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Posts published in June 2022

Public participates in 3 Aldine planning surveys

The third meeting of the ARCS study was held last Saturday at the James Driver Park pavilion. Participants were asked to place tiles, representing the projects that they felt were of most interest to them and highest priority for action.

Study will choose 20 priority projects for County to implement

ALDINE – The planning study being conducted by the Harris County Engineering department concluded three public meetings last week, to hear and record the interests of local residents, and let them voice their needs and concerns for improvements to the area.

Meetings were held last Tuesday at the Aldine High School, Thursday at the East Aldine Management District offices, and Saturday at the James Drive Park pavilion.

Harris County is seeking diverse public input for the Aldine Region Comprehensive Study (ARCS), a project that focuses on consolidating several community improvement recommendations and plans that have been developed over the past 20 years to create a prioritized list of infrastructure projects for Harris County to implement.

The project website — https://htx-arcs.com – features a survey that lets respondents review and prioritize the draft goals for the study. Accessible in English and Spanish, the survey is still available on the website.

The ARCS project area consists of the Airline Improvement, East Aldine, and North Houston management districts. Although the study is being led by Harris County, recommendations will also be included for parts of the study area that are within the City of Houston.

Father’s Day at East Aldine Town Center: Climbin’, Throwin’, n Fishin’ – Family Fun

An inflatable Climbing rock challenged Fathers and their kids to reach the top.

Families and individuals in East Aldine celebrated a late Father’s Day last Saturday, with a Fun Day sponsored by the East Aldine District, and taking place at the Town Center Amphitheater from 3 to 7pm, and then continuing at 7pm at the Fishing Pier in Keith Wiess Park.

The dual event was organized by East Aldine’s new Event Coordinator, Alma DeAlejandro, Veronica Sanches of EAD, and Selina Valdez of Pct. 2.

During the Father’s Day event at the East Aldine District, dads enjoyed with their kids an inflatable rock climbing game, and shooting basketball at another inflatable.

Local organizations such as Baker Ripley, Harris County Pct. 2, Mean Green training and bootcamp and others where on site providing information about programs offered.

Other activities at the event included boat making, boat racing at the retention lake, a boxing demonstration, a tent building contest, music, food trucks, and more.

Keith Wiess Park was busy in the evening, with walkers as well as the families who were fishing in the Father’s Day event.

Imprisoned Brittney Griner draws national attention

A Russian court last week extended the pretrial detention of the W.N.B.A. basketball star and former AISD Nimitz HS athlete Brittney Griner on drug smuggling charges until July 2, pushing her jail stint past the four month mark, according to the official state news agency TASS.

Although her contact with the public has been limited, reportedly her Russian attorney is able to pass notes back and forth, and Griner has been using this method to communicate with family and supporters in the U.S.

A rally in support of her was held last month in Houston, in front of the Toyota Arena where the NBA plays their games. The rally included the presence of American Trevor Reed, recently released from Russian custody in a trade.

It has been suggested in Russian media that Griner is being held by the Russians as a potential swap for a convicted criminal, Viktor Bout, held in the U.S. The State Department has listed the release of Griner as a priority, classifying her as “wrongfully detained,” but not commenting on a possible swap.

To keep attention on her plight, the WNBA this week named Griner as an honorary starter in the upcoming All Star Game to be played in Chicago on July 10th.

Two Big Father’s Day events in Aldine

Beat the Heat at the East Aldine District Father’s Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 25. Family activities will occur at the Amphitheatre, the lake behind Lone Star College, the fishing piers at Keith Wiess Park, and the Splash Pad seen here.

Family Activities for a full day, and Fishing in the Evening on June 25

By Gilbert Hoffman

ALDINE – For Father’s Day the East Aldine District has planned a day full of events for families and fathers this Saturday, June 25 at several venues. Calling the celebration “Father’s Family Fun Day” it will start at 3pm at the East Aldine Amphitheatre on the Aldine Mail Route campus, and include events at the Lone Star College retention lake, and the fishing pier at Keith Wiess park.

Organizers say most events will occur at the Amphitheatre and the lawn in front of the pavilion, including a boxing demonstration, tent building contest, rock climbing, music with a DJ, food trucks, and more fun activities. You will even be able to get a free haircut, to look your best for Father’s Day!

Aldine Safety meeting hears Pct2 Garcia, Sheriff

Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, and Sheriff Ed Gonzalez presented information about public safety in Aldine to the meeting group last Saturday, and answered questions.

By Gilbert Hoffman

ALDINE – Residents of the Aldine area gathered at the East Aldine District building last Saturday, after the Summer Fair event, to hear Commissioner Adrian Garcia and Sheriff Ed Gonzalez update the community on efforts underway to reduce gun violence and other types of crimes.

Billed as a meeting to discuss Public Safety, Garcia went into a lengthy dissertation on what that term actually means, and what investment the County has made to reduce crime and increase safety. His main point was that to achieve improvement in Public Safety, you have to view three components: Cops, Courts, and Community. He then detailed actions that the county and his precinct have taken to improve safety in each category.

Families enjoy Summer Fair event

The winner of the TV Drawing at the Summer Fair,SANDRA LUNA, gets a big congratulations from BAA Exec. Director Mariana Sanchez.

Safer Together with COVID shots, Zumba, music, food, prizes

By Julieta Paita

The Summer Fair was part of the Safer Together campaign aimed to combat Covid-19 by increasing the percentage of vaccinated people in the Aldine and surrounding areas.

The Safer Together campaign will end the last day of June and the Summer Fair was one the main events which marks the ending of the campaign.

Providers in the medical field were on site giving information about their services. There was also entertainment for adults with a Zumba session and kids with a bouncy house, musical chairs, pop the ballon with legs and sack race games where every winner received a prize. Gifts to participants were given throughout the event when they registered for the free raffle.

Juneteenth Day: A Day of Refletion and Celebration of Freedom

Juneteenth Independence Day honors African American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures and is a time for reflection and rejoicing. The U.S. Congress has designated June 19 as “Juneteenth Independence Day” (also called Freedom Day and Emancipation Day)to recognize the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day to the United States. The district encourages everyone to learn more about the past, to understand better the experiences that have shaped this country. Juneteenth recognizes the end of slavery as a part of the history and heritage of the United States.

“As a school district, we are committed to equity and ensuring high outcomes for all,” said Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney. “We have ensured that our five-year strategic plan maintains our focus on high-quality teaching and learning. That includes creating systems that increase opportunities and positive outcomes for all. We affirm our commitment to ensuring all our students learn in environments where they feel safe and valued — where their voices are heard. Together, we will continue to build diversity and inclusiveness.

“Juneteenth is also a time to highlight the resilience, solidarity, and culture of the Black community. It is a time to celebrate the freedoms and lives that generations have fought to secure. I encourage everyone in our community to explore the history of Juneteenth and participate in local celebrations.”

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of those enslaved in the United States. On June 19, 1865, the announcement of the abolition of slavery and the freedom of enslaved African Americans reached the people in Galveston, Texas. The news came two years after The Emancipation Proclamation was issued.

We must act to stop Gun Violence

COUNTY CONNECTION
By Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo

Over the past month, our nation has yet again endured violent deaths from mass shootings and gun violence. In Buffalo, we all witnessed the brutal attack driven by racism and hate that left 13 people dead at a grocery store. 17 people were shot during a mass shooting in downtown Milwaukee. And we are all still mourning the loss of two teachers and 19 innocent children murdered at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. This violence shows no sign of letting up – between May 24th, the day of the Uvalde tragedy, and June 6th, there have been 33 additional mass shootings, including multiple mass shootings here in Harris County. No one is immune from this bloody plague.

Today, our nation and our county is in the midst of a vital conversation about violent crime and what needs to be done to prevent it. The truth is, we cannot talk about addressing violent crime without talking about the role that guns play in fueling it. On the same day as the tragedy in Uvalde, we released new data from Harris County’s Institute for Forensic Sciences from which the conclusion could not be more clear – we are not just suffering from a rise in homicides, but also from a rise in the percentage of homicides caused by guns. In 2018, gunshot wounds caused 76% of homicides in Harris County. In 2021, that number was 84%. This year’s percentage is at 87%. And we aren’t unique. Statewide, the rate of gun homicides in Texas increased 90% between 2011 and 2020, from a little over 3 deaths per 100,000 people to about 6 deaths per 100,000.

Summer Fair Event in Town Center Park June 18

The SUMMER FAIR events will take place Saturday at the Town Center Amphitheatre and Park, and the kids’ Splash Pad. Included are Free COVID shots, a Raffle for a Free TV and other prizes, Zumba, Face Painting, food trucks and entertainment. A great Family Fun event, don’t miss it!

Safer Together Celebration

EAST ALDINE – Everyone is invited to a SUMMER FAIR this Saturday, June 18th from 10am to 2pm at the East Aldine Amphitheatre in Town Center. This is the new park development behind BakerRipley on Aldine Mail Route.

This free event is sponsored by the East Aldine District, and Bonding Against Adversity. It is named “Safer Together Celebration” because attendees will be able to get free COVID-19 vaccine shots, as well as to participate in a number of fun activities.

Sponsors also are planning on awarding a Free TV to some lucky person attending the event, according to Mariana Sanchez of B.A.A.

Activities planned for the day include face painting, Zumba, prize drawings, and free COVID shots. You are also reminded to bring a blanket and lawn chair to sit on the grass in front of the amphitheatre. You can expect some food trucks and music to round out the day.