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Posts published in “Day: March 1, 2005”

Forest Brook HS student dies in car accident on US59

HOUSTON – Police reported that four North Forest 10th grade students were involved in a one car accident last Thursday morning, that resulted in the death of one of them.

Officers C. J. Mangano and M. W. Gartman of the HPD Traffic Division reported that a 2001 Ford Taurus was traveling northbound on US59, Eastex Freeway, at a high rate of speed. Conditions were wet and raining, it was reported. The driver lost control and struck a large light pole. One of the passengers was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and the other two passengers were transported to area hospitals.

The Harris County Medical Examiner’s officer reported that the identity of the deceased student was Cedric Grimble, age 16. No information was available on the other occupants of the car.

North Forest ISD public information officer Jacque Tolbert told the Northeast News that the four were 10th grade students at Forest Brook High School.

The district provided grief counselors on Thursday and Friday, as word of the death and accident became known to the classmates.

At press time, there was no word of funeral or memorial arrangements.

The HCME’s office was still at work on Friday determing the cause of death, and had not released the body.

Greenspoint District recognizes volunteer partners at banquet

GREENSPOINT – Partnerships and community spirit were recognized recently at the Greater Greenspoint District’s 13th annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception. Since 1992, the event has honored individuals and organizations who have contributed time and effort towards the betterment of the Greenspoint community.

The most distinguished awards of the evening were presented to the Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA), represented by Anita Stevens, as Partner of the Year; Volunteer of the Year recipient Kelly McNeill of Hines; Company of the Year recipient Wyndham Greenspoint Hotel; and a special achievement award was extended to Gary Montgomery of Montgomery & Associates.

“We appreciate the commitment of our volunteers,” said district President Jack Drake. “With a spirited and hard-working team of people, Greenspoint’s voice in the community and abroad is strengthened.”

The Harris County Toll Road Authority was acknowledged as an outstanding partner for contributing to the District’s “Clean and Green” area maintenance program by saving trees that could have been destroyed by road construction. HCTRA’s focus on keeping Greenspoint well-connected without sacrificing 125 trees earned them the Partner of the Year award.

Aldine area petitions METRO to save #54 bus

ALDINE – Community leaders, organizations, residents and businesses have organized to petition METRO not to eliminate the Route #54 bus line, that serves a large part of the population of the Aldine area.

The petition drive has been organized by Ricci Sanchez, director of the Harris County Aldine Health Center. She has been joined by many community leaders, including Shirley Reed of ACT, William Townsend of North Houston Bank, Clyde Bailey of Aldine Improvement District, Nadine Kujawa of the Aldine ISD, and Marilyn Bayless of the North Houston Greenspoint Chamber.

Sanchez pointed out in the petition text that many lower income individuals in the area depend on the bus to get them to their destinations, such as the health center. She says “they cannot afford private transportation, and many carry oxygen tanks, diaper bags, and other items.”

Sanchez said that if the #54 route were eliminated, it would affect 28% of the health center’s patients. If they are forced to take other routes, travel time might be 2 hours, and in some cases their would not be an alternative route.

Houston is “Ready to Rodeo”

HOUSTON – Cowboys and cowgirls of all types were ready to start “rodeoing” this week, as Houston Livestock and Rodeo opens on March 1st. Festivities actually started last weekend, with the annual BBQ cook-off, and the Rodeo parade through downtown. Participants in the parade included the trailriders that have been coming in to Memorial Park last week. Also underway daily is the extensive Carnival and midway next to the venue, which is Reliant Stadium.

Entertainment lined up for the first week include the following:

March 1–Brooks & Dunn
March 2–Alan Jackson
March 3–Neal McCoy, Charlie Daniels Band, Lee Greenwood and an Armed Forces Salute
March 4–Alicia Keys
March 5–Gretchen Wilson
March 6–Hilary Duff
March 7–Jeff Foxworthy and Big & Rich
March 8–Keith Urban

A little rain and cooler weather helped the 2005 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo open in grand style! Despite the dampness, Rodeo Parade fans still gathered in the streets in droves to watch and cheer as the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run participants, covered wagons,
marching bands, trail riders and others strutted their stuff down the streets of downtown Houston.

While the Top Hands Horse Show competitors finished their heart-warming events in the dry confines of Reliant Arena, the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest was smoking away and drawing meat-hungry folks from all around. Go Texan contests concluded withthe quilt contest winners and team penning competitors declared.

The quilts will be displayed in Reliant Center March 1 through March 20.

With the conclusion of the opening weekend activities, the fun has only just begun. Brooks & Dunn will help open RODEO-HOUSTON this Tuesday, March 1, and there are still loge and upper level seats available! In fact, there are still tickets available to every Show! So, round up the troops, sound the bugle and get ready to march right into Reliant Park to join in the fun of Houston’s most celebrated event – the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!