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NEW GOVERNMENT FOR GALENA PARK

Left to right: Commissioners Eric Broussard - Parks & Recreation, Barry Ponder -Streets & Bridges, Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Oscar Silva Jr. - Fire & Police , Rodney Chersky - Water & Sewer. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Left to right: Commissioners Eric Broussard – Parks & Recreation, Barry Ponder -Streets & Bridges, Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Oscar Silva Jr. – Fire & Police , Rodney Chersky – Water & Sewer. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Mayor Moya, New Commissioners sworn in; City Administrator resigns

GALENA PARK, May 17, 2016 – Tuesday Galena Park’s government changed, with the incumbent Mayor and four new Commissioners sworn into office. They immediately took action to remove four city department heads. City Commissioner’s Meeting was a spectacle never seen before in the city of 11,000 plus. The city once a largely white (Anglo) population now had a new majority Hispanic government. However it appeared from those supporting the newly elected officials into office it was a broad mixture of the city’s demographic makeup.

There were so many well-wishers on hand to witness the Oath of Office ceremony City Fire Chief Paul Gregory had to stop the citizens from entering the Council Chamber because it would be over capacity and unsafe. This resulted in the decision to improvise and move the event out to the front of city hall.

On the front steps of City Hall two outgoing Commissioner’s Maricela Serna and Cruz Hinojosa along with the Mayor approved the Resolution Canvassing the May 7th election returns as presented by City Secretary Mayra Gonzales.

After the Oath ceremony of the Mayor and four new Commissioners’s the regular business of the city was relocated back indoors.

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LOCAL RACES TIGHT IN MAY 24TH RUN-OFF ELECTION

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Voter Turnout a critical factor for victory

Harris County will hold a Run-off Election on Tuesday, May 24 for a number of offices where no candidate received a majority (50%+) of the votes in the March 1st Primary election.

These include on the Democratic ticket a number of statewide offices, and locally the Harris County Sheriff, with Jerome Moore running against Ed Gonzalez.

For Constable of Pct. 2, George Gaffney is running against incumbent Chris Diaz, and for Constable Pct. 3 Michel Pappillion is running against Sherman Eagleton.

For Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Place 1 Tanya Makany-Rivers is running against Eric Carter.

These are just a few of the races of local interest on the Democrat slate.

On the Republican side, the race of most interest locally is for State Representative District 128, where the incumbent Wayne Smith is facing a challenge from Briscoe Cain.

Voters are encouraged to vote in this election, because only a few votes could determine the outcome in a run-off where no major races are present.

Early Voting will start on Monday, May 16 and run through May 20. Hours are from 7 am to 7 pm. There are 44 locations in Harris County for Early Voting, and you can vote at any of them. In the North Channel area, you can vote at the Kashmere Multi-Service Center, the Northeast Multi-Service Center, Baggett Center in Galena Park (this is a new location), Crosby Branch Library, and the North Channel Branch Library. On election day, May 24, many of these same locations will be where you vote. You can check your voting location that day, by going to the website www.harris votes.com and entering your home address.

NORTH SHORE ROTARY Fish Fry storms into great success

WINNER OF THE NEW TOYOTA PICK-UP TRUCK at the North Shore Rotary “Catfish Fry and Crawfish Boil” was Kimberly Gresham, second from right in this photo. Also congratulating her are Rotarians Shawn Silman, Derrill Painter who sold her the ticket, and Kim Gonzalez, who was chairman of the Fish Fry event this year. (Photo courtesy of Derrill Painter)

WINNER OF THE NEW TOYOTA PICK-UP TRUCK at the North Shore Rotary “Catfish Fry and Crawfish Boil” was Kimberly Gresham, second from right in this photo. Also congratulating her are Rotarians Shawn Silman, Derrill Painter who sold her the ticket, and Kim Gonzalez, who was chairman of the Fish Fry event this year. (Photo courtesy of Derrill Painter)

The North Shore Rotary Club held their 41st annual benefit Fish Fry last Saturday, at the Rotary Pavilion on Wallisville Road.

After the large crowd enjoyed a beautiful sunny day for several hours, a gale wind and storm hit the pavilion and park grounds, thoroughly soaking everyone, even those in side and under the roof.

But by that time, the live auction, silent auction, and ticket draw had been completed, and everyone either had their prize or an auction item that they wanted. About 1200 tickets at $100 were sold for the raffle for a new vehicle, and that included a lunch of catfish or crawfish. Several thousand of these meals were prepared and sold during the afternoon.

Every year the club raises a large amount of money for community projects, and this year the total receipts approached $400,000, which included raffle tickets and about $170,000 in the live auction.

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Jacinto City Councilmen sworn in

Councilman Jimmy “JJ” Rivas, Gregg Robinson, JP George Risner & Councilman Allen Lee (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Councilman Jimmy “JJ” Rivas, Gregg Robinson, JP George Risner & Councilman Allen Lee (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Jacinto City, TX. May 9, 2016 – Thursday’s Jacinto City Council Meeting had three of the five council members taking their Oath of Office which was administered by Justice of the Peace George Risner.

Jacinto City operates under a Home Rule Charter that calls for the mayor and five council positions to have staggered elections. The mayor and two council seats come up for election in odd numbered years and three council seats to be elected in even numbered years. The charter calls for a fulltime City Manager who conducts the day to day business of the city with the six elected officials serving part-time.

The Council unanimously approved the first reading of the ordinance setting the monthly salaries of the mayor and council. The Mayor’s salary is $350 with a $300 car allowance and the Council’s is $300 with a $225 car allowance. Councilman Jimmy “JJ” Rivas was approved as Mayor Pro Tem to serve in the absence of the mayor.

The Council approved Fire Chief Rebecca Mier’s recommendations to amended both the Fire Department budget by $5,000 for a fire engine repair and to amended the EMS Department budget for $17,900 for ambulance repairs.

Chief of Police Joey Ayala got the Council to approve the Police Department’s Policy Manual to include a Body Camera Policy. Ayala said new body cameras would be obtained for all officers to wear from funds received through the Illegal Drug Forfeiture Law and possibly from a Federal Grant application being applied for and made available by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

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Election Results: Sweeping changes in Galena Park; Tax vote passes in JC; School Bonds pass

Voters in Galena Park swept out all the incumbent councilpersons, affirming the changes they started two years ago with the election of Esmeralda Moya as Mayor. With a large turnout of 1063 voters, the unofficial results saw Moya returned to office, with 772 votes, against her challenger Dawn Fisher with 275 votes. This vote spread was also seen in the four council positions,as follows: POSITION 1: Chersky 714, Simms 309; POSITION 2: Silva 743, Hinojosa 281; POSITION 3: Broussard 723, Serna 250, Groba 60; POSITION 4: Ponder 734, Flores 304.

In other elections:
JACINTO CITY, passed the Proposition raising the Sales Tax by 1 cent, to 8.25 percent.

GALENA PARK ISD Building Bonds, PASSED in the amount of $290 million, FOR 561, and AGAINST 215. Therefore the bonds passed by 72% to 28%.The district currently intends to use the bond, to address aging facilities, student safety and 21st century education. Under the current proposed use, all 25 educational facilities and 9 support facilities would receive renovations and upgrades.

Specific proposed uses for the bond funds include:
— Rebuild 6 Elementary Campuses
— North Shore Senior High School 10th Grade Center
— Renovations and Upgrades to all other Campuses and Facilities
— Land Acquisition for Facility Opportunities

SHELDON ISD Building Bonds, PASSED in the amount of $285 million, FOR  210, and AGAINST 88. Therefore the bonds passed by 70% to 30%. The Sheldon ISD Board of Trustees voted to call a school bond election that will include more schools, facility improvements and renovations, technology upgrades and land purchases.
The recommended package totals $285 million and will include funds for:
— A new high school (in place of the current C. E. King High School)
— A new elementary school
— Renovations to our current middle schools
— Technology upgrades throughout the district
— Land purchases for new SISD facilities

Sheldon ISD is considered a fast-growth district. This year alone, the district saw a 7% growth rate. At this rate, Sheldon ISD can expect to have a student enrollment of more than 11,000 by 2023. It is now approximately 8500 students.

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Community leader Dickie Woods dies

dickie woodsDickie Woods, born Carl Raymond Woods on April 7, 1940, passed away on April 16, 2016. He grew up in Sweetwater, Texas and was co-captain of the 1957 State Finalist Sweetwater Mustang Football team.

He went on to attend Rice University in Houston, TX on a football scholarship and played in the Sugar Bowl, Orange bowl and the Bluebonnet Bowl. Upon graduation, Dickie joined the Texas Air National Guard after marrying his high school sweetheart. He then moved to the east side of Houston and earned his pilot’s license and started his long entrepreneurial career. He bought his first business in 1966 and continued building and developing businesses in the North Channel Area throughout the 70’s and 80’s.

In 1985 he acquired Banana Bend Beach Park and brought his family to the Highlands area. Dickie began investing in the Highlands community and he joined the Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce where he served many years in the board and multiple terms as the Vice President and President. His love for the community and its people translates through the many projects he initiated and supported. He was a long time member of the Northshore and Highlands Rotary Clubs, the Citizens Bond Advisory Committee for GCCISD, and President of the local county water board. He supported the local first responders and law enforcement initiatives and worked with county officials to bring improvements to the community that he loved. Dickie was also a great supporter of local youth programs through sports organizations, boy scouts, partners in education and the Goose Creek Education foundation. In 2006, he was recognized by the community for a lifetime of service and achievements with the Terry Davis Memorial Award.

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Volunteers Turn-out for North Channel Beautification Project

Volunteers and Rep. Green gatheredat the Houston Police Department storefront on the East Freeway to begin planting and cleaning the North Channel area on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

Volunteers and Rep. Green gatheredat the Houston Police Department storefront on the East Freeway to begin planting and cleaning the North Channel area on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

HOUSTON — Nearly 100 volunteers spent their Saturday (April 9) picking up trash and litter in the North Channel area during Congressman Gene Green’s annual Community Clean-up. Part of Great American Cleanup and Keep Houston Beautiful Day, the event drew volunteers from 21 organizations and groups, including three local high schools, the mayor’s office, the North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Houston Police Department Northeast Division.

Sue Blackburn, an annual volunteer and active member of the Wood Shadows I Civic Club, said, “I look forward to this event every year. It is a time when people from all over our area come together for one purpose: removing as much litter as possible from our neighborhood. It is especially heartwarming to me to see these young people give up part of their weekend to improve our community. We had a little girl approximately five years old who showed up with her mother. She went out with her mother and picked up litter just like the adults. That is a wonderful way to instill community spirit at a very young age. Thank you to Congressman Green for sponsoring this event. It is exactly what every neighborhood needs.”

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JACINTO CITY Emergency crew recognized for rescuing child

Jacinto City Paramedics Mike Bodek, left, James Aston, Jose Garza, 911 Police Dispatcher Tatiana Viana, Miguel Muro Jr. holding his cousin Joshua Matheny Jr., Mayor Ana Diaz, Joshua Matheny and Fire Chief Rebecca Mier. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Jacinto City Paramedics Mike Bodek, left, James Aston, Jose Garza, 911 Police Dispatcher Tatiana Viana, Miguel Muro Jr. holding his cousin Joshua Matheny Jr., Mayor Ana Diaz, Joshua Matheny and Fire Chief Rebecca Mier. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

March 24, 2016 – Thursday’s Jacinto City’s Council Meeting was full of words of praises along with award presentations by Mayor Ana Diaz and Fire Chief Rebecca Mier to members of the Fire Department’s Emergency First Responder’s Unit and a 911 Police Dispatcher for their successful response to a 911 Emergency hang-up call.

It was Valentine’s Day February 14th when the family of Roger Matheny who’s known for his years of being Santa Claus as he rides the fire engine truck throughout the city giving candy stockings to the kids discovered that his 3 year old grandson Joshua Matheny Jr. was missing from within the house where family members had gathered for a visit.

Roger said, “Everyone began to call out and search and within minutes my grandson’s cousin 11 year old Miguel Muro Jr. ran to the backyard and discovered his missing cousin submerged in the family’s swimming pool.”

After Miguel rescued his drowning cousin from the pool he began applying Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) techniques he’d seen on television. Police Dispatcher Tatiana Viana received a 911 emergency call from the address but for some unknown reason the call disconnected before Dispatcher Viana could inquire about the nature of the call. Dispatcher Viana following the city’s 911 emergency call procedures quickly passed the hang-up call’s address to the fire department’s First Responder’s unit in which one of the city’s paramedics’ scrambled a first-out-unit to the location while a second rescue unit quickly followed.

Upon arrival the First Responders took control of what appeared to be a child drowning victim. They immediately began life saving resuscitation techniques to the child whose skin had turned blue from being submerged in water.

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Channelview FFA Livestock Show events set to begin April 4-9

Last’s year auctioning of the Reserve Grand Champion steer.

Last’s year auctioning of the Reserve Grand Champion steer.

The Channelview FFA will hold its 53rd annual Livestock Show April 4-9 at the Allen Hall Fairgrounds, located on Wood Drive in Channelview.

The FFA will host a horticulture plant sale at the Channelview High School greenhouse from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday, April 4. Show activities will begin Tuesday night at 6 p.m. with the broiler show, followed by the meat pen of rabbits show and concluding with the breeding rabbits.

Move in and weighing of all the market animals will occur on April 6. Later that evening, the sheep and meat goat shows will start at 6:30 p.m. The home economics non-food items will move in Thursday, April 7, from 3 to 6 p.m. and the swine show will begin at 6:30 p.m. On Friday, April 8, the adult and student home economics exhibits will move in from 7-9 a.m. with the judging at 11 a.m. Later that day, the cattle show will be held starting at 6:30 p.m.

The annual Channelview FFA Parade will start at 10 a.m., Saturday April 9. Read more »