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The City of Sugar Land looks at redeveloping the land where the Central State Prison once operated. See related story at www.fortbendstar.com
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Carter Publications Inc., owners of the Fort Bend Star, Fort Bend Business Journal and Star Video have tapped a new management team, effective immediately. Jonathan McElvy, who has worked in newspapers across the Houston metro area for more than eight years, has been named publisher
of The Star and to me, and it’s imFort Bend Business portant to the legacy Journal, according my mother left, that to Michael Fredwe do everything rickson, president of possible to give our Carter Publications readers a strong, Inc. community news“I have gotten to paper, and I believe McELVY know Jonathan over JONATHAN Jonathan can help Publisher the past year, and us get there.” we’ve had a lot of conversaMcElvy was formerly tions about The Star and my vice president of content for desire to see it grow,” Fred- Houston Community Newsrickson said. “It’s important papers from 2006-2012. In
July 2012, he purchased The Leader newspaper, which covers the Heights, Garden Oaks and Oak Forest areas of Houston. He will continue to own and operate The Leader while taking over management duties for Carter Publications Inc. “For almost 37 years, I know The Star has been a fixture in this community. In taking this position with Carter Publications, my job
$324M FY15 budget targets performing arts center, parks projects for Sugar Land.
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INSIDE TODAY’S STAR Meet Mr. Sugar Land Skeeter Page 7 A look at Stafford MSD’s budget Page 14 Tax-Free Weekend Page 4 & 5
The Kempner High football teams began its first day of practice bright and early on Monday morning. The Cougars will open the season on Aug. 30 at Pasadena Rayburn. See Page 7B for a story on and more photos. (Photos by Michael Sudhalter)
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is to come in and reinvigorate the role we play in the lives of our readers,” McElvy said. “Cosmetically, I think you’ll see a lot of initial changes, and we hope those are for the better. But where I really hope our readers see the greatest improvement is in the stories we write and the product we deliver to you every week.”
Man arrested in Leonetti murder case By Michael Sudhalter Fort Bend Star
Stafford Police are questioning a suspect in connection with the death of a well-known Missouri City businessman, according to our news partner, KHOU Channel 11. Eric Norris, 25, was arrested on Thursday, on the north side of Houston by the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force in the shooting death of 45-year-old Donald Leonetti. Leonetti died two weeks ago after being shot during a robbery at a high stakes poker game. Norris was arraigned on Friday in Fort Bend County Court and a $500,000 bond was set. Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey said a prosecutor from his
office has been in contact with Stafford PD. Stafford PD spokesman James Leedom said due to an ongoing investigation, the department can’t comment on whether any other potential suspects are under investigation. Leonetti, a Dulles High graduate, was a fixture in the local business community. For 25 years, his Leonetti Graphics kept busi-
nesses, sports teams, schools and others in T-shirts and signs. Leonetti enjoyed participating in private poker games, including one hosted by a friend on July 17. That is where two masked gunmen broke in to the invitation only game waving rifles. Shots were fired and Leonetti was killed and 56-year-old Charles Olsen was injured. Leonetti’s tragic death has resulted in an outpouring of support from residents through the county. Ross Sears. on Facebook, offered some kind words to Leonetti’s wife Jennifer, and his children, Matthew, 18, and Lauren, 14. “Donald was the nicest human being I have ever known,” Sears said. “I love him and will miss him dear-
ly. To his beautiful family, please remember you are not alone. You are surrounded by love, family and friends. This entire community loves Donald and will watch over his family. Thoughts and prayers.”
When Sugar Land residents Brenda and Dave Bristow found out that their son, Eric, was going to be a Texas Tech University student, they seemed to have 522 questions – one for every mile between Sugar Land and Lubbock. They joined the Texas Tech Parents Association, Southwest Houston Chapter to help answer some of those queries and to network with other Tech parents in the area. They found that there were unique challenges from the ones they faced in sending their other children to Texas A&M and Texas State, respectively. The distance, and its related challenges, were the most obvious. Two years later, the Bristows are helping to educate the parents of incoming Tech freshmen. On Sunday, they attended the Parents Association’s Red Raider Sendoff at the T.E. Harman Center in Sugar Land. While new parents asked dozens of questions to members of the Parents Association, incoming Tech H SEE TECH PG 6
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Maretka, who served in the Missouri City Fire Department from 2000-08, returned to the department as the assistant fire chief on June 16. Maretka, 36, left MCPD in 2008 to work as a constable in Wharton County, and later, as the program director of the Wharton County Junior College Fire Academy. Two of the academy students he trained – Chad Bittner and Kyle Vincent – are now MCFD firefighters. "I really did enjoy it," Maretka said. "I wanted to help folks develop and reach their goals. It's great to see these two guys graduate and work in a department where they're successful." His role as a mentor to new firefighters will continue at MCFD where he'll supervise the training division, in addition to his primary
can treat victims at the scene of the fire. "(Those improvements) have led to saving a lot of lives," Maretka said. In his free time, Maretka and his wife, Shanna, enjoy traveling throughout the United States. "I like Las Vegas because I'm a little bit of a foodie and DARYL MARETKA there's a lot of different food within close proximity," Maresponsibility of overseeing retka said. "New York is a operations. close second." Firefighters must first attend academies outside The new Civil Servant of the department, but Maof the Week feature retka will help ease the new recognizes an employee firefighters' transition to the in our local community department. who makes a difference in During his first stint law enforcement or public with MCFD, Maretka was instrumental in increasservice. You may nominate ing the fire department's a civil servant by e-mailing Emergency Medical Services Michael Sudhalter at capabilities. email@example.com Now, MCFD firefighters
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An opportunity to build on tradition...
alking through the Fort Bend Star office last week, I could tell that this was the home of a grand tradition of journalism. Press association awards, and more importantly, community-issued recognitions, adorn the walls of a newspaper that the late, great Bev Carter built from the ground up. I fully grasp that tradition, and hope to continue to build a weekly newspaper that the entire community will be proud to read. As the new editor of The Star, I’d like to share my vision for building a media product and how you, the reader, can become an active part of The Star’s growth. Most importantly, we’d like to start conversations
with the community and have coverage that reflects our readers’ hopes, concerns and interests. Your input will be paramount to the type of stories that you read on these pages. I graduated from Journalism School at the University of Kansas in 2002 and have worked at newspapers large and small in several states, covering sports, news, features and more. Journalism has always been about telling great stories. But sometimes, we have to make adjustments to the way we approach it – similar to a football team at halftime. For many years before the onset of social media, journalists covered public meetings and gave a play-
They ain’t just Whistling Dixie THE OFFICE WALL – Here is a veteran’s medal reading “Forrest Cavalry Corps.” Belonged to an ancestor. Other old photos, plus books and family stories reflect our past, but maybe the South won’t rise again. Schools are changing their names from Rebels to Mavericks, no one plays “Dixie” anymore, and the Emancipation Proclamation seems to be more than a passing fad.
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newspaper. It’s important to recognize the police officers, firefighters, public works personnel and other city/ county employees whose efforts often go unnoticed by the public. We will continue to hold government officials accountable, but it’s also important to give credit where credit is due. Expect to see weekly sports coverage in your Star. We will cover high schools and youth sports in the area, as well as the Sugar Land Skeeters, and provide updates on local alumni playing in college or professionally. Our High School Football Kickoff preview is just three weeks away. Our presence on social media and the web will be increased as well. All of the Facebook posts will be posted by a staff member, rather
Fort Bend ISD board approves 2014-15 budget (from fortbendstar.com) I don’t think Mr. Bassett quite grasps the whole picture of assessing property value. It is one thing to see dollar signs but one must also add value to those dollar signs. There are many who are selling their higher value homes because it seems unreasonable to pay such high taxes to Fort Bend ISD when they choose to live in a nice area but are forced to send their children to
the ghetto for a public school education. Perhaps, Mr. Bassett should go back and review his the notes from his basic Economics class when it comes to receiving value for outlay. FBISD has many, many problems which are not going to be solved by playing a money game with taxpayers. –TxMom32
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Have you ever wanted to look like a rock star? Rare Denim Lounge, a store that opened last November in the First Colony Mall, gives people the opportunity to have the look and vibe of a rock star, regardless of whether they can sing at all. "We have certain brands that we market, and we cater to customers from 16 years old to the early 40s," said
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"People are shopping for deals, and they can save a lot of money," Kara said. Rare Denim is one of the best kept secrets at the First Colony Mall. It's located adjacent to Dillard's and often goes unnoticed by mall shoppers. Once customers find it, Kara said, they usually make it a point to return. "They come specifically
for those brands. We sell high-end, better denim" said Kara, who plans to add more clothing brands and more boots to the store in the coming months. In addition to the First Colony Store, Kara has had another Rare Denim location at the Katy Mills Mall for the past four years. He has plans to open more locations in the Houston area.
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TAX FREE WEEKEND SPECIAL Glenn Gaskin, Director of Member Services and Community Liaison for the Fort Bend YMCA coordinated the donates of backpacks, with school supplies inside, for local elementary schools. Gaskin said the local YMCA hopes to donate a total of 350 backpacks as a part of a YMCA of Greater Houston program called Operation Backpack. Some of the donations came from local YMCA members, while others were contributed by large retailers such as H-E-B, Wal-Mart and Target. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)
Sugar Land resident Dixi Martinez, left, chats with Rosenberg resident Jesse Liendro, left, and Richmond resident PennyWise Resale Center assistant manager Karina Gloria Nombran shopped at the PennyWise Resale Center in Martinez on Monday. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter) Richmond on Monday. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)
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PennyWise Resale Center plans several special events this fall By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@ fortbendstar.com
Last year, the three PennyWise Resale Centers in Fort Bend County generated enough revenue to donate $350,000 to Fort Bend Women’s Center outreach programs. The Fort Bend Women’s Center, which serves victims of domestic violence
and sexual assault, is dedicated to helping women and children live violence-free lives. Through generous donations, fundraising events and grants, PennyWise is able to provide victims and their children with vouchers to buy clothes and other essential items, because they often arrive with little more than the clothes they’re wearing.
All of the items in the store arrived via donations, and the main need for donations now is houseware. Tax free weekend will be Friday through Sunday, and parents will have the opportunity to buy backpacks and school supplies for their children. But that’s just the beginning of an event-filled fall, said PennyWise director Joy Dowell.
PennyWise’s newest location opened in May at 501 Highway 90A East in Richmond – across the highway from its previous location. There are two other locations – 13645 Murphy Rd. in Stafford and 6808 Hwy. 6 South at Bellaire Blvd. in Mission Bend – and a donation only center at Dulles and Hwy. 6 in Missouri City. Dowell, a Sugar Land
resident who previously ran a popular store called Annabelle’s in Sugar Land, is starting a new website associated with PennyWise on Sept. 1. It will be thriftingfashionista.com. Dowell’s also starting a Junior Fashionista Board to encourage 16-to-21 year old women who “have a love of fashion, would like to earn service hours, gain retail ex-
perience and be in fashion shows.” to get involved. The inaugural Junior Fashionista Fashion Show will take place from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 at the Richmond store. Dowell said PennyWise will host a Christmas Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 9 and have crafting workshops once per month.
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Drive-Thru ordinance could boost Meadows Place By Karen Daniels For The Star
When zoning first came to the City of Meadows Place in 1985, there was an ordinance that did not allow for commercial properties to have a drive-thru. “At the time, City Council had been targeting professional businesses,” said Mayor Charles Jessup. However, by eliminating fast-food establishments, banks, who are by definition “professional businesses” were also denied the drivethru. That has always been a large part of consumer
banking. On July 22, Meadows Place Council voted unanimously to change the current ordinance and allow for businesses to have a drive-thru upon a SUP approval – a week after the City Council and Planning & Zoning Commission discussed it. The City has the power to limit hours, control noise, protect traffic flow, and instruct lighting. “Times have changed and we need to change with it,” Jessup said. “We want businesses to know that Meadows Place is commercial friendly.”
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TTU parents, students find strength in numbers Missouri City resident Mariah Mills said the networking opportunity was a freshmen got a chance to introduce themselves while good one. “Tech is a drive, but it’s Tech recruiters educated worth it,” Mills said. “My them about the school and cousin went to Tech and gave them free Red Raider became really successful in T-Shirts. Foreign Affairs for the gov“I’m getting to know people and seeing potential ernment.” The Parents Associastudy buddies,” said Joey tion has approximately 250 Wright, a Missouri City resident and an Elkins High members and covers Fort Bend County as well as graduate. parts of Brazoria, Harris Wright, who plans on and Galveston counties. studying Petroleum EnTheir next event will be gineering, conceded that a dinner at Spring Creek he may get homesick beBarbecue (Hwy. 6 in Mising eight hours away from souri City) on Sept. 23. home, but noted that he In addition to network“can start a new Red Raider ing, the Parents Association family.” H FROM PG1, TECH
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Missouri City resident and incoming Texas Tech freshman Mariah Mills, left, accepts a Tech T-shirt from Erik Gonzalez, Tech admission counselor and recruiter for Fort Bend County. (Photos by Michael Sudhalter)
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hosts four meetings per year, sponsors several social events and presents Book Scholarships to local students. They’re also involved with a wider Tech group called “Road Raiders”, in which Tech parents who live between Sugar Land and Lubbock volunteer to help students if their car breaks down or they get in an accident. On Sunday, the questions ranged from traveling home to the Houston area (the school charters a bus on Thanksgiving and Spring Break, and students associated with the group can also car-pool) to whether it’s possible to ship the confines of a dorm room, rather than driving it up. Some students will be experiencing snow and ex-
tremely cold weather for the first time, and they’ll also be trading in the possibility of tropical hurricanes for dust/sand storms of the plains. Parents Association leaders encouraged the new parents to buy items near home, because Wal-Mart and other large retailers will be facing the rush of 30,000-plus college students moving to campus at the same time. Allison Dragon, manager of Tech’s Houston area recruiting, said Tech has strong programs in Business, Engineering and Geoscience and it offers the state’s only bachelor’s degree in Viticulture (Wine making). The school is also within 2-to-4 hours of skiing and whitewater rafting opportunities, Dragon said.
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Sun, most recently served as editor of The Leader. “Michael Sudhalter is going to do a lot of great things with the content of this newspaper,” McElvy said. “I have known and worked with Michael for more than five years, and he is a young man who understands the responsibility of editing a local newspaper. His stories will be fresh, and his priority will be to create a weekly newspaper and daily website that reflect the great things happening in Sugar Land, Missouri City, Stafford and all of the wonderful neighborhoods within our distribution area.”
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SPORTS Kempner kicks off football practice Kempner High junior defensive lineman Jalen Kemp drinks water after the team’s first practice on Monday. Fort Bend ISD athletic program, as well as schools throughout the area, are emphasizing the importance of proper hydration. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)
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another squad that finished 1-9 in 2013. “We’re looking forward to The Kempner High foot- a good year,” Andrus said. ball team wasted no time On Monday, Andrus empreparing for fall practice on phasized the importance of Monday. hydration in accordance with Public schools in Texas Fort Bend ISD’s Heat Policy are allowed to begin practhat’s in place to ensure ticing on Aug. 3, and the player safety. Cougars got started at 7 “We give them as much a.m. water as they want, plus “We wanted to get the we have four five minute players up here and have a water breaks through a two regular practice and a walk- hour practice,” Andrus said. thru with a two-hour break “Many of the players attendin-between,” Kempner head ed strength and conditioning coach Darrin Andrus said. in the summer, and got acThe Cougars, who will climated to the heat.” compete in the new Class During the breaks be6A-23 district with Austin, tween practices, players Hightower, Travis, Dulles, drink Gatorade and eat fruit Clements and the three Alief to replenish their electroschools, will open the season lytes. in less than four weeks. In addition to their efKempner finished 1-9 forts at practice, proper last season, defeating rival hydration starts at home. Clements in the season fina“We tell the players we le. They return nine starters want them to drink two on each side of the ball and liters of water at home, and will open the season on Aug. not to drink Coke or any caf30 at Pasadena Rayburn, feine,” Andrus said. msudhalter @ fortbendstar.com
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Above: Kempner High football players participate in a conditoning drill during practice on Monday morning. Below: Kempner High head football coach Darrin Andrus addresses his team after practice on Monday. (Photos by Michael Sudhalter)
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Gary Majewski, one of two original Sugar Land Skeeters still playing for the team, is the team’s closing pitcher. The former MLB relief pitcher grew up in northwest Houston. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)
Majewski dominates as Sugar Land’s closer By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter @ fortbendstar.com
Just call him Mr. Skeeter. Sugar Land Skeeters closing pitcher Gary Majewski is one of two players who were on the opening day roster on April 26, 2012 at Constellation Field. The other one is starting pitcher Matt Wright. And with the exception of playing one week for a team in Campeche, Mexico, the 34-year-old Majewski has been with the franchise continuously since that first game. Majewski, who grew up 22 miles from Constellation Field in northwest Houston, thoroughly enjoys playing for the Skeeters and their loyal fans. “I’ve always been a guy that gives as much time as I can to the fans,” Majewski said. “They pay our salaries. If it weren’t for them, we
wouldn’t have a job. Every Sunday, we go up on the front porch and have an autograph session.” The Skeeters play in the independent Atlantic League, which means that any of Major League Baseball’s 30 franchises could sign any of the Atlantic League players to an MLB or minor league affiliate contract at any time. Majewski, who played for the Montreal Expos, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds and Houston Astros between 2004-10, still has great stuff. Through the end of last week, he’s 5-1 with a 2.14 earned run average, 23 strikeouts and just three walks in 40 innings (35 appearances). Majewski usually enters the game in the ninth inning, and he has 18 saves to his credit. Throughout his professional career, Majewski has
been a middle innings reliever, a set-up man and a closer. As a major leaguer, he was 913 with a 4.75 ERA and 143 strikeouts. “Being a closer has its ups and downs, and you have to have the right mentality for it,” Majewski said. “My pitching style is not the closer type style. I want the hitters to put the bat on the ball, and I like to get a guy out on one or two pitches and let the defense work for me. My strength is the sinker ball.” Like most Atlantic League players, Majewski’s ultimate dream is to return to the major leagues. “All it takes is one person to give you a chance,” Majewski said Majewski is a part owner of a batting cage where he offers private lessons to youth baseball players. He’s also considered becoming a professional coach.
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Joella Mullis- Listed Among ‘America’s Best Real Estate Agents’ Joella Mullis with RE/ MAX Southwest is among more than 1,900 RE/MAX Associates and teams featured in the 2014 “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” rankings released July 8. Mullis has more than 29 years of experience in the Fort Bend market, helping home buyers and sellers realize their dreams. “My number one goal is to help my clients. With the strengthening housing market, I’ve been very busy,” said Mullis. “There are a number of opportunities right now, no matter what your real estate goals may be.”
A total of 1,126 RE/MAX individual agents qualified to be ranked on the list, compiled by industry analyst REAL Trends and based on 2013 production. RE/MAX Associates earning spots based on transaction sides averaged 76 sides last year, while those making the list on the basis of sales volume averaged $28.9 million. America’s Best Real Estate Agents is an offshoot of the REAL Trends “The Thousand” as advertised in The Wall Street Journal. “The Thousand” ranks the most productive 1,000 agents
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$324M FY15 budget targets performing arts center, parks projects for Sugar Land By Betsy Dolan
firefighter/paramedics, For the Star two public safety dispatchers and equipment for a Sugar Land residents new fire-based ambulance can expect to see progress transport system starting in on several quality-of lifeJanuary. projects, a new fire-based Funding is also set EMS service as well as aside for a public compensastreet and drainage imtion study that will look at provements if the proposed salaries and benefits among Fiscal Year 2015 budget is public safety employees to approved by City Council. make sure Sugar Land is City Manager Allen staying competitive. Bogard submitted the FY15 Capital projects include budget to the City Council the 6,500-seat performing July 22. A public hearing arts venue which is set to on the proposed budget is open in the fall of 2016, the first phase of the Brazos scheduled for Aug. 19. The City's fiscal year begins Oct. River Park, preliminary work on the festival site and 1 and ends Sept. 30, 2015. bike trails in Imperial and Of the $324.15 million First Colony. in the proposed budget, Preliminary budget es$166.32 million is for operations; $144.35 million for timates show that a 1-cent tax increase is needed to capital projects and $13.48 million for economic develop- implement the portions of the voter approved bond ment. projects proposed in the The operations budget, FY15 budget. a 3.8 percent increase over Pavement and drainage FY14, includes 11 new
projects include widening of Dairy Ashford from U.S. Highway 90A to Stiles Road; the reconstruction of Lakefield Drive, Williams Trace and Austin Parkway and drainage improvements in Sugar Creek and Covington Woods. Sugar Land residents will see their trash, recycling and green waste collection fees go up 2.5 percent based on the contract with Republic Waste. Starting in January, the rate will be $16.81 per month. There are no rate increases for water, waste water or surface water. The budget also includes funding for an average 4 percent performance-based pay increase for all eligible City employees in January. Bogard told the council he has budgeted for a modest 2.4 percent sales tax increase in the next fiscal year even though sales tax
revenues are higher than projected. "Even though we have experienced a 10 percent increase in sales tax in the current fiscal year, I want to make sure that the money we budget for this year actually comes in next year. I don't want to take for granted that it is going to go up," Bogard said. Bogard also praised the return of commercial development, citing recent hospital expansion projects the recent ribbon cutting at Texas Instruments and over $130 million in capital investments from Nalco and a Sugar Land based high-tech company. "All of that adds up to 1,700 jobs and there are more on the way," Bogard said. "We may very well have the most successful economic development year in our history. It is a very exciting time."
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bling around in the mud. A visit Atlanta or Richmond class act. with their blackened ruins, It may surprise neweven visit Texas with its occomers from the north and cupation Union troops, and Shelby Foote recounts an elsewhere to see so many witness another story. As incident in which a Union places – counties, schools, Alistair Cooke said in his soldier asks a Confederate parks – named after South- TV series, “America,” the prisoner why he was fight- ern leaders, and so many South wasn’t just defeated, ing. The Rebel responded, monuments to our boys it was destroyed – more “Because you’re down who fought for the South. than either Germany or here.” Victors write the Why does Texas have a Jeff Japan at the end of WW II. history, so everyone knows Davis County or a Confed- So, newcomer, one of the about Andersonville, but erate flag flying at UT’s stars in the Stars and Bars what about Camp Douglas? stadium or the CSA seal is the Lone Star. Texas It was a camp for Confeder- on the Capitol’s rotunda paid its dues to join the ate POWs outside Chicago. floor? Just remember the club. You should learn what A trolley line was built out impact on the war was influenced us before you to the camp and bleachers much worse in the South. arrived. Why? Because, CLASSIFIED THAT GET RESULTS set up so Chicagoans could ADS By 1866 you could walk CALLasUS the Rebel soldier said, 281-960-4200 • FAX or 281-960-4250 go out and watch theATConaround Boston New York you’re down here. federate soldiers in rags City or Chicago and forget Ashby whistles Dixie at behind barbed wire stumthere had been a war. But email@example.com.
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held before the City of Stafford Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., in the City Council Chamber, Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas and before the City Council of the City of Stafford, Texas on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., at Stafford Civic Center, 1415 Constitution Ave., Stafford, Texas for the purpose of receiving testimony for and against the following: A proposal to adopt an ordinance amending Chapter 102 of the Code of Ordinances, the same being the City’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, by amending the Official Zoning District map from Mixed Use (MU) to Single Family Residential (SFR) on a portion of two tracts of land of approximately 31.329 acres, located south of US Hwy 90A, known as Regal Ranch. All residents of the City of Stafford and other interested parties are invited to attend and will be given the opportunity to be heard.
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held before the City of Stafford Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., in the City Council Chamber, Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas and before the City Council of the City of Stafford, Texas on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m., in the Stafford Civic Center, 1415 Constitution, Stafford, Texas for the purpose of receiving testimony for and against the following: A proposal to adopt an ordinance amending Chapter 102 of the Code of Ordinances, the same being the City’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, by amending the Official Zoning District map from Primary Corridor to Single Family Residential on an approximate 11.3 acre tract of land, located south of US Hwy 90A, west of FM 1092, bounded by Promenade Boulevard adjacent to the Promenade Subdivision. All residents of the City of Stafford and other interested parties are invited to attend and will be given the opportunity to be heard.
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6 Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers Join them for this free educational presentation, Wed., Aug. 6, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., First Colony Branch Library, that provides answers to questions that arise for caregivers concerned about early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. For more info contact Marisa at 713-3141346 or email@example.com. THURSDAY, AUGUST 7 After Hours The Central Fort Bend Chamber’s Young Professionals Division invites you to After Hours at REDeGOLF, 19875 SW Freeway, Ste. 140, Sugar Land, Thursday, Aug. 7, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., for a night of networking, complimentary food & plenty of door prizes. AARP Chapter 3264 meets Alief AARP Chapter 3264 will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, August 7, The Abbey at Westminster, 2865 Westminster Plaza Blvd., Houston. Doors open at 6 p.m. A catered meal is served at 6:30 p.m. Program starts at 7 p.m. A musical program provided by Bryan Su, the Teenage Country Western Star of the Rosenberg Opry. Call 281-7857372 for more info. FRIDAY, AUGUST 8 Taking It To The Next Level Gospel Concert This Gospel Concert, is featuring Cedric Ballard,The Gospel Travelers, Lanell Brooks,Jordan Baker and The CBC Worship and Fire Praise Team. The free concert will be held Aug. 8, 7 p.m., Christian Bible Church, 3222 Texas Parkway, Missouri City. SATURDAY, AUGUST 9 Back-to-School Health Fair Accesshealth is hosting this health fair Sat., Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to noon,
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Missouri City Center, 307 Texas Parkway, Ste. 100, Missouri Fort Bend Business Network International City.They will provide a day of health, education, & family fun. Fort Bend Business Network International meets every Thursday, 7 For more information ask for Sharonda at 281-633-3144 or email am, Sweetwater Country Club. This is a great way to increase your firstname.lastname@example.org. business and f ind other small business resources. Please contact Free Health Fair Jeanne Gregory, email@example.com or 713-854-0923. Calvary at the Fountains in Stafford, Texas is hosting a back to “Hot Summer Nights” school Health Fair on Saturday, Aug. 9, 10-2 at 12410 Sugardale, SugarLand Art Center & Gallery, & Sugar Land Artist Guild, 104 Stafford. Free school supplies, free vaccinations, dental and vision Industrial Blvd., Suite Q, Sugar Land invites you to enjoy wine, screenings, free groceries, free haircuts will be provided. Come savory hors d’oeuvres, live artist demos, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. every Friday join in the festivities. There will also be arts and crafts for the night, through August 8. Raffle tickets $20 or 5 for $80 for a demoed kids. piece of that night. For more info 281-565-0957. TUESDAY, AUGUST 12 The Mom’s Club of Sugar Land North Coffee with Rick Are you a stay at home mom? They would love to have you join their Fort Bend Senior Meals on Wheels Volunteer Coordinator Rick group. Playgroups, socials, mom’s night out, book clubs, and many Branek invites you to The Egg and I, 9920 Hwy 90-A, Sugar more fun things planned! Any age children are welcome, or just Land, for a continental breakfast/coffee Tuesday, Aug. 12, 8-9 come yourself if your children are in school. For more info, email a.m., to learn more about how you can help with Fort Bend Senior firstname.lastname@example.org. Meals on Wheels. Drop him an email if you want to attend … Registration now open email@example.com. Sienna Panthers Lacrosse Registration for Spring Season (2014) is Workshop on college planning now open. Accepting boys from 1st grade to 12th grade! For more “How to go to college for (almost) free.” A one hour workshop on information and to register online, go to fbpantherslax.org. all aspects of college planning will be offered to parents and stuNew Diabetic support group dents on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 5:30 pm, HCC campus, in Missouri Mondays 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, 17500 City/Sienna. The workshop is free and hosted by Andrew and West Grand Paryway South, hospital conference rooms B & C. May Sheryl Lebman of Ducerus, a nation-wide college planning com- 19, 2014. Events are free RSVP to 713-222-2273. Info? 281-725-5059. pany. Capacity is limited, call 281-799-3725 to reserve a seat. Morning Exchange Club of Sugar Land MONDAY, AUGUST 18 The morning Exchange Club of Sugar Land is an all-volunteer The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce national service organization for men and women who want to The Governmental Relations Division of the Fort Bend Chamber serve their community, develop leadership skills, and enjoy new of Commerce will host a luncheon with Mayor Leonard Scarcella friendships. The Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7 a.m., which will be presented by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Sweetwater Country Club, Palm Royale Blvd., Sugar Land. Web site on Monday, Aug. 18. The luncheon will be held at the Stafford is ECSL.ORG Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford from 11:30 am – 1 pm. Exchange Club of Fort Bend meets WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20 The Exchange Club of Fort Bend meets every Wednesday, noon, Social media & your business Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royal Blvd., Sugar Land. Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce will host a Lunch & Learn on 7 For more information call Mike Reichek at 281-575-1145 or mike@ Ways Social Media can Bust or Build Your Business, Wednesday, reichekfinancial.com. Aug. 20, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land. Learn how social media can multiply or destroy your business. Camille Rodriquez & Frankie Rodriquez, speakers. Call 281-490-0800 for more info. THURSDAY, AUGUST 21 16107 Kensington Dr. #281 30 Years Experience Business Expo Sugar Land, Texas 77479 License No. TACLBL29736C Residential Business Expo to be held by Central Fort Bend Chamber Main: 832-495-5105 firstname.lastname@example.org Hispanic Business Division, Thursday, August 21, noon – 3 p.m., E-mail: EXPIRES 12-31-2014 Certified Testing & Air Balancing York Authorized Dealer Rosenberg Civic Center, 3825 Hwy. 6 South, Rosenberg. Rent a booth - $100. Event is open to the public. Contact the Chamber for details, 281-342-5464, or www.CFBCA.org. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 Phones DAR Chapter to meet Fort Bend Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the UNLIMITED TALK • TEXT • DATA American Revolution will meet Wednesday, Sept. 10, 10:30 11874 Wilcrest Dr. NO CONTRACT a.m. in the chapel of the First United Methodist Church, 3900 Houston, Texas 77031 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City. September program’s speaker UNLIMITED MONTHLY 4G (inside MJ’s salon) is Richard Lo Vesque, President, Houston Glass Club American Depression Glass. Contact Gwen Goldsberry at jbbumdar@ hotmail.com for more information. Visit website at http://www. texasdar.org/chapters/FortBend/. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 2014 Groovy Party presents – The Beatles Fort Bend Seniors’ invite you to their 40th Anniversary in Groovy 11874 Wilcrest Dr. Fashion, Saturday, September 13, 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., Safari Houston, Texas 77031 Texas Ballroom, 11627 FM 1464, Richmond. For more information, visit www.FortBendSeniors.org. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 Quail Valley Mom’s Club Kickoff Party The Quail Valley Mom’s Club will host its kickoff party at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 on the patio of the new City Centre at Quail Valley. If you’d like to meet other QV moms, please attend the event for refreshments, door prizes, free mini makeovers and more. The QVMC hopes to schedule more events throughout the year and beyond. QVMC is looking for club officers with roles ranging from treasurer to social chair. For more information, e-mail email@example.com. • Close to Home • Flexible Hours MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 • Career Goals Achieved 14th Annual RCPAAA Golf Classic The Richmond Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association to Award winning workforce programs host this golf classic Monday, Sept. 22, Pecan Grove Country to help you land the job of your dreams! Club, Richmond, 10:15 a.m. check in, 12:00 p.m. (noon), Shotgun Start. Contests, awards, door prizes, silent auction, dinner Visit us at southwest.hccs.edu SOUTHWEST included. Single player $95, Commissioned Officers, or police & fire dept. employees $70. For more info MSgt. Lowell Neinast 281-342-2849 or LNeinast@ci.richmond.tx.us. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Carpet • Wood Floors • Tile 2014 Health & Wellness Expo Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Health & Wellness Expo Floor Covering & Custom Remodeling4111 Greenbriar Drive in Stafford will be held Thurs., Sept. 25, Quail Valley Golf Course, 2880 La Floor Covering & Custom Remodeling 281-494-9200 Monday ~ Friday Quinta, Missouri City, 1 p.m., & Network Nites 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. www.HamresRemodeling.com 9:00 pm ~ 4:30 pm Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsor info or vendor booth space or call him at 281-491-0277. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Fall festival & plant sale Sugar Land Garden Club to host this event Saturday, Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 702 Burney Road, DAILY SPECIALS 11201 S. Post Oak Sugar Land. This festival will feature vendors, kids activities, Houston, Texas 77035 CATERING arts & crafts, landscaping raffle, & more. Plant sale will have FAMILY PACKAGES unique & seasonal plants for this area. Call 713-724-3113 or 713.723.2333 email@example.com. Details at www.SugarLandGardenClub.org MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Business Showcase Expo The longest running EXPO in the county by Business Spirit, Inc. will be held Monday, Sept. 29, 5 p.m.- 7:30 p.m., Hampton Therapeutic & Sports Inn, 4909 Hwy. 6, Missouri City. Free admission, hors d’oeuvres, First booked appointment. drinks. Exhibitor booths $175, call 713-598-5454; sponsorships, $300+, call 281-773-0689. Visit www.businessshowcase.net. 4799 Lexington Blvd. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Missouri City, Texas 77459 (inside Embody Fitness Center) Mega-Pet adoption event Fort Bend Co. Animal Services’ Hunting for Homes to hold this adoption event Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. 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Stafford MSD board hopes to retain more teachers with new budget By Karen Daniels
tive applicants. Therefore he must realize the shortfall and meet that challenge Stafford resident Hilary head on.” To stay competitive, Brown-Smith hopes that the district’s $27.3 million Stafford Municipal School District can give its teachers budget includes a 3 percent salaries that are competitive raise for all SMSD staff – for the second straight year. with other districts in the The district is waiting until area. Sept. 4 for final numbers Brown-Smith, the parfrom the Fort Bend County ent of two SMSD students and another that graduated Appraisal District and the recently, hopes the district’s Harris County Appraisal 2014-15 budget can address District. Property values have the cause of the district’s 23 increased by 7 percent, but percent turnover rate. many are homes still in “We must pay people protest and numbers haven’t what there are worth if been finalized. That makes our goal is to have the best it impossible for districts to teachers,” Brown-Smith complete their budgets. said. “(Superintedent) Dr. The SMSD Board of (Robert) Bostic’s primary Trustees and Stafford City goal is to give the district Council discussed the turnthe best profile to prospecFor The Star
over rate at a joint meeting on July 23, and Bostic said “research shows low score relate to high turnover.” The final joint budget meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7. To help improve test scores and the district overall, Bostic is requesting $220,000 for two new positions, Deputy Superintendent and ESL Coordinator/ Grant Writer and $100,000 for after school programs. Health insurance costs have risen on average $85 per month for a family. Costs have also risen with Information Technology – from $610,000 last year to a requested amount of $846,000 for the 2014-15 budget.
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West Nile detected in FB County A sampling of mosquitoes in Fort Bend County has tested positive for the West Nile Virus (WNV). When an area tests positive for the WNV in a few mosquitoes, it does not always mean there is a high risk of human infection. Simple measures can prevent the spread or infection from the WNV. Working together with Fort Bend
County and the cities in the county, residents can help control the mosquito population. When an area has mosquito samples that test positive for WNV, Fort Bend County Road & Bridge or the appropriate city department takes a focused response to prevent mosquito breeding by increasing spraying and larviciding in the
area until a sample of mosquitoes tests negative for the virus. Testing is conducted by trapping mosquitoes and submitting the sample to be tested for viruses. Mosquitoes positive for WNV do not necessarily lead to human cases of disease.There have been no human cases of WNV in the County so far this year.
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This beautifully appointed Perry Home is a custom home, without the custom price! Not an upgrade has been missed! Almost $200K in upgrades. This plan offers both formals, a study, a game room and a media room. All rooms are spacious and closet space is fabulous. Gourmet kitchen has upgraded cabinetry with custom pull-outs, double ovens & built-in KitchenAid fridge. Master suite has a large sitting area. Backyard oasis has a beautiful salt water pool, with hot tub. Cabana bath & oversized garage. (2827BR)
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Beautifully appointed Huntington custom home. Enormous cul-de-sac lot w/no backyard neighbors. Pool and spa have kid safe enclosure. Upgraded flooring includes travertine w/marble insets and scraped hardwoods. Kichen is magnificent - custom cabinetry w/glass fronts, travertine backsplash, sub-zero fridge, Wolf stove top with griddle and more! Floor plan offers combined formals, library w/wood beamed coffered ceiling, game room and media room. Fantastic price for this home and lot! (7527TA)
The one story Trendmaker is beautifully appointed. It offers 4 bedrooms, formal dining room, a study and a game room, all on one floor! Living areas have upgraded tile and formal dining has hardwoods. The gourmet kitchen is fabulous...the oversized island is great for casual dining or serving. You enter a guest suite, through the large game room. Game room could be used as a media room, toy room and more! Family room has a custom built-in. Whole house generator was a $14K upgrade. (3210BE)
This stunning Coventry home is beautifully appointed! 4 bedrooms, both formals, flex room off master, upstairs game room. Wide plank scraped hardwoods in downstairs living areas, Plantation shutters and blinds throughout. Fabulous kitchen with huge island and lots of cabinets and counter space. All bedrooms and closets are enormous! Flex room, off master, could be an office, gym or nursery. Custom built-ins in family room and upstairs reading nook. Extended concrete patio. (3103GR)
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This beautiful Perry Home has it all! Floor plan offers 4 bedrooms, both formals and a large game room. The extended entry and family room have oversized ceramic tile flooring, while formals have hard woods. Family room has floor to ceiling windows. Kitchen is large and has stainless appliances and a fabulous commercial grade six burner Wolf cooktop. All upstairs bedrooms and closets are very spacious. Walk to a ‘’catch and release’’ fishing lake. Zoned to exemplary Scanlan Oaks Elementary. (2226DA)
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Lightning has been crackling in the skies over Sugar Land, Missouri City, Stafford and all other parts of Fort Bend County lately, but there are no reports of a strike that could have affected plant growth here. This is one of the first thoughts that came to mind as the cult classic Little Shop of Horrors stage production wrapped up this past weekend at the Sugar Land Auditorium on Lakeview Drive. In the Inspiration Stage’s most recent production, the mundane lives of those working in a flower shop changed after a lightning strike. That’s when a rare plant turned up. For those that know the story, the venus flytrap-esque plant thrives, business booms and the nerdy geeky guy gets the girl. But as the plant grows bigger, so does its demand for nourishment and the complexities begin. A little bit of a dark twist, the energizing, doo wop musical production has a light hearted feel that entertained the sizeable audience this past Saturday. Zac Haley, who with his wife, Jamie, came to Sugar Land from Dallas to experience the performance, said that for him “community theatre represents resurgence in American entertainment. We spend so much time sitting in front of the television and the movies.” He also said it was “nice to see live people cheering and connecting back and forth with one another.” His brother, Luke, on stage that evening and most importantly the plant’s voice, is married to Roxann Hales, who played Audrey, the main female character.
The locally based Inspiration Stage Performing Arts Studio and Theatre held this performance over the past several weeks in partnership with the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation. It has also been offering theatre classes to promote creative expression skills. Mandy Seymore-Sensat, experienced artistic director and choreographer, oversees the Inspiration Stage’s theatre season. She proudly refers to the 1917 built Sugar Land auditorium, where she holds her shows, the performing arts studio’s home. The auditorium is a designated Texas historic landmark that underwent extensive restoration and was completed in 2011. Representing the last public building of the original Imperial Sugar Companyowned town of Sugar Land, the Sugar Land auditorium
is also the only building left from the original Sugar Land ISD #17, which in part served as the origin of Fort Bend ISD. The Little Shop of Horrors’ classic comedic fantasy in the auditorium will have gone down as a successful theatrical production in a historic gathering place in use today due to the support for its preservation by many caring individuals and organizations further enriching the community’s culture.
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