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Local non-profit receives $200,00 to support families impacted by Covid-19 in East Harris County

East Harris County, Texas —East Harris County Empowerment Council (EHCEC) received a $200,000 grant from the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund. The Fund is led by the Greater Houston Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Houston to support vulnerable households throughout Harris and Montgomery counties.

East Harris County households have been impacted in various ways from the novel Coronavirus known as COVID-19. As schools remain closed and the true toll remains unclear, families are looking for help. “We are so grateful that the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund has trusted us to support our neighbors during this time,” says Terence Narcisse, Executive Director. “We hope that this emergency financial assistance will help families keep the lights on and food on the table.”

This program is available to the Channelview, Crosby, Galena Park, Jacinto City, Northshore, and Sheldon communities. EHCEC is currently accepting applications for the COVID-19 Neighbor Assistance Program on the website at


City of Galena Park distributes food to the community

Commissioner Adrian Garcia helps with distribution of vegetables last Monday at the Galena Park Food Pantry.

By Julieta Paita

GALENA PARK, Texas –– Last Monday Galena Park Mayor Esmeralda Moya, along with other community leaders distributed free fresh food and masks to the residents.

“My heartfelt thanks to the more than 480 lovely people who participated in our Food and Masks Curbside Distribution yesterday afternoon. I was blessed to see the goodness, resilience, and hope of the people of Galena Park. We witnessed what’s possible when we come together as one and help our brothers and sisters in these challenging times.

“My gratitude to Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, Senator Carol Alvarado, Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia, Plumbers Local Union 68 Rick Lord, The Committee for a Better Galena Park, Houston Food Bank, Valero Energy Corporation and to the most talented, tireless, and mission-driven employees who have given of themselves for the betterment of others. God bless you all and, may God continue to bless our beloved city of Galena Park,” Mayor Moya posted on the City’s facebook page.

The City distributed more masks on May 4 and there was another fresh food and mask curbside distribution on April 29, 2020.

Galena Park holds Food distribution on Earth Day

Hundreds of boxes for food were distributed.

The City of Galena Park and Mayor Esmeralda Moya hosted a free food distribution event on Wednesday, April 22 which was also national Earth Day.

Also included were free face masks. The food was given out at curbside at the City’s Basketball Pavilion on Keene Street, in the afternoon starting at 2 p.m.

City Residents only were given food, and they had to show proof of residency.

For home-bound senior citizens and individuals with disabilities, distribution was on Thursday at their residence in Galena Park.


Water Main break affects city of Houston

The broken water main pipe is under repair along Clinton Drive near the East Loop and Galena Park.

By Gilbert Hoffman

Schools, businesses and public events were closed last Friday, due to a water main break on the east side of Houston in a line that fed about half the city. Houston ISD schools, colleges and many businesses were also closed, or events cancelled, as a precaution against contaminated water or low water pressure. The City of Houston issued a “Boil Water” notice for most of the city.

Water districts on the East side of the county, including Crosby, Highlands, and Baytown, did not experience any pressure or supply problems. Crosby gets its water directly from Lake Houston.

A 96 inch wide water main, carrying water from the Houston water treatment plant in Galena Park to about half the city, burst on Thursday about noon. Workers from Harper Brothers were performing repair work on a small leak, according to authorities, when the whole pipe burst open flooding nearby streets and the six lane East Loop under Clinton Drive. Several feet of water covered the streets, stopping traffic and flooding about a dozen cars. Houston Fire Department said they conducted three deep water rescues. The location of the burst pipe was near the intersection of Clinton Drive and N. Carolina streets in the Clinton Park neighborhood, and buildings in that area had water inside, as outside it was several feet deep. (more…)

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…)

Galena Park Yellow Jackets end season with 41-0 victory

Yellow Jackets saying goodbye to an era. The 2019 Galena Park Yellowjackets seniors gathered on the field with teammates for their last time to bid farewell to an era. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park ISD Stadium, Friday, November 8, 2019 – The Galena Park Yellow Jackets ended their season with an easy win over the Houston Wisdom Generals 41 – 0. The Jackets showed improvement from the previous year winning more district games but not enough to qualify for the district playoff games.

Friday’s game was Parents Night that was never a real contest, from start to finish Coach Spiro Amarantos’ offensive and defensive team’s dominated the Generals.

Seniors having played together since their freshmen year became a close knit bunch, and found it to be emotional to part with their football relationships. The night’s joyous victory wasn’t enough to stop the tears from players, parents and friends that had gathered in a large crowd to say goodbye to the senior players.


Three arrested in Galena Park for assault on elderly couple

GALENA PARK – Sunday, October 6th at approximately 9 PM, according to Maria and Francisco Hernandez, 65 and 69, they said two males and a female forced their way into their 7th Street home making demands for their grandson.

Police say 24-year-old Jorge Salman, 27-year-old Dominique Salazar, and 29-year old Genesis Martinez forcibly entered the elderly couple’s home. Forced entry into a home is burglary.

Once inside the home the trio attacked the grandson and ended up attacking his grandparents as well.

Police say during the attack, Salman and Salazar pushed Maria to the ground and punched Francisco in the stomach. A translator there said, “Francisco has a pacemaker, he could’ve had a heart attack.”

Galena Park Police Sgt. Drew Scroggins said the two males, Salman and Salazar, were arrested for burglary with intent to commit assault, while the female, Genesis Martinez, was charged with burglary.


Galena Park Yellow Jackets lose District Opener

Photo by Allan Jamail

Patrick Hernandez Jr, Galena Park (GP) Yellow Jackets receiver, crosses the goal line, leaving a Port Arthur defender tumbling to the turf. Hernandez scored the only touchdown for GP on a 51 yard pass from quarterback Francisco Villalobos. Port Arthur won the district game 27 – 8.

Coach Spiro Amarantos’ Galena Park Yellow Jackets has an away district game with the New Caney Eagles on Friday, October 4 at 7 PM at the Randall Reed Stadium: 21360 Valley Ranch Pkwy — New Caney, Texas 77357.


#2 Eli Quintero running back scoring 1 of 4 of his touchdowns. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Pasadena Veterans Memorial Stadium (Newcomb Field) August 31, 2019 was the scene of a swarm of GP Yellow Jackets varsity football players, stinging the Pasadena Eagles, in a 49 to 6 win.

It was never a real contest. Coach Spiro Amarantos’s offensive and defensive teams performed so well it appeared they were playing a little league football team.

The Jackets scored seven touchdowns behind a strong offensive line led by Richard Martinez, Antonio Alanis and Ivan Martinez ,who made openings for running back Eli Quintero to make four TDs and 100 yards in the game. The line provided pass protection for sophomore quarterback A’marion Kelly to complete passes to Pat Hernandez, Caleb Aparicio and Fernando Martinez who scored on a TD pass.

The stingy Yellow Jackets defense overpowered the Eagles offense causing five turnovers, keeping them to less than 200 yards total offense.


LULAC awards scholarships

Galena Park LULAC Council 4703 gave out $12,500 in scholarships to college-bound students from our local area this evening. Thank you to LULAC member Justice of the Peace Joe Stephens who came out to share his life story of success and words of encouragement to these students and Lt. Charles Brown from Constable Chris Diaz’s office. If you are an incoming senior in high school and you want to apply for the LULAC scholarship go to the website to get the application in February 2020. Pictured with the students are Judge Joe Stephens, Lt. C. Brown and LULAC President Cruz R. Hinojosa, Jr.