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Jake rescued by JC Police

Jake the Dog, Owner Justine Balderas,
and Officers Fisher and Seydler.

By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. – Saturday, June 12, 2022 – The Jacinto City patrol officers got an unusual assignment from their dispatcher when they were sent to a citizen’s home.

Long time Jacinto City resident Ms. Gloria Balerio called the police to report her granddaughter Justine Balderas’ dog had its paw stuck in the fire place grating.

Sgt. A. Seydler and Officer R. Fisher arrived on the scene to see a sad puppy (Jake). Jake somehow managed to get its paw caught in the grating. The officers couldn’t free the paw by gently pulling on it, so they quickly dismantled the grate, freeing Jake.

JC Police Arrest Catalytic Converter Theft Suspects

Typical double catalytic converter model being stolen by sawing off from under vehicles with $100 portable saw. Converter replacement cost from $3,500 to $15,000 depending on the model. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

High Speed Chase ends in Crash, Capture

By Allan Jamail

JACINTO CITY, TX. – April 1, 2022, before noon, it was no April Fool’s Day for two suspects when they came into Jacinto City to steal catalytic converters. There is a nationwide epidemic of stealing expensive catalytic converters for resale. Because they’re made of rare materials there’s a big resale market for them. Thieves can steal them in less than 5 minutes from under vehicles in home driveways and parking lots using a $100 portable saw.

Jacinto City Police Communication’s Officer E. Perez, after receiving a call from a witness of a theft in progress, quickly dispatched patrol units to the shopping center at 11420 I-10 East Service Road to investigate. Officers arriving were informed of 2 black males leaving in a silver Chevrolet Malibu eastbound after having gone under a vehicle in the parking lot and removing its catalytic converters.

Jacinto City’s police units converged into the area and were informed by citizens that the police reportee was following the suspect’s car and gave the dispatcher the license plate number and location it was last seen. Officers swarmed that area, and one of the police units spotted the get-a-way car and gave chase using the emergency lights and siren. The suspects refused to stop and recklessly sped at high rates of speed through the parking lots in the 12,800 block of the East Service Road.

Jacinto City Recognizes Fallen Heroes

L – R: Lt. D. Walker, Sgt. S. Flores, Officer F. Benavides, Officer R. Fisher, Sgt. C. Nieto, Constable Jerry Garcia, former Jacinto City Police Chief Allan Jamail, Chief J.M.Ayala, Lt. M. Longrigg, TCO Kacey Aguilar, Officer J. Pizano, Detective C. Cazares, Officer N. Frazier, and Officer E. Villatoro. Not pictured Galena Park Fire Chief Tom Ehlers (duty called him away) (Photo by Linda Jamail)

By Linda Jamail

JACINTO CITY – Saturday, May 14, 2022 law enforcement, firemen and veterans paid tribute to those fallen heroes who’ve died in the line of duty. This annual event began in the city in 1973 when the Jacinto City Police Officers Association had a monument and flag pole placed at Mercury Drive and IH 10 service road. It’s now been moved to the front of the police station at 10429 Market Street Road.

The month of May has memorial events for the Nation’s Armed Forces, Firemen and Law Enforcement so it was in 1973 the Police Officers Association decided to have a monument made recognizing all three services.

Jacinto City Police Chief Ayala thanked Constable Garcia, Galena Park Fire Chief Tom Ehlers and his officers for coming to the annual event. Chief Ehlers said he and his department are always willing to work with Jacinto City’s emergency departments to help save lives.

Local communities receive federal funding

Congresswoman Garcia (center) presents $3 million water line and fire protection improvement check to GP Mayor Esmeralda Moya and Fire Chief Tom Ehlers. L-R: GP Fire Dept. Assist. Chief Kathy Kirkpatrick, Mayor Esmeralda Moya, Fire Chief Tom Ehlers, Paramedic Dimitirius Dollarhide, FF/EMT Micheal Richardson & Capt. Marcus Tunchez (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Rep. Sylvia Garcia present checks of $3 mil to Galena Park, $1 mil to Jacinto City for Infrastructure

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park/Jacinto City, TX. – On Tuesday April 12, 2022, Christmas came early for the communities of Galena Park and Jacinto City. Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia of the 29th Texas Congressional District presented $4 million to be used for community improvement projects. The funds are part of a larger $10 million nine Community Projects Funding request led and secured by Garcia, and will also include projects for Houston and South Houston.

The funding came from the historic $1.5 trillion Bipartisan Omnibus Appropriations Bill that President Joe Biden promoted and Rep. Garcia supported. It provides a substantial increase in spending for domestic and national security but also sends $13.6 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine in its defense against the Russian invasion. Both parties scored political victories in the spending bill.

Rep. Sylvia Garcia (left) of the 29th Congressional District presents JC Mayor Ana Diaz and City Manager Lon Squyres a $1 million dollar check for the city’s south side water main and fire hydrant replacement project. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Jacinto City recognized in Texas Magazine


Celebrates 75 Years in spite of COVID pandemic

By Gilbert Hoffman

Jacinto City won attention and praise in Texas Town & City magazine this January, for its planning and execution of its 75th Anniversary Celebration, in spite of restrictions caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The magazine is published by the Texas Municipal League for officials and the public throughout the state.

Jacinto City was all set to celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2021, after its incorporation as a city 75 years earlier in 1946. But the COVID pandemic was rampant, and the County was restricting all public events. It seemed a large public celebration was out of the question.

There was no question that Jacinto City residents were affected by, and suffering from the COVID virus. The local nursing home had a majority of their residents affected, and the Senior Citizen program was curtailed, with no in-person contact. As noted in March of that year, 12 per cent of the residents had been infected by the virus, and 54 persons had passed away, many from the disease.

But the city took a positive approach and fought back. They hosted COVID test sites, had a number of drive-thru food distribution events, and sought organizations that could help provide COVID vaccine shots. All of this effort resulted in a decline in the infection rate and new hope for the future.

The city decided to proceed with the Anniversary event, but to reduce the scope and number of events.

Jacinto City has a Friendly Grinch

Jacinto City’s Friendly Grinch greets elementary kids with candy as they walk by her home next door to the school. Kids in the photo: Jay Balerio, Henry Lopez, Lydia Lopez, Jaime Hernandez Jr., Mateo Hernandez, Mateo Flores, Anthony Tolentino, Daniel Tolentino, Darius Lucero, Scarlett Flores, Martha Coyoy, Gianna Coyoy, Isael Renteria, Isabella Renteria, Anthony Zuriga, Priscila Zuriga, Katheryn Gonzalez and Aguirre. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Jacinto City, TX — December, 13, 2021 — This is the second annual event the Jacinto City citizen has given Jacinto City’s elementary school kids: candy, treats, and to see that there’s a friendly Grinch.

The Grinch said, “At first some of the younger kids are scared, but then they change and are no longer afraid of me once they see the older ones getting candy and shaking my hand. It’s amazing how excited the kids get when they see I’m not a bad Grinch but a friendly one.”

Jacinto City’s Library helping Galena Park

The Jacinto City Library staff is standing with the new electronic application processor; it takes only a couple of minutes to get a free library card (The Knowledge Card). Applicants should bring a photo ID with proof of Texas residency. L-R: Israel Favela, Branch Manager, Library Service Specialists Ann Limón & Ashley Almendarez and Elizabeth Martinez, Youth Program Librarian. The book shown, The House in the Cerulean Sea is part of the Gulf Coast Reads program. You can find more information on Gulf Coast Reads on the website, click on “home”. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

The Jacinto City Library is providing in-person library services to Galena Park citizens because their library was forced to close due to the February freeze which busted water lines in its ceiling causing severe damage. As of now a reopening date is not available. Galena Park residents can use a temporary Pop-Up library only on Wednesday’s from 11 am to 4 pm at 1500 Keene Street. Texas residents can get a free library card; check out books and pickup free craft projects.

Israel Favela, Branch Manager of the Jacinto City Library, said, “We’re excited to continue to provide services to the community, we welcome all new residents to visit us to learn about the services we provide. We’ve adopted a nightly disinfecting schedule for the toys in our George & Barbara Bush Family Place area to keep children safe and we’re continuing our Curbside services for those that feel more comfortable using services that way. We’re thankful Jacinto City has continued to support us as we reopened our doors to the community following the closure due to the Covid-19 virus.”

The Jacinto City Library at 921 Akron Street; open MondayThursday 10am-6pm – Friday 1-6pm – Saturday 10am-5pm. All patrons are to wear masks while visiting the library.

You can Bet: Casino night was fun

PARTICIPANTS came dressed as the “Roaring 20s”. (Photos Willie Glasgow)

By Jada Mier

Jacinto City’s Town Center transformed into a casino for the North Channel Chamber Foundation’s annual scholarship fundraiser last Friday, Aug. 13.

With a “Roaring 20s” themed casino night, foundation chairman Bill Palko said that the theme was meant to express the community has come roaring out of COVID. This of course was decided before we once again entered the red zone with COVID cases increasing.

Local companies, North Shore Rotary, and Chamber members joined for a night of games and Chick-fil-a. Poker, blackjack, and roulette were a few of the games played with funny money. A raffle took place with a chance to win a bucket of wine, a YMCA membership, and much more.

Namesake Bill Palko tries not to lose too much.

Playing it safe, all attendees sported masks, and tables were set six feet apart. Bill Palko, the foundation’s chairman, explained that all the proceeds would be going to a $5,000-dollar scholarship. The scholarship is to be awarded to a local student.

Jacinto City receives $1.95 million federal grant

Mayor Ana Diaz (left) and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee holding a replica of the $1.95 million check Jacinto City obtained through a U.S. Community Funding matching funds grant. L to R: Lt. M. Longrigg, Elizabeth Flores, Ivan Rojas, Mayor Ana Diaz, Maria Espinoza, Allen Lee, Joyce Raines, Gabe Perez, Kathy Greiner, Mike Bodak, Lon Squyres and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

Congresswoman Lee announces grant to improve Water Distribution System

By Allan Jamail

JACINTO CITY, TX. August 11 – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee announced to Mayor Ana Diaz, Councilman Allen Lee, and city officials, along with a group of citizens and community leaders, the news that $1,950,000 of funds will be given to the city for water line infrastructure improvements.

Lee said, “When I heard Congress’s House Appropriations Committee would be adding Community Funding Projects as an opportunity for Members of the House to address specific local needs with direct funding to solve problems that helps people and communities, I immediately thought of Jacinto City.”

She continued saying, “I reached out to Mayor Ana Diaz and City Manager Lon Squyres to learn what Jacinto City’s needs were and to suggest that they apply for funding for a Community Funding Project. This project will improve the health and safety of all residents of the City by furnishing clean, safe drinking water and the ability to protect homes and businesses from fires.”

The City will only pay the 20 percent of the funding project.

Beloved JC crossing guard in COVID-19 coma for 63 days


By Allan Jamail

Jacinto City, TX. – July 28, 2021 – Norma Mendez, the Jacinto City Elementary School’s crossing guard, is in a medically induced coma at Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital after being stricken by the COVID-19 virus. She had deliberated about getting the vaccine, but before she could get vaccinated, she caught the virus.

According to Norma’s niece, Marissa Gonzalez, Norma has now been in intensive care and hooked up to a ventilator for 63 days at the time of this writing. Marissa says the family is asking for prayers and inviting others to join their nightly prayer on social media with the hashtag #PrayForNorma.

The 58 year old Mendez has helped thousands of parent’s drop-off and pickup their school kids through the years where she’s been a guard.

Norma’s husband Danny and she have 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren, daughter Natalie Mendez, and daughter Myra Rodriquez and her husband David have 2 children.

Natalie said her mom has breath in her lungs, so for us “we’re not going to lose faith.”

“She is not quitting or giving up and neither are we.”

JC/GP Celebrate 4th of July together!

State Representative Ana Hernandez and Judge Victor Trevino III provided the 4th of July celebrators free bottled ice water, candy for the children and registration of voters. L – R: Victor Trevino III, Justice of the Peace, Pct. 6, Ana Hernandez, State Rep. District 143, Hunter, Emma & Jazlyn Escalante (kids) Linda Jamail, District 143 Community Liaison, “CC” Cazares, JCPD officer and Katherine Nanney (kids mom) (Allan Jamail Photo)

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park – Jacinto City, TX. – On the 4th of July, 2021 the two neighboring cities, Galena Park and Jacinto City joined together to provide a beautiful aerial fireworks show which thousands from each city came to see.

An aerial cluster firework explodes high into the sky as thousands of 4th of July celebrators gathered in Galena Park & Jacinto City to recognize the Nation’s Birthday & Independence Day. (Allan Jamail photo)

According to Lon Squyres, Jacinto City’s City Manager, each city funded half of the fireworks cost of about $7,000 each.