Monthly Newsletter
September 2012
In This Issue
A Message from the Council Member
Hidden Gems: Museums Worth Exploring
Under the Wing at IAH
Houston Library Children’s Book Sale
Resources for Veterans

Back to School
Safety Tips
from HPD

As our children and grandchildren head back to school for another exciting year, it’s important to remember safety tips and precautions.


The Houston Police Department would like you and your family to keep some basic safety tips in mind:


* Develop a safe route to and from school/playground with your child. Stress to your child to stick to this route and explain the reasons why this is important.


* Never take short cuts through fields, construction sites, wooded areas or dark isolated streets and alleys.


* Familiarize your child with your neighborhood.


* Make sure your child knows where to find “Safe Havens”- These are the places your child can go for safety, and include : Houses of neighbors you trust, stores, police and fire stations, business offices.


* Make sure your child walks and plays with other children and not be alone – there is always safety in numbers.


* Teach your child to report suspicious persons to you, teachers or police officers.

* If your child is approached or followed by a suspicious vehicle or person:

Scream, run away in the opposite direction, run to a safe haven, and call the police.


* Talk to your child about their friends (get to know them).


* Let your child know that they can dial 9-1-1 from a public phone for free.


Teach Your Children About Common Child Lures. These Include:

* Request for Assistance: The child is asked directions, assistance to find small animals, carry groceries, etc.

Prevention: Let your child know that adults DO NOT ask children for assistance. Your child should step back and run.

* Emergency: This lure is used to confuse the child. Example: “Your mommy was taken to the hospital and she sent me here to pick you up.”

Prevention: Establish a list of trusted persons that can pick up your child in an emergency and teach your child that they may only leave with someone from that list.


Remember: In the event of an emergency, always dial 911.

Useful Numbers

Helpful City Contacts  

Houston Help & Information

3-1-1 or 713.837.0311


HPD (non-emergency)



Airport System



Animal Control (BARC)


Anti-Gang Office


Citizens’ Assistance 832.393.0955

City Secretary


Dept. of Neighborhoods 832.393.1038

Health & Human Services 832.393.5169

Mayor’s Office


Parks Department


Permitting Center


Public Works & Engineering 832.395.2511

Solid Waste Management 713.956.6589


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Hidden Gems:
Houston Museums You Might Not Have Visited, But Should


Houston is blessed with a number of exciting and interesting museums. History, art, cultural exploration and science are cornerstones of the Houston museum experience. Our museums offer one of a kind opportunities to interact with and view spectacular elements of the natural world,human history and innovation.


I encourage everyone to explore Houston’s hidden gems – museums you might not have visited, but should.


1940 Air Terminal Museum


The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is a beautiful transformation of the original Houston Municipal Airport (now William P. Hobby Airport) terminal and hangars. Built as Houston’s first international airport by city leaders over 70 years ago, Hobby has had an exciting history which has transformed it into one of America’s favorite airports and hub for Southwest Airlines.

The terminal contains notable aviation memorabilia, and offers a glimpse back to the days when flying was a glamorous privilege. Artifacts of aviation history, both scientific and cultural, are on display. The museum also features a collection of historic photographs documents, videos as well as tours of the 1928 air mail hangar.


The terminal’s main lobby, a restored Art Deco atrium can also be rented for parties and special events. Visitors also get an up-close look at the current Hobby Airport from the building’s location at the end of the runway.

You can visit the 1940 Air Terminal Museum Online by clicking here. Guided tours are available to help you step back in time and enjoy aviation history. The museum is located at Hobby Airport at 8325 Travelair Street.

Houston Fire Museum



The Houston Fire Museum got its start in 1898 as Houston Fire Station Number 7, three years after the City of Houston transformed its fire department into a paid, professional organization. The two story building is a great example of early Houston Romanesque architecture.

No longer functioning, visitors can tour this historic station. When visiting, be sure to view the 1937 model Chevrolet pumper truck, a true artifact of fire fighting history. You will also find 19th century fire fighting equipment, and an 1895 model Ahrens Fox horse-drawn steamer, used by Houston’s first professional fire fighters over 100 years ago.

Fire safety and prevention education is a large part of the museum’s mission. You can learn more about the life of a building fire, from beginning to end, and learn fire prevention strategies for your home and office.

You can visit the museum’s website by clicking here. The Houston Fire Museum is located in Midtown at 2403 Milam Street.

Houston Maritime Museum


The Houston Maritime Museum is a great place to learn about the influence and achievements on the high seas.


The museum features over 150 model ships from periods throughout history, as well as offshore drilling platforms and other maritime artifacts. Currently, the museum is featuring a special exhibit on the history of the Houston Ship Channel and Port of Houston – America’s most successful port. The special exhibit begins with the early docks of 1820s Houston through the creation of one of the world’s largest sea ports.


Other features include ships of the Texas Navy and the boats of ancient Middle Eastern and Asian history.



Shipping and transportation is a vital element of Houston’s economy and way of life. The Houston Maritime Museum features this important element of Houston’s history and future and has exhibits just for kids.


The Houston Maritime Museum can be found online by clicking here and is located in the Medical Center area at 2204 Dorrington.


Under the Wing: A Behind the Scenes Look at George Bush Intercontinental Airport


Last month, I had the opportunity to go behind the scenes at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. During my trip, I had the opportunity to experience our airport’s operations, tour Houston Fire Station 54 located at the end of two of our runways and, as you see above – fly a Lufthansa Airlines A-380 jumbo jet to Germany – or at least pretend to!


I would like to thank the hardworking staff at Houston Airport System, especially Mario Diaz, Director of Aviation, Kathy Elek and Aleks Mraovic for sharing their work with me. I would also like to thank the brave and hardworking firefighters of Fire Station 54 for making sure our city’s largest airport global aviation hub is a first-class facility in both customer service and safety.


As an Air Force Veteran, it was exciting to be up close and personal again with the busy runways and ramps of our airports. But far more exciting is the wonderful future IAH has to look forward to. In the coming months, United Airlines will offer international service to Lagos, Nigeria, London and Amsterdam aboard the 787 Dreamliner. Additionally, HAS is working hard to attract new international service to Asia, Africa and throughout the world. To accommodate this growth, Terminal D, our international gateway for foreign airlines, will experience a renovation to better welcome the world to Houston. I also viewed construction of Terminal B. This new terminal will allow for an even better gateway for United and United Express flights arriving from both domestic and international cities.


I was privileged to be able to tour Houston Fire Station 54, one of three stations located on the IAH airfield. During this visit, I was able to learn more about the equipment our firefighters use to fight fires inside aircraft, rescue people in the event of an emergency and keep flying safe.


The firefighters shared experiences and concerns with their life as a professional Houston Fire Fighter and allowed me a behind the scenes look at their important and brave work.


Making sure our first responders have the tools and training to keep Houstonians safe is my first priority as a member of City Council. Supporting HFD 54, and all first responders, is the privilege of a lifetime.



Friends of the Houston Public Library 2012 Children’s Book Sale
On Friday, September 21 and Saturday September 22, the Houston Public Library will be holding a children’s book sale. The event will offer fiction, non-fiction, educational, graphic novel and foreign language books.
Thanks to the affordable prices, you can go on a shopping spree! All books are $1 – $2!
The event will be held at the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church at 2025 West 11st Street, at the corner of TC Jester and W. 11th in the Heights.


Resources for Veterans
The Lone Star Veterans Association has a new service – VetsList. This new program allows veterans to search career openings published by members of the Lone Star Veterans Association. VetsList is the new way for veterans in the Greater Houston area to communicate and move forward. To learn more, click here.

Houston’s Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center honors the brave soldiers who have fought terrorism around the globe each and every day. The VA has rolled out new programs to help serve veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. VA’s goal is to ensure every seriously injured or ill serviceman and woman returning from combat receives easy access to benefits and world-class service. To learn more about the VA and City of Houston’s newest programs for veterans, click here.


The Department of Veterans Affairs now offers a free Telephone Call Center, “Coaching Into Care,” which provides assistance to family members and friends trying to encourage their Veteran to seek health care for possible readjustment and mental health issues. You can reach the call center confidentially at (888) 823-7458.


Contact us! 

Council Member Andrew C. Burks, Jr. At-Large, Position 2 900 Bagby, First Floor Houston, Texas 77002
Phone: 832-393-3013
Fax: 832-393-3336
Email: [email protected]
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