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Aldine Ninth Grade takes part in ‘Bone Up On Calcium’ week activities

Aldine Ninth Grade School principal Doris Delaney and student Bruce Kees display Kees’ milk mustache during “Bone Up for Calcium Week.” held at the school the week of September 10-14. Aldine Ninth Grade School was one of 50 schools nation-wide that was selected to spread the word on the importance of students getting more calcium in their diets.

Aldine Ninth Grade principal Doris Delaney and her school were one of 50 schools nationwide selected to spread the word on the importance of students getting more calcium in their diets when the Aldine ISD school participated in “Bone Up On Calcium” week, September 10-14.

“Bone Up On Calcium” week is a new calcium campaign between the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Got Milk?/Milk Mustache campaign.

Delaney pledged to help promote the importance of getting the recommended daily intake of calcium by encouraging students to choose milk more often.
“As educators we know kids do better in school when they’re nourished. So, I’m pledging my ‘calcium commitment’ by asking my students to make calcium count everyday and to do what I can to show kids that milk is cool,” Delaney said.

At school, lunchtime used to be milk time, but these days that is not always true. In fact, teenage diets are dangerously low in calcium. Nearly 90 percent of teenage girls and almost 70 percent of teenage boys fall short of current recommendations: 1,300 mg per day, or the equivalent of about four glasses of milk. Health professionals, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, are concerned this chronic calcium deficiency is creating lifelong damage, including the risk of stress fractures now and osteoporosis in the future.

The campaign began at Aldine Ninth Grade School on September 10 at when Delaney unveiled her own milk mustache poster. Other events during Monday’s kickoff included Aldine Ninth Grade students being treated to a Got Milk? lunch period. During this time, they received their own milk mustache photos, Got Milk? T-shirts, pens, key chains and celebrity posters. Additionally, students competed in two contests; one contest was “Show Me Your ‘Stache,”’ where students created their own milk mustache poster and told why they should make calcium count, and the second contest was for the best Got Milk? jingle.

Distinguished Gentlemen looking for sponsors

Pictured from left to right: Back row, Rassium Franklin, Parish Johnson, David Galston, Jonavan Payne, Garrett Gradney, Ronald Brooks, Marcus Haynes, Kevin Mcclain and Carolyn A. Figaro, Assistant Principal. Front Row: Marquis White, Alex Harris, Kehinde Prince, Jose Ibarra, Christopher Ray, Johnny Dominguez and Jesus Marin.

Eckert’s Distinguished Gentlemen are busy planning for this exciting school year. The president, Joshua Turner, officers and sponsors agreed to focus on peer pressure, conflict resolution, improving self-discipline, and making appropriate choices. Every Wednesday, each member is required to wear a long-sleeved white shirt and tie.

Eckert’s Distinguished Gentlemen are looking for more sponsors. They meet every Thursday at 4:00 in the gymnasium. If you are interested, please call the school at 281- 985- 6380.

Aldine Community Improvement District Meeting Tonight

The Aldine Community Improvement District will hold a meeting of the Board of Directors on September 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Jed’s Ace Home Center, 5415 Aldine Mail Route.

The meeting is to consider, discuss and adopt such orders, resolutions or motions, and take other direct or indirect actions as may be necessary, convenient, or desirable.
The public is invited to attend the meeting.

CHIP Day at Fiesta to enroll Houston children in low-cost health insurance

More than 77,000 children in Harris County have been enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) since it began on May 1, 2000. Yet, more than 175,000 of the County’s children continue to lack health insurance.

For that reason, the Children’s Defense Fund – Texas, the Gulf Coast CHIP Coalition, and local CHIP outreach organizations will hold the sixth Houston area Fiesta Supermarket CHIP Day on Saturday, September 29 from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trained volunteers will be on hand to assist families in applying for CHIP and children’s Medicaid at the following 11 Fiesta Supermarkets:
4711 Airline, 11006 Airline, 10401 Jensen, 1020 Quitman, 2300 N. Shepherd, 800 South Wayside, 8320 FM 1960 West, 1603 Spencer Highway, 6200 Bellaire, 2323 Wirt Road, and 3707 Avenue H in Rosenberg,

To apply for CHIP and Medicaid, families should bring ONE of the following proofs of income:

• One check stub from the employer, OR

• Copy of the most recent tax form, OR

• A letter from an employer, verifying the wage earners income.

Services covered by CHIP and Medicaid include regular checkups and doctors office visits, shots and immunizations, eye exams and glasses, dental care, hospital care, and mental health services. Most families will pay no more than $18.00 per month to insure all of their children.

To obtain an application for CHIP and Medicaid, families may call 1-800-647-6558 or download an application from the internet at www.texcarepartnership.com.

The mission of the Children’s Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind® and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Northside Law Enforcement Expo provides free family education, fun

Community supporters join area law enforcement agencies to educate residents at the 17th Houston annual Law Enforcement Expo set for September 22 at Greenspoint Mall. From left are HPD Officer M. Wisnoskie, Henry Vogel, Officers R. Munguia, and C. Bertels, the mall’s Julie Drinkwater, North Houston Greenspoint Chamber of Commerce’s Phyllis Oustifine, Harris County Sheriff’s Department”s J. Soleau, Jerry Lowry, Deputy K. Alee, Jesse Fannin and Deputy C. Gwosdz.

The North Houston Greenspoint Chamber of Commerce will provide Houstonians of all ages the opportunity to be up close and personal with the city’s dedicated crime fighters at the upcoming Law Enforcement Expo set for September 22.

“We’re pleased to spotlight the law enforcement agencies who are here to help us,” said Suzan Deison, chamber president. “It’s also a great opportunity to show how much we appreciate them and to inspire our young people to trust law enforcement.”

Each year, this free community event brings together 50 different law enforcement agencies to educate families on the law enforcement resources available to them.

Among the attractions are various vehicles from bicycles to helicopters, emergency medical demonstrations, mounted patrol, K-9 units and drug/bomb detection, as well as video and live presentations for children, fingerprinting and Gizmo the Harris County Sheriff’s Department robot.
The Law Enforcement Expo is set Saturday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Greenspoint Mall.
“We are excited to once again host this annual event,” said the mall’s Julie Drinkwater, director of marketing, Alliance Retail Group. “It gives the community an opportunity to better understand the dedication and commitment of law enforcement officers and thus improve community relations.”

Law enforcement displays will be available inside and outside the mall. This event also gives everyone a chance to make new friends with those who put their lives on the line every day.
An official ceremony with area dignitaries, including Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole, a color guard and proclamations, will be held at noon.

For information, call the Greenspoint Mall at 281-875-4201.

Northline Park Advisory Council gears up for Annual Fall Festival

After seven months of preparation, the Houston Police Department’s Northline Park Storefront and civic club members are ready to host the 16th annual fall festival, on September 29, rain or shine.

The Fall Festival will offer a variety of fun activities, crafts and informational booths. The festival takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Fonville Middle School, 728 East Little York.

According to Paula Parshall, President of the Northline Park Advisory Council, the Northline Park Storefront was the first one to be established in the city over sixteen years ago. The community is in partnership with the City of Houston to provide for the needs of the storefront officers.

Proceeds from previous Fall Festivals provided new carpeting when the storefront moved to its Little York location and purchased bicycles for the officers to use while patrolling the community, as well as computers, a fax machine, tables, cameras, and office supplies.

This year the goal is to raise funds to build a shower for the officers’ locker room and to purchase a badly needed computer. Funds are also needed to purchase smoked turkeys for Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas toys for needy children.
Northline Park Storefront’s Sgt. Bill Wehr said that more than 3,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Festival. The community has always been very supportive of the Fall Festival and the storefront and has provided well for its’s needs.
Sgt. Wehr added that the community benefits from having a storefront in many ways. For example, storefront officers are readily accessible to area residents giving them the opportunity to discuss on-going area problems and concerns that they have. Furthermore, the HPD storefront is able to secure the involvement of other city departments such as neighborhood protection, solid waste, animal control, and narcotics. The officers are committed to making the community a better place to live and work.

The Northline Park Storefront serves an area bounded by Canino Road to the North Loop, 610 to the South, 1-45 on the west and West Hardy on the east.

HISD North District Superintendent Erasmo S. Teran said the festival provides an opportunity for school principals and teachers to get to know the civic club members and help raise money to better meet the needs of the community. Furthermore, it is another opportunity for students to show off their talents and get ready for competitions.

The festival will feature a barbecue dinner catered by Mikeska Bar-B-Q & Catering and served in Fonville’s cafeteria. The cost is $6 and each ticket will give the buyer a chance to win a recliner from Gallery Furniture; a Bar-B-Q Grill from Sears Service Center; or $100 cash from Kemp Construction. Tickets can be purchased from all civic club members, school representatives, and at display tables at area banks and grocery stores. Volunteers will deliver meals to area businesses placing orders for 10 or more. The Master of Ceremonies will introduce guests in a presentation at 11:45 a.m.

Dignitaries that will be attending the Fall Festival are Congressman Gene Green, Senator Mario Gallegos, and Representative Kevin Bailey. Representing the City of Houston will be Council Members Orlando Sanchez, Chris Bell, Gordan Quan, Gabriel Vasquez, and Carol Mims Galloway along with police officials Chief C.O. Bradford, Captain J.A. Lampignano and Lieutenant F. L. Guidry. Superintendent Erasmo S. Teran, Dr. San Juanita Garza, and Board Members Karla Cisneros and Kevin H. Hoffman will represent HISD.

The festival activities include the tug-of-war between officers and fire fighters. The North District schools will provide marching bands, cheerleaders, drill teams, and choirs to entertain the festivalgoers. The children will enjoy the train rides, moonwalks, face painting, a dunking booth, clowns, and a variety of fun games.

For ticket or information, please call Dr. San Juanita Garza at 713-696-7650, 713-694-3087, or the storefront 281-272-4250.

Metal Magic, Creepy Critters Featured at Jones Park

From outdoor adventuring to old-fashioned blacksmithing demonstrations to natural decorations, Jesse H. Jones Park has a variety of programs for you.

Saturday, September 22, the park features a Brownie Outdoor Adventurer Try-It at 9 a.m., followed by a Pioneer Blacksmithing demonstration at 1 p.m. and Sunday’s Nature’s Art program is sure to intrigue you some unique uses of nature’s bounty.

Saturday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to noon, all Brownie scouts are invited for a fun filled morning of nature hikes; games and crafts to earn the Outdoor Adventurer Try-It. Reservations are required.

With the development of iron factories, hand fashioned metal goods has become a virtual lost art. Saturday at 1 p.m., witness this interesting trade first-hand as volunteer blacksmiths heat up the forge at Jones Park’s homestead blacksmith shop. Olden-day blacksmithing devices such as a hand-pumped bellows, stump-mounted anvil and leg vise, are used to demonstrate how metal can be hammered and shaped into a variety of useful and beautiful items.

Everything from acorns to yaupon holly berries can be transformed into creative creatures, tabletop art and interesting conversation pieces. Sunday, September 23 at 2 p.m., renowned naturalist Carmine Stahl leads a fun program demonstrating how natural material found in the forests and fields of our area can be made into Nature’s Art. Reservations are required.

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, a Harris County Precinct 4 facility, is located at 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble. All programs are free of charge and open to the public. Harris County Precinct 4 programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, national origin or disability. For more information on the park or any of its programs, call 281-446-8588.

World leader, Lech Walesa, to speak at North Harris College

Lech Walesa, the former president of Poland, Solidarity movement leader andNobel Peace Prize winner will be speaking at North Harris College, Thursday, Sept. 27, 3 p.m. in the college’s performing arts theater.

Walesa’s topic “Democracy: the Never Ending Battle,” will undoubtedly inspire the audience on the ideals and struggle of democracy around the world. “This is a wonderful opportunity to promote the global dimensions of North Harris College’s programs, students and community members. Attendees will see someone who has made history, and will be read about for many years to come,” says Dr. David Sam, president of North Harris College.

Over the past ten years, a profound democratic revolution has reshaped the world political order and helped secure global economic prosperity. The seeds for this change began in the shipyards of Poland, with the leadership of Lech Walesa.

Walesa, as leader of Solidarity labor union, led a revolt at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland that inspired fear in the hearts of communist leadership and hope in the hearts of those starved for freedom. Despite martial law, repeated imprisonment, and constant surveillance, Walesa prevailed. His leadership of Solidarity fostered the end of communist rule in Poland, and quickly the seeds of democracy spread throughout Eastern Europe.

Walesa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, and has received praise from around the world. He was named Man of the Year by Time Magazine, The London Observer, L’Express, and others. In November 1989, he became the third person in history, after the Marquis de Lafayette and Winston Churchill, to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress. On Dec. 9, 1990, Lech Walesa became the first democratically elected president of the Republic of Poland, serving in that role until 1995.

“The lessons of history, particularly the knowledge that one man can make a difference, are right here. Lech Walesa is an international role model, a key player in the study of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the rebirth of Poland. The goals of democratic reform are never-ending, nor easy, and students need to be reminded of what freedom and democracy actually mean.

North Harris College is honored to have such an extraordinary international and distinguished speaker as Lech Walesa visit the campus,” says Dr. Theresa McGinley, NHC professor of history, and coordinator of the event.

“North Harris College is indebted to Linda Wuest, Executive Director of the Houston World Affairs Council for graciously co-sponsoring this event,” say Dr. McGinley.

This special lecture is free to the public. Seating is very limited, but remote television broadcast will be available around campus.

North Harris College is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one mile south of FM 1960, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281-618-5400 or send e-mail to: nhc.startcollege@nhmccd.edu.

Rep. Green speaks on the terrorist attack against the United States

Yesterday was one of America’s darkest hours. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of those injured or killed last Tuesday, and with all Americans.

America is coming together and focusing on bringing the full weight of our nation into the recovery effort. We will find our missing, bury our dead, heal our wounded, and rebuild. The light of freedom has not been extinguished.

As the Book of Isaiah states, “Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end.”

That brings me to other thoughts I have been having since this tragedy unfolded. From this day forward, the word needs to go out from this country that no matter what dark place enemies of America wish to hide in, our law enforcement and military will find you.

I strongly support President Bush and his position that countries providing safe havens to known terrorists will be treated no differently than the terrorists themselves. We have the ability to deliver destruction of biblical proportions
Those who carried out these horrible acts need to be punished either through our court system or through the reach of our military. To the people of America, I ask that you continue to keep the victims of this attack in your prayers and pray for the safety of all those engaged in the rescue efforts.

This cowardly attack was condemned throughout the world. But it was cheered in the streets of Iraq, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank. It is truly a sick society that teaches its children such hate. For them to cheer at this terrible loss of innocent life is something I will make a point of remembering.

The new war against terrorism began yesterday, but the healing begins today. Our enemies hoped yesterday to weaken America, to hurt it. But they failed.

America will come out of this horrible event stronger, more unified, and more powerful than ever.

Rep. Bailey reminds area voters of 19 constitutional amendments on ballot

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6,2001 for 19 proposed constitutional amendments. State Representative Kevin Bailey will be offering a series of articles in which be will briefly discuss some of the arguments for and against each of the proposed amendments.

State Representative Kevin Bailey urges area voters to become familiar with the proposed constitutional amendments before going to vote, it is easy to think that it doesn’t matter whether or not you vote in this election. The issues are difficult and you are just one person. But, isn’t that the point.

In Texas, we put a great deal of faith in our voters. Each and every Texan has the opportunity – the privilege – to vote on the merits of each idea. This series of articles will briefly discuss some of the issues you may want to consider before going to vote.

AMENDMENT NO. 1 may have voters getting out their history textbooks to vote on this proposition. Under a law dating to 1836, settlers had a right to survey land they wanted to claim or purchase, but the state retained all land not specifically claimed in those surveys. In 1981, 1991, and 1993, Texas voters amended the constitution to remedy title defects for certain landowners. These amendments allowed the GLO to issue patents – original titles to land granted by the state – to qualified applicants whose land titles were defective.

This amendment would relinquish the state’s claim to a tract of land that is 400 feet wide and about four miles long outside of Elgin. The 221-acre tract is among 741,000 acres of surveyed, unsold school land held in the General Land Office (GLO) “scrap file,” so called because it stores applications to buy “scraps” of land between existing surveys.

REASONS TO CONSIDER VOTING FOR THIS AMENDMENT – Proposition 1 is needed to clear the title to land held by innocent parties, resolve an inequity, and save the stare art expensive court fight. It would be a straightforward and fair way to resolve a complicated land dispute in which it is unclear whether landowners were aware they were occupying state land.

REASONS TO CONSIDER VOTING AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT – Texas voters should not have to judge individual land-title disputes. Such matters are best left to the courts. Rather than continue to clutter the Constitution with exceptions for a few individuals, an ongoing mechanism should be established to settle these matters.

AMENDMENT NO. 2 would allow the State to use general obligation bonds backed by the state’s credit to assist border area counties in constructing and maintaining access road projects to connect colonias to existing public roads. Colonias are rural residential subdivisions located in unincorporated areas of counties, typically consisting of substandard housing with few utilities and little or no infrastructure.

REASONS TO CONSIDER VOTING FOR THIS AMENDMENT – Proposition 2 would create a new state funding source to help provide much-needed access to and from colonias. Many colonias residents were victimized by unscrupulous developers who did not provide or arrange for basic services or adequate infrastructures. Although border counties have upgraded some roads, these counties do not have the resources to meet the huge infrastructure needs of colonias.
REASONS TO CONSIDER VOTING AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT – Borrowing money by issuing state bonds to pay for roads is and always will be a bad idea. Colonias are located on private property. Though regrettable, the conditions there are not state government’s responsibility. Taxpayers already have spent more than half a billion dollars (state and federal) through various state agencies over the past 12 years to address numerous problems associated with colonias. Building local access roads with borrowed state money, regardless of the circumstances, would set a bad precedent.

AMENDMENT NO.3 would allow the Legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation raw cocoa and green coffee brought in through the Port of Houston. Under the Texas Constitution all tangible property, including inventories, held for the production of income is subject to ad valorem taxation unless specifically exempt under the Constitution. The Legislature could impose additional requirements for qualifying for the exemption.

REASONS TO CONSIDER VOTING FOR THIS AMENDMENT – Exempting coffee and cocoa Inventories from ad valorem taxation in Harris County would make the Port of Houston eligible to be designated an exchange port for coffee by the New York Board of Trade. The board has said it will not consider the county’s application unless coffee and cocoa are exempted from taxation. Although exempting coffee and cocoa from property taxes would decrease local tax revenue in the short term, Houston’s certification as a coffee port would spur long-term investment in local warehouse facilities, create jobs, and bring additional business to trucking and distribution companies across the state.

REASONS TO CONSIDER VOTING AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT – Exempting coffee and cocoa from ad valorem taxation would reduce tax revenue for local governments in Harris County. In addition, creating an exemption for a specific industry in a specific county would require other businesses and residential property owners in the county to bear more of the burden of funding public services, It also would set a bad precedent by encouraging other types of businesses to try to carve out similar exemptions for their benefit. Also, a tax exemption should not be granted to Harris County. Other ports in Texas share Houston’s proximity to coffee-growing regions and consumer markets.

AMENDMENT NO.4 would specify a four-year term for the fire fighters’ pension commissioner.

REASONS TO CONSIDER VOTING POR THIS AMENDMENT – The proposed change in the commissioner’s term from two years to four years would make the term coincide with that of the governor who appoints the commissioner and eliminates the cumbersome process of selecting a nominee and securing Senate confirmation every legislative session. The fire fighters’ pension commissioner administers the agency, and a longer term would help ensure continuity and experience in the position

REASONS TO CONSIDER VOTING AGAINST THIS AMENDMENT – The term of the fire fighters’ pension commissioner or of any other appointed office should not be set in the Constitution, which already is bloated with overly specific and constraining provisions. Other executive directors, including the insurance and health and human services commissioners, who have far more extensive responsibilities, face review by the governor and Senate every two years without significant disruption.

These four propositions are challenging issues to deal with and our constitution requires your vote on them. That is why they are on the ballot for November 6.

If you would like additional information on these and the other 15 proposed amendments, feel free to call the office of State Representative Kevin Bailey at 281-847-9000.