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Heart Screening extended to general public

Melody Stephens uses the new ECG device on a first time athlete to test for heart defects.

Melody Stephens uses the new ECG device on a first time athlete to test for heart defects.

ECG tests for students and adults this Saturday

CROSBY – ECG Screenings are going to be performed at the Crosby Community Center this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until Noon by the Cody Stephens Go Big Or Go Home Memorial Foundation to the general public from 7th grade and up, not just first year athletes or children.

The Cody Stephens Go Big Or Go Home Memorial Foundation was begun by Scott and Melody Stephens following the death of their son, Cody, May 6, 2012 to Sudden Cardiac Arrest also called sudden death. When that happened only about 5% of Texas used ECG screenings in addition to the check ups traditionally used and required by the State U.I.L. committee. Now about 25% of school districts in Texas are using the screenings due to foundations throughout the state.

Those wishing to have their heart checked by an ECG screening can register at the website www.codystephensfoundation.org. A limited number can be performed in the time allotted so make your registrations soon.

“This website is created to share Cody’s story with others and do anything and everything we can to raise awareness of this silent killer and help prevent other families from experiencing the loss and heartache that we know.”

This is a free heart screening, however donations will be accepted the day of the event. Because funding can detect life threatening conditions.

As an example of the impact that the screening can have on seemingly healthy people, the University of Pittsburgh now screens their first time athletes with an ECG. This year their freshman class of athletes had two students discovered to need heart surgery.

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GALENA PARK CITY COMMISSION: Council excludes citizen comments

ROBERT COLLINS, Galena Park City Attorney

ROBERT COLLINS, Galena Park City Attorney

GALENA PARK — Mayor Esmeralda Moya continues to mold the city government into her own rules, as evidenced by actions at last Tuesday’s Commission meeting.

Greeting the audience in English and Spanish, she then asked the city attorney, Robert Collins, to explain why citizens would no longer be able to bring up their own interests in a public comment period.

According to Collins, the Open Meetings Act says all business of the Commision must be on the written Agenda, with no other comments allowed. His reasoning was that this protected citizens who were not present or not knowledgeable about what would be discussed. He suggested “workshops” as an alternative for citizens to express themselves.

Although it was not discussed officially by the Commission, citizens outside the meeting were distributing flyers questioning why the attorney had presented an invoice of $26,000 for 7 days work. Collins told the North Channel Star that $19,000 of this was for “investigations” but declined to elaborate on what was being investigated. Collins also introduced another attorney, Dennis Houfek, who is aiding him in the investigations. Houfek was once an FBI agent, Collins noted.

The Commission acted on several items, including an amendment to an ordinance that substituted the word Mayor for all references to City Administrator, consolidating all “duties and powers of the Mayor… with the City Administrator.”

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GALENA PARK LULAC awards scholarships to seven local students

Galena Park LULAC Council 4703 recently held its 15th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner at Don Chile' Mexican restaurant. They have donated over $100,000 in scholarships since 2001. In the photo are Cruz R. Hinojosa, Jr., LULAC President, Scholarship recipients Amanda Alvarado, Naydelin Cruz, Elizabeth Rangel, Oscar Teran, Louis Cortez III, Natalia Vasquez, Veronica Gonzalez and Juan Flores, LULAC Scholarship Chair.

Galena Park LULAC Council 4703 recently held its 15th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner at Don Chile’ Mexican restaurant. They have donated over $100,000 in scholarships since 2001. In the photo are Cruz R. Hinojosa, Jr., LULAC President, Scholarship recipients Amanda Alvarado, Naydelin Cruz, Elizabeth Rangel, Oscar Teran, Louis Cortez III, Natalia Vasquez, Veronica Gonzalez and Juan Flores, LULAC Scholarship Chair.

Harris County confirms first Zika-associated death in Texas

Harris County, Texas (August 9, 2016) — Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has confirmed a Zika-associated death in a newborn female, making it the first Zika-related death in the State of Texas. HCPH received a positive Zika test result on an infant who was born with birth defects, including microcephaly. The child died shortly after being born. The mother traveled to Latin America during her pregnancy where it is suspected she became infected, and delivered the baby in Harris County.

“The saddest outcome of Zika’s health effects often impact the most vulnerable. We are devastated to report our first case of Zika-associated death and our hearts go out to the family,” stated Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Executive Director of HCPH. “While this is a travel-associated case, we know that prevention is key to reducing the risk of Zika virus infection. Harris County Public Health continues to actively work on protecting the community from mosquito-related diseases, but individuals must also protect themselves from getting bitten by mosquitoes locally and abroad.”

HCPH continues to encourage residents to take precautions to prevent Zika infection. When outdoors, prevent mosquito bites by using an EPA-registered insect repellent that contains one of the following: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Follow product instructions.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, a member of the state Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response said, “Despite the horrible news regarding the recent Zika-related death, the residents of Harris County should be reassured that their county and state officials are continuing to monitor Zika-related developments worldwide and have plans in place to respond to any potential risks to public health. County health officials and emergency management personnel have been studying Zika intently and are prepared to respond to any local developments.”

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NORTH CHANNEL CHAMBER EVENTS: Chamber hears of SETRAC Emergency Organization

DARRELL PILE

DARRELL PILE

JACINTO CITY – The CEO of SETRAC, the SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council, was the featured speaker at this month’s Chamber luncheon, held at the Jacinto City Town Center last Friday, August 5.

After an introduction by JC City Manager Lon Squyres, who is on the board of SETRAC, Mr. Pile explained to the audience the purpose and work of his organization. Pile is previously a healthcare administrator for the last 25 years. He also was the board chairman of the Northwest Houston Area Chamber.

Pile explained that SETRAC is a nonprofit coalition that unites area first responders, physicians, hospitals and healthcare leaders. The organization coordinates emergency medical response planning and establishes life-saving protocols in a nine-county region. The region includes over one hundred hospitals and over sixty 9-1-1 EMS agencies. The initiatives are funded through the Department of State Health Services, and encompass pre-hospital emergency services, trauma care, stroke care, cardiac care, perinatal care, and disaster preparedness and response.

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San Jacinto Coalition hears updates, waits for well report from Harris County Health Dept.

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A LARGE CROWD of area residents listened for details on the water well tests, but were told it would be a few more weeks before the information was available.

HIGHLANDS – The San Jacinto River Coalition held their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, with about 150 attending at the Community Center.

But instead of hearing information on the possible contamination in their well water, they had to wait a few more weeks, said Jackie Young. After attending a meeting with Harris County Public Health, she was unable to provide the definitive information that the audience asked for. They wanted a detailed quantitative report on dioxins, and other contaminants in their water.

100 wells have been tested by the county last month, and 71 of those received a letter advising them not to drink or cook their water.

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GALENA PARK: Suspects wanted in aggravated robbery

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Crime Stoppers and the Galena Park Police Department need the public assistance identifying the suspects responsible for an Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon.

On Sunday, July 3, 2016, at approximately 12:03 a.m., two suspects entered a convenience store located in the 1900 block of Clinton Dr., Galena Park, TX. One of the suspects pointed a handgun at the store clerk (victim) and demanded money. The same suspect then placed the gun to the back of the victim’s head and threatened to kill him if he did not comply. The victim immediately handed the money to the suspect. The suspects then fled the scene in an unknown direction.

Surveillance cameras captured images of the suspects.

Suspect #1 Black, male, wearing gray hoodie with lettering (pictured), gray shorts, yellow gloves, and a black mask. Semi automatic pistol. Suspect #2 Black, male, wearing a black hoodie, black mask, and blue pants.

Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online at www.crimestoppers.org. Tips may also be sent via a text message by texting the following: TIP610 plus the information to CRIMES (274637) or via our mobile app (Crime Stoppers Houston). All tipsters remain anonymous.

Channelview Falcon Band begins practices

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The Channelview Falcon Marching Band began practices for the upcoming season this week. More than 300 students are participating in the award winning band, which has earned Superior ratings at the Region 19 Band Contest the past five years. Channelview will host the Region contest this year on Oct. 22 at Ray Maddry Memorial Stadium.

JACINTO CITY RECEIVES GRANTS TOWARD NEW AMBULANCE AND POLICE BODY CAMERAS

Police Chief Joe Ayala and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee holding the Presentation check. Others left to right: Fire Chief Rebecca Mier, City Manager Lon Squyres, Lieutenant Mark Longrigg, Councilmen Mario Gonzales, Allen Lee, Gregg Robinson, USDA State Director Paco Valentin, Linda Jamail. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Police Chief Joe Ayala and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee holding the Presentation check. Others left to right: Fire Chief Rebecca Mier, City Manager Lon Squyres, Lieutenant Mark Longrigg, Councilmen Mario Gonzales, Allen Lee, Gregg Robinson, USDA State Director Paco Valentin, Linda Jamail. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

JACINTO CITY – Friday July 22, 2016 at City Hall, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee announced two important USDA Rural Development Grants for Jacinto City. Both the Fire Department and the Police Department will benefit from these grants.

Congresswoman Lee announced an historical moment in the history of the city. She said the two federal grants totaling $102,000 in funds for the Police and Fire Departments represent the first ever rural grant in the mostly urban 18th Congressional District. The 18th District is a very diverse and large geographic area which includes areas not lying in Houston’s city limits. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has many programs that Jacinto City officials weren’t aware they qualify for, Lee continued.

Congresswoman Lee’s office facilitated the important meetings between Jacinto City officials and officials of the USDA which brought forth funding for the two departments.

USDA Rural Development Texas State Director Paco Valentin thanked Congresswoman Lee for her proactive role in securing the much needed funds to ensure improved public safety and emergency services become a reality for the city.

The Fire Department will receive $90,000 in grant funds towards purchasing a Type I Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) capable of delivering Medical Intensive and Critical Levels of care. Congresswoman Lee said, “this new ambulance will provide Jacinto City with some of the tools necessary and required to provide quality emergency preparedness. A prepared community is a strong resilient community.”

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GALENA PARK: Chemical release causes temporary shelter-in-place

Last Monday, drivers could observed thick smoke and small particles coming out from Pasadena Refining in the 1100 block of Red Bluff. A shelter was in place but has been lifted since then.

Last Monday, drivers could observed thick smoke and small particles coming out from Pasadena Refining in the 1100 block of Red Bluff. A shelter was in place but has been lifted since then.

GALENA PARK – Authorities issued a shelter in place last Monday afternoon, July 25, in Galena Park due to a sulfur dioxide release at the Pasadena Refining refinery. According to reports, the plant located in the 1100 block of Red Bluff suffered a power outage when a tree fell on an office when storms hit the area.

The Houston Ship Channel was shut down from KinderMorgan ship dock 4 to the Magellan Turn Basin. The Washburn Tunnel was also closed temporary.

Thick smoke and small particles could be seen in the air around the ship channel. However, no injuries were reported.