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Rep. Gene Green to hold 23rd Annual Immunization Day

HOUSTON, TX — Congressman Gene Green will be hosting his Annual Immunization Day on Saturday, August 11, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at North Shore Senior High School (Galena Park ISD), 353 North Castlegory, Houston, TX 77049. In addition to providing free immunizations for children, the event will give parents an opportunity to speak with Congressman Green about preventive health initiatives.

“Immunizations are one of the most important disease prevention steps we can take to protect our children,” said Green. “This is a great opportunity for children to get the shots they need for school at no cost.”

Parents are encouraged to bring their child’s immunization record to ensure that all necessary shots are received.

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Galena Park firefighters train for emergencies

Training firefighters battle a mock railroad car disaster with hazardous material burning.

By Allan Jamail

Bryan, TX — Disaster City — Monday, July 23, 2018 — Galena Park Fire Chief Paul Gregory took a group of his firefighters to Texas A & M College Station, which is in its 89th year of Fire Training and Emergency Responders Training, to upgrade emergency responders’ training and certification.

Chief Gregory, one of five hundred instructors there, said, “There’s about 1,800 emergency responders here from all over Texas who’ll have five days of extensive training and testing in various fields of firefighting, emergency rescue, hazardous materials and Emergency Medical Training.”

Disaster City is located in College Station, on a 52-acre training facility that delivers the full array of skills and techniques needed by today’s emergency response professionals. The site has a building collapse area, rubble pile area, technical skills training area, and a transportation disaster training area, to name a few. The training is realistic, large-scale, and hands-on, and attracts more than 45,000 emergency responders from all 50 states and more than 45 countries each year. (more…)

Wet Independence Day doesn’t dampen celebrations

Photo by Allan Jamail

July 4, 2018 – Galena Park and Jacinto City had their annual 4th of July celebration. Earlier, parts of Harris County recorded record setting rains of 10” inches for this Independence Day. The 2 cities share the cost for the fireworks display, which brings thousands of celebrants to the area to see the 25 minute show.

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…)

Sergeant James Knox, new Galena Park Police Chief

Galena Park’s Interim Police Chief James Knox holding a new protective vest from armor- piercing rifle bullets to be issued to every officer in the department. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX. — June 12, 2018 — The City of Galena Park has hired their 3rd Chief of Police in two years. Hiring a 30 year Galena Park police veteran, Sergeant James Michael Knox was sworn in Friday, June 8th.

After serving only 4 months, retired 30 year Houston Police Officer Richard “Rick” Gonzales was asked to resign. Gonzales said, “In February I got a call from former Sheriff Adrian Garcia who asked me for my resume. When I asked him what for, he replied, ‘The mayor of Galena Park is looking for a Police Chief and I need your resume immediately.’ Mayor Esmeralda Moya called me on February 22, 2018 and asked me to come to city hall the next day so she could swear me in as Interim Chief.

“I wasted no time meeting citizens, school administrators, heads of different departments, and business owners. The mayor said she was receiving good responses from the citizens regarding my presence in the community, and asked me to be the Chief as long as she was Mayor,” Gonzales said.

“I was under the impression I was to reduce crime and enhance the quality of life in the neighborhoods, I was doing that until the Mayor said for me to stop. I found the community tremendously divided, and my addressing issues of the community are not what the Mayor seems to want,” Gonzales said. Gonzales posted his resignation letter on his Facebook page.

Mayor Moya when asked about Gonzales’ short 4 month stint as chief, she said, “I was getting lots of complaints from officers in the police department about the way Gonzales was supervising and other issues we heard were going on. If true, this wasn’t what we wanted. I had to make a change for the betterment of the department and the city. I was going to ask him to resign because I didn’t want to fire him, and I think it’s best he resigned. I wish it hadn’t come to this but it did and we must learn from it and move on.”

New Interim Chief James Michael Knox is 57 years old. This will be his third time to serve as Interim Chief, having previously served as Interim Chief under Mayors James Havard and Bobby Barrett.

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Galena Park Commissioners sworn in

L-R: Commissioner Barry Ponder and wife Cheryl Ponder, Ruben Balderas, Commissioner Veronica Garcia, Sergio Moya, Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Commissioner Rodney Chersky and wife Samantha Chersky, Commissioner Zenaida Granados, Ofelia Castillo and Judge George Risner.

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX. – On Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 6:00 PM, Mayor Esmeralda Moya called the Galena Park Commission meeting to order. After a prayer and pledge to the flag the Commissioners unanimously approved the reading of the Minutes of the April 17th and May 1st meetings and the Accounts Payable through May 15th.

On a unanimous vote of approval the Commission approved Resolution R052018 accepting the results of the May 5th General Election.

Re-elected for a new two year term is, Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Commissioners Rodney Chersky and Barry Ponder. Newly elected Commissioners to begin their first term to serve are Zenaida Granados and Veronica Garcia.

Jamal Humphries, a candidate who lost in his race against Rodney Chersky, made a public comment. Humphries said, “I’m not crying about the results of the election nor are these sour grapes but, I want to point out the fact there were four voters who voted in the election that wasn’t on the Harris County’s approved voters list. I don’t know how this could have happened, but I’m concerned about it and will be monitoring future elections for irregularities”.

There was a standing room only attendance so the Mayor adjourned the meeting and invited everyone to come out front of city hall to witness the swearing-in and oath of office to the Commission by Justice of the Peace George Risner.

After the swearing-in ceremony Mayor Moya said, “On this day, we gather because we have chosen progress over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.”

“The City of Galena Park is a community where citizens work hand in hand. We the people of Galena Park are the keepers of this legacy. We the people of Galena Park have the responsibility to protect it and to demand a greater effort, greater cooperation and understanding from each other. We must inherit these values to our children and the children of our children who will continue with the work we have started today.”

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Rotary Club recognizes Officers of the Year

L-R: Bryan Clements, GP/JC Rotary Club President, Pct 2 Deputy Constable Cpl. Mark McGinnis, GP Sgt. Mike Knox, GP Chief Rick Gonzales, JC Patrolman Ali Kamali and JC Chief Joe Ayala (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX. – On Tuesday, May 15th, 2018, the Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club recognized Law Officers of the Year from police departments of Galena Park, Jacinto City and the Precinct 2 Constable’s Office.

Galena Park Interim Police Chief Rick Gonzales, since taking office in February, chose Sergeant Mike Knox, a 30 year veteran of the department, as the Officer of the Year. Gonzales said, “Sgt. Knox is my Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the department this year. Our department wouldn’t be the same without him; I quickly learned I could depend on him to take care of any assignment given.”

Jacinto City Police Chief Joe Ayala named Patrolman Ali Kamali as his officer of the year, calling him a true public servant. “His recognition comes due to his outstanding service to the community, he has a big heart and makes it a habit to check on the concerns of our elderly and at times he goes out of his way taking expenses out of his own pocket to make it better for someone in need,” Ayala said.

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Rotary member cuts hair to raise $130,000 for Polio Plus

Left: Maria Rodriguez with her normal look. Right: Maria after a $130,000 haircut.

By Ernesto Paredes

At the Rotary District 5890 (Houston) Conference held in San Antonio last Saturday, April 28, 2018, one of the participants made a personal sacrifice to raise a large sum of money for Rotary’s major project, Polio Plus.

The conference was called On the River, A Fiesta Of Service. During the Governors Banquet, Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotarian Maria Rodriguez took the initiative of “Service above Self” and asked one of the members if he would donate $10,000 to help rededicate the fight against Polio. If so, she would shave her hair. He took the challenge and so did others present and within 30 minutes she raised $130,000.00 for the Polio Plus Foundation.

Galena Park High School celebrates 90th anniversary

State Representative Ana Hernandez presenting Tony Gardea Galena Park High School Principal with Resolution. (PHOTO BY ALLAN JAMAIL)

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX. – April 17, 2018 — Hundreds of Galena Park High School (GPHS) Alumni came to celebrate their Alma Mater’s 90th anniversary and to honor the tradition of, “Once a Yellow Jacket Always a Yellow Jacket.”

Allan Jamail, a North Channel Star writer and alumnus, attended the event and said, “The event couldn’t have been better. Those in attendance spoke of their memories, experiences and the happiness felt in returning to their school.”

Everyone was provided a program with the school’s history and enjoyed music from the band, choir, and performances by the Jacketeers and Cheerleaders. Refreshments were prepared and given out by the culinary class.

Previous Yearbooks were on display and photos with Mr. Jack the school’s mascot were taken.

State Representative Ana Hernandez presented Tony Gardea, the school’s principal with a resolution.

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Galena Park Library reopens

L- R: Linda Jamail (Community Liaison Ana Hernandez office), Helen Berrott-Tims (Harris County Pct. 2), Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Garrette Smith (Deputy Director Harris County Public Library, Sisi Medina
(Galena Park Librarian) and Israel Favela (Jacinto City Librarian). (PHOTO BY ALLAN JAMAIL)

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX. – Tuesday, April 24, 2018 — After months of refurbishing, the Galena Park/Harris County Branch Library located at 1500 Keene Street is re-opened.

Mayor Moya said, “Today is an example of progress, and this shows the city has the ability to create good relations with other governmental entities to benefit the citizens. It’s all about the citizens.”

Garrette Smith, Deputy Director Harris County Public Library said, “Harris County Library is excited in re-opening the Galena Park Branch to provide meaningful services and programs to the community.”

To help celebrate, GPISD’s MacArthur and Galena Park Elementary Honor Choir’s performed with refreshments served afterwards.

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Galena Park detective Jessica Bolanos receives recognition award

Galena Park Police Chief Rick Gonzales, left, awards Detective Jessica Bolanos, right. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Galena Park, TX. — April 17, 2018 — At the City Council meeting Galena Park Police Chief Rick Gonzales presented Detective Jessica Bolanos for her investigation and arrest of a child molester.

Chief Gonzales said, “I am happy to recognize Officer Jessica Bolanos as the Officer of the First Quarter award of 2018 for her outstanding service and commitment to the City of Galena Park.”

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