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Posts published in “Day: March 16, 2010”

YMCA’s Mariana Sanchez named Hispanic Woman of the Year


She has been a familiar face at the Greenspoint YMCA and in the Aldine Community. Now Mariana Sanchez has been recognized for her efforts to improve the lives of those living in the Aldine/ Greenspoint Community.

On March 6 Sanchez was selected as Hispanic Woman of the Year-2010 for Community Service in Houston by El Succesos newspaper and HCC.

“It was a pleasure and honor to represent the Aldine Greenspoint Community and also to have the YMCA recognized at this event, which support was important to our success,” Sanchez said.

Now after three years with the YMCA Sanchez will be moving on to another post as her career progresses.

“She will be sorely missed,” Eduardo Rodriguez, Executive Director of Aldine Greenspoint YMCA said.

“I have been planting seeds all this time and now it is time for me to harvest the growth provided from these seeds for this community. I will not leave the families or the children; I will continue working to complete what I started a few years ago.” She said that this is not good bye. “I will be around for any help that I can provide to this community.”

Dedication in North Houston Heights Park in memory of Arlene Nichols


NORTHEAST HOUSTON – It is only a water fountain in a small neighborhood park, but it symbolized the efforts of a wonderful community advocate, and what she accomplished in her lifetime.

Arlene Nichols, was the legislative assistant for 18 years to Kevin Bailey, and helped represent the East Aldine District, House District 140, and the Airline and Greenspoint areas in all their public and governmental dealings. She was well known by many residents of the area and civic clubs for her hard work, dedication to their needs, and her pursuit of improved quality of life standards for the area and its residents.

The water and sewer project in North Houston Heights was symbolic of many projects she helped to bring to realization, and many more in her plans. However, she retired from the legislative position in January 2009, and died in April of that year.

The inscription on the fountain reads:

“In memory of Arlene Nichols, a truly devoted public servant, always focused on working with community leaders to bring about a better quality of life for all.”

The East Aldine District plans to continue her work, with more water and sewer projects, public safety, parks, traffic and safety improvements, and other projects that paralleled her interests and work.

During the ceremonies at Gerber Park in North Houston Heights, EAD chairman Clyde Bailey thanked Civic Club president Robert Mooreland, Harris County Infrastructure Director John Blount, Pct. 1 Commissioner Pct. 1 El Franco Lee, Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Sunbelt Water District, contractor Calco Ltd., and others who helped bring this project to a successful completion.

Students of nearby Orange Grove Elementary participated in the ceremonies with the flag presentation.

Teacher Awards


Amy Perez of Parker Intermediate was named Aldine ISD’s Elementary/Intermediate Teacher of the Year, while John Ware of Stovall Middle School was named the district’s Secondary Teacher of the Year during AISD’s Teacher of the Year Breakfast. Pictured aove with the two winners are (l-r): Board Member Ric Ogden, Board Assistant Secretary Merlin Griggs, Perez, Board President Dr. Alton Smith, Ware, Superintendent Dr. Wanda Bamberg, and Board Member Viola Garcia.

For the full story, please see our print edition.

AISD informará a la comunidad sobre los fondos escolares


Este semestre el Distrito Escolar de Aldine informará a los padres y residentes del distrito sobre el presupuesto educativo. El distrito compartió la información con empresarios y socios comunitarios durante el Estado del Distrito Escolar celebrado en enero. Los invitados escucharon a la Dra. Wanda Bamberg, superintendente de escuelas, explicar que los ingresos que recibe el distrito escolar no son suficientes para cubrir lo que el distrito gasta en educar a los alumnos ni para proporcionar los servicios actuales.

Dijo que el distrito ha congelado la contratación de nuevos empleados y ha realizado recortes a programas y servicios, pero los gastos todavía sobrepasan el total de los ingresos.

“Estamos compartiendo esta información importante y para hacer que nuestros padres, empresarios, residentes y empleados se den cuenta de las decisiones difíciles que hemos tenido que tomar y que aún tendremos que tomar para balancear el presupuesto,” dijo la Dra. Bamberg. “Las preguntas, sugerencias y los comentarios de la comunidad han sido muy valiosos.”

Las reuniones comunitarias se celebrarán en: Escuela Media Hambrick (4600 Aldine Mail Route), el 23 de marzo as las 5:30 p.m.; Escuela Media Stovall (11201 Airline Drive), el 23 de marzo a las 5:30 p.m.; Escuela Media Teague (21700 Rayford Road), el 23 de marzo a las 5:30 p.m.; Academia Grantham (13300 Chrisman Road), el 23 de marzo a las 6:00 p.m.; Escuela Media Plummer (11429 Spears Road), el 23 de marzo a las 6:00 p.m.; y Escuela Media Aldine (14908 Aldine Westfield Road), el 23 de marzo a las 6:30 p.m; Escuela Media Shotwell (6515 Trail Valley Way), el 23 de marzo a las 6:30 p.m.; Escuela Media Hoffman (6101 W. Little York), el 23 de marzo a las 6:30 p.m.; y la Academia Drew (1910 W. Little York), el 23 de marzo a las 6:30 p.m.

Take down old garage sale signs


To the Editor,

I have been a resident of East Aldine District for 28 years and one thing that people could do to keep our community better looking is to take down the garage sale signs after they get done.

Trish York