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Posts published in October 2014

Kinder Morgan expanding GP terminal

KINDER MORGAN maintains these oil storage tanks in Galena Park, and others in Pasadena, and has announced a major expansion of capacity of tanks and ship docks.
KINDER MORGAN maintains these oil storage tanks in Galena Park, and others in Pasadena, and has announced a major expansion of capacity of tanks and ship docks.

HOUSTON – Oct. 14, 2014 – Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. announced last week an expansion project at its Pasadena and Galena Park terminals that will provide additional infrastructure to help meet growing demand for refined product storage and dock services along the Houston Ship Channel. The combined investment of approximately $240 million will include the construction of 2.1 million barrels of storage between the two terminals. Kinder Morgan will also construct a new ship dock capable of handling ocean going vessels and infrastructure improvements at its Galena Park Terminal that will significantly increase the vessel load rates across the existing ship docks. The project is backstopped by long-term contracts with existing customers.

The new ship dock and the existing Galena Park ship docks will be capable of loading vessels at rates up to 15,000 barrels per hour.

“The new tankage will provide refined product producers and traders the ability to send more barrels to the water for international exports or to the network of pipelines for domestic use,” said John Schlosser, president of Kinder Morgan Terminals. “Kinder Morgan will now have nine ship docks on the Houston Ship Channel and will double the load rates on existing docks. We see continuing strong demand for transporting fuel to the Gulf Coast to reach export markets.”

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Sheriff Garcia tells Rotary about Law Enforcement in Harris County

HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF ADRIAN GARCIA, center, spoke to the North Shore Rotary Club last Thursday at their regular luncheon. With the Sheriff are pictured club Program Chair Wayne Oquin, and Club President Allatia Harris.
HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF ADRIAN GARCIA, center, spoke to the North Shore Rotary Club last Thursday at their regular luncheon. With the Sheriff are pictured club Program Chair Wayne Oquin, and Club President Allatia Harris.

NORTH CHANNEL – Taking time from a busy schedule, Sheriff Adrian Garcia met with the North Shore Rotary, and gave a talk explaining the workings of his department.

He noted that the goals of his department were similar to the 4 Way Test noted on the banner in the room. Truth, Fairness, Goodwill and Friendships, and Beneficial to all concerned.

Garcia said his department is the third largest in the nation, and very diverse with about 100 languages spoken.

He noted that especially in the Ship Channel neighborhoods, his department is active in watching for terrorism, and his patrols carry radiation devices at they screen vessels. The Channel is susceptible to a terrorism event that would bring economic disaster to the region, costing as much as $300 million per day in losses.

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Attorney discusses toxicity in San Jacinto River

ATTORNEY FLETCHER COCKRELL
ATTORNEY FLETCHER COCKRELL

NORTH SHORE – As the debate continues on what should be done with the toxic waste pits in the San Jacinto River, residents on both shores of the river are looking for more information, and some relief to perceived health problems.

Attorney Fletcher Cockrell, of the firm Smith & Hassler, has been attending community meetings, and discussing the situation with residents who have these concerns. He has also been advertising in the local newspaper asking those with health concerns or questions about their property values to get in touch with him. At a recent meeting on October 1st held at the Highlands Community Center, with Jackie Young as speaker, Cockrell and two other attorneys were available to discuss these issues with the public who attended. About one hundred were present, indicating a strong concern about the environmental and legal issues involved.

Last week he talked at the Highlands Rotary Club luncheon, about the lawsuit that Harris County is now pursuing against the three companies that are responsible for dumping the waste materials from their paper-making operations. He also reviewed the history of the sites and the solutions that are being considered for remediation.

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CHANNELVIEW ISD events

District will host community-wide Veterans Day ceremony

The Channelview Independent School District will salute those who served in a community-wide Veterans Day ceremony at 6 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 5 at the Bill Neal Center.

Local veterans and all members of the public are welcome to attend the event. The Bill Neal Center is located at 828 Sheldon Road, next door to the Joyce Hendrix Educational Support Center.

The ceremonies will begin with a “Walk of Honor.” Veterans who wish to participate in the special opening event should arrive early. Cadets with the Channelview High School JROTC, the Alice Johnson Junior High LOTC and the Anthony Aguirre Junior High LOTC will lead the event.

For more information, contact Maj. Willie Haigler at 281452-1450, Sgt. Maj. Steve Dunbar at 281-860-3300 or Sgt. First Class Felicia Berguin at 281-452-8030.

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Renaissance Festival opens on October 11

Renaissance Festival last year participants.
Renaissance Festival last year participants.

New events blend with traditional fun & mirth

TODD MISSION – The 40th Annual Texas Renaissance Festival will open next weekend, starting on Saturday, Oct. 11. The festival is the nation’s largest Renaissance theme park, open every Saturday, Sunday and thanksgiving from Friday, Oct. 11 through Nov. 30th.

In addition, students and teachers may come for the 10th Annual School Days, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 4 and 5.

Each weekend, the Texas Renaissance Festival makes merry with a special theme: Oktoberfest, 1001 Dreams, All Hallows Eve, Pirate Adventure, Roman Baccanal, Barbarian Invasion, Highland Fling, and a 3 day Celtic Christmas. Each weekend offers unique entertainment, special contests, and food events tied to the theme.

Find out how to have a little fun on the weekends from October 11 until November 30 at 21778 FM 1774 in Todd Mission, Texas.

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North Channel Chamber hears Port Authority Talk by Guenther

Port of Houston CEO Roger Guenther, left, updated the Chamber on recent activities and future goals of the Port. He was introduced by Chamber Chair Greg Ollis, right.
Port of Houston CEO Roger Guenther, left, updated the Chamber on recent activities and future goals of the Port. He was introduced by Chamber Chair Greg Ollis, right.

The North Channel Chamber got an inside look at the importance of the Port of Houston, from its CEO Roger Guenther, at their luncheon last Friday.

The ship channel is celebrating its Centennial, having been founded in the year 1914. Guenther has been the CEO for less than a year, but he actually has worked for the Port for over 25 years, he said. He was a native of Baytown originally, and very familiar with activities along the coast.

Guenther said that the purpose of the POHA is to facilitate commerce, and to create jobs. It is a government entity, having been set up 100 years ago by the state of Texas.

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COMMUNITY PROFILE: Stephens Memorial hosts hopes, efforts to save lives

Martha Lopez Anderson of ParentHeartWatch.org, Scott Stephens, Melody Setphens, Wilton C. Schexnayder, Connie Schexnayder, Auctioneer Bill Busby, Kay and Richard Schexnayder of Oilwell Tubular Consultants, the top buyers and corporate sponsors for the second year in a row.
Martha Lopez Anderson of ParentHeartWatch.org, Scott Stephens, Melody Setphens, Wilton C. Schexnayder, Connie Schexnayder, Auctioneer Bill Busby, Kay and Richard Schexnayder of Oilwell Tubular Consultants, the top buyers and corporate sponsors for the second year in a row.

CROSBY – The Cody Stephens Memorial Foundation “Go Big or Go Home” Banquet and Auction brought together the best of east Harris County in optimism and efforts to save the lives of young athletes.

About 450 people attended the banquet and among these were represented most of the organizations and groups that are involved in one way or the other in improving life locally. The Cody Stephens Memorial Foundation is about saving young athlete’s lives by testing for Sudden Death (S.D.) or Sudden Cardiac Arrest due to heart conditions. The foundation and others are promoting testing called an E.C.G. and having that test reviewed by a cardiologist. The Foundation has helped numerous schools throughout Texas fund the testing and has enlisted the help of hospitals and cardiologists in making the test more affordable.

During the event, Scott Stephens, father of Cody, displayed the new E.C.G. devise that can be used to perform the test. It is now about as big as the new I-tablets that people use for computer work mobilely now. It once was wheeled in within a cart about 4 feet high.

What began as a effort to get more testing done in local schools for S.D. has become an effort to have the test performed statewide to save more than the eight lives that can be verified since the extra testing has been begun.

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Galena Park observes National Night Out

From GP ISD, Ken Wallace, Maria Rodriguez, & Angi Williams
From GP ISD, Ken Wallace, Maria Rodriguez, & Angi Williams

Galena Park held a National Night Out party on Tuesday night, and hundreds of folks turned out to meet their neighbors and have a pleasant evening.

The event was held at 1407 Holland, in front of the Shafii Event Center, and was sponsored by the Galena Oaks Subdivision, with help from Cruz Hinojosa, Raul Rodriguez, Juan Flores, and Lulac Council 4703.

Activities that were present and enjoyed by all included displays from the GP Fire Department, GP Police Department, Lulac 4703, GPHS Interact Rotary Club, GPHS Lulac Youth Council, and more.

Activities included free food and popcorn, Moon Walk, Face Painting by airbrush, Live Cartoon Characters, SER Jobs for Progress, Voter Registration, and at least two bands.

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HEALTH DANGER TO NORTH CHANNEL; Jackie Young urges action on waste pits

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST JACKIE YOUNG leads a discussion about the current status of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits, and remediation schemes. She is shown with a slide of Houston Chronicle Cartoonist Nick Anderson, illustrating the idea that the perpetrators of the dump site are protecting themselves, not the public. Young was a resident of Highlands who suffered serious health problems from toxic well water. She feels that the waste pits in the river pose a serious threat to the public, and has joined two organizations that are working to eliminate the site and its toxins from the river.
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST JACKIE YOUNG leads a discussion about the current status of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits, and remediation schemes. She is shown with a slide of Houston Chronicle Cartoonist Nick Anderson, illustrating the idea that the perpetrators of the dump site are protecting themselves, not the public. Young was a resident of Highlands who suffered serious health problems from toxic well water. She feels that the waste pits in the river pose a serious threat to the public, and has joined two organizations that are working to eliminate the site and its toxins from the river.

HIGHLANDS – On the eve of a trial that Harris County is pursuing against the companies that are responsible for the toxic waste pits in the San Jacinto River, environmental activist Jackie Young chose to hold a public forum to review the status of remediation efforts, and to push for more involvement from the community in government efforts to clean-up the river and the environment in general.

Young is vitally interested in this issue, because her family lived in Highlands for years, and suffered serious health issues which finally were blamed on toxins in their well water.

Now she works with Texans Together and the San Jacinto River Coalition, to educate the public and lobby for more government effort to clean up the environment.

Wednesday’s meeting was attended by about seventy-five people, at the community center. On hand were many residents of the area that had experienced health problems and were seeking answers and help to deal with them. There was also a contingent of private lawyers, talking with people about their situations, and looking for potential clients.

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National Night Out

national night out 2014The citizens of Galena Park Oaks are having a National Night Out on October 7, 2014 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm.

The event will take place at 1407 Holland, Galena Park, TX., 77547. They are expecting around 100-150 people to be in attendance. Police department, fire department, local school, nonprofits and various other groups will assist this event.

The Galena Park Oaks Subdivision is looking to bring the neighborhood and city together, so the community can be safer.

Come out have fun, enjoy music and food as well as giveaways.

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Career Fair held at San Jacinto College North

job fair

A WELL ATTENDED JOB FAIR was held Wednesday in the Monument Room of the Student Center at San Jacinto College North. Students looking for information or opportunities had about 50 exhibitor companies to talk to. In the view above, recruiters from BMW, Texas DPS, placement services, communications companies, computer programmers, and healthcare fields were all present to meet with prospective students and answer questions about their companies.