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Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage • Check our website Volume XXXVI • No. 18 LCISD responds to inappropriate bachelorette party claim Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Toys for Tots / Santa’s Exchange Party – yes, dildos – no employees at the building, confirmed that a reception The occurrence of an alleged was held for 45 minutes on bachelorette party for a Lamar “October 25 and (it) occurred Consolidated Independent School during the lunch hour, starting District (LCISD) employee has at approximately 11:30.” He been confirmed by the school said this was a come-and-go district, but without dildos, “with people stopping by for according to a school district a snack and leaving a gift,” so spokesperson, who also referred those attending did not stay the to the party as a reception. entire time. “But based on the The school district’s information we gathered, the Communications Coordinator number wasn’t very large,” he Phillip Sulak told the "Star" said. in response to a taxpayer’s The citizen complaint sent concerns and inquiry about the to the "Star" alleges that a alleged incident that, “There bachelorette party at the LCISD was a reception of sorts at the administration building took Administration Annex, located place during school hours on Avenue N in Rosenberg, for (confirmed to be between 8 a.m. someone who is getting married and 4:30 p.m.), with top LCISD in the near future.” He later said officials, and that it lasted for the employee was now already three hours and “among other married. things, dildos were displayed Sulak, who indicated he LCISD, continued on page 8 spoke to several school district By Elsa Maxey Fort Bend ISD sees changes coming in next UIL realignment By Betsy Dolan Fort Bend ISD expects to see another round of changes when the University Interscholastic League announces the newest realignment in February. The changes are not expected to be as significant as in 2012 when the district added an 11th school and had to be broken up. "It's the nature of the beast every two years", said Fort Bend ISD Athletic Director, Philip O'Neal. "But we know that rivalries will continue, new ones will be made, and that Fort Bend schools will still be playing Fort Bend schools." The UIL released their initial plans in early December which includes a name change for the classifications. Every team bumps up a division so that Ninja power six-man football will be renamed Class 1A; Class 1A becomes 2A and current 5A schools will be grouped in Class 6A. The UIL also tweaked enrollment requirements with Class 6A at 2,100 and above and Class 5A at 1,060-2,099. Based on that, current 5A schools Bush and Elkins will drop down to join Marshall, Ridge Point and Willowridge in the lower classification. Clements, Dulles, Kempner, Hightower, Travis and Austin will play in 6A. O'Neal said the district's 5A school enrollments will make them competitive but the bigger discrepancy is in the 6A division where enrollment numbers in Fort Bend schools are closer to the bottom of the range. "It's a challenge because our 6A schools could possibly face teams in the playoffs like Plano with an enrollment of over 5,000 kids", O'Neal said. The UIL had always kept By LeaAnne Klentzman DUMB After this kind of stupid, wanna bet just who’s gonna get the last CRIMINAL laugh? OF THE WEEK Ya’ see there was this pack-o-Judges, they were the wisest in the land… ok, so they are supposed to be smart and they were warned… “Take a Bailiff with you,” but Nooooo, they are lawyers! Well, fast forward to their Christmas party/dinner/holiday celebration; call it what you will, but as they dined….out in NINJA, continued on page 8 FBSID, continued on page 8 Photo by Ed Lee (Top Photo): The Toys for Tots/Santa’s Exchange turned out over 1,000 volunteers leading up to and including the day of the event with this group that includes high school students representing the morning shift the day of the event. (Left photo): Exchange Club of Sugar Land co-chairs  Farha Ahmed  (right)  and  Kevin Barker (left) join  Carolyn Tarver (center)  of  Project S.M.I.L.E. as parents “shopped” for gifts donated for needy children in Fort Bend during this past Saturday’s Toys for Tots/Santa’s Exchange held at First Colony Church of Christ in Sugar Land. Toys for Tots/Santa’s Exchange service beyond self project effort rooted in tribute to Stan By Elsa Maxey  The Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Toys for Tots, Sugar Land Rotary and the Exchange Club of Fort Bend along with so many other volunteers are responsible for bringing needy children Christmas cheer this year.  This past Saturday at First Colony Church of Christ on First Colony Boulevard in Sugar Land over 5,000 children were provided with toys that would have otherwise not come their way. Imagine their faces!  Santa Claus and a bunch of volunteers, the elves, were all part of the entertainment that included games and fun craft projects. Parents, sent an invitation to visit had signed up on the Toys for Tots website and were helped by elves, as they “shopped” for three new toys for each child, while the kids were being entertained.  “This process is so unique, nobody gives toys like this,” said Farha Ahmed, co-chair of the Exchange Club of Sugar Land noting that this turns out to be a shopping experience, not a hand out, and a good fit of the donated and purchased toys for the children, and also for older kids, like teenagers, who get gift cards.  Ahmed said any left over toys are donated to places like Bethel Ministries, the Fort Bend Women’s Center and other agencies that have toy drives. Almost going on 20 years, the renamed Toys for Tots/Santa's Exchange this year was a huge success, reports Sue Lockwood with the Exchange Club of Sugar Land. She credits the cooperation of all the service agencies, co-chairs Farha Ahmed and Kevin Barker, along TOYS FOR TOTS, continued on page 8 A tale of two hotels starring the City of Stafford By Karen Daniels Chris Riggs, Building and Zoning Administrator for the City of Stafford, introduced a Specific Use Permit (SUP) request to the Planning and Zoning Commission for Towne Place Suites to build a four-story hotel on the 2.4 acres located on Fountaindale Drive, directly next door to the Staybridge Suites. Nupen Patel and Rahul Bijlani, representatives from K&K Hotel Group, are making the request to build the 96-room, mid-market, extended stay hotel. The average duration for a stay at this type of hotel is between five days and one month. According to research presented by K&K, “Stafford’s hotel revenues have increased 15% a year for the last three years.” The majority of rooms are considered studios with kitchenettes and work stations, but some rooms will be available with one or two bedrooms. Amenities like free Wi-Fi and food and beverage availability are provided for the “no-frills experience for the business person that wants to get in and get out.” The hotel representative are predicting 15 to 20 new permanent jobs will be created, aside from obtaining bids from local businesses during the construction phase. When the public hearing was opened, Nazar Momin, owner of Staybridge Suites, said that he is in favor of “controlled growth” in the City of Stafford. It has taken him “two years to finally be able to pay the bills” and he’s worried that a new, very similar hotel right next door to his, will hurt business. He would “prefer that they wait three to four years for the project” so that he may be better established. K&K Hotel Group said that the project will take at least 18 months to complete. The design and planning will take four to five months and they hope to break ground in July or August of 2014. K&K further added that the two hotels are not direct competitors and Towne Place Suites is “one tier below” Staybridge Suites. City Attorney, Art Pertile, advised the Planning and Zoning Commission that they were not to base their recommendation to Council on the fact that there will be two hotels next door to each other, but on the fact that their request meets the City’s requirements. The Commission unanimously made the recommendation for their approval to City Council. Stafford P&Z recommend consultant for Comprehensive Development Plan By Karen Daniels It’s been 44 years since the City of Stafford has initiated a comprehensive development plan, but now they are one step closer to making this happen. Shad Comeaux, an urban planner with Freese and Nichols, gave a presentation to the December’s Planning and Zoning Commission about his company and what the City of Stafford can expect from them. Freese and Nichols was selected by the City working through H-GAC’s list of precertified consultants. They were founded in 1894 as engineering company, but over time have adapted to also include planning, architecture, environmental Richmond prepares for projected Townwest murder solved growth with master plan development of a comprehensive master plan that will help guide By the time spring rolls round, the city's development for the the City of Richmond will be in next 20 years. The plan must the midst of a re-birth, thanks be in place by May 2014. to a bounty of undeveloped "Our existing plan dates land and freedom that comes back to the early 1940’s, so from a new city charter we have decided to formulate approved by voters in May. a new modernized plan that City leaders have hired a makes sense for today and Houston urban planning firm, tomorrow’s Richmond", said Kendig Keast, to help in the Mayor Evalyn Moore. By Betsy Dolan Last May, Richmond voters approved a change to the city's charter from general law to home rule and ok'd a planning and zoning board. The changes mean Richmond can now use its city charter to govern its own affairs rather than rely on state statues. In addition, citizens can push for change RICHMOND, continued on page 8 STAFFORD, continued on page 8 last suspect arrested By LeaAnne Klentzman Demetrius Stalling A murder in the Townewest subdivision has been solved and five of the six suspects are in custody. On Wednesday, December 4, Sheriffs deputies responded to a homicide in the 14200 block of Bay Gardens in Townewest. The man who discovered the grisly scene was the brother of the victim, 32-yearold Antonio Cesar Hinojosa. According to Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel, TOWNWEST, continued on page 8

December 18, 2013 - Fort Bend Community Newspaper

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