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Posts published in October 2006

NHG Chamber recognizes Public Safety Officers

NORTH HOUSTON GREENSPOINT– The Chamber of Commerce held their annual recognition luncheon for public safety officers and officials last Thursday, Oct. 19th at the Wyndham Hotel Greenpsoint.
This year for the first time, an award was given to the Airline Improvement District’s president, Glenn Nitsch, for the district’s efforts in crime prevention and economic improvement.

The ceremonies were chaired by Chamber president, and past peace officer, Jerry Lowry. In his opening remarks, he noted how dangerous it is to be a police officer– one police officer is killed in the line of duty every 63 hours, nationwide. Their bravery is one of the reasons for this recognition luncheon, Lowry said.
Special appreciation and a moment of silence was taken for HPD Officer Rodney Johnson, who gave his life only this year.
Awards and commendations were given to the following officers:
Community Service Award:
Sgt. Frank Escobedo, HPD. for his work in the community, and the North Division. Notably, the C.O.P. program, and the Christmas Toy Drive.
Glenn Nitsch, President of the Airline Improvement District, for his dedication to improving the Airline area and support in creating the improvement district.
Special Recognition:
Deputy Jimmy Whalen, HCSO, for his work in nuisance abatement.
Officer Gustavo Adame, Aldine ISD Police Dept., for aiding a stranded citizen during Hurricane Rita.
Officer Lowell Lovelace, HPD, for successfully clearing robbery cases through investigative initiative.
Distinguished Service:
Sgt. Daniel Silva, HPD, for success with the Robbery Reduction Initiative and the Multi-Agency Violent Gang Crime Initiative.
Deputy Joe Shriver, HCSO, for his work as the new deputy assigned to the Airline Improvement District, and the number of arrests and citations during his career.
Officers S.K. Franklin, A. Garcia, A. Verslius, P. Alegria, K. Muse, J. Lopez, D. Meza, A. Rendon, and P. Day, all HPD, for their successful work as a team in apprahending a gang of 4 robbers involved in bank and business robberies.
Distinguished Unit:
Sgt. Greg Capers, Deputies T. Perez, R. Nichols, and R. Martinez, for their work as a unit under an auto theft prevention grant, administered with the Greater Greenspoint District.
North Division Tactical Section, and Narcotics Division Squad #9, for “Operation Greensweep,” utilizing both uniformed and plainclothes officers, to combat the criminal element in the Greenspoint District in a most effective way, resulting in 541 arrests or charged suspects.
Lifetime Achievement:
Lt Freddy Guidry, HPD, for 39 years of outstanding service to the community and the HPD, and before his retirement in December is currently Commander of Storefront operations, Field Training, and Community Services in the North Division.
Public Safety Professional of the Year:
Lois Gibson, a Forensic Artist with the HPD Robbery Division, for 24 years of service in helping apprahend criminals with her artistic skills. She has also written a book on the subject, “Faces of Evil.”

Humble ISD approves plans for new high school

At its October meeting, the Humble ISD Board approved the design for the district’s sixth high school. This new facility is a repeat of the design of Atascocita High School. The
exterior architectural character of high school number six will be revised, but the interior design will be essentially the same as Atascocita High School.

High School six is proposed to be located on 67 acres of land in the Spring Trace Development on the southwest side of Beltway 8 near the proposed extension of W. Lake Houston Parkway, an excellent location for this facility to address future growth in the southern portion of the District. The school is projected to be complete in spring 2009.
The scope of the project includes approximately 435,000 square feet to house a comprehensive 9th through 12th grade high school for 2400 students; athletic facilities and play fields, auditorium, natatorium, career and vocational education facilities, food court and learning resource center; parking for students, staff and visitors.

First District Game: 17-14 Aldine Victory over MacArthur in Final Seconds

Lightning struck twice Friday night, once on the horizon to delay the start of the MacArthur/Aldine game, and once in the final seconds when the Mustangs kicked a 25 yard field goal and broke the 4th quarter tie, with a 17-14 victory.
Although the inclement weather, including some rain and lightning, kept fan attendance lower than normal, those who were there saw a well-played, well-coached game. It included some exciting moments, such as a 77 yard run by MacArthur’s Isaak Lewis in the 2nd quarter for a touchdown that put them ahead 14-6 at the end of the first half.
Scoring started in the first quarter, with a 3 yard run by Daron Thomas, the tall Aldine QB who carries himself somewhat like Vince Young of Texas. Although MacArthur scored twice in the second quarter, it seemed like the Mustangs set the momentum of the game. They were able to complete 9 passes for 66 yards, as well as their running game.

In the second quarter, the Generals scored on a 21 yard run by Connor, as well as Lewis’ run.
The third quarter was scoreless by both teams, but they executed well and kept the opponent on edge. In the 4th quarter, Aldine scored at 7:19 left in the game on a Wiley 5 yard run, and then got the ball back after MacArthur failed to move it for first downs. Then they kept up the pressure, with a combination of end runs and pass plays, and got close enough, with only a few seconds left on the clock, to seal the game with the field goal and win 17-14.
Aldine’s Thomas rushed for 124 yards, and MacArthur’s Connor for 98 yards. Aldine’s Thomas passed for 66 yards on 9 completions. MacArthur’s Washington passed for 20 yards on 2 completions.

Block Party kicks off North Forest ISD Community Involvement Campaign

The North Forest administration, and Superintendent Dr. James Simpson, held a “Community Block Party” last Saturday, to let parents and the community get to know administrators, staff and teachers better.
This was a step in the continued effort to communicate with North Forest, and gain the support of parents and others who have been critical of the district and its well publicized problems.
The event included free food and drinks, games, many door prizes, entertainment for children and adults, moonwalks, “Rainbow the Clown,” and face painting. It was held in the playground and field next to the administration building at Langley and Homestead.Music was provided by “Too Laid Back”, and food was provided by Fiesta market.
The Houston Astros and others provided a large number of door prizes. Highlights of the raffle prizes were autographed baseballs, by current players such as Brendon Backe, and famous old-timers such as Jimmy Winn.

Several hundred adults and many more children attended the two-hour event, which was considered a success.
The party followed the first of four community walks. School officials and student volunteers walked neighborhood streets distributing door hangers that featured information about the district’s programs and inviting the community to volunteer in the district.
The next walks scheduled for October 21 and November 4. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Volunteers should arrive at the administration building by 8:30 am.

Astro’s McLane brings message to Chamber

By Gilbert Hoffman, Publisher
Drayton McLane, Jr., owner and CEO of the Houston Astros, was the featured speaker at the monthly luncheon of the North Houston Greenspoint Chamber last week. He highlighted the exciting season that the Astros have now completed, but his message was about baseball, business and ethics that can be applied to both.
McLane spoke of the strength of the Free Enterprise system, and how you can excel and do big things in this country, in this business climate. His own climb to success is an example, but he emphasized that it was integrity and honesty, the desire to do the right things, that lead his direction in his business career.

He spoke to the chamber members at the luncheon about leadership. “A leader who is one that is trying to find the future,” he said. A leader lifts others to a place they wouldn’t get to otherwise. “A leader must also be a risk taker,” he said.
McLane recounted how he came from a small town, Cameron, in Texas. Even today, he prefers living in a smaller community, Temple. He started in the family’s grocery distribution business. He believes it grew because he had a clear mission statement, which he talks about every day in his grocery business and his baseball business. His principles are: Honesty, Integrity, and be responsible for what you do.
McLane became involved with the Houston Astros, as an investor owner, in 1993. Originally asked to be a partner by Texas Commerce Bank’s Ben Love and Randall’s Bob Olmstead, he decided to take on the team on his own, and to run it with his value system.
He has been involved in baseball now for 14 years, and says he loves it. He attends almost all home games. He noted that this year, while disappointing in some ways after reaching the World Series last year, nevertheless has drawn a huge fan support base, with over 3,000,000 attendance reached.
McLane talked about the Astros organization, and the season. He brought with him marketing director John Sorentino, who has been with the team 21 years. The team now has 6 teams in their farm system, he said, and thinks the future of the team depends on developing good talent from within. That includes the 172 players now in the minors. He noted that most players last in the minors about 5 years, and if they get to the majors, only 18 percent are able to stay for more than 1 year.
In closing, he emphasized the need for integrity. As his first manager, Art Howe said, “Baseball is an individual sport, that teams play.” The best players, such as Roger Clemens, take reponsibility for their individual performance, and put their greatest effort into it.