Last week, we introduced readers to Andrew Casler, the new principal of Oak Forest Elementary who comes to our community after 11 years with Pilgrim Academy. This week, he took some time before the new year to sit down with The Leader to discuss more about his plans moving forward. Are you from Houston? What’s your educational background? I consider myself a Houstonian but my wife who grew up in Bellaire would beg to differ. I grew up north of town in Atascocita and went to neighborhood schools, including what was then Humble High School. I got my undergrad degree from the University of Houston, majoring in psychology and philosophy. Later I got my master’s in education from the University of Houston through HISD’s leadership program. What’s your background with HISD? After a job … [Read more...] about Casler looks to build OFE
The process to rename the West 11th Street Park in Timbergrove to The Lorraine Cherry Nature Preserve is underway. Lorraine Cherry, a Timbergrove resident integral to the creation of the park in 2008, died in November, and the move by neighbors and friends to find a concrete way to honor Cherry’s contribution was immediate. Michelle Colvard was one such resident who had benefitted from the park and admired Cherry’s volunteer efforts. As the former executive director of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Colvard was also familiar with how the city works, so reached out to her contacts there. “I thought I could help with this,” said Colvard, who spoke with Luci Correa, the council liaison for the Houston Parks & Recreation Department to facilitate the process. It … [Read more...] about Residents want park name changed
Patricia Dornak recently resigned as the executive director of MANNA, which serves individuals and families in need in northwest Houston. She says she will retire, but plans to volunteer in the community. “I submitted my resignation in November, with an effective date of today, December 14th, to not only ensure the Thanksgiving Turkey event would not be compromised but also to help with a smooth transition to MANNA’s next chapter,” Dornak wrote in an e-mail to colleagues. Dornak has been executive director of the organization for five years and by all accounts has really raised the profile of the organization. “The feedback I’ve gotten has made me feel like I accomplished a lot,” she said. Dornak says that the mission of MANNA remains deeply meaningful to her. “I believe … [Read more...] about Dornak resigns as executive director of MANNA
East Downtown’s loss is The Leader area’s gain. Cuc Lam, the operating partner at the Singaporean inspired eatery SING opening this spring at Revive’s 34th and Ella development, said that both Garden Oaks/Oak Forest and East Downtown were on the short list for SING. However, news of a highway expansion downtown and questions about what would be taken by the city as eminent domain tipped the ball in our favor. It also caused Lam and business partner Jerry Lasco to fine tune their vision. “We were going to have people walking over from Dynamo games and Astros games, but now we are going to have more families,” said Lam. “I’m excited about the opportunity to introduce this food to the neighborhood.” Lam said that while some people might find the concept of Singapore cuisine … [Read more...] about SING’s location will drive its vision
I’ve thought a lot about kids in restaurants, most of all my own. We have to eat, right? And until that blissful time that we can leave them alone at home, or unless we spring for a babysitter, the kids are coming with us. I want us all to enjoy our meal, and by all of us, I mean the other diners too. It’s the death stare of another patron that I’m looking to avoid at all costs. To do that, I have some loose ‘rules’ that I hope will achieve that. I also think a restaurant with a patio allows my kids a little freer range. My husband disagrees. So did another diner last year at a local joint with a patio. Death stare not averted. The kids’ perimeter of movement went down to zero. Recently, I thought about this again when a post on a neighborhood Facebook page gave not only a restaurant … [Read more...] about Kids and restaurants, do they go together?