AN ESSENTIAL NOTE • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • One of the
aspects of the small
town charm of
Bellaire and West
U (which West U
Mayor Bob Higley
talks about in his
column this month)
George Boehme, publisher of Essentials, has called West University home for more
than 25 years. Editor Charlotte Aguilar has been a Bellaire resident for 32 years.
is the ability for one person to make a visible, tangible difference
in their city.
We’re both big cheerleaders for that concept with George having
served as a City Council member in West U and Charlotte on a
number of city boards and organizations. If you have the will, a
few hours to commit, and a good idea or two, chances are you can
put them into action.
That’s the spirit of our cover story this month. Only last month we
were relating the story of how Liz Selig had turned a frightening
episode with her autistic son into the promise of a new protection
program with the Bellaire PD, to register special needs individuals
who could be returned home safely if they wander away.
Not only is Bellaire’s program fully operational now, but West
University’s police created their own version of the program, as
well. We tell you about each and how to sign up someone who
might need that extra bit of attention.
Do you have an idea of your own that could make a difference?
Maybe this heartwarming example will serve as motivation to
explore it with your city.
Both West U and Bellaire are now routinely in the position of
having more applicants for boards and commissions than can
be placed into one of the volunteer “jobs.” In Bellaire, with filing
open for the November general election ballot, will that interest
translate into contested races for each of the four open seats? We
take a look at what’s happened so far.
We’ve crammed in plenty this month — a back-to-school
preview of the exciting new construction at Lamar HS, a spate
of restaurant comings-and-goings in our area, and our monthly
looks at youth and prep sports, nature, and home sales.
And we return, full circle to that idea of devotion to community
by featuring two remarkable women in our People column. Alicia
Obando was a smiling presence in the crosswalks around Horn
ES for decades who literally put her life on the line for Bellaire’s
youngsters and parents. And we tell you about how former
Bellaire Mayor Pro Tem and parks leader Mandy Nathan is facing
the battle of her life with humor and grace.
Enjoy the last days before school resumes
and hold a good thought as we enter the
worst of hurricane season. See you in