Lots of exciting things.
Garage Sale. The neighborhood garage sale will be this Saturday, April 6th from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Note, last time, shoppers started arriving at 6:30 a.m.!! If you have big items or specialty items you are selling and want me to list them, please let me know. For instance, I’m hoping to sell a cornet and a trumpet (that’s all I have to sell…). You can have your garage sale anytime you want. If you want to sell stuff and want to get together with other people and not have it at your house, please let me know. Those of you will be meeting at the Houston Glass Studio. They are generously lending us their spacious yard. Note, their building will be locked at all times. Also, please let me know if you would like to donate stuff for the civic club to sell. The funds will go towards the children’s playground at Cleveland Park.
Pay-It-Forward Landscaping. Marco Antonio Roberts is interested in forming a sort of “pay it forward” landscaping group. Basically, if you like gardening and / or your yard or street needs help, this is the group for you. If you are in the group, you will get together with other neighbors and help them clean up their yard, including planting, etc. Marco is asking that a donation of 10% of whatever you spend for the yard be given to Magnolia Grove Civic Club. So an example: My Yard. I usually spend $300 – $400 in the fall and in the spring planting new stuff. I would donate $30-40 to Magnolia Grove and in return, these volunteers would come help on my yard. I would then “pay it forward” by helping them on the next two projects. So, you are basically getting free labor in exchange for helping others. I love this idea Marco had and thank him for sharing it. Now, let’s make our neighborhood beautiful! If you are interested in participating, please contact Marco Antonio at: email@example.com By the way, they are the guys with the beautiful corner at Leverkuhn and Blossom.
Book Club. This month’s selection is: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It is my favorite book. I hope you love it as much as I do. If you would like to join us, please email Annie at: firstname.lastname@example.org for the location. We will meet Sunday, April 14th at 5:00 p.m. to discuss.
Membership. If you have not already done so, please fill out your membership form and send in your yearly dues. The form is attached. If you cannot afford it, please do not feel obligated. We are having a stellar year in regards to membership. Forty-Four of you have paid your dues!! This is amazing!!! So much better than past years. Still I have 316 people who receive this email, 257 on Facebook (some crossover) and there are over 1100 households (not including apartments) in our neighborhood. So, I know we can do a lot better.
Parents / Cleveland Park. If you have not joined that group and want to, please let me know. Luis Franco is doing a fantastic job with this effort. But we need volunteers who have time to make calls and get information. An hour of your time every few weeks would help enormously! We are trying to clean up the park, enclose the playground (to keep out dogs) and our ultimate goal is to have a playground like the one at Memorial Park (near the church) and perhaps a neighborhood vegetable / herb garden.
Here is some recent information from Luis:
I received a call today from Jose Torres, who introduced himself as a Supervisor for the Urban Park Rangers. I had previously left my number on his voicemail with a request to discuss the issue of loose dogs in Cleveland Park. He indicated that they had noted a sharp increase in calls recently about loose dogs in Cleveland Park (we have Katey Forth and Sean McCall to thank for that, which is great). He also noted that the peak hour seems to be between 6 and 6:30 pm, which corresponds well to our log. At least, it seems like they are also keeping track and starting to notice the issue. Mr. Torres says his Rangers are not able to enforce the City ordinance that mandates that dogs be on a leash in public spaces (this is in contrast to what I had been told before). He said he had spoken with a Supervisor at BARC, as they have officers (these appear to be dog-catchers, not police officers) who can issue tickets to dog owners who have loose dogs in public property. According to him, BARC had agreed to start sending an officer to the park periodically, to issue tickets and talk to dog owners. He also agreed to send his own rangers to the park between 6 and 7 on a regular basis.
I am skeptical, but at least it is clear that our voice is starting to be heard. Please continue to call the Urban Park Rangers at 832-395-7100 to make a report every time you see loose dogs in Cleveland Park. Every time you do, please e-mail or text me (832-439-6773), so that we can keep our call log growing. Eventually, this log will be our objective demonstration to City officials that something more serious needs to be done if the park is to really become a space for all.
If you see the Park Rangers or BARC officers at the park, please also let me know. Mr. Torres agreed to follow up with me in one week, to see if anything had happened.
As always, please send me your comments and suggestions.
Luis M. Franco, M.D.
Department of Molecular and Human Genetics
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza, BCM 320
Houston, TX 77030
Safety: I don’t know if you saw this on our Facebook page. Stephanie sent it and I thought it worth sharing. Please be careful. And if you notice somebody following you, DO NOT go home! Go to the police station or the fire station. DO NOT go home or even near your home. Read below.
Also, my husband went to the Target on Taylor today and let them know what happened and gave them the picture. The head of security said he thought that he had already spoken with me about this and my husband told him he knew for sure that I hadn’t called. Turns out another woman called with a complaint of a black Honda following her from that Target, license plate ending 222, this week as well. Please be very aware when shopping in that shopping center.”