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Jacinto City celebrates Memorial Day

 

Group photo: Sheila Jackson Lee and Charles Scott (center) who led the pledge to the flag. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (center with flag) with resident Charles Scott who led the pledge to the flag.

Representatives Lee and Hernandez honor Veterans

Jacinto City, TX. – May 26, 2017 at the Jacinto City Health Care Center Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and State Representative Ana Hernandez recognized Memorial Day. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee presented a United States Flag to Veterans that flew over the United States Capitol in Washington, D. C. and a proclamation paying tribute to those of the Armed Forces.

Representative Ana Hernandez while in Austin because the Texas Legislature is in session was represented by her Community Liaison Linda Jamail who presented a Texas flag which flew over the Texas Capitol and a certificate honoring those who died in service to the country.

Former Jacinto City Mayor Allan Jamail (founder of Keep Jacinto City Clean) was the Master of Ceremonies. He began the memorial ceremony with a prayer and was followed by army Veteran Charles Scott a retired Jacinto City employee who’s now a resident of the health care center.

The Honorable Congresswoman Lee stated, “I am humbled and honored to be with you this afternoon in the presence of heroes and in remembrance of every man and woman of the Armed Forces who gave the last full measure of devotion in defense of our country.”

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Channelview ISD apologizes for offensive certificates

Officials of the Channelview school district were faced with criticism last week, because a teacher at Aguirre Junior High had awarded her students mock graduation certificates, with offensive wording on them.

One of the certificates said the student was “most likely to become a terrorist,” and another cited the student as “most likely to blend in with white people.”

The awarding of mock graduation certificates to students is not unusual, officials said, but the 7th grade teacher unofficially identified as Stacy Lockett, was cited by her principal Eric Lathan, and the District’s superintendent, Greg Ollis, for using poor judgement in the wording. District spokesperson Mark Kramer said the teachers involved had been disciplined according to district policy.

The matter drew a great deal of attention from parents and the public, both locally and nationally.

MEMORIAL BENCHES IN GP

Sitting on the new park benches, L – R: Veteran David Kent, Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Veteran Hector Torres and City Secretary Mayra Gonzales. Standing: Galena Park High School Vocational Welding Department (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Galena Park, TX, Friday, May 29, 2017 — Citizens from all parts of the city came together to pay their respect to those who have died protecting America.

Park benches were dedicated and installed in front of city hall to create a Veteran’s War Memorial. Each bench has a bronze plague attached representing each of the branches of the Armed Forces. The Galena Park High School Vocational Welding Department fabricated and welded the benches.

Mayor Moya said, “While we celebrate Memorial Day with our families and friends, let us not forget to say a prayer for the brave men and women who served and lost their lives to protect ours and our beautiful Country. Today we honor that service and pray for the day when wars end everywhere. God Bless America!”

Past Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary president Abby Abou-Awdi dies

Ibrahim “Abby” Abou-Awdi

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Galena Park community mourned the death of Rotarian and GPISD employee “Abby” Abou-Awdi. The following Memoriam is written by friend Charlotte Jackson.

We have all heard it said “iron sharpens iron” but sometimes we need that person in our lives that is just a little different to push us to a higher level. This week, our community lost one of these individuals who walked a path different from the majority of us, yet pushed us to a higher level of life.

On Monday, May 29 it was with much sadness that I read the words from Ernesto Paredes, Jr. who serves as the Secretary for the Rotary Club of Galena Park Jacinto City. Our friend and coworker for many in the North Channel Area, Ibrahim “Abby”

Abou-awdi had passed away from that disease that has touched too many of our lives….cancer.

As customary with the Islamic faith, there was a prayer service within hours of Abby’s death and then his body was committed to a grave. He leaves behind his wife Layla as well as two sons Kalial and Adam. Other family members as well as friends from his religious community were joined by members of the Galena Park ISD family, where Abby had served as Lead Director of Facilities Management. There were former coworkers as well as members of the Galena Park Jacinto City Rotary Club which Abby loved deeply.

Not only had he served as President of the Club during the 2007-2008 year, but he continued to serve in many areas of Rotary District 5890, with a special emphasis on membership.

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Representative Hernandez’ End-of-Session Update

Rep. Ana Hernandez

After 140 days of proposed legislation, negotiations, and passionate debate, the 85th Legislative Session concluded this week.

The Legislature approved a $217 billion two-year budget that encompasses $20 million in additional funding for our local community colleges and fully funds healthcare for our retired teachers through the biennium. I am especially proud of the efforts we made to provide an additional $500 million in resources for the state’s foster care system and CPS, improving care for our most vulnerable children.

However, the budget fails to adequately invest in healthcare services, while also allocating an additional $800 million in “border security” funds for the Department of Public Safety for initiatives that lack transparency and hard accountability standards. I look forward to addressing these topics with my colleagues during the interim.

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