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Posts published in December 2011

Aldine Noon Optimist Club spreads holiday cheer to AISD families

Aldine ISD Trustee and Aldine Noon Optimist Club member Steve Mead and fellow Optimist Club members Linda Ramirez, left, and Flor Rios, right, display one of the 30 boxes of food supplies they provided to needy families in the Aldine community. School nurses in Aldine ISD provided the Optimist Club with a list of students whose family needed assistance during the holiday season and on Wednesday, Dec. 14, the food boxes, along with a $10 gift certificate to Sak-n- Sav, were distributed to the families.

Chamber initiates council of community service groups

Reggie Gray, president of the Houston Intercontinental Chamber, announced that the Chamber will undertake the coordination of needs and services of the many non-profit groups serving the Greenspoint, Aldine, and North Houston areas.

The Chamber held an initial kick-off luncheon last Thursday, Dec. 14th, with invited groups of non-profits, churches, social service providers, and educational districts attending.

The new coordinating group is known at the CAC, or Community Advisory Council, and will meet at the Chamber on a regular basis. Gray encouraged all service groups in the area to contact him, at the Chamber’s number 281-260-3163. The chamber will try to match the needs of the participating groups with the resources available from the Chamber’s members and contact.

Northeast students set for aeronautics career program

A number of area students got the chance to see the aerospace industry up close recently through their participation in a high-intensity weekend program.

AirSpace.Orb, sponsored by HoustonWorks USA, gave Carver High School JROTC cadets Alln Thomas II, Gabriela Perez, Hector Alonis, Jared Jackson, Jayla Harris, Karla Gonzales and Samir Hassim, along with MacArthur cadet Derian Fraga, the opportunity to learn from industry professionals during the Saturday classes, which began November 5 at Texas Southern University.

Representatives in the fields of airplane piloting, navigation, air traffic control and more were on hand to give the students a first-hand glimpse into the type of work they do, and teach them what it takes to make it in the science and mathematics industries.

It is an exclusive program; only 50 students from across the Houston area are selected each year. Those selected receive top-level training in STEM subjects —ÿscience, technology, engineering and mathematics, in addition to a stipend and a personalized flight suit.

Greenspoint District Celebrates 20th Anniversary and Honors Corporate, Community Leaders

The Greenspoint District recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a breakfast recognizing its founders and honoring the community and corporate partners who make the district a better place to live and work. District board Chairman James Curry of Hines, and Vice-chair Michelle Wogan of Transwestern, joined President Jack Drake in awarding outstanding community servants for 2011.

Greenspoint Company of the Year went to Mazak, a machine tool manufacturer which recently opened a new facility in Greenspoint in June 2011, electing to stay within the district when they outgrew their previous facility.

Alejandro del Valle, owner of Contact Line and the Hispanic Business Center, was named International Partner of the Year for his efforts in attracting Latin American companies to Greenspoint.

Recently retired TxDOT District Engineer Delvin Dennis was named Partner of the Year for his work in keeping traffic flowing through Greenspoint.

And Michelle Wogan, who has been on the board and chair of the district’s Marketing & Public Affairs Committee for 15 years, was named Volunteer of the Year.

Community Spirit awards were presented to several partners who impacted various areas of the district, including flood mitigation on Greens Bayou, management of Wussow Park, economic development efforts in Latin America and visioning Greenspoint’s future. Recipients included David Crossley of Houston Tomorrow, Kent McLemore of Pathfinder Consulting, John Hernandez of Amegy Bank, Claudia Sanchez-Lopez of the Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA and Mike Castro of the City of Jersey Village.

Several district board members received service awards for their years on the board. Recognized for one year of service were Jerry Paduano of Hilton Houston North, Michael Downs of Sysco Corporation, Dr. Stephen Head of Lone Star College – North Harris, and Robert Martinez of Rockstar Capital Management.

Earning awards for five years of service on the Greenspoint District board were Anne Seeley of United Airlines and Ray Bejarano of Greenspoint Mall.

In celebrating the 20th anniversary, Drake recognized district founder Tom Wussow and several early board members. In attendance were the district’s first and third board chairs, Dale Bowman and Joyce Harberson, respectively, and founding board members Joe Ramirez and Milton Graves. Another early board member, Randy Creech, attended the celebration as well.

The district’s volunteer reception began 19 years ago as a way to acknowledge individuals and organizations whose partnerships and efforts significantly enhance or expand programs in the Greenspoint area.

Rep. Armando Walle files for re-election for House District 140

HOUSTON — Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston) filed for re-election for the 2012 election cycle. Rep. Walle filed in House District 140, which he was first elected to represent in 2008.

“I’m proud to represent our community at the Texas House of Representatives,” said Rep. Walle. “If our community sees fit to send me back to Austin, I promise to continue working for our families, schools, and neighborhoods.”

With the new legislative redistricting maps passed by the San Antonio federal court, House District 140 has undergone a few changes. The northside of Houston is now largely part of House District 148, represented by Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston). House District 140 has shifted northward and encompasses areas west of Greenspoint near Rankin and Veterans Memorial. It still maintains large portions of Aldine. The new districts will be in effect for the 2012 elections.

“I’m look forward to meeting the new residents of House District 140 and earning their support,” said Rep. Walle.

Rep. Armando Walle is serving his second term in the Texas House of Representatives and serves on the House Committees on Insurance and Homeland Security & Public Safety. He represents House District 140, which includes the Aldine area, northern portions of unincorporated Harris County and the City of Houston. Rep. Walle serves as the Deputy Floor Leader for the House Democratic Caucus.

North Forest High School preparing students for top college admissions programs

According to North Forest High School principal James Troutman, this year’s graduating class of 239 Seniors has a number of outstanding students, that are well prepared to continue their education at top tier colleges throughout the state and nation.

Students at North Forest High School are beginning to receive acceptances from colleges they have applied to this year. In a recent series of interviews, the Northeast News learned about some of the top students in the graduating class, and what their achievements and goals are for the future.

Sarah Taylor is interested in film, and plans to continue her education at either NYU in New York, or UT Austin in their Communications program. Her interest in file and theater is life long, and she looks forward to learning more and a career in this field.

Last summer she was able to further her interests by participating in a 5 week summer course in film at the University of Houston. She learned to do editing, camera work, directing, and scouting locations.

At North Forest, she is president of the theater group and a technical director, but admits she doesn’t like acting as much as the technical aspects.

She has recently directed a one act play, “Charity Case” for the UIL competition. Sara is also making a one act movie, 7 to 10 minutes long, of Shakespeare’s MacBeth, albeit a modern adaptation.

Sara is graduating number 5 in her class of 239, and her philosophy is to make the best of what you opportunities have given you. She is also vice president of the student government association.

Claiborne Jones is an athlete as well as a scholar, and interested in chemical engineering for his future. He has been accepted at UT Austin, and exhibits an extremely positive attitude. He is already a longhorn fan, and plays NF football as a wide receiver, and is captain of the baseball team.

His engineering interests stem from his involvement in the NSBE, or National Society of Black Engineers. He recently returned from a conference of this group of students, and served as board member. This group is very active at North Forest, thanks to the teacher, Ms. Valencia Dutton, and the support of Shell Oil Company.

Claiborne is also interested in music, and plays the violin and viola. His philolophy is summed up as “I like to exceed expectations.”

His advice to other students is to stay in school, and get involved in your community.

Rayshanda Massey is also interested in engineering, and has been accepted at Texas A & M. She will major in either industrial engineering, or Early Childhood Education.

Rayshanda is another member of the NSBE, and went to the St. Louis conference, where she was elected a vice president.

She indicated that North Forest High School has an Engineering Design Presentation class that has been influential in developing her interest in engineering, with computer work and AutoCad experience.

She also participates in the Dual Credit program offered by HCC-NE at North Forest, gaining college credit in English.

Rayshanda’s interests include ROTC, captain of the majorettes, and a program at TSU of the national Upward Bound experience. She has participated in this for 3 years, taking pre-calculus and visiting other colleges as part of the program. She said there are 5 students from North Forest currently in the Upward Bound program.

Rayshanda wears a TAMU sweat shirt, as she smiles and says she is definitely as Aggie. But she adds, that she sees herself as “born to be a leader.”

It would seem that this comment could well apply to all three of the outstanding students presenting themselves from North Forest High Schoool.