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United States moves Griner status to priority

Nimitz HS star in Russian prison; WNBA teams show support

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration has determined that WNBA star Brittney Griner is being wrongfully detained in Russia, meaning the United States will more aggressively work to secure her release even as the legal case against her plays out, the State Department said.

“The U.S. government will continue to undertake efforts to provide appropriate support to Ms. Griner,” the department said.

Griner was detained at an airport in February after Russian authorities said a search of her bag revealed vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis. Since then, U.S. officials had stopped short of classifying the Phoenix Mercury player as wrongfully detained and said instead that their focus was on ensuring that she had access in jail to American consular affairs officials.

Now, though, U.S. officials have shifted supervision of her case to a State Department section — the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs — that is focused on negotiating for the release of hostages and other Americans classified as being wrongfully detained in other countries. A consular officer did visit in March.

“Brittney has been detained for 75 days and our expectation is that the White House do whatever is necessary to bring her home,” said Griner’s agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas.

BIG Improvement program expands

East Aldine grant program now covers Facades, more

The East Aldine Management District (EAMD) Board of Directors has established and funded the Façade Grant program for the EAMD, as part of the original BIG (Business Improvement Grant) program. The program provides grant funds to EAMD commercial property owners, within the district boundaries, in support of revitalization on a case-by-case basis.

Grants are available on a 50/50 basis with a cap of $10,000 per grant. Grant funds will only be approved for facades and signs which are in alignment with the City’s Code of Ordinances. Eligible projects include but are not limited to the following:

(1) Façade renovations (visible to the public)
(2) Awning installation
(3) Outdoor lighting
(4) Landscaping
(5) Signage
(6) Roof and foundation repairs
(7) Exterior Painting
(8) Parking Lot Improvements
(9) Power Washing Applications for the program are reviewed by the EAMD Board.

In addition to review for basic eligibility requirements, applications will be reviewed for:

UPDATE: CONCERT POSTPONED

THE CONCERT ORIGINALLY PLANNED FOR TOMORROW NIGHT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

This is an update to a story that was published earlier (this week in print, and this evening online). We apologize for any confusion, and will publish details on the rescheduled concert when we get them.

Business Luncheon targets Economic Development for area

East Aldine District held a Business Networking Luncheon on Thursday, April 28 at their District Office Building meeting room. The purpose of the luncheon was to let prospective businesses learn about possibilities in the East Aldine area.

Participating were real estate agents, developers, business owners and others who joined for the inaugural business networking lunch at East Aldine Town Center! Be sure to follow East Aldine District, on social media or the NORTHEAST NEWS, and sign up for a newsletter at the District website to receive info on future networking events: https:// aldinedistrict.org

Rep. Sylvia Garcia has COVID-19

HOUSTON – U.S. representative for Texas, Sylvia R. Garcia, announced she has COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Rep. Garcia released this statement:

“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, I’m fully vaccinated and boosted — so my symptoms are mild. I’ll follow CDC guidelines and I expect a full recovery. I’ll be quarantining and focusing on getting healthy. I will work virtually, and my office will remain open and ready to serve you!”

Garcia was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2018. She represents the Texas 29th Congressional District.

East Aldine releases JFK Statue renderings

ABOVE: Artists concept in rendering furnished by the Engineering Consultant shows a granite base for the statue, and extensive landscaping, paving, and lighting developed in the esplanade.

Installation scheduled for this year on JFK Boulevard

EAST ALDINE – The East Aldine District Arts Committee, with Carlos Silva as chairman, has released new artist’s renderings of the proposed memorial statue that will be mounted in the esplanade of JFK Boulevard, at the Arline-Bender intersection.

Silva reported to the East Aldine board recently that the statue, which is a bust of the late president John F. Kennedy, is scheduled for construction and installation later this year. However, the consulting engineers, CobbFendley, reported that the cost for the granite base and the surrounding landscaping and pavement development had exceeded the budget, and they were working on a redesign that would cost less money.

A huge bust statue of the late president John F. Kennedy will soon mark the northern edge of the District, and greet travelers arriving from Intercontinental Airport.

ABOVE: The artist’s rendering shows detail of the JFK bust statue and the inscribed signage on the statue’s granite base. Lettering is in bronze, embedded into the granite. All renderings furnished by the East Aldine District and CobbFendley.

The Art Committee of the East Aldine District has recommended to the board the purchase and installation of a unique statue of JFK, sculpted by famed artist David Adickes. Adickes is known for the towering statue of Texas hero Sam Houston, which sits along the highway I-45 in Huntsville. The board agreed, and last year approved the purchase and the cost of engineering the installation.

The statue would be located in the median between the northbound and southbound lanes of JFK Boulevard, at the intersection with Aldine Bender.

Early Voting starts April 25; Election Day May 7

HARRIS COUNTY – The Municipal and Local primary election will take place on Saturday, May 7 with a low voter turnout expected by authorities. No major candidates are on the ballot, only two state constitutional amendments and a number of bond issues for local districts, and local candidates.

Early voting will start on Monday, April 25 and continue through May 3. Hours in general are M-S 7am – 7pm, Sun 12pm – 7pm. Hours on Election Day are 7am – 7pm.

Polling places for Early Voting in this area are BakerRipley campus, Acres Homes Community Center, and Houston Community College North Forest Campus.

Since the main issues on the ballot have to do with two Constitutional Amendments that may lower your taxes, State Senator Paul Bettencourt has issue the following analysis (edited) to aid all voters:

New campus manager for BakerRipley East Aldine

ROSIE HERNANDEZ, BakerRipley Manager

By Rocio Witte

EAST ALDINE – BakerRipley has announced that Rosalva “Rosie” Hernandez is the new Manager of Community Development for our BakerRipley East Aldine Campus!

Rosie has been with BakerRipley since 2017. She started off in our Youth Program as a Community Youth Assistant at Gulfton and then got promoted to a Community Resource Specialist working with the Community Center team at Gulfton in 2018. Rosie transferred over to East Aldine in 2019, which is where she grew up and has lived her whole life. She spent some time on our Rental Assistance Team as an Intake Eligibility Specialist for about a half year during the pandemic. Rosie has always stood out as a leader in all the roles mentioned. Her dedication and passion for serving the community has always been exemplary. She takes the time to listen and take proactive action. This combined with her in-depth knowledge of and connections with the community, is what made her the best choice for Manager of Community Development for the BakerRipley East Aldine Campus.

MacArthur Soccer team Goes on Historic Run in Playoffs

The MacArthur High School Generals soccer team had a playoff run for the ages this season.

The Generals, who finished second in District 14- 6A, won four straight playoff games and were one game away from qualifying for the Class 6A State Soccer Tournament when their historic run was cut short with a 2- 1 loss to The Woodlands in the Region II Finals on April 9 in Austin.

The Generals opened the postseason with a bi-district win over College Park, then defeated Tomball in the area round, Klein in the third round, and No. 10-ranked Duncanville in the Region II Semifinals before dropping a hard-fought contest to The Woodlands.

The 2022 Generals made history by going further in the playoffs than any previous MacArthur soccer team. While head coach Salvador Fernández was sad to see the season end, he was incredibly proud of how his young team performed in the postseason and is excited about the future.

“I am very proud of the team,” Fernández said. “We overcame a lot of adversity together. The team fought hard in every game this season and became a solid unit.”