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FCCA swims against tide: Pool versus water park

By BARBARA FULENWIDER There’s a major standoff between some residents of Edgewater’s three subdivisions in First Colony and the First Colony Community Association (FCCA) board of directors. The residents want to keep their swimming pools and quiet neighborhood parks. The board wants to close some under-utilized pools and update aging neighborhood parks with splash pads, etc. The park upgrades clearly have residents riled. The May and June FCCA board meetings were well attended by protesters who opposed park enhancements because they say they like, use and want to keep the quiet oasis of a park they now have. “There’s no particular one thing residents oppose,” said, Sherrie Knoepfel, FCCA executive director. “They just don’t want redevelopment at all because they don’t want other people coming to use their park. They are concerned that when we update this park it will start getting more use,” so noise and more traffic will be an issue. Knoepfel said there are similar facilities all over the community, and that the contested pool is not a “destination-type facility.” Edgewater resident Kim Mason, who attended the board’s May and June board meetings, said she preferred her subdivision’s park the way it currently is, “open and natural.” “We feel that a spray park does not belong in our neighborhood,” she said. The park is in the middle of three subdivisions: Edgewater Bay, Edgewater Gardens and the Lakes of Edgewater. About 75 percent of the residents in those three subdivisions have signed a petition saying they do not want the spray park. Mason also said residents believe the proposed enhance-

ments do not belong in their area and don’t “meet the natural flow of our park,” which is used by all ages. “I think what the board is suggesting is a total change,” she said. “It doesn’t match what we have.” She went on to say that community members are not opposed to the idea of park additions. They have made suggestions along the lines of updated playground equipment, more landscaping and separate picnic tables, rather than one large pavilion. “We are not against updating the amenities because we think that’s important to maintaining the value in our homes,” Mason said. “The objection is what they are wanting to put in our parks.” Mason said she is also concerned about the board closing a swimming pool in Creekshire, which is within walking distance for Edgewater residents. According to her, the board wants to replace the pool with a spray park. Mason has countered with a suggestion of adding a smaller spray section to the existing pool. According to her, the board wants to replace the pool with a spray park. Mason has countered with a suggestion of adding a smaller spray section to the existing pool. “A splash pad is not wanted in place of a pool,” she said. “Our park is being used the way it is, so why not continue it that way? Again, it’s okay to upgrade and we welcome that. We feel we’ve reached out a lot to try to work with them (FCCA board) and it does not appear that they have reciprocated.” Nancy Hentschel, who owns a home in Edgewater but lives elsewhere, blames the standoff on a “lame survey” sent out by the FCCA to area homeowners. “One half of one percent of the people responded – HOA (Homeowner Association) reps,”

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she said. “The homeowners had a super majority opposing this in three communities surrounding Lakes of Edgewater. They like what they’ve got and want it maintained better, and they don’t want the swimming pool torn out.” Between 15 and 20 people told the board what they thought of the proposed park plans at the June 17 board meeting. Complaints ran the gamut from draining chlorinated water into the lake and hurting wildlife, to closing swimming pools, having more noise and traffic in their neighborhoods and the costs involved. When the speakers had had their say the board voted to move forward with the next phase of the project, which is preparing the construction document for Edgewater park redevelopment. Knoepfel said they hope to get two to five qualified bids submitted for the construction, which is budgeted at $730,000 and expected to total “about $800,000.” The executive director also said the recreational facilities in First Colony need to be updated because the subdivision is more than 30 years old. “We want to update, revitalize and modernize all of our facilities,” Knoepfel said. “Things have changed and now there’s a lot more opportunity for inner action with our parks and pools – more hands-on activities. Today’s kids expect more stimulation.” She said she plans to put in new playground equipment, a splash pad, additional landscaping, a picnic shelter and a small parking lot at the Edgewater park. Edgewater resident Bala N. Aiyer said he is protesting the planned splash pad in his quiet neighborhood because he feels it will be a destination. See PARK, Page 3

THE QUAIL VALLEY YARD OF THE MONTH award goes to Joanne and William Gore of 3323 El Dorado Boulevard. The Gore’s garden is a great example of combining annual and perennial plants for seasonal color that include day lilies, pentas, salvia, begonias, plumbago and climbing roses to create a welcoming home. The Gores received a lovely variegated plant from Flowers by Adela and a certificate from the Quail Valley Garden Club.

An artist’s sketch and illustration of the proposed water park in First Colony.

Sugar Land Superstar competition

Sugar Land Town Square recently kicked off the first round of the 2010 Sugar Land Superstar competition, sponsored by David Taylor Cadillac, with the first batch of contestants performing live in the Plaza. Evan Hines, left, Samantha Garcia, Mary Sarah Gross, Alisha Pace and Toni Davis were named finalists at the end of the night and will go on to compete in the finale of the competition on August 14. Round II will take place from 7-9 p.m. on July 10.

‘Blue Fort Bend in 2010’ campaign kicks off

Hundreds of Fort Bend Democrats gathered at Safari Texas Ranch in Richmond on June 18 to pay tribute to County Commissioner Grady Prestage and kick off their 2010 coordinated campaign – the first such county-wide effort in years. Among many others on hand to honor Prestage – the county’s longest-serving Democratic elected official, with more than 20 years in office – was Texas gubernatorial candidate and former Houston Mayor Bill White and U.S. Rep. Al Green. “I think what we’re seeing is a new standard being set for this Party, with the expectation that Democrats will start winning elections as soon as this November,” said newly elected Fort Bend County Democratic Party Chairman Steve Brown. “Fort Bend is perhaps the most diverse county in our state, but unfortunately that diversity hasn’t been reflected in our local or county governments.” Aiming to change that, the FBCDP Chairman Steve Brown, left, and longtime County Democratic Party introduced Commissioner Grady Prestage at “Blue Fort Bend 2010” a slate of local candidates Fri campaign kick-off held on June 18 at Safari Texas Ranch. SEE BLUE, Page 7

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Fort Bend Cares presents $122,000 in grants for local youth

GATOR SEASON. The Sugar Creek Gators swim team swamped their opponents and won their first two meets against the Town West Tidal Waves and the Sharpstown Stingrays. Below, 7-8 Gator Boys Take the Blue Ribbon. Swimming against the Sharpstown Stingrays in the medley relay, Cole, Austin, Marlos, and Robert proudly display their first place ribbons. The boys helped their team swamp the Stingrays in the overall meet boosting the Gators to a 2-0 season record.

The showroom was crowded Wednesday evening at Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land. Fort Bend Cares was holding an event honoring sponsors and presenting the 2010 Grants. For the sixth year, Fort Bend Cares is making a powerful impact on the charities of Fort Bend County. Eighteen worthy organizations who support the children and youth of Fort Bend received a check. An additional $7,000 will be given to another local charity. The total given out this year was $122,000. To date, Fort Bend Cares has generated approximately $570,000. The grant awards were based on formal requests and were evaluated by a group of 35 local citizens who serve on the grant committee. Jill Curtis of Fort Bend Cares said, “We are thrilled to have raised so much money again this year. The people in Fort Bend continue to recognize the needs in our community and they react by giving generously.” This year’s recipients are Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Casa de Esperanza de Los Ninos, Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Com-

Ruthanne Mefford, left, Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Paul Dewey, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lidya Osadchey, ESCAPE Family Resource Center, Beth Seime, Soaring Eagles, Robin Susman, Memorial Hermann Foundation, Kristen Schlatre, Communities in Schools, Ron Norsworthy, Fort Bend Women’s Center, Gladys Brumfield, YMCA, Lynda Wiles, East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, Jill Curtis, Fort Bend Cares, Dick Hogan, Parks Youth Ranch, Michele Harris, Pooh’s Panda Special Needs Academy, Julie Crowe, DePelchin Children’s Center, Tonya Lewis, Fort Bend Community Partners Rainbow Room, Holly Reyes, Fort Bend Lawyers CARE, Mary Ann Gardner, Ft. Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, and Crystal Sherrod, Fort Bend Family Health Center.— Photo by Mary Favre & Brenda Perry munities in School, DePelchin on Substance Abuse, Memo- gas- Experience the Ultimate Children’s Center, East Fort rial Hermann Foundation, Lounge,’ Curtis said. Mark your calendars for Feb. Bend Human Needs Ministry, Parks Youth Ranch, Pooh’s ESCAPE Family Resource Panda Special Needs Acad- 12 at Fluor in Sugar Land. Fort Center, Fort Bend Community emy, S.I.R.E., Soaring Eagles Bend Cares golf tournament Partners Rainbow Room, Fort Ministry, and the YMCA of will be held on April 11, 2011 Bend County Women’s Center, the Greater Houston Area. at Sweetwater Country Club. “We are really excited about For sponsorship and volunteer Fort Bend Family Health Center, Fort Bend Lawyers Care, the 2011 Dinner Party. We are information, visit www.fortFort Bend Regional Council planning a ‘Trip to Las Ve- bendcares.org

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Community news Diane Jerome named student and academic program director at UHSSL

Helping heal the hurt for new mothers A free weekly support program for women suffering from postpartum depression is now available as part of the comprehensive maternal and newborn services offered by Texas Children’s Hospital. It is estimated that 20 percent of new mothers suffer from postpartum depression (PPD), a mood disorder that is triggered by a variety of life circumstances and hormones. The “Mother to Mother” support group is for women during pregnancy and those with postpartum depression. Sherry Duson M.A., a licensed therapist pioneering treatment for postpartum women, directs the Texas Children’s support program and stresses that most women recover from postpartum depression and that it should not be confused with postpartum psychosis. “Postpartum psychosis is an extremely rare and life-threat-

ening disorder very different from postpartum depression that affects one in five new mothers,” said Duson. “While the tragic postpartum psychosis cases of Andrea Yates and Narjes Modarresi have heightened awareness of postpartum illness, we want to stress that almost all women with PPD are not violent and do recover -- even more quickly when they receive treatment and support. ‘You will get well’ is the message we want to communicate to those with PPD.” According to Duson, PPD can occur any time during pregnancy and the first year after a woman gives birth. She believes women should seek support for themselves and for their families because bonding with the newborn child is often affected when the woman is experiencing PPD, potentially impeding the child’s development.

There are a variety of factors and life circumstances that could trigger PPD and may include: a family history of depression, feeling tired or overwhelmed, being isolated, lack of energy, stress, sleep disturbances, having a baby in the newborn intensive care unit, economic worries and more. “A woman with PPD may be having difficulty paying attention to things and may not want to play with her baby,” said Duson. “Most women say they just don’t ‘feel themselves’ and know something is not right with them. Treatment usually involves participating in a support group and may include medication.” Duson stresses that it is important for women to take care of themselves so they can render better care to their babies. Her Well-Mom Checklist is a guide to promote emotional

health in women who have recently given birth. As its world-class maternity facility is being constructed, Texas Children’s Hospital is also creating a comprehensive suite of services offering a full continuum of familycentered care to mothers and their babies, beginning before conception and continuing after birth. The free postpartum depression support group reflects the hospital’s dedication to the total care of mother and baby. Currently, the “Mother to Mother” free support group meets every Friday from 10 a.m. until noon at the Texas Children’s Hospital Meyer Building. For more information call 832-824-2410 or visit the website at http://www.texaschildrens.org/carecenters/ maternity/PDF/Mother_to_ Mother.pdf.

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another thing I don’t want to see.” Losing the swimming pool in the Creekshire neighborhood is also concerns Harris, who said she resents not having been notified about all the plans by the board long before any votes were taken. Jonathan Day, a lawyer for homeowners in the First Colony neighborhoods that may be impacted by the FCCA board’s master plan, said he has not filed any actions or taken any kind of legal steps at this time. “The board members are fiduciary,” he said. “There’s no better example of the importance of that role than the fact they are getting ready to spend $11 million of other people’s money.” The fact that the survey showed people don’t want pools closed and splash pads added to existing neighborhood parks, Day said, “gives strong indications that the board is acting contrary to the interest of the members. As a fiduciary they have a responsibility to spend the money the way their constituents want the money spent. On closing the pools their constituents told them no.” Knoepfel said the resistance to the board’s plan is “pretty normal” from her ex-

perience. “I’ve been in this industry a good while, and even when you are trying to do something very positive for the community there are always people who are really hesitant about change,” she said. “I think a lot of people don’t interpret plans well or truly understand the magnitude of it. There’s no water park being built. What we’re doing is redeveloping an existing park to modernize and upgrade the amenities there. Knoepfel touted splash pads as being more cost effective than swimming pools. There are no chemicals and no re-circulation equipment, and splash pads don’t need lifeguards and other workers to watch the facility. As most pool workers are students, pools usually don’t open until school is out, she said. “We can operate a splash pad from April to the end of October, while pools operate from Memorial Day to Labor Day,” Knoepfel said. Knoepfel said she is still hoping the community will embrace the idea of the spray park. The board has identified four or five “functionally obsolete” neighborhood pools that will be closed and turned

into something else, like tennis courts or splash pads. “The goal is to create three new larger family aquatic complexes,” Knoepfel said.

Aiyer, who was at the June 17 meeting, said the board’s survey had only reached 500 of the area’s 10,000 residents and had not specified where the proposed water park would be. He estimated that more than half of those surveyed either rejected the proposition or did not respond and that 70 percent of the people in his neighborhood were against it. “The board looked like they had already decided what they wanted to do,” Aiyer said, adding that he’d prefer that his annual HOA fee of $700 be reduced rather than have the board spend $11 million on upgrading and redeveloping parks. Terry Harris, who lives in the Lakes of Edgewater subdivision, said her number one reason for protesting the change in her neighborhood park is the overall design for the space, which she feels is “inappropriate.” “We have a lovely lake and a quiet, serene natural setting,” she said. “The dragon motif is about 9.5 feet high at the highest point. It really cuts the view of the lake. Cutting down trees to put in a parking lot is

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Letter: Republican platform To the Editor: I’m not quite sure what Russell Jones is complaining about in his long opinion published on 6/16/2010 (“The view from Sugar Land: What Republicans do right). I know he’s an attorney, so maybe that explains it; they are obsessed with getting everything into one document. It’s hard to do that given the restrictions on the number of words for a newspaper article. As a professional communicator, perhaps I can clarify some of Mr. Jones’ errors. I disagree with at least two of his statements: “…the new platform leaves much to be desired…” and “Yes, the Republicans who control the party antagonize most Americans with their holierthan-thou attitude on social issues.” First, Mr. Jones surely knows that the platform originates with the grassroots, the voters who go to their precinct conventions taking issues that are

so important to them that they sacrifice their time to participate in the political process. Those issues go through the committees according to party rules all the way up to the national level. This is how “social issues” (like preservation of life and immigration control) get addressed by the party platform. I am proud to say that one doesn’t have to be rich, a community leader or even a lawyer to have his ideas considered for the party platform. Second, it is “most” Republicans who want these “social issues” included in the platform, and the committees that approve the issues for the platform acknowledge that. Also, the majority of Americans agree with them (if one is to believe polls) indicating that they are not only not antagonized by these issues, but that they hold the same moral convictions.

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Opinion The View from Sugar Land

Finding no Plan B By RUSSELL C. JONES Several weeks ago this column raised the question, What is Plan B? Readers were asked to respond to concerns that the Republican party had not seemingly offered a viable alternative for the recovery of the nation’s economy from the devastating deficit of debt and the destruction of the health care system which has already been imposed in the first eighteen months of the Obama administration. Plan A is apparently to win back Congress in November and “negotiate” from an alleged position of strength with the administration to reinstate conservative economic principles. This position was stated in Congressman Pete Olson’s town hall meeting a couple of months back at Lakeview Auditorium, and was apparent during the recent state Republican convention in Dallas. During the usual lineup of speeches by state officeholders, one after the other reiterated the need to win in November and “take back” the nation. Lt. Governor Dewhurst even jumped on the “repeal Obamacare” bandwagon, without having any real idea on how to go about it. That was exactly the point of asking about Plan B. Plan A is simply not adequate to accomplish the real goal of restoring economic sobriety or a viable heath care payment system. Its first premise–that Republicans will regain at least one house of Congress in November–is uncertain, if no longer unlikely. Even if Republicans win in November, Obama will still have two more years in office. The second premise of the Republican Plan A is both fan-

Jones tasy and folly. Any suggestion that Obama would compromise and that he would not veto any attempt to reverse his health care plan or other crippling legislative initiatives may make exciting convention rhetoric, but it does not make common sense. Nor were any solutions to the problems forthcoming from this column’s readership. Only three readers responded to the request for help. The first showed less than brilliant insight when he merely took the opportunity to make an ad hominem attack upon the writer of this column, using such appellations as “moron” to describe anyone who would ask such a question. The editor of this newspaper declined to print his comments. The second was only marginally better, asserting that all Republicans (presumably including this writer) want Obama to fail and putting the blame for all of America’s woes squarely on the shoulders of George Bush. When in doubt, the guy who is no longer there to defend himself is always an easy target of misplaced responsibility. The third respondent un-

derstood the question and put some thought into his observations. He offered an alternative to the Republican Plan, calling for a 10% cut in government expenditures, a 10-year freeze on Medicare and Social Security, cutting military budgets, eliminating several government departments frequently the hit lists of Republican critics, and selling government equity held in private industry. Although his suggestions are generally reasonable proposals for ameliorating the deleterious effect of excessive government spending, the respondent himself admitted that they had little chance of implementation, disqualifying them from possibly being a viable Plan B. There is only one conclusion to be drawn: there is no viable plan (either A or B) for recovery from the economic disaster of Obama’s first two years in office. Which leaves us with the following choice: Live with the continuing effects of long term economic decline, including high unemployment, an ever-deteriorating health care system, higher taxes, and extraordinary inflation–none of which can be avoided in the wake of federal actions of this past year. Or, hope against hope for a surprise bailout from an unforeseen source. A ruling from a federal court in Florida that Obamacare is unconstitutional may be in the offing and may be a partial bailout. A future column will take a look at that case. 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: Right, left or forward? By JANICE SCANLAN It seems we have taken re-shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic to a new level. We now debate whether they should be on the right or left side of the deck. For example, take the financial melt downs that happen a little too frequently lately. We debate regulation versus “market controls” rather than consider if something is “too big to fail,” it’s likely too big. Because it’s likely to be bailed out, the players have no skin in the game so they’re willing to risk other people’s money and leverage up the risk. And the mega banks are no longer about lending money and getting it paid back. They are about trading and developing fee-based products so that they’ve made theirs . . . If they get over-extended, we’ll bail them out because “they’re too big to fail.” We’re not making that mistake with Deepwater Horizon, and BP from the start has said it would pay for the cleanup and interruption to business and lives. The American people should hold them to it. In a rational world, an industry would see that improving safety decreases enormous risk. It’s not an area for speed or cost-cutting especially

Scanlan when problems exist. It’s not a matter of compliance or getting fined. Company, worker, shareholder and the public interest are all the same. Has the public had a false sense of security that our food is safe, our air and water is clean, and rules work that keep our financial markets trusted and industry operating in the public interest? I’m not against regulation that is simple and effective, but that’s the hard part. The Minerals Management Service is a perfect example of a regulatory agency that is so beholden to those regulated, it is not doing the job. So we find ourselves at an impasse of shutting an industry down for six months to

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develop new rules and a regional economy already hurting, starting to panic that this means more like five or six years. President Obama has had many complicated issues thrown at him in a year and a half. Let’s hope he can take a page from Harry Truman on reconsidering a policy. After World War II, Europe was struggling and Britain lay in ruins from fighting the war when others capitulated to the Nazis. Initially, Truman’s policies were increasing food shortages in Britain and not enabling Europe to rebuild. President Truman reversed the policy and charged General George Marshall with what became known as the Marshall Plan that helped rebuild Europe because it was in our interest. We do need a plan to address twenty first century issues. But a good plan doesn’t look at right or left, it finds where we have strengths to move forward to an objective. An economy not dependent on foreign oil that uses the abundance of natural gas, wind and solar we already have is a first step to bridge with other domestic sources of energy. It considers and uses delivery systems already available to transition. It motivates developing clean alternatives and more efficient methods of using energy to promote a sustainable way of life. That’s moving forward. Write janicescanlan@earthlink.net

Pedometer, light tool for exercise and weight loss By THOMAS J. PARR, M.D. A few weeks ago, we joined about 30 of my West Point classmates on a mini-reunion cruise. Cruising is a great way to travel, to visit with friends, and to relax. But it is a hard way to control weight! I knew I would be in the ship’s gym every day, and my wife -- that same lady who told me years ago that she wasn’t an athlete when I married her and she wasn’t going to become one now -- showed up with a pedometer. I have to admit that pedometer was a great idea. It didn’t take her long to learn that the length of our ship’s hallway was about 400 steps, and three trips around the outside deck was right at 2,000 steps, or roughly one mile. Do 6,000 steps, and you’ve done a 3-mile workout. 10,000 steps is regarded as ideal for weight control, especially on a cruise ship. Frequently, I’ll have a patient say he or she doesn’t do any formal exercise, but will quickly add that work requires a lot of standing and walking during the day. Depending upon the job, that may or may not be enough. A pedometer would certainly tell the story. How many of you nonathlete ladies would like to count shopping as exercise? If you are wearing an accurate pedometer, and you can show you took 4,000-6,000 steps for the day -- and are consistently doing so several days a week, that is an argument you can win. Although it is generally said that Thomas Jefferson developed the first working pedometer, the Japanese are credited with developing its modern use in the 1960’s. They called the device “manpo-kei” which means “10,000 steps meter.” Some of the best pedometers are still made by the Japanese today.

Parr A pedometer works by measuring the up-and-down motion of the body associated with walking. The device is generally clipped at the waist, although a couple of more sophisticated ones can be carried in a pocket. You actually have a number of choices, depending upon your goals and interest. A basic pedometer will only count steps, having to be manually reset each morning. Others will automatically reset themselves at midnight each night, and can keep a history for 7 days or more. More complicated pedometers will also calculate calories burned. Others can be more high tech, including being able to download the day’s data to a computer. For serious runners, there are even some with GPS capabilities, although these are not reported to be as accurate as regular GPS devices because of the difficulty of that small a device staying connected to a satellite. Pedometer quality also varies greatly, so do your homework before you buy. I was recently told of one, with a well known household brand name, costing $30 at a local sports store, that was double-counting each step and even counted setting it on the table as a step -- not help-

ful at all. You can get a reasonable, basic pedometer for about $20-$25. They are available in drug stores, athletic stores, large discount stores, and on the internet. Four brands which seem to be consistently well ranked are Lifecorder, New-Lifestyles, Yamax Digi-Walker, and Omron. Because they can come off your belt or waist band, you may want to consider adding a pedometer safety leash to your purchase. Tracking your progress with a pedometer is as easy as writing the number of steps taken each evening on a calendar or in a small diary kept by the bed. If you discover you are consistently taking less than 3,000 steps a day, start thinking of ways to add more steps to your day. Park further away from the store entrance or take a flight of stairs at work instead of an elevator. Just as with any exercise program, rushing towards a higher level too fast can cause unnecessary injury and will be discouraging to your progress. It is best to try slowly only about 500 steps to your average daily routine each week until you reach your goal. If you are hitting 10,000 steps a day, 3 to 5 days a week, you are doing quite well. If you are wanting to lose weight, this should be your exercise goal. On short distance days, add other exercise, such as core conditioning, swimming, biking, and light weight training. This combination will give you an excellent, personalized fitness program which will work well with your lifestyle. Dr. Thomas Parr, an orthopedic surgeon in Sugar Land, can be reached at 281-4917111.Visit www.tomparrmd. net for more information.

Texas Straight Talk Too much government in the Gulf By RON PAUL Sadly, the disaster in the Gulf continues this week as BP’s efforts at containment keep hitting snags and residents along the coast scramble to clean up and defend their shores and wildlife. Many have criticized the federal government in the past weeks for not doing enough. The reality is there is only so much government can do to help, yet a lot they can do to prolong the problem and misdirect the pain. For example, in the interest of “doing something” the administration has enacted a unilateral ban on offshore drilling. This is counterproductive. I am proud to cosponsor legislation to lift that ban. Why punish other oil companies and their hard-working employees who had nothing to do with this disaster, and who have better safety records? And, as usually happens after disasters, countless people – even officials in local and state government - have come forward who know what needs to be done and are willing to help, but have been stymied by federal bureaucratic red tape as the oil continues to gush. The real problem is not so much a lack of government assistance, but government getting in the way of those who have solutions. We witnessed the same phenomenon during hurricanes Katrina and Ike. It seems government’s main role in these situations is to find excuses to stall relief, hold meetings and press

Paul conferences, waste money, punish the wrong people, and over-regulate. Yet even after many examples of past incompetence, people still look to government to solve problems in the wake of disasters. A government that tries to be all things to all people might engender a lot of learned dependence, but ultimately it only harms the very people it is supposed to serve as they wait helplessly for salvation from Washington. Government could help by holding the appropriate parties fully liable for damages and clean-up costs. I am hopeful that efforts to do this are genuine and BP is indeed held responsible for all damages, not shielded by liability caps or reimbursed under the table by taxpayers. Unfortunately, a large sum of taxpayer money has been slipped into the upcoming supplemental bill for Gulf cleanup costs that should fall

on BP. Taxpayers should not have to bail out a major oil company that has caused this horrible damage to our shores. It should be noted that BP is not exactly a bastion of free market capitalism. Rather, they are very vested in acquiring government subsidies, favorably slanted policies, and competitionhobbling regulation. BP has even been a major lobbying proponent of capand-trade because of certain provisions in the legislation it could profit from. Considering who lobbies for them and what they lobby for, my concern is that attempts to hold them strictly and fully accountable could end up being nothing more than a shell game, with taxpayers ultimately holding the bag. If the government’s idea of action in crisis is to punish the innocent, bail out the guilty, and raise prices at the pump on everybody, we should want them to do less, not more. Recent polls show sharply waning support for offshore drilling. We still need oil, and a lot of good jobs depend on oil production. It is crucial to the functioning of our economy. But if accidents continue to be handled this way, it is easy to understand why so many see more cost than benefit to offshore drilling, and that is also a tragedy. (Ron Paul represents the 14th Congressional District in Texas.)


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AUTOMOBILE: DODGE RAM 1500 LARAMIE BY BARBARA FULENWIDER The Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie came as a big surprise. It wasn’t its really great looks or size. It was the ride that surprised me. It just does not ride like a truck and yet it definitely is one big, powerful truck. I’m impressed by the Dodge Ram Laramie. Granted, it’s at the top of the Dodge Ram truck lineup, but I haven’t ridden in a truck this comfortable in at least four years. Dodge says the Ram 1500 is a game changer in the truck market and I have to agree. The Laramie comes standard with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine and first in segment multi-link coil spring rear suspension, which has improved the ride quality and handling. For 2010 the Ram 1500’s towing capability is 10,450 pounds when properly equipped. New interior features for 2010 include passive head restraints, fuel-save indicator on 3.7-liter models, a tire pres-

sure monitoring system and park-assist indicator in the vehicle information display. Other new additions include iPod control. New exterior features include available folding trailer-tow mirrors, integrated trailer-brake controller, power trailer-tow mirrors, electrochromic mirrors, an air dam that is longer for improved aerodynamics and new 22inch tires. The standard engine on the 2010 Ram two-wheel-drive regular cab and Quad Cab models is the 3.7-liter Magnum V-6. It makes 215 horsepower and 235 torque. The optional 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine makes 390 horsepower and 407 lb.-ft. torque. The flex-fuel 4.7-liter V-8 makes 310 horsepower and 330 lb.ft. torque. Fuel economy is estimated at 14 miles per gallon in city driving and 20 on the highway with the two-wheel drive Ram powered by the 3.7-li-

FILM REVIEW: TOY STORY 3

I was very excited about “Toy Story 3.” I’ve been a big fan ever since “Toy Story” first hit the big animated screen in 1995. A 12-inch Woody has been on my trophy bookcase for 15 years, so don’t tell me I’m not a big fan – a big fan of “Toy Story” numero uno, not numero tres. Once again, Walt Disney Pictures has created a beautifully animated movie full of high tech and cutting-edge computer generated effects, but screenwriters Michael Arndt and John Lasseter were riding the wrong horse. Woody’s horse Bullseye would have been a better mode of travel than their old nag. The goods news – the gang is back with some of the all-time great voices: Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, Joan Cusack as Jessie, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head and Estelle Harris as Mrs. Potato Head, John Ratzenberger as Hamm, and Michael Keaton debuts as the uncaring Ken. The basic premise of toys coming to life when their owner/ kids are away or asleep is still the fundamental concept that allows the audience to relive the fantasy that toys are really people, too. The corollary then becomes “how should we treat our toys if we know that they have feelings?” That’s a tough one. During the hour or so I was in attendance, I pondered my treatment of my childhood toys. Was I kind and thoughtful? I don’t know. In this “Toy Story,” the Andy Davis that we came to know in the 1995 version is now 17 and about to go off to college, and it is time to discard or store his toys. Woody pleads with the group to keep a stiff upper lip and preaches that everything will be OK, but Buzz and the gang are not buying it. They end up being accidentally donated to a daycare center that is run by a mean teddy bear named Lotso (Ned Beatty). The toys are still charming and loveable, but the whining was too much. I was so tired of their complaints and spineless attitude coupled with Woody’s inability to lead that I was bored. Perhaps they aren’t as un-charming as I am describing them and perhaps Woody led them to safety and a happy ending, but I’ll never know because I walked out. When I realized that the movie had another hour before the end, I gave up quietly, took off my 3D glasses and slipped out of my IMAX experience. This was a 2:30 Friday afternoon crowd and it was packed with little kids, big kids, moms and dads, so Disney will make a ton of money. And the four and six year old boy and girl sitting next to me were mesmerized. They did not laugh or even giggle, but they never took their eyes off the screen or removed their bulky 3D glasses. Disney knows its target audience and now they know that does not include curmudgeon film critics from Sugar Land. Rock ‘n Roll. Grade 75. Larry H. Note: Did any of you notice the subtle reference to “Cool Hand Luke?” If so, please email me. Sugarlaw@LarryHarrison.com

ter SOCH V-6 and at 14/19 with two-wheel drive and the 4.7-liter SOHC V-6 engine. The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 twowheel drive Ram delivers 14 miles to the gallon in town and 20 on the highway and is estimated to deliver 13/18 miles to the gallon with fourwheel drive. All motors run on regular unleaded. The Ram is available in a regular cab, quad cab and crew-cab and offers eight foot

(regular cab), six-foot four inch (quad cab) and five-foot seven inch box lengths (crew cab). Safety and security features on the Ram 1500 include advanced multi-stage air bags, an anti-lock brake system, electronic stability control, rear park assist system, a rear back-up camera, safety cage body structure, side-guard door beams and a trailer-sway control system.

The Ram’s bold big rig design comes through thanks to an aluminum hood with a large power bulge and chromed front and rear bumpers that wrap around the sides. The glass-to-body ratio imparts a modern aesthetic and the center pillars are smaller than previous Ram models and are finished in black to create an open appearance. The door sills are pulled down to cover the frame rails and the tailgate is designed with a built-in spoiler that smoothes air flow over the rear of the truck for best-inclass aerodynamics and fuel economy. Premium interior appointments include a six-ring instrumentation, automatic temperature control, chrome accents, premium seating and two-tone upholstery. Twentyinch wheels are available in three styles and 22-inch are optional. Convenience features include a first-in-segment Ram box that provides weatherproof, illuminated lockable

Money Management International relocates to Sugar Land Money Management International (MMI) announced plans to locate its headquarters in Sugar Land, a project that will bring more than 350 jobs and $3 million in capital investment to the City. The company plans to occupy approximately 87,000 square feet in the newly renovated Lake Corporate Center, 14141 Southwest Freeway. Money Management International, incorporated in Texas in 1997, and its family of local agencies make up the largest nonprofit, full-service credit counseling agency in the United States. The company has provided confidential financial guidance, financial education, counseling and debt management assistance to consumers since 1958. With multiple offices in the Houston region, the company performed a regional search for a location to consolidate its operations. To attract MMI, the Sugar Land Economic Development Department crafted an incentive package featuring a direct incentive from the Sugar Land

Development Corporation. The company selected Sugar Land as the location for its corporate headquarters as well as the consolidation of numerous operations. “We are pleased to welcome Money Management International and its employees to Sugar Land,” said City of Sugar Land Mayor James A. Thompson. “The addition of MMI’s corporate headquarters to the City’s ever expanding list of corporate residents further establishes Sugar Land as a premier employment center in the Houston region.” “With its talented workforce and strong infrastructure, Sugar Land is an excellent location for MMI,” said Ivan L. Hand Jr., MMI president and chief executive officer. “We are excited to be part of the community and look forward to serving our mission of improving lives through financial education from our new home in Sugar Land.” The Ellman Companies, owner of the Lake Corporate Center office building and new home to MMI, is one of

the largest and most innovative investors and developers of mixed-use, retail, entertainment, office, hospitality and residential real estate, with more than 88 companies and properties throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Sugar Land is one of the fastest growing cities in Texas and is consistently selected as one of the nation’s top communities to live and work. Sugar Land’s favorable business climate touts a highly educated workforce, a major corporate airport with U.S. Customs services and more than 20 million square feet of commercial space in its business district. Recognized as a major regional employment center, Sugar Land continues to attract new corporate partners to expand its recognizable corporate presence such as Minute Maid, Tramontina USA, Noble Drilling, Fluor Corporation, Schlumberger, Bechtel Equipment Operations, Aetna and many other national and international corporations.

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Legal Notices CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 26TH day of APRIL 2010 by the HONORABLE COUNTY COURT-AT-LAW 1 OF FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #08-CCV035381 in favor of the Plaintiff - WAUSON & ASSOCIATES P.C., Plaintiff, for the sum of $22,441.73 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 7TH day of JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 6TH day of JULY, 2010 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 said Defendant(s) -GERALD HARDEMAN had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: A TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND CONTAINING 3.064 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, LOCATED IN THE DAVID BRIGHT LEAGUE SURVEY, ABSTRACT 13, IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED BY METES AND BOUNDS IN A DEED FROM QUAIL VALLEY TWELVE OAKS ESTATES, LTD TO GERALD HARDEMAN DATED JUNE 7, 2004 AND RECORDED UNDER CLERK’S FILE NO. 2004068702 IN THE OFFICIAL PUBLIC RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; SAVE AND EXCEPT THE FOLLOWING PORTIONS THEREOF: A TRACT OR PARCEL CONTAINING 1.1820 ACRES, MORE OR LESS, DESCRIBED IN A DEED RECORDED UNDER FORT BEND COUNTY CLEKR’S FILE NO. 2007083498 AND TRACTS CONTAINING 0.1662 ACRE, 0.1198 ACRE AND 0.1637 ACRE, MORE OR LESS, DESCRIBED IN ON EXHIBITS ACCOMPANYING A DEED UNDER FORT BEND COUNTY CLERK’S FILE NO. 2006146133. Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 11 a.m. At the steps of the Fort Bend County courthouse. RUBEN DAVIS, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 2 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 the 26TH day of APRIL 2010 by the 243TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #09-DCV-172632 in favor of the Plaintiff - QUAIL GREEN HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, for the sum of $4,239.57 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 21STday of MAY 2010 and will offer for sale on the 6TH day of JULY, 2010 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 said Defendant(s) -BERTRAM D. TURNER had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT SIXTEEN (16), IN BLOCK THREE (3) OF QUAIL GREEN, SECTION ONE (1), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 24, PAGE 12 , OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (THE PROPERTY) ALSO KNOWN AS 1539 LAZY SPRING DRIVE, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77489 Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 11 a.m. At the steps of the Fort Bend County courthouse.

RUBEN DAVIS, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 2 By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable. NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 24TH day of MAY 2010 by the 268TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #09-DCV-175274 in favor of the Plaintiff FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, Plaintiff, for the sum of $6,922.16 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 1ST day of JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 6TH day of JULY, 2010 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 said Defendant(s) - JOHN FONTENOT & ET AL had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: TRACT 1: LOT NINE (9), IN BLOCK ONE (1) OF SIENNA VILLAGE OF SHIPMAN’S LANDING, SECTION EIGHTEEN-A (18A), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 2270/B AND 2271/A OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS

LEGAL NOTICE REQUESTS FOR STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATIONS Sealed Qualification Statements will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg TX 77471 for the following until THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2010 AT 1:30 P.M. (CST). Q10-108 – DESIGN BUILD JUVENILE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all qualification statements received. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

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, JULY 15, 2010 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 10-107 – CONSTRUCTION OF EAST END ANNEX ADDITION A pre-bid conference will be conducted on Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 10:00AM (CST). The pre-bid conference will be held at the Fort Bend County Purchasing Department located in the Rosenberg Annex at 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg Texas 77471. All vendors are encouraged to attend. Lump sum 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 CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 26TH day of APRIL 2010 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #09-DCV-171691 in favor of the Plaintiff - QUAIL VALLEY FUND, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $5,400.00 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 1OTH day of MAY 2010 and will offer for sale on the 6TH day of JULY, 2010 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 said Defendant(s) -DWIGHT ANDRE SEAN O’ NEAL JONES had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT TWENTY EIGHT (28), IN BLOCK THREE (3) OF QUAIL VALLEY SUBDIVISION THUNDERBIRD PATIO HOMES, SECTION ONE (1), REPLAT, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 19, PAGE 6 , FILM CODE NO. OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS COMMONLY KNOWN AS 2831 BURNING TREE LANE, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459 Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 11 a.m. At the steps of the Fort Bend County courthouse.

RUBEN DAVIS, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 2 By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable. NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 2ND day of JUNE 2010 by the 268TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #06-DCV-153069 in favor of the Plaintiff - NORTH MISSION GLEN ESTATES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC, Plaintiff, for the sum of $2,960.04 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 3RD day of JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 6TH day of JULY, 2010 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 said Defendant(s) - JULIE MURRAY AND RAYMOND MURRAY, had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT TWENTYFIVE(25), IN BLOCK ONE (1) SECTION SEVEN (7) OF MISSION GLEN ESTATES, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ALSO KNOWN AS 16147 APRIL RIDGE DRIVE, HOUSTON, FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS 77083-5279 ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF IN SLIDE NO. 1405/B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS TOGETHER WITH ALL IMPROVEMENTS THEREON. ADJUDGED/ MARKET VALUE: $152,110.00 Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 10 a.m. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 12550 Emily Court, Ste 200 Sugar Land, TX77478 (281) 491-7226 Deputy Juan Diaz, #1306 NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 24TH day of MAY 2010 by the 268TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND Texas in cause #09-DCV175822 in favor of the Plaintiff FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, Plaintiff, for the sum of $15,773.05 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 1ST day of JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 6TH day of JULY, 2010 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 said Defendant(s) - RUSSELL T. KEETON & ET AL had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: TRACT 1: LOT TWENTY SEVEN (27), IN BLOCK FOUR (4) , SECOND PLAT OF CLAYTONS BEND, SECTION TWO (2), ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NOS. 1120/B AND 1121/A OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. (ACCOUNT NO.2320020040270907)

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 27TH day of APRIL 2010 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #05-DCV-141605 in favor of the Plaintiff - KINGSBRIDGE PLACE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, for the sum of $2,699.17 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 25TH day of MAY 2010 and will offer for sale on the 6TH day of JULY, 2010 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 said Defendant(s) NATALIE ABAM, had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT SEVENTEEN (17), IN BLOCK THREE (3) OF KINGSBRIDGE PLACE, SECTION ONE (1), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO. 1183/B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (THE PROPERTY) ALSO KNOWN AS 14815 ARMITAGE LANE, SUGAR LAND, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, TEXAS 77478 ADJUDGED/ MARKET VALUE: $174,250.00 Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 10 a.m. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 12550 Emily Court, Ste 200 Sugar Land, TX77478 (281) 491-7226 Deputy Juan Diaz, #1306

Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT FORTY ONE (41), IN BLOCK FOUR (4) SECTION EIGHT (8) OF WINFIELD LAKES, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT NO. 20050243 OF THE MAP/PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (ACCOUNT NUMBER 8944080040410907) ADJUDGED/ MARKET VALUE: $154,770.00 Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 10 a.m. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 12550 Emily Court, Ste 200 Sugar Land, TX77478 (281) 491-7226 Deputy Juan Diaz, #1306

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 24TH day of MAY 2010 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #07-DCV-158092 in favor of the Plaintiff FORT BEND COUNTY & ET AL, Plaintiff, for the sum of $19,480.11+++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 1ST day of JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 6TH day of JULY, 2010 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 said Defendant(s) - MARIA L. NEBA, AKA MARIA L. NEBA, AKA MARIE L. CARTER, AKA MARIE TILONG had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: TRACT 1: LOT NINE (9), IN BLOCK TWO (2) OF CHELSEA HARBOR, SECTION TWO-A (2A), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 2453/B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. (ACCOUNT NO. 2221020020090907)

Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 10 a.m. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 12550 Emily Court, Ste 200 Sugar Land, TX77478 (281) 491-7226 Deputy Juan Diaz, #1306

DATE: TIME: BY:

ADJUDGED/ MARKET VALUE: $170,670.00

Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 10 a.m. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 12550 Emily Court, Ste 200 Sugar Land, TX77478 (281) 491-7226 Deputy Juan Diaz, #1306

Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 10 a.m.

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 27TH day of MAY 2010 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #07-DCV-157399 in favor of the Plaintiff - NORTH MISSION GLEN ESTATES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC, Plaintiff, for the sum of $7,851.36 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 2ND day of JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 6TH day of JULY, 2010 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 said Defendant(s) - EDITH D. MITCHELL, had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final.

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 24TH day of MAY 2010 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #09-DCV-174639 in favor of the Plaintiff FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, Plaintiff, for the sum of $31,460.17 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 1ST day of JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 6TH day of JULY, 2010 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 said Defendant(s) - EARL E. FOWLER & ET ALhad of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: TRACT 1: LOT TWENTY ONE (21), IN BLOCK ONE (1) OF CROSSING COVE AT RIVERSTONE, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT NO. 20040012 OF THE MAP/PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (ACCOUNT NUMBER 2751010010210907)

Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 10 a.m.

Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 10 a.m. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 12550 Emily Court, Ste 200 Sugar Land, TX77478 (281) 491-7226 Deputy Juan Diaz, #1306

CONSTABLE’S NOTICE OF SALE By virtue of an Order of Sale dated APRIL 22, 2010 delivered pursuant to a Judgment issued out of the COUNTY COURT AT LAW 2 of Fort Bend County, Texas, said judgment rendered in favor of THE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, OF THE HIGHLANDS plaintiff, and against MOHAMMAD IQBAL, defendant, in Cause No. 07-CCV-033178 for the sum of FOURTHOUSAND-FOUR-HUNDRED-EIGHTY-FIVE AND 92/100’s ($4485.92), plus fees for posting notices, publishing, and all costs of executing sale. I did on the 17TH day of MAY, 2010, at 11:00 Am, levy upon the following described tract of land in Fort Bend County, Texas, as the property of Mohammad Iqbal, defendant(s), to-wit: LOT THIRTY –SEVEN (37), IN BLOCK THREE (3), OF THE HIGHLANDS, SECTION TWO (2) AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 22, PAGE 25, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AND BEING MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 2507 PLANTERS ROW, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS 77478. and on JULY 6, 2010, being the first Tuesday of said month, between the hours of 10:00 o’clock a.m. and 4:00 o’clock p.m., at the north entrance of the Fort Bend County Courthouse, in Fort Bend County, Texas, I will offer for sale and sell at public auction for cash, all the right, title and interest of IQBAL, MOHAMMAD, defendant, in and to said property.

ADJUDGED/ MARKET VALUE: $332,500.00

ADJUDGED/ MARKET VALUE: $84,810.00

LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT SIX (6), IN BLOCK TWO (2) OF SECTION SIX (6), OF MISSION GLEN ESTATES, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF IN SLIDE NO. 1302/A OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS.

CONSTABLE’S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a certain WRIT OF EXECUTION issued by the clerk of the COUNTY CIVIL COURT AT LAW NO 4 of HARRIS County, Texas on 4-30-10, in cause numbered 953372701 styled ACTION GYPSUM SUPPLY LP vs. TLM BUILDERS, INC ET AL, in which a judgment was rendered on MARCH 17,2010 in favor of ACTION GYPSUM SUPPLY, L.P. for the sum of THIRTY SEVEN THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED SIXTY DOLLARS AND SEVENTY SIX CENTS ($37260.76); 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 JUNE 10, 2010 and will on JULY 6 ,2010Tuesday, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder, all the Right, Title, and Interest NEW LIFE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH to and in the following described Real Property 0280 J LAFAYETTE, ACRES 4.4226, UNRESTRICTED RESERVE “A”, BLOCK 1, NEW LIFE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH , ALSO KNOWN AS : 7900 W . FUQUA DRIVE, MISSOURI CITY, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 77459 The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of ACTION GYPSUM SUPPLY, LP, Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE, RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: JULY 6 2010 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY: SERGEANT M. KUTACH TROY NEHLS Pct. 4 Constable Fort Bend County

LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE, RICHMOND, TX. 77469

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 24TH day of MAY 2010 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND Texas in cause #09-DCV-170521 in favor of the Plaintiff FORT BEND COUNTY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT #23, Plaintiff, for the sum of $9,416.32 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 1ST day of JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 6TH day of JULY, 2010 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 said Defendant(s) - ROSEMARY OBDEUS & ET AL had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: TRACT 1: LOT FIVE (5), IN BLOCK FOUR (4) OF TEAL RUN, SECTION FIVE (5), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT NO. 20040105 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. (ACCOUNT NO. 2935050040050/2935050040050907)

ADJUDGED/ MARKET VALUE: $112,920.00

ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 12550 Emily Court, Ste 200 Sugar Land, TX77478 (281) 491-7226 Deputy Juan Diaz, #1306

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 24TH day of MAY 2010 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #09-DCV-169404 in favor of the Plaintiff FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, Plaintiff, for the sum of $7,566.33 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 1ST day of JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 6TH day of JULY, 2010 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 said Defendant(s) - MARIO CANALES & ET AL had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.:

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 24TH day of MAY 2010 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND Texas in cause #09-DCV170228 in favor of the Plaintiff FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, Plaintiff, for the sum of $8,423.62+++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 1ST day of JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 6TH day of JULY, 2010 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 said Defendant(s) - JEROME H. ELLIS & ET AL had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. LEGAL DESCRIPTION: TRACT 1: LOT THREE (3), IN BLOCK FIFTEEN (15) IN BRIARGATE, SECTION TWO (2), A SUBDIVISION OF 25.7325 ACRES OF LAND OUT OF THE JOHN LAFAYETTE SURVEY, ABSTRACT 280, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AS SHOWN ON SUBDIVISION PLAT RECORDED IN VOLUME 9, PAGE 3, PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. (ACCOUNT NO. 2150020150300907)

ADJUDGED/ MARKET VALUE: $315,250.00

ADJUDGED/ MARKET VALUE: $325,530.00 Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 10 a.m. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 12550 Emily Court, Ste 200 Sugar Land, TX77478 (281) 491-7226 Deputy Juan Diaz, #1306

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 13TH day of APRIL 2010 by the 268TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #09-DCV-176818 in favor of the Plaintiff - QUAIL VALLEY FUND, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $4,070.68+++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 5TH day of MAY 2010 and will offer for sale on the 6TH day of JULY, 2010 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 said Defendant(s) - LUTHER B. BROTHERTON had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT SIXTY-THREE (63), IN BLOCK THIRTYTHREE (33) OF THAT CERTAIN QUAIL VALLEY SUBDIVISION KNOWN AS GLENN LAKES IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AS RECORDED IN THE DEED OR OTHER RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS IN BOOK 10, PAGE 1 COMMONLY KNOWN AS 3934 POINT CLEAR DRIVE, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459 Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 11 a.m. At the steps of the Fort Bend County courthouse. RUBEN DAVIS, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 2 By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable.

ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 12550 Emily Court, Ste 200 Sugar Land, TX77478 (281) 491-7226 Deputy Juan Diaz, #1306

ADJUDGED/ MARKET VALUE: $424,950.00 Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 10 a.m. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 12550 Emily Court, Ste 200 Sugar Land, TX77478 (281) 491-7226 Deputy Juan Diaz, #1306

JULY 6, 2010 APPROX. 10:00 AM SERGEANT M. KUTACH

Troy E. Nehls Constable Pct. 4 Fort Bend County, Texas 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 12, 2010 in cause numbered 08-DCV167462 styled FIRST COLONY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. vs. NASIR MERCHANT., in which a judgment was rendered on MAR, 18, 2009 in favor of FIRST COLONY COMMUNITY SERVICES ASSOCIATION, INC, for the sum of FIVE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED SIXTEEN DOLLARS AND NINETY-FOUR CENTS (5716.94) 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 4, 2010 and will on JULY 6, 2010, 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 NASIR MERCHANT in the following described Real Property LOT TWELVE (12)IN BLOCK TWO (2) OF PLANTATION BEND, SECTION THREE-C(3-C) AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO S 1540/B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, SUCH PROPERTY HAVING A COMMON ADDRESS OF 2431 PLANTATION BEND DR., SUGAR LAND , TEXAS 77478 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 6, 2010 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY: SERGEANT M KUTACH

Troy E. Nehls Constable Pct. 4 Fort Bend County, Texas CONSTABLE’S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a certain Order of Sale issued by the clerk of the 309TH District Court of HARRIS County, Texas on MAY 12 , 2010 in cause numbered 2003-42799 styled IN THE INTEREST OF ANNAISSA FLORES A MINOR CHILD.., in which a judgment was rendered on AUG, 13, 2004 in favor of JUDITH ANN RITTS, for the sum of TWENTY THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED THIRTY NINE DOLLARS AND TWENTY FOUR CENTS (20639.24)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 25, 2010 and will on JULY 6, 2010, 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 ISSA YIDHARA SANCHEZ in the following described Real Property LOT EIGHTEEN (18)IN BLOCK TEN (10) OF LAKEFIELD SECTION ONE, (1), ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 34,PAGE 9 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, SUCH PROPERTY HAVING A COMMON ADDRESS OF 4502 ALAMO AVENUE , SUGAR LAND , TEXAS 77479 The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of JUDITH ANN RITTS., Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE, RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: JULY 6, 2010 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY: SERGEANT M KUTACH

Troy E. Nehls Constable Pct. 4 Fort Bend County, Texas

CAUSE NO. 10-CPR-022972 THE STATE OF TEXAS ESTATE OF SURE A BLATZER, DECEASED YOU ARE HEREBY COMMANDED TO SUMMON THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF Sue A Blatzer, all of whose names, residences, and whereabouts are unknown to Plaintiff(s), Shannon Barlow by publication of this Citation once, at least ten (10) days previous to the return day hereof, in some newspaper published in your County, to appear at the next regular term of the County Court at Law setting as the Probate Court of Fort Bend County, Texas, Honorable R. H. “Sandy” Bielstein presiding, after service has been perfected, to be held in the William B. Travis Annex thereof in Richmond, Texas, the same being Monday, the 5th day of July, 2010, then and there to file a written consent or answer to the Petition filed in said Court on the 14th day of May, 2010, in a probate action now pending in said Court in the above numbered and styled Estate on the Probate Docket of said Court, wherein, Shannon Barlow is Plaintiff and the UNKNOWN HEIRS of said Deceased are the defendants; allegations as shown in said petition now on file in the Fort Bend County Clerk’s Office. HEREIN FAIL NOT, but have you before said Court, at the time aforesaid, this Writ, with your return thereon showing that you have executed the same. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND SEAL OF SAID COURT, at office in Richmond, Texas, this the 10th day of June, 2010 DIANNE WILSON, COUNTY CLERK FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 301 JACKSON, SUITE 101 RICHMOND, TX 77469-3108 By Melinda Merten, Deputy

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 for Fulbrook, Section 3B Replat of Lots 3, 4 and 5, Block 1, Pct. 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact David Leyendecker with Clay & Leyendecker Inc. at 281-391-0173 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 for Fulbrook, Section 3B Replat of Lots 1 and 2, Block 1, Pct. 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact David Leyendecker with Clay & Leyendecker Inc. at 281-391-0173 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

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, JULY 1, 2010 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 10-103 – CARPET REPLACEMENT AT GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY A pre-bid conference will be conducted on Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 10:00AM (CST). The pre-bid conference will be held at the Fort Bend County George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview, Richmond Texas 77469. All bidders are encouraged to attend. Lump sum 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 REQUESTS FOR STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATIONS Sealed Qualification Statements will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg TX 77471 for the following until THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2010 AT 1:30 P.M. (CST). Q10-104 – INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONAL AUDIT SERVICES Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all qualification statements received. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

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, JULY 1, 2010 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. R10-102 – GENERAL CONTRACTOR SERVICES – FORT BEND COUNTY UNIVERSITY BRANCH LIBRARY A pre-RFP conference will be conducted on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 10:00AM (CST). The pre-RFP conference will be held at the Fort Bend County Purchasing Department located in the Rosenberg Annex at 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg Texas 77471. All vendors are encouraged to attend. Lump sum 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 proposals. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas


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First Colony All Stars The 9-year-old First Colony National All Star team recently won the Texas District 16 Championship for little league baseball. Pictured Front row (l-r): Chris Vann, Daniel Amante. Pictured middle row (l-r): Quinn Slazinski, Alex Chaumette, Zack Bornstein, Andrew Stoltenberg, Michael Hopkins, Hunter McKay, James Taylor, Canyon Goheen, Mitchell Kuntz, Austin Essex. Pictured Back Row (lr): Coach David Chaumette, Manager Mike Slazinski, Coach Bryan Stoltenberg.

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The Quail Valley Exchange Club provided $17,500 to students in need at Dulles, Elkins, Willowridge, Marshall and Hightower High Schools this year. The students who apply have to write an essay as well as make a presentation to the Exchange Club members in order to be considered. This year’s winners are Aaron Patinoleft, of Willowridge, Hailey Budnick of Elkins, Ashlee Cantu and Meredith Smith of Dulles, Ashley Clay of Marshall and Sultana Jiron of Hightower.

Russell C. Jones Impact Player Partners hosted the Sixth Annual Impact A Hero Weekend from June 5 to June 7. This year, Impact A Hero Weekend set a new record of over $750,000 in donations, sponsorships and participation. Impact A Hero

Terese Raia, Senatorial Republican Executive Committeewoman from SD #17 finished her term and Bruce Campbell honored her for her service. She received flowers from Campbell, SD 17 committeeman at Texas State GOP Convention in Dallas recently. In last week’s paper in the article “State GOP chair election impacts local party,” it was incorrectly stated that Raia did not seek reelection. Actually, she was term-limited, as pointed out by Fort Bend GOP chair Rick Miller in his article in the same issue of the paper. —Photo by Jeanie Mason

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thia Miller for County Clerk. Themed “A Blue Fort Bend in 2010,” Friday’s event served to raise money for those candidates through local coordinated campaign efforts for the November 2010 elections – in hopes that new Democratic candidates will repeat the success Prestage long has enjoyed. “This is a great honor. Twenty years is a big number, and they’ve gone by quickly,” Prestage said. “I feel blessed that my constituency has seen fit to allow me to serve for so long. And,” he added, “I look forward to seeing some of my fellow

From Page 1 day night who reflect a wide range of backgrounds as diverse as the county in which they live. They include: Veronica Torres for District Clerk; Fredericka Allen for 240th District Court Judge; Albert Hollan for 268th District Judge; Harrison Gregg Jr. for County Court-at-Law No. 2 Judge; Milton Flick for Court-at-Law No. 1 Judge; R.J. Blue for Justice of the Peace in Precinct 1, Place 2; Rodrigo Carreon for County Judge; K.P. George for County Treasurer; and Korin-

Democrats serve with me in public office on all levels of state and local government.” To make that happen, Brown said, people must realize that the June 18 kick-off is just the beginning of a long 2010 election campaign. “Entrenched Republican incumbents can count on heavy contributions from the business interests that have been feeding off of local government spending for the past decade. To end that cycle and replace the GOP with good stewards of the public trust, local Democratic candidates need your continuing support,” Brown told the auidence.

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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center hosted a celebration of life in honor of cancer survivors on June 4. The hospital joined America’s 11 million cancer survivors around the world in observing the 23rd annual National Cancer Survivors Day to celebrate life and demonstrate that there is hope. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center invited all local cancer survivors, caregivers, community leaders, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital physicians and employees and anyone compassionate about the cause for the National Cancer Survivors Day celebration. During the event, commu-

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nity members joined together in honoring the survivors living with a history of cancer in America today. The contributions of their families, friends and healthcare providers who support cancer survivors were also recognized. Cindy Dworaczyk, breast cancer survivor, bravely shared her story and provided hope for those attending the event. “From one survivor to another—a true warrior never ever turns his or her back to the battle field—keep up the good fight,” said Dworaczyk. “Congratulations to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for an excellent and uplifting celebration of cancer survivorship. Your commitment to the well-being of your patients and the concern for the whole person is very evident, and the spirit of hope lives in you all,” said Tommy Thompson, Executive Vice President of CanCare. “More people diagnosed with cancer are surviving each year. The overall 5 year survival of an adult diagnosed with cancer is 68 percent. Today we celebrate life- perseverance, resilience and good fortune. We should not forget those who fought the fight yet succumbed to their illness. We should always remember them and treasure their memory,”said Clive Shkedy, M.D., radiation oncologist and medical director of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center. “As health care professionals we are indebted to all of you for coming today. You all give us the strength to continue to wage this war. From the secretary, to the nurse, from the therapist, to the physician we are grateful that you have given us the opportunity to be part of your cure and your lives. When we see you all leading productive lives—see you smiling and celebrating, see the impact you have had on your family on your community and on all of us we are forever indebted to you all.” Dr. Shkedy ended by saying, “We salute you and wish you all continued success in your courageous fight, and we reaffirm our commitment to doing research, providing compassionate care and support and to using state of the art technology all of which together offer patients the very best chance of cure.” Debbie Markesino, cancer survivor, said “Thanks to the strides being taken in cancer research, people like me are able to say, I have been cancer free for almost 30 years. My family and I thank the fine doctors who have dedicated their lives to this specialty at the sacrifice of time away from their own families, and I am thrilled that Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has brought such a high-quality cancer facility at the doorstep of Fort Bend residents,” For more information, visit www.MethodistSugarLand. com or call 281-274-7500 for a physician referral.


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