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Posts published in “Day: August 18, 2022

GC Superintendent O’Brien extolls District accomplishments at Highlands Chamber

HIGHLANDS – “Here We Grow Giants” was the message that Goose Creek superintendent Randal O’Brien delivered to the Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber last Thursday at their monthly luncheon.

O’Brien showed slides and gave an extensive talk about all of the innovative programs offered by his district, and the accomplishments of the students and graduates.

However, he said he thought the story needed to be heard by more of the public, and he has been making rounds of service clubs and chambers to help explain what good things happen at his district.

Since his appointment as Superintendent in 2014, he has seen the district grow from 25 to 32 schools, now with 24,000 students, 4000 employees, and $18 million in scholarships every year for seniors.

Crosby Superintendent’s Back 2 School message

Hello East Harris County and Crosby ISD families,

Welcome to the new year. We are off to an amazingly great start! Thank you to everyone who approached the new year with patience and grace and contributed to making the first two days of the school year a success. The new routines went fairly well. There are always things upon which to improve. We will work to get better each year.

The start to the new year was met with some challenges the night before the first day of school, but Crosby ISD responded to the challenge. You might remember we had a storm that blew through the night before the first day of school. The storm caused some serious problems. Our technology, maintenance, and transportation teams leaped into action Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The storm knocked out power, internet, and phones at our Operations Center. Our transportation team relocated to Crosby High School to finish entering routes late into the night. Our staff members were making phone calls to parents past 10pm to ensure families had the information they needed for Thursday morning. Our Crosby Middle School team arrived at work extra early Thursday morning to print schedules since the storm disrupted that process Wednesday evening.

I traveled to each Crosby ISD campus on the first day of school, and what I saw inspired me.

UPDATE ON SAN JACINTO RIVER WASTE PITS

From THEA/San Jacinto River Coalition:

On June 23rd the EPA hosted its first in-person community meeting for the San Jacinto River Waste Pits since 2019. The agency provided an overview of the work that’s been done in the last few years and details of the process moving forward. The community also had the opportunity to meet new EPA team members who have joined the remedial effort as it has become one of the most technically complex cleanups the agency is tasked with.

During Hurricane Harvey, severe scour on the eastern side of the Northern Pit left it at risk of destabilizing. Yet the material to repair it was delayed by weeks due to fog-congested waterways on the Mississippi River.

When the EPA Administrator informed THEA about this, our Executive Director responded, “It is absolutely absurd that our river and Galveston Bay are at risk for catastrophic dioxin exposure because the EPA hasn’t required local storage of emergency materials.”

Since then, the San Jacinto River Coalition has continued pressing the EPA to require material be kept nearby for emergency repairs. And they now have local sources for emergency repair materials in the event that the cap is damaged again.

COVID-19 Novavax Vaccine Now Available at HCPH Sites

Houston – Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is pleased to announce that there is a new option for people to get their COVID19 vaccine. On July 13, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine for emergency use. Following approvals of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), HCPH is now offering the COVID-19 Novavax vaccine to residents. Novavax is a two-dose primary series for individuals 18 years of age and older given 3 weeks apart.

Novavax uses a different technique than other COVID-19 vaccines such as those from Pfizer and Moderna. Instead of using mRNA, which provides the instructions for your body to create the COVID-19 spike protein that in turn induces your body’s immune response, Novavax’s vaccine injects the small protein itself, that your body detects and that triggers your body’s immune response. The Novavax vaccine is based on a well-established method of vaccine development that has been used for years for other vaccines such as the Human-papillomavirus, Hepatitis B, flu, and Shingles vaccines.

Lawsuit filed after concrete truck falls from overpass, injures 3 and kills boy

Concrete Mixer Truck fell from Beltway 8 onto car driving below on frontage road. A 22 month old boy was killed, 3 others injured.

HOUSTON — A family whose SUV was crushed when a concrete-mixer truck toppled off the East Beltway and landed on their vehicle is now seeking compensation in the wake of an apparent freak accident that killed a 22- month-old boy. Nicolas Resendiz was identified as the 22-month-old child who died in the Aug. 5, 2022, crash on the East Beltway

His aunt, Esmerelda Resendiz, described little Nicolas Resendiz saying, “He was just a happy little boy. He wasn’t shy like his sister. He would go to anybody. He would smile with you and laugh.”

The family is having a hard time accepting what happened was real.

“It’s still hard for us to process everything. Doing every day, daily things, with him not being here, or seeing one and not the other,” Esmerelda Resendiz said.

The lawsuit was filed by Jennifer and Maria Resendiz, two of the SUV’s occupants, against National Ready Mix LLC of Kingwood, which is the company that owns the truck involved in the Aug. 5 crash.