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Galena Park celebrates with Christmas Parade & Santa

Mayor Moya is joined by Santa Claus and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez beside the tree in City Hall.

Hundreds lined the streets for the annual Christmas Parade in Galena Park last Saturday evening. Starting at the athletic fields, the many parade units marched down Main Street to City Hall on Clinton Drive, where a large crowd had gathered to see Santa and receive a free gift and food.

Parade units were judged with 1st place to the Galena Park HS Jacketeers; 2nd place to the GP Parks and Recreation Dept.; and 3rd place to the GP Fire Department.

Children sat with Santa inside City Hall, and gave him their wish list. (more…)

Mustangs set scoring record, defeat Atascocita 76-49, advance to semifinals in rematch

To the right –– #3 Zack Evans, Mustangs running back gallops for a 75 yard TD run and pass play from quarterback Dematrius Davis. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan & Linda Jamail

Saturday, December 7, 2019 — In the Texas high school football Regional Finals played between the North Shore Mustangs, Galena Park ISD and the Atascocita Eagles, Humble ISD on a neutral field at Sheldon ISD Panther Stadium, the Mustangs won 76 – 49. They played before a sell-out crowd of 10,000.

North Shore’s offense was explosive, racking up 804 yards, scoring 10 touchdowns (TD’s), kicker John Villalobos made all 10 extra point kicks plus 2 field goals of 38 and 24 yards. Mustang Quarterback Dematrius Davis ran for 293 yards and 3 TD’s, passed for 312 yards and 2 TD’s. Zach Evans, the nation’s top running back ran for 169 yards and 4 TD’s and caught a 75 yard TD pass from Davis, Evans had 104 pass receiving yards. Coach Jon Kay said the whole team feeds off of Davis’ and Evans’ playing.

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Jacinto City Christmas Tree Lighting

Mayor Ana Diaz lit the Christmas Tree in the courtyard, as Chris Diaz, Joyce Raines, and Kathy Greiner helped organize the event.

Jacinto City held its annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting last Saturday. Hundreds turned out for the event, held in beautiful weather.

The parade was large, with 40 units displayed. Town Center had music, food, and Santa.

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4th Annual Toy Drive

The 4th Annual Community Toy Drive was held on Saturday, with the collection point being the parking lot between Panera and WalMart. The drive is a joint effort of the Channelview and Cloverleaf fire departments, with the help of volunteers from the Channelview Ministry Team, and students from nearby schools.

Sponsors include Arkema, Caterpillar, Solar Turbines, LyondellBasell, and others. The toys will be distributed by the Ministry Team to about 200 needy families next week.

Jacinto City Christmas Parade entertains crowds

SANTA CLAUS WAS RIDING IN THE PARADE ON A SHINY FIRE TRUCK FROM THE JACINTO CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT. HIS APPEARANCE IS ALWAYS A HIGHLIGHT TO THE MANY CHILDREN THAT LINE THE PARADE ROUTE.
SEVERAL MARCHING UNITS PARTICIPATED IN THE PARADE, INCLUDING THE JACKETEERS FROM GALENA PARK HIGH SCHOOL. LORI’S DANCE STUDIO WAS JUDGED THE BAST MARCHING/WALKING GROUP.
MANY DECORATED FLOATS WERE IN THE PARADE, WITH EITHER A HOLIDAY THEME OR A RELIGIOUS THEME. CHILDREN FROM LOCAL SCHOOLS RODE ALONG AND WAVED TO THE VIEWERS ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE.

New Bus Service for East Harris County

Free Ridership for the first 60 Days

Nearly 200,000 residents now have new access to public transportation in eastern portions of Harris County, thanks to $3.8 million Harvey Disaster Recovery money. Harris County Transit will expand its existing bus service to some of the communities hardest hit Run-Off Election December 14 by floodwaters from the hurricane.

A soft launch of the new service will occur on December 2, 2019. The first 60 days are free to riders; and after the first 60 days, rides will be $1.00 per ride. There will be an inaugural ceremony to mark the launch on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at Joe V’s Parking Lot, 5609 Uvalde, Houston, Texas.

The new service will add roughly 65 additional route miles to the infrastructure for a total of 185 route miles. Five proposed new routes will serve Channelview, Cloverleaf and Sheldon with service for a three-year period. If ridership levels are high enough, Harris County Transit Services will request more funding to continue the routes beyond the three years.

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GP/JC Rotary Club installs new members

Last Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club installed two new members. Seen above second from right is Mr. Julien Guillory, Director for warehouse operations at Galena Park ISD, with him in the photo, L to R: Bryan Clements, Pastor Ramos, the club president and Kenneth Bush. (more…)

Woodland Acres Elementary Receives Generous Donation

Ernie Farrand, Jennifer Severe, Principal Sandra Rodriguez, Alaide Zavala, Skipper Hastings.

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX. – Friday, November 22, 2019 — The Galena Park ISD Woodland Acres Elementary School received a $22,800 donation from WATCO a local company located on Federal Road near the school.

According to Sandra Rodriquez the school principal WATCO has been making a donation for the past five years. She said, “In the past, we have used the donated funds to build a second computer lab and to purchase additional technology equipment.” The company raises funds to donate through an annual golf tournament and silent auction.

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New Pct. 2 Veterans Service Center opens in Channelview

On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, Commissioner Adrian Garcia opened the former V.V. Ramsey Community Center as the V.V. Ramsey Veteran Services Center for Precinct 2, located at 16003 Lorenzo St. in Channelview, TX. Garcia remarked that “Harris County has the second largest number of veterans in the U.S.” Assisting Garcia was Heather Ramsey Cook, granddaughter of Ramsey, and members of Ramsey’s family.

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North Shore Mustangs crush Pasadena 58-35, Katy next

#3 Zach Evans, Mustang running back scores. Evans one of the nation’s top running backs averaged 17.7 yards per carry and compiled 354 yards, 2 TD’s. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Linda Jamail

Pasadena Memorial Stadium, Friday, November 22nd at 7 PM the North Shore Mustangs defeated the Dawson Eagles of Pearland ending their playoff hopes, 58 to 35.

Coach Jon Kay’s Mustangs led in all categories including penalties with 9 and giving away 80 yards. In the playoffs against top ranked teams those free yards from penalties can cost you a game.

North Shore racked up 715 total offensive yards with running back Zach Evans making half of them on 20 running plays for 354 yards, averaging 17.7 yards a carry. Quarterback Demetrius Davis passed for 208 yards and 1 TD and he ran for 73 yards and 2 TD’s. They had 507 rushing yards and made 8 touchdowns and a John Villalobos 44 yard field goal. The defense gave up 388 yards and allowed 5 Dawson touchdowns.

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