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My Spring Branch: Mary White

By | January 18th, 2017|Community, My Spring Branch, Uncategorized|

Mary White is the director of the East Spring Branch Food Pantry on the campus of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. When was the pantry founded? It was started in 1972 as a special program to serve families for Thanksgiving, and then it evolved into a pantry. Then two years ago we raised over $150,000 and [...]

Spring Branch Welcomes First Work of Public Art

By | 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 | 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 [...]

Gessner Road Drainage and Paving Project Groundbreaking

By | January 3rd, 2017|Community, Projects, Uncategorized|

Date: Thursday, January 5, 2017 Time: 9:00 AM Location: In front of Jerry’s Cleaners (1636 Gessner Rd., Houston, Texas 77080) Attendees: Council Member Brenda Stardig, Representative Dwayne Bohac, and representatives from Public Works & Engineering Gessner Road is undergoing a new project (N-000809-0001) that provides for the design and construction of a six-lane divided concrete [...]

Spring Branch Education Foundation ranked in top 10 in national survey

By | December 21st, 2016|Community, Education, Uncategorized|

Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) was ranked in the nation’s top 10 among education foundations with $1 million to $1,999,999 in revenues by “Stepping Up: The Nation’s Top K-12 Education Foundations 2016,” the nation’s only annual study that ranks K-12 foundations. It ranked 42nd in the country, among 188 education foundations, the second consecutive year [...]

My Spring Branch: David Alcorta

By | 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 | 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 [...]