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Posts published in “Day: August 23, 2018”

Rep. Green holds community safety meeting

Congressman Green with citizens and governmental agency representatives at his August Community Safety Meeting. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Houston, TX. – Monday, August 20, 2018 — Citizens from the North Channel area came to Congressman Green’s regular monthly community meeting to report their concerns about problem conditions in their neighborhoods.

Crime conditions, flooding, littering, weeds and public nuisances are an ongoing monthly concern citizen’s report. Citizens were eager to give praise and thanks to the agencies representatives for taking care of their complaints.

Green always has guests from governmental agencies present who’ll take notes of the citizen’s issues and then try to resolve the problems and report back their remedies from the issues reported at the previous community meeting.

To help promote his 23rd annual immunization event in his district Congressman Green was the first of many present to receive his shots.

Congressman Green announced these upcoming events:

Northside Job Fair on September 17th

Senior Citizens Issues Forum on September 21st

Paying for College Workshop October 15th

For event locations and times or the next Community Meeting location and date, call 713-330-0761 or 281-999-5879.

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Rotary hears from JP candidate Lucia Bates

Lucia Bates

By Gilbert Hoffman

This year’s general election, set for November 6, will see a change in the Justice of the Peace in Baytown’s Pct. 3 Position 2. This is the position currently held by Judge Don Coffey.

Marketing Executive Lucia Bates, a life-long resident of the North Shore area, will become the next JP in that jurisdiction, since she is running with no opponent on the Republican ticket.

Bates spoke about her life and qualifications at a recent luncheon held by the Highlands Rotary Club. Rotary has had a special relationship with all the JP’s in recent years, Tony Polumbo, Mike Parrott, Don Coffey, and Joe Stephens. It was only natural that they wanted to meet and greet the next JP, Lucia Bates.

She spoke having been born in the Carribean island of St. Lucia, and moving to the U.S. as a child. She originally worked for GTE in Baytown, so she knows the area well. After that, she moved into advertising and marketing, first for the Houston Chronicle, and later for Houston Community Newspapers. She currently has her own business, LB Marketing Solutions. In many of these positions, she has won awards for outstanding performance.

Bates said her motivation to be a judge came from her passion to give back to the community. Her resume is full of public service positions, as a Rotary director, Chair of the North Channel Chamber, president of her HOA, and former board members of the YMCA, Pilot Club, Top Ladies of Distinction, Advisory Panel to LyondellEquistar, and much more.

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Jacinto City hires new Police Officer Samuel Lopez

Left to right: Jacinto City’s newest police officer, Samuel Lopez and Chief Joe Ayala. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. — August 9, 2018 — The Jacinto City Council approved the hiring of Samuel Omar Lopez as a full-time patrol officer.

Officer Lopez graduated from HISD’s Furr High School and obtained his law enforcement qualifications from the Houston Community College Police Academy.

His desire is to make a career with the Jacinto City Police Department.

Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke in Channelview

Beto O’Rourke and Adrian Garcia at the Channelview Town Hall. Many politicians were present for the event, including Pct. 2 Commissioner’s candidate Garcia, County Judge candidate Lina Hidalgo, JP candidate Lucia Bates, and many others. Garcia gave the warm-up introduction for Beto in his usually warm and friendly manner.

CHANNELVIEW – Candidate for Texas Senator Beto O’Rourke held a Town Hall meeting last Tuesday, at Armenta’s Reception Hall. Hundreds of supporters, and the curious, turned out for a warm greeting.

O’Rourke is on a 34-day grassroots drive across Texas, and Channelview was one of his few stops in this area. Beto has made a point of visiting all of the 254 counties in the state.

Although the crowd was mostly Democrats, many of them wearing “Beto for Texas” tee shirts, there were also some Republicans and Independents who tolds the North Channel Star they admired the man and message that Beto represents.

Beto gave a fiery speech, animated with arms waving, about his position on Veterans’ rights, public education, better pay for teachers, and universal healthcare.

Beto noted that his campaign is funded entirely by individuals, and not PACs or special interests, in contrast to his opponent, incumbent Senator Ted Cruz. O’Rourke said that so far he has raised more than $10.4 million dollars for his campaign, almost twice what Cruz raised.

In addition, polls are now showing that he is within 4 points of potential votes, with the latest being a poll taken by NBC news. The poll gave Beto 45% of the vote, with 49% for Cruz, and 6% undecided. Beto claims that as the general election in November approaches, he will pick up the difference.

Casino night benefits Chamber foundation

Namesake Bill Palko, at the table far right, kept an eye on the money all evening and had some fun playing.

Town Center in Jacinto City resembled Las Vegas last Friday night, as the North Channel Chamber Foundation held their Casino Night fundraiser.

Almost a hundred funseekers turned out for an evening of casino games, and good food from Pizzinis. Games included craps, blackjack, poker, and roulette, all played with “funny money” in the thousands.

The Title Sponsor was Bestway Oilfield, and Corporate sponsors included Arkema, Amegy Bank, Community Toyota, HCA Houston ER, North Shore Rotary, San Jacinto Colleg Foundation, Top Dog Fireworks, Woodforest Bank, United Community Credit Union, and Alamo Ready Mix.

Proceeds from the evening will go to the William C. Palko Scholarship fund.

The evening also included a silent auction, and a raffle.

Guests for the evening included North Shore Rotarians, Chamber members, and sponsors.

Poker was one of the popular games of the evening, as Rotary president Bill Bowes (in hat) checks his cards.