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Community working to revitalize Eastex Jensen Area

Last year’s parade floats travelled down Jensen Blvd.

Parade Marshals Mattress Mack & Jerry Davis

When communities struggle, whatever the cause, a unique opportunity exists to bring people together and focus on working for the benefit of the community. The Houston Northeast CDC and Jensen Jubilee Committee are committed to seizing this opportunity to help to rebuild a resilient community in the Eastex/Jensen area. On Saturday, October 20, 2018, the organizations will host their 5th Annual Jensen Jubilee Parade & Festival.

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, and City Council Member Jerry Davis (District B), will serve as Grand Marshalls for the parade starting at 10:00 am proceeding from 2800 Trout Street to 9001 Jensen Drive, where the Community Festival will take place immediately following the parade.

The purpose of the Jensen Jubilee project, which launched from strategic planning meetings to clean-up the area, is to promote sustainable revitalization through residential, commercial and economic development, historic preservation and the empowerment of our neighborhoods.

Some of the successes of the Jensen Jubilee collaborative include partnerships with residents, schools, churches, businesses, and public officials; providing scholarships to area high school students; hosting town hall and specialized meetings; organizing community clean-ups; and the opening of UT Physicians Community Health and Wellness Center Jensen. This shows that together with great partnerships and hard work, we are able to not just revitalize our community but also to rebuild it, says Pastor David Smith, president of the Houston Northeast CDC. The very fact that there is a coming together within the community is a huge step forward. The Houston Northeast CDC & The Jensen Jubilee Committee is grateful to all the partners who provide their time, expertise, and the perspective necessary to maintain the momentum and relevance in the community.

The Parade & Festival serve as the premium fundraiser to be able to offer the community services provided through the Jensen Jubilee collaborative.

Festivities will begin with the Jensen Jubilee Parade on Oct. 20th, of which the community is invited to come and enjoy at 10:00am.

After the parade, the Festival will kick off with music, kid’s zone and participation of over 30 service providers and vendors.

Introduction of King & Queen at last year’s Jensen Jubilee.


Civic Club news

New date for Castlewood Civic Club Board Election

At the last civic club meeting, September 28, 2018, we proceeded to elect a new board for the civic club. No new nominations were made so the people in attendance voted to postpone the election to November 8, 2018. An effort will be made to seek candidates for President and Vice President as we have volunteers for the posts of Secretary and Treasurer. However, please note that all positions will be open to the floor for nominations that night and for voting into office.

The meeting to elect a new Board will be held at: Bethel Community Church, 2414 Lauder Rd., Houston, TX 77039. November 8, 2018 (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. Any questions, please contact Connie Esparza at (832) 306- 0231.

Green Forest Civic Club Meeting

Green Forest Civic Club’s October 2018 has been rescheduled to Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 3415 Aldine-Mail Rte. (next to Shipley’s Donuts). Please mark your calendar. Neighborhoods covered by GFCC are Eastex Freeway Forest and Fairgreen 1, 2, 3 & 4. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, please contact President Shirley Reed at 281-449- 7531 or Secretary Marina Flores Sugg at 281-442-3573.

National Night Out celebrated in many local Communities

Enjoying the NNO were HCSO deputies, East Aldine board members, Lone Star NH president Napoles and daughter, Representative Armando Walle, and the Chick-Fil-A mascot. Hundreds of others from the neighborhood enjoyed the evening, too.

Tuesday night, Oct. 2 many communities in the area stepped outside to meet and greet their neighbors, as part of the National Night Out program.

The event is meant to promote public safety, and community involvement. In this area, events were held in the East Aldine District at the new BakerRipley campus, in the Airline District at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, and in the North Houston District at Wussow Park.

In East Aldine, several hundred residents came out for a night of dancing, eating, games, viewing exhibits including the new BakerRipley campus, and music and fun as well as just meeting their neighbors.

The event was sponsored by the East Aldine District, BakerRipley, the Harris County Sheriff’s office, Brookside Funeral Home, Lone Star College, ESD #1, Westfield Fire Department, MacArthur Generals, MacArthur 9th grade, and Castlewood, High Meadows, and Green Forest Civic Clubs. Chick-Fil-A provided 400 sandwiches, which were quickly gone.

Aldine ISD Police arrest student for Instagram threats

HOUSTON, TX, September 26, 2018 — Aldine ISD Police arrested an Aldine Middle School student for posting threats on social media against a campus administrator on Wednesday, September 25, 2018. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has filed a charge of felony terroristic threat against the student.

Late Tuesday, September 24, Aldine ISD Police received information that an individual was using Instagram to issue threats towards an administrator at Aldine Middle School. During their investigation the next day, Aldine ISD Police officers discovered information which led them to a student who was interviewed about the posts. The officers also found evidence that the threats originated from the student’s cell phone.

“I want to commend our district’s police officers for their quick action and for bringing this situation to a swift conclusion,” said Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney. “Aldine ISD will not tolerate any threats made against any Aldine ISD school or individual. We will work with law enforcement officers and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law.”

“Parents, I implore you to talk to your children and remind them that their actions can have serious consequences,” Dr. Goffney said. “Aldine ISD will continue to make the safety and security of our students and staff our top priority.”

Recently, the Houston FBI office held a press conference addressing threats and hoax threats. They provided the following information of the consequences individuals face when they make threats on social media. That information includes:

• Making hoax threats directed at schools is a serious criminal action that has potentially dangerous consequences. Hoax threats are not a joke. They have ramifications for both first responders and those who issue the threats.


New Signs in North Houston

Have you noticed the new North Houston District branded street signs? Installation of nearly 500 signs is in progress throughout the District and is expected to be completed by the end of this fall!

Grand Opening of BakerRipley center

Participants in the Ribbon Cutting ceremony included Marc Shapiro, Murray Bowden, Armando Walle, Claudia Aguirre, Gwen and Ed Emmett, and Sylvia Garcia.

ALDINE – The much anticipated opening of the BakerRipley Community Center in East Aldine took place last Saturday.

In spite of a heavy rainstorm that delayed some, a crowd of several hundred local residents, financial backers and county dignitaries took part in the opening ceremonies.

BakerRipley CEO Claudia Aguirre thanked all who had helped raise funds and supported the idea of a community center for the Aldine area over the last four years.

Aguirre said that “the BakerRipley Campus is a blueprint of what is important to this community,” referencing community meetings where residents told of their needs and desires for a community facility. She said she admired the Energy and Spirit of the Aldine community, and that future leaders would take advantage of the opportunities offered by the new BakerRipley center. She said that BakerRipley was there because “East Aldine District had the Vision” to imagine the center.

Fundraising chairman Marc Shapiro said that the center was there because BakerRipley goes where it is wanted, and the community clearly asked for the resource.

Judge Emmett said the county was glad to participate, and credited Armando Walle with the impetus for the center. He noted that Walle grew up in the area, and had a clear vision of the need for such a facility, and enlisted the help of the other partners. Walle met with then CEO Angela Blanchard and they worked together on a plan to accomplish the center.

Walle modestly said, “All I did was plant a seed,” and credited East Aldine District for their help.

The new center consists of three buildings on a 7 acre campus. In their own words, “it is a place of welcome, engagement and collaboration where neighbors can enjoy a variety of holistic programs, resources, and services.


Coder Kids Program kicks off at Haverstock Hills Apartments

Fifth to eight graders learn new skills provided by Rainbow Housing Assistance to children in Haverstock Hills Apartments in Northeast Houston. (Photos courtesy of Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation)

HOUSTON – Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation (Rainbow), a nonprofit organization which provides service-enriched housing programs for residents of rental housing communities across the country, is excited to announce the launch of a new program with Coder Kids, a nonprofit which teaches the basics of coding to children throughout Texas. The program kicked off in September at Haverstock Hills Apartments in Harris County and will provide residents from fifth to eighth grade fundamental experiences in computer programming.

“This program will aid in offering continued opportunities to the residents of Haverstock Hills Apartments,” said Flynann Janisse, Executive Director of Rainbow. “The partnership with Coder Kids truly raises the bar for our young residents by providing lifelong learning opportunities and empowering them to turn their thoughts into actions, inspiring future leaders in tech.”

The Coder Kids program aims to assist younger generations develop essential critical thinking skills, increasing post-high school employment opportunities. Students will learn the basics of Scratch, an interactive visual programming language which allows students to learn coding by developing games through matching words and commands in a puzzle-like format. Scratch encourages young people to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively, all of which are critical skills for the 21st century.


Aldine HS athlete named Ford player of the week

Aldine’s Jacorey Howard Honored as Week 3 Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Players of the Week.

Ford Motor Company announces the winners of the 2018 Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week trophy for week 3 – among these winners is Aldine’s Jacorey Howard. These six Built Ford Tough gridiron heroes are honored for their performance on the field and their leadership off the field. Each week of the regular high school football season will see a new winner in the sport’s six classifications, all with hopes of ultimately becoming the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Year.


Report: Crime drops in North Houston

North Houston District, HPD, Sheriff’s Office and Community Partners unite to keep district safe knocking out crime one talk at a time.

(HOUSTON, TX, Sept. 20) – During the hot, 100 degree summer days, members of the North Houston District Public Safety Task Force made multiple rounds by foot at apartment communities along Northborough Drive in Greenspoint as part of the Northborough Initiative Knock and Talks. The initiative, launched by the North Houston Management District in May, is a proactive approach to reducing and preventing crime in the area.

In January, the Houston Police Department (HPD), opened a new police station in the North Houston District at 100 Glenborough Drive as a partnership with the North Houston District. Known as the North Belt Division, the station is the hub for officers covering Willowbrook, Greenspoint and Bush Intercontinental Airport areas. Consequently, crime in the area has decreased 13 percent with an additional 11 percent decrease since bike patrol was implemented according to HPD.

“The progress that our law enforcement partners have made in the district in recent months is noticeable,” says Tracy Harrison, public safety director, North Houston District. “We plan on doing more to keep the area even safer,” says Harrison.

In a crime analysis completed in 2017, it was determined that the area in which most crimes occurred in the North Houston District (Greens Crossing, Greenspoint, Pinto Business Park and Airline Corridor) took place on Northborough Drive. Northborough Drive is located in the northwest quadrant of the district with approximately eight apartment communities.

One of the ways in which the Northborough Initiative task force hopes to make a positive impact is through active engagement with residents.


NNO: Neighbors taking care of Neighbors


National Night Out (NNO) will be observed in a week, on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

National Night Out is an annual event to promote public safety and community involvement. It is held city-wide and nationally.

Come out and celebrate with your neighbors. A list of NNO events in our area follows:

• EAST ALDINE DISTRICT – Tuesday ,October 2, 2018, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at BakerRipley on Aldine-Mail Rte., 3000 Aldine Mail Rt. Houston, TX 77039.

• AIRLINE DISTRICT – Bellmar Civic Club & Northline Terrace Civic Club. Food, fun & Fellowship. Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 7822 Northline (corner of Northline & Canino), 6:30 pm – 8: 00 p.m.

• NORTH HOUSTON DISTRICT – National Night Out on Tuesday, October 2 at Wussow Park, 500 Greens Rd. from 5:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. Approximately 300 area residents and partners are expected.

Northside job fair hosts 40 employers, over 400 job seekers

Congressman Gene Green, right, Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya Goffney, center, with leaders at the Northside job fair.

HOUSTON, TX – Congressman Gene Green held his annual Northside Job Fair Monday morning, which hosted over 40 employers and more than 400 job candidates at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center arena. Many participants made connections with employers and began the interview process, others were offered jobs immediately.

“We had a great turnout of participants, and a very successful job fair,” Green said. “This event offers constituents an opportunity to interact with various companies in a wide variety of professions. We not only want to help people find employment, we want to help them move into higher-paying jobs so that they can get ahead and support their families.”

Over 40 companies and organizations participated in the event from both the public and private sector, and a variety of industries. Full-time, part-time and seasonal positions were advertised for an array of skill sets ranging from first-responders to engineers to educators.