Buzz About Town – July 2011

By , Contributing Writer
July 2011

Out of the park
West University Little League’s Aeros took first place in the AA Division (10 year olds) spring season and in the division’s post-season tournament. Celebrating the victory were Aidan Propst, Troy Hays, Jacob Tulek, Charlie Vaquero, Michael Fordham, Ben Ledig, manager Scott Fordham, Joseph Wagnon, Mason Holt, Robert Brown, coach Toby Holt, Parker Siegel, Tommy Williamson and coach Peter Ledig.(Photo: Chris Brown)

Girl power
Former state Rep. Ellen Cohen was honored with the Strong, Smart and Bold award at the Girls Inc. 15th anniversary luncheon, chaired by Frances Castañeda Dyess.  Girls Inc. is dedicated to empowering girls to be themselves, and Ellen has set an example by pursuing her goals of educating and giving back to the community. Pictured are (from left) honorary chair (and Ellen’s daughter) Marcie Zlotnik, Ellen Cohen, Ellen’s mother, Elaine Rippner, and Ellen’s aunt, Betty Friedlander. Also in the crowd were Melanie Gray, executive director of Girls Inc. of Greater Houston, author Rita Kirkup, keynote speaker Peggy Orenstein, emcee Lisa Malosky, Mary Anne Jay, Alan Ratliff, Sofia Androgue and Francie Willis. For more information, visit

New beginnings
Mathilde Leary/Stone’s
best girlfriends gathered for cocktails at Susan Ripley Hilliard’s home. Susan’s son, Hatch Hilliard, came in town from Austin to be the bartender, the butler, the valet, the photographer and the entertainment – he played a live guitar set for the event. Pictured are (top row, from left) Barbara Tartt, Josephine Claiborne, Harriet Gertner, Mary Lou Swift,  Sally Tomlinson, Charlotte Hill, Lisa Clemenceau, Laura Codman, Charlotte Crawford, Sheryl Johnson-Todd, (seated, from left) Mathilde Leary/Stone and Mickie Huebsch, (front row, from left) Susan Ripley Hilliard and Karen Schulte. Not pictured: Minnette Boesel.

Victory roar
A West U Soccer Express U5 (under 5) team, the Lions, celebrated the end of its spring season at Little Matt’s. Pictured with trophies (from left) are coach David Anthony, Arshya Kamrani, Cara Scholz, Jack Allen Peveto, Sebastian Fefer, Cameron Anthony and Reece Johnson. While the U5 league does not allow scorekeeping, team mom Ryland Holmed Peveto declared that “they totally won every game.” (Photo: Ryland Holmes Peveto)

One for the books
Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Stephanie and Scott Pierce, Sara and Ken Fisher, Lynette Cone
, and Deborah and Gardner Cannon attended the annual Barbara Bush Foundation Family Literacy fundraiser, “A Celebration of Reading.” The 20-year-old program has awarded over $40 million to support the development and expansion of 885 family literacy programs in the United States. Pictured are authors (from left) Lester Smith (You Gotta Dance Like No One’s Watching), Elsa Cardenas-Hagan, President George W. Bush (Decision Points), First Lady Barbara Bush (Barbara Bush: A Memoir), President George H.W. Bush (All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings), Ronald Cotton (Picking Cotton), Scott Turow (Innocent), Susan Baker (Passing It On: An Autobiography With Spirit) and Jennifer Thompson-Cannino (Picking Cotton). (Photo: David Shutts)

Peace, love and cars
Pershing Middle School students received a wonderful reaction to their art car, which was themed “Peace.” The students, including Hope Bonem, Rand Green, Jeong Ben Park, Jack Reichert, Jami Eckols-Leonard, Karina Barbosa, Sarah Cumming, Sarah Gerlich, Jett Pruitt and Samantha Smith, painted “peace” in different languages all over the car. Pictured are fans who recognized “peace” written in their native language, Korean. (Art teacher Brandy Watkins noted that it was a “really cool moment.”)

Calling the shots
For Gary Stein’s 50th birthday he specifically requested something more interesting than a typical food-and-drink birthday party. His wife Tracy Stein exceeded expectations by welcoming 200 friends, including Susan and Mike Bono, Tali and Eric Blumrosen, Dorit and Marty Aaron, Hollis Kazmann and Tom Walters, Genie Landon and Toby Samo, David and Terry Mendez and Kevin and Diane Rech to the American Shooting Club in the George and Barbara Bush Park for a day of barbecuing, clay shooting and dancing to the band Asleep at the Wheel. The beautiful dry weather provided a perfect backdrop to an all-afternoon gathering. While not everyone shouldered a shotgun, prizes were awarded to both the best overall and best novice shooters of the day.  Pictured pulling the trigger is Tracy and Gary’s oldest son (of a gun) Sam Stein. (Photo: David, Genesis Photography)

Facelift for the park
Over 100 West University residents enjoyed a Sunday night picnic in Judson Park to unveil park plans for new equipment to be installed this month. Pictured are (from left) Friends of West U Parks vice chair Janice Scheuppert, West U Mayor Bob Kelly and Friends of West U Parks chair Leah Ragiel. Also in the crowd were Adrienne and William Vanderbloemen with their family, Susie Boyce, Heather Chilivetis, West U Parks and Recreation director Tim O’Connor and Matthew Foytlin. For more information, visit

Gainful gardening
To complete their World Conservation Award requirements, the Wolf Scouts from Pack 266 completed a trail-mulching project at the Nature Discovery Center in Russ Pittman Park led by executive director Jennifer Gillespie-Malone. Pictured are Wolf Scouts (from left) Jack Sinor, Owen Butler, Kyle Patry, Felipe Armstrong (wheel barrow), Matthew Aguilar-Schnitzer (shovel) and Surya Ramakrishnan

Kiss my grits
Elizabeth Whitehead
and Ali Sheffield (pictured, from left) joined the Young Texans Against Cancer for the southern-style culinary throwdown “Kiss My Grits.” Local chefs prepared their interpretations of grits, which were judged (by panel and popular vote) based on flavor, creativity and presentation. The event raised $45,000 for the Methodist Hospital Foundation and the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Artful gathering
Gabriela and Daniel Dror
attended an opening reception for the contemporary-art, mixed-media exhibition by Sharon Kopriva and Angelbert Metoyer at the Colton Farb Gallery. Also spotted were Chris and Divya Brown, Tatiana and Craig Massey, Sima Ladjevardian, Rania Daniel, Sallie and George Alcorn, Don Mafridge, Christian Burns, Kate, Caroline and Carson Gibson, Poppi Massey, Jay Rusovich, Deborah Colton and Carolyn Farb. (Photo: Kim Coffman)

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