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FEATURES 16 AUTISM AND THE COLWELL FAMILY

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MEDICAL & BUSINESS COVER STORY 10 RICHMOND MAYOR EVALYN WENDT MOORE: A Legacy of Leadership and Conservative Values During her year and a half tenure as Mayor of Richmond, Evalyn Wendt Moore has made her mark on the City planning for the future and preserving the history’s rich heritage, along with maintaining the legacy of her late husband, Mayor Hilmar G. Moore, of ensuring that Richmond is a great place to live, work and raise families.

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EXCLAMATION POINTS! THE INSIDE SCOOP STRAIGHT FROM THE TOP Editor-in-Chief, PATTI PARISH-KAMINSKI Spring has sprung in Brazos, and with it, so many wonderful events and activities for our community have also sprung up. We hope that you have been able to be out and about as we have been enjoying so many amazing community functions. Fort Bend is truly a great place to live, work and raise our families, and most importantly, get involved. Lisa Fredrickson, Karen Mawyer and Educating ourselves about local issues and Patti Parish-Kaminski at Reading upcoming elections is a great way to get involved Between the Wines. and stay informed in our communities. With the upcoming elections in May, now is the time to explore the issues, look at the candidates and make some important decisions. In this issue, we meet Richmond Mayor Evalyn Wendt Moore, who is running for reelection on May 10th. Readers may recall that Evalyn fulfilled the term of her late husband, Richmond Mayor Hilmar G. Moore, when he passed away in December 2012. She had some big boots to fill as her husband led the City for 63 years with his “no nonsense, hands-off” approach, and the new Mayor Moore has not only continued his legacy but has helped Richmond plan for the future with the passing of a new City Charter. In this issue, we also celebrate April’s designation as National Autism Awareness Month. In keeping with our mission to educate our readers about important issues affecting our community, we are shining the spotlight on the Colwell family. You’ll meet Nicole Colwell, learn about her early diagnosis with Autism Spectrum Disorder and celebrate her success as part of Texana’s Bridge Pre-K program. Texana Children’s Center for Autism located in Rosenberg works tirelessly in our community to help children and families with autism, and they truly do an outstanding job. absolutely! Brazos is proud to support their annual Autism Conference scheduled for April 26th at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. If you are a parent or caregiver wanting to learning more about helping children with autism, this event is a great resource. From our family to yours, we wish you a blessed Easter. We will see you out and about in Brazos!

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ichmond is more than just a place we call home,” said Mayor Evalyn Wendt Moore, who completed the term of her late husband, Hilmar G. Moore, and has announced her desire to continue leading the City of Richmond as mayor. “Richmond has become a place where each of us and our neighbors can peacefully raise our families, open and grow businesses and receive first class, premiere city services. This was Hilmar’s

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legacy, it is my legacy, and most importantly, it is the legacy of every resident of our great town.” A sixth generation cattle rancher, World War II veteran, businessman and native Texan, Hilmar G. Moore led Richmond with a “no nonsense, handsoff” approach, and during his 63-year tenure as mayor, the town and residents he cared so deeply about grew to nearly 10,000. The late Mayor Moore was dedicated to service and community, a passion that is shared by his closest confidante for the past 28 years,


firsthand what it takes to help our city thrive.

the current mayor of Richmond: Mayor Evalyn Wendt Moore. “Hilmar strived to make Richmond a better place to live, work and raise families,” said Mayor Moore, who is committed to continuing the level of secure, stable, conservative management demonstrated by her late husband. “For nearly thirty years, I’ve seen firsthand what it takes to help our city thrive. I know what it will take to attract new business and create goodpaying jobs for our Richmond.”

Destined for Growth and Prosperity During Mayor Moore’s year and a half tenure leading the City of Richmond, she has done just that. With a focus on both preserving, as well as preparing Richmond for a bright, economically sound future, the City of Richmond passed a new City Charter under Mayor Moore’s leadership that will encourage a more favorable business climate in Richmond. What does that climate mean? Economic growth for the city and its residents. “The new City Charter will result in the arrival of more local businesses and an increase in prosperity for those businesses al-

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ready here,” explained Mayor Moore. “This new charter strengthens our business climate to grow and attract more good-paying jobs to our community.” Richmond’s previous charter was outdated for the projected growth of the area. Issued from the Republic of Texas in 1837, the old City Charter provided that Richmond’s annexation rights were under home rule. That means that the City did not have annexation powers; groups had to petition to be a part of Richmond. “Under the old City Charter, the City of Richmond consisted of 4.2 square miles,” explained Mayor Moore. “There were many areas around the City in our extraterritorial jurisdiction that we would have liked to annex but were restricted from doing so. Now, with the new charter, this ability has been granted to us, and we have already begun to grow through strategic annexations in those areas. There are approximately 42 square miles available for annexation by Richmond, and we are now selectively growing and will continue to do so. The future is very exciting for Richmond.” Another benefit of the new City Charter is a further reduction of the tax burden on Richmond residents. The favorable business environment

Evalyn Wendt Moore being sworn in as Richmond Mayor by Fort Bend Commissioner Richard Morrison on December 17, 2012.

Evalyn Wendt Moore.

created by the City Charter will assist businesses with their growth, development and contributions to the community. “By attracting more businesses, along with the success of our current businesses, we should be able to reduce taxes letting our families keep more of what they earn while boosting our local economy. We also now have Planning and Zoning capabilities, which will further strengthen our business and residential environment.”

Preparing for the Future – Honoring the Past According to Mayor Moore, one of the greatest challenges facing Richmond’s future is ensuring a long-term, sustainable water supply. “Water is a critical issue that I will continue to work on in partnership with the other mayors in the county,” said Mayor Moore. “It is a priority for me, and I will ensure that Richmond becomes compliant with the Subsidence District mandate to reduce ground water pumpage by 30 percent by 2016 and by 60 percent in 2025.” Mayor Moore believes in planning and preparation for the community that she has called home for over 35 years. “I am dedicated to Richmond’s future and the way we thoughtfully manage it toward even greater prosperity. Richmond is my home, and it

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is my family’s home. I believe it is the greatest city in the Lone Star State, and I am committed to keeping its future – and its heritage – alive and well.” Mayor Moore’s commitment to community stems from her deep family roots in Fort Bend. Her maternal grandfather, the late Hunter P. Harris, was a Fort Bend County Judge. His tenure followed directly after Hilmar’s father’s term as County Judge. Her parents, Billie Harris Wendt and the late Jack Wendt, have been active civic and business leaders in the community for over 60 years.

Billie Harris Wendt and Evalyn Wendt Moore at Moore’s campaign kick-off.

“I am so proud of the wonderful job that Evalyn is doing leading our City,” said Billie Harris Wendt, proud mother and Richmond resident. “There is still much to do to keep our Richmond moving forward, and I know that in Evalyn’s capable hands, our Richmond will continue to grow and prosper while protecting our peaceful lifestyle and heritage.” As the City’s first female mayor, Mayor Moore hit the ground running in her new role. Her first meeting was literally the day she was sworn into office on December 17, 2012, and she hasn’t stopped since. During brief remarks after being sworn in by Fort Bend County Commissioner Richard Morrison, she gave tribute to her late husband and his vision for Richmond. “Hilmar’s vision for our City was pretty simple,” she said. “He said many times that Houston is Houston, but due to farsighted mayors like himself, Richmond is a nice place to live.” And, under the new Mayor Moore’s leadership and guidance, maintaining – and growing – that quality of life and philosophy continues with commonsense, conservative leadership. Leadership that would make the former Mayor Moore proud.

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Leaders Support Mayor Evalyn Wendt Moore From former mayors to Richmond residents to lifelong friends, Mayor Moore has made an impact during her brief tenure as Richmond mayor.

Former Rosenberg Mayor and Businessman Joe M. Gurecky “The future of Fort Bend is filled with possibilities of growth and economic prosperity, and these possibilities require planning, preparation and thoughtful leadership,” said Joe M. Gurecky, former Rosenberg mayor and businessman. “Evalyn Moore understands what is needed to secure the future of Richmond, and she works cooperatively and effectively with other Fort Bend leaders to ensure that Richmond will be prepared for future growth. As mayor, I always considered the City of Richmond as our ‘Sister City,’ and we worked together as municipal partners. I have seen Mayor Moore continue this legacy of leadership in her tenure.”

Richmond Resident and Chairman of the Brazos River Authority Dave Scott “Evalyn Moore is a person who gets the job done, has a good work ethic and makes wise decisions,” said Dave Scott, Richmond resident and chairman of the Brazos River Authority. “She’s done a tremendous job for the City of Richmond, and we look forward to her continued leadership.”

Lifelong Friend and Community Philanthropist Donna Kay Tucker “I’ve known Evalyn Wendt Moore since junior high; we graduated from Lamar High School in 1962,” said lifelong friend and community philanthropist Donna Kay Tucker. “She is a smart business woman, and what I admire most about her character is her kindness toward others. She leads by example. I know an elderly couple in Richmond who was being harassed by a neighbor. I called Evalyn and shared with her a brief report of what was happening to these Richmond citizens. Evalyn called the couple right away, visited with them, and they have not been harassed a single time since then. Evalyn even sent them a Christmas card. That’s how Evalyn operates. She believes in doing the right thing and standing up for what’s right. She loves the City of Richmond, and she treats everyone with respect and dignity.” The election for Richmond Mayor is scheduled for Saturday, May 10th. Early voting begins April 28th and ends May 6th. All voting will be held at the City of Richmond Water Maintenance Facility, located at 110 North 8th Street, and election day voting is scheduled from 7 am to 7 pm.

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the front plaza every Saturday night and a vintage, baseball-shaped bullpen cart, the Texas Direct Auto message is featured prominently along the Skeeters’ bullpen and inside the “Buzz Shop,” where every purchase of $50 or more in Skeeters merchandise earns fans a free t-shirt! And kids of all ages are welcome to come out to the dealership off of the Southwest Freeway at Airport Road for pictures with Swatson, the Skeeters’ adorable life-sized mosquito mascot, on three separate dates yet to be announced. Skeeters’ fans will also want to mark their calendars for the two game entitlements hosted by Texas Direct Auto this year. The first 2,000 fans through the gates on Friday, May 24th will receive a limited-edition Skeeter blue camouflage fleece blanket, and on Friday, August 2nd, Texas Direct Auto will give away the third edition of their coveted, collectible youth jerseys to the first 2,000 attendees. Texas Direct Auto’s Director of New Business Development Jessica DeMarr is looking forward to another great season in 2014. “We hope you’ll come out and join us at Constellation Field and the Texas Direct Auto dealership for lots of fun special events this year.” DeMarr said. “Go Skeeters!” For more information, visit www.sugarlandskeeters. com.

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pril is National Autism Awareness Month, which was designated in 1970 by the United States to educate our communities about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Autism is a developmental disorder that affects the way our brain processes information. It involves a person’s ability to interact and communicate with others. Typically, autism appears during the first three years of life, but the severity of symptoms is different for each individual. Some symptoms may not be defined as well as others and may be misdiagnosed. This is the reason that education of this disorder is so important, and early diagnosis of this disorder is essential.

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For the Colwell family of Sugar Land, the search for answers surrounding problems their daughter Nicole was having was not an easy one. Linda Colwell, Nicole's mom, explained, "When Nicole was two-years-old, I noticed that she was not speaking much or trying to communicate with her peers. Nicole had frequent ear infections and had tubes put in her ears. I thought maybe the issues she was having were related to not being able to hear properly." According to her mom, Nicole had been in daycare since the age of six months and remained until she turned three. "I did not get any reports from

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Nicole and Linda Colwell.

the daycare about any behavioral issues or problems. I took some time off right before her third birthday, and it became apparent to me that she was not developing socially or academically as well as her peers."

Knowledge is Power Colwell spoke with Nicole's pediatrician, and he suggested speech therapy. After having Nicole tested, it was determined that she needed speech therapy. Nicole attended two 30 minute sessions every week. After further research, Colwell discovered that the Fort Bend Independent School District offered a program for children with developmen-


tal delays. After being evaluated at the age of three and a half, Nicole was enrolled at the local elementary school and attended two 30 minute sessions each week. Even with four sessions of speech therapy per week for six months, Nicole was still not progressing as expected for her peer level. Nicole began to have some behavioral issues, and Colwell suspected that her daughter may be autistic. "I asked her private speech therapist if she was aware of any program in the area that I might research on this disorder." Colwell found there was a program in Rosenberg: Texana Children's Center for Autism. A meeting was set and a psychiatric evaluation was scheduled to determine if Nicole was autistic. Thankfully, Colwell's search for answers led her to Texana.

A Light at the End of the Tunnel Colwell needed a full day program for Nicole, and she found that Texana offered both half day and full day programs for autistic children. In March of 2013, Nicole was enrolled at Texana. In the beginning, Nicole was only able to communicate with a very limited amount of single words. She was able to understand the alphabet and numbers, but she was unable to communicate them. One of her behavioral issues consisted of throwing herself on the ground and crying when she could not complete a task, such as opening the door to let one of her cats inside the house. She would begin to cry and could not be consoled. Nicole attends Texana's Bridge PreK program. The first part of the day,

Ruth Alfery and Nicole Colwell in Florida.

she has one-on-one instruction, and the second half is in a classroom with other autistic children, as well as children that have no developmental issues. Nicole benefits from both. She has learned how to be flexible by having different therapists for her one-on-one instruction and observing appropriate classroom behavior from the children in the Bridge Pre-K program. According to Lindsey Smith, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with Texana, initial testing is done on the children and appropriate programs are written to suit each child. Their progress is monitored and adjusted as needed. Texana also offers monthly parent meetings, which are a very valuable tool for both the parent and teacher, to monitor progress. Parents and teachers express concerns or problems they experience, and in turn, adjustments are initiated to correct any issues.

Amazing Transformation Smith reported on Nicole's amazing progress. "I started working with Nicole in September of 2013. It used to take her a long time to warm up to other therapists when she did not interact with them on a daily basis. Now, she greets them by name when they speak to her. I would say that her most improved area has been her social interaction with peers and adults. She now uses three to four word sentences when speaking with friends. She loves to play outside and pull her friends around in a wagon. Nicole now engages friends into activities as opposed to just joining in with them." Colwell stated that Nicole's progress has been amazing. She has gained confidence and likes to make her own decisions. Nicole can hold conversations with others, and she has learned how to take turns. "We were so fortunate to have found Texana. She would not be where she is today without them." Nicole is on track to enter a kindergarten program this fall which is age appropriate. Her future looks brighter than ever.

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The Texas Master Naturalist Coastal Prairie Chapter will host John Ferguson as the speaker for their April monthly program entitled “Natural Gardening with Emphasis on the Soil Food Web” at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center, located at 1330 Band Road in Rosenberg. The meeting will be preceded by a social time and snacks at 6:30 pm. Call 281-6337033 or e-mail mmcdowell@ag.tamu.edu.

Travel back in time for an old-fashioned Easter at the George Ranch Historical Park, located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond. Participate in a traditional egg roll, decorate eggs and join the 1890s Victorian Egg Hunt. An Easter lunch with a 1930s twist will be held in the George Yard from 12:30 – 2 pm. Cost for lunch is $13.50 for ages 13 and up, $10 for ages five to 12 and $4 for ages four and under. Meal reservations are required. Call 281-343-0218 or e-mail events@georgeranch.org.

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April 5th, 8 am – 12 pm

Third Annual OakBend Medical Run to Attack Poverty 5K Gather the entire family for a chip-timed certified 5K Run/Walk and kids’ 1K at Wessendorff Park, located at 500 Preston in Richmond. Post-race festivities include a health and fitness fair, food, music and activities for the kids. All proceeds benefit Attack Poverty. Visit www.attackpoverty.org.

April 11th, 6 – 9 pm

Second Mile’s 10th Annual Banquet and Silent Auction See how families are renewing hope through the compassionate work of Second Mile supporters at Safari Texas Ranch, located at 11627 FM 1464 in Richmond. This fundraising event helps provide food, clothing, health care, financial education and more to people in need. Bid on silent auction items from party packages and gift baskets to vacation getaways. Visit www.secondmile.org or call 281-261-9199.

April 26th, 11 am – 4 pm Fulshear Art Walk

This year’s theme of Arts, Wine and Chocolate promises to provide interactive experiences for all ages, including art demonstrations, hands-on activities and performances, graffiti art car painting and screen printing, as well as food trucks and special wine and food offerings at local restaurants. In partnership with ARTreach and the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Fulshear Art Walk is held in Downtown Fulshear. Visit www.artsfulshear.org.

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In addition to Dynamo players and staff, Sitter will also work with David Braunreiter, M.D., the team’s primary care physician. Braunreiter, a primary care sports medicine physician who also practices at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, has served as a team physician since the Dynamo’s inception and is responsible for the players’ primary care needs and concussion management. Braunreiter also serves as a physician member of Major League Soccer’s Concussion Committee. Houston Methodist serves as the official health care provider for the Houston Dynamo, Houston Texans, Houston Astros, RodeoHouston and Rice University Athletics. For an appointment with Drs. Sitter or Braunreiter with Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, call 281-690-4678 or email mostappts@ houstonmethodist.org. To learn more, visit houstonmethodist.org/orthopedics. The Houston Dynamo are a Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships and four conference championships in its first eight seasons and qualified to represent the United States in international competition six times, including the 2013-14

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Finest in Medicine Considerations for Patients Who May Benefit from a Hysterectomy The leading indication for hysterectomy in America is bleeding abnormalities most often caused by uterine fibroids. However, other problems can also require hysterectomy, including uterine prolapse, malignancy, pelvic inflammatory disease and pelvic pain. Methods of hysterectomy, which means to remove the uterus, plus or minus the cervix, range from abdominal, laparoscopic or vaginal to da Vinci robotics. Often times, recovery from the minimally invasive techniques involves small incisions and only an overnight hospitalization. Whether or not the ovaries and tubes need to be removed at the same time depends on the woman’s age, personal/familial risks of cancer, indication for hysterectomy and personal preferences. The decision to remove the ovaries should involve a detailed consultation with the gynecologist to explain the risks and benefits to the procedure. Discussion should include symptoms of menopause that may result from having the ovaries removed in addition to options of natural lifestyle behavior, bio identical or prescription estrogen replacement therapy. Before committing to the important decision of a hysterectomy, women should thoroughly understand the procedure, course of recovery and what benefits should result from it. Sometimes there can be alternative options to a hysterectomy, so explore this with the doctor. If hysterectomy is the ultimate recommendation, women should be proactive with their questions and concerns. Studies show that a substantial number of women who have hysterectomies report marked improvement of their presenting symptoms in addition to their overall physical and mental health. For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. NguyenTran at 713-578-3823.

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Dr. Yassir Sonbol Opens New Office in Sugar Land Board Certified Interventional and General Cardiologist Dr. Yassir A. Sonbol welcomes patients to his new Sugar Land office located in Methodist Sugar Land Office Building 3. Dr. Sonbol completed his cardiology and interventional cardiology training at the University of Minnesota. After working in Minnesota for two years, he relocated to the Houston-Sugar Land area. Dr. Sonbol currently has admitting privileges at Methodist Hospital, Memorial Herman, Kindred Hospital, St. Luke’s Sugar Land, HealthSouth, OakBend Medical Center and West Houston Medical Center. Specific services offered by Dr. Sonbol include evaluation and treatment of all problems related to cardiovascular disease. This includes patients with chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, heart failure, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and more. Testing services include echocardiograms, nuclear stress testing, coronary angiography and intervention, peripheral angiography and intervention and holter monitoring, plus other cardiovascular related tests. You are not just a patient when you walk through Dr. Sonbol’s door; you are part of his family. Patients can always expect prompt service, quality personalized care and the time needed to explain their problems and obtain good, easy to understand explanations regarding their issues. Dr. Sonbol encourages his patients to communicate with him in between visits. Their care does not happen only when they are in the office, but it is continues between appointments. Dr. Sonbol encourages patients to email or call him with updates, and he responds to all of his emails personally. Dr. Sonbol is currently accepting all insurances and will try to accommodate same day appointments. For more information, call 281-9123866.


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Rosenberg’s Guru of Detox Wellness Therapies and Colonics Brings Her Focus Back Home Say the name Joyce Long, and chances are that at least one in every five Houstonians know about her awesome hands or therapies. For the last 24 years, Joyce Long’s focus has primarily been her Galleria location. Her free time has been dedicated to wounded warriors and hospice patients at her Fort Bend County location. Originally from Rosenberg, Joyce knew from a young age that there was more out there beyond the borders of Rosenberg. She has had a vast amount of experiences and has worn many hats through the years. When Joyce developed some health issues in her 20s, she began to educate herself. Through many hours of training and work, Joyce earned her health, along with many titles and certifications. From Nationally Certified Colon Hydrotherapist Instructor to Certified International Pastoral Medicine Practitioner, it’s no wonder why people all over the world seek out Joyce for her amazing gifts and vast knowledge of health. Most recently, she received several of the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) Best of Local Business awards for massage in 2011 and 2012 and colon hydrotherapy in 2012. With referrals from 20 doctors and three hospitals, Joyce has built a worldwide clientele. Now is the time for Fort Bend County to experience the benefits of Joyce’s vast knowledge of internal balance and detoxification through lymphatic massage and colonics. For more information on Joyce Long’s services, visit www. joycelong.biz, and click on the media page tab, or call 713-623-0866 to schedule an appointment.

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Coronary angioplasty is a surgical procedure that opens narrow or blocked arteries in the heart. A catheter, or flexible tube, is inserted into an artery to deliver balloons and stents to open the damaged arteries. Traditionally, the catheter is inserted into the femoral artery in the groin, but surgical breakthroughs now allow insertion of the catheter into the radial artery of the wrist. According to the professional cardiology journal Circulation, utilization of the transradial, or wrist, approach has increased 13-fold in the five-year period from 2007 to 2012. The transradial angioplasty has been used extensively in Europe and other countries since it was first performed 20 years ago. Bajid Basit, M.D., a cardiologist affiliated with Memorial Hermann who sees patients in Sugar Land, Rosenberg and Wharton, says transradial angioplasty is often safer than the traditional femoral artery procedure. “The transradial approach significantly reduces complications for patients and provides a higher degree of comfort,” said Dr. Basit, who is board-certified in cardiovascular diseases, internal medicine and interventional cardiology. “Wrist access is almost painless and allows for a much more comfortable recovery after the procedure without the need for prolonged bed rest.” Ninety percent of patients are candidates for the transradial procedure. Patients who have undergone both groin and transradial procedures overwhelmingly prefer entry through the wrist. Coronary heart disease is very common and may lead to chest pain, heart failure or even heart attack if not promptly diagnosed and treated. For more information or to schedule an appointment with a Memorial Hermann cardiologist, visit www.memorialhermann.org. See ad on Back Cover.

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Now Accepting New Patients! We specialize in the following conditions: • Gallbladder Disorders • Heartburn or reflux disease • Swallowing Problems • Rectal Bleeding • Inflammatory Bowel Disorders (Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis)

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Caring for You Above All First Class Service at Sugar Land Face and Body Plastic Surgery Sugar Land Face and Body Plastic Surgery offers the following surgical procedures conveniently on-site: breast augmentation and lift, implant exchange, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, face lift, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, otoplasty, liposuction and body and neck lift. While surgical procedures are an important part of helping patients look and feel their best, Dr. Eric Humble believes that rejuvenation, like health and wellness, does not start with surgery but instead is founded in nutrition, lifestyle and attitude. “While surgery can be the catalyst for creating a healthier lifestyle, there is more to overall health and wellness, and rejuvenation is an important part of that process. Rejuvenation helps one see on the outside the way they feel on the inside,” said Dr. Humble. “I still remember the first face lift patient I operated on. After her operation, she began exercising, changed her diet and renewed her love of life. As a plastic surgeon, my reward begins with my goal of bringing out my patients’ love of life.” With integrity and honesty, Dr. Humble consults with each patient in depth to find the best ways to enhance his or her facial features or body shape. In an effort to reach the optimum, most natural results, Dr. Humble gives his expert recommendation on each individual case, even if the course of action means a less invasive – and less expensive – method to achieve the desired aesthetic look. For more information, call 281-313-0555 or visit www. BeautyBecomesYou.com. See ad on page 1.

UT Physicians Women’s Center in Sugar Land welcomes its newest provider, Dr. Brian R. Heaps, a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Defined by his dedication to his patients and the delivery of the highest quality care, Dr. Heaps is pleased to be working in the Fort Bend community. Dr. Heaps is motivated by the great trust that his patients have in him to take care of them during the most important phases of their lives. In fact, one of his greatest honors is being involved in the delivery of a couple’s child. As a Board Certified Ob/Gyn, Dr. Heaps understands that the delivery of a baby, however, is often only one aspect of what matters most in women’s care. Knowing this, Dr. Heaps has worked to become proficient in the evaluation of common issues and has worked to become skilled in their medical and surgical treatments. He has been trained and is committed to minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopic and robotic assisted surgery. Through his work as the Director of Medical Informatics and Chair of Ob/Gyn and Pediatrics at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Dr. Heaps has led the way in teaching fellow physicians and caregivers. His care for patients and his dedication to medicine has served as a foundational motivation to succeed. Above all, Dr. Heaps is honored to serve those with whom he comes in contact. Dr. Heaps’ office is located at 17510 West Grand Parkway South, Suite 550 in Sugar Land. For a consultation or appointment, call 713-486-1250.

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Finest in Medicine Hillcroft Medical Clinic Expands Medical Services in Sugar Land Hillcroft Medical Clinic (HMC) recently expanded its presence in Sugar Land. Located at Highway 6 in front of Lifetime Fitness, HMC added new facilities to accommodate additional doctors and services. In addition to family medicine and internal medicine, many medical specialties are now offered in Sugar Land, including cardiology, endocrinology, ENT, gastroenterology, neurology, OB/GYN, pulmonology, rheumatology, urology and general surgery. Expanded services in Sugar Land also include onsite X-ray, CT and ultrasound, along with an in-house laboratory. When you visit the HMC office, something you won’t see is a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner. Physician owned and managed, HMC doctors pride themselves on establishing direct relationships with patients. In a nod to patients’ busy schedules, HMC doctors offer convenient appointments, including sameday, lunch-time and Saturday appointments for both sick and routine visits, including physicals. The doctors and services have In-Network status with most insurance plans, too. HMC has provided medical care for the Houston area since 1948 and is the area’s oldest multi-specialty group. HMC opened its first Sugar Land office in 1980 on South Main. In 2007, HMC moved to its current home on Highway 6. HMC doctors also care for patients at their office in southwest Houston. With the recent growth of their Sugar Land office, HMC doctors look forward to continuing the tradition of quality medical care for another 65 years. For more information about HMC and its doctors, visit www.hmcdoctors.com. To make an appointment, call 832-500-5361. See ad on Inside Back Cover.

Have One or More Missing Teeth? Have you delayed treatment because of the high cost? Dental implants have been a revolutionary breakthrough for people with missing teeth, but the high cost has prevented some from seeking care. Well, great news! Several times a year, C & C Dental hosts a dental implant course taught by Dr. Todd Engel, an international speaker and lecturer who founded The Engel Institute. One of the highlights of the course is live treatment on patients. Class size is limited, but if you are selected to participate, the cost savings is huge. Normally, a dental implant is priced at about $2000. Patients for the course pay only $699! Each and every patient is seen by a licensed dentist and is overseen by Dr. Engel himself. The facilities at C & C Dental are brand new and state-of-the-art. Here is what one patient had to say about his experience: “I kept putting off getting an implant because of the price. The course was a great experience, very professional. I even returned for another class. Now, I have two implants and paid less than the going price for one!” Call C & C Dental at 281-242-0241 for a free screening to see if you qualify for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. See ad on page 3.

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Plastic Surgery Is Truly Art and Science Plastic surgery is truly an art as well as science. It takes precision, dexterity and mastery of surgical techniques to perform complex surgeries safely and reliably. On the other hand, cosmetic surgery also requires surgeons to become experts of the human form. Mastering the craft of cosmetic procedures requires both an artistic passion and talent for the human figure. With extensive surgical training in two residencies, two board certifications and a strong art background, Dr. John T. Nguyen truly embraces the concept of art and science in the field of plastic surgery. Over the past several years, Dr. Nguyen and his staff have built a reputation for beautiful results, attention to detail and safe, patient centered care. Experience the difference at Sugar Land Plastic Surgery. For more information or to request a complimentary consultation with Dr. Nguyen, call 281-980-8000 or visit www.MyBodySurgeon.com today. See ad on page 7.

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Brownie Troop 29079 selected Lunches of Love to benefit from their Cookie Share project as part of their Give Back Badge. The girls sold 123 boxes to donate and decorated bags for weekend care packages.

ABOUT IN THE HEART BRAZOS

The Fort Bend County Women’s Center hosted a Ribbon Cutting at PennyWise Resale Center in Stafford.

Lanie Wittry, Charlie Daugherty, Laila McCloud, Maddie Gerard, Ava Crain, Sophia Musser and Campbell Cox.

The Lone Star Stomp kicked off their XXV Silver Anniversary with a luncheon at the home of Billie Wendt. Several committee members, past chairman and museum docents were in attendance.

Nell Ciancarelli and Ann Council.

In attendance were Doug Heath, Vita Goodell and Gene Werlein.

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Roberta Terrell, Lynn Hewitt, Joanne Anderson and Joyce Lolley.


The Houston Metro Go Texan Committee for Lamar/Needville hosted their 22nd Boot Scootin’ Ball in February at the Fort Bend Fairgrounds. Two local baseball players were named to the All-Greater Houston Preseason High School Baseball team at the Second Annual Skeeter’s Hot Stove Banquet.

Enjoying the evening were Minerva DelBosque, Nora Lepovitz, Kim Feldhoff, Kimberly Williams, Lisa Noser and Vickie Stevenson.

A team of Frost Elementary teachers and students competed at the 2014 Lamar Consolidated ISD Science Olympiad at Reading Junior High School. Head Coach Vanessa Flores with students Cooper Green and Walker Satterwhite displayed their straw tower.

Foster High School pitcher Reid Garrett and George Ranch High School outfielder Stone Garrett were honored at the banquet.

Madison Soto, Mackenzie Palmer, James Dimanlanta, Spencer Hornbeck, Colton Harris and Timothy Tapley competed in the Clay Boats category.

Owen Mathers, Kaden Thurmond and Riley Carroll were ready for their crimebuster project.

Carter Miller, Austin Couch, Alani Poppleton and Caitrina Kearns competed in the Fossil Find.

May W. Tape, DDS celebrated 20 years of pediatric in dentistry with a reception at her Rosenberg office. Patti and Tim Kaminski joined Dr. Tape in the milestone celebration.

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ABOUT IN THE HEART

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Richmond Mayor Evalyn Moore kicked off her re-election campaign at a wellattended event in her home.

Historic Downtown Rosenberg was all hearts on Valentine’s Day.

Eileen Akerson, Doris Gurecky and May W. Tape, DDS were among Mayor Moore’s guests.

Evalyn Moore with Tim and Patti Kaminski.

Campbell Elementary recently held a Groovy Party to benefit The Snowdrop Foundation. Students donated a hat to the Foundation and enjoyed the party complete with disco lights, dancing, hula hoping and games.

Third-grader Jacob Urbanek sported a groovy wig and shades.

Bob and Marcia Vogelsang joined friends for a Valentine’s Day celebration at the Ol’ Railroad Cafe.

Celebrating at the Ol’ Railroad Cafe were David and Brenda Bowman.

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Campbell Cox and teacher Fara Harkrider showed off their funky style.

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Charlie Daugherty, Anna Harrison and Trinity Igo took a break from dancing to pose.


Students at Austin Elementary celebrated their 100th day of school by making Fruit Loop necklaces and a science experiment to see how many licks it took to finish a popsicle – 100!

Kindergarten teachers Bridget Helmcamp, Dara Mahar, Pam Hobson and Amy Lemos dressed up to look 100 years old.

Jacob Richey and Ignacio Perez decorated shirts to commemorate the milestone.

First grader Dani Ortega showed off her 100th day shirt.

The Tri-City Women’s Club hosted Sugar Land Mystery series author Stephanie Jaye Evans as guest speaker at their January luncheon at Riverbend Country Club.

Marcia Hollingshead welcomed Stephanie Jaye Evans.

Joan Fox and Eva Quearry.

Imperial Arts hosted an opening reception for artist Allan Rodewald. Rodewald’s work is internationally acclaimed and has been featured throughout the U.S. and the world, including at The Louvre in Paris. Rodewald unveiled several never before seen pieces during the event.

Quique Autrey and Sharnha Reyes Hew appreciated Rodewald’s creativity and expressive art.

Edward Crowell, Allan Rodewald and Robyn Miller stood with one of Rodewald’s many unique pieces.

Lee Cabello and Lupe Uresti.

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Photo from www.texasescapes.com by Barclay Gibson, 2009.

A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY By Joan Frances

Photo from Fort Bend County Museum Association.

The San Bernard River.

Kendleton

Historical Roots of Fort Bend

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Photo from www.texasescapes.com by Barclay Gibson, 2009.

ort Bend County encompasses approximately 886 square miles, over 562,560 acres of varied terrain from level to gently rolling. Cottonwood, ash, oak and pecan trees are native to the area. Land is prosperous with 11 square miles of small lakes, creeks and rivers. Three floatable, permanent waterways, the Brazos, San Bernard and Oyster Creek Rivers, contribute to fertile soil and successful farming. Fort Bend is included in the top ten fastest growing counties in the United States. There are 17 incorporated cities impacting progress, forever reflective of the past and contributing to the future. One of the oldest areas dating back to 1819 with opulent history is the city of Kendleton. Due east of the San Bernard River, Kendleton is located 26 miles south of

The Texas Historical Commission plaque in Kendleton.

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Sugar Land on Highway 59. Because of the convenient location to the river, this area was appealing to Elizabeth Powell, considered to be the “Yellow Rose of Texas,” and her Jamaican husband. Her husband was a survivor of a shipwreck during the Mexican American War. During the late 1820s, they walked to Texas from Mexico and settled near the San Bernard River with a land grant from Mexico. Here she raised four children and built an early American double pen or dog run house, which is a house with two rooms separated by a hallway open at both ends. Madame Powell, as Elizabeth Powell was known, also helped fleeing slaves by allowing them safe passage on her stagecoach. Travelers began staying at her home; she accommodated William B. Travis and Anson Jones and set up a resting camp for Santa Anna and his military troops before they traveled to Harrisburg. On April 26, 1836, when the Army began moving out, they burned the home and outbuildings. Elizabeth was one of the first Texans to place a claim with the government for losses incurred during the war. She later sold the land to her neighbor. The Powell Point School, named in her honor, was built in the 1890s on her land grant and later moved to a nearby settlement, eventually becoming a part of the Kendleton Independent School District. William E. Kendall, a lawyer and land agent, purchased a large plantation in the 1830s. After the Civil War, Kendall divided the land into 100 acre plots and sold them to freed African Americans at a price of fifty cents to one dollar an acre. Smaller plots of 25 to 60 acres were also sold. Many emancipated

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Lawyer and land agent William Kendall.

slaves came to buy land with the intention of farming cotton, corn, rice and sugarcane as free men. The land is still owned by many of the descendants of these former slaves. This community was named Kendleton in honor of William Kendall’s compassion and generosity. To facilitate growth in 1884, the Texas, New York and Mexican Railway Company built tracks between Rosenberg and Victoria, passing through Kendleton. Soon after, a post office and general store was established and commerce continued. On May 2, 1939, hundreds of people witnessed a meteorite fireball over the sky in Houston, crossing over 44 miles and landing in Kendleton. The public was terrified and feared the end of the world as it plummeted to earth. By scientific calculations and photographs of the trail, astronomers traveled to this small community to study the terrain and discovered 13 complete stones and 15 fragments from around the area. Suitably, the meteorite was named “Kendleton.” The community became incorporated in 1973, and the population increased to over 600. Fluctuating through the years, census in 2012 recorded 385 residents although over 2,000 live in the area. Kendleton is an example of the actions of others that contribute to the good of man, yet another standard of the deep roots of Fort Bend County.


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BREAKING NEW GROUND. IN HEALTH CARE. AND IN SUGAR LAND. Announcing our latest commitment to innovation and to the community: a $93 million expansion of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. In three phases, over the next three years, we are making incredible changes. Including a 100,000-square-foot professional office building (coming 2014) and a 120,000-square-foot patient tower (coming 2016). Cutting-edge technology, extended sports medicine services and over 160 new staff members are just a few of the many improvements you can expect. It’s better for Sugar Land and better for your health. Visit memorialhermann.org. Memorial Hermann. Advancing Health.

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April 2014 - Absolutely Brazos Magazine  
April 2014 - Absolutely Brazos Magazine  

Community magazine absolutely highlighting the people, events, happenings, businesses and town of Brazos Area, Texas.

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