Monthly Archives: May 2012

AVOID SOME AREAS OF THE SAN JACINTO RIVER FOR SWIMMING AND FISHING THIS SUMMER!

image

The San Jacinto River Coalition and Texans Together Education Fund released an independent scientific report revealing continued toxic dioxin and furan contamination of the San Jacinto River from the San Jacinto Waste Pits’ Superfund Site. Dr. Stephen King, the Houston toxicologist who wrote the report, states that near the San Jacinto River Waste Pits (SJRWP) Superfund Site that “wading, swimming, fishing, crabbing, and collecting oysters and clams should be banned. It is strongly recommended that the consumption of fish, crabs, oysters, and clams caught in proximity to the SJRWP among vulnerable or at-risk individuals, such as pregnant women, infants, children, the elderly, persons with impaired liver function, and among individuals with an impaired immune system be prohibited.”

Dr. King took sediment and seafood samples in proximity to the SJRWP in September 2011 after completion of a 2011 temporary remediation capping the Waste Pits. Laboratory analysis show that current levels of toxic dioxins and furans are similar to levels found by governmental authorities in 1990 and 2005—indicating serious contamination remains in the San Jacinto River that flows into Galveston Bay. These toxic wastes came from the Champion/International Paper mill in Pasadena. They were dumped in the 1960’s at a 25 acre waste pit site (now owned by Waste Management), on the banks of the San Jacinto River, where it crosses I-10 East. Subsequently submerged, these toxic wastes have been spread for years by the current throughout the River.

Sarah Davis, a resident of nearby Highlands and a San Jacinto Coalition member, said, “We deserve a clean and safe river. Waste Management and International Paper should remove all their dioxin and other contaminants from the River.”

The report and laboratory analysis was funded by a grant received by Texans Together Education Fund, a 501c3 civic engagement non-profit organization, from the Kirk Mitchell Environmental Law Fund.

HISD STUDENTS ARE RAKING IN THE SCHOLARSHIP DOLLARS!

More than 9,000 seniors will graduate from HISD high schools in the coming days. So far, HISD seniors have been offered more than $172 million in college scholarships, a record-breaking amount that surpasses last year’s total by more than $40 million and the total for the Class of 2012 is still growing.

Almost 90 percent of HISD’s graduates have been accepted into college and half of these students were accepted into a 4-year university.

image

In fact at Davis High School, for the first time in the school’s history, the entire graduating class applied and got accepted into a two or four year college or university. Plus, the district currently boasts the highest graduation rate and the lowest dropout rate ever.

These are all results of the district’s efforts to ensure every student is prepared for college and one of the reasons HISD’s high schools continue to be among the nation’s best.

Twenty-one HISD high schools recently earned recognition in the Washington Post High School Challenge, a list of 1,800 schools representing the top 9 percent in the nation when it comes to preparing graduates for college. Only 125 Texas high schools made the list, and HISD campuses – Carnegie Vanguard, Eastwood Academy, and DeBakey High School for Health Professions – represent three of the national top 100.

image

Sugar Land police are looking for two men who attempted to use stolen credit cards at Target, 16300 Southwest Freeway, on May 8.

The credit cards were stolen earlier that evening from a van parked outside 24 Hour Fitness, 14111. A customer at the gym said someone broke into his locker and took his keys. The credit cards were inside a wallet that was stolen from his van.

A review of surveillance video at Target identified two men attempting to make purchases with the stolen credit cards at 10 p.m. Surveillance video at 24 Hour Fitness showed the same two men enter the gym at 9:15 p.m. One of the men distracted an employee at the front desk while the other man walked to the locker rooms. They both left the gym at 9:30 p.m.

image

Cameras in the parking lot showed the men enter a silver passenger car and park next to a van. One of the men entered the van before both drove away in the car.

The first suspect was an Hispanic man in his late 20s to early 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 240 pounds. He was wearing a blue shirt and had a tattoo on the back of his neck.

The second man was white, in his late 20s to early 30s, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds

The men were driving a silver or gray vehicle with a sunroof.

Anyone with information should call the Sugar Land Police Department at (281) 275-2540 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at (281) 342-TIPS (8477).

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN IN HOUSTON?

image

Houston police have released the composite sketch of a suspect wanted in a swindle/theft investigation in north Houston on April 27.

The suspect is described only as a black male in his 20s with a very thin build. A composite sketch of the suspect is attached to this news release.

About 12:30 p.m., a female, 26, met with the suspect in a parking lot at 200 West Gray, after the suspect contacted her via email regarding a cell phone she had put up for sale on Craigslist. As the suspect approached her vehicle on foot, the female rolled down her window and was handed a bank envelope by the suspect. As the female opened the envelope, the suspect reached through the window and grabbed the cell phone, which was in the female’s lap. The suspect then fled the scene into a nearby apartment complex. The envelope was empty.

Investigators believe the suspect is part of an organized criminal group of technology savvy suspects who target their victims through Craigslist and other social media.

Anyone with information in this case or on the identity of the suspect is urged to contact the HPD Major Offenders Division at 713-308-3100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

At 1 p.m. TODAY (Thursday, May 31), an investigator with the HPD Major Offenders Division will be available to answer questions regarding this case in the lobby of HPD Headquarters at 1200 Travis.

[singlepic id=198 w=320 h=240 float=]

Halliburton Hometown Heroes Nomination Form 2010

 

The Hometown Heroes Program is sponsored by Halliburton and the Houston Texans as a way to recognize local volunteers who are “doing good” and helping others in the greater Houston community.

 

Leaders of non-profit organizations, as well as Houston-area citizens, are invited to nominate exceptional volunteers for this special recognition.

 

If selected, your hero will be given the opportunity to designate a $1000 contribution on behalf of Halliburton to your organization. Your Hero will also be featured in a special tribute on the jumbotron during a Houston Texans game, as well as tickets for six to an unforgettable experience at Reliant Stadium.

[singlepic id=199 w=320 h=240 float=]

Please complete the details below to complete the nomination process. Nomination forms are due June 4, 2010, and may be emailed to Kelly George at kelly.george@halliburton.com or faxed to 281-575-5790. If you have questions about this application, please call Kelly George at 281-575-4009.

 

Nominee Information:

Full name: _________________________________________________________

Phone: _____________________________________

Mailing Address: _______________________________________________________

 

Email Address: _________________________________________________________

 

Nominator Information:

Full name: _________________________________________________________

Phone: _____________________________________

Mailing Address: _______________________________________________________

 

Email Address: _________________________________________________________

 

 

Please address the following (attach additional sheets if needed).

 

1. Name of the organization(s) for which the nominee actively volunteers.

 

 

2. Describe the mission of the organization and the people it serves.

 

 

3. How many months or years has the nominee volunteered for this organization?

4. Does this volunteer receive any monetary compensation for the work that he or she does on behalf of the organization?    Yes__     No ___

 

 

 

5. Tell us about the qualities that make this nominee an exceptional candidate for recognition as a Hometown Hero.

 

 

 

6. Please address how the nominee displays the qualities of creativity, initiative and leadership through his or her volunteer contributions to the organization.

 

 

 

7. How has the nominee helped improve the organization for which he/she volunteers?

 

 

 

 

Thank you for nominating a Hometown Hero!

[singlepic id=196 w=320 h=240 mode=watermark float=]Members of  Houston Ministers Against Crime may not be working closely with the Houston Police Department right now but they haven’t faded into the background.

The Insite has learned the group is gearing up for the end of the school year.

They’re going to five different school districts in our area to ensure there is a peaceful ending to the last day of class.

[singlepic id=197 w=320 h=240 float=]Charles Johnson says they will go to any school where they are needed to diffuse a potentially volatile situation.

Johnson says it’s a program they played a significant role in for the last six years in the Houston area.

Members say they’ve been successful at keeping violence down with students who respect the ministers who role up their sleeves and walk onto their campuses!

 

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPHER MARRONE STAR OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN VS. ZOMBIES!

[singlepic id=191 w=640 h=480 float=]

It’s that time of the year when some very fun movies will be coming to the big screen and straight to DVD.  One of my favorites is Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies.  It’s a movie set in the 1800’s during the Civil War. Union and Confederate soldiers are fighting more than just each other for the future of the country in this movie. They’re fighting zombies under the guidance of the 16th President of the United States.  One of the key characters in the movie is Pat Garrett.  He’s  brilliantly played by Atlanta based actor Christopher Marrone (Twitter: @crmarrone).  The Insite did a Q&A with the rising star and here’s what he had to say about the role in the fun science fiction movie that’s being released on DVD this week:

[singlepic id=194 w=640 h=480 float=]

The Insite: What can sci-fi and zombie fans expect in Abraham Lincoln versus Zombies?

C Marrone: Sci-fi and Zombie fans can expect a nice “alternate history” storyline, with an amazing ending and a heck of a lot of Zombies. There are a lot of zombies in this film, that not many of the viewers will get to see and so many wonderful people came out to portray these zombies which was amazing to see. There is a bit of stretch to include certain historical characters into the storyline but it works out well if the viewer can stretch their imagination…which I think should be possible with a ZOMBIE movie haha.

The Insite: How will you distinguish your production from the soon to be released Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter?


C Marrone: I think the initial reviews and overall acceptance to our film, Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies, speaks for itself. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter is a Big Budget film and I am sure it will be a great film, the director at the helm of that movie, directed one of my favorite films: “Wanted.” With our cast and crew, we knew what we were up against and knew the challenge of a much lower budgeted film and we executed it well in my opinion. My hats are off to everyone in front of the camera and ESPECIALLY everyone behind the camera.

[singlepic id=193 w=640 h=480 float=]

The Insite: What role did you play in the film and how did you prepare for the role?

C Marrone: I played the role of Pat Garrett, as we all know he is famous for the supposed killing of Billy the Kid. Prior to filming there was a lot of research done for who Garrett was but since Lincoln vs Zombies took place before all his notoriety, it allowed me to put my own take on Garrett’s younger years. The hardest part was maintaining the southern accent I gave Garret. Keeping it the same, meant I had to keep it off camera as well, that was my biggest challenge as my accent would change randomly as I was hanging out with people on set haha they all got use to it.

The Insite: What will be the big selling point of this film to movie lovers around the country?

C Marrone: I think the fact that we were able to make an 1850s action period piece with Zombies in it for around 150k give or take, speaks volumes for what the cast and crew created. This is a fun film! Its a Horror Action Thriller so no one should expect something other than an awesome perfomance by Bill Oberts Jr. as Lincoln and a great amount of zombie heads flying 😀 Zombie lovers all over the world will hopefully enjoy this film and enjoy seeing Good Ole’ Abe kicking more then just Vampire ass 😀
[singlepic id=195 w=640 h=480 float=]

The Insite: Would you describe making AL Vs. Zombies a lot of hard work or lots of fun?

C Marrone: Every day on that set was a blast. It was tough and there were a few days that were the lowest but it comes that way with any production.Richard Schenkman (Director) had a lot of pressure that I didn’t know about and I am sure most of the cast did not, but during that time he was still able to work with us and get us to bring the story to life. I made some life long friends on that set and those friendships have carried into my everyday life. I enjoyed working with everyone and would do it again. I wouldn’t have got the opportunity if a certain casting director, Darla Clarkson, wasn’t a fan of mine, so I’m definitely thankful for her. One of my great friends today, Ron Ogden, him and I have continued to work together on our own projects and plan even more in the future. Here is a link to a short sketch we both created, after filming was over for Lincoln vs Zombies.(Baby Norman and Sean Freeland both fellow friends and cast mates from Lincoln vs Zombies are in this sketch) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjD9gnnYiCk

The Insite: What is your next movie project?

C Marrone: Currently I have a couple films lined up, One is a film that is based on the most law enforcement officer killings in American, done by the Young brothers (referred to as the young brothers massacre) the film is entitled “Come On In We’re Dead” and I am signed on as one of the Young brothers. Also there is another horror film, The Silent Darkness, that’s on my plate which begins filming later this year which I am excited about. Also a couple projects that I can’t say much about but once its set in stone and I can speak on it, You will be the first to know 🙂 

The Insite: How did you catch the acting bug?

C Marrone: Both my Mother and Father were actors, they first met each other working on an Off-Broadway production in New York…so you could say its in my genes. I always wanted to get involved with film in whichever way possible, just wanted to work within my dream. However, the moment that solidified me to commit to acting was when: I use to play college football and right after my time was done playing, one of my Coaches called me up. He said “Hey Chris, I have this casting person calling me looking for football players who can act, I know you have wanted to get into film, would you want to do it?” I was like “Sure, I’ll go for it.” I ended up auditioning for this film, “Field of Vision” and it was my first REAL audition for a very big time casting director, Shay Griffin, I was the first one there and the first one in. I walked into that audition and I don’t know what it was but Shay to a liking to me, she could have turned me away as there were about 50 more people waiting outside to audition but she didn’t. Shay worked with me for an close to an hour, giving me other scenes to prepare for and had me do it deliver the lines differently. When I got done and was leaving, she looked at me and said, “Chris you have a natural talent to you, you should keep this up, I think you will do very well in this business.” I did get a principal role in the film and ever since then I have kept going at it headstrong, it was a huge blessing that I thank God everyday for that happening. With the support of my family, my friends, my girlfriend and my mentor Patrick ‘P-nut’ Monroe, who have all played a vital role into my “somewhat of success” I have so far. I am beyond thankful for each of them and know the future is bright as long as I keep myself surrounded by them.

The Insite: When can Houston fans expect to see you in the Bayou City?


C Marrone: I have not been to Houston yet but I would love to go. I am currently looking at some flights right now so maybe sooner than you think…Bayou City Look Out! 😀

[singlepic id=188 w=640 h=480 mode=watermark float=]

[singlepic id=190 w=640 h=480 float=]

Roger Contreras has been fighting cancer for the last for years but while trying to save his own life he’s focused on the children.  Contreras is working on a pilot program that will feed 50 underprivileged kids who may not otherwise get a hot meal after the school week.  The program would provide meals for the kids to take home over the weekend after leaving school.  But Contreras needs the community’s help and volunteerism to get the program off the ground.  If you’d like to know how to get involved follow the link below!

http://thegivingbackgroup.org/

 

 

SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF: HIDDEN CHARGES!

[singlepic id=189 w=640 h=480 mode=watermark float=]

A Houston woman is shocked and upset after checking her receipt from a local restaurant.  That receipt shows the customer is being charged an extra 15 cents for simply using the drive thru. I attempted to get a comment from the Houston restaurant but they kept me on hold so long I actually forgot what I was calling about.  This is your warning to always check your receipt for those hidden CHARGES!

RALLYING THE TROOPS FOR TEXAS PRIMARY IN HARRIS COUNTY!

image

Tuesday will be a big day for Democrats and Republicans in HARRIS County.  It will be primary time abduction both camps are rallying their troops to be ready for any problems at the polls.  There are 1.9 million registered voters in Harris County and a lot is at stake.  The Democrats have put out a call for emergency judges while the Republicans are beeping up their volunteer ranks!