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My Spring Branch: Kathleen Ownby

By | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 [...]

My Spring Branch: Victor Alvarez, SBMD Board of Directors

By | September 20th, 2016|Community, My Spring Branch, Uncategorized|

Victor Alvarez is a longtime Spring Branch resident, and member of the board of directors of the Spring Branch Management District. Victor Alvarez You were born in Mexico. How did you end up in Spring Branch? I’m an industrial engineer by training, and I owned a number of factories in Mexico City. Then [...]

Cornerstone Academy Science Teacher Sets Sail on the Nautilus

By | September 13th, 2016|Community, Education, Uncategorized|

The Nautilus, a 64-meter, state-of-the-art research vessel operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust, put out a call for "teacher ambassadors" who would spend three days aboard. Shawn Gregg, an SBISD Cornerstone Academy eighth grade science teacher, was chosen. For Gregg, who studied marine biology and oceanography at Texas State University, the opportunity was a dream come true. After boarding [...]

A Look Inside the Alliance Fencing Academy, Official Olympic Training Center

By | August 22nd, 2016|Business, Business Spotlight, Uncategorized|

Photo by Camille Simmons On a recent weekday afternoon at Alliance Fencing Academy in Spring Branch, two young men wearing black masks and white protective gear jousted with epee blades under the watchful eye of a coach. Cords attached to the fencers led to the electronic scoring machines used to track hits. Only a [...]