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Noble Energy volunteers working hard for Aldine Y.O.U.T.H


Last week, Aldine YOUTH Center who provides assistance to the community as well as to students with after school programs, received help from Noble Energy Inc.
During four days, Noble’s volunteers were doing some improvements to the center which included an update to the computer lab, they also planted flowers, a new garden, painted some rooms, power washing, and also worked with kids doing some art projects during the afternoon. But also “They did the day camp in our property,” said Sylvia Bolling, founder and Executive Director of Aldine Y.O.U.T.H.
The business classroom had a new look with new chairs, new cabinets and shelves.
Besides the renovation done to the center, Aldine YOUTH also received a $50,000 check. “We plan purchasing two new vans for our program,” said Bolling. “This also will help support our summer program.”
Thoughts from Ms. Bolling:
“We are so grateful to Ken Fisher and all of the Noble Energy. Inc. employees and volunteers for coming to support Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. They really represent a community business who came and saw our needs, but then moved to help us with our mission to change the lives of our youth and families.
On behalf of our board of directors, staff, volunteers and our community as a whole, we applaud and thank Noble Energy Inc. for giving back in such a huge way.”

A Healthy Fair hosted by Bonding Against Adversity

On Saturday April 30, Bonding Against Adversity celebrated “Day of the Family and Latino Women” with a health fair at the Primavera Hall (corner of Aldine Mail Rt. & Hardy Toll Road)
During this event, help from different departments and organizations was provided to women and the community in general. Some of these were free eye exams, blood pressure, free dental information as well as legal advice for child support and WIC. Community, specifically women, were able to do Pap smear, diabetes test, breast exam, cholesterol test and HIV test at a very low cost. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Lone Star College, East Aldine Management District, were just a few that were present providing the community with safety tips and educational information.
But they also celebrated “ El Dia del Niño” (Child’s Day), which many countries celebrate in different days. México celebrates “El Dia del Niño” on April 30. Some cartoon characters participated in a show for kids where they dance and got surprises and gifts.
At this event, there as a wall full of requests from kids from different Aldine schools; they wrote something special, something they wanted. Out of the 500 ‘miracles’(requests) that were posted, 495 were accomplished with the help of Bonding Against Adversity. Kids just were asking to have a happier family, to see their loves ones, or maybe to have a bicycle.
Bonding Against Adversity provides tools and help to the community, so they are better informed about the different ways and opportunities parents have to help kids be sucessful and happy.

Aldine Mail Route section to be improved with dual lanes

Construction is expected to start later this year to convert a 2.5-mile stretch of Aldine Mail Routte from Airline to Aldine Westfield to a four-lane, divided road with traffic signal upgrades.
A .6-mile section between Airline and Lillja will be divided road-way that includes the existing Hawkins Street alignment.
The Hawkins alignment, which is south of Aldine Mail Route, will become a two-lane, eastbound roadway. The existing Aldine Mail Route will be a two lane, west-bound road. The project also includes storm sewers, roadside ditches, turnaround streets and wheelchair accesible pedestrian ramps.

Winner of Jed’s $1000 Shopping Spree Announced

Jed’s Hardware announced the $1000 shopping spree winner from November’s Drawing. Aldine resident Bill Hammond was the lucky winner of the Jeds Hardware $1000 shopping spree contest. Hammond’s name was drawn from a pool of 1012 customers who had entered 1400 times between September and November.
The contest, sponsored by Jed’s Hardware was run in conjunction with their fall merchandise catalog, which was distributed to 22,000 area homes in the Northeast News. It featured 130 pages showcasing 1500 home improvement items, in reality a small sampling of over 65,000 great products available either at Jed’s, or through weekly warehouse deliveries or online at www.jedshardware.com.

Airline Improvement District targets mobility issues

By Teri Koerth, Executive Director
The Airline Improvement District is continuing to move forward with numerous projects. The District has completed the negotiation process and has signed an Advanced Funding Agreement with TXDOT to oversee the mobility projects listed below and is in the process of selecting a consultant to design the projects.
These projects were among those listed in a mobility study that was conducted in partnership with the Houston-Galveston Area Council.
All projects are subject to final approval from Harris County and final cost assessments.
1. Construct sidewalks on both sides of Airline drive from Gulf Bank Road to Canino Road.
2. Two additional crosswalks in the 8000 block of Airline Drive, one North of the existing crosswalk and one South of the existing crosswalk.
3. A raised median in the 8000 block of Airline Drive in front of the market area which would only allow right hand turns into parking areas and provide a safe haven for pedestrians
4. Addition of two bus shelters near the 8000 block of Airline Drive.
5. Construct sidewalks on both sides of Aldine Mail Route from Airline Drive to the Hardy Toll Road (final design will be subject to Harris County roadway alignment for the widening of Aldine Mail Route).
6. Construct sidewalks on the North side of Canino Road from Airline Drive to Nordling Road and on the South side of Canino Road from Van Ness Street to Airline Drive.
7. Add east bound left turn lane to Gulf Bank Road at Sweetwater Lane and upgrade signal.
8. Upgrade intersection signal located at Sweetwater Lane at Mount Houston Road.

Shop East Aldine Program Function & Participants

The East Aldine District wants you to know about “Shop East Aldine.” This is a shoppers program that functions as a “Loyalty Card.” The Card does not have ANY COST but as a customer you could take advantage of discounts at participating stores, and as a merchant you will get more customers to your business.
Look for businesses which display the “Shop East Aldine” logo and ask for special discounts that may be available. By making purchases locally, you save money and help “Build a Better Community – One Purchase at a Time!”
To get the “East Aldine Shoppers Card” go to the District Offices at 5202 Aldine Mail Route or at a participating stores.
To learn more call the District at 713-595-1220 or visit www.AldineDistrict.org.
Next, there is a list of the current participating merchants and their specials on the “East Aldine Shoppers Card” program.
-Beasley Tire Service: $25 off Set of 4 Tires.
-Northeast News: Free classified ad. Pay for 1 week, get 2nd. week free.
-Sarahi’s Beauty Salon: $2 off women’s hair cut. $1 off men’s haircut.
-Aldine Y.O.U.T.H. $5 off with purchase of $15 or more.
-Jed’s Hardware: 50% off any single item of $25 or less.
-Amanda’s Record Shop: SAve when you purchase 3 cd’s $2 off the 1st and 2nd CD, 50% off the 3rd.
-Artel Photo & Video:10% off any service.
-The Hair Resort: women’s wash & style $5 off new customers only.
-Indomable Western Wear: $5 off any purchase.
-Hair Salon de Bertha: $2 off haircut.
All offers expired December 25, 2010.

Wildfire threat forces county burn ban

On Oct. 26, Harris County Commissioners Court approved a burn ban due to an increased threat of wildfires across the county.
There are now 67 Texas counties with burn bans, including Harris, Chambers, Grimes, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties.
No outdoor burning is allowed except in an enclosure that contains all flames and/or sparks, outdoor burning activities authorized by TCEQ, ceremonial fires, non-commercial cooking, and prescribed “hot work”.
Backyard cook-outs and barbeques are allowed, as is welding and other “hot work” performed in accordance with county fire code requirements.
Parts of Texas, including Harris County, are extremely dry and vegetative fuels have reached critical dryness. Observed fire danger is high across Harris County, primarily east of U.S. 59.
Area fire departments have reported an increase in fire number and severity, including a fire in the Atascocita area that threatened homes and required a bulldozer and several ground crews to contain. The Texas Forest Service has reported that fires burned over 1,200 acres Oct. 26 in southeast Texas, including a fire in Montgomery County that destroyed three weekend camp houses and six outbuildings.
Violation of the ban is a Class “C” misdemeanor, punishable for up to a $500 fine. In addition, any person who starts a fire that causes damage to property without the consent of the owner may be charged with Reckless Damage or Destruction, a Class C misdemeanor, or Arson, a felony.
Residents are asked to exercise extreme caution when cooking outdoors. A small spark or burning ember can ignite dry vegetation. Winds will fan the flames and spread the fire rapidly.
The Harris County Fire Marshall also recommend that people remove combustibles within 30 feet of any controlled fire or hot work. A small, controlled fire can easily spread quickly and become an out-of-control, dangerous fire.
If you see an unattended fire, call 9-1-1 and notify your local fire department immediately. Even a small fire can spread quickly and threaten people and houses.

Redevelopment coming to Airline Drive

Airline Drive between Aldine Bender and West Road is getting a facelift.
Designs are being finalized on the $6 million project, which includes landscaping, street repairs, traffic signals and public art.
“These improvements are needed and will promote future development in the corridor,” said Executive Director of the Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority Sally Bradford. “We are looking forward to finalizing the designs and moving forward with this exciting project.”
Greenspoint’s Airline corridor is a bustling community brimming with businesses, schools and pedestrians. Some of the changes will make the pedestrian-heavy street safer to navigate. Designers are looking at ways to use landscaping to create crosswalks across the busy streets.
Construction will start in February 2011, and it should take about one year to complete.