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Stuchbery celebrates 50th anniversary

Heavy trash pickup resumes for many

Mayor responds to insufficient federal Harvey relief assistance

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Stuchbery celebrates 50th anniversary

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Stuchbery Elementary.

Opened in the fall of 1967, Stuchbery was the first elementary school to be located in the new subdivision of Sagemont.

The campus was named in honor of James E. Stuchbery, longtime educator and first musical director in the Pasadena Independent School District.

The school opened with 375 students, and Miles C. Bozarth was named the campus’s first principal.

In 1972, Stuchbery became so crowded it was necessary to send the fifth-grade class to the adjacent Thompson Intermediate. The arrangement remained in place until the nearby Frazier Elementary opened in 1975.

That same year, Stuchbery became the largest school in the district with an enrollment of more than 1,000. This included the transfer of students from Scarsdale, who had previously attended Meador Elementary.

Overcrowding at the campus was alleviated in the fall of 1977 when Burnett Elementary opened in the Scarsdale subdivision.

The first winter carnival in PISD was held at Stuchbery in February 1968, and the school’s PTA. purchased playground equipment with the profits from the event.

As the area grew, so did the traffic problems. The PTA. was responsible for sponsoring volunteer mothers to serve as patrol officers. The mothers were trained and deputized by Harris County.

Through it all, Stuchbery has remained a resilient part of the South Belt community.
“We are Stuchbery strong, and we are 50 years strong in the community,” said current Stuchbery Principal Jose Hernandez.

The school will recognize its 50th anniversary with a celebration Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the school cafeteria from 6 to 8 p.m.

One of the highlights of the event will be the dedication of a wing at the campus in honor of former kindergarten teacher, Shirleene Lipsey, who recently passed away. Lipsey was one of the longest-tenured teachers at Stuchbery, having worked at the school for more than 30 years until her retirement at age 83.

The celebration, will also include refreshments, a gallery walk, music and student performances honoring the school’s first 50 years. All alumni and current and former staff are invited to attend.

For additional information, call 713-740-0752.

Heavy trash pickup resumes for many

While normal heavy trash service has not resumed for residents living in the city limits following Hurricane Harvey, it has for residents living in unincorporated parts of Harris County.

Residents living in the Clear Brook City Municipal Utility District have had their heavy trash pickup service resumed on every Thursday, excluding Thanksgiving.

According to Clear Brook City MUD General Manager of Administration Cecelia Ganje, the heavy trash must be clearly separated from storm and construction debris or it will not be collected.

For residents living in the Sagemeadow Municipal Utility District, heavy trash pickup service has resumed on every Friday.

Residents living in the Kirkmont Municipal Utility District have had their heavy trash pickup service resumed on every Thursday.

Kirkmont residents should also be aware that their trash service days will change beginning Friday, Dec. 1, when the district switches collection companies. Collection dates will change from Mondays and Thursdays to Wednesdays and Saturdays. When the change goes into effect, residents may leave heavy trash out on either Wednesday or Saturday.

The change in companies is intended to improve the reliability of the district’s waste collection, according to Kirkmont MUD Manager Linda Arnone.

At press time, City of Houston officials said it remained unclear when the city’s normal heavy trash collection service would resume, as crews are still focusing their efforts on storm debris removal. Recycling service, however, has resumed.

Storm debris
Storm debris collection has concluded for residents living in the Clear Brook City MUD, which used a private contractor to do the work.

According to Ganje, the district’s third and final collection pass took place Wednesday, Oct. 18. Any remaining storm debris is the responsibility of the resident.

All residents living in the Sagemeadow MUD have had at least one storm debris collection pass, according to board member Glenn Williams. Collection work is ongoing.

Nearly all residents living in the Kirkmont MUD have had at least two collection passes, Arnone said. Storm debris pickup is continuing.

Residents living in the Houston city limits have had at least one collection pass. Work is ongoing.

Mayor responds to insufficient federal Harvey relief assistance

On Friday, Nov. 17, the White House sent Congress a $44 billion disaster request, falling far short of the aid officials in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico had originally sought to recover from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Gov. Greg Abbott had initially requested $61 billion in aid for Texas alone.

While administration officials said they plan to provide additional relief funds in the coming months as costs are evaluated, several elected officials in the state have spoken out against what they see as an insufficient federal response.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner released the following statement:

“Today’s decision by the federal government to drastically underfund Houston’s flood recovery and flood prevention effort is a formula for future failure.

“Houston, the region’s economic engine, suffered more rain in a short period than any other U.S. city in history, yet is being funded by Washington at a level below areas hit by hurricanes Katrina (New Orleans), Sandy (Eastern Seaboard) and Maria (Puerto Rico).

“Our city, it seems, is being punished for its efficient Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts and its decision to work, not whine, for its fair share of public money that residents of the region have paid into the U.S. Treasury.

“One of several bitterly disappointing parts of today’s appropriations announcement is the absence of funds to help stop preventable flooding from the next epic storm, which will surely come.

“Another serious letdown is the decision to send federal grant money through state government before it gets to cities. This approach will cause inexcusable delays, and create bureaucratic barriers, for getting the funds to Houston.

“City government and local nonprofits are doing what they can to address the damage and aid the many Houstonians still in need of assistance – seniors, children and everyone in between – with housing, food, and other essentials.

The role of the federal government is crucial, however, and a mere trickle of money won’t be enough to help Houston heal from a deluge.

“Houston, we are on our own.”

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