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  1. The Westbury Community Garden project is well underway! With the help of sponsorship by Leadership Houston Class XXVIII, the Westbury Civic Club in cooperation with the Westbury Area Improvement Corporation is breaking ground on Tuesday, February 23rd for a two acre community garden in historic Westbury. The Westbury Community Garden Website Leadership Houston is bringing construction and fundraising resources to bear and will be constructing the June Holly Garden Educational Pavilion and Habitat Area to augment Phase One of the Westbury Community Garden, being brought to reality through the efforts of the Westbury community and led by Ray Sher with Urban Harvest, a longtime Westbury resident. The June Holly Pavilion will be used by HISD to provide horticulture and healthy eating education opportunities to the students of Foerster Elementary and other area schools. Construction of Phase One is expected to be completed by June 1, 2010. A major garden bed build day and media event is scheduled on March 10, with appearances by Mayor Annise Parker, Councilmember Ann Clutterbuck, and other local civic representatives and political leaders. This event will serve as the primary focus of Keep Houston Beautiful's participation in the Great American Cleanup sponsored by Keep America Beautiful and the Scotts Miracle Gro Give Back to Grow Edible Community Garden grant program. An amazing project that we need more of in our city. Come out and join us on March 10 if you can!
  2. I remember this monorail off Fondren very well, croberts. The first time I went there was probably 1963 and it was exactly as you described it. The car straddled the track and the rubber tires were exposed inside the passenger compartment. It was located just north of S. Main in a field that may have been just off the end of where Fondren ended. It was an unimproved road and this was the middle of nowhere. I was 7 or 8 and going to Anderson Elementary. We lived off W. Airport and Landsdowne until we moved away in '65. We would go out there to shoot off firecrackers inside the monorail car during fireworks season. It was in a very isolated area and thinking back I can't imagine why it was there! Do you remember the old overrun adobe house that was out there with the stairs on the outside? Same general area. Anyway, if anyone has any other info on this I would really like to hear about it.
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