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List your car for sale online FREE at 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 TOM MALER 281-203-6900 4405 Highway 6 • Sugar Land Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage • Check our website Volume XXXV • No. 48 Sugar Land Rotary’s Annual Fall Classic Set for Sept 7 Wednesday, July 17, 2013 FBISD Board approves three percent salary increase for employees employees at its July 8 meeting. The district will see a total With Fort Bend ISD expecting of $27 million over the next to see an additional $18.1 two years due to the passage million this school year thanks of HB 5. to House Bill 5 which restored The BOT had already some public school funding, approved a two percent salary Sugar Land Rotary is hosting its annual fundraiser, Fall Classic, on September 7 at Constellation Field, home of the Board of Trustees approved increase earlier this summer the Skeeters. Proceeds from the event will fund the many organizations Sugar Land Rotary supports throughout an additional one percent after staff reviewed the salaries the year. This year’s theme, Grand Slam Home Run Party at the Ball Park, celebrates baseball and Sugar Land’s salary increase for all district in surrounding districts and community spirit. The evening event features dinner, a live auction, a bid board, happy hour, tours of the stadium, music, and a raffle of a brand new Chevy Sonic or Cruze. The event is co-sponsored by Classic Chevrolet. Title sponsor Classic Chevrolet representatives join Sugar Land Rotarians around this year’s raffle prize, a choice of a 2013 Chevy Cruze or Sonic, courtesy of Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land. See related article on page 4 By Betsy Dolan proposed a series of adjustments for staff not currently exceeding the maximum pay grade. This additional one percent increase is estimated to raise the district’s General Fund and Food Service budgets by $3,661,948 and $338,475, respectively. FBISD, continued on page 4 Memorial service to be held for Beverly Carter Action allows Eminent Domain proceedings for Spur 10 to begin eminent domain to obtain right of way property required to widen Spur 10. The property lies along Gerken and Hartledge roads between SH 36 and U.S. 59, and consists of about 55 parcels of land. As previously reported by the "Star", which is stated in the resolution, the improvements to Spur 10 are intended to increase safety, access, and mobility for the traveling public and will also add capacity for projected population growth. A portion of Spur 10, according to an accounting, had almost 1,200 vehicles traveling on it each day in 2005, and projections stated that the same part of the road would have close to 3,000 vehicles per day in 2025. and manage its operations to prevent the loss of physical and In what's being called the first mental abilities that can occur of it's kind in Fort Bend County, in the elderly when they are OakBend Medical Center has hospitalized. announced plans to create an It's something OakBend Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Medical Center CEO, Joe unit that will be dedicated to Freudenberger learned first hand serving only geriatric patients. when his 91-year old father was The unit will be housed on hospitalized last year. the fourth floor of the hospital's “Younger people want to Jackson Street location in get out of the hospital so they Richmond. Utilizing the most do what they need to do,” recent research on geriatric care, Freudenberger said. “But Oak Bend will design the unit the elderly are different and sometimes they don't have the will to do what it takes. Which is why, Freudenberger says, the elderly need a specialized environment that encourages them to eat, to be up and moving and to get reengaged with their families. The ACE unit will look more like a home-setting rather than a typical hospital floor. Patient rooms and hallways will have comfortable furniture, artwork By Elsa Maxey After a closed door session of the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court on July 9, its unanimous action allows the county to move forward on eminent domain proceedings for acquiring land for Spur 10, one of Fort Bend’s mobility projects. In October 2012, commissioners passed a resolution for using ACTION, continued on page 4 Beverly Carter Scholarship Fund Established A memorial service for Beverly Karen Carter will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 10:30 am at the Stafford Civic Center located at 1415 Constitution in Stafford, Texas. This is NOT the Stafford Centre (Performing Arts). It is the CIVIC CENTER on Staffordshire at Constitution near the Stafford School Complex. Friends, colleagues and family who prefer State University to honor Beverly’s alumni and Carter’s memory in lieu of granddaughter, flowers may contribute Kathryn Kluge, is to the Beverly Carter currently attending Community Newspaper the university. Scholarship. The Donations should Scholarship was be sent to Texas Beverly K. Carter established at the State University, School of Journalism and Attn: Donor Services Beverly Mass Communication at Carter Scholarship JCK-480, Texas State University in 601 University Drive, San her memory. Carter’s son, Marcos, Texas 78666 or call Michael Fredrickson, is a Texas 512-245-3022. But only southbound OakBend Medical Center to add U-Turn extension for U.S. 59 @ specialized unit for the elderly Grand Parkway coming soon By Betsy Dolan OAKBEND, continued on page 4 Texting and driving? City of Stafford recognizes past - welcomes future By LeaAnne Klentzman Last week's Stafford City Council meeting began with a moment of silence in honor of Beverly Carter, publisher of the “Fort Bend Star”. Mayor Leonard Scarcella and Bev Carter go back 35 years. He said Bev was, "someone who inspired people with her sincere reporting of the news, unabashed." The Mayor shared a story about the City's struggle to start their own school district. Bev Carter started the paper when SMSD was getting "heavy traction" and going before the federal courts. "Bev Carter stood with Stafford" and without her support "SMSD would have So, there was a three car pileup on Highway 6 near Luby’s the other CRIMINAL OF THE WEEK day. Just scant minutes after the crash a Good Samaritan stopped to ask if everyone was okay.  Interestingly, noted the Good Samaritan, all of the occupants were out of their vehicles and communicating….just not with each other.  Yep, each of them were out of their vehicle and DUMB TEXTING, continued on page 5 By Karen Daniels By Elsa Maxey In the fall, there will be a southbound U-Turn extension of U.S. 59 at State Highway 99/the Grand Parkway for more access to the U Turn lane. It is intended to relieve traffic backing up to the highway’s off ramp. This month the Sugar Land City Council authorized a construction contract to ISI Contracting, which was selected among four bidders. The amount authorized is not to exceed $82,260 along with a budget amendment of a little over $10,000 for the extension of a U-Turn deceleration lane at the U.S. 59/Highway 99 site. Almost two years ago, the city studied concepts along both 59 northbound and southbound frontage roads at SH 99 with an aim at alleviating traffic concerns in the area, reports the city. Extensions on both areas for acceleration and deceleration lanes were provided to TxDOT, but only one of them passed muster. A proposed acceleration lane along the northbound frontage road of U.S. 59 at the Greatwood entrance was nixed. This was due to the need of right-of-way and environmental clearance, which TxDOT said it did not want to pursue, according to the city. But TxDOT concurred with Sugar Land to proceed with the implementation of the U-Turn had an even tougher time." He named her as a personal, professional, sincere friend and encouraged the public to attend her memorial at the Stafford Civic Center, July 20 at 10:30 a.m.. The day before the City Council meeting, at the Planning & Zoning meeting, City Engineer, Charles Russell, brought before Council the "Comprehensive Plan", the City's blueprint that was originally written in 1971. At that time, the population of Stafford was 2,901, and 80% of land was vacant, unlike today where almost 90% of the land is now occupied. Mr. Russell made the request CITY, continued on page 4 U-Turn extension U.S. 59 at Grand Parkway Turn your unwanted precious metals into CA$H! Sell your gold, silver and copper directly to the refinery -- No Middle Man! 3599 Highway 6 Gold & Silver Refinery extension along the southbound frontage road of U.S. 59. 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