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Posts published in “Day: May 5, 2022

Rotary prepares for Fish Fry on May 14

The winner of the Raffle will have a choice of a Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck or a Toyota Camry. In addition, there will be 20 prizes in the drawing.

NORTH CHANNEL – The members of the North Shore Rotary Club are hard at work, preparing for their 47th Annual “Catfish Fry & Crawfish Boil.”

This annual event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, for the scholarships and community organizations that the Rotary Club supports.

Fish Fry chairman Ken Wimbley stated that this year is expected to be bigger and better than ever, now that most people have weathered the Pandemic and returned to normal activies and interests.

The Fish Fry will take place Saturday, May 14 at the Rotary Pavilion on Wallisville, behind the courthouse. The event will start in the morning, and last all day.

Attendees can enjoy a delicious crawfish lunch, while they participate in the silent or live auction, and hope their ticket comes up in the drawing.

The Grand Prize in the raffle is a choice of a new Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck, or a Toyota Camry sedan. Given the scarcity of new cars from the factories this year, this would be a great opportunity.

GPISD Hosts: All Earth Ecobot Challenge Day

Charter School Academy of Accelerated Learning located on Chimney Rock. Centered black shirts L – R: Jacqueline Moreno, Director for Elementary Math and Science, Galena Park ISD & Joe Paneitz, Owner Aha Education, LLC – & Humble ISD Curriculum Director and Lead Teacher, All-Earth Ecobot Challenge, Students L – R: Giosela Garcia, Haroon Abbas, Yukon Gebremichael, Jesús López, Katherine Puac, Alexa Romero, Keila Tol, Daniel Romero, Jesús López, Leandro Santa María, Ashlin Pineda, Andy Ríos. Their team’s names were Eclipse, Nebula, and Supernova. Teacher Sylvia Perez (not pictured). (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Saturday, April 23, 2022 at the GPISD North Shore High School six school districts and a charter school sent their elementary and middle school students to compete in the 2021-2022 All-Earth EcoBot Challenge to, “Reduce Reuse Recycle Rethink.”

School districts from Aldine, Alief, Cleveland, Galena Park, Houston, Humble and charter schools of Academy of Accelerated Learning and Beatrice Mays Institute sent students. There were fifty separate student classes from the districts participating competing against each other in different fields of competition.

This year’s competition board has been designed around ‘The Kingdom of Ecobot’ to answer those questions and learn more about the green and alternative technologies that exist today.


HARRIS COUNTY – After realignment of Precinct Boundaries this year, the East side of the county found Highlands split in two, with Pct. 3 on the west side of Main Street, and Pct. 2 on the east side. As a result, the area got a new Commissioner, Tom Ramsey. He is now in charge of roads and bridges, drainage, parks, community centers, and work camps that once belong to Pct. 2 and Commissioner Adrian Garcia. In this opinion piece written for his Notes column, Ramsey opines about the San Jacinto Waste Pits and his take on the problem they present. Ramsey writes:

“In the 1960’s a paper manufacturer dumped their waste into pits near the San Jacinto River. The waste was filled with harmful chemicals including the carcinogen called Dioxin. As the course of the river changed, the pits became submerged. In 2011, the EPA recognized the superfund site, and is now known as the as the San Jacinto River Waste Pits.

Throughout my many years as a professional engineer, these waste pits have been festering, polluting, and killing innocent people and animals around it. We have waited long enough. This week at Court I directed our Pollution Control Director to work with the EPA to expedite the removal of the toxins. Jackie Medcalf, who has been the most ardent supporter of the cleanup effort, told her story at Court as well.

LyondellBasell will close Pasadena Refinery

LyondellBasell will stop work at it’s huge Pasadena Refinery by the end of 2023, according to the company. The sprawling plant covers 700 acres, the largest in the Houston area, and employs over 500 persons. The company said that the closure will not affect work at its other plants, including the Channelview complex.

HOUSTON, April 21, 2022 — LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) today announced its decision to cease operation of its Houston Refinery no later than December 31, 2023. In the interim, the Company will continue serving the fuels market, which is expected to remain strong in the near-term, and consider potential transactions and alternatives for the site.

“After thoroughly analyzing our options, we have determined that exiting the refining business by the end of next year is the best strategic and financial path forward for the Company,” said Ken Lane, interim CEO of LyondellBasell. “These decisions are never easy and we understand this has a very real impact on our refinery employees, their families and the community. We are committed to supporting our people through this transition.”

Lane added, “While this was a difficult decision, our exit of the refining business advances the Company’s decarbonization goals, and the site’s prime location gives us more options for advancing our future strategic objectives, including circularity.”

When media reached out to LyondellBasell about how many jobs would be impacted as a result, the company said “approximately 550 LyondellBasell employees currently work at the Houston Refinery. We are still very early in the process. We are committed to do everything we can to assist our people through this transition. We are evaluating options for the affected employees.”

Election Day May 7 for amendments, School boards & bonds

HARRIS COUNTY– Voters will go to the polls on Saturday, May 7 which is Election Day. Only a few items will be on the ballot this time.

Two Texas Constitutional Amendments deal with limiting taxes on residential propoerty, and school bond issues will be voted on in Sheldon and Huffman. In addition, there is an election of two trustees for the Galena Park ISD board.

In Crosby’s Newport subdivision, three MUD board members will be elected. Running are incumbents Earl Boykin, Debra Florus, and DeLonne Johnson. Also running is newcomer John Webb.

Candidates for Galena Park ISD board include for Position 3 Juan Flores, Linda Clark Sherrard, and Jeff Miller. For Position 4, Ramon Garza is the lone candidate.

Channelview ISD offering $3,000 Hiring Incentive for New Teachers

April 19, 2022—The Channelview ISD Board of Trustees approved a new hiring incentive to any new educator who signs-on to become a teacher for Channelview ISD for 3 years, new teachers will be entitled up to $3,000 in hiring incentives.

New secondary teachers who are certified to teach Spanish will get $6,000 over 3 years. They will receive $2,000 every year for 3 years.

This incentive is for new teachers who sign on as of April 19, 2022. The hiring incentive is given out in increments of $1,000 per academic school year for three years, pending good standing with campus administrators and the Channelview ISD Department of Human Resources. All teacher contracts must be signed by August 17, 2022 to qualify for the incentive.