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Mustangs breeze into Quarterfinals over Cougars

North Shore 49 –Cinco Ranch 21

By Allan Jamail

Katy, Texas – On Friday, November 25, 2022, at 2:30 pm, at the Jack Rhodes Memorial Stadium, the home of the Cinco Ranch Cougars, the Mustangs won the District 6A Division I Regional playoff game, 49-21.

In the first quarter, North Shore Coach Jon Kay’s Eastside Boys played like they ate too much turkey the Thanksgiving Day before. Cougars led them 14 -7 at one point. Eventually NS juiced up and gave their opponent some serious digestion, leaving the rain-soaked field at halftime 28-14.

The entire second half, more rain came down, sometimes so much it was difficult to get photos.

EPA meeting Dec. 5 to review Waste Pits status

HIGHLANDS – The federal EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) will hold a community meeting on Monday night, Dec. 5, to inform the public about current status of remediation work at the San Jacinto River Waste Pits north and south sites. The public will have an opportunity to ask questions and receive more information, according to Jeanetta Coats of the EPA.

The meeting will be led by EPA Remediation Project Manager Lauren Poulos and other EPA staff members.

Coats said the work involves excavation and offsite disposal of dioxin-containing wastes from the portion of the site known as the Southern Impoundment, an area of about 20 acres on a small Continued on Page 2 peninsula extending just south of Interstate 10.

EPA Regional Administrator Dr. Earthea Nance. said “By starting construction on the remedy for the Southern Impoundment, we are taking the first steps to ensuring these wastes are no longer a threat to the surrounding communities.”

Pct. 2 dedicates Vietnam Fallen Warriors Monument

Harris County – Thursday, November 10th, 2022, at 10:30 a.m., Vietnam Combat Veterans Association unveiled the Vietnam Fallen Warriors Monument at Veterans Memorial Park. The monument, a four-year project, honors the 544 service members who died in the Vietnam War from the Houston area. Each of their names is inscribed on this monument. The total cost of the project was $300,000 and was raised by foundations, VWF, through fundraisers, and grassroot supporters.

Holiday Season opens with Feasts, Parade

By Gilbert Hoffman

Houston got into the Holiday mood starting on Thanksgiving day, with a Super Feast at the George R. Brown Convention Center, serving almost 20,000 a tasty Thanksgiving dinner, and a festive, colorful Parade in downtown Houston.

The Parade continued in spite of a light rain that came and stopped intermittently. Marching band members and riders on floats and horseback simply donned plastic ponchos and kept going. “Don’t Rain on my Parade” was the theme, it seemed.

The Super Feast is in its 44th year, and served over 35,000 meals, to both in-person sit-down diners, and drive-up patrons. Each received a food package with about 60 to 80 pounds of various types of foods, including a turkey, chicken or ham, enough for a family for about a week. The organizer of the Super Feast is the City Wide Club of Houston. They serve these meals twice a year, on Thanksgiving Day and the day before Christmas, to everyone who comes to the Convention Center.

Appreciation Luncheon for Deputy Sheriffs

CLOVERLEAF ACTIVISTS

By Allan Jamail

Thursday, November 10, 2022 at the Felix Baldree Community Center resident volunteer community activist held their second annual deputy sheriffs appreciation luncheon.

Master of Ceremony Luz Lopez thanked everyone in attendance for coming. She recognized each of the deputies present and made sure all of them knew how valuable they are to the Cloverleaf and Channelview communities.

At the conclusion of the ceremony Lopez recognized each of the volunteers by name and had them come up for a group photo. They received a loud ovation for their service to the communities. Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal with refreshments and desserts.

MUSTANGS DEFEAT DICKINSON 43-34; ADVANCE IN PLAYOFFS

By Allan Jamail

Friday, November 18, 2022- GPISD Stadium – Head Coach Jon Kay’s North Shore (NS) Mustangs on their home turf battled a hard-fighting Dickinson Gator football team, 43 – 34. His team didn’t put away the Gators until late in the fourth quarter.

The Eastside Boys advances to the Regional Semifinals Playoff round to face the Katy ISD Cinco Ranch Cougars. The 2:30 pm daytime game on Friday, November 25th gives the Cougars home field advantage. If the Mustang Nation fans turns out, it could take away the Cougar advantage, as it has before in playoff contests.

The Mustangs run defense and rushing the quarterback once again played a major role in preserving their undefeated perfect 12-0 record. At halftime it was a close game, separated by a NS Carlos Dominguez 3-point field goal, NS 24 – D 21.

New Hospital Tower opens in Baytown

BAYTOWN – Houston Methodist Baytown officially opened a new five-story building to patients last week. The new state-of- the-art tower is named Unity Tower and features 75 private rooms, an intensive care unit, and an entire floor dedicated to childbirth and obstetrics services.

“This is an exciting time for Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital, our staff, physicians and the community,” said Chief Executive Office David Bernard. “I am proud to expand the hospital and our services so that we can better serve the community that has supported us for nearly 75 years.”

The Unity Tower project includes vital infrastructure, including a new pharmacy, expanded laboratory, hospital kitchen, dialysis unit and many other clinical enhancements to serve our patients.

EPA to hold Waste Pits meeting Dec. 5th; work starts on Southern Impoundment

HIGHLANDS

The cleanup is starting at the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site according to THEA director Jackie Medcalf, and an announcement from the EPA in Dallas. Initially the work will involve the Southern Impoundment site, not the Northern Impoundment.

In addition to the announcement, EPA is planning a Community Town Hall Meeting on December 5. According to Jackie Medcalf, here is what we know about the plan:

Phase One of the cleanup started this week. This includes removing vegetation from the site, building fences, and building a water treatment facility on location.

UIL PLAYOFFS

Mustangs win Bi-District over Longhorns 49-3

By Allan Jamail

November 11, 2022- GPISD Stadium – Head Coach Jon Kay’s Mustangs captured the Bi-District 21 – 6A – Div. 1 Region 3 first playoff game over Pasadena Dobie Longhorns 49-3.

The Eastside Boys actually had a scrimmage game, the Longhorns never got out of the corral. It didn’t matter whether it was an offensive running or passing play, the Longhorns couldn’t stop them. They made seven touchdowns (TD’s), five in the first half. Extra points were kicked by Carlos Dominguez and Jonathan Soto.

ELECTION RESULTS

Democrats retain control of County Government

Beto defeated; Texas remains Republican

HARRIS COUNTY – Despite warnings of a Republican “Red Wave” sweeping the voting booths, it didn’t materialize in most of the country, and especially in Harris County.

Democrats kept their seats if incumbents, and in at least one critical race, Pct. 4 of the County Commissioners, they picked up a key vote. Lesley Briones defeated incumbent Commissioner Jack Cagle, and the County is now run by a solid 4 out of 5 votes by Democrats.

Republicans spent a record amount of $9 million attempting to unseat Judge Lina Hidalgo, but she retained her position by defeating challenger Alexandra Mealer by over 17,000 votes, 549,999 to 532,602.

In other county races, Adrian Garcia defeated Jack Morman for Pct. 2 Commissioner, 53% to 47%, and Lesley Briones had 52% and Jack Cagle 48%.

Voters approved $1.2 billion in Bonds for the County, and $478 million in Bonds for the City.