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San Jac’s New Cosmetology and Culinary Center

PRESENT AT THE NORTH CAMPUS GROUNDBREAKING for the new San Jacinto College Cosmetology and Culinary Center were from right to left: Brenda Jones, provost, South Campus; Teri Zamora, vice chancellor, fiscal affairs; Jeanette Liberty, program director, legal assistant; Heather Rhodes, dean of business and technology, North Campus; Dr. Bill Raffetto, provost, North Campus; Dr. Laurel Williamson, deputy chancellor and college president; Marie Flickinger, chair, Board of Trustees; Dan Mims, Service chair, Board of Trustees; John Moon, Jr., member, Board of Trustees; The Honorable Congressman Gene Green (TX-29); Teri Crawford, vice chancellor, marketing, public relations and government affairs; Mike Cade, representing Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman; Dr. Allatia Harris, vice chancellor, strategic initiatives, workforce development, community relations and diversity; and Van Wigginton, provost, Central Campus. (Photo by Melissa Trevizo / San Jacinto College)

HOUSTON, Texas – The San Jacinto College North Campus held a groundbreaking for its state-of-the-art Cosmetology and Culinary Center, on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.

The facility was made possible by community support of a $425 million bond referendum in 2015. The referendum will allow the College to build new facilities, update infrastructure and security, and remodel nine buildings that are at least 30 years old.

“At San Jacinto College, we are continually looking at how we can better serve our students with new facilities that meet both the needs of our industry as well as today’s modern student,” said Dr. Laurel Williamson, San Jacinto College vice chancellor and college president. “I want to thank our community members for supporting us and approving the bond so that we can better serve our community.”

The center will feature updated classroom space and modern labs to enhance the training for those interested in a cosmetology or culinary career. It will also house a full-service salon and spa and a bistro dining area open to the public.


State representatives host Senior Citizens at Annual Dance

Several hundred Senior Citizens Dined and Danced

STATE REPRESENTATIVES Ana Hernandez and Mary Ann Perez helped Armando Walle hold his 10th annual Seniors Dance last week, at the Pct. 1 Hardy Seniors Center. Visiting guests included Congressman Gene Green and Commissioner Rodney Ellis.

Several hundred seniors attended this event, and enjoyed good BBQ food, good company, and even a chance to dance a little.

Walle thanked his staff, Myriam Saldivar and Rahul Sreenivasan, for making the arrangements, and Myriam’s family for the decorations.

All attendees had their picture taken in the Wanted Frame.

Chamber hears latest news about Port of Houston

GARRET BERG, Port of Houston Authority

The keynote speaker at last month’s North Channel Chamber luncheon was Garret Berg, Assistant Manager of Community Relations, Port of Houston Authority.

Berg gave an overview of the importance of the Port and the Ship Channel to the Houston and Texas economy, and then brought the audience up to date on improvements and changes taking place at the various port facilities.

He spoke about the growth of the economy both locally and nationally, which is driving much of the construction and rebuilding of facilities at the Port of Houston.


Gene Green recognized for flu shot campaign

L – R: Walgreens Management Dominique Beale, Jacinto City’s Walgreens Pharmacy Manager, Congressman Gene Green, Store Manager Temika Verdine and Christopher Magee District Manager. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX — Congressman Gene Green was honored and presented a gift basket from Walgreens for his support of the Annual Flu Shot Program in the North Channel area.

This past August, the free immunizations for children program marked 23 years of preventative health initiatives sponsored by Walgreens, Congressman Green, and with the help of several Rotary clubs.

“Immunizations are one of the most important disease prevention steps we can take to protect our children,” said Green.

Galena Manor Civic Club’s President “Taggy” Hall retires

L. to R: Ollie Randle (Membership), Anne Murphy (Ways and Means), Diana Cotton (Sgt-at-Arms), State Representative Ana Hernandez, Eronia “Taggie” Hall (Honoree), Rosemary Coreathers (President), Tracy King (Vice President), Winnie Gilbert (Secretary). Back Row: Una Topps (Outgoing Treasurer), Paul Winfield (Treasurer), Elisiah Coreathers (Financial Secretary), not in photo, Johnetta Goodloe (Parliamentarian) and Bessie Cox (Membership).

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX. – September 17, 2018 – The Galena Manor Civic Club at their monthly meeting honored retiring President Eronia “Taggy” Hall. Hall was presented an engraved award by Rosemary Coreathers, the new President thanking her for the 8 years of loyal and faithful service to the civic club.

State Representative Ana Hernandez presented a State of Texas recognition certificate commending President Hall for her positive contributions to the Galena Park citizenry. Former Galena Park Commissioner Barry Ponder said President Taggy Hall was responsible for bringing many issues to the City which resulted in improving the lives of the community.


Texas Ren Fest announces 2018 themes and a Royal Season Pass

Texas Renaissance Festival festivities are held at Todd Mission, 50 miles north of Houston.

HOUSTON – Magic, merriment and majesty await at this year’s Texas Renaissance Festival, the nation’s largest Renaissance-themed event, now announcing unique themes for all nine festival weekends, from September 29 to November 25, 2018, and a brand new season pass, The Royal Pass.

In 2017, Texas Renaissance Festival saw its second highest attendance season, welcoming a total of 644,917 attendees, while facilitating 63 weddings, the most recorded in a single season. Texas Renaissance Festival also saw a 14 percent increase in campers from the previous year, hosting 23,000 guests in the campgrounds – suited perfectly for both those seeking nighttime thrills around a bonfire, and families seeking a quiet retreat with a place to shake off the fairy dust.

“We encourage the noblest lords and ladies of the land who are interested in purchasing Festival tickets to secure the Royal Pass at once to get the most savings — up to 68% off admission, with many free perks included, such as preferred parking and access to TRF After Dark,” says Texas Renaissance Festival General Manager Terre Albert. “We’re thrilled for our loyal patrons to take advantage of such bargains, and excited to see everyone for nine themed weekends this year!”



TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY has ordered The Rhodes School to close the Northshore campus on Wallisville due to “multiple fire code violations.” The school has referred students to their other three campuses.

NORTH SHORE – Officials of The Rhodes School were notified on August 24 by the Texas Education Agency that they must close their campus at 13334 Wallisville Road, due to the fact that the Harris County Fire Marshal had found numerous fire code violations. The school operated in a educational building previously used by the Christian Tabernacle, which is at the front of the site.

Specifically, the Fire Marshal said that the building lacked a fire sprinkler system, and a fire alarm system. It had blocked and limited exits, and its address is not visible from the street as required by the fire department.

The fire marshal made available to media photos that depicted electrical violations, kitchen violations, and construction violations.

The closure notice was unexpected and came with short notice. Rhodes School superintendent Michelle Bonton sent home a letter with students, explaining the options that families had for their children. They were able to enroll PK-2nd students in the nearby campus on Tidwell. Students 3rd-6th would be bused to other campuses of the Rhodes School, or allowed to transfer to another charter school. Officials indicated they are working to correct the problems and reopen in the near future.

Gene Green’s Safety Meeting: Houston Police Officers report crime stats

Houston Police North Channel Command Staff and Officers L – R: A. Waddy, Lt. A. Rodriquez, Congressman Gene Green, Sgt. Gannon, Assistant Chief P. Lopez, Jr., Lt. Parker and K. Miles

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. — August 20, 2018 — At Congressman Gene Green’s monthly safety meeting Houston Patrolman Officer Kenneth Miles gave the July Crime Report for the Houston North Channel and IH 10 East corridor area.

Songwood subdivision area, according to Officer Miles, had 3 home burglaries, 1 burglary of a business, 12 vehicles stolen, 20 vehicles broken into, 2 robberies, 10 thefts, 8 aggravated assaults, 1 sexual assault and 1 arson case. Miles said the IH 10 East Freeway corridor (feeders) had 9 home burglaries, 10 burglaries of a business, 17 vehicles stolen, 30 vehicles broken into, 16 robberies, 34 thefts and 18 aggravated assaults.

New Walk/Bike Trail Planned

Melody Galland and Maria Pilar Aponte, P. E. engineers with the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), gave an update on the plans for the FM 526 (Maxey Road) pedestrian-bicycle sidewalk plans which will connect Woodforest Boulevard south to IH 10.

LyondellBasell begins construction of the world’s largest PO/TBA Plant

LyondellBasell team members along with Harris County and industry leaders officially break ground on the world’s largest PO/TBA plant. Groundbreaking crew in front of backdrop and sand pit L-R: (Mike VanDerSnick, Jean Gadbois, Stephen Goff, Hector Rivero, Kim Foley, Judge Ed Emmett, Bob Patel, Commissioner Jack Morman, Dale Friedrichs, Pat Ficara, Dan Coombs, Jim Guilfoyle)

$453 million in economic impact for the Greater Houston Area

HOUSTON — August 22, 2018 — LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB), one of the world’s largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies, today officially broke ground on what will be the largest propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant ever built.

The Houston area project is estimated to cost $2.4 billion, representing the single-largest capital investment in the company’s history. Once in operation, the plant will produce 1 billion pounds (470,000 metric tons) of PO and 2.2 billion pounds (1 million metric tons) of TBA annually. Startup of the plant is planned for 2021.

“Today’s groundbreaking is an historic moment for our company,” said Bob Patel, CEO of LyondellBasell. “This plant will be the largest of its kind, built to meet the rising global demand for urethanes used by billions of consumers each day and clean-burning oxyfuels that will help improve air quality around the world. The construction of this project will provide jobs for our neighbors, support local businesses and strengthen our communities with increased tax revenues across the Greater Houston region. As one of the cornerstones of our global growth strategy, the new plant will strengthen our ties in Houston and generate long-term value for our shareholders.” (more…)

Rep. Green holds community safety meeting

Congressman Green with citizens and governmental agency representatives at his August Community Safety Meeting. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Houston, TX. – Monday, August 20, 2018 — Citizens from the North Channel area came to Congressman Green’s regular monthly community meeting to report their concerns about problem conditions in their neighborhoods.

Crime conditions, flooding, littering, weeds and public nuisances are an ongoing monthly concern citizen’s report. Citizens were eager to give praise and thanks to the agencies representatives for taking care of their complaints.

Green always has guests from governmental agencies present who’ll take notes of the citizen’s issues and then try to resolve the problems and report back their remedies from the issues reported at the previous community meeting.

To help promote his 23rd annual immunization event in his district Congressman Green was the first of many present to receive his shots.

Congressman Green announced these upcoming events:

Northside Job Fair on September 17th

Senior Citizens Issues Forum on September 21st

Paying for College Workshop October 15th

For event locations and times or the next Community Meeting location and date, call 713-330-0761 or 281-999-5879.


Rotary hears from JP candidate Lucia Bates

Lucia Bates

By Gilbert Hoffman

This year’s general election, set for November 6, will see a change in the Justice of the Peace in Baytown’s Pct. 3 Position 2. This is the position currently held by Judge Don Coffey.

Marketing Executive Lucia Bates, a life-long resident of the North Shore area, will become the next JP in that jurisdiction, since she is running with no opponent on the Republican ticket.

Bates spoke about her life and qualifications at a recent luncheon held by the Highlands Rotary Club. Rotary has had a special relationship with all the JP’s in recent years, Tony Polumbo, Mike Parrott, Don Coffey, and Joe Stephens. It was only natural that they wanted to meet and greet the next JP, Lucia Bates.

She spoke having been born in the Carribean island of St. Lucia, and moving to the U.S. as a child. She originally worked for GTE in Baytown, so she knows the area well. After that, she moved into advertising and marketing, first for the Houston Chronicle, and later for Houston Community Newspapers. She currently has her own business, LB Marketing Solutions. In many of these positions, she has won awards for outstanding performance.

Bates said her motivation to be a judge came from her passion to give back to the community. Her resume is full of public service positions, as a Rotary director, Chair of the North Channel Chamber, president of her HOA, and former board members of the YMCA, Pilot Club, Top Ladies of Distinction, Advisory Panel to LyondellEquistar, and much more.