Growing on the Job with Sergeant Jeff Sneed

Growing on the Job with Sergeant Jeff Sneed

Having youthful looks didn’t make Jeff Sneed’s job any easier when he was a rookie police officer for the Houston Police Department. Sneed went from high school in Pearland to earning his welding degree from San Jacinto College. By age 19 he worked as a jailer and then went on to the Police Academy where he graduated at 21. “Being a rookie, I was assigned to the older blue police squad cars, whereas other officers…..Read More

Nominate Someone Who’s Made a Difference

Nominate Someone Who’s Made a Difference

Tell us who has had an impact at your organization Westchase District will present its 4th annual Community Impact Awards in January 2022, recognizing individuals in our community who represent the best of Westchase District. The award program was created in 2018 by the Westchase District’s Advisory Board. Nine community citizens have been recognized during the three years of the program. They include: Verita Duncan, WHAM; Blair Johnson, Blair Johnson Wellness; Tiffany Schreiber, Literacy Advance;…..Read More

Breakfast Just Got Better

Breakfast Just Got Better

It’s said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If so, a relatively new restaurant in Westchase District has got your mornings covered. With a thoughtfully prepared menu seven days a week, Eggcellence Bakery & Café caters to early morning and late morning appetites. Eggcellence opened two years ago at 10001 Westheimer Road in the Carillon Shopping Center. One step inside and the baked aroma emanating around you gives one impression: don’t…..Read More

District Gives Apartment, Building Managers Preview of Woodchase Park

District Gives Apartment, Building Managers Preview of Woodchase Park

With Westchase District's Woodchase Park scheduled to open this fall, the District recently provided a sneak peak event for apartment and building managers in the area. Held at the Tracy Gee Community Center, the event presented a preview of activities such as a Moving Body workshop from Alonzo Moore of Young Audiences of Houston. Attendees met programming partners Four Dragons, who will lead Tai Chi events at the park, and Tropa Z fitness which will host Zumba,…..Read More

Woodchase Park Construction Enters Final Phase

Woodchase Park Construction Enters Final Phase

Woodchase Park has entered the landscaping phase with Maiden Grass, Sandi Leaf Fig Ivy, Allee Elms and Fringe Trees now planted in the ground around the park as construction nears completion. A water misting feature has been installed and will be a fun draw in the Children's Play Space, along with shredded rubber surfacing and the synthetic turf system surrounded by concrete berm mounds. Find out more about the park at woodchasepark.com including a schedule of…..Read More

Public Safety Veteran Rejoins Westchase District

Public Safety Veteran Rejoins Westchase District

A familiar face recently returned to Westchase District. From 2007 to 2017, Mark Hubenak served as public safety director for the District and has rejoined to continue that role. Before he first joined Westchase District, Hubenak served as a loss prevention director for the Houston Marriott Westchase and Westchase Hilton. In that role, Hubenak became very familiar with the Westchase District Patrol. A certified OSHA safety trainer and certified fire warden, Hubenak has received Homeland…..Read More

Recently Installed Street Pole Lights Illuminate Elmside/Woodchase Side Path

Recently Installed Street Pole Lights Illuminate Elmside/Woodchase Side Path

The now lit pedestrian street pole lights aren't necessary to see numerous enhancements on Elmside and Woodchase Drives. But having illuminated sidewalks do make an evening stroll more enjoyable. Recent work on the street has resulted in a highly noticeable transformation. New wider, continuous sidewalks were installed to build the 1.25-mile Elmside/Woodchase Side Path with back-of-curb improvements. Half moon and playful spheres are in place. Loquat Leaf Oak and Crape Myrtle trees fill landscaped beds…..Read More

District ‘Artist-in-Residence’ Larry Crawford Adds More Works to Public Realm

District ‘Artist-in-Residence’ Larry Crawford Adds More Works to Public Realm

Everywhere you turn, Westchase District’s identity is becoming a little more colorful through a series of new public art murals painted by Larry Crawford. The artist has been on a prolific painting spree these past months, debuting new works on bridges and retaining walls. Crawford produced four murals that capture the identity and feel of the area, all of which are a visual treat for one to spy. The Nutria Mural is on the Deerwood…..Read More

Vargas Brings Back Cantina Laredo

Vargas Brings Back Cantina Laredo

John Vargas has been in the Cantina Laredo family for almost two decades. He began with the Dallas-based restaurant company when it had only four locations. In December 2003, it was looking to expand into a new market which brought Vargas to open its first Houston restaurant. The growing company selected the former site of Good Eats in Westchase District. While Vargas and his partners were not thinking long-term, the restaurant’s reception dictated other plans.…..Read More

New Officer Enjoys Time Spent on Trails

New Officer Enjoys Time Spent on Trails

Ofc. Ron Broadnax is one of the newest members of Westchase District Patrol, joining the District five months ago. If you have been out on the expansive Westchase District Trail System, you have likely crossed paths with him and his partner, Ofc. Zhen Wang, on patrol bikes. “The trails are an excellent way to cover the District because you can get to anywhere fast,” said Broadnax. In fact, Broadnax knows about speed and agility. He…..Read More

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