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TAMU Group reveals its plan for a “Green” Galena Park

THE GALENA PARK STUDY investigated existing “Vulnerabilities” and presented mediation schemes for each. These studies looked at natural disasters such as hurricanes and floods, hazardous materials and plant discharges, and underserved or low income communities. The plan suggested methods to alleviate these disasters, including “green” solutions for planting and drainage in the natural environment.

GALENA PARK – A team of Texas A & M University professors and specialists in professional fields such as planning, engineering, and the environment, presented to the public their project which focused on this city, due to its many “vulnerabilities” to environment threats. The presentation was made last Thursday May 6 to a CIP (Community-Industry Partnership) meeting virtually through Zoom.

Led by professors Jaimie Masterson and Deidra Davis, the team included students and the professors. Investigation and planning were conducted both in person in the field, and in the classroom at TAMU.

The study was entitled “PLANNING TO INCREASE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR GALENA PARK RESIDENTS.” Its stated goal was “Engaging the Galena Park Community to Build Resilience to Excess Industrial Pollutant Releases after Hurricanes and Floods in Greater Houston.”

JACINTO CITY – 75 YEARS OLD!

History, photos, oratory, Fireworks at May 8 event

JACINTO CITY – Excitement is building, as this community nears its big May 8 Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the town’s founding, in 1946. The festivities will center around the Town Center on Saturday May 8, but is also going to involve the whole community with a bus tour of historical landmarks, starting at 1:30pm at Town Center.

Then at 3:00 there will be an Official Ceremony of speakers and refreshments inside the Town Center. The official program as described by City Manager Lon Squyres will include a Welcome by Mayor Ana Diaz, Comments from City Council Members, and then formal greetings from Regional Elected Officials.

Emphasis in the program will be on the history of the city and the people who live and work here. Mayor Diaz and Assistant City Manager Kathy Greiner will introduce past officials and employees. A slide show with historical photos of the city, many never seen before, will be presented before the ceremony.

Channelettes standing strong amidst the virus

2020-2021 Channelview Channelettes
Front Row L to R: Assistant. Director Heather Keith, Historian – Alma Gutierrez, President – Pierjah Johnson, Jr. Captain – Erriel Hollis, Jr. Captain – Rocio Lira, Jr. Captain – Emily Zambrano, Jr. Captain – Lizeth Negrete, Vice President – Krystian Martinez, Secretary – Yasmin Sanchez & Director Suzanne Hutchins Director. 2nd Row L to R: Anakaren Guerra, Cassandra Guajardo, Sierra Robinson, Madeline Manzanarez, Dericka Reese, Arlyne Ramales, Amanda Perez Negron, Jasmine Gutierrez, Gisell Cruz, Yajaira Magana & Isabella Moreno. 3rd Row L to R: Kathy Le, Dia’mond Gallien, Ruby Arredondo, Amarie Jones, Joselyn Mora, Jaanai Suarez, Jennifer Ozuna, Violette Ruiz, Amaris Cervantes, Gisell Aguilar, Emily Cardoza, Brianna Bustos. Back Row L to R: Alexis Rivera, Celeste Gutierrez, Glory Nguyen, Naima Botello, Kate Mayorga, Miguel Morin Ana Amaro, Sydney Caesar, Vivian Martinez, Isabel Robles, Alizea Morales & Yareli Trevizo. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Channelview, TX. – May 5, 2021 – The 2020- 2021 Channelview ISD Channelettes and Channelette Reserves have been working very hard for a year, dancing with all the new changes the deadly COVID-19 virus brought them.

Due to the great teamwork and experience of the Channelettes Director Suzanne Hutchins and Assistant Director Heather Keith, the young ladies and gentlemen student dance team never experienced any serious health setbacks from the Corona pandemic. Hutchins has been the dance team director since 1990, 31 years. Keith, a former Channelette dancer under Hutchins, has 5 years of teaching dance instructions in dance levels I, II, III & IV.

These two ladies work together like a precision team, always putting the health and safety of the students as their top priority. Parents and the CISD Trustees should be proud to have them overseeing the dancers.

Hutchins said, “The pandemic has made our team approach normal everyday situations much differently. We have overcome so many obstacles since March of 2020. The seniors deserved so much more than what they got, we tried to make every event special, even if it was done virtually.”

Customs officers seize illegal “chicken lollipop” pet food destined for Highlands

CHICKEN LOLLIPOPS Seized by the Customs and Border Patrol in Dallas, bound for an address in Highlands, TX. The contents of the box were labelled as sweaters.

HIGHLANDS — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists have yet to charge a local vendor for placing an order for contraband chicken lollipop pet treats.

The federal agents at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport seized a cargo package of the illegal dog treats disguised as men’s sweaters bound for Highlands from Hong Kong on April 14.

Animal disease concerns are the reason the 93 said to be chicken-flavored lollipop pet treats with rawhide stems are illegal, according to CBP. Attempting to bring in undeclared items that are prohibited or restricted can result in a civil fine.

Free Event tickets at NRG for those who get a COVID shot

NRG Park Community Vaccine Center has Contest Offering Event Tickets and Giveaways to Vaccinated Participants

Random Drawing of Winners from People that Get Vaccinated at NRG Park CVC May 3- 16

Houston – As an incentive, people that receive their vaccination at NRG Park CVC from May 3-16, 2021 will be entered into a random drawing to win tickets to one of the following events or giveaways:

— Houston Texans

— Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™– (Grounds Passes)

— 2021 Nutcracker Market

— Monster Jam

— Disney on Ice

Precinct 2 Brings Vaccines to You

By Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia

You may have noticed recently that there’s no longer a vaccine waitlist at vaccine mega-sites like Harris County’s at NRG Stadium. Now, at ReadyHarris.org you can pick the day and time that works best for you, and those who want a COVID vaccination don’t have to spend hours and stress waiting online for the very moment slots open. Most vaccination sites now are accepting walk-ins without previous registration and appointments! Just as Precinct 2 mobilized quickly for the first wave of vaccinations, now we’re quickly adjusting to reach and vaccinate people who might be less able to visit shot sites and are perhaps hesitant about getting the shots that will save lives.

Many Precinct 2 residents can’t get to mega-sites like NRG Stadium twice in a month for their shots. For readers of Northeast News, Highlands Star-Crosby Courier, Barbers Hill-Dayton Press, or North Channel Star, committing three or more hours on a workday to get to a vaccine site isn’t feasible. Worse yet, many others don’t have access to effective transportation and struggle with limited Metro routes, especially at the outer edges of our precinct.

For these reasons, I’ve tasked the Precinct 2 team to bring vaccines directly to the communities I serve.

Channelview’s Successful FFA Parade & Auction

Grand Champion Steer, Exhibitor Hagen Noble, Buyer Stewart Builders, $10,000
Grand Champion Swine, Exhibitor Kaylae Woods (LIVESTOCK PHOTOS COURTESY OF T.J. JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHY AND CHANNELVIEW ISD FFA.)

By Allan Jamail

CHANNELVIEW – Saturday, April 17, 2021, the Channelview High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) brought out a host of the school’s various student classes and groups to participate in the FFA parade and day’s events.

FFA teachers Wesley Hutchins, Brooke McCauley and Channelette Director Suzanne Hutchins had their students enter cooking contests, parade and float contests, vehicle and marching group contests, and contests for showing their cows, pigs, goats, rabbits, chickens and horticulture exhibits.

Judges graded each category and presented awards to the students, many of those shown were auctioned off to the highest bidder.

The event raised $135,000, which will go towards helping students further their ambition in farming and ranching.

Lynchburg Ferry back in Service

The Lynchburg Ferry reopened on Monday, April 26. Drivers may now cross the Houston Ship Channel using the updated facility.

The Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) will resume operations of the Lynchburg Ferry beginning Monday, April 26 at 4:30 a.m. Use of the facility remains free of charge.

The Lynchburg Ferry closed in February of 2020 for necessary improvements to preserve the longevity of its operations. The project was a joint venture between Harris County and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

Jacinto City to celebrate 75th Anniversary May 8

Jacinto City is planning a big party, to celebrate their founding 75 years ago. The festivities will center around the Town Center, on Saturday May 8.

At 1:30 there will be a series of Bus Tours of landmarks in the city. Then at 3:00 there will be an Official Ceremony of speakers and refreshments inside the Town Center. Later, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm the Market by Night will be held on the plaza, with music, vendors, exhibits, and food trucks.

Everyone is invited to join in the fun, but please RSVP so that the city can plan on how many will attend. Contact Mrs. Joyce Raines at 713- 674-8424 or by email at Joyce.Raines@JacintoCityTX.gov.

President nominates Sheriff to head ICE

HARRIS COUNTY – President Joe Biden is intent on nominating Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Under the Department of Homeland Security.

Considering the history, it is a sudden change of direction, in that Gonzales took the Harris County Sheriff’s office out of a voluntary ICE program that would have had deputies fulfill the role of federal agents in jails.

State Representative Dan Huberty arrested for DUI after accident

DAN HUBERTY

PORTER – State Rep. Dan Huberty, R-127, was arrested in Montgomery County after crashing his Corvette into a SUV occupied by three people about 9:00 p.m. and failing a field walking sobriety test April 23, according to the Montgomery County Police Reporter, that posted the video of the arrest to YouTube. He had refused a chemical test.

Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable’s Deputies were dispatched to an accident on FM 1314 at Valley Ranch Parkway and arrived to find a Corvette “parked under an SUV” according to one deputy.

The three people in the SUV suffered minor injuries, according to the report, and the driver of the Corvette, identified as Huberty, was unharmed. The three in the S.U.V. refused to be taken to the hospital. The Corvette was impounded.