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Posts published in October 2020

Channelview group cleans up roadways

Participants gather ready to start the cleanup. Channelview ISD, Interact, C.H.I.C. members, churches and other volunteers helped clean, trim, and pick-up.

Saturday morning Oct.24th from 7:30 – 11:00 am Channelview Health & Improvement Coalition (C .H.I.C.) members and other community members conducted C.H.I.C.’s second Channelview Community Cleanup concentrating their efforts in the Sheldon Rd. area from I-10 to the railroad tracks just past Avenue C.

Participants broke into groups, some picking up and removing the trash and debris from the roadside and medians throughout the targeted area while others trimmed the trees, shrubs and overgrowth from the medians to eliminate the obstructed view and to provide a more manicured appearance to the medians; a nicety that has long been missing in Channelview.

This second cleanup effort was conducted in partnership with Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia’s office and the organization Keep Houston Beautiful. Precinct 2 provided personnel, equipment and trucks and trailers while Keep Houston Beautiful provided lawn tools, safety vests and gloves for those participants who did not bring their own. Harris County Sheriff’s Office Precinct 2 Liaison Deputy Tommy Berry kept a watchful eye over everyone ensuring a safe work environment despite the high traffic area the cleanup was being conducted in.

Saturday’s cleanup was a true example of what can be accomplished when local community groups and residents work together with receptive governing agencies and other adjoining and supportive communities and groups.

North Shore Mustangs remain undefeated 52-14 over Beaumont Bruins

By Allan Jamail

Friday, October 23, 2020 at this GPISD stadium the North Shore Mustangs in their district opener game finished off the Beaumont Bruins in short order 55 to 14.

Mustangs Head Coach Jon Kay’s team has yet to see any strong competition outside of their early season game when they defeated the Shadow Creek Sharks with a 38 to 21 score. Had Shadow Creek not had the 100 yards in penalties, the game could have been an upset for the Mustangs.

GP Yellowjackets “Steel Curtain” shuts out Marlins 56-0

#3 Arturo Garcia, Yellowjacket’s senior running back outruns Madison Marlins defense for his second touchdown of the game. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Houston’s HISD Dyer Field the visiting GPISD Yellowjackets varsity football team under the direction of Spiro Amarantos, Head Football Coach/Athletic Coordinator destroyed Houston’s James Madsion Marlins, 56-0.

The Yellowjackets forced to concentrate this season on an all-out defensive effort due to losing their senior quarterback Gabriel Pagan early in the season put-up a steel curtain Saturday. The Jackets defense shutout the Marlins for four quarters and held them to a mere 43 total offensive yards, making 2 pass interceptions and a fumble recovery.

FLOODING RELIEF: Precinct 2 cleans 1 million feet of ditches

Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia explains that cleaning ditches prevents future flooding, and is his priority. He credits the public works crews in the background for their hard work, even through the Pandemic.

Harris County PCT. 2 — Since being elected into office, Commissioner Adrian Garcia has made drainage maintenance a major priority. This week, he celebrated the completion of 1 million linear feet of ditching in Precinct 2.

Roadside ditching and drainage maintenance improves water conveyance to drainage outfalls, which helps in the reduction of potential flooding for residents and businesses. Without proper maintenance, standing water can penetrate and seep under road surfaces causing deterioration, which in turn, requires more frequent, costly road repairs, and neighborhood flooding. Many neighborhoods that have not been serviced in years now have clean, excavated ditches.

Commissioner Garcia stated, “I am so proud of the Precinct 2 family for this outstanding achievement. When I tasked our team to clear 1 million linear feet of ditches, I frankly thought it might be out of reach. Not only have we gotten to a million feet, we did it 2 months ahead of schedule! What we’ve accomplished in one year is collectively more than had been done in the previous two years combined. The hard work of my office will make a huge difference to reduce the risk of Precinct 2 neighborhoods flooding.”

To the Editor

The last three or four editions of the paper have had some very interesting, clearly explained articles. Are you doing that Gil, or is there some new person on the staff?

I just wanted to let you know, good job.

Theresa Cashion


Thank you, Theresa. Articles are written by several staff members and myself, and several free-lance journalists. We try very hard to be clear, objective, and contextual in a manner which distinguishes our work at a time when the internet carries too many stories that are incomplete, opinionated, and not researched or fact-checked. We appreciate your comments.

— Gil Hoffman, editor

Early voting breaks records

More than 700,000 Harris County voters cast ballots

By Chris Valdez

Harris County residents are voting at a record-setting pace this year, a clear indication that Texas voters are excited and enthusiastic about making their voices heard at the ballot box. Joint efforts by civic organizations like members of Houston in Action in partnership with local officials to expand voter registration, education and equitable access helped ensure Harris County’s election infrastructure was prepared to handle the enormous turnout.

Top-line numbers:

  • Overall, 719,840 Harris County residents have voted during the first full week of early voting – a 27% increase over the first full week of early voting in 2016, in which 566,741 Texans in Harris County voted early.
  • Nearly 1 in 3 registered voters in Harris County (29%) have already voted.
  • More than 100,000 Texans voted early in person in Harris County each of the first four days of early voting.
  • On just the first day of early voting in Harris County, 128,106 residents voted in person. The previous first-day record was 67,471 votes, set in 2016.
  • That means this year’s first day of in-person voting nearly doubled 2016’s first-day numbers.
  • Thanks in large part to the record-setting pace of Harris County, Texas leads the nation in the number of people who have voted early – over 4.6 million – and in the percentage of its 2016 vote total that has already voted (51%).

More ballots were cast in the first full week of early voting in Harris County than in all of 2014.
“Voters in Harris County are fired up and ready to vote this election season,” said Frances Valdez, of Houston in Action. “This enormous and palpable enthusiasm on the ground is a testament to the months-long efforts of, community leaders, people like members of Houston in Action, and local elected officials that are working tirelessly to ensure Harris County residents have all the information and resources needed to make their voices heard. This week’s record-breaking turnout numbers are a reflection of that painstaking work.”

Undefeated Mustangs trample Undefeated Mavericks 49-14

Auburn committed Mustang #1 state ranked quarterback Dematrius Davis outruns Maverick’s defense on a 26 yard quarterback-keeper play. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Rosharon, TX – Freedom Field – Friday, October 16, 2020, the GPISD 6A District North Shore Mustangs ran-over the 5A District Manvel Mavericks 49 to 14. The Alvin ISD team was last year’s regional finalist being undefeated in their district and remained undefeated this year until Friday night’s routing. Because of the contagious deadly virus fans were required to social distance and wear masks.

Coach Jon Kay’s two-time defending state champion Mustangs once again appeared to be an over-powering match for another of their opponents this season, leading at halftime 28 – 14. His defense shutout the Maverick’s for 3 quarters allowing only 2 touchdowns in the second quarter and keeping them to only 288 total offensive yards.

San Jacinto College wins national award for STEM education

CHANCELLOR HELLYER

College recognized for programs that build career pathways for diverse populations

PASADENA – The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the Siemens Foundation have awarded San Jacinto College with the Excellence and Equity in Community College STEM Award for the College’s associate degree nursing and process technology programs.

Eight winning programs from seven community colleges across the country are receiving this award for providing outstanding preparation for high-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing, energy, health care, and information technology. Additionally, these community college programs are also being nationally recognized for their intentional outreach and support of diverse populations that typically are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. San Jacinto College is the only institution to receive the award for two programs.

Each winning program will receive $50,000, with half of the funds allocated for program development and the other half allocated as scholarships for outstanding students, known as Siemens Technical Scholars.

Galena Park Yellow Jackets 52, Houston Sterling Raiders 34

By Allan Jamail

Friday, October 16, 2020 at the Galena Park ISD stadium the, 5A District 11 Yellow Jackets offense swarmed the visiting Sterling Raiders to even their record to 2 – 2.

Spiro Amarantos, Head Football Coach/Athletic Coordinator and the team suffered a major blow early in the season when senior quarterback Gabriel Pagan was injured and will miss the rest of the season. This forced Amarantos to restructure his offense using less experienced players at quarterback and the need to create new offensive plays with little time to practice them.

Coach Amarantos and his coaching staff have done a remarkable job with the new offense that gained 506 yards for 7 touchdowns and a field goal. A’marion Kelly and Raul Gonzalez, both juniors were used at quarterback. Raul Gonzalez completed 3 of his 5 pass attempts for 62 yards and a 60 percent completion average.

Channelview Clean-up set for Saturday, October 24

By Carolyn Stone

Please come out and join us, we will be conducting our second Channelview Community Cleanup this upcoming Saturday 10/24/20 from 7:30 – 11:00 am. We kickstarted Channelview’s cleanup last month on 09/19/20 by removing trash from the roadside and medians of the south end of Sheldon Road from Market St. to I-10. and trimming the plantings and the curbsides of the Sheldon Rd. median at Lorenzo St.

This effort was a major improvement and our clean-up effort did not go unnoticed. On 09/24/20 Cindy Miller, Harris County Pct. 2 Community Liaison, shared a communication with C.H.I.C. from Jose Jimenez, Pct. 2 Director – Neighborhood Services & Economic Opportunity:

“We will begin cleaning Channelview esplanades on Oct. 6th with Gradall. Tree limbs will be picked up tomorrow. Next week we are using all dump trucks to haul ditching spoils from IT May to James Driver. Cindy, please let the local constituents know they have been heard! More to come.”

Early Voting Oct. 13 thru 30

Election Day is November 3rd

Early voting started Tuesday, Oct. 13 in Harris County, and will continue through Friday, Oct. 30. Election Day is November 3rd. Voters can go to any polling location, which can be located at www.harris votes.com. This year you will not be able to vote a straight ticket, so it will take longer to choose each candidate by name.

Important races include President Trump versus his challenger Joe Biden. Also Texas Senator John Cornyn is running against MJ Hegar, a war-wounded veteran.

U. S. Representatives that face challengers include Dan Crenshaw, Sheila Jackson Lee, Sylvia Garcia, and Brian Babin. All of these represent some part of local districts.

In state races, incumbents Dan Huberty and Briscoe Cain face challengers. Armando Walle, Senfronia Thompson, and Ana Hernandez are running unopposed in their districts.