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Justice for All Luncheon

Fort Bend Lawyers CARE, an organization of volunteer lawyers, at its 2012 Justice for All Luncheon held on May 3 at the Sweetwater Country Club, presented the Suzanne Bartholomew Service Award to Attorney Alicia Klosowsky, second from left, for providing extraordinary service to the FBLC clients. Others in the picture are Will Colgin, Fort Bend Layers CARE president, Bartholomew, after whom the award has been named because of her exemplified service in founding and growing the organization, and Sharon Steckler, executive director. Richard Alderman, associate dean at the University of Houston Law Center, was the keynote speaker. KTRK Channel 13 Anchor Art Rascon, who was the master of ceremonies also conducted the auction and raffle to raise funds for the organization. James B. Sales, chair of Texas Access to Justice Commission, was among the other speakers. —Photo by MARY FAVRE.

Irma Cobos, David Yaffie named principals of the year

Cobos Only one open-concept school still remains in Fort Bend ISD. Meadows Elementary is a very unique place that takes this concept of teachers and students collaborating in an “open” atmosphere and creates a true community of learning. At the school’s helm is Principal Irma Cobos, a very unique leader who has embraced the open concept and ensured that students and teachers thrive in this teamlike, cooperative setting. Cobos has been awarded for her unique leadership, as well as her dedication to her faculty and students, by being named the 2012 Elementary Principal of the Year. “Irma Cobos is an exceptional instructional leader who was nominated and selected for the FBISD Elementary Principal of the Year by her peers, which is an honor in itself,” said Dr. Timothy Jenney, superintendent. “We are proud that she will receive special recognition at a Region 4 awards ceremony.” Cobos is in her 10th year at Meadows and has been in education for 32 years. “I love my job,” Cobos said. “I came to Fort Bend ISD as a young lady, and the District has always had great leaders who helped groom and encourage me. It really has been a natural progression in my career to get me to where I am today. “We have very little turnover at our school, and this

helps with continuity of the overall instruction and with the students,” she said. Cobos enjoys eating lunch with her students once or twice a week so she can talk with them and show them she cares. Cobos will be recognized in June at the Principals of the Year Banquet, held by the Region 4 Education Service Center. David Yaffie begins each school day greeting students as they arrive on their buses because he likes seeing them first thing in the morning. He also monitors the hallways during class changes and oversees the 8th grade lunch time. These duties, however, are the only thing “routine” about each day he serves as principal

Yaffie of Baines Middle School. And that’s just how he likes it. “This is one of the things I like about my position – it is never boring!” said Yaffie, now See YAFFIE, Page 3

Federal court rules against fired sheriff’s deputy By SESHADRI KUMAR A jury in the U.S. Federal District Court in Houston denied the claim of a former Fort Bend County sheriff’s deputy that his termination by Sheriff Milton Wright was wrongful and was in violation of his first amendment right to free speech. Plaintiff William Butera filed the lawsuit against Fort Bend County and the sheriff in December 2010. The trial was held in the court of Judge Nancy Atlas and the verdict was given on May 1. Butera was employed as a Deputy Sheriff for the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office for just short of five years. Butera was discharged on June 1, 2010 without explanation. During his tenure with FBCSO, Butera was never disciplined. He has been a peace officer in the State of Texas for 39 years. While employed at the FBCSO, Butera served as the President of the Fort Bend County Deputy Sheriff’s Association. Butera often discussed employment related matters with the sheriff in his capacity as President of the Association. In April 2009, Butera was asked to testify before a subcommittee of the Texas Legislature regarding a proposed amendment to Texas Local Government Code §158 (County Civil Service). Butera met with State Rep. Dora Olivo regarding her proposed amendment. Butera was then asked to and did testify before the House sub-committee on County Affairs in his capacity as President of the FBCSDA regarding the proposed House Bill 1184.

A representative from Fort Bend County Human Resources was also present to testify against the Bill, according to Butera. Upon returning to work the following day, Butera was informed by Captain Jim Pokluda that Sheriff Wright was “extremely mad” about Butera going to Austin and to “stay out his way for a couple of months,” Butera said in his lawsuit. In June 2009 Butera was asked to meet with Sheriff Wright regarding the testimony he provided to the Legislative Committee. Sheriff Wright advised Butera that he was unhappy with him going to Austin without his permission and Butera was regularly reminded by Sheriff Wright that he was unhappy about his testimony and support of the proposed legislation. Butera learned in June 2009 that Sheriff Wright had in fact terminated his employment, but that action was reversed at the urging of Chief Deputy Craig Brady. Butera continued in his position as Deputy Sheriff and also remained President of the FBCSDA through 2009 and into 2010. In late May 2010, Butera was again requested to travel to Austin in his capacity as President of FBCSDA to meet with representatives of the Texas Municipal Police Association legislative committee regarding legislation similar to that proposed by State Representative Olivo in the 2009 Legislative Session. The meeting was to occur on June 2, 2010. On June 1, 2010 Butera was ordered to report to Sheriff

Wright’s office and was told “your services are no longer needed” and that he was terminated effective immediately. No explanation was given and no disciplinary action was pending against Butera. Butera requested a reason for his termination and was advised by Sheriff Wright to “have a nice day”. Butera alleged that the sheriff took adverse employment action against him for exercising his constitutional rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and equal protection. Butera alleged that the speech and association in which he was engaging is protected by the United States Constitution. The county hired the lawfirm of Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing. Attorney Monica Uddin, lead attorney in this law suit, said the jury deliberated less than 90 minutes and came out with a unanimous verdict. The county furnished evidence to the effect that the sheriff was in favor of civil service for the deputies and had asked Chief Deputy Craig Brady and others to testify in favor of civil service. The jury also accepted the sheriff’s explanation that Butera was fired for insubordination, Uddin said. That the sheriff did not write the cause of termination in a particular form, as claimed by Butera, was not illegal, according to Uddin. Attorney Gregory B. Cagle of League City represented Butera. Neither Cagle nor Butera could be reached for comments.

County commissioners split on access road to theater complex

By SESHADRI KUMAR Fort Bend County Commissioners last week in a 3-2 F L O W E R split vote approved the use of SHOW. Sugar about $2 million in sales tax Creek Garden revenue from a special County Club’s annual Assistance District for building Standard Flowan exit and access road on the er Show will be Grand Parkway Toll Road and held on Thursmaking improvements at the day, May 17 at West Bellfort intersection. Sugar Creek This is the first project that Country Club, the county has approved after 420 Sugar the recently formed new taxCreek Bouleing entity called county assisvard. Picutured tance district, which allows the (left to right) county to collect a 1 percent are Co-chairs sales tax in the unincorporated Bonnie Steidley areas along the Grand Parkand Ruth Heikway. Similar taxing districts kila. This year’s have been established along title is “Trafthe Westpark Toll Road and the fic” and design Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road. interpretations A proposed district in the New will be in keeping with the theme. The public is invited, free of Territory area, however, did charge, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come see what driving “Bumper not get voters’ approval. to Bumper,” “Scenic,” and “Frantic” in traffic means in a Commissioner James Patterwhole new way. son was supported by County Judge Bob Hebert and Commissioner Grady Prestage in approving the joint participation agreement between the 10701 Corporate Drive, #282, Stafford, TX 77477 county and MUD 194 in buildMailing Address: P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, TX 77487 ing the access road, that will directly benefit the new enterwww.fbindependent.com Seshadri Kumar tainment complex, Houston Publisher & Editor 281-980-6745 Palladium, being built by SanFort Bend Independent, (USPS 025-572) is published every tikos Theaters of San Antonio. Wednesday (for a subscription rate of $20 per year) by Fort Bend Commissioners Andy MeyIndependent, LLC., 10701 Corporate Dr., #282, Stafford, Texas ers and Richard Morrison 77477. Periodicals Postage Paid at Stafford, Texas. voted against the agreement on POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Fort Bend Independent, the ground that the county was P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, Tx 77487. changing its long standing pol-

icy of building an access road to a private developer. Patterson while explaining the project said the increased traffic along the Grand Parkway and especially at the West Bellfort intersection, necessitated improvements both at the intersection and along the access road. The developer has already undertaken improvements inside the development. The proposed exit from the Grand Parkway necessitates the repositioning of the access road inside the private property, Patterson said. Also, the sales tax generated by the businesses in the district will have to be used for improvements in the district. The cost of the improvements, including the access road is estimated at $3.2 million. The county assistance district will pay $2 million and MUD 194, which collects halfa-cent sales tax will pay $1.2 million. The Grand Parkway Toll Road Authority will build the exit and access road and it will be reimbursed by the MUD and the county assistance district. Meyers said other developers along the Grand Parkway were required to build access roads and the county did not pay. The developers of the entertainment complex, part of a new, 90-acre mixed used devel-

opment within Long Meadow Farms that will include retail, office and high density residential, had approached him more than a year ago asking for assistance in building the access road to their property. Since other developers were denied that facility, Meyers said the developer could find other means like entering into a special development agreement with the MUD and the city of Houston which has jurisdiction for reimbursement from the one cent sales tax that the city and MUD collect from the area. Also, for the first time, the county is spending sales tax funds to make improvements to the toll road since the toll road authority is not paying for the toll road exit and access road, Meyers said. Morrison also was in favor of providing access road to a private developer with county funds, while he supported the development at the intersection. Morrison felt the developer should at least share the cost of the access road. Hebert and Prestage disagreed and they felt the access road in this instance is different from others. They deemed it was a necessary traffic improvement and felt the use of sales tax revenue justified. Prestage said property tax, sales tax and toll fee are all taxpayers’ money.


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News Infant left behind, dies in the truck By BARBARA FULENWIDER An enormous tragedy that will likely haunt a family for decades to come occurred this past Thursday in Sugar Land. The father, Leland Jacobson, who does not normally take his children to elementary school and daycare, had that duty the morning of Thursday, May 4. He dropped his two older children off at Sugar Mill Elementary School, and because he was running late to attend a work related conference at a building at Hwy. 290 and Loop 610, hurried on to it. The business conference ended at 3:45 p.m. and he drove home where his wife reached him sometime after 5 p.m. to ask if he had picked up their sevenmonth-old son from daycare. According to Doug Adolph, a spokesman for the Sugar Land Police Department (SLPD), the father dropped the phone, ran to his truck and found the baby dead. The tragedy was reported to SLPD at 5:30 p.m. last Thursday by the family, which lives in Covington Woods subdivision. No charges had been filed as of Monday, May 7, and the investigation is continuing, according to Adolph.

Early voting ends for cities, school Yaffie From Page 1 in his sixth year as principal districts; Election day May 12 of Baines. He enjoys that each As of 8 a.m., Monday, 3,494 people have voted early in the Fort Bend ISD elections, and that number includes 1,865 who voted in the City of Sugar Land election. Tuesday was the last day for early voting and the actual election day is May 12. Fort Bend County Election Administrator John Oldham did not see any significant change in the early voting trend this year. In the first hour of early voting on Sunday about 200 people voted, but on Monday only about 50 showed up. In Sugar Land, for the only contested at-large seat, Himesh Gandhi, William Cole Cathey and Naomi Lam are on the ballot. In the FBISD board of

trustees elections, Pat Snyder, Grayle James and Denetta Williams are running for Position 2, Jenny Bailey and Marilyn Glover, incumbent, are running for Position 6 and Cynthia Lenton-Gary, incumbent, David Rosenthal and Rodrigo Carreon are running for Position 7. Stafford Next Saturday is the day to go to the polls if you haven’t already voted early or absentee and in Stafford residents will choose three directors for the water board and vote on two charter amendments. At the Fort Bend Water Control & Development District No. 2, four candidates are vying for the three available directors’ seats.

The candidates are incumbents John Ferro, Jimmy Williams and Amanda Rodriguez. Former Stafford City Councilman John Rose is the fourth candidate who is running for a water board director’s chair. This will be Rodriguez’ first time to run for election because she was appointed by the state to fill the vacated seat of former director Chad Howard. The city of Stafford will hold an election on two charter amendments. One amendment will allow an official to take office immediately after taking the oath of office and the second will allow city council members to appoint members of the Charter Review Commission.

U.S. Rep. Al Green reacts to school violence Last week, Congressman Al Green (TX-09) called for the proactive involvement of parents, students, teachers and officials to prevent school violence. This was in response to an incident that took place on April 27 at Thurgood Marshall High School where a female student was beaten by one of her peers in the presence of other classmates. The incident occurred at the end of the school day and was recorded. The images show a female student repeatedly hitting another female student in the face using a sock in which, according to news reports, there was a padlock. Both students are sophomores and one required medical attention. Thurgood Marshall High School is part of the Fort Bend Independent School District, located in an area that Congressman Green represents in the U.S. House of Representatives. While

participating in a press conference to denounce violence in our schools, the Congressman called for the community as a whole to be more conscious of the importance of preventing this kind of violence. “We cannot continue to react,” Congressman Green said. “Many times, reaction means somebody has already been hurt. School safety is everyone’s responsibility.” He also emphasized the need to end the silence and stop the violence by reporting potential acts of violence to prevent harm and save lives. “Too many children know an incident is imminent yet don’t want to report it and be labeled as a snitch. Parents must teach them that if they want to be safe, they must report potential acts of violence,” Congressman Green said. Green encouraged students

The 2012 Texas Primary Election is being held on May 29, 2012. Las Elecciones de Primaria en Texas de 2012 se llevará a cabo el 29 de Mayo de 2012. On Election Day, many Fort Bend voters will be casting Ballots in new locations. En el día de las elecciones, muchos votantes de Fort Bend votarán sus boletas en nuevos lugares.

Don’t spend Election Day searching for your polling place. Vote Early between May 14 and May 25 at any of these convenient locations: No pase el día de las elecciones en busca de su lugar de votación. Vote temprano entre el 14 de Mayo y 25 de Mayo en cualquiera de estos lugares convenientes: Beasley City Hall - 319 S. 3rd Street, Beasley Chasewood Clubhouse - 7622 Chasewood Drive, Missouri City Cinco Ranch Branch Library - 2620 Commercial Center Blvd First Colony Conference Center - 3232 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land FBC Road and Bridge (Needville) - 3743 School Street, Needville Four Corners Community Center - 15700 Old Richmond Road, Sugar Land Harmony Science Academy - 22400 Grand Corner, Katy Hightower High School - 3333 Hurricane Lane, Missouri City Irene Stern Community Center - 6920 Fulshear-Katy Road, Fulshear Lost Creek Park - 3703 Lost Creek Blvd, Sugar Land Meadows Place City Hall - One Troyan Dr., Meadows Place Missouri City Old Municipal Court Bldg - 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City Randall’s - 5800 New Territory Blvd., Sugar Land Randall’s Pecan Grove - 1890 FM 359, Richmond Rosenberg Annex Building - 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg Sienna Branch Library - 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd, Missouri City Sugar Land Methodist Church - 431 Eldridge, Sugar Land

and their families to contact Houston’s Student Crime Stoppers Hotline (281-491-8477) to anonymously report concerns about safety in their school and TalkLine (281-240-8255), a 24/7 crisis hotline for students.

SHOW ME THE MONEY… THEN I MAY BE ACCESSIBLE Does one wonder why Gallup reported that only 10% approve of the job Congress is doing—a historical low—and why the NY Times’ poll reports that less than 10% trust Congress? Yes, indeed, Americans are awakening from its deep sleep. The voters understand why we send our representatives to Washington—simply for two reasons: (1) to abide strictly by our Constitution; and, (2) to represent the constituents. As both our forefathers and as our greatest president, President Ronald Reagan led—who the establishment despised and didn’t want to become president—we must lead. Representation was never about asking someone how to vote who didn’t even live in the district and being accessible only to the elitist group and “show me the money” if it was worth the time to show up to an event. As many across the district have told Carlson, “I can’t believe you have taken the time to come see me when you’re so busy,” or “I can’t believe I received a personal call back from you,” or “I can’t believe you personally came by my house to drop off yard signs and take 30 minutes out of your day to meet with my family and my neighbors,” Carlson will continue to do— even after being elected. Carlson will always shoot straight. This is truly what representation is all about. Barbara Carlson

Carlson is engaged with the district. Carlson thoroughly understands how many are hurting. Carlson has met with families who are not able to put enough food on the table every night and families who are losing their homes. While Congressman Pete Olson just admitted this week that government doesn’t have enough money to pay upcoming retiring postal workers their benefit packages—yet his retirement package is safely insolated and untouchable. Carlson has made it a point not to charge for a single event of hers across the district because she understands how many are hurting—and hurting badly. It’s about demonstrating how you will lead. And most certainly an incumbent shouldn’t be charging a penny for someone to come out and ask questions—making him further inaccessible and out of touch with those who are hurting. Truly, how many families of five right now can afford to pay $175 for a breakfast or lunch to hear Pete Olson—and still not get time with him in addressing their personal questions? How many can afford an even higher price tag? He has lost touch and inaccessible. So, as Carlson has been out educating District 22 as to what is really happening in Washington, Carlson offers up the opportunity the next few weeks. Carlson says, “Take the challenge.” Call our office at 832.884.4704. Schedule a FREE Meet and Greet with your family and friends. Ask Carlson if she’s available for questions and the leadership abilities she has already proven. Ask her if she’ll stand firm for our Constitution. Ask her if she will lose touch with her constituents. See if Carlson will take the time to listen to the common people, the people who are hurting and if she will truly be the voice for District 22. Then call our current congressman’s office—Pete Olson—at 281.342.7383. Ask him for a FREE meet and greet with your family and friends. Tell him that you are going to ask him about his poor voting record and his failing the highly-reputable Heritage Action Survey. Tell him that you are going to ask the tough questions as to why he has failed us and sold District 22 out. He cannot hide behind the index card that he’s read off of or spouting off the same yearly rhetoric or that it’s all Obama’s fault. Obama didn’t force Olson to vote the way he has. Tell him he won’t be raising high dollars—because you are one of the many constituents who have been grossly impacted with the worst fiscally-inept congresses ever in our history. See the response you get. And then look deep into both of our eyes and see who truly has the compassion and who deeply cares for our country’s recovery.

Do enjoy our newly-released Youtube at Barbara Carlson for Congress 2012. I promise, as I’ve done throughout running my small businesses that I will stand firm to our great Constitution. I will be the courageous, experienced business leader, articulate speaker and highly-educated leader we deserve. I will fight bitterly hard for our district. I will dig deep into the wasteful spending and try to turn this fiscal mess around. I will fight for the right to life. I will fight for our 2nd Amendment rights, as a proud SAS (Second Amendment Sister). I will lead. As my beloved father, a farmer, never forgot where he came from, I will do the same. I promise you that. This week, Barbara is hosting numerous events across the district, demonstrating her excellent leadership skills to help educate the voters. Please check our website for details and come out for a great time. • • • • •

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day brings new challenges, new opportunities and new reasons to celebrate. His fellow principals would now like to celebrate him. Yaffie has been selected as the 2012 Secondary Principal of the Year based on his leadership, service and dedication to students, faculty and staff. “David Yaffie is a dynamic instructional leader who was nominated and selected for this honor by his peers, which by itself, is a special tribute,” said Dr. Timothy Jenney, superintendent. “We are proud that he will be honored by the Region 4 Education Service Center.” Yaffie has spent his entire 27-year education career in FBISD and was excited about the challenge of opening a new school when he was selected to lead Baines. “I became interested in school administration from my observances of the great principals I worked for when I was a teacher at Quail Valley Mid-

dle School,” he said. Yaffie said these principals worked with a passion and dedication that made a huge impact on the overall school environment. “As my awareness of the overall school culture grew, I became fascinated with the ‘big picture’ of how an effective school operates,” he said. “I realized that at some point I wanted to be the driving force behind a great school.” Yaffie stresses that one of the most fundamental human relationships, at the most basic level, is that between a teacher and student. He considers the space between a teacher and learner to be a very special one, even sacred. He also emphasizes, in our ever-changing digital world, that information alone is not wisdom, action or productivity. “I am certain that the more complicated our world gets, the more important the teacher becomes,” he said. Yaffie will be recognized in June at the Principals of the Year Banquet, held by the Region 4 Education Service Center.

Tuesday, May 8th – 7:00 pm – State Rep HD 85, Constable 1 and County Commissioner Precinct 1 Forum - Needville SPJ Hall (next to the KC Hall) Wednesday, May 9th – 6:00 pm – Sheriff ’s Forum – Cinco Ranch High School Thursday, May 10th – 6:30 – Sheriff Forum – Pecan Grove Country Club Saturday, May 12th – 12:00-2:00 - Ice Cream Social at Sweet Tooth Shoppe in Fulshear. Enjoy a free scoop of ice cream and the chance to win a beautiful Mother’s Day basket in honor of our mothers. Please come out and support another small business owner, Karen O’Neill. Sunday, May 13th – 11:00-1:00 – Stars Sportsbar & Grill. Moms, enjoy a rose or carnation and the chance to win a free dinner at this great family restaurant. Please come out and support another small business owner, Tony Orlando.

Your vote is simple on May 29th (early voting May 14-25). Vote Olson out. Please vote for Barbara J. Carlson as our US Congressional District 22 leader on May 29th and let’s restore leadership in our district. Visit www.Carlson22.com

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Fort Bend Rep arrested for barratry Pick your Primary Care Physician now

By RUSSELL JONES In late April state representative Ron Reynolds of Missouri City was arrested in Houston and charged with barratry, a misdemeanor. Having completed only one term in the legislature, Reynolds has been alternately praised as “Freshman of the Year” by the House Democratic Caucus and chided for wearing a “hoodie” at a rally in support for Trayvon Martin. The charge is serious, but enforcement of the law is rare. Reynolds, a personal injury plaintiff’s attorney, promised to cooperate with investigators. It is alleged that he participated in a scheme to pay a chiropractor a fee for referral of accident victims. Texas law on barratry is, to say the least, complex and confusing. A criminal statute lists a dozen or so prohibitions on attorneys, who risk monetary fines and jail time for their violation. The Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the State Bar of Texas address the issue and add the possibility of disbarment to the penalties. Finally, the state legislature last year imposed a civil liability of up to $10,000 payable to victims of the crime. Barratry is frequently characterized as “ambulance chasing,” but actually includes a variety of forbidden acts, some of which seem more offensive than others. Filing a suit in someone’s name without authority is a felony and is probably the most serious offense under the criminal statute. Solicitation of clients in person or by telephone is another form. On the other hand, written solicitation of clients, although also prohibited under many cir-

Jones cumstances, is apparently less offensive, more common, and rarely enforced by authorities. One lawyer claims that his clients typically “receive thirty or more solicitation letters from other attorneys before finding their way to me.” He complains that the State Bar does nothing to stop the practice. The complexities of the law are compounded by questions of its constitutionality. In 1994 a federal district court ruled the barratry statute to be unconstitutional as it related to solicitation of potential criminal clients. The court declined to rule on the constitutionality of the law as it relates to personal injury cases, divorces and other civil matters, even though the actual actions of the lawyer would be the same regardless of the type of case. The legislature further confused matters when it amended the law in 2009, but re-enacted the provisions known to be unconstitutional. Recently a new suit was filed challenging both the criminal statute and the new civil penalty statute as unconstitutional. That case is still pending, putting the matter of

Reynolds’ arrest in question. The infrequency of barratry prosecutions adds to confusion among both the public and lawyers themselves about what is permitted. This columnist was a member of the Fort Bend Grievance Committee of the State Bar for several years in the early 2000’s. Not a single barratry case was brought before the committee during that time. A google search reveals no barratry arrests in Texas, other than that of Reynolds, in the past year. The most recent criminal charge for barratry found was in 2009 when Lloyd Oliver was accused of having a homeless man hand out his business cards. Oliver was accused of giving the man, said to be named Perry Mason, a pair of shoes and $20, along with a stack of cards and instructions to “send me a client sometime.” The case against Oliver ended when a Harris County grand jury refused to indict him. The most famous case brought by the Texas Bar ended in 1998 when the Bar dismissed its case against legendary attorney John O’Quinn in exchange for a guilty plea of practicing in South Carolina without a law license in that state. O’Quinn had been accused of “running cases” for victims of a USAir crash in that state. The question becomes why was Reynolds charged? Was it because his “victim” happened to be an attorney herself? Or, was some unknown purpose at work here? Jones served as a member of the Sugar Land City Council from 2003 through June, 2011. He owns a law firm and a title insurance company in Sugar Land.

Musings: Green Grads By JANICE SCANLAN One of the best answers I ever got from interviewing a green grad was during the horrible 80’s recession in Houston. When I asked her why someone should take a chance on her, she said . . . “I worked hard in college to develop skills that I knew people were using in all kinds of fields with computers, but I guess the main reason is I worked my way through college as a janitor in the local bank. They gave me keys to the bank. “That shows I’m trustworthy and dependable.” She got a job offer at a terrific company . . . who told her the job was below her skills. She candidly replied, so was being a janitor, but “that’s what they hired me for and I did my best to be a good janitor.” My client was not sorry they hired her. This has been a tough several years for new graduates, unless you’re an engineer or nurse. That is not always the case. What’s hot for a time, such as the MBA during the financial boom, never lasts forever. As you know if you just got an MBA, unless you’re also an engineer. And aeronautical engineers may be re-tooling. When friends ask, the truth is from what I’m seeing this year is many young graduates lack insight into why organizations hire people. Newsflash, it’s to perform a job. It’s

Scanlan to use skills, it’s to free more experienced people from dayto-day tasks. It’s to help make whatever an organization does work better for its customers. It’s to make yourself useful. Having a great personality and good grades are a plus, but it’s the kids who have worked or volunteered and can, in a sentence or two, convey what purpose they served who are getting interviews. The stars can tell you what results happened or something they made better, how they supported others, or something they saw that needed to be improved. And they can tell how they used gumption and sense to make it happen. They can usually tell you what they would do different “next time.” It’s the kids that know you need to come to work when you’re supposed to, be prepared for meetings, and there on time who usually do well initially—especially in businesses. However, it’s the indi-

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viduals who continually adapt, learn skills and attitudes that are not their strengths, and who take on new challenges who thrive. Those people stay employed over the long haul. Do people skills help? Absolutely. But it’s more people skills of respect, friendliness, honesty, and insight into people and purpose that serve a career. Politics may work for a while, but being untrustworthy usually comes back to bite you. Not always. We all know exceptions. Get some insight into the job you’re applying by asking specific questions and then be prepared to offer examples of something like it you’ve done or an attribute that shows you can learn and stay the course. Today examples of learning things without being spoonfed may help. You may have to think hard about “the little things.” It’s “the little things” that make up life. It’s those people who keep adding them up into big things who get ahead. Keep doing useful things while you’re looking. Develop a network, stay connected and keep a positive outlook. You’re looking for that organization willing to take a chance on you. Demonstrate why they should. Write to janicescanlan@ clear.net

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By JOANNIE PARR The question is becoming very common: What’s going to happen to healthcare? At the moment, no one knows; but many are quite concerned about their future ability to have the kind of healthcare they want, especially those who are Medicare age or who are approaching Medicare age. It is easy to understand what our gasoline situation would be if America’s gasoline prices had been under Federal price controls since 1992; but for some reason, most of the public has great difficulty applying that same understanding to the reality that physician and hospital compensation has been under Federal price controls for the past 20 years. Because the Federal government continues to promise cuts to future physician compensation, at some point, physicians will stop accepting new patients or will stop accepting some forms of insurance. At the same time, experts are warning us that we are facing a severe physician shortage. The American Medical Association says about half of America’s physicians will reach retirement age in the next 10 years, meaning half are over the age of 55 today. In its present form, the Affordable Care Act is projected to greatly increase the number of patients actively seeking personal physicians just as so many of our doctors either cut back to part time or retire altogether. There is not a quick way to fix this problem. It takes 7 to 15 years to educate a physician, depending upon the specialty or subspecialty, and that is after completing a 4-year undergraduate degree. Most patients prefer physicians who have had a number of years of actual practice experience after graduation. Altogether, it can take up to 20 years for a physician to reach full competency.

Parr You need to do what you can now to have doctors available for you and your family when you need them. Do you have a Primary Care Physician (PCP)? You should. However about 40% of patients in our office tell us they do not. Considering all the present uncertainty, it would be a good idea to become established with a Primary Care Physician you are comfortable with very soon. In addition to routine care, your PCP will be important in helping you locate a specialist when you need one, especially as the number of available specialists begins to decrease. Primary care includes Family Practice Physicians, General Internists, Pediatricians, and some Gynecologists. There are three types of PCP practices in our community: concierge medicine, traditional primary care, and corporate/hospital based medicine. The biggest difference is more about how the physician gets paid for being your PCP. Fortunately, all three types of practice have some excellent physicians for you to choose among. Concierge medicine means you pay an annual fee or retainer directly to the physician in addition to normal insurance claims. Concierge medicine is quite likely to survive the political chaos because the annual fee you pay effectively makes up for the financial losses caused by Federal, State, and private insurance health coverage payments. (This kind of PCP may also

be known as direct care, boutique medicine, and retainerbased medicine.) Concierge medicine only works for primary care practices, however, because the fee officially covers additional annual medical benefits not covered by Medicare or other insurance plans. Thus, it does not work for sub-specialists. The method of compensation for traditional primary care is heavily based upon what the government and the insurance industry are willing to pay. Unfortunately, Medicare and PPO/HMO plans often pay less than what it actually costs the doctor to take care of you. These physicians are trying to maintain their independence as best as they can under significant financial pressures, and that frequently means having to have large volume practices. Corporate physicians are employees of a very large business organization, most often owned by a hospital system. They typically work under 3 to 5 year employment contracts, which may or may not be renewed. As is the case with all large business entities, the importance of the corporate bottom line -and what the physician does to contribute to it -- cannot be disregarded. You, the patient, may likely “belong” to the corporation, not the doctor. When contracted physicians leave, they cannot take patients with them, and they often must relocate to another community. The Emergency Room should not be used for things that a primary care physician should be treating. Part of our healthcare problem today is abuse and overuse of the ER. It is also about the most expensive place to go for routine care. Save the ER for real emergencies. (Parr has a BS Degree in Business and Finance and a Masters Degree in Federal Tax Law and has worked in the Medical accounting industry for more than 20 years. )

National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer is always the first Thursday in May. This year we had eleven events in Fort Bend County. They ranged from a dozen gathered in the prayer garden of the YMCA to over three thousand gathered in the Merrill Center in Katy. Most were held at city hall steps at 10:00, 12:00, 3:00, 5:00, and 7:00. Many were held under stately oak trees. We set a purpose years ago that we would not have any preaching or loud performance, but only prayer for 45 minutes with our nine topics at 5 minutes each leaving only 15 min for flag presentations, pledge, and patriotic songs. To the seven topics of

family, government, church, school, business, military, and media we add national repentance and prayer to bless Israel. This leaves people with a peace that they have participated in a significant spiritual event. We do not make introductions saying the event is about prayer not who is praying. The shofar soundings are impressive. The Aaronic Blessing and God Bless America sung as a prayer is powerful. People loved the way the Messianic Rabbi called the Names of the LORD. This year we got strong positive responses from stating in our closing remarks that this

was not a closing but a beginning where we had gathered across racial, denominational, ethnic, and political lines in unity to pray for America as Americans. There were prayers in Spanish, Serbian, and Hebrew. Pastors and congregations from the Indian, African, Serbian, and Jewish ethnicity led and attended. Attending city personnel were touched by the sincerity of the prayers and the presence of God. We will continue to have prayer gatherings as we unify our community in prayer. —Mary Cook; maryhuntcook@comcast.net Fort Bend County Coordinator for 2012 National Day of Prayer


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Community News OPEN AUDITIONS FOR 2012 SUGAR LAND SUPERSTAR. Sugar Land Superstar, is kicking off a new summer of local talent with open auditions on Wednesday, May 23 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Plaza of Sugar Land Town Square. All participants should be prepared to sing for 90 seconds without musical accompaniment. In addition, contestants must be over 14 years of age and residents of Fort Bend County to be eligible for competition. For more information about the competition, including rules and contestant applications, visit SugarLandTownSquare.com.

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital wins statewide quality award Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has been named a Silver Award winner in the 2012 Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Awards, which recognizes hospitals for demonstrating excellence in achieving national quality measures. The Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Awards were established by the Austin-based Texas Medical Foundation Quality Institute, in concert with the Texas Hospital Association, the Texas Medical Association and other leading state-wide health care organizations. The awards acknowledge hospitals for improving care in four critical clinical areas: heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. These clinical areas have been designated as national health care priorities by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission – the nation’s predominant health care standards-setting and accrediting body. Methodist Sugar Land

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Quality Award Team: Brooke Taylor, Tosha Vaughn, Cindy McCauley, Diane McGraw, Janet Leatherwood, Becky Chalupa and Ann Prather. Hospital was one of just 120 Texas hospitals to receive the award. “This is a tremendous honor for all of us here at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, and a real testament to the dedication of our physicians, nurses and support staff to ensure that all of our patients receive the highest possible quality of care,” said Janet Leatherwood, Chief Nursing Officer at Methodist Sugar

priate Care Measure (ACM). These quality indicators cover a wide range of activities related to the four key clinical areas, including the types of medications prescribed, the types and timing of procedures performed and patient education efforts. For more information about Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, visit MethodistSugarLand. com, or call (281) 274-7500 for a physician referral.

Land Hospital. “Improving patient outcomes through benchmarking and the implementation of best practices is an ongoing priority for us and we are proud to be recognized for those efforts.” To earn the Silver Award, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital demonstrated significant improvement on all 27 of the key quality indicators included in a composite scoring system called the Appro-

Fort Bend County leads the nation in job growth For more than two decades, Fort Bend County has accrued national accolades for economic development, job growth and quality of life. Newly released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) continues the trend, reporting that Fort Bend County ranks eighth for employment growth out of the 323 largest counties in the United States for the third quarter of 2011. Fort Bend County, part of the ten-county Greater Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), is forecast to continue to lead the region in job creation, averaging more than 3% growth per year through 2015. The projection from Woods & Poole Economics is complemented by data from The Brookings Institution, which earlier this year named the Houston MSA as North America’s fastest growing metro area. “These statistics back up what we’ve known for a long time about Fort Bend,” said Jeff Wiley, president of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council. “When you cultivate a business-friendly climate, prioritize educational systems and protect quality of life, you attract top-notch companies and

employees.” In addition to economic development including job growth and corporate expansions and relocations, Fort Bend County has been recognized for its high quality of life and educational attainment. Among recent accolades: the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released a study last month showing that Fort Bend County has the healthiest residents in the Greater Houston area; Fort Bend is home to five of the top 20 master planned communities in the nation, according to Metrostudy; U.S. Census Bureau results show the County to be a regional leader in educational attainment with 40% of residents having a bachelor’s degree or higher; USA Today, drawing upon U.S. Census Bureau results, named Fort Bend the fastest growing and most diverse county in the Greater Houston area; and the County unemployment rate is 6.3%, lower than both the State of Texas (7.0%) and national (8.2%) unemployment rates, according to the most recent figures released for March 2012. “Fort Bend County leaders are dedicated to smart growth,” said Wiley. “We’ve

Sugar Land Attorney Listed as Texas Super Lawyer Fifth Year

Sugar Land Attorney Larry W. Harrison has again been awarded the distinction of being listed in “Texas Monthly” as one of the select group of Texas Super Lawyers for 2012. Texas Super Lawyers are chosen by other attorneys who nominate “the best attorneys they’ve personally observed in action.” Other factors considered when choosing the Super Lawyer candidates are “verdict and settlements, experience, honors, awards, and special licenses and certifications.” Harrison has been practicing law since 1975 and has held numerous positions with bar and community organizations. He has been the President of the Fort Bend County Bar Associa-

tion and the Founding President of Fort Bend Lawyers Care which is a Pro Bono program for the financial needy of Fort Bend County. He also is an Adjunct Professor at the Sugar Land campus of the University of Houston – Victoria where he teaches Business Law which is a core class for business majors and Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration which a graduate course for the MBA program. Harrison has been very active in Christ United Methodist Church and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of the Houston Film Critics Society. He writes film reviews under the name of “Larry H.” and his movie reviews are archived at LarryHmoviereviews.com. His film critiques have been a part of this newspaper since its first edition. Harrison expressed gratitude for “this honor that comes from my peers.” He has been Board Certified in Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Specialization for over twenty four years. Harrison Law Firm concentrates its practice in Sugar Land and Fort Bend County.

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ing healthy growth now, Fort Bend County is poised for continued success in the future.” For more information about Fort Bend County, visit online at www.FortBendCounty.com or call (281) 242-0000.

created a business culture that attracts great companies, and have supported the resulting business and population growth with high-performing schools, new roads, national and international transit options, and solid infrastructure. Not only are we experienc-

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS BUDGET AND PROPOSED TAX RATE The Fort Bend Independent School District will hold a public meeting at 4:30 PM, May 21, 2012 in Board Room of the Administration Building, 16431 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land, Texas. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the school district’s budget that will determine the tax rate that will be adopted. Public participation in the discussion is invited. The tax rate that is ultimately adopted at this meeting or at a separate meeting at a later date may not exceed the proposed rate shown below unless the district publishes a revised notice containing the same information and comparisons set out below and holds another public meeting to discuss the revised notice. Maintenance Tax

$1.0400/$100 (proposed rate for maintenance and operations)

School Debt Service Tax

$0.3000/$100 (proposed rate to pay bonded indebtedness)

Approved by Local Voters Comparison of Proposed Budget with Last Year’s Budget The applicable percentage increase or decrease (or difference) in the amount budgeted in the preceding fiscal year and the amount budgeted for the fiscal year that begins during the current tax year is indicated for each of the following expenditure categories. Maintenance and operations

3.99 % increase

Debt Service

-0.18 % decrease

Total expenditures

3.41 % increase Total Appraised Value and Total Taxable Value (as calculated under Section 26.04, Tax Code) Preceding Tax Year

Current Tax Year

Total appraised value* of all property

$26,348,357,154

$26,795,650,846

Total appraised value* of new property**

$1,008,780,148

$767,090,380

Total taxable value*** of all property

$24,864,169,736

$25,307,135,170

Total taxable value*** of new property** $481,610,492 *Appraised value is the amount shown on the appraisal roll and defined by Section 1.04(8), Tax Code. ** “New property” is defined by Section 26.012(17), Tax Code. *** “Taxable value” is defined by Section 1.04(10), Tax Code.

$441,695,818

Bonded Indebtedness Total amount of outstanding and unpaid bonded indebtedness* $935,761,108 *Outstanding principal. Comparison of Proposed Rates with Last Year’s Rates Maintenance & Operations

Interest & Sinking Fund*

Total

Local Revenue Per Student

State Revenue Per Student

Last Year’s Rate

$1.0400

$0.3000*

$1.3400

$4,765

$3,039

Rate to Maintain Same Level of Maintenance

$1.0415

$0.3175*

$1.3590

$4,772

$2,793

$1.0400

$0.3000*

$1.3400

$4,732

$2,651

& Operations Revenue & Pay Debt Service Proposed Rate

*The Interest & Sinking Fund tax revenue is used to pay for bonded indebtedness on construction, equipment, or both. The bonds, and the tax rate necessary to pay those bonds, were approved by the voters of this district. Comparison of Proposed Levy with Last Year’s Levy on Average Residence Last Year This Year Average Market Value of Residences

$183,768

$187,972

Average Taxable Value of Residences

$168,377

$170,882

Last Year’s Rate Versus Proposed Rate per $100 Value

$1.3400

$1.3400

Taxes Due on Average Residence

$2,256.25

$2,289.82

Increase (Decrease) in Taxes

$33.57

Under state law, the dollar amount of school taxes imposed on the residence homestead of a person 65 years of age or older or of the surviving spouse of such a person, if the surviving spouse was 55 years of age or older when the person died, may not be increased above the amount paid in the first year after the person turned 65, regardless of changes in tax rate or property value. Notice of Rollback Rate: The highest tax rate the district can adopt before requiring voter approval at an election is $1.3400. This election will be automatically held if the district adopts a rate in excess of the rollback rate of $1.3400. Fund Balances The following estimated balances will remain at the end of the current fiscal year and are not encumbered with or by a corresponding debt obligation, less estimated funds necessary for operating the district before receipt of the first state aid payment. Maintenance and Operations Fund Balance(s)

$132,374,439

Interest & Sinking Fund Balance(s)

$51,650,420


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT ISLE AT SUGAR LAND NURSING AND PERSONAL CARE FACILITY 4.579 ACRES CAMELLIA STREET AND BROOKS STREET REQUEST FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT TO ESTABLISH ISLE AT SUGAR LAND NURSING & PERSONAL CARE FACILITY ON A 4.579 ACRE TRACT LOCATED ON CAMELLIA STREET NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH BROOKS STREET, BEING FURTHER DESCRIBED AS THE SOUTH TRACT RESERVE 1 OF HIGHWAY 90A COMMERCIAL PARK PLAT NO. 2000105384 OPRFBC IN THE BUSINESS OFFICE (B-O) DISTRICT. PURPOSE: ONE (1) PUBLIC HEARING SHALL BE HELD AT WHICH ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSED CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT SHALL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD. WHERE:

CITY OF SUGAR LAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH

WHEN:

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION 6:30 P.M.,MAY 24, 2012

DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED ZONING MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND PLANNING OFFICE (281) 275-2218 OR BY EMAIL PLANNING@SUGARLANDTX.GOV. THE PLANNING OFFICE IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 8:00 O’CLOCK A.M. TO 5:00 O’CLOCK P.M., AND IS LOCATED IN CITY HALL, 2700 TOWN CENTERS BOULEVARD NORTH, SUITE 259, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU WISH TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO GO OVER ADDITIONAL DETAILS IN PERSON. Vicinity Map:

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan to establish and approve regulatory traffic control devices on Katy Gaston Road, Mobility Bond Project #733, from FM 1093 to Cinco Ranch Boulevard and modification to the speed limit for School Zones along Fry Road, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION FORT BEND COUNTY The County Purchasing Agent of Fort Bend County will conduct a PUBLIC AUCTION for SURPLUS AND SALVAGE PROPERTY on SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM. The auction will be held at the Fort Bend County Needville Purchasing satellite office located at 9110 Long Street, Needville, Texas. Items to be sold: 32-Ford Crown Victoria’s (2000-2011), 7-Chevrolet Impala’s (2000-2003), 5-Jeep Cherokee (1996-2000), 2-Ford Taurus (2001), 2-Ford Explorer’s (2005), 2-Chevrolet Suburban, 1, Mercedes Benz, Saturn, Mercury Mau, 2-Chevrolet Vans, 7-1/2 ton pickup trucks, 3-3/4 ton pickup trucks, 4-1 ton pickup truck, 2-450 trucks, Gradalls, dump trucks, pot hole patchers, 2-Ford L9000 lift arm trucks, tractor, trailer, roller, forklift, paint stripper, and front end loader. Registration and viewing of all items will begin Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 8:00 AM. The auction will begin at 10:00 AM. All items must be removed from auction site by 4:00 PM on auction day. All sales are final. All purchases must be paid in full on the day of sale by credit card (Master Card and Visa only with fee), cash, personal check with a bank letter of guarantee, cashier’s check with a bank letter of guarantee, or company check with a bank letter of guarantee. Absolutely no checks accepted without a bank letter of guarantee. Fort Bend County reserves the right to add or delete items from the auction. Items offered for sale are sold as is where is and without warranty. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Texas

CITATION BY PUBLICATION DIVORCE The State of Texas LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing a Request for Proposals for the following: RFP #212-12 JANITORIAL SERVICES for SURFACE WATER TREATMENT PLANT The City of Missouri City requests proposals from interested parties for furnishing the janitorial services for the new Missouri City Surface Water Treatment Plant in the City of Missouri City. Proposals must comply with all requirements of the Request for Proposal package issued by the City. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at 10 AM, Monday, May 14, 2012 at Fire Station #4 in Missouri City. Once the pre-bid meeting begins, the City may choose to not allow any additional participants and exclude them from the bid process. Proposals will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. local time May 21, 2012 and then opened. The RFP packages may be obtained beginning May 2nd by requesting the document name and number listed above by contacting the City Purchasing Office at 1522 Texas Parkway by phone at (281) 403-8626 or email at charles@ missouricitytx.gov Proposals must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the RFP name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Proposals must be delivered to the attention of the Sealed Bid Box, City of Missouri City Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Proposal packages marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Proposals are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers. Charles Oberrender, CPPB Purchasing Manager City of Missouri City, Texas

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

Harman Street Bridge Rehabilitation ST1301 Harman Street at Oyster Creek in Sugar Land, Texas

Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained at the following location with payment of $50.00 (non-refundable) per hard copy set or electronic set on CD: Huitt-Zollars, Inc. 1500 South Dairy Ashford, Suite 200 Houston, TX 77077 (281)-496-0066 Fax: 281-496-0220 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 17, 2012, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 10, 2012, at Public Works Conference Room, 111 Gillingham Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77478. The City Council will award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder that complies with all requirements of the Request for Bids. The City of Sugar Land will give notice of the contract award within sixty (60) calendar days after the bid opening date and time. 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. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

TO: Jhonatan Gonzalez UNKNOWN and to all whom it may concern, Respondent GREETINGS: You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 AM on the Monday next following the expiration of twenty (20) days after you were served this citation and petition, a default judgment may be taken against you. The ORIGINAL PETITION FOR DIVORCE of LAURA VERONICIA LOPEZ, was filed in the 387th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas, ON THIS THE 2ND DAY OF MARCH, 2012 against JHONATAN GONZALEZ, being numbered 12DCV-196557 and entitled IN THE MATTER OF THE MARRIAGE OF LAURA VERONICIA LOPEZ AND JHONATAN GONZALEZ AND IN THE INTEREST OF GABRIEL ANGEL GONZALEZ AND ANDREA ISABELA GONZALEZ, CHILDREN. The suit requests AMENDED ORIGINAL PETITION FOR DIVORCE. The court has authority in this suit to enter any judgment or decree dissolving the marriage and providing for the division of property which will be binding on you. The Court has authority in this suit to enter any judgment or decree in the child(ren)’s interest which will be binding upon you, including the termination of the parent-child relationship, the determination of paternity and the appointment of a conservator with authority to consent to the child(ren)’s adoption. Issued and given under my hand and seal of the said Court at Richmond, Texas, on this the 1st day of May, 2012. Petitioner’s Attorney: STEVEN JOHN GILBERT ATTORNEY AT LAW 401 S 5TH ST PO BOX366 RICHMOND TX 77406 281-342-4116 DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT Fort Bend County, Texas Deputy Clerk Beatrice Padilla Telephone: (281) 341-4522

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 17, 2012 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. Solicitation is available on the Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.co.fort-bend. tx.us. All addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website. BID 12-052 – WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE MINIVAN Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check after products/services are rendered. No bonds are required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

LEGAL NOTICE SEALED BID SALE OF SALVAGE PROPERTY FORT BEND COUNTY 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, Texas 77469 for the sale of salvage property as described herein until THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM (CST). All bids will be publicly opened and read in the Office of the County Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond Texas. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened. Solicitation is available on the Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.co.fort-bend.tx.us. All addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website. Bid 12-053 - Sale of two (2) 12H Cat Motor Graders: 2006 models. Minimum bids apply. Equipment is offered as is, where is. Successful bidder will be responsible for the removal of the equipment from County property within 3 calendar days after acceptance of bid. Successful bidder assumes all liability associated with removal. For electronic pictures or to schedule a time to view contact Debbie Kaminski, Assistant Purchasing Agent, kaminskd@co.fort-bend.tx.us. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas LEGAL NOTICE 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 17, 2012 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. CDs are available in the Purchasing Agent’s Office. All addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.co.fort-bend.tx.us. RFP 12-049 – BIG CREEK BYPASS DROP STRUCTURE REPAIRS A MANDATORY Pre-proposal Conference will be conducted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 9:00 AM CST at the Fort Bend County Purchasing Department, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX. A MANDATORY site visit will immediately follow the MANDATORY Pre-proposal Conference. The site visit is the only opportunity to visit the job site. Proposals will not be accepted from Respondents who do not attend the Pre-proposal Conference and site visit. It is the Respondent’s responsibility to sign in at the Preproposal Conference and site visit to verify their participation. Lump sum and Unit pricing is required. Successful vendor is required to provide bonds. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

THE STATE OF TEXAS CITATION BY PUBLICATION TO: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF PAMELA R. MAYO, DECEASED 15507 SUMMER BRIAR CT MISSOURI CITY TX 77489 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 June 04, 2012 a default judgment may be taken against you. Said answer may be filed by mailing same to: District Clerk’s Office, 301 Jackson, Richmond, Texas 77469, or by bringing it to the office. Our street address is 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond TX 77469. We are located on the first floor of the Justice Center building. The case is presently pending before the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County sitting in Richmond, Texas, and was filed on SEPTEMBER 06, 2011. It bears cause number 11-DCV-192845 and is styled: Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC. as Servicing Agent For Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Trustee and Pamela R. Mayo, and Robert K. Mayo and the Unknown Heirs of Pamela R. Mayo, Deceased Re: 15507 Summer Briar Street Missouri City, Texas 77489 The name and address of the attorney for PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is: CLINT WADE CHASE SHAPIRO SCHWARTZ LLP 5450 NORTHWEST CENTRAL DRIVE SUITE 307 HOUSTON TX 77092 713-933-1535 The nature of the demands of said PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is as follows to-wit: YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT SUIT HAS BEEN BROUGHT BY OCWEN LOAN SERVICING, LLC. AS SERVICING AGENT FOR WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE ITS SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST AND ASSIGNS, AS PLAINTIFF AGAINST PAMELA R. MAYO, AND ROBERT K. MAYO AND THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF PAMELA R. MAYO, DECEASED AS DEFENDANTS, AND ANY OTHER PERSON CLAIMING ANY RIGHT, TITLE, INTEREST OR POSSESSION AND TO THE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 15507 SUMMER BRIAR STREET, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77489 AND LEGALLY DESCRIBED AS: LOT FIFTY-SEVEN (57), BLOCK FOUR (4), OF BRIARGATE SECTION NINE (9), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN VOLUME 22, PAGE 34, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. THE PETITION SEEKS TO FORECLOSE THE LIEN ON THE PROPERTY AND ASSERT SUPERIOR TITLE TO THE ABOVE DESCRIBED PROPERTY. If this Citation is not served, it shall be returned unserved. Issued under my hand and seal of said Court, at Richmond, Texas on this the 18th day of April, 2012. DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT By Deputy District Clerk DEBRA ElZONDO Telephone: (281) 344-3959

LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing an Invitation for Bids for the following: IFB# 211-12

PLUMBING SERVICES

Scope: The City of Missouri City is accepting bids from vendors to enter into a term contract to supply all labor and material for plumbing services for the various City facilities. The bid shall include any delivery, fuel surcharge or other miscellaneous charges. The City intends to award a contract to one vendor. Bids will be accepted until 2 PM local time May 21, 2012 and then opened. The bid packages may be obtained beginning May 2nd from Purchasing Office at (281) 403-8626 or by email to Charles@missouricitytx.gov Bids must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the IFB name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Bids 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. Bids marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Bids are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers. Charles Oberrender, CPPB Purchasing Manager City of Missouri City, Texas Cause No. 11-CCV-046701 FORT BEND COUNTY WATER CONTROL COUNTY COURT AT LAW AND IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 2 VS

NUMBER TWO (2) OF

UNKNOWN HEIRS OF JOHN NANEZ, DECEASED, ET UX, ET AL.

FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS

BRIEF ON CITATION BY PUBLICATION In the name and by the authority of the State of Texas Notice is hereby given to the following Defendants: TO: The Unknown Heirs of John Nanez and Martina Catillo Nanez You are commanded to appear before the Special Commissioners appointed by the Judge of the Fort Bend County Court at Law No. 2, on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 9: 30 a.m. at the George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview Rd., Richmond, Texas 77469, who shall then and there assess the value of the property belonging to Defendants which is sought to be condemned by Plaintiff, in Fort Bend County Water Control and Improvement District No. 2 vs. Unknown Heirs of John Nanez, Deceased, et ux., et al.; Cause No. 11-CCV-046701, wherein Fort Bend County Water Control and Improvement District No. 2 is the Plaintiff, and the Unknown Heirs of John Nanez, Deceased, the Unknown Heirs of Martina Castillo Nanez, Deceased, Johh Nanez, Israel Nanez, Sisto Nanez, Eloie Nanez, Esperanza Nanez Smith a/k/a Hope Nanez Smith, Angelo Nanez, Henry Garcia, Rose Nanez, Juanita Nanez, Sam Nanez a/k/a Samuel Nanez, Paul Nanez, Olga Nanez a/k/a Olga Nanez Granados, George Nanez a/k/a Gegorio Nanez, Rosa Maria Rojas as Independent Executrix of the Estate of Mary R. Nanez, Deceased, Rosario Nanez a/k/a Rosario H. Leijna, Linda Nanez a/k/a Lynda Nanez Ford a/k/a Lynda Ogando, and Fort Bend County Tax Assessor-Collector are Defendants. Plaintiff ’s First Amended Statement and Petition for Condemnation, filed on April 2, 2012, discloses that the nature of the suit is a condemnation case. Plaintiff seeks to acquire fee simple title to real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas in the William Neal Survey, Abstract 64 in Fort Bend County, Texas, more particularly described in the Warranty Deed attached Exhibit A to Plaintiff ’s First Amended Statement and Petition for Condemnation. Attorneys for Plaintiff are Joyce, McFarland+McFarland LLP, Elly D. Austin, 712 Main Street, Suite 1500, Houston, Texas 77002. Issued and given under my hand and seal of said Court in the City of Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas, on this 12th day of April 2012. Hon. Dianne Wilson, Clerk of Fort Bend County, Texas 301 Jackson Street, Suite 101 Richmond, Texas 77469-3108 Deputy Debbie Davenport

LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing an Invitation for Bids for the following: IFB# 120-12

POLICE AND FIRE UNIFORMS

Scope: The City of Missouri City is accepting bids from vendors to enter into a term contract to supply uniforms for police officers and firefighters for the City of Missouri City. The bid shall include any delivery, fuel surcharge or other miscellaneous charges. The City may to award contracts to more than one vendor. Bids will be accepted until 2 PM local time May 21, 2012 and then opened. The bid packages may be obtained beginning May 2nd from Purchasing Office at (281) 403-8626 or by email to Charles@missouricitytx.gov Bids must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the IFB name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Bids 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. Bids marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Bids are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers. Charles Oberrender, CPPB Purchasing Manager City of Missouri City, Texas

LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas and the Missouri City Recreation and Leisure Corporation are now issuing a Request for Proposals for the following: RFP #209-12 JANITORIAL SERVICES for CITY CENTRE AT QUAIL VALLEY TENNIS AND RECREATION CENTER The City of Missouri City and the Missouri City Recreation and Leisure Corporation requests proposals from interested parties for the furnishing of the janitorial services for several new facilities in the City of Missouri City. Proposals must comply with all requirements of the Request for Proposal package issued by the City. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at 1:30 PM, Monday, May 14, 2012 at the Quail Valley Golf Course Pro Shop, 2880 La Quinta Boulevard, in Missouri City. Once the pre-bid meeting begins, the City may choose to not allow any additional participants and exclude them from the bid process. Proposals will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. local time May 21, 2012 and then opened. The RFP packages may be obtained beginning May 2nd by requesting the document name and number listed above by contacting the City Purchasing Office at 1522 Texas Parkway by phone at (281) 403-8626 or email at charles@ missouricitytx.gov A mandatory pre-bid conference will held at Proposals must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the RFP name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Proposals must be delivered to the attention of the Sealed Bid Box, City of Missouri City Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Proposal packages marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Proposals are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers. Charles Oberrender, CPPB Purchasing Manager City of Missouri City, Texas


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MAY 9, 2012 • INDEPENDENT • Page 7

Opinion: Beating Kesha Rogers

Fort Bend Christian Academy has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2012. Valedictorian Nathan Christopher Wong , left, will be attending the University of Texas and is planning a double major in Philosophy and Physics. Nathan is the son of Dr. Daniel and Mei Wong of Sugar Land. He is the recipient of numerous academic and fine arts awards, and received the Wings Scholarship. Salutatorian Jeremiah Baker, right, will be attending Texas A&M University, majoring in Chemical Engineering. Jeremiah is the recipient of the Lechner Scholarship, as well as numerous academic achievement awards. He is the son of Rose and Gene Baker of Arcola.

Jordan Sterns earns Eagle Scout rank Jordan Sterns of BSA Troop 103 earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Jordan was recognized in a special Eagle Court of Honor ceremony held on April 21st at Sugar Land Baptist Church. He was presented with a United States flag flown over the U.S. capitol by Congressman Pete Olson. Jordan, son of Darrell and Donna Sterns of Sugar Land, is a junior at Clements High School. He started scouting in 2001 with Cub Scout Pack 1700. He progressed through the

Sterns Cub Scout ranks achieving its highest award, the Arrow of

Light. He joined BSA Troop 103 in 2006 and advanced through the ranks, completing 21 merit badges and numerous community service hours. He held leadership positions in the troop including Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader and Scribe. His Eagle Scout project involved converting a storage room at Bethel Ministries into a nursery that included cabinets, diaper changing area, refrigerator and newly painted walls and doors. The project cost over $2000 and required a total of 210 man hours to complete.

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NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 23RD day of MARCH, 2012 by the 400TH Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 10-DCV184268 in favor of the Plaintiff - HUNTERS GLEN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, for the sum of $2711.20 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 12TH day of APRIL, 2012, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) - ELMO BAILEY JR AND MAGDALENE BAILEY had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of JUNE, 2012 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 10, BLOCK 1, OF HUNTER GLEN, SECTION 3, A SUBDIVISION OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED AT VOLUME 20, PAGE 8 IN THE MAP OR PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $58,500.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order; Sale to be held at or about 10:00 A.M. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas Veronica Rodriguez Deputy Constable #1324

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 23RD day of MARCH, 2012 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 11-DCV-187327 in favor of the Plaintiff - ROYAL LAKES ESTATES HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $4,789.26 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 12TH day of APRIL, 2012, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) MICHAEL SMITH AND CAROL SMITH had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of JUNE, 2012 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; VIZ: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 3, BLOCK 4, OF ROYAL LAKES ESTATES SUBDIVISION, SECTION 1, A SUBDIVISION OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED AT SLIDE 1685A, CLERK’S FILE NO. 1999043736 AND SLIDE 1854/B IN THE MAP OR PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $323,270.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order; Sale to be held at or about 10:00 A.M. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas Veronica Rodriguez Deputy Constable #1324

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 20TH day of MARCH, 2012 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 10-DCV-186042 in favor of the Plaintiff - PARK MEADOW TOWNHOUSE ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, for the sum of $8,777.73 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 16TH day of APRIL, 2012, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) - ROBERT B. FARRAR AND WIFE, PAULINE FARRAR had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of JUNE, 2012 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’ clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; VIZ: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: A TRACT OF LAND SITUATED IN AN UNRECORDED TOWNHOME SUBDIVISION KNOWN AS PARK MEADOW TOWNHOUSES, IN THE JAMES ALSTON SURVEY A100 OF HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS, AND A-101 OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; THIS TRACT SITUATED IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, KNOWN AS 11674 KIRKWOOD ROAD, AND BEING OUT OF THAT CERTAIN 12.907 ACRE TRACT OF LAND CONVEYED TO PERRY HOMES, INC., BE DEED RECORDED IN VOLUME 595, PAGE 246, OF THE DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS AND UNDER HARRIS COUNTY CLERK’S FILE NO. D-921106, FILM CODE NO. 164281097. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $328,410.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas Veronica Rodriguez Deputy Constable #1324 NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 21 ST day of MARCH, 2012 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 10-DCV-181288 in favor of the Plaintiff - QUAIL VALLEY EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $2590.00 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 13TH day of APRIL, 2012, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) LINDA DENISE HARRIS had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of JUNE, 2012 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 40, BLOCK 3, OF QUAIL VALLEY EAST SUBDIVISION, SECTION 1, A SUBDIVISION OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED AT VOLUME 10, PAGE 7 IN THE MAP OF PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $79,060.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order; Sale to be held at or about 10:00 A.M. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas Veronica Rodriguez Deputy Constable #1324

By STEVE BROWN What if I told you that a candidate in the Democratic Primary would like to have President Barack Obama impeached? What if I told you that she’s a thirty-something, photogenic and articulate African American woman? Finally, what if I told you that two years ago she actually won the Democratic nomination for Congressional District 22, and went on to enter the general election by viciously attacking our President? If you are not already aware of this person, then let me introduce you to Kesha Rogers. Rogers is a member of a political cult led by Lyndon LaRouche. LaRouche’s main goal is to elect Members of Congress who will advocate for the colonization of the moon, the impeachment of President Obama, and the restoration of an obscure 1933 banking standard. Over the years, his cult has joined forces with a number of unseemly and racially divisive organizations, like the Ku Klux Klan. In fact, LaRouche himself has been known to spew anti-semitic and racist views throughout the years. In newsletters he wrote in 1973 and 1974, he characterizes Black women as “sadistic,” and young Black men as “zombie killers out of control.” LaRouche’s racism isn’t NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 21ST day of MARCH, 2012 by the 268TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 09-DCV-175610 in favor of the Plaintiff - SUGAR CREEK HOMES ASSOCIATION, for the sum of $7616.60 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 9TH day of APRIL, 2012, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) - HILARY J. LLOYD AND KIMBERLY A. LLOYD had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of JUNE, 2012 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT TEN (10), BLOCK ONE (1), SUGAR CREEK SECTION TEN (10), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 12, PAGE 6 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 538 LONGVIEW DRIVE, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (THE “PROPERTY”, INCLUDING THE REAL PROPERTY AND ALL IMPROVEMENTS SITUATED THEREON) ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $392,180 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order; Sale to be held at or about 10:00 A.M. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas Veronica Rodriguez Deputy Constable #1324

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 23RD day of APRIL, 2012 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 09-DCV-171889 in favor of the Plaintiff - CHELSEA AT MISSION BEND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC Plaintiff, for the sum of $5948.16 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 3RD day of MAY, 2012, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) - ROBERT VAN MCCLINTOCK had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of JUNE, 2012 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten 0’ clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT EIGHTEEN (18), IN BLOCK FIVE (5), A REPLAT OF CHELSEA AT MISSION BEND, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 1044/A IN THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $107,850.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10:00 A.M. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas Veronica Rodriguez Deputy Constable #1324

just limited to African Americans. He refers to Asians as “subhuman” and Hispanics as “miserable.” However, he saves a great deal of his venom to vilify President Barack Obama. In 2009 he compared Pres. Obama to a trained monkey by stating, “And we have a dictatorship in the United States…under a President who doesn’t have much conscience, because he doesn’t have any brains. He’s trained to talk like a trained monkey or something out of a mechanical zoo.” Rogers has adopted this type of hate speech in her current campaign. In a recent YouTube clip on her website, she suggests that Pres. Obama’s doctor should, “administer some pentathol of sodium” on him. Pentathol is an ingredient commonly used in lethal injections. I hope and trust that the appropriate federal authorities are keeping a close watch on this cult, as any insinuations about the assassination of our President should be handled with the utmost urgency and seriousness, especially by those who not only wish him harm but hold other dangerous ideas. As Democrats, we cannot afford for anyone representing LaRouche’s cult to be a nominee on the Democratic ballot. A Rogers’ victory on May 29 is not only a distraction for those of us working hard to re-elect President Obama, but it also hurts our local, quali-

fied candidates who need a surge in straight-ticket voting during the general election. Everyone, from judicial candidates to state representatives, should be concerned about sharing the Democratic slate with Rogers. Voters in Congressional District 22 have a choice. KP George is running against Rogers on a platform to work with Pres. Obama on improving the economy, keeping our shores safe and providing health care for all. KP is the only Democrat in this race, and he’s ready to serve. So, why would Rogers choose to align with LaRouche? I can’t say. Perhaps you should ask her if you ever meet her. But as Texas Democrats, we must develop protocols to ensure that “Democratic” imposters don’t find their way on our ballot. By doing so, we protect the integrity of the Democratic primary while also ensuring that our voters don’t become fooled by candidates that don’t represent their interests. In the meantime, we can use this election to send a message to any future LaRouche candidate by convincingly defeating Kesha Rogers on May 29, 2012. Our President would appreciate it. Steve Brown is the Chairman of the Fort Bend County Democratic Party. Connect with Steve on Facebook at facebook.com/sbrown2 and on Twitter at twitter.com/ electstevebrown.

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 26TH day of MARCH, 2012 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 11-DCV-187489 in favor of the Plaintiff - ROYAL LAKES ESTATES HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $5181.40 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 12TH day of APRIL, 2012, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) - COMFORT EGEGE had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of JUNE, 2012 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 9, BLOCK 5, OF ROYAL LAKES ESTATES SUBDIVISION, SECTION 2, A SUBDIVISION OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED AT THE CLERK’S FILE NO. 2000061741 AND SLIDE 2020B IN THE MAP OF PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $81,820.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order; Sale to be held at or about 10:00 A.M. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas Veronica Rodriguez Deputy Constable #1324

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 23RD day of MARCH, 2012 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 10-DCV-182058 in favor of the Plaintiff - QUAIL VALLEY EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $3812.00 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 12TH day of APRIL, 2012, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) - WILBERT DWELLING HAM AND GRACE DWELLING HAM had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of JUNE, 2012 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; VIZ: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 9, BLOCK 28, OF QUAIL VALLEY EAST SUBDIVISION, SECTION 5, A SUBDIVISION OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED AT VOLUME 15, PAGE 3 IN THE MAP OR PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $63,170.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order; Sale to be held at or about 10:00 A.M. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas Veronica Rodriguez Deputy Constable #1324

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 26TH day of MARCH, 2012 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 11-DCV-189276 in favor of the Plaintiff - MISSION GREEN HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, for the sum of $4084.14 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 18TH day of APRIL, 2012, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) - FRANCISCO J. MUNGUIA had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of JUNE, 2012 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant.

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 21ST day of MARCH, 2012 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 08-DCV167701 in favor of the Plaintiff - MISSION WEST CIVIC IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, for the sum of $3,734.64 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 12TH day of APRIL, 2012, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) - STEPHANIE MORRIS had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of JUNE, 2012 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 16, BLOCK 9, OF MISSION WEST, SECTION 1, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 23, PAGE 17, OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AS MODIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR REPLATS THEREOF. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $83,410.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order; Sale to be held at or about 10:00 A.M. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas Veronica Rodriguez Deputy Constable #1324

LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT TWELVE (12), BLOCK (1), OF REPLAT OF MISSION GREEN NORTH, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY,. TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 792/B, MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; SUCH PROPERTY HAVING A COMMON ADDRESS OF 7914 LONDRES DRIVE, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77083 (THE “PROPERTY”) ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $102,180.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10:00 A.M. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Be County, Texas Veronica Rodriguez Deputy Constable #1324


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AUTOMOBILE: Scion iQ

FILM REVIEW: The Avengers Joss Whedon for President. As director and cowriter of the long-awaited “The Avengers,” he’s pulled off a miracle. The big money boys came to him and said: “…look, Jossy, can we call you Jossy?” “We need you to take the previous movies about Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and a few others and make it into a combo movie that involves all the characters in a cohesive, understandable story so each of the superheroes is re-introduced and their characters achieve some balance in an all-out war to save the world.” Can you do that Jossy? Joss replies, “…ok, but I need a huge pile of money in order to make the sets, special effects, and cinematography spectacular, an enormous talented crew and all the stars must cooperate and return with a good attitude.” “Not a problem, Jossy, just make sure that it’s a titanic blockbuster and we make so much money that we get into a fight dividing the booty.” Deal. Before we get started, could you give us a taste of the dialogue? Sure, how about this: Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) of S.H.I.E.L.D. explains “…war has started and we are hopelessly outgunned. Director Fury, I think it’s time…It’s called The Avenger’s Initiative… How desperate are you…you NOTICE OF CONSTABLES SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 268TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 9th day of April, 2012 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT VS. RANA AL-BALBIS in Cause#10-DCV-183321 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 5th day of June, 2012, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level 1 of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 5710020020360907 LOT THIRTY-SIX (36), IN BLOCK TWO (2), OF OYSTER CREEK PLANTATION, SECTION TWO (2), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 1665/A AND 1665/B OF THE MAP /PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on the 18th day of April, 2012 as the property of RANA AL-BALBIS ABEDELNASER AL-BALBIS to satisfy a judgment amounting to $24,810.95, representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of FOR T BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT; FIRST COLONY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT # 9; HARRIS COMMUNITY COLLEGE MISSOURI CITY; CITY OF MISSOURI CITY; FORT BEND COUNTY GENERAL FUND; FORT BEND COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT AND FORT BEND COUNTY LATERAL FLOOD AND ROAD CONTROL. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE.

have made me very desperate…this is nothing we were ever trained for…we’re not a team, we’re a time bomb.” And then Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) enlightens the group with “…guys, I’m gonna bring the party to you.” And that is how you make an epic movie and earn my vote for President of the United States of America! Joss Whedon (I don’t call him Jossy) at age 47 is at the top of his game and everybody else’s game for that matter. The movie is fun, whimsical, exciting, suspenseful, and worth seeing repeatedly, which I plan to do. The action and information is overwhelming. Especially in 3D IMAX. Chris Evans returns as Cap-

Qualified companies are invited to submit proposals to Stafford Municipal School District for Laptop Computers RFP# 2012-0022, at the Stafford MSD administration building conference room in Stafford, Texas before 10:00 a.m. local standard time on the 18th day of May, 2012. Bid document can be found on the District’s website. PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the revised Traffic/Safety Study for Katy ISD Elementary School No. 32 at Cinco Terrace and Fiona Sky Lane Extension and Reserves, Precinct 3.

tain America, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. My favorites were Ruffalo, Hemsworth, Johansson, Renner and Tim Hiddleston as Loki the bad guy. Never really liked Captain America. Jackson and Downey are two of my all-time favorites. You might remember this quote from Larry H. in 2008: “I believe Iron Man exists and is fighting evil at this very moment. I love Iron Man. I want to join Iron Man. I want to be Iron Man.” Rock ‘n Roll. Grade 91. Larry H. sugarlaw@larryharrison.com LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION Notice by Order of Fort Bend County Commissioners Court on January 24, 2012 in accordance with TX LOCAL GOV’T CODE § 263.001. The appointed Commissioner shall sell at public auction real property owned by the County on the 31st day of May 2012 at 10:00 A.M. Said property to be sold at public auction is a 0.3893 acre of land, being part of a 0.467 acre tract of land, in the Jane Long Survey, Abstract 55, Ransom Road (now known as Williams Way, Blvd.), Fort Bend County, Texas, described in a deed dated May 5, 1993 from Sidney Mellon to Ellie Herrara Vasquez recorded in Volume 2525, Page 1907, Fort Bend County Deed Records. The auction will be held on the property located at 2017 Williams Way Blvd., Richmond, Texas 77469. Submitted by Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE.

NOTICE OF CONSTABLES SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 268TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 9th day of April, 2012 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of NORTH MISSION GLEN MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT VS. NI-TEX HOLDINGS INCORPORATED in Cause #06-DCV-153498 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 5th day of June, 2012, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level 1 of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT I: GEO:5035030020370907/50350300 20370 LOT 37, BLOCK 2, OF AMENDED PLAT OF MISSION GLEN, SECTION 3, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT RECORDED IN SLIDE NUMBERS 678/A & B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (ACCOUNT NUMBER 5035030020370907/ 5035030020370). TRACT 2: GEO:5035030020380907/50350300 20380 LOT 38, BLOCK 2, OF AMENDED PLAT OF MISSION GLEN, SECTION 3, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT RECORDED IN SLIDE NUMBERS 678/A & B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (ACCOUNT NUMBER 5035030020380907/5035030020 380). TRACT 3: GEO:5035030020400907/50350300 20400 LOT 40, BLOCK 2, OF AMENDED PLAT OF MISSION GLEN, SECTION 3, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT RECORDED IN SLIDE NUMBERS 678/A & B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (ACCOUNT NUMBER 503 503 0020400907/5035030020400). Levied on the 18th day of April, 2012 as the property of NI-TEX HOLDINGS INCORPORATION MISSION GLEN HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION INC. to satisfy a judgment amounting to $50,898.33, representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT; NORTH MISSION GLEN MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT; WEST KEEGANS BAYOU IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT; FORT BEND COUNTY/ HARRIS-FORT BEND ESD #100 AND FORT BEND COUNTY/ HARRIS- FORT BEND ESD #100. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE.

GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 3rd day of May, 2012.

GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 17th day of APRIL, 2012.

GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 3rd day of May, 2012.

Rob Cook, Constable, Fort Bend County, Texas By Sgt. John Morales, Deputy #1308

Rob Cook, Constable, Fort Bend County, Texas By Deputy Veronica Rodriguez, #1324

Rob Cook, Constable, Fort Bend County, Texas By Deputy Veronica Rodriguez, #1324

GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 18th day of APRIL, 2012. Rob Cook, Constable, Fort Bend County, Texas By Deputy Veronica Rodriguez, #1324 NOTICE OF CONSTABLES SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 268TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 23rd day of March, 2012 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND COUNTY VS. ALFRED FRENCH, AKA ALF ARED RENEEL FRENCH, ET AL in Cause#08-DCV-166313 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 5th day of June, 2012, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level 1 of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 21500301 10900907 LOT 9 IN BLOCK 11 OF BRIARGA TE SUBDIVISION SECTION 3, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 9, PAGE 7 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. 2150030110900907 Levied on the 3rd day of May, 2012 as the property of ALFRED FRENCH A/K/A ALFRED RENEEL FRENCH UNKNOWN HEIRS TO THE ESTATE OF JEANETTA FRENCH A/K/A JEANETTA S FRENCH to satisfy a judgment amounting to $12,653.14, representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, FORT BEND COUNTY, FORT BEND COUNTY GENERAL FUND, AND FORT BEND COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT AND CITY OF HOUSTON. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE.

The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk NOTICE OF CONSTABLES SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 268TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 9th day of April, 2012 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, Vs DOROTHY PARKER PASHO (DECEASED) AKA DOROTHY PARKER LYONS in Cause#11-DCV-189405 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 5th day of June, 2012, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level 1 of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 1999000240050907 LOT FIVE (5) IN BLOCK TWENTY-FOUR (24) OF BRAEBEND ESTATES ADDITION, BRAZORIA COUNTY, TEXAS A SUBDIVISION RECORDED IN VOLUME 7, ON PAGE 23 AND 24 IN THE COUNTY CLERKS OFFICE, BRAZORIA COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on the 17th day of April, 2012 as the property of DOROTHY PARKER PASHO AKA DOROTHY PARKER LYONS to satisfy a judgment amounting to $3,534.82, representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT; FORT BEND COUNTY EDUCATION DISTRICT; FORT BEND COUNTY GENERAL FUND; FORT BEND COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT AND FORT BEND COUNTY LATERAL FLOOD AND ROAD CONTROL.

By BARBARA FULENWIDER At only 10 feet long the Scion iQ is the smallest fourseater yet can transport four people. It was designed to be the perfect city ride and may well have achieved it. Even though the Scion iQ looks as if a fly swatter could squash it, the car doesn’t feel nearly as small as it is when riding or driving. The iQ is the fourth vehicle in the Scion family and it may define the premium micro-subcompact segment as the choice for new urbanites who want clever transportation without sacrificing style or features. Six engineering innovations are responsible for the iQ’s ability to be small in size yet large in capability. A compact front-mounted differential, high-mount steering rack with electronic powersteering, and a compact airconditioning unit all amount to significant decreases in front-end length. In addition, the iQ is equipped with a flat gas tank housed beneath the floor. Slim-back front seats optimize rear legroom, while the offset seating arrangement allows one adult to sit behind the front passenger and a child or small package behind the driver. With a 78.7-inch wheelbase and suspension design consisting of MacPherson struts up front and a compact torsion beam rear suspension, the three-door hatchback can slip through city traffic. Its overall length of 120.1-inches, and short front and rear overhangs allow the iQ to fit easily into urban parking places and make u-turns on

two-lane streets without having to back up. Even though it’s short in length, the iQ has a wide stance at 66.1-inches that makes it feel like a larger car. Smooth Drivetrain and Better Fuel Efficiency The 2012 iQ is equipped with a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 94 horsepower and 89 lb.-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a Variable Transmission (CVT) that helps deliver acceleration and fuel efficiency. The iQ is rated an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-II) and achieves an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy rating of 37 miles per gallon. In order to be considered a premium micro-subcompact, the iQ comes standard with 11 standard airbags, including the world’s first rear window airbag. All iQs come standard with antilock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, traction control, vehicle stability control, brake-override and tirepressure monitoring.The rear seats are extremely versatile, featuring a 50/50 split and the ability to fold flat, creating enough storage to accommodate suitcases. The iQ comes standard with a leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching and audio controls features a flat bottom that provides additional thigh room. The iQ comes standard with a Scion drive monitor that displays outside temperature, average MPG and an ECO-drive indicator that helps the driver maximize the iQ’s fuel efficiency.

Impressive Audio with Standard Bluetooth® The iQ truly focuses on youth with its all-new standard AM/FM/CD/HD/USB 160-watt maximum output Pioneer™ audio system. Standard features for all 2012 Scions include Bluetooth connectivity, which allows both hands-free phone connection and streaming audio capability, and HD Radio technology. Streaming audio allows compatible phone or personal media devices to pair with the audio system and deliver music through the vehicles sound system. The optional 200-watt maximum output Pioneer Premium audio system has the same features as the standard Pioneer audio, but it is enhanced with a 5.8-inch LCD touch-screen display, features iTunes® tagging, Pandora® internet radio connected through iPhone®, and six RCA outputs to add external amplifiers. A Scion Navigation audio system is also available for urban drivers. The 200-watt SNS 200 system has all of the features of the standard and premium audio systems but it adds a navigation system and DVD player that are accessible through an easy-to-use seven-inch touch-screen LCD display. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the iQ is $15,265. I had the pleasure of driving the Scion iQ for a week and hated seeing it go. It was comfortable, provided the space I needed and got me where I needed/ wanted to go with looks galore.

Houston Astros support Impact A Hero The Houston Astros organization has committed to be involved in the 8th Annual Impact a Hero Weekend, June 2-4. Astros players and owner, Jim Crane, will host the wounded veteran heroes at the Astros vs. Cincinnati Reds game on Saturday, June 2 at Minute Maid Park. The events begin at 4:15 p.m. with Astros batting practice where Impact A Hero veterans will see the teams warm up for their upcoming game. At 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Astros Players and Jim Crane will meet and greet the Impact A Hero veterans. The veterans will have the opportunity to visit with Houston Astros and Cincinnati Reds players and obtain autographs. The Pre-Game Ceremony will start at 5:30 p.m. when the Houston Astros and Jim Crane will honor and recognize our wounded veteran heroes who have served and scarificed so much for our great nation during the pre-game ceremony. At 6:05 p.m. the Astros will host our veterans and their families to watch the game in their suite. Impact A Hero gives Houstonians an opportunity to join national celebrities at Impact a Hero Weekend, June 2-4. Meet and thank our severely wounded servicemen and women for sacrificing their minds, bodies and sometimes their lives. Visit www.impactahero.org for more details. Impact A Hero is a nonpartisan 501(c) (3) organization consisting of individuals and corporations dedicated to providing emotional and

Houston Astros’ new owner, Jim Crane, left, and Impact A Hero, Chairman of the Board, Jim Hoelker. financial support for our se- Operation Iraqi Freedom and verely wounded or disabled Operation Enduring Freedom, veterans returning home from and their families.

Impact A Hero and KPRC’s Sports Director Randy McIlvoy will host the Eighth Annual Impact A Hero 5K Walk, Run and Wheel 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. on June 2, at Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land. This year, Impact A Hero anticipates more than 2,250 runners, including 50 wounded heroes and their families. Special Guests Houston Texans Head football Coach Gary Kubiak and several of his coaches and players will participate with our wounded heroes. Sports Radio 610-AM, KKBQFM and KTHT-FM will be onsite to show support and visit with the patrons. Kids’ 1K Race will take place during the 5K Walk, Run and Wheel. Children will have fun running with the Texans’ Toro. Donation for the 2011 Impact A Hero exceeded $840,000.


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SPORTS: Skeeters’ Corner Freedom Division

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Sugar Land Skeeters swept by Maryland Blue Crabs

Waldorf, Maryland - The Sugar Land Skeeters (3-4) were swept for the first time this season after losing game three, 9-5, to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (5-2) Thursday night at Regency Furniture Stadium. Bobby Livingston (0-0) started his second game of the season for Sugar Land but this time got the no-decision after four and a third innings of work. Heath Phillips (01) relieved Livingston in the fourth and was saddled with the loss. Houstonians Trey Rackel and Sean Morgan also made brief appearances. Trailing 5-0 in the top of the six, Sugar Land finally found a breakthrough in the game. With two on and one out, starting first baseman Jason Botts creamed a hanging slider the oppo-

site way for a three-run home run (1) to bring the Skeeters within striking distance, 5-3. After walking the bases loaded, third baseman Jimmy Van Ostrand hit a sacrifice fly out to left field scoring Josh Pressley from third to cut the lead down to one, 5-4. The Blue Crabs intentionally walked left fielder Ben Harrison to load the bases once again for shortstop Deybis Benitez. Without a hit in the series to date, Benitez came through in the clutch with a single up the middle. Drew Locke scored from ninety feet away to tie the game, 5-5. Trouble started again for the Skeeters in the bottom of the sixth. A leadoff triple from Blue Crabs left fielder Brian Bar-

ton was followed by a double from right fielder Richard Giannotti. That scored the goahead run to put the home team back in the lead, 6-5. The Blue Crabs tagged on three more runs in the bottom of the seventh sealing the win. The last nine batters were retired in order to close out the game. Blue Crabs reliever Eduardo Morlan (1-0) received the win after starting pitcher Dan Reichert (0-0) failed to hold the Skeeters in the sixth. The Skeeters continue their 10-game road trip with a trip to Lancaster to face the Barnstormers for a threegame series starting Friday night from Clipper Magazine Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CDT

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ond straight series on the road and drop to 1-5 away from home. Sugar Land travelled to Somerset, New Jersey to face the Somerset Patriots (5-5) for the first time in franchise history on May 7.

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