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Mayor’s statement on re-opening the Churchill Building

Galena Park Mayor Esmeralda Moya submitted this statement to the North Channel Star concerning the Evelyn Churchill Community Building:

“As we all know, the Evelyn Churchill Community Building was closed by order of the Fire Marshal due to dangerous conditions disclosed by Commissioner Eric Broussard at a City Council meeting.

The City learned upon inspection by the Fire Marshal and Building Inspector that no building permit had been sought for what was supposed to only be ‘work to bring the building up to minimum building codes.’ As we learned, walls were taken out, many never mentioned “improvements” were made and it now appears that mold remediation work was improperly done. The building has since been tested by experts and two types of mold and asbestos were found inside the building.

For a second opinion on what must now be done in order to address these issues, additional experts were retained and they recently inspected and tested the building further. I have requested that they provide a complete report on the condition of the building and what must be done so it can once again be utilized by the community, and to advise the City as to the costs for any required remediation and finishing the build back. Only then will we know when the building might be re-opened.

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Local resident reports on hazardous community problem

An 18-wheeler truck with hazardous cargo parks within 30 feet of children’s swimming pool. The pool can be observed at the back right side. (Submitted Photo)

An 18-wheeler truck with hazardous cargo parks within 30 feet of children’s swimming pool. The pool can be observed at the back right side. (Submitted Photo)

Dear Editor North Channel Star:

I would like to inform you of a safety and health concern that our entire neighborhood is fighting about with the City of Houston. They have almost completed the construction of a Stripe truck stop in our neighborhood. We as a neighborhood were not consulted or informed of this business until after construction had started. We have over 500 family homes in our neighborhood. I have contacted every one of them and nobody approves of this truck stop. There are many concerns including but not limited to increase in crime rate, increase in drug trafficking, prostitution, air pollution, noise pollution, flooding and mostly traffic safety.

According to the Air Alliance Houston, our area has an increased cancer risk due to particulates from trucks and ships. Having a truck stop within 30 feet of where children play is no help. When it rains the people near the truck stop have water within a few inches of flooding their homes. The increased cemented area will increase this threat. Trucks will be parked within 20 feet of back yards with their motors running all night. This cannot be helpful to these working people trying to get a good night’s sleep, I do not believe that any air, noise pollution or flooding study was performed before the city approved this construction.

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What’s Happening to Our Schools? It’s not good

Dear Editor,

My name is Dickie Woods. I came to the delightful little town of Highlands about 30 years ago. I saw good people, a great school system, little traffic and awesome landscape. I bought some properties and got involved in the community and started some businesses. I took leadership roles in Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce, and Water District # 1. I have been a supporter of the Volunteer Fire Department and the School District with donations and participated in Partner’s In Education and the Goose Creek Education Foundation.

At one time, I had four grandkids in GCCISD. Now, I have two. One graduated and is in college (my oldest) and one moved away because of a job change by her dad. I never took time to personally get involved in the schools other than with the Chamber or Rotary. I didn’t see the need until this past year. I was asked a couple of months ago, as a chamber director, to represent the Highlands Community on the Citizens Bond Advisory Committee. I filled out the application and was accepted, so that began my involvement with the administration. Now, I am hearing more about what is happening in the District and it is disturbing.

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A Call to Arms

Open Letter to the Public:

Our school district is in trouble and it is up to you to save it. Yes, you. A few brave souls have talked to, written, called, or emailed the seven Board members recently to ask for action regarding the current Superintendent. 400 or more expressed their opinion by personally attending the Board meeting on July 14. Now, the Board members need to hear from the rest of the thousands of you who care about the future of GCCISD. You need to demand that they stop the damage that is being done by the Superintendent’s personnel actions, as it is negatively affecting our schools, our principals, our teachers, our administrators, our counselors, our operations and support staff, and most importantly our children. Very simply, we made a mistake when we hired Salvador Cavazos and then allowed him to dismantle the very fabric and soul of our district. You need to demand that your school Board do the right thing, right now, and terminate this Superintendent’s employment with GCCISD immediately.

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Dear Editor

Thank you so much for giving us old timers in North Shore a newspaper again. I have really missed the Sentinel. The only other local paper thrown is in Spanish, which I cannot read, and have missed local news and ads. I moved to North Shore in 1959. I’m hoping our almost defunct civic association can inspire activity through your paper.

Again thanks for the local news.

Dottie Woods

Dear Editor

I like news about our community, the obituaries because some people cannot afford the other papers. Please add some news of the churches revivals and such.

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I enjoy the local news. Please add “Beta Sigma Phi” news. They give scholarships to San Jacinto College.

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It’s great to have a local newspaper again. We look forward to every issue.

Brian Bernelle

If I were Editor, I would…

Add Birth Announcements and Obituaries.

Spotlight businesses, churches and social activities.

Tom Hughes
by email 

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I like everything; there is nothing I don’t like. This was my first issue (#3). Please distribute more on Channelview or just all the town around here. Please publish more on fishing, gardening. Wecolme to TEXAS! Add Police Beat. I did not know about the NCS (North Channel Star). I got mine at Food Fair-Sheldon Rd. First time! Thanks, Love it!

Velma I. Richey
by mail 

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Just wanted you to know how much I enjoy the “North Channel Star”. I’ve read all three issues and eagerly look forward for all future issues.

I’ve really felt “out of the loop” so to speak on issues and news pertaining to the North Channel area. For years my husband and I were faithful readers of what was called “The Sentinel” newspaper and really grieved its loss.

Again, thanks so much for your new enterprise and I greatly hope and pray for its success.

Sincerely,
T.L. Dailey
by mail 

Area needs cleaned up… and more

How can we get the city & county, in cleaning up the Wallisville road area, especially all the way from the area starting at Christian Tabernacle Church all the way to Maxey Road. Some is handled by Commissioner Jack Morman’s office as far as the bridge, but the rest of the way is the city. I called 311 over a year ago & asked them to pick up the trash and to clean up the area just before Uvalde Ranch apts., and here it is a whole year later, and still all the trash is there, & now 2 trees are dead & about to fall on Wallisville road. I have contacted Audra with Morman’s office about restripeing the road as well, and that was 3 months ago, & still I am almost side swiped everyday due to people not knowing where the lane is because the stripes are gone.

Also the nursing home Legend Oaks on the other end of Wallisville, needs its own turn lane in & out of their location, it is Extremly dangerous getting in & out of that location. I have contacted Congressman Gene Green’s office, and they said all of this is out of his jurisdiction. We really need to make this area alot cleaner. If someone would just provide a dumpster, I will clean it all up myself. I am not afraid of work at all, how about get the football teams of Galena Park School District involved with a community clean up??? thank you and I am so glad we have a local paper on this side of town again…..

Mary Cullum
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Letters of Community Support

Dear Editor,

In the Channelview Independent School District, there are many stories of success happening on our campuses every day. Our Board of Trustees and I are extremely excited about the launch of the North Channel Star – so that we may exclusively share the highlights and achievements of our students and staff in a front of broad audience in publication that our community can call its own.

With growing enrollment of more than 8,900 and the completion of our Bond Program, we are thrilled about having a newspaper that will spotlight the programs and people that make our district successful.

I know that what will make the Star unique is that it will be a publication where people will be able to receive neighborhood news that they would not be able to receive anywhere else. From already seeing your staff at various events in our area already, I feel the North Channel Star is establishing a vested interest in the community it will serve.

On behalf of myself and the Channelview ISD Board of Trustees, we want to welcome you to the North Channel community. We look forward to a long and lasting partnership.

Sincerely,
Greg Ollis
Superintendent of Schools
Channelview Independent School District

The San Jacinto Pilot Club is very pleased that Grafikpress has chosen to publish a newspaper for the North Channel Area. We know that the residents and businesses who choose to make the North Channel area their home are as excited about this as we are.

This community supports our spaghetti dinner fundraisers, which was just held on November 5, so that we can, in turn, support our community through scholarships and donating funds to charities and organizations which need our help.

Just as we are committed to supporting our community, the North Channel Star has commited to supporting the community also.