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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.

Jacinto City’s Library helping Galena Park

The Jacinto City Library staff is standing with the new electronic application processor; it takes only a couple of minutes to get a free library card (The Knowledge Card). Applicants should bring a photo ID with proof of Texas residency. L-R: Israel Favela, Branch Manager, Library Service Specialists Ann Limón & Ashley Almendarez and Elizabeth Martinez, Youth Program Librarian. The book shown, The House in the Cerulean Sea is part of the Gulf Coast Reads program. You can find more information on Gulf Coast Reads on the website http://gulfcoastreads.org/about, click on “home”. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

The Jacinto City Library is providing in-person library services to Galena Park citizens because their library was forced to close due to the February freeze which busted water lines in its ceiling causing severe damage. As of now a reopening date is not available. Galena Park residents can use a temporary Pop-Up library only on Wednesday’s from 11 am to 4 pm at 1500 Keene Street. Texas residents can get a free library card; check out books and pickup free craft projects.

Israel Favela, Branch Manager of the Jacinto City Library, said, “We’re excited to continue to provide services to the community, we welcome all new residents to visit us to learn about the services we provide. We’ve adopted a nightly disinfecting schedule for the toys in our George & Barbara Bush Family Place area to keep children safe and we’re continuing our Curbside services for those that feel more comfortable using services that way. We’re thankful Jacinto City has continued to support us as we reopened our doors to the community following the closure due to the Covid-19 virus.”

The Jacinto City Library at 921 Akron Street; open MondayThursday 10am-6pm – Friday 1-6pm – Saturday 10am-5pm. All patrons are to wear masks while visiting the library.

Mustangs race past Kingwood 56-0, JV red team dominates 44-7

#25 Demico Prince Junior Varsity (JV) Mustang scores TD against Kingwood JV. (Photo by Allan Jamail) MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 6

Humble, TX. — Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Turner Stadium, Head Coach Jon Kay’s Eastside boys made 8 touchdowns and a field goal to corral the Kingwood Mustangs 56-0 in district play. North Shore players, cheerleaders, and Scarlet’s dance team wore pink to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The NS Mustangs offense tallied up 462 yards; 254 yds rushing and 208 yds passing, with 20 first downs. TDs were made by: David Amador – 1, Jhalyn Bailey – 2, Kaleb Bailey – 1, Aubrey Broussard – 1, Jonas Joseph – 1, and Xavier Owens – 2. Carlos Dominguez kicked a field goal and the extra points. They’ve made 314 points this season.

North Shore has a brother duo on offense, senior wide receiver Jhalyn Bailey and younger brother freshman quarterback Kaleb Bailey. Kaleb led the passing game, completing 78 percent of his passes for 109 yds and a TD and ran for a TD.

Abbott announces 3rd Special Session, agenda

(Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)

AUSTIN – Governor Abbott today issued a proclamation announcing that he will convene a third special legislative session at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 20, 2021. The proclamation identifies 5 agenda items for the third Special Session.

“The Texas Legislature now has the opportunity to redraw legislative and congressional districts in accordance with the new census numbers,” said Governor Abbott. “In addition to redistricting, there are still issues remaining that are critical to building a stronger and brighter future for all Texans.”

Agenda items for the third Special Session will include:

National Night Out observed in North Channel

At National Night Out, Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, Rep. Ana Hernandez, and HPD Assistant Chief Chandra Hatcher join Attendees of the 2021 Wood Shadows II National Night Out celebration. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. October 5, 2021- The National Night Out event was well attended by the community and elected officials.

Some of the attendees were Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, State Representative Ana Hernandez, and HCC Trustee Eva Longoria. Senator Carol Alvarado was represented by Sergio Hernandez – District Liaison. Chief of Staff Joaquin Martinez represented Councilman Robert Gallegos. And deputies with Constable Jerry Garcia’s office were present.

NS Mustangs win Homecoming 68 – Humble Wildcats 6

Principal Dr. Joe Coleman, Queen Rebecca Portillo & King Tommy Gomez. (Photo by Linda Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX — October 1, 2021 — GPISD Stadium — Head Coach Jon Kay, with his experienced assistant coaches, led the Mustangs football team to their second consecutive district win, besting the Humble Wildcats 68-6 with 10 touchdowns (TDs).

Kay’s offensive team’s passing game is showing an improvement. Junior quarterback Wyndell Mitchell completed 70 percent of his passes for 158 yards (yds), but the running game continues to be the strength for his offense, making 433 yds and 9 TDs combining for 591 yds.

The Eastside Boys’ defense shutdown Humble’s offense, holding them to only 58 total yds in the game. Junior defensive back Jacoby Davis intercepted a Wildcat pass for a TD. The Wildcats lone score came from a blocked punt return for a TD.

Arrests made in two Uvalde murder cases

Arrest in runover death at McDonald’s

HOUSTON – A man has been arrested and charged in connection with the murder of a 71-year-old woman who was robbed and run over at a McDonald’s on Uvalde Road in east Harris County. On Sept. 23, deputies said Martha Medina was run over and killed after being robbed at a McDonald’s restaurant located at 430 Uvalde.

Andrew Williams, 40, has been charged with capital murder. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was arrested Tuesday and taken to the Harris County jail. Sheriff Gonzalez said Williams was out on bond in connection to a previous capital murder when Medina was killed.

3 violent deaths on Uvalde alarm Community

A woman customer last week was leaving this McDonald’s on Uvalde with her food, when an assailant snatched her purse, knocking her to the ground, and in his getaway he drove over her body, killing her.

By Gilbert Hoffman

NORTH CHANNEL – Residents of this community are highly alarmed at the number of robberies and shooting fatalities that have occurred within the last month, on a stretch of Uvalde that is only a few blocks long.

The death of a woman on Tuesday whose auto was carjacked by a robbery suspect, is only the latest in this string of bizarre and dangerous crimes. She was dragged to her death as the robber attempted to drive her car to escape.

A week ago, another woman, now identified as Martha Medina, was run over by a purse snatching robber at the McDonald’s only a few blocks from the current crime scene.

And a month before, again a few blocks along Uvalde from the other fatalities, a security guard argued with a Walgreen’s customer, and ended up shooting him to death.

GP YELLOWJACKETS WIN HOMECOMING THRILLER – GP 42 MARLINS 41

Leo Garcia, (260 lbs) #73 Yellowjacket defensive lineman standout in the game sacks Marlins quarterback #1 Damon Jones Jr. (156 lbs) for a loss of yards. He led the defense with 13 tackles and made several critical stops, but none as important at his tackle to stop the Marlins 2 point-conversion attempt at the end of the game with seconds left which gave GP their 1 point victory (42-41). (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

September 24, 2021, GPISD Stadium — Head Coach Spiro Amarantos, together with a talented group of assistant coaches, led the Yellowjackets (Jackets) football team to their second consecutive district win, besting the Houston Madison Marlins 42-41.

Galena Park (GP) is continuing to show noticeable gains in both offense and defense. The players are showing they have the discipline to be coached into another winning season and to reach the playoffs again.

NS Mustang’s trot past Beaumont Bruins 44-7

By Allan Jamail

Beaumont, TX. – Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 – North Shore’s “Eastside Boys” football team traveled to Beaumont Memorial Stadium, home of the Bruins, and trounced their first district opponent, the West Brook team 44-7.

Head Coach Jon Kay’s Mustang’s offense has been sluggish except for their last two games, racking up 102 points together. They made 6 touchdowns (TDs) and a field goal. They made 25 first downs to the Bruins’ 13, while compiling 545 yards.

Queens & Kings honored at Homecomings

SHELDON C. E. KING HIGH HOMECOMING COURT

Congratulations to King High School’s Homecoming King Jerson Lopez and our Homecoming Queen Sophia Flores. The 2021-22 king and queen are pictured with last year’s Homecoming Queen Lily Martinez, Superintendent of Schools Dr. King Davis and King High School Principal Dr. Raff Saeed.

Homecoming festivities took place during a pregame ceremony on the field. Congratulations to the King High School Panthers for defeating the Huntsville Hornets 49-6 making their record for the season so far 4-0.

(Photo by Linda Jamail)

2021 GALENA PARK HIGH HOMECOMING

L – R: Principal Dr. Kimberly Martin, Homecoming King A’marion Kelly & Queen Alexa Hernandez & Assoc. Principal Mr. Lemond Mitchell