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Christmas Parades Rescheduled

NORTH SHORE PARADE NOW ON FRIDAY DEC 20

Due to bad weather on Dec. 13 and 14, Santa Claus will now arrive in North Shore starting at 6 pm on Friday night, December 20. The parade is sponsored by the North Channel Assistance Ministries and three fire departments — Sheldon, Cloverleaf, and Channelview. The parade route starts at the 9th Grade School on Holly Park, proceeds south on Freeport to the I-10 frontage road, turns East and proceeds to Sheldon Road, turns North on Sheldon to Woodforest, turns left and proceeds down Woodforest to the Kroger store parking lot at Normandy, where kids will greet Santa in person and receive. gifts. Don’t miss it, a great parade is planned!

GALENA PARK PARADE RESCHEDULED TO DEC 14

Rescheduled due to weather forecast, now Saturday, Dec. 14 starting at 8:00 am.

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the North Channel Star newspaper

NC STAR Dec2013A gilbertGreetings from your publisher, Gilbert Hoffman, and our dedicated staff at Grafikpress Corp. that publish community newspapers around the Houston area.

We are pleased to bring a new newspaper, the North Channel Star, to the North Shore communities of Channelview, Sheldon, Cloverleaf, Galena Park, and Jacinto City. It has been over three years since you had your own newspaper that is interested in your stories, your schools, your businesses, your clubs, churches and organizations.

We have been publishing community newspapers since our first paper, the Highlands Star-Courier was purchased in 1994. We now publish five newspapers, including this new one.

The newspaper is an important member of the community, giving it a voice and helping it to have an identity. It also serves commerce, and we welcome your advertising support. It is important that if we do a good job, you help us remain financially strong.

We all know that the newspaper business has changed over the years, and you will be able to find our paper on the internet and your smart phone, at www.northchannelstar.com, as well as in print.

When we were considering the establishment of a newspaper for the North Channel area, a number of people asked us to proceed. This included business people such as Jim Mills of Pineforest Jewelry, Rotarians of the North Shore Club, Charles Grant and Margie Buentello of the North Channel Chamber, and quite a few others. We thank them for their encouragement and suggestions.

It is especially appropriate that we have the support of the Rotary Club, since the Highlands Star was started in 1955 after Alton Neatherlin and James Brazzil met with that Rotary Club and were encouraged to found a paper, and join the community.

Letters of Community Support

Dear Editor,

In the Channelview Independent School District, there are many stories of success happening on our campuses every day. Our Board of Trustees and I are extremely excited about the launch of the North Channel Star – so that we may exclusively share the highlights and achievements of our students and staff in a front of broad audience in publication that our community can call its own.

With growing enrollment of more than 8,900 and the completion of our Bond Program, we are thrilled about having a newspaper that will spotlight the programs and people that make our district successful.

I know that what will make the Star unique is that it will be a publication where people will be able to receive neighborhood news that they would not be able to receive anywhere else. From already seeing your staff at various events in our area already, I feel the North Channel Star is establishing a vested interest in the community it will serve.

On behalf of myself and the Channelview ISD Board of Trustees, we want to welcome you to the North Channel community. We look forward to a long and lasting partnership.

Sincerely,
Greg Ollis
Superintendent of Schools
Channelview Independent School District

The San Jacinto Pilot Club is very pleased that Grafikpress has chosen to publish a newspaper for the North Channel Area. We know that the residents and businesses who choose to make the North Channel area their home are as excited about this as we are.

This community supports our spaghetti dinner fundraisers, which was just held on November 5, so that we can, in turn, support our community through scholarships and donating funds to charities and organizations which need our help.

Just as we are committed to supporting our community, the North Channel Star has commited to supporting the community also.

Freeport Street to be rebuilt by Pct. 2

ARTIST’S RENDERING shows Freeport Street and surrounding properties after completion of the reconstruction. Freeport will be three lanes, from I-10 to Holly Park, with curbs, sidewalks, and extensive new drainage lines.

ARTIST’S RENDERING shows Freeport Street and surrounding properties after completion of the reconstruction. Freeport will be three lanes, from I-10 to Holly Park, with curbs, sidewalks, and extensive new drainage lines.

Officials, community leaders and contractors gathered last Wednesday, Nov. 6th at the Leon Grayson Center on Corpus Christi Street, for a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the beginning of a three-year project to reconstruct Freeport Street, and the storm sewer system along the street and to either side.

According to Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman, this project will cost $12.8 million dollars. The money is coming from the federal government, he said, as reimbursement for flooding damage after Hurricane Ike in 2008. The money will primarily be used to build new storm drainage that will alleviate future flooding. At the same time, this gives an opportunity to reconstruct pavement along Freeport Street, resulting in a modern 3-lane road from I-10 to Holly Park Drive, with curbs and sidewalks that are not there now.

A ceremonial groundbreaking took place on Wednesday, Nov. 6th at the Grayson Community Center. Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman was on hand, 3rd from right, as well as contractors, engineers, and Rotary President Matt Davis, and Chamber representatives Wilfred Broussard, Jr. and Margie Buentello.

A ceremonial groundbreaking took place on Wednesday, Nov. 6th at the Grayson Community Center. Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman was on hand, 3rd from right, as well as contractors, engineers,
and Rotary President Matt Davis, and Chamber representatives Wilfred Broussard, Jr. and Margie Buentello.

Morman said that Freeport will also get new sewers and paving from Woodforest to Uvalde, but will not be totally rebuilt in that section. However, the Cloverleaf area will receive new overlay asphalt paving on selected streets. This work is part of the Pct. 2 BetterStreets 2 Neighborhoods program that Morman is conducting throughout the precinct.

Engineers for the street and sewer work are R. G. Miller Engineers, and Dannenbaum Engineering Corp.  Contractor for the work is Allgood Construction Co. Inc. County Engineer is Art Storey Jr., HCCSD Director is David B. Turkel, Pct. 2 Engineer is Jeremy Phillips.

Funding for the project is from the Texas General Land Office, and U.S. HUD. Completion is expected by 2016, according to Morman.

North Channel Chamber veterans’ celebration held with Rotary clubs

VETERANS FROM THE NORTH CHANNEL COMMUNITY are pictured at the Salute, receiving recognition and a back-pack of gifts as part of the North Channel Chamber event put on with the help of the North Shore and Galena Park Rotary Clubs, and major sponsors. Behind the veterans are the speakers for the day.

VETERANS FROM THE NORTH CHANNEL COMMUNITY are pictured at the Salute, receiving recognition and a back-pack of gifts as part of the North Channel Chamber event put on with the help of the North Shore and Galena Park Rotary Clubs, and major sponsors. Behind the veterans are the speakers for the day.

The North Channel Chamber of Commerce sponsored a “Salute to Our Community & Country” event on Thursday, November 7th at Armenta’s Banquet Hall on Sheldon Road in Channelview.

This event was combined with a Rotary Club Salute, a health fair, and a Business Expo, and was well attended by hundreds of chamber members, businesses, and veterans. Rotarians from the North Shore and Galena Park clubs also attended, and held a brief meeting for their members.

The Veterans Salute included presentation of the colors, gifts from the Rotary Clubs, and verbal recognition and salute to those attending that had been in military service.

Health organizations that were present for screenings and information included Kindred Hospital, Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, Dow Emergency Center, and East Houston Regional Medical Center.

About 40 businesses had booths with displays of their products and services. The event lasted for about 4 hours, and was well received.

SERVICE FLAGS were presented for each of the Armed Services by members of the Channelview ROTC.

SERVICE FLAGS were presented for each of the Armed Services by members of the Channelview ROTC.

Veterans stand up as they are recognized by community.

Veterans stand up as they are recognized by community.

North Shore out of play-offs with 9-7 defeat

Two powerful high school football teams met last Friday night at Tully Stadium, and battled to a close score at the end. This was the Regional semifinals in Class 5A Division I Region III. The Cy-Fair Bobcats and the North Shore Mustangs came into the game with similar style of play — an overpowering defense, and a strong running game.

North Shore was the favorite, ranked No. 4 and with a 12-0 record. They had only given up a total of nine points in their last four games. Cy-Fair entered with almost as good an 11-1 record.

However, the Bobcats came up with the important plays when it counted most. In the first quarter, running back Dillon Birden ran 75 yards for a touchdown, thrilling the Cy- Fair fans, and setting the pace for the rest of the game. His total yardage was 216 yards on 29 carries. D. Tobler also carried for the Bobcats, with 5 carries for 29 yards.

Cy-Fair was also able to mount a good passing game, with quarterback C. Kopecky having 9 completions on 13 passes, for a total of 185 yards.

At the end of the first half, Cy-Fair led 6-0 on the strength of their long run in the first quarter.

However, in the third quarter North Shore made a strong comeback, with a 10 play drive that went 70 yards and resulted in a TD when quarterback Lawrance McCardell threw a 15 yard screen pass to Kevian DeLeon, resulting in the Mustangs taking a 7-6 lead. McCardell completed 3 passes in the game on 10 attempts, for a gain of 30 yards.

The Mustang lead did not last that long, however, The defensive battle continued through the rest of the second half, with the ball changing hands regularly.

Three minutes into the fourth quarter, the Bobcats’s running back Dillon Birden struck again, with a 57 yard effort that helped set up a field goal attempt.

With about 8 minutes left in the game, the Bobcat’s Braden Mann put his foot to an 18 yard field goal attempt that was good, and gave the Cy-Fair team a 9-7 lead which was the final score.

Cy-Fair will go on to the next round of the play-offs, facing Pearland on December 7th. They will play at either Mercer Stadium or Rice Stadium. As an indication of how even the match was, each team had to punt 5 times, and was penalized almost the same yards.

Coach Aymond attacked by parent

Galena Park ISD police and SBISD police reported that after the game on Friday night, the parent of a player allegedly came onto the field and physically attacked Coach David Aymond.

Manuel DeLeon, father of Mustang player Kevian DeLeon, allegedly jumped over the fence at Tully Field, grabbed the coach and threw him to the ground. DeLeon was said to be angry at the coach for not playing his son more.

A deputy constable and Spring Branch ISD officers restrained DeLeon and arrested him. Aymond said he was not hurt.

The DA filed charges of injury to an elder, and bond was set at $5000.

Salute to service: Channelview ISD pays tribute to veterans

Local veterans take the “Walk of Honor” during Channelview ISD's Veteran's Day Celebration recently.

Local veterans take the “Walk of Honor” during Channelview ISD’s Veteran’s Day Celebration recently.

Valor. Courage. Sacrifice. These three words describe efforts the men and women honored during the Channelview Independent School District’s Veterans Day program held recently at the Bill Neal Center.

More than 200 people attended the community-wide event that was sponsored by the district and the Channelview High School Army ROTC and the Alice Johnson Junior High and Aguirre Junior High LOTC groups.

The event began with local veterans entering the c arena with a Walk of Honor through crossed swords. CHS cadet Melissa Presa then read a poem about the meaning of Veterans Day, followed by the introduction of every military veteran in attendance at the ceremony.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Victor Herbin was the keynote speaker at the ceremony. In his career, he served in many capacities at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He also served in various positions in the education field, including being an adjunct professor at St. Phillips College and Houston Community College. He is a former ROTC instructor at Channelview High School and he developed a Leadership Officer Training Corps curriculum for middle school students in San Antonio ISD.

“Be proud of who you are and the job you’ve done,” Herbin told the veterans in attendance. “Our country enjoys the freedoms we experience today because of you and we are forever grateful.”

The Channelview High School Color Guard and Rifle Team march in during the presentation of colors.

The Channelview High School Color Guard and Rifle Team march in during the presentation of colors.

The bands and choirs from Aguirre, Alice Johnson and CHS all performed during the ceremony. The ceremony concluded with bagpipe player William Titus performing “Amazing Grace” and Autreiyas Watson from the CHS Band playing TAPS.

“This was a great event and we had a great turnout from the community,” said Col. Sgt. Major Steve Dunbar, Aguirre Junior High LOTC director. “We appreciate the support of everyone that made this ceremony possible.”

North Shore Rotary donations benefit community projects

The North Shore Rotary Club, with about 60 members, continues to be a driving force in the Community for projects of benefit to various other organizations and individuals.

Examples of this in recent months include donations to the Cody Stephens Foundation of $6500 for prescreening of high school athletes for heart defects; to the VA Hospital $1200; to the San Jacinto College MECA scholarship programs $11,000; to Pct. 2 for a new pedestrian bridge in North Shore Park, $40,000; to the Galena Park Education Foundation, $8600; to the Galena Park FFA for livestock purchases; to the Pilot Club $2000 for their luncheon; and much more.

In a recent visit from the District Governor Bob Gebhard, the club was cited for extensive giving to the national Rotary Foundation. He said that since its inception, the club has donated $580,000 to the Foundation. The foundation has a unique program wherein the donated money after three years is returned to the local club, for projects of their choosing.

North Shore Rotary Club president Matt Davis presents a check to Brett Hughes of the Galena Park Education Foundation for $8600, supporting the scholarships and grants made by the foundation.

North Shore Rotary Club president Matt Davis presents a check to Brett Hughes of the Galena Park Education Foundation for $8600, supporting the scholarships and grants made by the foundation.

North Shore Rotary Club presents a check to Harris County Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman, second from left, toward the construction of a pedestrian Bridge in North Shore Park on Wallisville Road. The bridge will connect two parts of the park making it much more accessible for families and sports groups. Participating with Morman are Rotarians Mike Williams, president Matt Davis, Alatia Harris, and Derrill Painter.

North Shore Rotary Club presents a check to Harris County Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman, second from left, toward the construction of a pedestrian Bridge in North Shore Park on Wallisville Road. The bridge will connect two parts of the park making it much more accessible for families and sports groups. Participating with Morman are Rotarians Mike Williams, president Matt Davis, Alatia Harris, and Derrill Painter.