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Commissioners court in a bind over sheriff’s overtime request campaign promise and accordBy SESHADRI KUMAR Fort Bend County Commis- ingly slashed the overtime from sioners Court is facing a dilem- about $735,000 to $200,000, for ma— to approve the $450,000 the enforcement division. That requested by Sheriff Troy Nehls overtime amount was nearly exhausted by Wright himself from to pay overtime or not. If the court approves it, the Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012. County commissioners by apcontingency reserve will be deproving the budget as presentpleted. County Auditor Ed Sturdivant ed by Wright, acquiesced into is concerned about the depletion Wright’s logic that his successor of the $734,000 in contingency had promised to slash overtime in because the county will have no the department. That campaign promise has money left to pay for the indigent attorney fees to various courts for now come to haunt everyone, those who believe Nehls said so the next six months. If the commissioners don’t ap- and those who believe otherwise. prove the overtime, the sheriff Nehls denies that he ever prommay be forced to cut patrol ser- ised to eliminate overtime, but vices and the onus for inadequate only said he would reduce it by law enforcement will fall on the efficient management of personnel. commissioners court. “We are finding ways to reThe request for the additional $450,000 in overtime being duce overtime as I said I would... sought by Nehls is not in the We will find ways to get enough 2013 budget, presented by the money to take us through the end of the year,” Nehls said. former Sheriff Milton Wright. In the 2014 budget, Nehls said Soon after Nehls took office, the court approved an additional he would be reducing overtime $160,000 to pay for the promo- by nearly 40 percent. The detions caused by the civil service partment’s entire overtime bill is about $1.1 million and Nehls commission. Nehls during his campaign last plans to cut it down to $650,000. year criticized the then sheriff’s “We have lot of built-in overtime office for spending excessively and I have changed that to effect on overtime and cutting the over- savings,” he said. As a proof of his control over time was one of his main camovertime expenditures, Nehls paign pledges. Wright took note of Nehls’ said in October 2012, the overIn early voting for the May 11 local elections in the first six days, 1,439 people have voted in the Fort Bend ISD elections. In Missouri City Dist. A, 166 people have voted and in Dist. B, 108 have voted early. In a report in this paper last week, the name of a candidate in the Missouri City Dist. A race was incorrectly printed as Rodney Smith. It should read Rodney Griffin. The other two candidates in the race are Bobby Marshall and Yolanda Ford. In Stafford MSD election, 152 have voted through Saturday.

time bill was $63,000, in November 2012, it was $54,000 and in December, the last month of Wright in office, the bill was $77,000. In January 2013, the first month under the new sheriff, the overtime bill was $31,000 and in February $34,000. Sturdivant is not comfortable with the idea of raiding the contingency fund for sheriff’s overtime bill. The $2 million allocated for indigent attorney fees would be exhausted by the end of the third quarter, leaving no funds for payments in the last quarter of the year, Sturdivant said. Sturdviant suggested that the sheriff could take money from the forfeiture funds, exceeding $1 million, and from the operations budget. But, Nehls is not inclined to do so. If the contingency fund is tapped, the county will have to scrape money from every other department to allow for future contingencies. The commissioners could minimize the impact by approving part of the overtime payment from the contingency funds and the rest from other departments or sheriff’s own department. The commissioners are scheduled to vote on the item on Tuesday, May 7.

Wong named chair of Texas Board of Professional Engineers

LONGEST SERVING DA’S SECRETARY RETIRES. Barbara Dobson, the first secretary to the District Attorney in Fort Bend County, after working under five different DAs since the office was established in 1977, retired on April 30. At a well-attended farewell party held at Gus George Police Academy, four of the five DAs paid rich tributes to Dobson’s personality, character and professionalism. Above, Dobson is flanked by current DA John Healey, to her right, and the first DA Charles Dickerson, to her left, with the second DA Bill Meitzon, far right, and Sam Dick, third DA, far left. The fourth DA and Healey’s predecessor Jack Stern is not in the picture. Dobson first began her job in the county attorney’s office in Fort Bend in 1971, then went to Houston for a few years and came back in 1981. She was secretary to the then County Attorney Dickerson, who was appointed the first DA of the county when the position was created in 1977. Healey described Dobson as the most valuable person of the DA’s office for 36 years. “She has been strong-willed, discerning, office coordinator for the last 21 years and she was the face of the DA’s office ( as mentioned by Meitzon). She would tell me if I was making a mistake. She had that much knowledge.” Dobson outlived courthouse buildings, Dick said. In the DA’s office, the staff was afraid of the secretary more than the boss, he said as a testimony to her insight into the office.

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FBSO violinist Anastasia Marshall, a native of Russia, prepares for the Fort Bend Symphony’s May 19 concert of Russian music while wearing the everyday attire for a married woman in Russia. (Photo by Coleman Locke) Two Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra violinists who were born in Russia and immigrated to the United States are looking forward to sharing the music of their homeland during the orchestra’s May 19 concert, From Russia with Love. The season-closer begins at 2 p.m. at the Stafford Centre,

10505 Cash Road in Stafford. “When I listen to Russian music, I want to clap and tell everyone I’m Russian because the music makes me proud of my Russian heritage,” said Anastasia Golenkova Marshall who joined FBSO in 2004. Tofik K. Khanmamedov, a 12-year member of FBSO, is pleased with the focus on Russian music that includes a mix of folk selections and masterworks. “It’s a good, balanced program.” During From Russia with Love, FBSO will perform Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Glire’s Russian Sailor’s Dance and Kabalevsky’s Colas Breugnon Overture, which features some jazzy syncopation. Also featured is Sabre Dance, an exciting Armenian dance where the dancers display their sabre skills. Reserved seats for From Russia with Love are $12 and $17 for adults and may be purchased at fbso.org or by calling 281-276-9642. Discounts are available for seniors 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.

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Wong Gov. Rick Perry has named Daniel Wong of Missouri City chair of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. The board licenses qualified engineers, enforces the Texas Engineering Practice Act and regulates the practice of professional engineering in Texas. Wong is CEO of TolunayWong Engineers. He is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers and University of Houston Civil Engineering Advisory Board, past president of the Asian American Architects and Engineers Association, and a past board member of the Houston Council of Engineering Companies. He is also a trustee of the Fort Bend Economic Development Council, past member of the Sugar Land City Council, and past board member of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Houston-Galveston Area Council, and University of Houston Alumni Association. Wong received a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in civil engineering and a doctorate of civil engineering from the University of Houston. He will serve as chair of the board for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor.

“The Secret Gardens of Sugar Lakes” is the theme for this year’s Sugar Land Garden Club’s 14th annual Spring Garden Tour. On Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the public is invited to tour nine unique private gardens in the Sugar Lakes subdivision. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour at any garden. Tickets are $15 for all nine gardens making this a perfect Mother’s Day gift. Pictured are Andre and Robin Leeder, along with their proud dog Baxter, who are eagerly waiting to welcome visitors into their “secret garden.” Rain date is Saturday, May 18. Visit sugarlandgardenclub.org and click on Tour and Map. — 534 Kingfisher Dr., 206 Brook Forest Trail, 403 Kingfisher Dr., 407 Baybridge Dr., 814 Kittiwake Ct., 871 Harbour Place, 234 Kingfisher Dr., 1122 Heron Way and 819 Oyster Creek @ Teal.


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News Missouri City looks for new economic development director

By BARBARA FULENWIDER Being at the right place at the right time can definitely take your life in a new direction. For Bob Graf, Missouri City’s economic development coordinator for the past 12 years, the right place was in front of a big screen television during two weeks of vacation last Christmas. His change of pace, relaxation and enjoyment prompted him to decide that perhaps it was time to retire and spend more of his days that way. When he returned to work last January he let the mayor and council know that his days on the job were numbered to the end of June. “I still have two more months to work here,” Graf said. “I’m trying to wrap up some things we’ve already started. We’re looking at some major companies right now,” Graf said. After all is said and done by Graf for Missouri City he’ll return part time to commercial real estate, which is what he was in prior to joining the city. “I’ll do some of that and keep busy from time to time, and I’ll also try to help out a little in areas of economic development where ever I can.” As for his past 12 years with Missouri City, Graf said he’s enjoyed it. “There’s been a lot of development going on here, and the mayor and council have been great about supporting economic development. All three city managers I’ve worked with here have also been great and very supportive.” His biggest accomplishment over the years, he said, was working with Trammel Crow in a public/private partnership to develop Lakeview Business Park. Trammel Crow bought the land that had been the Willowisp golf course and the city provided money to build some roads and water and sewer lines. “The park made Missouri City relevant with companies out there looking for new areas to move into. Companies want areas that are shovel ready – where they can buy the land and start working on building the next day. That is what the

Graf Willowisp land did for us.” Another coup was convincing Ben E. Keith to locate in Missouri City’s Beltway Business Park just off of South Gessner. Ben E. Keith is to open in June and Graf said, “Quite a few businesses have popped up right around it already. There are a couple of warehouses there now. “Last year we had two companies move in. American Tire Distributors leased a 15,000 square foot area, and Frank’s Supply, an automotive accessory parts company, occupies 72,000 square feet in the business park. Before that, this past year Twin Star Bakery opened on the corner of Cravens and South Gessner after moving into 276,000 square feet of space,” Graf said. “At Lakeview (Business Park) last year we worked out a deal to get Niagara Water Bottling Co. in Missouri City. They took 356,000 square feet of space and make their own water bottles for private label companies,” Graf said. Along with bringing more and more businesses to Missouri City over his 12 year tenure, Graf has also worked to change the city’s reputation from being difficult to deal with to being one that welcomes businesses and has made the process far more accommodating to prospects. “We’ve shown businesses that we do work with them and that we don’t ask them to do anything any other city wouldn’t do. I think we’ve nixed our reputation of being hard to deal with. We did a lot of reorganizing internally to create a new development services department that oversees all development. We also have someone who is business

oriented over it rather than a planner,” Graf said. Missouri City Manager Edward Broussard said about Graf: “You look at the success Missouri City has had just over the past five or six years in regard to economic development and you won’t find it duplicated elsewhere. Bob came into this from a private sector background and was able to figure out how to sell Missouri City in a way that resonates with businesses. “He was also able to talk to the community. He’s quite a hit on Missouri City TV. I think his folksy way of conveying the message from an economic development standpoint has been a big success.” Broussard also said economic development departments “are getting more and more important to cities. The recruiting piece is one reason why. You have to go out and recruit in order to have them locate in your community. Another piece is to shepherd them through the development processes in order to have their business built in your community in a reasonable time period and meet local goals.” Soon Broussard will hire someone who has experience in relation to economic development from the municipal side. “The big thing for Missouri City is redevelopment as well. We need new business parks and redevelopment.” In a couple of months, Graf will most likely have his feet propped up and be watching his big screen TV while the newly hired economic development director works feverishly to be as successful as the man who took Missouri City from being a bedroom community to a full-fledged town. At a special session on April 15,city council discussed the 2013 economic development strategies. The 2013 Economic Development Strategies focus was on developing the City marketing campaign, establishing a “strategic investment zone” for the Texas Parkway Corridor, developing the next major business park site(s), further

infrastructure investment, and developing an annual update schedule from City economic development partners. The strategies build on the 2003 economic development analysis, along with the 201112 economic development plan update. The City Council was briefed on the recruitment process for the upcoming economic development director position. Staff also discussed marketing in the following areas: development of an economic development site, development of an economic development map, promotion of economic development projects and opportunities through social media, business briefing/network lunches, creation of an economic development newsletter, Texas Parkway strategic investment zone, upcoming business park site(s), infrastructure investments and furthering relationships with economic development partners. City Manager Broussard continued with the presentation by discussing further the following: development of an identity for Texas Parkway Corridor; development of an economic development incentive package and discussion regarding infrastructure investment. Councilmember Don Smith inquired if the facility study includes City Hall. Broussard noted the study is to include City Hall, however, City Hall will not move; also the study will address the old community center and how it will be reused. Broussard said the City will focus on the next major business park sites and what can be done to assure their availability for future developers. Broussard emphasized the City goals to further relationships with economic development partners, Greater Houston Partnership, Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council, HCC and METRO. He also noted the City plan to provide a growth update. Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Wyatt stated Fort Bend County Commissioners Court should be added to the list of furthering relations.

Sugar Land Junior Superstar Finale on May 10 Sugar Land Town Square presents the 3rd Annual Sugar Land Junior Superstar finale on Friday, May 10 from 7 – 9:30 p.m. in the Plaza. Due to inclement weather, event organizers were forced to reschedule the popular event, originally slated for April 27. Auditions were held in March and the judges selected finalists, ages 9 to 13, to perform during the live finale. Due to the popularity of Sugar Land Superstar, Town Square’s American Idol-like singing competition held each summer, Junior Superstar was created to provide a venue for the community’s younger vocal talent. Last year, celebrity judges named elevenyear-old Selena Packard the 2012 Sugar Land Junior Superstar. This event is free and open to the public. For more information on the competition, visit SugarLandTownSquare.com.

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Despite high winds and cold temperatures, the annual Fort Bend County Peace Officers’ Memorial was held Thursday, May 2 at the Peace Officers’ Memorial at the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Troy E. Nehls presented the keynote speech to a crowd of about 150 residents, including relatives of several of the officers who died in the line of duty in Fort Bend County. “These public servants understood the meaning of service above self,” Nehls said. “These 16 comrades will never be forgotten.” Nehls said the Sheriff’s Office is taking proactive measures to ensure Sheriff’s Office personnel “have the tools and resources necessary to accomplish their jobs in the safest way possible.” The sheriff also announced a new policy, which will be enacted May 15. Employees of the Sheriff’s Office will be required to use a hands free mobile device while operating a county-owned vehicle. “This new policy will assist us in providing a safer environment for our deputies,” Nehls said. “This new policy will assist us in providing a safer environment for our deputies. Additionally, this not only will reduce officer-involved motor vehicle crashes, it also will set an example for the motoring

Officers from several Fort Bend County law enforcement agencies placed an American flag around the Peace Officers’ Memorial during the ceremony. public, who far too often become victims to vehicle crashes where the cause or contributing factor was the use of a cell phone.” A Roll Call of the Fallen was recited. Names on the list of Fort Bend County law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty include: John V. Morton, Fort Bend County Sheriff, Feb. 7, 1843; T.J. Garvey, Fort Bend County Sheriff, Aug. 16, 1889; Henrich H. Hoffman, Fort Bend Coun-

ty Sheriff’s Office Deputy, Feb. 19, 1893; Frank Schmid Jr., Texas Ranger, June 17, 1893; Edmond H. Hardin, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, Sept. 14, 1927; Frank P. Bell, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, Oct. 10, 1930; H.A. White, Texas Ranger, Dec. 1, 1961; and Henry Michulka, Rosenberg Police Department, Jan. 26, 1963. Also, Dominic S. Carso, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, March 8, 1977; Jon A Farrar, Fort Bend County

Sheriff’s Office Detective, Aug. 5, 1977; Joseph E. Cernoch, Rosenberg Police Department, Feb. 9, 1978; Ronald D. Slockett, Sugar Land Police Department, July 4, 1987; Eugene J. Heimann, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, March 21, 1988; David L. Braunholz, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, April 9, 1990; Ernest V. Mendoza, Needville ISD, Jan. 29, 2007; and John D. Norsworthy Jr., Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, Jan. 4, 2011.

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Opinion AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOODS: History of the Quail Valley Club House By CAROLYN BOWDEN IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE: In 1969, to get to the club house (which was under construction) one had to enter from Cartwright on La Quinta until the bridge on El Dorado was constructed. Unfortunately, Cartwright had plenty of chug holes, almost like our speed bumps today. And on rainy days it was worse because you could not see the chug holes. Cartwright started at FM 1092 and ended at Cypress Point. The rest of Cartwright was simply a muddy lane. The club house slab was poured and the framing begun. As the two by fours went up two young girls, who lived in the area, rode their horses up to view the construction. As they looked at the “club house” slab, they were doubtful of its future. From the girls’ vantage point, this club house was going to be out in the country surrounded by pecan trees. One girl said to the other: “Who would want to drive all the way out in the “middle of no-where” to this club to play golf, when they could just play in Houston?” THE FIRST RESIDENTS: In 1969 there were existing homes on the property that was to become Quail Valley Subdivision. They were scattered, but close to FM 1092 and Cartwright. Some had a gravel drive/road to their house. Today these homes would be in the Quail

Bowden Valley Sections of Quail Valley North, El Dorado, La Quinta, Thunderbird West Courtyard and Thunderbird I. These homes had electricity but each required a water well and a septic tank. With the sale of the property they would lose their privacy but gain the luxury of a Utility District. (TO BE CONTINUED ) FAST FORWARD TO 2013: When the CITY took over Quail Valley Golf Course Properties in 2010 there were over 100 homes up for sale. Over the last year the number of homes on the market has dropped by “over” 50 percent. NEW FACILITIES: City Centre and the Tennis/Recreation Center have increased property values. This means the city benefits by seeing an increase in property tax revenue which has a positive effect on the “entire” city, not just Quail Valley. Instead of moving, people are remodeling and staying “put”.

QUAIL VALLEY GOLF COURSE CONTRIBUTIONS: Increased number of rounds of play, golf tournaments and golf and non-golf events. City Centre is currently booking events as far out as 2015. These Events bring people into our community that may have never been here before and, you never know, they could end up becoming “new” residents. INCREASES IN 2012: ROUNDS OF GOLF 58,306 (up 4% over 2011 and up 20% over 2010) EVENTS 160 for Golf and Non Golf Events averaged 30 per month, involving number of persons ; 10 to 330 per Event. The city is making a PROFIT in Golf, Food & Beverage area. START UP EXPENSES? The new City Centre is like any new business where the owner doesn’t start making a profit initially because of the “start-up” expenses. The Quail Valley Golf Course Properties are an “amenity” just like the other 20+ parks in the city. The difference is these Properties generate income. In recent surveys, the number one reason people enjoy Missouri City, is our parks. Contributions to this column courtesy of Fran Nicholson and The City of Missouri City. NEXT COLUMN: (May 22nd) History of Quail Valley Club House, “continued.” Write to: CVBNeighbors@ aol.com about this column.

Commemorating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month By MIKE GIBSON This month, we honor the contributions Asian Pacific Americans have made to our nation and more specifically to Fort Bend County. Throughout our county, Asian and Pacific Island Americans have helped make Fort Bend the best county in the USA by making significant contributions in every field, from arts and entertainment to science and technology, from public policy and service to business and military service. Americans of Asian and Pacific descent have provided the entrepreneurial talent and Texas pioneer spirit to help lead us to the top among plac-

es to live and do business in the country. As the most ethnically diverse county in the United States, we have all learned to work shoulder to shoulder with our friends, neighbors and family. Together, we will continue to show we are not divided by race, creed, religion, country of origin or any other artificial barrier. We know how to work together to make our community strong, safe and prosperous. Generations of Asian and Pacific immigrants have made Fort Bend County their home bringing with them different cultural histories and traditions. The Texas, Hispanic and American traditions

blended with the Asian and Pacific cultures have made a rich new culture formed by living and working together. I honor and respect those that have left their homeland to find a brighter future for themselves and their families. America, Texas and, especially Fort Bend County, is still the land of opportunity where hard work, dedication to community, public service and devotion to family will lead to financial and personal growth and advancement. I join with all in my Party in celebrating May as the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Gibson is the chairman of the Republican Party of Fort Bend County.

City accepts applications for Land Use Advisory Committee The City of Sugar Land is accepting applications from community members for a citizen-based advisory committee to update the City’s Land Use Plan. The Land Use Advisory Committee will guide a project to identify policy guidance and future efforts necessary to accomplish the City’s land use goals and objectives. Work is expected to address issues such as housing types, development of activity centers and redevelopment of aging commercial areas. The proposed process to update the plan will include various opportunities for public input to identify community preferences. The committee, expected to have about 15 members from diverse backgrounds, will serve as a sounding board for ideas. Tasks will include: reviewing public input and technical analysis; considering policy recommendations; representing the interests of the community by providing detailed input and feedback on the plan; and serving as champions for the project within the community. Participation in LUAC is an

opportunity to contribute to the City and guide public policymaking; however, participation will require a significant time commitment, so the City is looking for dedicated individuals for the committee. During the approximate 18-month project, LUAC members will attend committee meetings, “Land Use Forum” educational sessions, public meetings and possibly workshops with the Planning and Zoning Com-

mission and City Council. These meetings will generally be held during weekday evenings and will be scheduled in coordination with selected LUAC members after their appointment. The City is accepting volunteer applications for the Land Use Advisory Committee through May 20. The application and a description of the process is available at www.sugarlandtx. gov/landuseplan.

Flooding is hurricane season’s real danger By BASIL HOUSEWRIGHT, JR. As all eyes turn toward the Gulf of Mexico at the start of the 2013 hurricane season we would like to remind Texans that they should be aware of the potential for deadly floodwaters across the entire state. It doesn’t take a Class 5 hurricane to paralyze portions of the Texas coastline and inland. Several of the state’s worst natural disasters have come from downgraded hurricanes and tropical storms that have stalled over areas of Texas hundreds of miles beyond coastal waters. One of the State’s costliest storm was Tropical Storm Allison that dumped nearly two feet of rain over Houston on June 8, 2001. Tropical Storm Allison had actually stalled over Fort Bend county for several hours before moving a little further north and dropped 12 inches of rain causing flooding in areas which many would have thought would never experience flooding. Other tropical storms have stalled over Del Rio, south central Texas and north central Texas dropping record rainfall amounts and causing deadly floodwaters. On August 23, 1998, Tropical Storm Charley stalled over Del Rio. The storm dumped 18 inches of rain on the Texas border city in less than 24 hours. More than 600 homes and businesses in the city of 38,000 were destroyed. Hurricane Alice was tracked more than 300 miles inland before its storm system stalled over Albany creating the state’s largest one day rainfall total of 29 inches on August 4, 1978. Tropical Storm Amelia caused little damage when it came ashore on July 30, 1978. But three days later the storm

Pathways to Wellness— this year’s theme for May is Mental Health Month— calls attention to strategies and approaches that help all Americans achieve wellness and good mental and overall health. “Wellness is essential to living a full and productive life,” said Jeanne Wallace, Executive Director, MHA of Ft. Bend County. “We may have different ideas about what wellness means, but it involves a set of skills and strategies to prevent the onset or shorten the duration of illness and promote recovery and well-being. It’s about keeping healthy as well as getting healthy.” Wallace said wellness is more than absence of disease. “It involves complete general, mental and social wellbeing. And mental health is an

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began spilling torrents of rain in the hill country north of San Antonio. Floodwaters carried away homes of 25 unsuspecting riverfront residents and campers sending water crashing down the Guadalupe, Medina and Sabinal Rivers. Amelia drifted northward and dropped another 20 inches of rain in the Abilene area before finally dissipating. We all should remember Hurricane Katrina which spared Texas in 2005 but caused almost $40 billion damage to property with over $22 billion of this being insured flood damage along the Gulf Coast. In 2005, the storm surge from Hurricane Rita caused more than $51 million in insured flood damage to the state’s coastal communities, and in 2007, Tropical Storm Erin dumped heavy rainfall throughout eastern Texas, resulting in an estimated $45 million in damage. Many more “uninsured” properties received damage as well. And who can forget the flooding in Galveston from Hurricane Ike in 2008? Homeowners should be reminded that a homeowner policy does not cover flood damage. Flood insurance is a separate policy that you may purchase from insurance agents through the Federal Govern-

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ment’s National Flood Insurance Program. You must plan ahead. There is a 30-day wait period before this coverage goes into effect for existing property owners. It may go into effect immediately if purchased at time of closing on a new property or certain other special conditions. Most companies allow your annual flood insurance premium to be charged on major credit or debit cards. If you have an escrow account for your homeowners insurance and taxes, upon request your Mortgage Company may include the flood insurance premium in your escrow account for subsequent renewals, but typically require the homeowner to pay the first year’s premium. Many think if they do not have flood insurance and they receive flood damage the Government Disaster Program will take care of their loss. The Government Disaster Program consists of low interest loans, which you will have to repay. If you still have reservations about buying flood insurance, look at it this way, $412.00 (an average for most local neighborhoods) would be $34.33 per month. If you suffer a flood loss and do not have flood insurance what would the monthly cost be to pay off the Government Disaster Loan you take out to recover? Just the interest alone would be more than $34.33 a month. Basil 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) 2777800, Fax (281) 277-7801, E-Mail – basil@texansinsure. com. Visit www.texansinsure. com.

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essential component of overall health and well-being. The fact is our overall well-being is tied to the balance that exists between our emotional, physical, spiritual and mental health. “ Wallace said everyone is at risk of stress given the demands it brings and the challenges at work and at home. But there are steps that maintain well-being and help everyone achieve wellness. These involve a balanced diet, regular exercise, enough sleep, a sense of self-worth, development of coping skills that promote resiliency, emotional awareness, and connections to family, friends and the community. Wallace said these steps should be complemented by taking stock of one’s wellbeing through regular mental health checkups. “Just as we check our blood pressure and get cancer screenings, it’s a good idea to take periodic stock of our emotional well-being. One recent study said everyone should get their mental health checked as often as they get a physical, and many doctors routinely screen for mental health, which typically include a series of questions about lifestyle, eating and drinking habits and mental wellness. But a checkup doesn’t necessarily require a special trip to the doctor. There are also online screening tools you can use. While conditions like depression are common—roughly 1 in 5 Americans have a mental health condition—they are extremely treatable. “Fully embracing the concept of wellness not only improves health in the mind, body and spirit, but also maximizes one’s potential to lead a full and productive life,” Wallace said.

“Using strategies that promote resiliency and strengthen mental health and prevent mental health and substance use conditions lead to improved general health and a healthier society: greater academic achievement by our children, a more productive economy, and families that stay together. “It’s why pathways to wellness are so important and why we need to spread the word.” May is Mental Health Month was started 64 years ago by Mental Health America of Fort Bend County national organization, Mental Health America, to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of mental wellness for everyone. Mental Health America of Fort Bend County (MHAFBC) was established in 1988 after a countywide study showed the need for factual, unbiased information regarding mental illness topics. MHAFBC was founded in 1989 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and also became an affiliate of Mental Health of America. MHAFBC fulfills an important role in Ft Bend County as the only mental health education and advocacy organization that focuses on prevention, early identification through depression and mood-disorder screenings and intervention of mental illnesses, provides resource information for persons with a mental illness, and advocates for improving services for persons with mental illnesses. Mental Health of America is celebrating its 8th Annual Beacon of Hope Banquet on May 31, 2013. Information about purchasing a ticket can be found online at www.mhafbc.org.


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News A new way to put an end to a pounding headache More than 45 million Americans suffer chronic, recurring headaches, resulting in medical expenses, lost work time and days spent in pain. Understanding why headaches occur is the first step to controlling them. Eddie L. Patton Jr., M.D., board certified neurologist with Methodist Sugar Land Neurology Associates, identifies three headache types: Migraine headaches. The head-banging pain of a migraine is severe, one-sided and throbbing and accompa- Eddie Patton Jr., M.D., nied by nausea, vomiting, and neurologist with Methodist Sugar sensitivity to sound, light or Land Neurology Associates from inflammation. movement. About one in five migraine Approximately 70 persufferers experience aura, cent of migraine sufferers are symptoms that may include women, so hormone fluctuavision disturbances; numbtions are often identified in atness or tingling; and an odd tacks. sense of smell or taste. Experts believe a migraine Tension headaches. Most occurs within the brain itself, headaches are related to musand once the attack begins, cle tension in the neck, back pain and other symptoms arise

or forehead caused by poor sleep, bad posture, stress or depression. Some experts believe these headaches arise from changing levels of serotonin and endorphins. The steady, dull ache of a tension headache can be mild to moderate. Cluster headaches. Some people suffer serial headaches that come in clusters, lasting weeks. Cluster headaches tend to be rare, affecting only one percent of the population, mostly men. The intense stabbing pain centers around one temple or eye, which may become inflamed and watery. Most sufferers get one to four headaches a day during a cluster cycle. Botox: A new treatment option for migraines “Botox treatments have emerged as a new treatment option for individuals who suffer from chronic migraines,”

says Dr. Patton. “This therapeutic option has been shown to decrease the frequency and severity of migraines as well as lower the need for multiple medications to control the headaches. Not just for cosmetic use anymore, this treatment is fairly safe and effective when administered by a specialist trained in its use for medical necessity.” To learn more about different types of headaches and how to treat them, including the latest Botox treatment option, join us at our free seminar! FREE SEMINAR Join us for a free Migraine Relief Seminar presented by Dr. Eddie Patton Jr., Tuesday, May 21 at 6 p.m. located at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Conference Center. There will be refreshments and door prizes for attendees. Call 281274-7500 or email SLRSVP@ tmhs.org to reserve a seat.

Fort Bend community salutes the Military The Fort Bend County community will have the opportunity to honor our active military, new recruits and veterans during this multipart event, being held at Constellation Field on Tuesday, May 28th. The first part of the event is a recognition ceremony called “Our Community Salutes Fort Bend”, and was initiated by a local Ambassador-level Girl Scout, Bonnie Worstell, who chose this effort for her Gold Award project -- it is focused solely on honoring and thanking the new recruits of Fort Bend County for their decision to serve. Worstell, a junior at Clements high school and a member of NJROTC, shared how she was disappointed to learn of the negative reactions many people had toward her friends who were enlisting in the military after highschool versus the accolades other graduates received who chose to enter college. Bonnie said, “It’s because they made their decision to serve our country that we are free and able to make our own decision(s)”. Feeling strongly that these young men and women should be recognized, honored and celebrated for their commitment to serve, Worstell has put together a firsttime ever appreciation event acknowledging and thanking Fort Bend County’s new recruits and their families for their decision, patrio-

Asian Pacific American Heritage Association will be celebrating the Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in May with the annual APAHA festival. The festival will be held on Saturday May 18, at Houston Community College parking lot at 5601 West Loop South from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. APAHA will celebrate the rich heritage of Asian/Pacific Islanders with the greater Houston community by showcasing exciting activities, including cultural performances, games, cultural arts/crafts tables and various food booth/trucks. APAHA will present its signature event - Ramen Noodle eating contest at the festival. This contest is fun and popular to festival participants. This year, APAHA will also be adding a photography contest. Photography clubs are invited to participate. APAHA’s festival is brought to the Houston community through the collaboration of many non-profit organizations including Houston Greeters and Chinese American Citizens Alliance. The festival is chaired by Charlene Chuang. The event is sponsored by Houston Community College, Houston Art Alliance, Houston Greeters, Art Institute of Houston and Viet Hoa international food market. Asian Pacific Heritage Month & APAHA’s history: On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a joint resolution designating the annual celebration. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law. President Barack Obama recently reiterated this declaration. The Asian/Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA) was formed in 1992 to promote Asian/Pacific American accomplishments and heritages through awareness, education and celebration. APAHA celebrates the heritage month with a festival and annual gala in May. This year, APAHA’s festival will be on May 18th and gala on May 31st. Visit www.apaha.org for more details and how to sponsor APAHA’s events.

Shakespeare and Seuss together at Fort Bend Theatre What would happen if you combined Shakespeare’s greatest love story and the fantastic, creative wordplay of Dr. Seuss? Award-winning Fort Bend Theatre’s Action Reaction Troupe is going to find out with The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet. The show will run from May 10 to 19, 8 p.m, Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. This is a whimsical retelling of the tragic story of Romeo and Juliet if Dr. Seuss had gotten his hands on the script. Come and experience Shakespeare like never before with rhyming couplets and fantastical machines! Tickets are $9 and are available on the FBT website www.fortbendtheatre. com. For more information or group discounts, call 281208-3333. Pictured above are military personnel who came out to enjoy some camaraderie and try their luck at the Skeeters pitching booth. tism and commitment to serve our country in one of the US Armed Forces. KPRC Channel 2 news anchor Bill Balleza, a former U.S. Marine, will emcee the event. US Congressman Pete Olson, a decorated Naval officer, and Texas House Representative Rick Miller, a 30-year Naval veteran who also had an impressive military career, are two of the key speakers listed in the program. There will be a special treat when Darby Ledbetter, a Chief Warrant Officer with the National Guard and a well-known SoldierSongwriter performs his 2010 Emmy-Award winning song “I

Won’t Let My Guard Down” (www.nationalguard.com/ events/darby-ledbetter). To learn more about “Our Community Salutes Fort Bend” on May 28th visit www.goldawardprojectsalute. weebly.com . The event continues with a pre-game program to honor our military beginning at 5:45 p.m. “Legacy of Freedom Saluting Our Heroes” will be presented on Constellation Field and will honor the men and women of our Armed Forces. Officials from the city, county and state will be presenting proclamations, and as part of the event, the 72nd

NRA convention in Houston

The national NRA conference, which lasted from May 2 through May 5, saw huge crowds converge on Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center from all over the country with many Texans

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leading the way. The event offered free admission to NRA members and featured speakers that included Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and

conservative commentator Glen Beck who was the keynote speaker at a “Stand and Fight Rally.” According to the NRA, the event shapes up to be one of the best attended NRA con-

Shrek the Musical auditions

BSTB National Guard Unit and other first responders will be on hand to show off their latest equipment and technology. The event concludes with the Skeeters Home game starting at 7 p.m. If you are interested in attending or sponsoring a ticket for a veteran and/or new enlistee to attend this event, please contact Tyler Stamm at 281207-9127 or e-mail tstamm@ sugarlandskeeters.com. You can also visit the Skeeters Box Office at 281.240HITS or www.sugarlandskeeters.com.

Fort Bend Theatre will hold auditions for Shrek the Musical, to be performed at the Stafford Centre, on Sunday, May 12th from 5-8 p.m. and Monday, May 13th from 6-9 p.m. at N. Main St in Stafford, Texas. Shrek The Musical, based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life. In a far, faraway kingdom that’s been turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Then, throw in a donkey who doesn’t know when to stop talking, a villain with a SHORT temper, a cookie with a serious attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of situation that calls for a real hero. Luckily for everyone there’s Shrek. Please bring your headshot or a recent photo and resume. For more information, visit the FBT website at www.fortbendtheatre.com and click the upcoming auditions tab or call 281-208-3333.

ventions in history. This year’s program saw major international and U.S. gun manufacturers sponsor exhibits ranging from the historical Henry Repeating Arms dating back to the late 1800’s, to major hunting firearm suppliers like Browning as well as military suppliers such as Colt and Beretta. Hundreds of specialty firearm and accessory manufacturers also exhibited virtually every type of firearm or accessory available in the market today. Traffic into the event was extremely heavy and the trip on Friday by Fort Bend NRA members via Highway 59 took well over an hour. But, despite the congestion, the large crowds inside the convention hall, including a large number of families with children, were overwhelmingly very friendly and courteous. Many of those attending the event, including hunters, hobbyists, collectors and competitive shooters, were open about wanting to make a statement in support of the Constitution’s Second Amendment right to

bear arms. They expressed opposition to what they see as blatant political efforts by liberal politicians to destroy that right while playing off of the emotions generated from shootings perpetrated by mentally impaired individuals. In 1949, NRA, in conjunction with the state of New York, established the first hunter education program. Hunter education courses are now taught by state fish and game departments across the U.S. and Canada, and have helped make hunting one of the safest sports in existence. Law enforcement training has been a major NRA effort for 53 years. With the introduction of its NRA Police Firearms Instructor certification program in 1960, NRA became the only national trainer of law enforcement officers. Today, more than 12,000 NRA-certified police and security firearms instructors train thousands of law enforcement and security personnel each year. Top law enforcement shooters from around the world compete annually at the NRA National

Police Shooting Championships. Since 2006 this event has been held in Albuquerque, N.M. NRA also continues to set the standard in firearms education for civilians. More than 50,000 NRA-certified instructors now train about 800,000 gun owners a year. While now widely recognized as a major political force and as America’s foremost defender of Second Amendment rights, NRA has, since its inception, been the premier firearms education organization in the world. But NRA’s successes would not have been possible without the tireless efforts and countless hours of service that nearly 5 million NRA members have given to champion Second Amendment rights and support NRA programs. An outgrowth of the NRA’s movement to support the Second Amendment has been a large number of “Friends of NRA” fundraising events including a large number in Texas. Details of those events can be found at www.friendsofnra.org.


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AUTOMOBILE: 2014 Mazda6

SKEETERS’ CORNER

By BARBARA FULENWIDER The mid-size Mazda6 sedan seats five passengers, pricing is within the valueminded reach of the majority of the car-buying public and fuel economy averages 30 miles to the gallon. For 2014 Mazda engineers developed SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, an umbrella term for a number of performance-oriented, fuel-saving engine, transmission, body and chassis components. Beneath the hood of the Mazda6 is a 2.5-liter gasoline engine that produces 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,250 rpm. Standard equipment for all three trim levels – Sport, Touring and Grand Touring – includes the SKYACTIV-G 2.5L with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The entry-level Sport trim comes equipped with a manual transmission as standard and offers an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of

Up Next: The Skeeters will play seven games in the next six days, starting with four games at Southern Maryland. Then they will continue to Camden, NJ, for a doubleheader with the Riversharks Friday and single games Saturday and May 13, with a Sunday off in between. Then the Skeeters will return home for their third homestand of the season, hosting the Bridgeport Bluefish starting May 14. May 5, 2013 The Skeeters pounded out 14 hits Sunday afternoon in a 10-1 win, wrapping up a six game sweep of the Lancaster Barnstormers at Constellation Field and improving to 10-0 at home. The win is the eighth straight for Sugar Land, extending their franchise record. The Skeeters backed starter Michael Nix’s pitching with single runs in the first and third innings. Chase Lambin slammed his fifth homer of the season off Will Savage (01) to make it 2-0 after three. In the sixth, the Skeeters batted around including triples by Dustin Martin and Anthony Granato, as they scored five times and chased Savage from the game. Fernando Perez had a 3-for-4 day and so did Dominic Ramos, who turned the game into a bona fide rout with a three-run HR in the eighth. The frustrated Barnstormers missed an opportunity to score in the first inning and perhaps reverse their fortunes. Jerry Owens singled to lead off the game and then got caught in a rundown between first and second. The umpires first ruled he was safe at second base, avoiding Chase Lambin’s tag. But after they conferred, Owens was called out. Lancaster manager Butch Hobson angrily argued the changed call, and was ejected. May 4, 2013 The Skeeters used a sixth inning three-run home run off the bat of Fernando Perez to win 5-4 Saturday night. It started off as a night dominated by starting pitching as both Gallagher and Johnson posted scoreless frames in the first two innings. Chase Lambin broke the tie though in the top of the third with a solo homerun to deep right field, making it 1-0 Skeeters. Aaron Bates then doubled down the third base line, and was driven in by Josh Pressley to make it 2-0. The Barnstormers did not wait long to answer though, tying the game up at 2-2 in the top of the third thanks to a Kevin Howard double. Then in the top of the fifth with two outs Jerry Owens singled to right and came around to score on a Blake Gailen single, to make it 3-2 Barnstormers. The Barnstormers were not done scoring; in the top of the sixth Ryan Harvey hit a homer to left-center, making it 4-2 Barnstormers. The Barnstormers lead would not last very long. In the bottom of the sixth with two men on, Fernando Perez got a hold of a fastball and drove it to left-center to put the Skeeters back on top 5-4. The game was then placed in the hands of the always reliable Skeeters bullpen. May 3, 2013 The Skeeters entered the third inning trailing 1-0 after Joe

25 city/37 highway/29 combined miles per gallon (mpg). When compared to the previous generation Mazda6 Sport with a six-speed manual, the 2014 Mazda6 Sport sees a 19 percent mpg increase in the city and 23 percent mpg increase on the highway. When paired with the optional automatic, city mpg increases by nearly 24 percent to 26 mpg and highway figures increase by nearly 27 percent to a segmentbest 38 mpg. The EPA-rated combined fuel economy is 30 mpg. Set to be offered in the second half of 2013, the SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter clean diesel engine will make Mazda the only Japanese manufacturer to offer a clean diesel technology option in the North American marketplace. With a coefficient of drag as low as 0.26 (Grand Touring only), the 2014 Mazda6 is the sleekest of the mid-size sedan segment. The 2014 Mazda6 is

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PERMANENT ZONING FOR 36.9922 ACRES WEST GRAND PARKWAY SOUTH PERMANENT ZONING OF APPROXIMATELY 36.9922 ACRES FROM INTERIM STANDARD SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1-I) DISTRICT TO GENERAL BUSINESS (B-2) DISTRICT; BEING 36.9922 ACRES LOCATED ON WEST GRAND PARKWAY SOUTH BETWEEN RANSOM ROAD AND RIVER FALLS DRIVE IN THE J. KUYKENDALL LEAGUE, ABSTRACT NO. 49. PURPOSE:

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DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED ZONING CHANGE MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE, TELEPHONE (281) 275-2218 OR EMAIL PLANNING@SUGARLANDTX.GOV. THE DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8:00 O’CLOCK A.M. TO 5:00 O’CLOCK P.M., AND LOCATED IN CITY HALL, 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS. PLEASE CONTACT THE PLANNING OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO REVIEW ADDITIONAL DETAILS IN PERSON. Vicinity Map:

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built on the longest wheelbase among its direct competitors at 111.4 inches and features one of the slimmer waistlines at 72.4 inches in width. The body rests on 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with P225/55R17-sized allseason tires, standard for Sport models. Touring and Grand Touring vehicles receive 19inch aluminum alloy wheels outfitted with P225/45R19 Dunlop® SP Sport 5000 allseasons. The exterior’s fluidity seamlessly flows into the interior’s pronounced structure. The contoured dash is uncluttered yet striking, with warm textures of dark satin when paired with black seat trim and Bordeaux when paired with almond-colored leather. The instrument cluster offers meter lighting that makes the gauges readably clear in bright daylight as well as minimize eye strain in the darkness. Passenger comfort is ample with 38.4 inches of headroom (37.4 inches when equipped with a moonroof) for the front row and 37.1 inches of headroom for those in the rear. Rear legroom is among the segment’s roomiest at 38.7 inches with the driver and front passenger enjoying a comfortable 42.2 inches. For the 2014 model year, Mazda6 features all-new infotainment and connectivity options. A 5.8-inch indash touch screen commands the center console stack and features intuitive phone, audio and navigation functions when equipped. Streamlined steering wheel controls also enable a more straightforward operation of the infotainment system. Other available features include Bluetooth® phone and audio connectivity as well as iPod® audio playback in which iPod information can be accessed via the touch screen. USB and auxiliary jack connection ports are standard and located within the center console storage bin. An AM/FM/ CD/MP3/-compatible head unit paired with a six-speaker sound system is standard for Sport and Touring models while Grand Touring models feature an 11-speaker Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound System with AudioPilot® as standard equipment.

When a smartphone is connected, Short Message Service (SMS) messages can be received and shown on the touch screen monitor. The system can then articulate the messages as well as allow users to send replies using fixed phrases. A new speech recognition system also allows users to repeat and shuffle audio tracks as well as search and select folders. HD Radio™ Technology and Pandora® are both new audio options for the 2014 Mazda6. Pandora offers personalized stations based on the input of a favorite artist, song or genre and continually customizes its playlist. An in-dash TomTom technology-based navigation system is available for Touring models and is standard on Grand Touring. The Mazda6 starts at $20,880 MSRP. It is equipped with a 2.5-liter gasoline engine and six-speed manual transmission. It rides on 17inch aluminum alloys and has power side view mirrors, automatic headlight shutoff, pushbutton start, cloth seats, power windows with a driver’s side one-touch auto up/down feature, cruise control, a tilt-andtelescopic steering wheel, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise control functions, air conditioning with a pollen filter, a six-speaker AM/FM/ CD radio compatible for MP3/ Sirius® Satellite Radio reception, 60/40-split fold-down rear seats as well as auxiliary and USB connection ports as standard equipment. When equipped with the optional SKYACTIV-Drive automatic, the Sport model Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity, a 5.8-inch color touch screen display, a rearview camera, HD Radio™ Technology, Pandora®, Radio Broadcast Data System program information, SMS text message receipt/delivery, E911 automatic emergency notification and audio menu voice command. Pricing is $22,495 MSRP. The mid-level Touring trim retails for $24,495 MSRP and the Grand Touring Mazda6 starts at $29,495 MSRP. The Mazda6 produces a fun drive with plenty of creature comforts. It’s an ideal sedan for a city runabout.

TELEVISION OPERATIONS EQUIPMENT Sealed bids shall be appropriately marked as follows: BID NO. 2013-18 TELEVISION OPERATIONS EQUIPMENT BIDDER’S NAME, ADDRESS, AND DUE DATE Bidder shall sign and date the bid. Bids that are not signed and dated will be rejected. Signed and sealed bids shall be delivered to the Office of the City Secretary, on or before 11:00 o’clock a.m., Thursday, May 16, 2013, City of Sugar Land City Hall, Office of the City Secretary, Suite 122, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All bids received after the appointed time shall be returned to bidder unopened. Notice of the award of contract shall be given by the City within thirty (30) days following the date for the opening of bids. 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 award will be made to the lowest responsible bidder. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held on 10:00 a.m. CST, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, City Council Chamber, City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. ITB 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 www.publicpurchase.com. Registration is free. All bid documents, amendments and other information relating to the bid will be posted at this site. Questions regarding this invitation to bid must be received by Thursday, May 9, 2013 on or before 3:00 P.M. Please contact Jason Poscovsky, Contracts Manager, telephone number (281) 275-2302 or email jposcovsky@sugarlandtx.gov . Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC City Secretary

THE STATE OF TEXAS CITATION BY PUBLICATION TO: UNKNOWN HEIRS-AT-LAW OF RITA GEORGE RANDOLPH AND THE UNKNOWN DEVISEES OF RITA VIRGINIA GEORGE RANDOLPH 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 May 27, 2013 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 AUGUST 01, 2012. It bears cause number 12-DCV-199821 and is styled: Bank of America, N.A., Successor by Merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP, Plaintiff FKA Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, LP vs Senter George, Jr., The Unknown Heirs at Law of Rita Virginia George Randolph and the Unknown Devisees of Rita Virginia George Randolph, Defendants IN RE: 2718 Atlas Drive, Missouri City, TX 77459 The name and address of the attorney for PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is: DAMIAN WILLIAM ABREO BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TURNER & ENGEL LLP 1900 ST.JAMES PLACE ,SUITE 500 HOUSTON TX 77056 713-693-2027 The nature of the demands of said PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is as follows to-wit: LOT TWELVE (12), BLOCK THREE (3) OF OLYMPIA ESTATES, SECTION 1, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO. 2330/A 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 10th day of April, 2013. DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT Fort Bend County, Texas By Deputy District Clerk Brittany Rebeles 281-633-7613

Mather homered in the top of the inning. Then the Skeeters’ bats woke up quickly. In the third, the Skeeters sent 14 batters to the plate, scoring 10 runs in the inning. Dominic Ramos started the inning off with a single and the Skeeters never looked back. Ten of eleven hitters reached base at one point during the frame. Ramos highlighted the inning with two base hits, while Steve Moss and Dustin Martin both drove in two runs. The Barnstormers were able to tack on another run in the fourth to make it 10-2, but that was as close as it got. May 1, 2013 In game one of the first double-header of the young season, the Skeeters needed to come from behind again. The Skeeters fell behind 4-0 in the third after six consecutive Barnstormers reached base, five by singles. Then the Barnstormers added another run off an Olmo Rosario triple in the fourth to make it 5-0. The Skeeters began to mount their comeback in the fifth, when Pressley and Clemens walked, then were driven in by a Bates double; Bates was driven in on a Michael Rockett double. Then in the seventh following back-toback singles by Rockett and Anthony Granato, Dominic Ramos drove home Rockett on a fielder’s choice, and then Godwin singled home Granato to tie the game at five. The game would then go to extras, where in the top of the tenth, Adam Godwin reached base on a double. He advanced to third on a wild pitch by Jason Urquidez. He then scored and ended the game on Urquidez’s second wild pitch of the inning In the second game of today’s double dipper, the Skeeters jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, on a Steve Moss sacrifice fly. The Skeeters would add to their lead in the sixth off a Josh Pressley homerun to left-center field. Clemens would follow with a double, he was driven home by Michael Rockett to make it 3-0. Then in the eighth, Moss was able to extend his hitting streak to eight games with an infield single, and later, along with Dustin Martin, came around to score on Michael Rockett’s second hit of the ball game to make it 5-0, which would be Skeeters’ final.

LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids 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 23, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened. CDs are available in the Purchasing Agent’s Office. All addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.fortbendcountytx.gov. BID 13-059 – CONSTRUCTION OF MASON ROAD SEGMENT 2 A pre-bid conference will be conducted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 9:00 AM (CST). The pre-bid conference will be held at Fort Bend County Purchasing Department located in the Travis Annex at 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX. All bidders are encouraged to attend. Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check. Bonds are required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

City of Missouri City LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing a Request for Proposals for the following: RFP #127-13 ADMINISTRATION OF STORM WATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM The City of Missouri City requests proposals from interested parties for the Complete development of revised Storm Water Management Program to address new permit requirements within the allotted time frame as set by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality once the new general permit for municipal separate storm sewer system is issued. It is the intent of the City of Missouri City to contract with one (1) vendor. Vendors are requested to submit a proposal that meets all requirements contained herein. Proposals submitted shall be complete and include all costs associated with the proposal and shall be subject to negotiation by the City. All costs involved with preparing a proposal for submittal, including interview travel expenses, are the responsibility of the proposal respondent. Proposals will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. local time May 20, 2013 and then opened. RFP packages are available by contacting the DemandStar bid service at (800) 711-1712 and requesting the bid name above for the City of Missouri City, Texas. 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.


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FILM REVIEW : Iron Man 3 This is obviously the third installment of “Iron Man,â€? so let the argument begin about whether it is the best yet. Usually, the audience is tired of the movie characters by the time it reaches three, and the writers are burned out and lack cleverness. Surprise! This movie might be the best of the three and certainly does not lack ingenuity, so let’s start by giving a shout out to screenwriters Drew Pearce and Shane Black. And this flick is funny. I saw this movie at a screening at Edwards Marquee off I-10; my trusty assistant Eric H. accompanied me and he has a few thoughts and takes of his own. (See below.) Robert Downey Jr. returns as Super-Hero Iron Man. The story begins in 1999 to set up the battle that develops between Tony Stark and The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley) and the cold-blooded Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce). Tony is so cool and calm that he announces on TV that he isn’t “scaredâ€? of the bad guys and promptly provides his home address as a bold enticement and “good old-fashion revenge.â€? This Iron Man characterization continues with super-human feats and that killer outfit, but also shows his vulnerable side – â€œâ€ŚI’m Tony Stark; I build neat stuff; got a great girlfriend and occasionally save the world, so why can’t I sleep?â€? Robert Downey Jr. seems to own Iron Man and never makes a misstep in delivering a hero with a sense of humor that doesn’t always have all the answers and invites the audience along for a fun ride while he struggles with saving the world yet again. That girlfriend, Pepper Potts, is the recently crowned “Most Beautiful Woman in the Worldâ€? Gwyneth Paltrow. Her character and relationship with Tony has developed dramatically and he depends on her more than ever. She is wonderful as Pepper, but my favorite character (other than Tony S.) is The Mandarin played by Sir Ben Kingsley. I saw Kingsley on a TV interview recently and he shared that he played the part like a

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News Fort Bend ISD names Johnny DeJesus and Walter Benavides teachers of the year FBISD’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. Both were honored, along with FBISD’s Rookies of the Year and all Campus Teachers of the Year, at an awards dinner on May 2. Johnny DeJesus is a physical education teacher at Heritage

Congratulations to Fort Bend ISD’s 2013-2014 Teachers of the Year – Johnny DeJesus of Heritage Rose Elementary School was named FBISD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year; and Walter Benavides of McAuliffe Middle School, was named

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Year, both DeJesus and Benavides received a special Teacher of the Year ring from the Balfour Company, and iPads from the Fort Bend Education Foundation. Steven Leonard also provided complimentary photographs for each of the Teacher of the Year honorees. Also honored at the awards dinner were the Teacher of the Year finalists: Elementary Schools – Amanda Castro (Schiff), Terri Court (Meadows), Amanda Levermann (Settlers Way), Amber Mann (Jones) and Rosa Martinez (Parks); and Secondary Schools – Caroline Bartlett (Kempner High), Shakira Guillory (Progressive High), John Glenn Ramon (Hightower High) and Chelsea Waite (Bowie Middle).

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