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Reagan Scott is Sugar Land’s Junior Superstar
Garden of the Month is a real labor of love between Winners Don and Janet Roberts of 2915 Skyline Court. An example of a trend toward more color from foliage and texture, the beautiful burgundy-colored leaves of the Forest Pansy Redbud Trees contrast with many textures and shades of green that welcome to the front entry but take advantage of the cul-de-sac and view of the El Dorado Golf Course. Wanting easy-to-maintain, the Robert’s garden is an example of how great design and plant selection enhance your garden. Provided a Certificate of Appreciation by the Quail Valley Garden Club and a plant from Flowers by Adela, don’t miss this garden! The Quail Valley Garden Club is open to anyone interested in gardening. We thank the public support for our recent successful Backyard Tour. Visit http://traction.typepad.com/QVGC
Sugar Land Garden Club hosts 15th Annual Spring Garden Tour
Scott has been, and Reagan Scott has continues to be, one been named the 2014 of the most talented, Sugar Land Junior Suenergetic, and disciperstar. plined students in my A sixth grade stustudios. dent, Reagan competed “She has grown against the best singers vocally in her range in Fort Bend County; and power, as well as over 45 kids auditioned in her artistic musical and 15 were selected interpretation. to compete in the April “She is a poised 19 finale at Sugar Land and confident enterTown Square. tainer who knows Reagan has been perhow to relate to her forming in front of large audience and capture audiences since third their attention. She grade, and is a veteran definitely is ‘a talent of Houston area proto watch!’” ductions. In addition to This spring she singing and theater, starred as Annie in Fort Reagan plays guiBend Christian Acadtar and writes songs, emy’s middle school enjoys creative writproduction of Annie, Jr., ing, swim team and and last year she perspending time with formed in Godspell, Jr. her family. with Inspiration Stage. Reagan said, "I In the fall of 2013, want to thank my parshe won the Fort Bend ents, family, friends County Fair Youth Taland Mr. and Mrs. ent Competition. McKinney [vocal Later this month, Reagan Scott coaches], Mr. Chris Reagan will be singing the National Anthem at the City of Sugar Land's [Chris Chimene, Amp Music Academy, guitar Memorial Day Ceremony in Sugar Land Memo- teacher] and Ms. Melanie [Melanie Smith, perrial Park. Though she gets the normal ‘butterflies’ formance coach and musical theater teacher, in her stomach right before she performs, once Dance du Coeur] for helping and supporting me. I've had a lot of fun this year and am so excited she is on stage, she feels completely at home! Tom McKinney of Tom McKinney Vocal and honored to be representing Sugar Land as the Studios is certainly proud of his pupil, “Reagan 2014 Junior Superstar!"
Property values in Fort Bend jump an average of 10 percent
“The Inspiring Yards of East New Territory” is the theme for this year’s Sugar Land Garden Club 15th Annual Spring Garden Tour. On Saturday, May 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,(rain date May 17, 9-3), the public is invited to tour seven amazing gardens in the New Territory subdivision. This is a perfect Mother’s Day gift! You will be inspired when you see the yard that Suma Mudan has designed. Suma and her eighty-four year old mother, Lalita, have a passion for gardening and work in the yard everyday. On the day of the tour, purchase tickets at any of the seven gardens for $15. Take 90A west and left at Ellis Creek and follow the signs. The gardens on the tour are 1106 Braelinn Ln., 1723 Solana Springs Dr., 1934 Hollys Way, 2 Stone Terrace, 6315 Goodlowe Park, 6139 Edenbrook Dr. and 5603 Cottonmist Court.
Early voting ends, Poll day Saturday Early voting in the May 10 local city and school board elections ended on Tuesday, May 6. At the end of closing on Monday, a little less than 7,000 people had voted early. While 5,403 people had voted early until Saturday, 1,576 people voted on Monday. Major elections are in Fort Bend ISD, City of Missouri City, City of Rosenberg, City of Stafford and Stafford MSD. In FBISD elections, as of
Monday, 5,591 people have voted early in person. In last year’s school board election, only about 5,000 people voted, of which 2,800 voted early. The turnout was 3.72 percent. In Missouri City City elections, which includes a bond election, 1,399 people had voted early in the first week of early voting, until Saturday last. Totals by early voting site showed, 1,014 people voted
early at the Missouri City City Hall, in the first six days of early voting, followed by 679 people in First Colony. At the Randall’s in New Territory, 616 people had voted early until Saturday. In Stafford MSD and Stafford city elections, 244 people had voted early until Saturday. In addition, throughout the county 2,312 people have mailed in their ballots. A total of 4,439 had requested mail-in ballots.
By BARBARA FULENWIDER The 2014 taxable property valuations for Fort Bend County show on average a 10 percent increase over last year’s valuation.. Missouri City’s, the only numbers available prior to deadline, came in at 12 percent more than last year’s valuations. Missouri City tax values for 2014 came in at $5.036 billion. That total includes $4.838 billion for Fort Bend County plus Harris County values of $198 million, which adds up to $5.036 billion total, according to Wes Vela, Missouri City finance director. The 2013 tax year valuation totaled $4.203 billion and included Harris County valuations. What higher property values mean is homeowners and businesses will pay more taxes. In turn, it also means cities and the county will have more money available to provide more services, projects, amenities, etc., for citizens and residents and businesses can ask more, if they decide to sell. Glen Whitehead, Central Appraisal District chief appraiser, said that the growth in Fort Bend County has produced a healthier real estate market that has sold more deeds and seen a decrease in foreclosures from 2009 through 2013. Statistics from the county clerk’s office show that 28,166
pieces of property changed hands in the county in 2007. The number fell to 23,077 in 2008, to 21,250 in 2009 and 20,762 in 2010. A little light at the end of the tunnel began to show in 2011 when sold properties increased to 21,148 and on to 24,851 in 2012 and 27,703 in 2013. Whitehead said, “There’s been an overall change in market values including new properties with an increase of approximately 10 percent from 2013.” Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen said that the next time citizens hear naysayers criticizing the city leaders for bringing Quail Valley back by buying and upgrading the golf course and amenities there, “remember that a pair of pants has more than one pocket. “In one pocket we may not be making money at the City Centre yet, but property values continue to rise, which means more property tax revenue in the other pocket and at a greater pace than what we are losing right now. “Had we not done what we did on the QV golf course property, this turnaround would not be happening. Instead, it has performed exactly as we on city council hoped it would,” Owen said. He also said that he’s not going to protest the 21 percent increase in taxes on his home.
“I am absolutely delighted that it is back where it should be, and I do not mind paying the taxes on that value. The value means I have that much more equity in my home again. “It means that many people who are looking to sell will get the true value for their home. It also means if you are looking for a home, you should not wait. It also means that people who are looking to do home improvements and need an equity loan, will have that equity to borrow. It means that homes are not under water on valuation for many as well,” Owen said. The mayor went on to say that “it took one year for valuations to plummet with the downturn in the economy. It has taken years to build that back up. This is a true indicator that Missouri City is on the rebound and is all over the city. Very few subdivisions continue to show a negative number. And, citizens, guess who else also benefits from this increase in value: our school district and county,” the mayor said. Not all homeowners will gladly pay their increased tax bill so those who want to protest it have 60 days to file with the Fort Bend County Central Appraisal District (CAD). “They can meet with staff to review their appraisal, go before our appraisal review board See VALUES, Page 5
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FORT BEND SPOTLIGHT Nostalgic Imperial Sugar Cookbooks Available from The Fort Bend Chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) The Fort Bend Chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) is currently sponsoring their member Suzette Peoples Campaign for District II VP. Her campaign team members are selling collectible, Sugarplums from Sugar Land Cookbooks, published by Imperial Sugar, Sugar Land, TX in 1970. These uncirculated books have a colorfully decorated, laminated cover and come in their original packaging. This historic piece of memorabilia, from Sugar Land's Imperial Sugar Company, contains a carefully selected collection of both old and new recipes, some with unusual variations, all delicious, and all designed for happy experiences and memories using Imperial Sugar exclusively. The cost for each 64 page cookbook is $15 each or two for $25. Cookbooks can be purchased while supplies last by contacting local Chapter Members: Becky Hall, 713-291-8190; Michele Barnes, 281-732-6994; Jane Wood, 713-550-0053; or Suzette Peoples, 281-980-3322. All profits will support the expenses of the Fort Bend Chapter Member's on the Campaign Team to attend the ABWA National Conference in Kansas. All credit cards accepted and checks are made payable to ABWA Fort Bend County Chapter with Campaign Fundraiser on the memo line. The Sugarplums from Sugar Land Cookbooks are being sold "AS IS". The books have been in storage since 1970.
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Commissioner Andy Meyers felicitates winners of the Literary & Fine Arts Festival
As a special ten year commemoration of the Cinco Ranch Branch of the Fort Bend Public Libraries, Fort Bend County Commisisoner Pct. 3 Andy Meyers, took the lead in supporting the area arts and the young artistic talent by hosting a Literary and Fine Arts Show. The winners of the exhibition were invited to show their works at the new Kcam - Katy Contemporary Arts Museum. A special reception was organized by Ana VillarongaRoman, museum director and curator and attended by the students and their families. The museum awarded 16 curator award medals to the young talents. Along with Commissioner Meyers, Carol Adams, Kcam Chairman of the Board and Bob Bryant, Executive Director of Fine Arts for Katy ISD presented the awards to the students. “I’m impressed with Commissioner Meyers’ support for the arts in Fort Bend County and the Katy area,” VillarongaRoman said. “Meyers stands alone as the one public official that has a track record of ‘always’ speaking out for the arts, organizing worthwhile art events, as well as attending artistic events. I remember three years ago when he heard about my efforts in starting Katy Art Mixers through what at the time was the brand new Katy Culture & Arts Alliance that I had just established. He came, introduced himself and congratulated me,” she said. “Seven months ago when Kcam first opened, Commissioner Meyers was standing
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National Day of Prayer Former Texas House Representative, Charlie Howard, contemporary recording artist, Debbie Fancher, and Rabbi Ron Aaronson of Congregation Beth Messiah join thousands of others praying for our nation in the 2014 National Day of Prayer. There were observances at numerous churches, Sienna Brushy Lake Pavilion, six locations at city halls at Missouri City, Sugar Land, Stafford, Richmond, Simonton, Meadows Place, and the Merrill Center in Katy. Katy continued with Fire on the Altar 2014 which is 50 hours of continuous prayer at the Epi Center hosted by over 60 churches. www.katyprays. org. Photo:Timothy R. Kirk Sr.
UH Sugar Land Transition Steering Committee formed University of Houston System Chancellor Renu Khator has announced the appointment of a Sugar Land Transition Steering Committee that will define pathways for the transition of the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) and the UH Sugar Land campus. The committee and work groups will work to fulfill three overarching goals the UH System has established for the transition: •To support UHV’s goal of becoming a destination university •To build a viable branch campus of UH in Sugar Land •To explore an organizational arrangement that meets the UH System’s need to serve its extended communities with speed, innovation and flexibility The transition committee is headed by Dana Rooks, dean of libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair at the University of Houston Libraries, who will serve as executive planning director. The structure includes a steering committee, leadership committee and four work groups representing UH
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Victoria, chaired by Charles Alcorn, director of corporate and foundation relations at UHV; UH Sugar Land, chaired by Robert McPherson, dean of the College of Education at UH; University of Houston, chaired by Earl Smith, interim chief health officer at UH; and the UH System, chaired by William Staples, president of UH-Clear Lake. Richie Hunter, associate vice chancellor/associate vice president for University marketing and communication, will lead strategic communications. Appointment of the committee follows recent action by the UH System Board of Regents authorizing UH to expand programs in Sugar Land and relocate a large segment of its College of Technology to the UH Sugar Land campus. The board action came at the recommendation of a UH Sugar Land Task Force report that set in motion plans to make UH the sole UH System institution delivering programs at the Sugar Land Campus. As UH expands programs at Sugar Land, UH-Victoria and UH-Clear Lake will incre-
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Obituary: Ronald D. Lee Ronald D. Lee, 81, chairman of Missouri City’s Planning and Zoning Commission, passed away April 28, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital at the Texas Medical Center. Ron was born February 13, 1933 in Houston to the late Lawrence and Clarice Lee. He attended St. Anne’s Catholic School and graduated from St. Thomas High School and went on to attend Texas A & M. Ron graduated from the University of Houston as a distinguished military student. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. Ron worked for Tennessee Life Insurance and Philadelphia Life Insurance for 28 years. He was a member of numerous organizations and served as President of Kyle Chapman Pony and Colt League, Mayor of Hunter’s Creek Village and was very active in the Missouri City Community. Ron helped to develop the Houston Community College Campus in Missouri City. He served on the Board of Adjustments, Chairman of Planning and Zoning and was on numerous TIRZ Boards. He was also a member of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Association. Ron’s survivors include his wife, Gwendolyn J. Blackman Lee; daughter, Deborah Veselka and her husband, David; son, Ronald D. Lee, Jr. and his wife, Kim; “PaPa” to grandchildren, Crystal Lee, Shelby Schiller and husband, Drew, Nick Veselka and Cody Lee. The family would like to thank Dr. James Willerson and his team at the Texas Heart Institute for their care and compassion. A service was held Saturday, May 3, 2014 in the Chapel of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home in Rosenberg. Interment with military honors followed at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Rosenberg. mentally cease delivery of their courses at the Sugar Land campus. The existing nursing program that UH-Victoria has of-
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INSURANCE Flood zone changes in Fort Bend County
Councilmen react to photograph in campaign ad
By BASIL HOUSEWRIGHT The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) manages the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the cornerstone of the Nation’s strategy for preparing communities for flood disasters. The NFIP was created to reduce flood damages by identifying flood risks, encouraging sound community floodplain management practices, and providing flood insurance. FEMA is updating the Nation’s flood hazard data and maps through an effort called Flood Map Modernization. Fort Bend County has hundreds of miles of flood control levees consisting of earthen embankments, designed and constructed in accordance with sound engineering practices to contain, control, or divert the flow of water so as to provide protection from temporary flooding. The levees have been designed to protect urban residential areas, which are located in high-risk flood zones. Some of these areas are Greatwood, Pecan Grove, New Territory, Sienna Plantation, Colony Lakes, Riverpark, Riverstone and many more. The Brazos River and drainage leading to it are the primary source of potential flooding in these areas. The need to create these levees around these subdivisions is to allow residential development with affordable insurance available to the homeowners and business owners. Accurately identifying the flood risk behind levees is an important element of Flood Map Modernization. Levees are present in over one quarter of the counties being remapped. Flood hazard maps, also known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps, or FIRM’s show the high-risk areas where there
By SESHADRI KUMAR In Missouri City, city council elections, two incumbents, Jerry Wyatt and Don Smith are opposite sides and have taken sides, at least in the at-large council member race involving incumbent Danny Nguyen and his opponent Chris Preston. Incumbents have not shown any overt support or opposition in the mayoral race, but in the at-large council member race, Nguyen is supported by Wyatt, while Smith appears to be supporting Preston. Neither of the council members has made a public endorsement, but have amply indicated where their support lies. Smith, for example, takes exception to Nguyen’s campaign ad, with a picture of all the current council members. Smith questions the propriety of using an “official city photograph” in a political ad. The picture could also be misconstrued implying that all the council members are endorsing Nguyen’s re-election, Smith says. The picture is misleading, according to Smith. Wyatt disagrees. “I am proud to be a part of that picture,” he says. Wyatt, the first AfricanAmerican elected to Missouri City City Council in 1981, says the city has progressed so much and its diversity is a factor which made so many people call Missouri City their home. The photograph is a reflection of all the work he has done in the city for over three decades, he says. “ I do not feel insecure and I am not hung up over what color am I,” Wyatt says. The city council rightly reflects the city’s true diversity and the photograph conveys exactly the same message, he adds. Last week, a Missouri City resident, and an obvious supporter of Preston called this paper and accused this newspa-
Housewright is a 1% chance of flooding in any given year. They also indicate the low-to-moderate risk areas with a less than l% annual chance of flooding. This does not mean it is not going to flood rather it means it is a lower probability. If a levee meets FEMA criteria, the flood hazard map will show the area behind the levee as a moderate risk zone. If the levee does not meet FEMA criteria, the flood hazard map will show the area as a high-risk area, or Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). The SFHA is the area subject to probability of the 1% annual chance of flooding and all residents located in this area would be subject to mandatory purchase of flood insurance if their property were financed. There is always the potential of a levee previously meeting FEMA criteria but with new criteria limits set by FEMA the levee is no longer in compliance. This would mean all residents located in this area would be subject to mandatory purchase of flood insurance if their property were financed. Many FIRM’s have been changed and went into effect on April 02, 2014 with several changes affecting homeowners in Fort Bend County. Many that were previously in the moderate risk (B, C & X) flood zones are now located in
the Special Flood Hazard Area (AE) flood zone. This would mean all residents located in this area would be subject to mandatory purchase of flood insurance if their property were financed. We are told several of these affected areas are in the process of building flood control levees which are not yet completed or approved. As a result many homeowners are receiving letters from their home mortgage company indicating they have the option to purchase a flood insurance policy on their own or the mortgage company will secure a “forced placed” flood insurance policy for them. It is advisable to secure your own flood insurance policy which typically is less expensive and provides greater limits of coverage. There are programs which you may qualify for such as the Preferred Risk Extension flood insurance program which a local Independent Insurance Agent should be able to secure for you resulting in lower rates and better coverage. Even if you are not affected by these recent changes Spring is upon us and brings torrential downpours so it is best to know your particular situation and if you do not currently have flood insurance purchase it even if your mortgage company does not require it. Talk to a local Independent Insurance Agent for advice. Basil Housewright is manager of Texans Insurance & Financial Group, Inc a local Independent Insurance Agency operating in Sugar Land since 1991. He can be reached at (281) 277-7800, Fax (281) 277-7801, E-Mail – basil@ texansinsure.com. Visit www. texansinsure.com.
Smith per of injecting race in the city council elections. My explanation was that Nguyen is campaigning on a platform of preserving “diversity” and the report reflected the reality.
Wyatt One of the council members, Wyatt, an AfricanAmerican,Wyatt agrees with Nguyen’s position on diversity. The newspaper did not intentionally inject race in the campaign.
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Missouri City Council members Floyd Emery, left, Mayor Allen Owen, Robin Elackatt, Danny Nguyen, rear, Jerry Wyatt, Don Smith and Yolanda Ford.
I love and appreciate this city deeply. I am committed to making it a great place to live, a place all of us are proud to call home. I am proud to represent all of the citizens of Missouri City. This is a time when experience and dedication counts. On May 10th, vote for experienced leadership, dignity, respect and a council member you can trust. — Danny Nguyen A great supporter of the Police & Fire Auxiliary, Danny is always at community events and takes his position of Missouri City Councilman very seriously. He knows it is important to be out there, listening to the people.... Always greets everyone with a smile and a genuine desire to understand what is important to them. Very pro Missouri City and wants us to progress while still maintaining a friendly small town atmosphere. Danny is our future with the benefit of his years of government experience. We want Danny on our side as Missouri City grows and prospers in booming Fort Bend County. — Michelle Broussard, Secretary of the Missouri City Police and Fire Auxiliary Danny is a true inspiration for our city. —Julie Boilek - A mom and member of the Missouri City Little League I am so impressed with his current accomplishments that I am confident that when re- elected into office he will continue to seek the best for the residents and business owners of Missouri City. Danny Nguyen is very able, hard working and a willing man that has and will continue to make a positive difference for our City! He & his wife Marie are Christians and pro-life and they are celebrating the birth of a precious baby boy named Jacob Nguyen. — Rudolph White, Jr., Senior Pastor
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NEWS Fort Bend Symphony’s season closer features popular American music Popular music by American composers George Gershwin and Aaron Copland awaits concertgoers as the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra presents American Showcase II on Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m. at the Stafford Centre. FBSO’s season closer features Gershwin’s beloved An American in Paris, which captures the sounds and atmosphere experienced by an American visitor strolling the streets of Paris. Concertgoers will also enjoy Copland’s famous Fanfare for the Common Man, a short, moving piece designed to stir the patriotic spirit of Americans during World War II. In addition, Houston pianist Rodolfo Morales will perform Robert Nelson’s Concertino for Piano and Orchestra, only the second time this work has been performed in the United States. “The wonderful thing about American music is that it is unmistakably diverse,” said FBSO Music Director Dr. Héctor Agüero. “It reflects elements of the
Ready for their season-closer of American music are Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra musicians Daniel Hung, violin; Cynthia Whitty, French horn; and David Flores, trombone. different people that make up our great nation. I hope everyone will come out to experience this melting pot of cultures.” Tickets for American Showcase II are available at fbso.org or by calling 281-276-9642. Reserved seats for adults are
$12 to $30 with discounts for adults 55 and over, students, military and groups of 10 or more. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult, but need a reserved ticket. The Stafford Centre is lo-
Fort Bend County’s property Values valuation exceeds $60 billion From Page 1 By BARBARA FULENWIDER The total property valuations in Fort Bend County for 2014 totaled $60.722 billion. The county’s total taxable value for 2013 was $55 billion and for 2012 $51.65 billion. The school districts valuations for this year’s taxes were $31.355 billion for Fort Bend ISD, $2.611 billion for Stafford Municipal School District and $12.355 for Katy ISD. Sugar Land’s total assessed valuations for this tax year came in at $12.364 billion and were followed by Missouri City with $4.96 billion and then Stafford with $2.61 billion. Rosenberg came in at $2.028 billion total assessed valuation. Richmond had $452,037,522 and Meadows $326,292,385. The city of Katy, which has some property in Fort Bend County has an assessed valuation for 2014 of $642,195,680 and Houston’s parcels in Fort Bend County are valued at $1.038 billion. All the above figures were provided by Glen Whitehead, chief appraiser of the Fort Bend County Central Appraisal District. Whitehead did provide new home deed figures from 2007 to 2013 and they show a positive picture. In 2007 there were 8,284 new home deeds sold in Fort Bend County. The total number fell to 6,459 in 2008, to 5,218 in 2009 and 4,556 in 2010. It remained low in 2011 with 4,624 homes sold but began to recover in 2012 when 5,681 new homes sold. Last year the outlook continued to climb with 7,236 new homes sold. Foreclosures climbed and then began to drop over the past seven years. There were 3,674 foreclosures in 2007, 3,892 in 2008, 3,273 in 2009, 3,466 in 2010, 3,276 in 2011, 3,521 in 2012 and 1,757 in 2013.
and can also bypass staff,” Whitehead said. “Once they have a hearing that finalizes their record for that year. When we have 95 percent of our properties not protested, is when the tax rolls are certified.” Whitehead said the new construction figures for the county are not in yet and that total valuations per taxing entity include both commercial and residential properties. He said there are “now more than 322,000 CAD accounts of all types.” As for protests to the valuation mailed to homeowners on May 2, Whitehead said, “We had 56,000 protests last year and that’s the most we’ve ever had. The average is usually 45,000 to 50,000 protests a year and most are residential. “The tax agents are the ones who really file. We have one agent who is responsible for a third of the total protests. Between two or three agents do most of the properties protested,” the CAD chief appraiser said.
Skeeters’ Corner Skeeters capitalize on free passes in 7-5 win over Camden In the series finale of a fourgame set at Campbell’s Field, the Skeeters took advantage of Camden’s untimely free passes and collected nine hits as the club defeated the Riversharks Monday, May 5, 7-5. Sugar Land’s offense jumped out to an early lead while making the best of opportunities, as centerfielder Ryan Langerhans (2x3, 2BB), DH Nick Stavinoha (1x4, BB, HR), right fielder Dustin Martin (1x4, BB) and catcher Travis Scott (1x3, 2BB, HR, 2RBI) were each granted a walk in the first frame. Following another free pass for left fielder Neil Medchill (1x2, 3BB, HR, 2RBI) to start the second inning, second baseman Chase Lambin (1x5, RBI) drove in Medchill with a single to deep right field. First baseman Delwyn Young (1x4, RBI) knocked another single to right, advancing Lambin to second base, before Stavinoha brought in Lambin on an out-
field single to left. The Skeeters put up one run in the sixth, due to Camden starter Aaron Tullo (5.1,4,4,4,9,4) surrendering two additional walks to Medchill and third baseman Alex Nunez (1x4, BB) to start the inning. Langerhans then moved the runners over on an infield single, loading the bases for Young’s next at-bat. Following a swinging strikeout from Lambin, Young used a careful eye to draw another walk from Camden’s pitching staff and bring Medchill home before the end of the sixth. Martin put the Skeeters in scoring position in the seventh, using a single and stolen base to reach second before Medchill knocked a two-run homer, his first of the season. Scott later blasted a solo home run in the ninth to secure the Skeeters’ 7-2 lead entering the bottom of the inning.
Right-hander Chris Smith (3-0) made his first start for the Skeeters this season, hurling 5.0 solid innings of work. Smith allowed just two runs on six hits with two strikeouts to earn his third win for the Skeeters. Relievers Brian Broderick (1.0,0,0,0,0,1), Roy Corcoran (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) and Jared Wells (1.0,1,0,0,1,2) combined for 3.0 scoreless innings, while lefty Ben Kozlowski (1.0,4,3,2,1,1) surrendered three runs (two earned) in the final frame, narrowing Sugar Land’s lead to just two runs in a 7-5 final. For complete box scores of the Skeeters recent road trip, visit www.SugarLandSkeeters.com. Up Next: The Skeeters (5-5) returned home for a six-game homestand facing the Somerset Patriots (May 6-11) at Constellation Field. The first game marked the first “Twisted Tuesday” event of the year.
cated at 10505 Cash Road in Stafford. Prior to the concert and during intermission, concertgoers will have the opportunity to support the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra through a silent auction featuring a wonderful assortment of gift items. The protests are in all categories, according to Whitehead, who said, “One hundred lawsuits were filed last year and one included 700 properties. A low year on lawsuits is 75 and the most we’ve had was 170 suits in 2008.” Twenty to 30 percent of the lawsuits filed are resolved the first year but some take several years, Whitehead said. “A lot of why some lawsuits take longer is waiting to receive the information regarding the property from the owner. We had a suit filed in 2006 that went on to 2013. About 30 properties were involved in it and there are that many family members involved in each of the 30 properties. We met with them on four different occasions over two years and finally got it resolved.” Whitehead said the appraisal review board starts working in July and the “bulk of suits will be filed by October.” Summer Day Camp Registration is open for Lutherhill Day Camp, June 16 June 20. Spaces are limited. Lutherhill Day Camp brings the traditional camp experience to your child. In this Christ-centered camp run by professional camp counselors from Lutherhill in LeGrange, Texas, kids play, sing,
Texans Insurance Group gets Best of Sugar Land Award Texans Insurance & Financial Group, Inc. has been selected for the 2014 Best of Sugar Land Award in the Insurance Agents & Brokers category by the Sugar Land Award Program. Each year, the Sugar Land Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Sugar Land area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Sugar Land Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Sugar Land Award Program and data provided by third parties. The Sugar Land Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Sugar Land area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and longterm value. The Sugar Land Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in the community. The organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Its mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy. Five Star Honor Five Star Professional has named Basil Housewright, Jr. of Texans Insurance & Financial Group, Inc as a recipient of the 2014 Five Star Home/ Auto Insurance Professional award. The agency is a three-
Housewright year winner, having also been named in 2012 & 2013. The award winners will appear in a special section of the June 2014 issue of Texas Monthly magazine that will feature country music great George Strait. Five Star Professional again partnered with Texas Monthly magazine to conduct research to identify a select group of insurance professionals who are exceptional in both their ability and their commitment to overall satisfaction. After review by a blue-ribbon panel of local insurance experts, fewer than seven percent of all licensed insurance agents in the Houston region were selected. The region includes over 26,000 residents with a property & casualty insurance license. Five Star Professional surveyed, by mail & phone, more than 96,000 Houston region homeowners and 20,000 subscribers of Texas Monthly. Respondents were asked to evaluate only home/auto insurance professionals they know through personal experience. They were asked to evaluate the agency on categories such as overall satisfaction and whether they would highly recommend them to a friend or colleague. “What an honor that our customers gave us this vote of confidence and for the fourth year in a row. It is a tribute to our staff who provide service to our current & future customers each day,” said Basil Housewright, Jr, President of Texans Insurance & Financial Group, Inc. “It’s also an opportunity to thank our customers for their business and trust in us,” Housewright said.
do crafts and generally have a blast. Lutherhill Day Camp is geared for children who have completed kindergarten through eighth grade. The cost is $75 per child. The camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with up to two hours of aftercare available for a small additional fee. Camperships
are available.To register your child, visit the church’s website: www.stmartinslc.org Fill out the forms and submit them with your payment to the church office at: 1123 Burney Road, Sugar Land, TX 77498. Contact Lutherhill Day Camp Coordinator Glenda Moya at: email@example.com
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SPECIAL EXCEPTION REAR YARD SETBACK 66 PIPERS WALK Zoning Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 5:00 p.m., May 21, 2014, City of Sugar Land City Council Chamber, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, to hear all persons interested in proposed Special Exception to the Rear Yard Setback, 66 Pipers Walk, Lot 32, Block 8, Sweetwater Section 1 in the Restricted Single-Family Residential (R-1R) District. Details of the proposed Special Exception may be obtained by contacting City of Sugar Land Development Planning Office, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (281) 275-2218. VICINITY MAP:
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, William B. Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014 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 and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.fortbendcountytx.gov Q14-054 – DESIGN/BUILD WILLIAM B TRAVIS ANNEX FOURTH FLOOR BUILD OUT A pre-SOQ conference will be conducted on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 9:00AM (CST). The pre-SOQ conference will be held at the Fort Bend County Purchasing Department located in the Travis Annex at 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, Texas 77469. A site visit will commence immediately following the pre-SOQ meeting. All respondents are encouraged to attend. This is the only date and time vendors will be permitted to complete a site visit. 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
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Mega Pet Garage Sale The City of Sugar Land is partnering with the Save Our Strays Club from George Ranch High School to host a Mega Pet Garage Sale on Saturday, May 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sugar Land Animal Services, 101 Gillingham Lane. The Save Our Strays Club was started by two George Ranch High School students, one who volunteers at Sugar Land Animal Services and the other at Fort Bend County Animal Services. They saw a need for pet care items such as blankets, toys and food at the shelter and turned to their peers for support. As a result, the club has attracted dedicated members and regularly collects donated items for shelter animals. The club hopes to raise money and pet adoption
awareness through the Mega Pet Garage Sale. The sale will feature new and gently used pet products such as dog houses, leashes and pet clothes collected by the Save Our Strays Club. Proceeds from the sale will be split between Sugar Land Animal Services and Fort Bend County Animal Services. Pet adoptions and “Sleepovers” will be available at Sugar Land Animal Services during the event. The “Sleepover” option offers families a chance to try out an animal before choosing to adopt. For more information on the event or pet adoption, contact Sugar Land Animal Services at (281) 271-ADOG (2364).
City of Missouri City LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing a Request for Proposals for: RFP #121-14
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The City of Missouri City seeks to contract with one (1) qualified service provider to deliver Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and services to its employees. Proposals will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. local time May 19, 2014 and then publicly opened in the City Hall Chamber at 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas 77489. Proposal packages are available by contacting DemandStar bid service at (800) 7111712 or by free download from the Public Purchase website at www.publicpurchase. com. 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. NOTICE TO PROPOSERS COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS (CNG) FUELING STATION The City of Sugar Land seeks proposals for furnishing all labor, material, and equipment, and performing all work required for the following project in the City: NOTICE TO BIDDERS HVAC PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE 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: PROJECT NAME: ITB 2014-13 HVAC Preventative Maintenance LOCATION OF WORK: City Facilities, Sugar Land, Texas Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained by registering at Public Purchase www.publicpurchase.com. 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, May 15, 2014, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered. Questions regarding the bid must be received by Jason Poscovsky CPPB, Contracts Manager at email@example.com on or before 3:00 P.M., Thursday, May 8, 2014. City Council will award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder that complies with all requirements of the Request for Bids; notice of contract award will be given within thirty (30) calendar days after bid opening date and time. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC City Secretary NOTICE TO PROPOSERS AUTOMATED LICENSE PLATE RECOGNITION CAMERA SYSTEM The City of Sugar Land seeks proposals for furnishing all labor, material, and equipment, and performing all work required for the following project in the City: CIP PROJECT NAME: Automated License Plate Recognition Camera System CIP PROJECT NUMBER: MU1106 LOCATION OF WORK: City of Sugar Land, Fort Bend County, Texas 77478 A mandatory pre-proposal meeting for all interested parties will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Police Department Training Room, 1200 Highway 6 South, Sugar Land, TX 77478. All vendors must complete the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) form and return it to the Purchasing Office, firstname.lastname@example.org or by delivering in person before the pre-proposal meeting begins. The NDA form is available for download on Public Purchase www.publicpurchase.com; vendors who have not submitted the completed NDA will not be admitted to the mandatory pre-proposal meeting. Plans, specifications, and bidding documents will be made available at the mandatory pre-proposal meeting to only those vendors who successfully completed and returned the vendor packet. Sealed proposals one (1) original and six (6) 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 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014, at which time proposals will be publicly opened and read. Proposals received after the opening date and time will not be considered. For questions regarding this proposal please contact Jason Poscovsky CPPB, Contracts Manager, email@example.com before 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2014. City of Sugar Land City Council will award the contract within ninety (90) calendar days after the opening date and time. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC City Secretary
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL 340 ELDRIDGE ROAD Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing: 6:30 p.m., May 22, 2014, City of Sugar Land City Council Chamber, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, to hear all persons interested in the proposed Conditional Use Permit for an Elementary and Secondary School on 5.9 acres, 340 Eldridge Road in conjunction with an existing church on the southeast corner of Eldridge Road and Lakeview Drive in the Business Office (B-O) District; being Reserve “A” out of The Forty Holy Martyrs of Sebaste Orthodox Christian Church Replat No. 1 Fort Bend County Plat Records. Details of the proposed Conditional Use Permit may be obtained by contacting City of Sugar Land Development Planning Office, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (281) 275-2218. VICINITY MAP:
Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained, with payment of $50.00, from the office of Huitt-Zollars, Inc., 1500 S. Dairy Ashford, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77077, (281) 496-0066; or plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be downloaded from www.civcastusa.com. Sealed proposals, one (1) original and five (5) 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 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014, at which time proposals will be publicly opened and read. Proposals received after the opening date and time will not be considered. A non-mandatory pre-proposal meeting will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014, City Hall, City Council Chamber, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Questions may be submitted to Greg Wine, P.E., Huitt-Zollars, email@example.com, (281) 496-0066 until 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014. City of Sugar Land City Council will award the contract within ninety (90) calendar days after the opening date and time. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC City Secretary NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SPECIAL EXCEPTION REAR AND STREET SIDE YARD SETBACKS 2102 CYPRESS RUN DRIVE Zoning Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 5:00 p.m., May 21, 2014, City of Sugar Land City Council Chamber, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North to hear all persons interested in the proposed Special Exception to Rear and Street Side Yard Setbacks, 2102 Cypress Run Drive, Lot 10, Block 4, Plantation Bend Section 2, in the Standard Single-Family Residential (R-1) District. Details of the proposed Special Exception may be obtained by contacting City of Sugar Land Development Planning Office, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (281) 275-2218. VICINITY MAP:
City of Missouri City NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING On Monday, May 19, 2014, there will be held, during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber, City of Missouri City City Hall, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, a public hearing relating to the creation of Reinvestment Zone No. 13 for tax abatement purposes. The proposed Reinvestment Zone No. 13 is located on Reserve 23, in Block 1 of the Partial Replat of Lakeview Business Park Replat No. 6, a recorded subdivision in the City of Missouri City, Fort Bend County, Texas, according to the map or plat thereof recorded under Plat Number 20130329 of the Plat Records of Fort Bend County, Texas. The proposed Reinvestment Zone No. 13 is located in the vicinity of Fondren Road and Buffalo Run, within the City of Missouri City. Any interested person is entitled to speak and present evidence for or against the creation of Reinvestment Zone No. 13.
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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital rolls out red carpet for physicians
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Doctor’s Day Award Winners: Dr. Eddie Patton Jr., Dr. Shiva Satish, Dr. Bushra Cheema, Dr. Vincent Phan, Dr. Mauricio Reinoso and Dr. Timothy Oppermann (not pictured: Dr. Kumara Peddamatham) At its eighth annual Doctor’s Day awards ceremony, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital literally rolled out the red carpet for their physicians, including seven leading physicians nominated and voted on by over 900 hospital employees. In honor of Doctor’s Day, hospital employees had the opportunity to participate in a “Thank a Doctor” campaign. They were able to thank a special doctor in honor of National Doctor’s Day and show their appreciation to a physician who has touched their life by writing him or her a short note. Many physicians received an envelope containing thank you notes and comment cards at the event. Seven physicians were recognized at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Doctor’s Day celebration and medical staff meeting. At the Oscars-style event in appreciation of physicians, secret envelopes revealed the winners. The physician winners then gave a small speech to recognize and thank those that voted and supported them throughout the year. Physicians in leading roles for 2014 were announced in seven categories: Female Physician of Excellence, Dr. Bushra Cheema, Oncologist; Male Physician of Excellence, Dr. Eddie Patton, Jr., Neurologist; Best Educator, Dr. Mauricio Reinoso, Pulmonologist; Most Respectful, Dr. Shiva Satish, Geriatrician; Most Supportive of Nursing, Dr. Timothy Oppermann, General Surgeon; Best Bedside Manner, Dr. Kumara Peddamatham, Gastroenterologist and Most Technologically Innovative, Dr. Vincent Phan, Orthopedic Upper Extremity Surgeon. “Our physicians bring a great deal of knowledge, skill and compassion to the residents in the Fort Bend community,” said Chris Siebenaler, CEO of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “The awards ceremony and “Thank a Doctor” campaign are just a few ways for us to recognize the incredible work our physicians do.” “This means a great deal coming from my colleagues. I just want to thank our great team of nurses because it really takes all of us to provide excellent patient care,” said Oppermann. Satish stated, “I am very honored and grateful to receive the award for most respectful. It is a great feeling to know that my fellow physicians and nurses appreciate how I carry myself and provide for our patients.” It was an evening of celebration to truly express Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s gratitude and support towards their doctors. “Thank you so much for this award and making Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital a great place to work. I look forward to continuing to work with you all,” said Cheema, winner for the Female Physician of Excellence award. Patton, the winner of the Male Physician of Excellence award agreed stating, “I really appreciate all the staff, nurses and fellow physicians, and I am humbled to receive this award. It is a privilege to call you my colleagues.” Doctor’s Day is a nationally recognized day of celebration held in March every year to honor the healing and lifesaving work of America’s physicians.
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AUTOMOBILE: Mazda 6
By BARBARA FULENWIDER The 2015 Mazda 6 equipped with the 2.5-liter gasoline engine starts at $21,190. While the mid-size sedan is mostly a carry-over model for 2015, it does have some minor updates and more features and packaging options to choose. It was redesigned last year and won numerous accolades. The 2015 models are offered in three trim levels – Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The 2.5-liter engine makes 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 lb-ft of torque at 3,250 rpm. Both the six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission are available for pairing. For those who enjoy changing the gears themselves, the entry-level Sport, priced at $21,190, comes equipped with the manual transmission, push-button start, air conditioning with a pollen filter, a tilt-andtelescopic adjustable steering column, steering wheelmounted audio and cruise control functions, a multi-information display with a trip computer. Also, an auxiliary/USB input connections, clothtrimmed sport seats, a sixway manual driver’s seat with manual lumbar support, 60/40-split fold-down rear seats, a leather-wrapped parking brake, shift knob and PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 for Fort Bend Market Petco Subdivision, being a replat of a portion of Reserve A, Block 1 Kingsbridge Commerce Park, Section 2, Precinct 2. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom at 401 Jackson Street, Second Floor, 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 Sean Williams with TBG Partners at 713-439-0027 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk
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The Amazing Spider Man 2
I’ve been a huge fan of Andrew Garfield; not just for his Spidey career. Garfield, age 30, stands in at 5’ 10 ½” so that makes him pretty average except he is a phenomenal actor. You might remember, if you are a movie freak, that Garfield won Second Place in Larry H’s Best Supporting Actor Category for 2010. He has not yet received an Academy Award nomination; the closest he’s ever come to the bigtime is a Golden Globe nom for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Eduardo Severin in The Social Network (2010). And unfortunately for him, he will not receive any nominations for this movie because a Spider-Man movie is bigger than all the characters. Even back in the days of Stan Lee and Marvel’s early partnerships, the Spider-Man character always was the storyline that excited the kids and early audiences of the Marvel
comics. It would be sacrilege to win an award as a super-hero. Or is it? What about Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man? Not yet, but maybe someday. The computer image action of this movie was breath-taking and beautiful. I saw this movie in 3-D IMAX (not an advantage) and it was an honor to watch this high-production project directed by Marc Webb. Stan Lee and the other Executive Producers must have trusted the talents of Marc Webb because it is rumored that he had $200 million at his disposal to make this film. That’s an impressive chunk of change for the making of a movie, but it is also the power of Marvel’s Spider-Man. The Franchise prints money. In this episode, Spider-Man (Garfield) is confronted with his own demons and selfdoubts about his ability to protect the good citizens of New
York especially against a new enemy, Electro, (Jamie Foxx) who seemingly has more power than Spidey. Add his old friend Harry Osborn (Dane Dehann) and Gwen (Emma Stone) into the mix and our brave, skyscraper-leaping Spider-Man has as much befuddlement as you and me. Peter Parker also comes to the conclusion that “…all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.” Oh my, this sounds like Peter Parker’s Spider-Man is in trouble. Will he save the day? Will you like this movie as much as you liked the 2012 version of “The Amazing Spider-Man?” This is why we have to buy a ticket and go to the theatre. I think the hardcore SpiderMan fans will not be disappointed, but they never are. Rock ‘n Roll. Grade 85. Larry H. email@example.com
Pippi Longstocking is now playing at Fort Bend Theatre The beloved and adventurous red-headed pig-tailed girl, Pippi Longstocking, is coming to Award-Winning Fort Bend Theatre from May 3–18, on Saturdays at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. & Sundays at 3:00 p.m. at 2815 N. Main, Stafford, TX 77477. Join Pippi as she moves into her father’s cottage, Villa Villekulla, and has adventures with her next-door neighbors Tommy and Annika. Tickets are only $9 and can be purchased at www.fortbendtheatre.com. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, call (281) 208-3333. Jane Eyre A woman fights to claim her independence and self-respect in a society that has no place for her in Award-Winning Fort Bend Theatre’s production of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, May 23 – June 1, playing Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $9, and can be purchased at www.fortbendtheatre.com. This play is part of FBT’s Action Reaction Troupe, featuring 8-18 year olds. Discover the romance, passion, and forbidden secrets at 2815 N. Main, Stafford, TX 77477. For more information, call (281) 208-3333.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Shakuntala R. Patel, Deceased, were issued on April 28, 2014, in Cause No. 14CPR-026533, pending in the County Court at Law No. 3, Fort Bend County, Texas, to: Sudha Patel. All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them to the undersigned within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. c/o: Kate M. Marinacci Hrbacek Martinez & Nestor, P.C. 130 Industrial Blvd., Suite 110 Sugar Land,Texas 77478 DATED the 30th day of April, 2014. Hrbacek, Martinez & Nestor, P.C. Dean A. Hrbacek State Bar No.: 10128800 dhrbacek@hrbacek. com Katherine M. Marinacci State Bar No. 24076998 firstname.lastname@example.org 130 Industrial Boulevard, Suite 110 Sugar Land, Texas 77478 Telephone: (281 ) 240-2424 Facsimile: (281) 240-7089 Attorneys for Sudha Patel
The energetic Pippi Longstocking (Helena Taylor) runs through the streets and bumps into cranky Mrs. Prysselius (Soryn Gwinn) in Award-Winning Fort Bend Theatre’s production of Pippi Longstocking.
Black & Gold Takeover Support Thurgood Marshall High School ProGrad 2014’s Test Drive a Dodge Car Fundraiser will be held May 13. Dodge will make a donation for each test drive. Must be 18 and licensed driver to participate. Event Location: 1220 Buffalo Run Missouri City (school parking lot) 3:30 p.m -7:30 p.m. Call Velma Pete at 2817552923 for more information. 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, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014 at 1:30 P.M. CST). All proposals 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 proposers made public. Proposals received after the specified time will be returned unopened. Solicitation and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.fortbendcountytx.gov.
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, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014 at 1:30 P.M. CST). All proposals 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 proposers made public. Proposals received after the specified time will be returned unopened. Solicitation and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.fortbendcountytx.gov.
RFP 14-055 – FLEET MAINTENANCE SOFTWARE
RFP 14-052 – BANK DEPOSITORY
Bonds are not 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
Bonds are not 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
MAY 7, 2014 • INDEPENDENT • Page 9
VOTE - May 10, 2014 Voting FOR all 4 Missouri City Bond Propositions will:
• Improve drainage to address community �lood risk • Provide new roads, needed road and sidewalk improvements and repairs • New Fire Station to Improve emergency response time/lower insurance rates • Extend the useful life of Public Safety HQ and City Hall • Be responsibly implemented over 8 to 10 years so as not to cause a tax rate increase These Bond Proposals have been endorsed by:
Charles Adaway Richard Alaniz Yvonne Allen Janet Alvarez-Jedkins Ramesh Anand Pam Andrews Cheryl Binks Kent Binks Chris Breaux Lillie Breaux Sonya Brown-Marshall Nell Burks Charlie Butera Ivan Butter�ield Rod Castells Elizabeth Collins Abel Contreras Rose Contreras
Betsy Elenhaas Deb Freilich Joe Freilich Barbara Gibson Meredith Gilbert Roy Gilbert Albert Glover Bob Gowens Carol Grates Fred Grates David Hamner Coby Hesse Frank Hester Jeannie Hiller Jim Hiller Don Johnson Buford Jurica Andrew Kayes
Gerald Kuenzel Valerie Kuenzel Ron Lee Joel Levine Don Lieske Anthony Maroulis Bobby Marshall Diane Mauricio Bill McCrea Jo Ann Miller Lynette Miller Margaret Morris Rodger Morris Marilyn Nelson Bernard Orloff Sheryl Orloff Monica Rasmus Eunice Reiter
Karl Reiter Doyle Reynolds Maris Reynolds Amanda Rodriguez Michael Sabouni Neeta Sane Mila Sinyak Ed Sziy Alfred Taylor Bob Thompson Jane Thompson Llarence Turner William Wallace Jim White Joe Workman
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Election Day: May 10, 2014 Early Voting: April 28th - May 6th
“It’s an honor serving our community of Missouri City for the last 35 years. I look foward to many more years to come. I ask for your support and vote in the May 2014 City Election so together we can continue to make Missouri City a great place to live, work and raise our families” Paid for by Allen Owen Campaign, 2022 Masters Lane, Missouri City, Texas 77459
“It’s an honor serving our community of Missouri City for the last 35 years. I look foward to many more years to come. I ask for your support and vote in the May 2014 City Election so together we can continue to make Missouri City a great place to live, work and raise our families” Paid for by Allen Owen Campaign, 2022 Masters Lane, Missouri City, Texas 77459