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Posts published in “Day: May 14, 2019

Eisehnhower students win bus shelter design contest

Left to Right: Michael Martinez, Roberto Trevino, Todd Lindeman, Eliezer Guillen, Sergio Garcia, Hector Baltazar, Remelia Arpino, METRO CEO Tom Lambert



Eisenhower High School’s design team will see its METRO bus shelter idea move from concept to construction. The team beat out eight other teams in a district-wide bus shelter design contest that enhances the school’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Program. The competition started with 50 teams from across the district before narrowing to eight finalists. Last month, each team presented a 3-D printed model of their design along with a short presentation explaining their prototype to METRO staff.

“All of the teams articulated their concepts very well and followed the guidelines we gave them, and it was difficult picking just one winner,” said Roberto Treviño, executive vice president of planning, engineering, and construction. “We could tell all the teams worked hard on their project and presentation.”

The groups were judged on their presentation skills, creativity, design concept, budget, 3-D printed model sample, and team work. The winning design was a sleek, curved structure that provided more seating and a solar panel which powered lighting.

North Forest area plans New Management District

SB390 Bill promoters include State Representatives Harold Dutton and Senfronia Thompson, Pastor Lightfoot, SB390 bill sponsor Senator Borris Miles, and Charles Noble, president of the Fontaine/Scenic Wood Civic club.The North Forest and Northeast Houston neighborhoods are about to get their own management district, pending the final vote and signature of the governor.

A group of citizens, headed by State Senator Borris Miles, have been working to get approval of SB390, and the votes in committee in both the House and Senate have been unanimous. Without any opposition, the bill is expected to pass before the end of the session in June.

A management district, with power to assess money through taxes and assessments of various sorts, would make a huge difference in the quality of life, and services available in the Northeast Houston area, according to Miles.

LSC-East Aldine Center Open House reveals Opportunities Coming in August

Lone Star College-EAC information booth.

Houston, TX (May 9, 2019) — The East Aldine community was treated to a festive atmosphere on Saturday, May 4, as Lone Star College-East Aldine Center (LSC-East Aldine Center) welcomed more than 350 visitors to an open house community awareness event at the BakerRipley East Aldine Campus.

“I am proud to be on a team of faculty, staff, volunteers and community partners that are working hard to bring a new educational opportunity to the East Aldine community,” said Dr. Luis Lucio, LSCEast Aldine Center dean. “We look forward to welcoming students this August and to help them with their educational journey.”

The opening of LSC-East Aldine Center represents the culmination of work from many people and groups, including partner agencies BakerRipley East Aldine Campus and the East Aldine Management District, and Aldine Independent School District.

LSC-East Aldine Center will be housed in a new 80,000 square foot educational center in the East Aldine Town Center. In addition to instruction, onsite services will include registration, college placement testing, free tutoring, academic and career advising, financial aid assistance and a bookstore.

The new center will be a comprehensive educational campus nestled in the heart of the Aldine community that provides a mix of academic college transfer courses, as well as, workforce training programs in high-demand fields such as healthcare and construction trades.

Rep. Sylvia Garcia and House Judiciary Committee hold Hearing in Houston on the Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May, 3, 2019 – Rep. Sylvia Garcia and members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a hearing in Houston on the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act in the state of Texas. The subcommittee gathered testimony from voting rights scholars and practitioners from throughout the state on barriers to exercising the right to vote in Texas.

“For all the modern successes within our wonderful Texas heritage, we also know Texas is failing many of our communities by denying them their constitutional right to vote,” said Congresswoman Garcia. “Texas continues to show a widespread pattern of discrimination against minorities at the ballot box. The testimony here today has shown that. And this testimony has also shown that together, we must work to ensure that this fact becomes a thing of the past.”