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Posts published in February 2020

Sheriff’s Safety Forum presents picture of crime fighting in Aldine

Sheriff’s Deputies made a presentation of crime statistics for the Aldine area, and answered questions from a large audience. ABOVE, East Aldine’s Brian Burke, Captain Mike Koteras, Deputy Ray Scholwinski, and State Representative Armando Walle.

EAST ALDINE – Deputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office presented crime statistics to a large audience of residents, Aldine educators, and other officials that filled the meeting room at the East Aldine offices last Wednesday evening. After the presentation, they answered questions from residents on individual crime problems.

Captain Mike Koteras, patrol head for District 2, led the discussion. He said that in the last three months, there had been a decrease in violent crimes, but an increase in non-violent crimes.

Koteras said that in the near future, District 2 would have its own gang unit, and 19 trainees are designated for this district and will become probationary officers after their graduation.

He said that District 2 has 440,000 residents and covers 290 square miles. The average age of a robber is 17 years old, varying from 14 to 21.

Deputy Scholwinski reviewed detailed statistics of various types of crimes experience in Aldine in the last two months, and in a year-to-year comparison.

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Primary Election Early voting now underway

You have until Friday, February 28th to vote early in the 2020 primary election! Election Day is Tuesday, March 3rd. Texas has open primaries. That means that ALL Texas voters can participate. The Texas primary is an extremely important election in Texas!

All Texans’ ballots will include the statewide races, but the rest of the races on there will be determined by where you live. On the federal level, Texans are divided among 36 congressional districts. On the state level, Texans are divided into 150 House districts, 31 Senate districts and 15 State Board of Education districts. All congressional and Texas House districts are up for election this year, along with one U.S. Senate seat, several Texas Senate seats and eight State Board of Education seats.

Remember to bring an acceptable form of photo ID to the polls to cast your ballot.

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Bonding Against Adversity celebrates 10 years of service to the community

Mariana Sanchez, second from left, Director and founder of BAA poses with
special guests and community leaders at the 10th year anniversary celebration.

On January 31, 2020 — BONDING AGAINST ADVERSITY (BAA) celebrated their 10th year of service to the community with a “Launch Breakfast” at the Lone Star Community College – North Harris Student Building. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez was the keynote speaker.

Reggie Gray, President/CEO of the Houston Intercontinental Chamber Of Commerce welcomed the participants and thanked all the people, organizations and volunteers who have given their financial contributions, time and knowledge, and their efforts of support to help BAA to fulfill their mission of “Helping Others Help Themselves.”

The keynote speaker, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, started by giving the statistics about crime in Houston and Harris County. Then, he reported about the difference that organizations involved in helping the community, such as Bonding Against Adversity, have made and the improvements resulting from their contribution in the education, assistance, caring and support provided to individuals in need. He encouraged BAA to continue their efforts and work with the educational and faith organizations, businesses and corporations, volunteers and all the people to make our community better and safer every day.

Mariana Sanchez, VP/ Chief Operating Officer and founder of Bonding Against Adversity, said, “10 years… it seems easy to say… but I still remember that 10 years ago, when I started Bonding Against Adversity, I worked from my car during the hot summer, since my car had become my office, and the only purpose of my work was to serve the community in North Houston. After a year of hard work, my efforts started to grow thanks to the East End District, who gave us our first grant, and HICC’s Reggie Gray, who felt sorry for me and invited us to share their office space. Then, Ken Fisher from Noble Energy gave us the next push with their financial contribution… and time went on and we kept growing. Now, thanks to the Lone Star College and Dr. Linda Head, Associate Vice Chancellor, we serve the community in our BAA offices at LSC Greenspoint Center and the East Aldine Center. From 2010 to 2020 BAA assisted 10,000 lawful residents to become U.S. Citizens and hundreds of students and their families to become better and more productive members of their community.”

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Harris County “Promise” launches in three Aldine ISD schools

Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney with future Promise scholars at Aldine Senior HS. An Aldine Senior HS student shows her Promise SWAG at the launch pep rally.

Provides full tuition to local community college

More than 4,000 high school seniors will have the opportunity to earn a tuition-free, postsecondary education through Harris County Promise, a new program that provides students with last-dollar scholarships to cover the cost of tuition and fees at participating community colleges.

This partnership between school districts, community colleges, and Good Reason Houston, aims to increase the number of Harris County students who graduate college and receive their degree. In this first year, Harris County Promise brings seven high schools in Aldine, Alief, and Pasadena Independent School Districts together with Houston Community College, Lone Star College and San Jacinto College to create a unique pathway to college graduation for Promise Scholars.

In January, Harris County Promise launched in Aldine, Eisenhower, and Nimitz high schools. Harris County Promise is available to all Texas resident high-school seniors from participating schools, regardless of high school GPA or income. The program provides a scholarship to cover any remaining tuition and fees not covered by other grants the student receives. Promise Scholars also receive assistance with books and a coach to help them navigate college life.

“We believe it is imperative to increase the number of students earning a degree or certification from our colleges to help meet the growing demand for an educated workforce,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor. “The Harris County Promise program provides a real opportunity for students in the Aldine Independent School District to further their education.”

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Fatal Shooting at McDonald’s

Officials at scene investigation fatal shooting at McDonald’s.

HOUSTON – A man is dead after he was shot multiple times in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in north Houston, according to the Houston Police Department.

The shooting was reported around 8 p.m. on Airline and West Tidwell Road.

Witnesses told investigators the man was shot as he was getting out of his vehicle, police said. Investigators said the 27-year-old victim, identified by police at Christepher Howard, was waiting outside while his girlfriend used the restroom. Witnesses heard at least five shots and then saw Howard running towards the McDonald’s, calling for help, police said.

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Incumbents on the Ballot

Northeast residents will head to the polls once again to cast their vote at the Texas Primary on March 3, 2020. The first day of Early Voting begins February 18, 2020 through February 28, 2020. For poll locations and voting information, visit www.harrisvotes.com .

Incumbents on the ballot

Opponents on the ballot

Aldine High students begin work on METRO’s design challenge

A group of Aldine High School students pose with METRO employees as they visited METRO to get advice and hands-on experience as they and seven other teams from Aldine ISD participate in METRO’s design challenge.

METRO Houston, in partnership with Aldine ISD, is providing students with a real-world design challenge.

Students in grades 9-12 have been given the opportunity to redesign the Greenspoint METRO Transit Center. Teams from across Aldine will be submitting their design proposals to a panel of reviewers for a chance to earn a spot as one of the top eight teams. Each of the top eight teams will present their design ideas to a panel of experts at Metro’s headquarters downtown.

A group of Aldine High School students in Patrice Craft’s Architecture Design II class are involved in this year’s partnership and had the opportunity to meet with members of the construction and planning department from METRO Houston.

This year’s challenge will be using urban design concepts to re-imagine the Greenspoint Transit Center. Mike Martinez, Public Affairs Director for METRO, provided the students with METRO’s System Map and explained how the bus routes are color-coded based on service frequency. The service frequency for the red route is every 10 – 15 minutes, the blue route is every 20 – 30 minutes and the green route is every 60 minutes. Understanding how the bus routes work will help the students understand the customer’s needs. This knowledge will help the students design their projects with the needs of the customers at the forefront.

Brandie Lockett, Urban Designer for METRO, shared her passion for urban design with the students and discussed how urban design could play into the role of the METRO Transit Center at Greenspoint.

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Pan Riko: Aldine’s sweet bread destination

Pan Riko Bakery located at 5216 Aldine Mail Rt.

By Christina Autry

Looking at the online reviews of Pan Riko in the East Aldine District, I quickly got the message that this Mexican bakery is well-loved not only by people in the surrounding community, but from all over Houston. Customers extol the virtues of this modest panadería and are willing to drive from all corners of Houston once they have experienced these delectable and affordable baked goods.

Coming from Aldine Mail Route Road at I-45, you’ll know you’ve arrived when you see large red letters on the strip center façade which read “Pan Riko,” meaning “tasty bread,” which you’ll find to be an accurate description. Upon walking in, you follow the same protocol as in any panadería: pick up a round, plastic tray, and make your way around the many shelves of baked goods protected by glass doors. Tongs in each section are provided for you to snag any items that catch your eye.

Though not a large store, Pan Riko offers all of the traditional Mexican bready sweets that a panadería aficionado would expect to find, as well as tres leches and other specialty cakes made to order. (more…)

Davis High School hosts TXDOT’s ‘Click it or Ticket’ press conference

Aldine ISD police officer Mike Smith delivered remarks during the Texas Department of Transportation’s press conference to kickoff its “Teen Click it or Ticket” campaign at Davis High School on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Officials from the Texas Department of Transportation chose Davis High School to hold a press conference to kickoff its “Teen Click it or Ticket” campaign on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

The press conference was held in the student parking lot and attended by a group of Davis High students.

TxDOT is holding press conferences across the state to make teenage drivers aware of the importance of wearing seat belts when they are driving or riding in a vehicle.

According to TxDOT, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of deaths among teenagers and in 2018 nearly half of teens killed in crashes were not wearing a seatbelt. In 2018, of the 264 teen drivers and passengers killed in crashes, 111 were unrestrained. That means more than 100 lives could have been saved just by buckling up.

In addition to hearing from a number of law enforcement personnel, and TXDOT officials, Davis students also viewed a mangled truck that was involved in a rollover crash in which two teens were able to walk away from with only minor scratches thanks to wearing their seat belts.

Texas law requires drivers and all passengers to wear a seat belt. Unbuckled drivers and passengers, even those in the back seat, face fines and fees of up to $200.

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Aldine ISD, Spring ISD to remain in Region II after UIL realignment

Aldine ISD’s five high schools will continue to compete against Spring ISD in the new District 14- 6A, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced on Monday, Feb. 3 during the UIL’s biennial realignment.

Aldine ISD schools will compete with DeKaney High School, Spring High School and Westfield High School in athletics, performing arts and extra curricular activities beginning in the fall of 2018.

District 14-6A will consist of Aldine High School, Davis High School, Eisenhower High School, MacArthur High School, Nimitz High School, DeKaney High School, Spring High School and Westfield High School for the next two years.

Aldine ISD and Spring ISD will compete in Region II for the next two years.