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East End Houston’s Historic Fire Station #2 Provides Public Bike Repair Station for Community Use

East End Houston’s Historic Fire Station #2 Provides Public Bike Repair Station for Community Use

Built in 1910, the two-story brick and mortar engine house at 317 Sampson was occupied by one of Houston’s three original volunteer fire fighting companies. Construction of Fire Station #2 in Houston’s historic East End marked the transition of the city’s fire department from a loosely structured volunteer effort housed primarily in converted private residences into a salaried organization that was trained, equipped and maintained by the City of Houston.

Purchased in 2013 by Michael Skelly and his wife, Anne Whitlock, the historic fire station at the corner of Sampson and Preston Streets underwent an extensive rehabilitation and remodel to eventually become their private residence. While planning the renovation of the building, they became aware of six vacant Victorian houses on Garrow Street nearby. They decided to move all six houses to the block on which the fire station sits, and sell them to others who share their appreciation for the intrinsic value of the houses, and desire to contribute to a historic and vital community.

On October 19, to celebrate Skelly’s birthday, a public bike repair station was installed along the sidewalk outside of the residence. The community is invited to use the repair station to air up tires or for quick mechanical bike adjustments while out enjoying a ride in East End Houston.

Skelly, an avid cyclist and BikeHouston advisory board member, suggests that other residents who are interested in installing public bike repair stations on their property contact BikeHouston for more information.

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FrenetiCore Dance and Inertia Dance Company Present Youth of a Nation: A Dance Retrospective of the 90s

FrenetiCore Dance and Inertia Dance Company Present Youth of a Nation: A Dance Retrospective of the 90s

FrenetiCore Dance, in collaboration with acclaimed hip-hop crew Inertia Dance Company, presents its first full-length dance concert since last winter’s The Snow Queen. Inspired by the resurgence of 90s popular culture in fashion, music, and iconography, Youth of a Nation offers a nostalgic retrospective of the decade through ten dances by acclaimed Houston choreographers, including Sarah Brotherton, Cori Miller Capetillo, Laura Harrell, Bryan Paul (Inertia), Ty’Esha Lewis (Inertia), Jennifer Hart Salter, Tory Pierce, and Heather VonReichbauer.

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East End District Acquires New Weapon in Fighting Graffiti and Blight

East End District Acquires New Weapon in Fighting Graffiti and Blight

The Greater East End Management District’s (GEEMD) Graffiti Abatement Program has a new state- of-the-art machine for removal of graffiti and tagging on commercial properties. The new equipment saves time and operating costs leading to greater efficiency and more sites treated. According to Martin Chavez, Director of Constituent Services and Public Safety at GEEMD, “The new technology allows us to remove graffiti in a fraction of the time compared to the old way. To illustrate, at one location that would have taken 14 man hours, we removed the vandalism in one hour.”

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