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District J Journal - Oct. 12

A New Chapter for Lee LeClear Tennis Center

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The Lee LeClear Tennis Center, located in District J, has been the largest public tennis facility in our City for the last 40 years. While the center has received recent upgrades - resurfacing of the courts, repaved parking lot and additional LED Lighting - the Field House and Pro Shop are still in great need of renovation.

I had the honor of attending the Friends of Lee LeClear Tennis Center's first Gala on September 28th. The event was held at the beautiful Houston Country Club, with Fox 26 sportscaster Nate Griffin serving as Emcee. The event was Co-Chaired by Marty and Steven Herzog and their sons Walker and Harrison.

Since 2012 Patti LeClear, widow of the Center's longtime tennis Pro, Lee LeClear, has headed up multiple efforts to raise much needed funds for the Center, through the work of the Friends of Lee LeClear organization. Many Houston tennis legends were in attendance, including former tennis stars Zina Garrison, Tommy Ho, Jack Brasington, and Lori McNeil, just to name a few. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, a former student and protege of Lee LeClear, was an honored guest.

Draft rendering from the architects

During the event, architectural renderings of the new proposed Field House and Learning Center were presented to the community by renowned Houston architect Fernando Brave. With more than $3 million in improvements being proposed, the communities' continued support will be needed. Special thanks to the Houston Parks Board, the Sharpstown TIRZ No. 20 and all who are working on this important revitalization event.

Thank You,
Council Member Mike Laster, District J

Sharpstown HS Wins $100k Sports Grant

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Sharpstown High School has won a $100,000 customized sports equipment grant from <href="" target="_blank">Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Let's Play, and Good Sports!

After the field had been narrowed down to 20 schools from across the country, voting for the community opened on Facebook on Sept. 8th. Sharpstown HS next made the top 10, then the top three, and finally were selected by a committee to win the grand prize.

Coach Carlos Quintero spearheaded the winning campaign, and now the athletic department will have $100,000 worth of new equipment. The school would like to thank everyone who voted for them.

Click the image above to see Click2Houston's video, which captures the moment the coach and students found out they won, as well as part of the video that won them the prize.

Cigna Sunday Streets

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Gulfton will be the location for the city-wide Cigna Sunday Streets event on November 5th, 12-4pm on Bellaire between Hillcroft and Chimney Rock. The streets will be closed to traffic allowing people to ride their bikes, scooter or walk. Their will be numerous booths and activities featuring food, games, and music Hope you can join us! Please click here for more information.

Tree Planting Event

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American Forests, a national non-profit organization, and Bank of America awarded the Houston Parks and Recreation Department a $40,000 grant funded by Bank of America to implement the Houston Community ReLeaf Project. This project will plant 600 trees in Mayor Sylvester Turner's Complete Communities. Of the 600 trees, 200 will be planted in Burnett Bayland Park! There will be a volunteer planting event and kick-off ceremony on Saturday, November 4th from 10am to 12pm. See you then!

FEMA is Hiring

femaThere are still many job openings for temporary local hires at FEMA. Many long-term FEMA employees have gotten their start through the temporary program. If you are interested, please click the link below for an overview of job openings.

SBA Disaster Loan Program

SBA disaster loanIf you were affected by Harvey, have you signed up for the U.S. Small Business Administration's Disaster Loan Program? Low-interest, long-term disaster loans are available to to repair or replace uninsured/underinsured disaster damaged property. Businesses of all sizes may receive up to $2 million. Private non-profit organizations and homeowners are eligible to to receive up to $200,00. Renters may qualify for up to $40,000. Please click below for more information.

Pictures from the Week

Rev. Steve Capper of Lord of the Streets Episcopal Church gave the invocation at City Council

Council Members Laster and Edwards greeted those gathered at the City's Senior Appreciation Luncheon in Gulfton

Council Member Laster presented a proclamation to the Grampian Student Nurse Exchange Program from Houston Baptist University

A special thanks to Mayor Turner, State Rep. Gene Wu, Council Member Christie, HFD Chief Pena, and HPD Chief Acevedo for coming to Gulfton during National Night Out