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DA concludes probe of open meetings act violation By SESHADRI KUMAR Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey has decided to close the investigation into an alleged Texas Open Meetings Act violation by a Fort Bend ISD trustee. The complaint was filed by Sugar Land resident Nancy Dunham against FBISD trustee Bruce Albright, regarding his motion to build Elementary School No.46 at the June 11 school board meeting. Joe M. Davis of The Davis Law Firm in Boerne, representing Nancy Dunham filed the complaint with Fort Bend County Attorney Roy Cordes and District Attorney John Healey on June 28. At the June 11 board meeting Albright made a motion to accept the recommended “Attendance Boundary Changes” and added a proposal to construct Elementary School No. 46 for opening in 2014. The posted agenda caption read: Consider proposed attendance boundary changes for optimum building utilization within the district. Amending this motion to include “the addition of Elementary School 46” is a direct violation of the Act as a proposal to construct a new school was not included in the Public Notice issued prior to the meeting, Davis said in the complaint. Healey said his office investigated the complaint, but would not proceed with prosecution. Healey cited at least three factors which led him to close

Healey the case. The complaint does not meet the first criteria of possible conviction. If a jury heard the case, is there a reasonable chance that the jury will hold the trustee guilty of violating the open meetings act is the first question. The answer is not affirmative, according to Healey. Opinion may be divided on whether real violation occurred. While some may feel that inadequate posting was cause enough to prosecute, others may not agree. One could argue that the agenda item on deciding the elementary school boundaries was broad enough to include the building utilization committee’s recommendation of building elementary school no. 46, Healey said. Dunham and her attorney have themselves said in their complaint that the only course forward for the school board

is to re-post the elementary school. no 46 as a separate item and discuss it at a subsequent board meeting. The school board has already done that and the item has been approved by the school board after full discussion in a meeting in August, Healey said. In the June meeting when Albright made the motion, with the inclusion of the elementary school no. 46, the school district attorney did not raise any red flag. Further, all the trustees continued with the discussion and voted on it. If Albright was to be found in violation of the TOMA, other trustees would also be subject to a similar charge, Healey said. Dunham deserves to be commended for her alertness and interest in ensuring that the open meetings act was observed both in letter and spirit, Healey said. By filing the complaint and drawing attention to the matter, Dunham may have prompted the board towards greater transparency and more obvious compliance with the law. If found guilty, Albright would have faced a penalty of $500 and or up to six months in jail. Asked for his comment Davis said, “I do not respond to media requests without permission of my client. I will pass on your request to her.” Dunham has reserved her comment until she receives a response from the DA regarding a query.

Richmond’s 175th birthday celebration; Kevin Black headlines entertainment

Kevin Black On September 15, after a full day of activities, fun, events, and more during Richmond’s 175th Birthday Celebration, Kevin Black will take the stage, near City Hall

at 5:30, and sing some of his best-known songs. Yet, the audience will have an added thrill, his son Coleon will join him on stage. “My son has become an intricate part of the show for the past two years. There is truly something unique when family performs together,” Black said. The Blacks, who live in Katy, have visited Richmond numerous times. “Richmond is friendly and the history is amazing, and the fact that they have survived 175 years is worth celebrating,” Black said. Justine Huselton, chair, stage entertainment, Richmond’s 175th Birthday Celebration, noted, “We are very pleased to have Kevin coming to this

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county-wide event. Kevin and Coleon will make this event entertaining and it will be great when he sings, ‘Happy Birthday to Richmond,’ as we all celebrate this awesome historic milestone.” Growing up in Katy, the four Black boys stayed busy. Yet, around eight, Kevin Black was the first to pick up a guitar and imitate his idol, Elvis Presley. Kevin loved performing, and when his parents had friends over, they would put on an Elvis record and the show would begin. Other stage entertainment for Richmond’s 175th Birthday Celebration will be Gail Best, well-known local talent, Gregory Daniels, saxophone, Calvary Episcopal Contemporary Group, Terry High School Band, St. John’s Methodist Church, George Ranch High School Band, The Westbound Band and Ballet Forte, dance group. Stage entertainment kicks off at noon, near City Hall, after the parade that begins at 10 a.m. and the fashion show at 11. Closing ceremonies at 7 p.m. with a laser light show at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.historicrichmond.org or call 832-752-9645.

Right, September Quail Valley Yard of the Month Winner is Virginia Hodges, 3527 Thunderbird. Virginia and her deceased husband, Jot, were Founders of Quail Valley and instrumental in making it beautiful. Virginia is still doing her part and her “wrap-around” corner lot is a gold mine of ideas from using color to incorporating unusual plants such as the Japanese Blueberry Tree or the yellow-flowered Candletree. Pictured with QV Garden Club Yard of the Month Chair, Inge-Lise Braswell (right), Vinca, Caladium and exotics including Hibiscus, Bird of Paradise, and palms provide many ideas; but there were so many, it was difficult to select which view to use. So you’ll want to drive by. Virginia received a lovely plant from Flowers by Adela as well as a Certificate of Appreciation. Attend our meeting on herbs, September 13 at 9:30. For details call Sharon Wright at 281 438-3653 or http://traction.typepad.com/QVGC

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Hope for Three, a Fort Bend-based nonprofit whose mission is to raise community awareness and provide assistance to families with children on the autism spectrum, is now accepting photos for the 2013 calendar “The Many Faces of Autism.” The deadline for entry is Sept. 16. The Calendar will feature an extraordinary compilation of unique children on the autism spectrum. 100% of the funds generated from the sale of this calendar will benefit families in need of assistance to obtain treatment and services they might not otherwise afford. The official rules are available online at http://hopeforthree.org/photo-calendar-contest/ or by calling 800-317-0787. Autism is a growing epidemic and the leading development disability in the U.S. today. Recent statistics show one out of 88 children may be affected by autism. Studies also show that autism is three to four times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States. By way of comparison, this is more children than are affected by juvenile diabetes, pediatric cancer and AIDS combined. Above, Brendan Shaw reigns as the 2012 September calendar winner.

Civil liberties group demands release of records on surveillance operation By SESHADRI KUMAR The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) has appealed the City of Chicago’s efforts to withhold records and information related to the Chicago Police Department’s operation of a mass surveillance license plate recognition and tracking system (also known as “tag readers”). The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund has been demanding the records on Chicago’s surveillance operation since earlier this year as part of its major national campaign to expose and stop a covert national mass surveillance grid being implemented across the United States. This technology scans and records data on the movements of law abiding persons with no suspicion whatsoever to believe that any particular individual is engaged in a crime, according to the PCJF. For more information visit www.BigBrotherAmerica.org.

Based on two years of investigation, including Freedom Of Information Act requests to police departments throughout the country, the PCJF has developed a comprehensive analysis of a new national surveillance system that makes “what was once an Orwellian dark fantasy a current day reality in the United States,” according to Carl Messineo, the legal director of the Washington D.C.-based constitutional rights legal and educational organization. The records that the public is entitled to review are effectively maintained in secret, kept by a closed government which maintains an apparently unregulated mass surveillance system which it refuses to subject to public oversight, and in so doing acts in clear violation of the public records law under which the PCJF’s requests have been made. Most people are not aware that silently, but constantly,

the government is now watching, recording your everyday travels and storing years of your activities in massive data warehouses that can be quickly “mined” to find out when and where you have been, whom you’ve visited, meetings you’ve attended, and activities you’ve taken part in. This is all done by using an elaborate network of Automatic License Plate Recognition cameras, also known as tag readers. The PCJF has established a national campaign, One Nation Under Surveillance, with a proactive website providing the tools and information to take action now. For more information go to: www.JusticeOnline. org. The city of Sugar Land plans to install similar license plate recognition and video cameras In light of the Chicago lawsuit, the city was asked to respond. See CAMERA, Page 3

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News Camera From Page 1 A spokesman for the city gave the following response: City Council is currently considering funding for a Crime Prevention Camera Program as part of the budget process. This system is designed to record license plate numbers at the entrances and exits to our community. The system will provide a tool for our police department to use when criminals leave our city after having committed a crime. We have publicly stated that we will comply with the Freedom of Information Act. Our recommendation is to store crime prevention camera data for 10 days. We are actively working with community groups to solicit feedback regarding concerns such as privacy issues. This public input will be incorporated into a policy that will govern the use of the Crime Prevention Camera Program and the identity of those who will have access to data.

SLDC educational event Sugar Land Democrats Club Fall Educational Forum hosts a talk on Faith / Religion and Politics by Dr. Harold Recinos, Professor of Church and Society, Perkins School of Theology, SMU Dallas. Recently he edited Wading Through Many Voices: Toward a Theology of Public Conversation, 2011. Location: Vietnamese Buddhist Center Banquet Hall 10002 Synott Road / Sugar Land; North of West Belfort. Eldridge road becomes Synott north of West Belfort; Saturday, October 13, 7 p.m. RSVP: Deron Patterson / 281 841 5920 / antonioargote1780@gmail.com

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Opinion The View from Sugar Land The source of economic greatness By RUSSELL JONES Extolling the virtues of free market capitalism and optimism for the future derived from a sincere belief that unhindered markets are the only salvation for the American economy, the foreshortened Republican national convention raised the level of political discourse for a few hours last week. After months of internecine bloodshed among a weak field of almost a dozen candidates, Republicans finally accepted – and even enthused over – the Romney nomination. Even so, this was not Romney’s convention. It was a celebration of a history forgotten and mislaid by four years of Obama progressivism. Again and again, voters were reminded of what made the nation great. Repeated examples of the hand up offered by free markets were brought to the forefront, rejecting the handouts of entitlements which have impoverished the American character in recent years. Hope was offered to undecided voters who have given up on the future because of the hopelessness imposed by the Obama view of class warfare. Speaker after speaker told of his parents or grandparents coming to America in order to breathe the freedom of opportunity and to escape the social immobility of the old country. Again and again we were reminded that persistence and hard work can and frequently do result in social advancement, if not for the one who actually does the work, then at least for his children. The same story was repeated again and again, each with a minor variation to demonstrate the broad based truth of the American dream. New Mexico Governor Martinez, South Carolina Governor Haley, New Jersey Governor Christie, Florida Senator Rubio, Congressman Ryan, and even Romney himself, each

Jones told the story of his parents coming to America in order to taste the opportunity and potential for success for themselves and their children. The optimism of their speeches dealt not with the anticipation of defeating Obama in November – although that is obviously the goal – but rather dealt with the uniqueness of personal freedom found in America and the ability to choose one’s own path in life with a reasonable expectation of personal success. Not a single personal attack upon Obama was heard from the podium, although the failure of his economic and foreign policies was certainly reiterated again and again. No criticism was heard for anyone who chose not to take advantage of America’s entrepreneurial opportunities, but plenty was heard in opposition to redistribution of the rewards of free enterprise to those who had not played the game. Christie revealed the secret of his success in a state that has 700,000 more Democrats than Republicans. Do what needs to be done, he said; do not just be a politician who wants to be loved by the voters. Tell the people the truth, he implored elected officials nationwide. Implying that Democrats have long hidden

the truth of America’s financially failed entitlement system, he hailed Romney as the only presidential candidate who would lead by telling the voters the truth and offering solutions which will work, not which are just intended to get his fellow partisans reelected. Ryan was outstanding. The one candidate for a vice president whom Romney could have chosen who would cause Obama serious concern, Ryan demonstrated his grasp of the issues and the paucity of intellectual talent within the incumbent administration. Never attacking personally, Ryan did the job of pointing to failure after failure of government over the past four years. “I have never seen opponents so silent about their record, and so desperate to keep their power,” he concluded. “They’ve run out of ideas. Their moment came and went. Fear and division are all they’ve got left.” Romney’s acceptance touched all the bases, if it did not go out of the park. His rhetoric will never soar like Obama’s. If voters fall for the excitement of the speech, as they did four years ago, Romney will fall short, like first Clinton and then McCain in 2008. At least he recognizes the problem, meeting Obama’s hyperbole with personal honesty. First, he recalled one of Obama’s famous promises: “to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet.” Then he offered his more modest assurance: “to help you and your family.”It should not be difficult to determine which is more important to most voters this November. 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.

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Clothes dryer fires cost $35 million a year By BASIL HOUSEWRIGHT, JR. An estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated $35 million in property losses, according to a new government report. The report by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) said that 84 percent of clothes dryer fires took place in residential buildings. Also, according to the report: • Clothes dryer fire incidence in residential buildings was higher in the fall and winter months, peaking in January at 11 percent. •Failure to clean (34 percent) was the leading factor contributing to the ignition of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings. •Dust, fiber and lint (28 percent) and clothing not on a person (27 percent) were, by far, the leading items first ignited in clothes dryer fires in residential buildings. •Fifty-four percent of clothes dryer fires in residen-

Housewright tial buildings were confined to the object of origin. The report, “Clothes Dryer Fires in Residential Buildings,” examines characteristics of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings and was developed by USFA’s National Fire Data Center, based on 2008 to 2010 data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS). The report notes that lint, a highly combustible material, can accumulate both in the dryer and in the dryer vent. Accumulated lint leads to reduced airflow and poses a fire hazard. Reduced airflow can also occur when foam-backed

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rugs or athletic shoes are placed in dryers. Small birds or other animals nesting in dryer exhaust vents are another hazard. A compromised vent will not exhaust properly, possibly resulting in overheating and/or fire. Damaging fires can occur if clothes dryers are not properly installed or maintained. To avoid these mishaps it is suggested you take the following measures: •Clean the lint filter on your clothes dryer after every load of clothes dried •Pull your dryer away from the wall and vacuum and/ or clean all accumulations of lint, dirt or dust from behind, around and under the unit at least monthly •Clean or have your vent piping cleaned thoroughly at least semi-annually making sure there are no air flow leaks or restrictions and make sure it vents properly to the atmosphere. Air duct cleaning professionals can perform this task or use of a small electric leaf blower has been used successfully. Housewright is manager of Texans Insurance & Financial Group, Inc a local Independent Insurance Agency operating in Sugar Land since 1991. He can be reached at (281) 277-7800, Fax (281) 277-7801, E-Mail – basil@ texansinsure.com. Visit www. texansinsure.com.

Missouri City politics: Personal view versus public perception By SESHADRI KUMAR Last week a letter to the editor titled “Missouri City’s priorities skewed” by Howard Moline was published in these columns. This newspaper cherishes free speech, and over the years several letters of Moline have been published in this newspaper purely on that basis. Sometimes Moline’s opinions are questionable as the opinions may not be based on mitigating facts. That does not mean he is not entitled to his opinion. Often, we have asked the city officials to respond to Moline’s letters and they are tired of responding to what they believe are “lies,” so much so they ignore his observations as futile rant and fault this newspaper for providing a platform for “the propaganda.” This newspaper will continue to encourage healthy debate on issues of public importance. I have been an observer of Missouri City for nearly two decades. When people are upset about some issues, say apartments, code enforcement, deteriorating sidewalks, water and garbage, they have come up before the city council and voiced their opinions strongly. Let me take two issues which Moline constantly harps on. Moline has been a constant critic of the city’s decision to buy the Quail Valley Golf Course and the money spent on its improvement. What he conveniently forgets are the numerous public

meetings, community input and a bond election on that issue. If Quail Valley residents alone had voted in favor of the bonds, then one could accuse that Quail Valley has hijacked city funds. The fact is that the purchase and development of Quail Valley Golf Club received overwhelming approval from taxpayers all over the city. That should set at rest the accusation that Quail Valley is getting a favorable treatment, while other parts of the city are being ignored. Take the sidewalks issue. First Colony residents have been caught between their homeowners association and the city. Missouri City cannot afford to fix all sidewalks because there is not enough money. Several city council elections have been fought on this platform. Finally, the city devised a plan to fix the sidewalks over a period and established a criteria. Even as that schedule is being implemented, Moline once again brings up the sidewalk issue as if the city is ignoring it. To compare everything that the city does with the Golf course and sidewalk is myopic. If the city council members, except the one they get elected, are so useless, why don’t people throw them out? It is an insult to the intelligence of the voters to suggest that the repeated re-election of Mayor Allen Owen is wrong because his priorities are mis-

placed. Elections always have consequences. If Moline’s opinion becomes a real perception among a majority of the people, then new city leaders will be elected. Even as I was writing this column, I received a letter from Moline. “Look at the current make up of the present City Council,” Moline stated. “We have four white councilmembers, two blacks and two of Asian descent. This doesn’t even come close to the make up of the present City population, especially when female voters are considered. We should clearly have at least two to three Councilmembers who are women. The fact that we can’t even get women to run for City office is a clear indicator of what type of government Missouri City has become - a Men’s club focused on sports. We should be using our City Council positions to help train women for challenges our community faces in the future.” There were women on the city council before. Nobody conspired to remove them. Is it Mayor Owen and the city council’s fault, if no woman is running for city council? Texas Parkway improvement has been another controversial issue as people in the corridor fought for attention to that area. Consequently, the city has taken steps to improve the corridor. Just an example to show that the city is not ignoring the minorities.

Texas Republicans are racists, says local Democrat By STEVE BROWN Racism is extremely difficult to prove, while easy to deny. It’s generally defined by people using their power to oppress others based on race. So, when Republicans entered the 2011 Legislative Session and soon amassed a super majority in the State House along with a majority in the State Senate, they used their power to steamroll perhaps one of the most deliberately racist agendas in recent memory. According to two federal panels, Texas Republicans imposed strict, unforgiving burdens on the voting rights of minorities and the poor. This wasn’t a finding borne out of an extension of partisan tensions. Rather, these judges were mostly appointed by Republicans, and were bound only by the rule of law. Let’s take the case of redistricting the state’s congressional and legislative districts. When the 2010 census was released, Texas found itself the beneficiary of four new congressional districts. Our Hispanic population accounted for more than sixty-five percent of our state’s growth. Blacks made up thirteen percent of our population explosion, and Asian Americans were ten percent of that growth. So when Texas was allotted four additional congressional seats, the Texas Legislature and Governor agreed that none should be crafted to give

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minorities the opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice. The court found that Texas couldn’t prove that its newly crafted districts weren’t drawn without “intentional discrimination” against the state’s Hispanic and African American populations. Intentional discrimination is a very powerful term. It implies a willful and deliberate act of injustice against minorities. Texas lawmakers used their power last session to infringe upon the rights of others, and the court’s verdict was racism. With Texas’ Voter ID case, a three judge federal panel found a similar pattern of discrimination against minorities, as well as the poor. The Texas law would have required voters to show a government issued photo identification card before voting. Despite the fact that voter fraud is practically non-existent, and that fraud is more likely to happen through mail in ballots than by voter impersonation, Texas Republicans made this issue an emergency item last session. The court’s unanimous ruling found that the law disproportionately impacted minorities and the poor. Sufficient evidence demonstrated that the cost of obtaining a photo id would fall most heavily on African American and Hispanic voters. These recent rulings of “intentional discrimination” and voter suppression aren’t limited to just Texas. Laws enacted by Republicans in Florida were blocked that would have restricted voter registration drives and reduced the number of days of early voting. Ohio’s Republican governor signed a law that would have wrongfully discarded certain provisional ballots and limited weekend early voting. In Wisconsin, judges found that their Voter ID law would

create a “needless and significant impairment of the right to vote.” The good news is that the Voting Rights Act works, which includes provisions requiring that any change to an election system in certain states must first be precleared by either the Justice Department or federal courts. The bad news is that we now know that certain Republicans will use their power, given the opportunity, to intentionally oppress the rights of minority voters. If only there were similar safeguards to protect against educational, health and infrastructural apportionment policies designed with discriminatory constructs. Not to mention protections for other non-ethnic groups like women or the gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual communities. Let’s face it, we can’t assume that “convicted racists” would limit their practice to just voting. It’s now clear that the current crop of Republican elected officials consider minority’s emerging political clout as a threat. Their systemic assault on minority voting rights is troubling, and I find it hard to accept that reasonable people would want to be associated with such blatant racism. Texas deserves a Legislature that seeks not to “intentionally discriminate,” but to unite all around our shared quest for justice, fairness, equality and happiness. Steve Brown is the Chairman of the Fort Bend County Democratic Party. Connect with Steve on Facebook atfacebook.com/sbrown2 and on Twitter at twitter.com/ electstevebrown. (Mr. Brown’s suggested heading for this article was “Texas Republicans - Guilty of Racism?” After clearly calling the Republicans racists, why hide behind the question mark?— Editor)


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FILM REVIEW: The Possession Spoiler alert: This is a Jewish version of “The Exorcist.” I just saw “The Possession” on Labor Day primarily because it was Number One at the box office this past weekend with $17.7 million in sales. Not bad for a slow, hot weekend with a long list of unexciting movies. I don’t normally watch the “slasher” movies that rely heavily on loud music and even louder screams, but I took a chance this time. Like I said, times are hard. We need an influx of the fall movies with a big jolt of the Oscar competitors that start rolling out in the next 90 days. For now though, we will be going through a rough patch and guys like me will be forced to see films about a mysterious box purchased at a yard sale by a young girl who then becomes..wait for it. possessed! There; I said it. The family of Em, the young girl, is going through a divorce between her parents Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)

and Stephanie (Kyra “The Closer” Sedgwick) so she already has an attitude when she takes the unidentifiable wooden box to her dad’s new house. The story slowly unfolds while the audience wonders about the cryptic powers of the box that is the size of a small treasure chest. During the character development stage, I knew I was in trouble and might actually like this movie. Credit co-writers Juliet Snowden and Stiles White

for providing a script for director Ole Bornedal to work with in setting up the mystery and empathy needed to get the audience to accept the story’s premise. In closing credits, the original account of this “based on a true story” movie was attributed to an article by Leslie Gornstein in the LA Times titled “A Jinx in a Box.” Gornstein claims “The seller, a Missouri college student named Iosif Nietzke, described the container as a

City of Missouri City ‘haunted Jewish wine cabinet box’ that had plagued several owners with rotten luck and a spate of bizarre paranormal stunts.” And that, my friends, is how we take a whiff of a story and turn it into a full-blown Yiddish folklore of possessed humans. Makes sense to me. Who are the big winners? Everyone connected with this silly movie because it has been successful, and I suspect the budget was relatively low (estimated $17.5 million). The biggest winner will be Jeffrey Dean Morgan whoever that is. I was not familiar with him, but he looks like a cross between Javier Bardem and Raymond’s brother Robert with the ability to make his leading role believable in an odd flick about a box. Way to go, Jeffrey. Rock ‘n Roll. Grade 87. Larry H. sugarlaw@larryharrison.com

Lewis “Chip” Locke, Jr. named chairman of Boy Scouts of America North Star District Lewis “Chip” Locke, Jr., has been named the District Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) North Star District of the Sam Houston Area Council. The North Star District officially came into existence on Sept. 1, 2009 after the division of the great Tomahawk District of the Sam Houston Area Council, comprising the geographic area of Fort Bend ISD that lies north of Interstate 59. The District consists of 23 Cub Scout Packs, 17 Boy Scout Troops and seven Venture crews serving Eastern Fort Bend County, one of the most dynamic and fastest growing areas in the United States. “The District Chairman provides the inspiration for high quality Scouting programs and inspires the talent recruiting nec-

Locke essary to run a District well, so more young people stay in Scouting for a longer period of time,” said Brendan Cronin, North Star Senior District Executive. “Chip was asked by the ad hoc Nominating Committee led by Marvin

Marcell to serve as District Chairman to succeed Sam Grover. Sam had served as District Chairman since the inception of the North Star District.” The primary goal of a BSA district is to support and strengthen the individual units in their delivery of programs to the youth with 1) quality activities, 2) commissioner service, 3) training, and 4) adult and youth recruiting. Chip Locke, Jr. and his wife Pam moved to New Territory in 2006. They have two children, Morgan and John Tyler. Locke is an Eagle Scout, was elected to the Order of the Arrow and received the Pro Deo Et Patria. He was a participant in the 1971 World Jamboree in Japan, worked on summer camp staff and participated in Canadian waters high adventure canoeing.

Water District Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate The BURNEY ROAD MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2012 on September 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm at Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77478. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal: AGAINST the proposal: PRESENT and not voting: ABSENT:

RICK FORLANO, STEVE PORTER, MIKE WILKINSON, JOE J. SILHAVY AND RANDY FRICK None None None

The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

Total tax rate (per $100 of value)

Last Year $0.2675/$100

This Year $ 0.2675/$100

Adopted

Difference in rates per $100 of value Percentage increase/decrease in rates(+/-) Average appraised value $226,232 General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions) $0 Average taxable value $226,232 Tax on average residence homestead $605.17 Annual increase/decrease in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted (+/-) and percentage of increase (+/-)

Proposed

$ -0-/$100 0% $229,361

$0 $229,361 $613.54 $ +8.37 +1.383%

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code.

Locke is a Registered Professional Engineer in Indiana and Ohio, and is a certified Project Management Professional. He now works for Marathon Oil Company. “I give Glory to God for my attaining Eagle Scout and my election to the Order of the Arrow,” said Locke. “The Church and Boy Scouts raise our boys to act like men. Scouting teaches boys to be on their guard by mastering skills. Boys learn to stand firm in faith through advancement. Outdoors experience builds their ability to be courageous. Physical activities in the program build boys strength. ” Visit http://northstardistrict. org, for more information. PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 for LNB Sugar Land Replat No. 1, Precinct 4. 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 Hoehn with Civil Concepts Inc. at 713-947-6606 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Teal Run, Section 10, 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, September 25, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan regarding Greenbusch Road, Mobility Bond Project #732 (changed to Westheimer Parkway) from Falcon Landing Boulevard to Pin Oak Road, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the revised traffic control plans for Hidden Lakes Estates, 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 PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the revised traffic control plans for Cinco Ranch South Lake Village, Section 4, 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

LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing a Request for Statements of Qualification for the following: Engineering Design Services for Reconstruction of Turtle Creek Drive Reconstruction of Gregory Boulevard RSQ # 038-13 The City of Missouri City is accepting statements of qualifications from qualified professional engineers for design services for the reconstruction of two roadways: Turtle Creek Drive and Gregory Boulevard. The selected firms will develop construction plans for reconstructing existing pavement, sidewalks, driveway approaches and ADA ramps on each roadway. The construction plans will include engineering design details for the reconstruction, construction sequencing, and traffic control plan. The firm will also be responsible for the following: surveying, geotechnical report, civil engineering, traffic control plan, final design, specifications, and TDLR review. The City is seeking statements of qualifications from interested engineering firms. It is the intent of the City to negotiate an agreement with one firm for each project. However, the City reserves the right to choose the same firm for both projects. Statements will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. local time September 24, 2012 and then opened. Interested parties must obtain an RSQ package and provide the required information to the City in order to be considered. The RSQ packages may be obtained beginning September 5th by requesting the document name and number listed from the City’s Purchasing Office by contacting the City Purchasing Office at (281) 403-8612 or by email to charles@missouricitytx.gov Statements must be sealed, marked with the RSQ name and number as listed above and the date of opening. Statements must be delivered to the attention of the Missouri City Purchasing Manager, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Statements marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Statements are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers. Charles Oberrender, CPPB Purchasing Manager City of Missouri City, Texas

City of Missouri City LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing a Request for Statements of Qualification for the following: Drainage Analysis of the Willow Waterhole Watershed RSQ # 039-13 The City of Missouri City is requesting statements of qualifications from interested engineering firms for design services for a drainage analysis on specified areas in the Willow Waterhole Watershed. The selected firm will develop an analysis to take into consideration the previous studies performed, the existing development, and future development needs within the watershed. It is the intent of the City to negotiate an agreement with one (1) firm. The responses received will be evaluated and ranked. The City will then enter negotiations with the highest ranked respondent with the objective of entering into contract for services at a mutually agreeable cost. All costs involved with preparing a submittal, including any interview travel expenses, are the responsibility of the respondent. Project Location: The Willow Waterhole watershed is located in the northern portion of Missouri City, Texas, just north of Highway 90A. Statements will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. local time September 24, 2012 and then opened. Interested parties must obtain an RSQ package and provide the required information to the City in order to be considered. The RSQ packages may be obtained beginning September 5th by requesting the document name and number listed from the City’s Purchasing Office by contacting the City Purchasing Office at (281) 403-8612 or by email to charles@missouricitytx.gov Statements must be sealed, marked with the RSQ name and number as listed above and the date of opening. Statements must be delivered to the attention of the Missouri City Purchasing Manager, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Statements marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Statements are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers. Charles Oberrender, CPPB Purchasing Manager City of Missouri City, Texas

THE STATE OF TEXAS CITATION BY PUBLICATION TO: Wesley Logans, Deceased, Ida Hammond, Deceased, Commodore Davis, Deceased, Olevia Delaney, Deceased, J. Collins, Deceased, De’Andre Taylor, De’Andrea Taylor, De’Ron Taylor, Dante Taylor, Dorothy Collins, Ruth Willard, Deceased, Peggy Hite, Deceased, Robert Hall, Deceased, Josephine Buckley, Deceased, A. Richardson, Deceased, W. Richardson, Irma Russell, Deceased, Percy Dixon, Deceased, Ludie Crawford, Deceased, Beatrice Dixon, Deceased, Thelma Ingram, Deceased, Ludie Ingram, Deceased, Nannie Johnson, Deceased, Susie Veto, Ruth Wilford, Unknown Address, Unknown Heirs, Such Person’s Unknown Heirs Successors and Assigns Whose Identity and Location are Unknown Unknown Owners Such Unknown Owners Heirs Successors and Assigns and Any and All Other Persons Including Adverse Claimants Owning or Having or Claiming any Legal or Equitable Interest in or Lien upon the Property Which is the Subject of the Claim in this Case NOTICE: You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 a.m. on Monday next following the expiration of forty-two days from the date of issuance of this citation, same being October 01, 2012 a default judgment may be taken against you. Said answer may be filed by mailing same to: District Clerk’s Office, 301 Jackson, Richmond, Texas 77469, or by bringing it to the office. Our street address is 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond TX 77469. We are located on the first floor of the Justice Center building. The case is presently pending before the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County sitting in Richmond, Texas, and was filed on July 13, 2012. It bears cause number 12-DCV-199412 and is styled: Diogu Diogu, II vs Wesley Logans, Deceased, Ida Hammond, Deceased, Commodore Davis, Deceased, Olevia Delaney, Deceased, J. Collins, Deceased, De’Andre Taylor, De’Andrea Taylor, De’Ron Taylor, Dante Taylor, Dorothy Collins, Ruth Willard, Deceased, Peggy Hite, Deceased, Robert Hall, Deceased, Josephine Buckley, Deceased, A Richardson, Deceased, W. Richardson, Irma Russell, Deceased, Percy Dixon, Deceased, Ludie Crawford, Deceased, Beatrice Dixon, Deceased, Thelma Ingram, Deceased, Ludie Ingram, Deceased, Nannie Johnson, Deceased, Susie Veto, Ruth Wilford, Unknown Address, Unknown Heirs, Such Person’s Unknown Heirs Successors and Assigns Whose Identity and Location are Unknown Unknown Owners Such Unknown Owners Heirs Successors and Assigns and Any and All Other Persons Including Adverse Claimants Owning or Having or Claiming any Legal or Equitable Interest in or Lien upon the Property Which is the Subject of the Claim in this Case The name and address of the attorney for PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is: DIOGU KALU DIOGU DIOGU LAW FIRM PO BOX 994 FULSHEAR TX 77441 713-791-3225 The nature of the demands of said PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is as follows towit: PETITION TO QUIET TITLE. PLAINTIFF DIOGU KALU DIOGU II IS A RESIDENT OF THE COUNTY OF FORT BEND AND STATE OF TEXAS, AND THE REAL ESTATE AS ISSUES ARE DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: 1. 0050 E LATHAM, TRACT 1, ACRES 4.183, 80.00% UDI; 2. 0050 E LATHAM, ACRES 3.00 (PT S 4.00 ACS OF N 20 ACS) 3. 0050 E LATHAM, ACRES 4.176; AND 4. 0050 E LATHAM, TRACT 1, ACRES 4.183, 20.00% UDI If this Citation is not served, it shall be returned unserved. Issued under my hand and seal of said Court, at Richmond, Texas on this the 16th day of August, 2012. DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT By: Deputy District Clerk TENTAA ALLEN Telephone: (281) 633-7616


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Deborah Duncan speaks at Sugar Creek Women’s Association Sugar Creek Women’s Association welcomes KHOUTV Channel 11 talk show host Deborah Duncan as the guest speaker at its fall kickoff luncheon. The lunch and program is at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 6 at Sugar Creek Country Club, 420 Sugar Creek Boulevard in Sugar Land. Deborah livens up audiences on her weekday morning talk show “Great Day Houston” airing at 9 a.m. on Channel 11. She plans to bring that same energy and enthusiasm to those fortunate to hear her remarks on Sept. 6. Deborah is the recipient of many local and national

awards for television excellence, including four Emmy Awards, three AWRT Star Awards, two Gracie Allen Awards and a Telly Award, among other honors. Her achievements on the air, however, are transcended by her commitment and dedication to community service. Deborah is passionate about many causes and chairs numerous community events. In addition, she serves on the National Board of Directors for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and is a Board Member for the Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP). For program information call 281-494-1338.

CITATION BY PUBLICATION STATE OF TEXAS TO: FATHER UNKNOWN ADDRESS UNKNOWN and to all whom it may concern, Respondent(s), You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do (does) not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 a.m. on the Monday next following the expiration of 20 days after you were served this citation and petition, a default judgment may be taken against you. The petition of ANDREW RHODES BROWN; SHAYNA LYNN BROWN, Petitioner, was filed in the 328TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County, Texas ON THIS THE 22ND DAY OF MAY, 2012 against FATHER UNKNOWN, Respondent(s), numbered 12-DCV198317, and entitled IN THE INTEREST OF SHAMMER SUMAYA, A CHILD. The suit request TO TERMINATE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP AND FOR ADOPTION OF A CHILD as is more fully shown by Petition on file in this suit. The date and place of birth of the child(ren) who is/are the subject of the suit: OCTOBER 18, 2009 The Court has authority in this suit to render an order in the child(ren)’s interest which will be binding on you, including the termination of the parent-child relationship, the determination of paternity and the appointment of a conservator with authority to consent to the child(ren)’s adoption. Issued and given under my hand and seal of said Court at Richmond, Texas, on this the 21st day of August, 2012. ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONER OR RESPONDENT: BRET ALAN BOSKER PEL TIER BOSKER & GRIFFIN PC 952 ECHO LANE SUITE 315 HOUSTON TX 77024 713-461-5288 DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT Fort Bend County, Texas By: Deputy District Clerk Adele Janczik (281) 341-4524 CITATION BY PUBLICATION STATE OF TEXAS TO: MOTHER UNKNOWN CITATION BY PUBLICATION STATE OF TEXAS and to all whom it may concern, Respondent(s), You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do (does) not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 a.m. on the Monday next following the expiration of 20 days after you were served this citation and petition, a default judgment may be taken against you. The petition of ANDREW RHODES BROWN; SHAYNA LYNN BROWN, Petitioner, was filed in the 328TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County, Texas ON THIS THE 22ND DAY OF MAY, 2012 against MOTHER UNKNOWN, Respondent(s), numbered 12-DCV-198317, and entitled IN THE INTEREST OF SHAMMER SUMAYA, A CHILD. The suit request TO TERMINATE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP AND FOR ADOPTION OF A CHILD as is more fully shown by Petition on file in this suit. The date and place of birth of the child(ren) who is/are the subject of the suit: OCTOBER 18, 2009 The Court has authority in this suit to render an order in the child(ren)’s interest which will be binding on you, including the termination of the parent-child relationship, the determination of paternity and the appointment of a conservator with authority to consent to the child(ren)’s adoption. Issued and given under my hand and seal of said Court at Richmond, Texas, on this the 21st day of August, 2012. ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONER OR RESPONDENT: BRET ALAN BOSKER PEL TIER BOSKER & GRIFFIN PC 952 ECHO LANE SUITE 315 HOUSTON TX 77024 713-461-5288 DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT Fort Bend County, Texas By: Deputy District Clerk Adele Janczak Telephone: (281) 341-4524

New classes

Nunsense! Award- winning Fort Bend Theatre opens its dynamic 24th season with an encore production of the proven crowdpleaser, Nunsense, at 2815 North Main Street in Stafford, Sept. 21 to Oct. 6, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidently poisoned the 52 bingo-playing nuns that help run a leper colony on an island south of France. With no funds for the burials, five of the 19 surviving nuns must find a way to overcome this disaster. What follows is an outrageously hilarious story that will make you laugh from beginning to end!. Adult tickets are $16, seniors and students are $15, and children under 12 are $13. Buy tickets at www.fortbendtheatre.com. For more information, call 281-208-3333.

PUBLIC NOTICE Fort Bend County Commissioner’s Court approved the request from Kansas City Southern and CenterPoint Properties for the re-alignment of West Tavener Road near the CenterPoint Intermodal Center from the existing West Tavener South of Pink Taylor Road to the new alignment of Doris Road continuing South across US 59 to Meyer Road on the Fort Bend County Major Thoroughfare Plan, Precinct 1. Any questions or comments may be directed to the Fort Bend County Engineering Department at 281-633-7500. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

Fort Bend Theatre’s Actors Academy offers a more intense study into the art of acting and theatre. Parents, join the little ones in one of our classes in the Early Learning Theatre Program. Homeschool theatre classes have been added to enrich home school curriculum with the arts. The sessions will teach lessons such as stage acting techniques, including pantomime, improvisation, vocalizations, and characterization and culminates with a performance for family and friends. All sessions are payable by a $50 non-refundable deposit to hold your child’s place. For more information visit www.fortbendtheatre.com, or call (281) 208-3333 to register. INVITATION TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened. CDs are available in the Purchasing Agent’s Office. All addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.co.fort-bend.tx.us. BID 12-062 – FALCON LANDING BLVD FROM SPRING GREEN TO GASTON ROAD, GASTON ROAD FROM FALCON LANDING BLVD TO 3,600 LF NORTH OF FALCON LANDING BLVD AND GREENBUSCH ROAD FROM GASTON ROAD TO 3,100 LF EAST OF GASTON ROAD A pre-bid conference will be conducted on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 9:00 AM (CST). The pre-bid conference will be held at Fort Bend County Purchasing Department located in the Travis Annex at 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX. All bidders are encouraged to attend. Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check. 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

COMBINED NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS September 5, 2012 Fort Bend County, Texas 301 Jackson Street Suite 602 Richmond, Texas 77469 281-341-4410

City of Missouri City LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing an Invitation for Bids for the following: TERM CONTACT FOR LOT MOWING SERVICES IFB # 035-13 Scope: The City of Missouri City is accepting bids from vendors to provide lot mowing and clean up services on an as-needed basis for the Missouri City Code Enforcement Division. The City intends to award a contract to one vendor for a term contract. The successful vendor will serve as the City’s on-call contractor for these services and will provide all equipment and labor necessary to perform in accordance with the specifications herein. Bids will be accepted until 2 PM local time September 17, 2012 and then opened. The bid packages may be obtained beginning August 8th from Purchasing Office at (281) 403-8626 or by email to Charles@missouricitytx.gov Bids must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the IFB name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Bids must be delivered to the attention of the Sealed Bid Box, City of Missouri City Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Bids marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Bids are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers. Charles Oberrender, CPPB Purchasing Manager City of Missouri City, Texas

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SPECIAL EXCEPTION 3406 ONION CREEK BOULEVARD REQUEST FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO THE REAR YARD SETBACK REQUIREMENT, 3406 ONION CREEK BOULEVARD, LOT 16, BLOCK 1, ALCORN BEND SECTION THREE (RECORDED IN CLERK’S FILE NUMBER 9465971, F.B.C.P.R.), IN THE RESTRICTED SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1R) DISTRICT PURPOSE:

ONE (1) PUBLIC HEARING SHALL BE HELD AT WHICH ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION SHALL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD.

WHERE:

SUGAR LAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH

WHEN:

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT 5:00 P.M., SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

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

This Notice shall satisfy the above-cited two separate but related procedural notification requirements. REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS On or about September 21, 2012 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 Location

Project Nature/Scope

Project Description: This project involves the replacement of approximately 8” water lines, replacement and installation of at least 8 fire hydrant assemblies, re-laying of service lines with City right of ways.

City of Needville:

Project Description: This project involves the replacement of approximately 3350 linear feet of 6” sewer collection line with 8” sewer pipe in North Richmond.

City of Richmond:

Project Description: This project involves the replacement of approximately 4900 linear feet of water lines in Riverwood Village (MUD 19). In addition, new lines will be constructed to provide a looped distribution.

Riverwood Village:

Project Description: This project involves the installation of approximately 2100 linear feet of 8” sanitary sewer line. Miscellaneous pavement repairs will be made upon completion of the project. The project will conduct approximately 3100 linear feet of T.V. line cleaning.

City of Rosenberg:

Project Description: This project involves the installation of approximately 6400 linear feet of 12” and 8” water distribution lines.

City of Arcola:

F.M. 1236 from Noble Street to Altimore Road and Altimore Road from F.M. 1236 to city limit ending at 8421 Altimore Road.

The sanitary sewer line installation improvements will cover the Pultar Road to Collins Road in the rear easement between Carver Avenue and Branch Avenue. Pultar Road to Collins Road on George Avenue and George Avenue to Rocky Falls on Collins Road. The project will replace 168 sections of existing sanitary sewer lines.

Funding Sources

$223,000 of FY 2012 CDBG Funds $59,800 of City Funds

$222,000 of FY 2012 CDBG Funds $60,000 of City funds

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Improvements will be made along Riverwood, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Quebec Blvds.

$150,000 of FY 2012 CDBG Funds

SPECIAL EXCEPTION 27 THE OVAL STREET

$44,304 of MUD 19 Funds REQUEST FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO THE REAR YARD SETBACK REQUIREMENT, 27 THE OVAL STREET, LOT 2, BLOCK 2, SWEETWATER SECTION TWO (RECORDED IN INSTRUMENT NUMBER 1175567, F.B.C.P.R.), IN THE RESTRICTED SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1R) DISTRICT.

Between Avenue B and Avenue D in the North Rosenberg area.

$223,000 of FY 2012 CDBG Funds PURPOSE:

ONE (1) PUBLIC HEARING SHALL BE HELD AT WHICH ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION SHALL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD.

WHERE:

SUGAR LAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH

WHEN:

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT 5:00 P.M., SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

$61,800 of City Funds

$201,030 of FY 2012 CDBG Funds

FM 521 along Macnicoll and Masterson Roads. $43,000 of City Funds

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, 301 Jackson, Suite 602, Richmond, Texas 77469 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 September 20, 2012 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 October 8, 2012 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

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


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Water District Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate

Water District Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate

The Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 15 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2012 on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the offices of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, located at 445 Commerce Green Boulevard, Sugar Land, Texas. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

The Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 115 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2012 on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at the offices of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce of Commerce, located at 445 Commerce Green Boulevard, Sugar Land, Texas. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

FOR the proposal: AGAINST the proposal: PRESENT and not voting: ABSENT:

FOR the proposal: AGAINST the proposal: PRESENT and not voting: ABSENT:

D. Koy, A. Harris, and F. Yonish None None None

The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

Total tax rate (per $100 of value)

Last Year $ 0.800/$100

This Year $ 0.800/$100

Adopted

Difference in rates per $100 of value Percentage increase/decrease in rates(+/-) Average appraised value General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions) Average taxable value Tax on average residence homestead Annual increase/decrease in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted (+/-) and percentage of increase (+/-)

Proposed

$0 .000/$100 0000% $440,425 $0

$443,558 $0

#REF $3,523.40

$443,558 $3,548.46 $25.06 0.7112%

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code.

Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.

Water District Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate The Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 129 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2012 on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. at the offices of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce of Commerce, located at 445 Commerce Green Boulevard, Sugar, Texas. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal: AGAINST the proposal: PRESENT and not voting: ABSENT:

F. Hester, K, Balasubramanian, and K. Sheblak (none) (none) D. Keel and C. Hanney

The following table compares taxes on the average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

Total tax rate (per $100 of value)

Last Year $ 0.500 /$100 Adopted

This Year $ 0.500 /$100 Proposed

Difference in rates per $100 of value $0.000 /$100 Percentage increase in rates 0.0000% Average appraised value $433,991 $429,280 General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions) $ -43,399 $ -42,928 Average taxable value $390,592 $386,352 Tax on average residence homestead $1,952.96 $1,931.76 Annual increase in taxes if Proposed tax rate is adopted $-21.20 And percentage of increase -1.0855% NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.

Water District Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate The Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 149 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2012 on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the offices of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce located at 445 Commerce Green Boulevard, Sugar, Texas. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal:

T. Van Horn, S. Winters, R. Aguilar, R. Herbst and K. Soileau AGAINST the proposal: (none) PRESENT and not voting: (none) ABSENT: (none)

R.E. Wong, D. Groves, and L. Garcia (none) (none) R. Tyler and R. Ferguson

The following table compares taxes on the average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

Total tax rate (per $100 of value)

Last Year $ 0.670 /$100 Adopted

This Year $ 0.670 /$100 Proposed

The following table compares taxes on the average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

Total tax rate (per $100 of value)

Last Year $ 0.700 /$100 Adopted

This Year $ 0.700 /$100 Proposed

Difference in rates per $100 of value $0.000 /$100 Percentage increase in rates 0.0000% Average appraised value $356.563 $359,263 General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions) $0 $0 Average taxable value $356,563 $359,263 Tax on average residence homestead $2,388.97 $2,407.06 Annual increase in taxes if Proposed tax rate is adopted $18.09 And percentage of increase 0.7572%

Difference in rates per $100 of value $0.000 /$100 Percentage increase in rates 0.0000% Average appraised value $229,693 $233,120 General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions) $0 $0 Average taxable value $229,693 $233,120 Tax on average residence homestead $1,607.85 $1,631.84 Annual increase in taxes if Proposed tax rate is adopted $23.99 And percentage of increase 1.4921%

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code.

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code.

Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.

Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.


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AUTOMOBILE: RX 450 Hybrid By BARBARA FULENWIDER It’s hard to believe but for 2013 Lexus has added a new Sport mode to the RX 450h power train for a more fun drive. The front-wheel drive RX hybrid models also get an EPA estimated 30 miles per gallon combined city/highway rating. Also for 2013, the optional navigation package got the next generation remote touch and updated multimedia. The RX 450h is a full hybrid that can operate in electric-only, gas-engine-only or combined gas and electric modes. The hybrid powertrain is complemented by EV, Eco, and Normal driver selectable modes, plus a new Sport mode. RX models are equipped with a segment-leading 10 standard airbags, including roll sensing side curtain airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, rear side airbags (for the outboard seating positions) and knee airbags for the driver and the front passenger. The standard vehicle dynamics integrated management (VDIM) anticipates loss of vehicle control and governs all the anti-lock braking system, brake assist, vehicle stability control and traction control – with the electronic throttle control system. Navigation equipped vehicles feature Lexus Enform® with App Suite. App Suite leverages the customers’ mobile phone technology so they can conduct local A one-year trial subscription is included for the App Suite. Other new features and equipment on the 2013 Lexus RX 450h include new bumper complemented with new headlamp design, LED daytime running lights and distinctive fog lamp bezels, updated tail, ebony bird’s-eye maple wood trim, metallic glove box accents, power back door, USB iPod/mp3 control and available saddle leather interior. A 3.5-liter V6 Atkinson-

cycle engine that makes a total of 295 horsepower powers the 2013 RX 450h. The four-door, five-seater SUV has a 288V DC Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery pack and a frontmounted 123-kW electric motor-generator. The EPA-estimated fuel economy on front wheel drive vehicles is 32 mpg city, 28 mpg highway. All-wheel drive RX hybrid vehicles are estimated to get 30 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway. Double-wishbone rear suspension improves handling and provides more cargo space. The RX hybrid has two-piston front caliper brakes and 18inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 235/60R18 tires are standard while 19-inch aluminumalloy wheels are optional. Standard equipment includes keyless entry with push-button start, power tilt and telescopic steering column, 10-way power front seats including power lumbar adjustment. Options run the gamut and include semi-aniline leather, smog sensor, voice recognition and Bluetooth® technology. Other optional luxury features not mentioned above include a ventilation function for the front seats that help make

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TO GET CAUGHT IN THE RAIN.

ROW PLANTING AND IRRIGATION REHABILITATION

IT’S ANOTHER FOR EVERYTHING

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

ROW Planting and Irrigation Repair PK1204 TxDOT and City ROW Along US59

Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained from the following office and location with payment of $30.00:

IN YOUR HOUSE TO. Just a few inches of floodwater can end up costing thousands of dollars in repairs, and flood damage isn’t covered by homeowners insurance policies.

City of Sugar Land Purchasing Office jposcovsky@sugarlandtx.gov or by registering at https://www.bidsync.com Sealed bids in triplicate, one (1) original and two (2) copies, shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered.

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Questions regarding this bid must be received by Thursday, September 13, 2012 on or before 3:00 P.M. Please contact Jason Poscovsky, Contracts Manager, email jposcovsky@sugarlandtx.gov.

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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 thirty (30) calendar days after the bid opening date and time.

281-277-7800

Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC City Secretary

The Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 19 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2012 on Monday, September 24, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at the offices of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, located at 445 Commerce Green Boulevard, Sugar Land, Texas. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. J. M. Dinges, K. Curtice, and R. Walters (none) (none) (none)

The following table compares taxes on the average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

Total tax rate (per $100 of value)

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NOTICE TO BIDDERS

Water District Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate

FOR the proposal: AGAINST the proposal: PRESENT and not voting: ABSENT:

New interior highlights on 2013 RXs are a high contrast white light emitting diode displayed on a black background for multi-information display located next to the speedometer. Also, RX models feature an Eco driving indicator zone that displays current fuel economy and alerts the driver when fuel is low. Vehicle settings can be customized, including personal door-lock preferences, interior/ exterior light adjustments, driver’s seat easy exit and windowclosure settings. The 2013 Lexus RX 450h five-door SUV retails for $45,910 with all standard equipment. Options on the test drive model increased the price to $52,595. I like the style of the RX, the drive, the ride, the handling, the size. It’s an extremely comfortable and utilitarian SUV.

The best investment any parent can make is a library card. It’s free. It opens doors to benefits that kids can’t break, wear out, or outgrow. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and Fort Bend County Libraries wants to make sure that your child is among the two-thirds of Americans that carry the smartest card of all – a library card. A recent study by the American Library Association also showed that families use libraries to spend time together; 44 percent of survey respondents report taking their children to the library for this reason. A library card provides free access to videos, DVDs, CDs, software, and books. Libraries also offer a wide range of other items to lend to children and their families, including toys, games, and puzzles. Most importantly -- librarians are on hand to help recommend materials suitable for various ages and interests. A library card becomes even more valuable when someone wants to access many of the library’s online databases from home. The cost of subscribing to these databases as an individual would make them unaffordable to many people, but a library card levels the playing field by making them available to everyone free -- as long as you have a library card. Since a library card is free, how can parents afford not to give their children such a valuable tool? For more information call 281341-2677 or visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us.

Last Year $ 0.800 /$100 Adopted

This Year $ 0.800 /$100 Proposed

Difference in rates per $100 of value $0.000 /$100 Percentage increase in rates 0.0000% Average appraised value $265,253 $268,355 General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions) $0 $0 Average taxable value $265,253 $268,355 Tax on average residence homestead $ 2,122.02 $2,146.84 Annual increase in taxes if Proposed tax rate is adopted $24.82 And percentage of increase 1.1696% NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.

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Water District Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate The First Colony Municipal Utility District No. 9 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2012 on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at the offices of Quail Valley Utility District located at 3134 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, TX. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal: AGAINST the proposal: PRESENT and not voting: ABSENT:

A.K. Sandersen, G.P. Perry, B. Hymel, and R. Castells None None M. Burton

The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

Total tax rate (per $100 of value)

Last Year $ 0.320/$100

This Year $ 0.320/$100

Adopted

Difference in rates per $100 of value Percentage increase/decrease in rates(+/-) Average appraised value General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions) Average taxable value Tax on average residence homestead Annual increase/decrease in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted (+/-) and percentage of increase (+/-)

Proposed

$0 .000/$100 0000% $194,112 $0

$194,568 $0

$194,112 $621.16

$194,568 $622.62 $1.46 0.2350%

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code.

Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.


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Sugar Land Rotary Fall Classic “Party at the Ballpark” Engagement

Austin Daniel Haugen & Erin Nicole Howe Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Howe of Missouri City, Texas are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Erin Nicole Howe, to Austin Daniel Haugen, son of Mr. Daniel Haugen and the late Mrs. Cathy Haugen of Dana Point, California. Erin is a 2004 graduate of Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas. She graduated from Stanford University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and was a four-year member of the varsity softball team. She is currently employed as a senior analyst with Goldman Sachs in San Francisco, California. Austin is a 2004 graduate of Colorado Academy in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Stanford University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. In 2009 he received a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. He is currently employed as a product manager at Facebook in Menlo Park, California. A February wedding is planned in Houston, Texas.

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Sugar Land Rotary’s Fall Classic “Party at the Ballpark” will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Sugar Land Skeeter’s Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land. There is a complimentary happy hour from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. “The Sugar Land Rotary legacy of excellence has continued for over two decades through giving back to our community, state, nation and world through the proceeds of our annual fundraiser. As part of the strong community presence that Rotary enjoys, we are extremely excited to have the support of Don Kerstetter and Classic Chevrolet as our Title Sponsor,” said Jared Jameson, Sugar Land Rotary President. By participating in the “Party at the Ballpark,” you will be able to give back to the community while you enjoy various food stations and beverage options, meet Skeeters’ Mascots Moe and Swatson, tour the fabulous Constellation Field, participate in a Live Auction and Bid Board, and enjoy 50s, 60s & 70s music and dancing. The Fall Classic Party will also feature exciting drawing for a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, courtesy of Classic Chevrolet. The Chevrolet Sonic is a 2011 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Every $100 ticket includes one event ticket, as well as a raffle ticket. Raffle tickets can be purchased from any Sugar Land Rotarian. For more than 24 years, Sugar Land Rotary has sup-

ported the community and local schools. One of the non-profits that Rotary supports is the Fort Bend Education Foundation. “We are grateful to Sugar Land Rotary for their years of continued support to the Fort Bend Education Foundation’s Grants to Teachers in Schools Program. We reach all 74 campuses in Fort Bend ISD. We thank Sugar Land Rotary and those who sponsor their annual fundraiser,” said Brenna Smelley, Executive Director of the Fort Bend Education Foundation. “The ‘Party at the Ballpark’ is a great opportunity to have fun and reach those who most need assistance in our community and beyond. We are excited about hosting our event at Constellation Field and want you to join us. Make sure you buy your tickets prior to the event,” said Jeff Tallas, Fall Classic Chair. All of the proceeds raised at the Fall Classic will be returned to the community throughout the year. In the 24-year history of Sugar Land Rotary over $1,700,000 has been raised to support several organizations. Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united globally who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. For more information about Sugar Land Rotary, go to www.sugarlandrotary.org. The donation to attend the event is $100 per person. However, if you buy a $100

Title sponsor Classic Chevrolet representatives are pictured with Sugar Land Rotarians with the event raffle prize, a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, courtesy of Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land: (Front Row left to right) Jared Jameson, Sugar Land Rotary president; Ray Aguilar, Don Kerstetter, Classic Chevrolet dealer; Pat Houck (seated), David Alexander, Richard Booker, Jim Munnell; (Back Row) Kerry Jarka and Jeff Tallas, Past President & Past District 5890 Governor and Fall Classic Chair. raffle ticket, you can attend the “Party at the Ballpark” and have a chance to win a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic courtesy of Classic Chevrolet. Every $100 event ticket includes attendance to the event and one raffle ticket for a 2012 Chevy Sonic.You can enter the raffle as many times as you like, and no attendance is required. Admission is by reservation only. To make a reservation go to www.rotaryfallclassic. com , click on “Reservations” and follow the directions.

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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Spine Center is now hosting a monthly meeting for individuals, families and caregivers affected by spinal cord injury, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis (MS) and other disorders. The group will meet the second Wednesday of each month, starting on Sept. 12, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be offered starting at 6:45 p.m. The Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Group strive to provide information, emotional support and practical advice related to living with a spinal cord injury or disorder. The Spine Center is located on the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus with easy access off Town Center Boulevard and meets ADA standards for accessible design. For more information about the Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Group or to R.S.V.P., call 281313-BACK (2225) or email SpineCenter@tmhs.org.

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Skeeters Corner Clemens to make second appearance for Skeeters Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens will make a second start for the Sugar Land Skeeters, it was announced today by Clemens and team officials. Clemens, 50, will face the Long Island Ducks at Constellation Field in Sugar Land on September 7. The right-hander pitched his first professional game in five years on August 25, pitching three and a third scoreless innings against the Bridgeport Bluefish. He allowed only a single to Bluefish center fielder James Simmons and struck out two, both in the first inning. Clemens threw 37 pitches, 24 for strikes, while working to 11 batters. “My first start with the Skeeters was a great deal of fun. There was lots of excitement in the air. I am looking forward to doing it again on Friday, September 7. Stay tuned, I might have a few more surprises to come with the Skeeters.” said Clemens. “We’re having fun,” said Skeeters President Matt O’Brien. “Our inaugural season has been wildly successful already. Having Roger on the club has been nothing short of outstanding for the players, the fans, the Atlantic League and the Skeeters.”

Home games Friday, September 7, Long Island Ducks vs Sugar Land Skeeters Game Time: 7:05 PM Promotion: Bollywood Night! Bollywood postgame concert presented by Bud Light! Friday Fireworks!

Saturday, September 8

Atlantic League players are “Major League ready” and in the last fifteen years over 600 players have graduated from Atlantic League clubs to Major League organizations, making the League a preferred route for experienced players to be scouted by Major League Baseball.

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Clemens Clemens will travel to York, PA to be with the club as the Skeeters take on the York Revolution. He will return to Sugar Land prior to the end of the road trip to prepare for Friday’s start. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Limited tickets are still available and can be purchased online at sugarlandskeeters.com, over the phone at 281-240-4487 or in person at the Sugar Land Skeeters Box Office. The Skeeters play 140 regular season games (70 home, 70 away) in the Atlantic League, considered the highest level of Minor League Baseball. Game Time: 7:05 PM Promotion: The Human Fireball, Ted Batchelor will perform after the game. The first 2000 fans will receive a team poster! Kids Run the Bases!

Sunday, September 9 Game Time: 6:05 PM Promotion: Health and Fitness Day! Catch on the Field! Team Autograph Session!

The Skeeters tallied 15 hits over nine innings in a 7-2 win in game one against their Freedom Division rivals the Revolution at Sovereign Bank Stadium Monday((9/3) night. The Sugar Land Skeeters (2625) continue its four-game series against the York Revolution (2822) with game two Tuesday(9/4) night at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Seven solid innings from Jason Lane and 17 hits from the offense salvaged game three of the series with an 8-6 win over the Riversharks Sunday (9/2) afternoon at Campbell’s Field. With the win, the Skeeters finished the regular-season series against the Riversharks (13-7). Raul Padron smacked a threerun homer and Danny Santiesteban provided three RBI allowing the Riversharks to win the threegame series in game two by the final score of 6-1 at Campbell’s Field Saturday(9/1) night.

Monday, September 10 Game Time: 7:05 PM Promotion: Calling all Longhorn fans! Come out to Constellation field for University of Texas Night. Plus, it’s a Money Mailer Monday, where you can win prizes at local businesses, free Skeeters tickets and a chance to throw out the 1st pitch.

Skeeters League Standings (as of 9/3/12) Liberty Division Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Bridgeport Bluefish Camden Riversharks Long Island Ducks Freedom Division Lancaster Barnstormers York Revolution Sugar Land Skeeters Somerset Patriots

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0.580 0.469 0.440 0.300 PCT 0.667 0.558 0.510 0.472

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6-4 3-7 6-4 2-8 LAST 10 8-2 5-5 6-4 4-6

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