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Wassail at Channelview ISD

Channelview ISD held their annual Wassail event on Thursday, December 9 at the Bill Neal Center. It was an opportunity for staff, parents and students to gather, eat cookies, drink punch, and celebrate the holidays. There were also several student performances to entertain those in attendance. Santa made a special visit to the event to take pictures with children.

Jacinto City has a Friendly Grinch

Jacinto City’s Friendly Grinch greets elementary kids with candy as they walk by her home next door to the school. Kids in the photo: Jay Balerio, Henry Lopez, Lydia Lopez, Jaime Hernandez Jr., Mateo Hernandez, Mateo Flores, Anthony Tolentino, Daniel Tolentino, Darius Lucero, Scarlett Flores, Martha Coyoy, Gianna Coyoy, Isael Renteria, Isabella Renteria, Anthony Zuriga, Priscila Zuriga, Katheryn Gonzalez and Aguirre. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Jacinto City, TX — December, 13, 2021 — This is the second annual event the Jacinto City citizen has given Jacinto City’s elementary school kids: candy, treats, and to see that there’s a friendly Grinch.

The Grinch said, “At first some of the younger kids are scared, but then they change and are no longer afraid of me once they see the older ones getting candy and shaking my hand. It’s amazing how excited the kids get when they see I’m not a bad Grinch but a friendly one.”

Holiday Open House with Ana Hernandez in District 143

Photo by Allan Jamail

STATE REPRESENTATIVE ANA HERNANDEZ 16TH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

Jacinto City, TX — December 7, 2021 at the District 143 state office, constituents came to begin this year’s holiday season festivities. They enjoyed refreshments, fellowshipping and their visit with Representative Hernandez. Toys that were donated will be given at Christmas to needy children.

CITIZENS HOLD PROTEST ON GALENA PARK GOVERNING

ADVOCATE WAYNE DOLCEFINO AND OUT-OF-OFFICE COUNCILWOMAN MARICELA SERNA WERE AMONG THE GROUP THAT STAGED A PROTEST OUTSIDE GALENA PARK CITY HALL LAST TUESDAY NIGHT.

7th Police Chief fired, City Hall closed

GALENA PARK – About 3 dozen citizens of this community staged a noisy protest last Tuesday night, outside the City Hall Building. The regular bi-weekly Council meeting had been cancelled, which they said was typical of the problems with the current administration.

Protesters cited many issues, including the firing of the 7th police chief in the last 3 years, closed city hall, irregularities in the water department and water bills, and no public access to council meetings.

In addition, Councilwoman Maricela Serna said that she had been elected last year, but not allowed to join the meetings or speak, having access denied by Mayor Moya.

CELEBRATING VETERANS DAY

2021 North Channel Library Veterans Appreciation Day L-R: Branch Manager Maria Rawls, Veterans Fred McCray, Anthony Mireles, Michael Kozey, Leonard Ferguson, Daniel Jason & Lauronzo Garman, Pct. 2 Veteran’s Service Manager. (Photo by Linda Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX – On November 11, 2021, the Harris County Public Library – North Channel Branch, under the Direction of Branch Manager Maria Rawls (Adult Services), conducted its 1st Annual Veterans Day celebration event.

Ms. Rawls welcomed and thanked the community for coming out to help celebrate and honor the home-grown heroes who bravely served this nation.

She said, “This celebration is one way of showing our veterans that we never forget them and that we salute their bravery and the example that they have set before us to gain this freedom.”

Rawls thanked those who worked to put together the event, including Student Practicum Amber McCarver, the library’s staff, and the following on the program: North Shore’s JROTC – Coordinator Darrow Adams, MC/Sound and Music by Mikey Mike Singer, Desmond Bostick who sang the National Anthem and God Bless the USA.

Galena Park to construct a new Churchill Community Center

EDWARD LUIS ESPREE, MAYOR MOYA, COMMISSIONER V. GARCIA JOHNETTA GOODLOE, ERONIA “TAGGY” HALL, HILLARY ESPREE

A new Churchill Community Center will be constructed

Galena Park, the City of progress

Given her commitment to offering spaces that ensure the safety and overall well-being of the Galena Park community, Mayor Esmeralda Moya announced the construction of the new Churchill community center, which will create a space where families can participate in different activities that improve their quality of life.

Esmeralda Moya, Mayor of Galena Park said “It is essential for us that our residents, particularly children and the elderly, feel safe and protected in an environment where they can create memories as well as strengthen ties.” This venue is for all Galena Park citizens to enjoy; we know that one of the most important factors for a community’s optimal growth is the availability of programs that encourage physical and emotional development, which is why we are very pleased with the construction of this center.” said the mayor.

Power Ranger visits North Shore Cultural Arts Center

Top Left: Jordon Fite who plays Aiyon, a.k.a. the Gold Ranger. Lower L-R: Noah Miller, Falynn Hill, Hunter Hill and Winter Wright. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

C. E. King Graduate, First African-American Gold and 6th Power Ranger

By Allan Jamail

Houston, Tx. October 27, 2021 – The Harris County Cultural Arts Center, under the direction of Michelle Bonton, Executive Director, hosted a visit by Aiyon, a.k.a. the Gold Ranger. Aiyon is played by Jordon Fite, a 20-year-old native Houstonian, and a 2019 C. E. King graduate of Sheldon ISD.

Excited students, Pre-K thru 8th grade, from the North Shore Campus of the Rhodes School filled the art center’s auditorium, listening to the Gold Ranger explaining how he was able to achieve his acting career to become a Power Ranger. Hundreds of eager students raised their hands to get their questions answered by the Ranger.

SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS UPDATE THE NORTH CHANNEL CHAMBER

At the October luncheon of the North Channel Chamber of Commerce, superintendents from the three school districts in the area made presentations of the “State of the Schools” to a large audience, at the San Jacinto College Student Center.

ABOVE, l to r, Allatia Harris, chair of the Chamber and Assoc. Dean of San Jacinto College; John Moore, Galena Park ISD; King Davis, Sheldon ISD; Don Beck, interim superintendent Channelview ISD; and Margie Buentello, president of the Chamber.

A summary of their talks follows:

Channelview High opens new Technical & Fine Arts Bldg.

CHANNELVIEW ISD UNWRAPS NEW TECHNICAL AND FINE ARTS BLDG. L-R: Jennifer Carnathan—Assistant Superintendent of Finance, Mike Niemeyer—Assistant Superintendent of Operations, Board members (BM) Shumona Collins,Hector Martinez, Dr. Don Beck—Interim Superintendent, Patrick Lacy—BM (President), Robert Laird—CHS Principal, Raquel Dobbins—BM, Frank Bryant—BM, Mia Young—CTE Director, Jennifer Tunink—Fine Arts Director, LaKeisha LeBlanc—Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Curriculum. Not pictured but in attendance, Linda Jamail, Community Liaison for State Rep. Ana Hernandez, Christina Farrish, Commissioner Adrian Garcia’s staff & Yesenia Doyal, North Channel Chamber. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Channelview, TX. October 21, 2021 – A crowd of business and community leaders, citizens, elected representatives, and their staff gathered to witness the formal opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the CVISD’s CTE (Career and Technical Education) and Fine Arts wing of Channelview High School located on Sheldon Road. After the ribbon cutting guests were given an inside tour of the new facilities.

Back in the 60’s when I was in high school, after graduation very few students could attend college. There wasn’t any college loan help, and so they were turned out into an uncertain future, mostly without any formal technical education. Channelview voters and the Trustees have made a sizable investment for their students’ futures that will return positive results for their community.

State Representative Ana Hernandez said, “With the addition of the Career and Technical Education wing, new library, and new auditorium, Channelview ISD is giving our students state-of-the-art facilities where they can grow, learn, and thrive. These improvements open new possibilities for our students and prepare them for success.”

Garcia unveils final Parks & Trails Plan

North Shore Rotary Park has new equipment, relocated from another Pct. 2 park. This is an example of improvements underway at existing Pct. 2 parks.

By Gilbert Hoffman

PCT 2 HARRIS COUNTY – Last Thursday, Oct. 14 Commissioner Adrian Garcia presented the completed Parks and Trails Plan to the community. This plan is not only meant to enhance the physical environment of the various parks and neighborhoods in Precinct 2, but also to weave a cohesive relationship between different neighborhoods through the precinct. The Commissioner has initiated an ambitious project, to study each community and present a Comprehensive Master Plan for enhancing the physical and quality of life aspects of its features. This includes roads, drainage, and other amenities as well as the park system.

The presentation of the Parks and Trails Final Plan was made through ZOOM, to an audience that totalled almost 100 participants. The presentation was made by Katie Coyne, project manager for the landscape planning firm AsakuraRobinson. It was monitored by Jorge Bustamante, planning manager of Precinct 2.

After over a year of meeting with community stakeholders, the Precinct 2 Parks and Trails Plan is complete. Through a collaborative process involving in-depth community engagement, research, and analysis, the Precinct 2 Parks and Trails Plan outlines how the parks and trails system will best serve the diverse communities in Precinct 2. The Plan will guide the Commissioner and the Precinct 2 team in prioritizing investments, incorporating best practices for programming and design, and help create and maintain the best parks and trails for the Precinct 2 community.

CHANNELVIEW DEFEATS P.MEMORIAL 56-17 IN HOMECOMING GAME

No. 20 of the CHS Falcons evades Pasadena Memorial defenders and completes a 80 yard run for a touchdown, during the CHS Homecoming game on October 15.

CHANNELVIEW, OCT. 15, 2021 – In Friday’s league match, the host Channelview Falcons football squad scored a big 56- 17 victory over the Pasadena Memorial Mavericks. By the end of the first quarter, the Falcons led by a score of 34-0. QB #1 Demetrias Charles led the Falcons to a thorough trouncing of the Mavericks.

CHS Senior Joseph Garcia (left) and Kailey Herrera are crowned King and Queen of the CHS Homecoming Court at Ray Maddry Stadium on October 15.