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Posts published in “Day: October 12, 2021

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.