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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


 

And introducing.....We have a new column in the Star this week. It’s about sports, the local kind. It’s not that we don’t like sports or don’t want to cover them for the community, it’s just that now with 11 high schools in Fort Bend ISD alone, not counting Stafford, Lamar, and Needville, the task seems gargantuan. We could publish a newspaper about sports in Fort Bend schools and we would have room for nothing else. So in an attempt to provide a board coverage, our new columnist has a far-ranging mandate. In other words, he can write about whatever he wants to in Fort Bend high school sports that will be interesting to our readers.

Have you noticed.....First Colony Community Services, the HOA for a large number of Sugar Land residents, has backed off its plan to close five of our swimming pools. FCCA has publicly stated that no pools will be closed at the end of this summer and there are currently no plans to close any of them.

I think we need to look very closely at exactly what is being said. Their information says, “Currently there are no pool closures scheduled. All pools will re-open for the 2011 season. As the initial construction projects progress and more definitive timetables for completion of the projects are determined, the Association will then revisit the issue of pool closures.”

What they are saying is that no pools will be closed now while you are watching, but on down the road when no one is watching, they will revisit closing them.

They go on to say, “The Board of Directors has not allocated any funding for demolition of phase one pools in the 2010 budget. The Master Plan is just that a Plan.” None withstanding the absence of a comma in their press release, the 2010 is half over. The association is working on its 2011 budget and no mention is being made of the 2011 budget being without pool closures.

I think that we the residents of subdivisions in FCCA must be ever vigilant because this is not the first attempt to building all these “splash” pads. This was also tried years ago.

One way to be vigilant is to run for the board and an election is coming up. Applications to run for the board are due September 17 with the election of three new board members on December 9. Since there are only 7 positions on the board, three new members will definitely have an effect on the makeup of the board. I know at least one member with a lick of sense who can be turned.

The rules for running are simple. They are:

• Member of FCCA (includes residential and business)

• No outstanding balance with FCCA

• No current deed restriction violations

You are asked to fill out an application which asks some other questions, but essentially, that’s just an attempt to weed out people the executive director wants off the ballot and she can’t really keep you all the ballot if you make it known you are running. My understanding is that she plays politics to get the board she wants and I certainly know there are some questions about counting the ballots which should be done by an uninterested third party. It’s time that members demand that ballots be counted in front of many witnesses.

You can download an application to run from the association’s web site.

A very hot vacation.....I was supposed to spend this past week in Memphis on vacation, but someone told me Elvis was dead and that just took all the fun out of it.

My cousin Sally and I decided that instead of driving 700 miles to Memphis, maybe even stopping at gambling establishments along the Southern route, we would stay in Fort Bend and have a “staycation.” It was sure cheaper and consisted of visiting all our relatives that live in other parts of Houston, lunching with Ballinger buddy Steve Fuqua, going to a play, a movie and doing everything but making a nursing home run to visit the sick. We swam, slept late and ate out. We shopped, watched TV, and gossiped. We were going to look at old pictures, but we were too busy. It was the best vacation I had all month. I highly recommend it.

I hope we win.....I received a press release for a unique fund raiser hosted by the Fort Bend Literacy Council. It’s an adult Spelling Bee.

I immediately called to see if the Star could partner with them for publicity and about fielding our own team. I can’t spell diddly (had to look that up), but I have some terrific spellers at the Star and I think our team will make it through at least several rounds.

Here’s the deal. The event will be held Sept. 18. There are three person teams. It costs a $750 donation to field a team. As soon as you sign up and name your team, you will be sent a list of words to expect to have to spell for the first rounds.

The Literacy Council will also raise money by charging people to come see the event and cheer their team own, or at least pray!

So come on. See if you can beat us. Sign up a team today. It’s going to be fun!

B.K. Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend/Southwest Star. She can be reached at bkcstar@earthlink.net.

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