An important message from Dr. Medley at ISKCON...
"We at the Hare Krishna Temple & Govinda's Restaurant would like to reach out to area residents to offer anyone who needs food to come to our restaurant at 1320 W 34th St, 77018 starting Tuesday from 11 am to 1 pm for take out lunches. We are not prepared with take out containers since we didn't envision the degree of damage , so we ask people to please bring their own containers for a fresh hot meal. We're planning on serving 200 people and can expand our services as the need arises."
Hurricane Harvey: Update from Council Member Cohen's office regarding the construction in Garden Oaks:
In preparation for the upcoming extreme weather event, we have followed up with the Contractor who is currently implementing the following measures:
- Securing construction materials and equipment
- Backfilling and properly securing excavations areas
- Refreshing temporary pavement along Alba Street
- Ensuring traffic control devices are in place
- Cleaning of the ditches to allow for drainage
- Ensuring access to residents is maintained
- Removing SWPPP items (sand bags around inlets etc.) that could potentially impede the drainage flow
Campaign to Restore Constable Patrols & Bolster Beautification
The troops have been mobilized. Events are being planned. Neighbors are talking to neighbors. Money has been raised.
Smoke "n" Spirits raised almost $7000 for the Constable Patrol Program.
Spring Fling raised $10,100+ for Beautification.
Wine Walk planning is underway for the October 21st premier fundraiser for the Constable Patrol Program. Sponsorships are available NOW. Last year's Wine Walk netted $30,000 for the Constable Patrol Program, and some $130,000 over the past 8 years.
The effort to increase the number of households in Garden Oaks supporting the Constable Program so far is very nearly enough to save one of the two Constable Patrols we will be losing in March due to the loss of GOMO funding.The civic club has signed two contracts, with each contract providing 40 hours of professional law enforcement officers patrolling in our neighborhood. Each contract costs about $77,000. These contracts will be funded by the residents of Garden Oaks, as we no longer have funding from GOMO. We need to raise $154,000 to keep these contracts in place for the duration of 2017. We need your support. Today!
The campaign launched in August of 2016 broke all previous records, and we ended 2016 with 370 households as constable supporters. We need that number to increase if we are going to support two constable patrols.
The 2016 Wine Walk contributed another $30,000 to the constable program fund, and several other fundraisers will be scheduled in 2017.
Following on, we are pushing to complete the needed funding for the additional patrol and start on having the money ready to go for the second year of no funding.
Can we get our patrols back?
What would it take to get us back to 3 patrols this year? Glad you asked.
One recipe would be to do it with more events and a higher level of household participation.
Add two "blow out" successful fundraisers to the wine walk which pushes the total raised from $30K to $77K. The fundraisers pay for one constable at this level.
GOMO funded 2 months for two constables in 2017 at $25.6K
That leaves us needing 600 of our 1434 households to contribute at the $225 level... less than half of us.
We currently have 350 GO households participating. 600 is big increase over the number who have historically stepped forward. That said, folks did know that the coverage was there with most of them contributing nothing. Now we all know differently. Last year when the news came in that coverage was going to be cut by two thirds participation increased strongly. If we all understand that we are still down one of three patrols and it won't come back without us participating, perhaps getting half of our households is not an extreme goal. We really need your support!!
Garden Oaks a "Hidden" Houston Gem
For those who don't know, Garden Oaks is one of Houston's best-kept secrets. Nestled among towering pines and grand magnolias, this quaint and architecturally unique neighborhood of approximately 1400 homes continues to attract attention and rave reviews.