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18 Fort Bend Boys Choir: A Treasure of The Community and Beyond With five performing ensembles totaling approximately 200 choristers, the Fort Bend Boys Choir is one the largest boys’ choirs in the world. The Fort Bend Boys Choir

FEATURES 26 Love Affair With Violin Wasn’t Always So

Sina Thompson doesn’t remember asking to play the violin. Today the six-time grandmother and full-time math and technology teacher is in her 16th season as concertmistress of the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra.

35 History in the Making Gala: A Huge Success

The first event at Constellation Field introduced the new stadium in a big way by raising money for two Fort Bend charities, debuting Deacon’s Dugout Foundation, and of course, with spectacular fireworks.

46 Don’t Judge a Wine By Its Color

Patio season is in full swing, and nothing compliments outdoor relaxation and events like a refreshing glass of wine.

62 Senior Living Guide: A Helpful Tool to Help You Navigate the Road to Caring for your Loved Ones

According to the U.S. Census, the older population will burgeon between the years 2010 and 2030 as the “baby boom” generation reaches age 65. Find the resources you need now and later.

68 8 Clues to a Clutter-Free Closet

Follow some basic closet organizing rules, and your closet will keep you looking good!

70 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Delight your Mom with unique gift ideas. Who knows? You might find a little something for yourself.

58 Dipped In Chocolate

Perfect for Mother’s Day, foods dipped in chocolate take on a new level of fabulousness.

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76 Community Calendar Fun events the whole family will enjoy.


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78 High School Hot Shot Clair Daly enjoys making sure everyone has fun. 80 Fort Bend Kids Chalkboard Special news and achievements from Fort Bend’s youth.

IN EVERY ISSUE 10 Publishers Preview A few words from our publisher. 22 Focus on Finance How to cope if you find yourself suddenly alone. 24 Fort Bend Headliners Get the scoop on the latest news and happenings. 28 Seen on the Scene Snapshots from local charitable events. 42 Focus Scrapbook A few snapshots of people, places and happenings 48 Focus Film Review Nick Nicholson reviews The Three Stooges. 52 Fort Bend New Neighbors Meet Chef Michelle Stalling’s All About Cakes. 56 Focus on People The Hebert’s Celebrate 50 years with a blast from the past.




82 Medical Focus Medical news from around the Bend. 90 Business Buzz Tap into the world of business in Fort Bend.


92 Focus Amateur Photo Contest A winning shot by a local photographer.


93 absolutely Delicious! - NEW Your source for places to wine and dine! 94 Focus Favorites Resource Guide Looking for a service provider? Find one here! 96 Living the Sweet Life When a snake comes to the door, there is never a dull moment.

60 Focus Cares Ed Tye has fond memories of his ESL students and his service with the Literacy Council of Fort Bend.






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Linda K. Eaves Freelance Writer Page 18

Will Hardee Hardee Investment Group Page 22 Noel Burkeen Another Round Wine Bar Page 46 Nick Nicholson Entertainment Editor Page 48

Beverly Carter Fort Bend Star Page 56

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Hello Fort Bend Friends, Flowers are blooming, the days are longer and a bit warmer. It’s May and spring is in the air. In May, we are always reminded of our mothers and Mother’s Day. To help you celebrate Mother’s Day, Fort Bend Focus has scoured our local retailers and created wonderful Mother’s Day Gift Guide on page 70 with some fabulous ideas to help you celebrate mom. We have also featured the 30 year anniversary of the Fort Bend Boys Choir and the man responsible for its success, Bill Adams. What dedication to these boys Michael & Lisa Fredrickson and to a remarkable institution!  Our focus on Senior Living brings to light the many resources available to you for aging family members and our seniors in the area. We value the wisdom and experience they offer to us, and appreciate their role in our lives. The biggest news in Fort Bend last month was undeniably the opening of our new stadium – Constellation Field – and it’s Epic Grand Opening Gala. The event was stellar and you can read all about it and see photographs from the red carpet on page 35. The Sugar Land Skeeters opening season is well under way, and the greater Sugar Land area is all a buzz - baseball buzz. Yes, spring is here, we have our own state-of-the-art baseball stadium and our own minor league baseball team. Let’s play ball! Stay Focused!

READERS FEEDBACK Patti, Got my copy of the Fort Bend Focus last night at home – all I can say is AWESOME!!!   It is better than I could have ever anticipated both the story and the wonderful photography.  I hope we will be able to reach out to more families and help them because of the publicity you have given to the conference and Texana’s program.  We have already had a couple of people register for the conference. We have a Board Meeting this morning so I will be showcasing the magazine there. Thank you, thank you, thank you for working with us and know that this will make a difference in a child’s life. Tracey Shaw

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Ladies, Just a quick note to say “Thank you”! The article looks great.  There are not enough words to express my sincere gratitude for your support of Hope for Three and our efforts to raise awareness.  The CDC released new statistics yesterday, reporting that autism prevalence has risen to “1 in 88 children have autism, with 1 in 54 being boys.”  Autism is an epidemic. Thank you again for your generous support.  It is making a difference. Sincerely, Darla Farmer

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nder the direction of “Mr. A,” as he is affectionately known to the boys, Bill Adams and his staff have fine-tuned the vocal talent of hundreds of boys enriching both their lives and those of their audiences locally, nationally and internationally. With five performing ensembles totaling approximately 200 choristers, the Fort Bend Boys Choir (FBBC) is one the largest boys’ choirs in the world.


boy’s voice. It’s a beautiful sound – unique, high and pure innocence.” Adams said he’s amazed at the dichotomy of 11, 12 and 13-year olds . . . having that boyish impishness and then singing like angels.

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coming” county of Fort Bend. “We liked the area,” Adams said. This year marks their 35th wedding anniversary as well as FBBC’s 30th year. At that time, Fort Bend had nothing in the way of a boys’ choir. In 1982, Adams decided to start his own choir and put the word out. Forty-five boys showed up. “I was sold on the sound of the young

The Beginning Bill Adams has been in the community since 1975 and considers Texas his home. He grew up in Phoenix and sang in the Phoenix Boys Choir for one year before his voice changed. He fell in love with the sound, and as an adult went on to work with the Phoenix Boys Choir. “The voice of a young boy is fleeting and haunting, lasting only about two or three years,” said the ebullient Adams. Having a background in child psychology, he moved to Houston to work for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He also worked with the Singing Boys of Houston and served part-time as vocal music minister of his church. His wife, Becky, was a teacher in Fort Bend ISD, so they moved to the “up and

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Singing and So Much More In the Fort Bend Boys Choir, boyish energy is channeled into dedication to excel, team effort, and hard work. The boys rehearse for hours and hours; they attend camp and do recording work. They become close friends and form lifelong friendships. The boys’ choir experience is unique in that there is no second string; they all participate. Society often tells them that singing is a sissy activity. “We’re here to tell the boys they are not sissies,” Adams said. Singing is a physical activity that involves the use of many muscles for breathing and standing for long periods of time and requires thought processes. “We never have enough boys,” said Adams. “Boys love to sing. This is the place they can sing unabashed because they’re with other boys who love to sing. It’s a creative outlet for normal, ordinary boys. That has not changed.” His motto: “Boys first, singers second. We bring a ball with us on tours. The boys play kickball in the afternoon, and then sing in the evening.” FBBC wouldn’t be a success without its many volunteers. Parent volunteer

Fort Bend Boys Choir performing at the 2011 Spring Concert at Grace Presbyterian Church.

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Upcoming 30th Anniversary Performances Tour Choir – 2012 Janis Pulliam is a uniform coordinator for the entire choir, works in the office, participates in fund raisers, and works wherever she is needed. Her 13-year-old son, Bryan, started as a member of the choir 8 years ago in Music Magic and is now in the Tour Choir. Manners, honesty, and respect of one another are stressed. “Peer pressure is a major force in kid’s lives,” said Janis. “Fort Bend Boys Choir is so much more than singing. The music is great, the vocal training has been wonderful, but having the good, strong role model of Mr. Adams and the other boys has been such a great experience for Bryan.” Bryan said, “I have had so many memorable experiences with the Fort Bend Boys Choir. The best was the first time I left on summer tour with all of my choir friends. We spent almost two weeks in Michigan sightseeing, performing at concerts, and just having a good time.” “Mr. Adams teaches us so many things. We receive great vocal training, but he also teaches us about honesty, respect, and responsibility. Mr. Adams has taught us to ‘take off our masks’ and be honest with ourselves and others. The boys in the choir all respect each other, and that’s why we have such good times together. Responsibility is another lesson we learn, like being on time for concerts and performances, learning our music, taking care of our personal items on tour, and helping our choir friends.”



April 27th at 7 pm National Anthem Performance ~ Constellation Field for Sugar Land Skeeters

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May 6th at 3 pm Concert Series ~ St. Timothy Lutheran Church

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December 5, Noon Sugar Land Rotary Club Performance ~ Sweetwater Country Club

May 18, 7:00 pm Carmina Burana with Houston Symphony ~ Jones Hall

December 8, 7:00 pm Christmas Musicale ~ Sugar Land Baptist Church

May 19, 8:00 pm Carmina Burana with Houston Symphony ~ Jones Hall

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opened so many doors. We’ve gotten lots of e-mails and queries,” said Adams. This summer the choir is looking forward to travelling to France.

Approximately 4,800 boys have joined the ranks of the FBBC.

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Tour Choirboy Philip Chong. Bryan’s advice to boys thinking of joining the choir: “Do it! It will be a wonderful experience. You’ll get to do some amazing things and meet new friends that share the same interests.”

As a struggling non-profit, the choir relies on community support through fundraisers. When expenses exceed funds, Adams calls on generous anonymous donors to fill in the gaps. They have always come through for the choir. Due to the downturn in the economy, FBBC has provided much more scholarship help in the last four years than previously. “We had been frugal over the years preparing for leaner times by saving money. We’ve had to use our savings and money market accounts. Weddings have been down. But lately, the choir has been getting more bookings. This year has been much better, getting

Joyful and Unique Experiences The choir has performed for dignitaries such as Pope John Paul II and President George W. Bush and in locations such as Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center, in London, Mexico City and in Rome. A life-changing experience for Adams was directing the choir in the Sistine Chapel of Vatican City. Fort Bend Boys Choir was the 25th choir ever allowed to perform there. The Sistine Chapel had just undergone a three-year project to restore Michelangelo’s paintings, and it was filmed by National Geographic. “The acoustics were wonderful and performing there was a heavenly experience that transcended the verbal. It was a unique experience that no other boy will ever experience,” Adams said. In addition to performing before three U. S. presidents, the choir has collaborated with many well-known entertainers. The award-winning organization has gained distinction as one of the finest programs of its kind in the nation. This year for the first time, the choir sang the national anthem at the opening night for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. FBBC performed all 18 nights – 6 live and 12 recorded performances. “It’s


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years and 4,800 boys who have joined the ranks of FBBC, Adams plans to continue his winning formula as artistic director. In the community, he is frequently approached by strangers and told: “We love the boys.” If you haven’t attended one of their concerts or public appearances, make plans now to experience one of Fort Bend’s finest treasures. For a complete listing of their concert schedule, visit n FBF

Tour Choirboy Emmanuel Arredondo. back to the way it used to be.” Expenses include tuition, camps, touring, and a uniform. Some parents won’t send their boys to audition because of the expenses. Adams emphasizes that scholarships are available to cover the boy’s expenses. “We don’t want to turn any boy down because of money,” he said. From the angelic voices of the younger boys to the matured voices of the older boys, Fort Bend Boys Choir creates beautiful music for all to enjoy. After 30 fort bend

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he first event at Constellation Field, History in the Making, The Epic Grand Opening Gala, was a huge success thanks to the hard work of the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation, the Sugar Land Skeeters, and Gala Chair Nancy Olson. Held on Saturday, April 14th, the evening was attended by approximately 750 guests and began with a cocktail party in the stadium where guests were able to meet the 2012 Skeeters’ players for the first time. The event moved down to the field for dinner and a special ceremony honoring Sugar Land’s rich histo-

ry. The ceremony showcased the City’s humble beginnings as a company town to Sugar Land today which features the brand new $35 million stadium. The stadium opened on April 26th with the Skeeters opening day game. A special announcement awaited guests as the Skeeters new foundation, formerly known as the Skeeters Youth Foundation, created to promote youth education and healthy activities for the Deacon Jones culturally, racially, and economically diverse populations of those underserved in Fort Bend County, was renamed Deacon’s Dugout Foundation. The foundation is named in honor of Deacon Jones, long-time Sugar Land resident, former Major League Player and scout, and now, Assistant to the President of the Skeeters. Jones, or more commonly known as “The Deacon,” was instrumental in bringing the owners of the Skeeters to Sugar Land. “To have the foundation named after me is an honor,” said Deacon Jones. “The Deacon’s Dugout Foundation will ensure the youth of Fort Bend County will not be forgotten. I am proud to leave this legacy to them.” The evening then followed with an auction that raised money for both the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation and Deacon’s Dugout Foundation. Auction items included season tickets, gameworn opening day jerseys, and more.


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The evening concluded with a fireworks show in celebration of the grand opening gala. “Our goal was to introduce the stadium to the community in a big way while benefiting two important Fort Bend charities,” said Gala Chair Nancy Olson. “I think we accomplished our goal.” The event raised well over $100,000 for the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation and Deacon’s Dugout Foundation. For more information about the Sugar Land Skeeters or Constellation Field, visit H


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Joining Forces to Fight Child Abuse: Child Advocates of Fort Bend Hosts Annual Light of Hope Ceremony If you are driving around Fort Bend County, you might have noticed a lot of blue in the landscape. Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s Friends Council and Exchange Club of Sugar Land joined forces to blanket the County in blue in April for Child Abuse Prevention Month. On Friday, March 30 Child Advocates of Fort Bend kicked off April National Child Abuse Prevention Month with their annual Light of Hope Ceremony with help from Sugar Land Exchange Club, Friends of Child Advocates of Fort Bend and Cameron and Nicole Hill. Sugar Land Mayor Pro Tem Jacquie Chaumette was the emcee for the ceremony which featured a live butterfly release with a corresponding poem titled “On the Wings of Hope” read by Child Advocates of Fort Bend Executive Director Ruthanne Mefford. Judge Ronald Pope of the 328th Judicial District made the opening remarks, and several inspirational songs were performed by local recording artist Debbie Fancher. The historical story of the meaning of the blue ribbon was recited by Child Advocates of Fort Bend Board President Kurt Kirchof.

Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s expanded blue ribbon quilt was unveiled during the event. The quilt, spread over the steps of Sugar Land City Hall, was made by volunteers, supporters, members of the community, Girl Scouts and children served by CAFB. More than 350 area Girl Scouts participated in the ceremony by presenting squares to be added to the quilt. The event closed with squeals of delight as the Girl Scouts released live butterflies thanks to support from Cameron and Nicole Hill. Child Advocates of Fort Bend is a non-profit agency dedicated to ending child abuse by providing a voice, healing the hurt, and breaking the cycle of child abuse in Fort Bend County. Through its Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASATM), Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) and more than 200 trained community volunteer advocates, Child Advocates improves the lives of more than 400 children each month and has served more than 10,500 children since opening its doors in 1991. Agency partner for 2012 is the Rose-Rich Auto Mile.

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For more information on how you can become a voice for children and get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend, contact Casey Davis at 281344-5172 or or log onto The agency’s annual gala and auction raises much needed funds to support its programs for abused and neglected children. This year’s Candy Land Gala will be held May 5th, at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. To attend the Gala, become a sponsor or for more information, visit http://www. or contact Lisa Moore at 281-344-5108 or H

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A 200,000 Swing for Golf for Greater Houston Golf for Greater Houston, a tournament headed up by Fluor employees through the Fluor Cares initiative, raised $200,000 to benefit four local nonprofit organizations, including Hope for Three, a

Fort Bend-based nonprofit whose mission is to expand autism awareness, empower and educate families, improve early diagnosis and connect families to the care and support they deserve. Additional ben-

Pictured are (Front Row) Glenda Kirshbaum, Director of Community Development, Casa de Esperanza; Kathleen Foster, Director, Casa de Esperanza; Laura Lavigne, Director, ARC of Fort Bend; John Schanck, Fluor, Mechanical Engineering, GFGH Chairman; Dewana Hill, Secretary, Hope for Three; Darla Farmer, President, Hope for Three; Dr. Danielle Madera, Therapist, Children’s Assessment Center (CAC); Jennifer Gibson, Development Grants Coordinator, CAC and Diane Vines, Therapist, CAC; (Back Row) Ed Smith, President Governing Board, Casa de Esperanza; Jason Kreuiter, Fluor, SR. HR Specialist, GFGH Co-Chairperson; Josh Gann, Fluor, Piping Material Engineering, GFGH CoChairperson; Barbara Jones, Fluor, SR. Mgr. Community & Public Affairs and Kishia Haberle, Fluor, GFGH Co-Chairperson. Photo by Mary Favre and Brenda Perry.

Save the Date for Family Fun and Support a Worthy Cause Texas Community Referral Network proudly presents the 4th Annual Sugar Land BASH on May 19th in Sugar Land’s Town Square Plaza from 2 – 7 pm. The Sugar Land BASH is a collaborated effort with the businesses partners of TCRNSugar Land and will benefit the Snowdrop Foundation, which provides funding for pediatric cancer research at Texas Children’s Cancer Center and scholarships for college bound pediatric cancer patients and childhood cancer survivors. All proceeds will go to pediatric cancer patients and survivors in Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond, Rosenberg and Stafford, so the funds raised stay in the local community. Serving once again as the official Sugar Land BASH emcee is Michael Garfield, the High Tech Texan, from the popular talk radio show on the 950AM Radio MOJO.

Mark down May 19th in your calendar for a family fun event and great entertainment. There will be balloon artists, face painting, live demonstrations, concessions, plenty of outdoor games for the kids, live music and more! This year’s Grand Prize in the Sugar Land BASH raffle is a 7 night Carnival Cruise in a balcony cabin with no blackout dates and includes all taxes and ship board gratuities. The winner of the cruise can travel anywhere Carnival cruises! There will also be several other great prizes to win in the raffle furnished by TCRN-Sugar Land businesses. The see more details, log on to Raffle tickets are only $10 each and all proceeds from the event will benefit the Snowdrop Foundation assisting children in the Fort Bend County area. The raffle tickets can be purchased at six locations fort bend

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efactors included ARC of Fort Bend, Casa de Esperanza and Children’s Assessment Center. “The funds awarded to Hope for Three will make such an impact to the many families in our community with children affected by autism,” said Darla Farmer, President of Hope for Three. “Our goal is to provide help and create hope, and now, with Fluor’s help, we can do just that!” Fluor’s John Schanck. Chair of GFGH 2012, commented “The great success of this years event is a testament to our sponsors generosity and to our Fluor employees hard work and dedication. In the first five years of our tournament, we have raised over half a million dollars for charities in the greater Houston area and we have made a lasting and recognizable impact on our community.” The CDC recently released revised prevalence figures which estimate that one in 88 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, by age 8 – a rate that has risen far above the 2006 estimate of 1 in 110. H

conveniently located around the Sugar Land area: Stadia Sports Grill, Natural Pawz, First Tire and Automotive (Greatwood location), Pier 36 Seafood Restaurant, Milagro Hair Salon and RE/MAX Fine Properties. Visit for the addresses and contact information of the six authorized locations selling Sugar Land BASH raffle tickets. Another fun way to support this great cause is by attending the Annual Sugar Land CRAWL, which precedes the BASH. Scheduled for Friday evening, May 18th, the CRAWL features a progressive dinner event with a cocktail hour at Stadia Sports Grill followed by a 4-course dinner at Perry’s Steakhouse. Proceeds from the CRAWL also benefit Snowdrop Foundation. For more information regarding the CRAWL or to purchase a CRAWL ticket, email info@txcrn. com. Tickets are limited in quantity and available for a limited time. H Headliners continued on page 50

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atio season is in full swing, and nothing compliments outdoor relaxation and events like a nice cool glass of wine. For those wine lovers who enjoy the multitude of white wines, the quest is easy, but perhaps you are craving a new adventure in the world of cool summer wines. If a big red is your normal indulgence, then your palate might register a white wine as liquid air with a hint of citrus. Never fear, the best of both worlds is waiting to unveil a cornucopia of new flavors, refresh you in the sun, and do it with enough backbone to wrestle in the same weight class as your standard bottle of red wine. The answer, Rosé! With the flavor and dryness of a red wine but the body of a white wine! Yes my fellow vinofiles, Rosé is a wonderful combination of both red and white wines. Rosé originates from red grapes and is made in several different ways. The red grape varieties used typically stem from what is growing in the region of origin: Grenache, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet, Shiraz, and on and on. One of the ways Rosé is made is a method called “bleed-off.” This happens when a winemaker wants to intensify the tannins in a red wine and a portion of the juice that has been fermenting with the red grape skins is removed early. This, now dark pink, juice is rich, warm, and dense with all of the yummy flavor of the red grape skins, yet light enough in body to go down like a cool breeze in the shade. A more traditional way to make Rosé is to fill massive bins with tons of red grapes so much that they crush themselves with their own weight. The grape juice slowly trickles down through the red skins to an opening in the bottom of the bin, and then is gathered drop by drop.

The challenge for Rosé is that its color can give consumers mixed signals. Since it is “red skin-kissed” pink, it is commonly mistaken as something other than what it truly is. Sweet wine drinkers often categorize it with White Zinfandel, a Blush wine that has a high amount of residual sugars. One sip of Rosé and the sweet wine lover can get a horrible first impression never to return and discover the treasures that await them once their palate has climbed a few steps on the staircase of wine evolution. Red wine drinkers generally like more than the flavor and body of their big red, and they sometimes display their degree of wine drinking like a diploma or college ring. This, too, presents a challenge for

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and palm claps, haircuts and other Stoogeisms all the while interweaving them with modern-day attitudes, situations and pop culture references. In the film, we meet the Stooges as newborn “angels from heaven.” That’s how the nuns characterize the three toddlers left at their orphanage. Never mind that one infant is sporting a bowl-shaped haircut, the second has two shocks of bushy hair sprouting from a bald head, and the third rocks a retro-crew-cut. But when one of the nuns, Sister Mary-Mengele, receives a fierce eye-poke from Moe, which catapults her into the next county, they suspect the

phanage. Despite their relentless cluelessness, the Stooges smell something fishy in Lydia’s scheme, especially when they find out who the mark is – their boyhood friend Teddy, a former orphan and now Lydia’s unsuspecting spouse. As they try and save the day, Larry, Curly and Moe engage in plenty of their trademark antics, including a saturating situation involving bundles of wet diapers in a hospital nursery; more hallmark hilarity at a private, blacktie party at a splashy mansion; and Moe’s newfound stardom on reality television. Starring as the troika of knuckleheads are Emmy and Tony Award-winner Sean


eft on the doorstep of an orphanage run by nuns, newborns Moe, Larry and Curly grow up finger-poking, nyuk-nyuk-nyuking and woo-woo-wooing their way to uncharted levels of knuckleheaded misadventure. Now, out to save their childhood home, only The Three Stooges could become embroiled in an oddball murder plot while stumbling into starring roles in a phenomenally successful TV reality show.   What is the greatest motion picture comedy team of all time?   Some would award that title to The Marx Brothers, others would favor Abbott and Costello, or maybe Laurel and Hardy. But for legions of fans – including children, their parents, and their parents’ parents – The Three Stooges are the classic comedy act.  Larry, Curly and Moe’s raucous physical antics – pure of heart, but dim of wit – are the last word in timeless fun.  Even if that word is “Nyaaaaaahhhhhhh!”   The all-new motion picture, The Three Stooges, is a contemporary take on a trio of time-honored boneheads. The film recreates the classic and iconic Stooge sound effects including “boinks,” finger snaps,

Kate Upton, Jane Lynch, Jennifer Hudson and Larry David as the ever-patient and understanding nuns of Sisters of Mercy Orphanage. new arrivals are anything but heavenly. Now, years later, their Three Stooges have left the nuns bruised, battered and bewildered.  Even worse, it looks like the orphanage will be forced to close its doors due to financial difficulties. But Larry, Curly and Moe, employed as the foster home’s inept maintenance men, are determined to come to the rescue. Their quest: raise $830,000 in just 30 days, or risk losing the only home they’ve ever known.   Out of the orphanage for the first time in their lives and making their way through the Big City streets, the bumbling buffoons encounter a hot tamale named Lydia, who offers the Stooges a chance at some easy money; all they have to do is put her poor, suffering husband out of his misery to collect a payday hefty enough to save the or-

Hayes, who portrays the balding, sourfaced, bushy-haired Larry; Will Sasso as the rotund funnyman Curly, whose trademark “nyuk-nyuk-nyuk” usually invites a physical outburst from older brother, Moe; and Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe, the dark-haired leader of the farcical trio known for his distinctive bowl-style haircut and intolerant ire. The filmmakers surround the Stooges with an impressive ensemble including Jane Lynch, Sofía Vergara, Jennifer Hudson, Craig Bierko – and Larry David as a nun named Sister Mary-Mengele. “Sister Mary-Mengele. That name is what really attracted me to the role,” offers David. “For years I said to myself, ‘if only I could play a character whose last name was Mengele. Or Goebbels.  Or Goering.’”  

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. fort bend

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I must admit that I have always been a huge fan of the Stooges. I still watch them today, and when I heard this feature was in the works, I was a bit skeptical of how successful the film could be. The Three Stooges aren’t going to set the world on fire, but for all fans of the comedy trio, this film is sure to put a big smile on your face and a great many chuckles into the air.  Slapstick comedy is a true art form and this film does more than just honor the classic trio.   It is sure to re-energize the interest in The Stooges and the art of slap stick comedy.   The Stooges, says co-writer/director Peter Farrelly, “are three of the funniest guys who ever lived. We wanted to honor them by doing this movie.” “You can literally draw a parallel from The Three Stooges to everything that’s going on now in comedy,” adds Will Sasso.  “I don’t know what physical comedy would be like without them.  If The Stooges just happened to come along now, I think they’d do well.” H

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Fort Bend Hope is a group of local churches, pastors and businesses who are united in reaching their community TOGETHER with acts of compassion. It is the organization’s desire to partner with other organizations and businesses to effect change in their cities and to reach across ethnic and denominational boundaries, and to build bridges of caring among churches, schools, business and civic organizations. On Friday, May 4th, Fort Bend Hope will be hosting their first First Ladies of Fort Bend Luncheon and Fashion Show benefitting the Rosenberg and Richmond Fire Departments. Ladies will be featured with firefighters from the Rosenberg and Richmond Fire Stations in a fashion show produced by the Pennywise Resale Centers. Fort Bend Hope is looking for organizations and churches to help by purchasing a ticket or sponsoring a table at this event. The following quotation comes from The Fire Service Warrior, From We Hold These Truths to be SelfEvident, written December 27, 2010: “If you do not want to risk your life for your neighbors please turn in your badge, your pager, your gear…” Will you join Fort Bend Hope in giving back to those who put themselves on the line for us every day? Your participation enables us to renovate these fire stations which will allow them to become a safer and more comfortable environment for our first responders who spend much of their time away from home. For more information about Fort Bend Hope or their upcoming event, call 281-342-3801 or visit H

Fort Bend Toyota Blood Drive Fort Bend Toyota is sponsoring a blood drive benefiting The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center on Friday, May 11th from 1 - 7 pm at 20465 Southwest Freeway (Hwy 59 at 99), Richmond, Texas. To schedule an appointment, visit and log on to Digital Donor. Please use sponsor code B240 or contact Nick Landoski at 281.341.5900. If this time or location is not convenient, please call Nick, and he will help make arrangements for you. H

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Terry High School’s Emilee Martin is one of only nine finalists in the nation in Lucerne’s seventh annual “The Art of Dairy” Contest. She now has a chance at the grand prize: $20,000 for her school, $5,000 for herself and $5,000 for the her teacher. This is the second consecutive year that a Terry artist has made the finals. Last year, Terry’s Fariha Rashid came in first place and won $5,000 for the school, $2,500 for herself and $2,500 for Joan Batts, her art teacher. As a finalist, Martin was chosen to paint a life-sized acrylic cow in this year’s theme “Red, White and Moo.” Martin, a sophomore, chose to design her entry to reflect how American’s fuel their ingenuity. One side of the cow looks like the outside of a giant machine and the opposite side shows how the gears in our country work to produce fuel, in this case, milk. Martin’s teacher, Mark Hesterlee, received $250 to buy art supplies to help create the sculpture.

When the cow arrived, Martin said she knew she had a long way to go to make her original drawing become a reality on the cow. She began by sanding, smoothing and washing the cow. “There were so many nooks, crannies and crevices – it was overwhelming,” Marin said. She traced her original drawing on the cow, painstakingly painting the background using acrylic paints. Using tape, she marked off sections of the cow and painted in the details. The cow is now on display at the Randall’s grocery store in Pecan Grove where it will be for the next few weeks. For the first time ever, the public will vote for the winner via online and mobile voting. Online polls opened on April 16th at or on the Safeway Facebook page, and voting ends May 15th. The grand prize is $20,000 for school, $5,000 for the winning student and $5,000 for the designated teacher. One student will be come in First, earning $5,000 for their school, $2,500 for the student and $2,500 for their art teacher. One student will win Honorable Mention and receive $1,000 and $1,000 for his or her teacher. The remaining six finalists will receive a $500 savings bond. Martin is the daughter of David and Kendy Martin of Richmond. H

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Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert and wife Pat recently celebrated 50 years of putting up with each other. They asked the attendees to dress in their 60’s best. Some complied. One woman said she no longer had the two babies she carried on each hip during the 60’s.

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Bo Randall took the instructions to dress from the 60s to heart. She is pictured with Fort Bend Business Journal editor Sharon Wallingford. Former Superintendent James and Bobbie Woodfin – just an old hippie couple!

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Rosenberg Mayor Vincent Morales and Regina Morales with Sugar Land EDC.

Former FBISD board president Lisa Rickert with attorney Lynn and Rod Humphries.

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Friends David Chaumette and John Hancock.

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Retired Rosenberg Mayor Joe Gurecky and wife Doris with friend Joyce Lolley.

Pat Hebert with daughter Patsy McKnight and great granddaughter Kate Lynne Dixon, who had on the best boots! Pat and her original wedding dress. Pat wore pants, tee shirt and sneakers to the party because that’s how she spent the 60s!

Justice of the Peace Jim Richards and his wife Laura.

Old friends Debbie and Wayne Penalber.

Bob Crossar, Martha and Lou Peyton with Neil Banfield. Jane and Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen.

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his Mother’s Day, show your love and appreciation with an elegant gift from the heart that you made with your hands. Foods dipped in chocolate take on a new level of fabulousness and are an excellent expression of affection. White, milk and dark chocolate can give different flavor combinations with the same foods. The possibilities are endless ... fruit, cookies, chips, nuts or candies. Melt your favorite chocolate morsels, and try some of these ideas:

SPICY GINGER COOKIES + DARK CHOCOLATE These flavorful cookies take on a new level of awe when you give them a dunk in silky dark chocolate — all for about 100 calories. No need for guilt, thanks to this duo’s health perks: dark chocolate is antioxidant-rich, heart-healthy, and a known mood-booster, and ginger has the power to soothe your tummy.

ESPRESSO BEANS + DARK CHOCOLATE This caffeine-packed duo is loaded with pleasantly bitter flavors.

CANDIED ORANGE PEEL + SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE The mellowness of semisweet chocolate balances the acidity of the orange peel.

MARSHMALLOWS + MILK CHOCOLATE Think a s’more without the graham cracker. Slide marshmallows onto wooden skewers and dip.

TIP ON CHOCOLATE DIPPING Melt chopped chocolate or morsels in a glass bowl in the microwave for one-minute increments stirring in between until smooth.

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Focus CareS Ed Tye: Lending a Hand for Literacy


Although Tye teaches students with d Tye was reading the newspaper varying levels of ability, ranging from when he saw it: an ad asking for those who are almost completely illiterate volunteers to teach English, no forto those who have Master’s degrees from eign language knowledge necessary. Tye, a their native countries and are looking to dentist who had previously lived in Germabecome more conversational, he says the ny, France and Vietnam, was teaching at motive behind taking the class is always dental school at the time, and had “no probthe same. “The one word that comes up lem” teaching or speaking in front of others. more than anything else is opportunity,” “I had a lot of free time, and I don’t do he said. well with free time so I looked into the proAfter over 20 years of teaching, some of gram,” he said. “It became an important Tye’s fondest memories come from outside part of my life.” the classroom: the year his class took him After completing a training program, salsa dancing for his birthday, the field trip Tye was certified as a volunteer in March Ed Tye to the dog race track, and eating dinner at of 1991 and began volunteering three hours his students’ houses, where they taught a week. Initially the ESL classes, which are him how to cook traditional foods like plantains. run by the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, were held Tye, an army veteran, says he’s “happy to see people who in different buildings around the area, including a commuwant to work to get ahead and make the country a better nity college, a health center, and a building behind a church. place. It’s very rewarding when you can say that you helped Seven years after Tye began volunteering, the program got its them along the way,” he said. own building which Tye called a “big step forward.” Now retired, Tye teaches classes every Monday, and says he For more information regarding the Literacy Council of has “developed close relationships” within the program. “I get Fort Bend County, please visit or more than I give,” says Tye, who often tries to recruit people call 281-240-8181. For additional volunteer opportunities in to the program handing out flyers to people he meets who are Fort Bend County, call Volunteer Fort Bend at 281-340-1919 illiterate, and talking up the classes at his weekly bridge game. or visit H

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Aging Population Means Stroke Numbers Could Rise: Rehabilitation Is Key In Recovery


ay is Stroke Awareness Month and HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital is shedding light on the potential exponential growth of Stroke sufferers and survivors. According to the U.S. Census, the older population will burgeon between the years 2010 and 2030 as the “baby boom” generation reaches age 65. At the same time, one of the most frequently occurring conditions in older persons happens

to be hypertension (41 percent), a leading indicator for stroke. Family members need to know not only the warning signs of stroke, but the recovery options as well. For stroke survivors, HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital offers a unique combination of both traditional and technological therapeutic advances to provide individualized stroke recovery plans based on specific pa-

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tient needs. Family members and caregivers should do their own research, and ask the following questions when looking at rehabilitation options following stroke: • Does the organization use a “team approach” as the model for rehabilitation? • Is there a rehabilitation specialist leading the team? • Are educational groups and seminars provided? • How accessible is staff? • How many hours of therapy are provided each day? • How many patients return home - instead of going to nursing homes? • How often does the doctor visit patients? • What is the average length of stay? • Is there a case manager who works with the family? • Are there programs that concentrate on activities of daily living? • What about vocational training? • How extensive is your cognitive rehabilitation program? At HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital, they provide an average of three hours of therapy a day, five out of seven days a week depending on the patient’s level. Using a team approach, the hospital has a physician on site who makes daily rounds. The average length of stay for a stroke patient is 14 days with 85% or more of patients being discharged to home. In addition, HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital offers new technology-based therapy utilizing specialized computer equipment like the auto ambulator, and upper extremity therapy interventions like the bioness, dynamic wrist hand splinting stations and gait assessment training systems. While the incidents of stroke may be on the rise, HealthSouth is working hard to make sure those who experience a stroke get the

Senior Living Guide therapy they need to return home and maintain an independent lifestyle. HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sugar Land is a 50 bed private inpatient rehabilitation hospital that provides a higher level of rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from stroke and other neurological disorders, brain and spinal cord injury, amputations, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary conditions. Accredited by The Joint Commission, the hospital is located at 1325 Highway 6 (next to Lifetime Fitness) and can be found on the Web at www. HealthSouth is the nation’s largest provider of inpatient rehabilitative healthcare services. Operating in 26 states across the country and in Puerto Rico, HealthSouth serves patients through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation satellites, and home health agencies. HealthSouth strives to be the nation’s preeminent provider of inpatient rehabilitative healthcare services and can be found on the Web at www. H

At HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital, we help stroke survivors and their families overcome the many challenges they face through focused stroke rehabilitation programs. Experienced therapists guide patients in physical and cognitive therapies to improve vital life skills like eating, dressing and cooking, getting patients ready to return home. We also help prevent future strokes, educating on the importance of managing risk factors and knowing the warning signs. Discover the healing power of stroke rehabilitation. A Higher Level of Care

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Cash Alternatives: Playing It Safe, and Smart, In Uncertain Financial Times

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Cash is king, as the old saying goes. And that adage certainly seems relevant today, considering the roller coaster rides the markets have been on lately. But holding cash is never free, as it historically loses value after considering taxes and inflation. This is especially true when cash yields are very low, as they are today. Below are a few alternatives to cash that offer higher yields with a relatively low degree of risk. TIPS Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS) are a special subset of Treasuries that are backed by the US government and include inflation protection. Both the interest payments and principal of these securities adjust to changes in inflation. Municipal Bonds Municipal bonds are issued by government entities, such as counties or states. They are backed by either the local tax base or the revenue generated from a public project. Municipal bond interest is tax free for federal tax purposes. Also, some bonds issued by states with an income tax exclude interest from state income tax. To minimize the risk of future inflation, only consider bonds that will mature in one-two years. Corporate Bonds Corporate bonds are issued by individual companies and, therefore, have credit risk because the bankruptcy of an issuing company would likely result in the loss of principal. Similar to corporate bonds, you should only consider securities with short maturities (one-two years) and highquality issuers (i.e. GE, Microsoft, etc.). Without a doubt, all investors should have some allocation to no-risk, liquid, cash-type investments. It’s only prudent when uncertainty is high and the future is cloudy. WJ Interests is a fee-only financial planning and investment management firm in Sugar Land. For more information, please contact or 281-634-9400. H

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Welcome to Seniors Helping Seniors in Fort Bend Seniors Helping Seniors in home services is an exceptional program of caring and care. It is a very unique program which matches seniors who want to help with seniors who are looking for a little help.  The service is unique because providers and receivers both benefit.   Senior receivers are able to stay in their home and live their lives with independence and dignity, plus they get the companionship of someone who understands them.   The providers offer many services including light housekeeping, laundry, errand services, pet care, mobility assistance, leisure activities, transporta-

tion, doctor’s appointments, and most importantly, companionship. Our innovative program creates the support you need from people who will understand you the most. Everyone who works with us has a strong interest in helping others. As an innovative, intra-generational companion and home help service exclusively for seniors, we provide: • An experienced and credible resource of help for older adults who want to stay in their own homes. • Full range of home care, companion and home maintenance support services from seniors who enjoy helping.

• Reasonable hourly rates for seniors who want services and reasonable hourly wages to seniors who provide them. You may be looking for help for yourself or someone you love. We can provide as much or as little support as you need. Seniors Helping Seniors in home services is the place to call for your senior’s personal care when you can’t be there. For more information, contact Mike Alexander, Director/Owner, at 281261-8107, fax 832-451-6394 or email at H

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Four Not-So-Obvious Signs Venous Insufficiency is Causing Your Leg Problems

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Most people associate “having a vein problem” with bulging varicose veins and zig-zaggy spider veins. But, there are less obvious symptoms and conditions including restless legs, night cramps, ankle discoloration (“brown ankles”), and ankle ulcers that often go undiagnosed or are treated improperly or not at all because venous insufficiency is not considered as a possible source of the problem. Restless legs is mainly characterized by the irresistible urge to move the legs, accompanied by unusual or unpleasant sensations, such as creeping, pulling, and tugging. Nighttime cramps (“charley horses”) are sudden spasms or tightening of the calf muscles, thigh or foot. Both tend to strike just as you are dozing off or just waking up. When venous insufficiency – the backward flow of blood through the veins – is left unchecked, pressure within the vein walls can build to a point where red blood cells come apart and the iron in the hemoglobin “stains” the delicate, thinner skin in the ankle area, causing it to turn brown or red. Left unchecked, the area becomes itchy, dry and prone to infection, which leads to ulcer formation. Unfortunately, it is often not until venous insufficiency has progressed to this stage that it is finally diagnosed. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, a simple ultrasound of your legs can determine if venous insufficiency is present or not. Today’s highly efficient, minimally invasive procedures target the insufficiency at its source to immediately relieve you of your symptoms and restore vein health. For more information, contact Hamilton Vein Center at 281.346.3073 or visit H

Demetrius Flenaugh of Comfort Keepers® recently earned the designation of Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) from the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, an international organization that trains professionals to meet the changing needs of the growing senior population. Flenaugh received the CSA certification through extensive training regarding the health, financial and social needs of senior citizens. “Seniors have more complicated needs than any other age group, and the CSA certification and training process does an excellent job recognizing the health, financial and social needs of this age group. Comfort Keepers Franchising, Inc. (CKFI) encourages individual owners to become CSAs to ensure that they stay abreast of these issues with ongoing education, training, support and communication to those of us dedicated to serving seniors,” said TJ Carter, human resource manager for CKFI and a CSA. Flenaugh is the owner of Sugar Land Comfort Keepers, an international franchise that provides in-home care services such as Companionship, Personal Care, Alzheimer’s Care, Stroke Recovery, Fall Risk Reduction, Light Housekeeping and incidental transportation. The need for personal caregivers throughout the United States is greater today than at any other point in history. Currently, there are more than 34 million Americans over the age of 65, and this number is expected to double in the next 20 years. Many of these seniors need assistance with the activities of daily living. “With more people living longer, we are seeing changes in how seniors function in our society. Comfort Keepers offer a wide range of options to Southwest Houston families by offering services customized to an individual’s needs for a fraction of long term care costs,” said Flenaugh. For more information about Comfort Keepers, call (281) 3402078, or visit H

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H O M E F E AT U R E By Sophia Vassiliou

CLUES TO A 8 Clutter Free Closet T

his can be the time of year when you may be anticipating travel over the summer months. So why not organize your closet now? These simple tips will get you organized for the summer. Save time by knowing what is in your closet, and save money by not buying what you already may have!


EDIT YOUR WARDROBE Take a look at your clothes and assess what you wear most, least, or not at all. Donate clothing you haven’t worn in a year or more, as well as anything that is a sentimental piece, or no longer fits. If an item is damaged, toss it out. Let seasonality and frequency of use guide you in determining what to keep in the closet and what to stow elsewhere. Store in garment bags, canvas containers, or plastic bins and label each.

Follow some basic closet organizing rules and your closet will keep you looking good!


MAKE A NOVELTY SECTION Don’t put all your special clothes away. Sort pieces that are not your basics but ones that add flair to your grab-and-go garments. When is the last time you wore the satin jacket or metallic skirt? Hang these fun pieces in an area of your closet so you will remember you own them. Pair with your favorite jeans or informal tee for a new look.


ARRANGE FOLDED ITEMS COLOR BLOCKING Clothing that will stretch Organize hanging out of shape can be folded and garments by type and placed on shelves. When orcolor. Blouses, can be sortganizing folded clothing, place ed first by sleeve length and heavier items at the bottom of then by shade. Do you have the pile and lighter ones at the many pairs of jeans or black top. Arrange garments by funcpants? Flag the side of hangtion in stacks; workout tops, ers with a label describing A shelf divider will keep your business tops, sleeveless tops closet organized and neat looking. the garment. Hang all suits together. Display colors – white and skirts the same way. By keeping like to nude, bright colors to black. with like, options are clear at a glance. ACCESSORIES ARE IMPORTANT HANG WITH EASE Keep your accessories neat, tidy, Having hangers in just one style and and visible. Store belts, bags, color immediately gives your closet ties, scarves, and other accessories in a more orderly appearance. Choose woodplain sight on hooks or racks which can en, plastic or slimline hangers. The flocked, be attached to the inside of your closet slim-line designs hold clothing in place and door. Display your accessories so you save closet space. There's also accessory can see them. Consider a matching set bars for organizing belts, scarves and ties. of baskets or drawer storage cubes to

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hold accessories. Now, instead of wasting five minutes searching for a belt in the mess, you can spend the time deciding what outfit to wear with it!


STORING SHOES SYSTEM Choose between a shoe rack on the floor, a hanging shoe organizer, see-through plastic boxes, cubby box, or original shoe boxes with photographs stapled to them to identify the boxes’ contents. Place shoes you don’t wear frequently labeled on boxes on a high shelf, in another closet, or under your bed.


VALET ASSISTANCE What to wear? Choose your clothes the night before. Whether it is your basic daily wear or a suit, use an over the door valet hook to hang your outfit. Displaying your choice makes dressing easy. TIP: Getting dressed is easier if you begin from the bottom up, starting with pants, skirt or shoe. Fashion expert Rawlins Gilliland says, “The waist down is the pedestal, the waist up is the vase. A good closet is like a well-planned kitchen, where it’s a ‘look you cook’ rather than a meal.” Products suggestions can be found at Target, Ikea, The Container Store, or even the Dollar Store. Another great resource is For more decorating tips, visit www.

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Naomi Brown, 2012 Fund for Teachers Fellow is pictured with Jeannette Spain, Director of Gifted/Talented and Academy Programs. Seven Fort Bend ISD teachers are recipients of 2012 Fund for Teachers grant awards for professional development projects they designed and submitted for funding. Fund for Teachers awards fellowships for self-designed, professional growth opportunities for PreK to 12th grade teachers who recognize the value of inquiry, the power of knowledge, and their ability to make a difference. Earning individual grant awards were Naomi Brown and Lily Ann GraffArchuleta. A team grant was presented to teachers Brooke Wilson, April Davis, Kelly Caldwell, Destiny Parker and Tawanna Evans. Naomi Brown, GT Mentorship instructor, was awarded $5,000 to pursue her proposed fellowship project: Cycle from “Secret Annex” in Amsterdam to Germany’s Bergen Belsen Concentration camp documenting the legacy of Anne Frank and human rights awareness. All seven teachers will complete their projects this summer and then return to school in the fall to share their new-found knowledge with students and their peers through classroom activities and workshops. H Headliners continued on page 74

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TIMELESS EYEWEAR Stop by our optical boutique to view new spring collections including Fendi, Prada, Gold & Wood and more! Make an appointment today with one of our therapeutic optometrists. Most insurances accepted and gift cards available to make the perfect gift. Eye Trends at Town Square, 16200 City Walk, Sugar Land. Call 281-265-2000;

THIS MOTHER’S DAY, GIVE MOM WHAT SHE REALLY DESERVES Endorsed by Oprah, Agraria Perfumed Oils “scent your rooms without burning, plugging in or spraying anything. Just add the reeds to the perfumed oils and inhale.” Purchase the Santa Barbara PetiteEssence™ Collection at Interiors Market, located at 2625 Town Center Blvd., Sugar Land. Call 281-980-2070;

LUSH LASHES FOR MOM! LATISSE® solution is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, make them longer, thicker and darker. Eyelash hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes. Timeless Plastic Surgery, 1327 Lake Pointe Parkway #300, Sugar Land. Call 281-242-TIME (8463);

THE GIFT OF BEAUTIFUL SKIN Give your loved one the gift of beautiful, glowing skin! The Clarisonic brush uses patented sonic frequency to clean, soften and smooth the skin. Sugar Land Face and Body Plastic Surgery, 16525 Lexington Blvd. Suite #150 in Sugar Land. Call 281-313-0555; 

THE DESIGN SOURCE Starting from scratch or wanting a “Home Makeover?” The Design Source can take you from bland to beautiful. Their fabulous team specializes in taking interior spaces to another level and transforming them into your dream home with a cost-effective plan that saves time and money. Visit them at 3644 Highway 6 South, Sugar Land. Call 281-242-3336;


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A SWEET SURPRISE What’s Sweeter than a sweet surprise from All About Cakes? Your mom of course! This Mothers Day give your mom custom designed gourmet cupcakes made special for her from All About Cakes designed by Chef Michelle. Call now to order! Visit them at 13134 Dairy Ashford, Suite 300, Sugar Land. Call 832-532-7034;

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Riverstone Announces Another New Neighborhood Presales begin April 28th for Waterside at Riverstone, one of three new neighborhoods opening in the Fort Bend community this spring. The enclave will feature 18 homesites, with most bordering a lake or central park. Fedrick, Harris Estate Homes is the exclusive builder with designs from its Royal Villa series of floor plans ranging in size from 3,600 to more than 6,000 square feet. The homes will feature tiled roofs and stucco, stone and brick exteriors. Prices will start in the upper $600,000s with a 5,500-square-foot model opening in August. Sales have already begun in Avalon at Riverstone, a gated neighborhood that has homesites situated between three lakes, Alcorn Bayou and walking trails. Taylor Morrison is the builder for the neighborhood, which has acreage for 300 homes. Base pricing begins in the $270,000s. Opening later this spring is Auburn Manor, a neighborhood featuring homes priced from the $260,000s by Meritage Homes. “The timing is perfect to open a variety of new neighborhoods in Riverstone,” said Tom Wilcox, general manager of the community. “The national and local housing markets are

Riverstone is introducing Waterside at Riverstone, a new neighborhood featuring homes priced from the upper $600,000s by Fedrick, Harris Estate Homes. The enclave is one of three neighborhoods opening in Riverstone this spring.

reviving and just in Riverstone our sales are almost double our record-breaking sales last year. It’s shaping up to be another stellar year.” Riverstone is now listed among the nation’s 15 top-selling master-planned communities, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting. For more information, visit

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Woman Harvesting Cabbages en La Sierra, Ecuador by Consuelo Forray

ALL MONTH FIRST COLONY BRANCH LIBRARY SOUTH AMERICAN ART EXHIBIT The First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land, will exhibit a collection of artwork, courtesy of Consuelo Forray, depicting Central and South America. The exhibit may be viewed during regular hours. Call 281-238-2800. 2nd WEDNESDAY, 7 PM COASTAL PRAIRIE QUILT GUILD Guest speaker Dea Heller will present Setting, Sashing, and Borders at the First United Methodist Church of Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd. Visit 5th SATURDAY, 8:30 AM - 3 PM RIDGE POINT HIGH SCHOOL PANTHER FEST 5K, 10K & KIDS 1 MILE RUN Join us rain or shine at 500 Waters Lake in Sienna Plantation for this fundraiser benefiting general school funds. Run in the race and stay for a day of fun with music, games, food, shopping, powder puff football and more. Visit

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5th SATURDAY, 10 AM – 2 PM GRAND OPENING OF NEW AQUATIC LEISURE POOL Enjoy the waterslide, lazy river, vortex pool, splashpad, and more located at 4350 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. Free ice cream, pizza, and giveaways. Like the other FCCA pools, you will need to show your pool tags to enter. Call 281-634-9557.

11th FRIDAY, 6:30 PM LITERACY COUNCIL OF FORT BEND 22ND ANNUAL WINE & MUSIC! “A Silver Celebration” will be held at the Stafford Centre to commemorate the Literacy Council’s 25 successful years with a night of fabulous food, fine wine, live music and a live and silent auction. Call 281-240-8181 or visit

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6th SUNDAY, 2 PM CHINESE DANCE PERFORMANCE AT GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY In recognition of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Fort Bend County Libraries will host a performance by Dance of Asian America. The program is free and open to the public. Call 281-341-2677. 6th, 13th & 20th SUNDAYS, 5 – 7 PM CONCERTS IN THE PARK Enjoy a variety of themes and musical genres. Each concert will include several family-oriented activities and other entertainment at Oyster Creek Park, 4033 Highway 6 South. The final concert on May 20th will be held at Eldridge Park, 2511 Eldridge Road. All activities are free and open to the public. Call 281-275-2885 or visit

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8th TUESDAY, 11 AM – NOON LEGAL AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION SESSION An informational session that will address legal and financial issues, including when to start planning for the future, will be held at First United Methodist Church of Missouri City located at 3900 Lexington Blvd. in Missouri City. Call 713.314.1313 or visit


12th SATURDAY, 9 AM – 4 PM SUGAR LAND GARDEN CLUB 13TH ANNUAL GARDEN TOUR Walk away with some great ideas for you own garden rain or shine. Tickets and map are available for $12 at each garden the day of the tour. Call 281-242-1773 or visit 12th SATURDAY, 3 – 4 PM MOTHER’S DAY AFTERNOON TEA Learn about 1890’s Victorian tea etiquette while snacking on delicious period finger foods. Weather permitting, this historical event will be held in the beautiful Davis yard. While historical dress is not required, participants are encouraged to wear their Saturday best. Call 281-343-0218 or visit

17th THURSDAY, 10 AM COASTAL PRAIRIE QUILT GUILD Guest speaker Debbie Maddy will present No Diamonds, No Y Seams: Old Quilts, New Methods at the First United Methodist Church of Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd. Visit

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STARTING MAY 18TH WEDNESDAYS, 9 AM – 1 PM SATURDAYS, 3:30 – 7 PM RICHMOND FARMERS MARKET Come shop fresh produce from local growers at the corner of Highway 90 and Second Street. Visit 19th SATURDAY, 10 AM – 1 PM KIDS R KIDS NORTH SUGAR LAND IS TURNING 10! Join us to celebrate our 10th birthday with free games, rides, water activities and more. Call 832-259-3421 or visit

Support Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors at their Scholarship Luncheon on Thursday, May 17th. Pictured are Nancy Frank, Paula Ruskan and Marilyn Davis.

17th THURSDAY, 10:30 AM FORT BEND FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS’ SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON Hats-n-Heels Derby Day Soiree is the theme of the Luncheon at BraeBurn Country Club. There will be plenty of southern fare, mint julep spritzers and the sounds of My Old Kentucky Home and more. Flaunt your southern flare and style in the Big Kentucky Hat Contest and bet on your favorite hat to show, place or win! E-mail or visit 17th THURSDAY, 6 – 8 PM PEACE, HOPE, SURVIVE Cancer Survivors and families are invited to celebrate life at a Free Concert at the University of Houston Sugar Land. in Sugar Land. Call 713-222-CARE (2273) to reserve your space.

28th MONDAY, 9:40 AM FORT BEND SALUTES AMERICA MEMORIAL DAY EVENT Fort Bend Salutes America countywide ceremony will be held in Fulshear at 2nd and Harris Street. This beautiful ceremony will salute our countless men and women of our Armed forces who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Call Troy Nehls at 713-419-5994.


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SUGAR LAND TOWN SQUARE CALENDAR OF EVENTS Friday, May 4 7:30 – 9 PM Giving Spirits Concert Series Saturday, May 12 8 – 10 PM Movie Under The Moon Saturday, May 19 Noon – 6 PM 4th Annual Sugar Land BASH Wednesday, May 23 5 – 7:00 pm Sugar Land Superstar Auditions Friday May 25 7 – 8:30 PM Dancing Under The Stars Saturday, May 26 6:30 – 9:30 PM 5th Annual World Yuanji Day

ONGOING WEEKLY EVENTS: Thursdays, 4 – 7 PM May 3, 10, 17, 24 Urban Harvest Farmers Market Fridays, 9 – 11 PM May 4, 11, 18, 25, 31 Fitness in the Plaza Fridays, 7:30 – 9 PM May 11 & 18 Music in the Plaza

Pictured are the speakers and musicians for Fort Bend Salutes America 2011. Bottom row: Neil Henry, Michelle Greer, Stephen Coffee, Jimmy Lingenfelter and Andy Lingenfelter. Middle row: Major Troy Nehls, Debbie Fancher and Steve McFadden. Top row: Wayne Pflughaupt, Rob Harper, LTC Trever Nehls and Ty Miyahara.


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By Lauren Dante

school and has been a member of the Varsity Women’s Choir for three years. In 2009 and 2011, Clair was a PreArea Finalist in Choir where she was judged on her ability to sight read and sing. Clair was the Section Leader of the Alto 1 section and Secretary of the Choir during her junior year. For her senior year, Clair was elected President of the Choir. In addition to singing at school, Clair sings at her church. Clair is actively involved in the One Voice Choir that is comprised of teenagers and the selective Agape Choir. “I enjoy attending the church choir practices because it is a relaxing atmosphere,” said Clair. “We all feel comfortable singing with each other and singing for the Lord.” For ten years, Clair has been pracJessika McFarland and Clair Daly ticing piano. She beat the Farmers Market at Imperial. gan participating in the National Piano Guild competitions cards for the English teachat an early age, and ers. Clair receives many is now up to a tenof her service hours for the Photograph by piece program. Honor Societies through her Monica Malone. As a talented involvement with the Thepiano player, Clair atre program. uses her skills in her duo ensemble All four years of high school, Clair has with friend Jessika. Strings Atbeen involved with Theatre. She has been tached, Clair and Jessika’s band, is in eight main stage performances and an exciting new venture for the girls. two student directed one-act plays. Clair’s The two girls met in choir and defavorite musical that she has acted in cided to form a band. Clair plays the is Zombie Prom. “Zombie Prom had the keyboard, tambourine and kazoo and musical Grease meeting the world of ZomJessika plays the guitar while they bies, and it was a lot of fun to perform,” both sing. Their signature song is said Clair. “I like performing musicals beLandslide from Fleetwood Mac. Curcause everyone gets a chance to sing, and rently, the girls are playing at local I always enjoy working with the various farmers markets on the weekends casts.” In 2011, Clair attended the Naand Teresita’s Cantina. tional Thespian Festival in Nebraska and In her last few months of high competed the number “Razzle Dazzle” school, Clair has decided to attend from Chicago with some members of the St. Edwards University in Austin. cast. For 2012, Clair will compete in the She is planning on majoring in Comtap number “Forget About the Boy” from munications. As she finishes up her Thoroughly Modern Millie. last few days of high school, we conTheatre has taught Clair some new gratulate Clair on her many accomdancing moves, including tap dancing, plishments and wish her much sucbut her real passion is singing. Clair has cess in the future! H participated in Choir all four years of high

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senior at Kempner High School, Clair Daly is a wellrounded, smart and talented young lady. She is an honor roll student, an extremely talented singer and actress as well as a caring and patient person. Clair is involved with many different clubs and organizations, and through all of these activities, Clair is always willing to lend a helping hand and put a positive and energetic spin on everything she does. As a member of Spanish National Honor Society, National Honor Society and English Honor Society, Clair is always helping to brighten others days by giving back to her community through volunteering. Whether it is making Valentines cards for the English teachers, washing cars to raise money for the Theatre program or attending the Down Syndrome Dances in Houston, Clair generously gives of her time and talents. Every other month, Clair and a few other students attend the Down Syndrome Dances for Spanish National Honor Society. Clair helps with set-up, entertaining the youth and cleanup. Since many of the attendees are Hispanic youth, attending these dances gives Clair the opportunity to practice her Spanish. “The best part about these dances is that you make friends every time that you go,” said Clair. “Everyone deserves to have fun, and this may be the only thing that these youth attend for the month, so I really try to make sure that everyone has a great time.” Clair’s job as the Events Coordinator for the English Honor Society is also to make sure that everyone has a great time. She is in charge of planning the club’s socials and getting the materials for the event. The last service project they completed was the Valentine’s Day


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Congratulations to Kaitlin Noser, a senior at Terry High School, for being selected as Texas Direct Auto’s “Scholarship Star” for May! Jessica DeMarr, Director of Business Development, presents the $1000 check. Kaitlin’s academic achievements and extracurricular activities include three sports teams - volleyball, swim and water polo, where she is a 3 time varsity letterman in swimming and holds the title of MVP swimmer. Kaitlin has been named Academic All-District for the past 3 years. She is in the top 10% of her class. She was elected to Girl’s State and is active in student council, Junior Achievement, and the Little League, as well as teaching kindergarten Sunday school at her church. Kaitlin was selected as part of Texas Direct Auto’s commitment to educational excellence through the “Scholarship Stars” program. Application details are listed below.

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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.

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Congratulations to the Lamar Consolidated High School Law Enforcement SkillsUSA team for winning first place in the SkillsUSA State Competition. The team will now represent Texas at the SkillsUSA National Competition in Kansas City this June. Pictured are (front row) Linda Efejuku, Kaylan Rogers, Ashtin Calvin, Tracy Nwanne and Chika Iguh; (back row) Beverly Sanders, lead sponsor; Dr. Fred C. Guess, advisor and Saundra Hill, sponsor. Not pictured is Karen Omayi.

The Sugar Land Skeeters’ mascot, Swatson, made a special visit to Fort Bend Christian Academy. Pictured are student Carter Fredrickson and Swatson.

Clements High School saluted the achievements of its NJROTC cadets with awards for the 2011-2012 school year. In addition to the award ceremony, the Change of Command took place.  The senior officers were relieved of duty, and the new command staff for 2012-2013 was inducted. The new command staff is Commanding Officer Christopher Mann, Master Chief Prit Dhagat and Executive Officer Edward Alexander. Pictured are Cadet Brian Williams with Commander Minnard and SGT Major Andrews. fort bend

Southminster School in Missouri City sent four regional qualifiers to the Association of Christian Schools (ACSI) regional speech championship meet in Channelview, and each of the four earned medals. Students Ryan Michlewicz, Annika Overstreet, advisor Pat Simon, Jasmine Wright and Dylan Thomas are all smiles while displaying their awards. magazine • May 2012


Smith Elementary 4th grade teacher Carolyn Anderson and student Briana Lewis get a lift before the beginning of State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing from former pro football player Ekom Udofia. Udofia was one of three athletes who visited Lamar Consolidated ISD elementary schools to provide encouragement and inspiration for the new standardized tests. Lending support are former New York Giant Keith Davis (left) and Clarence Lee.

Congratulations to First Colony Swim Team member Brett Pinfold for qualifying for the USA Olympic Trial meet in the 100 Free. Brett will be FCST’s eighth swimmer to qualify for Olympic Trials in June. Brett’s 100 Freestyle time also qualifies him for the US Open meet. Brett’s also walked away from the meet with FCST team records in 8 events as well as a new GULF record in the 50 backstroke.

Lani Waddle had been growing out her hair for Locks of Love for over a year after deciding she wanted to cut it so she could help a child with cancer. Snip Its in Sugar Land cut off 10-1/2 inches for free since it was going to a good cause. Way to go, Lani!

The Missouri City-Sugar Land Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated hosted its fourteenth Biennial Beautillion Ball. The twenty distinguished beaus presented were: Nicholas Anderson, Cameron Bell, Joshua Blount, Elijah Cherry, Camiel Guidry, III, Christopher Jackson, Nicholas Jackson, Austin Johnson, Marcus Mitchell, Joshua Otey, Theodore Otey, Michael Rogers, Kyle Roquemore, Jr., Daryl Sherman II, Carlton Smith, II, Kenneth Stegal, II, Mackenzie Thibodeaux, Mason Thibodeaux, Jalen Thompson and George Wyche, III. Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen is pictured with Eagle Scout Zach Giblin and Boy Scout Troop 1852 at the April 16th Missouri City Council Meeting. Giblin was honored for his Eagle Scout Project, which was installing a brick walk at the rear of the Historic Dew House in Kitty Hollow Park. Zach donated the excess funds he collected for the project back to the Dew House. Zach, you “dew” us proud and your community thanks you! www.fortbend

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M edical F ocus Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Honors Physicians Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital honored its top physicians during a celebration of National Doctors Day with a Casino Night at Coal Vines in Sugar Land on Wednesday, March 28th. Recognizing the importance of family members, the hospital opened up the event to physicians and their spouses. Named 2012 Outstanding Female and Male Physicians, was Crystal Kelly, M.D., Internal Medicine and Anesthesiologist Jefferson Riddle, M.D. “The honored physicians personify the collaborative relationship that we seek with our medical staff,” said Jim Brown, CEO of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. “They are all team players who work with our nursing staff to achieve the very best possible patient outcomes.” Memorial Hermann Sugar Land nurses and staff who work with the doctors on a daily basis nominate and vote on the CEO Jim Brown with Dr. Sandip Desai. honored physicians. H

Top honors also went to: • Best Team Player: Joseph Dang, M.D., Internal Medicine/Hospitalist • Best Bedside Manner: Marc Sangalli, M.D., Obstetrics/Gynecology • Best Overall Documentation: Sandip Desai, M.D., Pulmonary/Critical Care • Best Attitude: Karie Praszek, M.D., Internal Medicine /Hospitalist • Most Responsive: Chau “Chantal” Nguyen, M.D., Obstetrics/Gynecology • Most Supportive: Pragnesh Shah, M.D., Internal Medicine • Best Communicators: Jin Kim, M.D., Emergency Medicine and Brian Heaps, M.D., Obstetrics/Gynecology • Best Educator: William B. Riley, M.D., Chief Medical Officer • Most Respectful: Ali R. Motamedi, M.D., Orthopedic Surgery

Cancer Survivors Invited To Celebrate Life at Free Concert in Sugar Land Cancer survivors and their families are invited to celebrate life at the Peace, Hope, Survive event on Thursday, May 17th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University of Houston Sugar Land. Musician and cancer survivor Charlie Lustman, as part of his Musical HOPE Campaign, will be the special entertainment at a free concert. The event is sponsored by Texas Oncology, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, University of Houston-Victoria School of Nursing, American Cancer Society, and Amgen. “We are with our patients during their most difficult times as they fight cancer,” said Nancy Wells, practice administrator, Texas Oncology–Sugar Land. “We believe that it’s equally as important to celebrate survivorship with them.” Charlie Lustman brings hope and humor to cancer survivors through his music, which is inspired by his own journey with cancer. Lustman was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, in his upper jaw bone in July 2006. After successfully undergoing treatment, Lustman returned to his love of creating

music with a focus on cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Today, he visits cancer centers, wellness communities, and schools throughout the U.S. and internationally on his Musical HOPE Campaign to uplift spirits of those affected by cancer. “We encourage all cancer survivors and their families to join us for this inspiring concert and an opportunity to meet other survivors,” said Steven J. Brockman-Weber, MSN, RN, MS, FACHE, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer/chief operating officer of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. “Space is limited so please call 713-222-CARE (2273) to reserve your space for this free event.” “Sugar Land is a tight-knit community,” said Betti Guzman, regional vice president of American Cancer Society. “Events such as these provide support to cancer survivors, which is vital to their ongoing healing process.” Lustman uses music to share the story of his personal cancer journey in his oneman pop operetta, which was recorded on his CD Made Me Nuclear. His songs docfort bend

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ument his experience with cancer from diagnosis to recovery and have songs relatable to cancer patients and their families such as, Chemo Brain and The Call. Learn more about Lustman and his Musical HOPE Campaign by visiting his website, “We are pleased to host cancer survivors on the University of Houston Sugar Land campus. It’s a wonderful way to connect more with the community we serve,” said Kathryn Tart, dean and professor of University of HoustonVictoria School of Nursing. With the improvement of treatments and rise in cancer screening programs, there are more cancer survivors than ever. Today, more than 11 million cancer survivors live in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. “Amgen Oncology is committed to helping people affected by cancer, from prevention through survivorship. We are proud to be involved in such an event that gives them an evening to celebrate survivorship,” said Kathryn West, advocacy director of Amgen. H

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Rolls Out Red Carpet for Leading Physicians At its sixth annual Doctor’s Day awards ceremony, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital literally rolled out the red carpet for their physicians including seven leading physicians, nominated and voted on by over 900 hospital employees. New for Doctor’s Day 2012 was the “Thank a Doctor” campaign to give community members and hospital employees the opportunity to thank a special doctor in honor of National Doctor’s Day and show their appreciation to a physician who has touched their life by writing him or her a short note. Over 300 physicians received an envelope containing thank you notes and comment cards at the event. Seven physicians were recognized at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Doctor’s Day celebration and medical staff meeting. At the Oscars-style event in appreciation of physicians, secret envelopes revealed the winners. The physician winners then gave a small speech to recognize and thank those that voted and supported them throughout the year. Physicians in leading roles for 2012 were announced in seven categories: Female Physician of Excellence, Dr.

Jane Starr, OB/GYN; Male Physician of Excellence, Dr. John Boon, Urologist; Best Team Player, Dr. Scott Rivenes, Emergency Medicine; Most Respectful, Dr. B. Keith Ellis, Cardiologist; Most Supportive, Dr. Nicholas Desai, Podiatrist; Best Bedside Manner, Dr. Jeffrey Wood, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon and Most Technologically Innovative, Dr. Uttam Tripathy, Cardiothoracic Surgeon. “Our physicians bring a great deal of knowledge, skill and compassion to the residents in the Fort Bend community,” said Chris Siebenaler, CEO of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “The awards ceremony and ‘Thank a Doctor’ campaign are just a few ways for us to recognize the incredible work our physicians do.” “Thank you very much. This is quite the honor and I enjoy working with you all,” said Dr. Wood. Dr. Ellis stated, “Thank you administration for your support and thank you to the wonderful Cath Lab nursing staff as taking care of patients is truly a team effort.” It was a day and evening of celebration to truly express Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s gratitude and

Doctor’s Day Award Winners: Dr. Uttam Tripathy, Dr. Jeffrey Wood, Dr. Nicholas Desai, Dr. John Boon, Dr. Jane Starr, Dr. Scott Rivenes and Dr. B. Keith Ellis. support to their doctors. “This is a big surprise. Thank you for making Methodist Sugar Land Hospital a great place to work. I’ve really found my home here. It has been a pleasure and privilege to be a part of the Methodist Family,” said Dr. Starr, winner for the Female Physician of Excellence award. Dr. Boon, the winner of the Male Physician of Excellence award agreed stating, “This is an unbelievable place to work. Thank you to the nursing staff for taking care of my patients. I enjoy working with you all.” Doctor’s Day is a nationally recognized day of celebration held in March every year to honor the healing and lifesaving work of America’s physicians. H

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Celebrates National Certified Nurses Day Methodist Sugar Land Hospital recently celebrated National Certified Nurses Day on March 19th. The hospital honored over 130 certified nurses for their knowledge, skills and experience demonstrated by achieving certification in a nursing specialty to promote optimal health outcomes for patients. March 19th has been declared National Certified Nurses Day to create a special day of recognition and celebration

for certified nurses around the world. First-declared by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and endorsed by the American Nurses Association, many other nursing certification organizations have signed on to participate in acknowledging the importance of certification to nursing excellence. “Certification is a formal recognition of knowledge and experience in a particular nursing specialty.” explains Janet Leatherwood, Chief Nursing Officer at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “Certification represents a declaration of a particular individual’s professional competence and a commitment Honoring Nurses at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for National to their professionCertified Nurses Day . www.fortbend

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al development and to the patients they serve. We applaud those nurses receiving their certification which not only fosters professional growth, but also promotes career development.” Certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. A Registered Nurse (RN) license provides entry to general nursing practice, and the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive education as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital encourages national certification for all of its nurses. Please join Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and the nation’s national nursing certification organizations in honoring those hardworking, dedicated nurses for their professionalism and a job well done! H

Robotic-Assisted Surgery Helps Women Recover Faster—Free Seminar Women today have more treatment options than their mothers' generation did when facing gynecologic cancers, fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic prolapse and other uterine conditions. A few years ago, a patient who needed gynecologic surgery faced an open surgical procedure that required a large incision. Now if surgery is needed, laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgeries may be an option involving fewer risks and a faster recovery. “With robotic-assisted procedures, patients typically go home the next day and recover in as few as 1 – 2 weeks, compared to a recovery time of four to six weeks after open surgery,” says Katherine Diase, M.D. board certified OB/GYN on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “These less-invasive surgical procedures involve tiny incisions just a few millimeters in length compared to larger, 5 – 7 inch incisions that are common with open surgeries.” In 2010, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital was the first in Fort Bend to incorporate the da Vinci Surgical Robotic System and recently upgraded to the da Vinci SI Surgical Robotic System. “We are pleased to be the first and only hospital in the region to offer this groundbreaking technology to our patients

and community,” says Jagjit Khairah, D.O., board certified OB/GYN on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “The da Vinci system allows the surgeon to operate from a console while viewing a three-dimensional image of the surgical field,” states Duc Le, M.D., board certified OB/GYN on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “It translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of tiny surgical instruments inside the patient's body.” The da Vinci SI Surgical Robotics System allows surgeons to see and assess anatomy better than the naked eye. “Unmatched vision, precision and control of surgical robotics are amazing benefits of the da Vinci Robot,” says Jane Starr, M.D., board certified OB/ GYN on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Whether you are facing hysterectomy, myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids), surgery to repair vaginal/uterine prolapse, or treatment for endometriosis or excessive menstrual bleeding, our surgeons are skilled in robotic-assisted gynecological procedures that may help you heal faster so you can get back to work, family and life. Other benefits of robotic-assisted

surgery include: • Small incisions and minimal scarring • Less pain • Less blood loss and need for transfusion during surgery • Less risk of infection • Shorter hospital stay In addition, if follow-up treatments are needed after surgery, such as for gynecologic cancers, women may be ready for the next phase of treatment more quickly. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Diase, Dr. Khairah, Dr. Le, Dr. Starr, or another OB/GYN in your area, please call our physician referral line at 281-274-7500. H

Women’s Health Seminar Join us for a FREE Women’s Health Seminar about Gynecological Disorders and Minimally Invasive Treatments. Presented by Dr. Katherine Diase, Dr. Duc Le, Dr. Jagjit Khairah and Dr. Jane Starr. Tuesday, May 22, 6 p.m. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Conference Center Refreshments • Door Prizes RSVP: 281-274-7500 or email

New Era Begins as Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women Commences Labor and Delivery Services at Premier Facility for Women’s, Fetal and Newborn Care Texas Children’s Hospital recently announced the start of labor and delivery services and the arrival of its first baby, a healthy boy, at its landmark new facility, Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. The nationally-ranked children’s hospital has now fully expanded into obstetrical and gynecological care with the completion of its 15-story, $575-million state-of-the-art hospital which is staffed, designed and equipped to be among the nation’s premier centers for women’s, fetal and newborn health. Texas Children’s Pavilion for

Women can accommodate 5,000 births annually and specializes in multiple births and high-risk pregnancies. On March 26, at 8:16 a.m., the first baby was delivered by scheduled cesarean section by Dr. Michael Belfort, obstetrician and gynecologist-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and Dr. Susan LeongKee of BCM Obstetrics and Gynecology. Weighing 6 lbs. 6 oz., the baby boy, Brayten, was born to Houston resfort bend

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idents Andrea and Brandon Green. A high-risk pregnancy, the delivery went smoothly and both mother and baby are doing well. “What an exciting day for Texas Children’s Hospital and the culmination of our vision to improve the health of children by providing high quality, comprehensive care for mothers starting before birth,” said Mark A. Wallace, president and CEO of Texas Children’s Hospital. “This is truly a new era for Texas Children’s, because our Pavilion for Women is designed to care for

women at all stages of life and we are fully committed to making a difference in women’s healthcare through treatment, research and education.” Belfort pointed out that Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women was created to care for the most complicated pregnancies and critically ill newborns as well as serve thousands of normal deliveries annually. “The Pavilion for Women offers unprecedented access to leading experts offering the latest treatments and most advanced technologies in obstetrics, gynecology, maternal fetal medicine, fetal surgery and neonatal medicine,” said Belfort. “This is a new paradigm for children’s hospitals, but one that is sure to become a model for care across the country.” He added that the Pavilion is designed to facilitate the practice of family-centered maternity care, an evidencedbased care model that involves the family throughout the birthing and postpartum care process and promotes better outcomes. The completion of the Pavilion for Women culminates Texas Children’s Vision 2010 expansion, a four-year, $1.5 billion initiative that also included renovation of its Feigin Center research facilities as well as the creation of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, one of the world’s first basic research institutes dedicated to childhood neurological diseases, and Texas Children’s West Campus, a community pediatric hospital in suburban West Houston. H

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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center Celebrates National Cancer Survivor’s Day Luncheon on June 1st Methodist Sugar Land Hospital will join over 12 million American cancer survivors in observing the 25th annual National Cancer Survivor’s Day this year. Hundreds of communities worldwide will host events on this day to celebrate life and demonstrate that there is hope. The contributions of the families, friends and health care providers who support cancer survivors will also be recognized. The National Cancer Survivor’s Day Foundation (NCSD) administrator is encouraging everyone to participate in their community’s event. “Come join in the fun and see for yourself that life can go on, and is sometimes even enhanced by a cancer diagnosis,” says Foundation spokesperson, Paula Chadwell. “National Cancer Survivor’s Day is a great opportunity for cancer survivors, caregivers, friends and family to come together and affirm the possibility of quality of life after a diagnosis of cancer,” added Clive Shkedy, M.D., radiation oncologist and Medical Director of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center.

Methodist Sugar Land Cancer Center Radiation Oncology Staff and Clive Shkedy, M.D., Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center. “A ‘survivor’ is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life,” as defined by the Foundation. Cancer survivors may face many challenges such as hindered access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate or no insurance, financial hardships, employment problems and psychological struggles. “Despite these difficulties, cancer survivors can live active, productive lives,” says Chadwell. Methodist Sugar Land Cancer Cent-

Memorial Hermann Medical Group Welcomes Missouri City Family Medicine Physician

Modern Spine, PLLC- Kenneth Lee, MD Moving To New State-Of-The-Art Facility Dr. Kenneth Lee along with his healthcare team is excited to announce the opening of their new state-of-theart facility conveniently located at the corner of Sweetwater and Highway 59. With the help of a specialized healthcare design team Dr. Lee designed his new facility with the patient as the focal point taking his treatment philosophy of compassionate and innovative care into consideration. The new Modern Spine facility includes a private consult room for family involvement; spacious exam rooms with interactive education area and large digital imaging screens for viewing; onsite digital x-rays as well as

er welcomes all local cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital physicians and anyone passionate about the cause to join us as we honor the survivors living with a history of cancer in America today. The Cancer Survivor’s Day Celebration and Luncheon will be held Friday, June 1st, from 11:45-1:00 p.m. at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital – Conference Center. RSVP is required. Please RSVP by May 29th to Frances Goerlich by calling 281-274-7930 or email H

patient education rooms. The waiting area is warm and inviting with seating custom designed by Dr. Lee specifically for our patients suffering with neck and low back pain. Dr. Lee established Modern Spine, PLLC in an effort to transform the treatment of spinal disorders by providing conservative care and minimally invasive procedures that are evidence-based with proven outcomes. Dr. Lee is uniquely trained in Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Spine Surgery as well as Board Certified in Orthopedic Spine Surgery. Dr. Lee has been serving Sugar Land since 2008. H

Board-certified family medicine physician Asha Kohli, M.D. has joined Memorial Hermann Medical Group in Missouri City. Dr. Kohli completed her medical doctorate and internship training at Lady Hardinge Medical College at the University of Delhi in Delhi, India. She additionally completed a residency in family medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, where she served as an instructor and assistant residency director in the department of Family Physicians. Board certified in family medicine, Dr. Kohli practiced family medicine for 30 years before joining the Memorial HerMedical Focus continued on page 88

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mann Medical Group in 2012. She has special interests in wellness and preventive medicine as well as women’s health, diabetes, hypertension and lipid management. Fluent in Hindi and Punjabi, Dr. Kohli treats patients of all ages. Memorial Hermann Medical Group Missouri City is the newest location of Memorial Hermann Medical Group, a physician-led subsidiary of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. Dr. Kohli is seeing patients at 6218 Highway 6, Ste B, Missouri City. She can be reached at 281.403.6218. H

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Certified as a Texas Ten Step Hospital Memorial Hermann Sugar Land has taken a giant step towards improving the health of newborns and infants by earning the Texas Ten Step facility designation from the Department of State Health Services and the Texas Hospital Association. The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land joins a growing number of Texas birth facilities that are supporting new mothers and their decision to breastfeed. Based on the World Health Organization (WHO)/ UNICEF’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, the program aims to assist birth facility’s support of breastfeeding mothers before, during, and after delivery; encourages them to identify breastfeeding resources for the mother after she is discharged, and encourages facilities to reach the Healthy People 2020 goal of having 82 percent of mothers exclusively breastfeeding when they go home with their newborn. “We have worked very hard to earn the Texas Ten Step designation,” said Ann Kingrey, registered nurse and certified lactation consultant. “And, we are proud to join the other select Texas hospitals in promoting breastfeeding to our new mothers.” For more information on the Texas Ten Step Program, call Veronica Hendrix, Program Coordinator at (512) 341-4592, or visit H

Getting a Leg Up on Varicose Veins—Free Seminar They’re not dangerous. But if you’ve got varicose veins, that’s probably a small consolation. Dangerous or not, the twisted blue bulges are not a pretty sight. However, varicose Dr. Ulises Baltazar veins can be successfully treated and there are steps you can take to ease the condition. “Under normal circumstances, valves in the veins open to allow blood to flow toward the heart and close to keep blood from flowing back down,” says Ulises Baltazar, M.D., board certified vascular surgeon on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “Sometimes, though, valves in the legs fail to seal properly. When that happens, blood leaks down into the vein and pools behind the valve.” Although varicose veins are no more than a cosmetic concern for many, a feeling of heaviness in the legs, night cramps, skin ulcers and phlebitis are among the potential complications. Women are more likely than men to develop varicose veins — a fact due in no small part to pregnancy, when elevated hormone levels cause vein walls to weaken, contributing to valve failure. Heredity plays a big role, too. In fact, if your mom had varicose veins, don’t be surprised if you develop identical bulges. Couch potatoes also are more prone to the condition. Here’s why: With each step you take, the large calf muscles contract — much as the heart does. That motion helps pump blood back toward the heart. Because sedentary people spend a lot of time off their feet, their calf muscles aren’t exercised. As a result, the muscles’ pumping action is stifled, allowing blood to pool in the legs. Whether you have varicose veins or are trying to prevent them, here are some suggestions for keeping your legs in good shape: • Change position. If you sit or stand for long periods of time, it’s important to take frequent breaks. Walk around, do some leg lifts, flex your ankles. fort bend

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• Wear support hose. If you stand for long periods of time during the day, using compression stockings will help to protect your legs from varicose veins. • Exercise regularly. Walking, swimming, biking and other exercises strengthen calf muscles, helping them pump blood upward. • Shed excess weight. Extra pounds aggravate circulatory problems and contribute to weakened vein valves. • Put your feet up. At the end of the day, raise your legs so that they’re about 12 inches above heart level. This allows the blood to drain from the veins and aids circulation. Dr. Baltazar says there are treatment options for varicose veins when lifestyle changes aren’t enough. If you think your varicose veins require treatment, ask your healthcare provider about these options: Sclerotherapy. This nonsurgical procedure, which can be done in the doctor’s office, involves a series of injections that shrink varicose veins. The injected solution causes irritation and eventual scarring within the abnormal veins, forcing them to close up. Endovenous ablation. This is a minimally invasive technique that is used instead of stripping the affected vein, which is closed with heat from a radiofrequency catheter or a laser fiber. Surgery. In a procedure called ligation and stripping, the affected portion of the vein is tied off and removed. The surgery, which is usually reserved for very large varicose veins, is often performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. To make an appointment with Dr. Baltazar or another vascular surgeon in your area, call our physician referral line at 281-274-7500. H

Free Vein Seminar Join us for a free seminar presented by Dr. Ulises Baltazar about Venous Insufficiency: the causes, symptoms, who is at risk, treatments and prevention. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Conference Center Wednesday, May 16, 2012—6 p.m. Certificate for Free Vein Screening

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Johnson Development Corp. Acquires West Houston Master-Planned Community Cross Creek Ranch

Originally designed and developed by Trendmaker Homes, Cross Creek Ranch opened in Spring 2008. In 2011, new home sales in Cross Creek Ranch placed it as one of the top 20 best-selling master-planned communities in the United States.  Most recently, the west Houston community was recognized as Houston’s 2012 Master Planned Community of the Year by the Greater Houston Builders Association. Located in the top-performing area for new home sales in Houston, Cross Creek Ranch currently has close to 700 homes with another 5,000 home sites available for development over the next ten years. Approximately 200 acres in the community have been set aside for retail, commercial and multi-family. The purchase of the popular masterplanned community marks Johnson Development’s entry into the Katy submarket, an area the Houston-based development company with a 30-year track record has eyed for years. “We’ve been interested in the Katy area sub-market for quite some time,” notes Johnson Development Corp. President Larry Johnson.  “This is an exciting addition to our portfolio of highly amenitized communities.” The acquisition also comes at a time when master-planned communities nationwide are reporting their strongest sales in three years, according to Robert Charles Lesser & Co., an independent real

The Welcome Center at Cross Creek Ranch. estate advisory firm.  Moreover, Houston currently stands at the top housing market in the United States as measured by new home starts. Johnson Development’s collection of award-winning master-planned communities includes Sienna Plantation and Riverstone, two of the top best-selling master-planned communities in the United States, as well as Fall Creek, Woodforest, Tuscan Lakes, Edgewater, Silverlake and the new Imperial development in Sugar Land. Will Holder, president of Trendmaker Homes, says the company will continue to build homes in Cross Creek Ranch.  He adds the sale will allow Trendmaker Homes to participate aggressively in other communities in Houston. “We’re proud of what we started in Cross Creek Ranch and will continue to explore new areas of growth in the Houston area,” says Holder. Residents in Cross Creek Ranch enjoy a number of resort-style amenities includ-

ing the Cross Creek Water Park, a large resort-style swimming pool with a 200foot water slide, a wading pool and spray park.  It also is home to miles of hike-andbike trails and a fitness center and sports complex with tennis courts, basketball court, sand volleyball court and playgrounds for all ages.  Plus, several parks are located within walking distance of every neighborhood in the community.  Builders in Cross Creek Ranch include Ashton Woods Homes, Kickerillo Company, Newmark Homes, Perry Homes, Plantation Homes, Trendmaker Homes and Village Builders. Families in the community currently attend schools in the Katy Independent School District and eventually in the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District as well.   In addition, the Cross Creek Ranch Education Foundation will fund enhanced education programs for students of all age groups. For information about Cross Creek Ranch, go to H

Local Business Owner Reports 63% Growth While The Rest of His Industry Reports Losses A local business owner reported 63% growth this year as a result of a Strategic Business Owners Program led by The Growth Coach Houston. While the rest of his industry reported losses, he was approached by a larger company ex-

pressing interest in possibly buying his business because of the internal systems that had been developed through the program. The Growth Coach Houston led him, along with a small group of other busifort bend

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ness owners, in completing the 2-year Strategic Business Owners Program last month. All participants reported growth and increased revenues. This process enabled them to create a balanced life while making their businesses more valuable.

Fort Bend Cares Announces New Executive Director The Growth Coach Houston has a proven process that helps business owners by providing guidance, accountability, and resources, that drives them toward increasing the value of their business. This process also assists business owners to “work less and make more” by equipping them to create a system where the business is not primarily dependent on the owner, allowing them to live a more balanced life. Business owners interested in growing their business and a more balanced life can visit or call (281) 841-6680 for more information. About The Growth Coach Houston The Growth Coach Houston is a coaching and consulting firm designed to help business owners, sales professionals, and executives improve their business and their life. The Growth Coach Houston is led by Glenn Smith who has been coaching for more than 10 years. He recently was selected as The Growth Coach’s “Coach of the Year for 2011” and was awarded the Ursula Coates Chairman’s Award for 2011 by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Visit www.TheGrowthCoachHouston. com for more information. H

Scott Breeze, Chairman of the Fort Bend Cares Board of Directors, recently announced the hiring of Laura Richard as the charitable foundation’s Executive Director, replacing Jill Curtis who will be stepping down April 30th. “The Board and the Fort Bend community is very thankful for Jill’s tireless efforts over the past 18 months during a significant period of growth for our organization. Fortunately, Jill has agreed to stay on as a member of the Board. Going forward, we are thrilled to have Laura join our organization and believe that she will be a perfect fit to help us accomplish our goals and objectives. She possesses leadership and organizational skills coupled with extensive non-profit experience which will positively contribute to the impact we are having in serving disadvantaged children in our community,” said Breeze. Laura has most recently served as the Executive Director of Mental Health America of Fort Bend County and has additional non-profit experience with the Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse and the Fort Bend County Women’s Center. She has 20 years of management, marketing and development experience in the corporate world,

as well, working for BMC Software and IBM. Laura has deep ties to the community having grown up in Fort Bend County and graduating from Laura Richardson Houston Baptist University with a degree in Marketing and Management. The list of organizations that she has volunteered with includes the Fort Bend Junior Service League, Child Advocates, Texana, FBISD and numerous others. Laura currently resides in Sugar Land with her husband, Jim, and their three children. Fort Bend Cares was founded in 2004 by long time residents of Fort Bend County who sought to assist numerous charitable organizations that were addressing the needs of disadvantaged children. Grants are provided to non-profit organizations that support children and youth in areas dealing with physical, health, educational, recreational and emotional needs. Since its inception, Fort Bend Cares has bestowed grants totaling approximately $720,000. H

Don Wenzel Elected to Trustees of The George Foundation The Trustees of The George Foundation recently elected Don Wenzel to the board for a ten year term. Wenzel replaces outgoing Trustee Mike Wells of Houston and Fort Don Wenzel Bend County, who was appointed to the board in 2002 and served as chairman April 2011 through March 2012. “Adding the leadership and expertise of Don Wenzel to that of the current board will be an asset to The George Foundation as it undertakes strategic philanthropic initiatives critical to the residents of Fort Bend County,” said Mike Wells, retiring chairman.

Wenzel was born in Needville and is a graduate of Needville High School. He lived in Booth, Texas for 30 years before returning to Needville where he currently resides with his wife, Lorrell. Wenzel, a well-known community supporter, currently serves on the board of the Needville Harvest Festival, Rosenberg Railroad Museum and the Needville High School Scholarship Fund. He is also a member of the Needville Chamber of Commerce and Lamar Educational Awards Foundation. Wenzel also served as an active participant of the Fort Bend County business community for over 30 years as owner and operator of Uticon, Inc., a general contracting business. He continues to be active in business through his role as president of Wenzel Enterprises, a real www.fortbend

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estate investment company. Wenzel is the father of two adult children, Angie Davlin and Dustin Wenzel, both of whom reside in the Fort Bend County area. Wenzel admits that he spends a great amount of his time enjoying his one granddaughter, Lizzie. Serving on the Foundation’s Board with Wenzel will be Trustees Pat McDonald, Bill Jameson, John Null, and Tom McNut. H

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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/Printing/Graphics 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)

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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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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)

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FOCUS FAVORITES... Your Community Resource Guide ment’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. (04/2013)

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)

Resale Shops PennyWise Resale Centers Benefitting Fort Bend County Women’s Center 281-344-5770 Are your closets and home overfilled with unwanted, usable items? Declutter your home and donate your lightly used home furniture, housewares, clothing, appliances, computers and electronics, shoes and jewelry. We accept everything from jeans to wedding gowns and designer wear. PennyWise Resale stores (Richmond, Stafford and Mission Bend) depend on the community’s generous donations, and all proceeds assist survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children. Shop for unbelievable savings. (09/2011)

Transportation 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)

Vacation 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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Living the Sweet Life:

Let Him


n the early mornings of spring, I hear the birds chirping that were once silent, and the sun emerges as a glimmer and then a pouring of gold through my window. Every year this happens, and the fact that I can count on certain things to just happen naturally is comforting. I learned about spring from my Big Daddy and Nana. The first of the butterflies and the dragon ones would appear. I liked them both as a child, but the dragon ones used to make me nervous when they would land precariously on my arm. How did they know I was not a blade of grass? Big Daddy would just say, “Hold still little darling ... they won’t hurt you.” And, of course, I did. One day, we were riding round and round the mountains of the Blue Ridge where the walls of the earth have opened up and streams a plenty pour non-stop and forever. We came to a special spot that I called “Mommy’s spot.” Big Daddy told me the story of how he and mama had been riding round and round and came across a great long, black snake. Big Daddy got out of the car and so did mama. He asked her, “Should I kill it?” I think back to how he raised me and her, and I now think it was a test. She replied, “No Daddy, let him live!” I know that is precisely what he wanted her to say. He was the one who told me that story and through the years together, we came across others whose lives we could have taken but chose not to do so. Last spring on my front porch, my children and I discovered a snake. This snake had lots of personality as he squirmed into our front door wreath and looked inside the house at us, turning his head this way and that as we tapped at the glass. The planters beside the door were filled with

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


dirt and flowers and little did I realize what a nice nest it would make for a morning dove. Obviously, a young dove is quite new to this natural thing of “mothering.” It did not take long for us to figure out why this snake was so intrigued by our door! He would hold onto the wreath with his tail and sneak himself an egg when she flew off her nest. One night, Victoria Ann turned on the lights and discovered the snake in the dove’s nest with a baby in his mouth! This was a dreadful sight but also a wonderful opportunity to teach the laws of the universe. My children opened the door, and Brian batted at the snake with a broom trying to just get him to leave. The mother flew into our house and after flying into a picture and recovering, she took off out the back door! (For those of you who do not know it, there is NEVER a dull moment in our house!) The mama dove never came back

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to her nest, and by the time we got her straight and out of our house, which by the way had three very intrigued cats watching, that sneaky snake had eaten her last baby! Now at first, the children wanted to know why we had not killed the snake. I asked each of them to think about what would have happened if we had killed “Sneaky Sam.” (Yes, after watching his antics in the door for a few days, they named him!) It did not take long for them to put together that they could not have saved the babies, and the snake was just trying to do what snakes do. “No Mama,” they replied, “Let him live!” Happy Spring! Take Care of You!


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May 2012 - Fort Bend Focus Magazine - People • Places • Happenings  

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

May 2012 - Fort Bend Focus Magazine - People • Places • Happenings  

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