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Posts published in “Day: May 22, 2018

North Houston District: Jack Drake Park now open

Walking trails at Jack Drake Park in the North Houston District.

Spring is here and so is Jack Drake Park, a new park located at 641 Bradfield Rd. and nestled in the North Houston District with a beautiful walking trail to enjoy.

The park was named in honor of former longtime president of the Greater Greenspoint Management District (now known as the North Houston District) whose leadership was instrumental to the community.

The project has been a collaboration of the Greens Bayou Coalition and the North Houston District. Funding was made available by a Texas Parks & Wildlife grant, and construction for the project began in fall 2016.

The park was designed to preserve native plant species and provide habitat for urban wildlife.

Aldine ISD Police Department hosts BBQ in honor of National Police Week

Aldine ISD Police Chief Craig Goralski addresses local law enforcement personnel who attended a BBQ on Tuesday, May 15 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center. The BBQ was held in honor of National Police Week, which was observed May 14-18.

The Aldine ISD Police Department hosted a barbecue on Tuesday, May 15 in honor of National Police Week. Each year, National Police Week is held in conjunction with Peace Officers’ Memorial Day (May 15).

National Police Week and Peace Officers’ Memorial Day honor law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty and celebrates those who “protect and serve.” Historically, the State of Texas ranks as either first or second in the number of duty deaths each year.

Local law enforcement agencies represented at the BBQ included the Aldine ISD Police Department, the Klein ISD Police Department, Harris County Constables from Precinct 1, 3 and 4, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Houston Police Department, the Deer Park Police Department, the Lone Star College Police Department and the Harris County Fire Marshall’s Office.

Run-off Election May 22: Local candidate runs for county school board

Harris County voters will go to the polls this Tuesday, May 22 for a run-off election in a number of positions.

Democrats in the Aldine area will vote for candidates for Governor, District Clerk, County Clerk, County Treasurer, and County School Trustee at Large.

Republicans have only one race of local interest, TX-29 Congressional District, now held by Gene Green. Candidates on the Republican ticket are Phillip Aranoff and Carmen Montiel. The winner will face the Democratic candidate in November, Sylvia Garcia.

Voting on Election Day is from 7am to 7pm, and in the Aldine area your location will be either Johnson Elementary School, or Hardy Senior Center. Check

The race with the most local interest is for County School Board, at Large, on the Democratic ballot.

Well known community leader Richard Cantu, is running against Josh Wallenstein. In the March primary, Cantu received 39% of the votes, and Wallenstein 30.7%.

Wallenstein is an attorney with his own firm. Previously he worked for a large corporation as a compliance officer.

Cantu is well known in Aldine, as the Deputy Executive Director of the East Aldine District. In that capacity he continues his commitment to public service. Previously he held positions of responsibility with the Houston Parks department and BakerRipley. He currently is chair-elect of the Aldine Education Foundation, and has successfully chaired the Aldine ISD’s $798 million Bond election.

Cantu has 24 years of experience in public service, much of it related to educational organizations. He plans to continue HCDE programs in Early Childhood Education, After School programs for children and adults, and workforce development. In addition, he says he will be fiscally responsible, and report regularly to the public on HCDE activities.

Cantu is endorsed by a number of local officials and citizens, including Gene Green, Armando Walle, and Sylvia Garcia.