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To Our Practitioners and Patients, Many of you are probably aware that several people have died that received compounded preservativefree steroid intrathecal injections that tested positive for a fungal contamination from a compounding pharmacy in the New England area. In light of these tragic events, we feel it is important for our community to know that these events are not related to our practice or our compounded preparations that you may have dispensed or received. We are cognizant of the risks involved in compounding prescriptions from scratch. It is for this very reason that we differentiated our practice from others years ago by voluntarily obtaining the PCAB accreditation. The PCAB Accreditation helps ensure that your compounding pharmacy is using the highest quality ingredients, has proven potency testing, has a proven safety record and has met or exceeded the highest pharmacy standards in the nation as set and endorsed by the leading pharmacy organizations in the country including The United States Pharmacopeia, The American Pharmacists Association, The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, The American College of Apothecaries, The National Community Pharmacists Association and The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. In addition, PCAB is also endorsed by both the American Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. We were one of first accredited compounding pharmacies in the nation back in 2008 and have already gone through our re-accreditation in 2011. You can learn more about the PCAB accreditation by visiting their website at: Logically, there is considerable interest in our steroid injections, specifically our dexamethasone acetate sulfite free injection. The difference here is that our steroid formulation is preserved and is for injection into the muscle or joint. The people affected by the other pharmacy's injection received a preservative-free steroid that does not inhibit bacterial or fungal growth and was injected intrathecally or directly into the spine with direct access to the brain. We regularly test our products for sterility and endotoxins. For your assurance, our testing results from Eagle Analytical Labs, a third party testing site used to verify the sterility of our products are available on request. In regards to all of our other compounded medications including bio-identical hormones, you may hear that compounded medications are not regulated and are not FDA approved. To set the record straight, no compounded medications are FDA approved. They never have been. The FDA regulates manufactured medications made by pharmaceutical companies. Compounded medications are regulated by the individual state boards of pharmacy and by USP (United States Pharmacopeia). Please feel free to contact us should you have any further questions or concerns. Shannon Maguadog, Pharm. D. Shannon Maguadog, Pharm.D. Compounding Specialist/Owner

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COVER STORY November 2012

16 Family, Food, Tradition: Lasagna House

A family-owned, traditional Italian restaurant that has been serving Houston for more than 30 years, Lasagna House made its debut in Sugar Land in September and has already started giving back to the Fort Bend community.

Jeff, Susan and Alan Smith.

FEATURES 26 Eat This…Instead of This

48 VineSleuth: Buy the Glass or Buy the Bottle?

Before your holiday recipe plans are set, take a minute to evaluate your shopping list.

Learn how you can sample all sorts of flavors without any commitment.

28 Holiday Etiquette

Brush up on your social etiquette skills in time for holiday formals and office parties.

58 The Jewels of Fort Bend

Review highlights of this year’s 5th anniversary event benefiting Casa de Esperanza.

30 Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Holiday decorating can be as elaborate or as simple as you choose. Review these helpful tips for your holiday table to help make the most of the season.

68 Shop Fort Bend for the Holidays

Find the perfect gift in Fort Bend’s guide to holiday giving.

44 Seven Tips to Get You Started on Getting Healthy Today!

If you want this to be your springboard, a big start, or maybe a new beginning to a fulfilling and healthy time in your life, then follow these tips.

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20 Focus on Finance Investment Losses: A Silver Lining? 22 Seen on the Scene Photos from Fort Bend County charitable events. 24 Fort Bend Headliners Get the scoop on the latest news and happenings. 32 Scrapbook A few snapshots of people, places and happenings. 42 Focus Film Review Nick Nicholson reviews the film Cloud Atlas.

Meet this month’s recipient on page 67! 72 Community Calendar Fun events the whole family will enjoy. 74 Medical Focus Medical news you can use from Fort Bend’s finest in medicine. 78 Amateur Photo Contest A winning shot by a local photographer.




79 Focus Favorites Looking for a service provider? Find one here!


80 Living the Sweet Life We Have a Planet of Hope!

47 Business Buzz Tap into the world of business in Fort Bend.


54 New Neighbor Learn about a new business now open in the Bend.


66 High School Hot Shot Erin White: Noteworthy Student and Musician


71 Kid’s Chalkboard Special news and achievements from Fort Bend’s youth. ON THE COVER:

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Stephenie Cox absolutely! Memorial Page 16 Will Hardee Hardee Investment Group Page 20 Jenny Gaal-McGoogan SmartFit Personal Training Page 26 Neyita Bauder NB Etiquette Page 28 Sophia Vassiliou Sophia Designs Page 30 Nick Nicholson Entertainment Editor Page 42 Ryan Kobermann, CCS ESN Health Page 44 Amy Gross Page 48 Lauren Dante Freelance Writer Pages 66 Alisa Murray Alisa Murray Photography Page 80

Ask These 10 Questions To Make Sure Your Dentist Stacks Up 1

Does your dentist still use a drill?

Laser technology allows us to offer pain free, no shot fillings. Why do it the old fashioned way? No high pitched whine or vibration from the grinding of the drill. Kids never become afraid of the dentist.

Does your dentist have an intra-oral camera

6 that not only takes a picture of your tooth but also lights up decay?

You read that correctly! An intra-oral camera so small it fits inside your mouth and not only takes a picture of your tooth, but also lights up decay in RED. Now we can show you your tooth on a 20” TV, magnified 50 times, and shine a specialized light to find decay on the biting surfaces and in between 2 teeth. Truly Amazing!

Does your dentist check for

2 cavities with a precise laser?

With a painless laser, we can detect cavities earlier than the eye can see them. The laser scanner can detect new cavities years before any other means of cavity detection.

Does your dentist have massage chairs

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Your comfort is our #1 goal. Relaxing in a warm massage chair while watching a movie or your choice of 119 channels, is the best way we can think of for our patients to enjoy themselves while we do all the work!

Does your dentist recommend

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Does your dentist offer 12 months

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We work with our patients to provide easy payment options with no interest. This frees you from using those high interest credit cards.

Does your dentist offer before

4 & after work appointments?

Before & After work appointments that fit into your jam-packed schedule. Appointments start as early as 7:30 a.m. and as late as 6:30 p.m., and of course, appointments on Saturday.



Does your dentist have an internet cafe?

Check your email and surf the net on brand new iMac computers while you enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee.

Does your dentist have digital x-rays? Instant images the size of a computer monitor. Remember those old x-rays that were 1” x 2“ ? Imagine the difference looking at a clear image 16” x 16” with all the software abilities that go along with computers. We can magnify a suspicious area and basically see inside the tooth. An added benefit for you is 1/10 the radiation needed.

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Does your dentist have a movie theater?

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What could be more fun than waiting in a comfy armchair watching movies? If you don’t feel like checking your email at the internet cafe, come into the theater and recline and relax. This is not like the dentist when you were a kid! A $25.00 flat fee for an x-ray & consultation A $74.00 value Low cost way to find out what’s wrong (Does not include cleaning)

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November 2012 Vol. 9 No. 1 4655 Techniplex Dr., Suite 400 Stafford, TX 77477

Dear Fort Bend Friends, I cannot believe we started this community magazine eight years ago.  What a blessing it has been!  Michael and I are so thankful to each and every advertiser that has brought this to you and for each and every reader that makes us the premier read magazine in our community.  With that being said, it has been our honor to have Fort Bend Focus Magazine Honors the JEWELS of Fort Bend for the last five years raising over Fort Bend Focus staff at the JEWELS of Fort Bend Fifth $100,000 for  Fort Bend charities.  See Anniversary event: Sarah Greeson, Elizabeth Pace, Kim all of the amazing ladies and our Crosier, Michelle Moore, Erin Sanders, Grace Belleza, Patti wonderful sponsors and models this year Parish-Kaminski, Lisa and Michael Fredrickson, Jessica Kij, Melissa Huckabee and Bob Crosier. starting on page 58. Holidays and Thanksgiving go hand in hand. It is a time to appreciate your family, friends and loved ones.  It is a time to celebrate and give thanks.  Family, Food, Tradition: The Smith Family makes it a family affair at the Lasagna House in Sugar Land Town Square.  Restauranteurs and owners Jeff and Alan Smith sensed a family feel to the area and decided to expand to Sugar Land.  The whole family gets involved with their restaurants including their wedding venue in Wharton, and the result? Delicious food in a family-friendly environment.  To help put you in the holiday spirit, we have put together our annual gift guide to help you select the perfect gifts for your friends and loved ones - all right here in Fort Bend. From our family at absolutely! focus media to your family, Happy Thanksgiving.  We count you as one of our many blessings. Stay Focused!

To advertise call 281-690-4242 TOLL FREE 1-888-430-7469 Direct mailed to subscribers and high value homes in Sugar Land, Richmond, Katy, Missouri City and Fulshear and picked up at demand distribution locations throughout Fort Bend. Single copy $2.95 Publishers Michael Fredrickson Lisa Fredrickson Editor-In-Chief Patti Parish-Kaminski Senior Account Executive Jessica Kij Account Executives Susie Ainsworth Melissa Huckabee Jessica Kij Michelle Moore Henry Pineda, Jr. Andrea Rigamonti Celia Rivera Naomi Smith Contributors Neyita Bauder Stephenie Cox Lauren Dante Jenny Gaal-McGoogan Amy Gross Will Hardee Ryan Kobermann Alisa Murray Nick Nicholson Sophia Vassiliou Art Director Grace Belleza

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READER FEEDBACK Appreciation from a JEWEL Dear Lisa and Patti, I can’t thank you enough for all you did for the Jewels of Fort Bend. We were pampered from the minute we walked into Safari until the minute we left. Everything was first class and the day couldn’t have been more special. I know that many countless hours went into the preparation and planning – and it showed. The event was incredible, and knowing that the proceeds are benefiting Casa de Esperanza made it especially fulfilling. Thank you so much for all your hard work. I told my family it was my five minutes of fame…and I enjoyed every minute – thanks to you! It truly was so special and I am so honored and humbled to have been recognized. Kathy Huebner

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Your Fort Bend Office

A new home is an exciting prospect, even for Realtors. And we at Martha Turner Properties are very excited about our new home, our sixth, just 20 minutes south of Houston in dynamic Sugar Land. The new Martha Turner Properties office at 4690 Sweetwater Blvd. is perfectly located to serve our Sugar Land clients and Realtors alike. In just a few short years, Sugar Land has evolved from a small town farm and ranch in Houston’s shadow to a thriving suburban city with a well-defined identity. One of the fastest-growing areas in the United States, Sugar Land and Fort Bend County are also one of the most desirable places to live. Sugar Land is home to the headquarters of Imperial Sugar and the company’s main sugar refinery and distribution center was once located in this city. Recognizing this heritage, the Imperial Sugar crown logo can be seen in the city seal and logo. The city also holds the headquarters for Western Airways and a major manufacturing facility for Nalco Chemical Company. In addition, Sugar Land has a large number of international energy, software, engineering, and product firms.

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Martha Turner Properties has a long history of representing sellers and buyers throughout Sugar Land neighborhoods. “My heart just pounds every time I pull up to our new office,” said Martha Turner, President of Martha Turner Properties. “I’ve waited so long for just the right location and it’s so exciting for us to be able to increase our level of service for everyone in the Sugar Land area.”

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COVER STORY By Stephenie Cox Photo by Nesossi Studios

Jeff, Susan and Alan Smith.

Lasagna House - Town Square 16089 City Walk Sugar Land, TX 77479 • 281.277.3400

Family, Food, Tradition:


asagna House is a family-owned, traditional Italian restaurant that has been serving Houston for more than 30 years, but in September of 2012, the restaurant made its debut in Sugar Land. Restaurateurs and owners Jeff and Alan Smith were looking to expand their restaurant and scouted possible locations in the Woodlands but just couldn’t find anything they liked. An amazing space became available in Sugar Land Town Square, and the brothers loved the diverse and varied market that Sugar Land offers. And so, they expanded their family friendly restaurants to a new market and have been at home – in Sugar Land – ever since. Jeff and Alan sensed a family-feel to the area, and they expected the market to be similar to Katy. But, with a booming night life in Town Square, they soon discovered that their Sugar Land location has a later crowd. People come out a little later and stay out so the pair made a few adjustments to accommodate their patrons. With live music on the weekends and a beautiful patio, the restaurant stays open later in the evening, and the guests have responded positively to the changes.

BUILDING THE FOUNDATION Lasagna House has been around for 30 years, but where did it start, and who is behind it all? Jeff and Alan Smith are brothers who started working in the restaurant business at a young age. They put themselves through college waiting tables. Jeff really enjoyed waiting tables and still enjoys the fast pace of the work day and the customer service aspect of the business. Alan says he soon found that he really loved the business. “The quick pace and guest interaction suited my personality, and I enjoyed all aspects of the customer service business that I was learning. I learned to tend bar soon after and really enjoyed the new challenge and the great variety of people who I could interact with daily.” Jeff met his wife in Austin. According to Alan, the story goes that Susan was working at Pearl’s Oyster Bar in 1986 as a hostess, and Alan was a waiter. Pearl’s had a big Christmas party, and Alan brought Jeff. Jeff and Susan’s first date was a couple of nights later, and they have been together since then. Alan jokes that Jeff owes him a debt of gratitude, yet he believes it truly was fate. The three moved on from Pearl’s and worked other restaurant jobs in Austin until they graduated. Jeff graduated from Texas State with an accounting degree and moved to Houston in 1989. He worked for the State Comptroller’s Office as an www.fortbend

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auditor for several years and for a couple of accounting firms before starting his own tax consulting business. Alan came to Houston to attend University of Houston in 1990 where he earned his BA in communications and Spanish. Alan and Jeff had discussed the idea of opening their own restaurant, and in 1995, they met Peter Pizzo who wanted to ease into retirement after 50 years of his own family restaurant business in Chicago and Houston. In 1995, the brothers bought the Lasagna House on FM 1960. That same year, Alan married Emma Barria, now his wife of 17 years. Alan managed the Lasagna House during the week, and Jeff helped on weekends to give him some time off. They did that for years until they had grown the business to a point that they could hire additional managers and staff. Fast forward another four to five years, and the brothers purchased the original Hasta la Pasta. By 2000, Jeff quit his “day job” and devoted his time to business development. After they bought the second restaurant, Jeff’s wife, Susan, quit her job to take care of marketing

have our cumulative families at stake financially. We feel that way about the families of all of our employees as well.” Jeff, Alan and Susan enjoy being able to see what they can accomplish as a family and a business and find it very rewarding. The downside of working 24/7 is that they have wonderful friends that they don’t see much of because they work evenings and weekends when others want to get together.

Jeff and Susan Smith with their children Nelson, Sheridan and Sarah.


and the highest quality food that we can provide – not cutting corners or compromising values to save money and from that premise, we have managed to build one restaurant into six,” said Alan.


Alan and Emma Smith. for the restaurants and to help develop the catering program. Susan worked in the oil and gas field for a few years and really loved it, but with three kids and the purchase of the second restaurant, she knew something had to change. The catering business had grown to the point that they decided to create a separate company for Susan called Two Forks. Kipp Galleymore is the other principal in the Smith’s restaurant empire, and he plays an important role in the success of the business. Galleymore works with all three Smiths on operations, food and wine and is key to the quality of their product. “The hours were very long in the beginning years, and as we built a team of managers and staff members, we strove to continually stress the importance of the guest experience

The family business permeates every aspect of the Smith’s lives. The restaurant industry is tough, requiring 24/7 attention from the restaurateurs. Jeff said “The people in my family are with me at the office every day, and I feel very fortunate to be able to work with my brother and my wife,” said Jeff. “In addition over the years, two of our other brothers have worked with us, and Susan’s mom takes care of our wedding venue in Wharton, The Orchard at Caney Creek. All three of my children work with us — either as staff at one of the stores or as part-time catering staff. They are the only people on my payroll that think it is okay to roll their eyes at the boss during a shift!” Susan agrees and goes on to say, ”We could be a pretty entertaining reality show — especially on days when our kids work with us! We all respect each other, but are also prone to slip into the sibling/spouse role pretty easily. It is different than working at a non-family owned company, but in the end, every business has personality dynamics that have to be incorporated into daily life. We are successful because we all fort bend

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Bringing the restaurant to Sugar Land means being a part of the community and giving back. Lasagna House’s primary focus is Fort Bend schools. They provide $300 in teacher appreciation gift certificates to every campus in FBISD, and they also provide free kid’s meal coupons to all elementary schools and reduced priced catering for teacher or volunteer appreciation luncheons. They participate in all of the activities for the community at Sugar Land Town Square, as well as provide lunch and dinner for local fundraising golf tournaments. In November, Lasagna House is helping out with the Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels volunteer dinner, providing a happy hour for ARTreach and participating in The Sugar Plum Market. The Lasagna House is about enjoying good food with people you want to spend time with. The food is traditional Italian style, hearty, like you would find in Chicago. Their lasagna is from a 100-year-old recipe; Pete Pizzo told them the recipe that belonged to his Sicilian grandmother. The ambience is traditional with red checked tablecloths and heavenly aromas from the amazing red sauce dishes, excellent Chicken Parmesan and Lasagna. The Lasagna House is a great place to take your family, enjoy the complementary salad and garlic bread and a glass of Chianti with dinner. And go ahead, have a cappuccino and Cannoli for dessert as well! Welcome to Sugar Land Lasagna House. We’re glad to have you as part of our community.



Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is pleased to welcome Dr. Jorge Darcourt to Methodist Oncology Partners. Dr. Darcourt has extensive experience in treating cancer and blood disorders. He delivers individualized, compassionate care through an integrated, team-based approach that ensures each patient’s unique needs are met. At Methodist Oncology Partners, Dr. Darcourt is now supported by the leading technology and highly skilled medical professionals of The Methodist Hospital System. And as an active member of The Methodist Research Institute, Dr. Darcourt can offer patients access to a wide range of clinical trials and the latest therapies to fight cancer. This is the Methodist level of cancer care—from diagnosis to survival, where technology and compassion—are leading to a cure.

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he sells the stock in year five for $8,000. He has a capital loss of $2,000 ($8,000 sale price - $10,000 basis). With one exception, capital losses can be used only to reduce or offset capital gains tax. Capital losses must be netted against capital gains according to specific ordering rules. Excess losses can then offset up to $3,000 of ordinary income per year ($1,500 if you are married and file separately), assuming your taxable income is at least as much as the deduction. Losses remaining after the limit may be carried forward indefinitely to offset future income. Assume you had $5,000 in capital gains this year, but your capital losses amounted to $12,000. You could apply $5,000 in losses to offset all of your capital gains. You could also apply $3,000 against your ordinary income, thereby reducing it. The remaining $4,000 in

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To a patient recovering from an illness, injury or surgery, a higher level of care means: • Personalized goals for a faster return home • Comprehensive team approach to rehabilitative care • Advanced technologies for the latest treatments • Physician visits every day • Three hours of therapy over a day, five days a week • 24-hour certified rehabilitation nursing care

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Members of the board of Fort Bend Family Promise pictured at the Sugar Creek Country Club are Vera Johnson, Nancy Olson, Ed Brasher, Caron Marble, Elizabeth Butler and Duane McCullough.

Fort Bend Family Promise Golf Tournament Fort Bend Family Promise will hold its 8th annual charity golf tournament at Sugar Creek Country Club on Monday, November 19th. Registration is $150 per person; the practice range opens at 11 am. The scramble format-shotgun start for the four-player teams begins at 12:15 pm; dinner and awards follow the conclusion of play. Again this year, golfers will have the opportunity to win a new vehicle valued at more than $40,000. The Hole-In-One, or Car-In-One, contest is once more sponsored by David Taylor.

Sponsorships, ranging from Platinum at $10,000 to Hole Sponsor at $300 are expected to sell out. Individual registration information, as well as sponsor details, are available at www.fortbendpromise. org or call Tournament Chair Duane McCullough at 281.639.2100 or e-mail him at Fort Bend Family Promise was recently awarded a challenge grant from the George Ranch Foundation to purchase property to build a much-needed new Family Service Center. “As part of our financial plan, we have set a goal to double

the proceeds from last year’s golf outing,” said McCullough. “It’s going to take a lot of work, but with the community’s help, we are optimistic we can reach our target and secure the grant!” Founded in New Jersey in 1986, Family Promise programs are now found in most states across the country, with more than 100,000 volunteers contributing their gifts of time and talent. The mission of Fort Bend Promise, a 501 (c) (3) organization, is to meet immediate needs of homeless families with children, while empowering them to attain self-sufficiency. Families with children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in Fort Bend County. Studies show that children in unstable housing are four times as sick, twice as likely to go hungry, and two times more probable to have a learning disability than children living in stable housing. Fort Bend Promise’s program unites communities of faith in a collaborative effort to assist these homeless families. Eight to 13 host congregations provide accommodations and meals for three to five families (up to 14 people) for one week each two to three months on a rotating schedule. Individuals can donate by sending a check to Fort Bend Family Promise, 1424 FM 1092, Missouri City, Texas, 77459. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the Internal Revenue Service. Headliners continued on page 38

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re your holiday plans in shape? Every year, the holidays seem to creep up and catch us off guard. Often this leaves many of us little time to evaluate just how healthy our holiday plans are. What does the nutritional content of your Thanksgiving recipes look like? Is there still time to exercise? Do you have too many parties on the calendar? Well, November is here, and it is time to give those plans a workout. Even minor changes can add up to improved health. Finding time to exercise, analyzing holiday recipes and practicing portion control are three effective ways to make sure Tom the Turkey doesn’t stay around longer than Thanksgiving. To incorporate physical exercise, you must make it a priority and schedule into your day. Now this doesn’t have to mean hitting the gym for an hour a day; it can be as simple as playing ball with the kids for 30 minutes or going for a family walk after dinner. The key is to find a time and setting that works for you. Walking the mall, fitness DVD’s, jogging with a friend or a fitness app such as Nike Training Club are all great ways to keep you moving.


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Before your Thanksgiving plans are set and you head out to the grocery store, take a minute to look at your recipe and shopping list. Consider trying alternative ingredients such as whipped butter, fat free, low sodium chicken broth and doubling the amount of fresh vegetables and herbs to increase the nutritional content and reduce the fat per serving in your traditional recipe. Researching new and healthy recipes is easy to do on the internet –, and are great sources to update your holiday. Happy Thanksgiving and keep fit! fort bend

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he holiday season is time for meeting and greeting, as well as for brushing up on one’s social etiquette to avoid the occasional faux pas, particularly if the gathering is a formal one or an office party. If you will be hosting an event this holiday season, remember that people get booked very fast during the holidays, so send a “save the date” as early as possible. One of the basic rules of party etiquette is to “RSVP,” which means “RÉPONDEZ S’IL VOUS PLAÎT,” or “please respond.” Accurate guest counts affect all of the details of a party. Always let your host know if you will be attending or send your regrets in a timely manner. Choosing your attire for holiday parties might be one of the hardest steps in preparation. Invitations will generally clue you in on the proper attire. If the event is especially important, do not hesitate to ask the host about the dress code. It is much better to be slightly overdressed than to show up to a formal affair in your jeans and t-shirt. When in doubt, go with a little black dress or something semiformal and neutral. A common problem with workplace holiday parties is that they juxtapose two opposing mindsets: “work” and “party.” My advice: When balancing the two at an event, put “work” first and dress professionally. Don’t undo years of professional behavior with a silly or overtly sexy outfit. It is appropriate to bring a gift for your host, unless it is a work soiree or large charity event, but it doesn’t have to be expensive or big. A bottle of wine, a box of chocolates or flowers are safe gift options. If you decide to take flowers, present them in a vase so the host doesn’t have to look for one. For formal gatherings, the rule of thumb is to arrive within 10 to 15 minutes of the time noted on the invitation; never arrive early or too late. Etiquette dictates that the person arriving should greet all those who are already there, especially the hosts. When half of the guests have left, it is time for you to leave also. On your way out, make sure to say goodbye to your hosts, and don’t forget to thank them. Nothing replaces the thoughtfulness and personal touch of a handwritten “thank you” note sent after the event. For etiquette workshops, contact Neyita at 713 460 6548, or visit www.

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ith Thanksgiving upon us, it’s time for preparation and decorating. This can be as elaborate or as simple as you choose! Enjoy some helpful tips for the holiday table to help you make the most of your Thanksgiving.

Sophia’s Table Tips Tablecloth or Runner A Statement Piece. A stunning tablecloth can be simple. Try luscious velvet in a rich color. Measure your table and add 18” to each side. Cut fabric to size leaving edges raw. And as a bonus, most cotton velvet can be laundered for an easy clean up! A Runner. Hunt throughout your fabric store for remnants of brilliant fall colors, patterns, paisleys or plaids. Cut fabric about a foot wide and a length suitable center of your table, or for fun, try some as placemats.

Place Settings Chargers. Use simple gold or silver charger plates for a “luxe” setting. Metallic trimmed china, flatware or stemware adds a significant sparkle. Simple. White or colored dishes work well. Place folded, contrasting napkins on top of each dish. Mix it up. Try mixing patterns of dishes, glassware, linens and flatware for interest.

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Centerpieces Cornucopia Undone. Scatter fall vegetables, and place pillar candles of different heights throughout the horizontal display. Add berries or other accents for contrast. Nature’s Treasures. Branches, twigs and pinecones are wonderful textures to use with small pumpkins, gourds and candles for a casual arrangement. Create a More Formal Look. Flank a centerpiece with two like objects, or use three of same object.

Napkins – Place Cards Napkins. Simply fold, roll or shape like napkins, or use a variety of textured, colored or patterned ones for interest. Wrap It Up. Wrap napkins with simple twine or ribbons you may have. Then, add berries, twigs or autumn colored leaves and voila! Stamp of Approval. Use an old mouse pad to cut a simple leave shape. Paint colors on the textured side, and stamp napkins on corners. Place Cards. Use a sharpie pen to add each name or initial to a found leaf. For a Touch of Whimsy. Cut shapes from brown paper bags, colored paper or card stock for each place setting. Children can color, decorate and label these place cards too! Each guest will enjoy their unique place setting as we give thanks on this special day. For more information, contact Sophia at 281-685-1429 or visit

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The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County invites you to the inaugural Reading Between the Wines event at Safari Texas Ranch on Friday, February 8, 2013. This Author Taylor Stevens year, one of the guest authors is New York Times bestselling thriller writer Taylor Stevens. Taylor Stevens is the author of three thriller novels, The Informationist, The Innocent and The Doll, which is due out early 2013. Her novels have been called “much-anticipated” by Booklist and “impressive” by Publishers Weekly. She has been given acclaim by Good Morning Texas, the Fort Worth Star Telegram and the Dallas Morning News. Her book, The Informationist, was awarded 2012 Barry Award for Best First Novel, Finalist 2012 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and Finalist 2012 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery. “When I read The Informationist,” said Brenda Bowman, Executive Director of the Literacy Council, “it read like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It is a fast-paced, exciting read, and we are thrilled to have Taylor Stevens with us this year. Taylor’s personal history is as intriguing as her books, and we think our Reading Between the Wines audience will love her.” Come and hear Taylor Stevens speak about her thrilling story plots and characters that have readers not wanting to put her books down. A ticket to the event includes an opportunity to hear Taylor Stevens, the chance to purchase a copy of Taylor’s books and have them signed by her. The event will also offer great food and wine and live music. For tickets, sponsorship information or to learn more, visit or call 281.240.8181.

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DKG’s Storybook Drive to Support USO: United Through Reading’s Military Program

Save the Date for the social event of the year! Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital is the presenting sponsor for the Fort Bend Cares Road Trip to the Orient. Pictured: Carol Papso, Laura Richard, Dr. Scott Breeze, MHSL CEO Greg Haralson, Aaron Clark and Angela Mason.

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital presents “Road Trip to the Orient” Fundraiser Fort Bend Cares, a charitable foundation, has announced that Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital is the presenting sponsor for its February 9, 2013 dinner dance fundraiser, “Road Trip to the Orient.” The event will feature an Oriental themed delight with an array of food from local restaurants, music for dancing, silent and live auctions and casino

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Lambda Sigma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International of key women educators will conduct a Story Book Drive to benefit United Through Reading’s Military Program. Donations of new hardback children’s books may be dropped off at Teacher Heaven located at 11625 Southwest Freeway, from October 1st through November 30th. A book list will be available at Teacher Heaven. Included are: Dr. Seuss, Spot, Curious George, Corduroy, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie books. Books will be shipped to deployed service members via 200 United Through Reading sites around the world. Service members will have the opportunity to be video-recorded reading these storybooks to their children.   The recorded DVD will be sent home along with the book. By connecting separated families through reading, United Through Reading’s Military Program eases the stress of separation and raises morale for military families by strengthening positive emotional bonds. Lambda Sigma would like to thank Kohl’s Department store located in

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By Nick Nicholson Mitchell and encompasses drama, mystery, action and enduring love all intertwined throughout the film. Cloud Atlas is a single story that unfolds in multiple timelines over the span of 500 years. Characters meet and reunite from one life to the next as they are born Jim Broadbent as Timothy Cavendish and Tom Hanks as Dermot and reborn over and over Hoggins in the epic drama Cloud Atlas. again. As the consequences of their acis very befitting of the brilliant script. tions and choices impact one another It truly is the cast that helps this film through the past, the present and the reach its cinematic apex.  Hanks and distant future, one soul is shaped from Berry hit home runs and their perfora killer into a hero, and a single act of mances are quite fluid.  At this point kindness ripples across centuries to inin time, I expect to see Hanks on the spire a revolution. Best Actor nomination list for his nuBoth ambitious and dazzling, Cloud merous portrayals throughout the film.  Atlas explores the true purpose of life On that note, let me emphatically state hould I or should I not?  Imagand what impact we each have upon it. this picture will not be for everyone.  If ine an existence whereby We each have the opportunity to learn you don't like to think during movies, your decision to pick up a from our mistakes or to repeat them, save your money and go see something penny on the street (or not) would have to gain freedom or lose it, or to be hapelse.  With six seemingly different story a profound impact on someone else's py in life – or not. If anything, Cloud arcs going on, the film can easily seem life.  Essentially, that is what you have Atlas presents a case that everything convoluted and confusing. There is a here. Cloud Atlas is based on the bestin our world is connected. great deal of jumping back and forth selling and complex novel by David Cloud Atlas has an all star cast that between genres and time periods, which has two completely different effects on the film. First, it seems a bit tedious and makes the film seem long and slow at times. Second, the genre jumping allows the viewer to take in the wonderful scenery and effects that were created for the picture. Personally, I enjoyed the film immensely, but can see how many folks will struggle with its presentation. Many moviegoers, myself included, have often spewed vitriol at the notion that Hollywood only recycles and reissues the same stories and material over and over again.  Cloud Atlas really doesn't do that. Granted, the film was created by those responsible for Halle Berry as Luisa Rey, Keith David as Napier and Brody Lee as Javier Gomez.


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the Matrix trilogy - and there are some Matrix-like elements in the film, but what Cloud Atlas does is provide the viewer with something altogether new and a fresh perspective. When it comes to this film, it's important to note that it is not perfect.  Cloud Atlas sets out with a goal to achieve certain things and it does just that.  Within the vast majority of the film, Cloud Atlas makes you think about you, your life and loved ones and how happy you should be to have what you have.  You never know what could happen. The grass isn't always greener on the other side and, quite frankly, who really ever wants to find out?

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Tips to Get You Started on Getting Healthy Today! By Ryan Kobermann, CSCS


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1) Eat Often Throughout the Day For the first three weeks, do not skip one of your meals. Make a decision now that you will not skip. I find it is easiest to use shakes because it is easy and convenient. I recommend Muscle Milk brands, but pick a snack that is simple for you to prepare.

2) Try Eating Salmon and a Salad Until you Can’t (Within reason, of course) This was a strategy from Dr. Perricone of Cosmetology fame. He promotes these foods because of the benefits Omega-3 fats can do for your skin and hair. But watch what it can do for your energy and weight as well. Try eating it for dinner or lunch, not both. And, certainly do not have it for breakfast; just for one meal a day. For lunch, go to a restaurant and order their lunch portion and a double serving of broccoli. You can substitute veggies for a salad if you wish. If you select a salad, make sure that you use no more than 1.5 tablespoon of olive oil and vinegar. For dinner, grill some salmon, and make a healthy salad with olive oil and vinegar. You’ll more than likely do this for four to five days and get sick of it. That’s fine. Switch to something else, but this plan gives you a great kick start.

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The Fort Bend Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) selected, by secret ballot, Cheri LaMarque Pemble, PhD, CHt, to receive the Federation of Houston Professional Women’s prestigious “Woman of Excellence” award. The award is given to women who have made significant contributions to their organizations and community. Cheri, as she is called by her ABWA colleagues, joined the Fort Bend ABWA chapter in 2008 and quickly became involved in all chapter activities and is currently the president. She was feted and congratulated at the FHPW Gala at the Hyatt Regency hotel downtown, along with other professional women honorees. Cheri says it is her honor and privilege to serve as the Fort Bend Chapter’s Woman of Excellence for the 2012-2013 year. Cheri is a certified clinical hypnotherapist with offices in Sugar Land and the Galleria area. She earned her PhD in behavioral sciences, with a hypnotherapy specialty from Alpha University. ABWA, Fort Bend chapter and the Houston Federation of Professional Women congratulates Cheri for receiving this well-deserved award. Cheri is married to Roy Pemble and has one son, Ryan Raddin, and two grandchildren, Collin and Kelly Raddin.

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The Bike the Bend Committee with the event’s title sponsor Texas Direct Auto: Trey Reichert; Brenda Bowman, Executive Director for the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County; Robert Wolter, Rachel Cochran, and Laurie Seeber, Texas Direct Auto; Brittany Logan, Communications/Event Coordinator for the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County and Jessica DeMarr; Texas Direct Auto.

Literacy Council Announces Upcoming Bike the Bend Riders, get ready to pedal at the annual Bike the Bend for Literacy on Sunday, November 18th sponsored by Texas Direct Auto. The event is not only a fun event to enjoy with your family and friends, but it is also a Recommend MS150 ride. Always the Sunday before Thanksgiving, mark your calendars now to ride! There are three different routes of 20, 32 and 62 miles. Bike the Bend starts at 8 am and starts/finishes at Foster High School, 4400 FM 723, in Richmond. While riding around the outskirts of Fort Bend County, riders will have a breathtaking view and have access to three rest stops along the way with mechanical assistance and refreshments. Healthy pre-ride fruits and snacks will be provided by Whole Food Market Sugar Land. Post-ride food will be provided by My Fit Foods.  During the ride, there will be energizing music and enthusiastic volunteers cheering you on to the finish line! Register at or by visiting the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County website. Rider registration is $30 until Friday, November 9; $40 thereafter.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available that range in price from $250 to $5,000.  If you or your business is interested in participating, please contact the Literacy Council for more information at 281.240.8181 or e-mail All proceeds will benefit the students of Literacy Council whose mission is to end intergenerational cycles of illiteracy and generate community-wide literacy awareness.

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Texas Gulf Coast Toy Run to Benefit YMCA Outreach Families

Toy Run to Benefit YMCA Families: Craig Slojak, GM / Managing Partner Republic Harley Davidson; Nick Landoski, Fleet Manager, Fort Bend Toyota; Marcus Wagoner, General Sales Manager, Fort Bend Toyota and Byron Joubert, Vice President Fort Bend Chapter Hard Riders.

On November 11th, Santa and his helpers will be coming to town on two wheels with gifts for local youth. Hundreds of bikers from the region will be participating in the Texas Gulf Coast Toy Run to support youth at the YMCA outreach sites. The event is co-sponsored by Fort Bend Toy-

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The ride will begin at Republic Harley Davidson in Stafford, Texas at 10 am, with coffee and donuts. Event co-sponsor Republic Harley-Davidson’s GM Craig Slojak stated, “We are proud and honored to be able to be a part of these children’s Christmas joy.” From Republic, bikers will follow an escorted route to Fort Bend Toyota in Richmond. Once there, bikers will participate in “The Big Give” by dropping off toy donations. Also, participants will enjoy live music by Uprising, complimentary food from Lodge Texas Tavern & BBQ and beverages. Organizers ask that each biker bring in a new, unwrapped toy or consider a $20 donation. All toys and proceeds will support youth that participate in the Fort Bend YMCA’s Outreach Programs. The outreach sites provide free programming directly in the lowest income areas of Fort Bend County. To find out more about the event or how you can register, call (281) 605-0865 or go to www. Headliners continued on page 52

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Save The Date: Arc’s Annual Best in the West Coming November 17th Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 17th when the Arc of Fort Bend County’s Best in the West Dinner, Dance and Auction returns to the George Ranch Historical Park Arena in Richmond.  This 34th edition of the fun fundraiser again features the music of The Triumphs, sumptuous barbecue from The Swinging Door, fantastic items in both live and “Ace in the Hole” auctions and a silent auction that meets the Texas definition of “big.” Tickets for the Best in the West are $50/individual and $500/table.  For sponsorship information or tickets, please contact Jo Ann Stevens at 713829-1827 or Ann Smith at 281-2401313.  For up-to-date highlights about the event, join us on Facebook at Arc of Fort Bend County. The Arc of Fort Bend County provides programs and services to support individuals with intellectual and related developmental disabilities and their families.

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Fort Bend Panhellenic is thrilled about its plans for the upcoming year and extends an invitation to all National Panhellenic Conference sorority women in the Fort Bend area to join and be a part of the excitement.  Our 2012-2013 upcoming events include a November 3rd, trip to the Sugar Land Farmers Market, a January 24, 2013 event with a registered dietician, a March 18, 2013 meeting at Fabulously You in Town Center and a May 2013 Bunco Party.    Fort Bend Panhellenic hosts two very special events each year: a Scholarship Program for active collegiate sorority members and a Spring Recruitment Information Workshop for high school senior and collegiate girls and their parents.  Both are beneficial events that support girls in our community. Membership in Fort Bend Panhellenic is open to initiated alumnae of any of the 26 national sororities that make up National Panhellenic Conference. ( For more information about Fort Bend Panhellenic, please visit our website at www.fortbendpanhellenic. org. To keep up to date on the Fort Bend Panhellenic’s activities, please join our Facebook group under Fort Bend Alumnae Panhellenic, follow us on Twitter at FB Panhellenic or email us your name, sorority and email address to


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Ets… Lash Studio, owned by Ebony Sparks, is pleased to announce her new location in Sugar Land. Ets is a creative way of expressing etcetera. It is meant to indicate an appeal to those persons who seek the extra, the extraordinary and the excellent in terms of quality. Ets…Lashes provides precisely that in servicing eyelash extension clients. Sparks is a licensed cosmetologist and Eyelash Extension specialist with over 12 years experience. After initially gaining knowledge and experiential eduEbony Sparks cation in the beauty business by working in a variety of professional salons and spas, Sparks endeavored to indulge her own entrepreneurial spirit and start Ets…Lash Studio. Originally, ETS began in one room of a spa, but clientele demands quickly required Sparks to acquire a larger facility. Combining her formal education, a BA from University of Houston, and her specialized training from Xtreme, a premier eyelash extension manufacturer, Sparks opened her first location in January 2012 in the Galleria/Central Houston area. Because her first location has so quickly flourished, Sparks decided to expand to Sugar Land at 1945 Lakeside Plaza Drive, Suite 112. She believes that Sugar Land is the ideal location for those seeking that extra, extraordinary and excellent service experience. Ets…Lash Studio seeks not only to extend your lashes, but also invites you to come and enjoy a relaxing environment as your inner and outer beauty are being thoroughly enhanced. Ets…Lash Studio understands that the way a woman looks on the outside affects her inner beauty and confidence. For more information, visit www. or call 713-898-7875 to schedule an appointment.


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New Mental Health Resource Directories Now Available for Fort Bend Mental Health America of Fort Bend County published a new edition of its Behavioral Health Resource Guide, “Providing Light, Giving Hope.” The guides are now available for distribution throughout the county. Fort Bend County now has a valuable tool to help link those in need of mental health resources with the health care professionals and programs that can provide much needed help. “We are pleased to announce that our resource guide is available for those families who are suffering with mental health issues. It is important to know that there are resources in the community where you can go for help,” said Dave Armstrong, Chairman of the Board of Directors for MHAFBC. MHAFBC distributes 7,000 resource guides annually to hospitals, schools, faith-based groups and senior centers. Individuals and families can also receive a copy of the guide by contacting the MHAFBC office at 281-207-2480. The mission of Mental Health America of Fort Bend County is to promote mental wellness, eliminate mental health inequalities and improve quality of life. The organization is committed to providing advocacy to remove the barriers to quality mental health care for those battling a mental illness. “Providing Light, Giving Hope” is an important step towards that goal.

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The Board of Directors of the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation extends a warm holiday greeting to the community with an invitation to a wine and cheese reception on Thursday, November 29th, from 5:30-7:30 pm, at 198 Kempner Street, the temporary office and museum for the foundation, adjacent to the historic Imperial Sugar refinery. SLHF Board President Dennis Parmer says, “We are so pleased to welcome the community to our temporary museum site on November 29th. This reception is a perfect opportunity for the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation to introduce our new members of staff, share some of our recent, exciting developments and to unveil our 2012 Christmas ornament.” Last year, the SLHF created the first of a series of commemorative Christmas ornaments, each depicting an historic Sugar Land building or site. The 2011 ornament featured the image of the landmark Imperial Sugar refinery. This year’s ornament portrays the Sugar Land Auditorium, the oldest public building still standing, built in 1918. The cost of each limited edition collectable ornament is just $25 and the proceeds benefit the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation. The Sugar Land Heritage Foundation exists to research, collect, preserve and communicate the history, culture, and values of the Sugar Land community to help guide the community for the future. To RSVP to attend the reception or for information about the foundation, please visit or call 281-494-0261.

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The JEWELS were treated to a one of a kind “Jewel” charm bracelet created by J Loggins Jewelers. Photos of the Jewels were displayed by Alisa Murray Photography. Generously underwritten by Will and Lena Hardee of the Hardee Investment Group.


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Fort Bend Focus publisher Lisa Fredrickson presented Casa de Esperanza with $10,000 from the Fifth Anniversary Fort Bend Focus Magazine Honors the JEWELS of Fort Bend. Proceeds from the event for Casa de Esperanza included a raffle bringing the total donation to over $15,400. Pictured at the check presentation are: Will Hardee and Heather Hardee Gobert, Hardee Investment Group, and Dario Beistegui, Salon Eben & Day Spa, Ruby Sponsors; Lisa Fredrickson; Mary Scalise, Glenda Kirshbaum and Alex Hopper, Casa de Esperanza; and Jan Loggins, J Loggins Jewelers.

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High School HOT SHOT

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Eryn White: Noteworthy Student and Musician


ryn White is a senior at Terry High School. From playing in the marching band and singing in the school choir to creating beautiful works of art, Eryn is a talented young adult. In addition to being involved with extra-curricular activities, Eryn is also an exemplary student. Currently the Valedictorian of her senior class, Eryn takes Advanced Placement classes and is an honor student. “English is my best class,” said Eryn. “I enjoy delving into pieces of literature and dissecting an author’s piece of work.” Eryn obviously loves learning and is grateful for her teachers who have all been unique and informative in their own ways. One of her favorite teachers has been Mr. Taylor, Terry’s band instructor. “Mr. Taylor is a nice person who pushes us to do our best,” said Eryn. “I believe that he has taken the band ‘up a notch’ and made us better that we thought we could be.” Eryn has been in band since seventh grade and has been a member of the marching band all four years of high school. She plays the trumpet and is the section leader of the trumpets this year. Her favorite marching show has been this year’s show. She likes how all parts of the show work together to create a beautiful melody. Overall, her favorite piece of music to play is With Heart and Voice. Eryn is looking forward to hopefully performing this piece at the spring UIL concert. At previous contests, Eryn has made One’s, the best score, on her solos. Due to Eryn’s love of music, she decided to join the choir this year. “I have always liked to sing but did not

Eryn have any vocal training,” said Eryn. “So, for my senior year, I decided that I might as well try something new.” Through choir, Eryn has learned how to appreciate her own voice and not compare it to others. Choir requires more intense listening to be able to match the notes in comparison to band. Also, some of scales are different in choir than in band. Before Eryn joined choir, she took art as an elective class. Eryn is a talented artist who uses colored pencils to create her masterpieces. In addition, Eryn enjoys making pottery. For the past two years, Eryn has attended VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event). She has made it past the first round with her entry pieces. Eryn has also entered her work in the Rodeo School Art Program for two years. One of her pieces features a young girl balancing on a fence looking at horses. It is aptly named “Balance.” Her other work, named “Serene Stance,” features a horse on a beautiful bed of grass. Both of her pieces have earned

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red ribbons. In art class, Eryn has also helped with the homecoming decorations, school musical props and the junior and senior prom decorations. Eryn is a member of the National Honor Society. Her favorite project has been helping with Special Olympics. “Special Olympics makes me happy because it is fun to watch people succeed,” said Eryn. “Everyone works together as a team and supports one another.” Eryn volunteers as a buddy and plays with the Terry band for the Opening Ceremony at the Special Olympics. On the weekends, Eryn volunteers at her church babysitting young kids and teaching Sunday School. She enjoys teaching the young children about Noah’s Ark because the children enjoy hearing about all of the animals. From being a Sunday School teacher, Eryn has learned to appreciate the little things in life and the joy that children bring to the world. After college, Eryn would like to become a high school teacher. She would like to teach English or Science. Through her experience as a Sunday School teacher, Eryn has learned that she enjoys helping others learn and solve problems. However, Eryn is interested in teaching high school because she wants to help mature youth express their individual thoughts and opinions. For college, she would like to attend Houston Baptist University, University of Houston or another Texas college. With her intellect, caring heart, drive and desire to be the best that she can be, we are excited to see what the future holds for Eryn. We wish her luck for her senior year!

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Congratulations to Katherine Knake, a graduate of Fort Bend Christian Academy, for being selected as Texas Direct Auto’s “Scholarship Star” for November! Jessica DeMarr, Director of Business Development, presents the $1000 check. While at Fort Bend Christian Academy, Katherine served as editor-in-chief of the yearbook staff, manager of the varsity volleyball team and a member of the varsity golf team. Katherine was also an active member of the National Honors Society, National English Honors Society, Interact Club and Big Sister Little Sister Club. Katherine has received multiple awards for her academic performance, including Academic Excellence awards in Biology, Bible and Yearbook. Katherine plans to pursue a degree in Education or Communications at Texas Tech University. Katherine 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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Shop Fort Bend for the Holidays and find the perfect gift for that special someone!


GET REVVED UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Wherever great sports cars gather, Corvette is front and center. Corvette has carved a permanent niche into the sports car landscape, yet it defines state-of-the-art technology and modern efficiency. Classic Chevrolet of Sugar Land, 13115 SW Fwy at Hwy 90A. Call 281-491-9000;

I AM WOMAN Are you experiencing symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, depression and more? If so, I Am Woman will speak to you and start you on a path of healing. Dr. Shel Wellness and Medical Spa, 1437 Hwy 6, Suite 100 in Sugar Land. Call 281-313-7435.


LOVE YOUR EYEWEAR Providing the best eyewear and service available, our optician is trained in all aspects of frame and lens choices, including the latest in breakthrough technology, to provide you with the best possible vision and meet your fashion and lifestyle needs. Open Tuesday – Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm and Saturday 9 am to 3 pm. Advance Eyewear, 736 Hwy. 6 S, Ste 101, Sugar Land. Call 281-240-0810.

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The most complete anti-aging day cream with PSP®, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and UVA/UVB protection drastically improves the look of aged skin and simultaneously protects and hydrates skin! Contact MyBodySurgeon for specials! Sugar Land Plastic Surgery. Call 281-980-8000;


SUPERIOR SUNWEAR! Show dad how much you love him with new Maui Jim® sunglasses! Give him PolarizedPlus2® lens technology that wipes out 99.9% of glare and blocks 100% of harmful UV without distorting colors! Found only with Maui Jim! Dr. Cindy Tu at Beyond 20/20 Eyecare, 636 Hwy 6, Suite 800 in Sugar Land at the southwest corner of Hwy 6 and University. Call 281-313-5595.

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; 

HOT TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Jalapeño Gold Candied Jalepeños - great for parties over cream cheese, as a gift or just an anytime snack. Full line of Third Coast products available. Sugar Land Antiques, 210 Brooks in Sugar Land. Call 281-494-7082; www.

A GIFT OF HIMALAYAN HAPPINESS We make shopping easy with a wide range of plantpowered gift sets for everyone on your list – all within your budget. Salon Eben & Day Spa, 15510 Lexington Blvd., Ste. G, Sugar Land. Call 281-980-5160;

ACCESSORIZE FOR LESS L&M Trading is a great place to get that hard to find gift. From glitzy costume jewelry to trendy accessories, caring staff will lead you to the perfect purchase. L&M Trading, 6302 Hwy 6 S. in Missouri City. Call 281-499-0936;


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EYE CANDY Today’s Vision offers complete eye exams, eyeglasses and contact lenses in the latest technology available. Enjoy $25 off any non-prescription sunglasses in stock. Today’s Vision is located at 15337 Southwest Frwy. in Sugar Land at Williams Trace and Hwy 59. Call 281-242-2020;

RIDE IN STYLE Get a hot new ride this holiday season from TexasDirectAuto. com. With thousands of vehicles in stock, you’re sure to find a ride that you will love!, 12053 SW Freeway in Stafford. Call 281-499-8200;

BEAUTIFUL SKIN FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Take 20% off Obagi Products for your Home Treatment Regimen. Timeless Plastic Surgery, 1327 Lake Pointe Parkway #300 in Sugar Land. Call 281-242-TIME (8463);

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HOLIDAY BLING Join J Loggins this season for fun and gift specials. Stop by and fill out your wish list for a special discount! Use your scrap gold as in store credit or turn it into cash. Visit our website for holiday hours and parties. J Loggins Jewelers, 14015 Southwest Fwy. in Sugar Land. Call 281-242-2900;

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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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Boy Scout Troop 1631 visits with Mayor Thompson as part of their First Class rank requirements. Pictured are (front row:) Caleb Fusco, Cline Sonnier, Roshan Patel, Jack Whitley, Morgan Day, Daniel Wang, Dhruv Gomber, Tom Ralph, Bryce Del'Homme, Collin Lucas, Chase Carnahan and Warren Wang. (middle row:) Parv Bhateja, Danny Penczak, Parker Williamson, Drew Donovan, Cameron Walker, Mayor James Thompson and Owen Zhang; (back row:) Vivek Sinha, Akash Karanam, Chris Fitzgerald and Chris Jimenez.

Seniors Leah Richmond and Lucas Goodspeed were the individual champions at the TAPPS 4A - District 4 Cross Country Championship Meet on October 11th. This was the 3rd consecutive year Richmond has won the district title. Pictured are Leah Richmond, Fort Bend Christian Academy head coach Jon Froelich and Lucas Goodspeed. The Eagles also won both the girls and boys team titles.

Fort Bend Christian senior Leah Richmond and freshman Lauren Richmond placed first and second at the District 4 cross country meet on October 11th.Â

Boy Scout Troop 1631 enjoyed the reefs and shipwrecks in the beautiful Florida Keys during their scuba fun at the Florida High Adventure Sea Base this past June. Troop 1631 actively prepares for a different high adventure destination each summer and enjoys many local destinations during the year. Pictured are (top row:) DiveMaster Dave, Ed Gifford, Alan Davis, Kurt Brochu, George DeVassal, Matt Kabot, Kurt Tollestrup, Brad Smith, Tom Poole, Pat Bullard, Ryan Bullard, Patrick Lesley, Jack Lesley, DiveMaster April and Liam DeVassal; (bottom row:) Alex Gifford, Alec Kabot, Chris Herzog, Kyle Tollestrup, Kyle Davis, Zac Smith, Bryan Poole, Dillon Kabot, Trey Gifford and Jason Brochu.


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Thursday, 6 – 10 pm Friday, 10 am – 9 pm Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm Sugar Plum Market 2012 Fort Bend Junior Service League and Methodist Sugar Land Hospital present Peace, Love, Sugar Plum benefiting Fort Bend County Charities. Preview night on Thursday will include advance shopping, light hors d’oeuvres and Market entry Friday and Saturday. General admission is on Friday and Saturday at the Stafford Centre, located at 10505 Cash Road in Stafford. With over 100 vendors from across Texas as well as a raffle to benefit local charities, the Market features something for everyone. Visit


Saturday, 9 -11 am Saturday with the Master Gardeners Visit the four acres of Demonstration Gardens designed and maintained by the Fort Bend Master Gardeners. Park in front of the Agriculture Center located at 1402 Band Road in Rosenberg. Take one of the sidewalks back to the area behind the building to find the Master Gardeners. Call 281-341-7068 or visit

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Saturdays International Games Day This year’s celebration of Games Day will include activities planned at three locations in the Fort Bend County library system: the University Branch Library from 2 – 4 pm on the 3rd; Albert George Branch Library from 9 am - noon on the 10th; and at the Sugar Land Branch Library from 2 – 4 pm on the 17th. Enjoy a variety of traditional board games, puzzles and video games. Families are welcome to bring their own favorite games as well. For more information, call 281-341-2677.



15th Annual Open Market Place Sunday, 11 am – 3 pm

Aliana, one of the newest master-planned communities in Fort Bend County, will present iFest Live 2012, an international festival and vendor fair celebrating the tremendous diversity of cultures in Fort Bend County. The event, located at Aliana’s new model home village, will benefit Fort Bend ISD Education Foundation. Call 281634-1110 or visit www.fortbendisd. com/foundation.

Immanuel United Church of Christ will hold the event featuring air bounce, kids’ games, raffle, country store, bake shop, basket raffle and silent auction at the K.C. Hall 13631 Hwy 36 in Needville. Ben’s Chuckwagan of Willis will cater turkey, ham and dressing with sides and dessert at $8 per plate. Raffle and meal tickets are available at the church office, Amegy Bank, Prosperity Bank and New First National Bank in Needville. For more information, contact

Saturday,10 am – 2 pm iFest Live 2012

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Chris Siebenaler, MLSH Chief Executive Officer; Leena Teneja, MLSH Director of Physician Relations & Marketing; Stephanie Van Horn, Sugar Plum Market Co-Chair; Haley Millis, Sugar Plum Market Co-Chair; Janet Leatherwood, MSLH Chief Nursing Officer; Laura Thompson, FBJSL President; Cari Middaugh, Sugar Plum Market Co-Chair; Susanne Hiegel, Sugar Plum Market Co-Chair; Kaelyn Bujnoch, MSLH Marketing Coordinator; Laura Taylor, Sugar Plum Market Co-Chair and Becky Chalupa, MSLH Associate Chief Nursing Officer, prepare for Peace, Love, Sugar Plum.


Tuesday, 5:30 - 6:30 pm Healthy Teeth Pediatric Dentistry Meet and Greet Join Healthy Teeth Pediatric Dentistry for light bites and complimentary goody bags at 4907 Sandhill Drive Suite E in Sugar Land. Dr. Shilpa Chandiwal will be on hand to provide pediatric oral hygiene information to parents and children. Call 713-955-2100.


Saturday, 8 am – midnight Holy Family Church Building Fundraiser Zydeco Dance Building Campaign, sponsored by Black Catholic Ministry Group, will be held in the Parish Hall at 1510 Fifth Street in Missouri City. Call 281-499-9688.

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Saturday, 10 am – 1:30 pm Free ACT Practice Test Representatives from the Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions will conduct a free practice ACT® test at Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land on the UH campus. Registration is required. Visit www. or call 281-633-5100.


Thursday, 7 – 8 pm Master Gardeners present Program by Darla Harris Join the Fort Bend Master Gardeners to hear Darla Harris, current President of Texas Gulf Coast Fern Society, speak about Hardy and Tropical Ferns, sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center, 1330 Band Road in Rosenberg. Call 281-341-7068 or visit

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Imperial Arts’ Grand Opening Celebration Friday and Saturday You don’t want to miss the Grand Opening Celebrations of Imperial Arts’ new home in Historic Downtown Rosenberg at 823 Third Street in Historic Downtown Rosenberg! Visit


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Saturday, 2 – 3:30 pm Learn to Create Edible Centerpieces Impress holiday guests by decorating your table with artfully carved edible centerpieces. Fort Bend County Libraries’ Missouri City Branch Library will present Edible Centerpiece: Thai Art of Carving Fruits & Vegetables at 1530 Texas Parkway. Chef Jeannette Namarahu will demonstrate how to carve colorful fruits and vegetables. The program is free and open to the public. Call 281-238-2100. Call 281.313.SLTS Music in the Plaza

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Saturday, November 3rd 7 - 9 pm

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Saturday, 6 pm – 12 am The Arc of Fort Bend County’s Best in the West

Movie Under The Moon Sponsored by Stadia Sports Grill

Join your friends and neighbors for the biggest event in Fort Bend County: the Arc’s Best in the West BBQ, dance, live and silent auction! The Triumphs will be there to entertain and the Swinging Door will provide the bbq meal. To purchase tickets, call 281-240-1313. Visit www.

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Sunday, 8 am – 3 pm Bike the Bend for Literacy Join the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County at Foster High School, 4400 FM 723 in Richmond for an exciting biking event. This popular event is the perfect opportunity to get some exercise, enjoy the scenery of Fort Bend County, prepare for the MS 150 or just spend some quality time having fun with your family, friends and neighbors. Visit

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M edical F ocus

Sugar Land Doctor Presented Latest in Prostate Cancer Treatment at the MD Anderson 5th Annual Prostate Health Conference

HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital Receives National Presidents’ Circle Award HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital received the National Presidents’ Circle Award during HealthSouth’s Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet held September 28th in Phoenix, Arizona. HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital is one of only 13 hospitals in HealthSouth’s nationwide network of 99 rehabilitation hospitals to receive the prestigious award. This distinction recognizes the hospital’s outstanding performance in development of clinical programs, quality of patient care services, employee retention and overall operational excellence. “Being honored with the Presidents’ Circle Award is recognition for our commitment to high-quality, cost-effective healthcare,” said Nick Hardin, CEO at HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital. “Our success depends on the quality of care provided to each and every patient. Providing an exceptional patient experience, the efforts of our physicians, nursing staff, therapists and all other hospital staff are due this reward.” HealthSouth Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital is a 50-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation and home health services. Serving patients throughout the Southwest Houston and Fort Bend community, the hospital is located at 1325 Highway 6, Sugar Land, Texas 77478 and on the web at

John Papadopoulos, M.D., prostate cancer specialist and surgeon at the MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land, speaks with an attendee following the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s 5th annual Prostate Health Conference on Saturday, September 22nd. Dr. Papadopoulos joined a panel to share expert insight on minimizing harm from prostate cancer treatment, and addressed common misperceptions about the disease and the effects they can have on treatment plans.

John Papadopoulos, M.D., prostate cancer specialist and surgeon at the MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land, speaks during a panel discussion at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s 5th annual Prostate Health Conference. Joining Dr. Papadopoulos in the panel on minimizing harm from prostate cancer treatment were Seungtaek Choi, MD, Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology and Dwane Broussard, MD, Village Family Practice.

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Launches Online Directory of Fort Bend Support Groups and Service Organizations Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is launching a new community resource directory designed to provide residents of Fort Bend and surrounding areas with information about support groups, charitable organizations and other providers of important health and human services. The directory, available online by visiting and clicking on the Community Support Groups button, is the result of an extensive effort by the hospital’s Spiritual Care and Values Integration

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Bill Bross, Director of Spiritual Care and Values Integration; Nancy Penney, Associate Staff Chaplain and Craig Butler, Senior Staff Chaplain.

Department. Associate Staff Chaplain Nancy Penney led the project, meeting with area clergy and non-profit representatives to collect information on relevant services and develop the directory. Penney said the resource list will provide a number of long-term benefits to the community, including: • Affirming the pastoral care already being offered by area churches, temples, synagogues and community organizations. • Providing a “one-stop shop” for area residents to find the information and help they need. • Allowing area groups to reach out to new participants who are in need of support or assistance. “People often turn to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for information or assistance because they know us and trust us,” said Bill Bross, Director of Spiritual Care and Values Integration. “And while the hospital provides a number of support services related to grief and dealing with illness, we recognize there are also tremendous resources available throughout the community. Caring for the spirit is central to health and healing, and this is one way we can extend our department’s efforts beyond the hospital walls.” “Area clergy and representatives of charitable organizations were eager to be listed in the new directory,” Penney said. “For churches, it can be difficult to reach those outside of their own congregations, and many community groups have limited funds to increase awareness about the services they offer.” “Everyone I spoke with was grateful to be included because they realize the directory offers an opportunity to be more visible and reach more individuals and families,” Penney said. “They are glad to partner with Methodist Sugar Land Hospital because they see the directory as a valuable tool that can bring the community closer together. It’s a unique use of technology to help groups connect with those in need.” To add an organization or group to the directory, contact Associate Staff Chaplain Nancy Penney at

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Joins Elite Group of Hospitals with New Residency Program in Physical Therapy

Ben Renfrow, Clinical Residency Faculty; Toko Nguyen, Supervisor, MSLH Clinical Residency Programs; Marie Potter, Coordinator, MSLH Sports Physical Therapy Residency; Lindsay Koller, Clinical Residency Faculty and Brian Duncan, Coordinator, MSLH Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s (MSLH) new orthopedic physical therapy residency program – one of just three in the state of Texas – has recently been credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association. Led by the board-certified physical therapists at Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (MOST), the program gives new physical therapists an opportunity to advance their clinical orthopedic skills while working and studying for 12 months alongside the MOST staff. “We have the only accredited program in Texas that is not affiliated with a university or academic medical center,” said Sean Croft, Director of Rehabilitation Services. “This is a tremendous achievement, and it is a testament to the skills, knowledge and experience of our physical therapy staff at MSLH and MOST. No one else in the greater Houston area has this many skilled clinicians and this level of expertise under one roof, and our team has created an outstanding curriculum for our residents.” The new program puts Methodist Sugar Land Hospital in a select group of prestigious organizations nationwide that offer PT residency, including New York University, Massachusetts Gen-


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eral Hospital, Cedars-Sinai, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Ohio State University, University of Southern California and Kaiser Permanente. In addition to helping develop the next generation of physical therapists, the residency program is designed to benefit MOST patients by adding to available staff and assisting in the sharing of ideas and best practices. “We are bringing in the best and the brightest physical therapists – individuals who have been highly trained in modern therapy techniques and who have been caring for patients already,” said Toko Nguyen, Supervisor, Clinical Residency Programs. “These are therapists who are ready to move to the next level and become advanced practitioners. Our new program will give them that opportunity while enhancing our ability to serve the community.” Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab services are located at Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (Highway 6 and Brooks St.) and at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Spine Center off Town Center Boulevard. To schedule an appointment, please call 281201-0405 or for more information, visit

M edical F ocus Fort Bend County Deputy Constable Successfully Undergoes New State-Of-The-Art Heart Surgery At Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Last year, 66-year-old Fort Bend County Deputy Constable, Corporal Al Dobson, started experiencing pain in the right side of his chest. At first, he was not concerned, but then the pain began traveling down to his right shoulder, elbow and finally became worse. Even though we most commonly hear that heart attacks cause pain and numbness in the left side of the body, Corporal Dobson knew to call 911. He was taken to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, where staff cardiologist Dr. B. Keith Ellis performed a coronary angiogram on him and found significant blockage in his main artery to the heart and recommended bypass surgery. “Everything happened so fast,” said Officer Dobson. “When I first heard the words heart surgery, I was in shock, but Dr. Tripathy quickly calmed my fears when he told me that he was going to do the surgery using a minimally invasive procedure that required only one small incision.”

Uttam Tripathy, M.D. and Corporal Al Dobson.

The traditional method of openheart surgery requires opening the patient’s chest wall from the front. Dr. Uttam Tripathy, cardiothoracic surgeon on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, instead used a minimally invasive approach that requires only one small incision on his side—resulting in less pain, less potential for complications and a quicker recovery. Dr. Tripathy is currently the only cardiovascular surgeon performing this advanced method of heart surgery in Fort Bend and surrounding areas. A year after his minimally invasive heart surgery, Corporal Dobson is enjoying life to the fullest with his wife of 39 years and their three children. As a member of the Criminal Justice System since 1969, Corporal Dobson is currently serving the Fort Bend community and has earned his certification as a Master Peace Officer. “I feel fortunate to have been treated by the finest medical team. The staff and nurses that cared for me at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital were excellent. I can’t believe how quick the recovery and rehabilitation process was. It has been over a year since Dr. Tripathy saved my life and I feel great!” explained Corporal Dobson. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tripathy or another cardiothoracic surgeon in your area, please call the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s physician referral line at 281-274-7500 or visit

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A Healthy Diet May Help Improve How Seniors Age Since you’ve retired, it may be tempting to indulge yourself. You’ve worked hard your whole life, so why not have a second piece of pie or that yummy cheese? Although an occasional treat isn’t harmful, there is growing evidence that seniors have a higher quality of life if their diet is rich in low-fat dairy products, fruit, whole grains, poultry, fish and vegetables. Research Says Choose Healthy Food Clusters A recent study from the University of Maryland looked at 2,582 people between the ages of 70-79, and tied their eating habits to their quality of life over a 10-year period. The participants were categorized into six dietary groups, three of which were “Healthy Foods,” “High-Fat Dairy Products” and “Sweets and Desserts.” The Healthy Foods cluster included people with a high intake of low-fat dairy products, fruit, whole grains, poultry, fish and vegetables. “Both the High-Fat Dairy Products and Sweets and Desserts clusters had 1.4-times higher risk of death than the Healthy Foods cluster,” explain the authors of the study. “The Healthy Foods cluster also had more years of healthy life.”

The Impact of Healthy choices These conclusions are not surprising, because there are important reasons to eat healthy as you age. As you age, your body’s metabolism slows down, and the physical activities may be more difficult. Also, some nutrients are more difficult for your body to absorb. Age is also a risk factor for several diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension and diabetes. However, these diseases respond to improved nutrition. If you have these diseases, a healthy diet can help reduce the harmful effects. If you don’t have these diseases, a healthy diet can help reduce your chances of getting them. Develop a Healthy Eating Plan If you think you need to revamp your eating habits, here are a few tips from the National Institute on Aging to get you started: • Eat many different colors and types of vegetables and fruits. • Make sure at least half of your grains are whole grains. • Eat only small amounts of solid fats, oils and foods high in sugars. • Limit saturated fat (found mostly in foods that come from animals) or trans fats (found in foods like margarines, shortening, cookies and crackers). Also, don’t forget your best health resource on your health – your primary care physician. Symptoms of poor nutrition in seniors might be subtle or might be mistaken for other health problems. Regular checkups and a good conversation with your doctor can go a long way to help keep you healthy and enjoying many more years of retirement. Cecilia I. Lowder, M.D. joined Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in 1999. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and cares for KelseyCare Advantage and TexanPlus patients at the Fort Bend Medical and Diagnostic Cecilia I. Lowder, M.D. Center.

Two Memorial Hermann Hospitals Earn Top Quality Recognition from The Joint Commission Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital were recently named among the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The hospitals were among the top 18 percent of hospitals in the nation that were recognized for leading the way in using evidence-based care processes that are proven to be the best treatments for eight common conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services. Memorial Hermann Katy was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land received recognition in pneumonia and surgical care. This is the second year in a row that Memorial Hermann Sugar Land is being acknowledged as a Top Performer, making it one of only 244 hospitals that achieved the distinction two years straight. A recognized hospital must first achieve performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability measures for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, the hospital also must meet a 95 percent performance target for every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding any measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. The specific eligibility criteria can be found at “When we raise the bar and provide the proper guidance and tools, hospitals have responded with excellent


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results,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission. “This capacity for continual improvement points toward a future in which quality and safety defects are dramatically reduced and high reliability is sought and achieved with regularity. Such day-to-day progress will slowly but surely transform today’s health care system into one that achieves unprecedented performance outcomes for the benefit of the patients.” “This achievement is indicative of the strength of teamwork and commitment to patient care. It reflects the culture of our organization – to provide safe and high-quality care to all patients,” said Scott Barbe, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital CEO. “I am honored that Memorial Hermann Katy has been recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer.” “We understand that what matters most to patients at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital is safe, effective care. That’s why our team has made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures,” said Greg Haralson, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land CEO. In addition to being included in the release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, both Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check Web site ( The Top Performer program will be featured in the November issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives and the October issue of The Joint Commission: The Source.




















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

Living the Sweet Life:

We Have a Planet of Hope! B

ecoming grateful is something that is taught. Children can only learn what it means to be grateful by understanding what they have been given and how others around them do not have what they do. I remember going with my mother and feeding the homeless when I was little. Over the years, I have created opportunities for the children, both my own as well as all those in the client Satavia Hazley and Alisa Murray. Photo by Alisa Murray Photography. base, to learn the important lesson of giving back. Each October for the past ten years, our stuof others. It was not convenient or fun, dio hosts a toy drive. Behind the scenes, but it was important, and I am grateful we at the studio quietly collect toys and for having been given the opportunity to gently used clothes until Santa arrives see. the first Saturday evening in December Right under our nose here in Housto take all of these items to needy famiton, we have 3,600 homeless veterans. lies. It’s interesting to see a toddler, At first I could not believe the numbers. a very self-absorbed being who is not My good friend Satavia Hazley dropped willing to share a toy, blossom into a by to be photographed, and we got to giver during the first few years of life. talking about my trip to India and the Teaching gratefulness and sharing is homeless children there. She shared not a natural instinct; it is a learned with me about her organization, Planet social behavior. Hope Foundation, which serves to proSometimes we receive gifts from othvide housing and healthcare services to ers that we were not expecting. Learnhomeless veterans here in our area. She ing to be thankful for opportunities and shared with me how right here in my gifts not asked for is also a social lesson. back yard, I could make a difference. I remember the lesson Nana taught Through the years I have written about always saying thank you and many a piece on freedom and how gratebeing grateful for what you had been ful I am for all of the people who have given, even if it was not on your list! If given their life so that I may live in a free there ever was a year that I have been country. Men and women dying for our made aware of all that I have been givfreedom is not a light, warm and fuzzy en, it would be this one. The trip I took topic to think about, and I am ashamed this fall to India has changed me and to think of those same heroes walking my perspective on the world in which the streets of my town without a home I live. The things I witnessed there, so or healthcare. They are here amongst other worldly, made me stop my busy, us though, and according to the Micheal carefree life and take notice of the needs Debakey VA Medical Center, “Twentyfort bend

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eight percent of our homeless population is veterans and out of those, 5 to 10 percent are women.” These heroes are living in deplorable conditions without basic living essentials. Their healthcare needs are not being met, and to make matters even worse, over half of them have mental illnesses that have been either created by serving our country or exacerbated by having served. Satavia is a nurse and in her life’s work, she became increasingly weary of what she saw. She created the foundation Planet Hope to find and assist our homeless veterans. This November 10th is Veterans Day, and the Planet Hope Foundation is hosting a Veterans Walk to honor the men and women who have served our country. The walk is at Oyster Creek Park located at 4033 Hwy 6 South in Sugar Land from 10 am to 2 pm. By participating in this walk, you can help Planet Hope end the words “homeless” and “veterans” used in the same sentence. If you can make it out with your children, it will be a fantastic way to honor and assist those in need while teaching a lesson of thankfulness and gratefulness. Visit or call 832-248-8292 to register to walk or create a team for the walk. Happy Thanksgiving! Take care of you!

“What Could Have Been Night” Sponsored by Texas Direct Auto


he Sugar and awarded to the Land Skeeters winners. The auction wrapped up raised $8,558, and Textheir regular season on as Direct Auto requestSeptember 22, 2012 by ed that the proceeds donning Sugar Land be donated to Kline’s War Chickens uniforms Snowdrop Foundation. for “What Could Have The Snowdrop FounBeen Night” sponsored dation helps provide by Texas Direct Auto. funding for continued The special event was a research to eliminate fundraising event that childhood cancer and highlighted just one of also provides college the Sugar Land team bound pediatric canname suggestions that cer patients and surviMatt Hagen, Max Mahaffey, Tim Redding, Roberto Giron, Manny Mejia, Kelvin were seriously considvors.” Villa and Garrett Parcell of the Sugar Land Skeeters on “What Could Have ered when choosing “Part of our mission Been Night.” the Sugar Land baseat Texas Direct Auto ball team name. This is to give back to the year, the organization chose to highlight the community by assisting in educating our name War Chickens. The team wore War youth,” said Jessica DeMarr. “We applaud Chicken uniforms, and a silent auction was the efforts of Kevin Kline and The Snowheld to auction off the one-of-a-kind unidrop Foundation for assisting pediatric canforms worn exclusively for the benefit. cer patients with their education, and we are In addition to the game and auction, Texas Direct very proud to be a part of their efforts.” Auto handed out 500 jerseys to youth attending the For more information about The Snowdrop Foundaevent and secured 93Q’s Kevin Kline to serve as emcee. tion, visit After the game, the silent auction winners were announced, and the War Chickens jerseys and hats were signed by the player

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I am so thankful that somethIng kept tellIng me to schedule my well-woman exam ImmedIately. On a busy summer day while out running errands, I found myself near

my OB/GYN's office. A little voice in my head told me to go in and make an appointment now, and I am so glad I did. During my annual well-woman exam, my physician found a lump in my breast and scheduled my mammogram immediately. I was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer. Within days, I had an entire team of specialists working together to provide state-of-the-art diagnostic services, surgery, radiation treatment and chemotherapy—all close to home. Thanks to my breast cancer care team, and the compassionate care I received at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, today I am cancer-free!

Don’t put it off…call today and schedule your annual exam and mammogram. — Joan Yanker, Breast Cancer Survivor This is the Methodist level of cancer care—from diagnosis to survival, where leading technology and compassion—are leading to a cure. To speak with Joan Yanker about her experiences—or for more information about the comprehensive breast cancer services offered only at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital—call 281-242-CURE (2873). To schedule your mammogram, please call 281-242-PINK (7465).

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