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Posts published in December 2019

East Aldine holds Partner Awards

Some of the Awards recipients pose for a photograph after the ceremony, including Sheriff’s deputies Eleazar Agrait, Josue Herrera, and Ronnie Jones, who received the Governmental Award. Also second from left, Abel Garza with the Education Award, Valencia Dotson with the Volunteer award, and Gilbert Hoffman, Chairman’s Award.

The East Aldine District held their annual Strategic Partner Awards last Thursday night, at the Greer & Lowdermilk Conference Center in Aldine. The event is meant to honor those citizens or organizations who have contributed during the year to the quality of life improvements that are the goal of the district.

Emcee for the evening was Joyce Wiley, a board member of the East Aldine District. Over a hundred persons attended the festive occasion. Many of them were supporters of the district’s activities.

During the evening, eight awards were presented to individuals or organizations that were “strategic Partners” with the District.

The Chairman’s Award, the major presentation of the evening, went to Gilbert Hoffman, publisher of the Northeast News since 1999. The newspaper has been an advocate for the District and its goals for the last 20 years. Hoffman thanked the district, and in his remarks made the point that many in the audience were the focus of the news due to their work in the Aldine area. The award was presented by Chairman Gerald Overturff, who kidded about his “brotherhood” with Hoffman.


ELECTION RESULTS: Turner wins mayor’s runoff

Harris County reported that over 200,000 voters turned out for the runoff election held last Saturday. Incumbent Mayor Sylvester Turner defeated challenger Tony Buzbee, the most interesting of several races.

Others of local interest elected were City Councilmen David Robinson, Michael Kubosh, Letitia Plummer, Sallie Alcorn, and Karla Cisneros, who won by 12 votes out of 10,554 cast.

Aldine ISD honors building Namesakes at luncheon

Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney visits with former Trustee Marine Jones at the 2019 Namesake Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center. Jones Middle School is named in Mrs. Jones’ honor.

Many of the schools and buildings in Aldine Independent School District are named after individuals that left an indelible mark in the community. Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney reached out to the district’s many namesakes to honor them and let them know their spirit for giving students the best educational experience continues.

Nearly 20 honorees or their family members attended the inaugural Namesake Luncheon held Tuesday, December 10, at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center. Dr. Goffney, Board Trustee President Steve Mead, and fellow trustees greeted and spoke with honorees.

Dr. Goffney also took a moment to share the new choices and opportunities AISD offers students, the five-year strategic plan, current work, and how it all impacts the future of Aldine.


Run-Off Election December 14

Early Voting from Dec. 2 to Dec. 10

Harris County residents head back to the polls on December 14 to vote in runoff races for the Mayor of Houston, several city council seats, and multiple HISD Trustee positions.

The runoff elections are required for the November races in which neither candidate was successful in securing more than 50% of the vote.

Early voting runs from December 2 through December 10. Thanks to the new countywide polling system, residents can vote at any polling location during early voting and on election day.

For more information on the races and polling locations, visit


New Bus Service for Northeast Harris County

Free Ridership for the first 60 Days

Nearly 200,000 residents now have new access to public transportation in eastern portions of Harris County, thanks to $3.8 million Harvey Disaster Recovery money. Harris County Transit will expand its existing bus service to some of the communities hardest hit Run-Off Election December 14 by floodwaters from the hurricane.

A soft launch of the new service will occur on December 2, 2019. The first 60 days are free to riders; and after the first 60 days, rides will be $1.00 per ride. There will be an inaugural ceremony to mark the launch on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at Joe V’s Parking Lot, 5609 Uvalde, Houston, Texas.

The new service will add roughly 65 additional route miles to the infrastructure for a total of 185 route miles. Five proposed new routes will serve Channelview, Cloverleaf and Sheldon with service for a three-year period. If ridership levels are high enough, Harris County Transit Services will request more funding to continue the routes beyond the three years.


East Aldine board honored by Sheriff’s office at monthly meeting

In Recognition of their support for the “Sweat IV Vets” program of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Terry Garza presented the East Aldine Board members with a Certificate of Appreciation for the support.

L to R, receiving the award are Board Chairman Gerald Overturff, Carlos Silva, Deborah Foster, Reyes Garcia, Joyce Wiley, Patti Acosta, Deputy Garza, and Gilbert Hoffman.

See Page 3 (print or PDF edition) for additional information about the work of the East Aldine District and its Board of Directors.

Fire damages Mi Casita apartments on Aldine Mail

Harris County, TX – An apartment complex caught on fire and families were
evacuated last Tuesday morning. The fire occurred at Mi Casita Apartments located
at 5001 Aldine Mail Route Road in Aldine. The Eastex Fire Department was on
scene as well as Harris County Sheriff’s units to evacuate adjacent tenants.
Authorities reported that at least 8 units in the complex were affected by the fire
and smoke and water damage. No injuries were reported. The complex has had
multiple fires in the past two years, according to news records.

EAST ALDINE: Community Forum introduces new faces

NORTHEAST – The East Aldine District held their quarterly Community Forum last Thursday at BakerRipley, and used the opportunity to introduce several new educational leaders to the community.

The meeting was chaired by East Aldine’s Richard Cantu, who introduced Jometra Hawkins, the Community Developer representative for BakerRipley, and Diana Del Pilar, the principal of the new Avalos P-Tech high school, part of the Lone Star College’s new building. Also speaking was the dean of the Lone Star College East Aldine campus, Luis Lucio.


Haverstock Hills apartment shooter gets life in prision

HOUSTON –– A man was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday, Nov. 22 for a shooting that killed two and injured six people at the Haverstock Hills apartments more than two year ago.

Kenneth Jones was found guilty of capital murder in the March 26, 2017 shooting at the apartment complex. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

His brother, Harvey Jones, was also arrested in connection with the shooting. Last August, he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.


Thanksgiving Turkeys given away by Jackson Lee, Senfronia, others

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee gives out 200 Thanksgiving turkeys at Jacinto City’s Heritage Hall. Congresswoman Lee gives out annually 1,500 to 2,000 turkeys in her 18th Congressional District. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, Jacinto City & Harris County – November 26, 2019 — 1,500 plus residents throughout Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee’s 18th Congressional District received turkeys and pies on her annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway Day.

Congresswoman Lee began early each of two mornings and going late into the evenings traveling throughout her district personally handing out turkeys. At each of the 20 stops Lee extended her message of goodwill and wishing a happy Thanksgiving message to approximately 2,000 of her constituents.

This year Congresswoman Lee and her volunteers were joined by Mahesh Rege, Regional Service Coordinator of Region 10, of the Houston Chapter of the Sathya Sai International Organization (SSIO) and his volunteers, Krishna Pallerla, Gayathri Ballingam and Srini Parthasarathy, giving away pies to those in attendance.