Best of Westchase Awards May 15 at Cantina Laredo

Votes have been counted, award plaques have been ordered and we're (just about) ready to announce the winners of this year's Best of Westchase online contest!

This type of celebration calls for a party and we'll be throwing a grand one from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday May 15 at Cantina Laredo, 11129 Westheimer Road

Bring your own red carpet; we'll provide the paparazzi pics and we promise to ask you who you're wearing (it's a good time to roll out all of those never-thought-you'd-wear-it-again party and bridesmaids dresses). While we can't purchase any adult beverages for you (government rules and all that), we'll pick up the tab for some light bites and non-alcoholic beverages while we reveal the best that Westchase District has to offer in two dozen categories. 

The event is free to attend, but you MUST RSVP. Simply send an email to Sherry Fox and let her know you're coming. It's bound to be a showstopper!

Revere Middle School Repeats at Corporate Challenge

For the second year in a row, the team from Paul Revere Middle School claimed the coveted traveling trophy as the overall winner of Westchase District's 22nd annual Corporate Challenge.

The Paul Revere Patriots, led by Trenton Bell, earned top honors, while Costello's "blue" team, led by Joey Sitzman, came in second. Third place in the six-event competition went to DBR Engineering Consultants' "A team," led by Kathryn Phelps.

District Earmarks $8.8 Million for Walnut Bend Lane

Irma Sanchez, Westchase District's vice president of projects, was all smiles this week as Philip Schneidau, Board chair, signed a check for - you ready for this? - $8,894,906.35. 
The money comes from the District's 380 Program with the City of Houston, which provides funds for Westchase District to plan, oversee and complete public infrastructure projects. 

The check, made to the Texas Department of Transportation, represents the District's share of local funds for reconstruction of Walnut Bend lane. The Federal Highway Administration is contributing an additional $9.2 million to the project, which will involve a total roadway construction and include continuous bike lanes.  Extensive back-of-curb improvements will include pedestrian lighting, custom bus shelters, landscaping, bike racks, benches and signage. A new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Walnut Bend and Westpark Drive as well. 

TxDOT will oversee the construction process.  The project is scheduled to begin this summer and will take about 20 months to complete.  (Seriously, how cool is it to hold in your hands a check - even if it's not for you - for more than $8 million?)

  Thursdays @ 3 p.m.  *Rain or shine* St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church
10503 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77042 (at Rogerdale, just west of Beltway 8)

New Sponsor at the Market
We're pleased to welcome Renewal by Andersen of Houston as a sponsor of the farmers market. Stop by their tent this week and have a chat, or visit to learn more.

You Can Sponsor the Market, Too!
If you'd like to help us create a bigger and better farmers market while at the same time exposing your business to our audience, contact John Carey, farmers market manager, at 713-780-9434.


Their Panes, Your Gains: Thanks to Renewal by Andersen of Houston for sponsoring the market!

Scholarships Available for Teen Girl Summer Camps

Attention parents of teen girls! Nonprofit Nerdy Girl Success, Inc. has a series of events for teen girls this summer whose purpose is to help teen girls understand the power and importance of their voice and how to use it to affect change within their communities. The program returns to Westchase District for a second straight summer.
  • Summer Business Camp for Girls - Eighth and ninth grade girls learn the fundamentals of starting and running a business. They'll be led from concept development to actually running their business for a day. (Opportunities: June 3 - 7 and June 24 - 28) 
  • Becoming a Girl-preneur - Tenth through 12th grade girls who have an idea for a business have the opportunity to work with advisors helping them develop their business model. Camp culminates with a pitch contest for prizes.
    (June 10 - 14)
  • Girls in Office - Eighth through tenth grade girls interested in government and community activism learn how city and state governments work, how they can get involved and how to create the change they wish to see in their communities.
    (July 8-12)
Scholarships are available - for details, send an email to Christina Meade, or call her at 954-NERD-GRL (637-3475). The camps will take place at TechSpace Houston, located in Westchase District at 2101 CityWest Blvd. For more information, visit

District Patrol Officer Profile: Meet Angela Hart-Joseph

As a teenager growing up in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Angela Hart-Joseph was fascinated watching the psychological thriller film The Silence of the Lambs, featuring Jodie Foster as a young FBI trainee. "I was inspired seeing a strong female who could solve a case and bring killers to justice," Hart-Joseph said. "That movie definitely pushed me in the direction of a career in law enforcement." 

While her career so far hasn't pitted her skills against any Hannibal Lecter types, Hart-Joseph has made it her life's work to uncover the truth and make both Houston and Westchase District safer places.

About Westchase District
Westchase District is a municipal management district funded by local property owners in a 4.2 square-mile area centered on Sam Houston Tollway between I-10 and US-59 on the west side of Houston, Texas. 

The District promotes growth by enhancing: 
  • Mobility
  • Beautification 
  • Public Safety
  • Planning and Development


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