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Constable candidates hold forum at North Shore church

Five of the Candidates for the Pct. 3 Constable position are seen on stage at the North Shore Community Fellowship of Faith church, last Saturday afternoon. From left, Michel Pappillion, Ken Melancon, James Stewart, Sherman Eagleton, and Bill Norman listen to a question from the Pastor, Robert Dixon II. Not present at the forum were Jasen Rabalais, David “Bubba” Jones, Isaac Villarreal, and Eric Reed.

Five of the Candidates for the Pct. 3 Constable position are seen on stage at the North Shore Community Fellowship of Faith church, last Saturday afternoon. From left, Michel Pappillion, Ken Melancon, James Stewart, Sherman Eagleton, and Bill Norman listen to a question from the Pastor, Robert Dixon II. Not present at the forum were Jasen Rabalais, David “Bubba” Jones, Isaac Villarreal, and Eric Reed.

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – The crowded field of candidates for the Position of Harris County Pct. 3 Constable had some light shed on it last Saturday, when five of the candidates met at the North Shore Community Fellowship of Faith church on Maxey Road. All nine candidates had been invited, but for various reasons four of them did not attend.

The forum, or panel, was hosted by the church and Pastor Robert Dixon II. The forum itself was moderated by Ayana Mack, a radio personality heard on NGEN radio 89.3, and previously on KSBJ.

Sponsoring the forum were the African American Sheriff ’s Association, and the Concerned Citizens of North Shore.

The candidates made opening and closing statements on their positions, and most of the time was spent answering specific questions from a panel made up of law enforcement personnel and a lawyer.

Each candidate presented their qualifications and their experience, as well as a short statement about how they would run the Constable department if elected.

Questions related to youth and community initiatives, profiling of minorities, interaction of police and the community, how to involve senior citizens in community needs, how to reduce the crime rate, how to deal with the drug problem, how to be safer when gun laws encourage arms, how each feels about body cameras, diversity of the constable’s department, what training each has to deal with terrorism, how proposals including more training will be paid for, and what programs should be available to rehabilitate inmates.

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Stitch and Stuff — Hug-A-Heart

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MEMBERS OF THE SAN JACINTO PILOT CLUB were busy last week, making “Hug-A-Heart” pillows for patients at Texas Childrens Hospital. They make over 200 hearts twice a year as one of their community projects. Working on the pillows are, L to R, Kasi Schultz, Kim Schultz, Genevieve Pierson, Joan Van Fleet, Karen Westbrooks, Jillian Fallin, Julie Fallin.

Rep. Green hosts Town Hall at North Shore Library

CONGRESSMAN GENE GREEN met with the public last Thursday night, in the community room of the North Shore Branch Library. He reported on legislation in Congress, and answered questions on local issues.

CONGRESSMAN GENE GREEN met with the public last Thursday night, in the community room of the North Shore Branch Library. He reported on legislation in Congress, and answered questions on local issues.

NORTH SHORE – Congressman Gene Green spoke to a capacity crowd las Thursday night, as part of his semi-annual Town Hall meetings in various parts of his district.

Issues that were discussed at the meeting included refugees from Syria, Medicare and Social Security updates, the health insurance act known as Obamacare, or Affordable Care Act, and other matters of interest to the audience.

Green serves in Congress on the Energy and Commerce committees. During the 2015 Legislative Session, he worked on Health Care, Energy, Environmental, and Manufacturing issues.

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“The Positive Side” TV Show

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TV host John Thompson invites you to watch “The Positive Side” TV Show with Joe Stephens as a guest this Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. You can watch the program at the following channels:
Comcast/Xfinity 17
AT&T U-Verse 99
Phonoscope 75
Sudden Link 99
Streamed live on the internet at: http://www.hmstv.org/HMSLive.aspx
If you would like to be in the show, please contact Executive Producer J.T. Thompson at culorinc1999@gmail.com or by phone at 281-415-6577.

Gateway Monument work underway in Galena Park

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ARTISTS RENDERING of the new Galena Park Gateway Monument. It will stand over 20 feet tall, and be lit with a blue light for the star.

GALENA PARK – Work is underway on the construction of a “Gateway” monument, marking the entrance to Houston through the Port.

This is one of nine similar gateway projects, paid for primarily by the EconomicAlliance, a consortium of Ship Channel industries. The Alliance provided each community with a $125,000 grant, and a matching grant of $25,000 was required.

Each gateway design is different, related to the community in which they are built. Design work was by Bryan Janhsen of Knudsen landscape architects. Also planned is a plaza with statues honoring Veterans, Firefighters, and Police.

Showtime for Sheldon FFA

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MARC CHAPA displays his winning Grand Champion Steer last Saturday at the FFA Auction. K & T Western Wear bought the steer for $3600.

SHELDON – The 59th annual Sheldon FFA Livestock Show was held last Saturday at the Ag Center on Beaumont Highway.

Students showed a total of 32 animals or projects, down from 36 the year before. The Grand Champion Steer, shown by Marc Chapa,was purchased for $3600 by K & T Western Wear of Channelview, who were also the high buyer at the show.

The Grand Champion Swine was purchased by North Shore Rotary for $2000. The exhibitor was Samantha Doerr. School advisors for the FFA are Chris Jones, Stephanie Jones, Amanda Langley, Robert Lewis and Bobby Locke. Denise Smesny is CTE Director.

A complete presentation of exhibits will be featured in an upcoming issue of the North Channel Star.

Channelview FD receives fire prevention grant

Firefighters with the Channelview Fire Department received a more than $4,000 grant for fire prevention. The grant will be used for education in the community on matters of fire safety, and to reduce the number of fires.

Firefighters with the Channelview Fire Department received a more than $4,000 grant for fire prevention. The grant will be used for education in the community on matters of fire safety, and to reduce the number of fires.

CHANNELVIEW, Texas— The Channelview Fire Department has received a US$4,405 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.

FM Global representatives presented the award to Channelview Fire Department at Station 1 located at 16229 Market Street in Channelview Texas. The award will be used to assist with fire prevention activities in the community to help educate the community and reduce the number of fires.

Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past 35 years FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of Texas-based organizations.

The funds will be used to purchase a Surface Pro Laptop, Overhead projector, and a Sparky the Fire Dog costume.

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Rotary 5890 All-Club meeting draws 500 from district

rotary all club meetingDistricts 5890 and 5910 held their All-Club meeting at the Sheraton Hotel near the NRG Stadium on Tuesday January 12th. Almost 500 Rotarians and wives of the 3000 in Houston attended the event. District Governors Nick Giannone of 5890 and Doris Lockey of 5910 were the official hosts. Honored guest was Rotary International President K. R. Ravin-Dran and his wife. The president is a native of Sri Lanka. Entertainment for the evening included two dance numbers by the Ratini Dance Company of Sri Lanka.

Pilot Club receives Rotary support

pilot club hug a heartACKNOWLEDGING THE WORK that the Pilot Club does for the community, the North Shore Rotary club donated to support them in upcoming projects. Pictured: Joan Van Fleet, PIlot Club president; Mike Williams, Rotary president; and Julie Fallin, past Pilot Club president. Current projects are Hug-A-Heart and helmets for bicycle riders.

Dog Park opens in City of Galena Park

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The City of Galena Park Dog Park was officially opened this past Saturday morning, Jan. 9th. This was made possible by the city’s Parks and Recreation department and volunteers from LyondellBassell. Pictured at the dedication are Parks & Recreation Director Ernesto Paredes, Olivia Paredes, Councilpersons Cruz Hinojosa, Marisela Serna, Juan Flores, and representatives of LyondellBasell. The dog park is open to the public daily, on Keene Street.