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Fort Bend ISD Board hears dismal review of the iAchieve Program

Cowboy Up 2013 is October 12

By Betsy Dolan

Poor project management, unrealistic goals and questionable record keeping highlighted a less than flattering report of Fort Bend ISD's $16 million iAchieve program. The first phase of the controversial iAchieve initiative was launched in February 2012 as a way to deliver

interactive science curriculum to elementary and middle school students at 14 schools using 6,300 iPads. Concerns about the program, its implementation and cost were raised by the Fort Bend ISD Board members and Superintendent Charles Dupre. Dupre asked Gibson Consulting, Inc. to prepare a comprehensive report documenting the history

of iAchieve. The results of Gibson's report were presented at the September 9 regular board meeting. The report showed a series of problems with iAchieve starting with an unrealistic timeline that overly stressed teachers charged with writing the science curriculum. Constant changes to FBISD BOARD, continued on page 8

Stafford MSD School Board starts year with split 4-3

Wanted: Your presence at Cowboy Up! Here’s your chance to put on your boots and hat, and party with a purpose. Mosey on over for a very special Wild West hoedown - y’all won’t want to miss it! Shown are(Back Row Left to Right): PYR Board Members – Josh Stanka, Sam Morris, Roger Camp, Pat Somers, Mark Eyring, Joe Chirco. (Front Row Left to Right): Kavita Self, Cowboy UP Chairman; Shannon Bloesch, PYR Executive Director; Karl Drefke, Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Agent; Bill Rohrbach, PYR Board President. See related article on page 7. By Karen Daniels

Fort Bend County de novo hearings on county tax rate $167,000 of taxpayer money language omission By Elsa Maxey

Typically by this time of the year, Fort Bend County has a newly adopted tax rate. Although the action to do so was planned for last week after two public hearings complete with legal notice postings and publications, it didn’t take place. The Commissioners Court meeting agenda item of September 10 expressly signaled commissioners would “take all appropriate action to adopt the 2013 Tax Rate.” But no action

Run Fast! By LeaAnne Klentzman

Remember, when the grizzly is hot on your heels, all ya’ gotta do is out CRIMINAL run your slowest OF THE WEEK buddy… Or, in this case – talk faster than your compadres. Yep, seems three contractors have destroyed their futures and lost contracting jobs out at the W.A. Parish plant in Thompsons after stealing copper wire from the facility.

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was taken. County Judge Bob Hebert announced that necessary language was left out of the newspaper publication (not this one). “Action cannot be taken on this agenda item today due to the failure of our newspaper to publish (the notice) in accordance with the law,” he said.

In an attempt to resolve the matter, Commissioner Andy Meyers made what was referred to as a suggested motion “so that we can take the steps to correct that oversight and address our tax rate at a later date,” said Judge Hebert. TAX RATE, continued on page 8

Couple busted for grow house in Westheimer Lakes By LeaAnne Klentzman

An out of town couple got busted after their rented grow house was discovered. Federal and local drug authorities assisted by Precinct 1 Constable’s Office personnel executed a search and arrest warrant on a dope house in the north Fort Bend County neighborhood. Over the last few weeks a marijuana grow operation was discovered in a rented Westheimer Lakes home in the 25000 block of Canyon Crossing Drive. During the investigation Constable Dorr’s deputies logged long hours keeping the residence under surveillance. Armed with the information gathered by

the deputy Constables, 434th District Judge Jim Shoemake was able to issue a search warrant for Hoi Van Tran the residence. That warrant was executed on Thursday, September 11. When agents entered the home, they Ngoc Mccubbins discovered “a sophisticated indoor marijuana operation being conducted in five rooms of the

At the September Stafford MSD School Board meeting, tensions rose on the topic of the Stafford Cobra Football League’s future partnership with the District. During the segment for citizen participation, three people approached the podium to discuss the approval of a reduced or waived fee for the use of the SMSD varsity stadium for the Cobras organization. Of these three, two were in favor and one

was against. Jacqueline JeanBaptiste, Executive Director of the Fort Bend Youth Football League and a volunteer with the Cobra Football League, pleaded with the board to pass the agenda item, saying it would be "detrimental to our organization" if they did not. Stafford MSD has a rate of 68.23% of economically challenged students. The sticking point on this issue is that the Cobras must have 70% participation from Stafford MSD students in order to have the

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1st Annual "Tour the Arts" Festival September 21

Historic downtown Rosenberg gets coveted cultural arts designation By Betsy Dolan

For Rosenberg the second time was the charm. The Texas Commission on the Arts designated the city’s downtown area as a Cultural Arts District last week in Austin. It was Rosenberg’s second attempt at the highly sought after distinction, having been passed over in their first attempt a year ago. Twenty-two representatives from the city, the County and the Central Fort Bend Chamber made the trip to celebrate the official honor. Currently there are only 25 such designations in Texas. “This designation formalizes what so many of us here in Rosenberg already know – that Historic Downtown Rosenberg is the heart of our community, 1ST ANNUAL, continued on page 12

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Members of the Rosenberg delegation are pictured in front of the Capitol, and with Texas Commission on the Arts Commissioners and staff following the designation.

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Confused about Medicare a free workshop scheduled What started out as a way to help unravel the maze of Medicare has turned into a mission for native Houstonian Toni King. The “Medicare rules are changing all the time and I talk to people who have master’s degrees and don’t understand the rules!!” King explains.  Self taught from experience, on the job training and continued research, local Medicare guru Toni King helps people, “particularly those who are totally confused and scared they will make a wrong decision, a decision that may affect them for life” understand their Medicare and what their options include. Whether it is “boomers, who are coming of Medicare age, those already on Medicare, or the adult children who have to help or need to make decisions for their parents or elderly relatives, this is what is her life’s Mission”.  Her husband, Jim said “her phone starts ringing from the minute she gets up to when she ends her day.

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RESTAURANT REVIEW By Denise Monroe

Spring Creek Barbeque 4895 Texas 6 Missouri City, Texas Cuisine: Barbecue and smoked meats Continuing on my quest for the best barbecue in the bend, this week I bring you Spring Creek Barbeque. Served cafeteria style, the sliced brisket, black pepper sausage, ribs, beans and coleslaw were sampled. The menu was typical, offering beef, mild or peppered sausage, chicken, ribs, and surprisingly, pulled pork. Pulled pork is not as readily found in this

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area. A two-meat dinner plate was $10.95; sandwiches were around $8.95. All the meats sampled had a mild smoky flavor that was pleasing, but short of outstanding. Disappointing was the temperature of the meats, which were not even warm by the time we got to our table. For those who prefer sauce on their barbeque, the flavor of the sauce is just as important as the flavor of the meat. Their original barbeque sauce was tasty, not too overbearing, but again, not outstanding. The side dishes were okay, not bad, but

the Confused about Medicare Workshop to be held at Sugar Creek Baptist Church LYF Center, 13444 SW Freeway, Sugar Land,TX 77478 on Thursday, September 26, 2013 beginning at 6:30 PM.     The presentation is free of charge and open to the public.  RSVP by calling 832/800-4674 or going

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Tap, Tap, Tap - This week we were prepared to tell everyone all about the specific raises and changes coming for VIP personnel. The one’s that toil so tirelessly for us, you know - we the people, the taxpayers and voters of Fort Bend County.  However, we the people are just going have to cool our jets until the Bureaucrats we employ to maintain our information, consult with the lawyers we employ, to tell them, to tell us, what we can or can’t have. Never you mind all those rules and regulations on government transparency and all.

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the working folks?  They don’t need double digit raises too? Are they less integral?  Who on earth thinks paying the clerks pennies above minimum wage is acceptable when Commissioners and the County Judge gift their Just so you know, we do not assistants substantial raises with expect to snap our fingers and get a reclassification then add the documents; however, according annual pay raise on top of that.   to the law, when such documents Hello, we the people would are part of the routine operations like to see our money spread they should be readily available.  across the whole county system.  Not in this county! You are This is not Wall Street. As of going to wait the allowable today we are still waiting for 10 days whether you like it or the Official Records of who is not.  Plus, if one dare to request getting what and as soon as we something like - who specifically have it… so will We The People. is getting a job reclassification Cars – For years Bev carped and what pay they are going about county cars.  While she from, then to, then add in an and I had different ideas on inquiry about the qualifications cars, one thing we adamantly used to determine those changes agreed on was…. If we own’m, and raises….well, you know roll’m!  Since changes in the how that is going to end up….. Vehicle Maintenance Department Tap, Tap, Tap…that is the sound happened about five years ago of your foot hitting the floor, new cars are being delivered waiting.   And we are, waiting.…. while last year’s models are It does not appear that Fort still sitting on the lot waiting Bend County can’t afford raises to be outfitted by the vehicle since they are spreading them maintenance installation guy.  around in management like Trying to figure out who is warm butter on fresh bread; responsible for that SNAFU is our question is…what about harder than trying to get records.

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For years, the head Outfitter has shopped on Ebay, grown a garden, composed music on his personal computer while sitting in his work bay and BBQed for the masses all on  work time. In fact, Thursdays are known as Mark Grant Thursday over at Vehicle Maintenance because Big Boss Mark Grant (Head of Road and Bridge) drops by to lunch at the Outfitters BBQ pit each week on Thursday. Which means, Mr Grant has to drive by the lines of 2013’s still waiting to be outfitted while the 2014’s are being ordered.  Don’t believe it. Swing by the Maintenance Barn over on Legion Drive behind the jail in Richmond and see the pit and the mass of new vehicles, for yourself. Mark Grant, a department head, NOT an elected official, is tighter than skin on a sausage with Commissioner Patterson.  You remember him, the Schoolmarm who wants to be in charge of all cars and contracts across the county. Well, the bulk of the vehicles that arrived in April of 2013 have yet to hit the streets and are still sitting on the not ready lot, ready to be outfitted that is. Sixteen of the Tahoes are assigned to the Sheriff, another handful belong to Constables. Rest assured, there are enough excuses to go around, but the bottom line is….get them doggies roll’n! Commissioner Patterson, you want to control things, then get to controlling and get those cars on the road.  Mark Grant, hello? No more BBQ, and no more law enforcement officers outfitting cars because your guys can’t get it done.  We want the cops on the street cop’n and the outfitter, outfit’n.  This is a simple management issue, and you guys just keep throwing money at it by hiring more cronys expecting to get different results.  With the new Fleet Management department, there are at least three more salaries with the same end result.  Heck, we can’t even vote them out - they are protected by cronyism. Yes, shake your head, more mismanagement! Road Warriors - Now, for the information we requested and were able to get within 4 working days, Commissioner’s

travel reports from January through July 2013.  Good thing their pay is not based on following rules. … The documents from which this information was derived are available for viewing at www. fortbendstar.com so feel free to take a gander.  Understand that over the years Commissioners have returned their county cars and taken a car allowance, then did away with the car allowance, rolling that stipend into their pay and now they claim mileage at .565 cents per mile. So, following you will find the month, mileage, and amount each Commissioner has been paid.    Pct 1 Commissioner Richard Morrison reported a total of 1,399.59 miles for a total of $820.15 for April through August of 2013.  No records were submitted for January through March.  Most of his mileage was traveling to and from the Needville area. According to these records, in a 40 hour work week Commissioner Morrison will travel about 35 miles per day for the taxpayer.   Pct 2 Commissioner Grady Prestage reported a total of 3,126 miles for a payment of $1,816.94 for travel February through August. No records were submitted for January 2013.  Most of his travel was

back and forth to Richmond and to visit with Commissioner Meyers over in Katy. According to these records, in a 40 hour work week Commissioner Prestage will travel about 78 miles per day for the taxpayer.    Pct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers reported a total of 5,755 miles for a payment of $3,250.73 from January through July 2013.  Most of his travel is reported to be checking roadways and tollways. He had a lot of lunchtime travel.  According to these records in a 40 hour work week Commissioner Meyers will travel about 144 miles per day for the taxpayer. Pct 4 Commissioner James Patterson reported traveling 1,976 miles for a payment of $1116.83  No records were submitted for January, June or July. Most of his travel is to Richmond for Commissioner’s Court. According to these records, in a 40 hour work week Commissioner Patterson will travel about 50 miles per day for the taxpayer.  To see documents go to www.fortbendstar.com Until the tap dance is over…..   Send questions or inquiries to LeaAnne Klentzman lklentzman@gmail.com Fort Bend Star 4655 Techniplex Dr. Suite 300 Stafford Texas 77477

FBISD Academic Advisory Council call for new members  Fort Bend ISD is seeking business and community members, as well as parents of students enrolled in FBISD schools, to volunteer on its Academic Advisory Council (AAC) for the 2013-2014 school year. The Council works with the Board of Trustees or its designee in establishing and reviewing the District’s educational goals, objectives and major districtwide classroom instructional programs. The Council serves exclusively in an advisory role except for approval of districtwide staff development. The Council consists of campus teachers, support personnel, and administrators, as well as parents, community and business members.

FBISD is currently seeking the following representatives to serve on the Council: • One business member • One community member • One middle school parent • One elementary school parent The AAC meets up to five (5) times a year on Wednesday afternoons at 4:15 p.m. in the FBISD Board Room located in the FBISD Administration Building at 16431 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land. Selections for the Council will be made from a random drawing from all names submitted. If you would like to volunteer on the Council, please contact Isabel Mendez at 281-634-1812 or isabel.mendez@fortbendisd. com by September 30, 2013.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX INCREASE The City of Missouri City will hold two public hearings on a proposal to increase total tax revenues from properties on the tax roll in the preceding tax year by 7.21 percent (percentage by which proposed tax rate exceeds lower of rollback tax rate or effective tax calculated under Chapter 26, Tax Code). Your individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser rate, or even decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

The first public hearing will be held on Sept. 19, 2013 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, Council Chambers, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas.

The second public hearing will be held on Sept. 23, 2013 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, Council

NOTICE OF TAX REVENUE INCREASE The City of Meadows Place conducted public hearings on September 12, 2013 and September 17, 2013 on a proposal to increase the total tax revenues of the City of Meadows Place from properties on the tax roll in the preceding year by 4.05 percent.

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Mayor Allen Owen

Mayor Pro-Tem Jerry Wyatt

Councilmember Danny Nguyen

Councilmember Floyd Emery

Councilmember Don Smith

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Councilmember Robin Elackatt

Councilmember Yolanda Ford

The average taxable value of a residence homestead in City of Missouri City last year was $157,139. Based on last year’s tax rate of $0.544800 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed last year on the average home was $856.09.

The average taxable value of a residence homestead in City of Missouri City this year is $160,160. If the governing body adopts the effective tax rate for this year of $0.535165 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed this year on the average home would be $857.12.

If the governing body adopts the proposed tax rate of $0.573750 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed this year on the average home would be $918.92. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the hearings and express their views.

The total tax revenue proposed to be raised last year at last year’s tax rate of $0.895000 for each $100 of taxable value was $2,381,856. The total tax revenue proposed to be raised this year at the proposed tax rate of $0.895000 for each $100 of taxable value, excluding tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year, is $2,470,883. The total tax revenue proposed to be raised this year at the proposed tax rate of $0.895000 for each $100 of taxable value, including tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year, is $2,470,883. The City Council of City of Meadows Place is scheduled to vote on the tax rate that will result in that tax increase at a public meeting to be held on September 24, 2013 at City of Meadows Place City Hall, One Troyan Drive, Meadows Place Texas 77477 at 7:30

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The Conservative Voice By Barbara J. Carlson Educating the Low-Information Voter – Syria and The Useless Town Halls Kerry’s illogic continues on Syria, “This is not the time for armchair isolationism” and going into Syria will “be an unbelievably small, limited kind of effort” while NY’s (Dem) Representative Israel said Syria is “a pathological regime… and we need to stop those rebel elements from acquiring those chemical weapons,” while Obama said, "I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line” on Syria. Are we feeling all fuzzy and warm with a President that can’t remember what he’s said, a Secretary of State

that calls 68% of the American people isolationists—who understand why we should not go into Syria—and a member of Congress who justifies attacking Syria because they’re pathological and we need to stop them from “acquiring” WMDs? That’s another head scratcher, taking us back to 2010 when Washington Post’s Liberal Left writer, Ezra Klein, was confused over the Constitution because “it was written 100 years ago.” It’s concerning, at the very least, how some of these people graduated from the

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Ivy League schools they’ve attended and are in charge of “leading” our country. Did the Left already forget when Clinton allowed 20th Century’s most organized genocide of 800,000 Rwandans—20% of the country’s population—in 1994? Our Constitution is precise about our country entering into war: (1) We must have been attacked; (2) about to be attacked; (3) asked to come to the aid of our allies; or, (4) if the UN asks us to enforce a rule/law that another country has agreed to. War is ugly, catastrophic and a serious decision. There is no such thing as an attack being “unbelievably small and limited.” Syria has been an excellent diversion for Congress during the wasted town halls. The fluff of impeaching Holder was purely fluff. It is only now that the Ammo Act may surface— after billions of rounds have already been bought up—still

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with no justification as to why. Immigration reform (amnesty) was touted that we need an E-verify law. E-verify is already in place but is not being enforced. Have no fear, Congress promises to stand with us and refuse their unconstitutional exemption. Did we hear about the outof-control spending and what will happen, that the House will defund Obamacare and freeze all further vacations for the First Family and frivolous White House/Hollywood parties, that Congress will finally pass term limits and remove their lifetime retirement benefits, what actions will be taken on the debt ceiling, how the budget must be reduced, that the House will begin impeachment proceedings of this most corrupt President, that Boehner will be removed as Speaker or even a single word on Benghazi? Dead silence...as expected. For comments, contact Barbara J. Carlson at Barbara@ FortBendBusinessJournal.com.

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The Conservative Voice column angers some and a pat on the back from others I couldn't agree more with the recent letter ("Star's" 9-1113 paper) questioning why your paper is giving space to The Conservative Voice. It's not that I don't want to browse conservative thought, but it ought to at least make some sense. Week after week the column appears to be a random selection of disparate sentences pulled from anyconservativewebsite.com. They have little relationship to each other and are pieced together like a kidnapper would paste together words cut from a magazine to make a ransom note. Some sentences are in bold, but I can't ever determine why. It's a stream of consciousness style of writing that only James Joyce fans could appreciate, or even understand. Example (from a couple of weeks ago) - "at morph speed". Did the columnist maybe mean, "warp speed"? It honestly wears me out just trying to make heads or tails of it. I have learned to expect a few things in every column though - Obama bad Reagan

good, Benghazi/impeachment, constitution, conservative principles, blah, blah, blah. How about picking one topic, drill down into it, share some insightful observations, provide some solutions, and please,

Dear Editor,   I would like to express my feeling regarding Barbara Carlson's column.  I enjoy reading her column every week.  Of course some people may have an opposite view.  That's okay because we don't expect everyone would agree on every issue or one's opinion with everyone else. 

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opinions known. I miss Juanita Jean, Bev's Burner and our watch dog on the school district - Mr Matthews (he would have had a field day with our previous superintendent).   I hope the paper can continue to be a source of honest local opinions, whether I agree with them or not.    "Miss N"

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and Mr. Prestwood can: a). Not read Mrs. Carlson's column b). Stop picking up the paper This is a typical deplorable behavior of left when they try to shut the voice of conservatives in this country.   I for one like Mrs Carlson's column and would like to see it printed every week.

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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital introduces new online scheduling system Keep forgetting to call about scheduling your outpatient imaging exam such as a mammogram, MRI, CT, ultrasound, etc.? Thanks to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s new online scheduling system, making an appointment just became a whole lot easier. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has unveiled its new user-friendly online scheduling tool for patients. The new system makes it possible for patients to view available appointments, select one that fits their schedule and confirm their appointment

with just a few clicks. “There are many people who have limited access to a telephone during the day for personal calls, or they continually forget to call because of hectic lifestyles,” said Chris Siebenaler, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Chief Executive Officer. “Our new online system gives everyone the freedom to go online at any time of the day or night – including weekends and holidays – and make their appointment quickly and easily.” The system is accessible from the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital website.

Patients can go online at houstonmethodist.org/sugarland and click the “Appointments & Online Scheduling” button on the right side to access appointment times. The new system provides pertinent information about the appointment and offers reminder emails regarding the appointment. “Making it more convenient for our patients to schedule

diagnostic tests such as mammograms, MRI, CT, ultrasound, etc. is just one of the many ways that we are using technology to make scheduling appointments easy,” said Siebenaler. For more information or to schedule, visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland and click the “Appointments & Online Scheduling” button on the right side of the screen.

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Non-emergency city offices will be closed Missouri City hosting 2nd Annual “Team Clean” Day set for Sept. 20 City offices will reopen for regular business hours at 8 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 23.  Throughout the workday, staff will monitor phone calls and emails and address urgent matters immediately. Residents who have questions about City services and programs should call 281.403.8500 and leave a message. Residents and businesses with questions about permits and inspections should call 281.403.8600 and leave a message. City staff will promptly return all calls on Monday. For emergencies, please call 281.403.8700. Overall, the project will “enable Team members to review, organize and archive electronic and paper documents, clear out non-essential files and clutter, and to recycle paper,

office equipment and other accessories,” said Records Management Coordinator Vickie Berglund, who is spearheading the initiative. Berglund has coordinated the participation of all City departments and is looking forward to building on last year’s success. “In 2012, employees shredded 20,140 pounds of material and recycled 25,270 pounds of bagged items,” she said. “In addition, the Information Technology department recycled an entire storage room of obsolete software and hardware dating to the late 1980s. We will maintain the momentum in 2013.” To see the success stories of the second annual “Team Clean” day, like us on Facebook—www. facebook.com/MissouriCityTX,

Since 1952, Texas Farm Bureau has been protecting members’ moments – the big, the small and the everyday. Karl Drefke with Texas Farm Bureau says they are “proud to support the Parks Youth Ranch mission of providing an emergency shelter, counseling and life-changing services to at-risk and homeless youth in Fort Bend County.” The Fred and Mabel R. Parks Youth Ranch (PYR) opened its doors in March 2011 to address a gap in services for homeless youth. PYR is a 20-bed emergency shelter located in Fort Bend County that is able to accommodate 10 boys and 10

girls, ages 7 to 17, referred by Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and by the local community. Cowboy Up 2013 is scheduled for Saturday, Oct 12, at The George Ranch Historical Park Arena, with all proceeds from the event going towards meeting these needs and providing “Home for Today, Hope for Tomorrow!” Local support includes Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey and his wife, Theo, as Honorary Co-Chairs and Fort Bend County Commissioner James Patterson as the Event Auctioneer. The unforgettable event will feature live music by Kim & Bill Nash from

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Fort Bend Libraries to close in observance of Fair Day

All branches of Fort Bend County Libraries will be closed Friday, September 27, in observance of Fort Bend County Fair Day.  Regular library hours will resume on Saturday, September 28. George Memorial Library will remain closed until Monday, September 30, for renovations. Your online library is always open at www.fortbend. lib.tx.us for searching the catalog, renewing books or placing holds, downloading e-books, or using the research databases. For additional information, contact the Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.

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Continuing its “Team Clean” go-green initiative for the second consecutive year, Missouri City employees will again join forces this year and dedicate Friday, Sept. 20 to organizing their work areas and disposing of old documents, obsolete software, non-working equipment and other dated materials. All non-emergency City offices, with three exceptions, will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Permits & Inspections will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to accept monthly Planning & Zoning submittals; then, it will be closed for the duration of the day. And, the Recreation and Tennis Center and the City Centre at Quail Valley will be open for business. The non-emergency

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On Tuesday morning, September 10, about 8:20 a.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to an aggravated robbery call concerning a robbery at the bus stop on Marisol Drive and Sierra Grande in the Mission Bend subdivision. According to Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel, the 11 year old victim was a Hodges Bend Middle School student

veterinary services. A new library, the Margaret Havens Library At this year's 6th annual State and Media Center, has extended of the School luncheon held hours to benefit the residents last Friday at the Sugar Land of Stafford. The primary and Marriott, Lamar-Consolidated, elementary schools offer a dual Fort Bend ISD, and SMSD, language program of Vietnamese spoke about the issues, and Chinese. SMSD has an accomplishments, and future that average of 22/1 student-teacher face each of their districts. And ratio and have met the highest although Stafford MSD presented possible standards set by the last, they certainly weren't least. Texas Education Agency. DoorSuperintendent Dr. Lance Hindt to-door bus service is provided spoke with pride and contagious to all students with extended enthusiasm about the District's hours to encourage involvement progress. in afterschool programs. And With the near completion of the last year's seniors received 49.9 million dollar bond there was collectively 2.6 million in college a lot to brag about. The new high scholarships. school and college and career Stafford MSD is the only center will change lives and municipality run district in the give direction to many students. State of Texas. There are perks Currently there are 12 programs with a partnership with the city. that provide certification to the Did you know that the City of graduating student. Programs Stafford sponsors swimming like engineering, health and lessons to all 4th graders and medicine, culinary arts, and SAT prep courses to juniors? By Karen Daniels

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a white or gray colored car. Haenel described the suspect as possibly a young Hispanic male, approximately 14 years old. He is about 5'6", and has a thin build. At the time, the suspect was wearing a black ski mask and black zip-up hoodie. He also had on black pants and white shoes. The victim fled the scene and returned home to get his mother who contacted the sheriff’s office. Information which leads to

the apprehension and filing of charges on the suspects involved could earn a reward of up to $5,000. Call the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665, Fort Bend Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477) or text plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Tips also can be submitted online at www. fortbend-tx-crimestoppers.org. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

Additionally, the City of Stafford has the 4th lowest tax rates in the Houston area and there are no city property taxes. There are some hard facts that face SMSD, and Dr. Hindt did not sugar coat these realities. Almost 70% of the students

at SMSD are economically challenged and the District has been labeled "At Risk" by the federal government. To which Dr. Hindt elaborated by saying that their "Students are 'at risk' for being great, phenomenal, and exceptional."

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waiting for the bus stop. As he and two other students waited, a young Hispanic male came running right at the 11 year old. “The suspect struck the student in the chest, causing him to fall to the ground. He then struck the victim about five times while on the ground,” said Haenel. While the suspect had the 11 year old on the ground, he pulled off his left shoe then bolted northbound on Marisol Drive and got into

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"the goal lines were always being moved" resulting in a lackluster launch that never gave the program solid footing. "Most of the schools show a real underutilization of the iPads in the course of a typical day," said Lon Heuer with Gibson Consulting Group. In addition, the report suggested that the district should have hired an iAchieve manager with skills in project management and instructional technology to take charge of the large-scale project. The report mentioned 12 special project coordinators who were hired to help teachers navigate iAchieve, did not have the right skill set to do properly do the job. "The former CIO (Robert Calvert) served as the project manager but being a CIO is a full time job," said Heuer "(iAchieve) was hindered by the fact that it didn't have a dedicated project

manager with skills in project management and a background in instructional technology." Gibson's report also detailed a series of poor contract management practices involving Curriculum Ventures, a company hired by the district to oversee the instructional technology. Whether Curriculum Ventures had any prior experience implementing a large scale project such as iAchieve is murky, the report says. Furthermore, the district lacked documentation showing the progress and status of iAchieve and there was little or no accountability as the program progressed. "It appeared the company was doing work but Fort Bend ISD had no idea what was being done and how the project was moving forward," Heuer said. Trustees called the report "distressing" and "disappointing". "When we drill a $16 million

dollar dry hole as we did with this, these post mortems are used to learn. I'd like to consider this a teachable moment." said Trustee Dave Rosenthal. "We're sitting here with egg on our face because we haven't had any information for a year and a half," said Trustee Bruce Albright. "It is not that we haven't asked for it--we haven't gotten it." Dupre vowed to investigate the data presented in the report and to find a way for the district to salvage the iAchieve equipment and curriculum. "We will follow up on those questions as appropriate including engaging legal council when needed to determine whether any unethical or illegal activity may have taken place," Dupre said. "We will re-deploy those resources in a manner that allows them to be used in a district classroom to support academic achievement."

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The approved motion set in place two public hearings this month on the proposal to increase the tax rate for 2013. They will be held before the new fiscal year’s operations begin in October, which goes hand in hand with an annually adopted tax rate. But it wasn’t the tax rate language that was left out. Judge Hebert said the public hearings were property posted and held on the tax rate, “so

we’ve been through this process completely to the point of setting a tax rate, however, there is a notice of additional tax revenue that needs to be posted following the last public hearing.” Reportedly, inadvertently left out was $167,000 of taxpayer’s money to go towards paying for two positions. At last week’s commissioners court meeting, it was stated that the county budget was filed September 3 for a total of $271,328,104, including the two approved positions.

The hearings on the tax rate itself, apparently did not have to be held de novo, but rather hearings relating to the additional tax revenue, a part of the budget, which in its entirely has already been approved. But since the language was left out of the newspaper publication, according to a county source, the county decided on the redo. “It just adds a few days to the process but I don’t think it will have any impact on our fiscal year’s revenues at all,” said Judge Hebert.

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the count because while the athletes lived in Stafford, they were not zoned to Stafford MSD. According to Jean-Baptiste, this will add $1,410 per home game. When it came time to take the vote, Auturo Jackson made the motion to waive the fee for the Stafford Cobras. The motion failed; 4 to 3. The board members who voted it down said they want to help Stafford MSD live within their means and spending money on kids that do not live in the District is not economically sound. Of those who were in favor, (Jackson, Zak, Butler) they felt the Board had missed a "wonderful opportunity" for the children of the community. Mr. Butler said it was "sad that the board has decided to agree with this fee." Mr. Jackson asked, "What message are we sending to our local and global community?" Board President Ed Castillo answered that "we are protecting the 49.9 million dollar bond." Founded in the 1980's for

the purposes of providing wholesome recreational activity for the Stafford community, the football and cheer program is for 6-12 year olds, and teaches team work, good-sportsmanship, while building confidence. Since

2000, the Stafford Cobras has been the only organization to have won at least one super bowl ever year. The Cobras, a 501(3) c organization, sure could use a hero to keep their group going strong.

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residence. Agents located a total of 481 marijuana plants along with indoor growing lights, scales, water pumps, fans, electrical ballasts, and assorted equipment used for manufacturing, packaging, and selling of marijuana,” said Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Heanel. At the time of the warrant execution, Hoi Van Tran, 53, and Ngoc Hong Mccubbins, 57, both of Port Arthur, Texas, were arrested and booked into the Fort Bend County Jail. Both face charges of first degree felony

Possession of Marijuana (greater than 50 pounds, less than 2,000 pounds). Haenel said the marijuana seized would have had a street value of approximately $864,000. At press time Tran and Mccubbins were still in the Fort Bend County Jail each with a $15,000 bond.

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Shown L to R are: Child Advocates of Fort Bend Events Specialist Lisa Moore, Executive Director Ruthanne Mefford and Jim McClellan of Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation.

Child Advocates of Fort Bend gathering forces for CASA Christmas Home Tour While the temperature is hovering near 100 degrees the Fred & Mabel R. Parks Foundation, Child Advocates of Fort Bend staff, committee members, decorators and homeowners are gearing up for the 22nd annual CASA Christmas Home Tour.  “Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation has had a long standing

relationship with this agency and with our Home Tour. We are so excited that they came forward to kick off the sponsor drive again this year,” according to Ruthanne Mefford, Child Advocates of Fort Bend Executive Director. Proceeds from the Christmas Home Tour help Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) advocate for the needs of abused

and neglected children in this community. Through its two programs, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), the agency touches the lives of more than 400 young victims each month.  A Fort Bend holiday tradition, the Tour offers guests the opportunity to view beautifully

decorated homes in Fort Bend County, while helping to raise much needed funds to support CAFB’s programs serving abused and neglected children. Sponsors and volunteers are needed to support the Home Tour. If you would like to participate, please contact Lisa Moore at 281-344-5108 or lmoore@cafb.org.

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Notice is hereby given that the City of Meadows Place Board of Adjustments will meet in regular session, open to the public on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., at City Hall, One Troyan Drive, Meadows Place, Texas, 77477.

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The purpose of the meeting is to receive and consider two (2) variance applications from Sugar Grove Church of Christ, 11600 W Airport Blvd., for the following: 1) Providing for a Credit for 25 Parking Spaces in exchange for the Donation of 3,773 Square Feet of Property Along West Airport Boulevard for the construction of a right turn lane; and 2) Permission to add an additional non-electronic monument sign (maximum dimensions of 10’x10’) Along West Airport Boulevard for the Christian School, or One (1) larger sign.

Public Encouraged to Attend

NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed bids, in duplicate, on the original forms, signed by an officer of the company, will be received by Quail Valley Utility District at their offices located at 3134 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, Texas 77459 until 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 for the construction of: REPAIR, RENOVATION & REHABILITATION of WATER STORAGE FACILITIES at QUAIL VALLEY UTILITY DISTRICT WATER PLANTS NO.S 1, 2 & 3 in MISSOURI CITY, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS Plans, specifications and necessary information may be obtained from Saliger Engineering Corporation by calling (830) 263-1510. Plans and Specifications require a non-refundable deposit of $100 per set of plans and/or specifications. Bid Security shall be a Bid Bond, Cashiers Check or Certified Check in an amount equal to ten (10%) percent of the total bid and must accompany each proposal. Bid Bond, Cashiers Check or Certified Check must be made payable to Quail Valley Utility District. The successful bidder must furnish an insurance certificate, a performance bond and a payment bond in the amount of one hundred (100%) percent of the contract price within the (10) days after receipt of the contract documents. Payment and performance bonds shall be issued from sureties with A+ rating from Bests Key Rating Guide and who are authorized by the State Board of Insurance to do business in Texas and to issue said bonds. The bonds must be signed by an authorized representative of the surety, and licensed by the State Board of Insurance. Quail Valley Utility District reserves the right to reject any and all bids or to accept any bid deemend advantageous to them or waiver all irregularities. Dated: September 2013 Quail Valley Utility District

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CALL US AT 281-690-4200 • Fax: 281-690-4250 EMPLOYMENT RETAIL SALES, Part Time. A Dog’s Life, Luxury Dog Boutique in Sugar Land Town Square Retail exp. peferred, MUST like dogs! Apply in Person: 16121 City Walk In front of City Hall by the fountain.

Applications are available for inspection during normal business hours (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) at City Hall, One Troyan Drive, in the office of the City Secretary Janice M. Moore. (281) 983-2931.

CITY OF STAFFORD

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, October 8, 2013 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, October 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., in the City Council Chamber, Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas for the purpose of receiving testimony for and against the following: The replat of the Estates at Promenade Section 2 Subdivision, located in the William Stafford 1 ½ Leagues Abstract 89 City of Stafford, Fort Bend County, Texas also being a replat of Reserves “B” & “C” Estates at Promenade North recorded at Plat No. 20120015 F.B.C.P.R. The proposed replat of the 15.34 acres of land would plat the property into 4 reserves and 42 lots. All residents of the City of Stafford and other interested parties are invited to attend and will be given the opportunity to be heard. Bonnie Baiamonte City Secretary

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CONTACT US FOR YOUR HELP WANTED ADS DEADLINE IS 3PM ON MONDAY CALL: 281-690-4210

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OFFICE HELP NEEDED, full time position, knowledge of Word & Escel required, call (281) 827-9020 or email: SUNAY@SWAUTOCENTER.COM

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MON-FRI 7am to 6pm

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MON-WED: 11:00AM-9:00PM THU-SAT: 11:00AM-10:00PM SUNDAY: 11:00AM-8:00PM

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We are looking to hire a dedicated, responsible, & enthusiastic person.

POSITIONS OPEN IN SUGAR LAND OFFICE Weekdays until 7:30 pm /some Saturdays.

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FULL TIME

Transport Service Co. is hiring a MECHANIC out of Pasadena, TX! We offer competitive pay, medical benefits for you and your family, paid vacations, 401K & MORE! Day and evening shifts available

ANY 13” OR LARGER COOKIE CAKE Not valid with any other offer. One coupon per visit. Expires 9/30/2013

24601 S.W. Freeway, Suite 300 • Rosenberg, TX 77471

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teach fire safety and prevention in a fun and interactive way. After Story Time, families can take a tour of the fire station across the street from the library, and explore a real fire truck! The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-238-2800 or the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.

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backgrounds for photographing adoptable animals, as well as an assortment of props to use the neatly cataloged and stored. The Sugar Land Animal Shelter does not do out right adoptions. It has a trial period where you can take the animal home to see if it fits in with your family before you decide to adopt. This "sleep over" is helpful for the potential owner to make sure the animal is a good fit.

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Transport Service Co. is hiring Class A CDL DRIVERS and OwnerOperators out of Pasadena, TX for our Regional (1-2 days out) & OTR (7-14 days out) positions! We offer competitive pay, medical benefits for you and your family, paid training on product handling, paid uniforms, paid vacations, 401K & MORE! 1 year tractortrailer experience, Tank & Hazmat endorsements (or ability to obtain) & safe driving record required. APPLY NOW AT TheKAG.com or call (800) 871-4581

CAREGIVER NEEDED FOR ADULT DISABLED MALE 3:00pm - 7:00pm • Mon. ~ Fri. • • •

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We provide: Late Model Trucks Full Benefits Package Opportunity to Earn SIGNIFICANT INCOME! Regularly DISPATCH from HOME!

CALL RICHARD 281.830.4086 for more info! EOE M/F/D/V

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281-492-3450

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Walter Caskey 832•361•0930

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MATH/COMPUTER TUTOR - Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, word processing, spreadsheet, graphics. Bill Stewart. BSEE 281-3411582.>+

4807 WHITBY CIRCLE, First Colony, 77479, Sat., Sept. 21, 9am - 2pm., furniture, appliances, exercise equipment, clothing, books, cash only.

GARAGE SALE

GARAGE SALE

Call

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for help with your housekeeping

AUCTIONS

281-924-4563 References available

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AUTOS CHILD CARE

1 line for 52 weeks - Only $299 Don't hesitate • Call 281-690-4203 today!

7442 COLONY BEND LN., Missouri City, Fri., Sept. 20, 8a-1p, Multi-family, refrigerator, bedroom furniture, clothes, kitchen, lots more.

ACCOUNTANTS/C.P.A.

SENIOR HOMECARE

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Jennifer Esch, CPA, Taxes, Bookkeeping & Payroll...................... 281-499-0093

VISITING ANGELS 19901 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land . ....... 281-207-1259

PERSONAL SVCS

ADOPTION

TAX SERVICE

ROLAA Adoption Services & Home Studies . .............................. 281-438-6588

Astral Book Keeping & Tax Service............................................. 281-277-8200

AIR CONDITIONING/HEATING

TELEPHONE / VOICE MAIL SYSTEM

CASUAL AIR & HEAT Honest service @ affordable prices.......281-498-3900 FRESH AIR HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING Appliance Repair and Duct Cleaning..................................... 281-499-3511

ProStar Communications "See the Power of Panasonic at Our Demo Center" .........................281-265-3500

The Pinak Law Firm, 18 years exp., info@fortbendlegal.com............281-240-2355

AUTOMOTIVE SPORT PERFORMANCE AUTO PAINT & BODY ............................. 281-499-6601

BOAT/CAMPER / RV STORAGE Sugar Land Boat-RV Storage, W. Bellfort @ Burney.......................... 281-491-0196

FLOORS Harris Carpet/Floors Sales, Installation, & Cleaning.......... 713-723-0693

FOUNDATION REPAIR AMERICAN SERVICES, lifetime warranty, Since 1975.................. 713-782-2989

GARAGE DOORS Sears Garage Door Solutions, 24/7 service................................. 713-681-5465

HOBBY SHOP The R.C. Hobby Shop .................................................................. 281-969-7751

HOME SECURITY SYSTEMS CONCEALED HANDGUN classes/camera syst. 24/7..................... 713-726-8444

INSTRUCTION PRIVATE SPANISH LESSONS ($25/hr) ..........................................281-980-2410

INSURANCE Farmers Insurance - auto, life, home, commercial ..................... 281-561-6000

PLUMBING ALAN'S PLUMBING REPAIRS, Lic./Ins. ........................................ 281-261-1064 AMERICAN SERVICES, MPL15997, BBB, Insured.......................... 713-782-2989 MIKE TIDWELL PLUMBING CO. M37825 Residential, Repairs & Service . ................................................. 281-980-6265

REAL ESTATE MIKE MOORE - REALTOR Buy - Sell - Lease................................ 713-825-0654 WE BUY HOUSES - We Take Over Payments................................. 832-539-2260

CLEANING

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281-341-0496

ATTORNEY

LOCALLY OWNED & OPERATED

• Great Prices • Rebates! • Financing • Warranties XR 16 SYSTEM

Min. $500 job

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REMODELING

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4655 Techniplex Dr., Ste. 600

Complete Plumbing Service

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GET YOUR DOOR FIXED TODAY!

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INSURED FREE ESTIMATES

is 3:00 pm Monday CALL 281-690-4200

Commercials I Presentations I Promotions

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cannot be combined with any offer

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• Kitchen • Bath • Floor • Cabinets • Deck • Patios & Covering • Siding • Masonry • Glass Block • Windows • Int., Ext. • Painting

Painting by Tod

Serving Ft. Bend 31 years • Complete systems and service of all brands

322 Present St. • Stafford

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713.681.5465

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CLEANING SERVICE Residential house / apt. cleaning. AFFORDABLE! Reliable, call for free estimate. 281-639-0546 Pearl.

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Serving Fort Bend County since 1957

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 21, 8:30AM - 1:30 PM 1424 FM 1092 (Murphy Road) Missouri City, TX 77459

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We will be accepting donated items in good shape. All proceeds go to the church. CALL DIANE WARE 281-491-2641 OR EMAIL dware@fortbendmuseum.org

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You can BUY or Sell at: THE NEW HOPE COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

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PSYCHIC “readings by Tammy” Call for appointment

281-232-4436

To rent a booth for your own sale, cost is $30 per booth or two for $50, prepaid at the time of reservation. CALL JUNE AT 281-499-7611

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Minutes to Schlitterbaun or tube the Guadalupe. Also convenient to Fiesta Texas, Sea World, Gruene Hall , Natural Bridge Cavern and Canyon Lake.

2 units available - Each unit sleeps 8 See pictures and rates at www.RioRatonDuplex.com and e-mail your dates from web page

832-788-2294

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Minutes to Schlitterbaun or tube the Guadalupe. Also convenient to Fiesta Texas, Sea World, Gruene Hall , Natural Bridge Cavern and Canyon Lake.

281.980.6265

2 units available - Each unit sleeps 8

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The 2013 Fort Bend County Fair is fast approaching and the Senior Citizens’ Day committee is busy preparing for the annual Senior Citizens Day event. This year’s event will be held again in Building “C” at the Fort Bend County Fair on Monday September 23. “This year we will be serving a stew meal donated by Krogers and cooked with love by our amazing Sr. Citizens’ Day Committee. Attendees will also be treated to a vast array of entertainment including bingo and live music” said James Duke, Co-Director in Charge. “Senior Citizens’ Day is designated for seniors, age 55 and up only, to enjoy a special day in their honor.” Long time “Voice of The Senior Citizens’ Day Event,”

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a.m. and go until 6 p.m. Performances and demonstrations will include: sculpture artists; Children’s Museum of Houston; painters; musical theater presentations; furniture artists; sketch artists; symphonic quartet; melodrama; a photography contest; Avant Garde fashion show; wine barrel arts/repurposing; violinists;

“We want people seeing art as an option,” Kanak said. “Being a cultural arts district means access to grant money that allows us to bring in specific performers or to bring in an arts program that can benefit the entire community. We can now do things that would be hard if not impossible to do without the designation.” The push to bring the arts

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polka band; pianists; barbershop quartets; caricature artists; community painting; dance cooperative; meet the artists sessions; pottery; silk screen artists; plein air artists; polka dancers; vocal performances; dance performances; ballet; Texana art program displays; epicurean artists; George Ranch Historical Society;

accordion players; poets; drama performances; comedy performances; one-act plays; time-period costume displays; gallery showings and more. For more information about this event, visit the Website www.artsinrosenberg.com or contact the Central Fort Bend Chamber at 281-3425464 or www.cfbca.org.

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asking about available space, if we have empty buildings that they can move in to,” Kanak said. “As the arts community grows, the business community grows and it is a win-win for everyone.” To celebrate the downtown area being named a cultural arts district, the downtown merchants are holding their first ever “Tour the Arts” festival Saturday, September 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free, open to the public and will offer a variety of art options including vendors, performers, painting and sculptors.

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Bud Smith, will again serve as master of ceremony for this event. “Bud has become an icon at the Fort Bend County Fair. He lends his voice to numerous Fair events” stated Fair Manager, Susan Sillavan. This popular event draws about 1,500 people annually and this year promises to be no exception. Activities begin at 9 AM Monday, September 23rd in Building C. The doors open at 8 AM. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. “Every year we enjoy the company of the senior citizens of the Fort Bend County area” said Jennifer Williams, Co-Director in Charge of the committee. “We as volunteers learn from the seniors we serve. I know many individuals who eagerly anticipate this day each year

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Sally Ann Soutar, 88, passed away peacefully in Sugar Land, Texas on June 30, 2013. Sally was born in San Francisco, California on February 19, 1925 to Edward and Betty Klonower. She was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and married Norman Ewing Soutar in 1946, moved to Houston, Texas in 1946 and ultimately moved to Sugar Land in 1969. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Edward Klonower, a sister Rhoda Klonower Albaral and husband Norman Soutar. She is survived by her daughter Deborah Reitz and husband David of Missouri City, Texas, son Alan Soutar and wife Dana of Missouri City, and son Michael Soutar and wife Mary of Norwalk, Connecticut. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren, April Machock and husband Frank of Sugar Land, Amanda Gosline and husband Brian of Sugar Land, Mandy Vogt and husband Justin of Missouri City, Jessica Palermo and husband Marcus of Missouri City, Kyle Barley and Bryn Barley of Albuquerque, New Mexico and 6

great grand-children, Taylor and Ryanne Machock, Chandler and McKenna Vogt, Luke Palermo, and Aiden Gosline, and a host of other relatives and dear friends. Sally shared a love for deep sea fishing and hunting with her husband and sitting on the beach with family and friends. She also had a genuine gift for painting and a love for sewing, ceramics and stained-glass work. Her love for Surfside, Texas prompted her along with her close friends to start the Save our Beach Association in Surfside. She also was the stable partner and companion to Norman as he founded Tool Mart, Inc. in Houston, Texas, Austin Tool in Austin, Texas and Tool Mart in San Antonio, Texas. She was a principle owner till the end of her life. A Memorial Service will be held on September 19, 2013 at 4pm. Service will be held at St. Catherine of Sienna, 4747 Sienna Parkway, Missouri City Texas 77459 In lieu of flowers donations can be made to T.E. Harman Senior Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land Texas 77478.

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ONGOING Oyster Creek Rotary Club meets The Oyster Creek Rotary Club meets every Friday at noon @ The Quail Valley Centre(Golf Club) , 2880 LaQuinta, Missouri City. All are welcome to come. For Information contact Cindy Fauvelle,713-829-0550 or cindyfauvelle@yahoo.com. Vendors Wanted for 38th Annual Craft Show The Meadows Place Home and Garden Club is accepting booth reservations for the annual craft show. Handcrafted items only. This craft show will be held Saturday, November 2, from 9 to 4 at Sugar Grove Church of Christ 11600 W. Airport. Contact Joe at 281-530-2566 or jd965@sbcglobal.net. The Mom’s Club of Sugar Land North Are you a stay at home mom? We have playgroups, socials, mom’s night out, book clubs, and many more fun things planned! Any age children are welcome, or just come yourself if your children are in school. For more info email momsclub_sln@yahoo.com. Fitness in the Plaza Fridays, from 9-11 a.m. - August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Sugar land Town Square. Join us each Friday morning for Fitness in the Plaza featuring FREE Boot Camp,9-10 a.m. followed by Zumba from 10-11 a.m. Fitness in the Plaza Fridays, Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, 9-11 a.m., Sugar Land Town Center.Come each Friday morning for Fitness in the Plaza featuring FREE Boot Camp with Jon Hood of Fleet Physique and Zumba with a professional instructor! Boot Camp is from 9-10 a.m. followed by Zumba from 10-11 a.m. New Diabetic support group Mondays 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, 17500 West Grand Paryway South, hospital conference rooms B & C. Aug. 19, 2013, Nov. 18, 2013, Feb. 17, 2014, May 19, 2014. Events are free RSVP to 713-222-2273. Info? 281-725-5059. Morning Exchange Club of Sugar Land The morning Exchange Club of Sugar Land is an all-volunteer national service organization for men and women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills, and enjoy new friendships. The Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m., Sweetwater Country Club, Palm Royale Blvd., Sugar Land. Web site is ECSL.ORG Beat the heat at Gattitown Beat the heat at Gattitown with indoor Laser Tag, Go Karts and much more. Plus enjoy Gatti’s signature pizza buffet for just $3.99 (plus $1.89 bottomless drinks), Monday – Thursday all summer long.Great for groups & birthdays. Exchange Club of Fort Bend meets The Exchange Club of Fort Bend meets every Wednesday, noon, Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royal Blvd., Sugar Land. For more information call Mike Reichek at 281-575-1145 or mike@reichekfinancial.com. Support group for caregivers NAMI Fort Bend (an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness) would like to invite you to a Support Group for caregivers on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. These meetings are free and open to anyone who is giving care and support to a family member who is suffering from mental illness. These are caregiver ONLY meetings and are held at St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land, in the Social Concerns Conference Room from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Al-Anon Support Group Does someone have a drinking problem? Weekly, 1 hour meetings every Saturday night, 8 p.m., Lamplighters, 2425 FM 1092, (Murphy Road) in the Baytown Seafood strip center. Last Saturday of month the meetings are held at Denny’s Hwy.6 near Murphy Rd. Call Jill 281-416-9005.

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Tour the Arts in Rosenberg The first annual Tour the Arts in Rosenberg event highlighting the cultural arts will be held Saturday, September 21, events will be going on all day, both scheduled and street events, and businesses will be featuring performances in their stores, shops, and restaurants. Dance, music, art, painting, theater, culinary arts, fashion, performances from all areas will be featured throughout the day. Autism play group This group provides social opportunities for children with Autism ages 1-12yrs & their families. They meet 6 times per year at various locations. They will meet Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-noon, Sugar Land City Park, 225 7th St., Sugar Land. Drinks, snacks and door prizes are provided. Cost is free but donations are appreciated. RSVP is required. For more information, contact Susan at susan@susangar.com or 281-726-2665. Free legal aid Fort Bend Lawyers CARE offers free legal aid at Calvary Episcopal Church, 806 Thompson Road, Richmond, Parish Hall, to low-income Fort Bend residents, Sat., September 21, 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. This legalaid clinic is open to qualified low-income residents of Fort Bend County with civil legal questions. Veterans who are low-income Fort Bend County residents are especially encouraged to attend this legal aid event. Please call FBLC at 281-239-0015 to pre-qualify for this service or e-mail Tasha Hernandez at Tasha@FortBendLawyersCARE.org MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Brightwater Garden Club meets The Brightwater Garden Club will begin its 2013-2014 year at 6:30 pm, Monday, September 23, Brightwater Clubhouse, 2410 Brightwater Drive, Missouri City. Elizabeth Barrow, Master Gardner and Texas Certified Nursery Professional, will speak on “Gardening with Native and Well Adapted Plants.” Brightwater residents and neighbors from surrounding subdivisions are invited to join us. For more information, call Betty Grant at 281-261-5913 or membership chair Diane Giltner at 281-499-0694.

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