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Posts published in March 2018

UT Clinic Jensen holds Open House & Health Festival

UT PHYSICIANS Jensen Clinic held their formal Grand Opening last Saturday, marked by this Ribbon Cutting in front of the Clinic. Ceremonies included entertainment, healthy food give-aways, tours of the clinic, and vendor booths with information on health and education opportunities. Participating in the Ribbon Cutting were Practice Manager Marlon Stewart, UT Physicians VP/COO Andrew Casas, City Councilwoman Carla Cisneros, Pastor David Smith, Clinic Medical Officer Dr. Aracely Vasquez, and Myriam Saldivar from State Representative Armando Walle’s office.

NORTHEAST HOUSTON – As part of the revitalization of the Jensen corridor and SuperNeighborhood 46, Pastor David Smith and others have lobbied for improved services including healthcare.

On Saturday, they thanked the UT Physicians and the McGovern Medical School at UT Health, for bringing a robust comprehensive health clinic to the area.

An Open House ceremony and Ribbon Cutting was held Saturday morning, emceed by UT representative Xochitl Olguin.

The chief medical officer, Dr. Aracely Vasquez, told the attendees that the 10,000 square foot clinic offered many needed services, including a family doctor, an internist, a pediatrician, and child and adult mental health service.

When the clinic first opened last year, it was serving only about 80 families, she said. Now that number has grown to 500, and the clinic is expected to reach 1000 this year.

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TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 6: Ana Hernandez campaign event attracts supporters

(Photo by Allan Jamail)

State Representative ANA HERNANDEZ is planning her campaign for the Texas Senate from District 6, currently held by Sylvia Garcia. This photo is from a recent reception held at Spring Street Cafe in central Houston. Attending were many supporters, including State Representative Mary Ann Perez (left), Ana, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Rep. Armando Walle (right). The large crowd was partisan, but very enthusiastic to see Ana head for the Senate.

In her welcoming remarks, Ana reviewed her position on current matters of interest that she advocates, including better school financing, high paying jobs, immigration reform, equal rights for women, reduced domestic violence, better women’s healthcare, including the right to choose, voters’ rights, expanded Medicaid, and more. See more at anafortexas.com.

Thousands of Students rally for stricter gun controls

Mayor Sylvester Turner, center, with Police Chief Art Asaveda at left, and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, join thousands of students in Houston’s downtown and Tranquility Park last Saturday, to voice their opinion that Congress needs to pass strong gun control legislation, and end the senseless killing of children in the nation’s schools

Aldine ISD selects Teachers of the Year

Aldine ISD’s Teachers of the Year (TOY) and TOY finalists, along with the district’s Principals of the Year
pose with Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. Wanda Bamberg, Aldine ISD Trustees Steve Mead, Rose Avalos,
Connie Esparza and Dr. Viola M. Garcia and members of the Aldine Education Foundation Board following
the district’s annual Teacher of the Year Breakfast, held Friday, March 9 at the Hyatt Regency North Houston Hotel. Seated are (l-r): TOY finalist Mario Romero, AISD Secondary Teacher of the Year Chelsea DavisBibb, AISD’s Secondary Principal of the Year Dr. Crystal Watson, AISD’s Elementary/Intermediate Principal of the Year Scott Dubberke, AISD’s Elementary/Intermediate Teacher of the Year Lynette O’Neal, TOY finalist Elisa De La Rosa, TOY finalist Allison Hamacher and TOY finalist Elizabeth Woodson.

Lynette O’Neal was named Aldine ISD’s Elementary/Intermediate Teacher of the Year and Chelsea Davis-Bibb was named the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year during Aldine ISD’s Teacher of the Year Breakfast, held Friday, March 9 at the Hyatt Regency North Houston Hotel. In addition, the district’s Principal’s of the Year were also announced at the breakfast. Scott Dubberke of Gray Elementary School was named the Elementary/Intermediate Principal of the Year and Dr. Crystal Watson was named the Secondary Principal of the Year.

The other four Teacher of the Year finalists were Elizabeth Woodson of Kujawa Elementary School, Mario Romero of Stehlik Intermediate School, Allison Hamacher of Drew Academy and Elisa De La Rosa of MacArthur Ninth Grade School. O’Neal said she strives to motivate her students to reach their full potential as learners. “Every student needs to achieve a measure of success to keep them motivated during the learning process,” she said. “My role is to evaluate the needs of each student, keep them energized, facilitate their learning, provide them with what they need and equip and empower them to take ownership of their learning and its outcomes.” Davis-Bibb said she tailors her teaching to reach each and every student she comes in contact with on a daily basis. “One of the leading principles that guides my career as a teacher is that all students can learn,” she said. “With this principle in mind, I base my instruction on the needs of my students. I believe that students learn through experience. Therefore, my delivery of teaching is through a lot of group work and collaborative learning.”

All Teachers of the Year received cash prizes from Aldine Education Foundation supported by donations from Presenting Sponsor H-E-B Tournament of Champions; Platinum Sponsor WCA Waste Corporation of Texas; Gold Sponsors Caldwell Companies and The Edu-Source Corporation; Silver Sponsors CenterPoint Energy, DivisionOne Construction, Huitt-Zollars, Inc., and McDonald’s; and Campus Sponsors BakerRipley, Edgenuity, Inc., Jones/ Carter, Jostens, Kurz & Co., PBK Architects, Tandus Centiva, TCG Group, and Edward Vines.

Additionally, winning Teachers of the Year each received two first-class round-trip tickets from United Airlines. The four Finalists each also received $25 gift cards from Dahill. All Teachers of the Year received gift bags from Academy Sports + Outdoors which included mugs, pencils, and lunch bags from East Aldine District, car sun visors from InvesTex Credit Union, three-year planners from Jostens, pens from North Houston District, calendars and lunch bags from Magoo’s Print Shop, and shirts from Aldine Education Foundation.

Door prizes were donated by Dahill, DoubleTree Houston Intercontinental Airport, Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, and Hyatt Regency North Houston.

Prior to the announcement of the district Teachers of the Year, AEF President Bill Ginder provided an overview of AEF, introduced the AEF Board and thanked the sponsors who made donations.

Dr. Keena Bradley, the district’s director of auxiliary staffing, served as chairperson of the Teacher of the Year Committee. The committee consisted of Dr. David Villareal and Mark Mitchell of the Human Resources Department, AEF Board Member Jeff Hartmann, 2016-17 Elementary/Intermediate Teacher of the Year Mariangela Garcia, 2016-17 Secondary Teacher of the Year Lester Morrow, Eun Sung Kim of Carter Academy, Kendra Jacobsen of Hill Intermediate School, Crachelle Gates of Cypresswood Elementary School and Emily Bartley of Aldine High School.

Dr. Linda Rodriguez and Dr. Todd Davis introduced the Principals of the Year. The Principal of the Year Committee consisted of Dr. Tamika AlfordStephens, Assistant Superintendent of Finance, Dawn Ayers Rodriguez, Executive Director of Assessment, Accountability and School Improvement, Sherrie Batro of the Human Resources Department, Ben Ibarra, Principal of Blanson Career & Technology High School, Deborah Johnson, Program Director of Secondary Social Studies, Christine Kujawa, Multilingual Program Specialist, Sandra Mader, Director of Athletic Services, Stacey Smith, Program Director of Resource Development and an AEF Board Member and Efrain Uribe, Program Director of Elementary/Intermediate Counseling & At-Risk Students.

Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. Wanda Bamberg provided closing remarks. She lauded and thanked the teachers in the audience for choosing to share their knowledge and talents with Aldine ISD’s students.

“It is exciting to see our educators do outstanding work with our students,” she said. “You all are a tribute and credit to this profession. I’ve watched this event grow over the years. It has evolved into a wonderful event to honor our wonderful teachers.”

She also thanked AEF and sponsors who supported the breakfast and donated prizes.

Prior to and during breakfast, the MacArthur Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jose Diaz, provided the entertainment.

Pct. 2 opens new Seguin Park

Drone photo, courtesy of Pct. 2, shows the beauty of the new Juan Seguin Historic Park, on the Ship Channel. In the distance is the Lynchburg Ferry, and at right Independence Parkway. The park features a viewing walk along the Ship Channel, a playground, and historic markers telling the story of Juan Seguin’s contribution to the Texas Revolution.

Juan Seguin Historical Park is educational, recreational

LA PORTE – Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman announces the opening of Juan Seguin Park. The $3.4 million project transformed the undeveloped greenspace into an educational park that focuses on Lieutenant Colonel Juan Seguin and his role in Texas History.

“We wanted to tie into all the history along Independence Parkway from the Battleship Texas, the Battleground site, Lynchburg Ferry and the David G. Burnet Park just north of this channel,” said Commissioner Morman.

The Precinct worked diligently with the Harris County Historical Commission, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, as well as Juan Seguin descendants to create educational and unique aspects to the park. The park was paid for by funds from the Waste Pits Superfund settlement, and Pct. 2. The park was designed by Clark Condon Landscape Architects, and built by Landscape Art, Inc.

New park features include a pier that overlooks the Ship Channel, a large pavilion with artwork etched into its concrete base, a nautical-themed playground, walking trails, and picnic tables scattered throughout. Park visitors will also find interpretive panels with historical information on the Lynchburg Ferry, Ship Channel, and Juan Seguin.

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Two Fires destroy 16 apartments, building

FLAMES completely engulf an apartment building on Northborough in North Houston.

Houston Firefighters Battle Two 2-Alarm Fires Overnight

NORTH HOUSTON – The Houston Fire Department responded to two 2- 11 fires overnight in the Greenspoint and North Houston areas.

NORTH FREEWAY

The first was a vacant 2 story office building at 4045 North Freeway near Crosstimbers. The initial dispatch time was 10:47 pm last Sunday evening, March 11. One civilian was transported to the hospital due to an asthma attack on-scene aggravated by smoke inhalation. The civilian was a bystander evacuated from the Texan Inn hotel across the street, due to extremely heavy smoke surrounding the building. Part of the building collapsed and was deemed a total loss. The cause was not determined at this time.

NORTHBOROUGH

The second fire was a 2 story apartment building in the 13500 block of Northborough. The initial dispatch was at 3:43 am Monday morning, March 12. The fire was at the Sago Palms Apartments, and totally destroyed on of the buildings.

Houston Fire Department responded with two alarms, sending about 50 firefighters and two ladder trucks.

There were 16 apartment units in the two story building, and about 30 persons lost their home and possessions. The Red Cross set up a shelter at a nearby church.

One resident, Jacoby Ross, was treated for lacerations received from breaking out a window to self-evacuate. Due to the heat, he was unable to open his apartment door, so he escaped through a window. He then knocked on other apartments to alert sleeping residents. Another man jumped out a second floor window, with the help of neighbors. One woman lost her pet dog to the fire.

No firefighters were injured. Both fires are currently under investigation, but the cause has not been determined.

Sylvia Garcia wins big; Bates defeats Coffey

Sylvia Garcia and Congressman Gene Green at the campaign’s East end headquarters, greet cheering supporters as the election results indicate she has won. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

House leader Pelosi fires up Democrats

By Allan Jamail

Election Day – March 6, 2018 — Senator Sylvia Garcia crushed 6 opposing candidates vying for the 29th Congressional District seat being vacated by retiring Congressman Gene Green.

Garica’s win came after a recent visit to Houston by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi of California. Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 114th Congress. From 2007 to 2011, Pelosi served as Speaker of the House, the first woman to do so in American history. Pelosi spoke at the Harris County Democratic Party’s (HCDP) annual fundraiser to a record crowd. Chairwoman Lillie Schechter of the HCDP said this year’s event set a fund raising record and an attendance record with over 3,500 Democrat activists.

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