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Holiday Events, Parades, and SANTA, coming to Highlands and Crosby

Santa with Miss Highlands at the Memorial Park
in Highlands last year.

CROSBY/HIGHLANDS – This Saturday Santa comes to Crosby, heralding the beginning of the Christmas season and the approach of many other thrilling seasonal events.

CROSBY

The season begins at Crosby Church, with a Christmas Festival sponsored by the Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce. It will be held from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at 5725 Hwy 90 in Crosby. Planned events include a Christmas Market, Entertainment, an appearance by Holly the Elf, a Petting Zoo starting at 2:00 pm, a Hayride (remember them), a balloon artist and more.

You will be able to have your picture taken with SANTA and get a goody bag from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. There will also be free Hot Dogs, Popcorn, and Cotton Candy for attendees small and large.

LyondellBasell Agrees to Reduce Harmful Air Pollution

LyondellBasell Plant in Channelview, with the San Jacinto River and Highlands in the distance.

Channelview plant cited for excessive flaring
HARRIS COUNTY – Three U.S. subsidiaries of Dutch chemical giant LyondellBasell Industries N.V. (Lyondell) have agreed to make upgrades and perform compliance measures estimated to cost $50 million to resolve allegations they violated the Clean Air Act and state air pollution control laws at six petrochemical manufacturing facilities located in Channelview, Corpus Christi, and LaPorte, Texas, and Clinton, Iowa. Lyondell will also pay a $3.4 million civil penalty. The settlement, announced today by the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will eliminate thousands of tons of air pollution from flares.

According to the complaint, the companies failed to properly operate and monitor their industrial flares, which resulted in excess emissions of harmful air pollution at five facilities in Texas and one in Iowa. Lyondell’s subsidiaries regularly “oversteamed” the flares at their facilities and failed to comply with other key operating constraints to ensure the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants contained in the gases routed to the flares are effectively combusted.

The EPA identified potential environmental justice concerns at the two Channelview facilities for exposure to particulate matter (2.5 micron), ozone, toxic cancer risk, and respiratory hazard. The significant emissions reductions of VOCs, HAPs, and greenhouse gases that today’s settlement secures at the Channelview facilities serve to reduce exposure in the community to some of the same air pollutants that they are disproportionately exposed to.

“The Justice Department and EPA will continue to enforce the law against petrochemical plants that violate the Clean Air Act,” said Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “In particular, we are committed to reducing harmful air pollution from unnecessary and improper flaring, especially near overburdened communities with environmental justice concerns.”

HIGHLANDS Jamboree & Spooktacular set for Oct. 30

HIGHLANDS – Chamber of Commerce Director Jessica Woods has announced that after missing the Jamboree last year, due to the Pandemic, the community will be able to participate in a combined Jamboree and Halloween celebration, named a “Spooktacular” on Saturday, October 30. The Highlands 64th Annual Jamboree will include a parade, crafts show, Expo, and Children’s Pageant on Saturday, October 30th.

The Parade will begin at 10 am and travel south on Main Street.

The Craft Fair and Expo will open after the parade at Highlands Elementary Campus on E. Wallisvile Rd.

The popular Children’s pageant will start at noon following the parade awards, taking place in the elementary school multipurpose room.

Huge Refinery vessel moved thru Highlands

Moving through Highlands on Main Street, in front of Foodtown.

HIGHLANDS – Residents and drivers were surprised last Saturday morning, September 4, at about 2:00 am, to see a huge refinery vessel being transported through town on Main Street.

Police, utility trucks, and escort vehicles made up a parade of sorts, as they slowly proceeded down Main Street, lifting traffic lights, and moving power lines and street lights that were obstructing the clearances required for the huge vessel.

Traffic was closed on both the northbound and southbound sides of Main Street for about an hour as they headed for La Port and the refinery that would receive the vessel.

Pct. 2 developing Community Plans

Seeks input from Highlands, Lynchburg, McNair, Linus

PCT. 2 HARRIS COUNTY – Commissioner Adrian Garcia is heading an effort to develop a Community Plan for each of the neighborhoods in his precinct, to guide future development and improve quality of life issues.

Last week he held ZOOM meetings with interested members of the public, to introduce his design team, to explain the scope of the planning project, and to encourage residents to participate in the planning process.

On Wednesday evening he focused on the Highlands and Lynchburg communities, and on Thursday he met with member of the McNair and Linus communities. Previously he had held a meeting with the Channelview residents.

Planning teams involve urban planning professionals, and members of the Pct. 2 and Harris County staffs. Gretchen Knowles and Jorge Bustamante lead the group in this area. Goals of the group will be to develop a shared vision to enhance quality of life, identify infrastructure and community enhancing projects, and develop strategies to implement the vision through tangible projects.

Areas of focus will include parks and open spaces, connectivity, mobility and transportation, environmental quality, economic development, and cultural assets.

The process will include data collection, public participation, and concept development, then an implementation plan. The final plan will be developed through a citizen Task Force working with the Planning professionals.

New Bus Service to Generation Park

HOUSTON — (July 6, 2021) — Harris County Transit Plus begins its inaugural on-demand transport service today for residents living in the Generation Park-area of Precincts 1, 2 and 4.

This affordable service allows residents to schedule transportation from point A to point B, within two established zones, running along the Northeast quadrant of Beltway 8. The service provides a faster trip and enhanced passenger experience through areas of the county that are less densely developed.

The fare to ride is $1 for adults and 50 cents for children, seniors and those with disabilities. Cash, transfers from other buses and the METRO Q® Fare Card are acceptable forms of payment.

Improper fireworks disposal linked to Highlands house fire

Highlands Firemen battle house fire on Inwood Lane last Saturday night. Improper disposal of fireworks is listed as the cause of the fire.

HIGHLANDS – At approximately 11:20 p.m. on Saturday night, July 3, Highlands Fire Department along with mutual aid from Crosby Fire Department, Channelview Fire Department, and Sheldon Fire Department responded to a residential fire in the 200 Block of Inwood Ln.

Crews arrived on scene in just minutes to find the house with heavy fire showing. Crews extinguished the fire quickly and no injuries were reported.

The fire was investigated by Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office and was caused by improper disposal of fireworks into a plastic trash can.

TEA releases statistics on local middle schools

AUSTIN – Urgent to the education process is work on educating 6th through 8th Graders. On April 22 the Texas Senate added more legislation to keep students up with the nation as focus shifts on testing to determine proficiency in a year when less than expected students are yet returning to the classrooms. Updated TEA statistics have been released concerning Crosby Middle and Highlands Junior High. Both are remarkably similar and surprising in differences. Highlands Junior High has a student population of 1,185. The student population of Crosby Middle is 1,428.

In Highlands, 46% of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 38% scored at or above that level for reading. At Crosby Middle, 60% of students scored at or above the proficient level for math, and 39% scored at or above that level for reading.

May 1 Election results

Goose Creek CISD, Lee College, Highlands Water District voted

HIGHLANDS – The local water district HC WCID-001 director’s election was to pick three of four candidates on the ballot. The voting concluded with Harvey Little finishing first with 75 votes, Kenneth Boudreaux taking 73 and John H. Wright getting 55. Ana Cantu also ran and received 18 votes.

Goose Creek CISD had four incumbents up for re-election. Richard Clem went unchallenged in Single Member District 4. Incumbent Howard E. Sampson of District 1 survived a challenge with 214 votes against Jeff Minson, who received 69 votes. Agustin Loredo III received 118 votes but challenger Mercedes Renteria III got 168 for Single Member District 2. She seems to have most benefitted from early voting.

Customs officers seize illegal “chicken lollipop” pet food destined for Highlands

CHICKEN LOLLIPOPS Seized by the Customs and Border Patrol in Dallas, bound for an address in Highlands, TX. The contents of the box were labelled as sweaters.

HIGHLANDS — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists have yet to charge a local vendor for placing an order for contraband chicken lollipop pet treats.

The federal agents at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport seized a cargo package of the illegal dog treats disguised as men’s sweaters bound for Highlands from Hong Kong on April 14.

Animal disease concerns are the reason the 93 said to be chicken-flavored lollipop pet treats with rawhide stems are illegal, according to CBP. Attempting to bring in undeclared items that are prohibited or restricted can result in a civil fine.