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Jacinto City honors student recognized as Presidential scholar

Standing: Norma Flores and son Salvador Flores Jr. holding his musical award presented by Keep Jacinto City Clean Committee Officers. Seated L – R: Keep Jacinto Clean officers provided cake and refreshments for the ceremony Secretary Linda Jamail, Vice President Irasema Salinas and President Teresa Arzapala.

Jacinto City, TX – May 25, 2017 — At the Jacinto City Council meeting Galena Park High School graduate and U. S. Presidential Scholar Salvador Flores, Jr. receives recognition award.

Keep Jacinto City Clean Committee presented Salvador for his relentless effort to succeed in reaching his goal to receive a college scholarship.

Using a borrowed musical saxophone young Salvador began his music career in middle school by tirelessly practicing daily after middle school. He continued his practicing throughout high school and playing in the school band.

With limited funds Flores made a solo musical video and sent it to the National Young Arts Foundation where it would be reviewed and evaluated for possible entry in the U. S. Presidential Scholar’s Foundation.

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Jacinto City marks Public Works Month at Council

Keep Jacinto City Clean Committee presents Kyle Reed Public Works Director a 21 Year Service Award at the Council Meeting of May 27, 2017. Standing L – R: Public Works employees Javier Gonzales, Alcario Banda,Ovidio Trevino, Public Works Director Kyle Reed (left with award) Council Woman Carmela Garcia, Candelario Aleman and Javier Duran. Seated L – R: Keep Jacinto Clean officers provided cake and refreshments for the ceremony Secretary Linda Jamail, Vice President Irasema Salinas and President Teresa Arzapala.

Kyle Reed Public Works Director receives 21 Year Service Award

Jacinto City, TX. — May 25, 2017 — At the council meeting National Public Works Week was recognized by the Mayor and City Council with a resolution praising the Jacinto City Public Works Department for the services provided to the citizen’s everyday lives. The resolution complimented the efficient operation of the city’s public works systems and programs such as water facilities, wastewater facilities, water transmission and distribution systems, sewer collections, streets and traffic systems, parks, public buildings, fleet management and storm water management.

Jamail said, “I call on all citizens and civic organizations to acquaint themselves with the services provided by our public works professionals and to recognize the contributions which public works officials and employees make every day to our health, safety, comfort and quality of life. Many times in the night when we’re home asleep in a warm bed our public works crews are out in the freezing rainy weather fixing water leaks so we can wake up with safe drinking water.”

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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C.E. King High School Senior Parade, and Galena Park High School Senior Walk

Graduating seniors at C. E. King High School spent the better part of the day loading and unloading off of nine school buses that toured them around the other campuses throughout the district. The purpose of the Senior Parade was not only for seniors to possibly visit their elementary and/or middle schools one last time…but to also act as role models for Sheldon ISD youth.

Throughout the week of April 24, Galena Park High School took 50 graduating seniors to visit five elementary schools for their First Annual Senior Walk. GPHS started this event to motivate kids to stay in school and achieve their goals. The students from Woodland Acres Elementary, MacArthur Elementary, Jacinto City Elementary, Pyburn Elementary and Galena Park Elementary gathered in the halls with signs to cheer on the graduates as they walked in their caps and gowns.

GPISD is so proud of the graduating seniors and wish them the best of luck in their future!

COMMUNITY CLEAN UP: Jacinto City’s “Day of Good Works”

L to R: City Manager Lon Squyres, wife Glenda, daughters Piper & Scarlett, KJCCC members Miguel Pena, Erick Pena, Secretary Linda Jamail, Vice-Pres. Irasema Salinas, back ground and standing President Teresa Arzapala & Jose Pena.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 – City Manager Lon Squyres and family teamed up with volunteers of the Keep Jacinto City Clean Committee members (KJCCC) to remove weeds at the city hall annex monument. Annually the city and KJCCC select a project(s) to work on together.

Jacinto City workers, after combing the city picked up over 517 old tires.

City Manager Lon Squyres said, “In addition to our yearly tire round up day, we will also pickup tires throughout the year. It is in everybody’s interest that we remove old tires to prevent neighborhood blight and eliminate breeding places for mosquitoes.”

Citizens can place their old tires at curbside for picking up because city workers cannot enter private property. Resident’s can call Public Works at 713-453-7411 for tire pick up at their address. Anyone caught bringing tires into the city that doesn’t belong to a resident can be fined.

(Center standing L – R) Maria Espinoza & Heritage Hall Director Elizabeth Flores with seniors offering garage sale items to raise funds to support activities not funded by the city.

“New” Sheldon ISD STEM Academy begins next school year

Students from STEM academy attended a field trip that was to a GIRLS (Girls Influencing Real Lives in STEM) Conference at Olle Middle.

Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, Sheldon ISD will be opening its first ever STEM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) at each of their middle schools.

What is STEM? STEM education is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Both C. E. King Middle School and Null Middle School will host a cohort group of (60) 7th graders each to start the academy. Students and their parents completed an application and were drawn from a lottery to be accepted. The school district plans on adding one more grade level a year to complete the middle school academy and progress into the high school academy in the future.

Students in this STEM academy will be given a challenging schedule next year that focuses on Project Based Learning in all of its core classes as well as an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) class, a STEM Lab class, and two other elective classes that they choose. This challenging, yet supportive schedule is designed to not only prepare the students by supporting them with college readiness standards daily, but it will allow them to learn through experiences with hands-on projects, field trips, STEM career guest speakers and after school STEM activities.

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Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary cake sale benefits scholarship fund

Sabrina Quintanilla and Kevin Alcantar with “Basket Full Of Roses” prepared by the GPHS Culinary Art students. Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Judge Joe Stephens bid $165 to win the cake.

GALENA PARK – May 5 – The Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club had their annual cake auction fundraiser. Thirty-one cakes were auctioned, half of which was prepared by the Galena Park Independent School District’s (GPISD) Culinary Arts Program. Citizens, elected officials and business representatives attended the auction that raised over six thousand dollars for student scholarships.

This year’s Rotary officers are: President Joshua Moreno, President-Elect Ibrahim S. Abouawdi, Secretary Ernesto Paredes, Treasurer Carol Thompson, Board Member Maria Rodriguez, Board Member Ramon Garza and Membership Chair Jennifer Ledwith.

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North Shore Rotary Fish Fry & Raffle

WINNER OF THE NEW TOYOTA PICK-UP TRUCK last year was Kimberly Gresham, second from right in this photo. (PHOTO COURTESY OF DERRILL PAINTER)

NORTH SHORE – Rotarians are busy preparing for their 42nd annual Catfish Fry and Crawfish Boil, which will be held Saturday May 20 at the North Shore Rotary Pavilion behind the courthouse. Tickets are on sale now, available from any North Shore Rotarian, and local businesses such as Capital Bank, Pine Forest Jewelry, North Channel Chamber and many others.

The location for the event is the Rotary Pavilion behind the courthouse, at 14350 Wallisville Road. Serving of food will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. but come early and enjoy the food, bid in the auctions, and perhaps win a prize.

There will also be a silent and live auction, according to Adam Lund, chairman of the Fish Fry this year.

Raffle tickets are $100, and meal only tickets are $10.

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Galena Park honors Scholar at Council Meeting

Mayor Moya presented Galena Park high school student Salvador Flores with an award for being accepted as a U. S. Presidential Scholar.

GALENA PARK – At the May 2 Council Meeting Mayor Esmeralda Moya called the meeting to order. After a prayer and pledges to the flags Chad Burke gave the annual Economic Alliance report.

Resolution RO5-2017 appointing Leonel Cantu, Esteban Lucio, Dr. Aubrey Ross, Dr. Francos Martin and Mayor Moya to the Annual Advisory Committee received unanimously approval.

Resolution RO6-2017 authorizing preparation and submission of a six hundred thousand dollar Texas Community Development block grant application (CDBG) for sidewalks and authorizing the Mayor to act as the City’s Executive Officer and authorized representative in all matters pertaining to the CDBG application was unanimously approved.

Mayor Moya and Commissioners Rodney Chersky and Barry Ponder voted to table a proposal to allow Splash Pads USA for forty-five thousand dollars to install a 15 ft. X 30 ft. splash pad at the swimming pool. Commissioners Oscar Silva Jr. and Eric Broussard voted against the motion to table, Ponder said there wasn’t sufficient detailed information as to what the company would provide and what the city would have to do to get the splash pad operational.

Two part time employees was unanimously approved, Giovanna Duran (parks and recreation) and Anita Torres (City Hall Administrative Assistant II).

Mayor Moya presented a Galena Park high school student Salvador Flores with an award for being accepted as a U. S. Presidential Scholar.

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