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Posts published in “Day: August 21, 2007

“Day of Hope” kicks off Bonita House fundraiser

Bonita House of Hope, a “transitional housing facility for ex-offenders” as described in its brochure, held a large kick off ceremony last Wednesday night, for supporters and friends throughout the Houston community.
Emcee for the evening was Channel 11’s news anchor, Chau Nguyen. Guest speakers included retired NBA basketball star Robert Reed, Bishop James Dixon III, representatives from City Councilman Jarvis Johnson and Peter Brown, and Sharon Phillips of Washington Mutual bank.
Staff of the facility that spoke included founder/president Tyrone Evans, Tracy Shipman, Pastor Katrina Haskins, Melody Burr, and board member Pat Kiley.
The event was planned to initiate a year’s fundraising for the facility. To that end small donations of $55 a day to sustain a woman, or $85 for the woman and her children, was suggested, or support for a new calendar project, where $2500 would earn an ad on a month’s page.
Bonita House offers a safe and caring environment operated by qualified staff, 24 hours a day, providing stable, affordable, transitional and permanent housing, drug education and relapse prevention, substance abuse treatment, 12 step meetings, case management, psychotherapy, job training, job readiness, GED and employment preparation, life skills and vocational training, spiritual develoopment, HOPWA (IOH) program, HIV/AIDS specific workshops, parenting education and childcare classes, nutritional services, healthcare services and transportation.
Those wishing to support the program by volunteering money or funds, can get in touch at 713-691-0900.

NHGCC Back to School Luncheon

The North Houston Greenspoint Chamber held its annual Back to School luncheon last Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Greenspoint.
Awards were made for teacher excellence by Jana Anders, and students from the YMCA Youth of the Aldine Greenspoint YMCA presented the pledge of allegiance. NHGCC chairman Bill Ginder welcomed new chamber members and Circle Members. Back pack and school supplies were presented to the students.
Presentations of their educational institutions were made by Dr. Steven Head, of the North Harris Montgomery Community College District, and Mary Kate Robinson of the Art Institute of Houston.
Dr. Head spoke of the importance of teachers in students lives, and the size and diversity of NHMCCD. He also emphasized the variety of courses and reasonable cost.
Ms. Robinson presented a slide show of the various study areas available at the Art Institute, and said 4 year Bachelors degrees are now available.

HCC Car Show and College Fest

Last Saturday the Houston Community College Northeast held their Annual College Fest, where students could sign up for classes, as well as have fun, food, and entertainment all day long. Northeast College President Margaret Ford was on hand to welcome the students and answer questions. Featured were Custom Cars, New Cars, Car Hopping, Low Riders, attractive models, display of trophies, and more.
The Northeast campus is located near the intersection of I-10 East and the 610 East Loop, on Community College Drive. Call 713-718-8300 for more information.

Shady Tidwell Timbers celebrates National Night Out

The Shady Tidwell Timbers Civic Club held its National Night Out at Tidwell Park. There were 74 neighbors and friends in attendance.
Everyone enjoyed greeting their neighbors and enjoying eating hot dogs, chips, nachos, cake, watermelon, lemonade, nuts and mints.
Door prizes were given out and some fun games for our youth and adults were played.
The civic club president would like to thank all of the block captains Helen Heliton, Mamie Wells, Maureen William, Corliss Garibaldi, Patricia Devers, Shirley Little, Mattie Ebow, Effie Arcineaux, Sylvia Davenport, Naomi Taylor and Earl Derousselle.

Does party primary season come too early?

Politics: I don’t know why I even bother as it upsets me each time I get involved or discuss most political matters. This past weekend I read a column in one of the local dailies written by Susan Estrich, a syndicated columnist and sometimes panelist on one or more of the 24-hour TV news networks.
If Estrich would write 100 columns I might agree with her on one. One hundred to one is probably good odds. She is far two liberal for me—a dedicated conservative. Most of the time I don’t even bother to read her stuff or listen on TV.
I hit the 100-1 odds however with her most recent offering. She was writing about the insaneness of us, on a national basis, running presidential campaigns almost constantly. She is attacking our present national sickness of having presidential primaries so far in advance. I noticed in this morning’s Monday’s paper Wisconsin’s Tommy Thompson has already withdrawn his name because of a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses. And, one of the former front-runners, John McCain, appears to be on the ropes. Their positions are not the issue, money is.

Whether your favorite is Thompson, McCain or another is not the point. The point is why are we going through all of this so far in advance. The presidential primaries are getting so far in advance of the election date Estrich wonders if Christmas 2007 might find Santa Claus as a candidate? Answer, only if the elves can raise a few million. She says we are moving in the direction of the insane. To me we are already there.
Certain things are issues now, with the election 15 or so months away one wonders if these issues will be the same then? Are we asking questions and getting responses to certain things that will long be forgotten by then?
It has been said months ago that a candidate can’t win unless he/she announces early. Why? Because; one must get commitments and raise funds. One without funds cannot carry on a winning campaign. Oh, to the mighty $$$!
Estrich noted that the public is not really interested now and by the time of elections the candidates will be tired and scripted. I worry about one larger step. Maybe by the time the general public gets involved the candidates will have already been chosen! All of this bothers me; it bothers me a lot!
I’ll “bet yah” my presidential primary is before yours, or theirs or the other guys!
Such are the people, places and things that have touched my life in my West Virginia home!
Don Springer is a writer for the Charleston, West Virginia newspapers, but he and his wife often visit in Crosby. He can be reached at touchlife@