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Channelview ISD Top 10 graduates

channelview top 10 graduates

Channelview High School held its graduation on Sunday, June 7 at Aldine ISD’s M.O. Campbell Center. The CHS top 10 students are, from left (by rank), Valedictorian Matthew Yates, Salutatorian Kaliah Glenn, Adriana Aguirre, Erika Richey-Carson, Jay-ar Haro, Jocelyn Ramos, Mary Ontiveros, Destiny Adkins, Judy Bich-Tuyen Truong and Christina Grueso.

Clinton receives Jordan Leadership Award

Presenting the award left to right: Mrs. Rosemary McGowan (Jordan’s sister) Dr. Thomas Freeman (Jordan’s debate coach), Hillary Clinton, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee & TSU President Dr. John M. Rudley (NORTH CHANNEL STAR PHOTOS BY ALLAN JAMAIL)

Presenting the award left to right: Mrs. Rosemary McGowan (Jordan’s sister) Dr. Thomas Freeman (Jordan’s debate coach), Hillary Clinton, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee & TSU President Dr. John M. Rudley (NORTH CHANNEL STAR PHOTOS BY ALLAN JAMAIL)

Houston, TX. June 4, 2015 – Texas Southern University presented a historic event with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton by bestowing on her the first Barbara Jordan Inaugural Gold Medallion for PublicPrivate Leadership Award.
The event was hosted by the Barbara Jordan Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Barbara Jordan Institute for Policy Research, The Thurgood Marshall School of Law, The Barbara Jordan Inaugural Gold Medallion Committee, and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

Allan and Linda Jamail of Jacinto City were on the Barbara Jordan Inaugural Gold Medallion Committee who helped plan the event.

Before entering the building, each of the four thousand plus attendees had to go through the Secret Service’s security process of metal detectors and bomb sniffing dogs, Allan Jamail said.

Clinton, the former first lady and wife of President Bill Clinton, is an announced presidential candidate seeking the nomination of the Democratic Party.

According to Allan Jamail this was to be a nonpartisan event, not a campaign event, and Secretary Hillary Clinton, after receiving the award, was to give a Policy Speech on Voting Rights. However, Jamail says Clinton, after praising the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, a former TSU student, then fired up her speech and went into an attack mode, blaming some of her Republican rivals for the new laws that are making it more difficult for minorities and college students to register and to vote.

She called for universal and automatic voter registration for all citizens reaching the age of 18, and a 20-day (or more) period of early voting in every state, before every election. Clinton’s speech identified the work of protecting and expanding voting rights as a critical part of her campaign.

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COMMUNITY PROFILE: Dr. Grant personifies the value of education

Dr. Charles Grant, San Jacinto College graduate and former president of the North Campus, holds four college degrees and believes in the value of education. He recently started an organization that provides training and certification services for continuing and professional development educators. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

Dr. Charles Grant, San Jacinto College graduate and former president of the North Campus, holds four college degrees and believes in the value of education. He recently started an organization that provides training and certification services for continuing and professional development educators. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

HOUSTON – Dr. Charles Grant, San Jacinto College graduate and former president of the North Campus, holds four college degrees and is a firm believer in the value of education.

In fact, he has spent almost all of his 35 professional years in the field of education. For San Jacinto College, Grant served as a professor and administrator for 25 years before changing careers. He then worked for three years as education and special projects liaison for Harris County Pct. 2 before joining the North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce as its president and CEO. Dr. Grant returned to the education field, launching his own organization – Continuing Education Association International (CEAI), an association that provides training and certification services for continuing and professional development educators.

“I launched CEAI because I feel there is a real need to improve the quality of continuing education worldwide,” commented Grant, who worked at San Jacinto College from 1983 to 2008. “Most continuing education teachers are proficient in their career fields, but many have little or no formal training as educators. It’s one thing to know a subject, but it’s another thing to be able to convey and impart that knowledge to students.” During his tenure at San Jacinto College, Grant served as a director of continuing education, and later as a dean of continuing education. The College’s continuing education division is now called the Continuing and Professional Development division to more accurately reflect its wide range of training and education services.

Grant is not only a former employee of San Jacinto College, he is a San Jac Certified alumnus, having earned an associate degree in general studies in 1967. He then earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Stephen F. Austin State University, a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from Sam Houston State University, and a PhD in higher education from Texas A&M University.

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Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary hosts Scholarship Award Ceremony

Galena Park High School scholarship winners with school principal Tony Gardea, Superintendent Dr. Angie Williams, Assistant Director for Maintenance I.A. “Abby” Abou-Awdi, and Rotary President Maria Rodriguez.

Galena Park High School scholarship winners with school principal Tony Gardea, Superintendent Dr. Angie Williams, Assistant Director for Maintenance I.A. “Abby” Abou-Awdi, and Rotary President Maria Rodriguez.

The Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club celebrated 28 Galena Park High School graduating seniors by presenting them with college scholarships ranging from $500.00 to $1,500.00.

Small Club President of the Year for Rotary District 5890, Maria D. Rodriguez, and Club Secretary Ibrahim Abou-Awdi were joined by District Governor Lisa Faith Massey, GPHS Principal Tony Gardea, and GPISD Superintendent Dr. Angie Williams in presenting each student with monetary recognition of their determination and hard work.

The Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club is open to membership from business owners and other interested community members. They meet weekly at 12 noon for lunch at the Alvin D. Baggett Community Building, 1302 Keene St., Galena Park TX 77547. Lunch is $10.00. The fundraising work of the small club of Galena Park/Jacinto City is reflected in the awarding of these 28 scholarships. Congratulations to all involved.

MAYOR’S SON ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORN

SERGIO JESUS MOYA

SERGIO JESUS MOYA

GALENA PARK – Early on the morning of Friday, May 29 a police task force from the Houston Police Department raided a house on 9th Street, They arrested the occupant, Sergio J. Moya, and confiscated several computers, according to authorities.

The Galena Park Mayor’s son, Sergio J. Moya, age 26, was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography, and housed in the Harris County jail. His bail was set at $70,000 for the three counts, and on Monday morning he had a hearing before Judge Brock Thomas in Criminal Court No. 338. At that time, represented by attorney Chip Lewis, he was released on bond and ordered to appear at the next hearing on Friday, July 17th.

Moya had been employed for about a month, as a dispatcher for the Precinct 2 Constable’s office, and as an unpaid Reserve Deputy Constable, but after the arrest he was fired by Pct. 2 Constable Chris Diaz. Ironically, Moya had completed police training at the Academy, where Diaz had presented him his certification.

No details of the charges have been made public at this time.

In an interview with the media on Friday, May 29, Mayor Esmeralda Moya emphasized that her son was cooperating with authorities, and that some details of the public charges were not correct. She claimed he did not own any computers and questioned the charges against her son. She pointed out that the raid was not at her house, contrary to some reports, and that her son lived in a house next to hers.

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Controversial Galena Park contracts tabled without action by Council

GALENA PARK COUNCIL MEMBERS decided to table the two contracts that were on the Agenda of the Special Meeting called for Friday, May 29 at 3 p.m.

GALENA PARK COUNCIL MEMBERS decided to table the two contracts that were on the Agenda of the Special Meeting called for Friday, May 29 at 3 p.m.

GALENA PARK – A special Executive Session of the City Commission was called for Friday, May 29 at 3:00 p.m. for the purpose of “discussing personnel matters regarding an employment contract for the City Administrator and the Chief of Police.”

The impetus for the employment contracts had been the result of a negative vote in May on these two provisions in the City Charter Amendment election.

City Administrator Robert Pruett, and Chief of Police Jonathan Rader, believed that they should have an employment contract with the city that detailed their duties and authorities, their pay scale, and other employment terms such as vacation, personal time off, and termination. To date, their employment had been only at the resolution of the City Commission, as acted on at previous meetings.

It was felt by the two men that in lieu of a Charter Amendment calling for codification of their positions, that a formal contract would be advisable.

However, this action was not without controversy. Mayor Moya immediately said that the parties involved did not understand that the Charter election was a vote against their office holding, especially the articles referring to their positions. She noted that the public vote was 2 to1 against establishing these positions in the City Charter. As she had said since her election last May, the public wants a change in the administration of the city.

After reviewing a draft copy of the Employment Agreements, Moya pointed out that they were highly in favor of the employee, and not in the best interests of the city.

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Maria Rodriguez awarded District 5890 “President of the Year”

MARIA RODRIGUEZ WITH ROTARY PRESIDENT’S AWARD.

MARIA RODRIGUEZ WITH ROTARY PRESIDENT’S AWARD.

At the Rotary District 5890 Convention, held in May in New Orleans, the district awarded Maria Rodriguez, president of the Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club with the award for president of the “Small Club of the Year.” She was nominated for the honor by Assistant District Governor Bill Parlko of the North Shore Rotary Club, who has worked with her on a number of community and Rotary projects.

There are over 60 clubs in the district, so the competition was intense. Maria is seen here with the sculptural award, signifying the International Theme for the Year, “Light Up Rotary.” Maria has been president for the 2014-2015 year, during which the club increased its membership, held community food fairs and health fairs, the annual Million Dollar Meal, a Gold Tournament, a Cake Auction, and a popular Country Fair, and awarded scholarships to 28 students. The Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club celebrated with the 28 Galena Park High School graduating seniors by presenting them with college scholarships ranging from $500.00 to $1,500.00 at the club luncheon on May 26 at Baggett Center.

The club also sponsors an Interact club for students at Galena Park High School. Maria is employed by the Galena Park ISD and works at Galena Park High School. Congratulations to her, and the club.

COMMUNITY PROFILE: K-9 patrol dog will honor memory of fallen deputy “Trey” Valdez III

EAST ALDINE BOARD MEMBERS pose with the K-9 that was purchased to honor the memory of fallen Deputy Jesse “Trey” Valdez III. Pictured in front are Valdez’s mother, and HCSO Sgt. Chris Adolph with the dog Trey and Valdez’s son, also Trey Valdez.

EAST ALDINE BOARD MEMBERS pose with the K-9 that was purchased to honor the memory of fallen Deputy Jesse “Trey” Valdez III. Pictured in front are Valdez’s mother, and HCSO Sgt. Chris Adolph with the dog Trey and Valdez’s son, also Trey Valdez.

Board members and the public viewed the new K-9 member of the Sheriff ’s patrol unit, a dog that was purchased by the East Aldine District for use by a sheriff’s unit that at one time included fallen deputy Jesse “Trey” Valdez III.

Deputy Jesse “Trey” Valdez III was killed in a head-on crash in Highlands on Oct. 29, 2014.

Deputy Jesse “Trey” Valdez III was killed in a head-on crash in Highlands on Oct. 29, 2014.

Valdez worked with the East Aldine deputies at the storefront unit, and then was assigned to District 3 units working in East Harris County and the North Shore areas.

On the early morning hours of Oct. 29, 2014, Valdez’ patrol car was struck head-on by a car that allegedly crossed the centerline on westbound Wallisville Road, near Highlands. Valdez died in the accident, and the driver of the other car, Kelly Jo Ivey, has been charged with manslaughter and remains in jail.

Many benefits have been held since then for the family, including his son Trey. East Aldine paid $10,000 for the dog and its training.

Deputies who worked with or knew Valdez want to keep his memory alive with the patrol work that the dog, named “Trey” will undertake.

MASSIVE FLOODING PARALYZES REGION

Highways, Schools, METRO closed Tuesday

Monday evening these cars had come to a standstill on the North Freeway, near North Main. Water was too high for any vehicle to drive through, as seen in the empty travel lanes. Many roads, including this one, were not passable to late on Tuesday morning. These vehicles had made a u-turn in the Southbound lanes, but rapidly rising water caught them anyway.

Monday evening these cars had come to a standstill on the North Freeway, near North Main. Water was too high for any vehicle to drive through, as seen in the empty travel lanes. Many roads, including this one, were not passable to late on Tuesday morning. These vehicles had made a u-turn in the Southbound lanes, but rapidly rising water caught them anyway. (PHOTOS COURTESY KPRC)

HOUSTON – A massive rainstorm inundated the city and surrounding counties to the west, dropping as much as 11 inches of rain on West Houston in 8 hours, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm started Monday evening, Memorial Day, and caught many drivers by surprise. Freeways were quickly flooded and impassable due to the heavy rainfall in such a short time.

Other areas had similar inundation: North Houston had over 4 inches, and Channelview and East Harris County had 7+ inches in that short time.

Harris County Office of Emergency Management issued a Level 1 alert, the first time it has been this high since Hurricane Ike in 2008. This level indicates a threat to life.

The amount of rain that fell is close to the 50 year storm, and has been compared to the devastating flood Allison in 2004.

Flash Flood warnings were issued for Fort Bend, Harris, Brazoria, Jackson, Matagorda, and Wharton counties all Monday evening and Tuesday morning, as the rains continued.

Besides highways and city streets that were impassable, a number of homes throughout the western and northern areas of the city reported water inside their houses.

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San Jacinto College plans branch at Generation Park

HOUSTON – San Jacinto College has closed on 57 acres at Generation Park, just across Lockwood Road from the 173-acre FMC Technologies Corporate Headquarters currently under construction. As a reflection of McCord Development’s commitment to education and desire to show this by providing San Jacinto College with a prominent location to further their mission, the developer donated 3.8 acres situated at the intersection of West Lake Houston Parkway and Lockwood Road.

“We could not be more excited to be a part of what’s going on at Generation Park, San Jacinto College and even more broadly, in northeast Houston,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor of San Jacinto College. “Now more than ever, students are looking for the kind of practical, real-world education that can open doors for them, wherever their life goals take them.”

The rapid growth of new homes and new businesses in and around Generation Park is creating demand for educational opportunities. San Jacinto College graduates truly go everywhere, whether that’s major universities including Harvard, MIT and Georgetown, or thousands of companies throughout Texas.

“San Jacinto College recognized the value of not just our location, but also the benefits of being part of a truly master-planned enterprise park,” said Ryan McCord, President of McCord Development. “We can offer them something nobody else can: direct relationships with world-leading companies who want to work together to develop Houston’s next generation high-tech workforce – particularly in the subsea and downstream energy industries.”

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