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Posts published in January 2003

Distinguished Nobel Laureates featured at Houston museum

To recognize a hundred years of discovery and creativity, the Houston Museum of Natural Science will host Cultures of Creativity: The Centennial Exhibition of the Nobel Prize beginning February 7,2003. Houston is the exhibition’s first venue in the United States after an international tour that includes Stockholm, Oslo, Tokyo and Seoul.Since the first Nobel Prize was awarded in 1901, more than 700 people have been honored for their work in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, economics and peacemaking that led to the knowledge explosion of the 21st century. Cultures of Creativity captures these achievements and expresses it in the context of creative experiences that have changed the world.

Videos and artifacts present the environments that foster creative scientific thinking and encourage the exchange of ideas. At the entrance of the exhibition, visitors enter the Nobel Market featuring the most recent Laureates, including a century of Nobel Prizes, summarizing their achievements over the last hundred years and ending a with a Nobel Awards Banquet setting. Visitors will be greeted by “Albert Einstein” and “Madame Curie” characters roaming throughout the exhibit during peak times. These characters will enhance the exhibit by providing an opportunity to answer questions and help bring the exhibit to life.

Two theaters occupy the center of the Gallery. The Milieus Theater describes cities, universities and laboratories that served as meeting places for Nobel Laureates and were characterized by their pluralism and diversity, concentration of expertise, communication and cross-disciplinary interaction and unconventional structure. The other theater features stories of individual creativity in a variety of environments. Accompanying these stories are artifacts that were instrumental in each Laureate’s life and work, such as economics prize-winner Amartya Sen’s bicycle; poet Nelly Sachs’ music box; novelist Selma Lagerlofs walking shoes; the 14” Dalai Lama’s pencil and physicist Marie Curie’s scientific instruments.

Cultures of Creativity would not exist if it were not for Alfred Nobel’s remarkable which underlies the entire Nobel system, along with the international perspective that distinguished his life and will. Why was he willing to endow an international prize with his entire fortune? The idea of giving away his fortune was no passing fancy for Nobel. Efforts to promote peace were close to his heart and he derived intellectual pleasure from literature, while science built the foundation for his own activities as a technological researcher and inventor.

Nobel — idealist, inventor, and entrepreneur — invented dynamite in 1866 and later built and expanded companies and laboratories in more than 20 countries all over the world. A holder of more than 350 patents, he also wrote poetry and drama and even seriously considered becoming a writer.

On November 27, 1895, Nobel signed his final will and testament at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage at his home in San Remo, Italy on December 10, 1896.

What is creativity and how can creative activity best be encouraged? Which is more important to the creative process: the individual or the environment in which their work is carried out? Cultures of Creativity captures a century of achievement and expresses it in the context of creative experiences that have changed the world.

Cultures of Creativity opens at the Houston Museum of Natural Science February 7 and runs through May 11,2003, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science, a private non-profit organization, is home to the Burke Baker Planetarium, Cockrell Butterfly Center, the George Observatory, Wortham IMAX Theatre and three floors of natural science halls and exhibits.

Located in Hermann Park across from Miller Outdoor Theater, the Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6p.m. and Sunday, 11 am, to 6p.m. Cultures of Creativity: The Centennial Exhibition of the Nobel Prize is included in the regular Museum admission ticket, which is free to members, $6 for adults, $3.50 for children (3-11) and seniors (62±). For more information, call (713) 639-4629 or log on to For information in Spanish, call (713) 639-4603.

Aldine ISD names new school for long-time employee Houston

Jewell Simpson Houston, center, received a standing ovation from the audience at the Jan. 14 meeting of the Aldine ISD Board of Education after trustees named the newest intermediate school in her honor. Jewell Simpson Houston Academy will open at the beginning of the 2003-04 school year and will be located in the Carver area. Mrs. Houston devoted 34 years of her life to the children of Aldine serving as a teacher and a counselor.

During the Jan. 14 Aldine ISD Board of Education meeting, trustees unanimously approved the naming of the new intermediate school in the Carver area after Jewell Simpson Houston. Board Vice President Dr. Viola Garcia, who chairs the board’s school names committee, said the committee reviewed several names that were submitted by the community and decided on naming the school after Mrs. Houston because of the more than 50 years she served the district and the Acres Homes community. The school will be named Jewell Simpson Houston Academy and will serve fifth and sixth grade students.

Mrs. Houston began her teaching career in 1951 as a teacher at Carver Elementary School. In 1966, she served as a counselor at Carver High School where she guided hundreds of students over the course of eight years until 1974 when she accepted a counseling position at Eisenhower High School. She remained at Eisenhower until her retirement in June of 1985. She served the district for 34 years.

In addition to her years working in Aldine, Mrs. Houston has also served on numerous state and civic associations including the Houston League of Professional and Business Clubs, the Ferguson Street Civic Club and the Acres Homes Multi-service Center.

She has been honored at the local, state and national levels for the significant impact she has made in the lives of children.

Aldine ISD graduate and former U.S. Rep. Floyd Flakes once honored her on the House floor by saying, “I rise to pay tribute to a woman who has spent the greater part of her life working to mold the lives of young people through her unselfish and tireless work as a teacher, counselor, community, and church worker, and friend.”

Mrs. Simpson, who received a standing ovation from the board and members of the audience, said she was thrilled to have a school named after her.
”I am proud, and I am thankful, because this is quite an honor,” she said. ”Tonight I am excited about what the Aldine Independent School District has become.”

Mrs. Houston said she will be on hand when the doors of Jewell Simpson Houston Academy open on the first day of the 2003-04 school year.
”I hope when my school opens that the children will just come excited every day. Let it be a school that glows,” she said.

The board also named the new elementary located on Bammel North Houston Road, Aldine Elementary School. Both schools, along with another elementary school on Airline Drive, will open at the beginning of the 2003-04 school year.

Academy National Tournament brings top basketball to Aldine area

Aldine and Campbell Center hosted a national high school basketball tournament over the holidays, from Dec. 27th through 30th, and local fans got to see the No. 1 ranked team in the U.S., Virginia’s Oak Hill, win back its title in a thrilling come from behind final game. They beat New Jersey’s St. Patrick by a score of 62 to 59, coming back in the last four minutes of the game with points scored on momentum and desire.

The game, however, was marked with an odd controversy. The official scorer gave Oak Hill 2 points they didn’t score, but when she told the officials, they said to leave the score that way. St. Patrick protested, but to no avail. Luckily, the final score was more than that spread, but one wonders how it affected the morale of both teams.

In the Texas bracket, Aldine and Nimitz played. Jones HS won the title. In a consolation game, Aldine lost to Nimitz in the final game, 70-67. High scorers were B. Brown 27, and J. Brown 16 for Aldine, and B. Adams 25, D. Roberts 15, C. Martin 11, and A. Reynolds 10 for Nimitz.

News tradition continues with sale to new publisher

After 27 years of service to this community, Donna Mauldin has announced the sale of the Northeast News and associated publications to Gilbert and Mei-Ing Hoffman, who become the new owners and publishers.

The Hoffmans are the publishers of others newspapers on the east side of Houston. They publish the Highlands STAR-Crosby COURIER and the Dayton Barbers Hill PRESS. Also included in the sale were the Frugal Frog and the North Forest News. They plan to continue to serve the same readers of these papers as before. The combined circulation of all 5 newspapers now numbers 62,000.

The Northeast News has been published continuously since April 1977, when Donna Mauldin and her husband Vic Mauldin realized a dream to publish their own newspaper, after years of working in radio and for other newspapers. A relatively new concept, the free distribution newspaper delivered by adult carriers to homes, allowed them to start with a circulation of 25,000, which has grown steadily over the years. Vic was well known locally and in state press associations for his strong professional approach to community journalism, and the News won many State and National press awards. Both Mauldins have had a strong interest in the community they serve, and after Vic’s untimely death last year, Donna continued this legacy of service, both through the newspaper and community organizations such as the Aldine CID.

Specialty publications are a part of the Northeast News family, with the North Forest News serving 13,000 readers in that neighborhood, and the Frugal Frog distributed at drop stations with Classified Ads targeted to a geographic area not served by other publications in Northeast Houston. This area is from Antoine Drive to Mesa Road on the east, I-10 on the south to FM1960 on the north.

In addition to their newspaper business, the Hoffmans have other business interests, including a printing business that services local and national accounts, business, educational and cultural institutions, and government contracts. They print about a dozen high school and private newspapers around the city, as well as their own. Their government clients include the Post Office, the IRS, and several branches of the Department of Defense.

Another interest of the Hoffmans is their architectural practice. They maintain an active consulting architectural design practice, an outgrowth of years of work with some of the largest architectural firms in the city. Their work includes local banks, libraries, and medical buildings. They are currently consulting on the design of a classroom/engineering building for the University of Texas at Tyler, and a pharmacy college for the Texas A & M campus in Kingsville.
Hoffman indicated that his intent with the News is to continue the close contact with the community and the school districts, and to expand the news coverage and features. The publications provide complete coverage of the entire northeast quadrant of Houston, and the close-in suburban areas beyond. The five publications offer readers and advertisers a low-cost, effective way to build recognition, community acceptance and sales.

Houston Boat Show offers something for everyone

Leave your expectations behind and get ready for a totally new experience at the 2003 Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show, January 3-12 at Reliant Center.

The January show features an enormous display of sailboats, luxury yachts and powerboats, over 5 football fields of the latest in nautical innovation.

The all new show also offers exhibits for the land lover such as campers, motor homes, RV accessories and services, travel trailers, and camping equipment.

While you’re there, explore a variety of products and services from gourmet foods and fine art, to information on the hottest resorts and marinas. And if you want to know more, come take one of the many educational seminars to learn about a variety of topics from basic boat maintenance to the most current fishing techniques.

Take advantage of the opportunity to see the largest boat, sport and travel show in the Southwest and visit the 2003 Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show January 3-12 at Reliant Center.

ADMISSION: $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children under 12, tax included. Tickets will be available at the Reliant Center at Reliant Park January 3-12, 2003. Discount coupons, good Monday through Thursday, are available at participating Boating Trades Association of Metropolitan Houston member dealerships.

Live Shark Show
For the first time at the Houston International Boat, Sport and Travel Show the only traveling live shark show in America is coming to the Reliant Center. Come and see the 7000-gallon saltwater tank filled with several species of large sharks swimming around with an experienced diver. These sharks are not trained! They are actual wild sharks that are from the coast of Florida! As the diver interacts with the sharks, the announcer explains to the audience what the diver is doing and educates the audience about sharks in general.

If this is not exciting enough, then you can head over to the touch tank and actually touch these feared fish as well as other creatures from the sea. Before the live show, visitors are also allowed to view many different shark items including shark teeth, shark jaws of different sizes, photos and posters of different species, and information on sharks

Clay Walker Appearance
“Country Music Superstar Clay Walker to appear January 4th from 3pm to 5pm Brought to you by Pathfinder Boats and Mount Houston Marine”

Dale Jarrett Race Car
“Race fans can take a close look at the Dale Jarrett 2003 UPS Ford Taurus race car and “compete” on a variety of exciting race tracks inside a full-sized NASCAR race car at the 2003 Houston Boat, Sport and Travel Show, January 10, 11 and 12 at the Reliant Center”

Big Bass Fishing Adventure
The largest Bass fishing video game in the country, American Outdoors’ Big Bass Adventure, is coming to the 2003 Houston Boat, Sport & Travel Show. The Big Bass Adventure, sponsored by Pure Fishing, provides all the fun and excitement of fishing with a technological twist. It allows up to six people to virtually fish at one time People of all ages can test their fishing skills without having to step outside.

Congressman Green reviews local concerns; sets Town Meetings

By GILBERT HOFFMAN, editor, NorthEast News

Crime, calls for service to HPD, and environmental problems are high on the list of items reviewed and acted on every month, according to Rhonda Jackson, administrative assistant to Congressman Green.

Also discussed were progress at Greens Bayou, which is a Corps of Engineers project, and Halls Bayou, which is not currently a federal project, according to Green. He hoped that his Town Hall Meetings in Feb/Mar will address this issue of flooding in Halls Bayou, with the hope of moving toward a funding method. He noted that during last year’s Alison Flood, the area east of US59 had 56” of rain, which had to drain through these two bayous.

Green meets with the community monthly, on the second or third monday of the month, at 8:30 am at 10960 North Freeway. Present at last month’s meeting were representative’s of HUD, State Representative Kevin Bailey’s office, Houston Police Department, and Civic organizations. Next month’s meeting is scheduled for Jan. 13th.

Statistics were reviewed on “calls for service”, to determine which addresses and apartment complexes appear to be improving on their safety and crime calls to HPD. These calls include loud noise, disturbance, and theft cases, according to the police.

HPD stated that they will have 3 more officers assigned to the day shift in 2003, which will be used to improve service on these types of calls.
For the year to date period, through October, calls at Woods of Greenbriar were down 17%, and at Oak Leaf were up 85%. These were extremes, with 19 apartment complexes being monitored.

In violent crime stats, the most calls were reported at Oak Leaf, and in property loss calls, the most were reported at Casa Verde.

In related matters, Green has announced his schedule of public Town Meetings to be held in February and March.