The American’s National Night Out (NNO) Against Crime took place last Tuesday, October 4, 2016. Neighbors of Galena Park met at the Galena Park High School Parking Lot on Keene Street. There was food, music, giveaways as well as free tacos and hot dogs. This year, Galena Park National Night Out also hosted its second annual salsa tasting contest. Among the clubs and organizations who participated were the Police Department, Galena Park ISD, Galena Park-Jacinto City Rotary, Galena Park Interact, LULAC Council 4703, GPHS LULAC Youth Council, King Pen Kookers/Catering, Air Alliance Houston, Voter Registration and much more.
Jacinto City, TX — September 21, 2016 / Jacinto City’s Police Chief Joe Ayala says his officers obtained information of illegal drug activity in an apartment complex located in the city.
Upon investigating and determining there was illegal drug activity a search warrant was issued for the apartment involved.
Jacinto City police executed the search warrant and found both meth and marijuana packaged for selling along with visible signs that illegal drugs were being consumed there too.
Subjects taken into custody and charged for Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (meth) are identified as; Douglas L. Dodson, Leslie Staton and Robert A. Addison. Others arrested and charged for Possession Drug Paraphernalia in connection with the raid was Kelly Stringfellow, Rasalyn Davis and Shelley Steward. A motorcycle and vehicle were seized which were used in the delivery and transfer of narcotics.
On Friday night, September 30, North Shore Senior High School announced Miguel Chavez and Denise Villafranco as the 2016 Homecoming King and Queen. Chavez has been the girls’ basketball and volleyball manager and Spirit Squad captain. In the community, he helps mentor middle school students and families in need. Chavez plans to enlist in the armed forces after graduation then attend Lamar University. Villafranco is an active member of the girls’ cross country team. Outside of school, she has her own clothing line with her brothers. After graduation, Villafranco plans on attending college to become a physical therapist. Congratulations, Miguel and Denise!
Proposal is for complete removal of toxic material
DALLAS – Sept. 28, 2016 Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the proposed plan to address contamination at the San Jacinto waste pits Superfund site in Harris County, Texas. After careful review of all available information, EPA’s preferred remedy proposes removing a total of about 202,000 cubic yards of contaminated material from the northern and southern impoundments at a cost of nearly $96.9 million.
“Based on the recommendation of EPA site managers and the on-going maintenance and repairs of the temporary cap, we are proposing to remove contaminated material and provide the community with the most protective cleanup plan for the San Jacinto waste pits site,” said regional administrator Ron Curry. “We encourage everyone to review our plan and provide us comments so we can reach the best decision to protect San Jacinto-area communities and the river itself.”
The plan will be open for public comment for 60 days, beginning Thursday, September 29, and ending Monday, November 28. EPA will also host a public meeting at the Highlands Community Center in Highlands, Texas on October 20, 2016, where members of the community will be invited to offer comment. EPA will share further details closer to the date of the public meeting. After the public comment period has ended, EPA will carefully consider and prepare a response to the comments, and announce the selection of the final remedy. EPA may select a different alternative or a modified version of the preferred remedy based on new information or public comments.
JACINTO CITY – A major new building is set to be built, as groundbreaking ceremonies last Friday marked the start of construction for a new 2story police station.
The new building is to be built immediately behind the existing station, and when completed the old facility will be torn down, and replaced with parking and landscaping.
City Manager Lon Squyres said that “while the city recognized the need to replace the police station years ago, a fire in the attic in September of last year reinforced the commitment to hasten this project. The damages were over $100,000 and severely impacted the ability of the officers to do their jobs.
The new station will meet modern life safety codes and will be very energy efficient. In addition to areas for general police work, there will be several holding cells, offices, a workout room, fingerprint lab and a large conference room that will also serve as the Emergency Operations Center during disasters.” In addition there will be 9 holding cells, 6 for men and 3 for women.
The Chamber announces an exciting and fun membership drive, headed by Dr. Charles Grant.
In January, the North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce will celebrate their 40th Anniversary. To start the celebration off, we aim to bring in 40 new members in four weeks. We plan to kickoff the drive on September 27 and end October 21. October 17 –21 is Texas Chamber of Commerce Week.
Dr. Charles Grant has graciously volunteered to chair the drive. In his twenty plus years as a volunteer, he has received two life memberships. A life membership is given to an individual when he/she brings in $2,500 in memberships in a twelvemonth period. Grant knows the value of Chamber membership and believes, “If you live, work, do business, or want to do business in the North Channel Area, you should be a member.”
Charles Grant is relying on his Membership Team Captains, essentially the board members and officers, to each bring in two new members to reach the Chamber goal of 40. You can help by contacting a team captain, as listed on page 8.
NORTH CHANNEL – The Assistance Ministries extended their ability to serve needy families in the North Channel and adjacent communities, with the opening of an addition to their building on Freeport Street.
A ribbon cutting was held on September 22 to officially inaugurate the new building. NCAM serves hundreds of families each week, with food and other necessities.
At present the interior work has not been completed. When done, the new building will house offices, a public reception and waiting area, a counseling and interview office, and some additional work areas and storage.
New paved parking and handicap parking also complement the building.
NCAM director Rodney Redford emphasized that fund raising for this building continues. Contact him at 713-453-8028.
North Shore Rotary was informed of the State of the School Districts in the area, by the three superintendents of Galena Park, Channelview, and Sheldon. The talks took place at the regular weekly luncheon of the club, at the Holiday Inn in Channelview last Thursday, Sept. 1.
Channelview superintendent Greg Ollis said there was a new motto at CISD, “One Passion One Dream One Heartbeat.” Ollis stated that the district had grown, to 9500 students, 1292 employees on 13 campuses.
For purposes of state funding, the district is classified as not affluent. 80% of the students are enrolled in free or reduced rate lunches, and 40% for free breakfast. The district budget for this year will be $78 million, and the tax rate has decreased in 2 of the last 3 years.
Referring to a favorable graduation rate of 89.6%, Ollis said that “we changed the culture of what went on in our schools.”
NORTH CHANNEL – The problem of drug disposal, and possible misuse of available drugs in the home, just got easier with a Disposal Box available at the Walgreens store on Uvalde.
At a dedication ceremony last Thursday, Sept. 1, Congressman Gene Green and representatives of Walgreens spoke and demonstrated how to use the Disposal facility.
Green is ranking member of the subcommittee on Health for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over federal health programs.
In his remarks, Green noted the large number of flu shots donated by Walgreens during the school immunization day at North Shore and Galena Park. He noted the problem of drug overdose, where every 12 minutes someone in America dies of an overdose. He said that proper disposal, such as in this Kiosk, will help solve the problem.
Walgreen’s representatives also spoke. Regional VP Stephen Johnson said that there were 18 Disposal Kiosks in the Houston area, and there would be more. To date, there are 53 Medication Disposal Kiosks in Texas. Nearby locations include Tidwell Road, West Road, Old Spanish Trail, and Buffalo Speedway. The Sheriff’s office also provides a similar drop-off in Aldine.
Spokesperson Carole Hardin-Oliver also pointed out that Walgreens is involved in providing an antidote to opioid overdoses, naloxone, without a prescription at all their pharmacies. This medicine, and instructions on how to use it, are expected to save many lives, she said.
Houston — Dr. Angi Williams, superintendent of Galena Park Independent School District, has been named a finalist for the 2016 Superintendent of the Year sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards.
The Superintendent of the Year award recognizes exemplary superintendents for their excellence and achievement in educational leadership. Candidates were chosen for their strong leadership skills, dedication to improving educational quality, ability to build effective employee relations, student performances and commitment to public involvement in education.
In June, Dr. Williams was named 2016 Region 4 Superintendent of the Year and qualified for Texas Superintendent of the Year.
Dr. Williams traveled to Austin last month to be interviewed on issues such as advocacy for public education, recruitment and retention of high quality educators, programs and initiatives that positively affect student growth and steps to measure continuous improvement were targeted.
The state selection committee cited Dr. Williams’ emphasis on the importance of teaching from the “crib to college” and her belief that every educator has to be the best every single day to ensure success for all students.
The Superintendent of the Year will be announced on September 23 in Houston at the TASA/TASB Convention.