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Retiring Congressman Gene Green honored at Holiday Reception

THE RECEPTION HEAD TABLE included (l to r) Hosts Chris and Ana Diaz, Helen and Gene Green, State Representative Mary Ann Perez, Host Amir Khan, and Pct. 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton, and Congresswoman-elect Sylvia Garcia, not pictured, who was speaking.

By Gilbert Hoffman

A reception was held last Friday evening to honor retiring Congressman Gene Green, and thank him for the 26 years of service to the community he represented. Green was elected to represent Texas District 29 in 1992, and was re-elected 12 times.

Green is known for his service projects in the community, including Job Fairs, Immunization Days, Citizenship Days, Paying for College Workshops, Senior Citizens Forums, and Veterans’ forums.

Prior to his terms in Congress, Green served in the Texas House and Senate. He will be succeeded by Sylvia Garcia, who won the election in November. Garcia was the keynote speaker at the reception, reprising Green’s career and service to the community, and promising to continue his service projects.

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Galena Manor Civic Club holds Christmas Party

Photo by Allan Jamail

The Galena Manor Civic Club came together for their annual Christmas party at the Galena Park Alvin Baggett Community Center. President Rosemary Coreathers and club officers put together a Christmas celebration dinner with delicious food and desserts. Members enjoyed traditional Christmas music mixed with religious and spiritual songs. Drawings for door prizes was exciting and fun filled for everyone.

The 2019 membership drive is underway, and anyone interested in joining can call President Coreathers at 832-755-6294 or email coreathers@yahoo.com to learn how they can join the club.

The civic club meets monthly on the 3rd Monday at 6 PM at the Alvin Baggett Community Center, 1302 Keene Street, Galena Park, Texas. Citizens interested in joining the civic club can come to a monthly meeting to learn the benefits of being a member.

Alvarado Wins Election for Texas Senate

CAROL ALVARADO celebrates her election victory Tuesday night at her watch party at the Raven Tower. (Photo by Michael Wyka)

HARRIS COUNTY – State Representative Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, was the winner of a special election held Tuesday December 11, to fill the seat in the Texas Senate District 6, vacated by Sylvia Garcia.

There were four candidates running for the position. Alvarado finished with just over 50.4% to avoid a run-off. Democratic State Representative Ana Hernandez received 24% of the vote, Republican Martha Fierro 23%, and Democrat Mia Mundy 2.1%.

Turnout was light, with only 5% of the eligible voters turning out.

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North Shore Mustangs headed to Semifinals

The North Shore Mustangs football team defeated Cy-Fair High School this past Friday and have advanced to the 6A Semifinal Playoff Game! They will take on Lake Travis High School on Saturday, December 15 at NRG Stadium. Game time is 2:00 p.m.

By Allan Jamail

Saturday, December 8, 2018, at NRG Stadium, the North Shore Mustangs remained undefeated, ending the season for the Cy-Fair Bobcats, the 2017 reigning 6-A Division II state champions, 38 to 21.

The new 6-A Division 1 Region III Champion Mustangs (14-0) will play Austin’s Lake Travis Cavaliers’ (13-1) at 2 PM on Saturday, December 15 at NRG Stadium in the state semifinals. This game is a part of the 2018 Football State Championships – 2018 Football Conference 6-A D1 tournament.

Mustang Coach Jon Kay said about the Bobcats, “They’re a well coached team that executes and plays hard. They won a state championship last year and came here to win. We still have a ways to go; we didn’t set our sights on winning a regional championship. We set our sights on being the best possible team we can be.”

North Shore’s success can’t be given to the offense or defense; they’re a well balanced team as a whole on both sides of the ball. Disciplined to execute as coached, this year’s team has the makings of winning a state championship.

The upcoming game against Lake Travis will test North Shore’s pass defense. Pass defense execution is going to be a key factor as they matchup against some of the state’s best passing quarterbacks.

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Local Fire Departments, school district partner for Christmas toy drive

DeZavala Elementary School students showed their appreciation to the Channelview Fire Department and the Cloverleaf Fire Department during the 5th Annual Toy Drive.

Channelview Independent School District was proud to partner with the Channelview Fire Department and the Cloverleaf Fire Department for the Annual Community Toy Drive. The joyful event took place at Panera Bread on Saturday, December 8th, 2018. Holiday tunes filled the air as Channelview ISD choirs from Brown Elementary, Cobb Elementary, Crenshaw Elementary, DeZavala Elementary, Schochler Elementary, and Alice Johnson Junior High entertained guests who showed their holiday spirit by donating toys, gift cards, and money.

The Community Toy Drive “Every Child Deserves a Christmas” was designed to brighten Christmas for children in the North Channel Community. Corporate sponsors for the 2018 Community Toy Drive were Arkema, Caterpillar, Channelview Ministry Team, Ctab Disaster Relief, Houston Responds, LyondellBasell, and Solar Turbines (a Caterpillar Company).

Charlotte’s Web: Civic Involvement

By Charlotte Jackson

Earlier this week, I served as the Presiding Judge at one of the Precincts located in Senate District 6. There were only 33 eligible voters who cast their ballot at our location, as well as three who needed to visit another location. In addition, we had eight local residents who took time out of their busy day to stop in to vote. Unfortunately, they reside in Senate District 15 and were not eligible to vote in this Special Election.

Several of those who voted asked how were the Election Workers chosen. Some of them did not realize the workers were paid. Some were under the misconception that you had to be retired to work. As we explained to them, I realized that perhaps there were others with these same questions.

If you are a Registered Voter, you can contact the Harris County Clerk’s Office and ask to be added to the list of those who are interested in working future elections. Typically, if your voting precinct has an elected Precinct Chair, they are contacted to serve as the Presiding Judge for the upcoming election. They are then responsible for recruiting workers.

People ask why would someone spend 12 – 14 hours on Election Day working for $10 an hour. To me, it is something that I learned early in life. When I was a Senior at North Shore Senior High, my Government Teacher, Ms Mary Lou Dillard, handed each student an application to become a registered voter. She did this the first week of our Senior year. She then returned it to us 30 days before our 18th birthday so we could verify that the information was still correct. Then she mailed it to the County Clerk’s Office. She taught us throughout that year that if you did not take the time to vote, you would not have the right to complain is the elected leaders did not work for you.

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North Shore advances to finals

Mustangs defensive lineman #95 Jordan Revels tackles Katy’s running back Deondrick Glass for a loss of yards, Upton Stout assisted on the stop. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

NS Mustangs defeat Katy Tigers 49-38

By Allan Jamail

Friday, November 30, 2018, at NRG Stadium, the football game between two of the state’s topped ranked teams ended with the North Shore Mustangs knocking-out the Katy Tigers 49 to 38 in the regional semifinal showdown. This makes twice this season Katy lost to North Shore in their annual rivalry.

A year ago on December 9, 2017, at NRG Stadium, it was the Katy Tigers who prevailed 31 – 3 in the playoffs to payback the North Shore Mustangs for having defeated the Tigers the previous year on November 25, 2016, in a 20-17 regional final showdown.

Jon Kay, North Shore’s coach, had the Mustangs sharply focused both offensively and defensively, so the Tigers could never gain the upper hand or momentum. There were star performances on both sides of the ball, as it has been all season, which explains their 13-0 undefeated season.

The Tigers team ran threw a huge banner on the field which read, “You laughed at our setback, but you’re not ready for our comeback.” The Mustangs made sure there’d be no Katy comeback, and it fired up the Mustangs more than it did the intended Tigers.

On the first play of the game Mustangs quarterback Dematrius Davis threw a 61 yard laser pass to Shadrach Banks rattling the Tigers and shutting down their chanting fans. That wasn’t the end for the Davis and Banks combination; Davis hits Banks again for a 29 yard touchdown strike with 6 minutes still in the first quarter, making it a 14-0 Mustang lead, and again for a third touchdown pass before halftime.

Another Katy banner read, “Challenges, everyone has them, but Katy CONQUERS them.” The Mustangs made the banner’s author regret having made that boast by scoring more points on the Tigers in a playoff game in 13 years. The Mustangs offense made 7 touchdowns from, Shadrach Banks (3), Chance Pillar, Jordan Revels, Zach Evans and Upton Stout. They had made 500 yards, 341 passing yards, 159 running yards. Kicker John Villalobos again was flawless making all 7 extra points.

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Christmas arrives at Jacinto City

Christmas Parade Marks the Holiday Season start 

Jacinto City Pre-School Gingerbread House, one of the many participants at the Jacinto City’s annual Christmas parade held last Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Elected officials hayride in the annual Jacinto City Christmas Parade L – R seated: Senator Sylvia Garcia, Tara Dennis, (Congresswoman Lee’s District Director) Helen Green, Mayor Ana Diaz. L – R standing: City Council Maria Gonzales, Allen Lee, Carmela Garcia, State Rep. Ana Hernandez, City Councilmen Gregg Robinson, Jimmy “ JJ “ Rivas, Congressman Gene Green and Pct. 2 Constable Chris Diaz.

Photos by Allan Jamail

SanJac Board of Trustees authorizes development at Generation Park

San Jacinto College aims to open new facility by fall 2020

PASADENA, Texas – The San Jacinto College Board of Trustees has authorized College administration to plan, develop and construct a new facility at Generation Park, located in Northeast Harris County in the northernmost edge of the San Jacinto College taxing area.

The College owns 56.826 acres in a central portion of Generation Park, which is one of the fastest growing areas in Houston. The current development proposal consists of a 50,000 square foot facility to accommodate general education and other academic classes. Additional buildout on the land at Generation Park will move forward in the future as demand dictates. The current proposal includes the necessary infrastructure, parking and other amenities to accommodate the first phase of development.

“We have conducted extensive research on the areas surrounding Generation Park to ensure that the first phase of development provides flexible instructional spaces to meet the needs of the growing region,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. “We know that growth is occurring more rapidly in that part of Houston, and we are committed to responding to the higher education needs of the residential and business populations.”

In a demographic study conducted by the College, it was determined that over the next decade the fastest growing population growth is projected to be concentrated near the northern and southern boundaries of the district. Several of the fastest growing zip codes in the Houston area are adjacent to the proposed Generation Park Campus, and the population around Generation Park is growing at approximately twice the rate of the rest of the College district. It is expected that the majority of the students that attend the Generation Park Campus will be new to the district. This campus will also be designed to meet the workforce needs of the businesses in the region.

Upon selection of a construction manager-at-risk and architect for the project, the College will begin the design phase for the new facility. The goal is to open the new campus for classes in fall 2020. (more…)

Early voting set for Senate candidates

Early voting has started in Harris County, for a candidate to replace Sylvia Garcia in the state Senate, District 6. Candidates include Democratic State Representatives Ana Hernandez and Carol Alvarado, Democrat Mia Mundy, and Republican Martha Fierro.

The County Clerk has posted the following times and locations for Early Voting:

Hours of Operation
Unofficial – Pending Approval

November 26th – November 30th
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

December 1st
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

December 2nd
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

December 3rd – December 7th
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m

VOTING LOCATIONS:

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Sheldon ISD breaks ground for new elementary school

Pictured (from left) are Sheldon ISD Board President Fred Rivas, Board Vice President Latricia Archie, Board Member Debbie Kolacny, Board Member Angela Cormier and Superintendent King Davis at the groundbreaking site for the new Sheldon ISD elementary school which took place last month.

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN OF NEW SCHOOL

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