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Posts published in June 2017


Left to right back row: Council Members Gregg Robinson, JJ Rivas, Allen Lee, Mario Gonzales, and Carmela Garcia. Left to right front row: Ana G. Ayarzagoita, Mariana Mayorga, Angelica Rodriguez, Carla Benavides, Mayor Ana Diaz, Shelby Loya, Andrea Marroquin, Jailene Salinas, and Jesus J. Armenta Jr. Not present from Furr High School: Lizbeth V. Hernandez and Chantha Mak. Not present Galena Park High School: Daniel Nieto, Angelica L. Torres, Juliana E. Martinez Strain, Victor Carpio, Bianca A. Ibarra, Adriana N. Cano, Gisselle Gonzalez, Samuel L. Villa, and Lidia Almeda. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Jacinto City, TX — Thursday, June 22, 2017 — At the City Council meeting the city hosted and recognized the Top 10% scholars residing in the city from Galena Park High School and Furr High School. The diverse group of scholars will be pursuing careers ranging from criminal justice to engineering to education. They are a microcosm of what Jacinto City is all about, hard work, values, integrity, and perseverance. The students received a certificate of achievement, a Jacinto City lapel pin and embroidered city cap. Cake and refreshments were provided to students and citizens in attendance.

City Manager Lon Squyres reported a 75/25% Community Development Block Grant to fund the engineering study cost for water line replacement for the streets east of Kerby to Holland Avenue. The total projected cost if approved is 1.2 million with the city paying 25% or $30,000.

Squyres issued a plea for residents to help control mosquito breeding in their neighborhoods by keeping their grass mowed and removing water in any outside containers. Citizens allowing their lawns to exceed 9 inches in height is subject to a fine. There are reports that six pregnant women in Harris County have the Zika virus which deforms the baby’s brain.

City, state recognize San Jacinto College as Aspen Award finalist

The City of Houston proclaimed May 16, 2017 as San Jacinto College in the city. Pictured, left to right: Francisco Bautista, 2017 San Jacinto College graduate; Dave Martin, Council Member, City of Houston, District E; Marie Flickinger, Chair, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College; Cheryl Curtis, 2017 San Jacinto College graduate; Sylvester Turner, Mayor, City of Houston; Dan Mims, Vice Chair, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Dwight Boykins, Council Member, City of Houston. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng Mansyur, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations and government affairs department.

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College continues to receive recognition from local and state elected officials and leaders for being named an Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star recipient.

State leaders Sen. Sylvia Garcia (TX-6), Rep. Greg Bonnen, MD (TX-24), and Rep. Mary Ann Perez (TX-144) each congratulated the College with resolutions and recognitions from the state. City of Houston Councilmen Dwight Boykins (District D) and Dave Martin (District E) presented the College with a proclamation declaring May 16, 2017 as San Jacinto College Day in Houston.

“On behalf of our Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, and our students, I want to thank our elected officials and the City of Houston for these recognitions,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. “This award is not something we sought, but rather a result of the hard work and dedication of everyone at San Jacinto College to ensure that our students finish what they came here to start.”

As a 2017 Aspen Prize finalist, San Jacinto College is recognized as one of the top five – out of more than 1,100 – community colleges in the nation. To read more about the College’s Aspen Prize honor, visit

Channelview Rising Star Teachers of the Year

The Rising Star Teachers of the Year were announced at the Channelview ISD Employee Recognition Ceremony. Educators honored were, standing from left, Senae Harris (McMullan Elementary), Claudette Best (Brown Elementary), Candy Ramirez (Pre-Kindergarten), Jessica Amaya-Curiel (Crenshaw Elementary) and Anthony Nutt (Kolarik Ninth Grade Center). Sitting from left are Geovanna Hernandez (Cobb Elementary), Jasmin Moreno (Schochler Elementary), Kaitlyn Grant (Aguirre Junior High), Manolito Smith (Alice Johnson Junior High) and Marina McKinney (DeZavala Elementary). Not pictured: Krista Simpson (Channelview High School), Jesus Villegas (Campbell Learning Center) and Angelica Armenta (Hamblen Elementary).


Can’t get enough Fireworks? Kemah Boardwalk will have a five day celebration, from Friday June 30 through Tuesday July 4. AND then every Friday night through July. (PHOTO COURTESY LANDRY’S INC.)

Jacinto City, Galena Park, Crosby, Baytown, and Kemah will have displays

The Annual 4th of July celebrations are scheduled for Galena Park, and Jacinto City, as well as other area towns and organizations.

Galena Park will hold its 2nd Annual Festival behind the swimming pool, with activities, food, and music. The celebration is from 2 to 10 pm, with fireworks around 9 pm with a joint display with Jacinto City. The swimming pool will also be open, and free, from 2 pm to 7 pm.

Baytown’s fireworks are at 9:30 on July 4th, in Bicentennial Park. They are having a two day festival starting at 6 pm on Monday night, July 3.

Traditional Fireworks will light the sky this 4th of July, at the Crosby Church, at 5725 Highway 90. This yearly tradition at the church will include a Fourth of July Celebration that includes Music, Inflatables, Concessions, and Fireworks. The event starts at 6 pm, and there is plenty of free parking. The church suggests you bring lawn chairs, a blanket to sit on, and have a good time.

Another good fireworks show will be at the Kemah Boardwalk. You can actually celebrate Independence Day with Five Days of Fireworks at the Kemah Boardwalk, according to Landry’s Inc.

New JC Police Station under construction

CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS on the new Jacinto City Police Station is obvious, with the structural steel erected, and last week the concrete was poured for the second floor. This building will replace the existing station and is being built just behind it on Market Street. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

JACINTO CITY – Workers have erected the steel frame for the new two story police station, and last week poured the concrete for the second floor. Utility lines are now being installed, and the exterior skin of the building will be next.

The new building replaces the existing 50 year old station, which has had major electrical and roof problems in the last few years. It will be demolished after the new station is complete.

The new station will meet modern life safety codes and will be very energy efficient. In addition to areas for general police work, there will be several holding cells, offices, a workout room, fingerprint lab and a large conference room that will also serve as the Emergency Operations Center during disasters. In addition there will be 9 holding cells, 6 for men and 3 for women.

San Jacinto Pilot Club installs new officers

San Jacinto Pilot Club new officers are President Julie Fallin, membership director Joan Van Fleet, co-secretary Carolyn Roberts, Treasurer Karen Westbrooks and Lt. Governor for the Texas District of Pilot International Gail Wilson, not pictured Natalie Martinez.

On Friday, June 9, the San Jacinto Pilot Club held their annual installation banquet at the home of Jerry and Julie Fallin. Members and guests enjoyed a late-season crawfish boil, with boiled shrimp and friend chicken to complement the menu.

Attendees heard about the club’s accomplishments from last year, such as distributing around 200 bicycle helmets to the community, awarding $12,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors and returning scholarship recipients, and constructing close to 400 heart-shaped pillows for the children at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Gail Wilson, Lt. Governor for the Texas District of Pilot International, installed the following as officers for the 2017-2018 Pilot year:

Julie Fallin, President

Natalie Martinez, co-Secretary

Carolyn Roberts, co-Secretary

Karen Westbrooks, Treasurer

Joan Van Fleet, membership director

During the installation, the 30th annual spaghetti dinner was mentioned to be on October 14 which is their major fundraiser for the year.

Channelview Campus Teachers of the Year

The Campus Teachers of the Year were announced at the Channelview ISD Employee Recognition Ceremony. Educators honored were, standing from left, Kelly Coats (Kolarik Ninth Grade Center), Robin Gross (Crenshaw Elementary), Rachel Knippa (McMullan Elementary), Jamie Everett (Brown Elementary), Cheryl Childs (Hamblen Elementary), Gene Hudgson (Schochler Elementary), Aaron Allison (Channelview High School) and Mark Santos (Alice Johnson Junior High). Sitting from left are Rhonda Perez (Campbell Learning Center), Anitra Orta (Pre-Kindergarten), Frances Bushnell (Aguirre Junior High), Amanda Sanchez- Loa (DeZavala Elementary) and Jose Lopez (Cobb Elementary)

BBB’s Parsons has advice for Chamber


The North Channel Chamber heard from Dan Parsons of the Houston Better Business Bureau at their last luncheon.

Parsons has been with the Better Business Bureau since 1983, and president since 2002.

In that time, he had seen every type of bad business practice, and dishonest scams. Parsons worked his way up in the BBB, serving as Director of Investigations, and various management positions. But no one in Houston knows business practices and problems better than Parsons.

Parsons spoke about the history of the Better Business Bureau nationally, which was founded in 1912. The first case they undertook to solve involved Coca-Cola and its cocaine-related ingredient.

The Houston office of the BBB now had 58 employees, he said, and its membership is over 500 local businesses. The Houston office serves 11 counties in south Texas, including Harris County. The first companies to join the Houston BBB were Exxon, the Houston Chronicle, and Foley’s department store.

The Better Business Bureau offers 5 services to its members:

Bids authorized for Galena Manor remediation

Detecting mold laden wood and insulation requires special moister meters with inspectors wearing special protective clothing and respirators.


Galena Park Council Meeting Business

Galena Park, TX. — June 6, 2017 — Mayor Esmeralda Moya at 6 PM called the meeting to order. After a prayer and pledges to the flags the minutes of the May 16, 2017 meeting and the Accounts Payable through June 6 was unanimously approved.

Welcoming news for Galena Manor residents was when the Commissioners unanimously approved for the City Secretary to advertise for bids for Phase I of the mold remediation project for the closed Evelyn Churchill Community Building. The building has been the main topic for months at the council meetings sparking protests and heated confrontations between unhappy citizens and city officials.

Phase I work consists of mold remediation and drywall removal of the community building.

SAN JACINTO COLLEGE Women’s basketball ends season with first-ever national tournament appearance

The San Jacinto College women’s basketball team takes a timeout during its game against Harford Community College at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) basketball national championship. (Photo by Joe Morales, Rapid Shotz Photography.)

Season concludes with overall 24-9 record and three letters of intent

PASADENA, Texas – The 2016-2017 season proved to be a significant year for the San Jacinto College women’s basketball team, as it ended the season with its first appearance at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I National Basketball Championship.

San Jac completed its season with an overall record of 24-9, including 15 conference wins, earning them a bid to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship tournament. The team went into the tournament as the No.16 seed and faced No. 17 Harford Community College (29-3). It also advanced to the semifinals of the Region XIV tournament, defeating Jacksonville College (10-15) in the quarterfinals before falling to Kilgore College (21-11) in the semifinals.

Sophomore guard/forward Ariona Gill (Las Vegas, Nevada/Arbor View HS) recently signed a National Letter of Intent with St. Mary’s University and sophomore forwardJasmine James (Innisfil, Ontario/ Nantyr Shores Secondary School) signed a National Letter of Intent with the The University of Memphis to continue their education and basketball careers. Amieya Jackson also signed a National Letter of Intent withArkansas Tech University.

“These past two years San Jac has made history and it was great to have experienced that and to have played under amazing coaches and with such talented people. My next step is to further my education and basketball career at the next level,” said James.

San Jac Men’s Baseball reaches JUCO national final, loses 15-6

The Alpine Bank Junior College World Series was played in Grand Junction, Colorado, with the title game on Saturday, June 3rd.

The Gators won the Thursday game, against Cowley College (Kansas) 14-3 a shortened game due to the run-rule. In the next game Friday night, against Chipola, they lost and moved to the title game on Saturday. But in the final game, against Chipola College (Florida) they lost 15-6. The Chipola Indians came away with the title victory for the second time in 10 years.

Coach Tom Arrington has taken the Gators to ten playoffs, but lost the title game six times.Gator right-fielder Ryan Johnson was voted an all-tournament player, and tied a tournament record with five doubles.