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at two local elementary schools and plans to expand to more elementary schools as funding allows. Volunteers can assist in many ways such as collecting food, assembling the lunches, and delivering. The sack lunches cost less than $0.65 per lunch and consists of a main entrée (sandwich, hot dog, or wrap), Goldfish, crackers or pretzels, fruit, yogurt or jello and water or juice. Texas Direct Auto will participate by providing the lunches for all 762 children for the entire month of June for a total of 14,478 lunches. “Their kindness and generosity will help the program continue feeding these children in need,” said Gray. This wonderful ministry has enriched many lives of the students and families they have helped as well as all of the volunteers it takes to run the program. If you are interested in making a difference in your community, local business, organizations, groups, troops and friends are all welcome to be a part of a growing community outreach program. “We can make a difference in a child receiving a nutritious lunch or going to bed hungry,” said Gray. Please contact Adriane Gray at 281.342.3333 or adriane@ with any questions or if you are interested in being a volunteer. Visit to see how you can help end child hunger.

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features 21 ‘Polly Ryon’ Learning Center Grand Opening

Texana Center has officially dedicated their West Campus Learning Center, which will aid the intellectually and developmentally disabled, at a recent Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.


23 Real Weddings

It’s officially Wedding Season in Fort Bend County! Get all the details on twelve weddings featuring couples from the community - and next time you see these newlyweds around town, make sure to congratulate them!

65 From the Frontlines of Cancer: A Nurse’s Perspective on Survival 23

Whether it’s with family, friends, co-workers, or neighbors, a cancer patient with a strong support system in place is more likely to have a better treatment experience.

66 Fort Bend Community Joins the Women’s Center for Denim Day 2011 65

Local businesses and residents showed their support for Denim Day 2011 and helped to educate the community during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Learn how you can support this cause and why Denim Day is recognized worldwide.

72 Father’s Day Gift Guide

Forget giving him another tie - find a fabulous gift for Dad this Father’s Day in our special gift guide, featuring a bevy of items found right here in Fort Bend!


76 What’s Hot for Summer?

New additions to two Galveston-area parks make these island attractions a must see this Summer season. Get the scoop on what they have to offer so you can plan your visit.

82 Father’s Day Feature

Make Dad happy this Father’s Day with less traditional fare find him a gift that shows him you care!


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As one of Thomson Reuters’ Top 100 Hospitals,® we’re setting a higher standard for healthcare. Every year, Thomson Reuters conducts a quantitative study to determine the top 100 U.S. hospitals delivering exceptional care–care that saves lives, decreases the length of patient stays and minimizes complications. And this year, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital made this prestigious list. We’re honored to be recognized along with Memorial Hermann Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, Katy and The Woodlands hospitals.


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Photo by Morris Malakoff Photography.

14 Family Men Practicing Family Medicine Meet Dr. Alan J. Reichman and Dr. Abraham K. Peringol, both doting Dads who divide their time caring for their patients, raising their families and staying active in the community.

Departments 18 Focus on Finance

78 Fort Bend Kids Chalkboard

20 Focus on Health

80 High School Hot Shot

22 Focus Cares

84 Focus Photo Winner

27 Fort Bend Headliners

86 Business Buzz

47 Fort Bend New Neighbor

88 Medical Focus

48 Focus Scrapbook

92 Focus Favorites - Resource Guide

52 Focus Film Review

94 Focus on Flavor Dining Guide

54 Seen on the Scene

96 Living the Sweet Life

70 Community Calendar

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Lisa Fredrickson has successfully completed all requirements for the professional designation of Associate Advertising Executive presented to her by The Board of Directors of the Association of Free Community Newspapers and the Faculty of The Leadership Institute. The event was held at St. Pete Beach, Florida.

What a jam packed month June has turned out to be. We would like to congratulate our Seniors of 2011, our newly married couples, and also our Dads! There will be a lot of celebrating going on this month for sure. Please take a moment to peruse Focus magazine’s semiannual Real Weddings section. Here you can see all of the details of each wedding and congratulate the newlyweds when you see them out and about. To make sure that your wedding details make it into our special section, place your engagement/wedding announcement in Focus to be guaranteed a spot in the January or June wedding issues. Our Dad’s day cover features Dr. Alan J. Reichman and Dr. Abraham K. Peringol, both doting Dads who divide their time caring for their patients, raising their families and staying active in the community. They practice family medicine for Sugar Land Medical Associates. Speaking of Dads, don’t forget to shop our Things We Love on page 72 to get something special for Dad.

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LoweryBank, a Division of Huntington State Bank is pleased to announce that Steve Epps has been named President of LoweryBank in Sugar Land. Mr. Epps has been with LoweryBank since it began serving its customers in January 2005 and was its first employee. Having worked in the banking industry for over 44 years, he has been active in Fort Bend County and Greater Houston as a community banker since 1979, when he relocated from Bank of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. At that time he was recruited to assist in the opening of a de novo bank in Houston. He attended Old Dominion University and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining LoweryBank, he had responsibilities in the areas of commercial, consumer and private bank lending, problem loan resolution, branch bank management and business development. During that period of time, he served in various of those capacities with Texas Commerce Bank, Commonwealth Savings Association, NCNB Texas National Bank, as Agent for the Resolution Trust Corporation-Receiver for University Savings Association, Fort Bend Federal Savings Association and Southwest Bank of Texas (now Amegy Bank, N.A.). Steve has served on the boards of the Fort Bend Family YMCA, the Fort Bend Exchange Club and the Missouri City Business Alliance. He currently represents LoweryBank at the Greater Fort Bend County Economic Development Council, The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and as an associate member of the Fort Bend Society of Commercial Realtors. Steve and his wife, Kaye have four children and six grand-children. When not banking, he is enjoying his five-year membership in Fort Bend Fit, a Sugar Land based Marathon training group. While not a runner, he is a very fast “walker” and has completed three marathons including two New York City Marathons and numerous half-marathons. Steve invites you to stop by and meet his team of LoweryBankers at 16555 Southwest Freeway, Suite 100, Sugar Land, TX, 77479.

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Practicing Family Medicine COVER STORY By Linda Eaves Photos by Nesossi Studios


or two Sugar Land doctors – both dads, and now, one a granddad – it’s all about family. With a practice in family medicine focusing on preventative medicine and health maintenance, Dr. Alan J. Reichman and Dr. Abraham K. Peringol are family-oriented doctors in the business of helping patients live healthier and longer lives – all while raising children, coaching flag football, volunteering for community organizations and hitting the ballroom dance floor. Drs. Reichman and Peringol are family men making a difference at Sugar Land Medical Associates.

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Reichman Dr. Alan J. Reichman


rowing up surrounded by doctors was a major factor in Dr. Reichman’s decision to practice family medicine. His father was a family practitioner as well as three uncles. Although his father never put pressure on him to become a doctor, “having a doctor in the house influenced me because of the environmental factors, so I think I always from a young age decided that was what I was going to do,” he said. He joined his father’s four-man practice in South Africa as the fifth man of the younger generation and practiced medicine there nine years before he immigrated to the United States. His family immigrated here 32 years ago. “We had three young children at that time.” The father of four grown children, Dr. Reichman said while growing up his children respected that he was a doctor, and like his father, Dr. Reichman didn’t try to influence or put pressure on them to become doctors. “They went their own way and did what they wanted to do.” His oldest son, Gavin Reichman, is an employee benefits broker with Pasadena Insurance Agency in Houston. His younger son, Trevor Reichman, is a musician as well as a writer for Planet Green. His daughter, Lauren, is a copywriter in advertising, and his stepdaughter, Ashley, teaches special education. He added, “Enjoy every minute of every day with your children because they grow up so quickly.” Dr. Reichman is particularly passionate about lipidology and has been board certified in lipidology for about five years. Cholesterol problems are common and managing a patient’s cholesterol levels can be challenging. “We can do a lot for it, so that can be very satisfying,” he said. To stay fit, Dr. Reichman exercises often. He cycles on the weekend and walks for about 40 minutes to an hour two or three times a week. “I have a passion for tennis, and I play on a league once a week,” he said. In the past, he also ran in marathons. Another pastime is ballroom dancing which, he admits, is more of his wife’s passion,

Dr. Alan J. Reichman and his wife, Karen, with their children Lauren and Gavin. but adds with a smile, “I’m enjoying it, and it’s quite a lot of work. It’s fun.” Keeping up with the latest medical information is important, so Dr. Reichman spends a great deal of time reading medical journals, especially on the subject of lipidology. He also enjoys reading Stephen King novels on the plane when he travels as well as historical novels and Dan Brown thrillers. Noting the trend toward preventive medicine, he said, “People now are coming in for routine physicals rather than only waiting until they are sick.

More and more people, often on the advice of their insurance company, are realizing that if you catch something early, it’s treatable, less dangerous and less costly rather than waiting for advanced cancers, strokes and heart attacks.” To give back to the community, he and his wife, Karen, trained through the TABC (Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission) to be certified bartenders. Now they enjoy volunteering at various fundraising galas including Fort Bend Boogie Night. ■ FBF

Sugar Land Medical Associates Sugar Land Medical Associates comprehensive services provides a wide range of primary care services for ages 6 and up, including, but not limited to:

Dr. Alan J. Reichman and Dr. Abraham K. Peringol.

• Routine Physical Exam & Checkup • Well Woman & Well Male Exam • Preventive Care & Screening • Routine Office Procedures • Age Appropriate Immunizations • Basic Diagnostic Services including on-site lab • Arrangement of Home Healthcare • School/Athletic Physicals • Sports Injuries • Seasonal Flu Vaccinations

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Peringol Dr. Abraham K. Peringol


he oldest of three children, Dr. Peringol grew up with his father stressing graduate school or a post graduate program. An “uncle” who was a cardiologist allowed him to see what it meant to be a doctor – the personal satisfaction and benefit to the patient. At first, he wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon, but realized a surgical residency requires copious amounts of time. “Having more time, I get to be a volunteer faculty and preceptor in the residency and medical school programs. I teach the students what medicine is really about and help them to see how it is ever-changing.” He and wife, Siby, had a son as he started his residency. Limited hours with primary care appealed to the young father with a family. “The excitement of not knowing what’s going to be next was great, and the satisfaction of helping the patient at the same time and treating the family as a whole for the long-term was important. That’s the concept of continuity of care,” he said. Continuity of care and coming home and being able to see his own family and developing that relationship were the deciding factors for family medicine. “Living the life of a family practitioner, I can still be able to go home and not miss out on much, and I can be there for both Continued from page 15

• Worker’s Compensation • Pre-Employment Physicals • Drug Screens • Botox® Treatments • Weight Mate™ Weight Loss Program • Exercise/Workout Routines • Travel & Routine Immunizations • Behavioral Disorder Management • Chronic Disease Management High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, High Cholesterol etc. Sugar Land Medical Associates is located at 14815 SW Freeway (between Williams Trace & Dairy Ashford) in the Sugar Land Medical Pavilion. For additional information, visit www.sugarlandmedicalassociates. com. To schedule an appointment, call (281) 565-2140.

Dr. Abraham K. Peringol and his wife, Siby, with their children Caleb and Alyssa. kids -- Caleb, 7, and Alyssa, 3.” “We want our kids to try different things,” said Dr. Peringol. “My son plays football, and I’m one of the coaches for his team. I enjoy helping my son learn about a sport, getting excited about it and coming home and working with him.” His favorite activity with Alyssa is imagination. “She’ll go in her play kitchen and cook. Later, she’ll play dress up. She mimics her brother some days, and we build on athletics. I like to take her shopping and give Mom a break. Siby is my rock.” Siby has two post graduate degrees, and has chosen to stay home for now to help raise the kids. In keeping with tradition, the Peringol’s follow the South Asian Indian custom where the wife’s new last name is the husband’s first name, hence Siby Abraham. The children’s last name is also Abraham, and they have their mother’s last name as well. The family attends Sugar Creek Baptist Church. “Our kids love going to church and are ecstatic about their Sunday School teachers.” He wants to instill in his children: “If you’re going to start something, don’t stop until you finish it. Try as hard as you can because it does get you somewhere. Strive to work hard. As long as they have their family and faith, that’s their foundation.” Both Dr. Peringol and Siby will speak to Caleb’s class on career day. Siby will fort bend

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speak about her former career, while stressing that being a mom is a career as well. The children understand that it’s the doctor’s job to make you feel better. They are taught that every job is important and everyone should be treated with respect. “But when we go out, I’m Abe to everybody,” said Dr. Peringol. As a family practitioner and emergency room physician who also loves sports medicine, he emphasizes, “It’s just as important to get over a sickness as it is to stay healthy.” He wrote articles and did a weekly radio segment on primary care awareness and wellness. Dr. Peringol and Siby take their children to food drives not only to donate, but to let them see there are less fortunate people. “Serving those in need with a focus on children and primary care awareness are my passions,” he said. “We try to sit down at dinner every day and talk about our day and pray at bedtime. When doing things together as a family, we know that you tend to live longer, have better health, and better relationships.” Family medicine is truly a passion for both Dr. Reichman and Dr. Peringol. Together, they provide nearly 45 years of combined experience at Sugar Land Medical Associates. Three languages – English, Spanish and Malayalam – are spoken in the office, and with these doctor dads, you know you’re in good hands. ■ FBF


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hile many married couples divide the household responsibilities, there’s one task that really needs the attention of both people – the investment planning. Managing your finances as a couple ensures that both partners have equal input on how money is being spent and invested. It also helps you protect each other – and your family – in an emergency. If something were to happen to your spouse, would you know where your family’s important financial records are kept? This question is particularly important for women. According to the National Center for Women and Retirement Research, women are 50 percent more likely than men to avoid making investment decisions for fear of making a mistake. The group also estimates that most women will be solely responsible for their own finances at some point during their lives – probably because of divorce or the death of a spouse. Tackling your finances together means making sure that both partners are on the same page. It may sound pretty basic, but start by talking about your cash flow. You should both know how much money is going out, and how much

is coming in. It’s also important to discuss what the family’s monthly expenses are. Next, look at your debt. If only one of you is making the financial decisions, the other person may not even know what you owe in debt. Break down the debt and look at ways to reduce it. This should be a top priority – especially if you have children. Do you want to leave them a nest egg, or a financial burden? One of the most crucial aspects of investment planning as a couple is making sure you both know where all of your important documents are located. While you may not want to think about the “what ifs,” not knowing where financial records are could cause a big headache if a crisis were to strike. Consider keeping your important financial and legal documents in a safety deposit box. You should also make sure that others, such as an attorney or your children, know where these documents are located. When you’re rounding up your important papers, it’s also worth the time to check all of your assets that require a beneficiary. Who are the beneficiaries of your life insurance policies or your retirement plans? Are these documents all up to date? Remember to review your wills

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By Dr. Peter Osborne

Gluten? This Little Protein May be the Source of Your Chronic Health Problems… Many people today are going on gluten free diets. You can find extensive gluten free sections in Kroger, HEB, and Whole Foods. Gluten has been in the national spot light receiving recognition on Discovery Health, CNN’s Larry King, Oprah, David Letterman, The View, Good Housekeeping Magazine and more. There is even a “dummies book” available for those with gluten sensitivity.1 So What is Gluten? Gluten is a protein found in the following grains: wheat, barley, rye, and oats. It is also found in processed foods derived from wheat, barley, rye, and oats. Breads, cereals, and pastas are rich in gluten. Other foods and/or food additives can be derived from gluten containing grains. Examples include soy sauce, gravies, soups, whiskey, and modified food starch. Traditional medical thought is that the protein gluten interacts with some people’s immune systems causing an autoimmune reaction which damages the intestine. However, newer research is identifying that the protein gluten is only part of the problem. Some scientists argue that many grains (including corn) can create similar reactions. So what is gluten sensitivity? It depends on who you ask. Many people use the term gluten sensitivity interchangeably with celiac disease (an autoimmune intestinal disorder). Some call gluten sensitivity a food allergy or intolerance. The truth of the matter

is that gluten sensitivity is not a disease at all. Gluten sensitivity causes celiac disease, but not all people with gluten sensitivity develop celiac disease. This is where the problem in traditional diagnosis can occur. The only way to confirm whether or not a person has celiac disease is to perform an intestinal biopsy. If the results reveal villous atrophy (flattening of the intestinal folds) then celiac disease is diagnosed. If the biopsy results are negative, then both celiac disease and gluten sensitivity may be dismissed by the physician. There are more than 180 different disease conditions, syndromes, and symptoms that have been linked to gluten sensitivity in the medical research.2,3 Some common conditions include thyroid disorders, migraines, vertigo, osteoporosis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and PCOS. There have been two proposed names in the medical literature for this classification of gluten sensitivity. 1. NonCeliac Gluten Intolerance4 and 2. Gluten Syndrome.5 Diagnosing Gluten Sensitivity & Celiac Disease The proper tools must be used to accurately diagnose gluten sensitivity. Relying solely on a biopsy can delay a diagnosis for several years. I have personally seen cases of celiac disease where up to 8 biopsies were performed before a diagnosis was made. Blood antibody tests provide a better degree of accuracy but still have a great degree of false negatives. Genetic testing offers the greatest degree of accuracy

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and when combined with a patient’s history and examination a diagnosis can be made early and accurately. offers genetic testing and educational services about gluten. Once Again, Common Sense Applies – Several years ago, many Americans played an unknowing role in the social experiment known as the Atkin’s diet. This diet, largely devoid of grain provided many with better health through weight loss and reduction of many generalized symptoms of poor health. However, there were also those whose health did poorly on the Atkin’s diet. People are different and unique. Renowned Nobel Prize winning scientist, Roger Williams, wrote a book called Biochemical Individuality examining these individual differences. Bottom line: one diet is not right for everyone. Because going on a gluten free takes a great deal of education and commitment, it is recommended that proper testing be performed to identify whether the diet is right for you. Remember going gluten free is not a trendy diet; it is a permanent lifestyle that should be taken very seriously as even small amounts of gluten exposure can cause problems. This month I will leave you with a final thought on gluten and grains. When farmers want their cows and pigs to gain weight before going to market, they feed them more grain. In the past 100 years, grain consumption has dramatically increased, paralleling a rise in the incidence of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Despite the above facts many doctors and dieticians continue to blindly prescribe “heart healthy” diets high in grain. For more information, contact Dr. Osborne at 281-240-2229 or visit www. and www. H References: 1. Korn, Danna. Living Gluten-Free for Dummies. Wiley Publishing 2006. 2. Libonati, Cleo J. Recognizing Celiac Disease. GFW Publishing Jan 2007. 3. newsletter.html 4. 5. Ford, Rodney. The Gluten Syndrome. RRS Global Ltd publishing. Sept 2007.

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exana Center officially dedicated the Learning Center, at the new West Campus, as the Polly Ryon Building at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on May 3. George Patterson, Texana Chief Executive Officer, provided the welcoming address introducing the Texana Board of Trustees; Dianne Wilson, Steve McDowell, Dr. Dennis Young, J.C. Whitten, Willie Greer and Anita Christensen. Dianne Wilson, Texana Board of Trustees Chair, described Texana’s vision to be recognized and supported as the leading resource in the community for people with behavioral healthcare needs and intellectual and developmental disabilities services. Wilson stated that this vision will be achieved by creating and delivering life changing services, providing care, support and education, to unlock clients’ and patients’ potential for safe, independent and productive lives within our community and that this new learning center is a step towards that vision. Wilson thanked The George Foundation for their foresight in awarding the $1.5 million challenge grant that lead the way to Texana’s success in obtaining several large donations from other foundations including Gulf Coast Medical Foundation, Houston Endowment, The Mabee Foundation and the Meadows Foundation. Patterson talked about the honor of being able to name this first-class learning center building after such an impressive historical figure in the community – Polly Ryon – the much beloved grandmother of the late Mamie George. He went on to describe Polly’s leadership, care and compassion as she tended both to the family ranch and the people in the community. He remarked that she has provided a shining example to Texana as they care, support and educate all that enter the Polly Ryon Building. Mike Wells, Chairman of The George Foundation Board, congratulated Texana and commented that The George Founda-

Back Row: Kevin Barker, Texana Center and Teresa Kopnicky, Roland Adamson & Tom McNutt from The George Foundation. Front Row: Manuel Lopez, Texana Center; Dee Koch, The George Foundation; Beth Duncan, Texana Center Dianne Wilson, Chair Texana Board of Trustees; Mike Wells, Chairman, The George Foundation; George Patterson Texana Center CEO and Angie Sanders, Interim President Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance.

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ties and a new two-story Service Center. Texana hopes soon to be able to announce that the campus has successfully completed the application to be a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) registered building; the first of its kind in Rosenberg. The Learning Center will provide vocational training, habilitation services, employment assistance and supported employment services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These services are vital and needed, as there is no other provider in Fort Bend County area offering equivalent programs. The Service Center will administer and deliver individual client services such as case management, nursing services, and enrollment in respite care. The Early Childhood Intervention program, which provides support to children under the age of three with developmental delays, will also be housed in our new Service Center. Texana is one of the largest community-based programs in Texas, has 43 facilities in its six-county service area, served by close to 600 staff. Three hundred of those employees are based in the campuses in Rosenberg and bring all kinds of economic benefits to the community. For more information visit H


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erving others is Mable Scott Austin’s purpose, privilege, and passion. As a founding member of Suburban Sugar Land Women, she has favorably impacted the lives of the needy and underserved in Fort Bend County. Since its inception in 1989, Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW), a 501C3 nonprofit organization, has continued to provide social services and financial resources to the less fortunate in the greater Fort Bend community. SSLW has five programs: life enrichment for senior citizens, family outreach, neonatal services, youth development, and community partnerships. Its mission is “to encourage, equip, educate, and empower.” In connection with its focus on youth, it awards scholarships on an annual basis. SSLW is funded solely by private donations and receives no government funding Volunteering is a lifetime commitment of Mabel’s. As one of the SSLW members puts it, “Mable is committed to volunteering in her community, state, country, and the world. She is diligent in her efforts to recruit and retain our organization’s

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“Mable is committed to volunteering in her community, state, country, and the world.” members and is something of a master at marshalling community resources and building community partnerships to make a difference in the lives of others.” En-

riched by Mabel’s energy and leadership, SSLW has received letters of commendation from Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and William Clinton. In addition to her work with SSLW, Mabel is an active member of the Jackson State University Houston Area Alumni chapter. She is also a golden life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is also involved in several other local service organizations, and has been accorded many awards for her service. Mable and husband, Mose. have been proud and productive residents of Fort Bend County for over thirty years. They are respected members of the congregation of Windsor Village United Methodist Church. When Mable is not volunteering, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, and traveling. For information regarding volunteer opportunities with Suburban Sugar Land Women, call 713.256.7953 or e-mail For additional volunteer opportunities in Fort Bend County, call Volunteer Fort Bend at 281-340-1919 or visit H

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Literacy Council of Fort Bend County Presents the 2nd Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County is proud to present the 2nd Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee. The Bee will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2011 at the University of Houston-Sugar Land. Join the Literacy Council for a corporate-style luncheon as co-workers try to spell their way to a place in the “Honey Hall of Fame.” Bee is a unique event that is unlike any other event in Fort Bend County. Teams of three adults will compete against other local competitors to win the title as the “Best Grown-Up Spellers in the County.” Each team will be provided with a list of words to study prior to the Bee. Every team will have 15 seconds to discuss the word as a team before a representative must approach the microphone. In addition, spell-agains, mulligans and stingers are also being offered for strategic teams to purchase prior to the Bee. Don’t be a “Humble Bee;” “Bee” a “Queen Bee” and grab two of your co-workers, friends or family members to join the fun as participants in the Bee. Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are available, and they range in price from $5000 to $100. Underwriting opportunities are available at the $2,500 and $1,200 level. As an underwriter, you will receive a discounted team fee. For more information, visit grownupbee. com or contact the Literacy Council at 281.240.8181.

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Firefighter Matthew Wild and his Missouri City Fire & Rescue Service colleagues will be accepting donations to help Jerry’s Kids.

Help Missouri City’s Firefighters ‘Fill the Boot’ for Jerry’s Kids Missouri City’s firefighters are participating in the national drive to “Fill the Boot” for Jerry’s Kids with Muscular Dystrophy. In a campaign that began about 16 years ago, the firefighters spend one Saturday per shift collecting funds that benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s services and research programs, including MDA’s outpatient clinics at Texas Children’s Hospital and The Methodist Neurological Institute in Houston. “All three shifts of firefighters will be working to collect donations for MDA, in addition to performing their normal duties,” said firefighter Frank Luu, who heads the campaign. “Our goal is to top the $10,000 reached last year.” The “Fill the Boot” Campaign involves firefighters across the country who have raised more than $200 million for MDA’s fight against neuromuscular diseases since 1954. Missouri City’s Fire & Rescue Service will be collecting at Kroger’s at Highway 6 and Murphy Road; and Foodarama at Texas Parkway and Cartwright Road on Saturday, June 11. MDA is funded almost entirely by individual contributions and cooperating organizations and dedicates 77 cents of every dollar it spends directly to research, services and education. Donations are also being accepted at any of Missouri City’s fire stations. A Missouri City Fire & Rescue Service representative will present a check for Jerry’s Kids on Labor Day, Sept. 5, during the 46th annual MDA telethon on KPRC-TV, Channel 2.

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Rickey & Erin Williams September 25, 2010 Photography by Serendipity Photography


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CrossingPoint Christian Church Offers “Real Talk” In Partnership With Local Public Schools Five years ago, Pastor Craig Hayes began mentoring a small group of at-risk teens at Elkins High School. What began as a desire to provide character-building support to local community schools has evolved into a forum that is reaching hundreds of at-risk teens at a time. Coined as the “Real Talk” Conference, this new program creates a platform for dialogue with teens on current issues that impact their everyday lives. “It is our goal to impact at-risk teens in positive ways,” said Pastor Hayes. “The church is meant to be a valuable resource to the communities it serves. At CrossingPoint, we are interested in reaching out to families and youth by providing life changing information that will strengthen every aspect of family life and lead to more successful communities. The local school is meant to provide excellence in educational opportunities to all children. Today, local schools are hard pressed to perform efficiently due to financial and many social issues beyond their reach. ‘Real Talk’ is an opportunity for the church to partner with public schools and support their efforts to educate our children by addressing social issues that impact today’s youth.” On Saturday, March 12, 2011, Hightower High School joined with CrossingPoint Church to host a “Real Talk 2011” conference to combat teen dating violence. In a program entitled “Real Talk 2011: Love Yourself, Be Yourself,” teens and their parents participated in a hiphop panel to openly discuss the effect of negative music lyrics on dating violence, received vital information on the legal implications of sexting from attorney Rodney Brown; and were encouraged to embrace being responsible teens by author and life coach Kachelle Kelley. Real Talk is a FREE outreach program of CrossingPoint Christian Church. For more information on supporting a “Real Talk” event or hosting a “Real Talk” Teen Conference, contact CrossingPoint Christian Church at 281-431-9929.









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OakBend Medical Center Volunteer Appreciation

Volunteer Auxiliary President Goldie Leinweber (left) and Joe Freudenberger, OakBend CEO (right), present the Auxiliary President’s Volunteer of the Year Award to Peggy Kriehn who served 1,098 hours over the past year.

Joe Freudenberger is presented with a $11,000 check to be directed to the hospital’s capital campaign by Goldie Leinweber.

Ladybugs Visit Senior Facilities for Mother’s Day

Woman’s Club of Missouri City Donates to Habitat for Humanity

The Woman’s Club of Missouri City presented Elkins Habitat for Humanity, under the direction of Frank Pye, with $1500. They also donated $1500 to the DeWalt Heritage Center as well as $500 each to the Sienna and Missouri City Branch Libraries. Pictured are Officers Ann Smith, Inge Lise Braswell, Jane Owen, Lisa Glenn, Milly Smith, Maria Torres and Jo Butterfield.

Mayor Hilmar Moore Proclaims April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Debbie Hulen, Vicki Latham, and LaRob Whitman, visited the Oasis and Greatwood Retirement facilities to bring Mother’s Day cheer to its residents. The Ladybugs are a civil/social group that do activities including charity and social events. If you are interested in joining, contact Vicki Latham at or 281-384-4006.

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On behalf of the City of Richmond, Mayor Moore made the proclamation at the March 21 Meeting. Pictured are Gary Gillen, Jim Shaw, Tracey Shaw, Mayor Hilmar Moore, Gina Huber, Tom Ledkins, Ruthanne Mefford and Bill Dostal.

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The George Foundation Provides Meals for Fort Bend Seniors

Manuela H. Arroyos-CEO Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels, and senior citizens who enjoy the Fort Bend Seniors’ senior center at Rosenberg. Franklin Matacha, R.L. Diaz, David Meza, Edna Bines, Betty Lowe, Kathie Skinner, Maria Carrillo, David Vargas and Dee Koch (holding check) with the George Foundation. The George Foundation has once again made it possible for Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels to provide meals to over 300 shut-in senior citizens for the next 52 weekends through their generous grant of $50,000. “With the rising cost of fuel, which spikes food and utility prices, these funds are so very important to our organization, especially during these challenging times. We can not begin to thank the George Foundation for their generous support,” said Manuela Arroyos, chief executive officer, Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels. The George Foundation funds will be used to provide meals to the elderly over

the weekend. Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels program provided meals only Monday – Friday, until the George Foundation began providing funds for meals over the weekend. “The George Foundation has allowed us to expand our Meals on Wheels program to seven days a week, which is literally transforming the lives of the elderly in our community,” Arroyos said. For more information on FBS, to adopt a senior by providing funds for meals or to volunteer to deliver meals, please visit or call 281-633-7049.

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For 11 days this summer, people across the Houston region can experience the biblical Old Testament brought to life when First Colony Church of Christ hosts the Tabernacle Experience – a life-size tabernacle and interactive exhibit. From June 24 to July 4, the public is invited to view the tabernacle and enjoy the interactive, audio-based tour for $5 per person. Tours will start from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 24-28 and June 30 through July 3; from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 29; and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 4. The tour generally takes about 45 minutes. In addition, groups can schedule in advance to tour most mornings, beginning at 9 a.m. Tour groups will receive a discounted entrance fee. A special preview night is scheduled June 23 for religious leaders from across the region, as well as media representatives. During “The Tabernacle Experience: Journey to the Most Holy,” visitors take a self-guided tour through seven stations of the Tabernacle of Moses, learning about the portable sanctuary that housed the Ark of the Covenant more than 3,000 years ago, as described in great detail in the book of Exodus. This replica of the tabernacle remains true to the precise size and layout of the

Abbey Baker, Cole Billingsley, and Lydia Billingsley, all from Sugar Land, study a model of the tabernacle of Moses, getting ready for The Tabernacle Experience at First Colony Church of Christ, June 24-July 4. original Tabernacle constructed by Moses. Since the Tabernacle Experience was launched by Jeanne Whittaker after an impactful trip to Israel, more than 100,000 people have participated in this exhibit. She and her husband first built a full-size tabernacle for a women’s retreat. “Just as the original Tabernacle moved from town to town in the days of the Old Testament, our life-size replica travels across the United States, impacting communities and churches from California to North Carolina,” wrote Whittaker on her website. She said the Tabernacle Experience reveals “Jesus the Christ in every aspect.” Visitors who have participated in the Tabernacle Experience in other cities have written strong responses afterward. “The truths of the Tabernacle are lifechanging…. Participating in the life-size replica is an opportunity not to be missed by anyone who desires a tangible, multisensory experience of worship and communion with God,” wrote Kay Warren, wife of Rick Warren, minister and author of The Purpose Driven Life. A reviewer for the L.A. Times wrote, “The realism of the exhibit stirs the faith and emotions of many who visit it.” For more details about the Tabernacle Experience, the organization’s website is To see the schedule for the Tabernacle Experience in Sugar Land or to sign up a group to tour during the special morning hours, go to Groups can also make reservations or individuals can ask questions by emailing For more information, call 281-566-3144. Headliners Continued on page 61 www.fortbend

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By Nick Nicholson

Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender, left foreground) and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy, right foreground) lead Cassidy (Caleb Landry Jones, left), Raven Darkholme (Jennifer Lawrence), Dr. Moira McTaggert (Rose Byrne), Hank McCoy (Nicholas Hoult), and Alex Summers (Lucas Till) in a battle to prevent nuclear war.


First Class follows the classic Marvel mythology and charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, all the while revealing a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names

Michael Fassbender portrays Erik Lehnsherr, who has the power to control magnetism. Lehnsherr is determined to exact revenge on the monstrous evil who “created” him.

Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men. Whenever I think of a movie franchise “rebooting,” my first knee-jerk reaction is some incoherent—and often profane— gripe about Hollywood not having any original ideas, a reaction that is, ironically, not terribly unique. Actually thinking about the matter forces one to consider the Batman reboot, which went rather well, and the James Bond reboot, which went stunningly well (for the first movie, at least). Not a half-bad track record for the institution of the reboot. Upon the first viewing, X-Men: First Class does a fine job continuing that trend in a very positive manner. The performances are charismatic and the chemistry between the cast members is palpable. Excellent work all around. 20th Century Fox, in its release, said “X-Men: First Class charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals

a secret history of famous global events.” It also seems to be about James McAvoy being very sensitive as Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender being absolutely awesome as Erik Lehnsherr. The supporting cast features a number of solid pros as well (Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Oliver Platt and Ray Wise as well). Upon hearing that Matthew Vaughn was to direct this film, I cringed a bit. Vaughn demonstrated his ability to direct comic-book action in KickAss (in which he did an excellent job), though it isn’t too much of a challenge to direct a singularly arced film. It is, however, something completely different to direct something this big that has multiple story arcs and, with arguably half the planet interested in seeing the film, the pressure that comes with that. Not only does Vaughn hit a home run, he does it first class...pun intended. ★ X-Men: First Class Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender & January Jones Director: Matthew Vaughn Company: 20th Century Fox Now Showing: in Local Theatres MPAA Rating: NR Grade: A Photos by Murray Close. TM and 2011 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Nick Nicholson is the Film and Entertainment Critic for CNN Radio, the Fort Bend Star, Fort Bend Focus, Pearland Focus as well as Focus on Women. In addition, his reviews can be seen and heard in numerous other print/media outlets in Texas and Oklahoma. Mr. Nicholson is in great demand as a speaker to both public and civic organizations on the subject of film and the entertainment industry. He is the co-founder of the Houston Film Critics Society and is currently the President of the organization.

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METHODIST SUGAR LAND NEUROLOGY ASSOCIATES Personal attention, high-tech care for your peace of mind Dr. Jeffrey Jackson and Dr. M. Faisal Khan are pleased to welcome Eddie Patton, Jr., M.D., to Methodist Sugar Land Neurology Associates. Together they offer diagnosis and treatment of the most common – and most complex – neurological disorders. From sleep apnea, migraines, epilepsy, dementia and neuromuscular disorders to complex spine and peripheral neurological disorders, the physicians at Methodist Sugar Land Neurology Associates can provide answers and options using the latest technology and therapeutic techniques, backed by the resources and staff of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Regain your quality of life. Call Methodist Sugar Land Neurology Associates today.  Board-certified neurologists with a  special emphasis on neurophysiology, neuromuscular disorders and sleep medicine.

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Neurofeedback: Sounds like Science Fiction?


n the 21st century, there has been a change in the way people take care of themselves, and many are taking a more proactive role in managing their health for their own overall wellbeing. Neurofeedback enhances these efforts to increase physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual wellness. Here in Sugar Land, Dr. Anand Vyas offers a safe, natural, comfortable, effortless, enjoyable, drug-free, and noninvasive approach called Neurofeedback to help clients use their brain and central nervous system to make quick, positive, long-lasting changes in their lives. Neurofeedback is a more advanced branch of biofeedback that focuses on the brain and central nervous system. People using neurofeedback have experienced relief from: Anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sleep problems, chronic pain, learning disabilities, anger, cognitive impairment, epilepsy, and migraines/headaches. Also, students, business professionals, musicians and athletes have used neurofeedback to improve mental and physical performance. Based on empirical evidence available at present, researchers recommend neurofeedback training as a good alternative

to using medications to treat ADHD, especially when parents/patients choose not to use medications or when patients experience undesirable side effects. Research findings indicate that people with ADHD have an excess of theta brain waves and fewer than average beta brain waves. Researchers that support using neurofeedback to treat ADHD believe that neurofeedback training decreases theta brain waves while increasing beta brain waves; therefore, decreasing ADHD symptoms by increasing arousal. Researchers also recommend neurofeedback training as an alternative or as a co-treatment along with psychotherapy for epilepsy, depression, anxiety, traumatic brain disorders, and addictive disorders. Neurofeedback meets the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s criteria for ‘Clinical Guidelines’ for treatment of ADHD, seizure disorders, depression, reading disabilities, addictive disorders, and anxiety (e.g., obsessivecompulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, phobias). How does it work? Neurofeedback/ NeurOptimal® gives the brain information about its own activity and it helps the brain to reorganize on its own by naturally

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releasing its own “stuckness” and that can help restore the brain waves to better patterns of functioning. It stabilizes the nervous system, so we can feel at peace and enjoy better sleep, memory, concentration, self-esteem, creative, athletic, academic and work performance. It is like a gym for your brain and the training promotes positive change and growth at the neurological level of the brain. NeurOptimal® is the most advanced neurofeedback technology available today. About author: Dr. Anand Vyas, also known as Dr. V, is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)/Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. He is specialized in showing children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics how to reach their full potential and how to experience total health by using innovative and powerful methods of psychotherapy, counseling, neurofeedback, clinical hypnosis, medical meditation and yoga therapy. He also conducts workshops on meditation and teaches different breathing techniques for complete mindbody-emotional wellness. For further information, call (832)549-2067, email or visit www.

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Donation of Rio Bend Community Allows Catholic Charities to Expand Foster Care Services in Fort Bend Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston recently received the 30-acre Rio Bend community located at 1500 Pultar Road in Richmond as a gift for its foster care program. Rio Bend, established in 2005 as a community for foster children and their foster families, includes eight single-family homes, a chapel and playground. “We are so grateful to be entrusted with this gift,” said Bonna Kol, Catholic Charities president and CEO. “It allows us to expand our work supporting the care of foster children in Fort Bend County and provides the opportunity to serve vulnerable children in a safe and loving community setting.” Children will begin moving to the new community in early June. When Catholic Charities fills Rio Bend to capacity, it will serve 48 children, those of whom may be referred from the state foster care system, refugees separated from their parents, or orphans and trafficking victims from countries as far as Burma, Congo and Central America. Catholic Charities has provided foster care services since its inception in 1943, helping children who have suffered abuse, neglect and abandonment. Today the agency serves these children through both group foster homes and individual foster families, depending on the children’s needs. Catholic Charities works with foster parents across the Greater Houston and Fort Bend areas to provide their foster children with strong family connections and experiences, and benefits such as life skills training, medical care and mentoring. The agency also serves children in a group foster setting. Here, children who are victims of human trafficking or refugees who have been separated from their parents receive a comprehensive evaluation of their needs in a nurturing setting and are provided with special services such as English classes, ongoing family tracing and legal assistance. For more information, visit www.

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From the Frontlines of Cancer: A Nurse’s Perspective on Survival

“SURVIVE CANCER, I CAN” To recognize Cancer Survivors and their families, Texas Oncology - Sugar Land is hosting an event, open to the public.

Cancer Survivor’s Celebration Friday, June 3, 2011 • 3:30 - 6:30 pm Texas Oncology - Sugar Land

By Laura Manske, RN, BSN, OCN, Supervisor of Nursing Services, Texas Oncology–Sugar Land


n Sunday, June 5, millions of people around the country will gather to commemorate National Cancer Survivor’s Day – a celebration that honors cancer survivors and demonstrates that life after cancer can be meaningful and rewarding. At Texas Oncology, we support thousands of patients in the fight for their life every year, and we salute all cancer survivors for their perseverance, resolve, and courage. The number of cancer survivors in the United States has continued to rise over the past four decades – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute recently reported that there are 11.7 million survivors as of 2007*. That’s compared to only 9.8 million cancer survivors in 2001 and 3 million cancer survivors in 1971. A cancer survivor is defined as anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, from the time of diagnosis through the balance of his or her life. While this increase in survivors is due in large part to early detection and advances in treatment options, there is an-

Event will include: Barbecue, Entertainment, Family Activities, Oncology on CanvasSM: Expressions of a Cancer Journey, an art exhibit. To RSVP, survivors and families can call 713-222-2273 other factor that’s important to consider when fighting cancer: emotional support. Form a Strong Support System Whether it’s with family, friends, coworkers, or neighbors, a cancer patient with a strong support system in place is more likely to have a better treatment experience. Our patients tell us that having loved ones around to help with dayto-day tasks is a tremendous help, and allows them to rest and reduce stress. In addition, friends and family can help calm anxiety about a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Connect With Other Cancer Patients While fighting cancer, patients encounter any number of extremely difficult situations, which can only fully be understood by others experiencing the same thing. We continuously see that patients who attend cancer support groups have less anxiety and a more positive outlook on their situation. In support groups, patients can bring up subjects that may be too difficult to talk about with family and friends – from questions about the physical and emotional side effects of treatment to concerns www.fortbend

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about end-of-life decisions. Texas Oncology has many resources available to help cancer patients connect with each other. At Texas Oncology–Sugar Land, we offer activities through the American Cancer Society and host their “Look Good…Feel Better®” program. We facilitate referrals to other specific support groups and counseling, tailored to meet the patient’s specific needs. If you’re not able to attend a support group, look for other ways to connect with cancer patients – whether that’s through your community or even in the chemotherapy room during treatment. Do What Makes You Happy When patients undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments, it can sometimes be difficult to remain positive. So, we encourage patients to do one thing every day that makes them happy. For some people, that’s going to lunch with a friend that always makes them laugh. For others, it may be as simple as taking the dog on a walk or drinking a chocolate milkshake. We’ve actually had many patients who absolutely love going to work, so they do their best to make it to the office every day they can. By participating in activities that are enjoyable, patients are less likely to focus on their cancer and more likely to get something positive out of every day. Know Your Oncology Nurses and Doctors Are Here For You Finding the right oncology team is important to your overall treatment experience. You should choose a specialist that you are comfortable with and who has the expertise to treat your individual situation. At Texas Oncology, in addition to using leading-edge treatments and technology, it’s our goal to make our patients feel secure. Our oncology nurses are here to listen and help guide patients through the treatment process. For more helpful patient and family resources, visit patients-public/patient-resources.aspx. Laura Manske is a registered oncology nurse at Texas Oncology–Sugar Land which is located at 1350 First Colony Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77479. As part of the Texas Oncology cancer care team, Laura and her colleagues treat and support patients and families throughout the Fort Bend region. For more information, please call 281-277-5200. *Latest available statistic


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n April 27, local Fort Bend businesses and the general community teamed with the Fort Bend County Women’s Center to celebrate Denim Day 2011. By simply wearing a pair of jeans, a denim shirt or jacket and teal ribbons, participants played a part in this important day during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Denim Day began in the mid-90’s when a teenage girl in Italy was picked up by her 45-year-old old driving instructor for her first lesson. He took her to an isolated location, pulled her out of the car and forcefully raped her. Despite threats that she would be killed if she told anyone, the girl reported the incident, and the case was prosecuted. The driving instructor was convicted of rape and sentenced to jail. Months later, the perpetrator appealed the sentence, and the case made it all the way to the Italian Supreme Court. The case against the driving instructor was overturned, and the perpetrator was released. In a statement released by the Head Judge, he stated, “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans, it was no longer rape but consensual sex.” Outraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament began what started out as a protest against the court case by wearing jeans to work. It began an annual international demonstration known as Denim Day. The wearing of jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

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Did You Know? • The most common victims of rape are females under 18 years old. • 1 in every 5 Texas women reported being forced to have sex. • 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused by age 18. • 77% of rape victims know their attacker. 28% are intimate partners, 35% are acquaintances and 5% are other relatives. • In 2010, the Fort Bend County Women’s Center served 222 sexual assault survivors. • Only 98 rapes were reported in Fort Bend County in 2009. Many women do not report their victimization for a variety of reasons, including fear.

Sexual assault can affect anyone in our community – our daughters, our sons, our mothers, our fathers, our sisters, our brothers. It knows no color, no status, no sex. Help the Fort Bend County Women’s Center raise awareness and support survivors by: • Visiting The Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land May 7 & 8 - Bring a donation for the Women’s Center and receive $2 off your admission! Museum Members will receive an additional 5% discount on their purchases in the Museum Store • Drop off your gently used clothes, shoes, furniture and household

items at any of the Women’s Center’s three Pennywise Resale Centers. The Women’s Center will even pick up large items! • Volunteers are integral to the Women’s Center’s success. Volunteers can help with the hotline, special events, speaker’s bureau, children’s parties and lots more! If you or anyone you know is a victim of sexual assault or domestic violence, please call the Women’s Center’s 24hour Hotline at 281-342-HELP(4357). For more information, visit the Fort Bend County Women’s Center website

Sandy McGee’s served up great food and a side of denim! About the Fort Bend County Women’s Center In more than 30 years of serving the community, the Fort Bend County Women’s Center has helped more than 30,000 women and children achieve violence-free lifestyles. Their mission is to assist survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children while striving to prevent violence against women. For more information about the Center or the services it offers, call 281-344-5750. ★

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The Redstone Companies to Consult on the Historic Char House and Hotel & Conference Center for Imperial Project With a host of luxury properties in the Houston area, The Redstone Companies has agreed to consult with Johnson Development on the exploration of renovating the historic Char House and developing a new hotel and conference center as a part of the new Imperial project. The Redstone Companies has a reputation for upscale hotel, resort and clubs in the industry with properties that include The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, Lakeway Resort and Spa and Houstonian Lite Fitness Clubs. Their golf properties include Shadow Hawk Golf Club, The Houstonian Golf & Country Club, Redstone Golf Club - Home of the PGA TOUR’s Shell Houston Open, BlackHorse Golf Club and Vanderbilt Legends Club. “With The Redstone Companies, we are looking at the feasibility of developing a hotel and conference center along with the possible reuse applications of the Char House,” said Shay Shafie, General Manager of Imperial. “Redstone’s superior track record in hospitality and mixed-use projects makes them the perfect choice to examine all opportunities for Imperial. Their reputation for the finest in luxury hotel accommodations, private fitness clubs and golf properties is stellar, and we are enthusiastic about working with them to explore all options for the redevelopment of Imperial.” The proposed hotel conference center will be located in the Historical District of Imperial along Highway 90A. Imperial’s goal is to integrate the smoke stacks and other artifacts from the Imperial Refinery into the complex to preserve the heritage of the area, as well as turn the historic Char House into executive offices. The proposed hotel and conference center will serve as a complement to the StarTex Power Field, the stadium for the City of Sugar Land’s new minor league baseball team. It will also compliment the other entertainment-oriented venues featured in the 700 acre Master-Planned Community located in Sugar Land, Texas. For more information about Imperial, visit

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ALL MONTH SIGN UP FOR SUMMER READING CLUBS AT FORT BEND LIBRARIES FOR KIDS: The theme this year is “Dig Up a Good Book!” Children from infancy to early teens are invited to join. Read books, see programs, join in fun activities and read as many books as you can a to earn rewards. Participants are eligible to receive prizes in weekly drawings. FOR TEENS “Going Global, Staying Connected!” is this year’s theme. Enjoy exciting free activities from game days and movie nights, cookie decorating and more. Read as many books as you can to earn rewards. Participants who meet reading requirements are eligible to win a $25-gift certificate from area book stores. FOR ADULTS: This year’s theme is “Summer Escape at Your Library.” Adults of all ages may participate. Weekly prize drawings will take place at each branch. Participants who meet reading requirements are eligible to win a $25-gift certificate from area book stores. Register for free through June 30th at any branch library or at ALL MONTH MONDAYS, 1:30 - 3 PM NEEDLES & YARN SEWING CLUB Held at the Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge. People of all ages and experience levels who sew, knit, crochet or do other needlework are welcome. Bring your own supplies. Call 281-341-2677. ALL MONTH TUESDAYS, 10 AM NEEDLES & YARN KNITTING CLUB Held at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. Knitters of all ages and experience levels are welcome. Bring your own knitting supplies. Call 281-341-2677. PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Events, schedules and information may change without notice. Please refer to the event’s contact person or check the event’s website for more information.

June 2011 ALL MONTH TUESDAYS, 6 PM BOOKS INTO FILM MOVIE SERIES Held at the Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. in Missouri City. On June 7, see a PG-13 adaptation of a Michael Crichton bestselling novel. On June 14, see a rated PG comedy based on a book by Sophie Kinsella. For June 21, see a rated PG movie that is a remake of a novel by Jules Verne. On June 28, see a rated PG film based on a true story of a Triple Crown winning racehorse. The movies are free and refreshments will be served. Call 281-238-2900. ALL MONTH SATURDAYS, 2 PM HIGH SCHOOL HAPPENINGS High school students are invited to attend and participate in a new activity each week at the Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway. The programs are free. Call 281-238-2100. 1st & 15th WEDNESDAY, 12 NOON – 4:30 PM QUILTING CLUB Held at Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, 8100 FM 359 S. in Fulshear. The group will meet twice a month through August. Quilters of all ages and experience levels are welcome. Bring your own sewing supplies. Call 281-633-4675. 4th SATURDAY, 11 AM HOUSTON AREA VACATIONS Learn about family vacation options in the area that won’t break the bank at the Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway. Attendees will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gas card. Call 281-238-2100. 4th & 11th SATURDAY, 10 AM FREE “SAT” PRACTICE TEST Offered at both George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond, and Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Library, 8100 FM 359 S. in Fulshear. Testing is on June 4 and a follow-up session is on June 11. Bring a non-graphing calculator and two #2 pencils. Reservations are required. Register at fort bend

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5th SUNDAY, 8 AM - 5 PM SUMMER JAM CAR SHOW Held at 4520 Hwy 36 S in Rosenberg, is free to the public and showcases classic to current cars, trucks, motorcycles and antique tractors. All proceeds go to the Sons of Leigon Scholarship Fund. Visit 5th SUNDAY, 2 PM WESTLAKE PREPARATORY SCHOOL PREVIEW DAY A faith-based private school for grades Pre-K3 – 7th. The Preview Day gives both the parent and student a look into what Westlake offers. The Head of School, Glenn Gerber, will offer a presentation about Westlake’s history, teaching styles, and the benefits of a private education. Meet the faculty, tour the classrooms, and hear parent testimonies. Visit 7th, 18th & 21st TUESDAY & SATURDAY, 10 AM RESEARCH FAMILY HISTORY George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond, will present a free three part series to help the beginning familyhistory researcher. Reservations are required. Call 281-341-2608. 7th & 21st TUESDAY, 6 PM FREE SUMMER MOVIE SERIES At George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. On June 7, see a rated G animated feature starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. On June 21, see a science-fiction thriller rated PG-13 starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Scarlett Johansson. Call 281-341-2677. 8th, 15th & 22nd WEDNESDAY, 10 AM COMPUTER CLASSES FOR JOB HUNTERS Held at the Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City. Learn about job-search websites and use Microsoft Word to create a resumé and cover letter. Reservations are required. Call 281-238-2900.

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9th THURSDAY, 7 - 9 PM IRRIGATION SYSTEMS 101 Fort Bend Master Gardeners will teach attendees with a hands on demonstration at Parkway United Church, 5801 New Territory Blvd. in Sugar Land. No RSVP required. Visit 10th FRIDAY, 7 - 10 PM ALOHA FRIDAY! LUAU Kick off summer at Sugar Land Town Square. Enjoy an evening of tropicalthemed fun including live music, limbo contest, Tahitian, Hawaiian, Hula and Maori dancing and fire throwing. Visit 10th & 24th FRIDAY, 12:30 PM FREE FRIDAY MOVIE MATINEES Held at the Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge. On June 10, see a rated PG animated film starring Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi. On June 24, catch a rated PG-13 science-fiction thriller starring Jeff Bridges. Call 281-238-2140. 11th SATURDAY, 10 AM - 12 NOON LEARN FRENCH COOKING Learn how to make an easy French meal demonstrated by Marie Schilly, Chef Instructor with the Central Market Cooking School. Held at the First Colony Library, 2121 Austin Pkwy. in Sugar Land. Call 281-238-2800. 11th, 18th & 25th SATURDAY, 2 PM “TRAVEL WITH MOVIES” SERIES At First Colony Library, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. On June 11, travel to China with a rated PG film. On June 18, leave on a trip to Ireland in a PG comedy. On June 25, travel back in time to Rome for a classic movie from 1953. The movies are free. Call 281-238-2800. 16th THURSDAY, 10 AM LEARN ABOUT GOOGLE TOOLS The George Memorial Library will provide an introduction to some of the free Google tools online. Reservations are required. Call 281-341-2604.

16th THURSDAY 7 - 8 PM ORGANIC AND CONVENTIONAL PESTICIDES: A NEW APPROACH Fort Bend Master Gardeners will discuss common misconceptions about both organic and conventional pesticides at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center, 1330 Band Road in Rosenberg. No reservation required. Visit

25th SATURDAY, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM BLOOD DRIVE Held at UT Physicians at Sienna Village, 8810 Hwy. 6, Suite 100 in Missouri City. For information, visit www.utphysicians. com/sienna. To schedule an appointment, visit and login to Digital Donor. Enter sponsor code T773.

17th FRIDAY, 9 AM - 9 PM SEPHORA GRAND OPENING Sephora is opening a store inside JC Penney at First Colony Mall. Enjoy giveaway bags with product samples. The first fifty clients will receive Sephora gift cards.

25th SATURDAY, 10 AM - 12 NOON LEARN ABOUT DIABETES Held at he Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway. Fralonda Anderson will present a basic introduction to diabetes and ways of preventing complications. The program is free. Call 281-238-2100.

18th SATURDAY, 10 AM - 6 PM CZECH HERITAGE DAY Held in Historic Downtown Rosenberg. Enjoy polka dancers, live music, a kolache baking contest, Czech goods, Ms. Turners Musical School stars, artwork from Art League of Fort Bend, and specials from downtown merchants. Visit 18th SATURDAY, 11 AM-1 PM GLUTEN FREE SOCIETY MEETING Dr. Peter Osborne is educating the community about Gluten! Held at the Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge in Sugar Land. Bring friends and family and help educate the “world” about gluten. No entry fee, but participants must bring a grain free dish and the recipe. RSVP at 281-240-2229. Visit 19th SUNDAY

Thursday, June 2 & 16 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Music in the Plaza Saturday, June 4 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Music in the Plaza Friday, June 10 7 – 10 p.m. Aloha Friday! Luau Saturday, June 11 7 – 9:30 p.m. Sugar Land Superstar presented by David Taylor Cadillac Friday, June 17 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Dancing Under the Stars Saturday, June 18 9 – 10:30 p.m. Movie Under the Moon – Sponsored by Minute Maid

23rd THURSDAY, 9 - 11 AM BUILD YOUR BRAND SEMINAR Join The Marketing Department for a free seminar: “The Importance of Building your Personal Brand.” Breakfast will be served. Visit www.fortbend


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Adorne your Dad with some cool new sunglasses from the Maui Jim Collection. Purchase these shades at Today’s Vision, 15337 Southwest Frwy. in Sugar Land at Williams Trace and Hwy 59. Call 281-242-2020;

HIGH PERFORMANCE PAMPERING The Aveda Men collection is tailored to men’s essential need for high-performance skin, scalp and hair management featuring Aveda Men Pure Performance Shampoo, Conditioner & Grooming Clay. Salon Eben & Day Spa, 15510 Lexington Ste. G, Sugar Land. Call 281-980-5160;

FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL Surprise your Dad today with the award winning Obagi Skin Care line. Contact our office today at 281-242-TIME (8463) and receive 10% off Obagi Products. Limited time offer. Timeless Plastic Surgery, 1327 Lake Pointe Pkwy, Ste. 300;

THE MEN’S COLLECTION This collection of signature men’s bracelets by John Hardy, inspired by the intricate, abstract patterns found in the tattoos of the Borneo Tribe, are the perfect gift for Dad. J Loggins Jewelers, 14015 Southwest Frwy. Call 281-242-2900;

RIDE IN STYLE Get Dad on the road this Summer in a truck from With thousands of vehicles in stock to choose from, you’re sure to find a ride that Dad will love!, 12053 SW Freeway, Stafford, Texas 77477. Call 281-499-8200; fort bend

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ZEENEEZ WATCHES & SUNGLASSES Visit our new store and select a great watch for Dad for Father’s Day! Shop brand name watches and sunglasses - the largest selection in town. Follow us on Facebook. 2735 Town Center Blvd N., Ste E, Sugar Land, TX 77479;;

WHY GLUTEN FREE DIETS FAIL... Looking for a gluten free lifestyle? A major reason people fall off their diet is lack of variety and food ideas. GlutenologyHealth Recipes for the Gluten Free Warrior will keep the ideas coming. Order your copy today. Call 281-240-2229;


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GIFT GIVING GUIDE FOR DADS Dad will look and feel his best this Father’s Day with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement and Testogain (only $39), an all natural supplement to help restore his energy, muscle tone, brain function, and vitality. Call today to schedule his complimentary consultation! Dr. Shel Wellness and Medical Spa. Call 281-313-7435; 1437 Hwy 6 Suite 100, Sugar Land 77478;

FABULOUS EYEWEAR Be stylish this Father’s Day in Prada Eyewear. Featuring sleek, clean lines Fashionable yet understated. Eye Trends @ Town Square, 16200 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Call 281-265-2000;

CREATE A CAKE FOR DAD King of the Grill, Poker Pro, Fisherman, or Golfer? Surprise Dad with a delicious creation from “Who Made The Cake!”. This grill cake is complete with steak & flames. Call 713-528-4719 and let us design a cake he’ll never forget.

DO YOU HAVE THE TIME? Surprise Dad with a new watch! As an Authorized Dealer for Seiko and Citizen watch brands, we can help you navigate through the various styles available. We can also special order any other luxury brand watch you desire. The Gold Connection, 206 U.S. Hwy 90A in Richmond. Call 281-344-9900;

MAKE DAD’S HEART RACE Wherever great sports cars gather, Corvette is front and center. Corvette has carved a permanent niche into the sports car landscape, yet it defines state-of-the-art technology and modern efficiency. Classic Chevrolet of Sugar Land, 13115 SW Fwy @ Hwy 90A; Call 281-491-9000,

TROLLBEADS FOR DAD Start a tradition - give Dad Trollbeads on those special occasions like Father’s Day. We carry Trollbeads Necklaces, Bracelets and Rings for Dad. Interiors Market, 2625 Town Center Blvd.; Call 281-980-2070;

DAD’S SKIN NEEDS PAMPERING, TOO For Father’s Day, take 20% off on individual Obagi® items. Forever Young Skin Care. Alex Burton Salons: 2745 D Town Center Blvd. Ste 122; Gallery of Salons: 11333 Fountain Lake Dr. #D17; 713-269-9955; fort bend

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Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark Announces New Shipwreck Harbor Wave Lagoon


chlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, voted the World’s Best Indoor Waterpark for three consecutive years, announces the addition of Shipwreck Harbor a new 100,000-gallon wave lagoon! “We are thrilled to add another signature attraction to our outdoor Blastenhoff area,” explained Ron Sutula, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark’s general manager. “Not only will our guests enjoy the new wave lagoon, but we are also adding two new kids’ slides and additional guest amenities offering more places for our guests to spread out.” Shipwreck Harbor wave lagoon offers a battery of three-foot waves along with a new beached ship kids’ slide, a whimsical clam shell slide, enormous lifeboat shade structures, additional lounging and more picnic tables. The new attractions are schedule to open this summer. Please visit www. for additional attraction and opening information. Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is now open for the summer season and features more than 33 state-ofthe-art attractions including racing uphill waterslides, Boogie Bahn surf ride, hot tubs, kids’ areas and three interconnect rivers. Discounted season passes and park tickets are available at Day passes are $43.99 for general admission, ages 12 and up, and $34.99 for children, ages 3 – 11 and seniors 55 years or older. Taxes are not included in the ticket prices. Parking and tubes are FREE! Operating hours, dates and attraction availability are subject to change. Guests are also welcome to bring a family picnic basket, excluding alcohol and glass containers, into the parks. For more information, contact 830-625-2351 or visit H

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Moody Gardens Offers Summer Fun With New Rainforest Adventures, Palm Beach Enhancement


ollowing a $25 million enhancement and damage from Hurricane Ike, this attraction emerges to offer an up-close interactive experience with endangered animals and plants that can only be found in an actual rainforest. A canopy-level entry takes guests across a new giant Amazon river otter exhibit. Free-roaming saki monkeys, two-toed sloths, cotton-top tamarins, birds and lizards greet visitors at treetop level for an entirely new perspective of the Rainforest Pyramid. Down on the rainforest floor, guests will encounter the ocelot exhibit, Chinese alligators and a variety of other animals, insects and reptiles. All of this and much more is set in a real rainforest with more than 1,000 species of plants, where the entire life cycle takes place exactly as it would in the wild. Beachgoers will discover more interactive experiences by splashing in the summer sun at the Palm Beach after $5 million in enhancements. With its white sand beaches and freshwater lagoons, the attraction offers a Kon-Tiki themed water adventure with a variety of new choices to engage and explore. A 650-linear-foot lazy river, a 6,100-square-foot wave pool and two 18-foot enclosed tower slides offer a thrilling plunge of refreshment. Moody Gardens will also become a prehistoric stomping ground this summer with Dinos Alive and Sea Rex 3D. Dinos Alive, which opens June 4, features more than 20 lifelike animatronic dinosaurs, including a full-size Tyrannosaurus Rex, a baby T-Rex and its nest, a Triceratops and a Stegosaurus, just to name a few. Sea Rex 3D allows guests to explore an amazing underwater universe inhabited by larger-than-life creatures which were ruling the seas before dinosaurs conquered the earth. For more information and pricing, visit H

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FORT BEND KIDS CHALKBOARD The published photos came from Press Releases submitted to Fort Bend Focus by the schools/organizations of these children.

Dulles Middle School Honor Band 8th grade officers David Belleza and Glenn Bentulan recently performed together with all Honor Band members at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) music event. The band received Superior Ratings under the direction of Michael Roberts. Congratulations!

Reid Michael Williams of Richmond recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was presented with the Eagle Award at a Court of Honor ceremony held at Pecan Grove Baptist Church in Richmond.

Kindergartners at St. Laurence Catholic School toured Sugar Land Fire Station #4 and learned where the firefighters ate, slept, and how they relax when not protecting the public. The afternoon was capped off with the debut of Sugar Land’s newest fire truck. Neerja Aggarwal, a junior at Hightower High School, received outstanding recognition and numerous awards at the 52nd Science Engineering Fair of Houston. Neerja placed 1st in the Senior Division Chemistry and won six special awards from various national organizations. Neerja also qualified to compete in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.

The Lamar Consolidated High School Lady Mustangs brought home the title of Outstanding High School Team at the 84th Texas Relays in Austin. The girls swept the 4x 100-meter, 4x 200-meter and the 4x400-meter relays. Pictured are Ashley Collins, Bri’Antreya (KoKo) Leonard, Anisa Hamid, Mandy Nolan and Petrolina Chilaka.

Patricia Pepperman and Shannon Coleman will represent Seven Lakes High School as “Spartacus,” the Spartan’s mascot. Congratulations!

Congratulations to First Colony Swim Team members on their college choices. Bri Dillon will swim for Howard University, Chris Kalmbach & Christy Wolterman will swim for Centenary College of Louisiana and Sarah Miller will swim for Trinity University.

Seven Lakes High School proudly announces their 2011-2012 Varsity Cheerleading Team. Pictured are (back row) Rachael Price, McKensie Mitsdarffer, Danielle Martin, Julie Gondek, Cloa Litton; Madison Barnard, Bria Wates, Sadie Butler, Jessica Barron; Cameron Pujats, Kristian DeVito and Jaclyn Curtis. Congratulations! fort bend

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Congratulations to Westlake Academy Spelling Bee winners! Kindergarten - Grade 2 division winners are: 1st Place Andrew Bevington, 2nd Place Michael Walker and 3rd Place Elizabeth Walker. Grade 3 - 6 division winners are: 1st Place Holly Gibson, 2nd Place Kirisma Brantley and 3rd Place Logan Mitchell.

Foster High School senior Stephen Vincent won the 4A State Championship in LincolnDouglas Debate. Vincent was the only winner of the conferences to win with a 3-0 decision. Foster High junior Farrah Bara placed 3rd in 4A Persuasive Speaking.

The Exchange Club of Fort Bend presented the 2011 Youth of the Year Award to Jason Chern from George Bush High School. Pictured with Jason are Mike Reichek, Club PresidentElect, Ping Chern - Jason’s mother and Valerie Vaughn-Victorian - Jason’s school counselor.

Cameron Jones, Alex McDaniel, Leo Dong and Richard Mays (front) with Coach Christina Zhou.

GYMTEX Boys Crowned Three Champion Titles at 2011 South State Championship

Four Seniors at Lamar Consolidated High are ranked in the National Forensic League’s All American Top 25. Out of 28,000 schools, only two other schools in the nation have more than one student in the top 25. Pictured are Susan Czaikowski (22nd), Gregory Heugel (24th), Grayson Clark (16th) and Nicole Vital (10th). Chung Hon Michael Cheng, an 8th grader at Fort Settlement Middle School, won 2nd place at the Music Teachers National Association Composition Competition for his composition, Sonata da Chiesa. He is the first from Houston to compete into the national finals in almost a decade.

Maddie Locus, member of the National Honor Society at Dulles High School, crocheted baby booties and blankets for the Pregnancy Resource Center of Fort Bend County to be given out to clients. The center is so grateful for the wonderful gift! Thank you, Maddie! www.fortbend

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On April 9th, GYMTEX boys, coached by Christina Zhou, were crowned Champion titles on Floor Exercise, Rings, and Parallel Bars at the 2011 South State Championship. They brought home 6 gold, 5 silver, and 12 bronze medals. Richard Mays (Level 4), a 1st grader at Imani, fell twice from his first event but fought back to win on Floor and Rings. He scored 15.9 on Rings - only 0.1 from a perfect score! Richard also earned 2nd on Vault and All Around and 4th on Parallel Bars. Leo Dong (Level 5), a 4th grader at Cornerstone, won the Parallel Bars championship for a second year. His courage ensured his success. Leo also won 4th on Vault and 6th All Around. Cameron Jones (Level 5), a 4th grader at Austin Parkway, is a pioneer on learning skills and fought hard to win 5th All Around, 3rd on Parallel Bars and High Bar. Nicholas (Level 5), a 5th grader at Sienna Crossing, won 4th on Vault and 13th All Around. His calmness showed his captain leadership. Alex McDaniel (Level 5), a 5th grade at Neff, was determined to reach his potential. He improved his All Around score by 8 points and won 4th on Floor. GYMTEX, a small gym in Sugar Land, has produced state level champions since 2002. Personal attention, quality training, and an ultimate goal of building champions for life helped these five awesome boys shine!

High School HOT SHOT

By Melinda Wood

Jumping for Joy


s the school year comes to a close, graduating senior Catherine Taylor looks back at her time at Fort Bend Baptist Academy with a “joyful heart” and looks forward to the next step in her life – college. When Catherine graduates this year, she will walk away with long list of accomplishments, but is quick to say she owes it all to God. Catherine shares, “Personally, I found that the best way to go through high school or anything in life is to glorify God in everything you do. That’s how you find comfort and peace in hard times. It also prevents you from making a lot of mistakes that you’ll regret later. This has given me good purpose and direction in my life.” Many of Catherine’s fondest memories stem from her time as a member of the Fort Bend Baptist Academy cheerleading squad. “Cheering takes a lot of time,” Catherine starts. “You get really close to your teammates. I enjoy having a team that works together to represent our school in a good light. I really like being a part of the school community and supporting our teams.” Catherine has been cheering for six years and for the past four has been on the varsity squad. Cheering was the sport she decided that she wanted to devote her time to, so she started taking gymnastics and tumbling classes in sixth grade to build her skill level. Now, six years later, Catherine is a part of a first place winning

who (she is) going to be.” A threeyear member of the National Honor Society, Catherine earned a partial scholarship to attend the university. “It’ll be nice to venture out and explore a new world,” Catherine shares. “It’s a diverse school, and there’s so much to do in Austin. Also, I want to be an engineer, and they have a great program.”

e Catherin squad at the United Cheer National Championship in Galveston this past March. Catherine’s experience at this competition she says is one of her proudest moments from high school. “When we won nationals, we went into the competition in second place, and then won the whole thing,” Catherine says. “After working so hard, it was such a proud moment for all of us. It was the last cheerleading activity we’d do for the year, and we were all so elated. It was just incredible and nerve-racking at the same time. A couple of things went wrong in our routine, but we persevered and accomplished what we set out to do.” Though her cheerleading days are over, Catherine, a gifted student, is looking forward to attending the University of Texas at Austin this fall and taking the next step in “becoming

Catherine continues, “I really want to have a job that could be beneficial and useful to the mission field. If I become an engineer, I could use a normal job to further international mission work, and I definitely would like to use my profession toward something like that.” Though she looks forward to the next chapter in her life with anticipation, Catherine knows she is going to miss some aspects of her high school life. “I’ll miss all the people who are in my graduating class. I’ll also miss cheering at football games and being with my friends. My school was small enough to where we all knew each other and got along really well. I won’t have that in college.” With all the “joy” that fills Catherine’s heart, she is sure to continue to lead a successful and happy life. H

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Make Dad Happy with Less Traditional Father’s Day Fare


etting ready to gift Dad for Father’s Day? To those heading to the menswear department of their local clothing stores, do not even think about veering toward the tie display. Doesn’t Dad deserve something a little more than a necktie? Father’s Day celebrates the scores of fathers who get up early every morning and head to work to provide for their families. It also honors the men who devote their free time to coach baseball practices, lead scouting troops, run behind a bicycle while a child is learning to ride, and so many other fatherly tasks. Every year kids (and their moms) fret over what to purchase for the special man of the house. Maybe Dad has a hobby or interest that makes gifting easy. Too often, however, figuring out a Father’s Day present can be a challenge. Although neckties top the list of go-to gifts, chances are Dad wouldn’t be upset if he didn’t unwrap one this year. Instead, think about these less-cliche gifts.

“OF THE MONTH” CLUB: Enroll Dad in one of those series subscriptions that sends him a new item to try every month. From fruit to books, there are many opportunities to find something he’ll enjoy. Plus, this shows Dad he’s special more than one day during the year. FOOD BASKET: If the “way to a man’s heart is through his stomach,” a gift basket filled with his favorite treats will be a winner. Look for specialty items that he enjoys but seldom buys. SPORTS GAME: Buy tickets to attend a game when Dad’s favorite sports team will be playing nearby. Wrap the tickets with some team memorabilia, like a new hat or T-shirt. DINNER FOR TWO: Although Father’s Day is to celebrate the special bond Dad has with his children, a father who often sacrifices his time to be with the kids may not have many private moments with the other special person in his life. Arrange dinner reservations for two, so parents can go out and enjoy a little adult time. fort bend

FISH AQUARIUM: Tending to and watching fish can be a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. Purchase Dad a new fish tank and accessories and make a date to go together to pick out fish to fill it. SOMETHING TO MAKE CHORES EASIER: Think about the chores that Dad does but may not enjoy. Arrange for an easier way to get those chores done. For the father who doesn’t relish mowing and tending to the lawn, reserve a lawn-care service for a month or two to ease Dad’s workload. AUTOMOTIVE ACCESSORIES: Oftentimes, a car or truck is viewed as an extension of its owner. Dad may adore his ride and items that will help him wash, wax and buff it into a pristine vision will no doubt be appreciated. There are many Father’s Day gifts to purchase or arrange that go beyond the stereotypical gifts bestowed year after year. Kids can make this celebration even better with gifts that really show they care. Source: Metro Creative Connection

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June 2011 Winner “Wheel of Fortune Houston Rodeo” By Natalie Reyes Judges comment: Excellent black & white image. Congratulations Natalie, you’ve earned a $40 gift certificate to a restaurant!

ENTER TO WIN Fort Bend Focus Magazine is looking for great amateur photos. Think you have a great shot? Any subject matter will be considered, black and white or color, special effects and/or edited are not necessary. A WINNER EVERY MONTH Each month’s winner receives a $40 gift certificate to a restaurant and the winning photo will be published in our magazine. To claim your prize, call Norma @ 281-690-4242. Runner-up photos may be published in our “Readers’ Photo Album.”

Please make sure to send some basic information about every photo you submit such as: who, where, when, a title, your name and daytime phone number. By submitting an entry, the photographer gives the Fort Bend Focus Magazine the right to use and publish their photograph. There is no contest deadline.

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Mike Tidwell Plumbing Company Welcomes Two Experienced and Courteous Technicians to their Team

Sugar Land 101 Graduates 2011 Class Sugar Land City Council recently recognized 28 graduates of Sugar Land 101 – a 10-week course focusing on City operations and preparing participants for leadership roles in the community. By the end of the course, citizens have a better understanding of the structure and functions of Sugar Land’s governance. The 2011 graduating class marked the program’s eighth year. Many Sugar Land 101 graduates go on to serve on a City board or commission or become more involved in their local homeowners associations. The curriculum includes presentations by City staff; a mock City Council meeting with Mayor James Thompson; and field trips to several sites, such as the water treatment plant, police and fire stations, the Sugar Land Regional Airport and the traffic center. Class member Lana Reeves said, “The course led us through a condensed version of the processes of the City of Sugar Land while introducing the people who provide our services.” Applications for the next SL 101 class will be available in August. Space is limited. For more information or to register, visit and select “City Services,” then “Sugar Land 101.” H

Mike Tidwell Plumbing would like to introduce its newest associates. Lance Powers is a Journeyman plumber with 20 years experience in remodels and repairs. Amadeo Hernandez is a registered Apprentice who is working on his Journeyman License. He brings 10 years plumbing experience. In addition to Mike Tidwell, Master Plumber and Owner, Carl Fann – Journeyman and Adan Alvarez - Apprentice. With the addition of our new plumbers, Mike Tidwell Plumbing Company can take on more remodels and keep their repair service at the highest standard. For customer convenience, they now accept Visa, Master Card, Discovery, and American Express. In addition, seniors, Police, Fire Dept., EMS and Teachers can take advantage of discounts. As licensed and insured plumbers, offering the best warranties in Fort Bend County, Mike Tidwell Plumbing Company has earned the Better Business Bureau’s seal of approval. They are also members of the Sugar Land Network, Angie’s List and PHCC Gulf Coast. All of their work follows the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners and city guidelines. As many professionals do, they are re-

The Mike Tidwell Plumbing Company team.

quired to take continuing education each year in order to renew their licenses. This keeps them up to date on new policies, codes and changes. Take advantage of their many services including: Gto gas tests, locating and repairing sewer lines, installing both tank type and tankless water heaters as well as gas and water lines, installing toilets, disposals, faucets, sinks, tubs and grab bars, and camera inspecting sewer lines. With Mike, Carl, Lance, Adan and Amadeo you have years of experience and integrity! Mike Tidwell Plumbing Company strives each day “To Protect The Health of the Nation” American Standard. For more information or to set an appointment, please call 281-980-6265. H

Texana Welcomes New Board Member Mary Rose Zdunkewicz, Mayor of Weston Lakes, was recently sworn in as the newest member of the Texana Center Board of Trustees by Board Chair, Dianne Wilson. She will be one of four Mary Rose Zdunkewicz Board members who represent Fort Bend County. Mary Rose Zdunkewicz was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, but came to Fort Bend County at the age of two, attended Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, and has been a resident of Weston Lakes since 1985. She has fort bend

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worked as a real estate sales representative for many of the major builders and developers in Fort Bend County and the Simonton-Fulshear area and currently holds a valid Texas Real Estate Sales License. She has been a major contributor to her community by participating in public service, community development, business and volunteer activities, such as serving on the Board of Directors of the Fort Bend Chapter of the March of Dimes and she served twelve years on the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District Board. Mary Rose has been married to Vic Zdunkewicz for 53 years. They have two children and four grandchildren. H


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M edical F ocus OakBend Medical Center receives recognition for excellence in cardiovascular care and their state-of-the-art Stroke Center with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. Providing the latest technology and treatment options to the Fort Bend community, OakBend Medical Center has the only designated primary stroke center in Fort Bend County. As a recognized Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award Hospital, OakBend Medical Center has met the Gold Plus Performance standards established by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The hospital achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 12 month intervals and 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

Fort Bend’s OakBend Medical Center Receives American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award 2010-2011

BJ Patel, Jody Noirot, Joe Freudenberger, Amitabh Shukla, MD, Sue McCarty and Peggy Smith.

According to OakBend Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Joe Freudenberger, the award confirms the commitment that OakBend has made to Fort Bend county and serves as a standard for all areas of care the center brings to the community. “We are pleased to be recognized by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. We are working hard to provide the highest standard of care to families in our community and are pleased when the excellent work of our center is recognized,” said Freudenberger. In order to better serve the needs of

the community, OakBend Medical Center now has two campuses in Fort Bend and a new Emergency Care facility at Grand Parkway and West Bellfort. The center has provided healthcare to Fort Bend families for over 50 years and today has Fort Bend’s only accredited Cancer Center, an advanced Trauma Center and multi disciplinary Wound Care program with Hyperbaric treatment. The center also has a recognized Women’s Center with full-service pediatric care, an integrated Health and Wellness Center and a top-rated laboratory onsite. For more information, call 281-3413000, or H

New Less Invasive Sinus Procedure Putting Spring Back in Step for Many! While one of the most anticipated times of year with its bursts of color and brilliant blooms, Spring also represents to many debilitating pain and sinus pressure as allergies exacerbate sinus inflammation. Those who suffer from chronic sinusitis and associated sinus headaches, nasal congestion and facial pressure equip themselves with symptom-relieving medication and an exit strategy. Long time sufferers unable to take it any longer contemplate surgical intervention, weighing the postoperative pain and lengthy recovery against the sinus pain impacting their life. Today, a new less-invasive and painfree procedure for chronic sinusitis known as Balloon Sinuplasty™(Acclarent) is providing permanent relief to sinus sufferers without the harsh intervention, bleeding and painful nasal packing, and lengthy recovery time associated with

traditional sinus surgery. This new low risk, outpatient procedure is generally safe for most adults as well as children. It entails the insertion of a small flexible balloon catheter through a nostril and into the blocked sinus passageway. The balloon is then inflated with liquid to dilate the small drainage ports from the sinuses and gently restructure and open the sinus passageway. This inflation under pressure assists the release of blockages without the need for removal of tissue or bone decreasing recurring risk of inflammation and infection. The procedure lasts approximately one hour with very little downtime and is proving to provide permanent relief for most patients. Patients are able to return to their daily activities in just a few days. This procedure is far less invasive than conventional sinus surgery and removes all of the harsh aspects that have for so long created fear and apprehension fort bend

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among chronic sinus sufferers contemplating surgery. Today, there is no reason a patient should continue to suffer. In just an hour’s time, we can dramatically improve their quality of life. A member of the OakBend Medical Group, Dr. David Sycamore completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology at Brigham Young University. He received his MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Medical School in 2005 after which he performed Dr. David Sycamore an internship in General Surgery at Indiana University. Dr. Sycamore completed his residency in Otolaryngology at Indiana University in 2010. H

Cancer Diagnosis—Explore Your Options A cancer diagnosis is an all too familiar reality these days. Approximately half of all men and onethird of all women in the United States will develop some form of cancer during their lifetimes. “Often coming without warning, a diagnosis of cancer is sure to bring feelings of denial, anxiety and fear,” says Alexander Wong, M.D., board-certified hematologist/oncologist on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “It also may become necessary to make important decisions about treatment options in a short amount of time.” Here are some suggestions to help you or a family member through this difficult process. Ask detailed questions. Find out the name of the cancer and its stage, size and location. Where did it start, and has it spread to other areas? “Some cancers are slow-growing, while others are more aggressive,” Dr. Wong says. “Depending on which type it is, you may be facing different treatment options. Ask about the success rate of each option and possible side effects. Do not be misled by statistics, as each individual is unique and so is survival.” Enlist a support system. Consider bringing someone you trust with you to appointments when the diagnosis and treatment options are explained. This

advocate – someone who can understand the information and ask more questions – is valuable at an emotional time when it may be hard to comprehend everything coming Alexander Wong, at you. M.D. Explore your options. If you’re best at making decisions when armed with lots of information, consider researching more on your own. The National Cancer Institute,, is a good starting point for learning about surgery options, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and integrative therapies. Your doctor can also supply you with patient education materials. If too much information overwhelms you, let your doctor know. He or she can recommend evidencebased treatment strategies appropriate for your situation. Consult an oncologist. A cancer specialist or oncologist has information about the latest treatment options and also clinical trials that you may want to consider. Care provided by an oncologist in the local community can significantly reduce the hazard of traveling while going through treatments. Each

treatment has its own set of side effects. Complementary therapies like acupuncture, acupressure and herbs are available to help improve side effects. Your oncologist can help you evaluate options and explain realistic expectations. Maintain a positive attitude. “It is normal to go through denial, fear and even depression,” Dr. Wong says. “You have to forget about what is behind and focus on what is ahead.” Ask for help from your family, friends, spiritual advisors and health professionals. For a referral to Dr. Wong or another oncologist in your area, please call 281274-7500. Free Seminar! Join Dr. Alexander Wong as he presents Integrative Cancer Treatments and answers your questions on July 13 at 6 p.m. The free seminar will be held in Conference Rooms AD at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Seating is limited. RSVP required, please call 281274-7500. Refreshments will be served and FREE acupuncture trials offered. H

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M edical F ocus Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is building out the sixth floor of its Main Pavilion, adding 56 beds and improving the hospital’s ability to meet the volume and needs of patients from Fort Bend and surrounding areas. The floor will be dedicated to orthopedic and neurosurgery patients and will include a gym and rehabilitation equipment to accommodate patients who require physical therapy following a procedure. Construction is expected to be complete in the fall. “The build-out of our sixth floor allows us to expand and provide a dedicated area for patients in two of our fastest growing service lines,” says Chris Siebenaler, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital CEO. “Investments like this further our commitment to the community—to provide much-needed services close to home.” Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is also adding eight intensive care unit (ICU) beds in its Sweetwater Pavilion. This redesigned space will include the flexibility to “swing” from ICU to regular medical-surgical beds as needed. “As we’ve added a wide range of services that were previously available only in the Texas Medical Center, we’ve continued to maintain our focus on

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John Park, M.D.; Bhagwat Patel, M.D.; Irfan Lalani, M.D.; Jeffrey Wood, M.D.; Mark Maffet, M.D. and Rajesh Bindal, M.D. patient care and safety at the bedside,” said Janet Leatherwood, Chief Nursing Officer. “The nurse to patient ratio is an important component in providing that level of outstanding care and service.” Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has a nurse to patient ratio that ranks among the top in the nation, which includes a 1-to-4 nurse to patient ratio in the medicalsurgical unit and 1-to-2 ratio in ICU. A true testament that Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is Leading Medicine is the number of significant medical firsts the hospital contributed to the Fort Bend community, which at one time, were only available in the medical center, including: • First abdominal aortic aneurysm repair • First angioplasty with stents • First brain surgery and awake brain surgery

New Hypothermia Technique Protects Heart Attack Patients

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• First carotid artery stenting • First gastric lap band surgery and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy • First minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting • First open heart surgery • First MRI guided biopsy • First robotic surgical system and related surgeries • First rotational atherectomy • First single puncture laparoscopic gallbladder surgery • First thermoregulatory device used for hyperthermia technique • First urinary bladder reconstruction • First urinary artificial sphincter surgery • First video-assisted thoracoscopic esophagomyotomy surgery To learn more, please visit www. H

When the human body’s core temperature drops below 35 °C (95°F), hypothermia begins to set in, bringing with it uncontrollable shivering, slurred speech, confusion, loss of coordination and more. But doctors at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (MSLH) are actually inducing hypothermia in heart attack patients as a way to restore them back to health. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital now has the Arctic Sun Temperature Management System, a thermoregulatory device that enables medical staff to control a patient’s temperature anywhere from 33°C to 37°C. This advanced technology is being used to help improve outcomes for critically ill patients, es-

pecially those who have experienced an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Most deaths for severe cardiac arrests occur in the first 24 hours after the incident. But even if the patient survives, there may be brain injury related to compromised circulation during the cardiac arrest. “Recent research indicates that damage to the brain may be decreased by cooling the body’s temperature, as this reduces the body’s metabolic needs,” said M. Faisal Khan M.D., board certified neurologist with Methodist Sugar Land Neurology Associates. “If implemented in time, therapeutic hypothermia can improve neurological recovery for patients who are unresponsive after cardiac arrest.” The Arctic Sun system differs from previous cooling methods in that it is non-invasive, which also decreases the likelihood of infection. The system uses cold water running through transfer pads that are placed all over the patient’s body. The water flows through the pads at a rate of 3-4 liters per minute and the temperature is controlled either manually by clinicians or is automatically regulated to reach a certain temperature in the patient’s body. The machine is also relatively small and mobile. We are seeing some amazing outcomes with the use of hypothermia treatment. One local resident, Melvin Knesek, states, “I feel blessed to live so close to a hospital that is able to provide such progressive options that resulted in saving my life. I am very thankful for all of the care I received from everyone at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

They literally saved my life!” Knesek came through the Emergency Department after suffering an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. He was almost home after one of his daily walks when he was suddenly struck by a heart attack. Knesek’s neighbor found him and provided CPR until medical personnel arrived. “He arrived to our ER breathing, but unresponsive. After careful evaluation, the ER physicians decided that this patient was a candidate for hypothermia treatment,” says Scott Rivenes, M.D., Medical Director of MSLH ER. After receiving hypothermia treatment for 24 hours, the patient had no anoxic (brain) injury even though his brain had been deprived of oxygen due to the cardiac arrest. “He was found to have multi-vessel coronary artery disease, most likely the cause of his cardiac arrest,” says Uttam Tripathy, M.D., board certified cardiothoracic surgeon on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “After undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery, he is doing great.” “We are thankful for all of the doctors and the nursing staff for being so accommodating in making sure my family and I were comfortable and that all of our questions were answered. As you can imagine, we had a lot of questions when they told us they were inducing him into hypothermia,” says wife, Loretta Knesek. To make an appointment with a physician on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, please call the physician referral line 281-274-7500, or visit H

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FOCUS FAVORITES... Your Community Resource Guide Acupuncture LIFEnhance Acupuncture Clinic 713-661-8822 Health insurances accepted. Our clinical services include acupuncture, acupressure, massage, evidence-based botanical medicine, dietary supplements, and special diets. We treat: Headaches (Migraine, Facial, Sinus, Muscle Pain, Trigeminal Neuralgia), Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Back Pain, Joint Pain, Chronic Pain due to Trauma, Bell’s Palsy, Infertility (IVF/IUI) Support, Menopause, Cancer Support, Stress/Depression, and Weight Management. We accept many health insurances. (05/2012)

Advertising Fort Bend Focus Magazine 281-690-4242 Fort Bend’s only feature magazine direct mailed to nearly 30,000 homes, subscribers and high value homes in Sugar Land, Richmond, Katy, Missouri City and Fulshear. Complimentary at on demand distribution locations throughout Fort Bend. Subscribe for free. (10/2010) Focus On Women Magazine 281-690-4242 Finally, the magazine that you have been waiting for. A new publication showcasing one of the best and brightest resources – our women. Full of interesting, thought-provoking stories. Focus on Women is a celebration of today’s women – their lives, their passions and their spirit. (10/2010)

Children Sports/Gymnastics, Tumbling & Cheer GYMTEX Gymnastics & Cheerleading Inc 832-876-9888 Ten years in Fort Bend has allowed GYMTEX to provide families with children ages 3 to 18 quality gymnastics and cheerleading training in a safe, fun and clean environment. Not only does GYMTEX produce state champions, but they build your child’s character! Take advantage of Olympic caliber gymnastics equipment, an indoor rock wall, rope-net climbs, 40 foot trampoline and a giant foam block pit and more! Change your child’s life today with classes at GYMTEX and produce a champion for life! (06/2012)


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DF Counseling Services 281-380-9518 Change can be challenging. A positive outcome is the goal. I believe that a fulfilling life is complete with supportive relationships, feelings of selfworth, and continued personal growth. If you are struggling with some difficult life issues and need some helpful guidance, hire the Licensed Professional Counselor who is experienced, compassionate, and effective - Dallas Ferguson. Individuals, couples, and families are welcome. (11/2010)



Texas Urban Smile 281-277-1545 We care for your dental, oral health and beauty. To help you smile, we use top-of-the-line digital, low radiation x-rays, intraoral cameras, and much more. We have practiced general, cosmetic, implant and orthodontic dentistry for over 20 years. For your satisfaction, we offer a free consultation, $299 Zoom Whitening, $999 Bicon Short Implants, $2400 Invisible Braces and much more. Don’t wait! These deals will end soon. Call us and talk to one of our friendly staff and make an appointment today. (02/2011)

Estate Planning and Probate Andreason Law Firm 281-265-1561 With over 25 years experience in Texas, Kurt M. Andreason can meet your estate planning needs with everything from basic wills and disability planning documents to sophisticated estate planning strategies, including family limited partnerships, life insurance trusts and other recognized methods of estate tax reduction. Convenient Sugar Land location. Handicap Accessible. Board Certified in Estate Planning, Probate Law and Commercial Real Estate. Listed over 10 years in Best Lawyers in America. (11/2010)

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Villa Construction & Remodeling 281-344-2732 Villa Construction and Remodeling recognizes the privilege that you extend to us in serving your home construction and remodeling needs. We offer a full range of quality products and professional services. We have served the communities in Sugar Land and Fort Bend County since 1991. We are members of the Better Business Bureau and Texas Residential Construction Commission. We accept credit cards and insurance claim work. Please contact us for a free no obligation quote.

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Horseback Riding Sienna Stables 281-778-7433 The premier Southwest Houston area Equestrian Facility offers horseback riding lessons for youth and adults in both English or Western styles. Other activities include kids’ camps, birthday parties, special events and therapeutic riding. For the horse owner, horses can be boarded and or trained by professionals. Sienna Stables also hosts many styles of horse shows. Nestled among centuriesold shade trees in Sienna Plantation this little slice of heaven is conveniently located in Fort Bend. (11/2010)

Jewelry Designs In Gems® 713-995-7975 Custom Designs - Hand Made Jewelry by Designs In Gems® since 1984. “Distinctive originals redesigned from your sentimental existing gold and stones.... We make the next generation’s keepsakes.” Custom Jewelry Designer - Bruce J. Snider M.S., G.G.- GIA. Gemological Laboratory Appraisals. Graduate Gemologist - Gemological Institute of America. Listed: Jewelers Board of Trade, Member: BBB. 16180 City Walk (Town Square - Sugar Land) by appointment. (11/2010)

FOCUS FAVORITES... Your Community Resource Guide J Loggins Jewelers 281-242-2900 For all of your jewelry needs. Come view a large selection of beautiful pieces by various designers. Expertise in original design and construction with an emphasis on providing the best in quality and value sets J Loggins Jewelers apart from all of the rest. Take advantage of the wide array of services including simple solders, repairs in all precious metals, repairs of some fashion and base metals, heirloom restorations, makeovers, engraving, watch battery replacement, restringing and appraisals. (05/2012)

Marketing & Advertising The Marketing Department 281-277-7272 TMD is a friendly retail environment where small business owners can shop for affordable marketing ideas to help grow their business. The owners, Howard and Christie Spencer, will take the time to get to know you and understand your business - at absolutely no cost to you. This free consultation results in customized marketing strategies designed to fit your needs and budget. We’ll help you sell more -- to more people, more often, for more money! (03/2011)

Orthodontics Pisklak Orthodontics 281-403-5599 Carrie W. Pisklak, DDS, MS, is a respected provider of orthodontic care in your community. Located in Missouri City, Texas, the practice’s top priority is to provide you the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment. Dr. Pisklak utilizes the latest technological advances, such as clear braces and Invisalign Teen, along with the latest in computer technology to ensure that you receive the most effective care possible. (10/2010)


Pest Control/Exterminator Integrated Pest Management Inc. 281-341-1761 Fax 832-451-1949 Locally owned and operated servicing Fort Bend County for 29 years, Integrated Pest Management’s knowledge and friendly staff can answer all of your pest questions. A convenient retail store located on Hwy. 90 next to the Women’s Center retail store, we are open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Stop by to check out our collection of snakes, exotic bugs and rodents. Save money by purchasing the materials yourself and let us educate you on how to apply them. Better yet, let us do the job for you. Thanks, Bob, Frank, Shirley, Daniel and Phil. (03/2011)

Transportation Podiatry and Cosmetic Elite FootCare of Texas, Inc. 832-539-1620 Podiatric & cosmetic medical facility providing advanced foot/ankle care in a compassionate & caring environment, located in Fort Bend. Dr. Shepherd will make sure you are comfortable, satisfied & well-informed about your healthcare through the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Services include general & cosmetic foot care, with treatments to make feet comfortable and beautiful such as: foot facials/spa and detox, toe nail bleach, treating hyperhydrosis (sweaty feet) and Stiletto Rx (high heel comfort). (03/2011)

The Original Trolley & Limousine Company 281-491-4911 The Original Trolley Company brings back a sense of nostalgia for groups who are looking for a truly unique transportation experience. The Trolley Company presently has three trolley cars ready for hire. The Trolleys are fully air conditioned and heated, mahogany trimmed, bar set up accommodations and have a trolley brass bell. Visit our website at to view our large gallery of photos. If a trolley is too large for your group, we have added a 120 inch stretch Limousine. (10/2010)


Printers / Graphics Star Printing 281-690-4200 Professionally designed and printed flyers, postcards, brochures, magazines, newspapers and catalogs with high-quality digital graphics. (10/2010)

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Ameristar Roofing 281-238-4230 Ameristar Roofing is your full service roofing company, No job is too small or too big. We are a certified “Shingle Master Co” with Certainteed which authorizes us to offer 3, 4 & 5 star extended warranties. We are fully insured and bonded for your safety. At the end of every job we perform a QUALITY CONTROL INSPECTION. Our company belief is, THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT. We want your recommendation because of our reputation! THANKS, JOE RANGEL, REUBEN STAFFORD & JOHN YATES, MANAGING PARTNERS. (10/2010)

Rio Raton Duplex 832-788-2294 New Braunfels - Guadalupe Riverfront on River Rd. (outside New Braunfels city limits). First-Class riverfront duplex. Minutes to Schlitterbahn 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, and email your dates from webpage. (10/2010)

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Dining Guide CHEF REY • Known for his amazing gourmet cheesecakes, Chef Rey is always professional and most importantly passionate about every dish he prepares. He pays attention to every detail in preparing a mouth watering meal that is presented with style and class. His dedication is evident with every aspect of ensuring each customer is satisfied. Seeking a new spot that offers American Cuisine with professionalism and style together with an ambience that is exquisitely quaint and personal? Then visit Chef Rey’s, 2865 Dulles Avenue, Missouri City, TX 77459. Call 281-403-2900, visit www.chefreynolds. com. Open Thurs. 5-10, Fri-Sat. 5 -11 and Sun 10-4. Restaurant is available for private parties and catering. Gift Certificates available.

DUMAR’S MEDITERRANEAN GRILL It’s a great new place serving middle eastern favorites with an outdoor patio and some of the friendliest service in town. The owner, Mr. Bashar F. Dumar and his wife, Ilham are natives of the Middle-East and make everything fresh daily. The Kebeh Balls, Hummus, Taboulih, Babaghanouj and Baklava. In addition to a full line of Middle-Eastern groceries, Dumar’s also features fresh feta cheeses, several types of brined Olives, Gyro Sandwiches, Greek Salads and Spinach pies. Now serving Beer & Wine. Also, Party trays available. 4518 Hwy 6, Sugar Land. Mon-Thur 10am8:30pm and Fri-Sat 10am-9:00pm, 281-313-1893. EXTREME PITA • We’re fast, fresh, fun and full of flavor. In addition, we’re EXTREME when it comes to our commitment to creating a unique product bursting with healthy ingredients. Lunch, dinner and late night menu items include our Extreme Club, Philly Cheese Steak, Grilled Chicken, Gyros and Falafel, all served with your choice of different vegetable varieties served fresh or sautéed to perfection right in front of your eyes. We also offer a variety of great tasting Flat Baked Pita’s, fresh salads, soups and drinks. Mon-Thur: 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm, Sun: Noon-10pm, 15810 SW Frwy., Sugar Land, (Lake Pointe Village) TX 281-494-7482

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FERNANDO’S RESTAURANT What’s new in 2011: Steakhouse cuisine, new wine selection, live entertainment by Salsa Bands, special events and more! Join us for live entertainment and dancing on the weekends. Banquets for up to 300 people, casual party room and catering is available. A special thanks to Focus Readers for your continued support! Stop by and get a free Fernando’s gift card. Come celebrate with Fernando and join his VIP list at 14135 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land. For reservations call 281-494-9087. Closed on Sundays. Visit www.

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GODFATHER’S PIZZA • Godfather’s Pizza, with the “Thickest Pie” now open! Not just your regular pizza place, Godfather’s offers Video Games and Party Rooms, big screen TV’s, DVD rentals (one night free with first order) and all you can eat lunch buffet (adults $6.99, kids $3.99). Try the all time favorites Taco Pie or All Meat Combo. Visit for online ordering and delivery. Catering available. 609 Dulles, across from Dulles High, 281-208-0200. Su-Th 11am to 10pm, Fr-Sa 11am to 11pm.

LUPITAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT • Jaime and Lupe Garcia and son, Leo Rigo, have been serving homemade traditional Mexican food to the community for 6 years. Lupitas is open 7 days a week with over twenty lunch specials Monday through Friday. Don’t miss Happy Hour Monday-Thursday with $2 Domestic Beer, $2.50 Imported Beer and $3.50 Margaritas! Lupitas is now serving Angus Beef. Hours are Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm and Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm. 281-265-6556, 3121 Highway 6, near the Williams Trace intersection. Muchas Gracias from our family to yours for your support the past 6 years!

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NAPA GRILLE URBAN WINE BAR Combines a warm, cozy atmosphere, excellent wine variety and an exceptional cuisine to provide the ultimate dining experience. Now open and serving lunch & dinner in Sugar Land, just off 59 and Sugar Creek. Come join us for Happy Hour from 4-7pm. Enjoy live music Tuesday - Saturday nights. Napa Grille Urban Wine Bar is also available for private parties. Mon-Fri 11am-11pm Sat 5pm-11pm. 14019 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX. Call 281-277-2599. For full menu and daily specials visit

ITALIAN MAID CAFE • ‘Where the locals go!’ Gourmet cuisine, priced affordably in the heart of Historic Downtown Richmond. Owners, Chef Alex Ciocca and sister Lanie Alvarez invite you to a unique dining experience. Try our delightful old world sauces over pasta, thick-crust pizza, zesty house salad dressings, flavorful soups, mouth watering desserts and of course, our great house wine. Perfect for business lunches or a romantic dinner. We serve nightly specials including creatively prepared fish, chicken and beef. Pot Roast on Tuesday night. Located 2 blocks North of the Fort Bend County Courthouse on 300 Morton Street. Call for reservations or for more info at 281-344-8955 or 832-433-0032 for catering.

OLD HICKORY INN BARBECUE • More than 40 years in business in the Houston and Fort Bend area, Old Hickory Inn Barbecue is famous for their Old Fashion Hickory Smoked Barbecue and numerous Homemade Side Dishes, made fresh daily. 3 convenient locations, with a drive-through window at the Hwy 6 location. Open 7 days a week, SundayThursday from 11am-9pm, and Friday & Saturday 11am-9:30pm. 3334 F.M. 1092 @ Hwy 6 Missouri City 281-499-8904 / 8000 Hwy 6 @ Beechnut 281983-5020 / 5427 S. Braeswood @ Chimney Rock 713-723-8908.

J & L CAFÉ • “Home of the Best Peach Cobbler in Texas” located at 1110 Texas Parkway in Stafford. Serving a homestyle menu that changes daily! Open Tuesday - Sunday 11am-7pm. Call us for our changing menu, 281-499-9895.

RAISING CANE’S • We’re all about ONE LOVE - chicken fingers. Our simple menu focuses on fresh, never frozen chicken tenders, warm, buttery Texas toast, creamy coleslaw and crinkle cut French fries. Our legendary Cane’s sauce is made in-house daily and provides the perfect compliment to our cooked-to-order chicken fingers. Don’t forget a cup of our freshly squeezed lemonade or freshly brewed sweet tea for the road. What are ya...chicken? 1529 HWY 6 in Sugar Land. Sun-Thurs: 10:30am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat: 10:30am-12:00am, Phone: 281-980-9860. Stay connected with us on &



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KARL’S AT THE RIVERBEND • Offering romantic dining in the country, Swiss Chef Karl Camenzind serves a wide variety of delicious cuisine including venison, Angus beef, fresh fish and wienerschitzel. Enjoy budget dinners as well as our regular dinner menu Tuesday Thursday with the Neighborhood Menu, featuring entrees under $11.00. Regular Dinner Menu Tuesday - Saturday. Best Sunday brunch in town, including over 50 items served buffet style and featuring eggs benedict and carved roast beef. Reservations suggested, but not required. Tuesday-Thursday 5-8:30pm, Friday & Saturday 5-9pm, and Sunday 11:30am-2pm. 5011 FM 723, Richmond, TX. 281-238-9300. Visit

A unique concept of a neighborhood bar and grill with a “field to table” menu specializing in recipes made from the highest quality of seasonal and organic inspired ingredients. Daily Specials and menu selections are created based on the local availability of organic fruits and vegetables, Natural Select meats and wild game and seafood. All seafood is purchased direct and filleted in-house to ensure the freshest quality. The restaurant and bar are available for private parties and a catering menu. Located at 8502 FM 359, Fulshear, TX 77441. Call 281-533-0099,

KABOB CAFE • The warm and cozy Kabob Cafe is located at 4645 Hwy 6, corner of Dulles Ave in Sugar Land. We serve over 10 different Kabobs (wraps and entrees). Our Happy Lunch Hour is Monday - Thursday from 11am-2:30pm, Happy Munch Hour from 2:30pm to 5:00pm, and Family Nights with kids eat free on Mondays and Tuesdays. Check us out on Facebook for specials, and our website,, for menu and directions. 281-903-7373.

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Living the Sweet Life

By Alisa Murray Nationally recognized portrait artist and award-winning columnist.


hen I was a little girl, my nickname in my house was “motor mouth.” I can remember when we were all sitting at the table, and I would start to talk. The adults would pretend to listen to what I had to say, which by the way was probably very important, and right in the middle of one of my sentences, someone would start screaming “SHUT UP!!!!” I got very used to this sort of behavior, but it did not sway me from whatever subject I was determined to discuss. In grade school, the adults would often comment that I was “articulate.” I liked the way that sounded. The time came for me to be “tested” for the term I have now come to despise – “gifted and talented” – which was supposed to say, I guess, that you were above average, depending on what they were testing and who had made the entrance rules. I did not get in to this program. To my chagrin, my sister did. It was not until I became a mother and delivered unto this earth another “motor mouth” that it all came flooding back to me. The hurt and anger, that is, at being labeled because of a personality trait that I will attest has served me quite well, thank you very much! Over my years in learning, it was very obvious that a smaller school classroom was the perfect fit for me. I was often asked to answer questions and in my learning style of talking through answers and information in order to understand my world. Ask me to stand up in front of a loving class filled with peers that knew me to give a speech, and it was a piece of cake. The sounds of their hands clapping when my first art exhibit was unveiled.... like music to my artistic ears! When my sister, who had never studied in her life and could regurgitate any information, came to the small school, she was very withdrawn and quite unhappy. She was expected to work in groups and talk through subjects and yes, give speeches. For her, one would have thought that was worse than death itself. In the small classroom setting where I could personally speak with each professor and ask questions until the information finally clicked, I was unstoppable. You know what? I found that I was a gifted and a very talented kiddo despite that early label. You see, my sister fit into the perfect mold of the perfect student that by someone (who by the way I’d like to strangle) had designated for the public schools.

In my own search as a mother, I have found many tools that have assisted me in what and how to better parent. There’s a book by Barbara Joosse entitled I Love You the Purplest in which a mother answers the question that every child secretly wants to know the answer to: “How much do you love me?” In the book, she describes to each their best virtues and characteristics, telling them through colors who they are to her and how much they each mean to her. I came across Appleton and their “geniuStyle” program a few months ago, and immediately, I was sold. In their own words, “Real students are so much more than a percentile, a GPA or a test score.” I wanted to learn more about what made the program so special. Through a personality profile, Appleton asks the child and the parent the ways in which they like to study. Do you get queasy in the classroom if you have to stand up in front of the class? Do you prefer working until you get through or is it better to take small breaks so you can reset the brain and actually retain more? All of these questions translate into a “geniuStyle” that has cool names and explains how that person best learns. For example, the Aristotle is well-loved by teachers because they have a learning style that is a perfect match to the traditional classroom setting. Then, there’s the exact opposite – Picasso – who is talkative and needs to explore through discussion. In a classroom set up for teaching many children, there is little time for meeting the academic needs of the later. Aristotles are often seen as compliant and easy to teach and yes, “gifted and talented.” Whereas Picasso’s may be seen as being talkative and disruptive despite the fact that they are a majority in the personality profiles of National Merit Scholars. All in all, there are a total of eight diffort bend

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ferent and equally valid learning styles. The Appleton system is set up specifically to work with children and match a tutor that is as close to their own personality/learning style as possible I am so pleased by the entire experience. There has not been any complaining about having a tutor, no sad grumpy faces and no reluctance at all to the materials. My children are enjoying doing their homework because our tutor is correctly matched to them to deliver the information the way they must receive it to be their best. Appleton Learning creates customized solutions for each student to help bridge the gap between the end of this school year and the beginning of the next. Summer is the perfect time to really ensure academic success for all students. It isn’t only a time to get caught up in trouble areas, it’s a time to stay fresh on the material that was just covered and move ahead in preparation for the next year. If you’re interested in creating an amazing experience in education, I highly recommend the program. It is an amazing tool as a mother, as well when you realize the reason your child is behaving in a certain way is indicative of the style that they are. Suddenly, that child that is talkative is not just running his mouth to hear himself talk, but is actually trying to process and learn actively in his environment. I’ll tell you something else too... I found out I was a Picasso and went on back to the studio while the children were taking their tests. James Edward threw open the door and with his arms outstretched and a grand smile on his face, he exclaimed “Mommy, I am a Picasso too!” It was a proud moment! Take Care of YOU!!!!

For my readers, when you call Appleton, you and your children can be tested gratis. Use the Code Word SWEETLIFE. They are waiving their regular $75.00 fee! Call them and get ready for an amazing summer and a school year filled with happy to be educated youngsters! Contact: Lacey Cesarz, Education Specialist Appleton Learning P: (713) 461-4131 extension 304 F: (713) 461-5609 Visit us at


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June 2011 - Fort Bend Focus Magazine - People • Places • Happenings  

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Fort Bend Focus Magazine is an award-winning publication that features People, Places and Happenings around Fort Bend and Katy areas. Direc...