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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Suspect charged in 3 murders

JOSE GILBERTO RODRIGUEZ

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.

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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.

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Optimist Club recognizes Partners

THE ALDINE OPTIMIST CLUB held a recognition ceremony last Wednesday, thanking all who have partnered with the club in their programs, and honoring the new superintendent. Seen above at center are club president Steve Mead, flanked by Doris Davis on the left, and new Superintendent Dr. LaTonya Goffney, on the right. Also pictured, l to r, Gilbert Hoffman,Oliver Newman, Newt Newman, and Aldine police officers Lt. Kevin Northey, chief Craig Goralski, and Cpl. Marc Harris.

ALDINE – The Optimist Club held a special luncheon last week, to recognize partners who have help them with community projects over the last year, and to introduce the new Aldine ISD superintendent, Dr. LaTonya Goffney.

Club president Steve Mead recounted for the attendees the many projects that the club has accomplished, almost all of them benefitting students of Aldine ISD.

Mead said the club had funded two named scholarships with the Education Foundation, at $15,000 each fund. Also, last year the club awarded every high school in the district a scholarship for a student, and this year plans to increase it to 2 students per high school.

Other projects included awarding 80 bicycles to students, and holding a raffle at the FFA show to raise money for more scholarships.

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Emmett, Culberson announce $5 billion more for flood work

Congressman John Culberson, Harris County Flood Control District Executive Director Russell Poppe, and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett (photo courtesy HPM)

Funding will Complete Every Federally Authorized Flood Control Project in Houston and Harris County

HOUSTON, TX – Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett last week announced the influx of more than $4.5 billion in federal aid headed to Texas for flood prevention and mitigation efforts.

“This funding was secured as part of the hurricane relief bills I helped shepherd through Congress and, as promised, allows the Harris County Flood Control District to finish every federally authorized flood control project,” Congressman Culberson said. “We know this money is vitally important, but it is only part of the solution. I will continue to fight for legislation that will help protect families, homes and businesses in the future.”

Judge Emmett joined Congressman Culberson at the Jewish Community Center, which is located close to Brays Bayou. It suffered extensive damage because of flooding during Harvey. The current project underway by the Harris County Flood Control District is purposed to reduce flooding along the Brays Bayou and will receive $75 million. The other projects receiving money are:

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