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A limited supply of bottled water will be distributed at 2 p.m. Monday at the Harriet and Joe Foster Family YMCA, 1234 W. 34th St., as Houston continues to recover from last week's winter storm and some area residents still do not have running water in their homes.

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When Mia Heil saw a homeless man underneath the bridge at Loop 610 and Ella Boulevard on her way home from work last weekend, she knew it was unsafe for him to be there with freezing temperatures coming.

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The first social media posts about the loss of power in the area came out early Monday morning. Homes in Candlelight Place, Shady Acres and Forest Pines reported losing power in the middle of the night, with residents in the Heights, Garden Oaks, Oak Forest and other neighborhoods reporting …

Houston BCycle, the bike-sharing program with several stations in the Heights area, is offering free 30-minute rides on Saturday and Sunday as the city begins recovering from a winter storm that brought freezing temperatures, snowfall and widespread power outages.

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Clean water has become a hot commodity as Houston continues to cope with the devastating impacts of a winter storm that caused sustained power outages, problems with the city's water supply and damages to homes in the form of frozen water pipes that burst.

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Many area residents stayed hunkered down and bundled up Tuesday as the Houston region continued to cope with freezing temperatures, power outages and low water pressure.

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Dana DuTerroil grew up in the Heights and then returned to the neighborhood after a number of years spent in New Orleans. Living in New Orleans with its distinctive sense of place, DuTerroil found it easy to play tour guide there for friends and family.

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It already had been a rough start to the year for Rickey Polidore Jr., who lost his father to COVID-19 about a month ago. Then he lost his pickup truck, which was stolen late Tuesday night in the Heights area, and he thought it was gone for good.

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The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which was scheduled for May 4-23, has been cancelled because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Wednesday news release from rodeo officials.

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After Oak Forest’s Nicole Aboudaher and husband, Naseem, took in two young brothers over a two-year period, eventually adopting them, they discovered there was another sibling who had recently been born. So they made the decision to adopt him, too, completing their family of three adopted ch…

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American Legion Post 560, located at 3720 Alba Rd. in Garden Oaks, is hosting a Four Chaplains Remembrance Service to honor the four chaplains who sacrificed their lives during the sinking of the U.S. Army Transport Dorchester.

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Mitchell Montalvo, a former Heights resident who attended Sinclair Elementary, will soon be a lieutenant in the Air Force ROTC at the University of Houston. Montalvo also is one of two UH students who will be the first at the school to enter the United States Space Force (USSF).

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Residents and businesses in the Greater Heights can submit comments about the first two phases of the Shepherd and Durham Major Investment Project, which aims to transform transportation in a significant stretch of the neighborhood, through Jan. 29.

Dear Tabby, I have a cat and would love some tips on keeping loose litter at bay! Litter gets tracked all over the house and it’s pretty gross–help! Not a Lover of Litter in Garden Oaks Dear Not a Lover of Litter, Cats are such wonderful pets … low maintenance, warm, cuddly and graceful. Maybe […]

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Hunter Dickerson loves being next to nature, and he found a way to live next to it about six months ago. He bought a home in Shady Acres that overlooks Turkey Gully, the White Oak Bayou tributary than runs through the western part of the Heights area. Dickerson spends lots of time exploring the waterway […]

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Houston City Council member Karla Cisneros, a longtime fan of the city’s mini mural program, recently came up with a way to enlarge a mural’s purpose by combatting a city scourge – human trafficking. Four new “Mini Murals” on traffic signal control cabinets in Cisneros’ District H aim to bringing human trafficking prevention and awareness […]

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Houston police have arrested a man in connection to a Greater Inwood apartment shooting that put another man in the hospital last week. The Houston Police Department said 20-year-old Maycon Rodriguez has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The victim, 19-year-old Mario Ponce, was taken to the hospital in an unknown condition, […]

The Houston Fire Department is investigating the cause of a fire at a vacant restaurant building in the area after multiple calls to the address on the same day last week. HFD said in a news release that crews first responded to 6010 Washington Ave. just before 3 a.m. Jan. 7 to find fire coming […]

Dear Tabby, My cat’s breath stinks! He’s only 3 years old and his teeth look clean, so I don’t understand why his breath suddenly smells so bad. Help! Dragon Breath in Inwood Dear Dragon Breath, While dogs are typically the pets associated with bad breath, cats can also be afflicted with a case of halitosis. […]

A fire that started inside an area home on New Year’s Eve was ruled accidental, according to the Houston Fire Department. No injuries were reported in relation to the incident. According to a news release from the department, HFD crews arrived on scene to find smoke coming from a one-story home in the 5900 block […]

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Brittany Keller discovered her passion for plants after beginning a garden project for her and her kids during the COVID-19 pandemic. To be able to connect with other people with similar interests, she created “A Flora Faire,” a pop-up market that had its first event in early December. The first market of the new year […]

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Timbergrove-area residents are invited to participate in a Turkey Gully cleanup event scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 9. Volunteers are asked to meet at the empty lot at 1122 Timbergrove Ln. before picking up trash and other debris along the banks of Turkey Gully between Wynnwood Lane and its outfall into White Oak Bayou […]

Houston police have accused an Acres Homes man of being involved in a shooting that put his daughter’s grandfather in the hospital early Thanksgiving morning. Harris County court documents show that 20-year-old Jordan Newell has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 179th State District Court in connection with the November […]

Houston police are looking into an Independence Heights shooting that injured a man last week. The victim, 25-year-old Yelsin Orellana-Manchame, was taken to the hospital in stable condition, according to the Houston Police Department. HPD said Orellana-Manchame was walking on the street in his neighborhood at 5633 Arthington Ave. around 6:40 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, […]

An area man was arrested and charged with manslaughter for his suspected role in a Tuesday afternoon shooting death at an Oak Forest-area apartment complex. The Houston Police Department announced Wednesday that Arturo Puebla, 24, who it said is a resident of the Shenandoah Woods Apartments at 4250 W. 34th St., is accused of fatally […]

Dear Tabby, My 13-year-old wants to get a pet lizard. I’m not sold on the idea. Do lizards make good pets? And can they be affectionate pets? Leaping Lizards in the Heights Dear Leaping Lizards, Believe it or not, not only do lizards make good pets, but they can be rather easy, low-maintenance pet options […]

A woman struck in an auto-pedestrian accident in the area earlier this year has died, according to the Houston Police Department. The victim, 51-year-old Crisanta Retana, died Sunday, according to HPD. Police said Retana was standing next to the front passenger door of a white Ford F-150 work truck parked near a U-turn lane at 4300 […]

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While many of us will likely want to forget as much about 2020 as possible the moment the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, it wasn’t all bad. In fact, there are plenty of things to celebrate as we turn the calendar to 2021. Though COVID-19 was a major storyline in the Heights, Garden […]

Houston police are looking into a multi-car crash that killed one and put another in the hospital early Monday morning. One victim, a 23-year-old male, was ejected from his Toyota Scion, subsequently run over by a Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office Deputy and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Houston Police Department. […]

Houston police say they have arrested a woman in connection with a fatal hit-and-run incident in the area early Christmas morning. The suspect, 43-year-old Andrea Thimmig, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in the 182nd State District Court, according to the Houston Police Department. The male victim’s identity is pending verification by Harris County’s medical […]