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CASTLEWOOD CIVIC CLUB MEETING

The next meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. to be held at East Aldine Management Offices, 5333 Aldine Mail Rt. (next to Jed’s Hardware).  The speaker will be Mr. Vince Ryan, Harris County Attorney, who will introduce his office and the many topics their staff attorneys can speak about upon request.  There will be a Q & A session afterwards so please come prepared to participate.  Meetings are open to the public.

Contacts: Connie Esparza, Treasurer: (832) 306-0231 and Carmen Schnur, Secretary: (832) 443-7541.

Judge Emmett speaks on $2.5 billion flood bonds

Judge Ed Emmett speaking at the Rotary Club of Houston last week.

HOUSTON – In a wide ranging talk before the Rotary Club of Houston, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett spoke about a number of topics of interest. He started by talking about his appreciation for the work that Rotary does in the community, and across the world. He gave examples from his own experience of how he has been touched by and involved in this work.

Then he spoke about the upcoming $2.5 billion bond issue that will be on the ballot in a special election on August 25th. He explained that the date is the one year anniversary of the devastation when Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast, causing flooding throughout Harris County and other parts of the state.

“Harvey changed a lot of lives,” he said. He noted that 154,000 homes in Harris County and Houston flooded. The Hurricane dropped 51” of rain in a four day period. Many homes were destroyed or made unlivable, and there were many deaths in the flood waters.

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Aldine says “goodbye” to Wanda & Archie

Superintendents Archie Blanson and Wanda Bamberg were presented with framed histories of their early years in education, and subsequent years as they developed at Aldine ISD.

Two beloved superintendents set to retire

Campbell Center was the scene of a Gala Celebration last Thursday afternoon, as the Aldine ISD community and others paid tribute to the years of dedication and leadership provided to the district by two retiring superintendents, Dr. Wanda Bamberg, and Deputy Superintendent Archie Blanson.

Several hundred Aldine staff, guests, family, and the public were present and seated at beautifully decorated tables on the floor of the center. Before the celebration the audience was entertained by the Eisenhower Jazz Band, and near the end by the MacArthur Show Choir. These presentations were a hallmark of Dr. Bamberg’s public presentations, and fitting accompaniment to the program. Dr. Bamberg is also known for keynoting her talks with readings from a book she has chosen for the occasion, and so this time there was a reading from “Collectors Collect Things” in this case words leading to their use and education.

The program was actually a combination of a Toast, and a Roast, as many of the superintendents’ colleagues took the opportunity to describe with humor some of the foibles the pair had faced over the years.

There were many speakers who added to the legacy of the pair, some with insight, some with humor, or both. These included school board president Steve Mead, board member Rose Avalos, associates Bill Plummer and Raymond Stubblefield. In addition, there were a number of certificates of appreciation presented by officials, including representatives from Congresspersons Gene Green and Sheila Jackson Lee, and a thank you talk in person by State Senator Sylvia Garcia, saying Wanda is known through the state of Texas at the top of her profession.

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Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Harris County Street Olympics Officials Kick-off Exciting Summer Games

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis and State Rep. Ana Hernandez get Hula Hoop tips from youth who participated in the Harris County Street Olympics Summer Games kickoff on Tuesday.

Young Athletes Light Olympic Flame and Demonstrate “Street Games” that will Keep them Engaged in Positive Activities this Summer

Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, joined by about 80 young athletes demonstrating “street games,” on Tuesday kicked off the 32nd annual Street Olympics Summer Games.

Street Olympics officials and sponsors assisted Commissioner Ellis at Mickey Leland Memorial Park to highlight the exciting Olympic-style competition that begins June 9 at 90 Houston-area youth agencies, including three operated by Precinct One. Three youth also lit the Olympic flame.

About 5,000 Houston-area youth, ages 6-17, are expected to participate in the Summer Games, Discovery Camp, 3-on-3 Basketball, and Harris County Aquatics Program’s Learn-to-Swim classes over an eight-week period. The Summer Games culminate in the Final Event, Bright Futures Fair and the closing ceremonies’ “Parade of Champions” on Aug. 3 at NRG Arena.

“I want to let you know that Street Olympics programs are about more than just games,” Commissioner Ellis said. “We are using sporting games to teach our youth about life, which involves teamwork, competition, self-esteem, discipline and confidence.”

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Aldine ISD will serve up good nutrition for local children this summer

Bringing healthy summer meals to children ensures kids have a healthy vacation and return to school ready to learn.

Aldine Child Nutrition Services will connect children 18-years-old and younger with healthy Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meals at no cost to the child beginning June 5, at 18 sites.

SFSP is a U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition program administered in the Lone Star State by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). For the children who rely on school meals during the academic year, these meals offer a source of good nutrition when school is out for the long summer vacation.

“Aldine children need good nutrition year-round so they can learn, grow and succeed in life,” said Dani Sheffield, Executive Director for Child Nutrition Services. “With nearly 2 million food insecure children living in Texas, these healthy meals are vital to nourishing young Texans during the summer vacation.”

Specific schools sites can be found on the Child Nutrition website, www.aldinecafe.com. Meal Services times are scheduled by each school site.

Families are encouraged to use these three tools to find a meal site anywhere in the state:

• Call 2-1-1 to speak to a live operator

• Visit www.SummerFood.org for an interactive site locator map

• Text FOODTX to 877877

Summer food program meal sites help children succeed by providing the nourishment they need to return to school in the fall ready to thrive.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Top 10 Aldine ISD Students set for graduation this week

Graduations

• Thursday, May 31 – Lane School Graduation, Hall Center for Education, 5:30 p.m.

• Thursday, May 31 – MacArthur High School Graduation, M.O. Campbell Educational Center, 7 p.m.

• Friday, June 1 – Hall Center for Education Graduation, M.O. Campbell Educational Center, 6 p.m.

• Friday, June 1 – Davis High School Graduation, M.O. Campbell Educational Center, 7:30 p.m.

• Saturday, June 2 – Aldine High School Graduation, M.O. Campbell Educational Center, 8 a.m.

• Saturday, June 2 – Carver High School Graduation, M.O. Campbell Educational Center, 10:30 a.m.

• Saturday, June 2 – Nimitz High School Graduation, M.O. Campbell Educational Center, 1 p.m.

• Saturday, June 2 – Eisenhower High School Graduation, M.O. Campbell Educational Center, 4:30 p.m.

• Saturday, June 2 – Victory Early College High School Graduation, M.O. Campbell Educational Center, 7 p.m.

School districts deal with threats, including Aldine

Alleged Threat to Aldine HS student Warnesha Crawford. (Image courtesy KRIV)

HARRIS COUNTY – Following the school shooting in Santa Fe last week, authorities report that there has been an increase in threats recorded across many schools in the county.

At least seven school districts in the area have had to deal with threats, by searching for senders, sending additional police, and hardening security features. Districts with problems included Clear Creek and Huffman, where students had guns, Cleveland where a student had a gun replica, and YES Prep West, Crosby, La Marque, and Aldine where threats were recorded.

The Harris County District Attorney’s office has reported that they filed charges against 24 students since last week’s shooting at Santa Fe. Most of these were against kids whose ages were from 12 to 16, but some were as young as 10.

John Jordan of the DA’s office said that it was imperative that these cases be filed, to protect other teachers and students. If a potential problem is seen, it must be reported and investigated, he said, “because you never know who the next shooter is going to be.” In Aldine, channel 26 Fox new’s Randy Wallace reported that a student, Warnesha Crawford, had received a threatening text from a fellow student that she claimed had been bullying her. She identified the student to school authorities, but her mother claimed they did not take the appropriate action, and the sender was still in school.

Aldine ISD officials issued a statement saying they were aware of the situation and were handling it according to the “student code of conduct.” (more…)

Celebrate 11th annual Family Day at Sylvester Turner Park April 14

Get up close and personal with animals from the Houston Zoo at the 11th Annual Family Day at Sylvester Turner Park. This year’s event is from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the park at 2800 West Little York.

HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner will celebrate his 11th Annual Family Day on April 14 with baseball, music, games, food and more.

Family Day at Sylvester Turner Park will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the park at 2800 West Little York. Admission is free, as are all the games and food.

“Each year we welcome up to 12,000 people to this fun family event,” Mayor Turner said. “We have added even more this year and hope everyone across Acres Homes will join us.”

The entertainment lineup continues to grow. Back by popular demand are J. Paul Jr. and the Zydeco Nubreeds. Also returning are the talented students from Aldine Carver High School. There’s something for everyone as the Mayor welcomes Baby Sonic Boom, the Luna Llena mariachi band from Rice University, Tiger Rock Martial Arts and the Teo Chew Temple lion dancers. Radio One, KTSU and KSBJ will also be on hand. Come hungry because the food line-up includes turkey legs, sausage on a stick, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, snow cones and corn on the cob. And Nathan’s returns with everyone’s favorite hot dogs.

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Pct. 2 meets with public on improving drainage

Pct. 2 official Jeremy Phillips explains drainage route to East Aldine board members Reyes Garcia and Gilbert Hoffman.

ALDINE – Representatives from Harris County Precinct 2 met with the public last Thursday evening, to hear about the county’s plan to alleviate the severe flooding that has occurred in many neighborhoods around Aldine Mail Route and Lauder Road.

They specifically targeted the Western Homes and Magnolia Gardens subdivisioins north of Aldine Mail Route. Although the flooding can occur from normal rains, they said, it has become critical due to events such as the 500 year flood that accompanying Hurricane Harvey in September.

Precinct 2 Director of Infrastructure Jeremy Phillips, and engineering consultant Derek St. John, of the firm Lockwood Andrews & Newnam, showed drawings, maps, and slides of the proposed improved drainage for the area.

Also present at the meeting to hear from the public and receive comments, were representatives from the Harris County Flood Control District, and the Harris County Office of Housing & Community Services. These agencies had questionnaires and explained their services.

Phillips and St. John made a presentation, through slides and aerial maps, of solutions to the flooding problem that the county is planning for the area.

A federal CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) has been applied for, to improve an existing drainage channel, or ditch, that runs from Aldine Mail Route south to Halls Bayou.

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Students receive scholarships at Green’s College workshop

Students who attended Congressman Green’s College Financial Aid Workshop were eligible for a drawing for scholarships. These students received the awarded scholarships. At the front are Congressman Gene Green and State Senator Sylvia Garcia.

College-aspiring students from schools throughout Congressional District Texas-29 attended Congressman Gene Green’s annual “Paying for College Workshop” held last Monday night, February 22nd at MacArthur High School in Aldine.

Sponsors of the workshop were Congressman Green, Project GRAD Houston, and the Sallie Mae Fund.

At the free college preparation seminar, students learned about the federal financial aid process, scholarships, loans and other ways of paying for college. Speaking to students and families who had gathered in the auditorium were Sergio Gonzales, of Sallie Mae, and Romero Franseco of CafeCollege.

In addition to the speakers who provided valuable information, several local colleges had booths in the lobby with specific information for their schools. These included Texas Southern University, Lone Star College, San Jacinto College, and the University of Houston.

These schools also provided scholarships to attendees. Through a drawing, the University of Houston awarded three $1000 scholarships, TSU awarded three $1000 scholarships, and San Jacinto College awarded one scholarship at $250.

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Aldine FFA art show winners

Grand Champion Art Winner Autumn Taylor, entitled Round Up.

The 59th Annual FFA Sale of Champions on February 2nd included awards to six artists. The grand champion artwork was produced by Autumn Taylor of Nimitz and was purchased by the Curriculum and Instruction Group, with Dr. Sara Ptomey, and Dr. Michaelann Kelley for $3,750.

The reserve grand champion artwork was produced by Beatriz Cabrera of MacArthur and purchased by TCCA for $4,500.

Other winners included 3rd Place Isabel Rivas, Nimitz, purchased by the Superintendents Group for $2000; 4th Place Janet Gonzalez, MacArthur purchased by MacArthur Vertical for $3500; 5th Place Angel Salgado, Davis 9th Grade, purchased by First Construction for $$3250; and 6th Place Michell Maldonado of Carver, purchased by TCCA for $3500.

The money earned by FFA students can be used for college scholarships or to fund projects for the 2019 Livestock Show.

Reserve Champion Art Winner Beatriz Cabrera, entitled Stars and Spines.