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Posts published in “Day: July 7, 2020

Mural at library emphasizes the importance of the census

HOUSTON (June 18, 2020) – Unifying. Diverse. Inclusive. Three things that books, libraries and Census 2020 have in common.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo debuted the fourth of five Yes! to Census 2020 murals on June 23, 2020 at High Meadows Library located at 4500 Aldine Mail Rte. Rd, Houston, TX 77039.

Commissioners Adrian Garcia, Rodney Ellis, and Representative Armando Walle were on site to provide important updates regarding census self-response and why completing the census is so important to secure federal funding for accurate representation and improved resources that are vital to creating vibrant, informed, and progressive communities.

The Aldine mural, like its predecessors, is a visual representation of the urgent need for more citizens to complete their census questionnaire prior to the October 31, 2020 deadline. The design is a “picture-perfect postcard” view of the neighborhood with the caption, “Greetings from Aldine!” The mural was conceptualized and installed by local artist Colors Oner 713. The mural’s location at High Meadows Library has a special significance and deeper relationship to the goal of a complete count with a 100% response rate. Not only is federal funding for libraries determined by the census, but as Census 2020 is the first to be conducted primarily online, libraries remove barriers to census completion by providing a place where citizens who do not have home access to internet services can go to respond to the questionnaire. To that effect, Harris County Library Director Edward Melton will announce that the library will kick off a Yes! to Census 2020 initiative through October 31, 2020, which will include:

Aldine ISD to hold graduation ceremonies in Thorne Stadium

Aldine ISD will hold its high school graduation ceremonies in Thorne Stadium, July 22-25.

In the near future, the district will inform students about how they can get tickets for their family members and friends. Social distancing rules will remain in place at all graduation ceremonies.

“We decided to change from an inside to outside ceremonies as a result of the Class of 2020 Celebration that went off so well,” said Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney. “We are aware our seniors wants in-person graduation ceremonies rather than virtual ones and we are more than happy to accommodate them.”

Here is the graduation schedule:

Food Drive at Stampede feeds thousands

Drone photo shows about 1000 cars lined up, from the Stampede and Escapade event centers on the right, to Eastex Freeway on the left.

Boxes available every Thursday

EAST ALDINE – The owners of the event centers Stampede and Escapade have teamed up with local organizations, to provide boxes of food and milk to residents of the area.

The distribution has been happening every Thursday morning, from 7am to 11am, or when the food runs out.

According to club owner Rob Ferdows, an average of 1600 to 2500 persons have been served every Thursday. Cars line up in the large 20 acre parking lot and patiently wait while the food distribution gets under way.

Ferdows says, “The central location and the large parking lot is ideal for events, but also allows us to uniquely help our community during times of need.”

This is not the first time that Ferdows has reached out to help the community. After Hurricane Harvey, they provided food and water for over 8 weeks to the community.

The boxes include fresh fruit and milk, and will be available every Thursday from July 9th through August 27, Ferdows said.


AUSTIN – June 26, 2020 – Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state.

The order includes the following: