Countdown to Giving: Day 12

Staying Safe on the Road this Holiday Season &
The Top 10 Most Asked for Safety Features in an Automobile Today

Safety is top of mind now more than ever. When you and your family head out to your car for a road trip this holiday season, make sure to grab your mask, hand sanitizer and do a Road Ready Safety Check.

Safety Check:

  • Tires: Proper tire pressure equals better fuel economy, longer lasting tires and a safer, more comfortable ride. You can usually find the proper tire pressure for your vehicle in the Owner’s Manual or on the sticker located inside the driver’s door. If you’re driving to a cooler climate, keep in mind that dips in temperature can trigger a tire pressure warning light, because the air molecules inside the tire shrink in cold temperatures. A Tire Pressure Monitor Display can even tell you which tire is too low, making for a quicker maintenance stop.
  • Windshield wipers: Clean wipers give you a clean windshield. Old wiper blades can become dry and develop ragged edges, leaving behind streaks and blocking your view of the road, other vehicles and potential obstacles. Make sure to have them serviced at regular intervals, typically every six months and checked or replaced before a long trip.
  • Top off all fluids: Head to your dealership to make sure your vehicle is up to date on its oil change and maintenance program. If you are due for service soon, you may want to get it taken care of before you add too many more miles on your trip.

Be Road Ready:

  • Don’t forget to fill up with the correct fuel for your vehicle the night before your trip. Then you can rise and shine and hit the road!
  • Make sure you have any phone or tablet chargers and cords that you may need for connectivity on your journey.
  • Organize your music, playlists and audio books before you depart. Practice the voice commands that operate your infotainment system so you can easily “tune to” a radio station or say things like “launch Spotify” with your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
  • Have hand-wipes, napkins and tissues at the ready for any road trip snacks that you might not be able to resist.
  • For more tips on traveling during the pandemic we like this Consumer Reports article: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-repair-maintenance/get-car-ready-for-a-road-trip/

If you’re shopping for a new vehicle before your big trip check out these Top 10 Most Asked for Safety Features:

  1. Backup Camera: A must have on any vehicle for better visibility.
  2. 360 Camera Monitor System: Taking visibility to the next level, this advanced camera system lets you see all around the vehicle. This type of system uses cameras at the front and rear of the vehicle, but also under each side mirror for a birds-eye view. Very handy at high curbs, parking in tight spots or coming up behind another vehicle in heavy traffic.
  3. Parking Sensors with Auto Braking: Get notified by the system when you are too close to a solid object in range of the sensors, then get additional braking support to try to avoid the object.
  4. Blind Spot Monitor: Looks into the blind spot on both sides of the vehicle.
  5. Rear Cross Traffic Alert: Notifies the driver of rear crossing traffic when you are in reverse.
  6. Lane Keep Assist: Helps keep you in your lane and notify you if you have an unintended lane departure.
  7. Pre Collision System: Using cameras and sensors to engage advanced safety systems to mitigate a potential accident.
  8. Dynamic Radar Cruise Control: Set your speed and a following distance to have a more peaceful drive, even in Houston traffic.
  9. Apple Car Play*/Android Auto*: Connect popular apps and features like Siri or Google Assistant for calls, texting, entertainment and even navigation apps like Apple Maps, Google Maps and Waze right on your car’s multimedia display. (Phone and operating system specific).
  10. Easy to Use Voice Commands: Tune to radio stations, make calls, send texts, launch apps, set the temperature in your vehicle and even navigate to your next destination all with simple voice commands.

And don’t forget that BIG RED bow!

At Northside Lexus we have a wide range of new and pre-owned vehicles with some or all of these in-demand features and advanced technologies. Our state-of-the-art facility, located at 24222 Interstate 45 North in Spring, feels more like a resort or high end hotel than a car dealership. Shop with us in person or online from the comfort of your home. We will tailor the experience to your needs and take exceptional care of you and your family. Come experience AMAZING at Northside Lexus.

2422 Interstate 45 North
Spring, TX 77386
281.569.3300
northsidelexus.com

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Lasting Legacy of David Vetter

David’s life has not been forgotten as his legacy lives on in his hometown of Shenandoah and neighboring community The Woodlands. Not only has he been an inspiration in science and medical progress, but David Vetter touched hearts of people all over the world with his courageous spirit amidst unimaginable challenges. His impact far outreaches our community affecting lives throughout the United States and beyond.

Delivered into a “bubble,” or isolator, at birth in 1971 to protect him from illness, David was born with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease (SCID) which left him without an immune system to fight off even the smallest of sicknesses. Only the 6th “germ-free delivery” in the world at the time, a common cold or virus could have taken his life. Loving parents, David and Carol Ann, knew their child needed to have normal life experiences and so the isolated area, or bubble, grew with him. He lived, learned, ate meals alongside family and played – all within his bubble. He became very close to his medical team who spent a great deal of time with David, including the late Dr. William T. Shearer, who led his care team and blazed trails for pediatric immunology. David’s life was spent inside the germ-free zone, however, human interaction was so important to him. “He showed such affection and love for his family and others. He had a huge capacity for loving and caring,” his mother, Carol Ann Demaret says.

David Vetter endured a life filled with obstacles, but he always looked on the bright side and found joy in his close bond with his family, including his older sister, Katherine. David cherished connections with others and made even the smallest interactions special. “One year at Halloween, he wanted to give out candy instead of dressing up, so he’d reach in his gloves which extended outside his space to give candy to other children,” says Carol Ann. His world was expanded when NASA designed a customized suit resembling a space suit protecting him so he could venture outside of his enclosed unit. Previously displayed in The Smithsonian, his famed suit and David’s brave story continue to be remembered by so many.

David chose to live life to the fullest and grasped every opportunity presented to him. A student in Conroe ISD, teachers would visit his home or Texas Children’s Hospital weekly for his education. Occasionally, a teacher would bring a small group of students to visit David and teach a lesson as though he was in a classroom setting. “I felt that everybody had something unique to offer David. He was very inquisitive and enjoyed visitors,” Carol Ann says.

Not long after David’s death in 1984 at age 12, Texas Children’s Hospital approached David’s parents about an idea to create The David Center, honoring their son, with the hope that children born with compromised immune systems would have a place to be treated. They agreed and in addition, approved the preservation of his cells for research. “I didn’t realize the importance at the time, but I trusted that it would be for generations to follow. They are still testing David’s cells,” she says.

Javier Chinen, M.D., Ph.D., Chief of The David Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, became involved with the clinic even before it expanded to Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands in 2016. “It is not a secret that part of David’s legacy has been its essential role in the public awareness of SCID. This awareness has promoted the research leading to the inclusion of SCID in the U.S. newborn screening panel for inherited diseases,” he says. The David Center and The David Clinic are within the Allergy and Immunology division at Texas Children’s Hospital where Carol Ann is a regular volunteer.

Carol Ann began advocating for SCID newborn screening in Texas after joining the Board of Trustees for the Immune Deficiency Foundation following David’s death. “My prayer when David passed away is that the bubble had burst for all time,” she says. And that prayer has been answered over the years. Texas followed many other states adding SCID to the panel in 2012 with early diagnosis of key importance. Now, every state has added the SCID to their newborn screening panel. Today, children with SCID do not live in isolation, and families often turn to stem cell transplantation for treatment with gene therapy in current development. “At Texas Children’s Hospital, we are part of these worldwide efforts and actively receive infants with SCID for diagnosis and treatment,” Dr. Chinen says.

During David’s life, the media protected his last name and he was referred to as “David.” So, in 1990, when David Elementary opened honoring his name, the community rallied around the family and took it a step further in commemoration. David’s Dream Run and David Day have been meaningful traditions at the school for 26 years. A community-wide 5k event, organized by the David Elementary PTO, David’s Dream Run raises crucial funds for The David Center and The David Clinic.

Tamara Herod, Committee Chair for David’s Dream Run and David Elementary School parent, says, “This event is mostly about teaching our students the importance of helping others and honoring David’s life. I believe they will carry the compassion and awareness they learn from this event with them throughout their lives.” David’s Dream Run rallied 1,000 participants for this year’s race and raised a record $43,000 going to The David Center and The David Clinic. Walls adorned with the students’ artwork line the clinic halls and demonstrate the David Elementary School commitment to teach their students kindness, compassion and service. “This event has raised funds that advanced our research in SCID. We are very thankful for the community support of the research focused on improving the care of SCID patients,” Dr. Chinen states.

Each year on the day prior to the run, Carol Ann visits the students at David Elementary. The day has lovingly been named David Day, when Carol Ann speaks about David’s life as well as how the fundraising event helps others. “They ask so many questions from his favorite color to many other things. I always want to end on a positive note. I don’t want the children to be sad about David. I think the children will carry the spirit of David throughout their lives,” Carol Ann says.

Residents in The Woodlands continue to be touched by David’s memory in various ways – whether they are driving down David Memorial Drive in his hometown of Shenandoah, having a child attend David Elementary School, participating in David’s Dream Run or visiting Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands where The David Clinic resides. “I’m overwhelmed by the community’s continued embrace and support of David’s memory,” Carol Ann says, “He would be pleased to know his sacrifices were not forgotten. His gallant life and death have meant something to the world.”

Article by: Mindy Jones

Treasures Mom Will Love

Top Treasures for Mom
Something Shiny- Stop by Cassio Creations in Hughes Landing to surprise mom with a stunning piece of custom created or existing jewelry to dazzle Mom and thank her for all of her many sacrifices.

Pampered Perfection– Make an appointment to spoil Mom at the Beauty Lounge for a fresh new look or to relax with a luxurious mani/pedi at Plush Nail Bar.

Shop ‘Til You Drop– Take Mom out to Market Street where she will have her pick of fabulous stores including Tory Burch, Club Monaco, J. McLaughlin, and Vineyard Vines among others, then enjoy a tantalizing brunch and “MOMosa” at True Food Kitchen.

Take a Trip– Getting away is good for the soul and helps to recharge the mind. Consult our friends at Fox Travel for the perfect getaway for you and Mom to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Capture the Moment– Make an appointment for a special family portrait. We aren’t promised tomorrow and the children change every day. Derrick Bryant Photography can capture your family in a picture that will become a treasured family heirloom.

Take a Hike or Swing through The Trees– We are blessed with amazing trails in The Woodlands, including the new trailhead in Creekside Park off Dr. Ann Snyder Way. For the thrill-seeker Mom, take her out for a day to the new Texas TreeVentures ropes course behind the Rob Fleming Recreation Center in Creekside Park.

Special Celebration Brunch– Enjoy a special brunch and day out for Mom while making a difference at the Fair Trade Fashion Show at Lord of Life Church, or take in a performance at The Glade Gallery Foundation with world-renowned pianist, Matthew Kent. Both are events moms and daughters alike are sure to cherish.

Gorgeous Gifts– From candles to clothing and everything in between, Tumbleweeds and Notions has the perfect gift for every occasion. Mother’s Day is no exception, check out their custom-illustrated Woodlands Prints just in time to celebrate Mom.

Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles– The fun atmosphere, tasty cupcakes, and champagne at Cupcakes and Bubbles are a treat any mom will love, for added fun, sign up for one of the cupcake decorating classes or go out as a group and reserve the private party room!

For the Mom Who Has Everything– Visit the elegant and luxurious Post Oak Motor Cars and surprise mom with a breathtaking new ride. Post Oak Motor Cars is Houston’s only authorized Bentley dealership, Texas’ only Bugatti and Karma dealership and the Gulf Coast’s largest authorized Rolls-Royce dealership. The class and sophistication of the vehicles coupled with the unparalleled customer care experience would be the ultimate Mother’s Day gift. Bow included!

Taste of the Town

The 2018 Taste of the Town served to indulge all the senses! Hosted by The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, the event featured more than 50 area restaurants, bakeries, and distributors plus contests, raffles and entertainment. The array of mouth-watering foods consisting of varies cuisines, delighted a crowd of over 400 attendees. In keeping with tradition, winners were chosen in four categories:

Best Appetizer – Broken Barrel with their teriyaki taco with habanero crema and a trinity slaw

Best Entrée’ – Avenida Brazil Woodlands with their beef and au gratin potatoes and chimichurri

Best Dessert – KICPOPS with their blackberry lavender ice pop made with all fresh ingredients

Planet Lincoln’s People’s Choice Award – KICPOPS with their gourmet treats

Congratulations to these winners and to the Chamber team for hosting a wonderful evening!