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JACINTO CITY HONORS GRADUATES

Galena Park High School: Giselle Alvarez, Paula Avila, Fidencio Cantu, Ammy De Leon, Jimmy Duenez, Danielle Galvan, Itzel Gonzalez, Miranda Gonzalez, Amanda Membreno, Miguel Mendoza, Kimberly NunezEmily Rivera, Furr High School: Jennifer Villarreal, Francisco Lopez-Yanez. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Galena Park High School: Giselle Alvarez, Paula Avila, Fidencio Cantu, Ammy De Leon, Jimmy Duenez, Danielle Galvan, Itzel Gonzalez, Miranda Gonzalez, Amanda Membreno, Miguel Mendoza, Kimberly NunezEmily Rivera, Furr High School: Jennifer Villarreal, Francisco Lopez-Yanez. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Jacinto City, TX. – June 11, 2015 The Jacinto City Mayor and Council at the regular Council Meeting honored the Jacinto City’s 2015 Honor Graduates from both Galena Park and Furr High School.

Fourteen graduates were presented a city certificate of recognition, souvenir gifts and a cap with the city’s logo. Each graduate came to the microphone to introduce themselves, give the college they planned to attend and what they’re majoring in. Miguel Mendoza of Jacinto City, the Valedictorian of the 2015 class of Galena Park High School made a brief statement of thanks to the city and said he was honored to have made the Graduation Class Speech.

Other city business, Public Works Director Kyle Reed gave the 2014 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. Mr. Reed said the report also known as the Consumer Confidence Report stated the city’s water was safe and met the Susceptibility Assessment Standards of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Stephens recounts how screening bill stalled

Scott Stephens

Scott Stephens

Speaking last week at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Highlands, Scott Stephens recounted for the audience the long path through this year’s Texas Legislature’s 84th session.

Stephens wants to provide heart screenings for all student athletes, to avoid the Sudden Cardiac Death that took the life of his son unexpectedly in 2002. His son Cody, a healthy looking football player in Crosby, had an undetected heart defect and died without warning at his family home.

Since that time, his father Scott has campaigned to provide ECG heart screening to all young athletes, at first with private donated funds, and eventually with the hope that school districts would include it in their regular screening process for students, athletes and others.

Stephens formed a private foundation, the Cody Stephens Foundation, and has raised over $500,000 to pay for 15,000 of these ECG tests last year. But he says there is the need to test many more, and he thinks the state should require all school districts to make this test available and in some cases mandatory.

During this session of the 84th Texas Legislature, there were 3 House bills and 1 Senate bill that were forwarding the proposal. Sponsors in the House were representatives Sylvester Turner, Wayne Smith, and Dan Huberty. Sponsor in the Senate was Chuy Hinojosa. The bills read “to prevent Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) in student athletes by enhancing the current Pre-Participation Sports Physicals with the addition of an Electrocardiogram (ECG) in the first year and third year of participation. Student and parent may opt out for religious or financial reasons.”
Stephens stated that the cost for an ECG in this circumstance is approximately $15 per student.

Stephens said that SCD is the #1 medical killer of high school age students. (Unfortunately, vehicle crashes are the #1 killer otherwise.)

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Congressional leaders visit Port of Houston

Congressional leaders on Port Matters visit Port of Houston efforts related to safety and security highlighted.

Congressional leaders on Port Matters visit Port of Houston efforts related to safety and security highlighted.

HOUSTON, June 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Port of Houston Authority facilitated an important visit and tour of the Port of Houston, Friday, June 5.

Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Congressman Ted Poe and Congressman Brian Babin visited the Port of Houston and learned more about the national impact of the Port of Houston overall and in particular its safety and security measures. The visit was arranged upon the invitation of Congressman Poe, who along with Congresswoman Hahn cochair the PORTS Caucus, which represents more than 100 ports across the nation.

A delegation that included Port of Houston Authority Port Commissioners John D. Kennedy and Stephen DonCarlos, along with federal partners Captain Brian Penoyer, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston and Leslie Fleming – Luczkowski, Assistant Port Director, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) and Captain Mike Morris, Presiding Officer, Houston Pilots visited Shell’s Deer Park refinery before taking a tour by boat of the Houston Ship Channel.

The tour highlighted unique aspects of the nation’s busiest port.

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Dr. Camacho presents cancer information

Dr. Luis H. Camacho

Dr. Luis H. Camacho

The North Channel Chamber heard from a cancer expert at their monthly luncheon last week, Dr. Luis Camacho.

Dr. Camacho is affiliated with the East Houston RMC Cancer Center, and is also Director of the Center for Oncology and Blood Disorders. His original training was at Bogota, Columbia, and later at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in the U. S.

Dr. Camacho illustrated his talk with slides about various types of cancers, and some basic facts about the nature of cancer and how it can be minimized, or otherwise treated.

Camacho said that 1 of every 2 men will have some type of invasive cancer, and 1 of every 3 women. He defined cancer as cells in the body that have uncontrollable doubling.

The outstanding questions, he said, are whether we can prevent cancer, and cure cancer. The answer is “Yes.”

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