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Year in Review 2019

Compiled from the files of the Northeast News

JANUARY:

Aldine Optimist Club donated bicycles to school district. Carol Alvarado was sworn in as new Texas Senator for District 6. Lina Hidalgo took oath as new Harris County Judge. Congressman Gene Green honored by Aldine ISD Trustees. A woman died in car crash on Aldine Mail Rt. after being hit by an SUV. Pct. 2 distributed food during government shutdown.

FEBRUARY:

Aldine ISD hosted annual FFA Livestock Show. Public health confirmed three measles cases in Harris County. Aldine ISD expanded college opportunities for students. Rep. Senfronia Thompson filled bill to improve school safety. Trail Raiders announced annual Houston Rodeo. Aldine ISD recognized Principals of the Year.

MARCH:

Aldine Community met new Lone Star College Dean Luis Lucio for two locations, Harris and East Aldine. Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia held first community safety meeting. Harris County Clerk Dr. Diane Trautman announced Countywide Polling Place Program. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo introduced “Civic Saturdays” to listen to community concerns. Little League season opened in North Houston with parade and games. Houston Community College named Dr. Monique Umphrey new HCC Northeast President.

APRIL:

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez hold safety forum in East Aldine and received partner’s award. Fiery truck crash closed Eastex freeway for 12 hours. Harris County Department of Education kicked off construction of new Academic and Behavior school. President Trump visited Houston area. House passed legislation to reform school finance and property taxes. Project Recovery-Harvey began in Harris County. 911 Call center opened in East Aldine.

MAY:

Lone Star College East Aldine center held Open House. Volunteers cleaned up Greens bayou in Aldine in observance of Earth Day. North Forest area planned a New Management District. Eisehnhower High School students won bus shelter design contest to be built in Aldine ISD School District. Body found dead near a pick-up truck at Keith-Wiess Park, suspect wanted. Commissioner Adrian Garcia proposed 1 million dollars for county-wide land trust program.

JUNE:

North Houston District boosted appeal of district with $500 million in improvements. Former president candidate Hillary Clinton visited Houston. Prosperity Bank opened new branch bank building on Little York. Governor Abbot signed Disaster Relief and Preparedness Legislation into Law. A man’s body was found behind a car wash on Aldine Mail Rt., near JFK Boulevard. Northeast Redevelopment District was vetoed by Governor.

JULY:

Pct. 2 presented major work in Driver Park to create a county-wide “inclusive” park. Aldine ISD approved raises for all district employees. County, City did not support ICE raids. Residents listened details of Lauder Road Flood Control. Castlewood Civic Club celebrated 4th of July with parade. Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia visited Buckner Family Hope Center in Aldine.

AUGUST:

Aldine ISD held second annual Jamboree. Houston Community College North Forest opened new facilities. Commissioner Adrian Garcia detailed plans for Pct. 2 improvements. New facilities planned to be built at Squatty Lyons Park. TEA reported Stephens Elementary and Aldine ISD got high ratings. World class Bike Park opened in North Houston. Major fire in Haverstock Hills apartments displaced families.

SEPTEMBER:

Rep. Armando Walle presented Legislation update to Green Forest Civic Club. Haverstock Hills fire ruled arson and a suspect is wanted. Aldine residents opposed concrete batch plant. Community voiced concern about concrete plant at Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) hearing. METRO $3.5 billion bond on November ballot. Tropical Storm Imelda paralyzed Houston, many homes, areas flooded. Lone Star College East Aldine Center celebrated dedication of new building.

OCTOBER:

Senator Carol Alvarado presented State of the District. County Attorney Ryan approved to go after violators of floodplain regulations. Commissioner Adrian Garcia pushed for Homestead Exemption increase. Angry homeowner demanded immediate flood relief during Imelda recovery community forum. Community celebrated National Night Out. Greens Bayou Regatta held. Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia supported impeachment inquiry. Baker Ripley opened flood control center. 45th annual Texas Renaissance Festival began. More disaster recovery centers opened in Harris County to help Imelda survivors.

NOVEMBER:

East Aldine held Fall Festival and Day of the Death. Judge Hidalgo, Sheriff Gonzalez announced measures to reduce gun-related violence. Houston ISD Sam Houston Math Science and Technology Center dedicated new building. New District Clerk Burgess collected $2 million of unpaid debts. MacArthur Generals earned first PlayOff Berth since 2007. Aldine Optimist Club recognized students for leadership. County Judge Lina Hidalgo outlined key accomplishments at first State of the County.

DECEMBER:

Haverstock Hills apartments shooter from 2017 gets life in prison. East Aldine Management District held community forum, introduced new faces. Lone Star dean Luis Lucio updated on classes at the new LSC-East Aldine campus. New Bus Service began for Northeast Harris County. East Aldine Board honored by Sheriff’s office. Fire caused damages to Mi Casita Apartments on Aldine Mail Rt. East Aldine District held Partner awards. Turner won mayor’s run-off.