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“Here are the photos of my puppy, Jack, retrieving the Fort Bend Independent. He is only 6 months old; however he shows great wisdom and discernment in choosing to retrieve the Fort Bend Independent and not the Star!Thought you would get a laugh!!” writes Georgia C. Trudeau, an attorney and mediator, in the Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Singer in Sugar Land. What a refreshing and contrasting message compared to those who see newspaper as a ‘litter,’ and not ‘literature.’
By SESHADRI KUMAR All Fort Bend ISD staff, including teachers are likely to get a 2 percent pay raise in 2012-13, thanks to an additional $15 million that the school district expects to get in funding from the state. FBISD Chief Financial Officer Tracy Hoke told the school board at a workshop on Monday that there will be no cuts in next year’s school budget. Consequently, taxpayers could be spared a tax increase. Even on debt service, the board is inclined to hold the tax rate at 30 cents per $100 valuation, along with $1.04 in the maintenance and operational tax rate. Out of the additional $15 million, the 2 percent pay raise would cost about $6.7 million. Also, the starting teacher
salary would increase from $44,000 to $44,750. The average teacher salary in Fort Bend ISD would be $52,006 next only to Houston ISD’s $52,369. The average salary in Alief ISD is $51,583, in Lamar CISD $51,065 and in Katy ISD $50,997. Next year, additional staff would be hired at a cost of about $ 4 million to meet the growth. The proposed expenditure would include $300,000 for the county truancy court and $250,000 for athletics, especially for transportation costs because FBISD schools in Dist. 4A now have to go to Houston and Tomball to play. See FBISD, Page 3
Sugar Land’s Imperial/Tract 3 public hearing set for April 3 By SESHADRI KUMAR Sugar Land City Council has scheduled a public hearing for April 3 on a General Plan Amendment and Planned Development Zoning for the Imperial/Tract 3 development. The hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. during the city council meeting. The commission’s unanimous recommendation on Feb. 23 came after a year of deliberations that included an unprecedented public input and significant concessions from the developer, including a drastic reduction in the number of proposed luxury apartments, according to a statement from the city. City Council held a workshop meeting with the commission on March 7 to better understand the recommendation. The rare meeting of both groups was necessary to ensure clear communication of the commission’s recommendation for one of the City’s most iconic and historical areas and the plan that may include apartments. If approved as proposed, Sugar Land’s total number of apartments is projected to represent just less than 9 percent of total dwelling units upon final build-out of the City. This percentage remains approximately the same in compari-
son to the percentage of apartments existing in the City in 2000. The proposed development of the Imperial/Tract 3 property began years ago when Imperial Sugar sold its vacant industrial refinery site to Cherokee Investments. To make the environmental remediation feasible for the former industrial site, Cherokee partnered with the Texas General Land Office, owner of additional acreage to the northwest. Working with Cherokee, a Development Agreement and General Plan was approved in 2007. Southern Land Company was later added to the team. The city preferred an agreement with the developer because the State of Texas may circumvent local zoning restrictions. The original 2007 General Plan allowed up to 459 luxury apartments near the Imperial Char House and water tower, as well as an undetermined amount of stand-alone apartments west toward Highway 6. With Southern Land’s departure from the project in 2009 due to economic changes, Cherokee and the General Land Office brought in Johnson Development to reassess the project’s economic viability. Johnson Development submitted an amended General Development Plan more than a year ago that included 1,950 luxury apartments as
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part of a mixed-use, lifestyle community modeled after the successful Sugar Land Town Square. After extensive input from the Planning and Zoning Commission and community, the total number of proposed apartments is now less than a third of Johnson’s original proposal. The P &Z Commission’s approval of the amended plan included the following concessions: ●The total number of multi-family units is capped at 625 and limits the number in the historical district to less than the 2007 plan. ●The total number of multi-family units in the historical area near the char house is limited to 325 - a reduction from 459 - and no multifamily units are permitted in the historical area east of Main Street. ●The developer will follow a phased approach for multi-family units to ensure healthy occupancy rates. Any multi-family units developed must first occur in the area near the baseball park, located north of Oyster Creek and east of State Highway 6. Following 75 percent occupancy of Phase 1, a second phase may occur in the historic area near the char house. More on Page 4
Plan Comparison (2007 vs Recommended) 2007 General Land Plan Areas allowed for Multi-Family Uses: Historic Refinery Districts 1 & 2 and the Business / Residential Tract on SH 6 Number of Multi-family Units Allowed: The density is limited at 10 units per acre for the Historic Refinery Districts 1 & 2 (45.9 Acres); The specified density would allow up to 459 units in the Historic Districts 1 & 2. There is no limit or density restrictions for multi-family in the 52.8 Acre Business / Residential Tract on SH 6.
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The Dulles High School Class of 2012 presented their Senior Style Show on March 1, 2012 at Dulles High School. The fashion show featured fifty Dulles Senior boys and girls modeling prom, and after-prom clothing, which was provided by Men’s Wearhouse, David’s Bridal and Anything Bling Boutique. All proceeds from the event will be used for Dulles 2012 Project Graduation, to be held May 31. Masters of Ceremony were Josh Humphreys and Catherine Pierce, while Christy Burrmann and Beth Morrow co-chaired the event.
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News Impact A Hero hosts kick-off party
Impact A Hero Chairman of the Board, Jim Hoelker, left, Giff Neilson, Wade Phillips, Jason Shaw, USMC (Ret.), Army Sgt. Andrew Miller (Ret), Scott H. Koza, Chief Geophysicist, Gulf of Mexico Exploration for Marathon Oil Corporation, Army Sgt. Sergio Trejo, (Ret.), Sgt. Ronny Porta, USMC, (Ret.) Dan Pastorini, and Randy McIlvoy. Impact A Hero and KPRC’s Sports Director Randy McIlvoy hosted the 8th Annual Impact A Hero WeekendKickoff Party. Houston Texans Defensive Coordinator, Wade Phillips was the special guest and Sgt. Ronny Porta, USMC, was the keynote speaker. Scott H. Koza, Chief Geophysicist, Gulf of Mexico Exploration for Marathon Oil Corporation donated $50,000 to support veteran heroes who’ve been severely injured in the War on Terror. The
event was held on March 22, at the Brazos Suite in Reliant Stadium. Impact Player Partners honored veteran heroes wounded in the War on Terror including Army Sergeant Andrew Miller, Army Sergeant Sergio Trejo , Marine Corporal Steven Schultz, Marine Sergeant Jason Shaw and Marine Sergeant Ronny Porta. Impact A Hero gives Houstonians an opportunity to join national celebrities at Impact A Hero Weekend, June 2-4. Meet and thank our severely
wounded servicemen and women for sacrificing their minds, bodies and sometimes their lives. Visit www.impactahero.org for more details. Impact A Hero is a nonpartisan 501(c) (3) organization consisting of individuals and corporations dedicated to providing emotional and financial support for our severely wounded or disabled veterans returning home from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and their families.
Missouri City nets $163,603 in warrant roundup During the recent Great Texas Warrant Roundup, some Missouri City residents learned that crime—even the minor type— doesn’t pay. In its fifth year participating in the statewide initiative, Missouri City cleared 400 warrants and netted $81,121 in cash and cash bonds. With the amount of jail time served, known as face value, the City’s roundup effort totaled more than $163,603. “The successful Warrant
Roundup program was a team endeavor,” said Cathy Haney, Director of Municipal Court Services. “It showed us what can be done with a collective approach on the part of the Police Department, Court staff, 911 Dispatch, Communications and Public Works Departments working together to make the effort a success.” Haney also added that “our collection vendor, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, did an outstanding job notifying
Woman steals rugs totaling $12,500 Sugar Land police are looking for a Middle Eastern woman who stole rugs valued at $12,500 from Star Furniture, 19960 Southwest Freeway, on March 7. The woman entered and left the store several times. She was seen on surveillance video at 6 p.m. removing a tag from a $200 rug and using the tag to pay for another rug valued at $7,500. The woman left the store and returned a few minutes later with a different rug. She placed the second rug on the floor, picked up a third rug listed at $5,000 and exited the store. The 40- to 48-year-old Asian woman is about 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds and has black or dark brown hair. She spoke Arabic and English and smelled of cigarette smoke. A witness said the woman may have left in a black or dark blue Nissan. Anyone with information should call the Sugar Land Police Department at (281) 275-2540 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at (281) 342-TIPS (8477).
FBISD From Page 1 Hoke told the school board that the rating agency, Fitch, recently upgraded the district’s financial rating from AA to AA+ and she quoted the agency: “The district’s financial position is strong... Historically, the district’s proactive administrators have prudently managed resources to sustain a healthy financial profile; this track record largely mitigates concerns over the recent budgetary challenges.” Reviewing the financial picture, Hoke said the operating cost per pupil has dropped from $6,206 in 2002 to $5,676 in 2011 in FBISD. However, revenue per student in 2010-11 in FBISD was $6,829 compared to $7,260 in Katy ISD, $6,980 in Conroe ISD and $8,118 in Plano ISD. Similarly, expenditures per student in 2010-11 stood at $6,726 in FBISD, $7036 in Katy, $6,772 in Conroe and $7,756 in Plano. In Houston area tax rates, FBISD’s rate was the fourth lowest. For example, the rate in Spring ISD was $1.57,
in Katy ISD $1.53, in Lamar CISD $139 and in Alief $1.33. Fort Bend ISD’s tax base is nearly 77 percent residential and only 14.4 percent commercial. “We don’t have large commercial property values. In most other districts it is close to 20 percent. You get more rooftops and more kids to educate,” Hoke said. Among 30 peer school districts, only Garland is like FBISD in commercial property values. The average value of a home in FBISD is $187,000 and in 2012, the average school tax was $2,325. In 2002, the average taxable value was $135,000 and annual school tax was $1,921. Since 2002, the district has opened 20 new campuses. The debt per capita in FBISD is $2,856 compared to $4,078 in Katy, $3,994 in Lamar CISD and $3,066 in Plano. FBISD’s estimated property value in 2012 was $23.9 billion and next year, the property value is expected to increase by 1 percent, Hoke said.
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Our Constitution is trampled on once again with passage of HR 347; US Congressional District 22 Seat Needs a Leader Who Grasps The Constitution My fellow Americans, our Constitution was trampled on once again. So, Congressional District 22 constituents, let’s understand what has happened under HR 347, a new law that—once again—Congressman Pete Olson is not discussing. HR 347 is an easy read—a mere two pages—so one would surmise that a gross injustice wouldn’t have occurred. HR 347, the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, just recently passed, seriously encroaches on the First Amendment. It now gives the president and vice president enormous power to say anything he/she wishes while we will no longer be allowed to voice opposition without the risk of being fined and imprisoned. We have finally been silenced in speaking out against our president. Even more astounding, HR 347 also includes disruptive opposition to any foreign dignitaries simply because they are under our ($$$$) Secret Service care. We will no longer be allowed to impede, disrupt, act in a disorderly or disruptive conduct, Barbara Carlson obstruct or impede the ingress or egress of such foreign dignitaries, our president or vice president without serious repercussions— however it may be interpreted. Does one remember Representative Joe Wilson who shouted “You Lie” when the president was, indeed, doing exactly that on the House floor? It could be argued in court that Wilson “disrupted” the president’s speech. Does one remember the speech the president of Iran gave at Columbia? Does one remember when the NAACP covered the large bronze statue of George Washington on MLK in Columbia, SC? Was any intelligent discussion offered on the Republican-majority House floor? It is utterly deplorable that Olson voted in favor of HR 347. So, the argument Olson posed in Pearland in having a majority is invalid. If Carlson had been in office, she would have spoken out against the serious encroachment of the First Amendment and fought desperately hard to educate the House in this gross violation from being enacted. This is why Americans are outraged and why Americans are saying that 88% of Congress needs to go-leaving only the handful of truly patriotic leaders who are fighting an uphill battle to save our great country. This is why Congressman Olson must be voted out of office-the symbolic silence, poor judgment and lack of leadership as our representative. Please peruse Barbara’s website at www.barbaracarlsonforuscongress.com. I promise that I will fight bitterly hard for our great nation. We must restore our values. The only way that that is possible is to elect the true fighters who dearly love our Constitution-and who understand it. Now more than ever we need term limitssomething our Republican-majority failed at back in 1995. The establishment incumbent must go.
Booster Club Golf Tournament The Kempner Athletic Booster Club’s Annual Golf Tournament will be held April 2, 2012 at Pecan Grove Country Club, Tee time is 1:00 p.m. This is our largest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds support all of the sports programs at Kempner High School. Please mark your calendar and come out to play, volunteer to obtain donations for the live and silent auction, or work the tournament. The players have fun; the volunteers have fun and our athletes reap the benefits. If you would like to be a part of this very worthy cause contact Donna or Jim Hammond at 281-491-3752 to get involved.
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Eligible activities include but are not limited to: public facility construction and improvements; handicapped accessibility; operational funding for non-profit agencies servicing primarily low and moderate income persons; rehabilitation of owner-occupied housing; housing development assistance; enforcement of City codes; clearance and demolition; infrastructure improvements; business development and job creation activities. Fair Housing Issues The Public Hearing will also be a forum regarding input on fair housing and related issues. Citizens with suggestions and/or concerns will be provided opportunity to voice those issues during the last portion of the public hearing. 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 Stacie Henderson at 281.275.2170 or FAX 281.275.2771.
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Opinion The View from Sugar Land Obama on the trail By RUSSELL JONES With Republicans still in self-destruction mode as fringe candidates try to defy reality, Obama is not wasting any time. For him, the November campaign is in full swing as he tries to hide his administration’s unpopular “successes” and boast of his accomplishments despite genuine failures of policy. Obama’s campaign stop in Cushing, Oklahoma last week was nothing short of bald faced deception as he announced his support for the lower third of the Keystone Pipeline project. He claimed that his appearance was intended to demonstrate his support for finding every possible solution to the high cost of America’s ravenous energy consumption. What he failed to mention were his innumerable efforts to assure that oil and gas are minimized in that solution. Having referred to oil as the “fuel of the past,” and having placed his hopes and taxpayer money in uneconomical and unproven “green” energy sources–everything from solar cells to algae, Obama’s words ring hollow. Obama’s promise to expedite approval of the pipeline from Cushing to the Gulf Coast ignored that fact that no presidential consent is required. According to the congressman in whose district Obama delivered his speech, “the president is trying to take credit for a project he has actually rejected twice. His trip is nothing more than a campaign stop.” In certifying his support for the project, Obama dismissed his disapproval of the upper 2/3 of the pipeline as “common sense” and ignored his prohibition on drilling off the Mid-Atlantic and Florida coasts, in the Gulf of Mexico, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and on federal lands in
Jones the Rockies. Obama has declared that drilling “is not a plan.” The consequences of his opposition to drilling have been severe, if not unplanned. Cuba intends to drill near Florida. Drilling in the Gulf is expected to drop 30 percent below premoratorium forecasts. Leases are down 70 percent on federal lands since Obama took office. Let’s not forget Obamacare. Well, actually, Obama wishes that you would forget Obamacare. In a recent poll over 70% of Americans, including many Democrats, believe it to be unconstitutional. As one of the most unpopular legislative successes of this or any other president, the usurpation of the American health care system was largely ignored in this year’s state of the union address and its two year anniversary went unnoticed by the president. This week’s oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court, the recent decision that Catholic health care institutions will be required to offer free contraception, sterilization and drugs that cause abortion, and last week’s announcement by the CBO that Obamacare will actually cost twice as much as originally promised have refo-
cused public attention. Unknown to most Americans is that the ACA called for the creation of some 23 new agencies with regulatory power to implement the law. Those agencies have already started cranking out new regulations which will do little to facilitate the delivery of health care, but are likely to do much to increase costs, effectively lead to rationing of care and making the medical profession less attractive. Most do not realize that the current “payment for services” system will disappear over the next few years. Doctors will not be able to charge a fee for, say, an office visit, and bill it to insurance. Instead doctors will be paid based on their success. Success will be determined by some bureaucratically created test, possibly some formula such as whether the patient later needs additional treatment. Other regulations will determine the manner and detail of patient records. The cost of these regulations will fall on medical professionals and insurers. With changes in health care practice like those in the offing, stories of medical personnel leaving the profession are already commonplace. Others may simply drop out of the system and only accept patients who pay cash. Medical schools are already witnessing declines in applications. Yes, Obama has a good reason for not celebrating Obamacare in this election year. Listen carefully to what Obama says on the campaign trail over the next 8 months. Then watch what he does. Don’t expect the two to be the same. Jones served as a member of the Sugar Land City Council from 2003 through June, 2011. He owns a law firm and a title insurance company in Sugar Land.
Musings: Real choices By JANICE SCANLAN During the tumultuous 60s and 70s, the country was going through extreme changes socially and politically. We were a divided country. It was not a time of moderation or listening. After John and I married in 1969, I joined the Oklahoma League of Women Voters. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done because it taught me to better listen and understand the many approaches and ideas a political issue could take. Notice it was about issues, not namecalling, cheap shots below the belts . . . And these were not shrinking violet women. The League formed out of the Suffrage for Women movement in 1920. In late 60s Oklahoma, it was composed of roughly an equal number of Republicans and Democrats. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan study group for finding ways to address local, state and national issues. The first thing you learned in League was democracy is for everyone and that having an informed electorate is a cornerstone of democracy. We spent a lot of time registering voters, but the major part of our work was studying issues and coming up with non-partisan positions on various issues. We sponsored Meet the Candidate forums. Our study groups came up with consensus on positions for addressing issues. So the second thing you learned was respect for other viewpoints as well as how to listen to understand and incorporate other ways of thinking into addressing issues.
Scanlan It wasn’t about winning or maneuvering around other groups or endorsing candidates. It was finding an approach we could agree would improve government. Seems a rather quaint idea today. I really learned the meaning of the phrase, “politics makes strange bedfellows.” You’d find yourself disagreeing with a particular individual only to work side-by-side with her to do something about the issue. As I said, it was wonderful training for learning how to find agreement and build consensus so that passion still existed to take on a tough and emotional issue with intelligence and resolve. One example changed my life. Like many college towns, the University campus often becomes “land-locked” by the town growing around it. With that comes congestion. If your university has a popular sports team or other event, it gives new meaning to the word traffic gridlock. Long story short, Norman, Oklahoma, was considering a bond issue to cut down around 75 beautiful, mature oaks to widen a road to
Owen Stadium. The League was about to endorse the bond issue. A group of “tree huggers” who thought quality of life in neighborhoods was important, asked if there was another way. Remember, OU was having trouble growing because of being landlocked everyway but south. By suggesting a southern route, instead of the proposed western one, OU was better able to grow her campus south. Everybody won. But we had to think in a new way no one had considered. Might we be able to take on some of our daunting problems in America, if we cooled the rhetoric and name calling and looked at what we agree about . . . and find more ways to incorporate new ways of thinking about an issue? Yes, we’d have to moderate our voices and passions and refocus them on resolve to solve the problem. We might reduce clone answers at candidate forums, predictable partisan knee-jerks, and get some real choices. Write to janicescanlan@ clear.net.
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Citizens united against apartments Sugar Land homeowners are in a state of rebellion against the 625 apartments that have been approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z), 325 of them in the Imperial Historic District. Incredibly, P&Z has even authorized the developer to build apartments inside Sugar Land’s iconic “Char House.” Every homeowners association located near the historic district has expressed opposition to the apartment element of the land plan approved by P&Z. On March 5, 2012, just two days before P&Z approval of the apartments, the Venetian Estates Property Owners Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to oppose the apartments and sent letters to Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson and the City Council. Likewise, the Estates of Oyster Creek Property Owners Association, which borders the Imperial Redevelopment, also voted unanimously to oppose the apartments and sent Mayor Thompson a letter with photographs showing the traffic congestion that would follow the construction of the apartments. On March 20, 2012, the Sugar Mill Community Association, Inc. Board of Directors, also voted unanimously to oppose the apartments and have sent a letter to the Mayor and City Council. Homeowners have made the City government aware of the breadth and depth of public opposition to the apartments, making it clear that not a single homeowners association in Sugar Land has voted in favor of the apartments in the historic district. Last year the Sugar Lakes Homeowners Association and the Hall Lake Subdivision presented the developer, Johnson Development Company and the Planning & Zoning Commission with position papers in opposition to the 625 apartments. While some City Council members have expressed great concern about the appropriateness and negative impact of the apartments in the historic district and the quality of life in Sugar Land, the City has thus far turned a deaf ear. After P&Z approved the apartments, the City scheduled a joint City Council/P&Z workshop to discuss the redevelopment plan. Under the rules established by the City for the meeting and the meeting agenda itself, the
developer and the public were not going to be allowed input. However, after the meeting started, the developer was given the floor several times, while not a single member of the overflow crowd of citizens was permitted to speak. The Imperial Redevelopment Committee (IRC), a group comprised of residents of neighborhoods near the Historic District, has performed extensive research to perform its mission of “ensuring optimal redevelopment of the Imperial Tract whereby the City of Sugar Land, Johnson Development and surrounding communities are positively impacted.” The IRC very much wants the redevelopment of the historic district to succeed, but is strongly opposed to the location of the 325 apartments in the Historic District. Despite widespread opposition, and a petition signed by over 2,000 Sugar Land residents against the apartments, P&Z voted to approve the 625 apartments(300 in the Ballpark District and 325 in the Historic District), explaining that the 625 was a “compromise” number, because Johnson had originally asked for 1,600. Venetian Estates resident Yocel Alonso likened this gimmick to “an Oriental rug sale where the price is first marked up 500% before it is put on sale at ‘half price.’ Johnson undermined its credibility by initially pushing for 1,600 apartments on the property, arguing that it needed this to make the project viable. Because of a firestorm of opposition from residents, it lowered its request to 625 apartments, still a 36% increase from the number allowed under the zoning ordinance. “Johnson has never claimed, much less proved, that 166 more apartment units are needed to make the development viable or that 325 apartments must be located in the historic district.” Many Sugar Land residents moved here to escape a Houston where politicians and city bureaucrats were coopted by developers which had a free pass to do whatever they wanted, including building apartment complexes that allowed them to make a fast buck while destroying established neighborhoods. For many years we had visionary leadership which respected, and actually listened to, their constituents. They let the city planners do their work, but made sure
that the final result was good for the people of Sugar Land. The coming vote on the Imperial Apartments, which are planned for the historic Imperial Sugar Factory District, is a defining moment which will let us know if this is still true or whether our city government has been hijacked by politicians who profess to know best what is good for us, even if we don’t agree. Proponents of the apartments say that these are going to be “high quality” apartments that will not increase crime. But this is the way that the apartments in Houston’s Gulfton and Fondren Southwest areas started out. Proponents say that there is a shortage of apartments in Sugar Land and we need them to support our businesses. However, there are no facts to support this and, on the contrary, the apartments(which are to be located next to an 8 lane highway and a railroad line soon to be doubletracked) will probably do more damage than good to the Imperial Redevelopment. A good example of this is the Rice Village, where the businesses are doing just fine without new apartments. And to say that the Sugar Land area does not have enough apartments is to turn a blind eye to the numerous apartment complexes near the historic district, including nearby Kempner High school and in the City of Stafford adjoining Sugar Land. When Cherokee Investments and Johnson Development Company made their deal with the City of Sugar Land, they knew the exact density of apartments that could be built on that property and accepted the deal. Now they want to change the rules to allow for a higher density of apartments and putting established Sugar Land neighborhoods at risk. The community has no problem with Johnson Development taking a gamble on this property and making a profit. That’s the American way. But Sugar Land residents do have a problem when Johnson Development attempts to change the law in order to make their bet using the welfare of our historic neighborhoods. Scott Cole (Estates of Oyster Creek) Leon Anhaiser (Hall Lake) Yocel Alonso (Venetian Estates)
Sugar Lakes HOA’s concern traffic, not apartments The Sugar Lakes HOA Board of trustees will withdraw its objections to the Imperial PD proposal recently passed by the P & Z Commission if the following changes are included: Provide for an additional condition to the “trigger” that allows the developer to proceed with the construction of the second phase of the proposed apartment complexes at either the Ballpark area or the Historic area. The “trigger” currently calls for (a) completion of the first phase and (b) be 75 % occupied. We propose that a third condition be added to provide that the units included in the 75% occupancy have a weighted average monthly rental rate of at least $ 1.60/ sf (net of rental concessions). This rental rate is essentially identical to the rate that Sueba, the apartment developer, told the community that they expected to receive. The second and final phase of the Imperial PD will be subject to additional public hearings and subsequent approvals by the P & Z Commission and City Council. At that time addi-
tional Traffic Impact Analysis will be required to measure the impact of the anticipated railroad double tracking, as well as noise mitigation measures. While we are not necessarily in favor of multifamily housing, it is not our major concern. Traffic is. Separately, we have noticed that the Sugar Lakes HOA Board’s past position on multifamily housing has been taken out of context by certain individuals and organized groups in their attempts to confuse and frighten our community. We reject these efforts and hope that all residents will seek accurate information. Specifically, we fail to understand the continuing efforts to urge City Council to disallow multifamily housing in the Historic area by soliciting signatures for a
petition that states “In signing this petition, I am asking that the City of Sugar Land Deny any increased density of rental units above the 459 approved in the 2007 General Plan”. It is clear that the 2007 General plan allows for the construction of multifamily units in the 45.9 acre Historic areas at a density of 10 units/acre, i.e. 459 units. This is one example of the misinformation circulating within our community. We urge city council to include the two changes described above in the Imperial PD. It is time for our community to come together and move forward with the redevelopment of the Imperial acreage. Al Abramczyk Sugar Lakes HOA Board Liaison
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Community News Singing for hope Join Friends of Child Advocates of Fort Bend and the Exchange Club of Sugar Land for the Sugar Land Light of Hope Ceremony on Friday, March 30 from 6 -7 p.m. on the steps of Sugar Land City Hall. This annual event kicks off April as Child Abuse Prevention month. Over 350 local Girl Scouts will reveal their traditional blue ribbon quilt squares. Singing some inspirational songs, local recording artist Debbie Fancher will sing again as she has at every Light of Hope Ceremony since 2005. Speakers include: Mayor Pro Tem Jacquie Chaumette, Judge Ron Pope, and Child Advocates Board President Kurt Kirchof. Over 400 attendees including area Exchange Club members,
Garage sale in New Territory
Fort Bend Parents of Multiples (FBPOM) will hold a community garage sale on April 14 at the Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Blvd, SugarLand, TX 77479 from 8 a.m to 11 a.m (Public invited) You will find: Infant, toddler and children clothing, maternity clothes, shoes, toys, cribs, furniture, strollers, car seats, exersaucers, outside toys and much more. For more information, visit: www.fbpom.org
Fancher BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse), local and other representatives from other nonprofits who work with abused children, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, community residents,
are expected to attend. Weather permitting; there will be a special surprise this year. You won’t want to miss it! The event is meant to call attention to the fact that child abuse exists in every community and build community support in the fight against abuse. Child Advocates of Fort Bend speaks up for abused and neglected children. More than 10,500 abused and neglected children have been served since we opened our doors in 1991. On average, we serve more than 400 children each month between our two programs, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Children’s Advocacy Center. For more information contact Lisa Moore at 281-3445110 or email lmoore@cafb. org.
Chili challenge at Classic Chevrolet The second Annual Classic Chevrolet Chili Challenge will be held on April 5, 4-8 p.m. Grand Champion Prizes will be awarded for best in class, booth decoration and crowd favorite. Kids free and there will be live music by Fort Bend Boys Choir. Sponsored by Classic Chevy, all funds raised will benefit the Sugar Land Police Officers Association. If you can make the best chili in the county, register with Classic Chevy by calling 281-491-9000 and send in your $25 entry fee/donation. Bring three gallons of your best chili and decorations for your booth, win prizes and fame as the best chef in Fort Bend County! If you believe you can pick the, best chili in the county, pay $2 donation, sample the best chilis in Fort Bend County, use your dollars to vote for the best chili in Fort Bend County!
AUTOMOBILE: Nissan Quest
By BARBARA FULENWIDER The new fourth generation Nissan Quest is a new minivan that has bolder styling and an extensive list of family friendly innovations and amenities. Key features include the one-touch power sliding doors, quick release fold-flat second and third row seats, an advanced climate control system and rear storage. The new Quest offers functionality, unique styling and comfort for all occupants. Enhancements to the fourth generation design include standard XM® Satellite Radio on Quest SV and SL models. For 2012 the Nissan Quest shows off its “fluid sculpture” body with full surround glass treatment, dual opening glass moonroofs providing breezes to front and rear occupants when open, second row power windows; heated front seats with advanced staged heating system; removable second row console with cupholders and lid and always-available is a large, covered permanent rear storage well. Other amenities include a blind spot warning system, rear monitor, conversation mirror to help enhance visibility and conversation with kids in the second and third rows, standard second and third row theater seating with 11-inch color monitor and bright function and a tire pressure monitoring system. The Nissan Quest is built on the “D-platform,” which is also used on the current Nissan Maxima and Altima sedans, and Murano crossover SUV. With its 118.1-inch wheelbase and 200.8-inch overall length, Quest offers a roomy interior and highly maneuverable overall size. In front, the Quest’s exterior styling starts with a bold bumper and horizontal grille and headlights that blend into the side character line. The door sections and surfaces flow into the rear boomerang taillights and tailgate finisher. The most striking aspect of the Quest is the full surround privacy glass, black sash molding and chrome trim accents, which combine with the wide, low stance. The Quest is offered with
power sliding side doors with selective unlock function and one-touch open/unlock feature and power-opening windows. The sliding door step-in height is lower than competitive minivans and the one-touch unlock/open power rear liftgate is standard on Quest SL and LE models. Inside the 60/40-split third row seat can be switched from upright to fold-flat position with the simple pull of one strap (Quest S, SV and SL) or push of a button (Quest LE). The LE model also includes third row power return seatback. The driver’s seat is a sixway manual adjustment design for S and SV models, and eight-way power-adjustable for SL and LE trim levels. The passenger seat is four-way adjustable on S, SV, and SL and four-way power on LE. The LE also features a two-driver memory and auto entry/exit system. Quest’s wide instrument panel includes a 4.3-inch color audio display on SV and SL models, with an inch-inch touch screen display for LE models with the standard Nissan Navigation System. The hard drive-based navigation system includes a user-friendly graphic interface, menu structure and intelligent search capabilities, XM NavTraffic® Real-Time Traffic Information, XM NavWeather™ (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and Zagat Survey© Restaurant Guide. A range of audio systems is also available, starting with the Quest S model’s AM/FM/6CD system with four speakers. A Bose® premium audio system
with AM/FM/CD/DVD and 13 speakers (including dual subwoofers) is standard on Quest LE and available on SL models. A USB port with iPod® connectivity is standard on SV models and above. The Quest is powered by a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 that makes 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission) with Adaptive Shift Control. The Quest has four-wheel independent suspension, with independent strut with coil springs and stabilizer bar in front and a multi-link design in rear. Braking is through fourwheel disc brakes with Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). Steering is a vehicle-speed-sensitive power-assisted rack-and-pinion design. Quest S and SV models come with 16-inch wheels (aluminum-alloy on SV) with P225/65R16 all-season tires, while Quest SL and LE models feature 18-inch machine-finish aluminum-alloy wheels and P235/65R18 all-season tires. The 2012 Nissan Quest is offered in four models: S, SV, SL and LE. The Quest S is the entry level model and the LE the top. Three option packages are offered: DVD Entertainment System (SL); Dual Opening Glass Moonroofs (SL and LE); and Bose® Package (SL). The Quest LE retails for $41,350 and came totally loaded. It rides great, has lots of room and performs well. By all means do test drive it if you are in the market for a minivan. It’s a winner.
Sienna Plantation hosts friends and family open homes tour April 13-29 Sienna Plantation will host its Spring Open Homes Tour, April 13-29, providing families with the opportunity to tour 17 model homes in one of the top-selling communities in the United States, according to RCLCO, a real estate consulting firm. Low interest rates, Sienna Plantation’s access from the Fort Bend Parkway and a large selection of homes ready for move in are the primary reasons why the community expects a high turnout for this year’s Open Homes Tour. “My best friends moved to Sienna as did my son and his wife,” says ten-year Sienna Plantation resident Carolyn Williams. “I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather live.” Among its countless amenities, the 7,000-acre master-
planned community is home to three water parks including the south’s largest private water adventure park with 200 feet of twisting slides, the all-new Sienna Springs Resort Pool, 36 parks and playgrounds, the Camp Sienna Sports Complex, the Sienna Plantation Golf Club, a 6,000-square-foot fitness center, eight lighted tennis courts and lakes for fishing and kayaking. Families in the community attend schools in the renowned Fort Bend Independent School District. This fall, Sienna Plantation will welcome the opening of the community’s first private school, Sienna Lutheran Academy. A project of Johnson Development, the community offers homes from the 170s
to the millions with purchase incentives available from all Sienna Plantation builders. Among its many awards and recognition, last year Sienna Plantation was recognized by the Urban Land Institute as one of the premier master-planned communities in the country. Visit the Sienna Home Finder Center, 5777 Sienna Parkway, for maps, information on builders, amenities, schools and more. The center is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Sunday from noon – 5 p.m. For more information, go to www.siennaplantation.com. Families also can follow the community on Facebook, www.facebook.com/siennaplantation.
Stafford High teacher named educator of the year The Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members Education Summit announced Alejandra Guzman a High School Science teacher at Stafford High School as the Educator of the Year. Guzman was honored in Austin, Texas at the Hilton Austin Airport Saturday, March 3, 2012 during the TCBSBM Awards Luncheon. Guzman has the dedication, passion and enthusiasm for teaching, and embraces the role teachers have in preparing students to be successful in an ever changing world. Which makes her the perfect candidate for the 2012 TCBSBM Educator of the Year, said Josie Smith-Wright, a Gonzales ISD trustee and President of the TCBSBM. James Harrison presented a check to the Educator of the Year at the 5th annual awards luncheon. He represents Harrison Kornberg Architects, a full service architectural firm providing design services in programming, facility assessment, project management, interiors and design in the areas of k-12 education and higher education. “Designing K-12 Schools has been a part of our design practice since our inception. We are devoted to design excellence believing in the power of the built environment to enrich life. While creating stimulating learning environments is a tangible way to support the education process, we were honored to sponsor the Educator of the
SHS seniors Fatima Santos, left, Kai Chang, Jasmyn Vallier, and Alejandra Guzman. ence and how it applies to the Year through the TCBSBM.” The Scholarship Chair world they live in.” The 2012 TCBSBM OfWade Johnson, McKinney ISD stated “We commend Ale- ficers are President Josie jandra for taking a hands-on Smith-Wright, Gonzales ISD; approach through the utiliza- President-elect Ted Beard, tion of virtual stimulations, Longview ISD; Treasurer Dr. guest speakers, field trips, and Alton Smith, Aldine ISD; Secdynamic activities and labs in retary Larry (Doc) Hawthorne, creating engaging lessons for Hubbard ISD; Asst. Secretary/ her students, thus stimulating Treasurer Wade O. Johnson, her students to learn about sci- McKinney ISD.
Kempner Health Science class to host annual blood drive The Kempner High School Spring Blood Drive will take place on Friday, March 30 in the Kempner auditorium. With the continued support of principal, Dr. Anthony Indelicato, the drive has consistently harvested more units of blood each year, making it the most successful day drive in Fort Bend County. Kempner Health Science Technology program, under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Ricken, has been nationally recognized for its tremendous support for St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital’s blood bank. All adults are welcome to participate in the blood drive. Donors will receive a free St. Luke’s blood drive t shirt, there is no wait for adults, and free blood tests with results will be provided to those donating this life saving gift. For more information, contact Dr. Jeff Ricken at 281-634-2414.
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FILM REVIEW: The Hunger Games Katniss Rules! Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer “Winter Bone” Lawrence) is a 16-year -old girl who lives in District 12 in what is left of a nottoo-distant futuristic country that is the remains of North America. The capitol of Panem is opulent and wealthy, and the rest of the country consists of 12 districts that are varying degrees of poverty and subservience brought about by drought, famine, fire and war. And because of a previous rebellion by the districts, the capitol holds The Hunger Games annually to remind the districts that they should never rebel again and following the rules of the totalitarian government is the only way. By random drawing, two children (one boy and one girl) ages 12-18 from each district must participate in a televised contest that requires the 24 children to come to the capitol to fight to the death until there is one “victor.” All citizens are required to watch this televised brutal and intimidating show; the capitol loves the spectacle and the districts loathe it. The residents of the capitol place bets on the possible winners. Katniss lives in coal mining District 12 and her 12-yearold sister Primrose is chosen to be the girl from District 12, but Katniss who is the
primary emotional caretaker of Prim volunteers to be the Tribute from District 12 thus taking the place of little Prim. “We’ve never had a volunteer from District 12 before” decries Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks). The boy from District 12 is Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) who is the son of the local baker and believes that “…I have zero chance of winning.” Lawrence is perfect as Katniss and we Hunger Games devotees have been full of anticipation while waiting for this movie which is based on the first book of a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins who co-wrote the screenplay and also executive produced this film. I’ve read all three of Collins’ books and loved them; especially the first one entitled “The Hunger Games.” When Katniss stepped forward to volunteer to replace Prim, I wept. Collins creation of Panem and Katniss and the games was genius. Happily, the movie closely follows the story as originally told by Collins, so if you like her books, you’ll like this movie. Director Gary Ross does a magnificent job in bringing the action and emotional fabric of the downtrodden people
that must endure the strong arm of Panem and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) to the screen. The pompous and arrogant residents of the capitol have all of the pleasures of life while the districts struggle to live. Our heroine is a natural hunter and has been illegally killing game with her bow since she was a young girl. These hunting excursions were in a forbidden forest protected by a fence, but she and her friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) spent many gratifying days outside the fence acquiring food to eat and trade. Uh oh, if she spent time with the handsome Gale, then what develops with the son of the baker, Peeta, who is also 16 and must compete with her in The Hunger Games? Let’s just call it The Twilight Syndrome. In the arena of The Hunger Games, the primary weapons are knives, swords, spears, and a bow. The games are designed to encourage these children to kill each other in a very up-close and personal way to increase the entertainment value. About now you might be thinking that this is not the movie for you and I would understand your thinking. But Collins and Ross present the story in a way that is compassionate, sad, and heroic without being repulsive. Having said that, be warned that this movie is not for little
kids and that’s why it has a PG-13 rating. The supporting cast of Woody Harrelson as Haymich Abernathy, Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, and Lenny Kravitz as Cinna are brilliant. I admit my prejudices in favor of this movie and would have started crying if it was a bust, but I gave a huge sigh of relief and thanks to Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins for not messing up a good thing. It will make a gazillion dollars and hopefully we’ll be delighted with two sequels. Rock ‘n Roll. Grade 92. Larry H. NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 12th day of JANUARY, 2012 by the COUNTY Court at Law # 1 of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 11-CCV-044401 in favor of the Plaintiff - RELIANT ENERGY RETAIL SERVICES, LLC, Plaintiff, for the sum of $14,597.55 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on MARCH 7TH 2012 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of APRIL 2012 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 said defendants — LEOPOLDO GUILLEN A/A LEOPOLDO ESTRADA GUILLEN had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: PROPERTY NO. 1, 5218 RIDGE TURN DRIVE, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77053, RIDGEMONT SEC. 1, BLOCK 4, LOT 69 Terms: Cash. Sale to be held at or about 10:00 A.M. RUBEN DAVIS, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 2 By Lieutenant G. Majors, #73 Deputy Constable
The Missouri City Recreation and Leisure Corporation is now issuing a Request for Proposals for the following: RFP #171-12 Events Coordinator Services
Proposals will be accepted until 2 PM Local Time, April 9, 2012 and then opened. The RFP packages may be obtained beginning March 21st by: •contacting the Purchasing Office at 1522 Texas Parkway (281) 403-8626 or •email firstname.lastname@example.org Proposals 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. Proposals 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. Proposal packages marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Proposals are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers. Charles Oberrender, CPPB Purchasing Manager City of Missouri City, Texas
NOTICE TO BIDDERS STATE HIGHWAY 6, DULLES AVENUE, AND AUSTIN PARKWAY INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS 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:
State Highway 6, Dulles Avenue, and Austin Parkway Intersection Improvements ST0801 Intersection of Dulles Avenue, State Highway 6, and Austin Parkway
Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained from the following location with payment of $75.00 per hard copy set or $25 per electronic set on CD: Freese and Nichols, Incorporated 11200 Broadway Street, Suite 2332 Pearland, Texas 77584 832-456-4700 Sealed bids in triplicate, one (1) original and two (2) copies, shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 12, 2012, 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., Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 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.
NOTICE TO BIDDERS LIFT STATIONS REHABILITATION
Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary
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:
Lift Stations Rehabilitation for Oyster Point (#105); Grants Lake (#107); Larkwood (#124); Knights Bridge (#126); Deer Run (#13); & Palm Royale (#131) WW1103 • Oyster Point Lift Station: 1510 Oyster Point Boulevard • Grants Lake Lift Station: 3000 Grants Lake Boulevard • Larkwood Lift Station: 3301 Sturbridge Knightsbridge • Deer Run Lift Station: 3813 Deer Run • Palm Royale Lift Station: 4645 Palm Royale Boulevard
Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained from the following office and location with payment of $100.00 (non-refundable). Questions regarding the request for qualification must be received by 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 9, 2012. Please contact Sander Engineering Corporation telephone number 713-784-4830. Sander Engineering Corporation 1250 West Sam Houston Parkway South, Suite 400 Houston, TX 77042 713-784-4830 Sealed bids in triplicate, one (1) original and two (2) copies, shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2012, 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., Wednesday, April 4, 2012, City of Sugar Land City Hall, Lakeview Room, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, TX 77479. The City reserves the right to revise or amend the specifications prior to the date set for opening of bids. Such revisions or amendments, if any, will be announced by addenda or addendum to the specifications. Copies of such addenda so issued will be furnished to all prospective bidders and may or may not affect the bid opening date. The City of Sugar Land reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive informalities in bids received. 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
email@example.com CITATION BY PUBLICATION DIVORCE TO: Marek Hric 169 Simpson Dr Kennesaw GA 30144, 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 SARAH ELIZABETH MYERS, was filed in the 387th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas, ON THIS THE 24TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2012 against MAREK HRIC, being numbered 12-DCV-196406 and entitled IN THE MATTER OF THE MARRIAGE OF SARAH ELIZABETH MYERS AND MAREK HRIC. The suit requests THAT THE BONDS OF MATRIMONY BE DISSOLVED. 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. The Court has authority in this suit to enter any judgment or decree in the child(ren)’s interest which will be binding upon 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 21st day of March, 2012. Petitioner’s Attorney: SARAH ELIZABETH MYERS 139 CHANDLER CT SUGAR LAND TX 77479 DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT Fort Bend County Deputy District Clerk Courtney Paterson Telephone: (281) 633-7620
The Missouri City Recreation and Leisure Corporation (“MCRLC”) is soliciting proposals to provide event coordinator services for its banquet and ballroom facilities at the new Missouri City Community Center. The MCRLC intends to award a contract to one vendor. The vendor will serve as an independent contractor to provide services that include marketing, promotion, and booking events with customers and coordinating the details of those events to maximize the customer’s experience with a premier facility in Missouri City.
Note: The target audience for Suzanne Collins’ three books is “young adult.” Luckily, Larry H. barely qualified. Weekend Box Office: $155 million.
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS Sealed submittals (1) one original and (3) three copies, addressed to the City Secretary Office of the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 2:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, April 5, 2012 for: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) ADMINISTRATIVE CONSULTING SERVICES Submissions shall be appropriately marked in the upper left hand corner as follows: REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 2012-24 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) ADMINISTRATIVE CONSULTING SERVICES Signed and sealed submittals shall be delivered to the Office of the City Secretary, on or before 2:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, April 5, 2012, City of Sugar Land, City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All submissions received after the appointed time shall be returned to bidder unopened. Notice of the award of contract shall be given by the City within one hundred and twenty (120) days following the date for the opening of submittals The City reserves the right to revise or amend the specifications prior to the date set for opening of submittals. Such revisions or amendments, if any, will be announced by addenda or addendum to the specifications. Copies of such addenda so issued will be furnished to all prospective submitters and may or may not affect the submission opening date. The City of Sugar Land reserves the right to reject any and all submissions and to waive informalities in submittals received. The award will be made based on a panel evaluation of submittals received. RFQ documents may be secured from City of Sugar Land Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, or by registering at https://www.bidsync.com . Registration is free. All documents, amendments and other information relating to the submittal will be posted at this site. For questions regarding the request for qualification, please contact Jason Poscovsky, Contract Administrator, telephone number (281) 275-2302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary
THE STATE OF TEXAS CITATION BY PUBLICATION TO: UNKNOWN HEIRS AT LAW OF RICHARD AND KATHRYN NOILES NOTICE: 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 a.m. on Monday next following the expiration of fortytwo days from the date of issuance of this citation, same being April 23, 2012 a default judgment may be taken against you. Said answer may be filed by mailing same to: District Clerk’s Office, 301 Jackson, Richmond, Texas 77469, or by bringing it to the office. Our street address is 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond TX 77469. We are located on the first floor of the Justice Center building. The case is presently pending before the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County sitting in Richmond, Texas, and was filed on NOVEMBER 22, 2011. It bears cause number 11DCV-194526 and is styled: GMAC Mortgage, LLC v. The Unknown Heirs at Law of Richard and Kathryn Noiles, deceased. The name and address of the attorney for PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is: PAUL A HOEFKER PITE DUNCAN LLP 550 WESTCOTT ST SUITE 560 HOUSTON TX 77007 713-293-3618 The nature of the demands of said PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is as follows to-wit: ORIGINAL PETITION FOR DECLARATORY RELIEF; JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE; NON-JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE; AND WRIT OF POSSESSION AS TO PLAINTIFF IS THE CURRENT HOLDER OF A PROMISSORY NOTE DATED MARCH 21, 2007, AND THE BENEFICIARY OF A RECORDED VENDOR’S LIEN AND DEED OF TRUST SECURING THE NOTE AND ENCUMBERING THE REAL PROPERTY COMMONLY KNOWN AS 2806 POWELL SPRINGS COURT, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459 (HEREINAFTER “SUBJECT PROPERTY”), LEGALLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: LOT THIRTY (30), IN BLOCK TWO (2), OF SEDONA CREEK, SECTION ONE (1), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO. 1959/B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. If this Citation is not served, it shall be returned unserved. Issued under my hand and seal of said Court, at Richmond, Texas on this the 7th day of March, 2012. DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT Fort Bend County, Texas Deputy District Clerk Kimberly Coker 281-633-7617 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, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2012 AT 1:30 P.M. (CST). All submissions will then be opened in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 and the names of the firms made public. Submissions received after the specified time will be returned unopened. Solicitation may be downloaded from the Purchasing Agent website at www.co.fort-bend. tx.us. Q12-040 – DESIGN/BUILD RENOVATIONS TO GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY A pre-SOQ conference with site visit will be conducted on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM (CST). The pre-SOQ conference will be held at Fort Bend County George Memorial Library located at 1001 Golfview Drive, Richmond, TX. All vendors are encouraged to attend. Payment will be by check after products/services are rendered. Bonds are required Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all qualification statements received. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 for Fulbrook, Section 4A, Replat of Lots 3 and 4, Block 2, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact David Leyendecker with Clay & Leyendecker Inc. at 281-391-0173 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk THE STATE OF TEXAS CITATION BY PUBLICATION TO: CORAL YN GOODE ADDRESS UNKNOWN NOTICE: 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 a.m. on Monday next following the expiration of fortytwo days from the date of issuance of this citation, same being April 16, 2012 a default judgment may be taken against you. Said answer may be filed by mailing same to: District Clerk’s Office, 301 Jackson, Richmond, Texas 77469, or by bringing it to the office. Our street address is 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond TX 77469. We are located on the first floor of the Justice Center building. The case is presently pending before the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County sitting in Richmond, Texas, and was filed on FEBRUARY 24, 2012. It bears cause number 12DCV-196420 and is styled: Finna Fail L.P. vs Coralyn Goode The name and address of the attorney for PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is: CORMAC P CREAVEN 21107 CRYSTAL GREENS DR KATY TX 77450 713-346-7661 The nature of the demands of said PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is as follows to-wit: PLAINTIFF IS THE OWNER OF A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND LOCATED IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: LOT ELEVEN (11), IN BLOCK FIVE (5), OF SILVER RIDGE, SECTION ONE(1), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE 609/B AND 610/A, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. (HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS THE CRYSTAL PROPERTY) If this Citation is not served, it shall be returned unserved. Issued under my hand and seal of said Court, at Richmond, Texas on this the 29th day of February, 2012. DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT Fort Bend County, Texas Deputy District Clerk Kristine Lindsey 281-341-3787 THE STATE OF TEXAS CITATION BY PUBLICATION TO: UNKNOWN HEIRS OF DENNIS FULSHEAR ADDRESS UNKNOWN NOTICE: 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 a.m. on Monday next following the expiration of forty-two days from the date of issuance of this citation, same being April 09, 2012 a default judgment may be taken against you. Said answer may be filed by mailing same to: District Clerk’s Office, 301 Jackson, Richmond, Texas 77469, or by bringing it to the office. Our street address is 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond TX 77469. We are located on the first floor of the Justice Center building. The case is presently pending before the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County sitting in Richmond, Texas, and was filed on FEBRUARY 24, 2012. It bears cause number 12DCV-196377 and is styled: Ernest Simmons vs Dennis Fulshear And Unknown Heirs The name and address of the attorney for PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is: WILLIAM T. ENGELHAUPT ALSTON & ENGELHAUPT PLLC 12926 DAIRY ASHFORD SUITE 176 SUGAR LAND TX 77478 281-277-9872 The nature of the demands of said PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is as follows to-wit: THIS IS AN ACTION TO QUIET TITLE ON REAL PROPERTY, HEREAFTER REFERRED TO AS “THE PROPERTY”, DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEING A TRACT OF LAND CONTAINING 0.3118 ACRES OUT OF THE CHURCHILL FULSHEAR SURVEY, ABSTRACT 29 IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. SAID 0.3118- ACRE TRACT BEING THE RESIDUE OF A CALLED 7/12TH ACRE TRACT (0.5833 ACRES) CONVEYED UNTO DENNIS FULSHEAR BY DEED RECORDED IN VOLUME 5, PAGE 515 OF THE DEED RECORDS IN SAID FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS AND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED IN THE ATTACHED METES AND BOUNDS LISTED AS EXHIBIT A, AND INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE FOR ALL PURPOSES. If this Citation is not served, it shall be returned unserved. Issued under my hand and seal of said Court, at Richmond, Texas on this the 24th day of February, 2012. DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT Fort Bend County, Texas Deputy District Clerk Kristine Lindsey 281-341-3787 CONSTABLE’S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a certain Order of Sale issued by the clerk of the 268th District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on November 9th, 2011 in cause numbered 11DCV188103 styled Summerfield Estates Homeowners Assoc vs. Maria I. Hill, in which a judgment was rendered on August 11, 2011 in favor of Summerfield Estates Homeowners Assoc for the sum of Two Thousand Two Hundred Ninety Nine Dollars and Eighty Three Cents ($2,299.83); 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 February 9, 2012 and will on April 3rd, 2012 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 of Maria I. Hill to and in the following described Real Property LOT Four (4), BLOCK Three (3) OF Summerfield, Section 2, an Addition IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 1428/B & 1429/A OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, (THE PROPERTY) ALSO KNOWN AS : 17114 Summer Hollow Dr, SUGAR LAND, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 77478 The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of Summerfield Estates Homeowners Assoc, Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: April 3rd, 2012 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY: SHANE STEELE Troy Nehls, CONSTABLE, Precinct 4 Fort Bend County, Texas
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Neerja Aggarwal wins grand prize in Science Fair Neerja Aggarwal, right, a senior at Hightower High School, received outstanding recognition and numerous awards at the 53rd Science Engineering Fair of Houston held at the George R. Brown Convention Center from March 1-3. SEFH is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the understanding and appreciation of scientific research in youth today. Neerja has been working for over a year in the Barron Group Research Lab at Rice University under Dr. Andrew Barron and Alvin Orbaek studying the structure and synthesis of multi-walled carbon nanotubes. Her project titled Carbon Nanotube Synthesis and Characterization II, a continuation from last year, competed among more than a 1,000 projects at the Regional fair and was judged by several professionals from around the Houston area. Neerja placed first in Senior Division Chemistry and won six special awards from: American Chemical Society, American Institute for Chemical Engineers, Engineering Science & Technology Council of Houston, Krisen Foundation for Arts and Sciences, United States Army and the newly created Larry Spears Special Award in honor of the former fair executive director. In addition, Neerja won the Senior Physical Sciences Grand Award qualifying her to compete in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair to be held in Pittsburgh in May for the second year in a row. She continues to spend her after-school hours at Rice, where she’s co-authoring a paper with her mentor in preparation for publication.
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A DAY IN THE COUNTRYSIDE BURSTING WITH FLAVOR.
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Fair: 12noon - 6 pm Gourmet Dinner catered by Jackson & Company: 6:30 pm Meet Celebrity Chef Angelo Sosa of Top Chef Series
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Up to 15 Pairing Tents with Foods & Wines from the Mediterannean Cooking Demonstrations Music A portion of ticket sales benefit the Methodist Cancer Center at West Houston
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Fair: $35/pp advance purchase Wine Dinner (Limited Seating): $135/pp advance purchase