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Posts published in November 2022

Pct. 2 dedicates Vietnam Fallen Warriors Monument

Harris County – Thursday, November 10th, 2022, at 10:30 a.m., Vietnam Combat Veterans Association unveiled the Vietnam Fallen Warriors Monument at Veterans Memorial Park. The monument, a four-year project, honors the 544 service members who died in the Vietnam War from the Houston area. Each of their names is inscribed on this monument. The total cost of the project was $300,000 and was raised by foundations, VWF, through fundraisers, and grassroot supporters.

The Vietnam Fallen Warriors Monument Ribbon Cutting, with remarks by Adrian Garcia, Harris County Commissioner, Precinct 2, a City of Houston representative, and Chief Sergeant Major Juan Chavez.

Thanksgiving event at Castlewood

Winners of the Castlewood Pie & Gift Card raffle

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Castlewood Civic Club Board raffled to its residents five Thanksgiving pies baked by the Culinary Arts Department of Northside High School (formerly Jefferson Davis High School). Residents were asked to call or text their name and phone number to the Castlewood President, Connie Esparza, to submit their entry. Only Castlewood residents were eligible and only one entry per household was accepted. Residents were also asked to share the Nextdoor posting with their neighbor who might not be on that social media platform. Deadline to submit entry was set for November 15 and drawing on November 16.

Holiday Season opens with Feasts, Parade

By Gilbert Hoffman

Houston got into the Holiday mood starting on Thanksgiving day, with a Super Feast at the George R. Brown Convention Center, serving almost 20,000 a tasty Thanksgiving dinner, and a festive, colorful Parade in downtown Houston.

The Parade continued in spite of a light rain that came and stopped intermittently. Marching band members and riders on floats and horseback simply donned plastic ponchos and kept going. “Don’t Rain on my Parade” was the theme, it seemed.

The Super Feast is in its 44th year, and served over 35,000 meals, to both in-person sit-down diners, and drive-up patrons. Each received a food package with about 60 to 80 pounds of various types of foods, including a turkey, chicken or ham, enough for a family for about a week. The organizer of the Super Feast is the City Wide Club of Houston. They serve these meals twice a year, on Thanksgiving Day and the day before Christmas, to everyone who comes to the Convention Center.

Aldine ISD opens Boys-only Impact Leadership Academy with Prairie View Univ.

ALDINE – Officials from Aldine ISD, Prairie View A&M University, elected officials and community members gathered to celebrate the opening of the district’s first all-boys school, Impact Leadership Academy at Wilson at the ribbon cutting ceremony at the school on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Impact Leadership Academy is a partnership between Aldine ISD and Prairie View A&M University.

The district’s first all-boys school opened on Aug. 17 at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year as Impact students received a red carpet welcome from Aldine ISD administrators, Prairie View A&M administrators and members of the community.

TCEQ holds hearing on Concrete batch plants in East Aldine

EAST ALDINE – Representatives of the state TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) held a hearing last Monday night, Nov. 14 to hear comments from citizens about the permitting process for concrete batch plants located in the community. TCEQ is holding three meetings, in Austin, Houston, and Arlington prior to modifying the requirements for issuing permits for these concrete plants.

The agency is conduct the hearings as it reconsiders its functions as part of a state-mandated “sunset review” and because of feedback from the public about batch plant permitting, they said.

Thank You Military Veterans for Your Service

To Our Military Veterans and Aldine Community,

Today, on Veterans Day, I ask each of you to remember the sacrifices of the men and women who have served in the United States armed forces.

The service members we honor are ordinary people who have responded in extraordinary ways. They share fundamental qualities like courage, pride, integrity, determination, selflessness, as well as dedication to duty. These qualities allow these individuals to serve a cause larger than themselves. Thanks to their sacrifices, the American Dream is possible.

To our staff whose spouse, partner, or child is a veteran or is currently serving our country: thank you for supporting them in their decision to serve our country. You have my respect and my gratitude.

Lone Star College alum reflects as system celebrates 50th anniversary

HOUSTON (Oct. 24, 2022) – Lone Star College is celebrating 50 years of providing quality, affordable and competitive educational opportunities to families in the greater north Houston area.

“The story of Lone Star College is one of leaders in the community who possessed extraordinary vision and dedication that live to this day,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC Chancellor. “Over the past 50 years, the college has witnessed remarkable growth in enrollment and student success.”

LSC’s commitment to student success are one of the many principles that inspired Aldine ISD Police Chief Paul Cordova to pursue a college education. Cordova attended LSC-North Harris and graduated in 2002 with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He also earned transfer credit toward a bachelor’s degree.

Griner moved to Penal Colony as President Biden protests

RUSSIA – Houston native and one-time Aldine Nimitz basketball star center Brittney Griner has lost her last appeal to a drug sentence, and authorities say she has been moved to a Penal Colony to serve out her nine-year term.

Russian officials did not indicate where the prison was located, but it is most likely in Siberia, US officials say.

Although US officials indicate they have been negotiating for her release or prisoner exchange, there is no indication the Russians are currently interested in that move.

President Biden on Wednesday of last week said at a press conference that he is “determined” to bring her home, and that he is hopeful that Putin is willing to negotiate “more seriously” now that US elections are over.


Democrats retain control of County Government

Beto defeated; Texas remains Republican

HARRIS COUNTY – Despite warnings of a Republican “Red Wave” sweeping the voting booths, it didn’t materialize in most of the country, and especially in Harris County.

Democrats kept their seats if incumbents, and in at least one critical race, Pct. 4 of the County Commissioners, they picked up a key vote. Lesley Briones defeated incumbent Commissioner Jack Cagle, and the County is now run by a solid 4 out of 5 votes by Democrats.

Republicans spent a record amount of $9 million attempting to unseat Judge Lina Hidalgo, but she retained her position by defeating challenger Alexandra Mealer by over 17,000 votes, 549,999 to 532,602.

In other county races, Adrian Garcia defeated Jack Morman for Pct. 2 Commissioner, 53% to 47%, and Lesley Briones had 52% and Jack Cagle 48%.

Voters approved $1.2 billion in Bonds for the County, and $478 million in Bonds for the City.

Students Show Their Acting Skills at Aldine’s TheatreFest

At the 2022 TheatreFest held at Carver High School in October, over 300 middle and high school students from across Aldine ISD competed in categories ranging from solo and group acting performances to technical theatre design categories. The highest ranking a student could receive is a Superior rating.

Medals for Superior Rating

Monologues HS

Jocelyn Bonds — Nimitz HS (Mainstage Performer)Aja White — Carver HS (Mainstage Performer)Traylee Ashley — Carver HS (Mainstage Performer)Courtney Hubert — Carver HS (Mainstage Performer)Trinity Jones — Carver HS (Mainstage Performer)

Karen Singleton — Davis HSDevin Spearman — Carver HSBailey Day — Carver HSOriana Willis — Carver HSChacen Cloud — Nimitz HSJarian Denson — Eisenhower HS

Monologues MS