Houston Mayor Bill White in conjunction with The Houston Parks and Recreation Department, The Hotel ZaZa and the Hermann Park Conservancy will lead the celebration to flip the switch and bring lights back to Mecom Fountain again. The circus themed celebration is scheduled to begin on Friday, February 29 at 6:00 p.m.
“Since 1964, Mecom Fountain has marked the entrance to one of our City’s oldest and best loved greenspaces, Hermann Park,” said Mayor Bill White. “But for over a year now it’s only been able to guide visitors to the park during the day light hours. On Friday night, that will change and Mecom Fountain will once again be a beacon of light guiding visitors to Hermann Park and the Museum District.”
The celebration will feature performances by the Willowridge High School Mighty Eagle Marching Band as well as strolling performances by jugglers, fire eaters, breathers, stilt walkers, acrobats and more.
“We are looking forward to bringing Mecom Fountain back for visitors to enjoy in all its splendor,” said Joe Turner, Director, Houston Parks and Recreation Department. “We are especially grateful to the Hotel ZaZa for their assistance in making this celebration such an exciting event.”
The Hotel ZaZa will be hosting a private event to celebrate the re-lighting of the Mecom Fountain.
Note: Call me dumb but before this press release I had no idea where or what the Mecom Fountain was. Just an Insite factoid!
The Party King and the Insite would like to wish our favorite party promoter extraordinaire Candy Shaw of Project Zero Entertainment a Happy Birthday. If you were not at Candy’s Birthday parties last year you missed out on star studded events that went down in the history books. This year the celebration continues!
A DAY TO WATCH THE FUTURE – YOUNG PEOPLE!
The Insite had the honor of serving as master of ceremonies at the Black history program Thursday evening at Emancipation Park. The city owned park, started by African Americans, was established 138 years ago. At the event it was all about young children who performed throughout the night. We had a chance to see them dance, sing, and read poetry. Lots of familiar faces attended the event including Horace Chaney, Milette Claton-Scott, Printiss Goods, Lonal Robinson, Doris Robinson, Prentiss Collins, Jackeline Bostic, Wanda Adams, and the list goes on. Here are some of the photos I was able to get in between my emcee duties!
IT WAS ALL ABOUT ACTIVISM AT THE CEREMONY!
I was one of the guest speakers at the UH Downtown annual Black History program on Thursday. I had the chance to give a speech on activism in the community. I was invited and honored because of the story I did on Houstonian Wadie Spikes. He was arrested, charged and jailed for trying to protect his family from a 2 pit bulls last year. After a series of reports at FOX Mr. Spikes was cleared of all charges. The Insite was humbled by the award and proclamation from the university. Also attending the event was SHAPE Center director DeLoyd Parker, Wadie and Bridgette Spikes, Cynthia Conner (Organizer), Dr. Carolyn Ashe, and President Dr. Max Castillo. Thanks to everyone at UH Downtown for the hospitality and the award!
I thought this was something I’d only see in my home state of Louisiana. But I was surprised to see a trailer parked in the esplanade on Little York with a sign indicating the vendor had fresh Coon for sale. Are there people who still eat coon? That vendor also sold fresh honey and installed carpet. What a combination. So, one day if you have a huge craving for coon and a fresh bottle of honey make sure you drop by his stop in the 5000 block of Little York!
WHY RESIDENTS SAY IT’S GOT TO GO EVEN BEFORE IT’S BUILT!
A $6 million mounted Houston Police Department patrol facility planned to be built in a Northeast Houston neighborhoos have some nearby residents upset.
The city decided to build the new station on city-owned park land in the 5000 block of Little York after they were told officers could no longer work out of the current southwest Houston location. But some Armstrong Acres residents say the decision came without their knowledge or approval.
“We didn’t even get an opportunity to voice this during the planning stages where it could’ve had a different impact,” Armstrong Acres Resident Mary Ashley said. “Now they’re six months ahead of us, and we’re just now finding out.”
The new location is expected to house the department’s horses and canines, as well as serve as an office of operation for cops. But residents say the erection of such a building would increase traffic and environmental issues while dragging down their property values.
“You know there’s going to be a smell from those horses,” Armstrong Acres resident Frank Watson said.
However, some residents have said they’d be willing to comprimise and approve of the facility’s location if the canines and horses are housed elsewhere.
Houston Police Department Capt. Gregory J. Fremin said they scratching their heads about the residents reaction.
Fremin says the multimillion dollar facility would only benefit the residents with police presence in what he calls a somewhat depressed area on Little York. Fremin said, “the vast majority
of the citizenry in this city would beg for a police facility, police outpost or police substation to be in their facility or to be in their neighborhood.”
Fremin said their current stables haven’t received a complaint in the Post Oak area in 25 years, and people’s fears about the possible deterioration of traffic and the envrionment should be dismissed.
“You just have to come to an understanding that we’re here for the betterment of the community, we’re here to serve you, this is going to be something that’s beneficial to you,” Fremin said.
However, some residents have said they’d be willing to accept the facility if horses and canines won’t be kept there.
Houston attorney Rusty Hardin represents former Astros pitcher Roger Clemens. Here’s his statement on Congress asking the feds to investigate his client for perjury:
Statement of Rusty Hardin:
The committee¹s decision is unwarranted and not supported by the facts. Fortunately, we now move from the court of public opinion, where there are no rules, to the court of law where the rules very specifically level the playing field. Whether it is in a criminal investigation or the upcoming civil trial, what has been a frenzied rush to judgment will be replaced by a careful and unbiased review of all of the evidence.
Roger Clemens has known from the beginning that if he chose to speak publicly and challenge what the Mitchell report said about him, he would one day face a criminal referral from Congress. The fact that he chose to testify twice under oath while knowing the short-term consequences is clear proof of how strongly he believes he has done nothing wrong.
Roger will continue to fight these false allegations with every ounce of strength he has.
Community leader and former District Attorney Carol Vance has endorsed Kelly Siegler as the best choice to be Harris County’s next top prosecutor. For 21 years, as an assistant district attorney, Kelly Siegler has successfully prosecuted some of Harris County’s toughest cases. Vance said in a written statement. “During this time, she has held important administrative positions, including serving as the Chief of the Special Crimes Bureau, which handles difficult and complex matters.”
Vance, who served as the county’s top prosecutor from 1966 until 1979, added: “Kelly has the integrity, the ability and the experience that is essential to run the office of District Attorney of Harris County.”
Siegler, who is a candidate for Harris County District Attorney in the March 4th Republican Primary, said she was proud to receive Vance’s support because the entire community knows him as a leader with integrity and an unshakeable reputation for fairness.
He was a criminal justice pioneer as Harris County District Attorney,” Siegler said. “He’s someone this community always turns to for sound guidance. To have his support is an honor and I think it speaks volumes about who is the best qualified candidate in this race.”
Siegler has a nationwide reputation for toughness, tenacity and courtroom skill. Her real work on behalf of crime victims and her years of fighting for justice have translated into massive waves of support from law enforcement officers and the groups that represent them.
HE WANTS YOU TO VOTE FOR HILLARY!
Former President Bill Clinton was in Houston Wednesday stomping for his wife Hillary. Bill made several stops all over the community. The Insite caught him in what is considered the new Chinatown. Several people showed up on Bellaire to hear what the former President had to say about his wife who wants to be President. Clinton spoke for about 30 minutes and spent another 20 or so minutes making his way around the audience shaking hands. He also signed about a dozen books. Bill wasn’t the only politician on hand for the event. The Insite spotted former Council member Gordon Quan, and State Representative Hubert Vo. Covering the event were KPRC’s Phil Archer and KRIV’s Andrea Watkins. Here are some of the photos I snapped at the midday event!
The Insite ran into several people who were very angry Sunday. They told me to take a look at the voter’s guide in the Houston edition of the paper put out by the League of Women Voters. I read the issue and didn’t really notice anything. Then one of the angry people pointed it out to me. She said look there do you see anything wrong now. I did. The publication listed the Democrat candidates for US President as all Republicans. Instead of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, the paper listed John McCain and Ron Paul just to name a few as the Democratic candidates. I snapped a picture of the guide for you to view. Do you think this is a simple printing error or sabotage? The Insite would love to hear your opinion on this issue!
I made a stop at the Shell gas station in the Woodlands Wednesday morning when I noticed something very disturbing. There were several landscapers all reaching their hands into a single bag of hot dog bun’s and preparing their lunch. Bun’s placed their by the store for their customers. What’s wrong with that you say? The problem is several people hands have gone into one bag and soon each person will eat the buns. Do you know how many germs you can pass around that way? On my way to work I decided to call the Montgomery County Health Inspectors in Conroe to determine if some rules were being violated. Rubin Martinez told me the store was in fact violating health code. The county health worker said the hot dog buns should be individually pre-wrapped for the customers. That would prevent someone’s hands from going onto all the other buns. Martinez said he was going to send a health inspector by the store to ensure Shell workers take care of the problem. I also made a stop by a local Valero where I noticed the hot dog buns (pictured right) were individually wrapped as prescribed by health inspectors. Would you every buy a hot dog where everyone sticks their hand into a bun bag? The Insite would love to hear your opinion on this health issue!