole Greenway, has put together a trunk or treat event at the Greenway that is sure to be a great time for everyone, adults and kids alike. There will be contests, a BBQ food truck, music and plenty of candy. Costumes encouraged, especially for the little ones!

October 28th: Willow Waterhole Greenway Carpathon 2017

If you like to fish, this event is for you. Join Willow Waterhole for an opportunity to help rid the Brays Bayou of invasive species, and compete for prizes! Registration is from 8-9am, with the fun beginning at 9am. The event will also feature an afternoon casting competition. You can register to attend here.


Brays Oaks Super Neighborhood #36 Meeting, Oct. 10

October 4, 2017 • Continue Reading »

A lifelong resident of Houston, Senator Borris L. Miles was elected to the Texas Senate in 2016 after serving four terms in the Texas House of Representatives. Miles is a successful businessman and developer, owning one of the largest insurance agencies in Texas and redeveloping two commercial blocks.


On Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.
At Braeswood Assembly of God Church, Student Ministries Building, located at the intersection of Willow Bend and Fondren. Park in the North Parking Lot, East of Fondren; enter off of Willow Bend. Take elevator to second floor.

Bring friends and neighbors.
Questions call Marcy Williams 713-774-3150 or email
November meeting date to be voted on.

CANCELED: Brays Oaks National Night Out

October 3, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Dear Community Partners –

We are to receive thunderstorms and local street flooding beginning around 4pm today so unfortunately we will have to cancel our planned National Night Out event for this evening.

Please stay tuned for a reschedule that will combine the efforts of NNO with a Fall Festival planned for early to mid-November which will include holiday donations to benefit the Storefront.


Richard Rodriguez Jr., MBA
Executive Director
Brays Oaks Management District

District K: Post-Harvey Recovery Info

October 2, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Repair Permits

As Houston homeowners rebuild, it’s important to ensure that you have the proper permits to move forward. The Houston Permitting Center is making this easier by opening satellite permitting centers throughout the City and has extended hours at all locations. For a list of locations, and tips making repairs to your homes, visit

Unusually High Water Bills Reported as a Result of Harvey Flooding

The City of Houston and Houston Public Works take seriously the fact that some properties affected by flooding have received unusually high water bills. There are approximately 5,000 customer accounts that have water bills that are twice as much (or more) as the previous billing cycle.
The mayor is working with City Council and Houston Public Works to better understand how this happened and how to correct it. For updates, and steps you can take if you have experienced a high water bill related to Harvey, visit

Please call the Contact Customer Account Services at 713-371-1400. Eligible accounts will be placed on hold. Penalties will not accrue and accounts will not be disconnected.

Rental Assistance

If you need more rental assistance because you’re still unable to return to your Harvey-damaged home, let FEMA know. FEMA grants do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.
To be eligible for continued rental assistance, you must complete a form and mail it to FEMA. If you did not receive the form, visit any Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). For a list and interactive map of DRCs in the Houston area, visit

Report Your Debris

The City’s Solid Waste Management Department is working to remove debris as quickly as possible throughout Houston. The Dept. has temporarily suspended all recycling and junk/tree waste service. Do NOT place your green bins and heavy trash/yard waste debris on the curb.

Be sure the City knows about your damage and debris by submitting a report on or on the Houston 311 App for Smartphone. Please note that calling 311 repeatedly will not increase the speed by which your debris is collected. For information on debris management, visit

Harvey by the Numbers

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the launch of the “Harvey By The Numbers” web site on Friday. The site provides visualized information about Houston’s response to Harvey, as well as on storm debris collection. This site will be updated periodically as Houston’s recovery from Harvey continues. To access the latest numbers, visit

Governor Abbott and Mayor Turner Announce Funding For Houston

On Friday, September 29, Mayor Sylvester Turner and Governor Greg Abbott held a news conference at Houston City Hall to announce that the State of Texas will provide $50 million to the City of Houston to offset the cost associated with Houston’s response to Harvey. This additional funding will mean that Houston will NOT need to raise property taxes slightly to cover the cost of response. Watch the press conference online at

Houston Permitting Center Locations Map & Information

October 2, 2017 • Continue Reading »

State Rep. Shawn Thierry Townhall Meeting and Workshop, Oct. 7

October 2, 2017 • Continue Reading »