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EPA meeting Dec. 5 to review Waste Pits status

HIGHLANDS – The federal EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) will hold a community meeting on Monday night, Dec. 5, to inform the public about current status of remediation work at the San Jacinto River Waste Pits north and south sites. The public will have an opportunity to ask questions and receive more information, according to Jeanetta Coats of the EPA.

The meeting will be led by EPA Remediation Project Manager Lauren Poulos and other EPA staff members.

Coats said the work involves excavation and offsite disposal of dioxin-containing wastes from the portion of the site known as the Southern Impoundment, an area of about 20 acres on a small Continued on Page 2 peninsula extending just south of Interstate 10.

EPA Regional Administrator Dr. Earthea Nance said, “By starting construction on the remedy for the Southern Impoundment, we are taking the first steps to ensuring these wastes are no longer a threat to the surrounding communities.”

Highlands, Crosby look forward to Santa

HIGHLANDS/CROSBY – Christmas Season, with parades, Santa appearances, and Holiday festivals will get started next week, with some changes in the traditional events. Highlands Chamber is planning their festivities at the Community Center this year, instead of the Park on San Jacinto.


Highlands is welcoming Santa Thursday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.. He will arrive on a fire truck to chat with local kids about what they want for Christmas, sponsored by a combination of Harris County Precinct 3, the Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce and the Highlands Fire Dept. Free Hot Chocolate and cookies will be served by the Rotary Club of Highlands and the Highlands Horizons. This annual tradition goes back over 30 years.

Santa will be in the Community Center, for pictures with Santa and for children to tell him their wishes for Christmas.


Pct. 2 dedicates Vietnam Fallen Warriors Monument

Harris County – Thursday, November 10th, 2022, at 10:30 a.m., Vietnam Combat Veterans Association unveiled the Vietnam Fallen Warriors Monument at Veterans Memorial Park. The monument, a four-year project, honors the 544 service members who died in the Vietnam War from the Houston area. Each of their names is inscribed on this monument. The total cost of the project was $300,000 and was raised by foundations, VWF, through fundraisers, and grassroot supporters.

The Vietnam Fallen Warriors Monument Ribbon Cutting, with remarks by Adrian Garcia, Harris County Commissioner, Precinct 2, a City of Houston representative, and Chief Sergeant Major Juan Chavez.

Holiday Season opens with Feasts, Parade

By Gilbert Hoffman

Houston got into the Holiday mood starting on Thanksgiving day, with a Super Feast at the George R. Brown Convention Center, serving almost 20,000 a tasty Thanksgiving dinner, and a festive, colorful Parade in downtown Houston.

The Parade continued in spite of a light rain that came and stopped intermittently. Marching band members and riders on floats and horseback simply donned plastic ponchos and kept going. “Don’t Rain on my Parade” was the theme, it seemed.

The Super Feast is in its 44th year, and served over 35,000 meals, to both in-person sit-down diners, and drive-up patrons. Each received a food package with about 60 to 80 pounds of various types of foods, including a turkey, chicken or ham, enough for a family for about a week. The organizer of the Super Feast is the City Wide Club of Houston. They serve these meals twice a year, on Thanksgiving Day and the day before Christmas, to everyone who comes to the Convention Center.

Message from the Crosby Superintendent

Hello East Harris County and Crosby ISD families,

I want to start this holiday column with a great example of kindness in action. The Crosby High School Boys’ Golf Team jumped into action when a car stalled near the intersection of FM 2100 and Krenek Road earlier this month. The morning commute was jammed until the teens helped push the car off the road. They cleared up the commute and helped a stranger who was having a rough start to the morning. All this before 8am! They also competed in a tournament in Texas City later that day and played well. Later, the PGA Superstore saw the district’s social media post about the team and generously donated much-needed golf items! Our students set a great example, and they’re why so many of our educators live and work in Crosby ISD.

I want to congratulate the newly-elected members of the Crosby ISD Board of Trustees. Local construction manager, Mr. Phillip Chapman, has been elected to the At-Large Position 6 seat, and Ms. Lisa Kallies, a proud Crosby ISD retiree, will represent Position 4. Our members will be sworn in during the regularly-scheduled Board meeting on December 12th.

November included a big honor for Crosby ISD’s Visual Arts Program. District Art Lead, Ms. Meighgan Gladden, and Crosby High School Visual Arts teacher, Ms. Debbie Willows, accepted the District of Distinction honor by the Texas Art Education Association during a ceremony in Read To The Final Four Literacy rally: McAllen. The distinction designates that Crosby ISD has a visual arts program that is among the top 4% in the state. We appreciate the efforts of our fine arts teachers, discovery lab instructors, and interventionists, including: Ms. Gladden, Ms. Willows, Ms. Hilary Scullane, Ms. Melanie Sortore, Ms. Ginny Blaha, Ms. Kim Houser, Ms. Crystal Hammond, Ms. Kristi Hardy, Ms. Dovie Williams, and Ms. Abigail Markley. Next month, we will recognize our visual arts team during a District-wide salute to Fall Semester achievements.

New Hospital Tower opens in Baytown

BAYTOWN – Houston Methodist Baytown officially opened a new five-story building to patients last week. The new state-of- the-art tower is named Unity Tower and features 75 private rooms, an intensive care unit, and an entire floor dedicated to childbirth and obstetrics services.

“This is an exciting time for Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital, our staff, physicians and the community,” said Chief Executive Office David Bernard. “I am proud to expand the hospital and our services so that we can better serve the community that has supported us for nearly 75 years.”

The Unity Tower project includes vital infrastructure, including a new pharmacy, expanded laboratory, hospital kitchen, dialysis unit and many other clinical enhancements to serve our patients.

EPA to hold Waste Pits meeting Dec. 5th; work starts on Southern Impoundment


The cleanup is starting at the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site according to THEA director Jackie Medcalf, and an announcement from the EPA in Dallas. Initially the work will involve the Southern Impoundment site, not the Northern Impoundment.

In addition to the announcement, EPA is planning a Community Town Hall Meeting on December 5. According to Jackie Medcalf, here is what we know about the plan:

Phase One of the cleanup started this week. This includes removing vegetation from the site, building fences, and building a water treatment facility on location.

Physical removal of the waste will start in late December or early January. About 25-30 trucks will haul the toxic waste away to disposal facilities.

Top chef visits Crosby ISD to help with Thanksgiving meal

Crosby High School Students cook Thanksgiving Meal with “Hell’s Kitchen” Contest Chef

Crosby, TX – Students in the Culinary Arts CTE program at Crosby High School will have a very special guest instructor this month. “Hell’s Kitchen” contestant, Executive Chef Abe Sanchez, will mentor students as they provide Thanksgiving lunch service to the Crosby and Barrett Station communities.

The students operate a fully-functional restaurant, called the “Cougar Bistro,” inside Crosby High School each month. Students will serve a delicious Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings on Thursday, November 17. Chef Sanchez will coach students on meal prep and then guide them through the meal service itself.

It’s a change of pace for Chef Sanchez, who is currently competing in Season 21 of “Hell’s Kitchen Battle of the Ages” on the Fox Television Network. He has two children who attend Crosby High School, and he is actively giving back to our communities as he continues deeper into the season on the intense cooking show competition.


Democrats retain control of County Government

Beto defeated; Texas remains Republican

HARRIS COUNTY – Despite warnings of a Republican “Red Wave” sweeping the voting booths, it didn’t materialize in most of the country, and especially in Harris County.

Democrats kept their seats if incumbents, and in at least one critical race, Pct. 4 of the County Commissioners, they picked up a key vote. Lesley Briones defeated incumbent Commissioner Jack Cagle, and the County is now run by a solid 4 out of 5 votes by Democrats.

Republicans spent a record amount of $9 million attempting to unseat Judge Lina Hidalgo, but she retained her position by defeating challenger Alexandra Mealer by over 17,000 votes, 549,999 to 532,602.

In other county races, Adrian Garcia defeated Jack Morman for Pct. 2 Commissioner, 53% to 47%, and Lesley Briones had 52% and Jack Cagle 48%.

Voters approved $1.2 billion in Bonds for the County, and $478 million in Bonds for the City.

Crosby Cougars vs Longview in Round 1 Playoffs Friday

CROSBY – Cougar fans and the whole community are excited about the football team reaching the playoffs, with their first game this Friday evening at 7pm against the Longview Lobos at Lobo stadium, 3012 Airline Road, Longview, Texas.

Longview’s record is 10- 0, and they are ranked #1 in 5A-1. Crosby is ranked #40 and will be the underdog in this game, but if they win they have a chance to go far in the standings.

Crosby is coming off a win over Goose Creek Memorial, 59-13 last week. Their overall record is 6-4. Coach Jerry Prieto says he will have his team ready for a real scrap, and high hopes to win.

Schools will have early dismissal Friday at 11:25am to allow time for the 3-1/2 hour trip to Longview.