Waste Pits update; questions and comments answered
The federal EPA agency came to Highlands last Tuesday night, to keep open the communication with the community as promised by their director, Scott Pruitt. The last time this agency, responsible for the Superfund Site in the San Jacinto River, met with the public was last December.
There were no major revelations or changes from information that had been issued previously. Project managers Gary Miller, and Gary Baumgarten presented slides that were essentially the history of the waste pits and the efforts by EPA to clean them up.
On hand for the meeting were a number of officials, including Pct. 2 commissioner Jack Morman, and County Attorney Vince Ryan. Morman spoke to the crowd of about 100 persons, promising to continue a dialogue with the community, and testing of water quality.
EPA project manager Gary Miller revealed that he is retiring in 4 months, but will hand over the project to Gary Baumgarten, who was present. He was asked to give a summary of his experience, and he said he had been with EPA for 30 years, and since 1992 had primarily worked on cleaning up Superfund Sites.
Janetta Coats of the EPA said that they were working on a revised Community Involvement Plan, and local residents would be asked to participate with comments, questions, and information. She said that the EPA is committed to dialogue and collaboration with community members, and urged anyone that wanted included to contact her or sign a sheet at the meeting. Contact Coats at coats.janetta @epa.gov, or 1-800-533-3508.
Houston, TX. – Thursday, May 31, 2018 — At a reception honoring Senator Sylvia Garcia, Congressman Steny Hoyer, the U.S. House Democratic Whip of Maryland, gave a motivational speech emphasizing the importance to the Nation to elect Garcia in November.
Hoyer said, “Our Nation is facing the most confrontational leadership in its history that’s undermining our Democracy. Our American Values are being threatened. By electing Garcia, it will make a difference because she understands those values and has the skills and experience to protect them.
“My children, grandchildren and yours, need Sylvia in Congress to make sure the Country moves forward. By helping her, you’re helping our Country. Garcia, if elected, will make history by being the first Hispanic female to serve in Congress,” Hoyer said.
Senator Sylvia Garcia said, “I’m so thankful for all the support from everyone in securing the Democratic nomination to replace Gene Green in the 29th congressional district. Democratic Whip Hoyer’s visit helps us kickoff our efforts as we prepare for the Fall campaign, focusing on jobs, health care, education, economic security, and Harvey recovery dollars.”
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.
Saturday, May 26, 2018 — Jacinto City opened its swimming pool, which boasts a twisting turbo slide, splash pad, and an area with a river-like current that takes swimmers swirling swiftly at fast speeds around the pool.
City Manager Lon Squyres said the state of the art pool automatically checks and adjusts the chlorine and chemical levels of the water to insure the water stays healthy while in use.
Houston, TX. — May 22, 2018 — Galena Park School District’s Cloverleaf Elementary held their ground breaking ceremony with community members and both former and current staff members present.
“We look back with nostalgia and forward with excitement as Cloverleaf Elementary students and staff celebrated the ground breaking. It is difficult for us to let go of such a historic part of the Galena Park ISD community, but we know the new building will continue the legacy of serving the families of the Cloverleaf neighborhood,” says Lee Brown, principal of Cloverleaf.
“Cloverleaf is so much more than a building. There is something truly special about the community, teachers and administration at Cloverleaf,” says Ofelia Garza, former Cloverleaf Principal. “It is about family… I know the legacy will remain for future generations, and they will maintain the family atmosphere which has existed since the original campus opened.”
Officer Desiree Montez (in black suit and white shirt) was sworn in recently as new Jacinto City Officer, to her right, Mayor Ana Diaz, to he left, Chief Joe Ayala and Sabrina Gutierrez (Officer’s sister).
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.”
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.
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.”
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.