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Citizens of Galena Manor want city to reopen Churchill Community Center

Citizens attending the protest at Galena Manor Park at the Eronia Hall Pavilion with their homemade signs.

Meeting held to organize protest

Galena Park, TX. May 1, 2017 – Galena Manor residents gathered at the Eronia Hall Pavilion to organize before attending the next council meeting for Tuesday, May 2nd.

Taggy Hall, President of the Galena Manor Civic Club welcomed the people who came to event. She said the Evelyn Churchill Recreation Center is in a historically African American Section of Galena Park. The center has been closed since August 16, 2016. She thanked Constable Chris Diaz for providing Deputy Constable Gary Bonds and the other deputies present.

About a hundred citizens attended to hear community leaders complain about the city’s failure to reopen the Evelyn Churchill Community Center that’s been closed for nine months. The city closed the center due to the discovery of dangerous mold throughout the facility. It’s become a heated issue for months at several council meetings.

Community leaders provided the following comments to the North Channel Star.

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Galena Park Council Meeting marked with dissent and shouts from audience

GALENA PARK POLICE CHIEF REESE MARTIN and Galena Manor resident Sharon Fuller argue over the microphone, and whether she can continue to speak past the 3 minute limit. Interim Police Chief Reese Martin took microphone away from Fuller. Friends of Fuller persuade her to sit down to prevent her arrest. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Blame laid on Mayor Moya; city attorney says they responded

Galena Park, TX. May 2, 2017 at 6 PM: Mayor Esmeralda Moya called the regular council meeting to order.

After the regular order of business was completed, Moya only allowed the citizens to speak for three minutes who had signed-in on the designated form requesting to speak.

Approximately a dozen citizens went to the podium to tell the mayor they had voted for her but were disappointed with her failure to reopen the Churchill center or to answer their questions at previous council meetings or to return their phone calls. The mayor patiently listened to each person’s complaints, but remained silent.

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Bill Neal, Longtime Channelview educator, athletic director passes away

Longtime retired Channelview ISD athletic director and educator Bill Neal stands in front of the arena that shares his name.

Bill Neal, a longtime well-known educator, coach and athletic director for Channelview ISD, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017.

Neal worked as a teacher and coach in Channelview from 1959-1963 before his election to the Channelview ISD Board of Trustees in October of 1966 where he served until April 1978. Neal returned to the district later in 1978 as the Athletic Director and served in that position until his retirement in 1994. He was described by many as a special person that made a positive impact on many young lives by his caring nature and leading by example.

The district’s athletic arena, which was approved by voters of the 2009 bond program, is named in Neal’s honor. Neal was a standout athlete during his college career. He played basketball for the University of Houston and earned numerous honors.

Neal is survived by his loving wife Jerry, former CISD employee, and their two children, Joe Neal and Wendy Rodden, along with four grandchildren. Wendy is mother to granddaughter, Jennifer Rodden and Joe and wife Summer are parents to grandsons, William, Tyler and Zachary Neal.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 1 at Dell Dale Avenue Baptist Church, 402 Dell Dale.