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Posts published in April 2022

NS Mustang’s Championship Dynasty Banquet

North Shore Head Coach Jon Kay delivers his remarks to the thousand plus attendees at the Mustangs championship banquet. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

April 7, 2022 – Houston, Texas – At the Bayou City Center, some 20 miles away from the Eastside Boys’ home turf, the GPISD’s Championship Mustang football team was given an awesome celebration banquet. Over a thousand family members and fans attended to witness a recap video titled, “The Eastside Dynasty,” of the team’s 3rd state championship title in 4 years.

On December 18, 2021, the North Shore Mustangs beat the Duncanville Panthers 17 – 10 in a thriller to capture the UIL 6A Div. 1 Texas High School Football State Championship in front of 43,000 plus spectators. The game was a brutal defensive struggle; Head Coach Kay called it a “slugfest,” rightly so. Only 3 touchdowns were made, and a pair of field goals.

At the banquet, Superintendent Dr. John Moore welcomed everyone, followed by graduating senior Kris Ross’ invocation. North Shore’s Senior High School AF JROTC presented the colors prior to the Pledge of Allegiance.

Terri Moore, Associate Superintendent, kept the program’s agenda moving in an orderly fashion. She introduced the Special Guests and gave the following points of information about the team’s season.

She said, “Now, you all may know the season officially started on January 11, 2021. That’s a total of 337 days devoted to making this championship dream come true. During that time our champions have had:

EARLY VOTING STARTS APRIL 25; ELECTION DAY IS MAY 7

Ballot Issues: Two Constitutional Amendments; Galena Park Mayor; Sheldon Bond Issue

HARRIS COUNTY – The Municipal and Local primary election will take place on Saturday, May 7 with a low voter turnout expected by authorities. No major candidates are on the ballot, only two state constitutional amendments and a number of bond issues for local districts, and local candidates.

In the North Channel area, voters will decide on a new mayor for Galena Park, and a major bond issue for Sheldon ISD.

In the Sheldon area, due to explosive population growth, the school district is asking voters to approve 3 bond issues, totaling $736 million, for new schools, buses, a multi-purpose arena, and a natatorium.

Early voting will start on Monday, April 25 and continue through May 3. Hours in general are M-S 7am – 7pm, Sun 12pm – 7pm. Hours on Election Day are 7am – 7pm.

Since the main issues on the ballot have to do with two Constitutional Amendments that may lower your taxes, State Senator Paul Bettencourt has issue the following analysis (edited) to aid all voters:

Sheldon ISD trustees call for May 2022 bond election to provide for student enrollment growth

At the January 18 school board meeting, Sheldon ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to call a May bond election to provide for buildings, renovations, technology and security upgrades and more.

“We have closely monitored the growth over the past two years and continue to experience an influx in student enrollment that totals 300-500 students annually,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. King Davis. “Since the last election in 2016, we have added an additional 2,100 students which is a 20% increase to enrollment.”

The total amount of the bond referendum is $736,570,000 with the majority of the funds allocated toward the construction of new campuses, expansions and renovations to existing campuses as well as security and technology enhancements. Other portions of the bond include a new multipurpose community center and a natatorium to be used by the community and district.

Sheldon ISD trustees called for a bond election in 2020 but that bond election was canceled due to school closures from the pandemic. While many Texas school districts experienced a decline in student enrollment, that was not the case for Sheldon ISD who continues to increase by roughly 4%.

“I am very appreciative of our board’s thoughtful, proactive approach to address our increasing enrollment,” Dr. Davis said. “The board has used feedback the district has received through surveys as well as town hall meetings.”

The bond focuses on three propositions. In 2019, the Texas legislature passed a new law that requires certain projects like building construction and athletic facilities like a natatorium to be separated into different propositions on the ballot. Because of this, Sheldon ISD voters will see three propositions to vote on individually on the ballot. Residents may vote on all three propositions.

HEAVY TRAFFIC AROUND LYONDELLBASELL PLANT ON SHELDON ROAD, THRU JUNE

FROM LYONDELLBASELL:

Information about increased workers and traffic at the LyondellBasell Channelview Complex

Courtesy message from LyondellBasell Channelview Complex, 2502 Sheldon Road, Channelview, Texas.

The LyondellBasell Channelview Complex has a planned maintenance turnaround and PO/TBA project activities taking place this month through early June, which is increasing the number of workers on site. The Complex turnaround will have an increase of 1,500 workers on site per shift during peak activity. This planned maintenance work includes normal turnaround inspection, cleaning and repairs.

Additionally, there are approximately 1,700 workers on site during the day for the PO/TBA project. The additional manpower for the combined projects will lead to an increase in traffic on Sheldon and Wallisville Roads beginning now until early June.

Local communities receive federal funding

Congresswoman Garcia (center) presents $3 million water line and fire protection improvement check to GP Mayor Esmeralda Moya and Fire Chief Tom Ehlers. L-R: GP Fire Dept. Assist. Chief Kathy Kirkpatrick, Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Fire Chief Tom Ehlers, Paramedic Dimitirius Dollarhide, FF/EMT Micheal Richardson & Capt. Marcus Tunchez (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Rep. Sylvia Garcia present checks of $3 mil to Galena Park, $1 mil to Jacinto City for Infrastructure

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park/Jacinto City, TX. – On Tuesday April 12, 2022, Christmas came early for the communities of Galena Park and Jacinto City. Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia of the 29th Texas Congressional District presented $4 million to be used for community improvement projects. The funds are part of a larger $10 million nine Community Projects Funding request led and secured by Garcia, and will also include projects for Houston and South Houston.

The funding came from the historic $1.5 trillion Bipartisan Omnibus Appropriations Bill that President Joe Biden promoted and Rep. Garcia supported. It provides a substantial increase in spending for domestic and national security but also sends $13.6 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine in its defense against the Russian invasion. Both parties scored political victories in the spending bill.

Rep. Sylvia Garcia (left) of the 29th Congressional District presents JC Mayor Ana Diaz and City Manager Lon Squyres a $1 million dollar check for the city’s south side water main and fire hydrant replacement project. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

ANOTHER DELAY REQUESTED FOR WASTE PITS, EPA SAYS NO

At a press conference last week, on the banks of the San Jacinto River, Activist Jackie Medcalf calls for no delays requested by the Responsible parties. (THEA photo)

By Gilbert Hoffman

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – The Responsible Parties who are supposed to be working on the plan to remove toxic dioxin from the Waste Pits in the San Jacinto River, have instead sent a letter to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) asking for a delay in the schedule, because they state that the current removal methods they had agreed to are unworkable, or “not implementable.”

Citing new information they are asking for a revised ROD (Record of Decision) which tells them how to clean up the site.

At a press conference last week, on the banks of the San Jacinto River near the Waste Pits, activist Jackie Medcalf called for no delay, saying the process has taken too long, and the objections now are simply “smoke and mirrors” in an attempt by the Responsible Parities to avoid or minimize the remediation work.

A current map of the Waste Pits shows the conflict between the I-10 right-of-way for a new bridge, and the need for access for Waste Pits remediation.

Sales Tax Holiday April 23- 25 for Emergency supplies

(AUSTIN) — As we enter severe weather season, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, which begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 25.

“Whether it’s fires, freezing temperatures or tornadoes, severe weather conditions can strike at any time, so it is important that families, homes and businesses have the supplies they need to face these and other emergencies,” Hegar said. “This tax holiday can help Texans save money while stocking up for emergency situations.”

The Comptroller’s office estimates shoppers will save more than $1.5 million in state and local sales taxes during the tax holiday, which was approved by the Texas Legislature in 2015.

There’s no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase. These include:

Auto plunges off Lynchburg Ferry Ramp; COAST GUARD HONORS RESCUER

On New Year’s Eve 2021, an automobile drove off the Southern end of the Lynchburg Ferry, endangering the life of the 62 year old driver, who was stuck in the sinking car. A heroic rescuer, Robert Moore, can be seen attempting to talk with the driver prior to his decision to jump in and save him.

LYNCHBURG — A Houston man was honored by the U.S. Coast Guard for rescuing a driver whose car plunged off the Lynchburg Ferry ramp on New Year’s Eve, 2021.

The shocking incident was captured on a surveillance video that was just publicly released.

Robert Moore receives an official Citation honoring him for his Heroic Rescue of the driver.

Robert “Cody” Moore was going to eat with his family and friends at the Monument Inn when the car came whizzing by.

“We were watching the ships go in and out,” said Robert Moore’s wife, Karen Moore.

Karen Moore and their five children spoke to ABC13 hours after the award ceremony.

“All of the sudden, this car literally drives off the ferry landing, and it was like a movie,” said Karen Moore.

In the video, Robert Moore ran up to the edge of the ramp. He appeared to shout at the driver before he jumped in and swam up to the car. The couple’s children, including 11-year-old Levi, were nearby.

Channelview parade celebrates FFA and LL events

Grand Marshalls – The Marvin Maybin Family & Retired Channelview Ag Teacher’s Family. The Grand Marshall was The Marvin Maybin Family in memory of Marvin Maybin, the Former FFA Advisor from 1977-2000 who passed away in October of 2021.

By Allan Jamail

On Saturday, April 2, 2022, Channelview High School had their annual FFA parade followed by the livestock animals and chicken auctions. The parade was filled with school floats made by the students. Suzanne Hutchins, Channelette Dance Team Director and FFA Parade Chairman, said this year’s parade included 21 Little League floats.

Harris Co Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, who was in the front of the parade on a small motorcycle, said: “What a fantastic experience we all had at the Channelview ISD Parade! In addition to the massive turnout from CVISD’s amazing Future Farmers of America program, Channelview Little League showed up in force as well. It was great to visit with the students, little leaguers, veterans, first responders, and Channelview residents young and old. It was a beautiful day for an event in the heart of the community, and I look forward to joining in the fun for many years to come.”

GP/JC Rotary Cake Auction will benefit Ukraine

Public invited to Cake Auction and Baked Potato Lunch April 14

By Jennifer Ledwith

Houston, Texas April 14 2022—Volunteers and supporters will gather on Thursday, April 14 at the Jacinto City Town Center Community Building to raise money for scholarships for Galena Park ISD seniors and medical supplies for Ukrainians. This event, spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Galena Park and Jacinto City, will sell stuffed baked potatoes at an event that will culminate in a cake auction.

In recent years, students from the Galena Park High School culinary arts program, along with Rotarian Maria Cortez-Ochoa and other community members, have baked tres leches cakes, chocolate cakes, and other sweet treats for the cake auction. The last cake auction – held in 2019 – helped fund about 18 scholarships.

GP Soccer Twins Sign Together at Trinity Valley

Head Coach Alejandra Cruz, Leslie Vasquez, Dr. Kimberly D. Martin, Larisa Vasquez & Assistant Coach Brittany Bray. (Photo by Linda Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX. – April 1, 2022 – Galena Park High School celebrated “The Twins,” two senior Lady Yellowjacket soccer team players, signing for full college scholarships with Trinity Valley Community College. Leslie and Larisa Vasquez are twin sisters and were born in Houston, Texas, but were raised in El Salvador until the age of 9. They returned to the US and enrolled into Galena Park ISD where they began to participate in athletics.

The Twins played volleyball, basketball, and ran track in middle school, but also played soccer outside of school. When they made it to high school Leslie played JV volleyball and basketball, and lettered in soccer; Larisa played freshman volleyball, and lettered in basketball and soccer as a sophomore. At the beginning of their junior year they decided to dedicate their time to soccer with the hopes of earning an athletic soccer scholarship. During their varsity soccer career, Leslie played defense and had 70 game appearances; Larisa played center midfield and had 52 game appearances. Leslie received 2nd Team All District and an Honorable Mention during the 2021 season. Larisa received 2nd Team all district and academic all district during the 2021 season. Through consistent hard-work, perseverance, and commitment, the sisters were both offered a full ride athletic scholarship to Trinity Valley Community College to join the Women’s Cardinal Soccer program.