Meet District Patrol’s Newest Officer

Meet District Patrol’s Newest Officer

This January marks Leonard Kubiak’s fourth month with Westchase District Patrol, making him the patrol’s newest officer. As a high school student, Kubiak had early sights on becoming a police officer. “Growing up I always wanted to be in a meaningful job where I could help people,” said Kubiak. “Becoming a police officer put me in line with where I saw myself in life. I see the job as a police officer as one that…..Read More

On the Frontlines and Behind the Scenes

On the Frontlines and Behind the Scenes

2020 was a year that tested communities across the country. Organizations in Westchase District were thrust into a crisis facing unforeseen consequences caused by a devastating pandemic. Rita Flores, John Barton, and West Houston Assistance Ministries were recognized with Community Impact Awards by Westchase District’s Advisory Board for providing essential services and taking innovative approaches in responding to the crisis. “It’s one thing to see people do extraordinary things when everyday life is normal,” said…..Read More

Get Ready to Play in 2021

Get Ready to Play in 2021

2021 is the Year of the Ox, according to the lunar calendar. But in Westchase District, it will be the Year of the Dog…Dog Park that is. Two new parks are under construction right now, including Westchase District’s first ever dog park. Sneed Dog Park is being built within the playground area at Sneed Elementary School, 9855 Pagewood Lane. This park is being built under an agreement with Alief Independent School District, allowing Westchase District…..Read More

In Step with Council Member Tiffany D. Thomas

In Step with Council Member Tiffany D. Thomas

You will find Tiffany D. Thomas among residents, in the community and frequenting neighborhood businesses. The first term council member is a familiar face in the community. Her presence in the public she serves embodies who she is and guides her as a voice and representative for people. The Houston Public Library is one of her favorite places. Prior to March 2020, you’d find Thomas spending time reading or writing in silent rooms. “I am…..Read More

Pacific Northwest Comes to Westchase

Pacific Northwest Comes to Westchase

The road to national expansion for a Portland-based coffee company runs through Westchase District. Black Rock Coffee Bar opened in mid-November at 2620 W Sam Houston Pkwy S. Black Rock Coffee’s foray into the Southwest area began in Tony Lujan’s hometown of Phoenix. “We boomed out there and are now at 17 stores,” said Lujan, Black Rock’s co-regional manager of Texas. “Success in Arizona made Texas a natural next step, giving us a huge impetus…..Read More

OnCue Makes Texas Debut with Phillips 66

OnCue Makes Texas Debut with Phillips 66

A major new gas station and convenience store has emerged from the site of the former Kaleidoscope Center on Westheimer Road at Blue Willow Drive. And, it’s far from what you’d expect from a c-store. Officially opened on December 9, OnCue, a leading c-store operator in Oklahoma, arrived in Houston with a prominent presence for motorists driving through Westchase District or exiting the West Sam Houston Tollway. Located at 10612 Westheimer near Phillips 66’s corporate…..Read More

$3.2 Million Sought for Wilcrest Park

$3.2 Million Sought for Wilcrest Park

With Woodchase Park under construction, Westchase District has turned its attention to raising the funds necessary to complete its second park. Wilcrest Park will be built on a 3.5 acre parcel of land on Wilcrest, just north of the Robinson Westchase Library and the Westchase District’s Library Loop Trail. “We need to raise $3.2 million to build the spectacular park we’ve planned,” said Louis Jullien, Westchase District’s projects director who is overseeing the Greenspace for…..Read More

Villas Del Paseo Enhances Amenities for Residents

Villas Del Paseo Enhances Amenities for Residents

Comunidad Partners is the new owner of Villas del Paseo apartments at 3030 Elmside Drive. A top priority was to task its management unit, Comuna Property Management, with designing visually appealing upgrades. It chose a new color palette for its property which previously lacked vibrancy. “We wanted to bring a breath of fresh air, like the feeling of Mexican hospitality, to our residents so we had the community painted with loud colors that echo the…..Read More

Meet Larry Vaughn, District’s Longest Serving Officer

Meet Larry Vaughn, District’s Longest Serving Officer

Larry Vaughn had never seen a snow-capped mountain before leaving Alexandria, La., in 1988. After high school graduation and marrying his high school sweetheart, Vaughn enlisted in the U.S. Army and deployed to high altitude places. Years later, as a civilian, the mountains drew him back for a new adventure. “The Army gave me more discipline than my parents instilled in me,” said Vaughn. He credits the Army with teaching him things that benefited his…..Read More

Following in Family Footsteps: EHRA Builds On Success

Following in Family Footsteps: EHRA Builds On Success

As leader of Houston’s second-oldest civil engineering firm, Jim Russ is inspired by the past and the future. He is part of a rich legacy linked to the names of EHRA Engineering founders Edminster, Hinshaw, Russ and Associates. Modest about his role as president and CEO in EHRA’s success, Russ wants his associates to feel empowered by their role in the firm’s work. “We don’t use the word employees - our associates are a team,”…..Read More

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