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Posts published in “Day: September 30, 2014”

National Night Out set for Aldine, Airline

East Aldine

East Aldine District, is planning to host a National Night Out Event from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday night, Oct. 7, 2014.

The event will be held in the Parking Lot in front of the EAD offices, at 5333 Aldine Mail Route (Jed’s parking lot).

There will be live DJ, music, dancing, food, drinks, games, door prizes and fun!

Visit with neighbors, talk to Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies, ESD-#1, Harris County Pct. 2 and Westfield Fire Dept.

Questions? call the East Aldine District at 713-595-1220.

Castlewood Civic Club

Castlewood will have its First Annual National Night Out. There will be food, music, fun, games and fellowship. Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at the corner of Lauder Road and Trailcrest (vacant lot) from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs. There will be door prize drawings. Local leaders have been invited. Come visit and meet your neighbors!

Bellmar Civic Club & Northline Terrace CC

There will be food, fun and fellowship.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall located at 7822 Northline (Corner of Northline & Canino) from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

For the pot luck dinner, please bring your favorite food. There will be also door prize drawings.

Congressman Gene Green, Senator Sylvia Garcia, State Representative Armando Walle, Airline Improvement District Board of Directors Executive Director Teri Koerth, Contract Deputies for the Airline Improvement District, Harris County Sheriff’s Department and the Little York Volunteer Fire Department all have been invited.

For more information contact: Bellmar Civic Club: 281 445-0337. Northline Terrace Civic Club: 281 447-2810.

Chamber hears of Healthcare services

GREENSPOINT – The Houston Intercontinental Chamber held their monthly luncheon at the Greenspoint Club last Tuesday, with the subject of the program “Doing business with the Healthcare Industry.”

The presenter at the meeting was Tangula Taylor, representing Texas Childrens Hospital and Texas Childrens Health Plan.

Ms. Taylor spoke about the new clinic in Greenspoint for children and women, The Center for Children and Women. This clinic enrolls families as “members” and provides services for them in the fields of pediatrics, vision care, obstetrics and pregnancy care, x-rays and labs, nurses, social workers, untrasound and sonograms, behavioral health, on-site pharmacy, dental care, and speech therapy.

The Center is specifically aimed at underserved populations who qualify in the CHIP and Medicaid programs of the state and federal government.

The Center uses a “coordinated care” model, so that a patient presents themselves and gets services in several fields, in one visit, coordinated among several nurses and doctors. There are about 9000 members in the Texas Children’s Health Plan, and the centers provide 4000 visits per month to their members. Taylor emphasized that the Center focuses on quality care and procedures, and is not interested in high numbers of patient visits or the so-called ‘Medicare Mill.’

Patients can reach the clinic with a new bus route, METRO #56, she said, or you can call and arrange transportation otherwise. Medicaide provides some transportation, and other sources are available through the clinic. Hours are seven days a week, and most days starts at 7 a.m. and end wither at 7 p.m. or 11 p.m. You can make an appointment, or come as a “walk-in.”

The Center for Children and Women actually has two locations, one in Greenspoint at 700 N. Sam Houston Parkway West, and one in the old Westwood Mall Building, at 9700 Bissonnet in Southwest Houston. This latter location is set to open in November of this year, Ms. Taylor said.

Taylor said that the Center can provide so many complete services because they partner with three organizations: Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, and UT School of Dentistry.

The Center also has a number of educational classes, including Car Seat Safety, Becoming a Mom, Breastfeeding, Keeping Fit, and New Parent Classes.

Ms. Taylor said that for those families that don’t qualify under CHIP and Medicaid guidelines, there is also available a charity care program, where patients may receive healthcare services free or at discounted rates.

At the request of the Chamber, Taylor also noted how to reach their vendor department, with a phone number.

The Chamber meeting was run by Jeff Kelly, chamber business development representative, in the absence of Chamber president Reggie Gray, who was in New York City meeting with a trade representative from Malta, during the United Nations sessions.

NCI & East Aldine report at Civic Forum

EAST ALDINE – Representatives from the Neighborhood Centers Inc. have continued to survey resident of this area, with the goal of defining the qualities that make it unique. These will guide the development of facilities and programs in NCI’s portion of the new Town Center, according to Jose Rivera, heading the survey team.

Last Thursday, East Aldine District held a Quarterly Civic Forum Luncheon, and heard reports from EAMD president David Hawes, and in a second session, a report from Jose Rivera on the NCI survey results to date.

Hawes reviewed the history of the District since its inception in 2001, and the accomplishments and goals that are current.

The audience was a diverse group of people representing area organizations.

Hawes explained that the District now operated on a budget of $6 million a year, and has contracted for over $30 million in new water and sewer lines. Currently they are planning a new 61 acre Town Center, with a college and community facilities on Aldine Mail Route. This development is expected to lead to other improvements, and more jobs and educational opportunities. The Town Center is expected to be a new gateway into Keith-Wiess Park.

Hawes emphasized that these projects are in partnership with others, such as Harris County, the City of Houston, Lone Star College, Neighborhood Centers Inc., and others.

Jose Rivera then led a Visioning Session, to continue identifying themes or characteristics of the Aldine neighborhood. The intent is to tailor there new facilities to answer the needs of the community.

He announced a preliminary draft of these programs, as follows:

1. Job development

2. Business support

3. Financial literacy help

4. Art programs

5. Education supplements

6. Community building and support

Rivera structured his presentation so there was adequate time for feedback, and facilitators met with small groups to hear their input in the ideas put forth so far. An important question that was asked, what have we missed or left out, so far? Then participants were asked to rank the various programs, so that NCI could prioritize their programming work.

Rivera also announced at the meeting an important new program, Weatherization Assistance. Using federal funds, low-income residents are eligible for improvements to their houses that will save them money. Call 713-956-1888 for more information.