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Posts published in “Day: October 22, 2019

Early Voting starts October 21

Constitutional Amendments, METRO, Aldine ISD Trustees on Ballot

Monday Oct. 21 is the first day of Early Voting in the General Election. Aldine area residents will vote on 10 constitutional amendments, METRO’s MetroNext bond issue, and Aldine ISD school board positions. Early voting continues through November 1, and you may vote this year at any election location. The General Election is scheduled for November 5.


There are four open positions on the Aldine School Board this year. For Trustee Position 1, Steven Moore, Jimmy Edward Morales, Jamail Johnson, and William “Randy” Bates are running. For Trustee Position 2, incumbent Paul Shanklin is running unopposed. For Trustee Position 6, Kimberly Booker, Danny Spears, and Rickey Tezino are running. Booker is the incumbent. For Trustee Position 7, Viola Garcia, Terkara Cormier, and Nico Mathews are running. Garcia is the incumbent.


Proposition A on the ballot would authorize a $3.5 billion bond issue, to be used for METRO street improvements, mobility projects, and other facilities. Funds for this work would come from the existing Sales Tax, and there would not be any additional taxes required. Projects included in this proposal are a new MetroRapid Bus System, more HOV lanes, and extension of the MetroRail system.


Texans will vote on 10 new Constitutional Amendments on November 5th. The issues addressed include a state income tax, creating a flood infrastructure fund, and funding for the Cancer Research and Prevention Institute of Texas. The League of Women Voters of Texas (LWVTX) conducts research on each amendment to provide fair and unbiased information to Texas voters.

“The Texas Constitution is among the longest in the country. Since it was adopted in 1876, 498 amendments have been approved by Texas voters. You decide which of the 10 proposed amendments will become part of the Texas Constitution,” says LWVTX president Grace Chimene.

The League’s Voters Guide is available online on the LWVTX website and Texas voters can review their ballot, make choices, and print out their choices from

Jensen Jubilee Parade & Festival

The Jensen Jubilee supporters included these speakers: L to R, Mike Knox, Armando Walle, Carol Alvarado, Karla Cisneros, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Sylvia Garcia, Yuroba Harris, and Pastor David Smith, NECDC president.

NORTHEAST HOUSTON – Warm sunny weather brought out hundred of people from the Northeast Houston community, to view the parade and take part in the festivities. The weather was a marked contrast to last year, when heavy rain dampened everyone’s spirit.

The parade consisted of floats, marching units, and several equestrian groups. Units were from local schools, churches, the police, sheriff, and Houston fire department, and local politicians. The terminus of the parade was Shady Lane Park on Parker Road, where free food, and information booths from local service agencies were set up under the roofed pavilion.

After a round of welcoming speeches highlighted by Mayor Turner, who voiced his commitment to the Jensen neighborhood, and Pastor David Smith, head of the NECDC who organized the parade, the main sponsor U.T. Physicians took the stage. Andrew Casas, COO of U.T. Physicians, presented $2000 scholarships to two high achieving students from Sam Houston high school. Receiving the awards were DeAnn Mendoza, and David Gone.

Harris County Emergency Corps paramedic hit by foul ball

Brian Cariota

HOUSTON, October 15, 2019 – Brian Cariota, Paramedic with Harris County Emergency Corps (HCEC) was injured during Game 2 of the AL Championship Series by a foul ball.

Cariota was discharged from the hospital to continue his recovery at home. He and his family are thankful for the outpouring of support, especially from the Houston Astros. He plans to cheer for the Astros as he continues to recover from his injuries.

“Brian is a top-notch paramedic and supervisor,” said Jeremy Hyde, CEO at HCEC. “Our HCEC family continues to keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers as he recovers.”

45th Texas Renaissance Festival now open thru December 1st

The Texas Renaissance Festival is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed Renaissance-themed event. Established in 1974, the event attracts more than half a million visitors each year to its 55- acre recreation of a 16th century European village.

This immersive experience features world-renowned live entertainment, works by master artists and craftspeople, award-winning food and drink, hand-powered rides and games, and over 100 interactive characters during its nine themed weekends from Oct. 5 through Dec. 1, 2019.

The festival and the adjacent Fields of New Market Campground are located in Todd Mission, Texas, 50 miles northwest of downtown Houston. For more information, visit