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HEALTH DANGER TO NORTH CHANNEL; Jackie Young urges action on waste pits

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST JACKIE YOUNG leads a discussion about the current status of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits, and remediation schemes. She is shown with a slide of Houston Chronicle Cartoonist Nick Anderson, illustrating the idea that the perpetrators of the dump site are protecting themselves, not the public. Young was a resident of Highlands who suffered serious health problems from toxic well water. She feels that the waste pits in the river pose a serious threat to the public, and has joined two organizations that are working to eliminate the site and its toxins from the river.
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST JACKIE YOUNG leads a discussion about the current status of the San Jacinto River Waste Pits, and remediation schemes. She is shown with a slide of Houston Chronicle Cartoonist Nick Anderson, illustrating the idea that the perpetrators of the dump site are protecting themselves, not the public. Young was a resident of Highlands who suffered serious health problems from toxic well water. She feels that the waste pits in the river pose a serious threat to the public, and has joined two organizations that are working to eliminate the site and its toxins from the river.

HIGHLANDS – On the eve of a trial that Harris County is pursuing against the companies that are responsible for the toxic waste pits in the San Jacinto River, environmental activist Jackie Young chose to hold a public forum to review the status of remediation efforts, and to push for more involvement from the community in government efforts to clean-up the river and the environment in general.

Young is vitally interested in this issue, because her family lived in Highlands for years, and suffered serious health issues which finally were blamed on toxins in their well water.

Now she works with Texans Together and the San Jacinto River Coalition, to educate the public and lobby for more government effort to clean up the environment.

Wednesday’s meeting was attended by about seventy-five people, at the community center. On hand were many residents of the area that had experienced health problems and were seeking answers and help to deal with them. There was also a contingent of private lawyers, talking with people about their situations, and looking for potential clients.

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National Night Out

national night out 2014The citizens of Galena Park Oaks are having a National Night Out on October 7, 2014 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm.

The event will take place at 1407 Holland, Galena Park, TX., 77547. They are expecting around 100-150 people to be in attendance. Police department, fire department, local school, nonprofits and various other groups will assist this event.

The Galena Park Oaks Subdivision is looking to bring the neighborhood and city together, so the community can be safer.

Come out have fun, enjoy music and food as well as giveaways.

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Career Fair held at San Jacinto College North

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A WELL ATTENDED JOB FAIR was held Wednesday in the Monument Room of the Student Center at San Jacinto College North. Students looking for information or opportunities had about 50 exhibitor companies to talk to. In the view above, recruiters from BMW, Texas DPS, placement services, communications companies, computer programmers, and healthcare fields were all present to meet with prospective students and answer questions about their companies.

Rotary holds successful “Community Rally” in Galena Park

A VERY SKILLFUL CARICATURE ARTIST was on hand to leave you with a drawing of a familiar face -- yours.
A VERY SKILLFUL CARICATURE ARTIST was on hand to leave you with a drawing of a familiar face — yours.

GALENA PARK – A successful “Community Rally” was held at Baggett Center last Saturday, Sept. 27. Hundreds of area residents attended, for fun, health screenings, and food distribution.

Maria Rodriguez, president of the Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club, thanked all the supporters, including Galena Park ISD, Community Health Choice, Galena Park, Jacinto City, and Constable Chris Diaz for their partnership in this event.

The Rally included health screenings by several organizations, application help for CHIP and Medicaid, a Job Fair, Food distribution by the North Channel Ministries, Entertainment including GPISD performers, a drum line, a mariachi band, live DJ’s, and more.

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CHANNELVIEW: Congressman Gene Green tours TransCanada Houston Tank Farm

Congressman Green listens to a project overview at the TransCanada Houston Tank Terminal to Channelview. The Houston Terminal will become an integrated component of the Keystone Pipeline System to supply our East Harris County Refinery Complex.
Congressman Green listens to a project overview at the TransCanada Houston Tank Terminal to Channelview. The Houston Terminal will become an integrated component of the Keystone Pipeline System to supply our East Harris County Refinery Complex.
Congressman Green inspects the construction of a storage tank. The project is expected to have initial storage capacity for 700,000 barrels of crude oil.
Congressman Green inspects the construction of a storage tank. The project is expected to have initial storage capacity for 700,000 barrels of crude oil.

100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SHIP CHANNEL

Centennial celebration is a Family Festival

An outdoor family festival will take place this Saturday, September 6, 2014 to highlight the 100th anniversary of the official opening of the deepwater channel. The festival is to honor the East Side and surrounding ship channel communities. The hands-on celebration will feature special maritime exhibits, interactive elements, hands-on demonstrations and art and entertainment provided by local schools and community organizations.

Educational activities and attractions will range from tours of the M/V Sam Houston, the Port Authority’s tour boat, to a tug boat tug-of-war.

Additionally, toy sailboat games, face painting, treasure hunts and a variety of food will be featured. An interactive antique fire boat also will be on hand.

The Centennial Family Festival is free and open to the community, but attendees must pre-register to obtain tickets, which will include a pre-determined time slot for arrival. The festival will be held at the Bayport Cruise Terminal located at 4700 Cruise Road in Pasadena from 2 pm to 6 pm.To register go to: http://promotehoustonshipchannel2014.org/

You may call the Community Information Line at 713-670-1000 with any questions.

EMMETT MAKES PROPOSAL TO SAVE ASTRODOME

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World’s Largest Indoor Park to fulfill Hoffheinz’ Vision

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett announced a proposal this afternoon to convert the Harris County Domed Stadium – known worldwide as The Astrodome – into the world’s largest indoor park and recreation center. Emmett unveiled his proposal from the floor of the Dome, which he described as the realization of Judge Roy Hofheinz’s “vision of the future.”

“I believe it is time to put forth a new vision for the future of the Dome,” Emmett said. “With that in mind, I am suggesting that we explore the concept of creating an indoor park and recreation area inside the Dome for the people of Harris County. The world’s largest indoor park.”

Emmett has been exploring the indoor park concept with local officials, stakeholders and interested parties for the past couple months, seeking input and suggestions and refining the idea. While details of the concept are still being refined, Emmett suggested leaving it open to the public except when in use by tenants like the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Offshore Technology Conference, or others. He also recommended including a large, open green space that would be perfect for festivals and other community gatherings. Emmett also proposed having a pavilion for music and other events and sporting facilities from archery ranges to hiking and biking trails.

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It’s “BACK TO SCHOOL” Time

Gene Green visits with Kaii Brume (far right) and his parents Barbra and Friday Brume (left) during the 19th Annual Gene Green Immunization Day.
Gene Green visits with Kaii Brume (far right) and his parents Barbra and Friday Brume (left) during the 19th Annual Gene Green Immunization Day.

GALENA PARK, Texas – Galena Park ISD hosted the 19th Annual Gene Green Immunization Day at North Shore Senior High School 9th Grade Center on Saturday, August 23, 2014. According to the Harris Health System (formerly Harris County Hospital District), 1,528 vaccines were given to 523 children.

In addition, numerous other organizations and groups were on hand to offer information, services, and giveaways, including: free flu shots courtesy of Walgreens; free school supplies and backpacks courtesy of the North Shore Rotary Club; KRBE conducted a live on-site broadcast and gave away promotional items; Texas Children’s Hospital fitted and gave away bicycle helmets; and Santos Ramirez, Galena Park ISD’s Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), visited with parents and students about drug awareness.

Congressman Gene Green, State Representative Ana Hernandez, Constable Chris Diaz, State Representative Armando Walle, and GPISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angi Williams showed their support, visiting with parents and children, and encouraging good health and education. “This was a great cooperative effort for our community and students. This event helps give our students the best “shot” at staying healthy so they can come to school and learn,” said Dr. Williams.

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NORTH CHANNEL: Assistance Ministries combines, plans building

A NEW BUILDING for the North Channel Assistance Ministries will combing services of the Food Pantry with two other organizations, Betty’s Haven and Steps Counseling. The building will be at the current site, on Freeport Street in Cloverleaf.
A NEW BUILDING for the North Channel Assistance Ministries will combing services of the Food Pantry with two other organizations, Betty’s Haven and Steps Counseling. The building will be at the current site, on Freeport Street in Cloverleaf.

CHANNELVIEW – Rodney Redford is by nature an optimistic man, and in his position it helps a lot.

He is the director of the North Channel Assistance Ministries, and as such is responsible for the Food Pantry and many additional services for residents of the area that need assistance to live. The organization started in 1985.

In his desire to provide adequate services to these families, NCAM has agreed to merge with two other organizations for more efficient delivery of help. NCAM will now include the North Channel Coalition, operating as Betty’s Haven, and the Steps Counseling organization.

To accommodate all of this additional activity, Redford is planning on expanding, and building a new addition and remodeling of the building he now operates from, at the corner of Bonham and Freeport Streets in Cloverleaf.

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Green holds Town Hall Meeting in GP

CONGRESSMAN GENE GREEN talks about his legislative program at the Town Hall Meeting in Galena Manor, and also about programs he sponsors in the community, such as Senior Citizens Forum, Immunization Day, Town Hall meetings, Job Fairs, Paying for College Workshop, and Service Academy workshops. At left is Galena Manor Civic Club president Mrs. Taggy Hall.
CONGRESSMAN GENE GREEN talks about his legislative program at the Town Hall Meeting in Galena Manor, and also about programs he sponsors in the community, such as Senior Citizens Forum, Immunization Day, Town Hall meetings, Job Fairs, Paying for College Workshop, and Service Academy workshops. At left is Galena Manor Civic Club president Mrs. Taggy Hall.

GALENA PARK – Congressman Gene Green met with several dozen of his constituents and residents of the area last Monday night, in a scheduled Town Hall session.

The meeting was held in the Churchill Community Building, which Civic Club president Taggy Hall noted, “This is the first time a town hall meeting has been held at our community center.”

Green’s talk was in two phases. First, he explained to the group what services he sponsors on a regular basis in his 29th District. Many of them are aimed at seniors, veterans, and college bound students.

Secondly, he discussed some legislative issues that Congress is dealing with at present, and also commented
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Free inoculations for school-aged kids

School Kids getting their shots at the inoculation clinic last year.
School Kids getting their shots at the inoculation clinic last year.

HOUSTON – Congressman Gene Green invites students and families to kick off the new school year with a discussion about children’s health and free immunizations.

Services will be available for school-aged children in the 29th Congressional District at Oleson Elementary, J.R. Harris Elementary, and North Shore Ninth Grade Campus.

“This event helps raise awareness about children’s health issues, and gets children started out on the right foot for the upcoming school year,” Green said. “We like to see healthy and happy kids.”

Green said that last year, over 3000 kids received their free shots in the Galena Park school district alone.

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