General Meeting & 2012 Elections – Tonight!

Good morning, neighbors.

RPCA’s final general meeting of 2011 and elections for 2012 board positions will be held at 7pm tonight at Zoe’s Kitchen on Shepherd. I’ve attached the agenda to this email. If you have any other issues that you would like to discuss, please feel free to email me prior to the meeting.

All six board positions are being elected this evening for 2012:

President (2011 – Rebekah El-Hakam, running for re-election)
Vice President (2011 – Daniel Baker)
Secretary (2011 – Andy Stefaniak, running for re-election)
Treasurer (2011 – Sue Bailey, running for re-election)
Councilor (2011 – John Geiss, running for re-election)
Councilor (2011 – Brian Trudeau)

If you are interested in running, please email me or volunteer during the meeting. There will also be other positions available on committees as well as other ways to help serve the neighborhood.

See you tonight.

Daniel Baker
Vice President
Richwood Place Civic Association
RPCA Final General Meeting of 2011

Richwood Place Meeting – Today at 7pm


Please join us at Zoe’s Kitchen tomorrow (Tuesday) evening from 7-8pm for a Richwood Place Civic Association meeting.

We will be discussing crime/security, neighborhood watch, deed restrictions, sign toppers, minimum lot size, and any new issues that you’d like to raise. Additionally, David Robinson (President of Neartown/Montrose Superneighborhood) is running for Houston City Council and will be introducing himself to the neighborhood.

Daniel Baker
1827 Norfolk
Vice President
Richwood Place Civic Association

Whole Foods will soon open new location in Montrose has the latest Green features on every aisle

When it rains, water is collected off the roof to be used later for irrigating the grounds. Old apple crates and other reclaimed wood are used as wall coverings. And when sensors detect enough daylight is shining through the ceiling’s 48 skylights, the electric lights are dimmed.

At the new Whole Foods in Montrose, even the huge parking lot out front was built with the environment in mind.
The 45,000-square-foot store, which opens Wednesday at the corner of Waugh and West Dallas, will have a number of embellishments meant to save energy and the environment.

The $18 million building was designed by Austin’s Stone Soup 6 Architecture in conjunction with Whole Foods and built by Journeyman Construction.

Located at 701 Waugh, the new Whole Foods is just a few miles from the company’s store on Kirby. It’s also a bit larger than the Kirby store and has 100 more parking spaces.

Spokeswoman Kimberly Crowder said the new location will help serve neighborhoods the Kirby store hasn’t been able to capture.
“It’s like three minutes from everywhere,” Crowder said. “It’s kind of the urban heartbeat of Houston.”
Whole Foods said the Montrose store is its greenest in this market.

Full Story – Houston Chronicle

RPCA Board Meeting — February 21st @ 7pm

Richwood Place Civic Association (RPCA) will be holding the first board meeting of the year on Monday, February 21st, 2010 from 7-8pm at 1827 Norfolk Street.

The agenda is not finalized, but the meeting will include security issues, Ervin Chew Park, and deed restrictions. We will also set the calendar for the year.

General members are invited & welcome to attend this meeting of the board. Please RSVP to Daniel Baker ( if you will be attending.

January Civic Association Meeting

Please join us at Zoe’s Kitchen tomorrow (Tuesday) evening from 7-8pm for the first Richwood Place Civic Association meeting in 2011.

We’ll be collecting 2011 membership dues, holding elections for officers, organizing improvement projects, and discussing new issues.

Please contact on this post if you are interested in running for a position (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, councilor) or if you’d be willing to chair a committee (deed restriction, safety, parks, CIP, mobility), or if you’re interested in becoming a block captain. Additionally, let me know if you have any items for the agenda.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership to hold follow-up community meetings

According to a recent Neartown email…

The Buffalo Bayou Partnership invites Houstonians to review the organization’s preliminary Master Plan for the Shepherd to Sabine stretch of Buffalo Bayou. The community meetings will take place Wednesday, October 13, and Thursday, October 14, from 6-8 pm at the United Way of Greater Houston Community Resource Center, 50 Waugh Drive, Houston 77007 .  The meetings are co-sponsored with Super Neighborhood #22.  Both meetings will follow the same format and no reservations are required.

The October 13 and 14 meetings follow a series of gatherings held in June where the public shared their ideas and recommendations for enhancing the Shepherd to Sabine parkland, one of Houston’s most iconic landscapes.

 “We have listened to the public input that we received at our earlier community meetings and have incorporated many of the ideas into the preliminary master plan,” explains Anne Olson, Buffalo Bayou Partnership President. “The upcoming meetings will give the public the opportunity to review the preliminary design and provide additional feedback.”

In addition to seeking the public’s input on the preliminary master plan, Buffalo Bayou Partnership representatives will be providing updates on numerous projects recently completed or currently underway along the Shepherd to Sabine segment, including:

· Harris County Flood Control District “pilot project” that has restored a small stretch of the bayou channel to a more natural condition

· Construction of a new pedestrian bridge and trails connecting to nearby neighborhoods

· City of Houston and TxDOT rebuilding of the three-decades-old bike trails that have fallen into disrepair

To review the summary from the June community meetings, click here.

For a history of the Shepherd to Sabine project, click here

For additional information about the community meetings, please contact Trudi Smith, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, (713) 752-0314, ext. 3 or