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By SESHADRI KUMAR A candidate for the Fort Bend County Democratic Party Chair has successfully forced the Fort Bend County Election Administration to correct his name on the ballot, after a few mail-in ballots were already sent out. The Democratic Party Chair candidate Steve Brown had submitted an application to the incumbent party chair Elaine Bishop. On his application, Brown indicated his name should appear as Stephen “Steve” Brown. However, when the official ballots were released his named appeared as “Stephan Brown,” both misspelled and omitting the short form. The county has already sent some of these ballots to absentee voters, such as servicemen overseas. Bishop, who has been the county Democratic Party Chair for the last years, is seeking re-election and Bishop says she has been asked by numerous community members to run again because they felt it was important. On the correction to Brown’s name on the ballot, Bishop said “We have resolved. It is a done deal. We

are moving ahead.” “Ms. Bishop’s lack of diligence in carrying out her official duties was a motivating factor in my decision to run for this position. This isn’t the first time Ms. Bishop has made errors in submitting a candidate’s name for the ballot... her lack of attention to detail in the discharge of her public duties costs the taxpayers,” Brown said in a statement. The Texas Election code requires that a candidate appear with the name of his choice, and that ballots be corrected if changes are made to the voter’s choices in an election. As only a handful of ballots had been mailed, the administration agreed to reprint the mail-in ballots instead of precipitating a litigation. “It may seem like a small thing, but my campaign materials, which were planned months in advance, are affected by the misspelled listing and the omission of my nickname, which is how I am known to voters around the county,” Brown stated. “My website, social networking tools, mail advertisements, and signs all use the name ‘Steve,’ which is how I was told my name would ap-

pear on the ballot, and which is how it has appeared in the past.” County elections officials assured Brown’s campaign that the correction process, which includes reprogramming the county’s electronic voting machines, would be complete before early voting, which begins Feb. 16. Brown’s career in politics began as a campus organizer for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Harvey Gantt, and founder of the North Carolina A&T State University College Democrats chapter. Those efforts resulted in being awarded an internship in the Clinton White House. He has since worked on a number of campaigns and in the legislative offices of such Democrats as U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, State Rep. Sylvester Turner, and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. “Fort Bend County stands at a political critical juncture. Through leadership, resources and an engaged base, we can speed the pace at which we turn our county blue, and begin electing Democrats to office today. But, it will take an united and energized move See BALLOT, Page 3

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Bill and Robyn Tompkins, Quail Valley residents, recently welcomed home their daughter Lieutenant Alicia Tompkins Carey, who was visiting between deployments with United States Air Force. Lieutenant Alicia Tompkins Carey, a graduate of Elkins High School, the United States Air Force Academy and daughter of Quail Valley residents Bill and Robyn Tompkins, recently returned home from deployment in the Middle East for a delayed Christmas with her family. When the Quail Valley Exchange Club heard the news, the members quickly went to work getting permission from

the Tompkins’ neighbors, to line their street with American Flags upon her return. “It is our pleasure to honor these fine young men and women who are serving our country,” said Kirk Wilkerson of the Exchange Club. Carey is a C-17 pilot in the U.S.Air Force 15th Airlift Squadron in Charleston, South Carolina. In the fall of 2009, she deployed with the 17th Airlift Squadron to Qa-

tar and flew daily missions to transport supplies, equipment and personnel as well as performed medical evacuations and Command transport services. Carey is scheduled for redeployment mid year. Her husband, Lt. Zach Carey, is also in the United States Air Force. He is a Security Forces Officer presently deployed to Afghanistan.

Stafford prepared to face economic downturn

Mike and Judy Schmid, left, bought a U.S. flag in an auction during the Lincoln-Reagan Dinner of the Fort Bend County Republican Party on Jan. 29. The final bid was $7,800. The flag was flown over Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, on Patriot Day, Sept.11, 2009, in honor of Spirit of Freedom and the Republican Party of Fort Bend County for their support of U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines serving in “Operation Iraqi Freedom” and “Operation Enduring Freedom.” The family who donated the flag is Catherine (far right), son Nick and daughter Noelle. Their father and husband is Navy Commander Michael Smith. Smith is due to return this week from Kuwait. He was called back into active duty last year. He sent the flag in October to Mary Favre to be auctioned off to the charity of her choice.Favre has been sending him suppplies to help support his troops. The Smith family lives in Sugar Creek. Third from left is Laura Ingraham, keynote speaker. More on Page 8.

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By BARBARA FULENWIDER Having just left a “turbulent decade” the city enters another “as it scrambles to rebound from a tumble the likes of which occurred only once before in the city’s history” -- in the mid-1980s when the lights went out in Houston, Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella told his audience at the civic center. This time tumbling oil prices aren’t the culprit but instead it was “an insatiable and unchecked greed on Wall Street” that led to government bailouts, which, Scarcella said “threw the people and businesses on Main Street … under the bus,” Scarcella said while delivering his annual

state of the city address. He said the results have been devastating for the city’s “vibrant corporate network, which continues to reverberate with negative impacts on the city.” Stafford’s strong local economy pays for the great majority of the city’s services via sales taxes. When that financial base is eroded, Scarcella said, “the damage is significant and that is exactly what has happened to the Stafford economy.” Despite the downturn, the mayor said the city has prepared for the past 20 years to withstand such a severe downturn, and that preparation includes eliminating debt. AN EVENING WITH WINDBERG. Sugar Land Area Artists will present “An Evening with Dalhart Windberg” at Sugar Land’s Lakeview Auditorium on Feb. 10, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Dalhart Windberg will also be conducting a 3-day workshop Feb. 11-13. To get a registration form, go to www.sugarlandareaartists.com, then to workshops and Windberg. You may download the registration form or contact Pam Bravenec at 281-265-7256.

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After 15 consecutive years of zero property tax, Stafford continued to eliminate debt this past year. The city’s approach resulted in cutting outstanding long-term obligations to less than $1.7 million – part of the goal to be debt free in four more years. Not everything was about the economy in the mayor’s speech. He pointed out that in 2009 Stafford saw the completion of widening and improvements to U.S. 90A, which gives the town a new, vibrant look, and quiet zones negotiated with Union Pacific have eliminated the noisy train horns that have reverberated across Stafford for the past 150 years. Scarcella noted that last year the city acquired rights of way and engineering plans for the multi-entity Stafford/Staffordshire roads plan to connect the Fifth Street expansion to Beltway 8 at a total cost of $19 million. The city will pay $6 million of that total. Improvements to Brand Lane and Dulles Avenue are also on the radar at a combined cost of $2.5 million. Renovating Kirkwood Road and extending Cash Road are being considered. See STAFFORD, Page 3


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Automobile:2010 Toyota 4Runner, no, it’s not recalled By BARBARA FULENWIDER The Toyota 4Runner used to feel like a mid-size SUV but the all-new 2010 version feels much bigger because it is. This fifth generation 4Runner is still classified as a midsize sport utility vehicle even with more heft and power. The 4Runner was first introduced 25 years ago and since then Toyota dealers have sold more than 1.8 million. So while the 4Runner continues to evolve it remains close to its roots as a rugged, durable off-roader. The 4Runner is taller, wider and longer for 2010 and is offered in three models: Limited, SR5 and Trail, for those who want maximum off-road capability. The drivetrain configurations include rear wheel 4x2, part-time 4x4 and full-time multi-mode 4x4 with a locking center differential. All 4x4 models are powered by a 4.0-liter V6 mated to a fivespeed automatic transmission. The 4x2 models will either be powered by a 2.7-liter engine mated to a four-speed automatic or the 4.0-liter V6. The V6 engine makes 270

horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque for 34 more horsepower than the previous V6 and 10 more horsepower than the optional V8 of the previous generation. The V6 engine with 4x2 gets an estimated 17 city/23 highway miles to the gallon. The DOHC, 16-valve 2.7 makes 157 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque and delivers 18 city/23 highway mpg. The 2010 4Runner Limited rides on 20-inch wheels while the SR5 and Trail models get 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The 2010 4Runner also got new bumpers, wider shoulders and newly designed head-lamp and tail-light systems, all of which makes it appear more muscular and rugged. A roof rack is standard equipment. On the SR5 and Limited V6 grades turn signals are now in the outside mirrors along with puddle lamps. Toyota 4Runners have always been built like trucks: body-on-frame and the only change to that is frame and body reinforcements have

been added for 2010 models. To enhance grip, the A-TRAC system is now standard equipment on all 4Runner 4x4 models. This system distributes driving force to any one wheel in contact with the ground to make terrain irregularities and slippery spots transparent to the driver. All 4Runner 4x4 models come standard with downhill assist control and hill-start assist control. While the 4Runner built its reputation on off-roading today they are abundant in city traffic because they offer a comfortable ride thanks to

coil springs over gas shocks at all four corners. A doublewishbone independent front suspension, combined with new, variable flow rack and pinion steering makes for more precise control. The four-link rear suspension minimizes rear axle hop. Standard safety features on the Toyota 4Runner include vehicle stability control with traction control and anti-lock brake system with electronic brake-force distribution. A rear-view monitor system is standard on Limited and Trail grades. A rear clearance sonar

system is standard on SR5 models. Inside, the 4Runner has comfortable front seats that provide a bigger range of adjustment vertically and front to rear. Second row passenger seats have a newly sculpted front seat-back shape for additional knee space and a center armrest. They also individually recline up to 16 degrees. More cargo space is also now available thanks to the fold-flat second row rear seats, which no longer require removing the headrests. Third row seats are now split 50/50, so are larger and access to the third row has been improved by splitting the second row seats into a 40/20/40 configuration. There’s also a handy pullout cargo deck that can carry up to 440 pounds. It slides out to make loading heavy items easier and when extended provides sheltered seating. With all standard equipment the Toyota 4Runner SR5 4x2 retails for $29,175. Options on the test drive 4Runner included audio equipment, front and rear A/C power out-

lets, anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer and a premium package of leather trimmed, heated eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, moonroof, etc. Extras brought the total price to $33,439. Would I buy it? If it fit my lifestyle, absolutely. Remember that of the 1.8 million 4Runners sold in the past 25 years, more than 70 percent are still on the road.

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Community news Al Green spurs talks on commuter rail in Southwest Houston U.S. Rep. Al Green (D-Dist.9) recently met with Houston-area elected officials, as well as representatives of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) to discuss the development of an action plan to implement the U.S. 90A Corridor. The proposed passageway would connect downtown Houston and the Texas Medical Center with Missouri City and other cities located in Fort Bend County. The meeting included mayors Allen Owen of Missouri City, Leonard Scarcella of Stafford, and Joe Gurecky of Rosenberg, along with Fort Bend County Commissioners Richard Morrison and Grady Prestage. Representatives of the City of Houston and METRO were also present. Passed in 2003, the U.S. 90A Corridor plan was approved by voters as part of a METRO Solutions referendum. The proposal would establish a commuter rail line of approxi-

Ballot From Page 1 ment,” Brown said. “As Chair of the Fort Bend County Democratic Party, I will work to cultivate that energy and provide you with the leadership needed to effectively coordinate our countywide campaign efforts,” he said. Bishop asked rhetorically where had Brown been all these days. He has not attended any party meetings nor has he

mately 8 miles that would run through the counties of Harris and Fort Bend. Both Harris and Fort Bend County, which comprise the 9th Congressional District of Texas, are represented by U.S. Congressman Al Green. During his presentation, METRO’s President and CEO, Frank Wilson, explained the status of the project as “shovel ready” and specified that this new commuter rail line would transport residents of Missouri City and its surrounding areas to the Medical Center in less than 30 minutes with trains traveling at a top speed of 66 mph. METRO estimates the cost of the project at $207 million and projects that ridership would be 12,000 in the opening year ---which would be the equivalent of taking 5,000 cars off the road--- increasing to 23,000 by 2030. “This project has been discussed for many years and we hope to get traction with it because it would mean jobs at a

time of high unemployment,” Green said. Green continued, “the U.S. 90A Corridor has all the potential to be enormously beneficial for the residents of Southwest Houston and its surrounding areas because it would provide them with a reliable alternative to travel to the city and, especially, to the Texas Medical Center. Moreover, it is environmentally friendly because it would use electric trains and, to a certain extent, it would even reduce our dependence on foreign oil.” According to Dr. Richard E. Wainerdi, President, CEO and COO of the Texas Medical Center, “This project would not only help the thousands of employees of the Texas Medical Center, but also patients and their families, students, and many others.” In the coming weeks, Congressman Green plans to meet with other stakeholders and public officials to discuss the ways in which the U.S. 90A Corridor can become a reality.

presented any ideas, she said about Brown. Bishop denied that she was campaigning instead of paying attention to the party issues. As party chair she had a lot of work to do pertaining to the primary elections and she had no time even to start her campaign, Bishop said. Bishop said she had been active in the community both politically and has been helping the community. “I work. I am committed. I will continue to work for the progress of the party,” Bishop

said. “We should go beyond recruiting candidates and electing officers. We should help our constituents and neighbors on issues that affect them. I have always been partnering with people on issues. We don’t want to be underrepresented. We need to ensure that our issues are at the forefront and that we are fairly represented all across the county,” Bishop said. “Our work does not stop at the election booth. It starts there,” she said.

DWI task force makes10 arrests The Texas Department of Public Safety initiated a Driving While Intoxicated Task Force in Fort Bend County from 6 p.m. Jan. 22 until 3 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 to improve public safety by increasing patrols during the hours when impaired driving is most likely to occur. During the operation, DPS troopers made ten driving while intoxicated arrests and the Rosenberg Police Department, who participated in their own initiative, made two more. Of those arrests, seven suspects consented to the taking of a breath specimen on the Intoxilyzer instrument and three suspects consented to having a blood specimen taken. Two suspects refused to give either a blood or breath sample and were subsequently served with search warrants for their

blood, signed by Fort Bend County District Court Judges Thomas R. Culver, III and James H. Shoemake. Oak Bend and Sugar Land Methodist hospitals provided medical assistance for the blood draws. Blood search warrants have been upheld by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals as a legal means to obtain evidence in driving while intoxicated cases. As the use of such search warrants increased around the state, Texas legislators recently made it easier for police officers to obtain warrants by expanding the list of judges who are able to sign blood search warrants involving intoxication offenses. “We are very thankful to the police officers who worked to make Fort Bend County residents safer on our streets. We are

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debt to less than $1.75 million, it has used what otherwise would have gone for interest payments to make infrastructure improvements. “Sticking to this goal, which has been in process for more than a decade, the city will be debt free in four years and have even more laudable financial structure,” Scarcella said. As for refining some of Stafford’s zoning on major corridors, Scarcella said that after two years of work to make it happen the end may be in sight – “nearing some final refined regulations.” He ended by saying that there’s no doubt that 2010 will be a most difficult year for Stafford but the city “must stick with the principles and polices that have elevated us.” Shedding the yoke of property taxes “has led to phenomenal growth beyond expectations. “To resort to try doing it like everyone else because times are tough would sabotage the unique advantages gained over the past 15 years. Now, more than ever, is the time to remain committed to what got us here,” the mayor said.

From Page 1 As for the goals for 2010, the mayor said No. 1 is “bringing back the strong economy.” He said, “With the severe national recession materially impacting our manufacturing, warehousing, wholesaling and services – the mainstays of the city’s economy – breathing vitality back into these sectors is a most daunting hurdle.” He didn’t provide any details but said that maintaining the city’s low taxes will help the business community “regain its footing and strength.” Goal No. 2 is maintain zero property tax because he said it’s the most recognized attribute of Stafford. “In line with maintaining this alluring tax advantage to attract people and companies to our city,” Scarcella suggested that business and homeowners invest their tax savings in their home or business and thereby contribute to the enhancement of the city. Goal No. 3 was eliminate debt. The mayor said that while the city has reduced its

also appreciative of the judges who assisted us in obtaining vital evidence needed to determine if someone was driving while impaired,” said Assistant District Attorney Sherry Robinson. DPS Lt. Daniel Terronez stated his hopes to make this a routine program in Fort Bend County with more agencies joining future initiatives. “I am very pleased that the Department of Public Safety developed this task force initiative,” said District Attorney John Healey. “My office has worked with DPS and other agencies on similar operations. I believe these efforts will enable police officers and prosecutors to develop a more accurate case as to whether someone was driving while intoxicated and will discourage others from drinking to excess and driving.”

Methodist among “100 Best Companies to Work for”

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The Methodist Hospital System is ranked No. 17 among FORTUNE magazine’s 2010 “100 Best Companies to Work For,” making the list for the fifth year in a row and remaining the highest ranked health care organization in the country. Only three companies in Texas are in the top 20. Methodist ranked No. 5 in the category of large companies, No. 3 for the hiring of minorities and No.16 for the hiring of women. The Methodist Hospital System, which includes an academic medical center, three community hospitals and a research institute, was awarded the high ranking for providing an exemplary workplace for employees. Methodist was selected based primarily on a confidential survey sent to randomly selected employees, who were asked questions on the level of trust, pride and camaraderie within their workplace. Methodist also submitted documentation about its work environment, from benefits to corporate policy. “To be recognized by FORTUNE for five consecutive years is an extraordinary accomplishment. That means that every day, year after year, our employees and physicians come to work and make a difference in the lives of our patients,” said Ron Girotto, president and CEO of The Methodist Hospital System.

Dads and daughters danced the night away at last year’s event. Missouri City’s 14th annual Dad & Daughter Dance offers a special evening of fun from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13. The event includes party favors, cake and punch and a chance for dads and daughters to spend an evening dancing and having fun together. Each daughter will receive a keepsake photo and gift. Entertainment will be provided by The Magical Fun and Comedy of Mr. Phil. To top it all off, the evening ends with a big confetti explosion. The dance will be held at the Community Center next to City Hall, 1522 Texas Parkway. Tickets are $25 per couple and $20 per additional daughter. Tickets are available at the Community Center, First Colony Community Association and Club Sienna or call 281-403-8500. Dads and daughters can add the special dinner option available prior to the dance at the Grille at Quail Valley Golf Course. For reservations, call 281-403-5921 by Feb. 10.

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Opinion The View From Sugar Land

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Doing something about the weather

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By RUSSELL C. JONES Regardless of the truth of the science on global warming, there can be no doubt that the recent disclosure of thousands of e-mails among some of the world’s most prominent climate scientists casts new doubts over the issue. The scientists at East Anglia, Penn State and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research have apparently done their best to bias peer-reviewed literature which has appeared over the past decade. Others, like Patrick Michaels of the University of Virginia, have pointed out the role of Penn’s Michael Mann in ousting a “dissenting” editor of Geophysical Research Letters, the publication in which Mann first published his famous “hockey stick” analysis of climate change. Tom Wigley of UCAR publicly scorns “skeptics” who have not published enough in the journals, while the emails reveal him to be working behind the scenes to make it impossible for them to do so. Late last year, the EPA announced its intent to limit carbon emissions administratively as Obama’s cap-and-tax bill was dying in the Senate. In doing so, it claimed to rely solely upon the peer-reviewed literature in order to make its finding of endangerment from carbon dioxide. Now that we know that literature was biased by the tactics of the East Anglia group, the EPA appears to have lost the basis for its finding. The issue came up again during the State of the Union address last week. Perhaps for the first time, Obama acknowledged that “there are those

Russell Jones who disagree with the . . . evidence on climate change.” He may have been surprised when he heard laughter as he described the scientific evidence as “overwhelming.” Nevertheless, he promised to press ahead with his agenda. Of course, the climate has always been in flux. An 800 year warming period began in 200 B.C., and a 400 year period began in 900 A.D. Minor ice ages began in 600 A.D. and again in 1300 A.D. Just in the past century we saw warming from 1910 to 1940 and again beginning in 1980. Cooling periods were noted beginning in 1900 and again in 1940. Global cooling was an issue in the 1970’s. By one estimate, the world warmed by 0.16°C. per decade from 1980 through 2009. The point is not to deny that global warming is happening. Rather the measurable changes are so small and the variations in the earth’s climate are so frequent that it is difficult to concur with the extraordinary resources which some proponents of the warming theory demand. Now the Securities and Exchange Commission has got-

ten into the act and has issued guidance for publicly traded companies on disclosing the effect of global warming risks on their business. The SEC Chairman said that the agency was not weighing in on the global warming debate, but only wanted to assure that investors get reliable information. Other commissioners were not so sure. One described the obvious purpose as “to place the imprimatur of the commission on the agenda of the social and environmental policy lobby, an agenda that falls outside our expertise.” Two members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee called the move a “breathtaking waste of the commission’s resources.” Disclosure will undoubtedly provide the fodder for a new round of lawsuits, targeting companies who admit that they produce products which some, but not all, testifying experts will claim contribute to all of the world’s future calamities. Obama, Congress, the EPA, and now even the SEC are committed to huge expenditures to address a problem that may not even exist. With the scientists themselves arguing the evidence and even questioning whether one side of the debate is getting its voice stifled by the other, the current economic downturn does not seem to be the time for astronomical expenditures to address the issue. Jones is the Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Sugar Land and serves as Councilman for District 3. He was first elected to the City Council in 2003. He owns a law firm and a title insurance company in Sugar Land.

Genetic brittle bone disease By THOMAS PARR, M.D. When most people think about fragile bones, they tend to think of osteoporosis and older ladies whose hips can break with an unexpected step, causing them to fall. Because of bone density testing and new osteoporosis medications, this once feared orthopedic condition is now able to be treated rather successfully. There is another fragile bone disease that you may not be familiar with. It is Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI). This is a lifelong genetic brittle bone disease. Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is a genetic disease where the body does not have properly functioning collagen, which is a protein that helps build bone, as well as skin, teeth, tendons, and ligaments. Either the body just doesn’t make enough or it makes a very poor quality of collagen. OI does not occur because either the patient or the patient’s mother (during pregnancy) didn’t have enough calcium or suffered from poor nutrition. There are several different levels of OI, ranging from mild to severe. These differences mean the treatment needs to be designed specifically for each patient’s unique problem. Proper diagnosis involves the efforts of pediatricians and geneticists, as well as orthopedic surgeons and therapists. One of the first indicators of brittle bone disease is the patient’s history of unusual broken bones at an early age. Any related history in the family is taken into consideration as well. Another indicator may be a young’s child’s failure to grow properly in height. A bone density test showing

Thomas Parr poor bone quality may be an additional indicator. Many of these children will have a blueish tint around the pupils of their eyes, or fragile teeth (called Dentogenesis Imperfecta). If the pediatrician, dentist, or orthopedic surgeon suspects OI, genetic testing is a common next step, looking for a variety of DNA disorders or of biochemical disorders of collagen. While we do not yet have a cure for OI, we are making progress. In previous decades, we could only treat the fractures as they happened, or insert a series of pins through the center of the large bones to add additional strength. Today, largely because of the work done to treat and prevent osteoporosis, we have medicines which can help prevent or markedly reduce fractures in these children. When surgery is necessary, we have developed dramatically better techniques of bone fixation, which have resulted in better functional outcomes and fewer additional surgeries for these special patients. Exercise is important, and swimming is ideal because it helps to strengthen the muscles while not putting undue stress on the bones. There are only a few of us

who specialize in treating Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) in the United States today. We are very fortunate to have a dynamic OI program at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children here in Houston, where I have the advantage of working as part of a wonderful team of physicians, nurses, therapists, and social workers. I provide follow up adult OI care in my private practice, once the patient has completed treatment in the Shriner’s Hospital program or has become too old to qualify for the Shriner’s program. My OI patients are all special, sweet individuals, and I enjoy being able to help them. Dr. Thomas Parr, an orthopedic surgeon in Sugar Land, can be reached at 281-4917111. Visit www.tomparrmd. net for more information.

By RON PAUL Last week politicians in Washington made a few things clear about how they really feel about the state of the union. First, they are beginning to hear the growing discontent with the size and scope of government and the broken promises that keep piling up. Certain events in Massachusetts recently made that statement loud, clear and unavoidable. In the face of those events, the powers that be made the determination that some populist rhetoric was in order, and the idea of a spending freeze in Washington was proposed, albeit with several caveats. These caveats to the proposed spending freeze ensure that we are not at any real risk of actually doing anything about spending. First of all is timing. It wouldn’t go into effect until 2011, which allows plenty of time to increase spending levels quite a bit before they are frozen. If the administration really understood and cared about our spending problems they would not freeze spending a year from now, but cut spending immediately and significantly. But, spending cuts almost never happen in Washington, and they are not likely now or a year from now – if the politicians have anything to say about it. The second caveat is the huge areas of the budget that are shielded from this freeze.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul The entire State Department budget is exempt, as are all entitlements, all military industrial spending and almost all foreign aid. Fully 7/8 of federal spending is excluded from this freeze, and some areas to be frozen were actually set to decrease, which means a freeze actually guarantees a higher level of spending. Especially insulting is the idea that in spite of our own fiscal problems at home, taxpayer dollars will continue to be sent overseas in the form of foreign aid where it often does more harm than good. When need is demonstrated to Americans and they can afford it, they can be counted on for a tremendous outpouring of private, voluntary charity to worthy aid organizations, as we recently saw in Haiti. By contrast, government-togovernment aid is taken from the poor by force and too of-

ten enriches the corrupt. It is counterproductive and wasteful. But the idea of eliminating, freezing, or reducing foreign aid is not up for serious debate any time soon. The third caveat is what is included in the freeze that would make it politically impossible to pass Congress, for example air traffic controllers salaries, education, farm subsidies and national parks. I do not necessarily want a cut in spending in this country - I just want to change who does the spending. The spending should be done by the people who earn the money, if they choose, and on what they choose, without any government interference. That is what makes the economy work. Politicians should stick to the very limited roles given them by the constitution instead of allocating such a sizeable portion of our capital and intervening through regulations and tax policy. But because politicians have disregarded the constitution, and the people have no idea what rule they will break next, there is already a very real spending freeze underway in this economy, by the people. If government would stick only to what it was authorized to do, and leave the rest to the people, most of these problems would resolve themselves. (Ron Paul represents the 14th Congressional District in Texas.)

MUSINGS: Relief... By JANICE SCANLAN Watching the power trucks from CenterPoint Energy convoy out to Oklahoma last Thursday made me think of Hurricane Ike, and how much we appreciated power companies from all over the country helping us. During Ike, I was heartened to see power trucks—in my particular case from Oklahoma Public Service and Florida Power and Light getting our power restored. Power is crucial in our daily lives, but we take it for granted unless we don’t have it. Restoring power from Ike was hot, sweaty work with many of the workers sleeping in refrigerated truck trailers at night. I wonder where these workers sleep in an ice storm and the cold? Did they have to “follow the storm” on through the central part of the country as power was restored in one area? Tough, dangerous work that is often under-appreciated much like our fire and police are taken for granted. Just the logistics of these natural

Bring a non-perishable food item and receive a free H1N1 vaccine To help Fort Bend community stay safe and get vaccinated, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital will offer free H1N1 vaccines to community members who are 18 and older and who bring a non-perishable food item that will then be donated to the Houston food bank, which serves the Fort Bend and surrounding counties. The vaccines will be offered Thursday, Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium of the new hospital. No appointments are necessary. Limited supply. From April 2009 until mid-November 2009, H1N1 flu infected approximately 47 million Americans and contributed to more than 200,000 hospitalizations and nearly 10,000 deaths. Flu season is unpredictable and typically lasts until May.

AGGIE MOMS: The Fort Bend Aggie Moms’ Club will meet at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8. The speaker will be Dr. Ian Tizard, Director of the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center and Professor of Immunology in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. He will be speaking about exotic birds and his research program with parrots in Peru and elsewhere. Prior to coming to A&M, he was at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Howdy Hoedown tickets are now on sale for a major fundraiser on Feb. 27. For more information, visit www.fortbendaggiemoms.org

Janice Scanlan disasters are pretty amazing. The National Guard is stretched pretty thin with military obligations presently. With simultaneous disasters such as Haiti earthquake relief, a vast ice storm knocking out power for a large swath of the country . . . are more emergency responders of a non-military nature needed? FEMA now has a Citizen’s Corps, but it is not very publicized. It covers natural disasters, terrorist attacks, crime and other hazards. Do we need a better publicized “Relief Corp” to better respond? These volunteers would be like a non-military National Guard. It would also provide a

Dancing Date for Moms & Sons Missouri City’s “Moms and Sons Western Roundup” will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Community Center, 1522 Texas Parkway. The cost is $30 per couple, and $15 for each additional son, and includes entrance to the event, dinner and entertainment. To order tickets, call 281-403-8637 or purchase them in person at the Community Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

venue to offer service to our country of a non-military nature where people of all ages and of varying physical stamina could be organized, trained, as well as deployed to help. There are many opportunities to serve, but with our disasters involving so many kinds of need, do we need something way beyond the American Red Cross to respond? We can’t move a Navy ship into the heartlands to supply meals, power or house responders. The National Guard is increasingly a military unit— just watch the advertisements in the movie theatres. Has this left a vacuum that could provide a new venue to serve our country? Would you consider service in something like this where you train once a month and are on call for deployment? As a footnote, prevention for power outage is a newer way of thinking. The trees we love can play havoc with power from wind and ice storms. If you haven’t seen the “Power-Friendly” trees demonstration in Ridgeview Park by Missouri City and CenterPoint Energy, take a look. It’s beautifully marked and explained with a variety of “power-friendly” trees for you to see what they look like. With it being time for planting trees, it’s important to plan how those trees impact power lines, driveways and sidewalks. Contact Missouri City Forester Paul Wierzbicki for more information or visit CenterPoint’s website at www.centerpointenergy.com/trees. Thank you for your letters, comments and questions. Write me at open.space@ earthlink.net.

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Community Calendar Fort Bend Tea Party on Feb. 5 The Fort Bend County Tea Party is hosting an evening of speakers on Friday, Feb. 5 from 8-9:30 p.m. at the First Colony Community Center 3232 Austin Pkwy, Sugar Land. Tea Party President James Ives stated “It is vital that the American People stand together to regain control of their future. To this end we invite like minded citizens to join us and get involved.” Area residents are encouraged to come and learn how to enter and affect the political system, and hear how the Tea Party Movement is expanding. Refreshments, party merchandise, silent auction, and a raffle will be available. www.fortbendcountyteaparty.com to RSVP by 1/28/10 seating is limited.

History of Sugar Land The Women’s Association of Sugar Creek Country Club will hold its first luncheon of the new year on Feb. 5 beginning at 11 a.m. in the club’s ballroom. The featured speaker will be Bruce Goodsill, who will offer his knowledge and expertise on the history of Sugar Land, Texas. Goodsill’s presentation of Sugar Land history is based on an engaging narrative on his research and personal experiences and supported with historic photographs. The focus of the presentation is Sugar Land’s company town era but also includes a brief history of the area from the 1820s. Reservations are necessary for members and guests. Call 281-494-5065 or e mail consy@windstream.net.

Kite festival reset for Feb. 6 The City of Sugar Land has rescheduled its Cultural Kite Festival to Saturday, Feb. 6 due to forecasted rainy weather conditions on the original date. Festival times will be -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- and all activities will still be held at Sugar Land Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd. The festival will feature fine cultural food and entertainment from various countries. There will be kite flying competitions and lessons for those that have never flown a kite. Local kite clubs will provide parachute bowl racing for kids and a display of kites of all shapes and sizes for families to view. Walk-around entertainment and kite decorating workshops also will be available.

American Association of University Women Dr. Carolyn Sumners, Vice President, Astronomy and Physics, in Houston Museum of Natural Science will be the guest speaker at Fort Bend American Association of University Women monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The topic, “Houston Museum of Natural Science/ Sugar Land, its purpose and its contribution to Fort Bend County.” Dr. Sumners is also an adjunct professor in physics and astronomy at Rice University, has written a series of text books and she is the curator of astronomy for Houston Museum of Natural Science. The meeting will be held at Sugar Land Community Center, (across from Sugar Land Post Office), at 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land, 77478. The public is invited to this very interesting and informative program. For reservations or information about membership and upcoming events please call 281-980-1705 or visit fortbendaauw.org.

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Free seminars Come and meet Drs. Ponce de Leon, Kulvinder Bajwa, and Sheilendra Mehta on the third Wednesday of every month starting at 6:30 p.m. at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, located in Conference Room A&D in the Main Pavilion. The doctors will present the latest information on LapBand surgery and answer your questions. Seating is limited. Call 281-274-7500 to reserve your seat. Seminar Dates: Feb. 17, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20. Neck Pain Drs. Jeffrey B. Wood and Anthony J. Muffoletto, orthopedic spine surgeons with Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas, will be leading cervical/neck pain seminars on Tuesday, Feb. 9, and Tuesday, Feb. 23. The one-hour presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Conference Room A&D. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. Call 281-274-7500 to register.

Free SAT practice Representatives from the Princeton Review will conduct a free practice SAT test at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Missouri City Branch Library, on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, which is located at 1530 Texas Parkway. A follow-up strategy session will take place on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m to 12 noon, in the library’s Meeting Room. Students will take the practice test during session one, and will review their scores and learn strategy tips to increase their future scores at the second session. The sessions are free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib. tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “Missouri City Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling 281-4994100, or by visiting the library.

Nithya Yoga Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sugar Land Branch Library presents a special, introductory program on Nithya Yoga on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 550 Eldridge. Ma Daivi Nithya, a certified Nithya Yoga instructor from the Houston chapter of the Life Bliss Foundation, will present a basic introduction and demonstration of this ancient form of yoga. Anyone interested in learning more about meditating, reducing stress and improving self-awareness through the practice of yoga is encouraged to attend. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 281277-8934 or 281-341-2677.

National Alliance on Mental Illness The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Fort Bend, will conduct a free Family to Family Course on Monday, March 1, for family members of close relatives with major depression, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. This series of 12-weekly classes is structured to help family members understand and support their ill relative while maintaining their own well being. The course is taught by a team of trained volunteer family members who know what it’s like to have a loved one with a serious mental illness in the family. For registration call 281494-5193. The classes will be at First United Methodist Church 3900 Lexington Boulevard, Missouri City, from 6:30 - 9 p.m.

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Fitness Boot Camp If getting in better shape is among your new year’s resolutions, then sign up for the four-week Memorial Hermann Wellness Boot Camp to be held from Monday, Feb. 8 through Friday, March 5 at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. This results-driven conditioning program takes place in an indoor/outdoor environment, utilizing a military-style format and the most progressive, innovative and creative fitness exercises. Nationally-certified fitness instructors from the Memorial Hermann Wellness Center lead the workouts at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, 17500 W. Grand Pkwy. Participants may select from one of two workout times: 5-5:50 a.m. or 5:30-6:20 p.m. The Boot Camp comes with a money-back guarantee. Try the first session and if you are not satisfied, you will receive a full refund. For more information, contact Steven Ramirez at 281-725-5296.

Boogie 2010 Sponsors, steering committee members and volunteers are needed for the 19th annual ELVIS – a 75th Birthday Bash fundraiser benefiting the Fort Bend Women’s Center. There is still time to register as a sponsor and steering committee member. Sponsor party is Thursday, Feb 25, 6:30 p.m. at Perry’s Steakhouse. Sponsorships range from $750 to $10,000. Individual tickets are $75. Silent auction items are still needed. For reservations and information, call 281-344-5757 or boogie@ fortbendwomenscenter.org or log on to www.fortbendwomenscenter.org. Proceeds benefit survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children.

Pianist Eugenio DeRosa The Friends of the Arts committee, First United Methodist Church, Missouri City, presents in concert, pianist, Eugenio DeRosa. DeRosa has given recitals in Europe, the United States, Central and South America, and Japan. He has recorded for the RAI Italian Television and the National Radio Companies of France, Spain and Japan. The concert will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, the First United Methodist Church, 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City beginning at 4 p.m. It is free to the public but love donations will be accepted. For further details, call 281-499-3502 or e mail: FriendsoftheArts@comcast.net. FORT BEND COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT FY 2010 CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PLAN NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING To build and strengthen new partnerships with State and local governments and the private sector, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires a single consolidated submission for the planning and application aspects of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Programs. Fort Bend County is in the process of developing its FY 2010 Consolidated Annual Plan. A public meeting will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2010, 6:00 p.m., at the Fort Bend County Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, Texas to receive comments from the public regarding the housing and community development needs of lowand moderate-income persons such as homeless individuals and families; persons with special needs (the elderly, frail elderly, severely mentally ill, developmentally disabled, physically disabled, persons with alcohol/ other drug addictions, and persons with HIV/AIDS); the housing needs

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on December 18th, 2010 by the 240TH DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #08-DCV-168598 in favor of the Plaintiff - QUAIL BRIDGE COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, for the sum of $2,462.01++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the JANUARY 21ST, 2010 and will offer for sale on the 2nd day of MARCH 2010 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., and all rights, title, interests and claims which the said Defendant(s) - SARAH HERRERA ZELAYA AND MELISSA ZELAYA had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT ELEVEN (11), IN BLOCK FOUR (4), OF QUAIL BRIDGE, SECTION TWO (2),BEING REPLAT OF REIDGEMENOT , SECTION FIVE (5), A SUB-DIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 25, PAGE 15, OF THE FORT BEND COUNTY MAP RECORDS (“PROPERTY”) ALSO KNOWN AS 5404 RIDGE WIND LANE, HOUSTON, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, 77053. Terms: Cash, Sale to held at or about 11 a.m. At the steps of the Fort Bend County courthouse RUBEN DAVIS, CONSTABLE, Precinct 2 Fort Bend County , Texas By Gary Majors #73 CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on December 18th, 2010 by the 268TH DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #07-DCV-159747 in favor of the Plaintiff - QUAIL BRIDGE COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, for the sum of $6,550.00++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on JANUARY 25TH, 2010 and will offer for sale on the 2nd day of MARCH 2010 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., and all rights, title, interests and claims which the said Defendant(s) - JUANITA ALEXANDER AND BRENDS ALEXANDER had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT SEVENTEEN (17), IN BLOCK FOUR (4), OF BENCHMARK, SECTION ONE (1), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 28, PAGE 22 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (THE “PROPERTY”) ALSO KNOWN AS 5763 SANTA CHRISTI DRIVE, HOUSTON, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Terms: Cash, Sale to held at or about 11 a.m. At the steps of the Fort Bend County courthouse RUBEN DAVIS, CONSTABLE, Precinct 2 Fort Bend County , Texas By Gary Majors #73 LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR SEALED COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS Sealed Competitive Proposals will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 for the following until THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2010 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All proposals will then be opened in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 and the names of the proposers made public. Proposals received after the specified time will be returned unopened. RFP 10-046 – AMBASSADORS AND BUS STOP MONITORS FOR TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT A pre-RFP conference will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 11:00 AM in the Purchasing Department located in the Rosenberg Annex at 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, Texas. Attendance is not mandatory, but all vendors are encouraged to attend. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas of renters and owners; community needs such as anti-crime, economic development, infrastructure, planning and administration, public facilities, public services, senior programs, youth programs; and other nonhousing community development needs. The public is encouraged to attend and to submit comments to Marilynn Kindell, Community Development Director, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, Texas 77471. Comments will be incorporated into the draft FY 2010 Consolidated Annual Plan, as appropriate. Persons with vision or hearing impairments or other individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids and services may contact the department at (281) 341-4410 regarding reasonable accommodations for the meeting. The Fort Bend County CDBG, HOME, and ESG Programs Request For Proposals (RFPs) will be available on Monday, February 8, 2010. An information session for applicants will be held on Monday, February 22, 2010, 10:00 a.m., at the George Memorial Library, first floor meeting room, 1001 Golfview Drive, Richmond, Texas. Questions from applicants will be answered at this meeting. Proposals must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 12, 2010. For more information, please call Carol Borrego at (281) 3414410.

Legal Notices PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 for Plantation Crossing Subdivision Partial Replat No. 1 of Unrestricted Reserve “B”, Pct. 4. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact Katherine Mitton with J. A. Costanza & Associates at 281-930-9339 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

LEGAL NOTICE REQUESTS FOR STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATIONS Sealed Qualification Statements will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg TX 77471 for the following until THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010 AT 1:30 P.M. (CST). Q10-050 – DESIGN/BUILD OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT EXPANSION Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all qualification statements received. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the revised traffic control plan for Oleta Lane within Sweet City Acres, Pct. 4. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter.

LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 for the following until THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened BID 10-052 – HERBICIDE TRUCK Lump sum pricing is required; payment will be by check after products/ services are rendered. No bonds required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 for Long Meadow Farms Commercial Reserve Sect. 2 Partial Replat No. 1, Pct. 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact Jorge DeLaRosa with Costello Inc. at 713-783-7788 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 for CVS Grand Mission Replat No. 1, Pct. 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact Kirk Rasch with Cotton Surveying Company at 713-981-0275 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Sunrise Meadow, Section 4, Pct. 1. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR SEALED COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS Sealed Competitive Proposals will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 for the following until THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All proposals will then be opened in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 and the names of the proposers made public. Proposals received after the specified time will be returned unopened. RFP 10-051 – CRITICAL INCIDENT COMMAND CENTER FOR SHERIFFS OFFICE Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 for the following until THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened. BID 10-045 TEAL BEND BOULEVARD PAVING IMPROVEMENTS A pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 10:00 AM in the Purchasing Department located at 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, Texas. Attendance is not mandatory, but all vendors are encouraged to attend. Plans and specifications for general contractors will be distributed in CD/ DVD format only and are available at the Purchasing Department. Subcontractors may view at the following plan rooms: Amtek Information Services, Associated General Contractors, McGraw Hill Construction Dodge or AGC of Texas Highway Heavy Utilities and Industrial Branch. Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check after products/services are rendered. Bid, payment and performance bonds are required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 for the following until THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened. BID 10-047 CONSTRUCTION OF HIKE AND BIKE TRAILS IN BUFFALO BAYOU PARKS AND TRAIL SYSTEM A pre-bid conference will be conducted on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 10:00AM (CST). The pre-bid conference will be held at the Fort Bend County Cinco Ranch Library located at 2620 Commercial Center Boulevard, Katy Texas 77494. Attendance is not mandatory, but all vendors are encouraged to attend. Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check after products/services are rendered. Bid, payment and performance bonds are required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION FORT BEND COUNTY The County Purchasing Agent of Fort Bend County will conduct a PUBLIC AUCTION for SURPLUS AND SALVAGE PROPERTY on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2010 AT 10:00 AM. The auction will be held at the Fort Bend County Needville Purchasing satellite office located at 9110 Long Street, Needville, Texas. Items to be sold: 32-Ford Crown Victoria’s (2000-2008), 3-Ford cab and chassis (1989-2003), 2-Cherokee Jeeps (1997-2001), 1-Dodge Dakota (2001), 1-Dodge Ram (2000), 3-Ford 150 (1992-1997), 1-Saturn (1999), 1-Expedition (2004), 3-Ford Taurus (2001-2002), 1-Chevrolet Impala (2000), 3-15’ shredders, 1-Ingersol Steel Wheel Roller and 1-Ford New Holland 7740 Tractor. Registration and viewing of all items will begin Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 8:00 AM. The auction will begin at 10:00 AM. All items must be removed from auction site by 4:00 PM on auction day. All sales are final. All purchases must be paid in full on the day of sale by credit card (Master Card and Visa only), cash, personal check with a bank letter of guarantee, cashier’s check with a bank letter of guarantee, or company check with a bank letter of guarantee. Absolutely no checks accepted without a bank letter of guarantee. Fort Bend County reserves the right to add or delete items from the auction. Items offered for sale are sold as is where is and without warranty. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Texas

LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 for the following until THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2010 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened. BID 10-043: IMPROVEMENTS TO KATY FLEWELLEN ROAD FROM KATY GASTON ROAD TO PIN OAK ROAD A pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 10:00 AM in the Purchasing Department located at 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, Texas. Attendance is not mandatory, but all vendors are encouraged to attend. Plans and specifications for general contractors will be distributed in CD format only and are available at the Purchasing Department. Subcontractors may view at the following plan rooms: Amtek Information Services, Associated General Contractors, McGraw Hill Construction Dodge or AGC of Texas Highway Heavy Utilities and Industrial Branch. Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check after products/services are rendered. Bid, payment and performance bonds are required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas


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Film Review: Edge of Darkness This is a good reason not to get too involved with the private lives of movie stars. Mel Gibson has taken his fair share of hits lately (5+ years) for being an overbearing, insensitive, drunk. He has not done a movie in over eight years (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Signsâ&#x20AC;?) and his offscreen bio probably contributed to his hiatus. But Mel can act and evidently the public has forgiven or forgotten because my theatre had a large crowd. Maybe Tiger just needs a little time and some rehab and he can make a comeback. What about Little Johnny Leno and Coco Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien? Mel Gibson (age 54) plays Boston PD Detective Tommy Craven whose daughter Emma is murdered in the first five minutes of the movie. Props to Director Martin Campbell for grabbing the audienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention in those first few minutes of the story and setting the mood for the rest of the movie. This is not a great film, but it has a great beginning and end. Emma Craven (Bojana Novakovic) worked for the mysterious Northmoor Company

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ally go badly for the bad guys. But who are the bad guys and what have they done and who and why are they trying to kill people? Lots of people. The script by William Monahan and Andrew Bovell is well written with just the right blend of action and suspense except in the middle. Luckily for Director Campbell, this is not his first rodeo with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Edge of Darknessâ&#x20AC;? as he was the director of a six-episode TV series by the same name and similar plot in the mid 80â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Campbell must have learned something over the last twenty something years because the direction and editing are key to the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s measured success.

The acting was acceptable as a general proposition but Ray Winstone, the Britishborn actor, who plays the conflicted and mystifying Jedburgh was the big winner. Those of you who fancy yourself a â&#x20AC;&#x153;solver of movie mysteriesâ&#x20AC;? will enjoy connecting the dots and guessing the next plot revelation before your date has had a chance to lean over and whisper in your ear â&#x20AC;&#x153;heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bad guy.â&#x20AC;? My audience liked this movie and laughed and became silent in all the right places and much to my surprise broke into approving applause and audible outbursts more than once. I marvel at an audience that gets so worked up about a movie that individuals feel compelled to let the rest of us know how they feel about what just happened on the screen. Marvel is not the right word; I admire their enthusiasm. Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n Roll. Grade 88. Larry H. email sugarlaw@ larryharrison.com

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Laura Ingraham came to dinner Having always wondered what the Lincoln – Reagan Dinners were like, I went on Jan. 29 to the event hosted by the Fort Bend County Republican party. It was a grand affair, a party fundraiser, emceed by Rick Miller, FBCGOP chairman. Safari Texas Ranch was all done up as we say here in Texas (decorated) with red, white, and blue bunting, flags, and Lincoln – Reagan silhouettes. Debbie Fancher, one of the classiest singers, lifted her beautiful patriotic voice with God Bless America. The colorful Sons of the American Revolution solemnly paraded the colors. Commissioner Andy Meyers gave the invocation. We had the pledges of Allegiance to the U.S. and Texas Flags and a stirring National Anthem by Mike Council,

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741 Dulles Avenue, Suite D Stafford, TX 77477 www.hartfordservices.com (281) 261-3333 Mitch Rahim, President

925 Eldridge Sugar Land, TX 77478 (281) 242-4020 Ms. Ramona Ohl, Owner

Satellite TV

Insurance

Dish Network/Direct TV A-One International 9220 Hwy 6 South, Suite D Houston, Texas 77083 281-493-1888

Lake Olympia Animal Hospital 3603 Glenn Lakes Lane, B2 Missouri City, TX 77459-4719 www.lakeolympiaanimal.com (281) 499-7242

Man’s Best Friend

203 Century Sq. Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.sheaessence.com (281) 242-2878

7260 Highway 6, Suite 100 Missouri City, TX 77459 www.mansbestfriend.com (281) 499-0700

Dr. Shel Wellness and Medical Spa

Attorney

Minuti Coffee 1535 Hwy. 6, Suite A Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.minuticoffee.com (281) 265-3344 Ardavan Motamedi, CEO

Foot Specialist

Shea Essence Day Spa

2627 Cordes Drive Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.lexingtonpethospital.com (281) 980-3737

Texans Insurance & Financial Group, 101 Southwestern Blvd., Suite 230 Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.swinsure.com (281) 277-7800 Basil Housewright, President

1437 Highway 6, Suite 100 Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.drshel.com (281) 313-7435 Dr. Shelena Lalji, Medical Director

The Woodhouse Day Spa 4855 Riverstone Drive, Suite 110 Missouri City, TX 77459 www.sugarland.woodhousespas.com (281) 208-9119

Genesis Day Spa and Salon 16255 Kensington Drive Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.spagenesis.com (281) 265-6001

Aveda Concept Salon Eben & Day Spa 15510 Lexington, Suite G Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.salonebenanddayspa.com (281)-980-5160

Accountants Sandersen & Knox LLP , Accountants 130 Industrial Blvd., Suite 130 Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.SKBTexas.com (281) 242-3232

KenWood & Associates, PC Certified Public Accountants One Sugar Creek Center Blvd. #300 Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.kenwoodpc.com (281) 243-2300

Hrbacek & Associates,P.C. 130 Industrial Blvd., Suite 110 Sugar Land, TX 77478 lawfirm@Hrbacek.com 281-240-2424

For just $10 a week you can list your business in this directory. Minimum 13 weeks commitment for $125; 26 weeks for $250 and 52 weeks for $500. Call today 281-980-6745 or email editor@ fbindependent.com

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