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FORT BEND FAIR. BALANCED. INFORMATIVE. WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010

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Sugar Land supports commuter rail to Missouri City

THE FIRST COLONY SYNCHROSTARS 11-12 Team recently competed in the Esynchro Age Group National Championships in Buffalo, NY. The group qualified for this competition by taking top honors in the Regional Championship hosted by FCS in May. Competitors Elise Bauer, Hannah Chiu, Hillary Dressel, Isabelle Duenas, Christy Lee and Elizabeth Oh took 26th place in the team competition. Oh competed in the solo competition finishing in 31st place and the duet competition with teammate Dressel finishing 37th. Bauer, Chiu, and Lee competed in the trio competition and finished in 34th place.

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By BARBARA FULENWIDER Just because Sugar Land City Council members at their July 20 meeting unanimously voted to back commuter rail down U.S. 90A from Houston to Missouri City doesn’t mean they in any way are endorsing it for their city. Still, it’s a first for Sugar Land City Council members to endorse it in any way for any one. The reason why elected city officials have opposed it is residents living north of the Union Pacific railroad lines have made it known in no uncertain terms that they don’t want any more trains of any kind blocking access to that side of town and causing more commuter delays. Patrick Walsh, Sugar Land transportation director, told council that the resolution he was proposing council endorse, came out of a meeting Mayor Jimmy Thompson had with U.S. Rep. Al Green concerning Metro’s proposed commuter rail along U.S. 90A.

In the meeting, Green reviewed Metro’s proposal to extend light rail eight more miles from the existing Main Street line southwest to Beltway 8, Walsh said. He also reported that Green told Thompson he is seeking federal funds for the METRO commuter proposal and wanted Sugar Land’s support, which would help secure federal funding for the project. In background information to city council, Walsh said potential benefits of the Metro project include having a one-seat ride from Missouri City park and ride station at Beltway 8 to the Texas Medical Center in fewer than 30 minutes; a direct connection to the existing Main Street line, which connects to lines to downtown Houston; ability for Sugar Land residents to use the service to Houston, and acknowledgement that supporting this proposal does not constitute support for extending commuter rail beyond Missouri City.

Prior to the unanimous vote to adopt the resolution, Thompson told council he was invited to the meeting by Green. “I want people in no way to think we’re supporting rail through the city of Sugar Land. Missouri City is in Metro. This only supports it (commuter rail) out to their city limits, which would have benefits to Sugar Land. I made it clear that we are in the middle of our mobility study so don’t take this as any endorsement of this in our community,” the mayor said. Councilman Russell Jones said, “I don’t read any obligation (in the resolution) whatsoever on the part of Sugar Land – no endorsement or any money for it.” The mayor said there is none. Jones then said he had talked with Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen last week and “it’s clear that he would appreciate this sort of thing” -- Sugar Land’s support in a resolution.

Democrats in Fort Bend open headquarters

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and the Fort Bend Junior Service League are teaming up to host a new charity golf tournament benefiting the American Cancer Society. Swing for the Cure – presented by EmergiGroup Physician Associates – is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 18, at the Houstonian Golf & Country Club in Richmond. All monies raised will stay in the community to help Fort Bend residents who need assistance in their battle against breast cancer. Dr. Jeremy Finkelstein, medical director of EmergiGroup Physician Associates, the physicians who staff Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Emergency Department, says, “Every day, our doctors are on the front line of medicine here in Fort Bend, but Swing for the Cure gives us an opportunity to help on a different level.” In fact, doctors with EmergiGroup Physician Associates treat more than 40,000 Fort Bend patients a year at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Throughout the Houston area, the board-certified emergency room physicians with EmergiGroup handle more than 100,000 cases every year – everything from minor illnesses to life-threatening conditions. Top row Left to Right: Leena Taneja, Sponsorship Chair; Lowell Stanton, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital CFO; Jeremy Finkelstein, Medical Director of EmergiGroup; Parin Shah, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital ER physician; Scott Rivenes, Medical Director of Methodist Sugar Land Hospital ER; Chris Siebenaler, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital CEO and Kaelyn Stolhand, Logistics Co-Chair. Bottom row Left to Right: Melissa Roca, Finance Chair; Sean Sevy, Logistics Co-Chair; Pam Spencer, President FBJSL; Beth Butler, Director of Community Relations, FBJSL; Lisa Nobles, Logistics Co-Chair and Pat Hogue, Auction Chair.

By SESHADRI KUMAR The Fort Bend County Democratic Party has opened the doors to a new headquarters in Richmond on the banks of the Brazos River at 51 East U.S. 90A. Party chairman Steve Brown described the headquarters opening the latest in a string of events pointing to a Democratic resurgence in Fort Bend, known for a long time as an ultra conservative Republican stronghold. “For the first time in many years, Democrats across the county will have a central location to meet, organize and strategize on how to elect local and statewide Democrats,” said party secretary Carlos Garcia. When Brown took office the local party had $700. Now, it has more than $20,000, thanks to a successful fundraiser held recently by the local Democrats. “Fort Bend Democratic Party slate for local offices reflects the county’s diversity and it is a big tent party,” Brown said.

Fort Bend County Democratic Party Chairman Steve Brown welcomed hundreds of well-wishers to the grand opening of the party’s new headquarters building, at 51 East U.S. 90A in Richmond. “To win in November, the county, now 85 precincts have hard and soft Democrats alone chairmen, while only 40 had would not be enough. We need chairmen before. Brown said he was not young Democrats and minorities. Asian Americans are more nearly as concerned about the politically conscious than His- declining popularity of Presipanics and African Americans dent Barack Obama. “We will and we need to find Hispanic highlight his policies. He has achieved phenomenal legisleaders,” Brown said. “The surge voters, Obama lations in 18 months. He has voters, won’t vote in the mid been working hard on his agenterm elections. We have iden- da,” Brown said. “Let us see if tified goals for each precinct,” people give him the benefit that he inherited the unemployment he said. Bill White for governor is problem,” he said. Democrats in Fort Bend have another factor to bring in more votes. “Add him to a motivated to over-perform because of the base, we are definitely making redistricting in the next legislation, the budget includes sev- improvements,” Brown said. tive session, Brown said. eral new and/or expanded serOf the 145 precincts in the vices: ● A new recreation center is set to open in early 2011. The project is funded from voter approved general obligation 10701 Corporate Drive, #282, Stafford, TX 77477 bonds and will be partially supMailing Address: P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, TX 77487 ported from user fees. ● Fire Station #7 will be under www.fbindependent.com Seshadri Kumar construction soon in Telfair and Publisher & Editor 281-980-6745 open in the summer of 2011. Under the Strategic Partner- Fort Bend Independent, (USPS 025-572) is published every ship Agreement with New Ter- Wednesday (for a subscription rate of $20 per year) by Fort Bend ritory, their residents will pay Independent, LLC., 10701 Corporate Dr., #282, Stafford, Texas an increased fire protection fee 77477. Periodicals Postage Paid at Stafford, Texas. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Fort Bend Independent, once the station opens. P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, Tx 77487. See BUDGET, Page 3

Sugar Land City Manager Allen Bogard presented a $282.6 million proposed budget for fiscal year 2011 to City Council on July 20. Sugar Land’s fiscal year 2011 begins Oct. 1, 2010, and ends Sept. 30, 2011. The budget is based on a proposed tax rate of 30 cents which includes a reallocation of a half-cent from debt service to the maintenance and operations component of the tax rate. Based on preliminary values, the average homeowner will see about a $3 decrease in

their tax bill compared to last year. Along with many other cities, Sugar Land is experiencing a decline in revenues compared to current year budget estimates; expenditure reductions have been made to ensure the City ends the current fiscal year as planned with these reductions carrying into the new fiscal year. Bogard said: “Preparation of this budget has proven to be atypical for us and has created many challenges. For the first time since I have been here, I am proposing a reduced bud-

get from the previous year, as FY2010 found Sugar Land mirroring the downturn seen in the national economy. Although our budget and the economy are down, I pledge to you continued strength in the City of Sugar Land’s financial condition.” The proposed operating budget for FY11 totals $94.4 million and is decreasing .6 percent from the FY10 adopted operating budget. The majority of this reduction is due to a 2.7 percent decline in city services costs. Despite the overall reduc-

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By BARBARA FULENWIDER There was actually some good news at the First Colony Community Association board meeting for First Colony residents who are protesting the closing of swimming pools and the building of a $900,000 water park. Board members, at their July 22 regular meeting, decided to put off closing the swimming pools until the end of summer 2011 and that was good news for many. Also, after considering homeowners’ comments in executive session with the FCCA staff, the board pledged to reconsider the design and schedule of the Master Amenities Plan. Between now and the postponed closing of five swimming pools, Jonathan Day, a lawyer representing homeowners opposing some of the board’s park plans, said, the people who have hired him feel as though the board is finally hearing their protests about closing five swimming pools and spending some $900,000 to update current amenities and add more including a splash pad to Edgewater Park. Citizens now really need to focus on using the swimming pools and be able to show that they are being used, Day said. As for the water park, “it’s still in the design phase.” As in recent past FCCA board meetings so many residents attended that they spilled out into the hallway. One-third of the speak-

ers were consistent with the June and July board meetings but there was a new group of people who attended the July meeting. All who spoke to the board did not want the swimming pools closed and replaced with splash pads in their parks and they did not want $900,000 spent on the Edgewater Park redo. Their message was spend that money on revitalizing the swimming pools and increase the number of hours they are open. Day said, “I can’t tell if the ship has turned or if they are dividing and conquering. It depends on how hard we work to reach compromises on the design of the water park and how many people use the pools. We’ll try to get sign-in sheets at the pools, get more people to use them and suggest improvements of them.” The board, he said, “is putting it on us to show that we’re using the pools and how we want them improved. I think everyone felt optimistic at the end of this meeting for the first time. The June meeting did nothing but frustrate people. At the end of that meeting the board voted to approve the money to finalize the park, so people thought they hadn’t been heard.” The lawyer said the protesters are “trying to channel our efforts into the structure that already exists – these board meetings. This really was the first time the board members and the people talking to them

were on the same page. I don’t know how long it will last but it was different than the past two board meetings. It really was,” he said. The First Colony Community Association’s 10-year Amenities Master Plan is posted on the FCCA website and says the plan “focuses on community recreation needs as well as a thorough analysis of existing creation costs, uses and facility conditions. The assessment identified a number of amenities that are underutilized by residents” and face increasing operational costs. “The updated plan calls for the development of new, larger amenities in select locations and phasing (in) some existing amenities into more passive recreation areas. As part of the plan, new amenities will be opened and available for use before existing amenities close.” The first one on the list is in phase one and is the building of a “new family-style leisure pool at the Aquatic Center Park and redevelopment of Edgewater Park” and Heritage Colony swimming pool. Further the plan says the Edgewater Park redevelopment will include modern and updated playground equipment, a new splash pad, expanded trail access and a picnic pavilion over Lake Edgewater. Heritage Colony pool renovations will provide an improved rental facility for members.

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The master plan also includes the Phase 1 closing and redevelopment of neighborhood swimming pools in Alcorn Oaks, Austin Park and Creekshire. Phase II includes closing the swimming pools in Crescent Lakes and Woodstream. What First Colony’s association officials maintain is that the master planned community is now 30 years old and “in order to maintain the integrity and value of the community, it is necessary at this time to revitalize its amenities.” For a complete copy of the plan, including a detailed cost breakdown, select the Amenities Master Plan at www.firstcolony.org. Protestors of the FCCA’s immediate master plan amenities are also signing the FCCA Common Petition that would stop the FCCA from permanently closing or materially altering any pool, park or playground without following some specific steps first. So far the petition has 800 signatures, according to Day. It says that before any action is taken the FCCA must first notify 75 percent of the residents of a subdivision by mail, describe the proposal and its budget, focus the mailing only on the proposal and its budget, include the text of Article VI, Section 1 in the mailing and wait 60 days after the last notice letter was mailed before going forward with the proposal. Then “if the association complies with the notice requirements and after 60 days has not received written ‘No’ votes from more than 50 percent of Class A members in the noticed subdivision(s), the association may then proceed with the described project and funding.” The voting rights would be effective immediately and apply to all phases of the FCCA’s 2009 Master Amenities Plan.

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Have fun, learning Christmas carols with the Sugar Land Chapter of SWEET ADELINES, photo at left, Barbershop style. The Cradle of Texas Chorus will be performing over the Holidays for the community and you can be part of the celebration. Rehearsals will be held from 7 until 8 each Monday evening starting Aug. 2 at Christ United Methodist Church, 3300 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land in Room 210. Music and learning CD’s will be freely provided. This offer is open to every woman of any age in the area who loves to sing. For more information please call Charlene at 713-774-3975.

Budget From Page 1 The fire department is committed to opening the station within existing resources and staffing. A study is underway that will make recommendations as to the best way to accomplish this. ● A City-operated Convention & Visitors Bureau is proposed to be funded from hotel occupancy taxes. These revenues are restricted and must be spent to promote tourism within the City. The fiscal year 2011 budget includes a number of actions to adjust the City’s spending to the anticipated lower revenues from property taxes and sales taxes. Departmental spending has been reduced, and al-

though the budget proposes an elimination of 20 positions, there are no planned layoffs and the reduction in positions will be achieved through attrition, use of technology, reassignment and redistribution of work among existing staff members. No merit increases are included in the budget, and employee health benefits have been capped at a 6.5 percent increase based on the City’s contract with Cigna. Sales tax revenues are estimated with no growth in FY11 based on current revenue levels. The City expects current economic conditions to continue throughout FY11. The proposed recommendations in the budget allow the City to maintain existing service levels, resulting in a budget that ad-

justs spending to meet reduced income (structurally balanced) in FY12 and beyond. The total proposed budget for FY11 is $282.6 million and represents a 28.2 percent increase from the FY10 adopted budget. There are two major capital projects proposed in FY11 that result in the significant increase: the surface water treatment plant and transmission lines, which is a mandated project, and a minor league baseball stadium and parking, which should spur economic growth and establish Sugar Land as a destination for entertainment. The budget will be discussed in more detail with City Council during a series of budget workshops in August. The meetings are open to the public.

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Opinion The View from Sugar Land Reaching out as a foreign policy By RUSSELL C. JONES The foreign policy successes of the current administration simply cannot be counted, not because they are so numerous, but because they are non-existent. When he came into office, Obama assured the nation that outreach and negotiation would result in successful foreign policy initiatives worldwide. Success was said to be assured when the United States recognizes that cooperation with other countries will ultimately benefit the nation and confesses to its sins when it fails to live up to its ideals. A survey of a few attempts at outreach tells the story. Diplomatic gestures to Iran have been ignored. Obama paid no attention to Iran’s brutal crackdown on democracy protesters last summer in the hope of enticing Ahmadinejad into talks. It is now apparent that the administration has accepted a nuclear Iran as inevitable. Concessions to Russia have failed to buy meaningful cooperation. Cancellation of the European missile-defense program in hopes of winning Russian help on Iran sanctions failed as a policy. Outreach to the Islamic world has achieved nothing. Even bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia and making NASA’s “foremost” mission to “reach out to the Muslim world” and to help Islamic nations “feel good” about their scientific accomplishments has not caused Islam to view the “great Satan” in a more favorable light. In fact, more anti-American terrorist plots were launched in 2009 than in any year since 2001. Last year at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad, Obama talked of exchanging ambassadors with Venezuela in an attempt to ease tensions with Chavez, who is best known here for having called Bush “the devil.”

Jones When a pro-Chavez president tried to hold onto power illegally in Honduras, the Obama administration backed Chavez’s friend despite a unanimous Honduran Supreme Court decision otherwise. No diplomatic success is to be found there. Now it is becoming clear that Obama’s outreaching hand is being bitten by those to whom it has been offered. Last month Chavez met with Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, signing cooperation agreements on technology, agriculture and trade. The two agreed to create a $100 million fund for the establishment of joint ventures and a binational bank and to build a $4.7 billion refinery in Syria, with Venezuela covering at least 33 percent of the cost. More significantly, they jointly announced their support for Tehran’s right to access and use nuclear technology in what appears to be a growing effort to use nuclear power against the United States and its allies. As the world’s fifth largest oil producer, Venezuela, like Iran, has little need for nuclear power. However, Venezuelan technical alliances, military trade, and nuclear cooperation with Russia and Iran raise proliferation concerns. Venezuela’s natural resources are said to include 50,000 tons

of uranium, a critical element in short supply in Syria and Iran. Iran has offered its more experienced armament personnel to any nation that has the requisite “revolutionary credentials,” and Chavez has suggested that an Iranian nuclear technology transfer to Venezuela is already agreed. Recent collaboration with Iran in strategic minerals suggests that Venezuela would supply uranium to Iran. In 2008 Russia proposed building nuclear power reactors in Venezuela. The same Russian company building the Bushehr plant in Iran confirmed its involvement in a nuclear cooperation agreement with Venezuela signed that year. It provided for joint research into controlled nuclear fusion; design, development, manufacture, and use of research reactors and nuclear power plants; and exploration and development of Venezuela’s uranium deposits. Iran is still the world’s most active state sponsor of terrorism, providing financial, moral, and military support to a number of terrorist groups, including Hamas and Hezbollah. Iran, largely funneling weapons through Syria, arms both terrorist groups, destabilizing the region and undermining the chances for Middle East peace, and endangering America’s staunchest ally in the region. This brief review has found four profound foreign policy failures. Outreach, negotiation and confession of America’s sins just don’t seem to be getting the job done. 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.

Cheerleading: A sport or not? By THOMAS J. PARR, M.D. A Federal District Judge in Connecticut recently ruled that cheerleading is not a sport. Reaction to this seems to depend upon one’s personal experience. Cheerleading has always been an athletic activity. I entered West Point with great upper body strength from lifting my high school cheerleading partner many times a day, five or six days a week, during my high school senior year; yet during my last year as a West Point cadet, we Rabble Rousers (cheerleaders) were really only responsible for Corps “spirit.” In the past couple of decades, cheerleading has been transformed into a very competitive athletic team activity, combining stunts, gymnastics, and dance, with team competitions almost every week. ESPN even airs live cheerleading competitions. In January, 2009, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that cheerleading is a contact sport. Then in March, 2009, Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT announced it was eliminating its expensive women’s volleyball program. In an attempt to remain in compliance with Federal Title IX, requiring gender equity in school sports, Quinnipiac tried substituting its already existing competitive cheerleading team as a women’s sport. The ladies and the coach of the Quinnipiac volleyball team sued, and on July 21, 2010, the Federal District judge decided that cheerleading could not qualify as a Title IX sport. According to Associated Press (AP) reports, the ruling said that “Competitive cheer may, some time in the future, qualify as a sport under Title IX....Today, however, the activity is still too underdeveloped and disorganized to be

Parr treated as offering genuine varsity athletic participation opportunities for students.” The AP stories also said the ruling included additional insight on what would have been required. “Whom a team plays against, how often the team plays, under what conditions competitions are held, and how a champion is ultimately selected are all essential to the varsity experience.” Unfortunately, cheerleading as a sport is not being appropriately managed or regulated to be able to meet these requirements. The official sports administrative organizations (Texas’s UIL or the NCAA, for example) have not changed their thinking about cheerleading from the days when I was a cheerleader, and this has led cheerleading to now being one of the most dangerous female athletic endeavors for injuries. Part of the problem is that cheerleading does not have one, and only one, organization claiming to provide leadership in the sport. The Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, a federal law enacted in 1978, required that each Olympic Sport have only one governing body recognized by the United States Olympic Committee. Prior to the Stevens Amateur Sports

Act, there existed a number of “official” governing bodies in the various Olympic Sports, creating leadership confusion. But since cheerleading is not an Olympic Sport, there is not any incentive for any “governing” group to give up its status, and its sources of revenue from sponsoring competitions and selling uniforms and equipment, to another competing “governing” group. Meanwhile, what can parents and school officials do to provide a safer competitive environment? LOTS! And it needs to be done immediately. First, distinguish between competitive cheerleaders and school spirit leaders. Cheerleaders should no longer be selected by popular student body vote. Instead, the selection of cheerleading team members should be based upon demonstrated gymnastics and dance performance ability, judged by a qualified, independent panel. Parents must be observing practices to be sure team participants are not being pushed to do stunts they are not appropriately skilled to do. The cheerleader coaches themselves need to have instructional skill in both gymnastics and dance, as well as extensive training in safety, CPR, and first aid. Coaches need to provide core body conditioning and strength training appropriate for the age group at least three days a week. And most importantly, every cheerleading practice must include training and repetitive drill on falling properly, because knowing how to fall safely must become instinctive. Dr. Thomas Parr, an orthopedic surgeon in Sugar Land, can be reached at 281-4917111.Visit www.tomparrmd. net for more information.

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By JANICE SCANLAN As we rounded the corner off Broadway onto the Galveston Seawall, my 12 year old cousin asked, “What’s that?” I almost felt stupid saying “the Gulf of Mexico.” It seemed so obvious . .. yet Abigail just moved to Houston July 1 . . . and a week of that time was spent at camp near La Grange. Even with the internet, young people don’t come with maps pasted in their heads. Abigail lived in Cabo San Lucas for a year when she was 5 . . . she had not forgotten the beach or the sea. As soon as we opened the car . . . she was drawn by the sea breeze and reminisced about the smell. Have you ever had the sinking feeling you planned the day all wrong? I did. The worst thing we hadn’t worn our swimming suits under our clothes, but we trooped out to the jetty and felt that wonderful salt spray on our skins. And then we waded and played in the sand. Enjoyed the people watching and headed for the seawall. After the obligatory souvenirs . . . I tried to return closer to the original plan. Abigail generally likes museums as she is musical and artistic. I was all prepared for a phase of the day trip to look at the “lost trees of Galveston”

Scanlan sculptures—those dolphins, mermaids, pelicans, cranes, Geishas, angels and Firehouse Dalmatian dog carved from the Live Oaks and Cypress trees that were lost to Hurricane Ike – most of Galveston’s tree canopy estimated at 40,000 trees. All that remain are 19 locations with sculptures that were chain sawed from the tree trunks. They are graceful, beautiful and scattered throughout the historical district, which is full of flowers that wouldn’t grow before because of all of the shade from the trees. And restoration continues in Galveston, perhaps at a higher pace than normal. A few oaks remain on Broadway and South of Broadway, but most have been replaced by palms and oleanders--plants that can be soaked

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AUTOMOBILE: 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT By BARBARA FULENWIDER The new-for-2010 four-door crossover Outlander GT showcases why it’s different with a fresh combination of sevenpassenger luxury and road holding control. It occupies the top tier in the Outlander family so uses premium materials and advanced features for an upscale feel. The Mitsubishi Outlander got a restyled exterior and now has the Lancer Evo derived all wheel control system (S-AWC). The Outlander GT is also powered by a revised 3.0-liter V6 engine, teamed with a six-speed sportronic® automatic transmission. Powered by an updated V6 engine, the Outlander GT offers more power without sacrificing fuel economy. By improving the intake efficiency and raising the compression ratio, output is now 230 horsepower at 6,250 RPM and peak torque is 215 lb.-ft. at 3,750 RPM. Estimated miles to the gallon are 18 in city driving and 24 on the highway. Complementing the power is the advanced driver control provided by S-AWC. This system uses active front differential and an electronically controlled center differential system, which distributes driving force from front to rear and left to right to the front wheels. The driver is able to use a “Tarmac, Snow, or Lock” selector knob to switch between modes, providing full-time traction during any weather situation. What it means is the Outlander GT steers sharper in tight corners because when the inside front wheel loses traction, the computer directs more torque to the outside wheel to help turn the car. It results in more steering confidence in fast turns and a better sense of control.

Free health seminar at Senior’s Program The University of Texas MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land will host a free seminar on how to reduce your cancer risk at the Sugar Land Senior’s Program at 200 Matlage Way in Sugar Land on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. This event is free and open to guests who are at least 55 years old. Attendees will get the facts on cancer, learn tips on how to improve health and make healthy choices and learn about screening exams, including what exams are right for you. For more information call 281- 275-2893.

The sportronic® automatic transmission’s six gears are also manually selectable with steering column mounted magnesium alloy paddle shifters. The transmission in the Outlander GT also provides more fuel economy with idle neutral logic, which automatically selects neutral whenever the Outlander GT comes to a stop. The Outlander GT now has a distinctive jet fighter front grille and a lightweight aluminum roof, which helps lower the center of gravity. The blacked out front bumper cover design is also similar to what is found on the Lancer Evolution model. Accenting the new face are the redesigned side sills, rear bumper, mirrors and 18-inch alloy wheels. A unique flap fold tailgate design allows easy access to the rear storage area for loading and unloading. Bixenon HID headlamps with daytime running lights are also now standard. Inside, the Outlander GT displays a premium feel with a change to stitched synthetic leather on the dashboard and upper front and rear door trims. Chrome accents also surround the air outlet knobs and automatic climate control dials. A new high contrast multi-

color LCD instrument display is on board to enhance both visibility and the sporty feel of the Outlander GT. Standard user technology includes the FUSE Hands-free Link System™, a Bluetooth® 2.0 enabled system with advanced voice recognition for hands-free calling and wireless streaming of audio. USB connectivity has been incorporated into the FUSE system, allowing voice-command of music by Artist, Genre, Playlist, or Album through iPod® devices or USB-enabled thumb drives. A 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate® Premium Audio system with SIRIUS® Satellite Radio and an ultrasonic wave sensor equipped security system are also standard on the Outlander GT. A 40GB HDD navigation system with rear view camera are also available, which for 2010 now includes Real-Time Traffic (RDS) service with no monthly fees. The Outlander comes in the FT, ES, SE and XLS models available with either two wheel drive or all wheel drive and all have Mitsubishi’s super all wheel control. With all standard equipment the Outlander GT retails for $29,250.

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Bargain Cash 4 trash Book Sale phone drive Friends of First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway at Grants Lake, Sugar Land, will hold their monthly bargain book sale Sat. Aug. 7, 9 a.m to 2 p.m. GOOD CONDITION ONLY books, CD’s, DVD’s may be donated during regular library hours or at the sale and are tax deductible. Children’s items are especially needed. Call 281-416-0936.

Job training fest The Job Training Fest will be held on Monday, August 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Houston Community College Southwest’s Alief Campus, 2811 Hayes Road, Houston, TX 77082. For more information about Job Training Fest, contact Martha Barrera at 713-718-7765 or visit www.hccpartnersforjobs.org 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, AUGUST 12, 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 10-113 – CONSTRUCTION OF DITCH H EXTENSION TO OYSTER CREEK A pre-bid conference will be conducted on Thursday, July 29, 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’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 June 3rd, 2010 in cause numbered 09-DCV-174155 styled Lexington Settlement Comm Assoc, Inc vs. Ernest O. Ehonwa, in which a judgment was rendered on March 8th, 2010 in favor of Lexington Settlement Comm Assoc, Inc., for the sum of FIVE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED FORTY EIGHT DOLLARS AND SEVENTY FOUR CENTS ($5,148.74); 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 15th, 2010 and will on August 3rd, 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 Ernest O. Ehonwa in the following described Real Property: LOT Eight (8), IN BLOCK Five (5) OF THE CORRECTED PLAT OF AMMENDING PLAT OF LEXINGTON SETTLEMENT, SECTION 3, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO 1053/B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ALSO KNOWN AS 4222 OAKLAND FALLS DR, MISSOURI CITY, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 77459 The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of Lexington Settlement Comm Assoc, Inc., Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE, RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: AUGUST 3RD, 2010 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY: DEPUTY S. STEELE TROY NEHLS Pct. 4 Constable Fort Bend County

CONSTABLE’S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a certain Order of Sale issued by the clerk of the 240TH District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on May 25th, 2010 in cause numbered 09-DCV-174158 styled Lexington Settlement Comm Assoc, Inc vs. Abiola O. Kaiyweu, in which a judgment was rendered on February 11, 2010 in favor of Lexington Settlement Comm Assoc, Inc., for the sum of Nine Hundred Eighteen Dollars and Twenty One Cents ($918.21); 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 1, 2010 and will on August 3rd, 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 Abiola O. Kaiyweu in the following described Real Property: LOT Forty Two (42), IN BLOCK One (1) OF THE CORRECTED PLAT OF LEXINGTON SETTLEMENT, SECTION 1, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO 1019/B AND 1020/A OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ALSO KNOWN AS 1261 BLUESTONESTONE DR, MISSOURI CITY, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 77459 The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of Lexington Settlement Comm Assoc, Inc., Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE, RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: August 3rd, 2010 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY: DEPUTY S. STEELE TROY NEHLS Pct. 4 Constable Fort Bend County

Texana Center launches Cash 4 Trash Phone Drive. Get rid of those old, unwanted cell phones in a safe, secure way that helps our environment and helps individuals with an intellectual and developmental disability. Drop off your old cell phones at any Texana location or the Fort Bend County Libraries – George, Mamie George, First Colony, Eldridge, Missouri City, and Sienna. For more information, go to www.texanacenter.com or contact Andi Wallis at 281239-1427. PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 for Hodges Ready Mix, being a Partial Replat of Lot 26 of the Meadows on Koeblen, Pct. 1. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact Chris Kalkomey with Charlie Kalkomey Surveying Inc. at 281-342-2033 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk 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, AUGUST 5, 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. 1.RFP 10-111: PROPANE REFUELING INFRASTRUCTURE; 2.RFP 10-112: PROPANE POWERED VEHICLE CONVERSION Lump sum pricing is required; payment will be by check after products/services are rendered. Bonds are not required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/ or Order of Sale issued on the 24TH day of JUNE 2010 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT DENT COUNTY, TEXAS in cause #09-DCV-173993 in favor of the Plaintiff FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT & ET AL, Plaintiff, for the sum of $47,062.77 +++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 JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of AUGUST, 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) - STEVEN R. FOLEY & 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. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: TRACT 1’ GEO 8120010010060907 CPC;R281331 LOT SIX (6) IN BLOCK ONE, (1) OF SIENNA ACREAGE ESTATES PHASE ONE (1), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 2356/B OF THE MAP/PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. (ACCOUNT NO. 8120010010060907) ADJUDGED/ MARKET VALUE: $869,650.00 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’S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a certain Order of Sale issued by the clerk of the 434TH District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on JUNE 2, 2010 in cause numbered 09-DCV-174445 styled Lexington Settlement Comm Assoc, Inc vs. GAVIN FRANK, in which a judgment was rendered on MARCH 16, 2010 in favor of Lexington Settlement Comm Assoc, Inc., for the sum of FOUR THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED FIFTY NINE Dollars and SEVENTY NINE Cents ($4559.79); 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 8, 2010 and will on AUG 3, 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 GAVIN FRANK in the following described Real Property: LOT ONE HUNDRED TWENTY TWO (122), IN BLOCK TWO (2) OF AMENDING PLAT OF LEXINGTON SETTLEMENT, SECTION 1, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO 1019/B AND 1020/A OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ALSO KNOWN AS 1230 BLUESTONESTONE DR, MISSOURI CITY, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 77459 The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of Lexington Settlement Comm Assoc, Inc., Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE, RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: AUG 3, 2010 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY: SERGEANT M. KUTACH TROY NEHLS Pct. 4 Constable Fort Bend County

LEGAL NOTICE SEALED BID SALE OF SALVAGE PROPERTY FORT BEND COUNTY Sealed bids will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, Texas 77471 for the sale of salvage property as described herein until THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2010 at 1:30 PM (CST). All bids will be publicly opened and read in the Office of the County Purchasing Agent, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, Texas. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened. Bid 10-110 - Sale of five (5) 1998 – 2001 Dump Trucks. Engines must be permanently destroyed per H-GAC guidelines. Vendor must be an approved H-GAC vendor. Equipment is offered as is, where is. Successful bidder will be responsible for the removal of the equipment from County property within 3 calendar days after acceptance of bid. Successful bidder assumes all liability associated with removal. To schedule a time for viewing contact Don Massey, Road and Bridge, 281-342-4513. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County 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, AUGUST 12, 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 10-115 – CARPET REPLACEMENT AT GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY 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, AUGUST 05, 2010 AT 1:30 P.M. (CST). Q10-114 – EMERGENCY POWER REVIEW CONSULTANT 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 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 JUNE 2010 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT DENT COUNTY, TEXAS in cause #07-DCV-158088 in favor of the Plaintiff FORT BEND COUNTY & ET AL, Plaintiff, for the sum of $5,317.44 +++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 JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of AUGUST, 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) - THELMA LEE TURNER & 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. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: TRACT 1; GEO 1150000012805907 CPC R117886 LOT 18 IN VLOCK 1 OF ARCOLA FARMS SUBDIVISION, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 4 , PAGE 20 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; SAVE AND EXCEPT A TRACT OR PARCEL MEASURING 13 FEET BY 100 FEET, MORE OR LESS, DESCRIBED BY METRES AND BOUNDS IN A DEED UNDER CLERK’S FILE NO.8310763 IN THE OFFICIAL PUBLIC RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; SAVE AND EXCEPT A TRACT OR PARCEL CONTAINING 0.7469 ACRES, MORE OR LESS DESCRIBED BY METES AND BOUNDS IN A DEED RECORDED UNDER CLERK’S FILE NO. 8344211 IN THE OFFICIAL PUBLIC RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; LEAVING HEREIN A RESIDUE OF 0.7297 ACRES, MORE OR LESS (ACCOUNT NO.1150000012805907) ADJUDGED/ MARKET VALUE: $17,260.00 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’S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a certain Order of Sale issued by the clerk of the 434TH District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on June 3, 2010 in cause numbered 09-DCV-173449 styled COLONY LAKES HOMEOWNERS ASSOC, Inc vs. FREDERICK D. SELF, in which a judgment was rendered on NOVEMBER 16, 2009 in favor of COLONY LAKES HOMEOWNERS Assoc, Inc., for the sum of SIX-THOUSAND SEVEN-HUNDRED –SIXTY EIGHT DOLLARS AND THIRTY NINE CENTS ($6768.39) 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 JUNE 21, 2010 and will on AUG 3, 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 FREDERICK D. SELF in the following described Real Property: LOT TWO (2), IN BLOCK ONE (1) OF WATERS EDGE AT COLONY LAKES, SECTION ONE (1), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO 1366/A OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of COLONY LAKES HOMEOWNERS Assoc, Inc., Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE, RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: AUG 3, 2010 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY: SERGEANT M. KUTACH TROY NEHLS Pct. 4 Constable Fort Bend County

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 19TH day of MAY 2010 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND Texas in cause #09-DCV-174819 in favor of the Plaintiff —QUAIL VALLEY FUND, INC., Plaintiff, for the sum of $8,559.00 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and/ or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 10TH day of JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of AUGUST, 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) -DAVID M. DANIELS had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 7, BLOCK 26, OF THAT CERTAIN SUBDIVISION KNOWN AS ELDORADO IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AS RECORDED IN THE DEED OR OTHER RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS IN BOOK 7, PAGE 1, COMMONLY KNOWN AS 2806 SPY GLASS LANE, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459. Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 10 a.m.

RUBEN DAVIS, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 2 By Lieutenant G. Majors # 73 Deputy Constable

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 3RD day of JUNE 2010 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND Texas in cause #09-DCV-174816 in favor of the Plaintiff —QUAIL VALLEY FUND, INC., Plaintiff, for the sum of $4,895.00 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and/ or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 17TH day of JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of AUGUST, 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) -CORNELL JOHNSON AND FRANCES LOUISE JOHNSON had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 13, BLOCK 40, OF THAT CERTAIN 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 3419 POINT CLEAR DRIVE DRIVE, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459. Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 10 a.m. 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 27TH day of MAY 2010 by the 268TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY Texas in cause #07-DCV-160457 in favor of the Plaintiff THE WOODS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC, Plaintiff, for the sum of $1,793.97+++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 30TH day of JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of AUGUST, 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) - KAREN ELI 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 21, IN BLOCK 2, OF THE WOODS SUBDIVISION, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED AT CLERK’S FILE NO. 1176060, SLIDE NO. 692B IN THE MAP OR PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ADJUDGED/ MARKET VALUE: $108,240.00 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 3RD day of JUNE 2010 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY Texas in cause #08-DCV-167657 in favor of the Plaintiff ROYAL LAKES ESTATES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC, Plaintiff, for the sum of $3,596.50 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 30TH day of JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of AUGUST, 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) - DEJA DERICK JOHNSON 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. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: LOT 17, IN BLOCK 2, OF ROYAL LAKES ESTATES SUBDIVISION, SECTION 1, A SUBDIVISION OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED AT SLIDE NO.1658A, CLERK’S FILE NO. 1999043736 AND SLIDE 1854B IN THE MAP OR PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ADJUDGED/ MARKET VALUE: $496,470.00 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 Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 27TH day of MAY 2010 by the 268TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND Texas in cause #07-DCV-160111 in favor of the Plaintiff — THE VICKSBURG COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC., Plaintiff, for the sum of $6,773.00 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and/ or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 25TH day of JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of AUGUST, 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) -ARIC T. BARNETT AND SANDRA RACHELL BARNETT had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 8, BLOCK 3, OF SEDONA CREEK, SECTION 3, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NOS.2360/A AND 2360/B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS AS MODIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR REPLATS THEREOF COMMON LY KNOWN AS 3203 CHINO VALLEY DRIVE, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459. Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 10 a.m. RUBEN DAVIS, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 2 By Lieutenant G. Majors # 73 Deputy Constable

LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION FORT BEND COUNTY The County Purchasing Agent of Fort Bend County will conduct a PUBLIC AUCTION for SURPLUS AND SALVAGE PROPERTY on SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2010 AT 10:00 AM. The auction will be held at the Fort Bend County Needville Purchasing satellite office located at 9110 Long Street, Needville, Texas. Vehicles to be sold: 2003 Chevrolet 3/4 ton truck, 2001 Ford Ranger 1/2 ton truck, 1992 Chevy 1/2 ton truck, 1995 Mercury Mystique, 2000 Laredo Grand Cherokee Jeep, 2000 Nissan Frontier 1/2 ton truck, 2000 Buick Park Avenue, and a 2001 Toyota Sequoia. Additional items to be sold: computers, laptops, office furniture, microwaves, televisions, office supplies, printers, fax machines, weight equipment, heavy duty stove and other miscellaneous items. Registration and viewing of all items will begin Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 8:00 AM. The auction will begin at 10:00 AM. All items must be removed from auction site by 4:00 PM on auction day. All sales are final. All purchases must be paid in full on the day of sale by credit card (Master Card and Visa only), cash, personal check with a bank letter of guarantee, cashier’s check with a bank letter of guarantee, or company check with a bank letter of guarantee. Absolutely no checks accepted without a bank letter of guarantee. Fort Bend County reserves the right to add or delete items from the auction. Items offered for sale are sold as is where is and without warranty. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 13TH day of MAY 2010 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND Texas in cause #09-DCV-175329 in favor of the Plaintiff —QUAIL VALLEY FUND, INC., Plaintiff, for the sum of $3,843.00 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and/ or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 28TH day of MAY 2010 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of AUGUST, 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) -COREY COONS had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 11, BLOCK 29, OF THAT CERTAIN SUBDIVISION KNOWN AS LA QUINTA IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AS RECORDED IN THE DEED OR OTHER RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS IN BOOK 8, PAGE 5, COMMONLY KNOWN AS 2942 CYPRESS POINT DRIVE, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459. Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 10 a.m.

RUBEN DAVIS, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 2 By Lieutenant G. Majors # 73 Deputy Constable

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 8TH day of JUNE 2010 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND Texas in cause #10-DCV-177739 in favor of the Plaintiff —QUAIL VALLEY FUND, INC., Plaintiff, for the sum of $3,798.00 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and/ or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 24TH day of JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of AUGUST, 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) -ATIM EDET OKON AND EKAETE EDET had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 38, BLOCK 4, OF THAT CERTAIN SUBDIVISION KNOWN AS QUAIL VALLEY, GLENN LAKES III IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AS RECORDED IN THE DEED OR OTHER RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS IN SLIDE #6303, COMMONLY KNOWN AS 4504 MISSION VALLEY DRIVE, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459. Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 10 a.m. 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 JUNE 2010 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT DENT COUNTY, TEXAS in cause #09-DCV-177077 in favor of the Plaintiff FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT & ET AL, Plaintiff, for the sum of $4,216.54 +++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 JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of AUGUST, 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) - AUGUST L. BRANTLEY, & 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. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: TRACT 1’ GEO 2150050160080907 CPC;R56378 LOT EIGHT (8) IN BLOCK SIXTEEN, (16) OF BRIARGATE, SECTION FIVE (5), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 16, PAGE 7 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ADJUDGED/ MARKET VALUE: $89,130.00 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 2ND day of JUNE 2010 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY Texas in cause #09-DCV-173274 in favor of the Plaintiff COLONY LAKE ESTATES HOMEOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION, INC, Plaintiff, for the sum of $3,289.69 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 30TH day of JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of AUGUST, 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) - EVANGELINE M. BARILE 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. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: LOT 29, IN BLOCK 4, OF COLONY LAKE ESTATES SUBDIVISION, SECTION 1, A SUBDIVISION OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED AT SLIDE NO. 2452/B & 2453/A IN THE MAP OR PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ADJUDGED/ MARKET VALUE: $194,290.00 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 27TH day of MAY 2010 by the 268TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY Texas in cause #08-DCV-168424 in favor of the Plaintiff TOWNEWEST COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, INC, Plaintiff, for the sum of $5,067.70 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 18TH day of JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of AUGUST, 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) - YOLANDA H. ALVARADO 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. PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: LOT 17, IN BLOCK 2, OF TOWNEWEST, SECTION 6, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, UNDER VOLUME 10, PAGE 10, AS MODIIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMEMENTS THERETO OR REPLATS THEREOF. ADJUDGED/ MARKET VALUE: $74,630.00 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 Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 25TH day of MAY 2010 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND Texas in cause #09-DCV-175327 in favor of the Plaintiff —QUAIL VALLEY FUND, INC., Plaintiff, for the sum of $8,559.00 +++costs as taxed on said Execution and/ or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 25TH day of JUNE 2010 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of AUGUST, 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) -JAMES A. NEWKIRK ad of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 14, BLOCK 5, OF THAT CERTAIN SUBDIVISION KNOWN AS THUNDERBIRD ii IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AS RECORDED IN THE DEED OR OTHER RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS IN BOOK 16, PAGE 2, COMMONLY KNOWN AS 3902 PLEASANT VALLEY DRIVE, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459. Terms: Cash. Sale to held at or about 10 a.m. RUBEN DAVIS, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 2 By Lieutenant G. Majors # 73 Deputy Constable


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missing the subtle clues that the keen moviegoer would catch. You know who you are; you people that love to blurt out your version of “oh yeah, I knew that was coming; can’t fool me.” I know the feeling; I can’t be tricked by a director/ screenwriter unless they want me to be tricked and then I just hang on for the ride. I’m not particularly skilled at figuring out plots. Being naïve and thick-headed is actually a good trait.

FILM REVIEW: Salt This is a terrific and fun movie. I enjoyed every minute of it. Angelina “Big Lips” Jolie plays American CIA agent Evelyn Salt who is accused by a Russian defector to be a Russian spy. Well, that bit of news does not sit well with the brethren at the CIA and they want to immediately interrogate Salt about her possible involvement with the Ruskies. Salt is a long-time agent for the CIA and she knows that “interrogation” does not bode well for her. So, she busts out of an impossible situation and goes on the run to prove them wrong. The CIA and all sorts of cops with big guns join the chase. Now here is where the fun starts. Our superhero-heroine kicks, chops, jumps, and

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shoots her way out of an endless set of miraculous escapes and escapades to prove that her way is best. But what is her way? Director Phillip Noyce created a wonderful string of well edited exploits, special effects, and intrigue while only provid-

At least, that’s what Monique H. keeps telling me. The film is nonstop action and I was never bored. Jolie again proves that she is in a class of her own when it comes to these types of action movies. She does the exact same stunts and scenes that are typically reserved for James Bond, Matt Damon, Tom Cruise, and even Clint Eastwood. She’s The Man. And she’s only 35! Other big winners are Liev Schrieber as Agent Ted Win-

ter and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peabody. Everyone connected with this movie is happy and going to get a lot richer; the audiences will be large. And there will undoubtedly be at least one sequel; maybe many. I’d go see a sequel tomorrow. And you need to see this flick and take a date; the women will love it. Rock ‘n Roll. Grade 92. Larry H. sugarlaw@larryharrison.com

ing the clues needed to make it to the next scene. Spielberg will like this movie because it “never stops beginning.” Much of that credit goes to screenwriter Kurt Wimmer. During the movie, I had the ongoing feeling that I was

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Curtis Jim Rice, Chairman of the Fort Bend Cares Board of Directors, announced the appointment of Jill Curtis as the charitable foundation’s first Executive Director. “We are excited to be taking this step forward for Fort Bend Cares. Jill has the leadership and organizational skills to guide this organization in the future,” said Rice. Curtis has served on the Board of Directors since the organization’s inception in 2004 and has chaired the Grant Committee for the past two years. She has volunteered extensively in leadership positions at Fort Bend ISD and numerous non-profit organizations such as Fort Bend Education Foundation, Child Advocates, Alzheimer’s Association, and Habitat for Humanity and with local churches. “I am honored to have been selected as the Foundation’s first Executive Director,” said Curtis “and I look forward to working with our Board of Directors and our committed volunteers in an expanded capacity to serve our community.” Fort Bend Cares was founded six years ago by CATHOLIC DAUGHTER GARAGE SALE Catholic Daughters of Americas Court St. Theresa of Lisieux #2211 Annual Garage Sale will be held Thursday, July 29, from 6-9 p.m, Friday, July 30, from 9 a.m-8 p.m, and Saturday, July 31, from 9 a.m-noon in the St. Theresa Catholic Church Community Center, 705 St.Theresa Blvd. Proceeds from the sale are for scholarships and charitable donations for those in need within the Church and the community. Items for sale include adult and children’s clothing, furniture, linens, toys, sports equipment, household and holiday items, dishes, some electronics, and much more. The Junior Catholic Daughters will sell hot dogs, sloppy joes, nachos, chips, baked goodies and beverages. For more information, contact Chairpersons (after 5 p.m): Henrietta Pospisil, 281-494-2664, or Stephanie Schumann, 281-344-0212.

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Keri Schmidt graduates from Institute OakBend Medical Center receives ‘Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Award’ for Organization Management Keri Curtis Schmidt, IOM, Vice President of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from Institute for Organization Management (Institute), a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. “Keri has been with the chamber for over ten years and has been involved in all chamber initiatives including serving as the Director of The Grand Wine & Food Affair since its inception in 2004” says President and CEO Louis Garvin. “This educational distinction brings further expertise to our organization.” “Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their communities,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication to achieve professional and organizational suc-

Schmidt cess in the dynamic association and chamber industries.” Since 1921, Institute has attracted association and chamber professionals from across the country to its five university sites. During the four years, most Institute participants attend the one-week sessions at the same site, building valuable relationships with others in the industry. Through a combination of required courses and electives, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their

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organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively. Texas had more IOM attendees (27) than any other state. “Institute provides the most comprehensive professional development available in our profession,” said Russell C. Salzman, IOM, CAE, CEO and Executive Vice President of the Institute for Real Estate Management and chairman of the Institute Board of Trustees. “The program allows attendees to share today’s best practices in an ever changing economic environment.” Graduates of Institute receive the IOM recognition, signifying completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn points toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Institute is a 501(c) (3) affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is the premier nonprofit professional development program for nonprofit professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities. The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce serves its members and the community as the voice and advocate for business in Fort Bend County, and as a catalyst for excellence in business and economic growth.

Bhavisha Patel, left, Registered Nurse, Stroke Coordinator, Jody Jones-Noirot, Senior Vice President and Jackson Street Campus Administrator, Dr. Amitabh Shukla, Stroke Program Medical Director , Peggy Smith, American Heart Association Representative, Sue McCarty, Vice President and Williams Way Campus Administrator. OakBend Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes OakBend’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines. To receive the award, OakBend achieved an 85 percent

or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The GuidelinesStroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy,

DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. “With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award demonstrates OakBend Medical Center’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Jody Jones Noirot, Oak Bend’s Senior Vice President and Jackson Street Campus Hospital Administrator. “We will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols.” “OakBend is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.” Get With The Guidelines– Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke. Through Get With The Guidelines–Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish. In addition, the Get With The Guidelines Patient Management Tool gives healthcare providers access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.


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