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Appreciation Luncheon for Deputy Sheriffs

CLOVERLEAF ACTIVISTS

By Allan Jamail

Thursday, November 10, 2022 at the Felix Baldree Community Center resident volunteer community activist held their second annual deputy sheriffs appreciation luncheon.

Master of Ceremony Luz Lopez thanked everyone in attendance for coming. She recognized each of the deputies present and made sure all of them knew how valuable they are to the Cloverleaf and Channelview communities.

At the conclusion of the ceremony Lopez recognized each of the volunteers by name and had them come up for a group photo. They received a loud ovation for their service to the communities. Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal with refreshments and desserts.

CHANNELVIEW TO HONOR QB HURTS AT CELEBRATION

Eagles QB plays in Houston Thursday night

CHANNELVIEW – The community and the School District want to honor the accomplishments of their favorite son, Quarterback Jalen Hurts, with a huge public celebration this Thursday night, November 3rd at Ray Maddry Memorial Stadium.

The public is invited to the party, even though Hurts will be playing that evening in NRG Stadium and is not expected to attend the CVISD celebration. A video message from Jalen Hurts will take place on the big scoreboard screen at the Channelview ISD stadium.

NS Rotary hears of East Harris County Empowerment Council

Rotary President Ken Wimberly thanks Traci Dillard for her talk on the EHCEC by presenting her with the traditional Gold Rimmed Cup for speakers.

CHANNELVIEW – At a recent luncheon meeting of the North Shore Rotary Club, Traci Dillard talked about the activities and goals of her social organization, the East Harris County Empowerment Council.

Founded in 2008 by Terence “Trey” Narcisse, of Barrett Station, the goals and mission of the Coucil are to Improve the Quality of Life. Dillard said that the Council “Connect Communities. Empower People. Transforms Lives.”

The EHCEC serves 6 areas with 5 school districts: Channelview, Crosby, Galena Park, Jacinto City, North Shore and Sheldon. The staff for this work has grown to 17 persons, Dillard said.

Some of the programs of the Council include food fairs, leadership learning, vaccinations, small business grant applications, back to school giveaways, holiday dinners for needy families, and more.

Dillard characterized East Harris County as an underserved area with great needs. There are food deserts, healthcare deserts, high poverty rate, and lower than average life expectancy. She said that the Council works in all of these areas to provide resources and opportunities.

Channelview Fire Department serves, protects

HARRIS COUNTY ESD NO. 50 –
L – R: Standing: Jimmy Sumbera, Administrator; Ryan Thistle, Fire Chief; Steven Adams EMS Assist. Chief; D-Shift Staff: Andrea Brown, Chad Mikush, Jason Tharling, Jason Ramirez, Eric Mosley, Nicholas Villareal, Charles Moore, Rigo Juarez, Austin Tisdel, Cody Barron, Justin Roach, William Alvarado.
L – R: Kneeling: Miguel Maldonado, James McMahon, Luis Ibarra, Herbert Otis, Josue Posada, Julio Flores, James Harris, Alan Ramirez Members not present in photo were off duty or works another shift at time of photo (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Harris County Emergency Service District (ESD No. 50)

By Allan Jamail

Channelview Fire Department was established in 1949. From 1949 to 2012, the fire department was operated by volunteers. On January 1, 2012, Channelview Fire Department has been a fully paid, professional fire department operated as a local government agency under Harris County Emergency Service District (ESD No. 50).

All employees including administration are Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedics. The fire department operates two fire stations, one located at 16229 Market St. and the other at 1210 Dell Dale St. The fire department staffs and operates the following apparatus 24/7: A District Chief, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Supervisor, 2 fire engines with 4 firefighters each, a ladder truck with 4 firefighters, and 4 ambulance staff with 2 paramedics each. These are staff using 4-shifts, where each shift works a 48-hour shifts and then are off for 6 days.

The fire department also cross trains the staff in different areas of expertise to ensure that under special circumstances they are able to respond adequately and quickly.

EPA meets with community on Waste Pits

Ashley Howard, EPA Project manager for the Superfund San Jacinto River Waste Pits, made the presentation and update to the community last Thursday evening at Channelview’s Fluckinger Center.

CHANNELVIEW – Representatives of the federal EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) met with the public last Thursday evening, June 23 at the Flukinger Community Center in Channelview. The purpose of the meeting was to update interested members of the public on progress in remediation and removal of the toxic wastes in the San Jacinto River at several sites.

The slide presentation was made by the Superfund Project Manager, Ashley Howard, and a question and answer period following the talk was moderated by Jeanetta Coates.

About 75 interested members of the Channelview and Highlands communities attended the meeting. Many of them asked questions after the presentation.

The Audience at Flukinger Center listened intently for almost two hours, while EPA representatives (at far right in the background) showed slides and reported on progress and the schedule. Excavation of toxic material in the Southern Impoundment site is scheduled to start in the fall of this year, but the Northern Impoundment work will not start until next year, and continue for 5 or more years.

Activists watching environmental activities in San Jacinto River

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – Whether it’s toxic waste dumps in the San Jacinto River, or unauthorized dredging and barge facilities, the citizens of Channelview and Highlands have two active watchdogs to monitor and protest when activities threaten the environment.

Jackie Young Medcalf and Carolyn Stone can be heard at many public meetings, questioning public authorities and requesting the proper procedures be followed. This Thursday the EPA will be at the Flukinger Community Center in Channelview to report on remediation work in the river, and the public will have an opportunity to question progress. Prior to the meeting, Medcalf issued the following statement:

Dear Community Members,

We have two important action items for the San Jacinto River Coalition.

EPA Waste Pits Meeting June 23

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be holding a San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site (SJRWPSS) Community Meeting this month on Thursday night, June 23rd at 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Martin Flukinger Community Center, 16003 Lorenzo St., Channelview, TX 77530. The meeting will be an in-person meeting, but you may also participate by phone by calling +1 202-991-0477 and entering the code 453688444#.

This meeting will contain important information the Channelview and surrounding communities and all who travel I-10 East will want to know.

C.H.I.C. WILL NOT hold our scheduled meeting at the Channelview Fire Sta. #3.

Additional info contact THEA Jackie Medcalf, Director at jyoung@txhea.org, Rachel Jordan, Asst. Director at AD@txhea.org, or Kristine Singleton at KSingleton@txhea.org or any of them phone 281 315-5242.

CHIC opposes permits for River Road construction

The Channelview watchdog group, CHIC, has learned that the Corps of Engineers has issued a Letter of Permission for work to build a barge terminal on a site near River Road in the SJ River Estates area.

Also, the Harris County Engineering Department has issued after-the-fact building permits to the owner of Riverside Grille, for work already done, according to Carolyn Stone of CHIC. She claims this is a favored deal that is denied other property owners.

TimTom Land Holdings on 06/ 06/22 received a USACE Letter of Permission (LOP) SWG-2021-00168 for removal 109 existing dilapidated pilings and install 10, 21-inch monopolies below the High Tide Line along the shoreline at 17433 River Rd,, Harris County, Channelview, TX in the San Jacinto River. CHIC became aware of Friday, June 10th. The removal of 109 “existing” pilings mentioned in the Project Description has already occurred without permission. The pilings removal was made in early 2021 and documented by community members.

The second LOP SWG-2022- 0200 addresses a scope of work already performed and additional work to be performed related to a structure the same parties are determined to operate as a restaurant, bar and boat/barge mooring facility.

EPA Waste Pits Meeting June 23

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be holding a San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site (SJRWPSS) Community Meeting this month on Thursday night, June 23rd at 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Martin Flukinger Community Center, 16003 Lorenzo St., Channelview, TX 77530. The meeting will be an in-person meeting, but you may also participate by phone by calling +1 202-991-0477 and entering the code 453688444#.

This meeting will contain important information the Channelview and surrounding communities and all who travel I-10 East will want to know.

C.H.I.C. WILL NOT hold our scheduled meeting at the Channelview Fire Sta. #3.

Channelview parade celebrates FFA and LL events

Grand Marshalls – The Marvin Maybin Family & Retired Channelview Ag Teacher’s Family. The Grand Marshall was The Marvin Maybin Family in memory of Marvin Maybin, the Former FFA Advisor from 1977-2000 who passed away in October of 2021.

By Allan Jamail

On Saturday, April 2, 2022, Channelview High School had their annual FFA parade followed by the livestock animals and chicken auctions. The parade was filled with school floats made by the students. Suzanne Hutchins, Channelette Dance Team Director and FFA Parade Chairman, said this year’s parade included 21 Little League floats.

Harris Co Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, who was in the front of the parade on a small motorcycle, said: “What a fantastic experience we all had at the Channelview ISD Parade! In addition to the massive turnout from CVISD’s amazing Future Farmers of America program, Channelview Little League showed up in force as well. It was great to visit with the students, little leaguers, veterans, first responders, and Channelview residents young and old. It was a beautiful day for an event in the heart of the community, and I look forward to joining in the fun for many years to come.”