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Residents have many questions at second Flood Bond meeting

Kelly Snook of the Greens Bayou Coalition looks over a Harris County Flood Control District project map showing Flood Control projects, with Dolores Resendiz on Tuesday July 24 at the East Aldine offices.

By Zach Maxwell

Around 75 people attended a second public input session in the Aldine area, concerning the upcoming $2.5 billion bond election to help prevent future flooding in Houston.

The meeting was hosted by the East Aldine District and Pine Village North Public Utility District. Officials from Harris County Flood Control District as well as a flood expert from Rice University gave presentations.

But those who attended and addressed the speakers were mainly concerned with neighborhood-level drainage concerns. The bond issue, if passed in an Aug. 25 vote, will provide funds for much larger, city-wide projects to stem flooding along well-known high water zones including Greens and Halls bayous.

Jim Blackburn, a Rice University professor and founding member of the Bayou City Initiative, said these northside watersheds were often overlooked when federal funds were made available for past flood mitigation projects. The upcoming bond issue has specific wording to include previously overlooked areas and low-income areas, said State Rep. Armando Walle.

Walle said there will be at least $100 million for a variety of proposed projects on Halls and Greens, including home buyouts, drainage repairs and additional retention ponds such as the one underway on Lauder Road.

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Youth hoops in 2-Day Harris County Street Olympics

Houston-area youth compete on six courts at Fonde Recreation Center during the Street Olympics 3-on-3 Championship Tournament on July 18. In addition to basketball, the 3-on-3 Basketball competition is designed to teach sportsmanship, leadership and teamwork.

Games were designed to instill teamwork, leadership and confidence

More than 300 boys and girls competed in the 3-on-3 Basketball Championship Tournament on July 18 and 19 at Fonde Recreation Center. Houston-area boys and girls – ages 7 to 17 – playing on 80 teams participated in the single-elimination tournament, which is a signature competition in the Harris County Street Olympics Summer Games.

In the past five weeks of preliminary rounds, more than 500 boys and girls at 45 neighborhood agencies participating in the free Summer Games have competed for the opportunity to display their skills and play for trophies in this championship tournament.

The 3-on-3 Basketball Championship Tournament is a showcase event of the annual Harris County Street Olympics Summer Games, which provides boys and girls with the opportunity to participate in a free competitive athletics program in a safe and nurturing environment. As they practice and compete, they develop confidence and leadership skills that will serve them well both on and off the court.

Free Karate classes at East Aldine District

The FREE Karate Classes sponsored by the East Aldine Management District (EAMD) are a huge success. The children are having fun learning and sparring, as they get ready for an upcoming tournament. The class helps build confidence and self-esteem, specially in our girls. Karate is a sport that girls can do just as well as the boys. It shows the importance of setting goals and respecting others. A new session starts Thursday, September 13 at the EAMD Office. The children train under Instructors Jesse and Sue Diaz with David Caraway. For more information call Jesse Diaz at 713-582-8840.

East Aldine Public Safety June Report

The Committee received the following updates:

• The Pro-Active/DRT Unit for the month of June made 55 adult felony/misdemeanor arrest

• 32 felony/misdemeanor warrants

• 102 traffic citations

• 164 accident/offense/ supplement reports

• 2 sec offender compliance checks and

• 34 game room/smoke shop compliance checks

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Optimist Club recognizes Partners

THE ALDINE OPTIMIST CLUB held a recognition ceremony last Wednesday, thanking all who have partnered with the club in their programs, and honoring the new superintendent. Seen above at center are club president Steve Mead, flanked by Doris Davis on the left, and new Superintendent Dr. LaTonya Goffney, on the right. Also pictured, l to r, Gilbert Hoffman,Oliver Newman, Newt Newman, and Aldine police officers Lt. Kevin Northey, chief Craig Goralski, and Cpl. Marc Harris.

ALDINE – The Optimist Club held a special luncheon last week, to recognize partners who have help them with community projects over the last year, and to introduce the new Aldine ISD superintendent, Dr. LaTonya Goffney.

Club president Steve Mead recounted for the attendees the many projects that the club has accomplished, almost all of them benefitting students of Aldine ISD.

Mead said the club had funded two named scholarships with the Education Foundation, at $15,000 each fund. Also, last year the club awarded every high school in the district a scholarship for a student, and this year plans to increase it to 2 students per high school.

Other projects included awarding 80 bicycles to students, and holding a raffle at the FFA show to raise money for more scholarships.

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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.