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FORT BEND FAIR. BALANCED. INFORMATIVE. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011

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Birds of Fort Bend: Pied-Billed Grebe

Pied-Billed Grebes are plucky little water fowls that live in fresh water marshes, creeks, lakes and ponds. They dive mostly for their food as you can see with the ambitious-sized crawfish in his beak, which is shaped like a chicken’s rather than a duck’s. Its feet are also more like a chicken’s than webbed like a duck’s. The feet have lobes on the toes for paddling. While the Pied-Billed can fly, it dives for protection. Its flight is usually low as it taxis along the water. The male takes on the distinctive black and white beak during mating season. Most of the time the beak is brown. This interesting bird is quite common in Fort Bend. They are not afraid to “goose” a larger bird out of the way and comical to watch. Photo copyrighted by Quail Valley resident Margaret Sloan. To see more photos of this bird, visit http://traction.typepad.com/birds

Missouri City considers $32 million budget By BARBARA FULENWIDER City Manager Frank Simpson provided the guts of the next annual proposed budget to Missouri City City Council on June 1. The total amount it will take to pay the city’s bills for 2012 is $32 million. The $32 million is $945,804 or three percent more than the 2011 Missouri City budget and $1,830,017 or 5.4 percent less than the 2009 city budget. Personnel costs are the largest part of any city budget. For 2012 total personnel expenditures are proposed at $21.71 million compared to last year’s total of $21.77 million. The 2011 budget included the addition of seven police officers.

Total revenues for 2012 are expected to remain flat at $30.86 million, up by only $468,379 or 1.5 percent from the 2011 original budget revenues. The total property tax rate will remain the same at 52.84 cents per $100 valuation. City revenues not only include property taxes but also sales taxes, estimated at $6 million for 2012, and numerous fees with franchise fees bringing in the most at an estimated $3.27 million for 2012. Missouri City expects to end their 2011 fiscal year with a fund balance of $7.96 million, which is between the 15 and 25 percent of budgeted revenues

that city policy states must be there. The proposed 2012 budget is expected to use $1,273,893 of the fund balance and leave 21.67 percent or $6,687,852. The 2012 budget will spend the $1 million plus out of the fund balance for one-time expenditures of computer replacements, $224,212; fleet replacement, $319,774; equipment, $223,449, and contingency, $350,000. The number of full-time city employees will stay the same at 311, which includes the seven police officers added last year and 16 positions cut last year.

Entertainment line-up set for Sugar Land’s 26th annual Red, White & Bluefest The City of Sugar Land’s 26th annual Red White and Bluefest will set the skies ablaze over Oyster Creek Park on Monday, July 4, from 5-10 p.m. Celebrate America’s 235th birthday with family, friends and fellow residents while enjoying new main stage performances, delicious county fair-type goodies and numerous children’s activities. The main stage will showcase electrifying performances by the always engaging band Midstream and young artists Savannah Berry and Kathryn Hallberg, who will perform at a Sugar Land event for the first time. Also on the main stage will be a historical musical quartet with professional actors portraying characters such as Betsy Ross, Paul Revere and George and Martha Washington. Activities specifically for kids are planned on the Whole Foods Market children’s stage which will be programmed

with breath-taking reptile shows, amusing and sometimes comedic magic shows and vibrant cultural performances by the Fort Bend Chinese American Association. Children’s activities will also include balloon artists, stick-on tattoo parlors and carnival games with prize giveaways. Throughout the day, unicyclists, jugglers and pantomime artists will interact with the crowd. In the spirit of traditional Fourth of July picnics, refreshment booths will offer treats such as BBQ sandwiches, sausage on sticks, hot dogs, nachos, cotton candy, juicy pickles, sugary funnel cakes, snow cones and ice pops to cool everyone down as they await the grand finale. These mouth-watering treats, along with water and sodas, will be available for sale at a minimal cost throughout the event. This year’s Red White and Bluefest will be hosted by

Harish Jajoo elected to Sugar Land City Council By SESHADRI KUMAR In the City of Sugar Land city council election for District 4, Harish Jajoo won, defeating Farha Ahmed on June 11. In the District 3 runoff, Amy Mitchell defeated Howard Paul by a single vote, according to unofficial results. Mitchell got 791 and Paul 790 votes. Though Paul received the maximum of 651 votes, followed by Mitchell’s 430 and Jim Hoelker’s 411 votes in the May 14 general election, Paul lost in the runoff. Paul’s attorney has informed the city secretary that his client would formally seek a re-count. The city secretary has mailed seven postal ballots and none has been returned yet. The mail-in ballots should be received no later than June 16. Seven years ago, Councilman Tom Abraham won his at-large council seat by a two-vote margin, defeating Mike Casey. The result was same even after a recount. Jajoo received 1,574 votes and Ahmed 1,340 in the runoff. In early voting, Jajoo got 191 votes more than Ahmed, but on election day, Ahmed got 57 votes more, but not enough to bridge the gap.

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In the May 14 election, in a three way race, Jajoo and Ahmed were top two vote getters and they had to face a runoff election on June 11 to decide the winner. On May 14, Jajoo received the maximum of 1,153 votes followed by Ahmed’s 952. Frank Yonish finished third with 629 votes. The District 4 race drew wide attention because the election campaign involved the war on terror and AlQaeda, topics far removed from the local government. An anonymous mailer based on Ahmed’s link to a convicted Al Qaeda operative Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, sparked a controversy during the runoff election campaign. Ahmed said she was not representing Siddiqui as an

attorney, but did not deny her connection to Siddiqui or her family. Now, Sugar land City Council will have three new faces. While incumbent District 1 Councilman Don Smithers was re-elected, for Dist. 2, Bridget Yeung was elected unopposed. She filled the vacancy created by Don Olson, who did not seek re-election. Incumbent Dist.3 and Dist. 4 councilmen Russell Jones and Michael Schiff are term-limited. In another runoff held on June 11, in Rosenberg Bill Benton was elected to atlarge position 1. He got 826 votes and defeated James Urbish, who got 673 votes.

Sheriff’s Office has a new (and young) deputy The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office has a brand new deputy, but he’s a little short and very young. Sheriff Milton Wright deputized seven-year-old Javier Munoz III during special ceremonies held Tuesday, June 7. Young Munoz is the son of former deputy Javier Munoz Jr., who still serves the Sheriff’s Office as a reserve officer. Javier Munoz III has undergone surgery for a brain tumor. He always expressed a desire to be a deputy sheriff like his dad, so Sheriff Wright took action. Wright formally deputized the youngster, who was all smiles during the ceremony. He wore a white hat and boots for the occasion, and he received a plaque that included his commission, a small Texas flag, an official Sheriff’s Office patch and his own deputy’s badge. He was surrounded by family members, including his mom, Laura, sisters Cassandra and Jessica, and his father. The Munozes live in Sugar Land.

Houston’s 106.9 The Zone, who are partnering with Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas, to offer a chance to win a vacation trip to the Bahamas and other surprises. Be sure not to miss the silent auction booth for an opportunity to bid on a one-of-a-kind work of art by the famous artist Bernar Venet, whose monumental sculptures are installed throughout Oyster Creek Park. The day will close with a 15 minute spectacular fireworks show that will make the sky sparkle with magic and majesty. This year’s state-of-the-art fireworks finale will include some new surprises and hightech upgrades not to be missed. A free shuttle service will be provided from Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Blvd., to Oyster Creek Park, 4033 State Highway 6 South, from 4:3011 p.m. For more information,call Above, Sheriff Milton (281) 275-2885 or visit www. Wright, right, kneels by Fort sugarlandtx.gov. Bend County Sheriff’s Deputy

Javier Munoz III. Wright deputized the youngster June 7 in ceremonies at the Sheriff’s Office in Richmond. Shown with the new deputy and sheriff are, from left, Javier’s mother, Laura, sisters Cassandra and Jessica, and his father, Javier Munoz Jr.

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Kolaja retires, Wyatt elected Mayor ProTem cil, Mayor Owen praised Kolaja, touting his record of excellence. Brett has always been dedicated to “the best interests of the community,” Owen said, “and he’s worked constantly for the betterment of the economic, cultural and aesthetic development of our City.” The Kolajas also received a momentous present from Council—a customized rocking chair the couple will use when spending precious time with their new grandchild. Wyatt was also elected Mayor ProTem at the meeting. First, Marshall proposed the name of Don Smith, but no one seconded the motion. Earlier, Elackatt sought a clarification if there was a binding resolution that the Mayor ProTem position be rotated among council members. Owen said some five years ago, that was the consensus among council members, but the council can change that

Missouri City Council held a swearing-in ceremony for Councilmen Bobby Marshall, of District A, Don Smith, of District B, Robin Elackatt, of District C and Floyd Emery, of District D. Marshall was reelected to a second term in the May 14 General Election; Smith and Elackatt were unopposed in their district races and Emery was elected for his first term in the May 14 election. Councilman Brett Kojala, who represented District D for 12 years, has retired. Special tribute to Councilman Kolaja, featured proclamations commending his “exemplary service, wise judgment, dedication and experience” from Congressman Al Green, State Sen. Rodney Ellis, State Rep. Charlie Howard, State Sen. Joan Huffman, State Rep. Ron Reynolds, City Council and the Missouri City Police Officers Association. On behalf of City Coun-

and his nomination for Mayor ProTem position was approved. Wyatt had been Mayor ProTem in the past. Elackatt said he nominated Wyatt because of his experience and every elected council member is qualified to seek the post.

policy if it wants. Sugar Land, for example, follows the rotation policy, he said. While Marshall spoke in favor of the rotation policy, Elackatt said it is an elected position and should not be based on rotation. Later, he proposed Wyatt

Stafford police officer killed in accident Crum served as Stafford Police Department’s warrant officer and was also heavily involved in interagency communications -- programming and updating software for the department’s vehicle radios and in-car video equipment. Prior to joining the Stafford Police Department, Crum served in the U.S. Navy for four years and worked on electronic equipment on aircraft carriers. Crum, the son of Stafford Police Department Lt. Lonnie Crum, was born and grew up in Stafford. “This is really hard on everyone here,” said Rafael Virata, Stafford PD spokesman. He also said Stafford Police Chief Bonny Krahn “has known Chris since he was born in 1979. His father started working here in 1978 and recently announced his retirement for the end of June after having worked in law enforcement for 35 years.” Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella said, “I’ve received numerous phone calls including one from Congressman Al Green expressing their sympathies and condolences. Chris was a fine young man and excellent police officer. Our police department and our entire city are heartbroken over this tragic accident.” Services are tentatively set for 10 a.m. Thursday, June 16, at Sugar Land Church of Christ, U.S. 59 at Sweetwater. Earthman Funeral Home in Stafford is taking care of arrangements.

By BARBARA FULENWIDER Christian Crum, a Stafford police officer of four years, was killed in an accident Sunday when he collided with a vehicle and was thrown from his personal motorcycle. Crum, 31, was off duty when the accident occurred Sunday at 1 p.m. on Avenue E at Colony Lake Estates Drive in Fort Bend County. The accident report says Crum was traveling westbound on Avenue E when a car pulled out of Colony Lake Estate Drive. Crum hit the rear left panel of the vehicle, which was attempting to turn left.

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Memorial Hermann will be the first hospital system in South Texas to introduce a new cutting-edge digital technology that will improve physicians’ ability to detect smaller tumors at the earliest stages of breast cancer, potentially saving the lives of hundreds of women. The Imaging Center at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital is now scheduling mammograms on the Selenia Dimensions digital breast tomosynthesis system (Dimensions 3-D) that recently received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Breast tomosynthesis is a 3-D imaging technology that enables radiologists to see “inside” the breast. It combines data from a series of low-dose radiation, two-dimensional (2-D) images taken during a short scan to create a single three-dimensional (3-D) image of the breast. Breast tomosynthesis reduces or eliminates problems caused by tissue overlap. It also offers a number of advantages over conventional 2-D digital mammography, including improved diagnostic and screening accuracy, fewer recalls, greater radiologist confidence, and 3-D lesion localization. “The recent FDA approval of tomosynthesis has major potential to improve the efficacy of screening women for breast cancer,” said Stephen Rose, M.D., a breast radiologist affiliated with Memorial Hermann and principal investigator of last year’s breast tomosynthesis clinical trial at Memorial Hermann Memorial City that paved the way for the technology being approved. “The quality of images with 2-D digital mammography systems is excellent and is still considered the gold standard of breast screening, but the ability to peel away layers with tomosynthesis is a tremendous advance. It provides an opportunity to markedly improve what we’re doing in breast screening, especially for women with dense or fatty breast tissue.” Clinical trials using the Dimensions 3-D system showed measurable improvement in clinical performance over conventional mammography. The trials also showed significant gains in specificity - the confidence to rule out cancer without recalling the patient for further study - and other benefits, including improved lesion and margin visibility and the ability to accurately localize structures in the breast. “Our ability to detect smaller tumors at the earliest stages of breast cancer will improve with tomosynthesis. Additionally, we will be able to reduce additional testing for false positive results,” added Dr. Rose. Breast tomosynthesis will be available to patients who are due for their yearly screening mammogram. Since the technology is not yet covered by insurance, Memorial Hermann will bill the patient’s insurance for a 2-D digital mammogram and charge a nominal fee of $50 for the advanced service upon patient request. Patients should call now to schedule an appointment for June and beyond. “We are extremely excited to be able to offer breast tomosynthesis to our patients,” said Jim Brown, chief executive officer of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. “The addition of this new technology in our hospital highlights our significant commitment to women’s health.” For more information about breast tomosynthesis or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-40-MAMMO or visit www.memorialhermann.org/imaging.

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News Councilmen meet water district officials despite mayor’s objection By BARBARA FULENWIDER After Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella made numerous arguments about why they shouldn’t, city council at their June 1 meeting decided they should – that it would be in the city’s best interest to attend rather than not attend. So a committee of three council members, Cecil Willis, Wen Guerra and the mayor, met last Thursday, June 2, at the invitation and offices of Fort Bend Water Control and Improvement District No. 2 (WCID No. 2) along with Missouri City officials to discuss the four-year capital projects list and the planning and timing of the water/sewer projects. The work will be paid for by the voter approved $31.9 million bond election held in May. The mayor said he opposed having a Stafford representative at the meeting for a number of reasons. He was hurt and angered by racist remarks about Italian Americans made by WCID No. 2 officials at their past monthly meeting; he wanted a public rather than a closed meeting and felt it would be a waste of time since the three entities had already met three times and this meeting had the same agenda

as their past one in April. Scarcella said, “They gave a complete report (on April 20) on what they wanted to do if the bonds passed. Now we’re going to have this same thing all over again. I’m confused about what the purpose of this meeting is and what we can expect to get out of it.” He also pointed out that with WCID No. 2 Board Member Chad Howard having resigned, there is a two to two stalemate on everything. “They are very divided,” Scarcella said. “They announced they will appoint a member two weeks from now” if they are able to. If they cannot agree to name a member within 60 days from the time Howard’s resignation was accepted, then the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has 90 days to name a fifth board member for them. Then Scarcella talked about Missouri City being the instigator of the meetings of the three entities. He said Missouri City said they would act as the “marriage counselor” but has a “very cozy relationship with the wife (WCID No. 2) who wants to take as much from the breadwinner (Stafford)” as possible.

He also said, “Missouri City is looking to do one thing and you can’t fault them for that. They want to develop their commercial and especially an industrial base to the best of their ability using Stafford money to do it. That’s the bottom line. They are looking at it from a political standpoint but we want to be part of those very important decisions that will affect the water rights of the citizens of Stafford.” As for the racist remarks made, Scarcella said, Stafford “has gone to great lengths” to be a diversified, accepting town. “Look at the composition of city council” and the city’s planning and zoning commission. “We have endeavored to try to avoid racial, cultural or ethnic discrimination and yet just across the street there seems to be a strong propensity towards that. I resent it and I detest it.” At the April 20 meeting, the mayor said, “Cecil (Willis) proposed, if there can’t be legislation, having an interlocal agreement” that allows Stafford to be a voting member regarding major actions taken by WCID No. 2. The proposed agreement

Quail Valley Exchange Club awards scholarships Every year, the Quail Valley Exchange Club awards multiple scholarships to area High School Seniors that are destined for college and are in need of assistance. “These students must be solid academically, but more emphasis is placed upon their having overcome significant challenges to emerge as students of outstanding character and citizenship,” said Bob

Mayo, who chairs the program. This year, the Exchange Club provided $22,000 in scholarships. To identify these scholars an interview team visits the five area high schools serving students from Missouri City – Elkins, Dulles, Hightower, Marshall and Willowridge. This year’s winners were Matthew Price, Faith Joseph, Melina Sitaras, Kayla Thorn-

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would allow the major actions of the district to come before Stafford and Missouri City councils and one of the two city councils with the water district would have to approve it. That way we couldn’t curtail what happens in Missouri City or vice versa, he said. Scarcella said that while Mayor Allen Owen agreed to look into it, he’s heard nothing more about it. “There’s no indication,” the mayor said about the proposed June 2 meeting, “that we’ll have any discussion on the sale of the bonds, the bond election, the tax rate, rates on water and sewer, sales of water, annexation – all of those we have addressed. If anyone can show me a silver lining in any of this, then I will be enlightened.” What the mayor wants proof of through actions and plans of the water district is that Stafford will have an ample water supply for the next 50 years. “The biggest problem in the future is expected to be water,” Scarcella said. “We have to make sure there will be an adequate supply for Stafford.”

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Opinion The View from Sugar Land Every vote really does count By RUSSELL JONES Never has the truth of that cliche been more acutely demonstrated than in Sugar Land’s city council runoff election last Saturday. In District 3, in the race to replace this writer, the outcome was decided by a single vote. In fact, as of this writing, the official count is not complete. Several conditional votes need to be reviewed, and a short amount of time is to be allowed for the arrival of mail-in ballots. Amy Mitchell’s tentative win was announced several hours after the polls closed. Ahead by a whisker, 791 to 790, Mitchell will become one of the city’s two new councilmembers if the results hold. Thomas Abraham’s 2-vote win over Mike Casey 7 years ago for an at-large position was the city’s previous closest election. Now a new record has apparently been set, with the margin as tight as can be. The only other single digit vote victory in memory in Fort Bend County was the loss of incumbent Missouri

Jones City councilmember Albert Glover a decade or so ago. Albert had served his constituents well, but lost in a hard fought, close race. No good reason exists for free citizens to duck their responsibility to choose their elected officials. As this writer knows well, every resident reserves the right to complain about their government, especially the elected officials, but, particularly at the local level, few of the complainers actually take the time to study the candidates and help to select them. When the results are this close, no one can claim that it

would not have mattered if he had not voted. The 1,581 voters in District 3 who did go to the polls represent about 7 percent of the district’s population. The winner was chosen by less than 4 percent. Congratulations to Amy for her win. A long time resident of Sugar Land, she has served the community in other capacities in the past, including two terms on the State Bar’s Fort Bend Grievance Committee. She is currently president of the Sugar Land Exchange Club. Congratulations are also in order to Harish Jajoo for his win in District 4. Harish will be giving up his seat on the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission to take on his new role on the City Council. Both new councilmembers will undoubtedly serve the city with honor and integrity. Jones is a member of the Sugar Land City Council, having been first elected in 2003. He owns a law firm and a title insurance company in Sugar Land.

Musings: Getting flocked By JANICE SCANLAN “Someone put a bunch of plastic birds in our yard” a puzzled John Scanlan stated as he came in from getting the mail. I replied from the other room, “Oh, we’ve been flocked.” “We’ve been what?” he asked. I enunciated more carefully the second time, “Flocked, and it’s all for charity.” Getting flocked is a very clever fund raiser sponsored by the Women’s Council of Realtors®. It benefits the Fort Bend County Women’s Center. Since April, ten flocks of flamingoes have been “flying” from yard to yard in Fort Bend every few days. And what fun it is. My neighbor, Mike Pace, even offered me a picture of our yard flock he had taken. Really I hated to see the birds leave. Maybe it’s because I have tacky taste, or some might say funky, but the flock gave me a nice smile every time I saw it. Dave Adam told me, “It’s moved over on El Dorado.” Getting flocked does take on a life of its own. So with my hard hitting journalism, I had to ask the burning question of Sallie Wheeler, who is the chair or “Mother Flocker”, “What’s it’s like to be a “Mother Flocker?” She laughed, “It’s a lot of fun, and it benefits a really great cause in the Fort Bend Women’s Center. They are so great, and it helps so many victims, both women and children of domestic abuse, get their lives back on track.” Now, flocking is no small operation . . . it takes two or three “sister flockers” to keep each flock in flight . . . but it’s simple for the family that gets

Scanlan flocked. You merely “pass the flock” onto another family who hopefully finds it as much fun as you did. Of course, you add a donation—this does raise money for charity. There is also “flocking insurance” to not be flocked again. But as Tita Horrell told me regarding her involvement, “It’s fun. It’s a great way to raise money and not be offensive. If someone doesn’t want to participate . . . all they have to say is, ‘get the flock out.’ We’ve only had a couple of people who have not seen the humor or the benefit to charity. So we moved the birds.” Now, these ladies go to great lengths to make this a surprise—just like it was for us. They, in fact, try to find a time when no one is home. To fill one birthday order, Sallie was to come at night while the couple went out to dinner, but when she first arrived, children were playing in the yard. So she returned later and not seeing anyone, she was flocking away, when she heard a small voice, “What are you doing to my yard?” The family’s ten year old boy had to be reassured by his babysitting Grandmother, “It’s okay.” I visited with 2011 Presi-

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dent of the Fort Bend Women Council of Realtors® Lane Pearson who said, “Getting younger realtors® involved meant doing some fun things that benefit the community.” She pegged that right in fun and benefits the Women’s Center provides Fort Bend. The stats are staggering: one out of every three women experience violence at the hands of an intimate partner. A child’s exposure to domestic violence is the strongest risk factor for transmitting the behavior to the next generation. The good news: the Fort Bend Women’s Center has helped 89% of its clients remain violence-free and independent. If you would like to surprise and honor a friend, contact Sallie Wheeler at 832 236-5581 or email sallie@salliewheeler. com. She’ll get your neighborhood flockers on it! Write to janicescanlan@ clear.net

Family Law Workshop The Family Law Workshop is open to low-income residents of Fort Bend County with Family Law questions – ranging from divorce to child custody, child support, and adoptions. The Family Law Workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Child Advocates of Fort Bend office, located at 5403 Avenue N, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Bring any prior court orders with you to the Family Law Workshop. FBLC strives to provide equal access to justice in civil cases for low-income residents of Fort Bend County through volunteer lawyers. If you have questions about the Family Law Workshop, or need legal assistance, contact FBLC at 281-239-0015 or log onto www.fortbendlawyerscare. org. Please call 281-239-0015 to prequalify for services. The Family Law Workshop is for Advice and Counsel only. If you need more assistance please call Fort Bend Lawyers CARE. The Family Law Workshop is sponsored by Child Advocates of Fort Bend and Fort Bend Cares.

Politics is a blood sport, even in Sugar Land In the City of Sugar Land city council election, Harish Jajoo won on Saturday night, defeating Farha Ahmed. The runoff election drew unusual attention because the campaign brought into play the war on terror and Al-Qaeda, topics far removed from the local government. The issue of Ahmed’s link to a convicted Al Qaeda operative Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, sparked a controversy during the runoff election campaign. Ahmed, declined to clarify the issue, and played a victim of smear. To some extent, her strategy seems to have worked. That she got some sympathy votes could be inferred based on the polling day turnout in her favor. Until today, Ahmed has not acknowledged that she knew Siddiqui, though the contact between the two has been well documented. As discussed in previous articles, the contact might be innocuous and could be of no cause for concern. A handful of local politicians issued politically correct statements, condemning the anonymity of the person who sent the impugned mailer, which had the same message available in public domain elsewhere. The motive of the politicians in issuing the statements in support of Ahmed could be because she was a political operative who could influence her community’s vote. The politicians either did not ask Ahmed to explain the reported link or chose to ignore it because it was not politically palatable. Ahmed herself remained stoically silent and hid more than what she revealed, but her supporters waxed eloquent and gave glowing testimonials without even scratching the surface of the mailer. Some argued that the issue raised in the mailer was not relevant to the city government. Some others argued religion should not be brought

Inside Track By Seshadri Kumar into politics. Another said, it is a nonpartisan election. But, these arguments are flawed. True, the city council race is not conducted on political party lines, but that does not prevent voters from considering the political views of a candidate. These days, highly polarizing issues such as sanctuary city, immigration laws, border security, and attitude towards crime affect city governments. Thus, if questions are asked pertaining to the political views of a candidate, they should be answered. Ahmed faced the questions not because she is a Muslim, but she advocated the cause of Muslims as an activist. By advocating the cause of her community, she does not violate any law. That is perfectly legitimate and Ahmed can take pride in her lofty goals. The problem comes when Ahmed tries to hide that aspect of her personality from public view because it may not be conducive to her election to the city council. One wonders why the Freedom & Justice Foundation should remove Ahmed’s name from its website after the issue figured on the city council election campaign. Ahmed herself may not agree with the view that religion has no role on politics, though religion alone should not be a discriminating factor in deciding the election. For example, Ahmed has been a director on the Texas Muslim Republican Caucus and was a spokeswoman for

the organization in 2008. Ahmed then explained why the Muslim Caucus did not endorse the then Republican Presidential nominee John McCain, (who was not Muslim-friendly) but supported the Democratic Party nominee Barack Obama. Ahmed has also been active in the Fort Bend County Republican Party. Her political views are known to those who worked closely with her. Ahmed is identified with one faction of the party and the other faction looks at her with suspicion. While seeking public office, Ahmed cannot expect her political affiliations to vanish. Some may help her and some others, haunt her. Ahmed is not the first Muslim to run for an elected office in Sugar Land. Dr. K. Azeemuddin, an Indian-American, ran against David Wallace for city council several years ago. Three years ago, Saeed Gaddi, a Pakistani-American, ran against Jacquie Chaumette for city council. Ahmed made an insinuation that because of the mailer, Sugar Land police came to her house and inquired about her safety. Her mother sent out a flier earlier with a similar message as if Muslim-haters were lurking around the street corners of Sugar Land waiting to attack the Ahmed family. To my knowledge, innocent Muslims are not targets of violent attack, at least in Sugar Land. Could one say with the same confidence that those who criticize Islam would not become a target? Hopefully, Sugar Land police would take seriously the fear of the person on the other side of the argument. A Sugar Land resident eloquently documented her opinion about Ahmed, and sent it to local papers before the runoff. She requested her name not be published, because she feared for her safety.

Risks of bare-foot running By THOMAS J. PARR, M.D. Because of a recent book, “Born to Run,” many runners have decided to try barefoot or Vibram FiveFingers (the barely-there-foot gloves) running. Interestingly, the promoters of barefoot running claim that barefoot running will reduce running injuries. These claims are not supported by well developed medical research, however. At this point, we do not have good clinical data to substantiate this, according to the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM). In the past year, I personally have seen two marathon runners who decided to try the new “foot gloves” and developed stress fractures during their run, keeping them from being able to finish. I also am seeing many foot injuries due to attempts at barefoot running. Other orthopedic surgeons and podiatrists are reporting similar experiences. Stress fractures of the bones in the feet are becoming a common problem with barefoot running. That is because our feet are accustomed to running in the protection of well constructed, appropriately cushioned shoes. The AOSSM has explained that “during shoeless running, the edge of the foot strikes the ground with the most force and the impact stress is spread out.

Parr Also, foot pronation -Mother Nature’s way of dissipating impact stress during landing -- is unimpeded in the barefoot runner. Running in shoes (especially heavily padded ones) typically shifts more impact away from the arch, preventing full pronation, and shifts stress to the heel and hind foot. Shoe runners also trend not to flex their foot when running as often.” The switch to running barefoot or nearly barefoot puts forces on the bones, tendons, and muscles which they are not accustomed to having. Thus, other injuries that can accrue to barefoot runners, including calf, knee,and back pain, from lack of shock absorption provided by welldesigned footwear. Another common injury we are seeing from barefoot running is plantar fasciitis or heel pain. The calcaneus (heel) bone is intended to take the force of impact due to walking. Running causes much more force

to hit the calcaneus with every strike of the ground. Dr. Daniel Lieberman, of Harvard University has explained that this is “no different than somebody hitting you on the heel with a sledgehammer with 300 to 400 pounds of force.” West Virginia University professor and 2:25 marathoner, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella has explained that “if you have perfect mechanics and you’ve been living barefoot all of your life” then it is reasonable to consider barefoot running. “But that’s not the majority of runners. Most runners absolutely need to wear shoes when they run.” If you have never run while wearing shoes, you may be very successful at barefoot running. But according to the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine, “if one has been running in shoes for 10 years, the transition to shoeless should be a gradual one. Furthermore, those with any problems with sensation, such as diabetes, are best advised to continue with well padded and protective soles.” Also, if you do not normally get hurt running in shoes, there really is no good reason to make a change. Dr. Thomas Parr, an orthopedic surgeon in Sugar Land, can be reached at 281-4917111.Visit www.tomparrmd. net for more information.


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Loving Friends meet Loving Friends, a widow/ widowers group meets the third Tuesdays at Sweetwater Country Club. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. with dinner followed by entertainment at 5:30 p.m. It is open to all widows and widowers in the area. The next meeting is June 21 at 5 p.m. with a magician-comedianRobert Berry. For more information and a $17 cash reservation, call Georgia at 281-438-5224 by June 16. LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR SEALED COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS Sealed Competitive Proposals will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 for the following until THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011 at 1:30 P.M. CST). All proposals will then be opened in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 and the names of the proposers made public. Proposals received after the specified time will be returned unopened. RFP 11-076 – REHABILITATION OF SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURES A pre-RFP conference with site visits will be conducted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:00 AM (CST). The conference will be held at the Public Transportation Conference Room at the Fort Bend County Emily Court Annex located at 12550 Emily Court, Sugar Land, Texas. All contractors are encouraged to attend; no additional site visits will be conducted. Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check after products/services are rendered. Bonds are not required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 400TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 27th day of MAY 2011 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND COUNTY VS. DA VID JAMES HOEDEBECK, JR., ET AL in Cause # 09DCV-173893 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 5th day of July, 2011, which is the first Tuesday of said month, a t the Official door of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 340000001510]907 THE NORTH ONE-HALF OF LOT 51 OF FRESNO RANCHOS SECTION A, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 254, PAGE 239 OF THE DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on the 07th day of June 2011 as the property of DAVID JAMES HOEDEBECK, JR. DANIEL DWIGHT HOEDEBECK, LAURA FRANCINA TEAGUE, MARGUERITE ELISZABETH TEAGUE to satisfy a judgment amounting to $3,747.15, 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. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 07th day of June 2011. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. HUTSON,#1310

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 240TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 27th day of May 2011 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND COUNTY VS. TIMOTHY LEE MULLINS, ET AL in Cause #09DCV-176836 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 5th day of July, 2011, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Official door of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 5855020030060907/5855020030060 67% INTEREST IN LOT 6, IN BLOCK 3, OF PROVIDENCE, SECTION TWO (2), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN VOLUME 28, PAGE 13 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. TRACT 2: GEO: 5855020030061 33% INTEREST IN LOT 6, IN BLOCK 3, OF PROVIDENCE, SECTION TWO (2), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN VOLUME 28, PAGE 13, OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on the 7TH day of JUNE, 2011 as the property of TIMOTHY LEE MULLINS, THOMAS MULLINS, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., CITIMORTGAGE, INC., PROVIDENCE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. to satisfy a judgment amounting to $6,375.73, 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; KINGSBRIDGE MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT; WEST KEEGANS BAYOU IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT; FORT BEND COUNTY AND ALL OTHER RELATED ENTITIES. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 1ST DAY OF JUNE, 2011. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. HUTSON,#1310

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 03rd day of May, 2011 by the 240th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 10-DCV184256 in favor of the Plaintiff -KINGSBRIDGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, for the sum of $2,760.00 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 03RD day of JUNE, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) RENE JOE MORENO AND MARGARET ROSS MORENO had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 05TH day of JULY, 2011 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 31, IN BLOCK 2, OF KlNGSBRIDGE PLACE, SECTION 1, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO(S)1183/B & 1184/A, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (THE “PROPERTY”) ALSO KNOWN AS 9410 GATMERE CT., SUGAR LAND, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, 77478. Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. ADJUDGED MARKET VALUE: $146,060.00 Terms: Cash Sale to be held at or about 10:00 AM. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. HUTSON,#1310

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 3RD day of MAY, 2011 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 1O-DCV-179500 in favor of the Plaintiff - PARK AT MISSION GLEN HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, for the sum of $6,148.61 ++++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 MAY, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) - ALSPETH A. WILLIAMS & TIMOTHY E. WILLIAMS had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of JULY, 2011 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: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: LOT 39, BLOCK 2, OF PARK AT MISSION GLEN, SECTION 3, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO. 2397A AND 2379B OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AS MODIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR REPLATS THEREOF. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $113,890.00 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 Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 240TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 26th day of May 2011 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND COUNTY VS.LAWRENCE E. GARVIN, AKA LAWRENCE EUGENE GARVIN, ET AL in Cause # 09-DCV173846 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 5th day of July, 2011, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Official door of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 5856020020021907 THE NORTHERLY PORTION OF LOT TWO (2), IN BLOCK TWO (2), OF QUAIL BRIDGE, SECTION TWO (2), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN VOLUME 25 PAGE 15 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (ACCOUNT NUMBER 5856020020021907). Levied on the 1ST day of JUNE, 2011 as the property of LAWRENCE GARVIN AKA LAWRENCE EUGENE GARVIN, QUAIL BRIDGE COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, A TEXAS NON-PROFIT CORPORATION to satisfy a judgment amounting to $7,855.84, 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 AND CITY OF HOUSTON. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 1ST DAY OF JUNE, 2011. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. HUTSON,#1310

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 434TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 26th day of May 2011 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND COUNTY VS. ANGEL A. GONZALES, AKA ANGEL A. GONZALEZ, ET AL in Cause # 10-DCV-182218 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 5th day of July, 2011, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Official door of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 4600000361020907 LOT 1, IN THE NORTH HALF OF BLOCK 36, OF MAGNOLIA PLACE, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 2, PAGE 23 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED BY METES AND BOUNDS IN A DEED FROM DORA LUZ GONZALES TO ANGEL GONZALES, DATED APRIL 22, 2007 AND RECORDED IN CLERK’S FILE NO. 2007051539 OF THE DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; AND BEING THAT SAME PROPERTY DESCRIBED ON PLAINTIFF’S TAX ROLL ACCOUNT NO. 4600-00-036-1020-907. Levied on the 1ST day of JUNE, 2011 as the property of ANGEL A. GONZALES AKA ANGEL A. GONZALEZ THE STATE OF TEXAS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA to satisfy a judgment amounting to $4,011.70, 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. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 1ST DAY OF JUNE, 2011. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. HUTSON

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 for Riverpark West Section Nine Replat No. 2, Precinct 1. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact Warren Escovy with LJA Engineering Inc. at 713-953-5200 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 7th day of APRIL, 2011 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 08-DCV-167751 in favor of the Plaintiff - KlNGSBRIDGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, for the sum of $5,093.17 ++++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 MAY, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) - SlAMA NOEL had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of JULY, 2011 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: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: LOT 13, IN BLOCK 2, OF KINGSBRIDGE PARK, SECTION 3, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS , ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 1644/A & 1644/B, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (THE PROPERTY) ALSO KNOWN AS 14206 ANDREA WAY LANE, SUGAR LAND, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, 77478. 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 Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317

Written comments must be received by the Fort Bend County at the following address on or before June 23, 2011. The 7 calendar day comment period will begin the day after the publication and end on the 8th day after the publication: Attention: Marilynn Kindell, Director FBC Community Development Department, 4520 Reading Road, Ste. A, Rosenberg, Texas 77471 and at 281-341-4410 during the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Comments may also be submitted via email at kindemar@co.fort-bend.tx.us. Date: June 15, 2011

Fort Bend County has reevaluated the alternatives to building in the floodplain and has determined that it has no practicable alternative. Environmental files that document compliance with steps 3 through 6 of [Executive Order 11988 and/or 11990], are available for public inspection, review and copying upon request at the times and location delineated in the last paragraph of this notice for receipt of comments. This activity will have no significant impact on the environment for the following reasons: The transfer switch will be installed at the existing lift station which is situated on a raised concrete slab. The surrounding area includes neighborhood streets, alleyway, a maintained right-of-way for the adjacent bridge and wooded area with drainage ditch that flows into the Brazos River. The construction site will be limited to the concrete slab, therefore no natural resources would be impacted as a result of this project. There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk. Written comments must be received by the Fort Bend County at the following address on or before June 23, 2011. The 7 calendar day comment period will begin the day after the publication and end on the 8th day after the publication: Attention: Marilynn Kindell, Director FBC Community Development Department, 4520 Reading Road, Ste. A, Rosenberg, Texas 77471 and at 281-341-4410 during the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Comments may also be submitted via email at kindemar@co.fort-bend.tx.us. Date: June 15, 2011

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

(A310) OMB No. 2506-0087 (exp. 3/31/2011)

Part 1. Program Description and Request for Release of Funds (to be completed by Responsible Entity) 1. Program Title(s) Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery Program

2. HUD/State Identification Number (HUD GRANT NUMBER) DRS 010047

3. Recipient Identification Number (optional) 9111-61

4. OMB Catalog Number(s) 14.218 6. For information about this request, contact (name & phone number) Karen Bringol (281) 341 - 4410

5. Name and address of responsible entity Fort Bend County 4520 Reading Road, Suite A Rosenberg, Texas 77471

8. HUD or State Agency and office unit to receive request TDRA 1700 N. Congress Ave., Suite 220 Austin, Texas 78701

7. Name and address of recipient (if different than responsible entity) Fort Bend County 4520 Reading Road, Suite A Rosenberg, Texas 77471

The recipient(s) of assistance under the program(s) listed above requests the release of funds and removal of environmental grant conditions governing the use of the assistance for the following

9. Program Activity(ies)/Project Name(s) nd 2 Street WWTP Generator Installation

10. Location (Street address, city, county, State) nd 206 North 2 Street Richmond, Texas 77469

11. Program Activity/Project Description (including grant amount) nd The City of Richmond proposes to install a permanent affixed generator at the 2 Street WWTP at an estimated cost of $242,050.00

Part 2. Environmental Certification (to be completed by responsible entity) With reference to the above Program Activity(ies)/Project(s), I, the undersigned officer of the responsible entity, certify that: 1. The responsible entity has fully carried out its responsibilities for environmental review, decision-making and action pertaining to the project(s) named above. 2. The responsible entity has assumed responsibility for and complied with and will continue to comply with, the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the environmental procedures, permit requirements and statutory obligations of the laws cited in 24 CFR 58.5; and also agrees to comply with the authorities in 24 CFR 58.6 and applicable State and local laws. 3. After considering the type and degree of environmental effects identified by the environmental review completed for the proposed project described in Part 1 of this request, I have found that the proposal did did not require the preparation and dissemination of an environmental impact statement. . The responsible entity has disseminated and/or published in the manner prescribed by 24 CFR 58.43 and 58.55 a notice to the public 4. in accordance with 24 CFR 58.70 and as evidenced by the attached copy (copies) or evidence of posting and mailing procedure. 5.

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The dates for all statutory and regulatory time periods for review, comment or other action are in compliance with procedures and requirements of 24 CFR Part 58. 6. In accordance with 24 CFR 58.71(b), the responsible entity will advise the recipient (if different from the responsible entity) of any special environmental conditions that must be adhered to in carrying out the project.

As the duly designated certifying official of the responsible entity, I also certify that: I am authorized to and do consent to assume the status of Federal official under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and each provision of law designated in the 24 CFR 58.5 list of NEPA-related authorities insofar as the provisions of these laws apply to the HUD responsibilities for environmental review, decision-making and action that have been assumed by the responsible entity. I am authorized to and do accept, on behalf of the recipient personally, the jurisdiction of the Federal courts for the enforcement of all these responsibilities, in my capacity as certifying officer of the responsible entity.

Signature of Certifying Officer of the Responsible Entity

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Name & Title of Certifying Officer Robert E. Hebert, County Judge Date signed

Address of Certifying Officer 301 Jackson St. Suite 719 Richmond TX 77469

Signature of Certifying Officer of the Environmental Service Provider

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There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.

Fort Bend County has considered the following alternatives and mitigation measures to be taken to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values: No build Alternative; Installation of a transfer switch for a portable generator at different location outside the floodplain; and Installation of a transfer switch for a portable generator at Lift station #9 (preferred). The no-build alternative does not meet the purpose and need and would not improve public health and safety during a power outage therefore was not selected. Installation of a transfer switch at a different location outside the floodplain for a portable generator was not selected because the lift station located at 2334 Ave. B is the one in need of a transfer switch, therefore would not meet the purpose and need of the proposed project. No mitigation measures are necessary since no impacts will occur from the construction or operation of this project. Fort Bend County acknowledges compliance with state and local floodplain protection procedures for this project.

This form is to be used by Responsible Entities and Recipients (as defined in 24 CFR 58.2) when requesting the release of funds, and requesting the authority to use such funds, for HUD programs identified by statutes that provide for the assumption of the environmental review responsibility by units of general local government and States. Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 36 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. This agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless that collection displays a valid OMB control number.

This is to give notice that the Fort Bend County Community Development Department under Part 58 has conducted an evaluation as required by [Executive Order 11988 and/or 11990], in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management, to determine the potential affect that its activity in the floodplain will have on the human environment for CDGB Disaster recovery Entitlement Grant Program under DRS010047. The proposed project is located at 1911 Ave. A in Rosenberg, Fort Bend County. The purpose of the proposed project is to provide an alternate energy supply to the lift station during power outages. The approximate size of the site is 0.003 acre in the floodplain.

The transfer switch will be installed at the existing lift station which is situated on a concrete slab in a fenced area. The surrounding area includes neighborhood streets, a maintained right-of-way, private residences, and maintained grass field. The construction site will be limited to the concrete slab and fenced area, therefore no natural resources would be impacted as a result of this project.

This is to give notice that the Fort Bend County Community Development Department under Part 58 has conducted an evaluation as required by [Executive Order 11988 and/or 11990], in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management, to determine the potential affect that its activity in the floodplain will have on the human environment for CDGB Disaster recovery Entitlement Grant Program under DRS010047. The proposed project is located at 2334 Ave. B in Rosenberg, Fort Bend County. The purpose of the proposed project is to provide an alternate energy supply to the lift station during power outages. The approximate size of the site is 0.003 acre in the floodplain.

Office of Community Planning and Development

To: All interested Federal, State, and Local Agencies, Groups and Individuals

Fort Bend County has reevaluated the alternatives to building in the floodplain and has determined that it has no practicable alternative. Environmental files that document compliance with steps 3 through 6 of [Executive Order 11988 and/or 11990], are available for public inspection, review and copying upon request at the times and location delineated in the last paragraph of this notice for receipt of comments. This activity will have no significant impact on the environment for the following reasons:

To: All interested Federal, State, and Local Agencies, Groups and Individuals

(A310) Request for Release of Funds and Certification

Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain

Fort Bend County has considered the following alternatives and mitigation measures to be taken to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values: No build Alternative; Installation of a transfer switch for a portable generator at different location outside the floodplain; and Installation of a transfer switch for a portable generator at Lift station #10 (preferred). The no-build alternative does not meet the purpose and need and would not improve public health and safety during a power outage therefore was not selected. Installation of a transfer switch at a different location outside the floodplain for a portable generator was not selected because the lift station located at 1911 Ave. A is the one in need of a transfer switch, therefore would not meet the purpose and need of the proposed project. No mitigation measures are necessary since no impacts will occur from the construction or operation of this project. Fort Bend County acknowledges compliance with state and local floodplain protection procedures for this project.

Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a 100-Year Floodplain

Name & Title of Certifying Officer Shane Valentine, Senior Planner Date signed

Firm and Address of Certifying Officer HNTB 301 S. Congress Ave., Suite 600 Austin, TX 78701

Part 3. To be completed when the Recipient is not the Responsible Entity The recipient requests the release of funds for the programs and activities identified in Part 1 and agrees to abide by the special conditions, procedures and requirements of the environmental review and to advise the responsible entity of any proposed change in the scope of the project or any change in environmental conditions in accordance with 24 CFR 58.71(b). Signature of Authorized Officer of the Recipient

Name & Title of Authorized Officer

X

Date signed

Warning: HUD will prosecute false claims and statements. Conviction may result in criminal and/or civil penalties. (18 U.S.C. 1001, 1010, 1012; 31 U.S.C. 3729, 3802)


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Notice of unclaimed Property By Jeff Council Fort Bend County Treasurer

This notice is provided in accordance with Section 76.021 of the Texas Property Code regarding unclaimed property. Unclaimed property is in the custody of the Fort Bend County Treasurer; Individual property amounts consist of unclaimed funds and are less than $100.00. Any person possessing a legal or beneficial interest in the reported property may contact the Fort Bend County Treasurer’s Office at 281341-3750 or by mail at P.O. Box 1202, Richmond, Texas 77406, and may present proof of the claim and establish the person’s right to receive the property. A complete list of unclaimed property valued at $50.00 or more and $100.00 or less can be viewed online at http:// www.co.fort-bend.tx.us. Once on the website, go to the County Treasurer Department by clicking on the drop down for departments. Then click on the unclaimed property tab to view the listing. The unclaimed property is presumed abandoned and subject to Chapter 76 of the Texas Property ode.

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 8TH day of APRIL, 2011 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 09-DCV-168940 in favor of the Plaintiff - PARK AT MISSION GLEN HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, for the sum of $5,601.24 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 2ND day of MAY, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) NORMAN CORRALES had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of JULY, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: LOT 35, BLOCK 01, OF PARK AT MISSION GLEN, SECTION ONE, AMENDING PLAT NO.1, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NOS. 2164B AND 2165A&B OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AS MODIFIED BY ANY ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR REPLATS THEREOF. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $125,310.00 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 Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on April 28th 2011 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09DCV-175157 in favor of the plaintiffWinfield Lakes Community Association, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $7,788.25++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/ or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on June 6th, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 5th day of July 2011 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., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) -Frankie L. Hall had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 6, BLOCK 3, WINFIELD LAKES, SECTION 3, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE 2438B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, 3322 DARTMOUTH FIELD LANE, FRESNO, TEXAS 77545. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on April 29th 2011 by the 240th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #10-DCV181988 in favor of the plaintiff- QUAIL BRIDGE COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, plaintiff, for the sum of $2,855.51++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on June 6th, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 5th day of July 2011 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., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) -RONNIE L. LEADY, JR., had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 43, IN BLOCK 2 OF BENCHMARK, SECTION ONE, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 28, PAGE 22 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, (THE PROPERTY) ALSO KNOWN AS 16722 SENTINEL DRIVE, HOUSTON, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 77053. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Glendale Lakes Entry Road and Lift Station, Precinct 1. 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 CONSTABLE’S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a certain Order of Sale issued by the clerk of the 240TH District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on APRIL 19, 2011 in cause numbered 10-DCV-184886 styled FIRST COLONY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. vs. SARAH B. PARSONS., in which a judgment was rendered on FEB, 3, 2011 in favor of FIRST COLONY COMMUNITY SERVICES ASSOCIATION, INC, for the sum of THREE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED SEVENTY FIVE DOLLARS AND SIXTY-FOUR CENTS (3975.64) Dollars; plus fees for posting notice of sale, publishing, costs of suit rendered by the court, legal fees, and all costs of executing this Writ. I have levied upon the below listed property on MAY 5, 2011 and will on JULY 5, 2011, Tuesday, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder, all the Rights, Title, and Interest of SARAH B PARSONS in the following described Real Property LOT TWELVE (12)IN BLOCK THREE (3) AUSTIN PARK, SECTION 2 FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AS RECORDED IN 648B-649A OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, SUCH PROPERTY HAVING A COMMON ADDRESS OF 3406 WATER LOCUST DR, SUGAR LAND TX 77479 The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of FIRST COLONY COMMUNITY SERVICES ASSOCIATION, INC., Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE, RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: JULY 5 2011 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY: SGT. M KUTACH TROY E. NEHLS Constable Pct. 4 Fort Bend County, Texas

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Lakemont Shores, Section 2, 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 CONSTABLE’S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a certain Order of Sale issued by the clerk of the 400TH District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on April 8, 2011 in cause numbered 08-DCV-164275 styled BRIGHTWATER HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. vs. ROGER WALLS JR. AND ALICIA WALLA , in which a judgment was rendered on NOV 9, 2009 in favor of BRIGHTWATER HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, for the sum of TEN THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED NINETY FIVE DOLLARS AND FORTY EIGHT CENTS (10695.48) Dollars; plus fees for posting notice of sale, publishing, costs of suit rendered by the court, legal fees, and all costs of executing this Writ. I have levied upon the below listed property on MAY 5 , 2011 and will on JULY 5 2011, Tuesday, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder, all the Rights, Title, and Interest of ROGER WALLS JR. AND ALICIA WALLS in the following described Real Property LOT THIRTEEN (13) IN BLOCK TWO (2) OF THE AMENDING PLAT OF LAKESHORE AT BRIGHTWATER, SECTION TWO (2) , A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO (2) 1085/A AND B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of BRIGHTWATER HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION. Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE, RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: JULY 5 2011 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY: SGT. M KUTACH TROY E. NEHLS Constable Pct. 4 Fort Bend County, Texas

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

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 9TH day of MAY, 2011 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 07-DCV-159433 in favor of the Plaintiff - DOVER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $3,693.10 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 10TH day of MAY, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) - MICHELLE HAWKINS had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 5TH day of JULY, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: LOT TWENTY FIVE (25), IN BLOCK FIVE (5), OF DOVER SECTION ONE (1), A REPLAT OF KINGSBRIDGE, SECTION THREE (3), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 26, PAGE 13 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ADJUDGED MARKET VALUE: $82,500.00 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 Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Deputy constable J. MORALES, #1317

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on April 29th 2011 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09DCV-175159 in favor of the plaintiffWinfield Lakes Community Association, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $4,282.61++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/ or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on June 6th, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 5th day of July 2011 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., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) -Nakeisha Archer and William T. Archer, Jr., had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz:

RFP # 207-11 Redistricting Services The City of Missouri City is soliciting proposals for comprehensive redistricting services for voting precincts as a result of the 2010 Census and a framework for implementation of a redistricting plan, if appropriate. Proposals will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. local time July 5, 2011 and then opened. The RFP packages may be obtained beginning June 15th by requesting the document name and number listed above by: • contacting the City Purchasing Office at 1522 Texas Parkway (281) 403-8626 • email 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

CITY OF MISSOURI CITY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING LOCATION/DATE: The City Council of the City of Missouri City will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at the City Council Chambers – 2nd Floor, City Hall Building, 1522 Texas Parkway (FM-2234), Missouri City, Texas at 7:00 p.m. PURPOSE: To receive comments for or against a proposed amendment to Section 8262 of the Code of Ordinances, the Subdivision Ordinance, to delete the requirement of action on a preliminary plat within 30 days of the date of filing of the preliminary plat. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Additional information is available for review at City Hall, Missouri City, Texas on Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may call 281-403-8600 or email the Planning Department at planninginfo@ missouricitytx.gov for further information.

CITY OF MISSOURI CITY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING LOCATION/DATE: The City Council of the City of Missouri City will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at the City Council Chambers – 2nd Floor, City Hall Building, 1522 Texas Parkway (FM-2234), Missouri City, Texas at 7:00 p.m. PURPOSE: To receive comments for or against a request by Mike Oxley of the Dimension Group on behalf of KFC US Properties, Inc. to rezone an approximate 0.516 acre tract of land from LC-3, Retail district to PD, Planned Development District to allow for deviations from the City’s Zoning Ordinance to allow for a proposed exterior redesign of an existing KFC restaurant. SITE LOCATION: The subject site is located at 2210 Texas Parkway, north of a Wing Stop restaurant, southwest of the intersection of Texas Parkway and Independence Boulevard, east of the newly constructed Loving Arms/Arms of Love child-care center, and west of a Walgreens and Burger King restaurant. SITE LEGAL DESCRIPTION: The subject site can be described as being all of Reserve “B-6” of the Blue Ridge Square subdivision replat, a replat of reserve B as recorded in Fort Bend County Clerk’s instrument number 1172149 of the Official Public Records of Real Property. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Additional information and a map of the subject site are available for review at City Hall, Missouri City, Texas on Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may call 281-403-8600 or email the Planning Department at planninginfo@missouricitytx.gov for further information.

Legal Description: LOT 26, IN BLOCK 3 OF WINFIELD LAKES, SECTION FOUR, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 2377/A OF THE MAP/PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, 3222 GLENMONT RIDGE CT., FRESNO, TEXAS 77545 TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 for replat of Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 25, Lift Station No. 9, being a partial replat of Grand Parkway Baptist Church, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact Matt Tucker with West Belt Surveying Inc. at 281-599-8288 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 for the following until THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2011 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened. BID 11-074 – PUBLIC SUPPLY WELL Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check after products/services are rendered. Bonds are required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR SEALED COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS Sealed Competitive Proposals will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 for the following until THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2011 at 1:30 P.M. CST). All proposals will then be opened in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 and the names of the proposers made public. Proposals received after the specified time will be returned unopened. 1. RFP 11-073 – DRUG TESTING FOR JUVENILE DETENTION; 2. RFP 11-075 – SIP TRUNKING FOR PHONE SYSTEM. Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check after products/services are rendered. Bonds are not required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

First Colony Community Association (FCCA) presents the Freedom 5K Run/Walk and 1.5-mile Family/Youth Walk on Monday, July 4th at Lost Creek Park in Sugar Land. Returning for the 16th-consecutive year, the annual patriotic race will include a jog through the scenic neighborhoods of First Colony. The route will wind down the Oyster Creek trail system and finish in Lost Creek Park. Participants have the option to run a chip-timed 5K race, starting at 7 a.m., or walk a 1.5mile non-competitive course, starting at 7:45 a.m. Registration will be from 5:45 – 6:50 a.m. Registration fees are $10 for the Family/Youth walk and $20 for the 5K before June 24. After June 24, the 5K entry fee is $22. Proceeds will benefit the Fort Bend Corps, a community revitalization effort for elderly, disabled, or low-income residents who are unable to make essential home repairs. Participants can register online at www. firstcolony.org under the Parks & Recreation link or for more information regarding registration call 281-634-9555. Civil Engineer Fort Bend Area Position Open (E.I.T. or P.E. Preferred) Experienced in: Design of Public Water & Sewer Utilities Site Development AutoCAD Civil Hydraulics & Hydrology Preferred Email resume to: eng-applicant@att.net

NOTICE TO PROPOSERS Six (6) sealed proposals, one (1) original and five (5) copies, addressed to the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 2:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, June 23, 2011, for: GROUP MEDICAL AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG, GROUP DENTAL, VOLUNTARY VISION, AND STOP LOSS Sealed bids shall be appropriately marked as follows: RFP NO. 2011-16 GROUP MEDICAL AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG, GROUP DENTAL, VOLUNTARY VISION, AND STOP LOSS BIDDER’S NAME, ADDRESS, AND DUE DATE. Bidder shall sign and date the bid. Bids that are not signed and dated will be rejected. Signed and sealed proposals shall be delivered to the City Secretary Office, on or before 2:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, June 23, 2011, City of Sugar Land, City Hall, Suite 122, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All proposals received after the appointed time shall be returned to bidder unopened. Notice of the award of contract shall be given by the City within ninety (90) days following the date for the opening of bids. The City reserves the right to revise or amend the specifications prior to the date set for opening of opening date. 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 The City of Sugar Land reserves the right to reject any and all proposal and to waive informalities in bids received. The award will be made to the lowest responsible bidder based on the evaluation criteria provided in the RFP. Proposal documents may be secured from City of Sugar Land City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Blvd N, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, or by registering at https://www.bidsync.com. Registration is free. All bid documents, amendments and other information relating to the bid will be posted at this site. For questions regarding this request for proposal, please contact Dane Thorwaldson, Account Coordinator with Gallagher Benefit Services, at telephone number (713) 358-7862 or via email at dane_thorwaldson@ajg.com. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

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

Eldridge Park Trail Improvements PK0712 Eldridge Park 2511 Eldridge Road Sugar Land, TX 77478

Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained at the following location for $13.25. ARC / Ridgeways 6300 Gulfton Houston, TX 77081 (713) 988-9200 Sealed bids shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2011, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered. The City Council will award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder that complies with all requirements of the Request for Bids. The City of Sugar Land will give notice of the contract award within sixty (60) calendar days after the bid opening date and time. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

City of Missouri City ORDINANCE NO. O-11-16 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS, AMENDING CHAPTER 74 OF THE MISSOURI CITY CODE; AMENDING AND CONTINUING THE RULES AND REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO THE STANDARDS OF CARE FOR CERTAIN ELEMENTARY-AGE RECREATION PROGRAMS OPERATED BY THE CITY OF MISSOURI CITY; REPEALING ALL OTHER ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; AND PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY. I, Maria Gonzalez, Interim City Secretary of the City of Missouri City, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the caption of said Ordinance No. O-11-16 approved on second and final reading by the City Council at its regular meeting held on June 6, 2011, as the same appears in the records of my office. /s/ Maria Gonzalez Interim City Secretary

City of Missouri City ORDINANCE NO. O-11-17 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS, ALTERING THE PRIMA FACIE SPEED LIMIT ESTABLISHED FOR VEHICLES UPON BISON DRIVE, SITUATED IN MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS, AS DESIGNATED HEREIN UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER 545 OF THE TEXAS TRANSPORTATION CODE, UPON THE BASIS OF AN ENGINEERING AND TRAFFIC INVESTIGATION; PROVIDING A PENALTY OF NOT LESS THAN $1.00 NOR MORE THAN $200.00; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. I, Maria Gonzalez, Interim City Secretary of the City of Missouri City, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the caption of said Ordinance No. O-11-17 approved on first and final reading by the City Council at its regular meeting held on June 6, 2011, as the same appears in the records of my office. /s/ Maria Gonzalez Interim City Secretary


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sworn to secrecy in an obvious ploy to publicize the film; way to go Steven! The movie was not boring and I liked all of the characters; the plot was a little thin and the believability factor was immeasurable. “Lost” was more logical than this experiment in film-making. Who won? Well, Spielberg, of course. Opening weekend gross was “...an estimated $37 million on ap-

FILM REVIEW: Super 8 After much hype and wait for the J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg movie about the mysteries surrounding a small town in 1979, we finally have the answers to “Super 8.” Drum Roll please: it was ok. “Ok?” Is that all, Larry H.? Sorry, Folks. It was a nice movie about some charming teenagers that are making a crude movie about zombies when they witness a horrific train wreck that involves some sort of top secret government gizmos. And a few people in town are suddenly whisked away and many dogs ran away. The US Air Force led by Colonel Nelec (Noah Emmerich) takes over the town and bullies the local sheriff’s office while the soldiers, without explanation, go about commandeering the scene and everyone that gets in their way. Kyle “Friday Nights” Chan-

proximately 5,500 screens at 3,379 locations, after making an additional $1 million with its Thursday Twitter sneaks.” I’m sure the studios were predicting $50 million but they can turn a profit with this start. Rock ‘n Roll. Grade 86. Larry H. sugarlaw@larryharrison.com

Gabriel Basso, left, Ryan Lee, Joel Courtney and Riley Griffiths in “Super 8.” dler (whose brother Brian is are almost friends giving me ed by Abrams. JJ Abrams of a Houston trial lawyer and special insight into this mov- “Lost” is credited with writing friend) plays Deputy Lamb ie. I’ve never met Kyle but as well which caused much of who must step up as the leader I’m confident he wants to get the excitement and buildup of of the community because the to know me. this movie since his mind creThe ensemble of 12-14 ated the island that kept Amersheriff is one of the missing. Since Kyle Chandler’s brother year-olds of four boys and ica in a trance for years. I saw and I have tried a case togeth- one girl (Elle Fanning) were young Elle Fanning explain er, that means that Kyle and I wonderfully cast and direct- on Leno that the cast were

AUTOMOBILE: Mazda5 By BARBARA FULENWIDER Mazda describes its new 2012 Mazda5 as a “multiactivity vehicle” that “can’t be defined by segment” and “doesn’t fit into a mold.” It looks like a compact minivan, has the versatility of one and drives and rides like one. What is new and different on the 2012 models is the design and there’s more horsepower. The 2012 Mazda5 Grand Touring has a 2.5-liter DOHC, 16 valve, four-cylinder engine that makes 157 horsepower and 163 lb.-ft. of torque. Estimated fuel economy is 21 mpg in city driving and 28 on the highway. The Mazda5 comes in three different models: the entry level Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. All three come with the 2.5-liter engine and all three can be paired with a five-speed automatic. A sixspeed manual transmission is available on the Sport model only. The Mazda5 is the manufacturer’s first production car with the Nagare or flow design, which is inspired by nature. The body lines were designed to express the flow of motion from front to back. The hood is taller than the previous generation Mazda5 so presents a greater presence.

The Nagare design applied to the sides of the body starts at the headlamps and front fenders and flows to the rear fenders and combination lamps. Motifs from the Nagare design are found throughout the interior from the lines above the dials and along the instrument panel to the stitch pattern in the seats and the design of the seat fabric. The overall ambience is that of a sporty, quality cabin. With an overall length of 180.5 inches, width of 68.9 inches, height of 63.6 inches and a 108.3-inch wheelbase, the Mazda5 provides room and comfort inside its compact size. A popular feature of previous Mazda 5’s are carried over in the manually operated sliding rear side doors

that can be operated with one finger and create a wide opening for easy entry and exit. The front-wheel drive 2012 Mazda5 has a flexible roomy interior thanks to a low profile fuel tank, compact multi-link rear suspension and a stepped floor. The stepped floor adds legroom and the three rows of seats can be configured for two, three, four, five or six passengers, plus cargo. The second row seats are separate captain’s chairs, which slide, recline and can be folded flat without removing the headrests. They also feature a one-touch lever that tips the seatback forward and slides the cushion to its front most position to allow access to the third row seating. The third row seats are split

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County gets award for excellence Fort Bend County’s Judicial Steering Team received the 2010 Tyler Technologies National Award for Excellence from President of Courts and Justice Bruce Graham at Tyler’s annual Users Conference in San Antonio this month. Left to Right: Some members of the team are Wes Wittig, Assistant District Attorney; Annie Rebecca Elliott, District Clerk; Teresa Kubena, Assistant District Clerk; Connie Heinecke, IT Project Manager; Dianne Wilson, County Clerk receiving the award from Bruce Graham

Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity will have a volunteer orientation for all those interested in learning more about Habitat for Humanity, the current local projects underway and planned for the fall and the volunteer opportunities available with Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity. Orientation will be on June 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 3900 Lexington, Fellowship Hall, Missouri City. The program will give information about Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity, committee operations and needs, and volunteer opportunities available.

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Fort Bend Cares gives to 29 charities

Back row, Parks Board Chairperson Llarence Turner, Parks & Recreation Director Larry Foos; Front row, Donna Hogan, Frank Hogan, David Pay, Megan LeGrue

Missouri City Green volunteers honored Missouri City Green volunteers were recently honored for their volunteer work during Missouri City’s Household Hazardous Waste Event in late March. Donna Hogan, Frank Hogan, Megan LeGrue and David Pay were presented with certificates by Missouri City Parks & Recreation Director Larry Foos at the monthly Parks Board meeting on Thursday, May 5. The volunteers assisted City Forester Paul Wierzbicki with the event, including surveying the 300+ people that drove through and dropped off Household Hazardous and E-Waste to be recycled. This was the second year for the recycling event, made possible in part through a grant from HGAC. Wierzbicki and the volunteers reported that over 44,000 pounds of household hazardous and e-waste was collected that day. These materials included paints, toxic cleaning supplies, batteries, old computers and other electronics that would have otherwise been dumped into landfills. Missouri City residents who are interested in recycling, green spaces and parks, trees and native plants or hiking and biking trails are encouraged to get involved with Missouri City Green. For questions or more information, log onto www.meetup.com/Missouri-City-Green or email mocitygreen@gmail.com.

Hole in one proves lucrative for local golfer

Pat Dacy, of Missouri City, recorded a hole in one on the 139 yard, 13th hole of the La Quinta Course at Quail Valley. To make it even better, it was his first shot of the day! Because Dacy’s hole in one was scored during a Men’s Golf Association tournament on Friday, he received $3,376 in golf shop certificates from the rolling hole in one pot. Dacy says he has no idea what he will get with all of his winnings. To learn more about the Men’s Golf Association at Quail Valley Golf Course, please call 281-4035910.

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The excitement was palpable at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce when Fort Bend Cares gathered to present grants totaling $140,000. Now entering its seventh year, Fort Bend Cares is making a powerful impact on the charities of Fort Bend County. Twenty nine worthy organizations that serve disadvantaged children and youth of Fort Bend received a check. To date, Fort Bend Cares has distributed approximately $720,000 in designated grants. The grant applications are evaluated and put through

rigorous analysis by a group of 30 local citizens who serve on the grant committee. Jill Curtis, Executive Director, said, “We are thrilled to be able to support so many committed organizations that are doing such valuable work. The people in Fort Bend continue to recognize the needs in our community and they react by contributing generously.” This year’s recipients are Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, Breath of Life Children’s Center, Casa de Esperanza de

Los Ninos, Catholic Charities/Mamie George Community Center, Cinderella-Cinderfella Project, Communities in Schools, CSTEM Teacher and Student Services, Inc., DePelchin Childrens Center, East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, ESCAPE Family Resouce Center, Fort Bend Community Partners Rainbow Room, Fort Bend County Child Advocates, Fort Bend County Womens Center, Fort Bend Family Health Center, Fort Bend Family Promise, Fort Bend Lawyers Care, Fort Bend Regional Council on

Substance Abuse, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, Houston Museum of Natural Science of Sugar Land, Men For Change, Parks Youth Ranch, Pooh’s Panda Special Needs Academy, S.I.R.E. , Soaring Eagles Ministries, Texana Center, YMCA. Mark your calendars now for the 2012 “Road Trip to Rio – The Ultimate Lounge Experience” on Feb. 11, 2012 at Fluor in Sugar Land. More information on Fort Bend Cares can be found at fortbendcares.org. —Photo MARY FAVRE

Citizen honored for helping catch culprits Fort Bend County Sheriff Milton Wright honored a citizen for his actions that helped lead to the apprehension and arrest of two bank robbery suspects. Wright presented a certificate of appreciation for the efforts made by Sugar Land resident Tag Marlow for his efforts. The Capital One Bank, 11507 State Highway 6 S. near West Airport Blvd., was held up on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 when a suspect approached one of the tellers with a note in hand demanding cash. The suspect entered the passenger side of a Toyota Camry and the two suspects then fled the parking lot with an undisclosed amount of money.

Sheriff Milton Wright presents a plaque of appreciation to citizen Tag Marlow of Sugar Land. Marlow was inside the bank lowed the suspects and providduring the robbery and con- ed authorities with a play-bytacted the Fort Bend County play of the suspects’ direction Sheriff’s Office. He also fol- of travel and location. The two

suspects traveled to the 14900 block of Laytham Lane in the Providence subdivision. Marlow attempted to block the getaway vehicle until authorities could arrive. Incidentally, the driver bypassed the citizen’s vehicle and rammed into a Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office vehicle. The two suspects, Lloyd Taylor West, 19, of the Houston area, and Steven Pless Hines, 18, of the Sugar Land area, were apprehended and charged with robbery. Wright praised Marlow for his efforts, but issued a warning to citizens that while calls and any aid are appreciated, following suspects or attempting to apprehend them is dangerous.

Rosenberg gets new Exchange Club Last week the Lone Star Exchange Club of Richmond and the Memorial Exchange Club started a new club - The Exchange Club of Rosenberg. This is no ordinary club, all the members have an intellectual disability; this club is the first Exchange Club of its kind in Texas and the second in the U.S. The enthusiasm shown by the club members is very obvious to witness, the members will focus on making our community a better place to live and work just as any other Exchange Club. There were a host of Exchange Leaders and members from other clubs present at the Permanent Organizational Meeting. Sid Mobley, National Exchange Club President Elect flew into town to induct all the new members - this is very rare but Sid did not want to miss this one. Also present were three past National Presidents; Larry Street, Kerry Mazoch and Gerald Franklin. The Texas Louisiana District President Marc Schwartz, Past District President Susan Schwartz, the District Representative Steve Wells, Memorial Club President, Tony Ackerman and Lone Star Club President Tracey Shaw also attended the meeting. Susan Schwarz, Memorial Exchange Club opened the meeting and then Abel Ramos gave the invocation.

Back Row : Chuck Rogers, Larry Street, Tyrone Frederick, Steve Wells, Sid Mobley, Clark Walters Wesley Kocian, Gerald Franklin, Susan Schwartz, Mark Schwartz & Pat McNeese; Top Middle: Eartha Duncan, Katrina Rodriguez, Curt Moore, Aaron Lindsey, Danny Stubblefield, Bob Brazell, & Tony Ackerman; Bottom Middle: Rafika Milledge, Ashley Gross, Mauricio Albaran, Darwin Cuellar Jill Palacios, Barrett Briggs, Kerry Mazroch & Kevin Barker; Front Row: Rachel Terrazas, Karen Penrod, Abel Ramos, Chanta Burton, Amy Crane, Zed Martin & Tracey Shaw . Special guest, Tom Larsen, American Legion 22nd District presented the Exchange Club of Rosenberg with a U.S. Flag donated by the American Legion, as it is customary to start each meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Wesley Kocian then led the Pledge of Allegiance. Sid Mobley spoke about the difference that Exchange makes in each community and reaffirmed the commitment that each member would

be making. He then inducted the 25 members who joined 22,000 others as fellow ‘Exchangites’ and each were pinned by the Past National Presidents in attendance. This was followed by the election of officers. The club will be led by Barrett Briggs as President; he will be joined by President Elect Jillian Palacios, Secretary Wesley Kocian, Treasurer Kristina Rodriguez, and Directors, Chanta Burton,

Amy Crane, Eartha Duncan, Tyrone Frederick, Alberto Gonzalez, Zed Martin and Abel Ramos. The club members are already talking about their first fundraiser. As with all Exchange Clubs, the Rosenberg Club will participate in four core programs of service; Child Abuse Prevention, Americanism, Youth, and Community. For more information contact 281-239-1311.


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