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Harris County “Promise” launches in three Aldine ISD schools

Aldine ISD Superintendent Dr. LaTonya M. Goffney with future Promise scholars at Aldine Senior HS. An Aldine Senior HS student shows her Promise SWAG at the launch pep rally.

Provides full tuition to local community college

More than 4,000 high school seniors will have the opportunity to earn a tuition-free, postsecondary education through Harris County Promise, a new program that provides students with last-dollar scholarships to cover the cost of tuition and fees at participating community colleges.

This partnership between school districts, community colleges, and Good Reason Houston, aims to increase the number of Harris County students who graduate college and receive their degree. In this first year, Harris County Promise brings seven high schools in Aldine, Alief, and Pasadena Independent School Districts together with Houston Community College, Lone Star College and San Jacinto College to create a unique pathway to college graduation for Promise Scholars.

In January, Harris County Promise launched in Aldine, Eisenhower, and Nimitz high schools. Harris County Promise is available to all Texas resident high-school seniors from participating schools, regardless of high school GPA or income. The program provides a scholarship to cover any remaining tuition and fees not covered by other grants the student receives. Promise Scholars also receive assistance with books and a coach to help them navigate college life.

“We believe it is imperative to increase the number of students earning a degree or certification from our colleges to help meet the growing demand for an educated workforce,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor. “The Harris County Promise program provides a real opportunity for students in the Aldine Independent School District to further their education.”

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Fatal Shooting at McDonald’s

Officials at scene investigation fatal shooting at McDonald’s.

HOUSTON – A man is dead after he was shot multiple times in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in north Houston, according to the Houston Police Department.

The shooting was reported around 8 p.m. on Airline and West Tidwell Road.

Witnesses told investigators the man was shot as he was getting out of his vehicle, police said. Investigators said the 27-year-old victim, identified by police at Christepher Howard, was waiting outside while his girlfriend used the restroom. Witnesses heard at least five shots and then saw Howard running towards the McDonald’s, calling for help, police said.

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Incumbents on the Ballot

Northeast residents will head to the polls once again to cast their vote at the Texas Primary on March 3, 2020. The first day of Early Voting begins February 18, 2020 through February 28, 2020. For poll locations and voting information, visit www.harrisvotes.com .

Incumbents on the ballot

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Aldine High students begin work on METRO’s design challenge

A group of Aldine High School students pose with METRO employees as they visited METRO to get advice and hands-on experience as they and seven other teams from Aldine ISD participate in METRO’s design challenge.

METRO Houston, in partnership with Aldine ISD, is providing students with a real-world design challenge.

Students in grades 9-12 have been given the opportunity to redesign the Greenspoint METRO Transit Center. Teams from across Aldine will be submitting their design proposals to a panel of reviewers for a chance to earn a spot as one of the top eight teams. Each of the top eight teams will present their design ideas to a panel of experts at Metro’s headquarters downtown.

A group of Aldine High School students in Patrice Craft’s Architecture Design II class are involved in this year’s partnership and had the opportunity to meet with members of the construction and planning department from METRO Houston.

This year’s challenge will be using urban design concepts to re-imagine the Greenspoint Transit Center. Mike Martinez, Public Affairs Director for METRO, provided the students with METRO’s System Map and explained how the bus routes are color-coded based on service frequency. The service frequency for the red route is every 10 – 15 minutes, the blue route is every 20 – 30 minutes and the green route is every 60 minutes. Understanding how the bus routes work will help the students understand the customer’s needs. This knowledge will help the students design their projects with the needs of the customers at the forefront.

Brandie Lockett, Urban Designer for METRO, shared her passion for urban design with the students and discussed how urban design could play into the role of the METRO Transit Center at Greenspoint.

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Pan Riko: Aldine’s sweet bread destination

Pan Riko Bakery located at 5216 Aldine Mail Rt.

By Christina Autry

Looking at the online reviews of Pan Riko in the East Aldine District, I quickly got the message that this Mexican bakery is well-loved not only by people in the surrounding community, but from all over Houston. Customers extol the virtues of this modest panadería and are willing to drive from all corners of Houston once they have experienced these delectable and affordable baked goods.

Coming from Aldine Mail Route Road at I-45, you’ll know you’ve arrived when you see large red letters on the strip center façade which read “Pan Riko,” meaning “tasty bread,” which you’ll find to be an accurate description. Upon walking in, you follow the same protocol as in any panadería: pick up a round, plastic tray, and make your way around the many shelves of baked goods protected by glass doors. Tongs in each section are provided for you to snag any items that catch your eye.

Though not a large store, Pan Riko offers all of the traditional Mexican bready sweets that a panadería aficionado would expect to find, as well as tres leches and other specialty cakes made to order. (more…)

Davis High School hosts TXDOT’s ‘Click it or Ticket’ press conference

Aldine ISD police officer Mike Smith delivered remarks during the Texas Department of Transportation’s press conference to kickoff its “Teen Click it or Ticket” campaign at Davis High School on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Officials from the Texas Department of Transportation chose Davis High School to hold a press conference to kickoff its “Teen Click it or Ticket” campaign on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

The press conference was held in the student parking lot and attended by a group of Davis High students.

TxDOT is holding press conferences across the state to make teenage drivers aware of the importance of wearing seat belts when they are driving or riding in a vehicle.

According to TxDOT, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of deaths among teenagers and in 2018 nearly half of teens killed in crashes were not wearing a seatbelt. In 2018, of the 264 teen drivers and passengers killed in crashes, 111 were unrestrained. That means more than 100 lives could have been saved just by buckling up.

In addition to hearing from a number of law enforcement personnel, and TXDOT officials, Davis students also viewed a mangled truck that was involved in a rollover crash in which two teens were able to walk away from with only minor scratches thanks to wearing their seat belts.

Texas law requires drivers and all passengers to wear a seat belt. Unbuckled drivers and passengers, even those in the back seat, face fines and fees of up to $200.

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Aldine ISD, Spring ISD to remain in Region II after UIL realignment

Aldine ISD’s five high schools will continue to compete against Spring ISD in the new District 14- 6A, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced on Monday, Feb. 3 during the UIL’s biennial realignment.

Aldine ISD schools will compete with DeKaney High School, Spring High School and Westfield High School in athletics, performing arts and extra curricular activities beginning in the fall of 2018.

District 14-6A will consist of Aldine High School, Davis High School, Eisenhower High School, MacArthur High School, Nimitz High School, DeKaney High School, Spring High School and Westfield High School for the next two years.

Aldine ISD and Spring ISD will compete in Region II for the next two years.

Concrete plant application withdrawn

The applicant, Nomadic Aggregates LLC was represented by Ailene Rivas, who stated that she was the company president, owner, and a native of the Aldine area.

Large crowd at meeting forces reversal

ALDINE – A large crowd of concerned residents of the Aldine area gathered last Thursday night at the Northeast Community Center, to hear details of another concrete batch plant application in their immediate area. The contentious meeting ended in a surprise, when the beleaguered company president stated that she was withdrawing the application. It seemed the residents had won.

The meeting was called by State Representative Armando Walle, and present were members of the TCEQ, or Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and representatives of the applicant company.

A large crowd filled the room at the Northeast Community Center, and spoke against the plant. Here Castlewood resident Steve Adame relates the problems he has had with the TCEQ and their review process.

The discussion and comments made by the public were contentious, and at times very derogatory toward the company representative, Ms. Aileen Rivas, who said she was a part owner of the company and its president. Some of the speakers from the public said she did not have very thorough answers to their questions and concerns, and they questioned whether she really was the president of this company. She said that she had a partner who had the technical answers, but she declined to name him.

The meeting ran over its scheduled time, and as one speaker after another voiced their opposition to the application and the possibility of another concrete plant in their residential area, the company representative looked more and more defeated. Finally the TCEQ facilitator, who was in charge of running the meeting, privately queried the company and the TCEQ, and they announced that the application had been withdrawn.

The audience reacted with applause and enthusiasm, but as explained to the Northeast News after the meeting, the company could reapply at a later time if they wanted to. There is apparently no limit on how often or when the application can be made.

It is apparent in this meeting, and a previous meeting held to oppose the Rocket Materials proposed plant on Pinafore Lane, the TCEQ has very limited power to regulate or even evaluate proposals. They can only judge air pollution, not water, noise or traffic concerns.

In her opening remarks, Rivas had said that the plant would have dust collectors, recycle wash water, wash down exiting trucks, sweep the street, and only have about 7 trucks per hour. However the permit was for 24 hour operation, 7 days a week.

Audience questions centered on pollution to the air and noise for neighbors, and damage to streets already evident at other similar plants.

Speakers included Codey Williams of the AirAlliance, who spoke about the danger to health of the small particulate matter released by this type of plant.

Opposition speakers included Rep. Carol Alvarado, and Mike Light of Commissioner Garcia’s office. Rep. Walle said, “I respectfully ask Nomadic Aggregates to withdraw their application and find another use for the land.”

Aldine FFA holds annual Show & Sale

Grand Champion Steer was exhibited by Angel Allen, and purchased by First Construction Group for $16,500.

ALDINE – FFA agriculture students held their 61st Annual Livestock Show last Friday night at Campbell Center. Hundreds of people packed the stand, as 60 lots were auctioned off to high bidders.

Proceeds from the sale will go to scholarships, and the cost of raising the animals. An unofficial tally of the bids shows that over $175,000 was raised in the initial bidding, with later add-on increasing this figure. The Northeast News will have a photo report in an upcoming issue.

Bidders, family and fans packed the seats, including Superintendent LaTonya Goffney, Board President Paul Shanklin, Steve Mead, and many others.

Café with the Commissioner

Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia chats with an Aldine family at his Café last Saturday.

ALDINE – Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia held an informal meet the public event last Saturday, Jan. 25th at the Mi Tienda market on Little York Road.

Garcia listened and chatted with dozens of individuals and families about issues that concerned them in Precinct 2, including water and sewer availability, cleaning of ditches, removal of nuisances, dumping of trash on roads, and more.

Garcia conversed freely in Spanish and English, and says he plans more of these social events.

Mi Tienda employees welcomed the opportunity to meet and talk with Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia.