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Posts published in February 2022

Local woman to head March of Dimes drive

A native of Highlands, and the North Channel area, Jeanna Bamburg is the CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast. Formerly she headed the HCA East Houston Hospital on the East Freeway. She will head the “March for Babies: A Mother of a Moverment™” drive of the Houston March of Dimes organization.

Houston, TX – HCA Houston Healthcare and March of Dimes (MOD) Houston announces the appointment of Jeanna Bamburg as chair of the 2022 Houston March for Babies: A Mother of a Movement™.

“Jeanna is a longtime supporter of March for Babies and will focus her efforts to raise awareness and critical funds for March of Dimes,” said Jen Torres, MOD senior executive director. “We are thrilled that she has accepted this opportunity to lead our local movement to make America a more equitable place and ensure that every mom and baby is healthy.”

Bamburg is CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast, located in Pasadena, well known for its obstetrics and midwifery services. She is asking local businesses and community members to join her and HCA Houston Healthcare in supporting March for Babies.

“The number of babies born preterm here in Texas and nationwide is staggering,” said Bamburg. “By joining this movement, individuals and groups can take action to help ensure March of Dimes can continue the vital research, programs and advocacy that allow moms and babies to get the best possible start.”

NORTH SHORE ADVANCES IN PLAYOFF OVER CLEAR BROOK

Leading scorer #1 junior guard Shalayne Morgan makes one of her 18 points. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Lady Mustangs 68 – Wolverines 64

By Allan Jamail

February 17, 2022 at 6 pm on the neutral court at the Pasadena Memorial Gym, the GPISD North Shore Lady Mustangs edged out the Clear Brook Wolverines in overtime for the Area Finals Round (2nd playoff game).

This game from the beginning tip-off was a barnburner till the final second in overtime. The Wolverines looked early on as the winner, having led by 12 points at one time. The Eastside Lady Mustangs never gave up, and clawed back several times to tie the game, and sometimes have a 2 or 3 point lead.

The lead in the game changed back and forth all the way into the final minutes of regulation play. Clear Brook had a 2 point lead, 60 – 58, with 4 seconds on the clock. The Lady Mustangs quickly got the ball down court and tied the game, sending it into a 4 minute overtime period, 60 – 60.

Houston Mayor announces $44 million “One Safe Houston”

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announces “One Safe Houston” at a news conference last week.

HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner has announced “One Safe Houston: the Mayor’s Public Safety Initiative to Combat Violent Crime,” which focuses on four key areas:

–Violence Reduction and Crime Prevention

–Crisis Intervention, Response and Recovery

–Youth Outreach Opportunities

–Key Community Partnerships.

The plan outlines a commitment to put more officers on the streets through overtime and cadet classes and creates a $1 million gun buyback program. It also provides $1.5 million in additional funding to the Houston Forensic Science Center to address backlogs and funds domestic violence programs with an additional $3 million to provide more services for survivors and prevention efforts.

“This plan represents a holistic approach to combatting violent crime on the streets while being responsive to the needs of victims and building healthier communities in the process,” said Mayor Turner. “Law enforcement efforts alone will not sufficiently address the symptoms of crime. We are faced with a public health crisis, and it will require all of us, working together to overcome it.”

Mayor Turner also announced:

Harris County allocates $50mil for “Clean Streets, Safe Neighborhoods”

Judge Lina Hidalgo with Sheriff’s deputies to announce the new “Clean Streets, Safe Neighborhoods” program.

HARRIS COUNTY – County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia announced a Major Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Safety Initiative. The Proposed $50 million smart on crime program is to target areas with high rates of violent crime driven by gun violence.

Judge Lina Hidalgo revealed details of the new $50 million proposal to prevent violent crime and improve neighborhood safety across Harris County. The new initiative will target distressed county neighborhoods where blight and neglect are driving violent crime. The program will improve street lighting, sidewalks, and visibility in residential areas, address longstanding blighted and abandoned structures, restore vacant lots, and implement other improvements shown to enhance public safety.

During Judge Hidalgo’s tenure, commissioners court has increased the law enforcement budgets for every law enforcement agency, including the district attorney’s office, by 13% since 2019. This brings the total funding for law enforcement in fiscal year 2022 alone to $966 million.

Early Voting for Primary Feb. 14 to 25

HARRIS COUNTY – Election season for 2022 kicks off with early voting for the primary races in crucial positions in Harris County starting Monday, Feb. 14. Early voting ends on Friday, Feb. 25 and Primary Election Day is Tuesday, March 1.

Among the primary races catching much of the attention are the Harris County judge race and the Pct. 2 commissioner race. Lina Hidalgo is the incumbent Harris County Judge but faces five opponents in the primary race. One of the Democratic challengers is Georgia D. Provost, a former Houston City Council candidate, and Erica Davis Constable Alan Rosen’s chief of staff. Other Democrats are Maria Garcia, Ahmad R. “Robbeto” Hassan, and Kevin Howard, according to the Texas Secretary of State Election Information page at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/index.shtml.

Chamber Gala honors Palko for Lifetime Achievements

Bill Palko receives the Kermit Reneau Lifetime Achievement Award from Board Chair Allatia Harris and Chamber president Margie Buentello

HOUSTON – The North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce held their 45th Awards and Installation Gala, sponsored by United Community Credit Union, at the Sylvan Beach Pavilion on January 27.

A number of awards were presented, and new officers and board members were installed. The 2022 Incoming Board Chair Mike Williams and Board of Directors were installed by Judge Joe Stephens.

Michael Williams was sworn in as the new Chairman of the North Channel Chamber Board of Directors.

Harris County funds two new Environmental programs

Lead Abatement, Nuisance Abatement

Houston – Harris County Commissioners Court made significant investments in two environmental public health programs to protect children from lead exposure and demolish unsafe building structures in County neighborhoods.

The Lead Abatement Program received $20 million to expand its current efforts. Funding will increase the program’s capacity to reduce lead exposure among Harris County children.

Separately, $3 million was approved for the Neighborhood Nuisance Abatement Program to proactively reduce nuisance properties throughout the County. These unsafe structures pose a public nuisance and are a health and safety risk to area residents, including children.

Both programs received funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).

“The positive community health outcomes we can achieve through these two programs will benefit families in neighborhoods who reside near unsafe buildings or in older homes with lead paint,” said Harris County Public Health (HCPH) Executive Director Barbie Robinson. “Healthier people and communities promote healthier lives. In addition to improved quality of life and ensuring children can grow into healthy adults, there are other benefits such as lower health care costs, and safer neighborhoods.”

Primary season underway with Pct. 2 Candidate Forum

By Allan Jamail

February 1, 2022 at The Garden Houston, located at 12001 Beamer Road in the Sagemont Subdivision of Houston, the Sagemont Civic Club conducted a Precinct 2 County Commissioners candidate forum. The event was well attended by about 200 citizens, mostly voters of Harris County Precinct 2.

Eight candidates were invited for the 7 pm forum, but only five attended. The candidates are on their respective party’s March 1st Primary Ballot. On the ballot are five Republican and three Democrats. Democrats present were George Risner (Justice of the Peace Precinct 2) and Gary Harrison (former Harris County Deputy Sheriff). Republicans present were Richard Vega, Jack Morman (former county commissioner), and John Manlove (former Pasadena mayor).

Those absent were: Democrat Precinct 2 County Commissioner Adrian Garcia, and Republicans Jerry Mouton, and Daniel Jason. Kay Barbour, the president of the Sagemont Civic Club and Master of Ceremonies, said that both Commissioner Adrian Garcia and Jerry Mouton did answer a questionnaire and she interviewed them in a recorded session. Candidate Daniel Jason did not reply to the invitation.

Lady Mustangs Senior Night Runaway Game – NS 60, C.E. King 14

By Allan Jamail

February 2, 2022 at the GPISD North Shore gymnasium, the East Side’s Lady Mustangs made their season’s last home game before a full-house home crowd a scoring exhibition. It was never a contest: the East Side girls of North Shore scored at will over their C. E. King Panther district opponent.

Being it was Senior Night, more than a usual amount of the Lady Mustangs’ family members were present to watch the stampeding Lady Mustangs.

There was a special halftime ceremony where Coach Allison Campbell announced the nine seniors’ names while their family members joined them on center court for photos. Gifts and flower bouquets were given to the seniors.

Linda Jamail statistician, allanj211@aol.com.

NS MUSTANGS WIN ONE – LOSE ONE

#13 Mustang Senior Marcel Dalcourt
leaps high for a 2-point lay-up. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

NS 61 – C.E. King 59 / NS 42 – Summer Creek 58

By Allan Jamail

February 2, 2022 at the Sheldon ISD home court of the C. E. King Panthers, the North Shore Mustangs pulled out a 4th quarter win. After trailing as much as 19 points in the game, the never-die Mustangs won at the clock’s final buzzer.

To start the 4th quarter, the Mustangs were down 30-44. They outscored the Panthers 31-15 in the fourth quarter.

Dealing with COVID-19 in a New Year

County Connection by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo

A new year is a time for new beginnings, and I know we are all ready to start fresh. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 epidemic has not slowed down over the holidays. With the emergence of the Omicron strain fueling the fire, a new wave of infections are once again raising our numbers. Hospitalizations are slowly rising and approaching problematic levels, infections are spreading rapidly across our County, and this week our numbers have pushed our threat level back to red. The possible exposures from travel, holiday celebrations, and gatherings on top of the return of children to school this week could trigger a very difficult month ahead in terms of hospitalizations and the strain on our medical system. It is clear that we will be living with this virus indefinitely.

But here in Harris County we are not giving in – we have more tools available and more knowledge on this virus than at any previous point during this pandemic. And we know that vaccinations are the best protection for you and your family against this virus. If there has ever been a wake up call to get vaccinated and get your booster, that time is now. You can find all the information you need on how and where to get vaccinated and your booster at readyharris.org.