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Posts published in “Day: September 25, 2007

Head Start Center opens in NE Houston

AVANCE Houston hosted their Board of Directors, elected officials, community members and corporate sponsors at a ribbon cutting for AVANCE’s new Head Start Center at 2702 Aldine Westfield.
Future plans for the center include adult education and job skills classes, tutoring services for youth, and a computer lab—all with the goal to create a hub of learning for the entire family.
Keynoting the ribbon cutting ceremony was Congressman Gene Green.
“I was born in this neighborhood and I am thankful to AVANCE for this oasis of learning. AVANCE educates children and parents together, a vision which will soon materialize in this center as a catalyst for change in the Jensen Drive community.”
Other honored guests included Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, State Senator Mario Gallegos and Dr. Alasdair McDonnell, a Member of Parliament for the United Kingdom.

“I am overcome with joy. Here at AVANCE there is a hurricane of spirit and commitment to education. AVANCE represents the building of confidence and the uniting of families. I am delighted to be a part of this day,” Lee said.
AVANCE’s mission is to improve child well being through family learning and parental involvement in children’s education. AVANCE, meaning “advance” in Spanish, has served the educational needs of thousands of lower income families since 1988.
In addition to a total of 13 Head Start centers, AVANCE provides classes in parenting, adult literacy, healthy marriage, fatherhood, ESL, computer skills and GED throughout Harris County. AVANCE plans to incorporate these adult education programs in its Head Start centers to create comprehensive learning centers for entire families.

Optimist Club sets plans for Chicken Club, Golf Tourney

Golf tourney set
The Aldine Optimist Club is busy with plans for the fall, including the Chicken Club program for 4th graders, and the benefit golf tournament.
Chicken Club is a national program to inform young children of the dangers of drugs, and to set an example to avoid them. In the Aldine district, it is sponsored by the Optimist Club, and involves almost 5000 4th graders, from Magrill, Donn, and Bethune elementary schools. Clarence Johnson of Aldine ISD is in charge of the program, which includes a large rally on Oct. 23rd, with speakers and demonstrations. All participating children will receive a yellow tee shirt as evidence of their participation.
To support the program, the Aldine Optimist club raises money, and solicits donations from local businesses. At the luncheon this week, checks totallying $6700 were presented to Johnson by Steve Mead, club president, for the program. These included $4000 from the Optimist club, $1800 from the North Houston Bank, and $900 from Steve Mead.

Mead noted in his presentation that the Aldine program is the largest one in the state of Texas, and has been very successful in attracting students with the “no drugs” message.
Plans were also announced for the golf tournament, proceeds of which are also used to support the Chicken Club and other community activities.
Golf tourney set
The Aldine Optimist Club’s Tee Up for Youth Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at Newport Golf Club in Crosby.
The tournament will benefit the Aldine ISD FFA, the C.H.I.C.K.E.N Club, Special Olympics, Aldine Y.O.U.T.H., the Aldine Scholarship Foundation and the Aldine Pathfinder District.
Registration will be held from 10:30 a.m. until noon. The driving range will open at 11 a.m., followed by a putting contest at 11:30 a.m. The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at noon, followed by a buffet dinner at 5 p.m. and the awards presentation at 5:30 p.m.
The entry fee is $500 for a foursome or $125 for an individual entry. Banquet tickets for non-players are $25. Corporate foursomes, which includes a Gold Sign on the course, is $700. Gold hole sponsors are $300 and silver hole sponsors are $150. Mulligans (unlimited) can be purchased for $5 each.
The entry fee will cover all golf fees, use of a golf cart, lunch and dinner for each player, on-course beverages and player gifts.
Checks should be made payable to the Aldine Optimist Club and can be mailed to: 23020 Birnam Wood Blvd, Spring, TX 77373.
For more information, or to reserve a spot in the field, call (281) 449-1800.

Trash Contest winner announced

NORTHEAST HOUSTON– About 100 entries were received in the recent Count the Trash Cans contest, sponsored by the East Aldine Management District and the Northeast News.
Approximately half had the correct count, 48, and the others varied from 28 to 63. The winner was picked in a random drawing from the correct entries, and received a $100 cash award.
The purpose of the contest was to raise awareness of the importance of cleaning up our own neighborhoods, said Maria Espinoza, board member and chair of the EAMD Clean-up Commmittee. She said that other efforts would also be used to get the public’s cooperation in this clean-up effort.

More “Where were you?” questions

It seems I am frequently among the last to know! Such is life!
In the September 13th issue of the Northeast News, my good friend and fellow newspaper buddy, Bobby Horn, Jr. asked the question “Where were you on 9-11?” As with you it brought back some memories, in this case not many years ago but it also took me back many years about other, “Where were You?” questions.
On September 11, I’m sure I was among the last to know about that tragedy. As I recall the first plane hit the New York tower shortly after 9 a. m.( EST). I did not know about the event until just a couple of minutes before noon EST. I’ve been retired from Union Carbide Corporation (a large chemical company of that day) since 1991. A few weeks before 9/11 some UCC officials had asked about 30 of us, all retired, to meet with a couple of company reps and discuss improving communications between UCC and its retirees. We met in a large conference room in a company building but only a couple of people knew we were there. We had entered the facility about 7:30 a. m. (EST).
When reports of the attack began, since no one knew we were there, we were not told.

Not until we emerged a few minutes before noon to go to the cafeteria for lunch did we find out what had happened. As we walked into the lobby of the building it was filled with people watching on a couple of available TV sets. Like you, we were astounded Our work had ended and only lunch was left. Some of us skipped this free lunch and headed for home.
Once there I watched the events on TV for the rest of that day and into the next.
Bobby made me feel old in his written word of the last issue. He mentioned being too young to answer the question, “Where were you when JFK was shot?” I can well remember, as I was sitting in a Workman’s Compensation hearing at the Statehouse with several attorneys dealing with compensation problems. I stepped out of the hearing chambers for a soft drink and got the news. I returned, told the group and the hearing was immediately stopped.
The question “Where were you when Pearl Harbor was attack?” was the first memorable “Where were you,” of my life. That was a Sunday and my mother, dad, a cousin who was visiting with us, and I had all gone to church that morning, had finished Sunday dinner and I was sitting at a table with my mother and cousin playing three-handed bridge. My mother was a bridge player and at eleven I was learning the facts of bridge.
Those are the three memorable historic occasions of my life that are still quite clear. Others “where were you,” questions concerned President Roosevelt’s death while in office, D-Day, the day World War II ended and the day President Reagan was shot but not killed. They still stick in my mind but have less significance than the top three—particularly Pearl Harbor.
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 & Houston. He can be reached at touchlife@