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Winning isn’t everything. 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. 2 “Woodstock Revival” September 14 Finding cause of 44 stomach bug cases underway By Elsa Maxey CYCLOSPORA, continued on page 8 Rat Tales By LeaAnne Klentzman It has come to our attention that a package from an internet company shipped a CRIMINAL rat to a Sugar OF THE WEEK Land customer. Clearly that was a mistake; the company apologized ordering a refund and credit. However, could that mistake be the brainchild for a new…business. You know, we are all about small business, right? Heck, even the IRS is DUMB RAT, continued on page 8 TOM MALER 4405 Highway 6 • Sugar Land 281-203-6900 Some discounts, coverages, payment plans and features are not available in all states or all GEICO companies. GEICO is a registered service mark of Government Employees Insurance Company, Washington, D.C. 20076; a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary. GEICO Gecko image © 1999-2012. © 2012 GEICO. Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage • Check our website Cyclospora parasite comes to Fort Bend Fort Bend County Health & Human Services advises that work continues with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) as it investigates a food-borne intestinal illness caused by a parasite found in foods. The cyclospora parasite, typically spread through feces-tainted produce, is responsible for a total of 44 stomach issues reported in Fort Bend, the number of cases as of this Tuesday, said Melanie Manville, Public Health Information Specialist with the county’s health department. Of that number, 36 are lab confirmed and eight are probable, she said. “The number of cases is not increasing, no more people are getting sick, we’re just finding out about more of them,” explained Manville about the outbreak noting that the CDC visited with health officials last week and are now back in Atlanta. “The cases are from throughout the county,” and Manville also told the "Star" that a city-specific breakdown was not available. Persons subjected to cyclospora report symptoms that include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, abdomen pain, and those with these conditions are asked see their doctor, advises the county health department. In the meantime, there’s an in-depth investigation to Saving hundreds on car insurance is. Sugar Land voters to decide $50 million bond referendum for parks projects By Betsy Dolan Leading up to the general election on November 5, the City of Sugar Land will spend the early fall making sure voters understand the $50 million dollar bond measure involving three parks propositions. Those three measures are: Photo by Andy Wolf • Proposition 1--65-acre THE GROOVY PARTY PRESENTS: Woodstock an Aquarian Dinner and Auction, 3 Hours of Peace & community park at Chatham Music. Local singing legends Gail Best, Zach Crawford, David Daniels, Debbie Fancher, Jake Messinger Avenue and Easton Avenue, and Bruce Mercer will perform a Woodstock Revival guaranteed to be a memorable performance like $18.5 million the1969 Woodstock Festival, 3 Days of Peace & Music. The Groovy party is sponsored by Legacy Ford and all funds raised will benefit Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels. Pictured L to R Front Row: Ron Ewer (FBS Board Member, Legacy Ford Title Sponsor), Juliana Ewer (Legacy Ford Title Sponsor), David Vasquez (Chairman of the Board, Fort Bend Seniors), Amy Mitchell, Sugar Land City Council Member and Groovy Party Co-Chair, Manuela Arroyos (CEO Fort Bend Seniors), Pictured Back Row: Jake Messinger (Co-Chair Groovy Party). See related article on page 3 Congressman Al Green hosts Town Hall meeting in Stafford By Karen Daniels Last Friday, August 23, Congressman Al Green was in town to touch base with his constituents and provide a legislative update. The Congressman is serving his 5th term in the 9th Congressional District of the House of Representatives. He currently serves on the Financial Services Committee, and within the Democratic Party, he holds the position of Assistant Whip. Mayor Leonard Scarcella made his introduction with a story of Congressman Green's help with the 2008 Hurricane Ike aftermath. "Because of that, we will be ready for the next emergency. This is the type of Congressman that Al Green is." The Congressman spoke about several pieces of legislature that he has worked on Al Green that benefits veterans. He said, "If we can spend one trillion dollars to send these kids to fight for our freedom, we can spend one Parking lot Troll in custody  By LeaAnne Klentzman Last week we told readers about an exposure incident at a local church. This week we can announce that the Sugar Land Police have arrested the offender. On August 15, 2013 at about 9:20 in the morning Sugar Land Police responded to an indecent exposure call in the parking lot of the Sugar Creek Baptist Church, located at 13333 Southwest Freeway. Sugar Land Police spokesman Doug Adolph said, “A woman said she parked her car and was walking to the church when she saw a man sitting in a vehicle with his pants down performing a sexual act on AL GREEN, continued on page 8 himself while parents were dropping off their children.” The woman reported the offensive behavior to one Anthony Chin of the church’s pastors who had the wherewithal to take a picture of the suspect, his car, and his license plate. Adolph said, “Police later located the vehicle at a house in Katy.” On August 22, Anthony Brian Chin, 31, of Katy, was arrested at Sugar Land Police Department and charged with indecent exposure. • Proposition 2--Phase 2 of the Brazos River Park and adjacent festival site, $21.3 million • Proposition 3--10-mile connecting network of hike and bike trails and bridges, $10.2 million The bond measure was developed because of a lack of progress and reliable funding for new recreation projects included in the City's Master Plan. The SUGAR LAND, continued on page 8 Vietnam veteran is finally reunited with dog tag 45 years later By Betsy Dolan Thanks to an Australian teacher's love of Vietnam War history and the power of social media, a Vietnam veteran who lives in Sugar Land finally has one of his dog tags back 45 years-almost to the day-- after it went missing. On Saturday at the VFW hall in Missouri City, Lanny Martinson was honored for his service in Vietnam and for the amazing story of his dog tag that John Naesmith, (left) the Australian resulted in an international search teacher who found the dog tag near and a happy ending. an old airstrip in Khe Sahn, gives it back to Vietnam veteran Lanny VIETMAN, continued on page 8 Martinson. FBISD Holds Convocation 2013 will be closed for LABOR DAY Monday, September 2 Classified / Ads deadline is this Friday at 5 p.m. The office will open Tuesday at 9 a.m. More than 9,500 Fort Bend ISD employees came together to celebrate the start of the new school year during the District’s Convocation 2013. Held at Constellation Field and underwritten by the Fort Bend Education Foundation, the event gave FBISD employees an opportunity to reunite with colleagues and friends, hear motivational speeches, and enjoy live musical performances. FBISD employees filled the stadium during their Convocation 2013. See related article on page 13 Turn your unwanted precious metals into CA$H! 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August 28, 2013 - Fort Bend Community Newspaper

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