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Posts published in “Day: February 18, 2014”

Optimist Club honors two past members

ALDINE – Members of the Aldine Optimist Club gathered at a lunchtime ceremony last Wednesday, Feb. 12 for a memorial to honor two deceased members, Jim Cooper and Wayne Romoser.

Club president Steve Mead led the program for the thirty attendees, including family members of the two men. Some of the Romoser family had traveled from Oklahoma to participate.

The ceremony included singing Amazing Grace, led by Stacey Smith, and reciting the Optimist Creed. The names of the two men were added to the Memory Banner that the club maintains.

President Mead reviewed the history of the club, and the participation and service of the two men being remembered that day.

The club started on July 16, 1986 with eleven members, sponsored by members of the Spring Cypress Optimist club.

Wayne Romoser was a charter member of the club, and served as president of the club in the first year. In 1991 he received the “Optimist of the Year” award. He was instrumental in bringing the C.H.I.C.K.E.N. Club to the Aldine Schools, for 4th graders to avoid drugs and peer pressure. Wayne and his wife Jackie owned and operated the M & M Auto Supply firm on Aldine Bender near the clubhouse.

Jim Cooper was a member of the club since 1999. Although confined to a wheelchair in later years, he managed to get things done as needed, often with the help of wife Carolyn and daughter Debbie. He especially helped with the golf tournament. Jim worked for the Sign and Banner Company. He also was a member of the Family Life Christian Church, along with his family. He first became familiar with the church when they needed a sign, he said. Jim involved all of his family in Optimist, but especially his beloved grandson Austin Haecker.

It is said that the mission of the Optimist International is to “provide hope and a positive vision to bring out the best in kids.”

Wayne Romoser and Jim Cooper were honored by the club last week, because they did just that and left a legacy of character for others to follow, said president Mead.

Warrant Round Up set for March 1

HOUSTON–The City of Houston’s Municipal Courts Department and Houston Police Department (HPD) will be among 300 law enforcement jurisdictions across Texas that will participate in the 2014 Great Texas Warrant Round-Up. For the 3rd year in a row, HPD will be assisted by the Texas Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit to search for individuals with outstanding warrants beginning Saturday, March 1, 2014. Neighboring jurisdictions joining this statewide initiative as regional participants include, Harris, Galveston, Fort Bend, and Waller Counties.

“This is by far the largest concerted law enforcement effort in Texas,” said Director and Presiding Judge Barbara E. Hartle. “We do this program simultaneously with other jurisdictions to bring about greater public awareness, which will hopefully encourage someone to resolve their case or cases before they are arrested,” said Judge Hartle.

Once the Warrant Round-up period begins March 1st, HPD and other law enforcement agencies will aggressively target those defendants on the warrant list. Authorities warn that arrests can take place at any location, including the defendant’s home, school or workplace. Additionally, a special task force will focus solely on locating defendants with outstanding warrants through a license plate recognition program and whose parked vehicle has been documented multiple times at specific locations.

“With the assistance of law enforcement, we fully intend to use the entire scope of our resources, and we want to make everyone aware that ignoring your court matter is not an acceptable practice,” stated Judge Hartle. “The License Plate Recognition program has been in force since September of 2011 and has been extremely helpful in allowing us to locate scofflaws,” she added.

As the regional coordinator of this effort for the past eight years, the City of Houston Municipal Courts Department has thousands of active warrants it is seeking to clear. Municipal Courts officials are encouraging defendants to take advantage of the options available to resolve outstanding warrants. There will be no amnesty offered during the Warrant Round-Up effort.

Notices are being mailed to all Houston Municipal Court defendants with active warrants. Citizens with warrants in jurisdictions other than the City of Houston should contact those jurisdictions for information about how to clear those warrants.

For more information about warrants or citations visit www.houstontx.gov/courts or contact City’s Helpline at 3-1-1 or 713-837-0311, if outside the City of Houston.

I-69 Corridor featured on H-GAC TV

Highway will be a “river of trade”

HOUSTON – Interstate 69 is a nationwide project to create an economic corridor for North America; it spans the entire country to connect Canada to Mexico with one continuous freeway. This is the message on the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s new MobilityNOW episode, viewable on Youtube.com.

In Texas I-69 begins at Texarkana, travels to Houston on U.S. 59 and ends at the Mexico border. Improvements utilize existing highways whenever possible based on recommendations.

“It’s been a tremendous project, it has been 20 years in the making and in the last couple of years, Texas in particular it really has come to life,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT former Executive Director ”I-69 is really a river of trade for economic development purposes.” Wilson appears on the video, along with Marc Williams, TxDOT Director of Planning.

“I-69 in Texas will follow US 59 for most of its length to Laredo; passing through the Aldine area; it will split south of Victoria to continue on Highway 77 to Brownsville; a third split from US 59 will send it down to highway 281 at McAllen.

Instead of constructing a new freeway for I-69, the existing highways will be improved to interstate levels. Those improvements may include additional traffic lanes, repair and reconstruction of existing pavements as well as improvements in safety without the cost and time of constructing a new freeway.

With four ports, the Houston region is a major freight gateway. Future port connectors to Highway 69 and other freeways will provide a more efficient/direct access to the port and manufacturing centers of the region.

Interstate 69 is a promising transportation project with a big impact on our region.