From macarons to bánh bao: International District bakeries rise up despite pandemic

When she was interviewing for admission to the master’s program she later completed in business at Paris Dauphine University, Julie Le was asked what her dream was. “I wanted to create a business that would be so successful it will survive my death,” Le told the interviewers, adding: “But I won’t do it until I [...]

Alief ISD’s Early Childhood Department coordinator addresses the pre-K enrollment crisis

Research shows that children who participate in high-quality pre-K programs are more likely to read on grade level by 3rd grade, and that students who do have a greater chance of graduating from college and being career-ready. But pre-K enrollment has fallen short across the nation for a variety of reasons, and now it has [...]

Interview with history-making County Attorney Christian Menefee, an Alief grad

Christian Dashaun Menefee is the youngest elected Harris County attorney and the first African-American in the position. He has lived in Houston since early childhood and attended K-12 in the Klein and Alief independent school districts. Menefee, 32, attended the University of Texas at San Antonio, receiving a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was [...]

Graffiti abatement program keeps International District community looking good

In every major city, wherever there is an empty wall space, one might find the not so special artwork of graffiti casting a blight on the surface. While some may think of it as wasted artistic talent, this type of nuisance and eyesore can pose a threat to public safety, or even subject an area [...]

Black History Month profile:  Alief ISD’s ‘Dee’ Jones lines up mentoring programs and more

Walking into the Alief ISD administrative building, phone in one hand to discuss her latest donation delivery and dragging behind her a cart of food items for a family in need, she greets a new business representative who is eager to provide mentors for students. Delores “Dee” Jones, business and community coordinator for the school [...]

Vietnam War Memorial continues to inspire reverence

It has been 45 years since helicopters descended on the U.S. embassy in Saigon to evacuate stranded Americans and Vietnamese people as the city fell to the People’s Army of Vietnam and the Viet Cong in April 1975. When the dust of war settled, more than 2 million lives had been lost, including over 280,000 [...]

Pineapple butter! Eel sauce! Hong Kong City Mall restaurants continue to tantalize

The food court at Hong Kong City Mall is truly a foodie’s destination due to the heavenly aromas coming from the expanded line-up of kiosk-style restaurants. I spent a recent Saturday touring the assortment of great recipes and flavors. First stop was Nick’s Crawfish, owned by Nick Nguyen. His special recipes include Cajun flavors mixed [...]

A refrigerator full of food and heart

The opening and closing of the refrigerator door in our home is something many of us take for granted. We are hungry or thirsty and we make our way to our refrigerator, stocked with food and beverages, but what about those who are hungry and have no food stocked in their home refrigerator? How about [...]

HPD Westside Explorers learn service, character and maybe a career path

William Rivas recalled his first meeting with members of the Westside Explorer Program five years ago.  Looking around the room, the then-14-year-old Elsik High School student nervously noticed guys who were four or five years older, taller, seemingly so self-assured, and the room swelled with their camaraderie. The young men now have all aged out [...]

Up to something good: Heads Up Houston

Like many boys his age, Nathan loves sports, especially basketball. And he, like other school-age children, has found himself struggling with a new learning environment due to the pandemic. Recently Nathan found a reason to celebrate. He was told that as a freshman, he had made his high school varsity basketball team. One of the [...]

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