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FORT BEND FAIR. BALANCED. INFORMATIVE. WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011

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Birds of Fort Bend: Carolina Wren

The Carolina Wren is a welcomed bird in many ways. They busily glean insects from the ground and foliage and protect our plants from insect infestations. They are fun to watch even like nesting in your wreaths or hanging baskets often better than on plants. Their side entry nests are intricate, but don’t disturb or mom will fly at you. And wow, can the males sing! They pack an amazing volume for their size. This little fledgling will grow to about 4 ¾”— and have the characteristic upturned tail. For more photos and to see the characteristic upturned tails, visit http:// traction.typepad.com/birds. Photo by Margaret Sloan.

SMSD split on election of president By BARBARA FULENWIDER The split vote which marked the hiring of Stafford Municipal School District’s new superintendent Lance Hindt in May, continued in the election of the school board president as well. The new board president, Ettienne Zak, won 4-3, after three trustees supported him and three others opposed his appointment. Zak had the support of Trustees Rodney Butler and ShaMekka Pratt-Simmons, and he needed one vote to prevail. Ed Castillo cast his vote for Zak. The SMSD board is currently made up of two Hispanics, two Anglos and three African-Americans. Zak has served on the Stafford Municipal School Board since 1998, and while he was elected vice president of the board twice, he has never before now been elected president. New board officers are elected every year after the May election of members is held. The same divide showed at the SMSD board’s May 2 special called meeting held to select a superintendent. Castillo made a motion that the board declare Hindt as the finalist for the superintendent’s job. His motion was seconded by Greg Holsapple, and then Zak read a statement that said community members wanted the current assistant superintendent, Marva Rasberry, named interim superintendent, and noted that two of the three candidates the board interviewed were minorities. Castillo’s motion to name Hindt superintendent passed

by a 5-2 vote with Butler and Pratt-Simmons voting no. At SMSD’s May 24 speZak cial called meeting held to elect new board officers, Cindy Hoelscher, Holsapple and Virginia Rosas cast no votes for Zak being president. Holsapple said his vote was one of no confidence and Rosas said a whole lot more. According to board minutes, Rosas pointed out that every board member needs to be highly ethical and show integrity and she insisted that all board members rise to that expected level. The recorded minutes also said she could not support Zak because he bullied and intimidated and used school vehicles and a district cell phone for personal gain. She also said “she cannot support a candidate who releases information discussed in closed session and has caused a racial divide.” Rosas then discussed statements made by Zak that “have initiated negative public reaction” and said she was “not voting for anyone who would pressure her vote to be one way or another.” She also said whomever is elected board president should earn the job “just as we expect students to earn their achievements.” Rosas said board officers should be held to the highest standards and “should give back and not take for personal gain.” After Rosas’ comments, Zak made a motion that the board approve Pratt-Simmons as secretary. Holsapple then nominated

Rosas for secretary but she declined the nomination and Pratt-Simmons was unanimously approved as secretary. When minutes of the board were posted on SMSD’s web site the morning of July 1, they were signed by Zak, as the law says they must be by the board president. But he included a note below his title, which said, “I abstained from voting on the minutes and disagree with Ms. Rosas’ statement in (agenda item) VIII A.” Pratt-Simmons likewise signed off on the minutes also as board secretary but also added a note. Hers said, “As discussed in closed session, I don’t agree with the statement made by Ms. Rosas under VIII A.” She also added a correction “under VIII B” from “Mr. Pratt-Simmons to Ms. Pratt-Simmons.” After the meeting, a board member who requested anonymity, said there are reasons why Zak had never before been elected president. “He’s always had an inability to get along with every board president elected going back to Azalia Tennis. It’s like no one can do anything right.” The person also said that “over the past two election cycles Zak worked to get others to run against board members so he could become president. When that didn’t work this past election cycle Zak fell back to Plan B, which was that he deserved it because of his tenure and not to consider all the bad relationships he’s had with other board members over the years. “Now things are not running as smoothly as they need to run. There should be no controversy, grandstanding and the oneupmanship that’s going on right now.”

School board accepts Babb’s resignation By SESHADRI KUMAR Fort Bend ISD board of trustees on Monday night accepted the resignation of Position 7 Trustee Jim Babb. Babb cited health reasons for his resignation. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010. He is a 20-year veteran of the Houston Police Department and former U.S. Marine. The school board will appoint someone to Babb’s position until May 2012 election, board president Susan Hohnbaum said. The person who is elected in 2012 will serve for the remaining one-year term in Position 7. The trustees will nominate one or more candidates and will vote on the appointment at the next board meeting on Aug. 8. The selected candidate will be from the east side of the district. The board may appoint a former board member but may be reluctant to appoint someone who lost in the school board election. In the past, when a vacancy arose on the school board, a former trustee, who did not seek re-election, was appointed to that position. Earlier, during the audience comments period, one of the audience members paid rich compliments to Babb for his “willingness to ask tough questions and challenge the administration and other board members.” Babb in his brief remarks said he would “miss being up here.” He learned that it was easy

Babb for someone to be outside the board and criticize, but once elected he realized the complex laws, regulations and technicalities involved in school board operation. Babb said he had differences with other trustees, but he “sincerely respected each member.” A few months after his election last year, Babb announced that he may resign due to health reasons. In his Facebook page, Babb reported that he faced a major health issue that could affect his performance as a school trustee. Last year, in an abridged post on Facebook, Babb said: “I am currently experiencing several serious medical issues that had caused me to consider the possibility of having to step down from the BOT. However, I believe it is important to have as much community representation on this board as possible,... Hence, as long as I am able, I will remain on the BOT.” Babb set a new trend by

keeping his Facebook page active even after his election. Babb’s perception of open communication with his constituents was in conflict with the FBISD’s policy of keeping a tight rein on communication from the school district. Only the board president and the superintendent are authorized to speak to the media. This policy, however, does not prevent any board member from speaking his or her own mind. Consequently, the school board included in its board policy a provision that “Board members will use a disclaimer designed by the board’s attorney for use on all-social networking sites the member may own or operate.” In other actions, the board adopted some revisions to its operating procedures. Trustee Bruce Albright sought to amend the provision regarding placing an item on the agenda. The current policy is that at least two members should ask for an item to be placed on the agenda, while the authority rests with the board president. Albright suggested that even one member can request to place an item on the agenda. His motion failed 2 to 5. Only Babb voted with him on this issue. Albright also wanted to amend the requirement for the election of board officers like the president and vice-president. Currently, the requirement is that a member should have been on the board for at least two years. Albright wanted to change it to one-year requirement, but got no support.

Law enforcement academy cadets graduate Members of the 26th Class of the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy graduated July 1 at Foster High School in Richmond. Class members and their instructors include, front row, from left, Taylor Snell, Gustavo Pelayo, Brittany Moreno, Angie Brewer, Jennifer Landers, Jerrick Jovellanos and Justin Hammers. Second row, Sgt. Darlene Pyka, Sgt. Mike Lorenz,Staff member Cindi Villemaire, Eric Guerrero, Johnny Sampson, Daniel Tondera, Cody Parchman, Osvaldo Orozco, Russell Dittrich, Eliseo Flores, Klint Landry, Dottie Zumwalt, Sgt. Carlos Castillo and Sgt. Angie Womble. Third row, Lt. Matt Carter, Steven Hart, Nicholas Ibanez, Adrian Lopez, Ismael Velarde, Matthew Dickinson, Philip McGuigan, Brandon Moseley, Khourey Hilliard, Ian Haydel, Richard Solberg, Shawn Briere and Capt. Mike Patton.

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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital recognized for Spine Center Campaign Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s marketing team was honored with a Gold Award for the hospital’s Spine Center campaign. The campaign was ranked amongst the top 5% in the nation. The Aster Awards, one of the largest national competitions of its kind, is hosted by Marketing Healthcare Today Magazine and Creative Images, Inc. This elite program recognizes outstanding healthcare professionals for excellence in their advertising/marketing efforts for the calendar year 2010. The 2011 Aster Awards received approximately 3,000 entries from across the United States as well as Canada and South America. Participant’s entries competed against similar-sized organizations in their category. Entries must score at least in the top 16% to receive an award. Judging criteria includes creativity, layout and design, functionality, message effectiveness, production qual-

ity and overall appeal. “It was an honor to have the number of Healthcare organizations and agencies that participated in the 2011 Aster Awards Competition. The quality of this year’s entries went well beyond the judges’ expectations,” said Melinda R. Lucas, Aster Awards Program Coordinator. “As health care marketing professionals, it is crucial we communicate within our communities what services are available to them so close to home,” said Leena Taneja, Di-

Affiliated Spine Center Physicians rector of Physician Relations on the following scores: 85 to 89 (top 16% in the nation) and Marketing at Methodist All winners are posted on Gold Awards – Score of 95 Sugar Land Hospital. the Aster Awards website to 99 (top 5% in the nation) “We’re honored to receive Silver Awards – Score of 90 (www.AsterAwards.com), as this recognition for the hard to 94 (top 12% in the nation) well as published in Marketing work and dedication our team Bronze Awards – Score of Healthcare Today. puts forth to ensure the continued communication to our community about the Spine Center and other services provided by Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. I would like to personally thank our Spine Center physicians and the Methodist Sugar Land marketing team who made this award happen.” Awards were issued based

For more information, call 281-313-BACK (2225), email SpineCenter@tmhs.org or visit www.MethodistSugarLand. com.

‛Mentor of the Year’

City Manager Allen Bogard, left, receiving the Mentor of the Year award from Richardson City Manager and TCMA President Bill Keffler during the annual conference. The Texas City Manage- ernment employees.” TCMA noted Bogard’s imment Association (TCMA) recognized Sugar Land City pact on many young profesManager Allen Bogard as sionals throughout his career Mentor of the Year during and especially in Sugar Land. TCMA’s annual conference in Under his leadership, Sugar Land developed successful June. The award recognizes “the internship and management city management professional assistant programs intended to who has made significant con- proactively recruit and retain tributions in the development new talent in the organization. of new talent and/or who has The programs focused on sucdesigned and implemented cession planning and profesoutstanding career develop- sional development. Also during Bogard’s ment programs for local gov-

tenure, the City created an Emerging Leader Academy to further invest in the organization’s workforce. Ten employees are selected annually to participate in a year-long self-assessment and learning program under the mentorship of a department head. The program was created to develop broad organizational knowledge of municipal government and cultivate skills necessary to carry out the City’s mission. “Sugar Land has one of the most talented work forces in the state because of Allen’s commitment to developing both new and tenured employees,” said Mayor James Thompson. “We are incredibly grateful not only for his service to Sugar Land but also for his dedication to ensure that there will be a new generation of professional local government leaders in the future.” TCMA is an organization of local government professionals dedicated to promoting the highest standards of governance, service, leadership, ethics and education.

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News High Cholesterol: Quick Facts II By Brent W Galloway, MD “Doc, should I be checked for high cholesterol?” I hear this question all the time, and have always believed that it is better to know than not to know. If you are over twenty, then it might not be a bad idea. However, there are definitely risk factors that would prompt testing: having diabetes, or family member(s) with this disease, heart and/or vascular disease, or member(s) of your family that had heart trouble before age 50 in men or 60 in women, using tobacco products, high blood pressure, or being overweight and/or obese. So, if it is decided to proceed with the blood test you will fast at least eight hours prior. Water and prescribed medicines are fine, but no after-midnight snacks! The easiest way to

Letter sent on “political sign” The attorney for Craig Brady, chief deputy at the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s office has sent a letter to Gus Cannon of the Texas Department of Transportation regarding TxDOT’s complaint about Brady’s outdoor advertising sign. “Our client, Mr. Craig Brady, recently received a letter from your office alleging signs advertising “Vote Brady for Sheriff” erected in Fort Bend County are in violation of the Texas Transportation Code,” says Todd W. Mensing, attorney with the law firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos and Anaipakos, P.C. This letter correctly states that these signs do not qualify for exempt status as outlined in Texas Transportation Code Section 391.005. Since these signs are not exempt, it follows that they are subject to Section 391. However, these signs are not in violation of the statute because they are all located on commercial or industrial property, according to Mensing. “I understand Mr. Brady discussed Section 391.031(b) of the statute with you and was told that this subsection was not applicable because these signs are political signs. Respectfully, this interpretation of the statute is incorrect. Under Section 391.001, “outdoor advertising” is broadly defined as “an outdoor sign…designed, intended, or used to advertise or inform….” “Further, the Texas Supreme Court recently interpreted this statute in Texas Dept. of Transp. v. Barber, stating “the Act allows any type of noncommercial speech (including political and ideological speech) in industrial and commercial areas. The Act simply limits noncommercial speech in non-industrial and noncommercial areas to that which relates to an on-premise activity or to an upcoming public election” “As Mr. Brady’s election signs constitute noncommercial speech located on commercial or industrial properties, these signs are not in violation of Section 391. “We respectfully request that your office notify the Fort Bend County Elections Office that these signs are in compliance with the law,” Mensing said.

Galloway do this is to not eat after midnight and schedule your appointment for the early morning. Once the results are in, then

what? Well, there are two main types of cholesterol that doctors are typically concerned with, LDL, and HDL. HDL is your “good cholesterol” and actually acts like a vacuum cleaner to remove cholesterol from the bloodstream. Isn’t everything ‘HD’ better? The other is called, LDL, or ‘bad cholesterol.’ This is the little devil that leads to deposits in the arteries, which, in turn, leads to other problems. The balance between these two types of cholesterol tells you what your cholesterol level really means. Stay tuned for more information on cholesterol. In the meantime, feel free to make an appointment with Dr. Galloway at Family Practice of Fort Bend by calling 281-2653456.

Texas Legislature honors Neeta Sane Neeta Sane, Houston Community College trustee for District VII, was honored by the State of Texas House of Representatives in recognition of her service to the community and HCC. The House acknowledged Sane for her efforts to strengthen the college’s capacity to serve as a pathway to higher education and workforce training. Sane has promoted partnerships with area businesses and has held a series of regional workforce summits to explore new ways in which HCC can address local workforce needs. These efforts have resulted in the establishment of a new Associate in Applied Science degree program in logistics and global supply chain management. Sane has

Sane also focused her energies towards developing outreach programs to low-income and underserved communities, on improving support services for minority and economically disadvantaged students and on instituting a diversity

program for the benefit of students and staff. Sane holds an M.S. from the University of Bombay and a master’s degree from the University of Houston Clear Lake. In addition to serving on the HCC Board of Trustees, she manages a Staffordbased software development and consulting firm, which she established in 2001. Through her work and her dedication, Sane is making a positive difference in the lives of countless Texas residents. Because of her tireless efforts, the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas Legislature honored Neeta Sane for her outstanding contributions in behalf of Houston Community College and the people of Fort Bend County.

Doug Earle is FCCA executive director First Colony Community Association (FCCA) has appointed Doug Earle as its new executive director. Earle brings extensive community experience to his new post, as a result of past work as the Executive Director of the Fort Bend Family YMCA, the Vice President of Operations for the YMCA corporate offices and the Deputy Director for the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. “As I take the helm of First Colony Community Association, my pledge to you is that I will work very hard for the Members of First Colony and the Board of Directors. I look forward to working with the staff, vendors and community businesses to make our community a fantastic place to live, work and play,” said Earle. “I welcome any ideas from the First Colony community

Earle that will enhance our beautiful community or add to our quality of life. We have a wonderful community; let’s all work together to make it even better.” A long-time resident of First Colony, Earle and his wife Ellen have raised two daughters in the community. Earle also

currently serves as a Deacon at Southminister Presbyterian Church, on the Board of Directors for the Child Advocates of Fort Bend and as a mentor in the Big Brothers Program. “The board and staff at FCCA are very pleased to have Mr. Earle on board as the new Executive Director. Mr. Earle brings a reputation of enthusiasm and leadership to the association. He comes from an extensive background of customer service and has been successful in providing a variety of amenities and services to the public during his employment with the Fort Bend YMCA and the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department,” said FCCA Board President Myatt Hancock. For more information about the First Colony Community Association visit www.firstcolony.org.

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Opinion Guest Commentary The View from Sugar Land The offer Republicans can’t accept UPRR out to stymie Stafford By RUSSELL JONES Whatever else one can say after months of sitting on the sidelines and allowing his vice president to take the lead in negotiating an increase in the nation’s debt limit of $14.3 trillion, Obama last week met with congressional leaders and offered a one-sided deal involving an immediate increase in the debt limit in exchange for a promise of future negotiations on tax reform. The essence of the deal was that Obama would include larger cuts in Medicare and Social Security than previously proposed and give a promise of tax reform sometime in the future. Speaker Boehner would have to agree to let the current tax rates on capital gains, dividends and the top tax brackets expire after 2012. It took Boehner about 24 hours to realize that he had been hoodwinked and to announce that he would not agree to Obama’s “big bang deal” for resolution of the debt crisis. But is the issue of the raising of the debt ceiling really a crisis? According to the Chicken Littles of the left, the sky will fall on August 2 when the federal government no longer has the ability to borrow new funds because it will be unable to pay off other debt as it matures. The underlying assumption is that the only reason for the borrowing is to pay debt service, an assumption which is untrue. As the division of government that actually spends money, the executive branch could decide which checks

Jones to issue on any given day. If payments for debt service are truly the highest priority, payments elsewhere could be deferred. Of course, that would mean that government expenditures for everything from entitlements to defense would be shortchanged. The result would be default on others expenditures, but not on repayment of debt, which is said to be sacred to the international monetary system. No, a deferral of other expenditures would not be good, but it also would not be the end of the American government, at least in the short term. Obama cannot increase the debt limit without Republican support. Yet Obama is insisting that in return for doing him the favor of voting to raise that limit, Republicans must also do him another favor by raising taxes. Most Republicans in the House have pledged not to raise taxes. Obama seems to be fantasizing that Republicans will abandon their commitment to their constituents in order to

give him a boost in his reelection efforts. What was Obama thinking when he made his proposal? Maybe he had decided that the debt talks were going to fail anyway, and he wanted to make sure that Republicans got the blame. Maybe he was making the Republicans an offer he knew they could not accept. What was Boehner thinking during that 24-hour period when he was considering Obama’s proposal? As soon as the essence of Obama’s proposal leaked out, Democrats began howling in opposition to any proposed entitlement cuts. Could Boehner have believed that Obama could control future Democrat action on an issue like entitlement cuts if Democrats would already have what they want when it is time to start discussing their own concessions? Obama’s proposal came just a day or two after the Labor Department had released the monthly unemployment statistics. The unemployment rate had creeped back up to 9.2%, and new jobs for the month totaled only 18,000. It would take at least 200,000 new jobs a month just to move the unemployment rate down to 8% in time for the 2012 election. If elections really do turn on the economy, Republicans don’t need to be doing Obama any favors in the meantime. Jones served as a member of the Sugar Land City Council from 2003 through June, 2011. He owns a law firm and a title insurance company in Sugar Land.

Musings: Will and support By JANICE SCANLAN In 1994 Missouri City taxpayers voted city bonds to spend money on parks, trails, kids’ baseball and the like. Phase I/ Buffalo Run Park, improvements of the baseball fields at Community and StaMo Parks, and part of the Oyster Creek Trail are some of the initiatives of benefit to a cross section of taxpayers. By 2008, Missouri City had only expended 8 million of the bonds from 1994, and still had 9.5M earmarked for defined, planned parks projects. Those funds were diverted from Parks and Recreation (supposedly for one year) to have the money to remove a bad steward of open space -- Renaissance Golf Course. Not mowing, letting lakes go dry, and making threats to do worse were the reasons. The 2008 Quail Valley Park bond issue included restoring El Dorado golf course as well as irrigation and minor improvements to La Quinta course. All of a sudden, we were building a championship level course at double the price. Many people felt the new lakes and bunkers were overkill, but were delighted to get the grass mowed and progress begun on reclaiming the community. That includes me. While hiking, biking and “park” issues seemed to take a back seat, most tried to just go with the flow. But when the old Executive 9 that was to be a park space, started to

Scanlan look as bad as when Renaissance owned it with the lakes going dry and grass not being mowed, protests emerged. How dying wildlife, mud pits in people’s back yards and high grass increased property values was of real concern to many Missouri City residents who bought the assertion that 11,000 homes values were adversely impacted by the conditions in Quail Valley and passed the 2008 park bond issue. Despite building and enlarging lakes on El Dorado course, today we have some lakes on the golf course with sufficient levels of water, but the drought supposedly impacting others, conveniently mainly only seen by homeowners and golfers. How does this condition improve our golf or property reputations, much less our belief in the City’s stewardship? I can’t imagine that golfers enjoy seeing mud pits any more than homeowners do. Why did we build more lakes if we’re not taking care of existing ones that

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impact people’s property? Taxpayers have shown the will to tax themselves to improve property values. However, will the support continue? Should we work out these lake and environmental stewardship issues before we launch into more capital improvements? These are not the “fun” issues in any park system. What has changed that we can no longer use effluent water to fill the lakes? What do we need to do to handle change if that has occurred? The effluent water that irrigates and feeds these lakes is being released into Oyster Creek. Some capacity exists. Are there increased power costs to pump or health department fees to permit adding effluent part of the hold up? Par 3 residents were able to work out a fee structure with Renaissance when their lakes dried. I contributed to that effort to spare wildlife and keep our community beautiful. Could homeowners contribute if increased costs are the issue? The city needs to be more proactive with these environmental stewardship issues and find a reasonable solution that truly lives up to her promise of improving property values. That’s my opinion, write yours to janicescanlan@clear. net.

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By LEONARD SCARCELLA In 1853, the first railroad track in Texas ended in Stafford. More than a century and a half later, Union Pacific Railroad is out to stymie the town that rail put on the map. How do they intend to do this? By congesting the heart of the city with crippling freight rail activity, and simultaneously depriving it of passenger rail along the US 90A corridor, UPRR is attempting to bring this vibrant community to its knees. While far less vibrant than east Fort Bend County, proposed passenger rail routes around Houston--Hempstead, Navasota/Palestine, and Galveston are being pursued by the Gulf Coast Rail District (GCRD) through the assistance of federal stimulus funds. Conversely, the US 90A corridor is receiving no consideration or support from the

Scarcella GCRD. The reason is simple: the unrelenting opposition of UPRR. In fact, so domineering is UPRR’s strangle hold on the rail activity in the Houston area, the GCRD recently gave UPRR a $700,000 contract to evaluate local passenger rail proposals with virtual veto power over any, which would negatively impact freight rail vibrancy -- a

classic case of the fox guarding the hen house and being paid handsomely to do so. Why is UPRR so adamantly against passenger rail in or along 90A? It wants unfettered control of this corridor for what it considers the prime freight route from the east coast to the west coast of the lower USA. In spite of the fact that the UPRR right of way (r-o-w) is 100 foot wide and can accommodate five, and potentially six tracks, which is more than enough to allow passenger rail to coexist with freight lines, UPRR is unwilling in any way, shape or form to provide for a sharing of the R-O-W with passenger rail. Currently there are 30 to 36 freight trains passing through Stafford each day. UPRR would someday in the foreseeable future like to see that number increased to 60, 70, or See UPRR, Page 5

Your goal: Move one column left By JOANNIE & THOMAS J. PARR, M.D. As much as we Texans like to brag about being at the top, being listed as one of the most obese states in America is not much of an accomplishment. We have gone from being the 16th fattest state in 1995 to being the 12th fattest state in 2010. We are going in the wrong direction, folks! As the Texas Legislature struggled to put together a budget this year, our fatness made their job even harder. Approximately 20% of all our healthcare dollars is spent on illnesses and long-term diseases caused by obesity and smoking. Just think what our legislators could have done if the Texas Medicaid budget could have been 20% less! That is us wasting our own money! You can help yourself, your friends, and your family. Locate your height and weight on the chart below. [Also available at http:// www.tomparrmd.net/heightweight_chart.html ] What is your classification? What about your family members? What about your friends and co-workers? Where are they on the chart? The further to the right of the Normal Weight column you are, the more serious your own personal health problems are going to be. Just moving yourself one weight column to the left will make a big improvement in how you feel, how much more fun you are able to have, and how much money you can save in long-term healthcare costs. Is there a full-length mirror in the house where you can see yourself every day?

It will help you as you work on this problem. In our house, we have a mirror in the hallway between the bedroom and the front door. There is a reason Colorado came in as the least fat state in 2010. Our Southern lifestyle is contributing to our weight problems. We don’t have to abandon what we love about being Texans. We just need to learn to be smarter about it. Texas is hot, so we stay inside on the couch. We drive to go just a few blocks down the street, when we could have walked or ridden a bicycle -- because we would need another shower once we got there. It is too hot to cook, so we go out to eat in air conditioned restaurants or grab fast food through the car window. Restaurants compete with good tasting, chef-style foods rather than low-fat, low calorie foods. And their portions are too big. Ask for your vegetables to be steamed, and get your salad dressing on the side. Eat half of the entree and take the other half home for tomorrow’s lunch. Electronic communications also has contributed to our weight problems. Ten years ago, we would walk down the hall to give someone a note or to discuss a situation with a co-worker. Today, we just text, Twitter, or send e-mail. The only movement involves our fingers, not our feet. We can still be in air-conditioned comfort, but we also need to be moving our bodies. Your form of exercise needs to match your personality, or you won’t keep doing it. Set

small goals at first and keep a log. Then next week, set your goal to be only a little bit greater. If you are not an “exercise” person, pick up a pedometer (with a tether) at the drugstore. Put it in your pocket every morning and go about your day. In the evening, check it to see how far you walked. You may need to do a little more walking before the evening is over. Remember your grandmother’s saying “birds of a feather flock together”? If you are surrounded by others who also have weight problems, it is easier to ignore your own condition. If your fellow overweight co-workers, friends, and family members won’t join you in this effort, seek out more active friends and co-workers and try to spend some of your time with them each week. Forget “quick fixes” or “flavor-of-the-month” fad diets. By slowly making changes in a number of little habits in your daily life during the next six to twelve months, the improvements will become new, more permanent habits, and the pounds you get rid of won’t be as likely to come back. Dr. Thomas Parr, an orthopedic surgeon in Sugar Land, can be reached at 281-4917111. Dr. Parr and his wife, Joannie, have been a team for well over 40 years. She has a BS Degree in Business and Finance and a Masters Degree in Federal Tax Law and has worked in the Medical accounting industry for more than 20 years. Visit www.tomparrmd.net for more information.

Where are you on this chart?

Height 4' 4' 5' 5' 5' 5' 5' 5' 5' 5' 5' 5' 5' 5' 6' 6' 6' 6' 6'

10" 11" 00" 01" 02" 03" 04" 05" 06" 07" 08" 09" 10" 11" 00" 01" 02" 03" 04"

UNDER WEIGHT

NORMAL WEIGHT

OVERWEIGHT

OBESE WEIGHT

SUPEROBESE

MORBIDLY OBESE

(BMI less than 18.5)

(BMI of 18.5–24.9)

(BMI of 25.0-29.9)

(BMI of 30-34.9)

(BMI of 35-39.9)

(BMI of 40+ )

Pounds

Pounds

Pounds

Pounds

Pounds

Pounds

90 or less 93 or less 96 or less 99 or less 103 or less 106 or less 109 or less 113 or less 117 or less 120 or less 124 or less 127 or less 131 or less 135 or less 139 or less 143 or less 147 or less 150 or less 155 or less

91-118 94-123 97-127 100-131 104-135 107-140 110-144 114-149 118-154 121-158 125-163 128-168 132-173 136-178 140-183 144-188 148-193 152-199 156-204

119-142 124-147 128-153 132-157 136-163 141-168 145-173 150-179 155-185 159-190 164-196 169-202 174-208 179-214 184-220 189-226 194-232 200-239 205-245

143-166 148-172 153-178 158-185 164-190 169-196 174-203 180-209 186-217 191-222 197-229 203-235 209-242 215-249 221-220 227-264 233-272 240-278 246-286

167-190 173-197 179-203 185-210 191-217 197-224 204-231 210-239 216-246 223-254 230-261 236-269 243-277 250-285 258-293 265-301 272-310 279-318 287-327

191+ 198+ 204+ 211+ 218+ 225+ 232+ 240+ 247+ 255+ 262+ 270+ 278+ 286+ 294+ 302+ 311+ 319+ 328+

* Data from the Nat'l Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute, of the Nat'l Institute of Health


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News

COMBINED NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

OakBend Medical Group expands cardiology services Expanding the scope of services it offers in Fort Bend County, OakBend Medical Group welcomes Drs. Dale Allen Faulkner and James R. McClamroch. These highly regarded cardiologists bring decades of experience to the Group and add to its already broad range of services available throughout the community. With the addition of Drs. Faulkner and McClamroch, OakBend Medical Group will employ 17 highly qualified providers of a broad range of services including family medicine, cardiology, ear nose and throat, obstetrics and gynecology, infectious disease and geriatrics. Dr. Faulkner is a fellowship trained interventional cardiologist and internal medicine physician, who specializes in primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. He was formerly Chief of Staff at Fort Bend Hospital and Chief of Internal Medicine at Memorial Hermann Fort Bend and OakBend Medical Center. Dr. McClamroch is a board certified, fellowship trained

UPRR From Page 4 better yet for them, substantially more on multiple tracks zipping through the city daily. Far fetched? Hardly! This conclusion is easily extracted from their comments made in public before the GCRD since its inception in 2007. UPRR’s assertion that their compelling reason for wanting to double track is to have shorter interruptions to the motoring public at railroad crossings along US 90A if it were not so seriously misleading would be laughable. Their concern for the public

OakBend Medical Group is quickly becoming the primary choice for families throughout West Fort Bend County, providing general and specialized care at conveniently located state-of-the-art facilities. Services areas: Family Practice, Infectious Disease, OB/GYN, Geriatric Medicine, Cardiology, Otolaryngology Locations: New Territory • Richmond Rosenberg • Sugar Land • Williams Way Contact: OakBend Medical Group (2781) 238-7870 w w w. O a k B e n d M e d i c a l Group.com

McClamroch and Faulkner interventional cardiologist Cardiopulmonary and Coroand internal medicine special- nary Care Unit at OakBend ist, who has served as an Oak- Medical Center. Bend Medical Center staff member and an associate of PUBLIC NOTICE Southwest Cardiology AssoFORT BEND COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT ciates since 1983. With subSubstantial Amendment to the 2008 Consolidated Action Plan specialty board certification For the Community Development Block Grant Program Funding Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (CDBG-R) in cardiovascular disease, he specializes in cardiovascular Fort Bend County proposes to amend its approved FY 2008 Consolidated Plan. disease screening and man- The Consolidated Plan regulations at 24 CFR 91.505 state that a jurisdiction shall agement with special interest amend its approved plan whenever it makes one of the following decisions: (1) To make a change in its allocation priorities or a change in the method in the areas of invasive cardi- of distribution of funds; ology, congestive heart fail(2) To carry out an activity, using funds from any program covered by the ure, coronary artery disease consolidated plan (including program income), not previously described in the plan; or and all aspects of general and action (3) To change the purpose, scope, location, or beneficiaries of an activity. preventative cardiology. In addition, Fort Bend County has identified in its citizen participation plan the Both of these highly it uses for determining what constitutes substantial amendments that are trained and well respected criteria subject to a citizen participation process, in accordance with the County’s citizen physicians represent the high participation plan. The definitions and/or criteria for what constitutes a substantial quality of care you can expect change for the purpose of amending the consolidated plan are as follows: Purpose: The purpose is substantially changed if the overall purpose in Fort Bend County in the for (1) which a project is funded changes. Changing a specific objective without is dubious at best. For them to try to gain public support, in view of their long history of a callous disregard for the public, is difficult to swallow. If you doubt this, just ask the motoring public. The bottom line: What matters to UPRR is their bottom line. And their bottom line is greatly enhanced by significantly expanded freight rail activity, and the preclusion of passenger rail service, in the US 90A corridor -- all to the detriment of Stafford and its citizens.

changing the overall purpose of the project will not be considered a substantial change. (2) Scope: The scope is substantially changed if the original estimated cost of the project is increased by twenty percent or more. (3) Location: The location is substantially changed if the service area of a project changes from the original service area. (4) Beneficiaries: The beneficiaries are substantially changed if there is a change in type or the number is increased by twenty percent or more. The Fort Bend County FY 2008 Consolidated Plan Amendment is available for public review and comment. The public is encouraged to submit written comments by Friday, July 29, 2011 to Marilynn Kindell, Community Development Director, at 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, Texas 77471. Comments will be incorporated into the Consolidated Plan Amendments, as appropriate.

Scarcella is Mayor of theCity of Stafford.

FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS FY 2008 CONSOLIDATED PLAN AMENDMENT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT RECOVERY (CDBG-R) Funds are available to be reprogrammed from: FY 2009 CDBG-R Program Administration Total Available To Be Reprogrammed

$14,000.00 $14,000.00

Projects to be funded are: FY 2009 Kendleton WWTP Total Reprogrammed Amount

$14,000.00 $14,000.00

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

July 13, 2011 Fort Bend County, Texas 4520 Reading Road Rosenberg, Texas 77471 281-341-4410 This Notice shall satisfy the above cited two separate but related procedural notification requirements. REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS On or about July 29, 2011 Fort Bend County will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the release of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (PL 93-383), as amended to undertake the following: Project Nature/Scope Street Improvements The reconstruction of approximately 1600 linear feet of TB Mitchell Road using crushed concrete and Type D Asphalt. The project will be reconstructed in the existing roadway.

Federal Funds $42,000 CDBG

FY 2007

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT Fort Bend County has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the Fort Bend County Community Development Department, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, Texas and may be examined or copied weekdays 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. PUBLIC COMMENTS Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to the Fort Bend County Community Development Department. All comments received by July 28, 2011 will be considered by Fort Bend County prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Commentors should specify which part of this Notice they are addressing. RELEASE OF FUNDS Fort Bend County certifies to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that Robert E. Hebert in his capacity as Fort Bend County Judge consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the Fort Bend County to use Program funds. OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and Fort Bend County’s Certification received by August 15, 2011 or a period of fifteen days from its receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer or other officer of the County of Fort Bend approved by HUD; (b) the County of Fort Bend has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the project have committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to HUD, 1301 Fannin, Suite 2200, Houston, Texas 77002. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period. Robert E. Hebert Fort Bend County Judge

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Project Location

City of Kendleton The project is located in Kendleton, Texas. Kendleton is located in the southwest portion of Fort Bend County near F.M. 2919 and U.S. Highway 59 S.

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PROFESSIONAL RESIDENTIAL BUILDING INSPECTION SERVICES HOUSING STRUCTURES- RECONSTRUCTION NEIGHBORHOOD STABILIZATION PROGRAM (NSP)

The Fort Bend CORPS, a local non-profit, is requesting proposals from licensed and insured Residential Building Inspectors for the complete construction phases of eight (8) residential single-family house structures located throughout Fort Bend County. The specifics will be available during the information conference scheduled for July 19th at 10:00 AM.

What:

Information Conference for Residential Building Inspection Services

Date:

Tues. July 19, 2011

Time:

10:00 AM

Location:

Fort Bend CORPS Office 13330 S. Gessner



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Elected officials reception The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance invite you to attend an Elected Officials Reception on Thursday, August 4 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Safari Texas Ranch, 11627 FM 1464, Richmond. This reception is a great opportunity to meet the newly elected officials in Fort Bend County. Sponsorship for this event has been generously provided by Hrbacek & Associates, PC, Republic Services, Inc., and Safari Texas Ranch. Keep informed and engaged by attending this important and relevant reception. This complimentary event is open to the public. For more information contact The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce at 281-4910800 or www.fortbendchamber.com

Loving Friends

Loving friends is a social group for widow and widowers in the area. The next meeting of the group is on Tues. July 19 at 5 p.m. for social and eating at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment to follow. The entertainment is The Buffalo Nickel Band and the dress is western. Loving friends meets the third Tuesday of the month at Sweetwater Country club in Sugar Land. The dues are $24 a year. The meal is $17 Cash. For more information and a reservation,call Georgia at 281-438-5224 by July 14.

Guardianship information Brazos Bend Guardianship Services is hosting a Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship Information Session on Thursday, July 21, at the George Memorial Library at 1001 Golfview, Richmond in Meeting Room 2B on the Second Floor from 6:30 p.m.to 8:30 p.m. The Information Session is designed for families who need information on obtaining legal guardianship of an incapacitated loved one. Alternative to guardianship will also be discussed. An attorney will be present to answer any legal questions related to guardianship and alternatives to guardianship. RSVP to: Kirk Monroe at 281-207-2320 or by e-mail: kmonroe@brazosbendguardianship.org

Aggie moms Free ice cream sundaes for incoming freshmen and current Aggie students of Fort Bend on Sunday, July 17, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the First Colony Conference Center, 3232 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land. Meet the members of the class of 2015 and other Aggies. Moms of New Aggies, will hold first meeting of the 2011-2012 school year on Monday, August 15 at 7 p.m. at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way. For more information contact Stephanie Rammrath at 281-265-9026 or srammrath@comcast.net

NOTICE TO BIDDERS RIVER PARK WATER WELL NO. 2 AUXILIARY POWER ADDITIONS 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:

River Park Water Well No. 2 Auxiliary Power Additions CIP PROJECT NUMBER: WA1006 LOCATION OF WORK: 5633 East River Park Drive, Sugar Land, Texas 77479 Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained at the following offices and locations with payment of $50: Jones & Carter 6335 Gulfton Drive Houston, Texas 77081 (713)-777-5337 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., Thursday, July 28, 2011, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 19, 2011, Public Works Conference Room , 111 Gillingham Lane, Sugar Land, Texas, 77478. The City Council will award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder that complies with all requirements of the Request for Bids. The City of Sugar Land will give notice of the contract award within sixty (60) calendar days after the bid opening date and time. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

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 23rd day of June, 2011 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of ELDRIDGE ROAD MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT VS. ALYWIN BURGESS, ET AL in Cause # 09-DCV-170552 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 2nd day of August, 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:

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 24th day of June, 2011 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT VS. ONYEKACHI NWAGERUE, ET AL in Cause # 09-DCV-176630 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 2nd day of August, 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:1400020080090/1400020080090 907 LOT NINE (9), BLOCK EIGHT (8), BARRINGTON PLACE, SECTION TWO (2), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 595B, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS.

TRACT 1: GEO:7557010010240907/7557010010 240 LOT TWENTY-FOUR (24), IN BLOCK ONE (1), OF SUGARFIELD, SECTION ONE (I), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT NO. 20040091, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS.

Levied on the 30th day of June, 2011 as the property of AL YWIN BURGESS MARY BURGESS to satisfy a judgment amounting to $19,836.17 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; ELDRIDGE ROAD MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT, FORT BEND COUNTY AND ALL OTHER RELATED ENTITIES.

Levied on the 30th day of June, 2011 as the property of ONYEKACHI NWAGERUE, SUGARFIELD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. to satisfy a judgment amounting to $16,575.13, 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; RENN ROAD MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT, FORT BEND COUNTY.

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

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

GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 30th day of June, 2011.

GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 30th day of June, 2011.

ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 SERGEANT J. M. HUTSON Deputy Constable #1310

ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 SERGEANT J. M. HUTSON Deputy Constable #1310

Red hot block party Sugar Land Town Square is kicking off Red Hot Block Party Weekend with a free concert on Friday, July 22. Local Blues favorite The Mighty Orq will perform from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. and there will be a variety of craft beer on hand for sampling. The Red Hot Block Party continues Saturday, July 23 from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the Plaza, where visitors can purchase samples of a variety of craft beer and wine, as well as food samplings from Sugar Land Town Square restaurants. There will also be live music and a vendor village. Tickets for Saturday’s event are on sale for $15, which includes sliders, five tasting tickets, brew knowledge, people watching and fun! Tickets may be purchased online at www.redhotblockparty.com or at the door. 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 28, 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. 1. BID 12-005 – WEED, BRUSH AND INSECT CONTROL CHEMICALS; 2. BID 12-006 – BED LINER SPRAY; 3. BID 12-008 – TRAFFIC, SIGNS, POSTS AND SUPPLIES. 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 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, JULY 28, 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 12-002 – ONLINE HOMEWORK TUTOR 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 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 21, 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 11-082 – HVAC REPLACEMENT AT JUVENILE A pre-bid conference will be conducted on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 9:00 AM (CST) with site visit to follow. The pre-bid conference will be held at Fort Bend County Juvenile Office located at 122 Golfview Drive, Richmond, TX. All bidders are encouraged to attend. This is the only opportunity for site visit. 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

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Monday, July 18, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at the Fort Bend County Travis Building, 309 South 4th St., 7th Floor, Richmond, Texas to receive comments from the public regarding the impact of Section 3.3.2 of Fort Bend County Drainage District Drainage Criteria Manual on the Brazos River Floodplain as adopted by the Drainage District on February 22, 2011. The public is encouraged to attend and to submit written comments to Mark Vogler, Chief Engineer, Drainage District, 1004 Blume Road, Rosenberg TX 77471. The Fort Bend County Drainage District Criteria manual is available online at http://www.co.fortbend. tx.us/getsitepage.asp?sitepage=7531. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plans for Deer Creek Estates, 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 PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plans for Walnut Creek Section 3, 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 PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plans for Cinco Ranch Boulevard at Cinco Ranch Terrace Drive Street Dedication, 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 NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 09th day of May, 2011 by the 268th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 08-DCV-161827 in favor of the Plaintiff -WATERFORD ESTATES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $$1,447.83 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 26TH 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) R. JEFFREY DUNNINGTON AND JUNE G. DUNNINGTON had of, in, or to the following described real property, gtnd will offer for sale on the 02ND day of AUGUST, 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 TWENTY-ONE (21), IN BLOCK TWO (2), OF WATERFORD SECTION ONE (1), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 26, PAGE 16, PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, COMMONLY KNOWN AS 14827 WALBROOK DRIVE, SUGAR LAND, TEXAS 77478.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plans for L J Parkway and Lake Riverstone Drive at Riverstone Street Dedication Phase I and L J Parkway and Lake Riverstone Drive at Riverstone Street Dedication Plat Phase II, Precinct 4. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 09th day of June, 2011 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 1O-DCV-181221 in favor of the Plaintiff -FULBROOK HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $6,437.74 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 20th 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) ROBERT W. DURST had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 02ND day of AUGUST, 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: LOT 5, BLOCK 3, SECTION 2A OF FULBROOK, AN ADDITION IN FULSHEAR, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, MORE COMMONLY DESCRIBED AS 31803 CHURCHHILL FIELD LANE, FULSHEAR, TEXAS 77441. Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $539,570.00 Terms: Cash Sale to be held at or about 10:00 A.M. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 SERGEANT J.M. HUTSON Deputy Constable #1310

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 21, 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 11-083 – PUBLIC SUPPLY WATER WELL FOR BARKER PARK 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 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 28, 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 11-081 – VIDEO CONFERENCE EQUIPMENT A pre-RFP conference with site visits will be conducted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 9:00 AM (CST). The preRFP conference will be held at the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management located at 307 Fort Street, Richmond, 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 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 PUBLIC HEARING Fort Bend County, Texas The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas cordially invites the Public to attend public hearings on the topic of county redistricting on the 26th day of July 2011, at 1:00 p.m. in the Fort Bend County Travis Building, 7th Floor, 301 Jackson St, Richmond TX and a second meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. at Fort Bend County North Annex, JP Courtroom, 22333 Grand Corner Dr., Katy, TX and a third meeting will be held on the 27th day of July, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Missouri City Annex, JP Courtroom, 303 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, TX. The Commissioners Court is considering one or more alternate plans for the redistricting of County Commissioners Court precincts. Changes in the existing boundaries of each Commissioners Court precinct will also have an impact on election precincts, polling places, and Justice of the Peace/Constable precincts. Maps of the proposed changes may be viewed on the Fort Bend County website at http:// www.co.fort-bend.tx.us/,or at the following Fort Bend County Public Libraries: George Memorial – Richmond, Sugar Land Branch-Sugar Land and Cinco Ranch Branch – Katy. Public comment is sincerely solicited. Submitted by Robert E. Hebert Fort Bend County Judge AVISO DE AUDIENCIA PÚBLICA Condado de Fort Bend La Corte de Comisionados del Condado de Fort Bend en Texas cordialmente invita al público a asistir a las audiencias públicas sobre el tema de la redistribución de distritos del condado el día 26 días de julio de 2011, a las 1:00 pm en el Edificio de Travis, del Condado de Fort Bend, 7 piso, 301 Jackson Street, Richmond TX y una segunda reunión se llevará a cabo a las 6:00 pm en el Condado de Fort Bend anexo norte, Sala JP, 22333 Grand esquina Dr, Katy, Texas, y una tercera reunión se celebrará el día 27 de julio 2011 a las 6:00 pm en el anexo de Missouri City, sala del tribunal JP, 303 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, TX. La Corte de Comisionados está considerando uno o más planes alternativos para la nueva delimitación de los precintos de la Corte de Comisionados del Condado. Los cambios en los límites actuales de cada precinto de la Corte de Comisionados también afectarán los precintos electorales, lugares de votación, y precintos de los Jueces de Paz y sus Alguaciles. Mapas de los cambios propuestos se pueden ver en el sitio del Condado de Fort Bend en http://www.co.fortbend. tx.us/, o en las siguientes bibliotecas públicas del Condado de Fort Bend: George Memorial - Richmond, Sugar Land Branch - Sugar Land y Cinco Ranch Branch Katy. La opinión del público será de mucha utilidad. Robert E. Hebert Juez del Condado de Fort Bend

Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final.

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FORT BEND COUNTY EDWARD BYRNE MEMORIAL FY 2011 JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program (42 U.S.C. 3751(a)) is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system, from multi-jurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives. JAG-funded projects may address crime through the provision of services directly to individuals and/or communities and by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of criminal justice systems, processes and procedures. A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 1 p.m., at the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court, 7th floor, WM. B. Travis Building, 301 Jackson, Richmond, Texas, to receive comments from the public regarding the allocation of the FY11 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) application for funds in the amount of $87,258. These funds may be used for local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and criminal justice information systems for criminal justice that will improve or enhance such areas as: of law enforcement programs, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education programs, corrections and community corrections programs, drug treatment and enforcement programs, planning, evaluation and technology improvement programs, crime victim and witness programs. The public is encouraged to attend and to submit comments to Beth Wolf, Grants Coordinator, at the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court, 7th floor, WM. B. Travis Building, 301 Jackson, Richmond, Texas. Comments will be incorporated into the draft FY 2011 JAG application, as appropriate. A link to the Fort Bend County Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Narrative and Budget will be available on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 on the county’s website www.co.fort-bend.tx.us in the NEWS section for public review. For more information, please contact Beth Wolf, Grants Coordinator, by phone at 281-344-3950 or by email at beth.wolf@co.fort-bend.tx.us. NOTICE Policy of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Disability Fort Bend County does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. The County’s ADA Coordinator is the Director of Facilities Management & Planning, located at 1517 Eugene Heimann Circle, Suite 500, in Richmond, Texas, 77469, telephone 281-633-7045. The Director of Facilities Management & Planning is designated to coordinate compliance with the non-discrimination requirements in Section 35.107 of the Department of Justice regulations. Information concerning the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the rights provided thereunder, are available from the ADA coordinator

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FILM REVIEW: Horrible Bosses I chose this flick because it had some really funny people in it in spite of a peculiar plot of killing three bosses that were dreadfully mean and overbearing. But do they deserve to be killed? Well, our three goofy employees certainly think their bosses are worthy of being whacked. How do you hire a hit man? Should we do it ourselves? These are the universal questions confronting Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day),and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis). Their bosses are wonderfully cast albeit the choices seem odd. Nick’s (Bateman) hated boss is Kevin Spacey playing a tyrant who constantly belittles Nick while repeatedly promising him a huge promotion. Jennifer Aniston is magnificent as an over-sexed dentist who sprays water on Dale’s dental assistant’s uniform and explains that she is a “squirter.”

Dale is a registered sex offender because he urinated in a school playground. Dale (Day) defends himself by declaring that it was at night, no kids were around and it was next to a bar and that’s “entrapment.” Meanwhile, it’s difficult for a sex offender to get another job so he endures the sexual harassment from his hot boss. Poor Dale is engaged and wants to get married. Kurt’s (Sudeikis) horrible boss is Colin Farrell who is a cokehead that inherited his daddy’s (Donald Sutherland) chemical business and hates everyone, especially fat people and the handicapped. Ok, enough of this ridiculous plot. The actors make this movie work in spite of its believability. One must let one’s practical side take a vacation in order to enjoy this farce and just let these comedians do their thing. There are parts of this movie that made me laugh big-time even though I struggled with the

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Central Fort Bend Olson creates youth advisory council Chamber Alliance hires new president The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance has a new President. The Chamber’s Board Chairperson, Kamal Ariss, announced today that Shanta Kuhl will step into the President/CEO role on Tuesday, August 23. Kuhl is currently President of the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce, a 700-member organization in Seguin, Texas. She joined the Seguin Area Chamber in September 2007 where she led the Chamber in purchasing, renovating and undergoing a capital campaign for a new office building. As a result, the Seguin Area Chamber received a Texas Downtown Association Award for Best Renovation for a new Chamber building. Previous to Seguin, Kuhl served as President of the Taylor Chamber of Commerce for 10 years. There she worked to create an atmosphere of open communication between business, government and other key community stakeholders, which led to the creation of a wireless community network system, marketing cooperative and becoming an All America City finalist. A native of Round Rock, Kuhl is a graduate of Texas State University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations & Journalism. She has also graduated from the Institute for Organization Management, a fouryear certification program for Chamber professionals. Prior to her Chamber career, Kuhl worked at the Johns Community Hospital in Taylor as the Director of Marketing and Community

Kuhl Education. She has been married for 27 years to Duane Kuhl. They have two daughters, Merrideth and Katy. Kuhl takes over for Angie Sanders, who was appointed Interim President after the resignation and retirement of Gail Parker in early May. Parker served as President/ CEO of the Chamber for just over seven years. Sanders will return to her Development Director position upon Kuhl’s start date. For more information call 281-342-5464 or visit www. CFBCA.org.

U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (RSugar Land) on July 11 announced the inaugural meeting of his newly created Congressional Youth Advisory Council. The Council consists of high school students from across the 22nd Congressional District in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston and Harris Counties.

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Coca-Cola Joins Skeeters Lineup The Sugar Land Skeeters announced on Monday that ‘Coca-Cola’ has become its official pouring rights partner. Among the 10-year agreement elements, Coca-Cola products will be the official beverage of the Skeeters and will be served at all events held at StarTex Power Field. “We’re thrilled to have Coca-Cola come on board as a founding partner,� said Matt O’Brien, President of the Skeeters. “Cheering fans

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