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Posts published in “Day: October 26, 2010”

General Election to be held Nov. 2nd

By BOBBY HORN JR.
Early voting is now underway for the Nov.2 General Election. Early voting will continue through Friday Oct. 29.
Early voting locations
Local polling places for early voting are Northeast Multi-Service Center, 9720 Spaulding, the Octavia Fields Branch Library, 1503 South Houston Ave. in Humble, the Hardy Senior Center, 11901 West Hardy Rd and the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center, 6719 W. Montgomery Rd. Voters may cast early votes at any location, regardless of where they live in the county.

National races
On the national scene, incumbent Congressman Gene Green sees a challenge from Republican Roy Morales and Libertarian Brad Walters. Sheila Jackson Lee, also a democrat, will face off with Republican John Faulk and Libertarian Mike Taylor.
State and local races
Closer to home, the race gaining the most attention in Texas is that of governor.
Rick Perry, who has served as governor longer than any other person, is seeing a challenge from former Houston Mayor Bill White. Kathie Glass, representing the Libertarian Party, and Deb Shafto, of the Green Party, are also running.
In State House District 141 Republican Michael Bunch wants to unseat Senfronia Thompson. Armando Walle will not be contested for State House District 140.
Topping county races is that of Harris County Judge. Democrat Gordon Quan is challenging incumbent Ed Emmett. Precinct 2 Commissioner Sylvia Garcia will try to hold off a challenge by Republican Jack Mormon.
City of Houston Propositions
For those living in the Houston city limits, there are three important propositions on the ballot.
Prop. 1 calls for “Creation of a Dedicated Funding Source to Enhance, Improve and Renew Drainage Systems and Streets.” The proposition calls for the creation of a “pay as you go” funding source for the repairs and upgrades.
Prop. 2 asks that the residency requirement for district council members be reduced from 12 months to six months for the November 2011 election.
Prop. 3 asks whether the city should continue to use red light cameras to enforce state or local traffic laws.
This year’s General Election will be held on Nov. 2. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To locate the proper polling location, voters should go to the Harris County Clerk’s Election website www.harrisvotes.com.

Domestic dispute ends with townhouses torched: 6 units in Pine Village North destroyed

A man allegedly set a townhome on fire on Oct. 16 after a fight with his girlfriend, Harris County Deputies said. The blaze happened near Aldine Mail and Highway 59 last Saturday morning.
The incident happened at a home in the 5800 block of Twisted Pine Court, part of Pine Village North subdivision. According to detectives, about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 the man poured gasoline on the exits of the house, setting the townhome on fire.
Inside the house on fire there were three kids and a woman who escaped by jumping from a balcony to a neighbor’s house.
Detectives said neighbors detained and held down the suspect until deputies arrived.
The only person hurt during the fire was the suspect who suffered some burns and was taken to the hospital for treatment. He was reported to is unconscious afterward.
A total of six units were destroyed and the suspect, whose name is unknown, could face attempted murder charges as well as arson and assault charges.

Celebrando el “Día de Muertos”

El día de los muertos es una tradición donde se recuerda a los seres queridos ya difuntos y también es conocido como “Dia de todos los Santos” o “Dia de los fieles Difuntos”.
La festividad del Día de los Muertos se divide en dos: una destinada a los niños o angelitos (Oct. 31 y Nov.1)y la de los adultos (Nov. 1 y 2)
Aunque esta tradición se ve como festividad mexicana, también se celebra en muchas comunidades de los Estados Unidos donde existe una gran población México-americana, y en una menor medida también se celebra en algunas partes de Latinoamérica.
A pesar que es un tema relacionado con la muerte, esta festividad se celebra alegremente y honrando las vidas de los difuntos.

Las Ofrendas

La colocación de las ofrendas se comienza hacer dos días antes de que la festividad comienze pues se tiene que prerar un altar en forma de arco adornado con ramas de sauce o limonaria que va atado a una mesa o en ausencia de esta, la ofrenda se pone en el suelo.

El arco se adorna con flores de cempasúchil, también conocida como flor de muerto, se cuelgan naranjas o mandarinas en el arco y se colocan los alimentos que preferían los difuntos.
Se hace un camino de flores de cempasúchil desde la calle hasta el altar adentro de la casa como guia para los difuntos.
En el caso de los angelitos (niños) que llegan primero, la comida que se coloca es sin picante, acompañada con el tradicional pan de muerto, dulces, vasos de agua, veladoras encendidas. También se quema copal 3 o 4 veces al dia para recibir a los invitados.
Para la ofrenda de los adultos, se ofrece su comida favorita acompañada con aguardiente, mezcal, tequila, cervezas o brandy, refrescos y cigarros si los difuntos fumaban.
Otro de los aspectos de esta tradición es la concentración de gente en el camposanto o panteón para arreglar las tumbas de sus muertos y ponerles flores de cempasúchil y velas encendidas pues las almas de sus difuntos retornan a su lugar.
También es característico el repicar de las campanas de la iglesia del pueblo y el quemar cuetes o polvora al medio dia cuando se cree que llegan los difuntos y por la tarde como a las 3 que es la hora de partida.