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Aldine ISD Police arrest student for Instagram threats

HOUSTON, TX, September 26, 2018 — Aldine ISD Police arrested an Aldine Middle School student for posting threats on social media against a campus administrator on Wednesday, September 25, 2018. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has filed a charge of felony terroristic threat against the student.

Late Tuesday, September 24, Aldine ISD Police received information that an individual was using Instagram to issue threats towards an administrator at Aldine Middle School. During their investigation the next day, Aldine ISD Police officers discovered information which led them to a student who was interviewed about the posts. The officers also found evidence that the threats originated from the student’s cell phone.

“I want to commend our district’s police officers for their quick action and for bringing this situation to a swift conclusion,” said Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney. “Aldine ISD will not tolerate any threats made against any Aldine ISD school or individual. We will work with law enforcement officers and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law.”

“Parents, I implore you to talk to your children and remind them that their actions can have serious consequences,” Dr. Goffney said. “Aldine ISD will continue to make the safety and security of our students and staff our top priority.”

Recently, the Houston FBI office held a press conference addressing threats and hoax threats. They provided the following information of the consequences individuals face when they make threats on social media. That information includes:

• Making hoax threats directed at schools is a serious criminal action that has potentially dangerous consequences. Hoax threats are not a joke. They have ramifications for both first responders and those who issue the threats.

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New Signs in North Houston

Have you noticed the new North Houston District branded street signs? Installation of nearly 500 signs is in progress throughout the District and is expected to be completed by the end of this fall!

Coder Kids Program kicks off at Haverstock Hills Apartments

Fifth to eight graders learn new skills provided by Rainbow Housing Assistance to children in Haverstock Hills Apartments in Northeast Houston. (Photos courtesy of Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation)

HOUSTON – Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation (Rainbow), a nonprofit organization which provides service-enriched housing programs for residents of rental housing communities across the country, is excited to announce the launch of a new program with Coder Kids, a nonprofit which teaches the basics of coding to children throughout Texas. The program kicked off in September at Haverstock Hills Apartments in Harris County and will provide residents from fifth to eighth grade fundamental experiences in computer programming.

“This program will aid in offering continued opportunities to the residents of Haverstock Hills Apartments,” said Flynann Janisse, Executive Director of Rainbow. “The partnership with Coder Kids truly raises the bar for our young residents by providing lifelong learning opportunities and empowering them to turn their thoughts into actions, inspiring future leaders in tech.”

The Coder Kids program aims to assist younger generations develop essential critical thinking skills, increasing post-high school employment opportunities. Students will learn the basics of Scratch, an interactive visual programming language which allows students to learn coding by developing games through matching words and commands in a puzzle-like format. Scratch encourages young people to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively, all of which are critical skills for the 21st century.

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Report: Crime drops in North Houston

North Houston District, HPD, Sheriff’s Office and Community Partners unite to keep district safe knocking out crime one talk at a time.

(HOUSTON, TX, Sept. 20) – During the hot, 100 degree summer days, members of the North Houston District Public Safety Task Force made multiple rounds by foot at apartment communities along Northborough Drive in Greenspoint as part of the Northborough Initiative Knock and Talks. The initiative, launched by the North Houston Management District in May, is a proactive approach to reducing and preventing crime in the area.

In January, the Houston Police Department (HPD), opened a new police station in the North Houston District at 100 Glenborough Drive as a partnership with the North Houston District. Known as the North Belt Division, the station is the hub for officers covering Willowbrook, Greenspoint and Bush Intercontinental Airport areas. Consequently, crime in the area has decreased 13 percent with an additional 11 percent decrease since bike patrol was implemented according to HPD.

“The progress that our law enforcement partners have made in the district in recent months is noticeable,” says Tracy Harrison, public safety director, North Houston District. “We plan on doing more to keep the area even safer,” says Harrison.

In a crime analysis completed in 2017, it was determined that the area in which most crimes occurred in the North Houston District (Greens Crossing, Greenspoint, Pinto Business Park and Airline Corridor) took place on Northborough Drive. Northborough Drive is located in the northwest quadrant of the district with approximately eight apartment communities.

One of the ways in which the Northborough Initiative task force hopes to make a positive impact is through active engagement with residents.

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NNO: Neighbors taking care of Neighbors

 

National Night Out (NNO) will be observed in a week, on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

National Night Out is an annual event to promote public safety and community involvement. It is held city-wide and nationally.

Come out and celebrate with your neighbors. A list of NNO events in our area follows:

• EAST ALDINE DISTRICT – Tuesday ,October 2, 2018, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at BakerRipley on Aldine-Mail Rte., 3000 Aldine Mail Rt. Houston, TX 77039.

• AIRLINE DISTRICT – Bellmar Civic Club & Northline Terrace Civic Club. Food, fun & Fellowship. Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 7822 Northline (corner of Northline & Canino), 6:30 pm – 8: 00 p.m.

• NORTH HOUSTON DISTRICT – National Night Out on Tuesday, October 2 at Wussow Park, 500 Greens Rd. from 5:00 pm to 8:00 p.m. Approximately 300 area residents and partners are expected.

Northside job fair hosts 40 employers, over 400 job seekers

Congressman Gene Green, right, Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya Goffney, center, with leaders at the Northside job fair.

HOUSTON, TX – Congressman Gene Green held his annual Northside Job Fair Monday morning, which hosted over 40 employers and more than 400 job candidates at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center arena. Many participants made connections with employers and began the interview process, others were offered jobs immediately.

“We had a great turnout of participants, and a very successful job fair,” Green said. “This event offers constituents an opportunity to interact with various companies in a wide variety of professions. We not only want to help people find employment, we want to help them move into higher-paying jobs so that they can get ahead and support their families.”

Over 40 companies and organizations participated in the event from both the public and private sector, and a variety of industries. Full-time, part-time and seasonal positions were advertised for an array of skill sets ranging from first-responders to engineers to educators.

MacArthur High School Car Show set Sep. 29

MacArthur High School Basketball Team will host a Car Show & BBQ Fundraiser this Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 9 am – 1 pm, gates open at 8 am at MacArthur High School, 4400 Aldine Mail Rt., 77039. ENTER your RIDE! Call to register and reserve your spot at 210-378-7178, $25 entry fee. There will be 1st and 2nd place prizes for each category. Come and support the MacArthur Basketball team and enjoy great BBQ and beautiful rides.

Grandparents Raising Grandkids strengthens families with annual conference

ABOVE, A. Corbett with the Harris County Emergency Corps explains how to properly use a car seat for infants.

This September, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group of Aldine-Harris County, hosted its 15th Annual Family Strengthening Conference!

The Conference is a community service event provided to help awareness of health, family issues, and many more situations that Grandparents and kinship face with raising children and the entire family. Participants were offered free health screenings, school supplies, education materials designed to promote personal health and well-being, and a variety of resources from keynote speakers and agencies.

The community had a fun filled day of informative information, health screenings, demonstrations, a fun day for the children, teenagers, and much more!

Green Forest Civic Club hears from candidates

Phillip Aronoff (standing to the left) running for the United States Congress in the 29th District of Texas talks to area residents at last week’s Green Forest Civic Club meeting. Aronoff is on the Republican ticket, Sylvia Garcia is on the Democratic ticket for this position, held currently by Gene Green. (Photo submitted by Marina Sugg)

HOUSTON, TX – On its last monthly meeting, Green Forest Civic Club (GFCC) received candidates Carol Alvarado who is running for Texas State Senate District 6 and Phillip Aronoff, running for the United States Congress in the 29th District of Texas. These seats are now occupied by Sen. Sylvia Garcia and Congressman Gene Green respectively and their terms will end the last day of the year.

The residents gathered at the meeting to have their questions and concerns answered in lively discussions with both candidates.

Ms. Alvarado shared many of her past accomplishments as a city council member and state representative, and that if elected state senator she would advocate an agenda that would benefit all members of our community.

Mr. Aronoff said he had a lot of experience in business and politics, welcomed and approved of new immigrants to the U.S., and that if he got elected he would fight to empower the people.

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Walle at Cheyenne Center

A COMMUNITY PLANNING MEETING took place last week, at the Cheyenne Center on E. Crosstimbers and Jensen Streets. Present were these members of the community.

State Representative Armando Walle, center, said that “it was not a coincidence I met Pastor David L. Smith of New Bethlehem BC, and Father Miguel Solorzano of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Our office, along with Congressman Gene Green and Pastor Smith, initiated an inaugural faith leaders lunch to better coordinate community efforts along Eastex-Jensen. We are building bridges and ready to work. Momentum is building to revitalize the area. We have done clean-ups, annual parade, disaster relief, and look forward to bike-rides, providing affordable housing, social services and many other outreach efforts. If you want to attend the next meeting, contact my office. Thank you Pastor Smith for helping lead our group.”

East Aldine hosts lunch with Superintendent

New Aldine ISD Superintendent LaTonya Goffney appeared at the East Aldine community luncheon last week, along with Richard Cantu and Veronica Sanches.

EAST ALDINE – The District held a welcoming luncheon for the new Aldine ISD school superintendent, Dr. LaTonya Goffney. About 100 persons from the community were present to greet her, and hear her plans for the coming year. Goffney was introduced by East Aldine’s Richard Cantu, a person also interested in education. He is currently the president of the Aldine Education Foundation board, and a candidate for the Harris County school board.

Goffney has been named Texas Superintendent of the Year, and Aldine was pleased to be able to hire her. Previously she had been Superintendent of the Lufkin ISD school district in North Texas.

To explain her commitment to education, Dr. Goffney first told of her childhood upbringing, and the difference that education and a teacher that cared about her made in her life.

She said that although she appeared smart in school, she was the product of a home with a single mother, and actually was raised by her grandmother, who instilled much of the qualities of integrity and hard work that she embodies.

After high school, to get additional education she thought she would have to go into the military, but a teacher that believed in her told her to apply to college, and a federal FAFSA grant to pay for it.

Dr. Goffney saw education as the way her life changed for the better, and believes it can help all students. Her plans for Aldine include changes that she says have already started from the previous administration, and her job is to manage the change.

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