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NO INTEREST if paid within 12 months. R the LSTAm s s L o mi e A r.c n’t stat dSta o D l E en ea rtB d Rw.Fo n Be ww rt Fo LONE STAR FLOORS 10009 HIGHWAY 6 SOUTH (between Bissonnet & Old Richmond) 281.564.1345 ow Sh The Fort Bend / Southwest STAR 4655 Techniplex Dr. Suite 300, Stafford, Texas 77477 E-Mail: • Website: Office: 281-690-4200 • Fax: 281-690-4250 • TOLL FREE 1-888-430-7478 Volume XXXVI • No. 40 large turnout at the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting. Wednesday night’s Stafford's The approval of a Specific Use City Council meeting was held at Permit (SUP) would allow for the Stafford Civic Center instead the commercially zoned property, of City Hall which is their normal located at Promenade Blvd. and place of assembly. The agenda Highway 90-A (250-feet back) to item for Carson Companies is an become light industrial. important topic to community Three entrances to the members and residents of the building would be accessible Promenade subdivision, as from Promenade while only was evident from last week’s one driveway would serve as an By Karen Daniels have three newcomers and new leadership heading into the next school year.  In a special two-part meeting May 19, the three newly elected members--Jason Burdine, Position 1 serving the west side of the district;  Kristin Tassin, Position 4, at-large;  and KP George, Position 5 in the east side of the district--took the oath of office.  All three will serve three year terms. The board also held its officer elections. Position 2 board member and former assistant secretary Grayle James was selected as board president for the 2014–15 school year, replacing Jim Rice, who was elected for his second term in community was 2013. Position 7 board member evident early Dave Rosenthal replaced when he became outgoing Susan Hohnbaum as the an Eagle Scout. board’s vice president. Position He continued 6 board member Jenny Bailey that commitment was selected as the board’s by serving his new secretary, replacing former James Richard, Jr. country as a JAG trustee Bruce Albright. Prosecutor in the Army reaching Outgoing trustees the rank of Major. He did 6 Outgoing board president Jim years of active duty followed by Rice thanked, Hohnbaum, Taylor, the Army Reserves and Texas and Albright for their service. National Guard for over 20 years. "Serving on a school board is Jim followed his military JAG a hard job.  It takes a lot of time, service by joining the Fort Bend a lot of commitment and a lot of County District Attorney’s Office thick skin", Rice said.  as a prosecutor until he was Albright and Taylor were elected Justice of the Peace for not reelected in May. Albright Precinct 4 in 1998. He continued provided three years of service TRIBUTE, continued on page 5 NEW TRUSTEES, on page 5 Community salutes high school seniors joining military service By Elsa Maxey In a show for love of country and those protecting freedom, life and liberty, Fort Bend residents’ enthusiastic participation in annual Memorial Day observances is what is so patriotic about living here. There was a Memorial Day service honoring and saluting military fallen heroes at Sugar Land Memorial Park this Monday with an impressive color guard of four uniformed young ladies from the Travis High School Marine Corps ROTC. A Memorial Day annual service in Fulshear was also held in honor of veterans at its Fort Bend salutes America To schedule appointment, call: DR. SURYA RAGUTHU ACE Pain Management & Physical Therapy Hours: Monday-Friday 8am - 6pm • Saturday 8am - 12pm 1235 LAKE POINTE PARKWAY, SUITE 103 • SUGAR LAND, TX 77478 832-532-0050 • WWW.ACEPAIN.COM Wednesday, May 28, 2014 PROMENADE, continued on page 5 Tribute to a servant... Jim Richard The skies cleared and the rain stopped Tuesday afternoon as Fort Bend County paid tribute to Judge Jim Richard Jr. celebrating his life, his commitment to his family, and his service to his country and community. James Enos Richard, Jr., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, after a long and valiant fight with brain cancer. His life exemplified his commitment to serve his family and community. Jim was a graduate of Strake Jesuit High School, The University of Texas and the University Of Houston School Of Law. His commitment to • PAIN MANAGEMENT • PHYSICAL THERAPY • WORK COMPENSATION • SPECIAL SERVICES entrance on Highway 90. The Civic Center is much larger than council chambers and provides an increase in formalities. The passionate concern community members had shown the week before at the P&Z meeting was stilted due to the recognition of the newly and re-elected council New trustees & new officers at Fort Bend ISD next year By LeaAnne Klentzman LET US HELP. Another Successful Surf Up! Promenade subdivision victorious over light industrial   As the 2013-14 school year comes to a close, the Fort Bend ISD board of trustees has some challenges on tap for next year, not the least of which is resolving the school boundary issue.  The board will DO YOU HAVE PAIN? Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage • Check our website Long night in Stafford for SUP denial By Betsy Dolan • FULL KITCHEN & BATHROOM REMODELING • PAINT • TILE • CARPET • WOOD • LAMINATE & MORE... program in appreciation of past and present military service. Let’s not forget the many American flags displayed throughout the Fort Bend communities honoring the country’s heroes. Also locally, kicking off the national observance, HS SENIORS, continued on page 5 “Our beach party is becoming the social event of the year,” said L.E.A.F. President Judi Vernon. “More than 1,200 people enjoyed dancing to the Triumphs, and after the bills were paid, more than $86,000 was raised to underwrite teacher grants for next fall! Huggins Elementary, with a little help from friends, paid $15,000 for a cake at Surf’s Up.  Joe Rangel with Allegiance Roofing, Friends of Huggins, HDH Instruments, Simonton Veterinary, and State Representative John Zerwas M.D. contributed to helped Huggins set the record amount paid for a cake.  See related article on page 3 St. Laurence expansion approved by city council has the other side been perfect", said Bill Hinckl, a member of St. Sugar Land's City Council Laurence's building committee. approved a conditional-use "We do not want to ruin anyone's permit allowing St. Laurence quality of life. We hope we can Catholic Church to build an get past this". 80,000-square-foot education Cindy Highsmith, who lives center and day-care facility on in the Colony Park subdivision the southeast corner of Austin and whose back yard will face Parkway and Sweetwater the new $16.5 million building, told the council that the city's promise to build a master planned community has been broken. "At the end of the day, there will be an 80,000 square foot building--a commercially sized sense of urgency in order to have building--in a small area zoned By Karen Daniels the field ready for the 2014/15 R-1 residential. The precedent Last week a special joint football season. for Sugar Land is alarming", budget session was held at the But before they could discuss Highsmith said. request of the SMSD Board with the turf and track, a topic that Colony Park property Stafford City Council. During was not covered at the last owners, many of whom are St. SMSD’s last regular board joint budget meeting due to Laurence parishioners, have meeting, after approving the time constraints was put on repeatedly said they understand funding of district-wide projects, the agenda first. The topic was the need for the building but the Board ran out of residual diversity. Typically there are had wanted it moved closer 2011 bond fund money to fully two hours allotted for these to the street. The church has cover the costs of the new turf meetings. The first hour was a maintained that the building and track at the stadium. A presentation by Mayor Scarcella needs to be set back from the motion was made by Trustee about the SMSD breakaway road to preserve parking and to Rodney Butler to have the joint story and the declining numbers help safely funnel pedestrians meeting so the topic of funding to the crosswalks. could be discussed. There was a SMSD, continued on page 5 By Betsy Dolan Safford MSD new turf and track on hold Whisper stop leads to cash and drugs Free Ride ST. LAURENCE on page 5 law enforcement to share in the profits of the drug smuggling Shh, just between us, there’s industry. Locals make the stop some dope on US 59 headed and everyone gets a piece of the your way. pie. When they “bust” a cash Another week; transport they divvy it another whisper stop up amongst the current nets Task Force a load members of the Task of cash. Force each taking a “Whisper Stop” is the share; even the District term used when federal Attorney’s Office gets a narcotics agents give cut for prosecuting the local law enforcement a offenders. Isidro Sosa “head’s up” on money, A couple of weeks drugs or contraband they know ago the Fort Bend Narcotics will be traveling through their Task Force, in conjunction with area. Those types of cases are the federal government, made the foundation of HIDTA (High another highway cash seizure. Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Groups. In short, it is a way for local WHISPER, continued on page 10 By LeaAnne Klentzman Photo by Mary Favre At Constellation Field, Fort Bend recognizes high school graduating seniors enlisting in the armed forces. Boulevard. The unanimous vote came after a contentious 13-month process that pitted the growing church's need for more space against near-by homeowners who say the large building will reduce property values and their quality of life. "We have not been perfect, nor By LeaAnne Klentzman Ok, so sometimes folks get so frustrated that they think about doing crazy CRIMINAL OF THE WEEK things but…this guy, WOW! Recently, an estate sale was held in the Sugar Creek subdivision. Evidently it was not properly permitted thus violating the HOA rules; so the local HOA representative stopped in and forced the sale to close.  As the sale was coming to an end, that HOA rep “became DUMB FREE, continued on page 5

May 28, 2014 - Fort Bend Community Newspaper

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