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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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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.

Chamber Luncheon hears Ana Hernandez

ANA HERNANDEZ PRESENTS JACINTO CITY POLICE CHIEF JOE AYALA WITH A CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION FROM THE STATE.

The North Channel Chamber held their monthly luncheon last Friday, at the Jacinto City Town Center.

Featured speaker was State Legislator Ana Hernandez, who represents District 143. She is also a practicing attorney with the firm Soto and Hernandez.

Ms. Hernandez presentation was first about her life story, and then about issues she is concerned about that she will take to the next session of the State Legislature that starts in January 2019.

She said that she was born in Mexico, and raised in Pasadena. Her parents were undocumented, giving her a special interest in this issue. She was educated at the University of Houston, and the UT School of Law.

Ms. Hernandez was first elected in December 2005, and represents parts of Houston, Channelview, Galena Park and Jacinto City.

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Jacinto City Police nab Donut Store robbers

THIS SHIPLEY DONUT STORE ON UVALDE AT I-10 WAS ROBBED AT 4 A.M. AUG. 2.

JACINTO CITY – The Jacinto City Police Department was able to chase and arrest five juveniles that had participated in a crime spree last week.

Chief Joe Ayala told the North Channel Star that a robbery of the Shipley Donut store at I-10 and Uvalde occurred at 4:00 am on Wednesday Morning, August 2nd, and officers from his department were alerted to the fleeing robbers by police radio. Although the store was not open at the time, the robbers forced their way in because some personnel were working.

According to Ayala, a car with the perpetrators left Uvalde and headed west on I-10, where it was observed by officers from Jacinto City. The car exited onto Mercury Drive, and soon turned right on Rumar Lane. At this point, two units of the Jacinto City department were in pursuit. The chase wound through some local streets, and headed back east. Eventually, with the two police units close behind, the car with the robbers crashed over an embankment and stopped in the vicinity of Jacinto Port.

The car was disabled and the youthful robbers scattered and ran, but they were soon apprehended by the police.

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Construction to begin on four new San Jacinto College learning facilities

North Campus Cosmetology and Culinary Center Rendering

2015 bond referendum projects well underway

PASADENA, Texas – Following voter approval of a $425 million bond referendum in November 2015, progress on infrastructure updates and new facilities on each of the San Jacinto College campuses has begun, with four more buildings set for groundbreaking this fall.

“We are pleased with the progress being made to date on the 2015 bond referendum projects, said Bryan Jones, San Jacinto College associate vice chancellor for facilities services. “Much of the work has been focused on infrastructure and campus security, so residents and taxpayers in the District will begin to see structures taking shape on each of the campuses in the near future.”

CENTRAL CAMPUS

On the Central Campus, the new 145,000 square foot Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology is taking shape on the edge of the campus along Fairmont Parkway. When it opens in 2019 it will be the premier petrochemical training facility for industry, designed by industry. The Center will house programs in process technology, instrumentation, electrical technology, nondestructive testing and craft trades. The Center will include adequate space to teach credit students and incumbent workers to meet the needs of the growing workforce and economy along the Texas Gulf Coast. An 8,000-square-foot exterior glycol process unit will be available to every program that trains in the building.

“From the beginning stages of planning, industry has had a seat at the table for the vision, the design and the curriculum of the Center,” said Jim Griffin, associate vice chancellor / senior vice president for the College’s petrochemical training division. “This facility will ensure that San Jacinto College produces graduates with the right skill sets to meet the workforce needs.”

The total cost of the Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology is $60 million.

Set to break ground this fall on the Central Campus is a new welcome center. The centralized location will provide students with 43,000-square-feet of easy access to student and career resources. The new building will provide a spacious, technologically-advanced facility for enrollment services, advising, financial aid, tutoring and other related services. The total cost for this building is $16.6 million. The building is expected to open summer 2019.

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Rep. Gene Green to hold 23rd Annual Immunization Day

HOUSTON, TX — Congressman Gene Green will be hosting his Annual Immunization Day on Saturday, August 11, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at North Shore Senior High School (Galena Park ISD), 353 North Castlegory, Houston, TX 77049. In addition to providing free immunizations for children, the event will give parents an opportunity to speak with Congressman Green about preventive health initiatives.

“Immunizations are one of the most important disease prevention steps we can take to protect our children,” said Green. “This is a great opportunity for children to get the shots they need for school at no cost.”

Parents are encouraged to bring their child’s immunization record to ensure that all necessary shots are received.

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Texas Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 10-12

AUSTIN — July 25, 2018 — Whether you’re in need of book bags, blackboard chalk or bell-bottom pants, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on those and certain other items during the state’s sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-12.

The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 from sales tax, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

“As Texas families begin the process of replacing their beach bags with book bags, Texas’ sales tax holiday is the perfect opportunity to save some money on the supplies families need before the school bell rings,” Hegar said. “As a dad to three young children, I know how these expenses can add up.”

Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.

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Galena Park / Jacinto City Rotary installs new officers

THE GALENA PARK/JACINTO CITY ROTARY CLUB held their annual installation of officers last Friday night at the home of Maria Rodriguez. Pictured above are District installing officer Derrill Painter, President Elect Marcos Ramos, new President Jennifer Ledwith, Past President Bryan Clements, Interact Director Maria Rodriguez, Secretary Ernesto Paredes, and Treasurer Eileen Brightwell. Not pictured President designate Juan Flores.

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…)

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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