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Pct. 2 opens Mental Health Services POD

Access2Health Smart Pod is the third mobile clinic to open in Precinct 2

Harris County, TX — Monday, October 31, 2022 – Commissioner Garcia was joined by Baylor College of Medicine, Catholic Charities, and The Harris Center to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the third ACCESS2HEALTH Smart Pod in Precinct 2. The Smart Pod will bring mental health services to the community regardless of ability to pay. The event took place at 2:30 p.m.

Officials at the Ribbon Cutting were Commissioner Adrian Garcia; Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, Baylor College of Medicine; Cynthia Colbert, Catholic Charities; Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee; and Wayne Young, The Harris Center.

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place Monday, October 31, 2022, 2:30 p.m. at the Northeast Community Center parking lot at 10918 Bentley, Houston, Tx 77093.

Fans celebrate World Series win!

HOUSTON – It was a great night for baseball last Saturday evening, as the Houston Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 to win the World Series.

Many fans from this area, from Mattress Mack to David and Deonicia Mendez to scores of others watched with excitement as Yordan Alvarez in the sixth inning, with two men on base, homered to the farthest point in center field, and the Astros went ahead 3-1 and led the rest of the way to win the game. Alvarez’s home run went at least 450 feet, and experts say he hit a 98mph fastball sinker. The MVP trophy went to Jeremy Pena, who continued his amazing hitting with a .400 batting average for the series. Fans also saw some amazing pitching throughout the series, with Valdez, Verlander, and Pressley. And who can forget that impossible catch by Chas McCormick against the centerfield wall in Phily?

Rotary club hosts Belgian Exchange Student

HIGHLANDS – The Rotary Club continues its long traditioin of hosting foreign exchange students, with this year’s student from Belgium.

Edouard VanHove arrived in Houston in August, and is staying with the Teel and Cotten families in Highlands. He is attending Goose Creek Memorial High School for the year he is in the U.S.

Edouard is 17 years old, and lives with his 2 sisters in Pietrain, a small town near Brussels, known for raising pigs.

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.

The Event is in honor of Jalen Hurts and his return to the greater Houston area since graduating from Channelview High School in 2016, Channelview ISD will host a mass community celebration. Hurts’ team, the Philadelphia Eagles, will be playing the Houston Texans that evening.

Waste Pits work to begin Nov. 9

HIGHLANDS – Members of the San Jacinto River Coalition, and others of the public met last Tuesday night at the San Jacinto/Highlands Community Center to hear an update on Waste Pits remediation plans from THEA director Jackie Medcalf.

Jackie reported that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) had informed the Responsible Parties that they would not receive any more extensions or delays, and work on the Southern Impoundment must start by November 9th.

This work will require excavation of designated areas in the industrial area south of I-10, to a depth of 10 feet or until tests show toxicity levels below 240ppt. This will require removing about 25,000 cubic yards of material, she said, which will be transported off-site in trucks. This work may take as much as a year.

Greens Bayou Regatta: Back to the Bayou

HOUSTON – The Greens Bayou Coalition hosted it first post-pandemic Greens Bayou Regatta on Saturday, October 8th, with dozens of canoes and kayaks participating.

Seventy-two paddlers departed from Brock Park Golf Course for the 2022 Regatta at 9:00 a.m., finishing 7.7 miles down the bayou at Thomas Bell Foster Park. The Regatta, which raises funds to support the mission of the Greens Bayou Coalition, combines recreation, stewardship and education on one of Houston’s most beautiful and secluded waterways. Along with awards for speed, the Styrofoam Cup award is given for most trash collected. TEXAR was on the banks and on the bayou to keep the fleet safe.

Council Member Robert Gallegos was on hand for the regatta send-off, and Paul Young, representing Council Member Ed Pollard, and Beth White of the Houston Parks Board encouraged people to get out and enjoy the bayou.

Latest UH poll shows Judge race very close

Beto ahead of Abbott in Harris County

Harris County Judge’s Race Too Close to Call

HOUSTON, October 24, 2022 – The race for chief executive in Texas’ most populous county is too close to call, with concerns about crime helping to propel Republican Alexandra del Moral Mealer into a statistical dead heat with Democratic incumbent Lina Hidalgo.

A poll from the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston, released Monday on the first day of early voting, found 47% of likely Harris County voters say they will support Mealer, a political newcomer running for Harris County judge. Hidalgo drew support from 45%.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke is leading Gov. Greg Abbott by eight points (50% to 42%) among likely Harris County voters, while Republican Jack Cagle, the incumbent Harris County Precinct 4 commissioner, leads Democratic challenger Lesley Briones, 40% to 35%.

“Crime and public safety are the top concerns cited by voters in the county races, and that is more pronounced among voters who support Mealer and Cagle,” said Renée Cross, senior executive director and researcher at the Hobby School. Eight out of 10 likely voters listed crime, public safety and government corruption as very important to their decision about which candidate to support for county judge.

“Hidalgo remains popular with voters concerned about voting rights, abortion rights and racial equity, but overall, her support has softened,” Cross said.

Democrats add Star power to campaign

EARLY VOTING STARTS MONDAY OCT. 24

ALDINE – Hundreds of potential voters turned out last Tuesday night at the Escapade club on the Eastex Freeway in East Aldine, to hear campaign talks from Gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke and Attorney General candidate Rochelle Garza. But the featured speaker of the evening was Lin-Manuel Miranda, star of the hit Broadway show “Hamilton.”

Introductory remarks and welcome were given by State Representative Armando Walle, and then fiery speeches were delivered by BETO and Lin-Manuel. The crowd enthusiastically listened and applauded the message of need for change in Texas government.

Democrats are making a strong push near the end of the campaign, as their Republican opponents are showing strength in the polls. BETO has trailed incumbent governor Abbott through the whole race, and although he was with in a few points last week, the most recent Rice University poll shows him losing ground, trailing by over 10 percentage points.

THEA to update community on Waste Pits at meeting on Oct. 25

HIGHLANDS – The EPA is holding its ground against further delays in cleaning up the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site. The responsible parties who seem to continuously look for ways to drag out the government-ordered clean up.

It only took a few years to fill the pits with dioxin-laden paper mill waste back in the 1960s. Nearly 60 years later, the companies found responsible for the contamination, International Paper and Waste Management, Inc., are still asking for more time to figure out how to fix the problem. A new letter from the EPA indicates the agency isn’t buying it.

The companies submitted a remediation plan for the northern waste pit earlier this summer. The EPA said it was incomplete and gave them until next month to come up with the full plan. The companies asked to push that deadline until February of next year, almost guaranteeing another delay in starting the cleanup.

Now the EPA has sent them a clear message. The agency writes that it has already allowed the companies to delay finalizing a plan for 725 days and is ordering them to submit the plan by November 8, 2022. It’s worth remembering that the Superfund law allows the EPA to charge three times the cost of the damages if the responsible parties won’t cooperate.

THEA COMMUNITY MEETING PLANNED