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Brays Oaks Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast Brings Joy to the Community

December 13, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Yesterday, the Brays Oaks Management District hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast in partnership with Southwest Houston 2000. Nearly 100 people came out to enjoy breakfast, and watch the presentation of colors by the Sharpstown High School ROTC and a musical performance by students of the Westbury Christian School Honor Choir.

Attendees were also encouraged to bring donations of books to benefit the library at Elrod Elementary. We will be excited to release the total number of books donated once we have that information on hand. Thank you to everyone who came out to the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast!

Pictures of the 2017 Community Night in Brays Oaks

November 22, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Take a look at the pictures of the 2017 Community Night in Brays Oaks Management District.

Take a look at the photos of the Carp-A-thon 2017

November 16, 2017 • Continue Reading »

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 was the Inaugural Invasive Fish Round-Up & Carp-A-Thon Fishing Tournament that took place along the Brays Bayou watershed on Saturday, October 28th, 2017.

This second annual Invasive Fish Round-Up & Carp-A-Thon Fishing Tournament was hosted at the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy’s and included fishing and other educational – demonstrations casting fly fishing tie off, food trucks, t-shirts; and raffle prizes for fishing competitors.

Great Day Houston/Willow Waterhole Broadcast, June 30

July 3, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Take a look at the KHOU broadcast of the event.

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Video and Images of the 2017 Willow Waterhole MusicFest

May 5, 2017 • Continue Reading »

2017 WILLOW WATERHOLE MUSICFEST from ev1pro.com on Vimeo.

Mayor Turner honors Wildcat basketball team during City Hall ceremony

March 23, 2017 • Continue Reading »

City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Councilman Larry V. Green, District K, recognized the Westbury Christian boys basketball team in front of City Council downtown on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, and proclaimed it “Westbury Christian School Boys Basketball Day” in honor of the team’s fifth consecutive TAPPS state title, and the 21st since the WCS boys basketball team won its first TAPPS state title in 1991.

Photos of the 2017 March on Crime Luncheon

March 19, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Take a look at the photos of the SMD 2017 March on Crime Luncheon.

Welcome Dinner for Chief of Police Art Acevedo

January 30, 2017 • Continue Reading »

On January 25th, the Southwest and International Management Districts organized a dinner in honor of Houston’s Chief of Police Art Acevedo held at Ocean Palace Restaurant located in the International Management District and title sponsored by East West Bank. The dinner brought together nearly 500 people representing the vibrant diversity within the professional Asian Pacific American, South Asian, and Muslim communities. These communities came together to give a Texas-size welcome to Houston’s “Top Cop” and over fifty classified and civilian members of the Houston Police Department. The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston donated two tables for HPD.

Alice Lee, Executive Director of the Southwest Management District, served as the Mistress of Ceremony and prominent figures across the represented communities delivered welcomes and words of commendation. Some of those figures present were: Wea Lee, Chairman of the International District; Kenneth Li, Chairman of the Southwest District; Alex Chang of East West Bank; Jagdip Ahluwalia of IACC; Honorable Martha Wong, former Houston City Council Member and former State Representative; Judge Theresa Chang, Harris County Civil Court at Law #2; City Council Member Brenda Stardig, Chair of the Council’s Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee; City Council Member Steve Le of District F; Honorable Randy Sim, Council Member of Southside Place and recently relieved Mayor Pro-Tem; Honorable Nghi Ho, Former Trustee of the Alief Independent School Board for many terms; Magistrate Judge Aneeta Jamal; and Former Council Member and former Harris County Sheriff, Adrian Garcia, along with many others. Board Chairs and members of the Southwest, International, and Brays Oaks Management Districts presented Chief Acevedo with an engraved gift and a large floral arrangement.

Houston mayor addresses issues at BOMD/SWH2000 breakfast meeting

January 11, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner fought rush hour traffic to address a joint breakfast meeting of the Brays Oaks Management District and Southwest Houston 2000 Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Houston Baptist University.
The mayor spoke about the city’s growth and diversity and talked about issues that concern all Houstonians––not just those affecting residents in the southwest sector of the city. He reiterated his commitment to repairing an estimated 40,000 potholes and said that 97 percent of those problems were fixed within one business day in 2016.

“We’re getting it done,” he said, then moved on to the concern of infrastructure repairs and better drainage to reduce flooding problems. The city has identified 22 drainage projects––two in each district––and is focusing on those first. He also talked about the city’s involvement in finding funding for Project Brays, a $480 million project to reduce flooding in the Brays Bayou watershed. While waiting for $311 million in federal funding, a loan of $130 was requested from the state, the mayor said.

In addressing public safety, Turner said that the city is currently 600 officers short and has reassigned 175 desk officers back to the street to assist in filling the gaps. He also talked about controversial changes to the city’s pension plan, which he called “a runaway finance system” that can’t be fixed overnight.

“I don’t have the power to turn water in to wine,” the mayor said, “But, we are not balancing our books on the backs of working men and women.”

The problem of Houston’s homeless population is a much more difficult one to address, he said.

“It’s easy to fill a pothole; it’s much harder to fill a hole in someone’s life,” Turner said. Simply providing housing is not the complete answer, he added, because many of these people will elect to go back to the streets. The problem is partly a financial one and partly a mental health issue. He pointed to a program that the city of San Antonio is currently using to provide shelter and services for up to 1,700 homeless people, but added that the Haven for Hope program is costing $23 million a year.

Turner stressed that the emphasis on the homeless population is not motivated by Super Bowl 51 coming to the city’s NRG Stadium in February because it can’t be fixed by then. It is an ongoing problem that requires the involvement of not only the city government, but also faith-based and charitable organizations. The mayor said that, having lived with hunger and poverty himself, he was personally not opposed to feeding the homeless, but that providing food does not address the complexities of their needs.

“We cannot be comfortable with people living on the streets and under underpasses,” Turner said.

BOMD SWH 2000 Breakfast with Mayor Turner – January 10, 2017 from ev1pro.com on Vimeo.

In addition to the mayor’s address, attendees at the breakfast meeting also heard from students of Westbury High School who are working on a project to build a pier at Willow Waterhole near their campus. They have already collected two-thirds of the $30,000 needed to build the pier, but are seeking donations of time, money, labor, and materials from the community.

Dr. Michelle Garza of Sharpstown High School also spoke about a program to register students for discount fare Metro bus passes, since transportation is an important part of school attendance, early arrival for tutoring, and the ability to stay after school for extra-curricular programs.

2016 Brays Oaks Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

December 9, 2016 • Continue Reading »

A great time was had by all at the Brays Oaks Volunteer Appreciation breakfast on Thursday, December 8. This annual event is hosted by the Brays Oaks District and SW Houston 2000 to thank individuals in our community for all of the volunteers efforts and good causes they support throughout the year.

This year Pablo Carrillo, Director of Area Operations for Fiesta, Greg Meyers, Board member for Houston ISD, Cheryl Riedl, Volunteer at Memorial Hermann SW, Reginald Lewis, President Richmond HOA and Super Neighborhood 41, Eddee Hestand, Chaplain with PACA, Mike Terry with Braes Interfaith Ministries and Sherri Cortez, volunteer with the Glenshire Subdivision were recognized for their efforts. Congratulations to all!