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Judge Patronella to speak on renters' rights issues
David Patronella, presiding judge of Harris County Justice of the Peace Court (Precinct 1, Place
2), will lecture and answer questions on renters' rights topics for gay Houstonians this week. One
of the best known judges in Texas, he will speak as a guest of the Houston Gay & Lesbian
Political Caucus. HGLPC Bc-ard of Trustees member Clair Koepsel described the event as a "not-
to-be-missed chance for parties on both sides to learn from an acknowledged authority who deals
with renter-landlord disputes on a regular basis." The only Democratic judicial incumbent in
Harris County, Patronella has held his present
position since 1989 and is running for reflection this year. "The focus of his talk will be
eviction legalities, and that's a hugely important topic," said Koepsel "But I hope he lias
time to say something about the different
courts we have as welL We have Justice Courts,
County Courts, Municipal Courts, and State
District Courts. The county courts are divided
into three kinds, and there are four kinds of
state courts. We have to elect judges for all
these benches, and how many voters really
know the difference? We may have to ask
Judge Patronella to come back again."
ft For info
Houston Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus meeting
7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7
Houston Lesbian & Gay Community Center
803 Hawthorne • 713-524-3818
The Houston Gay &
Lesbian Political Caucus
hosts Harris County
Judge David Patronella
next week for a lecture
at the Houston Lesbian &
Gay Community Center.
Houston Black Tie Dinner
officials choose 2002 theme
"Reflections" has been selected as the theme
for the 2002 Houston Black Tie Dinner,
according to organizers. Now in its 11th year,
the dinner is held each fall. Proceeds from the
dinner go toward helping local nonprofit
organizations continue the work that they do
in service to gay Houstonians. This year's
beneficiaries are: Bering-Omega Services,
H.A.T.C.H., Lesbian Health Initiative,
Montrose Counseling Center, Montrose
Clinic, PWA Coalition, and Resurrection
Metropolitan Community Church. Black Tie
Board President Chris Lewis said
"Reflections" as this year's theme".. .reminds
us of the opportunity we have not only to celebrate and reflect upon our lives .after the
tragedies of last year, but also to come together as a community yet again, recommitting
ourselves to living life to the fullest and pursuing dreams for our community" Board
entertainment chair David Greiss said, "The
Black Tie Dinner is a wonderful opportunity
for both the community as well as our friends
and supporters, to join together for a night of
fun and socializing, all the while knowing
that just by their being at the event, much-
needed funds are being raised for the local
beneficiaries." Tickets and tables can now be
purchased online for the event.
Houston Black Tie. Dinner • Oct. 12,2002
Intercontinental Hotel • 610 West Loop South
Gone but not forgotten
The popular yellow tabby cat of Marys. Naturally —
dubbed "Mr. Balls" — died recently and will be remembered with a balloon release and
memorial service Saturday.
Everyone is invited to celebrate the
life of this memorable cat, who
touched the lives and laps of many
people — as long as you had a
treat and would pet him, according
to Mary's regulars. The event starts
at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mary's...
Naturally. 1022 Westheimer.
David Palmer Swem, 44, Avondale resident
David Palmer Swem, 44, of Houston died
on Friday, July 26, 2002, at Park
Plaza Hospital in Houston after an
extensive battle with HTV/AIDS.
Born on April 30, 1958, Swem
came to Houston from upstate New
York in 1979. He was a long-time
client of organizations such as
AIDS Foundation Houston, Bering
Support Services and Thomas
Street Clinic. Despite physical limitations, he managed to continue
his favorite activities — playing
bingo at the Sons of Herman on
Friday nights, growing African
violets and taking care of his pets
and his friends, according to his family.
In recent years, Swen had become a fixture in the Avondale neighborhood where he
lived and walked his beloved dogs several
times a day friends said. He will be remem
bered for having the "gift of gab," as well as
a heart of gold, according to
friends and relatives.
He is survived by his parents, Charles and Ethel
Swem; sister, Ethel Soukey
and her husband Nelson and
their children, Troy and
Damian, all of New York;
brother Charlie and his wife
Beverly and their children.
Tyler, Christa-Jo, Chas and
Drew, all of Florida.
Swen will be cremated,
and his ashes will be
interred in Harrisville. N.Y..
beside his deceased sister and brother.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m..
Saturday, Aug. 3, at Bering Memorial United
Methodist Church. Casual attire is requested.
—From staff reports
David Palmer Swem
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