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Esmeralda Moya wins run-off election for Galena Park Mayor

ESMERALDA MOYA, NEWLY ELECTED MAYOR OF GALENA PARK, WILL BE INSTALLED INTO OFFICE ON JULY 1 AT 6:00 PM AT CITY HALL.

ESMERALDA MOYA, NEWLY ELECTED MAYOR OF GALENA PARK, WILL BE INSTALLED INTO OFFICE ON JULY 1 AT 6:00 PM AT CITY HALL.

GALENA PARK – After a close election in May, in which four candidates vied for the office of major of Galena Park, in the run-off election held last Saturday, June 21 Galena Park made history by electing the first Hispanic female mayor of the city.

Moya was running against Joe Thibodeaux, a well known candidate because he had been city councilman for 20 years. Moya did not have any other political experience, but convinced the voters by a wide margin that she had the qualifications to be mayor.

Even though it was a runoff, voters were excited enough about the outcome to turn out in numbers larger that the general election in May. At that time, 746 votes were recorded, and this time 784 electors went to the voting booths.

Moya received a total of 452 votes, and her opponent Joe Thibodeaux received 322. Both of these total were an in-crease from the previous election, where Moya received 260 and Thibodeaux 217.

JUAN FLORES JR WON ELECTION FOR COUNCIL SEAT #4.

JUAN FLORES JR WON ELECTION FOR COUNCIL SEAT #4.

Also on the ballot was a run-off for Council Seat #4, between Juan Flores Jr. and Martha Flores. This position is responsible for Streets and Bridges in the city. Voting was quite close in this race, because both candidates are well known in the community. J. Flores received 377 votes, and M. Flores was close behind, with 360 votes.

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Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary installs Maria Rodriguez as new president

NEWLY INSTALLED ROTARY PRESIDENT MARIA RODRIGUEZ, SECOND FROM LEFT, WITH OUTGOING PRESIDENT ERNESTO PAREDES, SECRETARY “ABBY” ABOUAWDI, AND PRESIDENT ELECT PAUL HENNEY.

NEWLY INSTALLED ROTARY PRESIDENT MARIA RODRIGUEZ, SECOND FROM LEFT, WITH OUTGOING PRESIDENT ERNESTO PAREDES, SECRETARY “ABBY” ABOUAWDI, AND PRESIDENT ELECT PAUL HENNEY.

GALENA PARK – New officers and directors were installed for the 2014-2015 year at the Rotary Club’s regular luncheon Wednesday, at Baggett Center.

On hand to install the officers was Past District Governor Sunny Sharma, of District 5890. Other dignataries from District 5890 included Bill Palko, Assistant Districk Governor, Terry Ziegler, 5890 Foundation Chair, and a delegation of visiting Rotarians from the North Shore club.

In his welcoming remarks, Sharma noted that Rotary changes leadership every year in June, and with it comes the personality of the new president. Thus the club’s personality also changes, bringing a freshness and renewed vigor to all the clubs. 5890 now has 62 clubs in the district, he noted, and each one is different in its own way.

In her acceptance remarks, newly installed president Maria Rodriguez noted that although she looked forward to her year as president, she regretted having to give up mentoring the Interact club at the high school, which she had done for 5 years.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: POST OFFICE REMOVES ALL NEWSPAPER BOXES

This newspaper has received orders from the new District Director of the US Postal Service to remove all its circulation boxes from Post Office property, in Highlands, Crosby, Huffman, Mont Belvieu, and Galena Park.

In his letter, director Yul Melonson said his motivation is “a clean, uncluttered retail environment.”

Publisher Gilbert Hoffman sent a letter to Melonson, pointing out the inconvenience to thousands of readers, and the benefits of attracting the public to his facilities. In the meantime, the newspaper is increasing circulation at area locations such as markets, libraries, convenience stores, banks and more.

To ensure you receive a paper, we suggest you consider a mail subscription. A subscription form in inside this issue.

If you want the newspaper at the Post Office, we suggest you contact your local Postmaster, and the District Director by phone, mail, or fax with your opinion. His contact info:

Yul Melonson, District Director
4600 Aldine Bender Rd.
Rm 800
Houston, TX 77315-0800

PHONE 713-226-3717
FAX 713-226-3700

State Rep. Ana Hernandez visits Pugh Head Start students

State Rep. Ana Hernandez greets HCDE Pugh Head Start children onstage for an end-of-year celebration.

State Rep. Ana Hernandez greets HCDE Pugh Head Start children onstage for an end-of-year celebration.

Harris County Department of Education’s Pugh Head Start Center was recently visited by state Rep. Ana Hernandez during the center’s bridging ceremony. Held to celebrate the transition of the pre-kindergarten students into neighboring Pugh Elementary, Rep. Hernandez attended to show support of the Head Start program.

Earlier this year, a group of Pugh Head Start parents sent a thank you letter to Rep. Hernandez’s office for advocating in support of Head Start. These parents were honored at the ceremony for their involvement in their children’s education and commitment to the program.

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Cleaning tank industry could be forced to obey pollution law

Tank cleaning facility located at Market Street.

Tank cleaning facility located at Market Street.

CHANNELVIEW, TX – Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has filed a lawsuit against a Channelview industrial tank and container cleaning business demanding that the business stop the pollution and noxious odors that flow from the facility.

Ryan contends that these emissions and waste materials are causing neighbors to complain of nausea, headaches and burning eyes.

The defendant, Texas Industrial Box Maintenance, located at 15531 Market Street, cleans tanks and containers used in the transportation and storage of chemicals and regulated waste.

Nearby residents have complained about the smells coming from the tank cleaning operation, leading the Harris County Pollution Control Department to cite the company on seven separate occasions for violating Texas environmental and safety laws.

“The tank and container cleaning business is an essential part of our region’s oil and petrochemical industry. It is also a dangerous business,” County Attorney Ryan said. “Our Office will continue to work to make sure that these companies are following the laws that protect our residents.”

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