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Posts published in July 2018

Galena Park firefighters train for emergencies

Training firefighters battle a mock railroad car disaster with hazardous material burning.

By Allan Jamail

Bryan, TX — Disaster City — Monday, July 23, 2018 — Galena Park Fire Chief Paul Gregory took a group of his firefighters to Texas A & M College Station, which is in its 89th year of Fire Training and Emergency Responders Training, to upgrade emergency responders’ training and certification.

Chief Gregory, one of five hundred instructors there, said, “There’s about 1,800 emergency responders here from all over Texas who’ll have five days of extensive training and testing in various fields of firefighting, emergency rescue, hazardous materials and Emergency Medical Training.”

Disaster City is located in College Station, on a 52-acre training facility that delivers the full array of skills and techniques needed by today’s emergency response professionals. The site has a building collapse area, rubble pile area, technical skills training area, and a transportation disaster training area, to name a few. The training is realistic, large-scale, and hands-on, and attracts more than 45,000 emergency responders from all 50 states and more than 45 countries each year. (more…)

Senator Sylvia Garcia resigns Texas Legislature

Seeks TX-29 Congress seat

State Senator Sylvia Garcia has submitted her resignation in a letter to Governor Greg Abbot, earlier this week.

Garcia is running for the seat that was vacated by Congressman Gene Green, Texas District 29. Her name will be on the November ballot, as well as a Republican opponent, Phillip Aronoff.

In her letter to Abbott, she said, “It has been an unbelievable honor for me and my family to serve the diverse, proud, working class constituents of Senate District 6 who contribute immensely to our state and want nothing more than to provide a good life for their family.”

Her term will end Jan. 2, 2019. She asked Abbott to call an election to fill her seat in the next election in November.

Investigators need tips for arson fire at Mosque

The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office and Crime Stoppers need the public’s assistance in providing any information regarding a fire at the ISGH Northshore Mosque, located in the 13800 block of Brownsville St, Houston, TX 77015.

The incident occurred on July 19 at approximately 4:30 a.m. An unidentified person or persons placed ignitable liquid on door of the mosque and set the door on fire. The fire was limited to the door because of the quick actions of the grounds keeper.

Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office fire investigators also found a car owned by a mosque leader with all four tires slashed. Investigators believe both incidents are related.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to felony charges or an arrest of the suspect(s) in this case. Information may be reported by calling (713) 222-TIPS (8477) or submitting tips online at www.crime-stoppers.org. All tipsters remain anonymous.

Washburn Tunnel closed until August 2 for improvements

HOUSTON, Texas – The Washburn Tunnel will be closed for 10 days, beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 23rd to 7 a.m. on Thursday, August 2nd . During this time, crews will be conducting in-depth maintenance to the Tunnel lining, as part of the Washburn Tunnel Concrete Repairs project.

Drivers are reminded to use alternate routes during the closure. Alternate routes include I-610 East Loop Freeway, Sam Houston Parkway, and Highway 146.

“The Tunnel is nearly 70 years old, and this maintenance has to take place as necessary from time to time to keep it safe and sound,” said Commissioner Jack Morman.

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Gubernatorial candidate visits in Jacinto City

Seated L – R seated: Lolita Guerrero, Dr. Viola Garcia, Ximena Magana, Insulators Local Union Business Agent shaking hands with gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez (standing) and Lacy Wolf, Jr. Business Manager of the Insulators Local 22. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

JACINTO CITY, TX. – Tuesday, July 10, 2018 – About 100 patrons at the 60 year old Jacinto City Café were surprised when Lupe Valdez, Democratic Party Gubernatorial candidate, dropped in for lunch along with State Senator Sylvia Garcia.

The locals crowd in for breakfast and lunch daily, except for Sundays, ordering off the full menu. The café is well known for its good prices and home-style cooked food served from the steam table, bringing in daily about 200 people from the Jacinto City, Galena Park and North Channel area.

The 2018 Texas gubernatorial election will take place on November 6, 2018 to elect the Governor of Texas, concurrently with the election of one Texas’s U.S. Senate seat, as well as other congressional, state and local elections throughout the United States and Texas. Incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott is running for re-election to a second term in office and will face Democrat Lupe Valdez, the former Sheriff of Dallas County, as well as Libertarian Mark Tippetts, a former member of the Lago Vista city council.

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Jacinto City/Sheldon: Father kidnaps and kills kids, self

PHILLIP BERNAL, 12, & SARAH WOLFE, 8

JACINTO CITY – Police were called to a home in the 11000 block of Verano Street last Thursday, July 12th at about 1:30 pm. What at first seemed like a missing child report on two grandchildren, called in by a frantic grandmother, developed soon into a much more horrendous crime.

At 2:20 pm a shooting was heard in the 14000 block of Edgeboro Street in the Sheldon area, near the intersection of old US90 and Beltway 8.

At that location, authorities discovered the bodies of the two missing children, Phillip Bernal, 12, and Sarah Wolfe, 8. They were in the back yard of a family home. Also in the yard was the body of the father, Cimarron Wolfe, 38, who was dead of a self-inflicted gunshot.

CIMARRON WOLFE

Harris County Sheriff ’s investigators reported that the father had shot and killed the two children before killing himself. They said that the apparent motive was a domestic argument in the family. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said “It’s definitely a dark day here in Harris County, another situation of family violence. This happens too often and it’s very sad and unfortunate.”

New Emergency Facility opens

THE CROSBY/HUFFMAN CHAMBER participated in the Ribbon Cutting, as well as members of the Bayshore and HCA staffs, and community members. Seen above, Bayshore CEO Jeanna Bamburg {in pink) cuts the ribbon, with the help of Dr. Alan Lo, Administrator Rachel Rivera, Judge Mike Parrott, who is head of the advisory board, and Denise Smith, Rotary president.

A new Emergency Treatment facility has opened on Beltway 8 East, near Wallisville Road.

A ribbon cutting was held on Monday of this week, to officially open the facility known as “HCA Houston ER-24/7.” The Emergency Room is part of the Bayshore Medical Center, an HCA affiliated hospital.

HCA decided not to reopen their full service hospital, East Houston Medical Center on I-10, after it flooded last year with several feet of water over the first floor. This ruined all the medical equipment, making it too expensive to reopen, and with no guarantee it wouldn’t flood again, according to Jeanna Bamburg, CEO of Bayshore Medical Center.

The new ER is for minnor emergencies, with lab, radiology, and treatment rooms. It is staffed 24 hours, 7 days a week, with doctors and nurses. Major problems can be transferred to Bayshore Hospital. The ER-24/7 is located on the frontage road southbound, and can be reached from the Beltway or Wallisville Road. The official opening was Monday, and the staff is now treating all types of medical problems.

See page 2 for more details on the facility.

North Shore Rotary installs new officers and board

Judge Joe Stephens swears in the new North Shore Rotary president, Bill Bowes, at a ceremony June 8th at Monument Inn. (Contributed photos)

North Shore Rotarians held their 61st annual swearing-in ceremony for new officers and board of directors, on Friday, June 8th at the Monument Inn.

The emcee for the evening was Rotarian Wayne Oquin, who entertained the club with lighthearted stories and jokes.

The evening also included presentations of Paul Harris Fellows by Dr. Donald Nino.

Judge Joe Stephens presided over the swearing-in of the new president, Bill Bowes, and his officers and board. These included Ryan Dagley, president-elect; Lowell Everitt, Secretary; Shawn Silman, Treasurer; and Kenneth Wimbley, Sgt. at Arms.

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Emmett, Culberson announce $5 billion more for flood work

Congressman John Culberson, Harris County Flood Control District Executive Director Russell Poppe,and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett (photo courtesy HPM)

Funding will Complete all Federally Authorized Flood Control Projects in Houston and Harris County

HOUSTON, TX – Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett last week announced the influx of more than $4.5 billion in federal aid headed to Texas for flood prevention and mitigation efforts.

“This funding was secured as part of the hurricane relief bills I helped shepherd through Congress and, as promised, allows the Harris County Flood Control District to finish every federally authorized flood control project,” Congressman Culberson said. “We know this money is vitally important, but it is only part of the solution. I will continue to fight for legislation that will help protect families, homes and businesses in the future.”

Judge Emmett joined Congressman Culberson at the Jewish Community Center, which is located close to Brays Bayou. It suffered extensive damage because of flooding during Harvey. The current project underway by the Harris County Flood Control District is purposed to reduce flooding along the Brays Bayou and will receive $75 million. The other projects receiving money are:

— Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries – $1.4 million

— Clear Creek – $295 million

— Hunting Bayou – $65 million

— Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Costal Storm Risk Management and Ecosystem Restoration Project approximately – $4 billion

— White Oak Bayou – $45 million

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Jacinto City Police recognized for robbery arrests

Jacinto City Police Department Personnel receiving recognition plagues. L – R: Lt. D. Walker, Patrolman O. Elizondo, Cpl. A.J. Seydler, Dispatcher Esther G. Perez, Chief J. M. Ayala, Sgt. B.J. Silva, Sgt. E. Ramos, Patrolman A. Kamali and Patrolman T. Hodges. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. – June 28, 2018 — At the Jacinto City Council meeting, Lt. D. Walker, Sgt. B.J. Silva, Sgt. E. Ramos, Cpl. A.J. Seydler, Patrolman O. Elizondo, Patrolman T. Hodges, Patrolman A. Kamali and Dispatcher Esther G. Perez were recognized for their outstanding service to the city. Police Chief Joey Ayala commended them for their quick action in two separate armed robberies between April and May that cumulated in the felony arrest of eleven robbery suspects.

Chad Burke, President of The Economic Alliance Corporation for the Houston Ship Channel region, in which the city is a member, gave their annual report.

Allan Jamail, founder of the Keep Jacinto City Clean Committee, questioned how building work at 10902 Lane Street on a home was allowed for six months without a valid building permit. City Manager Lon Squyres said currently a Stop Work Violation Red Tag has been placed on the building and the owner has been notified of the violations to the city’s building code and the requirement to obtain a building permit before any future work can continue.

Waste Pits need additional repairs

San Jacinto Riverbed scouring image post Hurricane Harvey. Gridded areas of riverbed labeled A, B, C, D will be repaired, as well as exposed toxin area in Northwest corner (dark blue).

Toxic material exposed, cap membrane missing

EPA Directs Additional Repairs for San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site

DALLAS – June 29, 2018 — The EPA is directing the potentially responsible parties of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site in Texas to take immediate action to address damage to the protective cap. Initial repairs will begin shortly at the damaged areas where the protective rock was missing. Upon completion, EPA will inspect the final repair.

EPA received preliminary data from sediment samples collected by EPA’s dive team from twenty-two small areas measuring up to 50 square feet at the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site. Samples from twenty-two of the areas confirmed the protective cap is absent and the underlying waste material was exposed. The preliminary sample showed dioxins up to 60,500 ng/kg. EPA recommended clean up level for the site is 30 ng/kg.

EPA has directed both International Paper and Industrial Maintenance Corporation, the potentially responsible parties (PRPs) for the San Jacinto Waste Pits Superfund site in Harris County, to take steps to ensure that the exposed waste material is isolated and securely covered. The dioxin in the waste material does not dissolve easily in water, but it can migrate further out into the surrounding sediments.

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