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Aldine ISD to open six new schools

The Lou Vardeman EC/Pre-K/K School will be one of six new schools that will open in Aldine ISD when the 2018-19 school year begins on Monday, Aug. 20. The school is located at 3302 Connorvale Rd.

Aldine ISD will open six new schools when the 2018-19 school year begins on Monday, Aug. 20. In addition, Francis Elementary School and Johnson Elementary School will have new facilities for the upcoming school year.

The schools were built with funds from the $798 million bond referendum Aldine voters overwhelmingly passed (by 72%) in November of 2015. The district will open one career and technical high school, three middle schools and two EC/Pre-K Centers.

The Dr. Archie Blanson Career and Technical Education High School will be located at 311 West Road. It is named after former Deputy Superintendent Dr. Archie Blanson. Ben Ibarra will serve as the school’s principal.

The three middle schools that are opening are Dr. Viola M. Garcia Middle School, Marine Jones Middle School and Steve Mead Middle School.


BakerRipley opens new Town Center facility with Back-to-School Health Fair

AERIAL VIEW OF THE CAMPUS AT TOWN CENTER (Illustrations courtesy of Page Southerland Page)

EAST ALDINE – BakerRipley held a combined Back-To-School event, and a Health Fair, last Saturday, August 4th. This was one of the first events to be held at their new campus on Aldine Mail Route, at the Town Center project being built by the East Aldine District. The event included free school supplies, free food distribution, nutrition workshops, and health screenings. The Fair was sponsored by Chevron, with Community Partners United Way, ABC Dental, Aldine ISD, Harris County Public Library, East Aldine District, Dignity Funeral Homes, Castlewood Civic Club, and Media Partner Univision.

Residents have many questions at second Flood Bond meeting

Kelly Snook of the Greens Bayou Coalition looks over a Harris County Flood Control District project map showing Flood Control projects, with Dolores Resendiz on Tuesday July 24 at the East Aldine offices.

By Zach Maxwell

Around 75 people attended a second public input session in the Aldine area, concerning the upcoming $2.5 billion bond election to help prevent future flooding in Houston.

The meeting was hosted by the East Aldine District and Pine Village North Public Utility District. Officials from Harris County Flood Control District as well as a flood expert from Rice University gave presentations.

But those who attended and addressed the speakers were mainly concerned with neighborhood-level drainage concerns. The bond issue, if passed in an Aug. 25 vote, will provide funds for much larger, city-wide projects to stem flooding along well-known high water zones including Greens and Halls bayous.

Jim Blackburn, a Rice University professor and founding member of the Bayou City Initiative, said these northside watersheds were often overlooked when federal funds were made available for past flood mitigation projects. The upcoming bond issue has specific wording to include previously overlooked areas and low-income areas, said State Rep. Armando Walle.

Walle said there will be at least $100 million for a variety of proposed projects on Halls and Greens, including home buyouts, drainage repairs and additional retention ponds such as the one underway on Lauder Road.


Senator Sylvia Garcia resigns Legislature

Seeks TX-29 Congress seat

State Senator Sylvia Garcia has submitted her resignation in a letter to Governor Greg Abbot, earlier this week.

Garcia is running for the seat that was vacated by Congressman Gene Green, Texas District 29. Her name will be on the November ballot, as well as a Republican opponent, Phillip Aronoff.

In her letter to Abbott, she said, “It has been an unbelievable honor for me and my family to serve the diverse, proud, working class constituents of Senate District 6 who contribute immensely to our state and want nothing more than to provide a good life for their family.”

Her term will end Jan. 2, 2019. She asked Abbott to call an election to fill her seat in the next election in November.

Rep. Gene Green to host 23rd Annual Immunization Day

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Gene Green will be hosting his Annual Immunization Day on Saturday, August 11, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at UT Physicians Community Health & Wellness Center – Jensen, 2620 E. Crosstimbers, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77093. In addition to providing free immunizations for children, the event will give parents an opportunity to speak with Congressman Green about preventive health initiatives.

“Immunizations are one of the most important disease prevention steps we can take to protect our children,” said Green. “This is a great opportunity for children to get the shots they need for school at no cost.”

Parents are encouraged to bring their child’s immunization record to ensure that all necessary shots are received.


Youth hoops in 2-Day Harris County Street Olympics

Houston-area youth compete on six courts at Fonde Recreation Center during the Street Olympics 3-on-3 Championship Tournament on July 18. In addition to basketball, the 3-on-3 Basketball competition is designed to teach sportsmanship, leadership and teamwork.

Games were designed to instill teamwork, leadership and confidence

More than 300 boys and girls competed in the 3-on-3 Basketball Championship Tournament on July 18 and 19 at Fonde Recreation Center. Houston-area boys and girls – ages 7 to 17 – playing on 80 teams participated in the single-elimination tournament, which is a signature competition in the Harris County Street Olympics Summer Games.

In the past five weeks of preliminary rounds, more than 500 boys and girls at 45 neighborhood agencies participating in the free Summer Games have competed for the opportunity to display their skills and play for trophies in this championship tournament.

The 3-on-3 Basketball Championship Tournament is a showcase event of the annual Harris County Street Olympics Summer Games, which provides boys and girls with the opportunity to participate in a free competitive athletics program in a safe and nurturing environment. As they practice and compete, they develop confidence and leadership skills that will serve them well both on and off the court.

Free Karate classes at East Aldine District

The FREE Karate Classes sponsored by the East Aldine Management District (EAMD) are a huge success. The children are having fun learning and sparring, as they get ready for an upcoming tournament. The class helps build confidence and self-esteem, specially in our girls. Karate is a sport that girls can do just as well as the boys. It shows the importance of setting goals and respecting others. A new session starts Thursday, September 13 at the EAMD Office. The children train under Instructors Jesse and Sue Diaz with David Caraway. For more information call Jesse Diaz at 713-582-8840.

Castlewood Civic Club ditch clean-up

Volunteer neighbors helped with ditch clean-up.

In a continued effort to recover from Hurricane Harvey and recent torrential rains, the Castlewood Civic Club, with the help of Precinct 2, launched a ditch clean-up on July 14, 2018.

Residents were asked to place tree limbs that had fallen in the ditch, leaves and other small debris into a trash bag and place it by their mailbox where a truck dispatched by Precinct 2 would pick it up.

Neighbors went out to help other neighbors in this effort as pictured above. The goal is to keep the culverts free of debris and provide a free water flow to avoid flooding by doing our part. Castlewood plans to this again periodically.

Castlewood Civic Club 2018 Board Elections

At the next quarterly meeting, on September 27, 2018, Castlewood Civic Club will elect a new board. All positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary will be voted on. Nominations will be accepted from the floor and voted on that evening.


East Aldine Public Safety June Report

The Committee received the following updates:

• The Pro-Active/DRT Unit for the month of June made 55 adult felony/misdemeanor arrest

• 32 felony/misdemeanor warrants

• 102 traffic citations

• 164 accident/offense/ supplement reports

• 2 sec offender compliance checks and

• 34 game room/smoke shop compliance checks


Suspect charged in 3 murders


Harris County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested and charged a 46 year old parolee, Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, with a crime spree that included a home invasion, aggravated robbery, and three murders.

The murders include a woman, Pamela Johnson, found dead on July 9 in her Cypress home, and employees of two mattress stores in the North Houston area July 14 and July 16. All the victims were killed with a gunshot in a similar manner.

Rodriguez is being held in the Harris County jail without bond. He was caught by deputies after a brief chase in the Cypress area. He had earlier been identified in surveillance video in a store, after the first murder. He was known to be driving the woman’s PT Cruiser at first, and later a grey Nissan of the store manager.


Candidates visit with voters in local area

Seated L – R seated: Lolita Guerrero, Dr. Viola Garcia, Ximena Magana, Insulators Local Union Business Agent shaking hands with gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez (standing) and Lacy Wolf, Jr. Business Manager of the Insulators Local 22. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

HOUSTON, TX. – Tuesday, July 10, 2018 — About 100 patrons were surprised when Lupe Valdez, Democratic Party Gubernatorial candidate, dropped in for lunch at the local Jacinto City Cafe along with State Senator Sylvia Garcia.

The 2018 Texas gubernatorial election will take place on November 6, 2018 to elect the Governor of Texas, concurrently with the election of one Texas’s U.S. Senate seat, as well as other congressional, state and local elections throughout the United States and Texas.

Incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott is running for re-election to a second term in office and will face Democrat Lupe Valdez, the former Sheriff of Dallas County, as well as Libertarian Mark Tippetts, a former member of the Lago Vista city council.