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Posts published in September 2018

San Jac’s New Cosmetology and Culinary Center

PRESENT AT THE NORTH CAMPUS GROUNDBREAKING for the new San Jacinto College Cosmetology and Culinary Center were from right to left: Brenda Jones, provost, South Campus; Teri Zamora, vice chancellor, fiscal affairs; Jeanette Liberty, program director, legal assistant; Heather Rhodes, dean of business and technology, North Campus; Dr. Bill Raffetto, provost, North Campus; Dr. Laurel Williamson, deputy chancellor and college president; Marie Flickinger, chair, Board of Trustees; Dan Mims, Service chair, Board of Trustees; John Moon, Jr., member, Board of Trustees; The Honorable Congressman Gene Green (TX-29); Teri Crawford, vice chancellor, marketing, public relations and government affairs; Mike Cade, representing Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman; Dr. Allatia Harris, vice chancellor, strategic initiatives, workforce development, community relations and diversity; and Van Wigginton, provost, Central Campus. (Photo by Melissa Trevizo / San Jacinto College)

HOUSTON, Texas – The San Jacinto College North Campus held a groundbreaking for its state-of-the-art Cosmetology and Culinary Center, on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.

The facility was made possible by community support of a $425 million bond referendum in 2015. The referendum will allow the College to build new facilities, update infrastructure and security, and remodel nine buildings that are at least 30 years old.

“At San Jacinto College, we are continually looking at how we can better serve our students with new facilities that meet both the needs of our industry as well as today’s modern student,” said Dr. Laurel Williamson, San Jacinto College vice chancellor and college president. “I want to thank our community members for supporting us and approving the bond so that we can better serve our community.”

The center will feature updated classroom space and modern labs to enhance the training for those interested in a cosmetology or culinary career. It will also house a full-service salon and spa and a bistro dining area open to the public.

State representatives host Senior Citizens at Annual Dance

Several hundred Senior Citizens Dined and Danced

STATE REPRESENTATIVES Ana Hernandez and Mary Ann Perez helped Armando Walle hold his 10th annual Seniors Dance last week, at the Pct. 1 Hardy Seniors Center. Visiting guests included Congressman Gene Green and Commissioner Rodney Ellis.

Several hundred seniors attended this event, and enjoyed good BBQ food, good company, and even a chance to dance a little.

Walle thanked his staff, Myriam Saldivar and Rahul Sreenivasan, for making the arrangements, and Myriam’s family for the decorations.

All attendees had their picture taken in the Wanted Frame.

Chamber hears latest news about Port of Houston

GARRET BERG, Port of Houston Authority

The keynote speaker at last month’s North Channel Chamber luncheon was Garret Berg, Assistant Manager of Community Relations, Port of Houston Authority.

Berg gave an overview of the importance of the Port and the Ship Channel to the Houston and Texas economy, and then brought the audience up to date on improvements and changes taking place at the various port facilities.

He spoke about the growth of the economy both locally and nationally, which is driving much of the construction and rebuilding of facilities at the Port of Houston.

Gene Green recognized for flu shot campaign

L – R: Walgreens Management Dominique Beale, Jacinto City’s Walgreens Pharmacy Manager, Congressman Gene Green, Store Manager Temika Verdine and Christopher Magee District Manager. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX — Congressman Gene Green was honored and presented a gift basket from Walgreens for his support of the Annual Flu Shot Program in the North Channel area.

This past August, the free immunizations for children program marked 23 years of preventative health initiatives sponsored by Walgreens, Congressman Green, and with the help of several Rotary clubs.

“Immunizations are one of the most important disease prevention steps we can take to protect our children,” said Green.

Galena Manor Civic Club’s President “Taggy” Hall retires

L. to R: Ollie Randle (Membership), Anne Murphy (Ways and Means), Diana Cotton (Sgt-at-Arms), State Representative Ana Hernandez, Eronia “Taggie” Hall (Honoree), Rosemary Coreathers (President), Tracy King (Vice President), Winnie Gilbert (Secretary). Back Row: Una Topps (Outgoing Treasurer), Paul Winfield (Treasurer), Elisiah Coreathers (Financial Secretary), not in photo, Johnetta Goodloe (Parliamentarian) and Bessie Cox (Membership).

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX. – September 17, 2018 – The Galena Manor Civic Club at their monthly meeting honored retiring President Eronia “Taggy” Hall. Hall was presented an engraved award by Rosemary Coreathers, the new President thanking her for the 8 years of loyal and faithful service to the civic club.

State Representative Ana Hernandez presented a State of Texas recognition certificate commending President Hall for her positive contributions to the Galena Park citizenry. Former Galena Park Commissioner Barry Ponder said President Taggy Hall was responsible for bringing many issues to the City which resulted in improving the lives of the community.

Texas Ren Fest announces 2018 themes and a Royal Season Pass

Texas Renaissance Festival festivities are held at Todd Mission, 50 miles north of Houston.

HOUSTON – Magic, merriment and majesty await at this year’s Texas Renaissance Festival, the nation’s largest Renaissance-themed event, now announcing unique themes for all nine festival weekends, from September 29 to November 25, 2018, and a brand new season pass, The Royal Pass.

In 2017, Texas Renaissance Festival saw its second highest attendance season, welcoming a total of 644,917 attendees, while facilitating 63 weddings, the most recorded in a single season. Texas Renaissance Festival also saw a 14 percent increase in campers from the previous year, hosting 23,000 guests in the campgrounds – suited perfectly for both those seeking nighttime thrills around a bonfire, and families seeking a quiet retreat with a place to shake off the fairy dust.

“We encourage the noblest lords and ladies of the land who are interested in purchasing Festival tickets to secure the Royal Pass at once to get the most savings — up to 68% off admission, with many free perks included, such as preferred parking and access to TRF After Dark,” says Texas Renaissance Festival General Manager Terre Albert. “We’re thrilled for our loyal patrons to take advantage of such bargains, and excited to see everyone for nine themed weekends this year!”


TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY has ordered The Rhodes School to close the Northshore campus on Wallisville due to “multiple fire code violations.” The school has referred students to their other three campuses.

NORTH SHORE – Officials of The Rhodes School were notified on August 24 by the Texas Education Agency that they must close their campus at 13334 Wallisville Road, due to the fact that the Harris County Fire Marshal had found numerous fire code violations. The school operated in a educational building previously used by the Christian Tabernacle, which is at the front of the site.

Specifically, the Fire Marshal said that the building lacked a fire sprinkler system, and a fire alarm system. It had blocked and limited exits, and its address is not visible from the street as required by the fire department.

The fire marshal made available to media photos that depicted electrical violations, kitchen violations, and construction violations.

The closure notice was unexpected and came with short notice. Rhodes School superintendent Michelle Bonton sent home a letter with students, explaining the options that families had for their children. They were able to enroll PK-2nd students in the nearby campus on Tidwell. Students 3rd-6th would be bused to other campuses of the Rhodes School, or allowed to transfer to another charter school. Officials indicated they are working to correct the problems and reopen in the near future.

North Shore Rotarians “Go Big” in support of foundation

The North Shore Rotary Club was the Lead Sponsor in the GBOGH (Go Big Or Go Home) fundraiser held in Crosby on August 25. The club donated $7,600 to the Cody Stephens Foundation, which promotes and pays for Prescreening for Heart defects in high school athletes. The foundation has so far screened almost 100,000 students, and saved many lives. The Foundation is in honor of Cody Stephens, who died without notice from Sudden Cardiac Arrest. The event raised a total of about $225,000, to be used by the foundation to continue the heart screenings.

North Shore Rotarians seen in the photo above, taken at the fundraiser dinner, are L to R: Andrew Davilla, Donald Nino, Bill Palko, Danna Urbantke Nino, Allatia Harris, Shawn Silman, Matt Davis, David Mendez, Adam Lund, Jared Dagley, Bill Bowes Sr. with Melody Stephens, Scott Stephens at rear, Robert Lunde, Beau Burris, Ryan Dagley, Ken Pantin, Cary Stephens, Robert Boaz, Eugene Dagley, Mike Williams, Don Spies, Terry Tatum Derry, Dan Mims, Lowell Everitt, Lee Brown.

EPA expands Superfund interviews to two days in Highlands, with wrap-up session

Congressman Brian Babin examines the Geofabric materials to be used in the ongoing repairs of the cap over the toxic waste pits in the San Jacinto River. Babin visited the site in July, with EPA Region 6 Remedial Chief John Meyer.

Residents of Channelview, Cloverleaf, Lynchburg all invited

HIGHLANDS – Janetta Coats of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has announced that she will be in Highlands on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 1pm to 5pm, and Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 1pm to 7pm, conducting one-on-one interviews with residents that have been affected by the waste pits, or have an opinion for the official CIP record. Interviews will take place at the Highlands Community Center, and last about one hour each. Everyone is welcome to participate, by calling Coats at 1-800-533- 3508 to schedule an interview. A Round Table Discussion will take place from 5pm to 6pm on Wednesday. Coats issued the following statement on the CIP interview process:

We appreciate your willingness to participate in the interview process to update the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Community Involvement Plan (CIP). The community interviews are conducted to gather information for the CIP. The interviews are a way to meet with community members and learn about their site-related needs, concerns, and expectations, as well as how the community gets information and prefers to received information from EPA.

The CIP is a required activity under the National Contingency Plan (NCP) to ensure the public appropriate opportunities for involvement is a wide variety to ensure public involvement. We will interview a broad range of people in order to gain the greatest variety of perspectives about the site, including PRPs, if needed.

Jacinto City holds the Night Market Saturday

LIFE IS TOO SHORT NOT TO EAT A CUPCAKE, says the sign at the Cupcake Booth. Plenty to eat and drink at the Night Market.

Life in Jacinto City is good, and gets better all the time. Now the city has a new “Night Market” every second Saturday of the month, on the plaza of the TownCenter.

The Market has about 40 vendors that set up their booths, from 6pm to 10pm. Included are fresh food, pastries and cupcakes, food specialties, handmade crafts, information exhibits, and even a wine tasting truck. And check out the live music, take a few minutes to enjoy the sounds.

The urban event is the brainchild of Fire Chief Rebecca Mier, who with the support of City Council has been staging the Market for a number of months. At first it was a daytime event, but now it regularly meets at night to serve the community. To reserve a free booth, call 832-554- 6905.

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