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Spring Branch Welcomes First Work of Public Art

By | 2017-01-16T10:23:57+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Community, Projects, Uncategorized|

Around 9 p.m. one December evening in downtown Houston, a work crew lifted an enormous steel sculpture—16 feet high and 30 feet wide—into the bed of an 18-wheeler. The sculpture, an angular abstract work called “High Plains Drifter,” was then driven about 15 minutes down I-10 to its new home: Agnes Moffitt Park. “High Plains Drifter” has [...]

SBMD’s Graffiti Abatement Program Marks 10th Year

By | 2017-01-06T10:37:45+00:00 January 6th, 2017|Community, Projects, Public Safety, Uncategorized|

Before the Spring Branch Management District launched its graffiti abatement program in May 2007, the district was plagued by vandalism. “It was unbelievable. There was graffiti everywhere you could think of,” recalled local business owner Rino Cassinelli. Cassinelli, who serves on SBMD’s board of directors and chairs the public safety committee, helped found the graffiti [...]

My Spring Branch: David Alcorta

By | 2016-12-14T20:38:28+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Business, My Spring Branch, Uncategorized|

David Alcorta is a Spring Branch resident, and the owner of David Alcorta Catering and Bakery, which catered the Spring Branch District’s Christmas social on December 14th. How did you get into the catering business? Well, I’ve been in Houston for 11 years. I moved here from Laredo to get my culinary degree from the Art [...]

My Spring Branch: Kathleen Ownby

By | 2016-11-30T10:24:03+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Community, My Spring Branch, Uncategorized|

Kathleen Ownby is the executive director of the SPARK school park program, which has built over 200 parks in the greater Houston area. Where did the idea for SPARK come from? It was started in 1983 by my mother, then-council member Eleanor Tinsley, in response to a study that was done by the county judge [...]

ARC Specialties: An American Manufacturing Success Story

By | 2016-11-01T13:24:16+00:00 November 1st, 2016|Business, Business Spotlight, Uncategorized|

In early October, the Spring Branch-based manufacturing and robotics company ARC Specialties made news for donating a $150,000 Kuka welding robot to the Texas State Technical College in Waco. It was just the latest act of generosity from the 33-year-old business, which has also donated equipment to LeTourneau University and Texas A&M. Dan Allford, who [...]

My Spring Branch: Amitha Verma, Owner of Village Antiques

By | 2016-10-24T09:32:25+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Business, My Spring Branch, Uncategorized|

Amitha Verma, owner of Village Antiques Amitha Verma is an interior designer, and the owner of Village Antiques. Why did you decide to open Village Antiques? We opened about four and a half years ago. I had an interior design background, and I worked on a lot of custom houses. It was great. [...]

Phoenix House’s Annual Family Day Dinner Aims to Keep Kids Off Drugs

By | 2016-10-05T10:33:38+00:00 October 5th, 2016|Community, Uncategorized|

Founded in New York in 1967 by six people addicted to heroin, Phoenix House has grown to become the nation’s largest drug prevention organization. They have over 130 offices across ten states, including an outpatient and prevention services clinic in Houston. Three years ago, the organization’s Houston chapter began sponsoring an annual dinner for Spring Branch [...]