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Mayor Turner, others oppose Concrete Batch plant expansion

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and other officials held a news conference last Tuesday, to express their opposition to the expansion of a concrete batch plant in Acres Home.

ACRES HOME – Mayor Sylvester Turner and other elected officials and residents stand united against a concrete batch plant expanding near city park in Acres Home.

Mayor Sylvester Turner joined other elected officials, representatives from the city of Houston and residents living near a proposed concrete batch plant to show their opposition to the pollution-causing facility on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 10:30 a.m. at the Highland Park Community Center 3316 De Soto, Houston, TX 77091.

In addition to Mayor Turner, residents and environmental groups, confirmed speakers are:

• Lt. Cheryl Southwell, HPD’s Differential Response Team

• Dr. Loren Hopkins, chief environmental officer for City of Houston Health Department

• Marissa Aho, City of Houston chief resilience officer

• U.S . Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

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Crawford named Northeast News’s Coach of the Year

MacArthur High School head football coach Wayne Crawford has been named the Northeast News’s Coach of the Year for leading the Generals to their first playoff berth in 12 years.

By Mike Keeney, Contributing Writer

MacArthur High School head football coach Wayne Crawford led the Generals to their first playoff berth in 12 years as the Generals qualified for the Class 6A playoffs by finishing in fourth place in the rugged District 16-6A.

Crawford’s coaching effort earned him the Northeast News’ Coach of the Year honors.

In only his second year as MacArthur’s head coach, the Generals turned around a tough start to the season losing three of their first four games, but rallied to win four of their final six games to earn the school’s first playoff berth since 2007.

“I thought our season was gratifying,” Crawford said. “We got better week in and week out. Our goal was to beat all the teams in Aldine and we accomplished that goal.”

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Pathway to Prosperity: Local bank introduces home ownership and savings programs

Prosperity Bank associates at Little York branch, ready to assist you.

By J.D. Herman

Local financial institutions have long provided important benefits by forging long standing relationships within the communities they serve. Unlike larger corporate banks that rely on volume to generate profits, community banks focus on building lasting relationships. A deep understanding of local needs allows regional banks to provide specialized financial services, something Prosperity Bank has been providing customers for decades.

Founded in 1983, Prosperity Bank built its stellar reputation by focusing on smaller rural communities. Based in El Campo, Prosperity acquired North Houston Bank in 2010. Despite the new name, the Eastex Banking Center had serviced the East Aldine Management District since the 1970s, and many of the managers and tellers have been with the bank for years. In fact, Lending Assistant Sue Luther and Banking Manager Carmen Bernal have been with the branch for over 20 years. This connection to the community is important to note, as loan decisions are handled locally by people who understand the needs of neighborhood families and businesses.

Jack Battle, Eastex Banking Center President believes in a “community banking philosophy where personal relationships and great experiences go hand-in-hand.” Prosperity, which ranks among the top 100 U.S. banks with over $31 billion in assets and 285 banking centers, is helping residents in East Aldine invest in their futures with two programs–HOPP (Home Ownership Possibilities Program) and The Good Cents Savings Program.

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Dredging starts at Lake Houston & San Jacinto River

Houston, TX – January 6, 2020 – Mayor Pro Tem Martin would like to make District E residents aware the City of Houston has issued a Notice To Proceed (NTP) for debris removal services, specifically large silt deposits at the confluence of the West Fork of the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston, commonly referred to as the “mouth bar”. The City of Houston, through its contractor DRC Emergency Services, LLC (DRC), will begin mechanical dredging of the mouth bar this week (Jan. 6, 2020). The total cost for this project is $40 million dollars, which is funded through a combination of City of Houston Harvey Disaster dollars provided by Governor Greg Abbott, grant dollars from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), and funding from the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) Bond Program.

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Dr. Archie L. Blanson named Interim President at Lone Star College-North Harris

Dr. Archie L. Blanson

HOUSTON (Jan. 2, 2020) – Dr. Archie L. Blanson has been named Lone Star College-North Harris Interim President effective Jan. 2. Blanson succeeds Dr. Gerald Fernandez Napoles who recently accepted a new position as Vice Chancellor/Special Assistant to the Chancellor.

Blanson joins LSC-North Harris from his previous role as Vice Chancellor of Student Success for Lone Star College, overseeing admissions, registration, dual credit, disabilities, enrollment management, and numerous student services activities and partnerships.

Blanson worked closely with LSC-North Harris for more than 20 years, and his commitment to public education runs deep. Prior to joining Lone Star College, Blanson devoted 39 years in education to Aldine ISD, finishing his career as Deputy Superintendent.

Blanson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southern University, a Master of Arts in Education Administration from Texas Southern University and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

Blanson’s history includes vast experience in teaching and administration. At Aldine ISD, his strong skills in planning, budgeting, compliance and innovative thinking helped the district gain state, national and international recognition.

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Aldine Education Foundation to host Sports Spectacular on Jan. 22

Aldine Education Foundation will host its first Sports Spectacular for Scholars featuring the Harlem Wizards vs. Aldine All-Stars. The Wizards, known for their amazing basketball talent combined with hilarious comedy, will tip off against Aldine ISD teachers, coaches, and community leaders to provide a fun-filled evening of basketball hi-jinx. The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at M.O. Campbell Educational Center, 1865 Aldine Bender Rd, 77032. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

The Harlem Wizards have a mission to create awe-inspiring events throughout the country to help communities raise funds for important causes. Wizards games provide two hours of family time where grandparents, parents, and kids can all laugh together. Even in the stands, you are more than a spectator. The audience becomes a part of the show and there is a guarantee of loads of laughter and audience participation. Throughout the game, fans will experience a magical display of tricks, coordinated ball-handling, fancy passes, and aerodynamic athleticism combined with high-energy comedy and guest interaction.

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Commissioner Garcia announces Historic Public-Private partnership to monitor air quality in Harris County

PCT. 2 COMMISSIONER ADRIAN GARCIA

$1 million dollar grant to purchase air monitors and provide up-to-date air quality information

HARRIS COUNTY, TX – December 17th, 2019 – This week Commissioner Adrian Garcia announced that Harris County and Precinct 2 will receive a $1 million dollar grant from the American Chemistry Council Foundation (ACC) to purchase air quality monitors, more stringent data analysis and collaboration with industry partners. This is the first time the ACC Foundation has developed and awarded a local government grant for a community air-monitoring network.

“This grant is a result of conversations that began in the wake of a series of industrial incidents in Precinct 2. We learned how potentially vulnerable our industry partners were and that more needed to be done to ensure their success and not their failure,” said Commissioner Adrian Garcia. “Residents need access to reliable and timely air-quality data at all times, and especially during a chemical emergency. Thanks to this collaboration, the County will be able to address data and communications gaps to ensure residents have the information they need to make decisions about what actions to take for their families’ wellbeing in the unfortunate event dangerous chemicals are released,” he continued.

The joint effort of members of the East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA), Texas Chemistry Council (TCC), American Chemistry Council (ACC) and Harris County will enhance the availability, transparency and interpretation of air monitoring data. The grant will support the following initiatives:

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East Aldine holds Partner Awards

Some of the Awards recipients pose for a photograph after the ceremony, including Sheriff’s deputies Eleazar Agrait, Josue Herrera, and Ronnie Jones, who received the Governmental Award. Also second from left, Abel Garza with the Education Award, Valencia Dotson with the Volunteer award, and Gilbert Hoffman, Chairman’s Award.

The East Aldine District held their annual Strategic Partner Awards last Thursday night, at the Greer & Lowdermilk Conference Center in Aldine. The event is meant to honor those citizens or organizations who have contributed during the year to the quality of life improvements that are the goal of the district.

Emcee for the evening was Joyce Wiley, a board member of the East Aldine District. Over a hundred persons attended the festive occasion. Many of them were supporters of the district’s activities.

During the evening, eight awards were presented to individuals or organizations that were “strategic Partners” with the District.

The Chairman’s Award, the major presentation of the evening, went to Gilbert Hoffman, publisher of the Northeast News since 1999. The newspaper has been an advocate for the District and its goals for the last 20 years. Hoffman thanked the district, and in his remarks made the point that many in the audience were the focus of the news due to their work in the Aldine area. The award was presented by Chairman Gerald Overturff, who kidded about his “brotherhood” with Hoffman.

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ELECTION RESULTS: Turner wins mayor’s runoff

Harris County reported that over 200,000 voters turned out for the runoff election held last Saturday. Incumbent Mayor Sylvester Turner defeated challenger Tony Buzbee, the most interesting of several races.

Others of local interest elected were City Councilmen David Robinson, Michael Kubosh, Letitia Plummer, Sallie Alcorn, and Karla Cisneros, who won by 12 votes out of 10,554 cast.

Aldine ISD honors building Namesakes at luncheon

Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney visits with former Trustee Marine Jones at the 2019 Namesake Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center. Jones Middle School is named in Mrs. Jones’ honor.

Many of the schools and buildings in Aldine Independent School District are named after individuals that left an indelible mark in the community. Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney reached out to the district’s many namesakes to honor them and let them know their spirit for giving students the best educational experience continues.

Nearly 20 honorees or their family members attended the inaugural Namesake Luncheon held Tuesday, December 10, at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center. Dr. Goffney, Board Trustee President Steve Mead, and fellow trustees greeted and spoke with honorees.

Dr. Goffney also took a moment to share the new choices and opportunities AISD offers students, the five-year strategic plan, current work, and how it all impacts the future of Aldine.

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