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Galena Park honors retired Police Captain Ken Ponder

L to R: Police Commissioner Rodney Chersky, retired Police Captain Ken Ponder and Mayor Esmeralda Moya. Detective Tim D’Antonio received his retirement badge but was unable to be present for the photo.

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX. – Friday, June 15, 2018 — Mayor Esmeralda Moya and Police Commissioner Rodney Chersky presented 26 year retired Police Captain Ken Ponder a gold retirement badge and a proclamation signed by the mayor commending him for his honorable service to the city.

Chersky said before his and Moya’s time in office, the city failed to present retiring Captain Ken Ponder and Detective Tim D’Antonio their retirement badges.

“When I learned of it, I made Mayor Moya aware of it too. Mayor Moya adamantly agreed with me and told me to make sure this happened and that it happened soon! A retirement badge is something a police officer cherishes. This is a symbol from the department in which they’ve served and a keepsake for their own memories in their retirement years. (more…)

Judge Emmett speaks on $2.5 billion flood bonds

Judge Ed Emmett speaking at the Rotary Club of Houston last week.

HOUSTON – In a wide ranging talk before the Rotary Club of Houston, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett spoke about a number of topics of interest. He started by talking about his appreciation for the work that Rotary does in the community, and across the world. He gave examples from his own experience of how he has been touched by and involved in this work.

Then he spoke about the upcoming $2.5 billion bond issue that will be on the ballot in a special election on August 25th. He explained that the date is the one year anniversary of the devastation when Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast, causing flooding throughout Harris County and other parts of the state.

“Harvey changed a lot of lives,” he said. He noted that 154,000 homes in Harris County and Houston flooded. The Hurricane dropped 51” of rain in a four day period. Many homes were destroyed or made unlivable, and there were many deaths in the flood waters.

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East Harris County Emergency Service names Rep. Hernandez Legislator of the Year

Rep. Hernandez, middle, joined by North Channel Area Chamber staff and local emergency service district leadership during her recognition as Legislator of the Year. L to R, Jimmy Sumbera, Administrator, East Harris County ESD#50, Margie Buentello, president/CEO North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce, State Representative Ana Hernandez, Brenda Biggers, Commissioner ESD#50, William Anders, Commissioner ESD#12. (Photo by Allan Jamail for the NC Star)

Supporting First Responders

East Harris County Emergency Service recognized Rep. Ana Hernandez as Legislator of the Year during the North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce June Luncheon.

“When minutes count, our first responders go into harm’s way to get the job done. From tackling wildfires to providing on-site medical care when the unthinkable happens, their services can often mean the difference between life and death,” said Rep. Hernandez. “Supporting firefighters, peace officers, and ambulatory personnel in their mission to keep our communities safe is one of the most solemn responsibilities we have as state lawmakers.”

“I was incredibly humbled to have been honored as Legislator of the Year by the East Harris County emergency service districts while recognizing first responders,” Rep. Hernandez said.

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San Jacinto Pilot Club installs new leadership

San Jacinto Pilot Club new officers with District Governor-Elect Gail Wilson, left. Next to her, new president Julie Fallin, Karen Westbrooks, Carolyn Roberts, and Joan Van Fleet.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, the San Jacinto Pilot Club installed their new officers for the 2018-2019 Pilot year. Pilot International’s Texas District Governor-Elect Gail Wilson was the installing officer for the evening’s banquet, held at the home of Jerry and Julie Fallin. Guests enjoyed a steak dinner while watching the sun set on Burnet Bay overlooking the historic San Jacinto Monument.

Officers for the 2018-2019 year, which begins July 1 are: Julie Fallin, President; Joan Van Fleet and Carolyn Roberts, Co-Secretary; and Karen Westbrooks, Treasurer. We wish all these officers the very best of luck this Pilot year.

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NC Chamber honors “Hometown Heroes”

Dr. ALAN LO and CEO JEANNA BAMBURG of the Bayshore Medical Center, with JIMMIE SUMBERA of Channelview Fire Department.

First Responders were honored, and thanked for their service, at a North Channel Chamber luncheon last Friday, June 1st.

Mike Williams gave an emotional talk about his experiences with First Responders, and then William Anders, commissioner of ESD12, made presentation to each First Responder that was present.

First Responders are firemen, EMT personnel, constable, sheriff’s deputies, and policemen.

Representatives from most of the local departments were present to receive a certificate of appreciation.

Also honored was State Representative Ana Hernandez, recognized as “Legislator of the Year” by the Emergency Services District.

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Locals residents provide food for the needy

Seated is Director Don Nichols, keeping track of the allocation of the free food to make sure everyone gets their share.

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX — May, 2018 — At the Jacinto City’s Calvary Baptist Church, Minister Allen Lee and Food Distribution Director Don Nichols team up monthly, making ends meet for those needing help. Nichol’s said food for about 4,000 people was given away.

The next distribution date is 9 AM Saturday, June 16th at the Jacinto City’s Calvary Baptist Church, 10346 Fairfax Street.

Furr High School holds ribbon cutting for new building

L- R: Councilman Robert Gallegos (blue shirt), Constable Chris Diaz, Representative Ana Hernandez, Interim Principal Rose Hernandez, HISD Trustee Holly Maria Flinn Vilaseca, Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan, Area Superintendent Jorge Arredondo, Interim Chief Academic Officer Noelia Longoria and School Support Officer Cesar Martinez. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Furr High School, Houston, TX. — May 18, 2018 — Furr High School’s Interim Principal Rose Hernandez began the Building Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, welcoming citizens, community leaders, and officials.

The ceremony began with Furr’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), led by Emily Gomez Cadet Colonel, posting the Colors. Commander Sergeant Major Isiah Galindo led in the pledge. Entertainment was given by the JROTC Drill team, led by Commander Grace Danas, the school band, the Sparkles dancers, and cheerleaders. Reflections on Furr were made by students, Angela Gomez, Caleb Elam, and Ernesto Salazar.

Principal Hernandez stated, “The Furr vision is to transform the outdated urban high school which was opened in the fall of 1961 into a next-generation, student-driven facility that addresses global and local challenges. With our new 182,000 square feet, three-story building design that holds flexible learning spaces that meets the needs of all learners, we believe we will do just that.”

“With our new state of the art facility, we will provide a personalized, rigorous academic experience that will encourage students to tackle issues from environmentalism to social justice by providing students with strong, positive mentorships, hands-on internships, and project-based learning.”

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Nadolney wins top prize in Rotary Fish Fry Raffle

THE WINNING RAFFLE TICKET is pulled from the tumbler at the end of the Fish Fry. It belonged to Rotarian Frank Nadolney. ABOVE, raffle chairman Shawn Silman helps announce the winner, after Fish Fry chairman Bill Bowes pulls it out.

A record crowd showed up at the Rotary Pavilion on Wallisville Road last Saturday, May 19 to participate in the 43rd annual North Shore Rotary Catfish Fry and Crawfish Boil.

Attendees are motivated by the opportunity to win a new car or truck in the raffle, but they also benefit from time spent with friends.

The Fish Fry is held every year to raise money for local community projects, scholarships, and the International projects such as Polio Plus.

In addition to the raffle, there was a live auction with a record 82 items, many of them selling for over a thousand dollars. The major sponsors for the event were Community Toyota, Bestway Oilfield, Blue Northern A/C, Channelview Education Foundation, Crawfish Shack, Galena Park Education Foundation, North Channel Area Foundation, and San Jacinto College Foundation, as well as 16 other businesses and individuals.

The North Shore Rotary Club typically raised several hundred thousand dollars at this event, and in turn provides scholarships, and supports groups such as Little League, Pct. 2 parks, and needy families at the holidays.

GUNS, THREATS AT LOCAL SCHOOLS

Precinct 3 Deputies turn out in force at Crosby High School after a threat was made on a bathroom wall. The threat is being thoroughly investigated and locals fed the offices special lunches as thanks.

Police investigate at Huffman, Crosby

CROSBY – In the wake of the shooting at Santa Fe High School, an incident in which a student brought a pistol to Hargrave High School in Huffman – Crosby was taking nothing for granted when a threat was found to be written on a bathroom wall indicating there would be a shooting at Crosby High School on May 30. Later that threat would allegedly be moved up to May 22.

The Superintendent’s Office issued the following statement at 11:55 a.m. on May 21:

“We have received a report this morning that a threat was written on a bathroom wall at Crosby High School. The threat alleges a shooting that would take place on May 30th. At this time, administrators and our school resource officers are investigating the threat to determine its source. We are asking that our staff, parents, and students be especially vigilant in the coming days. In the aftermath of any school shooting, hoax threats are often made. However, we are not taking lightly any threat made against student safety. The threat did not name a specific student or group of students. A thorough investigation is in progress and appropriate consequences will be taken once we have more information. We strongly encourage you to directly report any information you have regarding this or other safety threats directly to the school district or you can use the Crosby ISD app, which has an anonymous tip line for the reporting of information related to any type of threat. We will keep you updated on the situation.”

Later on June 21 at about 4:07 p.m.:

“The threat that was discovered in a boy’s bathroom this morning at Crosby High School is still being investigated. Because so many students had already accessed that bathroom before the threat had been reported, it has proven difficult to narrow down the person who might have originally posted the threat. Regardless, administrators and our school resource officers are exhausting all avenues to determine the source of the threat. We will update if there is new information.”

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Community newspaper teaches Journalism

Allan Jamail NC Star writer and Principal Sandra Rodriguez, at Woodland Acres Elementary Career Day.

Houston, TX. – Thursday, May 17, 2018 — Career Day at Woodland Acres Elementary School, of Galena Park Independent School District.

NC Star writer Allan Jamail presented the career path to journalism and the educational requirements for becoming a journalist to the 150 third, fourth and fifth graders in attendance.

Jamail said, “You need to prepare yourself while in elementary school, and after completing high school, then take journalism courses in college. A good background in English, along with language arts, humanities and social studies are needed. You must have excellent verbal and written communication abilities.”

He stressed the need for students to strive to perfect their skills in spelling, punctuation, pronunciation, grammar and writing. Journalists investigate to give the public accurate information on current events through the newspapers, magazines, television, radio and internet online websites. Their job is to thoroughly investigate and research important news stories and to present them in a clear and understandable manner.

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