This Week's Headlines

Local storm debris cleanup continues

Ambulance involved in fatal crash

20th annual Evening of Cuisine set

Multiple purses stolen from vehicles

Teaneck murder suspect still at large

Council members offer assistance

SoHo celebrates 60th anniversary

Constable’s office gives storm advice

State, feds spray for mosquitoes

Harris County Flood Control District focused on flood recovery

E. coli levels fall in new test of Clear Lake waters

Artist comment on abstract show at UHCL Art Gallery

Disaster recovery center opens

CCISD to honor Heroes of Harvey

Mayor urges to report price gouging, scams

Grand opening new industrial education facility

Chamber accepting funds

SJC announces upcoming calendar

PLSR announces schedule changes

More than $1 billion in federal funds OK’d for survivors

Deer Park invite features locals

JFD turnovers costly against MR

Wolverines run past South Houston 52-25

Brook volleyball’s 24-6A battle is real

PISD intermediates get started

BAFL youth season continues

SJC men’s soccer draws Tyler




Local storm debris cleanup continues

Roughly three weeks after Hurricane Harvey first made landfall, ravishing the South Belt community, residents are still continuing to rid their properties of storm debris.

Some areas, however, have made far better strides than others.

The local entity making the most progress on cleanup efforts is the Clear Brook City Municipal Utility District, which had plans in place to utilize 16 specialty trucks (there are only 300 available in the nation) shortly after the storm had passed.

“At Clear Brook City, we live by the credo of ‘think ahead – plan ahead,’” said Jim Bishop, who chairs the Clear Brook City MUD board of directors. “Several years ago, taking what we learned from Allison and Ike, the board found a professional disaster cleanup company (Ceres Environmental Services) and got them under contract to take immediate cleanup action for our citizens, should this kind of event hit us.”

CBCMUD crews began picking up debris Sept. 5, and by Sept. 18, had collected more than 40,000 cubic yards of storm debris, peaking on Sept. 7, with nearly 5,500 cubic yards being collected.

Approximately 1,200 of the 5,700 homes in the Clear Brook City MUD were damaged by flooding, according to Dean Baier, director of operations for the MUD. At press time, Baier said all affected homes in the district had received at least two passes from the cleanups crews. A third pass is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Sept. 27, and take roughly two to three days to complete.

Baier said getting an early start on cleanup gives residents a sense of normalcy.

“It restores hope,” Baier said. “It’s a light at the end of the tunnel, that there’s an end to this thing.”

If the MUD can complete its cleanup efforts within 30 days, it will be reimbursed 90 percent of its costs by FEMA. See the sidebar of this page for debris pickup guidelines.

Harris County
The subdivisions of Sagemeadow, Kirkmont and Kirkwood South are all being serviced by Harris County. These areas are reportedly taking longer to clean up, due to limited equipment and manpower. While 34 trucks have been deployed county-wide, only six are reportedly patrolling the South Belt community.

County officials said a first pass is expected to be complete by the end of September, with a second pass slated to begin Oct. 1. A third and final pass of the area is expected to be done before the end of the year.

City of Houston
While cleanup efforts are well underway in areas serviced by the City of Houston, no specific data was available at press time Wednesday.

Ambulance involved in fatal crash

An elderly man critically injured in a crash on the Gulf Freeway near Beltway 8 around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, has died.

The victim, Federico Ablog, 77, was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Hospital on Sunday, Sept. 17.

According to the Houston Police Department, an ambulance from Houston Fire Department Station 70 on Beamer was dispatched to the above location to treat persons involved in a crash. As the ambulance arrived at the scene, it was rear-ended by a silver Toyota Corolla driven by Ablog. The force of the collision pushed the ambulance into two disabled vehicles involved in the previous crash.

The driver of one of the disabled vehicles was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Ablog was flown by Life Flight helicopter to the hospital in critical condition. Two HFD paramedics were transported to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center and were later released.

The investigation was ongoing at press time Wednesday, Sept. 20.

20th annual Evening of Cuisine set

The South Belt-Ellington Chamber of Commerce’s 20th annual Evening of Cuisine will take place Thursday, Oct. 5, at The Gardens, 12001 Beamer, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

The yearly event is by far the chamber’s biggest fundraiser every year.

The all-you-can-eat function allows attendees to sample a wide variety of food and beverages from a myriad of local vendors. This year’s event will feature cuisine ranging from Mexican food to pizza, as well as multiple desserts.

Confirmed vendors include (in alphabetical order) Abe’s Cajun Market, Barcenas Mexican Restaurant, Celeste’s Cakes N More, Cadeau Confections, d’lish catering, Eximus Coffee, Fit 365 Nutrition, El Nopalito (Galveston), H-E-B (Blackhawk), Kroger (Sabo), Las Haciendas Mexican Bar & Grill, Lewis Career and Technical High School, Pena’s Donuts and Diner, Raising Cane’s (Pearland), Randy’s Smokehouse, San Jacinto College Culinary Arts, Savannah Café & Bakery, Silver Eagle Distributors, Stadia Sports Grill, The Gardens Houston, Time Out #1 Sports Bar and Tony’s Pizza & Grinders.

Awards will be given to best entree, best dessert, best decorated, rookie of the year, people’s choice and best of show. The event will also feature live and silent auctions.

Dining tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and are available at The Gardens and the Leader office, located at 11555 Beamer. Tickets may also be purchased online at

For more information and more ticket outlets, call 281-481-5516 or email


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