The Bellaire & Southwestern Texan (Bellaire, Tex.), Vol. 16, No. 2, Ed. 1 Wednesday, February 26, 1969 Page: 1 of 32
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City Planner Begins Study With Committee
Marvin Springer, City Planner tor Bellaire, held
the first of three meetings of the appointed citizens
planning committee for detailed discussion of prob-
lems concerning rezoning and land use in the city.
Charles Broesche, chairman of the Planning and
Zoning Commission, presided. The members of the
commission were seated at the council table.
Approximately 50 members of the committee were
present to hear Mr. Springer, who announced two more
meetings would convene March 10 and March 24.
Springer explained and illustrated with a chart, the
30 types of districts for which Bellaire is zoned.
He said this is an “extensive number of districts,
even for a large city.” He suggested combining sev-
eral of them to simplify the zoning requirements
for building in the city.
A careful examination of the zoning districts by lot
size and allowable floor space revealed a variance of
from 1000 sq. ft. for a single family dwelling to 1800
sq. ft. There are 13 allowable home sizes. Mr.
Springer said he would recommend combining them
into about three.
Mrs. D.C. Van Siclen suggested the floor space be
raised to a uniform 1400 sq. ft. per home, which
Springer said might be a little high, but was glad
the feeling was to enlarge the homes of the future.
Former city councilman Joe Spiller asked if all this
might be considerable trouble since there are so few
vacant lots in Bellaire. Mr. Springer explained the
rezoning and planning of the city is looking to the
future when many areas will be rebuilt. Then these
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Fellow citizens, the honeymoon
is over! Preston Smith is not
wasting time in revealing his true
colors! Here I am reading through
a thick sheaf of mimeographed in-
formation from the Texas Press
ssn. on the governor’s newreve-
nue program and I learn he plans
to extend the sales tax to my
laundry. Your laundry, too! Plus
This is going to set Texas
back many, many years — a
direct blow at the sartorial
elegance of Texans who actually
are just emerging from the dirty
blue collar age (read that in the
Yankee press) into the white
Obviously this will be a blow to
our various laundries. They have
labored long to impress us with
the fact that a clean collar is
the least you can have, to prove
-- if for no other reason - that
this is a prosperous age. And our
womenfolk, too, will suffer from
washwater hands trying to hold
down the cost of living by doing
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“THE KING AND I” is the Westbury High School production sched-
uled for Feb. 28, March 1 at the school auditorium. Cliristi Clark,
10906 Endicott, plays Anna and Jerry Wasley, 5719 Sanford, is
Lun Tha. The King will be portrayed by Mark Davis, 4314 Cheena.
The show will be at 8 p.m. each evening. Joe Fulleu is the drama
coach and Mrs. Delores Clark is Choral Director.
Try-outs for Pony League will
be held at Kyle Chapman Field
March 1 and 8 for all boys. Regi-
stration will be accepted through
Braeburn Elementary School, in
observance of Texas Public School
Visitation Week, invites parents to
visit the school on the evening of
Tuesday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.
Interesting demonstrations of
various parts of the school cur-
riculum will be held in the audi-
torium, which will include "Paint-
ing To Music” and “Physical Fit
At the conclusion of the program
exhibits of the students projects
will be shown in the classroom.
Houston Parks Supt.
Will Speak To ABC
Richard P. Castleberry, Super-
intendent of Recreation, Parks and
Recreation Department of the City
of Houston, will speak to the Asso-
ciation of Citizens on the subject
of “Unique Concepts in Modern
Parks and Recreation,” at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 4 in the Bellaire
Community Building. The public
Mr. Castleberry’s experience,
before coming to Houston in 1967,
included six years as District
Recreation Supervisor for the Dal-
las Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment, two years in a similar pos-
ition for the city of Irving. He has
held the responsibility, in each
city, for total operation of a rec-
reation district, including selec-
tion, training and supervision of
the staff, budget preparation and
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R. P. CASTLEBERRY
Mother and Son
Victims of Bad
Accident in Rain
Funeral services were held Mon-
day in Lawndale Forest Park Chap-
el for Mrs. Margie Griffith, 43,
of 5516 Aspen and her son Bob
Griffith, 24, both of whom died
in a traffic accident during the
rain storm four miles north of
Appleby on U.S. 59 near Nacog-
doches late Friday, Also killed
in the accident was Miss Janice
K. Elsey, 23, of 333 Cummins,
who was a passenger in the Grif-
fith car. They were enroute to
visit relatives in Arkansas, ac-
cording to friends.
The Griffith funerals were con-
ducted by the Rev. John Click of
Richmond Plaza Baptist Church.
Mrs. Griffith was a member of
Richmond Plaza Church, the son
a member of First Baptist Church.
Longtime residents of Bellaire,
Mrs. Griffith and her son are sur-
vived by her husband, Matt G.
Griffith, daughters, Mrs. Jacquel-
yn Jean Stidham, Miss Deborah
Denice Griffith; her mother, Mrs.
Lillian Evans, al' of Houston; her
sister, Mrs. Margaret Schoggin,
of Poyen, Ark.
The Griffith car collided head-
on with a station wagon driven
by Johnny L. Johnson, 18, of Nacog-
doches who also died in the crash,
according to Highway police. One
of the vehicles was apparently try-
ing to pass a pick up truck, they
S’WONDERFUL - The leads for "Annie Get Your Gun," which will be presented at Robert E. Lee
auditorium Feb. 28 and March 1 at 8 p.m. include (1. to r.) Paul Cheek as Frank Butler; Lynette
Lambert as Annie; and Mark Ambrosey as Sitting Bull. Steve Kramer will portray Buffalo Bill.
The children will be Patti Burch, Susan Lewis, Cleve Asbury and Nancy Eastland. Director is
Lee High drama instructor Fred Smith. Tickets are available from any Dramalee member.
THE BELIAIRE i SOUTHWESTERN
A COMMUNITY WEEKLY NEWSPAPER
Vol. 16, No. 2
Weddings, pg 2-4 Sec I
Little League Page 7, Sec. I
Herod Book Fair, Pg. 13, Sec I
February 26, 1969 10C-$3.00 per Year
Cunningham School,Pg 10,Sec. I
'Island Happening, Pg. 12,Sec. I
Pg. 12,13,14,Sec. II
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Gurwell, Kate. The Bellaire & Southwestern Texan (Bellaire, Tex.), Vol. 16, No. 2, Ed. 1 Wednesday, February 26, 1969, newspaper, February 26, 1969; Bellaire, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth566299/m1/1/: accessed February 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Bellaire Friends Library & Historical Society.