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Handy Andy

The Holidays are a time to enjoy family time, and give thanks for your blessings. I will be doing both this year as I spend time with one of my daughters and her family, including her “Handy” husband Andy.

When they were giving out son-in-law prizes, I think I won the lottery. Andy is not only an accommplished father, husband, executive for Proctor & Gamble, but he also likes to cook, especially big dinners for holidays. Getting to be a guest at his house is something we look forward to every year, and we anticipate that his meal will not only be tasty, but include a dish or two that he concocted from his own unique recipes.

You can see from the photograph that he can handle a huge assortment of dishes, most of which he prepared himself, and it’s a matter of pride that he doesn’t ask for help. Oh yes, we get to clean up afterwards, and eat leftovers for a few days (In spite of the message on his Apron), but what a feast to remember… again each year.

Fiederlein is new planning head at North Houston District

NORTH HOUSTON – The North Houston District welcomes Robert Fiederlein as Vice President of Planning and Infrastructure, as longtime District leader Bart Baker makes a transition to Chief Operating Officer.

Robert Fiederlein is wellknown and well-respected in the Houston development industry. The North Houston District announced that he came on board as Vice President of Planning and Infrastructure, effective August of 2022.

Robert has more than 20 years of experience in project management, public finance, and economic development. He has a keen business sense and deep knowledge of what it takes to implement successful projects. He looks at plans from every angle – environmental, financial, legal, contract and administrative. He has a heart for equitable housing and is a huge Houston sports fan, avid Texas history buff, kayaker, and half-marathon man!

Stray dogs kill students’ animals near Stephens Elementary

EAST ALDINE – The community is concerned after several barn animals were fatally attacked by a pack of stray dogs last Wednesday morning, Nov. 30th, according to Harris County Public Health.

Harris County Pets responded to a report by the Aldine ISD Police Department about a deadly dog attack on animals near Stephens Elementary School.

Police said a lamb and several turkeys were attacked by the stray dogs. The animals were four MacArthur High School FFA students’ projects. One of the projects was killed and three others were injured.

Groundbreaking held for JFK Statue

East Aldine District and its Arts Council Committee held a groundbreaking last Monday, November 28th for the installation of a massive sculpture of a bust of the late President John F. Kennedy at the intersection of JFK Boulevard and Aldine- Bender Road.

The District acquired the art piece from famed sculptor David Adickes, who created other largerthan- life sculptures such the statue of Sam Houston on Interstate 45 north of Houston and busts of other presidents along Interstate 10 at Interstate 45 near downtown Houston.

Pct. 2 dedicates Vietnam Fallen Warriors Monument

Harris County – Thursday, November 10th, 2022, at 10:30 a.m., Vietnam Combat Veterans Association unveiled the Vietnam Fallen Warriors Monument at Veterans Memorial Park. The monument, a four-year project, honors the 544 service members who died in the Vietnam War from the Houston area. Each of their names is inscribed on this monument. The total cost of the project was $300,000 and was raised by foundations, VWF, through fundraisers, and grassroot supporters.

The Vietnam Fallen Warriors Monument Ribbon Cutting, with remarks by Adrian Garcia, Harris County Commissioner, Precinct 2, a City of Houston representative, and Chief Sergeant Major Juan Chavez.

Thanksgiving event at Castlewood

Winners of the Castlewood Pie & Gift Card raffle

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Castlewood Civic Club Board raffled to its residents five Thanksgiving pies baked by the Culinary Arts Department of Northside High School (formerly Jefferson Davis High School). Residents were asked to call or text their name and phone number to the Castlewood President, Connie Esparza, to submit their entry. Only Castlewood residents were eligible and only one entry per household was accepted. Residents were also asked to share the Nextdoor posting with their neighbor who might not be on that social media platform. Deadline to submit entry was set for November 15 and drawing on November 16.

Holiday Season opens with Feasts, Parade

By Gilbert Hoffman

Houston got into the Holiday mood starting on Thanksgiving day, with a Super Feast at the George R. Brown Convention Center, serving almost 20,000 a tasty Thanksgiving dinner, and a festive, colorful Parade in downtown Houston.

The Parade continued in spite of a light rain that came and stopped intermittently. Marching band members and riders on floats and horseback simply donned plastic ponchos and kept going. “Don’t Rain on my Parade” was the theme, it seemed.

The Super Feast is in its 44th year, and served over 35,000 meals, to both in-person sit-down diners, and drive-up patrons. Each received a food package with about 60 to 80 pounds of various types of foods, including a turkey, chicken or ham, enough for a family for about a week. The organizer of the Super Feast is the City Wide Club of Houston. They serve these meals twice a year, on Thanksgiving Day and the day before Christmas, to everyone who comes to the Convention Center.

Aldine ISD opens Boys-only Impact Leadership Academy with Prairie View Univ.

ALDINE – Officials from Aldine ISD, Prairie View A&M University, elected officials and community members gathered to celebrate the opening of the district’s first all-boys school, Impact Leadership Academy at Wilson at the ribbon cutting ceremony at the school on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Impact Leadership Academy is a partnership between Aldine ISD and Prairie View A&M University.

The district’s first all-boys school opened on Aug. 17 at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year as Impact students received a red carpet welcome from Aldine ISD administrators, Prairie View A&M administrators and members of the community.

TCEQ holds hearing on Concrete batch plants in East Aldine

EAST ALDINE – Representatives of the state TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) held a hearing last Monday night, Nov. 14 to hear comments from citizens about the permitting process for concrete batch plants located in the community. TCEQ is holding three meetings, in Austin, Houston, and Arlington prior to modifying the requirements for issuing permits for these concrete plants.

The agency is conduct the hearings as it reconsiders its functions as part of a state-mandated “sunset review” and because of feedback from the public about batch plant permitting, they said.

Thank You Military Veterans for Your Service

To Our Military Veterans and Aldine Community,

Today, on Veterans Day, I ask each of you to remember the sacrifices of the men and women who have served in the United States armed forces.

The service members we honor are ordinary people who have responded in extraordinary ways. They share fundamental qualities like courage, pride, integrity, determination, selflessness, as well as dedication to duty. These qualities allow these individuals to serve a cause larger than themselves. Thanks to their sacrifices, the American Dream is possible.

To our staff whose spouse, partner, or child is a veteran or is currently serving our country: thank you for supporting them in their decision to serve our country. You have my respect and my gratitude.