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Posts published in November 2022

Appreciation Luncheon for Deputy Sheriffs

CLOVERLEAF ACTIVISTS

By Allan Jamail

Thursday, November 10, 2022 at the Felix Baldree Community Center resident volunteer community activist held their second annual deputy sheriffs appreciation luncheon.

Master of Ceremony Luz Lopez thanked everyone in attendance for coming. She recognized each of the deputies present and made sure all of them knew how valuable they are to the Cloverleaf and Channelview communities.

At the conclusion of the ceremony Lopez recognized each of the volunteers by name and had them come up for a group photo. They received a loud ovation for their service to the communities. Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal with refreshments and desserts.

MUSTANGS DEFEAT DICKINSON 43-34; ADVANCE IN PLAYOFFS

By Allan Jamail

Friday, November 18, 2022- GPISD Stadium – Head Coach Jon Kay’s North Shore (NS) Mustangs on their home turf battled a hard-fighting Dickinson Gator football team, 43 – 34. His team didn’t put away the Gators until late in the fourth quarter.

The Eastside Boys advances to the Regional Semifinals Playoff round to face the Katy ISD Cinco Ranch Cougars. The 2:30 pm daytime game on Friday, November 25th gives the Cougars home field advantage. If the Mustang Nation fans turns out, it could take away the Cougar advantage, as it has before in playoff contests.

The Mustangs run defense and rushing the quarterback once again played a major role in preserving their undefeated perfect 12-0 record. At halftime it was a close game, separated by a NS Carlos Dominguez 3-point field goal, NS 24 – D 21.

New Hospital Tower opens in Baytown

BAYTOWN – Houston Methodist Baytown officially opened a new five-story building to patients last week. The new state-of- the-art tower is named Unity Tower and features 75 private rooms, an intensive care unit, and an entire floor dedicated to childbirth and obstetrics services.

“This is an exciting time for Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital, our staff, physicians and the community,” said Chief Executive Office David Bernard. “I am proud to expand the hospital and our services so that we can better serve the community that has supported us for nearly 75 years.”

The Unity Tower project includes vital infrastructure, including a new pharmacy, expanded laboratory, hospital kitchen, dialysis unit and many other clinical enhancements to serve our patients.

EPA to hold Waste Pits meeting Dec. 5th; work starts on Southern Impoundment

HIGHLANDS

The cleanup is starting at the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site according to THEA director Jackie Medcalf, and an announcement from the EPA in Dallas. Initially the work will involve the Southern Impoundment site, not the Northern Impoundment.

In addition to the announcement, EPA is planning a Community Town Hall Meeting on December 5. According to Jackie Medcalf, here is what we know about the plan:

Phase One of the cleanup started this week. This includes removing vegetation from the site, building fences, and building a water treatment facility on location.

UIL PLAYOFFS

Mustangs win Bi-District over Longhorns 49-3

By Allan Jamail

November 11, 2022- GPISD Stadium – Head Coach Jon Kay’s Mustangs captured the Bi-District 21 – 6A – Div. 1 Region 3 first playoff game over Pasadena Dobie Longhorns 49-3.

The Eastside Boys actually had a scrimmage game, the Longhorns never got out of the corral. It didn’t matter whether it was an offensive running or passing play, the Longhorns couldn’t stop them. They made seven touchdowns (TD’s), five in the first half. Extra points were kicked by Carlos Dominguez and Jonathan Soto.

ELECTION RESULTS

Democrats retain control of County Government

Beto defeated; Texas remains Republican

HARRIS COUNTY – Despite warnings of a Republican “Red Wave” sweeping the voting booths, it didn’t materialize in most of the country, and especially in Harris County.

Democrats kept their seats if incumbents, and in at least one critical race, Pct. 4 of the County Commissioners, they picked up a key vote. Lesley Briones defeated incumbent Commissioner Jack Cagle, and the County is now run by a solid 4 out of 5 votes by Democrats.

Republicans spent a record amount of $9 million attempting to unseat Judge Lina Hidalgo, but she retained her position by defeating challenger Alexandra Mealer by over 17,000 votes, 549,999 to 532,602.

In other county races, Adrian Garcia defeated Jack Morman for Pct. 2 Commissioner, 53% to 47%, and Lesley Briones had 52% and Jack Cagle 48%.

Voters approved $1.2 billion in Bonds for the County, and $478 million in Bonds for the City.

Galena Park Lady Volleyball District Champions

By Allan Jamail

October 25, 2022 – The Galena Park Lady Yellowjackets (GPLY) varsity volleyball team won the 5A district title against visiting HISD’s girls Sharpstown Apollos. Head Coach Mary DeFiore’s ladies ended their regular season with an impressive 94 percent district winning record (17 district wins and 1 loss).

After winning the district title they advanced into the 2022 UIL 5A Regions 3 & 4 Texas Volleyball Girls Varsity State Championship Contest.

Pct. 2 opens Mental Health Services POD

Access2Health Smart Pod is the third mobile clinic to open in Precinct 2

Harris County, TX — Monday, October 31, 2022 – Commissioner Garcia was joined by Baylor College of Medicine, Catholic Charities, and The Harris Center to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the third ACCESS2HEALTH Smart Pod in Precinct 2. The Smart Pod will bring mental health services to the community regardless of ability to pay. The event took place at 2:30 p.m.

Officials at the Ribbon Cutting were Commissioner Adrian Garcia; Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, Baylor College of Medicine; Cynthia Colbert, Catholic Charities; Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee; and Wayne Young, The Harris Center.

North Shore Mustangs have Perfect Season – 10-0

NS Mustangs 56 – Kingwood Mustangs 7

By Allan Jamail

November 4, 2022- GPISD Stadium – Head Coach Jon Kay’s Mustangs captured the District 21 – 6A – Div. 1 Region 3 title with an unblemished 10 – 0 record against Kingwood (56 – 7).

Kay and his coaching staff after the season started have had some significant challenges.

Last year’s state championship star quarterback (QB) Kaleb Bailey had a season- ending injury after 4 games this season. That forced Kay to switch his star receiver David Amador into playing quarterback. Amador heads into the 6 game state championship playoffs with only four starts at QB.