Wednesday, April 29, 2009

2300 Albans Minimum Lot Size Application Approved

From: Anne Gorman []
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 12:18 PM
Subject: Minimum lot size update

I have wonderful news to deliver! The minimum lot size ordinance for our block was passed by City Council today.

Thanks for your support on this important issue.


Anne Gorman

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Cokie Roberts at HPL-Central 5/5

Event: Cokie Roberts
Place: Houston Public Library - Central
Date: Tuesday, 5/5/2009
Time: 9:15 am to 11:00 am
Parking: Library Parking Garage $2/hour - enter from the Lamar Street side of the building
Free coffee and pastries

Anne Clutterbucks office sent the following notice:

Cokie Roberts at the Houston Public Library

Cokie Roberts, New York Times bestselling author, political commentator for ABC News and senior news analyst for National Public Radio, will appear at the Houston Public Library's Central Library on Tuesday, May 5th from 9:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., to discuss the tenth anniversary edition of her book We Are Our Mothers' Daughters.

In this tenth anniversary edition of We Are Our Mothers' Daughters (on sale April 7, 2009), Ms. Roberts once again examines the nature of women's roles through the illuminating lens of her personal experience. From mother to mechanic, sister to soldier, Roberts reveals how much progress has now been made-and how much further we have to go. Updated and expanded to include a diverse new cast of women, this collection of essays offers tremendous insight into the opportunities and challenges that women encounter today.

In a series of new profiles and revealing updates, Roberts reflects upon the number of female achievers who have graced the public stage in the past decade. In addition to the illuminating and sometimes surprising history of women in a variety of fields, several chapters also introduce us to some of the fascinating women she has encountered during the course of her reporting career-including Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Laura Bush, Billie Jean King, Michelle Rhee, and Dorothy Height.

Please join us at HPL's Central Library for this exciting, free, breakfast event. Capacity is limited. Please RSVP to 832-393-1652.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Houston Public Library - Central Library
Program Place - 4th Floor
500 McKinney
Houston, Texas 77002
9:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Parking Available in Library Parking Garage
($2/hour - enter from the Lamar Street side of the building)
Pastries and Coffee provided courtesy of the Houston Public Library and Inversion Coffee

Copies of We Are Our Mothers' Daughters and Ladies of Liberty will be available for purchase at the event.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Community Mtg re Street Construction - 4/29

Subject: Street Construction
Date: 4/29/2009
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: IBC Bank Bldg. 5615 Kirby Dr., 2d Floor

The letter below is from Council member Clutterbuck. The SHX POA members discussed this project the members meeting on Tuesday evening. You are welcome to attend this meeting to get more details in person. Briefly, parts of Kelvin, Morningside, and Quenby will be closed while a 10'x6-10' sewer pipe is installed--in addition to more of what we're used to on Kirby. [Note: for more detail see the earlier blog here.]

Ann Hightower

Dear Neighbors, On April 29, 2009 at 6:30 pm the City of Houston is hosting a community meeting to discuss the upcoming street construction project on Kirby between Robinhood and Bissonnet. Representatives from the Public Works Department will be there, as well as the contractor, BRH Garver Construction, LP, to go over the design plans and schedule for this project.

For those of you who are not already aware, this is the fourth phase of the street reconstruction on Kirby Drive from Holcombe to the Southwest Freeway. This project is part of a joint effort by the City of Houston and the Harris County Flood Control District to expand the stormwater drainage capacity in the congested central Houston area. The project will also completely repave the streets and curbs with concrete. Detailed information is included below.

The meeting will be held at the IBC Bank building at 5615 Kirby Drive, 2nd floor, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday April 29, 2009. Please feel free to come learn about the project and have your questions answered.

Warm regards,

Anne Clutterbuck
Houston City Council Member, District C

Friday, April 17, 2009

Update on Kirby Capital Construction

Our president has sent out a Yahoo Groups Email on significant City capital improvements in our neighborhood. The complete email may be viewed here. The following is a summary of the project, but those wanting more information about the specific streets affected should review the email at the link provided above:
Project Description:

The project consists of the design of a single 14-foot X 12-foot reinforced concrete box storm sewer from 100 feet south of Robinhood to Quenby. From Quenby, a single 10-foot by 10-foot reinforced concrete box storm sewer will proceed north along Kirby and connect to an existing 11-foot by 7.5-foot reinforced concrete box storm sewer at Albans Ave. The storm sewer tie-in consists of a single 10-foot by 10-foot reinforced concrete box storm sewer which travels east along Quenby to Morningside Dr. where it transitions to a 10-foot by 6.5-foot reinforced concrete box storm sewer and continues on to the connection at Greenbriar. The storm sewer improvements will also include associated inlets, inlet leads, and laterals. The roadway pavement will be designed for reconstruction as full width concrete with curb and gutter. The pavement from 100-ft. south of Robinhood to Bissonnet will be a four-lane undivided section with continuous left-turn lane.

Construction Cost: $6,658,042.37

Thursday, April 16, 2009

SHX POA Meeting on 4/21/2009 - Details

Email from the President of SHX POA:

Southampton Property Owners Association
c/o Ann Hightower
2341 Quenby Rd
Houston, TX 77005

March 20, 2009

Dear Neighbors:

We will be holding a POA meeting on April 21 from 7-9 p.m. in the Encore Bank Building at Tangley and Kirby (5815 Kirby Drive) to cover two very important issues: our security patrol service, and our deed restriction amendment drive.

We will have a presentation from the Patrol Service. This is your opportunity to find out what this service provides for you, and how important our support is to its existence.
We will also discuss our deed restriction amendments, and make plans for completing the petition drive to get them ratified. If you have any questions about the value of these amendments to your property, this is your opportunity to discuss them among friends.

We would also like to encourage you to join the SHX Yahoo group. The Yahoo group can be found at by selecting Groups, then typing in SHX. You can set up a Yahoo ID very easily if you don't already have one, and join the group. This will give you updates about neighborhood issues from lost pets to Rice University and City of Houston news. It averages an email a week, if you're worried about too much mail. The group also has current copies of all relevant SHX POA documents for your use.

Also, we have a blog at that offers timely information and easy access links to key documents.

Please send your email address to me at I will see it gets into our mailing list, which is only used for SHX business, never shared with anyone, not even other neighborhood associations. Since mailing is one of our POA's biggest expenses, this will help significantly.

Please plan to attend our meeting, and join our move to electronic communications. Your POA needs your support!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Kirby / Morningside Area Construction Update

The following is an April 2009 update from the office of Anne Clutterbuck (Houston City Council Member, District C):


Houstonians who live in or commute through the Upper Kirby and Rice Village areas surely have noticed several of the on-going City construction projects in this area. Although living through construction can be a headache, these renovation projects are an important investment in our infrastructure and I would like to take this opportunity to share with the District C community some additional information about these plans.

South Kirby Drive

The reconstruction of Kirby Drive south of the 59 freeway is part of a combined effort with the City of Houston and the Harris County Flood Control District to expand our storm water drainage capacity and protect against flooding in the densely developed areas of central Houston.

Last November, Phase 3 of the project was completed, which is the section of Kirby from Holcombe to Robinhood. Construction was then halted for the months of November through January to ensure mobility in and out of the Rice Village area during the holidays. The next stage of the project, Phase 4a, runs from Robinhood to Bissonnet. A contract with GRH-Garver Construction, L.P. was approved by City Council in February and work is scheduled to begin in late April.

Phase 4b encompasses the section of Kirby between Bissonnet and Highway 59. Part of this project involves expanding the width of the lanes, which necessitated the purchase of additional right-of-way from five property owners on the east side of Kirby. While the City anticipated that this work would begin sooner, the process of negotiating the purchase of the land and adjusting the design plans has resulted in a delay. Once the land has been acquired, the contract will go out for bidding.

Upper Kirby

Street construction of Kirby north of Highway 59 is a separate project, funded entirely by the Upper Kirby Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ). While the purpose of this project is to expand flood control capacity, the project will also replace sanitary sewer and water line infrastructure, add wider sidewalks for increased pedestrian mobility, transfer utility lines from overhead to underground, expand the narrow driving lanes, and completely reconstruct the road. The entire project is being funded with the tax increments from the area and remarkably will not require the issuance of any debt!

Most recently, you may have seen workers on the east side of this portion of Kirby, installing the sanitary sewer and waterline improvements. Paving for part of the east side of Kirby has followed and should conclude quickly. Crews will then continue down the east side of Kirby to Richmond before beginning on the west side. The street will remain open for both directions of travel throughout construction. Both sides of Kirby are scheduled to be completed in late August, with the final improvements of landscaping and installation of new trees to be completed early November.

University at Main

The stretch of University Blvd. along the south side of Rice University has been undergoing a waterline and storm sewer renovation, which is nearly complete. In the next week, the contractor is scheduled to pour the south (east bound) lanes with concrete. For the next three weeks, however, the contractor will continue to work along University repairing the sanitary sewer lines. During this time, traffic on University will be limited to the south lanes. Once this is complete, all traffic control will be removed and University will be re-opened fully.

Morningside Sidewalk

If you live near Morningside Street between Rice Boulevard and Bissonnet, then you may have noticed the presence of surveyors and engineers working on the design plans for the new sidewalk. In order to maximize the extension of the new sidewalk all the way to Bissonnet, the sidewalk will be installed entirely on the east side of Morningside, with no construction anticipated on the west. Upgraded drainage for the sidewalk is also part of the design work. Construction should begin by January of next year. This project is being funded entirely with the proceeds from the sale of the 2400 block of Bolsover and will address some of the drainage issues along Morningside, as well as providing a desperately needed and safe pedestrian walkway along this heavily travelled part of the Village.

I personally know what a nuisance it is to navigate the traffic caused by street construction and I thank you for your continued patience. I am confident that upon completion, the new streets will be safer and provide a more attractive and enjoyable drive or walk. These projects are important investments in Houston’s future, and a long overdue return on our tax dollars.

If you have any questions or concerns about any of these projects or another City of Houston matter, then please contact my office, at (832) 393-3004 or by email at

-- Anne Clutterbuck, Houston City Council Member, District C

SHX POA Meeting, Tuesday 4/21/2009

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Encore Bank Building, 5815 Kirby Drive (just south of Starbucks).
Planned Discussions:
1. Presentation by the BOCA Patrol Service.
2. Proposed amendments to the deed Restrictions. (You will find a links to the proposed amendments and explanations in the SHX Key Docouments section at the right of this blog.)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Fleming Park News letter April 2009

Friends of Fleming Park

Park Day!

It’s that time of year again when we celebrate this glorious season and get ready for some warm weather activities. We’ll help kick off summer with our annual spring party on Sunday, May 3rd, from 4-6 pm.

The Friends of Fleming Park have been very busy since Ike swept through town. As most park users know, Martha Fleming Park is owned by the City of Houston and the Friends group was developed to assist the city in the care and maintenance of our treasured neighborhood park. Any maintenance or work that we do must be approved by the City and comply with their codes and guidelines. Despite some obstacles during this process, the park’s storied Live Oaks, which were severely stressed by Ike, have now been thoroughly pruned and fertilized.

After two years of sprinkler problems, the jasmine planted along Kent is being established. The primary reason for having a ground cover along Kent is to protect the surface roots of the Live Oak trees. Since the Park drains to Kent, all of the topsoil and leaves flow into the street, causing flooding as well as strain on the aging tree roots. The jasmine will both hold the soil on and provide a more attractive border to the park. Thanks to everyone for staying off of the jasmine so that we can eventually remove the yellow tape and signs.

From time to time we have requests for dedication opportunities. The crape myrtles at the soccer field are available. A bronze plaque will be placed at the base of a tree for $400. Please contact Karen Baughn at for further information.

We hope everyone will join us on May 3rd for pizza, waterslides, and fun!!!

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Enclosed please find our contribution of:
____ $10 ____$25 ____$50 ____$100 ____$250 ____Other
Name __________ Address __________________ Zip Code ________

Please return to Friends of Fleming Park, c/o Karen Baughn, Treasurer,1809 Dunstan, Houston, TX 77005. Contributions are fully tax deductible.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Rice Neighborhood Events Apr 10-Apr 19

I enclose below an an email (also on web site here) from Rice U regarding events that residents of the neighborhood may attend or participate in. SHX POA president, Ann Hightower, emails this to the persons on the YahooGroups email list (if you are not already on that list, please check the links in the right hand column and go to the site to sign up). Also, a reminder to residents of SHX POA that, if the SHX POA does not already have your email address, please send that address (just an email from that address will do) to Ann by clicking here.


To: ; ; ;
Sent: Thursday, April 09, 2009 10:20 AM
Subject: [Rice_neighbors_north] Open Invitation Events for Apr 10 - Apr. 19

Please accept this open invitation to visit the Rice campus for any of the many educational and cultural events shown on our Open Invitations list, most of which are free, and all of which are open to the public. To view the latest list at any time, please bookmark and visit

Featured Events of the Week

Saturday, Apr. 11

All Day
Concert: Chamber Music Festival - FREE ADMISSION
Chamber Music Festival:
Spotlight on Emigré Composers
>From morning to evening for an entire day, this festival will include music written by composers who emigrated from their homeland. This is a free event and requires no tickets.

Schedule of Concerts:

Concert 1 – 10:00 a.m.
Bach - Trio Sonata in G Major, BWV 1038; Telemann - Trio Sonata No. 22 in G Minor; Martinu - Sonata for Two Violins and Piano, H. 213; Milhaud - Suite, Op. 157b; and Beethoven - Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1 “The Ghost.”

Concert 2 – 12:00 noon
Kodály - Serenade, Op. 13; Milhaud - Sonata for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 15; Ligeti - Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano (Hommage à Brahms); Bartók - String Quartet No 5, Sz. 102; and Bartók - Contrasts, Sz. 111.

Concert 3 – 2:00 p.m.
Beethoven - String Quartet in D Major, Op. 18 No. 3; Haydn - String Quartet, Op. 74 No. 3 “The Rider”; Ravel - Sonata for Violin and Cello; and Beethoven - String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95.

Concert 4 – 4:00 p.m.
Berio - Duetti per due violinio; Chinary Ung - Spiral VII; Prokofiev - Quintet in G Minor for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, and Double Bass, Op. 39; Beethoven - Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20; Krommer - Octet - Partita Op. 57 in F Major; and Schoenberg - Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4.

Concert 5 – 6:00 p.m.
Sextets for double bass by Pierrick Hardy and Christian Gentet; Bolcom - Fairy Tales; Berio - Opus Number Zoo (for wind quintet); Brahms - String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51 No. 1; and Schubert - String Quartet in D Major, D. 810.

Concert 6 – 8:00 p.m.
Dohnányi - Serenade in C Major, Op. 10; Villa-Lobos - String Quartet No. 17, A. 537; Dohnányi - Piano Quintet in C Minor, Op. 1; and Brahms – Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25.
Rice University, Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Duncan Recital Hall. Paid parking available by credit card in West Lot 1, entrance 18 (Rice Blvd. at Wilton) and entrance 8 (University Blvd. at Stockton).

Saturday, April 11
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The 4th annual Rice University Recreation Center Flying Owls 5K will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2009, starting at 8:30 a.m. We invite families, teams, students and more to come out for the 5K. There will be refreshments, entertainment and a great environment to get moving. There will be prizes for the top three finishers overall (Male and Female) and age group prizes. Team Prizes will also be awarded for top team finisher by top 5 times.
This event is a fundraising fun-run held on Rice’s campus and organized by Rice’s students and Recreation Center Staff. The funds raised through the Flying Owls 5K goes to helping Rice University students pay for fitness-related activities, and it is our goal to raise enough funds for the Fitness Program to offer a variety of services free of charge or at reduced costs.
Rice University, Rice Football Stadium. Free parking available in West Lot 1, entrance 18 (Rice Blvd. at Wilton) and entrance 8 (University Blvd. at Stockton).
Saturday, April 11
12 – 10 p.m.
Concert: The 18th Annual KTRU Outdoor Show - FREE ADMISSION
The 18th Annual KTRU Outdoor Show will be taking place Saturday, April 11, from noon to 10 p.m. This show is free and open to the public, and it will be held right in the heart of the Rice University campus in the Central Quad. There will be free beer provided by St. Arnolds and other yummy snacks available. This year’s lineup will include the following artists:
Infant Mortality Rate- experimental act
Squincy Jones & Dayta- electronica DJ duo
Thomas Helton Trio- improvised jazz trio
About this Product- experimental act
Laya Taal Saadhna - Southern Indian traditional tabla ensemble
The Boat Show - Rice battle of the bands winners
Buxton- local rock
B L A C K I E - local hip hop
Headliner: Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
Come out for a day of free music and free fun! Bring the kids for it's sure to be a day filled with family fun! For more information, please check out or email

Thank you for reading. We encourage you to share our open invitations with your neighbors and others.

We hope to welcome you to the Rice campus for an Open Invitation event in the future.