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Posts published in “Day: April 22, 2003

METRO to host community meetings on new mobility plan


ALDINE– Metro spokesman Art Murillo pointed out in a report to ACID last Tuesday night, that the Houston area population will grow by 2 million persons in the next 20 years, and all of those may be driving in your roadway. This potential jam could be avoided, if METRO implements its long range Mobility Plan.

The public will get an opportunity to see this plan and comment on it, in a series of public meetings around the city. In the Aldine area, a meeting is scheduled for May 15th, from 6 to 8 pm at MacArthur High School, according to Murillo.

The plan consists of a mix of Light Rail, Bus Rapid Transit, (Guided Track), HOV lanes that will be designed for 2-way use, and Connectivity to existing lines at Transit Centers.

Murillo pointed out that the real issue is quality of life, which it affected by mobility. Crafted over 18 months with community input and expert analysis, METRO Solutions examined several high-traffic corridors including 1-45 North/Hardy; Southeast-Universities-Hobby; Uptown-West Loop; Katy Freeway; Harrisburg; Tomball-State Highway 249; State Highway 288; and Westpark.The studies considered a variety of transportation options, depending on the location, such as bus, bus rapid transit, light rail, commuter rail and HOV lines.

After further technical and financial analysis, along with community comments1 the final plan will be presented to the METRO Board in June and considered for formal adoption in July.

Community meetings to present the METRO Solutions Draft Plan will be held at the following locations:

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 5 – METRO Headquarters, 1201 Louisiana, 16th Floor Board Room

• 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 – Kashmere Multi Service Center, 4802 Lockwood, and Bleyl Middle School, 10800 Mills Road

• 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday May 7 – Hobby Hilton, 8181 Airport Blvd.

• 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8 – Sunnyside Multi Service Center, 4805 Wilmington, and The Power Center, 12401 S. Post Oak Road

• 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 12 – Acres Homes Multi Service Center, 6719 West Montgomery, and Southern Chinese Daily News Building, 11122 Bellaire Blvd.

• 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 – Houston-Galveston Area Council, 3555 Timmons Lane, 2nd Floor, Conference Room A

• 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 – NCI Ripley House, 4410 Navigation, and The Courtyard by Marriott, 12401 Katy Freeway

• 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 15 – MacArthur High School, 4400 Aldine Mail Route Road, and Spring Branch Community Center, 8575 Pitner

• 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 19 – Greenspoint Mall, Community Room, 12300 North Freeway, Suite 200

Each meeting will include a 30-minute presentation of the METRO Solutions Draft Plan and a 30-minute question and answer period, preceded by and concluding with a 30-minute “open house.”

All meetings will be held in wheelchair-accessible locations. People requiring language interpretation or special communication accommodations may contact the project’s public participation coordinator at 713-739.6049 at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.
For bus route and schedule information, call METROLine at 713-635-4000 or visit www.ride

I remember…

I hope you all had a happy Easter and spent time with family and friends. I had a new addition to the family on Easter mornin’…..a fine little stud colt born to “I’m Shameless”, his proud momma. We haven’t chosen a name yet, but favor something like “Toby’s Anthem”, after Toby Keith’s Song of the Year, “American Anthem”. His momma, I’m Shameless, was named after a Garth Brook’s song by the same name, so…

I’m really excited about the Cowboy Ranch Competition at the George Ranch on May 3rd and 4th. I’ve told you all about it, but will mention it again. Your whole family will have a ball if you take the short forty minute drive to the first exit after you cross the Brazos River on 59 South, go to your left about eight miles and it’s on your right, you can’t miss it. There will be real chuckwagon cooking with gooood food, lots of cowboy stuff for the kids and, and, a team competition for workin’ cowboys you won’t wanta miss!

Well, I was discussing the upcoming book and CD, titled “I Remember”, when my better half asked me if I remembered the old movies with the singin’ cowboys? You bet I did! You probably guessed it, I wrote a poem about it! To make a long story short, we decided to introduce this new one to a few close friends, like you all! So, you are the first to read this new one. Hope you like it!

The Silver Screen

The names I seem to remember best,
from when I was a kid,
Are now the stuff of legends telling, of
the daring deeds they did.
T.V. wasn’t the way at first, we saw our
heroes then.
The Silver Screen on Saturdays, was
where it all began.
A nickel or dime was entrance fee, a
coke a nickel more.
And our feet would always stick, on that
gooey movie floor.
The guys would always laugh and talk,
then the lights were turned down low.
To signal all was to begin soon, the start
of our favorite shows.

The serial was continued from last week.
Could the hero come back again?
And if he was dumb enough to kiss the
girl, all of us would grin.
Now was time for the western to start,
we all could hardly wait.
Then Dale and Roy and Trigger were
there, ridin’ through the gate.
And Roy was oh so smooth, as he sang a
cowboy song.
We kids knew every single word, so we
would sing along.
Next week it might be Hoppalong, or the
Cisco Kid.
Everyone really loved those guys, and
the daring deeds they did.
Gene Autry was a favorite, and
Champion his trusty steed.
When he told us to follow “The Cowboy
Code”, we were quick to heed.
The Lone Ranger with Tonto his trusted
friend, kept us glued there in our seats.
They may have been my favorites, I
dreamed someday we’d meet!
His silver bullets never failed, to find the
bad guys hearts.
Many ran when they heard his name,
headin’ for other parts.
John Wayne, The Duke some called him,
fought for right in every show.
Another of our cowboy heroes, pointing
the way to go.
Now a Silver Screen’s in every home,
both here and in far off lands.
But some have never seen those guys,
ridin’ cross the sands.
I think it’s time we brought them back,
those heroes from long ago,
And they would straighten out the world,
the right way they would show.
And we could all be kids again, knowing
who was really bad and mean,
The world would be a better place again,
if we had that “Silver Screen”!

I gotta go check on “Toby” and his momma. You can come if you want to, but please, now especially, shut the gate!

Just a Ridin’,

ACID hears report on water & sewers

According to a report this week to the Aldine CID, progress continues to be made on the long term study of water and sewer needs in the Aldine District, and plans to provide a comprehensive system in the future.

Water Engineers, Inc. has a consulting contract with ACID to study options, and develop a plan. This work was reviewed last Tuesday night by engineer Ray Young. The study is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The intent of the study is to find the best way to implement adequate water and sewer services to the 11,000 households in the Aldine district, including using existing facilities, coordinating with the City of Houston, and building new utilities.

See Accompanying Story and Maps on Page 3 of this NORTHEAST NEWS issue.