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    Rice

    Military

    NewsletterJune 2010

    your source for

    neighborhood news

    Quarterly Meeting

    Presentation on

    Super Neighborhood 22

    Transportation Master Plan

    along the

    Washington Avenue Corridor

    Wednesday, July 14

    7 pm

    St. Luke Baptist Church

    714 Detering St.

    Native Garden Plantings at The WOW Roundabout

    by Phyllis Thomason

    On a clear, cool, and brightSaturday morning in April, a group of

    Rice Military neighborhood volunteers

    met to plant the initial offering of our

    native garden species as we enter the

    second phase of plantings at The WOW

    Roundabout! While The WOW

    Roundabout furnished the plants, eachneighborhood surrounding the

    roundabout was responsible for planting

    and will be responsible for watering the

    new plants by hand until they are

    established. By using plants native to

    our area, hand watering will only be

    necessary during extensive dry periods.

    With gloves and shovels inhand, Paul Hesson, Joe McKee, B. J.

    Smith, and Patrick McIlvain (he says his

    roots are still in Rice Military!) joined

    me for a couple of hours as we designed

    and installed the first phase of the Rice

    Military Native Garden at The WOW

    Roundabout. A big thanks goes to these

    ladies and gentlemen who gave their

    time and energy to the neighborhood!

    I invite you to take some time,walk over to the roundabout, and enjoy

    the changes that have taken place.

    The WOW Roundabout board isnow moving forward with a capital

    campaign to complete the project with

    the installation of the light sculpt

    created by local artist Tim Glover.

    works grace some of Houstons f

    public venues, including his Hea

    Nature at University of Hous

    Recreation and Wellness Center. Gl

    teaches at the High School for

    Performing and Visual Arts and board member of Buffalo

    ArtPark.

    Glovers Light Gardconsists of three light towers org

    and tree-like with intertwined,

    reaching brushed steel arms capped

    glowing LED orbs. With this dram

    up-lighting, the structures at night

    create a tiara of light above

    roundabout, visible from

    approaches. With this artwork in p

    and the continued addition to the

    native gardens, The WOW Rounda

    will be one of Houstons m

    recognized landmarks.

    Funding for this project cofrom charitable organizati

    corporations, community busine

    and individuals like you and me.

    WOW Roundabout is seeking

    generous arts benefactor for

    sculpture as well as small and l

    donations for paving bricks, bould

    landscaping, and perpetual care. If

    or someone you know might

    interested in contributing to

    completion of this beautification pro

    please email info@wowroundabout

    If you wish to receive fur

    information on our Naming Ri

    P r o g r a m , e m a

    pt@wowroundabout.org.

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    Rice Military Civic Club 2010 Membership Form

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    by Christopher McCarty

    We often hear on the news

    ground-level ozone warning and

    eldom pay attention. What is

    ground-level ozone? Where is it

    ound? What causes it? How does it

    ffect us? What can we do to help

    educe it?

    Ozone is a colorless gas that is

    variety of oxygen. Oxygen consists

    of two oxygen atoms while ozone

    onsists of three. Ground-level ozone

    s one of the main components of

    mog, which is formed by the

    nteraction of hydrocarbonsunburned or evaporated gasoline)

    nd nitrogen oxides in the presence of

    unlight.

    Stratospheric ozone (in the

    upper atmosphere) is known as the

    ozone layer and protects our health by

    hielding us from the sun's damaging

    ultraviolet rays. However, ground-

    evel ozone (tropospheric ozone) is a

    pollutant with highly toxic effects. It is

    health hazard causing damage tohuman health, the environment,

    rops, and a wide range of natural

    nd artificial materials.

    Ground-level ozone comes

    rom the breakdown (oxidation) of

    volatile organic compounds found in

    olvents. It is also a product of

    reactions between chemicals that are

    produced by burning coal, gasoline,

    other fuels, and the chemicals found

    in paints and hair sprays. Oxidation

    occurs readily in the presence of

    sunlight. Motor vehicles and

    industries are major sources of

    pollutants that cause ground-level

    ozone. Ozone that is close to theground can cause eye irritation,

    headaches, coughing, impaired lung

    function, and eye, nose, and throat

    irritation. Asthmatics and children are

    most at risk. The chance of

    experiencing adverse health eff

    from elevated ozone levels incre

    during heavy exercise or outd

    activity. Ground-level ozone can

    damage trees, plants, and redvisibility.

    Here are some things you do daily to help reduce ozone lev

    Try to incorporate them into y

    daily life, especially on ozone warn

    days which are most often days w

    temperatures above 90 degrees:

    avoid idling your motor veh

    excessively;

    conserve energy and recycle;

    do not refuel your vehicle or lmower on ozone warning day

    you must refuel, do so after d

    remember that sunlight as

    ozone-forming reactions;

    keep your vehicle well tuned;

    limit driving: carpool, walk, ri

    bicycle, and combine trips;

    start charcoal with an ele

    lighter or a newspaper-fu

    "chimney" instead of lighter flu

    use public transportation.

    Understanding ground-lozone and incorporating sm

    changes to our daily lives can not o

    help us protect ourselves but

    reduce unhealthy levels of ozon

    our environment.

    Ground-Level Ozone Safety Awareness

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    by Monica Savino

    Houstons rapidly changingbuilt environment is something we

    ll are reminded of each time weeave town for a week or so. Weeturn and sometimes dontecognize our own neighborhoodbecause a new building suddenlyppeared or disappeared while we

    were gone. It does seem that re-development occurs very quickly,

    nd while we acquire something inhe newness, we have also lost aremendous amount of history in

    he neighborhoods alongWashington Avenue. The latestpotential victim to rapid re-development is the Doris MillerCenter at 5216 Feagan Street,ormerly Doris Miller Elementary

    School. Seemingly contemporary,he school is historic on manyevels.

    Designed by architectRobert Talley and built in 1957 by

    HISD, the school is a wonderfulnd compact example of late 1950snternational Style. Innovative at

    the time, the structural system ismade of poured in place concreteframe, with natural and glazedbrick infill walls and an articulatedroof edge. The style was commonduring the 1950s as constructionin the state boomed and Texasschool districts built many newschools for black students duringthe finals years of segregation after

    Brown vs. Board of Education.These schools were small, this one

    designed for no more than students because they wereserve only the African-Amerstudents in the neighborhood.

    The Doris Miller Centcomplex of classrooms, entry, cafetorium are a neat compositioasymmetric yet balanced volumThe entry is open and welcomas nature almost enters the build

    with a planting wall and exten

    The Built Expression of Our Modern History: The Doris Miller Center

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    Wendy Wilkinson,

    editor

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    roof frame. Modern schools arehighly legible meaning that theexterior gives us clues to theprogram within. For example,one readily identifies thec l a s s r o o m w i n g , t h eadministration areas, as one canidentify the assembly wing at theelementary school.

    Many schools built duringthis time were expressions of ourmodern, post-war ideals as theyprovided greatly improvededucational