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May 1, 2014
Election hours set
Early voting for the May 10 Clear Brook
City Municipal Utility District and Kirkmont
MUD will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
weekdays through Tuesday, May 6. Working
with information provided by the attorney for
CBCMUD, the Leader originally reported that
voting hours were from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The
MUD’s legal team, however, has since changed
the times. See related ad on Page 5A. Voting
will take place at the Clear Brook City MUD
office, located at 11911 Blackhawk. Early voting hours for the Kirkmont Municipal Utility
District election remain unchanged, also set to
take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the
MUD’s office located at 10102 Blackhawk.
Election Day voting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
and will take place at the respective MUD
Suspect spotted in garage
A suspect wanted for the assault and attempted robbery of a local store clerk was
spotted making himself at home in a resident’s
garage on Newton near Kirkwyn Monday,
April 28. The suspect, reportedly a homeless
man, was initially wanted for luring a Shell gas
station employee into the bathroom at Beamer
and Beltway 8, where he allegedly beat him
up with brass knuckles. After assaulting the
clerk, the suspect allegedly attempted to rob
the store before being chased away by a good
Samaritan. Shortly after, someone matching
the suspect’s description was spotted in a garage sitting in a futon, smoking a cigarette and
drinking the homeowner’s beer. Again, the
suspect, who was reportedly wearing a green
vest, was chased off and remained at large at
press time.
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PISD wins single-member district lawsuit
Pasadena Independent School District received confirmation this weekend that the U.S.
District Court ruled in favor of the district’s atlarge election process for the election of members of the board of trustees. “The board is obviously pleased that the court ruled in our favor for
the second time in the past 17 years,” said Jack
Bailey, PISD board of trustees president.
The suit, filed in 2012, challenged the at-large
election process used in Pasadena ISD to select
school board members. The plaintiff asked the
court to mandate a single-member election. A
single-member election process would require
the district to be divided into geographic precincts
or districts and select a board member from each
precinct to represent the people of that area.
The seven members of the Pasadena ISD
board of trustees are chosen for four-year terms
by eligible voters who reside within the boundaries of the district. The district has been governed
by a board of trustees since the district’s inception in 1898. The district has always provided for
the election of board members on the basis of
at-large representation. The next board election
is scheduled for May, 2015.
“We believe it is the responsibility of every
board member to represent every student in our
district regardless of race, ethnicity or the neighborhood where they live,” Bailey said. “We’ve
tried to do that to the best of our ability.”
Biggerstaff, Heath, Delgado and Acosta, an
Austin-based firm representing the district, emphasized that the court’s opinion provides a thorough analysis of the evidence provided at trial
and the relevant legal standards. As a result, Bob
Heath said, “It reaches the conclusion required
by the application of the law to those facts.”
Bailey said the district chose to fight the lawsuit because, “We believe there are educational
Following months of preparation, the annual
South Belt Spectacular Cookoff is set to take
Crews transport space shuttle carrier aircraft
Lariaettes host spring show
The Dobie Lariaettes will hold their annual
spring show May 1, 2 and 3 in the Dobie High
School auditorium. The show begins at 7 p.m.
each night. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from any Lariaette or at the door.
Genealogy group to meet
The Ashley Pointe HOA will hold its annual
meeting on Tuesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. in
the Sageglen Community building at 11610
Sageyork. Refreshments will be served.
Brook football fundraiser set
The Clear Brook Football Booster Club will
hold its second annual crawfish boil Saturday,
May 24, at noon – all-you-can-eat for a $15
admission. Bring the family for fun, music,
games and prizes. The fundraiser will be held
at Clear Brook High School, 4607 FM-2351 in
Local library events set
Parker Williams Branch
The following events are scheduled for the
Parker Williams Library, 10851 Scarsdale
Blvd., May 1 through May 7.
On Thursday, May 1, ESL Tutor Training
Workshop will be at 1 p.m.
Computer Basics I is set for Friday, May 2,
at 3 p.m.
Preschool storytime is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, and toddler storytime is at 10:30 a.m.
Vietnamese storytime is held every Saturday – Level 2 at 10 a.m., Level 1 at 11:15 a.m.,
and Level 3 at 2:30 p.m.
For more information on events, call the library at 281-484-2036.
Bracewell Library
The Bracewell Neighborhood Library,
9002 Kingspoint Drive, recently listed its
programs for May 1 through May 7.
On Thursday, May 1, Computer Basics is
at 2 p.m.; Internet Basics is at 3:30 p.m.; and
Intro to MS PowerPoint is at 5 p.m.
Computacion Basica 1 is set for Saturday,
May 3, at 10:15 a.m.
On Tuesday, May 6, family storytime is at
10:30 a.m. with a storytime craft at 11 a.m.
Baby/toddler storytime is at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 7, and baby/toddler playtime will be at 11 a.m. Computer Basics is
set for 3:15 p.m. and Internet Basics at 4:30
p.m. For information on events, call the
library at 832-393-2580.
Book donations sought
The Friends of Parker Williams Library are
currently in need of donations of nonfiction,
current fiction, pocket paperbacks, children’s
books, DVDs and current magazines. The library is located at 10851 Scarsdale Blvd. All
proceeds go to help the library.
place Thursday, May 1, through Saturday, May
3, at El Franco Lee Park, located at 9400 Hall
Road. Thursday will be for cookers only.
Now in its 18th year, the event raises funds for
the annual South Belt July 4 fireworks display.
While evenings at the function are geared
more for adults, Saturday afternoon is intended
for families, with kids 12 and under being admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
The event will also feature several free children’s activities, including moonwalks, rock
climbing, pony rides, Gabby the Clown, a bopping head video booth, a petting zoo, a train, face
painting, hair braiding and extensions, a police
cruiser and ambulance display and photos with a
live Watusi bull named Oliver.
Free shuttle service will be available from 5
p.m. to 1 a.m. from other areas of the park and
from Dobie. No parking will be allowed along
Hall Road for the duration of the event (including Dobie students).
Admission will be $5 until 6 p.m. and $10 after 6 p.m. No outside alcohol will be allowed.
Judge rules
in Risner case
Sageglen will hold its communitywide garage sale on Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3.
Ashley Pointe HOA meets
benefits in an at-large system, which require
board members to have a districtwide perspective. We could not in good conscience agree to
the idea presented by the plaintiffs that our community will not support a candidate for the board
simply because of race or ethnicity.”
PISD serves more than 54,000 students from a
culturally rich and diverse community. The district’s
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South Belt Spectacular Cookoff nears
Sageglen holds garage sale
The Parker Williams Genealogy Group will
meet Monday, May 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the
Parker Williams Library, Beamer at Scarsdale. This meeting will feature a presentation,
Disturbing the Dead and Irritating the Living
(how to use death and cemetery records for genealogical research). The public is invited to
attend. The genealogy group meets on the first
and third Mondays of each month.
Vol. 39, No. 13
Crews from Space Center Houston are shown above moving the night of Monday, April 28, and NASA Parkway to be closed the night
space shuttle carrier aircraft from Ellington Airport to its facility of Tuesday, April 29, causing extensive traffic problems in the area.
on NASA Parkway. The move required Highway 3 to be closed the
Photo by John S. Pfister
On Monday, April 28, a judge issued the final
disposition in the Justice of the Peace George
Risner against the Harris County Republican
Party case, giving GOP challenger Leonila Olivares-Salazar until Monday, May 5, to collect
the 250 signatures necessary to appear on the
November ballot. The candidate is required to
collect the signatures because the original ones
submitted, as required by state election law, were
determined by Judge Robert Burgess to likely be
fraudulent. Burgess, however, ruled that Olivares-Salazar was not responsible for the mishap,
as she had hired a third party to circulate the petitions. A meet-and-greet to collect the new signatures will take place at Parker Williams Library
at Scarsdale and Beamer from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 1. See related ad on Page 3A.
New flood control project for Crenshaw basin begins
The Harris County Flood Control District has
begun construction to complete the Crenshaw
Stormwater Detention Basin, a project that will
reduce flooding risks and damages in the Berry
Bayou watershed of south Harris County.
The basin is located on a tributary of Berry
Bayou, formally identified as HCFCD Unit C10608-00, near the intersection of South Shaver
Street with Crenshaw Road and Galveston Road
(State Highway 3). The basin has already been
partially excavated over several years through
various excavation and removal contracts. On
Jan. 29, 2014, Harris County Commissioners
Court awarded an approximately $1.95 million
construction contract to low bidder BRH-Garver
Construction LP to finish the project.
Construction began in April and is expected to
be completed in early 2015. The project includes
Homeless man found dead on Fuqua
A homeless man was found dead outside a
vacant house in the 10200 block of Fuqua the
morning of Friday, April 25.
Houston police responded to the call around
11 a.m. to find the 61-year-old man had hanged
himself. Despite having a listed Freeway Manor
address, the man was reportedly living at the
abandoned home.
Garza recovers following dog attack
Monica Garza is now able to walk again without assistance after having been attacked by two
pit bulls while jogging on the South Belt hike
and bike trail March 5.
A former avid runner, Garza is currently undergoing physical therapy for two hours a day,
three days a week. Doctors hope she will regain
full use of her right limbs, which suffered extensive damage during the attack. Garza had already
undergone four surgeries before being released
from the hospital approximately two weeks ago.
Future plans call for her to undergo cosmetic
surgery, as she lost a significant amount of tissue. Additional surgeries may later be required
to repair nerve and ligament damage, but family
members are hopeful this will not be required, as
her recovery is happening quicker than expected.
A bank account has also been set up for Garza
to help with costs. Donations may be made at
any Wells Fargo branch to Monica M. Garza.
removing approximately 180,000 cubic yards of
soil, constructing a weir spillway structure connecting the basin to the Berry Bayou tributary,
and installing a culvert under Crenshaw Road.
When complete, the basin will hold approxiContinued on Page 5A
Man shot in front of daughter
A man was bound and shot during an attempted robbery in front of his 7-year-old daughter
Tuesday, April 22, at the Del Mar apartments on
the Gulf Freeway at Hartsook.
According to Houston police, the incident began around 10 p.m. when the 41-year-old victim
heard a knock on his apartment door. When he
answered the door, three suspects forced their
way into his apartment.
The suspects then tied the man up and demanded money.
When he refused, one of the suspects shot the
man in the neck.
He was transported to Ben Taub Hospital in
serious condition but is expected to survive.
Responding police found the child hiding in
the apartment. She was not injured.
The suspects are described as being two males
and one female. They were witnessed fleeing the
scene in a white Hyundai car.
Anyone with any information about this case
is urged to call HPD’s Homicide Division at 713
308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS
Friends salute Blankinship
Dyer BBQ benefit set for May 3
A barbecue fundraiser will be held for Chris
Dyer Saturday, May 3, at the Lone Star Club, 2900
S. Shaver St. in Pasadena, beginning at noon.
A Dobie graduate, Dyer was diagnosed with
stomach and pancreatic cancer in December
2013 and is unable to work. He has been hospitalized three times and is expected to undergo major surgery and treatment in the coming
The son of former Sagemont residents Glenn
and Sharon Dyer, he is the father of three.
Barbecue plates will be $6 each.
In addition to barbecue, the event will feature
live music, an auction and a raffle.
For morel information, call Sharon Dyer at
832-466-5677 or Elizabeth Dyer at 832-984-3017.
Blankinship sworn in as marshal
South Belt businessman Gary Blankinship
was sworn in as a U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Texas at the historic 1910 Harris
County Courthouse on Thursday, April 17.
The Southern District of Texas employs 202
deputies and 52 administrative employees in
Houston, Galveston, Victoria, Corpus Christi,
Brownsville, McAllen and Laredo.
The district includes 43 counties and covers
44,000 square miles.
The Southern District has the largest federal
prisoner population of all of the 94 federal districts.
The U.S. Marshals are the lead agency of the
Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task
Force, a stalwart force of law enforcement agencies hunting the most violent local and federal
offenders in the Southern District of Texas.
Blankinship previously served as head of the
Houston Police Department union.
South Belt businessman Gary Blankinship (second from right) was recently sworn in as
a U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Texas. Friends shown above with Blankinship
are, left to right, Pete Smith, South Belt resident; Fred Roberts, trustee for Pasadena
Independent School District; and Emory Gadd, associate pastor of Sagemont Church.
Photo submitted
Page 2 Section A, South Belt-Ellington Leader, Thursday, May 1, 2014
In My Opinion
Rivera’s advice
on auto accident
I wanted to say thank you for the diplomatic response to the �Gonzalez Upset
Over Accident Story’. It’s easy to see how
one could get swept away with emotion on
a topic as sensitive as the Kirkville Accident that occurred on April 2. What parent
can possibly imagine their loved one being pinned under a vehicle, much less one
as young as the victims themselves.
There are always two sides to every
story and unfortunately a topic as sensitive as this has stirred up a lot of raw emotions from both sides of the fence. What
parent isn’t going to defend their child?
What parent wants to imagine that their
child’s negligence and irresponsibility has
caused great harm upon someone else’s
child? I can tell you with utter honesty that
I would never want to imagine such a thing
and pray that my children always keep in
mind the one thing that I’ve tried to instill
upon them �always try to think about the
consequences of your actions’. I have
told this to them a billion and one times,
however, they are young adults without
experience and will therefore make many
mistakes. That being said, as a parent of a
college student and a young adult that is
due to start driving soon, it is my responsibility as their parent and teacher that they
understand that driving comes with great
responsibility and diligence.
It is understandable that accidents
can and due occur. Sometimes accidents
occur without fault of our own, however,
when no one else is cause for the accident that we are involved in, one must ask
themselves, how did this even happen?
Experienced and responsible drivers
know that properly obeying speed limits,
especially so in neighborhoods where
young children are playing, will ensure
that they are able to stop appropriately if
the situation calls for it.
As their Parent, I am responsible for
ensuring that my child does not get on the
road to drive UNTIL I feel that they have a
true understanding that driving is a great
responsibility that can leave lives damaged if it’s not done so in a responsible
manner. The youth that was pinned under
the vehicle, and his family have experienced this tragic truth first hand. Had it not
been for the selfless acts of those involved
in saving him, he would not be here today.
This young man has been through
more in the 3 weeks that have passed
than most adults have lived their whole
lives and yet he is still fighting. He fights
every single day with his parents and
loved ones by his side with all the surgeries, therapies, and doctor visits in the
hopes that one day he’ll be able to walk
again much less play baseball once again.
This tragedy has made such a great
impact and lives have forever been
changed. Nothing will ever be the samenot for the teenager that caused the tragedy, not for the victims of the tragedy, and
not for the parents of the driver or the victims.
I’m sure that someone is going to be offended by this, that they’re going to think
that I’m belittling the responsible party of
this horrific accident and blaming his parents for his “bad” driving.
I guarantee if they were to witness this
brave youth’s battle every single day for
simple things, things that you and I take
for granted, they would be beside themselves...Yes they would agree with me
wholeheartedly about the great importance of obeying speed limits in neighborhoods and carelessness in doing so
could and does cause great harm!!!
I’m simply stating a factual statement:
Parents, make sure your child understands the importance of obeying speed
limits in neighborhoods, make sure your
teen drivers understand that not obeying
can come with consequences, that in a
split second, their car can become a killing machine that can take lives or damage lives forever!.
Janie Rivera
Brook City MUD directors and that it is
time for a change. The candidate to replace the incumbent is James Towey,
CPA and a Sageglen resident for 25
years. He has been married to the wife
Susan for over 30 years and has served
as Treasurer/Director of the Clear Creek
Education Foundation.
According to James, the incumbent
has not lived in the Clear Brook City MUD
for over 20 years, has voted against the
over 65 homestead exemption (except
this year), the year he is up for re-election and pays virtually no MUD taxes as
a Pearland attorney.
John Hoover
Bill Morgan shares
thoughts on serving
As many of you may know I have
served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Clear Brook City Municipal
Utility District for many years. I have also
served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the
nonprofit organization, Project Joy and
Hope, since its inception in 2000. Project Joy and Hope strives to prevent and
relieve suffering for children with life-limiting conditions, and their families through
community awareness, education, and
special supportive care services and programs.
The supportive care services include
a scholarship program for high school
graduates who have suffered the loss
of a sibling or parent. Our scholarship
recipients over the years include graduates from Dobie and Clear Brook High
Schools. Another of Project Joy & Hope’s
services is providing housing for families
of ill children who are in the Houston area
for treatment of their condition and this
service has been recently expanded with
the addition of the Tulip Project, which is
now three duplex houses
Project Joy and Hope had constructed
on Tulip Street in Pasadena. Project Joy
and Hope can now serve up to six families at the Tulip Project. If anyone is interested in learning more about Project Joy
and Hope you can check out its website, or contact me.
Regarding Clear Brook City MUD, I
am currently a candidate for re-election.
My opponent has sent out a mail piece
that attempts to discredit me with false
I have never voted against the homestead exemption, I strongly favour homestead exemptions. I do not presently live
in the District, but I am in the District several times a day, I have numerous relatives, friends, and clients in the District
whom I wish to continue to serve.
It has come to my attention that the
Election Judge in the Clear Brook City
MUD Board of Directors Election is supporting my opponent. He certainly has the
right to support whomever he wishes to
support, but he cannot express his personal opinion or make references to such
in any way while he acting as the Election
Judge. Please report any deviation from
this standard to me or the newspaper.
Thank you for your support. Bill Morgan
Muecke: Swimming
pool at Wilson Park
The following is a letter James E.
Muecke sent to the office of Councilman
Dave Martin concerning the swimming
pool at Wilson Park.
When the swimming pool at Wilson
Park was built back in the early 1970’s
the city decided a water pond around the
swimming pool would be a nice enhancement. Instead of being an enhancement,
it has been a headache. Since the water
does not flow the water is always stagnant
and it collects all the trash that blows or is
thrown into it. It is down right trashy with
no constant maintenance. People do bring
ducks to the pond, after Easter, and children do love to feed them. But at the same
time a child could fall in, a big liability to
the city.
It has been brought to my attention that
is it is really a big mess right now. The park
area is well maintained, except for the
pond. The people I have spoken to are really upset. They like the pool idea, but after
On April 26, 2014 God opened his 40 years it is in bad shape. We are asking
arms and welcomed our sweet friend that the city either close the pond, a safeand loved one into Heaven. I’ve known ty issue, or come up with an established
Linda Nell Robinson Hamby for seventy maintenance program so that the pond is
years. When Linda made a friend, it was cleaned on a regular basis, 12 months out
for life. I had the pleasure of being Linda’s of the year.
matron of honor fifty two years ago when
We ask that you get with the parks deshe and her husband Shannon married. partment, ask them to make an assessLinda had been cancer free for fifteen ment and then handle the problem on a
years but when the cancer returned, long term basis.
it came back with a vengeance. I read
James E. Muecke
the obituaries and people say, he or she
fought a courageous battle till the end.
How very true that was with Linda, she
never gave up, her little body did. Linda
told me she didn’t mind dying, she just
didn’t want to leave her family. Shannon Mr. Muecke,
We have been trying to focus on Wilson
and Linda raised four God loving children. When Linda’s two sisters died she Memorial Park the past couple weeks and
ask me if I would be her sister, I said I am trying to formulation some solutions to
would be proud to be her sister. “If you the problem there. We understand there
told Linda a secret, you knew it would needs to be a more long term solution to
stay a secret. Linda was not judgmental, some of the problems there, but we also
critical and loved unconditional. What a need to start on something. We will be at
wonderful world we could live in if we had the park on Wednesday with our Amerimore Lindas. If we could pattern our mar- Corps group working on removing some
riages like Shannon and Linda’s, there of the unwanted vegetation from the iswould be no more divorce. They loved lands and around the pool. We will also
and respected each other as it should trying to work on removing as many of the
be. Linda was always there if you needed ducks as we can.
I have noticed the same issues you
help. I just wanted the world to know how
very much I loved this precious woman have brought to our attention.
and how much I’ll miss her sweet face. I was out there this morning at the park and
I know she is at peace after a long hard did locate the fountain that is operable right
fight against cancer. I hate cancer.May now and we will be looking at repairing it or
something else. We will be examining what
God Bless her Sweet Soul.
Jennie Bates we can do as a long term solution to help
keep the pond maintained also.
Please feel free to email me any questions, but we understand that this has
become a problem here and other ponds
around the city. We are working on soluI see that an important community tions for all of them.
Jed Aplaca
alert is upcoming for election in the Clear
HPARD Natural Resources Manager
PISD victorious in district lawsuit
Board will keep districtwide representation
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mission is to provide unlimited opportunities for all the children who attend Pasadena schools.
“The board recognizes its responsibility to the entire community and does not want the
lawsuit to hurt what we’ve spent years building,” said Mariselle Quijano-Lerma, board member since 2009. “We encourage everyone in our community to continue to work together
toward a common goal of providing the best education for all the children of the district.”
PISD has developed an educational system of high regard, a system in compliance with
state and federal mandates, and praised for the quality of its schools by parents, teachers,
students, former students and leaders of the community, of business and in government.
“We are thankful the court’s ruling will allow us to maintain an election process that encourages child-focused, thoughtful citizens to seek office and serve the children of our community,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kirk Lewis.
“With this behind us, we will remain united in doing what is right for all kids.”
PISD is an urban district with five high schools serving students living in Pasadena, Houston, South Houston, Pearland and various unincorporated areas. The diverse population of
students include 82 percent Hispanic, 7.4 percent white, 6.7 percent African-American and
2.9 percent Asian. Seventy-nine percent of the students are economically disadvantaged.
John Hoover writes
about MUD election
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Davy & Marie Flickinger, owners
Frank Joseph
A Few Good Men, a drama
by Aaron Sorkin, opens May
2 at Pasadena Little Theatre,
4318 Allen-Genoa Road, and
continues weekends through
May 18. The show is directed
by Jeff Coletta.
Show times are 8 p.m.
Fridays, Saturdays and
Thursday. Sunday matinees
begin at 3 p.m.
Ticket prices are $14 for
adults and $12 for seniors
and students. Thursday, May
15, is a specially priced
Admit Two for $14 show.
For reservations, call 713941-1758 or reserve online
at http://www.pasadenalittle Credit cards will
be accepted.
A Few Good Men, by
Aaron Sorkin, was acclaimed
on Broadway and subsequently made into a successful film in 1992. Military
lawyers at a court-martial
uncover a high-level conspiracy. A rookie Navy lawyer,
more interested in softball
games, is assigned to defend
two Marines on trial for the
murder of one of their platoon members. He expects a
plea-bargain and a cover-up
of what really happened. But,
prodded by a female member
of his defense team, he eventually makes a valiant effort
to defend his clients and, in
doing so, the play raises the
questions of what it means to
have honor, dignity and
humanity in an increasingly
complex world.
in, Annette and David, and
Julie and David; his grandchildren, Michelle, Nicholas,
Vincent, Dalton, Matthew,
Madison, Nicole, Isabella,
Danielle, Ross and Cara; his
great-grandson Hudson; and
many nieces and nephews.
The funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at St.
Helen Catholic Church in
Pearland. Rite of committal
followed at SouthPark Cemetery.
Linda Nell
Robinson Hamby
A Few Good Men at PLT
Frank Joseph Mingarelli,
83, of South Belt, died Sunday, April 27, 2014. He was
born on Oct. 9, 1930, in Endicott, N.Y.
After graduating from
high school at Endicott North
in 1948, Mingarelli spent four
years in the U.S. Army. He
enjoyed listening to music,
watching the Friday night
fights, and most of all, spending time with his family. He
was best known for his personality, his passion for history, and his skills in the kitchen. His dream came true in
1986 when he opened Mingarelli’s Italian Restaurant.
Mingarelli is preceded in
death by his wife of 36 years,
He is survived by his
children and their spouses,
Ross and Kimberly, Thomas
and Barbara, John and Rob-
Linda Nell Robinson
Hamby, 72, died peacefully in her home on April 26,
2014, after a two-year battle
with cancer. Her husband of
52 years, Shannon, was by
her side.
She was born on March
21, 1942, in Houston. She
graduated from Sacred Heart
Academy in New Orleans.
She and her husband have
resided in the South Belt area
for 40 years.
Hamby is preceded in
death by her parents, Ed and
Margaret Robinson, as well
as her sisters, Jessie Thompson and Bobbie Banashak.
She is survived by her husband, Shannon Hamby; their
four children, Nathan, Geri,
Mary and Cindy; daughterin-law Julia Hamby; sons-inlaw Jeff Neal, James Mills,
David Gill and Lou Grandolfo; and 14 grandchildren
spread throughout the country who referred to her as
Hamby treasured the time
she spent with her immediate and extended family. She
loved playing card games
with her longtime friends,
playing Bunco, and attending
her Red Hat Society activities. She will be remembered
for her unfaltering faith. She
demonstrated unconditional
love for those she met and enjoyed sharing this love with
family and friends.
The family will receive
friends from 5 until 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Niday Funeral Home – Beamer
Chapel, where a rosary will
be prayed at 7 p.m.
The funeral Mass will be
celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday,
May 2, at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church. Rite
of committal will follow at
Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.
Elected officials share their words
Council District Service Budget
is a win-win
By C.O. “Brad” Bradford, Houston City Council – At Large 4
Members of the cast of Pasadena Little Theatre’s production of A Few Good
Men are, left to right, (front row) Christian Bertoni, Tim Taylor, Robert Simonds, (back row) David Sherman, South Belt resident Bill Edwards, and Fulton Fry.
Photo submitted
Memorial Hermann Medical Group
opens new Southeast location
Hamby remembered
by Jennie Bates
Houston responds
to Muecke on Wilson
Robert Prangle, D.O.
Board-certified, family
medicine physician Robert
Prangle, D.O., recently joined
Memorial Hermann Medical
Group and now anchors its
newest location in Southeast
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Family Practice is a physician-led subsidiary of Memorial Hermann. Practicing
within Memorial Hermann
Medical Group allows physicians to focus on each
patient’s personal health care
needs while drawing on the
resources, innovations, and
technological advancements
of the well-respected health
The newest Memorial Hermann Medical Group office is
located at 13310 Beamer
Road, Suite G, in Houston.
Appointments may be
scheduled by calling 281481-4111 or online through
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The City of Houston has
a five billion dollar operating budget. Approximately
$2.5 billion are general
fund dollars basically used
for operating purposes and
meeting service demands.
If we are truly going to
address some of the neighborhood quality of life
challenges facing our city
in the coming years, we
must transition to a legal,
but faster and more simplified method to quickly
address minor neighborhood issues.
Residents of the City of
Houston elect eleven district council members each
election cycle. These district council members are
most directly positioned to
(and do) receive information daily regarding minor
neighborhood issues needing attention in a timely
manner. However, the current budget process does
not allocate any funds that
are utilized by district
council members.
To get the simplest
addressed, a council member must negotiate the
entire City of Houston
bureaucracy, make a convincing plea to the
Administration to get
funds and, subsequently,
be permitted to place the
item on Council’s Agenda
for consideration. This
could, and often does, take
several months if not longer.
No rules, policies or law
should be relaxed or
waived with the creation of
a Council District Service
Budget. Simply, district
council members, based on
neighborhood needs and
constituents’ input, would
determine what money
(from a specific limited
allocation) would be spent
on what issues. City
Council approval would
still be needed. But with an
identified funding source
and the spending authority
resting with the respective
district council member,
the ability to service minor
neighborhood concerns
can be expedited tremendously, thus improving the
quality of life in Houston
A Council District
Service Budget could be
used to quickly address
neighborhood issues such
as mowing weeded lots,
loose animals, minor infrastructure repairs, cameras
for illegal dumping sites,
neighborhood clean-ups,
demolishing abandoned
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Houston Permitting Center opens in Clear Lake
Houston City Council
Member Dave Martin, in
coordination with the
Public Works and Engineering Department and the
Clear Lake Area Chamber
of Commerce, will celebrate the opening of the
Houston Permitting Center’s newest location in
Clear Lake, 1335 Regents
Park Drive, Suite 130,
during a ribbon cutting
ceremony on Thursday,
May 1, at 9:30 a.m.
Local business owners
and residents are invited to
attend to tour the new
facility and to learn more
about the services that are
During Fiscal Year
2014 discussions, Martin
presented an amendment
to Mayor Annise Parker’s
administration to reassign
two Houston Permitting
Center employees to a satellite location in Clear
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community. After passing
For information, con-
a two-year lease agreement through City Council
in March, Martin’s office
has been actively working
with the Public Works and
Engineering Department
to open the doors to this
new center.
“After months of scouting potential locations and
looking at demand, we are
excited that the Public
Works and Engineering
Department has chosen a
new location in Clear
Lake,” said Martin. “It is
our goal that this satellite
office will provide excellent customer service
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May 7, at noon at the Golden Corral at Fuqua and I-45.
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Now with two locations to
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Niday Funeral Home services all cemeteries and offers a range of funeral and cremation options.
Planning in advance can be one of the most thoughtful decisions you
make for your family. Our plans are transferable should you move,
and we also accept most existing policies from other funeral homes.
Thursday, May 1, 2014, South Belt-Ellington Leader, Section A, Page 3
Kids summer fun events set at SJC campuses
Dobie cheer
The Dobie High School Cheerleading Squads held their annual banquet March 30 at the
Bay Oaks Country Club. Several
awards were given during the banquet. Escorts and mascots earning
awards pictured at right are, left
to right, Renaye Henderson, Four
years of Dedication as an Escort;
and Jackie Vasquez, Mascot of the
Year (Lucy). Not pictured is Marissa Eubanks, Escort of the Year.
Varsity award recipients are, left to right, Emily Sargent won the top award
for leadership - the Longhorn Leader Award, and the Most Dedicated
Award; Tia Joseph won Most Versatile; Hannah Brady won Most Congenial; and Sydney Gutierrez won Most Spirited.
Photos by Kelly Lohse
Junior Varsity award recipients are, left to right, Rebecca Paredes, Most
Spirited; Tina Nguyen, Most Improved; Trinity Harrison, Most Versatile;
Ashley Salinas, Most Dedicated; and Molly Alcazar, Most Congenial.
Olson rebukes Supreme Court
ruling on EPA air pollution rule
Rep. Pete Olson, Texas22, recently issued the following statement admonishing the Supreme Court ruling
upholding the Environmental
Protection Agency Cross
State Air Pollution Rule:
“I’m extremely disappointed in the Supreme Court
ruling, which upheld the
EPA’s flawed and unfair
Cross State Air Pollution
“The lower courts appropriately determined this to be
a fundamentally broken regulation. I agreed wholeheartedly with the lower court that
EPA’s rule, by design, forced
costly, deeper-than-needed
cuts in some states to the
benefit of others. Moreover,
Texas was wrongfully included in the CSAPR rule at the
last minute with no opportunity to comment. While the
Supreme Court is the final
arbiter, this rule is at the core
of EPA’s attack on reliable
power in the United States.
“Upholding this rule will
place a great deal of stress on
Texas’ electricity grid. When
EPA issued the original rule,
at least two Texas plants were
scheduled for closure, now
that the final rule has been
upheld, we must prepare for
plant closures and further
strains on reliability.
“I will be looking at legislative options to minimize the
impacts on Texans and all
Americans forced to comply
with this flawed rule.”
Those who are looking for
something fun for the kiddos
this summer, look no further
than in one’s own backyard at
San Jacinto College.
The college plans to host
a variety of fun and enriching
summer camps for kids of all
ages at each of its three campuses. There is something for
every interest from athletics
and career exploration, to
music and STEM (science,
technology, engineering and
math), and everything in
Camp prices vary, depending on the camp. Some scholarships to assist with camp
tuition are available to those
who qualify.
More information and a
link to register for camps can
be found online at www.san
Kidspot: One Week
Summer Musical Theatre
Camp for Youth
Experience the range of
activities possible at a theater, including voice, theater
games, improvisations, stage
and film acting, character
development, and more.
June 9-13 and June 16-20;
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Central
campus; $150.
Graphic Novels
and Visual Narrative
Create an illustrated short
story in graphic novel format,
while learning the fundamentals of sequential visual storytelling and basic character
June 16-20; 1 to 6 p.m. at
the South campus; $200.
Professional Theatre
This is a one-day workshop for the community to
learn from and interact with
the top theater professionals
(from many disciplines) in
the area, and to familiarize
themselves with the amazing
facilities available for theater students at San Jacinto
College South.
May 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost is $10 for students, $15
for community members, and
free for instructors.
Gator Baseball Camp
Focus on the fundamentals of hitting, pitching,
defense, and base running.
June 16-19, from 9 a.m.
to noon at the North campus;
Basketball Camp
Learn the proper shooting, passing, and dribbling
techniques, as well as defensive positioning, reactions,
and rebounding alongside the
San Jacinto College women’s
basketball team.
June 9-13, from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. at the North campus;
Elite Basketball Camp
This camp will provide
skilled players a chance to
improve their basketball IQ
in a competitive environment.
July 14-18, from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. at the North campus;
Basketball Camp
Beginners will learn the
fundamentals of the game,
while advanced players will
develop their skills to a higher degree.
July 21-25, from 2 to 5
p.m. at the Central campus;
South Houston NJROTC
South Houston High School Navy JROTC Color
Guard members pictured are, left to right, Mary Deanda, Kassandra Alonzo, Oscar Martinez and Ana
Alpha 1: Pictured are, left to right, (front row) William Graves, Anaissa Humphrey, Lizeth Echavarr,
Noe Gauna, Hector Lopez, Joshua Salinas, (second
row) Deven Marshall, Nicholas Ruiz, Daamer Cha-
South Houston High School Navy JROTC Leadership pictured are, left to right, Area 10, retired Navy
Cmdr. Mike Hale; retired Marine Master Sgt. Jamal
S. Cheeks; and retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joe Gibson.
var, Jordan Lewis, Ricardo Ortiz, (back row) Carlos
Rodriguez, Garrett Escatel-Chamberlain, Michael
Gonzalez, Jose Bocanegra, Ulysses Amador and Sebastian Rodriguez.
Photos submitted
Junior Golf Clinic
Learn the fundamentals of
golf, including grip, posture,
full swing, putting, and chipping.
June 9-11 and June 16-18,
from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the
Central campus; $50.
Raven Volleyball Camp
Specifically designed for
students in the sixth, seventh,
and eighth grades, the camp
will focus on all aspects of
the game with an emphasis
on fundamental skills and
team dynamics.
July 28-31, from 2 to 5
p.m. at the Central campus;
Softball Camp
This is a technique clinic for help in becoming a
better softball player. It is
designed to teach progressions, offer constructive criticism and provides assistance
in improving techniques and
training. There will be a
scrimmage on the final day
of the clinic.
June 9-10, from 9 a.m. to
noon at the South campus;
Career exploration
EnergyVenture Youth Camp
Students will learn about
the energy industry and
career opportunities in the
field, complete with field
trips and curriculum geared
toward engineering, geology
and process technology.
Weekly in June and
July, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Monday-Thursday), 8 a.m.
to nooon (Friday), at the
Central, South and North
campuses. The camp is free
to those who qualify.
Water-Bot Camps
Learn about electronics,
soldering and robotic construction, while touring
NASA-Johnson Space Center
and hearing from professional speakers.
June 16-19 (beginner),
June 23-26 and July 7-10
(intermediate), July 21-24
and July 28-31 (advanced),
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the
Central campus. Cost is $215
(beginner), $222 (intermediate), and $340 (advanced).
Maritime Youth Camp
The camp features a week
of activities to educate participants about the opportunities
and careers in the maritime
June 16-20 (Central campus), July 7-11 (North campus), July 21-25 (South cam-
pus), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The camp is free to those
who qualify.
Kids Under Construction
Learn how to measure and
safely use tools to construct
a project out of wood to take
July 21-25, from 8:30 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. at the Central
campus; $130.
Camps for all
Camp College at the
Children’s Center
For children heading into
kindergarten through the
third grade to enjoy weekly themes, activities and
on-campus field trips. A sack
lunch is required.
June 9 through August 8,
from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
(Monday through Thursday),
7 a.m. to noon (Friday), at the
South campus.
Cost is $75 registration,
$30 supply fee, weekly tuition ($130 Monday through
Friday, $104 Monday through
Thursday, $78 Monday/
History & Archaeology
Learn how historians discover and learn about history
through archaeology, archives
and historical treasure hunts.
Includes a field trip to the
San Jacinto Battleground.
August 4-5, from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. at the South campus;
Girl Scout Twilight Camp
Explore the wild through
Girl Scout adventures with
new skills, crafts, songs, and
Girl Scout traditions.
July 14-18, from 6 to 9
p.m. at the Central campus.
Cost is $40 (non-Girl Scouts
add $15).
Keyboarding on the PC
This camp will teach how
to locate the home row keys
and to type 15 to 20 words
per minute.
June 23 through July 3,
July 21-31, and Aug. 4-14
(Monday through Thursday
only), from 9 to 11 a.m. at the
South campus; $185.
The KidsWrite Olympics
This is a five-day camp in
which campers will participate in writing events such
as Greek Mask drama and
Rhymin’ like Dr. Seuss. At
the final awards program,
campers will get to show
off their work to family and
friends and will receive a
printed collection of the
camp’s work.
June 9-13, from 8:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. at the Central
campus; $30.
Band Camp
Band students can hone
skills, perform band literature, focus on fundamentals,
work with clinicians and
have fun while preparing for
a Friday afternoon concert.
June 16-20, from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. at the North campus.
Cost is $95 (school rate may
Piano Camp
Learn basic piano techniques if you’re a beginner,
or be coached through challenging literature to further
develop musicianship and
piano skills.
June 23-27, from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. at the North campus;
Guitar Camp
Learn and improve guitar playing abilities, whether
one is a beginner who wants
to learn more about how to
play or a more advanced player looking to master guitar
July 7-11, from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. at the North campus;
Woodwind & Brass Camp
Experience playing advanced literature for woodwind ensembles or brass
choir, and improve fundamentals while getting in
shape for marching band
July 14-18, from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. at the North campus.
Cost is $95 (school rate may
All-State/Region Choir
The camp prepares high
school singers for district,
regional, and all-state auditions.
September 2014 (exact
dates TBD), from 4 to 8 p.m.
(Friday) and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(Saturday) at the North campus; $25.
Keyboard Camp
The camp is a four-day
event for elementary through
high school learning aspects
of the piano.
June 9-12, from 8:30 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. at the Central
campus; $150.
Jazz & Rock Camp
Lessons and demonstrations of classic rock and
music from the jazz tradition
will be presented, alongside
instruction on specific instruments, culminating in a concert where students can show
off their new skills.
July 7-11, from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. at the South campus;
All-State Choir Camp
The camp is designed to
help high school students
learn the audition music for
the Texas Music Educators
Association (TMEA) AllState Choir, the camp features workshops and opportunities for group and / or
private lessons.
Aug. 4-7, from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. at the South campus.
Cost is $125 (before July
16), $150 (after registration
Science, technology,
engineering & math
Staying Alive
Campers will enjoy this
health care and EMT camp.
They’ll receive training in
first aid (first aid card included), and learn about other
aspects of the field.
June 16-20, from 8 a.m. to
noon at the Central campus;
Engineering with Duct Tape
Using duct tape and recycled materials, campers will
explore physics, engineering
and math. Learn about rockets, roller coasters, boats and
balloons. June 23-26, from
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the
Central campus; $100.
Robotics Camp
Campers will learn to
design and build robotic arms, tin can robots and
LEGO mind storm robots.
They will learn to program in
the ROBOTC language.
July 14-17, from 8 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. at the Central
campus; $100.
Lost in Space
In partnership with the
Kroger Foundation, the San
Jacinto College Aerospace
Academy will offer a geocaching summer camp for students
ages 14 to 18. Geocaching is
a real-world, outdoor treasure
hunting game using GPSenabled devices.
Participants navigate to a
specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find
the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
July 14-16, from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. at the Central campus;
The Central campus
is located at 8060 Spencer
Highway in Pasadena.
The North campus is
located at 5600 Uvalde Road
in Houston.
The San Jacinto College
South campus is located
at 13735 Beamer Road in
Camp dates, times and
costs are subject to change.
For more information
about San Jacinto College,
call 281-998-6150, visit, or follow
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Page 4, Section A, South Belt-Ellington Leader, Thursday, May 1, 2014
Spring 2014 celebration,
commencement set
Celebrate the accomplishments of the University of
Houston-Clear Lake’s latest
graduating class at the spring
2014 Soaring Hawks Celebration May 16, 6-8 p.m., in
the university’s Bayou
Building Atrium II, 2700 Bay
Area Blvd. in Houston.
Commencement ceremonies will be held Sunday,
May 18, at noon and 5 p.m. at
Reliant Arena, One Reliant
Park in Houston.
Tickets for the Soaring
Hawks Celebration are free
to each graduate. Extra tickets can be picked up in the
Office of Alumni and Community Relations through
noon on May 15.
Graduates from the School
of Human Sciences and
Humanities and the School of
Science and Computer Engineering, addressed by keynote speaker Harris County
Judge Edward M. Emmett,
will cross the stage at noon
on May 18.
Commencement for graduates from the School of
Business and the School of
Education will be held at 5
p.m., with the keynote speaker being state Rep. Greg
For more information
about the Soaring Hawks
Celebration, contact the
Office of Alumni and Community Relations at 281-2832021. For information on the
commencement ceremony,
contact the Office of Academic Records at 281-2832525 or visit http://www.
Clear Lake HS rebuild
groundbreaking set
Past, present and even
future Clear Lake High School
Falcons will gather on Saturday, May 17, at 11 a.m. to
kick off the rebuilding of the
high school.
The event will include a
Taste of Lake where student
clubs will sell food and beverages, a walk down memory
lane for alumni to tour the
school one last time, and the
ceremonial kicking of the dirt.
The groundbreaking will
take place on Saturday, May
17, at Clear Lake High School,
2929 Bay Area Blvd. in
Houston. Taste of Lake opens
at 11 a.m., and the groundbreaking ceremony will be at
11:30 a.m.
The $98 million rebuild of
Clear Lake High School is
funded through the 2013
CCISD Bond program. The
new campus is scheduled to
open in 2017.
Get career help through
exploration workshop
Choosing a career can be
a stressful and overwhelming decision and University
of Houston-Clear Lake’s
Office of Career Services
can help lessen the stress
with its two-day interactive
career exploration workshop
on May 10 and May 17 from
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The
workshop will be held in the
university’s Student Services
and Classroom Building,
Room 3103, 2700 Bay Area
Experienced career counselors and psychologists can
walk participants through
picking a career, changing careers, returning to the
workforce, setting goals for
the future and ensuring the
right career choice.
Participants will complete
self-assessments, review educational and professional experiences and explore career
information resources.
The course fee varies from
$40 to $200, depending on
individual circumstance.
A prior intake appointment is required.
For more information,
contact 281-283-2015 or
[email protected]
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Over The Back Fence
Sean and Stacie (Holt) Muras of Sagemeadow became the parents of Raimi Lynn
Muras on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 4:40
p.m., weighing in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and
21 inches long. Welcoming the new addition is
brother Logan; maternal grandparents Fred
and Susie Holt and paternal grandparents
Dave and Kathy Muras; and great-grandparents Harold Holmes, Joe and Katherine
Holt, Louis Muras and Andrew and JoAnn
Aidan De La Rosa turned 5 years old
April 15th. Lots of hugs, kisses, and birthday wishes are sent to him from his mom
and dad, Kristin and Fernando De La
Rosa, big brother, Jacob, Gran and Pop,
Rose and Larry Konzelman, aunt Kimmie
and uncle Mike Frazee, aunt Allison and
uncle Cody Reynolds, Grandma and Papo,
Hilda and Fernando De La Rosa, aunt
Lizet Martinez, and cousins Matthew,
Lauren and Zachary Frazee, Avery,
Sydney, and Kinley Reynolds, and Nikki
Martinez. Aidan is in Pre-K at St. Luke’s
ECC and plays in SBHLL for the T-Ball
Jacob De La Rosa turns 11 years old
on Thursday, May 1. Lots of hugs, kisses
and birthday wishes are sent to him from his
mom and dad, Kristin and Fernando De La
Rosa, little brother Aidan, Gran and Pop,
Rose and Larry Konzelman, aunt Kimmie
and uncle Mike Frazee, aunt Allison and
uncle Cody Reynolds, Grandma and Papo,
Hilda and Fernando De La Rosa, aunt Lizet
Martinez, and cousins Matthew, Lauren and
Zachary Frazee, Avery, Sydney, and Kinley
Reynolds, and Nikki Martinez. Jacob is in
the fifth grade at Melillo Middle School.
The following personnel and staff members
of the Pasadena Independent School District
celebrate birthdays May 1 through May 7.
Atkinson Elementary
Light the birthday candles May 7 for Misty
Burnett Elementary
Blow out the candles for Daren Dibble
as he celebrates a birthday May 4. Gilma
Andrade enjoys a birthday May 6.
Meador Elementary
Light the birthday candles May 4 for
Paulina Rivas-Lopez.
Moore Elementary
The day for a double birthday party for
Traci Marr and Beth Anne Mullen is May 6.
Stuchbery Elementary
The day for a birthday present is May 3 for
Cheryl Fox. Best wishes for a wonderful birthday May 4 to Maria Orozco. Special birthday
wishes are sent to Veronica Rodriguez May
Melillo Middle School
The day for a birthday cake for Sandra
Vann is May 6.
Thompson Intermediate
Light the candles May 3 for a birthday
celebration for Maria Lopez. Celebrating a
birthday May 6 is Lori Hudgins.
Dobie High
Double the fun for a birthday celebration
May 1 for Dyana Ashcraft and Jeanee Wells.
Blow out the birthday candles May 2 for
Marcia Griffin. The day for a birthday present for Tanya Morales is May 3. Celebrating
a birthday May 5 is Sharon Lovelace. May
7 is the day for a triple birthday party for
around this proven program,
the UHCL RAD course offers
basic self-defense techniques,
lectures and discussions to
help prepare students for potentially dangerous situations.
This course is open to all
women ages 13 and older.
For more information or
to sign up for the course, contact Sgt. Kyle Pirtle, program
director, at [email protected]
or 281-283-2225.
UHCL now registering
for summer, fall courses
Start making dreams a
reality by registering for
classes at University of
Houston-Clear Lake. New
and returning UH-Clear Lake
Hawks are invited to participate in open registration
through May 12 for classes
during the May mini-session
(May 12-30) and through
May 30 for the summer sessions, which begin June 2.
Open registration for fall
runs through Aug. 22, with
classes beginning Aug. 25.
Class schedules are available online at http://www. or at the
Office of Admissions.
For more information,
contact the Office of
Admissions at 281-283-2500
or email [email protected]
UHCL campus
diversity celebrated
University of HoustonClear Lake’s diverse student
body will honor Asian American and Pacific Islander
Heritage month by hosting a
monthlong panel display
May 1-31 in the university’s
Bayou Building, Atrium I,
2700 Bay Area Blvd.
Learn about Asian American and Pacific Islander his-
tory in the United States as
they honor this year’s national theme of Diversity,
Leadership and Expanding
Opportunity: An Imperative
for America.
For more information on
this panel display, contact the
Office of Intercultural Student Services at 281-2832575.
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New site for Station 70
In August 1983, ground was broken and ities was on the south side of Beamer
work began for the new South Belt area Road between Sagemont and Kirkfire station. The site for the new facil- wood.
Photo by Barbara Cowart
35 years ago (1979)
Queen of the Junior Miss
Tina Jones, daughter of Division at the Strawberry
Geraldine and Theodore Festival.
Jones, was named Beauty
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the
new Texas Commerce
Bank, South Belt.
30 years ago (1984)
Members of the Scarsdale Civic Association agreed
to establish a Scarsdale
crime hotline.
Pasadena Jaycees named
Ron Shafer, a fourth-grade
teacher at Frazier Elementary School, Teacher of the
25 years ago (1989)
Four former employees
of companies that operated
at the Brio Superfund toxic waste site acknowledged
the dumping of waste materials from the site onto
nearby fields which became
an area sandpit.
South Belt resident
Robert Alcala, 23, was
severely injured in a motorcycle accident near Windmill Lakes Apartments that
left him paralyzed from the
shoulders down.
20 years ago (1994)
Drive-by shootings occurred in Sageglen and
Kirkmont subdivisions the
same night.
After a year and a half of
operation, the Parker Williams Library on Scarsdale
at Beamer received its sign.
15 years ago (1999)
At the state Junior Classical League Convention,
Dobie High School’s Latin Club finished in second
place, behind Clear Brook
High School’s Latin Club.
A warrant sweep conducted by the office of
Constable Gary Freeman
resulted in 31 arrests and
cleared a total of 89 warrants.
According to city officials, construction of two
motels that residents
believed were connected
with sexually oriented businesses would not be halted
Approximately 200 residents including church
members, civic leaders and
parents of children attended
a meeting at the Christian
Temple on Almeda, which
followed a recent protest
march in front of one of the
motel sites then under construction.
The third annual South
approximately $4,000 for
the July Fourth fireworks
and provided festivities for
many area residents.
10 years ago (2004)
Pasadena Independent
School District’s future facilities committee was con-
sidering the construction of
a sixth high school west of
Highway 3 to accommodate increasing enrollment.
Blues Brothers Barbecue won top overall honors
at the eighth annual South
Belt Barbecue Cookoff
held at El Franco Lee Park.
The South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce
announced a benefit program for its members that
would pool their electricity usage to obtain the best
pricing and contract terms.
The Clear Creek Independent School District
canceled its board of trustees election because the
two open positions were
Dan Martin, CEO of
Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital changed positions and would assume the
vice president of community initiatives job.
5 years ago (2009)
The University Interscholastic League postponed all high school
competitions due to the
outbreak of swine flu in the
state. The move suspended all baseball and softball
games, as well as regional
track championships and
musical and academic competitions and out-of-state
Pablo Aguirre and Steve
Delbello retired from the
Houston Fire Department’s
Station 70 on Beamer
Road. The pair had a combined 67 plus years on the
force. The men had worked
together fo 28 years and
had been at the Station 70
location on Beamer since it
opened its doors in 1985.
A former Dobie student was killed in a traffic accident at Beltway
8 and the Gulf Freeway.
Nayeli Gonzalez, 17, was
a passenger in a Chevrolet
Equinox northbound on
the Gulf Freeway service
road when the vehicle was
struck by a Ford F-150
pickup truck traveling east
on the Beltway 8 service
road. After colliding with
the Ford, the Equinox
struck a traffic pole at the
northeast corner of the
intersection, and Gonzalez
was ejected from the back
seat. She was transported to Memorial Hermann
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The Rape Aggression
Defense course will be offered by the University of
Houston-Clear Lake Police
Department on May 16 from
6:30 to 10 p.m., and May
17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at
UHCL, 2700 Bay Area Blvd.
The RAD systems program has been in operation
since 1989 and has graduated more than 900,000 men,
women and children. Built
Students in Liz Neubauer’s class at Moore
Elementary were recently treated to frozen
yogurt at TCBY in Friendswood. As part of
their Community Based Instruction, they
worked hard before the visit practicing
skills such as ordering and paying for their
yogurt. Pictured are, (front row) Halaina
Hobbs, Brandon Manriquez, Chris Truong,
(second row) Armani Arrambide, Patrick
Mullins, Troy Arrevalo, Covan Chavez,
(third row) Neubauer, Cesar Silva, Dominic Torres, Christian Saunders, Ashley
Uszakow, Ivan Chavez, Paraprofessionals,
Bobbie Bashinski, Brandy Castillo, (back
row) store owner Richard Soler and his
daughter, Janna Soler.
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The Leader sends happy birthday wishes
to its Facebook friends who celebrate a birthday this week:
Thursday, May 1: Kenneth Zermeno,
Ladonna Alvarez, John Anderson,
Elizabeth Lastovica, Vareck Herrera, David
Payne, Shanna Mounce, Clint Simmons
and Stephanie Sirt; Friday, May 2: Chris
Weatherford, Douglas Redhun, Troy
Goffney, David Thomas, Jeanette Nickell
and Leslee Outland; Saturday, May 3:
Craig Pittman, Lora Burns-Palmero, Keith
Richardson, Tanya Morales and Brandie
Ash; Sunday, May 4: Stacy Waugh, Scott
Siscoe and Tamara Fisher; Monday, May
5: Jennifer Bustamante, Tori French, Alice
Wright, Pat Becker and Amanda Zamora;
Tuesday, May 6: Patrick Ermis, Roni
Gonzales, Jennifer Jones, Erin Hill and
Beth Anne Mullen; and Wednesday, May 7:
Yvonne Villegas, Josh Garza, Ted Heinrich,
Stephanie Salazar and Jenn Verchiens.
The Leader staff reminds parents to submit
congratulations for their sluggers’ achievements for publication in Over The Back Fence
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Joe Craddock, owner of
C&D Burger Shoppe, died
after a long illness. Craddock was a longtime South
Belt resident and was very
active in the community.
He previously managed the
Fuqua Dairy Queen before
buying the building and
changing it to C&D.
According to police, a
man approached a 31-yearold woman around 1 a.m.
in the parking lot of the
Walmart on Rowlett and
pulled a gun on her and
forced her into her own
vehicle. Police said the man
then forced the woman to
drive to another location
where he raped and robbed
her in her vehicle.
Following the assault, the
woman drove herself to
Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital and called
police. No immediate
arrests were made.
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mately 152 acre-feet, or more
than 49 million gallons, of
excess stormwater during
heavy rain events. The basin
will provide mitigation for
future flood damage reduction improvements planned
along Berry Bayou tributary C106-08-00 and must
be completed in advance of
those improvements.
The Crenshaw basin, formally identified as HCFCD
Unit C506-02-00, is designed
to include a permanent pool,
planted with approximately
6.5 acres of stormwater treatment wetlands. Plans also
call for planting wetland veg-
etation near the point where
stormwater enters the basin,
to filter the stormwater and
keep floatable materials from
entering the pool. The basin
also has been designed with
an approximately 200-foot
long corridor of trees and other vegetation at its outfall to
shade and enhance the water
that flows out of the basin.
A revegetation plan for
the Crenshaw basin includes
reforestation areas by the water’s edge and side slopes to
provide shade, stabilize the
site, decrease mowing needs,
and further enhance water
quality and habitat.
This project will require
the temporary closure of
Crenshaw Road near South
Shaver Street for one to two
weeks during the summer of
2014 to allow for construction of the culvert. During
the temporary closure of
Crenshaw Road, alternate
detour routes for those liv-
ing and working in the area
will be via Fairmont Parkway, Genoa Red Bluff Road,
Allen-Genoa Road, South
Shaver Street, and Galveston
Road/State Highway 3. There
will be advance notification
when an actual closure date
has been determined.
Community donates to make
clothing drive a success
To learn more about the
Thanks to the San Jacinto
College community, the Men Men of Honor program, visit
of Honor clothing drive was a
success with donations of
more than 45 men’s blazers
and sports jackets, 15 suits,
100 pairs of pants, 60 button
shirts, 80 T-shirts, 15 pairs of
shoes, 15 belts, and socks.
Women’s clothing included
four suits, more than 40 tops,
20 pairs of pants (including
jeans), and 30 pairs of shoes.
Many students were able to
receive free clothing before
the remaining donations were
picked up by Purple Heart due
to the work of the Men of
Honor student volunteers and
the coordination of the collegewide clothing drive by
Leander Nash, disability service counselor with San
Jacinto College.
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11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Professionals planning to
go to business school can get
the assistance needed for the
entrance exam by attending
University of Houston-Clear
Lake’s Center for Advanced
Management Program’s fourday GMAT Review. The
workshop will be held May
17 and 31, and June 7 and 14,
from 8 a.m. to noon in the
university’s Bayou Building,
Room 2236, 2700 Bay Area
Day one of the workshop
will cover test format,
test-taking strategies, reading
comprehension and sentence
correction, with critical reasoning and analytical writing
covered on day two. The final
two days of the workshop
will go over problem solving
and integrated reasoning.
The course fee is $499,
with a $50 discount given to
those who register before
May 10, and an additional 10
percent discount given to
UHCL students, alumni, faculty and staff.
For more information or
to register, email [email protected] or call 281-2833120.
11:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m.
NASA Aglow
meets May 8
NASA Aglow Lighthouse
meets the second Thursday
of every month at 9:30 a.m.
at Praise Chapel to worship
and learn. All women are
invited to participate.
On May 8, the Rev. Carol
Lee will speak about giftings and prophecy in today’s
world. Lee was ordained in
1989 and served as a local
pastor with her husband, Bill,
for many years, growing congregations in the Texas area
and sending missionaries to
other countries. Last year Bill
retired from the corporate
world, and the couple now
travels to minister to other
couples, pastors and ministries.
Lee has survived breast
cancer as well as her only
child’s years of drug addiction and incarceration. As
a young adult, Lee’s father
was an alcoholic; then she
suffered the trauma of her
mother’s murder on the mission field. Lee feels these
problems help her understand
those in her path who need
the ministry and healing God
brings through her.
A time of worship followed by a sermon by Lee
will begin Thursday, May 8,
at 9:30 a.m. at Praise Chapel,
18516 Highway 3 in Webster.
For more information, call
New Covenant
Christian Church
10603 Blackhawk
Bill & Cheryl Hines, Pastors
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Early Service • 7:45 a.m.
Prayer Meeting • 7:00 p.m.
Sunday School • 9:30 a.m.
Mid-Week Service • 7:45 p.m.
Worship Service • 10:45 a.m.
Nursery Available at all Services
The Catholic Community of
This Sunday with Rev. Joni Sutton:
“It Is Finished”
John 19:28-30
Kirkwood South Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
Where God Makes Lives Better
10811 Kirkfair (At Beamer)
Sunday School - 9 a.m.
Worship for Everyone - 10 a.m.
Rev. James Burkart, Pastor
Rev. Desmond Daniels, Parochial Vicar
11011 Hall Rd. Houston, TX 77089
(between Beamer & Blackhawk)
Vigil 5:30 p.m.
7:30, 9:15, 11:15 a.m.
1:00 p.m. Misa en Espanol
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00 a.m.
Tuesday & Thursday
7:00 p.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated
Thursday 6 to 7 p.m
Saturday 4 to 5 p.m.
Parish Office 281-481-6816 Faith Formation 281-481-4251
Youth Ministry 281-481-4735
St. Luke’s offers ministries for ALL-families, men, women,
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Page 6, Section A, South Belt-Ellington Leader, Thursday, May 1, 2014
Dobie 2014-15 cheerleaders named Wigginton named to Texas
Chiropractic College board
San Jacinto College provost Van Wigginton was
selected to serve on the
Texas Chiropractic College
(TCC) Board of Regents,
announced at a recent
Wigginton has been with
San Jacinto College for
nearly 20 years, beginning
his tenure with the college
in 1995 as a government
professor. Since that time,
he has served as the department chair for the department of social sciences,
dean of liberal arts and sciences, and provost.
“This is a great opportunity for San Jacinto College,
and I am honored that the
Texas Chiropractic College
Board of Regents selected
me to serve alongside
them,” said Wigginton.
“San Jacinto College has a
proven relationship with
TCC, and I look forward to
expanding and enhancing
our partnership as we help
our students in their pursuit
of higher education.”
Wigginton has worked
closely with local independent school districts in
developing and expanding
the college’s dual credit
offerings. He also coordinated the GEAR Up Program with Pasadena Independent School District and
is active in supporting
numerous ISD partnership
programs. He has also
taught as a lecturer in political science at the University of Houston.
“We are pleased to welcome Van to the Texas
Chiropractic College Board
of Regents,” said Dr. Monte
Blue, board chairman. “Van
The 2014-2015 Dobie
High School Varsity
Cheerleaders are, left
to right, (front row)
Johnea Blevins, Alyssa Murillo, (second
row) Savanna McCormack, Adriana Resendez, Tia Joseph, Ashley McDonald, (third
row) Samantha De La
Cruz, Ryan Sosa, Alexis Corpus, (back row)
Hannah Brady, Megan
Cook and Julia Lohse.
Junior Varsity
The 2014-2015 Dobie
High School Junior
Varsity Cheerleaders
are, left to right, (front
row) Reagan Razo, Rebecca Paredes, Adela
Alanis, Angelica Cantu, (second row) Adriana Murillo, Brittney
Puente, Jazmine Howard, (third row) Trinity Curry, Tahlia Nicholson, Laura Ochoa,
(back row) Ashley
Hicks, Genesis Juarez,
Rebekah Ragain and
Tyra Adams.
Photos submitted
February Bears of the Month
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has an outstanding history
and career at San Jacinto
College, and we look forward to his perspective on
our board.”
Wigginton serves on the
Texas Higher Education
Coordinating Board Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee and on the
San Jacinto YMCA Board
of Directors. He is a graduate of Leadership Deer Park
sponsored by the Deer Park
Chamber of Commerce.
Wigginton holds a doctorate in jurisprudence from
the University of Houston.
He has also pursued graduate studies in political science at the University of
Houston, and earned a mas-
ter’s degree in public
administration and a bachelor’s degree in government,
both from Lamar University.
Texas Chiropractic
Founded in San Antonio
in September 1908, TCC
relocated to Pasadena in
1965 to accommodate
growing enrollment and is
today recognized as a leader in chiropractic education.
The college’s Moody Health
Center provides health services to the public, and is a
model integrative health
care facility featuring traditional chiropractic care,
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18th annual South Belt Spectacular
Cookoff will be hosted by the
Southeast Volunteer Fire Department
at El Franco Lee Park, 9400 Hall
Road. May 2 & 3
Kids Fun Zone Saturday May 3
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free Games & Rides for Kids.
Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Rock
Climbing, Obstacle Course,
Moonwalks, Gabby the Clown, Train
Rides, Bopping Heads Videos, Dance
performances by area dance studio.
Police & Ambulance Displays, Photo
Opportunity with Watusi Bull, Face
UHCL to co-host counseling institute
painting & Hair-braiding & Much More
Students of Beverly Hills Intermediate strive to
achieve positive characteristics to guide them
throughout their lives. The characteristic for February was courage: bravery; the willingness to put
one’s beliefs into practice, the capacity to meet
danger without giving way to fear; to face difficulty or danger and express one’s beliefs even when
afraid. The February Bears of the Month were selected by ELA/Writing department as best repre-
University of HoustonClear Lake School of Education is teaming up with the
Bay Area Counseling Association, and the Teen and Police
Service Academy, also known
as TAPS, to co-host the
Collaborative Bilingual Counselor Training Spring Institute
for mental health professionals and educators. Dis-
mantling the School to Prison
Pipeline is the event’s theme,
which will be held May 3, 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. in the university’s Bayou Building, 2700
Bay Area Blvd.
A strong link exists
between school dropout rates
and incarcerations, known as
the school-to-prison pipeline.
One in three juveniles sent to
senting this characteristic. Students receive a special Bear paw-print pin and a Bear of the Month
T-shirt to wear. February Bears of the Month are,
left to right, (front row) Victoria Mendoza, Klarissa Garza, Kimberly Chew, (back row) Steven
Hernandez, Jaime Yzaguirre, Jorge Marquez,
Daija Green, Ana Gallardo, Alondra Montelongo,
Fernando Vega and Jacob Negrete. Not pictured is
Thomas Rosales.
Photo submitted
the Texas Youth Commission
are school dropouts, and more
than 80 percent of Texas adult
prison inmates are school
dropouts. Concern is that the
zero tolerance disciplinary
policy in place at Texas
schools today, which removes
thousands of juveniles from
the classrooms, sending them
to in-school and out-of-school
5 Year Labor
76 Dobie Grad
Kevin Dalley ’76
9 Dobie Grad
Chris Dalley �79
Hardi Board
suspensions, can ultimately
become a gateway into the
justice system.
The full day workshop will
review and discuss positive
behavioral interventions and
supports, an approach many
believe to be a possible solution.
General sessions and
breakout sessions topics
include the following: using
positive behavioral interventions and supports to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline; managing the classroom
using the positive behavioral
interventions and supports
framework; what educators
need to know about second
language acquisition; recognizing parent obstacles and
building parental involvement; examining zero tolerance; and understanding the
underlying causes of child and
adolescent behavioral issues.
Onsite registration is $35
and includes seven continuing
education units, continental
breakfast and lunch.
For additional information,
contact Tara Warner at [email protected]
Food & refreshments, including
barbecue sandwiches, sausage on a
stick, cotton candy, snow cones &
drinks will be available for purchase.
Children 12 & under admitted FREE!
13+ & adult admission
$5 before 6 p.m.; $10 after 6
Thursday, May 1, 2014, South Belt-Ellington Leader, Section B, Page 1
22-5A baseball champion Dobie to take on Channelview in round one
By John Bechtle
Sports Editor
From this point forward, it’s all about duplicating the big-game success that helped the Dobie
Longhorns’ varsity baseball team capture its first
district championship in
17 years.
It’s now “win or go
home” time, especially since the Longhorns
now find themselves in a
one-game playoff against
fourth-place Channelview
of District 21-5A.
Then again, the way
these Longhorns have
performed over the past
six weeks in District 225A, it might not matter
what Channelview brings
to the table. There’s just
something about this Dobie team that goes beyond
mere talent.
Superlatives are normally saved for the end of
the season come all-district selection time, but not
this year.
Senior pitcher Mike
Munoz went 9-0 this sea-
son. Simply terrific.
Sophomore Jesse Paredes, given a chance to start
this season when returning
senior Travarus Ansley experienced minor shoulder
issues earlier this season,
posted a 6-0 record be- biggest
regular-season 25, at Dobie in front of an save this season.
fore taking the loss in the game in years, a 6-4 vic- overflow crowd.
Offensively, Ansley was
team’s only 22-5A setback tory over Pearland April
Overall, he’s 6-1 with a
Continued on Page 6B
at Manvel.
Paredes responded by
getting the final two outs
and a save in the team’s
Bidistrict baseball playoff game
Dobie Longhorns vs.
Channelview Falcons
Atkinson Elementary P.E.
to host May 6 health fair
The Atkinson Elementary physical education
department will host its
annual Health and Fitness
Fair Tuesday, May 6, from
5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the
Organizers encourage
all Atkinson students to
bring their families and
friends to participate in a
variety of activities that
showcase what occurs
during physical education
class time over the course
of the school year.
Some of the activities
will include bowling, sack
Friday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.
Dawson High School
race, hula hoops, jump
ropes, speed stacks, jogging for Get Fit jog credit,
dance, dance revolution
and a moon walk.
There will also be
booths inside the school as
local vendors offer valuable information along
with giveaways and door
The Pasadena Health
Center will provide free
blood pressure checks and
glucose screenings, and
eyecare professionals will
provide free vision screenings.
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Dobie reliever Jesse Paredes (far left) is mobbed horn Field. Those joining in on the postgame party
by his teammates after getting the final out of the included, from left, Damian Molina, Adrian Rivera,
Longhorns’ District 22-5A championship-clinching Tyler Baumann, Euro Diaz and Andrew Bravo.
6-4 win over the Pearland Oilers April 25, at LongPhoto by John Bechtle
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Three Clear Brook
High School track and
field stars delivered on
their promise, earning
Class 5A State Championship Meet berths.
Others from Clear
Brook, as well as the Dobie girls’ team, narrowly
missed advancing after the
completion of the Region
III meet April 25-26 at
Turner Stadium in Humble.
The top two finishers
in all individual events as
well as the three relays
qualified for state out of
each of the four Texas regions.
Clear Brook and Dobie, as well as much of the
Houston area, are part of
Region III.
The Lady Wolverines’
Raygen Smith, one of the
most dynamic stars on the
high school scene, qualified for three different
state events.
Her twin sister, Maygen Smith, captured the
top spot in the Region III
800-meter run, earning her
first-ever state berth.
Also on his way to state
for the first time is Clear
Brook sprinter Jemarco
Stephen, who saved his
best for the 400-meter
dash at regionals with a
On to state
Raygen Smith put her
name on the map last
season, winning a bronze
medal at state in the
300-meter hurdles. What
will she do for an encore?
As for the 100- and
300-meter hurdles in Region III, Raygen Smith
she qualified for a third
state event.
As for Maygen Smith,
she captured top honors
in the 800-meter run at
2:14.16 to punch her ticket
to state.
Smith and Elsik’s
Debra Taylor, second at
2:14.25, easily out-legged
the rest of the field.
State Track & Field
May 9-10, Austin
Mike A. Myers Stadium
University of Texas
has been the best of the
best all season. At regionals, she once again showed
In the 100-meter hurdles, Raygen Smith was
the winner at 14.22.
Milan Young, a Houston Lamar High School
freshman, grabbed the
other state berth at 14.38.
Raygen Smith then
championed the 300-meter hurdles at 42.80, while
LaCarol Baynes of Cypress Lakes was second
for a state invitation at
In the long jump, Raygen Smith was second as
Maygen Smith made a
bid for state in the 400-meter dash as well, but settled
for fourth place in a
time of 56.99.
Instead, the 400-meter
state qualifiers were Fort
Bend Bush’s Jarra Owens (54.91) and Cypress
Woods’ Gbemisola Orundami (55.91).
The Smith duo will join
Stephen at state, May 9-10
at Mike A. Myers Stadium
on the campus of the University of Texas.
Stephen led the way as
part of a speedy field in
the boys’ 400-meter dash,
scoring the win and a state
berth in a time of 48.41.
Justin Lane of Westbury
was second at 48.46.
As for many others
from both Clear Brook
and Dobie, the Region III
meet represented the end
of the line. But it was fun
while it lasted.
CB’s Al-amin medals
Like Henderson of Dobie, Clear Brook’s Furqani
Al-amin missed out on a
chance to advance to state.
But Al-amin still had what
it took to grab a medal.
The senior came up
big in the shot put with a
throw of 41’9 1/2”, which
was third for a bronze
Also competing in the
discus competition, Alamin was 11th at 110’8”.
Another Lady Wolverines’ field event competitor, junior Hannah Schillaci, made her way over
the 9’6” mark in the pole
vault, placing her ninth.
The Lady Wolverines’
Tiara Castille placed fifth
in the 100-meter dash at
12.12, and the junior was
also part of one of the
school’s relay units, each
of which made the finals.
Brook’s overall best
relay finish came in the
4x400-meter relay. There,
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Dobie varsity girls’ soccer player Mariah Escobar, a junior, added
to her impressive career
with the Lady Longhorns by being named
the District 22-5A Defensive Player of the
Year. Escobar, a defender, was the league’s overall Most Valuable Player
in 2013. For more on the
2014 22-5A honors and
first-team selections, see
Page 3B.
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Page 2, Section B, South Belt-Ellington Leader, Thursday, May 1, 2014
LSA’s Medina chooses Rend College basketball
Sugar Land Skeeters team members and former San
Jacinto College student-athletes Clay Schrader, Nick
Stavinoha and David McDaniel joined members of
the SJC baseball coaching staff during the Skeeters’
April 17 scrimmage against San Jacinto. From left
are San Jacinto assistant coaches Jason Krug, Jimmy Durham, Skeeter players Clay Schrader, Nick
Stavinoha and David McDaniel, and SJC assistant
coaches D.J. Wilson and Kory Koehler.
Photo by Rob Vanya
SJC baseball tastes the big time at Skeeters
Lutheran South Academy senior Ivan Medina (second from
left) will continue his education and playing career at Rend
Lake College, in Ina, Ill., after signing a letter of intent with
the Warriors to play basketball. Those with Medina at the
signing were, left to right, Jade Piercy (mother), Scott Piercy
(father) and LSA varsity boys’ basketball head coach Jeremy
Louden. Medina, a guard/forward, was named to the Texas
Association of Private and Parochial School’s Class 4A allstate first team.
Track and field
Brook trio advances, others done at RIIIs
Continued from Page 1B
the Lady Wolverines were
fourth at 3:48.61 as Maygen Smith and Raygen
Smith were joined by
Dominique Lewis and Kalia Hendrix.
Brook was sixth overall in the 4x100- and
4x200-meter relays.
In the 4x100-meter
event, the Lady Wolverines had a time of 48.16
as juniors Breanna Byrd
and Castille were joined
by Hendrix, a sophomore,
and Jamaris Stephen, a
The same four athletes
represented Clear Brook
in the sixth-place finish in
the 4x200-meter relay at
Clear Brook boys’ high
jumper Bailey Bunde, a
junior, wound up eighth
overall in the event at 6’0”.
In the boys’ pole vault,
Brook junior Jared Roberson cleared 13’0” for
ninth place. Senior Karter
Bullard, in his final meet,
registered no height.
JFD girls show promise
They may not want to
hear it now, but there is
much to be excited about
as the Dobie varsity girls’
track and field team looks
ahead to 2015.
sprinter Justice Henderson
is no doubt one of those
after just missing a state
berth in the long jump
and making her way to
the finals of the 100-meter
Samiyah Samuels of Cypress
Springs won the long jump
championship at regionals
at 18 feet, 7 inches. She
will be joined by Brook’s
Raygen Smith, who took
second with a top leap of
Then came Henderson, who scored a bronze
medal for third place at
18’2 1/2”. Henderson also
finaled in the 100-meter
Sports news, notes
Sageglen youth swim lessons
Youth swimming lessons will be taught at the
Sageglen pool during three sessions this summer,
with those age 3 through those involved in competitive swimming eligible to attend. The lessons are
designed to provide quality instruction on a variety
of levels (learning to swim, beginners, intermediate,
competitive, etc.) in small class settings. All instructors are trained by Red Cross Certified water safety
instructors. Detailed records will be kept to ensure
proper progression and placement from year to year.
In-person registration will be held Saturday, May 3,
from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sageglen pool. Cost is
$75 oer student. Available sessions include June 1020, June 24 through July 3 or July 8-18. If there is
space available after May 5, phone registration will
be available at 281-660-6669.
GAT offers scholarships
The Thompson Intermediate athletics booster
club will present college scholarship funds to one
male and one female Dobie High School class of
2014 graduate who previously attended Thompson
Intermediate. Students interested in applying for the
scholarships should visit the Dobie counseling office
for details and paperwork.
CB hoops’ Thompson teaching
Clear Brook High School varsity boys’ basketball
head coach Christian Thompson is offering offseason training for boys’ and girls’ players in both 1-on1 and group sessions.
The training sessions will include drills covering
the fundamentals of the game, including shooting,
ball-handling, dribbling, passing and more. For
additional information, call Thompson at 832-5730739.
SJC men’s basketball tryouts
The San Jacinto College men’s basketball team
will hold tryouts for the 2014-15 team on Saturday,
May 17. Tryouts will take place at Anders Gymnasium on the San Jacinto College Central campus from
3 to 5 p.m. There is a $25 processing fee for the
tryouts, and participants will be required to sign a
waiver of liability. Participants should plan to arrive
no later than 2 p.m.
Questions about the tryout should be directed to
the men’s basketball office at 281-476-1849. The
Central campus is located at 8060 Spencer Highway
in Pasadena.
dash, where her time of
12.22 seconds was seventh
Dobie freshman Camille Singleton, the District 22-5A champion
in the 400-meter dash,
missed the finals by a spot.
In the end, Singleton’s
time of 58.47 in the preliminaries was ninth.
The Lady Longhorns
also had high hopes in
each of the three relays
but did not final in any of
In the 4x100-meter relay, Dobie’s time of 49.46
was 13th.
The local foursome included sophomore Daisia
Morris, freshman Jade
Giron, senior Jayla Joulevette and Henderson.
The same four athletes
competed for Dobie in
the 4x200-meter event,
where a time of 1 minute, 44.10 seconds was
Dobie, with Singleton,
Giron, Morris and Joulevette in the mix, was
16th in a time of 4:05.08
in the 4x400-meter relay.
2014 UIL Class 5A State Track and Field
(Qualifiers from each of the four regions)
Girls’ 800-meter run
Camry Grigsby
Hannah Bradley
Anna Cozart
Aaliya Miller
Maygen Smith
Debra Taylor
Dominique Allen
Staci McDonald
Smithson Valley
Clear Brook
College Park
Girls’ 100-meter hurdles
Alexis Duncan
Kaylee Krenek
Ariel Jones
Alaysh’A Johnson
Raygen Smith
Milan Young
Jerica Love
Chloe Young
Clear Brook
Houston Lamar
S.A. Warren
S.A. Reagan
Girls’ 300-meter hurdles
Deonca Bookman Allen
Ariel Jones
Raygen Smith
Clear Brook
LaCarol Baynes Cypress Lakes
Sydni Willis
Marka Richardson Tascosa
Jerica Love
S.A. Warren
Alex Blount
S.A. Lee
Boys’ 400-meter dash
Devante Lacy
Klein Oak
Cager Jack
Keshun Reed
Brandon Sanders Judson
Emmani Ogwu
Jemarco Stephen Clear Brook
Justin Lane
Robert Ford
S.A. Johnson
Note: Times do not reflect any of those considered wind
The San Jacinto College baseball team got a
rare sampling of pro ball
when it scrimmaged the
Sugar Land Skeeters on
April 17.
The results of the exhibition game did not count
for either team, but San
Jacinto College certainly
made an impressive showing.
The Skeeters won 3-2 in
a well-pitched, error-free
“Our players performed
at a very high level,” commented Kory Koehler, San
Jacinto College assistant
“We pitched extremely
well. Our ability to throw
any pitch in any count led
to 14 strikeouts. All of our
pitchers did extremely
Skeeters’ head coach
Gary Gaetti was equally
impressed with the performance of the college’s
baseball team.
“They provided a very
competitive game, and it
just proves what an excel-
lent program San Jacinto
College has,” Gaetti said.
“I was particularly impressed with the pitching and just the way the
coaches and players conducted themselves the entire game.
They were cordial, and
yet very much into the
game. It shows they have a
rich tradition, they recruit
well, and the players are
well coached.”
Gaetti said he hopes the
scrimmage will not be just
a one-time event.
“If the schedules of
both organizations allow
it, I would like to play a
scrimmage again perhaps
next year and start a tradition,” he said. “
I think it could be a
win-win for the college
and for the Skeeters.”
Four members of the
Skeeters team are former
San Jacinto College students – assistant coach
David McDaniel, infielder Nick Stavinoha,
and pitchers Jared Wells
and Clay Schrader (a re-
cent non-roster invitee to
spring training).
“Wells will serve a pivotal role on the pitching
staff,” Gaetti commented.
“We look for Stavinoha
to be solid at first base this
season, and McDaniel will
be a great asset not only as
an experienced coach, but
also as a bullpen catcher.”
Although scrimmaging
a pro team does not count
in record books, Koehler
says the scrimmage counts
in intangible ways.
“Being able to compete against former big
leaguers and professional
baseball players gives us a
great feel of just how good
we are, or could be,” he remarked.
“The environment at
Constellation Field was
“The hospitality was
second to none, and most
importantly, the performance our young men displayed in the scrimmage
built confidence in what
could be a very important
stretch before the regional
San Jacinto College
head coach Tom Arrington
was out on personal business and was unable to attend the scrimmage.
“I would like to have
attended; however, it was
just not possible,” he said.
“Though away, I did listen to the game on the Internet from the fourth inning on. I was very excited
and proud of the team for
their performance.”
San Jacinto College, a
five-time National Junior
College Athletic Association national champion,
is currently 27-14 overall
and 17-14 in conference
San Jac will vie for the
Region XIV title May 1014 at Angelina College in
Lufkin, with a return trip
to the National Junior College Athletic Association
World Series on the line.
For more information
about the San Jacinto College baseball team, visit
Wolverine baseball San Jac softballers
to face F.B. Travis begin R14 tourney
Clear Brook, the second-place team out of
District 24-5A’s varsity
baseball division, will
face Fort Bend Travis in
a best-of-three series.
Travis will host the
first game Thursday,
May 1, with the Wolverines set to host the second game Friday, May 2,
at Wolverine Field.
A third game, if necessary, will be played
Saturday, May 3, at Wolverine Field. Game time
will be 1 p.m.
Clear Brook got off
to a slow start in league
play at 0-2 but bounced
back to finish 7-5, tied
with Brazoswood for
second place.
The Wolverines secured the second playoff
seed on the strength of
two playoff wins over
the Bucs during league
play, including a 1-0 decision in the final game
of the regular season.
In that one, Clear
Brook’s Matt Svehla
earned the shutout win,
and Corey Julks scored
the eventual winning
run after a fourth-inning
The Clear Brook/Travis winner will face either Deer Park or Alvin
in the area round.
The regular season now
complete, the San Jacinto
College softball team is
trying to reach the JUCO
world series.
San Jacinto, 36-20
overall this season and
winners of 15 of 24 overall conference games, will
be in the mix at the Region
XIV postseason tournament May 1-4 at Angelina
San Jacinto will open
the double elimination
event by facing Paris (Texas) in a first-round contest.
In the lone meeting between the two teams this
season, Paris walked away
with a 1-0 win.
The SJC/Paris winner
will meet either nationally ranked Galveston or
Northeast Texas College
in the following round.
San Jacinto enjoyed a
national ranking earlier
this season before leveling out through the middle
portion of the schedule.
After the completion
of Region XIV action,
San Jacinto lost a pair of
games to LSU-Eunice, the
No. 1 ranked program in
Division II, to close out
the season.
The Region XIV tournament champion will
qualify for the National
Junior College Athletic
Association’s world series
May 14-18.
Rising Stars speedy at Striders track meet
The Rising Stars Track
Club came up big at the
Northside Striders Amateur Athletic Union youth
track and field meet, with
several athletes bagging
Amari Singleton, competing in the midget age
division, delivered the
team’s gold-medal performance of the meet.
800-meter distance at
3:23.88, and finished
the 1,500-meter run at
At 9 minutes, 25.41
seconds, Singleton was the
winner of the 1,500-meter
The team also had several athletes who earned
during the meet.
Bantam division athlete Camryn Dickson was
second in the 100-meter
dash at 14.18 seconds, and
also placed third in the
400-meter dash at 1:12.23.
In the 200-meter dash,
Dickson clocked in at
Out of the youth division, Deon Brown earned
a pair of silver-medal fin-
ishes. His throws of 35
feet, 6 3/4 inches (shot
put) and 88’9” (discus)
were both second.
A time of 16.76 in the
100-meter hurdles was
second for intermediate
division competitor Jeremy Davis.
In the same division,
Destiny Williams was
second in the 1,500-meter
run at 5:45.17. Williams
was also at 2:51.02 in the
800-meter run and 1:11.91
in the 400-meter dash.
BrayLan Shelby, out of
the subbantam division,
was third in the 1,500-meter run at 5:43.32. Shelby
completed the 800-meter distance at 2:48.39
and was at 1:14.31 in the
400-meter dash.
Nadi’ya Shelby took
home a bronze medal in
the 1,500-meter run at
She ran the 100-meters at 17.86 and was at
1:25.20 in the 400-meter
Intermediate division
runner Jacoby Davis
placed fifth at 54.45 in the
400-meter dash. His time
in the 800-meter run was
Cody Turner, also in
the intermediate division,
took fifth overall in the
long jump at 19’3”. In the
100-meter dash, Turner
came in at 11.33.
Chardel Terrell of the
primary division won
fifth-place honors in the
400-meter dash in a time
of 1:20.89. Terrell ran the
100-meter dash at 16.69
and was at 36.44 in the
200-meter dash.
Other Rising Stars competitors in the primary division included DeShaun
Singleton (21.07 in the
100-meter dash, 1:20.15
in the 400-meter dash and
50.29 in the 200-meter
dash); Menelik Gurnell
(17.89 in the 100-meter dash, 1:27.21 in the
400-meter dash and 38.52
in the 200-meter dash) and
Omar Luis-Lopez (21.07
in the 100-meter dash).
In the subbantam division, Elijah Jackson
finished the 100-meter
dash at 14.95 and was at
1:30.38 in the 400-meter
dash. At 32.82, Jackson
was solid in the 200-meter
Fellow subbantam athlete Jatay Solis ran the
800-meter dash at 2:54.38
and was at 1:23.88 in the
400-meter dash.
Kori Pounds was competitive in three different events, including the
100-meter dash (15.58),
(1:27.13) and the 200-meter dash (33.94).
Midget division runner
Marco Torres finished the
800-meter run in a time of
In the youth division,
Luis Figueroa posted a
time of 2:45.75 in the
800-meter dash and was
also at 1:17.17 in the
400-meter dash.
Also in the youth division, Icelande Robinson
competed in three races,
including the 100-meter
dash (13.76), 200-meter dash (29.68) and the
400-meter dash (1:10.30).
Christal Dickson of
the intermediate division,
took part in three events.
Dickson was at 14.26
in the 100-meter dash,
1:13.93 in the 400-meter
dash and 2:51.58 in the
800-meter dash.
Thursday, May 1, 2014, South Belt-Ellington Leader, Section B, Page 3
Varsity Girls’ Soccer
All-District 22-5A Selections
Most Valuable Player
Megan Gibson, Pearland
Offensive MVP
Jess LeBlanc, Pearland
Defensive MVP
Mariah Escobar, Dobie
Goalkeeper of the Year
District 22-5A coaches honor Lady Longhorns’ soccer players
Following yet another successful season that included a bidistrict playoff berth, several Dobie varsity girls’ soccer players
earned all-district 22-5A performance honors via the league’s
coaching staff. Senior Mariah Escobar (see page 1B), the district’s Defensive Most Valuable Player, added another award to
her playing resume while six other players, each of whom will
return in 2015, earned either first- or second-team accolades.
Sophomore Summer Nasser was a first-team pick this season after making the second team in 2013. Junior Deanna Martinez
has now made the second team in each of her two varsity seasons, and Malyn Nunez, a junior, is also a two-time 22-5A first
teamer. Junior Monica Ploucha was named to the second team
for the second straight season. Meanwhile, freshman midfielder/
defender Emily Hernandez was a second team pick along with
sophomore midfielder Isabela Tamayo. The Dobie team, which
finished fourth in the league this season, has now advanced to the
playoffs in 11 out of the last 12 years. The team will graduate five
Summer Nasser, Soph. – First team defender
Deanna Martinez, Jr.
First team defender
Malyn Nunez, Jr.
First team F/Midfield
Isabela Tamayo, Soph. – Second team midfielder
Photos by
Gary Williams
Emily Hernandez, Fr.
Second team mid./def.
Erin Webster, Alvin
Newcomer of the Year
Riley Smith, Alvin
Senior of the Year
Niurka Tamayo, Memorial
Coach of the Year
Eric Forrest, Pearland
First Team – Alvin
Alyssa Barker, midfielder
Emily Flores, Forward
Becca Rodriguez, center/mid
First Team – Dobie
Malyn Nunez/forward/midf.
Deanna Martinez, defender
Summer Nasser, defender
First Team – Manvel
Paulina Summers, forward
First Team – Memorial
Amanda Avalos, center midf.
Kiki Stoumbos, outside midf.
Abby Farias, center midf.
Niurka Tamayo, sweeper
Monica Ploucha, Jr.
Second team midfielder
First Team – Pasadena
Paoloa Ozuna, forward
Jennifer Ramos, center back
First Team – Pearland
Katia Guzman, center midf.
Nichole Glazener, goalkeeper
Tori Alaniz, forward
Cailee Morgan, outside midf.
Sarah Harder, center back
Kristi Freund, right back
First Team – Rayburn
Xanthe Sanchez, midfield
First Team – S. Houston
Karina Farias, midfield
Telisa Jones, defender
7 a.m.
AA Meeting – “Breakfast With Bill” each Tuesday
through Friday at 7 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, in the
Cornell Conference Room. Call 281-487-8787 for information, or just drop in.
Houston Area Parkinson Society – Free water exercise
from noon to 1 p.m. at Clear Lake Rehabilitation Hospital,
655 E. Medical Center Blvd. in Webster. Visit www.hapson for a complete list of services offered.
6:30 p.m.
Diabetes Support Group – A support group for young
adults with diabetes. All subjects are open for discussion: new technologies, research advances, fears, phobias, dating and other personal matters. Meets the first
Thursday of each month at 1315 St. Joseph Parkway
#1705, Medical Place One. Contact Dan Steiner, CDE,
at 713-922-9677 for more information.
7 p.m.
Al-Anon (English Speaking) – Provides support for
family and friends of alcoholics and addicts. Thursday at
7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1062 Fairmont
Parkway, Pasadena, Room 215. Call 281-487-8787, or
just drop in.
Alateen – Provides support for teenage children,
friends and family members of alcoholics and addicts.
Thursday at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church,
1062 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, Room 212. Call
281-487-8787, or just drop in.
The Bay Area Writers League – Meets the first
Thursday of each month at Barnes and Noble at Bay
Area Boulevard and the Gulf Freeway. Newcomers are
8:30 p.m.
Alcoholics Anonymous – Alcohol problems? AA
meetings are held Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.,
and Sundays and Tuesdays from 8 to 9 p.m. at St.
Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2217 Theta Street. For
information, call 713-204-2481.
7 a.m.
AA Meeting – “Breakfast With Bill” each Tuesday
through Friday at 7 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, in the
Cornell Conference Room. Call 281-487-8787 for information, or just drop in.
Moving Forward Women’s Adult Children Anonymous
– The ACA group meets Fridays at noon at the Up The
Street Club in Webster, 508 Nasa Parkway, in room 4.
ACA is a 12-step program of hope, healing and recovery for people who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional
homes. For more information, call 281-286-1431.
6 p.m.
Un Dia a la Vez Alanon Group (Spanish speaking)
– Provides support for family and friends of alcoholics
or addicts. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 6 p.m.
in Room 215 at the First United Methodist Church,
Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway. Call 281-487-8787,
or just drop in.
7:30 a.m.
Alcoholics Anonymous – “Breakfast with Bill” each
Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church,
Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway, Cornell Conference
Room. Call 281-487-8787, or just drop in.
11 a.m.
Al-Anon Meeting (Women Only, English) – For
persons whose lives are affected by someone who is
addicted. Each Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at First
United Methodist Church, Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont
Parkway, Cornell Conference Room #111. Call 281487-8787, or just drop in.
6 p.m.
Frontier Squares – Meets to square dance at the
Westminster Academy at 670 E. Medical Center Blvd. in
Webster. Refreshments provided. For more information,
contact Gina Sherman at 281-554-5675 or visit www.
7:30 p.m.
Pearland Overeaters Anonymous HOW Meeting –
Saturdays 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Open discussion. Memorial
Hermann Prevention and Recovery PARC, 2245 N.
Main St., Suite 2, Pearland 77581. (Located on Hwy 35,
just north of Broadway). The group’s primary purpose is
to abstain from compulsive overeating and to carry the
message of recovery to those who still suffer. Call 713865-1611 for information, or just drop in.
2 p.m.
Grief Support Group – For any adult who has lost a
loved one. Meets every Sunday, except Mother’s Day,
Easter and Christmas from 2 to 3:15 p.m. at First United
Methodist Church Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Parkway.
For more information, call 281-487-8787.
5:30 p.m.
Celebrate Recovery – A faith-based 12-Step Program
meets every Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel
of the Educational Building at Life Church in Houston
at 9900 Almeda Genoa. Call 713-419-2635 for more
information or to RSVP for child care.
6:30 p.m.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) – For persons who are
trying to overcome drug addiction. Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
at First United Methodist Church, Pasadena, 1062
Fairmont Parkway, Fellowship Hall 4. Call 281-4878787, or just drop in.
7 p.m.
Alcoholics Anonymous – Candlelight Meeting
Sunday at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church,
1062 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, Cornell Conference
Room. Call 281-487-8787, or just drop in.
8 p.m.
Alcoholics Anonymous – Alcohol problems? AA
meetings are held Sundays and Tuesdays from 8 to
9 p.m. and Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St.
Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2217 Theta Street. For
information, call 713-204-2481.
9 a.m.
Houston Area Parkinson Society – Free exercise
and speech therapy from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Clear Lake
Rehabilitation Hospital, 655 E. Medical Center Blvd.,
Webster. Visit for a complete list of
services offered.
10 a.m.
Al-Anon Deer Park – Mondays 10 to 11 a.m. Literature
Study. In His Presence Fellowship Church, 1202 East
P Street, Deer Park. Enter through Fellowship Hall in
back of church. Call 409-454-5720 for information, or
just drop in.
11:30 a.m.
Overeaters Anonymous Deer Park – 11:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Literature Study. In His Presence Fellowship
Church, 1202 East P Street, Deer Park. Enter through
Fellowship Hall in back of church. Call 409-454-5720 for
information, or just drop in.
6 p.m.
Scrabble Club #511 – Meets every Monday at IHOP
at 11222 Fuqua at 6 p.m. Come and improve crossword game playing skills. Call 281-488-2923 for more
6:30 p.m.
New Directions Singles – Group for ages 55 and up
meets on the first and third Mondays for a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Webster Presbyterian Church,
201 W NASA Parkway in Webster. There are many other
activities thoughout the month. For further information,
call Bambi at 281-795-4514 or Mary at 281-337-2589.
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free. For information, call Betty Bielat at 281-474-3430 or Diana
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AA Meeting – “Breakfast With Bill” each Tuesday through Friday
at 7 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church Pasadena, 1062
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Local NARFE Meeting – The National Association of Retired
Federal Employees, Chapter 1321, meets the first Tuesday of each
month in the Clear Lake Community Center, 5001 NASA Parkway.
A meal will be available for $6. For more information, call Bob
Mitchell at 281-333-2881.
1 p.m.
Trailmixers – Meets the first Tuesday of the month at the Luby’s
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Un Dia a la Vez Alanon Group (Spanish speaking) – Provides
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Alcoholics Anonymous – Alcohol problems? AA meetings are
held Tuesday and Sunday from 8 to 9 p.m. and Thursdays from
8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2217 Theta
Street. For information, call 713-204-2481.
7 a.m.
AA Meeting – “Breakfast With Bill” each Tuesday through Friday
at 7 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church Pasadena, 1062
Fairmont Parkway, in the Cornell Conference Room. Call 281-4878787 for information, or just drop in.
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Houston Hobby Airport Lions Club – meets at 11:30 a.m. on the
first and third Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held at the
Golden Corral, 12500 Gulf Freeway (Fuqua and I-45). For information, call Monica Montoya at 281-794-5531.
4 p.m.
Houston Area Parkinson Society – Free exercise held from 4 to
5 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Pearland, 3005 Pearland Parkway,
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6 p.m.
Un Dia a la Vez Alanon Group (Spanish speaking) – Provides
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Alzheimer’s Support Group – The free group meets the first
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Bay Area Turning Point Crisis Intervention Center – Domestic
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7 p.m.
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District championship in pocket, Dobie baseball starts postseason
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huge all season, as was
clean-up hitter Jake Mendoza. Outfielders Tyler
Baumann and Eric Garza
won starting jobs in the
preseason and also delivered big in the clutch.
Sophomores like Tyler
Myers and Isaiah Myers,
who, along with Paredes
will lead the team into the
PISD hall of fame
hunts JFD trophies
Pasadena ISD athletics
hall of fame officials are
seeking the whereabouts of
state championship trophies
from Dobie’s 1980 boys’
cross country and 1981
boys’ track and field teams.
Officials hope to locate
the trophies so as to prop-
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district’s new hall of fame
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future, played like seasoned veterans on the left
side of the infield.
There were others who
deserve credit, and the
time will come. And how
about head coach Miguel
He listened to the talk
of Dobie being unable to
beat the Pearlands, Alvins
and Manvels in previous
years. Yet he refused to accept the team’s perceived
fate. Instead, he pushed
his guys on a daily basis to
Thus, Dobie turned a
4-7 nondistrict start into
what has become one
filled with many memories.
The accomplishments
of this team may not mean
much without a win over
Channelview. Then again,
why not? The District
22-5A championship, the
school’s first since 1997,
can’t be taken away. Congratulations, Dobie team
of 2014.
JFD tops Oilers
Arguably the largest throng of fans to ever
watch a varsity baseball game at Dobie High
School was treated to a
thrilling game as Dobie
squared off with Pearland
for the 22-5A crown.
Pearland’s Nathan Carter smacked an RBI double
in the second inning, and
Connor Wong made it 2-0
in the top of the third inning with a towering homer to left field.
But Dobie bounced
right back in the bottom of
the fourth. Eric Garza led
off with a single to center
field and raced to third on
a single by Travarus Ansley.
Jake Mendoza’s sacrifice fly to right field scored
Garza, and Tyler Baumman’s two-out single to
left field scored Ansley for
the tie.
In what turned out to be
the game-changing inning,
Dobie plated two more in
the bottom of the fifth.
Munoz and Garza
singled with one out, and
Pearland starting pitcher
Andreus Faltesek hit Ansley with a pitch to load the
With Mendoza at the
plate, Carter, Pearland’s
catcher, fired down to first,
throwing Ansley out on a
pickoff throw.
With Ansley still entangled with first baseman
Jake Crain, Crain rose up
and attempted to throw
toward third base after
Dobie pinch runner Euro
Diaz strayed off the bag.
But Crain’s throw was
both off target and surprising to the rest of the Pearland infield. As the ball
rolled into foul ground in
left field, Diaz and Garza
scored for a 4-2 lead.
Adrian Rivera’s two-run
double in the sixth made
it 6-3, and Munoz, Dobie’s starter, headed to the
mound for the seventh.
Pearland scored once in
the frame before Paredes
entered in relief with Pearland threatening.
Paredes fanned Crain
for a huge second out but
walked Tyler Kimball as
Pearland got within 6-4.
With the bases still
loaded, Paredes retired
Carter on a weak ground
ball to Mendoza at second
“It’s all about believing
in your teammates to make
plays,” Munoz said after
the win. “I didn’t really
have my curveball working today but did my best
to keep us close. That’s a
good team over there.”
Torres echoed Munoz’s
sentiments after enduring
a celebratory ice cooler
“For 14 games these
guys have believed they
Pitching for likely the final time on Dobie High School’s home field, senior Mike
Munoz earned the win for the Longhorns over Pearland by a 6-4 count. Munoz
ended the regular season at 9-0 following the win.
could get it done on a
Torres said. “We made
several errors that cost us
the Manvel game (Dobie’s
lone district loss), but I assured the guys that that’s
not who we are and that
we could bounce back and
stay on course.
“There’s a lot of talent
out here for our guys, and
they deserve this. Pearland
has one of the best programs around. We earned
a tough win over them.”
Next up is Channelview, and the Longhorns
simply want the magic
to continue. It’s a onegame playoff, but Dobie
has been one of the best
at winning these types of
games all season.
Ortiz paces IWA softball success
South Belt area resident Sabrina Ortiz (right) of Incarnate Word Academy,
celebrated Senior Night with the Falcons by homering in her final regularseason home game. Ortiz hit better than .535 overall this season, leading
IWA to second place in its district. The Falcons entered the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Class 5A playoffs for the third straight
season. Ortiz, the lone senior on the IWA team this season, will continue her
studies at Texas Tech University in Lubbock this fall. With her at left is IWA
head coach and athletic director Rick Perez.