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Posts published in October 2021

Jensen Jubilee festivities draw large crowds

Mayor Sylvester Turner and Rep. Armando Walle at the Jubilee

The 7th Annual Jensen Jubilee Fall Festival was held last Saturday, Oct. 16 at Shady Lane Park. Hundreds of adults and children joined in the fun on a sunny, pleasant family type day. Jubilee director Pastor David Smith thanked the Platinum Sponsor, UTHealth/UTPhysicians, for their support and donation of Scholarships.

East Aldine holds 3 Family Friendly events in October

By Anne Marie Kilday

East Aldine residents, businesses and friends are invited to participate in three exciting celebrations this month at the expanding East Aldine Town Center at 2800 Aldine Mail Route Road.

The dynamic, free events show the growth, hard work and colorful makeup of East Aldine and the enrichment of the area by the East Aldine Management District.

Garcia unveils final Pct. 2 Parks & Trails Plan

New exercise equipment at Highlands Park is an example of improvements underway at existing Pct. 2 parks.

By Gilbert Hoffman

PCT 2 HARRIS COUNTY – Last Thursday, Oct. 14 Commissioner Adrian Garcia presented the completed Parks and Trails Plan to the community. This plan is not only meant to enhance the physical environment of the various parks and neighborhoods in Precinct 2, but also to weave a cohesive relationship between different neighborhoods through the precinct. The Commissioner has initiated an ambitious project, to study each community and present a Comprehensive Master Plan for enhancing the physical and quality of life aspects of its features. This includes roads, drainage, and other amenities as well as the park system.

The presentation of the Parks and Trails Final Plan was made through ZOOM, to an audience that totalled almost 100 participants. The presentation was made by Katie Coyne, project manager for the landscape planning firm AsakuraRobinson. It was monitored by Jorge Bustamante, planning manager of Precinct 2.

After over a year of meeting with community stakeholders, the Precinct 2 Parks and Trails Plan is complete. Through a collaborative process involving in-depth community engagement, research, and analysis, the Precinct 2 Parks and Trails Plan outlines how the parks and trails system will best serve the diverse communities in Precinct 2. The Plan will guide the Commissioner and the Precinct 2 team in prioritizing investments, incorporating best practices for programming and design, and help create and maintain the best parks and trails for the Precinct 2 community.

In his welcoming remarks, Commissioner Garcia called parks “A Place to Celebrate Community.” He said Parks and trails in Precinct 2 provide opportunities for communities to safely come together, play, exercise, and connect with nature. Now more than ever, parks are a vital resource for all residents.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2021: East Aldine’s NNO celebration is bigger, brighter

A large crowd gathered to listen to music and watch dancing at the Town Center Amphitheater.
Tae Kwon Do demonstrations were one of the many performances at the Town Center Amphitheater on Tuesday night.

(All photos courtesy of Marina Sugg and Veronica Sanches)

By Anne Marie Kilday

EAST ALDINE – The 38th annual celebration of National Night Out backed by the East Aldine Management District reflected a conscious effort to build trust between law enforcement and the community — a key to improving public safety.

Dozens of area families turned out for the Oct. 5, 2021 event at the District’s new Town Center great lawn and amphitheater for the celebration.

There were fire engines, ambulances, high water rescue equipment, a surveillance helicopter, law enforcement officers, free library books, college catalogues, free Frisbees and coloring books, whistles and plastic firefighter hats, along with raffle prizes, music, dancing girls, good food and two bouncy houses.

It was an opportunity for kids to see that flashing red lights and sirens are not automatically threatening or scary. And it was a chance for law enforcement officers to joke with pom-pom waving teenagers and toss Frisbees with young boys.

Tae Kwon Do demonstrations were one of the many performances at the Town Center Amphitheater on Tuesday night.

Jensen JUBILEE! is October 16

In previous years, scholarships were presented to the King and Queen. Here UTPhysician’s COO Andrew Casas presents two $1500 scholarships. Also L to R: Pastor David Smith, Casas, and Yuroba Harris representing Sylvia Garcia. The community enjoyed the JUBILEE event, with Free food, games, and booths.

The 7th Annual Jensen JUBILEE Fall Festival will return to the Jensen area next Saturday, October 16 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The event will take place in Shady Lane Park, on Parker Road.

The event is free to the public, and will include Food, Entertainment, Health Screenings, a Kids Zone/Area de Ninos, and much more according to the organizers, the Houston Northeast CDC and Councilwoman Tarsha Jackson, District B. Mayor Sylvester Turner will lead a delegation of officials and sponsors on the event stage.

Platinum Sponsor is UTHealth, and UT Physicians, who operate the Clinic on Jensen at Crosstimbers.

The public is invited for a day of fun, food and games with their neighbors.

East Aldine’s old gravestone mystery has been solved! Partly

By Alan Bernstein

The identity of Alwiene S. “Sophie” Goerlitz Weise was never in doubt.

She was born in the Austin area, during the Civil War, on Dec. 23, 1863. Among her parents and siblings, she was the only American from first breath. The rest of the Goerlitz family had come from Germany.

She married freight hauler Ephraim Weise, had at least four children, died of pneumonia at age 41 and was buried near McDade, Texas, 134 miles west-northwest of Aldine.

But the shadowy fate of her narrow, marble gravestone — 2 feet, 9 inches high and engraved with German words — created a decades-long mystery.

The 101-pound stone was found more than 20 years ago on land in East Aldine, where seemingly no one knew who she had been — or how, or why, or when, the object bearing her name came to rest on the northeast edge of Houston.

Back at the Three Oaks Cemetery near McDade, which is marked by a Texas Historical Commission plaque, all that was visible on Sophie’s burial plot, at Row F of Lot F 2, was the base that had held the stone. It says “Weise.” Next to it was, and is, the gravestone identifying one of her daughters, who died at age 3 or 4.

The story goes that one day around 2001, an East Aldine man hefted Sophie’s stone into what was then office of the Northeast News at Aldine Mail Route Road and U.S. 59/69. He said he had found the stone in the neighborhood — he may have said it had turned up on his property — and was hoping the newspaper could help find out where it belonged.

After the newspaper changed locations, the stone remained in place to be “inherited” by the staff of the East Aldine Management District, which took over the office space following its formation in 2001.

The tale of the well-traveled tombstone stayed hazy until a few weeks ago, as the District staff moved into the District’s new Town Center office building on Aldine Mail Route Road.

3 Incumbent Aldine Trustees face new challengers

Candidates Forum Wed. Oct. 6 at BakerRipley

ALDINE – The November Election will include a ballot choice for 3 seats on the Aldine ISD school board. Incumbents will have challengers in each of the three positions, an unusual situation in most election years.

Early voting will start on October 18, through October 29. On Tuesday, the polls will be open 7am to 7 pm. You may vote at any Harris County location, see for more information.

Mac Generals stomp Aldine Mustangs 48-6

In the 2nd quarter, Mac Running Back DeMarcus Singletary carries the ball for a 35 yard rushing TD, taking a handoff from the QB Darius Hicks.

The MacArthur Generals varsity football team took a large step toward redeeming their reputation last Saturday, Oct. 2 at Thorne Stadium, defeating the Aldine Mustangs 48-6.

After a 24-10 victory in the first game of the season, the Generals have struggled with their offense, and have not scored any points in the last 2 games. They lost to Nimitz on Friday, Sept. 24 with a score of 3-0. The game had ended in a 0-0 tie, but the Cougars managed to win the game in OT with a field goal.

In this week’s game, the General offense came alive, with daring plays well executed. In the 3rd quarter QB #5 Darius Hicks completed a 74 yard pass to #1 Kendrik Dennis for a TD that brought the score to 41- 0. Then #1 Jason Crampton rushed 65 yards for another TD.

Abbott announces 3rd Special Session, agenda

(Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)

AUSTIN – Governor Abbott today issued a proclamation announcing that he will convene a third special legislative session at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 20, 2021. The proclamation identifies 5 agenda items for the third Special Session.

“The Texas Legislature now has the opportunity to redraw legislative and congressional districts in accordance with the new census numbers,” said Governor Abbott. “In addition to redistricting, there are still issues remaining that are critical to building a stronger and brighter future for all Texans.”

Agenda items for the third Special Session will include: