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Posts published in December 2018

Alvarado Wins Election for Texas Senate

CAROL ALVARADO celebrates her election victory Tuesday night at her watch party at the Raven Tower. (Photo by Michael Wyka)

HARRIS COUNTY – State Representative Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, was the winner of a special election held Tuesday December 11, to fill the seat in the Texas Senate District 6, vacated by Sylvia Garcia.

There were four candidates running for the position. Alvarado finished with just over 50.4% to avoid a run-off. Democratic State Representative Ana Hernandez received 24% of the vote, Republican Martha Fierro 23%, and Democrat Mia Mundy 2.1%.

Turnout was light, with only 5% of the eligible voters turning out.

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Warrant service leaves 3 officers shot, gunman dead in Aldine

Deputy James Smejkal III was wounded.

NORTH HOUSTON – A task force of Sheriff’s deputies and Texas police officers came under fire last Tuesday, when they attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a man living on Hartwick Street in Aldine.

Two officers from the state Fugitive Apprehension Unit, and one Sheriff’s deputy were wounded by gunshots from Daniel Trevino, 25, who subsequently took his own life, according to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

The incident started about 1:15 pm on Tuesday, and ended about 6:15 when the Sheriff’s SWAT team determined that Trevino was dead. Chief Deputy Edison Toquica said the warrant was for violation of a protective order for the woman who was living with Trevino.

Upon arrival at the home at 5013 Hartwick, Trevino opened fire on the officers, wounding three. Deputy Smejkal was injured in the hand, while one state officer was wounded in the leg, and the other more seriously in the face, torso and ankle.

After the initial shooting, officers attempted to negotiate with Trevino about two and a half hours, but finally had to use force to end the standoff. During the negotiations, Trevino claimed he was wounded, but would not come out.

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Holiday cheer spread at the Annual Nadine Kujawa Gala

Former Aldine ISD Superintendent Nadine Kujawa, right, her husband Harry and AISD Board President Steve Mead applaud following a performance by Aldine ISD students at the 15th Annual Nadine Kujawa Senior Citizen Gala, held Monday, Dec. 10 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center.

Senior citizens in the Aldine community were treated to plenty of holiday cheer during the 15th Annual Nadine Kujawa Senior Citizen Gala, held Monday, Dec. 10 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center.

More than 500 senior citizens from the Aldine community attended the event, which is named after former Aldine ISD Superintendent Nadine Kujawa. Mrs. Kujawa, along with her husband Harry attended the event, as did Aldine ISD Board President Steve Mead and State Reps Armando Walle, Ana Hernandez and Carol Alvarado.

The Master of Ceremony was Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney.

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East Aldine District holds annual Awards Ceremony

DAVID HAWES, East Aldine District executive director, was emcee for the evening.

The East Aldine District held its annual Strategic Partner Awards ceremony and dinner, last Friday evening at the Greer & Lowdermilk Conference Center in Interwood.

This annual event recognizes and thanks the many partners that have worked with the District in achieving their goal of improving the quality of life in Aldine.

About 100 persons attended the ceremony, in spite of heavy rains and street flooding. Emcee for the evening was East Aldine executive director David Hawes. Awards were presented in the following categories:

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Greens Bayou Coalition has 1st Annual Gala

Joyce Wiley, GBC Volunteer of the Year

Joyce Wiley, East Aldine District receive recognition

On Saturday, October 20 the Greens Bayou Coalition held their 1st Annual Gala to raise money and share the work of the Coalition with the community. The East Aldine District was a title sponsor of the event. Other sponsors were – CenterPoint, the North Houston Association, Hawes Hill and Associates, Lone Star College, San Jacinto College, RBAP. Trail of the Lakes MUD, Storm Water Solutions, and Four and One Landscape Architects.

Gala Chair, Joyce Wiley was honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award and the East Aldine District received the Bayou Buddy Award.

Joyce welcomed guests and shared the mission and the vision of the Coalition which seeks to benefit the economy and enhance the quality of life for the more than 500,000 residents in the Greens Bayou watershed through flood mitigation, parks and trails development and economic development.

The Coalition’s vision is to foster, encourage, coordinate, advocate for and participate with Houston-area infrastructure providers and other community and stakeholder groups to develop an essential, attractive and well-planned multi-use waterway (drainage, recreation, economic, and transportation) by:

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Underserved Northside Children receive stockings stuffed with books, legos

Pictured left to right David Martinez, 9; Angel Granado, 9; Brian Gutierrez, 8, received Lego kids and book gifts after completing the 12-week mobile library outreach program at Northpointe Apartments.

After 12 weeks, the Curiosity Cruiser Mobile Library Program in Greenspoint wrapped up this past Thursday.

In the spirit of holiday giving, on December 6, 60 underserved children received stockings with Legos and books to culminate the end of the Curiosity Cruiser Program for the season in the Greenspoint area.

The event was part of a partnership between the Harris County Public Library, the North Houston Management District and Villa Serena Apartment Communities.

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Mayor and County Judge announce final round of Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund grants

HOUSTON – The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund is disbursing its final round of grants for aid and services to local flood victims, bringing the total of distributed charitable donations to $113.6 million to assist about 190,000 households through 124 experienced and carefully selected non-profit organizations.

The fifth and final round of $3 million is going to 17 non-profits groups that will provide furniture, cash assistance and other basic needs and case management to qualified victims.

The Fund was established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett in 2017 to provide immediate, medium and long-term disaster relief. It is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

“The effects of Harvey will be felt for years to come,” added County Judge Ed Emmett. “These local nonprofit grantees have strong track records of supporting our communities. We’re confident that they can make a real difference in the longer term.”

“It’s been over a year since Harvey, but there is still work that needs to be done to help people get back on their feet,” Mayor Turner said. “This last round of funding strengthens our communities and supports recovery across the city.”

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Early voting set for Senate candidates

Early voting has started in Harris County, for a candidate to replace Sylvia Garcia in the state Senate, District 6. Candidates include Democratic State Representatives Ana Hernandez and Carol Alvarado, Democrat Mia Mundy, and Republican Martha Fierro.

The County Clerk has posted the following times and locations for Early Voting:

Hours of Operation
Unofficial – Pending Approval

December 3rd – December 7th
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

VOTING LOCATIONS:

6. Galena Park Library
1500 Keene Street
Galena Park, TX 77547

7. John Phelps Courthouse
101 South Richey Street
Pasadena, TX 77506

8. Harris County Scarsdale Annex
10851 Scarsdale Boulevard
Houston, TX 77089

9. Baytown Community Center
2407 Market Street
Baytown, TX 77520

1. County Attorney Conference Center
1019 Congress
Houston, TX 77002

2. Moody Park Community Center
3725 Fulton Street
Houston, TX 77009

3. Ripley House Neighborhood Center
4410 Navigation Boulevard
Houston, TX 77011

4. HCCS Southeast College
6960 Rustic Street
Houston, TX 77087

5. Hardy Senior Center
11901 West Hardy Road
Houston, TX 77076