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Posts published in “Day: September 10, 2019

Community Events fill week’s Agenda

Grandparents, Mammograms, Health Fair, Environmental Hearings

Residents of the Aldine area and the North Houston neighborhoods were kept busy last weekend, and on into this week, with a number of events that mark the end of summer and the beginning of school and family activities.

GRANDPARENTS DAY AT CAMPBELL CENTER: Lone Star College North Harris president Gerald Napoles welcomes families with a “Lone Star Fan.”


At Campbell Center, the 16th Annual Grandparents Raising Grandchildren event, also known as the Family Strengthening Conference, was held on Saturday, Sept. 7 with several hundred families attending.

The event started at 10 a.m. with opening remarks by Aldine ISD Assistant Superintendent Abel Garza, Scout Troop 141 presenting colors, and an invocation by Pastor Jamail Johnson. The family counseling roundtable sessions began after that, with topics for raising Children, Teens and Adults. Each session had a discussion leader, Aldine counselors and social workers, and was followed by a Q&A time. The adult Roundtable included State Representative Senfronia Thompson, Family Court Judge Angela Graves-Harrington, Attorney Damiane Curvey Banieh, and Baylor Teen Health Clinician Rosa Acosta.

Lone Star College to dedicate new Campus

View of the new Lone Star College campus in East Aldine

$29 million facility brings new educational opportunities to East Aldine community

By Joe Lengfellner

HOUSTON, TX – Lone Star College-East Aldine Center, the newest addition to Lone Star CollegeNorth Harris, will be formally dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Sept. 13 at 2:00 p.m. Public officials will join Lone Star College representatives to recognize the occasion. After the ribbon cutting, attendees will be invited inside for an open house and tour.

The center is the first of its kind in the East Aldine community. Lone Star College-East Aldine Center, located in the East Aldine Town Center, is the fourth leg of a partnership with Aldine Independent School District, BakerRipley East Aldine Campus and East Aldine Management District.

Aldine residents oppose concrete batch plant

View of a typical Concrete Batch Plant

East Aldine – State Representative Armando Walle hosted a public meeting Monday night at BakerRipley Center, for the public to discuss their opposition to the proposed Rocket Materials concrete batch plant to be built on a site at 914 Pinafore Lane, near Aldine-Bender Road.

The opposition is being organized by community leader Marina Sugg, representing a number of civic clubs and individuals.

As part of the permitting process by the state, a public hearing is allowed, with TCEQ officials attending to hear comments. These comments are then taken into consideration for the final okay on the permit, or modification of denial occurs.

Marina Sugg, in an email to the community, said, “We already have at least 3 other cement plants in East Aldine, and I have reliable information that an application for yet another cement plant may soon be submitted. Construction companies put these cement plants here because few residents speak up against them. These companies do not care that the dust, powder and mess produced by these plants affect the lives and health of the resident in our area.”

In their application, Rocket Materials states that “the proposed facility will emit the following air contaminants: particulate matter including (but not limited to) aggregate, cement, road dust, and particulate matter with diameters of 10 microns or less and 2.5 microns or less.” The application, executive director’s preliminary decision, and standard permit are available for viewing and copying at TCEQ offices and the Aldine Branch Library on Airline Drive.