Fort Bend Independent
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VOL 4 No. 43 Phone: 281-980-6745 www.fbindependent.com .fbindependent.com ww WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011 P. O.BOX 623, SUGAR LAND, TX 77487-0623 Official newspaper of Fort Bend County, Missouri City & Sugar Land Storm in the tea (party) cup Hyatt Place regrets decision tion of America (SIOA) at the Sugar Land Community Center on Oct. 18. Geller spoke at the meeting and signed copies her book “Stop Islamization of America.” The previous day, Hyatt Place management canceled the scheduled event, citing business concerns. The Sugar Land Democrats Club and the Fort Bend County Democratic Party held a protest demonstration against Geller, stating that she was anti-Muslim and was spreading hate. The demonstrators included Farha Ahmed, a Republican and Muslim activisti from Sugar Land, who carried a placard stating Republican Against Bigotry. Below, Fort Bend County Democratic Party Chair Steve Brown is seen with fellow demonstrators. Bill Moore, left, of the Sugar Land Tea party, welcomes Pamela Geller, the execu- The Fort Bend County Republican Party website was hacked last week and is down since then. County Party Chair tive director of the American Sharon Roberts says she will Freedom Defense Initiative file a formal complaint with (AFDI) and its Stop Islamiza- the police for an investigation. The Hyatt management on Oct. 20 issued a statement regarding the cancellation of the Sugar Land Tea party meeting. “We’ve received several comments about the event that was recently relocated from Hyatt Place Houston/ Sugar Land. In a recent phone conversation with the event organizer, we apologized for not working hard enough with the group to address concerns about potential business disruptions the way we should have to find a resolution. Hyatt respects the diversity of opinions expressed by guests and visitors at our hotels, and we do not make business decisions based on a guest’s or a group’s political or religious views. This group, like all guests or groups, is welcome at Hyatt hotels, and we would work closely with them in an effort to address any concerns that may arise with future events.” Said Geller in a statement: also watered mosquito larvae, which have hatched and seem to be feeding 24/7. With a lot more mosquitoes drawing blood these days, Missouri City and Stafford stepped up their spraying efforts as of Monday evening and Sugar Land’s additional spraying starts Tuesday evening. Sugar Land uses a contrac- Local attorney Himesh Gandhi has announced his candidacy for the Sugar Land City Council at large position in the May 2012 local election. “This is an exciting time to live in Sugar Land, one of the premier cities in Texas. We are on the threshold of a new era of expanded growth and success as exciting as any we have seen in the past two decades. I am passionate about contributing to the prosperity of Sugar Land. As a member of the Sugar Land community for over twenty years, I have witnessed firsthand our City’s ongoing success, due in large to the careful planning, expertise and wisdom of city leaders,” says Gandhi. “To continue this legacy of leadership, ensuring Sugar tor who puts larvacide in the Land’s best days are still ahead city’s ditches and storm sewers – I am pleased to announce my to kill the mosquito larvae and candidacy for Sugar Land City follows that application with Council. spraying. “I believe my unique expeVehicle mounted spray rience and range of qualificaunits cover Sugar Land street tions will enable me to well rights of way for a distance of represent the citizens of Sugar up to 300 feet from the street, Land.” depending on weather condiAs the next At-Large CounSee MOSQUITO, Page 3 cilman, Gandhi says he will focus on strategically moving Sugar Land forward through financial accountability, quali- Yard of the month 10701 Corporate Drive, #282, Stafford, TX 77477 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, TX 77487 Seshadri Kumar Publisher & Editor www.fbindependent.com 281-980-6745 Fort Bend Independent, (USPS 025-572) is published every Wednesday (for a subscription rate of $20 per year) by Fort Bend Independent, LLC., 10701 Corporate Dr., #282, Stafford, Texas 77477. Periodicals Postage Paid at Stafford, Texas. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Fort Bend Independent, P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, Tx 77487. Quail Valley Garden Club Yard of the Month expresses the essence of great design that welcomes the visitor to the front entrance. Sondra and Mickey Winborne of 3102 Oak Leaf Court off East Creek Club’s home is worth driving by every season to see what’s the latest in color and texture to add to an interesting backdrop of shrubs, small trees and vines. With a varied palette of perennials and annuals including purple Angelonia, pink and orange Profusion Zinnias, red, white and pink Vincas, roses, and Pentas, this garden bursts with interest that is indeed beckoning. The Winbornes received a certificate from the garden club as well as a gift from The Garden Guy, Todd Farber. To view more pictures of this lovely garden visit http://traction.typepad.com/qvgc/yardof-the-month.html AFDI/SIOA accordingly called upon the Hyatt to apologize “for its capitulation to the enemies of freedom, and to hold sensitivity training sessions for all its employees to teach them the value of the freedom of speech and the truth about the jihad threat facing the U.S. and the West.” AFDI/SIOA offers diversity and sensitivity training to corporations and government agencies at the local, state and national levels. AFDI/SIOA’s diversity training is designed to help these entities understand the jihad threat in all its different manifestations, including Islamic supremacist cultural initiatives to assert Islamic law and practice in the American workplace. It helps them protect their business practices in the face of demands for special accommodation for Muslim employees. (More on Page 4) —SESHADRI KUMAR Himesh Gandhi to run for Sugar Land City Council The mosquito menace By BARBARA FULENWIDER The Houston area almost but not quite escaped having a huge infestation of mosquitoes this year. Until Oct. 9, when as much as three inches of rain fell in some locations, the drought had kept the mosquito problem at bay. The rain not only saved yards, plants, trees and numerous green public spaces, it “Another venue was found and the event went on as planned, but the Hyatt cancellation raised important issues regarding the freedom of speech and the truth about Islamic supremacism and terrorism.” “The Hyatt did issue a qualified apology, but not for allowing the freedom of speech to be subverted by Islamic supremacist entities bent on covering up the truth about the Islamic jihad terror threat. Rather, it apologized only for “not working hard enough with the group to address concerns about potential business disruptions the way we should have to find a resolution.” The Hyatt’s cancellation of the Geller event was all the more egregious in light of the Hyatt corporation’s hosting of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and of the Muslim Brotherhoodlinked Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), she said. Gandhi ty development and an emphasis on city services and public safety. As a partner in a Sugar Land law firm, Gandhi has a solid legal background and extensive business experience in Sugar Land and Fort Bend County. He has been an active participant in Sugar Land government, serving as a member of many committees. Currently, Gandhi serves on the Sugar Land Planning and Zoning Commission and was a member of the recent Redistricting Committee. He has also served on the Sugar Land 4B Corporation for economic development and on the Building Standards Commission. In addition to his communi- ty service for the City of Sugar Land, Gandhi is a graduate of several Sugar Land citizen awareness programs including Sugar Land 101, the Sugar Land Citizens Fire Academy, and the Sugar Land Citizens Police Academy. “Our City has forged a clear path toward maintaining state and national prominence. I look forward to bringing a renewed energy to City Council and keeping Sugar Land a premier destination for families and businesses alike. I want to make certain we protect the interests of our citizens through public safety and emphasize the fundamentals of our city services. “As your city councilman, I will work hard to ensure that development does not override the interests of our citizens and that we protect the balance between economic development and quality of life,” says Gandhi. Gandhi is currently the Vice Chairman of the Arc of Fort Bend, a special needs advocacy organization, and Chairman of the Indo-American Forum of Fort Bend. He is active in the Sugar See GANDHI, Page 3 Gold & Silver Refinery NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 3599 Highway 6, Sugar Land 281-313-9999 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday (In the Kroger Shopping Center at Settlersway) We buy gold and silver jewelry and scrap, melt it on the spot. That is why we can afford to pay more. Bring in gold and silver jewelry ; go with a hand full of cash. We have no middle men and can afford to pay higher than competitors. 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