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Posts published in December 2017

Jacinto City Senior Citizens enjoy Christmas Dinner

L – R: State Representative Ana Hernandez serving seniors Dora Wamsley, Janet Selph, Martha Wrobleski and Dorothie Harding.

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. — Friday, December 15, 2017 – Jacinto City senior citizens had their annual Christmas Dinner along with music, dancing and door prizes.

Serving the dinner were Councilman Allen Lee, wife Vickie, Councilman Gregg Robinson, wife Mary, Councilwoman Carmela Garcia, City Secretary Joyce Raines, Heritage Hall Director Elizabeth Flores, staff Maria Espinoza, Debi Bridgeman, Fire Chief Rebecca Mier, State Representative Ana Hernandez, staff Maria Delgado, Linda Jamail and other volunteers.

Music was provided by DJ Vince Ramos of Music Performance Trust Fund. Keep Jacinto City Clean Vice-President Irasema Salinas’ sons Oziel and Edgar Salinas and Juvenal Rayo provided live music.

Galena Park partners with County Health Department to help Harvey victims

L-R- Brenda Fitzgerald, Director of Center for Disease Control, Mayor Esmeralda Moya and Dr. Umair Shah, County Public Health Executive Director.

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX. – Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Alvin Baggett Community Center the City of Galena Park joined forces with the Harris County Public Health Department to help families with Hurricane Harvey recovery.

Mayor Esmeralda Moya invited the county’s public health department to the city to educate the citizens on ways to stay healthy from the many health hazards associated with the aftermath of the hurricane.

The health professional educators brought mobile modules each self-contained with a specific health issue needing to be addressed. These educators presented the best ways to prevent sicknesses and diseases normally associated with flooding rains.

Citizens were given Tetanus and Flu immunizations, wellness screenings, canned food samples, cleaning supplies, bottled water, dental/oral health supplies and mosquito spray. Educational literature and verbal instructions presented were mosquito control, food and water safety, nutrition and physical needs, youth dental health issues.

North Shore Rotary distributes food baskets

NORTH SHORE ROTARY CLUB distributed 300 food baskets to needy families in the North Channel area on Thursday, December 14. Seen above are Rotarians John Parrott, president Adam Lund, Bill Hendrix, and Wayne Oquin with two helpers from the Channelview ISD. Distribution this year was through the high schools in Sheldon, Channelview, and Galena Park, due to the problem of many families displaced because of the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. With the help of the school districts, baskets were sent to each of the High Schools, where recipients came to pick them up.

Pictured above are some of the 300 food baskets that were distributed last week by the North Shore Rotary club, with the help of Harris County Precinct 2. This year the baskets were sent to high schools in Sheldon, Channelview, and Galena Park for pick-up.

Galena Park hosts 2nd annual Christmas Parade

Children, parents and teachers of Communities In Schools at the 2nd Annual Galena Park Christmas Parade.

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX. – Saturday, December 9, 2017 — Galena Park Mayor Esmeralda Moya partnered with the Committee for a Better Galena Park to give the community its 2nd annual Christmas Parade.

The parade led by a police car with sirens blaring began on Clinton Drive as it worked its way through the heart of the city on Main Street. The parade ended at the city’s basketball pavilion in the park, food and refreshments were available along with arts and crafts vendors. The city’s float, “CANDY LAND,” was decorated with gingerbread men, peppermint candy canes and lollipops. The American Legion Post 499 had a float with patriotic flags of the Armed Forces. Judging the floats was Dorothie Harding, John Huff and Gina Gheller.

Rep. Ana Hernandez Holiday Open House

Open house guests with House District 143 State Representative Ana Hernandez (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Thursday, December 7, 2017 – Jacinto City, Tx. – Each holiday season State Representative Ana Hernandez of House District 143 invites her constituents to an open house at the district office. The joyous and cheerful event provides festive food and refreshments for her guests.

Hernandez also uses this opportunity to visit and to learn of any issues or concerns anyone may have in which she can be of help. Each month Hernandez and her staff visits civic and neighborhood clubs keeping members informed on important issues and to provide help with issues they may have.

North Channel awakens to snow

By Allan Jamail

Thursday, December 7, 2017 — If you were up late you may have been one of the thousands of Houstonians seeing the first bits of snowflakes falling.

I was one of those up late because my wife Linda was baking cookies and Baklava (a Lebanese pastry) for the holiday party the next day. It was a little before midnight when I glanced at the security camera monitor and saw the first snowflakes fall.

Buckshot Jamboree still kickin’ with country music

BUCK AND SHIRLEY SLOAN and the Buckshot Jamboree continue to play country classics every Saturday night at 7 pm at their theater at 7414 Hartman, off Old Beaumont Highway near South Lake Houston Parkway. New players Charles Kirk and Roger Mann have joined regulars Dusty Stewart and Jerry Orvis to entertain the crowds. Don’t miss this fun and thoroughly entertaining evening of old fashioned music.

North Shore Mustangs advance to State 6A Quarterfinals

The North Shore Mustangs football team defeated the Lamar High School Texans this past Friday and has advanced to the State 6A Quarterfinals!

They will take on the Katy Tigers on Saturday, December 9 at NRG Stadium. Game time is 2 p.m. Pre-sale tickets, which are $6 for students and $11 for adults, are available at the GPISD Athletic Office through Friday, December 8 at 6 p.m. All tickets at the gate will be $15. Parking at NRG will be $12. Go Mustangs!

Jacinto City hosts annual Christmas Parade

L – R Councilmen Mario Gonzales, Gregg Robinson, and Allen Lee, Mayor Ana Diaz, State Representatives Armando Walle, and Ana Hernandez, Senator Sylvia Garcia, Helen Green, Congressman Gene Green, Pasadena Councilman Sammy Casados, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and Constable Chris Diaz. Foreground: Police Chief Joe Ayala.

Santa’s Helpers, dressed in Christmas colors with decorated wrapped presents.

See more photos of Christmas Parade, page 8.

EPA updates community on Waste Pits dioxin sampling, cap repairs

WORK BARGE has been in the San Jacinto River for several weeks, operating day and night to repair the textile membrane and rock cover over the cap, and replace material that eroded in the channel during the flood from Hurricane Harvey.

HIGHLANDS – The EPA (U. S. Environmental Protection Agency) held a much promised Community Involvement Meeting last Monday night at the Highlands Community Center. Over 100 persons from both sides of the San Jacinto River, and as far away as Galveston, attended to hear the latest news about EPA’s decision to require the toxic material in the river to be completely removed. They were also given an opportunity at the end of the presentation to ask questions of the EPA staff present.

A slide presentation was made by John Meyer, EPA chief of the Superfund Remedial Branch. Also present were other EPA staff, including the director of Region 6 Superfund sites, Carl Edlund. Others in the room represented TCEQ, Texas public health, Harris County Health department, solid waste department, and County Attorney Rock Owen.

Topics covered by Meyer included the ROD (Record of Decision), selected remedy, future activities, river channel stabilization work, and timetables.

EPA’s John Meyer, Chief, Superfund Remedial Branch, made a presentation to a full house last Monday night at the Highlands Community Center.

The major points made by Meyer were that the ROD had changed in response to the almost 7000 public comments; the criteria for toxin removal had been reduced from 200 ppt (parts per trillion) to 30 ppt, representing a much safer final environment; the design of the “dry” excavation will now include cofferdams to prevent any releases; therefore cost had increased from $97 million to $115 million, and construction time had increased from 19 months to 27 months; damage to the site from flooding after Hurricane Harvey had been evaluated, with 1000 survey points, and sampling of debris for toxins.