Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Shapleigh Leads Town Hall Meeting for EPISD Reform

Probably all Newmanistas - parents, grandparents, or not - have been following the sickening stories of scandal, corruption and incompetence in the El Paso Independent School District. The El Paso Times has a virtual library of articles about the district.

In a letter dated May 18, 2010, then Senator Eliot Shapleigh wrote a letter to now disgraced Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia outlining corruption in the district:
Letter to Garcia

Now the former Senator is leading an effort to reform the school district through a series of town hall meetings. Here is an email that he recently sent out to a number of El Pasoans:

Dear Fellow Paseños—
Your former state senator Eliot Shapleigh here. Hope your 4th of July was spectacular. What I want to visit with you about is our children.

When I read the Times every day, I just get upset. Can you imagine teaching a town to cheat not compete, disappearing thousands of students on TAKS week, then claiming a bonus to boot?
Forget jobs and new projects—if we can’t take care of our kids and get them a good education to guarantee a good job then we can’t expect jobs, companies, pediatric surgeons or even our own children to come here at all.

Like you, Joyce and I are proud parents of EPISD grads. Like you, we have dozens of EPISD friends—teachers, principals, parents and most of all students-- all of whom deserve thanks for the jobs they do.
But sooner, not later—we all have a job to do. We have to stop the corruption, kick out the culprits and restore great education to a great district.

Join me at EPCC, Valle Verde, Cafeteria Annex on Wednesday, July 11th at 5.30pm. Let’s dig into the facts, roll up our sleeves and start now to build back that District. Please, send this email to ten of your friends—don’t wait. Do it now. And on July 11th, give each a call to get them there. Better schools start today.

For all of us, for all our children and grandchildren, it’s worth the fight!
Eliot Shapleigh, Proud Paseño  

The first Town Hall Meeting (How a Superintendent "Disappeared" Students to Increase TAKS Scores and Claim a Bonus Too") will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, July 11th, at 5:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria Annex on the Valle Verde Campus of EPCC. 

Map to campus
The Cafeteria Annex is in the basement of Building C.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Bohemian Café Now Open!

Christina Estrada talks about the fine craft beers at Joe, Vinny & Bronson's

This morning Christina Estrada sent out this long awaited message from her DroidX2:

"Hello Neighbors!  It's been a long time in the making and the focus of our attention, BUT, the neighborhood coffee bar is OPEN!!! Please take some time to come see for yourself and enjoy a coffee drink, or a great beer or nice glass of wine. Come support us and put the word out. Hope to see you soon!" - Christina & Robert Estrada

The choices and price are excellent at the coffee bar.

Joe, Vinny & Bronsons Bohemian Café is now open! Newmanistas Christina and Robert Estrada's dream come true is a smart, chic, uptown coffee (Joe), wine (Vinny) and beer (Bronson) bar. Soon they will add in a menu du jour but now they have pastries, a perfect atmosphere and cosmopolitan hours that will likely change the face of the food and beverage industry in El Paso forever: Monday and Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. (midnight!); Wednesday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

WiFi, local art and a cup of joe

With WiFi and local art, and cozy tables this will become the place to sit, sip and discuss more than just the mundane or the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders. 

The café is located 824 N. Piedras between Tularosa and Yandell. 

Annual Meeting and Picnic on Saturday

the Newman Park neighborhood association’s

SATURDAY, July 14, 2011 at 7 p.m.
@ Newman Park
At the meeting, you’ll get neighborhood news & have a chance to vote in new board members. Stay for LIVE MUSIC (& dancing) from THE BIG EASY.
Sorry, park regulations have changed so we can no longer have a community cookout!

   La Asociación de la Vecindad del Parque Newman

Sábado, 9 de julio 2011 a las 7 PM
En la junta, recibira información del vecindario y tendra una oportunidad de elegir miembros nuevos para la mesa directiva.  Quedese y disfrute de un picnic y musica en vivo del grupo “The Big Easy.” 
Pardon, las regulaciones del parque han cambiado y ya no podemos
Servir comida al aire libre para la comunidad.