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Posts published in “Day: October 4, 2018

National Night Out: Crime prevention in North Channel Communities

Wood Shadows II President Warren Lewis served chili hotdogs to his neighborhood crime fighters as they gathered at his home for an evening of mixing and mingling to discuss how to make their neighborhood safer. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. – October 2, 2018 – Sue Blackburn a resident of Houston’s Wood Shadows I and Warren Lewis, President of Wood Shadows II Civic Club went door to door, block by block handing out flyers inviting their neighbors to come to their house party for a meet and greet.

Block by block, house by house citizens gathered in their neighborhoods in a concerted effort to discuss ways they can help each other prevent falling victim to crimes.

The event has been held annually since 1984, simply with neighbors turning on their porch lights and sitting in front of their homes. The annual event focuses on the community and raising awareness in the United States and to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood friendship to make neighborhoods safer.

The events are typically organized by block leaders. They can be as simple as cookouts with food, games and music to increase awareness about police programs in communities, such as drug prevention, neighborhood watch and other anti-crime efforts.

Jacinto City had five separate locations for citizens to go get crime prevention literature, food, refreshments and meet police officers. Galena Park had their event at the City Hall.

Leaders host Town Hall on new Legislation

Congressman James E. Clyburn, Assistant Democratic Leader, at the Town Hall with State Senator Sylvia Garcia, middle, and Congressman Gene Green, right. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. – At the North Shore Community Fellowship of Faith Church, Senator Sylvia Garcia, Congressional leaders Gene Green, Sheila Jackson Lee and U.S. House Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (SC) informed citizens and civic clubs in attendance of recent legislation passed and signed by President Trump that’s having a negative impact on income taxes, health care benefits, and affordable housing tax credits for working families.

Pastor Robert I. Dixon, II, made the North Shore Community Fellowship of Faith Church building available for the meeting so the church members and citizens can come hear and learn about Medicare, Social Security, and citizen issues.

“Just when we thought America’s affordable housing crisis couldn’t get any worse, Republicans picked up their shovels and kept digging. Their tax scam is projected to cause 235,000 fewer affordable housing units to be built and 262,000 jobs to be lost over the next ten years. With an existing shortage of more than 7 million units, we simply cannot allow this crisis to go on unabated,” Clyburn said.

Congressman Green reported the 2018 Medicare Trustees Report projects that Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust Fund will bring in less revenue due to changes made in the Tax Cuts Act (commonly known as the “Trump tax cuts”).

Senator Garcia will be the Democratic Party’s nominee to replace retiring Democrat Congressman Gene Green of the 29th District. The district has a high number of Democrats and she’s favored to be elected if Democrats turnout in large numbers. Opposing Garcia is Republican Phillip Aronoff and Libertarian Cullen Burns. Garcia said she’s not expecting an easy win and she’s asking her supporters to work hard to get voters out until the last voter votes at 7 PM November 6th.

Green, Lee and Clyburn said they’re supporting Garcia because she has a proven record of leadership producing positive results for her constituents over the years.

Ponder resigns in Galena Park

Barry Ponder

City government in Galena Park finds itself in a state of change once again, as a leading City Commissioner has resigned from the board, with no reason given.

Barry Ponder, a leader of a group known as “Citizens for A Better Galena Park” and a Commissioner since elected in 2017, sent a letter to the city secretary with his resignation. Although missing from all commission meetings since the date of his letter, August 22, the commission has made no public announcement of this resignation or acknowledged his absence. City Attorney Robert Collins told the North Channel Star that the city has up to 120 days, by state law, to appoint a replacement. This replacement would be voted on by the Commission. After 120 days, if no action is taken, the city must hold a special election to replace Ponder.


A number of citizens have questioned whether another Commissioner, Rodney Chersky, is qualified to hold his seat on the board because he no longer resides in the city.

Although the city charter says that you must be a resident if you run for office, Collins explained to the Star that even though Chersky announced that he had moved into Houston in July, the charter says he can hold the seat until June 1st of the next year, or until a general election is held. However, Collins said this is his interpretation, and will ask for a ruling from the Texas Attorney General.

Attorney Collins addressed this situation publicly at the last Commission meeting on October 2nd. He also noted that Chersky plans to move back into Galena Park, which may make this problem moot.


The North Channel Star has learned that a number of citizens of Galena Park have been interviewed recently by a representative of the Texas Attorney General, Sergeant Mark Richardson.

Construction on North Shore Park Playground begins

Concept for North Shore Park’s new playground sets.

NORTH CHANNEL, Texas – Commissioner Jack Morman is proud to announce the start of construction on September 26th for North Shore Park’s new playgrounds. This project includes the replacement of older playground equipment and installation of rubberized fall surfaces, shade canopies, and benches. The playground sets will be able to accommodate children from ages 2 to 12. Construction on the $350,000 playground set is expected to be complete in November. Park goers can visit Jim & Joann Fonteno Family Park as an alternate location with playgrounds until the construction is complete.

North Shore Park is a 46.4-acre park located at 14440 Wallisville Road in Houston. In addition to the playgrounds, this park also features numerous baseball and soccer fields, a large walking loop, and various picnic areas.