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installing metal detectors at some schools, but Houston ISD school board President Sue Deigaard said the item is almost certainly going to return for further consideration. “From what I heard, trustees want a comprehensive safety strat- egy for our kids that metal detec- tors may or may not be a part of,” Deigaard said. “It doesn’t nec- essarily just have to be equipment; there’s

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At Bellaire High School, a sense of normalcy has not returned in the weeks since senior Cesar Cortez was killed by an apparent acciden- tal shooting on campus Jan. 14. “Students are still wearing black ribbons. There are more adults and police ocers around, and hall sweeps are more frequent,” said Ioana Nechiti, a senior at the school. “There’s more vigilance.” School district trustees and o- cials have been grappling with how to respond. On Feb. 13, trustees voted down a measure that would have allowed the district to expedite

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construction project, designed to improve streets, drainage and aesthetics, was requested by new Coun- cil Member Nathan Wesely and was piggybacked on a requested update for the project by fellow new Coun- cil Member Catherine Lewis. The week prior, the council chose to put on hold plans to embark on a three-year review of Bellaire’s Comprehensive Plan, the guiding document that serves as a policy guide for the council, city boards and commissions, and city sta, according to the city’s website. Wesely and Lewis were joined in their CONTINUED ON 23

In their rst month in oce, three newly elected Bellaire City Council members have made it known they will be asking more questions and riding against the status quo on some of the city’s biggest projects and processes. A 4-3 vote, for example, during a Bellaire City Council meeting on Jan. 27 put an end to a request to consider altering contracts, pursuing legal action and evaluating vendor performance for the ongoing Spruce and Fifth Street Reconstruction Project. The action item for the estimated $2.5 million

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Now Open, Coming Soon &more TODO LIST Local events and things to do DEVELOPMENT UPDATES Nob Hill on the market NEIGHBORHOODNOTES Community news and updates

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expected to open in early March at 4950 Beechnut St., Houston. The oce accepts new patients in the Braeswood, Beech- nut, Willowbend, Willow Meadow and Bellaire areas, according to the oce’s website. Dentists Namrata Singh and Ash- ley Elizondo will work on crowns, dental hygiene, llings, teeth whitening and veneers and perform emergency work if needed. The practice accepts several dental insurance plans. 281-503-4804. www.meyerlandmoderndentistry.com 5 Core Primary Care , an internal med- icine and primary care practice and walk- in clinic, expects to open its new location at 2244 W. Holcombe Blvd., Houston, in late March. The practice, which also includes holistic health coaching on nutri- tion, exercise, stress and other issues, has been seeing patients at an oce at the Texas Women’s Hospital. 713-636-2621. www.coreprimarycare.com 6 The commercial leasing agency Edge Realty has announced several new ten- ants opening in Rice Village this year that are bringing new concepts to Houston. A MYX Blend Bar , a Dallas-based custom lipstick and lip gloss shop, will open in early spring at 2524 Amherst St., Houston. MYX helps customers create unique lip products with shimmers, glit- ters, custom fragrances, SPF, vitamins, anti-aging treatments and other ingredi- ents. www.myxblendbar.com B Boasting “facials for the people,” the Los Angeles-based Face Haus will open its rst Houston location at 2400 Univer- sity Blvd., Ste. A-125, this spring. www.thefacehaus.com C The beauty brand turned salon Mad- ison Reed Color Bar is coming to 2515 Amherst St. Colorists will help customers select from among 50 hair shades and either have the treatment done in the studio or with a take-home kit. www. madison-reed.com/colorbar D Nashville-based Paddywax Candle Bar will open this summer at 2400 Uni- versity Blvd. The shop helps individuals or groups try their hand at candlemaking while sipping on alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverages. www.thecandlebar.co RELOCATIONS 7 The locally owned Premier Fine

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NOWOPEN 1 MOD Pizza opened Jan. 28 at 5103 Bellaire Blvd., Ste. 130, Bellaire, serving made-to-order, artisan-style pizzas. The pizza chain, founded in 2008 in Seattle, opened a location in the Texas Medical Center, at 6622 Fannin St., Houston, in late July 2019. The chain focuses on individually sized pizzas and salads, with over 30 toppings to choose from at one set price, according to the company. 346-340-6024. www.modpizza.com 2 Kim Son Cafe is bringing its tradi- tional Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine to Rice Village, at 2512 Rice Blvd., Hous-

ton. The cafe opened its doors in late January, replacing Nam Noodles and More. Both are under the umbrella of the Kim Son restaurant chain, which includes six restaurants throughout the Greater Houston area. 713-533-1188. www.kimsoncafe.com 3 The food truck El Topo has been serving up sophisticated tacos on hand- pressed tortillas, pastries baked from scratch and updated cowboy-inspired recipes, at its new brick-and-mortar location, 6119 Edloe St., West University Place, since early January. It serves all day, including brunch, lunch and dinner with wine. The menu reects Texas-style

cooking, according to the restaurant’s website. Each item is made from scratch, keeping in mind culinary tradition and consciously sourced meat, produce and grains. The restaurant oers an extension of its cuisine in an El Topo food truck that can be found at Urban Harvest Down- town, at 901 Bagby St., Houston, on Wednesdays and Urban Harvest Eastside, at 3000 Richmond Ave., Houston, on Sat- urdays. 832-795-7251. www.topohtx.com COMING SOON 4 Meyerland Modern Dentistry was

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Wines & Spirits , formerly located at 4001 Bellaire Blvd., Ste. B, Houston, closed in January was slated to reopen in a new Heights-area location. The shop carries a selection of beer, wine and liquor. 713-586-0556 SCHOOL NOTES 8 Shearn Elementary School , 9802 Stella Link Road, Houston, cut the ribbon on a remodeled school library on Feb. 14. The renovation was a Houston Bar Asso- ciation special project and included an infusion of new books, furniture and oth- er resources. The HBA raised $30,000 for the eort, including $15,000 in matching gifts from Nichole Agosto and Benny Agosto Jr. “A love of reading and knowledge is the most important legacy we can leave our children,” HBA President Benny Agosto Jr. said in a news release. 713-295-5236. www.houstonisd.org/ shearnes IN THE NEWS 9 The Houston Zoo generated more than $242 million in economic impact to the Houston area in 2018, according to a recent study by economist John J. Antel. The University of Houston Hobby School of Public Policy professor released the study Feb. 2, attributing the impact of the zoo’s operations, construction projects and zoo-related tourism. “The Houston Zoo connects communities with animals to inspire action to save wildlife, and we’re proud to achieve this mission while contributing to the overall health of the Greater Houston economy,” Houston Zoo President and CEO Lee Ehmke said in the zoo’s blog post announcing the

10 Kindred Hospital’s Texas Med- ical Center location at 6441 Main St., Houston, will remain open. In January, the network announced it would close six Texas locations by March 17, includ- ing four in the Greater Houston area, resulting in hundreds of potential layos. “Employees will be oered positions within the company as available,” said Stephanie Madrid, division vice president of Houston-area operations for Kindred Healthcare, in a statement. The TMC location has 105 beds for treating chronic and critical illnesses requiring extended 11 A&O Lamp Co ., a family-run lamp, chandelier, fan, and furniture company with a decadeslong presence at 3936 Bellaire Blvd., closed its doors in January after holding inventory viewings Jan. 9-10 with an auction Jan. 11, according to a yer distributed online by auctioneer Webster’s Auction Palace. The closure came as the owner looked to retire, according to the yer. Over 3,000 items worth over $600,000—the store’s entire remaining inventory—were sold during the auction, according to a representative from Webster’s Auction Palace. www.aolampco.com 12 The Express fashion store in Rice Village, at 2414 University Blvd., Hous- ton, had its last day Jan. 26. The locations at 112 Meyerland Plaza, Houston, and The Galleria at 5015 Westheimer Road, Houston, will remain open. The closure comes as the chain looks to reduce costs by $80 million and close 100 stores by 2022. www.express.com hospital stays. 713-790-0500. www.kindredhealthcare.com CLOSINGS

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NOWOPEN 1 Westin opened a new hotel at 1709 Dryden Road, between Main and Fannin streets, in January. Westin’s 273-room, 233,000 square-foot midcentury hotel was renovated from the historical 1954 Medical Towers Building, maintaining the midcentury style of the original building while bringing modern ameni- ties. www.marriott.com 2 In February, Memorial Hermann-Tex- as Medical Center opened a new critical care tower. The Susan & Fayez Sarom Pavilion, at 6411 Fannin St., Houston, will provide Level I trauma support for the Greater Houston area, oering more than 140 patient rooms, 24 operating rooms, and a new 76,000-square-foot emergency center. The building is part of a multiyear $700 million campaign. www.memorialhermann.org EXPANSION 3 The Texas A&M University System announced plans in February to invest $546 million into its campus, on the 1000 block of Holcombe Blvd., over the next three years, with a construction start date this summer for a renovat- ed building that will serve students in the school’s EnMed program, and June 2022 and 2023, respectively, for two new buildings for student housing and a medical plaza. www.tamus.edu

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SPRING CLEANING? CONSIDER DONATING Consider donating gently used clothes and items during this year’s spring cleaning to some local thrift stores or donation centers. Society of St. Vincent de Paul Bellaire Resale Shop Society of St. Vincent de Paul Bellaire Resale Shop seeks to end poverty throughout the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The organization accepts in-kind, monetary and vehicle donations in its eorts to target poverty. 5236 Cedar St., Bellaire. 713-669-9410. www.svdphouston.org Goodwill Goodwill Industries continues its mission of educating, training and hiring individuals with barriers to employment. The organization’s donation centers accept gently used clothing among a slew of other items. Local donation centers include: Meyerland Store: 9606 Hillcroft St., Houston McNair Donation Center: 4930 Beechnut St., Houston West U Donation Center: 5213 Kirby Drive, Ste. A, Houston Stella Link: 8721 Stella Link Road, Houston Medical Center: 2428 W. Holcombe Blvd., Houston 713-661-1819. www.goodwillhouston.org Arms of Hope Donation Center Arms of Hope is a nonprot organization that assists children and single-mother families in need through comprehensive residential care programs for children, along with outreach ministry and college and career programs, among others. 9750 Fondren Road, Ste. B, Houston. 830-522-2200. www.armsoope.org

The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston hosts the 16th annual Houston Jewish Film Festival. Tickets and showtimes vary. Venues include the ERJCC; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Holocaust Museum, Houston. 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston; 1001 Bissonnet St., Houston; 5401 Caroline St., Houston. 713-729-3200. www.erjcchouston.org

The Willow Water Hole hosts its eighth annual Music Fest over the weekend, with 14 professional bands and music performances as well as bird art by area schools and students. Food trucks will be on-site. Noon-8 p.m. (Sat.), noon-6 p.m. (Sun.) Free. 5300 Dryad Drive, Houston. www.willowwaterhole.org

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MARCH 01 THROUGHMAY 25 EXPLORE THE GLORY OF SPAIN AT THEMUSEUMOF FINE ARTS The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston hosts a traveling exhibition spanning more than 4,000 years of Hispanic art and culture through paintings, drawings, sculptures, and more. Free (members, children 12 and younger), $23 (adults 19 years old and older), $18 (ages 13-18 and 65 and older). 1001 Bissonnet St., Houston. 713-639-7300. www.mfah.org 07 LEARNMOREABOUTDJ SCREW The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston hosts a workshop based around the exhibition, “Slowed and Throwed,” in which participants can learn more about DJ Screw through making collages, buttons and stickers. The museum’s Teen Council leads the workshop. 2-4 p.m. Free. 5216 Montrose Blvd., Houston. 713-284-8250. www.camh.org 07 CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF RICE’SMEDIA CENTER Rice University commemorates the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Rice Media Center and lm and photography program through screenings of James Blue and David MacDougall lms. 7 p.m. Free. 2030 University Blvd., Houston. 713-348-4882. www.events.rice.edu 14 TOUCHA TRUCK IN BELLAIRE Texas Children’s Hospital and the Bellaire Police Department present Touch a Truck at Evelyn’s Park, bringing monster trucks, heavy equipment, high-water vehicles and more for the entire family. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 4400 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire. 281-946-9372. www.evelynspark.org 14 THROUGHAPRIL 4 CHECKOUT ‘PINOCCHIO’ The Company OnStage provides an

on-stage adaptation of the tale of the wooden puppet Pinocchio in Italian comedic fashion. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; 2 p.m. (March 22). Free to $10, depending on ticket option. 4930 W. Bellfort Blvd. 713-726-1219. www.companyonstage.org 15 ENJOY PERFORMANCE FROM ‘POSIES’ MUSICIAN St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, through its Coee House Live outreach program, hosts Posies founding member Ken Stringfellow as he plays songs and stories from his work as a solo artist, as well as with the Posies, Big Star, REM, Neil Young, Mercury Rev, Ringo Starr, Robyn Hitchcock, and more. $20-$75 for a special ticketed event. 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. 5308 Bualo Speedway, Houston. 713-667-1703. www.sahouston.com/ coee/ 17 TAKE IN SOME CHAMBERMUSIC Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music hosts Pavel Haas Quartet as the group performs a contemporary midsummer quartet written specically for them, a Beethoven quartet, and a Tchaikovsky tribute to a friend. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $20-$85. 6100 Main St., Houston. 713-348-4854.www.music.rice.edu 20 ENJOY HANDS PERCUSSIONAT MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE Miller Outdoor Theatre hosts its rst performance of the 2020 season with contemporary and traditional percussive music from the Hands Percussion music group, out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Traditional costumes and high energy accompany the group as it seeks to preserve its cultural heritage. Free and open to the public. 8 p.m. 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 832-487- 7102. www.milleroutdoortheatre.com 21 SEE AN IRISHDANCE PERFORMANCE The Bellaire City Library celebrates

St. Patrick’s Day with an exciting performance by Clann Kelly School of Irish Dance. The public is invited to come and participate and even learn a step or two. Free and open to the public. 2 p.m. 5111 Jessamine St., Bellaire. 713-662- 8160. www.bellairetx.gov/657/Library 24 ATTENDANAUTHOR TALKAND BOOK SIGNING Brazos Bookstore hosts a talk and book signing for author Christina Soontornva and her new work, “A Wish in the Dark,” a tale about a boy named Pong and his journey away from the prison he calls home. 6 p.m. Free, though a copy of the book must be purchased from Brazos Bookstore to be able to enter the signing line and meet Soontornva. 2421 Bissonnet St., Houston. 713-523-0701. www.brazosbookstore.com 29 ENJOY THE HERMANN PARK KITE FESTIVAL The Hermann Park Conservancy hosts its seventh annual kite festival, with people from across the city converging on Miller Hill to y kites of all shapes and colors. Local live music acts play during the event, and food trucks will be on-site. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 1700 Hermann Drive, Houston. 713-524-5876. www.hermannpark.org APRIL 04 PARTICIPATE IN BELLAIRE TROLLEY RUN The city of Bellaire, Patrons for Bellaire Parks and the Al Lawrence Running Club host the 25th annual Trolley Run, allowing participants the opportunity to walk or run either a 5K or 1 mile. 7:30 a.m. $30-$32 (5K, depending on chip timer), $20-$30 (1 mile, depending on age group). 7008 S. Rice Ave., Bellaire. 713-662-8280. www.bellairetx.gov

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES After clearing regulatory hurdle, autonomous vehicles hit the road

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West University Place trac study Under a contract approved by West University Place City Council on Feb. 10, Trac Engineers Inc. will spend about a year collecting data across all city streets, creating a detailed safety study, making recommendations and developing tools for improving street safety. Speed data, crash data, trac severity and other factors will be an- alyzed during the study, according to testimony during the Feb. 10 meeting. No ocial action has been made re- garding speed limits in West University Place, though according to a sta report to the council, the study could reveal that safety conditions in the city require a speed limit reduction from the current standard of 30 mph. The contract has a not-to-exceed amount of $70,000, and additional funds have been budgeted to implement the study’s recommendations. Timeline: February 2020-January 2021 Cost: $150,000 Funding source: West University Place

Open House at The Design Center APRIL 4, 2020 The R2 will be limited to 25 miles per hour and has an updated design from its predecessor, R1, which was tested in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2018. After receiving the rst federal exemption of its kind, the autono- mous vehicle company Nuro expects to soon begin testing its latest design on Houston streets. “In the coming weeks, R2 will begin public road testing to prepare for its rst deliveries to customers’ homes with our partners in Houston, Texas,” Nuro CEO Dave Ferguson wrote in a blog post about the news. The US Department of Transporta- tion and the National Highway Trac Safety Administration approved an exemption on Feb. 6 allowing the autonomous vehicle to operate without side mirrors or a windshield, according to a news release. The vehicle uses sensors and cameras to monitor its surroundings.

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Bellaire Spruce and Fifth Streets reconstruction A-Status Construction LLC, the contrac- tor for this Bonds for Better Bellaire project has requested a contract exten- sion of 157 additional days, according to a report shared with Bellaire City Council on Jan. 27. City sta said they were reviewing the request and had not made a determination as to how many days should be added. The original contract was for 300 days and began in April 2019. According to the council report, the contractor said the extension is needed for make-up days attributed to rain days, mud days—time to allow for ground to dry after rain—and unforeseen problems. Timeline: April 2019-TBD Cost: $2.5 million Funding source: city of Bellaire bond funds

Nuro’s R2 autonomous vehicle will soon begin testing. (Courtesy Nuro)

Kroger, Walmart and Domino’s Pizza have partnered with Nuro to oer autonomous delivery. Kroger has had Nuro-powered Toyota Prius vehicles with human drivers providing deliveries to the Bellaire, Meyerland and West University area since last spring. A start date for the new round of testing has not been announced.

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Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital serves an area of Harris County known as a food desert. A grocery store may be two bus trips away for many residents and too expensive once they get there. That means our patients and neighbors are unable to fill their families’ basic needs for fresh, wholesome produce. That’s a community health issue we decided to do something about. Partnering with organic agricultural experts, we built a farm in our own backyard. We use it to teach people to grow their own fruits and vegetables. And to offer fresh, free produce—and better health—to our entire community. This is the future of healthcare . fresh produce Because luxury. shouldn’t be a

told Community Impact Newspaper . In late 2019, the district purchased Meyergrove Apartments for over $14 million and will turn the site into detention later this year. The Nob Hill property, located at 5410 N. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, was built out between 1968-71 and had a taxable value of over $60 million in 2019, according to Harris County Appraisal District data. The community rents one- to three-bedroom apartments ranging from around $600-$1,100 a month.

Nob Hill, a community of over 1,300 apartment units on a 39-acre site in the Meyerland area, has solicited oers for a potential sale. A listing on the real estate advi- sory rm Newmark Knight Frank’s website listed a bid deadline of Feb. 18. Irvine, California-based Steadfast Cos. owns the apartments, which sustained some ood damage in Hurricane Harvey. The Harris County Flood Control District did not put in an oer for the site, Executive Director Matt Zeve

Bellaire seeks help in drafting potential newzoning district

The Bellaire Planning & Zoning Commission approved a scope of work on Feb. 13 that would guide a consultant to help the city create a possible new zoning district. The former Chevron campus, at 4800 and 4900 Fournace Place, is zoned as a Technical Research Park but is being considered for a new zone dubbed the North Bellaire Special Development District. The commission approved 30 hours for the scope of work, which includes coordinating with city sta, providing initial review and comment on the amendment draft, preparing for an evening workshop with the commission, follow-up, and on-call support to address unantici- pated issues. “The challenge we face here is that if we give them no guidance on what it should cost or how much eort it should take, I don’t know what

they’re going to submit,” commis- sion Chairman Ross Gordon said. The commission also amended the motion to add a public hearing to the drafting process. With the approval, city sta will work on the contract process with an anticipated completion date of April 9, according to a city agenda report. A cost has yet to be determined, as the commission and city sta will need to wait for proposals from the two rms. The commission will then make its recommendation on its rm of choice to the Bellaire City Council, which will then vote on whether to secure the contract.

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HOUSTON CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLANMEETINGS The city of Houston will hold several public meetings to gather input for its $3.2 billion Capital Improvement Program, which determines which road, drainage and infrastructure projects will be pursued over the next five years. The meetings are organized by council districts. District C: 6:30 p.m. March 11, Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, 1475 W. Gray St., Houston District K: 6:30 p.m. March 26, Fountain Life Center, 14065 South Main St. NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS Houston’s super neighborhood program allows for an area’s neighborhood leaders to meet and share updates, discuss concerns and provide feedback on city services. Meyerland Super Neighborhood meets at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, on the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Brays Oaks Super Neighborhood meets at the Braeswood Assembly of God Church, 10611 Fondren, Houston, on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Westbury Super Neighborhood meets at the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4930 W. Bellfort Blvd., Houston, on the second Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m.

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1 BRAYS OAKS MANAGEMENT DISTRICT Economic development plan, a ‘bible for investment,’ nears completion Officials with the Brays Oaks Management District are finalizing a package of studies, plans and recommendations that could guide economic development and infrastructure across the area for years to come. The plan, part of a broader strategic plan and a Livable Centers Study scheduled for 2021, will help the management district educate and persuade investors to see the area’s potential, said Sheri Cortez, a member of the management district board of directors. “This will be a bible for investment, for us to use to present to investors and get them on board,” Cortez said. Some aspects of the plan are already underway, with the district looking to enlist an agency to help boost its image and branding. Another step is to pursue a streetscape master plan to define the look and feel of the roadways and intersections, said Ben Brewer, the executive director for the district. “For some of these items, we don’t have the funding by ourselves as a district, but with the planning in hand, we can seek out partners and have guidelines and a vision to follow,” Brewer said. Beyond capturing more business investment, the plan also recognizes the assets already in place that can be enhanced to raise the appeal of the area.

what they were providing.” One of the biggest changes is the addition of a mobile app that allows remote monitoring, said Jessica Ly, the police department’s support services sergeant. Residents can opt for the app by choosing one of two packages ranging from $8.95 to $14.95 per month, separate from the $35 monthly fee for Direct Link, Ly said. Direct Link is unique in that alarm signals do not go through a third-party provider but rather get sent directly to the West University Police Department, which then dispatches emergency personnel immediately. Direct Link is available only to West University residents, according to the city’s website. The city has a total of 3,075 registered alarm permits, with 1,400 accounts using third-party monitoring companies and 1,675 using Direct Link. 3 SOUTHSIDE PLACE City waiting for word on $5 million drainage project Southside Place officials expect to hear from the Texas General Land Office in the next month or so on whether they will be able to move forward on a proposed drainage project. The city applied for federal Community Development Block Grant hazard mitigation funds in 2019. If the grant is approved by state officials, Southside Place will provide a 20% funding match.

“We have such a green area and so many trails; there’s no place like it in the city, really,” Brewer said. Cortez said the strength of the neighborhoods positions the district to be attractive as well. “We’ve been told we don’t have the desired incomes, but it’s there, and it is growing. We have the rooftops, and strong deed-restricted neighborhoods,” she said. The plan could go before the board of directors for final approval later this spring. Brays Oaks was formed in 2005 and comprises 15 square miles and 73,000 residents. It is funded by an assessment of $0.10 per $100 valuation of commercial properties only. Its 11-member board is appointed by Houston City Council. 2 WEST UNIVERSITY PLACE Updated alarm monitoring service goes live West University Place rolled out updates to its new alarm monitoring service to the public Jan. 28. The new updates for Direct Link, originally launched in 1993, had already undergone a test phase for its users, police chief Ken Walker told West University Place City Council. “We started looking at it a year ago,” Walker said. “It’s based on feedback from what we found from our competitors and

The proposal calls for expanding drainage capacity along Edloe, Auden and Harper streets. Construction would not be able to begin until mid- to late 2021 or 2022, City Manager David Moss said. City Council has three seats on the ballot All three incumbents for City Council positions 2, 4 and 5 have filed to keep their seats. With no challengers filing by the Feb. 14 deadline, that means another two-year term for Council Members Melissa Byers for Position 2, Douglas Corbett for Position 4 and Melissa Knopp for Position 5. Southside Place council members do not have term limits.

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Camps catered to children with all levels of uency in English (ESL), Spanish, Mandarin, and French will make language immersion fun and interesting, as well as age-appropriate and specic. IDEA Lab Kids Dates: June 1Aug. 28 Cost: $175 to $275 (full day); $175 to $195 (half day) 5410 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire 8329931213 www.idealabkids.com Classes will be held all summer in subjects including science, engineering, arts, 3D printing and drones, cooking, robotics, coding and programming, and mathematics. Houston Museum of Natural Science Dates: June 1Aug. 14. Camps meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $200-$620 (members); $240-$760 (nonmembers) 6001 Fannin St., Houston 7136394652 www.hmns.org/education/summer-camp

Camps allow children the chance to experience education and adventure amidst a backdrop of dinosaur fossils and chemistry in action with hands-on learning and distinguished teachers. Registration begins March 23 for the general public.

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ACADEMIC Codeverse Dates: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday throughout June, July and August Cost: $499 weekly 5085 Westheimer Road, Ste. 3570, Houston 8328628878 www.codeverse.com Classes immerse children in a fully inter- active coding studio that teaches kids how to code using KidScript, a propri-

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Main Street Theater Dates: June 1Aug. 17 Cost: $70 (Turbo Camp)-$490 (two-week, full day camp) MST Rice Village 2540 Times Blvd., Houston Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400Main St., Houston MuseumDistrict 1101 Millford St., Houston Bellaire Parks & Recreation Center 7008 Fifth St., Bellaire 7135247998 www.mainstreettheater.com Main Street Theater hosts six camps this summer, oering one day “Turbo Camps,” as well as full- and half-day, one week and two-week sessions at diering skill and age levels, withmany camps culminating in a stage performance. Camps may vary by location. Monart School of Art Dates: June 1Aug. 21. 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. for morning classes; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. for afternoon classes; 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. for full-day classes; aftercare oered from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Cost: $210 to $420 per week, depending on camp. Individual day prices vary. $100 per week for aftercare.

Cost: $269-$695 per week, with extended hours available in some locations for $75. St. Thomas More Parish School: 5927 Wigton Drive, Houston MD Anderson Cancer Center: 1515 Hol- combe Blvd., Houston (Summer Academy only) 7132218032. www.compucamp2020.com UHDowntown partners with local insti- tutions to oer camps in computer pro- gramming, engineering, creative writing and foreign languages. A two-week Sum- mer Academy is also oered, including ACT/SAT test prep, nancial literacy, and career discovery opportunities. Classes may vary by location. Ages 616. ARTS&THEATER Glassell School of Art Junior School Dates: June 1Aug. 7 Cost: $165-$300 5101 Montrose Blvd., Houston 7136397700. www.mfah.org/visit/glassell-junior-school One- and two-week sessions oer camp- ers the opportunity to choose fromvarious art forms including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, fashion drawing, architecture, digital art and animation.

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Language Kids Dates: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily, June 1 to Aug. 17. Early immersion is available at some locations at 7 a.m. and extended immer- sion until 6 p.m. Cost: $239 weekly (regular hours), $34 (early immersion) and $44 (extended hours). Houston Museum of Natural Science (Spanish) 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School (Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French and English) 4900 Jackwood St., Houston Bellaire Rec Center (Spanish & Mandarin Chinese) 7008 Fifth St., Bellaire St. Thomas More Parish School (Spanish,

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Monart School of Art 4007 Bellaire Blvd., Ste. F, Houston 7132180000 www.houstonmonart.com Camps will focus on a variety of mediums, all using theMonart Method to teach individuals to draw using the ve basic Elements of Shape. Students are guided as to how they might combine them through dierent mediums so their art represents what they see. DAYCAMPS Camp J Dates: June 1 to Aug. 17; camps meet 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with extended care

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hour dropo available Cost: $150 (residents) or $165 (nonresi- dents) per week 7008 Fifth St., Bellaire 7136628280 https://camppaseo.weebly.com Bellaire’s Parks and Recreation Department hosts weekly day camps with a variety of indoor and outdoor sports and other activ- ities for children age 5 to 12. Some activities will take place in the Bellaire Family Aquatic Center, city parks and the city library. Elite University Dates: June 1Aug. 21; 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Cost: $250-$300 per week, with meal plans extra 6221 Main St., Houston 7134547989 www.elitesummercamps.com Elite University organizes multiple medi- cine, science, technology and arts camps out of Palmer Memorial Episcopal in the Texas Medical Center. Archery, gymnastics and horseback riding camps and other topics are also available. Pine Cove Dates: Aug. 37; 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Cost: $290 for the week. Crosspoint Church - Bellaire 4601 Bellaire Blvd 8322034300

www.houstongymnastics.com The Summer Blast Camp oers half day, full day and all-day sessions for children age 312. Campers stay active throughout the day with stretching, learning new skills and having fun with trampolines and obstacle courses. Salle Mauro Dates: June 1Aug. 28; camps meet 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $250 per week. 4007 Bellaire Blvd., Ste. EE, Houston 8327788745 www.sallemauro.com The fencing school holds weeklong summer sessions to provide children age 6 and older an introduction to the fundamentals of the sport. The Hitting Academy Dates: July 13Aug. 20; camps are held 9 a.m.-noon Monday through Thursday. Cost: $265 weekly ($295 for nonmem- bers). 8429 Stella Link Road, Houston 7134258144 www.thehittingacademyhouston.com This baseball camp is designed for all skill levels, with skill-building exercises on hit- ting, throwing and elding from coaches.

www.pinecove.com/city/crosspoint Mobile extension of the Christian camp will bring bungee trampolines, water slides, counselors, skits, Bible studies, and more for First through sixth graders.

MUSIC &DANCE Vivaldi Music Academy Dates: June 819; 911:30 a.m. Cost: $500. 5305 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire 8324042299 www.vivaldimusicacademy.com

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The music school will host a two-week musical theater camp called “Shine!” at its Bellaire location, culminating with a nal showcase at the University of St. Thomas. The camp is open to children age 8 and older; no musical experience is required. SPORTS Houston Gymnastics Academy Dates: June 1Aug. 15. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (half day); 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (full day); 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (all day). Early drop-o available. Cost: $200-$375 per week based on length and membership status. 5804 S. Rice Ave., Houston 7136686001

available before and after. Costs: $360-$780 per camp; $35-$90 for extended hours options. 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston 7137293200 www.erjcchouston.org The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Commu- nity Center holds day camps for ages 3 to 15 with a wide variety of age-appropri- ate activities and topics, including arts, sports, writing, technology, science and academics. Most camps are weeklong, but some are 24 weeks in length. Camp Paseo (Bellaire) Dates: June 1Aug. 7; camps meet 8 a.m. -3:30 p.m. daily, with before and after

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Homero Capetillo analyzes a broken- down timepiece at his shop.

Adelaida Capetillo removes the hands from a clock she is repairing.

Mr. CWatch&ClockRepair 5210 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire 713-664-9700 www.mrcwatchrepair.com SOURCES: WOSTEP, AMERICAN WATCHMAKERS  CLOCKMAKERS INSTITUTE, LITITZ WATCH TECHNICUM COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER • A three-day examination of four technical aspects of watchmaking, including automatic watches, quartz watches and chronographs Swiss American Watchmaking Alliance • Developed by Rolex, this certication covers servicing and repairing movements, polishing and waterproong as well as best business practices and professionalism SCHOOL OF CLOCK Horologists can obtain one or more certications to demonstrate their expertise. Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Education Program • 3,000-hour program prepares graduates to deal with new situations and higher caliber watch designs Certied Watchmaker of the 21st Century

Adelaida and Homero Capetillo have co-owned and run the repair shop since 1995. (Photos by Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

Homero Capetillo leans in to take a closer look at a timepiece’s mechanisms.

Mr. CWatch&Clock Repair Timepiece repair shop focuses on continued good service M r. C Watch & Clock Repair has been a family-in- volved business since its inception. That has been consistent from member of the American Watchmak- ers Institute.

“We get people to come here through word of mouth because we provide good service,” Carroll said. The shop has adapted in other areas, such as with remodels in 2001 from Tropical Storm Allison ooding and a break-in a few years ago. Homero’s son, Homer Capetillo II, is slated to take over in the future. He is also a horologist who graduated with a certication fromWatch- makers of Switzerland Training and Education Program in 2014. He was the rst in the family to attain that professional distinction. The aim is to keep the shop family-run because of its importance to the Capetillos. “You don’t just wake up one day and decide, ‘Oh I want to be a horologist,’” Carroll said.

Homero heard about the opportu- nity from a member of the family’s church. The future horologist had just been laid o by Brown & Root Industrial Services, where he welded on oshore oil rigs. The horologist worked at a local watch shop for several years before deciding on going solo. The shop has since focused on providing consistent quality, though there have been product additions, such as jewelry. The owners had also considered moving away from clock repair because of the time and eort but decided against it because of customer demand.

its start on Bellaire’s east side to its current location, said Kira Carroll, whose mother and father, Adelaida and Homero Capetillo, have co-run the repair shop since 1995. “It’s a passion that we all have,” Carroll said. The idea for the shop did not come until after 1986, when Homero graduated from Houston Technical College with a diploma in horology, the study of time and making time- pieces. He also earned a certication in 1985 from the Omega SA watch company and would later become a

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