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North Channel Chamber holds “Salute to First Responders and Veterans”

The North Channel Chamber held their annual Salute to First Responders and Veterans last Thursday, Nov. 7 at Armentia’s in Channelview. Several hundred attended the luncheon and ceremony honoring their service.

Also participating were the local service clubs, North Shore Rotary, Galena Park/ Jacinto City Rotary, and the San Jacinto Pilot Club. Major underwriters for the event were the Channelview ISD Education Foundation, and MedExpress Urgent Care.


Community leader Yuroba Harris recognized for Education Advocacy Work

L – R: Thelma Scott, Founder & CEO of S.A.F.E Diversity Communities; Yuroba Harris, Attorney Leona Filis with Filis Law Firm; and Freddie Jackson with Jackson Cares/Retired Firefighter

By Allan Jamail

Yuroba Harris, well known in the 29th Congressional District, was recently honored at a special program on November 2nd by S.A.F.E. Diversity Communities for her work on promoting Education, Career Awareness and Scholarships for students. Harris worked as the District Director for many years for retired Congressman Gene Green. She’s currently working on special initiatives for Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia with a number of faith based, nonprofit, civic organizations, community development and revitalization committees and boards.


North Channel Chamber “SALUTES” set for Nov. 7

The North Channel Chamber will hold its 11th annual Salute to Veterans, current military personnel, and First Responders. Also taking place will be a Business Expo and Health Fair. The event will be held at Armenta’s Reception Hall in Channelview, 823 Sheldon Road, from 10 am to 2 pm on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. The public is invited. There are booths and sponsorships available by calling the Chamber at 713-450-3600. Last year’s photo from the Expo.

LyondellBasell volunteers help Rio Villa Community repair front entrance after Imelda

Group of volunteers before any repairs and work done at Rio Villa entrance.

HOUSTON, Texas – Oct. 28, 2019 – LyondellBasell employees recently dedicated a Saturday to helping out their Rio Villa neighbors after the community flooded following Tropical Storm Imelda. About 40 volunteers, family members and Rio Villa residents gathered at the front entrance of the neighborhood on Oct. 19 armed with heavy equipment and landscaping materials to repair and beautify the two entrance signs that were nearly covered up by floodwater.

“As a company, it is part of our culture to give back to our communities even during normal times,” said Mark Gasper, project manager for LyondellBasell’s propylene oxide and tertiary butyl alcohol (PO/TBA) project taking place in Channelview. “It’s even more important that we assist our neighbors during their time of need. Rio Villa is a very close-knit community and they are very proud of their neighborhood, so it was important to us to help them recover from this storm event.”

Employees from LyondellBasell’s PO/TBA project team (more…)

Astronauts land in Galena Park School District

Standing left: Cloverleaf Principal Lee Brown, Crystal Guzmán & Jackie Fournier,Director of Math & Science Jacqueline Moreno (standing center) USA Astronaut Bruce Melnick (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – Houston, Texas — At the Galena Park School District’s Administration Building, astronauts gathered from the United States, France, Germany and Hungary for breakfast before departing to visit 12 schools in the district.

Participating astronauts were: Jean Loup Chretien (accompanied by wife Florence) (France), Gerhard Thiele (Germany), Tim Kopra & Farkas Bertalan (Hungary), and Bruce Melnick & Mike Foreman (USA).

NC Star writer Allan Jamail joined the international group and school officials to document the historical event as they visited the schools.


Jacinto City’s Day of Good Works

L – R: Volunteers: Pamela Perez, Irasema Salinas, Vice-Pres. Keep Jacinto City Clean Committee, Lucinni Balar, URS logo, Ivan Rojas, Jacinto City Recreation Director, Gloria Montano, Summit Dental Center, Rodrigo P. De Luna, Angels Medical, Roa Espinosa, and Rudolfo Nunez, United Healthcare. Others not in photo, Vicente Salinas, Lupe Gomez and Omar Cortez. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Jacinto City, Tx. – Friday, October 25, 2019 at the Jacinto City Town Center, volunteers stepped up to make sure the food staples, health and personal dental hygiene kits was distributed to those requesting assistance. Over 200 people were assisted from the local communities.

Art is highlight of this month’s Jacinto City Night Market

Paintings by Mei Hoffman ( were on display, with the help of art curator Henry Murillo.

Jacinto City’s Market by Night had its largest crowd last Saturday, with an emphasis on an art show, and other types of artistic involvement, such as music and chalk drawing on the plaza, as seen in these photos.

Crowds appreciated the crafts and food vendors, and jewelry and other showcase items. The plaza at Town Center was crowded with display tents and tables full of homemade pastries and other delicious edibles.


Northeast monthly Safety meeting

Commander C. T. Hatcher, Houston Police Department Northeast Division, giving the Northeast District 9 August crime report. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 8:30 am at the Houston Police Department’s East Freeway Storefront, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia provided district and legislative updates.

Commander C. T. Hatcher, Houston Police Department Northeast Division, gave the August Northeast District 9 crime report. She said overall crime in the area is about the same now as it was in 2018. For a current crime report for any area visit the website:

Hatcher made available several helpful websites citizens can use to reduce crime in their neighborhoods. By using HPD’s, ALERT SLIP. Citizens can use it to request increased patrols around their home or business for a prowler, speeding vehicle, excessive burglaries and thefts, being on vacation, or for reasons causing them concern in the “other” box. To use the ALERT SLIP visit the website:


Galena Park I.S.D. school board recognizes North Shore Rotary

The Galena Park I.S.D. (GPISD) Board of Trustees recognized the North Shore Rotary Club at the October Board Meeting for being a strong supporter of GPISD. Representing the North Shore Rotary Club was Ryan Dagley, president of the club.

The Rotary Club has gone above and beyond to help our students and community through their generous giving of student and vocational scholarships, sponsoring the annual Immunization Day and the purchase of Electrocardiogram machines that will provide heart screening for our student-athletes. The North Shore Rotary Club was also the largest supporter of the 2018-2019 State Champion Football Banquet. In addition, they are the sponsors of the Early Act First Knight program at multiple Galena Park I.S.D. elementary campuses.


Greens Bayou Regatta held with hundreds of canoes

Participants departing from Brock Park on Greens Bayou for the annual Regatta. Hundreds of canoes, kayaks, and a few custom boats participated.

The 4th Annual Greens Bayou Regatta took place on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

The race began at Brock Park Golf Course, located at 8201 John Ralston, Houston, TX 77044 at 9:00 a.m. And ended at Thomas Bell Foster Park located at 12895 Greens Bayou Street, Houston, TX 77015.

After the race, there were festivities, lunch, music and vendors. The Closing Ceremonies with awards to winners was at 2:00 p.m.


Superintendents report at luncheon

LUNCHEON SPEAKERS: Margie Buentella, King Davis, John Moore, Sherrhonda Johnson, Greg Ollis.

The North Channel Chamber hosted the annual State of the Schools report from the superintendents of Sheldon, Galena Park, and Channelview ISD’s at their monthly luncheon last Friday. A large audience, with many educators in attendance from the three districts, enjoyed hearing of the district accomplishments amid a competitive spirit.

Presentations were similar for the three districts, filled with statistics, emphasis on special programs, and dealing with population growth through bond issues. Each superintendent showed a video of students, schools, and general character of the district. These well prepared videos gave an intimate and cheerful look into the life of students and staff.