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Aldine’s Dr. LaTonya Goffney named among Top 30 Influential Women of Houston

The Women are recognized as trailblazers in their professions and for making a difference in people’s lives.

HOUSTON – Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney, Superintendent of Aldine ISD, has been named a Top 30 Influential Woman of Houston honoree. The Top Women 30 celebrates the accomplishments and giving spirit of hundreds of diverse, influential, and powerful women in Houston and the surrounding areas. The women are from diverse backgrounds, share different beliefs, and have overcome obstacles.

Honorees were formally recognized at the annual The Top 30 Influential Women of Houston Awards gala on September 16 at The Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria. 2022 marked the ninth year of the awards founded by Keith J. Davis, Sr., also known as “MR. DMARS.”

ANOTHER GUN BUYBACK OCT. 8th

HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner joined city, county, and federal partners today to announce details of the next gun buyback as part of the One Safe Houston initiative. The Mayor was joined by U.S. Rep. Al Green, U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia, Harris County Precinct One Commissioner Rodney Ellis, City Council Member Tiffany Thomas and METRO Chair Sanjay Ramabhadran.

Following an overwhelming turnout during the first gun buyback on July 30, the second event will take place on Oct. 8 at the METRO Park & Ride, 11050 Harwin Drive, between 8 a.m.- noon.

“Our goal is the same for the second event as it was for the first, and that is to get guns off the street,” said Mayor Turner. “The guns turned in will never be stolen or used in the commission of a crime, suicide, or an accidental shooting by a child.”

School Safety Forum at EAD reviews status, techniques

EAST ALDINE – The public, educators and authorities involved in school safety held a face to face discussion last Monday, September 19 at the offices of the EAst Aldine District. EAMD Public Safety director Victor Beserra led the discussion, which covered concerns, status reports, and best practices to keep school children safe through the school year while on school property and traveling to school.

Participants included Aldine and Harris County School officials and area principals, police officers from Aldine and Harris County, HCEC officials, HCDE representatives, civic club and public participants, and State Representative Armando Walle. Walle was especially interested in possible legislative solutions to enhance the safety protocols.

Beserra started the meeting with a 10 minute video on how to deal with an active shooter who enters a school. The video illustrates the “Hide-Run-Fight” advice used in most training, Beserra said. It was produced by a school district in Santa Ana California. This well-done training film vividly shows the resistance techniques that can be used by students and staff in a dangerous Active Shooter situation.

National Night Out observed Tuesday, Oct. 4

EAST ALDINE DISTRICT & NORTH HOUSTON

East Aldine NNO

National Night Out in the East Aldine District will take place on Tuesday evening, October 4th from 6pm until 9pm at the Amphitheater and surrounding grounds next to the East Aldine headquarters building. The address is 2909 East Aldine Amphitheater Drive.

There is plenty of parking adjacent to the theater. The public is welcome to this free event, and it is suggested you bring a chair and blanket for the grass seating.

You can come and meet your neighbors in Aldine, and also those in public safety jobs that keep our community safe.

There will be fire departments, ambulance services, sheriff’s department deputies, scouts, and more.

County schedules hearings on November Bond vote

HARRIS COUNTY $1.2B BOND

OVERVIEW

On November 8, 2022, voters in Harris County will have the opportunity to vote on three propositions for the issuance of bonds totaling $1.2 billion. This bond package would provide funding for multiple categories, including public safety facilities, roads, drainage and transportation- related programs, and parks and trails.

At least $220 million of the bond issuance would be spent in each of the four Harris County precincts for Transportation, and Parks and Trails projects. The $100 million in public safety investments will be countywide. The bond funds cannot be used outside the three categories on the ballot, nor may they be used to fund day-to-day operations.

Aldine citizens celebrate special day

B.A.A. MARKS CONSTITUTION AND CITIZENSHIP DAY

ALDINE – Bonding Against Adversity (BAA) celebrated its first CONSTITUTION and CITIZENSHIP DAY last Saturday, September 17, along with community sponsors and partners East Aldine District, Univision, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, LSC–East Aldine, Aldine ISD, Stampede, Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, HEB as well as many volunteers and BAA board members.

Events for this special day included a Patriotic parade from MacArthur High School to the East Aldine Town Center, patriotic speeches by our government representatives, and presentations of scholarships, awards, and certificates of recognition.

SUCCESSFUL JOB FAIR AT EAST ALDINE DISTRICT

The Job Fair was held at the East Aldine Building in Town Center. About 100 job-seekers talked with 24 companies about opportunities.

EAST ALDINE – The Job Fair networking event sponsored by Buckner Family Services and the East Aldine District was held last Wednesday, September 7 at the District’s office building. Employers included retail stores, banks, employment services, and social service agencies.

There were over 100 people attending, and 24 employers. Lots of people came to the event to inquire about possible job opportunities and several employers held on the spot interviews.

East Aldine celebrates Constitution and New Citizens on Sept. 17

Constitution Day & Citizenship Day to get big local recognition

ALDINE – The East Aldine Management District and many partners will celebrate the anniversary of Constitution Day and National Citizenship Day in a new way next Saturday. A patriotic parade on Saturday, Sept. 17 — the 70th anniversary of the “days” — will move from MacArthur High School to the East Aldine Town Center’s amphitheater, where about 300 newly sworn-in U.S. citizens will be honored.

The event, sponsored by the non-profit Bonding Against Adversity and others, is being billed as the “We The People Celebration” featuring music, stories, games, and voter registration.

Bonding Against Adversity’s programs include classes on how foreign-born residents of the area can become U.S. citizens.

Battleship Texas safely sails to Galveston drydock

TWO ICONS: Under tow, the iconic Battleship Texas passes under the iconic Harman Bridge on the way to a Galveston drydock for restoration work.

$35 million restoration will take over a year

HOUSTON (Aug. 31, 2022) – The Battleship Texas Foundation announced that the iconic Battleship Texas completed a milestone journey on Wednesday, August 31 from the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site to Galveston. The Battleship Texas, commissionTWO ICONS: Under tow, the iconic Battleship Texas passes under the iconic Harman Bridge on the way to a Galveston drydock for restoration work.ed in 1914, is the only surviving dreadnought to have served in both World War I and World II.

The historic ship will now undergo an extensive, $35 million repair at Gulf Copper & Manufacturing Corporation’s shipyard to fix the hull. The Battleship Texas Foundation selected Gulf Copper’s shipyard in October 2021 as the repair location since they recently acquired a floating drydock that is capable of lifting the Battleship Texas out of the water. In addition, the location of the yard in Galveston significantly reduced the risks associated with towing the Battleship Texas due to sheltered waters and a short travel distance.

“It’s an important piece of history. We feel like we’re working for the people of the state of Texas so that they can be proud of their ship,” said Tony Gregory, president and CEO of the Battleship Texas Foundation. “We are proud to have played a part in maintaining the integrity of the ship so future generations can continue to learn about her service and history.”

Habitat plans 450 homes on Tidwell

New 127 acre community known as Robins Landing

Houston Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on 127-acre masterplanned community

HOUSTON — Houston Habitat for Humanity together with partners including the City of Houston broke ground on Robins Landing, a vibrant master-planned community serving low to moderate income Houstonians in their journey to homeownership. Located near Tidwell Road and Mesa Drive in northeast Houston, the 127-acre site will provide critically needed affordable homes, essential services, retail opportunities, and access to green-space. Hines, the international real estate firm, will serve as a strategic advisor to Houston Habitat for the development, which is a first of its kind.

“Today’s groundbreaking on Robins Landing marks an exciting moment for Houston Habitat and an exciting future for many Houstonians” said Allison Hay, executive director of Houston Habitat for Humanity. “Along with our partners, we are creating a more inclusive, equitable, and open path toward homeownership. Everyone deserves a decent and affordable place to call home with access to everyday resources that make a thriving community.”

Designed for mixed-income and mixed-generations, Robins Landing is set to include more than 450 single-family homes. One hundred homes will be built by Houston Habitat for those earning 80 percent or below the City of Houston’s average median income (AMI) and be sold through the Habitat for Humanity Homeownership program. Three hundred homes will be designed, priced, and sold by partner builders CastleRock Communities and Chesmar Homes for those whose income is 120 percent AMI or below.

Robins Landing, a mixed-use community, will have various types of housing, including about 100 Habitat for Humanity single family homes similar to this prototype.