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Posts published in February 2019

Four youths shot, two die in gang fighting

ALLEGED ASSAILANTS are Rene Moreno, driver of the getaway car, and Marlon Valdez, who allegedly fired the rifle at the other group.

Police arrest two alleged shooters

NORTH SHORE – In what has been described by Houston Police as an ambush, from the rooftop of a vacant house, two youths died from gunshots, and two others were wounded.

Two groups of youth who had a previous altercation, planned to meet at Strickland park and a vacant house in the 12800 block of Eastbrook Drive, near Maxey and Woodforest. Reportedly the one group thought it would be a fist fight, but it turned deadly with a shooting.

The incident occurred last Thursday, Feb. 21 at about 4:50 pm. Neighbors reported hearing multiple rounds of firing, and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said that the AR-15 style rifle was equipped with a 30 round magazine. Two of the young men were hit with deadly fire, a third was wounded and was admitted to a hospital, and a fourth person, an 18 year old woman, was wounded in the knee.

VICTIMS WHO DIED are brothers, Jose Aguilar, 18, and Maximo Aguilar, 20. Two others were also hit by bullets from an AR-15 style rifle.

Women’s Care Center opens in East Houston

HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast, formerly Bayshore Medical Center, celebrated the opening of its third Women’s Care Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Feb. 13.

The clinic offers a variety of services, including prenatal and postnatal care, well women exams, colposcopies, and more, via certified nurse midwives. Through a unique collaborative care model, nurse midwives collaborate with doctors at HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast, where they also deliver patient’s babies according to custom birth plans with the safety net of a nursery and level II and level III NICU on the same floor.

HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast CEO Jeanna Bamburg, Certified Nurse Midwife Jane Freking, and a spokesperson from U.S. representative Sylvia Garcia’s office spoke at the event amongst a crowd of staff and community members. Following some finishing touches, the clinic is expected to open to the public by the end of February.

More information on page 8 of the print or PDF edition.

Congresswoman Garcia holds community meeting

Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia provides her account of the state of affairs in Washington, D.C. to attendees at her first Community Meeting since being elected in November. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX – February 20, 2019 — Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia held her first Community Safety Meeting and reported how she’s doing in her new role representing the 29th District.

She said one of her first things to do was to go visit the Texas Republicans serving in the House and to let them know she wanted to work in a bipartisan way on issues that will help Texas. She said she felt they will have a good working relationship on many issues such as the Port of Houston, NASA, hurricane surge protection, and disaster relief. But on the more hard-line tough issues like immigration and the border wall, the Republicans are dug-in and determine to hold their position and not eager or willing to compromise.

The Congresswoman expressed dissatisfaction that President Trump’s immigration policy at the border is separating very young immigrant children from their parents and in one place 140 kids are kept confined in a small room using bunk-beds. Garcia said the recent President’s government shut-down hurt everyone and she was working with legislatures to try to get legislation approved which would prevent a shut-down from any future President just because they didn’t get their way on issues that Congress wouldn’t approve for them.

Let’s Rodeo! Parade, Trail Riders kick it off

12 Trail Rider groups spent last week to get to Memorial Park campgrounds on Friday.

Are you ready to Rodeo? The 87th Annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo starts Monday, February 25, and runs through Sunday, March 17.

Monday’s opening entertainment is Grammy winning Kacey Musgraves, and the closing act in March is George Strait.

Events leading up to the Rodeo included Trail Riders arriving at Memorial Park, a Parade downtown, a Bar-B-Que Cook-off, and a Rodeo Run which had more than 9000 entries.

The Rodeo Parade, including the traditional “Howdy” float, took place on Saturday in spite of inclement weather.

North Shore Mustangs advance to Basketball Regional Semi-Finals

February 22, 2019 — North Shore Mustangs Basketball Coach Sam Benitez led the team to a 64 to 47 victory over the Dickinson Gators to advance to the Regional Quarterfinals where they played the Pearland Dawson Eagles. Junior Mustang #0 Joshua Cooper makes a 2 point layup against the Gators.

By Allan Jamail

February 26, 2019 — North Shore Basketball Mustangs defeated the Pearland Dawson Eagles 34 to 30 in the Regional Quarterfinals. Coach Sam Benitez’s Mustangs will advance to the Regional Semifinals against the Fort Bend Elkins Knights (Missouri City).

The Mustangs have an overall record of 31 wins and 3 losses while the Knights record is 31 wins and 7 losses. Early in the season three months ago Elkins squeaked out a one point win over North Shore 56 to 55.

The game will be played at a neutral site on Friday, March 1st at 6 PM at the Berry Center of Northwest Houston, 8877 Barker Cypress Rd, Cypress, TX. 77433. This game is part of the 2019 Boys State Basketball Championships – 6A Regions 1 & 3 tournament. The winner play in the Regional Finals on Saturday, March 2nd at Berry Center at 3pm.

SJRC stops one permit, faces other threats

JACKIE YOUNG, San Jacinto River Coalition

HIGHLANDS – Since the beginning of the year, the San Jacinto River Coalition, part of THEA, has held two public meetings to update everyone on developments around the Waste Pits site.

The clean-up itself is in the Remedial Design phase, with the work plan approved. EPA and the PRP are actually working on Pre-Design Phase I, which can be seen on the EPA website. Phase II will be posted by Feb. 12, she said, and will continue through July. Young expected work to remove the waste material could start by the end of 2019.

Young said that the PRP had hired a new consulting firm, GHD Consultants, with experience in this type of Superfund site. They will be helping prepare the work plan and Remedial Action plan. Maintenance of the current Cap is under the direction of another engineering firm, Anchor QEA & Integral.

Sampling of the current material under the cap is taking place, to categorize the degree of hazardous material, and decide where to dispose of it. On site, core samples can be seen in drums, and water level samples in red storage tanks. These will be sent to a lab for testing.

Young criticized the sampling effort, noting that they are not testing for PCBs. “We really don’t understand what is the composition of this waste,” she said. She also questioned whether workers on the site had adequate environmental protection gear, and whether samples taken were protected from tampering or alteration.

SAMPLES of ground water, and cores are being stored in these drums, and then taken off-site for lab tests to determine the toxicity of the material under the cap, and how high the water table is below.


Football Coach Kay Recognized

Rep. Hernandez and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner recognize Coach Kay and the #1 high school football team in the nation, the Galena Park ISD North Shore Senior High School Mustangs.

Coach Kay and the Mustangs also received recognition at a Pep Rally at the North Shore Stadium, and an award at the downtown Houston Touchdown Club.

Coach Kay received an award from the Houston Sports Awards, as televised on Channel 13 at the beginning of February. The team was recognized in a category called “Moment of the Year” for the hail Mary catch that won the playoff game.

Coach Kay and Mustang players were also honored at the North Shore Rotary luncheon in February.

North Shore Lady Mustangs eliminated in Playoffs

Lady Mustang freshman #5 Donalyn Johnson leaps high over two Dobie Lady Longhorn defenders to tie the game late in the third quarter. Lady Mustangs were eliminated 35-29. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

February 11, 2019 – Deer Park was the neutral site for the Girls 6A Bi-District Basketball Playoffs where the Dobie Lady Longhorns eliminated the Lady Mustangs 35-29. It was a defensive game and the lead changed and was tied several times until the final few minutes. The Lady Mustangs turned-over the ball numerous times in the final minutes, the Lady Longhorns easily scored from the turnover’s and pulled away with the win.

Rep. Hernandez hosts Seniors Valentine’s Dance

Rep. Hernandez with senior citizens at the Valentine’s Day Dance

Friday, February 8th saw a day full of dancing and socializing at the 12th Annual District 143 Seniors Valentine’s Day Dance at the Leon Grayson Community Center in the North Channel area. As always, there was delicious food, dancing, and a good time was had by all thanks to the hard work of volunteers and sponsors.

NS Mustangs advance in Playoffs

#11 Mustang Ian Butler jumps high past Trojan defenders with a layup for a score.

Defeat South Houston 42-35; Dickinson next

By Allan Jamail

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 — The North Shore Mustangs basketball team advanced in the 2019 Boys State Basketball Championships – 6A Regions 1 & 3 tournament by defeating the Trojans of South Houston 42 to 35 in Deer Park a neutral site.

The North Shore Mustangs will play next the Dickinson Gators Friday, February 22, at 8:00 PM at the Phillips Field House, 2909 Dabney Dr., Pasadena, 77502.

The Mustangs have an overall record of 29 wins and 3 losses, the Dickinson Gators record is 21-8. If the Mustangs win this Area Around game they’ll advance to the Regional Quarter-Finals against the winner of the Dawson and Humble game.

Channelview ISD calls for $195M Bond Election in May

Proposition Addresses Growth, Safety, Program Expansion, & More

The Channelview ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept the Citizens’ Bond Planning Committee recommendation to call for a $195.4 million bond package addressing district growth, safety, program expansion, and aging infrastructure across the district.

Development of the bond proposal involved an in-depth process of information gathering, research and community input. The district conducted facilities assessments at each campus, a district-wide capacity study, educational planning with campus staff, and in October 2018, formed the Citizens’ Bond Planning Committee (CBPC).

The CBPC, made up of parents, staff, and local community members, met over the course of four months to study and prioritize the district’s current and long-term facility needs. On Tuesday, January 15, the Committee made its recommendation to the Board of Trustees to call for a bond election to be held Saturday, May 4.

“We are extremely grateful to the citizens who worked diligently to develop this plan for the future of our district. We had over 40 community members from all backgrounds come together to provide their input. Their engagement and commitment to the process resulted in a bond proposal that plans for growth and impacts every campus,” said Board President Keith Liggett. “We are excited to bring it forward to the voters for their consideration.”

Some of the proposed projects include: