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Posts published in December 2001


If my two favorite angels. Merry Christmas!
Ellis Howard Carter
7/23/33 – 8/13/87

Honey, in the fourteen years since you left me you have not been forgotten. You are still my first thought every morning and my last thought every night.
I miss your loving, caring ways, your ready smile and your great sense of humor. You brought laughter, smiles and happiness to every one who knew you.
Your memory will live on in my heart and I will miss you forever. You were the best thing that ever happened to me. I will love you forever.

Tabitha Marie Hendrickson

(Honey Bunny)
7/20/84 – 3/28/00

God sent you down from heaven, a very special angel for us to love. You were our special ray of sunshine, loaned to us we know out of love. You were our small piece of heaven and you brought us joy and happiness as only angels do. You will never be forgotten and we thank God for sending us our special girl. I will love you and miss you forever Honey Bunny. Love, Granny

Aldine Middle students make snowman

These three beautiful snowmen were designed and cut out by Aline Middle School students in Mr. Kenneth Drennan’s Industrial Arts class. Then Miss Becky Barrows art students painted the snowmen. Little did they know that the baby snowman would become the “victim of a kidnapping”. Persons unknown took the baby snowman to the mall, the beach and to see Santa Claus. Everything ended well when a $190.00 “ransom” was paid to the Goodfellows Toys For Tots program and “Baby Snow” was returned to the Aldine Middle School campus in time for the last day of school before the holidays. Shown from left to right: Miss Becky Barrows, Julio Palacios and Gena Romano.

MacArthur students volunteer at Hinojosa Elementary

The Mac Arthur Senior High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter have been volunteering at Hinojosa Early Childhood Center every Wednesday.

The members include Seniors Michelle Hernandez, Erica Mullikin, Mireya Torres, Juniors Natasha Boden, and Ashly Nicasio.

They are working with Mrs. Maria Gonzales and Ms. Allison Brown’s afternoon pre-kindergarten class.
The activities these members participate in are reading to the students, assisting teachers with materials for class, helping the children with communication skills and interacting in the various learning centers.

These Mac Arthur students are preparing for their STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events competition which takes place on January 18th and 19th at the Houston Hyatt Regency.

READ Commission needs volunteers to help teach adults to read

Nearly one-third of adult Houstonians fall into the lowest two categories of the Texas Adult Literacy survey. The mission of the Houston READ Commission is to create a literate workforce in Houston and to enrich the lives of adult Houstonians by helping them reach their maximum potential through improving their basic literacy skills.

The Commission needs volunteers to help provide services to the more than 90,000 people it serves each year. Several opportunities exist to help families in need;

•Tutor: Help adult learners improve their reading skills. Attend workshops to prepare for tutoring in a demonstration learning center.

•“Read-Write-Now” Learning Partner: Help a child and encourage him or her to read and write 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Meet one day a week to provide extra help in reading and writing.

•Children’s Program Aide: Organize activities for preschool through teens in family literacy programs.

•Help Line Counselor; Provide support for students and/or volunteers, conduct brief phone interviews to determine needs, keep records to facilitate placement and follow-up. Work at home, learning center sites or agency offices.

•Follow-Up Counselor; Call students and tutors to check progress, obtain feedback for program staff, keep records and send to office. Arrange your own hours.

•Learning Center Liaison: “Adopt” a learning center location, Work with staff, volunteers and students to arrange for volunteer involvement, student recognition and special events.

•Learning Center Clerical Assistant: Help with recordkeeping and reporting.

•Learning Center Receptionist: Answer telephones and make follow-up calls.

•Literacy Classes: Establish a volunteer literacy program in church or community center.

For more information or to become a volunteer, please call the Houston READ Commission Literacy Helpline at 713-228-1800.

North Houston National Little League to hold registration

North Houston National Little League located at 200 W. Nellis will hold registration for boys and girls ages 5 to 15 for it’s spring baseball and softball programs at Dow Two Park.

Registration will be held on Thursdays and Fridays, January 3, 4, 10, 11, 17,18, 24, 28, 31 and February 1 from 6-9 p.m. and on Saturdays January 5, 12, 19, 26 and February 2 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Proof of age and residence within league boundaries will be required during sign-ups. Try-out dates and times will be assigned during registration.
Players must try-out to be eligible for major and tournament play.

For baseball call Robert Peña at 281-447-8417 or for softball call Florence Voigt at 713-694-7601. The ball park number is 281-448-8299.

View and photograph nature at Jesse Jones Park

Although the weather is often brisk this time of year, it also affords unique opportunities for interested persons to view and photograph the natural world, especially in a serene setting like Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. Saturday, January 5, Jones Park offers visitors excellent viewing opportunities during several Pontoon Boat Tours along Spring Creek. And Sunday’s Nature Photography program at 2 p.m. is sure to help bring out the shutterbug in you.

For those wanting a unique opportunity to view the native wildlife found along Spring Creek while the forest is devoid of leaves, Jones Park offers Pontoon Boat Tours throughout the day Saturday, January 5. The Birders’ Tour at 8 a.m. takes advantage of the morning bird activity to get a glimpse of many birds along our waterways. At 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., participants can embark on a Natural History Tour led by Dennis Johnston, Jones Park’s director. And the Dusk Tour at 3:30 p.m. often affords chance glimpses of some nighttime animals beginning their nocturnal activities.

Reservations are required for respective times and may be made beginning Wednesday December 26. Please call the park for additional details.

Whether the nature photography bug has already bitten you or you just have a curiosity about how the professionals get those seemingly perfect shots, Jones Park’s Nature Photography program Sunday, January 6 at 2 p.m. should help answer your questions. Join professional nature photographer Kathy Adams Clark for an afternoon of basic nature photography tips to help visitors ages ten and older develop a renewed passion for nature and the great outdoors.

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, a Harris County Precinct 4 facility, is located at 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble. All programs are free of charge and open to the public. Harris County Precinct 4 programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, national origin or disability. For more information on the park or any of its programs, call 281-446-8588.

Contenders gearing up for post season play

With two weeks left in the NFL regular season, it’s time for the playoff teams to step to the forefront.

Teams who are seriously thinking about a date in New Orleans and the Super Bowl will begin polishing their acts as the season winds down.

This week’s schedule features a number of games which pit the haves against the have-nots, but before we take a look at what’s on tap, let’s review last week’s record.

A 5-3 week brought the season record to 110-43 (71 percent). With that bit of house-cleaning out of the way, let’s take a look at this week’s games.

Baltimore at Tampa Bay: The Ravens are still smarting after the spanking they received at home at the hands of the Steelers two weeks ago, while Tampa Bay is just plain smarting from the smacking they took at the hands of the Bears. Neither team will be in a good mood, but the Ravens are playing for a Wild Card spot, while the Bucs are simply playing out the string. Expect another defensive dominated game when these two tangle. Neither team has much of an offense and both quarterbacks are turnover prone, so don’t be surprised if a defensive score decides the outcome of this one. My pick, Baltimore 16, Tampa Bay 10

Indianapolis at St. Louis: While they’ll be playing it close to the vest in Tampa, the ball will be flying all over the field when the Colts and Rams hook up in St. Louis. These are two of the top offenses in the league with two of the best quarterbacks, so this one should be a treat to watch. Indianapolis ended its five-game losing streak by putting 41 points on Atlanta two weeks ago, but don’t expect Peyton Manning and Co. to have that sort of scoring success against a very good Rams defense. The Rams can play a little offenses of their own with Kurt Warner at the helm of perhaps the league’s most dangerous and versatile offense. Expect a big day from Warner and tailback Marshall Faulk as the Rams rev up their engine for the playoffs against a very suspect Indy defense. The calculator will be working overtime adding up all the yards and points that will be scored in this one. My pick, St. Louis 41, Indianapolis 32

New York Giants at Philadelphia: The Giants kept their faint playoff hopes alive with a win over Arizona two weeks ago that saw the New York faithful boo quarterback Kerry Collins throughout the game for his ineffective performance. Collins did rally the troops for a last second victory, but he’ll have to perform at a much higher level this week when the Giants visit the surging Eagles. Philadelphia all but locked up the NEC East title (which the Giants won a year ago) with their 20-6 win over the Redskins two weeks ago and you can be sure Donovan McNabb and the boys would like nothing more than to eliminate their rivals from Gotham City this Sunday. Look for McNabb to go to the air early to soften up the Giants strong pass rush. He may even go deep on the first play to set the tone for this one. The key, though, will be the Eagles defense, which should apply plenty of pressure on Collins and force a handful of turnovers and sacks. My pick, Philadelphia 23, NY Giants 13

Minnesota at Green Bay: The Packers will have revenge on their minds when the Vikings come calling at Lambeau Field this weekend. The Packers know they need to take care of business after dropping a 26-20 decision to the Titans two weeks ago. That loss allowed Chicago to take over first place in the NEC Central, although the Packers should still be in good position to land a playoff spot. These two teams have played some classic games over the years and with Minnesota wide receiver Randy Moss finally stepping up his game, the Packers can’t take anything for granted this week. Moss should see plenty of double teams from the Packers, which might allow Cris Carter to have a big day. Look for GB’s Brett Favre to attack the weak Minnesota secondary from the out start as the Packers outscore the Vikes in this one. My pick, Green Bay 34, Minnesota 31

San Francisco at Dallas: The 49ers proved they can play a little defense when they shutout the Dolphins two weeks ago and this week they take on a Dallas team that looked horrible on offense two weeks ago in a 29-3 loss to Seattle. The 49ers should have little trouble in this one, especially considering the fact that they are also closing in on the playoffs. Look for the 49ers to run Garrison Hearst and Kevan Barlow at the worn down Dallas front seven, which will give quarterback Jeff Garcia time to set up the passing game. Terrell Owens has been quiet the last few games, so look for him to breakout against a Dallas team that he scored twice against a year ago.

Dallas will try to get Emmitt Smith untracked, but that might be asking a lot against the 49ers speedy front seven. This one could get ugly if Quincy Carter plays like he did against the Seahawks. My pick, San Francisco 30, Dallas 14

Washington at New Orleans: New Orleans is another team that needs every win it can get if it hopes to return to the playoffs and with a Washington team that is virtually eliminated from the playoffs coming to town, this might be just what the doctor ordered. New Orleans quarterback Aaron Brooks loves to throw deep and expect him to go after the ‘Skins’ shaky pass coverage. Should he have success early, Saints running back Ricky Williams could have a big day. The Washington offense will have its hands full against one of the league’s best defenses and with fumble-prone Tony Banks at quarterback, the Saints have to be licking their chops in anticipation of scooping up one of Banks’ mistakes and heading goal ward. My pick, New Orleans 27, Washington 16

Cleveland at Tennessee: The Browns won’t have to dodge beer bottles this weekend since they will be playing at Tennessee (nice fans, Cleveland! !!), but they will have to dodge quarterback Steve McNair and the Titans’ new found aerial circus. It used to be that the Titans beat you with a power running game, but with Eddie George ailing all season, McNair has been called on to carry the team with his strong right arm and he’s done an admirable job. Tennessee knows it must win out and get help from others to return to the playoffs, so expect them to come out blazing against a Browns team that is wearing down. This might even be a good time for George to get his first 100 yard rushing game of the season. My pick, Tennessee 26, Cleveland 12

Oakland at Denver: Two teams heading in opposite directions hook up in the Mile High City on Sunday. The Raiders have already won the AFC West title, so now they are working on home field advantage throughout the playoffs. They will take on a Denver team that has been decimated with injuries and add to the fact that head coach Mike Shanahan might be interested in the Notre Dame job and you have the perfect recipe for a blow out by the Raiders. The one thing that might prevent that is the fact that this is one of the most heated rivalries in the NFL. These two teams hate one another, there’s no other way to put it. Look for the Broncos to put forth their best effort, but in the end, the passing of Rich Gannon will be the difference as the Raiders lock up another win. My pick, Oakland 33, Denver 27