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Battle lines drawn Birds of Fort Bend: American Kestrel in city elections By BARBARA FULENWIDER Sugar Land, Missouri City and Meadows Place will all hold elections on May 14 so voters can decide who they want representing them on their city council. The deadline for hopefuls to file was 5 p.m. Monday. In Sugar Land two people filed to run for Single Member District 1; one person is running for the District 2 seat; three people want to represent District 3 and three others are running for the District 4 position. Don Smithers and Diana Marie Miller are running for the District 1 position. Smithers, 74, and a resident of District 1 for 35 years, is seeking re-election. He served as a councilman from 1997 to 2003 and ran again in 2009 and won. He is retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone where he worked as manager of engineering design. Miller, 55, is a Realtor who owns her own business. She has lived in Sugar Land for almost 27 years and in Distrct 1 for four years. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Houston. Bridget R. Yeung, 56, is a financial advisor who has lived in Sugar Land for almost 24 years and is running for the District 2 seat. She is currently chair of the Sugar Land Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z). She is unopposed as incumbent Don Olson is not seeking re-election. Candidates for the District 3 seat are Amy Mitchell, Jim Hoelker and Howard Paul. Mitchell, 50, is an attorney and partner at Mitchell & Duff, LLC. She has lived in District 3 for 17 years and has been a member of numerous organizations and a volunteer for community non-profit groups. Hoelker, 51, has lived in Sugar Land for 27 years and in District 3 for 13 years. He has operated his business in the city since 1987. Another hopeful for District 3 is Howard Paul, 55 and an engineering consultant with a doctorate degree in engineering. He has lived in District 3 for 21 years and is currently vice president of America P & G. Sugar Land’s District 4 hopefuls are Harish C. Jajoo, Frank Yonish and Farha Ahmed. Jajoo, 56, is an engineer who has lived in Sugar Land for 25 years. He says he is an “urban infrastructure professional who has managed public works for Houston for 29 years.” He is currently on Sugar Land’s P&Z commission. Frank Yonish, 51, is a banker who has lived in District 4 for almost 12 years. He has served on numerous boards and community organizations and while living in Missouri City was on that council for six years. Ahmed, 45, is an attorney who has lived in Sugar Land for 20 years and in District 4 for 10 years. She has worked as an advocate for numerous non-profit organizations and is a small business owner. She graduated from Houston Baptist University and South Texas College of Law. Missouri City will also have an election since two candidates are running for the district A and D seats. Bobby Marshall, the incumbent currently filling the District A seat on city council, has filed for re-election. He is 50 years old and a business owner. He’s lived in District A for almost 19 years. His opponent is Rodney L. Griffin, 64, who is in financial services. He has been a resident of District A for 31 years. Floyd Emery, 73, and Noel Pinnock, 37, are running for the District D seat. Emery is retired and has lived in District D for 35 years and in Texas for 40 years. Pinnock says his occupation is public servant. He has lived in Missouri City’s District D for 11 years and in Texas for 32 years. Incumbents Robin Elackatt and Don Smith are each running unopposed for re-election. Elackatt represents District C and Smith, District B. Smith is retired and has lived in District B for 31 years. Elackatt is a hospital administrator who has lived in District C for five years. In Meadows Place two incumbents and a hopeful are running for two city council seats. Incumbent Terry Henley, 68, and an application engineer, is running unopposed for Place No. 4. Henley has been on city council for 12 terms and lived in Meadows Place for almost 30 years. Incumbent Rick Staigle is running for re-election to Place No. 5 and is opposed by John Whiteman, 67. He is a general manager who has lived in Meadows Place for 31 years. Staigle, 40, and a traffic engineer, is running for his fourth term on council. He has lived in Meadows Place for 12 years. In Stafford four incumbents filed for re-election and have no opponent(s) so no election for city council will be held. The incumbents who filed are Mayor Leonard Scarcella, Council Member Felicia J. Evans-Smith and councilmen Fred Woolridge and Wen Guerra.

Nine in fray for three school board seats By SESHADRI KUMAR Nine candidates, including two incumbents, have filed for three trustee positions in Fort Bend ISD. For west side Position 1, incumbent Susan Hohnbaum, has drawn two opponents who entered the race recently. Kyle Brantley, a Telfair resident, and Wade A. Watassek of Orchard Lakes off FM 1464 have filed for Position 1. Hohnbaum, an administrative manager, lives in north Sugar Land in The Hill area. Brantley is a marketing professional and Watassek is a risk analyst. Daniel Menendez, at-large Position 4 incumbent, is seeking re-election. An engineer by profession he lives in Sienna North in Missouri City. His opponents are Bruce Albright, a sales manager, living in Plantation Bend of Sugar Land and Kevin P. Daniels, an English lecturer, a resident of Sienna Plantation, Missouri City. East side Position 5 is an open seat as the incumbent Laurie Caldwell is not seeking re-election. Jonita Reynolds, CEO of the Gulf Coast Community Services Association, who ran unsuccessfully two years ago against Caldwell, has filed for the position. She is also a Sienna Plantation resident, living in the same neighborhood as Menendez. Reynolds, wife of State Rep. Ron Reynolds, has two opponents, both from the Fresno area, on the ballot. One is Patsy Taylor, a counselor and the other is Rodrigo Carreon, an activist, who has run for several political offices. In the school board elections, there is no dearth of issues, but the recent zoning changes, the budget crisis, and staff layoff are some of the hot button issues that may play a part in the elections. In Lamar CISD, three single member seats are up for election. District 4 Incumbent Julie Thompson faces Jamie Dozier. District 5 incumbent Jack Christina is not running. Lynn Franklin, Steve Ginsburg, Dar Hakimzadeh and Robert L. “Bob” Thomas have filed for this position. Dist. 7 Incumbent Richard McCarter is seeking re-election and he is facing Gary Gates, Jr., and Rhonda Zacharias. In Stafford MSD, two at-large positions are open. Incumbent trustees Rodney Butler and Cindy Hoelscher have filed for reelection. Two others on the ballot are Auturo Jackson and A.J. Honore’ also filed. SMSD also has four bond propositions on the ballot.

American is truly right because this bird ranges from the Southern tip of Argentina to Alaska. Our most colorful falcon or small hawk, the American Kestrel eats small rodents, insects and is beautiful flying along cleared spaces hunting. You’ll often see them on high lines scouting for their next meal. And de-forestation has increased their numbers throughout North and South America. They are not true migratory birds, but many do leave in the spring to go North. Watch for the beautiful rufous and contrasting coloring on their wings. To see more pictures of this bird visit http://traction.typepad.com/birds. City of Sugar Land’s second Cultural Kite Festival, was Photo courtesy of Margaret Sloan. held on Saturday, March 12, at Sugar Land Memorial

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Park, 15300 University Boulevard. Kite flyers and spectators of all ages enjoyed the festival once again, and many flew kites for the first time. Other entertainment included walk-around characters such as Ben Franklin, who provided stories on the history of kite flying and its connection to the discovery of electricity. Cirque style performers, sponsored by the world-renowned performance group Cirque De Soleil, roamed the meadow enticing the crowd with their visual artistry and movement. A miniature kite museum showcased the diverse history of kites. For those who had never flown a kite, there were lessons conducted by SHARK Kite Club of Texas and many other professionals from local area kite retailers and organizations. Attendees had the opportunity to enter kite flying competitions and win a variety of wonderful prizes. Children were able to build, design and take home their own kites created at a kite-making workshop. —Photos by KENNETH A. ELLINGTON

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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital gets award for stroke management Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Bronze Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. “With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Bronze Performance Achievement Award addresses the important element of time,” said Amitabh Shukla, M.D., Medical Director of the Methodist Sugar Land Stroke Program. “The mortality rate for stroke in Harris and surrounding Counties is twice as high as the national average, making it even more important for Methodist Sugar Land Hospital to bring this higher standard of stroke care to Fort Bend County residents,” said Maria Socci, Manager, Stroke Program. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate. “To receive the Get With The Guidelines– Stroke Bronze Performance Achievement Award, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the

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Janet Leatherwood, left, Chief Mursing Officer, Maria Socci, Stroke Program Manager, Dr. Shukla, Medical Director of the Stroke Program, Chris Siebenaler, CEO and Diane McGraw, Director of Quality Management at the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Get With The Guidelines– Stroke program for 90 days. “These include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs, and smoking cessation,” said Socci. The 90-day evaluation period is the first in an ongoing self-evaluation by the hospital to continually reach the 85 percent compliance level needed to sustain this award. “We commend Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the national Get With the Guidelines Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.” Get With The Guidelines– Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients

who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second stroke. Through Get With The Guidelines–Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish. In addition, the Get With The Guidelines Patient Management Tool provides access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care. “The time is right for Methodist Sugar Land Hospital to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care by implementing Get With The Guidelines–Stroke. The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population,” said Janet Leatherwood, CNO at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. For a physician referral, call Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s physician referral line 281-274-7500, or visit MethodistSugarLand.com.

Meet us at the Sock Hop at the Soda Shop! (Photo taken at Another Time Soda Fountain in downtown Rosenberg). Left to Right., back row: Mark and Heather Hardee Gobert - Hardee Investment Group; Alina Gonzalez – Event Chair and Lowery Bank; Judy Turpie – PCCA; Lizzie Dragon – PCCA; Amy Mitchell – Exchange Club of Sugar Land and Mitchell and Duff LLC; Front Row: Nancy Colmenares – Event Chair and Encore Bank; Allison Wen – Safari Texas Ranch; Liz Welch – Chevron; Chris and Gary Owens – OYO Geospace. Fort Bend County Women’s Center’s 20th annual fundraiser is less than two weeks away! Join Title Sponsor, PCCA, at Boogie 2011 “Sock Hop at the Soda Shop” as they celebrate the sights and sounds of the 50’s and 60’s. Boogie will be held at the Stafford Centre on Saturday, March 26, from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Celebrations already got underway at the Sponsor and Steering Committee Party hosted by Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille and Roberts Markel PC on March 3. Sponsors and Steering Committee members were treated to a reception of delicious Perry’s hors d’oeuvres and soda shop themed cocktails. Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes will headline Boogie on March 26 and Sharron Melton, co-anchor of ABC13’s award winning morning newscast, will emcee the evening’s events. Guests will be able to participate in costume, dance and

hula hoop contests for themed prizes. The live auction features exciting getaways like a girls’ trip to New York City complete with Broadway tickets, a Colorado mountain escape and a weekend away in the beautiful Texas Hill Country; private parties with popular Fort Bend chefs Sandy McGee and Chef Rey; and a patio set with tiles painted by the children from the Women’s Center. The silent auction is filled with fabulous items ranging from signed sports memorabilia, weekend getaways and theater tickets to an assortment of themed baskets. The silent auction also includes dedicated sections of select wines and designer purses. Individual tickets to Boogie are $75 and can be bought online at www.fortbendwomenscenter.org. For information, call Annette Howe at 281-344-5757 or email boogie@fortbendwomenscenter.org.

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News Stafford adopts zoning rules for “Primary Corridor” By BARBARA FULENWIDER It has been four years since members of Stafford City Council, Stafford Planning & Zoning Commission and the city’s economic development corporation began talking about more specific zoning to attract enhanced development to the island and Murphy Road. While it may not please everyone, the rezoning of both commercial corridors is now done. Only time will tell if it leads to a new, prosperous building boom. The Primary Corridor (PC)

District is Murphy Road and District IS is the island. The newly adopted ordinance covers a lot -- what will and won’t be allowed regarding outdoor storage, fences and walls, parking lots, lighting, off-street parking and loading, outdoor sales areas and landscaping. It also provides for the amortization of properties with nonconforming site improvements in the PC District; requires the use of all weather material for the parking of commercial vehicles; requires a specific use permit for light industrial uses

adjacent to residential property in PC District, and discontinues the nonconformance of sale and display items in the island. The biggest hurdles jumped to get the ordinance written and passed were in regard to the island. They were how much conforming to the new zoning would cost current business owners now there, how long a business could remain in nonconformance and parking and landscaping on the island. The new ordinance says permitted uses now allowed for

the Primary Corridor District are mixed use, general office, medical offices, restaurants, retail, tavern, private club, indoor recreation, government facilities, light industrial, utilities and single family dwellings that existed on Jan. 1, 2009. Permitted uses on the island are upper floor dwellings in a mixed use building, singlefamily dwellings that existed on Jan. 1, 2009, and may not be expanded or enlarged, and accessory residential uses that existed on Jan. 1, 2009 and also may not be expanded or enlarged.

Sugar Land supports Fit to Fight Food Drive The City of Sugar Land has established a Fit to Fight Food Drive drop-off location at City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North, to support U.S. Marines deployed in Afghanistan and other remote areas. Citizens are asked to join City employees and contribute small, individual packets or cans of nutritional items intended to supplement combat marines’ standard daily issue of two Meals, Ready-toEat (MRE) and bottled water. Donations will be accepted through Memorial Day. Some of the food items most requested by Marines include: ● beef jerky; ● crackers (Saltine, Ritz,

peanut butter); ● tuna/chicken packets; ● sugarless gum; ● nuts, sunflower seeds; ● protein bars (GNC); ● trail mix; ● electrolyte powdered drink mix (individual size Gatorade, Emergen-C and Propel); and ● canned fruit (small pop tops). According to Houston Marine Moms: “Having a reliable, portable, safe supply of food for our troops is as valuable a weapon as the weapons they carry for protection. Some say the outcome of the U.S. Civil War was in part decided by which side could adequately

feed and supply their troops. “The North had the advantage as their soldiers on the march were provided with condensed milk and canned vegetables. However the Confederates had plenty of fresh produce, grains and meat from Southern farms, but did not have an easy way to transport these items to the battle sites once railroads were destroyed. “So what about our troops today who are deployed to Afghanistan and other dangerous, remote areas of the world where conditions are harsh and austere? “These troops are provided with two MREs (MealsReady-to-Eat) a day and

bottled water. With no running water, electricity, food markets or pharmacies, our troops often go without the things we take for granted. The energy and calories they consume in their duties exceed the protein and calories in an MRE. Aside from eating healthy it is essential that they drink an ample amount of water to stay hydrated which is especially important with the summer months approaching. An article in the Chicago Tribune stated that Marines on foot patrols in Afghanistan had lost as much as 40 pounds each on a diet of just MREs.” Read more at www.houstonmarinemoms.org.

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Diana Miller takes on the fight for city council Diana Miller, a candidate for Sugar Land City Council, District 1 has long been active in the community attending all public meetings regarding the Imperial Redevelopment Project. She has often been outspoken at public meetings making her position clear, a position that “Sugar Land should not be for sale to the highest bidder, particularly at the expense of the existing residents and our quality of life.” Miller Miller in a press release said she had established a grass roots movement immediately following a public presentation in February of this year regarding the most recent development proposal for the historic Imperial site. In addition to the minor league ball park which was approved by voters to be built in another location and later moved to this site, developers announced at the meeting they are now seeking approval of 1600 apartment units, 200 Townhomes and 80to 100 single family homes. When local newspapers failed to print the overwhelming resident objections voiced at the meeting, Diana felt compelled to file for the District 1 position. Miller has created an advocacy web site at www.StopImperialSugarMillApartments.com “Sugar Land is an award winning community because of its commitment to family friendly neighborhoods, schools within walking and biking distance to homes, and home ownership. The redevelopment of the Imperial Sugar Mill site is a crucial project to this district and the surrounding neighborhoods. As construction opportunities for developers diminish, they are increasingly seeking higher density projects, as now proposed for this site. I will work for the community to ensure this development remains true to its original presentation to the city in 2007, one that was developed in partnership with District 1 citizens. I will not accept any PAC political contributions that do not offer transparency of the contributors, particularly those funded by developers coming before city council.” “As a City Council Representative, I will vote for responsible development. I will not vote in favor of any residential development that fails to offer adequate schools within the immediate area. Our neighborhoods are in turmoil due to the school facility shortage within the City of Sugar Land. ... We need to represent the interests of our residents over and above those of developers.” Miller is the Broker and Owner of Fort Bend Homes, an independent residential real estate firm located in Sugar Land since January 2001. Prior to 2001, she served at the executive level in commercial real estate for some of Houston’s largest apartment management firms. Miller serves on the Texas Association of REALTORS® Land Use Sub Committee, is a member of the University of Houston Fort Bend Alumni, served on the UH Sugar Land Building Fund Committee and is a member of the Sugar Land Garden Club. She and her husband, Randy, were honored by UH Sugar Land in 2010 for their annual scholarship fund established in 2002, an endowed scholarship for students in education. Miller holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Houston. She and Randy have two children and one grandchild, all of whom reside in District 1.

Pinnock files for Missouri City City Council Dist. D Noel Pinnock has filed for the Missouri City, City Council District D seat. “My family and I have enjoyed calling District D home for more than a decade and have had the pleasure of working and volunteering with many of the city’s residents to enhance our community for all its members. “After praying, forming an exploratory committee and creating our campaign strategy, we have decided now is the opportune time for us to take our service to the resiPinnock dents of Missouri City to the next level and join others at the table in shaping and defining District D’s future. Missouri City, like many cities in our nation, faces many challenges such as budget shortfall and aging infrastructure. We can address these issues and others with reasoned solutions that will contribute to the strength of our great city. “Now is the time for us to work together for the city that we all believe in. District D includes much of the constituency I served in my previous role as Precinct Chair and on numerous advisory committees. “I am very excited about the changes we all are seeing in Missouri City. With commercial growth, the toll road expansion, potential Metro Rail 90A extension, drainage improvement efforts, corridor improvements, mobility enhancements, the Quail Valley Golf Course acquisition, and impending Tennis and Recreation Center build out – Missouri City is definitely moving in the right direction, and I want to ensure we do our part to bring even more amenities and services to our district in the greatest city in Fort Bend County. “I want to be your advocate and bring a fresh face with creative ideas and conservative perspectives to this seat and work tirelessly to address our district challenges and work collaboratively with you to ensure we meet our district’s top issues - Public Safety, Innovative Economic Development & Empowerment, Citizen Involvement and Kid Friendly Greenspace & Venues. “ I am committed to ensuring our younger residents have viable green space and venues to learn and play. Fort Bend is one of the fastest growing counties in the great State of Texas. Missouri City has sustained growth of 27% over the past 10 years and many of these residents have 2+ school-aged children in their households. As a former Trustee for the Girl Scouts of America and Child Advocacy group, I believe all children should have access to amenities that can keep them safe while they build upon their social and networking skills. It is my goal to work with my fellow officials to help develop a plan and bring businesses to Missouri City that can address these needs.”

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Opinion

The View from Sugar Land Development in Sugar Land By RUSSELL C. JONES Sugar Land continues to grow. Last week the contract for the construction of the new baseball stadium was signed. More opportunities for economic development are on the horizon, and some feel that the best is yet to come. Change comes at a price, and many of us are hesitant to accept it all. More development means more traffic, more people and more competition for the limited resources of the city. Still, economic growth is the driver which has made Sugar Land great over the past decade. First Colony’s impact cannot be denied. The creation of the mall and Town Center have resulted in national recognition of the city’s liveability. New companies moving to the city, new office buildings, new retail shopping and job growth are testimony to the transition of Sugar Land from being a big town a few years ago to a small city today. Just as importantly, the city’s property tax rate has remained among the lowest in Texas, even as fire, police and other municipal services have expanded. Crime is among the lowest in the nation. Of course there have been setbacks. The closing of the Imperial sugar factory permanently changed the history of the city. At one time it was believed that an ideal solution had been found to restore the area around the factory to the city’s high standards. While it would be preferable to have the project which was envisioned several years ago be implemented north of the old Imperial site, the simple truth is that the original contract developer was unable to deliver the promised results. After it bailed out, another developer was hired by the land

sia will let us do.” Two weeks ago this column discussed the absence of American leadership in its international policy. Last week, the Wall Street Journal coined a new word for Obama’s international policy: “followership.”

The Rant Continues

Jones owner. The entire development stalled for two years, and the original plan is no longer an option. No decision has been made by the City Council or the Planning and Zoning Commission regarding the current plans for the Imperial project. A number of public officials have advised the developer that the proposed number of multifamily units needs to be reduced. As it stands, the burden is on the developer to show why the project is consistent with Sugar Land’s standards for high quality development.

No longer a superpower As of this writing, it appears that Gaddafi’s forces may be regaining lost territory in their struggle to sustain the dictator’s beleaguered regime in Libya. At a time when the Libyan rebels are asking why the rest of the world is not helping them, and even as the Arab League asks for western intervention, the Obama administration announced its doctrine: “to work through multilateral organizations and bilateral relationships.” That is bureaucratese for “let’s don’t be a world leader. Let’s do what China and Rus-

An important part of the revenue of any local newspaper comes from the printing of notices on behalf of governmental entities. A number of months ago, the City of Sugar Land terminated its contract with another local newspaper. The City Council learned that it could save about $15,000 a year, half of its costs, by changing newspapers for its legal notices. The publisher of that newspaper still has not gotten over the fact that she was unable to compete in the marketplace. She has been on an unending rant against this Councilman ever since. The most recent example was contained in a private email last week. Following is the entirety of her correspondence: “So now you know what a smug jerk and kiss ass conservative Russell Jones really is. His answer to you is typical of ‘My sh-- don’t stink!’ (But yours does.) “He will soon be gone from Sugar Land because he is term limited and I say, ‘Good Riddance!’ I could also say a couple of really nasty things about him but I am a lady! lol” The content of that e-mail says more about its author than about this City Councilman. Jones is a member of the Sugar Land City Council, having been first elected in 2003. He owns a law firm and a title insurance company in Sugar Land.

Texas Straight Talk No-fly won’t fly Constitutionally By RON PAUL Last week we once again heard numerous voices calling for intervention in Libya. Most say the U.S. should establish a “no-fly” zone over Libya, pretending that it is a benign, virtually cost-free action, and the least we could do to assist those trying to oust the Gaddafi regime. Let us be clear about one thing: for the U.S. to establish a “no fly” zone over all or part of Libya would constitute an act of war against Libya. Establishing any kind of military presence in the sovereign territory of Libya will require committing troops to engage in combat against the Libyan air force, as well as anti-aircraft systems. The administration has stated that nothing is off the table as they discuss U.S. responses to the unrest. This sort of talk is alarming on so many levels. Does this mean a nuclear strike is on the table? Apparently so. In this case, I would like to make sure we actually follow the black letter of the law provided in the Constitution that explicitly grants Congress the sole authority to declare war. This week I will introduce a concurrent resolution in the House to remind my colleagues and the administration that Congress alone, not the president, decides when to go to war. It is alarming how casually the administration talks about initiating acts of war, as though Article 1 Sec-

Paul tion 8 of the Constitution does not exist. Frankly, it is not up to the President whether or not we intervene in Libya, or set up “no-fly” zones, or send troops. At least, it is not if we follow the Constitution. Even by the loose standards of the War Powers Resolution, which cedes far too much power to the president, he would have no authority to engage in hostilities because we have not been attacked – not by Gaddafi, and not by the rebels. This is not our fight. If the administration wants to make it our fight, let them make their case before Congress and put it to a vote. I would strongly oppose such a measure, but that is the proper way to proceed. Constitutional questions aside, Congress also needs to consider the interests of the American people. Again,

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Musings: Rewrite By JANICE SCANLAN What if you could rewrite something important about your life and change the script? What would it be? Would it be a circumstance in your life or would it involve a choice you’ve made? Circumstances come to us. Winning the lottery. A life threatening disease. Earthquakes and tsunamis. Choice . . . that’s another ballgame. In the new Matt Damon movie, The Adjustment Bureau, it’s an unusual twist on Faust . . . and the selling your soul theme. And it made me think about making hard choices . . . but more about making choices that produce new scripts. Open doors to the unexpected. For example, a new script involves the upcoming movie Cowboys and Aliens. Here both cowboys and indians are on their horses coming up against the aliens in spaceships and unimaginable firepower. All of a sudden, the cowboys and indians should be on the same side to survive. Would they choose to do so and ban together to fight the aliens? Could they put aside differences for survival? How does that change things? We all know about the socalled prices we pay for money, fame, or to do something

Scanlan outside the realm of what others consider possible. But a script changer? David Brooks has a new book, The Social Animal, which is about changing the script and using information beyond numbers to make decisions. It’s about building a culture based on trust and humility . . . not money, IQ or rational and individualistic definitions of success. A script changer many “normal and average people” have had for a long time. Just nobody on television noticed. Why is there, all of a sudden, an interest in changing the script? Could it be that the ones we have are so boring and predictable? Blah, blah, blah . . . blah, blah? And not working? The predictable responses to politics, social issues and

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the “scripts” we see and hear every day. The same prescriptions for enormous problems that we get from both Republicans and Democrats . . . local politicians . . . knee jerks to the script. Noise that many people have tuned out, dropped out, quit voting, quit being involved—except in the things that matter to them. Seems people still get fired up about their kids! Hey, could it be because they are dear and matter? But voter turnout is still low? Missouri City feels shunned by not being initially included in the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Meet the Candidates. The last time I attended, the room almost emptied when it became Missouri City’s turn. Maybe we’re not enough involved to even show up, much less be part of the planning? Or maybe it’s just the same old script . . . and the cowboys and indians have to continue to fight one another. Us against them. Not a fresh look of what’s next and what it would take to get there. Tell us something new and next with your pathway to get there. Yes, it’s time for a rewrite of the script. Send your new script to janicescanlan@earthlink.net and open your heart to the Japanese who now need our help.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

we have not been attacked. Whatever we may think about the Gaddafi regime, we must recognize that the current turmoil in Libya represents an attempted coup d’etat in a foreign country. Neither the coup leaders nor the regime pose an imminent threat to the United States and therefore, as much as we abhor violence and loss of life, this is simply none of our business. How can we commit our men and women in uniform to a dangerous military operation in Libya when they swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution? We must also understand that our intervention will undermine the legitimacy of whatever government prevails in Libya. Especially if it is a bad government, it will be seen as our puppet and further radicalize people in the region against us. These are terrible reasons to put our soldiers’ lives at risk. Finally we need to consider the economic cost. We don’t have the money for more military interventions overseas. We don’t have the money for our current military interventions overseas. We have to rely on the Fed’s printing presses and our ability to borrow from China to fund these wars. That alone should put an end to any discussion about getting involved in Libya’s civil war. (Ron Paul represents the 14th Congressional District in Texas.)

Quail Valley Proud President Floyd Emery and Vice President Bob Mayo present a donation check to William OCampo, Director of Sponsorships of the Missouri City Soccer Association (formerly Q. V. Soccer Club), which will give a one year entry fee scholarship to a player of the Association’s choice. Also pictured are two players Jorge Cruz and Franklin Flores.

Sales tax collections in Sugar Land are experiencing an upward trend despite a one-month anomaly created by an auditing adjustment. A state audit adjustment of more than $545,200 resulted in a sharp one month decline of Sugar Land sales tax receipts for the month of March. Collections during March reflect taxes actually collected during January. The adjustment was made to reflect refunds resulting from two Sugar Land businesses that paid too much in sales taxes between February 2006 and April 2008 according to the Texas Comptroller’s Office. Without the adjustment, March 2011 collections are above March 2010 collections by 9.5 percent.

Letter School rezoning needs a fresh look To the Editor: I applaud the suggestion that FBISD resolve its rezoning issues by working through a citizen/FBISD Staff committee. The past few months of enduring still another rezoning has been a public relations disaster for Fort Bend County government, embarrassing for the Board of Trustees (BOT), and disappointing for many residents and parents. We should take a look at what caused the uproar over the rezoning and make absolutely sure that it doesn’t repeat itself. First, the BOT has to decide on a plan of action for rezoning and abide by it. The constant turmoil over not following guidelines and dysfunctional town hall meetings clearly shows that the BOT is not communicating its function, purposes, and plans well to residents. Residents want to know why the Board has not fairly represented them. Over a hundred protestors flooded the streets in one

neighborhood on two separate occasions and they still weren’t successful in convincing the majority of BOT Members that the rezoning was unfair. The BOT should be an example of representative government but it isn’t. Residents will soon lose faith if the BOT continues to take a stance that is in blatant disregard of public opinion. Second, communication and transparency are key to the public being content with the BOT. For instance, if FBISD simply doesn’t have the money to pay for more school construction, tell us outright and what the specific accommodations are that FBISD and residents will have to make. A district wide rezoning needs to take place and I personally hope the citizen/ FBISD staff committee and BOT implements that rezoning as soon as possible. Third, the BOT clearly lacks a common direction and purpose. Part of this seems to be a lack of understanding

about Board rules and the other part appears to be a simple disregard for each other. I don’t think that the Texas Open Meetings Act was meant to discourage BOT Members from talking to each other, allow for consensus building and iron out their differences, especially in Executive Session. This past (marathon) Board Meeting appeared to be a “free for all” in which Board Members presented plans which had never been discussed before. We elected the BOT to represent the residents of Fort Bend County, not a kindergarten class. Needless to say, personal dislikes need to be set aside and civility and decorum need to be stressed. I personally look forward to the fresh approaches and viewpoints that this coming election will bring to the BOT. Howard Moline Missouri City


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Ted Poe to speak at Spirit of Freedom Republican Women PAC meeting Spirit of Freedom Republican Women PAC meets on the third Friday of the month at Sugar Creek Baptist Church Chapel,13213 SW Freeway, Sugar Land. U.S. Rep. Ted Poe will speak at their next meeting Friday, March 18. Candidate for Sugar Land City Council Frank Yonish will be sponsoring this meeting. Meet and greet at 11 a.m, and the meeting begins at 11:30. A light lunch is available but you must RSVP. Poe is in his fourth term representing the second Congressional District of Texas in the United States House of Representatives. He has taken

leadership roles in Washington, DC fighting for border security, advocating on behalf of victims and children and establishing a plan for U.S. energy independence. At its April 15th meeting, Spirit of Freedom will hold a candidate forum for positions from Missouri City City Council, Sugar Land City Council and Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees. They will close out their spring session on May 20 with DPS Officer Jeff Davis who will speak about his time working at the border and U.S. Rep. Pete Olson who will give a Congressional update.

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 22ND day of DECEMBER, 2010,County Civil Court-At-Law No.1 of Harris County, Texas in cause 963854701in favor of the plaintiff—-WHOLESALE ELECTRIC SUPPLY COMPANY ETC,, Plaintiff, for the sum of $70,000.00++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 7TH Day of MARCH, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) RIDDLE POWER, LLC, ELIZABETH RIDDLE, INDIVIDUALLY AND RODNEY RIDDLE, INDIVIDUALLY had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of APRIL, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas;

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 22ND day of DECEMBER, 2010,County Civil Court-At-Law No.1 of Harris County, Texas in cause 963854701in favor of the plaintiff—-WHOLESALE ELECTRIC SUPPLY COMPANY ETC,, Plaintiff, for the sum of $70,000.00++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 7TH Day of MARCH, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) RIDDLE POWER, LLC, ELIZABETH RIDDLE, INDIVIDUALLY AND RODNEY RIDDLE, INDIVIDUALLY had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of APRIL, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas;

LEGAL DESCRIPTION: MARBILL ESTATES, LOT 26 & (S.50’) OF LOT 27 CROSS REFERENCE: 4750-00000-2600-907 ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $55,830.00

LEGAL DESCRIPTION: MARBILL ESTATES, LOT 28 CROSS REFERENCE: 4750-00-000-2800-907

Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10 AM.

Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10 AM.

ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317

ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 24TH day of FEBRUARY, 2011 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 09-DCV-170183 in favor of the Plaintiff WATERSIDE ESTATES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $5,675.23 ++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the3RD day of MARCH, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) LISA BRADLEY, DERON BRADLEY AND JAY RODRIGUEZ had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of APRIL, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT SIXTY FIVE (65), BLOCK TWO (2) OF WATERSIDE VILLAGE, SECTION ONE (1), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 2098/A OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNT, TEXAS MORE COMMOMLY DESCRIBED 4926 TAYLOR LAKE COURT, RICHMOND, TEXAS 77407. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $77,530.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10 AM. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317 NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 24TH day of FEBRUARY, 2011 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 09DCV-175161 in favor of the Plaintiff WATERSIDE ESTATES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $15,987.86++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 11TH Day of FEBRUARY, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) A. KIRK WILLIAMS, ET AL had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of APRIL, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; LEGAL DESCRIPTION: GEO: 75502300512409071 CPC: R114348I ALL THAT CERTAIN TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND CONTAINING 9323 SQUARE FEET OF LAND BEING A PORTION OF LOT 124, BLOCK 5 OF SUGAR CREEK, SECTION 23, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 17, PAGE 13 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ACCOUNT NO. 7550230051240907 ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $574,370.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10 AM. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317

MARKET VALUE:$19,400.00

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 1ST day of MARCH, 2011 by the COUNTY CIVIL COURT AT LAW NUMBER THREE (3) Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 06-CCV-029275 MISSION BEND CIVIC IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, for the sum of $9,423.00++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 3rd Day of MARCH, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) OLUJIMI VAUGHN AND MUJIDAT VAUGHN had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of APRIL, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 25, IN BLOCK 11, OF MISSION BEND SOUTH SECTION 1, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 19, PAGE 12 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $100,940.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10 AM. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317 NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 24TH day of JANUARY, 2011, by the 240TH DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause #09-DCV-171080 in favor of the plaintiff—GRAND LAKES MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT #1,, Plaintiff, for the sum of $28,970.91++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 10TH Day of FEBRUARY, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) MARTHA L. SAENZ AKA MARTHA ANDRADE, ET AL had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of APRIL, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; LEGAL DESCRIPTION: CPC: 35310400202509141 LOT 25, IN BLOCK 2, OF GRAND LAKES, PHASE THREE, SECTION 4, IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED IN AN INSTRUMENT FILED IN THE REAL PROPERTY RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS UNDER CLERK’S FILE NUMBER 2003135491 ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $236,160.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10 AM. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317

Quail Valley Quails Quail Valley Quails is celebrating 40 years of friendship on April 7 at 10 a.m. at the Quail Valley Grill for a social hour followed by a Style Show presenting the latest in spring fashion by Coldwater Creek. The next meeting will be in September, 2011. Quail Valley Quails is a social organization for women who were former members of the Quails&/ or presently residing in Quail Valley. For luncheon reservations contact Terry Colley via phone or email: 281-438-6234; t.colley@sbcglobal.net. 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, MARCH 31, 2011 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 11-055 – ROOF REPLACEMENT PROJECT #2: ROSENBERG ANNEX AND SUGAR LAND ANNEX A Pre-RFP conference with site visits will be conducted on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 10:00 AM (CST). The preRFP conference will be held at the Fort Bend County Purchasing Department located in the Rosenberg Annex at 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, Texas 77471. Site visits for both locations will commence upon the conclusion of the pre-RFP meeting. All vendors are encouraged to attend. No additional site visits will be permitted. Lump sum pricing is required; payment will be by check after products/services are rendered. Bonds are required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 27TH day of JANUARY, 2011, by the 268TH DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause #06-DCV-153848 in favor of the plaintiff— FORT BEND COUNTY, ET AL Plaintiff, for the sum of $8,154.24++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 11th Day of FEBRUARY, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) RICHARD THOMAS, JR; ET AL had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of APRIL, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; LEGAL DESCRIPTION: GEO: 2175010241150907 / 1939010700056/ CPC: R57690 I/ LOT 115 IN BLOCK 24 OF BRIAR VILLA, SECTION 1, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NUMBER 5711 A OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $82,140.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10 AM. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317

CREDIT

REPAIR. The

University of Houston Fort Bend County Small Business Development Center will host a FREE workshop, “Credit Repair” in Rosenberg, Texas on Wednesday, March 23, 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the UH Fort Bend County SBDC, 117 Lane Drive, Suite 31, Rosenberg. Learn from a lenders perspective what credit scoring is all about. Individual counseling will be offered for pre-registered participants. Visit www.fortbend.sbdcnetwork. net to register. Call 281-499-9787. NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 22ND day of DECEMBER, 2010,County Civil Court-At-Law No.1 of Harris County, Texas in cause 963854701in favor of the plaintiff—-WHOLESALE ELECTRIC SUPPLY COMPANY ETC,, Plaintiff, for the sum of $70,000.00++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 7TH Day of MARCH, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) RIDDLE POWER, LLC, ELIZABETH RIDDLE, INDIVIDUALLY AND RODNEY RIDDLE, INDIVIDUALLY had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of APRIL, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; LEGAL DESCRIPTION: MARBILL ESTATES, LOT 27 (N 50’) CROSS REFERENCE: 4750-00-000-2700-907 MARKET VALUE:$7,500.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10 AM. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317 NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 24th day of JANUARY, 2011 by the 268TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 09-DCV-172986 in favor of the Plaintiff FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT Plaintiff, for the sum of$11,091.79 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 10TH day of FEBRUARY, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) ERIC ROBERTO GARCIA had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of APRIL, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; LEGAL DESCRIPTION: GEO: 3300000114800907 I CPC: R65564 I BEING TRACT FORTY-EIGHT (48), IN BLOCK ELEVEN (11) OF FRESNO GARDENS ACCORDING TO THE OFFICIAL PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN VOLUME 297, PAGE 350, DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $14,850.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10:00 AM. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 24th day of FEBRUARY, 2011 by the 268TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause #06-DCV-153104 in favor of the Plaintiff FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT Plaintiff, for the sum of $24,254.40 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 10TH day of FEBRUARY, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) ANNA LEE CANGELOSI, ET AL had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of APRIL, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; LEGAL DESCRIPTION: GEO: 0064000001306907 CPC: R36590 A TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND LOCATED IN THE WILLIAM NEAL SURVEY, ABSTRACT 64, IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; BEING PART OF A LARGER TRACT DESCRIBED BY METES AND BOUNDS IN A DEED FROM ETHELLA C. GUICE TO JOHN CANGELOSI DATED MAY 27, 1969 AND RECORDED IN VOLUME 515, PAGE 441 OF THE DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; SPECIFICALLY, BEING THE REST AND RESIDE OF THE LARGER TRACT AFTER CONVEYANCES OF THE FOLLOWING PORTIONS THEREOF: A) A TRACT CONTAINING 1.89 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, DESCRIBED BY METES AND BOUNDS IN A DEED DATED FROM EMMA LEWIS TO BRAZOS VALLEY IRRIGATION COMPANY DATED MARCH 8,1937 AND RECORDED IN VOLUME 746, PAGE 760 OF THE DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; B) A TRACT CONTAINING 0.43 ACRE,; MORE OR LESS, DESCRIBED BY METES AND BOUNDS IN A DEED FROM MILLIE JOHNSON TO BRAZOS VALLEY IRRIGATION COMPANY DATED MARCH 8, 1937 AND RECORDED IN VOLUME 746, PAGE 762 OF THE DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS.; C) A TRACT CONTAINING 13.353 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, DESCRIBED BY METES AND BOUNDS IN A CORRECTION DEED FROM JOHN C. CANGELOSI AND WIFE TO NATIONAL COUPLING COMPANY, INC. DATED OCTOBER 20,1970 AND RECORDED IN VOLUME 535, PAGE 796 OF THE DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; D) A TRACT CONTAINING 1.0603 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, DESCRIBED BY METES AND BOUNDS IN A DEED FROM JOHN C. CANGELOSI AND WIFE TO P & P CONSTRUCTION CO. DATED JUNE 18, 1979 AND RECORDED IN VOLUME 1406, PAGE 315 OF THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; E) A TRACT CONTAINING 3.5105 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, DESCRIBED BY METES AND BOUNDS IN A DEED FROM JOHN C. CANGELOSI AND WIFE TO RAYMOND M. CORTEZ ET AL DATED APRIL 22, 1983 AND RECORDED IN VOLUME 1211, PAGE 522 OF THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; F) A TRACT CONTAINING 1.0161 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, DESCRIBED BY METES AND BOUNDS AS TRACT 3 IN A DEED FROM JOHN C. CANGELOSI AND WIFE TO JULIAN RINCONES AND WIFE DATED OCTOBER 19, 1983 AND RECORDED IN VOLUME 2254, PAGE 1189 OF THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; AND A TRACT CONTAINING 0.9791 ACRE, MORE OR LESS, DESCRIBED BY METES AND BOUNDS AS TRACT 4IN A DEED FROM JOHN C. CANGELOSI AND WIFE JULIAN RINCONES AND WIFE DATED OCTOBER 19, 1983 AND RECORDED IN VOLUME 2254, PAGE 1189 OF THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10:00 AM. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317

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, MARCH 31, 2011 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 11-052 – CONSTRUCTION OF OLD RICHMOND ROAD FROM VOSS TO WEST AIRPORT A pre-bid conference will be conducted on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 9:00 AM (CST). The pre-bid conference will be held at the Fort Bend County Purchasing Department located in the Rosenberg Annex at 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg Texas 77471. All bidders are encouraged to attend. Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check after products/services are rendered. 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

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Silver Ranch, Section 3, Precinct 3. 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 PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. on request for vacation of plat titled Aliana Binion Lane Cloudy Mills Road to West Airport STD located in Precinct 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. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 10th day of FEBRUARY, 2011 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause #10DCV-179948 in favor of the Plaintiff FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT Plaintiff, for the sum of $7,851.70+++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 23RD day of FEBRUARY, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) BRIARGATE TOWNHOUSE HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of APRIL, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; LEGAL DESCRIPTION: TRACT 1: GEO: 95500101168599071 CPC: R21158 UNIT 6859, BLDG. “11” OUT OF RESERVE “A” OF WILLOW PARK, SECTION ONE, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 11, PAGE 5 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $27,150.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10 AM. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 28TH day of JANUARY, 2011 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 09-DCV-172633 in favor of the Plaintiff HUNTINGTON VILLAGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of$1,991.00 ++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 17TH day of FEBRUARY, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) DEYSI MENDOZA had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of APRIL, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 19, BLOCK 40, OF HUNTINGTON VILLAGE, SECTION 4, A SUBDIVISION OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED AT VOLUME 208, PAGE 24 IN THE MAP OR PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $101,490.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final.

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 10th day of FEBRUARY, 2011 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause #06-DCV-150914 in favor of the Plaintiff FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT Plaintiff, for the sum of $4,743.72+++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 23RD day of FEBRUARY, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) RENE D. CANTU, ET AL had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of APRIL, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; LEGAL DESCRIPTION: TRACT 1: GEO: 3350000030500907\ CPC: R259990 LOT 5 IN BLOCK C OF FRESNO GARDENS DELUXE, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 324, PAGE 4460F THE DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $51,010.00

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 24TH day of JANUARY, 2011 by the 268TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 09-DCV-175560 in favor of the Plaintiff FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, ET AL Plaintiff, for the sum of $5,415.05 -H++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 10TH day of FEBRUARY, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) EDUARDO NAVARRO AKA EDDIE NAVARRO, ET AL had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of APRIL, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: GEO: 8133220030130907 I CPC: R281159 I LOT THIRTEEN (13), IN BLOCK THREE (3), OF SIENNA VILLAGE OF SHIPMAN’S LANDING, SECTION TWELVE-B (12-B), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO. 23791B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $187,390.00 Terms: Cash Sale to be held at about 10:00 A.M. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317

Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10:00 AM. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317 NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 31st day of JANUARY, 2011 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 09-DCV-172126 in favor of the Plaintiff HUNTINGTON VILLAGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $3,860.74++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 24TH day of FEBRUARY, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) CHERYL MAIER had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of APRIL, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 10, BLOCK 37, OF HUNTINGTON VILLAGE, SECTION 4, FORT BEND, A SUBDIVISION OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED AT VOLUME 14, PAGE 9 IN THE MAP OR PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $93,950.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or Precinct Three about 10:00 AM. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317

Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10:00 AM. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317

NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a certain Order of Sale issued by the clerk of the 400th District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on JAN, 24, 2011 in cause numbered 09DCV173447 styled Colony Lakes Homeowners Assoc Inc. vs. RODERICK T. MARSHALL AND ROSHELL M. MARSHALL JOINTLY AND SEVERALLY, in which a judgment was rendered on OCT 29, 2009 in favor of ColonyLakes Homeowners Assoc for the sum of ONE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED FIFTEEN DOLLARS AND FOUR CENTS ($1415.04); plus fees for posting notice of sale, publishing, costs of suit rendered by the court, legal fees, and all costs of executing this Writ. I have levied upon the below listed property on FEB 22, 2011 and will on APRIL 5, 2011 Tuesday, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder, all the Right, Title, and Interest RODERICK T. MARSHALL AND ROSHELL M. MARSHALL to and in the following described Real Property: Lot Twenty-six (26), in Block one (1) of Colony Lakes, Section five (5), an addition in Fort Bend County, Texas, according to the plat thereof recorded in slide No(s) 1472/A and 1472/b of the map/plat records of Fort Bend County, Texas The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of Colony Lakes Homeowners Assoc, Inc Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: APRIL 5, 2011 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY: Sergeant M. Kutach TROY E. NEHLS Constable Pct. 4 Fort Bend County, Texas


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Legal Notices NOTICE OF INTENTION TO ISSUE CERTIFICATES OF OBLIGATION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Sugar Land, Texas (the “City”), will meet at the City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas, at 5:30 p.m. on the 19th day of April, 2011, which is the time and place tentatively set for the passage of an ordinance and such other action as may be deemed necessary to authorize the issuance of the City’s certificates of obligation, in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $99,000,000 payable from ad valorem taxation and from a limited pledge of a subordinate lien on the net revenues of the City’s waterworks and sanitary sewer system, including surface water fees and ground water reduction plan fees, collected by the City, bearing interest at any rate or rates not to exceed the maximum interest rate now or hereafter authorized by law, as shall be determined within the discretion of the City Council at the time of issuance, and maturing over a period of years not to exceed thirty (30) years from the date thereof, for the purpose of evidencing the indebtedness of the City for all or any part of the costs associated with the construction of improvements of City’s surface water treatment plant, system upgrades for surface water conversion, transmission lines, and the cost of professional services incurred in connection therewith. WITNESS MY HAND this 1st day of March, 2011.

20% off any job over $100 or more. Offer good through March 31, 2011

/s/ Glenda Gundermann ______________________________ City Secretary City of Sugar Land, Texas

NOTICE TO BIDDERS

NOTICE TO BIDDERS

DULLES AVENUE RECONSTRUCTION AND INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS

LIFT STATIONS REHABILITATION The City of Sugar Land seeks bids for furnishing all labor, material, and equipment, and performing all work required for the following project in the City:

The City of Sugar Land seeks bids for furnishing all labor, material, and equipment, and performing all work required for the following project in the City: CIP PROJECT NAME: CIP PROJECT NUMBER: LOCATION OF WORK:

Dulles Avenue Reconstruction and Intersection Improvements ST0801 Dulles Avenue from Avenue E to US 90, including Cartwright and Lexington Intersection Improvements

Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained from Freese and Nichols, Incorporated, 11200 Broadway Street, Suite 2332, Pearland, Texas, 77584, with payment of $200.00 hard copy set or $50 electronic set on CD. Sealed bids shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 7, 2011, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 28, 2011, Brazos Room, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. The City Council will award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder that complies with all requirements of the Request for Bids. The City of Sugar Land will give notice of the contract award within sixty (60) calendar days after the bid opening date and time. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

CIP PROJECT NAME:

Rehabilitation of St. Michaels Lift Station No. 127 Meadow Lakes Lift Station No. 40 Horseshoe Lift Station No. 13 Whimbrel Lift Station No. 14

CIP PROJECT NUMBER:

WW1002

LOCATION OF WORK:

St. Michaels Lift Station: 3744 St. Michaels Court Meadow Lakes Lift Station: 1822 First Colony Boulevard Horseshoe Lift Station: 498 W. Alkire Lake Drive Whimbrel Lift Station: 925 Oyster Creek Drive

A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 17, 2011, City of Sugar Land City Hall, Brazos Room, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. The City Council will award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder that complies with all requirements of the Request for Bids. The City of Sugar Land will give notice of the contract award within sixty (60) calendar days after the bid opening date and time.

ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317

Sealed bids shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2011, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered.

Notice of Public Meeting

A public meeting will be held to give residents of Sugar Land and residents in the Sugar Land Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction an opportunity to provide input on the final recommendations for the City of Sugar Land Comprehensive Mobility Plan. This is the third and final public meeting for the project and will focus on the completed recommendations including elements addressed in the final phase of the study: prioritization of recommendations, anticipated costs and potential funding sources. The City of Sugar Land Comprehensive Mobility Plan will serve as an implementation plan for the City’s long-range vision for mobility in Sugar Land. The Plan will consider the potential for all modes of transportation, including commuter transit and commuter rail, freight rail, intracity transit, walking, biking, air travel, and automobile. A copy of the draft recommendations in presentation slide format is available on the website http://sugarlandmobility.com and in the City Secretary Office, City of Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. Updates, including those from the final study phase, will be added to the website as they become available. The public meeting will be held as follows: Monday, March 28, 2011 6:00 PM Cane Room Number 161 Sugar Land City Hall 2700 Town Center Boulevard North Sugar Land, Texas 77479 Comments may also be sent by April 4, 2011, to the City of Sugar Land Transportation Department, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479 or P.O. Box 110, Sugar Land, Texas 77487-0110. Residents may fax their comments to the City at (281) 275-2771. Note: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, this facility is wheelchair accessible and accessible parking spaces are available. Requests for special accommodations or interpretive services must be made at least 48 hours prior to this meeting. Please contact City Secretary, Telephone 281-275-2730 or FAX 281-275-2293.

NOTICE TO BIDDERS EAST AND WEST INTERCEPTOR REHABILITATION PHASE II The City of Sugar Land seeks bids for furnishing all labor, material, and equipment, and performing all work required for the following project in the City: CIP PROJECT NAME:

East and West Sanitary Sewer Interceptor Rehabilitation Phase II Improvement Projects

CIP PROJECT NUMBER:

WW0904

LOCATION OF WORK:

From Industrial Boulevard South to U.S. 59 Feeder Road; along U.S. 59 Feeder Road to the North Waste Water Treatment Plant; from Ulrich, south on Brooks Street and State Highway 6 to North Waste Water Treatment Plant

Engineering Services – Pavement Evaluation RSQ # 168-11 The City of Missouri City is requesting statements of qualifications from a registered professional engineer or engineering firm for pavement inspection and evaluation. Statements will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. local time March 28, 2011 and then opened. The statements will be evaluated with the intent of negotiating an agreement with one of the responding firms. Interested parties must obtain an RSQ package and provide the required information to the City in order to be considered. The RSQ packages may be obtained beginning March 10th by requesting the document name and number listed above by: •contacting the City Purchasing Office at 1522 Texas Parkway (281) 403-8612 •email to charles@missouricitytx.gov Statements must be sealed, marked with the RSQ name and number as listed above and the date of opening. Statements must be delivered to the attention of the Missouri City Purchasing Manager, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Statements marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Statements are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers. Charles Oberrender, CPPB Purchasing Manager City of Missouri City, Texas

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, MARCH 31, 2011 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 11-056– SECURITY SYSTEM FOR MISSOURI CITY ANNEX A Pre-RFP conference with site visits will be conducted on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 1:30 PM (CST). The preRFP conference will be held at the Fort Bend County Missouri City Annex located at 307 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas. All vendors are encouraged to attend. No additional site visits will be permitted. Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check after products/services are rendered. Bonds are required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

CITATION BY PUBLICATION DIVORCE The State of Texas TO: UNKNOWN FATHER, address unknown and to all whom it may concern, Respondent GREETINGS: You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 AM on the Monday next following the expiration of twenty (20) days after you were served this citation and petition, a default judgment may be taken against you. The Original Petition SASMITA, AUGUSTINUS; SASMITA, MILAGRO Petitioners, was filed in the 328th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on the January 06, 2011 against UNKNOWN FATHER, Respondent(s), being numbered 11-DCV-186771, and entitled In the Matter of An Unborn Child. The suit request FIRST AMENDED PETITION TO TERMINATE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP AND FOR ADOPTION OF CHILD as is more fully shown by Petition on file in this suit. The court has authority in this suit to render an order in the child(ren)’s interest which will be binding on you, including the termination of the parent-child relationship, the determination of paternity and the appointment of a conservator with authority to consent to the child(ren)’s adoption. Issued and given under my hand and seal of the said Court at Richmond, Texas, on this the 4th day of March, 2011. Petitioner’s Attorney: DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT PATRICIA C. HIBLER Fort Bend County, Texas 401 STUDEWOOD SUITE 205 Deputy District Lisa Tobola HOUSTON, TX 77007 Telephone: 281-633-7609 713-802-2200, 713-792-7587.

Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained from HDR Claunch & Miller, 4635 Southwest Freeway, Suite 1000, Houston, Texas, 77027, Telephone (713) 622-9264 with payment of $70.00. Electronic copies are available free of charge. Sealed bids shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 7, 2011, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 24, 2011, Cane Room, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. The City Council will award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder that complies with all requirements of the Request for Bids. The City of Sugar Land will give notice of the contract award within sixty (60) calendar days after the bid opening date and time. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing a Request for Statements of Qualification for the following:

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 24TH day of JANUARY, 2011, by the 268TH DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause #10-DCV-178553 in favor of the plaintiff—CINCO MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT #8, Plaintiff, for the sum of $10,037.95++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 10TH Day of FEBRUARY, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s)JOHN TRISTAN SERPA, ET AL had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of APRIL, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; LEGAL DESCRIPTION: CPC: 2251020050020914/LOT TWO (2), BLOCK FIVE (5), IN CANYON GATE AT CINCO RANCH, SECTION TWO (2), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 17271B OF THE MAP/ PLAT RECORDS, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ACCOUNT NO. 2251020050020914 ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $180,100.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10 AM.

Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained from Sander Engineering Corporation, 10555 Richmond Avenue, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77042, with payment of $75.00:

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Draft Recommendations for Public Review and Comment City of Sugar Land Comprehensive Mobility Plan

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, MARCH 31, 2011 AT 1:30 P.M. (CST). Q11-057 – DESIGN BUILD EMPLOYEE HEALTH CLINIC A Pre-SOQ conference with site visit will be conducted on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 11:00AM (CST). The conference will be held at the Fort Bend County Clerk, 301 Jackson, Richmond Texas. All vendors are encouraged to attend. No additional site visits will be permitted. 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

CITATION BY PUBLICATION DIVORCE The State of Texas TO: Jesus Eduardo Chavez-Davila Address Unknown, and to all whom it may concern, Respondent GREETINGS: You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 AM on the Monday next following the expiration of twenty (20) days after you were served this citation and petition, a default judgment may be taken against you. The Original Petition for Divorce of Mayra Gaudalupe Rodriguez, Petitioners, was filed in the 387th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on the October 08, 2010 against Jesus Eduardo Chavez-Davila, Respondent, being numbered 10DCV- 184690, and entitled In the Matter of The Marriage of Mayra Gaudalupe Rodriguez and Jesus Eduardo Chavez-Davila. The suit requests Amended Petition For Divorce. The court has authority in this suit to enter any judgment or decree dissolving the marriage and providing for the division of property which will be binding on you. Issued and given under my hand and seal of the said Court at Richmond, Texas, on this the 7th day of March, 2011. Petitioner’s Attorney: Vivian H. Phan; Vy Nguyen 12380-B West Bellfort #237 Houston TX 77099; 6628 Wilcrest Suite B Houston TX 77072 713-888-0844; 713-820-1495 DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT Fort Bend County, Texas Deputy District Clerk Beatrice Padilla Telephone: 281-341-4522

LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing a Request for Proposals for the following: RFP #180-11

Administration of Storm Water Management Program

Scope: The City of Missouri City requests proposals from interested parties to assist the City in administering its storm water management program. Proposal responses will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. local time March 28, 2011 and then opened. The RFP packages may be obtained beginning March 9th by requesting the document name and number listed above by: •contacting the City Purchasing Office at 1522 Texas Parkway (281) 403-8612 •email charles@missouricitytx.gov Proposal responses must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the RFP name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Responses must be delivered to the attention of the Sealed Bid Box, City of Missouri City Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Responses marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Responses are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers. Charles Oberrender, CPPB Purchasing Manager City of Missouri City, Texas

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT AUTOMOTIVE DETAILING CENTER 4129 STATE HIGHWAY 6 REQUEST FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT TO OPERATE AN AUTOMOTIVE DETAIL CENTER ON PROPERTY LOCATED OFF STATE HIGHWAY 6 IN THE GENERAL BUSINESS (B-2) DISTRICT, BEING FURTHER DESCRIBED AS 0.505 ACRES ON THE EAST SIDE OF STATE HIGHWAY 6 AND FURTHER IDENTIFIED AS BEHIND BRAKE CHECK, BLOCK 1, TRACT C, OF THE REPLAT AND EXTENSION OF GFR ENTERPRISES, INCORPORATED, 6.061 ACRES COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT PURPOSE: ONE (1) PUBLIC HEARING SHALL BE HELD AT WHICH ALL PER SONS INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSED CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT SHALL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD. WHERE:

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FILM REVIEW: Battle—Los Angeles “The world is at war..” That’s a pretty serious statement, but when Santa Monica is designated as a major “bomb drop” by Warthogs and B-52’s, then world war is understandable. The setting for most of the action is present day California because the world has apparently been invaded by an alien force that does not stop to ask questions before delivering their own laser guided bombs and wreaking general havoc on an unsuspecting world. On Opening Day March 11, 2011, Santa Monica was not only invaded by space aliens, but a tsunami that travelled across the Pacific from Japan. Bad day for Santa Monica. At first, the news media warned of an intense meteor shower but soon the military and government knew that up to 20 countries worldwide were being bombarded by aliens with bad intentions. For the first thirty minutes of the film, the audience is not sure who or why the invasion has taken place. Thousands have been killed

and fires and destruction are rampant. Much of the mystique is maintained by Director Jonathan Liebesman through very tight camera shots of faces and small scenes. The scenes and the action grew rapidly, though, but we did not learn of the identity and size of the “shark” a la Spielberg too soon. The action is nearly non-stop and, quite frankly, I think the movie would have been more

entertaining with less bombs and fire fights that looked just like the ones that took place about two minutes ago. However, this is a sci-fi action film and part of the strength and beauty also lies in the terror and fear of fighting the aliens who appear to be unstoppable. The movie is revealed through a small squad of U.S. Marines who are ordered to go to Santa Monica, CA, to rescue some civilians trapped in

an abandoned police station. They are told to accomplish the rescue in three hours or risk being caught in the bomb drop. Their primary weapon is the good ole M-16 albeit with the latest scopes and gadgets. The star of the film and leader of the Marines is Staff Sgt. Mike Nantz (Aaron Eckhart, age 42) who has just tendered his notice to retire after 20 years of service. Announcing one’s retirement in an epic war movie is the kiss of death because we know that means that the “retiring” character will be front and center for the upcoming battle. The character development of the brave, young Marines is adequate yet formulaic. The only deep character development is reserved for Eckhart’s SSGT Nantz. And Eckhart and his agent should be thrilled with this movie. He comes off as a World War II, John Waynetype character who takes no prisoners and ain’t scared of taking on an attacking space ship single-handedly. Nantz does not smile or crack jokes; he just keeps fighting to save his men and some innocent civilians. I started paying attention to Eckhart in 2005 when he played the goofy

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The GX 460 comes standard with the kinetic dynamic suspension system, which can reduce maximum body-roll angle by as much as 50 percent. Other safety equipment that’s standard is vehicle stability control, electronic brake-force distribution, anti-lock brake system and brake assist. Standard features inside the Lexus GX 460 are 10-way power-adjustable, heated/ventilated front seats; automatic dual-zone climate control; leather trimmed seats and surfaces; steering wheel audio controls; rain-sensing windshield wipers; power moonroof; memory system for the driver’s seat, steering wheel and outside mirror positions; and an overhead console with integrated HomeLink® transmitter. Equipped for family multi-

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Fort Bend Chamber hosts Innovative Infrastructure conference Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Infrastructure Planning Division presents, Innovative Infrastructure 2011, a half-day conference presented by Dannenbaum Engineering bringing together “Thought Leaders” in traffic, mobility, sustainability, public policy and financing. This will take place Friday, April 1, 2011 starting with registration and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at Safari Texas in Richmond. This regional Infrastructure Conference promises to be information packed and a results oriented meeting of experts in various fields of infrastructure and financing. • Opening speaker Judge Robert Hebert will address “Infrastructure for Future Growth.” • Robert T. Bass – “The Census and Its Effect on Statewide Redistricting” • Steve Costello, P.E. – “Funding and Planning Infrastructure” • Jeff Wiley – “Balancing Economic Development and Infrastructure” • Regina Morales and Mike Hobbs, P.E. – “Beyond the Bleachers”

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Mardi Gras in Galveston celebrates India

Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation-USA President Subhash Gupta, left, a Fort Bend County resident, with Renee Adame of Mitchell Historic Properties, Shubhra and Naveen Ramineni. Indian costume, food, aces.” Hotel owner George Mitchmusic, and dance filled the air at The Tremont House in ell, known in Houston for his Galveston at the 27th Annual development of The WoodMardi Gras Ball and Parade lands and 1940 graduate of Viewing Party on Saturday, Texas A&M University, was March 5, celebrating “The surprised with a special appearance by the Fighting Enchantment of India.” More than 600 guests were Texas Aggie Band during the greeted with cultural danc- Momus Grand Night Parade. Ball goers were greeted by ers as the historic hotel was transformed into mini “pal- cultural dancers and dance

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Texas A&M University’s Fighting Texas Aggie Band Drum Major poses with fellow Aggies (from left) Dr. William Merrell, George Mitchell (Class of 1940) and Texas A&M President Dr. R. Bowen Loftin. “We are happy with the choice of Ekal Vidyalaya. We are supportive of the goals and mission of Ekal Vidyalaya as Mr. Mitchell strongly believed in education,” she said. Guests who purchased the weekend Mardi Gras Package at the Tremont House received a copy of Shubhra Ramineni’s award winning cookbook, Entice with Spice: Easy Indian Recipes for Busy People. Her book has won the 2010 Gourmand award for the Best Indian Cuisine Book in the United States, and is in the top four finalists for the Gourmand award for “Best in

the World” in the Indian cookbook category. Ramineni’s book, which has over 100 Indian recipes with full color step-by-step photographs has been chosen as one of the Best Asian Cookbooks of 2010 by New Asian Cuisine. Her book has also received exquisite reviews by Publishers Weekly saying “This may be the Indian cookbook that American foodies have been waiting for.” For more information visitwww. enticewithspice.com and visit Ekalvidyalaya.org —SESHADRI KUMAR

Mardi Gras in Rosenberg On March 8, Fat Tuesday, The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance and Legacy Ford of Rosenberg hosted their Fourth Annual Mardi Gras Party at the Legacy Ford Dealership. The party included catered Cajun-style food from Nuksy’s, Italian Maid, Rajin’ Cajun, Pier 36 Seafood and Kevin Patton and beverages from Silver Eagle Distributors. Left, Ron Ewer, owner of Legacy Ford, Eloise Lucas, Legacy Ford, and Gail Parker, President/CEO Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance. Right, Chamber Staff: Brian Lee, Angie Sanders, Alicia Davis, Gail Parker, Yazmin Aleman and Jeremy Heath.

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