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HISD cancels classes, activities due to Hurricane Harvey

HISD cancels classes Monday due to threat of inclement weather
District events, activities for Friday and Saturday canceled or postponed

Aug. 24, 2017 – All HISD campuses and administrative offices will be closed on Monday, Aug. 28 and all campus and district activities canceled due to the threat of inclement weather.

Classes are scheduled to resume on Tuesday, Aug. 29. However, the district will continue to monitor developing weather conditions and will determine whether classes can safely resume on Tuesday. The district will make that decision by noon on Sunday, Aug. 27.

All HISD campus-based activities and district events – including professional development and recruiting sessions – taking place after 2 p.m. are canceled for Friday, Aug. 25. In addition, the Houston ISD Athletic Department is canceling all athletic activities for Friday, Aug. 25 and Saturday, Aug. 26. This cancellation includes, practices, scrimmages and any scheduled games.

As a precaution, all non-essential employees at school campuses and central office will be dismissed by 2 p.m. Friday. Essential employees, including facility and transportation staff, will be released at a time determined by their department. HISD officials are monitoring the weather, and should it be necessary, the dismissal time will be updated to an earlier hour.

For additional updates, please monitor HoustonISD.org or call the HISD Inclement Weather Hotline at 713-556-9595. We also encourage HISD staff and parents to sign up for text alerts to receive the most up-to-date information on school closures or delays by texting YES to 68453. Please ensure your number is updated with your school. You can also follow the district on Twitter and Facebook: Twitter.com/HoustonISD and Facebook.com/HoustonISD.

Overpass planned for Federal Road

RED INDICATES NEW OVERPASS 1100 FEET LONG, AND APPROACHES TOTAL 2760 FEET. PURPLE INDICATES FRONTAGE ROADS AND TURN-AROUNDS.

Federal Road in East Harris County was the site this Wednesday morning of a Groundbreaking for a new overpass, that promises to relieve the long waits many drivers have experience at the pair of railroad tracks that cross Federal and lead into the railroad yard. Drivers headed to or from the Washburn Tunnel, or Clinton Drive, have reported many delays due to the activity of the Port Terminal Railroad, which blocks the road with crossing gates and trains.

However, a partnership of federal, state, and county government agencies has worked out a solution to this problem, which is an overpass over the railroad tracks.

On Wednesday morning, in the traffic circle in front of the Washburn Tunnel, officials gathered to start the $16.32 Million project, officially known as the Federal Road Grade Separation Project.

Speaking at the ceremony were Congressman Gene Green, Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman, and TxDOT assistant district engineer Eliza Paul. These are the three entities that will pay for the improvements.

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Good Samaritan rescues fire victim

L – R: Jacinto City Police Officers: Officer Benavides, Lt. Longrigg and Lt. Walker assisting Mike Forbis to safety from his burning home, as firefighters gather in the shade of the garage. (Photo by Linda Jamail)

Jacinto City, TX. – Tuesday August 15, 2017 at 11:30 AM fire departments from Galena Park and Cloverleaf arrived to assist Jacinto City’s fire department at a house fire in the 10300 block of Lane Street. The fire filled the sky with dark smoke, seen from I-10 to Galena Park. Galena Park Fire Chief Paul Gregory said the three departments together had 18 to 20 firefighters on the scene.

Inside the dwelling had been Jerry Michael Forbis. However, he was rescued from his burning home by an unidentified lady who noticed the house fire while driving by, and stopped and
ran to his door and got him outside, where arriving police and firemen got him to safety.

LyondellBasell to build world’s largest PO/TBA Plant in Channelview Complex

LyondellBasell has made the final investment decision to build the world’s largest PO/TBA plant at its Channelview Complex. The $2.4 billion project is the company’s single-largest capital investment to date and upon completion, will produce an anticipated 1 billion pounds of propylene oxide and 2.2 billion pounds of tertiary butyl alcohol annually.

HOUSTON and LONDON – July 21, 2017 -LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB), one of the world’s largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies, today announced the final investment decision to build the world’s largest propylene oxide (PO) and tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) plant in the Houston area. The project is estimated to cost approximately $2.4 billion, representing the single-largest capital investment in the company’s history. At the peak of construction, the project is expected to create up to 2,500 jobs and approximately 160 permanent positions when operational.

“This world-scale project is a key part of our organic growth strategy which is designed to meet rising global demand for both urethanes and cleaner-burning oxyfuels while creating real, long-term value for our shareholders,” said Bob Patel, CEO of LyondellBasell. “Our investment in this plant combines the best of both worlds: our leading PO/ TBA process technology with proximity to low-cost feedstocks, which gives LyondellBasell a competitive advantage in the global marketplace for these products.”

“We are pleased that LyondellBasell continues to view the Houston area as important to their global operations, creating jobs and opportunities for Houstonians,” said Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership.” This new project further advances Houston’s position as a global hub of petrochemical manufacturing, leveraging Houston’s strategic access to the Americas and top markets around the world.”

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Rep. Hernandez Files Legislation to support teachers, retirees

AUSTIN, TX – July 20, 2017 – Governor Abbott added additional items to his special session call, including measures to “increase the salary and benefits (including TRS-Care) of Texas teachers.”

Answering this new item on the call, Representative Ana Hernandez (D Houston) has filed House Bill 246, which would provide a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) tied to the Consumer Price Index for all TRS retirees.

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Jacinto City Police seek persons of interest in burglary

Jacinto City police is seeking information and the identity of persons of interest in connection with the burglary of the Fuel Express (Market and Deli) on Holland.

Police answering a burglary alarm discovered the store front glass had been broken open and merchandise was taken. Video security cameras did record the persons of interest.

Police Chief Ayala said anyone who recognizes either of the persons in the photo or who has any information should call him confidentially at 713-672-2455.

Jacinto City Police warn of pedophile in local market

Police in Jacinto City are searching for a man who has been approaching young girls and forcing them to look at pornography on his cell phone.

The most recent incident was at the Seller Bros. store on Market Street on Monday, July 24, when he approached a 9-year-old. Other reports said he did the same thing in stores last March.

JC Detective Sgt. Betty Silva said, “This guy’s dangerous,” and that they need to get this man behind bars. He is described as Hispanic, 5 foot 8 inches, black gelled hair, black mustache.

ZIKA VIRUS CONCERNS IN JACINTO CITY

Keep Jacinto Clean Committee founder Allan Jamail in yellow shirt in 4 feet high weeds in a Jacinto City property. Jamail addressed City Council during a recent meeting about mosquito breeding places. (Photo by Linda Jamail)

Jacinto City, TX. – Thursday, July 10, 2017 at the City Council meeting former Mayor and Keep Jacinto City Clean Committee founder Allan Jamail was on the agenda. He said, “I’m bringing citizens concerns about some dishonorable property owners. They’re taking advantage of the city’s law of issuing a 10 day warning letter, for public health violations of high grass before taking corrective actions.”

Jamail said, “Records prove 97 percent of the violations are on vacant lots and vacant rent houses from repeat conscienceless violators. Tall grass and weeds provide a breeding place for the deadly ZIKA virus type of mosquitoes which thrives in Harris County.”

There are six pregnant women in Harris County with the Zika virus, which deforms the baby’s brain.

“Where is the conscious of someone who has little regard for another’s life or health?” Jamail asks.

From the city’s first receipt of the initial complaint until corrective action is taken, it’s usually a month or more. This means 9 inch tall weeds can reach 4 feet in height before the mosquito laden weeds are cut. The problem is some of the repeat offenders know their property isn’t in compliance but will not do anything until they get the city’s warning letter which they know gives them a grace period.

Jamail suggested the current high grass law start being enforced by issuing a citation soon after the 10 days expires unless rain made it impossible to cut.

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Galena Park starts rehab on Churchill Center

EVELYN CHURCHILL COMMUNITY CENTER in Galena Manor is now closed for remediation work.

GALENA PARK – Mayor Esmeralda Moya called the meeting to order and the council approved the minutes of the previous meeting of July 5, 2017.

The Accounts Payable for July 18, 2017 on the agenda narrowly passed on a 3-2 vote. Commissioners Chersky, Ponder and Mayor Moya voted to approve with Silva and Broussard voting no.

Commissioners unanimously approved the second reading of ordinance 2017-05 – an ordinance establishing city food consumption business city permits and related application, renewal process and penalties.

BID APPROVED FOR CHURCHILL CENTER WORK

Commissioners unanimously approved the bid from AAR Incorporated in the amount of $13,330.00 for the Phase 1 Evelyn Churchill Community Center for the partial mold remediation project.

Approved unanimously the lease agreement between the city of Galena Park and Bevenco for 5 fusion in car system cameras for a 4-year term in the amount of $6,325.00 per year.

The quarterly investment report ending June 30, 2017 was unanimously approved.

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Galena Park & Jacinto City join fireworks display

Photo by Allan and Linda Jamail

Galena Park and Jacinto City, TX. – Tuesday, July 4, 2017 the cities joined together, as have been done over the years, to share equally the $14,000 cost for the fireworks display that brings tens of thousands onlookers.